Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Oct. 1, 2018 – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today it is accepting submissions for the 2019 JUNO Awards. Submissions are open from Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018 at www.junosubmissions.caIn order to be considered for nomination for the 2019 JUNO Awards, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of September 1, 2017 and November 9, 2018.Key submission dates and deadlines:October 1, 2018 – Submissions openOctober 19, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for discounted early-bird submissionsNovember 9, 2018; 5 p.m. EST – Deadline for submissionsNovember 30, 2018 – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year openJanuary 4, 2019; 5 p.m. EST – Submissions for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year close For full submission eligibility requirements click here.CARAS has also introduced the following changes this year:Streaming Only ReleasesMusic only available via a recognized national music streaming provider will now be eligible. Product must be released via a nationally accessible streaming service that has paid subscriptions, full catalogue, or on-demand streaming. Eligible streaming services are Canadian versions of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Napster, Slacker, Soundcloud PRO, Spotify, Tidal.Rap Recording of the YearThe nominees for Rap Recording of the Year will now be determined by equal weight of consumption and judge vote.Jack Richardson Producer of the YearIf an artist submits their own work to the category, they must have also produced another artist’s work (one track minimum) within three years of the current eligibility criteria deadline (proof may be required).Artist and Group of the YearIn order to submit in these categories, qualifying artists must have been previously recognized by The JUNO Awards.PwC is the Official Ballot Accountants for the 2019 JUNO Awards.Web Links:Official JUNO Awards website:www.junoawards.caJUNO AwardsTwitter: @TheJUNOAwardsInstagram: @TheJUNOAwardsFacebook: @TheJUNOAwardsHashtag: #JUNOS Advertisement
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Movie Theatre (Syda Productions/ Shutterstock) Cineplex wants you to treat yourself to a free movie day on October 27.For the eighth consecutive year, Cineplex Community Day will treat guests to a selection of popular movies.All proceeds from donations and select concession sales will support the WE Charity(formally known as Free the Children), a family of organizations that makes doing good, doable. Advertisement Popcorn, drinks, and select candy will be available to purchase at $2.50, a reduced price.“Community Day is a great opportunity for families and friends to enjoy some quality time together in support of a great cause,” said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex. “WE is dedicated to inspiring and empowering our youth and as one of the country’s largest employers of young people, we are proud to play a continuous role in positively shaping their futures.”This year’s line-up of freebie movies includes popular release from Paramount Pictures for movie-goers all ages.Sherlock Gnomes (2018)Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016)Book Club (2018)All participating theatres will be selling a variety of movie-themed merchandise including plush toys, action figures, keychains, accessories, drink toppers and popcorn holders.Cineplex theatres across the country will open their doors at 9 am (local time) and movies will begin at 9:30 am. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Films will be shown in English and French, depending upon the market and guests are encouraged to visit the website for a full list of participating theatres, showtimes and available languages.Cineplex Community Day 2018When: Saturday, October 27Time: 9 am – 11 amWhere: Cineplex theatres across Canada, check website for more info and updates Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
Mohali: India made 358 for nine against Australia in the fourth One-day International here Sunday. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was back amongst the runs with 143 off 115 balls while Rohit Sharma made 95. Brief scores: 358/9 in 50 overs (Dhawan 143, Rohit 95; 5/70 Cummins). Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat in the fourth ODI against Australia here Sunday. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K L Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Yuzvendra Chahal came in for Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Marcus Stoinis and Jason Behrendorff made way for Ashton Turner and Nathan Lyon in the Australian XI. India lead the five-match series 2-1. Teams: India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. Australia: Aaron Finch(capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.
Nagpur: There are possibilities of a government changing every five years and social organisations should not depend on it for help, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Monday.Addressing an event to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Mahamahopadhyay V V Mirashi, Bhagwat said social and research organisations should work towards a strong and permanent source to carry out work for the welfare of the society. “Those who want to speak to government should approach it. But, I don’t feel that social organisations should be dependent (“aashrit”) on government. Because, governments keeps changing, earlier the royal (“rajwati”) government used to change in 30 to 50 years. Now, there are possibilities of a government changing in five years. Hence, there is no faith, until it is there, utilise it,” he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bhagwat highlighted the importance of research and knowledge for the welfare of the people. “Presently, gaining knowledge can be for various purposes. Gaining knowledge could be for self interest or for welfare of the society. Knowledge is the way for eternal life. Actually, knowledge is for eternity and giving eternity to all,” he said. Bhagwat further said that Britishers did a lot of research for modern India. “The country’s population census and geography still runs on the basis of their research. But, their research cannot be said as ‘Sanshodhan Maharishi’ as their purpose was selfish and not for the welfare of the people,” he said.
Los Angeles: Actor-singer Mandy Moore’s This Is Us has been renewed for three more seasons. NBC recently announced that the network has renewed its hit drama series ‘This Is Us’. The renewal will take the show through its sixth season, aiming to wrap up in 2022, reports people.com. The show’s creator Dan Fogelman tweeted: “Three years ago, we were live tweeting the premiere of our TV show, hoping someone, anyone might watch.” Fogelman, who shared a photograph of stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brown, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Justin Hartley, added: “Today our friends at NBC picked up ‘This Is Us’ for three more seasons, bringing us to six.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming for NBC Entertainment. News of the renewal is also a bittersweet reminder that the hit series will most likely end at season six.
WASHINGTON — Fresh off slapping a duty on Canadian lumber, President Donald Trump is now making threats about dairy as the northern neighbour has suddenly, unexpectedly, become his No. 1 target for criticism lately on trade.The president tweeted Tuesday: “Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!”That’s what he wrote the morning after his government announced initial duties up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber, with more expected later this year.Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2017Lumber and dairy are longstanding irritants — and were also a problem file under previous presidents. In softwood lumber, the countries have a once-a-decade cycle of tariffs, trade litigation, and ultimately settlements.What’s new is how Trump is playing up the issue.While Barack Obama referred to lumber as a minor irritant, the self-styled America First president is playing up these irritants as examples of his desire to get tough on trade.His sudden flurry of complaints about Canada are a dramatic departure from the early days of his presidency — suddenly, he’s complaining less about China and Mexico, and more about the northern neighbour — and it’s being noticed.If you’re worried about global trade imbalances, focus on China.If you want to rough up a school kid for his lunch money, blame Canada.— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) April 25, 2017 In an exchange late Monday with conservative media gathered at the White House, the president said, according to Breitbart News: “We love Canada, wonderful people, wonderful country, but they have been very good about taking advantage of us through NAFTA.”Then his commerce secretary went out of his way to link this dispute to broader complaints, about dairy and about NAFTA: “It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations,” Wilbur Ross said.Canada vows to fight ‘unfair and punitive duty’ as Trump slaps tariff on softwood lumberU.S. trade sanctions on Canadian energy will have ‘huge consequences’ for American companies: Notley“This is not our idea of a properly functioning free trade agreement.”The softwood spat is unfolding amid a much bigger trade issue — the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Despite remarks from the president and his cabinet secretary, neither lumber nor dairy are actually part of the current NAFTA. However, different actors would be pleased to add provisions on one or the other.
Wheat for Sept. fell 6.25 cents at 4.9725 a bushel; Sept. corn was off 5.75 cents at 4.1125 a bushel, Sept. oats was 1.25 cents lower at $2.5875 a bushel; while Aug. soybeans lost 7 cents at $8.7875 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Aug. live cattle was off .55 cent at $1.0810 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle rose .80 cent at $1.4310 a pound; while Aug. lean hogs fell 2.12 cents at $.8230 a pound.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The outlook for the U.S. job market is brightening after a government report showed a sharp drop in the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits.Weekly applications fell 27,000 to a seasonally adjusted 341,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Outside a few weeks last month affected by seasonal distortions, that’s the lowest level in nearly five years.The four-week average, which smooths week-to-week fluctuations, stayed near a five-year low.Economists were encouraged by the decline but want to see the progress sustained and more jobs created. Since the recession ended in June 2009, the job market has shown brief bursts of improvement in the winter months only to falter in the spring.In addition, the huge snowstorm that affected the Northeastern states over the weekend could push up applications in the coming weeks. The latest report covered the week ended Feb. 9, prior to when the storm hit.“This is tentatively a positive signal for the labour market,” Daniel Silver, an economist at JPMorgan Chase, said in a note to clients.Falling applications signal fewer layoffs. More hiring usually follows, but not always.Since November, the four-week average has declined 5 per cent to 352,500 applications. And job growth has increased to an average of 200,000 net positions a month from November through January, up from 150,000 in the previous three months.But the employment report measures net job gains, which equals total hiring minus layoffs, quits and other separations.A decline in layoffs can boost net job gains even when total hiring is flat or down. A separate Labor Department report earlier this week showed that layoffs fell to a 10-year low in December. Overall hiring, however, also declined.Many companies may be more cautious about hiring now that a 2 percentage point increase in Social Security taxes is cutting consumers’ take-home pay. That could slow growth.Still, if applications remain consistently below 350,000, net job growth should increase, said Carl Riccadonna, an economist at Deutsche Bank. Monthly gains could rise to an average of 225,000 per month, he added.Gains at that level should steadily lower the still-high unemployment rate, which ticked up to 7.9 per cent in January from 7.8 per cent in December.Economists expect the rate will decline if hiring continues at last year’s monthly pace of 180,000. The rate fell 0.7 percentage points in 2012.The number of people receiving benefits has increased. More than 5.9 million people received benefits in the week ended Jan. 26, the latest data available. That was about 325,000 more than the previous week.The economy contracted at an annual rate of 0.1 per cent in the October-December quarter, hurt by a sharp cut in defence spending, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles. That’s much slower than the 3.1 per cent growth recorded in the July-September period.Still, economists expect that figure will be revised in the coming months to show a small increase, after more data about last quarter has been reported. Economists at Barclays Capital estimate the economy expanded 0.5 per cent in the fourth quarter.Growth will likely pick up a bit in the January-March quarter to an annual rate of 1.5 per cent, analysts forecast. That’s better than the fourth quarter but below last year’s expansion of 2.2 per cent. Sharp drop in weekly US unemployment benefit applications bolsters outlook for job market by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 14, 2013 3:04 pm MDT
European automobile manufacturers welcomed the main recommendations of the final report by the CARS21 High-level Group but warned that these proposals now need to be executed urgently. The report, produced by a coalition of EU Commissioners, various ministers, automobile industry CEOs, suppliers, trade unions and civil society, lists ways and means of strengthening the future of the automobile industry in Europe.“It is essential that the findings are implemented and real action taken as soon as possible”, said Sergio Marchionne, President of the industry’s trade association ACEA and CEO of FIAT S.p.A. The CARS21 report focuses on improving the competitiveness of the auto industry in a global perspective, by streamlining the EU regulatory framework and better coordinating relevant European policies.The European automotive industry needs the EU regulatory framework to be supportive in order to sustain and strengthen the sector’s position in the fiercely competitive global market place. Regulation can too often add undue complexity limit flexibility.The European manufacturers are world leaders in low-carbon technologies, road safety solutions and intelligent mobility concepts. ‘Smarter’ policies and regulations can and should reinforce the industry’s competitiveness and benefit the European economy as a whole.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has won the NBA’s most improved player award.Siakam, who helped the Raptors win their first NBA championship this month, beat out D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets and De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings for the honour on Monday night. He is the first Raptor to earn the honour.“We are so proud of Pascal,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a news release Monday. “His story is amazing and it shows what hard work and belief in yourself can do. This award recognizes the countless hours Pascal has spent in the gym working on his game, and the tremendous contribution he has made to our team. We are really thrilled for him.”Siakam averaged 16.9 points per game in his third year in the NBA this past season, up from 7.3 last year.The native of Cameroon was rewarded with a spot in the starting lineup after coming off the bench most of last year.While the awards are given for regular-season performances, Siakam also made a big leap in the playoffs. He averaged 19 points and 7.1 rebounds in the 2019 playoffs, up from 6.6 and 3.6 last year.Siakam, 25, was picked 27th overall out of New Mexico State in 2016. BROWSE most improved player award | nba | pascal siakam | toronto raptors
EVERGREEN COACH Giovanni Trapattoni said he is looking forward to fresh challenges after failing to lead Ireland to the World Cup in Brazil next year.Trapattoni, speaking to Radio Anch’Io Sport on Monday, recently ended his spell as coach of the Irish after they could only finish fourth in Group C qualifying behind Germany, Sweden and Austria.“We parted amicably after four years together,” said Trapattoni, who admitted nonetheless that his task was not helped by two key obstacles. “Half of the players do not play in the English top flight and often the players were not first team regulars.”Trapattoni, 74, is one of the oldest active coaches at either club or international level.But that has not dampened his desire to take up one of the offers he said have come from as far afield as the United States or Japan.Having notably coached Serie A teams AC Milan, Juventus, Fiorentina and Inter, as well as Bayern Munich and the Italian national side, Trapattoni has become one of the most celebrated managers in football history.He is one of four coaches, alongside Ernst Happel, Jose Mourinho, and Tomislav Ivic to have won league titles in four different countries and one of only two coaches, with Udo Lattek, to have won all three European club titles.Despite the advancing years, Trapattoni said he has no plans to retire as yet.“I have to be careful where I choose next,” he said. “I’ve received flattering requests from far off places like America and Japan. I have meetings lined up in the near future and we’ll see whether I decide to go east or west.”He added: “I still have the enthusiasm for this job because mentally, I feel fresh. I’m not ready to take a back office position just yet.”- © AFP 2013Paul Scholes scores a cracker from his own half in over-35s game
The Internet is a great source of information, not just through resources like Wikipedia, but through millions of personal pages devoted to the full spectrum of human interests. Most would agree that this is a good thing all around, but there’s always a certain class of person who believes that there’s such a thing as too much information, and also that certain kinds of information are simply bad.That’s why it’s disappointing to hear that the Catholic Church is now warning people that the Internet is breeding a new wave of Satanism. According to Carlo Climati of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome, Italy, the Internet has made it much too easy to find information about Satanist groups:“The internet makes it much easier than in the past to find information about Satanism… In just a few minutes you can contact Satanist groups and research occultism. The conference is not about how to become an exorcist. It’s to share information about exorcism, Satanism and sects. It’s to give help to families and priests. There is a particular risk for young people who are in difficulties or who are emotionally fragile.” Honestly, this is a bit alarming. Basically, what this guy is saying is that because the Internet has led to more information being available about Satanism, that has caused more people to join Satanic Cults, which therefore means that more people have been possessed by demons, which finally leads to there being an increased need for exorcisms… a shameful, superstitious practice that has killed more than a few innocents the Church has rightfully been trying to distance itself from for years.Needless to say, it does not follow that the rise of the Internet has seen rise to a legion of demons taking over people’s souls. What absolute drivel. I’d rather Satanism be on the rise than exorcisms.Read more at Telegraph
Marée noire : l’explosion de deux oléoducs entraîne la fermeture de plusieurs plages en ChineChine – Survenue après l’explosion de deux oléoducs vendredi dernier, la marée noire qui souille le port de Dalian, dans le nord-est de la Chine, a atteint l’île touristique de Bangchui et entraîné la fermeture de plusieurs plages polluées.Alors que les autorités tentent de nettoyer la nappe qui s’étend sur au moins 183 km², l’île de Bangchui a été fermée au public, comme les plages de Dalian. Les secouristes ont installé des barrières flottantes pour empêcher la marée noire de s’étendre, utilisant plus de 23 tonnes de bactéries mangeuses de pétrole pour lutter contre cette pollution. Ce processus de biotraitement utilise des micro-organismes pour casser certaines molécules toxiques que contiennent les hydrocarbures, et ainsi les transformer en des substances moins néfastes pour l’environnement.À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Cette marée noire a été engendrée par l’explosion de deux oléoducs, suivie d’un incendie. Quelque 1.500 tonnes de pétrole se seraient, d’après les médias chinois, déversées dans la mer. Pour l’instant, au moins 460 tonnes auraient été récupérées. “Notre priorité est de ramasser la majorité du pétrole dans les cinq jours afin de réduire la possibilité de contamination des eaux internationales” a expliqué à l’agence Chine Nouvelle, Dai Yulin, le maire-adjoint de la ville de Dalian.Mais les mauvaises conditions climatiques ont déjà contraint la plupart des bateaux de pêche mobilisés pour participer au nettoyage de la marée noire à rentrer au port, et pluies et vents pourraient perturber les opérations visant à contenir la nappe de pétrole. Le 21 juillet 2010 à 17:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Rebecca Zahau trial latest with Caitlin Rother KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 29, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsClosing arguments in the wrongful death case of Rebecca Zahau are set for Monday.The defense called in their final two experts on forensic evidence on Tuesday and then rested their case, bringing an end to the month-long trial.After Monday’s closing arguments, jurors will be asked to decide whether Adam Shacknai killed his then-girlfriend Zahau, or if she committed suicide at the Coronado mansion back in 2011.KUSI was joined by author and journalist, Caitlin Rother, who has been following this case. March 29, 2018
F-16 fighter jetsReutersLockheed Martin, a leading American aerospace and advanced technologies company, signed an agreement with India’s Tata Advanced Systems on Monday to produce F-16 fighter planes in India. With this move, the American firm is going ahead with its plan to shift its Fort Worth, Texas, plant to win billions of dollars worth of order from India’s Ministry of Defence.The announcement of the agreement was made at the Paris Airshow on June 19, where both the companies said that moving the production base to India would still retain jobs in the United States.Indian Air Force requires hundreds of new aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet, however, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said that the planes will only be replaced with the ones foreign suppliers make in India with a local partner. The Modi government is set on this policy to help build a domestic industrial base and cut outright imports of such aircraft. “F-16 production in India supports thousands of Lockheed Martin and F-16 supplier jobs in the U.S., creates new manufacturing jobs in India, and positions Indian industry at the center of the most extensive fighter aircraft supply ecosystem in the world,” a joint statement by the firms said. Indian Prime Minister Narendra ModiReuters”This unprecedented F-16 production partnership between the world’s largest defence contractor and Indias premier industrial house provides India with the opportunity to produce, operate and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the world’s most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter,” the statement added.The announcement has come just days before PM Modi’s first meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Their meeting is scheduled for June 26. India and the US have developed close defence ties in the recent years, with Washington emerging as one of the top three arms suppliers to India. The other two main arms suppliers to India are Russia and Israel.
The damaged bus is seen after the accident that killed four people on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway on 17 August 2019. Photo: Prothom AloFour youths were killed and five people sustained injuries as a bus collided with a car on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Kararchar area of Shibpur upazila in Narsingdi early Friday.The deceased were named as Imran Hossain, 30, and his wife Sadia Akter, 24, from Ramna; Jannat, 25, from Khilgaon and Akib, 27, from Uttar Goran in Dhaka.Imran, Jannat and Akib were killed on the spot while Sadia was declared dead after being taken to Narsingdi district hospital.The passengers of the car went to Sylhet on a tour, highway police and fire service men say.There were five people in the car, police and the locals said. The Dhaka-bound car collided with the Sylhet-bound Shyamoli Paribahan bus leaving the car totally damaged while the bus fell into a roadside ditch, they said.university students among 4 killed in road crashOn information, four units of Narsingdi and Shibpur fire services rushed to the spot and rescued the victims.Deceased Sadia, Jannat and Akib were MBA students of Millennium University, a private university in the capital.Another passenger Sajal, 25, who was in the car, sustained critical injuries. He was initially admitted to Narsingdi district hospital and later sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.Four other wounded passengers were offered primary treatment at Narsingdi and sent to Dhaka.The accident might have been taken place for a reckless overtake attempt, sub-inspector of Itakhola highway police, Moniruzzaman told Prothom Alo.“We’ve recovered both the vehicles. We’re now handing the bodies over to the families,” he added.Read more:Over 25,000 killed on roads in 3 yearsEid deaths in Bangladesh221 killed in road accidents during Eid vacation
Reynaldo Leal/The Texas TribuneMarcos Samayoa waits on the Brownsville/Gateway International Bridge in June 2018.The young man in a grey t-shirt and faded jeans stood suspended above the muddy Rio Grande on the Gateway International Bridge — an official port of entry that connects Mexico to the United States.It was June 19. He had little more than an old backpack to his name, but he also had the hope of a new life free from persecution and the promise of a family waiting for him across the river. If only he were allowed to take a few crucial steps forward.The 22-year-old, Marcos Samayoa, traveled here from the town of Mazatenango in southwest Guatemala. And his family’s story has been touched by virtually every facet of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policy.Samayoa’s wife and four children, including a then-5-month-old baby, were separated after crossing the same bridge just a few weeks earlier. All were facing more stringent guidelines for seeking asylum in the United States. And Samayoa had already spent two days and nights sleeping on an old piece of cardboard at the halfway point of the bridge, his way blocked by three armed Customs and Border Protection agents who simply told him to wait.In Samayoa’s backpack were a few dog-eared pages stamped with the insignia of Guatemala’s national police. Two pages explained the threats that had long been facing his wife, Sandy. (The Texas Tribune is not publishing Sandy’s last name, which is different from her husband’s, or some details of those threats because of their sensitive nature). Another page explained more recent evidence of persecution against the couple, which they believed originated from members of the MS-13 gang in Guatemala.Sometime in February, Sandy started getting anonymous phone calls: “If you don’t listen to me, there will be consequences. If you don’t pay attention to me, I’m going to go get your husband and your kids.” She turned off her phone, but then armed men began to show up at the house — first circling around in a black motorcycle, then banging on the door.Eventually the family moved, took the kids out of school and decided to head north. Sandy and the kids went first; Marcos came later.Samayoa planned to use that document to convince immigration officials he deserved asylum in the United States. However long he had to wait on the bridge, Samayoa said, it was better than returning home.Still, it wasn’t easy. Samayoa watched as CBP agents ushered other families through, but not him – with no explanation. He also knew that Sandy had already made it across with her four children and was pursuing her own asylum case.But he wasn’t sure how, where or when everyone crossed, or where they all were now. All he knew was that they’d been separated: “She’s in one place, and my kids are in another.” Reporters lent him a cellphone to call Sandy’s mother, Hilda, who had lived in the United States for many years. But all she could tell him was that Sandy had been locked up in an immigration detention center, while all four kids were somewhere else. He still didn’t know where.The night after reporters met Samayoa on the bridge, the city was hit with torrential rainfall for hours. He spent another night there even as strong winds blew the rain sideways, and tornado and flash flood warnings punctuated the evening and early-morning hours. And Samayoa’s mother-in-law, Hilda, called a reporter’s cellphone back with a message.It turned out that Marcos’ wife, Sandy, was not making progress in her own attempt to seek asylum in the United States. An officer with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had decided her case didn’t pass muster, and she faced immediate deportation. She had asked for an immigration judge to review the decision, but Hilda wasn’t optimistic. Sandy had far more documents and facts to back up her own asylum case than her husband Marcos, Hilda pointed out. If Sandy couldn’t convince an immigration official of her own need to leave Guatemala, Marcos would be in even worse shape.“Don’t turn yourself in at the bridge,” she asked reporters to tell Samayoa. “Turn back. We came here, only to suffer.”“They’re not getting the warmth of their mother”Samayoa stood on the bridge at what might be considered an apex of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration. Across the U.S.-Mexico border, news media were snapping pictures of armed agents standing at the halfway points of bridges between the two countries, refusing to let anyone without proper documents through.Two and a half months earlier, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had announced a “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting every adult who crossed from Mexico into the U.S. illegally — which involved forced separation of parents from their children, since children could not go to jail with them. (Just one day after reporters met Samayoa on the bridge, Trump signed an executive order ending the family separation policy — but by that point, thousands of children had been placed in federally overseen shelters across the country, and reuniting them with their parents would not be easy.)The policy was intended to deter illegal crossings. But families seeking asylum “the right way,” as some Trump officials put it, were also getting separated — even before “zero tolerance” was implemented. It is legal to present oneself at an official port of entry, such as an international bridge or an airport, and ask for asylum. Yet a Congolese woman identified as Ms. L was taken from her 6-year-old daughter after arriving at a bridge in San Diego last November, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.The same thing appears to have happened to Samayoa’s wife, Sandy, and their four kids. According to Ruby Powers, a Houston-based immigration lawyer who reviewed Sandy’s asylum case paperwork, the mother and children crossed the border at the Gateway International Bridge — the same place where Samayoa got stuck. The family had decided to avoid rafting across the river or walking through the desert, because they did not want to cross the border illegally; “I’m not a criminal,” Samayoa had insisted while sitting on the bridge. Yet his wife and children were separated anyway. (The three older children, ages 5, 8 and 12, are not his biological kids.)In a statement released in late June, the Department of Homeland Security said it would only separate families at ports of entry in limited circumstances: If the agency wasn’t sure the parent was indeed the parent, if there was suspicion of abuse or if the parent may have committed some other criminal act. It’s not clear if any of that occurred in Sandy’s case.Sandy and the kids arrived at the bridge in late May — May 27th, Sandy’s mother Hilda recalls, because she got a phone call from them. They’d also encountered armed Customs and Border Protection agents at the halfway point, but they weren’t worried. As they prepared to sleep on the bridge that night, the family told her, “Mama Hilda, we’re about to give ourselves over. We’re going to see you soon. … We want you to take us to eat pizza or hamburgers.”“They talked to me with that joy, with that enthusiasm, with that excitement,” Hilda recalled in Spanish from her apartment in California earlier this month. But a few days later, Sandy called her again. Everything had changed.After declaring themselves at the bridge, Sandy and the kids were taken to a CBP processing facility known as the “hielera,” or the icebox, for its cold temperatures. That’s where agents took her kids away from her.“[She] told me, mami, I’m here, they caught me,” Hilda remembers. “I’m here with the kids, but they just told me that they’re going to take the kids away from me.” Sandy went to Port Isabel Detention Center in South Texas, while the kids ended up in a children’s shelter operated by the Texas-based company Southwest Key in Phoenix, Arizona.Powers said Sandy’s story was one of the most heart-wrenching among the dozen or so separated parents she interviewed. “Everybody’s kids were 5 to 13, or 7 to 13,” she said. “Nobody had a baby that young.”“She told me that the guard said they had to take her baby away,” Powers remembered. “[Sandy] said, ‘But I’m still breastfeeding him, you know.’ And they said, ‘It doesn’t matter.’ She said, ‘No, but I’m breastfeeding.’ And they said ‘No, we still have to take them.’ ”CBP officials did not respond to a request for comment.Even though Hilda had escaped Guatemala for the U.S. years earlier, she’d always been close with Sandy and the kids as they grew up. From Mazatenango, they’d send her text messages all day: before going to school, after coming home, before going to sleep.The 8-year-old boy, “he’s the boy who, whatever he sees, he speaks up about — the good and the bad, he says it,” Hilda said. The 5-year-old boy, “he’s a beautiful child, he’s a gift. His joy is contagious.” The 12-year-old is smart, but reserved. Hilda said she sent a Southwest Key caseworker copies of their passports and birth certificates, as well as her own passport and birth certificate, but she could never get custody.While in the shelter, the kids called Hilda every Tuesday and Friday. The older ones spoke to her for about 10 minutes at a time. In Port Isabel Detention Center, Sandy talked to the kids briefly, too. “But I don’t know how they are, really,” she told Hilda on the phone in early July. “They keep on saying that they want to leave that place.”The 5-year-old boy’s contagious joy seemed to be gone on the phone, Hilda said. “It breaks my heart to talk to him.” On the phone from Southwest Key, he told her that the other kids called him choco — which means “one-eyed” in Guatemalan Spanish — because his eye hurt.The kids weren’t allowed to hug or touch each other, a common policy in children’s shelters. “I am worried,” Sandy said. “Worried that they’re not getting the warmth of their mother,” or of each other.Hilda received this drawing from her 8-year-old grandson, as he and his three siblings were detained in a migrant children’s shelter.The kids couldn’t have private conversations, either. Every time they spoke to Hilda or Sandy, they were on speakerphone. Once, Sandy asked her 5-year-old son if his eye, which had been hurting, was feeling better: “He answered, ‘nothing, nothing.’ I said, ‘What do you mean, nothing … does your eye hurt?’” After that, Sandy remembered, she heard someone in the background yell at him: “Tell her, talk to her.” The other kids were teasing him as he spoke to his mother.“Our first and primary concern is safety,” said Jeff Eller, a spokesman for Southwest Key. “We have appropriate touching policies to make sure that kids are safe and that staff is safe as well.” He added, “we deem it critically important to be part of the [phone] conversation in order to keep the child safe.”Meanwhile, Sandy’s husband, Marcos, had still not managed to cross. After Marcos spent days on the bridge, the CBP agents still would not let him through, he told Hilda by phone. They claimed they were only letting families cross the bridge. Through a woman that Sandy had met in Matamoros during her journey across the border, Hilda sent Marcos $100. She hadn’t heard from him since. (Last month, administration officials insisted they had not turned anyone away at ports of entry and were simply asking people to wait until they had more resources to process them.)Hilda reassured Sandy over the phone that they would all be together again soon. She was busy redecorating the small apartment she shared with her partner. The room for the kids would be painted with blue and cream colors. The curtains would have elephants, from the kids’ favorite cartoon; she cannot remember what the cartoon is called.“I told my daughter, yes, this is painful,” Hilda said. “But if they let you stay here, it’ll be worth it.”“Dumped at the bus station”In late June, close to a month since Sandy had been separated from her kids, there was good news. The case filed on behalf of Ms. L, the Congolese mother separated from her 6-year-old daughter, was moving forward. San Diego-based federal judge Dana Sabraw had ordered the government to reunite “tender-age” children under the age of 5 — which would include Sandy’s now 6-month-old son — with their parents by July 10. Kids over the age of 5 are subject to a July 26 reunification deadline.The following morning, there was more good news. Sandy went before an immigration judge, who decided she deserved more time to argue her case for asylum. It was a rare success, according to Powers, the immigration lawyer who ended up meeting with Sandy for the first time that afternoon. She’d sat in on or heard about some 20 such hearings in recent weeks, and Sandy’s was the only one she knew of with a positive outcome.“This is so scary – they’re in jumpsuits, they’re detained, they’re separated, they’re traumatized,” Powers said. “They’re supposed to tell their whole life story over the phone to somebody who’s asking all these probing questions, and then a judge with a robe up high on a bench is asking them more questions.“She must have had some fire inside her to stand up for herself. That’s the only way she was able to do it.” Powers declined to discuss the specifics of Sandy’s case, but said she believed it would pass the more restrictive standard that the Trump administration has established for asylum-seekers.But there were still a lot of questions. Sandy was stuck in Port Isabel, thousands of miles away from Phoenix, where her kids were. The Department of Homeland Security initially said in a statement that Port Isabel Detention Center would be “the primary family reunification and removal center for adults in their custody.” Less than a week later, the language changed : Port Isabel would now be “the primary facility to house alien parents or legal guardians going through the removal process.” Would Sandy’s kids be sent to Port Isabel? Would she only get one back by the deadline, or all three?And had Sandy indeed been identified as the parent of her children? The government initially claimed that each parent would easily be matched to each separated child — but immigration officials were asking Sandy to take a DNA test, and they were asking for the same documents that Hilda already had sent to Southwest Key.Seemingly overnight, the number of children the government believed to be separated from their parents changed from around 2,000 to “under 3,000.” The vast majority of those kids were over the age of 5; only a few dozen were of “tender age.” Still, it was baffling how anyone could pull the reunification off by July 10, even for just a few dozen toddlers.The week before the deadline, Elizabeth Badger, a lawyer based in Boston for the non-profit group Kids in Need of Defense, worked furiously to get Sandy released from Port Isabel. On Friday — just five days before the deadline — a team of lawyers arrived at the detention center hoping to see Sandy. But officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told them that Sandy had been moved, even though federal records still indicated she was at Port Isabel.On Sunday, two days before the deadline, an online database showed that Sandy was now detained at the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona, about an hour away from the kids.The next day, when Badger called ICE officials in Arizona, “they were very frantic,” she remembered. “They said, ‘she’s slated to be reunified.’ But they didn’t have any details. So we couldn’t plan for anything.” They couldn’t tell her if Sandy would get all of her kids back, or just the child under 5.That was the last time Badger was able to speak to anyone at ICE about Sandy. The rest of the day, and the following day — July 10, the reunification deadline — she was never able to get through.Meanwhile, newspapers were reporting on an elaborate, secret plan for reunifying families outside of the public eye. It would happen in unnamed “ICE locations” all over the country.ICE officials had asked the United Catholic Conference of Bishops to put together a plan for about 18 families set to be reunited in Phoenix that day, according to Laurie Melrood, a family services consultant for immigration services organizations based in Tucson. She arranged to drive up to help give people counseling and support. On Monday, she collected bags full of stuffed animals, colored pencils, crayons and drawing paper. Early Tuesday morning, she drove to Phoenix.The plan seemed straightforward at first, Melrood said. A Catholic community services group in Phoenix rented a building — a former old-age home — and worked around the clock for three days and nights to put together a dormitory before the deadline. There was a kitchen, bedrooms, and meeting rooms for the families to talk with lawyers and counselors. There were toys for the kids. Sheets, towels, bathing supplies. The children would get picked up from their Southwest Key shelters, reunited with their parents at local ICE offices, and taken to the new dormitory.Melrood hoped that by giving families a place to sleep and shower, the temporary dorms would serve as a “sort of deprogramming, and getting ready for the long trip” to wherever they wanted to go next. They’d get a legal orientation, counseling and packets of food for their bus journey — including ramen noodles that could be heated up at Greyhound bus stops.“All these things that really needed to have happened in order for a sane sort of exit from that nightmare,” Melrood said. But on the day of reunification, “that didn’t happen. It just didn’t happen at all.”It’s not clear what went wrong. For hours, Melrood and more than a dozen volunteers waited at the Phoenix building to receive the families. Then, around 3 p.m., they received a call that no one was coming. ICE had given families a choice, they were told: Go to a place to decompress, have some food and meet with volunteers, or go straight to the bus station. Everyone chose the bus station.Melrood is not so sure. She spoke with parents at the bus station who said they’d never heard about any choice when ICE released them, and Hilda didn’t seem to be aware of that possibility either. Melrood assumes “the right hand and the left hand were working at odds with each other.” Instead of being taken to the prepared dormitories, families were “dumped at the bus station,” Melrood said. “They got one burrito,” bus tickets, “and that was it.”At first, ICE told Sandy that they were releasing her with all four kids at 11 p.m. So she called Hilda, and with the help of attorneys on the ground, five tickets were purchased for a 12:30 a.m. bus leaving from Phoenix. But then ICE released Sandy at 4 p.m. She was left at the bus station, with four kids, including a 6-month-old baby, for eight hours.ICE did not respond to a request for comment.“There could have been a lot more cooperation between immigration and NGOs that would have made the release process smoother,” said Badger, the lawyer who helped get Sandy out of detention. “We’re really happy that she is with her family, and that’s what matters.”A tough road aheadThe day after the family arrived in Hilda’s California apartment, the space looked different. Just a week earlier, as Hilda waited for them, it was the shell of a home, just a place to stay for a grieving grandmother waiting by the phone for a call from her daughter. Today was different. There was a box of baby wipes and diapers near the entrance and a bouncy chair front and center. A snug, sleeping baby boy was surrounded by three brothers who had their eyes glued to the flat screen. The World Cup was playing.It was a typical family evening, except for the ankle monitors, the dark circles under Sandy’s eyes and the kids, huddled together. Sandy explained that she could no longer breastfeed the baby: “I have no milk. I was nursing him, but they took him away.” She smiled down at the baby.A drawing by Sandy’s 8-year-old son, sent to his grandmother, Hilda, while he and his three siblings were detained at a migrant children’s shelter.A day later, Sandy looked more refreshed. She was wearing a denim dress, wet hair pulled back and fresh makeup perfectly done. The household had more energy. Toys were scattered everywhere, Hilda was washing dishes, Sandy scurried inside to grab the baby and change his diaper. She said she was happy. She was finally back with her kids after they were separated nearly a month and a half before.The 8-year-old smiled at a reporter, asked if he could touch the microphone. Sandy spooned formula into a bottle. “This is what I have to do,” she said, shrugging as she slid the plastic nipple in the baby’s mouth. The baby suckled for a minute or two. Sandy switched the baby to her other arm, when the white liquid came flying out of his mouth. He couldn’t hold the formula down.The road ahead for the family will be long. Sandy has been permitted to move forward with her attempt to stay in the United States, but she’s not fully eligible for asylum. That’s because she’d tried to cross unsuccessfully into the U.S. many times before and had been deported. Only this last time had the family learned of the concept of asylum and decided to head to a port of entry to ask for it.Sandy is eligible for what’s called “withholding of removal” — literally, she will have to ask the judge not to remove her from the United States. If she’s granted this status, she’ll be able to work. But she can never get permanent residency status. She cannot include her four children in her case; all of them must apply for asylum separately, which will require far more lawyers and resources. For now, she wears an ankle monitor and must check in at an ICE office regularly. If the ankle monitor battery goes dead, or she can’t make it to a check-in, she could be deported.Still, about a week and a half ago, at her mother’s apartment, she felt some peace — at least as much peace as she could feel until her husband, Samayoa, could make it there too. It still wasn’t clear exactly where he was.“I just want to move on,” Sandy said. “I’m happy to be back with my kids. I need to move on for them … to be reunited like this, it’s something truly beautiful.”She smiled again, and immediately looked down at her ankle monitor. She lifted her leg and said, “It’s ugly, right?” Share
Kolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said that the state government has already dismantled almost all the old furnaces which were causing huge pollution.The state Power department has decided to set up super critical power plants, demolishing the old polluting ones. The step has been taken by the department, considering various environmental hazards.Chattopadhyay was speaking at the Annual Environment and Energy Conclave organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a city hotel on Thursday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe minister expressed his concern over the environmental hazards posed by the excessive use of various electronic equipment and also stressed on the importance of developing alternative energy to combat the threats.He also urged the people to be more sensitive while using AC and other cooling machines.He said that people sometimes use two AC machines in their homes instead of one for more comfort. One must understand what his/her requirement is. Unnecessary use of AC machines has an adverse effect on the environment. People must be more cautious while using AC machines. A rational use of cooling machines will help in the protection of the environment. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”We cannot ignore environmental issues. We have to be prudent enough while using the cooling machines. At the same time, it is the duty of the policy makers and the government to develop alternative sources of energy,” the minister said.Speaking at the programme, Chattopadhyay also said that the Bengal government has achieved significant improvement in the field of alternative energy.The demand of power has been increased in the state.A great deal of work has been done for the development of solar energy, however, space crunch has been a problem in the state to set up solar power plants in the state. According to the minister, around 1.5 MW of solar power had been produced during the tenure of the erstwhile Left Front government. The figure has now gone up to 300 MW.The Power department has set a target of producing 350 MW solar power by the end of 2019. Apart from solar power, the state government has also stressed on the development of hydro and tidal energy.The state government is keen on developing pollution-free power and the Power department has been constantly working in this regard. Pollution is a major threat to civilisation, as around 92 percent of the population of the world breathe polluted air.Speaking at the programme, Deb A Mukherjee, vice-president and chairperson, Energy and Environment Committee, the Bengal Chamber, said that the main objective of the conclave is to create the most relevant forum to discuss and share knowledgeand bring innovations in the realm of technologies for energy transition.
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