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Coming up in the newscast, Miss Universe Jamaica makes top 10 exit, Beenie Man fined $150,000 for hosting illegal party and Dominica and Cayman Islands announce new travel protocols for vaccinated visitors.

Now for the news in detail,

Of a total of seventy-four women from across the globe vying for the Miss Universe crown this year, Jamaica’s 2020 beauty queen Miqueal-Symone Williams prevailed to make it to the top 10. Held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the 69th Miss Universe international competition was won by Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza. Although Miss Jamaica did not take the crown, the 24-year-old international fashion and beauty model said she was grateful for the support of Jamaicans throughout the competition. Among those who sent congratulations to Williams was Oliver Mair, Jamaica’s Consul General for Southern USA and Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Miqueal-Symone Williams is the eighth Jamaican to have ever advanced to the top ten of the competition, since its first staging in 1952.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

Jamaica international dancehall artiste Beenie Man was fined J$150,000 after he pleaded guilty to breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act. He appeared in court on Monday, May 17. The deejay had pleaded guilty to the offense on April 19 and appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court where the fine or three months in jail was imposed. An additional charge of breaching the Noise Abatement Act was thrown out during the deejay’s last court appearance. The 47-year-old entertainer had been charged by police last December after hosting an illegal party in St Elizabeth, on November 29, 2020. Mass gatherings and parties of any kind are currently prohibited in Jamaica due to COVID-19.

And in Dominica,

The government of Dominica on Sunday announced new travel protocols for vaccinated visitors. Health Minister Dr. Irvine McIntyre said a person who is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be tested at the airport on arrival. They will however be tested at their hotel and be required to quarantine for a minimum of two days, versus six days for non-vaccinated visitors. Those who are not vaccinated will still be required to provide a negative test upon arrival at the airport. The government of the Cayman Islands also announced similar measures, removing the PCR testing requirement for vaccinated visitors. The quarantine protocols, however, remain unchanged. Those fully vaccinated returning to the Cayman Islands are required to isolate for 10 days.

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