Archive for June, 2013


President Barack Obama flanked by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica (Left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad & Tobago (Right) along with several Caribbean and Regional heads

President Barack Obama flanked by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica (Left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad & Tobago (Right) along with several Caribbean and Regional heads

“For centuries, the United States and nations in the Caribbean have grown alongside each other as partners in progress. Separated by sea but united by a yearning for independence, our countries won the right to chart their own destinies after generations of colonial rule. Time and again, we have led the way to a brighter future together — from lifting the stains of slavery and segregation to widening the circle of opportunity for our sons and daughters.

“National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate those enduring achievements. It is also a chance to recognize men and women who trace their roots to the Caribbean. Through every chapter of our Nation’s history, Caribbean Americans have made our country stronger — reshaping our politics and reigniting the arts, spurring our movements and answering the call to serve. Caribbean traditions have enriched our own, and woven new threads into our cultural fabric. Again and again, Caribbean immigrants and their descendants have reaffirmed America’s promise as a land of opportunity — a place where no matter who you are or where you come from, you can make it if you try.

“Together, as a Nation of immigrants, we will keep writing that story. And alongside our partners throughout the Caribbean, we will keep working to achieve inclusive economic growth, access to clean and affordable energy, enhanced security, and lasting opportunity for all our people. As we honor Caribbean Americans this month, let us strengthen the ties that bind us as members of the Pan American community, and let us resolve to carry them forward in the years ahead.

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2013 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.


PHOTO CAPTION: President Barack Obama flanked by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica (Left) and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad & Tobago (Right) along with several Caribbean and Regional heads


Graphic VIA Jamaica Olympics

Graphic VIA Jamaica Olympics
The Reggae Boyz will be back in action in the 2014 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers as they will take on El Tri of Mexico on June 4th in a crucial affair at the National Stadium at 8:30pm. Both teams are in a situation where they need to pick up points urgently. Mexico sits in 5th place in the table with 3 points from their 3 games while Jamaica sits at the bottom of the group wit…h 2 points from their 3 games.
With Mexico participating in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in the middle of June, Jamaica will be taking on the Mexicans on June 4th.  Mexico has called up some new faces to the team and have called back some veteran players to their unit. One in particular is Mexico’s number one goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. The 6 foot 1 inch 27 year old goalkeeper who plays for AC Ajaccio in Ligue 1 in France is expected to replace Corona. The same Corona that kept vs Jamaica in Jamaica’s historic 0-0 draw at the Azteca back in February.
A new face that the Reggae Boyz will need to keep their eye on is 22 year old 6 foot 3 inch striker Raul Jimenez.  The tall striker is known for playing more as a supporting striker or as a false number nine. The America man is known for creating valuable assists and with his height and physical presence is known for danger from set pieces and 50 50 balls.
38217For Jamaica to keep Jimenez quiet they are going to need a composed Central defender who is agile, comfortable on and off the ball and is a resilient player in defending. Jamaica has those qualities through new Reggae Boy Daniel Gordon who is expected to play alongside the true and tested Mariappa. Gordon the 6 foot 4 inch central defender was born in Dortmund, Germany and has roots to Jamaica through his grandparents. The 28 year old Centre back plays for Karlsruher SC in 3.Liga.  Gordon is a very calm and composed player who is known for his agility, sharpness and tactical discipline. The Former FSV Frankfurt man also can be a threat from set pieces as his 1.94m frame has paid dividends for Karlsruher as he has scored and also supplied valuable assists for his team. Gordon could be truly an asset for the Reggae Boyz as he could help take away the sting and venom from the Mexicans attack.
A man in form at the moment for Jamaica is 6 foot 2 inch striker Jermaine Beckford as he has scored 5 goals in his last 4 games for Huddersfield Town and has helped them to finish the Championship season in midtable. In total Jermaine has scored 8 goals in 20 appearances for Huddersfield this season. With Beckford’s clinical finishing, he provides a potent force for Jamaica who will be looking to claw maximum points against the Mexicans.
The Mexicans will certainly have their hands full when they take on the Jamaicans, however they will be desperate for points as they are yet to pick up a win in this Hexagonal round. Jamaica are yet to get their first win of the final round as well so an all out effort will be made  to move to 5 points and up the table. If Jamaica is able to maintain possession and apply penetration from the flanks, 3 points could be a reality for Reggae Boyz. This match is not one to miss; it is bound to be an exciting affair.