It was a tough job to take both workers out from tank

first_imgNew Delhi: For the Delhi Fire Services (DFS), it was a tough job to take out both the workers from the tank in North West Delhi’s Keshavpuram area. The DFS said that during the rescue operation, they had to crawl inside the tank to reach out to both the persons trapped over there.According to DFS official Ashok Kumar Jaiswal, when the fire personnel tried to get inside with their equipment, they get also stuck. “The tank was so small that with oxygen cylinder, fire personnel could not be able to get inside,” said Jaiswal. He further said that the whole rescue operation took more than one hour. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”Later, with the help of equipment, we broke the tank wall. Once it was broken, some toxic gas was released,” said Jaiswal. He further added that with the help of oxygen masks, which they took from an ambulance, they went inside the tank. “It was a total risk for the fire personnel who was going inside. We tied belt on his waist to make sure if he get unconscious after inhaling poisonous gas inside they can pull him out quickly,” added the fire official. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceHe further said that at first, they tried to go inside wearing clothes in the face but it didn’t work well. “The rescue was very much tough just because there was confined space inside the tank. When the fire personnel went inside, he tied the rope on both the workers and they were taken out,” added the official. The DFS tried everything for the earliest rescue but the situation was not cordial. “We were seeing the victims lying unconscious but we were not able to get inside. The walls were made of concrete, it took time to break,” said Kumar.last_img read more

Poor ventilation at BC greenhouse blamed for carbon monoxide exposure

first_imgDELTA, B.C. – Poor ventilation at a Delta, B.C., greenhouse is to blame for sending dozens of workers to hospital for carbon monoxide exposure, a fire chief said.Delta fire battalion chief Neil Shuster said an emergency call came in Saturday afternoon that at least 12 people at Windset Farms were suffering from inhalation of a suspected cleaning product.Three fire crews and a hazmat crew were dispatched along with police and BC Ambulance Services.Once on scene, Shuster said crews determined there were high levels of carbon monoxide in the building.Approximately 43 people required treatment on site.The workers had been inside a greenhouse while a gas-powered pressure washer was running without adequate ventilation, he said.“I believe they were working at the time and it was maintenance, regular maintenance I guess they were doing at the time,” he saidRepresentatives from Windset Farms did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Provincial workplace safety officials are investigating the incident.Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that’s produced whenever fuel is burned.It can cause health problems — and eventually death — because breathing it reduces the body’s ability to carry oxygen in the blood.BC Emergency Health Services tweeted that 13 ambulances responded to “a major incident” with 10 in serious to critical condition and 32 others in stable condition.Linda Lupini, the services’ executive vice president, said on Sunday that response to the incident was swift and followed protocols for mass casualty events with those most seriously injured receiving priority care.Those exposed to carbon monoxide were treated with oxygen and given blood tests to ensure they were recovering, she said.No additional crew or other staff were affected by carbon monoxide.“The entire event as we know could have had a very different ending,” she said. “There’s no doubt this was an incredibly well executed response.”She said everyone who was taken to hospital has been released. She added that a few people who were more seriously affected may need follow up treatment such as being placed in a hyperbaric chamber to replenish their oxygen levels.last_img read more

Search for missing Tofino boaters scaled back handed over to RCMP

first_imgTOFINO, B.C. – Jae Valentine woke to the sound of wolves howling and cries for help early Friday morning after a boat sank off the coast of Tofino, B.C., prompting an exhaustive search for three missing men that has now been scaled back.The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre reduced rescue efforts 18 hours after responding to the call for help and has handed the case over to Tofino RCMP, which is treating it as a missing persons case.Two of the five people aboard the tin boat were rescued within two hours, but volunteers and search technicians continue to scour the shoreline and sea for the remaining three.Valentine, who owns the Cable Cove Inn, says she heard someone yelling “help me” over and over again beginning at 2:45 a.m. on Friday. She couldn’t tell where the calls were coming from because her property sits between an ocean and harbour. She got dressed and went outside to find her neighbour yelling back, “What kind of help do you need?”Her neighbour had already phoned the Canadian Coast Guard and asked her to call 911.About 40 minutes later, she watched rescuers drop one person off at a dock where an emergency vehicle was waiting. Then, she said she heard a second voice calling out, “Where are you, I’m coming, where are you, buddy?”Valentine believes the second voice was another person who had been on the sunken vessel, searching for the first man who was rescued.Since then, she said community members have come together to help look for the men or are waiting for news.“We’re all sort of standby, I think,” she said. “I know a number of people in the local stores, when they’re off shift from their employment, they’re all down at the docks just awaiting information.”Details continue to emerge in the wake of the incident. There were five people aboard the open, six-metre boat that sank without a mayday call, the JRCC said.One person was found in the water south of Felice Island, half an hour after rescuers received the call for help. Almost an hour after that, a second person swam ashore to Duffin Cove.Both were taken to hospital.One of the survivors is a member of a southern Ontario First Nation.Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River said she wrote a letter to WestJet verifying he is a community member so that he could board a plane to return home.Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne said the three missing men are fishermen from the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.Osborne said while nobody ever wants accidents to happen, she’s struck each time that they do by the way the community comes together with “all hands on deck.”In 2015, five Britons and one Australian died after a rogue wave capsized a 20-metre whale-watching vessel.Last spring, Calgarian Alvin Beckley and Edmontonian Mike Cutler died when their sport fishing charter capsized.“Something that always sticks with me each time is the way people come together and just kind of the sheer humanity in it, of people gathering and feeding each other, supporting each other and loving each other. It’s kind of the very human side of tragedies,” Osborne said.Navy Lt. Melissa Kia, spokeswoman for the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said the search has involved hundreds of people from the Canadian Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, Parks Canada, Emergency Management B.C., RCMP and Emergency Health Services — plus community members who have gone out in kayaks and other small crafts.But after 18 hours, she said the JRCC had to scale back its role in the search.“We really threw everything we’ve got at it and to come up empty handed is really heartbreaking,” Kia said.Kia said community members and volunteers are continuing the search, but could not speak on behalf of their efforts.Rescuers determine a “survivability” time frame, which was 18 hours in this case, using computer modeling that considers many factors, Kia said.Factors may include what the individuals were wearing, how they came to be in distress, water temperature, winds, tides and whether they had life vests, she said.“What we do is we take that number, it’s not hard and fast in every case, and we will stretch it to the maximum and throw everything we’ve got at it, as was the case in Tofino,” she said.Kia said it’s not uncommon for RCMP to classify a search and rescue case as a missing persons file, once the case is handed over to them.She said the community response to the disaster has been “overwhelming.”“We would like to thank the countless volunteers from the community surrounding Tofino and Ucluelet and all of our First Nations partners. The response was really quite overwhelming, there were hundreds of people who took to the water and to scour the coastline,” she said.“Our thoughts go out to the families of the loved ones; it’s very heartbreaking to turn this case over unresolved.”last_img read more

Harlem Globetrotters To Tour Global US Military Bases

first_imgThe world famous Harlem Globetrotters announced this week that the team will once again embark on an extended holiday tour of global U.S. military bases – the eleventh time in nine years that the “Ambassadors of Goodwill” have entertained U.S. troops overseas.During the 10-game tour – which commences after Thanksgiving – the Globetrotters will play for the first time ever in Afghanistan, marking 121 countries and territories in which the Globetrotters have performed in their illustrious history.Made possible by Navy Entertainment and Armed Forces Entertainment, the tour will also feature shows on U.S. military bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Djibouti, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as a performance on an active-duty U.S. aircraft carrier.“While there is no way to fully express our admiration of the U.S. Armed Forces, it’s an incredible honor for our players to bring the troops a little piece of home, especially at this time of the year,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “Without the sacrifices made daily by these brave men and women, the Harlem Globetrotters would not have the opportunity to bring joy to families all over the world.”For the first time ever, the Globetrotters will pay tribute to U.S. troops by wearing specially-designed camouflage uniforms from Russell Athletic in games on the holiday military tour. Also, for the fourth straight year, the tour will feature a specially-created camouflage Spalding basketball, in addition to the Globetrotters’ iconic red, white and blue basketball.Past Globetrotter military tours have visited nearly 30 U.S. military bases in Bahrain, Belgium, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Greece, Guam, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom – as well as tours of Iraq in 2006 and 2009.Highlights have included a visit to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2005 and games on three active-duty U.S. aircraft carriers, including a performance on the U.S.S. Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf in 2006.The Globetrotters’ 2013 “You Write the Rules” North American Tour tips off Dec. 26.Sponsored by Howard Johnson Hotels, Greyhound Lines, Spalding and Russell Athletic, the Original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate their 87th consecutive year in 2013, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents—over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: read more

LAPD investigates officers actions in Costco shooting

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man who authorities say attacked him inside a Costco Wholesale warehouse store.Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff says Sunday it’s Chief Michel Moore’s decision whether to put the officer on leave but it remains unclear if that has happened.The department doesn’t have any rule prohibiting off-duty officers from carrying firearms.Authorities remained tight-lipped Sunday, not responding to requests for comment about what provoked the confrontation and whether anyone but the officer was armed. Two others were critically injured in the Friday night shooting in Corona, which is about 40 miles (64 kilometres) east of Los Angeles.The officer’s identity has not been released.The Associated Press read more

Ban recommends incremental approach to Somalia peace force

“While the deployment of a multidimensional United Nations peacekeeping operation should remain the United Nations goal, realistically achieving that goal will require fulfilling the conditions set out in this and previous reports,” he says in a report to the Security Council released today.Those conditions include the assurance of security for UN personnel and a political process that has gelled enough to permit the diverse political actors to agree on the insertion of international forces, the idea of which remains divisive and could exacerbate conflict if pursued too soon, Mr. Ban says.In January, the 15-member body signalled its intention to establish a UN force, when conditions permit, in the Horn of Africa country that has lacked a functioning central government since 1991.In that resolution, Mr. Ban was requested to establish a trust fund to help support the existing African Union (AU) force, known as AMISOM, and to facilitate a logistical support package, training and equipment, in anticipation of its eventual absorption into a UN force.It requested Mr. Ban, by 15 April, to develop the mandate for the new force that would include support for the flow of humanitarian aid, monitoring a ceasefire and assisting “in supporting the effective re-establishment and training of inclusive Somali security forces, including military, police and judiciary.”In the resulting report, the Secretary-General proposes an approach consisting of three major phases.The first step would see the UN maintain its support to AMISOM. The Organization will also help build the Somali security institutions, support its political reconciliation process, and provide humanitarian assistance. The success of this phase, which Mr. Ban says he hopes would last 3 to 4 months, will be gauged through frequent trips to accessible areas of Somalia by relevant UN units.Then, security conditions permitting, a second phase (also to last 3 to 4 months) will lead to “a light United Nations footprint” in Mogadishu. This phase will see the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) provide direct assistance to the political process on the ground. It will also have the Department of Field Support (DFS) ensure the delivery of the support package to AMISOM, while the UN country team oversees humanitarian, development and recovery initiatives. Having satisfied himself of the “acceptability of a UN presence in Mogadishu,” the Secretary-General will then refer the matter back to the Security Council to advise and decide on the final phase. That phase would be a full-fledged UN peacekeeping operation to take over from AMISOM, Mr. Ban says.In the meantime, he says, he remains deeply concerned at the worsening humanitarian situation in Somalia, and what he called “the under-funding of life-saving humanitarian assistance.” He urges Member States to come forward with additional pledges to the consolidated appeal for Somalia that will enable the United Nations and its partners to deliver much-needed assistance to populations trapped in a deadly constellation of conflict, drought and economic crisis.Tomorrow, in Brussels, Mr. Ban will co-chair an International Conference in support of AMISOM and the development of Somali security institutions. 22 April 2009Noting hard-won progress in Somalia but also that the situation remains in dangerous flux, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended a phased approach to United Nations peacekeeping support to the faction-torn nation. read more

UN experts urge Chile to put needs of the disabled into quake

As a matter of priority, reconstruction plans should take into consideration access to physical space, information, communications, transportation, products and services, the Committee on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities said in a statement issued in Geneva.“Reconstruction in the areas affected by the devastating February earthquake and tsunami must also become a reality for the disabled,” said the current committee’s chairperson, Ronald McCallum. “A recent survey shows that an estimated 12.9 per cent of the Chilean population has disabilities, and many in the affected areas were persons with various forms of disabilities,” he added.In a recent statement, the 12-member committee also recommended that relief measures take into account the special needs of persons with different forms of disabilities, in particular, in warning procedures, evacuation, information and communications. “Equal attention shall be given to sign language and video captioning of public information regarding the emergency situation in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,” it said.The committee stressed the urgent need to provide services to the disabled, including post-traumatic stress care. It called for “special support in rebuilding their homes, whether in urban or rural areas and those sites that host associations of persons with disabilities and centres that serve them, which have been destroyed or damaged.”It said it recognized the efforts of the Chilean Government in the earthquake emergency, but urged the country to “take all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters.”The committee is made up of independent experts who monitor the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which so far has been endorsed by 140 countries, including Chile. The Convention was adopted in December 2006 by the General Assembly, and entered into force in May 2008.The 8.8-magnitude quake on 27 February claimed the lives of more than 480 people and triggered a tsunami that devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile. 14 April 2010The United Nations committee on the rights of people with disabilities today urged the Chilean Government and the international community to include needs of the handicapped in the reconstruction plans of areas affected by the earthquake that jolted the country in February. read more

EthiopiaEritrea UN officials disappointed by Council decision to cut peacekeepers

“We are disappointed that we are not to keep as many forces as we have today, but this is a decision that we were expecting for some time,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative Azouz Ennifar said of the Council’s decision on Wednesday to cut the peacekeeping force by more than 1,000 to troops to 2,300.“Now that the decision is made, we will have to adapt to it as much as possible,” he told a news briefing in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa yesterday. “Of course, any downsizing of troops has an impact on our activities. But, as we adapted very well about a year ago to the downsizing of the mission, I think we can also do this very well.”His views were echoed by Force Commander Major General Mohammad Taisir. “I would love, of course, to have enough forces, and I hope reconfiguring the troops to 2,300 will be good,” he said.“I do hope that the new number of troops will be good enough for our side to keep going and to try to achieve our tasks, and of course to implement our mandate. But I do hope by the same token that restrictions of movement, including of course that helicopter ban” imposed by Eritrea on UNMEE helicopter flights over its portion of the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between the two countries. “In that case, we will have a good capability and we can go ahead.” In renewing UNMEE’s mandate for another four months while cutting its size, the Council on Wednesday demanded that the two countries comply with last November’s resolution calling on Ethiopia to accept the border set by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in a binding decision and calling on Eritrea, which blames the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the decision, to lift its flight ban. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 7:12 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,137.18 down 32.56 points):Gran Colombia Gold Corp. (TSX:GCM). Mine explorer. Up half a cent, or 1.35 per cent, at 37.5 cents on 8,097,360 shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 76 cents, or 2.70 per cent, at $27.43 on 5,684,036 shares. The Calgary-based company is increasing it 2013 capital spending by nearly eight per cent compared to this year as it eyes more oil and natural gas liquids growth. The company set a budget of $6.9 billion for next year, a nearly $500 million increase over what it expects to spend in 2012.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Unchanged at $9.81 on 5,055,071 shares. The gold sector dipped 0.03 per cent at 302.19 points as the price of the bullion plunged US$25.30 to $1,695.80 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 0.82 per cent, at $18.11 on 4,158,040 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up two cents, or 0.16 per cent, at $12.76 on 4,079,384 shares.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Wireless telecommunications. Down five cents, or 0.43 per cent, at $11.50 on 3,530,131 shares. The company has been actively trading for the last few weeks as analysts weigh in on the prospect of its new operating system and phone set to launch at the end of January.TSX Venture Exchange (1,192.75 down 15.25 points):Petroamerica Oil Corp. (TSXV:PTA). Oil and gas explorer. Up 2.5 cents, or 8.77 per cent, at 31 cents on 2,610,689 shares. The Calgary-based company’s stock jumped a day after providing an update on its Las Maracas-5 field production in Colombia.Touchdown Resources Inc. (TSXV:TDW). Mineral explorer. Unchanged at half a cent on 2,566,000 shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Up 34 cents, or 0.57 per cent, at $59.63 on 2,448,375 shares. The big bank beat analyst estimates when it reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.08 billion or $1.59 per share before adjustments, a 41 per cent increase over the same period last year. Analysts had been expecting $1.37 per share of net income and $1.43 per share on an adjusted basis for the fourth quarter. Revenue totalled $4.18 billion, a jump from $3.82 billion and higher than the estimated $3.8 billion.CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Flight simulator. Up two cents, or 0.20 per cent, at $9.82 on 368,238 shares. The Montreal-based company won a series of military contracts worth a total of $70 million, which includes developing two tactical operational flight trainers for the Royal Australian Navy, simulator services for the King Air 350 aircraft of the Australian Defence Force and C-130 aircraft training to the Royal New Zealand airforce.Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP). Railway. Up $1.65, or 1.81 per cent, at $93 on 583,941 shares. The Calgary-based company announced after markets closed that it will cut 4,500 jobs by 2016 through job reductions, attrition and fewer contractors as part of its restructuring plan. The company says it expects 1,700 positions to be eliminated by the end of the year. Earlier in the day, CP said it is seeking potential buyers for a U.S. line that stretches about 1,000 kilometres across several states in the U.S. Midwest. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

15yearold boy caught in bogus collection pretending to be for Fr McVerry

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A 15-YEAR-OLD boy, who was caught carrying out a bogus door to door collection pretending to raise money for the Fr Peter McVerry trust, has been remanded on bail pending sentence.The boy pleaded guilty to theft charges as well an offence under the Street and House to House Collection Act.Judge John O’Connor heard at the Dublin Children’s Court that the teenager had been going door to door in residential estate in Lucan, in Dublin, collecting for the Fr McVerry charity on 18 August last.He had no permit for the unauthorised collection.The court heard the youth, who has no prior criminal convictions, was also involved in shoplifting incidents. He stole a curtain pole and window blinds worth €40 at a Harry Corry shop in November, a top worth €35 from Timberlands in December and €151 worth of toiletries from Boots on 28 June last at the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.In these thefts he was stopped by security as he passed all points of payment and the goods were recovered in a saleable conditions, the judge was told.The juvenile court heard that on 24 October last, he stole €225 worth of clothes from Arnotts in Dublin city-centre. The property was recovered but not in a saleable condition.Defence solicitor Michelle Finan asked the court to note that the boy is attending a project for troubled young people and attending counselling as a result of a tragic family bereavement which left him traumatised and in shock.She asked that during the preparation of a pre-sentence report, the Probation Service would liaise with the youth project which has been helping the boy who spoke briefly to confirm he understood the charges.She also asked the judge to note that the guilty plea meant witnesses did not have to come to court to give evidence.Judge O’Connor said the boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, may not appreciate the seriousness of the offences but they were serious chargesHe warned the teenager he needed to get a positive probation report and that if he continued offending he risked going into custody.The case was adjourned for five weeks. The judge asked gardai to see if there would be victim impact statement from the charity in relation to the fake collection offence.Read: ‘We’ll be here as long as it takes’: Striking Tesco workers say they’re in it for the long haul> Image: Shutterstock/vchal Image: Shutterstock/vchal Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 4:23 PM 15-year-old boy caught in bogus collection pretending to be for Fr McVerry charity The court heard the youth, who has no prior criminal convictions, was also involved in shoplifting incidents. Feb 14th 2017, 4:23 PM Share7 Tweet Email No Comments 17,969 Views Short URL By Tom Tuitelast_img read more

Tadhg Beirne flies in late and shines in Munster win over Ospreys

first_imgTadhg Beirne flies in late and shines in Munster win over Ospreys ‘Johann rang me yesterday and told me I was flying here,’ said Beirne after his breakdown efforts earned him man of the match. Share223 Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Beirne made his return from injury for Munster despite training all week with Ireland. Image: Alex Davidson/INPHO Beirne made his return from injury for Munster despite training all week with Ireland. Ospreys 13Munster 19TADHG BEIRNE GAVE Joe Schmidt a timely nudge with a superb man-of-the-match performance as Munster beat the Ospreys in Swansea.The Ireland international was a late call-up in place of South African Jean Kleyn who pulled out due to illness. And Beirne was outstanding winning a number of crucial turnovers to help his side solidify their position in the Conference A play-off places.“I’d been up with Ireland and I was supposed to be training there today, but Johann rang me at eight yesterday morning and told me I was flying here,” said Beirne, who missed Ireland’s openning Six Nations rounds with a knee injury.“I met the boys here, flew in from Dublin, it was a last-minute thing, but I’m happy to be back playing.”A penalty try and a touchdown apiece from Darren Sweetnam and Mike Haley plus two points from the boot of JJ Hanrahan was enough to get Munster over the line.All the Ospreys could muster was a try from Hanno Dirksen and six points from Luke Price. Mike Haley kicks ahead beyond Keelan Giles. Source: Alex Davidson/INPHOMunster drew first blood with Sweetnam crossing at the corner after a lovely missed pass by Hanrahan saw the winger step back inside to score.It was young wing Keelan Giles who sparked the Welsh region into life with an electric break up the touchline after some neat handling by Price and Dan Evans. Just as he was about to get bundled into touch the former Wales Under-20 star executed a well-weighted kick through for Dirksen to score.The try wasn’t immediately given with referee Stuart Berry deciding to go upstairs to check whether Dirksen was in front of the ball before awarding the score.A cracking break from captain Olly Cracknell who charged into the Munster 22 allowed Price to put the Ospreys into an unlikely lead.Munster laid siege to the Ospreys line with their forwards going through numerous phases before being held up over the try line. But they went again off the resulting scrum with Beirne reaching out in attempt to pace the ball against the post.Yet again Berry made use of the TMO with the replays showing Ospreys openside Sam Cross preventing the try from an offside position. As a result a penalty try was awarded with Cross sent to the sin bin meaning Munster turned around 14-10 ahead.The Ospreys came out firing in the second half with Price cutting Munster’s lead to a single point. But the visitors went up a few gears in the final quarter and after their forwards had softened up the Ospreys defence with a series of ferocious carries, the ball was spread wide for Haley to touch down.Ospreys: Evans; Dirksen, Allen, Thomas-Wheeler (Hook 41), Giles (Morgan 64); Price, Aubrey (Morgan-Williams 54); Lay (Jenkins 64), Baldwin (Otten 64), Botha (Fia 55), King, Davies, Cracknell, Cross, McCusker (Ashley 40) (Griffiths 73)Tries: Dirksen 19Con: Price 19 Pen: Price 33, 64Munster: Haley, Nash, Goggin, Taute (Scannell 50), Sweetnam (Johnston 64); Hanrahan, Cronin (Mathewson 50); Loughman (O’Connor 54), Marshall (O’Byrne 55), Archer (Parker 54), Beirne, Holland, Wycherley (O’Donoghue 71), Cloete, Botha (O’Shea 71)Tries: Sweetnam 5, Penalty 37, Haley 71Convs: Hanrahan 6 Feb 22nd 2019, 9:46 PM Image: Alex Davidson/INPHOcenter_img By Alex Bywater Subscribe Short URL 59 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32,787 Views Friday 22 Feb 2019, 9:46 PMlast_img read more

Amazing footage of the lights going out in Athens during Earth Hour

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amongst the landmarks that went dark worldwide to call for action on climate change was the Acropolis.Alexandros Maragos, filmmaker and award-winning photographer, captured the darkness enveloping the monument in a time lapse video. The video shows the flickering lights slowly dimming as the Acropolis plunges into darkness, giving it a dramatic feel.Mr Maragos is particularly known for his timelapse imagery that has been used by various brands across the world. he has also had his work featured and publishedby important international organisations and publications including NASA and National Geographic.In this project, the filmmaker showed how the Athenian jewel marked Earth hour on Saturday by turning its lights off at 8.30pm local time as part of a WWF initiative to to raise awareness of the plight of our planet.READ MORE: Athens to become a safe and sustainable capitalEarth Hour first took place in Sydney back in 2007 and since then, more than 180 countries have joined in, including Greece.Athens produced some of the most mesmerising photos that were uploaded by both professional photographers and social media users, with the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis going off all at once. Lights were also switched off at the Athens City Hall and Lycabettus Hill while many citizens showed support by turning their home lights off.“We are thrilled to see such an amazing response from Greek cities and citizens. As a part of a global community, Greece stands ready to sends its message on climate change, loud and clear.” said Demetres Karavellas CEO of WWF Greece.READ MORE: Athens Anaplasis – redesigning the Greek capitallast_img read more

Caribbean countries too rich and too poor CARICOM Sec Gen says rules

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFebruary 28, 2018 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti – CARICOM countries are in a financial quagmire because they are too rich to qualify for certain aide following catastrophic encounters like the ones with hurricanes Irma and Maria, but too poor to afford the cost of damages and losses caused by these natural disasters.CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin Larocque made the announcement, which was no surprise, during day one of the 29th CARICOM intercessional meeting held at the Marriott in Port-au-Prince Haiti. Larocque said ideally, CARICOM countries need to access more concessionary money and although there was some success at a United Nations and CARICOM sponsored Pledging conference where some $5b was raised, not all of the money has been provided as yet.Mr. Larocque pointed to The Bahamas, which over three years was hit with a damage bill of $678 million and associate member country, British Virgin Islands where the price tag after the September hurricanes of 2017 is $1 billion.“What is needed is access to resources which must include significant grant funding and very concessional financing. Without access to such financing, this would exacerbate already high debt levels across the Region, which is due in large measure to exogenous shocks including severe climatic events.  Most of our countries are categorized as middle or high-income and are largely ineligible for concessional development financing and Official Development Assistance (ODA), due to the use of GDP per capita as the principal criterion.”There was no comment on where this concessionary funding would come from. Larocque did say though that, “There is need for new thinking, leading to changes in the criteria for determining access to concessionary financing by small, vulnerable, middle income countries.” Related Items:#irwinlarocque, CARICOM, haiti Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Recommended for you Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resignlast_img read more

Exauditor called back to court

first_img A former Skamania County auditor, who pleaded guilty to shredding public documents, may face jail time for failing to complete the community service hours required under his probation.John Michael Garvison, 41, of Oregon City, Ore., has been directed to appear Friday in front of Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson to explain why he didn’t complete the required hours. The case is being handled in Clark County to avoid any conflict of interest.Skamania County probation officer Jamie Hepner has recommended that Garvison’s 168 hours of community service be converted into 21 days in jail.Garvison is required to complete 20 hours of community service per month in Skamania County until he reaches the 168-hour mark.According to Hepner:Garvison fulfilled his obligation in November. He checked in once at 10:27 a.m. Dec. 29 for community service in December but never checked back out, so it’s unclear how many hours he worked. In January, he didn’t show up at all, and last month, he completed only eight out of the 20 required hours.Garvison didn’t return a call to his cellphone number from The Columbian. His aunt Beth Garvison said she doesn’t know where her nephew is or why he didn’t complete his community service hours.“I know he had surgery on his shoulder or bicep,” she said. “We have been trying to find him because he owes us money.” Skamania County’s former auditor, John Michael Garvison, left, talks with his attorney, Jon McMullen, at an Oct. 25 hearing in Clark County Superior Court.last_img read more

Honor 10 Lite review Budget phone with decent camera and longlasting battery

first_img Can Apple rival Huawei conquer the US market? Huawei’s subsidiary Honor launched kicked off the New Year with the launch of the budget Honor 10 Lite phone with prices starting at in India in mid-January 2019.I had the opportunity to test the budget Honor phone and used it for a little over a week. The Honor 10 Lite moniker may suggest as it is a watered down version of the Honor 10, but it should not be compared with the latter, as it has zero resemblance in any aspects at all. But, it is a successor of the Honor 9 Lite.Now that I have cleared the doubts about the ancestry of the Honor 10 Lite, let me tell how the user-experience of the device has been.Design, display and build quality: Honor 10 Lite is one of few feature-rich phone in the market.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite comes with glossy glass finish on the back. My review unit looks stunning in the raven-hued shell. The company has taken inspiration from parent firm Huawei’s phone design, as we can the horizontal engraving of the brand name at the base and the AI camera printed beside the camera on the top.When held in hand, it smooth and also very compact, I with the small palm can easily grip the phone without worrying about slipping through the hands. But, the only qualm is that the shell is a fingerprint magnet, but this issue, not a deal breaker, as the device’s retail box comes with a translucent case to the protect the rear side from scratches and sweaty smudges.I also appreciate Honor offering the phone with screen-guard out-of-the-box, thus increasing the durability of the phone.As far as display concerned, Honor 10 Lite flaunts a 6.21-inch full HD+ (2280x1080p) screen with dewdrop notch. Except for the some space occupied by the chin at the base and  the small camera on the top, the rest is a fully working display offering more than 91% screen-to-body, which very few in the mid-range phone can boast off. I had great time watching trailers on YouTube and also the screen clarity under the direct sunlight was decent, as I had less trouble to view the contents on the display while browsing web outside during the afternoon. 1/5 Honor 10 Lite comes with a power button and volume rockers on the right side of the frame.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite comes with single grille speaker, type 2 micro-USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack port at the base.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite comes with a SIM tray slot and mic on top.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite sports a smooth frame with no physical button or any slots on the left side of the edge.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite sports a glossy shell on the back with dual-camera on the top left corner and a fingerprint sensor in the middle, while the Honor engraving is placed vertically in the bottom left corner.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaPreviousNextPerformance:Honor 10 Lite comes with proprietary HiSilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor with 3GB/4GB/6GB RAM (LPDDRX) and 32GB/64GB storage. It works flawlessly while performing any day-to-day functions such as quick loading apps, switching between multiple apps, recording videos, and even gaming. I played some games on the phone, it showed no hint of lag-ness and with widescreen, it was a delightful experience.As far as the user-interface is concerned, this is very subjective matter. Personally, I hate skinned OS on Android phones, as I review multiple devices in month. After opening every new phone, I have to relearn from start. This is cumbersome for me, but others who are first time users and will be keeping the longer like a year or more, will be able to master the Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 interface in a few days and over time understand all the intercacies of the phone.  I like the small value-added features of the EMUI such as Paytm Pay, which offers one-click pay option for Paytm users, App Assistant that will allow users enjoy uninterrupted gaming experience, Ride Mode, which is particularly helpful to bike riders, as it will offer safety and keep them away from the unwanted distraction of call and Party Mode that allows users connect up to 6 Honor devices and play their favourite song in all the devices at the same time.Camera:The Honor 10 Lite houses an impressive 24MP snapper with Sony IMX 576 sensor 1.8µm pixel size, 4-in-1 Light Fusion technology in addition to Artificial Intelligence algorithm to optimise the camera setting to get the best selfie in any type of light condition. It also boasts a feature-rich Beautification app to adjust skin tone, as well.The front camera works like charm in almost all lighting conditions, but have to say the AI feature takes skin smoothing to a new level. I am not complaining, as I have terrible after-effects of acne in my teenage years, the scars are still there, but this makes me look smart and shareable on social media channels. So, the front camera gets thumbs up from my side.On the back, it comes with the dual 13MP +2MP camera module. It is also powered by AI and takes pretty good shots under the natural bright light conditions and also when AI is enabled, the picture quality gets optimised in terms of making the subjects such as flowers more colourful, particularly the red in roses come out brighter than normal, but again this kind of effects are pardonable, as they are really good for sharing it social media platforms. Honor 10 Lite will be available exclusively on Flipkart.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHowever, the same cannot be said about the picture quality taken in the night. It was a hard task for me to get a stable image, as the autofocus goes haywire in the low light conditions and resulting photos shows a shaky subject and too much grain. You really have to be patient to get a good quality image and it took me a while before I get the hang of it. Hopefully, the company release a software update to make the phone’s autofocus stable and also image quality. 1/10 Honor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in natural light conditionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in natural light conditionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera sampleKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in the night with flash on.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in natural light conditionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in a shade.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in natural light conditionKVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken in the night with LED flash on.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaHonor 10 Lite primary camera photo sample taken under a shade.KVN Rohit/IBTimes IndiaPreviousNextBattery:Honor 10 Lite houses 3,400mAh cell and was able to consistently deliver a full day’s battery life with day-to-day functions such as web browsing, taking photos, watch movie trailers, catching up a TV series, mostly an episode or two while commuting between home and office. Though I don’t play mobile games, I tried Temple Run and Angry Birds just for testing the device. The Honor 10 Lite did not disappoint me in this aspect and have to say, this is one of the key features I loved in this phone.Honourable mentions:Unlike other budget phones, Honor 10 Lite comes with interesting features such as AI Shopping, which lets users shop what they see in the real world via camera and it direct you the similar product listing on shopping e-commerce platforms in India.It also boasts Calorie Detection, which you can find by just point the device’s camera to the food on the place it will tell the calories count and this will help watch what you eat and maintain a healthy lifestyle.It also comes with smart Triple Bluetooth Connection feature, which allows the user to connect devices such as Bluetooth headset and Smart Watch simultaneously.Also, the fingerprint sensor and face unlock features, though a bit slow, work decently. Rest assured, your photos and other details in the Honor 10 Lite will be well protected. Final thoughts:Honor 10 Lite ticks most of the features, a mid-range phone should posses. I loved the design, display, front-camera capabilities, battery life and lag-free performance of the device.However, I am bit disappointed with the primary shooter’s low light photography experience. The camera’s auto focus feature seems to lose speed in the night and the resulting images are not at all sharp. You should have a steady hand to keep the focus and snap. However, this is not a deal breaker, as this issue can be sorted with the software updates. I have witnessed similar issues in phones in the sub-Rs 15,000 price range and this can be fixed with a firmware patch.It is available in three configurations—3GB RAM+ 32GB storage, 4GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage— Rs 11,999, Rs 13,999 and Rs 17,999, respectively.Pros:Visually appealing design languageGood build qualityAmazing front cameraA full day battery lifeCons:Highly customised Android experience, but this is very subjective, because if the buyer had previously owned Honor phone, he or she will have an easy transition. But, if the consumer is newa to smartphone or migrating fra om different brand they will take a few days to learn the nuances of the phone’s settings and features IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:08/0:59Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:51?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Theresa May tells Conservatives its time to embrace a new centre ground

first_img Close Theresa May closed the Conservative conference in Birmingham today (5 October) with a pitch to put the party in the centre ground of British politics.The Tory premier claimed Labour had abandoned the moderate position, while arguing that her government would step up and engineer an economy that works for everybody. Notably, May branded Labour as the nasty party, a slogan once used against the Conservatives.When we came to Birmingham this week, some big questions were hanging in the air.Do we have a plan for Brexit? We do.Are we ready for the effort it will take to see it through? We are.Can Boris Johnson stay on message for a full four days? Just about.But I know theres another big question people want me to answer.Whats my vision for Britain? My philosophy? My approach?Today I want to answer that question very directly.I want to set out my vision for Britain after Brexit.I want to lay out my approach – the things I believe.I want to explain what a country that works for everyone means.I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics…built on the values of fairness and opportunity…where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person – regardless of their background, or that of their parents – is given the chance to be all they want to be.And as I do so, I want to be clear about something else: that a vision is nothing without the determination to see it through.No vision ever built a business by itself. No vision ever clothed a family or fed a hungry child. No vision ever changed a country on its own.You need to put the hours in and the effort too.But if you do, great things can happen. Great changes can occur.And be in no doubt, thats what Britain needs today.Because in June people voted for change. And a change is going to come.BRITAINS QUIET REVOLUTIONChange has got to come because as we leave the European Union and take control of our own destiny, the task of tackling some of Britains long-standing challenges – like how to train enough people to do the jobs of the future – becomes ever more urgent.But change has got to come too because of the quiet revolution that took place in our country just three months ago – a revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.Because this is a turning point for our country.A once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good.To step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.Lets be clear: we have come a long way over the past six years.Weve brought the deficit down.Got more people into work than ever before.Taken the lowest paid out of income tax.Established a new National Living Wage.Helped nearly a million new business to set up and grow.Got almost one and a half million more children into good or outstanding schools.Put record investment into the NHS.Created nearly 3 million new apprenticeships.And brought crime down by more than a quarter to its lowest ever level.Thats a record of which we should all be proud.And this morning its right that we pause to say thank you to the man who made that possible. A man who challenged us to change and told us that if we did then we would win again.And he was right. We did change. We did win. The first majority Conservative Government in almost 25 years.A great leader of our party – a great servant to our country.David Cameron, thank you.But now we need to change again. For the referendum was not just a vote to withdraw from the EU. It was about something broader – something that the European Union had come to represent.It was about a sense – deep, profound and lets face it often justified – that many people have today that the world works well for a privileged few, but not for them.It was a vote not just to change Britains relationship with the European Union, but to call for a change in the way our country works – and the people for whom it works – forever.Knock on almost any door in almost any part of the country, and you will find the roots of the revolution laid bare.Our society should work for everyone, but if you cant afford to get onto the property ladder, or your child is stuck in a bad school, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our economy should work for everyone, but if your pay has stagnated for several years in a row and fixed items of spending keep going up, it doesnt feel like its working for you.Our democracy should work for everyone, but if youve been trying to say things need to change for years and your complaints fall on deaf ears, it doesnt feel like its working for you.And the roots of the revolution run deep. Because it wasnt the wealthy who made the biggest sacrifices after the financial crash, but ordinary, working class families.And if youre one of those people who lost their job, who stayed in work but on reduced hours, took a pay cut as household bills rocketed, or – and I know a lot of people dont like to admit this – someone who finds themselves out of work or on lower wages because of low-skilled immigration, life simply doesnt seem fair.It feels like your dreams have been sacrificed in the service of others.So change has got to come.Because if we dont respond – if we dont take this opportunity to deliver the change people want – resentments will grow. Divisions will become entrenched.And that would be a disaster for Britain.Because the lesson of Britain is that we are a country built on the bonds of family, community, citizenship.Of strong institutions and a strong society.The country of my parents who instilled in me a sense of public service and of public servants everywhere who want to give something back.The parent who works hard all week but takes time out to coach the kids football team at the weekend.The local family business in my constituency thats been serving the community for more than 50 years.The servicemen and women I met last week who wear their uniform proudly at home and serve our nation with honour abroad.A country of decency, fairness and quiet resolve.And a successful country – small in size but large in stature – that with less than 1% of the worlds population boasts more Nobel Laureates than any country outside the United States… with three more added again just yesterday – two of whom worked here in this great city.A country that boasts three of the top ten universities in the world. The worlds leading financial capital. And institutions like the NHS and BBC whose reputations echo in some of the farthest corners of the globe.All possible because we are one United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – and I will always fight to preserve our proud, historic Union and will never let divisive nationalists drive us apart.Yet within our society today, we see division and unfairness all around. Between a more prosperous older generation and a struggling younger generation. Between the wealth of London and the rest of the country.But perhaps most of all, between the rich, the successful and the powerful – and their fellow citizens.Now dont get me wrong. We applaud success. We want people to get on.But we also value something else: the spirit of citizenship.That spirit that means you respect the bonds and obligations that make our society work. That means a commitment to the men and women who live around you, who work for you, who buy the goods and services you sell.That spirit that means recognising the social contract that says you train up local young people before you take on cheap labour from overseas.That spirit that means you do as others do, and pay your fair share of tax.But today, too many people in positions of power behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass in the street.But if you believe youre a citizen of the world, youre a citizen of nowhere. You dont understand what the very word citizenship means.So if youre a boss who earns a fortune but doesnt look after your staff…An international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra…A household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism…A director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust…Im putting you on warning. This cant go on anymore.A change has got to come. And this party – the Conservative Party – is going to make that change.BELIEVING IN THE GOOD THAT GOVERNMENT CAN DOSo today, I want to set out my plan for a Britain where everyone plays by the same rules and every person has the opportunity to be all they want to be.Its a plan to tackle the unfairness and injustice that divides us, so that we may build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.A plan that will mean government stepping up. Righting wrongs. Challenging vested interests. Taking big decisions. Doing what we believe to be right. Getting the job done.Because thats the good that government can do. And its what Im in this for. To stand up for the weak and stand up to the strong.And to put the power of government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people.Because too often that isnt how it works today.Just listen to the way a lot of politicians and commentators talk about the public.They find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal, your attachment to your job security inconvenient.They find the fact that more than seventeen million voters decided to leave the European Union simply bewildering.Because if youre well off and comfortable, Britain is a different country and these concerns are not your concerns. Its easy to dismiss them – easy to say that all you want from government is for it to get out of the way.But a change has got to come. Its time to remember the good that government can do.Time for a new approach that says while government does not have all the answers, government can and should be a force for good;that the state exists to provide what individual people, communities and markets cannot;and that we should employ the power of government for the good of the people.Time to reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and to embrace a new centre ground in which government steps up – and not back – to act on behalf of us all.Providing security from crime, but from ill health and unemployment too.Supporting free markets, but stepping in to repair them when they arent working as they should.Encouraging business and supporting free trade, but not accepting one set of rules for some and another for everyone else.And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.Only we can do it. Because the main lesson I take from their conference last week is that the Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive.Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that simply pulls people further apart.Thats what Labour stands for today. Fighting among themselves. Abusing their own MPs. Threatening to end their careers. Tolerating anti-Semitism and supporting voices of hate.You know what some people call them?The nasty party.And with Labour divided, divisive and out-of-touch, we have a responsibility to step up, represent and govern for the whole nation.So where Labour build barriers, we will build bridges.That means tackling unfairness and injustice, and shifting the balance of Britain decisively in favour of ordinary working class people.Giving them access to the opportunities that are too often the preserve of the privileged few.Putting fairness at the heart of our agenda and creating a country in which hard work is rewarded and talent is welcome.A nation where contribution matters more than entitlement. Merit matters more than wealth.A confident global Britain that doesnt turn its back on globalisation but ensures the benefits are shared by all.A country that is prosperous and secure, so every person may share in the wealth of the nation and live their life free from fear.Thats what I mean by a country that works for everyone.A GLOBAL BRITAINAnd if we believe in the good that government can do, its important for people to trust us to deliver the change they need.We can start – as I said on Sunday – by doing something obvious. And that is to stop quibbling, respect what the people told us on the 23rd of June – and take Britain out of the European Union.Because it took that typically British quiet resolve for people to go out and vote as they did: to defy the establishment, to ignore the threats, to make their voice heard.So let us have that same resolve now.And lets be clear about what is going to happen.Article Fifty – triggered no later than the end of March.A Great Repeal Bill to get rid of the European Communities Act – introduced in the next Parliamentary session.Our laws made not in Brussels but in Westminster.Our judges sitting not in Luxembourg but in courts across the land.The authority of EU law in this country ended forever.The people told us they wanted these things – and this Conservative Government is going to deliver them.It is, of course, too early to say exactly what agreement we will reach with the EU. Its going to be a tough negotiation, it will require some give and take. And while there will always be pressure to give a running commentary, it will not be in our national interest to do so.But let me be clear about the agreement we seek.I want it to reflect the strong and mature relationships we enjoy with our European friends.I want it to include cooperation on law enforcement and counter-terrorism work.I want it to involve free trade, in goods and services.I want it to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within the Single Market – and let European businesses do the same here.But lets state one thing loud and clear: we are not leaving the European Union only to give up control of immigration all over again. And we are not leaving only to return to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Thats not going to happen.We are leaving to become, once more, a fully sovereign and independent country – and the deal is going to have to work for Britain.And that Britain – the Britain we build after Brexit – is going to be a Global Britain.Because while we are leaving the European Union, we will not leave the continent of Europe. We will not abandon our friends and allies abroad. And we will not retreat from the world.In fact, now is the time to forge a bold, new, confident role for ourselves on the world stage.Keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world.Providing humanitarian support for refugees in need.Taking the lead on cracking down on modern slavery wherever it is found.Ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.Always acting as the strongest and most passionate advocate for free trade right across the globe.And always committed to a strong national defence and supporting the finest Armed Forces known to man.And this week, our excellent Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, proved not only that we will support them with our hearts and souls. Not only will we remain committed to spending two per cent of our national income on defence.But we will never again – in any future conflict – let those activist, left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave – the men and women of Britains Armed Forces.AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEIts about restoring fairness – something that must be at the heart of everything we do. Supporting those who do the right thing, who make a contribution.Helping those who give something back.And thats at the heart of my plan for our economy too.An economy thats fair and where everyone plays by the same rules.That means acting to tackle some of the economys structural problems that hold people back.Things like the shortage of affordable homes. The need to make big decisions on – and invest in – our infrastructure. The need to rebalance the economy across sectors and areas in order to spread wealth and prosperity around the country.Politicians have talked about this for years. But the trouble is that this kind of change will never just happen by itself. If thats what we want, we need the vision and determination to see it through.Thats why Philip Hammond and Greg Clark are working on a new industrial strategy to address those long-term structural challenges and get Britain firing on all cylinders again.Its not about picking winners, propping up failing industries, or bringing old companies back from the dead.Its about identifying the industries that are of strategic value to our economy and supporting and promoting them through policies on trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, and research and development.Its about doing what every other major and growing economy in the world does.Not just sitting back and seeing what happens – but putting in place a plan and getting on with the job.So we will identify the sectors of the economy – financial services, yes, but life sciences, tech, aerospace, car manufacturing, the creative industries and many others – that are of strategic importance to our economy, and do everything we can to encourage, develop and support them.And we will identify the places that have the potential to contribute to economic growth and become the homes to millions of new jobs.That means inspiring an economic and cultural revival of all of our great regional cities.We have made a start.Thanks to George Osbornes Northern Powerhouse, over the past year, foreign direct investment in the North has increased at double the rate of the rest of the country.Here in Birmingham, thanks to the incredible Jaguar Land Rover, the West Midlands is the only part of the country to run a trade surplus with China.And across the region, the Midlands Engine is on track to deliver 300,000 more jobs by 2020.Now its time to build on that success – in Birmingham and Manchester and in other cities across the country.And as we are here in Birmingham this week, let us show our support for the Conservative Partys candidate for next years mayoral election.A success in business running John Lewis. An action man in Birmingham, playing his part in transforming this city. A man to get things done, the future Mayor of the West Midlands – Andy Street.MAKING MARKETS WORK FOR WORKING PEOPLEAn economy that works for everyone is an economy where everyone plays by the same rules.I understand the frustration people feel when they see the rich and the powerful getting away with things that they themselves wouldnt dream of doing. And they wouldnt get away with if they tried.I understand that because I feel it too.Theres always an excuse – a reason why something cant be done – but when that is used as a basis for inaction, faith in capitalism and free markets falls.The Conservative Party will always believe in free markets. And thats precisely why its this party that should act to defend them.From Edmund Burke onwards, Conservatives have always understood that if you want to preserve something important, you need to be prepared to reform it. We must apply that same approach today.Thats why where markets are dysfunctional, we should be prepared to intervene.Where companies are exploiting the failures of the market in which they operate, where consumer choice is inhibited by deliberately complex pricing structures, we must set the market right.Its just not right, for example, that half of people living in rural areas, and so many small businesses, cant get a decent broadband connection.Its just not right that two thirds of energy customers are stuck on the most expensive tariffs.And its just not right that the housing market continues to fail working people either.Ask almost any question about social fairness or problems with our economy, and the answer so often comes back to housing.High housing costs – and the growing gap between those on the property ladder and those who are not – lie at the heart of falling social mobility, falling savings and low productivity.We will do everything we can to help people financially so they can buy their own home. Thats why Help to Buy and Right to Buy are the right things to do.But as Sajid said in his bold speech on Monday, there is an honest truth we need to address. We simply need to build more homes.This means using the power of government to step in and repair the dysfunctional housing market.It means using public sector land for more and faster house building.It means encouraging new technologies that will help us to get more houses built faster. And putting in more government investment too.It means stepping up and doing whats right for Britain.Making the market work for working people.Because thats what government can do.And something else we need to do: take big, sometimes even controversial, decisions about our countrys infrastructure.Because we need to get Britain firing in all areas again.It is why we will press ahead with plans for High Speed 2, linking London and Birmingham and, eventually, towns and cities in the North.Why we will shortly announce a decision on expanding Britains airport capacity.And why – having reviewed the evidence and added important new national security safeguards – we signed up to Hinkley Point.We will take the big decisions when theyre the right decisions for Britain.Because thats what government can do.And we can make these big decisions because our economy is strong and because of the fiscal discipline we have shown over the last six years.And we must continue to aim for a balanced budget.But to build an economy that works for everyone, we must also invest in the things that matter, the things with a long-term return.That is how we will address the weaknesses in our economy, improve our productivity, increase economic growth and ensure everyone gets a fair share.And thats not the only reason.Because while monetary policy – with super-low interest rates and quantitative easing – provided the necessary emergency medicine after the financial crash, we have to acknowledge there have been some bad side effects.People with assets have got richer. People without them have suffered. People with mortgages have found their debts cheaper. People with savings have found themselves poorer.A change has got to come. And we are going to deliver it.Because thats what a Conservative Government can do.A FAIRER ECONOMYThis party will always be the party of businesses large and small.But we must acknowledge that the way a small number of businesses behave fuels the frustration people feel.Its not the norm. I know that most businesses and the people who run them are hardworking, entrepreneurial and public spirited at heart.But the actions of a few tar the reputations of the many.So the party that believes in business is going to change things to help support it.Too often the people who are supposed to hold big business accountable are drawn from the same, narrow social and professional circles as the executive team.And too often the scrutiny they provide is not good enough.A change has got to come.So later this year we will publish our plans to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well.Because we are the party of workers. Of those who put in the effort. Those who contribute and give of their best.Thats why we announced on Saturday that were going to review our laws to make sure that, in our modern and flexible economy, people are properly protected at work.Thats right.Workers rights – not under threat from a Conservative government.Workers rights – protected and enhanced by a Conservative government.And let me say something about tax.Were all Conservatives here. We all believe in a low-tax economy. But we also know that tax is the price we pay for living in a civilised society.Nobody, no individual tycoon and no single business, however rich, has succeeded on their own.Their goods are transported by road, their workers are educated in schools, their customers are part of sophisticated networks taking in the private sector, the public sector and charities.Weve all played a part in that success.So it doesnt matter to me who you are.If youre a tax-dodger, were coming after you.If youre an accountant, a financial adviser or a middleman who helps people to avoid what they owe to society, were coming after you too.An economy that works for everyone is one where everyone plays by the same rules.So whoever you are you – however rich or powerful – you have a duty to pay your tax.And were going to make sure you do.A SOCIETY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a big agenda for change. But it is necessary and essential.It is a programme for government to act to create an economy that works for everyone – an economy thats on the side of ordinary working class people.And an economy that can support the vital public services and institutions upon which we all rely – to invest in the things we hold dear.Like the NHS – one of the finest health care systems anywhere in the world, and a vital national institution.An institution that reflects our values, our belief in fairness, and in which we all take enormous pride.And I mean all.Because there is complete cross-party support for the NHS.For its status as a provider of free-at-the-point-of-use health care. For the thousands of doctors and nurses that work around the clock to care for their patients.We all have a story about the nurse who cared for a loved one, or a surgeon who saved the life of a friend.So let us take this opportunity to say to those doctors and nurses – thank you.The NHS should unite us. But year after year, election after election, Labour try to use it to divide us.At every election since it was established, Labour have said the Tories would cut the NHS – and every time we have spent more on it.Every election, they say we want to privatise the NHS – and every time we have protected it.In fact, the party that expanded the use of the private sector in the NHS the fastest was not this party, but the Labour Party.The only party to ever cut spending on the NHS is not this party, but the Labour Party – thats what they did in Wales.And at the last election, it wasnt the Labour Party that pledged to give the NHS the money it asked for to meet its five-year plan – it was this party, the Conservative Party…investing an extra £10 billion in the NHS – more than its leaders asked for…and this year more patients are being treated, and more operations are being carried out, by more doctors and more nurses than ever before.Thats a tribute to everyone who works in the NHS.But also to one man – Jeremy Hunt – who is one of the most passionate advocates for patients and for the doctors, nurses and others who work in our health service that I have ever known.So lets have no more of Labours absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion.Lets put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.Lets make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants.They gave up that right when they adopted the politics of division. When their extreme ideological fixations led them to simply stop listening to the country.When they abandoned the centre ground.And let us take this opportunity to show that we, the Conservative Party, truly are the party of the workers…the party of public servants…the party of the NHS.Because we believe in public service. We believe in investing in and supporting the institutions that make our country great.We believe in the good that government can do.Government cannot stand aside when it sees social injustice and unfairness. If we want to make sure Britain is a country that works for everyone, government has to act to make sure opportunity is fairly shared.And I want us to be a country where it doesnt matter where you were born, who your parents are, where you went to school, what your accent sounds like, what god you worship, whether youre a man or a woman, gay or straight, or black or white.All that should matter is the talent you have and how hard youre prepared to work.But if were honest well admit thats simply not the case for everyone today.Advancement in todays Britain is still too often determined by wealth or circumstance.By an accident of birth rather than talent.By privilege not merit.Rebalancing our economy is a start, but if were serious about overturning some of the longstanding injustices and barriers that stop working people from getting on, we need that economic reform to be allied with genuine and deep social reform too.Because a society that works for everyone is a society based on fairness. And only genuine social reform can deliver it.Genuine social reform means helping more people onto the housing ladder. It means making sure every child has access to a good school place.It means never writing off people who can work and consigning them to a life on benefits, but giving them the chance to go out and earn a living and to enjoy the dignity that comes with a job well done.But for those who cant work, we must offer our full support – which is why it was so important that Damian Green announced on Saturday that we will end the mandatory retesting of those with chronic health conditions that only induces stress but does nothing at all to help.And genuine social reform means addressing historic injustices that hold too many people back.Some of my proudest moments as Home Secretary came when we began to tackle deep-seated and long-standing problems that few had dared to tackle before.I introduced the first ever Modern Slavery Act, bringing in tough new penalties to put slave masters behind bars, with life sentences for the worst offenders.I cut the polices use of stop and search by almost two thirds and reduced the disproportionate targeting of young, black men.And I know our impressive new Home Secretary Amber Rudd is committed to carrying on that work.But injustices remain.If you are from a black Caribbean background, you are three times more likely to be permanently excluded from school than other children.If you are a black woman, you are seven times more likely to be detained under mental health legislation than a white woman.People in ethnic minority households are almost twice as likely to live in relative poverty as white people.But it is not just those from minority backgrounds who are affected.White working class boys are less likely to go to university than any other group in society.We cannot let this stand – not if a country that works for everyone is the principle that binds us all together.Thats why I have launched an unprecedented audit of public services to shine a light on these racial disparities and let us do something about them.Because they are all burning injustices, and I want this government – this Conservative Government – to fight every single one of them.A society that works for everyone is one of fairness and opportunity. A society in which everyone has the chance to go as far as their talents will take them.Thats why in one of the first speeches I gave as Prime Minister I set out my plans to transform Britain into a Great Meritocracy.And that starts in our schools.I want Britain to be a country in which every child has access to a good school place thats right for that individual child.Because Britain after Brexit will need to make use of all of the talent we have in this country.We have come a long way.Thanks to the free schools and academies programme and the efforts of teachers, heads and governors, there are now 1.4 million more children in good and outstanding schools compared with 2010.But we need to go further. Because there are still one and a quarter million children in schools that are just not good enough.And if you live in the Midlands or the North, you have less chance of attending a good school than children in the South.This simply cannot go on.Thats why Justine Greening and I have set out a new package of reforms, building on Michael Goves success, to increase the number of good school places across the country…so theres not just a school place for every child, but a good school place for every child. A school place that suits the skills, interests and abilities of every single pupil.That is why we want more of our great universities to set up or sponsor schools in the state sector – just as the University of Birmingham has done, a few miles from here.Its why we are saying to the great private schools that – in return for their charitable tax status – we want them to do more to take on children without the means to pay, or set up and sponsor good state schools.It is why we want more good faith schools for parents and pupils who want them.And it is why we have said – where there is demand from parents, where they will definitely take pupils from all backgrounds, where they will play a part in improving the quality of all schools in their area – we will lift the ban on establishing new grammar schools too.And here we see the challenge.Because for too long politicians have said to people and communities who are crying out for change that they cant have what they want.Theyve said we dont think you should have it, even though we might enjoy those very same things for ourselves.And you end up in the absurd situation where you stop these good, popular, life-changing schools from opening – by law.Imagine. Think of what that says.If youre rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child. You can send them to a selective private school. You can move to a better catchment area or afford to send them long distances to get the education you want.But if youre not, you cant.I can think of no better illustration of the problem – why ordinary working class people think its one rule for them, and another for everyone else.Because the message we are sending them is this: we will not allow their children to have the same opportunities that wealthier children enjoy.That is a scandal and we – the Conservative Party – must bring it to an end.A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONESo my vision is for Britain to be a Great Meritocracy.Thats what Ive always believed in. The cause that everything I have ever done in politics has been designed to serve.Because a country based on merit not privilege, is a country thats fair. And when we overcome unfairness and injustice, we can build that new united Britain that we need.And united, we can do great things.We saw that in the summer in Rio. We saw how individual success was powered by collective effort. How the dedication and talent of one was supported by a united team.And how a governments determination – John Majors Conservative Governments determination – to step up and back Britains sporting success contributed to such a remarkable result.We were honoured to welcome four members of the team – Helen Richardson-Walsh, Dame Sarah Storey, Vicky Thornley and Andrew Triggs-Hodge – to our conference on Monday.And to them – and to every athlete and every member of Team and Paralympics GB – we say, thank you. You did your country proud.It was a memorable summer for British sport, but one moment stood out for me above all other.It was not from Rio. It happened later. Just a couple of weeks ago on the sun-drenched streets of Cozumel in Mexico.There, our celebrated triathlon champion Jonny Brownlee was heading for glory, the finishing line in sight, when he faltered. Stopped. And was falling exhausted to the ground.And just behind him, his brother Alistair – a tough competitor who typically yields to no one – had the chance to run on and steal the prize.But seeing his brothers struggle, he didnt pass on by. As other competitors ran past, he stopped. Reached out his hand. And gently carried him home.And there in that moment, we saw revealed an essential truth. That we succeed or fail together. We achieve together or fall short together.And when one among us falters, our most basic human instinct is to put our own self-interest aside, to reach out our hand and help them over the line.Thats why the central tenet of my belief is that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest.We form families, communities, towns, cities, counties and nations. We have a responsibility to one another.And I firmly believe that government has a responsibility too.It is to act to encourage and nurture those relationships, networks and institutions – and to step up to correct injustices and tackle unfairness where it can – because these are the things that can drive us apart.Thats why I say today – as I have always said – that my mission – and the mission of this party – is to build a country that truly works for everyone, not just the privileged few.Its why when I stood on the steps of Number 10 for the first time as Prime Minister 84 days ago, I said that the Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the rich and powerful, but by the interests of ordinary, working class people.And this week, we have shown the country that we mean business.Not just protecting, but enhancing workers rights.Building an economy thats fair, where everyone plays by the same rules.Getting more houses built. More doctors in the NHS.Investing in things that will make our economy grow.Hundreds of great new schools. Universities and fee-paying schools helping state schools to improve.And yes, where parents want them and where theyll improve standards for children of whatever background – the first new grammar schools to open in England for fifty years.A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONEThis is a bold plan to bring Britain together. To build a new united Britain, rooted in the centre ground.An agenda for a new modern Conservatism. That understands the good government can do. That will never hesitate to face down the powerful when they abuse their positions of privilege.That will always act in the interests of ordinary, working class people.Thats what governments about: action. Its about doing something, not being someone.About identifying injustices, finding solutions, driving change. Taking, not shirking, the big decisions. Having the courage to see things through.Its not always glamorous or exciting, but at its best its a noble calling.And where many just see government as the problem, I want to show it can be part of the solution too.And I know this to be true.For as I leave the door of my office at Number 10, I pass that famous staircase – the portraits of prime ministers past lined up along the wall.Men – and of course one woman – of consequence, who have steered this country through difficult times – and changed it for the better too.Theres Disraeli, who saw division and worked to heal it. Churchill, who confronted evil and had the strength to overcome. Attlee, with the vision to build a great national institution. And Lady Thatcher who taught us we could dream great dreams again.Those portraits remind me of the good that government can do.That nothing good comes easy.But with courage and vision and determination you can always see things through.And as I pass them every day, I remember that our nation has been shaped by those who stepped up to be counted when the big moments came.Such opportunities are rare, but we face such a moment today.A moment that calls us to respond and to reshape our nation once again.Not every generation is given this opportunity.Not every generation called to step up in such a way.But this is our generations moment.To write a new future upon the page.To bring power home and make decisions… here in Britain.To take back control and shape our future… here in Britain.To build an outward looking, confident, trading nation… here in Britain.To build a stronger, fairer, brighter future… here in Britain.That is the opportunity we have been given.And the responsibility to grasp it falls upon us all.So to everyone here this morning – and the millions beyond whether leavers or remain – I say:Come with me and well write that brighter future.Come with me and well make that change.Come with me as we rise to meet this moment.Come with me and together lets seize the day. 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Media cos execs dropping out of Saudi investment conf over disappearance of

first_imgHuman rights activists hold pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey 9 October. Photo: ReutersMedia companies are pulling out of a Saudi investment conference because of growing outrage over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist in Turkey.Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes will not participate in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, spokeswoman Lauren Hackett said in an email.Andrew Ross Sorkin, a CNBC anchor and New York Times business journalist, tweeted that he was not attending the conference, saying he was “terribly distressed by the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and reports of his murder.”Pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi policies, went missing. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 Oct.The New York Times Co has also decided to pull out of the event as a media sponsor, spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said.The Financial Times said in a statement that it was reviewing its involvement as a media partner.Uber Technologies Inc chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement he won’t attend the FII conference in Riyadh unless substantially different set of facts emerge.Viacom Inc CEO Bob Bakish, who was slated to speak at the conference, has decided to not attend the event, company spokesman Justin Dini said.Other media companies slated to appear at the conference include CNN and Bloomberg, according to the event’s website.The disappearance of Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post, has cast a shadow over the three-day conference known as “Davos in the desert,” which is scheduled to begin on 23 October. The Post is owned by Inc founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos.The event attracted some of the world’s business elite including Wall Street’s top bosses and executives from multinational media, tech and financial services companies.Turkish officials have said Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate where he went to get documents for his planned marriage. Riyadh has said the claims are baseless.JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon is scheduled to speak, as is Mastercard Inc CEO Ajay Banga. Representatives for both companies did not respond to requests for comment.Another billionaire, Steve Case, one of the founders of AOL, also decided to distance himself from Saudi Arabia, saying he would no longer attend the event.“In light of recent events, I have decided to put my plans on hold, pending further information regarding Jamal Khashoggi.” Case tweetedKhashoggi’s disappearance has led officials and business leaders to drop out of another one of Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s large projects.On Wednesday, former US energy secretary Ernest Moniz said that he had suspended his role on the board of Saudi Arabia’s planned mega business zone NEOM until more is known about what happened.Moniz was named on Tuesday as one of 18 people advising the $500 billion NEOM project. The crown prince said last week that the NEOM business zone would build two to three towns each year starting in 2020 and be completed by 2025.The Harbour Group, a Washington firm that has been advising Saudi Arabia since April 2017, ended its $80,000 a month on Thursday. “We have terminated the relationship,” managing director Richard Mintz said.British billionaire Richard Branson said on Thursday that his Virgin Group would suspend its discussions with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over a planned $1 billion investment in the group’s space ventures, in light of events involving Khashoggilast_img read more

Researchers Study Diggcom to Investigate Collective Attention

first_imgIn a world where millions of people are bombarded with thousands of messages daily, understanding how some messages become popular among large populations is vital for successful advertising, marketing and journalism strategies. The researchers also analyzed the probability distribution of stories based on the total number of diggs received, which is approximately log-normal. Specifically, most popular stories quickly climb to 200 diggs, but the largest section (20%) tops off at between 400 and 600 diggs. After that, the distribution of diggs drops off more gradually, with a handful reaching up past the 3000-digg mark.This study is one of the first to analyze data on collective attention from very large groups of people in a non-laboratory, yet isolated, setting. As such, the researchers hope that the results will help experts in choosing which items to display in different types of news media, advertising, or any other medium that relies on social networking to spread its content.“Our theory points to a methodology for displaying content on a portal,” Huberman said. “If one is interested in maximizing the number of views of the portal, then given our theory and a few measurements, they can decide on posting the newest stories first (like digg does now) or the more favorite ones.”More information:HP’s Information Dynamics Lab:, Fang, and Huberman, Bernardo A. “Novelty and collective attention.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. November 6, 2007, vol. 104, no. 45, 17599-17601.Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further AI creatives play with scary music, zany costume ideas as part of Halloween Researchers Fang Wu and Bernardo Huberman from Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, thought that the popularity of an idea or item in a large population should depend on its novelty, which tends to decrease over time due to a variety of factors. In order to test this idea, the researchers analyzed how a news story propagates on the interactive Web site Their results, which are published in PNAS, analyze 29,864 popular digg stories during the year 2006, with more than 1 million users determining the popularity of the submissions.“The greatest significance of our results is that we were able to establish a connection between novelty and collective attention in large groups of people,” Huberman told “Psychologists have studied the interplay between novelty and attention with human subjects for many years, but never at the group level on such a scale.”Among Wu and Huberman’s results is the existence of a natural time scale over which attention grows and fades. Since the researchers only considered popular stories (those which made it to the front page, based on a complex algorithm), the initial growth must be rapid. However, once a story makes it to the front page, the data indicate a straight correlation between the average log of diggs and the time variance. In other words, the more popular a story becomes, the faster it spreads.“Basically, at any given time, a group of n people will read the story, digg it and tell it to others, but only some random fraction of those told will actually read and digg the story,” Huberman explained. “This process, which naively would lead to multiplicative growth in the number of diggs, is counteracted by the fact that the novelty of the story is decaying in time. When put together, this process leads to a log-normal distribution of the number of diggs and also to a fast increase at the beginning that tapers off with a rate predicted by our equations, and verified to high precision with the data.”As for the decline of interest in a story, a story’s digg rate decays, on average, following a stretched exponential law. This is because many factors contribute to the decreasing novelty of a successful story (such as topic category, time of day when it was made popular, etc.). Since individual stories tend to fade exponentially, the combined result looks like a stretched exponential. Interestingly, stretched exponentials have been used to explain other decays, such as the discharge of a capacitor and luminescence decays.center_img One result of the study: The distribution of 29,864 popular stories on by the number of diggs each story received. The log-normal distribution shows that more than half of the stories received 200-800 diggs, with the number of stories with more than 800 diggs gradually decreasing up to about 4000 diggs. Credit: Fang Wu and Bernardo Huberman. ©2007 PNAS. Citation: Researchers Study to Investigate Collective Attention (2007, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. 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first_img June 16, 2008 – Philips is showcasing what is reportedly the ever large bore PET/CT system—the Philips GEMINI TF Big Bore, with a full 85-centimeter bore for PET and CT scans, that allows for positioning flexibility and has a rigid table design to meet the accuracy requirements for treatment planning, according to the company.The GEMINI TF Big Bore allows clinicians to image patients in the same position they are treated, expanding PET/CT capabilities beyond diagnosis, staging and follow-up to include therapy planning. The system combines Philips’ GEMINI TF time-of-flight PET imaging technologies with its Brilliance Big Bore CT localization to consolidate radiation oncology procedures, increase potential for greater accuracy and improve scheduling. It is reportedly the first system that offers tools and protocols to easily integrate PET functional images into radiation oncology, said to help to consolidate procedures while maintaining premium image quality.The first Philips GEMINI TF Big Bore will be installed later this year in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine as part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in conjunction with the Abramson Cancer Center and the Roberts Proton Therapy Center.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | June 15, 2008 Large Bore PET/CT System Aims for Flexibility Related Content The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. 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