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bun and cheese

Easter bun and cheese are an absolute must for Jamaicans during the Easter season.There have been busy days when I’ve had bun and cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I’m not advocating that for anybody unless you have a problem with being underweight!

 Many Easter traditions have evolved in Jamaica. While church-going is a must for many christians, the wider population are very fond of going to the beach. It is often a family affair as well as opportunities for outings by clubs and organizations of every kind. Every public beach is swamped with busloads of Jamaicans over these holidays. The better-off in society will rent holiday apartments and villas by the sea for a four-day mini-vacation. Other popular pastimes include kite-flying and, more recently, joining street parades for carnival.

Food traditions have developed in tandem, and escovitched fish is the dish of choice on Good Friday. The British colonizers introduced the hot cross bun to Jamaica. The Jamaican spiced bun is sweet, shaped like a loaf of bread and dark brown in color. It is made with raisins, currants and sometimes topped with red cherries. Our Easter Bun can be eaten with cheese or butter and a tall glass of milk. YUMMY!

I would recommend that you try it 😉



Disappointing-but they need work! Soccer fans chime in

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will have to head back to the drawing board after finding themselves at the bottom of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers final round group, having played three matches. – Ricardo Makyn

Jamaica fell to last in CONCACAF Final Round World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) after losing 2-0 to Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica last night.


“I’m a bit disappointed,” Jamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore, said. “But we have to remain focused, we have seven more games to go. This is just one of the results we weren’t looking forward to so we have to accept it and move on.”

Michael Umana (22nd minute) and Diego Calvo (81st) scored the goals for the home team, who moved off the bottom of the six-team standing to four points, the same as Honduras, who lost by a similar margin to Panama in Panama City. Panama are at the top of the group with five points.

Honduras, who started the day in the front-running position, remained on four points, while Costa Rica now have four. The United States also have four points after tying goalless at The Azteca Stadium with Mexico, who have three points. All the teams have played three matches and have seven more to go in this round-robin elimination series.

Following a foul by Rudolph Austin, 10 yards outside the box on the right flank, Jamaica conceded the game’s opening goal off a set play, for the most part due to sloppy marking. Alvaro Saborio was left unmarked to collect Ariel Rodriguez’s spot kick, then fed a pass inside for Umana to tap into the net from six yards.

sliding challenge

Second half substitute Calvo made his own goal with a brilliant play on the left after central defender Jermaine Taylor cheaply sold himself with a sliding challenge, which gave up the inside position. Calvo took the ball inside, then shimmied past two other defenders, desperately rushing to block a shot that never came. He eventually curled a shot into the far post that goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts could not save. In a fairly even battle, both teams got good chances to score more goals in the game.

Jamaica had the clearest openings in the first half, but after taking a pass off Luton Shelton at the fourth minute, Jermaine Beckford’s angled finish was blocked behind goal. Shelton was also involved in Jamaica’s other goal chance inside the first 45 minutes, but he had his shot charged down by the goalkeeper Keylor Navas after dribbling too much to lose the angle and chance to pass to teammates.

Rudolph Austin was also denied a goal, after smashing a free kick from 35 yards. Navas went full stretch to deflect the ball away from the net.

“We got our chances, especially in the first half, where we could have led or equalised and it would have been a different game,” Whitmore said. “I think it (missed chances) affected us because if we came in 1-1 at half-time it would’ve been a different game,” he added. “Looking at the Costa Rica team you could see a bit of fear and when they got that second goal it killed off the game.” 

Effective Substitute:

With its central midfielders staying in the middle of the park, Jamaica played with more cohesion in the second half and had their best effort, a 20-yard shot from effective substitute Jermaine Johnson, stopped by Navas’ diving save. Costa Rica went to scoring on a couple occasions through Joel Campbell, who also fed a pass across goal that was missed by Saborio.

Johnson and Taylor picked up yellow cards in the game and will miss the next match, against Mexico at the National Stadium on June 4.

“We got our chances, especially in the first half, where we could have led or equalised, and it would have been a different game.”

Jamaica vs Panama 1-1 Draw

After seven straight losses to the CONCACAF powerhouse in Mexico City, the Reggae Boyz captured its first-ever point at the renowned Estadio Azteca After seven straight losses to the CONCACAF powerhouse in Mexico City, the Reggae Boyz captured its first-ever point at the renowned Estadio Azteca

Jamaica and Panama play to 1-1 draw

March 23, 2013
Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz played to a 1-1 draw with the visiting Panama on Friday in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier at the National Stadium.

Jamaica took the lead in the 22nd minute when Marvin Elliott headed a well placed Demar Phillips’ right-sided corner kick inside the far post. It was the first-ever goal for the 28-year-old Elliott wearing the Jamaican colors.

Panama came close to scoring three minutes before the break, when a lunging Blas Perez just failed to connect on a low cross from Leonel Parris.

Panama fought back and found the equalizer in the 66th minute when Luis Henriquez fired a shot from distance that took a deflection and bounced past a diving Donovan Ricketts in goal. Late in the game Jamaica almost found the winner when Garath McCleary’s shot from 18-yards out drifted just beyond the left post.

Both sides have two points from their opening two Hexagonal games and sit two points behind first-place Honduras. Jamaica will next travels to Costa Rica while Panama will welcome Honduras next Tuesday

In other games the United States defeated Costa Rica 1-0 and Honduras scored twice late in the second half to rally for a 2-2 draw with Mexico

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Jamaican National Anthem


Eternal Father, Bless our Land

Guide us with thy mighty hand

Keep us free from evil powers

Be our light through countless hours

To our leaders, great defender

Grant true wisdom from above

Justice, truth be ours forever

Jamaica, land we love

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

Teach us true respect for all

Stir response to duty’s call

Strengthen us the weak to cherish

Give us vision lest we perish

Knowledge send us Heavenly Father

Grant true wisdom from above

Justice, truth be ours forever

Jamaica, land we love

Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/miscellaneouslyrics/nationalanthemslyrics/jamaicanationalanthemlyrics.html

Congratulations To Usain Bolt And Others


Laureus World Sportsman of the Year 2013 

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 11, 2013 – Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt – the fastest man on Earth – is the winner of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award for the third time after his sensational performance in the London Olympics.

In London, Bolt became the first man in history to win the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 x 100 metres gold medals for the second straight Olympiad.

Regarded by many as the greatest sprinter of all time, he is the first athlete to hold both 100 metres and 200 metres world records since electronic timing was introduced. Along with his Jamaica team, he also holds the world record in the 4 x 100 metres relay. A five-times world champion, he was winner of the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2010.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar.   The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen.

Laureus World Sports Academy Member and Olympic track legend Michael Johnson said: “Usain Bolt is head and shoulders above his competition.  London probably showed that Usain is the greatest 100 and 200 metres sprinter we have ever seen. He deserves to win his third Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Usain is one of those rare and exceptional talents that only come along once very 10 or 20 years. In my career it took me 11 years to achieve what I did in terms of Olympic and World Championship gold medals and world records. Usain pretty much matched that in about three years. After so much success so quickly I wondered how he would find motivation, but in London he showed how much he wanted to be Olympic champion again.”

After receiving the Laureus Statuette, Usain Bolt said: “This is one of the greatest honours. I worked hard over the years to win this a third time. It’s magnificent. It’s like winning a gold medal. Michael Johnson, for one, was definitely my idol growing up. I just wanted to be like Michael Johnson. He made me want to be an Olympic champion.”

Also nominated for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award were legendary swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a career total of 22 medals, Mo Farah, winner of the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres double, Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France and the Olympic Time Trial, FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who scored a remarkable 91 goals in 2012, and Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, who won his third straight Formula One World Championship.

The Laureus World Sports Awards, which recognise sporting achievement during 2012, were unveiled at the Awards Ceremony at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, which was hosted by Hollywood stars Morgan Freeman and Eva Longoria.

The Awards were announced in seven categories. The full list of winners is:

Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Usain Bolt

Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Jessica Ennis

Laureus World Team of the Year: European Ryder Cup Team

Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Andy Murray

Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Felix Sanchez

Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Daniel Dias

Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Felix Baumgartner

There were two additional Awards: The Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the newly created Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award was presented to Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time.


Now back to business, did you know….

The Jamaican Coat of Arms 

The Jamaican national motto is ‘Out of Many One People’, based on the population’s multi-racial roots. The motto is represented on the Coat of Arms, showing a male and female member of the Taino tribe standing on either side of a shield which bears a red cross with five golden pineapples. The crest shows a Jamaican crocodile mounted on the Royal Helmet of the British Monarchy and mantling.