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MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON BURGLARY CHARGES

first_imgA man has appeared in court charged in connection with a number of burglaries.Letterkenny court.Enda McGowan, from Dromore, Letterkenny, is charged with a series of offences including theft and possession stolen property.McGowan, wearing a blue tracksuit, gave the court an assurance that he will not apply for a passport in this or any other jurisdiction. The accused appeared at Letterkenny District Court this morning where he was charged with possessing stolen property at Tobin’s Filling Station on October 12th last.He is also charged with possessing stolen property and theft at Braefield, Drumardagh, Letterkenny in October 25th and 26th.McGowan is already out on bail and is required to sign on twice weekly as part of his bail conditions.The court heard that McGowan has failed to keep the conditions and he claimed the matter “flipped his mind.” McGowan’s solicitor Kieran O’Gorman said he was still looking for disclosure from Gardai in the case.Judge Paul Kelly warned McGowan that he must keep his bail conditions stating “It better not slip your mind again.”The case was adjourned until April 14th.MAN APPEARS IN COURT ON BURGLARY CHARGES was last modified: March 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

South African nation brand amongst top 50 most globally competitive nations

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 18 November 2015 – Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Business Report, today released the results of South Africa’s performance in the 2015 Anholt Nation Brand Index.South Africa ranks 38 of 50 countries assessed in this index.Although South Africa has dropped one place – from 37 in 2014 to 38 in 2015 – the country’s overall reputation score has improved 0.17 points from 2014. In addition, South Africa has improved on the pillars of people and tourism and held steady on the pillars of exports and governance.Reflecting on South Africa’s performance in the Nation Brand Index, CEO Kingsley Makhubela said, “South Africans can be proud of our country’s performance in a range of indices in the past year. The Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum ranks us 49 amongst 140 countries and number 2 in Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance places us at number 4 amongst 54 countries on the continent and now, the Nation Brand Index places us at number 38 of 50 countries. A country’s reputation is collectively built by each citizen and Brand South Africa salutes you for your efforts to build a globally competitive country with a positive reputation.”“There is however work to be done to improve in certain areas of our competitiveness and the National Development Plan must guide national efforts to achieve this. Improvements will impact positively on the reputation of and perceptions about South Africa. Brand South Africa urges all citizens to become part of this endevour.”“In addition and despite South Africa’s drop in the area of investment and immigration according to the Nation Brand Index, South Africa registered an FDI inflow of US$3.31 billion between January 2015 to July 2015 which resulted in the creation of 5 037 jobs. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, FDI is being attracted into knowledge intensive sectors like: software and information technology services; business services; financial services communications; and industrial machinery, equipment and tools. This bodes well for the South African economy. It is also significant to recognise that despite global FDI falling by 16% in 2014, South Africa was able to attract over R140 billion in the 2013/14 financial year. This is almost double the amount of FDI in 2012.”The Nation Brand Index recognises amongst South Africa’s strengths, sports – particularly football, pristine landscape, and game reserves. Participants in the survey also indicated that the citizens of South Africa are amongst our biggest attribute being described as, amongst others, desirable friends, good employees, hardworking and skilful. The Nation Brand Index is the result of 20,342 interviews in 20 countries.Notes to the EditorAbout the Nation Brand IndexThe NBI measures the reputation of the Nation Brand on six elements, being: Governance; Exports; Tourism; People; Culture; Investment & Immigration. Through a series of sub-indicators the nation’s performance on each pillar is assessed through the study. Importantly the range of indicators tested through the research clearly illustrates the fact the nation brand’s reputation is shaped by anything from perceptions of people and culture, to the quality of exports and the governance profile of the country. This means that the ‘making’ of the nation’s global reputation depends on perceptions created by actions taken in multiple sectors spanning government, business, civil-society, and generally speaking the people of the country.The NBI MethodologyThe 2015 NBISM survey has been conducted in 20 major developed and developing countries that play important and diverse roles in international relations, trade and the flow of business, cultural and tourism activities. Given the increasing global role played by developing countries, the survey strives to represent regional balance as well as balance between high-income and middle-income countries.The core 20 panel countries are:• Western Europe/North America: The U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden• Central and Eastern Europe: Russia, Poland, Turkey• Asia-Pacific: Japan, China, India, South Korea, Australia• Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico• Middle East/Africa: Egypt, South AfricaIn all, 20,342 interviews have been conducted with at least 1,000 interviews per country for the 2015 NBISM survey. Adults age 18 or over who are online are interviewed in each country. Using the most up-to-date online population parameters, the achieved sample in each country has been weighted to reflect key demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and education of the 2015 online population in that country. Additionally, in the U.S, the UK, South Africa, India, and Brazil, race/ethnicity has been used for sample balancing. The report reflects the views and opinions of online populations in these 20 countries – citizens who are connected to the world. Fieldwork was conducted from July 9th to July 27th, 2015.NBISM measures the image of 50 nations. In each panel country the list of 50 nations is randomly assigned to respondents, each of whom (except Egypt) rates 25 nations, resulting in each nation getting approximately 500 ratings per panel country. In Egypt, where respondents are not as familiar and experienced with online surveys, survey length is reduced, resulting in each nation getting approximately 200 ratings.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Chandigarh cracks the whip on violators

first_imgThirty-seven people were arrested in Chandigarh as revellers in cities across Punjab and Haryana flouted the Supreme Court order which had limited the bursting of crackers to between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Diwali, the police said on Thursday. In Ludhiana, one of the most polluted city in the country, 14 cases were registered for flouting the apex court’s time frame on bursting crackers. In Chandigarh, altogether 38 cases were registered for violation of the apex court order. The cases were registered under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience of an order promulgated by public authorities. The Air Quality Index (AQI) at several places in the two States was recorded as ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ on Thursday morning after Diwali night. The pollution-regulating authorities, however, said the air quality after this Diwali remained better than the last year’s.“We have registered 14 cases so far against unknown persons in connection with the violation (of the Supreme Court order),” Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashwani Kapoor said on Thursday. He said the police had appealed to the people before Diwali to adhere to the apex court’s 8-to-10 p.m. time frame for bursting crackers, adding as soon as the violators are verified, their names will be added in the FIR. The order was flouted at many places in the two States as people started bursting crackers well before 8 p.m. and continued beyond 10 p.m. The pollution level rose at several places in two States on Thursday morning.Poor AQI In Punjab, AQI on Thursday morning was found to be 221 in Ludhiana, 266 in Jalandhar, 221 in Amritsar, 271 in Patiala, 223 in Mandi Gobindgarh and 215 in Khanna. The AQI range between 201 and 300 falls under “poor” category. Before Diwali, the AQI in Punjab hovered around moderate to poor category. In Haryana, the AQI after Diwali reached 300 in Rohtak and 353 in Gurugram which is in ‘poor to very poor’ category. In Faridabad, the AQI was 401, just touching the ‘severe’ category. In Chandigarh, the AQI was 155, which is in the ‘moderate’ category, the officials said. The pollution level was about 25% to 30% less this year if compared with the air quality level during the last year’s Diwali. This year, the air quality was much better, Punjab Pollution Control Board’s Chief Environmental Engineer Karunesh Garg said. The AQI in many parts of Punjab after Diwali normally used to be beyond 300, Mr. Garg said, adding that the apex court order has helped a lot in creating awareness about disadvantages of bursting firecrackers.last_img read more

11 days agoRedknapp insists no chance Spurs will sack Pochettino

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Redknapp insists no chance Spurs will sack Pochettinoby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Redknapp says there is no chance Spurs will sack Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after a spluttering start to the Premier League season.But former Tottenham boss Redknapp believes Pochettino’s future at the North London club is secured.”Yeah, absolutely, that is not going to happen,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “I don’t know if they’ve overachieved. They should be finishing in the top three with that squad, that’s where they should be, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion.”But to get to a Champions League final was great for them. It was great to see them reach the final. “At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Son – I thought this could be their year. “But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.” last_img read more

Bill Simmons Tried To Troll Oregon, Failed Spectacularly

first_imgBill Simmons tries to troll Oregon with tweet.oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016@BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.last_img read more

Minister Cites Impact of NCDs on Health Budget

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says non- communicable diseases (NCDs) take up 70 per cent of the country’s health budget, and represent the biggest public health challenge globally in the 21st Century. Dr. Wheatley says it is against this background that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that member states give this matter “full priority” by developing “policies for the prevention and control” of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors. The Minister was speaking at a Diabetes outreach conference at the Jewel Resort, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on April 26, sponsored by the Universities of the West Indies, Technology and Northern Caribbean. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says non- communicable diseases (NCDs) take up 70 per cent of the country’s health budget, and represent the biggest public health challenge globally in the 21st Century.Dr. Wheatley says it is against this background that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that member states give this matter “full priority” by developing “policies for the prevention and control” of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors.The Minister was speaking at a Diabetes outreach conference at the Jewel Resort, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on April 26, sponsored by the Universities of the West Indies, Technology and Northern Caribbean.Dr. Wheatley noted that in 2005, the WHO, in a report, said that some vital investments will be needed to tackle the problem.“Non-communicable diseases, including diabetes, account for 60 per cent of all deaths worldwide. Four out of every five deaths from chronic diseases come from low and middle income countries,” he said.The Minister pointed out that innovative dietary management is a proven strategy to combat diabetes, adding that physical activity should also be a part of “any daily routine.”“Our diet in this country is mostly of complex carbs. Whether yam, wheat or rice, it is just a Jamaican reality. We have to make the conscious decision to eat in moderation and watch exactly what we are putting in our bodies,” he warned.Dr. Wheatley further added that physical inactivity is a major contributing factor to obesity, “which has been causing all kinds of health issues worldwide.”“A healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of non-communicable diseases,” the Minister advised.Non-communicable diseases tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors.The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. They mostly affect people in low and middle income countries.last_img read more

Living under constant threat

first_imgMass shootings seem to have become a sad new normal in societies these days. On Friday morning, two shooting incidents were reported from the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and Linwood Masjid in Linwood, both in Christchurch, New Zealand, resulting in multiple fatalities. The Bangladesh cricket team members were present at the mosque when the shoot-out happened. Fortunately, they escaped unhurt. The third Test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, has been cancelled. Players took to social media to express shock. Mass shootings are happening too often and at extremely unexpected venues like concerts, places of worship, even cafes and schools. And who are the targets? Anybody, actually. These incidents leave a deep impact on people including post-traumatic stress disorder. Certain debilitating psychiatric conditions may get chronic, like the survivor’s guilt, which can aggravate over time and become more difficult to treat. It is thus important to understand and consider the fears and feelings of not only children but also adults who are involved in such incidents. Very often, they have lifelong influences. Mass shootings definitely contribute to heightened societal anxiety, posing a hindrance towards effective solutions. Firsthand experience of gun violence in what should be a ‘safe place’ for them can be indeed challenging and overbearing. Violence and criminality are pervasive in popular social themes and mass murderers gain notoriety through non-stop deliberations, resulting in a culture where narratives of such shootings spread and gain momentum. Undoubtedly, such episodes evoke raw emotions. For prevention, the world has adopted a number of measures that are also endorsed by researchers and doctors. Some of them include tightening gun laws, identifying potentially dangerous people in a community, learning self-defence mechanisms, restricting depictions of mayhem in video games, social media or on prime-time television, a crackdown on bullying in schools and working towards a peaceful conflict resolution. But hate crimes are rising. And each time, such frightening cases have either close or distant association with white supremacy and far-right extremism. Regrettably, they are motivated by the victim’s ethnicity, religion, race and even gender. It is a very complicated and stubborn phenomenon where the perpetrators feel emboldened enough to disobey the law and carry out their acts of violence. Thus, only prayers are not enough. What we need are stricter laws against such acts of violence, regulations which can set a precedence of its own and be an emblematic example to society, taking us towards an enhanced pervasiveness of investigation and study of each of such acts. Behind every such action, the hate is real. And so is the threat.last_img read more

The UKs two largest broadcasters and The Walking

first_imgThe UK’s two largest broadcasters and The Walking Dead cable net AMC are joining forces to launch BritBox, a new US SVOD service that will debut early next year.The partners said they want to roll out the service in other international markets after the US.BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, and UK commercial broadcaster ITV will share a majority stake in the new venture.AMC Networks, which already runs BBC America with Worldwide, will be a minority partner.The service will be a best of British content service, lining up against Acorn TV, the RLJ SVOD service that already has a best of British-themed streaming service programmed with programmes from both the BBC and ITV among others. It has about 350,000 subs.AMC recently invested US$65 million into Acorn owner RLJ, meaning it will be a part-owner of two US SVOD services programmed with international programming.Some BBC and ITV titles will be off the table for BritBox as they have are under license to streaming services or channels in the US.The BBC and ITV did announce several shows they will be running on Britbox including dramas New Blood, Tutankhamun, The Moonstone and In The Dark. Comedy drama Cold Feet and crime series Silent Witness will also feature.Soaps and series will also be available under a ‘Now’ category on the new service, meaning UK TV staples Eastenders, Emmerdale and Holby City will all be available “as soon as” 24 hours after the UK broadcast.Catalogue shows from the broadcasters including Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, Upstairs Downstairs and Inspector Morse will also be available.The new service, which rolls out during the first quarter of next year, will be available over-the-top. No pricing details have been released.“The BBC and ITV are the two most prolific content producers and broadcasters in British television – both known for their unrivalled, ground-breaking shows,” said Ann Sarnoff, president, BBC Worldwide North America.“BritBox will offer a streaming experience like no other, with thousands of hours of programs across a wide variety of genres – some of which will be available right after their UK broadcast. This will be a must-have service for lovers of British television.”Simon Pitts, ITV managing director of online, pay TV and interactive said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the creative might of the BBC and ITV together for the first time in this exciting new streaming service for US fans.“BritBox will be the best and most comprehensive British streaming service in the US; a rich catalogue of classic, new, and exclusive shows easily accessible to U.S. viewers all in one place.”Speaking about the international plans for BritBox, he said: “ITV is now a global production and distribution business and this marks the first step in our international ambitions for BritBox.”AMC also owns the niche US SVOD service Shudder, and 49.9% of US cable channel BBC America (BBCWW has the majority stake, but AMC operates the network).Speaking about the BritBox investment Josh Sapan, AMC Networks president and CEO, said: “We are delighted to expand our current partnership with BBC Worldwide and view this investment as a strategic opportunity for AMC Networks to participate in a digital platform dedicated to offering shows of the highest quality.”last_img read more

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first_imgClick here for the full details Now, Jason says his system can flag this type of trading activity because it quickly catches what institutional buyers are doing. That type of speed is key.Here’s what he told me:Most ordinary investors miss these opportunities because they don’t know what professional investors like hedge funds and institutions are doing. But to be fair, these big-money firms work hard to keep their activity quiet – because until they’re done, it doesn’t help them if people know what they’re buying. That’s why speed is key.In his most recent Palm Beach Trader issue, Jason identified a small tech company that institutions are snapping up quickly. And his system is showing there’s likely more demand from hedge funds – which could lead to triple-digit gains in just a few months. (Subscribers can read the issue right here.)If you’re not a Palm Beach Trader subscriber, the best one-click way to get exposure to the sector is through the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX). This fund holds large semiconductor companies like Nvidia, Intel, and Broadcom.Regards,Nick Rokke Analyst, The Palm Beach DailyP.S. As I mentioned above, Cantor Fitzgerald stunned everyone with its new high-speed trading system in 2012. Time magazine… The New York Times… The Telegraph… and even 60 Minutes reported on this system – which could “look up to 30 milliseconds into the future.”It was hands down the fastest high-speed trading system in Wall Street history. But now, after seven years, Jason is ready to make history again.On April 24, Jason is unveiling his own breakthrough system, which he says can spot the market’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance – and you’re invited.As an attendee, you’ll have the chance to claim his No. 1 recommendation. And the profit potential could be enormous – as much as $9,385 in one trading day. Plus, Jason’s giving away a special three-part masterclass for free when you register now.Reader MailbagDo you plan on attending Jason’s VIP event? If you’d like to ask questions ahead of time, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com. Recommended Link Seeing the Future… Before Everyone ElseIn February 2019, Jason told me his proprietary system (more on it in a moment) was seeing a rush back into semiconductor stocks – and that it was a positive sign of economic growth.Here’s what he said then:Perhaps the biggest evidence of a rush back to growth is being seen again in semiconductors. Semis got smoked last year and were essentially a toxic wasteland… And we noticed a major repricing of semis earlier this month with some stellar earnings and heavy institutional accumulation.As usual, Jason nailed that call…The sector has shot up nearly 30% in this year’s first quarter – its best start ever. And the overall market has followed.But if you think you’ve missed the boat on semiconductors, think again. Jason says his system is continuing to signal institutional buying in the sector. And that means more gains ahead for investors in these companies…Big Money Is Piling InRegular Palm Beach Daily readers know that we call Jason our Wall Street insider because he spent nearly two decades as a trader (including being a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald).But few people know this: In 2012, his firm helped create Tradeworx.The name might not ring a bell. But if you’ve read about high-speed trading in The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times – or watched the 60 Minutes special on it – you actually do know about Tradeworx.It was the fastest high-speed trading system on Wall Street – making trades in less than a second. But here’s the thing…After Jason left Cantor Fitzgerald, he created his own breakthrough system – one that can spot the biggest (and most lucrative) trades on Wall Street… up to a month in advance.That same system flagged institutional buying in semiconductors earlier this year. And it’s proven to be highly accurate on a number of other occasions, too. (For example, it predicted the sell-off in February 2018 and the rally we saw at the start of this year.) Justin’s note: Today, we’re doing something a little different from our usual fare. Our friends over at Palm Beach Research Group have an interesting story to share about a reversal in a little-known – but very important – sector of the market.Nick Rokke and Palm Beach Trader editor Jason Bodner explain why this reversal is bullish for stocks… indicates market health… and presents a huge money-making opportunity for investors.Read on to see what it is and what we can buy to profit today…By Nick Rokke, analyst, The Palm Beach Daily Toward the end of last year, semiconductor stocks tanked…Now, semiconductors are the microchips that make electronic devices work. (They’re also called the “brains” of machines.) From toasters and smartphones… to computers and complex networking equipment… the modern world couldn’t operate without them.And because the companies making them are the first part of the supply chain, they’re often the first to feel the pain when the economy slows down.In fact, as you can see in the chart below, the sector is so important that it’s widely considered a leading indicator of market health:In the second half of 2018, semiconductor companies crashed 24%. An overall 19% market meltdown soon followed.The carnage was so bad, Palm Beach Research Group’s Wall Street insider Jason Bodner called semis a “toxic wasteland.”But today, we’re seeing a reversal in this important sector. That’s bullish for stocks – and it presents a money-making opportunity for investors… Recommended Link Register here to reserve your spot President Trump’s $2.6 Trillion Revenge Against The Fed… (And How It Could Turn $250 Into An Absolute Fortune)President Trump has called the Fed “crazy”, “out of control,” and “loco”… Because despite keeping rates near zero the entire time Obama was in office… and inflation being within just .1% of their target… Under President Trump, the Fed hiked rates not once, not twice… But six times. And with it, ushered in the worst December for investors since the Great Depression. Now, President Trump will have his revenge… And, in doing so, he will give you the chance to turn $250 into an absolute fortune. — — No matter your age or expertise, if you have a computer or cellphone you can potentially profit from thisJason Bodner has cracked the code. He spent 18 years on Wall Street, was named partner at the global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, and became one of the biggest power players on Wall Street. Now he’s sharing his secrets. On Wednesday, April 24 at 8 pm ET, Jason will unveil his powerful new system that helps him spot America’s fastest-growing stocks up to 30 days in advance. No matter your age, net worth, or expertise… if you have a computer or cellphone… he can show you that you can profit from this strategy with less than 20 minutes of “work” a month. Learn from a true Wall Street legend — for free.last_img read more

For the eightandahalf years she spent in prison

first_imgFor the eight-and-a-half years she spent in prison, Kristan Kerr looked forward to one thing every month: a visit from her daughter, Chloe. Visit by visit, she watched Chloe grow from a toddler into a young adult.”I just watched her grow all the way up,” Kerr says. “One visit, she couldn’t read, and then the next visit she was reading something to me.”Convicted for aggravated robbery in 2011 – she was the driver — Kerr says she wasn’t making good choices back then, and it meant missing out on a lot.She and Chloe would talk on the phone and send letters and visit, but she says you can’t do the physical, nurturing part of parenting from prison. Even though Kerr trusted that Chloe was being cared for by her grandmother, she says you never stop worrying about your kid.There are more than 225,000 women behind bars, according to the most recent 2017 federal statistics. Half are in state and federal prisons, the other half in local jails. It’s actually a slight decrease, coming after years of ballooning incarceration among women.From 1980 to 2016, the country saw a 700% increase in the number of women behind bars. Exactly how many are mothers isn’t well tracked, but a survey of women in Texas prisons showed more than 80% of them are moms.Lawmakers across the country are now considering ways to send fewer moms with minor children to jail and prison, and to help preserve parent-child bonds when they’re locked up.In Texas, lawmakers are considering bills that would promote diversion programs, probation or other community-based sentences over jail or prison time to avoid breaking up families. Tennessee recently passed legislation to do that.There were some tough times for Chloe, who’s now 12. It was hard seeing other kids with their moms, but she says it’s been good since her mother was released in October. Not that it’s been easy, exactly.”It’s been a little bit challenging because I’ve still got to get used to her, I’ve got to learn her, get comfortable with her,” Chloe says. But, she adds, “I’m happier now that she’s here, that I get to see her every day.””Many of the women, once they get arrested, are scrambling to find someone to take care of their kids,” says Michele Deitch, who studies prison issues at the University of Texas at Austin. “So a lot of kids get shuttled from place to place, and if they’re not able to find a place for them, then many of the kids end up in foster care.”Other states are looking at incarcerating parents closer to their children, and expanding visitation so kids can see mom or dad more often. Incarcerated parents who have stronger relationships with their kids, Deitch says, behave better while inside, and are less likely to commit future crimes after they’re released.”It’s really critical for the parent to not lose touch with their child, and to stay involved and to feel like they can make a difference in the child’s life to be aware of what’s happening to them,” Deitch says.Growing up with their incarcerated parents can be damaging to their children. That’s part of the reason children with incarcerated parents are more likely to end up in the criminal justice system themselves, according to Dallas lawyer Brittany Barnett. She launched Girls Embracing Mothers, a nonprofit aimed at improving outcomes for girls and their incarcerated mothers, after her own mother was sent to prison.”Even though I was a young adult when my mom went to prison, my sister and I were devastated by her incarceration,” Barnett says. “It not only impacts the person in prison, but the children are the hidden victims of their parents’ crimes.”Kristan and Chloe Kerr took part in the Girls Embracing Mothers program. Barnett says she’s optimistic about reform legislation, but hopes it’s just a first step toward a more effective and less punitive justice system.”These women aren’t bad women, they made bad choices,” Barnett says.Texas Rep. James White, a Republican, says the crimes women commit are often different from their male peers. He heads the House Committee on Corrections, and introduced a bill to address issues faced by women in prison, including pregnancy and childbirth.”I hear a lot of offenses that are linked to domestic violence, so they may stab their spouse that’s abusing them and their kids,” White says, “young women that have experienced repeated sexual abuse from a family member, women who have fallen into the trap of addiction.”Researchers agree that a history of trauma underlies a lot of the criminal behavior that lands women in jails and prisons. Kristan Kerr says many of the moms in prison with her struggled with psychological and behavioral issues.”Women, they love their kids,” she says. “Maybe they’re stuck with addiction but that’s a sickness, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want their children.”Since she’s been out, Kerr has been working through a list of goals she set for herself to rebuild her life. She’s got a job, got her driver’s license, and she’s spending lots of time with her daughter. Copyright 2019 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.last_img read more