Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old Queens woman was killed when she crashed her motorcycle and injured her passenger in Inwood over the weekend.Nassau County police said Melisa Harris, of Far Rockaway, was riding a Suzuki motorcycle westbound on Sheridan Boulevard when she lost control and struck a utility pole at 2:50 a.m. Sunday.The victim was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she died shortly later.Her 41-year-old female passenger suffered a concussion and was taken to a local hospital, where she is listed in stable condition while being treated for her injuries.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle and are continuing the investigation but found no apparent criminality.
USC’s Alternative Spring Break program hosted students, staff and faculty from March 14 to March 21 to complete domestic and international service learning trips organized by university academic departments and student organizations.The Alternative Spring Break program is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to engage in service learning in communities outside the Los Angeles area.Navajo Nation, the longest-running ASB trip, provides students the opportunity to engage with community service and Navajo culture. Students tutor children at an elementary school, hike the Mesa Verde National Park in Mesa Verde, Colorado, and volunteer with local nonprofits, among other things.Drew Lane, a sophomore majoring in international relations, spoke about his rewarding experience on the Navajo Nation trip.“One day we went on a hike and sat with the high school students from the reservation and talked about their lives and their plans for the future,” Lane said. “A lot of them were so motivated, it was really amazing.”Another trip in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, focused on youth and education. Students specifically had the opportunity to become acquainted with Teach for America, talk to a public official about education in Louisiana and partner with elementary school students in a mentorship program.Pablo Pozas Guerra, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, said that there is still a tangible gap between kids who are interested in attending college and others who still dream of professional athletic careers.“So many of the kids I worked with showed an interest in going to college,” Pozas said. “I know when I was in sixth grade I did not show a similar interest. But you could see the other side of it, too. Some kids still had the dream of being NFL or NBA players. That disparity was really eye-opening.”Lane also found that he learned from his experiences with teenagers in the Navajo Nation.“I really learned to get to know people on a deeper level,” Lane said. “That can be so valuable in life.”Pozas said he felt rewarded by the connection he made with both the USC students on the trip and the students he worked with in Baton Rouge.“I really enjoyed being matched up with my buddies,” Pozas said. “They offered a lot of insight into their culture and situation. I understood their lives more than I thought I would. Hopefully I was a role model for them.”Alternative Spring Break trips generally cost between $450 and $3,100 per person. The application period for alternative winter and spring break programs in the 2015-2016 school year will take place at the beginning of next fall semester.In addition to their domestic trips, ASB offers international destinations in Guatemala, India, Mexico and Thailand. Other domestic trips also include Charlotte, North Carolina; San Francisco and San Jose, California; Orcas Island, Washington, and Baltimore, Maryland.“I remember the morning we left, I was second-guessing my choice of going on an alternative spring break,” Pozas said. “I was really missing home and thought this might not have been the best choice for me at the time. In retrospect, this is the best thing I could have done with my spring break. To anyone who is thinking about doing an alternative spring break, do it.”
Information reaching Asempa Sports indicates that Michael Ayittey Okine a.k.a. Ayittey Powers has finally signed a contract to fight his arch rival Isaac Braimah Kamoko popularly known as Bukom Banku on May 16 at Accra Sports Stadium.The much awaited bout was scheduled to take place on April 18 but Ayittey Powers surprisingly told Box Office Sports Promotion, the promoters of the big bout to postpone the bout because his spiritual father Prophet TB Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) had told him not to fight on Good Friday.The date for the fight was therefore changed to May 16 but Powers refused again to sign the contract when the stakeholders met last week to determine matters relating to the fight.This forced stakeholders of the anticipated bout to meet on Monday afternoon to sanction Powers for deceiving boxing fans.Powers realizing the implications of any sanctions by the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) quickly agreed to fight on May 16 and signed the contract for the bout to come off.“Ayittey Powers has finally signed to box on May 16 with Bukom Banku so the bout is coming on live and colored” Naa Darkoa Doodo, the public relation officers of Ghana Boxing Authority told Asempa Sports.