Essay on Tonic: Jamaica and Prime Minister

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Jamaica is the 4th largest island nation of the Greater Antilles,234 kilometres)in length, up to 80 kilometres in width, and 10,990 square kilometres in area. It is situated in the Caribbean Sea, about 145 kilometres south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the 5th largest island country in the Caribbean.The indigenous people, the Taíno, called it Xaymaca in Arawakan. meaning the "Land of Wood and Water" or the "Land of Springs".Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, in 1655 it came under the rule of England (later Great Britain), and was called Jamaica. It achieved full independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962.With 2.8 million people, it is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada. Kingston is the country's largest city, with a population of 937,700, and its capital.Jamaica has a large diaspora around the world consisting of Jamaican citizens migrating from the country. Jamaica is a Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Jamaica and head of state. Her appointed representative in the country is the Governor-General of Jamaica, currently Sir Patrick Allen. The head of government and Prime Minister of Jamaica is currently Portia Simpson-Miller. Jamaica is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy with legislative power vested in the bicameral Parliament of Jamaica, consisting of an appointed Senate and a directly elected House of Representatives.

| The Population in Jamaica was reported at 2.71 millions persons in 2009, according to the International Monetary FundI .In 2015, Jamaica's Population is expected to be 2.74 millions persons. In 2009, Jamaica's economy share of world total GDP, adjusted by Purchasing Power Parity, was 0.03 percent. In 2015, Jamaica's share of world total GDP is forecasted to be 0.03 percent. This page includes a charthistorical data and forecast for Jamaica's Population. | Montego Bay, Lucea, Black River, Mandevile ,Port Maria ,Port Antonio ,Falmouth ,St.Anns Bay ,May Pen ,Spanish Town, Half way Tree ,Kingston ,Port Morant , Savana La Mar .
Constitutional parliamentary democracy which is based on a representational and responsible government system. Jamaica also has a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of England being the Head of State, and the 1962 Constitution somewhat mirrors the British Westminster-Whitehall System of Government. Although, Jamaica is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, it is a unitary state. Free elections are held every 4 years when the citizens of Jamaica elect their own government, which is led by the Prime Minister. Religion is an important part of life for Jamaicans. More than 80 percent are Christian. Most practice Anglicanism, Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism. The Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Bahai religions are also practiced, as is Rastafarianism. Nearly one hundred thousand Jamaicans are Rastafarians. Rastafarians are members of a Jamaican messianic (based on the belief in a savior) movement that began in the 1930s. According to Rastafarian belief, the only true God is the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie (originally known as Ras Tafari) and Ethiopia is the true holy land. Rastafarians place great emphasis on spirituality and meditation and the individual. The singular being "I" and the plural being "I and I." They also use ganja (marijuana) in their religious rites. Rastafarians are known for wearing their hair in dreadlocks, wearing beards as a sign of a pact with God, and carrying Bibles. Rastafarianism is known outside of Jamaica mainly because its famous believer, the late reggae musician Bob Marley, was an international star.

The $50 bill: The fifty dollar bill bears the image of Samuel Sharpe, one of Jamaica's National Heroes.

The $100 bill: The one hundred dollar bill features Donald Sangster, the second (and shortest serving) Prime Minister of…