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Explainer: What’s up with the mosquitoes?

The current boom in blood-sucking bugs has resulted from a combination of factors, including tides and rainfall, reduced aerial spraying, and the species of mosquitoes overrunning the island, explains Dr. James McNelly, director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit.

Podcast: Caribbean food security in times of pandemic

Regis Chapman, head of the programme's Caribbean office in Barbados, explains what the economic impact of the crisis means for regional food security and ways governments can immediately provide relief. He also explores the role of disaster management in maintaining supply chains and access to essential items.

Caymanian artist gives new meaning to beach waste

In artist Kerwin Ebanks’ workspace, he has amassed supplies from all over the region. He can trace the material, now overflowing from his supply...

Pandemic tests resilience of islands’ food supply chains

The COVID-19 crisis has demanded an unprecedented level of flexibility and adaptability to maintain access to essential products, like food and medicine – and as Woody Foster explains, suppliers have no roadmap to navigate what comes next.

Captive-bred turtle hatchlings begin life at sea

Fifty green turtle eggs bred in captivity at Cayman Turtle Centre were transplanted to Seven Mile Beach on 9 July, as part of the centre’s conservation programme to support wild population growth.

Audit estimates $46.7M in COVID-19 spending

The Cayman Islands Government spent around $21.5 million on coronavirus-control measures during the first three months of pandemic response, according to analysis released Monday by the Office of the Auditor General.
Cayman's food banks and church pantries are accepting donations.

Caribbean residents suffer growing food insecurity

From a public health perspective, the Caribbean has fared well in tackling the COVID-19 crisis, said Regis Chapman, head of the World Food Programme in the Caribbean. The economic impact of the crisis is a different story.

OES: Budget concerns, digital access impact private schools’ remote learning

The Office of Education Standards commended Cayman’s private schools this week for their resourcefulness in handling remote learning, but noted inconsistencies across schools in quality of education.

Domestic Partnership Bill heads to LA

Legislators on Monday are set to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill, which seeks to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples to enter into a formal union.

Cayman Compass Reporters’ Roundtable: Caribbean food security

On this Reporters’ Roundtable we discuss Caribbean food security and how to promote healthy eating habits in the region.

Human Rights Commission: ‘Dignity and respect’ key in same-sex debate

The Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission made an appeal to Caymankind on Wednesday, reminding residents “to treat everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect” as debate on the Domestic Partnership Bill, 2020 nears in the Legislative Assembly.

Radio, SMS, email and app planned for emergency alerts

When a 7.7 earthquake shook Cayman and its neighbours in January 2020, an emergency alert intercepted the signals of 16 local radio stations.

Podcast – Know your rights: Cayman’s Freedom of Information Law

In the Cayman Islands, any individual holds the right to request information of government and public authorities. This right first came into effect in January 2009 through the Freedom of Information Law, later amended in 2018 to include data protection considerations.

Fact check: Knowns and unknowns about COVID-19

For everything we currently know about the novel coronavirus, many more aspects remain to be revealed and understood. Here are some of the areas where COVID-19 knowledge has evolved or where unknowns remain.

COVID-19 cases remain low, as no new positives reported

All 117 COVID-19 tests reported by Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee, on Thursday were negative.

Sunrise Centre gives classroom reopening a test run

As Cayman’s active COVID-19 cases continue a downward trend, the Sunrise Adult Training Centre in West Bay is trialling a return to in-person classes and support services. The facility for special needs adults shut its doors in March, when educational institutions were ordered closed by government as a coronavirus-control measure.

Active COVID-19 cases remain at 2

No new positive COVID-19 test results were reported Wednesday by Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Lee. A total of 287 COVID-19 tests were included in Wednesday’s results, all of which were negative.

Cayman Compass Reporters’ Roundtable

In this Reporters’ Roundtable, Compass journalist James Whittaker discusses a new series, Cayman 2.0, which explores Cayman’s post-COVID future.
CTMH Doctors Hospital could begin testing next week.

Cayman confirms first new COVID cases since 1 July

Cayman ended its streak of COVID-free test results on Monday, with two of 552 tests returning positive for SARS-CoV-2. The individuals who tested positive were identified through the community screening programme.

Teens talk mental health in Cayman

Several Youth Ambassadors from John Gray High School, Clifton Hunter High School and Cayman International School spoke with the Cayman Compass about the programme and why mental health matters to them.

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