23 Jul 2019

Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius December 2, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Clarendon College on winning the DaCosta Cup.

Clarendon Colleague won the title by defeating Cornwall College 2-1 in the final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Saturday.

Minister Grange said:

“I am delighted to send congratulations to Clarendon College for their victory in the DaCosta Cup final.  I also commend the Cornwall College team for a very exciting match and a good season.  We’ve seen a high standard of play during this school boy football season and that’s a very good sign for Jamaica’s football.”

It was Clarendon College’s eighth DaCosta Cup title.



23 Jul 2019

Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius December 1, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has congratulated Kingston College on winning the Manning Cup.

Kingston College prevailed 3-2 over St George’s College in the corporate area schools football final yesterday at the National Stadium.

Minister Grange said “it was a very entertaining match, it was of a high standard, and will be remembered for a very long time. All the young players on both teams deserve our praise, but special commendation to the Kingston College team on this historic victory.”

It was Kingston College’s first Manning Cup title in more than 30 years.


23 Jul 2019

Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius November 26, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has arrived in the Republic of Mauritius for the 13th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which began today (Monday, 26 November).

The Committee will consider, among other things, Jamaica's submission for the inscription of Reggae music on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

According to Minister Grange, “Reggae is uniquely Jamaican.  It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world.  It is important that we safeguard and protect Reggae music.” 

Jamaica’s nomination is one of 40 to be decided on by the Committee which ensures the implementation to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003). 

The Convention promotes the safeguarding of traditions and living expressions handed down from generation to generation, including oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. 

Minister Grange, who is first Jamaican Minister to be elected to the Committee, says she’s “happy to make the case to UNESCO for the inscription of Jamaica’s Reggae Music as our intangible cultural heritage.” 

Minister Grange said the intention is to ensure that “Reggae music is recognised worldwide as the creative output of the Jamaican people.” 

The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity now has 399 elements including Maroon Heritage of Moore Town which was inscribed in 2008. 

The Committee will end its deliberations on Saturday, 1 December 2018.  


23 Jul 2019

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.

HM Grange and company
The Honourable Oliva Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (second right) with Robert Clarke, Group General Manager (Acting), Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (right); Daffodil Thompson, Interim Executive Director, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (left) and Jody Grizzle, Project Manager, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (second left) following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.



23 Jul 2019

Kingston, November 21, 2018 -  The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has said that it is not true that she had acted improperly in her appointment of the new board of directors of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), as alleged by the Opposition Spokesperson on Sport. 

“Nothing of the sort,” Miss Grange said. 

She said: “I acted within the dictates of the Articles of Incorporation of the SDF.

“It is obvious that it escaped the Opposition Spokesperson that on June 11, 2018, the ownership of the SDF was transferred to the Accountant General in the culmination of a process initiated by the Cabinet of which she was a member in July 2015. The intention was to identify all public companies that had registered shareholders/owners other than the Accountant General with a view to transferring those shares to the Government of Jamaica. 

“On May 17, 2018, the SDF registered its Articles of Incorporation with the Registrar of Companies and the Companies Office of Jamaica. These new Articles of Incorporation reflect the Government’s ownership of SDF. 

“My appointment of the Board of Directors is in keeping with the authority accorded as per the Articles of Incorporation. 

“Anyone looking on can see that I have indulged in no acts of politicisation as there has been little change of personnel in my re-appointment of the members of the SDF Board. 

“It is unfortunate that the Opposition should issue a statement that has absolutely no basis in facts,” Minister Grange concluded. 



23 Jul 2019

Kingston, November 19, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of Independence Park Limited, Institute of Sports Limited and Sports Development Foundation. 

The appointments are for a period of two years with effect from 12 November 2018. 

Independence Park Limited

The new Board is chaired by the Honourable Michael Fennell, OJ, CD.  Mr David Shirley is Vice Chairman.  The other members are:

  • Mrs Annmarie Heron
  • Major Desmon Brown
  • Assistant Commission of Police Terrence Bent
  • Lieutenant Colonel Roderick Rowe
  • Mr Lenford Salmon
  • Mr Carlton Dennis
  • Mr Edward Barnes
  • Dr Peter Charles
  • Ms Audrey Chin

 Institute of Sports

The new Board is chaired by Mr Newton Amos.  Assistant Commissioner of Police Ronald Anderson is Deputy Chairman.  The other members are:

  • Mr Gladstone Wright
  • Mr Emile Spence
  • Mr Viswanaught Tolan
  • Mrs Florette Blackwood
  • Mr Ryan Foster
  • Mrs Daphne Hurge
  • Dr Michelle Holt
  • Dr Lee Martin
  • Mrs Marvalyn Campbell
  • Mr Allan Beckford
  • Mr Renardo Smith  

Sports Development Foundation

The new Board is chaired by Mr George Soutar.  Mr Lloyd Pommells is Deputy Chairman.  The other members are:

  • Mr David Shirley
  • Mr Ian Forbes
  • Honourable Molly Rhone, OJ, CD
  • Dr Donovan Bennett
  • Mr Christopher Stokes
  • Mrs Annmarie Heron
  • Mr Newton Amos
  • Mr Compton Rodney 

Minister Grange says she’s confident that the new Boards will advance the government’s mandate to develop sport from the grassroots to the high performance level.

23 Jul 2019




19 November 2018 

Today, we celebrate International Men’s Day and put a special focus on our men.  

International Men's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the state of the Jamaican man — his health and wellbeing, his challenges and successes. 

We can be proud of the positive value that the vast majority of Jamaican men bring to their families, communities and to our country each day.  As the Minister for Gender Affairs, I commend our men, young and old, who continue to give of themselves in the building of our nation — they are the role models who we are happy to celebrate today and every day. 

Sometimes men’s issues do not get the requisite focus on the gender agenda, but we are working to change that.  The Men’s Desk which we established a few years ago in the former Bureau of Women’s Affairs has been expanded to the Men’s Department at the repurposed Bureau of Gender Affairs.  The Bureau is now a central point for information and advocacy on men’s issues including parenting, health, education and the unique role that men must play alongside women in creating a harmonious society with gender equality. 

Through the Bureau, we have been conducting parenting seminars that target men in an effort to change entrenched behaviour that militate against good parenting.   We are committed to giving our men the requisite support to perform their role as fathers.  In this regard, I‘m happy to announce that we will launch the Positive Father Project, with the support of UNESCO, as one of our main activities for International Men’s Day.   

Men must not only be seen as providers or disciplinarians in the family, they also have a critical role as nurturers.  We want to boost the participation of fathers in the household, particularly in the nurturing of their children, and that is why we are also championing the Paternity Leave policy through the Bureau of Gender Affairs.  I invite men and women to participate in consultations today and during the next few months towards the development of the policy. 

Today, I urge us all to highlight, in a special way, the positive male role models in our lives and wish them a Happy International Men’s Day.  




23 Jul 2019

Kingston, October 26 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a new policy to honour former Prime Ministers of Jamaica. 

According to Minister Grange effective immediately her Ministry will lead floral tributes on the birthdays of deceased former Prime Ministers. 

Minister Grange announced the new policy today (Friday) at a Floral Tribute at National Heroes Park to commemorate the 107th Anniversary of the birth of the Most Honourable Sir Donald Sangster, the second Prime Minister of Jamaica. 

“No longer should any of our former Prime Ministers be laid to rest and forgotten and their contributions to national development folded away in the pages of history books, only explored by those in academic pursuit or those who have a deep passion for their history. 

“As we do for Sir Donald today, this initiative of my ministry will continue. We will also be observing and celebrating the life and work of the Most Honourable Michael Manley and the Most Honourable Hugh Shearer on the occasion of their birth anniversaries. Our Prime Ministers must not only be regarded in the living years. I am starting this tradition that no longer will they be forgotten. This is the standard for others to follow,” Minister Grange said. 

Sir Donald Burns Sangster succeeded the Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante in February 1967 and served until April of that year when he succumbed to sudden illness.



23 Jul 2019

Kingston, October 23 – Keeping true to a commitment she gave on October 12, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has presented Jamaican footballer, Luton Shelton with a cheque for J$5million from the Sports Development Foundation towards his medical care.

Shelton was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. 

The presentation was made during the RSPL Monday night game on October 22 at the Harbour View Stadium.



23 Jul 2019

Kingston, October 3 – The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, through the Sport Development Foundation has contributed Two Million Dollars to Netball Jamaica towards the staging of the Sunshine Series which begins at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday, October 7.

Minister Grange made the cheque presentation at a breakfast she hosted for Netball Jamaica and Sponsor representatives today (Wednesday). 

“I regret that because of duties overseas I will miss most of the Series but I do hope to attend one or two of the matches on my return to Jamaica. But I am leaving with Netball Jamaica a nice little gift as I depart – Two Million Dollars - provided by the Sports Development Foundation,” the Sport Minister said.

The Minister said also, “The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has underwritten the cost for the entertainment package for the Half Time Shows at all of the matches.”

Minister Grange wished Netball Jamaica a successful Series and thanked the sponsors.

“All of Jamaica is proud of the Sunshine Girls who are showing more and more class by their recent performances and more and more we are convinced that world championship for them is just a few passes away,”

Minister Grange said.

The Series will see the Sunshine Girls playing against the English Roses and Trinidad and Tobago’s Calypso Girls.

Minister Grange left the island today for Paris where she will attend the 205th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board.




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