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Staten Island Councilman With Multiple Speeding Tickets Explains Why Speed Cameras Are Bad – Gothamist

Six pedestrians -- including two children -- were killed by drivers this week in New York City.

Meanwhile, a Staten Island councilman continued his online campaign criticizing NYC speed limits and speed cameras -- part of the Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero plan to improve street safety -- as ineffectual and an attack on drivers.

Councilmember Joe Borelli has publicly blasted the Reckless Driver Accountability Act, which requires drivers who rack up five red light tickets or 15 school speed zone violations within a one year period to take a safe driving course. If they fail to do so, the NYC Sheriff can seize and impound their vehicles. But drivers whose vehicles are seized can get them back once they complete the course.

Borelli also tweeted in support of a guerilla campaign on Staten Island to alert drivers to the presence of speed cameras with yellow ribbons tied around nearby poles and trees. "If a person is aware of a camera and slows down, thats a win for everyone by my measure," he tweeted of the yellow ribbons, and wondered if the cameras were "punishing the driver" in an appearance on NY1.

In a phone interview, Borelli said he's supportive of traffic safety measures in general -- but he doesn't buy into rhetoric that demonizes his car-bound constituents.

"At the end of the day, Staten Islanders require their cars to get from point A to point B," Borelli said Friday. "There's just no two ways about that. And to hear people constantly talk about the need to break car culture and to ban cars is insulting to the few New York City residents in perhaps the one borough that has no other choice...call me crazy. But inconveniencing your constituents is not something that most people hope government does."

Streetsblog revealed Thursday that Borelli's vehicle has received five speed-camera-issued tickets.

"I don't deny I went over the speed limit," Borelli said. "That's wrong, and I apologize for it. You know, I'm not someone who's going to live in ignorance of my own violations and pretend like they didn't happen." He went on to say the borough needs more sidewalks and alternatives to driving as real solutions for street safety.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said the yellow ribbon campaign "defeats the purpose" of speed cameras in comments at a recent Council meeting.

"If you are alerting people to where the speed cameras are...people will know, 'well, I can't speed here, but I can speed here.' And it defeats the purpose of us trying to get people to slow down across the board, to go with the speed limit," Johnson said Thursday. "Because we know that people are losing their lives.

"The program was put in place for a reason -- it was to save lives," Johnson added. "And if you remember, the reason why it was expanded was to save lives of children in your schools. We need to keep taking measures to save people. There is an epidemic of traffic violence in New York City."

The man behind the yellow ribbon campaign, artist Scott LoBaido, told the Staten Island Advance that these invasive, money sucking cameras are just a big F U to Staten Island." LoBaido also had volunteers standing by 80 speed camera locations holding posters of Mayor Bill de Blasio with horns and money signs adorning his head last weekend.

Studies have shown that lower speed limits have direct correlation to pedestrian survival rates in collisions. The city DOT has said that speed cameras are "highly effective at deterring speeding. Speeding during school hours at typical fixed camera locations drops 63 percent. Despite the fact that the City is prohibited from using speed cameras during the majority of the year, injuries at these locations have dropped 17 percent." The deterrence factor also works outside of school zones -- roughly 80 percent of drivers who receive a speed camera violation don't get a second ticket within three years, according to the DOT.

So far this year, 22 pedestrians have been killed by drivers, according to the NYPD.

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Staten Island community board meetings this week – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Community Board 3 will hold a land use public hearing Tuesday, March 3, to consider the possible establishment of a 24-Hour Fitness center at 280 Marsh Ave., New Springville.

An application has been filed for a special permit for the facility to be established in a C4-1 general commercial district. It will be discussed at the 7:30 p.m. meeting, to be held in the New Dorp Moravian Parish Hall, New Dorp.

Community Board 1s Youth Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the board office, 1 Edgewater Plaza, suite 217.

Community Board 3 will host a Quality of Life Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the board office, on the second floor of 1243 Woodrow Rd., Woodrow. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., the Community Board 3 Traffic and Transportation Committee will meet in the board office.

Community Board meetings are open to the public. They provide an excellent opportunity for residents to learn about happenings in their community.

Below is more information about the Islands three Community Boards:

Community Board 1

Arlington Castleton Corners Clifton Concord Elm Park Fort Wadsworth Graniteville Grymes Hill Livingston Mariners Harbor New Brighton Port Richmond Randall Manor Rosebank St. George Shore Acres Silver Lake Stapleton Sunnyside Tompkinsville West Brighton Westerleigh

Community Board 1 meets in Building P on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Livingston. The district manager is Joseph Carroll. The board chairman is Nicholas Siclari. The telephone number is 718-981-6900.

Community Board 2

Arrochar Bloomfield Bulls Head Chelsea Dongan Hills Egbertville Emerson Hill Grant City Grasmere High Rock Lighthouse Hill Midland Beach New Dorp New Springville Oakwood Ocean Breeze Old Town Richmond South Beach Todt Hill Travis.

Community Board 2 is located at 900 South Avenue, Third Floor, Suite 28, Bloomfield. The phone number is 718-568-3581. The fax number 718-568-3595. The chairman is Robert J. Collegio, P.E. The district manager is Debra A. Derrico.

Community Board 3

Annadale Arden Heights Bay Terrace Charleston Eltingville Great Kills Greenridge Huguenot New Dorp Oakwood Pleasant Plains Princes Bay Richmond Valley -- Richmond -- Rossville -- Tottenville -- Woodrow.

All committee meetings take place at the Community Board 3 office, located on the second floor of 1243 Woodrow Rd. All general board meetings take place at the Woodrow Methodist Church Hall located at 1075 Woodrow Rd. The office phone number is 718-356-7900. The board chairman is Frank Morano; the district manager is Charlene Wagner.

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Century 21 Department Store to open on Staten Island – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After Sears shuttered its last foothold in the Staten Island Mall after 46 years in September, Century 21 Department Store has announced it will occupy the first-floor space in the New Springville shopping center.

A sign displayed at the former Sears entrance on Saturday announces the pending opening of Century 21 Department Store, which is known for high-end merchandise at discount prices.

A spokesperson for Century 21 didnt immediately have details about the opening.

But this is not the first time the department store brand was available in the Mall.

A pop up" Century 21 EDITION opened in 2018, offering a large selection of womens accessories -- mainly high-end designer handbags. The retailer had partnered with LXRandCo to offer shoppers an assortment of vintage designer bags, accessories, jewelry and watches from top brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Hermes.

Century 21 is a 55-year-old iconic department store to which Staten Islanders have long traveled to locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey to snag bargains on designer clothing.

THE DEMISE OF SEARS

The Sears closure was the result of Sears Holdings filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October 2018. At this time, only the lower level was still occupied by Sears. Primark -- a 50-year-old company founded in Dublin -- opened one of its first U.S. stores in the second-floor space formerly occupied by Sears in 2017.

Primark saw an opportunity to expand in the United States as part of Sears downsizing operation. The retailer occupies 55,000 square feet -- the entire second floor of the former Sears -- in the Mall.

Sears first started its downsizing in the Mall when it closed its auto body shop in 2016, which had been open since March 1973. The 23,000-square-foot space became the new home of a Container Store, which opened in May 2016.

MALL RENOVATION

The Malls changing face is part of its 242,000-square-foot expansion, which was unveiled two years ago. Among the new retailers at the Mall are an AMC Movie Theater, and Lidl, a supermarket with German roots.

Eateries that opened as part of the renovation include Shake Shack, Dave & Busters, The Melt Shop and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Tommys Tap + Tavern, Chick-fil-A and more.

In addition, P.F. Changs -- a worldwide chain restaurant known for its Asian-style wok cooking -- plans to open its first Staten Island location in September in the Mall.

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How do you run cattle and sheep in a swamp? This farm has done it for five generations – ABC News

Posted February 29, 2020 07:34:05

Mundoo Island Station, the last property on the Murray-Darling river system, is a place like no other in Australia.

A working beef cattle property, the 4,000-hectare station spans several islands, bordered by both fresh river water and salt water.

It is also home to three of the five barrages at this end of the river concrete and steel barriers through which fresh water passes, mixing with the saltwater of the Coorong before flowing out to the Southern Ocean via the Murray's mouth.

Established seven years after the colony of South Australia was proclaimed, five generations of the Grundy family has farmed here.

"Mundoo Island is our main island; we farm on Hindmarsh Island, Long Island, Ewe Island and some other smaller islands scattered in among that," owner Colin Grundy said.

"So [we're] just farming islands really, flat swampy land.

"It's very similar to farming any paddock except just completely different."

This is where the 2,500-kilometre Murray River finally meets the sea, a place of great significance to the Ngarrindjeri people.

It borders the internationally recognised Coorong wetlands and would be forever changed if calls from some irrigators upstream were heeded.

In December last year, a group of mostly New South Wales farmers, fuelled by the desperation of drought and low river flows in the northern reaches of the river, rallied at Parliament House in Canberra.

They demanded a new lock be established downstream from Blanchetown in South Australia to withhold the river for irrigators.

It would mean the barrages would have to be removed to allow seawater to replace the fresh water flowing into the shallow Lower Lakes, Coorong wetlands and farming properties such as Mundoo Island Station.

"It would spell the end of farming here, of course," Mr Grundy said.

"The problem we have is that when people see the water going past their front gate, they feel entitled to it," said Sally Grundy, who co-manages the property with husband Colin.

"Every river needs to flow from the top to its mouth, where it exits out to sea.

"If you don't have a river flowing, you don't have a healthy system and without a healthy system you don't have the ability for all these farmers and towns to rely on the river."

The Grundys farm around 300 black Angus cattle, a few hundred Dorper meat sheep and a herd of wild horses a legacy of previous generations.

In late spring, they move pregnant cattle from the drying pastures on slightly higher ground across swamps and waterways to island wetlands to graze on fresh green feed, sometimes neck-deep in water, as they seek out aquatic plants.

"Angus do the best in this country, they are just tough little nuggets," Mr Grundy said.

After giving birth, the cattle are returned to the drier country pastures for winter and the weaned calves sent to market.

Cattle weren't always the mainstay at Mundoo Island Station.

When Mr Grundy's ancestors ran the place, wool was the main commodity and was transported along with sheep around the islands by barges, boats and paddle steamers.

The barrages built between 1915 and the 1930s were a game-changer.

They allowed for the salt and fresh water to be separated and provided a roadway for trucks and other vehicles.

Wool could get to market in a day instead of weeks by boat.

When liver fluke disease swept down the river in the 1950s and affected sheep flocks, the Grundy family turned to cattle, silencing the old stone shearing sheds.

Today, the rusty shearing combs, tins of lubricating oil and the wooden wool press remain exactly as they were.

Living on isolated islands with a philosophy of making do and recycling, generations of Grundys haven't been keen on throwing things out.

The cattle yards bolted together from fallen timber, parts of old vehicles, decking from a 1940s barrage and even the bulkhead of an old paddle steamer are the most obvious examples of a desire to not waste a thing.

"Grab whatever you can and hope it holds, is how I look at it," Mr Grundy said.

Their 16-year-old son Jack, with a love of technology, especially drones, might have different ideas and that's OK with his parents, who say when he takes over he will need to do things his way.

"There were things I did my dad didn't like," said Mr Grundy, who started running the station in his twenties and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

"But he wants bloody sheep!"

Watch this story on ABC TV's Landline this Sunday at 12:30pm or on iView.

Topics:rural,livestock,beef-cattle,environment,water,water-management,water-supply,community-and-society,history,sa,australia,hindmarsh-5007

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Staten Island St. Patricks Parade 2020: What you need to know about street closures – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Drivers should avoid Forest Avenue and surrounding streets on Sunday. And if you plan on driving to the St. Patricks Parade in West Brighton, be prepared to have a nearly-impossible time finding a parking spot in the neighborhood.

The following roads along the parade route will be closed from around 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

In addition, there will be no cross traffic on seven side streets: Bard Avenue, Bement Avenue, North Burgher Avenue, Broadway, Clove Road, Manor Road and Jewett Avenue.

HERES WHY

Rain or shine, the 56th annual parade begins at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Hart Boulevard on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Parade-goers, decked in holiday attire, will step dance their way down Forest Avenue to Jewett Avenue.

This years Miss Hibernia will be Taylor OHalloran, who is reaching the end of her MBA program and is pursuing a career in business operations.

The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Dr. Bob Griswold, a Concord dentist and West Brighton resident known for his commitment to the community. His charitable work includes a dedication to the Staten Island chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and fundraising for the Forest Avenue parade.

FOREST AVENUE MILE

The Staten Island Athletic Club will host its Forest Avenue Mile, which has taken place for over 20 years, at 12:10 p.m. At the finish line, the Staten Island St. Patricks Day Parade will kick off with a serenade of pipe and drum bands, a float, and performances by step dancers.

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The UnXplained season 2 premiere: Searching for buried treasure on Oak Island – AL.com

The UnXplained host William Shatner returns for a new season on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 9 p.m. EST on History. Viewers can also live stream it on fuboTV and Hulu + Live.

In the season two premiere, Shatner and his crew explore whether a tiny island in the North Atlantic, Oak Island, might be home to some buried treasure. For 200 years, treasure hunters have tried their luck but none have been able to find it. Six men have even died trying. Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina explore whether the treasure could be tied to a deadly curse while Shatner coaches from the war room, according to TV Insider.

In an interview with TV Insider previewing the second season, Shatner says evidence points to the possibility that treasure on Oak Island could have financed the American Revolution.

The Star Trek actor provides voiceovers and also serves as an executive producer.

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Staten Island’s Best Dressed: Hearts of Hope Gala and more – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- For this week's Best Dressed column, we are featuring a few of the over 300 guests at the Third Annual Hearts of Hope Foundation Casino Night Fundraiser, which took place on Feb. 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.

Hearts of Hope is a Staten Island non-profit founded in honor of Christina Datello, who died from a drug overdosein 2015, after a long battle with her addiction.

Datello was a loving, vivacious, caring and giving person, who always enjoyed helping others and she would have turned 30 years old this month.

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Cheryl and Joe Martinelliat the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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Nicole O'Donnell, at left, and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis at the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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Enisa Perashi and Sophia Mekhail.

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Joann Cristiano, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, and Joe Christiano at the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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Erin Dailey and Colleen Datello at the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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Devon Sveva, at left, Nicole Gervasi, Margaret Semon and Joseph Gervasi.

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Theresa and Rob Capolongo at the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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The Staten Island Ballroom Dancers held their annual Valentine's dance on Sunday at The Crystal Room, South Beach. Couples Jim and Maria Dolce and Bob and Diane Addinizio are pictured here. (Courtesy Joan Springstead)

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Brigid Elliott and Nicholas Barone at the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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Recently engaged Joseph Gervasi of Bulls Head and Margaret Semon of West Brighton.

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Bianca Benfante and John Pleszewicz at the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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Matteo Mchail and Sophia Mekhail.

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Nicholas Barone and Gabriella Parisat the Hearts of Hope of Staten Island Gala at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island. (Dr. Gracelyn Santos/Staten Island Advance)

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The future groomsmen of Joe Gervasi pose for a photo. His father, Nick, will be the Best Man. Front row, left to right: Richard DiPietro, James Sweeney, Nicholas Gervasi, Joseph Gervasi. Back row, left to right: Anthony DiPietro, Robert Semon, Donald Semon, Christopher Ryan, Robert Bosco, Salih Velija.

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Kayla Cruz and Sophia Mekhail are looking beautiful.

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Margaret Semon and her future maid of honor, Deena Farrell.

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Curtis High School students Osagie Noruwa and Sophia Mekhail.

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Robert Semon, Margaret Semon, Joseph Gervasi, Kimberly and Donald Semon.

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Harvey Weinstein Is in for a Rude Awakening on Rikers Island – The Daily Beast

As an inmate who was moved from the federal lockup in downtown Manhattanwhere I got to know both Paul Manafort and Jeffrey Epsteinto Rikers Island just three months ago, I have a pretty fair idea what Harvey Weinstein is in for.

I suspect the shock of being found guily of rape in the third degree and sexual assault in the first degree Monday and immediately cuffed and taken into custody by court officers is what led to the heart palpitations that caused the ambulance transporting him to Rikers to be diverted to the prison ward of Bellevue Hospital. Weinstein, whod avoided any time behind bars until now, should steel himself; there are more shocks to come once he recovers from his post-conviction fit of the vapors.

When I left the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) for Rikers, I was handcuffed, shackled at the ankles, and placed in a tiny, claustrophobic plastic cubicle in the back of a Ford van to bump and bruise my way to the inmate island. He should hope hes tied to his seat and not given a rough ride like I was.

Intake at Rikers is not fun. Initially, the process seems civilized: I suspect Weinstein will see a doctor quickly, and even be screened for what meds he might need during his stay. Rikers really is attentive to inmate medical needs, in my experience. After that, his celebrity profile may spare him from the shared holding facility where arrestees might sit and wait for hours or days.

When I suffered this indignity, one man whose walker resembled Weinsteins complained of having been left in that holding cell for over a day, the result of his needing to be housed in the hospital unit. Watching him hobble over to the partially open urinal to relieve himself was not a pretty sight. He was in distress. And it wasnt fake.

After intake, Weinsteinwho has a hired a prison consultant to advise him on how to handle life on the inside even as his lawyers fight to get him out on bail ahead of his sentencing and to appeal his convictionis expected to end up in in a private cell in the NIC (North Infirmary Command) facility for infirm inmates, in the building that houses up to 263 patients "who require extreme protective custody because of their notoriety or nature of their cases, or for inmates with HIV or AIDS-related conditions."

If he leaves the NIC, theres no chance that hell be placed in general population. Instead, the felled mogul would likely end up in the protective custody unit, which, coincidentally, was situated right next to where I was housed initially.

Protective custody at Rikers is not as bad as what Jeffrey Epstein or Michael Avenatti experienced at MCC federal, where it housed many of the worst-behaved prisoners. On the island, the PC unit is comprised mostly of sex offenders, gay men, trans people, and snitches, along with infamous gangbangers and the occasional high-profile inmate. The chosen few are locked in their own unit at all times with the exception of rec time, when they can go to the yard for an hour with the general population early in the morning.

Weinstein would still have his own cell there, that he would be locked into at night (usually from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and for at least some of the day. He would be fed in the unit (as opposed to most other inmates, who walk to the cafeteria), which means hed be eating lukewarm-at-best food that is decidedly subpar with respect to quantity and quality. I found myself eating meals I would never have touched on the outside simply to fill my belly.

Inside of MCC and the Tombsthe notorious downtown Manhattan jailan inmate could live comfortably enough without commissary items. But not so much at Rikers. I bought a ton of trail mix to have something healthy to fill in with.

While at Rikers, Weinstein will have a lot of time to think about his life past, present and future. Hed better have people to bring him reading material; in my 18 days at Rikers, I do not remember one inmate ever going to the library. Personally, I was deprived of my reading glasses and simply could not see well enough to read. So to make a request in that arena would have been a waste of breath.

While calls for rec and medical were sparsely attended, key time (when inmates received their methadone) saw the unit virtually empty out. There were a lot of heroin addicts on Rikers Island. With respect to recreational drugs in the jail, I was invited to smoke pot in the bathroom within 30 minutes of my arrival. And inmates hunted around to see whod been prescribed Lyrica, hoping to score a few tabs that they would then crush and snort to get high.

With respect to his safety, Weinstein should manage to avoid physical intimidation. While there might be a few predators in protective custody, officers are on the lookout for that kind of activity. One CO whom I befriended told me that when he drew duty in that unit, the officer was diligent in his effort to prevent predators from preying on weak individuals. And of course, when you spend most of your time alone in a single cell, nobody can get near you to exercise that predation.

Like Epstein, Weinstein might go into a depression and end up in a suicide cell where, as I understand it, one inmate watches many suicidal brothers with the help of an attending officer. The one-on-one approach used in federal facilities is not the program at Rikers. Theres no indication that Weinstein is a suicidal man. But that could change after he faces the realities of incarceration on Rikers Island.

Rikers isnt the Ritz, and Weinstein is in for a rude awakening.

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Rea blasts Sykes over Phillip Island contact – Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Poleman Sykes was leapfrogged by the Kawasaki rider off the line, with Rea leading the field through the opening handful of corners.

Sykes got a run on Rea through the Hayshed section of the circuit and carved up the inside of him on the way into the Lukey Heights left-hander.

But the BMW rider made contact with Rea and forced him off circuit, with Rea rejoining down at the back of the field after a lurid trip through the gravel.

Rea said it wasnt the first time something like this has happened referencing the pairs clash at Brno in 2018 when they were Kawasaki teammates and claims it wont even be the last time.

Tom arrived inside [of me] Turn 4, then I responded to his overtaking, said Rea. "The only thing I really know is that I was hit from behind.

But I don't understand, they were the first laps of the first race of the season.

But it is not the first time he has behaved this way, he has already done it in the past and when it happened in Brno in 2018 it went wrong.It won't even be the last time he does it.

Rea managed to recover into the points after a handful of laps, but eventually crashed at the fast Hayshed section and retired.

Explaining the tumble, he said: When I tried to pass [Barnis Michael Ruben] Rinaldi, I lost the front and the rear together and I ended up on the ground.

It's frustrating, because we weren't doing badly until then. Maybe I didn't react the best in the comeback, so I learned something for myself.

Rea will start from third again in Sundays Superpole sprint race.

Sykes led the race until lap 12, after which he dropped off the lead group and ended up 11.9 seconds off the lead in ninth.

The Yorkshireman was apologetic for the contact with Rea, but claims Kawasaki didnt let him in to see the world champion to apologise in person.

In the first laps we fought a bit and we came together in a couple of turns, one was at Turn 3, where we almost touched each other," he said. Then he came back to a point where I was slower and I was unable to pull my bike up, so there was a contact.

I'm sorry, because it's never nice to touch each other, especially when you're fast. It's a shame he didn't manage to finish the race.

I haven't talked to Jonathan. I wanted to go a few times, but his team told me to give him some time.I just wanted to apologise to him for what happened.

But I was advised not to go at that moment, it is understandable that maybe he doesn't want to talk to me.Maybe I'll try to talk to [him] later.

Tom Sykes, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha

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Overturned truck spills fuel on Staten Island Expressway to N.J. – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- An overturned truck spilled fuel on the New Jersey-bound Staten Island Expressway Friday morning, causing extensive delays for commuters.

Emergency responders received a call for an overturned truck at 5:32 a.m. on the westbound side of the expressway near the Bradley Avenue exit, an FDNY spokesman said.

An overturned truck is causing extensive delays on the Staten Island Expressway on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Google Maps)

There are no injuries reported, according to the spokesman.

FDNY officials on the scene could be seen putting down sand to absorb spilled gasoline.

The truck is on its side, blocking the shoulder and the right lane. Traffic is being funneled in one lane around the emergency response.

The crash is causing extensive delays on the expressway heading to New Jersey and on access roads leading to the highway.

There are also delays on the Brooklyn-bound side of the highway near the crash, presumably due to rubbernecking.

Motorists should consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time, a Notify NYC alert advises.

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Three honored Thursday for outstanding contributions to the Staten Island community – SILive.com

Honorees Elijah Scott-Pyle, LRaye Means and Robert Perkins are flanked by Dorcas Meyers and Dr. Jacqueline Wilson at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Three people were honored Thursday night at Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference, a Black History Month event at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton.

Hosted by the African American community and the JCC Beacon program, the event's honorees were Minister Robert Perkins, receiving the Community Service Award; LRaye Means, Entrepreneurship and Community Service Award; and Elijah Scott-Pyle, Youth Community Service Leader Award.

It feels great!" Perkins said of being honored. "However, not in the form of recognition, but in the form that I believe there is someone who will be there who will be inspired to do more.

Perkins has for decades been involved in a broad range of initiatives that support and improve the Staten Island community, from spending his Thanksgivings hosting dinner for people in need to his current roles as Outreach Specialist for Fatherhood Matters and Regional Director for The Edge Foundation.

He started a barbershop and clothing store business in West Brighton in 2001 that was more than a shop -- it was a food pantry, shelter and a place where he taught people how to cut and earn employment.

I have been blessed...by caring, genuine people, and it has caused me to do the same in the form of giving back to those who may face similar challenges as myself, Perkins continued.

"To whom much is given, much is required, he added.

Means, who was honored for her entrepreneurship, is the owner and chief designer for Mugshots Figment, a company that personalizes everything from invitations to sculptures, trophies, journals and engravings.

In 2015, Means launched the Melanin Positive Line, featuring what she calls wearable art, with imagery and artwork of strong black women on shirts, jackets, tote bags and more.

I feel greatly honored and appreciated in being recognized for this prestigious award, Means said. I am a background type of person and seldom accept such honors mainly because my satisfaction comes from the quality service I give my clients. Their trust in my designs is my greatest joy.

My philosophy is if you can support an effort, give it your all, Means added.

Scott-Pyle, a Curtis High School student and the president of the NAACP Youth Council on Staten Island, said he was humbled by being honored.

I dont do what I do for the recognition of it, but to be appreciated and know that I have made sacrifices that have helped make impact in my community really make me feel good. It makes it all worth it, Scott-Pyle said.

The Youth Council has also been recently honored, with the highest award possible in the New York State Youth & College Division during the 83rd New York State NAACP Conference last October.

I keep doing what I do, and use my voice and platform to continue to make a difference. Whether Im here or away at college or an adult with a family, that doesnt really change.

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Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez).

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez).

The Elite Squad danced at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes of a dancer from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Public Administrator Edwina Martin spoke at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

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Dr. Jacqueline Wilson was the Mistress of Ceremony at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Dr. Jacqueline Wilson and Dorcas Meyers at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Malik Thomas performed at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

The Elite Squad danced at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez).

Setonji Agosa and LRaye Means at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Uptown Dance Academy danced at the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

Scenes from the Celebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

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Dr. Jacqueline Wilson presents Robert Perkins with an award at theCelebrating Unsung Community Leaders Making a Difference at Dreyfus Intermediate School in Stapleton. February 27, 2020. (Staten Island Advance/Derek Alvez)

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Rikers Island, Harvey Weinstein’s new home, is a byword for prison brutality – The Guardian

Harvey Weinstein, feted for decades at Hollywood parties and galas, is set to become one of about 7,000 people held at the notorious Rikers Island jail in New York.

One of the largest correctional facilities in the world, Rikers has become a symbol of brutality in the largest US city. Investigations by reporters and government watchdogs have identified problems with how the jail treats the mentally ill, juveniles and anyone who falls sick.

Last year, Layleen Polanco, a transgender woman, was found dead in her cell two months after being sent to Rikers because she could not afford $500 in bail.

Most inmates at Rikers are awaiting trial and cannot afford bail. The population is mostly poor and black or Latino.

The most notorious case in recent history at the complex is the death of Kalief Browder, a teenager from the Bronx who was accused of stealing a backpack.

For three years, Browder was held at Rikers, waiting for a trial. He spent half that time in solitary confinement and was beaten by corrections officers. He attempted to kill himself multiple times before his case was dropped and he was released in 2013. He killed himself two years later, at 22.

A year after Browder was released, the Associated Press detailed how medical care at the jail, or the lack of it, had been cited as a factor in at least 15 deaths in five years.

Advocates have complained that Rikers is ill-equipped to handle people with mental illness, who in 2014 made up 40% of its population. In 2014 a homeless ex-marine essentially baked to death in a hot cell, a week after an arrest for trespassing.

Also in 2014, the US justice department found that facilities for juveniles at Rikers were extremely violent and unsafe. A DoJ report said teenage inmates were subject to rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force.

In October 2019, New York politicians voted to close the jail by 2026.

It is possible Weinstein could be held at Rikers until it closes, though a number of factors will affect the length of his stay.

Together, the two sex crimes of which the film producer was convicted carry a possible sentence of 29 years. Sentencing is scheduled for 11 March. But Weinstein also faces charges in Los Angeles. It is not clear how prosecutors there will proceed.

Weinstein was meant to go to Rikers, which sits in the East River between the Bronx and Queens, from the courtroom in lower Manhattan. But he was rerouted on Monday night to a prison ward at Bellevue hospital. His lead attorney, Donna Rotunno, told reporters he was sent there because of chest pains, palpitations and high blood pressure.

The judge said he would ask that Weinstein be held in Rikers infirmary, one of eight jails on the 400-acre complex.

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CHSAA boys basketball: 7 players named to Staten Islands all-division team – SILive.com

The CHSAA tabbed St. Peters senior Liam Murphy the Staten Island division Player of the Year and six others were named to the boroughs all-division team, the Advance has learned.

In addition to Murphy, the Islands all-division consists of Monsignor Farrells Patrick Gardner and Justin Zieris; St. Joseph by-the-Seas Jaden Casanova and Gerard Nicholson and St. Peters Matt Bedford and Uriah Logan.

St. Peters varsity coach Charlie Driscoll, meanwhile, was named the Islands Coach of the Year for the 8th time.

Murphy, a two-year starter for the Eagles, leads the Island in scoring with a 26.8 points per game average thanks, in part, to 73 three-pointers and frequent trips to the charity stripe. The Columbia University-bound senior is also among the Islands leaders in rebounding and blocks, as well.

Gardner, one of two juniors on the team, is a two-year varsity player who is currently averaging 10.1 ppg. with 20 treys.

Zieris, a senior and one of Gardners backcourt mates, is averaging 19.9 ppg. with 47 treys. He makes frequent trips to the free-throw line and is Farrells assists leader as well.

Casanova, a senior, averaged 11.7 points per game and, despite standing 6-foot-1, he was among the Vikings top rebounders.

Nicholson, a three-year varsity player, is among the Islands top scorers with a 22.7 ppg. average. Although he buried 51 treys this season, the senior also put the ball in the basket by making plenty of visits to the free-throw line.

Bedford is not only St. Peters second-leading scorer with an 11.8 ppg. average, but hes also among the Island leaders in three-point field goals with 49. The senior was often assigned to guard the oppositions top scoring guard/forward.

Logan, a first-year varsity player, is the Eagles floor general and assists leader. The junior is averaging 7.0 ppg. this season.

Driscoll, meanwhile, whos in his 19th season as varsity coach, led the Eagles to a 17-8 mark so far. St. Peters captured its fourth straight SIHSL Tournament and CHSAA Staten Island division crown during the 2019-20 campaign.

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Fever of Cownose rays spotted along coast of Sanibel Island – Wink News

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Incredible new video shows dozens of Cownose rays swimming right on the coast of Sanibel!

The tourist who took the video, Cameron Perdue, told us hes surprised his video has captured the attention of so many people and is happy they are enjoying what he saw.

He and his girlfriend came from Canada, choosing Sanibel as their escape from the cold and snow.

It was pretty special to capture something like that, Perdue said.

He had no idea a simple beach day would lead to the incredible sighting.

I was just out there enjoying the beach, he said. We walked up and saw them swimming by; looked like there was maybe 10 or 15 of them so, of course, I went back and grabbed my drone and flew it up in the air.

As amazing as this is, its not unusual at this time of the year. Research scientist Rick Bartleson said his team at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation spotted a huge swarm like this one a few weeks ago.

Yes, very common and seasonal and they eat clams, Bartleson said. Theyre pretty widespread and they migrate north and south.

Bartleson wants to make one thing clear: dont be afraid if you come upon one or many Cownose rays.

Youre pretty safe with this kind of breed, he said. You dont have to worry about getting stung by them.

He says the rays, named for the two bumps on their heads, are pretty safe and will most likely swim away from you if you come close to one.

Camerons takeaway: Next time I travel, Im definitely going to bring my drone with me again in hopes of capturing more wildlife.

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Letter of Recommendation: ‘Treasure Island’ – The New York Times

I was only 5 when I was first exposed to Treasure Island. Its hard to imagine anyone publishing such a book for children today. Jim Hawkins, the storys boy hero, shoots a pirate whos climbing up a rigging after him with a knife in his mouth point-blank with a pair of pistols. Long John Silver, the storys most fabled character, hurls his crutch at the back of an innocent shipmate, knocking him to the ground then hops over to stab the man with a knife. Before it is over, various other characters are shot, stabbed, thrown overboard and run down by horses. Most of them have it coming.

The story, though, is irresistible. One day, a mysterious sea captain named Billy Bones shows up at the lonely seaside inn kept by Jims mother and his dying father. Bones is hiding out from his past, which soon begins to materialize in the form of his old companions wonderful, terrifying cutthroats with names like Black Dog and Pew. Jim runs off with the old pirates treasure map, and the hunt is on.

Robert Louis Stevenson freely admitted that in writing Treasure Island, he stole from the best: Daniel Defoe, Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving and other masters of spine-tingling adventure. Yet he had another inspiration, as well a boy, just 12 years old, with whom he first drew the map of Treasure Island. He was Samuel Lloyd Osbourne, the son of Stevensons remarkable wife, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne. Stevenson had fallen in love with Fanny, who was estranged from her philandering husband, and though he was penniless and suffering from the lung disease that plagued him all his life, he made a torturous journey to be with her in San Francisco. It nearly killed him. But she divorced her husband, married Stevenson and went with him and her son to Braemar, the rainy, windswept Scottish village where Stevensons parents were staying in a cottage.

There, not only Fanny and Samuel collaborated on the story, but also Stevensons father, Thomas, who had not always approved of his writing career, once telling him, You have rendered my whole life a failure. But now, in these months of recovery and reconciliation, he joined in enthusiastically.

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5000 Year-Old Anatolian Sword Discovered On Venetian Island – Ancient Origins

A historian has discovered one of the oldest Anatolian swords in existence in a monasterys cabinet of ancient curiosities.

San Lazzaro degli Armeni, or Saint Lazarus Island, is a small islet in theVenetian Lagoonlocated 1.2miles (2kilometers) to the southeast ofVenice and it covers an area of about 7.4 acres (3 hectares). First settled in the 9th century, the island was a leper colony during the Middle Ages and in 1717 AD Venice signed the island over toMkhitar Sebastatsi, an ArmenianCatholic monk who opened the Mekhitarist Monastery.

Saint Lazarus Island and the Mekhitarist Monastery where the sword was discovered. (Centpacrr / CC BY-SA 3.0 )

Now recognized as the most important site of the Armenian diaspora , communities of Armenians outside Armeniawhere they are considered an indigenous population , the monastery holds 3,000 Armenian manuscripts representing the third largest collection in the world. The monastery also contains a large collection of books, journals, and artifacts, and it was in this collection that Dr. Vittoria Dall Armellina, of the Ca Foscari University of Venice , discovered the deeply-ancient sword in a cabinet of medieval artifacts.

When Dall Armellina saw the sword she immediately noticed resemblances with other swords found in the Royal Palace of Arslantepe (Eastern Anatolia) and according to a report on Heritage Daily the scientist knew that the weapon had been incorrectly identified as medieval. Once it was established that the sword was not listed in the museum s catalogue of ancient Middle Eastern objects, Elena Rova, a professor of archaeology at the Department of Humanistic Studies and her supervisor, Dall Armellina, continued the research.

The Anatolian sword recognised after a millennia. ( Ca' Foscari University of Venice )

DallArmellinas suspicions have now been supported by a new scientific study which has dated the sword to having been forged around 3000 BC, making it incredibly rare and one of the oldest swords in the world. And the only reason this newly discovered sword is being called one of the oldest swords in the world is because an extremely similar weapon dating to 3000 BC is kept by the Tokat Museum in Turkey that was discovered in the Sivas Province at the eastern part of the Central Anatolia region of Turkey.

An analysis of the swords metallic composition was carried out in collaboration with Ivana Angelini, professor at the University of Padua , and the CIBA, an interdepartmental center studying and preserving archaeological, historical, and artistic heritage. The weapon was found to be made of a copper and tin alloy frequently used in Anatolia before the Bronze Age and the specialists have dated the sword to between the end of the 6th and start of the 3rd millennium BC.

Analysis of the swords metallic composition. ( Ca' Foscari University of Venice )

Anatolian warriors migrated into central Europe between 4000 and 3000 BC and defused across greater Europe from this time. The researchers say this type of sword was common in a relatively small region in Eastern Anatolia, between the high course of the Euphrates and the southern shore of the Black Sea. And the dating of the sword, around 3000 BC, was a time at which Anatolian and Caucasian warrior elites were buried with grave goods including jewelry and weapons.

Because the sword has no inscriptions, embellishments, or distinctive features, and was in a poor condition, specialists were unable to detect any traces of usage and it is unclear whether the weapon was ever used in combat or if it was a ceremonial sword or a symbolic grave item.

After determining the origins of the sword the researchers focused on how the sword had come to be kept in the monastery museum and what connections it has with the community of the Armenian monks. According to an article in Arts Culture & Style, consulting Father, Serafino Jamourlian, of the Mekhitarist Monastery of San Lazzaro , accessed the archives of the museum and discovered that in the mid-1800s the sword had been gifted by an art merchant and collector, Yervant Khorasandjian, and it had been transported from Trabzon to Venice.

Top image: An ancient Anatolian sword discovered in the cabinet of the Mekhitarist Monastery. Source: Ca' Foscari University of Venice .

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NYPD: 14-year-old hit in the head during altercation at the Staten Island Mall – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A teenager was hit in the head after an altercation at the Staten Island Mall in New Springville Friday afternoon, according to police.

Police responded to a report of an assault at the food court of the mall at around 5 p.m. after a female hit a 14-year-old in the back of the head, causing redness and pain, an NYPD spokeswoman told the Advance.

The 14-year-old refused medical attention and police didnt arrest anyone in connection to the incident, according to the spokeswoman.

The female allegedly said: Why are you looking at me?" before hitting the 14-year-old, the spokeswoman said.

A social media video shows what appears to be part of the altercation between two teenagers.

A spokeswoman for the Mall didnt respond to an email seeking comment about the incident Saturday morning.

PREVIOUS ATTACKS AT THE MALL

This is the latest fight reported at the Staten Island Mall. Residents raised concerns in July after the NYPD investigated at least five separate assaults on teen girls in the Staten Island Mall over a 10 day period.

On the night of Friday, June 21, four separate attacks were reported on teen girls in the New Springville shopping complex, a law enforcement source previously told the Advance.

In several of the attacks that day, one of the perpetrators videotaped the beating, the source said.

A few days later, at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, two 14-year-old girls were walking outside the entrance of JC Penney, near Applebees, when they were set upon by a larger group of female teens.

On that occasion, a 12-year-old girl was charged in four assaults that occurred during the summer, a law enforcement source said.

Later in November, a group of about 10 teenagers walked toward a group of three adults near the malls Lands End entrance on Richmond Avenue , and started picking up items, like bottles from the floor and leftover garbage, and throwing them and spitting at the trio, the Advance previously reported.

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Is Love Island scripted – are contestants told what to say? – Metro.co.uk

Is the drama too good to be true? (Picture: ITV)

Theres been no shortage of drama on winter Love Island, which has packed in all the usual recouplings, quarreling and mugging off that weve come to expect from the dating show.

While this year has been a little quieter than previous ones, weve seen Callum Jones ditch Shaughna Phillips for Molly Smith, Luke Mabbott getting messed around by just about everyone, and a fair few love triangles.

But Shaughnas confession she might have feelings for Luke M has seemingly proven too much for some Twitter users.

One person wrote: Im gonna be fuming if Shaughna and Luke M happens, its painfully staged.

Just days ago, Luke Ms pairing with Demi raised similar concerns.

One user said: Absolutely love Demi and luke but that was so staged, yesterday the public was like omg they would be so cute together and all of a sudden she likes him a bit absolutely gassed for them but I hope they werent told to do that #loveisland while another moaned: Love island is just becoming so staged.

In the past, people have also suggested the show uses actors after eagle-eyed viewers believe one girl featured in the local shop as a check-out girl and in the Island club behind the bar.

So, how real is the action in the villa and do relationships take off organically or are they engineered by producers?

This week, Sophie Piper hinted that producers orchestrated some of the scenes which led to explosive rows in the villa.

Rochelle Humes younger sister said bosses would steer the islanders to talk about particular topics during their time on the reality show, although she insists Love Island isnt massively staged.

When asked whether things were staged or if they happened organically she claimed: A bit of both, but its not massively staged. Producers might suggest, Why dont you talk about this and that?

Tyla Carr, a 2017 contestant, went further, alleging that certain moments had to be re-enacted again and again.

She said: You have to tell the producers on-site if you are planning to have an important chat or do something, she said. So they make sure the microphones pick it up and the cameras get it.

If you forget they would call you in and ask you to film it again. Liv Attwood had to dump Sam Gowland twice last year, which was embarrassing for both of them!

In 2019 a whistleblower told Mail on Sunday that many of the on-screen scenarios are very, very fake and that contestants are given lines to learn however the show has strongly denied these claims,

And some former islanders have said the show appears to now be scripted but that this is a new phenomenon.

Malin Andersson, who took part in the second series of Love Island, told Metro.co.uk it was sad to see scripted moments saying it takes away the innocence of finding love on the show.

The Sun also claimed in 2018 there was a 408-page cheat manual that detailed how the islanders could manipulate votes to get their love rivals out of the villa.

While the show is centered around them living in a villa, the islanders do get to leave it every now and then, although viewers never get to see these private moments.

The show takes a break on Saturdays to give the islanders time to relax.

Former contestant Chris Williamson once explained: There was a day every week where footage wasnt needed, which was liberating as you could talk about anything.

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Contestants Montana Brown and Amber Davis were once spotted getting their hair and nails done outside of the villa.

Ovie was apparently even given a makeshift basketball court to practice in during last summers series.

When they are out of the villa, islanders reportedly are not allowed to talk about the show.

Love Island bosses have staunchly denied any of these allocations, refuting the report and that scenes are staged.

A spokesperson from the show said: As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of whats happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.

It is absolutely untrue to suggest that Love Island is fake, staged or scripted.The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves.

Love Island continues tonight at 9pm on ITV

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Fantasy Island Clips Tell You the Rules of That Wild Island – /FILM

Blumhouse went ahead and turnedFantasy Island, the classic TV series, into a horror movie. Why? Because they can. And it might turn out to be pretty good! The footage released so far looks fun, in a silly sort of way, and theres nothing wrong with that. Three newFantasy Island clips showcase how the island turns your deepest fantasy into a potential nightmare.

Ill confess that I thinkFantasy Island looks promising about as promising as any potentialFantasy Island movie can be. That said, the way Blumhouse and Sony are handling it gives me pause.Fantasy Island is not screening for critics, and honestly, thats not that surprising. It happens a lot with genre films like this. Whatis surprising, though, is that there are no Thursday night screenings of the film. Pretty muchevery movie gets an advance Thursday night screening at this point. But notFantasy Island. That suggests the studio really,really doesnt want any advance word about the film to get out. Fingers crossed that isnt a sign of something bad to come.

In the first clip, Michael Peas Mr. Roarke lays out the rules of his magical, fantastical, potentially deadly island. There are only two rules, really. One is that theres only one fantasy per guest. The second is that all guests must see all fantasies through until their natural conclusion,no matter what. The no matter what part is probably a giveaway that something bad is afoot.

The second part is all about an elevator. Sounds harmless, right?Wrong. The elevator takes you to a dark and scary basement, which is never a good sign.

This final clip has characters wonderinghow all the magical fantasies on Fantasy Island come to pass. Needless to say, theres no clear answer. Youll have to wait until the movie comes out to learn that one.

Fantasy Island opens February 14.

The enigmatic Mr. Roarke (Michael Pea) makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the islands mystery in order to escape with their lives.

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Drive-by shooting on Hilton Head Island has neighbor concerned, angry – WSAV-TV

Tamberly Thompson reached out to News 3 to try and get answers and some help finding who is responsible

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WSAV) There is a concern and in some cases fear among the residents of one Hilton Head Island community.

Tamberly Thompson reached out to News 3 after someone fired shots into a home nearby. It happened at the Bridgetown Apartments Monday night.

All we heard was pow pow pow pow, she said. We had no idea what it was.

Neighbors say they heard 10 shots ringing out next to their door just after 10 p.m.

You see that hole there? You see that hole above that window? Thompson pointe out. Somebody come down Leg O Mutton Road shooting at this house, hitting it. We counted somewhere upward of eight times and there are three more by the front door.

Thompson can point out every bullet hole that came from an apparent drive-by shooting next door to her home.

It never really crossed our mind that we were having gunfire shot at a building where kids sleep. Where right next store there are babies that sleep, said an emotional Thompson. This is not Chicago or a big city, this is small Hilton Head.

The small holes from those bullets now litter the side of the condos.

That was meant for harm. That was meant for somebodys death, believes Thompson.

She says its a sight that scares her.

I walk my dog through here at night. People park right there at night, Thompson said.

Just five minutes before all this happened my roommate was coming through just to get to the house, she continued. I cant let my babies ride their bicycles out here.

Thompson reached out for help not just because shes frightened shes angry.

People made fun of me because I wanted to put this on the news, said a tearful Thompson. But I have to let you know why does somebody have to get killed in order to get someone to stand up and say, What the hell are yall doing.'

The Beaufort County Sheriffs Office said this is the second incident of this type in the past three days. The other was on Squire Pope Road.

Deputies are now investigating the possibility of a link between these two shootings. Investigators say they are stepping up their efforts to make sure that everyone in this area is safe and whoever is responsible is brought to justice.

Im not letting some rodent run me out this is my home thats why Im talking out and telling everybody, Thompson said, adding, I dont know what your beef is with them but we aint got nothing to do with it.

Yall need to take that elsewhere or just stop altogether.

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