Wednesday, 19 September 2018

NEWS FEED: Jampro reopens NYC office + Edward Seaga to give UTech public lecture + Work to begin on Asafa and VCB statues

>> Having already completed statues Olympians Usain Bolt (unveiled last December) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (to be unveiled October 14), sculptor Basil Watson and Culture/Sport Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange have signed an agreement for Watson to commence work on statues of Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown. The statues fall under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme. “The maquettes will be ready later this year,” says Grange, “so we can have a special unveiling for the media, and then early next year those statues will be mounted and unveiled in Statue Park.” 

>> This week, as part of a revamped marketing strategy targeting the Tri-State area for investments and exports, Jampro is reopening an office in New York City. An official ribbon-cutting and reception ceremony will take place at the office, now located inside the Jamaican Consulate. The office will join Jampro’s Toronto location to jointly form the promotions agency’s North American Regional Offices (NARO). “This is a crucial move to capitalize on the business possibilities that exist in the US,” says Jampro’s president, Diane Edwards. “With this new focused office, we will now be more targeted in our promotions strategies and attract more investment dollars to the country.” 

>> The Most Hon. Edward Seaga will present the next UTech Distinguished Public Lecture, scheduled for next Thursday, September 27, at the school’s Lecture Theatre 50, commencing at 5pm. The former Jamaican prime minister and current UTech Chancellor will speak on the topic “The Origins and Development of Jamaican Music.” The lecture series, coinciding with UTech’s 60th anniversary celebrations, has already hosted such presenters as Judge Patrick Robinson and Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.

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