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Strengthening Local Government Key to Building Better Caribbean Cities

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#Jamaica, April 12, 2018 – Kingston – Kingston’s Mayor, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says strengthening relationships at the local government level is key to building better Caribbean cities.

“We believe that will serve us well in the City of Kingston and will also serve the cities, towns and municipalities across the Caribbean region,” the Mayor said.

He was speaking at today’s (April 10) meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) at the council’s chambers on Church Street on the benefits of the inaugural Caribbean Conference of Mayors now under way in the nation’s capital.  Senator Williams noted that regional municipalities and states share a common background, history, culture and way of life.

“So our experiences… in terms of the issues we face and the problems we encounter… across the Caribbean are similar,” he said.

The Mayor argued that while each city may approach situations and challenges differently, countries can learn from each other to rectify challenges based on past experiences.

Meanwhile, Senator Williams said the decision as to whether the Conference of the Mayors should be expanded to include non-English-speaking countries in the future is being explored.   “That decision we will be make before the conclusion of this conference,” he said.

During Tuesday’s sitting, Senator Williams welcomed visiting international and local Mayors attending the inaugural Conference, which ends on April 11.

The visiting officials are the Mayor of the City of Miramar, Florida, Wayne Messam; Mayor of Castries, St. Lucia, Peterson Francis; Mayor of Georgetown, Guyana, Patricia Chase Green; Mayor of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Alderman Joel Martinez; and Chairman Mayor of the Mayaro Rio Claro Regional Municipality in Trinidad and Tobago, Glen Ram.

The conference is being held under the theme ‘Caribbean Cities: Honouring the Past, Embracing a Smart Future’.  It is geared towards building relationships and understanding among mayors and local government practitioners from across the Caribbean.  It is being coordinated by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation.

 

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Jamaica agricultural advancements despite bad weather

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#Agriculture, April 11, 2024 Despite the bad weather conditions in 2023, especially the drought period, Jamaica was able to achieve its second highest domestic crop production on record with over 700 thousand tonnes of local crops produced. This was announced by state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Franklin Witter, on Sunday April 7, at the 41st annual National Farmers’ Month church service held in Trelawney.

 

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Guyana Wildfires

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Rashaed Esson

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#Wildfires#Guyana, April 11, 2024 – Wildfires have been affecting Guyana, the most recent in the Timehri Community on the north-eastern side since April 4, according to a release from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO).

The report says according to PAHO, as of April 5, 28 people have been displaced in a shelter in the Santa Aratack Village. Additionally, the JRC Global Wildfire Information System, also featured in the release, says the total burnt area is more than 16,500 ha.

This comes nearly a month after a 93 year old man was killed by a wildfire in north West Guyana.

Reports say the entire region is dealing with wildfires including Venezuela, Central America and Mexico with a record number of fires, and a major increase compared to the same period in 2023.

 

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Efforts to deliver education to Children in Haiti – Schools still closed

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Education, April 9, 2024 – With schools across Haiti still shut down due to intense gang violence, UNICEF is making efforts to deliver education to students, working with the Ministry of Education. They are trying to deliver distance learning through radio, television and e-learning platforms and right now, solutions are being explored through Haiti’s national radio station. Announced in a press release by UN News on April 7, this comes as UN agencies warned that Haitian children are suffering from not just a lack of education but also primary exposure to violence.

 

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