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IMF approves $520-million emergency loan for Jamaica

May 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Without vital tourism revenue, Jamaica's economy is seen to contract 5.6% in 2020, says the International Monetary Fund

IMF. In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018, the logo of the International Monetary Fund is seen at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Coronavirus prank forces Jamaica-bound flight back to Canada

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 AM

According to reports, the man stood almost halfway through the four-hour flight and, while taking selfies, declared that he had contracted the virus

PLANE. A Canadian Westjet airline jet parked at Hewanorra International Airport, St Lucia, on February 3, 2019. Photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

Major quake hits Caribbean, triggering evacuations

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:51 AM

The quake triggers a brief tsunami alert and sends hundreds of people pouring onto the streets of Havana

QUAKE. Nicolas Jimenez (R) stands outside of an office building after he and others were evacuated after an earthquake struck south of Cuba on January 28, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Miss Universe Jamaica 2014 finalist Zandrea Bailey dies after battling lupus

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Zandrea Bailey was diagnosed with lupus in 2012

Sad farewell for injured Bolt as Britain wins 4x100m relay

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Usain Bolts suffers a cramp in his left hamstring during the race but refuses to ride in a wheelchair off the track

Bolt fails to retire as champ but happy to remain mom's golden boy

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Usain Bolt says I m sorry I couldn t end it on a winning note but I want to thank you for your support

Boos as Gatlin stuns Bolt to win 100m world title

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Usain Bolt claims the bronze with a 9 95sec record

Usain Bolt turns in Olympic medal, says 'rules are rules'

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Bolt returns one of his nine medals but doesn t believe it will take away from what he s done in his career

HISTORIC MOMENT. Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates after he won the Men's 100m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hurricane Matthew weakens, makes South Carolina landfall

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:32 AM

In Haiti where Matthew was a monster Category 4 when it slammed into the poorest country in the western hemisphere Tuesday October 4 the official death toll rises to at least 336

Heavy waves caused by Hurricane Matthew pounds the boat docks at the Sunset Bar and Grill, October 7, 2016 on Cocoa Beach, Florida. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Deadly Hurricane Matthew slams ashore in Haiti

Oct 04, 2016 - 7:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The most menacing storm in nearly a decade Matthew began battering Haiti late Monday with strong winds and rising sea levels

DARK CLOUDS. A fisherman looks at the sea in Caira beach, in the commune of Leogane, to the southwest from Port-au-Prince, on October 3, 2016. Hector Retamal/AFP

Hurricane Matthew claims first victims as it churns up Caribbean

Oct 04, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Matthew is expected to hit southwestern Haiti late Monday packing powerful winds and torrential rain

Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba brace for Hurricane Matthew's wrath

Oct 03, 2016 - 2:29 PM

As the powerful storm churned north dozens of people were trapped on cays – tiny islands – off the coast of Jamaica s main island officials said

NOAA's GOES-East satellite on Oct. 2 at 4:45 a.m. EDT (0845 UTC) showed Hurricane Matthew's clear eye as the storm moved through the south central Caribbean Sea. NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba brace for Hurricane Matthew

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:42 PM

3rd UPDATE Cuban President Raul Castro personally oversees emergency operations in the city of Santiago just hours before the hurricane is expected to hit

HURRICANE MATTHEW. This NOAA-NASA GOES East satellite photo shows storm activity in the Atlantic Ocean on October 1, 2016. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Powerful Hurricane Matthew barrels towards Jamaica, Haiti

Oct 01, 2016 - 1:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Matthew weakens into a still dangerous Category 4 hurricane says the US National Hurricane Center

HURRICANE MATTHEW. This NOAA GOES East satellite visible image released September 30, 2016 shows Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean Sea at 1845 UTC on September 29, 2016. NOAA/AFP

Tiamzons, Duterte vs De Lima, Usain Bolt | 6PM wRap

Aug 19, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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Usain Bolt sprints to third straight Olympic 200m title

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Bolt 29 clocked in at 19 78 seconds to win another gold medal

Usain Bolt aims for more Olympic glory in Rio

Jul 12, 2016 - 3:23 PM

Bolt seeks to become the first man to win 3 straight triple triples after wins in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012

ROAD TO RIO. Jamaican Usain Bolt celebrates winning the Men's 100m race at the IAAF World challenge Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 20 May 2016. EPA/FILIP SINGER

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Feb 06, 2016 - 11:21 AM

Colombia s National Health Institute says the patients died after contracting the virus and developing a rare neurological disorder called Guillain Barre syndrome

FIRST DEATHS. Health officials of Colombia and the National Health Institute seen during a press conference in Bogota, Colombia, February 5, 2016. At least 3 people have died in Colombia with 'confirmed history' of Zika and other six cases are currently under study, as reported the general director of the National Institute of Health (NIH), Marta Lucia Ospina. Photo by EPA/Leonardo Muñoz

NCR libero dedicates Palaro to deceased father

May 05, 2015 - 5:42 PM

It was hard for me to accept my father’s death because I was not there during his final moments

TRIBUTE. NCR's Jamaica Chiong dedicates her Palarong Pambansa debut to her father who passed away months before the start of the competition. Photo by Janine Abejay/Rappler

Obama to offer alternative to Venezuelan crude on Caribbean swing

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:10 PM

In Jamaica Obama will have to woo countries that while geographically close to the United States sometimes feel politically distant

US President Barack Obama. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Fairy tale over for Jamaican bobsleigh team at Sochi

Feb 18, 2014 - 1:35 AM

Jamaica s Olympic bobsleigh adventure ended with a whimper on Monday as the country that once inspired the Hollywood smash hit Cool Runnings finished rock bottom at the Sochi sliding centre

MILD RUNNINGS. Devon Desmond Harris and Michael Morgan of the Jamaican bobsleigh team training for the Nagano Games in 1998. Photo by Matthias Hiekel/EPA

Table Tennis is Philippines' best bet for world medals - Ledesma

Feb 10, 2014 - 9:40 PM

There’s little fanfare that accompanies the sport of ping pong but Table Tennis Association of the Philippines president Ting Ledesma believes it’s a perfect fit for Filipinos

PING PONG WINNERS. The TATAP national team (From left) coaches Noel Gonzales, Lorie Jawad, players Anabelle Comendador, Princess Tambo, Ledesma, coach Lauro Crisostomo, players Sendrina Muse Balatbat, Jamaica Sy, Ian Lariba and Richard Gonzales. Photo by Felipe Josiah Ramos

Lawsuit over Bob Marley recordings revived

Sep 19, 2013 - 5:56 PM

Case highlights confusion over licensing rights in recording industry

A fan at a concert this year in Ivory Coast commemorating Marley’s death anniversary. Photo: Sia Kambou/AFP

Cebu Pac among world's colorful airplanes

Apr 10, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Here are 10 airplanes that literally make flying a form of art

PINOY PRIDE. Manila-based Cebu Pacific is among the most colorful planes in the sky. Photo from Flickr (Kentaro IEMOTO@Tokyo)

Bolt off to solid start in 2013

Feb 10, 2013 - 8:50 AM

Lightning quick Usain Bolt was impressive in his 2013 debut in Jamaica

Rastafari saved Snoop Dogg's marriage

Sep 08, 2012 - 5:24 PM

The rapper rapper said that a transformational journey to Jamaica may have saved his marriage

'REINCARNATED IN SELF'. Snoop Dogg in a picture from his official website

Olympics Day 13: Image of the day

Aug 10, 2012 - 1:14 PM

Usain Bolt made history on Thursday August 9 when the Jamaican successfully defended his Olympic 200m crown to claim an unprecedented second successive sprint double

Lightning fast Bolt strikes again

Aug 10, 2012 - 12:58 PM

Usain Bolt makes history defends his Olympic 200m crown to claim an unprecedented second successive sprint double

Bolt is still fastest in the world

Aug 06, 2012 - 12:34 PM

Jamaica s Usain Bolt sealed his status as the greatest sprinter of all time after retaining the men s Olympic 100m title with an electrifying display on Sunday August 5

Phelps says goodbye as Ennis lights up Games

Aug 05, 2012 - 9:54 AM

Michael Phelps bowed out of swimming with a final flourish as poster girl Jessica Ennis crowned one of British sport s most memorable days

US swimmer Michael Phelps poses after he received the trophy of the greatest olympic athlete of all time after he won gold in the men's 4x100m medley relay final during the swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

'Ernesto' races towards Mexico, Central America

Aug 05, 2012 - 8:08 AM

Tropical Storm Ernesto in the Caribbean headed towards the Yucatan peninsula likely to reach hurricane strength and drench southeastern Mexico and Central America

Image courtesy of NOAA.

Prince Harry races world's fastest man

Mar 07, 2012 - 3:01 PM

Prince Harry raced world champion runner Usain Bolt but not without first tricking him through a false start