PHOTO CAPTION; Davina Bennett (c), Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, with (l-r) Lindell Douglas, Lawnda Jackson, Miss Jamaica Florida 2018, Danaisia Dyer, 1st Runner-up Miss Jamaica Diaspora 2017, and Cheryl Levy Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett passes through South Florida on her way to the Miss Universe pageant on November 26.by Tanya RagbeerLast week 21-year-old Davina Bennett, Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, stopped off in South Florida on her way to compete in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. The finals of the pageants will be held on Sunday, November 26.The guest of Cheryl Levy, producer of the Miss Jamaica Diaspora Pageant, Davina was offered a brief tour of South Florida, including a visit to the City of Lauderhill, and a meeting with Jamaica’s Consul General to the Southern USA, Franz Hall.“We work very closely with the Miss Universe Pageant in Jamaica,” explained Levy, “our winner will be going to Jamaica for the Miss Jamaica Universe Pageant.”Crowned on August 26Davina who stands at 5’ 9” was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe on August 26th at the grand coronation ceremony held at Kingston’s Pegasus Hotel.She’s a former Pulse model who walked the runway of London Fashion Week, and a 2nd year marketing student at the University of the West Indies. She told CNW she entered the Jamaican contest as she felt ‘unaccomplished,’ and wanted to “reach a wider platform.”Afro hair-styleDavina sports a 70’s style afro. She said, she didn’t plan the hair style but after her grandmother passed she had cut her hair and decided to let it go Afro. “It has become my greatest asset. I’m just gonna keep growing it.” She said she is trying to “empower other females to embrace their natural hair.”Davina admitted being very excited to represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. “It’s a new adventure, definitely one of the biggest impacts in my life. I’m a bit nervous. but nerves are good,” she said with confidence.Hard preparationShe prepared hard for the Miss Jamaica, and continues doing so for the Miss Universe pageant. This includes plenty gym time, speech training, sleepless nights… talking and motivating herself with her personal mantra, “just finish; execute and finish.”Advocate for the deafShe has adopted the mission to provide a platform for the deaf. She has been touring Jamaica promote the Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf to “bring awareness to the deaf by getting the exposure from the Miss Universe Pageant.”She currently coaches Jamaica’s first deaf model, who was her inspiration behind starting a foundation to help the deaf “who need the opportunity, or someone, to stand up for them.”Davina was born in Mitchell Town, Clarendon, and attended Clarendon College where she said she learned a lot of “core values and morals.”Offering a message for the Jamaican Diaspora, Davina said, “Tell everybody to embrace themselves. Just be confident, know you’re worthy, you’re beautiful and you’re good enough.”Jamaica has never won Miss Universe In the Miss Universe pageant, Jamaica has secured 6 top ten finalists: Sandra Foster in 1989, Kimberley Mais in 1991, Nicole Haughton in 1999 and Christine Straw in 2004. Two of the six placed in the top five: Yendi Phillips was 1st Runner-up in 2010, and in 2014 Kaci Fennell placed 4th Runner-up.
AMES — California Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris calls President Trump “a crook.”“He’s just a walking indictment in a red tie,” Harris said earlier this evening.But during an appearance tonight in Ames Harris did not directly suggest impeachment as the means for forcing Trump’s exit from the White House. Harris did not mention the impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House or President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s president either — but the crowd erupted in laughter and cheers when she made a passing reference to Trump’s remarks this week about that phone call.“My background is as a prosecutor and I’m going to tell you something. I can recognize a confession when I see one,” Harris said, laughing along with the crowd.Harris accused Trump of taking the word of authoritarian leaders in Russia, North Korea and Saudi Arabia rather than the professionals the U.S. intelligence community.“Sold out our country and our nation’s security,” Harris said.Harris’ appearance in Ames is part of her retooled campaign effort in Iowa.