A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 28, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Broward County resident Delroy Drummond has been arrested by federal authorities for mail fraud in connection to a Jamaican-based lottery scheme. The 25-year-old is charged with fraudulently collecting payments from victims, who believed they were paying taxes on lottery winnings promised to them. Drummond will face a federal judge today.

Caribbean dignitaries have been confirmed for the upcoming “Cuba and the State of Florida” conference, set for February 10 at the Miramar Cultural Center. Special guests of the conference, which will explore changing market relations among Cuba, the U.S. and CARICOM nations, include Guyanese Ambassador to the U.S. Bayney Karran, and Belizean Minister of Trade Rafael Contreras.

Dancehall icon Lady Saw turned born-again Christian and gospel crooner Marion Hall says she is working on becoming an ordained minister. Hall, who is set to make her gospel premiere in South Florida, at the upcoming One Love in the Park Concert on February 14 in Lauderhill, says she has joined a ministry leadership program

Jamaican-American goalie Sean Johnson is vying for a possible future spot on the U.S. Men’s national soccer team, currently showcasing his skills for head coach Juergen Klinsmann at the team’s winter training camp. Though Coach Klinsmann says the three starter goalies will remain the same, he is “looking towards the future” in scouting for new additions. Johnson has previously played for the national senior team at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

What’s trending:

Jamaicans worldwide are mourning the recent loss of two of its cultural giants. Renowned Jamaican painter Barrington Watson passed away at 87 in Kingston, Jamaica. And theatre personality George Carter, who had retired in Florida, died at 99 years old while on a family visit to Raleigh, North Carolina, during a power outage caused by the recent snowstorm.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Thunderstorm in Broward County with a high of 77 and a low of 59. For Miami-Dade, thunderstorm with a high of 78 and a low of 60.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. And remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet.

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