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Banning Plastic: How Jamaica Moved To Save Its Environment  Forbes

Jamaica is introducing a ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam in a bid to reduce the impact plastic is having on the environment.

Forbes
Woman beheaded, three others murdered in Western Jamaica  St. Lucia News Online

February 16, 2019. Share This On: Share29 · Tweet · Pin · +1 · Share. 15 Shares. Dead: Junior Wint (left) and Valerie 'Ms P' Thompson. (JAMAICA GLEANER) ...

St. Lucia News Online
Jamaica holiday guide: for a true taste of Caribbean culture, get your musical fill at Reggae Sumfest  iNews

The spirit of Bob Marley still permeates the Caribbean island's culture - a cipher for the country's music, politics, heat, chaos and beauty.

iNews
Top 7 Jamaican & Caribbean News Stories You Missed The Week Ending February 15th, 2019  Jamaicans.com

GOVERNOR GENERAL SAYS GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO SECURITY MEASURES In the Throne Speech to Jamaica's Parliament, Governor General ...

Jamaicans.com
Jamaica weather: isolated showers in the forecast  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica weather forecast at 5am Friday, February 15, 2018 by the Meteorological *Service* Division. SIGNIFICANT FEATURE… A Stationary Front west of ...

Loop News Jamaica
Jamaica sticking with June world trials dates  Khaleej Times

The Jamaican Athletics Federation is sticking with its decision to hold their world championships trials during a period typically reserved for Diamond League ...

Khaleej Times
Jamaica Gets New Energy Minister As Gov't Tackles the Scandal-Hit State-Owned Oil Refinery  Caribbean360.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday February 14, 2019 — Six and a half months after embattled Andrew Wheatley resigned as Energy Minister, Jamaica's Prime ...

Caribbean360.com
ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: Driving right on the left in Jamaica  TheChronicleHerald.ca

As usual, there was plenty of traffic and chaos in front of Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The airport was packed and out front throngs of ...

TheChronicleHerald.ca
US professor recommends meditation to cut Jamaica's crime figures  Loop News Jamaica

United States-based professor, Dr Ashley Deans, is recommending that Jamaica adopt a transcendental meditation (TM) technique to assist in addressing the ...

Loop News Jamaica
Jamaica: Government tables Estimates of Expenditure for 2019-20  St. Lucia News Online

February 15, 2019. Share This On: Share · Tweet · Pin · +1 · Share. 0 Shares. Dr. Nigel Clarke. KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 15, CMC – Finance Minister Dr. Nigel ...

St. Lucia News Online
Jamaica: Woman killed, estranged husband arrested at airport  Stabroek News

(Jamaica Observer) Police say the man suspected of killing his wife in southern St Elizabeth early Friday morning was later held at the Norman Manley Airport in ...

Stabroek News
'Small Island' author Andrea Levy dies of cancer aged 62  Jamaica Gleaner

LONDON (AP) : Andrea Levy, a prize-winning novelist who chronicled the hopes and horrors experienced by the post-World War II generation of Jamaican ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaican lottery winner accepts prize in 'Scream' mask  CTV News

When A. Campbell arrived at a Kingston, Jamaica hotel on Feb. 5 to accept a multi-million dollar lottery prize, he came wearing a mask from the 1996 slasher ...

CTV News
Lottery winner in Jamaica shows up in 'Scream' mask to claim million-dollar prize  The Straits Times

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) - A lottery winner in Jamaica recently claimed his US$1.1 million prize, wearing a white cape, black gloves and the mask ...

The Straits Times
Another Loss For Jamaica At Pan Am Badminton Champs  rjrnewsonline.com

Jamaica suffered their third consecutive defeat in the Pan American Badminton Team Championship in Peru after a 5-0 loss to Mexico on Friday. With this result ...

rjrnewsonline.com
Jamaica gov't to amend environment laws  WIC News

The Government will amend a number of climate and environment-related legislation in the 2019/20 fiscal year in an effort to strengthen the regulatory ...

WIC News
Inter-America Celebrates Annual Baptismal Ceremony in Jamaica  Adventist Review

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Inter-America celebrated in Jamaica on February 9, 2019, as more than 8,000 people crowded the Montego Bay ...

Adventist Review
Jamaica Gov't Lobbying International Support for Cannabis Industry Development  Caribbean360.com

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday February 14, 2019 — Government plans to lobby the support of the international community, particularly the United States, for ...

Caribbean360.com
Jamaica Looking to Increase Participants Under US Hospitality Programme  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and their United States (US) counterparts are in discussion to increase the number of ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica: Suspect in custody for MP’s murder  St. Lucia News Online

February 14, 2019. Share This On: Share4 · Tweet · Pin · +1 · Share. 4 Shares. Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield. (JAMAICA OBSERVER) — A suspect has been held in ...

St. Lucia News Online
Tips to Help Students get Ready for PEP  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Parents are being encouraged to give their children moral support during the sitting of the new Primary Exit Profile (PEP), beginning on February 26.

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Argument over funeral led to murder-suicide in Jamaica  Stabroek News

(Jamaica Gleaner) A Lilliput, St James night club operator this afternoon shot and killed his girlfriend then turned the weapon on himself in Flamstead Gardens ...

Stabroek News
Jamaica lobbies international support for cannabis industry development  The Daily Herald

KINGSTON, Jamaica--Government plans to lobby the support of the international community, particularly the United States, for the Jamaican cannabis industry's ...

The Daily Herald
Red Rose in Kingston | Entertainment  Jamaica Gleaner

The demise of the annual Montego Bay-based Jazz and Blues Festival has left music enthusiasts hungry for an event of similar style and *content*, to fill that void.

Jamaica Gleaner
Outdated ideas – Heaven responds to JCA rival Neita  Jamaica Gleaner

Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), described as “outdated” the proposed hands-on style being promised by presidential ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Make Jamaica Green Again: 10 Powerful Women Leading The Sustainability Movement  Forbes

Jamaica is a beautiful, green, island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. These 10 women are leading the movement to make Jamaica more sustainable.

Forbes
CEMEX Rebuilds Jamaica Airport  Business Wire

CEMEX led the renovation of 35000m2 of taxiways for the International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Business Wire
Woman beheaded in Trelawny, suspect in custody | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Assistant Commissioner of Police Jermaine Delattibudiere, the officer in charge of crime for Trelawny, says a suspect is in custody in relation to the beheading of ...

Jamaica Gleaner
27 trained under transformation project | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Twenty-seven persons have already been trained under a programme of upskilling, which forms part of the Public Sector Transformation Project. The training ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Brit author Andrea Levy, daughter of Jamaican immigrants, dies at 62  Loop News Jamaica

Andrea Levy, a prize-winning novelist who chronicled the hopes and horrors experienced by the post-World War II generation of Jamaican immigrants in Britain, ...

Loop News Jamaica
Special-needs children get assistance | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Eighty special-needs children have been given equipment to deal with their circumstance by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in partnership with the ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Tanya Lee | Jamaica's 10-sport plan for Tokyo 2020 | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

Earlier this week, I attended the Jamaica Olympic Association's (JOA) partner's breakfast forum where they outlined plans for the 2019 Pan-American Games in ...

Jamaica Gleaner
I See: 'Future leaders' | Loop News  Loop News Jamaica

The children are our future, so it's always a refreshing sight to see youngsters at Parliament observing members go about conducting the nation's business at ...

Loop News Jamaica
Western administrators concerned about region's football | Sports  Jamaica Star Online

The struggles of western Jamaican football clubs Montego Bay United (MBU) and Reno FC in this season's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) has painted a ...

Jamaica Star Online
Salute to a fallen soldier - Family members say young JDF member was perfect in every way  Jamaica Star Online

In the eyes of his sister, Tashana Weir, Jevaughnie Lewis was perfect. The 20-years-old Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) private died in a motor vehicle accident in ...

Jamaica Star Online
Listen to the Podcast of 7 Jamaican & Caribbean News Stories You May Have missed for the week ending February 15, 2019.  Jamaicans.com

This is a Podcast of 7 Jamaican & Caribbean News Stories You May Have missed for the week ending February 15, 2019. The JAMAICA WEEKLY News ...

Jamaicans.com
1982 CAC long-jump champ, Jamaica's Delroy Poyser dies of cancer  sportsmax.tv

Jamaican long jumper Delroy Poyser died in the United States on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57. Posyer was a standout athlete for J...

sportsmax.tv
Jamaican runner Kemoy Campbell taken to hospital after collapsing at Millrose Games  The Guardian

Jamaican distance runner Kemoy Campbell was taken to the hospital on Saturday after he collapsed and stopped breathing during the men's 3,000m at the ...

The Guardian
Port Royal's floating cruise ship pier arrives in Jamaica  Loop News Jamaica

The Port Authority of Jamaica has taken a major step towards its planned development of a cruise port terminal in Port Royal, after securing a floating pier for.

Loop News Jamaica
Sabina Inn plans advanced – Heaven | Sports  Jamaica Star Online

President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Wilford 'Billy' Heaven has announced that the organisation is currently in advanced stages of planning for the ...

Jamaica Star Online
Jamaica to Host 37th Caribbean Conference of Chartered Accountants  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Some 500 accounting and business professionals from across the region as well as key local private and public sector decision makers are expected to attend ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica’s New $250 Million Hotel Project  Caribbean Journal

Spanish hotel chain H10 has launched construction on a 1000-room hotel project in Jamaica. It will be the first-ever Jamaica hotel for the chain.

Caribbean Journal
Weh Dem Up To: Bella Blair says she is Jamaica's next big star  Jamaica Star Online

She has kept a relatively low profile over the past few months, but singer Bella Blair says she is Jamaica's next big star.Her upcoming single,Don't Chat to Me, ...

Jamaica Star Online
Wilson: 2019 is big | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

This is a year for Jamaica to remind the world of its standing in international track and field. That's the considered view of Maurice Wilson, head of the Sprintec ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Meet Koffee, The Rising Jamaican Star Who Is Hot Like A Thermos  Vibe

Back in 1962, a 17-year-old Jamaican singer/songwriter named Robert Marley recorded a song called “One Cup of Coffee” and went on to take reggae music ...

Vibe
Are you the right one? | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following Me ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Alleged customs conman arrested | News  Jamaica Gleaner

The Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is reporting that detectives have arrested a male suspect in relation to a customs ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Trinidadians Seeking Business Opportunities in Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

A business delegation from Trinidad and Tobago is in the island for a four-day trade mission from February 5 to 8. The team, being hosted by the Jamaica ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica weather: isolated afternoon showers for some parishes  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica weather forecast at 5am Tuesday, February 12, 2019 by the Meteorological *Service* Division. SIGNIFICANT FEATURE… High Pressure Ridge building ...

Loop News Jamaica
Media must turn up heat on scandals | Commentary  Jamaica Star Online

Year after year, no matter which political party is in power, there is a scandal involving either the theft or abuse of government money – the public purse. Yet, we ...

Jamaica Star Online
Governor-General's Throne Speech 2019/2020 - In Partnership towards the new Prosperous Jamaica  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

IN PARTNERSHIP TOWARDS THE NEW PROSPEROUS JAMAICA. We gather here today, at the start of the new Parliamentary year, fully conscious of the fact ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica audits resorts in wake of sexual assault scandal  Detroit Free Press

Jamaica's top tourism official has ordered a security audit of its major resorts and attractions in the wake of a Free Press investigation that found sexual assaults ...

Detroit Free Press
Jamaicans Encouraged to Create Safe Spaces for Children  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government Senator, Kerensia Morrison, has called on all Jamaicans to create safe spaces for children, in light of the recent incidents that have resulted in the ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
The Jamaican Stock Exchange Is the World's Best-Performing Market  Bloomberg

The Jamaican stock exchange is so obscure, even emerging-markets funds don't go there. And it's booming.

Bloomberg
Rusea's girls in pole position | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

Western Bureau : Rodrick Myles, the coach of Rusea's High's track and field team, is confident they will be able to defend their Western Championships girls' title ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Morrison now with Sweden's Ostersunds | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

Ravel Morrison, a player who has been on the radar of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for a long time, has left Italian Serie A Club Lazio for Swedish outfit ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Adequate Post-Assessment Procedures for PEP  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Former Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Grace McLean, is assuring the public that adequate post-assessment ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica: Human skeleton found in manhole  St. Lucia News Online

February 13, 2019. Share This On: Share4 · Tweet · Pin · +1 · Share. 4 Shares. Police and curious residents look on as investigators process the area where the ...

St. Lucia News Online
Cross Country invades the Park | Entertainment  Jamaica Gleaner

It was TGIF excitement in St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston as the RJRGLEANER Communications Group kicked off their four-week Cross Country ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaicans Celebrate Appointment of Jamaican-Born Doctor to Canadian Senate  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government Representatives, as well as other dignitaries, are celebrating the appointment of Jamaican-born, Dr. Rosemary Moodie, to the Canadian Senate.

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Children's Homes to Benefit from $40-Million Fire Safety Project  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Supreme Ventures Foundation is partnering with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to improve fire safety and security at 30 children's homes at a ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica: Dengue kills 6 children since virus outbreak  St. Lucia News Online

February 14, 2019. Share This On: Share1 · Tweet · Pin · +1 · Share. 0 Shares. KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 13, CMC – Six children under the age of 14 have died ...

St. Lucia News Online
Forestry Dept. Spearheads REDD+ Programme  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

The Forestry Department of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is spearheading the Government's national programme to become REDD+ ready.

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica Rum Festival Launched  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Jamaica Rum Festival will serve to further enhance the country's global appeal as a travel destination.

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica in good company with age of consent for sex at 16  Jamaica Observer

Less than a year after Jamaican legislators frowned upon raising the age of consent for sex from 16 to 18, the Freedom Evangelical Association (FEA) is seeking ...

Jamaica Observer
Blaise Bicknell shines at Brazil tourney | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

Blaise Bicknell, one of Jamaica's most promising young tennis players, has done exceptionally well in the high profile Banana Bowl G1 International Tennis ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Three theatres out of service at Falmouth Hospital  Jamaica Gleaner

The Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny is currently functioning with just three of its six operating theatres as the others have been decommissioned to facilitate ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Powhatan preacher is indicted in international telemarketing scheme based in Jamaica  Richmond.com

A Powhatan County preacher who authorities suspect swindled at least $153000 from elderly residents in several states as part of a Jamaican Sweepstakes ...

Richmond.com
Jamaica I See: Fire causes traffic nightmare in Kingston  Loop News Jamaica

A fire at a manufacturing plant along Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston is causing chaos for drivers heading out of the city on Monday evening. There is currently ...

Loop News Jamaica
Wizard of Odd: '60s Excelsior Jamaica III  Premier Guitar

What do polka, beer, accordions, and hot mini-humbuckers have in common?

Premier Guitar
Top high school stars for 'Isaac' Henry Invitational  Jamaica Gleaner

Excitement should be high at the National Stadium today when St Andrew Technical High host the fifth staging of the S.W. 'Isaac' Henry Invitational Track and ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Judas kiss: Dealing with betrayal in church | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Smiling faces sometimes pretend to be your friend Smiling faces show no traces of the evil that lurks within Smiling faces, smiling faces sometimes They don't tell ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Jamaica Hosts Int'l Conference on Educational Leadership March 7 to 8  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

School leaders from Jamaica and eight other countries across the globe will converge in Kingston from March 7 to 8 for the third International Conference on ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
MoBay Chamber boss bats for UTech mentorship programme  Jamaica Gleaner

The University of Technology's (UTech) western Jamaica campus has forged an alliance with the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) to ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Throne Speech | Regulations coming for garbage disposal sites  Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica is to introduce regulations to govern the kinds of material which may be disposed of at disposal sites across the island. The National Solid Waste ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Orville Higgins | That Gabriel, Root clash | Sports  Jamaica Gleaner

The decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Windies pacer Shannon Gabriel for four one-day internationals has been on everyone's lips over ...

Jamaica Gleaner
When Jamaica Led the Postcolonial Fight Against Exploitation  Boston Review

When Jamaica Led the Postcolonial Fight Against Exploitation from Boston Review. In the 1970s, a bloc of Third World states forced the United Nations to take ...

Boston Review
Jamaica weather: partly cloudy skies set to dominate  Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica weather at 5am Wednesday, February 13, 2018 by the Meteorological *Service* Division. SIGNIFICANT FEATURE… A Weakening High Pressure Ridge ...

Loop News Jamaica
Monique Rainford | Should the Jamaican diaspora educate their children about race?  Jamaica Gleaner

In recent years, I have expanded my research examining health disparities experienced by African-American women. I came across an especially disturbing ...

Jamaica Gleaner
William Webster, ex-FBI and CIA director, helps feds nab Jamaican phone scammer  The Washington Post

Jamaican scammer receives six-year sentence after threatening to kill Webster and his wife if they didn't send money to receive a phony jackpot.

The Washington Post
Third-generation hotelier Pike takes on the R Hotel  Jamaica Gleaner

The green US$6.5 million multistorey edifice in New Kingston was much talked about during its construction when speculation was rife abou.

Jamaica Gleaner
Men involved in police chase in Manchester charged | News  Jamaica Gleaner

Two of three men who attempted to elude the police on Old Melrose Road in Mandeville, Manchester on Wednesday have been charged. Twenty-nine-year-old ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Schools to Celebrate Jamaica Day February 22  Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Schools across the island will join in the national observation of Jamaica Day, on Friday, February 22, under the theme: 'Celebrating Jamaica: Embracing ...

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Canadians warned of 'state of emergency' in Jamaica  Vancouver Courier

The travel advisory states that, “violent crime, including armed robbery and murder, is a problem in large cities"

Vancouver Courier
Global sulphur cap to impact operations at Petrojam  Jamaica Gleaner

With the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) imposing a 0.5 per cent global sulphur cap on marine fuels effective January 1, 2020, Petrojam's sale of ...

Jamaica Gleaner
Gov't to acquire oil filtration system for JUTC  Jamaica Gleaner

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company's (JUTC) fleet of buses are to see a marked improvement in performance with the implementation of an oil filtration system.

Jamaica Gleaner
 

Jamaica Videos

El Alfa El Jefe (feat. Big O) - PA' JAMAICA (Video Oficial)
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El Alfa El Jefe (feat. Big O) - PA' JAMAICA (Video Oficial)
Españoles en el mundo: Jamaica | RTVE
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Españoles en el mundo: Jamaica | RTVE
El Alfa El Jefe ft. Big O - Pa' Jamaica (El Hombre)
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El Alfa El Jefe ft. Big O - Pa' Jamaica (El Hombre)
10 Things NOT To Do In Jamaica
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10 Things NOT To Do In Jamaica
Snook, Red Snapper & Yam, straight from Jamaica!
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Snook, Red Snapper & Yam, straight from Jamaica!
Jamaica's Most wanted Prekeh Bwoy sends message
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Jamaica's Most wanted Prekeh Bwoy sends message
Jamaica News February 15 2019/JBN
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Jamaica News February 15 2019/JBN
Strain Hunters Jamaica Expedition (Full Length)
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Strain Hunters Jamaica Expedition (Full Length)
Quartiere Coffee - In Jamaica [Official Video 2016]
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Quartiere Coffee - In Jamaica [Official Video 2016]
Jamaica in 4K
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Jamaica in 4K
 

Jamaica Images

The Best of Culture in Jamaica, North America
The Best of Culture in Jamaica, North America
Port Maria: River Outram | Port Maria never looked so good ...
Port Maria: River Outram | Port Maria never looked so good ...
Riu Jamaica Montego Bay Pool | Daytime entertainment ...
Riu Jamaica Montego Bay Pool | Daytime entertainment ...
Beach at the Beaches Negril Resort & Spa | Oyster.com
Beach at the Beaches Negril Resort & Spa | Oyster.com
Botany Bay, St Thomas | Sometimes called Button Bay | Flickr
Botany Bay, St Thomas | Sometimes called Button Bay | Flickr
Port Maria Primary School 1 | Primary school in Port Maria ...
Port Maria Primary School 1 | Primary school in Port Maria ...
Flowers in Jamaica | This and other pictures of flowers in ...
Flowers in Jamaica | This and other pictures of flowers in ...
Royal Jamaican Ginger Beer | Just another WordPress site
Royal Jamaican Ginger Beer | Just another WordPress site
Jamaican Scenery
Jamaican Scenery
Flag of Bolivia / Bandera de Bolivia
Flag of Bolivia / Bandera de Bolivia
 

Jamaica WebSites

 

Jamaica Wiki

Jamaica ( (listen)) is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola (the island containing the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic).Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Many of the indigenous people died of disease, and the Spanish transplanted African slaves to Jamaica as labourers. The island remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England (later Great Britain) conquered it and renamed it Jamaica. Under British colonial rule Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on African slaves. The British fully emancipated all slaves in 1838, and many freedmen chose to have subsistence farms rather than to work on plantations. Beginning in the 1840s, the British utilized Chinese and Indian indentured labour to work on plantations. The island achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 6 August 1962.With 2.9 million people, Jamaica is the third-most populous Anglophone country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth-most populous country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the country's capital and largest city, with a population of 937,700. Jamaicans mainly have African ancestry, with significant European, Chinese, Indian, Lebanese, and mixed-race minorities. Due to a high rate of emigration for work since the 1960s, Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world, particularly in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm, with Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch and head of state. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, an office held by Sir Patrick Allen since 2009. Andrew Holness has served as the head of government and Prime Minister of Jamaica from March 2016. Jamaica is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with legislative power vested in the bicameral Parliament of Jamaica, consisting of an appointed Senate and a directly elected House of Representatives.