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schoolHaiti is really a tale of two worlds. A land of stark contrasts, the French, creole-speaking Caribbean island is divided by an ineradicable line separating the poor masses from the very rich, with a practically nonexistent middle class.

The harshness and unstable living conditions being experienced by most in the island nation belies the recently released study published by the Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC), a United Nations agency, which is predicting six percent economic growth in Haiti for 2012, with an expected increase to 7.5 percent by 2013.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2012) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (9W-8T-9L), on the road for their final two regular season games after clinching a playoff spot, travel to face the Atlanta Silverbacks (5W-8T-12L) on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7:30pm. Even though Fort Lauderdale clinched a playoff berth, the team can finish the season anywhere from third to sixth place in the final NASL standings. A third or fourth place finish guarantees a home playoff game at Lockhart Stadium on Sept. 29.

“We know we have to play against an Atlanta team that’s playing very well right now,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. “We are fighting for home field advantage and need to create a playoff mentality and go into the game focused on our team defense and finishing our scoring chances.”

Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta have two and three matches remaining, respectively. The Strikers have just one loss in their previous five matches, and the Silverbacks have one loss in their last six.

Building_for_tomorow(MIAMI, September 13, 2012) – Earlier today, Building for Tomorrow Chairman Tony Argiz announced the individuals who will comprise the Leadership Team of Building for Tomorrow at the historic Miami Senior High School alongside Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. The following distinguished leaders were introduced as members of the Leadership Team and will be advocating to approve the issuance of a $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond:

Trinidad and Tobago marks its 50th anniversary of Independence on Aug. 31, 2012. The twin island republic has much to celebrate. With an abundance of natural gas and oil resources, a thriving manufacturing sector and its high literacy rate, the country is poised for another 50 years of growth.

T&T is also well positioned to boost its tourism product as the country’s popular calypso and soca music is gaining fame across the world and its noted citizens bring attention to the republic, headed by its first female Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

T&T’s Consul General to Miami Dr. Anil Ramnanan spoke to Caribbean Today’s freelance writer Dawn A. Davis about his country’s development and future.

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