We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Whose poll is right?
Discussion is continuing inside and outside of the People’s National Party (PNP) over polling results that were presented, Wednesday, August 7. This comes after Peter Bunting’s ‘Rise United’ campaign released poll results showing he would have a better chance than Dr Peter Phillips, incumbent PNP President, of winning the next election against an Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Bunting, MP for Central Manchester is challenging Phillips for the leadership of the PNP. Asked which of the two was better able to lead the PNP at this time, 39 per cent said Peter Bunting, compared to 21 per cent who said, Dr Phillips. However, the Phillips campaign ‘One PNP’ questioned the poll results and said its polls indicated Dr Phillips would do far better than Mr Bunting who is challenging for the leadership. The Peter Bunting poll was done by Don Anderson’s Market Research Ltd and the Phillips poll was done by Bill Johnson.
More for JPS?
The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it has applied to the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR) for a rate increase of just over three per cent on household light bills. The JPS wants the increase by next year but the application must go through a process, including public hearings, supervised by the OUR.
Kenya and Jamaica
One of the positives coming out of the State Visit of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to Jamaica was an agreement for tourism information exchange and support between Jamaica and the East African republic. Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism, signed between Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya, will result in greater interactions between both countries. The MoU was signed on Monday, August 5, by Minister Bartlett and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Monica Juma, at the Office of the Prime Minister. Providing details on the MoU, Mr Bartlett said the document calls for the exchange of information and data related to tourism and experience sharing in the use of information technology platforms within the tourism sector.
We and Brexit
The Government says Jamaica is actively exploring additional air connectivity options out of Europe, in light of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union. The decision for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) generally referred to as Brexit was made in 2016 through a referendum. Jamaica’s position was made known Wednesday, August 7 during a meeting between Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett and several key representatives of the EU to Jamaica. The countries represented were Germany, Spain, France and Belgium.
“We are taking a proactive step to ensure that air connectivity between Jamaica and Europe remains robust and consistent given the possibility that our current main gateway from that area – the United Kingdom – may leave the European Union,” Bartlett said at the meeting at his New Kingston office.
Swim, Little Girl
A little girl was among the honourees at the Independence Day Flag Raising Celebration of the St James Municipal Corporation, August 6, in Montego Bay., St James. Thirteen-year-old Leanna Wainwright accepted the Mayor’s Special Award for Sport, for her outstanding performance in swimming. The award was one of several presented to citizens of St James by Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Homer Davis at the ceremony in Sam Sharpe Square. Leanna, who started swimming competitively at age six, has always had a love for the water. The swimming prodigy attends the Montego Bay High School for Girls and is a member of the Sailfish Swim Academy in the parish. She has won quite a few medals in her short career.
Sagicor Select Funds was listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Thursday, August 8, finalizing a process where it has become the second-largest IPO, after Wigton Wind Farms. Twenty thousand investors bought shares in the offer bringing Sagicor four billion dollars ($4-B). Sagicor says it plans to bring even more Jamaicans into share ownership and that in September it will roll out an education campaign about stock ownership.