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

The Florida Highways Patrol is cracking down on drivers who violate the plastic pole partitions separating regular and express lanes on the I-95. More patrol officers will be assigned to trap offenders. Those caught may face a $179 fine plus 3 points against their driver’s licenses.

Delegates from the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo stopped by in Fort Lauderdale to discuss economic opportunities in the local market, as part of the county’s initiative to promote further international trade. In honor of the historic visit, the delegation was presented with a key to the County by Commissioner Dale Holness.

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Torrential rains couldn’t stop the festivities this weekend at the Jamaican Women of Florida’s Ole Tyme Jamaican Gran Market at the Christway Baptist Church Grounds in Miramar. Local vendors shared their crafts and gourmet delights while the Tallawah Mento Band kept things joyful through rain and shine.

The group hopes the event brings back fond memories of the season, says JWOF member Valerie Simpson.

In sports, Coach Lorne Donaldson of Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Girlz is calling for more financial sponsorship for women’s soccer in Jamaica. More support is needed for local players to match the exposure of their American compatriots, says Donaldson. The team currently has eight overseas-based players, including two from South Florida.

What’s trending:

Reggae Girl Sherona Forrester has been named the 2016 Jamaican Rhodes Scholar. For more on what’s trending, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Caribbean National Weekly, and on Twitter at National Weekly.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly Sunny in Broward County with a high of 74 and a low of 66. For Miami-Dade, sunny with a high of 76 and a low of 64. For more information on these and other stories, visit