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.."
The Patriots, who finished at the bottom of the table last season with just one win in 10 outings, have brought back the 'UniverseBoss' Chris Gayle to bolster their batting line-up ... The T20 maestro played four seasons for his home franchise Jamaica Tallawahs, winning two titles with them before jumping ship to the Patriots ... .
“In 1970 when Life of Jamaica started, we had a very, very small financial industry ... All the profits made in Jamaica were shipped abroad,” Williams recalled in a virtual Jamaica ObserverPress Club interview last week, ahead of yesterday's start of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the group now known as Sagicor.
It's called the, "TotalLunar Eclipse of the Super Full FlowerMoon."�. Why such a long name for a full moon? ... One story includes the exploits (literally) of Columbus, when he exploited the indigenous peoples of the island we call today, Jamaica, back in 1504. His men were starving and his ships not seaworthy after a long journey from Europe ... .
TourismMinisterEd Bartlett said that the reopening of the cruise industry is likely to take place by June, and Jamaica is anticipating 570,000 cruise ship visitors this year ...Senior was on a ship that was heading towards Jamaica, but had to turn back after authorisation was not given for it to dock ... They won't be seeing me back on the ship.
... invasion telling of ships at “Dearsley’s Creek” that were seen to be afire ... Likewise, Dearsley and others went after John Ashe, who was ultimately dragged to Rhett’s ship where he was told they would “carry him to Jamaica… Hang him, or leave him on some remote Island.”.
An office manager at a furniture store in Jamaica, Novlet ... Although the mission trip was canceled in 2020 and this year, Novlet remains committed to the effort, arranging this past January for clothing, food, beds, wheelchairs and medical supplies to be shipped to Jamaica.
The trip had to be canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic; however, when Davis’ family returns to Jamaica in May they’ll be distributing a shipping container of donated supplies including hospital beds, wheelchairs and clothing to churches and communities.
FloydGreen, Jamaica’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, says the growth of Jamaica’s mango export program is expected to boost the volume of goods shipped to external markets this year ... Jamaica resumed exporting mangoes to the US in 2019, shipping some 8,15 tons, after being out of that market since 1999.