Yakum Fitz-Henly

Tuesday, October 23, 2012    

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1. In July Emancipation Park was opened, standing as a landmark of Jamaica's history and freedom. The land was transferred by the Government to the National Housing Trust for one Jamaican dollar.

2. Jamaica hosted the World Junior Games and won 11 medals including two gold medals. Usain Bolt won the 200m at 15 years old thereby becoming the youngest ever junior champion at the time.

3. Elections were held in October and were won by the People's National Party. This would later prove to be the final of four terms for PJ Patterson and the PNP.

4. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II made her fifth visit to Jamaica in March. The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh spent two days here, from the 5th to the 7th of March.

5. Damian Marley won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album with his second album Halfway Tree.

6. Miss Jamaica Universe 2002 was won by Sanya Hughes who would later go on to star in the final instalment of the blockbuster movie franchise Pirates of the Caribbean.

7. Jamaica sent 88 men and women to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England where they won seventeen medals including four gold.

8. The Jamaica Conference Centre won a World Travel Award and later participated in the World Travel Fair in Yokohama, Japan from September 20-22.

9. The Access to Information Act, 2002 was passed in June 2002 and represented a new era in transparency, giving the Jamaican people access to official government information which was previously off limits.

10. The Jamaican film Shottas starring names such as Kymani Marley, Munair Zacca and Claudette Pious was released.



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