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Cayman Islands: West Bay Community Dog Wash is this Sunday

From CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts



Cayman Islands utility company explains Tuesday’s (29) outage on Grand Cayman

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, customers in parts of East End, Bodden Town, George Town and West Bay experienced interruptions to their electricity service between 7:11 p.m. and 8:41 p.m.

This interruption to service followed an emergency stop of one of the Company’s larger generating units by CUC personnel for a oil leak. The sudden loss in generation caused the load-shedding of four feeders serving the various affected districts.

Following the start-up of additional generation, restoration of service to customers in a majority of the affected areas began at 7:35 p.m. although customers in West Bay were not fully restored until 8:41 p.m. The delay in restoring service to customers in West Bay was due to a communication systems failure with the circuit breaker in the Hydesville Substation on Willie Farrington Drive, which required field crews to visit the substation to reset and close the breaker.

Approximately 4,500 of the Company’s 28,000 customers were affected. CUC apologises for the inconvenience the outage may have caused.


Ecommerce site lets you search for clothes by uploading photos

By Vignesh Ramachandran From Mashable

For ladies and gents looking to spruce up their wardrobe, a new social ecommerce platform lets users upload photos of a specific item of clothing, and then provides a results page that includes matches for that specific outfit.

Called OSHa’Re, the fashion platform is a partnership between ecommerce company Rakuten, visual search engine ViSenze and Asian fashion social network Clozette, The Next Web reported.

In addition to the reverse image-search feature, OSHa’Re users can create lists of clothing and accessories, and they can like, share and comment on those items. (Check out the video, above, for more details.) Once the site is fully functional, users will reportedly be able to browse and buy products from Rakuten’s online store.

The site’s design is very similar to that of Pinterest, featuring a tile interface.

The service is on a trial run in Taiwan, and currently, it’s unclear whether it will expand elsewhere.

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US hospital to offer uterus transplants

afp-us-hospital-to-offer-uterus-transplantsFrom Business Insider

IMAGE: The Cleveland Clinic says it will become the first US hospital to offer women the possibility of a uterus transplant © AltoPress/AFP/File Ale Ventura

Miami (AFP) – A leading US hospital said Thursday it is preparing to offer women uterine transplants, a technology that has been proven in Sweden and could help those struggling with infertility.

The Cleveland Clinic said it will be the first hospital in the United States to offer transplanted uteruses to 10 women beginning in the next few months.

The clinical trial is open to women of childbearing age who are unable to become pregnant “because they were born without a uterus, have lost their uterus, or have a uterus that no longer functions,” said a hospital statement.

The transplants will come from deceased donors and will be temporary. Each organ will be removed after the recipient is able to bear one or two children.

Sweden’s University of Gothenburg achieved its first birth via a transplanted uterus in September 2014.

“To date, the Swedish group has performed nine uterus transplants, achieving five pregnancies and four live births,” the Cleveland Clinic said.

The road has been long, however, and the first two international attempts at uterus transplants in Saudi Arabia and Turkey were unsuccessful.

Organ rejection during pregnancy has been a key problem.

“The exciting work from the investigators in Sweden demonstrated that uterine transplantation can result in the successful delivery of healthy infants,” said Cleveland Clinic lead investigator Andreas Tzakis.

The approach “is still considered highly experimental,” said Tommaso Falcone, an obstetrician and chair of the Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health Institute.

“Cleveland Clinic has a history of innovation in transplant and reproductive surgery and will explore the feasibility of this approach for women in the United States.”

Infertility due to uterine problems affects thousands of women around the world, and until now few options have existed other than surrogacy or adoption.

The hospital has already begun screening potential candidates, ranging in age from 21 to 39.

Women accepted into the study face rigorous medical and psychological evaluations, and must agree to have her eggs retrieved, then fertilized and the embryos frozen until they are ready for transplantation.

“One year after transplant, the frozen embryos are then thawed and implanted, one at a time, into the patient until she becomes pregnant,” said the hospital.

The babies will be delivered by Cesarean section, and the uterus removed after one to two babies.

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One of the top American cyclists caught a superbug at the Tour de France that could end his racing career

chris horner possible retirement loomingBy Daniel McMahon From Business Insider

IMAGE: Chris Horner possible retirement looming Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Chris Horner.

Chris Horner, one of the most accomplished riders in American cycling, has revealed to Business Insider that he’s been battling a superbug that could force him to end his racing career.

The bug is called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Horner said it seriously affects his lungs during competition. The condition “feels like asthma,” he said, but emphasized it isn’t actually asthma.

Pseudomonas infection is caused by strains of bacteria found widely in the environment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says that while serious infections usually occur in people in the hospital or with weakened immune systems, healthy people can also develop mild illnesses. Pseudomonas infections are generally treated with antibiotics.

“I knew there was some kind of bug down there, and they finally found it at the end of October,” Horner said by phone from his home in Oregon this week. “I did eight rounds of antibiotics and just finished my ninth.

“But of course each round has been different, and it’s stronger antibiotics each time,” he added. “Before this last round, they didn’t know what they were trying to kill, so hopefully now that they’ve done the bronchoscopy, they know exactly what they’re trying to kill.

“Every doctor I talk to says, ‘You’re on the right path — you just gotta wait it out,'” Horner said. “So I’m trying to keep the head in a good place, but if the season starts and I got a bug in the lungs, maybe I move on to something else.”

Superbugs — bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics — have been around for decades, but they are getting increasingly harder to treat.

One of the chief drivers of the resistant bugs is our zealous overprescription of antibiotics. Doctors prescribe the drugs for ailments that they don’t even treat and farmers put them in animal feed. The problem is global.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

“Long term it seems like the body will eventually take care of it, but I won’t be able to race comfortably until it is gone,” Horner added. “But no risk beyond racing issues for me.

“We’ll see if the latest round of antibiotics works its magic in the coming weeks,” he added. “I’d love to see how long I could race my bike for.

“I mean, I’m 45 next year. In cycling, most riders are done at by 34, a few go 35, and 36 is old. So when you’re going 44 like I was this year, that’s eight years past the expiration date.”

It was at the 2014 Tour de France that Horner believes he picked up the bug, he said, and it has affected his performance on the bike ever since.

“I’m thinking it was picked up on the cobblestone day [stage 5] when it rained and we were racing across the cobbles,” he said. “But it’s a guess. No one could tell you. It’s like if you get a cold and they’re like, where’d you get it? I can only tell you the period of time it was picked up, July 2014. Then again, maybe I got sick because I was sleeping on the wrong pillow.

chris horner superbug pseudomonas aeruginosaChris Horner superbug Pseudomonas aeruginosa.JPG
Courtesy of Chris Horner
Chris Horner shared his most recent lab results with Business Insider.

“At first it started off with Z-Pak, which works for common colds or something like that,” he said. “It got more intensive, and I ended up with ciprofloxacin, which is basically a super-strong antibiotic that hopefully kills it off, but this is sort of the last three-week dose of ciprofloxacin. We’ll see if it works. Whatever the bug is, it’s really antibiotically distant, so they’ve had an incredibly difficult time trying to kill it.”

Z-Pak, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, does nothing for the common cold, which is caused by a virus known as rhinovirus. In the US, some 60% of people brought to doctor’s offices and emergency rooms by sore throats — one of the tell-tale symptoms of common colds and the flu, both of which are caused by viruses — walk out with prescriptions for antibiotics, which kill bacteria, one long-term study found.

Horner is 44 years old, and for the past several years, when healthy, he ranked among the finest climbers in world cycling, and the US’s top stage racer.

In 2013 he won the mountainous Vuelta a España, or Tour of Spain, becoming the first American to win the race.

With his Vuelta title Horner became one of three Americans to win a grand tour, or three-week stage race. Greg LeMond claimed three Tour de France titles, and Andy Hampsten won the Giro d’Italia, or Tour of Italy.

Horner has finished as high as ninth at the Tour, in 2010. Remarkably, even with the superbug, Horner managed to finish 17th in the 2014 Tour. But he said he was “suffering and swinging off the back the whole time.”

Chris Horner retirement possible healthAP Photo/Paul White
chris horner retirement possible healthChris Horner is the only American to win the Vuelta a España, or Tour of Spain.

He raced on Team USA at the London Olympics and has won some of cycling’s most prestigious races, including the Amgen Tour of California and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, or Tour of the Basque Country. Before he started racing full time in Europe he won most of the US’s major races, including the Tour de Georgia and the San Francisco Grand Prix.

He said he’s hopeful that he will start the 2016 racing season.

“If I can get healthy I’m gonna race my bike — if I can’t, then I’m going to find something else to do,” he said. “It’s difficult, because it’s not like a broken bone. If the doctors can fix it with antibiotics and the lungs go back to normal, and I have the same kind of legs I had this year at the Tour of Utah, then I’m going to race my bike and win a bunch of races. But if they can’t, maybe I call it a career.

Chris Horner superbug retirementDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Horner won the Amgen Tour of California in 2011.

chris horner superbug retirement“I had amazing legs at Utah, just amazing. They were never hurting, I was never in pain. I just couldn’t breathe. It feels like asthma, but it’s not asthma. The harder I race, the more I exert myself and the more it affects the lungs and causes the lungs to just collapse. It’s the same effect as having an allergic reaction that asthma gives you.”

This off-season he’s staying fit and riding his bike in moderation as his lungs recover, he said.

Chris Horner top American cyclistAP Photo/Keystone, Juerg Mueller
chris horner top american cyclistChris Horner celebrates after winning the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse, from Buerglen to Arosa, Switzerland, June 16, 2005.

Horner’s current team contract, with Airgas-Safeway, ends December 31. Whether he would return to the team depends in part on the team’s makeup, he said. “If not, I’ll just start racing my bike and race for fun,” he said.

Asked what his “gut feeling” was regarding his chances of racing professionally in 2016, Horner said: “That I start the season? Really high. That I finish the season? I don’t know.”

He added that he isn’t sure what he’d do if he retired, but it would more than likely be cycling-related.

Erin Brodwin contributed reporting.

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Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly date set

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Following the agreement of Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, the Premier has asked the Speaker of the House to summon the Legislative Assembly to meet on Monday, 25 April, 2016.

Government is expected to present several bills for debate and passage, including:

• Statistics (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Standards in Public Life (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Accountants Bill (2016)

• Companies Law (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Limited Liability Companies Bill (2016)

• Legal Practitioners Bill (2016)

• Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill (2016)

Also to be dealt with are various private member motions and parliamentary questions.


Public Meeting to Discuss Trade and Business Licensing Law Requirements

A public meeting on the new Trade and Business Licensing Law, specifically health insurance and pension requirements, is being held at 7pm on Thursday, 31 March, at the Town Hall in George Town.

Representatives from the National Health Insurance Commission and the Department of Labour and Pensions will be present, along with the Chamber of Commerce and the Cayman Islands Small Business Association.

For more information, email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.

Children’s Film Competition Registration Extended

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) has extended its registration deadline for students wishing to enter their short films in the Young Image Makers (YIM) competition.

Budding filmmakers can now submit their entries now through Wednesday, 13th April, 2016.

The Foundation is allowing students more time over the Easter holidays to work on their films.

Interested persons can submit films to CNCF offices behind Harquail Theatre by 5.00 p.m. Registration forms can be downloaded at , for more details, email [email protected]


Cayman Islands Humane Society Book Loft March Monthly Sale

50% Sale on all books

Self Help






Buy 1 CD Get 1 FREE

Tel: 946-8053

Location – next to ALT’s on North Sound Road


Minister Marion Hall heads to Grand Cayman

High profile dancehall artiste turned gospel minister, Marion Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw is heading to Cayman.

Hall is scheduled to perform at Concert at the Lion Center in Grand Cayman on June 5.

“I will be there in the name of Jesus,” said Hall on Instagram as she shared a promotional flyer for the event.

Hall is also expected to make her gospel debut overseas from March 25-27.



Art through Cancer- Cancer through Art

Thu April 7 – May 12

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Internship with Prosperity Capital Management

This internship is being offered by Prosperity Capital Management Ltd, as part of the National Internship Programme. The role offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience of accounting as well as some specifics of the funds industry. Various practical training sessions will be offered combined with the daily hands-on experience. The internship opportunity is available for those studying finance or accounting at a local college/university. Email [email protected] or call 945-3114 for application forms. Deadline is April 24th 2016.

Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels Annual Coin Collection Drive

Please note that the Meals on wheels Coin Collection drive will be held this year a little later on May 27th and 28th. volunteers will be outside all supermarkets on the island as well as Kirks Home Centre and AL Thompsons hardware. for those companies that see heavy traffic i.e. banks, collection boxes will be available for that week.

For more information please don’t hesitate to call

Pat Bazell-Taylor


British Airways Nassau / Grand Cayman Aircraft Changes from July 2016

By JL From Airline Route

British Airways starting 01JUL16 is increasing capacity on London Heathrow – Nassau – Grand Cayman route, as the airline plans to operate 3-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, instead of 767-300ER.

The airline operates this route 4 times a week.

BA253 LHR1030 – 1450NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 57

BA253 LHR1035 – 1450NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 1

BA253 LHR1045 – 1505NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 3

BA252 GCM1830 – 2100NAS2225 – 1200+1LHR 777 57

BA252 GCM1830 – 2100NAS2230 – 1205+1LHR 777 13

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Mouth Cancer Awareness Day Free Screenings

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day is Friday (1 Apr) and the Cayman Cancer Society is offering free mouth cancer examinations at several dental and ear, nose and throat clinics. Call the Cancer Society for more information.

Passport2Success Programme Applications

The Passport2Success Programme is currently seeking applicants for its 20th cohort which will begin on April 25th 2016. This cohort is geared to Young Caymanians between the ages of 17 and 23. Application deadline is April 1st. Email [email protected] or call 945-3114 for more information. Visit to apply



Mustang Track Club car wash fundraiser

The Mustang Track Club car wash fundraiser is Saturday (2 Apr) from 830am until 430pm at the SMB Burger King.

St. Ignatius Church Garage Sale

St. Ignatius Church is having a garage sale and car boot on Saturday (2 Apr) from 1am until 11am at Loyola Hall.

Discovering Relational Wisdom

The Church of God Chapel in George Town, Grand Cayman, is sponsoring a live interactive seminar on Discovering Relational Wisdom. The venue is the Family Life Center and the time is from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday (2 Apr.)

Women in the Church Bake Sale

The Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church Women in the Church Bake Sale is Saturday (2 Apr) at the A.L. Home Depot parking lot at 7am


CARE: West Bay Community Dog Wash is this Sunday




Wednesday 6th April is Quiz Night

CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts

Why not get a team together and join us for the first Wednesday of every month for Quiz night at PD’s!

If you are unable to make it but would like to help spread the word about our Quiz, please click the attached image to download the flyer to share on your office notice board.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

The Cayman Drama Society presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday from April 7th through April 24th at 730pm. There will also be matinees on April 17th and 24th at 5pm.



Human Society’s Bargain Blow Out Book Sale

The Cayman Islands Human Society’s Bargain Blow Out Book Sale is Saturday (9 Apr) from 9am until 4pm outside AL Thompson’s Main Entrance.

Meals on Wheels Orange You Glad Gala

The Meals on Wheels Orange You Glad Gala is offering sponsoring and advertising opportunities on Saturday. The event is April 9th from 6pm to midnight at the Marriott Hotel. For more information call 949.3905.

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April Events at Camana Bay

This is the month to experience all things local with the return of Slow Food Day, a full-day event celebrating Cayman’s home-grown food scene. You can find your next treasure at a car boot sale, get your kids to fall in love with reading during a weekly book club or take some time for yourself and enjoy pampering opportunities with Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa’s 23rd anniversary celebration. With Mother’s Day approaching, you can also celebrate early with a special Mom & Me cooking class and a family portrait session.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Tai Chi

Sunday 3 April


The Crescent

Simplifying Healthy with Saucha

Tuesday 5 April


Bon Vivant

Eclipze’s 23rd Anniversary Open House

Friday 8 April


Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa

Guardians Alive 5/10K Walk and Run

Saturday 9 April


Cayman International School

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 9 April


Cayman International School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Club

9, 16, 23, 30 April


Starfish Village

Week of the Young Child Pajama Party

Monday 11 April


Gardenia Court

Curry at Home Cooking Class

Wednesday 13 April


Bon Vivant

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 13 April


Books & Books

Slow Food Day

Market & Chef Demonstrations

Saturday 16 April


The Paseo, Gardenia Court and Bon Vivant

Slow Food Day

Food Revolution Kids’ Culinary Challenge

Saturday 16 April


Gardenia Court

Slow Food Day

Farm-to-Table Dinner

Saturday 16 April


The Crescent

Culture at the Cinema

Man and Superman

Saturday 16 April


Regal Cinemas

Burger Beer Bash Cooking Class

Tuesday 19 April


Bon Vivant


Wednesday 20 April


Books & Books

Rotary Science Fair

Saturday 23 April


The Arts & Recreation Centre

Budding Chef Cooking Class

Pizza Mania

Saturday 23 April


Bon Vivant

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 28 April



Mother’s Day Portraits

Saturday 30 April


Gardenia Court

Mom & Me Cooking Class

Saturday 30 April


Bon Vivant


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