With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 17, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, True Blue Weekend organizers to hold sound clash event next month, Jamaica gets COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX facility and Barbados reopens commercial sector.

Now for the news in the detail

The St. George’s and Jamaica College Old Boys Associations of Florida will host their first-ever friendly sound clash on Saturday, April 10. The True Blue Sound Clash of 2021 is replacing the traditional True Blue weekend soccer event held every year. This year marks the 17th year for the South Florida event though it will be held in a different format. The True Blue Sound Clash will be streamed live on VP Records’ Youtube page starting at 7 PM. The MC for the clash will be popular radio personality Steven “Sir Rockwell” Warner..

Now for Caribbean News,

The Government of Jamaica has received a shipment of 14,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines under the COVAX Facility. Jamaica is the first country in the Caribbean to obtain vaccines procured through COVAX. The island’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton was on hand to witness the arrival of the shipment in Kingston on Monday. The latest shipment adds to the 50,000 doses donated by India, which arrived on March 8. Minister Tufton said that with these additional doses, Jamaica will continue to vaccinate members of the priority groups, including healthcare workers, law enforcement officers and senior members of parliament. As of Sunday, March 14, some 12,000 persons had been inoculated across the island.

And in Barbados,

Several businesses were allowed to resume operations earlier this week as Barbados relaxed some of its COVID-19 restrictions. For the month of February, most businesses on the island were closed because of a national pause to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases. But on Monday, salons, barbershops, restaurants and bars reopened with social distancing protocols in place. The island’s daily curfew was adjusted and will now start at 9:00 pm instead of 7:00 pm, running until 6:00 am. Prime Minister Mia Mottley also announced that from March 21, churches will once again be able to welcome worshippers while adhering to all physical distancing protocols.

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