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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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Hundreds Bid Farewell to Easton Douglas

Hundreds of mourners turned out at the St. Andrew Parish Church on Thursday (September 20) to pay final respects to late former government minister, Easton Wentworth Xavier Douglas. The official funeral was a celebration of a life well-lived and included musical tributes from Pam Hall, DiMario McDowell, and Professor Winston…

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Official Funeral for Easton Douglas

Former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Easton Douglas, OJ, CD, is to be accorded an Official Funeral by the Government of Jamaica. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement during today’s (September 12) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House. Senator…

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Bureau of Gender Affairs to Stage Events for International Men’s Day

The Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA) and several men’s groups will be hosting events to mark International Men’s Day (IMD), which will be observed on November 17. Plans for IMD activities this year were discussed at a recent men’s group meeting, held at the BGA’s office, 5-9 South Odeon Avenue,…

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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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Historic Signing with Louise Bennett Coverley Estate – Grange

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “historic” today’s signing of the Deed of Gift under which the Coverley Collection has been turned over to the National Library of Jamaica, an agency of the Ministry. The Coverley Collection includes a wide range of…

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Hundreds Bid Farewell to Count Prince Miller

Scores of musicians and members of the entertainment fraternity were among the many well-wishers from across the United Kingdom (UK), Jamaica and Belgium who filled the pews of the Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road in London today (September 4) to say farewell to Clarence ‘Count Prince’ Miller, musical pioneer…

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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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Child Protection Agency Southern Region Stages Facility Day

The Child Protection and Family Services Agency’s (CPFSA) Southern Region will stage its inaugural ‘Facility Day’ on Wednesday (July 11) at St. Monica’s Children’s Home in Chapelton, Clarendon. The day of activities, which gets under way starting at 9:00 a.m., is targeted at officers in Clarendon, St. Elizabeth, and Manchester.…

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State Minister Says Medical Cannabis Industry Can Rival Other Sectors

State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, says Jamaica has the capacity to develop a medical cannabis industry that rivals the other sectors. Noting that the health benefits of cannabis are “enormous”, Mr. Terrelonge said Jamaica’s tertiary institutions, particularly the University of Technology…

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$26 Million to Assist Creative Persons

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has announced the establishment of the Jamaica Creative 100 programme, with funding of $26 million. She informed that this is to help with the further development of creative people across Jamaica, who have imprinted their unique brand in the global…

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Gov’t Secures Property for Women’s Shelter

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse. The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children…

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Sexual Harassment Bill to be Tabled in Parliament Within Weeks – Grange

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Sexual Harassment Bill will be tabled in Parliament shortly. “It is now at the Chief Parliamentary Counsel… . It will be fast-tracked in a matter of days to the Legislation Committee of Cabinet, and in a matter of…

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G-G Reiterates Call for More Mentors for Boys

Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has reiterated his call for more Jamaicans to provide mentorship for boys across the island. At the Jamaica Teaching Council’s Boys’ Mentorship Training Programme, which took place at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston on…

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Festival Organisers Receive Cultural Skills Training

Organisers of festivals have benefited from a training seminar aimed at strengthening their capacity to stage such events. The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) partnered with the British Council to host the one-day seminar, dubbed ‘Festival X’, at The Knutsford Court…

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Jamaica Successful in Bid for Seat on Another UNESCO Committee

Press Release - Jamaica has been successful in securing a place on yet another high-profile UNESCO Committee. The country was elected unopposed to a seat on the Intergovernmental Committee of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at the General Assembly of the Convention which ended on June…

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Minister Grange Pledges Support to Struggling Teenage Mother

“Yasheka, you can consider your balance paid,” said the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, after listening to the story of the young mother who is struggling with the cost of her nursing programme at Excelsior Community College. Yasheka Brooks was one of the speakers…

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Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators Better Equipped

After receiving the highest mark of 90.08 per cent in the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigators’ Training Course, Detective Constable Sharline Griffiths has pledged to use the lessons learnt to help victims of such crimes. “For me, I will use the techniques to really get to the root in…

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