6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Calabar, Edwin Allen win Champs
  2. NIS changes coming
  3. Phillips to be sworn in today
  4. Gov’t to address mental illness in victims
  5. Victim, hacker in MoBay killing ID’d
  6. UWI, Health Ministry partner to build Mosquito Unit

1. Calabar, Edwin Allen win Champs

Calabar High defied the pre-meet odds last night while Edwin Allen High’s girls posted an expected victory as an exciting and sometimes tension-filled ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships ended inside the National Stadium. Edwin Allen clinched the girls’ title in late afternoon, but the boys’ race went down to the final event. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. NIS changes coming

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will be streamlining its services to enable more efficient processing of pensions and benefits. Director of the NIS, Portia Magnus, said that among the changes is the revision of forms, which will assist in gathering more details of applicants, thereby reducing processing time. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Peter Phillips

3. Phillips to be sworn in as Opposition leader today

When Dr Peter Phillips enters Gordon House on Tuesday, he will take his seat in the Lower House as Opposition leader for the first time. Phillips is scheduled to receive his instrument of office at King’s House today after being sworn in as leader of the Opposition by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Gov’t to address mental illness in inmates

State Minister for National Security, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr, said the Government will be putting measures in place to deal with mentally ill people in lockups. “There are plans to allocate budgetary and manpower resources to meet the treatment needs of the mentally ill who are incarcerated. We also hope to amend legislation to address the criminal justice process to determine how to refer mentally ill arrestees and offenders to various treatment programmes,” he noted. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Victim, hacker in MoBay killing ID’d

The names of the those killed during yesterday morning’s hacking incident in Norwood, St James have been revealed by the police. They are 60-year-old Lascelles Bracket, who is said to be the perpetrator of the hacking, and his victim 62-year-old Herman Pryce. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. UWI, Health Ministry partner to build Mosquito Unit

The Ministry of Health and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, have partnered to establish a Mosquito Control and Research Unit at the tertiary institution’s Mona campus in St Andrew. The unit will be responsible for coordinating best practices in integrated vector management and research into mosquito control and eradication. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.