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The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and Port Everglades renewed their strategic alliance with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

First signed in August 2009, the MOU, which is renewable for five years, solidifies both entities' dedication to growth and best customer practices.

The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is closely monitoring the movement of Tropical Storm Emily. At this time, all Miami-Dade County services continue normal operations.

While Miami-Dade County is not in immediate danger, all residents and businesses should check their hurricane preparedness kits, review their family emergency plans and remain informed.
  •  Make sure that your emergency equipment, such as hurricane shutters and battery-powered radios, is in good working order.
  •  Ensure that you have enough emergency supplies, such as non-perishable food and water, for each person in your home to last for at least three days.
  •  Obtain and store materials necessary to properly secure your home.
  •  Secure yard and construction debris so that they do not pose a hazard during a storm.
  • Take any tree trimmings to a local trash & recycling center at this time.
  • Find out if you live in an evacuation zone. If so, plan in advance where you will stay, how you will get there, and what supplies you will take. Also give yourself ample time to get to a safe area. Miami-Dade evacuation zone maps are available on our website http://www.miamidade.gov/oem
  • For more preparedness information, residents can also visit: www.readysouthflorida.org

His Excellency Dr. Neil Parsan of the Republics of Trinidad and Tobago and His Excellency John Beale from Barbados served as Ambassadors during their recent visit to the unique and remerging city of Detroit. Local businessman Robert Shumake hosted the West Indian royalty.

According to both Beale and Parsan, their impression of the Motor City not only exceeded their expectation, but ignited a new and fervent interest in building stronger ties.
"I must admit, that since my first visit to Michigan over 40 years ago, all I have heard or read about Detroit is bad news, naturally I had a certain mindset... I was looking for devastation," shared Ambassador Beale.

Youth from Little Haiti Optimist Club (LHOC) Fashion 101: Teen Runway Showcase summer program will produce their fashion show entitled “Summer Daze” on Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm at Legion Park located at 6447 NE 7th Avenue, Miami.
Fashion 101: Teen Runway Showcase is an innovative program created by the Sports, Film & Entertainment Committee (SFEC), designed to allow Little Haiti Optimist Club youth the chance to explore career opportunities and gain vocational skills through a behind the scenes look at the fashion and beauty industry.  This summer, each of the students in the program participated in designing and creating unique clothing pieces for the show, developed a fashion show concept and is now organizing a fashion show entitled “Summer Daze” to highlight what they have learned.