NY: Close your eyes and imagine a packed church crusade in full effect in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica in the 1990s. A most unusual occurrence is taking place on stage. A charming and captivating seven-year old is given the microphone to sing, and his tender voice loaded with youthful innocence ravishes the audience. One woman faints as the infantâ€™s song peals throughout the worship session. Churchgoers are captivated by this gifted youth and his jaw-dropping performance.
BROWARD COUNTY, FLA - Broward County and Italy have more in common that you may know. There are twenty two Italian companies in Broward. Fort Lauderdale is known as the â€œVenice of Americaâ€ and the Italian marine industry is the largest in the European Union and represents an excellent prospect for U.S. products. Port Everglades has a sister port in Italy, Fort Lauderdale has two Italian sister cities.
Italyâ€™s Deputy Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda, and Italyâ€™s Ambassador to the U.S., Claudio Bisogniero were welcomed to Broward County by Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Commissioners Chip LaMarca and Dale Holness and Browardâ€™s Economic and Small Business staff. The Italian representatives were in town to visit the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
"We are hoping to strengthen our trade relationships. Italy is already very present in Broward County, " said Ambassador Bisogniero.
Vice Mayor Sharief presented the pair with a ceremonial Key to the County and Commissioner LaMarca read a proclamation designating 2013 as the â€œYear of Italian Culture.â€
"This is part of a broader business trip. South Florida is a strategic gateway for trade," said Deputy Minister Calenda.
In addition to the marine trade, the Italian officials learned about opportunities in Browardâ€™s growing industries such Aviation, Aerospace, Technology and Life Sciences.
Italian companies operating in Broward County include some well-known names such as the Ferretti Group, MSC Cruises, Mapei, Astaldi Construction and others. Italy is 16th largest trading partner for the U.S and the 23rd largest market for U.S. exports with a trade value of $52-billion.
Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, with Carol Biggs, R.N., MBA-HA, DHSc, vice president of South Miami Heart Center and a Jamaica native, today presented five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the Medical Association of Jamaica at a press conference at the Terra Nova Hotel in New Kingston.
Baptist Health International is committed to aiding its Caribbean neighbors by providing the islands with vital healthcare resources and access to the latest medical technology. Baptist Health's ongoing responsibility to Jamaica is unwavering, and the donation of the AEDs is a testament to the organization's support for the local medical community, said Dr. Biggs. As a Jamaican who cares about the country and our people, and a healthcare professional who is critically aware of the importance of immediate response when dealing with a heart-related emergency, I am extremely gratified by this event because this equipment will help save the lives of fellow countrymen.
Baptist Health International Center of Miami, a division of Baptist Health South Florida, hosted the Second Annual Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute International Symposium July 16 and 17. More than 50 physicians in the fields of internal medicine, cardiology, interventional radiology and vascular surgery from Latin America and the Caribbean attended the two-day conference held at Baptist Hospital's Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami.
Symposium directors Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and Niberto Moreno, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baptist Health South Florida, together with co-director Antonio Brice, M.D., presented the latest advancements in the field.