A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 11, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Federal authorities have reduced Dancehall star Buju Banton’s prison sentence by almost 2 months. His new release date is scheduled for December 8, 2018. The reduction follows months after Banton agreed to waive all future appeals of is 2001 case for reduced charges. Banton is currently serving his term at the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami.

Despite calls from Florida’s Democratic Party leaders to join this year’s race for Mayor of Miami-Dade, current county commission chairman Jean Monestime says he will not be running. In a public statement, the Haitian-American said he was “greatly honored…by the encouragement, he believed he could do much more “by expanding my campaign for greater prosperity as the Chairman.”

Cricket fans and philanthropists gathered in style this weekend for the “Lawrence Rowe “The Legend Birthday bash in Tamarac. Featuring the musical stylings of DJ Shalamar, the event raised proceeds for the Lawrence Rowe Legendary Cricket Foundation, specifically for their upcoming “Legends of Cricket” showcase.

Several Caribbean soccer hopefuls strutted their stuff in the 2nd round of showcase games this Sunday for the MLS Soccer Combine at Central Broward Regional Park. The event featured over 70 players from across the country and around the world, with recruiters from top MLS teams on hand scouting for new talent for this year’s draft.

What’s trending:

Dancehall star Sean Paul has donated $1 million to fellow Jamaica DJ, Shaggy, for his foundations for the Bustamante Children’s Hospital.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly sunny in Broward County with a high of 73 and a low of 60. For Miami-Dade, mostly sunny with a high of 71 and a low of 60.

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