A look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 31, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Current Miami Dade commission chairman Jean Monestime is being heavily courted by state democrats to challenge Mayor Carlos Gimenez in 2016, according to a report from the Miami Herald. Reports say the Haitian-American politician, who would so far be the lone democratic contender, is considering entering the race.

Residents in Broward county seeking to complete their high school diplomas can head to library soon, thanks to the upcoming Career Online High school program, available throughout the county library system. The Broward program, which will offer high school degrees and career certifications, is one of 11 pilot projects in the state.

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Caribbean-American mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam, are among the honorees of community leaders and activists at the first ever Pepsi Funk Fest, set for this Friday, New year’s day, starting 4 pm at the Miramar Regional Park. The concert will also feature performances by New Edition, Fantasia, Doug E. Fresh, Jagged Edge, among others.

In sports, 2016 will see more upcoming American cricketers joining the Hero Caribbean Premier League, as the organization changes its player’s draft format ahead of the new season. For next year, at least 6 ICC Americas players will be guaranteed a contract. The League opened up to ICC Americas players just this year, including Miramar-based cricketer Steven Taylor

What’s trending:

The Rastafarian community in Barbados has renewed calls on the Freundel Stuart administration to decriminalize marijuana in 2016. Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite, however, has asserted that the government had no plans to decriminalize ganja.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 71. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 83 and a low of 71.

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