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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Vying for Three Billboard Touring Awards This Year

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will compete for three honors at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards, scheduled for November 9 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The New Jersey rockers have been named finalists in the Top Draw, Top Tour and Top Boxscore categories. Springsteen and his group will be up against Beyoncé and Coldplay for both the Top Draw and the Top Tour prizes, which honor the best-attended and highest-grossing treks, respectively.

As for the Top Boxscore prize, which honors the highest-grossing single engagement by an artist, Springsteen and the E Street Band have been nominated for their May 27-29 stand at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. The other finalists for the award are Coldplay and The Stone Roses, for respective June 2016 engagements in London and Manchester, U.K.

Meanwhile, Guns N’ Roses‘ Not in This Lifetime Tour reunion trek is one of six finalists for the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award.

As previously reported, Bon Jovi will be presented with the Legend of Live honor at the 2016 Billboard Touring Awards in recognition of their career contributions to the touring industry.  The ceremony is part of 13th annual Billboard Touring Conference, which will be held November 9 and 10.

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Croon Me a “River”: Van Morrison Debuts Video for New Song, “Every Time I See a River”

Credit: Lawrence WatsonVan Morrison has released a new performance video showcasing “Every Time I See a River,” one of the songs on his latest studio album, Keep Me Singing. The clip, which can be viewed at Morrison’s official VEVO YouTube channel, features the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer crooning the soulful tune in front of an intimate audience with accompaniment from his tasteful backing group.

Morrison co-wrote the song with acclaimed lyricist Don Black, who has penned the words to many famous movie-soundtrack tunes, including “Ben,” “To Sir with Love” and the theme to the James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. Van also contributes guitar to the studio version of “Every Time I See a River.

Released in late September, Keep Me Singing debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, making it Morrison’s highest-charting record ever on the tally.

Morrison recently played six U.S. concerts in support of his new album, and he will return to play five more stateside shows in January.

Here are all of Morrison’s upcoming U.S. tour dates:

1/13 — Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace
1/14 — Las Vegas, NV, Caesars Palace
1/17 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
1/18 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
1/19 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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Official Calls Bob Dylan “Rude and Arrogant” for Ignoring Attempts to Contact Him About Nobel Prize

Michael Kovac/WireImageBob Dylan has continued to confound officials of the Swedish Academy, which presents the Nobel Prizes, by ignoring their attempts to contact him with regard to his being chosen to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. Interestingly, a line acknowledging that Dylan had been awarded the prize that had been posted on his official website last week — alongside a link to purchase a book compiling his lyrics — has now been removed.

Since the honor was announced on October 13, the singer/songwriter has released no statement about the award, although messages reporting that he’d been chosen to receive the prize were posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages.

This past Friday, one of the Swedish Academy members, author Per Wästberg, spoke with Swedish public television station SVT and criticized Dylan’s decision to ignore attempts to contact him.

“I think it’s fair to say that his reaction so far has been rude and arrogant,” Wästberg said. “He is who is.”

Wästberg also revealed that the Swedish Academy wouldn’t continue to try to get in touch with Dylan about whether he plans to attend the Nobel ceremony, which is scheduled for December 10 in Stockholm.

“We will sit back and wait. He will either show up, in which case he will be welcomed,” the author said. “Or else he won’t show up — and in that case we will arrange something else during the banquet. Either way — he is still a laureate.”

Wästberg also commented about the Nobel acknowledgement being removed from Dylan’s website, noting, “That was hardly surprising. He seems to be a very grumpy and reluctant man.”

Dylan, 75, is the first musician ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Infamous Kim Kardashian Sex Tape Goes Virtual

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(LOS ANGELES) — The movie that arguably made Kim Kardashian famous, her “leaked” sex tape with rapper Ray J, has gone high-tech, and into the world of virtual reality.

Adult content giant Vivid, which sold the original movie as Kim K: Superstar, has launched a new VR platform with The Kim Kardashian Superstar VR Experience.

Kardashian sued Vivid in 2007 over its sale of the film, though later dropped the case, settling for millions.

The original film was converted to a first-person format, which the company promises, “will enable fans to feel an unprecedented intimate connection with one of the most celebrated pop culture figures of the era.” 

The movie, and the others on the VividVirtual website can be viewed on headsets from Oculus, Samsung, Google Cardboard, or any other VR specs.

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“Muppet Babies” Reboot Is in Production

Disney – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Disney announced Wednesday that production has begun on a reimagined Muppet Babies, which will feature the Muppets — Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Animal — as children, as well as their caretaker, Miss Nanny.

The CG-animated series is set to debut on Disney Junior in 2018.

“We are proud, and a little bit giddy, to begin production on our new version of the much-loved Muppet Babies. Parents will delight in seeing their favorite Muppets in the mixed animation style they remember from the original series, and kids will be introduced to this warm and zany world made just right for the Disney Junior audience,” said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide.

Muppet Babies first ran from 1984 to 1991 on CBS as an animated show. This reboot will have a similar focus, and will feature two 11-minute stories that document the Muppet Babies’ many adventures.

“Bringing Muppet Babies to Disney Junior is a wonderful opportunity to reach a new generation of viewers and to creatively build on the innovative original series,” said Debbie McClellan, vice president of The Muppets Studio. “We hope to engage and delight the nostalgic fans while also entertaining new kids, parents and diverse audiences through heart and humor as only the Muppets can deliver.”

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Report: Oscar Push for “Sausage Party”

© 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved(LOS ANGELES) — Sausage Party, the unapologetically raunchy animated movie from Seth Rogen and his producing partner Evan Goldberg, could someday be the first film featuring a food orgy to win an Oscar.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Rogen and Goldberg, along with Sony Pictures, have started a full-court press to court the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to consider the film for nomination.

The R-rated movie, which grossed $135 million bucks domestically on a $19 budget, will be screened on November 1 for members of the Academy’s short films and feature animation branch, according to the trade, as well as journalists and critics, and members of the Golden Globes-packing Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  

Rogen noted to the trade, “We’ve never been this passionate about a film and we’re thrilled to enter uncharted territory. It’s rare you really get to break new ground, and we hope that people view it as a good thing for the medium.”

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MBTA Train Evacuated in Boston After Motor Overheats

ellisonphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The motor of an MBTA train in Boston overheated at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Back Bay station, MBTA officials confirmed to ABC News.

Three people were transported to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries from the incident.

According to the MBTA, service through the station has been suspended.

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‘Build the Wall Higher’ Graffiti Found at California School with ‘Large Latino Population,’ Police Say

ABC News(WINDSOR, Calif.) — A California police department has launched an investigation after “offensive and racist” graffiti images were found spray painted Monday morning at a school with a “large Latino population,” police said.

“TRUMP 2016” and “Build the WALL HIGHER” were among some of the messages found sprawled across the campus of Cali Calmecac Language Academy, according to photographs taken before a janitor covered them up with fresh paint, according to police and the school principal.

The “offensive and disrespectful graffiti” appeared to “have been directed at the large Latino population of that school,” Windsor Police Chief Carlos Basurto said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It is extremely upsetting that the children had to be subjected to such hatred and bigotry,” Basurto said. “Whether this was a prank or not does not diminish its effect on the emotions of the children of that school or the people of this community.”

Basurto said his department “will continue to investigate this crime and attempt to identify those responsible.” He added that the alleged crime was “unjustifiable” and that “this type of behavior and thinking is not indicative” of the town of Windsor.

The school’s principal, Jeanne Acuña, told ABC News that when she first saw the graffiti she “very angry” and “really violated.”

“Our school is a bilingual immersion school with Spanish as the second language,” she said. “We have 1,112 students on campus, 75 percent of which are Latino. It just really felt like we were being targeted.”

Acuña added, “It felt as though someone had just come into our school family’s house and violated the sanctity of the school.”

Though janitors were able to “cover up most of the offensive messages” before the official school day started, a few staff, students and parents who came to the school earlier in the morning did see the graffiti, according to Acuña.

The principal said the messages provoked “a flurry of reactions” from the school community and sparked lot of dialogue about the “inflammatory rhetoric” being used in the presidential campaign this year.

“Even our youngest of children who have no way of knowing all the ramifications of the inflammatory speech being used are feeling the fear,” Acuña said. “I just talked to one of our kindergartners the other day and they told me they’re kind of afraid that their family might be taken away.”

Despite such “heartbreaking” fears, the principal said she has been encouraged by the “surprising and overwhelming outpouring of support and kindness from the community.”

“Just the other day, a woman outside the school community organized people in our community to greet students at the door with signs of love,” she said. “They held signs like ‘Love the Kids at Cali’ and ‘Have a Good Day!’ and they passed out heart stickers. It really meant a lot.”

Acuña added, “In a way, this horrible thing has actually brought our community closer together, and it just proves the positive side always wins.

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Body-Cam Video Shows Moment Police Found New York, New Jersey Bombing Suspect

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police body camera video obtained by ABC News shows the moment officers in Linden, New Jersey, first encountered Ahmad Rahami, the man accused of planting bombs in New Jersey and New York City in September.

Officers were called to the scene in Linden the morning of Sept. 19 — the Monday after the weekend bombings — when the owner of a Linden bar reported that someone was sleeping in a hallway of his establishment.

“You can’t be sleeping on somebody’s door,” an officer is heard saying to Rahami from his patrol car in the video.

The video then shows officers exiting the patrol car and approaching Rahami, who is seen briefly in the vestibule of the bar.

Rahami tells the officers he doesn’t have an ID and says he’s homeless; he tells them he used to live in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, but lost his job and couldn’t pay rent.

The body-cam video obtained by ABC News ends before the shootout between Rahami and police that left the suspected bomber in the hospital. The additional footage is considered evidence and was not released.

Rahami has pleaded not guilty to seven charges in connection to the New Jersey shootout with authorities: two weapons offenses and attempted murder of five officers.

Rahami also faces federal charges of using weapons of mass destruction. He has not yet entered a plea to those charges.

Rahami has been released the hospital and is now being held in state prison in Trenton, New Jersey, while he awaits appearances in federal courts in New York and New Jersey.

His attorneys have asked the courts to change the spelling of his last name to Rahimi.

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Twins Clark and Addison Dubbed the Good Luck Charms of the Chicago Cubs

Image Source Pink/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Adorable 4-month-old twin babies, named Clark and Addison after the famous cross streets outside of the home of the Chicago Cubs, have been dubbed the long-struggling baseball team’s good luck charms this season.

Fraternal twins Addison, a girl, and Clark, her brother, were born on June 27 and named after the intersection right outside of Wrigley Field.

Shortly after the twins came into the world, the Cubs made it to the World Series for the first time in 71 year, and their parents soon called the newborns the team’s good luck charms.

“I grew up watching the Cubs with my grandfather for as long as I can remember,” Scott McFarland, Addison and Clark’s father and a “life-long” Cubs fan, told ABC News on Wednesday. “It has been a lifelong hope that they would win a pennant, which happened last night.”

“My grandfather had to wait 71 years to see a World Series. I had to wait 33, and my kids only had to wait 4 months,” McFarland joked.

McFarland said a friend suggested the names as an idea and “it kind of stuck.”

“We thought the Cubs needed all the help they could get,” McFarland added.

The family currently lives in Springfield, Illinois, but McFarland said he is bringing the twins to Chicago on Saturday to watch the game. McFarland said they do not have tickets but they are hoping to be able to bring Clark and Addison to one of the games at Wrigley.

“I never really anticipated it happening in my lifetime,” McFarland said of the Cubs making it to the World Series. “I think they’re still the favorites to win, which is even better.”

Amber McFarland, the mother of the twins, told ABC News, “I never would have thought anything like this would happen even after naming them Addison and Clark. We just fell in love with the names and the connection with the Chicago Cubs,” adding that she thought Addison and Clark “just seemed to match twins that were a boy and girl.”

Amber McFarland was originally a White Sox fan, but Scott McFarland said he converted her shortly after they started dating and he took her to Wrigley Field.

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World Series Can’t Outrun Objections to Cleveland Indians’ Red-Skinned Logo

Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Everywhere the Cleveland Indians go, so go team mascot Chief Wahoo and the logo that critics slam as derogatory.

The Indians are in the 2016 World Series and, as expected, some Native American groups immediately planned protests against the team’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. The Cleveland American Indian Movement, for instance, has posted a call to rally against the mascot on its website.

“The World Series begins in Cleveland this Tuesday, October 25,” it reads. “Join Cleveland American Indian Movement and the Native community as we gather at the stadium in protest of Cleveland Baseball’s use of the ‘Indians’ team name and the despicable ‘Wahoo’ logo. Newspapers and broadcasters from around the world will be there, so now is the time to let your voice be heard!”

The logo’s grinning face, which critics have compared to the kinds of racist images used to dehumanize Jews and African-Americans, became the primary face of the team just before it won its most recent World Series championship back in 1948, according to Chris Creamer’s
The mascot, with its cherry-red skin and iconic grin that appeared to convey some combination of naughtiness and foolishness, eventually evolved into Chief Wahoo.

The battle to stop the usage of Wahoo, which bears certain similarities to the struggle to get the Washington Redskins of the NFL to shed their name, has already seeped into the team’s electric performance in the playoffs, casting a small shadow over its success.

Douglas Cardinal, a Native American activist who lives in Canada, failed in his efforts to bar the Indians from using their name and logo prior to Game 3 against the Toronto Blue Jays after an Ontario judge blocked his legal challenge.

MLB acknowledged Cardinal’s criticism of the mascot while trying to keep the issue out of court by saying that the league welcomes “a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to address these concerns outside the context of litigation.”

But the very public pushback against the team’s name and Wahoo logo is unlikely to go away any time soon. Several op-ed articles about Wahoo have run prior to the start of the series, and for decades, Jerry Howarth, the team’s radio play-by-play voice, has refused to say the name “Indians” when calling games.

Sundance, the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement, and a member of the Muscogee people, has been protesting both the team’s name and logo since 1970, and called Wahoo “a symbol of genocide,” referring to the often-brutal colonization of Native American land by European settlers.

He noted that Wahoo’s face is a caricature, a kind of portrayal that is frequently used to “highlight deficiencies” in others.

“Wahoo is smiling,” Sundance said, “which to me is a sign that he’s approving of everything that’s happening. But as a native person I don’t approve. What we’re talking about is the representation of the original people of this land by their colonizers.”

As the 2016 regular season approached, the team’s owner, Paul Dolan announced that the team’s primary logo would be a “C,” but that it was not abandoning Chief Wahoo. Indeed, as Deadspin noted, the team has chosen to wear the Wahoo version of the caps throughout the playoffs so far.

“I’m not interested in being someone’s good luck charm,” Sundance said of the playoff run.

Sundance said he is a baseball fan, and that he looks forward to the day when he can watch the Cleveland team without seeing the name Indians, or Chief Wahoo’s face. ABC News reached out to the team’s front office regarding its decision to use the Wahoo logo, but did not immediately receive a response. Major League also did not immediately respond with a comment about the controversy.

The timing of the Indians’ return to the Fall Classic, and the controversy surrounding their name and logo, carries an added degree of weight right now because of ongoing protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation in North Dakota over the Dakota Access Pipleline.

Sundance said that the issues surrounding Wahoo and the protests at Standing Rock are related.

“We need to be allowed to have control of our own identity,” he said.
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Rolling Stones Perform at Exclusive Party Thrown by New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

Desiree Navarro/WireImage(FOXBORO, Mass.) — The Rolling Stones performed an exclusive private event hosted by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Tuesday night in front of a super-exclusive crowd.

Kraft, 75, was joined at the VIP party by guests including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and designer Tommy Hilfiger, according to photos posted on social media.

Kraft arrived to the event dressed to impress in a formal suit and tie with his signature fashion trademark, sneakers.

Mick Jagger and the rest of the band reportedly earned millions for the one-night-only exclusive gig. A seven-figure fee is on par with what singers like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey reportedly earn for performing private concerts for world leaders.

Kraft has planned other elaborate parties in the past, like last year’s Super Bowl after-party in which he went on stage to dance with rapper Rick Ross. The Pats owner also threw his team a Cape Cod cookout.

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Offensive on Raqqah ‘Imperative’ to Prevent Terror Plots: US General

Mike63/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — The top U.S. military commander in Iraq said today it is “imperative” to retake Raqqah, the de facto capital for ISIS in Syria, because of the potential for overseas terror plots. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Paris today that the operation to free ISIS could begin in weeks and overlap with the current Iraqi military offensive in Mosul.

“We think there’s an imperative to get isolation in place around Raqqah because our intelligence feeds tell us that there is significant external operations attacks planning going on, emanating central in — centralized in Raqqah,” Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend told Pentagon reporters via a video link from Baghdad.

“We know they’re up to something,” he continued. “And it’s an external plot. We don’t know exactly where, we don’t know exactly when.”

He cited the recent capture of the Syrian town of Manbij where “we found links to individuals and plot streams to France, the United States, other European countries.” Located a few miles south of the border with Turkey, Manbij was a key ISIS location for foreign fighters coming in and out of Syria.

“So we know that this is going on in Raqqah, as well. And so I think that’s why it’s necessary to get down there to Raqqah,” Townsend added. “We know that it’s a focal point of ISIL external operations, planning, plotting.”

ISIL is another acronym used to describe ISIS.

He described “a sense of urgency about what we have to do here because we’re just not sure what they’re up to, and where, and when. But we know that this plot planning is emanating from Raqqah.”

Carter indicated that an offensive on Raqqah could begin in a matter of weeks and would coincide with the Mosul offensive currently being undertaken by the Iraqi military.

“We’ve begun laying the groundwork with our partners to commence the isolation of Raqqah,” said Carter. “As we meet here, we’re hoping to generate the local forces that will do so.”

In Syria, 300 American Special Operations forces have been advising the Syrian Democratic Front (SDF) in the fight against ISIS. The force of 30,000 is mainly made up of Kurdish forces, but also has a sizable Syrian Arab contingent known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

The idea of Kurdish forces potentially being used in an offensive on Raqqah is a sensitive matter for Turkey, which is wary of a strong Kurdish military presence on its border.

Townsend said talks are underway with Turkey about its possible role in the Raqqah operation and particularly about what role Syrian Kurds will play in Raqqah.

Given those sensitivities, Townsend said the isolation of Raqqah would be primarily undertaken by the Syrian Arab forces aligned with the Syrian Democratic Forces. Townsend believes there are currently enough of those forces available to begin encircling the city in the near future.

But he anticipates that the battle for Raqqah will take longer than the current battle for Mosul given that the anti-ISIS partners in Syria do not have the resourcing available to the Iraqi military. He added that the 300 American military advisers in Syria will also have a light footprint as part of a Raqqah operation.

According to Townsend, the timing of the offensive to retake Raqqah was not precipitated by the potential of an overseas terror plot.

“We want to pressure Raqqah so that the enemy doesn’t have a convenient place to go,” said Townsend.

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‘Scariest Landing’ Flight Coming to an End in St. Maarten

daveswallace/iStock/thinkstock(ST. MAARTEN) — The world’s “scariest” landing is coming to an end.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced Wednesday that it will no longer fly Boeing 747’s in and out of St. Maarten’s airport, ending the popular event where dozens of beachgoers gather to snap pictures.

The last flight into the island is scheduled to land on October 28th.

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Children in ‘Jungle’ Refugee Camp at Risk of Trafficking, Organizations Warn

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Children in the Calais “Jungle” camp in France are living in unsafe conditions and are at risk of being trafficked by human smugglers as they wait to learn if they will be brought to the United Kingdom, humanitarian organizations warn.

The process of registering the children and bringing them to the U.K. should have been completed before demolishing the camp, the organizations say.

“We do know it is an environment where people smugglers do operate, and outside the humanitarian center, children are exposed to potentially being trafficked by some fairly shady and unscrupulous characters,” Laura Padoan, a spokesperson for the U.N.’s refugee agency UNHCR — which is assisting the U.K. in identifying unaccompanied children and registering them — told ABC News.

“It’s critical that safeguards are in place. Currently, we feel that it’s not being done, but we do have protection staff on the ground ready to support,” she added.

On Oct. 10, U.K. Interior Minister Amber Rudd made a commitment to bring as many children as possible to the U.K. with close family ties in the country before the closure of the camp. She also said she would transfer unaccompanied refugee children from Calais to the U.K. who meet the criteria of the 2016 Immigration Act’s Dubs amendment, which called on the U.K. to take in 3,000 unaccompanied children from across Europe.

Since Rudd made the commitment earlier this month, the U.K. has transferred nearly 200 children, including more than 60 girls, many of whom are at high risk of sexual exploitation, the interior minister said on Monday. But the U.K. is far from done with the process — the country expects to accept hundreds of more children and still has around 1,000 children left to interview even though the process of demolishing the camp has begun. This means that even unaccompanied children who have been registered and are staying in the safer “humanitarian camp” are witnessing harsh scenes.

“The demolition of the so-called ‘Jungle’ camp is happening around the humanitarian camp where the children who have registered are residing. I can only imagine that it must be extremely frightening if you are a child who is being surrounded by the chaos of the dismantling, wildfires, riot police and people with the intention of creating tensions with the police,” said Padoan of UNHCR.

Children who have been registered and are staying in the humanitarian camp sleep in white shipping containers with room for 12 people, said Lliana Bird, co-founder of Help Refugees, a humanitarian organization that was formed in September 2015 in response to the crisis unfolding in Calais. Other children haven’t been able to register yet and don’t have a place to sleep in the meantime because their shelters have been destroyed, she said.

“We are urgently saying that there are hundreds of unaccompanied minors with no safeguarding and nowhere to sleep tonight. They must be brought to safety immediately. Ideally, there’ll be youth workers and safety workers there,” Bird told ABC News.

“On Monday registration didn’t occur all day and today it stopped at 12:15 so children who didn’t get to register in time were told they had to go back and sleep in the camp. But the camp is on fire at the moment and many had their shelters dismantled and don’t have a place to sleep tonight,” Bird said, adding that trafficking is another big risk children face because they are on their own in the camp.

“Children should not be brought over during this distressing time. It’s all happening last minute and should have happened much earlier. Any chaotic or distressing situation going on around children who are already vulnerable makes them even more vulnerable and more open to abuse,” said Bird.

On Monday, Rudd said that in some cases children who were supposed to board a bus to come to the U.K. didn’t show up, raising concerns.

“Over the past few days, there have been cases in which we have expected children to be available to board the bus to come to the U.K., and sometimes non-governmental organizations themselves have been surprised not to have been able to find them,” she said speaking to the U.K. parliament Monday. She declined to comment further on the issue of children not showing up.

During a Q&A session with the parliament on Monday, Rudd also addressed why the U.K. didn’t start the process of interviewing and registering children in Calais earlier.

“My officials were given access to the camp to interview children only in the past week and, similarly, we have only recently received agreement from the French Government that we could bring Dubs cases to the U.K. Before that, we worked closely with the French behind the scenes, but without their agreement it was not possible to make progress on taking non-family cases from Calais,” she said.

U.K. Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said that the U.K. is committed to safeguarding and protecting children in Calais.

“We are working closely with our French partners and the immediate priority is to ensure those who remain in the camp are provided with secure accommodation during the clearance operation. U.K. officials will continue to identify those eligible to come to Britain,” said Goodwill in a statement sent to ABC News. “Our focus is, and will continue to be, transferring all eligible minors to the U.K. as soon as possible and ensuring they arrive safely. This must be done through an agreed and proper process and with the agreement of the French.”

According to the interior ministry, the U.K. government will contribute up to £36 million (approx. $44 million) to maintain the security of the controls, to support the camp clearance, ensure that the camp is kept closed and to help keep children safe in France.

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