With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 26 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, Palm beach county issues order for face masks, Broward says harsher penalties for non-compliant businesses and the latest twist in Guyana’s election recount gives ruling party the victory.

Now for the news in the detail

As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida, Palm Beach county has issued a new emergency order, requiring everyone to wear a face covering in public. The order, which went into effect yesterday, states that all persons should wear a face mask or face covering while obtaining any good or service throughout the state, including in government buildings and the county’s transit services. On Wednesday, several residents erupted in anger at a commissioner’s meeting regarding the order. Residents lashed out at county leaders saying that the county could not force them to wear a mask if they did not want to. Still, palm beach county advised that law enforcement agencies in the state have been authorized to enforce the order.

In the meantime, Broward County has announced harsher penalties for businesses that fail to comply with guidelines such as mandating sanitization, social distancing, facial coverings and other requirements. As of today, any business found in violation of any of the orders will be immediately ordered to close for a minimum of 24 hours. Said businesses will also be allowed to reopen after receiving approval from a county official. Repeat violations will be subject to stricter penalties, including a fine of up to $15,000. 

In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen is requesting a revision of one of the ceremonial medals of his office – the British insignia. The medal, which is worn by the head of state, depicts a white man with his foot on the neck of a black man who is deemed to be Satan. The medal has traditionally been bestowed and worn by Governors-General across the Caribbean, who have been knighted by the Queen. At a time when many countries across the world are removing racist or prejudice symbols and statues, Sir Patrick Allen said he acknowledges that the medal can be offensive and has ordered a review.

In the meantime, In the latest twist in Guyana’s election saga, Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, submitted a new report to the island’s Elections Commission showing that the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), had won the disputed March 2 elections. The new report comes weeks after the election recount which had indicated that the opposition party had won majority of the seats and were gearing up to take office. Lowenfield said that his new report shows the credible and valid votes cast. While the back and forth continues locally, regional and international bodies including CARICOM, the OAS and the European Union are calling for the recount results to be honored.

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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