Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced 173 government programs selected for its newly created Bright Ideas program. In its inaugural year, Bright Ideas is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public sector, nonprofit, and academic communities.Bright Ideas seeks to complement the long-standing Innovations in American Government Awards Program by providing government agencies with a collection of new solutions that can be considered and adopted today. This new program serves to recognize promising government programs and partnerships that government officials, public servants, and others might find useful when faced with their own challenges.This year’s cohort of Bright Ideas was chosen by a team of expert evaluators made up of academics, practitioners, and former public servants. Selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants including smaller-scale pilots, 2010 Bright Ideas address a range of pressing issues including poverty reduction, environmental conservation, and emergency management.“For over 20 years we have been honoring the country’s most creative public sector initiatives through our Innovations in American Government Awards Program,” said Anthony Saich, director of the Ash Center. “The creation of Bright Ideas was a natural next step to shed light on an even greater number of noteworthy programs and practices across our nation and to encourage practitioners to make these ideas work in their own backyards.”The 2010 Bright Ideas will be showcased on the Center’s Government Innovators Network, an online marketplace of ideas and examples of government innovation for policymakers and practitioners. The inaugural group of Bright Ideas will serve as a cornerstone of a new online community where innovative ideas are proposed, shared, and disseminated. The Ash Center also envisions that these Bright Ideas have the potential to become future Innovations in American Government winners.Bright Ideas is an initiative of the Ash Center’s Innovations in Government Program, which spotlights exemplary models of government innovation and advances efforts to address the nation’s most pressing public concerns. Throughout its history, the program has generated a wealth of research based on award-winning government innovations and the study of how innovation occurs.The Ash Center will be accepting applications and recognizing more Bright Ideas on a rolling basis throughout the year. Read Full Story
The Dubs started the better in the second half, but there was drama on the 50 minute mark when both teams were reduced to 14 men.John Small was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on Colm Boyle, and then Donal Vaughan was handed a straight red for his part in an altercation after the foul.Then, just moments later, Lee Keegan buried the ball into the back of the net for Mayo’s first goal and to regain the lead.The sides were level 11 times heading into injury time, and the a 74th minute free by Dean Rock sealed the win for the Dubs.It means even more heartache for Mayo, who have now failed to win their last 11 All-Ireland final appearances.Their last three defeats have also come at the hands of Dublin by just a point.In the minor final, Kerry’s David Clifford produced one of the all-time great underage performances as the Kingdom clinched their 4th straight minor title.They hammered Derry by 6-17 to 1-8, with Clifford contributing an incredible 4-4. Dublin are All-Ireland senior football champions for a third year in a row.They defeated Mayo by the slimmest of margins, 1-17 to 1-16, in a hugely dramatic All-Ireland final full of talking points.Mayo led by 9 points to 1-5 at the break, having responded well to a Con O’Callaghan goal after just 90 seconds.
A woman who refused to give a breath specimen after being arrested by Gardaí on suspicion of drink-driving has been disqualified from driving for four years.Kathleen Harkin, 47, with an address of 4 Radharc Na Mara, Downings, was arrested outside the premises of ‘The Lagoon Bar’ Termon in the early hours of November 9, 2013.Gardaí saw the defendant get into her Mercedez-Benz and drive across the car park without any lights on. When they investigated further and stopped the car, Garda Kelly noticed that the defendant was slurring her speech and that there was a strong smell of alcohol from her breath.Garda Kelly then asked Mrs Harkin to get out of the car, however, when she got out of the car she staggered and couldn’t stand upright. Gardaí arrested her on suspicion of drink-driving.They brought her to Milford Gardaí Station, but there Mrs Harkin refused to co-operate with Gardaí and give a breath specimen.The court heard how Mrs Harkin had met her friend at The Lagoon Bar for a meal earlier in the evening after she had finished work, but had then stayed on for a number of drinks.Mrs Harkin later claimed she was only moving the car to a safer part of the car park and had already called a taxi to pick her up.She became so incensed at being arrested that she refused to give a breath specimen to Gardaí at Milford Garda Station following her arrest.The mother-of-three is currently unemployed, but the court was told she has a strong work ethic and had raised her family on her own.In his summary Judge Denis McLaughlin said: “I’m taking into account Mrs Harkin’s early guilty plea, and the fact she has no previous convictions of note bar one minor traffic offence.“However, her failure to provide a breath specimen to Gardaí and co-operate with them complicated the matter, and I must disqualify Mrs Harkin from driving for four years.”Judge McLaughlin also fined Mrs Harkin €300 and gave her four months to pay the fine.Her disqualification from driving will commence on January 1.WOMAN WHO REFUSED TO GIVE BREATH SPECIMEN DISQUALIFIED FROM DRIVING FOR FOUR YEARS was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:breath testcourtsdisqualifiednews