IOJ Facilitating Greater Appreciation

of Museums

By Elaine Hartman Reckord – April 22, 2014.

IOJ Facilitating Greater Appreciation of Museums

Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna (third left), and students from various high schools in the Corporate Area, examine a piece entitled ‘Red Coat’, during a tour of the National Gallery of Jamaica in December. The tour formed part of the launch of the Ministry’s culture card programme. The card will allow some 100 students to access, free of cost, the museums and galleries of the Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) events and JAMBIZ productions. Photo by: JIS Photographer

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) has implemented several measures aimed at promoting the island’s museums, enabling easier access to, and encouraging greater appreciation of Jamaica’s heritage.

These include opening museums to the public on Saturdays, to allow more people to view the large collections of artefacts and art treasures.

Effective May 3, the Institute’s East Street, Kingston complex will be opened to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The divisions to be opened are the National Museum of Jamaica, the Natural History Museum of Jamaica, and the Jamaica Music Museum.

Executive Director of the IOJ, Anne Marie Bonner, says special events would be planned periodically to enhance the Saturday experience.

“We are looking at setting up date-nights for the young adults. We will be having a series of movies that we will be showing in the afternoons and several activities for the children, including story-telling and puppetry,” she says, adding that other programmes are being developed for children and adults during the summer holidays.

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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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