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Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:22 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

THE JAMAICAN Consulate in New York, which has been closed since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, is targeting June 11 for its reopening, with major changes to its operation. Consul General Alsion Wilson told The Gleaner that the reopening...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:30 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

With 21 reported deaths from COVID-19, a Bronx church that serves a large Jamaican community has been hit hard by the disease. St Luke’s Episcopal Church, located on Barnes Avenue and East 222nd Street in the Northeast section of the Bronx, also...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Scherie Murray, the Jamaican conservative who was seeking the Republican Party's nomination to run against Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a New York Congressional District, withdrew from the primary race on Monday, complaining...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

HISTORY WAS made in Florida when Renatha Francis became the first Jamaican ever to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement yesterday at a news conference in Miami. Francis currently sits as a...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:26 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

LAUNCHED WITH much fanfare in October 2016 with a goal of raising US$2 million to assist schools in Jamaica as well as to promote professional development, the Pledge2Build project is a bust. Four years later, the organisers reported raising US$5,...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:21 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

PORTIA HAUGHTON, the mother of the late Jodian Fearon, whose heartbreaking death in April stirred national outrage, will be among just under 200 Jamaicans returning from the United States under the controlled re-entry programme on Wednesday. Fearon...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

HOW DO you tell your young children – ages six, 10 and 11 years – that they are COVID -19-positive? This was the dilemma that confronted Pastor Frank Williams of the Wake-Eden Community Baptist Church and the Bronx Baptist Church. And shortly after...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:14 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Will Jamaicans who have been stranded in the United States since Jamaica closed its borders because of COVID-19 take advantage of going back home under the controlled re-entry programme? The Jamaican Government has said that under controlled...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

She is very good at saving penalties, but her biggest save may be against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Jamaica’s senior women’s football tea goalkeeper, Nicole McClure, came down with the virus recently but has fought and defeated the deadly...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

 As the coronavirus pandemic spreads like a bush fire throughout the United States, several Jamaican healthcare professionals on the front line tell of a brutal grind of attrition that has seen COVID-19 infections creep...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:28 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Pleas to expatriates for donations of medical equipment and gear as the Jamaican health sector braces for a surge in COVID-19 cases could founder because of shortages in the United States, where key diaspora centres are buckling under the weight of...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:27 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Stay where you are! That’s the message from Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, to seasonal hotel workers who have been turning up at American airports seeking to return to their homeland because their employment ended early...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:29 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

They missed the March 24 deadline to return to Jamaica and now find themselves stranded in an airport in Atlanta, Georgia, as they try to make their way home. They are seasonal Jamaican hotel workers who normally travel on HB-2 visas to work in...

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