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Jamaican-American US Senator Kamala Harris, to Run for President

Jamaican-American US Senator to Run for President

Photo: Senator Kamala Harris speaks to members of the media at her alma mater, Howard University in Washington, following her announcement that she will run for president. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CALIFORNIA, United States, Wednesday January 23, 2019 – California Senator Kamala Harris, born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, will seek be seeking to run on a Democratic ticket for president in 2020.

The 54-year-old Harris announced her bid for the Democratic nomination on Monday, Martin Luther King Day, on ABC’s Good Morning America television programme.

“I am running for President of the United States and I’m very excited about it,” she said.

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Mighty Shadow Dead At 77; Will Receive Honorary Degree From UWI Posthumously

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago October 23, 2018 (CMC) – The University of the West Indies (UWI) said, today, the honourary Doctor of Letters degree that would have been conferred on Winston Bailey, the legendary Trinidad and Tobago calypsonian, this weekend, will be presented at Saturday’s ceremony, in special tribute.

Bailey, also known as “the Mighty Shadow”, died at hospital, early today, following a stroke. He was 77 years old.

He was among five people, including former West Indian international cricketer, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who were to receive honorary degrees from the University at the graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

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Britain: The Windrush Generation – No Longer welcome – BBC History

Britain: The Windrush Generation – No Longer welcome – BBC History

Passengers on the Windrush were told they they were headed for the ‘mother country’ and that they were all welcome. What did they experience after their arrival in Britain? .

Arthur Curling

Windrush immigrants

I came to England first in 1944 in the Airforce. I returned back to Jamaica in 1946 after spending two years there, it was too small for me. I joined the Airforce when I was 16 at the same time I left school, took my test and waited for the results. It was something beautiful at the time to all the young fellows in uniform. You think you want to be a part of something, but apart from that you can’t always say why you do something, you’re young, you don’t stop and think of the dangers and things, you just do what you feel you want to do regardless of what your parents say. My parents did not approve in the beginning, but they had no choice at the time, but like everything else, its your life or your education, you gain an experience.     Continue reading

Education: 2017 CSEC Results released – QC shines in top performers

Education: 2017 CSEC results…QC shines in top performers’ row

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are usually taken by students after five years of secondary school, and mark the end of standard secondary education.

Michael Bhopaul of Queen’s College [QC] was yesterday recognised as the student with the highest number of grade one passes, when Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, officially announced the results of the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate [CSEC] examination.     

Bhopaul, according to the Minister of Education, secured a total of 24 grade ones [with 21 distinctions] and one grade two.  

But he wasn’t the only QC student in the spotlight yesterday. Among the others recognised for their outstanding performances were: Rawleeta Barrow (19 Ones), Roshawn Cummings (16 Ones), Jelena Arjune (14 Ones, 4 twos), Sydney Fraser (13 Ones, 3 twos), Cheri Frank (13 Ones, 2 twos), Jeevan Dalip (13 Ones, 1 two), Stephen Lewis (13 Ones, 1 two), Alyssa Nurse (13 Ones), Vishal Jack (12 Ones, 4 twos), Amisha Mohanlall (12 Ones, 3 twos), Diego Barnett (12 Ones, 2 twos), Leonardo Gobin (12 Ones,2 twos).  Continue reading

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 FUNERAL FOR CTK’S – RALPH ROACHFORD

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 FUNERAL FOR CTK’S – RALPH ROACHFORD
By Waltie Ainsworth

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Mr. Ralph Roachford

The dean of acolytes within the Willingboro Christ the King (CTK) Episcopal Church, Mr. Ralph Roachford has died. Ralph wielded tremendous influence within the church organization and was 82 at the time of his death.
Ralphs great grandparents were from Barbados but he was third generation Brooklynite. He never lost the Bajan accent or a taste for fine foods and liquor from the region. He was also somewhat of a techno geek. He loved technology because in his head, it was the only thing in the marketplace that was going down in prices as against food, fuel, furniture and funerals.

A special mass and tribute is planned for dearly beloved Ralph on Thursday February 23, 2017 at 10.00 am at his home church CTK on Charleston Road in Willingboro NJ, just off of Route 130.   Continue reading

AIR GUYANA AIRLINE LAUNCH SLATED FOR MASHRAMANI

AIR GUYANA AIRLINE LAUNCH SLATED FOR MASHRAMANI

By Waltie Ainsworth

Any day now the new and improved reconstituted Guyana Airways will take to the friendly skies covering international ports such as Havana Cuba, Toronto Canada, Miami Florida, Kingston Jamaica and the traditional JFK in New York.

This new airline will bear the insignia of Air Guyana under a special arrangement with FLY JAMAICA.

Mashramani is our indigenous word which means celebration after a cooperative effort, and is observed annually on February 23rd, which is also the date that Guyana celebrates its Republican status. Air Guyana will take to the air during this special season promising low fares, comfortable accommodation, on-time arrivals and departures, good food and superb ambiance.   Continue reading

President Obama Lauds Caribbean Roots Media Icon Gwen Ifill

President Obama Lauds Caribbean Roots Media Icon Gwen Ifill

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Gwen Ifill

News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Tues. Nov. 15, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama was among thousands around the world paying tribute to Caribbean-roots media icon Gwen Ifill, who passed away Monday after a battle with cancer. She was 61.

Ifill, who was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor of PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS, was born in New York City to a mother from Barbados and a father who was a Panamanian of Barbadian descent and a church minister.     Continue reading