News Americas, WASHINGTON, D.C., Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016: The onus is now on President Obama to make The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939) law, an act that could be beneficial to the Caribbean ahead of Donald Trumpâ€™s inauguration in January. The Act, which was co-sponsored by Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), a former Chair of the Committee, passed the Senate this week after the House passed it in June and now needs Obamaâ€™s signature to make it law.
News Americas, QUEENS, NY, Thurs. Dec. 15, 2016: Two 21-year-old men have so far been charged with the murder of a Guyanese New Yorker who was shot and killed as he slept beside his girlfriend in a South Ozone Park, Queens apartment Sunday. The alleged murderers have been identified as Jonathan Chan, 21, who resides on the service road of the Van Wyck Expressway in Jamaica, Queens and Shamar Daley, also 21.
News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Tues. Dec. 13, 2016: The nominees for the 74th Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday and among them are two Caribbean roots actors and one who was born in Mexico. Actress Kerry Washington, whose roots extend to Jamaica, received a nomination in the category: Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in â€˜Confirmation.â€™ The Bronx-born actressâ€™ mother, a professor and educational consultant, was born in Jamaica.
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Dec. 12, 2016: As the nation gets ready to bid adieu to the former astronaut and U.S. senator who became the first American to orbit the earth, a Caribbean immigrant is remembering fondly the day he met fellow Marine John Herschel Glenn Jr. Kurt Shade, a Trinidad & Tobago-born lecturer at Ohio State University and sprint track coach at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, told the New York Daily News Caribbeat that he first met the late senator 2012 on the university campus, outside the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.