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Published:Monday | November 2, 2020 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Antonio Buddington is a newly naturalised United States citizen who will cast his first-ever vote in a presidential election on November 3. The 34-year old Jamaica native explained that he is motivated to participate in this election cycle because...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2020 | 12:12 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Health insurance and the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is among the issues on which the outcome of the November 3 United States Presidential and Congressional elections hang. US President Donald Trump is seeking to have the...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The results of next Tuesday’s presidential election may be a verdict on Donald Trump’s management of the coronavirus outbreak that hit a one-day record of 86,600 infections on Thursday among a world-leading nine million cases. But despite rising...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2020 | 12:16 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

When Jamaican Dorrett Aarons entered the polling station in Mount Vernon on Tuesday to cast her vote in early voting in New York, little did she know that it would have been an eight-hour wait. “I got to the polling station around 12:26 p.m. and...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:15 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The November 3 United States general elections could be a history-making one for Jackie Gordon. Running on the Democratic ticket in the 2nd congressional district on Long Island, a win for Gordon would create a number of firsts. She would be the...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:13 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

With just over two weeks before voters in the United States presidential and congressional elections, leaders in the Caribbean Diaspora have revved up efforts to increase voter turnout among the regional diaspora community. With early voting...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

With early voting already under way in a number of states, with others set to start polling later this month, there is a massive push within communities with large numbers of Jamaican and Caribbean nationals to rally support for a number of...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:15 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican Kay Maragh is hoping that she will be the first woman, person of colour, and Caribbean immigrant to be elected mayor of Palm Bay in Florida. Maragh, a registered Democrat, will face off against a Republican opponent on November 3. The...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:11 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born judge Sam Walker is seeking re-election to the New York Supreme Court 9th Judicial District on November 3. Walker, who currently sits on the court, is one of several candidates vying to fill four vacancies. The 9th Judicial District...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:13 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Frustrated by the slow nature of investigations into her father’s death two years ago and the failure to apprehend the killers, Brittina Brooke has offered a US$5,000 reward for information on his murder. Devon Brooke was shot and killed on the...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:14 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Two years after the death of her father and frustrated by the lack of information from the police on the investigation and its failure to apprehend the killer, Brittina Brooke has offered a US$5,000 reward for credible leads on the murder. Brittina...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

If you are intending to file for your family members, seeking to become a naturalised citizen, or desirous of regularising your status in the United States, the Trump administration has proposed steep increases in fees governing these services....

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican Michael King, a deputy inspector in the New York Police Department (NYPD), has been elevated to head the department’s Special Victims Unit (SVU). As head of this specialised unit that deals with sex crimes, domestic violence and child...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States have congratulated the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on its impressive victory in Thursday’s general election. However, some members of the diaspora have expressed concerns over the low...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:16 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A Gleaner survey among members of the Jamaican diaspora in the United States has revealed that many citizens who had initially planned to return to cast ballots in next week’s polls have opted to remain home. The about-turn is a result of the COVID...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:20 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Verley Fraizer will be travelling to Jamaica this weekend for an extended stay. But if United States (US) President Donald Trump has his way, should Fraizer become infected with the coronavirus, the Jamaica-born US citizen could be barred from re-...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

“Ecstatic!” “The best choice!” “Very proud!” That was the effusive praise from expatriates to news that Joe Biden, former United States vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee for president, had selected Jamaica-descended California...

Published:Monday | August 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Patrice Henry-Burford underwent successful brain surgery last Thursday and is expected to be released from hospital in days. Henry-Burford, who was featured in The Gleaner on July 20, had suffered two aneurysms and survived surgery. However,...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2020 | 12:20 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Three thousand Jamaicans who are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) have again found themselves in uncertain waters after the Trump administration issued a new memo, seeking to end the programme within a year. The...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Yet another Jamaican has tasted success in politics in the United States. Phelecia Nembhard, originally from Whitfield Town in Kingston, was in June elected mayor of the city of New Carrolton in Maryland. She is the first female and first person of...

Published:Monday | July 20, 2020 | 12:26 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The October 26, 2019, morning started out like any other. But what followed was anything but ordinary. Patrice Burford Henry awoke in her Stony Hill, St Andrew, home on that fateful Thursday morning and went about her usual chore of making...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The decision by the Trump administration not to go forward with deporting international students who do not attend in-person classes has been welcomed by the Jamaican community as well as students studying in the United States. Chelsea Wright, a...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2020 | 12:22 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

THE ‘GOFUNDME’ drive launched by a number of organisations in the United States for the families of two policemen who were killed during an operation in Horizon Park, St Catherine, will now be used to set up a scholarship in the names of the lawmen...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:32 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Approximately 3,000 Jamaicans who are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday after the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Donald Trump administration cannot end the programme...

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

SEVERAL JAMAICANS have stepped forward to contest positions in Georgia’s primary elections. Those seeking political office in Tuesday’s elections are Donna McLeod, Jewell Scott, Andy Morgan, Desmond Nembhard, and John Eaves. Morgan and Nembhard are...

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