With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 24 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coming up in the newscast, Jamaican-American law professor racially profiled at Fort Lauderdale Park, the first hurricane of the 2020 season heads for the Caribbean and Jamaican-American singer Dobby Dobson dies due to COVID-19.

Now for the news in the detail

Jamaican-American law professor Ghenete “G” Wright Muir and her son Masai were victims of racial profiling on Sunday at a swimming pool in the historically Black Joseph C. Carter Park in Fort Lauderdale. Wright-Muir told CNW Network that a white woman—later identified as Lani Kempner, a former professor at Broward College— who was swimming in the lane between Wright Muir and her son, told her she couldn’t talk across her lane. Wright Muir said when she told Kempner that the lifeguard said there was no rule to support her request, and offered to switch lanes, Kempner refused and demanded that the park personnel call the police. According to Wright Muir, Fort Lauderdale police came on the scene and asked her and her son to leave the park and not return for 24 hours, while Kempner, who was also told to exit the pool, refused to do so.

Wright Muir reported the incident the incident to the city’s top officials including Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Ben Sorensen, the Fort Lauderdale Police, as well as Broward Mayor Dale V.C. Holness. A Swim-In has been planned at the park, Sunday at 9 AM, to protest discrimination.

Now for Caribbean News, The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Gonzalo, which was upgraded from a tropical storm yesterday, is projected to pass over the Winward Islands over the weekend. Gonzalo is the first hurricane of the season and the fastest strengthening storm since 2005. The government of Barbados has issued a Hurricane Watch for island and forecasters have called for those in the Dominica, St. Lucia and Grenada to take precautions. The hurricane is expected to weaken as it approaches Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico over the next few days.

Meanwhile, the Jamaican entertainment fraternity and the South Florida community is mourning the death of popular Jamaican singer Highland “Dobby” Dobson who died on July 21. Throughout his career, Dobson wrote and recorded several romantic ballads, including his most popular hit, “Loving Pauper” which earned him the nickname of the same title. In the 1980s, he relocated to South Florida where he also performed in several local productions. In recent years, Dobson became a victim of advanced dementia, and recently contracted COVID-19 from which he died. He was 78 years of age.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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