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The Georgia Ports Authority will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Liberia National Port Authority this Wednesday, August 4, according to GPA’s Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz.
A number of dignataries, including representatives of the Port Authority of Liberia and Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Liberia Cynthia Blandford Nash and local elected officials will be on hand, followed by a tour of the port.
The MOU agreements “provides both parties the opportunity to promote a strong working relationship and exchange information and expertise in the areas of marketing, operations and information technology,” according to Foltz.  The agreement also calls for “concerted efforts to expand international trade by supporting both parties’ market presence in their respective countries and with common customers.
GPA has similar strategic partnerships with the Suez Canal Authority, Panama Canal Authority, Shanghai International Port Group, Sydney Ports Corporation, the Port of Veracruz and the Port of Shimizu in Japan.
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The Ray McKinney for Congress campaign is calling on Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) to donate $24,000 to charity – the amount Barrow received from embattled Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NewYork), who has been found guilty of ethics violations by the House of Representatives.
“This essentially is dirty money from a sitting congressman accused of violating tax laws and House rules while chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee,” said McKinney last week.
“Barrow should protect his own name and donate this money to a worthwhile charity.”
According to Federal Elections Commission reports, Rangel’s National Leadership Political Action Committee donated $10,000 to Barrow’s campaign in 2008, $8,000 in 2006 and $6,000 in 2004.
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Congratulations to the Savannah Sand Gnats who will be going to the playoffs for the first time since 1996!  Tickets for the September games are now on sale. There will be at least one home game at Grayson Stadium on Sept. 10 in the playoff series, according to Ryan Kirwan, Manager of Public Affairs for the team.  Call today to buy your seats at 912-351-9150.
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And if you love minor league baseball, author Bill Lightle will be featured at the Statesboro Literary Festival in October, and will read from his new book “My Mother’s Dream: Baseball with the Bankers,” just published.  He’s from Albany, GA.
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The  Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Savannah Sports Council and Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter will join Savannah’s elected officials to announce a new running event to be held in Savannah in 2011 at a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.  The announcement will be held in Johnson Square.
The Savannah Chamber of Commerce's Sports Council has been instrumental over the years in bringing new events to the city...and new revenues...including the annual Bridge Run and the ice hockey tournament. 
Ben Wilder, hired in 2007, the paid director of the Sports Council for the Chamber, which is chaired this year by Rusty Holt, with New York Life Insurance.
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Savannah-Chatham County Public School System has received a 21st Century Community Learning Center Program grant of $1,457,600 for the 2010-2011 school year. The grant, which will cover the next three years of programming, provides a total of $4,257,600. SCCPSS received four grants out of the 27 awarded by the Georgia Department of Education.
The grant application, made in partnership with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority, will establish eight new sites in addition to the eight currently in operation.  The new sites will be at Butler Elementary, Juliette Low Elementary, Myers Middle, Southwest Elementary, Southwest Middle, Thunderbolt Elementary, West Chatham Elementary and West Chatham Middle, according to program director Aldric Dekle.
Seven criteria were used to evaluate applications for funding: need for project, quality of project design, adequacy of resources, quality of management plan, quality of project evaluation and quality of partnerships and collaboration. Reviewers independently rated each application.  The funds were awarded based on highest ranking scores.
The Title IV, Part B, 21st CCLC Program’s purpose is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment and tutorial services to help students meet state and local performance standards in core academic subjects; to offer students a broad array of additional services, program and activities to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students; and to offer families of 21st CCLC students opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
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