Area family faces deportation

first_imgNow, the family of four is facing deportation to Guatemala, a country and culture they know little about. Both Maria and her brother, said their English is better than their Spanish. Because of their immigration status, they have not been back to Guatemala since they were toddlers. “She’s so American,” said Elly Pettygrove, Moran’s friend and fellow Glendora High student. “She doesn’t even have an accent.” Pettygrove, 18, first reported Maria’s story in Glendora High School’s student newspaper, The Tartan Shield. Glendora High School senior Maria Moran had a bright future in mind, but her plans are looking less clear now. The 17-year-old honor student was accepted at San Francisco State University, where she planned to study food science. She dreamed of opening her own vegetarian restaurant chain. But last October, Maria and her family learned U.S. immigration authorities had denied their 14-year-old application for political asylum. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service officials would not comment on the Morans’ case, but noted anyone seeking asylum must fit into at least one of five categories to qualify for asylum. Fear of returning must be based on persecution for religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group, said spokeswoman Marie Sebrechts. She said the CIS has approved a high percentage of Guatemalan applications for citizenship since the ’90s. The Morans said they think the agency turned them down because they could not prove they faced an imminent threat upon returning to Guatemala. They disagree. The Morans immigrated to the United States in 1993, after parents Julia and Pablo Sr. decided life in Guatemala had become too dangerous. They fled nearly four decades of bloody civil war between guerrilla fighters and government forces. Hundreds of thousands of civilians, including Julia’s brother-in-law, Juan Sanchez, were killed by the Guatemalan government’s military or paramilitary. Pablo Sr., 45, said he and his wife, Julia, 42, owned a pharmacy in Guatemala where they unwittingly sold goods to guerrillas. When government paramilitary began aggressively questioning the couple about their alleged political ties, they began to fear for their lives. The couple said they came to the United States with only their two children and the clothes on their backs. “They don’t know Guatemala,” Julia said of her children. “This is their country.” Since 1993, the Morans have settled into their American lives while waiting on immigration officials to decide their fate. One reason for the long delay may be a backlog in processing asylum requests under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act of 1991, for which the Moran family was not eligible. “We bought a house four years ago,” Julia Moran said. “After 14 years, it’s really not our fault that we have a life over here.” The family owns a home in Montclair. Pablo Jr. has started at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and hopes to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona for a degree in aerospace engineering. Pablo Sr., a truck driver for Bridge Terminal Transport, said the family has been paying taxes and abiding by U.S. laws and customs. If they are forced to leave, he said, they will have to sell the home he’s worked hard to buy. They said they still have fears about returning to Guatemala. Julia said her brother, Luis Ciraiz, was killed in an armed street robbery two years ago. She added that members of her family could be targeted for various crimes simply because they have obviously been in the United States for so long. Allegra Padillo, an organizer for the Los Angeles-based immigrant advocacy group Homies Unidos, said that is indeed a possibility. “People who’ve grown up in L.A. and are deported are going to be targeted because they look different without knowing it,” she said. Julia said her relatives in Guatemala have warned of such circumstances. Sebrechts said asylum is not granted based on the condition of an immigrant’s native country. “It’s a very individual type of benefit, specifically based on an individual’s circumstances,” she said. Julia said her family will look for other ways to gain permanent U.S. residency. At their first court hearing in Los Angeles Monday, they were given until June to find an attorney. The Morans are trying to be optimistic, but they said they are feeling the stress of the situation. “We need a good lawyer,” Julia said. “We are just asking for the opportunity to reach our dreams.” Pablo Jr., 18, bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393 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



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Joburg, Cape Town move up global index

first_img28 May 2015Johannesburg and Cape Town are showing improvement in the spheres of political engagement and human capital respectively, according to the Global Cities Index.Wim Plaizier, a partner at AT Kearney Johannesburg, said the growth of political engagement in Johannesburg was being driven by the growth in the number of consular and other diplomatic representation, NGOs and think tanks in the city.African cities were making significant advances, he said. “The fact that Cape Town, for example – which did not make the list last year – has come in at number 69 is very encouraging, and indicates that the emerging cities are making positive gains.“This information is important for those making investment decisions,” he said.Harald Harvey, also a partner at AT Kearney Johannesburg, said the development of human capital in Cape Town was being driven by the growth in tertiary and secondary education.He highlighted the increase in the number of people moving to Cape Town, reflecting its attractiveness as a location with high living standards.Johannesburg (number 55) and Cape Town (number 69) improved the most in the ranking in the Global Cities Index.Global Cities 2015 comprises two parts – the index and the Global Cities Outlook (GCO). This is the fifth edition of the index, which was launched in 2008.It provides a unique assessment of global engagement for 125 cities representing all continents and regions, and measures how globally engaged each city is across 26 metrics in five dimensions – business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.The long-term trend indicates that, while Cape Town has come in at number 69 from not even being ranked in 2008, Johannesburg has slipped from 50 to 55 in the same period.Plaizier explained that the Johannesburg drop was a result of the entry of a number of other countries.“Sixty countries joined the index this year for the first time, whereas Johannesburg and Cape Town were already there in 2014. They moved down due to people coming in above them, but they showed the biggest increase of the existing cities in the index.”Ranked in order, the other African cities that made it into the top 100 of the Global Cities Index this year are Cairo, which at number 50 is the only African city ahead of Johannesburg; Nairobi (number 75); Addis Ababa (number 85); Lagos (number 86); Accra (number 89); Tunis (number 90); and Casablanca (number 91).Earlier this week, the City of Johannesburg was allocated a budget of R52.6-billion for the 2015/16 financial year, at the 2015 budget speech in Sandton.The capital budget allocations would address the city’s Capital Investment Framework, which sought to, among others, contribute towards the eradication of service delivery obligations in poor and marginalised areas, said the finance mayoral committee member, Geoffrey Makhubo.According to a recent Fin24 report, the Cape Town property market continues to excel and exceeded that of Johannesburg both in transaction volume and value terms as demand outweighed supply.With about 11 487 property transactions worth about R20-billion, it generated over 40% more value than the Johannesburg metro’s just under R13.7-billion (11 307 transactions).According to the report, average prices in the Cape also continue appreciating at an inflation-beating pace.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more



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Infographic: how South Africa fared in the RWC2015

first_imgSouth Africa gave a stellar performance in this year’s Rugby World Cup, despite experiencing a shocking start when they lost in their opening match against Japan. Overall, the Springboks secured a solid third place following their 24-13 bronze play-off win against Argentina. Research and text: Priya Pitamber Graphic: Sachin Baboo Click on the image below for a larger view. Source: Rugby World Cup That is a hat-trick try to @BryanHabana as he scores 64th test try and another in RWC history joining Jonah Lomu = 15 pic.twitter.com/hvefZGuyfd — South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 7, 2015Having equalled @JONAHTALILOMU‘s RWC try record of 15, @bryanhabana enjoyed the moment with fans after RSA’s win https://t.co/aMsDN7tqwf — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 7, 2015What a privilege it has been pic.twitter.com/qCwNBy3oRG — Victor Matfield (@VictorMatfield) October 31, 2015Now that’s what we call a selfie. #RSA pic.twitter.com/uHuxYWWmgC — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 30, 2015#RSA and #ARG, you’ve been great. Thanks for the #RWC2015 memories! pic.twitter.com/shdGgjrtdk — Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 30, 2015last_img read more



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Cartoon: Wi No Fi?

first_imgMore Noise to Signal. OSCON has wrapped in sunny Portland, and with it the most ambitious conference wireless networking I’ve ever seen. Yet even here I heard attendees complaining about sluggish Wi-Fi… and organizers asking them not to download large files.Now, there’s little question that OSCON is an edge case. Get a few thousand developers and software engineers together and you’re going to strain the bandwidth.But every conference I’ve been to – every single one in the last four or five years – has had issues with Wi-Fi. And for that matter, nearly every hotel I’ve stayed at has also had issues with Wi-Fi. And I sometimes wonder if the issue is often less one of conference overload than one of facilities that invest as little as they need to to be able to say they offer Wi-Fi. Then again, every conference and hotel I’ve been to has had at least one person who insists on downloading an OS upgrade or a movie to watch on the plane home. That would be, um, me.The question is, when does conference Wi-Fi stop being about just checking email and maybe sharing some notes, and start being about allowing people to continue doing the heavy wireless lifting they do at home and at the office? Ever? 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more



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Plantar fasciitis

first_imgDefinitionThe plantar fascia is the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. When this tissue becomes swollen or inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis.CausesPlantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. This can be painful and make walking more difficult.You are more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you:Have foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)Run long distances, downhill or on uneven surfacesAre obese or gain weight suddenlyHave a tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)Wear shoes with poor arch support or soft solesChange your activitiesPlantar fasciitis is seen in both men and women. However, it most often affects active men ages 40 – 70. It is one of the most common orthopedic foot complaints.Plantar fasciitis was commonly thought to be caused by a heel spur. However, research has found that this is not the case. On x-ray, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis.SymptomsThe most common symptom is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn.The pain is often worse:In the morning when you take your first stepsAfter standing or sitting for awhileWhen climbing stairsAfter intense activityThe pain may develop slowly over time, or come on suddenly after intense activity.advertisementExams and TestsThe health care provider will perform a physical exam. This may show:Tenderness on the bottom of your footFlat feet or high archesMild foot swelling or rednessStiffness or tightness of the arch in the bottom of your foot.X-rays may be taken to rule out other problems.TreatmentYour health care provider will often recommend these steps first:Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to reduce pain and inflammationHeel and foot stretching exercisesNight splints to wear while sleeping to stretch the footResting as much as possible for at least a weekWearing shoes with good support and cushionsOther steps to relieve pain include:Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 – 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or shoe inserts.Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.If these treatments do not work, your health care provider may recommend:Wearing a boot cast, which looks like a ski boot, for 3 – 6 weeks. It can be removed for bathing.Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)Steroid shots or injections into the heelSometimes, foot surgery is needed.Outlook (Prognosis)Nonsurgical treatments almost always improve the pain. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients feel better in 9 months. Some people need surgery to relieve the pain.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalContact your health care provider if you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis.PreventionMaking sure your ankle, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles are flexible can help prevent plantar fasciitis. Stretch your plantar fascia in the morning before you get out of bed. Doing activities in moderation can also help.ReferencesMurphy GA. Disorders of tendons and fascia and adolescent and adult pes planus. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 82.Abu-Laban RV,Rose GW. Ankle and foot. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2013:chap 58.Wapner KL, Parekh SG. Heel pain. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:section F.Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR.Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:3/8/2014Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more



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Aurora Cannabis to spin off US holdings to publicly traded Australis Capital

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. is planning to spin off its Australis Capital subsidiary as a separate entity that would focus primarily on investing in the U.S. cannabis and real estate sectors.The spin-off will be achieved by distributing shares and warrants of the new company — to be listed on the Canadian Security Exchange.“The fragmented U.S. cannabis market has many innovative and successful operators that struggle to access growth capital,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth in a statement. “This creates exciting and attractively priced opportunities for the well-connected and knowledgeable team at Australis to capitalize on… While regulatory requirements vary greatly from state to state, Australis are well prepared to navigate this landscape.”Recreational and medicinal pot is legal in several U.S. states but remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug under federal law, resulting in a hazy legal environment that has complicated things for Canadian companies looking to expand their footprint south of the border.Last fall, Canada’s biggest exchange operator TMX Group said that federal law takes precedence over state laws, and Canadian marijuana companies with exposure to the U.S. market could face delisting. Prior to this clarification, many pot companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.Since then, some Canadian pot companies have shifted to exchanges other than the Toronto Stock Exchange or reduced their U.S. exposure.Licensed producer Aphria Inc. had aggressively pursued a U.S. expansion strategy, but earlier this year it was looking to reduce its direct investments in the U.S. The Leamington, Ont.-based company’s recent moves include a deal announced in February to sell part of its stake in U.S.-focused marijuana company Liberty Health Sciences, which is listed on the CSE.Meanwhile, in January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where marijuana is legal, though U.S. President Donald Trump later gave Colorado senator assurances that the recission would not impact its legal pot industry. Still, other American politicians are warming up to cannabis, with New York governor Andrew Cuomo creating a task force to consider whether or not to propose legalizing marijuana for recreational use.Australis is applying to list its shares and warrants on the CSE, Aurora said Wednesday.“Recent changes in U.S. federal positioning with respect to cannabis have positively impacted the perception of risk to invest in U.S. cannabis assets,” the Edmonton-based company said in a statement. “This has further incentivized capital market participants to seek opportunities to fund U.S. based operations.”Aurora shareholders who reside in Canada will receive the shares at no cost to them while non-resident shareholders of Aurora will receive cash, net of withholding taxes, instead of equity in Australis.Australis intends to issue 75 million shares at 20 cents each through a private placement for gross proceeds of $15 million.Australis also receives $500,000 from Aurora, as advance payment for warrants to buy Australis stock for up to 10 years.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH)last_img read more



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Peter Mukerjea ‘silent killer’ of Sheena Bora: CBI tells court

first_imgMumbai: Former media executive Peter Mukerjea is the “silent killer” of Sheena Bora, the daughter of his wife Indrani Mukerjea from a previous relationship, the CBI told a special court on Friday while opposing his bail plea in the 2012 murder case.Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case in 2015, had moved the bail application in November last year before special CBI Judge J C Jagdale. This is the third time he has approached the court for bail. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Opposing his bail plea, special public prosecutor Bharat Badami argued that the CBI has sufficient evidence to prove Peter Mukerjea’s role in the murder conspiracy. Badami told the court Peter Mukerjea didn’t take any step to find Sheena Bora, who had gone missing, despite the fact that she was his son Rahul Mukerjea’s fiancee. “Peter was knowing everything…he was not a statue of the family. He took no step when Rahul was desperately asking about Sheena….. Peter is silent killer of Sheena,” the CBI lawyer said. Rahul Mukerjea is yet to depose before the court and if Peter Mukerjea is released on bail, he may try to win over the witness (Rahul), the lawyer added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedBadami argued there was sufficient material against Peter Mukerjea that led to framing of charges against him. Therefore, the accused cannot seek bail by merely stating the charges against him were “defective”, he said. One of the reasons forwarded by Peter Mukerjea for not being involved in the Sheena’s murder was that he was in London when the murder took place. However, the CBI contested this argument. Hafiz Saeed (LeT chief) was in Pakistan when the 26/11 Mumbai attacks took place, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved in the attacks. So, even if Peter Mukerjea was in London (at the time of the murder) it doesn’t mean he was not part of the criminal conspiracy, the CBI counsel argued. The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora (24), Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter from an earlier relationship, came to light in August 2015 when her driver Shyamvar Rai spilled the beans after being arrested in another case. Indrani Mukerjea, a former media executive, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, Rai and Peter Mukerjea were arrested in the case. Rai later became an approver and was pardoned.last_img read more



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Militiamen fire on protesters in Libyan capital: AFP

first_imgTRIPOLI – Libyan militiamen opened fire on Friday on a crowd wanting them to move out of their headquarters in southern Tripoli, wounding at least two people, an AFP journalist witnessed.Hundreds of people in the Gharghour district converged on the Misrata militia’s headquarters to press their demands when gunmen inside fired into the air to scare them off.But when the crowd continued to approach the building, the gunmen started firing at them. Libya has been troubled by instability and increasing levels of violence, usually involving former rebels who helped overthrow dictator Moamer Kadhafi two years ago but have never disbanded their militias.The Misrata militia sparked headlines earlier this week when one of its leaders, Nuri Friwan, was fatally wounded in fighting at a checkpoint manned by other ex-rebels.Two people were killed in subsequent fighting, and one Western diplomat said the situation was becoming “increasingly critical”.last_img read more



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Can The US Women Keep Up Their European Conquest

After the U.S. women’s national team ousted Spain, four days before perhaps the most anticipated match in the history of the Women’s World Cup, Megan Rapinoe told reporters that she hoped the upcoming quarterfinal against host France would be a “total s—show circus” of a spectacle. It would become one because Rapinoe made it one.Even before a 2-1 U.S. win Friday against France, the outspoken, expressive sparkplug of a midfielder had taken over this World Cup with her dominant play and her candid comments. She ensured that the U.S. outlasted its biggest threat in a game that lived up to the billing, complete with early fireworks, officiating controversy and late drama. Entering this tournament, the storyline was that the rest of the world — especially European powers — had made up ground against the U.S. since the Americans won in 2015. So far, that has played out, entering the U.S. semifinal Tuesday against England.The past two World Cup finals featured the U.S. and Japan, both of which knocked out European teams in the semifinals in 2011 and 2015. But this year, Italy, Sweden and Norway pulled upsets of China, Canada and Australia, respectively. The Netherlands beat Japan, France took down Brazil, and suddenly Europe produced a record seven of the eight quarterfinalists in this tournament. Not since 1995 had the continent managed even five of the final eight.England won’t make it easy on the U.S. The Three Lionesses are undefeated in this World Cup, with group-stage victories against Scotland, Japan and Argentina and 3-0 shutouts of Cameroon in the round of 16 and Norway in the quarterfinals. They, like many of the European squads, are fielding their strongest team of any Women’s World Cup at this tournament, according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index. They failed to qualify for three of the first four World Cups but have reached at least the quarterfinals four straight times, the semifinals twice.A goals-per-game average of 2.2 puts England at second in this World Cup behind the U.S., and Phil Neville’s squad has conceded the fewest goals in the tournament (one). England ranks second in expected goals per 90 minutes with 2.46, in large part because it completes passes at a tournament-best clip of 80.9 percent.Still, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the Americans a 67 percent chance of beating England and a 48 percent chance of repeating as champions. Their advantage comes from skilled talents like Rapinoe, whose finishing ability gave the U.S. an edge in an otherwise evenly matched game Friday.Europe’s improvements were never clearer than in Friday’s showdown. In fact, FiveThirtyEight contributor Michael Caley’s expected goal map after the game indicated that France had an advantage, with 1.3 expected goals to 1.0 for the Americans. The French peppered the U.S. with 20 shot attempts, but in the end, just five ended up on target. The Americans, meanwhile, placed eight of their 10 attempts on goal (and could have pulled ahead 3-0 if not for a close offside call against Crystal Dunn). They even lost the possession battle1France had 60 percent possession to 40 percent for the U.S. for the first time since a friendly against Spain in January, a span of 14 matches. But they are the defending champions for a reason, and they are moving on.The Americans have long embraced an attack-minded style of play built by the firepower on their front line. Youth development programs and college squads have stocked the national team with goal scorers, and the U.S. leads the World Cup in not just goals but chances (15.2) and expected goals (3.31) per 90 minutes. Rapinoe and Morgan are two of the four co-leaders for the Golden Boot award. After the U.S. lost in penalty kicks against Sweden in the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals, coach Jill Ellis doubled down on aggressiveness, switching to a 4-3-3 to move the team’s best finishers into scoring position. That leaves Rapinoe, Morgan and Tobin Heath up top, with 2015 star Carli Lloyd still available off the bench.The interest in offensive pressure trickles down the roster. On Ellis’s top lineup, both outside backs — Dunn and Kelley O’Hara — are former forwards and winners of college soccer’s player of the year award. Dunn plays mostly midfield outside of the national team, and O’Hara was as a forward at Stanford. Ellis called Dunn “the most versatile player I’ve ever coached,” which indicates the coach’s strategy: Find the best, most versatile players, and then put them in the right positions.Dunn, for instance, said she did not have much preparation at a new position before the World Cup. “I really got a phone call just saying, ‘Hey, you know, tomorrow’s game, I’d want you to step in and be an outside back. I’m trusting that you can do that and I know that you can,’” she told Forbes in May. “And you know, that’s all really that I needed.”Since then, she has become one of the team’s breakout players, proving critical Friday as she quelled the French attack and possessed the ball in the final minutes. “I try not to overthink,” Dunn told reporters after the group-stage finale against Sweden. “I just think of myself as a footballer. I’m just playing and trying to impact the game from a different angle of the field.” Ellis receives plenty of questions about deploying players out of position, but the result, so far, has been a terrifying arsenal of two center backs and eight players who are threats to score or create at any moment.Europe will keep coming for the U.S., as Spain showed in the round of 16. The Spaniards are young, improving and skilled with the ball. They played in just their second World Cup this year, and yet they advanced to the knockout stage and tested the U.S. before losing, 2-1. The Americans’ next test was even trickier, though the sharper team prevailed. “That is the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” Ellis told reporters afterward, and it certainly won’t be the last. read more



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