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JoAnn Jackson-Stephens

Jamaican attorney achieves highest worldwide score in STEP Excellence award

Jamaican attorney achieves highest worldwide score in STEP Excellence award

Jamaican attorney at law, Jo-Anne Jackson-Stephens, is recipient of the STEP Excellence Award

for highest score worldwide in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law and Practice.

Jackson-Stephens, who is a former Jamaican Independence Scholar, also holds a Master of

Business Administration from the University of Oxford where she graduated in 2012 with Distinction. She has been an associate at the Higgs and Johnson firm in the Cayman Islands since October 2015.
STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) is a professional association with over 20,000 members in 95 countries. It consists mainly of trust and estate attorneys, accountants and trust specialists.

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With 99 great-grandchildren, 105-y-o Ruth Brown still strong

Ruth Brown has not only lived to witness her 99 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren grow, but she also helped to raise many of them.

While she is no longer physically able to do so now that she is 105 years old, her relatives have not forgotten the strict, but kind, matriarch that helped to shape and mould their lives.

Brown, who hails from the community of Mount Ogle in Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew, celebrated her 105th birthday on April 13, and was treated to a party on Sunday evening at her home in the community.

Brown’s birthday party has become an annual event, since she celebrated her 100th birthday, and sees family members as well as community members coming out to celebrate a life well lived.

Elegantly attired in a gold suit and wide-brimmed hat, the centenarian didn’t have much to say but could be heard humming while playing with balloons and her great-great-grandchildren from the comfort of her wheelchair.

There were also moments when Brown, who is the eldest member at the Lawrence Tavern Seventh-day Adventist Church, would ask if certain relatives had arrived as yet for her party.

A notice on her gate proudly reminds community members that Brown is not only 105 years old but has 12 children, six of whom she has outlived, 50 grandchildren, 99 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren. The second child and only girl for her parents, Brown has also outlived her three brothers.

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Why undocumented immigrants pay taxes

Every tax season, millions of undocumented immigrants file their taxes with the federal government — even though they could easily get away without doing so.

Out of the nearly 11.1 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S., Pew Research projected that there were about 8 million in the workforce in 2014.

Nearly half, or 3.4 million, of those workers paid Social Security taxes, according to 2014 estimates from the Social Security administration. And while the agency doesn’t have a figure for how much this group paid in taxes that year, it said that unauthorized immigrant workers and their employers contributed $13 billion in payroll taxes in 2010, its most current estimate.

But why would millions of undocumented immigrants file their tax returns if they could easily fly under the radar?

“First of all, it’s the law,” said Jose Magaña-Salgado, a policy attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. “And these undocumented immigrants are trying to abide by the law and are fulfilling their civic and financial responsibilities.”

Should they ever go before an immigration judge, it will also help their case.

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