Kamala Harris becomes the 1st Black, Female, Jamaican🇯🇲 American, Indian American Vice President of the United States #history as Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the US Congratulations!

Katia Saint Fleur

Katia Saint Fleur, Political Strategist, is working with Florida For All, leading the Caribbean & Black Constituency Voter Outreach. They are leading an unprecedented voter outreach coalition to engage and motivate 1.5 million black voters in Florida. Florida For All Education Fund has built a very deliberate and detailed campaign to engage and motivate Caribbean voters because this year, they will be difference-makers

In the dance to the White House, Black Voters are experiencing a courtship like never before. Afro-Caribbean voters exist in the same constituency space as Black voters, but they are a unique bunch. Caribbean voters are far from monolithic. The languages range from English to Spanish to Haitian-Creole, they love football ⚽️ (soccer) and American football, they’re both fiscally and socially conservative, and Caribbean voters are less dedicated to party affiliation.

Forty-one percent of all Caribbean’s in the United States live in Florida. The sunshine state is notorious for its close elections. The Gore/Bush debacle, the narrow margins in the Hillary/Trump election, and the last gubernatorial election were won by less than .40% of the votes. As in any swing state, campaigns look for advantages and voters in those states who can make the difference. And in Florida, the difference makers in 2020 will Caribbean voters. 

Haitians and Jamaicans make up the majority of 800,000 Afro-Caribbeans in Florida, with half of all persons of Haitian descent in the United States living in Florida(460,000). Both political parties courting Afro-Caribbeans and organizations like Florida For All Education Fund have created ground-breaking voter empowerment and education programs explicitly directed to engage Caribbean voters for this simple reason. Caribbean Americans will decide the next President. 

The pathway to 270 electoral college votes always leads straight to Florida. There are very few scenarios to the presidency that exist without Florida’s 27 electoral college votes. 

In a recent visit to South Florida, Vice President Joe Biden made a special trip to Little Haiti in Miami and met with several community leaders. It very clear that he believed that the Caribbean and Haitian Americans could and will decide who the next President of the United States will be. On the opposite side of the coin, President Trump’s campaign is focused on targeting young Caribbean males, unlike past republicans, knowing they could be the potential bump he’ll need to secure a victory come November 3. 

In her memoir, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.” This election cycle is the time, the time for Caribbean voters to think about their wants, their needs, as well as their communities, and let their voices be heard. 

Fundraiser on the 25th of October at http://www.wolmers.org

Miami-based investment firm Blue Mahoe Capital Partners Inc. has donated to support Jamaica Cancer Society’s Virtual Relay For Life

Miami, FL – September 18, 2020

Blue Mahoe Capital, a privately-held investment firm building a portfolio of public and private equities across the Caribbean and USA with a heavy focus on Jamaica joins the fight against Cancer by donating JMD$250,000 to support the work of the Jamaica Cancer Society and their Virtual Relay For Life which will be broadcast online on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

The COVID-19 global pandemic forced the non-profit to overhaul their approach to fundraising this year. David Mullings, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Blue Mahoe Capital, was approached to assist with planning the streaming event and online marketing, having previously started a technology company with his brother in 2002 that became the largest platform for Caribbean music videos on the web and now owns a small film and equipment rental company in Jamaica.

“My father, Dr. Anthony Mullings, served on the board of the Jamaica Cancer Society from 1984 to 2012 so I grew up attending Relay For Life and understanding the importance of Cancer awareness. I simply could not say no to supporting such an important cause because three of our team members have dealt with Cancer and we Jamaicans in the diaspora can play a role in supporting reputable NGOs like the Jamaica Cancer Society” – said David Mullings.

Mrs. Marie Powell, Chairman of Relay For Life  said,  “ The Jamaica Cancer Society will rely  heavily on the support of the  Diaspora in order to make Relay For life a success.” I also  invite  the public to visit www.JCS.Live,  and the Citizens For Citizens  Fund platform to donate.

Mr. Mullings also introduced the Jamaica Cancer Society to the Citizens For Citizens Fund, a non-profit founded by Melissa Powell and making funding projects in Jamaica easier and they are facilitating online donations.

The Virtual Relay For Life will stream on Sunday, October 18, 2020,  during the hours of  4:00p.m  to 6:00p.m EST at Facebook.com,  https://www.facebook.com/jamaicacancersociety/,  YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJCSociety/  and Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/jamaicacancersociety876/.

 

About Blue Mahoe Capital Partners

Blue Mahoe Capital Partners Inc. is a Miami-based privately-held investment firm focused on giving investors easy access to the emerging economies of the Caribbean and the quality companies overlooked by too many investors. It is a majority Black-owned business founded by David P.A. Mullings with plans to eventually go public on a major US stock exchange. The company invests in Caribbean companies and companies with the potential for heavy exposure to the Caribbean. It currently has a portfolio of public equities and owns a 5% stake in a Jamaican-based technology company. The company is in the growth phase and is now rolling out it’s US property fund and it’s Caribbean impact fund.

 

About Jamaica Cancer Society

The Jamaica Cancer Society is a non- profit, nongovernmental organization which was established in 1955. This year marks the Society’s 65th anniversary in service and dedication to the people of Jamaica in the fight against cancer.   The Society has its head office in Kingston and two branches, located in the parishes of St. Ann and St. Elizabeth. Through its cadre of volunteer doctors, screening partners, government agencies and nurses, the Society can execute its mobile screening programmes, which includes, screening for breast, prostate and cervical cancer across the island of Jamaica.      A total of 20,000 Jamaicans benefitted from the services of the Jamaica Cancer Society in 2019.  Through its major fundraiser, Relay For Life the Society has been able to assist newly diagnosed cancer  patients with small grants from its Patient Support Funds.    Annually a percentage of the funds raised from Relay For Life is donated to the America Cancer Society to assist with global efforts in  cancer research.

 

Press Contacts

 

Jason Walker

Blue Mahoe Capital Partners Inc.

1111 Brickell Ave. Floor 10

Miami, FL 33131

T: 1-844-342-6631 Ext. 5

E: press@bluemahoecapital.com

Shullian Brown (Miss)

Fundraising & Public Relations Officer

Jamaica Cancer Society

16 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5

Kingston, Jamaica

E:jacancer@cwjamaica.com/jcsinfo3@cwjamaica.com

Tele: (876)927-4265

Buddy Hield raises the trophy courtesy of his instagram page

Buddy Hield, the son of Bahamas becomes the 1st Bahamian born and Caribbean born basketball player to win the 3pt shoot out. Bahamas did claim the 2015 3 pt title won by Golden State Warriors star, Klay Thompson, whose father is Bahamian and had spent a large part of his youth in Bahamas.

Hield though, one of the top scorers on the Sacramento Kings, edged out Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker in a thrilling finish where he drained 7 of his last 8 shots to lift the trophy.

Although he has hit 800 3s the fastest in NBA history, of the 8 sharp shooters that entered the competition, he was ranked 6th most likely to win. Well Buddy Hield proved them wrong. Congrats to Buddy Hield, Bahamas and the Sacramento Kings.

Photos courtesy of Buddy Hield’s Instagram, the video is courtesy of NBC sports

Usain Bolt new ad

This is not an endorsement of Sam’s Club this is just enjoying another moment in the Usain Bolt journey. Jamaica’s 🇯🇲 son, the greatest athlete ever.

The Jamaica national ice hockey team created History yesterday. The Island of Jamaica from the warm, tropical Caribbean won an international ice hockey tournament, yes I said it (or typed it) , the Jamaican Ice Boyz are the champions of an Ice Hockey competition staged in the US. This team of Jamaican born and Jamaican descent players made the country proud.

Jamaican defeated Colombia in a nail biter of a game. The nail biter aspect of this was surprising since Jamaica had defeated Colombia earlier in the competition and had lost 5-0. Maybe the Colombian team had taken Jamaica lightly the first time out, maybe Colombia had adjusted brilliantly to the Jamaican team, or maybe the Jamaican team had finally gotten a little tired and banged up after a dominant run that led up to the final (5-0 against Colombia, 8-4 over Argentina, 7-0 over Brazil & 6-0 Over Mexico), a final that was in the 1st ever Ice Hockey competition that Jamaica has entered,

In the tight game Jamaica went up 2-0 early. The Jamaicans in the building were loud and in joyous spirits, grooving to hits from Sean Paul & Damian & Stephen Marley. However unlike the previous encounter Colombia was right there with the Boyz from the island of wood & water. The Colombians matched the Jamaicans in speed, which up to this point had not been done by any team, including the Colombians.

Although the Colombians were matching us in tactics, speed and execution, the 2-0 lead gave comfort, to what was both the largest crowd for the whole tournament and the largest number of Jamaicans and Jamaican supporters who came out during the competition.

Then, Jamaica had a major setback, one of their best players Carton Thorton had gotten hurt, had to be taken off and did not return. Players who had been injured earlier in the tournament now had to step up. Strong players like Jaden Lindo now had to dig deep.

Colombia’s best player Daniel Echeverri played the entire 48 minutes, their goalie became almost impassable after the 2 goals scored. Then it happened in the 3rd period, Colombia scored. The Colombia fans went wild. They scored again! 2-2.

That score would hold all the way until regulation time ended, albeit with many close calls for both sides. This set up the penalties, and after a tense period, Jamaica’s goalie saved enough and offense scored enough for Jamaica to win 3-2. History had been made.

The crowd went wild, the team went wild, everybody jumped on the ice. Coaches CJ Bollers & Darwin Murray (whose brilliant coaching led the way) beamed with pride. Then the national anthem played and everyone who was there from and for Jamaica stood at attention. The Ice Boyz showed unadulterated joy, along with classy humility to all, throughout the whole weekend they showed respect to teams, fans and organizers.

Jamaica’s Counsel General, Oliver Mair celebrated along with team and fans and said ” We are sooo proud of our Jamaican Hockey team and congratulate them on this historic victory! We are a people capable of doing anything we put our minds towards accomplishing.” AKA we little but we tallawah.”

This is a strong statement for Jamaica to be a viable participant of the Ice Hockey world. If Jamaica can raise the millions necessary to have an ice rink in Jamaica they could be eligible to compete in the Winter Olympics (Ice Runnings anyone?).

On the 8th of September Jamaica created history by hoisting the LATAM 2019 trophy in Ice Hockey at the Florida Panthers Ice Den in South Florida.

– Jason Walker

Jamaica’s Ice Boyz impressed again with a whopping 6-0 beat down of the Mexican national ice hockey team. Although the score is not as high as the 7-0 victory over Brazil the day before the game was completely dominated by the Boyz!

Playing Mexico, Jamaica was just faster, stronger, and more skilled than their opponent. Mexican players also said the Jamaican team played with much more cohesion. The Boyz would get into defensive and offensive sets much quicker than the Mexicans. Coach would put in and pull players at all the right times not giving Jamaica’s opponents any opportunity to get used to Jamaica’s tactics.

As first time competitors to the international Latam Hockey Cup, Jamaica is creating history by getting to the finals.

The finals are later today at 4:30 pm at the Panthers Iceden 3299 Sportsplex Drive Coral Springs FL 33065.

Jamaica hockey team posing with some fans.

Jamaica defeats Brazil in a resounding thorough 7-0 victory in the international LATAM cup. Although the score does not look competitive the game was thrilling.

The match was intense in every other aspect of the game other than the score. The Jamaica hockey team played as a #Football ⚽️ team. Strong quick passes with precise shots on goals.

The players were strong and hard in their blocks and defense. The game was swift and powerful.

This game is Jamaica’s 3rd straight victory. This victory has propelled the island nation into the semifinals of this ice hockey competition.

Bahamas Needs Our Help

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (September 2, 2019) Food For The Poor is responding to an urgent need for aid to our neighbor the Bahamas, which has been devastated by Hurricane Dorian. The charity will respond with partners Sandals Foundation and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to identify greatest need and coordinate distribution of aid. 

Containers of essential items will be loaded and sent immediately, but the charity needs help with a request for canned goods and diapers. Food For The Poor is asking for donations of canned meats, canned fish and canned milk, both evaporated and condensed, and disposable diapers. Perishable items cannot be accepted. 

“We are saddened by the images of devastation and heartbroken to hear news reports that at least one child’s life has been lost to this horrific storm,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood, in expressing the urgency of the situation. “If it were us, we would want to know that caring people would come to our aid. They have nothing left. We must respond and we must do so immediately.”

(Update: Death toll has risen to 20, as of Sept. 5).

Food For The Poor announced last Friday that it was poised to aid areas of Florida most affected by the impact of Hurricane Dorian, and is monitoring that situation as well. Since Florida wasn’t affected, that aid will go to the Bahamas.

Canned meats, canned fish, canned milk, and diapers can be brought to the charity’s warehouse at 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fl, 33073, starting Wednesday, Sept. 4. Any other items cannot be accepted. Drop-off hours are weekdays between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Items should be taken directly to the warehouse, following the driveway around the right side of Food For The Poor.)

The Sandals Foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at fulfilling the promise of the Caribbean community by improving lives and preserving its natural surroundings through investments in sustainable regional projects and programs in education, community and the environment.

The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida has 76 congregations as diverse as Southeast Florida itself running from Key West north to Jensen Beach and west to Clewiston. The Episcopal Church in Southeast Florida includes approximately 38,000 members including congregations that worship regularly in Spanish and French/Creole.

Please go to FoodForThePoor.org/bahamas to make a donation.