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Lesbians legally wed

first_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Lesbians legally wed by: – June 4, 2012 Tweet Share 70 Views   5 commentscenter_img Share Share Nicole Dennis-Benn (left) and Dr Emma Benn jump the broom during their re-enacted wedding ceremony at Silver Sands in Duncans Trelawny on May 26. Looking on are close friends and family of the couple. – ContributedAn American couple who tied the knot on Jamaican shores last month has documented their experience getting married in a country whose laws have long been antagonistic to same-sex unions.But, what took place at Silver Sands in Duncans, Trelawny, was just a re-enactment of the actual wedding which took place in Brooklyn, New York weeks earlier.“All the paperwork was done here (in the United States). We know Jamaican laws do not support gay marriage, so we had all the legal matters settled before we came to Jamaica,” Nicole Dennis-Benn, who made sure her name in the marriage was made clear, told The Gleaner from the US yesterday.Dennis-Benn, who grew up in Jamaica, said she wanted to share the experience with her family and friends who could not make it to the US for the actual wedding.The couple’s loved ones were all open to the wedding, except for both their mothers who did not show up.“Our mothers accepted the relationship, but they said they could not deal with the wedding part of it,” Dennis-Benn said.Their story, which captured the couple’s “blissful” moment on the Jamaican north coast two Saturdays ago, has been documented under the heading ‘Revolutionary Love by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn’ on her Internet blog.The article gave a flattering description of the scenery at the venue where Nicole Dennis and her partner, Dr Emma Benn, a US native, dared the unthinkable on Jamaican shores.Dennis-Benn, 30, grew up in Vineyard Town and left Jamaica for college after completing her studies at a prominent high school in Kingston. It was during her final years in high school that she acknowledged herself as a lesbian.“I found out in fourth form. When I was coming out, I wondered, ‘What the hell?’ because I know I couldn’t stay in Jamaica and be who I wanted to. I felt I was the only lesbian in Jamaica at the time and I grew up in a Christian home. I knew that most Jamaicans were Christian,” she said.But, despite what some might think, it was not homophobia that mostly fuelled her desire to move to the US, she told The Gleaner.Classism issues“It was for a lot of things, but mainly because of the classism. I grew up in Vineyard Town and when I went to (high school), I experienced real classism.”She left Jamaica for studies at Cornell University in New York City. Dennis-Benn, who has her master’s degree in creative writing, met Benn while working at Columbia University. The two tied the knot on April 6 before coming to Jamaica to relive the moment a little over a month later.In her blog, the career writer recalled the moment before the couple dared the unthinkable on Jamaican shores.“My partner joins me in the water and for the next hour, we swim and mingled with our guests who have also been baked and rejuvenated by the sun. ‘You ready?’ my partner whispers, swimming up behind me to encircle her arms around my waist. ‘Yeah, I’m ready.’ We smile at each other, aware in that moment that we’re about to do something big, bigger than us.The Jamaican native shared that it was her partner who helped her rekindle her love affair with the island after living a refugee life for many years.“In my vows, I mentioned that because of my partner, I fell in love with my country again. For a long time, I ran away from Jamaica, seeking refuge in the freedom that America offered. However, when I met Emma, she was adamant about visiting Jamaica,” Dennis-Benn said in her blog. ‘Why not?’ she asked when I turned her down a few times. I couldn’t tell her then how much I was hurt by the culture, stifled by the seemingly robust structures of colonialism.“However, when Emma and I finally returned to the island for our first visit as a couple in 2010, something felt different. At the time, I couldn’t place what it was. There were no words to describe it since my brain had not yet processed it. I felt beautiful, stronger, empowered.”She said her acceptance of self was part of the reason she decided to have her wedding in Jamaica. However, her decision was strongly criticised by friends in America who claimed to know about Jamaica’s anti-gay culture.“My friends began to question my sanity once I told them that I’ll be getting married in Jamaica, a country known internationally for its blatant homophobia. ‘Weh di backside yuh mean yuh getting married in Jamaica?’” she further recalled in the blog.“I had to reassure them that everything would be fine, simultaneously trying to convince myself too. I would constantly ask myself if I’m doing the right thing,” she wrote.No venueWith that decision out of the way, it now became an uphill task for the couple to find a venue in Jamaica that would be accommodating to their lifestyle.“My partner and I took turns calling resorts in Kingston, the south coast, and the north coast … . We clutched the receiver with sweaty palms as we prepared to come out as lesbians over and over again. ‘Yes, hello, we would like to inquire about hosting our wedding at your hotel. What’s the estimated cost for space? Great! Just one more thing you need to know … my partner is a woman. Yes, that’s what I said. A woman. Oh. OK. Uh-huh. I understand. Thanks for your time’,” read the blog.Next stop was at Villa where the two ended up saying “I do”.“I felt like I’d emerged from a dark tunnel, greeted by her radiating light. My father walked me down the aisle while my partner walked down the aisle with her aunt. We walked together as a couple paired with the most significant people in our lives to Whitney Houston’s My Love is Your Love, she said of her experience.Jamaica Gleanerlast_img read more

Koeman tracks Ajax star as his first Barca signing

first_img Loading… However, according to the front page of Friday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo the former Everton manager wants to bring American full back Dest to Catalonia. The reports adds Koeman is unconvinced by current right back Nelson Semedo, and wants Dest to replace the Portuguese international in the La Blaugrana back four in the coming months.Advertisement Read Also: Messi, Ronaldo missing from Champions League awards shortlist The 19-year old United States international enjoyed a strong breakthrough campaign after making his first team debut at the start of 2019-20. Dest agreed a new deal in Amsterdam in September 2018, with his current contract tying him to Erik ten Hag’s side until 2023, and Barcelona would need to pay €20m to bring him from the Johan Cruyff Arena. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is rumoured to be tracking Ajax defender Sergino Dest as his first signing at the Camp Nou. Koeman has been linked with moves for Dutch international pair Georgino Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay before the transfer window closes next month. Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable LooksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Infamous Mistakes That Cost People BillionsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more

Gleneagles on the march for Sussex

first_img Press Association Joseph O’Brien is looking forward to dual Classic winner Gleneagles brushing shoulders with some of Europe’s best older milers in the Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on Wednesday week. “He’s in good form at home. He seems to have come out of Ascot really well and we are hoping he can run another solid race,” the jockey told At the Races. “We’ve always held him in very high regard. He’s never going to be a horse that go and wins by half a furlong, but he’ll always get the job done. He’s got a lot of speed and class and he lets his racing do the talking. “Really looking forward to it. It will be a huge race and the build-up will be massive.” center_img Gleneagles, trained by his father Aidan, is hot favourite to take his unbeaten run this year to four in the Group One showpiece despite facing talented rivals such as Freddy Head’s Solow, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot. The three-year-old colt has already shown he is the best of his generation over a mile with wins in the English and Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes. last_img read more

Men’s volleyball downs No. 4 Pepperdine at home

first_imgThe Trojans entered the match ranked No. 13 in the nation, while Pepperdine came in as the favorite at No. 4. That said, the Trojans proved that they were not intimidated in the slightest, taking a 10-6 lead early in the first set, a deficit from which the Waves were never able to recover. USC secured the first set by a healthy margin of 25-19. When asked about how the team has performed in matches against highly-ranked programs, Hall took a mindful approach about how best to move forward. USC was led by senior co-captains Wyett and outside hitter Ryan Moss, who touted 16 kills and 21 kills, respectively. Moss also contributed an impressive 12 digs in the match. Fellow senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso added 15 kills and 9 digs of his own. The third set began differently. USC was able to open with a 4-1 lead because of sophomore setter Chris Hall’s serves, but Pepperdine quickly clawed its way back as the teams went blow-for-blow throughout the remainder of the set. The Trojans were ultimately able to take the set with a 3-point run that was capped off by an impressive kill from senior co-captain Jack Wyett. Sophomore middle blocker Kyle Gear provided an astounding six blocks against the Waves high-powered offense, helping to hold them to just .256 hitting. As Hall mentioned after the match, the Trojans clearly did their homework in preparation for the Waves. In regard to the upcoming non-conference matches, Hall made it clear the team shouldn’t be comfortable with its victory over Pepperdine. “Obviously, tonight was a really good win,” Hall said. “We had a close one against Concordia a few nights ago, but … we know that we’re a really good team and we can compete at the top of the MPSF.”  Senior libero Matt Douglass earned 17 digs, a match high for either team, while sophomore setter Chris Hall set up his teammates with 42 assists and also got the crowd jumping with a highly impressive ace in the early moments of the third set. The final set was arguably USC’s most convincing performance of the four. The teams were tied 16-16 when the Trojans began to make their move. USC took the next 2 points, conceded 1 and then took the next 4, finding themselves up 22-17. The Waves were unable to overcome that deficit and the Trojans emerged victorious with a score of 25-20. “The [coaching staff] did a really good job of scouting for the match,” Hall said. “One of their big [outside hitters], Dave Wieczork… hits a lot of cross court, but we made that adjustment early … I think shutting him down was really good.” center_img “We just need to go out and value every point,” he said. “Sometimes we get caught up in the result, but we just need to focus on the process.” Senior outside hitter Jack Wyett rises up for a block against Pepperdine. Wyett’s 21 kills were crucial to the Trojans’ win. (Feitong Du/Daily Trojan) The USC men’s volleyball team beat Pepperdine 3-1 at Galen Center Saturday night in a convincing four-set contest. The Trojans rose to 3-3 against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents and 9-7 on the season. “We had a big win against the No. 4 team in the country … but we could easily lose to Penn State or Ohio State if we don’t bring our [A-game], so we just need to go into this practice week with a good mindset and keep working hard [and] scouting well,” he said. Although it appears the team won’t be taking much time to celebrate its win, Saturday’s match was certainly a major victory for the Trojans who will look to add to their momentum this weekend. The sophomore setter also spoke about the feeling of coming away with a MPSF victory. At first, the second set appeared to mirror the first. The Trojans got out to an early 11-5 lead and held onto that margin as each team traded point for point. USC was up 18-13 when the Waves began to fight their way back, however, eventually tying the Trojans at 22 points apiece. After some more back-and-forth action, Pepperdine was able to capture the second set 27-25. The team will take part in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge this week. The Trojans will host Penn State Friday and Ohio State Saturday at Galen Center.last_img read more

Dr. Timothy Harris Sworn in as Prime Minister of St. Kitts…

first_imgAccording to the Prime Minister the success at the polls is a vindication of excellent work on behalf of the people. “As Chairman of the OECS, I extend warm congratulations to Prime Minister Harris and his Team Unity on his victory and I look forward to continuing the close collaborative relationship that exists at the OECS Authority as we collectively face the pestilential challenge of COVID and its utterly devastating effect on our economies and livelihoods,” Browne further stated in the press release. Harris has also received congratulatory messages from St. Lucia, Grenada and diplomatic allies such as the United States and Venezuela. Meanwhile, messages of congratulations have been sent to Harris from around the world. BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Dr. Timothy Harris was sworn in as Prime Minister for a second term, on Sunday. He said in his constituency it was the strongest result of the 27 years of his representation. Harris noted that the general election was a consensus on how the population wanted the country to be run. “This electoral victory reflects the renewed confidence of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in your leadership and in your vision for the future of their country.” In a letter to Prime Minister Harris, Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules also extended congratulations. “We shall create the modern history in St. Kitts and Nevis by making the example of the best managed small island state. That is my pledge and that is my commitment.” He said they made history winning the larger share of the vote this time around and securing a National swing to Team Unity of around six percent “Our performance really lived up and indeed some will say surpassed the promise we had made. Friday we the people of St. Kitts and Nevis made history again as the first coalition government in the Federation to return after an election with an increased majority.” The prime minister the cabinet of ministers will be announced in the coming days. CMC During the ceremony, Harris pledged to fulfill his campaign promises to people of the twin-island federation. “The people of the Federation who are the supreme arbiters of choice of government have spoken clearly,” the statement said. Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne extended congratulations in a press release. Harris who hailed the outgoing Team Unity Cabinet,said that it was an honour for him to have the opportunity to be sworn in for a second time as Prime Minister. Harris’ Team Unity administration, which is comprised of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) in Nevis, the People’s Action Movement (PAM) and the People’s Labour Party (PLP) both in St. Kitts, was re-elected with an overwhelming majority on Friday, with nine out of the Federation’s 11 constituencies delivering a win for the incumbent government. “I promised I would not let you down and promised the administration that I would lead will not let down the people of St. Kitts and Nevis.” In addition, Harris said this would be his last term serving as Prime Minister, a promise he made in 2015, then saying he would only serve two terms if elected. “Please accept the reassurances of my highest consideration,” President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, who in January was also re-elected in a landslide that secured her a second term. “On behalf of the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), it is a great pleasure to extend my heartfelt congratulations to you and Team Unity on your decisive victory at the polls, endorsing your leadership of the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis for another term,” Taiwan’s President also said, adding: “I am confident that under your leadership, St Kitts and Nevis will continue to make great strides in terms of peace, progress, and prosperity.”last_img read more

Fun for the Family at the Lacey STEM Fair and Electric…

first_imgSubmitted City of LaceyRobotics challenges are just one of the many STEM activities and demonstrations at the May 2 Lacey STEM Fair.Lacey’s S.T.E.M. Fair and annual Electric Car Rally will be held Saturday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Huntamer Park in Lacey. The free, award winning, event will showcase school clubs, teams, and businesses from all over Thurston County.S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, all of which are vital fields that shape our future.  The S.T.E.M. Fair is a great way for students and the community to learn more about how S.T.E.M. subjects are used in real world applications in a fun and exciting atmosphere.Highlights from this year’s event include the robotics demonstrations, air powered rocket launches, a solar powered ducky dash, interactive Lego activities, and a demonstration by the Physics Phactory’s very own Professor Fickelstein at 12:00pm. Your kid’s won’t want to miss the Discovery Quest, where they can learn more about S.T.E.M while competing for a chance to win great prizes, including a school-wide assembly featuring Professor Fickelstein!The crowd favorite, the Lacey Grand Prix, is an electric car rally where high school teams and hobbyists race their custom made electric cars in an effort to drive the most laps around the quarter-mile course in one hour. Teams are from the Pacific Northwest and include River Ridge High School’s Electric Vehicle Club. Races begin at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.Why S.T.E.M.?  The Washington State S.T.E.M. Organization website states “S.T.E.M isn’t just for scientists and engineers. Washington’s economy is rooted in S.T.E.M. It’s simple: in the 21st century, STEM opens doors for every student to succeed.” For more information about this event, visit the city’s website at or call the Lacey Parks and Recreation Department at (360) 491-0857. Facebook111Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Aviation conference opens in Guyana

first_img…Guyana 64% compliant with ICAOAn up thrust in Guyana’s aviation sector is imminent as the country is expecting to achieve a projected 80 per cent reward for its compliance to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo made this announcement on Wednesday during opening of the Air Transport Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Center.He explained that Guyana made a 20 per cent improvement and currently stands at 64 per cent and this is evidence that the aviation sector is moving in the right direction.“Our aviation sector is moving in the right direction. We are grateful for the commendation of ICAO and it is growing. Our compliance with ICAO standards and recommended practices increased from 44 per cent to 64 percent with projection to reach at least 80 per cent by the end of this year,” said Nagamootoo.The prime minister asserted that the sector has connected local communities and evidently, in the international arena.“Aviation is the primary channel to connect internationally but…aviation is vital to connect our coastland with riverine and hinterland communities.”Themed “Promoting Connectivity for Sustainable Air Transport Development”, President of ICOA, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, also emphasised the importance of achieving ICAO standards. According to him, countries will be able to obtain credibility and trust from their clients.“Aviation represents an essential lifeline for regional and global trade. States must not only continue to improve compliance with ICAO’s global standards but also foster and operate in an environment which the industry can enjoy dependable and sustainable profitability,” Aliu said.He added, “such efforts should include the liberalization and modernization of the regulatory framework for the international air transport…Policy should be designed to accommodate modernization, harmonization and possibility of convergence of regulatory approaches and regimes of states.”Meanwhile, Director-General of the GCAA, Egbert Field made his remarks as he stated that aviation is linked to tourism. In most countries within the Caribbean region, tourism is the key source that sustains economies.“This ICAO meeting is truly a historic period for this country. The theme: Promoting Connectivity for Sustainable Air Transport Development couldn’t have come at a better time particularly when small developing countries in the Caribbean which depend a lot on tourism is experiencing is experiencing a decline in ridership of passengers. This ICAO conference is hosted at a time when airlift in and out of Guyana is on the rise.”Fields referred to the blooming oil sector and posited that actions will continue to ensure that air transport improves in Guyana.“This expanded aviation sector will see an increase in airlift in and out of Guyana with the entrance of new operators and carriers in this market even as we produce first oil in early 2020,” said Fields.“It is therefore imperative that for us as a region to remove ourselves from the rigid regulatory impediments that hinder our development as a region and foster ideas towards harmonizing our regulations, putting together developments for our aviation sector…Guyana is on the rise,” he further said.It was only on Monday, that the Opposition’s – Peoples Progressive Party- efforts to have the Civil Aviation Bill 2017 resent to a select committee were defeated by the Government in the National Assembly. The Bill was passed with amendments.PPP’s Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, pointed out that said that based on her research, the bill is deficient. She added that the bill is not on par with what may be expected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). According to Teixeira, the Bill was being rushed because of the Air Transport Conference Guyana is hosting.This Air Transport Meeting would also address issues such as harmonising the regional air transport regulatory framework as well as the liberalisation of air cargo through regional and global approaches.last_img read more

Trial set for man accused of killing disabled cousin

first_imgOn June 22, Gomez had gone to his cousins’ home in the 7300 block of Ridgeview Lane in unincorporated West Whittier to take a shower. Family members said the victim and her younger brother were watching television with Gomez in her bedroom. When her sibling left the room to get something, the defendant allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed her to death. Del Real’s brother called 9-1-1, and she was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Family members said Maria was bipolar and schizophrenic, but they never thought he would harm anyone. According to the Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Superior Court records, Gomez was charged with vandalism May 18 in Whittier Court. He was convicted on Feb. 7, 2005, of burglary. WHITTIER – A May 24 trial was set Wednesday for a man accused of fatally stabbing his 19-year-old female cousin, who was a cerebral palsy patient. Gray Maria, 23, is charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the June 22 killing of Maria Del Real at her family’s Whittier-area home. Maria entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment Wednesday. The defendant – also known as Luis Gomez – was arrested in Hollywood a day after the slaying. Gomez kept a Web page on, using the name Gray Maria, which shows a photograph of him wearing baggy shorts and a hooded sweat shirt. Gomez posted photographs of Barbie dolls with their arms tied and black tape over the eyes, among other items. Staff writers Sandy Mazza and Phil Drake and City News Service contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Aston Villa rubbish rumours a bust-up led to Keane’s exit

first_imgAston Villa have rubbished claims Roy Keane had a bust-up with players before he quit the club last week.Newspaper reports emerged on Monday suggesting there had been a falling out but the club have dismissed any speculation the former Manchester United star’s exit was anything out of the ordinary.Keane left Villa on Friday saying he could not juggle his role as Paul Lambert’s number two and his job as Republic of Ireland assistant manager.He had only joined in July, replacing Ian Culverhouse who was sacked at the end of last season following an internal club investigation.Keane said on Friday: “Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland, and combining my commitment to these, has become too much.“It isn’t fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I’ve made this decision. I’d like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club.“I’ve really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but the best going forward.” 1 Roy Keane during his time at Aston Villa last_img read more

Manchester United line-up: Van Gaal names strong XI

first_imgLouis van Gaal has named a strong starting XI for Manchester United’s game against Club Brugge.The side is unchanged from United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Friday night, with Adnan Januzaj retaining his place behind Wayne Rooney.The last man to score a Champions League goal at Old Trafford – Bastian Schweinsteiger – remains on the bench.The game signals the club’s first European game since March 2014.Manchester United team to face Club Brugge:20. Sergio Romero36. Matteo Darmian12. Chris Smalling17. Daley Blind23. Luke Shaw16. Michael Carrick28. Morgan Schneiderlin8. Juan Mata11. Adnan Januzaj7. Memphis Depay10. Wayne Rooney 1 Adnan Januzaj last_img