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The Miami-Dade County Elections Department is ready to start welcoming voters to the polls for the Primary Election with Early Voting beginning Monday, August 9 and running through Sunday, August 22. For 14 days, including weekends, registered voters may cast their ballot at the location most convenient for them. Hours are flexible too, with sites opening as early as 7:00 a.m. and closing as late as 7:00 p.m.

Hundreds of Jamaican nationals and friends united in worship at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale yesterday (Aug. 1) to celebrate Jamaicas anniversary of Emancipation and Independence at the Ecumenical service of thanksgiving. The Service was organized by the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami.

Guest preacher, Dr. Samuel Vassel, Pastor of the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene in New York, told his congregation of more than 1,200 persons that prayer was not an option as Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora gathered to celebrate the nations 48th anniversary of Independence.

Entrepreneurs are needed now more than ever – especially in these challenging economic times. That is why the Launch Pad, the University of Miami's interdisciplinary entrepreneurship resource center based at the Toppel Career Center, will once again celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with several events November 15-19.

Exciting lectures, workshops and networking events will aim to expose students, alumni, and the entire South Florida community to information that will help with their goals. Last year's festivities brought noted author and business journalist Suzy Welch and Brazilian artist Romero Britto among others.

The Launch Pad was the top-ranked U.S. Global Entrepreneurship Week partner in 2008 and again received the Campus Award for top programming in 2009. Some of this year's highlights include an "Elevator Pitch" contest and themed days for Arts & Entertainment, Women in Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Science &Technology, and A Taste of Entrepreneurship.

Though great strides have been made since the deadly earthquake in Haiti, immediate problems continue to confront the relief and recovery process that threaten their success, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) told a key congressional subcommittee. (www.ImUnitedforHaiti.org)

"The title of today's hearing, 'The Crisis in Haiti: Are We Moving Fast Enough?,' poses a question that has a simple and easy answer: 'No,' we are not moving fast enough,"says Jimmy Jean-Louis, the actor and spokesperson for PADF's recovery efforts in Haiti. "Too many Haitians continue to live in despicable conditions with little hope of moving to recovery in the foreseeable future."

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