A look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 2nd, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Jamaicans in South Florida are relieved a crisis has been averted with the conclusion of the recount of votes cast in the February 25 general elections, confirming the JLP has won the elections with 32 seats. With the recount showing the JLP lost one of the original seats won on Election night, and speculations of another seat going to the outgoing PNP, there were fears a reversal in the winning party would create a national crisis.

The Miami Chapter of the Black Nurses Association have declared a public health crisis in Miami-Dade County from the risk of gun violence. The nurses say the demographic most at risk from this violence are African-American teenagers. They have planned a Unity Prayer Breakfast for March 5th, where they’ll meet with politicians, health providers and counselors to discuss the gun violence crisis, the leading cause of death for young South Florida black men between ages of 10 and 29.

Hundreds of Caribbean Americans were among South Florida public school students that commenced the region’s testing season in the Florida Standards Assessment, a computerized test. On Monday, tests were conducted in writing. Unlike the frustrating problems of last year, no problems were reported.  The testing season continues through May with additional tests in English, math, science and social studies.

In Sports, anticipating medal winning performances at this summer’s Olympics in Brazil, Jamaica’s  World and Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be among star athletes performing at the popular Jamaica International Invitational IAAF World Challenge at Jamaica’s National Stadium on May 7th. Other participating athletes include Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson and American sprinters Mike Rodgers and Candace McGrone.

What’s Trending:  Jamaicans in the Diaspora and at home reacted with pride on social media to Monday night’s airing of ABC-TV’s popular reality show “The Bachelor” that was filmed in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The most popular post is “Jamaica’s so beautiful.”  Another episode filmed in Jamaica airs on March 14th.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Mostly Sunny in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 65. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 83 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 our 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 your home constituency, to what may happen next for Jamaica.

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