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The Caribbean has become a potentialhotbed for dozens of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters fleeing their current overseas locations as the terrorist group facesmounting military pressure.

South Florida’s Jamaican-born residents are among the most active Diaspora community when it comes to giving back to the country of their birth. The growing number of Jamaican high school alumni associations and parish development groups in the state certainly underscores the importance of community building and support among Jamaicans. In fact, more than 50 such associations are listed on the Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations of Florida’s website. These groups are not just about meeting old friends at reunions, they host events to raise funds for educational and infrastructure development for the institutions and communities that helped shape them.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla.  – Nearly two dozen members from the local clergy gathered to pray for Haiti at the Food For The Poor headquarters, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fla., Thursday evening. The prayer service began with singing of the U.S.National Anthem by local gospel group Supremacy, and was followed by the playing of Haiti’s National Anthem by trumpeter Jonathan Laurince.

The walls of the Palmetto Bay townhouse-style business condominium which houses the office of Caribbean Today, are decorated with trophies and plaques from a range of organizations thanking both the newspaper and its publisher Peter Webley, for services to the community.   

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