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Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Six years ago, Ryan Blake dreaded mathematics. All those numbers, angles, theories. The thought alone would make him shudder. "I hated it. I was more into the arts," he said. "I loved English and reading, but math was a real problem."

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The National Gallery of Jamaica has announced that its Saturday Art-Time children's programme will be continuing in 2011, resuming on January 15.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

A winter ball at a Vermont high school has been cancelled in part because of slow ticket sales caused by a ban on the style of dancing called grinding.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

When I was a youngster, which is not many years ago, it was taboo for men to wear white pants and shoes, pants without back pockets, floral clothes, anklets and bangles, anything pink, earrings, slippers, to press and cream their hair, to 'carry news' and gossip, and to join a school's dance troupe.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Britain's government should release its secrets sooner, the country's deputy prime minister said last Thursday, proposing reforms to strengthen the United Kingdom's relatively new freedom-of-information law.

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM

She passed, without incident, through immigration at Miami International and moved briskly to collect her luggage. As she approached the carousel, she caught sight of the police officers. They stood still, not looking her way but she still felt the urge to run. Deliberately, she slowed her steps and looked again over her shoulder.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The following is the final of our four-part series of excerpts from Marcia Forbes' Music, Media and Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Precisely a year ago, Time magazine revealed that while 65 per cent of the people who made a resolution in 2008 kept their promise for at least part of the year, 35 per cent never even made it past the first week. I believe that the experience of most Jamaicans is similar.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

My reflection on the biggest story of 2010. Much of it, coloured by my own sordid imagination.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The carpets are worn and the rooms have a musty feel. Yet Havana's iconic Hotel Nacional de Cuba, which marked its 80th birthday last Thursday, wears its slightly shabby elegance with pride, an ageing beauty a bit past its prime.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Straight, narrow nose; Small, pouty, pink lips; High cheekbones; Wavy locks; You are beautiful; For a black girl, they say.

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Do you know anything about Enid Bagnold? Well, she was a British author and playwright who lived from October 27, 1889 - March 31, 1981. She, perhaps, is best known for her 1935 story National Velvet, which was made into a 1944 film starring Elizabeth Taylor.

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The cliché has no bounds in Jamaican media. Some words, or terms, have been so overused by reporters, they have become part of the local vocabulary. Many of them continued to get power play in 2010, though there was room for some new gems...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

For John Maxwell He took his pen, pen that's pulse and wrote...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is part three of our four-part series of excerpts from Marcia Forbes' Music, Media and Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Associated Press: As Greece faced a debt crisis, the government passed a series of strict austerity measures, including tax hikes and cutting public sector pay.The move sparked angry protests, strikes and riots across ...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Death, Destruction; So many suffering in her wake; Cholera, plague, The January earthquake, Yet we can't despise God, He makes no mistakes.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Local galleries flew flags at half mast this year to mourn the passing of three Jamaican painters - Albert Huie, Seya Parboosingh and Dawn Scott - all of whom contributed to the golden age of the country's art.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

If you still haven't found the right Christmas gifts for those hard-to-shop-for persons on your list, here's an idea for you - get them some genuine works of art! The National Gallery in Kingston might very well be the place to get all you need.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Usually, big-name authors plug their books on a nationwide book tour. United States President Barack Obama took a lower-key approach last Friday, reading selections from his new children's book to a group of delighted second-graders in suburban Virginia.

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that it has received a painting by internationally renowned Spanish artist, José Manuel Ciria, which was donated to its permanent collection by the artist. The handover of this work took place at the residence of the Spanish ambassador, H.E. Celsa Nuño on Tuesday, December 14...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The following is part two of our four-part series of excerpts from Marcia Forbes' Music, Media and Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica.

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

It's nearly here! Yes, Christmas is so close, you can almost smell the sorrel and ham. Of course, children look forward to this time of year more than anyone and, all around Kingston and St Andrew, store owners and street vendors have stocked up on the staples of every child's festive wish list - toys!

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Associated Press:For Maya Angelou, the holidays bring family and friends to the table to eat, to laugh and to one-up each other."This is a time when people get to 'show out,' as my grandmother used to say," says Angelou, poet, memoirist and civil-rights...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

A number of Jamaican writers have contributed to A Lime Jewel, an anthology of poems and short stories in aid of Haiti. The book, published by London Meetup Group, was launched on October 26.

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