Road Trip / Family Time 29 October 2014

Scenes From All Over

This album contains shots from various places in Jamaica. There is never a dull moment on this Island Paradise. Enjoy the Pictures!

Road Trip / Family Time 29 October 2014

Dolphin Cove

This outing took us out to Dolphin Cove in Hanover. We gathered a bunch of friends together to enjoy the days activities. Enjoy the Pictures!

Road Trip / Family Time 29 October 2014

Blue Lagoon - Portland

Blue Lagoon is a really wonderful experience for the whole family. Stunning deep blue water fed by a fresh water mineral spring makes this place a heaven on earth. There is a lot of beauty in Jamaica to explore. Enjoy the Pictures!

Facts and Figures 19 October 2014

The National Bird

The doctor bird or swallow tail humming bird, is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of hummingbirds. It lives only in Jamaica.

These birds’ beautiful feathers have no counterpart in the entire bird population.

Facts and Figures 19 October 2014

The Principal Rivers In Jamaica

In St . Thomas ........ The Plantain Garden River,The Yallahs and Morant Rivers

In Portland .......... The Rio Grande, The Swift, Buff Bay and Spanish Rivers

In St . Andrew ........ The Hope and Cane Rivers

In St. Catherine ........ The Rio Cobre and Ferry Rivers

In St. Mary......... The Wag Water, The Dry River, Rio Nuevo and The White River ( The White River forms a boundary between St. Mary and St. Ann)

In St. Ann ......... The Roaring River, The Llandovery River and The Rio Bueno BetweenTrelawny and St. Ann

Between St. Ann and Clarendon.......... The Cane River

In Clarendon ......... The Milk River and Rio Minho

In St. Elizabeth....... The Black River

In Trelawny .......... The Martha Brae River

In St. James ........... The Great River which divides St. James from Hanover and Westmoreland

In Westmoreland ......... The Cabaritta River

Facts and Figures 19 October 2014

William Knibb

William Knibb was the son of Thomas and Mary Knibb, of Kettering Northamtonshire.His father was a tradesman in that town, and not a professor of religion. His mother, whose maiden name was Dexter, was a member of the independent church in Kettering.

Knibb was the fifth of eight children, and a twin whose other half was a sister. He was born on the 6th or 7th of September 1803. [He is described as] "... not remarkable for application, but he was quick and clever at his lessons".

On the 5th of October 1824 William Knibb was united in marriage to Mary Watkins. One month later 5th November they both set sail on board the Ocean for Jamaica West Indies. The Ocean arrived in sight to Jamaica early in the morning of Saturday, the 12th of February. The passengers of the Ocean left for Kingston.

Knibb was sent specifically to take charge of a Baptist School in Kingston, which his deceased brother had charge of. His services as a preacher was employed early after he arrived in Jamaica. Due to the deterioration of his wife's health in 1825 Knibb moved to Port Royal, cooler climate, where he re-opened the place of worship his brother had presided over. Knibb also ministered in Kingston and was instrumental in bringing the Baptist Churches, in Kingston, together to form an association in 1826. He was chosen secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Association.

It is claimed that Knibb's greatness began with the 1831 insurrection, instigated by a native Baptist leader Samuel Sharpe. Although he knew nothing of the planned rebellion until about two days before, he was, arrested and many false witnesses brought before the court to give evidence against him. He however won the case, but was harassed on all sides by the authorities because of his anti-slavery stance.


Knibb succumbed to the deadly Yellow Fever approximately 1:00 a.m. Saturday November 15, 1845 at the age of 42. He was ill for only one short week. His wife and two daughters survived him.

Facts and Figures 16 October 2014

The Jamaican Bobsled Team

The Jamaican Bobsled Team first gained fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They are also well known from their portrayal in the 1993 film Cool Runnings, based on their exploits in the Winter Olympics.

Two Americans were largely responsible for the founding of the Jamaican Bobsled Team. George B. Fitch and William Maloney had family and business ties to Jamaica and after witnessing a pushcart derby they realized that it was very similar to bobsledding.

Since bobsledding requires a fast start, Maloney and Fitch decided to use sprinters, who are plentiful on the island nation of Jamaica. They originally tried to recruit Olympic-class sprinters, but no one was interested, so they presented their idea to Colonel Ken Barnes of the Jamaican military.


The first four members of the Jamaican bobsled team were:

• Devon Harris, a lieutenant in the Second Battalion, Jamaican Army

• Dudley Stokes, a captain from the JDF Air Wing

• Michael White, a private in the National Reserves

• Samuel Clayton, a railway engineer


They were coached by New York native Howard Siler, of Malone, New York.

Puzzles and Printables 09 August 2014

Parishes and their Capitals

Match the parishes to their respective capitals. Download and print!

Mobile Apps 02 October 2014

Island Ride: Discover Jamaica

Island Ride: Discover Jamaica is an interactive, educational and fun mobile game that features the sights, sounds and scenery of Jamaica. The game features 'Little Patch's' hero, The JuiceMan, who has lost his Juice Bar to a great hurricane. Up to 2 Players race around Jamaica to find the parts needed to re-assemble the bar in order to help him rebuild his business and win the game, learning as they go!

Along their journey, players are exposed to various aspects of the Jamaican way of life while completing a number of activities. These are:

Playing Caribbean themed mini games to win additional cash
Answering multiple choice trivia questions about Jamaican history and culture
Testing your knowledge about attractions and other places of interest in Jamaica
Purchasing Jamaican food like patties and jerk chicken at restaurants so you don’t run out of energy
Purchasing gas so you don’t get stuck along the way
Managing your money earned by saving in the bank and withdrawing when necessary
Avoiding other misfortunes such as hurricanes, road blocks, construction work and other setbacks
Purchasing other items such as radar detectors, turbo boosters that will aid players in getting the lead on the competition





Mobile Apps 02 October 2014

Aiden and the Apple Tree

Aiden and the Apple Tree is a uniquely Caribbean tale. This fully-interactive touch app is the story of a boy named Aiden who lived in a little village in Jamaica and a great big Apple tree. He was given a small task to do, but found himself in big trouble when he didn’t stick to the plan. What he learned was that honesty and hard work have their own reward.

This APP will allow children to become a part of the story through fun interactions to bring the elements on the pages to life. At the end of the app, the lessons are reinforced through a Quiz and colouring book that explodes with interactive fun!

- Choose Autoplay, Read to Me (with phrase by phrase highlighting), or Read to Myself
- Tap all over the images for great animations and sounds
- Soothing Narration of the story
- Rocking island music
- Coloring Activity with 3 brush sizes and a full color palette.
- Quiz reinforcing the lessons learned through the story