Tornillo, the Texas tent camp that housed thousands of migrant children, will close: HH

first_imgBREAKING: I just talked with the management at the Tornillo facility – the last kid just left. This tent city should never have stood in the first place but it is welcome news that it will be gone.— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) January 11, 2019But company officials who ran the facility told ABC News last month that the company had refused to accept a government contract past Jan. 1. They blamed the government for causing the crisis by demanding onerous FBI background checks and bureaucratic rules that caused some children to languish at the facility for more than 50 days.With the system buckling under the strain of caring for so many children, the Trump administration announced in December that it would loosen requirements for sponsorship.Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary of the administration for children and families at HHS, said that the last group of children will be discharged from Tornillo this weekend and the shelter will “continue the path towards closure.”“As the Trump administration continues to enforce current laws to address our nation’s crisis at the border, the program will need to continue to evaluate needs and capacity in order to care for the hundreds of (unaccompanied minors) that cross the U.S. border daily,” she wrote in a statement provided to ABC News.Her statement, however, suggested that other facilities like Tornillo aren’t going away and could be used again if there’s continued influx of asylum claims at the southern border.“The program is designed to expand and contract to meet these needs and facilities, like Tornillo, have been critical during periods of influx as was done in 2012, 2014, and 2016.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A massive tent camp in Texas that at one point housed some 2,800 migrant teenagers who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border alone will close, the Trump administration announced Friday.By this weekend, the last of the children there either will have been sent to live with sponsors or transferred to another shelter, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services.The Tornillo facility in Texas had become a lightning rod in the immigration debate. The tent camp ballooned as U.S. officials reported an influx of older children and teenagers arriving at the border without parents. HHS took custody of the “unaccompanied minors,” and relied on privately run shelters like Tornillo scattered across the country to care for the teens.At one point, the total number of migrant minors in U.S. custody reached nearly 15,000. An HHS spokeswoman said Friday that the number has since dropped to 11,0000.Amnesty International and several Democrats cheered the move to close Tornillo, which had been the subject of an internal investigation on whether background checks into staff members had been sufficient.“Warehousing thousands of children in tents for weeks and months on end has been one of the most disastrous policies of the Trump administration responding to children and families seeking safety at the border,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA.Administration officials say they have had little choice but to house teens in facilities like Tornillo because the kids weren’t in the country legally and releasing them to sponsors without stringent background checks could have put them at additional risk.last_img read more

Ben Jacoby Will Take Over for Jarrod Spector in Beautiful

first_img Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Ben Jacoby Ben Jacoby View Comments Star Filescenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 27, 2019 Ben Jacoby is set to put the bomp (in the bomp, bomp, bomp)! The Phantom tour alum will step into the role of Barry Mann in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on March 3, replacing Jarrod Spector, whose last performance is scheduled for February 28. Additionally, Jessica Keenan Wynn, who filled in for Anika Larsen for six months in 2015, will return to take over the role of Cynthia Weil on April 26. Larsen’s last performance is set for April 24.Featuring songs written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and a book by Douglas McGrath, Beautiful tells the story of King from her early days as a Brooklyn teenager (named Carol Klein) struggling to enter the record business to her years spent as a chart-topping music legend.The current cast at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre also includes Chilina Kennedy as Carole King, Scott J. Campbell as Gerry Goffin, Paul Anthony Stewart as Don Kirshner and Liz Larsen as Genie Klein. Related Showslast_img read more

Grand Slam homes hot property as tennis courts net huge demand

first_img Address Price 1. 44-48 North Point Ave, Kingscliff $6.995m2. 135 Highwood Rd, The Gap On application3. 17 Lama St, Chelmer For sale now4. 121 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson For sale5. 94 Peary St, Northgate For sale6. 139 Kamala Dr, Pullenvale For sale now7. 35 Molonga Tce, Graceville For sale8. 89 Longman Tce, Chelmer Sale by negotiation9. 48 Markwell St, Hamilton For sale10. 64A Robertson Plc, Fig Tree Pocket Offers over $4m(Source: The tennis court at 121 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, which is for sale. Address Sale price 1. 1 King Arthur Terrace, Tennyson About $17m2. 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon $7.85m3. 119 Nelson St, Kalinga $5.175m4. 630 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket $4.65m5. 58 Retreat St, Bridgeman Downs $4.117mMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago6. 100 Oriel Rd, Clayfield $4.1m7. 49 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo $3.82m8. 31 Rivergum Plc, Fig Tree Pocket $3.3m9. 65 Upper Brookfield Rd, Brookfield $3.2m10. 11 Timaru Close, Westlake $3.075m(Source:, CoreLogic, Spinks & Co, agents) This tennis court property at 48 Markwell St, Hamilton, is for sale. 10 TENNIS COURT HOMES ON THE MARKET Dave and Yvonne Todd are selling their tennis court property in Chelmer.YOU could call it the Ash Barty effect.In the past six months, tennis court homes in Brisbane netted huge demand, with recent sales breaking records.And the Queensland tennis superstar is not the only one on the hunt for a property with a tennis court worthy of a Grand Slam final. Queenslander Ash Barty has become a tennis superstar. Photo: Rob Williams/The Queensland Times.With the summer of tennis just around the corner, agents say appetite is increasing for lifestyle properties on large parcels of land that offer the whole experience for families.Spinks & Co Residential director Rachael Spinks said it had been a big few months for tennis court homes in Brisbane. “I think it’s shown there’s a real strength in that market place, with the top prestige sale (of 2019) a tennis court home,” Ms Spinks said.“It’s showing people are continuing to want to have those lifestyle properties — you get to sell a whole dream.”The biggest tennis court property transaction in Brisbane this year was the offmarket sale of 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson. This property at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, recently sold for about $17m and has a tennis court.The deal is yet to settle, but sources say the property, owned by Brisbane Broncos chairman Karl Morris, fetched about $17 million.Ms Spinks said most of the tennis court properties that changed hands in 2019 sold to local families looking to upsize. “I think people really are wanting to spend more time with their families,” she said.”The whole summer of tennis in Australia really motivates people to get back outside again and do things with their family.”Heath Williams of Place – New Farm negotiated one of the biggest tennis court home sales of the year — and one of the biggest property sales of the year in Queensland.Mr Williams sold a five-bedroom house on a huge 4240 sqm hilltop site at 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon, this month for $7.85 million in a deal that broke the suburb record. The Nest, a Shaun Lockyer design at 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon, sold for $7.85m. Photo: SB Photography. The tennis court at 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon, which was one of the biggest sales of 2019.“It was all about the lifestyle — an acreage buyer in the city,” Mr Williams said.“We had multiple offers, and all from Paddington based buyers.”Mr Williams said it was rare for lifestyle properties of that size close to the city and with tennis courts to become available.“If I had three of these houses, they’d all be sold,” he said.“In some suburbs, it’s almost become an expectation (to have a tennis court).”One of Brisbane’s leading architects, Joe Adsett, has just built an L-shaped house in Ascot built around tennis court.Mr Williams is also marketing the incredible property at 1 Leopard St, Kangaroo Point, which holds the record for Brisbane’s most expensive residential home sale. This property at 119 Nelson St, Kalinga, was one of the biggest tennis court sales of 2019.He said he had been in negotiations with a potential buyer to sell the property, but they wanted a tennis court.There a handful of stunning tennis court properties on the market now, including a beachfront pad Ash Barty has been quietly looking for a cool $6.995 million.The eyewatering price tag is much more achievable following the 23-year-old’s historic payday in China earlier this year when she won the biggest cash prize in tennis history — a cheque for $6.4 million. This property at 44-48 North Point Ave, Kingscliff, is on the market. Chelmer residents David and Yvonne Todd are selling their five-bedroom Georgian-style house with a tennis court at 17 Lama Street after living there for 11 years.And Ms Spinks is about to list a tennis court property at 85 Ascog Tce, Toowong, on an elevated 2291 sqm block with a pool and city views. The property for sale at 17 Lama Street, Chelmer, comes with a tennis court. 10 OF THE TOP TENNIS COURT HOME SALES OF 2019 IN BRISBANElast_img read more

Lost clubs prevent Hoey return

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Michael Hoey was forced to withdraw from the inaugural Made in Denmark event after what he described as a “nightmare 24 hours”. Hoey then tried to get back to the course only to discover that his golf clubs had been mislaid in transit and he could not get back in time for his 7:40am start on Saturday morning. The five-time European Tour winner wrote on Twitter: “Home after a nightmare 24hrs, left Aalborg for Amsterdam, arrived, watched scores, made cut. KLM lost my clubs, missed flights back. “Couldn’t get private jet, train, car or any other way back so came home! At least I found my clubs this morning at Schiphol #silverlinings.” Hoey thought he had missed the halfway cut at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort after consecutive rounds of 73 left him four over par. The 35-year-old therefore set off for home only to discover in Amsterdam airport that a bogey on his final hole from James Heath – who was in the last group on Friday afternoon – had changed the cut from three over to four over. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Man accused of stealing vehicle in Minneapolis arrested in Thornton

first_imgTHORNTON — A man who allegedly stole a vehicle in the Twin Cities has been arrested in Cerro Gordo County. 51-year-old Greggery Kisling was arrested by authorities at about 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon at the Classic Stop convenience store in Thornton. Court documents state that Kisling told law enforcement after his arrest that he was driving the stolen vehicle down to Texas with the intent to sell it. Authorities also allegedly located methamphetamine in the vehicle, hidden in the lid of a container of coffee pouches. Kisling was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on charges of second-degree theft and possession of meth first offense. He’s being held on $10,000 bond.last_img