With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 8, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

A flight attendant for Caribbean Airlines has been sentenced to 2 and a hlaf years in federal prison for attempting to smuggle 6.5 pounds of cocaine. Rohan Mayers was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale International airport, immediately confessing after officers questioned him. The Jamaican father of 2 asked the court for leniency for his first offence, but the District Judge decided on prison time based on the sheer amount of drugs involved.

Authorities in Trinidad & Tobago are teaming up with Miami-based Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Institute to establish a local branch to tackle the surge in money-laundering.  The Trinidadian office is a joint effort by the University of the Southern Caribbean and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. The Financial Intelligence Unit reports that $3 billion were laundered in the country over the last four years.

Caribbean dancers and musicians combine for one stellar performance at this Saturday’s “Surya – the Eternal Rhythm” concert, starting 7:30 pm at the Miramar Cultural Center. The family-friendly event is a vibrant visualization of Afro-Caribbean poetry via Indian dances, featuring leading South Florida-based Indian and Afro-Caribbean artists.

In sports, the Diaspora community can add one more contender with Caribbean roots for the MLS Combine, starting today at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. Trinidadian-American and St. Louis University soccer star David Tyler is among the 60 players invited to strut their talents for recruiters at the Lauderhill showcase. David is the son for former T&T national player, Steven David.

What’s trending:

Reggae Revivalist stars Chronixx and Protoje have joined the line-up for the world-renowned Coachella Music Festival this year. Protoje tweeted congratulations to Chronixx, calling it a “big day for Jamaican music.”

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Scattered Showers in Broward County with a high of 80 and a low of 68. For Miami-Dade, mostly cloudy with a high of 80 and a low of 69.

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