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Visitors from Trinidad and Tobago pose for a photo alongside staff from the Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management recently hosted a visit by a group of graduate students from the University of Trinidad and Tobago, along with a representative from the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The more than 20 students wanted to learn about Miami-Dade's solid waste operations to take home ideas for managing solid waste in their island nation. Some of the sites visited by the group included Miami-Dade's Central Transfer Station; the Resources Recovery waste-to-energy plant; and the Materials Recovery Facility, owned by Waste Management, Inc., one of Miami-Dade's recycling partners.

Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan (left) congratulates interns from this year’s Summer Youth Internship Initiative at Dolphin Stadium.
On Friday, August 13, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan congratulated students on a job well done during her 2010 Summer Youth Internship Initiative (SYII). A closing ceremony was held at Dolphin Stadium, celebrating the sixth consecutive year of the program.

SYII has continued to advocate a strong commitment to the professional development of students in District 1. This summer, Commissioner Jordan provided high school and college students with the opportunity to work and build partnerships with some of the district’s most prominent business leaders for a 10-week period. SYII business partners include Comcast, Warren Henry Automobiles, AA Acquisitions, LLC, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Calder Race Course, Dozier and Dozier, EAC Consulting, Executive Air Services, Experience Aviation, Florida Marlins, GJB Consulting, Miami Dolphins, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, North Dade Federal Credit Union, and the Carrie Meek Foundation.

ImageFrom June 17-18, seventeen of the nation’s most influential ministers launched the Faith Based Countdown to Completion campaign to raise the remaining $13 million for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington. The ministers jointly responsible for having raised $2 million for the memorial are challenging other ministers nationwide to join their cause.
ImageThe media was out in full force at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, to cover the August 13th Awards Ceremony of the biennial Eric Williams ‘School Bags’ Essay Competition, whose topic this year was “The Cuban Revolution, 1959-2009: Discuss its successes and failures. What relevance do these have for today’s student?”