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Jamaica 2014


Trelawny Parish, Jamaica

Trelawny Parish in northwest Jamaica is known for its laidback atmosphere and as the birthplace of Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth. The parish is also known for its many sinkholes and limestone caves, including the Windsor and Carambi Caves known for their beauty and phosphate deposits. Several caves have carvings made by the Taino people many centuries ago.
This young Trelawny boy has just finished eating a mango and gazes peacefully at the tropical sky.
Photo © 2004 Jim Ingraham
Peace Corps Volunteer, Jamaica 2004-2005


Area 10,991 km2 (RANK 168)

Arable 15.8%

Capital Kingston (585 K)

Population 2,889,187 (263/km2)

Literacy 88%

Life expectancy 73 yrs

HIV/AIDS 1.7% (32,000 adults)

In poverty 17%

Military 0.6% of GDP (RANK 158 of 195)

Languages English, English patois

Religions Protestant 63%, Roman Catholic 3%, other 14%, none 21%

Gov’t Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy

GDP/capita $9,100

Agriculture sugarcane, bananas, coffee, citrus, yams, ackees, vegetales, poultry, goats, milk, shellfish

Industry alumina, bauxite, sugar, rum, coffee, yams, beverages, chemicals, apparel, mineral fuels

PCVs 1962-present, current 62, TTD 3,771, education, community development, youth development

Adult Books

From Harvey River, A Memoir of My Mother and Her IslandFrom Harvey River, A Memoir of My Mother and Her Island
by Lorna Goodison, 2007

Publisher: Amistad
Language: English

Book Description
Poet & daughter of a prominent Jamaican family contrasts her idyllic child­hood with the “hard life” in Kingston after her marriage.

Kids' Books

The Jacob Ladder
by Gerald Hausman & Uton Hinds

Format: Paperback, 120 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617201974
Age Range: 9-12 years
Publisher: Irie Books, 2011


Film: Cool Runnings
Director: Jon Turleltaub (1993)

Film: Rockers, 25th Anniversary Edition
Director: Theodoros Bafaloukos (2005)

Documentary: Marley
Also see review at Rotten Tomatoes
Director: Kevin Macdonald (2012)


Steel Pulse: Global Warning

Steel Pulse: Full live concert

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2014 - "Home"

English patois: yard (yaahd)

Copyright © Julie Olsen

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