Herb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009

first_imgRelatedHerb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 Herb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 CultureApril 28, 2009 RelatedHerb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009 RelatedHerb Mckinley’s Statue to be Unveiled in November 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding yesterday (April 27) approved the model of the statue that will be erected in honour of Olympic great, Herb McKinley.Sculpted by noted Jamaican artist Basil Watson, the presentation was made in the presence of Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who informed the Prime Minister that the sculpture will be installed at Independence Park in November, on the second Anniversary of the death of the sprinter.Minister Grange acknowledged Mr. Watson’s generosity and commitment in granting the government an irrevocable royalty free license to use and reproduce the material for the purposes of advertisement and promotion, including the right to commercial exploitation of the material which includes the production of photographs and miniatures. The money earned from this activity is earmarked for a special creative industries and cultural enhancement fund to be established by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia Grange (centre), looks on as renowned sculptor, Basil Watson, (left) and Chairman of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), David Mais (right) shake hands. This was, during the signing of the contract drafted for the creation of a statue of the late sports icon Herb Mckenley at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on December 19. The contract, formalise an agreement for the Ministry’s engagement of Mr. Watson’s services for the creation of the statue, which will be mounted at Statue Road at Independence Park, where the National Stadium and Arena, and National Indoor Sports Centre, are also located.Mr. Watson said that the title of his sculpture is, “Beyond the Tape”, as he sought to evoke the spirit of giving of the pioneer sprinter. When installed, “Beyond the Tape” will be in context with the other statues at the Park. Mr. Watson noted that in athletic terms Dr Arthur Wint represented “the start”, Don Quarrie “the stride”, Merlene Ottey “celebration at the finish”. Herb McKinley went “beyond the finish line by mentoring and coaching generations of athletes”.The statue is already being sculpted and will be bronzed in Atlanta, USA. Advertisementslast_img read more

Parents Urged to Read to their Children

first_imgRelatedParents Urged to Read to their Children FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairperson for the Coalition For Better Parenting (CBP), Ms. Janet Davis, is encouraging parents to read to their children.She was addressing the national church service to launch Parents Month 2009 on Sunday (Nov. 1) at the New Beulah Moravian Church in Mandeville, Manchester, under the theme: ‘Parent, the Right Way: Read To Your Child Every Day’.Ms. Davis said that there are a number of positives to be derived when parents read to their children.“Reading to your child provides knowledge, promises empowerment, builds relationship, supports the social, emotional and mental development of children and contributes to the creation of a brighter future in the transformation process of our nation,” she stated.Ms. Davis said that her organisation supports and promotes this year’s theme and encouraged the nation to embrace the practise of reading to a child as one of the principal ways to “enhance the ability of children, who will become the adult citizens of tomorrow to function optimally in our society.”Ms. Davis challenged others to join in the National Parenting Programme and network and lauded those persons, who pioneered the programme.“As we continue to work, we salute our parenting pioneers and call on all who have been standing aside in awe of the responsibilities that are required to build a strong and effective National Parenting Programme and network to accept the challenge and join us in this national effort,” she said.The CBP was formed in 1991 and is aimed at strengthening the Ministry of Education’s efforts to impact on parenting through programmes with Parent/Teachers’ Associations (PTAs). RelatedParents Urged to Read to their Children Parents Urged to Read to their Children EducationNovember 3, 2009center_img RelatedParents Urged to Read to their Children Advertisementslast_img read more