6 Things You Need To Know Today – August 19, 2015

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  1. Teachers Say ‘Yes’ – Finance Minister Lauds Educators For Agreeing To Wage Deal. Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has lauded the island’s teachers for agreeing to a new wage contract, bringing an end to a months-long standoff… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. Five PNP MPs Under Threat. At least five sitting government members of parliament (MPs) are under threat of not being allowed to face the voters in the next general election, with regional appraisal panels approving challenges to their candidacy… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Climate Change And Water: Local Water Woes Could Aid Climate Cause. The current water crisis affecting Jamaica could strengthen the Caribbean’s hand and, by extension, that of small-island developing states in the upcoming climate talks in Paris, France – but only provided the other negotiating parties are willing to listen and take heed… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. Met Office Watches Tropical Storm. Evan Thompson, the head of the weather branch at the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, has indicated that while Jamaicans should be alert, the newly formed tropical storm, Danny, is not a threat to Jamaica at this time… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. Prelim For Cops In Mario Deane Case Deferred To September. The absence of a number of witnesses who were slated to figure in the preliminary examination of three cops facing multiple charges arising from last August’s beating death of Mario Deane has forced the matter to be deferred until September 28… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  6. Lord Coe Is New IAAF Boss, Jamaican Garth Gayle Elected To Technical Committee. Brit Sebastian Coe is the new president of the IAAF, replacing outgoing Lamine Diack, after beating Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka 115 – 92 during voting at the IAAF Congress… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com