We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Parties, President, and History
Activities for today, Independence Day, were highlighted by celebratory and cultural events across the country. A dominant activity on the North and Northwest coasts as well as beaches everywhere were parties, picnics and beach going involving thousands. Today was the final of the three-day Denbigh show in Clarendon which was expected to see a visit by President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife Margaret. The Agricultural Industrial and Food Show ends tonight with an entertainment gala. The Kenyan President is on the second of a three-day state visit. President Kenyatta laid a wreath at the shrine of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, at heroes Circle, as one of several events in which he participated.
Busy For First Lady
Meanwhile First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, toured the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Summer Exhibition, in downtown Kingston, Tuesday. She was accompanied by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange. On Monday, after her arrival she visited the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation on August 5. President Kenyatta and his wife also toured the Bob Marley Museum, today (August 6), before attending the Independence Grand Gala at the National Stadium. The Gala, a family event is expected to highlight the Independence Day celebrations.
Honours for 143
The National Honours List with 143 names was issued, showing one distinguished Jamaican to receive the Order of merit. He is Gerald Lalor, who is being honoured for his contribution to science. Five people are to receive the Order of Jamaica. The awards will be presented on National Heroes Day, in October.
The St. James Municipal Corporation (SJMC) recognized 12 persons and one entity from the parish for their outstanding contributions to various sectors of society, Tuesday. This was at its Independence Uniform Parade, Flag Raising and Civic Ceremony, held in Sam Sharpe Square. Mayor of Montego Bay, Councilor Homer Davis, lauded the awardees for playing their part in nation building.
The Good In Us
Independence Day Messages were issued by the Governor General, The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. There was no common theme to the three except they all recognized that there had been some achievements by the nation that could be undermined or need work to get solidified.
No Holiday For Politics
Politics didn’t take a break today, with supporters of People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr. Peter Phillips putting out a statement that PNP “Senators stand for Phillips’. The statement said several senators including leader of Opposition Business, Donna Scott Mottley, K.D. Knight, who is also chairman of Dr. Phillip’s Campaign; Damion Crawford, Lambert Brown, Floyd Morrison and Andre Haughton are all supporting Phillips in his battle with Peter Bunting, the Central Manchester MP who is challenging incumbent Phillips for the leadership of the Party. Senator Wentworth Skeffery has not declared his support as he is a member of the Party’s secretariat.