DRINK drivers could soon be blocked from starting their car as police pilot an in-car breathalyser. The device, known as an alcohol interlock, acts as an immobiliser when drivers are over the drinking limit. Durham Police will offer the test for free to motorists that are repeat offenders or who struggle with alcohol addiction. Users will have to blow into the device before trying to start the car engine, and will need to repeat the test at random points during a journey. Data is then sent to police officers in real-time using mobile phone technology. The trial is part of the Durham's Checkpoint programme, which aims to cut crime by focusing on offenders' behaviour. The device is already being used effectively in other countries, such as the US and Sweden. At the start of July, alcohol interlocks became mandatory in Belgium for high-level and repeat offenders. All coaches in France are required to have the device fitted as standard. Beyond improving road safety, alcohol interlocks also … [Read more...] about Police to issue breathalysers that stop cars from starting when drivers are over the drinking limit
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ON THIS DAY 1958: Douglas Jardine, the England cricket captain for the controversial 'Bodyline' series in 1932-33, died aged 57. 1963: Henry Cooper rocked the boxing world by putting Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, on the canvas - but the super-confident fighter hit back to win with Cooper bleeding heavily from a cut over an eye. 1986: Spain's Emilio Butragueno scored four goals in a World Cup clash with Denmark. 2003: Manchester United confirmed to the Stock Exchange they had reached agreement to transfer David Beckham to Real Madrid for approximately £25million. 2006: Australian Geoff Ogilvy won the US Open after Colin Montgomerie and Phil Mickelson double-bogeyed the final hole at Winged Foot. 2007: Michael Vaughan stepped down as captain of England's one-day side. Paul Collingwood was later chosen as his replacement. 2008: Tiger Woods confirmed he would undergo surgery on his left knee, which ruled him out for the rest of the PGA Tour season. The … [Read more...] about On This Day: June 18 2000: Antrim just missed out on a place in the Uster SFC final
For the first time since 2007, the World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) will return to the Netherlands this weekend. As part of the Jumbo Racedagen festival at Zandvoort, the WTCR will be the main sporting attraction during an event which features a demonstration by Max Verstappen of his Formula One car. Massive crowds of around 100,000 people are expected at the coastal circuit, and they will no doubt be cheering on their home hero Tom Coronel. Although the likeable Dutchman is very quick, he does have a lot of ground to make up in the drivers’ championship standings. Two drivers who are in prime position to battle for the title, however, are Yvan Muller and Gabriele Tarquini… Muller vs Tarquini Back when the series last competed in the Netherlands, over a decade ago, it was very much a BMW vs SEAT championship. That year, Gabriele Tarquini was one of the main contenders for the Spanish marque, and went on to take victory at Zandvoort. Fast forward eleven years, and the Italian … [Read more...] about 2018 World Touring Car Cup: Zandvoort – Preview
Rubens. "The Miraculous Draught of Fishes," oil on panel; c. 1610. (Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud/Museo Del Prado) MADRID — In art as in life, the word sketch is complicated. A sketch of an unknown city might be useful as a map, especially if accompanied by advice on how to avoid the sketchy places. Sketches tend to be valued less than a finished work, except when they seem to capture something uniquely spontaneous and emotionally direct. At several moments in the history of art, in 16th-century Venice and again in the early 19th century, “sketchiness” became a virtue, a style in itself, and a reaction to the established way of finishing off a painting with a public, polished sheen. A new exhibition at the Museo del Prado has gathered more than 70 oil sketches by Peter Paul Rubens, who played a key role in the evolution of the form from a preparatory tool to something far more intriguing and ambiguous: small but self-sufficient paintings with color … [Read more...] about A Rubens exhibition asks: Are first thoughts best?
Grocery chains Giant Food and Safeway dominate food retailing in the Baltimore region, but nontraditional food sellers — convenience stores, drugstores and mass merchants — are grabbing bigger chunks of the market, a supermarket analysis shows.Little changed in Baltimore's grocery landscape in the past year as a crowded field of retailers meant only a handful of new stores opened and no major players entered the market, according to Columbia-based trade journal Food World, which recently released its annual market study."The market is still overstored," said Jeff Metzger, Food World's publisher. "There are a lot of different options in terms of the actual retailers themselves and the style of retailing. … Baltimore is a very competitive, overstored, diverse marketplace, and it's been that way for about a decade now."It has created a lot of diversity, which is wonderful for consumers and not so wonderful for the actual retailers," he said.Giant, the Landover-based unit … [Read more...] about Giant Food ranks first in supermarket sales in Baltimore market