Over 300 intoxicated drivers not getting the road safety message

first_imgGardaí have revealed that over 300 drivers have been arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving in the past 13 days of increased checkpoints and road safety campaigning before Christmas. In total, 264 drivers have been detected driving under the influence of alcohol while 37 people have been detected driving under the influence of drugs.Tragically 136 people have lost their lives on Irish roads to date – an increase of 8 in comparison to the same period last year. With less than two weeks to go until the Christmas holidays, Garda have urged all motorists to slow down and never ever drink and drive: “To all persons driving throughout the Christmas period, please be responsible and safe. Do not put yourselves or other road users at risk. Operate within the applicable speed limits and never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” Over 300 intoxicated drivers not getting the road safety message was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brand South Africa proud of South Africa’s competitive bid for SKA

first_imgBrand South Africa would like to congratulate the Department of Science and Technology; the SA SKA bid team, and Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, on their success in hosting the Square Kilometre Array, in partnership with Australia.Brand South Africa CEO, Miller Matola, says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange.“The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.”In addition to the SKA, South Africa’s plans to focus on developing the field of astronomy will be enhanced by the MeerKAT project in the Northern Cape. The MeerKAT is a powerful scientific tool in its own right and it will attract the best scientists and engineers to work in Africa and will provide unrivalled opportunities for scientists and engineers across the continent and the country.Matola adds that the building of the MeerKAT will also spearhead the Department of Science and Technology’s campaign to introduce astronomy to scholars and students across the country, and develop and retain human capital in the field of science and engineering.“We thank the bid committee for giving us and our African partners the platform to bring the stars and the universe closer to the leaders and explorers of tomorrow. SKA funding and infrastructure will encourage our scholars and students to take up science and technology subjects, and a new class of scientists will be developed. The SKA will showcase the innovation from African communities and will embolden career interest in the diverse field of physics and cosmology.”last_img read more

Invisible RSS Technology in Visual Feed Readers: RSS for the Rest of Us

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Collections are shareable and linkable, and Spectives offers their own curated collections for popular verticals such as humor and gadgets.But be warned: Only sites and feeds where Spectives can find images will be added to a user’s collection. So it might not work for some types of feeds. And with this stipulation comes a couple bugs.We were beyond disappointed and slightly confused that the site couldn’t find images on Penny Arcade and for some reason, the site bugged out once when we tried to add Questionable Content to our collection and once again when we tried Awkward Family Photos.ReadfreshOne thing we love about Readfresh is that it doesn’t rely on RSS feeds to serve updated content at all. Users simply enter the URL of the websites they want to track, and content is served, with a thumbnail of each website gliding to the top of the stack when the site shows new content.According to the developer, Emil Schutte, Readfresh “uses a combination of text and image analysis to decide when a site has changed. That’s where most of the interesting work happens. It attempts to zoom in on new content in the thumbnail image when a site updates. The results right now are usually pretty good, but it depends on the site.“It also has some smarts to discover changes as quickly as possible without flooding sites with pings all the time.”Indeed, Readfresh seemed to do really well at serving timely content. However, users will see one thumbnail per website as opposed to one thumbnail per post, and each thumb links to the site itself, not to an individual post.Also, we can’t figure out a way to share our Readfresh collections, which is a disappointment, indeed. Could a more eye-catching approach to syndication make RSS more accesible to mainstream users outside the geekosphere? Two new websites have just launched that rely on such a strategy gaining traction.Spectives and Readfresh are the sites in question, and both offer thumbnail images and a limited amount of text. Readfresh monitors sites and brings the most recently updated sites to the top of a user’s page, allowing users to see what’s new at a glance. Spectives, on the other hand, gives users “one page, a lot of pictures, updating constantly” from RSS feeds and websites. Read on for a side-by-side comparison and our assessment.These sites did remind us a bit of Guzzle.it or Lazyfeed. The major difference, however, is that users are content curators rather than being served pre-packaged feeds based on topics and keywords, which is something we’d wanted in the first place.In other words, if you already know what sites you want to read, but Google Reader makes you cross-eyed and/or frustrated, either one of these sites might be great for you to try.SpectivesOne thing we love about Spectives is that it takes the tech out of subscribing to RSS feeds. Users can add a feed or type in a web address and click a link for the feed or feeds for that page. The content then appears in a user’s “collection” of feeds with no futher fuss.Content consists of a post title as well as a thumbnail of an image pulled from the post.Here’s a quick, one-minute demo video: Tags:#RSS & Feeds#Visualization#web Related Posts jolie odell And here’s what our collection looks like: Who Wins in a Sudden Death Round?As of now, each site offers unique benefits. We like Readfresh’s implementation of non-visual content and sites without RSS feeds. We also like Spectives’ post-by-post updates, which will surely make content easier to keep track of. Both offerings need work, as newly launched products, and Spectives seems particularly buggy.So which site wins you over, readers? Let us know what you think about these two products and visual RSS in general in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

BJP, Congress finalise list of star campaigners for Tripura

first_imgThe Bhratiya Janata Party and the Congress have finalised their lists of star campaigners to woo voters in the two Lok Sabha constituencies in Tripura. The lists include top leaders of the parties and celebrities who will throw their weight behind the candidates during campaigning.BJP president Amit Shah is scheduled to arrive in the State tomorrow (Thursday) to campaign for his party candidates. He is expected to host a road show in Agartala.“We are finalising the programme for the road show which will be joined by party supporters,” said a local BJP leader.Preparations are also in full swing for the election rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6 at Udaipur, headquarters of Gomati district in south Tripura. Mr. Modi might tag a few other northeastern States during the visit.The Congress announced a list of 18 star campaigners for Tripura. The list includes names like Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot, Navjot Singh Siddhu, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mukul Sangma and cinestar-turned-politician Nagma.Congress president Rahul Gandhi had already held a public rally at Khumulwng, near Agartala, on March 18. The schedule for the visit of star campaigners will be announced soon, PCC general secretary Baptu Chakraborty said on Wednesday. Tripura will have two-phased Lok Sabha election. The West Tripura constituency will go to the poll on April 11 and East Tripura (ST) constituency on April 18.Both the constituencies are witnessing multi-cornered contest. All major parties are in the fray.last_img read more

India Today @ the Olympics: Welcome to London, but keep your wallets handy!

first_imgHaving heard horror stories about the preparedness of the Heathrow airport to handle huge passenger traffic, I moved towards the immigration officer with trepidation.No doubt, the lady officer behind the immigration counter was curt and wanted to clear me quickly, but she had to fully satisfy herself that the finger-print matching was done properly. These days, with the clock ticking away fast for the opening ceremony on July 27, nothing can be left to chance if you are entering London.Past immigration, getting the media accreditation card was also not a problem at all. It really came as a surprise how all this was happening so smoothly as athletes had complained they had to face long waits.But the bigger surprise was how the transportation by tube, or the Heathrow Express, into Paddington in central London was even more efficient. The fear of getting lost by official cabs was not there and in less than half an hour, five Indian mediapersons were in central London. The surprise did not end there as shared cabs were there for onward travel from central London to Stratford, where the Olympic Park is situated.Cabbies the world over like to talk. Mike, as the 64-year-old wanted to be called, was no different. Once he got talking, it was hard to stop him.He spoke of everything — recession, high prices of tickets for the London Olympics, how Stratford was a dirty area and now had been transformed.But his anger was aimed towards the London organisers (LOCOG) as he felt the tickets were overpriced. “It’s just too much paying 150 pounds per ticket for athletics and I have been told I will be allowed inside the arena for just three hours. Imagine, I spend 1,000 pounds for the family and it seems like a waste,” Mike thundered.advertisementThe mood all over London, where the pound sterling is such a strong currency, is similar. The commoner does feel tickets have been overpriced and of the million tickets up for sale, many have disappeared!That’s a story very similar to our own Commonwealth Games, where the organising committee first printed lesser number of tickets, which resulted in empty stands.Our cabbie Mike then went on to thank us for bringing sunny weather to London. After heavy showers for weeks, bright sunshine saw Londoners strip their woolens and dress lightly. He was again cautious when he said, “Don’t be fooled, one can never say when it will again start raining.”Finally, when I reached Stratford, the virtual Olympic hub in east London, I got a glimpse of the Olympic Stadium. Security was tight and like the Delhi cops, they were shooing us away from vantage points, minus the abuses.Stratford in itself is a sleepy suburb. A new shopping complex and plenty of commercial malls have come up in a big way, but the crowds aren’t huge really. Locals who live closer to the Olympic venues aren’t the ones who will be filling in the arenas as tickets are priced high and had to be booked in advance.Inside the high security Olympic Stadium complex, which also houses the international broadcast centre and the main press centre, the final coat of paint is being applied. There is a busy look and security is very tight. From wallets to cell phones, cameras and even wrist watches, everything is put through the scanner.Yes, the security personnel are courteous, but they do look worried as the crowds have started trooping in. Food outlets are getting ready and junk food stalls are bound to do good business.However, the worrying factor is a high price one has to pay for communication. Unlike New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games, where the data cards were free, here there’s a 180 pound sterling charge, which comes to almost Rs 16,000 for the entire fortnight.If you want to extend your stay for the Paralympics, it costs a bigger bomb. Welcome to London!last_img read more

We feel pretty confident when Virat Kohli bats: Ishant Sharma

first_imgIndia paceman Ishant Sharma was all praise for captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane for their batting show on the second day of the second Test in Perth on Saturday.Kohli, who had scored 3 and 34 in the first Test in Adelaide, started confidently smashing four drives to the boundary in his first 10 deliveries faced, before playing watchfully against some tight Australian bowling.The India talisman was 82 not out off 181 balls while Rahane was batting on 51 as the visitors reached 172 for 3 at the close of play in reply to Australia’s 326.”Whenever he [Virat Kohli] is batting, we feel pretty confident. We felt good obviously as we finished the day on a strong position. Hopefully, they both will continue tomorrow and we win the first session and turn the game in our favour. Right now I can say it’s even-steven,” Ishant said at the press conference at the end of day’s play.Kohli and Pujara initially rebuilt India’s innings with a 74-run partnership after a shaky start saw them lose openers Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul cheaply either side of lunch.Pujara fell tamely for a hard-fought 24 off 103 deliveries when he was caught behind feathering a Mitchell Starc delivery down the leg side.An aggressive Rahane counter-attacked to break the shackles as he played shots all over the park and went on to complete his 17th half-century.”I think Ajinkya Rahane’s counter-attacking innings in that period was very important for the team. It also made Australia change their plans,” Ishant said.advertisementIshant was found guilty of bowling no balls a few times in the first Test, whereas on two instances India were denied wickets.”I have been playing cricket for so long now. So, [whenever the no ball situation arises] it doesn’t affect me. All these things happen because you are human and are bound to make mistakes. I was not at all worried about the no ball,” he said.Ishant, who was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with 4 for 41, will start Australia’s second innings on a hat-trick after running through the tail as the home side lost their last four wickets for 16 runs.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | Baffled with Virat Kohli’s captaincy, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Jacqueline RH Williams

first_imgIn Remembrance: Jacqueline R. H. Williams was born on 12/15/27 in Buffalo New York.   She was the oldest child of Frederick B. Hull Sr. and Mabel Marie Hull.  Jackie, as she was affectionately called, had four brothers (now deceased) and two sisters.  She transitioned from this life on Saturday, December 3, 2016.Jacqueline R. H. WilliamsEducation was extremely important to Jackie as she graduated from high school at the age of 15.  Jackie attended and graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. While attending Ohio State University, she became a member of Alpha kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.  She was a member of the sorority for 69 years.   Years later she moved to Maryland and married Captain William A. Williams.  From their union they had four children, Karen Regina, William Arthur, Anna Marie and Ruth Victoria.   She is the grandmother of three –Michelle, Jamel and Keya and the great grandmother of six beautiful children.  Upon moving to Baltimore she joined St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church where she worshiped for over 60 years.  For many years she was an active member of the Ladies of Charity, St Cecilia Soup Kitchen, and Ladies of Peter Claver Auxiliary.  In addition, Jackie taught CCD classes at St. Cecilia’s for over fifteen yearsJackie’s professional career spanned more than a fifty year period in the following areas:  A toxicologist for the U.S Government in Edgewood Maryland, a recreation leader for the City of Baltimore, and a disability adjudicatory for the State of Maryland, where she served for seventeen years upon which she concluded her professional career. Jackie was loved by everyone and leaves behind many family members and friends.last_img read more