A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 5, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Jamaican-born Rep. Hazelle Rogers of Lauderdale Lakes is protesting the controversial HB 675 Bill passed by Florida House of Representatives. The bill requires local agencies such as police departments and schools to comply with federal immigration authorities on deportation requests. Rep. Rogers says the bill is “not good for our local communities and the state of Florida.”

The pedestrian recently hit and killed crossing State Road 7 in Lauderdale Lakes has been identified as Guyanese native Goonwatty Ramnarine, age 59. Investigators says the driver was not impaired, and has stayed at the scene, calling 911 for assistance. Ramnarine reportedly was on her way to work as an aide at a nearby preschool. She is survived by her husband, Nanraj.

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Rum and reggae get set to collide this Saturday at the Tropical Rum Festival, starting 3 pm at the Meyer Ampitheater in downtown West Palm Beach. Headline acts include Yellow man, Luciano, Dutty Dex and the Code Red Band. The event will also include selections of local and international rums.

In sports, it was clear victories for Miami United and Lauderhill Lions at the recent Caribbean American Soccer Association’s (CASA) Super League tournament at the Lauderhill Sports Park. Miami United won 5 to 3 against Team Haiti, while Lauderhill Lions defeated Team Academy 2 nil. Miami United captain Pedro Yunez says the tournament has proven invaluable for local players. The tournament continues this Saturday with two more showdowns, starting 6:15 pm

What’s trending:

Queen of soul Aretha Franklin and R&B star Janelle Monae has been added to the line-up of the much anticipated Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, set for March 20th at the Sun Life Stadium. They join Grammy award-winning singer Usher and iconic disco group, Kool and the Gang.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 65 and a low of 61. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 65 and a low of 61.

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

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