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Stories by Paul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | November 25, 2022 | 10:22 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The Mico University College Alumni Association (MOSA) is 100 years old. The Mico University College is 86 years older. And, on the evening of Saturday, November 19, these venerable institutions combined to host the 2022 Gold Medal Awards Banquet, a...

Published:Friday | November 25, 2022 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The length and breadth of Jamaica is replete with idyllic scenes and mesmerising vistas: quaint fishing villages, little board houses perched on hillsides, other-worldly seascapes, rivers meandering under ancient stone bridges, sparkling cascades...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Was it the Talk of the Town? Their North Street rivals may say the jury is still out, but St George’s College stepped out in style for the school’s Hall of Fame cocktail reception and induction ceremony inside Talk of the Town at The Jamaican...

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

In Africa, every year the Igbo and other peoples hold a New Yam festival at the end of the rainy season in early August. The iri ji (new-yam eating) festival is to observe the end of a harvest and the beginning of the next work cycle. Yam is not...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2022 | 12:12 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Whether the occasion is a party, ritual, wedding, funeral, festival or church, Nigerians always pull out the stops to look their best. From casual chic to regal elegance, they are forever making a fashion statement. And they did not miss a beat at...

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

When Jamaica became Independent in August 1962, it did not totally sever political ties with the British colonisers. The day-to-day administration of the country was put into the hands of a prime minister, but the monarch, to be represented by a...

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Howard Cooke was the master teacher, who became an education minister and governor general. He was succeeded by another scholar and educator, Professor Kenneth Octavius Hall, a man who had a long and distinguished career in the field of education....

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Should any of our six governors general be designated the one who ascended farthest from the grass roots to the highest office in the land, it would have to be Sir Howard Cooke more than any other. He was born on October 13, 1915, into a family...

Published:Friday | October 7, 2022 | 12:08 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

In August, Jamaica celebrated 60 years of Independence, having been a sovereign nation since 1962. And, on Saturday, October 1, The Federal Republic of Nigeria celebrated 62 years of Independence. This is significant since both countries were once...

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2022 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

In 1946, at age nine, Norma Fay Hamilton was challenged by a Rastafarian who was paving a road to “study the history of Africa” after seeing her walking with an oversized book on the history of England. And, it seems like the young Hamilton took...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Ronald Perry is slim and wiry, but when he slaps the Kumina drum, the power with which he does is belies his narrow built. The power also emanate through his animated style, which makes for an enthralling piece of theatre. But there is nothing...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The number of original English parishes in Jamaica was seven, that was in 1664. The research revealed that it was Thomas Modyford, governor from 1664-73, who fist divided the island into parishes, a series of church enclaves. The parish of St...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

On July 13, 2017, there was a massive gathering, the second ‘HOPE for Jamaica’ town hall meeting, at Springfield, St Thomas on the property where a Goodyear tyre factory was established, and closed about 25 years ago. The media blitz was to...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

“We don’t realise just how bountiful St Thomas is,” Nzinga Allen, who lives in the said parish, stated with a smile. Yet, she herself actually knows. And, so she and her family, including her daughter, son and husband are not sitting with their...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

St Thomas is nestled in the bosom of nature. St Thomas is steeped in Jamaican history and heritage. Simply, St Thomas is alluring and arresting. Forget the present deplorable road conditions for a moment, and imagine where the completed roads will...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Beauty queens Toni-Ann Singh and her cousin, Tashoma Calvin, did not put Bath, St Thomas on the map. That honour goes to Jacob, a runaway enslaved African who worked on Colonel Stanton’s estate, located in the east of the parish. It was on the...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

For decades, St Thomas has been fraught with lack of developmental issues, and over the years it has come to be known as the ‘Forgotten Parish’. It has much historical and heritage value, and is endowed with interesting geographical features, some...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

On Saturday, September 10, Aston ‘Heale Dread’ Richards celebrated his 60th birthday, just over a month after Jamaica had observed its own 60th anniversary of Independence by way of a diamond jubilee. Yet, while he believes that he is on a path of...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Whether it was because they were happy that the two-year hiatus engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic was over, or that the significance of Emancipation Day was not lost on them, or that the admission was free, or a combination thereof, patrons...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:12 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

After a pandemic-forced two-year hiatus, man and beast will team up at the starting line in just over a week’s time for the return of the highly anticipated donkey races in Crofts Hill, Clarendon, on Independence Day. With the 2022 title and...

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2022 | 12:10 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Earl Smith stood among several emotional onlookers in the Sutton Memorial Cemetery in Clarendon on Tuesday as an excavator began digging a nine-by-20-foot grave to inter a Clarendon mother and her four children, who were killed last month. Wearing...

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2022 | 12:07 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

The state minister of industry, investment and commerce is promising to energise efforts to address long-standing issues that have stymied the development of Jamaica’s medical ganja industry. “We are aware of the long-standing issues that continue...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2022 | 12:09 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Under the patronage of Juliet Holness, the member of parliament for East Rural St Andrew, the Cecil Cooper Foundation was launched during the inaugural scholarship exhibition staged at the Olympia Gallery in Papine, St Andrew, on Friday, June 17....

Published:Monday | June 20, 2022 | 12:09 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

Epican Jamaica last week unveiled 16 rare strains of cannabis to the local market. In October 1997, Epican Jamaica was one of the first two entities to have been granted licences by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA). Its president and co-...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2022 | 12:08 AMPaul H. Williams/Gleaner Writer

It was an evening of claims and refutations, agreements and disagreements, reflections and desires, and at points it got emotional and passionate. It could not be any other way, for it was the launch of long-standing social advocate Horace Levy’s...

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