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Caymanian Student Learns About Mosquitoes as Intern at MRCU

Summer student Iain Robertson shadows MRCU laboratory technician Zoila Ebanks.

Caymanian student Iain Robertson, who plans to pursue a career in the sciences, spent time recently as an intern at the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU).

Iain (18), a former pupil of Cayman Prep & High School, shadowed research manager Fraser Allen and laboratory technician Zoila Ebanks.

He was the first student to take part in a number of restructured internship opportunities being offered by MRCU.

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Dart-led Consortium is Preferred Bidder for ISWMS Contract

Hon. Dwayne Seymour

ISWMS will replace the current landfill in George Town, which is nearing the end of its life.
The new system is expected to process and divert up to 95 per cent of waste from being landfilled in the future. It is to be operated as a public-private partnership, with the successful consortium awarded the contract on a "design, build, finance, operate and maintain" basis.

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Final Days to Submit National Heroes Nominations

Only a few days remain to nominate people for National Heroes Day 2018, which will put the spotlight on sports.

The month-long nomination period ends on Saturday, 30 September, so the public is urged to ensure all forms are submitted on time.

Nominations are invited for members of the community who have made outstanding contributions to sports.

In addition to Caymanian nominees, the National Heroes Day committee will consider submission for non-Caymanians once there is evidence of their contributions to sports in the Cayman Islands.

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2018 National Heroes Day to Honour Sports

The 2018 National Heroes Day, one of the largest annual cultural events in the Cayman Islands, will honour contributions in sports.

Members of the organising committee with (l-r front) Ministry of Culture Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn. Hon. Dwayne Seymour, Barbara Conolly, Capt. Eugene Ebanks and David Wight.

Members of the 2018 National Heroes Day nominations committee held their first meeting on Wednesday (9 August) to begin planning the event.

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Minister Seymour Tours Departments

Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing, Hon. Dwayne Seymour, began touring departments within his portfolio last week.

The tour started on Tuesday (11 July 2017) with the Department of Health Regulatory Services, when the Hon. Minister met Director Mervyn Conolly and his staff.

A former board member of the Health Insurance Commission, Minister Seymour told the department's personnel that he looked forward to working with them to ensure that everyone in the Cayman Islands has adequate health insurance coverage.

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Temporary Ban on Corned Beef Products from Brazil Lifted

With immediate effect, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is advising the public that the recent food alert issued concerning the recall of corned beef products from Brazil has been lifted.

A multi-agency committee was set up immediately after the initial food alert to monitor the situation. The committee consisted of representatives from the DEH, the Department of Public Health, Department of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.

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Tyre-shredding Operations Begin at Landfill

Island Recycling, and its partner company Guernsey Recycling Group (GRG), won the contract last year to shred the huge backlog of used tyres accumulated throughout more than a decade.

Premier Alden McLaughlin launches the first tyre onto the machine

Premier Alden McLaughlin launches the first tyre onto the machine

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Healthcare Facilities Urged to Use WHO-approved HIV Test Kits

The Health Services Authority (HSA) has been made aware of three separate incidents of reported “false negative” HIV tests from private healthcare facilities.

The samples subsequently tested positive at the HSA’s lab, with the results also confirmed by the authority’s reference lab, Integrated Regional Laboratories (IRL) in the United States.

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Workers Gearing Up for ISWMS Project

Workers sift through refuse at George Town landfill to assess the composition of waste.
Landfill and waste specialists were on-island last week assessing composition of household and commercial refuse for future phases of the proposed Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS).

Landfill and waste specialists were on-island last week assessing composition of household and commercial refuse for future phases of the proposed Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS).

The outline business case for the ISWMS project was released last Monday (19 September 2016) detailing the state-of-the-art system which would replace the current landfill in George Town.

Prepared by environmental consultancy firm Amec Foster Wheeler, the report identifies a public private partnership as the best way to deal with solid waste management in the Cayman Islands.

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Waste Management Outline Business Case (OBC)

National solid waste management in the Cayman Islands would be best dealt with through a public private partnership (PPP), a draft outline business case has recommended. Prepared for the Cayman Islands Government by environmental consultancy company Amec Foster Wheeler, the outline business case (OBC) is now available for public review and comment.

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