6 Things You Need To Know Today – May 20, 2015


  1. From Chik-V To ZIKV – Jamaica On High Alert For Another Mosquito-Borne Disease. Take precautions but do not panic. That’s the urgent advice from stakeholders in the health sector as Jamaica faces the threat of another serious mosquito-borne disease, the Zika virus (ZIKV)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. Cockpit Country Stakeholders Brace To Resist Mining. Environmental stakeholders are rallying for a fight to preserve the biodiversity-rich and historically significant Cockpit Country following news there is bauxite mining afoot in the area… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  3. Road-Repair Controversy As Election Nears. With local government elections due by June, the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration is being forced to defend a $150-million road-repair programme, which is being implemented across the country’s parish councils… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. Delinquent Public-Sector Workers Slapped With Fines. Four hundred and seventy thousand dollars. That was the total fine levied against 37 of the 61 public-sector employees snared in the latest crackdown by the Corruption Prevention Commission (CPC) on state employees who continue to ignore their obligation to file annual statutory declarations… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. An Insult! – Shaw Says Public Sector Increase Can Only Buy Two Five-Pounds Chicken And Four Pounds Of Rice. Describing the Government’s five per cent wage increase offer to public-sector workers as an insult, former Finance Minister Audley Shaw has said it fails to take account of the erosion in purchasing power of the workers who have become poorer… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  6. Yohan Blake Says ‘Setback Might Be For A Greater Comeback.’ Reigning Olympic 100m and 200m silver medallist, Yohan Blake, may return to action at the end of the month, but his long-term focus will be to medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com