Mus­grave Awards cer­e­mony put off un­til May 2017

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

Sir Pa­trick Allen (cen­ter) en­joy­ing a photo op­por­tu­nity with Sly and Rob­bie for their gold medal award in the field of mu­sic at the Mus­grave Medals Awards cer­e­mony held at the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica, last year.

THE IN­STI­TUTE of Ja­maica (IOJ) has an­nounced that there will be no Mus­grave Medal Awards cer­e­mony this year. The new date for the cer­e­mony is May 2017. In an in­ter­view with The Gleaner, Jos­sette Rick­etts-Blake, public re­la­tions of­fi­cer at the IOJ, said the de­ci­sion to hold off on the cer­e­mony co­in­cides with the month of cel­e­bra­tions to ob­serve the in­sti­tute’s found­ing.

The awards were also pushed back as part of a part­ner­ship with the Min­istry of Cul­ture, for the cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the coun­try’s 55th year of In­de­pen­dence.

“We de­cided on May next year, be­cause that’s the time we will cel­e­brate the found­ing of the in­sti­tu­tion,” she said. “May was also a good time to host the event as it will be a part of the 55th In­de­pen­dence cel­e­bra­tions.”

She went on to say that the change in date was a one off de­ci­sion as the awards will re­turn to its orig­i­nal time­line, come 2018. Rick­etts-Blake also re­vealed that only the date for the awards has been pushed back, as the se­lec­tion process re­mains the same.

NOM­I­NEE SE­LEC­TION

“As far as select­ing the nom­i­nees are con­cerned, ev­ery­thing is go­ing ahead as planned. We have al­ready short­listed per­sons for the awards and they have been made aware.”

Al­though no de­tails were given as to the per­sons who have been se­lected, eval­u­a­tion of a po­ten­tial Mus­grave awardee is depen­dent on how his/her life’s work has im­pacted the qual­ity of life in Ja­maica, fur­ther con­tribut­ing to its nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment. Eval­u­a­tion is also depen­dent on how his/her life’s work has in­spired oth­ers to achieve ex­cel­lence.

Last year’s awardees in­cluded Jazz singer Myrna Hague and renowned mu­si­cians/pro­duc­ers, Sly Dun­bar and Rob­bie Shakespeare.

The Mus­grave awards recog­nise those who have ex­celled in the fields of lit­er­a­ture, sci­ence and art and are named in hon­our of Sir An­thony Mus­grave, gov­er­nor of Ja­maica (1877-1883) and founder of the In­sti­tute of Ja­maica. The medals were de­signed by notable Bri­tish sculp­tor Al­fred Toft, and were first given in 1897 as prizes to per­sons who dis­played out­stand­ing merit in art and crafts com­pe­ti­tions hosted by the in­sti­tute. THE IN­AU­GU­RAL stag­ing of the Moon­light 5K Walk and Bon­fire Party, held re­cently at the Tru-Juice Or­chards, Bog Walk, was a mas­sive suc­cess, as pa­trons took the time to un­plug and con­nect with na­ture.

The moon­light was in short sup­ply, but pa­trons equipped them­selves with glow sticks and took to the trail in a blaze of glory.

Huawei had their P9 con­nected to mon­ster speak­ers to pro­vide the night’s en­ter­tain­ment.

GREAT INI­TIA­TIVE

“I think it’s great that Huawei took the in­tu­itive to join in with Train­fit to fa­cil­i­tate this 5k walk, be­cause we are in the day and age where ev­ery­one is try­ing to get fit and not ev­ery­one wants to be at the gym just do­ing reps. So the fact that we get to come out here and ex­er­cise while hav­ing fun is great,” said Rushane Suther­land, a pa­tron at the event.

The Huawei P9 stood up to the chal­lenge and set the beat for the night.

Pa­trons were sur­prise that the live mu­sic that was be­ing pro­vided was from the phone, as many stopped along the trail to con­firm and check to see where the mu­sic was com­ing from.

Huawei has been pro­mot­ing the P9 and the 5k was a great medium to show what the phone is all about.

“The event was a to­tal suc­cess and Huawei Ja­maica is happy to be as­so­ci­ated with such an event. We would not hes­i­tate to pledge the com­pany’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in fu­ture events. The 5k walk went be­yond the reg­u­lar mun­dane 5k, but served as a medium to ed­u­cate pa­trons about the joy of con­nect­ing with each other and na­ture with­out the use of tech­nol­ogy,” said Chrysta Walker, mar­ket­ing man­ager, Huawei Ja­maica.

She added, “There were no win­ners or losers in the 5k walk and that’s what made it dif­fer­ent; ev­ery­one was en­joy­ing each other’s com­pany and liv­ing in the mo­ment. The party stops all had a dif­fer­ent genre of mu­sic, which gave pa­trons a chance to rest for a while and en­joy the mu­sic un­til the next stop. At the end of the walk, pa­trons sat around the bon­fire as they re­flected on things past and present. The Moon­light Walk and Bon­fire looks to be an event that should be marked in ev­ery­one’s cal­en­dar.” This group of par­tic­i­pants party to the sounds of the Huawei P9 at one of the stops along the Tru-Juice Moon­light Walk and Bon­fire party, re­cently.

JER­MAINE BARN­ABY/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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