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Fellow Jamaicans,It is once again time to raise our flags, promote our culture and proclaim our sovereign statehood in observation of the 48th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence on August 6. Significantly, we also mark in this commemorative season the 172nd Anniversary of Emancipation Day on August 1, thereby signifying national liberation as well as the recognition of the human dignity of the previously enslaved.I am deeply privileged to address you as Consul General of Jamaica and to express bountiful appreciation for the outstanding patriotism and support demonstrated in general by our Community. At the same time, I take the opportunity to acknowledge the many hands of friendship and love extended to our people in these United States, where the cordial and respectful relationship between our nations and peoples continues to flourish.
Families and individuals throughout Broward County will have food on the table this month thanks to the continued generosity of Broward County employees and those who visit Broward libraries and government buildings with food donations in hand.The Broward County 365 Food Drive netted 2,143 pounds of food in June and July that was donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program/LifeNet4Families non-profit organization. More than 1,400 pounds were collected at Broward County libraries."Without the help of concerned people, like the employees of Broward County, we would not be able to provide the assistance we do. More than 100 hungry families come here each day seeking emergency food; for them food is a luxury. More than 100,000 citizens count on us for food help each year. We are honored to partner with Broward County to take a bite out of hunger," said Marti Forman, executive director of the Cooperative Feeding Program/LifeNet4Families.
Passenger and freight traffic at Miami International Airport continue to exceed forecasts through the first six months of 2010 after a stable year in 2009.MIA's total passenger traffic has grown four percent through the first half of the year compared to 2009, with international passengers increasing 4.8 percent and domestic passengers growing by 3.3 percent. MIA has served 17.6 million passengers to date this year, with 8.1 million being international and 9.5 million domestic.Total freight volume at MIA has grown 26.5 percent year to date, with international freight increasing nearly 28.9 percent and domestic freight growing by 10.3 percent. MIA has already handled more than one million tons of freight in the first half of 2010.
Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has confirmed that her Government is prepared to honour the deal between Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines (CAL).She made the disclosure during a press briefing Thursday (July 8) at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Jamaica House. Caribbean Airlines took over Air Jamaica's operations following an agreement finalised in April. Under the agreement the Trinidadian Government was slated to contribute working capital to facilitate the merger, while the Jamaican Government assumed the debt and covered the winding-up costs.Concerns were raised about the deal by Mrs. Persad-Bissessar administration on assuming office in May, but she explained earlier that these concerns were primarily based on a lack of transparency in the negotiations leading up to the agreement.
Thirty- one of South Florida’s most accomplished professional women were recently inducted as charter members of the Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an international service organization of concerned, committed, and talented women, linked in friendship, to enrich, sustain, and ensure the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African descent. Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated (“The Links”) is among the most prestigious associations of African American women in the world.The Induction Ceremony, held one day before the First Plenary Session of The Links, Incorporated, 37th National Assembly in Detroit, Michigan on June 30, 2010, culminated a full year of candidate orientation and community service programming. The Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is the first chapter of the organization’s 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, to be chartered on a national stage before the formal Assembly of The Links membership.