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Stay lifted paving way for GM mosquito release

Stay lifted paving way for GM mosquito release

| 26/07/2016 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The Mosquito Research and Control Unit has been given the greenlight by the court to begin the controversial release of the genetically modified bio-engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes after Justice Ingrid Mangatal lifted the stay on the project. Kerrie Cox, the lawyer representing the local activists trying to halt the project until an independent risk […]

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Judge rejects anti-GM mozzie application

Judge rejects anti-GM mozzie application

| 25/07/2016 | 70 Comments

(CNS): Justice Ingrid Mangatal has rejected the application by local activists to overturn a decision of the National Conservation Council regarding the controversial release of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in West Bay. However, this does not mean the bio-engineered bugs will be released in the Cayman Islands just yet. In the absence of her […]

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GM mosquito release approval ‘flawed’ argues QC

GM mosquito release approval ‘flawed’ argues QC

| 19/07/2016 | 81 Comments

(CNS): The decision by the National Conservation Council to grant the Mosquito Research and Control Unit a permit approving the release of millions of genetically modified mosquitoes as part of a pilot project in West Bay was flawed and should be quashed, a lawyer representing local activists argued Tuesday. Stephen Tromans QC told the court […]

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Health concerns rise with 3rd Zika case

Health concerns rise with 3rd Zika case

| 18/07/2016 | 48 Comments

(CNS): With three cases of the Zika virus now confirmed in the Cayman Islands, the delay in the planned release of bio-engineered mosquitoes to control the Aedes aegypti has fueled public health concerns. The release set for last Thursday was deferred when activists objecting to the proposed project to try and eliminate the invasive species […]

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75,000 GM mosquitoes destroyed

75,000 GM mosquitoes destroyed

| 15/07/2016 | 142 Comments

(CNS): A batch of genetically engineered mosquitoes reared specifically for release yesterday have been destroyed. A last minute application to the court by a group of local activists managed to put a temporary stop on the planned release of the GM Aedes aegypti bio-engineered by the UK-based company, Oxitec, in partnership with the Mosquito Research and […]

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NDC urges parents to protect kids from drugs & booze

NDC urges parents to protect kids from drugs & booze

| 14/07/2016 | 18 Comments

(CNS): With school out for the summer, the National Drug Council is urging parents to ensure that their teenagers’ free time and less adult supervision doesn’t lead to them using drugs and alcohol. The NDC warned that the long summer break presents an opportunity for teenagers to be pressured into drinking or using drugs for […]

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Activists delay planned release of GM mosquitoes

Activists delay planned release of GM mosquitoes

| 14/07/2016 | 84 Comments

(CNS): A group of local activists in West Bay who are opposed to the planned release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the district have managed to delay the start of the project which was due to get underway Thursday. The group aimed to highlight concerns about the failure to properly consult the public and the […]

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Issue with repaved handicapped parking at hospital

Issue with repaved handicapped parking at hospital

| 08/07/2016

The recent repaving of the car park at the George Town Hospital has inexplicably not only reduced the width of the handicapped spots but also removed the extra path between cars that allowed for the passage of wheelchairs. Read Auntie’s answer on CNS Local Life

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Doctors face lawsuit over botched operation

Doctors face lawsuit over botched operation

| 01/07/2016

(CNS): A woman who sustained a lacerated bowel during a routine operation to remove a cyst from her ovaries is suing three doctors and the medical centre that employs them for negligence. The local Bodden Town woman, who is 50 years old, was operated on in March 2013 at the George Town hospital by Howard […]

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US measles outbreak leads to local warnings

US measles outbreak leads to local warnings

| 28/06/2016 | 9 Comments

(CNS): With a growing number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States, officials from Cayman’s Public Health Department are issuing an alert to travellers. People visiting states in the US affected by the outbreak are urged to ensure their family’s immunisations against measles are up to date, as unprotected children are at the […]

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Consultants back CIG funded mental health facility

Consultants back CIG funded mental health facility

| 21/06/2016 | 8 Comments

(CNS): An outline business case considering options for helping the growing number of people needing mental healthcare has concluded that the Cayman Islands needs its own therapeutic long-term residential facility that can accommodate local patients, those currently overseas and even medical tourists looking for mental health treatment. The report, released to the public Tuesday by […]

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