A look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 9, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Lauderhill has officially appointed Constance Stanley as city Police Chief. Stanly has been with Lauderhill’s police force since 1994, serving as a sergeant, captain and major before becoming interim chief August last year, following the resignation of Jamaican-born former Police Chief, Andrew Smalling.

Jamaica’s sustainable energy industry gets a boost, as Florida-based biofuel developer, Benchmark Renewable Energy, announced plan to open a large-scale bioethanol operation on the island. The new plant will grow sweet sorghum to generate 10 million gallon of ethanol per year, and an additional 3 Mega Watts of electricity for the local grid.

Applications are now open online for the Jamaican Women of Florida “Powerful Women – Next Generation” scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a first or second generation, Jamaican-American female high school student attending college in Fall 2016.  The Scholarship will be awarded at JWOF’s 4th Women’s Empowerment Conference on April 23rd.

The U-17 Reggae Girlz Squad failed to stay in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship Group B showdown, despite a valiant effort by the players, including Florida’s own Madiya Harriott. The team lost to the defending champions, Mexico, 1 nil, at the Grenada National Stadium last night.

What’s trending:

American Olympic legend and 400-metre world record holder Michael Johnson says Usain Bolt to be the greatest sprinter of all time. Johnson, whose 200-metre world record was broken by Bolt at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, says the Jamaican sprinter may be better than the legendary Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 78 and a low of 71. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 80 and a low of 71.

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.

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