Bad Moms playing at Wellington Regent this weekend

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: Bad Moms (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 p.m.Other movies: Ice Age – Collision Course, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.This Friday’s feature film: R (for sexual material, full frontal nudity, language throughout, and drug and alcohol content). Time: 1 hour 51 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In this new comedy from the grateful husbands and devoted fathers who wrote The Hangover, Amy has a seemingly perfect life–a great marriage, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. However she’s over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point that she’s about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities–going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence–putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms.Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 62%. Audience review: 76% liked it. Critic’s consensus: Bad Momsboasts a terrific cast and a welcome twist on domestic comedy — and they’re often enough to compensate for the movie’s unfortunate inability to take full advantage of its assets.For more information on great movies being played visit the Wellington Regent website at us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Werner’s heat map & positioning show why striker would star for Liverpool

first_imgFOR Timo Werner, it was another day at the office.But for RB Leipzig, it might be the day that confirmed their star man was No1 on plenty of Premier League summer wishlists.8 Timo Werner slotted in a penalty but his all-round performance shows he can excel in the Premier LeagueCredit: Rex Features8 The RB Leipzig star popped up all over the pitch but it was his touch from 12 yards that separates the sidesCredit: OptaIn his and his club’s first competitive game against English opposition, he proved he has exactly what it takes to cut it on these shores.And not just cut it, but excel.It is Werner’s goal – his 26th of the season – that means Tottenham have it all to do when they head back to Germany in three weeks’ time, arrowing his ice-cool penalty just before the hour into the bottom corner beyond Hugo Lloris.However, it was not just his goal that abolished any doubts some may have had.Werner’s positioning, pressing, physicality, link-up play and nifty turn of pace mean he ticks plenty of the boxes that have reportedly got the likes of Frank Lampard and Jurgen Klopp considering making moves when the transfer window reopens.Asked about the links with champions-elect Liverpool, Werner said: “Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment, and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.”It’s a pleasure but I know Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”Barely 90 seconds were on the clock and the German had already seen two good chances come his way.The first, a sweep goalwards that Davinson Sanchez did well to block before Angelino saw his follow-up effort ricochet off the post via Lloris’ leg.And then as the ball was recycled, Werner got across the front post but his shot was blocked by the Spurs keeper.8 Werner (No11) and Christopher Nkunku were able to drift in-field and support Patrik SchickCredit: Opta8 Timo Werner caused Tottenham plenty of problems as he operated on the left of a front threeCredit: Opta8 The wing-backs were equally as effective getting up the left and rightCredit: OptaThat was the warning sign.But having a warning sign is one thing, being able to stop it is another.With Julian Nagelsmann setting up his team with two attacking wing-backs in Nordi Mukiele and Angelino, it allowed Werner and Christopher Nkunku to drift in-field and play closer to the striker, Patrik Schick, overloading the centre-backs.Mikel Arteta has tried it in recent weeks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming in off the left with varying degrees of success.Klopp would surely be licking his lips at the idea of Andy Robertson and Werner linking up down the left, not that Sadio Mane is a bad option on that side already.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesWerner’s ability to drift in and out of the channel, pick up the ball and push defenders back was on display time and time again in the first half as he won corners when turning Sanchez and then later forcing Lloris into another side as he just struggled to get the ball out of his feet before a weak finish.His movement in and around the box caused carnage, especially in those opening seconds.Arguably, though, the moment that really made him stand out was – ironically – not one of his touches at all.As Angelino had acres of space down the left just five minutes after the goal, he slid in Werner.But with defenders surrounding him, the 23-year-old showed maturity and sheer unteachable ingenuity to dummy the ball, allowing it to run freely for the unmarked Schick.Latest Champions League newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowSubtle, deceptive and so very effective – it was a shame for Werner his team-mate could not apply the finishing touch which would have made it 2-0 and could have potentially put the tie to bed.Werner managed to sell the Spurs defenders all ends up with one piece of quick thinking.Now plenty of Premier League clubs will be hoping they can somehow convince RB Leipzig to sell – but they know it won’t be anywhere near as easy.8 The German made no mistake from the spot, firing the ball low into the bottom cornerCredit: EPA8 The striker was denied twice in the opening 90 seconds and then again before the break as his positioning proved a real threatCredit: Reuters8 Wener, right, cannot believe his team-mate Patrik Schick did not made it 2-0 after his glorious dummyCredit: ReutersLeipzig striker Timo Werner shows he is also great in goallast_img read more

McPherson fourth at World Indoors

first_imgPORTLAND:  Stephenie Ann McPherson was clearly exasperated as she failed to give Jamaica a second medal late on day two of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday. McPherson having advanced to the final of the women’s 400m was in good form after one lap. However with three other athletes in a bunch up front she could not find space to pass and finished in fourth in 52.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Odekoya who won in an Asian indoor record 51.45. United States’ Ashley Spencer and Quanera Hayes clocked 51.72 and 51.76 in second and third, respectively. “I was supposed to run the first 200m in 24 seconds and just use that same pace to 300m and then just run home but unfortunately I couldn’t do that I was locked in,” McPherson said. Asafa Powell had won Jamaica’s first silver on Friday after posting 6.50 seconds for second in the men’s 60m. Meanwhile, Shanieka Thomas finished eighth in the women’s triple jump with a season’s best distance of 13.95 metres. The event was won by Winner Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela with a best of 14.41m.   Earlier Elaine Thompson advanced to the final of the women’s 60m with the fastest qualifying time of 7.04 seconds. Running in semi-final three alongside world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson bolted to victory and was full of confidence heading into last night’s final. It was the second time Thompson had improved on her personal best in the day as she posted 7.09 seconds to win heat one earlier. “I just came here to execute and that’s what I did. Once my start is good I know I can take it from there and that’s what I did,” she said. Simone Facey advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.20 but was down the track in the semi-final in 7.21.   Natoya Goule started well and ran the first 300m in a competitive position in heat three of the women’s 800m, but faltered in the final lap and finished last in  2:08.23. Omar McLeod and the relay teams will try to add to Jamaica’s medal tally today. McLeod had easy run as he pulled away from the pack to win the second heat of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.58 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Yordan O’Farrill in 7.69 to advance to the semi-finals later today.last_img read more

Nuclear Affair, Future King win Guineas classics

first_imgTHE 42nd running of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas – the season’s first classics over a mile – went according to the script at Caymanas Park yesterday.Victory went to the favourites NUCLEAR AFFAIR and FUTURE KING in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas races, respectively, both closing from well off the pace to win in contrasting fashion.In the 1000 Guineas for native bred three-year-old fillies, the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR, with three-time champion Dane Nelson riding for popular owner Michros, circled the leaders GOLD MINER (35-1) and BIRD CATCHER (6-1), entering the straight and streaking away in a flash to win by resounding margin of 91/2 lengths in the good time of 1:39.2.The improving A THOUSAND STARS (18-1), with Robert Halledeen riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stayed on well to pip Philip Feanny’s filly, SORRENTINO’S STAR (5-2), under leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths by a neck for second in a field of 14.Unbeaten in three starts this season, NUCLEAR AFFAIR is now on course for the Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres on April 30 as, according to Subratie, ‘this should be a mere formality as she is leagues ahead of the other fillies at this stage”.TERRIFIC TURN OF FOOTContinuing, the second-generation trainer proclaimed: “In fact, she is so talented that she is as good as the top colts or even better, and given her terrific turn of foot, the classics is hers for the taking so long as she remains healthy.”Bred by Michael Bernard (Michros), NUCLEAR AFFAIR is a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair. She has now won four races from seven starts.Later in the afternoon, the DaCosta-trained FUTURE KING, running as the 9-5 favourite in the 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings, stormed through on the inside from a furlong out, going by long-time leader CHACE THE GREAT (3-1) to win by 11/4 lengths from ORPHEUS (3-1), who closed strongly for second, with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard.CHACE THE GREAT, the recent Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas Trial) winner, was another half a length away in third ahead of highly fancied BIGBADYKOOL (3-1), closing late for fourth.FUTURE KING, who beat NUCLEAR AFFAIR by a head over a mile when they last met in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Stakes last Boxing Day, recovered from a setback (hoof injury) over three weeks ago to provide jockey Halledeen and DaCosta with their second 2000 Guineas winner, following ALI BABA last year.DaCosta said: “It was a race against time to prepare him for the race due to the setback, but his class saw him through and I expect great things from him in the months ahead.”Owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, FUTURE KING is a dark bay colt by Natural Selection out of Millenium Princess.This was his third win from seven starts, but his time of 1:39.4 was slower than that of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, sparking a debate as to who is better.last_img read more

Jalalon anchors Hotshots defense against Ravena

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter Kiefer Ravena had his way in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon made sure to give the NLEX rookie all he could handle in Game 2 on Monday.So much so that he took the initiative and asked coach Chito Victolero if he could get the defensive assignment.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The former Arellano playmaker expects his job to get tougher in the coming games as a player as intelligent as Ravena sure knows how to adjust against the best defenses.“We’ve already lost two of our rotation guys, so the most that we want to do here is to enjoy the games and have no pressure,” he said. “When it comes to the games, we couldn’t think of anything else but to play and give our best. Enjoy life.”Game 3 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jalalon believed he can stand his ground and make life hard for Ravena.After all, from their numerous wars from the collegiate leagues to their national team scrimmages, the Cagayan de Oro native knew the former Ateneo star better than anyone in the Hotshots roster.With Jalalon guarding him, Ravena was limited to just nine points, three rebounds, and seven assists. The Road Warriors were also outscored by 10 points with him on the floor.“Kiefer has a very high basketball IQ and you can’t really stop him,” attested the Magnolia sophomore. “I just followed the coaches’ game plan and I’m happy that we were able to execute that.”Jalalon, meanwhile, was rewarded for his active presence on the floor as he almost nabbed a triple-double with his nine markers, 10 dimes, and six boards.ADVERTISEMENT “I was thinking about it on practice, and I asked coach Chito if he can give me the task to defend Kiefer. I can at least try,” Jalalon recounted..@M_Hotshots’ Jio Jalalon discusses how difficult it was defending @kieferravena in Game 2. #PBA2018 STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 12, 2018 Magnolia rallies behind fallen Pingris GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Bemoans MOJ’s Prosecutorial Capacity

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, January 28, admitted that the prosecutorial ability of her government currently lacks sufficient strength to provide an effective and efficient justice system. “The prosecutorial capacity of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) remains weak, although greatly enhanced by the appointment of a new Solicitor General,” President Sirleaf admitted when she delivered her annual message before the joint session of the 53rd Legislature.She was swift to remind her audience that the MOJ has made progress in the prosecution of gender-based violence, bank fraud, murder, armed robbery and corruption cases.According to her, a total of 172 cases were tried throughout the country, with the government winning guilty verdicts in 144 of them.To buttress the MOJ’s capacity, she said, her government with assistance from the United Nations Peacekeeping Department managed to establish a regional justice and security hub.The hub, she noted, helped to decentralize and strengthen the Criminal Justice System. The first hub, established in Gbarnga to serve Bong, Lofa and Nimba, was inaugurated in February 2013, and is currently at 95 percent completion.She said the hub facilitated successful management of disruptions in the three counties in that region over the past year.“The new Circuit Courthouses will open within a month,” she said adding, “They will be buttressed by construction of three Magisterial Courts in each of the other two hub counties.”“It would further strengthen and make the justice system more accessible to our citizens in the leeward counties,” the President explained.According to President Sirleaf, the inclusion of immigration services, starting in the Gbarnga hub region, would pre-empt the need to travel to Monrovia to regularize immigration status..Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rose Hall Town Primary retains spelling bee champion title

first_imgRose Hall Town Primary has once again topped the Rose Hall Town Anniversary and Development Organisation’s (RHTADO) annual spelling bee competition.Champions three years running, Rose Hall PrimaryThe event, now in its 12th year, was held last Wednesday organised for Primary schools in the area as part of the town’s anniversary celebrations.The town is currently celebrating its 46th anniversary.Rose Hall Town Primary with a total of 69 points, were ahead of Port Mourant Primary (65 points), Tain Primary (64) and Cropper Primary (52).This is the third straight year that Rose Hall has won the competition.Meanwhile, Port Mourant and Tain received trophies donated by Godfrey Persaud Button Shop for their efforts which placed them second and third, respectively.The spelling bee champion, Kayla Stewart, of Rose Hall, attained 26 points while runner-up Crystal Persaud, of the same school, earned 23 points. Both Stewart and Persaud received bicycles donated by the Office of the President and gifts from Poonai’s Pharmacy and Touch of Class Boutique.The competition was held at Rose Hall Town Primary School and was organised by RHTADO for the past 12-years. The organisation extended special thanks to Lucky Dollar, Home Lime Furnishing, Digicel, Frasers Hall and Auto Rental, Touch of Class Boutique, Poonai’s Pharmacy, Godfrey Persaud Button Shop and Wynette’s Beauty Salon, D Balram Shane and Son, Digital Edge and the Office of the President.last_img read more

Africa Rice, SAPEC Train 30 Farmers in Rice Processing & Parboiling

first_imgAfrica Rice Country Representative, Dr. Akintayo, displays some of the locally fabricated equipment by farmers and fabricators.Africa Rice, a non-governmental organization in Liberia’s rice value chain in partnership with Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization Project (SAPEC) has completed a three-day intensive training on rice processing and parboiling for more than 30 local commercial rice farmers from 12 of the 15 counties.The counties include: Sinoe, Margibi, Bong, Maryland, River Cess, River Gee, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Bassa, Grand Gedeh, and Grand Kru.According to Africa Rice Country Representative, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo, who spoke yesterday at the climax of the three-day training in Kakata, Margibi County said the training was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to build the skills of local farmers and fabricators in processing and parboiling of rice of the same variety.He said that it is such varieties of rice that are being hugely exported to Liberia from other countries, adding that once farmers are trained in parboiling it will help reduce rice importation.According to him, the country will be food secure when local farmers get fully involved in competitive processing.“The issue of rice processing and other agricultural equipment have been the concern of farmers in the country, which prompted Africa Rice and partners to provide training for farmers in the 12 counties,” he said.Dr. Akintayo stressed that Liberians can produce their own food to meet domestic demand and up to the international market, provided that more processors are trained with standard skills and supported with mechanized equipment.Also speaking, Margibi Agriculture Coordinator (CAC) Musu Tuah Younn urged participants to use the knowledge acquired from the three-day training to transform the sector.“It is time to wake up and work harder to improve the lives of your farmers and help to make the country food secure,” she said. Processors should not depend on farmers for supplies, but should also produce their own food, she urged the trainees.Tito Teh Manneh of Rivercess County thanked Africa Rice and partners on behalf of his colleagues for educating farmers. He recommended that Africa Rice should ensure more rice mills and other equipment in farming communities in the various counties.SAPEC agriculture coordinator William Kawalawu described the training as the gateway to a competitive world market in agriculture.He said the system of parboiling rice and having it processed well has been a challenge to the agriculture sector.He promised to work with the MOA and Africa Rice to work to improve rice processing in the country and create a demand for locally produced rice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Split over Ja’neh’s Impeachment

first_img-Wesseh, Sando Johnson subjected to investigationThe impeachment of former Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammed Ja’neh has reportedly brought split among the senators of the 54th Legislature, leaving its leadership to subject River Gee County Senator Conmany Wesseh and Bomi County Senator Sando D. Johnson to investigation over remarks allegedly made both in and out of chambers.Ja’neh’s impeachment on Friday, March 29, 2019, on count one of four (the road fund) has reportedly left members of the senate raging in war of words with each other, thus leaving the entire body expressing divided opinions.Both Johnson and Wesseh described Ja’neh’s impeachment as illegal and that it grossly violated the Liberian Constitution. They are of the belief that the Executive is reportedly influenced entire process, with an undisclosed sum of money allegedly dished to some of senators, who voted to remove Justice Ja’neh.However, the two senators have openly accused the Senate Pro-Tempore Albert Chie of tampering with ballots during the voting process at the end of the impeachment trial.Wesseh and Johnson believe that the results announced to remove Justice Ja’neh from the Supreme Court Bench were not commensurate with the senators ballots cast, thus challenging them to publicly display the total votes, which has not happened since the impeachment was done.In a communication to plenary on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, River Cess County Senator, Dallas A.V. Gueh, complained to Senate leadership that Sen. Wesseh’s recent pronouncements in the chambers, and also on media outlets, have the “proclivity to undermine the integrity, and sanctity of the Senate.”Senator Gueh, in his official complaint to the august body, said Wesseh has accused the Senate of “being lawless, and also making denigrating remarks with the aim of bringing the senators to public disrepute, as well buy public sentiment.“I will therefore ask the decision of the plenary to mandate the committee on Judiciary and Human Rights to investigate these claims, which we stand ready to provide all relevant evidences to establish all the facts,” Gueh’s communication said.Senate Pro-Tempore Albert T. Chie in a separate communication on Thursday, April 4, wrote plenary of the Senate requesting it to investigate Sen. Johnson on the issues of behavioral pattern.Chie’s complaint said Sen. Johnson had accused the Senate of receiving bribe to impeach former Supreme Court Justice Kabineh Ja’neh. The communication was read in plenary, and turned over to the Senate committee on judiciary to investigate the lawmaker, and report upon return from the Esther break.In a related development, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper, like Senators Wesseh and Johnson, said his colleague, Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) of Nimba County, as well as other senators, who reportedly received “credible information” about the purported plan ahead of the impeachment of former Justice Ja’neh, but failed to testify during the impeachment proceedings, should be summoned by law and “prosecuted,” relative to their action.Cooper accused senators who voted for the impeachment of Ja’neh, believing that they received bribes and therefore should be subjected to investigation. He named Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Nimba County, and several other lawmakers from the House of Representatives, whom he described as “enemies of the country’s Constitution.”He said he and his colleagues will make sure there is a recount of the ballots cast in the impeachment trial of Ja’neh. Based on the findings from that exercise, he said he will prove the majority of the House of Senate wrong, after which he will then file an appeal to overturn the impeachment decision, which will be filed at the level of the Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Looking for fugitives, feds nab other illegals

first_img“God bless ’em,”‘ said Peter Nu ez, a former U.S. attorney in San Diego who teaches immigration policy at the University of San Diego. “They apparently decided to start with these fugitives. If you’re going to find one (illegal immigrant), you’re going to find 100.” Critics say the campaign against fugitive illegal immigrants ensnares many hard-working people who are in the country illegally but do not pose a danger. “They’re trying to sell it as something where they target (criminals), but it’s become part of a larger dragnet,” said Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee’s office in San Diego. Dubbed Operation Return to Sender, the crackdown began last May in cities across the nation. As of Feb. 23, it has resulted in 18,149 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants, most of whom were captured at home and in Hispanic neighborhoods. SAN DIEGO – More than one-third of 18,000 people arrested in a nearly yearlong federal crackdown on illegal immigrants were not the people authorities targeted, according to government figures. The so-called “collateral arrests” involved people picked up by immigration agents while seeking fugitives such as drug smugglers, thieves, drunk drivers and others who flouted deportation orders. When tracking down fugitives, authorities visit a suspect’s last known address and often find other immigrants, who are then asked to prove they are legally entitled to live in the United States. Supporters of such tactics say the government is just doing its job after years of neglect. But, according to figures from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 37 percent of those cases, or 6,696 arrests, were “collateral” captives – people who just happened to be present when agents arrived. On Tuesday, ICE completed a two-week sting that targeted 300 fugitives in San Diego. Agents found 62 fugitives but took 297 other people into custody, bringing the total arrests to 359. The illegal immigrants were returned to their home countries or jailed while awaiting a court hearing. The government defends the collateral arrests. “We can’t look the other way,” said Robin Baker, ICE’s director of detention and removals in San Diego. “We did that for too long.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more