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Dear Supporter of Grand Jamaica Homecoming. It is hard to believe we are already in 2012.

As Jamaica celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence…a milestone in our Country’s history, we are excited at the enthusiasm and support from everyone committed to the Homecoming vision.

In the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Jamaica, the motto is: “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.” We believe the mission of Grand Jamaica Homecoming is in line with the nation’s Vision 2030, especially in the areas of education, business, entrepreneurship and connecting Jamaica to the rest of the world.

Clinton_HillaryPrime Minister the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon received a call from US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton congratulating her on her election victory, and on once again assuming leadership of the country as its Prime Minister.

Mrs. Clinton spoke of the warm relations between Jamaica and the United States of America, and offered to get a team together to visit Jamaica to explore how they can be of further assistance particularly in the areas of security, education and poverty reduction.

Casino gaming is now an evening entertainment option at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa with the opening of The Casino at Jolly Beach. Guests can hit the jackpot in the new 1,500 square foot Casino featuring an array of slot machines with popular titles including Treasures of Troy, White Orchid, Da Vinci Diamonds, Coyote Moon, and Rainbow Riches; a roulette table, two blackjack tables, and a Caribbean Stud Poker table. The new casino is owned and operated by King's Casino, operator of casinos in Antigua since 1988.

Resort guests receive a US$5 Match Play coupon as part of the great-value, all-inclusive package. Winter Escape rates save 25%, starting at US$277.50 per room, per night based on double occupancy for bookings through February 29, 2012 and travel through April 15, 2012.

Puerto Rico residents continued their exodus from the island over the past year during tough economic times, with the local population shrinking by 19,099 residents, or 0.51 percent, the biggest percentage loss by far of any U.S. jurisdiction, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population loss was due to migration to the U.S., with a net 35,469 residents lost to out-migration, while island births outpaced deaths by 16,370 during the 15-month period covered by the new Census data, which runs April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011.