A look at some of the top stories making the news today, October 13, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

A new study urges patients to shop around for the best price for medical procedures, following research from health tech firm, Castlight Health, showing wide disparities between prices for 8

common medical services in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Miami and Broward was named among the 10 most expensive cities for 4 of the 8 common procedures.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, Kenneth Merten, will tackle the evolving role of the Haitian Diaspora along with a panel of experts on Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. The experts will discuss Haiti’s economic future, the Haiti/Dominican deportation crisis, and the role of the Diaspora in these evolving issues.

Under the theme “Celebrating Unity: Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers,” The Caribbean Bar Association will celebrate their 19th annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet, set for Saturday, October 17, starting 7 p.m. at the Miami Marriot Biscayne Bay. The banquet raises funds to sustain CBA’s diverse philanthropic missions.

Trinidad and Tobago’s new minister of sports, Darryl Smith is promising all athletes from the twin-island republic that any monies owed to them will be paid. His statement follows reports from athletes saying they have not received funds allotted for their training as they prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

What’s trending:
University of Florida QB Will Grier has been suspended for one year for violating NCAA drug policy
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For Today’s Weather Forecast:
Mostly Sunny in Broward County with a high of 90 and a low of 72. For Miami-Dade, scattered showers with a high of 87 and a low of 72.
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