How residents of this US-Mexico border town reacted to US troops, migrants’ influx

first_imgMario Tama/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As a caravan of thousands of migrants arrived near the U.S.-Mexico border, the residents of Brownsville, Texas, have found themselves on the frontlines in the debate over border security.After President Trump ordered more than 5,000 U.S. troops to the border ahead of the arrival of a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S., about 1,000 of those troops were deployed to Brownsville, which is located just steps away from the port of entry to Mexico.Residents of what was a quiet community are now caught between the outside pressures from Washington of a perceived crisis and the reality of the migrants’ plight on the ground.“We’ve become a political football is what’s really happened,” said Mike Seifert, a Brownsville resident for 30 years.Just this weekend, after months of rising tension over the caravan travelling north, chaos erupted over 1,500 miles away in another border town, Tijuana, Mexico – south of San Diego. Several hundred Central American migrants were protesting at the border. First, they clashed with Mexican police in riot gear, then skirted pickup trucks and barriers into the maze of canals near the San Ysidro border terminal. Behind coils of barbed wire, dozens of heavily armed U.S. Border Patrol officers unleashed a wall of tear gas.Hundreds beat a frantic retreat. Among those engulfed, mothers clutched their children.This weekend’s violence comes after repeated threats by President Trump to close the border with Mexico. Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border. Please go back, you will not be admitted into the United States unless you go through the legal process. This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 29, 2018The president also repeatedly called the migrants a threat and a national emergency.There are a lot of CRIMINALS in the Caravan. We will stop them. Catch and Detain! Judicial Activism, by people who know nothing about security and the safety of our citizens, is putting our country in great danger. Not good!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018In reality, what ABC News found inside the caravan was many desperate families.Women like Bianca, who was marching north with her three children. She told ABC News she was seeking asylum because she was concerned the gangs who killed her husband back at home would come back for the rest of the family. As the group made its way north, just weeks before the midterm election, the Trump administration deployed those troops. But the sudden influx of troop presence in Brownsville unsettled many of the city’s residents.“This militarization of our section of the border has been going over the past number of years but ramped up precisely under the new administration,” resident and ACLU of Texas Border Advocacy Strategist Mike Seifert said. “You have them practicing riot control on the bridge. We never see that. Then you have barbed concertina wire laid out all over the place. It looks like we’re at war… and that’s all within the last three weeks.”And it’s not just military here. Some, emboldened in part by President Trump’s sharp tone on immigration, have taken it upon themselves to help protect the border.Shannon McGauley is the founder of the Texas Minutemen – a citizen-militia group he said observes and reports to law enforcement and border patrol.“There’s an eight-mile stretch here to the ocean that’s not really patrolled very well at all,” McGauley said. “From what I talked to the locals, they say a lot of activity happens at night in terms of the drugs.”McGauley said others will join him based on the movement of the caravan – armed: “It’s Texas,” he said.He also weighed in on residents who aren’t worried about the caravan: “I think that they’ve come accustomed to it… this is the United States that belongs to us. So you come over through a port of entry and we welcome you, but don’t come over and make a fool of us.”Elisa Filippone is a Texas native who has lived and worked in Brownsville for the last 17 years. To her, the rhetoric out of Washington is just that – words, not her reality.“I don’t need defense from people who are partly dehydrated, and who have their three year old on their shoulders, and who are probably sick, and in shock from what violence their fleeing. I don’t need to be protected from them,” she said.“They’re coming for a better life,” Filippone continued. “A place with running water a place where they don’t have to fear the police, a place where when their daughter gets raped they can actually seek some justice, a place where their son doesn’t get kidnapped to join a cartel.”She’s part of a local group of residents who’ve responded to the migrant crisis by volunteering their time, providing aid and assistance to asylum speakers.Filippone showed us medication including ibuprofen, vitamin C and sunscreen, toothbrushes, first aid kits and more that were donated.A few blocks away, we meet Sergio Cordova and Mike Benavides – two other Brownsville locals. It’s 6:30 in the evening and they’ve got a long night ahead of them.“We were walking around this area just thinking, you know, how can we make things better? How can we help the situation?” Cordova said. “Why don’t we start a kitchen there? Where we can make the food and be able to feed, and not spend so much money on fast food and things like that.”Inside the apartment where they prepare the food is another Brownsville volunteer, Brendan Tucker. He makes meals for migrants stuck on the Mexican side of the border.“In the evenings we start the kitchen process, which is feeding the people at the international bridges,” Cordova said of serving asylum seekers waiting and living on the Gateway International Bridge between Brownsville and Matamoros.Tucker said he prepared 40 pounds of chicken for the 35 people on the two bridges. “It’s a pretty good system, it’s getting more organized every day. We’ve got heaters out there, tarps, cots and blankets.”Cordova said they walk to food over in wagons, and cross the Gateway Bridge on foot.We crossed with Cordova and his team from Brownsville to Mexico via the port of entry.A small tent city there has become a temporary home for migrants waiting to cross at a legal port of entry to claim asylum.The people at one bridge are placed on a waiting list of sorts – only a handful are allowed through each day, as part of a series of changes that some said encourages illegal crossings and is meant to deter people from seeking asylum.“I’ve lived here all my life I’ve never seen people living on the bridge ever. So this is something new within this year,” Cordova said.“It is tiring,” Cordova’s partner Mike Benavides said. “But just knowing that these asylum seekers are being received … in an American way, with open arms, that’s what America is all about, it always has been.”Just before daybreak, Cordova and Benavides welcomed migrants at the bus station who have processed through a detention center, the first step in a long road to asylum.“I served in the Army for eight years. I went to Desert Storm,” Benavides said. “If I believe in something I defend it, I go for it. I believe in America. I always have.”To Cordova and Benavides, welcoming those in need is the American way.Wilmer told us he fled Honduras with his pregnant wife after several of his relatives were killed by gangs – he himself receives death threats.“This is a crisis,” Benavides said. “It’s an international crisis and it’s happening in our backyard. Like I’m giving all I have to it.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Dominican warring for God in Barbados

first_imgLocalNews Dominican warring for God in Barbados by: – April 16, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Nayan Warrington (GP)Nayan Warrington is all about praising the name of the Lord from the highest mountain top.With his new single Servant getting heavy rotation on Pulse Radio 365, the psychology with sociology major at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, is looking to not only balance his schoolwork with a musical career, but to also make sure not to limit himself.Nayan’s desire is to reach international status, while not losing the messages.“Most of my music still has that reggae feel to it. Sometimes I just want to be mellow and at other times I can be radical with the message. Based on the inspiration, there can be a switch,” he told the SUNDAY SUN.Nayan is looking to release two more singles and is working hard towards his debut album In Due Season “if everything goes as planned”.“Still I say whenever God is ready, then that will happen. I also have some music videos which I am working on, which should be exciting. One of them being the released single Mr Warrington.”The 24-year-old was born in Dominica to Reverend Martin and Rosemund Warrington. After moving to England at age ten for two years, the family returned to Dominica. His mum was then offered a job in Barbados and the family moved here in 2003.Nayan attended Louis Lynch Secondary School and then Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.His musical career began at age 14, when he entered a singing competition in Dominica with a group and placed third. But that’s where it started and ended . . . until he came to Barbados and the passion was rebirthed.“From Dominica I realized my talent for writing. [In Barbados] I was first introduced to the chorale group Hosanna Ministries and then the band Ordained Synergy where I was one of the lead vocalists, and main writer. My parents were always full of enthusiasm and behind me 100 per cent. They loved the fact that that was the path I chose as a young man and supported me in whatever way they could.”Being in the music industry was never planned or at the forefront of his mind, he explained, but at some point he knew that this direction was inevitable. He credits St Matthew, Stitchie, Da Truth, Mr Lynx, Jay Square and Gitta Dan with inspiring him.“I have developed a great friendship with most of them.”Nayan says the messages through his music are of love, power, peace and authority in Jesus.“My music speaks of introspection; it carries a very powerful message of self-evaluation and questions we can all ask ourselves. My music speaks to me as well and of my experiences.“I grew up as a pastor’s kid and strayed during my early teenage years. The depth of my experiences has put me in a position to be more passionate in what I do for this generation and the ones to come.”Five nominationsHe has been nominated for five Flame Awards, at monthend, including New Artiste Of The Year Songwriter Of The Year and Original Song Of The Year with the track People In The World.“I am very proud of myself and so were those close to me when I mentioned it to them. I am also humbled that the music which is God-given can be recognized and appreciated by those who listen. I will be very grateful and thankful for whatever award I receive.”He says his writing process is an amazing experience whether he writes for himself or other artistes.“I just love when God pours into my spirit what He would have me teach and speak to His people.My strategy is to keep Him in mind and focus on whom I want the song to reach.“It gives a greater sense of motivation for the task at hand. My inspiration can occur at the oddest time and places.”Nayan reflected on the concept behind People In The World.“This song was so amazing in that it was not planned. One day I was in the studio with one of my producers David ‘Maestro’ Graham just vibing and I asked him to put on some autotune because I had never recorded with that effect before.“He pulled up this reggae beat and I went into the booth. It was pure freestyle and I believe that the message in it came clear to me.“We recorded, then sent that to my fellow artiste Michael ‘Bishop’ Holford who said he’d love to be a part of this song.“We decided to do it. It relates to people across the globe who go through struggles and turn away from God. The lyrics simply ask God to watch over them no matter what situation they are faced with and plead with them to look to God where their help comes from. I am now in the process of doing a music video that will give a broader illustration of the concept.”Nayan says one of the biggest challenges doing gospel music is living what he sings; he tries to live by the mantra “practise what you preach”.He added that some people may feel that gospel singers are immune to struggles and testings, but they sometimes face it even harder. Nayan says he is happy for the privilege of collaborating with international gospel artists like St Matthew and David Irie out of Jamaica; performing at events such as SonFest and Gospelfest; and having a chance to be featured on songs with artistes such as Hoszia Hinds, Neil Crichlow and Life and Bishop, just to name a few.What he is hoping for in 2012 is to connect with more people and reach them on a one on one level by ministering to them through his chosen career of being a messenger of God.BY NATANGA SMITH HURDLENation News Tweetcenter_img Share Share 56 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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NBA free agency 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of reported signings, trades from Day 4

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, 76ers will pursue Kyle Korver after he receives buyout from Suns Elsewhere, Markieff Morris signed with the Pistons while the Mavericks added backup center Boban Marjanovic.Here’s a complete list of deals from the fourth day of free agency(All trades reported by ESPN and The Athletic) Related News — The Grizzlies moved off of Chandler Parsons’ contract when they sent him to the Hawks in exchange for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. The Grizzlies also acquired Josh Jackson, De’Anthony Melton and two second-round picks from the Suns, who received Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter in the trade. Phoenix is planning to buy out Korver.— The Pelicans could have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA next season. They re-signed wing Darius Miller to a two-year, $14.25 million deal. He hit 36.5% of his 3-point attempts last season. Rockets rumors: Houston hoping to trade for Andre Iguodala, sign JaVale McGee — The 76ers continued to fill out their roster by inking guard Raul Neto to a one-year minimum contract. — Markieff Morris is heading to the Pistons on a one-year deal. He has scored 11.6 points per game over his eight-year career. — The Mavericks added depth in the frontcourt. They inked veteran center Boban Marjanovic to a two-year, $7 million contract. — Quinn Cook became an unrestricted free agent as the Warriors rescinded his qualifying offer. Cook averaged 6.9 points in 14.3 minutes per game last season. — The Timberwolves continued to adjust their roster. They acquired Jake Layman from the Trail Blazers in a sign-and-trade. He agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million contract with Minnesota. “We’re extremely appreciative of how hard (Portland general manager) Neil Olshey worked with us to accommodate what we were trying to accomplish in this sign and trade,” Layman’s agent, Mark Bartelstein told ESPN. — The Pacers signed another guard Wednesday as they inked TJ McConnell to a two-year, $7 million contract. Indiana also added Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb earlier this week. The fourth day of free agency was filled with minor moves and a few trades.The Grizzlies may have been the most active team, as they reportedly completed a pair of trades. DeMarcus Cousins free agency rumors: Center switches agent amid reports he has ‘no market’last_img read more

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Sunday blog: Let’s get to the main point. How much did the ERIP cost us?

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +23 Vote up Vote down stop bullying · 334 weeks ago I don’t understand why our district seems so worried about giving these numbers. Several school districts have a similar plan. The problem became when teachers and smart ones figured out it was a way to double dip. They were actually getting paid what they deserved. But then the idea of replacing with younger new teachers went out the window. No fault of the district when You have a chance to hire experience. The third question should be is how Many double dippers has the district hired? Everyone has a job. The district, the board and Tracy with the cow. He keeps the public informed. This was a classic bullying job by Roth backed by central office. You have a responsibility to be transparent and keep the voters and members of the community informed. Kudos to Tracy for sticking up for what is right..changes need to be made downtown. They may want to fix that before asking the community to approve a mill levy. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering… · 334 weeks ago The real question to be asked is how much adding administrators to the original ERIP has ended up costing the district? Teachers settled for no pay raise many times because they were told they would be getting it in the end, in the form of the ERIP. They got it in the end, alright! Meanwhile, administrators, who were not included in the original ERIP, still received raises AND the ERIP. Just how much did adding administrators to the ERIP cost this district? The difference between what administrators and teachers cost the district is the real story behind the ERIP. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 334 weeks ago Don’t let it get you Cueball; if nobody’s upset, you probably aren’t really “doing” journalism. However, the uproar does seem silly in this case. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 334 weeks ago “could have put as much as $10 million “….COULD have cost. Careful Cue. Those kind of “could haves” will send people into a frenzy. We look to you for factual information. But throwing something like that into the pool full of piranha could easily backfire. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down math major · 334 weeks ago Just me I think he qualified that estimate with a response but when the source doesn’t want to give the actual numbers aren’t we all left to guessing? ?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Open Records · 334 weeks ago Cue – Please tell me you’ve submitted open record requests for this information… All of the questions you’ve posed can probably be answered with a little research. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Have you ever had someone try to pick a fight with you over a subject for which you are in complete agreement?A couple of school board members felt intent to inform the public (among other things) on Thursday about what a good job everyone did with the negotiated teachers contract agreement and the phasing out of the ERIP despite what that lousy no-good Sumner Newscow says.If a few of these board members could put aside their collective paranoia schizophrenia for one second, they will probably see they wouldn’t get an argument from me on that issue.The most recent negotiating teams have had the thankless job of slowly bringing this costly piece of policy to termination. They didn’t eliminate it abruptly, and tried to fulfill their obligation to the older teachers in the process. It was a no win situation, especially with so many unsustainable promises to teachers in yesteryear. They probably handled it as well as they could.What has been lost in the whole brouhaha, is how expensive the ERIP has been to the taxpayers of USD 353 District. Dale Dennis, Kansas State Department of Education Deputy Secretary, told Sumner County in 2011-12 USD 353 was paying $512,746 and in 12-13 it was paying $450,860 in early retirement funds (see story here).I took a calculator to this and if you added up the years since 1992 when the program was implemented, the USD 353 school district could have put as much as $10 million into the program. One could argue that more money has been paid in early retirement than the building of the new high school at this point in time. And that is without the help of state aid.Of course, there are a lot of variables to those figures, and we are looking at only one side of the accounting ledger.  I’m sure the school district wasn’t paying as much in the early going as it took the number of retirees to accumulate. Therefore the school district probably didn’t get up to the $450,000 figures until later in the 1990s.Also, the question of the amount of savings USD 353 made by replacing teachers on the top of the salary schedule with new teachers has never been answered.My intent with the ERIP story from the beginning was to ask these two simple questions:1) How much did the ERIP program cost the taxpayers of USD 353 during its duration?2) How many retirees participated in the program from its inception to now?If someone can help me answer those questions, I’d be greatly appreciated.last_img read more

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It is time to pamper yourself with moisturizing body soaps, lotions, and even a moisturizing foot kit

first_imgKelly General Store at 314 E. Harvey.Kelly General Store, Inc.Where: 314 E. Harvey, Wellington, Kans.Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Call: 620-326-2020. Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellygenstore/?fref=tsWhile everyone knows that Kelly General Store, Inc. at 314 E. Harvey has a wide variety of items ranging from home decor to fresh flowers, it is also a great place to pick up items that will allow you to indulge yourself!“Simply Be Well” moisturizing body soaps are simply amazing. The Kelly General Store offers those plant based soaps in three scents including Crushed Blueberry, Almond Milk and Lemon Poppy. They smell wonderful!But that’s not all. Kelly General now carries lotions and body mist from the San Francisco Soap Company. We have lavender, kiwi melon and cherry blossom as well as lotus blossom and jasmine in stock.Do your feet hurt after a long day at work? Our “pamper your tootsies” moisturizing foot kit is now available. Pamper yourself today.Don’t forget! To call Kelly General Store for any of your floral needs, including sympathy and arrangements. We also have green and blooming plants in stock as well as a wide variety of decorative signs for your home.last_img read more

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