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NCC chair silent over departure

NCC chair silent over departure

| 11/12/2017 | 43 Comments
(CNS): Cayman’s environment is facing yet another blow with confirmation from Christine Rose-Smyth that she has resigned from chair of the National Conservation Council. She told CNS that she did not want to comment on her reasons for stepping down but her departure comes at a time when govern [...]

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National Trust to step up conservation efforts

National Trust to step up conservation efforts

| 07/12/2017 | 37 Comments
(CNS): The National Trust of the Cayman Islands has plans to step up conservation efforts in 2018 with the purchase of more land that it can protect for future generations in the face of growing challenges to the Cayman Islands’ natural resources. With so many threats to indigenous flora and [...]

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Cayman anole becomes cover pin-up for 2018

Cayman anole becomes cover pin-up for 2018

| 01/12/2017 | 40 Comments
(CNS): You may not have heard of the website Anole Annals, but it’s is a key resource for scientists and fans of Anolis lizards, and the Cayman Islands’ endemic Anolis conspersus, also known as the Cayman blue-throated anole, has become the pin-up for its 2018 calendar. The beautiful i [...]

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Ex-minister raises alarm on environment

Ex-minister raises alarm on environment

| 20/11/2017 | 88 Comments
(CNS): Wayne Panton said he was “disappointed” that Cayman now has an environment minister who appears to be “against the environment rather than for it”, as he raised the alarm about watering down the National Conservation Law. The former Cabinet member, who lost his seat in the May electio [...]

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Councillor accuses NCC of overriding MLAs

Councillor accuses NCC of overriding MLAs

| 06/11/2017 | 27 Comments
(CNS): The representative for West Bay Central, Capt Eugene Ebanks, has accused the National Conservation Council of not following the wishes of Members of the Legislative Assembly over the spearfishing dispute, despite the fact that the decision by politicians placed the council in a conundrum ove [...]

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Rare Brac plant in need of a name

Rare Brac plant in need of a name

| 03/11/2017 | 29 Comments
(CNS): A rare shrub that grows only on one small area of the Bluff on Cayman Brac is in need of a name. High on the cliffs overlooking the community of Spot Bay, a unique Verbesina, the only one that lives in the Cayman Islands, has found a home in the upper rock face. But writing in the [&hellip [...]

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Minister stumped over lack of healthcare for kids

Minister stumped over lack of healthcare for kids

| 03/11/2017 | 90 Comments
(CNS): Health Minister Dwayne “John-John” Seymour has said he doesn’t understand why children do not have free healthcare. But despite being in a position to shape policy on healthcare and cover, he offered no solutions to address the very difficulties he outlined about families tr [...]

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Environment becomes casualty of new government

Environment becomes casualty of new government

| 27/10/2017 | 83 Comments
(CNS): If there was any doubt, given the premier’s comments since the election, that the new administration plans to roll back the historic environmental protections put in place by the former minister for the environment, Alden McLaughlin made it abundantly clear Friday that the National Cons [...]

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Interns find live double-headed turtle hatchlings

Interns find live double-headed turtle hatchlings

| 24/10/2017 | 10 Comments
(CNS): In an extremely unusual find, interns working with the Department of Environment on turtle nesting recently discovered two live hatchlings with two heads as they reviewed nests on Grand Cayman. This condition is known as polycephaly, and although experts say it is a natural occurrence, it is [...]

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GM antibiotic-dependent mosquitoes

GM antibiotic-dependent mosquitoes

| 20/10/2017 | 35 Comments
Dr John W Norris writes: Are we pouring gasoline on one public health crisis hoping to treat another? Voters said no in Key Haven, Florida, to a trial release of genetically modified antibiotic-dependent mosquitoes in 2016. The analysis of FDA public comment by Bloss et al was a start to look at why [...]

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Premier and minister blank Conservation Council

Premier and minister blank Conservation Council

| 20/10/2017 | 66 Comments
(CNS): The chair of the National Conservation Council has revealed that both Premier Alden McLaughlin and the minister with responsibility for the environment have ignored invitations from the NCC to meet with them. Christine Rose-Smyth said that despite extending invitations to McLaughlin and Dwayn [...]

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