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HOLNESS COMMITS TO BUILDING AN ACCOUNTABLE GOV’T DURING FIRST SPEECH AS PRIME MINISTER

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has  committed to strengthening the government’s anti-corruption framework, as he seeks to maintain public trust. Mr. Holness who was speaking during his first address to the nation as Prime Minister, since his September 3 re-election,  notedRead More

India Building Collapse, Dozens Feared Trapped

At least 60 are feared trapped in the debris of a five-storey building that collapsed in an industrial town in western India’s Maharashtra state, officials said. According to Reuters news agency, not all the roughly 200 residents of the  47Read More

US, China Talks Postponed This Weekend

The U.S. and China have postponed a review of their Phase 1 trade deal progress initially slated for Saturday, sources familiar with the plans told Reuters. The talks that would involve Chinese Vice Premier Liu, U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRead More

Concerns Deepen over Russia’s “Speedy” Roll-out of Covid-19 Vaccine

Concerns are looming over Russia’s announcement, that it has registered a vaccine which its President, Vladimir Putin said will offer “sustainable immunity” against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. On Tuesday, Putin announced Russia was the first country to registerRead More

Trump Confirms US Election Set For Nov. 3 As Planned

US President Donald Trump, has shut down speculations that the presidential election will be delayed, noting there will be an election on November 3 as planned. Trump on Thursday suggested delaying the U.S. elections, an idea that was greatly opposedRead More

PM Holness says Children Must not be discriminated Against

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness has expressed concerns about children who are discriminated against and are barred from attending school due to their hair style. His response came amid a court ruling on the case surrounding a seven-year-old JamaicanRead More

US Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 150,000

The United States coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths surpassed 150,000 on Wednesday, a number higher than in any other country and nearly a quarter of the world’s total. A Johns Hopkins University report revealed that the country’s coronavirus death toll was 150,676 as of WednesdayRead More

Man shot dead for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan courtroom

A man accused of blasphemy was shot and killed in a courtroom in Pakistan on Wednesday. Police officials say Tahir Ahmad Naseem,  was on trial for claiming he was a prophet when he was shot six times during a hearing in hisRead More

Trump Hints At Closure of More Chinese Consulates Amid Allegations of Visa Fraud

Tensions are brewing between the United States and China following the forced closure by Washington of Beijing’s consulate in Houston. The closure was made amid revelations that federal prosecutors are seeking a Chinese scientist accused of visa fraud who they say isRead More

Suspect in Shooting of Federal Judge’s Son And Husband has died

The person suspected of killing the son of federal judge Esther Salas on Sunday at her North Brunswick home has died of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Law enforcement sources say that 20-year-old Daniel Anderl, a student atRead More

Over 2000 teachers registered to attend the Virtual Education Summit

Over 2000 teachers registered and over 1000 admitted to the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force (JDETF) Virtual Advancement in Education Summit, July 7-9, 2020.  The annual flagship event was JDETF’s fifth summit and its first virtual staging. The event initially plannedRead More

Man Rushed to Hospital Following Crash Along Bay Park Way, Brooklyn New York

A man was rushed to hospital early this morning following a motor vehicle accident along Bay Park Way, Brooklyn New York. It appeared the driver was driving under the influence when he crashed into a Man Lift along the sideRead More

Britain Expecting Normality by Christmas, But Prepares for Second COVID-19 Wave

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hopeful the country will return to normality before Christmas even though he has warned against a potential increase of the coronavirus. Britain’s death toll is the highest in Europe with more than 45,000 confirmedRead More

Federal judge demands copy of executive order following Roger Stone’s commutation

A US District Judge has ordered parties involved in Roger Stone’s commutation to provide a copy of the executive order by Tuesday. The new request in relation to President Trump’s executive order to “commute the entirety of the prison sentenceRead More

132 Million at Risk of Suffering Chronic Hunger Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

The United Nations has warned that some 132 million people could suffer from chronic hunger by the end of the year. In a new report released on Monday, the UN has called on governments to adopt a set of policyRead More

Federal investigators seize 81 vehicles bound for Venezuela in smuggling ring operation

The U.S. has seized 81 vehicles headed for Venezuela that were part of a smuggling ring which had deep rooted connections to political and wealthy individuals. Federal investigators announced Wednesday that they had seized the vehicles with a market valueRead More

More Than 20 Black Men Wrongly Charged – Report Shows

An investigative report released in New York on Thursday, has detailed 25 wrongful convictions by The Kings County District Attorney’s office, which have resulted in persons spending 426 combined years behind bars. Al Jazeera says the report which is titled “426Read More

Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested for Role Played In Sexual Abuse of Minors

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, the one time girlfriend of convicted sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has been charged in the US. She is accused of assisting Epstein with recruiting, grooming and abusing minors as young as 14 years as part ofRead More

Labor Department to end unemployment benefits 1 week early

The United States Labor Department has confirmed that a large majority of Americans will be cut off from receiving their $600 weekly unemployment benefits 7 days early. According to NewsWeek, this is due to a technicality affecting the unemployment benefitsRead 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

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

6.7 EARTHQUAKE HITS JAPAN

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

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

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 Jamaicans.com will highlight the extraordinary work andRead More

A PRAYER FOR NATIONS AFFECTED BY POLICE BRUTALITY

“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