With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 3 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.
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Coming up in the newscast, Tropical storm Isaias moves away from South Florida, Lauderhilll police department honors officer who died from COVID-19 and Jamaican legal system comes under fire for case regarding a child behind barred from school because of dreadlocks.
Now for the news in the detail
Florida’s east coast is no longer under a Hurricane Warning, but as the center of Tropical Storm Isaias moves away from South Florida, heavy rains are still expected. Tropical Storm Isaias was downgraded from hurricane status on August 1 but a Tropical Storm Warning was still in effect for Palm Beach County as of yesterday afternoon. The Storm is expected to be at its closest approach to Florida’s coast today before departing for the Carolinas. As the weather conditions improve, covid-19 testing sites across the state are expected to reopen on Wednesday, August 5. Public parks in Miami-Dade and Broward County will reopen today.
Also In Local News, The Lauderhill Police Department posthumously promoted Officer Corey Pendergrass, one of their fellow officers who died after a battle with the coronavirus, to the rank of Sergeant. On July 26, the agency announced that Pendergrass had died from complications related to COVID-19. He served on the force since 1997. The family of the officer will hold private funerals on August 7 and 8, while the Lauderhill police department will celebrate the officer’s life at a later date.
Now for Caribbean News, On the brink on the island’s Emancipation Day holiday, Jamaica’s Supreme Court came under fire when it ruled that the constitutional rights of a young girl were not breached when she was barred from attending school because of her dreadlocks. While the actual written judgement has not yet been given, the panel of judges stated that there was no breach of the child’s constitutional rights, based on the arguments presented.
In the 2018 incident, the girl’s mother, Sherine Virgo was told that her then five-year-old daughter would need to cut her hair before she could attend the Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine. The school stated that the wearing of dreadlocks was against its policy due to fears of a lice outbreak at the school. The child was later allowed to attend the school after an injunction was filed in court.
The news triggered much outrage from international media, politicians and even global entertainers, who referred to the ruling as Anti-Black. Prime Minister Andrew Holness responded to the outrage saying that his administration has always maintained that children must not be discriminated against. He said there will be a review of the island’s education policies to reflect a modern and culturally inclusive position.
In the meantime, Guyana brought an end to a five-month electoral crisis on Sunday, when the opposition candidate Ifraan Ali was declared president-elect. According to the report submitted by the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield – the ruling Coalition – APNU, received some 217,000 votes while the main opposition PPP/C received over 233,000 votes. Current president of Guyana, David Granger had previously stated that he would accept whatever declaration was made by the elections commission.
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