With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 29 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
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Coming up in the newscast, Jamaican judge becomes the first Caribbean-American appointed to Florida Supreme Court, wife of reggae icon, Bunny Wailer missing and Haitian-American tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in history.
Now for the news in the detail
Earlier this week, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis became the first Caribbean-American Judge to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court. Florida’s governor made the announcement that Francis, who was born and raised in Portmore, Jamaica, will take her seat on the Supreme Court on September 24. Francis is a past student of the St. Hughs All Girls School in Kingston and the University of the West Indies. She later migrated to Florida where she completed her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School. Governor DeSantis said that it is possible that Francis may be the first Caribbean judge to sit on any state’s Supreme Court and that her story demonstrates that anyone who comes to United States has an opportunity to make the most of their talents.
In Caribbean News, the search is continuing for the 70-year-old wife of musical icon, Bunny Wailer, who has been reported missing since last Saturday. Relatives said that Jean Watt, who is also known as “Sister Jean” was last seen in the Washington Gardens area of St Andrew, Jamaica. Her family has since posted flyers in and around Kingston and offered a cash reward for her safe return.
In the meantime, the St. Lucian government has extended the island’s state of emergency for four months as the country prepares to reopen its borders. Currently, there are no active cases of COVID-19 in the island, but Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that the country needs to remain vigilant. All businesses on the island were allowed to reopen with safety protocols last week. The island will begin accepting tourists on June 4th.
In Sports News, Haitian-American tennis star, 22-year-old Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in history. According to Forbes, Osaka earned a total of $37.4 million USD from prize money and endorsements between June 2019 and May 2020. Her earnings effectively overthrow Serena Williams, who’s held the title for four years Osaka also set a new record for a female athlete’s recorded earnings in a year, surpassing Maria Sharapova‘s $29.7 million in 2015.
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