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"His presentation is a key addition to the line-up of speakers we have scheduled," stated Doug Mayorga, Chairman of the Executive Committee and the Chamber Founder. "One of the priorities of this historic event is to bring a diverse group of leaders like Mr. Fisher, his expertise pertains to assessing and evaluating the social, environmental, economic, and political conditions of Indigenous communities and helping to implement new ways that provide national and international platforms for solutions." This exclusive conference is just one of several important presentations for the municipal leaders who attend. The overall purpose of the World Municipality Conference is to focus on a myriad of international topics, including the development of global innovative solutions for solving important issues affecting municipalities in the U.S. and beyond. To register for the event, please visit: About Mr. Wompimeequin Wampatuck: He also serves as a strategic leader on numerous indigenous organizations that include, but are not limited to, the following: President of Sacred Fire Initiative; President of the Living Curators of the Americas for the Sunshine of the Americas Foundation; National Director for NACHP (National Association for Cultural Heritage Preservation); Founder of PGGR (Promoting Government-to-Government Relationships); Indigenous Representative for the United Nations NGO South West Native Cultures; Indigenous Youth Representative for United Nations NGO New Future Foundation; Board Director of African Views Organization in consultative status with ECOSOS Economic and Social Council; Ambassador of the United Indigenous Peoples and Tribes of the World to the World Energy Forum; and, Global Chief Organizer for Indigenous World Governments at Global Green. About Minority Chamber of Commerce: was created in 2000 to provide a strong voice for the powerful minority businesses in the nation's. A global membership organization the mission of which is to: promote business development and economy, technology incubators, and associated programs; facilitate the development, transfer, training,  and commercialization of trade and innovations among its members, partners, industry, and government; enhance entrepreneurship teaching, research and service; strengthen micro-small-medium size companies  competitiveness; and achieve technology-based economic development within a restructuring global economy. For more information: The conference is not open to the public. Registration is necessary. Please register by May 18 at: or call 786-406-2190. Official agenda ready May 18, 2017.

"Connecting South Florida's minority groups with a pathway to employment creates an enormous ripple effect in our businesses communities and for the economy in general," says MCC Founder & Executive Director Doug Mayorga. "Our mission is to provide an opportunity for professionals, veterans, and skilled workers to explore options, while assisting them in pursuing top positions in all three business sectors." About the 10,000 Jobs Initiatives: Multilateral agencies, U.S Government, and private-sector companies participating in the coalition will help to launch careers and serve as entrepreneurship camp sponsors for minority professionals, veterans, students, skilled workers, and multilingual people just entering the workforce – including internships, apprenticeships, and on the job-training. In addition, the program aims to develop potential among job fair candidates seeking to create new businesses through business courses. The program goal for the year is 10,000 jobs. About Minority Chamber of Commerce: The mission of MCC is to create jobs and professional development for minority groups. The Career Expo is a workforce development program designed to help MCC-member employers, partners, and non-members to find and train minority employees; and to help unemployed workers find positions and engage in training to help them with new positions and different opportunities.

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 12, 2017) - Dewmar International BMC, Inc. ( : DEWM), a service disabled veteran-owned brand management, healthcare and entertainment services company announced that its CEO, Dr. Marco Moran has been appointed as a Board Member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association ("MCBA"). The MCBA vision is to maximize the unique potential of the cannabis industry to serve as an economic accelerator, creating opportunity and improving critical social and health measures of all communities. Through collaborative initiatives in policy reform, entrepreneurship, networking and education, the Minority Cannabis Business Association is committed to creating equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most negatively impacted by the war on drugs. "Although every aspect of the MCBA resonates with me as a young African-American business leader, my primary areas of interest where I believe that I can be most beneficial in promoting the cause of MCBA is with Economic Empowerment and Patient/Practitioner Awareness," said Dr. Moran. "Our subsidiary companies, Health & Wellness Research Consortium and U.S. Hemp Corporation have a staff of physicians, pharmacists and nurses with the ability to educate through many outlets," Dr. Moran expressed. Dr. Moran is a licensed healthcare professional and the CEO of one of the fastest growing publicly traded "pot stock" companies that had a historical rise from the ashes in the 1st quarter of 2014 after surviving a host of toxic funding. The Company pledged that they would never partake on such a wasteful endeavor again and now they are burgeoning to be one of the highest valued penny stock investments in the entire smallcap market. Dr. Moran believes that every person who is considering investing their time or money within this industry should join MCBA on some level, especially with the various membership levels available that make this an affordable prospect for businesses in all phases of growth. Any entrepreneur currently in business within this industry should strongly consider becoming a Partner Company with MCBA. The intense collaboration, sharing of information, and networking with other like-minded individuals on this topic creates an invaluable flow of information related to cutting-edge science and real economics related to the cannabis industry. Once a member, Dr. Moran asks those who have joined to send a brief personal email to on why they joined and what they hope to accomplish, and he personally will read your story of support. Founded in 2016, the Minority Cannabis Business Association is the first non-profit organization created specifically to increase inclusion and equity for minorities and other underserved groups in the cannabis industry. Their mission is to increase participation and economic empowerment for entrepreneurs, their patients and consumers, and the communities most negatively impacted by the war on drugs. MCBA's mission is carried out by its diverse management whose expertise provides value to its members. Strategic collaboration with fellow leaders, directly and indirectly related to the cannabis industry, helps ensure the sustainability and relevancy of this organization. Dewmar International BMC, Inc. is a certified service-disabled veteran and minority-owned business concern. New product development, manufacturing and brand management is its forte. Established in 2003, Dewmar's primary business strategy has been in creating high profit margins with functional foods and beverages, as well as introducing new yet meaningful innovations to markets of great demand. The Company's licensing and co-manufacturing of the trademarked Kush Cakes brownies was its gateway into the hemp and cannabis industry. The company has offices in Clinton, MS; Houston, TX: Denver, CO and New Orleans, LA. Follow Dewmar on its official Facebook and Twitter sites where the CEO is inclined to provide information, sometimes on a daily basis, about some of the Company's current activities and key staff activities. Also, subscribe to our Company Newsletter on the bottom right of our homepage on our website to receive updates as well. Click here for the Safe Harbor Statement.

News Article | May 24, 2017

The Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship program (LMJ Scholarship) is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic school year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, law is one of the least diverse professions in the nation. The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) released their 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms this January, revealing only small victories for minorities in law. The representation of minorities among lawyers increased to 14.62% in 2016, compared to 13.97% in 2015. However, when you look at the eight-year span from 2009-2016, the number of minority lawyers has only increased by 2.03%. Established by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the LMJ Scholarship program seeks to nurture the academic and professional careers of outstanding law students and advance the diversity pipeline to the legal profession. Each year, the LMJ Scholarship program awards up to 10 scholarships of $10,000 to incoming first-year law students. To be eligible for the LMJ Scholarship program, students must be accepted into an ABA-accredited U.S. law school for a full-time Juris Doctorate Program, have earned an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and have an interest in corporate law and diversity. Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need, community involvement, essay content and academic achievements. The scholarships may be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for courses at ABA-accredited U.S. law schools. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2017. For more information about the LMJ Scholarship and the application process visit About Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) MCCA was founded in 1997 to advance the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse attorneys in legal departments and the law firms that serve them. MCCA accomplishes its mission through publishing, research and training, pipeline initiatives and networking. MCCA’s work has been recognized with awards from the National Minority Business Council, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National LGBT Bar, and the Association of Corporate Counsel. MCCA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to

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Pharmacological Research | Year: 2016

Cisplatin is one of the most commonly used chemotherapy drugs, treating a wide range of cancer types. Unfortunately, many cancers initially respond to platinum treatment but when the tumor returns, drug resistance frequently occurs. Resistance to cisplatin is attributed to three molecular mechanisms: increased DNA repair, altered cellular accumulation, and increased drug inactivation. The use of precision medicine to make informed decisions on a patient's cisplatin resistance status and predicting the tumor response would allow the clinician to tailor the chemotherapy program based on the biology of the disease. In this review, key biomarkers of each molecular mechanism will be discussed along with the current clinical research. Additionally, known polymorphisms for each biomarker will be discussed in relation to their influence on cisplatin resistance. © Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH.2012.2.1-1 | Award Amount: 3.04M | Year: 2013

This project builds on research that shows the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on young people across Europe, including excessively high rates of youth unemployment and threats to the social provision enjoyed by previous generations. This is compounded by the coming of age of the descendants of recent migrant communities - who now form significant proportions of the young population in major European cities. They are Europeans in language, social habit and cultural repertoire, yet continue to face longstanding barriers as a result of membership of communities already marginalised from mainstream labour markets and wider civic life. The project brings together stakeholders from civil society experienced in practical policy-making and implementation with well-established academic researchers to: i) Map the changing demographic landscape of inequalities as seen in major cities in the EU today and the specific challenges facing young people disadvantaged by ethnic origin, cultural background, neighbourhood, family and educational and economic situation; ii) Review approaches of different levels of government to engaging with disadvantaged youth and addressing inequality concerning young people, including state approaches and 3rd sector actions for promoting economic activity and entry into the labour market and ensuring effective distribution of services and community-led initiatives to enhance economic chances and participation in civic life; iii) Uncover innovative strategies for navigating, surviving and overcoming inequalities that have emerged, and are emerging, among young people (16-24) in deprived parts of large cities through ethnographical research with young people themselves; iv) Examine the extent to which these strategies might be regarded as socially innovative, explore through a series of pilot projects how such strategies might be transferable across Europe and use the findings for reshaping policies at EU, national and local levels.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH-2009-3.3.1. | Award Amount: 3.44M | Year: 2010

In recent times, Europe has experienced increasing tensions between national majorities and ethnic or religious minorities, more particularly with marginalised Muslim communities. In some countries challenges relate more to immigrant groups while in other countries they refer to native minority claims. It is in this geopolitical context that the ACCEPT project responds to Topic 3.3.1 and notably in the quest for investigating whether European societies have become more or less tolerant during the past 20 years and in the necessity to clarify: (a) how is tolerance defined conceptually, (b) how it is codified in norms, institutional arrangements, public policies but also social practices, (c) how tolerance can be measured and how the degree of tolerance of a society across time or of several countries at the same time can be compared (whose tolerance, who is tolerated, and what if degrees of tolerance vary with reference to different minority groups). The project starts from a distinction between liberal tolerance (not interfering with practices or forms of life of a person even if one disapproves of them) and egalitarian tolerance referring to institutional arrangements and public policies that fight negative stereotyping, promote positive inclusive identities and re-organise the public space in ways that accommodate diversity. It reviews critically past empirical research and the scholarly theoretical literature on the topic. It conducts original empirical research on key events of national and European relevance that thematise different understandings and practices of tolerance. Bringing together empirical and theoretical findings, ACCEPT generates a State of the Art on Tolerance and Cultural Diversity in Europe targeting policy makers, NGOs and practitioners, a Handbook on Ideas of Tolerance and Cultural Diversity in Europe aimed to be used at upper high school level and with local/national policy makers, a Tolerance Indicators Toolkit where qualitative and quantitative indicators may be used to score each countrys performance on tolerating cultural diversity. These indicators will inform the evaluation and development of public policies in this area. Last but not least the ACCEPT project will produce a book manuscript on Tolerance, Pluralism and Cultural Diversity in Europe. The project includes direct communication and feedback mechanisms with civil society, political and media actors for the dissemination and exploitation of its findings.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH-2009-3.3.2. | Award Amount: 3.44M | Year: 2010

RELIGARE starts from the idea of equality and how it is challenged by the increasing diversity of religions and other convictions that are transforming Europe. The EUs expansion, together with important migration fluxes, partly explains this increasing diversity. A growing number of citizens, many of whom are new EU citizens, now hold beliefs and values different from the majority. One observes that individuals and groups today are claiming recognition of their (religious) identity in their family life, their work place, the public space, and the ways States provide support to religious and other groupings. These claims sometimes question and disturb the existing models of secularism in Europe. Public authorities thus face demanding challenges, probably more than ever before, of establishing social cohesion. RELIGAREs overarching goals are: 1) to encourage a critical debate between on the one hand secular assumptions that form part of Europes legacy, including their normative frameworks (existing legal regimes), and on the other hand the practical realities (coping mechanisms and empirically grounded observations); 2) to identify, analyse and evaluate the processes which should eventually lead to adequate policy responses and, where necessary, revision of legislation. RELIGAREs research will: 1) examine the way religious diversity and pluralism are treated in Member States; 2) ascertain deficits and explore the potentials of more appropriate practices, case law, expert and target group inputs (primary sources) and academic literature; 3) advance policy recommendations to address current and future dilemmas in protecting religious diversity and pluralism, considering the role of the EU. The consortium unites academic experts from 13 research units from 9 Member States and Turkey. They are supported by an advisory board of eminent persons connected to policymaking, legislative work and the judiciary in the field of religious diversity and pluralism.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: SSH-2007-5.2-01 | Award Amount: 1.87M | Year: 2009

IME investigates European identities, defined as a wide range of definitions of us, the Europeans proposed and acted upon by various actors in and around the current European Union (EU), in particular in nine cases: Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Drawing from the theory of multiple modernities, the project addresses three major issues regarding European identities: what they are, in what ways they have been formed and what trajectories they may take from now on. Through a set of nine case studies, IME first investigates the diversity of European identities as it manifests in the nine cases. It then examines the various ways in which these diverse self-definitions have been formulated and maintained in different societal, cultural and systemic settings and in which they have been interacting with various processes and forces. It then aims to identify commonalities among diverse European identities in nine countries through a series of thematic comparisons of the cases, in order to provide the basis for grounded projection of possible trajectories European identities may take as the processes of European integration continue. The project challenges the conventional wisdom about European identities and the teleological implication which lies behind much of the discussions of European identities and aims to offer valuable insights into the contexts in which various policies of identity construction are pursued.

There are disparities in engagement and retention in HIV care and outcomes of care across segments of society. For example, HIV mortality rates remain markedly elevated among black women and men compared with their white counterparts. These differences reflect broader disparities across social, economic, and cultural lines. Improvement in engagement and retention in HIV care requires interventions that account for forces present in the socioecologic framework of health behaviors. Improvement in linkage to care at HIV testing is crucial to overall engagement and retention in care. Strategies for linkage to care at testing can help overcome many of the forces that result in failure to engage and remain in care by starting the patient on a solid path to clinical care. This article summarizes a presentation by Victoria A. Cargill, MD, MSCE, at the IAS-USA continuing education program held in New York, New York, in May 2013. © 2013, IAS-USA.

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