A look at some of the top stories making the news today, December 29, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
US Federal authorities say they are working to extradite from Jamaica at least a few of the 14 defendants in the US Lottery Scam by early 2016. Officials say they are compiling the necessary affidavits and exhibits to obtain extraditions from Jamaican authorities. The scam affected residents throughout the states, including Florida.
Local officials are reminding drivers that time is running out to update their old battery operated SunPass transponders for the new “sticker” version that attaches directly to the glass windshield. Drivers have until Thursday to replace, as the old models will stop workings on Friday, January 1st.
The City of Miami Gardens celebrated the Kwanzaa season in style at their annual Kwanzaa Experience, held at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational complex auditorium. The event, co-hosted by the Diaspora Arts coalition, included several musical performances by local artists, as well as a presentation on the origins and history of the holiday.
In sports, Usain Bolt cops two major best of the year awards for 2015. For the fourth time, Bolt has won French magazine L’Equipe’s best athlete of the year. He also received the acclaimed International Sports Press Association (AIPS) America Male Athlete of the Year award after dominating the polls.
The latest mosquito borne virus Zika has landed in Martinque, with one case reported. The Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), has warned of further potential infections in the region if programs are not implemented to curbed its expansion. 5 cases of the virus also appeared in Surinam.
For Today’s Weather Forecast:
Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 74. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 83 and a low of 74.