May 26, 2016

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Cayman Islands utility company announces a “marginal” rate increase

CUC Base Rate Adjustment – Effective June 1, 2016
The Board of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has approved a Base Rate adjustment for Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) in accordance with the Rate Cap Adjustment Mechanism (RCAM) mandated by CUC’s Transmission & Distribution (T&D) Licence issued in April 2008. Customers will see an increase in the energy charge component of their bills effective June 1st, 2016. The Base Rate increase will be 0.1% and will result in a total monthly bill increase of approximately $0.11 for the average residential customer.

As per Condition 25 of the T&D Licence, the RCAM is based on a formula which incorporates readily available external data to determine a relevant Price Level Index. The annual increase in the Price Level Index is adjusted by an appropriate factor, which may provide for a rate increase less than, equal to, or greater than the increase in the Price Level Index, for no increase or for a decrease. The RCAM change to Base Rates is calculated using the most recent CUC audited
financial statements to calculate CUC’s Return on Rate Base and a weighted average consisting of 60% of the change in the Cayman Islands Consumer Price Index (CI CPI) and 40% of the change in the United States of America Consumer Price Index (US CPI), (both indices adjusted to remove the effects of prices of food and fuel) as reported by independent authorities for the most recent calendar year.

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Upon review and confirmation of the CUC audited financial reports, the CI and US CPI reports, and the 2015 CUC Return on Rate Base of 7.4%, the ERA has approved the overall CUC 0.1% Base Rate increase which is a result of applying an 80% factor to a 2015 US CPI increase of 2.1% and a 2015 CI CPI decrease of 1.2% (both excluding food and fuel).

This Base Rate increase does not impact the Fuel Cost Charge nor the Licence and Regulatory Fees Charge.

President and CEO of CUC, Mr. Richard Hew, stated that, “This marginal increase in Base Rates will support CUC’s ongoing investment in infrastructure necessary to provide safe, reliable and cost effective electricity service to all consumers. CUC’s Base Rates remain at or below most other utilities in the region. More significantly the overall rate, including the fuel cost charge rate, is currently at an 8-year low, assisted by the decline in world fuel oil prices and a reduction in Government fuel duties. However, we continue to encourage our customers to become as energy efficient as possible, particularly for the upcoming summer months when temperatures and air conditioning use normally rise.”

The chart below shows the trending of residential retail rates per kWh over the past two years.

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ERA Managing Director, Mr. Charles Farrington, noted that the small increase in CUC’s Base Rates would not significantly impact most consumers’ bills and consumers should continue to see for some time yet, the positive impact that decreased fuel costs and Government duty have had over the past 2 years. Noting that RCAM was intended to push CUC to constantly improve its efficiency, the ERA was pleased to see that CUC had managed to maintain its Return on Rate Base whilst continuing to ensure that the island has robust generation, transmission and distribution resources deployed.

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An informational insert detailing how this change will affect the various Consumer Classes will be included
in CUC’s June 2016 billings.

For more information about the terms of the CUC T&D Licence, the Rate Cap Adjustment Mechanism, the
Energy Smart programme or the ERA, please visit the CUC or the ERA websites at www.cuc-cayman.com
or www.caymanera.ky.

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UPDATE: ALL ROADS OPEN Cayman Islands’ Airport “Plane Crash” Exercise begins & road closures announced

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From RCIPS  Wed, May 25, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Please be advised that all traffic restrictions associated with the exercise this morning have been lifted.

 

Cayman Islands’ Airport “Plane Crash” Exercise begins

The public is informed that the Civil Aviation’s large-scale airport emergency exercise is now underway.

In this scenario, which involves many agencies and hundreds of participants, a Boeing 727-200 cargo aircraft has “crash-landed” on Smith Road Cricket Oval.

More information will be provided as available.

Road Closures for Airport “Plane Crash” Exercise ALL NOW OPEN

UPDATE:

Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Please be advised that Huldah Avenue has been opened to restricted access to traffic from Elgin only

Wed, May 25, 2016 at 11:13 AM

The Royal Cayman Islands Police informs the public that, as a result of the Civil Aviation’s large-scale airport emergency exercise now underway, the following road closures are in effect around the airport this morning:

Agnes Way / Crewe Road (near RCIPS Traffic Office)

– Traffic traveling from Crewe Road towards GT must turn right toward Linford Pierson

Bobby Thompson / Smith Road Intersection

– Traffic from Linford Pierson Hwy must turn left toward GT Hospital only

– No right turn from Bobby Thompson

– No traffic allowed straight onto Huldah

CNB Roundabout : Huldah / Elgin

– No entry onto Huldah until 11:30AM, from Elgin Avenue only

NAPA Roundabout :Dorcy Drive / Crewe Road

– Dorcy to Crewe : right turn only

No access to Airport : Road blocked at Breezy Way Intersection on Airport Road

Red Gate Road onto Owen Roberts Drive (Airport Road) – Exit blocked toward airport only

More information will be provided as available.

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Facebook apologizes after banning an ‘undesirable’ ad featuring plus-size model Tess Holliday

chechez la femmeBy Will Heilpern From Business Insider

Facebook has apologized after banning a photo of a plus-size model the social network originally said depicted “a body or body parts in an undesirable manner.”

The Australian feminist group Cherchez la Femme had attempted to put money behind the photo to promote an event called “Feminism and Fat.”

It featured an image of Tess Holliday wearing a bikini. The size-22 model, who is 4 feet, 5 inches tall, is known as the first woman of her size and height to sign a contract with a major modeling agency (MiLK Model Management in London).

Facebook did not remove the photo from the site, but it prevented it from being used in a Sponsored Post.

The Facebook ad teams said the photo violated the company’s “health and fitness” advertising policy, according to a copy of the message Cherchez la Femme received and posted to its Facebook page.

“We thought it was really horrible and isolating and alienating,” an organizer of the feminist group, Jessamy Gleeson, told The Guardian, where we first spotted the story.

“Quite simply they need to understand we can use images of fat women to promote women being happy,” she added.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

The event aimed to promote body positivity for people of all sizes. Facebook said in its message, however, that “ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves.”

Cherchez la Femme responded in a Facebook post: “We’re raging pretty hard over here — both because Facebook seemingly has no idea that plus sized, self describing fat women can feel great about themselves, and also because we haven’t been able to boost the original damn post.”

The feminist group asked its followers to share their post to “join us in our disgust” and to promote the event on June 7.

Facebook later backtracked and issued an apology.

It said in a statement sent to The Guardian: “Our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads … This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologized for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad.”

According to the email Facebook originally sent to Cherchez la Femme, Facebook’s health-and-fitness policy prohibits ads that display:

“Close-ups of ‘muffin tops’ where the overhanging fat is visible.”
“People with clothes that are too tight.”
“People pinching their fat/cellulite (even with full body visible).”
“Human medical conditions in a negative light (ex: eating disorders).”
Before it apologized, Facebook recommended that Cherchez la Femme replace the photo of “body positive activist” and model Tess Holliday with someone “running or riding a bike.”

IMAGE: Cherchez La Femme/Facebook The Tess Holliday ad.

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Ericsson announces Emergency Wallet to support humanitarian response

1135px-Ericsson_logo.svgEricsson commits at World Humanitarian Summit to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution to support humanitarian organizations and populations affected by disasters or crises
Solution will enable the distribution and use of digital aid in emergency situations
Builds on Ericsson’s 15 year history of disaster and humanitarian relief in support of UN and humanitarian organizations, and the UN Connecting Business Initiative

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has committed to developing Ericsson Emergency Wallet, a mobile financial services solution, for deployment in the immediate aftermath of disaster or crises to support humanitarian organizations and affected populations.

The Ericsson Emergency Wallet solution will be designed for use in emergency situations where financial infrastructure is lacking. It will enable the distribution and use of digital funds by relief workers and impacted populations, which can help address issues such as safety, expense and traceability that are associated with handling cash.

Many of Ericsson’s humanitarian partners have requested digital financial services solutions for emergency situations. There is an urgent need for an Emergency Wallet solution, as mobile financial services, including mobile money and mobile wallets, are among the quickest, safest, and most efficient ways of extending the benefits of basic financial transactions to people who need them.

David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee (IRC) says, “Digital payment mechanisms are essential to delivering effective cash transfers to address the large scale humanitarian needs caused by today’s crises. However, only 30% of countries facing severe humanitarian emergencies have digital payments infrastructure to support scaled-up response. The IRC welcomes efforts such as the Ericsson Emergency Wallet solution to close this gap.”

Ericsson presented its intentions at the World Humanitarian Summit, in support of the United Nations’ Connecting Business Initiative. The solution demonstrates the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to transform humanitarian response.

It builds on Ericsson’s Technology for Good initiatives and the company’s experience in developing scalable mobile financial service solutions.

The solution design and prototyping is co-funded via the Level One Project from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson has a long-standing commitment to humanitarian response – for example, our employee volunteer program, Ericsson Response, has supported 40 missions in over 30 countries during the past 15 years.

“In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are helping to build a new ecosystem that creates better opportunities for global financial inclusion. This unique combination of partners will be a powerful catalyst for bringing mobile financial services to humanitarian relief efforts everywhere.”

Peter Heuman, Head of M-Commerce at Ericsson says: “Ericsson Emergency Wallet builds on our expertise in deploying mobile financial services in emerging markets. The solution enables a method of money transfer that is mobile which allows for a quicker, safer and more cost-effective way for the humanitarian organizations to distribute digital aid in disaster areas.”

The emergency wallet is an important part of a broader public-private commitment to the Level One Project – an effort to bring everyone into the formal economy by providing digital financial services to all.

Kosta Peric, Deputy Director of the Financial Services for the Poor initiative for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, says: “We recognize that Ericsson is committed to delivering a digital financial services platform to improve humanitarian response. The partnership around the Level One Project works for beneficiaries and humanitarian organizations in times of greatest need.”

Launched at the World Humanitarian Summit, held May 23 to May 24, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey, the Connecting Business Initiative is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). With a focus on disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery, the initiative aims to support the creation and strengthening of effective models for public-private partnerships and business engagement, and to scale and replicate those models in high-risk countries and regions.

Ericsson is also committed to working actively with Connecting Business Initiative networks globally to provide technology solutions and employee expertise in support of disaster and humanitarian response.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities. Learn more at Rescue.org and follow the IRC on Twitter & Facebook.

About the World Humanitarian Summit and Connecting Business Initiative
The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, takes place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, is a global call to action by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for innovative partnerships between humanitarians and private sector companies.

With 60 million forcibly displaced people around the world today, the need for humanitarian response is unprecedented. In 2015, according to the UN, more than 100 million men, women and children needed humanitarian assistance.

The Connecting Business Initiative for disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness, response and recovery is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the United Nations Development Programme( UNDP) to support the creation and strengthening of effective models for public-private partnerships and business engagement and to scale and replicate those models in high-risk countries and regions.

For media kits, backgrounders and high-resolution photos, please visit www.ericsson.com/press
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

Ericsson has been present in Latin America since 1896, when the company established an agreement in Colombia and delivered equipment for the first time in the region. In the early 1900s, Ericsson increased its presence in Latin America by signing commercial deals in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Today, Ericsson is present in 56 countries within South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, which combined count the region as one of the few with complete Ericsson installations, including a Production Unit, R&D Center and Training Center. Ericsson is the market leading telecom supplier, with over 40% market share in Latin America and more than 100 telecom service contracts in the region.

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Goldgenie are proud to announce our latest Master Franchise Holder for Bahamas

11374125_478582245654259_1736455688_nGoldgenie is delighted to announce the appointment of their latest Master Franchise holder exclusively for the Bahamas.

Deborah’s experience spans over a decade with her last position being in the Executive Office of the Managing Director of Gunvor (Bahamas) Ltd.  

Deborah has a long list of interesting experience from working as an office manager, qualifications in computer programming and also her current qualification to become a property manager.

During her previous management role, Deborah showed a commitment that few people demonstrate including when she successfully operated the first wholesale General Merchandise store in South Andros, Bahamas selling everything from party supplies to hurricane supplies to the local population and businesses alike. 

Academically she gained her Certified Professional Managers Designation (CM) in 2001 from the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM) and through the College of the Bahamas she obtained her certification as a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) in 1995.  In 1988 she received her Associates Degree in Computer Programming and during the years between 1988 and 1990 she received numerous certificates in Introduction to Microcomputers, Disk Operating Systems, Beginning and Advance Word processing, Travel Industry Management and Sign Language.  She is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Property Manager. 

In her social time Deborah is a competitive person by nature and has competed in several marathons abroad and in her home town Nassau, Bahamas. The latest was in January of this year where she competed in the relay with a group of former co-workers in the Susan G Colman’s cure for cancer and the Sunshine Bahamas Marathon held every January in Nassau, Bahamas. 

Deborah has just invested and secured an exclusive Master Franchise license from Goldgenie and is now able to offer a wider range of super luxury gifts and gold plated products in the Bahamas.

She has the perfect range of qualifications and business skills to make her latest venture successful in a territory which has recently had growing demand for 24k Gold and customized gifts.

Founder of Goldgenie Laban Roomes stated “Over the past several years we have been approached numerous times from interested parties who wished to secure the Franchise for the Bahamas and for commercial reasons we chose to decline all partnership offer. it was important to the brand that we partner with someone who would be both committed and someone that we felt we could work with. We are extremely confident that in Deborah we have found our Franchise Partner.”

We are certain that we will hear more about Deborah’s success with the Goldgenie operation in the Bahamas. 

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Cayman Islands Public Advisory: Bush Fire Savannah

From RCIPS

The public are asked not to enter bush area between Agricola Drive and Pedro Castle Road, Savannah. Fire and Police currently on scene containing bush fire.

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An annual Cayman Islands swimming tradition: The 2016 Lions Sprint Meet

SwimmingThe Lions Club and Stingray Swim Club (SSC) host the annual, fun-filled and fast-paced Lions Sprint meet on Saturday May 21st at the Lions Aquatic Centre. This meet is a partnership between the Lions Club — the visionary service club that first saw the need for a swimming pool; and Stingray Swim Club, Cayman’s first competitive age group club which is based at the Lions Aquatic Centre.
This Lions Sprint Meet, an extraordinary community service project, is sponsored by the Lions Club and organised and operated by SSC. There are no meet fees charged and the meet is open to swimmers from all of Cayman’s clubs allowing as many young swimmers as possible to swim, or to try out competitive swimming for the first time. The swimmers compete for High Points trophies and first place golden honours in Sprint distances in each of the strokes: 25m for 6 & Under and 7-8; and 50m for the 10 & Under, 11-12, 13-14 and 15 & Over age groups
Lion President Ewan Jacques.encourages all parents, friends and family of swimmers and members of the community to come to the meet to support Cayman’s young swimmers. “This pool was built so that all Caymanian children could learn to swim. Stingray honours the vision of the Lions Club every year by hosting this meet, organising it for us and allowing all children to swim for free. We truly appreciate the partnership that has developed with Stingray over the years, and we congratulate them on their continued successes both in the pool here in Cayman and overseas, and in open water competition.”
Stingray Head Coach, David Pursley commented: “The Lions Sprint Meet is an important one for our club. The Lions Aquatic Centre has been the home of Stingray Swim Club for 20 years — has seen swimmers strive for personal excellence, set National and CIASA records and train to take part in international competitions as important as the Olympics. Our swimmers look forward to this Sprint Meet, as do our parents and volunteers. We extend our thanks to the Officials who volunteer their time… and we encourage everyone to come down and support our swimmers in this amazing, community event.”
After the Lions Sprint Meet, SSC will be participating in the CIASA Butterfield 800m Sea Swim on May 28th; the Landon Von Kanel Swim Meet, June 2 — 5th  which offers a full array of events — sprint, middle and long distances and the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on June 11th.
For more information go to the Stingray Swim Club web site www.caymanswimming.com .
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We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis, IFAD’s Chief Strategist to tell world leaders in Istanbul

IFAD_7_8_13Rome, 19 May 2016 – With more than 60 million people across the world reeling from the drought caused by El Niño, Josefina Stubbs from the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has a strong message for leaders gathering at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next week.
“The demand for emergency assistance cannot keep up with the supply,” she says. “We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis. We have to invest in long-term development that helps people cope with shocks so that they can continue to grow enough food for their communities and not require emergency aid.”
Climate change is causing more extreme weather events and natural disasters resulting in an average displacement of 22.5 million people a year – equivalent to 62,000 people every day. This movement of people can lead to local and regional instability. And when people are pushed away from rural areas and farming, it can threaten the food security of entire countries.
“Poor people in developing countries are disproportionately affected by disasters because they do not have the resources to cope with the impacts and bounce back,” says Stubbs, IFAD’s Associate Vice-President and Chief Strategist. “These people are not waiting for hand-outs. They are looking for opportunities to keep earning incomes even in the face of disasters. Our focus should be on creating these opportunities.”
The current El Niño drought has had a catastrophic effect on crops around the world causing almost 32 million people in southern Africa alone to go hungry. This number is expected to rise to 49 million by the end of the year. The UN estimates that at least US$3.6 billion is required to meet emergency needs resulting from this drought. Less than half of this has been provided.
Ethiopia is the worst hit in Africa, with 75 per cent of its harvests lost and emergency food assistance required for at least ten million people. IFAD has been working with small-scale farmers in the country for more than a decade to make them more resilient to the impacts of drought. With investments in irrigation, water-harvesting techniques and early warning systems, and training in sustainable water usage, none of these communities have required any food aid during the current drought.
“At IFAD we have seen that building resilience to disasters does work and saves communities from suffering,” says Stubbs. “But there has to be a global commitment to invest in long-term development.”
The changing climate and the increasing scarcity of natural resources are also impacting the already precarious situation of the estimated 60 million people who have been forcibly displaced by conflict. Long-term investments are urgently needed to stimulate the economies of the rural areas of host countries where the majority of refugees live.
The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit takes place on 23 and 24 May and originates from a growing concern about the protracted nature of recent humanitarian crises and the limited capacity of the global community to respond to them. World leaders and humanitarian and development agencies will gather to make commitments to help countries better prepare for and respond to crises.
Press release No.: IFAD/31/2016
IFAD invests in rural people, empowering them to reduce poverty, increase food security, improve nutrition and strengthen resilience. Since 1978, we have provided about US$17.7 billion in grants and low-interest loans to projects that have reached some 459 million people. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency based in Rome – the UN’s food and agriculture hub.

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Cayman Islands 3rd Annual KPMG Glow Run 5K

Cheque Presentation KPMG Marketing Manager Astra Watler and Trust Marketing Manager Danielle WatlerWith a total of 635 registered runners last year, The National Trust will partner with KPMG  to host  the 3rd annual Glow Run 5K in Grand Cayman on Saturday, June 4th. In keeping with the theme “Light up the Night for a Brighter Future”, participants are encouraged to dress in bright costumes, face paint, and luminous accessories. This popular run will start at 7pm at the entrance of Safe Haven, with the halfway point turnaround in front of Holiday Inn returning to the entrance of Safehaven to the finish line.
Event entertainment will be provided by Flo-Motion before, during and after the run;highlights include a glow hoola hoop performer and fire dancer as well as acrobatic performances.  Production services will be provided by by AI Rentals who have planned a glow tunnel at the start and finish lines as well as impressive stage lighting.  Island Naturals will be providing mini fruit kebabs, watermelon juice and gluten free muffinsto participants and  the Paradise Pixies team will be on hand for  face painting.  Participants will also have an opportunity to purchase glow body henna by Shilpa Tagalpallewar for a minimal fee of CI $10 with part proceeds going towards the National Trust.  Smokin Bros food truck will be on site and drinks and glow items will be on sale  all set to music by Star 92.7’s radio personality Selecta Renegade who will double as the event emcee.
Prizes from our sponsors will be given to the top three finishers for the male, female and children’s category as well as the best costumes and team who displays best team spirit in the most creative way. All ages and fitness levels are encouraged to show up and get glowed up to run or walk. Each participant will receive a runner’s pack with goodies from our event sponsors. Additional glow items are available at the Trust merchandise store located in Dart Family Park, South Sound.
Registration fees for Trust members  are CI $25, non-members CI $35 and children ages 3 to 12 CI$20. Those who sign up for membership will receive three additional glow items in their runner pack.
The KPMG “Glo Hard or Go Home” photo booth and non-toxic glow powder and paint stations will again be fun features on this year’s route and this year a new glow bubble station has been added to route.
“The Trust is pleased to host the 3rd Glow Run in Cayman and thank our sponsors, volunteers and participants who make it possible for us to expand and enrich the important services we provide to the community,” said Christina Pineda, Executive Director at the National Trust. Proceeds from this community event will benefit the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Interested participants can register online at www.nationaltrust.org.ky.
For further details on corporate registrations, sponsorship opportunities and volunteer assistance email marketing@nationaltrust.org.ky or call 749-1121.
The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has been “protecting the future of Cayman’s heritage” since its inception in 1987. The Trust is a not-for-profit NGO created to preserve the history and biodiversity of the Cayman Islands. Through education and conservation we work to protect environmentally sensitive and historically significant sites across all three Islands.
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CIAA: Air cannon deployed to mitigate wildlife at the airport/CIAA seeks volunteers for emergency exercise

image2Air cannon deployed to mitigate wildlife at the airport

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (18 May, 2016) The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) has deployed “Zon Gun” propane cannons, better known as “air cannons” to help scare birds away from the runway at the Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA). The bird migration season has started and at any given time between 15-25 cattle egrets gather inside the airport perimeter fence, creating a hazard to aircraft.

Other bird scaring techniques have also been used, however the loud popping noise from the air cannon has proven to be the most effective method for scaring the cattle egrets away and keeping them from the runway and airport operating areas.

While the loud noise may be distracting for residents in the surrounding areas, CIAA’s Chief Safety Management Officer Andrew McLaughlin says, “The air cannons are only deployed on an as needed basis and only in response to dangerous bird concentrations on the airport.”
Mr. McLaughlin added that, “Bird strikes are a very serious problem for airports all over the world, however through the CIAA’s consistent and proactive approach we are able to maintain an acceptable level of safety for flight operations.”

The public can also do its part to help reduce wildlife strikes by reporting any wildlife sightings to airport staff at (345) 244-5835, covering trash cans in the surrounding areas, picking up garbage and not feeding the birds in the areas near the airport.

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Image of Zon Gun Propane Cannon

CIAA Seeks Volunteers for Emergency Exercise

image1Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (May 17, 2016) The Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) needs your help! The CIAA is looking for volunteers who would be willing to wear special make-up and act as injured passengers in the upcoming Full Scale Airport Emergency Exercise scheduled for Wednesday, 25 May 2016. The CIAA organizes this event to test the readiness of emergency responders to handle an aircraft accident and form an organized response in those critical moments that could mean the difference between life and death. The Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) is coordinating all volunteer activities and interested members of the public are being asked to contact the CIRC Volunteer & Resources Manager at (345) 949-6785 Ext, 1 or (345) 925-2251 or CIRC Volunteer & Resource Manager vrm@redcross.org.ky Further details on roles and activities will be provided to interested parties.

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Airport Emergency Exercise “The Real Deal” held on Thursday, 6 November 2014

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