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Active agenda for Legislative Assembly

The Legislative Assembly faces a packed agenda that includes 18 bills and several other legislative and regulatory amendments as the House prepares to resume on Wednesday.
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GM mosquito release halted

The release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Grand Cayman has stopped and no new public funds have been committed to the project for next year.
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EDITORIAL – When government despoils Cayman’s precious wetlands

To environmentalists and conservationists alike, there is no mission more sacred than protecting tropical wetlands, the incubator and habitat of many forms of life itself. We in Cayman need look no farther than out of our airplane windows to view the vast Everglades National Park as our pilots navigate their way toward South Florida Airports. […]
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Run for the band

Students of the John Gray High School Music Department perform on the beach at Smith Barcadere earlier this month after runners and walkers took part in the Breeze Fusion 5K Walk/Run.
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Landfill contract will not be signed until next year

Work to close and remediate the George Town landfill site and replace it with a suite of modern waste management facilities is not expected to begin until the latter part of next year.
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Cayman rides in memory of Pete Ribbins

Cyclists are getting ready to pedal long distance in support of Cayman HospiceCare.
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Barkers cleanup draws 75 volunteers

As much of the island was recovering from Friday night’s Pirates Week kickoff celebration, 75 volunteers spent their Saturday morning combing the beach at Barkers in West Bay to collect more than 500 pounds of trash and recyclables.
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Dates set for winter NiCE program

The traditional end-of-the-year National Community Enhancement project will run Nov. 26 to Dec. 14.
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Bands vie to play KAABOO

Well before their February festival, KAABOO officials are hosting a battle of the bands.
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Brac Day Care Centre now satisfactory

The Cayman Brac Day Care Centre has made satisfactory progress in addressing problems that were identified as “important weaknesses” in a report issued in April by the Office of Education Standards.
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New sanctions reporting for non-financial businesses

The U.K. has amended previous Sanctions Orders for the Overseas Territories with a new order that extends reporting duties to certain non-financial businesses.
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Cuban migrant vessel lands in Cayman Brac

Nine Cubans who landed in Cayman Brac on Saturday have chosen to stay in the Cayman Islands and will likely apply for asylum.
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Appeal begins for police discrimination lawsuit

An appeals hearing began on Tuesday involving former Caymanian police officers who claim they were discriminated against on the grounds of age and nationality when they were forced to retire or accept a demotion at age 55.
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Cocaine seized by Customs at airport

A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.
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Teens arrested following car break-ins

Police arrested two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, following reports of four vehicles being broken into in downtown George Town during the Pirates Week festivities over the weekend.
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PFL/GPFL Weekly Review: St. Ignatius boys take full points in West Bay

With Pirates Week activities in full swing, schools took to the fields Saturday to participate in the sixth round of games in the 2018 CUC Primary Football League and Girls’ Primary Football League regular seasons.
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CONCACAF: Cayman Islands loses to Curacao

The Cayman Islands Under 20 Men’s National Football Team lost to Curacao 2-4 in their final Group F game of the CONCACAF Men’s Under 20 Championships in Bradenton, Florida, Saturday.
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US firm still advocating for Cayman Islands in Congress

The Cayman Islands government has paid a total of $112,423 as of October to have a law firm advocate for the territory’s financial services industry in the United States Congress, according to filings with the U.S. Justice Department.
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Grand Cayman Marriott and eShore win top Chamber awards

The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and eShore received the Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year awards, respectively during the second annual Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 27 at The Ritz-Carlton.
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Bankers Association celebrates 40 years

Five past presidents of the Cayman Islands Bankers Association joined current CIBA President Michael Halsey and members of the business community to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the association.
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Brexit deal hangs on knife-edge as Theresa May awaits Cabinet verdict

Britain has concluded a Brexit deal with the European Union. Now, amid a growing clamor of dissent, Theresa May must sell it to her own side.
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US fires: 50 dead, families return to nothing

Nearly a week after the worst wildfire in California's history broke out, firefighters are still battling its roaring flames, 48 people have been confirmed dead and evacuees are growing desperate.
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Erdogan: Audio recording of Khashoggi killing is a 'true disaster'

An audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a "true disaster" that "shocked" the Saudi intelligence officer who heard it, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.
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Son and heir: Prince Charles turns 70 with no intention of slowing down

At 70, most people in the UK are settling into retirement but the Prince of Wales is working harder than ever. More public engagements, more international tours and daily paperwork that often keeps him at his desk late into the night.
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'El Chapo' Guzman's trial begins under unprecedented security measures

Nearly two years after his extradition from Mexico, notorious cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera faces an American jury on Tuesday in the most significant criminal trial in decades.
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Pence tells Aung San Suu Kyi the persecution of Rohingya is 'without excuse'

US Vice President Mike Pence told Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi Wednesday that the treatment of her country's stateless Rohingya Muslim population was inexcusable.
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Flipkart CEO resigns after misconduct claims

The head of India's biggest online retailer has stepped down following an investigation into allegations of "serious personal misconduct."
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Don't panic about iPhone sales just yet

Less than two months after Apple refreshed its smartphone lineup, investors are once again panicking about whether enough people are buying iPhones.
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Oil nosedives 7%, its biggest plunge in three years

Crude oil prices are in free-fall as fears of a supply glut mount.
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Saudi oil reversal is a win for American shale

American oil executives will sleep a bit better tonight after Saudi Arabia signaled it's coming to the rescue of the battered crude market.
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Cities that lost out on Amazon HQ2 still won

17 US cities didn't land prizes in the Amazon sweepstakes, but they laid the groundwork to become tech hubs for years to come.
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Meet Formula One's next generation of stars

There will be familiar names on the grid next season, but 2019 also promises to be the year Formula One's next generation come to the fore.
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Why Finland loves rally

On a rainy day in the autumn of 1987, seven-year-old Teemu Lampinen stood with his father on the sidelines of Finland's 1000 Lakes Rally (now called the Neste Rally Finland).
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Why these dolls bring good luck

This weekend, the usually tranquil Jindaiji Temple in Tokyo will be overrun by bright red, one-eyed figures. Some will have no eyes at all.
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The robot who laughs, smiles and frowns just like us

The field of robotics is fast-growing. Robots can now perform complicated movements with elegance -- back-flipping, practicing parkour moves, even "carving" classical sculptures.
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What happened to the world's largest painting?

Less than a month before the end of World War I, a huge painting commemorating the war effort was unveiled in central Paris. Its creators wanted to honor the greatest war the world had ever seen with the greatest painting ever made, and they had spent the previous four years working on it with the help of 150 artists.
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Qatari royal showcases jewel of the Maharajas

In the 17th century, an exquisite dagger crafted from jade and inlaid with gold was created for Shah Jahan, the emperor who built the Taj Mahal. Two centuries later, it had found its way into the private collection of Samuel Morse, the inventor of Morse code.
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Why was this car hidden away for 30 years?

If this car could talk, it would describe a road to fame with all the twists and turns of a Hollywood plot.
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World's first underwater hotel

For once, it's an opportunity to sleep with the fishes that doesn't mean you end up like a character in a mob movie.
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10 things the UAE does better than anywhere else

The United Arab Emirates is famous for its relentless sunshine, its golden dunes that roll on for miles and some of the most ambitious, opulent building projects of modern times.
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Trailblazers on how to change the world

Meet 10 remarkable trailblazers who have truly changed the world. Each one has found a way to use their knowledge and inspiration to help countless others.
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Tiny houses for homeless vets make a big impact

Leo Morris served in the Air Force. Karen Carter patrolled with the Coast Guard. Henry Owens enlisted in the Navy.
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UK significantly closer to delivering Brexit, says May

But Labour says the proposed deal would leave the UK in an "indefinite half way house".
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Thousands caught up in 'appalling' cervical screening blunder

More than 40,000 women have not received information after a failure to send out letters.
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Babs Beverley, one third of the Beverley Sisters, dies aged 91

Her death leaves twin sister Teddie as the sole surviving member of the popular vocal harmony group.
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Ilford crossbow death: Help offers for Sana Muhammad's family

Pregnant mother Sana Mohammed was attacked in her home, but her unborn son was delivered safely.
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Leicester City helicopter 'did not respond to pilot's command'

Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in the crash alongside four others.
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Addison Lee loses appeal on worker rights

Court upholds ruling that drivers are employees, not self-employed, in major blow to taxi company.
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UK inflation holds steady at 2.4% in October

Falls in the cost of food and clothing are offset by rising utility bills and petrol prices.
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'Migrants' found on boat off Dover included toddler

The group of nine people, all believed to be Iranian, were on a "small open boat" in UK waters.
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Man to be quizzed over London road pedestrian push

The victim was shoved into the path of traffic on a busy central London road in July.
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Commercial nuclear reprocessing ends at Sellafield site

The plant will operate until the 2070s as a storehouse for spent fuel as the site is cleaned up.
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Google accused of 'trust demolition' over health app

DeepMind now wants its health app to become an AI assistant for nurses and doctors around the world.
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Prince Charles reveals love of 'groussaka' as he turns 70

It's one of several grouse-based versions of popular dishes mentioned by the Prince as he turns 70.
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Rachael Bland's husband on how their son has reacted to his mum's death

BBC presenter Rachael Bland's husband reveals moving words of their son, Freddie, after her death.
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Royston Cave: 'Knights Templar' carvings at risk

The 14th Century chalk carvings have been damaged by water and gnat larvae, according to English Heritage.
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Fighting heroin addiction: Bobby's story

Bobby was injecting heroin and crack cocaine up to six times a day. He's spoken to the BBC about what made him turn his life around.
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Short circuit: What happens to all the redundant cables in Essex?

Meet the cable men, single-handedly trying to rid the area of unwanted cables
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Alternative provision schools: 'We all deserve an education'

As fixed-term exclusions have gone up across England, these schools are offering pupils a second chance.
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The face-mapping technology raising fears about fake news

Why face-mapping technology designed to improve TV dubbing is raising fears about fake news.
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Building London's new Thames Clipper

The vessel will take to the Thames in 2019 and increase capacity by 8%.
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Vegan billboards: Middlesbrough man funds signs

Tony Galuidi wants people to think there is "a way of eating that doesn't involve harming animals".
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Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie filmed in Highlands

Starring a character voiced by Ryan Reynolds, the scenes were filmed in parts of Glen Nevis and Glen Affric.
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Newspaper headlines: 'Moment of truth' for Brexit deal

The potential Brexit agreement dominates Wednesday's front pages.
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World Diabetes Day: 'What I wish people knew about my condition'

On World Diabetes Day, we speak to three people who live with the condition.
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Prince Charles: 70 years in 70 pictures

To mark the Prince of Wales' 70th birthday, we present an image from every year of his life.
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The people with more stuff than they have room for

What is driving the rapid growth in self-storage across the UK?
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BBC Young Reporter Competition: Tell us a story

If you are 11-18 years-old, tell us about a story which is affecting you, your friends or young people in your community and that you think the BBC should be reporting.
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Olly Murs: 'I'd hate to see The X Factor end'

The singer on his inner geek, why he still rates The X Factor and *that* incident in Selfridges.
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University 'not for people like us'

The winner of a big education prize grew up thinking poor families like his could not go to university.
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Trying to bridge the 'genomic divide': Lack of Indigenous data a challenge for researchers

Problems are inherent in using genetic databases to unearth Indigenous ancestry, but efforts are underway to help Indigenous students acquire skills and knowledge that would help them move into advisory and leadership roles within genomic research.
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Calgarians vote against 2026 Winter Olympics bid

The majority of Calgarians do not want the city to proceed with a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to the unofficial result of a non-binding plebiscite.
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Nunavut community says Inuit lives need to be protected over polar bear population

In communities along the west coast of Hudson Bay, Nunavummiut are both scared and angered by the increasing number of polar bear-human interactions.
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Canada's first successful heart transplant was 50 years ago this week. Here's how it happened

Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital is marking the 50th anniversary of Canada's first successful heart transplant. "We showed that it can be done," remembered a doctor involved in the landmark surgery.
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Prince Charles at 70: Why he's been 'banging the drum' to make a difference, but says he won't meddle as king

Prince Charles, who turns 70 today, has spent his lifetime doing charitable work, but his history of sharing strong opinions has left some observers uneasy about how he will serve as king.
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Man shot to death in north end is Toronto's 89th homicide this year — tying grim record set in 1991

A man's shooting death overnight Wednesday in north Toronto marks the city's 89th homicide this year, matching a grim record that has stood unbroken for nearly three decades.
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Sask. eHealth exec got free PGA golf trip from vendor doing business with province

A former Chief Information Officer with eHealth acknowledges that last year he received an all-expenses-paid trip to Charlotte, North Carolina where he and two other eHealth employees attended the PGA Championship.
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10 people die from illicit drug overdoses every day in Canada, study suggests

An average of 10 people died from an illicit drug overdose every day in Canada in the two years leading up to March 2018, according to a federal analysis aimed at giving a better picture of those at greatest risk from the burgeoning overdose crisis.
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Canadian war vet denied access to N.S. veterans hospital

A Canadian war veteran is being denied access to a Halifax veterans hospital, even though there are empty beds in the facility, because he wasn’t Canadian at the time of his wartime service.
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Ottawa offers $5M to help Saskatchewan fight addictions

The federal and provincial governments have announced a partnership aimed at helping those struggling with addiction in Saskatchewan.
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Teacher with criminal history arrested after altercation with student

RCMP have arrested a Halifax-area teacher accused of assault and mischief after an Oct. 3 incident involving a student. The administration at a Cole Harbour high school knew he had a criminal history and had vouched for his character following at least one of his earlier brushes with the law.
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Province urges Sask. First Nation to shut down unpermitted cannabis store on reserve

A cannabis store operating outside the Saskatchewan government's regulatory framework is now open in a First Nation community 70 kilometres northeast of Regina after the band passed its own cannabis legislation.
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Inuk woman sheds light on dramatic impact of poor services in Quebec's far north

Lucy Kumarluk says people from Nunavik’s 14 villages move south in the hope of a better life, but often find themselves homeless and vulnerable.
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Sides 'far apart' in Canada Post talks despite mediation, postal union says

Union negotiators say there was little progress during the 2½ weeks that a special mediator was assigned to the Canada Post labour dispute. The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday.
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Pharmacies want to give $15 strep throat tests — but pediatricians say they're not accurate enough for kids

An association representing pharmacies says having rapid strep tests available in their stores across Canada could save unnecessary visits to the doctor for many patients with sore throats. But pediatric experts caution such tests shouldn't be used to rule out strep throat in children.
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Unwrapped: Christmas mystery 48 years in the making will soon be solved

A present with an astonishing past will finally reveal its secret early next month. On Dec. 6, the dog-eared Christmas gift an Edmonton man has been lugging around for 48 years will finally be opened. By someone else.
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'What's our new normal?': Ontario student escapes California wildfire after mass shooting kills classmate

Marlee Hewitt, a Windsor, Ont. native studying at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., landed in Detroit, Mich. Monday evening following a harrowing few days.
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Alberta's health minister was warned in 2016 about Covenant Health treatment of assisted-dying patient

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has known for more than two years that some Covenant Health patients seeking an assisted death have been treated in ways that ethics and legal experts say are inhumane and infringe on patients’ rights.
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Why Toronto won by losing its bid for Amazon's new headquarters

Toronto’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2 fell short, but some say the city may be better off without the American giant.
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Marvel's Stan Lee remembered as 'godfather' of comics

Marvel Comics' Stan Lee is dead at 95 and the comics community is remembering him as someone who made the industry what it is today.
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