6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Jamaica places third in Miss Universe competition
  2. Holness calls himself ‘The Builder’
  3. ZIK-V, Chik-V still concerns
  4. NHT on track to deliver 8,500 mortgages
  5. PM calls for support for law denying murder-accused of bail
  6. Lignum Vitae awards for Ellis, Williams

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1. Jamaica places third in Miss Universe competition

Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett has been declared second runner up to the 2017 Miss Universe. Bennett, emerged from a field of 92 contestants from across the globe. Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was declared the winner and Miss Colombia Laura González Ospina, first runner up. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Holness calls himself ‘The Builder’

Describing himself as “the builder”, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday declared that his administration was on track this fiscal year to deliver 8,500 mortgages to new homeowners – a new record in the National Housing Trust’s 40-year history. The loans, said Holness, convert to $28 billion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin.

3. ZIK-V, Chik-V still concerns

Dr Winston De La Haye, chief medical officer in the Ministry of Health, has signalled that there is a lull in Zika (Zik V) and Chikungunya virus (chik-V) cases but cautioned against complacency, indicating that both illnesses are here to stay. In an interview with The Gleaner on the weekend, De La Haye said that it is important that citizens keep abreast of what is happening. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. NHT on track to deliver 8,500 mortgages

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the National Housing Trust (NHT) is on track to deliver 8,500 mortgages to new home owners. He was speaking on Sunday at the Jamaica Labour Party’s Annual Conference at the National Arena. Holness said the 8,500 mortgages would equate to about $28 billion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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5. PM calls for support for law denying murder-accused of bail

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says advocates of justice should support the passage of laws that seek to deny bail to persons accused of murder or caught with an illegal weapon. Mr Holness told Labourites who gathered at the party’s annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston this afternoon that it pained his heart to see the many Jamaicans mourning the lives of relatives who have been murdered. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Lignum Vitae awards for Ellis, Williams

Last Friday at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, two out of three prizes were announced for the 2017 Lignum Vitae Writing Awards. There are three categories in the awards: the Una Marson Prize, awarded for adult fiction or adult creative non-fiction, worth $500,000; the Vic Reid Prize, awarded for young adult fiction, worth $250,000; and the Jean D’Costa Prize, awarded for children’s fiction, worth $250,000. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.