Drunk-driver convicts allowed to drive if sober

first_imgPIERRE, S.D. – In some South Dakota counties, people repeatedly arrested for drunk driving can continue to drive, but they must report to their local sheriff for breath testing twice a day – every morning and every night. If they don’t show, they’re tracked down and thrown in jail. And if they fail the test – if they have been drinking anything at all – they go to jail on the spot. It’s a two-year pilot program that has worked so well that South Dakota is about to become the first state to put the approach into law. South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long, who started the experiment, noted that many people arrested for DUI are alcoholics who do it again and again, even after their licenses have been taken away. So the way to attack the problem, he said, is not to prevent them from getting behind the wheel but to stop them from drinking. “If they quit drinking, I don’t care if they drive,” he said. Authorities have no figures that could show whether the pilot program in 14 of South Dakota’s 66 counties has saved lives or reduced drunk driving arrests or crashes. But it appears to be keeping people sober. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MAGNIFICO! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TO REPRESENT IRELAND IN ITALY

first_imgDonegal’s Gymnastic Display Team, Finesse along with 21 gymnasts from Dublin will have the honour of representing Ireland at this year’s international Festival Del Sole, Italy.The Festival Del Sole is the biggest international gymnastics for all (G.F.A.) event in the Mediterranean area.For a whole week, the city of Riccione is turned into a huge gymnastic stage where more than 4,000 gymnasts from around the world will perform at their best. The Festival Del Sole was established in Riccione in 1989. It was the first of its kind in Italy: never before, have a Mediterranean country tried to organise an international event of general gymnastics. The Festival proved to be a great success right from its first edition, attracting 58 teams from 11 different European countries. Since then the festival has doubled in size.In 2010 the Festival Del Sole celebrated its tenth edition: Riccione was literally invaded by more than 3,400 gymnasts from 19 countries around the world who performed in front of 50,000 spectators. It was a very special edition that culminated with the great closing ceremony in conjunction with Riccione’s very own Notte Rosa. The last edition took place on July 2012. They introduced a fourth sports Arena in order to allow more gymnasts to perform—peaking at 4,300 participants and over 20 countries.“To be a part of the Irish team is a huge achievement for these young Donegal gymnasts,” said Tony King.“Finesse was formed just over two years ago and the team has since gone from strength to strength after receiving back to back medals at the London Gymnastics Festival and also having the honour of closing last year’s Gymfusion at the millennium forum Derry as part of their city of culture celebrations. “Everyone involved within the club deserves some credit; there is a huge amount of commitment involved, from the parents doing fundraising to the gymnasts spending countless hours training and the coaches for all the hard work and effort that they have put into getting this team to where they are today and making opportunities such as this one possible.”Finesse Gymnastics Display TeamAmber Beecroft, Ciara Beecroft, Rachel Canning, Ailbhe Gallagher, Molly Gallagher,Adele King , Ellie King , Fiona Lafferty, Orla Lonergan , Orla McCarron, Aisling Nulty,Cara Nulty , Molly Nulty, Abi O’Connor, Aoife O’Connor, Tori O’Connor. CoachMeganne HerronChoreographerLinda Bennett MAGNIFICO! DONEGAL GYMNASTS TO REPRESENT IRELAND IN ITALY was last modified: March 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalFinesseGymnasticsIrelandItaluitalylast_img read more

Johannesburg and Cape Town: Africa’s Emerging Gateways

first_imgGlobal cities are the new centres of innovation and prosperity. Magnets for talent and drivers of growth. New research by the Brookings Institution rates Johannesburg and Cape Town as Emerging Gateway cities.Cape Town is rated highest in the tertairy research sector of 28 global Emerging Gateway cities. (Image: Brand South Africa)Sulaiman PhilipThe world is becoming more urbanised. Cities are becoming more important than nations in the global economy. They are hubs of economic growth, innovation and a magnet for talent. The world’s largest 123 metros generate 80% of global gross domestic product and are home to more than half of the world’s population.Today there are 123 metro economies that are considered global cities. In Africa, according to research conducted by American research group Brookings Institution, Johannesburg and Cape Town are Emerging Gateway global cities.The challenge for cities hoping to break into the top 20 (the Brookings research defines seven types of global cities: Global Giants, Asian Anchors, Emerging Gateways, Factory China, Knowledge Capitals, American Middleweights and International Middleweights) is whether they can develop, and how quickly, adequate infrastructure. While this new research confirms the importance of cities such as New York, London and Hong Kong, it gives smaller cities a view of solutions to speed up their growth.When the institute talks about infrastructure it refers to everything from roads and bridges to employment opportunities, from the quality of its academic institutions to a relatively non-corrupt judicial system. For now, the global economy is controlled by the historically strong but the future belongs to the most savvy and efficient.While South Africa as a whole flirts with a ratings downgrade, the City of Johannesburg has a Baa2 rating from Moody’s – equivalent to a sovereign rating, the highest rating that can be achieved by institutions in South Africa.Johannesburg is the continent’s economic hub, and is vitally important to the economies of South Africa and the continent. And, while the South African cities score low in economic measures against the 28 other Emerging Gateway cities, they are rated first (Cape Town) and second in the quality of tertiary research.Despite the challenge of a fast urbanizing population, Johannesburg remains the economic capital of Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa)This weighting is important. Traditionally, global cities were defined by their location and how this affected the growth of manufacturing, trade and government administration. The growth of digital technology and how it has changed the face of business, especially the financial and tech industries, was meant to change the rankings.Instead, what has happened is that traditionally important cities have evolved to embrace technology, which has changed the face of these cities. Global cities and the cities that want to join the top ranked are attractive to talented, highly skilled workforce enticed by social, physical and digital infrastructure.The future is…We are in a time of “too slow growth for too long” – a phrase coined by the International Monetary Fund – so it matters that economists, governments, and investors have a better understanding of how cities feed the global economy.Urbanisation has changed the economics of cities. There are no longer just a few traditional financial powerhouses. Today this web of cities is responsible for the flow of goods, services, people, capital and ideas. This complex global network creates local and international growth and opportunity.A study by global professional services firm Deloitte this year explained that successful global cities were defined by the diversity of their population, had a highly skilled workforce and used “small world” networks to mentor leaders of tomorrow.Quoted in the Deloitte report, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of the hazard of trying to grow too fast without a vision for the future. Newly “global cities” needed to steer clear of the temptation of building growth simply by attracting business through tax breaks and subsidies. “For cities to have sustained success they must compete for the grand prize: intellectual capital and talent.”Seven types of global citiesBrookings researchers were compelled to find a new way to define global cities. Some cities of importance are more equal than others. In response to their findings they grouped the world’s largest metropolises into seven clusters.By measuring economic characteristics, industrial structure and competitiveness factors, they provide lower ranked cities with a roadmap for future development. Researchers looked at:Tradable clusters: these are critical drivers of prosperity and competitiveness and are, typically, heritage industries that are global traders. Among the markers are greenfield foreign direct investment, productivity in the city versus a nationwide measure.Innovation: innovation affects a region’s ability to develop new businesses and maintain competitiveness. The impact of research universities is highly important.Talent: human capital is critically important to raising income through increased productivity, which drives growth.Infrastructure connectivity: firms that rely on global access – physically and digitally – can grow only if the infrastructure exists that allows them to.Emerging Gateway cities are business and transportation entry points for national and regional markets. Cape Town and Johannesburg are defined as cities that have grown to reach middle income status, but lag in key competitive elements.For investment banks such as JP Morgan, part funder of the study, this information provides them with the microscope to better understand the way global cities and their economies evolve. Economists are beginning to consider global cities as new countries. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development holds the view that they are “the most relevant level of governance, small enough to react swiftly and responsively to issues and large enough to hold economic and political power”.last_img read more

How Much is Flickr Worth to Yahoo? Not Very Much (Updated)

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web When an internal announcement leaked out of Yahoo last month that it was “sunsetting” popular social bookmarking service Delicious, that service’s users flew into a panic. Yahoo quickly backtracked on the plans and the service remains up and running, if minimally supported.Would Flickr survive the hemorrhaging at its parent company Yahoo? That was the next logical question. Today Flickr power user Thomas Hawk did a little investigation of how many $25/year paid Pro accounts and thus how much annual revenue he estimates Flickr contributes to Yahoo. Hawk’s methodology seems reasonable, if generous, and led to the conclusion that Flickr probably brings in around $50 million in annual revenue. Minus expenses, the profit it brings Yahoo is probably negligible. In other words, Yahoo has little economic incentive to support, maintain or grow one of the biggest photo sharing sites on the web and the place many of us pay to store our photos online. That’s cause for concern. Note:Former Flickr chief software architect Cal Henderson responds in comments below, saying that Hawk’s methodology is “deeply flawed” and that advertising makes up a large amount of Flickr’s revenue. So take the following with a grain of salt now that we’ve heard that from a former insider.Hawk’s methodology involved looking at Flickr’s last stated number of users from a year ago (40m) and decreasing that number by the 18% that the site’s publicly visible web traffic has since declined by. Then he did a search for two common names, John and Jane, and counted what percentage of the first 100 users with each name were listed as paying Pro members. This admittedly crude method led Hawk to conclude that an estimated 7% of Flickr users have paid accounts. That’s reasonable, if not high. (I’d perform a more extensive analysis right now, using the same method, if Flickr allowed for automated extraction of information from its site. It doesn’t though.) Put all the numbers together and you get about $50 million in annual revenue. “How profitable is Flickr?” Hawk asks after discussing hosting, office and staff costs, “Your guess is as good as mine. I suspect that after you back out all the costs on their revenue though that it’s not a meaningful or significant number for Yahoo.”As we wrote last April, when Flickr’s epic community manager Heather Champ left the company, Facebook has long been larger and now sees almost an entire Flickr’s-worth of photos (3 billion) uploaded to that social network every month.As we wrote yesterday when discussing Facebook’s crushing Google Reader in future of news reading, it’s clear though that Facebook has come up with a winning formula: emphasis on effective user experience, easy and meaningful social interaction, casual gaming and multi-media reading and writing, not just subscription like Google Reader offers. Facebook isn’t just photos like Flickr, it isn’t just newsfeeds like Google Reader. It isn’t just video like YouTube. It’s a whole lot of everything, with really easy publishing of updates and leveraging a big social graph holding it all together as glue.Should Flickr users be worried about their photos? In the short term, maybe not – but in the long term, something’s going to need to change. Either we all start storing our media in easy-to-use cloud systems, or we bend our knee to the mighty Facebook, or we come up with systems that make transfer of our digital assets between institutions as easy in the future as it is to move our financial assets between financial institutions today. (Look what Dave Winer made today, along these lines.)What’s wrong with the internet, though, if millions of people can pay $25 per year to store a visual catalog of the world and that’s not good enough, financially?Button photo posted on Flickr, under Creative Commons (one of the coolest things about Flickr), by user Poolie. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more