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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia Grange, on Wednesday(April 8) thanked members of the press who have covered Cabinet issues over the past 18 months.
“I ask you to continue to keep the interest going, and to keep reporting as you have done, in most instances, in a professional and accurate way,” Miss Grange said at the Post Cabinet Press Briefing at Jamaica House.
On Monday (April 6) Prime Minister Bruce Golding made several changes to his Cabinet, including removing the subject of Information from the former Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, headed by Miss Grange, to the Office of the Prime Minister and under the direction of the Hon. Daryl Vaz.
“There have been occasions when I think that there has been some misrepresentation, but it is probably part of the course and it is in the spirit of , if you can’t take the heat you stay out of the kitchen. I can take the heat and so I have stayed in the kitchen,” Miss Grange said.
“I have areas that are very involved and very huge, and I will continue to do my best. I will continue to serve with dedication and commitment. I am here to give whatever support I can to my colleagues, and I stand ready to continue to serve my country,” Miss Grange said.
In his remarks, Mr. Vaz acknowledged Miss Grange’s contribution and experience in the area of information.
“I am a new kid on the block and, as such, I bring just energy and determination and so, although there is a transition in the portfolio, I will still be consulting with her and leaning on her as someone who has experience in this field,” he said.
“I intend to continue the openness that Minister Grange has had with the media, and to say to you that knowledge is something that has to be imparted and, as such, I am prepared and willing to listen and learn from all of you, so that maybe one day I can be judged as Minister Grange has been judged,” he added.

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