JCDC festival song featured in 'Home Again'
The movie Home Again, which premiered in Jamaica on Monday, September 16, features a song, Welcome to Jamaica, from the 2010 Jamaica Festival Song album, Jamaican Patriots, as part of its soundtrack.
The song, written and performed by Dennard 'Marvillus' Morgan from St Thomas, is featured in the scene where the lead actor steps off the plane, having arrived in Jamaica. The movie also stars one of JCDC's top speech medallists, Kadeem Wilson.
The JCDC celebrates 50 years this year, and said it remains true to its mission, under the direction of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, to unearth, develop, showcase and promote Jamaica's rich culture.
For the past 50 years, the agency has provided many of its participants with career opportunities from the exposure and training they received through the arts.
Crawford installed as UTech pro-chancellor
A capacity audience witnessed the formal presentation of Vivian Crawford as third pro-chancellor of the University of Technology (UTech) at a special ceremony on Thursday at the university's Alfred Sangster Auditorium in St Andrew.
UTech President Professor Errol Morrison told the gathering: "I know that I speak on behalf of the entire UTech stakeholder community when I say that we all feel deeply privileged and honoured to have such an esteemed son of Jamaica as our third pro-chancellor."
The president noted that Crawford had already been serving the university "with great distinction since 1991 as honorary treasurer". As such, he is the longest-serving member of the university's council.
Morrison noted that in that role, Crawford "has championed the task of overseeing UTech's financial affairs to ensure that the university is compliant with government regulations and policies".
Morrison called on all stakeholders to give the new pro-chancellor their support as he continues to play a part in the development of the institution.
Manchester to celebrate Miss Lou
The Manchester office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will host an event in honour of the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, titled 'Tenk God fi Miss Lou and Dem Ada One', on Monday, starting at 8 a.m. at the Manchester High School Auditorium.
The day's activities include a mini symposium on the topic: 'The Impact of Miss Lou and Dem Ada One on Jamaica's Language, Literature and Lifestyle'.
The participants include lecturer Marcia Higgin, Norman Williams (son of the late Ranny Williams), Kevin O'Brien Chang and Doreth Jones (niece of the late Ranny Williams).
There will also be an exhibition on Miss Lou and an exciting tribute concert featuring JCDC award-winning performers from Manchester and central Jamaica.
According to Vivienne Morris-Brown, cultural organiser for Manchester, it will be an eventful day to recognise the contributions which Miss Lou, Maas Ran and other cultural icons have made to our unique language, literature and lifestyle. The audience will also have the opportunity to meet the family members of these great cultural icons.
CDA hires more staff to investigate child abuse
The Child Development Agency's (CDA) capacity to effectively address child abuse has been boosted through the beefing up of staff in its Investigation Unit.
Acting chief executive officer of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said the unit now has a manager and 10 investigation officers deployed islandwide.
Most of the officers have been placed in the South East Region, which comprises Kingston and St Andrew, St Catherine, and St Thomas.
She said the unit is also receiving assistance from students at the University of Technology (UTech) in carrying out field investigations.
This is being facilitated through a three-year agreement between the Government and UTech for collaboration in the area of child and adolescent development.
The CDA, which falls under the Ministry of Youth and Culture, deals with reports received from the Office of the Children's Registry, set up under the Child Care and Protection Act of 2004.