With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 13, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Scores of Broward teachers resign after being ordered to return to work, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says rich countries are hoarding vaccines and Prime Minister of Trinidad, Dr. Keith Rowley recovering after heart surgery.

Now for the news in the detail

Broward students were back in the classroom on Monday, but some schools had scores of teachers missing. In December, Broward County public school teachers and non-instructional staff were told that anyone still working remotely had to report to their in-person assignments in January. Since then, almost 100 employees chose to retire. On Monday, more than 100 others took leave or called in sick, most of whom are teachers. This comes just days after the Broward Teachers Union sued the school district over the return-to-work mandate. The union argues that hundreds of school district employees have serious medical conditions and they should not be exposed to COVID-19.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has blamed the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines on rich countries that are hoarding the shots. Jamaica is one of the many countries around the world that joined the COVAX facility, a global collaboration which ensures that poor countries have equal access to the vaccines. Wealthy nations like the United States, China and Russia have not supported the global effort. During an interview with Bloomberg, Holness said that rich countries have slowed the global vaccination efforts by hoarding the shots for their population only. Jamaica is to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in April but only 16% of the population will be vaccinated this year.

And in Trinidad and Tobago,

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley is back home and recovering after undergoing heart surgery over the weekend. He was admitted last Friday after complaining of discomfort.

In a statement on Saturday, the Office of the Prime Minister said: “The Prime Minister underwent an angiogram and a subsequent angioplasty which went well.” On Sunday, a statement said Rowley had been discharged from hospital and was resting comfortably at his official residence.

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