Thursday, September 24

Jamaica News

New Year’s Message from the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness
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New Year’s Message from the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness

My fellow Jamaicans: The year 2012 has come to a close. It is timely therefore that we reflect on its passing. Undoubtedly we will do so with mixed emotions. At times our spirits fell to abysmal lows such as at the gruesome murders and physical abuse of our women. We experienced dissappointing economic decline, deterioration in our net international reserves (NIR), and a worrying depreciation in the value of the Jamaican dollar. Thankfully, there were times when our spirits rose to incredible highs. As we basked in the glory of the successes and achievementsof our athletes at the 2012 Olypmics and we proudly celebrated our 50th year of independence. For this New Year, let us focus on the imperatives to achieve our economic independence. At the heart of this thrust must be a collective ...
New Jamaican Skipper Butterfly Species found in Cockpit Country
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New Jamaican Skipper Butterfly Species found in Cockpit Country

University of Florida scientists have co-authored a study describing a new Lepidoptera species found in Jamaica’s last remaining wilderness. Belonging to the family of skipper butterflies, the new genus and species is the first butterfly discovered in Jamaica since 1995. Scientists hope the native butterfly will encourage conservation of the country’s last wilderness where it was discovered: the Cockpit Country. The study appearing in today’s Tropical Lepidoptera Research, a bi-annual print journal, underscores the need for further biodiversity research and establishing a baseline of organisms as more tropical areas suffer habitat destruction. “My co-authors on this paper, Vaughn Turland and Delano Lewis, are really excited because they think this butterfly has the potential to be a new...
2500 Metres of Negril Shoreline to be Protected
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2500 Metres of Negril Shoreline to be Protected

The Government of Jamaica has responded to the call of residents and tourism stakeholders in Negril for increased measures to protect the area’s world famous beaches. Approximately 2,500 metres of the Negril shoreline is to be rehabilitated under Jamaica’s Adaptation Fund Programme launched last week in Kingston. The initiative, which is being implemented through approximately $902 million (US$9.965 million) in grants from the Adaption Fund, will focus on protecting coastal areas and agriculture. A total of $489 million (US$5.4 million) of the amount is to be spent to restore and protect the coastline in the tourism mecca, which has being eroding over the years, posing a threat to the tourism industry and the livelihood of those, who depend on the sector. Chief Executive Officer of the...
Jamaica voted ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’ at the British Travel Awards
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Jamaica voted ‘Favourite Worldwide Destination’ at the British Travel Awards

Jamaica was been named the 'Favourite Worldwide Destination' by the readers of British Travel Awards’ ‘Check In’ magazine. The island took the top spot from more than 70 other destinations in the magazine’s new Readers’ Choice Awards, announced at the weekend. The Readers’ Choice Awards are voted for exclusively by readers of Check In, the online interactive magazine of the British Travel Awards. It is the largest awards programme in the United Kingdom (UK), created to recognise the most successful travel companies and destinations. Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board for the UK and Northern Europe, Elizabeth Fox, said the award was especially significant as it was the only award voted for by the public. "We are incredibly proud that Jamaica was voted ‘Favourite Worldwide D...
Jamaica recovering well after Hurricane Sandy
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Jamaica recovering well after Hurricane Sandy

Work crews in soaked Jamaica cleared debris and downed power lines left in Hurricane Sandy's wake while trying to restore electricity to more than half of the Caribbean country Thursday. Curfews were lifted and international airports reopened under cloudy skies, which unleashed occasional downpours. People in hard-hit shantytowns struggled to repair battered homes after sheet metal roofs blew off. With this being said, it is not just in Jamaica where weather damage has had an impact on people's homes. Whether this means getting in touch with an austin roofing company to help repair the roof after heavy rain, for example, or there was a storm in London (UK) that blew off some of the tiles, there can be a solution to getting the roof repaired after a natural disaster. After roof repairs, hom...
Jamaica earns 4-1 victory over Antigua & Barbuda
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Jamaica earns 4-1 victory over Antigua & Barbuda

Dane Richards scored twice in the final 12 minutes, completing Jamaica's 4-1 victory over Antigua & Barbuda on Tuesday and providing the goals necessary to send the Reggae Boyz into the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Richards volleyed a ball from eight meters in the 78th that was played into the middle by Rodolph Austin, who had worked his way past three defenders on the right side of the penalty area. He added a finale 10 minutes later to assure Jamaica of advancing. Combined with the United States' 3-1 victory over Guatemala in Kansas City, Kansas, in a match that was played simultaneously, the Americans won Group A with 13 points, three more than both the Chapines and Jamaica. But Richards' goal gave Jamaica a plus-3 goal difference, two better than Guatemala. The re...
Treasures of the Ancestral Spirits Exhibition
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Treasures of the Ancestral Spirits Exhibition

One-of-a-kind exhibition to be held in Kingston, Jamaica from October 6 -11, 2012. The artificats shared in this exhibition have rarely been seen before in public, if ever. It is an opportunity to experience these special pieces from our ancient past ... "Treasures of the Ancestral Spirits" ... An exhibition of Jamaican stone artifacts. October 6-11, 2012, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaica.
Jamaica smashes 4x100m record on the way to London Olympic Gold
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Jamaica smashes 4x100m record on the way to London Olympic Gold

Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the 2012 Olympics as he anchored Jamaica's sprint relay team to a sensational world record. Jamaica's quartet clocked 36.84 seconds to smash the old mark by two-tenths of a second and leave the USA team with silver. Nesta Carter and Michael Frater produced excellent first and second legs but it was 100m and 200m silver medallist Yohan Blake's blistering third leg that set the platform.Bolt provided the perfect finale - exploding away to leave Ryan Bailey trailing as the capacity crowd stood to acclaim him. Canada were initially given bronze before being disqualified when third-leg runner Jared Connaughton was seen to have stepped inside his lane, meaning Trinidad and Tobago were promoted to third place. Bolt's gold meant he matched his haul from the ...
Bolt, Blake, Weir –  Jamaica 123 in London Olympics 200m
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Bolt, Blake, Weir – Jamaica 123 in London Olympics 200m

Usain Bolt proved once again that no track athlete can touch him at the Olympic Games. Bolt won the men's 200-metre event on Thursday, clocking in a time of 19.32 seconds to lead a Jamaican sweep. It wasn't just another gold medal for Bolt. The 25-year-old star set two historic marks en route to his fifth career gold. He becomes the first man to ever win the 200 at consecutive Olympics, and is the only athlete to sweep the 100 and 200 events at back-to-back Games. "Bask in my glory," Bolt proclaimed. "I've got nothing left to prove. I've done something that no one has done before, which is defend my double title. Back-to-back for me, I would say I'm the greatest." Two other Jamaicans joined Bolt in the top three. Yohan Blake finished second in 19.44, with Warren Weir taking bronze at 19....
Usain Bolt wins 100m in Olympic Record
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Usain Bolt wins 100m in Olympic Record

Usain Bolt emphatically confirmed his status as the greatest sprinter in history as he retained his Olympic 100m title in peerless fashion. Bolt, doubted by many after a season dogged by defeat and injury, ran the second-fastest time ever to beat fellow Jamaican and training partner Yohan Blake into silver and American Justin Gatlin into bronze. Bolt's 9.63 seconds, just 0.05 seconds slower than his own staggering world record, was a new Olympic best and capped a race in which seven men went under 10 seconds, with only the injured Asafa Powell failing to break that mark. "I was happy when I went out in the first round, I felt I could do this," said the 25-year-old Bolt. "I was slightly worried about my start. I didn't want to false start again, so I sat in the blocks a little bit. "It was...