Today is Wednesday, December 1 and with a look at some of the top stories making the news today across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m Suzette Speaks for CNW90.

Today’s news is brought to you by Grace Aloe, Aloe Vera Drink, Refreshingly Delicious.

Here’s a look at our top stories:

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South Florida residents will be faced with higher electric bills come January. The increase results from the approval earlier this week by the Florida Services Commission of Florida Power and Light’s application for a rate increase covering 3 years from 2017 to 2019. With this increase the typical monthly electrical bill for 1,000 Kilowatt usage could increase by $7.00 dollars in 2017, $3 dollars 80 cents in 2018 and $1 dollar 20 cents in 2019.

In his national message commemorating Barbados’ 50th anniversary of independence yesterday, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said the pursuit and achievement of nationhood was never intended to be an end in itself for the Caribbean nation. He said nationhood was pursued so Bajans could take their destiny into their hands, and that destiny and develop to the fullest extent possible the hidden potential of the people of Barbados.

Art Basel, the world’s premier modern and contemporary art fair, returns to South Florida today and runs until Sunday, December 4. Held in Miami Beach, the fair is one of the regions higher profile cultural events, serving as a meeting point for the international art world.

In Sports:

Jamaican sprint superstars, Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson have been voted Caribbean Sports Journalists Association Sports Man and Women of the Year. During the Rio Olympics this past August when Bolt took home three gold medals and Thompsons sprint double gave both athletes a clear victory.

Now, here’s what’s trending:

Barbados health authorities say they have confiscated creams being advertised to lighten their skin amid various health concerns. The Barbados Drug Service said the creams found on store shelves are advertised to lighten the skin, but may also cause a variety of complications.

For today’s weather forecast:

Scattered Showers in Broward County with a high of 85 and a low of 70. Scattered Showers in Miami-Dade as well, with a high of 82 and a low of 71.

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Caribbean national Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. Today’s news is brought to you by Grace Aloe. Aloe Vera drink, Refreshingly Delicious.”

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