A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 20, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
Importers of Jamaican products throughout the diaspora are encouraged to attend the upcoming 2016 Expo Jamaica, set for April 14 to 16 at the National Arena in Kingston. Hosted by JAMPRO, Expo Jamaica will include over 300 exhibitors displaying products and services from diverse sectors, including food products, pharmaceuticals, and packaging.
Contract workers from South Florida’s international airports are calling for better compensation, including a $15 minimum wage, health benefits, and the right to unionize. The group recently joined a nationwide protest, including 8 other cities, demanding reform from airport subcontractors, where local minimum wage requirements often do not apply.
The long anticipated Lauderhill Performing Arts Center official opens its doors today in a special ceremony. Local artists from the Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, Ashanti Cultural Arts and the Ethnotricity Cultural Arts Studio will be giving special performances honoring the occasion. The new center will provide a showcase for the city’s diverse cultural community.
FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino says he’s upbeat about his prospects to win soccer’s top seat, thanks to what he called “major support” from the Caribbean, including official backing from Barbados Football Association’s president Randy Harris. Infantino recently visited the region for a meeting with the Caribbean Football Union, which would bring 25 votes.
Miami Music Legend Clarence Reid, a.k.a Blowfly, has passed away at the age of 76 in Lauderdale Lakes. Blowfly became influential for his witty and lewd music, as well as his songwriting for Miami Label TK Records. Reid also allegedly helped shaped disco’s sound by pairing singer Harry Casey with members from local Bahamian act, the Miami Junkanoo Band, to form KC & the Sunshine Band.
For Today’s Weather Forecast:
Mostly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 72 and a low of 56. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 73 and a low of 61.
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