By Winnie Hu The New York Times Thu., Dec. 27, 2018 NEW YORK—Elaine Vespermann waited on the corner for his lead. Only when Preston Martin charged across six lanes of rush-hour traffic did she follow behind him. He waved at cars to keep them at bay. He watched over her until she reached the other side of the street. After too many close calls, Vespermann, 38, a babysitter, does not like to cross by herself anymore. “He helps, always,” she said. “It’s very hard every day. There are too many cars and the people are crazy sometimes.” New York City’s increasingly frenetic streetscape has become a gauntlet for pedestrians forced to traverse multiple traffic lanes, weave around blocked intersections and sidestep bicycles and scooters whizzing by — all before the light turns from green to red. It is Martin’s job to make sure no one gets run over. While school crossing guards have long shepherded children across the … [Read more...] about In New York, where street safety is a $1.6-billion investment, a neighbourhood is hiring crossing guards for grown ups
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A collision between a commuter line (KRL) train and a minivan at a rail crossing in Batu Ceper, Tangerang, killed three members of a family on Sunday. The minivan reportedly broke through the lowered barrier as the train, which was serving the Duri-Tangerang route, was passing through the crossing, said PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia spokesperson Eva Chairunisa on Monday. “What is certain is that the KRL was crossing and followed the standard operating procedure, so there was no violation of the law,” Eva said as quoted by kompas.com, adding that three of the six minivan passengers were killed in the accident. Three other passengers were injured. She said the guard had signaled the driver to not drive through the crossing, as the barrier had already been lowered. As the KRL was not able to brake once it was crossing, it collided with the vehicle. The minivan was heavily damaged, while the six passengers inside were taken to the hospital, where three of the … [Read more...] about Train, minivan collision kills three in Tangerang
Amid an amicable summit between the two Korean leaders at Panmunjeom on Friday, a herd of stoic North Korean men clad in suits grabbed the attention of viewers watching on television. As Kim Jong-un strode toward the border between the two Koreas, a flock of security guards surrounded the North Korean leader in a V-shaped formation. The fourteen tall, suited men scattered when Kim approached South Korean President Moon Jae-in, waiting at the demarcation line. A few hours later, when the morning session of the summit was over and Kim boarded his Mercedes-Benz S-Class limousine to briefly return North for lunch, 12 of the guards returned, circling the vehicle and jogging alongside it. When the car sped up, the guards followed suit and ran in sync with it, five men on each side and two at the back. Meticulous care went into security measures Friday, the summit being Kim Jong-un's first time being exposed for such an extended period to international media. But … [Read more...] about Who are the tall guards surrounding Kim Jong-un?
By Elliot Spagat The Associated Press Sun., April 29, 2018 SAN DIEGO—A group of Central Americans who journeyed to the U.S. border in a caravan resolved to turn themselves in and ask for asylum Sunday in a direct challenge to the Trump administration — only to have U.S. immigration officials announce that the San Diego crossing was already at capacity and wouldn’t immediately be accepting them. Nearly 200 migrants, many travelling with children, had decided to apply for protection at the crossing at San Diego, organizers said. But even before the migrants arrived, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the crossing can take in additional people only as space and resources become available. The agency has said the port can hold about 300 people temporarily. The migrants made their way northward by foot, freight train and bus over the past month, many of them saying they feared for their lives in their home countries. Read more: Article … [Read more...] about Officials: Border crossing full, almost 200 migrants from Central American caravan to wait
By Christopher Bodeen The Associated Press Mark Schiefelbein Tues., March 27, 2018 BEIJING — A mysterious armoured train made a round trip from North Korea to Beijing without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong Un on board? Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korea’s reclusive leader or another high-level Pyongyang official ran high Tuesday amid talk of preparations for a meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump. The visit by the special train to Beijing and unusually heavy security at a guest house where prominent North Koreans have stayed seemed to point to the possibility that Kim was making his first visit to China as the North’s leader. Such a trip would be seen as a potential precursor to Kim’s planned summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in late April and his anticipated meeting with Trump by May. Analysts, however, questioned whether Kim would make the visit to Beijing himself rather than send an … [Read more...] about Is Kim Jong Un in Beijing? Arrival of mysterious train causes stir