The Government has allocated $32 million to the restoration of the Ward Theatre as one of the ‘Jamaica 55’ legacy projects. The restoration project is being undertaken by the Ministry in collaboration with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. “By August, the facility will be restored to a level that it can be utilised for events and will play an important role in the commemoration of the anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating Kingston a ‘Creative Music City’,” Ms. Grange said. Story Highlights The Government has allocated $32 million to the restoration of the Ward Theatre as one of the ‘Jamaica 55’ legacy projects.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, made the announcement during her contribution to the 2017/18 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 30.The restoration project is being undertaken by the Ministry in collaboration with the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation.Work to restore the building, constructed in 1912, commenced on May 23 as one of the National Labour Day projects.This included repairs to the changing room and 13 bathrooms at the facility, as well as exterior and interior painting, fumigating and plumbing.“By August, the facility will be restored to a level that it can be utilised for events and will play an important role in the commemoration of the anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating Kingston a ‘Creative Music City’,” Ms. Grange said.Kingston was designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO in 2015.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange said the Ministry will be seeking to capitalise on the Blue and John Crow Mountains World Heritage Site.On June 8, the third and final gateway sign to the area will be unveiled in Port Morant, St. Thomas.The move forms part of a strategic marketing campaign to raise the heritage profile of communities in which the signs are located.Gateway signs in Papine and Port Antonio, as major access points to the area, were unveiled in 2016. Ms. Grange anticipates that the programme will facilitate increased tourism traffic at the World Heritage Site.The Blue and John Crow Mountains was inscribed on UNESCO’s prestigious World Heritage list in 2015.A nomination file has been submitted to inscribe ‘Reggae Music of Jamaica’ to the UNESCO representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity.
Between his performances at the Funny Bone in Virginia Beach last weekend, Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon hit the parking lot of PETA’s Norfolk headquarters, posing for photos, cracking jokes, and greeting families who brought dogs and cats to the group’s “SNIPmobile” clinic, which offers low- to no-cost sterilization and other veterinary services.Kevin Nealon At PETA’s Spay and Neuter ClinicCredit/Copyright: PETA“Nobody would trust me to neuter their dog, and nobody should — so it’s a good thing that PETA’s got veterinarians to do it,” says Nealon. “It’s not rocket science: Every homeless puppy and kitten was born to parents who weren’t spayed or neutered. I’m proud to support PETA’s work to prevent animal homelessness.”“Kevin is always willing to lend a hand to help animals, and that includes taking time out to spread the word that a ‘snip’ in time saves nine—or 9,000,” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “The way to fix the homeless animal overpopulation crisis is by ‘fixing’ dogs and cats, and PETA’s SNIP clinics do the job.”Six to 8 million homeless dogs and cats end up in animal shelters every year, and half of them must be euthanized because there simply aren’t enough good homes for them. Others never make it to a safe haven and are abandoned to fend for themselves on the streets. The only effective, long-term solution is spaying and neutering—and PETA’s mobile clinics have “fixed” nearly 94,000 animals in just the last decade.For more photos from the event, click here.
APTN National NewsThere’s a new initiative in Saskatchewan aimed at bridging the gap between the Aboriginal workforce and the contractors who have opportunities in the province.It’s an online skills database and those involved think it will create more jobs.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.