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Jamaican Darian Douglas Advances to Final of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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In what is definitely a proud moment for all Jamaicans, a Glenmuir High School student, Darian Douglas, has successfully moved to the final of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C., United States. Darian was the champion in the Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee contest held earlier this year.

Only Jamaican to Go Through

Darian is one among only 50 out of the 565 children who competed, to have been sent through to the next level, which is the final round. It is also to be noted that there were three other participants from the island but, they were unable to qualify for the final round. The three who could not make it are Titchfield High’s Rhonoya Anderson, Honey Advani of Heinz Simonitsch School and Ashleigh Jarrett of Immaculate Conception High.

More Details on the Spelling Bee Championship

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual fixture and the final is always held in Washington D.C. Though on paper, this is a national level competition in the US, it does attract students from other countries too, including Jamaica. There is an age restriction and a few other conditions that the participants have to follow. The age restriction is that the participants cannot be over the age of 14 years as on August 31, the previous year. This means for a participant to be eligible to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2019, the boy or girl should not have crossed the age of 14 years as on August 31, 2018. In addition, they should not have passed the 8th grade of school as of the month of February of the year the competition is held.

The competition has been televised live on ESPN over the past several years.

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International Day of Yoga- June 22, 2019

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Yoga is a spiritual discipline that is slowly but surely gaining traction in Jamaica. It is a combination of breathing control, meditation and use of specific poses. Yoga has many benefits, and it is no wonder health gurus offer praises to it. Some benefits that can be gained from regularly practicing yoga is increased flexibility, improved respiration, strength and vitality, maintenance of a balanced metabolism as well as the reduction in stress and anxiety.

In keeping with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ various initiatives, such as ‘Jamaica Moves’, where the benefits of exercise are constantly circulated, Yoga is one such state of exercise which will be very useful to the public. Some of the many benefits of physical activity include strengthening the heart and lungs, lowering the risk of heart diseases as well as improving the good cholesterol. It is vital that the society work towards improving their lifestyle, as it is mostly lifestyle diseases that affect the citizens of Jamaica. We need to start paying special attention to what we eat and how we move.

The High Commission of India will be celebrating International Day of Yoga in a big way. Celebrations will take place at the Campion College Auditorium, with various yoga and meditation sessions. It will be FREE to the public. If you are interested in taking on this new form of exercise, this will be the perfect start to see what it is about. Let us support Jamaica Moves in whatever way we can.

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Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

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Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

An Introduction to Vacationing in Jamaica

The beauty of Jamaica will instantly impress you as the Caribbean island nation sprouts with elegance and natural posh in every corner. The best part about this oasis is the weather in Jamaica, which is quite pleasant and tolerable all year round, a pleasant perk of being in the tropics.

While there are specific seasons that are the most preferred due to local events, places to visit and shopping, you can virtually visit the island nation any time of the year and enjoy the sunny weather. It is easy to travel even during the rainy season because it doesn’t snow in Jamaica and it doesn’t have torrid weather conditions that might affect your trip.

Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

While heading to Jamaica, you should expect warm sun, beautiful, sandy beaches and some great food. The overall experience will be pretty much the same as you would see in the movies and promotional wallpapers. It is quite relaxing, comfy and will make your trip memorable.

How is the Weather?

The weather in Jamaica is quite tolerable and almost enjoyable. If you are travelling from places in the US and UK where it snows a lot, you will definitely enjoy the sunny beaches and the warm weather that adorns the nation throughout the year.

On average, the heat levels are at 80 degrees Fahrenheit which will ensure you can grab a lemonade, a book and just relax in the beach enjoying the warmth. When the temperature goes higher, it can reach up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which once again falls within the tolerable category.

Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

The hottest months are usually during the end of summer. After all, summer brings warmth to every other part of the world and this island is no different. Make sure to avoid the months of July and August if you don’t enjoy the scorching sun as the temperatures in here could go all the way up to 100 degrees or sometimes even more.

After all, global warming is bringing about a dire change in almost every part of the world and weather in Jamaica is no different. For those who don’t enjoy very hot weather, you still have ten months to explore, attend music festivals or dancing events while going to enjoy the time spent on sandy beaches.

The average rainfall in the region is about 50.7 inches but it varies based on the place you are in as it is unevenly distributed in the island. The coldest months are January and February unlike November to December in other parts of the world. However, you should rather expect some warmth and even rainfall during this cold season.

What to do in Different Weather Conditions in Jamaica?

In addition to the points discussed above, the weather seems to be favourable but making use of your weather app and predicting the conditions for the next few days before travelling would be of help. The worst thing that could happen is a hurricane which is quite common for an island nation. However, prior warnings are always provided and if you are planning a long week in there, you might have to stay indoors for a day or two until it passes through.

Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

The most hurricane-prone months are between June and November. While that might seem like several months in a year, they are not frequent and shouldn’t affect your stay there. Irrespective of the changing weather conditions and moderate issues, visitors should definitely spend a lot of time on the beaches. They are the most relaxing spot for tourists who are desperate for a break from their daily work schedule.

The prominent places to visit despite any changes in weather in Jamaica are,

  • Rose Hall Great House – A perfect spot for a rainy day and you can even spice it up with night horror tours that are organised for this beautiful yet haunted spot
  • Reach Falls – The best place to enjoy the waterfalls and nature at its best. Here you can explore the caves and paths that slaves took in the past to escape
  • Doctor’s Cave Beach – Simply the best beach for the entire family where you can also hire a canoe if you like
  • Martha Brae River – The place is serene, calm and serves some great drinks you could enjoy while rafting through the river

Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

Recent Weather in Jamaica, Activities and Updates

By analysing several years of data, it is possible to predict that every year the Atlantic hurricane season starts in the month of June and goes all the way till the 30th of November. August and September are usually considered the most hurricane prone months. The island has luxury coach services to move around when you want to visit these tourist spots.

When doing so, you should know that it usually takes about 4 hours to cover the entire zone while 2 hours is the mid-point. The weather is favourable and there are plenty of events that could keep you busy throughout the time spent in the Caribbean islands.

Conclusion: Pros & Cons of Jamaican Weather for Tourists

The island of Jamaica is a great place for tourists of all interests. Be it families, adventure seekers or couples looking forward to enjoying a romantic time together, the weather in Jamaica is just perfect to make your dreams come true.

Pros

  • Sunny throughout the year even during the winter season at times
  • Mild rainfall makes natural expeditions memorable
  • Favourable weather allows easy access to reach different destinations by road

Cons

  • Hurricane season is not the ideal time to visit the island as it might force you to stay indoors for a few days up to a week
  • Some months of the year are hotter than usual

Enjoying the Best Weather in Jamaica: When and Where to Visit

Jamaica provides a wholesome experience for visitors to find exotic, ancient buildings, serene river with canoe and most importantly, the best beaches to relax. Beaches are the prominent tourist destinations within this Caribbean island. They are different from one another in terms of style, cuisine and even sometimes weather condition as rainfall is unevenly spread in the zone. Prepare yourself for a great time and plan to visit during the best weather season in Jamaica.

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Kingston’s Tourism to be Improved by AC Marriott; says Bartlett

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Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister, stated recently that the new 220-room AC Marriott Kingston Hotel which is expected to commence accommodating guests on June 17, depicts a fantastic extension to Kingston’s tourism market. During a demonstration presented by Sandals/ATL Group’s Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, and joined by the hotel’s General Manager, Koen Hietbrink and Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor/Strategist, Minister Bartlett stated that AC Marriott Kingston Hotel will dramatically improve the marketing and development of Kingston as a viable City Tourism destination.

The walk-through on Friday, came a day after Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Bartlett and a slew of Government, diplomatic and private sector leaders joined the formal inauguration of the Evan Williams and Joe Bogdanovich-led boutique, a multi-storey R Hotel on Renfrew Road in New Kingston. There was also a 2020 inauguration revelation of the new Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel on property possessed by PanJam Investment Limited on the urban Kingston waterfront. That multi-function complex will involve retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.

Bartlett further stated that the presence of products like these will add to the statement that Kingston wants to make, that it has arrived, and that it is ready for the status of a big city tourism destination. Everyone is excited about building out these very important elements of what true City Tourism is about. The AC Marriott, fashioned by Synergy Design Studios, is a Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart-led Sandals Resorts International development situated on Lady Musgrave Road in the New Kingston/Golden Triangle area of Kingston and annexes the family-owned ATL Automotive Group’s BMW and MINI showrooms. The hotel depicts the family’s first major tourism enterprise exterior of its Sandals/Beaches resorts trademark.

Special Features of the Hotel

The hotel has 10 rooms that are fashioned to board wheelchair-bound guests and 17 rooms for guests who are hearing-impaired. It also contains 200 solar panels, energy-efficient glass, electric car-charging stations, plenty of Jamaican art pieces, as well as a check-in desk that helps the guests with special needs.

The AC Marriott in Kingston is very unique. It is not just a facility that enables people to walk in, sleep at night or have a drink. It is a place for recreation, rest and conversation. But more importantly, it is also a creative centre where people will get a chance to enjoy the culture while making a contribution to local development, stated Bartlett. Other exclusive features of the hotel include 18,600 square feet of meeting space in three separate rooms, the largest being the prime ballroom with the space to hold 600 people. It also houses a Starbucks, Laundromat, a fully-equipped gym, restaurant, bar and AC store.

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