King’s coronation draws apathy, criticism in former coloniesMay 5, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — When King Charles III is crowned on Saturday, soldiers carrying flags from the Bahamas, South Africa, Tuvalu and beyond will march alongside British troops in a spectacular military procession in honor of the monarch.
Tourism booms in Jamaica after pandemic, overwhelms airportApril 23, 2023 GMT
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The number of tourists flocking to Jamaica’s sun-drenched beaches soared nearly 100% in the first three months of the year, causing long queues and hours-long waits for arriving passengers at the island's main airport.
Curfew in Jamaica district after gunmen wound 7 boarding busApril 23, 2023 GMT
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Police enforced a curfew in a community on the southern fringes of Jamaica's capital Saturday after gunmen fired on people boarding a public minibus, wounding seven, including three children.
US to play Jamaica, Nicaragua and a qualifier in Gold CupApril 14, 2023 GMT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The defending champion United States will play Jamaica, Nicaragua and either Curaçao, French Guiana, St. Kitts and Nevis or Sint Maarten in Group A during the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Jamaican government to increase minimum wage by 44%March 17, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness says his government plans to increase the island’s minimum wage by 44% as the local economy rebounds.
Activists urge Jamaica to nix anti-sodomy laws amid violenceFebruary 21, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Activists demanded Tuesday that Jamaica repeal a colonial-era law criminalizing gay sex, noting that the government still has not heeded a regional rights panel's recommendation two years ago to do so.
Official: Jamaica’s PM will not be charged following probeFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A top prosecutor in Jamaica has ruled that Prime Minister Andrew Holness won’t face charges over possible conflict of interest in contracts awarded to a construction company in 2007-2009 while he was education minister.
Jamaica’s anti-corruption agency focuses on prime ministerFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness is under scrutiny after an anti-corruption agency issued a lengthy report that suggests a potential conflict of interest involving him and contracts awarded to a construction company, some of which were not reported.
Officials: Jamaica policeman charged with abduction, rapeFebruary 8, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A police officer in Jamaica was charged with abducting and raping a woman following a traffic stop, authorities said Wednesday.
It happened late last month. A Jamaica Constabulary Force statement said the officer allegedly demanded money in exchange for not charging the woman with an unidentified traffic violation.
Jamaica ready to send soldiers, police to quell Haiti chaosFebruary 1, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaica’s prime minister said his government is willing to send soldiers and police officers to Haiti as part of a proposed multinational security assistance deployment.
Usain Bolt fires business manager over Jamaica fraud caseJanuary 27, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt told reporters Friday that he is baffled over how $12.7 million of his money has gone missing from a local private investment firm that authorities are investigating as part of a massive fraud that began more than a decade ago.
Jamaica: FBI to help probe massive fraud case targeting BoltJanuary 24, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaica’s government has turned to the FBI for help as it investigates a massive fraud case involving a private investment firm where $12.7 million belonging to renowned sprinter Usain Bolt has gone missing.
Boyfriend of woman slain in 2018 changes plea to guiltyJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A man charged with killing his live-in girlfriend in 2018 then fleeing to Jamaica where he evaded authorities for nearly two years pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Jamaica under scrutiny for fraud scandal that hit Usain BoltJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An investigation into a private investment firm in Jamaica where $12.7 million belonging to sprinter Usain Bolt is missing has sparked criticism over the government's handling of the case, with one top official forced to resign amid one of the largest fraud scandals to hit the Caribbean island.
Attorneys: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt missing $12.7M from accountJanuary 18, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Lawyers for Usain Bolt, one of the world’s greatest sprinters, said Wednesday that more than $12.7 million is missing from his account with a private investment firm in Jamaica that authorities are investigating.
Jamaica probes fraud allegations at private investment firmJanuary 13, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Financial authorities in Jamaica said they are investigating allegations of fraud at Stocks & Securities Ltd., a private wealth management company based in the capital of Kingston.
Jamaica grants paternal, adoptive leave to public workersJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Jamaica has for the first time allowed public employees to take paternal leave and adoptive leave, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced Wednesday.
Officials also increased paid maternity leave from 40 days to three months.
Pelé invigorated US soccer, paved way for ’94 World Cup, MLSDecember 30, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Clive Toye traveled to Jamaica and walked unannounced into the hotel where the Brazilian club Santos was staying ahead of a friendly against the Reggae Boyz in January 1971. Pelé was sitting by the pool, and the New York Cosmos general manager began the cold call that changed U.S.
Russian hurdler stripped of 2012 Olympics gold for dopingDecember 21, 2022 GMT
MONACO (AP) — Russian 400-meter hurdler Natalya Antyukh will lose her gold medal from the 2012 London Games due to doping, putting American Lashinda Demus in position to be named the champion more than a decade after the race.
Jamaica imposes state of emergency amid sharp criticismDecember 6, 2022 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Jamaica’s prime minister declared a widespread state of emergency Tuesday to fight a surge in gang violence on an island with one of the highest murder rates in the region.
Bob Marley immersive experience to land in US next yearNovember 30, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — A massive immersive experience celebrating Bob Marley is heading for its U.S. premiere early next year, complete with photographs, lots of music and even a pair of the reggae giant's footwear.
Utah Valley defeats Green Bay 79-56November 21, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Justin Harmon’s 18 points helped Utah Valley defeat Green Bay 79-56 Sunday in a consolation game at the Jamaica Classic.
Harmon added three steals for the Wolverines (3-3).
Queens earns 74-64 win against Morgan StateNovember 21, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Jay'Den Turner had 23 points in Queens' 74-64 win over Morgan State on Sunday night.
Turner had seven rebounds for the Royals (4-1). Kenny Dye added 18 points while going 6 of 9 from the floor, including 3 for 3 from distance, and 3 for 6 from the line, and he also had five assists.
Freshman Stephens leads LMU to OT win over Wake Forest 77-75November 20, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Freshman Chance Stephens hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining in overtime and Loyola Marymount rallied to beat Wake Forest 77-75 in the Jamaica Classic on Sunday.
Wahab scores 23 to lead Georgetown over La Salle 69-62November 20, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Qudus Wahab scored 23 points as Georgetown beat La Salle 69-62 in the Jamaica Classic on Sunday.
Wahab added seven rebounds for the Hoyas (3-2). Brandon Murray scored 16 points with six rebounds.
Morgan State needs overtime to top Utah Valley, 73-72November 19, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Toto Fagbenle's two free throws in the final minute of overtime allowed Morgan State to escape the first-round of the Jamaica Classic tournament with a 73-72 win over Utah Valley on Friday night.
Loyola Marymount stomps Georgetown with 2nd half blitzNovember 19, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Keli Leaupepe scored 15 points and Justin Ahrens scored 12 on 4-for-7 shooting from 3-point range and Loyola Marymount used the second half to rip Georgetown 84-66 in a Jamaica Classic contest on Friday night.
Appleby scores 23 again, Wake Forest beats La Salle 75-63November 18, 2022 GMT
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Tyree Appleby scored 23 points for the second straight game, Damari Monsanto had four 3-pointers and 14 points, and Wake Forest beat La Salle 75-63 on Friday at the Jamaica Classic.
Hunt for deep sea minerals draws scrutiny amid green pushNovember 2, 2022 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — High demand for metals ranging from copper to cobalt is pushing the mining industry to explore the world’s deepest oceans, a troubling development for scientists who warn that extracting minerals from critical ecosystems that help regulate climate could cause irreparable damage.
Tropical Storm Lisa forms in Caribbean, likely to growNovember 1, 2022 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tropical Storm Lisa formed Monday in the Caribbean south of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands and was forecast to make landfall, likely as a hurricane, in Central America later in the week.
Cheika in for hectic week coaching Lebanon and ArgentinaOctober 30, 2022 GMT
LEIGH, England (AP) — Michael Cheika was set for a hectic week after his Lebanon side reached the quarterfinals at a second straight Rugby League World Cup on Sunday.
Lebanon defeated Jamaica 74-12 in Leigh and was confirmed to face defending champion Australia on Friday in Huddersfield.
Thrashed France endorses England’s rugby league title hopesOctober 22, 2022 GMT
BOLTON, England (AP) — England's hopes of taking the Rugby League World Cup were endorsed by the French after they were smashed by the tournament host 42-18 on Saturday.
England followed its 60-6 demolition of Samoa by routing France and all but clinching a berth in the quarterfinals.
NZ opens rugby league campaign by beating gritty LebanonOctober 16, 2022 GMT
WARRINGTON, England (AP) — Top-ranked New Zealand opened its Rugby League World Cup account by seeing off Lebanon 34-12 on Sunday.
The Kiwis overcame conceding a try during the opening set by shining with six tries of their own.
Jamaica bans broadcasts deemed to glorify drugs, crimeOctober 12, 2022 GMT
HAVANA (AP) — Jamaica’s broadcasting regulator has banned music and TV broadcasts deemed to glorify or promote criminal activity, violence, drug use, scamming and weapons.
The government said the ban is meant to cut back on material that “could give the wrong impression that criminality is an accepted feature of Jamaican culture and society.”
Messi 2 goals, accosted twice, Argentina tops Jamaica 3-0September 28, 2022 GMT
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Lionel Messi responded to an in-game, on-field request for a signature with a signature goal.
Messi scored two goals and was twice accosted by fans running on the field as Argentina extended its unbeaten streak to 35 matches over three years by beating Jamaica 3-0 on Tuesday night in its next-to-last World Cup warmup match.
Heimer Hallgrímsson hired to coach Jamaica’s national teamSeptember 17, 2022 GMT
Former Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrímsson was hired Friday to coach Jamaica's men's national soccer team.
He replaced Paul Hall, who quit in June after CONCACAF Nations League matches against Mexico and Suriname.
Atlanta’s Thiago Almada in Argentina squad for friendliesSeptember 15, 2022 GMT
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Atlanta United forward Thiago Almada was included in Argentina's 28-man squad Thursday for two World Cup warm-up matches to be played in the United States this month.
Body matching description of missing Jamaican man foundAugust 18, 2022 GMT
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A body matching the description of one of the two brothers from Jamaica who went missing last weekend after jumping from a Martha's Vineyard bridge featured in the movie “Jaws” has been found, state police said Thursday.
Search halted for 2nd brother who jumped off ‘Jaws Bridge’August 16, 2022 GMT
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The search for the second of two brothers from Jamaica who went missing after jumping into the water from a Massachusetts bridge featured in the movie “Jaws” has been suspended because of hazardous conditions, state police said Tuesday.
West Indies tops New Zealand in 3rd T20, avoids series sweepAugust 14, 2022 GMT
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks shared a 102-run opening partnership as the West Indies struck a winning formula at last, beating New Zealand by eight wickets in the third Twenty20 international on Sunday to prevent a sweep of the three-match series.
New Zealand beats Windies by 90 runs, leads T20 series 2-0August 12, 2022 GMT
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Glenn Phillips struck a half century from 33 balls to propel New Zealand to a 90-run win over the West Indies in the second Twenty20 international on Friday, clinching the three-match series with a 2-0 lead.
New Zealand beats West Indies by 13 runs in 1st T20 gameAugust 11, 2022 GMT
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A solid innings of 47 by returning captain Kane Williamson and a dashing 33 from 15 balls by Jimmy Neesham propelled New Zealand to a 13-run win over the West Indies in the first of three Twenty20 cricket internationals.
Ex-lawmaker in Hawaii bribery case donates to campaignsAugust 6, 2022 GMT
HONOLULU (AP) — The campaign committee of former Hawaii Democratic state Rep. Ty Cullen, who pleaded guilty earlier this year after taking bribes, donated to two candidates for the state House of Representatives last month.
Slide over, bobsleds. Curling is coming to tropical JamaicaAugust 3, 2022 GMT
Slide over, Jamaican bobsledders. A group of expats from the ice-free island are hoping to bring a whole new winter sport to their tropical homeland: curling.
Three decades after Jamaica crashed the Winter Olympics — and then crashed at the Winter Olympics — with the bobsled team made famous in the movie “Cool Runnings,” the country has joined the World Curling Federation.
Williamson, Boult, Southee return for NZ’s West Indies tourJuly 24, 2022 GMT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Captain Kane Williamson will return from a short break to lead a strengthened New Zealand cricket team on its first tour of the Caribbean in eight years.
New Zealand will play the West Indies in three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals in a packed Aug.
US women get gold and for men, it’s more of same in relayJuly 24, 2022 GMT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — For the U.S. women’s relay team, this was a shock.
For the men -- more of the same.
The women pulled a stunner over Jamaica in the 4x100 relay at world championships Saturday, while the favored men finished second after the latest sloppy baton exchange in what has been a ritual since before anyone on this team was born.
Three arrests at ‘white supremist action’ in Boston, DA saysJuly 23, 2022 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Three men were arrested Saturday at a rally in Boston that the district attorney called an “organized white supremacist action.”
The Boston Police Department said Saturday that three men were arrested for disturbing the peace in Jamaica Plain, a diverse neighborhood of Boston.
Jackson celebrates 200 win at worlds after Tokyo heartacheJuly 22, 2022 GMT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jamaica's Shericka Jackson can finally go watch the replay. The one of the race where she gave away her chance to be an Olympic champion.
She's now a world champion, a more-than-satisfying reward after a year in which she trained with the goal of never making the same mistake again.
US beats Canada for W Championship title, ’24 Olympic berthJuly 19, 2022 GMT
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Alex Morgan never gets tired of winning championships, even after so many titles already.
Morgan converted on a penalty in the 78th minute and the U.S. women's national team won the CONCACAF W Championship 1-0 over Canada on Monday night to secure one of the region's spots in the 2024 Olympics.
Fraser-Pryce back on top, leads Jamaican sweep in 100 metersJuly 18, 2022 GMT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — That mile-wide smile would come a split-second later. When Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce saw her name come up first Sunday night in the 100-meter final, she pumped her right fist in the air twice and let out a loud scream toward the stands.
Jamaica headed to 2nd straight World Cup despite turmoilJuly 14, 2022 GMT
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — To borrow from native son Bob Marley, Jamaica is jammin'.
Jamaica has qualified for the 2023 Women's World Cup as one of the top four finishers at the CONCACAF W Championship.
Mewis scores late, US women top Mexico 1-0 at W ChampionshipJuly 12, 2022 GMT
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Kristie Mewis scored in the 89th minute to break a stalemate and the United States beat Mexico 1-0 on Monday night at the CONCACAF W Championship.
The U.S. won Group A in the eight-team tournament and will face Costa Rica in the semifinals.
US women beat Jamaica 5-0 at the W ChampionshipJuly 8, 2022 GMT
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The U.S. women's national team qualified for the 2023 World Cup on Thursday night at the CONCACAF W Championship.
The United States defeated Jamaica 5-0 at Estadio BBVA but had to wait until Haiti downed Mexico 3-0 in the late game to secure a spot in next summer's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Police: Mother, 4 children killed in JamaicaJune 21, 2022 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A mother and her four children have been killed in Jamaica, police said Tuesday.
The bodies were discovered at dawn in Clarendon parish, just west of the capital of Kingston, according to authorities.
Jamaican record producer accused of killing 3 menJune 13, 2022 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A well-known record producer in Jamaica has been accused of killing three people.
Linval Thompson Jr. of Shab Don Records was arrested and charged on Saturday with fatally shooting three men in their 20s in late May, authorities said in a statement Sunday.
Bank of Jamaica to launch nationwide digital currencyJune 7, 2022 GMT
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Bank of Jamaica is preparing to issue a nationwide digital currency for the first time in its history following recent approval from legislators.
The move is expected to help many on the island of nearly 3 million who don’t have bank accounts, according to a government statement issued over the weekend.
In Commonwealth, queen’s jubilee draws protests and apathyMay 31, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — After seven decades on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II is widely viewed in the U.K. as a rock in turbulent times. But in Britain's former colonies, many see her as an anchor to an imperial past whose damage still lingers.
Thompson-Herah edges Richardson in the Prefontaine 100May 28, 2022 GMT
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica held off American Sha'Carri Richardson in the 100 meters at a rainy Prefontaine Classic on Saturday.
Thompson-Herah won in the 100 and 200 and the 400 relay at the Tokyo Olympics.
US charges political rival in Haitian president’s killingMay 9, 2022 GMT
MIAMI (AP) — A former Haitian senator is facing charges in the United States related to last year's assassination of former Haiti President Jovenel Moïse, authorities said.
John Joel Joseph made his initial appearance Monday in Miami federal court, according to court records.
US vs Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti in Women’s World Cup qualifyingApril 20, 2022 GMT
The United States will play Mexico, Jamaica and Haiti in Group A at the CONCACAF W Championship this summer, which will determine qualifiers for the 2023 Women's World Cup.
Canada, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago were drawn Tuesday into Group B of the North and Central American and Caribbean tournament, to be played from July 4-18 at Monterrey, Mexico.