Removing Your Vehicle from the Roadway after Property Damage Crash Will be Law Once Again

first_imgThe intent of the law is to safely remove traffic hazards from the roadway so as to reduce secondary crashes, especially on multi lane highways, that are often more severe and result in more injuries than the original crash.Also, this law ensures that motorists have statutory backing when they move their vehicles. Many times insurance companies tell their clients not to move their vehicle after it has been involved in a crash, even if it’s only a property damage crash, until law enforcement arrives.Information from IN-Time, Indiana’s Traffic Incident Management Effort, states that for every minute that a freeway travel is blocked during a peak travel period, four minutes of travel delay results after the incident is cleared.Their statistics reveal the following:Crashes that result from other incidents (secondary) are estimated to be 22% of all crashes.Chances of a secondary crash increase by 2.8% for each minute the primary incident is not cleared.18% of secondary crashes result in fatal injuries.In 2008, 21% of Indiana’s crashes showed vehicles “slowed or stopped” in traffic. A secondary crash.Past records indicate neither a ticket nor arrest was issued while the law was a misdemeanor and authorities do not anticipate tickets being issued under the reinstated law, except in rare circumstances.“Our intent is to educate the public that if they are involved in a property damage crash, they have a statutory requirement to remove their vehicles from the roadway,” stated Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.“The Indiana State Police will utilize traditional media and social media to inform the public of this reinstated law which is designed to remove hazards and keep traffic moving safely on Indiana highways.”Included below is the reinstated statue IC- 9-26-1-1.2.SECTION 2. IC 9-26-1-1.2 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODEAS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY1, 2016]: Sec. 1.2. (a) If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of a highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible. However, the operator shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident:(1) involves the transportation of hazardous materials; or(2) results in injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.A person who violates this subsection commits a Class C infraction. A law that had been on the Indiana books as a misdemeanor, and was inadvertently removed, has been reinstated as a class “C” infraction.Beginning July 1st, 2016, IC 9-26-1-1.2 is added to the Indiana Code as a new section and states, “If, after an operator of a motor vehicle is involved in an accident, the operator’s motor vehicle comes to a stop in the traveled portion of the highway, the operator shall, as soon as safely possible, move the motor vehicle off the traveled portion of the highway and to a location as close to the accident as possible.However, the operator of the motor vehicle shall not move the motor vehicle if the accident involves the transportation of hazardous materials or results in the injury or death of a person or the entrapment of a person in a vehicle.”The previous law only applied to interstate highways. The reinstated law applies to all government maintained roadways.last_img read more

JiQA: introducing an ‘intelligent browser’

first_img24 June 2009 South African company JiQA has released a new tool that promises to transform traditional web browsing. JiQA’s “intelligent browser” determines the value of web pages to both individual users, and a user community, to help people find the information they really want in the ever-expanding jungle of online content. “The system is so dynamic that we think of it as live browsing,” says JiQA co-founder Kevin Davie. “It is like being in a group sharing newspapers and magazines and pointing out the best stuff to others to read.” Co-founder Chandra Dake says JiQA puts humans back in the driving seat. He explains that, unlike the major search engines that employ computer crawlers to trawl the internet for content, JiQA is entirely driven by people deciding which content they want to browse. JiQA has at its core an “intelligent browser” that determines the value of a web page to the user and stores information about the page on the user’s computer. This means that previously browsed pages can be quickly retrieved, by ranking and a keyword, from the user’s hard drive. At the same time, JiQA sends the page’s ranking to a central server, where the rankings of all users are pooled and made available – paving the way for what Davie calls “collaborative browsing”. “The system is entirely anonymous,” says Davie. “No private information is collected, and neither do we track user behaviour through cookies or IP (internet protocol) addresses.” Should users prefer not to share their browsing, they can simply activate a privacy feature on their JiQA browser. According to the founders of the company, JiQA addresses the explosion of social media and the endless expansion of internet content it has spawned. “The internet is making it hard for us to keep up with the flood of new information which is created all the time,” says Davie. “JiQA’s shared browsing function makes it very easy for users to access fresh pages which are constantly being sifted by the user base of browsers.” Dake says that JiQA does not seek to replace traditional search engines; rather, it combines search with browsing in a new, powerful way. “JiQA works like any browser. You can use it to search your favourite search engine, but as you browse the searched pages, you are both keeping a memory of these pages on your hard drive, and sharing the browsing, so that others can benefit from the time you spent sifting through the results pages.” The JiQA browser comes with the key features that internet users have come to expect: it is fast, secure, blocks pop-ups, and offers tabbed browsing and favourites. JiQA’s beta release is Windows-only, meaning that it runs on PCs and newer Macs. For more information, and a free download, visit reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Obama, Zuma at one on Africa growth

first_img30 June 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama emerged from their meeting in Pretoria on Saturday speaking in one voice on increased trade and investment in Africa. Zuma received Obama and his delegation at the Union Buildings at the start of the US president’s three-day visit to South Africa. Their talks focused on boosting trade, business ties and regional security.Africa ‘on the rise’ Speaking to journalists afterwards, Zuma told Obama that he was visiting Africa at the right time, when the continent was on the rise, shifting from “disinvestment to reinvestments”. Africa was the second-fastest growing region after Asia and had become an attractive market for investment, Zuma said, adding: “Arising out of this visit, we would like to see increased investment in the economy for mutual benefit.” Emphasising South Africa’s position as a financial and logistical gateway to the continent, Zuma tabled bankable projects ranging across infrastructure development, youth skills development, information and communication technology, agriculture and the green economy. He said investment in these projects underpinned South Africa’s drive for regional integration, industrialisation and the localisation of supply and manufacturing. Zuma said the US strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa, launched last year, was “well timed to take advantage of Africa’s growing market”.South Africa ‘critical to US’ Obama said South Africa was critical to the US, as it was the gateway to the continent. Responding to suggestions that the visit was prompted by China’s growing influence on the continent, Obama said: “I am here in Africa because the US needs to engage in a continent full of promise and possibilities”. He said the US administration was not threatened by the interest showed by other regions in the continent, adding: “the more the merrier …. I welcome the attention Africa is receiving … It will help incorporate Africa into the global economy”. Obama noted, however, that relationships should be mutually beneficial and that Africans had to ask questions such as, ‘Are they hiring African workers? How much [is the] profit?’ He noted that the continent had been heavily exploited for its raw materials. Zuma said Africa had to be part of the global movement, adding that South Africa was willing to work with anyone for the benefit of Africa and towards a united continent.Renewing, improving Agoa Showing support for African growth, Obama announced that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), which was one of the issues Zuma brought to the table during their meeting, would be renewed, upgraded and improved. “I want to renew Agoa so that we can generate more trade and more jobs,” Obama told the packed press conference. Trade negotiators, however, still needed to work out the details, Obama said. Agoa, which allows southern African countries to ship certain products to the United States tariff-free, expires in 2015, but African countries are pushing for its extension. Regarding to social issues, Obama praised South Africa for how it had managed its HIV/Aids prevention programme, saying it showed that aid was not “just a one-way street”.‘We can work together’ He also commended South Africa for being at the forefront of matters relating to regional security and integration through the African Union (AU). “Our governments don’t agree on everything, but we have seen progress. We can work together,” Obama said, citing successes in areas such as nuclear proliferation and climate change. He believed that South Africa and the United States could stand shoulder to shoulder on issues of security, justice and fraud on the continent – a view that was shared by Zuma. “We would like to cooperate with the US in enhancing peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development, under the umbrella of the United Nations and the African Union,” Zuma said, acknowledging concerns over matters such as the mushrooming of rebel movements in Africa. On international peace and security, Zuma told Obama that South Africa remained concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process. “We unequivocally support the Palestinian bid for statehood and believe in the principle of a two-state solution. We have noted your latest attempts to revive the stalled negotiations, and you have our support in this regard. “At the same time, we are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East would not be possible without addressing the other ongoing conflicts in the region, which are a source of much insecurity and instability.” Zuma also touched on the long-overdue reform of the United Nations Security Council, telling Obama that it remained a high priority for South Africa, the African continent and the developing world as a whole. Source: read more

Investing in African Mining Indaba 2015

first_imgThe annual Investing in African Mining Indaba makes a compelling business case for why global investors should consider South Africa – and the continent as a whole – an important trade and investment destination. Mining’s contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness9 February 2015 – At the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town from 9 to 12 February, the Department of Trade and Industry will emphasise the government’s strategic focus on industrialisation and improving connections between mining and the rest of the economy, writes DTI Minister RobDavies. MORE > Infographic: Mining robot can save lives5 February 2015 – Safety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting. MORE > Infographic: Mining in South Africa4 February 2015 – South Africa’s Mining Indaba, set to run from 9 to 12 February in Cape Town, is Africa’s – and the world’s – largest mining investment gathering. To preview the event, we bring you facts and figures about the mining industry in South Africa. MORE > Mining groups invested in South Africa3 February 2015 – No longer simply the exploiters of resources and people, the mining industry in South Africa today invests R3.9-billion a year in corporate social investment projects, more than any other sector on the stock exchange. Most of this investment is in communities around the mines’ operations. MORE > Machel, Blair head to South Africa for Mining Indaba30 January 2015 – Graça Machel and Tony Blair are the keynote speakers at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, now in its 20th year. As head of the Foundation for Community Development, Machel leads the sustainable development sessions. A host of other global mining leaders and economists are scheduled to speak. MORE > Licensing reform to lift competiveness of South African mining22 January 2015 – South Africa’s mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings, writes Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Now new regulatory reforms are set to boost this contribution even further. MORE >last_img read more

New York Times Juices Up Its Document Viewer

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Related Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#New Media#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The New York Times’ new Doc Viewer 2.0 is, depending on what you value, either a pasted-on ornament of no real use to a typical news consumer, or it’s an open-source, crowd-sourcing game changer. With information-taming technologies like search engines already at a reader’s fingertips, there is debatable value in the Doc Viewer’s ability to annotate a story with “raw” information. However, the fact that the Doc Viewer’s code is due to be released on an open-source basis introduces an additional value to it. It is not just the back-end that a media source, of whatever size, will have access to, but the whole megillah.Want annotated source materials embedded in your kitty blog without having to churn code until the tears flow? You can do it. This latest viewer by the New York Times is the latest iteration of a two year development process. The viewer allows reporters to augment stories by including evidentiary documentation and providing context to news stories. The viewer keys documents to words or phrases in the source story, allowing viewers to pursue the process to the depth they prefer. These “annotations” are similar to an old-fashioned “hot link” but with a new-fangled dynamic delivery. Future versions will open up the annotation process to readers, instead of just the writers and editors. Additional features may include an embeddable version for blogs, a search-friendly version without JavaScript, variable image file type control and the ability to create custom annotation shapes. The open-source software behind Version 2.0 will be released “in the very, very near future,” according to the newspaper, and will be available on the Times’ Github page.The key criticism to this undertaking, of course, is: so what? BayNewswer quoted Aron Pilhofer, the paper’s editor for interactive newsroom technologies, as “recognizing that news organizations are slowly but gradually becoming more and more like technology companies.” They are, that is, more likely to triumph if they leverage a wider distribution of invested community members. Alan McLean, interface engineer at the Times, says his focus is on the Doc Viewer as a reporting tool. “Fundamentally what we are trying to do here is get as many tools in the belts of reporters as we can to assist them in telling stories online,” he told RWW. “Seeing it as a publishing platform is somewhat limited. It really depends on the kind of content that is being published.”However, Chris Heisel, in a post on an earlier version of this viewer, said, “In a world where I can easily find more infor­ma­tion than I can ever pos­si­bly use does the public really need more access to raw infor­ma­tion.”We read news in a politically and socially polarized environment. The most common charge against the NY Times – this most mainstream of MSM – is bias, that there is nothing more than a writer’s unexamined feelings or political secret sauce to support the angle of a given story. With foundational documents appended to the story itself, the reasonableness of the reporter’s approach should prove easier to determine. But that is posited on the not-altogether-likely notion that reason and reality will overpower the desire to froth. The New York Times is a syndication partner of ReadWriteWeb. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Inter & Milan in for Strootman?

first_imgInter and Milan are both interested in signing Olympique Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. Strootman left Roma in the summer of 2018 to join Marseille for a reported €25m after helping the Giallorossi reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. However, L’Equipe claims the Dutchman is now free to leave the Ligue 1 side for the right price, and this has alerted both Milan clubs. The Rossoneri will try to add more experience to their squad in January, while at 29 he is younger than Antonio Conte’s preferred target Arturo Vidal. Strootman made 131 appearances for Roma in all competitions, scoring 13 goals. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

13 days agoHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping list

first_imgHull midfielder Jarrod Bowen tops Newcastle shopping listby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City midfielder Jarrod Bowen is high on Newcastle United’s January shopping list.The Evening Chronicle says Newcastle plan to support Steve Bruce in the January transfer window, with recruitment planning already under way at St James’ Park.Steve Nickson has begun the process of compiling target lists with United looking at midfield options and also potential forward additions.One name fed into summits is Bowen, who is entering the final year of his contract. But the Tigers have an option to trigger another year, which they plan to do.Bowen would tick every Newcastle box and is understood to be open to the idea of a move to St James’ Park – but whether United would extend to the reported £20million fee is another matter. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Carmelo Anthony Isnt Underrated But Hes Not Overrated Either

Carmelo Anthony raised eyebrows this week when he told ESPN’s Chris Broussard, “I think I’m the most underrated superstar that’s out there.”Oh, really?Anthony, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a devastating scorer and trails only Kevin Durant and LeBron James in points per game over the past five NBA seasons, but he’s also a polarizing player in the age of advanced analytics, which place increased emphasis on efficiency. While Anthony puts a lot of points on the board, he also takes a lot of shots. He’s one of the chief practitioners of the dreaded midrange jumper, a generally low-yield attempt that statheads have long decried as the worst kind of shot.These are some reasons why, depending on the statistic being employed, you could make the case that Anthony is one of the most overrated superstars in the NBA. Among the 12 players with at least four All-Star nods in the last five seasons, Anthony ranks 10th in’s Win Shares per 48 minutes, an advanced statistic that places a premium on offensive efficiency. (Similarly, economist David Berri’s Wins Produced model considers Anthony a well-below-average player over the course of his career.)But as FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver has written in the past — specifically when Anthony was a member of the Denver Nuggets — Anthony does in fact have a tendency to be underrated by advanced metrics that don’t properly value the positive influence he has on his teammates’ efficiency rates:What is missing from formulas [that focus heavily on efficiency] is an account of what Anthony does to the rest of the Nuggets. Because he is able to score from anywhere in the court, Anthony draws attention and defenders away from his teammates, sometimes leaving them with wide-open shots. He also allows them to be more selective about the shots that they choose to take, since they know that Anthony can usually get a respectable shot off before the 24-second clock expires if needed. … These effects produce a profound increase in the efficiency of Anthony’s supporting cast when he is on the floor.The in-between element of Anthony’s game may also open things up for his teammates. I’ve found evidence that, even after controlling for a player’s own rates of usage, shooting efficiency and assists, his tendency toward midrange attempts is a positive variable when predicting his on-court impact on overall team shooting and turnover percentages. Essentially, the more of a midrange game a player has (all else being equal), the more he helps his team shoot well and avoid giveaways. This is part of why Anthony shows up as the NBA’s 18th-best offensive player according to Real Plus-Minus (RPM), a statistic that estimates a player’s influence on team efficiency while on the floor.Having said all that, Anthony is far from the most underrated star in the game. He’s a big-time scorer playing in the most high-profile city in America. His placement in ESPN’s annual #NBARank straw poll typically exceeds his ranking in RPM. His contract pays him exactly what he’ll be worth, to the likely detriment of the Knicks going forward. Charitably speaking, Anthony might just be rated properly.The NBA’s true most underrated superstar is far more likely to be a player such as Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks; Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, whose greatness is still not always fully appreciated; or LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, all of whom ranked highly in RPM a season ago but have not gotten commensurate respect in this year’s #NBARank voting.Perhaps realizing this, Anthony backed off from his earlier statements on Thursday: Anthony is right. He is who we think he is. read more