Camana Bay: The Caribbean’s Best Shopping Experience

Everyone knows about the clear blue waters surrounding the Cayman Islands, the wonderful amenities, the world-class hotels, but do you also know that it has some of the most fantastic shopping experiences in the entire Caribbean? While you enjoy the tropical weather and sandy beaches, you can also find some of the best merchants in the world, and Camana Bay is known for its tax and duty-free prices. Up to $800 worth of duty-free merchandise can go home with each shopper.

Look for things you will have a hard time finding anywhere else. The arts and crafts available are second to none. The art galleries, like The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, sell both locally themed art and international pieces. Antique maps, shipwreck finds, and precious coins can be purchased at Artifacts, a shop that specializes in antiques and items from the height of ship trade and piracy in the Caribbean.

Jewelry is also quite popular when shopping in Grand Cayman, and you won’t be disappointed by what you find in the Caymans. Bayshore Mall in George Town or the jewelry district in Cayman has all the finest pieces from both local and world renowned designers. Bvlgari, Cartier, and Mikimoto are just a few you will find. Also, be sure to check out Rocky’s Diamond Gallery, a family-owned business that specializes in high-end pieces.

Many locally made collectibles are available at Pure Art Gallery and Gifts, where you can also find Caymanite, a beautiful, natural stone native only to the Cayman Islands. World famous designers and brands like Vera Wang, Swarovski, Waterford, and Versace can be found at many of the local shopping areas, especially Kirk Freeport, where you will also find beautiful leather items. Fendi, Cartier, and Longchamp are just a few of the designer brands you will see.

And no one should visit Grand Cayman without checking out the many, delicious local beverages, especially the rum. Jacque Scott’s, BlackBeard’s, and Big Daddy’s are some of the best-known wine and liquor stores, specializing the many different types and brands of locally produced rum.

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The Top 50 Names in Commercial Real Estate

2016 was a bitter and sweet year for some of the lending institutions. Most of the banks saw a significant decrease in their lending activity. However, in the same year, the private lenders over performed their 2015 results. Below are some of the notable names that have made an impact in the real estate financing. In addition to those detailed below, rounding out the top 50 list include Andrew Farkas, Doug Mazer, Kara McShane and James Flaum.

Raymond Qiao is the Chief Lending Officer at the Bank of China. At the close of 2016, Raymond was ranked first in the top financiers. Despite President Donald Trump labeling China as a currency manipulator, China has risen to be the top lenders in the real estate business. Raymond has managed to provide $4.5 billion in real estate industry.
Alan Wiener is the Group Head of Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital. 2016 proved to be a successful year for the Well Fargo as they provided $15 million loans across the Country. The Group started well by closing a $2.6 billion debt for the Starwood Capital. The group also worked with the YES! Communities by providing a $ 500 million credit facility.

Matt and Ed are the Head of the Global Commercial Real Estate and Head of U.S Origination at the Deutsche Bank. As 2016 started, the financial status of the Bank kicked off with a bang by financing $750 million. The Bank provided the CalPERS mortgage. It was also among the banks that provided $1.2 billion towards the Brookfield Property Partners. Deutsche Bank was the book runner for the 25 CMBS deals.

They are the Co-founder and Chairman of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies; C.E.O of Blackstone Mortgage Trust; Global Head of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies, and Senior Managing Director of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies respectively.

In 2016, the group reported a $ 6.7 billion in loans. Although it was a decrease from the $14 billion reported in 2015, it was still a significant lending activity. Blackstone provided $349.5 million in construction loans to the Georgetown Company. They also provided …

Get to Know 3 of Grand Cayman’s Top Restaurants

Camana Bay, located on Grand Cayman, is the exciting town center full of high-end shopping, dining, and of course, fun. Stretching over 500 acres, from Seven Mile Beach to the North Sound, Camana Bay offers visitors and locals alike a smorgasbord of gastronomic delights. Here, we have put together a list of a few of the best restaurants enticing Grand Cayman’s foodies, both local and visiting!

  1. Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar
    This Asian-inspired restaurant and bar features fresh seafood paired with craft cocktails. Sit inside and take in the beautiful Asian-inspired décor, or sit outside on the waterfront terrace to take in the view. The menu spans from delicious Thai cuisine to the freshest sushi on the island and everything in between. The cocktails at Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar are carefully crafted and come in a rainbow of flavors and colors. There are also sake sangrias, perfect to share with your favorite friends over dinner.

    2. The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta
    Offering delicious Italian favorites with a twist. Diners come to The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta for the brick-oven pizzas and stay for the wine, views, and friendly staff. The atmosphere is best described as industrial chic, appealing to couples on date night and business diners impressing a client. Start with the mac and cheese fritters or warm goat cheese salad before diving in to one of their main dishes. Choose from sandwiches, salads, entrees, or pasta. Of course, the main draw at The Brooklyn Pizza + Pasta is the pizza, cooked to perfection in their brick oven and topped with fresh ingredients.

    3. Lola
    Every neighborhood has a local bistro, and in Camana Bay, Lola is the crowd favorite. Lola serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their in-house bakery and pastry shop is baking fresh from scratch breads, cakes, and treats every day. Diners love coming to Lola during the day for their fast and delicious breakfast and lunch offerings. But they love it even more for the “Lola After Dark” cocktails at night. The bartenders offer brilliant recommendations of the perfect drink to pair with dinner.

In ‘Big Little Lies,’ Liane Moriarty Finds New Complications

The book-buying public isn’t taking many chances this summer. Established hits like “Gone Girl,” “Unbroken” and “The Glass Castle” remain lodged on best-seller lists. Readers are still struggling to get through “The Goldfinch.” One of the few new authors to gain a toehold is Robert Galbraith, who has the advantage of having been J. K. Rowling in a previous life. And “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty continues to sell briskly in hardcover, even though next week will be the first anniversary of its publication.

But now, Ms. Moriarty’s long-parched fans have something new to dig into. And her publisher would like to indicate, as clearly as possible, that “Big Little Lies” is more of the same. So where “The Husband’s Secret” had cover art depicting an exploding rose, the new book features an exploding lollipop. “The Husband’s Secret” was full of women with ethical and emotional issues, men with possibly criminal ones, and contentious goings-on at a school. “Big Little Lies” has all that and more. Had Agatha Christie written it, it might have been called “The Kindergarten Murder.”

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Middle Eastern Relief Organizations in Alexandria Virginia

Millions of people in the countries of the Middle East are in dire need of assistance and help. There are a large number of organizations that are dedicated entirely to providing help by donating, volunteering, and distributing supplies. Some of the most crucial supplies that people in crisis need are medication, clean drinking water, and food.

There are more than two hundred organizations in the United States of America that are geared towards relief and development of refugees and areas in crisis. Those agencies have formed in order to try and alleviate as much as they can the horrible results of the continuous military actions are being undertaken against people in the countries of the middle east.

There are thousands of civilians that are forced to flee their homes and abandon everything behind in order to survive another day. Those people require necessities such as food, water, and a safe place to rest. The people that are not able to escape are in extreme need of those supplies as well.

In the states of Virginia and DC, there are many organizations that accept donations in any form. Some are geared mostly towards provisions such as food and water, other focus on providing clothes and blankets, and there are also some that distribute medicine through Dr. Mohamed Attawia. Every organisation accepts money as well. There are many ways to make a donation. One can use the internet or text messaging; they can send supplies via post mail or deliver them personally. For those who want to make regular monetary donations, banks provide a service that directs the appointed amount of money periodically to the appointed charity or organisation.

organizations in Virginia:

-Air Serv International in Warrenton, VA
-Baptist World Aid in Falls Church, VA
-Christian Children’s Fund in Richmond, VA
-Project HOPE in Millwood, VA
-The Salvation Army World Service Office in Alexandria, VA
United Way International in Alexandria, VA

Organisation in Washington, DC

-Counterpart International
-International Catholic Migration Commission
-Refugees International
-U.S. Committee for Refugees
-USA for UNHCR
-American Near East Refugee Aid
-American Red Cross

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Fun Monthly Activities to do in the Cayman Islands

When you visit Grand Cayman (the largest of the three Cayman Islands) with your family, you are looking forward to all the fun in the sun you can handle. However, children often get tired of doing the same activities so you will want to make sure there are other awesome things to do in Grand Cayman besides hitting the beach. Fortunately, there are a lot of family-friendly events happening each month right in the Town Centre of Camana Bay!

Books & Books Story and Craft Time
Every Saturday morning, young readers are invited to read new and exciting books and take part in creating a unique craft. This is a fun time for parents and children to bond together over crafts and reading.

Toddler Tuesday
Tuesdays are always filled with fun activities starting with the Imagination Playground. This interactive playground allows kids to dream, explore and build in a completely different world each week. With dancing fountains, giant foam blocks and plenty more, kids can create their own imaginary adventure. Tuesday always brings with it a special story time for infants, toddlers, and their parents. Everyone enjoys a few books and some songs to go along with them.

Farmers’ Market
On Wednesday throughout the month of March, families can enjoy the Farmers’ and Artisans Market. Kids and parents will both enjoy the variety of local art, fresh produce, and farm goods brought together in one location. There are also often art and cultural demonstrations spread throughout the market as well as live music.

Open Canvas at KARoo
Wednesday also allows that artist in your family to see how it’s done on a local level. Local artists display their latest creations and paint while community members and visitors come together to watch the paintings take life a little at a time. This is great fun for any child with an artistic flair and it is a break from the beach with plenty of cultural benefits.

There’s always something to do at Camana Bay with family activities around every corner. This spring, enjoy concerts, community events, cultural-rich activities and plenty more…along with …

Expansion Of IGY Marinas in Miami Beach

IGY Marinas has expanded their marine Portfolio in Florida. They have added One Island Park on Miami Beach. This is the first time IGY is able to serve the market in South Florida and yachts are already being welcomed to this new destination.

One of the leading destinations for luxury yachts in the United States is Miami, Florida. The new IGY facility will be able to accommodate much larger vessels and they are excited about the upcoming year. They have one of the biggest private docks for yachts and can accommodate vessels well over 730 feet. Currently IGY has fifteen locations and five are able to accommodate yachts more than 300 feet.

Gili Wojnowich has been appointed general manager of IGY to ensure a smooth transition. Wojnowich is a professional with an impressive background and a Bachelor’s degree in finances and Spanish. He also speaks English and Hebrew and attended Emory University.

The new IGY Marina is considered a hotspot for the owners of superyachts, their crew and their captains. The new One Island Park Marina is located right next to the United States Coastguard station as well as being both exclusive and secure.

BWA Yachting serves as the exclusive concierge and yacht agent. Specialized events will be hosted for philanthropic ties to the destination. The marina is closely located to entertainment, dining and shopping and set against the skyline of Miami. World renown events such as the Ultra Music Festival, the Miami International Boat Show and the Art Basel Miami will be enjoyed by the guests.

IGY Marinas are based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They are the biggest international marine company worldwide. They operate fifteen marinas in seven different countries including Panama, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Mexico, Colombia, the United States and Turks and Caicos. They service over 8,000 vessels each year and around 100,000 clients. They manage in excess of 2,000 slips and cater to megayahts, sails, cruises and sport fishing.

IGY has one of biggest vessel support networks in the world and provide services from marine travel to crew training and health. They host top international …

Becoming and Art Collector in Miami in 2017

Miami is a city in which to become and art collector is not only easy but enjoyable and exhilarating. The vast selection of art available here makes it an enjoyable, educational, and profitable venture.

Art collector like George Lindemann are an individual breed. They reinforces their creative skills with art surrounding them. They gets up every morning and enjoys viewing her collection. Owning a piece of history in the form of art is way not only preserve the past but also keep it safe for posterity.

There are several steps to become an art collector in Miami.

The first and foremost step is to start looking. Any collector will have to spend time looking and hunting for what she wants. Going around and searching through galleries, online sites, and other venues is an exhilarating exercise in itself. It is a good idea to take notes on the art and then come again for a second look.

Do not hesitate to ask a lot of questions. If a dealer or seller refuses to answer questions, walk away from the deal. Doing research and preparing a list of questions ahead of time is a good idea. Another benefit of asking questions is that the answers can provide fantastic leads, e.g. other shows or galleries where related art is on display. Some art shows are low-key and mostly advertised by word of mouth.

There are two types of investors: one collects art for fun and the other “invests” in art. An important step for the newbie collector to consider; if it is for fun, then the looking and asking questions will be of a different kind than an investing collector. Of course, she can be doing both if time and funds permit.

The next step is to budget for the collection. The price of art can vary from a few hundred dollars to millions. If she has a small budget, then she can start buying photographs and other prints that cost $400, $500 or $1000.

A common mistake made by the newbie investor is to buy something somebody suggested. Impulse buying can later …

Barclay Awarded the Golden Sphnix

First Founded in September 1795, the Hasty Pudding Club is recognized as not only Harvard’s most famous, but also America’s oldest collegial social club whose founding members pledged to maintain and cultivate social affections and patriotism. Named for the meal that its founding members first had, the Hasty Pudding Club has grown to become a predominate social club in American History with a distinguished membership roster which includes five US Presidents, several actors and multitudes of politicians and business leaders. As the Society’s membership grew, the Society began to absorb other groups including the Institute of 1770 and is now the only co-ed social club on campus.

Worthy of its historic past, the Hasty Pudding Club today has played many roles in society and its members have contributed to both society, generally, and theater, specifically. On occasion, the Hasty Pudding Club has awarded extraordinary individuals in the entertainment business with the Order of the Golden Sphinx Award for that individual’s contributions to entertainment. The individual that receives this prestigious award does so because he or she represents the Club’s mission to foster the performing arts at Harvard and in society generally. The Sphinx, widely recognized as a symbol of knowledge, can only be said to be an allegorical representation of what the Hasty Pudding Club has done for American entertainment.

The 2017 Order of the Golden Sphinx award will be awarded to Mr. Paris Barclay (see: Grand Sphinx Farkas to Honor Barclay at Gala), the President of the Director’s Guild of America, on April 3rd, 2017 at the Paramount Hotel in New York. Mr. Barclay will be the first recipient of the Golden Sphinx award that was also a member of the Hasty Pudding Club as an undergraduate. During his sophomore and senior years, Mr. Barclay composed two Hasty Pudding Club productions, Cardinal’s Knowledge (1977) and Overtures in Asia Minor (1979) as well as ten other plays and musicals and was an active member and director of the Harvard Krokodiloes, a cappella singing group.

Mr. Barclay’s entertainment career did not stop when he graduated Harvard. Besides being a …

Top Valentine Day Recommendations for Her

Well guys, it’s that time of year again! It’s time to show your loved ones your appreciation with the perfect gift. It can be difficult for a man to know what us ladies really like, so we’ve decided to give some recommendations! Whether its for your mother, wife, sister or friend – trust us, we know what us women like.

Scented Candles

This is one of the most basic, yet very welcomed gift for women. Every woman loves some great smelling candles. They are beautiful, and they bring her home to life with the delicious scents.

Essential Oils
Oils have so many different uses and purposes. There’s body oils, burning oils and hair oils. Oils are a great natural thing with amazing scents. Mannatech’s Essential Oils Serenity Kit is my special #1 recommendation for you, because I have one of my own! This is like an at home aromatherapy journey. It’s amazing, and sure to please ANY lady in your life! I highly recommend Mannatech’s oil kit that even comes with its own oil diffuser.

Perfume
There is no woman on Earth that doesn’t like smelling good. The only difficult part about buying perfume for a woman, is knowing what her preferred scent is. Once you know what types of scents she likes, the rest is easy!

Bath Salts
Us women enjoy our “me” time. There’s nothing better than a nice relaxing bath to ease our mind and body (maybe with some of those scented candles too). Having some nice bath salts in your relaxing bath is a great thing! Click Here (http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/chakra-bath-salts-set) to check out my special recommendation for some Chakra Bath Salts.

Jewelry
What woman doesn’t love jewelry? Of course, we all do. Whether it’s a necklace for mom, a ring for your wife, or a bracelet for your sister – you can’t go wrong with jewelry. There are so many beautiful options for any of your special ladies.

No matter what you get for the special ladies in your life, just remember that it’s the thought that counts! Every woman is different in the things …