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Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

At the recent launch of Academic Writing for Creole-Influenced Students, author Dr Vivette Milson-Whyte included her experiences as a student in establishing the book's context.The launch was held at the Undercroft at the University of the West...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

In giving details on next Sunday's Jamaica Off-Road Navigation Rally and Obstacle Course, Jamaica Off-Road Challenge (JORC) executive Craig Powell made it clear that the four-wheel-drive event is for fun.He was speaking at the official launch of the...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The King James Version of the Bible was ready for the colonisation project of the Caribbean. By the time the British, through Admiral Penn and General Venables, took Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655, the King James Version was ready for introduction...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Sitting in a bus and listening to the guide en route to a first-hand look at the Pacific Ocean end of the Panama Canal, it sounds as if there is a Panama BC (Before Canal) and a Panama AD (After Domination, with the handover to Panamanian control in 1999)...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

At Calabash 2009, held in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, when Kwame Dawes read the bios of writers in a particularly popular session, Anthony Winkler's name was last. The other persons were Staceyann Chin and Edward Seaga, as Calabash followed the...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Bass guitar player Taddy P and singer Lord Laro were the performers advertised for Friday's Bassline at Redbones Blues Cafe, New Kingston, but several vocalists also contributed to a night where there was a strong sense of community. In that vein,...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There is no shortage of biblical references in Jamaican popular music, where the sacred and the secular are cheek and jowl, most times comfortably. Toots and the Maytals list from Genesis to Ruth in Six and Seven Books of Moses, The Melodians use...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Sponsorship woes are not new to Sting, and the 2015 staging is following a familiar pattern of uncertainty. Three months before the event, Supreme Promotions' Isaiah Laing, Heavy D, and DiMario McDowell tell The Sunday Gleaner that there are no...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 11:06 PMMel Cooke

It is that time of year when the new car dealers present their 2016 models. Naturally, then, it is time for Automotives to get behind the steering wheels of the freshly introduced, upgraded and redesigned models and have a whale of a time tootling...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There was a time when I was able to literally touch the music which moved me at will. Not the sound, of course, but the aural experience was accompanied by the opportunity to hold the medium that carried it to me.It started with the vinyl records in...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Joseph Emanuel's 17-track Christian-gospel CD, Born Again, breathes sincerity and its attendant enthusiasm throughout. Within its first two tracks the album also shows the variation in pace and delivery which mark the set.Emanuel opens singing the...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

With tussles over candidate selection, the two major political parties assessing their respective readiness (one publicly more put together than the other) and the third party excusing itself from the poll, the time for national...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There was a 2016 Q7 just inside the entrance, four on the showroom floor, and for good measure, one upstairs at the Audi Santa Maria dealership, Panama City, Panama, on Wednesday night, as the fully redesigned large luxury SUV was introduced to...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tomorrow is yet another anniversary of 11/9 (the month and day out in the order to which I am accustomed, not because the English of our major colonisers is superior to America's, but because the date has significance outside of the Trade Centre...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The flooring is steady and the lighting adequate inside the Old Harbour Bay Fisherman Co-op building in the seaside St Catherine community. Boat captain Cyril 'Mackerel' Campbell is calm as he goes back 22 years and 18 nautical miles offshore to the shifting, treacherous surface of the deep waters on a gloomy May night...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

"Every generation throws a hero up the pop charts," Paul Simon sang in The Boy in the Bubble. While the numerous charts in Jamaica are notoriously flawed - as in lacking any shred of authenticity - the cycle of popular entertainers remains an...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Of the numerous outstanding moments for Jamaica in the IAAF World Championships in China, two were especially stirring. In the order in which they happened, there was O'Dayne Richards' bronze medal in the shot put and Novlene Williams-Mills' final...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Yesterday morning, the voices of Winsome Benjamin and Phillip Frazer were among those in studio at KOOL FM, Braemar Avenue, New Kingston.While there is nothing remarkable about performers' voices in a radio station, it is noteworthy that the two...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Today, Automotives continues its series about the achievements of the persons after whom some of the country's roads are named. In this season of world-class track and field, we began last week with Herb McKenley Drive and now move on to a road with...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

There have been many chuckles and imitations of Justin Gatlin's break from form at the track and field World Championships in Beijing, China, at the end of the 100m and 200m sprints. With a hand coming up and over his shoulder as Gatlin follows...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Numbers are notoriously hard to come by in Jamaican popular music - not that the avoidance of public accounting is specific to music related to the land of wood and water, but when the unstructured nature of the business is combined with a general...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

The saying 'free paper bun', is especially popular at this time of year as the long summer holiday period draws to a close and preparations for the new academic year peak. The figurative burning of the 'free paper' (certification of manumission in...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

I would hope that my stance on Jamaican beauty competitions has been somewhat established, although there is a whiff of arrogance to my believing that anything I have written on the matter is significant enough to be remembered. If it has been, a...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Tanto Metro and Devonte are approaching 20 years as an official duo after solidifying their musical bond with the Billboard-charting Everyone Falls in Love, recorded in 1997. It was also the name of their first album, done for Donovan Germain's...

Published:Sunday | August 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke

Everyone Falls in Love literally made the duo Tanto Metro and Devonte the 1997 Billboard-charting single, solidifying a bond of friendship which had made the Penthouse Records single possible in the first place. After that success, they have been a...

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