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The United States Virgin Islands is offering an extra warm welcome this year to its Caribbean neighbors and to the region's Diaspora.

After hosting a number of Caribbean and Caribbean-American journalists, editors and community leaders at last month's Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) in St. Thomas, the USVI Department of Tourism has teamed up with TEMPO Networks this month in an effort to reach many more Caribbean nationals across the region and in the United States.

PMPortiaSimpsonMillersmallPrime Minister, Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has called on Members of Parliament (MPs) to place the Jamaican people at the centre of their deliberations and decision making in the House of Representatives.

The Prime Minister, in her address at the swearing in ceremony for the 63 MPs elected in the December 29 General Election, held this morning (Jan.17) at Gordon House, reminded the elected representatives that they are servants of the people and they should not betray the trust placed in them by Jamaicans.

"We should count it a great honour to have been chosen by the people of Jamaica to occupy this important place in the affairs of our nation.

The Minister of Youth and Culture the Hon. Lisa Hanna, has said she intends to ensure that Jamaica increased its foreign exchange earnings from its cultural content with the proper management and marketing of its products and content.

Minister Hanna's comments came today as she received a courtesy call from officials of the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC).

"We are more than delighted to welcome into our ranks an experienced, tried and tested professional like (Tracey) Warner-Arnold (as deputy director of tourism). Her in-depth knowledge of tourism, marketing and special events will assist in positioning the Saint Lucia Tourist Board to keep pace with future developments and growth trends within the tourism industry." - Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism, Saint Lucia

"The story of Haitian independence is one of courage and resilience. The victory by L'Ouverture and others was an achievement by all Haitians, and it became a source of inspiration and pride in the Americas and around the world. Today, as you continue to rebuild from the earthquake of January 12, 2010 and give more Haitians the opportunity to realize their potential, we are reminded of this proud history of strength and unity. Time and again the people of Haiti have stood up against difficult odds to build a better future." - Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America