Kingston, 2 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has welcomed the designation by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust of the Blue Lagoon in Portland as a National Monument.
The Jamaica National Heritage Trust — an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport — completed the process of declaration in August 2018 following what Minister Grange says has been “six decades of effort to protect the Blue Lagoon.”
Minister Grange said:
“We have long recognised the importance of this national treasure and efforts to protect it began as early as 1958. I am happy to be the Minister who has taken the process to this stage where the site is now declared a national monument. This designation is critical to the process of preserving and protecting the Blue Lagoon for future generations and guaranteeing access to all Jamaicans to this natural lagoon with an aesthetic and historic value that can stand above similar sites in the hemisphere.”
The Blue Lagoon was declared a National Monument on the basis of its aesthetic and scientific values.
The declaration comes following the expiration of a Preservation Notice — giving temporary legal protection to the property — which was issued under the signature of Minister Grange in October 2017 and renewed in April 2018. The declaration also follows consultation with stakeholders on the boundaries, purpose and effect of the declaration.
The Blue Lagoon National Monument declared area includes all those bodies of water up to the high water mark during high and low tide known as Unity Bay, Lime Kiln Bay and the inlet called the Blue Lagoon which together constitutes the Controlled Area. The boundary also includes the parochial access road known as the Blue Hole Road. It does not include the cay called Pellew Island.
Minister Grange has urged the JNHT to move to conclude consultations towards confirming the Preservation Scheme and Management Plan for the declared area as well as to move swiftly to conclude discussions with key government agencies regarding the sustainable management of activities at the national monument.
Kingston, 1 October 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that her Ministry will be getting funding support from UN Women towards the implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence.
The Minister made the comment as she signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the UN Women Multi-Country Office of the Caribbean.
The National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence is a ten-year programme of activities — which is being implemented across the whole of government — with specific targets towards eliminating this horrendous crime. The Plan has a series of actions to prevent violence, protect and deliver adequate services to victims and to deal appropriately with perpetrators.
"It's great that the Ministry now has a partner who is assisting Government in funding these projects," said Minister Grange. "This MOU is going to have a far-reaching impact on the Government's effort to fight gender-based violence."
She explained that under the MOU, UN Women will assist with the development of a public education campaign titled 'No Excuse For Abuse' which will take the anti-violence message to communities across the country.
Minister Grange said:
"The public education programme that will follow the signing of this MOU will address areas like prevention, protection, investigation and enforcement. The campaign which speaks to 'No Excuse for Abuse' is a message that is going to be carried far and wide. We want to get into the communities right across Jamaica. We will be using Government information bodies such as the JIS and the CPTC but it's going to be an all-media campaign."
The UN Women Multi-Country Office of the Caribbean Representative, Alison McLean, said the MOU represented a continuation of the agency's collaboration with the Government to eliminate gender-based violence. UN Women had assisted the Government to develop the National Strategic Action Plan.
Mrs McLean said:
"In this particular phase we will be working with the Bureau [of Gender Affairs] as project manager and the Ministry along with JIS and CPTC to develop a campaign around gender-based violence using the data we have gleaned from the Women's Health Survey that for the first time gives us definitive data on violence against women (gender-based violence), and its effect on families and communities in Jamaica."
Among other things, the Women's Health Survey found that one in every four women in Jamaica has experienced physical violence by a male partner; that a quarter of women had been sexually abused by men who are not their intimate partners; that one out of every five women reported being sexually abused before reaching 18 years old and that the main perpetrators were family and friends.
The MOU will be in effect for three years.
Kingston, September 26 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, today announced that “the Prevention of Sexual Harassment draft Bill, with all the revisions recommended by Cabinet, is now ready to be signed off on”.
“The Bill now reflects recommendations that came from Cabinet regarding the establishment of a Sexual Harassment Tribunal to hear all sexual harassment matters and the designation of field officers from the Bureau of Gender Affairs as authorised officers,” the Minister said.
She described the amendments to the draft Bill as “major achievements”.
Including in the draft are new proposals for hearing sexual harassment complaints. According to the Minister, the new proposals include a mechanism for complaints to be dealt with by the Bureau of Gender Affairs.
Minister Grange was speaking at a WMW Jamaica Forum, held under the theme, ‘The impact of Media Reporting on Violence against Women in the Caribbean’ at CARIMAC Annex 11, University of the West Indies, Mona on Wednesday.
The Prevention of Sexual Harassment Bill seeks to protect women and men from unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and crude sexual behaviours that affect the quality of life by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Kingston, September 25 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, says the Government is taking the business of providing proper infrastructure for sports development very seriously.
The Minister was speaking at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the installation of an artificial turf at the football field at the UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence at the University of the West Indies on Tuesday.
“We have put plans in place to improve and maintain our sport infrastructure in a major way. A submission to resurface and upgrade the Stadium East facilities is now at Cabinet for sign off. We have just completed the procurement process and have selected a consultant who will prepare the business plan for the National Stadium,” Minister Grange said.
Minister Grange said that she was instructed by the Prime Minister to fast-track the redevelopment of the National Stadium and as such work will begin very soon in Stadium East and is to be completed before the start of the track season next year.
“For the National Stadium, we are now going to be moving quickly into the design stage. Once it’s complete most of the stadium will be covered and we will have good anti-doping facilities, proper dressing rooms, gym and all the other equipment that you will find in a first world facility,”
Miss Grange said.
She also said that the Ministry is in discussion with partners for the redevelopment of Chedwin Park, Drax Hall and Prison Oval.
“We are into a very exciting time for sports development. Let us all work together to take sports in Jamaica to greater heights with opportunities for all,” the Minister said.
Kingston, September 24 – The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport has said the passing of the former Executive Chairman of FLOW Foundation and a Board Member of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS), Mr. Errol Miller leaves her feeling deeply saddened.
Minister Grange said, “When I heard today of Errol’s death I was overcome by a sense of great loss as he was someone who I admired very much and someone who contributed a lot in his professional life and as a volunteer.”
She said Mr. Miller had served on the INSPORTS Board with distinction, “Ready in his quiet way to give advice which was always helpful to the organization.”
“I was not expecting that Errol would leave us at this time and he will surely be missed by many. To his wife and the rest of his family, relatives, friends, and associates as well as to the FLOW Foundation, the Chairman and Board of INSPORTS, I express my sincere condolences.
May his soul rest in peace.”
Kingston, September 18, 2018 – The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, says that “Jamaica is strongly focused on establishing a National Register of Cultural Heritage Places and Objects through amendments to the Jamaica National Heritage Act.”
Minister Grange was addressing the Opening Ceremony of a three-day workshop on Effective Heritage Inventories and National Registers organised by the Ministry in partnership with the Organisation of American States (OAS) at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites on Tuesday (September 18).
Minister Grange said that the workshop is an outcome of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the OAS to execute a project titled ‘Enhancing the Framework for the Development of a Heritage Economy in the Caribbean’. The project will train artisans and bring to the forefront the significant socio-economic potential of Jamaica’s cultural heritage.
“The focus of this workshop is to review and enhance where they already exist, registers of heritage places. A National Register of Heritage Places is a list of sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical value,”
the Minister said.
According to the Minister, the Registry will be developed through the use of ARCHES, an open-source, geospatially-enabled software platform for cultural heritage inventory and management.
“We hope that this workshop and the software that will be used across the Region will help to build capacity in our culture agencies and provide authentic, heritage experiences that are economically viable and sustainable.
“Cultural heritage tourism is valued at US$1 billion globally and is said to be responsible for more than 75 million jobs in the Asia Pacific region alone,” Minister Grange said.
The Culture Minister said also that another main component of the project is its focus on cultural communities such as the Maroons, Rastafari and Revivalists which contribute immensely to brand Jamaica.
This project is being implemented in Barbados, Jamaica and The Bahamas.
Kingston, September 14 - The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport announced today that the for the first time in the history of the INSPORTS Community Football and Netball Competitions, the winning netball team will get the same prize money of $500,000 as the winning football team.
The announcement came as the Sport Minister launched the final round of the competitions at the National Stadium.
After saying that the time to make the prize money equal between netball and football in the INSPORTS Community competition, Miss Grange said that the prizes for second, third and fourth places would also be adjusted but she would announce those later.
“The importance of grass roots sports, which is what the INSPORTS community netball and football competition is, cannot be over-emphasised. It is sports for peace uniting communities regardless of political persuasion.
“This is why I have invited Members of Parliament, Councillors and community leaders to encourage the INSPORTS netball and football teams in their constituencies, divisions and communities,” Miss Grange concluded.
The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is assisted by President, Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts to conduct the official draw for the Final Round of the INSPORTS Football and Netball Community Competitions. The drawing took place at the National Stadium on Friday.
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