Jamaica

Country Jamaica
Capital Kingston
Continent North America(Central America)
Currency Jamaican dollar(JMD)
Languages English(Jamaican English) & Jamaican Patois

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The island - discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1494 - was settled by the Spanish early in the 16th century. The native Taino Indians, who had inhabited Jamaica for centuries, were gradually exterminated and replaced by African slaves. England seized the island in 1655 and established a plantation economy based on sugar, cocoa, and coffee. The abolition of slavery in 1834 freed a quarter million slaves, many of whom became small farmers. Jamaica gradually obtained increasing independence from Britain. In 1958 it joined other British Caribbean colonies in forming the Federation of the West Indies. Jamaica gained full independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence as rival gangs affiliated with the major political parties evolved into powerful organized crime networks involved in international drug smuggling and money laundering. Violent crime, drug trafficking, and poverty pose significant challenges to the government today. Nonetheless, many rural and resort areas remain relatively safe and contribute substantially to the economy.

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Jamaica - Wikipedia
Jamaica - CIA World Fact Book
Jamaica - BBC
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Jamaica Receives US$36 Million from China to Build Western Children's Hospital - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica Receives US$36 Million from China to Build Western Children's Hospital
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
The 220-bed facility, which will be the first such in Jamaica and the Caribbean, will be built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, with work expected to commence by the end of the current fiscal year, in March 2019.



How Cedella Marley Helped Jamaica's Reggae Girlz Advance to ... - The Root

The Root



VIDEO: Jamaica's Reggae Marathon a world beater - Loop News Jamaica

Loop News Jamaica

VIDEO: Jamaica's Reggae Marathon a world beater
Loop News Jamaica
"It not just works for the health of it, but also for the economics of it in terms of driving the tourism product and ensuring that we continue to put the best part of Jamaica in front of the public," Donovan White, director of tourism at the Jamaica ...



Jamaica to Review Education System - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Magnetic Media (press release)

Jamaica to Review Education System
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
The Government will be spending $116.8 million over four years to undertake a comprehensive review of the education system. This follows Cabinet's approval for Jamaica to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021.
Jamaica to sign new Air-Service AgreementsMagnetic Media (press release)
Jamaica Signing Air Services Agreements With Morocco, South AfricaCaribbean Journal

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JAMAICA: Motorists may soon be required to clear traffic tickets before renewing driver's licence - Magnetic Media (press release) (blog)

Magnetic Media (press release) (blog)

JAMAICA: Motorists may soon be required to clear traffic tickets before renewing driver's licence
Magnetic Media (press release) (blog)
#Kingston, October 19, 2018 – Jamaica – Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, has warned that delinquent drivers may soon be required to clear outstanding traffic tickets before they are able to renew their driver's licence. “The system is not ...

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Pick your Parliament | Parliament must be a symbol of Jamaica's bold and inclusive development - GSA Architects - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Pick your Parliament | Parliament must be a symbol of Jamaica's bold and inclusive development - GSA Architects
Jamaica Gleaner
Guenet Sissaye Anderson, the lead designer for the firm GSA Architects, hopes that their concept drawings of what could become Jamaica's new Parliament building, to be constructed at the National Heroes Park in Kingston, not only meets the requirements ...



Holness wants Spanish to be Jamaica's second language - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

Holness wants Spanish to be Jamaica's second language
Jamaica Observer
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is of strategic importance that the appropriate programmes be put in place, making Spanish a ...
Prime Minister Says Jamaica Could Attract Six Million Visitors in a Single YearGovernment of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Jamaica: PM optimistic that Jamaica can attract six million visitors annuallySt. Lucia News Online
JAMAICA: PM says Municipalities Must Enforce Town and Country Regulations for Planned HousingMagnetic Media (press release) (blog)
Jamaica Gleaner -South Florida Caribbean News -Prensa Latina
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Cops partner with stakeholders to clean up Half-Way Tree - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Cops partner with stakeholders to clean up Half-Way Tree
Jamaica Gleaner
This man urinates on a wall in the vicinity of St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston last year. On Friday, the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and other stakeholders embarked on a clean-up exercise in ...

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Jamaica: Former Premier League star charged with murder - St. Lucia News Online

St. Lucia News Online

Jamaica: Former Premier League star charged with murder
St. Lucia News Online
(JAMAICA STAR) – Former local Premier League footballer Roberto Fletcher has been charged with the 2017 murder of Ashley Thompson, and wounding with intent of another man. Fletcher, who is known more popularly as 'Haitian', was described by a ...



Jamaica Could Be The Next Country to Overturn Laws Banning Gay Sex - INTO

INTO

Jamaica Could Be The Next Country to Overturn Laws Banning Gay Sex
INTO
Jamaica is poised to be the next country to revisit its colonial laws banning gay sex. Earlier this week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) announced that it will hear a challenge to Jamaica's 1864 Offenses Against the Person Act ...