Government Gives Jamaica Chess Federation $2 Million Boost Ahead of Olympiad

By Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport  – August 26, 2016


Photo: JIS Photographer

Sports Minister, Honourable Oliva ‘Babsy’ Grange presents President of the Jamaica Chess Federation, Ian Wilkinson with a cheque during a Courtesy Call paid on the Minister at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport on Thursday, August 25, 2016. The two were joined by members of the team that will represent Jamaica at the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijani, September 1-14.

 

Sport Minister, Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has presented the Jamaica Chess Federation with a special contribution of JM$2 million towards preparation for the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijani, September 1-14.

The Federation had received JM $750,000 previously and was presented with the remaining JM$1.25 yesterday. The contribution was made through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF).

“The Jamaica Chess Federation has done extremely well under the leadership of President Ian Wilkinson. You have had your challenges with not having enough funds to do all that you want to do and that is why when you asked for help so that you could make it to the Olympics I did not hesitate,” the Minister said.

Minister Grange said the special contribution was a demonstration of the Government’s commitment to support the development of all sports.

 

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Government on Track to Promote Brand Jamaica at London World Championships

By Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment & Sport  – August 26, 2016

Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism shared a photo opportunity with (from left) David Dobson, Senior Director, Technical Service at the Ministry of Tourism; Andrew Brown, Sponsorship Manager, Digicel; Paul Pennicook, Director of Tourism; Honourable Mike Fennel, President, Jamaica Olympic Association; Jason Hall, Deputy Director, Jamaica Tourist Board; Blandene JnPaul- Reid, Head of Marketing and Innovation at Red Stripe and Josef Bogdanovich, Chairman & CEO of Downsound Entertainment.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has said that her Ministry and the Ministry of Tourism will work to bring ‘Jamaica House’ to London next year where Jamaica’s athletes will compete in the IAAF World Championship from August 5-13.

“Setting up Jamaica House in London next year, during the World Championships, will definitely help us to capitalise on Brand Jamaica’s appeal and to exploit opportunities to promote our culture and our tourism and hopefully bring in new business,” said Minister Grange.

‘Jamaica House’ is a marketing initiative which uses Jamaican culture and the popularity and success of the national athletes in major international competitions to market the country.

Minister Grange explained that Jamaica House concept emerged following her return from the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she observed unexploited opportunities to promote Jamaican culture, tourism and other products.

She worked with her colleague Tourism Minister, Honourable Edmund Bartlett and the Jamaica Tourist Board to develop the concept.

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Seven New BPO Projects Soon

By Marlon Tingling – August 26, 2016

Photo: Glenis Rose

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, emphasises a point while addressing a groundbreaking ceremony for an additional 63,000 square feet of office space for the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, in the Montego Bay Free Zone, on August 25.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says there are at least seven new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) projects in the pipeline, which should significantly expand the sector and create many new jobs.

Mr. Holness pointed out that he is integrally involved in the seven projects, which should come on stream this year into early next year.

“We will be breaking ground and starting construction. These projects may take a year or a year and a half to complete, but certainly we will see the manifestation of these projects within this year to mid next year and those projects will drive employment,” he said.

Addressing a groundbreaking ceremony for an additional 63,000 square feet of office space for the BPO industry, in the Montego Bay Free Zone, on August 25, the Prime Minister said the sector has the potential to employ more than 300,000 Jamaicans, and the new projects form part of that platform.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said as leader of the country, a part of his job is to look at potential threats to growth and put strategies in place to mitigate them.

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Historic and Legendary Win by Usain Bolt – PM Holness

by Office of the Prime Minister – August 15, 2016

Prime Minister Holness also congratulated all the Jamaican athletes who competed in Brazil.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has labelled Usain Bolt’s third consecutive victory in the Olympics 100m finals as historic and legendary.

The Prime Minister said Bolt’s indomitable spirit and focus, inspire not only Jamaicans but millions of people all over the world.

“Bolt has etched his name as the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen. Jamaica is fortunate to have a son who inspires so many and ensures our country continues to be the sprint capital of the world.”

Prime Minister Holness also congratulated all the Jamaican athletes who are competing in Brazil.

“I want to make special mention of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who got bronze and Elaine Thompson who won her first gold medal (in the women’s 100m). Both women epitomise true Jamaican spirit,” said the Prime Minister.

Mr Holness stated that the Government will, after the games, reveal an appropriate initiative to honour all the athletes who have competed on the world stage and brought such tremendous pride to the nation.

 

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