In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities moved in the opposite direction, decreasing by more than 7%. For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier. Through the 90s and 00s, the pedestrian death count had declined almost every year. No one would have confused the US for a walkers’ paradise – at least part of the reason fewer pedestrians died in this period was that people were driving more and walking less, which meant that there were fewer opportunities to be … [Read more...] about Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?
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Thomas Cook collapsed after 178 years this morning leaving more than 160,000 Britons stranded abroad and a million more customers with cancelled holidays. 21,000 staff face an uncertain future after losing their jobs including 9,000 in the UK as the world's oldest and most famous travel operator officially went bust at 2am. A £100million taxpayer-funded fleet of 40 or more jets are today already heading to Europe, America and Asia to start bringing 160,000 Britons home from more than 50 destinations over the coming fortnight. Britain's biggest peacetime repatriation effort, codenamed Operation Matterhorn, will see around 16,000 people flown back to UK airports every day. Holidaymakers stuck in resorts around the world are today waiting for news about how and when they will get home. Thomas Cook check-in desks at the 20-plus UK airports the business flew from are shut today with all customers with holidays and flights told they are cancelled. Last-minute … [Read more...] about Thomas Cook goes bust: Nearly 200,000 customers face up to a FORTNIGHT wait to be repatriated after travel giant COLLAPSES overnight and ministers line up 40 jumbo jets to fly Britons home
John Boyd Jr’s grandfather Thomas, the son of a slave, slept with the deed to his farm under his mattress. He worried constantly that his land would be taken from him. Twenty miles away and three generations later, Boyd lives on his own 210-acre farm, in a big white colonial house with rows of soybeans that go almost up to the front door, like other people have grass. One hundred cattle, a cluster of guinea hogs, three goats and a small herding dog named Fatso, whom Boyd calls his best friend, live there. He feels more secure on his plot of land than Thomas did. But Boyd is an aberration. The number of black farmers in America peaked in 1920, when there were 949,889. Today, of the country’s 3.4 million total farmers, only 1.3%, or 45,508, are black, according to new figures from the US Department of Agriculture released this month. They own a mere 0.52% of America’s farmland. By comparison, 95% of US farmers are white. The black farmers who have managed to hold on to … [Read more...] about There were nearly a million black farmers in 1920. Why have they disappeared?
Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook. But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies. Rosenstein purchased a new iPhone and instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps. He was particularly aware of the allure of Facebook “likes”, which he describes as “bright dings of pseudo-pleasure” that can be as hollow as they are seductive. And Rosenstein should know: he was the Facebook engineer who created the “like” button in the first place. A decade after he stayed up all night coding a prototype of what was then called an “awesome” button, Rosenstein belongs to a small but growing band of Silicon Valley heretics who … [Read more...] about ‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia
In Part 1 of DailyMailTV's two-part exclusive interview, Mareli Miniutti describes her disturbing altercation with the bellicose attorney Michael Avenatti. The former live-in lover of Michael Avenatti, has revealed the terrifying moment Stormy Daniels' former lawyer allegedly turned on her, violently grabbed her wrists yelling you 'ungrateful c**t' before dragging her screaming across the floor of his apartment and hurling her out the door. Breaking her silence in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Mareli Miniutti said she was left 'shocked' and 'shaken' after the alleged attack on November 13 last year which left her bruised and suffering painful carpet burns. The 25-year-old Estonian actress claims Avenatti, 48, called her obscenities during the altercation at his $22,000 a month luxury LA apartment, which led to him being booked for felony domestic assault and Miniutti filing a restraining order against him. The lawyer, best known for formerly … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: ‘He grabbed my wrists, looked me in the eyes with menace and called me a f**king ungrateful c**t.’ Michael Avenatti’s ex-girlfriend breaks her silence about night disgraced lawyer ‘dragged her from bed in her panties and threw her out’