Eight kids waiting to be reunited with family following ‘zero-tolerance’ policy


first_imgVallarieE/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Eight kids left.That’s how many children the government says are waiting to be reunited with family members as a direct result of then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision last April to prosecute every adult who crossed illegally at America’s southern border.“Zero tolerance” triggered an international outcry at the U.S.-Mexico border as more than 2,634 migrant children were separated from their parents in a matter of weeks and compounding an existing crisis involving several thousand “unaccompanied minors” already in U.S. custody.President Donald Trump eventually relented, issuing an executive order in June ending the practice. Days later, a federal judge ordered the administration to reunite the families.In the end, the vast majority of the kids — 2,494 — have been reunited with parents or sponsors, according to data provided by the Health and Human Services Department.Another 102 cases involved parents who said they didn’t want to be reunited. Another 30 kids separated at the border have parents deemed “unfit” or presenting a “danger” to the child.That leaves eight kids who are eligible to be returned to their family after being separated at the border, the government told a federal judge in a Nov. 29 court filing.The final efforts marks an end to one of the most controversial policies in modern U.S. immigration history. The debate though is hardly over, as Trump insists on funding a border wall and has extended a military deployment at the border.The Department of Homeland Security declined to discuss pending litigation, but spokeswoman Katie Waldman said of general migration apprehensions: “We will enforce our laws to the maximum extent possible. Our country cannot afford unchecked, undemocratic mass migration policies written by activist judges.”Democrats say they plan to take up the issue of migrant detentions come January, when they assume control of the House. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a senior Democrat from Connecticut, called it “immoral” that any child remained separated from their families as a result of “zero tolerance.”“This is a tragedy of the president’s own design,” she told ABC News.The U.S. still has some 14,000 migrant children in custody, the vast majority of whom are older kids and teens who opted to try to cross the border alone. They are held at facilities managed by the Department of Health and Human Services and scattered across the country, including a tent city near Tornillo, Texas, which has come under the scrutiny of House Democrats.And migrants continue to try to cross the border. On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 51,856 people were arrested trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in November, compared to 51,001 in October.The average number of adults in custody is at a record-setting 42,000, according to data provided by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.“My frustration is that we haven’t been getting to the root causes of migration for families who are looking for security and safety,” said Rep.-elect Veronica Escobar, a Democrat who just won in the 16th District in Texas.“What this administration is doing is trying to create this sense of fear and crisis so the president can feed his obsession of a border wall,” she said.Sessions’ “zero-tolerance” policy never explicitly ordered the separation of families. And families had been separated under previous administrations. But most of those cases would have been tied to other serious crimes. Trump’s policy was different because his administration considered the act of crossing the border illegally enough of a justification to detain the adult and put the child in protective custody.According to the Nov. 29 court filing, one of the children can’t be reunited immediately because the parent is in custody inside the U.S. Another child is on track to be deported and reunited with family in his or her home country, although that reunion has been delayed due to “unique circumstances.” In five cases, the government is waiting for official statements from the parents on whether they want to be reunited with their child. The remaining child is on track to be reunited with a parent who is inside the U.S.The American Civil Liberties Union, which led the lawsuit against the government, is helping to orchestrate the reunifications. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘I’m shaking… this murderer is walking free:’ Suspected ‘Ripper Crew’ member released from prison


first_imgjessekarjalainen/iStock(CHICAGO) — Thomas Kokoraleis — a suspected member of Chicago’s “Ripper Crew” who went to prison for a woman’s 1982 murder — is now a free man.Kokoraleis, 58, convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Lorraine “Lorry” Ann Borowski, was released from Illinois Department of Corrections custody Friday morning, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lindsey Hess told ABC News in an email.“I’m shaking at the thought that this murderer is walking free among us. And without any legal restrictions except those imposed by the Illinois Sex Offender Reintegration Act,” Borowski’s younger brother, Mark Borowski, who was 12-years-old at the time of the killing, said at a news conference Friday.“It makes me feel sick to my stomach,” said an emotional Mark Borowski.The four-man “Ripper Crew” terrorized Chicago in the 1980s, killing up to 17 women in the area, according to The Chicago Tribune.Lorraine “Lorry” Ann Borowski was abducted in broad daylight while walking from her apartment to work.At Friday’s news conference, her mother, Lorraine Borowski, said her daughter was stabbed in the front and back with a glass ax.Kokoraleis was sentenced to life in prison for the 1982 murder.However, his conviction was “overturned based on the court improperly refusing to admit confessions of the co-defendants,” a spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office told ABC News.Kokoraleis then in 1987 agreed to a 70-year plea deal, the spokesman said.“At the time, the law required the person incarcerated to get day for day credit for time served. That’s no longer the case, but at the time it was,” the spokesman said, so Kokoraleis served 35 years.Kokoraleis was also given mandatory supervised release, which he served in the Department of Corrections, because it appeared he had nowhere to live, the spokesman said, so he served another 1.5 years.“Kokoraleis completed his maximum sentence required by law and is no longer under IDOC supervision,” Hess said Friday, adding, “Kokoraleis will have to register on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry.”One alleged “Ripper Crew” member has been executed and the other two remain in prison, according to the Tribune.Now that Kokoraleis is free, Mark Borowski said he and his mother will always be looking over their shoulders. Mark Borowski said he’s “on edge”and will always be wondering if he’ll see his sister’s killer’s face on the street.“I’m afraid,” said Lorraine Borowski.“I will never understand how a man who was convicted of raping and murdering my daughter could be walking free in Illinois today. My daughter was an innocent victim,” she said. “Her murderer did not receive the justice that he deserved. But I believe in God and I have no doubt that God will deliver the final judgment.”Kokoraleis has not made any threats to the family, attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the Borowski family, said at the news conference.“Nothing could be done to prevent his release this morning,” she said.Allred said Kokoraleis still has time left to register as a sex offender, so on Friday “he could be anywhere.”Allred said she asked prosecutors if a no contact order is in place for Kokoraleis and the Borowski family, but “no such order exists because the murderer, Kokoraleis, has served his sentence and there is no case pending.”Allred said she wants what she called a “flaw” in the Illinois law to be amended so that whomever is classified as a sex offender would have no contact with the victim, or the family of the victim if relatives request that order.Mark Borowski said his sister is “my hero and my mentor and the best role model a brother could ever have. I’ll always miss her and never forget her.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dialogue viewed as argumentative


first_imgDialogue viewed as argumentativeOn 13 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today When questioned about unions in their own organisations, however, the proportion dropped to 16 per cent.At national level, just over a quarter said management had a confrontational attitude, compared with 11 per cent in their own organisation.HR Practices in the Business World, for Manpower and the ANDCP questioned managers in seven countries including the US, UK, Japan and France.• 33 (0) 1 56881821, www.andcp.fr Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Large solar flares and their ionospheric D region enhancements


first_imgOn 4 November 2003, the largest solar flare ever recorded saturated the GOES satellite X-ray detectors, making an assessment of its size difficult. However, VLF radio phase advances effectively recorded the lowering of the VLF reflection height and hence the lowest edge of the Earth’s ionosphere. Previously, these phase advances were used to extrapolate the GOES 0.1–0.8 nm (“XL”) fluxes from saturation at X17 to give a peak magnitude of X45 ± 5 for this great flare. Here it is shown that a similar extrapolation, but using the other GOES X-ray band, 0.05–0.4 nm (“XS”), is also consistent with a magnitude of X45. Also reported here are VLF phase measurements from two paths near dawn: “Omega Australia” to Dunedin, New Zealand (only just all sunlit) and NPM, Hawaii, to Ny Alesund, Svalbard (only partly sunlit), which also give remarkably good extrapolations of the flare flux, suggesting that VLF paths monitoring flares do not necessarily need to be in full daylight. D region electron densities are modeled as functions of X-ray flux up to the level of the great X45 flare by using flare-induced VLF amplitudes together with the VLF phase changes. During this great flare, the “Wait” reflection height, H′, was found to have been lowered to ∼53 km or ∼17 km below the normal midday value of ∼70 km. Finally, XL/XS ratios are examined during some large flares, including the great flare. Plots of such ratios against XL can give quite good estimates of the great flare’s size (X45) but without use of VLF measurements.last_img read more

Length-weight and otolith size to standard length relationships in 12 species of Southern Ocean Myctophidae: a tool for predator diet studies


first_imgFish morphometric relationships are key tools for fisheries science and studies of food web dynamics and predator foraging behaviour, but parameterisations are limited for Southern Ocean myctophids (Family Myctophidae). New standard length (LS) to total mass (MT) relationships are therefore described for the 12 biomass‐dominant myctophid fish species living in the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean, using the most comprehensive data collected in the region to date. New linear regressions for otolith size (length; OL and width; OW) and LS are also described. Significant (p < .01) LS–MT relationships were established for all species using simple non‐linear regression. Significant (p < .01) relationships between LS and both OL and OW were also determined for all species, with OW being the best predictor of LS in all but one species. Our study provides a comprehensive tool for reconstructing the myctophid component of marine predator diets that will improve future food web, predator behaviour and ecosystem studies in the Scotia Sea.last_img read more

DezRez launches proptech conference fronted by celebrity business coach


first_imgHome » News » DezRez launches proptech conference fronted by celebrity business coach previous nextProptechDezRez launches proptech conference fronted by celebrity business coachEavolution21 is to be held on 23rd March and will be online only but free to attend.Nigel Lewis5th March 20210243 Views Property software giant DezRez is hosting a virtual conference on 23rd March to showcase the latest in proptech.The free event will enable estate agents to get up to speed on the latest tech and product innovations via live interactive webinars from leading industry figures.Those speaking at EAvolution21 include internationally renowned trainer Josh Phegan (left) and leadership expert Rich Mulholland (pictured, above) plus company directors from the best known software and proptech companies in the industry.These include GOTO Group, Kerfuffle, Landmark, View My Chain, Sprift, Property Jungle, Moneypenny, Dezrezlegal, Keyzapp, Coadjute, Ambitious Group and TwentyEA.The proptech show will include details of DezRez’s latest product launch, the much-anticipated ReziPM property management software suite including a live Q&A answered by its product experts.“With covid19 restrictions still in place we’re excited to continue to host the industry event that show cases the best tech available to estate agents and property professionals using an innovative online event space,” says Richard Price, Managing Director at Dezrez.“We believe that this event should be open to all and so through investment from us and our partners we are able to keep this event free for delegates as we deliver on or mission to connect the property world.”Alex Willis of the GOTO group (pictured), says: “A lot of time and effort has gone into building a phenomenal integration between Dezrez and GOTO, and we can’t wait to share the exciting new functionality with the delegates.’’Register for EAvolution21.richard mulholland goto group alex willis Eavolution21 Kerfuffle Keyzapp Ambitious Group Josh Phegan Sprift coadjute Property Jungle Landmark Moneypenny dezrez View My Chain March 5, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

OCPD Activity Report 2/5-2/11


first_imgWarrant, 1000 block Asbury Ave., one in custody, at 1:36pmFebruary 11, 2017: SaturdayCalls for service: 70 Vehicle Stops:23 Vehicle Accidents:0 Property Checks:18 Alarms:1The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 12 EMS callsDomestic violence, 3700 block West Ave., at 11:01amTheft, 200 block West Ave., at 3:20pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. Calls for Service: 531         Daily Average:  76February 5, 2017: Sunday Calls for service: 72 Vehicle Stops:9  Vehicle Accidents:0  Property Checks:50 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 3 EMS callsTheft, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 9:15amTheft, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 11:40amDWI, 100 block 8th St., one in custody, at 4:45pm February 6, 2017: Monday Calls for service: 65 Vehicle Stops:9 Vehicle Accidents:1 Property Checks:28 Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 2 Fire and 5 EMS callsVehicle accident, 2nd St. & West Ave., at 6:53amFraud, 5400 block Haven Ave., at 5:55pm February 7, 2017: TuesdayCalls for service: 61 Vehicle Stops:21 Vehicle Accidents:0 Property Checks:14 Alarms:1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 9 EMS callsTheft, 2600 block Central Ave., at 9:07amFraud, 2800 block Bayland Dr., at 4:19pm February 8, 2017: WednesdayCalls for service: 95 Vehicle Stops:20  Vehicle Accidents:0 Property Checks:38 Alarms:3The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 6 EMS callsFraud, 200 block Simpson Ave., at 4:00pmCDS, 900 block Haven Ave., at 10:30pm February 9, 2017: ThursdayCalls for service: 89 Vehicle Stops:27 Vehicle Accidents:1 Property Checks:28  Alarms:5The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 7 EMS callsvehicle accident, 1000 block Asbury Ave., at 3:55pm February 10, 2017: FridayCalls for service: 79 Vehicle Stops:23 Vehicle Accidents:0 Property Checks:28 Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 5 EMS calls Bicycle riders must obey all vehicle laws similar to that of a vehicle.       They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.center_img City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.last_img read more

Caught in the Web


first_imgSome other unexpected things found hidden in cakes… http://bit.ly/9jtfae Forget your mixers and ovens, you can now bake a cake using Photoshop… http://bit.ly/a8LM6b Rhubarb crumble kills cancer… http://bit.ly/d0avk1 The world’s cake-eating champion ate 14 cakes totalling 1,120g of fat in just 8 minutes… http://bit.ly/9Jsqn4 100 cakes based on computerlast_img

Richard Barth ’89 named Commencement’s chief marshal


first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) announced that Richard Barth ’89, chief executive officer of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation, has been chosen to serve as Harvard University’s chief marshal at this year’s Commencement ceremonies.The chief marshal is selected each year from the ranks of the College’s 25th reunion class. Barth joins a roster of distinguished alumni dating back to the late 19th century. According to the 1892–93 Harvard Graduates’ Magazine, the installation of a chief marshal likely began in the 1880s, following Harvard’s 250th anniversary celebration. The position is a special honor granted to individuals who not only have achieved success in their careers but also have contributed to Harvard and society as a whole.On Commencement Day the honoree hosts the Chief Marshal’s Spread, a luncheon for dignitaries and guests. The marshal also selects “aids” to assist the HAA’s Happy Observance of Commencement Committee and leads the University-wide alumni procession into Harvard Yard for the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (the Afternoon Program).“Richard is a wonderful choice,” said HAA President Catherine A. Gellert ’93. “He has devoted his career to helping students succeed, despite great obstacles, and his selection signals his class’s admiration for all that he has achieved.”“I am humbled that my classmates have chosen me for this honor,” said Barth. “My experience as an undergrad at Harvard was transformative, and opened my eyes to what a college education can do — not only for me, but for others. Now, in my work with KIPP, I feel fortunate to be able to contribute toward helping students from our nation’s most underserved communities succeed in college and lead choice-filled lives.”The recognition from his College peers is a fitting tribute for Barth. An American history concentrator, he has championed education since his undergraduate years, when a history seminar led to what he described as a “deep, personal inquiry” into the history of race relations and, ultimately, the transformative role of education.In December 2005, he was named CEO of the KIPP Foundation, which oversees the national network of KIPP public charter schools. During Barth’s tenure, KIPP has expanded from 45 to 141 schools, serving more than 50,000 students across the country — 85 percent of whom are from low-income backgrounds. KIPP’s college completion rate is above the national average for all students and four times the rate for students from low-income families.“At Harvard, I met extraordinary people — classmates and professors — from all walks of life,” Barth said. “I was exposed to ideas that set me on the course I have pursued day in and day out for the past 25 years.”Barth is an Aspen Institute Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In March, he was named a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He currently serves on the board of directors of 50CAN, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, ROADS Charter High Schools, and General Assembly.Harvard’s 363rd Commencement will be held May 29. To reserve tickets for the Alumni Spread Luncheon and the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (the Afternoon Program), please visit alumni.harvard.edu/annualmeeting.last_img read more

Lights Up! Chart It’s Only a Play’s 36-Year Journey to Broadway


first_img Next stop, L.A. After another round of updated jokes featuring Joan Rivers and Macaulay Culkin, McNally’s peek behind the Broadway curtain headed west in 1992. The star-studded cast included David Hyde Pierce, Dana Ivey, Paul Benedict and Doris Roberts (playing the later-cut role of cab driver Emma Bovary) and Charles Nelson Reilly, who was also the punch line for several jokes in the script. McNally ignored Steinbeck’s advice Before Terrence McNally was a celebrated playwright, he was a struggling stage manager for playwright Molly Kazan’s workshops. When she asked McNally if he might be interested in being a tutor for the children of one of her writer friends, he jumped at the opportunity. The writer? John Steinbeck. According to The Los Angeles Times, the legendary novelist had some important words of advice for the young playwright: “Don’t write for the theater.” Related Shows Time heals all wounds In 1982, four years after its epic fail, McNally resurrected Broadway, Broadway at off-Broadway’s Manhattan Punch Line Theatre with a revised script and a brand new title: It’s Only a Play. With a cast featuring British screen actress Frances Cuka, Paul Guilfoyle (TV’s CSI) and Ken Kliban (Legal Eagles), the comedy fared better. “You’re laughing and trying to remember some of the funny one-liners to quote later,” the Associated Press remarked. Broadway…or not Broadway, Broadway, an insider’s look at the world of theater, was poised to be a hit. It featured Geraldine Page and James Coco, and after its out-of-town tryout in Philadelphia in 1978, the comedy was bound for Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre. But sadly, the play never made it out of the City of Brotherly Love. “I felt like I’d done something wrong,” McNally later told The New York Times. “I lost confidence. I sulked a lot…But I came to understand there are worse things than having a play close in Philadelphia.” See It’s Only a Play, opening October 9 at the Schoenfeld Theatre! Another round! After the well-received but sparsely attended production of It’s Only a Play, McNally added even more punchy quips, name-checking theater folks Lanford Wilson, Rita Moreno and ”Betty” Bacall. The revamped production ran off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1985, with James Coco reprising his role, joining Christine Baranski and Paul Benedict…and it was a hit! “Only a writer who loves the theater and has survived its bloodiest wars could have written a comedy like this one,” Frank Rich of The New York Times noted. Broadway (finally!) beckoned 36 years after closing in Philadelphia, It’s Only a Play has officially arrived on Broadway with a megawatt cast—including F. Murray Abraham from Legend, the play whose opening night initially inspired the comedy to begin with! “If you’ve never been to an opening night party of a Broadway show, then you haven’t lived,” Abraham joked to Broadway.com. What makes watching a show about theater people so much fun? “No matter what, we go on,” Nathan Lane explained. “You can kick us ‘til we’re bleeding but we get up and say, what’s next?” Places, everyone! Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are reuniting on Broadway in It’s Only a Play, an ultra-meta comedy about what happens after the curtain goes down on opening night. In this revamped revival of Terrence McNally’s 1978 play, Lane and Broderick play two best friends: Peter Austin (Broderick), a playwright with a brand new Broadway show, and James Wicker (Lane), his actor pal who fears it’s a flop. The ensemble show also features Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham and Micah Stock—with this many stars packed into one theater, anything could happen! Dim the lights, get ready for curtain, and remember, “Whatever happens tonight, it’s only a play.” His first play was a flop Steinbeck be damned, McNally wrote his first play, And Things That Go Bump in the Night, at 25. The reviews for the 1965 Broadway comedy, about a man who brings his cross-dressing boyfriend home for dinner, were terrible. The playwright recounted one particularly scathing review to The New York Times: “The American theater would be a better place this morning if Terrence McNally’s parents had smothered him in his cradle.”center_img It’s Only a Play View Comments Play got a 2014 facelift As It’s Only a Play entered the 21st century, McNally continued to update the topical punch lines. Out were Joan Rivers and Shirley McLaine to make way for gags about Kelly Ripa and Rosie O’Donnell. The playwright packed the play with sendups of current Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Rock of Ages and a musical tribute to Wicked. Shia LaBeouf, James Franco and Jeremy Piven are even namechecked and joked about in the revamped version. The setback inspired him After attending the opening night party for the short-lived Broadway play Legend, starring F. Murray Abraham and Elizabeth Ashley, McNally realized his wasn’t the only one getting panned. “I saw their pain as the reviews came in, which were pretty brutal, very much as they’d been for my first play,” McNally told Broadway.com. “I saw the pain and the comedy in it.” His experience (and the earlier cradle-smothering review) sparked the idea for Broadway, Broadway, a sendup of reviewers, producers, playwrights, and everyone involved in the wacky world of the Great White Way. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Star Files Nathan Lane Matthew Brodericklast_img read more