6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 24, 2015

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  1. Public Demands Answers From Health Ministry On Deadly Disease. Alarming public concerns continue mount about deaths related to the chikungunya virus that severely impacted Jamaica over the past year. Anecdotal stories from both doctors and the public suggest that as much as 20 deaths have been linked to the debilitating virus. Reports are that the majority of deaths from the disease, contracted from infected mosquitoes, have resulted from complications developed due to underlying medical conditions… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. OUR Recovers $24 Million From Utilities, JPS To Appeal $1b Directive To Repay. Consumers received a total of just under $24 million in compensation from utility companies last year, thanks to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), whose Consumer Affairs Unit reported that $4 million of this amount was recouped during the October-December quarter… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  3. Supreme Court Asked To Rule On Williams, Tufton. The clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking declarations as to whether Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton are subsisting members of the Senate in accordance with the Constitution of Jamaica… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. Good Gold And Copper Prospects Says Paulwell. Despite a massive reduction in the budget for mining and exploration, portfolio minister Phillip Paulwell said the government has not given up on finding metals in its soil, noting that what the state is doing is pulling back and creating space for the private sector… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. More Funds For Needy Students. There is to be a marked increase in grants to needy students attending tertiary-level educational institutions… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. ‘Inaccurate Perception’ Of Jamaica’s Testing Of Athletes – Coe. Jamaica’s reputation as an athletics powerhouse has been unfairly tainted by a misconception that its athletes are not properly tested… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com