A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 22, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Coconut Creek-based office Food for the Poor has donated medication and portable mosquito fogging machines, valued at $5.7 million, to the Jamaican Ministry of Health. The donation, said Health Secretary Dr. Kevin Harvey, will greatly strengthen the ministry’s efforts in combating the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

The 2nd annual Black Tech Week ended this weekend with a special Women Innovation Brunch in Miami, celebrating women tech entrepreneurs from across the country. The event capped off a week of panels and presentations celebrating black innovators and tech leaders. The event, says Jamaican-American founder Felecia Hatcher, is also crucial for supporting new ventures from black entrepreneurs.

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The local St. Lucia Diaspora community celebrated the nation’s 37th anniversary of independence yesterday in a special service at the United Methodist Church in Miramar. Congregants showed up in flag colors to honor the occasion, hosted by the St. Lucia Association of South Florida.

In sports, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers add one more Caribbean national to their ranks, as Haiti’s national soccer team midfielder, Jean Alexandre, has signed on with the team. As former team captain of the 2013 Gold Cup, the 29-year-old has 2 dozen caps with the national team. He also joins recent addition to the squad, Trinidadian Julius James.

What’s trending:

Black Miami officers of the Miami Community Police Benevolent Association are protesting the Beyonce concert boycott called for by the Miami Fraternal Order of Police. Association president Ella Moore objected to the “thinly veiled racist overtones” of the Order’s claims that Beyonce’s recent Super Bowl performance was “hate speech” against cops.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 80 and a low of 67. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 77 and a low of 69.

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. And on behalf of the CNW network team, we would like to wish St. Lucia and the Diaspora a happy and prosperous Independence Day today.

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