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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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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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Kimpton Seafire Staff Certified in Food Hygiene

Staff from the newly opened Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa have been certified in food hygiene by the Department of Environmental Health (DEH).

A total of 155 hotel employees took part in training conducted by DEH Safety Officer Gideon Simms.

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Heart Fund Gifts Ambulance to the Community

Ministerial Councillor for Health Roy McTaggart; Her Excellency the Governor Helen Kilpatrick; Cayman Heart Fund Chairman David Dinner; Deputy Governor Franz Manderson; Chief Officer in the Ministry of Health and Culture Jennifer Ahearn; and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Services Authority Lizzette Yearwood stand in front of the new ambulance

A new ambulance bought with money raised by Cayman Heart Fund has been gifted to the Health Services Authority for the people of the Cayman Islands.

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Review of Standard Health Insurance Fees Released

Government will not increase standard health insurance fees at this time but is willing to review the fees again next year with cooperation from healthcare providers.

Standard health insurance fees are the list of fees approved by the Health Insurance Commission that an approved insurer is liable to pay under the Standard Health Insurance Contract for a healthcare benefit provided to a compulsorily insured person.

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