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Female Entrepreneurs Benefit from Wes Project

Female entrepreneurs are receiving support to improve their businesses through the Women’s Entrepreneurship Support (WES) Project. The four recipients selected for the first phase of the project are local business owners, Irene Moore from Irene’s Chicken and Eggs; Shernett Mott, Richly Done Hair and Nails; Yolande Gooden-Rhoden, Kumea’s Hair Perspective;…

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Late Elva Ruddock Lauded for Contribution to Entertainment Industry

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has applauded the late comedienne, Elva Ruddock, for her sterling contribution to the development of Jamaica’s entertainment industry. At the celebration for the life of Ms. Ruddock, which was held at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College in St. Andrew…

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JCDC Working to Get Festival Workshops Accredited

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is working along with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the HEART Trust/NTA to get its annual festival workshops accredited. Music Development Specialist at the JCDC, Avory Crooks-Campbell, told JIS News that “this is being done to equip participants…

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Jamaican Foods Included in Mexican ‘Dia De Los Muertos’ Celebration

An array of Jamaican foods were included in an exhibition staged as part of the local Dia de los Muertos celebration, which is a popular Mexican tradition dating back more than 1,000 years. Ackee, Jamaican white rum, Red Stripe, coconut water, were part of the three-level “altar” bearing gifts for…

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Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Ensuring Teen Mothers Continue Education

The Ministries of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; and Education, Youth and Information, have reaffirmed their commitment to the national policy for the Reintegration of School-Age Mothers into the Formal School System. Gender Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange; and State Minister for Education, Hon. Floyd Green, signed documents signalling continued support…

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Breadfruit Takes Centre Stage at Heritage Fest on October 26

Several varieties of the Jamaican breadfruit plant, and tasty dishes prepared from the popular staple, will be on display at the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) annual Heritage Fest, scheduled for the IOJ, 10-16 East Street, Kingston, on Friday, October 26, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The one-day event, being held under…

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UNESCO Examining Jamaica’s Reggae Submission

The Government will know in November whether it has been successful in its efforts to have reggae music inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage Representative List. Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, said that UNESCO technical experts are in…

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Salem Beach in St. Ann to be upgraded

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that Salem Beach in St. Ann will be upgraded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $26 million. Speaking at the ceremony to break ground, at the beach in Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on October 17, Mr. Bartlett said the…

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Prime Minister Wants Spanish to Be Second Language

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says it is of strategic importance that the appropriate programmes be put in place, making Spanish a second language in Jamaica. Delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the Excellence Oyster Bay Hotel in Trelawny on October 18, Mr. Holness said…

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Culture Minister wants More Heritage Sites Recognised

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says she is seeking to have more of the nation’s heritage sites become recognised locally and internationally, as this will accrue to the benefit of the communities in which they are situated.  “We currently have 250 National Heritage sites. I…

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Jamaicans Overseas Urged to Deposit Creative Works at National Library

Cultural artisans in the diaspora are being encouraged to make legal deposit of creative works with the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ). The call comes from State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, who said that this is important in preserving and promoting…

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Heritage Fest at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre

The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston will come alive with the celebration of Jamaica’s cultural heritage from Saturday (October 13) to Monday (October 15). The three-day event titled ‘Heritage Fest 2018’ is being organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as part of activities to mark National Heritage…

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JCDC Stages Activities for National Heritage Week

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is staging a series of activities across the island from October 8 to 15 in celebration of National Heritage Week, under the theme ‘One Love…One Family…One Heritage’. Director for Community and Cultural Development Services at the JCDC, Marjorie Leyden-Vernon, told JIS News that the…

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State Minister Highlights Strengths of Women during Disasters

Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says women are oftentimes the unsung heroes during and after natural disasters, always ensuring the safety of family, including young children. Addressing a three-day Climate Change and Gender Focal Points Workshop at the Melia Braco…

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Cheers and Applause Greet Unveiling of Miss Lou Statue

There were loud cheers and spirited applause from the massive crowd, which gathered in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew on Friday (Sept. 7) to witness the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in honour of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou.” Prime Minister, the Most…

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More Assistance for Alma Mater Gaynstead High from Sport Minister Grange

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport yesterday pledged a scholarship worth 50-thousand dollars for a student at Gaynstead High School as well promised to have lights and a stand installed at the newly built netball court at the school. Speaking at a ceremony at Gaynstead…

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Grange signs historic sports cooperation agreement with China

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has described the sports cooperation agreement which she signed in the Chinese capital today (Friday) as “historic and extremely beneficial”. Minister Grange and the General Manager of China Sport International Company (the state-owned sports cooperation agency) Mr Lu…

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Miss Lou’s statue will be mounted in Gordon Town

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says all is set for the unveiling of the statue in honour of the Jamaican cultural icon, Miss Lou. Miss Lou’s statue will be mounted in Gordon Town, St Andrew where she lived before moving to Toronto, Canada.…

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Jamaicans Urged to Count Blessings

Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has called on Jamaicans at home and overseas to use the occasion of the country’s Independence to reflect on the many blessings for which the nation should be thankful. The Ambassador, in a message delivered by Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy, Nicolette…

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