A man believed to be in his 30s was killed on Saturday at the Slipway-Johnson Street intersection when a speeding vehicle skidded off the road and knocked him off the sidewalk.According to an eyewitness, the man was hit by a black 4 door KIA, marked PC-7941 which reportedly developed brake failure causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The incident occurred around ‘Dis and Dat’ Beauty Saloon between 9 or 10 am.The victim, according to another eyewitness, was seen walking from the Gabriel Tucker Bridge towards Johnson and Broad Streets when he met his fate.Many onlookers observed that the victim was breathing after the accident but there was no emergency assistance and no ambulance arrived on the scene from any of the clinics and hospitals in the city.According to another report the driver was stopped by a police officer for a violation that could not be confirmed. The driver, whose identity is still unknown, told the lady police officer that his car’s brake had failed and was not driveable downhill, said the eye witness.‘’The police officer then got in the car and compelled the driver to drive. When the driver got the vehicle in motion, he could not even slow down or stop when he tried to,” the eyewitness said.The police on the scene and later at the nearby Depot declined to speak to the press on the grounds that their investigation was not concluded but confirmed that the driver was in police custody. Up to press time last night the identities of both the driver and the deceased are still unknown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police. The training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees. Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management. Story Highlights The relationship between the police and residents of several inner-city communities should see marked improvement following their participation in the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) Youth Leadership Training Programme.Held in collaboration with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the training course is an initiative of the JCC’s Civic Affairs and Inner-city Development Committees.The aim is to improve the relationship between citizens and police, in order to reduce crime and to provide residents with the skills to contribute to the development of their communities.Members of the 57th cohort of the programme were presented with certificates during a graduation ceremony, held at the JCC’s offices in Kingston, on October 3. The group successfully completing the course comprised 38 youth, as well as five members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and two from the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF).Programme participants were trained in the areas of conflict management, interpersonal skills, human relations, employability skills, community leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing, and family life, over a six-week period.First Vice President of the JCC, Warren McDonald, said the relationship between the citizens and the police has the potential to be productive or problematic.“At the level of the society, we need that relationship to be a productive and mutually respectful one that will contribute to facilitating the environment for economic and social development,” he said.Chairman of the Civic Affairs/Inner-city Development Committees, Sameer Younis, said he was happy that the programme brings the police and the youth together, “so they now understand each other and can bring about some peace.”He told the participants that they have received an opportunity to empower themselves, and urged them to become economically independent and to focus on personal development, particularly proper family life and family values.
Find out more about Eagles’ Wings and the services they provide online at eagleswingstuscaloosa.orgAfter 14 years, one special group can finally call Eagles’ Wings home.Kevin, Daniel, Ray and Michael – these four men now live at Eagles’ Pointe, the new residential addition to Eagles’ Wings, complete with on-site staff to provide 24-hour care.“It’s really a dream come true,” Sandra Pike, founder of Eagles’ Wings, said. “We’ve worked so hard for so long. To see our dream become a reality…I have no words.”Sandra Pike and her husband Jerry created Eagles’ Wings because of their son, Joey.“We wanted to make sure Joey has a place to live and is taken care of when Sandra and I are gone,” Jerry Pike said. “We knew by doing this we could help a lot of other families.”The five-bedroom home is complete with an immaculate kitchen, dining room, living area and patio. With their new home, the new roommates are also getting new responsibilities.“This is a family,” Sandra Pike said. “They will have responsibilities. They will have to do laundry, make their beds, cooking, cleaning. All that kind of stuff. I told one of them, ‘Don’t forget, you’ve got to do all this now,’ and he, said ‘I do?’ Yes, you have responsibilities in this house.”The Pikes say a special part of reaching this milestone is fulfilling promises to those who are already gone.“It blesses my heart,” Sandra Pike said. “We had a couple of parents that have passed away since we started this. And we had promised them that we would take care of their sons. We are so excited to fulfill this dream for them. I know there are a couple of people in heaven smiling down.”The first home at Eagles’ Pointe was built with donated money, labor and resources from west Alabama communities and afar. Night one at the new home be the start of a new life for Kevin, Daniel, Ray and Michael.“Tonight might be a pajama party,” Sandra said. “I don’t know if there will be any sleeping going on.”This is their home. This is a family. That’s what Eagles’ Wings is all about.