Kingston 22 February 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of playwright, cultural practitioner, and member of the Board of Commissioners of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, Aston Cooke.
Minister Grange said:
“The news of Aston’s passing on this Jamaica Day is a blow for us all. But Aston would be proud of the glorious display and embrace of Jamaican culture in our schools and communities. Our culture was his life. He displayed a level of commitment to his culture that must be emulated and admired.
“In the midst of our cultural celebrations today, we say farewell to a gentleman who has left us a proud legacy that echoes the makings of a cultural icon. We are sure the spirit and legacy of Aston Cooke will live on.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the JCDC, I wish to express our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Aston Cooke. Be comforted in the fact that his legacy is untouchable and that he has given his best years to what he loved dearly, his culture.”
Minister Grange has been joined in expressing condolences by Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the JCDC, Mexine Bissasor, who has been equally saddened at the loss.
Mrs. Bissasor said:
“Many giants go about their lives quietly whilst others can be heard shouting from their lofty heights as they journey through life’s ups and downs. Aston Cooke was a quiet giant who contributed to Jamaica’s culture and specifically, theatre, without fuss or clamour. He did what he felt was his duty to country and culture regardless of any hindrances.”
“His legacy is one that speaks to love, passion and honour. His deep love for the artform saw him being a part of all the veins of the heart of the industry; he has served the Commission three different times up to the day of his death. He also served at its highest level having been chairman for the period 2013-2016.”
Aston Cooke was one of Jamaica’s leading playwrights and the recipient of nine national Actor Boy Awards for outstanding achievement in various categories of theatre in Jamaica. Cooke was an inductee to the Caribbean Hall of Fame for Arts and Culture for his contribution to Jamaican theatre over the years.
Kingston, November 21, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange says she is pleased that the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will benefit from the Energy Efficiency Project being implemented across government.
The project which is being executed under the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme involves a complete overhaul of the JCDC’s Corporate Offices’ air conditioning system and an upgrade of its electrical infrastructure.
Speaking today at the Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding between the PCJ and the JCDC Minister Grange said, “This initiative of the PCJ is a demonstration of joined-up government at work and that government is committed to building out a more energy efficient society.”
She said that outside of the industrial sector, the government is perhaps the biggest consumer of energy.
“We live in a tropical climate where air conditioning is a very important comfort factor in the workplace environment. So whatever we can do to keep our staff comfortable and productive, we must do at the least possible cost,” Minister Grange said.
The $31 million investment will include the installation of 49 indoor units with ventilation systems and the installation of cool roof technology.
“Even as we as the government take the strides to improve our energy consumption we must all as individuals take personal responsibility to practice conservation measures in our homes and businesses,” Minister Grange said.
Minister Grange also charged the staff at the JCDC to be responsible for utilising the new systems that are being installed.
Kingston, September 27 - The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Ministry of National Security will be partnering to unearth and develop talent and to upgrade sport infrastructure within institutions falling under the Department of Correctional Services.
The St. Catherine Parish Council was today (Thursday) named winner of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Spirit of Independence Competition in the category best decorated parish/town square.
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