A Riverside County jury awarded a $2.5 million wrongful death verdict on Wednesday to the family of a mentally-ill African-American man fatally shot nine times by Riverside Sheriffs on July 16, 2015. Sybil Davis, the mother of now deceased, Anthonie Smith, has further expressed her hope that law enforcement will be required to obtain adequate training on the appropriate handling of citizens with mental illness.
In a statement following the verdict, Ms. Davis expressed,”I’m very relieved that my son got justice today. It’s been three years and Iߣm happy that the jury found the officer’s excessive force unnecessary. I hope that this will serve as an example for families who struggle with mental illness. My son didn’t deserve to lose his life. I trusted the police, and I’m really glad the verdict ruled in our favor.”
The case centered around the use of excessive force and wrongful death in the detention of Anthonie Smith, who was having a schizophrenic episode. Deputies were notified of his mental illness, and upon locating Anthonie near the corner of Perris and Sunnymead boulevard, shot him eight times causing him to fall to the ground. A severely wounded Anthonie managed to stumble back to his feet, and after several seconds elapsed, Deputies shot him a ninth and final time.
The deceased’s mother, Sybil Davis won justice for her son against Deputy Deylan Kennedy, Sergeant Sheree Anthony, and the County of Riverside. Plaintiff attorney John Harris of Harris & Associates commented on the victory saying, “We are pleased with the jury’s verdict today of 2.5 million dollars. Justice was served on behalf of the decedent, Anthonie Smith, and his mom, Sybil Davis. We’re pleased that this three-year journey has now come to a close.”
As soon as you pass your driving test, all you want to do is get out on the roads in your very own car. As exciting as this time may be, however, it’s still highly beneficial to exercise a bit of caution and patience. When it comes to buying your first motor there’s nothing smart about rushing in — doing so will see you face more problems further down the road.
Exercising caution doesn’t mean being inactive when it comes to finding the perfect car for you, though. You should still be proactive at this time, and you should still try to set up your life as a driver in the most fruitful way possible. To find three top tips on how to buy your first car in the right way, read on.
1. Sort out the financial aspects of the venture
Before you do anything else in your car-buying venture, you need to work out your budget as well as how much you are willing to spend. This is essential because it’ll stop your spending from spiraling out of control, and it’ll help you to avoid paying too little and then having to face any buying regrets further down the line.
You also have to take future running costs into account. It’s no good just factoring the cost of the car into your financial plans. You also have to deliberate insuring the vehicle, getting it taxed, getting it tested, and then having work done to it to ensure it is roadworthy.
Something else that you must consider is how you are going to pay for your car. Are you able to buy the car outright, or will you be going down the financing route? Regarding the latter, if you wish to take out a car loan to cover your bill, then you should check out the best auto loans at Crediful.com. Doing so will help you to make the most informed decision on the matter possible.
2. Be scrupulous when it comes to checking your chosen car
You may think that you have found the perfect car for you, but that might not necessarily be the case. Any vehicle can be made to look and sound good on the outside, but you cannot commit to anything until you’ve meticulously checked that your chosen car is in good working order. This means checking to ensure that the quality of your car is in keeping with its age, its model, and the number of miles it has run; this means ensuring that the car can carry out all the functions and purposes expected of it; and this means it matches its description exactly. If you can’t perform these tests yourself, then have a trusted mechanic carry them out for you. Only then will any underlying problems with the car be unearthed, and only when these troubles are unearthed can you stop them from becoming actual headaches of yours.
If you want your first car to truly help you in your quest to grow as a driver, then it needs to be in full working order. Taking the above advice is the first step, but there is something else that you must do: take it for a spin. Only when you get behind the wheel yourself can you get a feel for the car’s capabilities. When you take it for a ride, you should test the clutch and the brakes to ensure they do not feel worn, you should head to a road where you can hit at least 60mph to ensure it is capable of high-speed driving, and you should make sure that the steering wheel does not vibrate while you drive.
3. Don’t trust everybody’s advice
As an inexperienced car owner, you will experience plenty of people sticking their nose into your car-buying business. The family members and friends of yours who own their own cars will try to give you an insight into car buying — their advice might come with the best of intentions, but they don’t know your situation quite like you do. There will even be car dealers out there who try to push you towards certain buys — the advice they give will be very much designed to sway you towards lining their pockets. This all means that the only person that you can really trust in this situation is yourself, and you’re the only one who can bring about the best results for you.
Your first car will always remain a favorite of yours, even after many years (and cars) have gone by. Be sure you invest in a car that’ll last for many years so that you do not have to worry about further expenses.
By Reid Urban
Andrew Mangiapane is getting another chance to prove himself at the NHL level.
Mangiapane is currently playing in his third year down in Stockton. He is averaging around a point-per-game so far this season and has seven goals and seven assists in 13 games so far this season. Last season up with Calgary, he played in 10 games for them while at the AHL level, he had 21 goals and 25 assists, good for 46 points in a total of 39 games played.
The Flames will look to extend their four-game home point streak against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, while the Stockton Heat will kick off a six-game home stand against the Ontario Reign.
From Virgil Abloh’s “The Ten” to sneakerheads DIY-ing their classic pair of Air Force 1’s, custom sneakers have taken the culture by storm. This art form is now taken off the ground – and for a good cause. Instagram’s favorite sneaker customizer Kickstardomis teamed up with the Chicago Bulls player Lauri Markkanen on a custom painted basketball, and the player will now be quite literally shooting hoops with the world heat map. In the wake of IPCC’s new report, the ball features this year’s outlook on the world’s climate.
The act is part of Markkanen’s #DontChoke campaign with the Finnish renewable energy company Neste. #DontChoke is a call to action for bringing attention to individual’s choices’ role in battling climate change.
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The individual’s role in combating climate change is becoming a prevalent topic, following the release of the IPCC report this autumn. Leading by example, NBA star Lauri Markkanen is taking a stance by changing his daily eating habits. As his first action to combat climate change on a personal level, the Chicago Bulls player has given up eating red meat.
“As my first action for #DontChoke, I pledge to stop consuming red meat as a concrete step towards minimizing my personal carbon footprint. Every move counts, play your part”, Markkanen declares on social media.
Following his #DontChoke collaboration with renewable energy company Neste, the decision is an exemplary step in doing his part in the fight against global warming.
Markkanen explains, that having recently become a father has made the well-being of the environment even more significant to him. Markkanen encourages his fans to follow in his footsteps to ensure a better environment for generations to come. “I want to do everything in my power so that my child will grow up in a clean environment, like I did. This is a call to all my fans to do their share”, Markkanen explains.
The #DontChoke campaign is a call to action for individuals to do their share in battling climate change. The NBA player kicked off the campaign by shooting hoops with a basketball covered with a hand painted visualization of this year’s heat map. Throughout the on-going campaign, Markkanen will consider the elements of his own lifestyle and opt for more sustainable alternatives. Leading by example, the NBA player hopes to encourage others to make their own climate pledge.
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“On her excellent second album, The Pains of Growing, Cara really comes of age as a major voice of young-adult disenchantment.” – ROLLING STONE
“The Pains of Growing,” doubles down on both the sincerity — she wrote all the lyrics — and the awkwardness… she is a singer with an agile voice but a young woman still figuring herself out.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“On her sensitive sophomore record “The Pains of Growing,” Cara acknowledges the pressures of that responsibility by crafting a record mostly about learning to take her own advice” – THE BOSTON GLOBE
The most anticipated motor car of 2018, Cullinan, provides the final luxurious touch to the $38 million penthouse at the Mansions at Acqualina in Miami, Florida. Coming just weeks after its global press debut in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the showcase at Acqualina marks the arrival of Cullinan for Rolls-Royce lovers of luxury in South Florida. Cullinan has quickly become the most sought after motor car in the luxury market today and Acqualina has chosen to make it part of this totally move-in-ready penthouse, ‘Palazzo del Cielo.’ The Rolls-Royce will add to the Acqualina property’s garage that has the honor of holding more personally owned Rolls-Royce Motor Cars than any other in the world.
“No luxury collection is truly complete without a Rolls-Royce Motor Car,” said Martin Fritsches, President of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas. “This is especially true at the Acqualina properties, where so many members of our Rolls-Royce family reside. Cullinan is the latest addition to our collection and we are thrilled that the new owner of ‘Palazzo del Cielo’ will enjoy this effortless luxury.” To celebrate the announcement, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is showcasing at the property a stunning Bespoke Cullinan with Magma Red exterior and an interior of Bespoke Tan and Black leatherwork with Open Pore Blackwood veneer.
“The award-winning team at STA Architectural Group has traveled the world to source the most unique and desirable materials to apply to the floors, walls, countertops, vanity tops and even the baseboards of ‘Palazzo del Cielo’,” said Michael Goldstein, President of Sales for Acqualina Realty. “People who buy a $38 million penthouse want to walk in the door and not have to do anything but enjoy it.”
‘Palazzo del Cielo’ comes fully furnished and accessorized with a multi-million dollar custom design by Luxury Living/Fendi Casa and features marble flooring throughout including terraces and ceilings up to 15’ and 30’ in some areas. As the Acqualina brand is home to the largest collection of independently owned Rolls-Royce vehicles in the world and The Mansions at Acqualina’s house car is a Red Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, it is only fitting that ‘Palazzo del Cielo’ includes the first all-wheel drive Rolls-Royce.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan is available for Bespoke Commission at any Rolls-Royce Motor Cars authorized dealer. First deliveries of Cullinan have just begun and reach full pace in early 2019. Created using the newly revealed ‘Architecture of Luxury’, Cullinan offers Rolls-Royce patrons extraordinary new opportunities to Bespoke their commission.
“The super-luxury lifestyle is evolving and Rolls-Royce is in the lead. Luxury is no longer an urban concept. More and more it is about embracing and experiencing the wider world. Our customers expect to go everywhere in luxury, effortlessly and without compromise, conquering the most challenging terrain to enjoy life’s most enriching experiences, wherever they may be. For this reason, they have asked us to create a Rolls-Royce that offers uncompromised luxury wherever they dare to venture. Cullinan is that car. It is Effortless, Everywhere.” – Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
French producer Møme releases new single “Sail Away” featuring Midnight to Monaco singer Ricky Ducati. Listen HERE.
“Sail Away” will be included in the upcoming EP, Møment II to be released December 14th. The single and forthcoming EP were written in sunny Los Angeles. This follows his 2-track EP Møment I, written in Bali and released last June.
Møme released his debut album Panorama in 2016, which featured worldwide hit “Aloha” ft. Merryn Jeann accumulating over 240M global streams. Performing around the world, he recently toured North America supporting Gramatik, played sets at worldwide festivals Roskilde, Dour, Paleo, and sold out shows in iconic Parisian venues Olympia & La Cigale.