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One of the best-selling artists of all time with more than 30 million records and 100 million singles sold, Rihanna has signed a multi-year deal with The Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) to exclusively promote her hometown island of Barbados as a tourist destination.  The three-year partnership officially kicks off in Bridgetown, Barbados on August 5, 2011 with a full-length concert of her current "Loud" tour produced by the BTA and Roc Nation.

We must change the mission and philosophy of Miami-Dade County to a government which  favors the consumers and clients for whom it was created to serve.  The Clients are the taxpayers who through their hard work sustain our government, so that it can provide basic services which we cannot provide for ourselves.  Miami-Dade County government has grown too large to sustain itself.  This uncontrolled growth has caused it to become punitive against the very people and businesses that pay the taxes to sustain our government.
One only needs to examine the policies of the Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department to realize why the taxpayers and consumers may feel that the County is out of touch with its taxpayers and consumers.  The County made a financial decision many years ago to bill Water and Sewer customers on a quarterly basis in order to reduce the costs associated with reading water meters and mailing water bills to consumers on a monthly basis, unlike private utilities like FP&L, AT&T, Comcast and others, which bill monthly.  Quarterly billing is unnecessarily punitive against homeowners and businesses when they are victims of a water leak, water theft, or other circumstance which causes a high water bill.  The customer has no way to detect a high volume of water use until the billing statement arrives three months later.  In 2010 alone, there were 16,364 high water bill complaints.

GOP presidential contenders Michelle Bachman and Newt Gingrich figured out yet another ploy to knock President Obama. Blame him for joblessness among blacks now at nearly Great Depression levels, especially for young black males.

Both candidates made the claim in recent speeches at the Republican Leadership Conference. Gingrich got so carried away with this absurd notion that he went off the deep end by claiming that Obama’s supposed culpability virtually insures that blacks will turned off by the president in his reelection bid.

It’s tempting simply to chalk this ploy up to Gingrich being Gingrich, saying the first thing that comes to mind to snatch a momentary headline. But what may draw attention to this claim is the perennially chronic number of young blacks, who can’t find work.

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.

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