The Independent 26 July 2015On Friday, the Spanish government announced it was to raise the marriage age from 14 to 16 to bring it into line with the rest of Europe. Estonia now has the lowest marriage age in Europe with teenagers able to get hitched at 15 with parental approval.Globally, the average legal age of marriage for boys is 17 and 16 for girls but many countries permit them, particularly girls, to marry much younger.Several places, including the state of Massachusetts in the United States, allow girls as young as 12 to get married in “exceptional circumstances” with the consent of a judge.But in many cases this is a leftover from an earlier age and is rarely tested. Many countries with low marriage ages do not have a particularly high number of under 18s getting married.Other countries only permit marriage among the young for certain groups. For instance, according to the US state department’s humans right report on Trindad & Tobago from 2014, though the official marital age is 18 for men and women, Muslims and Hindus have a separate Marriage Act.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/the-lowest-age-you-can-legally-get-married-around-the-world-10415517.html
Champions crowned on the final day of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, pictured with IMCA President Brett Root at left and Boone Speedway’s Coty Mallicoat at right, were Donavon Smith, Stock Car; Ricky Thornton Jr., Modified; Nathan Ballard, Hobby Stock; and Johnathon Logue, Northern SportMod. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) Thornton earned $3,000 when he repeated as Late Model champion on Labor Day, qualified for the Stock Car feature, won the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational on Friday and then became the first driver to win two championships at the same Super Nationals by running away from the rest of the field after midway of the $7,000 to win Modified main event. Also the 2014 and 2019 Northern SportMod champion, Logue scored a rare double by winning the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions. Last-chance qualifier, Smith raced from 25th starting and took the lead with two laps left in winning his third Stock Car crown in his record 14th straight main event appearance. Smith, who took home a career-best $5,000 paycheck, had reigned at Boone in 2009 and 2012. Another two-division star, Kelly Shryock took home $1,175 for his Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions Stock Car win. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Ricky Thornton Jr. raced to wins at the beginning and the end of a history-making week, Donavon Smith and Johnathon Logue became three-time champions while Nathan Ballard motored to his first title at the 2020 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. And Cody Nielsen led the last 10 times around the track in winning the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks. He led the last eight laps in topping the caution-free ROC, calling the eagle trophy that went with the checkers the addition to his race shop collection he’s always wanted, then led the last 27 circuits in the 30-lap main event to collect $3,000. Ballard outran defending race winner Dylan Nelson in leading start to finish of the Hobby Stock main, following the fast high line to the $2,000 victory. The Sunday conclusion for what is always the biggest event on the IMCA schedule was the first for the Modifieds since 1996 and first-ever for the Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks. Twenty-three states were represented at Super Nationals, where a purse of $300,000-plus was complemented by bonuses from IMCA.TV and more than $60,000 in contingencies were awarded. In all, 834 cars – including 245 Modifieds and an event record 207 Stock Cars – saw action during a socially distanced week at Boone Speedway that also saw more than its share of rain and rescheduled race programs. Jesse Sobbing traded the lead with Troy Cordes in one of the most competitive events of the entire week, winning the Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions and $1,700 following a dash to the finish line. Tuesday’s scheduled Sport Compact main event was lost to rain.
GUYANA and West Indies cricketer, Keemo Paul, recently returned to his homeland in Saxacalli, on a mission to provide basic food and cleaning supplies for the livelihood of villagers.The community, which is located on the west bank of the Essequibo River, some 25 miles south of Parika, has taken it upon themselves to reduce travel to a minimum, in an effort to safeguard themselves from the novel coronavirus, commonly called COVID-19.With boat-service operation and fishing a key part of livelihood, both of which are reduced significantly now, accessing basic amenities has become difficult.The 22-year-old Paul took it upon himself to supply the community with face masks and sanitising products, along with numerous food supplies. It is understood the village has just over 60 residents currently, many of whom are elderly persons.Allan Wilson, one of the residents who collected the care hampers, stated he was overjoyed for such since it will help him and family tremendously.“I don’t work the boat as much as before so this will help us a lot. Most of our food comes from the land where we plant, but these supplies are stuff we would have to travel to Parika to get, and not going there will keep me safer”, Wilson stated.According to Paul, “Saxacalli is my home. I am not here currently, but I know that being in lockdown will be hard even for communities like these that live off the land. From time to time, we would have to travel to do business for other food supplies and I felt if I can give persons those needs, they will stay home more.”The all-rounder, who would have been in India playing the Indian Premier League had it not been for the pandemic, added “Prevention is better than a cure and I just want to see my family and close friends remain safe.”Keemo further asked for persons to act smart, follow the guidelines of the health authorities, and stay home unless it is necessary to leave home.