6 Things You Need To Know Today – November 4, 2015

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  1. Babies Thrown Lifeline – EU Ambassador Commits Millions To Neonatal Care. Describing as a tragedy the deaths of 19 premature babies who were infected with klebsiella and serratia bacteria during four outbreaks at two of the island’s major public hospitals, Ambassador Paola Amadei, head of delegation for the European Union (EU) to Jamaica, says a critical objective must now be to put the necessary things in place to prevent a repeat… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Regional Health Authorities Defend Ferguson.The chairmen of Jamaica’s four regional health authorities have come to the defence of embattled Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson, taking issue with criticisms being levelled at him and the two health-care facilities at which bacterial outbreaks in neonatal wards are being blamed for the deaths of 19 babies… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Clash Over Crime – Angry MPs Battle Over Fearmongering Accusations. Parliament descended into chaos yesterday as National Security Minister Peter Bunting used a ministerial statement to denounce Opposition Leader Andrew Holness for claiming on the weekend that re-electing the People’s National Party (PNP) administration could leave Jamaicans more vulnerable to violent crime… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Blame Bunting, Says Holness – Opposition Leader Says Failure To Support State Of Emergency Reason For Crime Spike. Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is claiming that the decision by the parliamentary Opposition in 2010 not to grant a second extension to a state of emergency was the main reason for Jamaica’s spiralling crime rate… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Unattached Youth Take Centre Stage This Month. As activities get under way to celebrate Youth Month, both the Government and the Opposition have sought to appeal to unattached youth… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Blow To Powell – Hanover, St James Will Not Support Bid For JFF Presidency. Early indications are suggesting that Montego Bay businessman Orville Powell may fail to secure the four required nominations to formulate his challenge against current Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President, Captain Horace Burrell, as the St James Football Association voted not to back him in a meeting on Monday night… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com