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January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgChristmas this year promises to be brighter for hundreds of children in the inner-city community of Waterhouse as Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s annual Christmas treat promises to be bigger and better than in previous years. The treat, set for Boxing Day, will have all the usual fun rides and giveaways, but according to the multiple World and Olympic champion, there will be a lot more toys for the kids this time around. “For them, as long as you have sugar, lime and water and a little music, they’re good with that,” she joked, “but I think they are more excited about the toys and gifts. SPONSORS AND DONATIONS “This year, Nike, my sponsor, donated a lot of stuff, including bags and T-shirts with my name on them, bottles, stuff for them to go back to school, but Tank-Weld donated over 500 gifts.” What this means for the 2015 World champion is that she will be able to provide most, if not all the children who turn up, with a gift this Christmas. “Each year, I say 300 kids. but it’s closer to 600 because all different areas within the community. And this year, I think I will be able to facilitate all of them, so I am really excited that Tank-Weld provided a lot of additional toys. Her other sponsors, Digicel and GraceKennedy, she said, are also on board. “Amazingly, this is our eighth year, and I’m really excited that our sponsors are able to share Christmas with the kids in the community,” she said. She added that to be able to do this for the community where she was raised means a lot to her. “Growing up in the community for me was okay, but I am glad that I now have the opportunity to give them a good Christmas,” she said. “For me, it’s just the joy to see the smile on their faces, just to see them enjoying it; that’s the purest form of joy we can see.”last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgL.A.’s Skid Row is a 50-square-block area where an estimated 3,700 homeless men and women lived in 2005. The area has the city’s largest concentration of single-room occupancy hotels and public or nonprofit services for the mentally ill and homeless. “Police and prosecutors are not the total answer. We need a regional commitment,” said Estela Lopez, executive director of the Central City East Association, which represents property owners in the neighborhood. “We are on the right track. It will take more than a few months.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A five-month effort by the Los Angeles Police Department to clean up Skid Row was blasted Tuesday by critics who said it has led to widespread harassment of the city’s mostly African-American homeless population. For more than two hours, a dozen homeless people and service providers complained to the Police Commission about what they said is a hostile environment on the poverty-stricken streets. “We found instances in which Skid Row residents walking around the street doing nothing wrong were accosted by the police, ordered against the wall, handcuffed and searched without reason,” said Peter Bibring, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney. “This is happening on an ongoing basis. It appears that officers are stopping whoever they want, whenever they want.” After the hearing, however, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said the effort has been successful and has led to fewer reported deaths in the area and more arrests. “I have every confidence that the department and its members are operating constitutionally, compassionately and consistently,” Bratton said. But Bibring, saying city government has not delivered on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s promises to aid the homeless with low-income housing, insisted that an “enforcement-only approach” has not worked. Still, business owners praised the effort as a first step. And despite months of protests from a handful of disgruntled Skid Row residents, LAPD internal reports show that citizen complaints against officers were actually down in the Central Division. “There may be a perception that people are harassed more, but there’s been an infusion of more resources to the area,” which has led to more arrests, said City Councilwoman Jan Perry, who represents the area. last_img read more