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HSA monitoring new virus after US case

HSA monitoring new virus after US case

| 23/01/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): With one case of a new strain of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, now reported in the United States, public health officials in the Cayman Islands said they are monitoring the situation surrounding this new respiratory disease, which, it now appears, can be transmitted from human to human. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has […]

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Drone found near airport runway

Drone found near airport runway

| 14/01/2020 | 36 Comments

(CNS): The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands has said a disabled drone was discovered last week within the perimeter of Owen Roberts International Airport very near to the runway. Officials said the operation of a drone so close to arriving and departing aircraft is both illegal and extremely irresponsible. But this is not […]

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Hospital says patients unaffected by IT failure

Hospital says patients unaffected by IT failure

| 08/01/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Health Services Authority has issued a short statement to state that patient care was not affected by an IT system outage at the Cayman Islands Hospital. The HSA said it was continuing to deliver its services, despite the hardware failure that has impacted some aspects of its administrative functions. “Connection to the authority’s […]

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CUC warns owners over trees after pole fire

CUC warns owners over trees after pole fire

| 07/01/2020 | 57 Comments

(CNS): The local power provider on Grand Cayman said trees close to power lines need to be properly maintained and owners must not to plant new ones within ten feet of electrical lines, as they represent a significant safety hazard . The warning from Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) comes after one of its utility poles […]

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Garbage pick-up falls behind over holidays

Garbage pick-up falls behind over holidays

| 31/12/2019 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health will be starting 2020 much as it has continued throughout this year, playing catch-up on garbage collection. Officials said on New Year’s Eve that the pick-ups, mostly in the Bodden Town area, which should have happened last Thursday and Friday would be dealt with today, Tuesday 31 December, and […]

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7 Caribbean countries to ban plastic in 2020

7 Caribbean countries to ban plastic in 2020

| 31/12/2019 | 71 Comments

(CNS): Seven Caribbean countries will introduce some form of single-use plastic and polystyrene ban in the New Year, but the Cayman Islands is not one of them. Although government here has been hinting that it is thinking about imposing some form of restriction, plastic use is currently entirely unrestricted, even though the Caribbean region is […]

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Child hospitalised from troubled care home

Child hospitalised from troubled care home

| 31/12/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): A teenage resident at the Frances Bodden Children’s Home was taken to hospital Christmas Eve following what is believed to be a suicide attempt. Officials from the Department of Children and Family Services have failed to respond to CNS enquiries about the incident but the RCIPS has confirmed that police and medics were called […]

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600 tons of rubbish collected in holiday clean-up

600 tons of rubbish collected in holiday clean-up

| 17/12/2019 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Residents threw out more than 600 tons of bulk waste from their homes and yards across the Cayman Islands over the period of the Department of Environmental Health’s annual holiday collection. The free bulk waste collection service ends this Friday, as teams from the DEH clear up in West Bay. Officials said that once […]

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CIG cancels meeting on plastic policy

CIG cancels meeting on plastic policy

| 16/12/2019 | 89 Comments

(CNS): Activists pressing government to introduce a single-use plastic ban in the Cayman Islands have expressed how disappointed they are that the ministry has cancelled yet another meeting of the steering committee formed to address the issue. The committee was created this summer to help develop a policy towards reducing the environmental harm caused by […]

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Local cases of dengue mount

Local cases of dengue mount

| 08/12/2019 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Public Health Department have confirmed that the cases of dengue fever that have been acquired by residents with no travel history to countries where the disease is endemic, continues to grow. Over the last two weeks three more patients have tested positive for dengue that they acquired in the Cayman Islands. […]

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DEH 10 years behind, says director

DEH 10 years behind, says director

| 29/11/2019 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) director told Finance Committee that garbage management is some ten years behind in terms of staff and equipment. Richard Simms said resources had not increased for more than a decade, despite the growing population and the amount of garbage being generated. As the committee turned its attention to […]

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