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Stories by Paul H. Williams

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...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

The stories of the origins of Judaism, one of the world's major monotheistic religions, are many, and Jews, the observers of Judaism, differ even among themselves when it was firmly established as a significant religious faith. It is the major...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Judaism is one of the major religions in the world, and is usually referenced as the world's first monotheistic religion. There is a belief in only one God, the same one that other religions believe in.Thus, Jews do not believe in the concept of the...

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

BEIT BERL, Israel:It is a matter of land, the decades-old dispute between the Palestinians and the Israelis, especially since the Jewish state of Israel was established in 1948 on lands which each side claims belong to it.The disputed territory,...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

By the end of the Six-Day War of 1967 the Israelis had occupied Syria's Golan Heights and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Three years later, Anwar Sadat replaced Gamal Abdel Nasser as Egypt's president. He wanted the United States to persuade its ally,...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

It was December 1976, a period of intense political tribalism and violence in Jamaica. Things really got out of hand as the leaders of the two major political parties had lost control of the situation.To bring back the love and unity, reggae icon...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

When Diana Cooper-Clark was a little girl living on Swallowfield Avenue in St Andrew, she was a "voracious" reader. One day when she ran out of books, she randomly selected one of her father's and went into her yard to read under a lignum vitae tree...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 11:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Jamaica has a long and colourful social and political history that is documented in diverse places. But the history of the island's flora (plants) and fauna (animals), some of which are endemic, is much longer. And one institution that is preserving...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 11:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Ten thousand dollars was what patrons paid to participate in Farm to Table, held at Orange Hall Estates in St Ann on Sunday, November 6. This is much money by many standards, but it was not so much for the vast array of food and drinks that was...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 11:06 AMPaul H. Williams

This time around it is a drum. About 20 feet long, it has to be the longest in Jamaica, and perhaps in all of the Caribbean. And it is not just a gigantic showpiece, it is functional as was demonstrated on Sunday, November 6, after it was unveiled...

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