The El Paso Processing Center, informally known as the Camp, is a sprawling, walled compound of low-lying cinder-block buildings and trailers tucked between the landing strip at El Paso International airport and the Lone Star golf club, a public course that sits just across the street. The camp houses around 800 immigrants at any given time – some awaiting deportation, some awaiting their hearings or appeals. Some pass through for a day; others stay for years. Wassim Isaac, a 32-year-old Syrian with ginger hair and impeccable manners, had been at the Camp for over a year by the time we met, in December 2017 – his asylum denied, his appeal wending its way through the system. Isaac, who asked that I not use his real name, had been the owner of a pharmacy back in Syria, and described himself as a college-educated, law-abiding churchgoer. When he first arrived at the Camp, he asked himself how he had come to be incarcerated. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) designates … [Read more...] about ‘You descend into hell by coming here’: how Texas shut the door on refugees
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A DIVER died yesterday trying to help the young footballers trapped in a Thai cave – and with him died hopes of an easy rescue for the 12 boys and their coach. Former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan, 37, ran out of oxygen as he returned from delivering air tanks to the flooded cave where the team has now been stranded for two weeks. Officials initially planned to continue delivering supplies to the trapped team for up to four months, until waters dropped sufficiently for them to walk out. But the death of experienced diver Saman, coupled with news that oxygen levels are down to 15 per cent and decreasing in the cave — where the normal level is 21 per cent — has forced the realisation that time is running out. Thai Navy SEAL commander Apakorn Yookongkaew said: “At first we thought we could stay for a long time. Now things have changed. We have a limited time.” Ominously, Navy SEALs also confirmed that getting more oxygen piped in is … [Read more...] about Hero diver’s death, falling oxygen levels and rising water mean time is running out for boys trapped in Thai cave
A former Thai navy Seal has died from a lack of air while placing air tanks inside the cave where 12 boys have been stranded for nearly two weeks. Maintaining air supplies inside the cave emerged as the “top priority” on Friday as rescuers faced the prospect of the boys remaining underground throughout the monsoon season that ends in October. The presence of hundreds of rescue workers inside the cave has been depleting the air supply the boys have been relying on, with oxygen inside their chamber down to about 15%, deputy army commander Chalongchai Chaiyakham said at a briefing on Friday. Normal oxygen levels in the air are about 21%. Chaiyakham said he was unsure how long the boys could survive in such conditions. “I’m not a medical person. I can’t answer that,” he said. Divers have released 30 tanks of air to try to restore healthy levels. The former Seal, identified as Saman Kunan, died around 1am on Friday morning after he was returning from … [Read more...] about Former Thai navy Seal diver Saman Kunan dies inside cave from lack of air
Jessie Bardwell, 27, a beloved daughter and friend seemingly vanished from the Texas home she shared with her boyfriend, Jason Lowe. Fearing the worst, her father traveled from Mississippi to Texas to start the search for his daughter. Jessie's body was later found in a remote spot of farmland wrapped in a sheet. Police suspected murder, but was it? "This story is about a young girl," Richardson, Texas. Detective Eric Willadsen tells "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher. "Thinks she finds love and it turns out he's pure evil." Jessie was fun-loving and outgoing, say friends and family. She lived in Orange Beach, Ala., where she worked at a local hotspot. Then she fell for Lowe. To the surprise of her family, one day she moved to Texas. Turned out she was following Lowe, who had landed a job in Dallas. She suddenly disappeared in May 2016. "I knew she was dead," Jessie's father, Gary Bardwell, tells Maher. Bardwell said he had nightmare before his daughter disappeared. … [Read more...] about Jessie Bardwell case: Was Texas woman’s death an accident or murder?
Oliver Brown Chief Sports Feature Writer 31 May 2018 • 4:03pm One wonders sometimes if Eddie Jones takes his cues for England training straight from the screenplay of Full Metal Jacket. For his boot camps are acquiring the type of “attrition rate” – that clinical rugby shorthand for dislocated ankles, cruciate ligament damage, and other career-ending nastiness – seldom found outside the notorious ‘Hell Week’ for US Navy Seals. All along, Jones’ justification for inflicting every shade of purgatory upon his troops has been to make them 20 per cent fitter for next autumn’s World Cup in Japan. This argument becomes tricky to sustain, though, when you run out of players to put through the mangle. Now, Bath owner Bruce Craig, alarmed at seeing five of his cohort... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones is over-training England to dull exhaustion. How long can it last?