first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago Parliament has passed legislation to outlaw child marriage.A total of 35 members on the Government and Opposi­tion benches voted in favour of The Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) Bill, 2016—an act to amend the Marriage Act, Chapter 45:01, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, Chapter 45:02, the Hindu Marriage Act, Chapter 45:03, the Orisa Marriage Act, Chapter 45:04 and the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act, Chapter 45:51.The bill, which was first brought to Parliament in De­cember 2016, has been subject to extensive debate inside and outside the Parliament.After months of debate in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, the bill was passed without amendments. The legal age for marriage in the country is now 18.In contributing to the debate on the bill, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley admonished Oppo­si­tion Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar for saying she supports the end of child marriages and the legal age for marriage to be 18, but yet defended secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Sat Maharaj, who argued the laws should not be changed.Religious marriage at 12 still legal in T&T?last_img read more

first_imgCopyright 2017– Caribbean National Weekly News He was once a teenage government technology consultant, been to Harvard twice, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and has networked with some of the brightest young minds in technology. But for all his technological achievements, Makonnen Blake-Hannah, or Maki B, his musical moniker, has chosen to pursue his dream of making a mark in Reggae music.The home-schooled son of former government senator and Rastafari matriarch Barbara Blake Hannah, Maki B is determined to bring a high-tech message to the ears of the oppressed and those thirsty for knowledge.He plans to do so without sinking into the mire of debauchery.“I’m not a ‘conventional’ musician in any sense of the word. I’m not here to “buss” or get famous. I’m here to spread a message of freedom and unity with equal rights and justice for all. My inspiration is the divine glory of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I The First. JAH! RASTAFARI! Being an artist/producer is just an expression for me and my thoughts in musical form,” he told CNW.‘Maki B’ has been forging ahead by bringing positive messages in the form of Reggae, dancehall and hip hop.“It’s a revolution and an evolution. The elders like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh laid the foundation that I can carry on so we have to keep the vibe alive,” he said.His single, Red Eye, has been steadily gaining in popularity. His other popular single, Real Talk, featuring Rseenal, will be featured on his upcoming debut album scheduled to be released soon.To pigeon-hole ‘Maki B’ as only a reggae artist would do injustice to his varied talents. He’s also a songwriter, producer, and engineer who has worked for a roster of artists too long to mention.His technological feats are also numerous. He was Jamaica’s delegate to the 1998 M.I.T. Media Lab Junior Summit in Boston, Mass; a member of Award Winning 1999 Think Quest International Website, a lecturer at the Jimmy Carter Center Tour of 6 Guyana schools, and Youth advisor/webmaster to former Jamaican Minister of Technology Phillip Paulwell. He helped introduce the first and most successful cellphone service provider in Jamaica, Digicel, among other achievements.Now he has his sights firmly set on making a positive difference in the entertainment arena. “We are keeping it grounded, positive and upful,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgCaribbean-Americans are encouraged with a new service recently introduced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. USCIS has made the process of applying for a renewal of a green card more convenient by launching an online form.The new form allows lawful permanent residents who file the online Form I-90, Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card, without assistance from an attorney or accredited representative. Applicants can file their form and upload evidence entirely on a mobile device. The redesign of the online Form I-90 also allows lawful permanent residents to navigate the site more easily, making the process of renewing or replacing Green Cards more convenient.New-mobile responsive designThe new mobile-responsive design provides an intuitive method for answering questions, navigating through sections, and uploading evidence on a mobile device. Instructions for filing Form I-90 require providing certain evidence, such as a copy of government-issued identification.Filing using mobile deviceApplicants filing through a mobile device, can now take a photo of the evidence and upload it directly from their mobile devices. The redesigned online form also provides a more personalized experience, as users are directed to answer only those questions specific to their case.No policy changeThere are no substantive changes to the policy or content of the form, and the online version has parity with the questions and content on the paper form.Applicants can access the online Form I-90 through myUSCIS by creating a USCIS online account at There is no cost to set up the account. This offers a variety of features including the ability to track the status of an application and to communicate with USCIS through a secure inbox.Customers who wish to file Form I-90 with the assistance of an attorney or accredited representative will continue to use the previous version of the online Form I-90.Additional information about Form I-90, including guidance on the application process, is available at read more

first_imgL.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Center The YMCA has renamed the center L.A. Lee YMCA Mizell Center in order to preserve the community and the center’s rich history. The YMCA will utilize the new development to:Expand current programsEngage the community in the development of programs and services that meet their needsIncrease economic development in the community New DesignThe new YMCA’s design is comprised of four floors, which will include:Child development and youth zonesOutdoor play zoneGymnasiumWellness and aerobic spaceTheaterRetail and community offices spacesThese facilities are projected to increase job creation in the community. The YMCA’s purpose is to provide programs and services that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility that result in strengthening the foundations of the community. More About Dr. Von D. Mizell:Dr. Von D. Mizell was the founding president of the Broward NAACP.  He petitioned for the creation of a beach for Black citizens in 1946, a time when Blacks were denied access to the area’s public beaches. Over the next seven years, he kept pressuring authorities until 1951 when Broward County Attorney John U. Lloyd was directed by the authorities to find a location for the colored beach.  In 1954, due to the efforts of John U. Lloyd, Broward County’s attorney for 30 years, the state approved the purchase of this property and the park was named in his honor.On July 1, 2016, the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach was renamed the Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park in honor of Dr. Mizell and Eula Johnson (who on July 4, 1961, as the then current president of the NAACP, staged the famous African-American community “wade-in,” which forced County officials to build a road to access the beach). L. A. Lee Family YMCA to Refurbish the Mizell CenterOn Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission voted in favor of the redevelopment of the first Black hospital, the Mizell Center, located in the historic Sistrunk neighborhood of Midtown Fort Lauderdale.  The award of $10 million dollars was presented to The L.A. Lee Family YMCA, the oldest YMCA in Broward County serving the Fort Lauderdale community for over 70 years with diverse programs for all ages.  The $10 million dollar grant was awarded by the City of Fort Lauderdale Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Community Redevelopment Agency (NPFCRA).Mizell CenterFounded in the 1930s by Fort Lauderdale’s first Black surgeon, Dr. Von D. Mizell, the Mizell Center’s revitalization aligns with the NPFCRA’s goals and vision of pursuing the redevelopment of vacant properties, strategically redeveloping large-underutilized sites, and creating and implementing area wide design guidelines. About the City of Fort Lauderdale Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Community Redevelopment Agency (NPFCRA)For additional information about the NPFCRA, go to or call (954) 828-6130.last_img read more

first_imgHOBART, Australia, CMC – Barbadian fast bowling sensation Jofra Archer starred yet again as he helped power Hobart Hurricanes to a six-wicket win over Dwayne Bravo’s Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash on Monday, Christmas Eve.The 23-year-old, currently eyeing selection for England’s World Cup campaign, snatched three wickets which restricted Stars to 155 for five off their 20 overs at Bellerive Oval.Sent in, Stars were set back early when Archer removed both openers inside the first six overs, with Travis Dean (11) and Ben Dunk (10) both departing cheaply with 32 on the board.Captain Glenn Maxwell then stroked 47 from 31 balls with five sixes, reviving the innings in an 87-run, third wicket stand with Nick Larkin whose 45 required 33 deliveries.When both fell in successive overs to leave the Stars on 123 for four in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis chipped in with a 15-ball unbeaten 22 to keep the innings going.However, there was no such enterprise from Bravo who labored for a run-a-ball 12 before holing out to square on the leg-side.Archer finished with three for 25 from his four overs.In reply, captain Matthew Wade hit 52 off 37 balls, putting on 55 for the first wicket with D’Arcy Short who made 34.Ben McDermott (28) and George Bailey (27) added 52 for the third wicket to keep Hobart on course for victory.Bravo’s first over leaked 20 runs and overall conceded 38 runs from three overs.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Traditionally, more people attend Christian churches during Easter and the 40 days of Lent leading up to it. However, this year, with the threat of coronavirus, some churches in South Florida are taking steps to prevent its spread—even if it means adjusting their traditional rituals.On Tuesday, the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami recommended these measures to prohibit contracting or spreading the virus:Suspending the offering of the wine, which represents the blood of Jesus, during the sacrament of Holy Communion. In the Catholic and Episcopalian churches, worshipers share the wine offered by a priest or pastor from a singular vessel called a chalice.Suspending the traditional holding of hands during the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer by the general congregation services.Suspending physical contact, including handshaking during the traditional Peace greeting; a point during church services when worshippers offer each other “The Peace of the Lord.”“(During the) sharing of the Peace: waving is perfectly acceptable in place of shaking hands or hugging,” Episcopal Relief & Development said in a summary of “faith-based responses” to the coronavirus.Catholic ministers have also been encouraged to persistently use antibacterial soap before and after personal contact with worshippers.The Muslim community is also taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus.Several mosques have transformed their Friday prayer gatherings into coronavirus information sessions with medical professionals addressing the congregations’ concerns.Several Caribbean-Americans who worship at Catholic, Episcopalian and other denominations in Broward and Miami-Dade said they don’t intend the virus to curtail their church attendance but plan to take precautionary measures. “Of course, I will be sensible and walk with sanitary wipes in my purse and use them as necessary in church. But I am a Christian and trust in God’s protection. I live by faith,” Gladys Reynolds, a Miami Gardens Episcopalian told CNW.last_img read more

first_imgAfter contributing a brace in Rivers Angels’ 4-1 victory over Abia Angels at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium on Thursday, Patience Kalu revealed that her target was to score a hat-trick.The reigning Nigeria Women Premier League Champions were on rampage against their visitors in a matchday 12 encounter  as they returned to the summit of Group A.It was Kalu who, with her brilliant volley, put the hosts in front in the 12th minute. Then she found the back of the net again 15 minutes later, curling home directly from a corner kick.“I am actually happy because we impressed our fans today being our last home match,” the former Bayelsa Queens star said after the match.“I thank God for giving me two goals even though my target was to get a hat-trick,” she added.The Jewel of Rivers would go on to score a third goal when their pressure forced Abia Angels’ Aluba Ogba to put the ball in her side’s net before half time.Abia Angels were quicker off the block in the second half with substitute Vivian Ikechukwu having a superb attempt.But it was Rivers Angels that registered their fourth goal through Alice Ogebe.Four minutes to the final whistle, Favour Emmanuel managed to pull one back for Abia Angels and that was all they could take back to Umuahia.Meanwhile, the Jewel of Rivers are back on top of Group A courtesy of a superior goal difference.Rivers Angels have a date with Sunshine Queens of Akure on July 26. It would be their last game of the regular season. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgThe trophy is handed over by a tribal chief©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePixThe Confederation of African Football (CAF), have officially annouce the qualifying format for 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).According to African football writer, Lotfi Wada, who tweeted a picture of CAF’s press release, the qualifying round for AFCON 2019 will see 12 group winners, alongside 11 runners up make it to the continental tournament which will be hosed by defending champions, Cameroon.After the CAF symposium in Rabat, Morocco, in July, CAF executive members changed the AFCON from a 16 team tourney to 24 teams, which will now be played in June-July instead of the previous January-February.Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedBasel Open: Federer To Face Del Potro In Sunday’s FinalOctober 29, 2017In “Sports”Basel Open: Federer On Course For 8th Title Win With Mannarino TriumphOctober 28, 2017In “Sports”Us Open Roundup: Roger Federer Knocked Out As Nadal Cruise Into The SemisSeptember 7, 2017In “Tennis” Roger Federer has won his 95th career title after he bounced back from a set down to beat Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the Basel Open final.Federer defeated Del Potro 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3  to win the tournament and also narrow the gap on world number one Rafael Nadal in the process.The title win moves him within 1,460 points of Spanish tennis star Nadal ahead of next week’s Paris Masters, which is the final regular-season event.Federer,  36, also secured his eighth title in Basel in addition to his seventh title of 2017.Speaking after the final, Martin Del Potro paid tribute to the ageless Federer. He said: “It’s unbelievable how well Roger is playing.”” I hope to be in such shape when I’m his age. But I doubt I will be.” he added.last_img read more

first_imgWorld number two Roger Federer is on course for an 8th Basel Open title after he came from a set down to beat French Opponent Adrian Mannarino in three sets during their quarterfinal clash.The top seed saw off Mannarino 4-6 6-1 6-3 to book his place in the last four where he will meet David Goffin of Belgium on Saturday. Goffin defeated American Jack Sock 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 to reach the semis.In the other semifinal, world number four Marin Cilic will take on Juan Martin del  Potro of Argentina.Croatian star Cilic beat 100th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 7-6(3) 5-7 7-6(4) in just over three hours to secure a last four place while Juan Martin del Potro got the better of Roberto Bautista 6-2 2-6 6-4 to stay in contention for the last two ATP World Tour Finals spots in London.Relatedlast_img read more