December 8, 2019

Bahamas need to reconsider building practices amid Dorian clean-up

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By Imogen Francis From The Globe Post Just over a month after Hurricane Dorian flattened parts of the Abaco Islands and killed over 50 people, the county’s leaders and the Inter-American Development Bank have allocated a $100 million loan to start rebuilding. But experts believe before any rebuilding takes place, the Bahamian government needs to invest in […]

Cayman Islands’ Danielle Coleman returns from aid secondment in BVI

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Danielle Coleman has returned from her secondment to the British Virgin Islands (BVI), describing the situation there as worse than the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan on Grand Cayman in 2004. The Deputy Director of Preparedness and Planning with Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI), was in the British Overseas Territory for a month. She was […]

The ‘Red Cross was not there’: Texas official blasts the agency’s response after Hurricane Harvey

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By Justin Elliott, Jessica Huseman, Decca Muldowney, ProPublica From Business Insider This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune. The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some cases, the Red Cross simply failed to show up as it promised it would. […]

At least 41 million people affected in floods in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, UN says

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By Chloe Farand From Independent UK ‘We live in a global world and there is a lot going on out there at the moment but people should know about what is happening here,’ Red Cross worker says More than 40 million people have been affected by devastating floods and landslides in South Asia, UN humanitarian […]

Sri Lanka dengue outbreak kills nearly 300 people so far

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From WN According to health officials on Monday, a dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka killed nearly 300 people so far and hospitals are stretched to capacity, Reuters reported. Health officials blame recent monsoon rains and floods leaving pools of stagnant water and rotting rain-soaked trash which is perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying the virus, […]

Red Cross: social ills make disasters worse in Latin America, Caribbean

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From VOA TEPIC, MEXICO —  High levels of violence and inequality complicate the challenge of managing humanitarian risks in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region that is not investing enough in keeping its people safe, said a top Red Cross official. As the Caribbean hurricane season approaches, Walter Cotte, Americas director for the International […]

Agriculture & Craft Bazaar

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Cayman Islands Agriculture & Craft Bazaar this Saturday at Town Market The first “Cayman Christmas Bazaar” takes place at the Market at the Cricket Grounds – this Saturday, 10 December, 2016. A celebration of all things local, from Cayman-style cooking to crafty Christmas gifts and music, the event will also shine a spotlight on the […]

Cayman Islands: HIV/AIDS Data as of 30th November 2014

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The first documented Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) diagnosis in the Cayman Islands was in 1985. From 1985 to 30th November 2014, 123 people were diagnosed with HIV and of these 72 were also diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Of the 123 people with HIV, 43 were reported to have died and 80 people were […]

The Editor Speaks: Political correctness now comes to Cayman

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With the announcement by Danielle Coleman, the Cayman Islands Red Cross Disaster Manager that because the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) can be identified with religious groups, the Red Cross have introduced a new emblem the Red Crystal (also called the Red Diamond), it would […]

Red Cross in Cayman to adopt the Red Crystal

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Because the Red Cross and Red Crescent emblems for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) can be identified with religious groups, the Red Cross have introduced a new emblem the Red Crystal (also called the Red Diamond). Danielle Coleman, the Cayman Red Cross Disaster Manager, said public perception is very important to them, […]