A look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 20, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
Local Jamaican-owned tech call center operation, Global Gateway Solutions, has released statements denying the company made any profits from the Bridge Fund Ponzi scheme run by Miami-based investor Mark Jones. A federal report claims the Plantation-based company received US$485,000 in profits from the scheme. A recent audit, however, says company attorney Caroline Hay, has not identified the sum reported.
A NY appellate court has upheld sentences for the Ramsundar family, who scammed 19 Caribbean immigrants out of more that $1.8 million. The family was convicted for fraudulently claiming to help Caribbean families obtain legal status or buy federal seized properties in Florida and Queens, NY. Shane and Gomatee Ramsundar are both sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.
The Jamaican Ex-Police Association of South Florida will be holding their annual fundraising ball this Saturday, starting 8 pm at the Woodlands Country club in Tamarac. This year’s keynote speaker with be Jamaican-born doctor and local health advocate, Dr. Winston Alexis. The association’s presidential award will also be presented to Lauderhill Commissioner Howard Berger.
In sports, several West Indian cricket legend are rallying together to support CARICOM’s current efforts to disband the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The group criticized the board’s stagnancy, disorder and unaccountability. The dissenting group included Garry Sobers, Viv Richards and Wes Hall.
Jamaica Toni-Ann Williams made history, becoming the island’s first gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. Williams came in at 38th place overall at the recent Olympic Trials. A UC Berkley Student, Williams skipped the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships to compete at the Test Event.
For Today’s Weather Forecast:
Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 81 and a low of 70. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 80 and a low of 68.
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