Brazilian mother reunites with 14-year-old son 8 months after separation at U.S. border

first_imgABC News(EL PASO, Texas) — A mother and son separated more than eight months ago by immigration officials at the U.S.-Mexico border were reunited at an El Paso, Texas, airport on Tuesday.Jocelyn, a 31-year-old immigrant from Brazil who asked that her last name not be used, and her 14-year-old son, James, crossed the border near El Paso illegally in August to seek asylum, she told ABC News last week.Jocelyn smiled the moment she saw saw James descending an airport escalator, walking toward him as he approached the landing.The mother shed tears of joy as she embraced her son.James was taken to a facility in Chicago but remained there even after his mother was released from criminal custody three weeks after their apprehensions.Jocelyn said that when officers took her son away, the look on his face said, “Mom, help me.”“I didn’t know what was going to happen to us,” she said. “I spent the night crying because I wanted James to be protected, and I didn’t know what was going to happen to him.”Jocelyn was in U.S. federal criminal custody for almost a month for her misdemeanor charge of entering the country illegally and then spent another six months in an immigration detention facility. She’s since been living in a West Texas shelter run by a non-profit.James was sent to center in Chicago under the watch of the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. The two have only been about to talk once a week.“It’s a terrible thing, the experience we’ve had,” Jocelyn said in Spanish last week.The Trump administration has argued that under its “zero-tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, families are being separated because parents are breaking the law and need to be punished, and their children can’t be jailed with them.With the help of lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, Jocelyn is suing the government on behalf of herself and hundreds of other families that have been separated, arguing that the government has no legal right to keep families separated once parents have been released from custody without sufficient justification.A judge has yet to rule in that case.ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, who is representing Jocelyn, told ABC News last week that the separating of undocumented family members has increased since the “zero-tolerance” policy was implemented.“Literally 3-, 4-, 5-year-olds screaming, ‘Please don’t take me away from my mommy,’ and being ripped away,” Gelernt said.Jocelyn’s attorneys told ABC News that they don’t know exactly why the reunion is finally taking place, since the judge has yet to make a ruling on the lawsuit, but they believe it’s partly because their case garnered so much attention after Jocelyn spoke to ABC News.In a motion filed last month to dismiss the case, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement argued that such cases “serve the legitimate purpose of allowing the government to carry out its immigration and criminal enforcement role” and that “plaintiffs have not provided any basis to conclude that there is a due process right to family unity that prohibited the separation.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Marcellus wrestlers maintain perfect league mark

first_imgGoing into Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/National tournament at Homer, the Marcellus wrestling team has to be considered a favorite.The Mustangs have not lost a head-to-head match against any OHSL foe, including last Wednesday night’s 77-7 romp over the combined APW/Pulaski squad.Of the first five bouts on the card, only one was contested, at 99 pounds, where Colin Scherer managed a pin over Ronnie Dupont in two minutes, nine seconds. It took just 51 seconds for Dylan Hood (195 pounds) to pin Jayden Trevett as Kyle Brown (285 pounds), Carl Santiarello (106 pounds), Gavin Ciota (113 pounds), Ethan Ciota (120 pounds), Dylan Price (138 pounds) and Wilvon McKee (220 pounds) claimed forfeits.As for Jordan-Elbridge, it struggled in last Wednesday’s bout against traditional Class AA power Baldwinsville, the Eagles taking a 62-12 loss to the Bees.Jared Lawrence won the opening bout at 220 when he pinned Jacob Mitts in 54 seconds, but B’ville claimed every other bout other than a forfeit to Raiden Yale at 170.Still, a couple of the contests were close, including 120, where Christian Mathews fell 5-2 to Mason Clark, and 126, where Nolan Jackson had a 6-4 defeat to Max Naples as Bryan Tanner (113) lost 12-6 to Aidan Cali.Facing Oneida on Friday night, J-E was able to again turn things around, defeating the Indians 54-30.Zach Hill opened at 170 with a 66-second pin over Dan Bartley as Lawrence took 61 seconds to pin Dyllan Delariva before forfeits to Tanner, Mathews and Madyn LaFleur (99 pounds).Later in the match, Nolan Jackson, at 126, pinned Brent Zeller in 43 seconds as Cameron Prior (132) got a second-period fall over Pete Kouselas. Cole Mullen, at 152 pounds, needed 2:44 to pin Damian Fratello.Both J-E and Marcellus take part in the league meet as West Genesee, after a two-week break, would host Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday and confront Fulton and North Rose-Wolcott a day later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: J-EMarcellusWest Geneseewrestlingcenter_img Ryan Moses, at 132 pounds, got a 15-0 technical fall over Alex Currie, but each of the Mustangs’ other five mat victories came through pins.Tim Okhman started it at 145 pounds with a fall over Mike Janack in 2:43, followed by Quinten Weaver (152 pounds) taking 68 seconds to pin Brynn Pierce.Zach Grolling, at 170 pounds, pinned Jaiden Harrington in 70 seconds before a 182-pound bout where Paul Okham finished off Mike Kinney in35 seconds.last_img read more

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Dr. Dre, Iovine give $70 mil for new academy

first_imgA new type of undergraduate experience will be added to the university as music icons Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are together giving $70 million to establish the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, according to a statement made by the university.Longtime friends Dre, born Andre Young, and Iovine co-founded Beats Electronics, a high-performance headphone and sound transmission company.President C. L. Max Nikias said the academy, which will cover interests in fields including marketing, business entrepreneurship, computer science, engineering and audio and visual design, aims to attract students interested in revamping the future of the music industry with new art forms, technologies and business models.“The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media,” Nikias said in a statement. “USC provides an extraordinary rich academic, research and artistic environment. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world.”The selective four year program, which will include faculty from the Marshall School of Business, the Roski School of Fine Arts, the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Thornton School of Music, will focus primarily on core curriculum areas: Arts and Entrepreneurship, Technology, Design and Marketability, Concept and Business Platforms and Creating a Prototype.Roski Dean and inaugural Director of the Iovine & Young Academy Erica Muhl said the curriculum was crafted in order to equip students with the tools needed to excel in multiple disciplines.“The academy’s core education will create a common, multi-lingual literacy and fluency across essential disciplines,” Muhl said. “This ‘big picture’ knowledge and skill will equip graduates with a leadership perspective that is unparalleled in an undergraduate degree, and that will be applicable to virtually any industry.”The students’ final year in the academy will be in an experimental setting called the “Garage,” during which students, guided by faculty or other artists and business leaders, will be grouped into self-directed teams in order to develop a prototype over the course of the year.“The curriculum was created to take full advantage of a newly designed, revolutionary educational space that will offer students very powerful tools,” Muhl said. “Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity.”The academy is set to enroll its first class of 25 students in Fall 2014.last_img read more

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Caf likely to change Libya as host of U-20 tournament

first_imgLibya’s position as host of the African U-20 tournament is under threat following days of bloody anti-government protests which have claimed more than 100 lives.The Confederation of African Football is expected to take a final decision on the hosting of the African U-20 Championship in Libya.Escalating violence and loss of lives in the North African State means the tournament is likely to be staged by a new host country and a new date.South Africa or Ghana are said to be likely hosts of the tournament.The decision could be taken at the 33rd General Assembly of Caf on Wednesday 23rd February 2011.Source: Yaw Ampofo Ankrah/Sudanlast_img read more

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NBA draft lottery: Verdict on Lakers’ draft pick will dramatically affect rebuilding process

first_img“We’re crossing our fingers,” Lakers legend Magic Johnson said on Monday in Los Angeles. “We want that ping-pong ball to go our way. So I need all Laker fans tomorrow to wear your purple and gold because Magic will be in his purple and gold all day until Byron Scott raises up and says we got the No. 1 pick.”Scott said last month that the “glass is half full,” aware he coached New Orleans and Cleveland when they landed the fourth and first overall picks, respectively, to draft Chris Paul (2005) and Kyrie Irving (2011).The glass is more than half full. With the Lakers (21-61) finishing with the NBA’s fourth-worst record, they have an 82.8-percent chance of landing a top-five pick. They even have 37.8-percent odds to move up among the top three picks. But Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak recently conceded he is “somewhat of a worry wart,” cognizant the Lakers have a 17.2-percent chance of landing out of the top five. That would force the Lakers to deal their pick to Philadelphia as part of Lakers’ trade with Phoenix in 2012 when they acquired Steve Nash. Yet, Scott only smiled when asked if he felt worried over late-game victories against NBA bottom dwellers, such as Minnesota and Philadelphia, possibly haunting the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NEW YORK >> The Lakers once treated this month fine tuning their play, hopeful that such epic performances would extend their season into June and end with a championship parade. The Lakers have traveled down that path, making 16 NBA Finals appearances in the past 37 years. But after collecting 16 NBA titles in the franchise’s 67-year-old history, the Lakers will spend their time performing a different and more unfamiliar ritual. After overseeing the team’s worst record in franchise history, Lakers coach Byron Scott will be here for the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday as the team’s draft representative. The Lakers hope that his presence could provide the same spark as when he won three NBA titles with the Showtime Lakers. The Lakers have become NBA lottery participants only four times since its inception in 1985, but this will mark the team’s second consecutive appearance. Last year, former Showtime teammate James Worthy attended and brought bobbleheads representing the late Lakers owner (Jerry Buss) and announcer (Chick Hearn), though the Lakers finished with only the seventh pick that was then used to draft Kentucky’s Julius Randle, who is expected to return fully health next season after fracturing his right leg in the team’s season opener. center_img “No,” Scott said, laughing. “None.”Either scenario could dramatically affect the Lakers, for better or for worse.If the Lakers keep their top-five pick, a few options appear available. They could upgrade either at point guard (China’s Emmaneul Mudiay, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell), at the wing positions (Duke’s Justise Winslow, Arizona’s Stanley Johnson) or at center (Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein). The Lakers will likely only have the chance to select Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Towns or Duke’s Jahil Okafor if they climb to either No. 1 (11.9 percent) or No. 2 (12.6 percent). Either piece would enhance the Lakers’ youthful roster, most notably including Randle and Jordan Clarkson, who was named Monday to the NBA’s all-rookie first team. Kobe Bryant, who will enter his 20th NBA season determined to overcome his third consecutive season-ending injury, would provide a commanding presence for any rookie.“I just hope we get that top pick so we can get better next year,” Clarkson said. “We definitely need to add pieces and get better.”What if the Lakers cannot keep their pick? The Lakers would surely become active in free agency in July, pursuing potential candidates such as Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Cleveland’s Kevin Love and Miami’s Goran Dragic. But with the Lakers failing to retain Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol as well as missing out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in recent years, this approach yields as much as uncertainty as assessing a rookie’s NBA potential.More question marks arise on what value they can receive with their 27th and 34th overall picks. The Lakers also will have to fill nine roster spots. The Lakers will have 119 ping-pong combinations out of a possible 1,000 on Tuesday. Lakers spokesman John Black will represent the team in a private room where the ping-pong balls are drawn, a process each team representative, an independent accounting firm and a handful of reporters will witness. Meanwhile, Scott will sit on the dais, hopeful he will hear good news shortly after in front of a live television audience. For once, the Lakers’ fortunes will not rest on a timely game-winning shot or a dramatic trade. It will hinge on something out of their control, leaving the Lakers both hopeful and anxious. Staff writer Phil Collin contributed to this reportlast_img read more

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Five memorable races featuring Usain Bolt

first_imgAug 5, 2017. 100m LondonBolt opted to compete solely in the 100m at the London worlds in his swansong season. But the dream of a fourth title was broken by American arch rival Justin Gatlin, who has served two bans for doping. Gatlin’s teammate Christian Coleman snatched silver, with Bolt taking bronze. But it was Bolt who was received like a hero at the London Stadium while Gatlin was roundly booed and jeered. “It’s not the perfect script,” admitted IAAF president Sebastian Coe. Bolt was incredibly gracious in defeat, which saw Gatlin bow down on one knee before him after the race. “The first thing he did was congratulate me and say that I didn’t deserve the boos. He is an inspiration,” Gatlin said of Bolt.Share on: WhatsApp After winning two more world golds in the blue riband event, Bolt raced through to an unprecedented treble of three consecutive Olympic 100m golds, an astonishing achievement in an event where injury often puts pay to a long string of victories. After winning the opening 100m in Rio, Bolt said: “Somebody said I can become immortal. Two more medals to go and I can sign off. Immortal.” Needless to say, he bagged two more golds. London, United Kingdom | AFP | AFP Sports list five of the most memorable track races featuring Jamaican Usain Bolt, who brought down the curtain on his glittering career on Saturday.Aug 20, 2008. Beijing 200mBolt’s arrival on the global stage was confirmed with a sensational run in the 200m at the Beijing Olympics. Just days after winning the 100m in a then-world record 9.69sec, the Jamaican won over legions of new fans by sprinting to victory in 19.30sec, beating American Michael Johnson’s long-standing world record. “I worked so hard to become champion and I will work harder to stay at the top,” Bolt said.Aug 16, 2009. Berlin 100mAfter overcoming a false start in the semi-final, Bolt delivered his best-ever performance in the 100m. Covering the first 60 metres in an unprecedented 6.31 seconds, Bolt did not ease up and in 41 strides streaked through the finish line in an amazing world record of 9.58sec, a mark that will likely be unchallenged for many years to come. He followed that up by bettering his 200m to 19.19sec just days later. “For me, anything is possible,” Bolt said.Aug 28, 2011. 100m DaeguThe defining moment of the world championships in South Korea was a false start by Bolt, gifting the 100m title to teammate Yohan Blake. The non-result is Bolt’s sole hiccup on the world stage. “Looking for tears?” Bolt asked. “Not going to happen, I’m okay.”Aug 14, 2016. 100m Rio de Janeirolast_img read more

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McLaughlin scores twice as Saints keep on marching in BCIHL

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints took another step in credibility after snapping the 25-game home unbeaten streak of the Simon Fraser University Clan Saturday at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre in Burnaby.Connor McLaughlin’s two first period goals powered the Saints to a 5-3 B.C. Intercolligiate League victory over the Clan.Selkirk College now holds a commanding eight-point advantage over the Clan in BCIHL standings.The win comes on the heels of a 7-4 win over Thompson Rivers University Friday at the Kamloops Memorial Arena.”We’re very pleased to have beaten an excellent team in a rink where it’s been as tough as it gets to come away with points,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “The effort we saw tonight from our whole group, top to bottom, is exactly what you need to be successful on a regular basis in our league.”Brodie Gibbon, Logan Proulx and Jackson Garret also scored for the Saints, which led 5-0 midway through the game.But SFU began to battle back on a power-play goal by 2011/12 BCIHL MVP Ben Van Lare, who went on to score twice more in the third period to pull SFU within two.That was as close as the game would get, however, as the Saints bore down late to secure the win. Netminder Alex Sirard shone for Selkirk in collecting his fifth win of the season, turning aside 39 shots on the night.His teammates chased SFU starter Graeme Gordon midway through he second period. He was replaced by Evan Kurylo, who stopped the nine shots he saw over the remainder of the game.Friday, two late second-period goals by McLaughlin, with nine seconds left in the frame, and Kam Crawford, snapped a 4-4 tie powering Selkirk to the win.Jordan Wood scored twice for the Saints with single going to Thomas Hardy, Cody Fidgett and Garrett.The Saints, 8-0,  are next in action on Friday (November 9) when they return to the Lower Mainland to face Trinity Western University.last_img read more

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Great Start to 2017

first_imgNew Year. New Fishing Report from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Kerry says he spent most of the the holidays on the water with lots of friends in town looking to get out and do something different.  And the fish co-operated as well with some great days for fishing. Here’s what’s on tap for January.last_img

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We’ll be coming to take the title – JC’s Wasome

first_imgHe might have been a youngster looking on when the ‘Dark Blues’ last won the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys’ Championships in 2011.Now that Obrien Wasome is Jamaica College (JC) team captain, the Class One star jumper is warning favourites Calabar High School and runner-up Kingston College (KC) that his team will reign supreme at the March 15-19 championship.The Old Hope Road institution had consecutive third-place finishes in 2014 and last year, where they accumulated 200 points, mainly from a very strong jumps and field events team.This year, the captain, who is hoping to lead from the front, says the team is more balanced with sprinting prowess and coming to win.”We last won Champs in 2011, and that is a big gap. As captain, what I am looking to do is just put inspiration into our team,” said Wasome.”We have a very good team, so we are just going all out for a Champs win, with determination and hard work. We will deliver on the track,” he told The Gleaner last Saturday following successful performances at the Gibson-McCook Relays inside the National Stadium.Wasome’s JC confidently captured the Class One Boys’ 4x100m in 40.01 ahead of St Jago, 40.44 and Cornwall College, 40.57.”We can’t be seen as underdogs. We have an all-round team and we will be coming to take the title. We will lead from the start and no one is going to catch us; no catching JC,” he warned.Wasome ran a superb starting leg to power JC to a sensational win, as their main challengers at the event, as well as next month’s championships, Calabar High and KC, fell, giving JC an even more comfortable win.”In the heats, I wasn’t satisfied with the start, but in the final, I got it and we got it right. It’s a good feeling knowing it’s my last Gibson Relays competing for Jamaica College and walking away with a gold and a silver. I am very happy for that,” he explained.Wasome also picked up silver in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.21 metres behind Damar White, 7.37m, of the University of Technology. Laurel Gordon of G.C. Foster College was third at 7.17 metres.last_img read more

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Angola a fossil hotspot

first_imgAn Angolan student, left, with a memberof the PaleoAngola project team.(Image: Angola Field Group) MEDIA CONTACTS • Louis L. JacobsProfessor, Southern Methodist University+1 214 768 2773• Octavio MateusNew University of Lisbon+351 21 294 8300Janine ErasmusAfter 27 years of civil war Angola is rising from the ashes and, with its vast, previously unexplored expanses, is becoming known as a treasure chest for palaeontologists.During the three decades of war scientific exploration was forbidden as the country was all but closed off. Now, seven years after the war’s end, the great palaeontological wealth is waiting to be explored, and scientists are flocking to the Southern African country to make up for lost time.The first discoveries were made during the 1960s, but a liberation struggle against former colonial master Portugal broke out a few years later, followed by years and years of civil war that devastated the country and put paid to any further exploration.“Museum in the ground”Louis Jacobs, professor of geological sciences at Dedman College, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, described Angola as a “museum in the ground. Due to the war, there was little research carried out, but now we are getting in finally and there is so much to find. In some areas there are literally fossils sticking out of the rocks …”Jacobs is part of the PaleoAngola project, an initiative that promotes palaeontology in Angola through research and exploration, and also oversees the training of young Angolan scientists so they can ultimately run the project themselves.PaleoAngola is a collaboration between research and educational institutions in Angola, Holland, Portugal and the US. Funding comes from the National Geographic Society and the Petroleum Research Foundation of America, among others.Results so far have been spectacular and have yielded not only Angola’s very first dinosaur – dating back to the Late Cretaceous period (between 99.6 and 65.5 million years ago), and other fossils of mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, ammonites, sharks and turtles – but also a number of research papers.Several have appeared in National Geographic, the Bulletin of the Geological Society of France, and Palaeontologica Polonica journal, and have also been presented at international scientific gatherings.Scientists’ delightIn 2005 Jacobs and his team came across the remains of the first dinosaur to be excavated in Angola. They discovered five ancient bones from the left front leg of a massive sauropod, embedded in a cliff at Iembe, 65km north of the capital Luanda.Since then fossils have been found in abundance. In honour of the area’s importance to science, a genus of the extinct marine reptile mosasaur has been named Angolasaurus.Dr Octavio Mateus of the New University of Lisbon, also a palaeontologist with PaleoAngola, believes there is much more to be discovered: “Some of the places here are the best in the world in terms of fossil [remains],” he said. “We keep finding new animals, so it is always exciting to be here.”To date the team has excavated from Bentiaba in the province of Namibe on the Namibian border in southern Angola, right up to the coast of Cabinda province, Angola’s exclave.During the warm Late Cretaceous period much of the region was under water, which is why Angolan fossils belong to marine creatures such as turtles, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. The scientists hope that Angola’s fossils can help them better understand the geological events of this time, such as the break-up of the megacontinent of Gondwana, and their effect on plants and animals.Natural wealthAlthough it is one of the continent’s poorest countries, Angola is one of the richest in terms of natural resources, particularly oil and diamonds.The country is starting to rebuild its ravaged infrastructure after the war, but still faces many challenges as a legacy of the conflict. Landmines litter the country, the civilian population is still heavily armed, and child mortality is high. Many residents who became refugees during the war are still waiting to be resettled.But in recent years Angola has paid off a substantial part of international debt, and many building projects are underway in towns and cities around the country, although citizens are struggling to adapt to the growing economy. The country, like countless others, has been hard hit by the global financial crisis.As further proof of its progress, Angola has been selected to host the 27th African Cup of Nations in January 2010. Matches will be played in Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Lubango.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected]+351 212 948 300last_img read more

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