A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 4, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

102 prisoners from Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti and Honduras face a fresh start for 2016, as they were released from prison thanks to locally-based Jamaican charity, Food for the Poor. As part of their Prison Ministry program, the organization seeks to combat prison overcrowding by paying outstanding fees for non-violent offenders.

6 people were suddenly displaced this New Year’s weekend after an early morning fire broke out in a townhouse in Miami Gardens. 2 suffered minor injuries from jumping from the 2nd story to escape the flames Reports say authorities are regarding the fire as suspicious, and has detained one of the victims for questioning.

Legendary Rapper Nas has just been confirmed as the latest addition to the line-up of the much-anticipated 23rd annual 9 Mile Music Festival, set for February 27 in downtown Miami. The concert, held every year to honor the memory of Bob Marley, will also feature performances from his sons Stephan Marley, Damian Marley and Julian Marley.

In sports, founders of the Atlanta Georgia Relays are seeking to recruit more Jamaican schools to participate in their international meet in May. Co-founder Maurice Smith, a former Jamaican Olympian and Calabar high alum, says the meet will provide crucial exposure for Jamaica’s young athletes in the US, expanding their stage beyond the Penn Relays.

What’s trending:

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller surprises comedians Ity and Fancy Cat on stage with a surprise appearance at Shaggy and Friends concert.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly sunny in Broward County with a high of 71 and a low of 56. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 71 and a low of 54.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com.



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