Month: June 2020

Black Lives Matter Mural at the Billy Holiday Theatre Converges a Sense of Healing and Catalyst for Change

2020 is a year we’d all like to forget, and the convergence of two ground shaking pandemics have hit our nation hard.  Unfortunately, America crises usually has people of color taking the brunt of the pain.  So Dr Indira Etwaroo of theRead More

US Supreme Court Rules In Support Of Abortion Rights

The United States Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, in its first big abortion ruling under the Trump administration. The law included a requirement that doctors who perform abortions have an arrangement called “admitting privileges”Read More

The Clarendon-native and Florida resident is a multi-talented ordained pastor, with a passion and love for her culture

In the month of May 2020, the Jamaican Cultural Connection (JCC) inaugurated its new president, Rosemarie Roth. The Clarendon-native and Florida resident is an ordained pastor, with a passion and love for her culture. As the current leader for theRead More


The People’s United Party (PUP) have always been against granting Belizeans with dual citizenships who live in the United States their constitutional rights. On the other hand, the United Democratic Party (UDP), pretended as if they were in favor ofRead More

Time for the government of Belize to implement a plan to deal with the issue of mental health in our country

When I was growing up in Belize, the people that had mental problems were not treated with any respect and that is still happening today. Our government must educate our people about mental illness to reduce this disrespect. If theRead More

Another Cultural Institution Stolen by Big Real Estate Developers?

BROOKLYN, NY – January 8, 2020 —  What’s happening in our community? A question passersby should ask themselves as they walk past the newly renovated site of the historic The Black Lady Theatre in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Early last week,Read More

Jamaica Needs your Voice to Rise up in National and Unified Support

Like any country around the world, Jamaica must deal with problems like crime, corruption, educational inequality and economic uncertainty.  The systematic causes run along the same lines too. But the single most important factor in resolving societal challenges involves creatingRead More


A strong and deep 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwest Japan early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. No tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage caused by the earthquake, which had amRead More

Border Patrol Agent Found Dead While Patrolling New Mexico Trail

A first-year US Border Patrol agent was found dead while patrolling a remote New Mexico trail, officials said. Border Patrol officials said Saturday that agent Johan Mordan, 26, was on duty when other agents lost communication with him in theRead More

Travel Authorization Protocols Now in Effect for Jamaican Nationals and Visitors

Travel authorization protocols are now in effect for Jamaican nationals and non- nationals arriving on the island. Speaking during a digital press briefing on Friday June 12, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that both categories of persons will require aRead More

Coronavirus: Face masks mandatory for Uber passengers and drivers

Ride-sharing giant Uber is to make it mandatory for passengers and drivers to wear face coverings from Monday in the UK. The minicab app firm said it was taking measures “to help everyone stay safe” and had introduced measures toRead More

The Diaspora Movement, A Walk Down Memory Lane

The first time I became aware of the word “Diaspora,” I received a letter from the Jamaican Embassy inviting me to attend a conference being held in Jamaica in the early 2000s. Like the other participants, I responded positively andRead More

Atlanta Wendy’s restaurant set on fire over fatal shooting

A Wendy’s drive-through restaurant in Atlanta has been set on fire, following the fatal shooting of a US black man by police. Atlanta’s police chief has resigned after Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot by an officer during a struggle onRead More


The most powerful earthquake ever recorded was a magnitude 9.5 temblor in Chile in 1960. A magnitude 10 quake would likely cause ground motions for up to an hour, with tsunami hitting. A researcher at Tohoku University told the government’sRead More

COVID Carre Package Update

Just over a month ago, JDTAN announced a partnership with LASCO Chin Foundation to bolster the distribution of COVID-Care Packages to communities and families in need. Shortly after we announced our partnership, the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA) andRead More

Face Masks No Longer Required In California’s Orange County

The interim chief health officer of Orange County, California, Dr. Clayton Chau, has lifted the requirement for the public to wear face masks — days after his predecessor resigned amid criticism, and even death threats over her order, according to aRead More

Second Wave Of Coronavirus Hits Florida, Texas, Arizona After Reopenings

A second wave of coronavirus has struck some states weeks after reopening — with infection rates spiking in Florida, Texas and Arizona, according to a report Wednesday. “There is a new wave coming in parts of the country,” Eric Toner of theRead More

Belizeans Now Need To Demand Lots and Land Distribution With A Titled Expedited Process

Belize is a country with a population of about 400,000 people. It is underpopulated and there is enough land in the 8,867 square miles, to give each Belizean a lot to build a home for his family and himself. Plus,Read More

Jamaicans across the Diaspora celebrate Jamaica Diaspora Day on June 16th

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Jamaica worldwide will join together to celebrate Jamaica Diaspora Day with a full day of virtual sessions. The event hosted by the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN) in association with will highlight the extraordinary work andRead More


“Thy love divine hath led us in the past In this free land with thee our lot is cast Be thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace.” Oh Lord, we are stunned andRead More

George Floyd To Be Buried In Houston Today

George Floyd, the man who has inspired several anti-racist protests across the world, will be buried in Houston, Texas today. His burial comes two weeks after his death while being held by police in a Minneapolis street. Videos circulating onRead More

What if You had actually Stood with Colin Kaepernick at the Outset

Colin Kaepernick took a knee and you were offended. With the way, too many people upset by the optics, not enough opportunity for change emerged on the actual issue of police brutality and criminal justice reform.  Now, I definitely don’tRead More

Policeman who pinned George Floyd facing charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder

Derek Chauvin, the policeman who detained George Floyd has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder. On Friday, a prosector formally charged the policeman who had detained Floyd, an unarmed African American, and pinned him down with hisRead More


We know that older people are more vulnerable to covid-19, but another major risk factor has emerged: being male. The first signs of a sex difference in covid-19 severity emerged from hospital records in Wuhan shortly after the city locked down.Read More