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DD Motoring: Traffic lights, box junctions and photography

first_imgIn his weekly motoring column, Brian McDaid talks non-functional traffic lights in Letterkenny, cross-view junctions and personal advice on first passion – photography. The traffic lights at the top of the Main St. In Letterkenny filter three very busy roads into and down the main street in Letterkenny. Traffic from the Port Bridge (the Port Rd) from Kilmacrennan Rd or the High Road and from Justice Walsh Rd are controlled by multiple sets of traffic lights to guide them across an extra large box junction and down the main thoroughfare into town.The traffic light at Crossview house which were covered up to allow repair work to be carried out on them this week. Photo Brian McDaidThe box junction at the lights has changed its shape over the years to allow deliveries into the busy McGettigans Hotel, formally Gallaghers, but other than that it’s still a challenge for a motorist to get through the box junction with out breaking the law and stopping within the yellow boxed hatched area. Advertisement The motorist departs from the safe area from the instruction of a red traffic light to chance their way across the box junction, moving only to see the lights go from green to orange to red and they ’re left stranded in no man’s land in the middle of box junction.It’s as if the traffic lights were taking the hand out of you.With a single lane of traffic down Letterkenny’s Main St. and three arteries feeding into just one the traffic congestion will always get the blood pressure up.Lights on the blink. Advertisement So this week the traffic lights were not in operation and were covered up with black plastic bags. And much to the amazement of everyone who pulled up to where they would normally wait for a green light, they were faced with no light at all.The traffic coming down the High Road are blind sighted to the traffic coming up the Port Rd so they had to edge their way down into the box junction to get a look to see if any traffic was on the way up. This was the same for the people coming up the Port Rd, who were also blindsided because of the broken traffic lights.And all of a sudden a box junction, where it is better not to make any eye contact from any one of the three roads merging into the main St.With the inoperative traffic lights left with no instruction to who had the right of way through the junction, the normally hectic junction started to flow very freely.Motorist where taken responsibility for the flow of traffic through the junction and the half a dozen of times that I travelled through the intersection, I found myself get through the junction a lot quicker than I normally would. I even got a wave of thanks from a fellow motorist who crossed in front of me on the junction.Motorist are instructed what to do at traffic lights, so if a light is green and there’s nowhere to go at the other end of a box junction, and your at the front of a line of traffic, you can see the obstruction, but if a car that is three or four back in the line can only see the green light and starts to blow the horn for you to get a move on, you will feel very frustrated.Traffic back to normal as they wait for the traffic lights to change to green at Crossview house. Photo Brian Mc DaidFor a few days in Letterkenny the junction at cross-view House wasn’t so cross as the failure of lights left motorist to fend for themselves and some would think they fared better without the lights.And finally Nothing really to do with motoring but a response to a question I get asked a lot especially on the run into Christmas. What’s the best camera to start off with for someone interested in photography?It always was a difficult one for me to give advice on until this week. That is until I took delivery of upgrade on my mobile phone. It even was enough for me to change from the Apple’s iPhone – something I have used since they first came out. The phone is made by Huawei in association with one of the best camera makers Lecia.The cameras on mobile phones have moved at a speed that has overtaken conventional cameras. And for those who want to capture the moment, this phone with its three cameras is sure to impress. One of these tiny cameras has a mind-blowing 40-megapixel sensor. It also has a black and white camera, which I just adore and the third camera is for zoom.The photo of a bell gives an idea of the black and white quality available for the Huawei phone with Lecia Camera expertise. Photo Brian McDaidIt’s was always on my bucket list to own a rangefinder camera made by Lecia, but now thanks to the teaming up of these two companies the cameras on this mobile phone, the P20 Pro, I am living the dream and I’m just amazed at the images from this phone.Photography is so enjoyable with this phone, a great piece of equipment to have in your pocket for everyday photography but if you get that special photo the quality from the phone is more than good enough to print.A view of the boats in Rathmullan taken at night with the New Huawei Phone with Leica Camera Technology Photo Brian McDaidThere are so many options in the way you take photos with this camera -from the simple point and shoot to an amazing night photography mode and a portrait and aperture mode. It’s has a fantastic black and white mode right through to a pro mode where you can set all the settings yourself.The only downside for me with this phone is that I’m not used to the Android settings having worked with an Apple iPhone for the last ten years. But for me the quality of the cameras on this phone it worth the bother of getting know the workings of this new system to me.The great French photographer Henri Carter Bresson was one of the Magnum photographers that put the Leica cameras on the map, now thanks to Huawei it’s possible to share the joy of photography from the comfort of your phone.Happy snapping folks.DD Motoring: Traffic lights, box junctions and photography was last modified: October 4th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd motoringlast_img read more


Brownlee to Philippine team is ‘one option,’ says Guiao

first_img“One option is Brownlee. His papers [for naturalization] are already in Congress and that’s an option that we can consider,” Guiao said.The Philippines won’t play until February 21 next year in an away game against Qatar before wrapping up its campaign in the qualifiers when it visits Kazakhstan three days later. Both games are must win for Gilas if it is to book a ticket to China for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefGuiao said Brownlee could make it by then if Congress will expedite the papers.“If they will push for it then, maybe he can make it on time and we can use him,” he said. “The other thing is we naturalize just one player or naturalize two like what we did with Stanley and Christian. We can choose depending on needs and situations. Those are the options.” Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy “Not that serious but like I said, knowing what we know now. We’re waiting, expanding our options and that is an immediate option we can exercise,” he added.In the event that Brownlee is made available creates a good problem for Guiao with the longtime Ginebra import joining the likes of Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle and Andray Blatche as Gilas’ naturalized players.Guiao managed to get the best out of Pringle and Standhardinger in the games against Kazakhstan and Iran, respectively.Pringle delivered 29 points for Gilas against the Kazakhs while Standhardinger posted 17 points and eight rebounds against the Iranians.Blatche was left out of the 20-man pool for the fifth window but Guiao cleared the former NBA veteran “can always be considered.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Dejected’ Gilas has ‘no one to blame but ourselves,’ says Norwood Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:102 gov’t execs wary of having separate dep’t for disaster risk reduction02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational team head coach Yeng Guiao is open to tapping the services of Justin Brownlee as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player in the future.Guiao bared the intriguing recourse Monday night following the Philippines’ gut-wrenching loss to Iran in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers that sent the Filipinos staggering to fourth place in Group F.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img Another case filed vs Cardema Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


P.T. Usha: ‘Her burning ambition is to get an Olympic medal’

first_imgP.T. Usha’s parents in front of their house in PayyoliThe gloom that pervaded the whole country last fortnight was felt most palpably at Payyoli, a small village 40 km north of the trading town of Calicut in Kerala.Outside a textile shop sat a stricken E.P.M. Paithal with dozens of villagers,P.T. Usha’s parents in front of their house in PayyoliThe gloom that pervaded the whole country last fortnight was felt most palpably at Payyoli, a small village 40 km north of the trading town of Calicut in Kerala.Outside a textile shop sat a stricken E.P.M. Paithal with dozens of villagers trying vainly to comfort him. Paithal was not exactly grieved. He was just confused. He did not know whether to celebrate or grieve at the news he had just received.Even if it was the best an Indian woman ever achieved in the field of sport, a fourth position at the Olympics was not going to satisfy the father of Pilavullakandi Thekeparampil Usha, the 5’7 (169 cm) hurdle queen who has made it a habit of treating all athletic records with disdain. Said Paithal in a choked voice: “We expected her to win at least a bronze. It was a case of so near and yet so far.”At the Thrikottur school where Usha studied and began her athletic career, youngsters now run around pretending to be Usha who had become a legend for them much before she hit the world headlines last fortnight.And in the school it is impossible to miss the proud face of physical training instructor Balakrishnan Nair, who claims the credit for having first spotted Usha in a school tournament when she was just nine.He later sent her to the Cannanore Sports School in 1977 and Usha never looked back. When she was only nine and in fourth standard, he recalls nostalgically, she defeated a 14-year-old girl to win the 100 metres. And since then there has been no stopping her.”advertisementP.T. Usha and coach O.M. Nambiar: Perfect understandingAt Cannanore, came the turning point in Usha’s career when she met coach Nambiar. It was the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship, the kind seldom seen in the world of Indian sport, even leading the US press to make wild speculation about the live-in twosome.Nambiar, however, says he treats Usha like his fifth child. Says her father Paithal: “It is like a father-daughter relationship.” Nambiar lives 5 km away, across the river. Every morning at 5.30 as soon as she heard the sound of Nambiar’s motorcycle Usha would race to the high school ground or to the beach after just a cup of black coffee.She would come back after two hours, thoroughly exhausted and would lie flat on the cement floor. Nambiar is looked upon with respect and awe by the whole family. Says sister Pushpa: “Nambiar sir is very firm on daily exercises as he says that this will give Usha enough stamina and strength for the final burst in any kind of race.”A clerk at the Calicut railway station, Usha lives in a modest house, called Pradeepalayam with two, telltale models of Appu hanging in the verandah outside. For the family, belonging to a poor weavers’ community, Usha’s success has been nothing short of dazzling.Said her mother Lakshmi Amma who spent long nights praying to Lord Krishna of Guruvayoor for her victory: “I am sure at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 Lord Krishna will bless her with a medal.”She points proudly at the showcase full of medals and. trophies and also the family’s prized possession: a framed photograph of an 11-year-old Usha, a skinny lass in a white vest, holding the first cup she won at an inter-school meet. She adds: The only thing missing here is an Olympic medal.”Always game for the most exacting training schedules, Usha has consistently subjected her body to physical hardship. The gain is there on her success graph for anyone to see. Beginning with some sensational sprinting in the under-sixteen category, she bagged the 100 and 200 metres sprint golds at Bangalore in 1981.Recalls veteran coach A.B. Krishnaswamy: “She came off the starting blocks to a perfect start and it appeared as if she had come out of the starter’s pistol.” She posted recorded time for both sprints: 11.8 and 24.7 seconds.But the strain of her back-breaking training regimen soon put her out of action with puzzling illness in which her heart valves seemed to be blocked. For a while it looked like the end of the track.But after three months of rest and a fitness certificate from eminent cardiologist Dr Valiyathan, Usha returned to the track in January 1982. She failed to improve her earlier timings. But that was still good enough to put her on the victory stand before her home crowds at the Calicut national meet.advertisementDisappointments followed at the Asiad, when Usha had to be content with two silvers, losing out to Filipino pop star Lydia de Vega in 100 metres and Hiromi Isozaki in 200 metres. Undaunted, Nambiar now decided his ward was more suited for 400 metres.Said he: “Systematic weight training has strengthened her knees, helping her to acquire a higher knee action. With a better stride she has a future in 400 metres.”He was proved right as, at the subsequent nationals at Jamshedpur in September 1983, Usha rewrote not only the 100 and 200, but also the 400 metres record. She followed it up with the 400 metres gold at the Asian track and field championship in Kuwait.Nambiar now decided that he could exploit Usha’s talent better in the 400 metres hurdles. Many sport scribes had dismissed him as “a wild dreamer” when he first stated that she could reach the Los Angeles Finals in the event.But Nambiar proved he was on the right track as, at the Sebastian Coe-Steve Ovett like competition at Bombay, Usha won the battle of the hurdles, clocking 58.5 seconds. Valsamma’s Asiad record of 58.48 still remained unchanged.It did not last very long. Usha went from stride to stride, returning a remarkable 55.7 at the Olympic trials, placing her firmly among medal prospects and her record of the four races she ran in Los Angeles speaks for itself – 55.88 on July 25 at trials before the games began; 56.84 in the first heat; 55.54 to win the semi-finals and 55.42 at the finals.International athletics experts feel that with good training and a bit of luck, a consistently improving athlete like Usha can hope to reach somewhere near the world mark of 54.2 in a year or so.The rise of Usha is also part of a growing Kerala presence on the Indian sports horizon. Usha, Valsamma and Shiny Abraham join a long, imposing list of athletics champions from Kerala that begins with T.C. Yohannan and Suresh Babu.The Government encourages sportsmen to the extent of awarding them grace marks in examinations. The Christian educational institutions also lay great stress on sports. In the Government, there are jobs aplenty for sportsmen.Says T.V. Madhusoodanan, inspector general of police: “Namakuzhi High School near Kottayam had the best women’s volleyball team in the state. But none of the girls passed in examinations. So we employed all of them as constables.”The Kerala Government also gave fat cash awards to all medal winners from the state at the Asiad. The system of incentives has worked well and largely accounts for the state’s domination over the rest of the country in the field of sport.For the moment, it seems, all other stars have faded in comparison with Usha. At Payyoli, everyone anxiously awaits her arrival, particularly her family which expects her to bring home a colour TV so they can watch her exploits at Seoul.Says Lakshmi Amma: “Her burning ambition is to get an Olympic medal. So there is no question of marriage for her till she gets one at Seoul.” For the self-effacing, skinny country lass who has left a series of glorious footprints from the lonely beach in her village to the tartan track at the Los Angeles coliseum, that should be a tempting addition to an already burgeoning bag of incentives.advertisementlast_img read more


Video: Nasty Fight Breaks Out In Stands At Louisville vs. Syracuse Game

first_imgA fight breaks out in the Louisville stands.nasty fight in louisville standsLouisville is handing Syracuse at home Saturday, but the police at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are having a hard time handling the student section. A UL undergrad who goes by “Young Rob” on Twitter posted a video of a nasty fight that broke out in the first half of the contest. Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones reposted it later on.Warning – there’s some very NSFW language. That probably won’t shock you.Fights night in the student section pic.twitter.com/DLms1QBwPa— young rob (@easy_111) November 7, 2015Hopefully, nobody was hurt. Louisville leads 28-10 midway through the third quarter.last_img


7 suicide bombers involved in Lanka blasts 24 arrested as toll rises

first_imgColombo: Seven suicide bombers were involved in a series of eight devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others in the worst terror attack in the country’s history, authorities said on Monday. The blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zeon Church in Batticaloa when the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, but police have so far arrested 24 people and declined to give further details. “The attacks which had taken place at the Shangri-La, Kingsbury, and Cinnamon Grand hotels and also at St Anthony’s Church in Kotahena, St. Sebastians Church in Katuwapitiya, and the Zeon Church in Batticaloa have been identified as suicide bombings,” the Government Analyst’s Department was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times. Hours after the six blasts, a seventh explosion rocked Colombo on Sunday. When a police team entered a house in the Colombo north suburb of Orugodawatta to conduct a search Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up causing a concrete floor of a two-storey building to crash on them, killing three policemen in the eighth blast. “A total of seven suicide bombers had carried out these explosions,” the department said. Over 290 people, including six Indians, were killed in the blasts that left more than 500 others injured, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Gunasekera said 24 suspects have been arrested so far and they have been transferred into the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations. The government has said it will not disclose the details of the suspects involved in the attacks to prevent them from getting publicity. “Don’t give extremists a voice. Don’t help to make them martyrs,” State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters when asked for details of those in custody. Media reports said that there was prior intelligence warning that the National Thowheeth Jama’ath – a radical Muslim group – was planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that an investigation must be launched as to why intelligence reports of the attack was not taken seriously. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a three-member committee to conduct investigations. Supreme court judge Vijith Malalgoda, former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and Former Law & Order Ministry Secretary Padamasiri Jayamanne have been appointed as members of the committee. The committee has been instructed to submit a report on the Easter explosions within two weeks to the President. Meanwhile, police said the driver of the van which had carried explosives to carry out bomb attacks at the three hotels was arrested. A safe house where the bombers had lived for nearly three months leading to the attacks was found in the south of Colombo suburb of Panadura. Sri Lanka Air Force said it found an improvised explosives device along a road leading to the departure terminal at the Colombo international airport Sunday night. “It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside,” an air force spokesman said. “We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location,” he added. On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj identified three Indians as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh who died in the blasts. “Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals,” she tweeted. “We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted. On Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan identified a Keralite, P S Rasina (58), among those killed in the blasts. Four of them died in the Colombo National Hospital while the bodies of two Indians who succumbed to their injuries from the blast at the Shangri-La Hotel has been sent for autopsy, the National Hospital spokesperson said. Sri Lanka on Monday lifted the curfew which was indefinitely imposed with immediate effect after the eight blasts. The blasts – the deadliest attacks in the country’s history shattered a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE. The civil war ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, who had fought for 26 years for an independent homeland for the minority ethnic Tamils. The war is thought to have killed between 70,000 and 80,000 people. The nation has seen some sporadic violence since. In March 2018, a state of emergency was declared after members of the majority Buddhist Sinhala community attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties.last_img read more


Former Tennessee WR DaRick Rogers To Transfer To Tennessee

It looks as if talented wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers will be playing football in the state of Tennessee this season after all.Just not for the University of Tennessee.Several local reports say that Rogers has transferred to Tennessee Tech, where he will be immediately eligible to play for the Golden Eagles. Rogers met with Tennessee Tech coaches on Sunday, just 48 hours after being suspended indefinitely by UT coach Derek Dooley for an undisclosed violation of team rules.Tennessee Tech is a Football Championship Subdivision school located about 100 miles west of Knoxville in Cookeville, Tenn. Rogers will have two years of eligibility remaining, but it remains to be seen whether he will already be in the starting lineup when the Golden Eagles open their season against Hampton on Thursday night.The move also reunites him with his old high school teammate, Tre Lamb, whose father was Rogers’ head coach at Calhoun (Ga.) High School. The younger Lamb is entering his third season as Tennessee Tech’s starting quarterback after leading the Eagles to the Ohio Valley Conference championship as a junior.News of Rogers’ suspension at Tennessee coincided with the release of a Vols’ depth chart that did not include him. After the announcement, Dooley told reporters that he didn’t foresee Rogers playing for his team at all this season.The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Rogers was a first-team All-SEC pick last year after ranking first in the conference with 67 catches and second in the league with his 1,040 receiving yards. He also caught nine touchdown passes.He totaled six games with at least 100 yards receiving, while 54 of his 67 (81 percent) catches during the season went for first downs or touchdowns.Rogers’ tenure in Knoxville had been stormy from the outset, starting with his decision spurn the nearby University of Georgia to attend UT. He had already been arrested for his role in a brawl involving multiple Tennessee players by the time he had stepped on the field for the first time as a freshman.Several other incidents soon followed. read more


Bale expected Denmark resolution

first_imgGareth Bale has revealed his lack of surprise towards the resolution achieved by the Danish Football Association and its players ahead of their UEFA Nations League clash on Sunday.A team consisting of only futsal and amateur players lost 3-0 in a friendly to Slovakia on Wednesday after the main team decided against playing due to an issue over image rights, but the Danish FA has now confirmed an agreement has been reached with the country’s main players.Wales will, therefore, take on Denmark’s strongest side in Sunday’s Nations League clash, Bale having scored for Ryan Giggs’ men in a 4-1 demolition of the Republic of Ireland in their opening game in the competition on Thursday.And the Real Madrid attacker, who has hit four goals in his last four games for club and country, is not surprised by the news the DBU has temporarily resolved the issue.“We never thought it would be any different,” Bale told Sky Sports, as quoted by SportsKeeda.Players who made it public that they weren’t happy in their club Jozef Fabian – September 12, 2019 Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.“The friendly is different but for the qualifier, we knew it’d be a strong team and we will be ready for the game on Sunday.”Giggs’ first competitive game in charge of Wales saw Tom Lawrence, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts all on target as well as Bale.“We had to put a good performance in for the new manager, first home game of a new regime, show what we’re capable of and make a statement,” Bale said.“We’ve been working hard since the new manager came in, he wants to stamp his own style on us with attacking football and we want to express ourselves.“There was lots to improve but lots to enjoy and admire, we hope the fans enjoyed it.”last_img read more


28 members of migrant caravan being processed for asylum at USMexico border

first_img 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 SettingsTIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. border inspectors allowed some of the Central American asylum-seekers to enter the country for processing, ending a brief impasse over lack of space. But the migrants who crossed Mexico in a caravan may face a long legal path.Caravan organizers said eight members of the group criticized by President Donald Trump that traveled from southern Mexico to the border city of Tijuana were allowed in to be interviewed by asylum officers, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not provide a number.About 140 others were still waiting in Mexico to turn themselves in at San Diego’s San Ysidro border crossing, the nation’s busiest, said Alex Mensing, project organizer for Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which is leading the caravan.“The spirits are high, there was good news for everybody,” Mensing said on the Mexican side of the crossing, moments after learning that some were allowed in.U.S. attorneys who volunteered advice in Tijuana last week warned the Central Americans that parents may be separated from their children and be detained for many months while their asylum cases are pending.Asylum-seekers are typically held up to three days at the border and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If they pass initial screenings by asylum officers, they may be detained or released with ankle monitors while their cases wind through immigration court, which can take years.Nearly 80 percent of asylum-seekers passed the initial screening from October through December, but few are likely to win asylum.The denial rate for El Salvadorans seeking asylum was 79 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to asylum outcome information from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Action Clearinghouse. Hondurans were close behind with a 78 percent denial rate, followed Guatemalans at 75 percent.Trump administration officials have railed against what they call “legal loopholes” and “catch-and-release” policies that allow people seeking asylum to be freed while their cases are adjudicated. The president tweeted Monday that the caravan “shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to send more immigration judges to the border if needed and threatened criminal prosecution. On Monday, the Justice Department said it filed illegal entry charges against 11 people identified as caravan members.U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it processed hundreds of asylum-seekers in the previous week, many of them Mexican, which contributed to a bottleneck that led inspectors to turn away caravan members since they arrived late Sunday afternoon.Asylum-seekers did not appear to be thrown off the by the delay.Elin Orrellana, a 23-year-old pregnant woman from El Salvador, said she is fleeing the violent MS-13 street gang, a favorite target of both Sessions and Trump because of their brutal killings in communities in the United States. She said her older sister had been killed by the gang in El Salvador, so she is attempting to join other family members in the Kansas City area.“Fighting on is worth it,” she said.Customs and Border Protection has room for about 300 people at the San Diego border crossing.“As in the past when we’ve had to limit the number of people we can bring in for processing at a given time, we expect that this will be a temporary situation,” the agency said.During a surge of Haitian arrivals at the San Diego crossing in 2016, Customs and Border Protection required people to wait more than five weeks in Mexico. Since then, smaller upticks of Mexican asylum-seekers have caused delays of several hours. Updated: 8:27 PM 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 Settings May 2, 2018 Ed Lenderman, AP, Lauren Phinney Ed Lenderman, AP, Lauren Phinney, center_img 28 members of migrant caravan being processed for asylum at U.S.-Mexico border The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018 Posted: May 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Time Out Chicago Punks Crains with Huge Trump Tale

first_imgTime Out Chicago issued this press release Tuesday:DONALD TRUMP TAKES OVER TIME OUT CHICAGOCHICAGO, March 25, 2008—Time Out Chicago announces that real-estate titan Donald J. Trump has purchased a controlling interest in the where-to-go, what-to-do weekly.Starting next week, readers of Time Out Chicago will notice several significant changes. Most prominently, the magazine’s logo will be modified—in Chicago only—to include the signature glitzy T that adorns Trump’s properties, including the new Trump International Hotel & Tower here.Time Out founder Tony Elliott, who long has resisted selling off the publishing empire he launched in London 40 years ago, says Trump’s premium bid will enable the company to more quickly expand into multiple new markets in North America and the U.K.In a meeting held with Time Out Chicago staff Tuesday outside his new downtown hotel, Trumped stated, “I am hugely excited about what is a truly huge opportunity for Trump Entertainment and an even huger opportunity for the people of Chicago.”Launched in 2005, Time Out Chicago is recognized as a leading source of information for arts, entertainment and culture. The signature of Time Out Chicago is its comprehensive listings sections and irreverent features, offering both insight and information on music, clubs, film, theater, dining, drinking, books, shopping and more – all written and edited by a passionate staff of locals who are experts in their respective fields.###Crain’s Chicago business took the bait.Time Out called Crain’s, then issued another press release admitting the hoax.Despite the ridiculous quote from Trump (three “huge”s?—c’mon, Crain’s!) don’t be too hard on ’em—this was, after all, released on March 25th!last_img read more


POLICE LOG for April 15 A Dunkins Stop Causes A Traffic Issue

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, April 15, 2019:Police provided mutual aid via NEMLEC for Boston Marathon. (5:00am)A tractor trailer unit was blocking traffic on Lowell Street. Driver was inside Dunkin Donuts getting a coffee. He quickly moved his truck. (11:31am)Police put out a BOLO (Be On The Look Out Alert) for a missing man, who was found in Billerica. (11:46am)Police noted a train (#1641) was blocking Middlesex Avenue at North Wilmington station. (9:40pm)A Church Street neighbor reported a female entered a home and is looking around with a flashlight. There’s no vehicle in the parking lot. Police responded. The homeowner was moving back in and trying to turn the utilities back on. Checked OK. (10:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 2: Beer Cans Found At Town Park; Spray Paint At Palmer Park; Sinkhole WorseningIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 16: Man Pulled Over For Riding Lawn Mower Down Richmond St.; Grandchild Scam ReportedIn “Police Log”last_img read more