Thursday, 2 August 2012

ISLAND PRIDE: A sports exhibit and a new collectors' item celebrate Jamaica at its iconic best

SPORTING HISTORY: July 27, St. Andrew. CEO of the Chase Fund, W. Billy Heaven, has a hearty chat with sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley following Friday's official launch of the Jamaica Sports Museum exhibit at Jamaica House. Forming part of the nationwide Independence celebrations, the exhibit will be mounted at the National Arena daily from noon to 8 pm, while on Independence Day (August 6), it will be open for viewing from noon to 4 pm. Entry is free of charge to the public. On display will be several artifacts, including a ball donated by Michael Holding; a Ritchie Richardson floppy hat; miniature bats with the signatures of famed West Indies cricketers like Courtney Walsh; and a Mike McCallum jacket.

PICTURE PERFECT: Jamaica: 50 Golden Moments is an enthralling visual celebration of the defining moments in the 50-year post-Independence history of this small and enigmatic island nation that has made an indelible mark on the rest of the World. The collectors’ item offers breathtaking images (plucked from the vast Gleaner newspaper archives) that highlight major events in each of the five decades: the raising of the national flag; Lisa Hanna’s crowing as Miss World; the inauguration of Air Jamaica; Royal visits; the triumph of our first female Olympic Gold Medal; the Bobsled team; Highway 2000; Reggae Sunsplash and Reggae Sumfest, and Usain Bolt’s exploits among other sterling moments, capturing the vibrancy and legacy of this Caribbean nation.

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