A look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 7, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Despite eager discussions about a potential candidacy, Florida Democratic Party chief Allison Tant says that Miami-Dade County commission’s first Haitian-American chairman Jean Monestime may have “ruled out” challenging Mayor Carlos Gimenez in the upcoming elections. No official comment on the rumors has been released from Monestime’s office.In response to the police shooting that killed local musician Corey Jones, Palm Beach Garden officials plan to vote on funding a department-wide police body camera program. The city council is set to vote on the over $260,000 budget at tomorrow’s [Thursday’s] meeting. Jones’ death sparked national outrage after an undercover officer approached and shot Jones 6 times along I-95.Local non-profit Haiti Friends is launching their new “Pearl Art” series with their first exhibit this Saturday, starting 7 pm at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. This free exhibit, which will feature work from world renowned Haitian artists, will celebrate the New Year with a “Bon Fet” theme. The series plans to premiere a new show every 2nd Saturday of every month.In sports, Jamaican soccer Star Kevaughn Frater joins fellow young Jamaican Jorginho James as the Caribbean two international invitees for the upcoming Major Soccer League Combine, starting January 8 at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. Frater and James both currently play for Harbor View FC in Jamaica’s Red Stripe Premier League.What’s trending:UN projections for 2016 predict that Jamaica will grow at 1.5 percent, which improves on last year’s numbers and puts the island’s economic expansion ahead of its oil-rich neighbor and former regional economic leader, Trinidad and Tobago. A recent report from magazine The Economist says the twin republic’s economy may shrink by 1 percent.For Today’s Weather Forecast:Mostly sunny in Broward County with a high of 79 and a low of 62. For Miami-Dade, mostly sunny with a high of 78 and a low of 67.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com.