Sport                         

• The Government hosted  four days of celebrations to recognise Jamaica’s senior national women’s football team, the Reggae Girlz, for qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France. Members of the team were presented with Keys to Kingston, Montego Bay, Spanish Town and St. Ann’s Bay.

• The Aquatic Centre located at the National Stadium was refurbished at a cost of over $27 million. 

• The statue of World and Olympic sprint champion, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, was unveiled by Prime Minister Holness.

• Cabinet approved a contract for $71.5 million to the German firm, BSW GmbH, to replace the Stadium East running track.

Culture

• The Jamaica Festival Song Competition was revam-ped for the 2018 staging.

• Thousands of Jamaicans turned out to celebrate the country’s 56th anniversary of Independence at the Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium in Kingston, on August 6.

• A life-size bronze statue of Jamaica’s cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou’ was unveiled by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on September 7 in Gordon Town Square, St Andrew.

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (3rd right) stand next to the statue of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett-Coverley, at the unveiling in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew. Sharing the moment (from left) are: sculptor, Basil Watson; Co-Executor of Miss Lou’s estate, Judge Pamela Appelt; the Prime Minister’s wife and Member of parliament for East rural St. Andrew, the Most hon. Juliet Holness; minister Grange; and Mrs. Bennett-Coverley’s son, Fabian Coverly

• Reggae was inscribed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Representative List of  Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

• The Bustamante Museum, where National Hero, Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, and Lady Bustamante resided from 1942 to 1964, was fully restored.

• On Labour Day, May 23, Jamaicans constructed ramps in schools and at health centres to improve access to buildings by  physically challenged      persons.

• The Blue Lagoon in Portland was declared a National Monument on the basis of its aesthetic and scientific properties.

• A nomination Dossier to list Port Royal as a World Heritage site was submitted to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

• Jamaica was elected unopposed to a seat on the Intergovernmental Committee of the Con-vention for the Safe-guarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at the General Assembly of the Convention, in Paris, France.

Entertainment

• 132 individuals and 13 companies registered on the National Registry of Entertainment and Creative Industry Practitioners.

• The Entertainment Zone Working Group established and completed definitions for Zones, Entertainment Areas, and Entertainment Districts.  The definitions were submitted to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for inclusion in Development Orders via the Planning Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

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