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Work Underway to Improve Sections of West End Road in Negril

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#MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – October 18, 2020 — The National Works Agency (NWA) and Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) have partnered to effect improvements along sections of West End Road in Negril, Westmoreland at a cost of $23 million.

Community Relations Officer for the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, says the project involves the construction of sidewalks along critical sections of the roadway.

These includes areas in the vicinity of St. Mary’s Anglican Church as well as the Negril Branch Library, which is in close proximity to the Negril Primary School.

“So it will improve pedestrian safety for the users of that particular roadway, primarily the students who attend the institution,” she told JIS News.

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Additionally, Ms. Ricketts said that a section of the roadway, in the vicinity of the library, which was been undermined, will be repaired.

“This will include the construction of a gabion retaining wall to protect the roadway from coastal action. We will also be filling in sections of the roadway as we complete the gabion work, and will be putting asphaltic concrete in place,” she further indicated. 

The project also involves drain cleaning and improvement of the drainage system along the roadway, inclusive of the construction of curb and channel drains, and a V drain.

            The works, which are being undertaken by Britalex Construction Company Limited and commenced in early October, are expected to be significantly completed by the end of the year.

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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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