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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.

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.

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