6 Things You Need To Know Today – October 10, 2014

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  1. Fight With Us – PM Urges All Jamaicans To Join Gov’t In Battling Health Emergencies. As Jamaica steps up its response to the chikungunya (chik-V) epidemic and preparations for Ebola with a $500-million budget and a multi-agency approach under the National Health Emergency Plan, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is appealing to all Jamaicans to play an active role in protecting the nation’s health… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Battening Down For Ebola… But No Time For Panic, Say Local Health Experts. Likening the threat of the Ebola virus to a storm, Dr Shane Alexis, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), said the country’s health authorities are battening down in order to minimise casualties in the event that the virus reaches Jamaican shores… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Chik-V Epidemic Sparks Clean-Up Plans In MoBay. The St James Parish Council will be employing 40 persons to assist with a mass clean-up exercise to be undertaken by the council to avert an escalation in the number of chikungunya cases in the parish… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. ‘Caribbean Water Consumption Unsustainable’. With Caribbean countries consuming on average 400 litres of water per person per day, urgent action is required to ensure the long-term availability of the resource, given climate-change realities, including extreme weather events such as droughts… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Scrap The CET, Tax Low Earners Less – Matalon. Joseph M. Matalon, chair-man of the Private Sector Working Group on Tax Reform (PSWG), is calling for a significant reduction in taxation on Jamaicans falling within the lower-income bands, saying that the change would serve to fuel economic growth… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Walker Cup Kicks Off Hydel Vs Denham Town At 1 PM, JC Vs Holy Trinity At 3 PM. Reigning Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) and Holy Trinity High will clash in today’s feature quarter-final encounter of the ISSA/LIME Walker Cup Knockout competition at the Constant Spring Sports Complex. Kick off time is 3 p.m… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com