Zika virus hits Caribbean. This and a look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 11, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Miami-Dade county’s first Haitian-American Judge Fred Seraphin is facing competition for next elections, raising concerns among local Caribbean bar associations. Miami-based criminal defense lawyer Milena Abreu has announced her plans to run. But Caribbean Bar Association President-elect Devona Reynolds-Perez cites concerns that the county already lacks judicial diversity.

As part of Lauderdale Lakes’ outreach efforts, residents will gather as volunteers this Saturday for the City’s Dade of Service. Volunteers will paint and repair homes in need as part of the city’s beautification program. Vice mayor Dr. Eileen Rathery says the initiative seeks to engage residents in giving back to their community.

South Florida’s best steel drum bands and percussion groups head to Lauderhill this weekend to celebrate the holiday season in style at the Pan-Parang Festival, set for this Saturday, starting 2 p.m. at Central Broward Regional Park. Performers will include former Miami Broward carnival Panorama winners Silver Stars USA and Pantastik.

The recently dropped Jamaican soccer star Dane Richards gets a second chance in South Florida, with plans to join the North American Soccer League’s new franchise, Miami FC. The 31-year-old, who was recently released by the New York Bulls, is expected to be named as one of the latest additions to the Miami soccer team.

What’s trending:

To fend off potential outbreak of the rising Zika Virus in the Caribbean, the Jamaican Government has recruited 1000 inspectors to manage infections in community. The virus has already appeared in Suriname.


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Read more: Minister warns of Zika virus hitting Trinidad & Tobago

Arlene Harrison-Henry
Arlene Harrison-Henry

A report on the 1963 Coral Gardens incident released by the Office of the Public Defender is recommending that the State apologizes to the Rastafarian community. Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, on Thursday presented the report at a meeting of  the St James Parish council. Harrison Henry explained the report looked at the events which led to the burning of  a gas station in Coral Gardens in St James and the subsequent arrest, trial and imprisonment of  Rastafarians.

Read More: JA Gov’t apologizes to rastafarian community

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 80 and a low of 69. For Miami-Dade, mostly isolated thunderstorms with a high of 79 and a low of 68.

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