Joe Bogdanovich (third from right), Investor & CEO, Downsound Records is flanked by (from left) Lloyd Distant, CEO, Hardware & Lumber Limited; Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Tourism; Taurus Riley, recording artiste; Gary Matalon, CEO & Director, KLE Group; and Marcus Richards, Executive Vice Chairman of Argyle Industries Inc., and Director of Hardware and Lumber at the launch of the Caribbean Love Campaign in support of post-hurricane rebuilding efforts in islands affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Bogdanovich will leverage the businesses and brands with which he is associated to rally donations on behalf of the people in islands impacted by the hurricanes. Jamaican entertainment entrepreneur and investor Joe Bogdanovich recently announced the launch of Caribbean Love, a hurricane relief campaign o support rebuilding programs in Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.As part of the campaign, Bogdanovich will leverage the businesses and brands with which he is associated to rally donations on behalf of the people in islands impacted by the hurricanes. Each business and brand will participate in the relief effort in their own way.“As human beings, we should all be deeply concerned by what has happened over the course of the hurricane season. But this is an opportunity for us to define who we are as Caribbean people. The devastation must be met with hope, unity and a sense of purpose,” said Bogdanovich.The brands and businesses Joe Bogdanovich has made the launch partners of Caribbean Love are: Reggae Sumfest, Downsound Records, Downsound Entertainment, FranJam, KLE, Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records, H&L Rapid True Value, H&L Agro, Parkland Industrial Co., Argyle Industries and the R Hotel. Additional partners will be announced as the campaign is deployed.At present, the key initiatives of the campaign include contributions of cash from each business as well as:Sumfest Reloaded… the BenefitA benefit concert and telethon set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica tentatively scheduled for a date in November 2017.Donations of equipment and suppliesHardware & Lumber will also donate equipment and building supplies. Jamaicans are also invited to make donations of canned food, clothing, tarpaulins batteries and solar lamps, etc. in containers donated by Parkland Industrial Co. at all 15 H&L Rapid True Value and H&L Agro stores across the island. One hundred percent of all donations will be distributed to the people of the affected islands.Bogdanovich appealed to corporations and artistes to join the Caribbean Love movement. “Now more than ever, we have to stand up for our Caribbean brothers and sisters. No one could have imagined that so much could be lost so quickly. Jamaica is in the position to help in a meaningful way, but we must act now, and we must act together,” he said.
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds says more than 30 people applied to be the new leader of the Iowa Department of Human Services — and a Texan “rose to the top.”November 1st will be Kelly Kennedy Garcia’s first day as Iowa DHS director. She’s worked in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission since 2013 and is currently a top deputy in the agency.“She’s in charge of about 700 employees, had a budget of about $1.4 billion, which is close to what we have in the State of Iowa,” Reynolds told reporters Thursday afternoon, “so she kind of brings a lot of experience to the table.”Garcia also worked on a Texas commission that lists state agencies and programs for lawmakers to consider modifying or closing.“She’s known for really her organizational skills, for looking for ways to bring efficiency to the department,” Reynolds said during a news conference in her statehouse office “She’s worked on policy, so she just hit on a lot of the areas that I think will be really advantageous for the department.”Reynolds has said she wants the agency to move in a different direction.“The agency’s not where we want it to be,” Reynolds said. “I think there’s things that we can do better.”As for what those things may be, Reynolds told reporters she’s not going to “micromanage” Garcia or any of her agency leaders.“You set the vision, the big picture, kind of what the goal is, you articulate that vision to very talented people that you bring on board,” Reynolds said, “that you believe can go out there and execute.”Garcia must win a confirmation vote in the Iowa Senate next year to keep the job. Reynolds has approved a one-time, $50,000 signing bonus for Garcia. Garcia’s state salary will be about $154,000 — roughly $40,000 less than her Texas salary.“So I think that…says a lot about her,” Reynolds told reporters. “She was really excited about coming…This is a great move for her. It’s a great opportunity for her to go to the next level.”In late June, Governor Kim Reynolds’ chief of staff asked DHS director Jerry Foxhoven to resign. Foxhoven has filed a $2 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Reynolds, two of the governor’s aides and the State of Iowa. read more