With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, October 21 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, Florida shatters early voting record on Monday, legendary sprinter Usain Bolt to get a statue in his hometown and concerns grow about the massive oil vessel on the verge of sinking near Trinidad.

Now for the news in the detail

Florida voters turned out in record-shattering numbers on the first day of early voting for the Nov. 3 election, with about 355,000 ballots cast on Monday. That total is an increase of over 50,0000 votes when compared with the first day in 2016. Combined with mail-in votes that have already been returned, about 3 million Floridians have already voted, two weeks before Election Day, representing almost 21% of registered voters. Democrats slightly outpolled Republicans statewide, with about 150,000 Democratic ballots cast to about 149,000 for the GOP. About 53,000 non-party affiliated voters also went to the polls Monday. In South Florida, over 28,000 people voted early in Broward County on Monday, 17,000 in Palm Beach County and 43,000 in Miami-Dade County. Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties also had more first-day early voters this year than in the 2016 presidential year, but Broward had fewer. However, the reports of lines of up to an hour or more continued into the second day of early voting on Tuesday.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has announced that a statue of legendary sprinter Usain Bolt is ready to be erected in his native parish of Trelawny before the end of the year. Grange said that the parish of Trelawny has now become synonymous with the Honourable Usain Bolt, who hails from Sherwood Content. The Trelawny Municipal Corporation has prepared the area in Water Square, Falmouth, where the monument is to be placed. Sculptures of Bolt and fellow Olympians and athletes – Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown, and Asafa Powell, have been erected in Statue Park at the National Stadium in Kingston. The Minister also announced that the birthplace of late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, in Martha Brae, Trelawny, is to be declared a heritage site.

In St. Vincent and the Grenadines,

The two major political parties Tuesday nominated candidates to contest all 15 seats in the November 5 general election. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who is seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in office is being challenged for control of the government by Dr. Godwin Friday, who is leading the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) into a general election for the first time. The Electoral Office has indicated that special arrangements are being put in place to ensure that front line workers, such as police officers and health sector employees, can vote early when they visit the polling stations on Election Day.

And in Trinidad,

Concerns are growing that an oil tanker carrying millions of gallons of oil could spill its load into the sea between Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago, causing an ecological catastrophe. The Venezuelan-flagged tanker has lain in the Gulf of Paria since last January when U.S. sanctions on Venezuela made it illegal for companies that operate in the U.S. to trade with the country’s oil company. Recent pictures of the tanker show it tilting at about a 25º angle and on the verge of sinking. The U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago has raised its concerns over the vessel, warning that a spill “could negatively impact not only the Venezuelan people but also those in nearby countries.

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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