Five journalists physically attacked by police or protestors

first_img Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile November 18, 2016 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out more News April 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists physically attacked by police or protestors Follow the news on Bolivia News BoliviaAmericas Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment Interior minister Sacha Llorenti promised the Federation of La Paz Press Workers to investigate these attacks and ensure that confiscated equipment was handed back. He also promised to consider distributing vests that would identify journalists when they are covering street clashes. Reporters Without Borders supports this proposal and urges both police and demonstrators to respect the media.These physical attacks come at a time when the judicial authorities are also treating journalists badly. Luis Zabala Fareli, the manager of Radio Soberanía de Minero 97.5, a station based in Minero, in the eastern department of Santa Cruz, spent nearly three months in pre-trial detention on various charges brought by Minero’s police chief, including inciting a mob attack on a police station on 6 January. He was finally freed and allowed to resume working on 14 April but has been banned by a judge from talking about his trial.At the same time, a judge in the southern city of Potosí said he was not competent to hear the complaint that a government official has brought against Radio Kollasuyo journalist Mario Caro, accusing Cano of insulting him. The judge ruled that only a specialized judge could hear complaints brought by officials against journalists.Reporters Without Borders finally points out that there is a real danger that the March 2008 murder of Carlos Quispe, a journalist working for a municipal radio station in Pucarani, a town 50 km west of La Paz, will go unpunished and will be forgotten. “Neither the climate of political violence prevailing at that time nor the many changes in judicial personnel since then justify the failure to make any progress with this investigation,” the press freedom organization said. . RSF_en Organisation to go further Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Reporters and photographers working for several news media were attacked by police at Apacheta (20 km outside La Paz) on 15 April while covering clashes between police and members of the Bolivian Workers Federation (COB), which is demanding a wage increase.Red Uno cameraman Israel Gutiérrez, Bolivisión cameraman Carlos Saavedra and Página Siete photographer Henry Ponce were attacked by police officers. The cameras of Gutiérrez and Saavedra were broken, while the memory cards of Ponce’s camera were seized. Associated Press reporter Juan Mamani and Universal de Televisión reporter Vladimir Rojas were attacked by demonstrating teachers, who accused them of being police informers. BoliviaAmericas February 1, 2018 Find out more News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Third Annual Logan’s Promise West Side Game Held at Ford Center

first_imgDECEMBER 24RD, 2017  CHELSEA KOERBLER EVANSVILLE, INDIANA West side night was back at the Ford Center, as the University of Evansville Purple Aces took on Illinois State.Tickets for the game were just $5 and for the third year in a row, the game helped promote awareness for Logan’s Promise.The organization brings awareness to the dangers of drinking and driving. It was started after 15-year-old Logan Brown was killed by a drunk driver in 2015.“You see improvements and it continues to get better but as long as accidents still happened and we still have DUI arrests,” said Charles Brown, Logan’s father. “It’s still a problem in our community because all it takes is just one bad choice and it changes an entire community.”The first 1,000 fans received special t-shirts. Spirit squads from Mater Dei and Reitz were on hand.Chelsea KoerblerReporter and Anchor at 44NewsMore PostsFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Revealed: Hundreds of suspected sex workers stopped at NZ border

first_imgNewsHub 5 June 2019Family First Comment: As predicted, our liberalised law has opened the way to exploitation, trafficking and sexual violence. Shame on NZ.A Newshub investigation has revealed hundreds of suspected sex workers are being stopped at the border, as Immigration New Zealand cracks down.The practice is illegal, but that isn’t stopping them coming here from Asia and South America.More than four thousand legal sex workers operate in New Zealand at any one time.On top of that, there are “illegal foreign” workers, but officials don’t know how many.Officials say the problem is getting worse.“We’re concerned that some of these unlawful migrants are being exploited,” said Dave Campbell of Immigration NZ.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/06/revealed-hundreds-of-suspected-sex-workers-stopped-at-nz-border.htmllast_img read more

Dancing through the ages

first_img “Sure,” responded her great-granddaughter, who’s been taking dance lessons – but not tap – for about four years. Most kids who are lucky enough to still have a great-grandparent have to visit them in a retirement facility. Caitlyn visits with her great-grandmother every week in a dance studio. Selina Litzenberger says her daughter and grandmother have always been close. “Caitlyn calls her every day to make sure she takes her pills and is doing OK,” she said. “They go out at least once or twice a week with my mom for dinner at Dennys, so it didn’t surprise me that they’d be doing something like this together.” It didn’t surprise the family, but it seems to have surprised just about everyone else, says Kathy Litzenberger, Helen’s daughter and Caitlyn’s grandmother. “Everyone we tell thinks it’s so unusual and wonderful what they’re doing together, and it is. But to us it’s just Caitlyn and my mom being great friends.” The dancing lessons have energized her mom, Kathy says. For awhile, her mom just wanted to sleep all day. Now she can’t wait for Fridays. Helen never did get a straight answer from her own mother on why she wouldn’t let her take tap-dancing lessons as a kid back in 1925. “She let me play the sax, but not tap dance,” she says, taking a quick break from working on her shuffles. “I was an only child, and maybe my mother thought somehow tap dancing would take me away from her and the home. I just don’t know.” Whatever, it’s old news. She’s tap dancing now and making every minute count because they’ve got a big show coming up. It isn’t until next June 25, when the dance studio will have its annual recital at the Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza. There will be about 50 dance routines performed, including one first: The great-grandmother/granddaughter duo making their first public appearance. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It was a big day for the duo last week. Helen’s doctor had signed off on increasing the lessons to a full 60 minutes after Helen complained she wasn’t even able to work up a good sweat during a half-hour session. “Great-grandma’s really fast and good,” Caitlyn says, watching Helen work on a few Shirley Temple steps with dance instructor Danielle Peig. “She never gets tired.” When you’ve been waiting 80 years to strut your stuff, why would you? Helen says. It was about a month ago that the retired schoolteacher – still living on her own in a mobile home park – decided she wanted to add a little excitement to her life. All she needed was someone to have it with. “I’m thinking of taking tap-dancing lessons,” she told Caitlyn. “Would you take them with me?” It’s taken her 80 years, but Helen Clark has finally started those tap-dancing lessons her mother wouldn’t let her have back in 1925 when she was 10. “Who would have thought at my age I’d be having so much fun?” said the 90-year-old West Hills great-grandmother, laughing as she slipped on her tap shoes, and giving her 7-year-old great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Gold-Litzenberger, a wink. They’re a duo over at the 5-6-7-8 Dance Company in West Hills every Friday afternoon – Helen and Caitlyn. The great-grandmother/great-granddaughter tap-dancing team. “When I learned they were taking lessons together I thought it was the greatest thing,” said studio owner Holly Dipoma. “This is a first for us.” last_img read more

First-half latest: Norwich 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgKenedy put Chelsea ahead after just 39 seconds at Carrow Road.The 20-year-old Brazilian cut in from the left, dodged two challenges and fired into the far corner – his first Premier League goal.Kenedy replaced the axed Baba Rahman at left-back, while Bertrand Traore was brought in by boss Guus Hiddink for his first league start for the Blues.There were also recalls for Oscar and Nemanja Matic, with Willian and John Mikel Obi dropping to the substitutes’ bench, where they are joined by Alexandre Pato, who was included in the matchday squad for the first time since his loan move.Chelsea, unbeaten in the league since Hiddink took over, have been well on top but were given a scare when Cameron Jerome headed over from Wes Hoolahan’s cross.Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy, Fabregas, Matic, Hazard, Oscar, Traore, Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Pato, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Titan Ethane Still Missing, and Other Planetary Puzzles

first_imgWe update the problem of Titan’s missing ethane and other challenges to billions of years.Titan: Where’s the Ethane?Calculations of ethane production in the 1990s led to predictions of a global ocean of ethane by irreversible processes driven by the solar wind. The Huygens Probe (2005) falsified that prediction, but there should be some at least. Here’s the latest bad news posted by Astrobiology Magazine, based on a new study of the second-largest lake on the giant moon of Saturn:“Before Cassini, we expected to find that Ligeia Mare would be mostly made up of ethane, which is produced in abundance in the atmosphere when sunlight breaks methane molecules apart. Instead, this sea is predominantly made of pure methane,” said Alice Le Gall, a Cassini radar team associate at the French research laboratory LATMOS, Paris, and lead author of the new study.This prompted some hurried theory rescue activity and appeals to futureware, as the perhapsimaybecouldness index rises:A number of possible explanations could account for the sea’s methane composition, according to Le Gall. “Either Ligeia Mare is replenished by fresh methane rainfall, or something is removing ethane from it. It is possible that the ethane ends up in the undersea crust, or that it somehow flows into the adjacent sea, Kraken Mare, but that will require further investigation.”Deputy lead Steve Wall tried to smile about this as he said, “Titan just won’t stop surprising us.”Update 5/08/16: Icarus just published another paper called, “Titan’s Missing Ethane.” The abstract states that 1.37 million cubic kilometers of liquid ethane should have been produced throughout the assumed age of the moon. Since the surface area is 80 million square kilometers, simple division yields a layer 0.017 km deep—a global ocean roughly 56 feet all over the moon. (Note: that’s far less than previous estimates that predicted half a mile deep.) Where is it? Their only suggestion is that somehow it sank into the icy crust where it cannot be observed. Why didn’t the methane sink, too? The abstract doesn’t mention any conceivable sorting action of a porous crust to explain why methane is found in large polar lakes, but almost no ethane. From that puzzle, Gilliam and Lerman go hydrobioscopic, distracting attention to the possibility of life. Sadly for them, that’s bad news, too. “The temperatures on Titan, much lower than on primordial Earth, are less favorable to the ‘Second Coming of life’ on Titan.” Never seen that phrase in print before.Mercury’s Carbon FootprintThe innermost planet will transit the sun Monday May 9, a rare event that occurs 13 times a century on average (last was in 2006, for history, read David Rothery’s piece on The Conversation; Space.com describes how to see it safely, and what to expect). A paper in Nature Geoscience says that the crust is darker than predicted. They infer an “ancient carbon-bearing crust” formed “via impact processes or assimilation of carbon into rising magmas during secondary crustal formation.”The Moon’s Delicate Pas de DeuxA paper in Icarus exposes problems with moon formation theories. Factors had to be delicately balanced for a molten Earth and Moon to arrive at their final destinations while maintaining the currently-observed lunar inclination. The timing of solidification is critical, Nimmo and Chen say; “There is thus a ‘speed limit’ on how fast the Moon can evolve outwards while maintaining its inclination.” Either the early Earth had to be 1-2 times less dissipative than it is now, or else the moon’s inclination had to rise after it passed through a critical “Cassini state transition” at 30 Earth radii. This “requires subsequent late excitation of the lunar orbit after the crystallization of the lunar magma ocean.” How did that happen? If the Earth and Moon did not evolve from a molten state, as current theory assumes, the puzzle could be circumvented.Ceres Bright Blue CratersAstrobiology Magazine posted pretty pictures from the Dawn spacecraft, still orbiting the largest asteroid Ceres. Haulani Crater has a strange polygonal shape, while smaller Oxo Crater, second brightest feature on Ceres, displays a prominent slump along one rim. Hualani “shows rays of bluish ejected material. The color blue in such views has been associated with young features on Ceres.”Jupiter Jekyll and HydeJPL scientist Kevin Grazier, who appeared briefly in The Privileged Planet, has run computer models for years to show that Jupiter may not be Earth’s protector after all. Comets and asteroids, he shows in his paper in Astrobiology, are just as likely to be deflected toward the Earth as away from it. He spins this as fortuitous in that the impactors “deliver life-enabling volatiles to the terrestrial planets.” Meanwhile, Icarus posted a paper dealing with the problem of the high mountains on Jupiter’s volcano moon Io. More falsified expectations were expressed in Astrobiology Magazine about Jupiter’s moons, particularly the smooth-cracked Europa: “[Scientists] had expected to see cold, dead places, but right away they were blown away by their striking surfaces” says a faculty member at Columbia. Carl Wunsch, meanwhile, deals with global ice-covered worlds in a paper on Icarus. “Little can be said concerning a reduction in tidal dissipation necessary to avoid a crisis in the history of the lunar orbit,” but he said it anyway.Saturn: Y Is Enceladus Young?Space.com shows a mysterious Y shape of ridges on Saturn’s geyser moon Enceladus. “Such features are also believed to be relatively young based on their lack of impact craters — a reminder of how surprisingly geologically active Enceladus is,” Cassini scientists said. Other Y shapes are seen along the ends of the south pole “tiger stripes” where the geysers erupt. A video clip explains the little moon’s surprises. “The surface of Enceladus is believed to be possibly less than 100 million years old, which would make it one of the youngest surfaces in the solar system.” If so, “possibly less” could imply “a lot less,” considering that 100 million years is 1/45th the assumed age of the planets. Another piece on PhysOrg tries to account for the heat by tidal friction. Because eruptions on Earth don’t last very long, scientists are rushing to a new theory by Kite and Rubin like drowning victims to a ring buoy. “It’s a puzzle to explain why the fissure system doesn’t clog up with its own frost,” one scientist said. “And it’s a puzzle to explain why the energy removed from the water table by evaporative cooling doesn’t just ice things over.”Update 5/08/16: Cassini scientists watched the plume occult a star recently, according to Astrobiology Magazine. The headline reads, “Enceladus jets: surprises in starlight” because some of the jets (but not all) seem to blast out with increased fury when the moon is at apoapse, its farthest point from the planet. [The observations, by the way, were made by Voyager veteran Candy Hansen, who appears in the bonus features of Illustra Media’s film The Privileged Planet.] Like today’s Icarus paper on Titan’s ethane, NASA’s leaps into hydrobioscopy, using the power of suggestion, to claim without any observational justification:Exactly how or why that’s happening is far from clear, but the observation gives theorists new possibilities to ponder about the twists and turns in the “plumbing” under the moon’s frozen surface. Scientists are eager for such clues because, beneath its frozen shell of ice, Enceladus is an ocean world that might have the ingredients for life.Special Pleading at DioneMeanwhile, there are puzzles at Saturn’s fourth moon Dione. A paper in Icarus finds crater rays that are very bright, so much so that “the implantation event occurred very recently.” The rays extend over much of the moon and would normally be darkened in short order by the solar wind.Phoebe Ring UpdateA new paper in Icarus updates knowledge about Saturn’s largest ring, the surprising Phoebe Ring discovered by Cassini, which orbits retrograde around the planet (10/07/09). This “vast debris disk” extends from 80 to 260 Saturn radii. If as assumed, “the Phoebe ring is generated through steady-state micrometeoroid bombardment” of Saturn’s outermost irregular satellites, why is there any material left? The small grains in the ring should be swept out of the ring by sunlight pressure in relatively short order. Could this process go on for billions of years?Pluto UpdatesQuick news from data trickling in from New Horizons:Pluto’s interaction with the solar wind appears to be unique (Astrobiology Magazine)Pluto’s “halo craters” are puzzling; see photo on Astrobiology Magazine. “Exactly why the bright methane ice settles on these crater rims and walls is a mystery; also puzzling is why this same effect doesn’t occur broadly across Pluto.”‘Frozen Lake’ on Pluto May Point to a Warmer Time (Space.com): “Had New Horizon’s flyby taken place a few millions years ago, the tiny planet would have looked vastly different than it does today.” How about billions?Melodrama at New Scientist: “Pluto may have tipped over when Charon tugged at its heart.“Far OutMakemake: The Hubble Telescope found a moon orbiting distant dwarf planet Makemake, reports Astrobiology Magazine. The moon is charcoal black, but Makemake is bright like fresh snow.Planet Nine: Another Astrobiology Mag article says that Planet Nine, possibly awaiting confirmation, shouldn’t exist. “The evidence points to Planet Nine existing, but we can’t explain for certain how it was produced,” one planetary scientist says, without invoking some kind of planetary billiards knocking it out there.Oort, Oort: Were you taught in school that the Oort Cloud contains pristine, primordial material? Then why does Science Magazine talk about “inner solar system material in the Oort Cloud”? No puzzle is immune from unbridled speculation. “We may be looking at fresh inner solar system Earth-forming material that was ejected from the inner solar system and preserved for billions of years in the Oort cloud.”While we join the applause for these discoveries, and honor the high degree of intelligent design it took to obtain these images and data, we must remind everyone that scientific explanation differs greatly from scientific discovery. You can view the number of surprises that contradicted expectations as a rough index of explanatory success. The old planetesimal hypothesis is not doing very well. Look how many objects theory says shouldn’t exist! Since they do exist, consensus theory should cease from existing.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Boost for food processing sector

first_imgWorkers place freshly sliced mangoes ondrying trays at Bavaria fruit farm inLimpopo province.(Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell MedupeDti spokesperson+27 12 394 1650 or +27 79 492 1774Wilma den HartighThe Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) has identified food processing as a priority area in the South African economy.A new incentive scheme, the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP), will be launched in April to support industry development and help businesses to improve their competitiveness.Food processing is highly lucrative and there are many opportunities to grow this industry, but in recent years the sector has faced numerous setbacks, partly stemming from the impact of the global financial crisis.These include declining export performance, more imports into the South African market and lower rates of product and process innovation.At a recent food processing workshop hosted by the Dti in Johannesburg, trade and industry minister Dr Rob Davies explained that MCEP is one of a series of Dti interventions to enhance growth and development of the sector.Comprehensive recovery plan for manufacturingThe MCEP incentive scheme, designed to help manufacturers that are in distress from the effects of the financial crisis, was announced earlier this year by finance minister Pravin Gordhan in his budget speech.It is considered the major highlight of this year’s budget from an incentives perspective.Gordhan allocated R5.8-billion (US$764-million) to the programme, which will provide a support package to stabilise and grow output, increase employment and grow confidence in the manufacturing sector.Addressing job lossesThe intention of the programme is to address economic challenges that have resulted in job losses in the manufacturing sector. Through MCEP, companies can invest more in their operations and upgrade their production facilities. In doing this, firms can maximise employment, expand their value-adding potential and enhance productivity.The food processing sector can benefit significantly from this fund, as it specifically targets businesses in manufacturing that are either labour-intensive or exposed to intense international competition.Reducing the risk of further job losses in the food processing sector is a big focus of the incentive scheme.“This is the largest manufacturing sector by employment, with 177 000 employees or 15.2% of total manufacturing employment,” Davies said. “Food processing is also significant in value addition terms, with the sector contributing approximately 11% of total manufacturing value-added.”Industrial development“Agro processing is of strategic importance to promote industrial development in South Africa,” Davies said.He said that the food processing industry is closely linked to the agricultural sector from where it draws its inputs. For this reason, he believes, it is important to build a greater symbiosis between agriculture and food processing and in doing this, also create more jobs.“Agricultural production of crops in South Africa is thriving, but processing is lacking,” he said.Crops such as soybeans are grown in South Africa and exported to other countries where processing and value adding takes place. Then the product is shipped back into South Africa.“There is an opportunity to add value to products such as soybeans and other agricultural products here in South Africa,” he says.At the workshop Advocate Leslie Sedibe, CEO of Proudly South Africa, a campaign to promote South African companies, products and services, said there is a great need to build South Africa’s manufacturing capacity.In his presentation he cited figures by Iraj Abedian, economist and CEO of financial services company Pan African Research and Investment Services.Abedian’s research shows that the manufacturing sector remains a critical source of decent and sustainable job creation.Considering the multiplier effect, a R1 ($0.13) investment in manufacturing resulted in a R1.13 ($0.15) increase in GDP, Abedian explained.A R1-million ($131 680) investment in manufacturing translates into three decent and sustainable additional jobs.Furthermore, he said that a R1 ($0.13) investment in manufacturing resulted in a R0.35 ($0.05) increase in fiscal revenue.Finding new marketsDavies said that the Dti is also focusing on new export market opportunities in Africa, the Middle East region, and BRICS countries.He appealed to local food processors to investigate these opportunities and develop products and packaging for new markets.“Our agro processing businesses must not stay stuck in a rut, but seize new opportunities,” he said.Davies said that traditional export markets for South African food products, namely the EU and the US, are expected to register relatively low growth for the next two to three years.“There are still opportunities in Europe, but in newer members of the EU and Eastern European countries,” he said.However, one of the major challenges to access these markets is transport and logistics.Other potential new markets include Middle East and Gulf countries that need secure food sources.Davies said that new product development and niche markets, such as halaal products for Middle East countries, may also yield promising opportunities.“We need to develop market access to more dynamic economies,” he said.Regional market expansion is also on the agenda. “Agro processing is a focus of the entire continent and there is a huge opportunity for South Africa to lead in this area,” said Davies.Nimrod Zalk, deputy director-general of the Dti’s industrial development division, said food processing businesses should look to improve and expand their product offering in the domestic market to serve the increasing middle class consumer base.There is also a need to provide more affordable goods to poor households.last_img read more

Anonymous Hacks Security Company HBGary, Dumps 50,000 Emails Online

first_imgaudrey watters A security company that’s been working with the government to track down the cyber-activists involved with Anonymous has now become the target of that very group. HBGary‘s website has been defaced and its CEO Aaron Barr has had his social media accounts hijacked and his personal information leaked online – all in retribution for his claims that he had infiltrated Anonymous, the loosely-affiliated collective of hacktivists.The actions by Anonymous follow a recent story in The Financial Times in which Barr claimed that he had “penetrated Anonymous as part of a project to demonstrate the security risks to organisations from social media and networking.” In the article, Barr identified people he said were key members of the Anonymous “hierarchy,” including a co-founder in the U.S. and leaders in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Australia. Barr claimed he had discovered these individuals’ identities via Facebook and Internet Relay Chat (IRC).Anonymous dispute Barr’s findings, claiming the group has no such hierarchy or leadership. Anonymous also contends that Barr was poised to sell some of this data to the FBI. Law enforcement in the U.S. and Europe have been tracking Anonymous, with several arrests made late last month.In a very tongue-in-cheek press release on the AnonNews site, Anonymous writes that “Mr Barr has successfully broken through our over 9000 proxy field and into our entirely non-public and secret insurgent IRC lair, where he then smashed through our fire labyrinth with vigor, collected all the gold rings on the way, opened a 50 silver key chest to find Anon’s legendary hackers on steroids password.”Less tongue-in-cheek, the hacking of Barr’s social media accounts and the hijacking of HBGary’s website. Tweets from Barr’s hacked account include links to torrents of over 50,000 HBGary emails. The tweets also claim that hackers have full administrative access to the company’s website, all its financials, and its software products. HBGary founder Greg Hoglund has told Krebs on Security that Anonymous “didn’t just pick on any company, but we try to protect the US government from hackers. They couldn’t have chosen a worse company to pick on.” For its part, Anonymous contends that HBGary couldn’t have picked a worse group to pick on. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#NYT#security#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Usain “Lightning” Bolt Coming Back!

first_imgPARIS — Usain Bolt will run the 100 meters at the Areva Meeting on July 4.Diamond League organizers said the six-time Olympic champion from Jamaica will race at the Stade de France for a fifth time, but for the first time in the 100 since 2010.Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 and 200, holds the meeting record of 9.79 seconds.Paris is the eighth leg of the Diamond League.Bolt, who withdrew from the meet last year with a foot injury, has yet to finalize his summer program before the world championships in Beijing from Aug. 22-30TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Dangerous Imperial Beach intersection has community searching for answers

first_img“There’s no control. It’s just out of control,” said the neighbor. “Everybody is in such a rush. Nobody takes the time to obey the law anymore, it seems like.” It might not look like much on the outside, a brace and bruises, but the left side of her body is internally bruised, she can barely raise her left arm, and she just started walking again Monday. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsIMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Several people in Imperial Beach are concerned about the speeding at an intersection just down the street from a nearby school.On Aug. 16, a woman was hit by an SUV while riding her bicycle through the intersection at 7th and Donax. Some residents said drivers blow through the stop signs regularly. The community said they want answers.People love to ride their bikes around Imperial Beach. It’s like a rite of passage in the community, but Georgina Velez said she may never ride again. Posted: August 20, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter “Now I just constantly think about my child and what if,” said Velez. “What if she was the one that got hit, you know. It’s very nerve racking now and I’ve lived here my whole life.” “Was just kind of doing my thing, being diligent, looking both ways,” said Velez. “The Indianapolis 500,” said one of the neighbors, explaining what the street looks like during the morning commute. “I would say six out of the 10 cars are going way over the speed limit.” August 20, 2018 Dangerous Imperial Beach intersection has community searching for answers She explained that an SUV slammed into her, sending her body grinding against the asphalt. One man living in this neighborhood did not want his identity revealed for fear of retaliation, but he said he’s worried and thought it’s just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. “It was at that point in the intersection where I realized the man wasn’t going to look my way,” said Velaz. “At that point, I was already in the crosswalk. It was pretty much slow motion after that.” In other words, Georgina said she got lucky, but she also mentioned she sees cars speeding and blowing through stop signs on a daily basis and she’s not the only one. “My kid. She’s wondering where her mom is,” said Velaz. “I’m not there on time. There’s people everywhere. It was a lot.” Now the community is focused on coming together to make the roads safer for everyone.For Georgina, she said she also had something else on her mind. It was just like any other day. She hopped on her bike to pick up her 3rd grade daughter from the nearby elementary school around 2:30 in the afternoon. When she crossed the street at 7th and Donax, she said her life flashed before her eyes. “In good faith, I hoped that he would look my way and, unfortunately, people just don’t,” said Velez, “They’re very consumed in themselves and where they’re going and what they’re doing.” , This is a statement from a San Diego Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson:“Deputies with the Imperial Beach Sheriff’s Substation are always on the lookout for drivers who are speeding or breaking any other traffic laws.  We also rely on the public to let us know of any areas where they feel unsafe due to dangerous driving habits. We want to remind everyone to always be mindful of their surroundings.  If you’re driving a car or riding a bicycle, be sure to pay attention at all times. The Sheriff’s Department works closely with the City of Imperial Beach’s Public Works Department to identify trouble traffic areas and come up with solutions to keep the community safe.  To report any traffic violations or issues, call the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 or the City of Imperial Beach’s Public Safety Department at (619) 423-8223.”Residents in the neighborhood suggested a three-way stop sign or even speed bumps.last_img read more