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Barbara Sharief is not new to government, politics or business, but she acknowledges that she has a lot to learn in her new role as the Broward County Commissioner elected to represent District 8.

"In order to fulfill my duty to the people in my district, I want to engulf myself in County operations and learn the inner workings of County operations. Specifically, I want to learn what drives economic development, how countywide services are currently being provided and develop relationships with employees, city officials and residents," said Sharief.

Over the next couple of months, the Commissioner has scheduled a series of visits to tour County libraries and parks in her district. Visits are planned at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Port Everglades, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and Broward County Transit.

Jamaican jerk sauce “Barbecue Madness” under the brand Jamaica Jerk, gained the title “Best Sauce” at the 14th annual Americas Food and Beverage show which ended yesterday (Oct. 27) at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The sauce was among a large number of entrants in the category “Sauces and Condiments of the Americas” at the two-day Expo held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Bertram and Rana Bantan of BnRs Holdings, Kingston, smiled proudly as they displayed the award among their several varieties of sauces exhibited in the Jamaica Pavilion during the two day Expo which began on Tuesday (Oct. 26). ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“It’s our first time at the Americas show and we are introducing a different variation to the market” he explained.

Jamaica Jerk was among the many exhibits of Jamaican manufactured products and labels on display in the Jamaican Pavilion which “created quite a buzz” according to Mrs. Berletta Forrester, Manager, Export Promotion, JAMPRO.

The Premier of Bermuda, the Hon. Paula A. Cox JP, MP, has appointed the Hon. Patrice K. Minors, JP, MP as Bermuda’s new Minister of Business Development and Tourism.

The appointment sees the return to Cabinet of Mrs. Minors, who will be tasked with heading the development and growth of the Island’s existing twin economic pillars: International Business and Tourism.

The Cabinet appointment was announced last week (Monday, November 1) by Premier Cox, who herself recently assumed the role of Premier following the resignation of Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, former Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport.

Minister Minors, who spent the better portion of last week meeting with key industry stakeholders, said she is “absolutely thrilled” with the new appointment.

Throwing a reported $73 million of his personal fortune into his campaign, and taking the near unprecedented step of choosing a black female running mate, Republican Rick Scott took a gamble and it paid off Tuesday when he edged out Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink by a razor thin margin to keep the governor’s mansion in the hands of the GOP.

Refusing to concede late Tuesday night, Sink finally gave up hopes of a victory when it became apparent Wednesday that she did not have enough votes to win.

Scott won by just under 70,000 votes of the 5.3 million cast, garnering 49 percent of the votes to 48 percent for Sink and running mate Rod Smith.

“As of today, I work for every Floridian. Today is the end of ‘politics as usual’ in the state of Florida,” Scott said Wednesday during a victory rally at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Hotel. “Thanks for saying that Jennifer and I were the best qualified to serve you,” he said, referring to his running mate Jennifer Carroll.

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