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Ghanaian DJ stabbed to death
AN aspiring DJ of Ghanaian descent was stabbed to death in the early hours of August 1 outside a club in Kennington, South London. University student Carl Beatson Asiedu was being driven to hospital by pals after he was knifed repeatedly outside a nightclub where he had just played a gig.

A gang ambushed Carl and another DJ with his rap group Kid ‘n’ Play at 5am on August 1 after a row. The other victim, 19, was found with stab wounds near Club Life but survived. Carl, thought to have been stabbed in the chest, was lying on the back seat of his friends’ car as they raced to St Thomas’ Hospital before the cops stopped them.

Carl, of Norbury, South London, was studying media production at De Montford University, Leicester. A detective said: “He was a decent young man. This is a tragic waste of young life.”

Carl, nicknamed Charmz, is the 11th teen murdered in London this year, eight knifed to death.

Charmz was planning to release his first single, called ‘Buy Out Da Bar’, and had a growing following.

Christopher Coco, Asiedu’s friend, said: “Charmz loved music. It’s what he would have wanted. His life was cut short and it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t push his first single.”

So far, six men have been arrested in connection with the murder.
Tough new points system for earning citizenship
PLANS requiring would-becitizens to earn enough points to stay permanently in the United Kingdom were revealed by the Government on August 3.

The new points based test for citizenship, an extension of the already successful Australian-style points based system, will award migrants pointsfor building up different attributes and skills. Proposals being launched in the new consultation would see people rewarded for economic contributions, skills and English language proficiency above the level already expected. Points could be removed and citizenship withheld or delayed for those breaking the law or committing antisocial behaviour.

Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said: "The Government has already made fundamental reforms to the immigration system to control migration in a way that is firm, and has a positive impact on our workforce and economy. To complement this, we have made it clear people must earn their right to stay in the UK permanently by working hard, obeying the law and speaking English. Being British is a privilege, these proposals break the link between coming to work here temporarily and being given the right to citizenship."

This system builds on the changes to earned citizenship introduced by the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009, which passed through Parliament in July. A points based test for citizenship will give the Government more control over the numbers of people permitted to settle here permanently, allowing the bar for settlement to be raised or lowered depending on the needs of the country and the economy.

One of the key principles of the earned citizenship system is building community cohesion, through encouraging community involvement through 'active citizenship'. Migrants already contribute to communities throughout the United Kingdom and the Government wants to support integration by encouraging more of these activities. That is why a migrant's journey to citizenship will be sped up if they conduct voluntary or civic work. As part of this new 12 week consultation, the Government will work closely with local authorities to ensure any voluntary or community work being undertaken by applicants is checked and verified. Under the current system those wanting citizenship have to pass a Life in the UK test to demonstrate both their knowledge of the country and their ability to speak English. The Government is proposing tightening this even further with a new twostage system. This will focus on practical information about life in the United Kingdom at probationary citizenship stage, and then a further test at the final stage with more challenging topics including history and politics.

The Government will also seek views on how the positive impacts of migration for developing countries, for example in terms of remittances and increased skills, can be maximised, and the negative impacts such as the brain drain can be reduced.

Mr Woolas added: "The new path to citizenship aims to create the right balance for Britain, allowing us to better manage and provide support for those on the journey to citizenship. But it is important also to recognise the impacts, both positive and negative, which migration can have on source countries in the developing world. We believe it is right that Government should play a role in managing negative impacts on developing countries."
Gambian jailed for using fake passport
A GAMBIAN man living in Manchester has been sentenced to 8 months imprisonment for using a false passport to gain employment.

Mamat Jobe of Settle Street, Bolton, began working at Somerfield supermarket in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre three years ago. He had used a fake Belgian passport as his proof of identity and was arrested by the UK Border Agency on 27 July.

Jobe was arrested in the supermarket at the start of his shift. His crimes came to light following liaison with the company regarding documents produced by employees in respect of their right to work in the United Kingdom. Checks on the passport provided by Jobe revealed that it was fake. He was remanded in custody and the sentence was handed down at Manchester Crown Square Court on Tuesday 4 August when Jobe was found guilty of the charge.

Commenting on the sentence, UK Border Agency Regional Director for the North West, Eddy Montgomery, said: "Foreign nationals must obey the laws of this country in the same way as everybody else, and those who have committed criminal offences here are therefore subject to the same legal processes as anyone else in the UK. Anyone breaking the law, irrespective of whether they are a British citizen or a foreign national, can expect prosecution and, where appropriate, a custodial sentence."
jailed for benefit fraud
AN ASYLUM seeker from Somalia has been sentenced to 13 months' imprisonment for using a false identity to claim over £6,400 worth of asylum support, social security and housing benefit. The jailing of the Somalian fraudster follows the opening in the first week of August by the UK Border Agency of a new hitech centre in Birmingham which issues identity cards for foreign nationals.

Mohamud Dhicisow Hared, aged 43, of Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, illegally entered the United Kingdom in January 2008 under the false identity of Mohamoud Mohammed Maalim and claimed asylum. Whilst his claim was being considered, he received asylum seekers support totalling £390.43. Between March 2008 and March 2009 Hared, still masquerading as Maalim, fraudulently claimed Jobseekers Allowance totalling £3,146.

In May 2008 Hared moved to a flat in Trinity Road, Aston and claimed Housing Benefit in his false Maalim identity. He received approximately £2,900 of Housing Benefit. However, Hared's lucrative scam was uncovered when, acting on intelligence, a specialist UK Border Agency foreign national crime team discovered his real identity and arrested him on 1 April 2009.

Sentencing Hared on Tuesday 4 August at Warwick Crown Court to 13 months imprisonment for five offences, the judge also recommended that he be deported when he completes his sentence. Gail Adams, UK Border Agency regional director, said: "We will not tolerate immigration abuse and will punish those who break the immigration laws. This case shows how effective identity cards will be in preventing immigration abuse. Individuals will be locked down to one identity through their facial image and fingerprints. Identity cards for foreign nationals will help us stop people illegally accessing benefits, and make it easier than ever to crack down on illegal working."

Foreign nationals wanting to stay in the United Kingdom will have their facial images and fingerprints recorded at new biometric enrolment centres before being issued with identity cards. The Birmingham centre, which opened in the first week of August, is one of ten enrolment centres for foreign nationals with others already opened in Belfast, Brighton, Croydon, Cardiff, Derby, Glasgow, London, Sheffield and Liverpool. The new identity cards are safe and secure. They contain a highly secure embedded chip which is protected by a secure encryption technique. The card has security features which means it will be very hard to forge.

Compulsory identity cards for foreign nationals will be followed by voluntary identity cards for British citizens after the Home Secretary unveiled the image of the British identity card. UK citizens in the North West will be able to apply for a card in the New Year before full national coverage from 2012.

Details of how the introduction of identity cards for foreign nationals will be speeded up will be announced in the coming weeks. Within three years the UK Border Agency expects to be issuing over one million identity cards a year to foreign nationals.
 

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