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The Florida destination resorts casino Bill has passed it's first hurdle. On Monday, at approximately 5:30 P.M. and after a two hour public debate, the Senate Regulated Industries Committee voted to move the gaming proposal forward for the full Senate to consider. It's an important step in a complex process that begins with a review by a Senate committee to determine if the Bill has merit. The Senate Regulated Industries Committee's recent affirmation of SB710's validity is hopeful news to the many South Floridians who are considering a casino industry related job, in Florida - in 2012.

Most Bills to change state law are filed, deliberated, passed or rejected with very little public notice or media interest. The Destination Resorts casino proposal, Senate Bill 710 (SB710), is poised to reshape Florida and re-brand the entire state as a vacation destination.

Dr. Wykeham McNeill, a physician and long-standing Parliamentarian, has been appointed Jamaica's Minister of Tourism and Entertainment by the newly elected government, led by Prime Minister the Most Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller. This follows the December 29, 2011 electoral victory by the country's People's National Party (PNP).

Dr. McNeill is no stranger to the tourism portfolio, having served the industry for many years. In 2000, he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, and two years later assigned oversight responsibility for tourism operations, including cruise shipping and tourism development. In 2007, when the Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller was first appointed Prime Minister, he was again called to serve as State Minister in the then Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, under the leadership of Minister Aloun Assamba. During the Jamaica Labour Party led administration, Dr. McNeill continued his tourism career as Opposition Spokesman for Tourism and Entertainment. He has also served as the former Chairman of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee and as Opposition Spokesman on the Jamaican Diaspora.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has announced Cabinet and Ministerial assignments, following today’s swearing-in ceremony at King’s House.

The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller - Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Development, Information and Sports.

lawrence-stephenTwo white men were found guilty of the 1993 murder of teenaged architect student in south-east London, the son of Jamaican parents.

Gary Dobson, 36, and David Norris, 35 were found guilty on Jan. 3 of killing Stephen Lawrence and sentenced the following day.

Dobson received 15 years and two months in prison. Norris will serve 14 years and three months. The court here said the pair was given reduced sentences due to their age at the time of the attack. Norris was 16 then, Dobson, 17.