Central Kingston residents enjoy musical feast
Residents of various communities around central Kingston got a treat at National Heroes Park yesterday during the annual Salute to the National Heroes.
The family-friendly atmosphere at the park facilitated parents taking their children, some still in prams, to witness the latest renewal of the ceremony.
They enjoyed performances from various groups and individuals, including Rising Stars winner Verlando Small, who performed a medley of gospel and Motown hits, reminiscent of his performances on the popular show. The audience was also thrilled with Jamaica Cultural Development Commission speech gold medallist Rackeem Nunes, who delivered Culture.
The Heroes Day activities were part of the National Heritage Week celebrations.
They conclude on Saturday with a tribute to the late Ranny Williams at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Activities included an exhibition and tribute concert.
Competitiveness to play crucial role in Caribbean
The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States, Albert Ramdin, says new levels of growth in the Caribbean will depend largely on the ability of governments to factor changes in innovation, technology, education, research and development into national development agendas.
Ramdin's comments came during a trip that included visits to member states Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.
In Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin signed a memorandum of understanding with the country's minister of education, Tim Gopeesingh, for the country to host the Virtual Educa Forum in early 2014. The event will bring together thousands of educators and technology experts from around the world.
Use memory of heroes to better nation - Hanna
Culture Minister Lisa Hanna has asked Jamaicans to make National Heroes Day 2013 a "rallying cry" to improve the country.
"(Let it be) a 21st-century call to action, to unite, to build, to create the great nation of our heroes that they dreamt of and fought for, and gave their lives to create," Hanna said as she addressed the annual Salute to the National Heroes at National Heroes Park yesterday afternoon.
The theme was 'Our History, Our Strength', and Hanna said, "Cultural identity is assured when a nation pauses to reflect on and honour its most significant citizens".
Various dignitaries, accompanied by schoolchildren, laid wreaths at the shrines of the heroes while there were several performances, including items by the Nexus Performing Arts Company and Father Ho Lung and Friends.