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The Hotel Villa St. Louis was once a thriving business in Bourdon, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. For more than 30 years, the 60-room boutique hotel, a beloved family-run business in the Port-au-Prince community, served as a gathering place for locals and tourists alike, hosting leisure and business travelers, small groups, reunions and weddings. But like many small businesses in the area, the hotel, along with the adjacent St. Louis family residence, was destroyed after collapsing in the earthquake of January 2010, and no insurance proceeds were available to rebuild this once flourishing business.

Broward County Transit (BCT) has added a community meeting in the city of Sunrise in advance of a public hearing scheduled by the Broward County Commission on proposed service reductions, service eliminations and bus fare increases that would become effective in October 2010.

The community meeting will start at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at the Sunrise Senior Center, 10650 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise.

The community meeting will provide bus passengers an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed service changes.

Bermuda Government officials in association with the African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Bermuda Foundation announced today that Bermuda will host the 6th International African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference 2010, “Evolution of the Trail” History, Culture, Global Communities and Economic Empowerment. The conference will take place at Grotto Bay Beach Resort from October 15-17 2010.

The conference marks the celebration of Bermuda’s 10th Anniversary of the commencement of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail by the late Minister of Tourism, The Hon. David H. Allen, JP, MP. Presentations will feature discussions relating to the international advancement of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail.

Under the direction of Interim Chairperson Dame the Hon. Jennifer Smith, JP, DHuml MP, the conference presentations and workshops will be led by top-notch scholars and Ministers of Tourism and Culture from locations such as the Bahamas, Tanzania and Canada.

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today encouraged Floridians to learn how to receive a Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC rebate by visiting www.rebates.com/floridahvac. Beginning Monday, August 30, 2010, Florida homeowners who upgrade their air conditioning systems can qualify to receive a $1,500 rebate. The program will end on Friday, December 31, 2010, or when the $15 million in rebate funds are depleted. These purchases are expected to increase employment in the air conditioning industry and to create new green jobs for home energy efficiency raters.

“I encourage Floridians to learn about the state and federal financial rebate incentives and consider upgrading their residential air conditioning system beginning August 30,” Governor Crist said. “This investment will benefit consumers, businesses and our entire state economy, as well as increase energy savings and improve the value of many Florida homes.”

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