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Stories about Jamaica

Jamaicans agonise, politicians seek solutions after another young woman is killed

News of a young woman's murder comes against the backdrop of record murder rates in Jamaica which, according to one 2020 survey, is the highest in the region.

Bert Rose, pioneer of Jamaica’s independence-era dance movement, dies at 81

"Mr. Rose’s contribution to nation-building has created the foundation for others to rise to their own greatness. He has left behind a legacy that will live on for generations."

Connecting the dots: ‘Motus’ programme uses technology to track migrating birds in the Caribbean

Designed to enable conservation and ecological research by tracking movement, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System has hundreds of receiver stations and thousands of deployed nanotags on over 236 species, mostly...

As Jamaica sends a large shipment of rescue dogs to Canada, animal rights activists hope regional attitudes will change

The foreign rehoming of Jamaican stray dogs is seen as a "game-changer," sending an important message to "those who have been accustomed to treat[ing] dogs with cruelty rather than kindness."

This open-source software is helping Barbados and Jamaica preserve their cultural heritage

The free Arches software helps cultural heritage organisations “respond to the critical and common challenges [...] around creating and maintaining modern inventory systems."

The Caribbean's foremost literary festival has released its 2021 longlist; Trinidad & Tobago writers dominate

“Where else would you find Trinidadian street food in the same volume as an appraisal of Thom Gunn's poetry, or Dylan Thomas rubbing shoulders with soca?”

Jamaica's first vaccination day brings optimism, though COVID-19 numbers continue to soar

"As more people get vaccinated, share their experiences, and the effects of fewer [...] severe cases of disease are documented, more people who are currently hesitant about [vaccination] will become...

The misty beauty of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains captured on camera

The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, recently designated a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated its 28th anniversary with a photography competition. Here's a look at the winning entries.

Downtown Kingston’s new murals brighten Jamaica’s COVID-19 gloom

Jamaica's creative sector, which had begun to show many 'green shoots' prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, has been particularly hard hit — but it is forging ahead in novel ways.

Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago as examples of how smaller countries have been responding to COVID-19

The Lowy Institute, an Australia-based international think tank, has attempted to deconstruct various countries’ response to the pandemic.

Caribbean denounces Trump’s decision to put Cuba back on terrorism list; hopes for a reversal with Biden

Some expect the Biden/Harris administration to re-establish a working relationship with the island; other Cuban commentators find that unlikely. Either way, CARICOM wants Cuba taken off the US' terrorism list.

‘Caribbean super salesman,’ Jamaican tourism mogul ‘Butch’ Stewart, dies at 79

Jamaican hotelier Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the self-made businessman who perfected the all-inclusive tourism model for which the Caribbean has become famous, died at a Miami hospital.

From COVID-19 to Caribbean literature, this is what the region looked like in 2020

COVID-19 was at the top of the news cycle this year. In the Caribbean, the pandemic exacerbated already existing issues, but also allowed regional netizens to reimagine their collective future.

Google Doodle of economist and Nobel laureate Sir Arthur Lewis makes the Caribbean proud

The St Lucian-born economist, who became known for his “Lewis model” of economic development, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1979.

World AIDS Day 2020: How has the Caribbean dealt with HIV during COVID-19?

Threatened livelihoods, disruption in supply chains, and changes in health care delivery are all challenges which people living with HIV/AIDS in the region have had to grapple with under COVID-19.

Caribbean football enthusiasts mourn the passing of Diego Maradona

The loss of Maradona is being felt around the world, including across the football-obsessed Caribbean region.

In Jamaica, backlash over limestone quarry in ecological area sparks youth online activism

Jamaican youth are rallying against a government decision to allow limestone quarrying in an ecologically sensitive area, and proving they know how to use online tools to their advantage.

‘What a Bam Bam!’ Jamaicans celebrate Biden/Harris victory

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ congratulatory tweet emphasised Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ Jamaican heritage and called her historic achievement a “monumental accomplishment for women all over the world.”

Dancehall star Buju Banton’s rejection of mask-wearing stymies Jamaican government’s efforts to stem ‘COVID-19 fatigue’

"Please do not listen to Buju Banton [...] in this case, he is 110% wrong. Wear your mask, wash your hands and socially distance."

The Caribbean's case for reparations: Part III

Reparatory justice can play an important role in dealing with challenges like disease, climate change and COVID-19, all of which pose existential threats to the region.

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