With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 26, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Florida to stop unemployment payments in June, flights to resume between Jamaica and Germany and Haiti declares state of emergency.

Now for the news in detail,

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday announced that the state will stop providing $300 weekly payments to unemployed Floridians. The payments are part of a federal aid program that was approved through September but the Governor said that Florida’s payments will end come on June 26. DeSantis said that ending the payments early could be the solution to the labour shortage in the state. He noted that many businesses in Florida are rebounding, but they do not have enough staff to thrive. In April, over 400,000 people in Florida are unemployed out of a workforce of over 10 million people. At least 22 other states also have announced plans to end the enhanced benefits early.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has welcomed news that Germany no longer considers Jamaica as a high-risk country for contracting COVID-19. This should result in the resumption of flights between Germany and Jamaica, starting in July. Bartlett said the resumption of flights between Germany and Jamaica is a positive development because it shows the world that Jamaica is a safe destination.

Also in Jamaica,

An official memorial service will take place this Thursday, May 27, for Ambassador Anthony Johnson, who passed away last month after a period of illness. The service will take place at the St Augustine Chapel at Kingston College in Kingston. In keeping with the COVID-19 safety measures, it will take place with a restricted number of persons. Participating public officials at the chapel will be limited to the governor general, Sir Patrick Allen, the prime minister Andrew Holness and the leader of the Opposition, Mark Golding. Johnson’s immediate family, which includes his daughter, Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith will also be in attendance. The Jamaican embassy in Washington has opened a physical and virtual book of condolences for the late Ambassador.

And in Haiti,

Haiti has issued a state of health emergency throughout the country for an eight day period due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. The country was rocked by 933 new cases and 38 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of this month. The Ministry of Public Health is also reporting the presence of the contagious English and Brazilian variants of the virus. In making the announcement, President Jovenel Moise also issued a mandatory mask order in the country and imposed a 10 PM nightly curfew. Haiti has over 14,000 cases of COVID-19.

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