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10 Interesting Facts about Kingston
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10 Interesting Facts about Kingston

We are celebrating the 145th Anniversary since Kingston became the Capital on Jamaica. Kingston was founded on July 22, 1692, as a refuge for survivors of the June 7th earthquake which destroyed two-thirds of Port Royal. Prior to the earthquake, Port Royal was the headquarters of the English buccaneers and was known as the “wickedest” city in the world because of the riotous life of the town’s inhabitants including the likes of privateer, Sir Henry Morgan. Kingston is the smallest parish yet the most populated city on the island. The geographical border for the parish of Kingston encompasses the following communities, Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town, downtown Kingston, National Heroes Park, Kingston Gardens, Rae Town, Bournemouth Gardens, Norman Gardens, Springfield, Rennock Lodge,...
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’s Unbelievable Medal Record at the Olympic games – 1948 to 2008
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Jamaica’s Unbelievable Medal Record at the Olympic games – 1948 to 2008

As we count down the days the 2012 Olympic Games in London it makes perfect sense to look back at Jamaica's medal winning performances over the decades. Ironically, Jamaica first participated at the Olympic Games in 1948 which like this year's games was also held in London. Jamaica has amassed 55 medals in total at the Olympic games 13 gold medals, 25 silver medals and 17 bronze medals. All of those medals except David Weller's 1980 bronze medal in cycling have come in track and field - an area where Jamaica has grown to dominate regionally and international in recent years. With a seemingly unrelenting flow of fresh talent year after year the future of Jamaican athletics on the Olympic stage will continue on for many more years. We are sure Jamaica will do well at the 2012 London Olymp...
Jamaican Intellectual Property Rights to be better protected
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Jamaican Intellectual Property Rights to be better protected

The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) will be giving priority to legislative amendments during 2012/13, as it strives to improve its ability to protect the intellectual property rights of Jamaican creators, inventors and authors. “We really would love to see the passage of our patents and designs Bill. It has been just a Bill for some time now, and we would love to see it go before Parliament,” Executive Director of JIPO, Carol Simpson, told JIS News. Mrs. Simpson was speaking at a workshop in Kingston, on April 26, to examine Information Technology and Intellectual Property issues in the digital age. She also noted that focus would be on other pieces of Intellectual Property legislation, including the issue of copyright, especially as it relates to the World Intellectual Prop...
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...
BBC’s Health Check makes a stop at the “sprint capital of the world” – Jamaica
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BBC’s Health Check makes a stop at the “sprint capital of the world” – Jamaica

Claudia Hammond reports from the sprint capital of the world, Jamaica, for the second of four special Health Check programmes on the lifecycle of an athlete. In "From Promise to the Podium", she investigates how this tiny island, of fewer than three million people, so consistently turns out world class track athletes. At the first race meet of the season, at the National Stadium in Kingston, she watches hundreds of school children from the country's high schools competing at the Camperdown Classic, and then holds her breath with the rest of the crowd, as the world's youngest-ever 100m World Champion, Yohan Blake, runs a personal best in the 400 metres. Jamaican sprint training has come home, and most of the elite athletes now choose to stay on the island with the top coaches at Race...
Portia Simpson Miller sworn in as Jamaica’s Prime Minister
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Portia Simpson Miller sworn in as Jamaica’s Prime Minister

Portia Simpson Miller was sworn in for the second time as Jamaica's prime minister Thursday, pledging to ease its deep poverty, boost the sputtering economy, heal political divisions and sever colonial-era links with Britain. Simpson Miller, whose 1 1/2-year-long first stint in office ended in 2007, took the oath of office before roughly 10,000 guests on the grounds of the rambling, colonial-style mansion that is the official residence of the governor-general. The 66-year-old politician scored a dramatic victory in last week's national elections, leading her slightly left-leaning People's National Party to a 2-to-1 margin in Parliament over the centre-right Jamaica Labor Party. Her opposition faction won a dominating 42 seats in the 63-seat legislature, leaving the incumbent party with ...
Jamaica Celebrates 50 Years of Independence
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Jamaica Celebrates 50 Years of Independence

Forty nine years ago, we respectfully lowered the Union Jack and proudly raised our own Black, Green and Gold flag as a representation of our first step into the world as a fledgling nation. With confidence and vigour we embraced Independence and embarked upon a journey that has taken us to where we are now – one year shy of our Golden Jubilee. Our sojourn has been a mixture of great achievements and disappointing setbacks; and while we recognise and celebrate the event of Independence as occurred on August 6, 1962, we acknowledge it in a real sense, as a process through which our country evolves towards the building of a nation. Emancipation and the event of Independence were highlights on that continuum. Much of that process has been an experience of struggle and triumph, and for that w...
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Governor-General’s New Year Message 2012

My fellow Jamaicans. The dawn of a New Year is always eagerly anticipated. It is ushered in with much jubilation, excitement and renewed hope for success, and with us Jamaicans there is always that special flavour. Generally, it is at this time also that we review the past year and make plans for new and greater achievements over the next twelve months. We are beginning 2012 with the election of a new government to lead us through the celebration of our 50th Anniversary of Independence. I commend the people of Jamaica for again displaying a high level of maturity, because for the sixteenth time since Universal Adult Suffrage, the democratic process has successfully been used to select national leaders. The celebration of this 50th Anniversary is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on ...
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New Year Message from the PM-Designate

"On the Threshold of a New Beginning" My Fellow Jamaicans: I address you at a most historic moment in our country. Never before has an address been given at the New Year by a Leader of the Opposition who is also Prime Minister Designate. Let me thank the people of Jamaica, including the youth and our children for the warmth, confidence and support which they have shared with me and the team I led in the recently concluded General Election. To all of you who participated, especially those who worked in the administration of the process, our country is thankful to you for preserving and strengthening our democracy. Our democratic institutions provide the cornerstones on which our future successes will be built. Let me therefore salute the Jamaican citizenry for once again showing that we ca...