Initially, the system attempts to wake the driver by pulsing the brakes and warns other drivers of the potential danger by triggering the hazard lights while weaving left and right within the lane, before finally a controlled stop is automatically initiated. … [Read more...] about Fatal crashes due to fatigue killed 62 people in 2018 and caused 1,500 accidents
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A plague is spreading. People are dying. Everyone is ordered to quarantine at home as the local doctor works around the clock to save victims. There are acts of heroism and acts of shame; there are those who think only of themselves, and those who are engaged for the greater good. The human condition is absurd and precarious. … [Read more...] about Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fiction
The Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) procedure – which allows victims and the public to query sentences handed out by judges – will now also include crimes such as membership of banned organisations and taking part in weapons training. … [Read more...] about Law to be changed so terror offenders’ jail terms can be lengthened
At 1.40 pm, West Wing aides wheeled a small television into the Oval Office, and Kennedy began to watch just as King was about to speak. Standing midway up the steps of the most magnificent pulpit that America could offer, the preacher looked out over a stirring tableau of some 200,000 demonstrators, stretching down either side of the Reflecting Pool, way down the Mall to the spire of the Washington Monument. Thousands were stretched out on the grass verges, jammed elbow to elbow, while others waded knee-deep in the water to escape the heat. A few were perched in the elm and oak trees, lilting from side to side in the late afternoon breeze. They were singing, praying, hugging, laughing and applauding. … [Read more...] about Martin Luther King and the race riot that never was
The Follower offers more dark comedy, this time in the world of 20-something Manhattanites, first jobbers with maxed-out credit cards whose lives revolve around dating, shopping and exercising. Katie Porter is not enjoying life in New York. Her job in PR is disappointing and her boyfriend is an immature jerk. She's pleased by an apparently chance encounter in the gym with Peter Wells, an old acquaintance from her hometown in Massachusetts, but she doesn't realise his interest in her is obsessive. He's decided she's the one for him, and he's got the marriage proposal worked out and the ring and home already bought. Now it's just a matter of eliminating the competition. Starr's writing is slick and his plotting second to none. His cruelly accurate portrayal of his shallow, superficially worldly cast can make it hard to empathise with the characters, but The Follower is still a compelling and enjoyable read, although perhaps one to be avoided by those looking for love in a big city. … [Read more...] about The Dirty Dozen meets Harry Potter?