Park clean-up mission complete

first_imgUrsula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs and Shireen Sonday are three of the five women who started an initiative to reclaim their communitys park. Residents in Anthony Road, Silvertown, have taken it upon themselves to clean up their park and make it safe for children to play there again. A group, calling themselves People with a Mission, was formed after residents noticed children playing in the street because people were drinking alcohol and using drugs in the park, often leaving broken bottles and drug paraphernalia behind. The group is led by five women – Shireen Sonday, Ursula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs, Vanessa Reynolds and Nuraan Kalam. On Saturday February 11, as a show of solidarity to reclaim the park from the “unsavoury characters”, People with a Mission held a sports day for the children in the area. However, before the games could begin, everybody rallied around to clean the park, especially picking up all pieces of glass. People with a Mission’s spokesperson, Ms Jacobs, said: “It’s not safe for the children to play in the streets. In this road in particular, there is a huge number of vehicles coming in and out, because there is a shebeen operating here, and drug houses. We just had enough and started with the project. There are always broken beer bottles and illegal activities taking place in the park, preventing children from playing there. “On Saturday February 4, we came together and hosted a fun day for the children, where they made a map, and gave ideas of what they want done in the park – should it be reconstructed and closed up by the council.” The group also distributed letters to all their neighbours in Anthony and Petunia roads, explaining their aim and inviting them to be a part of it. The children’s suggestions about upgrading the park, accompanied a proposal People with a Mission presented to Ward 44 councillor, Anthony Moses. Mr Moses also attended the sports day. “I am quite encouraged by the community who have taken a positive stance in cleaning the park. Recently, I have done a number of site visits with officials, and I’ve noted the anti-social behaviour within the park, the condition of the play equipment and a number of service delivery issues within the area. The community decided to come up with a positive plan in reclaiming the park – as a recreational space for positive change. I have also discussed with some of the community members how we can upgrade the park and the surrounding area, which includes the other parks and public open spaces. I am currently walking and cycling through the ward and are looking at improvements within the area,” Mr Moses said.Ms Jacobs said it was pity that there were not many recreational facilities for children from marginalised communities, and, as a result, the risk of these children engaging in harmful activities as they grew older remained high.“Many homes and communities have become sites of oppression, as a result of the impact of substance and alcohol abuse and other issues. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable. Many children cannot access their right to education as pre-school is unaffordable for various reasons, and as a result they roam the street. Strangers and vulnerable children can be a dangerous mix. Our project aims to advocate care, and to provide a platform for our children and young people in our community to shine as the bright stars they can become. Reclaiming the park is the first step,” Ms Jacobs said. The children were introduced to some sport they are not familiar with, including volleyball. 1 of 2center_img Ursula Roberts, Faldeelah Jacobs and Shireen Sonday are three of the five women who started an initiative to reclaim their communitys park.last_img read more

Deaf man’s family says he was unarmed when killed by trooper

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A deaf man who was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper after he didn’t stop for the officer’s blue lights was unarmed and likely did not understand the officer’s commands, the slain man’s family says.Daniel Harris’ family said they want to make sure the incident is investigated thoroughly and also want the state to make changes so officers will immediately know they are dealing with a hearing-impaired driver.Trooper Jermaine Saunders tried to pull Harris over for speeding Thursday evening on Interstate 485 near Interstate 85 in northeast Charlotte. Harris did not stop, leading the trooper on a 10-mile chase, the Highway Patrol said in a statement.Harris stopped in his neighborhood within sight of his home. Harris and Saunders had what the State Bureau of Investigation described as “an encounter,” leaving the 29-year-old man shot at least once and dead in the street.Authorities have released little information about the investigation, including any possible body camera or dashboard camera footage or whether a gun was found near Harris. Saunders has been placed on administrative leave. A spokeswoman for the SBI, which is handling the investigation, didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to questions, including whether authorities have interviewed Saunders yet.Harris’ family is raising money for his funeral and will use any extra money toward educating police officers on how to handle hard of hearing people and calling for a system to alert officers they are dealing with a deaf driver when they enter information into their computers, according to the family’s posting on“You don’t see deafness the way that you see the difference in race. We need to change the system,” Harris’ brother Sam said to reporters using sign language and an interpreter after the Monday night vigil.Sam Harris is deaf, and so are his brother’s parents and other family members. They signed with each other as an Associated Press reporter knocked on their door Tuesday.Sam Harris didn’t want to talk Tuesday, but wrote a note leaving an email address for an interpreter, who did not immediately respond.The National Association of the Deaf doesn’t keep statistics on violent interactions involving deaf people and law enforcement. Its chief executive officer, Howard Rosenblum, said there are “too many” such incidents.“Too often, officers make verbal orders for individuals to comply and act aggressively when those individuals do not comply,” Rosenblum wrote in an email. “Deaf individuals often are unable to understand the verbal commands of law enforcement officers, and this has led to many physical altercations between law enforcement officers and deaf individuals over the years, with some resulting in death.”The NAD supports intensive training for law enforcement officers on dealing with people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and says some officers should be trained to communicate in American Sign Language.After the Monday night vigil, Sam Harris told reporters about a frightening encounter he had with an officer.“I pulled over and within a few seconds, the officer is at my window with his weapon drawn and in my face. I’m deaf! I’m deaf! I’m deaf!” he signed, putting his hands on his ears in exaggerated motions.The Associated Press left messages with two State Highway Patrol spokesmen about what training the patrol offers for dealing with deaf drivers. A state Division of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman could not immediately say whether if the agency offers any ways for deaf people to identify themselves through decals or other methods.Harris is white, and authorities said they did not know Saunders’ race. Published: August 23, 2016 4:07 PM EDT Deaf man’s family says he was unarmed when killed by trooper SHARElast_img read more

Panik Saat Pesawat Mengudara, Pria Ini Coba Buka Pintu Darurat

first_img(Mirror) Panik saat berada di dalam pesawat yang tengah mengudara? Hal ini bisa terjadi pada siapa saja bukan hanya anak-anak, orang dewasa maupun lansia pun bisa saja mengalami hal tersebut. Namun karena panik tersebut penumpang bisa melakukan sesuatu yang membahayakan dirinya dan penumpang lain di dalam pesawat.Baca juga: Bikin Panik! Pemuda Ini Berusaha Buka Pintu Darurat Yang Ia Kira Sebagai Pintu Toilet melansir dari laman (23/5/2019), baru-baru ini seorang penumpang paruh baya meminta awak kabin untuk memanggilkan keluarganya. Dirinya saat itu tengah gelisah dan dalam penerbangan Fuzhou Airlines 6509 tujuan ke Kunming di barat daya Cina pada 20 Mei 2019 kemarin. Petugas keamanan penerbangan bernama Zhao Wenhui mengatakan, pria berusia 50 tahun tersebut meminta bantuan awak kabin 40 menit sebelum mendarat. Dia meminta dipanggilkan keluarganya tetapi kemudian terlihat gelisah karena permintaannya tersebut ditolak oleh awak kabin.Dalam sebuah rekaman video, pria itu berteriak dan membenturkan dirinya ke kursi serta sisi pesawat. Karena tindakannya ini, awak kabin yang dibantu penumpang pesawat lainnya mencoba menahan pria itu untuk tidak berulah.Cao Xinyue, seorang awak kabin mengatakan, pria itu kemudian modar-mandir dan berkata, “Saya ingin parasut!”“Dia terus mengatakan dia ingin memanggil keluarganya. Dia mencoba menelepon di teleponnya tetapi meminta kita melakukannya ketika teleponnya tidak berfungsi,” ujar Xinyue.Penumpang yang ketakutan terdengar berteriak, “Apa yang terjadi?” ketika mereka mencoba menenangkan pria itu.“Sepuluh menit sebelum mendarat ia diduga melompat dari kursinya dan mencoba membuka pintu darurat,” kata maskapai itu dalam sebuah pernyataan. Kelompok itu menahannya hingga pesawat mendarat dengan selamat, setelah itu ia diserahkan ke polisi bandara Kunming.“Dia mencoba mencungkil mataku. Aku lebih tinggi darinya sehingga dia tidak bisa menjangkau, tetapi telinga dan hidungku terluka dan berdarah,” ujar pramugari Lu.Petugas keamanan penerbangan Zhao, yang menghabiskan dua tahun dengan gugus tugas pasukan khusus Cina yang dikenal sebagai Snow Leopard Commando Unit, mengatakan ia memperhatikan penumpang bertindak tidak menentu saat ia naik ke pesawat. Untungnya dalam insiden ini maskapai mengkonfirmasi tidak ada penumpang lain yang terluka.Baca juga: Akibat Kegerahan di Kabin, Pria Ini Tak Sengaja Membuka Pintu DaruratPria itu, yang menurut polisi tidak sehat, telah dibebaskan tanpa biaya kembali ke perawatan keluarganya, yang telah meminta maaf atas cobaan itu. Namun, tidak jelas apakah ia akan menerima larangan terbang seumur hidup oleh otoritas penerbangan Cina.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSempat Sesak Napas, Penumpang Turkish Airlines Coba Mendobrak Kokpit17/06/2019In “Featured”Penumpang Buka Pintu Darurat Karena Pengap, Xiamen Airlines Delay Satu Jam!27/09/2019In “Bandara”Pintu Darurat Dikira Toilet, Penumpang Pakistan Airlines Bikin Penerbangan Delay 7 Jam!15/06/2019In “Bandara”last_img read more

Lee leads Japan Women’s Open

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 SHIBATA, Niigata Pref. – South Korea’s Esther Lee had a solid round of 4-under-par 68 that put her on top of the field after the opening round of the Japan Women’s Open on Thursday.Lee picked up four birdies on a bogey-free day at Shiun Golf Club as the 22-year-old from Seoul, winless in her two-year career on the Japan LPGA tour, moved one shot ahead of Yui Kawahara and Mika Takushima. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Nikki Campbell of Australia finished the day in third place after a 70 and 16-year-old amateur Kotono Kozuma and 20-year-old Maiko Wakabayashi were among five players who had 71s.Last year’s money queen Momoko Ueda, coming off her victory at the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies last week, opened her campaign for a first major title on the Japan LPGA tour with a 73 and U.S.-based Ai Miyazato was a further stroke behind.Defending champion Shinobu Moromizato and Sakura Yokomine could only manage 77s and were in 59th. last_img read more

Sisters from Sylva Sentenced To More Than Seven Years In Prison On Drug Trafficking Charges

first_imgOn Tuesday, September 6, 2016, U.S. District Max O. Cogburn, Jr. sentenced two sisters to 87 months in prison and five years of supervised release on drug trafficking charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.  Melissa Sigmon, 29, and Shana Sigmon, 26, both of Sylva, N.C. each pleaded guilty to one count of distribution of methamphetamine.According to filed court documents and yesterday’s sentencing hearings, from about September 2014 to about January 2015, Melissa and Shana Sigmon were members of a drug network responsible for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine in Georgia and Western North Carolina.  Shana Sigmon ’s fiancée was running the distribution ring from inside a Georgia prison, where he was serving time for a narcotics trafficking offense.  According to court records, Shana and Melissa Sigmon accepted multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine and then re-distributed the drugs to wholesale customers throughout Georgia and Western North Carolina.  According to court records, over the course of the investigation Shana Sigmon was responsible for trafficking more than 14.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and Melissa Sigmon trafficked more than 12.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.The defendants are currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.  All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.U.S. Attorney Rose thanked the DEA, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Swain County Sheriff’s Office, and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office for handling the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Kent of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Asheville prosecuted the case.last_img read more

Marc Gasol Is Joel Embiids Kryptonite

To put it another way: Against average competition, Embiid rivals Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as the most prolific scorer in basketball in terms of points per 100 possessions. But when he’s guarded by Gasol, he essentially turns into Dewayne Dedmon.At 7 feet tall and 250 pounds, Embiid can usually bully smaller defenders and tactically position himself in the post. But Gasol is too big to be pushed around, and it’s forcing Embiid out of his sweet spots. Throughout the series, Gasol has refused to cede ground to Embiid, denying the entry pass into the post and forcing Embiid to catch the ball outside of the paint. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 7.4 touches in the paint per game. Against Gasol and Toronto in the playoffs, Embiid is averaging just 4.2 touches in the paint per game.Another factor contributing to Embiid’s lack of paint touches is the crowd that’s been forming right around the basket. Fellow Sixer Ben Simmons can’t shoot outside of 10 feet and so positions himself near the rim, which brings his defender to effectively provide help defense when Embiid is in the post. That’s a problem especially when the help defender is Kawhi Leonard, the player who has guarded Simmons most of the series.To make up for his lack of paint touches, Embiid has had to rely on his jump shot to generate points. But that’s not his strong suit. In the regular season, Embiid shot 34 percent on jumpers. In this series, he’s just 10 for 37 (27 percent) on those shots. Gasol is forcing Embiid to do what he does least well, and it’s working to the Raptors’ advantage.The fact that Gasol has given Embiid trouble shouldn’t be all that surprising. Even at 34 years old, Gasol can still play like the defensive player of the year he once was. Just ask Nikola Vucevic: Gasol neutralized the All-Star center during the Raptors’ first-round series against the Magic. Vucevic scored just 17 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was the primary defender — a far cry from Vucevic’s season average of 32 points per 100 possessions.When Gasol was brought to Toronto in a midseason trade, it was reasonable to wonder whether the big Spaniard had enough in the tank to make a difference on a contending team. Those doubts have been put to rest, in part because Gasol has chiseled out a perfect role for himself. In Toronto, Gasol doesn’t need to anchor a defense while also serving as a primary scorer, like he was forced to do in Memphis. Instead, he’s able to focus on what he does best, which is lock down the opposing team’s best big man.In all fairness to Embiid, he’s reportedly battled through injury on top of illness during the playoffs. And if we’ve learned anything from his monster Game 3, it’s that a healthy Embiid can live up to his self-proclaimed title. The only question is whether he can do it consistently against an elite defensive stopper like Gasol.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Joel Embiid has described himself as the “most unstoppable player in the league” — and for good reason. When he’s at his best, like in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he can make defenders look downright foolish as he pump-fakes his way into windmill dunks. But so far in Philadelphia’s series against Toronto, Game 3 has been the exception. The Raptors have all but shut Embiid down on the offensive end, thanks in large part to Marc Gasol — the man who has perfected the art of stopping the league’s most unstoppable player.Through five games of the series — which the Raptors lead 3-2 — Gasol has matched up with Embiid on 201 possessions, holding him to just 21 points per 100 possessions. That’s a significant dip from Embiid’s season average of 37 points per 100 possessions.If you think those numbers are obscured by Embiid’s recent upper respiratory problem, consider this: Over the past two seasons (which is as far back as the NBA’s matchup data goes), Gasol has played against Embiid on nine separate occasions (including the regular season and this year’s playoffs). During that stretch, the two have matched up on a total of 379 possessions. Embiid averages just 19 points per 100 possessions when Gasol is his primary defender, by far his lowest average against anyone who has guarded him on at least 100 possessions. read more