SINGAPORE: A 49-year-old man was sentenced to four weeks' jail on Friday (Sep 7) for causing the death of an 86-year-old pedestrian in Yishun last year.Mohamed Kasim Abdul Jabbar was also banned from driving for five years. The property agent pleaded guilty to one charge of causing death by a negligent act not amounting to culpable homicide.The accident happened on Sep 1 last year at about 2pm, when Kasim was driving his car along Yishun Avenue 2 towards Lentor Avenue.He was on lane 1 of a three-lane road, and failed to notice the elderly man, Mr Din Bin Nyak Abdul Rahman, who was crossing the road from his left to his right.Kasim said he first noticed the pedestrian half a car length ahead, but could not change lanes as there was a van on his left. He applied his brakes, but could not avoid hitting the pedestrian.Based on video footage from the in-car camera, Kasim was travelling at an average speed of about 63kmh to 64kmh - slightly higher than … [Read more...] about Property agent jailed, gets driving ban over accident that killed elderly pedestrian
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FOGGIA: Hundreds of mostly African farm labourers downed tools on Wednesday (Aug 8) and marched from fields in southern Italy chanting "we are not slaves", protesting at conditions for tomato pickers after 16 migrant workers died in two road crashes.The near-identical accidents within 48 hours of each other highlighted the plight of farm workers around the the city of Foggia in the Puglia region, where thousands of foreign labourers spend the summer season harvesting tomatoes, often at the mercy of recruiters sometimes linked to organised crime.Striking demonstrators, many wearing red caps, waving flags or carrying tomatoes, walked for three hours in the baking sun from the countryside towards Foggia, shouting: "We are not slaves, no to exploitation.""You know how much Italian tomatoes cost? The price of African blood," said 41-year-old Kogyate Diakine, from Ivory Coast, who has lived in Italy for more than a decade.Italy's government has scrambled to respond to the outcry over … [Read more...] about Farm workers protest in Italy after migrant crash deaths
After four days, the official death toll for the ‘Seven Dangerous Days’ reporting period is 239 with 2,500 injuries. The statistics are compiled by the Road Safety Centre. On Sunday, new year’s eve, 65 people were killed and 714 were injured in 678 separate traffic incidents. Drink driving remains the scourge of Thailand’s roads causing most of fatal accidents. This is followed by speeding. - Tanutam Thawan … [Read more...] about DAY FOUR. Nearly 60 people dying each day during the Seven Dangerous Days.
PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—Denny Morrison would wake as if from a dream, and he would be on a bike in the wilderness of Arizona. It happened over and over; he didn’t know where he had been, but he knew where he found himself. When he had cell reception, he wrote friends texts, wondering if it was a lack of nutrition; he didn’t know. Denny Morrison was trying to rebuild his long-track speedskating lungs and legs after a motorcycle accident a year earlier, on a bike trip with a girl he really liked. And for some reason, he kept finding himself in a waking dream.Morrison wonders now if that was the beginning of the stroke, which came at the end of the 20-day trip; his then-girlfriend Josie Spencer looked at him and saw drool, and her first aid training as a lifeguard told her, stroke. She, and the fact they had completed the trip, may have saved his life.“(If it had happened in the desert), I would have been in pretty bad straights,” said Morrison, before … [Read more...] about Near-death experiences give speedskater Morrison a new perspective on Olympics
LOS ANGELES —Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators say they’re closer to understanding exactly how actress Natalie Wood died while boating off Catalina Island nearly four decades ago, but say they would still like to hear from her husband, Robert Wagner.“We’re not pressing charges on anyone ... we want to figure out what happened,” Lt. John Corina told reporters at a Monday news conference.Natalie Wood, the 43-year-old star of West Side Story, who couldn’t swim, was boating off Catalina Island during Thanksgiving weekend 1981 with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and others when she somehow went overboard and drowned. Officials at the time said her death was an accident, but speculation over whether there was more to the story has endured for more than three decades. Read more: Investigators deem actress Natalie Wood’s death as ‘suspicious,’ name Robert Wagner a ‘person of interest’ … [Read more...] about Probe into Natalie Wood’s suspicious death: ‘We’re closer to understanding exactly what happened’