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 In a national campaign spearheaded by the Trust and culminating in a polling in May/June 1995, the people of the islands were asked what they thought represented Cayman best. They voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Silver Thatch Palm for their National Tree, the Wild Banana Orchid for their National Flower, and the Cayman Islands Parrot as their choice for National Bird. 

Cayman Islands Parrot: Parrots have a long-standing association with people. In early Caymanian folklore, pirates were described as having a Cayman parrot on their shoulder and old "Polly" was a common family pet. Today, however, it is illegal to take a parrot from the wild and keep it as a pet. You are more likely to hear their raucous squawking before actually seeing one, especially in the early morning and late afternoon when they are most vocal. When feeding quietly in the treetops, they are so well camouflaged you may never realise they are there. The Cayman Islands' parrots are two subspecies of the Cuban Parrot. The Cayman Brac is smaller than the Grand Cayman, and is found only on that island.National Song

"Beloved Isle Cayman" was written by Mrs. Leila Ross-Shier, an organist in the Presbyterian Church in 1930, who sung it and played it on her guitar for many years before it was adopted as the National Song.

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According to cayCompass.com, the first signs of the international financial crisis were beginning to hit home, as acknowledged by Kurt Tibbetts, Cayman Islands Leader of Government Business. 

Tibbets explained, "Here in the Cayman Islands we have already witnessed some reduction in the number of tourist visitors during this season," Mr. Tibbetts said. "We've also heard some businesses, both in the financial services and tourism sectors laying off both locals and foreign workers, or choosing not to renew work permits when they expire."

Read the entire article at cayCompass and how the downturn affects immigrants to the Cayman Islands.

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The current flag was adopted May 14, 1958 after the colony was officially granted a coat-of-arms. In 1999, the white disc was removed and the arms were more than doubled in size, although the pre-1999 flag remains popular and is still used on some official occasions. The flag is blue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Caymanian coat of arms on a white disk centered on the outer half of the flag. 

National Flower 
Wild Banana Orchid - The Cayman Islands boast a number of spectacular native flowers, including 26 different varieties of orchids. Probably the best known and certainly one of the most unique and easily identifiable is the Wild Banana Orchid (Myrmecophila thomsoniana). Found only in the Caymans, there are 2 varieties, one which originated on Grand Cayman and the other which came from Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 

Both varieties have scented flowers with purple lips. The petals are predominantly white on the Grand Cayman variety while the Sister Islands' variety has slightly smaller flowers, with pale yellow petals. Before international trade in wild orchids became regulated, Wild Banana Orchids were occasionally exported from Cayman Brac, and many specimens were also brought to Grand Cayman. As a result, some hybridization has occurred and some variation in flower colour can now be seen in Grand Cayman, particularly in garden plants. (Resource: National Trust of Cayman Islands) 

National Tree 
Silver Thatch Palm - The name comes from the coloration: the upper sides of the leaves are a light green while the underside is a silvery colour that is particularly prominent in moonlight. The palm has played an important role in the lives of Caymanians. The tree produces a profusion of small white flowers that develop into berries that ripen from green to red to black. It has unusually tough leaves that have a variety of uses, from roofing for houses to the making of hats, baskets and fans. Shoes known as "wompers" were made with a flat leather sole and held on the foot by straps - like a thong - of thatch rope. To make thatch rope, women and children would cut "tops" (new unopened leaves) and hang them out to dry before they were split into strands. Three strands were then twisted together to make a rope on an ingenious handmade machine which was comprised of three parts - the winch, cob and cart. Thatch rope was highly prized in Cuba and Jamaica for use in the shipping, fishing and sugar industries. 

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More than ever before, condo ownership represents an appealing alternative to traditional home ownership for all types of residents. Though condos have conventionally been the choice of singles and families without dependent children, more traditional families have begun experiencing the unique benefits of condo ownership. However, condos are certainly not for everyone. While condo ownership may provide access to certain amenities and limit time spent on upkeep, there can be certain restrictions, few of which are experienced by owners of single family homes. This article will consider the primary differences between condo and traditional home ownership. If you consider the facts in relation to your family's goals, you may come to a better understanding of the best type of property for your family. 

Two of the most important factors in determining what type of home is right for your family are location and lifestyle. If your family is looking to move to an urban environment where single family homes are scarce, a condo could be a good choice. In such markets, condos are always in high demand and appreciation often matches the best single family homes. 

Additionally, if you live a busy life and can live without a large yard, a condo could help you live simply and happily. While most families with young children prefer single family homes for the added space, condos often provide amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts and large open areas to help families relax and play. 

However, there is far more to consider than location and lifestyle when deciding which type of property is best for your family. Nearly all of the differences between houses and condos stem from the different types of ownership. In the simplest terms, owners of single family homes are entitled to exclusive ownership, while most condo owners are subject to certain forms of shared ownership. 

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