World Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Berlin is a tech hub, but 70 percent of the city's businesses have complained to the city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry about inadequate broadband. Rafael Dols/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Rafael Dols/Getty Images Berlin is a tech hub, but 70 percent of the city's businesses have complained to the city's Chamber of Commerce and Industry about inadequate broadband. Rafael Dols/Getty Images Berlin's flourishing tech scene attracts talent from across the globe. At a start-up incubator in the west of the city, an international team recently launched an app called SPRT, which connects sports enthusiasts. Amy Cooper, a 20-year-old SPRT employee who moved to Germany from Britain last June, complains that Berlin's Internet speed is so slow, it feels like the old dial-up days she's heard her parents reminisce about. "We're working in a co-working office where there's loads of … [Read more...] about Berlin Is A Tech Hub, So Why Are Germany’s Internet Speeds So Slow?
caption 114 pedestrians were killed by drivers in New York City last year. source Michael Nagle / Getty New York City‘s streets saw 200 deaths last year, the lowest number ever recorded. However, Pedestrian and motorcycle deaths saw an increase over 2017. The total reduction is thanks in part to the Mayor’s Vision Zero plan which went into effect about three years ago. Some advocates are hoping a congestion charge on vehicles entering Manhattan could help reduce the number of deaths even more. New York City saw its lowest number of traffic deaths in the 108-years that the data has been recorded, the New York Times first reported Wednesday. Some 200 people died on city streets in the five boroughs in 2018, according to data released by City officials, 114 of which were pedestrians. That’s down from a total of 222 in 2017. Here’s the full rundown: Pedestrian and motorcycle deaths were the only … [Read more...] about New York City streets just had their safest year in recorded history, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement
PUBLISHED: 08:57 01 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:57 01 January 2019 Peter Walsh Liam O'Grady leaving Norwich Magistrates Court. PIC: Peter Walsh. Archant A police pursuit which reached speeds of up to 100mph over almost 18 miles on the A47 came to a dramatic end when officers drew their tasers on the drink driver who had jumped into the back seat, a court has heard. Officers received a call about a suspected drink driver on the A47 and put on their blue lights as driver, Liam O’Grady, failed to stop.Police started their pursuit at North Tuddenham, near Dereham, at about 3am on Saturday, December 29 and followed O’Grady as he reached speeds of between 80mph and 100mph as he sped towards Dereham through Swanton Morley and Little Fransham.Jane Walker, prosecuting at Norwich Magistrates Court, said O’Grady went straight over at the McDonald’s roundabout on the A47 before a “dramatic” exit onto the A1065 at Sporle Road.She … [Read more...] about Drink driver led police on A47 pursuit which hit speeds of up to 100mph
"Yes, it's true, we went from shame to glory," Matera mayor Raffaello De Ruggieri told journalists ahead of the southern city's year-long stint as a European Union-designated cultural crossroads in 2019. In the 1950s, prime minister Alcide De Gasperi, one of the EU's founding fathers, was outraged by Matera's underdevelopment, where many lived in ancient limestone caves without electricity or running water, lives ravaged by malaria. Now, the city in the Basilicata region on the instep of Italy's boot, is hoping to draw thousands of visitors for cultural and heritage events, many inside the same caves, now renovated. "We want people who decide to come to Matera to live an experience," said Paolo Verri, director of the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation. The city, one of the world's oldest, is known as the "Jerusalem of the West" thanks to its position perched on limestone rocks and ravines and its famous "sassi" cave homes. … [Read more...] about Italy’s city of shame Matera becomes Europe’s pride
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Emily Badger New York Times December 26, 2018 Seattle does not want to become San Francisco, a fate that has come to refer exclusively to the city’s worst traits: its $5,000-a-month rents, its homeless encampments and the ever-present dissonance between those two.As San Francisco’s troubles have grown more vivid, so too has its status as other cities’ worst nightmare. In Portland, Oakland, and Sacramento, residents and pundits have voiced dread at becoming The Next San Francisco, where the middle class is disappearing.San Francisco is worried, too — about becoming Manhattan. That fear has lurked for decades behind every new proposed skyscraper. And now cranes are erecting them all over downtown. The new Salesforce Tower sits at the center of the construction zone, 1,070 feet tall and butting into every vista in the city. Advertisement … [Read more...] about Happy New Year! May your city never become San Francisco, New York, or Seattle