A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 25, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
The Jamaica Labor Party squeezed past the ruling People’s National Party late last night to win the general elections in Jamaica. The JLP won 51.7 percent of the votes with 33 seats, beating out the at PNP 48.3 percent with 30 seats. In his acceptance seat, Prime Minister-elect Andrew Holness pledged to take Jamaica from “poverty to prosperity.”
Jamaica Tourist Board has announced the appointment of Francine Carter Henry as Miami-based regional manager. Carter Henry will be responsible for establishing relationships with tour operators and airline stakeholders by developing marketing strategies for Jamaica.
Promoting greater civic engagement, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness will be hosting a two-day citizenship drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the Lauderhill Mill. Hundreds are expected to turn out as legal volunteers will be on hand to provide guidance throughout the citizenship application process.
City of North Miami Beach has declared today Esther Anderson Day, in honor of the famed Jamaican actress and filmmaker. In association with the docMiami International Film Festival, there will be a special free screening tonight of Anderson’s classic 1973 film with Sidney Poitier, “A Warm December,” starting 7 pm at the Julius Littman Performing Arts Theater. Miami Councilwoman Barbara Kramer will also present Anderson with an official City Proclamation.
In sports, the ever popular International Night Cricket T20 Tournament begins tomorrow night starting 5 pm at the Lauderhill Sports Park. The tournament will kick off with Team Jamaica facing Team Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament continues every Saturday night until the finals on May 21st.
Bouvier Clark, widow of late singer Bunny Rugs is calling on reggae band Third World to pay out money owed to her late husband. In a statement, reps defended the band, saying any royalties would be paid by performing rights agencies.
For Today’s Weather Forecast:
Mostly Sunny in Broward County with a high of 73 and a low of 49. For Miami-Dade, sunny with a high of 74 and a low of 53.
For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet. And be sure to check out our in-depth breakdown of Jamaica’s general elections. Go beyond the headlines, and delve into the deeper consequences of this year’s elections, from who won your home constituency, to what may happen next for Jamaica.