With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 21 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coming up in the newscast, 10,000 Florida residents now dead from COVID-19, Kamala Harris accepts Vice President Nomination and Guyana’s government announced COVID-19 relief measures.

Now for the news in the detail

Caribbean-American Senator Kamala Harris on Wednesday night accepted the US Democratic Party’s nomination for the vice presidency. Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, accepted the nomination on the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention. Just over a week ago, US Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden selected Harris as his vice-presidential running mate in the Democratic race to defeat President Donald Trump in November 3 Elections. In her 17-minute acceptance speech, Harris said her nomination is a “testament to the dedication of generations” before her. She made mention of her Indian mother, Shyamala Gopalan-Harris who she said came to America at 19 to pursue her dream of curing cancer, and her father, Donald Harris, who had come from Jamaica to study economics. And after spending some time delving into the importance of family, Harris dug into Trump’s “failed leadership” and why America must elect the Biden-Harris ticket to lead the country. Harris urged Americans to elect a president “who will bring something different, something better and do the important work”.

In Local News, Florida surpassed 10,000 COVID-19 resident deaths on Thursday even as the positivity rate in the state continues to decline. 117 new deaths were reported on Thursday, to bring the total resident deaths to 10,049. Florida is also now the fifth state to surpass 10,000 deaths, behind New York, New Jersey, California and Texas. While the deaths are trending upwards, the state’s positivity rate has been heading in the right direction, with eight straight days under 10%. On Wednesday, the daily positivity rate dropped to 6.7%. As schools in Broward County began classes earlier this week, the school board has reminded parents that the key criterion for the reopening of schools is for the daily positive rate to decline to 3 to 5 percent for a two-week period.

Now for Caribbean News, The Government of Guyana has announced measures geared towards easing the financial burden on citizens in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, newly appointed President, Dr. Irfaan Ali said an agreement has been reached with the local banking sector to extend the moratorium on loan payments until the end of the year and to cut interest rates. This means that customers with mortgages and other loans will be spared the financial burden of servicing these loans. Commercial banks have also agreed to waive all bank charges and continue to support small business with their capital needs.

In Sports News, Acclaimed Jamaican jockey, Emelio “Bimbo” Rodriquez will be among those that will receive the Order of Distinction, the country’s sixth-highest honor, at the island’s national awards ceremony in October. Rodriguez, who is in his mid 60s, began his riding career at Caymanas Park in 1970. He is a four-time champion of Jamaica, winning those titles during the 1980s. The Kingston-born Rodriquez rode over 1,000 winners in Jamaica before migrating to the United States in 1989. He opened the US leg of his career at South Florida tracks like Calder, Gulfstream and Hialeah. Rodriguez told CNW Network that he was overwhelmed with joy at the honor, and feels as if he is “ in the class of the big boys”. He will receive the award during the ceremony at King’s House in Kingston on October 19.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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