With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 16, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Florida pauses use of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Jamaican government extends weekend lockdowns and Luton Shelton posthumously awarded the Keys to the City of Kingston.

Now for the news in detail,

Governor Ron DeSantis said Florida is temporarily suspending Johnson & Johnson vaccinations because a half-dozen people developed blood clots after getting the shot. During a news conference on Tuesday, DeSantis said Florida is following recommendations for a pause from the CDC while safety issues are examined. The governor said he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine earlier this month and felt no ill effects. He also added that he believes the recommended pause will soon be lifted. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been given in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. The governor said that residents who have already received the J&J vaccine have no reason to worry.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

Residents will be subjected to another three weekend lockdowns, though the curfew hours have been significantly reduced. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon in the House of Representatives. He said that while the stricter measures have helped to slow the rate of COVID-19 infections, the positivity rate and the number of hospitalizations remain a concern. The lockdowns will be modified for the next three weekends, with a 4 PM to 5 AM curfew on Saturdays and a 2 PM to 5 AM curfew on Sundays. The lockdowns will expire on May 4th. All other measures, including the negative COVID-19 test requirement for travellers will also remain in place until May 4th.

And in Sports News,

Jamaica’s most prolific goal-scorer, the late Luton Shelton has been posthumously awarded the Keys to the City of Kingston by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation. The KSAMC passed the resolution on April 13 to honor the international football player, who died on January 22. The Keys to the City of Kingston is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the KSAMC. Up until the time of his death, Shelton still held the national goal-scoring record of 35 goals in 75 appearances. He is still the only men’s football player to score four goals in his international debut for Jamaica. Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, said Shelton’s achievements will never be forgotten.

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