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Jamaica moves to decriminalize marijuana possession

Kingston - Marijuana possession is currently illegal in Jamaica but that could soon change.
In the Media by AFP

Chikungunya virus gallops across Caribbean; may hit United States

Oranjestad - Chikungunya virus is spread by mosquitoes and has been galloping across the Caribbean. Experts say that it's likely to hit the U.S.
In the Media by Megan Hamilton

Campbell-Brown named in Jamaica team for world indoors

Veronica Campbell-Brown was included in Jamaica's 23-member team for the world indoor championships on Tuesday, a day after being cleared of a doping violation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
In the Media by Reuters

Bolt in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts

Winston Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a phone call from Usain Bolt would be the i
In the Media by Justin Palmer (Reuters)

Lost luggage leaves Jamaican bob team looking for favors

Just like in the film 'Cool Runnings', Jamaica's bobsleigh team are going to have to rely on their opponents' goodwill to get them down the run after their luggage and equipment were lost en route to Russia.
In the Media by Reuters - 1 comment

New video surfaces of Rob Ford allegedly drunk in Toronto

Toronto - A new video, reportedly shot at a restaurant in the Rexdale area of Toronto last night, shows Rob Ford mumbling incoherently and in a mimicked Jamaican accent, as well as lashing out at Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 15 comments

Reggae singer Junior Murvin dies at 64

Jamaican reggae singer Junior Murvin, best known for his hit "Police & Thieves," has died, aged 64. The cause of death is currently unknown.
In the Media by Michael Thomas

March against Monsanto: Kingston, Jamaica, May 25, 2013 Special

Kingston - As the March against Monsanto hit the streets of almost 400 cities in around 40 countries worldwide, a small group of people in Kingston, Jamaica did their part and got involved too.
Digital Journal Report by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Volkswagen Superbowl ad considered racist by some

In what can only be considered a case of misguided political correctness, some critics have called a new Volkswagen ad racist, because it contains white and Asian actors speaking with a Jamaican accent and 'getting happy.'
In the Media by Sherene Chen-See - 9 comments

Snoop Lion starts 'Mind Gardens' to feed Jamaicans (video)

The artist formerly known as "Snoop Dogg" recently visited Jamaica and was horrified by the poverty and hunger he witnessed. Now Snoop Lion is doing something about it.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Hurricane Sandy's Caribbean trip — devastation in Haiti and Cuba

As the world concentrates on the latest devastation in the US, Sandy has already done some serious damage to other countries, including Haiti and Cuba. Sandy took the lives of 54 people in Haiti and 11 in Cuba.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Hurricane Sandy, could it be to Obama as Katrina was to Bush?

Federal, state, and local governments scramble along the east coast of the United States in preparation for Hurricane Sandy which has become a "Frankenstorm." But, could Sandy be to Obama as Katrina was to Bush?
In the Media by Can Tran - 4 comments

Another gold for Bolt; heartbreak for Canada

London - Usain Bolt and his Jamaican team mates pulled off yet another stunning victory today, this time in the 4x100 m relay. Canada's team celebrated winning the bronze until officials ruled them disqualified due to a slight mis-step.
In the Media by Sherene Chen-See - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Can anyone beat Usain Lightning Bolt?

In the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Usain Bolt became the first sprinter in Olympic track and field history to successfully defend both 100m and 200m Olympic titles in consecutive Games. Bolt’s dominance will transform the future of sprinting.
In the Media by Eliot Elwar - 2 comments

Olympics: Usain Bolt wins gold in men's 200-metre finals

London - Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt took home the gold in the 200-metre race in today's 2012 Olympics. Fellow Jamaicans Johan Blake and Warren Wier won silver and bronze, respectively.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 3 comments

Usain Bolt defends Olympic gold

London - Was there really any doubt? Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt successfully defended his Olympic reign as fastest man in the world, easily winning the 100 m final. His countryman and running partner, Yohan Blake, took the silver.
In the Media by Sherene Chen-See - 2 comments

Snoop Dogg's reggae transformation; changes name to Snoop Lion

After a visit to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg says he's undergone a transformation. He says he's tired of Rap and his new album is all Reggae. Oh and he's changing his name to Snoop Lion.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 5 comments

Jamaican PM wants Queen removed as head of state

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has vowed to take steps toward removing the Queen as head of state and turn the country into a republic.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin - 2 comments

The Bob Marley legacy 30 years later

London - Bob Marley died more than 30 years ago, but his legacy is very much alive. Two of his sons are currently in the UK , and recently they appeared on the BBC's 'Breakfast' news programme.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to world record in 4x100

Daegu - The Jamaican relay team finished competition at the IAFF World Championships by setting a world record of 37.04 seconds in the men's 4x100-meter to take home the gold medal in the last event of the games held in Daegu, Korea.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Bolt's disqualification at World Championship prompts rule review

Daegu - The disqualification of Olympic 100m champion Usain Bolt, 25, at the World Championship has prompted a review of the false start rule that calls for the immediate disqualification of a runner if they start before the gun.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Jamaica imposes ban on scrap metal trade

Jamaica has shut down its recyclable scrap metal trade in the wake of persistent plundering of power lines, cabling and other precious metals used to keep the Caribbean island's infrastructure afloat.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

Op-Ed: Usain Bolt says he's good enough to play for Manchester United

Oslo - In a recent interview with BBC Sport, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has made clear his intentions once he retires from athletics.
In the Media by Christopher Bates - 2 comments

'Night Nurse' singer, reggae star Gregory Isaacs dies at 59

Gregory Isaac, the Jamaican reggae star who penned a world wide hit with "Night Nurse", has died. His family were at his bedside. Last year he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

Caribbean Games kick off in Puerto Rico after storm delay

Mayaguez - A storm driven twister slammed into the stadium in the western town of Mayaguez hours before the CACSO games were due to begin. It tore down a lighting tower, smashing cars and injuring five people delaying the opening ceremonies of the games by a day.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Jamaican drug war ends after Coke surrenders to police

Kingston - It took over a month for the Jamaican police to end the violence that was destroying their nation following an attempt to arrest drug lord Christopher Coke, a fugitive wanted in the US on multiple drug and weapons charges. Almost 80 died during the war.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Op-Ed: Rise of the narco-state in Jamaica, demise of the 'rule of law'

Kingston - Jamaica can be categorised in view of the ongoing stand-off between the army and the drug lords; the country's dire and chronic poverty and high corruption rates, as the next "narco -state" of the Americas.
In the Media by Michael Werbowski

Jamaican drug war continues in firefight with Coke's Shower Posse

The bloody war in Jamaica continues today with more fires, a rising death toll and gun fire on the streets as the police and Jamaican army battle the Shower Posse drug gang and its' leader Christopher "Duddus" Coke.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman

Jamaica declares state of emergency in war with drug lord

Kingston - Trouble began earlier this week in Kingston after the government approved a US extradition request for Christopher "Dudus" Coke, a reputed gang boss. Police were shot and killed, retreating from police stations set on fire by supporters of Dudus.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 3 comments

Radical Muslim Cleric Arrives in Jamaica After Deportation

A radical Muslim cleric has arrived home in Jamaica after being deported from Kenya. This is the second time his has been deported back to his home country.
In the Media by Christopher Szabo
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Jamaican police in street battles with supporters of drug lord Christopher Dudus Coke
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Jamaican police in street battles with supporters of drug lord Christopher Dudus Coke
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Kingston  Jamaica joined in the March against Monsanto on May 25  2013.
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Kingston, Jamaica joined in the March against Monsanto on May 25, 2013.
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Drug Kingpin Christopher  Dudus  Coke.
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Drug Kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
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Jamaican Prime Minister declares State of Emergency
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Jamaican Prime Minister declares State of Emergency
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it is not Occupy Wall Street, it is a different protest, in Queens.
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Usain Bolt winning the 200-metre dash at the London Games
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Usain Bolt winning the 200-metre dash at the London Games
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
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March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
Dickie Crawford
March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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Supporters of Drug Kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke have set fire to police stations  exchanged fire  ...
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Supporters of Drug Kingpin Christopher Dudus Coke have set fire to police stations, exchanged fire, throw Molotov cocktails and taken over the streets in one section of Kingston Jamaica in support of Dudus.
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
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March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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Power cables in Jamaica. The metal is being stripped and plundered by bandits.
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Power cables in Jamaica. The metal is being stripped and plundered by bandits.
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
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March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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People and dogs were carrying signs expressing their love of the charged and indicted criminal drug lord Christopher Coke.
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March against Monsanto in Kingston  Jamaica  on May 25  2013
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March against Monsanto in Kingston, Jamaica, on May 25, 2013
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Snoop Lion  formerly known as Snoop Dogg
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Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg
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The man who is holding the Island of Jamaica hostage in drug war with the US Department Justice and the DEA.
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