Professor Mervyn Morris Appointed

Poet Laureate

By Douglas McIntosh – April 15, 2014.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill (left), having a light conversation with Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mervyn Morris (centre), and wife, Helen Morris, during Tuesday’s (April 15) ceremony at the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), downtown Kingston, where Professor Morris was announced as Jamaica’s first official Poet Laureate. Photo by: Michael Shaw

Distinguished academic, Professor Emeritus, Mervyn Morris, of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has been appointed to serve as Jamaica’s first official Poet Laureate, over the next three years.

The Poet Laureate is a national honour that recognizes a distinguished Jamaican poet for his or her significant contribution to the literary community.

Professor Morris’ role will entail playing a proactive and integral part in promoting Jamaican poetry as an art form that portrays the country’s cultural heritage, as also a medium for entertainment, by stimulating a greater appreciation of poetry, writing poems for national occasions, and preserving and disseminating the country’s cultural heritage, through prose.

His appointment and scheduled engagements during his tenure form part of the Poet Laureate Programme, which has been re-established by the Government, and is being funded over the three-year period by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) at a cost of $3.4 million.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, will present Professor Morris with the official Badge of Office, during an investiture ceremony, scheduled for King’s House on May 21.

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RGD presents 106 year old with

Birth Certificate

Mrs. Ena Shouburgh, 106 years old Jamaican national, recently received her birth certificate from the RGD. Mrs. Deirdre English Gosse, the Chief Executive Officer and her Team from the Registrar General’s Department visited New York, the Tri-State Area, Connecticut and New Jersey for an outreach programme, and took advantage of the time to make the presentation. Mrs. Shouburgh will be 107 years old in June 2014.


 ↑ From left: Mr. Herman G. LaMont, Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Mrs. Deirdre English Gosse, CEO, Registrar General’s Department, Jamaica, partially hidden is Reverend Terry Lee, President/CEO, Community Concerns Network and Ms. Alicia Gaudin, Recreational Director, Cabs Nursing Home.

Charities Must Register to Benefit from 

Tax Exemptions

By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.

Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.

A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.

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