A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 3, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Immigration advocates are protesting the controversial HB 675 Bill, expected to be up for vote today in the Florida House of Representatives. The law seeks to establish stiff penalties on local officials, police officers and school districts if they fail to report undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. Critics argue the law would create public fear and mistrust of local authorities. Broward County School Superintendent Robert Runcie, in an upcoming interview with CWN News, expressed concern about the law’s potential aftermath.

Belize Minister of International Trade Erwin Contreras will be in South Florida for a special trade presentation next Tuesday at the Lauderdale Lakes Educational and Cultural Center. Hosted by Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the event will outline export opportunities to Belize, organized in collaboration with the Belize American Chamber of Commerce.

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A survey of Florida-based Jamaican artist Judith Salmon with be opening tomorrow at the KROMA Gallery in Coconut Grove. The exhibit includes a significant body of her work, including paintings, mixed media and installations – all inspired by Salmon’s Diasporic experience in the States.

4 Caribbean-American cricket stars are up for the upcoming HERO CPL Player Draft, set for February 11th in Barbados. From New York, Jamaican-born Timroy Allen, Guyanese-born Alex Amsterdam, and Guyanese-American Akeem Dodson are up for selection, while South Florida’s lone candidate is Miramar-based Steven Taylor, who played last year for CPL’s Barbados Tridents.

What’s trending:

Brazil officials are warning pregnant women to stay away from the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, after the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the Zika virus outbreak, which has been linked to higher rates of birth defects among newborns from infected mothers.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 79 and a low of 69. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 79 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.




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