The book covers the immigrant tragedy of May, 2003, when a truck-trailer of at least 74 illegal immigrants due to how the truck was abandoned, the true number involved is unknown and will probably remain so was found near Victoria, Texas, bound for Houston 48 customers from Mexico, 16 from Honduras, 8 from El Salvador, 1 from Nicaragua, and at least 1 from the Dominican Republic. Nineteen people were dead. The story and images of the bodies piled one atop another was headline news for weeks, often described as a "human heap of desperation" which it surely was. Much of the attention was focused on the 5-year old boy found among the dead. Ramos retraces some of the border-crossings made, interviews some survivors & the Mexican consul who handled the affairs that followed, as well as covers the legal proceedings that lead to the guilty pleas of several coyotes, including Honduran Karla Chavez who, according to US. Authorities, was the ringleader of the operation, and the one ultimately responsible for the tragedy.
While Ramos is fluent in three languages, and his newspaper and radio work is usually without obvious fault, his books are often amateurish, and this one is no exception. He makes the same claims sometimes the same exact sentence several times in the book, apparently without realizing he has already made the statement. He contradicts himself several times, and in the closing section blames the U.S. government for vigorously enforcing its immigration laws, to the point where people are dying in the crossings, then also blames the U.S. government for not doing enough to enforce the immigration laws, and that is why so many people attempt the dangerous crossing in the first place. The old, "you-can't-have-it-both-ways" adage seems lost on him.
My parents actually crossed the border to get a chance at the American Dream. My mom was crossing the border when she was 6 months pregnant with me. She had to risk her...
1. State Of Rajasthan v. Chandu, JT 2002 (10) SC 427, at ¶ 6
It also becomes important that the prosecution failed to produce any expert evidence from forensic laboratory to tally the weapon with the bullets. There is no proper explanation for non examination of the expert evidence.
D. Evidentiary Value of Hostile Witnesses
1. Khujji @ Surendra Tiwari v. The State Of Madhya Pradesh, 1991 SCR (3) 1, at page 13
The evidence of a prosecution witness cannot be rejected in toto merely because the prosecution chose to treat him as hostile and cross-examined him. The evidence of such witnesses cannot be treated as effaced or washed off the record altogether, but the same can be accepted to the extent their version is found to be dependable on a careful scrutiny thereof
2. Rabinder Kumar Dey v. State of Orissa,  4 SCC 233
The fact that the court gave permission to the Prosecutor to cross-examine his own witness, thus characterising him as, what is described as a hostile witness, does not completely discredit his evidence. The evidence remains admissible in the trial and there is no legal bar to base a conviction upon his testimony if corroborated by other reliable evidence.
E. When the Pancha and Mazhar Witnesses Turn Hostile
1. Jitendra v. State of Madhya Pradesh, AIR 2003 SC 4236, at ¶ 6
In this case, the panchas have turned hostile so the panchanama is nothing but a document written by the concerned police...
...The collective actions, ideals and behaviours of groups and societies are developed through the culture to which one belongs. Behaviour is heavily influenced by culture and not only reflects how one interacts in social settings on a daily basis, but also how they perform in a professional setting. It is now proposed that cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity is a necessity in the diverse multicultural nature of the Australian workplace. I will now examine the Irish culture and the Aboriginal culture to explore the similarities and differences between the two cultures. Using Kluckhohn and Strodbeck’s Values Orientation theory in conjunction with Hofstede’s Value Dimenions framework allows for such comparison to be made. Particular reference will be made to the Time Orientation and the Individual Versus Communitarism aspects of these therories.
Kluckhohn and Strodtbeck’s Values Orientation Theory proposes that different cultures will have different preferences among them (Hills 2002). The theorists give reasoning using five classifications to determine the values of each culture. They look at human nature, the relationships between human nature, time orientation, activity orientation and the relationships between people (Hills 2002). When using the Values Orientation theory to compare the Irish culture to the Aboriginal culture, both differences and similarities were discovered.
Irish people live in harmony with nature and with each other. They are known for their...
...A Created Language
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African Americans have been forced to change, adapt, and conform their culture, traditions, customs, and beliefs since the days of slavery. One of the major ways African Americans adapted to the new culture, which they were forced into through slave trade, was by creating their own language commonly referred to as pidgin. Throughout this paper I will define pidgin, what transpired in the African Americans culture to cause this language, where one can still hear the language, and why a group cannot maintain a strong identity with a common language.
Pidgin is a form a language that has been used by many cultures in the world. Pidgin is defined as, “ an auxiliary language that has come into existence through the attempts by the speakers of two different languages to communicate and that is primarily a simplified form of one of the languages, with reduced vocabulary and grammatical structure and considerable variation in pronunciation,” (Dictionary.com, 2012). One of the most common and most heard of forms of pidgin is that of the African Americans. Many people believe that African Americans, created their form of the pidgin language, in order to communicate with one another during the United States use of slavery.
African American Use
In 1619 slavery began in the United States. The first known slaves were actually Native Americans, but shortly after the Dutch arrived in...
...On Death and Dying By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross For my book review, I read On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Dr. Kubler-Ross was the first person in her field to discuss the topic of death. Before 1969, death was considered a taboo. On Death and Dying is one of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century. The work grew out of her famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this paper, I give a comprehensive book review as well as integrate topics learned in class with Dr. Kubler-Ross' work. Like Piaget's look at developmental stages in children, there are also stages a person experiences on the journey toward death. These five stages are denial/isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. On Death and Dying can be used as an aid to doctors, nurses, clergy, and the patient's family. Issues such as unfinished business, therapy, and hope for a cure for the terminally ill are discussed within this book. Each chapter uses interviews with patients to express the key factors surrounding their illness. Every patient knows that they are destined to die, and Kubler-Ross uses one-on-one therapy to help in the healing process. To understand the process of death, it helps to have had someone close to you decease. When I was nine, my grandmother had been suffering from a series of strokes and heart disease. She had also been a smoker for most of her life and...
...ill she looked up every medical term that she could. She knew what the doctors were telling her about her illness even when they used medical jargon. When talking to her nurse she explained that she understood that her death was nearing. She had lived her life in control of every aspect and confessed that she was scared of death. She had many regrets about her life but knew that it did not matter anymore because she could not change it. She showed many signs of this stage when she did not question her medical treatment and just tried to get through one day to the next. Vivian was a strong powerful woman and hand quickly turned into a frail, week person. She knew that her life was nearing its end and had come to accept it and was ready to cross over.
In one of the final scenes of the movie Vivian’s nurse tells her that she has one last choice that she can choose. After not having much control of her life anymore she is given the option of being a DNR patient. DNR stands for do not resuscitate, which is a common choice given to people who’s end is nearing. Vivian chooses to be a DNR patient which angers her doctor. I believe that she had made the proper choice in her situation. She did not have much of a life left. She could not eat or sleep properly and was always in pain. I feel that everyone should be able to choose if they want to be resuscitated or not. If a person feels that their end on this earth is coming to an end they may feel that it is against...
...demise and the inevitable outcome is death. However, when death is what that person wants, and to respecting their rights and wishes in their medical treatment is the ultimate answer, it cannot help but spark not only an ethical controversy but also ethical egoism, because it is an emotional subject to think that a family is losing a family member, and that the patient has given up. (Mosser, K. 2010) When facing the diagnosis of a terminal illness such as the advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, the debilitating stages of Multiple Sclerosis, and the final painful stages of cancer or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gherig’s Disease) marked with muscle wasting and loss of most functioning, it is not only a matter of logic and dying with dignity, but taking control of their health care and final wishes before they can no longer do so and it is left to family to make the sacrificial decision.
Robert L. Lewis II M.D., Board Certified Neurologist/Neurophysiologist and Director of Pleasant Valley Neurophysiology Center also feels this same way after an interview conducted with him regarding this topic. He stated, “That in the cases of those diagnosed with Lou Gherig’s Disease, advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease, and the final stages of Progressive Relapsing and Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, it is ethical to offer this as treatment in patients that are of sound mind and can give informed consent”. (Lewis, R. 2013) There are only a few states in...
Death is the final journey in life; therefore, all living beings will inevitably die. Nurses play an important role in caring for dying patients and their families. Because of this, nurses need to evaluate their beliefs and feelings on death before providing care to patients. Many researchers have studied the attitudes of nurses and the effects these attitudes may have while providing care to the dying patient and their families. Research studies use demographics and other measuring tools to analyze the attitudes of nurses. The focus of this paper is to report on a study conducted in a comprehensive cancer center. Studies have shown that cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States. The basis of this study is voluntary,
anonymous, and participants were not given any compensation. The method used is a descriptive quantitative design.
Assessing Nurses’ Attitudes toward Death and Caring for Dying Patients
The objective of this study is to assess the attitudes and emotions nurses may feel when caring for a dying patient. Cancer is a disease that generally affects adults and the older population. While many patients survive a diagnosis of cancer, unfortunately many do not (Fairbrother & Paice, 2005). Caring for terminal patients is very demanding psychologically. Nurses need to care for themselves first in order to provide patients and families with the care...
... Dying to Sleep
Sleep. How can one simple action have such a big impact on a person’s live? Sleep is what gives people the power to do their everyday tasks, from walking down the stairs to picking up a fork at dinner. However even though sleep is one of the most important daily actions played out, most people do not think of this as true. Many people do not realize how badly they are damaging their bodies by viewing sleep as a meager aspect of everyday life. “Many people think of sleep simply as a luxury - a little downtime. They know they feel better when they get a good night’s sleep and worse when they don’t. But sleep actually improves learning, memory, and insight” (Peri, Camille. “Coping”). The importance of sleep is a dire subject. Sleep is to the body what water is to a garden; it not only refuels the body physically but also emotionally and mentally.
Physically, the body needs sleep. Everyone thinks that just a quick nap or lying down for awhile will equal to a good night’s sleep, but they are wrong. Lack of sleep affects people physically in two ways. It can affect them in the short run as well as in the long run.
Yes, everyone needs sleep, but that does not mean everyone needs the same amount of sleep. Most adults need around seven to eight hours of sleep with the exception of a woman going through pregnancy. Pregnant women...