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National Caribbean-America Heritage Month2012
By The President of Untied States of America a Proclamation

Individuals and families from Caribbean countries have journeyed to America's shores for centuries. Some were brought here against their will in the bonds of slavery. Some immigrated to America as children, clutching a parent's hand. Others came as adults, leaving behind everything they knew in pursuit of a better life in a new world.

PMPortiaSimpsonMillersmallJamaica’s Prime Minister, the Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, has been chosen by TIME magazine’s editors as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”  According to TIME, this coveted list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals and includes people who inspire, entertain, challenge and change the world.

An annual list now in its 9th year, the TIME 100 selects a prized list of pioneers, moguls, leaders and icons. Prime Minister Simpson Miller’s inclusion is among other world leaders, including United States President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A United States federal jury has convicted a former senior official in Haiti’s state-owned telecommunications company on money laundering charges.

The jury last month found Jean Rene Dupeval guilty of the charges after deliberating for only two hours and he now faces up to 20 years in jail on two money-laundering conspiracy convictions and 19 money laundering convictions when he is sentenced on May 21.

The Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami is now accepting entries for its Annual Essay Competition to mark Jamaica's Independence Anniversary. The competition is open to all Jamaican children, first and second generation, residing in Florida State, and forms part of the celebrations to observe the nation's 50 th anniversary of Independence throughout the Florida communities.

There are several topics of choice for the competition, launched this year under the theme of Jamaica's responsibility, as stated in the National Pledge, of "advancing the welfare of the whole human race" and the merit in this project is to advance Diaspora Community awareness in a State that promotes diversity, while exposing our youth to their Jamaican culture and heritage.