With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, November 2 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, former President Barack Obama to return to South Florida, popular Jamaican footballer Leonard “Chicken” Mason dies in New York and St. Lucia tightens measures to prevent migration from other islands.

Now for the news in the detail

Today, Former President Barack Obama is returning to South Florida to rally support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Details were not given about the location or the event, which will likely be an invitation-only rally consistent with the Biden/Harris campaign. This is the second time in a month that the former president is campaigning in the swing-state, which is largely populated with Caribbean-Americans. Just two weeks ago, Obama campaigned in Miami-Dade where he told democrats, “If you bring Florida home, this thing’s over.” His visit comes following Kamala Harris’ campaign stops in South Florida on Saturday. Harris hosted a total of four events across Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach each event, where she pushed for Florida residents, especially Blacks and Latinos, to go out and vote on Election Day. Early voting in Florida ended on Sunday.

Also in Local News,

Over the weekend, Postal and law enforcement officials are investigating after four dozen mail-in ballots were found undelivered at a post office in Florida. U.S. Postal Service Office investigators on Saturday said they found the ballots in a post office near Homestead, Miami-Dade. County elections officials said that 18 of the affected voters have already cast ballots in person at an early voting site or through a replacement mail-in ballot. The department has received the six completed ballots and is contacting the remaining 24 voters to help them get their ballots returned by the 7 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

Now for Caribbean News,

Veteran Jamaican footballer Leonard Mason died in Brooklyn, New York on October 31 after years of battling illness. Mason, affectionately called “Chicken” by Jamaican football fans, represented Excelsior High School in the Manning Cup football competition in the mid -1960s where his skills caught the attention of college recruiters. He later earned scholarships to Eastern Illinois University and Century University where he earned an Accounting degree and an MBA. At club level in Jamaica, he played for Santos, Lucas and Real Mona, among others. In the United States, he represented Jamaica Nationals and the Jamaica Ambassadors football teams. He was also widely known for scoring for Jamaica in the island’s first victory (1-0) over Mexico in 1972 at the National Stadium.

And in St. Lucia,

The government says it will introduce new border control protocols to prevent the illegal entry of persons into the island. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the measures will include suspending licenses for fishermen to go out, for at least one week. Chastanet said that his administration is working with the authorities in the French island of Martinique in a bid to prevent the illegal entry of nationals into St. Lucia. Last week, Martinique went on lockdown after a COVID-19 outbreak which saw over 700 new cases in seven days.


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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