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Historic Mercedes-Benz rally driver inspires a toy car for girls

first_img After marrying motorsport enthusiast Ingve Rosqvist in 1954, she began driving in rally competitions, and became a works driver first for Volvo, and then for Mercedes-Benz.Through Mattel’s Dream Gap Foundation, which supports organizations that help girls to reach their full potential, the automaker and toy manufacturer will give thousands of the cars to young girls in the U.S. through a non-profit partner. A teaching toolkit will also be provided.They will also be sold in stores beginning in 2020, with proceeds from the sale used to make and distribute more toys to children.“Through Ewy’s story, we saw an opportunity to inspire young girls to ‘play outside the box’ and imagine all the different opportunities open to them, without the restrictions of traditional stereotypes,” said Mark Aikman, general manager of Mercedes-Benz USA’s marketing services.“We realized that these pioneering women from our past could serve as valuable role models for young girls today.” Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Mattel on a toy meant to challenge gender stereotypes.The Matchbox model is a copy of a Mercedes-Benz 220SE that Swedish-born rally driver Ewy Rosqvist drove to victory over male drivers in the 1962 Argentinian Touring Car Grand Prix.Born in 1929, Rosqvist became a veterinary assistant and had to drive 150 to 200 kilometres each day between farms, a commute she used to constantly improve her driving speed and technique. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos Rosqvist famously quipped, “They said I could never finish, so I finished first.” That’s a key to a short film clip, No Limits, that Mercedes-Benz USA has put together for the project. We challenge you to watch it without getting a little lump in your throat. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›center_img See More Videos advertisement RELATED TAGSMercedes-BenzNews PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTSlast_img read more

Court of Appeal overturns another rape conviction in Antigua

first_img 168 Views   no discussions (Antigua Observer) The failure of a judge to state just a few words on a particular issue when he was summarising the evidence in a child-rape case in 2014, has come back to save Verbin Bowen whose conviction and sentence were tossed out yesterday.Bowen had been sentenced to 12 years in prison on two counts of rape of the child, but he walked out a free man yesterday.The court of appeal quashed the conviction on both counts, saying that the High Court trial judge Albert Redhead ought to have properly instructed the jury on the question of credibility.The appellate court decided that since that was a “live issue” at the trial, the credibility limb of the direction should have been properly given.The issue of credibility relates to whether a person is of good character and whether such a person is more likely to be truthful than one of bad character.In this case, the alleged rape was reported a year after it occurred and it was hinged on the girl’s word against the word of the man she accused of raping her.The appellate court said that had there been any other evidence to convict Bowen, then the failure to give the direction would not have had the effect of making the conviction unsafe.Back at trial in 2014, Bowen’s lawyer, Ralph Francis, had challenged the timeline of the events as reported by the child, while the doctor who examined her could not conclude whether her hymen was broken due to penetration by a penis.Before Bowen was found guilty at his trial in May 2014, the court had heard that the then 42-year-old man committed the offence on two occasions in April 2010.During the trial, the complainant wept uncontrollably while she testified.She recounted the two occasions when Bowen, a trusted family friend with whom she shared a father-daughter relationship, picked her up from after-school lessons and drove her to some bushes in Bendals and raped her in his vehicle using a condom.The complainant said she had never seen a condom before, but later realised what it was after her class was shown one during a sex education lesson. Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Court of Appeal overturns another rape conviction in Antigua by: – June 1, 2017 Share Tweetlast_img read more