Struggle in the shadows

first_img Writer’s online altar honors migrant workers murdered in Mexico Related The son of a Mexican woman and a Guatemalan man, Alex came to the United States when he was 4 years old. Growing up in Chicago as a budding artist, he applied to a private art school but was shown the door when he revealed he was undocumented. Shortly after, consumed by anger, his dreams broken, and his life in disarray, Alex was killed in a gang fight.He was 16.Alex’s death made a weighty impression on Roberto Gonzales, sociologist and assistant professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Gonzales met Alex as a youth worker in the northwest side of Chicago, and became his godfather. For many months after his death, Gonzales wondered where he had failed the teenager.“He went from high hopes to his neighborhood school,” said Gonzales, pondering Alex’s fate at his office in Gutman Library. “He realized he couldn’t get a driver’s license or get after-school jobs because he didn’t a have a Social Security number. He was stuck in one place, on the outside looking in.”It is a common narrative of undocumented young adults in the United States, said Gonzales, who has written a book on the plight of children who grow up in the shadows and struggle with feelings of belonging and exclusion in the place they call home.His book, “Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America,” to be published in December, is inspired by Alex, said Gonzales, and hence “intensely personal.”The book draws on a study of 150 undocumented young adults in the Los Angeles metropolitan area whom Gonzales followed for 12 years. It’s the largest and longest study of this population, and could be the most comprehensive study of undocumented young adults in the United States, he said.Mary C. Waters, Harvard’s M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, said in a blurb that Gonzales’ book is “a landmark study on the human costs of American policy failures.”According to the Pew Research Center, undocumented youth number 2.1 million of the country’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Brought here by their parents, they attend U.S. schools and grow up living the American dream. But when they become adults, their undocumented status leaves them “awakening to a nightmare.”About 65,000 undocumented students finish high school every year, and between 12,000 and 15,000 don’t graduate. Unable to obtain a Social Security card that would help them further their education and get better jobs, they end up at the margins of society.Even those who manage to go to college end up only one step ahead of their parents, or, most commonly, in their same situation, working low-wage jobs and making ends meet.Between 2003 and 2015, Gonzales studied a group of 150 undocumented young adults, chosen in roughly equal numbers of people who had at least two years of college and people who left school at high school graduation or before. Of these, 71 didn’t finish high school and 79 went to college. Of the college-goers, only 41 earned bachelors and advanced degrees. What makes Gonzales’ study distinctive is the long-term involvement with his subjects, which allowed him to see the long-term effects of living without legal status. At the end of his study, many of the young adults he followed — even those who earned college degrees — were toiling in factories, washing dishes, or cleaning offices.“I saw changes in their lives, but I also saw the long-term effects of life in the shadows,” he said. “When I first met them, they were cheery and optimistic. Years later, they were worn down.”Undocumented immigrant children are victims of a broken immigration system that rejects them when they become adults after allowing them to attend K-12 schools, Gonzales said. In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that all children, regardless of their immigration status, have the right to a basic public education.“They grow up watching ‘Barney’ and ‘The Power Rangers,’ they pledge allegiance to the flag, they lose their accent, and they become more like their peers and less like their parents,” said Gonzales. “They move further away from their parents, but they end up in the same place as their parents or their peers with much less education.”Illegality, said Gonzales, trumps all of their achievements. For these young people, the transition to adulthood is a transition to illegality. His study shows that it’s not enough for them to get advanced degrees or go to college to achieve a better life.Recent government efforts to help undocumented youth have been too little too late, he said. In 2010, the DREAM Act, which would have permitted undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children to gain legal status, failed in Congress. In 2012, the Obama administration passed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which offered legal relief from deportation and allowed undocumented young adults to apply for work permits, but fell short of providing a path to legalization or citizenship.More than 680,000 students have benefited from DACA, but the program didn’t address other realities: low-income neighborhoods, overcrowded and de facto segregated schools, and the stigma of being undocumented, said Gonzales.Take Esperanza, a young immigrant Gonzales met in 2002. In 2006, she graduated from college and in 2015 she was working as a receptionist. When Gonzales asked her to ponder whether her life would have been different had she benefited from an earlier legalization program, she lamented the missed opportunities.“I would have been young and extraordinary,” he quotes her in his book. “I would have been the walking truth instead of a walking shadow.”Gonzales worries that the voices of Esperanza, Alex, and others like them could be silenced by the contentious immigration debate, often a hot topic during election season. He hopes his book sheds light rather than heat.Polls suggest a majority of Americans support immigration reform. Gonzales’ book calls for legislation to allow the undocumented to attain full citizenship and prevent the formation of a “disenfranchised underclass.” Such a move would benefit not only the undocumented but the whole country, he said.“Every one of the 2.1 million undocumented youth has neighbors, teachers, employees, employers, children, partners,” said Gonzales. “It doesn’t make sense to keep them in the shadows.” Beyond mourninglast_img read more

The Gold Coast’s top five houses for New Year’s Eve parties

first_imgBuy one of these houses and be known as the person who threw the best New Year’s Eve party.STOCK up on the glow sticks and get ready for a big night, it’s almost time to celebrate the start of a new year.Heading to the beach or the heart of the city on New Year’s Eve can be great fun, but navigating the big crowds and fighting for a spot to watch the fireworks can ruin the night.While it’s too late for this year, there are plenty of luxury Gold Coast’s homes that would easily double as a party house to bring in 2021. Party like the rich and famous in this house.Party the night away in old school luxury style at this lavish house.Gold fixtures and fittings, marble and polished concrete as well as feature lighting give it a sense of Hollywood glamour.Its glass wine display, double-sided fireplace and extravagant dressing room will make you feel like you’re living the life of the rich and famous.It has five bedrooms so there is plenty of space for everyone to crash in the early hours of the morning while the large kitchen will make it easy to cook up a greasy hangover breakfast.The best part is, it’s being sold as a display home until November 2020 so it’ll be as good as new when you move in. Retreat to an island for the night.Splash out for the biggest party night of the year and invite all your friends to an island retreat.Arrive by boat, which is just one of the many impressive inclusions that come with the house, and get ready to relax and unwind.It has an expansive outdoor entertainment area with private beach and has an indoor/outdoor pool.It will also be sold fully furnished with plenty of items to make the most of the island life, including a Pajero 4WD, jetski, boat, wakeboarding and tube riding gear and bikes. 16 Clover Way, Helensvale 15 Cleland Cres, Broadbeach Waters 42/11 Peak Ave, Main Beach RELATED: Gold Coast mansion sets a benchmark for luxury living Enjoy the fireworks and twinkling lights of the city skyline.Who are we kidding, anyone who loves entertaining year-round will enjoy this waterfront home.Whether it be a lavish soiree, summer pool party or the ultimate New Year’s Eve gathering with champagne and front seat views of the fireworks, it is suitable for any occasion.The modern industrial-style home blends indoor and outdoor living seamlessly and offers unparalleled views of the city skyline.The 2000-bottle wine cellar will mean you’ll never run out of alcohol either. 14 King James Court, Sovereign Islands 21 Casuarina Court, South Stradbroke RELATED: Ultimate island getaway hits the market on South Stradbroke You won’t even need to be outside to see the fireworks from this house.No need to panic if you’re topping up your glass as the countdown begins.This waterfront mansions’s wall of wide windows, which frame envious Broadwater views, will ensure you still get to watch the fireworks go off.It is just one of the standout features inside the mansion, which epitomises opulence.There are also two additional balconies upstairs if you can’t fit all your guests on the terrace.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago You can’t beat the views of the fireworks from this penthouse.Don’t strain your neck to watch the fireworks when you can enjoy them at eye level from this four-level penthouse.The extravagant apartment topping the Marquis on Main building has 360 degree views of the ocean, Broadwater, Hinterland and skyline so you won’t miss anything.Party the night away on the top-floor terrace or sip a cocktail by the pool on the third level, which also has a wraparound terrace.You’ll have the best seats in the house to see in the new year.last_img read more

Kinnear: Cabaye was desperate to go

first_imgJoe Kinnear has insisted Newcastle only sold Yohan Cabaye to Paris St-Germain because he was desperate to leave. Press Association The Magpies’ director of football has once again become the target of fans’ fury after the club sold Cabaye, arguably manager Alan Pardew’s best player, to the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit earlier this week and failed to replace him before Friday night’s transfer deadline. But writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s derby clash with Sunderland, Kinnear said: “Of course it is disappointing that Yohan Cabaye has moved on after two and a half seasons at St James’ Park. center_img “We didn’t want to sell him, make no bones about that, but Yohan made it very clear to us that the opportunity of playing Champions League football and being part of the sporting project at PSG was something he wanted. “On that basis, we felt that if we received an acceptable bid for him, then it was the right decision for the club to do business. “Yohan benefited hugely from his time with us. He flourished as a player and his move to PSG comes as a result of the performances he put in during his time at the club. “But for us, now is the time to look forward, not back. We have a number of highly talented midfielders within our ranks.” Kinnear was appointed to his post in June last year and is yet to make a permanent signing, with on-loan strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong the only two men to arrive at the club since. last_img read more

Data and analytics company Esports One closes $3m seed round

first_imgEsports One, the data and analytics company that which seeks to change the way fans watch and engage with esports, has today announced the close of $3m (£2.15m) seed round co-led by XSeed Capital & Eniac Ventures. The round also saw participation from Crest Capital. Matthew Gunnin, Esports OneEsports One utilises ‘proprietary computer vision technology, machine learning and custom datasets to provide real-time, live modules to inform and engage any esports fan’. The financing will allow the company to continue to scale operations and hire more talent as it continues to expand.Matthew Gunnin, Co-founder and CEO, Esports One said of the news: “2018 has already been a shaping up to be a big year. The close of our $3MM seed round is just the beginning. We’re continuing to make key hires, expanding operations and offices along with the upcoming launch of our esports podcast. “We couldn’t be more excited to have the backing of our investors. Their support will be pivotal as we get ready to expand games and execute on our biggest launches yet.”Right now the majority of esports data companies rely on third-party game publisher APIs. This is something of an issue as these can be restricted, unreliable or even non-existent. Esports One’s method utilises computer vision technology to determine what’s happening in a live broadcast in real-time, and incorporates machine learning technology to understand this, and then generates real-time information to display to the viewer.Users of Esports One will have complete control of what information they want to see during each game. This can be anything from head to head results, player positional tracking, objective tracking, prediction models and more.Mark “Garvey” Candella, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Twitch said of the product:, and the company’s CEO: “Having been friends with and worked alongside Matt for more than six years, there are very few that not only have the vision but also the drive and dedication to bring innovation to the forefront of the esports industry than he does. Esports One is no exception with its ability to provide a valuable service that no one else in the market is capable of yet. The data-driven analysis coupled with the customizable approach significantly improves our broadcast quality and, in turn, increases viewership and engagement.“Paired with Twitch Extensions, the capabilities for both the broadcaster and viewer are endless. Needless to say, we are super excited to be working with the Esports One team and can’t wait to see it in action on Twitch!”“Esports One is able to provide a service to esports fans around the world that no one else is yet capable of,” commented Ray Panahon, Technical Lead of Esports at Riot Games.“Their technology and game expertise allows them to capture and present a layer of data that completely changes the way you watch and interact with an esports broadcast. We are constantly keeping an eye out for new companies with the goal of improving the industry and after an exclusive look at their platform, it’s safe to say that Esports One is going to do just that.”Damon Cronkey, Partner at XSeed Capital added: “Esports One is using cutting edge technology to focus on what, we believe, is the most important aspect of the market, the spectator experiences,“The Esports One team’s skills and category authenticity are undeniable and critical to their ability to understand the needs of the expanding esports community.”Esports One is currently hiring for a number of roles and they’re also ‘adding new positions regularly’. Anyone interested in joining the company can look through the roles here. Interested parties can also sign up for the Esports One Beta right here. Esports Insider says: We’ve been monitoring the growth of Esports One for some time and it’s fantastic to see their hard work rewarded with a sizable seed round. With commendations from notable team members at both Twitch and Riot Games, we expect them to go from strength to strength as they continue to build both the team and product.last_img read more

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson undergoes successful surgery for groin injury

first_imgKarlsson, who has already started the recovery process, is expected to be ready by the start of the 2019-20 season.#SJSharks defensemen Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury suffered during the 2018-19 season.https://t.co/6EOVwqebzt pic.twitter.com/hveFQtXBwf— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) June 5, 2019What remains unclear, however, is where Karlsson will start the campaign; he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. As per Sportsnet, he is expected to make a decision soon whether he will remain in San Jose.Elliotte Friedman reported that Karlsson is taking a “long, hard look” into signing an extension, but there are also reports that he is looking to sign an NHL deal with a Canadian team, per the Ottawa Sun. Overall, he missed 29 regular-season games for the Sharks, but he was able to make it back in time for the team’s regular-season finale and the start of the 2019 NHL playoffs. He looked good in his 19 playoff appearances and put up 16 points, but in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the St. Louis Blues, he again appeared to be in pain and left the game during the second period. He ultimately missed the decisive Game 6 with an injury.RUMOR ROUNDUP: Could Erik Karlsson end up with the Rangers? San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent successful surgery to address a groin injury on May 31, the team announced Wednesday.The 30-year-old blueliner appeared in 53 games with the Sharks this season, registering three goals and 45 points. Karlsson started having problems with his groin in mid-January and missed nine games. After returning for four games in mid-February, he reinjured his groin and was sidelined until early April.last_img read more

Brumskine/Karnwea Ticket Announced

first_imgBrumskine lifts Karnwea’s hand in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf City Hall in Saclepea to rounds of applause from the audienceThe political leader of Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine, on Saturday named former Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., as his presidential running mate.Karnwea, a native of Nimba County in northern Liberia, was subsequently elected unopposed as deputy standard bearer of the LP by delegates at a daylong special meeting of the party’s national, county and legislative aspirants in Saclepea, Nimba County, on Saturday, March 18.Karnwea, a former superintendent of vote-rich Nimba County and Minister of Internal Affairs, resigned recently from the ruling Unity Party (UP) in favor of the opposition, Liberty Party.In spite of the many criticisms of Karnwea’s decision to cross over to the LP, Brumskine told the gathering that selecting him was based on recommendations from a special committee set-up by the LP.He said that the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket will bring victory, not only to the LP, but to the country, which will eventually witness tremendous developments.Amid great excitement in the audience, Brumskine said, “It is my pleasing duty to announce to you that Nimba County has been selected to produce the next vice president of the Republic of Liberia, and is therefore my honor to inform Liberia that the honorable Harrison Karnwea has been selected as my running mate.”In a brief statement, Karnwea accepted his selection as vice standard bearer and promised “to work overtime” to ensure that the party wins the October 10 elections.“By this acceptance here, now and today, my intent and desire for the vice standard bearer position of the LP are hereby created and expressed,” he said.Mr. Karnwea told partisans that he would, alongside Brumskine and the other partisans and sympathizers, canvass for votes when the campaign process kicks off so that the party can effectively and efficiently challenge all other political parties during the elections.“Sincerely speaking, I see no ticket so unifying Liberians than our ticket that sends out a clear message that ‘united we stand, divided we fall.’ I see no ticket deserving victory than our ticket. I see no ticket that can be easily entrusted with the future of this country other than our ticket,” Karnwea said to rounds of applause from the floor.“I see no ticket that sends out a clear and loud message of peace, reconciliation and unity than the LP’s ticket that features Brumskine and I.”Karnwea indicated that through the LP ticket, he sees a Liberia on the best and proper trajectory for progress and development, adding that, “On our ticket, I see giants and real warriors in the political war to effectively minimize corruption.”The LP vice standard bearer continued by saying that on the party’s 2017 ticket, he sees real patriots with the minds and hearts to put Liberia first, and: “On our ticket I see a better future for the old and young Liberians no matter which village, town or quarter you find yourselves. I can say this ticket is a vote magnet that will attract the votes to push the LP to the leadership of this country in the upcoming elections.”The former UP stalwart said from the day he decided to make LP his political home, he started to effectively put together all the political energies, tactics and strategies to ensure that the party captures state power “from a party that desperately wishes to dominate the political landscape for 24 years.”Karnwea said he feels strongly that re-electing UP for the third time would be the wrong message for Liberians to send to the outside world, “and that we are satisfied with the maintenance of the status quo.”“I refuse to accept that Liberians will be satisfied with giving our country to one party for 24 consecutive years or more in the spirit of acceptance of superficial reforms against a transformative agenda that brings about serious systematic and positive changes for Liberia’s progress, which the LP stands to usher,” Karnwea said.Shortly after the pronouncement of Karnwea as the LP’s vice standard bearer, there were mixed reactions from some Liberians who consider his crossing over to the UP as betrayal to Vice President Joseph Boakai, in whose honor Karnwea named one of his quadruplets.  Another is named in honor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while the other two are named in honor of Mr. Karnwea and his mother, Monsoun, respectively.“I believe Karnwea has violated the tradition of naming a child after an individual by defecting from the UP to seek for Boakai’s position as VP,” said a Karnwea admirer only identified as Nyahn.A female well-wisher at Saturday’s occasion and many of her colleagues welcomed the revelation of the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket.Kou Meipein, who admires Karnwea’s forcefulness when it comes to development and his stance against corruption, and her colleagues believe that the selection of Mr. Karnwea as Brumskine’s running mate is the best decision the LP has so far made on its political sojourn.In a related development, the LP political leadership has commissioned the Bahn/Buutuo highway, which has remained deplorable over the years.At a brief groundbreaking ceremony earlier in Bahn City, Brumskine and Karnwea assured the gathering that the LP was reconditioning the road to revive the “lost hope of residents, and also to increase government’s revenue intake from that part of the country,” which connects Liberia to Ivory Coast.Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe, on behalf the residents, commended Mr. Karnwea and the LP for their decision to recondition the Bahn/Buutuo road network.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Barkley can become a world star if he leaves Everton for Man City, says Marsh

first_imgManchester City legend Rodney Marsh has advised Ross Barkley to move to the Etihad Stadium “in a heartbeat”.The defending Premier League champions are reportedly plotting a £50million swoop for the Everton starlet, who has risen to stardom in two impressive seasons since graduating to the Toffees’ first-team.His development is comparable to fellow Merseyside-born whizzkid Wayne Rooney, who secured a £27m switch to Manchester United at just 18 and went on to star for both the Red Devils and the Three Lions.Ex-England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has warned Barkley against leaving Goodison Park, but former striker Marsh believes moving to City would give the youngster the platform to become the greatest British player in history.“I would advise Ross Barkley to move to Manchester City in a heartbeat,” Marsh told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“He has the opportunity to become one of the greatest British players we’ve ever seen.“He’s the sort of player who can move to Manchester City and, unlike others, can get into the first-team as a youngster, dominate and become a truly great footballer.“I would advise anyone at the moment who has the chance of becoming a top player to go to City, it’s a wonderful club now. They’ve got everything in their favour, from their training conditions to being able to play around great players.“This morning I spoke with someone who has seen every game Ross Barkley has played, even for Everton’s youth team. He told me this kid loves his football, he trains harder than anybody, he stays behind after training and is a wonderful young man as well, and they truly believe he will go on to become a world star.“Another player Everton let go as a youngster, Wayne Rooney, became the biggest thing in British football when he moved to Manchester United. I put Barkley in the same category.“Only time will tell but I think this kid can be breathtaking, both for England and Man City, if he decides to move there.“I think Yaya Toure could well be out of the back door, so that’s another reason why I think Barkley would be great at City.”last_img read more

Elderly take up Aids challenge

first_img2 May 2006Not long ago, Florence Z. thought she could do nothing about her HIV status.“I am 70 years old,” she said. “I felt it was something that could happen to my grandchildren, not to me.”But then she saw the challenge facing her: “I had to help my grandchildren, but I didn’t know how.”Florence Z. has since joined a group of concerned grandmothers in Amathole in the Eastern Cape, and is now learning to use words like “sex” and “condom” in a way she has never done before.She is also learning about what young people say about sexual violence and HIV/Aids.“It is the first time that someone has a workshop of this nature for elders only,” she said. “We are very happy about this, because it is not easy to express ourselves when there are young people around.”Bridging the gap between old and youngSeveral of these groups are taking off in Amathole, where the district municipality and the Community Information, Empowerment and Transparency (CIET) Trust have launched a project to bridge the distance between elders and young people in the fight against the pandemic.The CIET Trust, a national research NGO with a local branch in Amathole, will measure the impact of the project on both the elderly and the youth. The Conflict and Governance Facility (CAGE), a partnership between the South African Treasury and the European Union, is sponsoring the initiative.“Elders are often left out of HIV/Aids programmes because they are seen as sexually inactive and at low risk, and yet they can be a moral yardstick for younger people, and so an essential part of the solutions we seek,” said councillor Helen Neal-May of Amathole, who spearheaded the initiative.“We have to narrow the gap between elders and youth if we want to tackle HIV/Aids,” said CIET Trust executive director Neil Andersson, who led a nationwide study of sexual violence and HIV/Aids in 2003 that was the largest to date in South Africa, covering 283 000 young people, 42 000 of them in the Eastern Cape.Someone to talk toAccording to Andersson, around a third of youngsters in the Eastern Cape feel they do not have anyone to talk to about their sexual lives, with the situation being worst for girls.“This can have very negative consequences, if we consider that six out of 10 children and teenagers think it is not rape to force sex with someone you know,” Andersson said. “And, in spite of all the publicity out there, four out of 10 do not know that condoms can protect them from HIV/Aids.”Elders could play a crucial role in prevention “because they have strong values and powerful life lessons to share,” Andersson said.“But we also know from our studies that they need specific knowledge about sexual violence and the HIV/Aids epidemic, and more self-confidence to reach out to younger people.”According to CAGE programme co-ordinator Charmaine Estment, the “creative and divergent angle” of the awareness project, focusing on the marginalised group of the aged, is what won the funding.Boosting confidenceIn CIET’s workshops, elders discuss the evidence from studies on sexual violence and HIV/Aids and explore ways of talking with their children and grandchildren about these issues.The groups also identify HIV/Aids services in local communities and make sure they know how to get access to these services and how and where to speak out in case they see the need for improvement.“Our workshops with gogos boost their self-confidence a lot,” explained Ncumisa Ngxowa, CIET’s coordinator in the Eastern Cape.“The first few sessions are very quiet, but then they get used to all the new words and they start asking us all the questions that may have been bottled inside them for years.”CIET’s facilitators are particularly sensitive to gender issues.“We keep the male and female elders separate, because they are shy even to talk in front of members of the opposite sex of their own age group,” Ngxowa said.CIET encourages individuals and organisations working on HIV/Aids and sexual violence in the Amathole district to contact Ms Ngxowa at (043) 722-0655, mobile 083 597 1631, or by e-mail at [email protected], to find out how they can get involved in the project.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

24 days agoGonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gonzalo Higuain delighted with goal in Juventus Champions League winby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGonzalo Higuain was delighted with his goal in Juventus’ 3-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen.Higuain, Federico Bernardeschi and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed the goals.“It was an important game after our draw in Madrid, so we knew we needed the victory to get closer to qualification,” Pipita told Sky Sport Italia.“I think Juve showed great determination, I am happy for the game, for the goal and we have to continue like this.“It’s always good to play in these games, to score even more so, now we can rest and prepare for the next match, which will be another battle to close on the top of the Serie A table.” last_img read more

Brantford police inundated with complaints following Amber Alert

first_imgBRANTFORD – Complaints are once again popping up on social media about the Amber Alert that woke people up early Thursday morning.Brantford police say they were inundated with calls and emails, including one person who is under investigation after calling to complain 11 times about the alert that woke people up around 3 a.m.Police issued a statement, calling out some of those who emailed their complaints to them.“3 o’clock in the **** morning- no- I haven’t seen her. This went off five **** times. I am in oshawa . What in the **** are you thinking”“You guys are absolutely crazy with your Amber alerts. I live 6 hours drive away, in another province and you feel waking me up at 3 am is required.”“Yes, I leave my phone on, but not because I want to be harassed by law enforcement, because I have elderly parent who may have a legitimate need for help.”“Respectfully, do your job and stop harassing citizens.”“Perhaps if you do your job, we could sleep.”Brantford police defended their use of the alert system while reminding the public that contacting police to complain takes resources away from legitimate police investigations.“When a child is abducted, it is our duty to utilize any and all resources available to facilitate a lawful investigation, and to locate the child as soon as possible. We expect the public to support our stance,” said Insp. Scott Williams.“Time is critical in saving the lives of abducted children, and the main objective of the Amber Alert is always the safe return of the child. The decision to utilize the Ontario Amber Alert is based on established criteria, and is never taken lightly.”A recent petition on Change.org is calling on the province to fine people who call 9-1-1 to complain about Amber Alerts. So far, more than 80,000 people have signed the petition.last_img read more