Jamaica 2006

Compiled by O'Neil Grant | Tuesday, November 20, 2012 |

1. On August 9, Louise Bennett-Coverley, one of Jamaica's renowned folklorist, is laid to rest. Her remains are interred at the National Heroes Park.

2. Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were chosen as Male and Female Athletes of the Year. Asafa was also at the pinnacle of his career as he gained the number-one spot then equalled the world record of 9.77 seconds twice.

3. The Digicel Rising Stars in its second season took Jamaica by storm. In this season, Chris Martin, then just 18, won the first place over St Elizabeth 'skellion' farmer Noddy Virtue.

4. In August, the relevant ministry began an Education Transformation Project aimed at constructing and upgrading a number of schools in phases to eliminate costly travel, provide more adequate space, furniture and materials for learning.

5. This was the year of great emphasis placed on women. The spotlight was on the rights of women, supported by the United Nations. The main focus was on the abuse of women and girls, notably in situations of domestic violence.

6. Native-bred horse Miracle Man wins the US$100,000 Confraternity Classic over nine furlongs at the El Comandante racetrack in Puerto Rico.

7. On November 16, coach Bora Milutinovic was brought to Jamaica to re-energise the Jamaican national football team 'Reggae Boyz'.

8. Perry Henzel, director of the Jamaican classic The Harder They Come, starring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, dies on November 30.

9. The Trafigura political scandal sweeps the island after it is revealed that the Dutch company disbursed funds to the leading party People's National Party during their bitter internal elections. The funds are alleged to have been returned.

10. Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller ended the year on a dramatic note with the postponement of elections for another year.



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