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    1. Show Respect to for his Mother – In JAmaican Culture respect for the mans mother is so important. Never be disrespectful, always say “hi,” when you enter her home and make sure to say “bye” when you are leaving. Be sure to buy her a card for her birthday and Mothers day, otherwise you will be considered “rude” and “disrespectful.” Just so you know. If you do these things, you will be praised, and ask about.
    2. Don’t share too much personal information right away– Somejamaican man white womanJamaican men have Negative motives for why they may want your personal information. Just take your time with your stats. If I were you I would just lie to him for the first 3 months, and see where the relationship is going first. I am talking about your real last name, date of birth, and your address. Just take your time. If you were meant to be together you will be together 6 months from now.
    3. Make sure he is sincere – A Jamaican man may take an interest in your for any number of reasons. Only time will tell if he is really interested in your or something you can provide for him. Just keep it in the back of your mind that he may not be sincere, and remember that some Jamaican men love like children…in the moment, loving who ever is around. Just so you know. Read how to become a rasta
    4. Give him his space! – This is very important in Jamaican Culture. If you do not give a Jamaican man his space, he can become irritable. You may find him swearing at you and not showing you love, pulling away rather than closer. He just needs his own space and time alone. Many Jamaican women are like this too. Its nothing personal.
    5. Always keep your body fresh & clean! – Wash your a*s please! Jamaican men do not tolerate “dirtyness.”I know certain cultures don’t take it so serious, but to a Jamaican man, cleanliness is well, as they say, “next to Godliness.” Make sure you shower everyday and wash those creases! Yes I said it…creases!
    6. Don’t take his sh*t! – Don’t take crap from him. In fact if your Jamaican man starts dishing out trash talk early, or physical abuse, leave him..! It’s a downward spiral from there…trust me!
    7. Don’t be baby mama #4 – Many women fall so head over heals in love with their Jamaican guy that they think they are somehow different from baby Mama number 3,2, and 1. They think they can change him…they think, I am better than they were…stop kidding your self. Take some time, if he is really meant to be your man, he will be there with our without you becoming baby mama Number 4.
    8. Don’t assume you are “special…” – Just because he has sex with you, introduces you to his Mom, and tells you how much he wants to be with you, don’t assume you are special. A lot of women who are unfamiliar with Jamaican Culture assume that these things mean you are special. A Jamaican man knows what to say to women, They are blessed in this sense. Take time, test him, know for sure you are special on his list, by how he treats you, is he patient with you? Will he do anything you ask of him? Test him to know!


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  • Learn some Patois mon

    You cannot come to the island of Jamaica, without noticing the people do speak differently. Actually, it is forbidden in many Jamaican homes to speak, "patois." Growing up I could only speak it at school with my schoolmates. 

    The debate going on in Jamaica for many years has been the whether or not Patois is a language or just a slang for Jamaica.
    The technical definition of the term Creole means-, a language which comes into being through contact between two or more languages. The most important part about this definition is that a new language comes about which was not there before, yet it has some characteristics of the original language(s) and also has some characteristics of its own. The Creole of Jamaica and the Caribbean is referred to as an 'English-lexicon' and this language came about when African slaves were forced into a situation where English, or at least a very reduced form of English, was the only common means of communication.

    The slave traders and owners spoke English while the slaves spoke a variety of African languages and the slaves had to assimilate by learning English which explains why much of the vocabulary is English in origin. Although there is much English vocabulary, many words were also adopted from African languages when no equivalent English word could be found such as, words for people, things, plants, animals, activities, and especially religious words (Sebba 1, 1996, 50-1.) The name Jamaica itself was derived from the Arawak word Xaymaca meaning "Island of springs," but no other known trace(s) of the Arawak, the indigenous inhabitants of Jamaica, exist today.

    The debate surrounding the use of Patois as opposed to Standard English includes a number of issues and dates back to the times of slavery when Jamaicans had Standard English presented as a superior language and the indigenous language was denigrated to an inferior status. Today, more than 90% of the 2.5 million people in Jamaica are descendants of slaves brought from western Africa by the British. English is the official language but, Patois is the local language and still holds its' Africa.

    Below is an example of Jamaican Patois.

    USA: It's been a long time since I have seen you, girl.
    JA: Gal yuh noh dead yet?

    USA: Lord, we have lost electricity again!
    JA: Lawd Gad, current lack aff again!
    USA: Where did you buy that awful bracelet, Cindy?
    JA: A weh yuh buy dat deh big ole ugly bangle deh, missus?
    USA: Hors d'oeuvres.
    JA: Ah wah dis likkle sinting yuh a gi me?
    USA: I think something is wrong with Susan, she might have the flu.
    JA: Lawd Gad, breeze tek up Suzie!
    USA: Girl, those shoes are the bomb.
    JA: Gyal, yuh roach killa dem a seh one out deh.
    USA: Oh my gosh, I just broke Mom's expensive plate.
    JA: Lawd mi Gad, mi bruk up Mama stoosh crackry.
    USA: Aren't those pants a bit short?
    JA: Yuh did a expect flood ar yuh tek yuh measurement inna wata?
    USA: Why are you squeezing the mangoes like that?
    JA: Lissen mi nuh, mi a beg yuh stap fingle-fingle up di mango dem.
    USA: Sir, please don't throw my luggage like that.
    JA: Aye buff teet bwoy, tap fling up-fling up mi bag dem suh man.
    USA: I wish you would quit lying.
    JA: Tap di blinkin lyin, yuh ole liyad.
    USA: Lift the hood off the car for me, John.
    JA: Hey my yute, fly di bonnet!
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  • New Gov't still can't say when budget will be ready

    Finance Minister Audley Shaw was not in a position up to the end of last week to give a timetable for the presentation of the 2016/2017 budget.

    “I’m not able to give you the new timetable as of now but we are working on it because there are issues we have to work out,” Shaw said in an interview with Loop News.

    “There’s a new ministry of job creation and economic growth that we have created. We have to make sure that we plug that into the budget…,” the minister said. “I can’t say how many weeks delay but there is a delay.”

    He added: “We will be announcing the new schedule as quickly as possible.”

    One of the issues faced by the JLP administration, in putting together the budget, is that it only came to power on February 25. The national budget is usually presented in April of each year. 

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  • 25 ways a trip to Jamaica will make you a happier person

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Buzzfeed, a global network site for news and entertainment, which has been steadily gaining popularity, has listed 25 ways a trip to Jamaica will make a person happier.

    Jamaica’s beaches, mountains, food, music (Chronixx and others), sunrise, sunset, Blue Mountain coffee, Bob Marley Museum, view, tropical flowers, accessibility to bars and weed, were a few of the things heavily credited as factors that can make a person happier.

    In the article written by Annie Daley, it stated that despite the poverty and heavy violence “Jamaicans as a whole maintain a fiercely positive and unified spirit”.

    Below is the list compiled by Buzzfeed:



    1. The beaches are seriously beautiful;

     1. The beaches are seriously beautiful.

    How can you not be happy at a beach like this? This is Port Antonio’s Winnifred Beach, a super local, laid-back spot that doesn’t attract many tourists. And there are tons of other equally stunning beaches scattered throughout the island.

    2. And you can eat and drink all the deliciousness you want on beaches;

    Jerk on the beach? Fresh fish on the beach? Red Stripe on the beach?

    3. There are also beautiful, beautiful mountains;

    3. There are also beautiful, beautiful mountains.

    And not just any mountains — the Blue Mountains, home of the famed Blue Mountain coffee. The mountains, just outside of Kingston, are the biggest in all of Jamaica, and one of the longest ranges in the entire Caribbean. They get their blue tinge from a layer of mist that surrounds the mountains — and they are absolutely breathtaking.

    4. And you can stay in them [Places available to stay on the mountains];

    Staying in the Blue Mountains isn’t something most tourists do, because it’s not the beach — i.e. what most tourists go for — and it’s a minor pain to get there (it’s about three or four hours from Kingston, and the drive is rocky and bumpy and twisty and turny all the way up). But I cannot recommend it enough. It’s a true local experience.

    5. And even hike to the top of them for sunrise;

    One of the best parts about staying in the Blue Mountains is that you can hike to the top — Blue Mountain Peak — for sunrise. The peak’s elevation is 7,402 feet, so be warned: This is a huge hike! It’s 14 miles, which will take you about seven hours, and you start at 2 am, so you hike for about four hours in darkness. But it’s so worth it. Hiking by moonlight in Jamaica is as epic as it sounds, and the sunrise will leave you legit breathless.

    6. Blue Mountain coffee is seriously amazing;

    Drinking Blue Mountain coffee in Jamaica is like drinking the wine when you’re at the winery: It just tastes better. It’s straight from the source.

    7. There’s happy music playing everywhere;

    7. There's happy music playing everywhere.

    Walking through the streets of Jamaica is not quiet — someone, somewhere, is likely blasting music. 

    8. And thanks to this music, there’s a powerful; feeling of consciousness that will seep into your soul;

    On an even deeper level, the Reggae Revival goes far beyond the catchy songs — locals told me the movement is actually all about “consciousness.” That means that, much like the reggae music from the golden era, the singers and the songs have a social purpose as well as a musical one. In this case, the main purpose is spreading hope and awareness. Many of the Revival musicians grew up poor, and they now sing spiritually-conscious songs of hope to inspire others in similar situations. (For example, in one of Chronixx’s hit songs “Ain’t No Giving In,” he sings, “I know the system have you down and you feel pressed down like 50 feet,” and then encourages everyone to not give up.)

    9. You can visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston;

    9. You can visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.


    10. And even play around in the fields where Marley grew up;

    10. And even play around in the fields where Marley grew up.

    11-12. You can wake up to beautiful views;

    11. You can wake up to views like this.

    13.There are beautiful tropical flowers everywhere you turn.

    No matter if you’re on the coast or in the Blue Mountains or anywhere in between, you’ll definitely see (and smell) some tropical beauties.

    14. And bars, too. So many bars;

    If you want to drink in Jamaica, you will be able to find a bar within 30 seconds. They’re everywhere. Most of them are just little outdoor shacks with one bartender, maybe two, holding down the fort. Also of note: Drinks average about $1.50, and, anecdotally speaking, the bartenders tend to have heavy hands — so you definitely get your money’s worth.

    15. Speaking of drinks, Red Stripe tastes good at any time of day — morning, noon, and night;

    15. Speaking of drinks, Red Stripe tastes good at any time of day — morning, noon, and night.

    In Jamaica, you will very quickly lose track of time. You won’t know what time of day it is, or what day of the week it is. But no matter what, you will know that it’s always time for a Red Stripe.

    16. As does Rum & Ting;

    17. You can smoke pretty much whenever and wherever you want;

    17. You can smoke pretty much whenever and wherever you want.

    Despite its weed-friendly reputation, marijuana actually isn’t 100% legal in Jamaica; it’s simply decriminalized (you can have up to two ounces). Even so, for tourists, it really isn’t a problem. Locals will approach you with their stuff within seconds wherever you go. The worst that can possibly happen is you get a $100 fine.

    18. There are tons of random secret parks and forest patches just waiting to be discovered;

    18. There are tons of random secret parks and forest patches just waiting to be discovered.

    19. The jerk situation is ON POINT;


    20. And the rest of the local food is damn good, too;


    21. There are even a bunch of organic farms you can visit;

    To get a feel for the real and true Jamaica, you’ve gotta hit up one of the organic farms – because farming is such a big part of Jamaican culture.

    22. The Blue Lagoon is a thing that exists;

    22. The Blue Lagoon is a thing that exists.

    Most people know the Blue Lagoon from the eponymous Brooke Shields movie, but Jamaicans have been appreciating the natural beauty of the Blue Lagoon in Port Antonio for far longer. 

    23. There are tons of cute little cottages and Airbnbs;


    24. The sunsets are just magical;

    25. But perhaps most of all, Jamaica is the best place to slow down for a second, breathe deep, and just smile. Because ‘everyting really is irie, mon … just the way it should be

    25. But perhaps most of all, Jamaica is the best place to slow down for a second, breathe deep, and just smile. Because everyting really is irie, mon ... just the way it should be.

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  • The Case of the Disappearing Shoreline: What Happened to Jamaica’s Hellshire Beach?


    Top, Hellshire Beach, January 2009. Bottom, Hellshire Beach, January 2016. Both views from Prendy’s.



    So said one of my friends in passing, also back home for the holidays. I didn’t quite understand what they meant. So I gathered some of my family and friends and we set off for a Saturday outing.

    As we drove, it started to occur to us that the ocean did seem a little closer. The real shock occurred when we stepped into one of the fish vendor shops.

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    Shock at the ocean actually being at our feet. January 2016.

    If you needed another reminder of what it looked like.

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    Hellshire Beach, January 2009.

    I like to keep on top of Jamaican news, and especially Jamaican environmental news. We have a lot of issues in this department. Just last year, Riverton Dump, burned for more than 8 days. No visible progress seems to be happening with the hotels agreeing with NEPA on how to save the Negril coastline. We’ve allowed foreign companies to come in and repeatedly build hotels not just on the beach but on other environmentally vulnerable locations.

    But back to the Hellshire Beach shoreline.

    Like any good scientist/engineer, when I got back I started to do a little bit of research. I wish I could say I was shocked when I found this article from 2011, “Hellshire Beach threatened, LIME funds study to identify solutions”, but alas, I was not. Back then, a study was commissioned to be carried out by a local coastal engineering firm Smith Warner, and “the first phase of the study will include extensive data gathering on the biological environment and the use of computer models to undertake preliminary engineering analyses.” Jamel Banton, director at Smith Warner, warned that “if the existing attrition is not reduced, the shoreline is expected to retreat further inland, thereby lessening the viability of the popular beach area for recreational and commercial activities.”

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    Top, Hellshire Beach, January 2009. Bottom, Hellshire Beach, January 2016. Both views from Prendy’s.

    I’d say he was correct. So what happened to this study?

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