Central Americans who have special temporary residency in the United States because their countries were hit by natural disasters will be allowed to remain another 18 months. The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status for citizens of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The additional time affects about 230,000 Salvadorans, 7,800 Hondurans and 4,000 Nicaraguans, the agency said. In Los Angeles, tens of thousands of Central Americans will be affected by the decision, according to immigration rights activist William Torres. “Next to Mexican immigrants, Central Americans are the largest group of immigrants in Los Angeles,” said Torres, an organizer for the March 25 Coalition, the sponsor of Tuesday’s march downtown. “There’s literally hundreds of thousands of Central Americans in Los Angeles, and a large percentage of those have temporary protection status. So this is good news for them.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! El Salvadorans have had special residency since early 2001, when the country was hit by two devastating earthquakes that killed 1,200 people. The temporary status was granted to Nicaraguans and Hondurans after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. El Salvador President Tony Saca pushed for the extension during an Oval Office visit with President George W. Bush in February. Saca said then that more than 2 million Salvadorans live in the United States, the majority of them legal citizens. Temporary Protected Status is granted to people for whom it is temporarily unsafe to return home due to armed conflict, natural disaster or other extraordinary conditions. It doesn’t lead to permanent residency.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Everton have struck a £25m deal with Swansea for Gylfi Sigurdsson – but the midfielder is holding out for more than £120,000-a-week. The Toffees have moved quickly to try to tie up a deal for Swansea’s star man and double player of the year, amid rival interest from the likes of Tottenham and Southampton. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are leading the hunt to land Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Jurgen Klopp is ready to test Arsenal’s resolve to hold onto the England midfielder, who is ready to leave the Emirates after six years in North London. (The Sun)Chelsea will step up their bid to sign Romelu Lukaku next month after making the Belgium striker their first-choice target ahead of Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata. Everton bought Lukaku from Chelsea for £28million in 2014 and have put a £100m price tag on his head. However, the champions believe they will be able to acquire the 24-year-old for a lot less than that. (London Evening Standard)Chelsea and Bayern Munich are now in the race for Kyle Walker. The full-back is willing to listen to offers to leave Spurs this summer. Manchester City were leading the £40million chase for the Tottenham full-back but now face serious competition. (The Sun)Chelsea will open negotiations with Monaco about midfield target Tiemoue Bakayoko this week. Talks have already taken place with the 22-year-old midfielder’s representatives who have also had contact with Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris St Germain. (Daily Mail)Atlético Madrid have expressed a desire to be kept informed of Chelsea striker Diego Costa’s intentions this summer, despite Tianjin Quanjian’s confidence of taking him to China. (Guardian)Atletico Madrid are confident they’ll have their transfer ban overturned, so have this week renewed their efforts to reinforce their squad. And the major casualties of this push are Everton, who felt they had won the race to sign Sandro Ramirez from Malaga for a bargain £5.1million but now look like missing out, with Atleti set to dust off their chequebook in search of players who can return them to trophy-winning ways. (Independent)Arsenal have begun discussions to sign KAS Eupen striker Henry Onyekuru. The 19-year-old is the top scorer in the Belgium domestic league. (Various)Rafa Benitez will make a bid to land Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan. The Belgian striker has made only one league start this season for the new champions following a £33million move from French giants Marseille last summer. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth expect to complete the free transfer signing of Jermain Defoe this week. The 34-year-old striker is set to complete a medical within the next 72 hours, before sealing his switch from relegated Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)Watford are targeting Roger Schmidt to replace Walter Mazzarri as their new manager. The Pozzo family have identified the German coach, most recently with Bayer Leverkusen, as the man to revive their team after a disappointing 17th place finish in the Premier League this season. (Independent)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Everton FC transfer news: Romelu Lukaku will not be sold for less than £100MILLION, talkSPORT toldPhil Neville on talkSPORT: Manchester United’s season hinges on Europa League final – lose and it’s disappointing, win and it’s a springboard‘Slaven Bilic has done the best job of ANY Premier League boss this season… it is extraordinary what he has achieved with West Ham’‘It seems like Ronald Koeman is trying to push Ross Barkley out of Everton’, Phil Neville tells talkSPORTArsenal FC news: ‘I feel guilty saying it, but it’s time for Arsene Wenger to go’, says Gunners legend Frank McLintockPhil Neville tells talkSPORT: Romelu Lukaku is NOT a big-game player…Manchester United should try to sign Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann insteadCrystal Palace FC transfer: Steve Mandanda set for summer exit as Marseille enter talks to re-sign goalkeeperLiverpool FC news: Jurgen Klopp sets sights on Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy
Alanna Gallagher, centre, picks up her gold!LETTERKENNY girl Alanna Gallagher is a national gymnastics champion.Representing Letterkenny East, she competed in the Community Games U15 Gymnastics National Finals in Athlone Institute of Technology she was awarded a total score of 15.17 for the Floor routine and Vault and picked up gold!It was another fantastic achievement from the Letterkenny girl. Other local gymnasts who travelled to Athlone were Tamara Blaney (Ramelton) Riannan Mottram (Milford) Christopher Mulligan (Killybegs) Orla Lonergan (Letterkenny East) Conor Donnelly (Letterkenny East). Well done to all who competed.Conor Donnelly, Alanna Gallagher Orla Lonergan with Tamara Blaney in front. Missing from the photo are Riannan Mottram and Christopher MulliganALANNA PUTS ON GOLD-MEDAL WINNING SHOW AT NATIONAL GYMNASTICS FINALS was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALANNA PUTS ON GOLD-MEDAL WINNING SHOW AT NATIONAL GYMNASTICS FINALS
With the bone in his broken right leg sticking through his skin–a sight that moved his teammates, fans and coach Rick Pitino to tears, Louisville’s Kevin Ware called over his devastated teammates and delivered a message while laying on his back on the court in Sunday’s battle for a Final Four berth.“Just go win the game,” Ware is said to have instructed his teammates as a medical crew worked on his broken leg. Just go win the game.”With his words spurring them, the Cardinals wiped their tears and then wiped the floor with the Duke Blue Devils, exploding on a 13-2 run midway through the second half that rendered the ACC powerhouse feeble. Louisville went on to take an 85-63 conquest to make its second straight appearance in the Final Four.The mercurial guard tandem of Peyton Siva (16 points) and Russ Smith (23) devastated the Blue Devils with, speed, tenacity and determination, and the Cardinals’ depth and unrelenting defense finished them off. Louisville will face NCAA Tournament surprise Wichita State in the first game of the Final Four at the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Michigan, which pummeled Florida by 20 points Sunday, will face Syracuse in the other tourney semifinal.They will play in Atlanta, the home of Ware, who attended Rockdale County High near the city. He landed awkwardly while contesting a jump shot in front of the Louisville bench with 6:33 left in the first half and his leg snapped, horrifying those who witnessed it. Pitino said it was gruesome he almost threw up. Players lay on the floor grief-stricken, crying. Fans wept. The arena fell silent.“Basically, the bone popped out of the skin. It broke in two spots,” Pitino said. “Remember the bone is six inches out of his leg, and all he’s yelling is ‘Win the game, win the game.’ I’ve never seen anything like that.”Added Siva, “I don’t know how he did it. I don’t know how he got strength to do it, but he told us to go out there and win.”“I don’t think we could have gathered ourselves — I know I couldn’t have — if Kevin didn’t say over and over again, ‘Just go win the game,” Pitino said. “I don’t think we could have gone in the locker room with a loss after seeing that. We had to gather ourselves. We couldn’t lose this game for him.”Chane Behanan, Ware’s closest friend on the team, wore the guard’s No. 5 jersey on the bench in the final moments as he and the huge Cardinals contingent chanted, “Kevin Ware! Kevin Ware!””“We talked about it every timeout, ‘Get Kevin home,” Pitino said.Ware tweeted a photo of himself in a Texas hospital bed. “He said, ‘Don’t worry about me, I’m good, I’ll have my surgery tonight,’” Behanan said. “‘Go win it for me.’”Ware was recovering Sunday night following successful surgery. School officials said the sophomore had the bone reset and a rod inserted into his right tibia.“I don’t think we could have gone in that locker room with a loss,” Pitino said, “after seeing that.”“I think that would have hurt him more than the actual injury,” Siva added.