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Fifteen-year-old Josie Ratley was nearly beaten to death by a 16-year-old boy now charged with attempted murder. Michael Brewer, 15, was set on fire by teenagers his age and younger. Violent and gruesome crimes involving young people have escalated in Broward County and across the country.

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Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Hon. Ronald Robinson (right) speaking with the Chairman of the Jamaican Diaspora Convention 2010 Preparatory Committee, Earl Jarrett (centre), before the beginning of a media launch for the Convention, at the Ministry, New Kingston, Thursday (May 6). Also pictured is Executive Director of the Jamaican Diaspora Institute, Professor Neville Ying.
For the first time since its inception, the Jamaican Diaspora Convention 2010 will be held outside of Kingston.

According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Ronald Robinson, this will allow delegates a broader sense of Jamaica, by lessening the Kingston-centric nature of the policy making process.

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Marlon Accepting Award
Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board representative to the Southern USA, was recently awarded the inaugural Ruth Shack Community Leadership 2010 Award for his impact on community building in the areas of philanthropy and charitable support in the South Florida community.

Mr. Hill was the first recipient awarded under ‘Leave A Legacy,’ a community program of partnership for philanthropic planning of Miami-Dade. The award will be given annually to a resident of Miami Dade County, under 40 years of age, who embodies the qualities that Ruth Shack was best known – leadership, ethics, dedication and service to Miami Dade.

ImageU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card—commonly known as the “Green Card”—to incorporate several major new security features. The Green Card redesign is the latest advance in USCIS’s ongoing efforts to deter immigration fraud. State-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new card prevents counterfeiting, obstructs tampering, and facilitates quick and accurate authentication. Beginning today, USCIS will issue all Green Cards in the new, more secure format.
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