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Court Releases Daniel Rose Citing Lack of Evidence

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An eight year old case has come to a close in the Gun Court in downtown Kingston freeing Daniel Rose, Reggae singer, from charges brought against him for allegedly shooting at his neighbour. The incident relates to a complaint filed back in 2011. Daniel Rose was a resident of Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew, then, and his neighbour filed a complaint with the police that Rose had entered his house and had shot at him.

The charges pressed against Daniel Rose were that of shooting with intent and for illegal possession of a firearm. The complaint, as described by his neighbour, stated that the complainant was at his residence early one morning of December 2011, when the door to his house was kicked open and people, including Daniel Rose, entered with weapons and opened fire. The complainant said he managed to escape and was not hurt during the shooting. After filing a complaint against the singer, Rose was arrested.

At the time of the cross-examination at the Gun Court in downtown Kingston, however, many of these claims could not stand legal scrutiny. Attorney-at-law, Peter Champagnie, conducted the cross-examination. Rose’s neighbour admitted when questioned, that he had not recognised the voice he heard at his house on that morning as that of Daniel Rose. Going further, when the shooting occurred, the lights outside his house were switched off, according to the complainant.

When the court heard these statements, it took no time to make a decision that the evidence presented before it was not sufficient to conclude that the accused, Daniel Rose, had indeed been present or was responsible for the shooting, that happened on that December 2011 daybreak.

For the record, Daniel Rose, whose popularity is through local Reggae singing, is also the nephew of Buju Banton, a Reggae icon in his own right. Now that he has been freed from the charges brought against him, the case can be said to be closed unless the complainant decides to go in for appeal.

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October is a month of internal reflections and changes, and importantly, it is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness. Think Pink, this colour is being championed all over the walls and banners of organizations, who are actively pledging their support. Requests for donations in the form of cash or by purchasing items supporting breast cancer awareness are also being circulated in emails and across social media platforms. Breast cancer is a serious condition that affects many and support must be given to those that have been affected. It is a fight for life when one is diagnosed with breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

This is a condition where the cells in the breast start growing out of control. This type of cancer affects both women and men, with women being the majority. In highlighting the severity of this condition, the cancerous cells can also be transported by the blood or lymph system, and as a result spreads throughout the body.

How does it affect the Body?

There are many ways in which breast cancer affects the body, which shows the true strength of all those who have been in this struggle. Ignorance of the effects still persists though there are numerous articles and television programmes that inform the public on how to identify breast cancer. The method of identification can be done by self-check, as well as doing the medical checks such as mammograms.

According to Healthline, “Breast cancer is a disease that affects both the body and mind.” The breast, being the main affected area, will experience many changes. These changes include the difference in size or shape, development of lumps, bloody discharges from the nipples as well as the difference in the skin. Fortunately, diagnosis and treatments are steadily advancing and it is no longer a death sentence for many that have been diagnosed. In order to fight the fight, there are many treatments but they also pose many issues such as a change in hormone production. Subsequently, the change in hormone production can affect fertility, and can also cause joint pain and hot flashes. Hair loss and weight gain can also be as a result of the treatments.

For anyone, hearing a negative outcome for one’s body can affect state of mind. This diagnosis has been known to be detrimental to one’s mind as it relates the severity of the condition and the expense of the treatments. The stress of everything can lead one to develop poor mental health and can further develop into mental illnesses.

#BreastCancerAwareness

It is truly a war with one’s body. Breast cancer does not discriminate and can affect anyone. With the information provided, support and understanding must be given to these warriors as they are in need. Donate and assist in whatever way that you can. If you are aware of someone battling this illness, please reach out and offer your support. Though this condition is recognized in this month, it must be noted that it is an ongoing issue for many, and while the pink banners and quotes change to reflect the trends of the time, the battle still goes on.

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Exploring Jamaica- Island Tourist

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We are now fresh off our Emancipation and Independence celebrations, where we sported our pride of being Jamaican. Black, gold and green were sure to be flowing through our veins, as we immersed ourselves in our vibrant culture. We donned our colours and played our music. We ate the rich and delicious food, laughed and drank with friends and family. It was truly a festive Jamaican period of celebration. Dipping our toes in the sand at the public beaches or singing our national anthem at any national event. It was a joyous time. Even if some were taking the holiday as a rest day, it was guaranteed that the television programmes of our heritage were watched. We celebrated Jamaica in our own little way.

The Beauty of Our Jamaica

Jamaica is without a doubt, a very beautiful island. The scenic views are sure to capture one’s attention. It is a fact that not many places can boast some of our views. Even if they were to come close, our vibrant and explosive culture will certainly offer the difference. Our actions and words find us many time on social media making it known that Jamaica in fact, is not a real place. We are a people with a dialect and way of words that will have us bursting with laughter at our silliness. We make sure to represent Jamaica anywhere in the world that we are. Flags flown high or Jamaican statements on our t-shirts, we are sure to make Jamaica proud.

Do you know Jamaica?

Sadly though, many of us don’t really know Jamaica. At times, our career and life can make it difficult to give Jamaica any “loving”. Routines often constrict us to one area. Work, school, home, repeat…the cycle that will continuously have us in a circle, a very small circle. The high prices of experiencing certain places will also give us second thoughts on even deciding to take a step out of our comfort zone. Nevertheless, there are in fact many little places and events that take place around the island that cost little or no money.

Taking on the Life of a Tourist

A tourist is defined as a person who travels or visits a place for pleasure. In visiting any other country, we tend to be very open to experiencing many different things. We tour around cities, visit heritage buildings, museums, art galleries, we do it all. Let us start to experience Jamaica, as we would explore any other place. Choose Jamaica as your next vacation spot; make it a staycation. All of our parishes boast beautiful places, which you are guaranteed to love.

For instance, in Downtown Kingston, there are so many different museums, an art gallery, and even the beautiful waterfront, which is there for all to view the beauty of the majestic harbour. All these places are at reasonable prices, and some are even free. Here is a list of some

Marcus Garvey Museum

National Art Gallery

National Museum Jamaica

Simon Bolivar Museum

The Downtown, Kingston area is also slowly but surely turning into an art district, the group of individuals called the Kingston Creatives is actively making that happen. Recently, they had a Market Street event, which showcased the different craft businesses, as well as the different art murals that are scattered all over. It was a nice event that showcased the different elements of Kingston. There was food, music and wonderful art. There are many such events that are taking place all over the island.

Start living the life of a tourist in this beautiful island. We simply have so many different heritage sites, rivers, adventures and mountain trails around Jamaica. Just as how we would book a tour in another country, why not do the same in Jamaica?

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Come October 2019, the new immigration changes announced on August 12, 2019, by the Trump administration will take effect. What is that policy? That immigrants who receive public assistance from the US government, or who are more likely to receive such assistance will be denied residency visas and green cards. This is another move by the Trump administration to block immigrants entering the US. This new move also targets legal immigrants who wish to become US citizens.

Far-reaching Impacts of Immigration Policy

Estimates suggest that this new immigration policy will impact 400,000 people or more every year. That is the estimated number of persons who seek to migrate to the United States each year.  In other words, this new arrangement could affect many of the 22 million legal residents who are non-citizens and an estimated 10.5 million persons who are unauthorised immigrants in the US. Many persons affected are also long-term residents in the country.

The adjustment in US immigration policy will also have far-reaching effects on Jamaicans both here and in the US.

Just how far-reaching?

Some 8,000 Jamaicans who are currently waiting on the outcome of petitions made on their behalf will be affected. Last year more than 13,000 Jamaicans received immigrant visas or green cards. The number might fall next year as these immigration changes gain traction.

Persons on Public Assistance to be denied

The US Government will use more factors to determine who is a ‘financial burden’ or a ‘public charge’. US immigration officials can use them to deny immigrant visa and green card applications.

Not only will this new policy deny immigrants a green card, but it will also prevent green card holders from obtaining US citizenship once they remain on public assistance.

So, anyone who is currently on Medicaid or the subsidy prescription program for low-income families (Medicare Part D), Section 8 housing vouchers, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and public housing will have more difficulty securing legal status in the US. The US government will also reject immigrant visa applications from persons who are likely to use public assistance.

Immigrants Must Prove Financial Independence

US Federal law demands that persons seeking green cards or legal residency status must prove that they are financially independent. They must prove that they do not need medical assistance, unemployment benefits, subsidised housing, food stamps, and other state or federal support. In short, immigrants to the US must stand on their own two feet.

The adjustment by the Trump administration includes additional public assistance programmes that disqualify beneficiaries from acquiring legal residency status.

Even family members of persons who were refused entry into the US will have difficulty becoming US citizens. So, together with existing stringent immigration requirements for skills, education, and health, the new public charge threshold will make it difficult to qualify for green cards. Also, the US Department of Homeland Security redefined a ‘public charge’ as anyone who is more likely than not to receive public assistance for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.

The US Department of Homeland Security, however, considers beneficiaries of two or more public assistance as ‘public charge’ within six months (instead of 12).

Relatives on public assistance can no longer file petitions

So, Jamaicans relying on a US-based relative to “file” for them stand a better chance if she is not on public assistance. Relatives on public assistance cannot petition on behalf of Jamaicans to enter the US.  A relative who receives public assistance also runs the risk of disqualification for US citizenship.

Applicants for a US green card must also present federal tax returns covering three years. They must also produce an employment history. However, immigrants who use private health insurance stand a better chance of success under this new immigration arrangement.

Implications of the New Immigration Changes

So, what are the implications really?

Jamaicans wishing to migrate to the US will be disqualified if it is determined that they are likely to use any of a wide range of public assistance programmes.  Any hint that the immigrant will use public assistance in the future means no immigrant visa.

Also, Jamaicans who are already holders of US green cards will hesitate to petition for relatives wishing to migrate. Under these new immigration changes, they will have little or no incentive to do so. Anyway, they cannot file petitions on behalf of relatives in Jamaica even if they wanted to. That is, once they are themselves using Medicare and other public assistance.

Furthermore, holders of green cards on public assistance will have difficulty qualifying for US citizenship. That is as a result of their adjusted status as a ‘public charge’ US resident. Also, applicants for green cards who are low-income earners or poorly educated may be denied permanent residency. This high chance of denial is owing to the possibility that they will need public assistance from the US government. Consequently, they can no longer use the supplemental financial affidavits to support their visa applications.

Furthermore, individuals who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may be denied their path to US citizenship if they are a ‘public charge’ receiving benefits under any of the public assistance program cited. This implication also applies to Jamaicans who are considered to be DACAs. Finally, Jamaican green card holders may be scared away from applying for public assistance as this would harm their chances of becoming US citizens.

Tough Consequences

Consequently, Jamaica may have to contend with an increasing number of Jamaicans in the US who may not able to care for themselves. Such persons may return to the island due to illness. Furthermore, the new US immigration changes will reduce the number of unskilled persons leaving Jamaica as these measures take effect.

On the other hand, Jamaica will continue to lose its tertiary trained, highly skilled residents. They will be more successful in migrating under this new arrangement. The United States and other countries favour these types of legal immigrants. On the flip side, low skilled and poorly educated persons deemed as ‘public charge’ individuals will have a tougher time migrating.

Swift Reactions

Reactions to the new US immigration changes from Washington were swift. The Democrats in Congress said they would fight these new measures. Pro-migrant activists plan to file suit.  A tweet from Donna Shalala, a Democrat representing the state of Florida, sums up the prevailing mood among Democrats:

 “This Administration scapegoats immigrants, emboldens white supremacists, and tears families apart. This is racist policy. We will continue fighting to #ProtectFamilies.”

The White House defended its decision, indicating that a high number of migrants have taken advantage of ‘generous public benefits’. The US provides such benefits with limited resources that could have gone to vulnerable Americans. According to the White House, approximately 50 percent of all non-citizen households include at least one person who uses Medicaid. It further stated that 78 percent of households headed by a non-US citizen possessing only a high school education benefit from at least one welfare programme.

Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services said, “Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s Administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America.

So, come October 2019 Jamaicans wishing to migrate must prove that they won’t need help from Uncle Sam.

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