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Another Caribbean American has declared his intent to enter the United States political arena. Jamaican-born businessman Chris Ziadie, 45, said he plans to run for the District 3 seat on the City Commission in Pembroke Pines, a South Florida community with a significant Caribbean American population. The election for the seat is due in Mar. 2012.   “I’m running because our district does not have good representation,” Ziadie said recently. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“These people don’t know how to run a budget.” Ziadie, who migrated to South Florida in the late 1970s, claims to have more than 27 years of business management/consulting experience and to have worked for several Fortune 500 companies. 
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Assistant Secretary Fred Pfaeffle and State Representative Dwight Bullard held a joint roundtable discussion with members from the agricultural communities of South Florida to consider various issues affecting minorities in the local industry.Secretary Pfaeffle’s address highlighted an allocation of approximately $1.3 billion by the federal government to compensate Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who have been denied access to farm loans between 1981 and 2000. The Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation Settlement and claim procedures were also addressed.
President Obama thundered to the throngs at the recent LGBT Leadership Council fundraising bash in New York. “I believe that gay couples deserve the same legal rights as every couple in the country,” he said. This was not hyperbole that he had to shout to one of the country’s most prominent, and influential gay rights groups to get gay activists off his back about his opposition to gay marriage. Despite the withering heat he has taken for that opposition, Obama has been the best friend that gays have ever had in the White House.
Newly appointed Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, and Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Arthur Williams, was sworn into office by the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House. The Governor-General commended the new Ministers on their appointment and encouraged them to “continue on a path of excellence for which you are already known."