Jamaica

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

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Introduction

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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Can democracy survive in newly independent Jamaica? – archive, 1962 - The Guardian

The Guardian

Can democracy survive in newly independent Jamaica? – archive, 1962
The Guardian
Life will probably not return to normal in Jamaica for a few days yet. Princess Margaret and her husband have returned to England and most of the other special visitors for the independence celebrations – who were all royally entertained – have gone ...



Search resumes for woman missing in Jamaica Bay - NY1

NY1

Search resumes for woman missing in Jamaica Bay
NY1
Crews will resume their search for a woman lost in Jamaica Bay Monday morning. Police say the woman was walking along the shore near Mott Avenue and Beacon Place in Far Rockaway Sunday afternoon when she was pulled in by a high tide.
Father: Woman Missing In Jamaica Bay Could Not SwimCBS New York
Woman goes missing while swimming in Jamaica BayNew York Post
Search continues for woman missing in Jamaica BayNational Post

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T&T lift three-day title after brushing aside Jamaica - Jamaica Observer

Jamaica Observer

T&T lift three-day title after brushing aside Jamaica
Jamaica Observer
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago lifted the three-day title of the Regional Under-19 Championship when they trounced Jamaica by 10 wickets on the final day of the third and last round here yesterday. Set a paltry 58 for victory after ...

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Jamaica weather: widely scattered afternoon showers - Loop News Jamaica

Loop News Jamaica

Jamaica weather: widely scattered afternoon showers
Loop News Jamaica
Jamaica weather forecast at 5am Monday, August 13, 2018 by the Meteorological Service Division. Comment… The Tropical Wave will move across the island during the course of today. Thereafter, a Trough is expected to linger across the island for the ...

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Kahmile Reid | Climate change and communication - Jamaica Gleaner

Kahmile Reid | Climate change and communication
Jamaica Gleaner
If Jamaica is going to get this right, we need to know what the interpretive communities in Jamaica know and what they understand or misunderstand about the subject being communicated. To get this right, these things ought to be addressed before any ...

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Growth & Jobs | Jamaican peppers wanted in Canada - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Growth & Jobs | Jamaican peppers wanted in Canada
Jamaica Gleaner
Michael Burgess, chief executive officer of Nerpy's Inc, a hot sauce manufacturing company based in Canada, told The Gleaner that though he yearns to collaborate with Jamaica on a very large scale, it has been difficult to get consistent supplies of ...



Teens Brutally Beat 51-Year-Old Man In Jamaica: NYPD - Patch.com

Patch.com

Teens Brutally Beat 51-Year-Old Man In Jamaica: NYPD
Patch.com
JAMAICA, QUEENS -- Police are searching for a group of teens who brutally beat a 51-year-old man in Jamaica on Friday evening. The man was walking along Guy R. Brewer Boulevard just before 7 p.m. when the five suspects - estimated to be between 15 ...

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Atomic Energy Agency has Advanced Jamaica's Nuclear Technology Capacity – PIOJ Head - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Atomic Energy Agency has Advanced Jamaica's Nuclear Technology Capacity – PIOJ Head
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
The Planning Institute of Jamaica's (PIOJ) Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been pivotal in advancing the country's nuclear technology capacity. He noted that the medical physics department at ...



Ja to host three-day CARICOM seminar - Jamaica Gleaner

Jamaica Gleaner

Ja to host three-day CARICOM seminar
Jamaica Gleaner
A three-day sensitisation seminar on the CARICOM Results Based Management (RBM) System will be held in Jamaica starting today and ending on Thursday. The seminar opens at 9 a.m. at the Office of the Prime Minister, where a discussion will be held ...

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Jamaica Welcomes 32 New Citizens - Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service

Jamaica Welcomes 32 New Citizens
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information Service
Thirty-two persons were today (August 9) conferred with Jamaican citizenship at a swearing-in ceremony organised by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), at the Police Officers' Club in Kingston. The men and women, who have been ...

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