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Stories by Lester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2022 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness has called for an international “war on guns” to end the influx of illegal weapons and epidemic of murders in Jamaica. “In the same way that a war on drugs is being prosecuted, in which we have been faithful partners...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC), which is celebrating 60 years this year, will perform over three days in South Florida from October 1 to 3. The NDTC will have its first performance at the Miami-Dade Cultural Center on October...

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born Dr Waveline Bennett-Conroy has been appointed the new superintendent of the Mount Vernon School District. Bennett-Conroy oversees a staff complement of 1,500 people, including 693 teachers, three high schools and several other schools...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2022 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans in and around the Connecticut area have welcomed the announcement that Spirit Airlines will begin direct service from Bradley International Airport to Montego Bay and anticipate economic benefits accruing to both areas from the increased...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2022 | 12:12 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Starting December 15, budget carrier Spirit Airlines will be operating direct flights between Bradley International Airport in Connecticut and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James. The airline will operate non-stop flights...

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

FLORIDA: Former Radio Jamaica colleagues of Francois St Juste say they are still in shock at the 60-year-old’s death at the University Hospital of the West Indies on Monday. Retired broadcaster Don Topping, who was programme manager at RJR in...

Published:Friday | August 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Biden administration on Wednesday issued a final rule that is intended to add another layer of protection to undocumented young persons in the US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or Dreamers, programme. “Today, we are...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2022 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Growing up at Martha’s Vineyard, jumping off the Jaws bridge is a rite of passage for many youngsters during the summer months. So says Dr Vanessa Alleyne, who grew up on the island. “Growing up in Martha’s Vineyard, it was a rite of passage to...

Published:Saturday | August 20, 2022 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

New York City Mayor Eric Adams will be the headline speaker at the Jamaica Independence Gala set for tonight. The marquee event which will mark the culmination of the celebration of Jamaica’s Diamond Jubilee Independence Anniversary is being put on...

Published:Friday | August 19, 2022 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The body of 21-year-old Tavaughn Bulgin was recovered on Thursday, four days after he, along with his older brother Tavaris, failed to resurface after a daredevil jump from a bridge in the United States. Tavaris, 26, also died in the tragedy, and...

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Members of the diaspora have reacted strongly to Montego Bay Deputy Mayor Richard Vernon’s characterisation of expatriates as cowards for seeking out greener pastures at the expense of developing their homeland. “Only cowards run away to...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2022 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born Don Samuels came up short in his bid to unseat sitting Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in the Minnesota Democratic primary on Tuesday. Omar polled just over 57,000 votes, or 50.3 per cent, to Samuels’ 56,000 votes, or 48.5 per cent. Both...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2022 | 12:14 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

United States-based attorney-at-law Stephen Drummond believes that Finn Partners’ listing of Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith as principal on a controversial filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) holds no...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

THE ESTABLISHMENT of a cyber centre of excellence will put Jamaica’s data and Internet systems on more secure footing to guard against attacks, say cyber experts, in the wake of the US$2-million investment by Washington. United States Vice-...

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Eighteen students at Kingston College (KC) are to get musical fellowships over the next three years, aimed at strengthening and preserving the school’s choir. The fellowships are being made available to the students by the Noel Spencer family....

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2022 | 12:07 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

A NUMBER of Jamaican candidates seeking to win primaries for a spot on the November mid-term ballot will know their fate later this month. Among the candidates is Jamaica-born Rev Karen Green, who is running in Florida’s 7th congressional district...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Internationally acclaimed singer Jimmy Cliff will be honoured at the Independence Ball in Florida, which is being held to mark the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. The ball, to be held on August 6, is one of several events planned for...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2022 | 12:06 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Opposition leader and People’s National Party president, Mark Golding, has called for mechanisms that will allow the voice of the Caribbean diaspora to be heard in the development of the Caribbean region. “The Caribbean diaspora is an important...

Published:Saturday | July 2, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

NEW YORK: Jamaica-born nurse Sandra Lindsay is among 17 people to be conferred with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the North American country’s highest civilian award – by President Joe Biden at the White House next week. The Jamaican, who...

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2022 | 12:05 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican Anika Omphroy has become the latest candidate to join the race for Florida’s Congressional District Seat 20. Also contesting the seat is Jamaica-born, South Florida politician Dale Holness. This is Holness’ second try for the seat, having...

Published:Monday | June 20, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The diaspora policy got final approval from the Cabinet and is ready for presentation to the Parliament, but the plan of action on how the policy will be implemented is still about a year away from completion. This emerged from the Diaspora...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2022 | 12:10 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

With the biannual diaspora conference currently under way, members of the diaspora with an interest in investing in their homeland want the process to be streamlined and focus placed on businesses with the potential to boost gross domestic product...

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born Justice Renatha Francis, who was nominated to be a judge in the Florida Supreme Court in 2020 but withdrew her nomination, is again nominated by Governor Ron DeSantis to sit in the state high court. Her renomination was announced on...

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2022 | 12:13 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

As the 9th biennial Diaspora Conference gets under way in Kingston today, Jamaican expatriates have unveiled their action wish list. Top of the agenda is the vexed issue of an implementation deficit. Michelle Fanger, an immigration attorney in...

Published:Monday | June 13, 2022 | 12:12 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica prepares to host the 9th biennial Diaspora Conference from June 14-16, a wide cross section of Jamaicans roll back the curtains and disclose their reasons for migrating. Whether because of failed personal relationships or for job and...

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