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Published:Saturday | May 16, 2020 | 12:20 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

IN A heart-warming act of corporate goodwill, GraceKennedy Foods USA yesterday donated hundreds of bottles of coconut water to front-line health workers at three hospitals in New York and New Jersey. The donations were made against the backdrop of...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:17 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

ANOTHER JAMAICA-BORN music industry professional has passed away from COVID-19 complications. Derrick Thompson, a classical music impresario and talent manager, died at a Manhattan hospital in New York City on Tuesday from COVID-19-related...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:08 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ran into a growing chorus of opposition for his reopening of a number of businesses across the state last weekend. The stores reopened included barber shops, nail salons, hair salons, massage parlours, bowling alleys and...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Michelle Ally, 48, is from Westmoreland, Jamaica, and her only job in the United States for the past 18 years has been working as a nursing assistant at a 60-bed caregiving home in the Mount Vernon-Westchester area of New York City. On March 7,...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

A full slate of England’s elite, headed by Queen Elizabeth, braved coronavirus fears and crammed inside London’s historic Westminster Abbey last week to witness the pounding of ancestral African drums and the melodious fanfare of a steel band to...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Two senior Jamaica-born priests in the United Kingdom have accused the Church of England of institutional racism because of its failure to prevent the barring of blacks from liturgical involvement and weak advocacy against the deportation of...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:16 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

The Diocese of Canterbury in England announced over the weekend that Jamaica- born Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, has been conferred with the title of MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2020. An MBE is a...

Published:Saturday | December 28, 2019 | 12:19 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

It was standing room only at Faith Gospel Tabernacle in Irvington, New Jersey, yesterday as hundreds of mourners bid farewell to Jamaican celebrity chef Alton Henry, 59, who tantalised the taste buds of thousands of New York tri-state residents...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:28 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Talented Jamaican celebrity chef Alton Henry has died in New Jersey, United States, on Saturday evening after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack while catering at an event. Henry reportedly collapsed at a function in Morristown, New...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:51 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican expatriates have generally reacted with dismay to Democratic candidate Senator Kamala Harris’ decision to pull the plug on her presidential election race, but some believe that the pragmatism of money in politics and her failure to...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican priest Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who was consecrated on Tuesday as the first black woman bishop in the Church of England, says she will cherish this “special” moment and be true to her island heritage while defending her religious mandate....

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Artistes, producers, songwriters, selectors, videographers, dancers, stylists and other creative talent involved in the production, marketing and promotion of reggae music will, next week, be able to learn more about new ­opportunities in reggae...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of happy, hopeful, and starry-eyed lovers who all want to get married in the near future poured into the Montego Bay Convention Centre for the recent Jamaica Bridal Expo. They came in from all over the island from different age groups,...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:29 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Late last week, Jamaica shone brightly at the Taste of Tennis event, held annually in New York City. Taste of Tennis takes place each year just before the start of the prestigious US Open tournament, and it is a massive gourmet food and...

Published:Monday | August 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Extraordinarily talented and internationally respected composer, choir director, author and lecturer Noel George Dexter passed away on Sunday, leaving a void that many believe will be hard to fill. Florence ‘Flo’ Darby, attorney-at-law and singer,...

Published:Monday | August 12, 2019 | 12:23 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Tourist Board’s (JTB) newly appointed regional director for the Northeastern United States, Phillip Rose, met last Friday with diaspora leaders in the area to enlist their support in the effort of selling Jamaica. During the luncheon...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:35 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born tourism marketing executive Marie Deeble Walker, 58, has died. Sources close to her family have confirmed that Deeble Walker passed away on July 10 in South Florida, where she was visiting family for the July 4th holiday weekend. She...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:13 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Oliver Samuels is celebrating his 70th birthday this year. Many of Oliver’s fans are in awe as to how young, fit and vibrant he looks. In a now viral video on Facebook, when asked about his agelessness, the comedy icon fired back, “Mi nuh walk...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:28 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican theatre icon Oliver Samuels created comedic pandemonium across the New York tri-state region over the past two weekends with his latest production, titled 56 East Avenue. The two-hour production was a continuous bellyful of raucous...

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:20 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

The family of international reggae icon Peter Tosh has filed a lawsuit against Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey, for failing to protect and uphold the human rights and the dignity of Tosh’s youngest son – Jawara McIntosh. The 39-year-...

Published:Thursday | April 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Veteran music industry trailblazer Sylvia Rhone was earlier this week named chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Epic is a division of Sony Music Entertainment and it is perhaps best known as the label that turned R...

Published:Saturday | March 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s former ambassador to the United States, Dr Richard Bernal, was frantically trying to get on a flight from Washington, DC, to Kingston this week, but the normally simple task proved difficult. He was forced to push back his travel by a...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:06 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican celebrity chef and contemporary gourmet guru Patrick Simpson will turn up the heat in New York on Sunday, March 10. The chef’s creativity will be on display at the next edition of Blue...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

With controversy swirling around criticism that students from The University of the West Indies law faculty have been facing as a result of depicting dancehall outfits as a part of their annual Law Week celebrations in Reggae Month, the dean of...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMDave Rodney/Gleaner Writer

Music fans who are passionate about the rhythm & blues genre will immediately recognise the captivating and soulful tones of music legend Teddy Pendergrass. Based on music statistics, Pendergrass’ catalogue of hit anthems is just as...

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