A look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 23rd, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Here’s a look at our top stories.

Jamaica-based Miami resident, Mark Jones, who has been accused by the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission of running a $10 million “Jamaica Bridge Loan Fund” Ponzi scheme has requested more time to file a plea, until July 29th, in light of a separate criminal action suit that is pending against him.

More than 13 hundred military and police personnel from the Caribbean, the U.S, and multiple other nations are currently in Jamaica for the 21st ‘Exercise Tradewinds’ initiative. The nine-day exercise is focused on maritime and land operations training currently in phase two led by U.S Southern Command. U.S Chief of Defense Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, says this initiative is a commitment to making our countries and our citizens safer.

Kevin Lyttle and Marcia Griffiths headline this years ‘Caribbean Village’ festival held this Sunday, June 26, at the Lauderhill Sports Park. Kids activities will include a rock wall, bounce houses, zip lines, and donkey rides while adults can enjoy eating competitions, and dominoes along with the Miss Jamaica Diaspora Swimwear Competition. Gates open at 1 p.m.

In Sports, The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will take on Orlando City SC at the Camping World Stadium Wednesday, June 29th at 7:30 pm. The Strikers are 6th in the standings with 4 wins and 3 losses.

Here’s a look at what’s Trending:

Hashtag no bill no break has been trending on social media as House Democrats staged a “sit-in” on the House floor yesterday in protest of the GOP’s refusal to vote on gun control. Led by representative and civil rights icon, John Lewis of Georgia, the protest included Florida Rep and U.S Congressman, Alcee Hastings, and more than 40 others who pledged to “occupy” the House floor until the GOP leadership allows a vote.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Scattered thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 87 and a low of 78. Partly cloudy in Miami-Dade, with a high of 88 and a low of 78.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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