Kingston, 5 November 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has released the following statement at the passing of Franklyn St Juste.
“It is with great sadness that I learnt today of the passing of Franklyn St Juste, whose contribution to the Jamaican stage, film and television industries has been invaluable.
Chappie, as we all called him, was a master of stage and lighting, an excellent film maker and television producer, and an outstanding teacher.
He has played a major role in the development of lighting, film and television professionals, not only in Jamaica, but across the Caribbean.
This Ministry benefited first hand from Chappie’s technical skills, and critical analysis of issues, especially at the Creative Production and Training Centre where he’s been serving as a member of the Board of Management since 2016.
At the time of his passing, he had been leading a process to repatriate Jamaican films which have been found in databases overseas.
With his passing, we have lost a giant of the creative industries.
I offer condolences to his sons, Brian and Francois; his daughter, Maya; other members of his family; his friends; and colleagues.”
Kingston, 1 November 2019 - The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said she is deeply saddened by the killing of Tarania Clarke, a talented footballer who was a member of the Jamaica national women’s football team.
Minister Grange said it was a senseless, wanton act that cut short the life of Tarania, who also captained the Excelsior High School football team and was a member of the Waterhouse Football team in St. Andrew.
“She was not only a brilliant footballer and leader but a wonderful individual. It is so painful that she will not be able to take up the scholarship that she was awarded to study at Daytona College in Florida, in the United States, next year.
“My condolences on behalf of the Government to Tarania’s parents and relatives, friends, present and former team mates, the Jamaica Football Federation, the Water House Football Club and the Excelsior High School family.”
Kingston, 23 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says that the statue in honour of Veronica Campbell Brown at the National Stadium is a fitting tribute to an outstanding athlete.
The Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, unveiled the statue of the Olympic and World Champion sprinter on Sunday.
The statue was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport as a Jamaica 55 Legacy Project to celebrate the country’s glorious heritage in track and field.
In her tribute to Veronica Campbell Brown at the unveiling of the statue, Minister Grange said that “VCB will always be remembered as a young woman of no mean order, one who was always able to draw on her inner strength and come through with literally flying colours when her country and fellow athletes demanded it.”
Since 1997, VCB has won 49 medals, including 27 gold, representing Jamaica in international competitions. During her glittering career, she became the first Jamaican to win a global 100 metres title, the first woman to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships, the youngest Jamaican woman to win an Olympic medal, the first Caribbean woman to win an Olympic sprint title, among other achievements.
Minister Grange said:
“Not many of our athletes can speak to the longevity and consistency of VCB. From her earliest days as a teenager blazing on the tracks of the regional championships and then at the National Stadium, representing her school, Vere Technical, in Girls’ Champs, to even this point in her life, she has had a long and distinguished career for which she must be justly proud. Some of us have been able to watch her grow through junior, youth and professional athletics.
In every sphere of competition, VCB stood out. She stamped her class in every arena of local, national and global sport.”
The statue in tribute to Campbell Brown — to the scale of one and quarter life size — has been mounted at Statue Park in the National Stadium beside the statue of her role model, Merlene Ottey.
The VCB statue is the third of four designed by Basil Watson for the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
The first two statues of Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce were unveiled in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The statue of Asafa Powell, the last in the series, will be unveiled in 2020.
Kingston, 19 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the use of national symbols and emblems on items for sale online.
It has come to my attention that items of clothing printed with national symbols and emblems are being offered for sale online.
I noticed Kanye West and members of his choir wearing similarly emblazoned items during their special performance in Kingston last night, but I was not aware at the time that the costumes were being sold online.
We neither received a request for nor did we give permission for our national symbols and emblems to be used for a commercial manner or otherwise.
I have since requested that the items be withdrawn and the vendor has agreed to do so.
We are aware that other vendors are selling Jamaica branded products emblazoned with our national symbols and emblems. Several years ago, when I first served as Minister, I had set up a committee to review and devise a strategy for dealing with the proper use of our emblems and symbols. That work was stopped at the change of administrations. I have been granted permission to reestablish the committee and to continue the work. The membership of the committee with include representatives of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and others.
Kingston, 18 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says Jamaica will benefit from the staging of Kanye West’s ‘Sunday Service’ concert in Kingston this evening.
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has been working closely with a number of government entities to facilitate the staging of the concert at Emancipation Park in New Kingston, beginning at 7pm.
Addressing a number of issues surrounding the staging of the concert, Minister Grange said:
“It is at no cost to the Jamaican government or the Ministry and Jamaica is benefitting.
Kanye West is paying for absolutely everything… and will be spending over one million US dollars for this event in Jamaica. They’ve covered their own air charter [and] local hotel accommodation. They’re spending a substantial amount on technical services (to be provided by local suppliers), a large number of Jamaicans will be hired to treat with the production. And the facilities that we are providing that are to be paid for will be covered by Kanye West.”
Minister Grange is also reassuring the public that steps are being taken by the Jamaica Constabulary Force to address traffic concerns.
The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation is making its four parking lots on St Lucia Avenue available to patrons free of cost.
Parking will also be available at the National Housing Trust, the Golf Academy, and at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre from where a bus shuttle service will begin at 6 o’clock.
Minister Grange is thanking the public for their patience and understanding.
“I really want to reassure the public that we are doing everything humanly possible to minimise any inconvenience they may experience.
Jamaica is trending at this time across the world because of Kanye West Sunday Service being held in Kingston. Jamaica is open for business. They reached out based on the recommendation of a Jamaican who works with Kanye West. The best we could do is to facilitate them in making the arrangements.
I want to thank the public for their consideration and patience.
Let us welcome another group of visitors to our country because we are open for business.”
The concert will be streamed live at www.sundayservice.com.
Kingston, 17 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has said that the British Broadcasting Corporation naming Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to the list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world, “is recognition totally deserving.”
Minister Grange said that Shelly-Ann’s exploits on the track would have been monumental even before her gold medal run at the 2019 IAAF World Championships.
“But at the Doha meet, she demonstrated courage, class and fortitude to take her fourth 100M gold medal at age 32 and after motherhood. She is in indeed one of the greatest examples for women anywhere of what can be accomplished with determination.
The Sport Minister also congratulated Shelly-Ann on being among the nominees for IAAF Athlete of the Year. “We know that the competition is strong but we also know that you have done enough to win it.”
Kingston, 16 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says all is set for the American rapper, Kanye West, to perform in Jamaica.
“I can confirm that Kanye West will take his pop up Sunday Service series to Kingston this Heroes’ Weekend,” said Minister Grange.
Sunday Service is a series of gospel concerts that Kanye West has been hosting across the United States.
Kanye West’s Sunday Service performance in Jamaica will take place on Friday, 18 October 2019 at Emancipation Park in New Kingston beginning at 7pm.
Minister Grange noted that it is “the first time that Kanye West will be hosting Sunday Service outside of the United States and he couldn’t have chosen a better country than Jamaica.”
Minister Grange said:
"The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is pleased to facilitate Kanye West’s performance in the country as it supports the government’s programme to establish Jamaica as the preferred destination for music and sport events.”
The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working closely with the Jamaica Tourist Board; the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency; the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation and other government entities to ensure the success of the event.
More than 100 performers are due to travel with Kanye West to Jamaica.
Doha QATAR, 6 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has praised the Jamaican team for “a job well done” at the IAAF Championships with ended today (Sunday) in Doha.
“I think it was a very good showing by Jamaica and we must congratulate and encourage all members of the team who represented our country with such heart, determination, courage and dignity,” said Minister Grange.
The Jamaicans finished third on the medals table with three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
Jamaica won three medals on the final day of the World Championships when the men’s 4x400 relay team of Akeem Bloomfield, Nathon Allen, Terry Thomas, and Demish Gaye took silver behind the United States team.
The team of Anastasia Le-Roy, Tiffany James, Stephenie Ann McPherson, and Shericka Jackson took the bronze in the women’s 4X400 won by the United States with Poland second.
And Danielle Williams took the bronze in the 100 metre hurdles with Janeek Brown placing 7th.
Minister Grange said:
“Jamaica athletes won 12 medals across disciplines on the track and in the field and I’m very proud of our performances. There were disappointments and setbacks, but we also witnessed awesome achievements on which we will continue to build. I congratulate each member of the team, including the coaching and support staff, for a job well done.”
Minister Grange also used her visit to Doha to advance discussions with the leadership of the IAAF regarding the possibility of Jamaica hosting a major athletic event in 2023.
Minister Grange also met with her Kenyan counterpart to discuss initiatives to operationalise the sports, culture and heritage cooperation agreement which was signed between both countries last August in Kingston.
Under the agreement, Jamaica and Kenya will cooperate in organising major sporting events, collaborate on sports science as well as develop an exchange programme for coaches and teachers of physical education, among other initiatives.
Kingston, 4 October 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says National Heritage Week — October 13-21 — will be celebrated under the theme ‘Our Heritage… A Great Legacy.’
Minister Grange has urged Jamaicans across the world to join the celebration.
Minister Grange said:
“Let us seize this opportunity to remind ourselves of the rich heritage left to us by our ancestors and the great legacy that it has become. Let National Heritage Week be a time to inspire our people to play their part in building the Jamaica that we all desire while advancing the welfare of the whole human race.”
The main activities for National Heritage Week will take place on Heroes Day, Monday, 21 October 2019 when the nation will “pay homage to its seven National Heroes as well as to our everyday heroes who follow in the footsteps of the seven by dedicating their lives to, and giving great sacrifice in service to others."
On Heroes Day, more than 100 people will be honoured and awarded for their service at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at Kings House.
In addition, there will be a Heritage celebration activity in each parish capital on Heroes Day beginning at 7pm.
Other activities for National Heritage Week include:
- the Heroes of Reggae Vintage Concert at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday, 19 October 2019 beginning at 7pm;
- the Unveiling of the statue of Veronica Campbell Brown at Statue Park at the National Stadium on Sunday, 20 October 2019 beginning at 4pm;
- Revival Time Music Festival at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday, 20 October 2019.
- National Heritage Week will begin with a Church Service on Sunday, 13 October 2019 at the Calvary Gospel Assembly, 129 Sundown Crescent, St Andrew.
Kingston, 29 September 2019 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has described Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as nothing short of a phenomenal athlete, a wonderful mother and great daughter of Jamaica.
Minister Grange’s comment came after Shelly-Ann won gold in the 100 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, today making it her fourth 100 metres gold medal at the World Championships.
Minister Grange said:
“It is phenomenal that at 32 and after motherhood, Shelly-Ann shows no sign of literally slowing down. To have so comprehensively beaten the quality competition she faced today and clocked the time she did, she showed us that she is in a class by herself.”
“And it was so heartwarming to see Shelly-Ann cap the performance with her son Zyon in her arms as she took her victory lap.”
Minister Grange said Elaine Thompson and Jonelle Smith can also feel proud to have been in the race, making it three Jamaicans to reach the finals of the women’s !00M in Doha.
The Sport Minister also had much praise for “our athletes who ran in the Mixed Gender 4x400m Relay, creating history in reaching the finals of the inaugural staging of the race and taking the silver medal.”