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/ibrahim-kareemA United States federal judge has sentenced to life in prison a Trinidadian man who was convicted of plotting to blow up fuel tanks at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York several years ago.

“No one can doubt the seriousness of this crime,” said Judge Dora L. Irizarry of U.S. Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York, who last month compared the bomb plot to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. as she handed down the maximum sentence to Kareem Ibrahim, 66.

Clinton_HillaryOver the last year, the Department of State has been committed to improving the visa process, decreasing interview wait times in key tourism markets such as Brazil and China and increasing the number of visas we issue – without compromising border security.

We are excited to take these efforts even further in support of the President’s travel and tourism initiatives, opening the door to new jobs and exports.  More international visitors to America means more revenue for our cities and states, and we are making it easier for tourists from other countries to experience all that America has to offer.

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.