A look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 24th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Supporters from across the Trinidadian Diaspora are joining the hashtag: Save Our Girls social media campaign to change legal age limits for marriage from 12 to 18. Launched by the Hindu Women’s Organization, the campaign is calling to amend laws currently allowing child marriages. However, members of  the Inter-Religious Organization say government should stay out of religious affairs.

A new study from the FIU Metropolitan Center reports poverty rates in Miami Dade County are up and wages stagnant compared to pre-recession rates. Miami is currently doing worse than the national poverty rate, with the county’s poverty level 33 percent higher than the national average.

Roots reggae singer Jah Cure has returned to the top of the Billboard reggae chart, again taking the number one spot for his latest album “The Cure”. Although the record has been on the charts for 37 weeks, this marks the second time the album has reached number one since its release in August 2015.

In Sports, Team Trinidad and Tobago was crown champions at the Lauderhill Cricket T20 finals this past weekend, defeating Guyana. Guyana earned 164 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs, but Team T&T overcame with 172 runs for 9 wickets, thanks to a key partnership of 62 runs between Timothy Sue-ruj-bally and Navin Stewart

And now, here’s what’s Trending:

Today, Jamaica’s Chaunte Blackwood will compete in Washington D.C in the preliminary round of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Although the Ardenne High school student has been competing since the first grade, this is her first time on the Scripps stage. Finals for the National Spelling Bee will take place Thursday morning.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Partly sunny in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 78. For Miami-Dade, partly sunny as well with a high of 84 and a low of 77.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet.

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