With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, November 9 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the President and Vice president-elect of the United States, Mark Golding is PNP’s new president and Trinidad announces new re-entry protocols for citizens.

Now for the news in the detail

Although President Donald Trump is yet to concede the elections, Democrat Joe Biden has officially been elected as the 46th president of the United States. His running mate, Kamala Harris made history as the first Black woman to become vice president. The Jamaican-American senator, who is also the first person of South Asian descent elected to the vice presidency, will become the highest-ranking woman ever to serve in U.S. government.

From around the Caribbean, regional leaders sent their congratulations to Biden and Harris, saying that they were looking forward to working with the new Democratic Party leaders in the White House. Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness said that, “America will have its first female Vice president in the person of Kamala Harris and we are proud that she bears Jamaican heritage.” The island’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson-Smith also added that women across the Jamaican diaspora are especially proud of Kamala Harris. Congratulations were also extended from Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley and St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, The Opposition Minister of Finance and St. Andrew Southern Member of Parliament, Mark Golding has been elected as the new leader of Jamaica’s People’s National Party (PNP). Golding, an attorney-at-law, defeated South East St Ann MP Lisa Hanna, in the PNP presidential elections on Saturday. Golding was declared as the winner by Julian Robinson, General Secretary of the PNP, after receiving 1740 votes to Lisa Hanna’s 1444. More than 3,300 delegates were eligible to vote in the election and the voter turnout was 96%. In his victory speech, Golding thanked Hanna for an intense campaign and assured Party members that unity would be a forefront feature of his leadership. Golding is the sixth president of the 82-year-old party.

And in Trinidad and Tobago,

The government has outlined new protocols for entry into the country. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, speaking at a news conference on Saturday, made it clear that it would be impossible for all nationals wanting to come home for the Christmas Season to be accommodated. The country’s borders are still closed to tourists, however, the government has allowed nationals overseas to apply for exemptions so that they can return home. As of November 15, nationals entering Trinidad and Tobago will have to present a negative PCR test done two days prior to arrival and they will also be placed in state quarantine facilities for seven days, and released only after testing negative after the sixth day in quarantine. Since announcing the re-entry protocols in September, over 7,000 nationals have been allowed back into the country.

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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