Tanzanians go to the ballot today to elect a new president.Opinion polls have put the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party ahead, however analysts say the results may be very close.The results of the polls will determine whether CCM continues its 54-year rule, or give way for a new government.Four opposition groups have backed one candidate, a former CCM member for the top seat.President Jakaya Kikwete will stand down having completed his constitutionally allowed two terms.Kikwete has called for peace during this time, adding that “anyone who tries to cause trouble will be dealt with”.Some of the major issues for the country’s 23 million registered voters include improved health care, better education and access to clean water.The CCM was created in 1977 from a merger of two post-colonial parties, and has effectively been in power since the country gained independence in 1961.
Two federal judges have ruled against a new executive immigration order being pushed by the Donald Trump administration. A judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order on Wednesday evening, while a second federal judge in Maryland ruled against Mr. Trump overnight, with a separate order forbidding the core provision of the travel ban from going into effect. The rulings dealt a severe blow to the Republican Government who campaigned on banning Muslim extremists. A disgusted Trump has sworn to take the fight all the way to the Supreme Court to have the orders overturned.The Jamaican opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has described the J$13.52 billion tax package announced by Finance Minister Audley Shaw last week as devastating. Shaw announced a raft of tax increases to finance the budget which will see Jamaicans paying more for fuel, tobacco, alcohol and motor vehicle licenses to name a few. Phillips, a former finance minister slammed the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for a “confusing” budget process.The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart has rejected a suggestion from former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that the island has no option but to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance. Speaking in the Parliament on the debate of the 2017-2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure Arthur, an economist, said that the move to the financial institution was inevitable and warned that the country could not tackle its BDS$3.3 billion dollar debt crisis on its ownIn SportsJamaica and Pakistan registered contrasting victories in the third round of the 2017 City of Lauderhill Internalional T20 Night Cricket Tournament at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday. The Jamaican team trounced the Trinbago Red Force by nine wickets while the Pakistanis defeated arch-rivals India by six runs.Here’s What’s TrendingCome this Saturday and Sunday the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival will bring renewed energy to Miami Gardens. Featuring a star-studded lineup, the event is expected to live up to its billing as one of South Florida’s premier festivals. With artistes of the ilk of Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock and LL Cool J featuring DJ Z Trip, booked to rock the house, the Hard Rock Stadium is set to come alight with excitement..For today’s weather forecastIt will be mostly partly cloudy in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties with a High of 72 degrees and a low of 59. For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Caribbeannationalweekly.com. Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.
Helen DavisHelen Virginia Yates McAtee Davis, 93, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and precious friend to many died May 16, 2014.Funeral Service will be Monday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Wellington, KS, followed by a grave-side service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington. Visitation will be Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 4 p.m.. until 6 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Residential Care Unit of Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS; the Chancel Choir of the United Methodist Church in Waterville, KS; or the Church of Christ in Wellington, KS, and may be sent to the Shelley Family Funeral Home, 704 N Washington, Wellington, KS 67152.Helen was born on May 29, 1920 in Danville, KS to Ray Sewel and Lula Martin Michael Yates. She was married to Aubrey Nelson McAtee on December 1, 1945 in Waterville, KS. Four children were born to this union; Jamie Katherine, Betsy Lea, James Nelson and Susan Margaret. They were married 42 years before he preceded her in death on December 5, 1987. Helen was united in marriage to Ted Davis on November 25, 1995 and they made their home in Wellington, KS.Helen graduated from Wellington High School in 1938 and Kansas State Teachers College (now Emporia State University) in 1942. She was Homecoming Queen at KSTC in 1941. She taught vocal music at Waterville High School before becoming a stay at home wife and mother. She was very active in Girl Scouting and was a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts of America. Continuing to shape the lives of the youth of Waterville, Helen returned to teaching at the kindergarten level and was an active member of the Valley Heights USD #498 Board of Education. She taught voice and piano to private students in her home. She was an Ordained Minister of Music at the United Methodist Church in Waterville, where she was the Chancel Choir and Hand bell Choir Director for 50 years. She had a passion for music, and a kind and gentle spirit. Helen spent the last six and a-half years of her life as a resident of the Residential Care Unit of Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, KS, where she and her family received the most gentle care from the entire staff of compassionate doctors, nurses, and care-givers.Helen is survived by Ted of the home; her son James (Pat) McAtee of Wellington; her daughters Jamie Pittman of Cottonwood Falls, KS; Betsy (Doug) Corder of Ft. Garland, CO; Susan (Brian) Richards of Olathe, KS; step-daughter Markie (Peter) Bieri, Lawrence, KS; grandchildren Joshua (Leslie) Boyd, Jadrian (Bobby) Hester, Seth (Heather) Corder, Amy Goeddel, Carey Richards; great-grandchildren Authum Hester, Ivy and Simon Boyd, Marshall and Liam Corder; step-grandchildren Kirsten (Tony) Agee; Chessa (Mike) Ronning; Britt (Kelly) Bieri; and Kenny (Natasha) Etter; step-great-grandchildren Jay and Molly Ronning, Harper Agee, and Jonny, Hunter, and Bailey Etter, and Austin Cotton; brother-in-law Don Graber; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephewsShe was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband A.N. “Jim” McAtee; her brother, Horace Yates; her sisters, Irene Davis and Marie Graber; and grandson Eric Richards and great-grandson Aaron Hester.