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Published:Sunday | November 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Larry Henriques, organiser of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club Rally Jamaica 2015, which takes place next weekend, announced a highly competitive field of drivers at Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, St Andrew, on Thursday...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The person at the microphone makes a point (a 'speech', not in the extended form, but a compact, emphatically expressed opinion in street parlance), an appropriate song is played with precise timing to support the speech, the crowd roars.The music...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In the stereotypical Jamaican traffic scenario, there is always an 'eediat drive' on the road. Other motorists and their passengers, as well as pedestrians, can see the vehicle which has offended 'road sense' (if not...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

A measure of the attention Jamaican popular music has paid to marijuana is that the various artistes' Hi Grade Ganja Anthems albums themed around the topic reached volume four last year. And remember that these are songs solely about marijuana - its...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As the silent disco makes its debut in the general Jamaican party market, it is stacked up against a culture of music consumption at high volume in a country which continues to produce vast amounts of its own popular music.While it (high volume) is...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With longer loan terms being offered on new vehicles, and financing going up to 100 per cent, purchasers could end up owing more than their comprehensive insurance coverage payout if the vehicle is written off early into the repayment period.

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

"Don't blame my people for the guns in the ghettoA yu bring dem dung deh, bring dem dung dehYes these guns my people use to take the life of one anotherA yu bring dem dung deh, bring dem dung dehWe no have no Smith and Wesson gun factory in the...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

On Monday evening, the Caribbean's first digital publishing conference, #theonlinemind, officially opened at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, the brief ceremony signalling the beginning of a slate of panels and presentations.Organised by the...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Donald 'Iceman' Anderson, whose recently released Breadfruit Tree comedy album is being distributed through Tuff Gong, has honed his talents at the School of Drama, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Still, with an extensive...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With a general election in the air, with only the date to be announced (since it may have already been set by those who have power over such things) come-reds and 'come-greens' have been sorting out their candidates in the particularly passionate...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While they might not put out advertisements with Christmas carols, reindeer, and Santa Claus, it is customary for used-car dealers to cut prices on vehicles at the upper part of the car importation at about...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tee dot Oh dot Kay is not very okay these days. T.O.K, the quartet of Alex, Bay-C, Craigy T and Flexx, has revealed the fissures in their unit of over 20 years public. And, although T.O.K may still work out their differences, when the disagreements...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Carifesta XII, the biannual regional arts and culture gathering, which this year took place in Haiti, has been over for nearly two months. Still, Dr L'Antoinette Stines, founder of the L'Acadco - A United Caribbean Dance Force, glows as she recalls...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Salt fish was involved in the progression of events culminating at Morant Bay, St Thomas, in October 1865, and 100 years later, salt fish was critical to a very young Clinton Hutton in Jericho, Hanover, becoming fascinated with that period in...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Today at the new Morant Bay Courthouse in St Thomas, the dramatic production - The Trial of Governor Edward John Eyre - will revisit in a legal way, the uprising of October 1865, which led to widespread repression in St Thomas. It is a good time to...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Anniversaries can be dangerous things. For one, there tends to be an emphasis on the time that has elapsed rather than on the worth of what has transpired over the period. A few years ago, we were celebrating Jamaica's 50th anniversary of political...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is actually a breadfruit tree in Donald 'Iceman' Anderson's yard. It has long been a scene and source of inspiration. Under its branches, the comedian/singer/actor and briefly radio show host has developed much food for his artistry. And, by...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow is National Heroes Day, a centrepiece of which is the ceremony at King's House in which a number of outstanding Jamaicans will be publicly and officially invested with their awards. There will be...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

As he plans the 15th staging of the Extravaganza branded with his name, sound system operator and media personality 'G.T.' Taylor intends to stage what he calls a 360-degree event. With this in place, there...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Two fishermen from Old Harbour Bay will be among those honoured in the Spanish Town, St Catherine, tomorrow when the nation marks National Heroes Day.They will be recognised for deeds on sea and land. Boat Captain Cyril 'Mackerel' Campbell will be...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 11:07 PMMel Cooke

Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Jamaican dealers in Ford, Subaru and Jeep, is a staple along Spanish Town Road. Now they have another St Andrew address; this time a bit closer to the Cross Roads and New Kingston business districts.The new-car...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While there is a consistent slate of formalised entertainment events across the island, the boom from the boxes and bubbling of the booties hit a crescendo during holiday periods. Naturally then, after each peak there is a lull, then the next...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The Natural High-produced album Urban Roots is a refreshing reminder that a various-artistes collection need not be a riddim-driven set. Initial expectations of a number of performers trying to eke out diversity from the same musical bed were...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In welcoming all on Wednesday morning to the official presentation of the slate of activities for next month's #theonlinemind conference, Joan Pinkney said, "It is an interesting and challenging time for all in the publishing arena." The Jamaican...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

While Jamaica celebrated the tourism industry last week, in Black River, the residents enjoy their tourism week around Christmas Day, when an annual event lures visitors to a sleepy seaside town.Black River, the St Elizabeth capital, pays the...

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