Thousands of migrants rescued off the coast of Libya

first_imgMany more migrants are expected to make the crossing in the coming weeks as smugglers take advantage of calmer weather. Hundreds of migrants have bee rescued by Coastguards off the coast of Libya crossing their way into Italy.The coastguards also recovered 10 bodies as smugglers continue to take advantage of calm waters to continue transporting African migrants to Europe.The Italian Coast Guard said the 10 bodies were found in three separate rescue operations off Libya’s coast while 5,800 were rescued alive.Sunday’s rescue operation which is said to be one of the biggest rescue operations off Libya’s coast so far, came just a day after another 3,690 migrants were saved from boats headed for Italy.Most of those rescued were found in wooden and rubber boats in separate rescue operations conducted by Italian and French guards.Most of those migrants were still being taken to southern Italian ports even as the fresh rescues were taking place.With Italy bearing the brunt of the arrivals for years now, the Italian far right, spearheaded by the anti-immigrant Northern League party, has also been pushing for a radical change in how the migrant sea arrivals are handled.One such suggestion has been to keep rescued migrants aboard large ferries offshore until their asylum applications, a process that can take months or more, are examined. Then those only found eligible for asylum in Europe would come ashore.At least 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014 when 96 people died.The final number of people rescued over the weekend is expected to rise.Many more migrants are expected to make the crossing in the coming weeks as smugglers take advantage of calmer weather.last_img read more

Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman Accused of Slapping Local Man

first_imgDavid L. Roth, who invited Souolouque to Rodman’s birthday party at the bar, says he saw Rodman hit Souolouque two times with an open hand.Rodman’s attorney denies that the incident ever happened. His client played 14 years in the NBA, winning five titles and making the NBA all-defensive first team seven times before retiring for the second time in 2008. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is accused of slapping a local man.According to a Delray Beach Police report, the man, identified as Miami resident Jeff Souolouque, says Rodman smacked him in the face for apparently no reason on May 17 at the Buddha Sky Bar.Souolouque adds that Rodman apologized and invited to take the man to dinner the following night. Soulouque says he decided to press charges when he awoke with swelling on the left side of his face. Another source says that doctors ended up diagnosing him with a left corneal abrasion.Happy birthday, Dennis Rodman!Fun fact: during his three championship-winning seasons with the Bulls, Dennis led the NBA in rebounds (for a total of seven consecutive times) #ThisBudsForYou #LegendaryMoments— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 13, 2019last_img read more