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

Florida Health officials have updated the state’s tally of Zika virus infections to 14 cases, including 6 in Miami-Dade and 1 in Broward County. However, all of the case have come from residents who contracted the mosquito-borne disease abroad, with no locally transmitted infections. Governor Rick Scott has already declared health emergency in affected counties.

Bajan-born retired engineer turn woodcutter John Mascoll has won the annual Best of the Show award for the 2nd time in a row at the recent Mount Dora Arts Festival. Mascoll won $5,000 for his piece “Spalted Tamarind” made from Indian wood. The artists say he learn his award-winning wookworking skills from his Bajan boatbuilding father.

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The City of Miramar officially kicked off their Black History Month celebrations recently at the Miramar Town Center. The event included Carnival rides and games, a poetry slam, and dance and musical performances by local artistes such as Freestyle Queen Trinere, Jus Hip Hop Dance Group and the Woods gospel group.

Jamaica head coach of the U17 Reggae Girlz, Lome Donaldson, says he’s pleased with the strong interest among players in the Diaspora to play soccer for Jamaica. 11 overseas players from the U.S. and Canada completed in three-day camp yesterday, in preparation for their game against Grenada in March. The team next heads to Tampa, Florida, to continue training.

What’s trending:

Rape charges against dancehall star Elephant Man has been dropped, following the death of the complainant. The prosecution could not submit the complainant’s written testimony under the Evidence Amendment Act, and had no other evidence to present. The charges stemmed from an incident at the star’s St. Andrew home in January 2012.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 66 and a low of 51. For Miami-Dade, sunny with a high of 66 and a low of 52.

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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