Joint policing campaign sends stark message over drink driving this Christmas

first_imgGardai and the PSNI have launched their annual cross-border Christmas Drink Driving campaign, with the message this Christmas clear: Never, Ever Drink or Drug Drive. The Donegal Road Safety Working Group are also urging drivers to be aware of the effects that alcohol can have the morning after a night of drinking.The appeal is for motorists to drive responsibly over the Christmas and New Year period as alcohol continues to be a significant contributory factor in fatal collisions. Statistics show that 11% of fatal collisions in which a driver had consumed alcohol occurred between the hours of 7.00am and 11.00am and figures also show that 6% of all driving under the influence arrests have also taken place within this 4 hour period.Gardai and the PSNI at the launched their annual cross border Christmas Drink Driving campaign which is supported by the Donegal Road Safety Working Group as part of their ongoing road safety awareness programme and also reinforces the continued co-operation between both forces with regard to road safety on both sides of the border. Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Offcier, John Miller, Inspector Road Policing, Harry Rutherford, Vice Chairman Road Safety NI and Garda Inspector, Michael Harrison pictured at the launch. Photo Clive WassonGardaí will be increasing the number of checkpoints over the Christmas period, which will be run on a 24/7 basis and Gardaí can breathe test any driver that has committed any road traffic offence.Inspector Michael Harrison said: “The dangers of drinking and driving are well documented and people should be aware that any amount of alcohol in your system can affect your driving.“Driving safely requires a lot of skill and alcohol will impair your driving ability. “During this Christmas period, I ask all drivers not to put their and other people’s lives in danger by drinking and driving,” Harrison said.An Garda Síochána have commenced the Christmas Drink Driving campaign, 11 people already have been arrested and drivers must also be aware that we are now testing drivers for drug use as well.“Our primary objective is to save lives so I ask drivers never to drink and drive.”To date, 142 people have been killed on Irish roads this year, a decrease of 7 compared to the same period last year. 10 people have tragically been killed in Donegal so far in 2018.Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council Road Safety Officer said,” It is very difficult to calculate how many drinks a person can have before being over the limit. “If you have been out drinking until two or three in the morning, there is a big risk, particularly if you are a learner driver or a novice driver where the limit is lower, not only of being caught but also of being involved in a collision and causing injury or killing someone,” he added.“The advice and the bottom line is, don’t drink and drive. I would also appeal to passengers, not to take a lift from a driver who has been drinking, if you do, you are putting your life in the hands of a drunk driver.“Just one drink impairs your driving – that is not an opinion, it is a fact. Christmas and the New Year is a time for enjoying family, friends and social events, one second, one wrong decision and it can change yours and everyone’s lives around you forever.”Joint policing campaign sends stark message over drink driving this Christmas was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)Tags:AN GARDA SIOCHANACHristmasdrink drivingNew YearPSNIlast_img read more

South Africa beat Pakistan 4-1 in ODIs

first_img12 November 2013 South Africa wrapped up a 4-1 one-day international series victory over Pakistan with an emphatic 117-run win in in Sharjah on Monday. There were encouraging signs during the series that the Proteas have put their sub-standard one-day form of earlier this year behind them. Refreshingly, the series was played on wickets that offered the bowlers something, unlike so much of the limited overs fare nowadays that heavily favours batsmen and results in slog fests. There were no totals during the series that challenged the 300-run mark, but good batting was rewarded, and AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 115 in the fifth ODI was a wonderful example of this. De Villiers’ knock took him past 6 000 runs in ODIs, the fastest South African to achieve the mark and the third fastest to the milestone of all time, behind only Sir Viv Richards and Sourav Ganguly.Needed application His innings demonstrated the application needed in the 50 overs a side game. It was neatly split into two halves, with De Villiers circumspect and cautious in the first half of his innings, followed by a stunning array of shots and innovation in the second half, once he had played himself in. De Villiers was one of only two batsmen to score centuries in the series. Quinton de Kock scored the other, an impressive knock of 112 at the top of the order in South Africa’s 28-run victory in the fourth ODI. It also made him, at the age of 20 years and 326 days, the youngest South African to score an ODI century. Some concerns still remain about the consistency of the South African batting, but the team’s totals were consistent and between 259 and 268 in the last three ODIs on challenging surfaces.Outstanding bowling While the Proteas displayed some batting frailties, the bowlers adjusted admirably to the pitches in the United Arab Emirates and were outstanding. This is best underlined by the fact that they bowled Pakistan out in all five matches. What the bowlers also proved is that the transition from world class test bowler to world class ODI bowler is not a big jump. World class remains world class, no matter the format. Dale Steyn played in only two of the five matches, but he played a decisive role in both. In the third ODI, despite taking only 1 for 31 in his eight overs, he wrested the initiative away from Pakistan, slowing down their scoring and putting the batsmen under pressure, which ultimately led to a convincing 68-run victory. In the next match, a 28-run win, he delivered a career-best return of 5 for 25 as Pakistan fell from 228 for 5 to 238 all out.Vernon Philander Vernon Philander, a man considered as a test bowler only by the selectors for so long, came into the team for the fifth and final ODI and asked tough questions of the Pakistanis. He removed two of the top three batsmen in order, caught the other, and finished with figures of 2 for 23 in eight overs. While the recognised test stars showed their worth to the team, all-rounder Ryan McLaren continued to enhance his status in the limited overs side. He played a number of useful innings lower down the batting order and removed nine batsmen with his bowling to match Imran Tahir as the top wicket-taker in the South African line-up. Leg-spinner Tahir, with his return to form, reminded South African supporters of the fantastic weapon he can be with his varied bowling in limited overs matches. He was superb in the 2011 Cricket World Cup in India and in similar conditions he was again very good. South Africa showed a huge improvement over their performances in Sri Lanka in July, when they went down to the hosts by four matches to one and were, frankly, poor, suffering some big losses. Top test players The Pakistan series also made clear the importance of the Proteas’ top test performers as one-day players. Without some of the team’s leading players, they flopped in the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June and followed that up with the tepid showing in Sri Lanka. On that subject, Jacques Kallis, who has made himself available for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, needs to see more action. For the first time in a very long time, he looked out of sorts in the Pakistan test series, and he did not play in the ODI series. The great man needs to play himself back into form because Kallis in form is a weapon that is hard to match. For the Proteas to excel in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and to win it for the first time, there is going to have to be greater use made of the team’s top test players, like Kallis and Steyn, in the ODI game. They’re match winners and they produce the kind of performances that make the difference in the 50-over game.last_img read more

Amazon Responds to Silk Privacy Concerns, Says Cloud Acceleration is Optional

first_imgRelated Posts john paul titlow When Amazon launched its Kindle Fire tablet last month, it sparked discussions among most tech enthusiasts and bloggers over things like whether or not they’d buy one and whether the new device should be seen as a competitor to Apple’s tirelessly dominant iPad. One detail about what Amazon unveiled was cause for concern for some. Silk, the Web browser that will ship with the new tablet, utilizes Amazon’s powerful cloud computing infrastructure to help serve up Web pages faster and even predict your browsing habits. Naturally, this split architecture and its potential to capture private user data caught the attention of organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who inquired with Amazon about the privacy implications Silk presents. The EFF got some answers late last week, and the organization was largely reassured by what it heard. Perhaps most importantly, Amazon noted that Silk’s cloud acceleration feature is optional. Users can easily turn it off in their settings if they would prefer that Silk load pages like a standard Web browser. Amazon also said that even when it’s turned on, Silk’s cloud acceleration would not affect pages secured with SSL. Thus any requests for any URL prefixed with HTTPS would not be passed through Amazon’s servers. Finally, Amazon assures privacy advocates that the data it does capture is completely anonymized and that it cannot be linked to an individual or Amazon user account. Some Privacy Concerns Persist Still, the EFF is not 100% satisified with Amazon’s approach, although they said they are “generally satisfied with the privacy design of Silk.” They note that some URLs contain identifying information, and that some content cached on Amazon’s servers could as well. Even the aggregate, presumably anonymous browsing data Amazon will collect concerns the EFF, who says it could make “an attractive target for law enforcement.”Members of the U.S. Congress have also started asking questions about Silk. Last week, lawmakers from both political parties pressed Amazon about the browser’s ability to track user behavior and what the company plans to do with the data it collects. Democratic Congressman Ed Markey gave Jeff Bezos three weeks to answer a letter containing a series of questions about the issue, while others pondered the necessity for legislation to protect consumers.Either way, Amazon is set to start shipping the Kindle Fire on November 15. Any early adopters who are not convinced that their privacy is secured while using the device’s Web browser can turn the controversial setting off. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#Browsers#news#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Delhi and Haryana players disappointed with SG balls

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have a contract with Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) when it comes to providing cricket balls, but the players in the Ranji Trophy match between Delhi and Haryana at the Roshanara Cricket Ground are unhappy with their quality.The pacers, especially, feel that the balls are splitting easily and movement is minimal.”It is really disappointing when the ball behaves the way these SG balls are. Not only are they losing shape easily, but also splitting sooner than expected. The quality seems to have really deteriorated and when the wicket is as dead as the one here, it doesn’t help matters.”The new ball provided in the final session of the opening day was the only one that looked to be of some quality and the result showed immediately as we picked up four wickets giving away just 15 runs even as though the Haryana batsmen looked settled,” a Delhi bowler told MAIL TODAY.The fact that three balls were changed in just 97 overs in the Haryana first innings bears testimony to the fact that the quality has been unsatisfactory. Match referee Sanjay Patil feels that it could be a case of an old stock from last season being used this season. “It is true that the quality of balls is bad, but I haven’t heard this complaint from any other centre. I guess this is a case of last season’s stock being used this season because I haven’t seen these balls lose shape so easily. Even in the agegroup tournaments like the u-19s or u-22s, there have been no such issues,” he told MAIL TODAY.advertisementBut another bowler refused to agree with the match referee, saying that the balls provided in the u-22 level were just as bad.”There was a lot of complaint over the poor quality of SG balls provided even at the u-22 level,” he said.last_img read more

2014 X-Blades National Touch League

first_imgFollowing months of intense preparation, Australia’s best Touch Footballers will converge on the C.ex Coffs International Stadium in Coffs Harbour this week to compete in the 2014 Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) and Elite Eight Series. The event will feature 117 teams spanning the breadth of the country across 12 divisions, all striving for national championships honours; commencing on Wednesday, 12 March through to finals day on Saturday, 15 March. The Elite Eight Series, which was first played in 2011 and is now in its third installment, will feature the best-of-the-best Men’s and Women’s players in Australia.  The Elite Eight Series will feature eight teams in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions vying for respective national titles: four teams from New South Wales (reigning Men’s champions, Country Mavericks, reigning Women’s champions, Mets, Scorpions and Rebels); three from Queensland (South Stingrays, Country Outlaws and Chiefs); and one from the rest of Australia (the Alliance).The NTL, which is conducted in parallel to the Elite Eight Series, returns again to its original home, Coffs Harbour. Prior to last year, Coffs Harbour previously hosted the event from its inception in 1997 through to 2008, with the venue set to also host the 2014 and 2015 NTL events, as well as the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup in April/May next year. Teams from seven states in Australia as well as seven international teams, from Japan (four teams) and Papua New Guinea (three teams), will compete in the NTL event.  Approximately 2,000 participants will take part in the event, with divisions ranging from T League (teams with a combination of up to 10 under 20’s players and six over 20’s players) through to Men’s 55’s.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated Links2014 X-Blades NTLlast_img read more

Rahuls promise proves original Garibi Hatao drive had failed

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday described the poll promise of Congress President Rahul Gandhi to dole out Rs 72,000 each to poorest families every year as a “bluff announcement”, saying no other political party has betrayed India for more than seven decades. Jaitley said the Congress has given to the people many slogans but very little resources to implement its election promises.”If the Congress Party’s announcement is tested on simple arithmetic, Rs 72,000 for five crore families works out to be Rs 3.6 lakh crore, which is less than 2/3rd of what is being given (by the current government) — A bluff announcement,” Jaitley said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a Facebook post titled Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi already giving to poor much more than what the Congress promises?, Jaitley said no political party has betrayed India for more than seven decades other than the Congress. “It gave to the people of India many slogans and very little resources to implement them.” “In 1971, (late Prime Minister) Indira Gandhi gave her legendary slogan ‘Garibi Hatao’. Her economics was not about increasing production and generating wealth, but only about redistribution of poverty. She supplemented her 1971 slogan while promising in election after election, the welfare of the largest number,” wrote Jaitley. Accusing the Opposition of sabotaging the pro-poor initiatives of the NDA government, Jaitley said, “If the Congress party and its friends have so much concern for the poor in India, why is it that its states are going slow in certifying the list of small and marginal farmers who are entitled to receiving the instalment of PM KISAN?”last_img read more

Ohio State running back Rod Smith dismissed from team

Ohio State redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, sources close to the team told Lantern TV on Monday evening.The Fort Wayne, Ind., native rushed for 549 yards during his OSU career, including 101 yards and four touchdowns on 24 attempts this season. Smith played, but did not touch the ball during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 double-overtime win against Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa.Sources confirmed Smith’s departure to Lantern TV following an initial report by Eleven Warriors.An Ohio State spokesman didn’t have any information to provide regarding Smith’s status with the team.Smith did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Illinois on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Alonso knows that Chelsea must win against Spurs

first_imgChelsea are about to play against Tottenham in the London derby and Marcos Alonso, the Blues full-back, knows that this match will be a crucial one for his side as they have to fight for the Champions League places.There are just eight matches to go and it is almost clear that Manchester City will win the title – but there are still four teams fighting for the other three Champions League spots and Chelsea are one of them.The former Fiorentina player spoke about his side’s situation as he said, according to weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It is definitely a must-win game. Here at Chelsea, we have to fight until the end for every target we can achieve, and next year we have to be in the Champions League. On Sunday, we have to get a win.”“It’s a massive game. We have a very important target, which is arriving at the end of the season in top four. Starting on Sunday, it’s the first important three points for us. It’s not over until its’ mathematically impossible, but it would be very difficult for sure if we lost.”last_img read more

Dont Miss The Klimpke Christmas Lights In Nikiski

center_img This is the 17th year that John and Brenda Klimpke has done their annual lights display. John Klimpke: “We will have Santa there tonight, and there is always new stuff.” Visitors from all over the Kenai Peninsula, and even some from Anchorage have flocked to see Klimpke’s lights over the years. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Klimpke-christmas-lights.mp3VmJennifer-on-Klimpke-christmas-lights.mp300:00RPdlast_img