Previously inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taíno peoples, the island came under Spanish rule following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Named Santiago, it remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England (later Great Britain) conquered the island and renamed it Jamaica. Under British rule, Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on slaves imported from Africa, followed later by Chinese and Indian indentured labour. All slaves were fully emancipated in 1838, with independence from the United Kingdom achieved on 6 August 1962.
A group of 6 Australian friends - white, middle-aged males - combine to compete in a marathon relay swim in treacherous waters off Jamaica. But even before the race begins fractures appear in the relationships, with drug-taking, hidden secrets and personal crises coming to dominate.
Dedication: The Jamaica portrayed in these pages, and all those who exist there, are works of fiction. This book is dedicated to the facts who got out of the way of a good story.
Patrick Ness in The Guardian found that "Alongside Tim Winton's Breath, this is the second excellent novel in as many months to examine masculinity and male friendship in Australian sport, a subject that might seem of limited intrinsic interest. But it's not the song, it's how it's sung, and if Winton is an aria, Knox is early Rolling Stone.."
0920 Today in History... AP ... U.S ... It didn't ... She traveled to Jamaica in search of a supplier and connected with one from Cameroon, who introduced her to another in Portugal. The Portuguese supplier shipped small bags of Methaqualone with invoices that read "research samples" to Horn, who sold the drug to friends and family in 2014 to the tune of $28,000.
There’s a long list of academics, some of whom are on the right, who have had their lives made difficult by fellow academics. Now, for a change, a left-wing academic is feeling the heat. ... Her defence is that she relied upon ‘a combination of shipping records, old newspapers and evidence in Jamaica’ and that her paper was peer reviewed ... .
We recall a delightful interview we had with Mr R Danny Williams in 2020 when his baby, Life of Jamaica (now Sagicor) marked its 50th birthday ... The upshot, he noted, was that all the profits made in Jamaica were shipped abroad ... The fact that from the first day Life of Jamaica ...
Jamaica's stop-over and cruise ship arrivals for 2023 are forecast to reach 3.88 million visitors or a 5.5 per cent increase over 2019, the island's largest arrival year, Jamaica's Director of Tourism, DonovanWhite, has revealed. White... .
The significance of the sentiments resonating locally is grounded in the fact that Buffett's hit Margaritaville was instrumental in the establishment of one of Jamaica's and the Caribbean's most popular attractions, named after the song ... "He genuinely loved Jamaica and the Caribbean as a whole.
But as that émigré knew, the idea of what constitutes Caribbean culture, at least in the UK, is dominated by Jamaica, the country that sent the most people to Britain — think Bob Marley, rastafari dreadlocks and reggae ... Yet it lies some 1,500 miles southeast of Jamaica — the same distance as that between the UK and Turkey.
... the JamaicaObserver ... "Dates are no longer secure; you have a date, a ship might arrive, and then you find that there are generally between a week and two weeks of delays," said Deleon Burke, owner/manager of Auto Pub Jamaica ... Oil ships waiting to pass through the Panama Canal.
The EJMB was named in memory of Ernest Johnston, a former longstanding director of JP Group and a well-known businessman who served as managing director of JamaicaFruit and Shipping Company Ltd and Adolph Levy & BrotherLtd.
Jamaica and Canada have signed a reciprocal recognition agreement to enable seafarers from both countries to work on ships sailing under the Jamaican or Canadian flags ... For Jamaica, this is very important, so that our seafarers get the opportunity to work on Canadian ships and be paid decent wages," Rear Admiral Brady noted.
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica and Canada have signed a ReciprocalRecognition Agreement to enable seafarers from both countries to work on ships sailing under the Jamaican or Canadian flags ... For Jamaica, this is very important, so that our seafarers get the opportunity to work on Canadian ships and be paid decent wages,” Rear Admiral Brady noted.