OnTheMarket claims 10 million visits in three months

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » OnTheMarket claims 10 million visits in three months previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnTheMarket claims 10 million visits in three monthsOnTheMarket.com is targeting the number two position in the portals market by the start of next year.PROPERTYdrum13th May 20150521 Views OnTheMarket.com (OTM) claims to have attracted 10 million visits since launching three months ago.The agent-owned portal, launched with a view to disrupting the portal business and breaking the ‘duopoloy’ held by Rightmove and Zoopla, says it has achieved 90 million page views since 26th January, supported by a very heavy advertising campaign on national TV, in the press and online.In the first 100 days since it launched, OTM’s TV advert has been aired more than 5,000 times and watched by 44.8 million people. Across print media, more than 100 press adverts have run and our online adverts have generated around 155 million impressions, while their pay-per-click campaign has delivered some 55 million more.During April, OTM says it received 3.5 million visits with an average of 9.31 pages viewed and an average of 6.5 minutes spent on the site by each user. It says the traffic information was generated by Google Analytics.The latest website traffic data claims from OTM contradict Zoopla Property Group, which has issued a number of press releases in recent weeks claiming that the volume of visitors to OTM has been in decline, and that agents listing their properties on the website are not receiving good value for money, as part of a wider anti-OTM campaign.OTM has recruited more than 800 estate and letting agent offices this year alone and now has a membership of over 5,000 offices which consists of in excess of 2,500 firms, with over 27 per cent of its member offices opting to upload their new to market properties exclusively to OTM ahead of any other property portal.“We are confident in becoming the number two property portal by the end of January 2016 on our way to achieving our medium term objective of becoming the market leader,” said Ian Springett (left), Chief Executive of OnTheMarket.com.He added, “We are experiencing impressive levels of returning visitors as well as a high percentage of new ones, while consumers and agents tell us the website is clean and fresh and they are impressed by its lightning speed and by its responsive design (unique among the major portals). This allows it to adapt to the screen size of whatever device is being used to view it.”Board member, Paul Masters (right), Group Marketing and Operations Director at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward, believes that OTM is “having a great impact on the industry” and it is “moving into second place rapidly”, while William Wells of Mullucks Wells insisted that his agency’s decision to drop Zoopla and list properties on OTM was the “right decision” and that the company “wouldn’t want to reverse it.”OnTheMarket OTM web visits May 13, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Republic of Korea Navy assumes command of CTF 151

first_img navaltoday Authorities View post tag: CMF June 28, 2019, by Back to overview,Home naval-today Republic of Korea Navy assumes command of CTF 151 The Kuwait Naval Forces handed over command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy after conducting a change of command ceremony at CMF Headquarters in Bahrain on June 20.Kuwait Naval Forces took over command of CTF 151 in February of this year and during his tenure as commander of CTF 151, Captain Alajmi led a multinational staff of Kuwaiti, Australian, Bahraini, Brazilian, Omani, Japanese and American personnel.The ROK Navy has commanded CTF 151 five times over the last ten years.On assuming command, Rear Admiral Yu said: “As the old proverb says ‘Freedom is not free’. Therefore, as a new commander assuming the prestigious duty of Commander CTF 151, I pledge to devote myself to deterring piracy activity as well as maintaining peace and security that we have forged for the last decade.”“This CTF 151 command led by the Republic of Korea is now fully prepared to step forward to the common goal as one team,” he added.The principle mission of CTF 151 is to deter and disrupt piracy and armed robbery in the maritime environment. The task force engages with regional and other partners to build capacity and improve relevant capabilities.In conjunction with forces from the European Union Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR) and other independent nations, CTF 151 helps patrol the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin, and the Maritime Security Transit Corridor, which encompasses the IRTC and extends it through the Bab Al Mandeb into the Southern Red Sea. View post tag: Republic of Korea Navy View post tag: Kuwait Navy Republic of Korea Navy assumes command of CTF 151 View post tag: CTF151 Share this articlelast_img read more

Leelah Alcorn remembered in student organised vigil

first_img“In addition to this a petition, which currently has around 200,000 signatures, has been produced that calls for an end to transgender conversion therapy, one of the direct causes of Leelah’s hopelessness. Finally there have been candlelit vigils across the world, the largest being the ‘Stand Up 4 Leelah Candle Vigil’ in Columbus, Ohio on January 2nd.”Davis explained the purpose of the vigil, “First it is there simply to remember a life cut so short by someone that shared our struggles, a girl killed by systemic transmisogyny. Second it is there to remind people that her death was a political death, that when a member of our community is brutalised at the hands of oppression we must all fight back. Third it is a reminder to other folks that we are more than just individuals in this struggle, that as a community we are stronger and that we can create positive change.“It is deeply saddening that Leelah’s parents are still refusing to give her the basic respect she deserves, even in death, and so the fourth purpose of this vigil is to do what they will not and mourn a sister.” Smith further commented, “Leelah left us with an instruction to ‘fix society’. This vigil, as well as remembering her, is hopefully the starting position to a place change where we won’t see another dead Trans teen, a murdered Trans woman of colour, improved health care, understanding of Trans issues and people away from a fixation on our genitals to our lived experience.“Rest in power, Leelah.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG%%10747%%[/mm-hide-text]Statistics published in January 2014 found that 41 per cent of those who responded to the US-based National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported a suicide attempt. This is in contrast to the 10 per cent to 20 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults who reported an attempted suicide, and the 4.6 per cent of the overall population of the USA who reported an attempted suicide.Attendees of the vigil left candles, flowers and other messages. Over 400 people were marked as attending the vigil on the Facebook event. A vigil organised by Oxford undergraduates was held at 1pm yesterday in Trafalgar Square to memorialise the death of Leelah Alcorn, a trans girl who committed suicide on December 28th 2014.Leelah Alcorn, from Kings Mills, Ohio, was found dead on the Interstate 71, having killed herself. In a pre-scheduled post on Tumblr published after her death, Alcorn wrote, “The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights. Gender needs to be taught about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something. My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say ‘that’s fucked up’ and fix it. Fix society. Please.”Two Oxford students, Rowan Davis and Kae Smith, were involved in the organisation of the vigil. The two told Cherwell, “In her widely publicised final words published on her Tumblr blog [since removed from the social media site], she gave the cause of death as a lack of access to trans related healthcare and the associated sense of helplessness in the face of systemic transmisogyny. In light of Leelah’s death, there has been an unprecedented outpouring of grief and anger by the trans community and its allies, with well known celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Laverne Cox voicing their anger across social media platforms.Leelah’s note checked parents on intolerance, challenged medical gatekeepers, highlighted power of social media & upheld self-determination.— Janet Mock (@janetmock) December 30, 2014Just heard about #LeelahAlcorn – so so sad. A lack of understanding for people like her so so common.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 30, 2014last_img read more

University Q&A: No safety net for 2021 examinations, residency requirement remains in Hilary

first_imgWilliams continued by stating that the University is “trying to make sure that what we are offering this year is a fair assessment and a level playing field for all students”. However, Declared to have Deserved Honours and Declared to have Deserved Masters degrees will still continue to be options for those who are “unable to take these assessments”. The previous safety net policy gave “faculties the choice of how results are calculated, with the option to exclude or adjust the weighing of results obtained in remote assessments” with the aim that no student should be “disadvantaged by the conditions in which they revise for and sit their exams in the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic”. At a COVID-19 question and answer session on Tuesday 17th November, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Martin Williams, confirmed that there are no plans for a safety net policy for examinations taken this academic year, stating that we are “in a significantly different situation to last year” and “students engaged with alternative forms of assessment very well”. Student responses to the webinar were mixed. While some were encouraged by the question and answer session, saying “thank you… all you’ve done so far, it’s really impressive”, another was far more damning, claiming that “communication has been terribly short-sighted, making planning impossible and increasing anxiety”. Tuition fees and finances Residency requirements Regarding the University’s overall response to the pandemic, Young was more positive, saying he “feel[s] reasonably comfortable that in Oxford we’ve handled the pandemic well, certainly in comparison to other universities”, helped by the collegiate system and the adoption of households within colleges. He continued that “the household system has been the reason we’ve managed to contain Covid… they have a price, which is the self-isolation of a larger group, but it’s a price I think is well worth paying”. However, he said that he hoped, over the vacation, colleges would consider their household arrangements so “friendship groups can migrate into households”.  The Pro-Vice-Chancellor praised the “really fantastic, constructive behaviour from [the] student body” and the slight drop in coronavirus cases. Professor Chris Conlon (Professor of Infectious Diseases, and Chair of the University Health Medical Advisory Group) elaborated on this, saying there has been “very little transmission of infection within departments and almost none within teaching spheres”. Some students did raise the possibility of a tuition fee refund or reduction, citing lack of access to facilities under the current circumstances. Williams stated that he would “push back on the idea that the university is spending less on providing education this year” and that “at this stage, we are not considering any fee reductions”. Miles Young, the Warden of New College and Chair of the Conference of Colleges, continued that there has been a “huge extra cost”, including buying perspex and “ensuring that tutorials are delivered properly”, particularly “at a time when our revenues are absolutely diminished by loss of all sorts of revenue streams”, such as conferences and visiting students. He concluded: “The problem smaller colleges have is, frankly, finding a way to survive”. 2021 exams Williams also discussed the likelihood of alternative modes of assessments, including open-book exams or examinations sat remotely, saying “we think about two-thirds of exams will switch to an alternative format”, but that some for some courses, particularly those which deal with “mathematical problem-solving”, examinations should still be taken in person and invigilated traditionally.  Pandemic response Image Credit: Billy Wilson // Flickr. Licence: CC BY-NC 2.0. Many questions were raised regarding plans for Hilary term. Professor Roger Goodman, the Co-Chair of the Hilary and Trinity Term Co-ordination Group, explained that the University is “still at the mercy of government regulations” regarding an in-person term, but that – barring government regulations – students should expect to return to their colleges in January. Explaining the University’s decision to make residency required rather than optional, Williams stated: “our feeling is that there is a lot more to being an Oxford student than just the face-to-face teaching”, including “access to labs, access to libraries, access to each other, to the opportunity to work in a scholarly environment”. Addressing those who are studying remotely this term after applying for an exemption to the residency requirements, he explained that “students who were granted a residency exemption this term [which he clarified to be before 1 November] will be able to roll that over to next term if they wish” but that he “would encourage students to return to Oxford if they can”.last_img read more

News story: Report outlines depth of UK-Australia investment relationship

first_imgThe Australia-UK trading relationship has also gone from strength to strength in recent years, increasing almost 10 per cent since 2012 to reach £14.9 billion in 2017.Recent major investment successes include BAE Systems, who have been awarded Australia’s ‘SEA 5000’ Future Frigate contract. The agreement is worth up to £20 billion, and will see nine new ships built in Adelaide, creating 4,000 jobs across Australia and boosting the economies of both countries.In the other direction, Australian direct investment in the UK grew 19% in the 7 years to 2017, to £47 billion, making the UK Australia’s second largest FDI destination.The UK and Australia established a Trade Working Group in September 2016 to explore the best ways of further progressing our trade and investment relationship.Background informationThe report has been produced jointly between the British High Commission, Canberra and the UK’s Department for International Trade, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), and the Australian-British Chamber of Commerce.The 18 companies profiled are: TransferWise (UK), AustralianSuper (AU), AstraZeneca (UK), CSL (AU), BT Group (UK), Airtasker (AU), George Weston Foods (UK), Hilton Food Group plc (UK), Nufarm (AU), Foresight Group (UK), Blue Ocean Monitoring (AU), Merlin Entertainment (UK), Firefly Learning (UK), Babcock International (UK), BAE Systems (UK), GFG Alliance (UK), Lendlease (AU) and Aberdeen Standard Investments (UK).The report focuses on opportunities in the following sectors: financial services and capital markets, innovation and R&D, services and technology, agribusiness and food, resources and energy, tourism and education, advanced manufacturing and defence, major infrastructure.Statistics on trade and investment figures provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.Minister Ciobo will be meeting UK International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox today. The report, Strong ties, growing stronger : Australia – United Kingdom investment relationship comes ahead of a meeting between UK International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, and Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, this afternoon which will focus on opportunities for deepening the bilateral relationship.The report profiles the success stories of 18 UK and Australian firms – from startups to international conglomerates – which contributed to total two-way investment of £459 billion.Companies such as AstraZeneca, AustralianSuper and TransferWise have ploughed investment into both countries, across sectors as diverse as financial services, agribusiness, education and health, creating many thousands of jobs and economic growth.Launching the report alongside Mr Ciobo today, Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart, said: This report highlights once again the sheer scale of investment opportunities that exist between the UK andAustralia. Investment from Australia and New Zealand was the source of 95 new projects last year, creating almost 2,500 British jobs. Our international economic department is determined to help UK and Australian businesses take fulladvantage of these opportunities, with our range of export and investment support including our new HM Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific, Natalie Black. Across diverse industries ranging from defence to education, technology and infrastructure, Australia and the UK continue to invest in ways that increase prosperity and create jobs in both countries. Both countries offer large, open and flexible economies as well as an ideal location from which to access other regional opportunities, be it in Europe or Asia. Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment said:last_img read more

News story: £2 million investment to help NHS achieve zero inpatient suicide ambition

first_imgThe Prime Minister has announced £2 million in funding for the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) over the next 2 years. The funding will help to reduce suicides across the NHS, with the aim of achieving zero inpatient suicides.It will be used to develop tools for the NHS and public and private partners. The tools will focus on: The ZSA will also develop their digital suicide prevention resource, capturing best practice and learning from across the UK and abroad, and explore the use of analytics to predict suicide risk.This funding is in addition to the £25 million in suicide prevention funding first announced in 2016. As part of that investment, NHS England is working with mental health trusts to implement zero suicide policies for inpatients and improve safety on wards.Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock said: Today’s announcement of government backing for the ZSA is fantastic news for every person who has ever struggled with suicidal thoughts and everyone left behind by someone who has taken their own life. The ZSA believe just one life lost is one too many. The ZSA is already acting as a catalyst and focal point for a broad range of suicide prevention activity across the widest possible group of mutually supportive NHS and partner organisations in this country. As part of this work, the Alliance training, which we developed here at Mersey Care, has now been taken by thousands of people with each one of them now becoming equipped to engage with those at risk. Moving forward, this funding will enable us to broaden our reach to include a range of options to ensure that NHS response to suicide is the very best it can be wherever you are when the need arises. training to prevent suicides improving safety ensuring lessons are learnt when suicides occurcenter_img Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and one of the founder members of the Zero Suicide Alliance, said: Every suicide is a preventable death and there’s so much more we can do to reduce the number of people lost to it. The Zero Suicide Alliance’s new training and awareness tools will help health and care staff recognise the signs and step in before it’s too late, as well ensuring openness and transparency when suicides do occur. On World Mental Health Day, this funding is a vital step forward to help further reduce inpatient suicide and underlines our commitment to bring down the number of suicides everywhere.last_img read more

Speech: I believe in the power of technology to make lives better

first_imgAnd the thing is, the premise of these accusations is true. We do need more doctors, and the technology isn’t perfect.But the response, to both of these challenges, is to make the technology better, not to reject it altogether, in a spirit of rational enquiry and scientific progress.The Spectator is part of a fine, enlightenment, intellectual tradition that has promoted this way of thinking for centuries.This is what the Spectator had to say in 1871, in a scathing piece attacking Gladstone’s government for dismissing vaccination rather than encouraging it: Quite right.Progress, by its nature, is never perfect. It’s piecemeal, it’s hard fought, it’s not the easy promises of populism. The NHS didn’t happen overnight with a click of the fingers to meet every need and fulfil every expectation – as some people would have you believe.It took years of painstaking preparations, tortuous negotiations, work to drive it forward in government, first by Conservative and then Labour ministers.Progress means we keep going, never settling, always aiming higher, always trying to make things better.Diagnose, test, solve, repeat.Testing hypothesis against objective fact, with an optimistic yet sceptical mind.We should look to the great Canadian ice skater Wayne Gretzky for inspiration on this, because the secret of Gretzy’s success was not going to where the puck is, but “where the puck is going”.And it’s this spirit of continuous improvement I believe we need in the NHS today.The NHS has always been at its best when it’s looked to the future and embraced new technology.Because of the decisions this Conservative government has taken – £34 billion extra a year, the longest and largest cash settlement in its history – the NHS can plan for the future with the confidence, and technology, that it needs.So what’s 2030 going to look like?Well, it’s probably not going to be flying cars and hoverboards – though after last week, who am I to predict the future?But I think we can be pretty certain that the digital revolution that has transformed the way we shop, eat, bank, travel, read, watch, and even find love, is going to have arrived in our hospitals and GP surgeries.Robotic surgery that’s less invasive, faster and with fewer errors.There’s the game-changing potential of AI and genomics to predict which of us are susceptible to which illnesses, diagnose those already ill faster, and develop tailor-made treatments to get us back to health.But it’s not just about this cutting-edge technology. It’s about getting the basics right.You can file for divorce online – and a depressing 13 did on Christmas Day – yet not everywhere can you book a GP online.Even using existing technology we can do so much more: Now, some may argue that we need to hold back this tide. That we should resist and fight back.There’s even a modern-day King Canute in the form of Jeremy Corbyn, who wants to tax robots.And I understand the impulses behind this view. It even turns out one of my ancestors was a leading, loom-smashing Luddite.Yet, history has shown us time and again, it’s better to shape change than to fight it.It’s better to be in favour of the future than live in fear of it.And when I am out in hospitals and talking to NHS teams across the country, I also know that people – patients and staff – are enthusiastic to embrace technology.They increasingly expect it to be there.Technology is across all other parts of their lives.They want to know why their mother can’t get the best cancer treatment.They want to know why their child has to wait longer to be diagnosed.Why does their GP need to wait for a letter in the post from their specialist when every other part of their life is managed online?So this is how we’re going to do it: there’s 3 parts to this approach:First: prediction prevention.We’re going to use technology to help us identify those of us who are at higher risk of developing a disease, and then use existing medicine and advice to help prevent us from becoming ill in the first place.Second: driving innovation across the NHS.So we’re introducing NHSX, a brand new, specialist bridge between the worlds of healthcare and technology.It’s going to work with industry and in-house teams to create a culture of innovation and experimentation within the NHS so proven, safe, tested existing technology spreads faster across the system – and we break up some of the silos that slow down progress.We’ll ensure we keep our first-ranked place at the forefront of the global debate around genomics so we can create an ethical framework to ensure this exciting new tech is developed responsibly.Later this week, we will celebrate the brilliant 100,000 Genomes Project, which has harnessed whole genome sequencing to discover new diagnoses and better treatments for patients with rare diseases and cancer.We’re world-leaders, but we’re not resting on our laurels.We’re going further with an ambitious target of sequencing one million whole genomes.It’s not just about these 2 areas. Across the board the NHS needs a culture of seeking out and sucking in the best innovations on the planet.We’ve got to stay at the cutting edge.Third, and this is the most important for me: people.The reason I care about tech is because I care about people.We should never lose sight of that when we’re talking about the latest gadgets and scientific breakthroughs.The only reason tech and innovation matters is because people matter.Getting it right in the NHS means your child, your partner, your parents, have a better chance of survival.But there is another important – and often missed – benefit to good technology.The best technology can also help doctors, the nurses, the paramedics and healthcare staff, who make the NHS what it is.The right tech makes their lives easier. In the words of Eric Topol: it gives back the gift of time.Because no robot is ever going to replicate human empathy.No machine can replace what makes us human – the caring.So the great big team that is the NHS – everyone in every part of the NHS – will need to be a part of this new era in NHS technology, and that involves training.Because by embracing and shaping technology, we can harness progress to help people.And I want to end on this point of progress.Barack Obama said: Or: Stop worrying about technology: there’s a shortage of doctors. It could almost have been written today.And I love this example from the Spectator archives, a leader column from 2 July 1948, 3 days before the NHS was born: new software to support remote monitoring of vulnerable and elderly people in their own homes video consultations – so more accessible and flexible appointments wearables that track vital signs and gently motivate us towards healthier lifestyles There are too few doctors for the anticipated demand, there are far too few nurses, [the majority of dentists appear for the moment to be standing aloof from the scheme]…. But it is undoubtedly right to get the health service started. Whenever it was started it would be imperfect, and need to be amended and improved in the light of experience….But the nation will soon possess the best medical service in the world. If vaccination were to be abandoned, the result would be that smallpox would become not an epidemic, but a pestilence, spreading infection far and wide, fatal in the majority of cases, inflicting permanent injuries on the survivors…. This is the teaching of medical science, and against this we are asked to put the ‘conscientious belief’ of a few people that medical science is either mistaken or dishonest. This technology isn’t perfect – we shouldn’t use it. If you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you did not know who you would be – whether you were going to be born into a wealthy family or a poor family, what country you’d be born in, whether you were going to be a man or a woman – if you have to choose blindly what moment you’d want to be born, you’d choose now. I want to talk this morning about the future of healthcare.And I want to talk about technology.I am well known as a technology enthusiast – and not just because I have my own app.Since I have been Health Secretary, I have put shoulder to the wheel to get out-of-date technology, which is no longer fit for purpose, like fax machines and pagers, out of the NHS – and get the best new technology in.We may be making some progress – and I am determined to continue.Today, I want to talk about why.Why do I care about the best technology in healthcare?Because I believe in the power of technology to make human lives better.Why should anyone care about the best technology in healthcare? Because to care about technology is to care about people.People. That’s always been what all the tech, all the scientific developments and healthcare innovation is all about.And there are some naysayers.But Britain has always been on the cutting edge – driven by a desire to develop new ways to improve lives and save lives.Vaccination, immunisation, IVF – pioneered by British scientists with a mission to save lives, improve lives, give the gift of life itself.Yet all those vital technologies we take for granted now were once scary and unknown.Take IVF – first conceived at the Royal Oldham Hospital.It’s become a routine medical practice within my lifetime, but not that long ago serious scientists were saying it couldn’t be done, or shouldn’t be done.More than 8 million children have been born with the help of IVF.Every one of us knows some of the millions of parents who have experienced the joy and miracle of parenthood that they wouldn’t have otherwise known. I know some of those parents and I have seen the joy it brings.All because of the genius of human ingenuity, and pursuit of innovation, in a mission to make life better for people who couldn’t conceive children on their own.All because someone cared enough to do something about it.It’s my firm belief that robotics, personalised medicines, artificial Intelligence and genomic sequencing will all, in time, come to be considered a routine, everyday part of healthcare.And yes, there are important ethical questions.And yes, we must answer these.And yes, we must take people with us.But no, we must not stop the clock, and reject technology because it’s too controversial or too hard.I believe we must make the case for tech in a humane, compassionate, caring way.Listening to people’s fears, not dismissing them.I believe in the innate and instinctive desire in all of us to care for those we love. And all this new health technology has the same simple quest to do just that: to help care for each other.Helping to heal the nation, and we could probably all do with a little healing right now.Because the future, the unknown, provokes strong emotions in people: excitement, curiosity, and of course fear.Unchallenged, fear can triumph over reason, particularly when it comes to tech.And from Malthus on, most of those apocalyptic, prophets of doom turn out be spectacularly wrong. And often not because the premise of the concern is wrong: Malthus was right to worry how we’d feed ourselves.But wrong because they ignore the capacity of human ingenuity to shape technological development: to bend the power of science to human ends.The naysayers, they say to me: Right now is the best time ever to be alive.Just down the road from here was the Central London Recruiting Depot during the First World War.Like many of us, my great-grandfather served in that war.He had served in the Boer War and in 1914 signed up, and spent the first 3 years training troops here in Blighty.When we got short on men, he was sent out to France in March 1917, and in October he was injured when a shell exploded next to him and he was sent back to recuperate.But we’re made of determined stuff in my family.In 4 months he was patched up, sent out again, and back into the trenches.A few weeks later, he was shot through the shoulder.He survived, but this time they thought they better give him an honourable discharge.He cheated death twice in a year of front-line service.The average life expectancy in the trenches was just 6 weeks, boys as young as 16 served on the frontline.A century ago, if you managed to come through the war unscathed, you could expect to live to 50 if you were a man, or 55 if you were a woman.An infection was the most common cause of death.Tens of thousands of children didn’t live to see their first birthday.Now, thanks to antibiotics, immunisation, better public health and hygiene, a child born in the UK today has a good chance of living to 100.And we led this change.Nightingale, Fleming, Crick and the rest.We must cherish and learn from this proud history, without ever being complacent or captured by the past.And this is what I believe:We led this change because of scientific progress.We did it because technology was harnessed for human good.We did it because we looked forward.So, let’s look forward now with confidence and optimism – as we have done before.Let’s embrace the innovations.Let’s believe in Britain.And let’s shape a better future for all.last_img read more

Gary Clark Jr., Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Announce One-Night-Only Co-Bill At Merriweather Post Pavilion

first_imgNathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will team up with Gary Clark Jr. for a performance at Columbia, MD’s Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, August 25th.Fan club tickets for the one-night-only performance are available now on a first come, first served basis here. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 25th, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.Related: Tom Morello Releases “Can’t Stop The Bleeding” Featuring Gary Clark Jr. & Gramatik [Listen]The joint performance comes in the midst of extensive summer touring plans for both acts. For a full list of Gary Clark Jr.’s upcoming tour dates, head to his website here. For a list of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ upcoming tour dates, hit the band’s website here.last_img

US consumer spending fell 0.2% in December in face of virus

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers slowed their spending by 0.2% in December, cutting back for a second straight month in a worrisome sign for an economy struggling under the weight of a still out-of-control pandemic. The decline reported Friday by the Commerce Department followed a seasonally adjusted 0.7% drop in November. It was the latest sign that consumers, whose spending is the primary driver of the U.S. economy, are hunkered down and avoiding traveling, shopping and dining out. Since making a brief bounce-back from the viral pandemic last spring, consumer spending has barely grown. Sales at retailers have declined for three straight months.last_img

Secretary Markowitz to Present the 2008 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards

first_imgSecretary of State Deb Markowitz to Present the 2008 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit AwardsVermont’s Oldest Nonprofits to be Honored at a Statehouse CeremonyVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will be presenting the 2008 Vermont Centennial Nonprofit Awards on Thursday, September 25, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. at a ceremony in the historic Vermont Statehouse. Twenty-six of Vermont’s oldest nonprofits will be honored for over 100 years of continuous operation in Vermont. Secretary Markowitz will be joined by Governor Jim Douglas in expressing appreciation for the contributions of these organizations to the state’s heritage.For more information about the awards and a list of the 2008 recipients, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/centennial_nonprofit.html(link is external)###last_img read more