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Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson recognized Mr. Hector Vargas, Senior Vice President of the Property Management Division at the Continental Group, on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 during the County Commission meeting for his volunteer work. Mr. Vargas leads Continental Group's annual toy drive on behalf of Voice for Children, organized an "Extreme Home Makeover" for a group home under the Center for Family and Child Enrichment, and has raised funds for the Humane Society, Breast Cancer Awareness, Cystic Fibrosis research and Voices for Children, among many community activities.

A team of members of the South Florida chapter of the Trench Town Comprehensive Alumni Association will make a presentation of needed items to the school when they visit the school next week to participate in the annual school prize-giving ceremony.  The event will be held next Tuesday (March 1) on the school campus.

A presentation of $3,000 (US) will go towards the school’s sports development and the student breakfast programmes.  The monetary donation is a result of the second annual fundraiser held last November in Fort Lauderdale.

In addition, five sewing machines will also be donated to the School’s Home Economics Department.  A total of ten sewing machines have been targeted for the Department, the first five of which has been donated by members of the Association.  President of the Alumni Association, the Reverend Dr. Dennis Grant who will lead the delegation said that the machines will be purchased in Jamaica with donations from individual alumni members, in an effort to utilize the resources in Jamaica.

St.Lucia Celebrates 32nd independence Anniversary

On February 22, 1979, St. Lucia achieved independence led by John Compton. St. Lucia is known for the annual “St. Lucia Jazz Festival” and the nation’s principal source of foreign exchange is from tourism and agriculture.

DR. Karl Rodney Charged

 Dr. Karl Rodney, a fundraiser for the American Friends of the University of the West Indies and publisher of a New York Caribbean newspaper, was charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for lying to the House Ethics Committee relating to business conferences one of his enterprise held in Antigua/Barbuda and St. Maarten.

During frank and open discussions yesterday (February 21), at the Offices of the Prime Minister, between Jamaican officials and a Haitian fact finding delegation which had just arrived in the island, it was concluded that there were many misrepresentations of the treatment of the Haitian Under 17 CONCACAF Football Team.

The Haitian delegation which included representatives from the Ministries of Sports and Health, a representative from the Haitian Olympic Committee, a journalist, and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Haiti, primarily wanted to know if the Haitian Footballers were: forced out of the CONCACAF competition; under physical, forcible restraint while in medical quarantine; under uniformed, armed guards, as reported by the president of the Haitian Football Federation.

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