Story Highlights Heritage Week officially begins on Sunday, 8 October 2017 with the National Heritage Week Interfaith Service at the University Chapel, Mona starting at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the unveiling of the statue of the world’s greatest athlete, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, will take place on Friday, 13 October 2017 at the National Stadium. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced that the unveiling of the statue of the world’s greatest athlete, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, will take place on Friday, 13 October 2017 at the National Stadium.“The unveiling is [set for] 5:30 on Friday (afternoon) …following that will be a reception in honour of our track and field athletes who went to the World Championships in August,” said Minister Grange.Minister Grange extended an invitation to the public to attend the unveiling ceremony:“The public is invited. We’re asking that they come out early and give Usain all their love and appreciation and to get the first look at the life size statue that will be unveiled of Usain Bolt. And I know they will not be disappointed.”The bronze sculpture was designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson and arrived in the island “during the past 24 hours,” according to the Minister.The statue of Usain Bolt is the first of four statues of national sports stars that were commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.The reception for the World Championship team (which is a private event) and the unveiling of the Bolt statue highlight activities for the celebration of Heritage Week.“Heritage Week will be massive,” said Minister Grange who highlighted that there will be a National Reparations Youth Baton Relay, beginning in Heritage Week, and organised by the National Council on Reparations as part of the public education programme about the Government’s reparations agenda. “We will have Dr Julius Garvey (son of National Hero Marcus Garvey) visiting during this period and there will be a run with athletes across the island to take the message of reparations to the people of Jamaica,” said Minister Grange.The National Reparations Youth Baton Relay will be staged over three months.Additionally, Heritage Week activities will highlight Jamaica’s rich heritage in music, sport and literature. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the National Library of Jamaica and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust are organising a series of activities in every parish; while the Ministry is staging a Heritage Concert “From Kete to Reggae” on Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, starting at 7pm.Heritage Week officially begins on Sunday, 8 October 2017 with the National Heritage Week Interfaith Service at the University Chapel, Mona starting at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The statue of Usain Bolt is the first of four statues of national sports stars that were commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme.
@JorgeBarrera Read more on the Connie Oakes case here Jorge Barrera APTN National News CALGARY—A Calgary judge denied an appeal bail application from a Cree woman who says she was wrongfully convicted for murder.Justice Brian O’Ferrall issued the ruling against Connie Oakes’ appeal bail Friday afternoon. Her appeal bail hearing was held on May 19.Oakes was hoping to obtain bail so she could be with her 22 year-old son who is dying from cancer.A sobbing Oakes said she was devastated by the ruling.“I am never going to see my baby alive,” said Oakes, in a phone interview with APTN National News shortly after she learned of the ruling.Oakes’ son Joseph Carry was told by his doctor in late April he has mere weeks left to live. Carry married his long-time sweetheart during a wedding ceremony held at his family’s ranch last Saturday.Oakes must now wait for her appeal hearing which is scheduled for Nov. 12.Her appeal is partly based on a fresh evidence application stemming from an affidavit signed by the Crown’s main witness against Oakes during the murder trial. A jury convicted Oakes of second degree murder for the killing of 48 year-old Casey Armstrong, who was found dead in the bathtub of his Medicine Hat, Alta., trailer.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence linking Oakes to the murder, Medicine Hat police and the local Crown relied on the testimony of a self-described small town crack dealer named Wendy Scott who has an IQ of 50.Scott, who also pleaded guilty to killing, has since changed her story and now says in a sealed affidavit that Oakes wasn’t at the trailer when Armstrong was killed. She is also trying to have her guilty plea quashed.Scott alleges she was fed evidence by Medicine Hat police while she was stoned during coercive interrogation sessions that lasted six months longer than was disclosed to Oakes’ defence lawyer. Scott initially accused three other people of the murder before naming [email protected]