Mumbaikars can expect surge pricing while booking their Ola and Uber cabs on Sunday, as cab drivers are expected to go offline from Saturday night. Last month, the drivers had gone on a 12-day strike, which was called off on November 2, leading to widespread inconvenience to commuters and losses for the drivers who have been demanding a price hike in sync with the rising fuel prices. They had warned that the strike would resume if a solution was not found by November 15. Govindrao Mohite, general secretary of the Maharashtra Rajya Rashtriya Kamgar Sangh (MRRKS) said drivers will begin going offline from 11 p.m on Saturday. “We will also take out a morcha from Bharatmata Cinema to Mantralaya on Monday,” Mr. Mohite said. The strike has been called by MRRKS and Marathi Kamgar Sena (MKS). Mahesh Jadhav, president of MKS said they have no option but to strike again. “The transport minister said this was a matter between private companies and drivers. Then why did he call the November 2 meeting?” he asked. On Thursday, union officials had said that they will give the government two more days to meet their demands. Several drivers, however, said they did not want to participate in the strike but were worried about their safety. “I don’t know how I will manage again. There is an environment of fear that is being created through social media regarding the strike. How many of us can the police protect?” asked a driver who did not wish to be named. Union officials said the striking drivers have been asked to not vandalise taxis that will ply.Meanwhile, police officials have taken precautions since the strike was declared. “We have placed a patrol van outside Ola’s office,” Navin Reddy, deputy commissioner of police, zone 10, said. During the last strike, drivers had staged a protest outside Ola’s office in Andheri.
The daughter of a former BJP MLA from Bhopal has approached the Madhya Pradesh High Court claiming she was being given “injections” by her family to force her to marry a legislator’s son, police said on Saturday. Bharti Singh (28) is the daughter of Surendra Nath Singh, former MLA from Bhopal Central.Mr. Singh had filed a case with the Kamla Nagar police station here on October 16 about his daughter going missing and had claimed she was “mentally unwell”, Inspector Vijay Sisodia said. A local news channel played a video clip showing the woman talking about the alleged torture.
Indian team beat Engalnd to win gold in the women’s recurve event of the Commonwealth Games on Friday.India’s Dola Banerjee, Laishram Bombayala Devi and Kumari Deepika pose for a photograph during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. PTIThe Indian team comprising Dola Banerjee, Deepika and Bombaila scored 207 points to defeat England by the difference of just one point in a thrilling final at the Yamuna Sport Complex.Ravi Kumar smashes CWG record | Renu Bala win first lifting goldIndia’s gold medal tally has now swelled to 15. Earlier in the morning, India women team beat Malaysia 213-185 in the semifinals.On Thursday, the Indian compound archers had claimed a silver and a bronze in the men’s and women’s team events respectively.With PTI inputs
Sonia Gandhi, who is seen with Rahul, met medallist sportspersons in Delhi on Saturday. PTICommonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi received yet another snub on Saturday when Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Indian medal winners in the mega sporting event but kept him out.Party sources said Kalmadi was not invited for the meeting at 10 Janpath, the residence of Gandhi, where she along with Rahul met the medal winners who brought glory to the country in the just-concluded Games.Boos for Kalmadi at CWG opener | Probe can spell trouble for Kalmadi | Kalmadi deflects blame on to others | Spl: CWGOn Friday too, Kalmadi was not called to a reception Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave to medal winners at his residence. Sports Minister M S Gill was present on both occasions. Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent, was prominent among others present at Gandhi’s residence. Asked whether Kalmadi was invited for the meeting, Congress sources said the protocol laid down by the Prime Minister was followed by the Congress President while meeting the medal winners. Suresh KalmadiThe Congress has made it clear that irregularities in the conduct of the Games would not be glossed over and those found guilty would be brought to book. Kalmadi is also the Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party and member of the Lok Sabha from Pune. The CPP General body meeting in August held in the shadow of the controversy over the CWG preparations had seen Kalmadi keeping away from the meet. Gandhi, who is the CPP Chairperson, had addressed the meet.India has won a record 101 medals, including 38 gold, to finish second in the Commonwealth Games, which ended here on Thursday.advertisement– With inputs from PTI
Tottenham Hotspur’s England midfielder Dele Alli is expected to be out of action until March after suffering a hamstring injury in the Premier League on Sunday, the north Londoners said on Tuesday.Alli scored a second half equaliser in the 2-1 win at Fulham but then went off injured in the closing stages. His absence is another setback for a team chasing a top four finish and Champions League slot.”Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff with the expectation of returning to training in early March,” Tottenham said in a statement on their website.Tottenham are third in the league standings but have talismanic striker Harry Kane out with an ankle injury and South Korean Son Heung-min at the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.The pair have scored 22 league goals between them this season.France midfielder Moussa Sissoko has also been out with a groin injury and is unlikely to return in time for Thursday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea. Spurs won the first leg at Wembley 1-0.Also Watch:
Indian women’s ODI team skipper Mithali Raj said the team is focussed on avoiding the qualifiers ahead of the 2021 World Cup but reckoned it will be a major challenge facing World Cup champions England in the absence of injured Harmanpreet Kaur.The Indian women’s team begins its three-ODI series against England at home on Friday in the absence of star player Harmanpreet Kaur, who has been ruled out of the series due to an ankle injury.Mithali said her team is focused on holding on to its position in the top-four of the world rankings till 2020 to get direct qualification for the 2021 World Cup.”It’s a very important series for us, being number three right now in points table. Points are at stake and I definitely want the team to get direct entry (into the next World Cup). It’s important to get as many points as possible from the series,” she said on the eve of the series.India had beaten England 2-1 the last time the visitors were here in 2018 but Mithali said facing the visitors without Harmanpreet will show the team’s depth.”England are a formidable side, being the World Cup champions and they will come strongly at us. We should be playing a positive brand of cricket,” said Mithali.”They’ve got their senior players back into the squad, and we are without one of our senior players. But this series will also show how we meet this challenge. It will reflect the depth of our team.”On the absence of Harmanpreet, Mithali said the injured player will be missed but her absence also provides chance to the youngsters to come good.advertisement”She is one of the main players in the team for a long time, but it is also an opportunity for young players in the team to rise up and use the opportunity to step up and perform,” said the India captain.”Harman is not there because of injury. I should emphasise that we, as a batting unit, should take the (added) responsibility and whoever gets the opportunity should play that role,” she added.For a direct entry into the World Cup, Mithali and company need to hold on to their position in the top-four of the world rankings till 2020.The equation becomes a bit more complex in the wake of the terror attack by a Pakistan-based terror-outfit in Pulwama in Kashmir and the outrage it has given rise to all over the country.Now there’s a distinct possibility that the Indian team may not line up against Pakistan and Mithali said she was aware of this sort of scenario.”It’s always been in our minds that we probably won’t play Pakistan, and that’s why, whatever matches we play against whoever, we should be going in by keeping in mind that we need those points,” she remarked.India had defeated New Zealand 2-1 in the recent ODI series in different conditions and Mithali said they will take the confidence into the series against England.”It was our first win on the New Zealand soil, so it feels great to win a series there, but to come home and play England is completely different,” she said.”The conditions are different. We’ll take a lot of positives and confidence from that series win, but our preparation and strategy differs from what it was in New Zealand.”Mithali was of the view that spinners would hold the key although because of the early starts there would be some moisture for the medium pacers to exploit.”A little bit of moisture will be there because most of the matches in India start at 9 am. But as the days progress it (wicket) will ease out. (Veteran pace bowling all rounder) Jhulan (Goswami) had done very well in New Zealand, supported by Shikha (Pandey) and Mansi (Joshi),” she said.”I think spin will be the main factor for all the matches we play at home and that’s one of the reasons why we produce the best spinners. If there is moisture the fast bowlers will come into play and in the second innings there will be some slow turn.”In New Zealand they (Indian spinners) did very well and considering the slowness of the wickets, I hope they will do well in these conditions.”She conceded the good starts provided by the team’s openers in New Zealand had given the middle order little chance to test its wares.”Jemimah (Rodrigues) and Smriti (Mandhana) gave us great starts in New Zealand and the middle order was not tested that much,” she pointed out.advertisementMithali dismissed speculations of her impending retirement from the T20 format after the England series, which also features T20s. “When it’s the right time, I’ll let you all know.”
Lionel Messi Totti: Messi is world’s best… just don’t tell Ronaldo Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:10 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(71) Getty Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Barcelona Primera División The Roma legend believes football has lost some of its romanticism due to large transfer fees, but he is still smitten with the Barcelona star Francesco Totti believes Lionel Messi is the best player in the world despite Cristiano Ronaldo pulling level on five Ballons d’Or apiece earlier this month.Real Madrid’s dual La Liga and Champions League triumphs last season set Ronaldo up to claim world football’s premier individual prize but Messi has also blazed a familiarly impressive trail.The mercurial Argentinian inspired a 3-0 win for Barca at the Santiago Bernabeu last Saturday, with Ronaldo a largely becalmed presence in the latest edition of the Clasico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Totti was a similarly adored figure during a superb playing career at Roma that spanned three decades.Although he now sees events such as Neymar’s world-record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain as an example of football breaking distastefully with its past, the former Italy forward is happy to marvel at the two greats of this generation.”I really preferred the football of a long time ago. Today it is just crazy,” he said at the Dubai International Sports Conference.“Football has deeply changed between my time and now. I prefer the romantic football of before, now it is all about business.”There are players like Ronaldo and Neymar, but Neymar is an example of this big price, it is too much to pay €250m for a player. This goes beyond reality.”But Messi is number one, just don’t tell Cristiano!”
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Klopp insists ‘hungry’ Liverpool ready for Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says Liverpool will leave no stone unturned when they face Manchester City on Thursday.The Reds have a great chance to extend their lead at the top of the table with a win over Pep Guardiola’s side. And Klopp says his players will be giving their all to win three points.”We are [hungry],” he told liverpoolfc.com.”We don’t think about the gap, not for a second. What we think about is 54 points – unbelievable, to be honest. That’s really strange and feels strange.”All we can do is keep going; recover first of all, that’s very important, and then prepare the next game.”We all know, wow, Man City are a fantastic football team and an away game at City – who can go there and think ‘Probably we will win’? No team in the world, not even us.”So we have to go there and try everything to get a result. That’s what we will try.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say OFF! Crystal Palace pull out of deal for Liverpool striker Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have pulled out of their deal for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.BBC Sport reports Solanke’s proposed loan move to Crystal Palace is off because of concerns over his fitness.Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed the 21-year-old was a target for the January transfer window on Sunday.But Solanke has not made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season and was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.Palace need a striker who is available to play immediately.
Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are exploring the possible expansion of the IDB’s private sector loan portfolio in Jamaica. Story Highlights Against this background, the Minister said the Administration will be encouraging private sector stakeholders to apply to the IDB for funding support through the private sector loan arm, even as its expansion continues. Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are exploring the possible expansion of the IDB’s private sector loan portfolio in Jamaica.While noting that the private sector has access to significant low-cost single-digit interest rates, citing the IDB’s partial credit guarantee loan programme for micro and small enterprises disbursed through the Development Bank of Jamaica as an example, he argued that “we are in need of more development financing.”Against this background, the Minister said the Administration will be encouraging private sector stakeholders to apply to the IDB for funding support through the private sector loan arm, even as its expansion continues.He was speaking at a reception at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (February 26) to welcome IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, and other Bank officials for the multilateral institution’s seventh annual meeting of Governors of the Caribbean, today (February 27).Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw said Jamaica and other Caribbean countries continue to value the IDB’s support to the region.He noted that successive Administrations have shared a productive relationship with the IDB, which was highlighted by the Bank’s support for the country when it entered into the Extended Fund Facility arrangement with the International Monetary Fund in 2013, and which has been maintained under the successor Precautionary Standby Arrangement in 2016.“We are very supportive of the work of the IDB and welcome the partnership,” Mr. Shaw said.The seventh annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting is being hosted by the Bank of Jamaica under the theme: ‘Jump Caribbean’.It will focus on helping the region to embrace the digital revolution as a developmental tool.The IDB has indicated that it wants to improve the capacity of the region to tap into technology and apply innovative methods as a means to solve problems, improve productivity, generate employment and advance development.IDB Governors are expected from the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago.Caribbean Development Bank President, Dr. Warren Smith, will also be in attendance. He noted that successive Administrations have shared a productive relationship with the IDB, which was highlighted by the Bank’s support for the country when it entered into the Extended Fund Facility arrangement with the International Monetary Fund in 2013, and which has been maintained under the successor Precautionary Standby Arrangement in 2016.
Eleven passengers were injured after a RoPax ferry hit a pier in the Greek port of Igoumenitsa on Wednesday, the Hellenic Coast Guard reports.The ferry ANO HORA II was sailing on its regular route from Corfu to Igoumenitsa when it ran into the Pier No.1 at the Greek northwestern port for reasons that are still unknown.The injured passengers were taken to a local hospital, after which seven were transferred to a medical center in Filiaton, where two passengers remain hospitalized.The damage is visible on both the pier and the ferry, but there have been no signs of pollution so far.187 passengers, 33 cars and 5 buses were on board the ferry at the time of the accident. One of the buses was also damaged in the hit.The vessel will be detained in the port until the authorities conduct the investigation. The 37-year-old captain of the ferry was arrested on Wednesday, but was subsequently released.World Maritime News Staff
zoom The 18,000 TEU containership Barzan, owned by the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), that suffered a fire a week ago while under way to Felixtowe, UK, arrived to the DP World London Gateway on Sunday evening.Following the fire, reported last Tuesday, the crew diverted the ship to Rotterdam where the ship’s damage was assessed and necessary repairs made before it was cleared to continue its voyage to the UK.Based on the images from DP World London Gateway and London Port Authority, the ship seems to be in perfect condition.The fire resulted in delaying of cargo for four days, as the ship left Rotterdam Maasvlakte on September 20, based on Marine Traffic’s vessel tracking data. The ship was assisted into the London port by Svitzer tugs early this morning when the unloading operations started.Able to carry more than 18,800teu containers and at 400m long, Barzan is the largest containership to have ever sailed down the River Thames.The giant containership is scheduled to leave London Gateway on Tuesday morning.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Ahead of the entry into force of the 2020 0.5% sulphur cap, classification society DNV GL has introduced a free web-based application of the Ship Implementation Plan (SIP).As explained, the application enables ship owners and managers to prepare vessel-specific SIPs and maintain an overview of their fleet.While not mandatory, the SIP adresses issues related to preparing the vessel for use of compliant fuel oil and includes items such as risk assessment and planning for actions needed to ensure compliance on 1 January 2020.“As we approach 2020, good preparation will be essential to ensure a smooth transition into using compliant low-sulphur fuels,” Christos Chryssakis, Business Development Manager at DNV GL – Maritime, said.“This includes technical actions, such as hardware upgrades, tank cleaning, and a fuel changeover plan, but also commercial preparations like updating charter party clauses and agreements between owners and charterers on how to best prepare each vessel to minimize operational disruptions. It is important to build flexibility into the plans, to make sure ships are prepared for using different types of compliant fuels, depending on their availability.”DNV GL said that its web-based SIP application is a user-friendly way to prepare such plans. It is easy to update and offers operators an overview of their whole fleet. One of the benefits of the app is that it enables several users to work on a single vessel – allowing coordination between onshore and onboard personnel.Image Courtesy: DNV GLThe SIP application is free of charge and available in the market place of Veracity, DNV GL’s digital platform and industry ecosystem. More than 300 shipping companies are already using the SIP app with over 1,700 vessels registered and actively preparing their Ship Implementation Plans.According to DNV GL, the SIP is not a mandatory requirement, but port state control (PSC) may consider the preparatory actions described in the SIP when verifying compliance. It should cover risk assessment and a mitigation plan on the impact of new fuels, fuel oil system modifications and tank cleaning, fuel oil capacity and segregation capability, procurement of compliant fuel, a fuel oil changeover plan and documentation and reporting.
The province is investing half-a-million dollars to help regionaltourism associations promote their local areas. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announcedthe investment of $500,000 for the seven regional tourismindustry associations today, Feb. 9. The one-time investment isin addition to annual funding already provided to eachassociation. “This is just one of the ways we are working to ensure tourism inNova Scotia continues to be an important economic generator, anda competitive player in a global and competitive industry,” saidMr. MacDonald. “The tourism associations represent the grassrootsof our industry and work with local stakeholders on how best toattract more visitors to each region.” Each regional association will use the investment for marketingactivities. The amount of the grant is determined by a mutually-agreed-to funding formula based, in part, on the population baseof each region. “This is a huge show of confidence in the partnership between ourregional tourism associations and government,” said DougFawthrop, chair of the presidents’ council of the associations.”The new investment will allow our organizations to get on withthe business of growing regional and provincial tourism.” Today’s investment is part of the new $15-million fundingannounced by Mr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding isdesigned to help boost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in theareas of marketing, product development, and regional tourisminitiatives.
DINARD, France — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies are wrapping up a two-day meeting in the French seaside resort of Dinard where they hope to seal joint commitments on a range of global challenges and lay the groundwork for August’s G-7 summit in Biarritz.Diplomats from G-7 countries — which includes the U.S., France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K. — want a joint statement by Saturday on the fight against trafficking drugs, arms and migrants in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, fighting cybercrime and stopping sexual violence against women in conflict zones, especially in Africa.But U.S. officials said that points of discord will also be discussed. Washington seems to be at odds with Italy over its stance on Venezuela and China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.The Associated Press
9 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Konrad Osterwalder, a Swiss physicist, as the new Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), which serves as the world body’s think tank. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Konrad Osterwalder, a Swiss physicist, as the new Rector of the United Nations University (UNU), which serves as the world body’s think tank.The decision to appointment Mr. Osterwalder was made after consultations with Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and an extensive international search process.Mr. Osterwalder, who will assume this position on 1 September, will be the fifth Rector of the UNU. He will succeed Hans van Ginkel, a Dutch geographer who has been serving in the position since 1997.Founded in 1973, the UNU is an international network of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and the dissemination of knowledge to further the UN’s aims of peace and progress. Headquartered in Tokyo, the University has 13 research and training centres around the world and cooperates with more than 100 research institutions in various countries across the globe.Mr. Osterwalder “greatly values the importance of the UNU and intends to promote and enhance the collaboration of this key institution with leading institutions around the world,” according to a press release.A physicist by training, he is currently the Rector and President ad interim of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, located in Zurich.He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the same institution in 1970, and was appointed as a full professor there seven years later. He has held positions at New York University, Harvard University and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundations, and has also been a visiting fellow at numerous universities and research institutes around the world.Mr. Osterwalder’s research has mainly focused on the mathematical structure of quantum field theory, elementary particle physics and statistical mechanics.He is a member of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from the Helsinki Technical University.
A cot that a coroner issued a safety warning about following the death of a seven-week-old baby is still on sale in Britain, an inquest has been told.Esther Roseman told a hearing on Wednesday of the moment she found her daughter, Grace, dead in the Bednest bedside cot.She said she had just had a bath on the morning of April 9 2015 when she discovered the baby lying lifeless at their home in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.In April 2015, coroner Penelope Schofield issued a Regulation 28 Report to Prevent Future Deaths concerning the cot. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Esther and Gideon Roseman leave the inquest into their daughter’s death hand in handCredit:Christopher Pledger for The Telegraph Mr Roseman, who had been home at the time because he had been ill the previous day, told the inquest that he heard his wife screaming from Grace’s bedroom.He said: “She started screaming then she started screaming ‘Gracie’s dead, Gracie’s dead’. I jumped out of bed as quickly as I could, I did see Esther holding Grace and in my mind she was gone.”When asked if he had concerns about the cot, he said: “There was no reason to have any concerns about it, it was just an innocuous object, it was a cot.”Mr Roseman told the inquest that the door handles of the bedrooms would have been too high for a sibling to have opened the doors to access Grace’s bedroom saying they would have had to have acted like a “special forces soldier” to do so.Robert Norman, company secretary of Bednest, told the inquest that the three-sided cot was designed to allow parents to provide comfort to their baby without the “dangers of co-sleeping”.He explained that the two sides are designed to come down like a drawbridge to prevent gaps between the cot and the adult bed.He said the product was designed and tested to Furniture Industry Research Association safety standards. Mr Norman said that the instructions stated that the cot should have its sides up if the child was left unsupervised, but said there was not a label on the product to reinforce this advice.He said that Bednest teamed up with the National Childbirth Trust to promote the cot because the charity had been keen to promote the benefits of bedside cots.Mr Norman said the company had been “completely shocked” to hear that a baby had got its head over the side.He said: “It didn’t seem feasible and to not be able to get itself off again, an older child may be able to. We say when they start to push up and crawl not to use the product.”Mr Norman said that the company had created a modification to the cot to prevent the half-folding side from being left in the half-raised position and had made attempts to contact all of its customers who had purchased the product. The report stated that Grace was found with her head over the edge of the cot, but because she could not lift her head back up this restricted her air supply which led to her death from asphyxia.The inquest has heard that the Roseman family received the cot second-hand, but without instructions or straps to attach it to an adult bed.The inquest was told the cot had one side that could be lowered, but the instructions state the baby should not be left alone in this position.The Regulation 28 report also stated that the crib was in a tilted position of 8cm (3in) while the instructions state it should not be above 5cm (2in).Mrs Roseman said: “I didn’t have those instructions, it’s a shame those instructions weren’t on the side of the cot. It seemed the cot was designed with the half fold to stop the baby rolling out of it.”I didn’t see any risk, if I had known for one moment, in the room or out of the room she was capable of what she did, there’s no way I would have slept with that side half down.”She added: “Every day since this happened I question why I didn’t see how unsafe it was, I comfort myself that the whole of NCT and Bednest didn’t see it either.” Every day since this happened I question why I didn’t see how unsafe it wasEsther Roseman Gideon Roseman with his daughter GraceCredit:PA Mrs Roseman told the hearing in Horsham of the moment she screamed for help from her husband, Gideon.She said: “I started screaming ‘Grace is dead’. He came into the room and shouted at me to put a dressing gown on and get in the car. I was going for my phone and calling 999.”I do not think he even saw, he literally knew because I was shouting and screaming. She was never going to be saved, it was obvious, the doctors said ‘You knew before you brought her in she was gone’.”There was no sign, when I made the phone call I never once said ‘She’s passed out’, I said: ‘Gracie, my baby is dead’.”The hearing continues Grace Roseman died in a Bedsnet cot, which had one side that could be lowered, but the instructions state the baby should not be left alone in this positionCredit:SWNS
More From Roadshow Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Post a comment Tags Crossovers • reading • No touching: Honda will display crash-tested 2019 HR-V in New York New York Auto Show 2019 Honda Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More about 2019 Honda HR-V 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2019 Honda HR-V: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs New York Auto Show 2019 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageI hope you’ve had your tetanus booster. IIHS via Honda Usually, the cars that arrive on stage at the New York Auto Show are flashy, new and buffed to a high sheen — about as perfect as can be. Honda’s throwing that idea on its head by rolling out a busted-to-hell crossover… but, in this case, it’s a decision worth praising.Honda on Thursday announced that it has something special in store for the 2019 New York Auto Show next week. It will show off a 2019 Honda HR-V that has been put through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash-test wringer. It hasn’t been restored, so it will be on stage in all its smashed-up glory, something consumers (and journalists) rarely see.Honda says it’s to “highlight its commitment to safety rating leadership at all price points,” but part of me believes it’s because nobody ever gets to see post-crash-test cars and we’re all pretty darn intrigued to see one up close. I know I am.In early March, the IIHS announced that the 2019 HR-V achieved its second-best accolade, Top Safety Pick. Previous iterations didn’t make muster for the awards, but thanks to a raft of changes under the skin, the HR-V scored well enough to earn TSP. The only thing holding the car back from the top award, Top Safety Pick Plus, is the headlights — they only earned an Acceptable rating, and even then, that rating requires the LED headlights on the more expensive Touring trim. The base halogen lights were rated Poor.The HR-V is one of seven Honda vehicles to achieve TSP or TSP Plus, with the rest of the group comprising the Accord, CR-V, Insight, Ridgeline, Odyssey and Pilot. The HR-V was updated for 2019 with new trims, a new look, standard safety systems and clearly a few under-the-body tweaks for better crash ratings. I had one for a whole week earlier this year, and I walked away impressed by its driving dynamics and capacity.Enlarge ImageA little bit o’ Bondo and she’ll be as good as new, lickety-split. IIHS/Honda May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Share your voice 0 See All Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup News • 2019 Honda HR-V picks up IIHS Top Safety Pick with big improvements Review • 2019 Honda HR-V Review Honda
Experts from the world’s watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons are probing reports that toxic arms have been used 45 times in Syria since late last year, the body’s chief said Friday.Director general Ahmet Uzumcu said there was “a huge list of allegations” of the use of toxic arms reported to the operations hub of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).In the “second part of 2016, 30 different incidents, and since the beginning of this year, 15 separate incidents, so 45,” he told a reporters, brandishing a list of several pages which he chose to keep confidential.They include the April 4 sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun that was reported to have killed 88 people, including 31 children.“All these allegations are recorded by our experts, who follow this every day from our operations centre,” Uzumcu said.The OPCW is currently trying to ensure it is safe enough to deploy its fact-finding team to the town for further analysis, after Uzumcu said last week that “incontrovertible” test results from OPCW-designated labs on samples taken from victims showed sarin gas or a similar substance had been used.The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has “already stated that they would support this mission, actually they have invited us to go via Damascus,” he said.“The problem is that this area is controlled by different armed opposition groups, so we need to strike some deals with them to ensure a temporary ceasefire, which we understand the Syrian government is willing to do,” he added.“If we can put all this together then we will deploy. The team is ready, and we have the volunteers.”However, it is not yet mandated to also visit the Shayrat air base in the central Syrian province of Homs.The base was the target of a US strike launched in the wake of the Khan Sheikhun attack, and Russia has called for the allegations that it was stocking chemical weapons to be investigated.Uzumcu also confirmed that the OPCW, based in The Hague, believed jihadist rebels from the so-called Islamic State group had used “sulphur mustard” near Iraq’s second city of Mosul last week.The Iraqi military said some security personnel were injured in the April 15 attack as part of the operation to recapture Mosul.The OPCW has offered to help Iraqi forces investigate, but “they have not yet requested any assistance,” Uzumcu said.
Pexels.comThere’s a lot of physical activity you can engage in here in Houston: biking, running, swimming, and hiking, to name a few. But skiing is harder to come by (which may be what prompted one Houston Matters listener’s suggestion of turning the Astrodome into a giant, indoor ski slope).That doesn’t mean there aren’t avid skiers here. Back in 2014, Houston Public Media’s Edel Howlin tried to find where skiers hang out in Houston.– / 5 Share