Jamaica News

Popular 2014 Jamaican Bobsled Team Means Business in Sochi

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog, Jamaica bobsled, Jamaica News, Jamaica sports | 0 comments

Popular 2014 Jamaican Bobsled Team Means Business in Sochi

The Jamaican bobsled team has been absent from the Winter Olympic Games for 12 years. They missed qualifying by only one place in 2006 for the Turin, Italy games and in 2010 for Vancouver, British Columbia. But, they're back! The original team (Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes and Michael White, with alternates Freddie 'Reggae' Powell and Caswell Allen) qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They shot to fame because they were the ultimate underdogs, and we all love an underdog! Not only did they represent a tropical nation in a cold-weather sport, but they had to...

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Rounding Third: Little League Baseball in Jamaica!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Blog, Charitable organizations, Jamaica sports | 0 comments

Rounding Third: Little League Baseball in Jamaica!

In June and July 2013, while staying at Hotel Jamaican Colors in Portland (my FAVORITE place), I was intrigued when I spotted another guest leaving his bungalow one morning carrying a baseball bat. Why a bat, I wondered?! Where could he possibly be headed? Is there actually somewhere to play baseball in Jamaica? Sport is a HUGE part of Jamaica's culture; cricket is the most popular, followed by association football (soccer to my fellow Americans). And then there's athletics - we know many of those supremely talented Jamaican track athletes - Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce,...

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Jamaica’s Ian Fleming Airport Opens January 12!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Blog, Jamaica News, Jamaica Travel, Ocho Rios Jamaica, St. Mary Jamaica | 0 comments

Okay, not to be picky... but both the new Ian Fleming International Airport at Boscobel and Oracabessa's Goldeneye Resort are located in the beautiful rural parish of Saint Mary on Jamaica's north coast. True, they are very close to Ocho Rios (obviously the nearest well-known resort area) but I think we should give credit where credit is due!! Seems to me people should always know & appreciate where they really are, and St. Mary is a dramatically picturesque parish with a lot of things to do. Apparently the new airport has a passenger lounge, pilot briefing room and customs and...

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Nice TIME bio on Gregory Isaacs, the ‘Cool Ruler’

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Dancehall, Gregory Isaacs, Jamaica News, Jamaican Music, Lovers' Rock, Reggae Artistes, Roots Reggae | 0 comments

The Death of Gregory Isaacs: Jamaica Mourns a Reggae Legend By Pat Roxborough-Wright / Kingston Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 Unless you're a reggae devotee, you might have assumed that the heyday of Jamaica's most famous music ended with the death of the legendary Bob Marley in 1981. After that, Marley's elegance seemed to have been overtaken by the louder and often lewder strains of dancehall reggae. But the thousands gathering to bid farewell to Gregory Isaacs this weekend know better: thanks to Isaacs' silky vocals and stage mastery — he was called the "Cool Ruler" — the reggae born at the time...

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Jamaica Tourist Board passes 100k Facebook fans!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Blog, Jamaica News, Jamaica Travel | 0 comments

Jamaica Tourist Board passes 100k Facebook fans Jamaica Observer - Tuesday, November 09, 2010 THE Jamaica Tourist Board minutes ago passed 100,000 fans of its official Facebook page, VisitJamaica. This, according to the JTB, makes the island the first Caribbean destination to reach this milestone. Jamaica’s Facebook fan base includes Jamaicans, Jamaicans living overseas, tourists and others planning to visit. According to the JTB the largest numbers of fans are located in Jamaica’s main tourism markets: the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. “As the landscape of media changes, so...

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Buju Banton out on bail

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Blog, Buju Banton, Jamaica News, Jamaican Music | 0 comments

Buju Banton out on bail BY PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com Wednesday, November 10, 2010 REGGAE artiste Buju Banton this afternoon walked out of the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida after he was granted bail in an immigration court. Banton has been in jail since December last year when he was arrested for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine. A member of his legal team, Marc Seitles, said the artiste was overjoyed that he gained some measure of freedom. "Buju can’t wait to have a nice meal and sleep in his own...

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