Daily Archives: November 18, 2018

Today’s Holiday: Garifuna Settlement Day


Today’s Holiday:
Garifuna Settlement Day

Garifuna Settlement Day honors the heritage of the Garifuna people, a unique ethnic group in the Caribbean and Central America. In 1943, Garafuna Settlement Day was declared a holiday in the southern districts of Belize, and it is now celebrated throughout the country. There are long sessions of traditional drumming and dancing, and Garifuna crafts and food are sold and displayed. Events to raise awareness and appreciation of Garifuna culture are common, including special days to dress in traditional clothing, a Miss Garifuna Belize beauty pageant, parades, and rallies. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: William Ashley “Billy” Sunday (1862)


Today’s Birthday:
William Ashley “Billy” Sunday (1862)

Sunday was the most popular American evangelist of the World War I era, drawing an estimated 100 million people to his revival meetings. Preaching was a second career for him. Before undergoing a religious conversion, he had been a professional baseball player. A flamboyant fundamentalist whose sermons reflected the social upheaval of the transition from a rural to an urban society, Sunday advocated a strict morality and promoted Prohibition. As an evangelist, what were his thoughts on baseball? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Prestige Oil Spill (2002)


This Day in History:
Prestige Oil Spill (2002)

On Nov. 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker suffered damage in a storm and began leaking oil. Denied entry to ports in Spain, France, and Portugal, the stricken vessel was kept at sea for nearly a week before it broke apart and sank about 150 mi (250 km) from the Spanish coast. The resulting oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in Spain’s history, fouled much of the Galician coastline as well as parts of the French coast. How did this spill compare to that of the Exxon Valdez? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: E. M. Forster


Quote of the Day:
E. M. Forster

Lord I disbelieve — help thou my unbelief. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Coronal Loops


Article of the Day:
Coronal Loops

Visible around the darkened Sun during a total solar eclipse, the corona is the luminous envelope surrounding the Sun outside the chromosphere—the upper, rarefied solar atmosphere. The basic structure of the corona is formed by coronal loops, which result from the twisted solar magnetic flux within the Sun and exhibit a wide range of temperatures. How are these massive coronal loops related to the coronal heating problem—the mystery of why the Sun’s corona is far hotter than its surface? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: stuffed to the gills


Idiom of the Day:
stuffed to the gills

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: deadpan


Word of the Day:
deadpan

Definition: (adjective) Deliberately impassive in manner.

Synonyms: expressionless, poker-faced, unexpressive, impassive

Usage: Although he was distraught when the guilty verdict was read, his deadpan expression made it seem as though he did not care.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

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1,000 members of migrant caravan blocked in Mexicali


https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/11/18/1-000-members-migrant-caravan-blocked-mexicali/2047858002/

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as they hear of the current backlash from some sectors of Tijuana society and conditions of the Benito Juarez sports complex which is being used to house the migrants.

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Migrant caravan: More than 1,000 migrants in Mexicali plan to travel to Tijuana on bus or by foot


REBECCA PLEVIN | PALM SPRINGS DESERT SUN

8:53 a.m PST Nov. 18, 2018





MEXICALI, Mexico — More than 1,000 Central American migrants crowded into shelters in the town of Mexicali on the California-Mexico border this weekend, after Mexican police blocked their buses from proceeding to Tijuana, where another 2,400 caravan members have converged.

The migrants hoped to reunite in Tijuana with the people they had traversed Mexico with over the past month. Some said they planned to search for work in Tijuana, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing cities. Some said they would seek asylum in the United States, while others said they would consider continuing on to Canada or another country that would give them work permits.

But Mexican federal police prevented the buses from continuing along the highway to Tijuana because Mexico’s westernmost border city — 100 miles away — is already full of migrants, according to Gustavo Pacheco Aguilar, who runs a shelter in Mexicali called Grupo de Ayuda Para el Migrante de Mexicali.

More: Tijuana shelters reaching capacity as migrant caravan continues to stream into border city

More: Caravan migrants’ makeshift shelter leaves many wanting; government officials say it’s no humanitarian crisis

More: The first waves of the migrant caravan have arrived at U.S.-Mexico border; thousands more expected in coming days

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as they hear of the current backlash from some sectors of Tijuana society and conditions of the Benito Juarez sports complex which is being used to house the migrants.

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as theyShow more

OMAR ORNELAS,THE DESERT SUN-USA TODAY NETWORK

More migrants were on their way to Mexicali. About 270 migrants aboard six buses were expected to arrive in Mexicali on Saturday night or Sunday morning, according to federal police. Some caravan members said they expected 1,800 more people to arrive in coming days; Pacheco Aguilar said he expected as many as 5,000. Mexicali sits just across the border from the California city of Calexico.

President Donald Trump has been largely silent on the migrant caravan heading to the border since making it a major campaign issue in the midterm elections. But on Saturday night he blasted the migrants.

“Isn’t it ironic that large Caravans of people are marching to our border wanting U.S.A. asylum because they are fearful of being in their country – yet they are proudly waving their country’s flag. Can this be possible? Yes, because it is all a BIG CON, and the American taxpayer is paying for it!” he said.

On Saturday night, an estimated 600 migrants filled the Hotel del Migrante in Mexicali. Inside, foam mattresses covered in plastic lined the hallways. In one large room packed with camping tents and mattresses, young men sprawled on the floor, played cards and charged their mobile phones.

Another three dozen people slept on foam mattresses along the sidewalk outside the shelter, even though the shelter wasn’t at capacity.

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as they hear of the current backlash from some sectors of Tijuana society and conditions of the Benito Juarez sports complex which is being used to house the migrants.

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as theyShow more

OMAR ORNELAS,THE DESERT SUN-USA TODAY NETWORK

Some migrants at the shelter said they hoped to catch a bus to Tijuana on Sunday or Monday. Others, like Jessica Rodas of Honduras, said they planned to walk there — a journey that would require them to walk along La Rumorosa, a notoriously dangerous highway that crosses the Sierra de Juarez Mountains.

“For this reason, we decided to wait for everyone and go as one group, just as we came here,” Rodas said.

But first, Rodas’ daughters, 3-year-old Dezelynn and 5-year-old Ana, needed to rest. They’d been sick and coughing for the entire month-long journey, she said. At the shelter, Rodas and her extended family of four other adults and four children shared a room big enough for one bunk bed and three mattresses on the floor.

More: Violence breaks out at Tijuana border as migrant caravan arrives to already crowded city

More: US: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrant caravan at border

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as they hear of the current backlash from some sectors of Tijuana society and conditions of the Benito Juarez sports complex which is being used to house the migrants.

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as theyShow more

OMAR ORNELAS,THE DESERT SUN-USA TODAY NETWORK

Rodas said she had worked in a tortillería in Tijuana for a few months this summer. She hoped to return to her job and eventually earn residency in Mexico.

Marvin Flores of Honduras said he was determined to leave the Mexicali shelter, where he said some people were using drugs and where someone tried to steal his phone, and get to Tijuana.

“There will be rides or we’ll walk there, like we’ve always done,” Flores said.

He said he had been deported from the United States earlier in the year, so he was considering remaining in Tijuana to work.

“If there’s an opportunity to go to Canada or another country… I would happily do that,” he said.

Nearby, the 285 caravan members staying at the shelter Grupo de Ayuda para el Migrante were holding mass. Shelter operator Pacheco Aguilar said the group had decided to push off to Tijuana on Monday, whether by bus or on foot.

The migrants left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, about a month ago, fleeing poverty, gang violence and lawlessness. The group — which at its peak included some 7,000 people according to estimates by United Nations officials — has trekked through heat and hitched harrowing rides on the sides of trucks and tractor trailers.

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as they hear of the current backlash from some sectors of Tijuana society and conditions of the Benito Juarez sports complex which is being used to house the migrants.

1300 Honduran migrants arrived in the city of Mexicali, unable to continue their journey to Tijuana, the migrants are uncertain of their future as theyShow more

OMAR ORNELAS,THE DESERT SUN-USA TODAY NETWORK

By the time the caravan reached Mexico City in early November, the caravan had shrunk to about 5,000. The group rested in a stadium in Mexico’s capital before leaving late last week to finish the journey.

As of Saturday morning, nearly 2,400 members of the migrant caravan were staying at a Tijuana sports complex that had been converted into a temporary migrant shelter. One government official said the shelter could handle another 1,000 migrants. The facility has indoor and outdoor sleeping areas, portable bathrooms and makeshift bathing areas.

Rebecca Plevin covers immigration for The Desert Sun. Reach her at rebecca.plevin@desertsun.com. Follow her on Twitter at @rebeccaplevin.

8:53 a.m PST Nov. 18, 2018


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