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Stories by Paul H. Williams

Published:Saturday | June 17, 2017 | 6:04 AMPaul H. Williams

Mormonism, the Christian movement founded by Joseph Smith in New York in the 1820s, is regarded by Mormons as the only true church. And, obviously, its doctrines, beliefs and practices have set Mormons apart from other Christian denominations. Some...

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 6:00 AMPaul H. Williams

From Thursday, June 22 to Sunday the 25th, the Maroon community of Charles Town in Portland will be hosting its ninth international Maroon conference under the theme 'Maroons and the African diaspora: Learning from the past, looking to the future'."...

Published:Tuesday | June 13, 2017 | 6:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Some persons were stunned and angry when they saw the bust of National Hero Marcus Garvey unveiled in the courtyard of the Faculty of Humanities and Education on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies on Friday, May 19.The tenor of the...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 6:00 AMPaul H. Williams

There is a feeling that a career in agriculture is not glamorous, and one that the youngsters are not interested in, despite the fact that we need agriculture to stay alive.Agricultural science has never been a popular GCE/CSEC subject for high...

Published:Saturday | June 10, 2017 | 6:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Joseph Smith, it is said, founded Mormonism in New York in the 1820s. He and his followers moved from state to state to avoid persecution. They settled and bought the town of Commerce in Illinois, which they renamed...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 6:04 AMPaul H. Williams

The Mormons say that their Christian denomination is the only true Church since it was founded by Joseph Smith through divine authority. Yet, like many other denominations, their theology is underpinned by the...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Last Tuesday evening, only a few days after he celebrated his 100th birthday, former colonel of the Moore Town Maroons in Portland, Charles L. G. Harris, made the transition into the ancestral realms.Colonel Harris was a distinguished graduate of...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul H. Williams

He was not slated to perform, but Frederick 'Freddie' McGregor acquiesced when he was invited onstage by Hugh Douse, artistic director of the Nexus Performing Arts Company, which was singing a medley of his hit songs called Big Ship Suite, and...

Published:Saturday | May 27, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Joseph Smith of New York, it is said, was confused about which Christian denomination he should become a part of, so he prayed to God to find the answer. In the spring of 1820, he said he got a vision, in which God instructed him not to join any of...

Published:Wednesday | May 24, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Last Friday, Professor Archibald McDonald, pro-vice-chancellor and principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus, and Professor Rahamon Adisa Bello, vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos in Nigeria, unveiled a bust of the...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2017 | 5:04 AMPaul H. Williams

On Saturday, May 13, Kevin Brown, Mormon high councillor, told Family and Religion of the challenges and joy of being a Mormon for 32 years. Yet, Mormonism is not a popular movement in Jamaica. Thus, Family and Religion went exploring.The research...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Natanyel Ben Israel was born in the United States in the 1960s. He studied art in Europe and worked in the field of law enforcement. Over the years he attended the Baptist and Seventh-Day Adventist churches, and the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 5:00 AMPaul H. Williams

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Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 AMPaul H. Williams

When George Fox, born July 1624 in Leicester, England, died in 1691, he left over 50,000 members of the Society of Friends, or the Religious Society of Friends, of which he was widely regarded as the founder.It is said that the movement evolved out...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 3:00 AMPaul H. Williams

On Sunday, January 8, a truck driven by a Palestinian ran over a group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, Israel, killing four people and wounding 15 others. Israeli police and rescue services said that the incident was one of the deadliest attacks...

Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 3:00 AMPaul H. Williams

In the garden of the performing arts there is a Rose called Bunny, and he is as nimble as that little, four-legged creature, but much more talented. He plays many musical instruments; sings different genre of songs in English, Spanish, German,...

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 2:00 AMPaul H. Williams

If Israel is the Holy Land, then, Jerusalem, its capital, is the Holy City. And within that city there is a section that is surrounded by a thick and high wall.It is called the Old City, a place with a long history of religious conflicts, and is...

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 2:00 AMPaul H. Williams

This was on Monday, February 6. A big, blue and red, two-headed drum was transported, firmly secured on a flatbed truck, from Orange Hall Estates in St Ann to the National Gallery of Jamaica at Ocean Boulevard downtown Kingston.The 30-foot drum,...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 1:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The story of Moore Town, located in the Blue and John Crow Mountains of eastern Jamaica, is steeped in Maroon history and heritage.The Maroons in Jamaica resisted and escaped from slavery, an institution of plantation servitude perpetuated by...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 1:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Jerusalem:An Israel-based start-up is helping blind and visually impaired people to read. Established in 2015, Jerusalem-based OrCam, has developed a device, which they call MyEye.MyEye is a portable, artificial vision device that responds to simple...

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2017 | 1:47 AMPaul H. Williams

The story goes that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem of Judea, but it is Nazareth that he is commonly associated with. In the New Testament, the city is described as the childhood home of Jesus, thus Jesus Christ of Nazareth. However, some modern...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 1:00 AMPaul H. Williams

One of the grave human tragedies of World War II in Europe between 1939 and 1945 was the Holocaust. In what is known as Germany's Hitler's 'Final Solution', the tyrannical Fuhrer instructed his soldiers to exterminate Jews and other minorities.To...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 1:00 AMPaul H. Williams

There are many songs about the 'man from Galilee'. That man is called Jesus, which some people believe is the figment of someone's imagination. But, to Christians the world over, he is real, the Messiah sent by God to save the world from sin.He is...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 1:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel:Jerusalem, a hilly composite of the ancient and the ultra-modern, may be the spiritual, religious, historical, and administrative capital of Israel, and Tel Aviv-Yafo, a pulsating Mediterranean seaside municipality, is the...

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2017 | 1:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Religious Jews participate in rituals of birth, marriage and death, and observe harvest festival and holy days. For instance, on the first Sabbath following birth, a baby-naming ceremony (Simchat Bat) is held for a girl. At this ceremony, the father...

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