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Ex minister says ‘Trash ain’t treasure’

Ex minister says ‘Trash ain’t treasure’

| 24/05/2016 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Given the economies of scale, it is very difficult to generate a profit from recycling in Cayman but it is an essential part of addressing the growing waste problem and government needs to make the necessary investment, according to Former Cabinet minister Rolston Anglin, who is co-owner of Junk, a recycling business. He said […]

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NCC approves GM mosquito release

NCC approves GM mosquito release

| 19/05/2016 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council has found that the proposed release of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in West Bay does not pose a threat to the bio-diversity of Cayman and has approved the application by the Mosquito Research and Control Unit to undertake a population control project with Oxitec. NCC Chair Christine Rose-Smyth said […]

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Fly tipping plagues Bodden Town

Fly tipping plagues Bodden Town

| 18/05/2016 | 43 Comments

(CNS): A local subdivision in the district of Bodden Town is quickly turning into a new dump and residents say that while government may have committed to keeping the landfill out of their community, it is almost happening by default. Kerry Tibbetts, one of a number of residents who have raised concerns about the problem, […]

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Activists in US raise alarm over GM mosquitoes

Activists in US raise alarm over GM mosquitoes

| 16/05/2016 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Just as bio-scientists are releasing tens of thousands of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Grand Cayman as part of a project to try and eliminate them, a group comprising public health, food safety and environmental activists in Florida is raising the alarm about the modified insects created by Oxitec. The Center for Food […]

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Oxitec insists GM mozzies are safe and effective

Oxitec insists GM mozzies are safe and effective

| 11/05/2016 | 19 Comments

(CNS): Responding to concerns about the long-term impact of releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in an effort to eradicate the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti species, the firm behind the bio-science that has created sterile male insects insists that it is not only safe but very effective. Refuting claims by GeneWatch UK, which has expressed serious concerns about […]

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NGO challenges claims on GM mozzies

NGO challenges claims on GM mozzies

| 09/05/2016 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Claims that the release of genetically modified sterile male mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in a pilot programme that began this week could eliminate the Aedes aegypti, the species that transmits several diseases, have been refuted by a non-governmental organisation that monitors the use of GM technology. GeneWatch UK said that previous experiments by […]

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GM mozzies to be released in West Bay

GM mozzies to be released in West Bay

| 05/05/2016 | 99 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit, in partnership with the UK-based firm Oxitec, will be releasing genetically engineered male mosquitoes across Grand Cayman in a new initiative to try and suppress the population of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads a number of viruses. Following controversial trials here and in Florida, […]

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CICSA not accepting co-pay on health

CICSA not accepting co-pay on health

| 03/05/2016 | 75 Comments

(CNS): Claims by Finance Minister Marco Archer that a decision has been made to have public servants pay part of their healthcare insurance by 2018 were refuted Tuesday by the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association. CICSA President James Watler said that his members had not been consulted or informed about any decision regarding co-pay and the […]

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Fuel spill contaminates GT water

Fuel spill contaminates GT water

| 02/05/2016 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Water supplied to at least one customer in the capital has been contaminated by a fuel spill and many others have been advised not to drink the ground water until further notice. The Water Authority has revealed that it is currently investigating the contamination off Shedden Road, behind the Rubis gas station at the […]

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Law changed to allow medical suits

Law changed to allow medical suits

| 29/04/2016 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Government steered through a critical amendment to the Health Services Authority Law Friday in order to address a clause that has been in the legislation for twelve years and resulted in a shocking court judgment in February preventing a family from claiming damages due to negligence in connection with the birth of their now […]

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HSA helping patients with medication costs

HSA helping patients with medication costs

| 26/04/2016 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority is now providing immediate onsite support to patients who are struggling to pay for medications, which the pharmacy no longer releases without cash up front. Following changes at the hospital to try and improve collections, the authority received significant criticisms during the recent Public Accounts Committee hearings for the poor […]

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