A look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 17, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Florida’s Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson stopped by Lauderdale Lakes recently to tour the city’s foreign Trade Zone and its participating local businesses. Hosted by State Representative Hazelle Rogers and the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, the visit sought to highlight the state’s small business communities.

Commercial flights from South Florida to Cuba may resume as soon as next fall, following a new agreement signed by U.S. and Cuban officials. The deal includes 20 daily flights to Cuba and 10 daily flights into 9 other Cuban cities. Airlines with now have a 15-day window to request for rights to the new routes to Cuba.

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The inaugural Inspired Faith Film Festival will host its grand Red Carpet opening night tomorrow, starting 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Plantation. The brainchild of Jamaican Filmmakers Michael Brown and Judith Falloon-Reid, the festival highlights inspiration films from around the world, this year featuring 45 films from 10 countries.

In sports, Reggae Boyz star Jorginho James will get another shot at the MLS league, as he heads to Texas for a 9-day trial with the newly formed franchise, the Rio Grande Valley FC. James was the only player selected from the MLS Caribbean Combine to compete at the MLS Combine showcase last December in Lauderhill.

What’s trending:

The Jamaican Ministry of Health may have a new hit on their hands, following the release of their viral dancehall-infused public service announcement informing the public on ways to prevent mosquito breeding and the transmission of the mosquito-borne Zika Virus. The song is sung by medical doctor and part-time DJ, Dr. Michael Abrahams.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 80 and a low of 56. For Miami-Dade, partly cloudy with a high of 79 and a low of 60.

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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