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Jamaican nationals were able to utilise the services of several domestic agencies at a Community Outreach Day, staged last Saturday (September 25) by the Consulate General in Miami and partnering agencies, at the University Area Community Development Center, Tampa, Florida.

Although the event was marred by sporadic rainfall, scores of Jamaicans were able to access services such passport applications, processed by representatives of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), and birth, death and marriage certificates courtesy of the Registrar General's Department (RGD).

Speaking with JIS News, PICA's Acting Operations Manager, Citizenship Services, Desmond Graham, explained that he was able to respond to several inquiries on passport and citizenship applications, and was satisfied with what was accomplished throughout the day.

Renowned Jamaican scientist, Professor Henry Lowe, whose research led to the discovery of a new cancer drug treatment, has been invited to make a special presentation at the Eighth Annual Congress of International Drug Discovery Science and Technology (IDDST) in Beijing, China.

Lowe's presentation will be on research work on Jamaican medicinal plants, parti-cularly his recent work with Tillandsia recurvata, otherwise called ball moss, which has demonstrated potent anti-cancer activities during testing.

The IDDST Congress, which is being held October 23-25, is considered to be a leading international event that highlights scientific and technological breakthroughs, and will focus on bringing the next blockbuster drug to market.

As apart of their annual meeting the Florida Association of Black Owned Media, Inc. (FABOM) began it’s day of business and candidate queries and issues with a breakfast with Alex Sink, Florida’s Democratic candidate for Governor. FABOM is Florida’s only organization representing established African American owned media.

Sink: ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“I can’t win without the Black vote”.

Sink outlined a detailed Education Policy Plan with specifics that address the alarmingly low Black male graduation rates, the negative impact of the FCAT on grade school performance, Pre-K investment, upgrading public school curriculum and technical schools as a continuing education option for students interested in education alternatives. Sink made clear that she understood the importance of education as the vehicle that breaks down barriers to progress. She said it is “my priority,” pointing to her 27 page plan that includes many education issues of particular importance to Black Floridians. A particular concern of the organization was the high dropout rate of Black males. Sink said her task force will address those concerns along with other important education issues. Sink also said she intends to restore the Small and Minority Business initiatives and the Matchmaker program. She also confirmed plans to appoint a Black to the Parole and Probation Commission. 

The Minority Chamber of Commerce is organize a Business to Business Expo and Conferences with African Americans Businesses and Latino entrepreneurs leaders to join forces to drive our economy through efforts to grow interest and create jobs, and will convene business leaders from the minority communities to address the pressing issue of lack of solutions affecting minority groups. The October 7 expo and meeting in Miami Dade is to develop business-driven action plans focused on replicable and sustainable solutions addressing key factors that currently inhibit the business achievement of Latino and African American entrepreneurs. Leaders recognize that, now more than ever, improved minority companies outcomes are critical to a vibrant and innovative small businesses that will sustain the Miami Dade' leadership position in the local economy.


This event is in response to heightened media coverage of issues related to small businesses and analyzed the perceptions of minorities throughout the Miami Dade County government - African Americans and Latinos relationship. The chamber announces a forum to discuss five key priority issues affecting minority businesses with government leaders in Loans, Grants, Contracts, Permit and Licensees.