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Jamaica to honour Harry Belafonte with renamed Roadway

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#Jamaica, May 5, 2023 – A section of the North Coast Highway in St. Ann will be renamed in honour of the late Harry Belafonte; the announcement came from Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica while speaking in the House of Representatives last Tuesday April 25, on the day the screen and stage superstar died.

“The Government of Jamaica considered how we should recognise this icon and we concluded that we would name a highway in his honour,” Holness expressed.

He added that it will be called The Harry Belafonte Highway.

This gesture is in connection to Belafonte’s roots as a child of Caribbean parents who immigrated to the US, specifically his mother Melvine Bellanfanti, who was Jamaican.

Holness explained that they chose the section because of its location as it passes through St. Ann, close to where Belafonte spent his youth when he and his younger brother were brought to Jamaica from New York in 1936.

Additionally, he said the decision was made by Cabinet before he passed.

However, while the naming is in placed to happen, an official date has not been revealed detailing when it will take place. It will be on hold until decisions regarding the upgrading of the highway are finalized.

The naming of the highway is only a piece of the pie.

Holness also revealed that St. James will see the construction of a state-of-the-art performing arts centre, also to be named in his honour.

The lands for the project have already been acquired, according to Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister.

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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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#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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#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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