6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. No major side effects from HPV vaccine
  2. Historic natural gas forum begins
  3. FLOW takes OUR to court
  4. HPV vaccine programme costing $100m
  5. Lisa lights a fire for Shane
  6. MPs lose millions of CDF to agencies

1. No major side effects from HPV vaccine

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the ministry is firm in its stance not to postpone the administering of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools, despite a proposal from Education Minister Ruel Reid that the programme be delayed amid concerns raised by parents and principals. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Historic natural gas forum begins

The push to significantly diversify the country’s energy mix will be underscored today when the first ever natural gas conference gets under way this morning at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. The latest in technology and best practices will be highlighted by a panel of experts in the energy sector, academia, finance and the environment, as well as on tax policy. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. FLOW takes OUR to court

Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited, which trades as Flow, has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking to bar the Office of Utilities Regulation, the OUR, from implementing cuts to termination rates for fixed line calls. The OUR had developed a ‘glide path’ to implement the rate cuts over six months, from October 1 of this year to April 1, 2018. But Flow, which is the top provider of fixed-line services in Jamaica and stands to lose the most, had been arguing for a longer glide path extending over two years or more. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. HPV vaccine programme costing $100m

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton revealed in Parliament today that the Government is spending approximately $100 million for the first year of the programme to administer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools. Tufton said the estimated annual cost after introduction is $73.3 million. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Lisa Hanna

5. Lisa lights a fire for Shane

Lisa Hanna, the People’s National Party Member of Parliament for South East St Ann blazed a fire at a mass rally in Annotto Bay St Mary last night as the party officially introduced its candidate for the vacant South East St Mary seat, Dr Shane Alexis. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. MPs losing millions of CDF to agencies

Members of Parliament (MP) who lost millions of dollars to some implementing agencies for years, yesterday vented their frustration during a meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament at not being reimbursed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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