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August 30, 2018

The Talk That Killer of Wife and Girls (Watts)Had a Double Live Might Be Confirmed by X Male Lover


 
 A man claiming to be the gay lover of accused US murderer Christopher Watts has told a US media outlet they had a 10-month affair.
Watts, of Colorado, has been charged with killing his pregnant wife, Shannan Watts, and their two young daughters – Bella, 3, and Celeste, 4.
Shanann's body was discovered in a shallow grave about 65km from the family's home in Frederick, a community in the oil and gas fields north of Denver. 
The girls' bodies were recovered from nearby oil tanks.
Watts told investigators that he killed his wife after discovering that she had strangled their daughters, after he told her he wanted to separate.
Watts told investigators that he killed his wife after discovering that she had strangled their two daughters, Bella, three, and Celeste, four, after he told her he wanted to separate.
Watts told investigators that he killed his wife after discovering that she had strangled their two daughters, Bella, three, and Celeste, four, after he told her he wanted to separate. (Facebook)
Now an anonymous man appeared on HLN’s ‘Crime and Justice’ TV show claiming he had met the accused on a dating app.
It comes amid intense media speculation in the US that Christopher Watts, 33, was having an extra-marital affair with a “co-worker” – presumed to be female. But yesterday, the anonymous man told host Ashleigh Banfield he had been approached by Watts in June 2017.
“He reached out to me and messaged me,” the man said.
“It was small talk. He told me his age. He had two daughters.”
Watts, 33, was arrested earlier this month over the slayings of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their two young daughters.
Watts, 33, was arrested earlier this month over the slayings of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their two young daughters. (AAP)
The purported gay lover said Watts’ profile listed him as straight.
“I asked why his profile said straight. He said he was not out and not ready to be out as far as sexuality.”
Court papers released last week revealed investigators had learned Watts was “actively involved in an affair with a co-worker”, something he had denied in police interviews.
Watts worked as an operator at Colorado oil and gas explorers  Andarko Petroleum.
He was fired on August 15, the day of his arrest.
Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts, left, and her brother Frankie Rzucek attended court for Christopher Watts' arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse.
Frank Rzucek the father of Shanann Watts, left, and her brother Frankie Rzucek attended court for Christopher Watts' arraignment hearing at the Weld County Courthouse. (AP/AAP)
The bodies of his wife and daughters were found on property owned by the company.
Court documents stated the girls had been submerged in crude oil for four days.
In the HLN interview, the unidentified man said Christopher Watts talked about his wife before her death and said he had met one of their daughters.
“Bella made a comment… She asked if she could sleep with him and mommy,” he told Banfield. 
“That’s how I found out he was married. I asked why he lied to me. He told me he knew he wouldn’t have a chance with me if he told me he was married. He told me what I wanted to hear.’
A man claiming to be Christopher Watts' gay lover claimed that he and his wife Shannan were having marital troubles.
A man claiming to be Christopher Watts' gay lover claimed that he and his wife Shannan were having marital troubles. (Facebook)
Watts was also critical of his wife, according to the unidentified man.
“He told me his wife was verbally and emotionally abusive,” he said. 
“He told me he didn’t love her. She didn’t love him. I knew something was wrong at home.”
When Banfield asked the man if he thought Christopher Watts had killed his family, he replied that the husband and father should be jailed for the crimes.
“‘I hope he gets convicted and I hope he stays in prison for the rest of his life.’
During a court appearance last week, Watts did not enter a plea to three first-degree murder charges, two counts of killing a child under 12, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.
He is due back in court in November.
 


July 15, 2018

US District Court (GOP) Refused to Punish The Trump Administration for Missing A Court Ordered For Border Families and Children

                                                                    

A Judge Appointed by Pres. Bush, Dana Sabraw
 let his order pass without consequences to the defendants (Pres. Bush Administration). Watch out for next  recomendation  to the GOP Congress for a promotion when this is over.
 
                                                                     

, USA TODAY

A federal judge did not rule Friday on whether to punish the Trump administration for missing a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of young children separated from their parents, focusing instead on pushing the government to ensure the next round of reunifications happens properly and on time.
U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw had ordered the administration to reunite all children under age 5 by Tuesday. The government didn't reunite the 57 children in that group until Thursday morning, prompting ACLU lawyers to request that the government be forced to pay for mental health counseling for the children as punishment.
Sabraw didn't address that request on Friday, offering only praise for the government's work thus far.
"There is substantial compliance," he said. "There is good faith being demonstrated. There is a collaborative process that's well underway."
The judge did make clear, however, that changes have to be made to make sure that all other minors — nearly 3,000 of them — are reunited with their parents by the final deadline of July 26. He asked the government to produce detailed lists of all minors and parents, with information about their current locations, and hand them over to the ACLU. 
He also ordered the government to notify the ACLU of all future reunifications at least 12 hours before they occur. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said they had not received any pre-notification of reunifications for the first group of children, which he said is necessary so that immigration advocacy groups and faith-based organizations can be on hand to provide whatever support the families need.
That lack of notification led to one case where a mother and her children, including a 6-month-old, were left stranded at a bus stop by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. According to Gelernt, the mother called an attorney and an immigration advocacy group for help, and finally secured a bus ticket around midnight on Tuesday.
Department of Justice attorney Sarah Fabian fought back against the demand, arguing that most reunifications will start taking place at a small number of processing centers. She said the humanitarian groups can camp out at those locations and be ready to assist anybody who's released, and that requiring advance notification of each and every release would represent "a big ask" of the government.
Gelernt bristled at the idea that an agency as large as the Department of Justice couldn't handle that task. "I do not think this is situation where it's a small law firm that has a finite number of associates," he said.
Sabraw agreed, and ordered the government to give at least 12 hours notice before each reunification.
"So much of this is really common sense and common courtesy," he said. "Someone is making determinations as to who's getting reunified, what time and where. That information can be communicated. There shouldn't be anything mysterious about it. It should be transparent and easy to do."
The ACLU also worried that the government is preparing a massive series of deportations of parents over the weekend almost immediately after they're reunited with their children.
The Department of Homeland Security is offering parents who are facing final orders of removal two options: They can be deported alone and leave their child in the U.S., or the parent can stay in detention while their child is transferred into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services. Gelernt said parents needed more time to speak with pro bono attorneys so they can make the best decision for themselves and their children.
"We would hope no removals happen before your honor has a chance to look at the situation," Gelernt said.
Fabian said she was not aware of any plans for mass deportations, and argued that the judge could not halt all deportations.
"I'm not sure this court has the authority to do that," she said.
Sabraw simply urged attorneys on both sides to notify him over the weekend if those deportations commence so he can hold an emergency hearing. 

July 12, 2018

LGBTI Calls for Hong Kong to Reverse Its Decision to Hide 10 (LGBT-Theme) Children's Books



An international human rights group has called on Hong Kong’s government to immediately reverse its decision to hide 10 children’s books with LGBT themes from public view in libraries, warning the move sent a discriminatory message. 

In a letter to the head of the Home Affairs Bureau and its Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) on Wednesday, Human Rights Watch criticised the move to place the books in the “closed stacks” sections of local libraries. It said the arrangement limited citizens’ access to information about homosexuality and discriminated against LGBT youth based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Discriminatory placement of LGBT content in libraries not only sends a stigmatizing message that LGBT content is inherently inappropriate, but deprives people of their right to access information that could be important to their development, health, and safety,” wrote the group’s LGBT rights advocacy director Boris Dittrich.
Last month, Hong Kong public libraries removed children’s book And Tango Makes Three and nine other titles with LGBT themes to the closed stacks of the children’s section, meaning readers would need to file a request to borrow them.
They did so after an anti-LGBT group, the Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group, complained to the LCSD in April about the books’ easy visibility. A gay-rights activist has applied for a judicial review of the decision.











Singapore’s public libraries similarly covered up LGBT-themed books – also including And Tango Makes Three – in 2014, but that was reversed following public outcry. However, the titles intended for children were still kept in the adult section.
Dittrich warned Hong Kong’s move could violate its international obligation to protect equality.
It would also contradict the spirit of Unesco’s public library manifesto, which states it should provide services “on the basis of equality of access for all”, he said.
The LCSD previously said it adhered to the manifesto, but would not use library materials to promote a specific belief or view.
Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu, who sat on the government-appointed Public Library Advisory Committee, said it was alarming for a public library to limit certain books, and that doing so was against the norms of an open society.
He added that public libraries were about to begin buying a new batch of books after the summer and that he hoped the same policy would not be evident in the procurement.

July 4, 2018

The 12 Boys Lost in The Cave Were Found But Getting Them Out Could Take Weeks to Months


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 Food, Oxygen, and Equipment are being Taken to the Boys. The Cave system is over four miles and the kids are about one third down the cave system. There are other connecting caves in the system. The only way to get to the boys or the boys out is diving through the water and is not a short distance and the water is not clear water. You can't see in front of your face 🦊 which makes it unnerving for someone, not experience.
                                 





 The rescue of 12 members of a boys’ soccer team and their coach trapped in a northern Thailand cave could take months, the navy said Tuesday, as officials weigh the best extraction options after a dramatic nine-day search.  
Thai authorities are committed to “100 percent safety” in extracting the boys and their coach from a partially flooded network of caves, said Narongsak Osatanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province, according to the Associated Press. Options include coaching the boys on how to use special breathing masks or draining water from the cave. None of the boys can swim or dive.
The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach, went missing on June 23. They were exploring a cave complex in a forest park in northern Thailand, close to the border with Myanmar. Local and international rescuers, including a team of Thai navy divers and cave experts, had spent days trying to locate the team, but muddy waters complicated their efforts and blocked access to the chambers of the cave complex. The search for the boys gripped the nation and the world, and it ended Monday evening when two British divers found the team on a dry patch in one of the flooded chambers. 
In a video posted by the Thai navy on its Facebook page, the boys are seen huddled on a rock in mud-stained T-shirts and shorts surrounded by water. 
“How many of you are there — 13? Brilliant,” a member of the rescue team, speaking in English, said to the boys. “You have been here 10 days. You are very strong.” 

The members of a youth soccer team and their coach are pictured moments after they were found inside the Tham Luang cave complex in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park, Chiang Rai province, Thailand. (Royal Thai Army//EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
When one of the boys asked if they could leave the cave, the rescuers replied that they could not yet but that many people were coming for them. 
“Navy SEAL will come tomorrow, with food and doctors and everything,” the rescuer said. 
The Thai military has confirmed that it is preparing for long-term food supplies and diving training for the group. Waters in the cave must recede to safe levels before the boys can be safely extracted, experts say. Engineers have been pumping water out of the cave, but more precipitation is expected as the rainy season hits the area.  
Options for extraction include drilling through the cave to find another entrance in among the caverns. But experts have warned that this could take a very long time, and be difficult and the boys are in a small space. Diving them out has been floated as the fastest but among the most dangerous extraction methods. A Thai official said that the boys may have no choice but to try to swim out, ahead of bad rains predicted later this week, according to the Associated Press.
Khaosod English, a Bangkok-based news organization, reported that officials are calling for donations of small diving masks that would fit the boys, as regular diving equipment could be too dangerous. 
Thai prime minister urges rescue workers not to 'rush' getting boys to safety
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha praised the rescue teams for finding the soccer team trapped in a cave but urged them not to rush the rescue operation. 
Officials say they have performed an informal medical evaluation and determined that most of the boys are in stable condition. No one has any critical injuries, said Chiang Rai’s governor.  
The British Cave Rescue Council, a voluntary underground rescue operation, has been in touch with the British divers who located the boys. In an interview with the BBC, the council’s vice chairman, Bill Whitehouse, said the divers described the dive as “gnarly.” 
There were “complications and problems,” said Whitehouse, “They were having to swim against the currents and pull themselves along the walls. The visibility wouldn’t have been very good.”
The dive took about three hours, he added. The cave system is at least four miles long, and waters can reach depths of 16 feet during the monsoon season, which lasts through October.

May 26, 2018

Science Shows the Psychological Damaged to Children Separated by Immigration at The Border






This spring, the White House implemented a new “zero-tolerance policy” intended to crack down undocumented immigrants attempting to enter the US along the country’s southwest border. Among the central targets of this policy are the children of immigrants, some as young as 18 months old.
US attorney general Jeff Sessions announced on May 7 that the Department of Homeland Security would be referring 100% of immigrants illegally crossing the border for criminal prosecution in federal court—and that any minors traveling with them would be taken into government custody. In a speech explaining the new guidelines, Sessions said, “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law.”
This is a major shift in policy, as immigrants previously charged with illegal entry—a misdemeanor on the first offense—had been allowed to stay in family shelters with their kids while awaiting asylum cases or deportation proceedings. Now, migrants attempting to enter the US illegally are being jailed and separated from their children.
It’s clear the separations are already having a devastating effect. One Houston Chronicle story tells the story of a man who was deported—alone—after attempting to cross the border, while his 18-month-old was placed in a federal shelter. Government agents couldn’t tell him where his child was. A story in the Arizona Daily Star reports on a Guatemalan woman begging the judge who sentenced her to serve time for illegal entry to tell her when she would be able to see her 8-year-old and 11-year-old sons again—and getting no clear response.
Heartbreaking as these stories are, the long-term consequences of the separation may be even worse. A strong body of science proves that separating children from their parents causes enduring harm to children’s emotional and mental health, and to the relationship between the child and their parent.

Attachment theory and parent-child separation

Attachment theory, developed in 1958 by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, explains that young children’s sense of security is rooted in their relationships with caregivers, which in turn shapes children’s social, cognitive, and emotional regulation skills. That means separating a child from the caregiver puts the child’s long-term development at risk. One 2011 study, published in the journal Attachment and Human Development, examined the effects of mother-child separation upon children under two years of age who had been apart from their mothers for a week or more. Most of the children came from low-income families. The researchers found that children who had been separated from their mothers at a young age showed more aggression and negativity at ages three and five, noting that involuntary separations were much more likely to have a negative effect. Meanwhile, a 2009 study of Chinese children who had been separated from their parents found that children whose parents had migrated in search of employment opportunities early in life were at greater risk of anxiety and depression later on.
Because the separations at the US-Mexico border are both forced and unexpected, they’re likely to be particularly damaging for kids. “The physical separation between a parent and child, particularly when unexpected as in the case of deportation, disrupts this essential secure base, risking internalizing symptoms (depression, anxiety), externalizing behaviors (withdrawal, aggression), and social and cognitive difficulties,” as one 2014 study (pdf) of detention and deportation of US migrants, published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, explains.
The effects of being separated from a parent can be difficult even when children are well cared for—say, staying with a grandparent or another trusted relative. But under the new US policy, parents are prosecuted and their kids are taken into government custody. Children are treated much better than their parentsthey have to be transferred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of being taken into custody by Homeland Security, given access to free legal services, held in a safe, sanitary, and “least-restrictive” possible environment, and given time to play outside. But the number of minors entering the US illegally is set to soon outpace the space available for them. So the Trump administration is reportedly considering holding undocumented immigrant children in military facilities.
And there’s reason to believe that the US government isn’t a trustworthy custodian. In 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which handles the placement of undocumented immigrant children into shelters or with sponsors, reported that it could not “determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,475” unaccompanied children who had previously been resettled with sponsors. And a 2016 report found that the Department of Health and Human Services unwittingly released a dozen minors into the custody of human traffickers.
In an April 26, 2018 oversight hearing, senator Rob Portman, the Republican junior senator for Ohio, gave an overview of the systemic ways in which US immigration officials are failing to enact basic protections to the children of undocumented immigrants. “We need to do better,” Portman said. In the weeks since, it seems, the US has been doing worse.
This reporting is part of a series supported by a grant from the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The author’s views are not necessarily those of the Bernard van Leer Foundation: But it is of Adamfoxie.blogspot.com



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April 11, 2018

The Panic, Cries Could Not Be Described But They Were Heard [23 Dead in Mainly Children in Bus Crash, India]



The remains of a school bus that plunged into a gorge in Himachal Pradesh, India, on Monday.













NEW DELHI — A speeding school bus plunged off a mountainside in northern India on Monday, killing 23 children and four adults, an official said. Several children managed to survive.

“The scene was full of panic, cries, chaos and disaster,” said Rakesh Pathania, a local politician who was at the site of the crash.

The bus, the authorities said, was carrying elementary school students from a private school in the state of Himachal Pradesh in the Himalayas when it swerved and fell hundreds of feet into a deep ravine around 3:15 p.m.

The bus was carrying 40 people, and the children who died were between the ages of 4 and 12, said Prabodh Saxena, the principal secretary of the state government.
“It is not clear why the bus crashed,” Mr. Saxena said. “We have called for an inquiry.”

One surviving boy, 10-year-old Ranveer Singh, told The Hindustan Times that he heard a loud bang and the bus started rolling down the side of the gorge. “Just then the window near my seat broke and I and a girl sitting by my side fell out,” he said.

That girl, along with several other students, survived the crash. A convoy of cars and bicycles made up of passers-by rushed to bring injured students to a nearby hospital before ambulances arrived at the scene near the town of Nurpur.

Between 300 and 400 local residents “worked like monkeys” to rush down to the crash site and rescue trapped passengers, Mr. Pathania said. Most of the children died from head injuries or suffocation. The bus was so badly crushed that workers had to “cut open the body of the bus” with rods and stones to rescue passengers.

Mr. Pathania said 12 of the children were still in the hospital, and that one of them was in critical condition.

Among the dead were the bus driver, two female teachers and an unidentified person who hitched a ride on the bus, Mr. Saxena said.

The bodies of two dozen children, all under the age of 13, were taken to the government mortuary in Nurpur. There, they were placed on the building’s concrete floor, covered with sheets as their families arrived to identify them.

A father of a dead child grieved outside a government hospital in Nurpur. Credit Ashwini Bhatia/Associated Press

“I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India said on Twitter. “My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones.”

India has one of the world’s highest traffic fatality rates, according to the World Health Organization. More than 207,550 people were killed in road accidents in 2013, according to United Nations statistics.

Poorly paved roads and a lack of guardrails make the country’s mountain roads particularly perilous. Vehicles are often old and not well maintained, and many drivers receive little formal training before getting behind the wheel.

On Tuesday morning, another bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a dangerous stretch of highway near the city of Pune and veered off the road. Officials said the driver may have been speeding and that at least 17 people heading to a construction site, including children, were killed.





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One surviving child was identified only as Nishant.CreditAshwini Bhatia/Associated Pres  




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The bodies of the dead children were placed on the floor of a mortuary in Nurpur. CreditAshwini Bhatia/Associated Press 

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