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Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

On Monday, we will observe Heroes' Day to reflect on the work and achievements of seven people who have received our highest national honour possible, National Hero. They are Nanny of the Maroons, Marcus Garvey, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon,...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:On October 11, 1865, disgruntled peasants, led by Paul Bogle, marched from Stony Gut to Morant Bay in St Thomas to voice their grievance over social and economic challenges and what they considered the injustice that was being...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

It was billed as one of the major events of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, and people turned up on Saturday night at Stony Gut, St Thomas, in great numbers, in the dark.Nevertheless, it was a festive...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Jamaicans are today marking the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, one of the defining events in the country's history.To commemorate this special anniversary, the St Thomas Parish Development Committee is collaborating with the Ministry...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

THE IMMEDIATE post-Emancipation period in Jamaica was a time of great socio-economic hardship, especially for former enslaved Africans, who were not socially and financially prepared for full freedom. There were cries for justice, which the...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Jerald 'Maas Jimmy' Walker, late of Seaforth, St Thomas, was known the world over as a master Kumina drummer and drum-maker. And for years he drummed for the National Dance Theatre Company.In an article written about him in The Gleaner in 2009, he...

Published:Saturday | September 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:The Malongo tradition is a Congolese religion in which there is a belief in one supreme God, even though there are many other nature deities. There is also a great reverence for nature. And according to Cuban Malongo priest,...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Before Christianity was introduced into Africa, Africans had their own structured cosmology, at the centre of which was a reverence for and a relationship with nature. It also embodied a spiritual connection between the living and the departed, to...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

On Saturday, September 12, Jerald Isaiah Walker, also known as 'Jimmy', 'Maas Jimmy', 'James Walker', and 'Kimbellie', was interred in the Seaforth Burial Scheme Cemetery after a thanksgiving service in...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

MORANT BAY, St Thomas:When Congolese were settled in Jamaica as indentured labourers to ease the labour shortage on some plantations after Emancipation, they continued to practise their traditional religious rituals, such as Kumina, which has a high...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

It was given to Jamaica as an Independence gift but, after 53 years, Trench Town High School is no more, leaving some of its illustrious alumni broken-hearted and sad.The facility is to be transformed into a career training institution while the...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

CHARLES TOWN, Portland:If Colonel Frank Lumsden were looking on last weekend, he would have been pleased at the turnout to pay respects to him and to celebrate his life, work, and achievements. It was three nights of glowing tributes and diverse...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Due to the sensitive nature of the story, the correct name of the subject will not be disclosed. He, however, lives in eastern Jamaica, and is thus 'renamed' Mr East.East has his own church, and for more than 40 years, he said, he has been smoking...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

O'Shane Reid told his friends at the University of the West Indies (UWI) recently, that should he die, they should cry, not celebrate.Today, his friends are in tears. The glossy eyes and the sad tone of their voices betrayed the grief that UWI...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

CHARLES TOWN, Portland:The Maroon community, local and overseas, is celebrating the life of Colonel Frank Lumsden, former leader of the Charles Town Maroons of Portland. He passed away at his home on August 18 at age 73.In accordance with the...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Colonel Frank Lumsden of the Charles Town Maroons died at home on Tuesday after battling cancer for a few years.After studying and working in the United States for many years, Lumsden returned to Jamaica in 1998. He was born in 1942 in Buff Bay, not...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

PORT ANTONIO, Portland:Among other things, Portland is known for its yellow-heart breadfruit, which, like other types of breadfruit, is cooked and roasted. Uncooked and cooked breadfruit is also fried, and jerked breadfruit is offered at some jerk...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

CHEESEFIELD, St Catherine:In Cheesefield, St Catherine, if you asked people in their late 40s, and perhaps older, who taught them in basic school, invariably you will be told Miss English.For decades, Letriana English had laid the educational...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

In this the 150th anniversary of the Morant Bay Uprising, the St Thomas Parish Development Committee is hosting a series of events and activities.Yesterday, some members of the committee - Custos Marcia Bennett, Mayor of Morant Bay Ludlow Mathison,...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

'I will not be caught dead in that place', 'Dat deh place dung deh soh, no sah', 'It too volatile, no way' and 'Anything can happen, just so, and yuh dead' are some of the utterances you might have heard about August Town, situated in eastern St...

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

CHEESEFIELD, St Catherine:It is located at the top of the district of Time and Patience in St Catherine, but you will not find Cheesefield on the map.It was by chance this writer came upon the quiet district with a very interesting name. I was in...

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

"Dip dem, Bedward, dip dem, dip dem in the healing stream. Dip dem deep, but not too deep, dip dem fi cure bad feeling" is part of a well-known Jamaican folk song.It's actually about the legendary folk hero, Revivalist,...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

SOUTHAVEN, St Thomas:The wind is strong and the waves are high at Southaven, Yallahs, St Thomas. The weather is ideal for surfing. The Jamaica Surfing Association (JSA) saw this, and for nine years has hosted the Makka Pro International Surfing...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

There is a worldwide belief that food nourished by chemical fertilisers and those genetically modified can cause prolonged ill health and, eventually, death. There are calls from government and non-government stakeholders for a ban on the growth and...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul H. Williams

Last Sunday, in a ceremony that lasted more than five hours, Bishop O'Neil Miller, his congregation and well-wishers sang, danced, preached, and trumped as they celebrated the ninth anniversary of Bishop Miller's Apostolic Sabbath Church."It is my...

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