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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...
Shelly-Ann blasts to victory in the 100m at the London Olympics
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Shelly-Ann blasts to victory in the 100m at the London Olympics

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica saw off the challenge of American Carmelita Jeter to retain her Olympic 100m title in London. Fraser-Pryce moved ahead at the halfway stage and held on in a close finish to win in 10.75 seconds. Jeter beat another Jamaican, Veronica Campbell-Brown, on the line for bronze. Fraser-Pryce becomes the first woman since American Gail Devers in 1992 and 1996 to win back-to-back 100m titles at Olympic Games. Read more - BBC News
Signup to Become a Jamaica 50 Volunteer
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Signup to Become a Jamaica 50 Volunteer

Jamaica is celebrating 50 years of independence in 2012. A myriad of events and celebrations are taking place and the Jamaica 50 Secretariat an arm of the Ministry of Youth and Culture with a mandate to plan, organize and execute the events to celebrate Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee is seeking volunteers! Jamaica is on a Mission writing the next great moments of our history. The Secretariat needs your help! Join your community groups and help to beautify our country. Commit to taking responsibility for your action. Be your brother’s keeper and let us all rise. Get involved join the mission. Become a Volunteer. Let us know how you can help make Jamaica a better place today and beyond. To sign up to become a Jamaica 50 Volunteer visit - jam50.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Jamaica:The Sprint Factory – Video Feature by CBC Sports
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Jamaica:The Sprint Factory – Video Feature by CBC Sports

Stephanie Jenzer of CBC's The National has produced a wonderful feature titled "The Sprint Factory" in which she takes an close look Jamaica to find out why we produce so many of the worlds fastest sprinters. She notes that Jamaica currently owns just about all the 100m titles in the work at the Olympic, World Champion and Junior level. She also follows 2 Jamaica College athletes as they compete at Champs. Hats off to Stephanie and the CBC team on a wonderful feature that is a must see for all Jamaicans and fans of Jamaican sprinting.
Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce  featured on NBC’s Rock Center
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Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce featured on NBC’s Rock Center

She’s already one of the fastest women on the planet, but Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hopes to make history as the fastest at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “The thing with success is, when you get it you want it,” Fraser-Pryce told Rock Center with Brian Williams. “I think that the last couple of years have actually made me more hungry than I was, and now that I realize my potential and I realize that I can do so much … once I push myself to the limit, maybe I can do that much better.” Fraser-Pryce, 25, won the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 summer games in Beijing, China, where she crushed her competition in the 100-meter race. Her winning time –10.78 seconds – was the fastest winning time since 1988. She was also the first Jamaican woman to win gold in the 100 meter dash. Fra...
Volunteers Refurbish Port Royal Primary and Infant School
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Volunteers Refurbish Port Royal Primary and Infant School

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, and Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Gladstone Hutchinson, headed a large group of volunteers who, on Wednesday (May 23), undertook refurbishing of the Port Royal Primary and Infant School. The school was selected by the PIOJ as its major project for Labour Day 2012. They were joined by South Korea’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Kimo Lim, along with representatives of the embassy in Jamaica, the Korea/Jamaica Association, the International Youth Fellowship (IYF), and staff of the PIOJ. The activities carried out included: painting of the auditorium and canteen area; planting of fruit trees; and re-organisation of the school’s library. Manager of the PIOJ’s Population and Health Unit,...
National Heroes Park to be cleaned on Labour Day
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National Heroes Park to be cleaned on Labour Day

Cleaning and beautifying Jamaica’s heritage centrepiece, the National Heroes Park, in Kingston, is this year’s designated national project for Labour Day, to be observed on May 23. This will be complemented by various parish projects, which will also be earmarked for general cleaning up and beautification on that day, under the theme for Labour Day and Workers’ Week (May 20 to 26): ‘Step Forward…Make Jamaica Beautiful’. Speaking on May 7, at the launch of the activities, at Jamaica House, Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said the week kicks off on Sunday, May 20, with the National Church Service at the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay, St. James. On Monday, May 21, there will be a Workers’ Week/Labour Day Information Hub, organised by the Ministry of Labour and Social Sec...
Digital Jam 2.0 Job Creation Initiative Launched
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Digital Jam 2.0 Job Creation Initiative Launched

The Government, through the Ministry of Youth and Culture, has embarked on its latest job creation initiative, Digital Jam 2.0. The initiative, being undertaken in collaboration with the World Bank and other major partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and communication firms, Flow and LIME, comprises a programme of events, competitions and other activities, to be executed over the next six to eight weeks targeting the nation’s unemployed youth. Digital Jam 2.0, which is being financed with grant funding and other inputs totalling upwards of US$200,000, will seek to introduce the young people to trends, training, job and entrepreneurial opportunities in the virtual economy, while showcasing their talents, ideas and successes. The initiative was ...
Bolt to run first 100m of the season in Kingston
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Bolt to run first 100m of the season in Kingston

Usain Bolt confirmed he will run his first 100m race of the 2012 season at the JN Jamaica Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge Meeting on 5 May at National Stadium in Kingston. Since the 100 and 200m World record holder and Olympic champion was announced for the meet almost a month ago, speculation was high as to which event he would run, though it was clear that he would not face Yohan Blake, the 100m World champion. Now that Bolt has confirmed his place in the 100m, he is likely to face former World record holder Asafa Powell while Blake looks set to run the men's 200m. Asked about what to expect at the Jamaica Invitational, Bolt replied: "This will be my first 100m, so I am just going out there (to try) to get everything right because it's all about execution. I am working on my start...
Jamaica wins 77 Medals at 2012 CARIFTA Games
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Jamaica wins 77 Medals at 2012 CARIFTA Games

Jamaica once again underlined its dominance of regional track and field, emphatically topping the competition at the 41st Carifta Games, which came to a close at the National Sports Centre in Bermuda yesterday. The Jamaicans ended the championships with a massive 77 medals - 34 gold, 24 silver and 19 bronze medals - with The Bahamas running second best with 38 medals (13 gold, 13 silver, 12 bronze) and Trinidad and Tobago's 24 medals (eight gold, nine silver, seven bronze) rounding out the top three. This was one of the island's best ever showings at the Carifta Games, with the record 84-medal haul in 2004 falling out of reach this time around. Jamaica have now won the championship on 36 of 41 occasions and have won every instalment since 1985. Defending champion Ashinia Miller once ag...