India rescuers pull 4-year-old survivor from collapsed building as toll climbs

first_imgRescuers in India pulled a four-year-old boy from the rubble of a collapsed building to loud cheers on Tuesday, hours after the five-story apartment block came down “like a house of cards”, killing 11 and burying up to 60 others.The accident late Monday in the western town of Mahad led three disaster-response teams and sniffer dogs to work through the night, combing tin sheets, twisted metal and broken bricks.Officials said many residents of the 47 flats inside the building were spared because they had already fled the town to escape the coronavirus pandemic. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear but building collapses are common during India’s June-September monsoon, with old and rickety structures buckling after days of non-stop rain.National Disaster Response Force spokesman Sachidanand Gawde told reporters that locals and emergency workers had retrieved the bodies of 11 victims in addition to the little boy who survived the collapse.Video of the rescue effort showed onlookers applauding and cheering as the child was plucked out of the wreckage and hauled up on a stretcher.Estimates of the number trapped ranged from 20 to 70 on Tuesday morning after dozens managed to flee when the building began to shake. Topics : Residents’ complaintsAs emergency workers made their way through the wreckage, looking for survivors, distressed relatives watched, desperate for news of their loved ones.”Three people from my family are stuck under the rubble — my mother, my sister and my nephew,” said Gazala, a doctor who preferred to give only her first name to AFP.Mustafa Chafekar, a resident who had been in home quarantine after testing positive for the virus, told the Mumbai Mirror that he and his family of five initially thought they were experiencing an earthquake.”We ran down immediately… The whole [structure] collapsed right in front of us,” the 39-year-old said of their escape.He said residents had previously complained to the builders about the condition of the complex.Local politician Manik Motiram Jagtap told TV9 Marathi that the structure was 10 years old and built on “weak” foundations.”It fell like a house of cards,” Jagtap said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that he was “saddened”.”My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their dear ones. I pray the injured recover soon,” he said.The monsoon plays a vital role in boosting agricultural harvests across South Asia. But it also causes widespread death and destruction, unleashing floods, triggering building collapses and inundating low-lying villages.The death toll from monsoon-related disasters this year has topped 1,200, including more than 800 in India.The building collapse is a further blow to the state of Maharashtra, already hit hard by the coronavirus, with the region accounting for more than a fifth of India’s more than three million infections.The pandemic has also cast a shadow over India’s ongoing Ganesha Chaturthi festival, with Hindu devotees ordered to sharply scale down celebrations and rituals honoring the much loved elephant god. “No one knows how many people are actually stuck inside,” a Mahad police official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that authorities had initially feared much worse, with early estimates as high as 200.Mahad legislator Bharat Gogawale told AFP that many of the building’s occupants appeared to have been out shopping when the accident occurred around 7:00 pm.Others had left the town altogether, preferring to wait out the pandemic in their home villages.”Many families were not residing in the building as they went to their native places due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown,” district official Nidhi Choudhari told the Press Trust of India.last_img read more

Own-label showcase: Waitrose No1 premium range

first_imgLast month, Waitrose unveiled its revamped premium range Waitrose & Partners No1. The upmarket retailer has moved away from the common dark colour palette associated with premium own-label ranges in favour of neutral grey packaging and has bolstered it with over 200 new launches and reformulations. To give you a closer look at the range, we’ve chosen a range of products and enlisted an expert to give you their opinion about what works and what doesn’t.This time, expert analysis is from Creative Coup director Anton Vann. This showcase is part of a new series of articles examining key trends and developments in own label and has been introduced to support The Grocer Own-Label Accreditation Scheme. Under this new scheme, all the products we review can apply for accreditation at any time, through a programme of continuous consumer testing and approval, developed to help retailers and suppliers promote the best own-label products. You can find out more about The Grocer Own-Label Accreditation Scheme here. You might be interested in our other own-label showcases – we’ve analysed Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference revamp, Ocado’s premium Gold range, M&S’s vegan range Plant Kitchen, Amazon’s private-label brands, Waitrose’s Cooks’ Ingredients lineup and Spar’s convenience-led wine range.,No1 Wood-fired Mushroom & Truffle Sourdough PizzaRsp: £6Waitrose says: “A crisp, hand-stretched base with 48-hour fermented sourdough, baked in a wood-fired oven with a salsa truffina béchamel sauce, truffle-infused portobello and chestnut mushrooms, creamy mascarpone and fresh parsley.”  The Grocer Own-Label Accreditation Scheme allows UK retailers to gain independent consumer approval of their products and a robust, objective analysis of their quality and purchase intent.The accreditation scheme is unique and offers continuous review by consumers for consumers. It also delivers quick results to optimise sales during key seasons as well as promote trial of new and exciting lines. Find out more here.,Ellis HawthorneEllis looks after the day-to-day running of thegrocer.co.uk and The Grocer’s social media channels, alongside creating and co-ordinating digital content. No1 Free Range 12 ChipolatasRsp: £3.49/375gWaitrose says: “Juicy, perfectly seasoned sausages, made with succulent, well-flavoured pork from pigs sired by pedigree Hampshire boars.” No1 Venison Loin Steak with Blackberry SauceRsp: £7.99/180gWaitrose says: “Naturally lean, tender meat with elderberry and thyme butter to melt on top, and a sauce made with whole blackberries and red wine.” Ellis joined The Grocer and moved south in 2015 after working as a local news reporter in her home town of Glasgow. Ellis doesn’t work on a particular patch, and you’ll find her writing about a vast range of topics across the universe of food and drink, but she specialises in own-label, culinary trends and internet food culture. No1 Coffee Beans Congo, North KivuRsp: tbcWaitrose says: “Notes: delicate, stewed rhubarb, peach tea. Speciality Coffee Association score: 86.” No1 Passionfruit Curd and No1 Spiced Quince & Pear RelishRsp: tbcWaitrose says: Relish: “Fruity with a touch of sharpness, made with ripe juicy fruit and spiced vinegar.” Curd: “Rich and velvety with just the right amount of sharpness, made with free-range eggs and creamy butter.” No1 Contemporary Chocolate Edition and No1 Dark ChocolateRsp: £8/155g and 75p/30gWaitrose says: “A sophisticated collection of irresistible pralines, truffle-filled chocolates, velvety ganaches and fleur de sel caramels from an award-winning modern chocolatier.” No1 Fig, Plum & Cranberry Wheat BiscuitsRsp: tbcWaitrose says: “Irresistibly crisp biscuits with malty notes and the sweetness of fruit, made by a Dorset bakery founded in 1916. Delicious with mature cheddar.” No1 Wheat & Rye Sourdough Sliced BreadRsp: £2/500gWaitrose says: “Hand-crafted with a 10-year-old levain starter dough and light and dark Shipton Mill rye flours, slowly fermented for a deep sourdough flavour.” Expert verdictCommentary is from Creative Coup director Anton Vann. What do you think of the packaging?The packaging is minimalist and feels sophisticated yet understated. To elevate the range and cue premium, the design opts for gold foil, linking in nicely with gold foil replacement of trays in some products, part of Waitrose’s drive towards recyclable packaging.There is a prominent white line dividing the packs in two (perhaps borrowing from the former Waitrose & Partners logo rebrand) that works on some products, but not so well on others.This design relies on open space to be able to bring across the minimalist, stripped-back contemporary feel. So where the pack size is really small, such as on the Spiced Quince and Pear Relish, the premium feel is somewhat lost, a common problem with such a variety of pack sizes.The coffee beans packs stand out from the range and feel somewhat disconnected. This is down to the heritage shot of the farmer rather than the product itself being the hero on pack, which Waitrose has used across the other SKUs.Overall, the new packaging is fresh, modern and contemporary rather than super premium, with some SKUs working better than others.What does this revamp tell us about what’s happening in premium own label?Increasing numbers of shoppers have indicated that they become loyal to a store based on its own-label brands. As a result, demand for premium and organic offerings are increasing. Seeing as premium products drive higher revenue and offer even better margins compared to the already great margins of everyday items, it makes sense for a retailer to cater to this need.We’ll see more and more investment by retailers in their premium ranges in future.What do you think this range tells us about the wider Waitrose business?This range refresh forms part of the & Partners rebrand that started in 2018, and it’s important to note that the use of the new name across the  packaging continues to push what Waitrose and John Lewis think sets them apart from the competition: their staff.But, with the & Partners message both inward and outward focused, whether the consumer cares one way or another remains to be seen.What do you think about the No1 range overall?On a busy supermarket shelf, this stripped-back design is actually soothing on the eye. The range stands out by virtue of the fact that it’s not shouting so loud. Because the branding isn’t fighting hard for attention, it allows the quality of the product to speak for itself. Follow Ellis on Twitter: @ellishawthorne Work in own-label?last_img read more

Large contingent from Balram Auto Mechanics for Caribbean Invasion

first_imgA TOTAL of seven cars will unite this weekend under the Balram Auto Mechanics banner to defend Guyana’s turf as part of the Caribbean Invasion.Chronicle Sport caught up with the chief engineer of the team, Balram Ramdeo, who explained why several of the smaller competitors decided to join forces.“The guys thought it better to join forces together to get their cars done because we want to defend Guyana against the Surinamese.”He added, “I basically already look after most of the cars that will come under the team this weekend, so we thought it easy to just form our own little team.”He noted that the team has cars in the 12-, 13- and 14-second class including several Toyota Starlets.“Ideally, what we are hoping for is to pick up several trophies, come drags day, and ultimately to pick up as many trophies as we can.”Meanwhile, following Monday’s meeting at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Thomas Lands office, competitors were briefed on the fact that there is a strict safety policy in place.Competitors, they noted, who did not meet these safety measures would be barred from racing, they added.These include the use of helmets and boots and the banning of slippers for those competing.Those gathered were also told that there would be no late registration and that no registration would be done on race day.last_img read more

Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Nets considered ‘front-runners’ to land star

first_img“The Nets are gaining confidence that they can pull this off,” Windhorst said Friday on “The Jump” in reference to Brooklyn’s bid to create two max contract spots for Durant and Kyrie Irving to fill. “They’ve made three moves in the last week … they’re right there for a second (max) slot.”Kendrick Perkins, a former teammate of Durant’s when the two played for the Thunder, added to Windhorst’s report: “I think they’re the front-runner. I absolutely do. I think the Nets are the front-runner to land KD. … I’m not ruling out the Knicks, but I think the Nets are the front-runners and people are not giving them their (respect).” Related News Host Rachel Nichols pressed Perkins, asking if he learned that information directly from Durant. But he laughed it off and had a coy response: “Sources tell me that the Nets are the front-runner … we’ll leave it at that.”Windhorst added that others involved with the NBA also believe the Nets are front-runners.  Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Warriors considering delayed sign-and-trade option for star Durant can become an unrestricted free agent if he declines his $31.5 million option with the Warriors. The Knicks and Clippers have also been mentioned as teams interested in signing the forward in free agency, which begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET.It had been speculated that Durant would decline his player option and leave the Warriors, but his long-term future became complicated when he ruptured his Achilles in the NBA Finals. He had surgery, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it’s likely he will miss all of next season as he recovers. As speculation continues around where Kevin Durant will sign in free agency, the Nets have moved up in the race. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Nets are growing confident they can convince Durant to sign with Brooklyn when free agency starts. last_img read more