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Published:Monday | October 9, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican man living in Brooklyn, New York, has been hospitalised amid reports that he was beaten by guards while serving a 188-month sentence in a New Hampshire prison. Oneil McKenzie, who was convicted for possession with intent to distribute...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2023 | 12:11 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Leaders in the diaspora have voiced their concerns about the rising indiscipline in Jamaican schools and are calling for programmes to stem the tide. The diaspora leaders made their call following recent incidents at two rural schools where...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2023 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A 10-member robotics team, sponsored by the United States-based non-profit organisation Union of Jamaica Alumni Association (UJAA), is Singapore bound to compete in the Robotics Olympics. The Olympics will run from October 7-10. Team members are...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

An iconic Bronx-based institution, Wembley Athletic Sports Club, has closed its doors after more than 50years of operation. The present president, on whose watch the facility closed, Addiambo Balewa, confirmed to The Gleaner that the location has...

Published:Tuesday | October 3, 2023 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A high-level delegation from Jamaica, led by Senator Aubyn Hill, the country’s minister of industry, investment and commerce, recently held investment discussions in New York with several private and governmental organisations, aimed at boosting...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith last week reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to world peace while calling for developed countries and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2023 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Cardiologist Dr Bryan A. Smith has been appointed a Presidential Fellow for 2023- 2024 in the United States. Dr Smith, who is of Jamaican descent, follows in the footsteps of Dr Garth Walker, who was named a White House Fellow in 2021-2022, and...

Published:Monday | September 25, 2023 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Dr Robert Clarke has described a recently concluded health mission to Jamaica as exhausting but very rewarding. Speaking with The Gleaner, Clarke said he was always left with a good feeling when giving back to Jamaica and assisting people who are...

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A team of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare medical practitioners has been in Jamaica since September 6, visiting underserved communities across the island, where they have been providing medical services to those in need. Led by Dr Robert...

Published:Monday | September 11, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Construction is to begin shortly on a new two-bedroom house for 14-year-old Adrianna Laing, almost one year to the date that she suffered major burns requiring major life-saving surgeries. The fire that occurred at the house she shared with her...

Published:Saturday | September 9, 2023 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK, NY: The Garvey School, situated on Baychester Avenue in the Bronx, which reopened at the start of the new school year last Thursday, is facing an uncertain future as the landlord for the building it now occupies is looking to reclaim the...

Published:Friday | September 8, 2023 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

WITH SCHOOLS in New York City reopening this week, among the people charged with ensuring that the reopening process for the city’s public schools goes smoothly is Jamaica-born Dr Rushell White. White, who is deputy superintendent in the city’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 6, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

City University of New York (CUNY) is to offer five scholarships to honour the late entertainer and civil rights leader Harry Belafonte. This was announced by New York Governor Kathy Hochul at the West Indian Labour Day Parade, held in Brooklyn on...

Published:Monday | September 4, 2023 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A 25-member health mission drawn from New York and New Jersey will arrive in the island on September 6 for a nine-day visit. Headed by Dr Robert Clarke, chief medical adviser for the Northeast Diaspora, the health mission is under the auspices of...

Published:Tuesday | August 29, 2023 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations (UJAA), a United States-based organisation, is hoping to raise US$20,000 to help send an 11-member team to the upcoming seventh First Global Challenge (FGC), an Olympics-style robotics competition to be held...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2023 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Jamaica’s consul general to New York, Alsion Wilson, says plans for the construction of a US$1 million robotics training centre at The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Faculty of Medical Sciences by the Hartford Healthcare Center for...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2023 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has urged Jamaicans in the diaspora to adopt clinics in Jamaica as part of efforts to improve the island’s healthcare delivery system. “Forty-five clinics have already been adopted (by the diaspora) but...

Published:Saturday | August 19, 2023 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) is investigating an incident at Norman Manley International Airport in the early hours of last Friday, August 11, where a Jamaican national entering the country was threatened by an immigration...

Published:Monday | August 14, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-five years ago, a group of Jamaicans living in New Jersey gathered to discuss ways to honour Ardene High School student, Jody-Ann Maxwell on becoming the first Jamaican and Caribbean-born person to win the Scripps-Howard Spelling Bee...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2023 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: The Jamaican Government, through its consulate in New York, is monitoring the catastrophic wildfires in Hawaii in the United States to see if any Jamaicans have been impacted. The fires, which started on Tuesday night and have been...

Published:Friday | August 11, 2023 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Courtney Washington is today creating fashion for many well-known celebrities and moving in circles that are exclusive; however, his journey to the top has been adorned with many twists and turns. Born in lower Franklin Town, the ‘other side’ of...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2023 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans in the diaspora have described as inappropriate the decision by the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to present a Key to the City to Trinidadian soca artiste Machel Montano during Sunday’s Grand Gala celebrations on...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A number of Jamaicans in the diaspora have been recognised among this year’s list of recipients of national honours. There is Dr Bertram Melbourne, who will be made a member of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for his...

Published:Monday | August 7, 2023 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Organization of New Jersey (JON-J) has offered a public apology to Jamaica’s consul general in New York, Alsion Wilson, and Ambassador Audrey Marks for recent comments made by President Emeritus Linval James. In its letter, sent to...

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2023 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Organization of New Jersey (JON-J) is in damage control mode following what has been described as an intemperate outburst by the its President Emeritus, Linval James, during an official function at city hall in East Orange. The office...

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