Tuesday, September 29

Jamaica Features

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CARIFTA Games 2010 Results

The 39th staging of the CARIFTA Games was a successful one. The annual CARIFTA Games which acts as a regional showpiece of young and upcoming athletes from the Caribbean region took place at the Truman Bodden Sports (more…)
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Featured Photo – Morant Bay Courthouse Fire

The Morant Bay Courthouse in St Thomas was destroyed by fire on Monday, February 19, 2007. The counrthouse was one of the most important landmarks  in the parish as it was the scene of the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865. All that remains of this historic site are the brick walls of the structure. Edna Manley's statue of National Hero Paul Bogle, which stands in front of the courthouse was not destroyed.
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Featured Photo – Variegated Fritillary Butterfly

The Variegated Fritillary is a species of butterfly common in Jamaica that can also be found throughout North, South and Central America. This butterfly is often found in open habitats such as flower fields, pastures, open fields, waste areas, roadsides, and hilly meadows.Their flight is low and swift, but even when resting or nectaring, this species is extremely difficult to approach, and, because of this, its genus name was taken from the Greek word euptoietos meaning "easily scared".
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Featured Photo – Sunday Evening Football

Football or soccer is a very popular sport in Jamaica. These boys can be seen playing the game in an open play field in Walker's Wood St Ann on a Sunday evening. Jamaica's football team is called the Reggae Boyz and represented the county at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. Many Jamaican born footballers have gone on to play for various clubs in Europe and other parts of the world.
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Featured Photo – Spanish Bridge over White River

The Spanish Bridge that spans the White River in St Ann was built in the 17th century before Jamaica became a British territory.  It is one of the lasting indicators of Spanish colonization in the White River Valley.  A few miles away at Rio Nuevo in St. Mary was the site of the final battle between British and Spanish forces to determine possession of Jamaica.Spain formally conceded Jamaica to England by the Treaty of Madrid in 1670.
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Featured Photo – Five Thousand Dollar Bill

The new $5000 note bearing the image of late former Prime Minister, Hugh Shearer is the newest currency issued since the $1,000 went into circulation in April 2000. On the reverse of the note is a stylized aerial view of Highway 2000 and beautiful Frangipani blossoms. Two hundred thousand notes of the new $5,000 bill was put into circulation on day one.
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Featured Photo – White River Fishing Boats

The White River runs along the border of St. Mary and St. Ann, twisting and turning its way through the forests to the outskirts of the tourist town of Ocho Rios where it meets the Caribbean sea. The White River is so named because the limestone rocks in its bed sometimes give the water a white, milky colour. The White River flows through some of the most picturesque landscape and forested areas of Jamaica and the river owes much of it's beauty, charm and popularity to it's surroundings.