TEF Provides Over $3.4 Million to Support Venture
Kingston, Jamaica: December 11, 2015 – State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment Hon. Damion Crawford has welcomed news that the push to have Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO has yielded significant success. This comes on the heels of the official announcement by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, that Kingston was among 10 creative music cities which were designated this year.
The designation resulted from a strategic partnership between the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment through the Entertainment Advisory Board, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and other stakeholders. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has provided over $ 3.4 million to date to support the venture.
The process was initiated by the Ministry’s Entertainment Advisory Board in 2013 and was aimed at ensuring that Kingston becomes a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which focuses on resuscitating the economic viability of cities through arts, culture and community. The venture then received overwhelming support from the KSAC which played a pivotal role in facilitating the successful submission of a formal application to have the city designated.
The announcement also follows a recent trip by the Ministry’s Senior Director of Entertainment, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel and Kingston’s Town Clerk, Robert Hill to Japan to lobby for the designation to be granted at the UNESCO World Creative City Forum.
The detailed application was submitted on July 15, 2015 after several consultations spearheaded by the EAB and the KSAC with partners such as the Urban Development Corporation, University of the West Indies, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica.
Since then, a national steering committee has been formed with the objective of implementing projects across the corporate area which will foster the development of the creative industries in Kingston. “I am very pleased that the initiative was successful and it is further proof that hard-work and partnerships can have a far reaching impact. I am convinced that the designation will help to boost our efforts to position Kingston as a cultural city and will also enhance the appeal of Jamaica to travellers with a special interest in culture,” Minister Crawford expressed.
The Minister also believes that the designation will enhance Jamaica’s competiveness. “I am confident that Kingston’s designation as a Creative Music City will boost our standing as a competitive destination in accordance with the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI),” he said.
UNESCO’s Creative Cities programme was started in 2004 as an initiative to unite cities from across the globe through creative industries. It is policy-driven at the municipal and national level. The network is currently formed by 69 members from 32 countries covering seven creative fields – crafts & folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts.
Other cities also recognised creative cities of music include: Tongyeong (Republic of Korea), Varanasi (India), Adelaide (Australia), Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal), Katowice (Poland), Salvador (Brazil), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) and Medellín (Colombia).
For further information contact:
- Alyssa Taffe
- Public Relations Officer
- Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment
- 64 Knutsford Boulevard
- Kingston 5
- Tel: 920-4926-30, ext: 5989
Los Angeles, CA (October 6, 2015) – Former Consul General for Southern California and Jamaica Cultural Alliance (JCA) Board Member, Mr. Cleveland Neil, will on October 19th be awarded the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service (BHM) to Jamaica and the Jamaican Community in Southern California. This award will be presented by the Governor General at a ceremony to be held at Kings House, Kingston, Jamaica.
Mr. Neil held the position of Honorary Consul of Jamaica to Southern California for over three decades, making him the longest serving Jamaican Consul. In that capacity, Mr. Neil facilitated official state actions on behalf of the Jamaican government and generally acted as a liaison between the government of Jamaica and American regional interests.
During his tenure as Honorary Counsel, Mr. Neil hosted countless dignitaries from various counties, brokered numerous business relationships and created a strong network of colleagues and friends around the globe. Between 1969 and 2003, Cleveland Neil represented not only the pride of the Jamaican people; with integrity in all of his actions, he also represented their strength and spirit.
In honor of his achievement the Jamaica Cultural Alliance has released a limited edition t-shirt to commemorate this occasion, which reflects the Jamaican spirit and the impact of the Jamaican People – “Many Peoples, One Culture, One World” you can order your t-shirts here: https://goo.gl/uHqSHL
Parliament in London is an old fashioned place. When members gather in the House of Commons, the sea of faces is generally wrinkled, white and male. The chaplain who leads them each day in prayer is emphatically not. The Rev. Rose HudsonWilkin is the first black woman to serve as chaplain to the speaker in the House of Commons. She broke the same barrier when she was appointed chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II. She was also the first woman, and the first person of color, to run her parish in Northeast London.
She currently juggles all three of those roles, shuttling back and forth between the poor, diverse communities of her churches and the magnificent, rarefied worlds of Westminster and Buckingham Palace. It has been a long journey for the girl who was raised in poverty by her aunt on the shores of Montego Bay, Jamaica. “I didn’t grow up feeling sorry for myself and thinking, ‘Oh, gosh, I’m poor,’ ” Hudson-
Wilkin, 53, said in an interview. “Because that was the life of everyone around you. When a dice has been thrown and that is your life, you learn to live with your life. You grow from it.” Now she tries to impart that message to her parishioners.
Preaching In A Poor Neighborhood
Her church in the neighborhood of Dalston is surrounded by housing projects. There is violence in this community, and there are gangs. There is also passionate worship. On a recent Sunday morning, the congregation sang out in call and response, a Peruvian melody for a traditional Christian prayer. Gwen Gutzmore remembers interviewing “Reverend Rose,” as she’s known, for the job in 1998. It was just a few years after the Church of England began to allow female priests. “There were members within this same congregation who didn’t want a woman priest,” says Gutzmore. “It took some time, but they came around.” Eileen Skarrett, a church warden, arrived in Dalston in 2001. “When I got invited to the church, it was a black minister,” Skarrett says with a laugh. “I was much surprised.” She has been a regular ever since. Many of the voices in these pews have the lilting cadence of the Caribbean. The Rev. HudsonWilkin said a prayer in front of a very differentlooking congregation last year, at the funeral for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At St. Paul’s Cathedral, she led some of Britain’s most powerful men and women in solemn prayer. “The days of man are but as grass, for he flourisheth as a flower of the field,” she intoned. “For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone.”
Living In Different Worlds
HudsonWilkin first arrived in the United Kingdom for training as a lay evangelist. She returned to live in 1985, and has been a chaplain to the queen for 15 years. In 2010, she was appointed chaplain to the House of Commons. Almost no one else in the Church of England straddles these different worlds in such a highprofile way. In each sphere, she tries to pull people out of their bubbles and help them see the larger world. She gives the queen and members of Parliament a glimpse of those who struggle to get by.
“As I meet with them, I reflect back to them the impact of policies on people in an area like this,” HudsonWilkin explained. And in minority communities, she delivers messages that she doesn’t hear from white clergy. HudsonWilkin remembers staring down mourners at a funeral for a young man who was stabbed to death. You all riot when police kill a black man, she told them. “And yet in the last 10 years, we have killed — we have killed in our community — over 300,” she continued. “What are you saying about the value of life?” HudsonWilkin celebrates her uniqueness. On a popular radio program called “Desert Island Discs,” she said the songs she would like to be stranded with include Harry Belafonte’s “Island in the Sun,” and another old Caribbean classic, the Calypso song “Hot Hot Hot.” “I just absolutely love Calypso,” she gushed on the BBC show, “and this one in particular, wherever I am, if I heard it, then I’ve just got to dance.” The Church of England’s leadership has been slow to reflect its members’ diversity. “Only around 2 percent of clergy come from ethnic minorities,” says Michael Ledger-Lomas, a lecturer at King’s College in London who studies Christianity. “About 20 percent of all worshippers within London, for instance, belong to ethnic minorities. So I think there’s no question that there’s a demonstration effect.” But HudsonWilkin is not content to be a demonstration, or a figurehead. She is now actively pushing the Church of England to ordain female bishops. Some say it could happen this year. When asked if she thinks it likely, Rose HudsonWilkin replies: “I believe in miracles.”
Loyola Marymount Univeristy
- Frank R. Seaver College of Science & Engineering, Class of 2019
Division 1, LMU Soccer, Forward
Harvard WestLake High School
- High School Diploma June, 2015. 3.3 GPA
- Honor Roll & National Chinese Honor Society, Orchestra (Tuba);
- Varsity Soccer, All Conference First Team CIF;
- Varsity Track & Field (330m Hurdles Record Holder)
Harvard WestLake Middle School
- Orchestra; Symphony (Tuba); Soccer MVP
Chivas USA Academy Soccer-U18. 2014-2015
Striker FC USA Academy Soccer- U16. 2013-2014
Striker FC USA Soccer- U15, Pre-Academy. 2011-2013
Santa Monica United Soccer Club – U12, U13 & U14. 2009-2011
Pacific Coast Soccer Club – U9, U10 & U11. 2006 – 2009
Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do – 2001 T0 PRESENT
- 2nd Degree Black Belt, 2010
- 1st Degree Black Belt, 2007
- Outstanding Student Award, 2007. Best Portfolio, 2007
Matthew Alexander Gooden is college bound freshman with highly rated “academic”, “athletic” and “artistic” talents. He will attend the Frank R. Seaver College of Science & Engineering at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Fall 2015. Matthew is the eldest son of Lisa Maree Campbell Gooden, Esq. and Gary Anthony Gooden – Jamaican nationals (and naturalized US citizens). He was born (April 22, 1997) and raised in Los Angeles, California, where he resides with Lisa, Gary and younger teenage brother, Marcus.
Matthew graduated June 5, 2015 from Harvard Westlake School, a top 20 nationally ranked college prep school. A recipient of academic and athletic scholarships from LMU – Matthew’s current goal is to strive academically and Orchestra, Tuba obtain a civil engineering degree, play at the highest level of competitive college soccer, as well as potentially play professionally. Matthew is also a talented artist- both visual and musical – and enjoys music production. His musical repertoire can be found online on SoundCloud (soundcloud.com, Search “Emzhi”).
He is very focused both in and outside of school. He commenced playing soccer (AYSO), baseball and basketball at age 4, ultimately focusing on soccer at the competitive “Club” level (Coast Soccer League) at age 8, then the more competitive “pre-Academy” level at age 14, and onto the elite “Academy” level at age 15. Matthew started Taekwondo at age 5, attained his 1st Dan (1st degree black belt) in 5 years, at age 10, and then his 2nd DAN (2nd degree black belt) at age 14. While in 6th grade at the St. James Episcopal School and well on his way to being a well-rounded student athlete with top ISEE scores, Matthew was accepted into all of the 5 independent schools (Buckley, Windward, Oakwood, Campbell Hall and Harvard Westlake) to which he had applied for middle school (7th grade). While at HW (middle and high school) he exceled in Track and Field, setting and holding the high school record for the 330 meter hurdles, and played Varsity high school soccer as a freshman and sophomore (while still also playing at Club and then pre-Academy levels outside of high school). Top scorer for HW during the 2012/13 CIF season, he was also awarded top soccer player for the school as well as being “All Conference First Team CIF”. However it was his hard work, and talent as soccer player in the elite US Soccer “Academy” level outside of high school, that provided him the opportunity to play not just on the US West and East Coasts, but also internationally at the annual Dale Farm Milk Cup in Northern Ireland (UK) in 2012 and 2014. Matthew’s academic profile from a top 20 nationally ranked college prep school and his achievements as an elite US “Academy” level player, meant that by the time he was a high school junior he was a well-rounded student athlete being closely reviewed by over 25 coaches from Division 1 colleges and universities, ultimately verbally committing to LMU before the Fall semester of his senior year.
Personal Soccer Accomplishments
- 1997 Boys ODP Summer Pool 2010 (U13)
- Invited by US Soccer Federation to attend US National Training Days for B97 kids in May 2011
- Milk Cup 2012 (Northern Ireland) – Vase Champions
- SCDSL – U16 – Flight One Champions
- Harvard Westlake High School – Athlete of the month, January 2013
- CIF: 2013 Mission League: All League First Team
- Harvard Westlake High School – 2012-13 Varsity Boys Soccer “Most Valuable Player” of the season
- 2013/14 US Soccer Development Academy Season: Third highest scorer for the Strikers FC U16 Academy team
- 2014 Dale Farm NI Milk Cup – Top Goal scorer for the OC Blues.
10th Grade Art by Matthew A. Gooden
Self-Portrait based on Van Gogh’s “The Night Café in Place Lamartine in Arles”, Hand Morphing into a Squid
Tae Kwan Do
1st Dan 2007, 2nd Dan 2010, 2nd Dan 2014