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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The British Royal Family is the original Coronation Street – a long-running soap opera with the occasional real coronation thrown in. Its members have become celebrities, like upmarket film stars, attracting often fawning coverage. So it’s easy to feel that we know the Windsors and that, in some ways, they are just like us. Yet the truth is that the disconnect between the Royals and the public is vast, not least in terms of the extraordinary fortunes they have quietly amassed for themselves. Some Royal wealth is conspicuous. Take Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House, for example: both were bought with public funds and qualify for taxpayer support when they are used for official business. They remain the Queen’s private property, all the same. Less obvious are the breathtaking tax breaks, the lavish state subsidies and an all-encompassing secrecy that hides the Windsors’ gluttonous excesses. Regular attempts to nail down the private wealth of the Queen … [Read more...] about Where did Princess Margaret get £20m and how about the Queen mother’s £70m legacy? In his controversial new book, MP Norman Baker examines the family’s finances as he accuses the Windsors of Right Royal Robbery
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?
The Queen, along with Prince Charles, could make more than £100million a year from the huge expansion of offshore windfarms The Queen and Prince Charles could make more than £100million a year from the huge expansion of offshore windfarms – thanks to a change in the way that the monarchy is funded. The green energy earnings of the Royal Family are being significantly boosted by an auction, which formally began last week, for the biggest offshore windpower development in the world. If they were still being paid by the long-established Civil List, the Royals would not have benefited. However, the then Chancellor George Osborne replaced it in 2012 with the Sovereign Grant. Crucially, the deal gives the Queen 25 per cent of the profits from the Crown Estate, which owns the seabed within Britain's territorial waters that extend almost 14 miles from the coast. The Crown Estate charges rent equal to two per cent of revenues for use of its seabeds for windfarms and … [Read more...] about Queen’s £100m a year windfall: Green energy earnings of the Royal Family are set to be boosted by an auction for the biggest offshore windpower development in the world
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’