6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Peter the leader
  2. Tearful Portia says bye
  3. Sylvan Reid goes on trial today
  4. EOJ ready for Portmore by-election
  5. JLP unfazed by new PNP head
  6. Phillips appeals to youth
New PNP leader Peter Phillips, holds hands with outgoing leader, Portia Simpson-Miller

1. Peter the leader

Surrounded by former People’s National Party (PNP) presidents and prime ministers P.J. Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, and in front of an annual conference-size crowd, Peter David Phillips yesterday took the oath of office to the presidency of the party – the first time it was being administered at a conference despite four previous leaders. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Tearful Portia says bye

A tearful Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon bid goodbye to the presidency of the People’s National Party saying throughout her 11 years at the helm, she’s faced the pain of defeat and had the sweet taste of victory. “I thank everyone,” she said, listing former delegates from her St Andrew South Western constituency. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Sylvan Reid goes on trial today

People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor for the Salt Spring division in the St James Municipal Corporation, Sylvan Reid, is expected to go on trial today in the St James Circuit Court for causing death by dangerous driving. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. EOJ ready for Portmore by-election

Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher, says all is in place for today’s by-election in the Greater Portmore North Division in the Portmore Municipal Corporation. Accountant, Gary Nicholson, of the People’s National Party (PNP), is to challenge schoolteacher, Ann Lewis, of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), for the seat. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. JLP unfazed by new PNP head

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is confident that its electoral fortunes will not be impacted by the change of leadership in the opposition People’s National Party (PNP). Dr Peter Phillips is set to replace Portia Simpson Miller as president of the PNP today, but senior members of the JLP say the 67-year-old will not outsprint the 44-year-old JLP leader Andrew Holness in any future electoral race.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Phillips appeals to youth

Receiving the proverbial baton from his predecessor Portia Simpson Miller, new president of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips yesterday wasted no time in wooing young Jamaicans to become members of the party and to help in the party’s efforts to regain state power and rebuild the country. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.