US President Pledges Support For Jamaica

first_imgRelatedUS President Pledges Support For Jamaica RelatedUS President Pledges Support For Jamaica FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail President of the United States (US), Barack Obama, has expressed strong support for the Jamaican Government and people and for the continued development of the “special relationship” that exists between the countries.He was accepting Letters of Credence from Jamaica’s first female Ambassador to the US, Audrey Marks, at the White House on Monday (June 28).The US President said he had enjoyed meeting with Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding in Canada last weekend at the G8 Summit in Canada, and understood “the importance of what the Government of Jamaica is doing.” He said that the country could look forward to his full support.United States (US) President, Barack Obama, shares a moment with Jamaica’s first female Ambassador to the US, Her Excellency Audrey Marks in the Oval Office at the White House on Monday (June 28) after she presented her Letters of Credence to the President.On the role of the Jamaican Diaspora in the US, President Obama said Jamaicans had taken advantage of opportunities to “acquire a wide range of professional and technical skills (and) to rise to positions of leadership within business, government and the non-profit sector. It is as a result of this that they have been able to make such a significant contribution to the development of the United States.”In presenting her credentials to President Obama, Ambassador Marks, who was accompanied by her husband, Jassel Dunstan and their daughters Morgan and Madison, said Jamaica remained committed to deepening “the bonds of friendship and the ties of co-operation that have united our peoples for so many years,” and to build on existing relationships on the economic and security fronts, which would serve to aid Jamaica’s progress and development.Ambassador Marks identified the areas of trade and investment as key components of the partnership between Jamaica and the US.She told the US President that the Government of Jamaica would continue to actively work with the Jamaican Diaspora to “jointly stimulate greater growth in our economy, such as through the identification of opportunities for joint venture arrangements that will expand the quantity of foreign direct investment that originates from the United States.”Ambassador Marks, who assumed duties on May 17, 2010 is the founder of Paymaster Jamaica, Ltd. Prior to her assignment as Ambassador, Ms. Marks served on several private sector boards including as deputy chairman of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC); chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDC); director of the board of RBTT Securities Limited; and as board member of the National Health Fund.Ambassador Marks holds the distinction of being the first female president of the Jamaica American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).Click Here for President Barack Obama’s Speech US President Pledges Support For Jamaica Foreign AffairsJune 30, 2010center_img Advertisements RelatedUS President Pledges Support For Jamaicalast_img read more

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Human trafficking measures ready for floor action

first_img Apr 07, 2021 Top Stories Rep. Jackie ToledoBills to help victims of human trafficking are heading to the full Florida House and Senate following committee action on April 6.The Senate Rules Committee passed SB 1826, by Sen. Manny Diaz, R-Hialeah Gardens, and the House Judiciary Committee passed HB 523, by Rep. Jackie Toledo, R-Tampa, which create victim advocates for trafficking victims and make it easier for them to expunge records.HB 523 “shows the world that Florida does not accept human trafficking, that victims in Florida are not treated like criminals,” Toledo said in explaining her bill. “HB 523 addresses the weaknesses in Florida law that enabled victims to fall back into the cycle of revictimization.”There are only a patchwork of programs now to help trafficking victims, she said, and the law sets up a victim advocate program, similar to those for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. It would make it easier to expunge records, including allowing a victim to simultaneously seek multiple expungements in multiple jurisdictions, shortening a process that now can take years.Fees would also be waived for those expungement actions, which can run into the thousands of dollars, Toledo said.HB 523 passed 19-0. SB 1826 passed the Rules Committee 15-1 without any discussion. Diaz added an amendment to the bill that he said brings the definition of human trafficking into compliance with 2018 changes in federal trafficking laws.Those were the final committee stops for both bills. Human trafficking measures ready for floor actionlast_img read more

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Bandelier Celebrates National Public Lands Day Sept. 26

first_imgLong House at Bandelier National Monument. Courtesy/NPSNPS News:Often just known as NPLD, National Public Lands Day was established in 1994 and is traditionally known as the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. NPLD celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. Bandelier National Monument and other National Parks that normally charge entrance fees, will be free of charge Saturday, Sept. 26. The park store in Frijoles Canyon operated by Western National Parks Association, will offer a 15 percent discount on all purchases. However you choose to celebrate your public lands, be sure to RecreateResponsibly!  The next and last fee free day for 2020 is Veterans Day, Nov. 11.   For more information check out:  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/public-lands-day.htm   For more information, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 0. Visit the website, www.nps.gov/band. Like us on Facebook BandelierNPS, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @BandelierNPS.    About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.last_img read more

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Valve experts open service centre in China

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