With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 8 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.
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Coming up in the newscast, Florida protests continue for the second week, COVID-19 cases spike in Florida and Jamaica joins worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.
Now for the news in the detail
For the second weekend in a row, Florida residents took to the streets to protest against racism and police brutality. On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators marched through South Florida in a show of solidarity in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Doral, Sweetwater, and Miramar. Unlike last week protests, these demonstations were peaceful and organized, and saw residents adhereing to the curfew orders that have been implemented. In a video message, Ford Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione thanked the peaceful demonstrators saying: “Their message was heard and it was not overshadowed nor overtaken by folks with the intent of diluting that message.”
In the meantime, Florida has seen a daily increase of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases over the last five days. The numbers released on Sunday by the Florida Health Department confirm an additional 1,180 new cases to bring the state’s total to 63,938 cases. Another 12 new deaths related to the virus were also confirmed Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll up to 2,700. The spike in confirmed cases comes as a result of increased testing throughout the state following the reopening of several businesses and non-essential services. Statewide, more than 1.2 million people have been tested for COVID-19, with the percent positive around 5.3%. More than 10,900 hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been reported in Florida to-date.
In Caribbean News, last week, Jamaica joined the worldwide black lives matter protests against police brutality. On June 4, a small group of Jamaicans gathered outside of the United States embassy, expressing outrage over the killing of George Floyd as well as Susan Bogle, the 44-year-old disabled woman who was recently killed by a soldier in August Town. The four individuals were later joined by United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia, who endorsed peaceful protesting. On Saturday, larger crowds gathered in protest, this time in front of Emancipation Park as well as the US embassy.
Over in St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris led his coalition Team Unity to a second consecutive victory in Friday’s general election, winning six of the seven seats declared to date. Harris has been the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis since 2015.
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