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  • Congresswoman urges Caribbean nationals to apply for citizenship before December 23

    Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging Caribbean nationals who want to file immigration applications and petitions to submit them before December 23, 2016, when several fees will increase.

    Citizenship confers enormous benefits, such as the right to vote, that allow people an opportunity to enjoy the full blessings of American life.

    It relieves and protects those lacking citizenship status, resident foreign nationals, from the fear that any interaction with the law enforcement officials or the court system could result in deportation proceedings and a forced separation from loved ones,” said Clarke, the daughter of the Jamaican born councilor Dr. Una Clarke.

    “Citizenship makes it possible to fully enjoy the fruits of one’s labour. As the daughter of parents who came to the United States from the nation of Jamaica and the representative of a community that includes immigrants from around the world, I am hopeful that individuals who are eligible to apply for citizenship will complete the required paperwork and submit their forms before fees increase on December 23.”

    She said her staff stands ready to assist interested individuals by inquiring about the status of pending applications as well as provide references to local organizations that assist in completing the application process and paperwork.

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  • Son of alleged X6 killer gets bail – for allegedly crippling a man

    IT took the police close to two years to bring charges against 21-year-old Jahnai Powell, son of alleged X6 killer Patrick Powell, for allegedly crippling a man in 2009.

    Yesterday, the court was told that it was the influence of the youth’s family that had been preventing his arrest.

    The startling revelation was made by clerk of court Hansurd Lawson in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court where Powell was offered $350,000 bail on a charge of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and his case set for mention on August 24.

    But the assertion was dismissed by attorney Peter Champagnie, who said that the junior Powell had not been arrested all along because the complainant had given a vague statement to the police.

    The attorney also complained that Powell was only arrested to lure his father back to the island from the United States where he had fled, following the shooting death of 17-year-old Kingston College Student Khajeel Mais on July 1.

    Following Champagnie’s rebuttal, Senior Magistrate Judith Pusey cautioned her clerk to “stick to the facts”.

    The young man was charged last week stemming from allegations that on November 12, 2009 he and others attacked a man in the Belgrade Loop community of upper St Andrew, leaving him paralysed. Powell was charged a little over a week after he was taken into police custody, during the hunt for his father.

    The junior Powell’s appearance in court came a day after his father also appeared in court to answer charges in relation to Mais’ murder. The senior Powell is to return to the Home Circuit Court next Monday.

    Mais was killed after a taxi in which he was travelling ran into the back of a BMW X6 sport utility vehicle (SUV), which was allegedly being driven by the elder Powell at the time. Shots were reportedly fired by the driver of the SUV and Mais was hit in the head. The teenager was said to be on his way to a fete at Meadowbrook High School when the incident occurred.

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  • Breaking News:Teen murdered by lover in Hanover

    Detectives in the Hanover Police Division have launched an investigation into the stabbing death of a young female in the Sandy Bay area early Sunday morning.

    Dead is 18-year-old Shantay Thelwell of a Well Lane, Sandy Bay address in the parish.

    According to information from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), a heated dispute between Thelwell and a male companion took place at her home at around 1:45 am.

    Sometime during the argument, a knife was used to stab the teen in her chest. She was taken to hospital, where she died while undergoing treatment.

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    David James has been a fixture in the stands at ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football matches to support his son Dominic. It was, therefore, not a surprise yesterday to see him among the spectators at the Stadium East complex for the match between St George’s College and Excelsior High School. 

    But instead of seeing his only child, the captain of the St George’s College team, score a goal, he watched him collapse. It was he who drove the vehicle that took Dominic to the University Hospital of the West Indies, where he was pronounced dead.

    Dominic’s father said the family is “coming to grips with the death”. 

    “It is a reality. It happened so quickly. I was watching the ball when someone called out that Dominic is down. When my eyes came back to him, I saw him lying down and rushed from the stands.

    “He was out there a little bit and then the travel from the Stadium East to the University Hospital. There was no stretcher and ambulance at the venue. Something should be done in the future. I am not knocking anybody,” he explained.

    Approaching the half-time break, when news of his death reached the stadium, players from both teams collapsed on the field, crying openly. Dominic’s coach, Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell, wept. Other team officials were also in tears.

    The 18-year-old grade 13 student fell to the ground in the fifth minute of the game. Excelsior’s captain Cadine Graham, who is a close friend of Dominic, was seen in tears and had to be consoled by Excelsior’s coach Shavar Thomas.

    The players were led to their respective changing rooms, and then referee Wilverglen Lamey called off the game at the interval.

    Later at Winchester Park, the St George’s College home ground, the team’s coaching staff, chairman of the board, Fr Rohan Tulloch, schoolmates and others gathered. It was a scene of unspeakable grief.

    Bell, the long-serving St George’s College Manning Cup football coach, says in all his years, it is the first time that one of his players had died during a football game.

    “This has never happened in all my years as a coach. He had a seizure early in the game and was rushed to hospital. Then news came that he died. This one is tough, as although he came over from Jamaica College last year, he was like a son to me,” Bell told a Gleaner writer.

    “Credit to assistant referee Keeble Williams, who saw when Dominic collapsed and called the referee. When I looked at him, his eyes were glassy,” Bell, also a St George’s College past student, disclosed.

    Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his regret at the passing of the student.

    “I am deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely death of young Dominic during the football match yesterday. One cannot imagine the great sorrow of his parents and the trauma to the team, coaching staff, and the school population. In this moment of grief, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of young Dominic and to the St George’s community,” he said.

    Minister of Sport Olivia Grange also commented on the sudden death of the student. “Like the rest of the country I am very sad to receive this news. No one expected this. Young Dominic, by all indications, had been doing well.

    “He represented his school well. He was the captain. And had a very bright future. So this is quite a shock. All of Jamaica will mourn with his family and with his school at this time. We all must keep them in our prayers and in our hearts.”

    And the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) released a statement saying, “President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell, wishes to express the deepest condolences to the family of player Dominic James, who passed today (Tuesday) during a Manning Cup fixture.”

    Dominic spent five years at JC, where he won the Manning Cup in 2014. He transferred to St George’s College in 2015 and was a member of the winning FLOW Super Cup team.

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  • Usain Bolt’s Girlfriend Kasi – CLAPS BACK at Her ‘Haters’

    Her official Instagram page, which is followed by over 161,000 persons – proved to be a leeching ground for ‘haters’ who occasionally drop their snide remarks, in regards to her relationship with the much sort after athlete.

     Kasi Bennett who is the girlfriend of mega superstar and living sprint legend, Usain Bolt – momentarily broke her stance on not letting her ‘haters’ force her to feed into negativity.

    In her recent post, Kasi uploaded an absolutely stunning photo showing her beautifully designed gown, worn on her night-out with her ‘prince charming’.

    But instead of congratulating, one user with the handle @mz_kiab – decided to leave a derogatory remark which was just too much for the usually humble Kasi to ignore.

    “Ayeee? With all the cheating he’s been doingy’all should be staying in a bungalow. I guess he spent too much $$$ on them other whores” the user wrote.

    This did not sit well with Kasi – who is known to reply to her users many comments.

    “@mz_kiab Moana Private Estate Beach Villa Four Seasons Bora Bora; Since you hate it when i’m humble. Go google that. Have a nice day. I’m waiting”, Kasi said in a true ‘clap back’ fashion.

    The exotic Four seasons villa was rumored to cost approximately JMD 2 million equivalent for a weeks stay.

    Since the photos and rumors with Usain and other females began to circulate on-line, Bennett has been under heavy fire from persons who questioned her motives and reasons for staying quite and remaining in the relationship with the superstar athlete.

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