first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Up until now, immigration officials rarely focused their attention on L.A., but with increased pressure to crack down on those living in the country illegally, agents have ramped up enforcement efforts. Besides an increase in arrests, the number of illegal immigrants deported from Southern California has risen steadily over the past two years, from 10,352 in 2005 to 13,441 this year. And in October, the head of ICE announced its largest sweep ever in the Southland, with 1,300 illegal immigrants taken into custody during a two-week operation. The raids follow months of high-profile and controversial roundups across the country, which have been decried by immigrant-rights activists who say the sweeps spread fear in immigrant communities. They complain it’s mostly immigrants with no criminal records who wind up being deported. Putting more agents on Southland streets to carry out sweeps, immigration officials said Friday that they have made a record number of arrests this year of criminal immigrants and those who ignored deportation orders. Nearly 2,700 were arrested during raids from the San Fernando Valley to San Bernardino during the year ending Sept. 30 – a 63 percent increase over the previous year. “In the past, there wasn’t a concerted effort to identify and locate people,” said Jim Hayes, Los Angeles field office director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention and removal operation. “That has changed.” There are an estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., with the largest concentration in the Los Angeles area. That number is difficult to estimate, but experts say about 2.4 million live in California. Of the 2,667 immigrants arrested over the past year, 576 had criminal histories, including a 34-year-old Maywood man convicted of involuntary manslaughter who had ignored deportation orders. “We question the way they go about doing these arrests,” said Angela Sanbrano, the director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean communities, an umbrella group for several pro-immigrant groups. Sanbrano said immigrants don’t know their rights and are often too intimidated to open the door for agents who don’t always have a search warrant. “To some extent, it seems like it’s a publicity campaign to show that they are doing their job,” she said. “But to us it’s worrisome when there are issues of racial profiling, constitutional rights, not to mention the fear that they generate in the community when they see ICE is picking up people.” The operation was part of the agency’s wider strategy, dubbed Fugitive Operations Program, to focus on criminals and the 579,000 immigrants in the U.S. who have defied deportation orders. Begun in 2003, it has garnered support from the Los Angeles Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. “We welcome ICE’s direct and targeted intervention in identifying criminal gang members, criminal offenders and habitual offenders that are here unlawfully,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, who oversees police operations in the Valley. “As that occurs, our streets become safer.” Since October 2006, ICE has added 23 more teams of 10 agents nationally, including one in Orange County that targets fugitives and criminals. Teams are expected to arrest about 1,000 illegal immigrants a year, and with five teams in Southern California Hayes expects next year’s arrests to nearly double. But immigrant-rights groups argue that the push to boost deportations distorts public priorities. “We think their time is better spent in the jails and in the institutional hearings rather than the employment-based or neighborhood sweeps,” said John Trasvi a, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. “They are looking for person A and they pick up person B and C. Those should not be priority removals. They are going overboard in terms of the people they pick up.” And, increasingly, they are seeing police agencies pick up the undocumented immigrants for minor offenses and then turning them over to ICE for immigration violations. In the northeast reaches of the Valley patrolled by Foothill Division officers, police attribute part of the steady drop in crime to their weekly work with immigration officials. Since March, the LAPD has helped ICE identify 32 street gang members and an additional 20 felony suspects, Capt. Joseph Curreri said. “As far as I am concerned, it’s 52 predators that are off the street,” he said. Moore stressed that though the LAPD is collaborating with ICE, it only targets violent criminals and gang members, not witnesses. And officers will not be asking anyone their immigration status – as the city’s Special Order 40 prohibits. Still, he said, “Nobody should look at LAPD as if we are going to give them sanctuary.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgDonegal County Council has been urged to improve signs and road markings at the Claremans Junction outside Letterkenny in the aftermath of a crash.The call was made after a serious collision occurred in the area at the beginning of summer.Cllr Michael McBride, who was at the scene of the crash, told the council this week that two young people were ‘very lucky’ to escape serious injury after the t-bone collision. Cllr McBride said that there was a lack of visible signs warning motorists of the junction ahead and that one side became covered by growth during the summer.The back road has been used more often this year as motorists took the route to avoid the Blue Banks roadworks between Letterkenny and Kilmacrennan.Cllr McBride added that many cars get stuck in the area during times of snow and ice and that improved signs would alert people as they approach the junction.The Council Roads Department is due to assess the area and carry out lining works or signage if required. Serious accident sparks call for warning signs at junction outside Letterkenny was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:claremans junctionCllr Michael McBrideletterkenny-milford municipal districtlast_img read more

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first_imgImplementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, free education for girls up to the graduation level, supply of purified drinking water to every household, free health insurance, one job for each family, free smartphones to students, regularisation of contractual staff and higher wages are the highlights of the BJP’s Vision Document for Tripura.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday released the 30-page Vision Document as party manifesto for the February 18 Assembly elections.Mr. Jaitley said the NDA government at the Centre would support the implementation of the promises if the alliance of the BJP and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura was voted to power. He said the Left Front government, during its long rule, had failed to implement any welfare programmes despite huge support from the Centre.“This is why we see a huge anti-incumbency feeling prevailing in the State. It’s like a revolt situation against the CPI(M),” he said.He said the CPI(M) would be left to fight for the third or fourth place in the elections. “The BJP has occupied the non-Left political space of the State to fulfil the wishes of the people,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Bato has high regard for PNP chief’s character, willing to “bet his neck” for him02:49Robredo: 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 LATEST STORIES Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAthletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

first_imgRafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 23 matches, continuing the chase for his “Rafa Slam” with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 win over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round of the Australian Open.The top-ranked Nadal is aiming to be the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.He’s conceded only four games en route to the third round, sealing his win over Sweeting on Thursday with the last in a blizzard of forehand winners.After his quarterfinal exit at the last Australian Open, Nadal rebounded to win the French, Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles.Nadal hit some shots that Sweeting could barely believe, including a forehand on set point in the second when the Spaniard’s curling shot caught the baseline. With nothing to lose, Sweeting challenged the call as he walked off. The call stood.The only hint of anything other than complete domination for Nadal came in the third set, when Sweeting broke serve in the fifth game and then got within a point of bring it back to 4-2 in a game that went to deuce five times. Again, Nadal held on to convert a break and served out in the next game.”A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot since the first day. I think I was serving very well today,” Nadal said, noting the one blot on his serve was when he looked into the sun. “Movement good; backhand good; having a few more mistakes than usual. I have to play longer with the backhand. Maybe have to play a little bit more aggressive, more inside the court.”advertisementThat’s not good news for Nadal’s next opponent – 18-year-old Australian wildcard entry Bernard Tomic.Sweeting said he was overwhelmed by Nadal’s relentless accuracy and the fact he had to play so many shots just to earn a point.Tomic, the last Australian male left in the draw, advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over No. 31 Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Canada’s Milos Raonic also produced a second-round upset, beating No. 22 Michael Llodra of France 7-6 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (4).Kim Clijsters showed why she’s fast becoming a hot favorite for the women’s title by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3.U.S. Open champion Clijsters opened with a 6-0, 6-0 win over former No. 1-ranked Dinara Safina, but Suarez Navarro was a potentially dangerous second-round matchup. The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Venus Williams in a second-round upset in her first trip to Melbourne Park two years ago.”She is a tough player. She’s tricky. The balls bounce so much different than for my first round,” Clijsters said. “I was just happy with the way that I played. I tried to play both sides of the court, tried to be aggressive and dictate the points. And it worked.”With defending champion Serena Williams not playing in Australia due to a prolonged foot problem, third-seeded Clijsters is hopeful of going one better than her previous best performance at Melbourne Park – she lost the 2004 final.Her third-round 6-0, 6-1 loss here to Nadia Petrova last year was her worst in a major. It’s a defeat she claims she doesn’t dwell on and doesn’t think will influence her preparations for the same stage this weekend.”I don’t think I’ve ever played a match like that. So it was very easy in a way to also forget about it, as well,” Clijsters said.Joining her in the third round from the bottom half of the draw were No. 10 Shahar Peer, No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 13 Nadia Petrova and Iveta Benesova, who beat No. 18 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-1.Seventh-seeded Jelena Jankovic lost 7-6 (3), 6-3 to China’s Peng Shuai, continuing an unimpressive streak of seven losses in eight matches. It was former world No. 1 Jankovic’s worst result at a major since the 2009 U.S. Open.Meanwhile, Clijsters has spent just two hours on court so far, leaving plenty of time to joke with the crowd and take a little swipe at on-court interviewer Todd Woodbridge, a former Australian doubles great. She lightheartedly chided Woodbridge about a text message he’d sent to fellow Australian Rennae Stubbs, suggesting Clijsters was showing physical and emotional signs of being pregnant.”No, I’m not!” said Clijsters, who took time off the tour when she married and had a child – daughter Jada, born in February 2008 – before returning to win the U.S. Open in 2009.While Clijsters and Nadal have advanced with ease, Venus Williams and defending men’s champion Roger Federer have encountered challenges.advertisementWilliams injured a muscle between her stomach and groin Wednesday as she twisted for a volley. She needed a medical timeout after losing the first set. She was on the verge of tears, and apparently elimination. But she refused to stop playing and eventually beat Sandra Zahlavova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-4.Federer faced a more familiar problem – Gilles Simon. He’s one of only three men on tour with a winning record against the Swiss great.The 16-time Grand Slam champion admitted he was “happy I survived a scare” after winning in five sets.last_img read more

first_imgThe Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) took its media literacy programme to western Jamaica on Wednesday, March 6, staging the first in a series of three sensitisation and awareness sessions in the region, at the St. James High School in Montego Bay. Some 300 students benefitted from the session, addressed by Assistant Executive Director of the Commission, Karlene Salmon Johnson, where they were educated on how to make use of traditional and new media, such as social networking sites, for personal development. Mrs. Salmon Johnson, in her presentation on the topic: ‘Managing Your Digital Self’, told the students to be careful about what they post online and to consider the implications of what they share. [RELATED: Students Benefit from Broadcasting Commission Outreach Session] She noted that “from the moment you have an email address, Facebook page, Twitter handle, a blog, it means that you have created a digital version of yourself, and you want to make sure that no one hijacks this or takes it away and uses it for nefarious purposes, such as scamming and related activities.” Mrs. Salmon Johnson also warned them against creating and sharing inappropriate material that may cause embarrassment if made public. She noted that often, employers visit these sites and examine digital profiles of prospective employees to determine who they really are. “Remember that persons (access) your Facebook page and discover pictures of you in compromising positions or information that can easily turn off a prospective employer and such can cause serious damage to your character and image,” she warned. The BCJ addressed students of the Barracks Road Primary in Montego Bay on Thursday, March 7, and the team travels to Westmoreland on March 20 for a presentation at the Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-La-Mar. The BCJ’s media literacy programme seeks to educate students about the pending change from analogue to digital broadcasting, called the “digital switchover” and challenges in the new media landscape. More than 20 educational institutions and 3,400 students have been engaged over the past two years.last_img read more