With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 12 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Presidential candidate Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris the daughter of a Jamaican born father as his running mate, Keith Rowley secures another term as Prime Minister in Trinidad while Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness announces the date for the next general elections.

Now for the news in the detail

Former United States Vice President and current Presidential candidate, Joe Biden on Tuesday named Senator Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, as his running mate for the November Presidential elections. Harris becomes the first Black woman to be named to a major-party U.S. presidential ticket, and potentially the first woman vice president if Biden defeats President Donald Trump in the elections. The California Democrat was born in Oakland, to two immigrant parents: an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father. She has been a senator from California since 2017 and solidified her national profile when she grilled Trump administration nominees and administrators. As a presidential candidate, Harris campaigned on a US$500-a-month tax credit that she called “the largest working and middle-class tax cut in a generation”. Harris, who will join Vice President Mike Pence on October 7 in Utah, for the first vice presidential debate of the 2020, will be closely watched when she delivers her speech accepting the nomination at the Democratic convention.

Now for Caribbean News, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley secured another term as leader of the county when his party won Monday’s general elections. The People’s National Movement (PNM) won 22 of the 41 seats at stake while the main opposition, the United National Congress, led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar, won 19 seats. In announcing the victory, Rowley said that this will be his last term in politics and he will be committed to ensuring that the transition of leadership within the party is a smooth one. Despite Rowley’s announcement, Opposition leader, Persad-Bissessar has yet to concede the elections. She has requested a recount of the ballots in five marginal seats.

Over in Jamaica, after weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday finally announced the date for the next general elections. Jamaicans will go to the polls on Thursday, September 3, with nomination day being August 18. This will be only the second time that general elections are held in September, which is the traditional back-to-school month. On the first occasion in 2007, the current opposition, People’s National Party lost to the Bruce Golding-led JLP, breaking a near 20-years of PNP leadership. Election protocols are to be announced which will guide campaigning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, in St. Kitts and Nevis, the government has said it is hoping to reopen the borders of the twin-island Federation by October. Among the protocols for travelling to the island include the requirement of all visitors to present a negative COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival in the country. Visitors will also be required to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days, after which they will take another test. The traveler will be released from quarantine once a negative test result is received. As of August 11, the twin-island has only 17 COVID-19 cases and no deaths.

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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