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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.

NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – Four United States nationals were killed late last month when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff in The Bahamas.

A police statement said the four people, two males and two females, died after the private single engine Piper six seat aircraft, crashed and "preliminary reports indicate that shortly after take-off en route to Fort Pierce, Florida the plane crashed into nearby bushes.

Caribbean Airlines has immediately started to put measures in place in response to the recent announcement that REDjet has suspended its operations.

Mindful of the impact that this sudden suspension that has left passengers and families stranded, our scheduled operations will be adjusted by adding additional seats for sale. As all of their routes we already serve.

ISHINOMAKI, Japan — As students bustled through the many hallways, corridors and buildings at Ishinomaki Senshu University in December 2011, tangible reminders of the Great East Japan Earthquake were difficult to find on the hilltop campus, which escaped much of the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck nine months earlier.

Many of the minor cracks to the interior portions of the school's buildings have been repaired, but for those who were on the campus in the days and months after the disaster, many of the emotional scars still remain.