With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 14, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.
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Coming up in the newscast, Jamaican-born Broward Commissioner Dale Holness announces bid for Congress, Jamaica achieves 50,000 vaccination target and another major volcano eruption reported in St. Vincent.
Now for the news in the detail
Jamaican-born Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness has announced his bid for U.S. Congress. Holness, the former mayor of Broward, is looking to replace Alcee Hastings, who served more than 28 years in Congress until his recent death on April 6th. Holness made the announcement on Monday, saying that he was humbled by the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Alcee Hastings. If elected, Holness would be the first Jamaican-American to represent a congressional district in Florida. Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, who was first elected the same year as Holness, is also running for the congressional seat.
Now for Caribbean News,
Jamaica’s Ministry of health and wellness has achieved its target of 50,000 vaccinations by April 13th. Last week Friday, health minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton announced that the ministry would be operating several vaccination blitz centers across the island, with the aim of vaccinating 50,000 people in five days. Over the weekend, some 30,000 Jamaicans had turned out to get vaccinated. Among the targeted groups were people over the age of 40 years, media personnel, teachers, tourism workers and firefighters. The ministry had also allowed persons outside of the priority groups to get the shot. On Monday, over 23,000 Jamaicans had gotten vaccinated, representing the largest one-day vaccine total. Since the ministry began its vaccination campaign in early March, over 96,000 Jamaicans have been vaccinated.
And in St. Vincent,
Another major eruption was reported in St. Vincent on Monday. The UWI Seismic Research Center on April 12 reported a massive explosion at the La Soufriere volcano, the biggest eruption since volcanic activity began on the island last week. The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in St Vincent also confirmed the collapse of the La Soufriere volcanic dome and the presence of volcanic ash and hot gases. The lead scientist monitoring the volcano, Professor Richard Robertson, said the latest explosion is equivalent to the one that occurred in 1902, which killed over 1000 people. Other scientists say that they expect the eruptions to continue for the next few weeks.
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