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Published:Saturday | February 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Government is still working to determine how many, if any, Jamaicans are among the close to 40 persons presumed dead after a suspected human-smuggling boat heading from The Bahamas to Florida in the United States capsized two weekends ago....

Published:Thursday | February 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Damara Holness, former president of the Broward County Democratic Black Caucus and daughter of Jamaica-born Florida politician Dale Holness, was on Monday sentenced to 20 months in federal prison after she pleaded guilty to wire fraud. In November...

Published:Monday | January 31, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The question being asked is if the killing of Jamaica-born Peter Spencer is being investigated as a hate crime? Corporal Aaron Allen, liaison officer at the Heritage Affairs Section of the Pennsylvania State Trooper, declined comment on that score...

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The parents of slain Jamaican Peter Spencer have questioned the circumstances under which their son was killed in December 2021 and have called for the authorities in Pennsylvania to bring his killer/s to justice. In an interview with The Gleaner,...

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has called on the Quebec government to rescind imposing a tax on unvaccinated Canadians. In a statement, the CCLA Director of Fundamental Freedoms and acting General Counsel Cara Zwibel said that the...

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Daryl Campbell, whose parents are Jamaican, is the newest member of the Florida State House of Representatives. Campbell emerged victorious in Tuesday’s special election held to fill the seat formerly held by Bobby DuBose. DuBose had given up the...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Activist Brooklyn attorney Colin Moore, who figured in a number of high-profile cases, including the murder trial of Jamaican Collin Ferguson who gunned down several commuters on a Long Island Railway train in the 1990s, has died. Moore was born...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The small business sector in Jamaica, which has the potential to spur economic growth, is the victim of a significant resource gap, both financially and in expertise, according to Stanford University Economics Professor Donald Harris. He said that...

Published:Monday | January 10, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Well-known Jamaica-born South Florida doctor Keith Brady has died. He passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s on December 26. He was 75 years old. Born in Clarendon, Brady attended DeCarteret College before going on to Jamaica College. He...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jasmin Barnaby, a Jamaica-born activist in South Florida in the United States and mother of Cory Shearer, chair of the South Florida Caribbean Caucus, has died at 81 years old. Barnaby, who was born in St Ann, passed away on December 23. Reacting...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Ambassador Courtenay Rattray says that although he was surprised when asked to serve as the new chief of staff – chef de cabinet – to United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres, he is anxious to take up the new challenge. Rattray, who...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Byron LaBeach, the fifth member of that Jamaican record-setting team at the Helsinki Olympics, died on Monday at the age of 91. LaBeach died nearly six months after the death of his wife of 57 years, Joyce. He died at his daughter’s home in...

Published:Saturday | December 11, 2021 | 10:31 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK, NY: Jamaican leaders in the diaspora have welcomed the move by the New York City Council to allow non-citizens who are legal permanent residents the right to vote in NYC local elections. The city council voted 35 to 14 with two...

Published:Friday | December 3, 2021 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Second-generation Jamaican Garth Walker has been appointed by President Joe Biden as a presidential fellow for 2021- 2022. Walker, whose parents were born in Jamaica, is among the 19 people to be so honoured this year. He has been attached to the...

Published:Tuesday | November 16, 2021 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Just five votes separated the candidates in the final vote count, but it was enough to send Jamaica-born Florida politician Dale Holness to defeat. Holness was seeking to become the first Jamaica-born to win a seat to the US House of...

Published:Thursday | November 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Olympian Briana Williams was among 10 individuals and two organisations honoured with the Consul General of Miami heritage award at a ceremony last Sunday. Williams, who won gold as a member of Jamaica’s female 4x 100-metre relay team at...

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2021 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born United States educator, Keishia Thorpe, believes one way to get a handle on issues facing the school system in Jamaica is for teachers and students to be provided with a seat at the table. “It is important to encourage teachers who are...

Published:Tuesday | November 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Baldwin, Long Island, has appointed its first woman and woman of colour to be the new pastor. She is Rev Maxine Barnett, a Jamaica-born, who entered the priesthood after serving more than 30 years as an educator. The...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

IN ELECTIONS across the United States of America on Tuesday, several candidates of colour made history winning a number of mayoral posts in various cities. Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Dearborn, Michigan and Buffalo saw a majority of voters...

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2021 | 6:11 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born New York State Assemblyman N. Nick Perry has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be the next United States ambassador to Jamaica. In a statement reacting to the president’s announcement, Perry said that he was honoured by the...

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2021 | 5:59 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Fifty-seven-year-old Jamaica-born Winsome Sears is the new lieutenant governor of Virginia. Her history-making election win came in the race for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other state-wide races in that state. Sears won...

Published:Tuesday | November 2, 2021 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaica-born candidate running in the primary election in South Florida could make history today. Dale Holness, a Jamaica-born South Florida politician could emerge victorious in today’s primary election to fill the 20th Congressional District...

Published:Tuesday | October 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

THE FIRST members of a 100-team COVID diaspora medical mission are now on the ground in Jamaica, having arrived here last week Sunday. The three-member advance team, headed by Dr Robert Clarke, will be based at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital and will...

Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

WHEN TRICIA Marsh decided to leave Connecticut and settle in Atlanta, Georgia, one of her main concerns was finding a school where her four-year-old twin sons would be able to learn a second language. “For two years, I search for such a school and...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The sight of United States Border Protection agents on horsebacks and using whips to round up Haitian migrants on the Texas border has prompted an outcry by Caribbean elected and others leaders to urge the Biden administration to develop a more...

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