A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 29, across your Caribbean-American Community in South Florida.

The Organization of American States, and the CARICOM election observation mission gave their approval of last Thursday’s general elections in Jamaica.  The OES, headed by former attorney general and minister of foreign affairs of The Bahamas, Janet Bostwick, comprised of 23 international observers from 17 countries and visited 367 polling stations, reported positive electoral practices.  Meanwhile, the 11-member CARICOM mission led by Josephine Tamal, chief elections officer of Belize, deployed five teams in several constituencies. CARICOM’s full report, however, will be prepared and submitted at a later date.

Haiti’s interim leader, Jocelerme Privert, has named former Central Bank governor, Fritz-Alphonse Jean, as prime minister to Haiti.  Appointed by decree, Jean was installed on Friday with a 120-day mandate which includes putting together a caretaker government, and to complete Haiti’s suspended elections.  Privert’s nomination is being contested, however by outgoing Prime Minister, Evans Paul, citing the appointment as unconstitutional.

In Sports:  Following the ban of former president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, by the FIFA Ethics Committee, member nations of the governing body of international soccer this past Friday elected 45-year-old Gianni Infantino as the new president of FIFA.  In his acceptance speech, Infantino promised to continue giving out equal payments to every nation, regardless of size.  Holding both Swiss and Italian citizenship, Infantino has been the general secretary of UEFA, the governing body of European soccer since 2009.

What’s Trending:

Legendary Jamaican sound system operator, Winston “Merritone” Blake died this past Saturday at the University Hospital of the West Indies.  Blake, a music producer and promoter, helped launch the careers of his wife, Cynthia Schloss who passed away in 1999, and Beres Hammond.  Blake, who was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica in 1995, is survived by his brothers Trevor and Monty, children, and grandchildren.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 74 and a low of 66.  For Miami-Dade, mostly cloudy with a high of 75 and a low of 66.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com.  Remember to pick up this week’s copy of 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 in your home constituency, to what may happen next for Jamaica.


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