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Jordan: Israeli Girl Caught Almost Naked in Saudi Car

Rabat – Jordanian police have reportedly arrested the driver of a car with a Saudi Arabian license plate for driving with an almost naked Israeli girl, in the capital Amman.The arrest comes in response to the controversy stirred across Jordan, after a video of the incident was posted on YouTube. The video went viral on social media in Jordan, causing a wave of outrage among locals, before it was deleted for containing aggressive scenes. Multiple local media reports said that the video showed the Saudi car moving slowly on the main road that leads near the Amman Queen Alia International Airport, while the girl can be seen from the window topless.Erem News quoted a security source as saying Jordanian police will not tolerate such acts on the Jordanian territory. The same source confirmed the arrest of the Saudi car driver, saying that the suspect will be prosecuted.Erem News said in the same report that the Israeli girl threatened to submit a complaint to the Israeli embassy in Jordan, against the journalist who posted the video on YouTube. read more

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Firm to reapply for hotly contested natural gas pipeline

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — An Oklahoma company says it will reapply to build a hotly contested pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and under a bay and the ocean to New York.Tulsa-based Williams Companies says it will reapply for key environmental permits that were rejected Wednesday night by New Jersey regulators.The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection rejected the permits without prejudice, meaning the company can reapply.Thursday morning, the company said it would do that.Williams says the pipeline is necessary to ensure adequate heating and energy for the New York region.Environmentalists oppose it, saying it will damage Raritan Bay by stirring up tons of contaminated particles now resting on the bottom and covered by sand.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

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UN steps up efforts to contain cholera outbreak in Haiti

As of Wednesday, the Haitian health ministry has confirmed 4,649 hospitalizations and 305 deaths due to cholera, with cases having been confirmed in three of the country’s 10 departments – Artibonite, Central and North.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that it is working with local authorities to bury the bodies of those who suffered from cholera as safely as possible.The Office reported today that nearly two thirds of communities at the epicentre of the outbreak have received water purification tablets and supplies in the past five days.OCHA spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva that it is still a priority to provide treatment centres with supplies to treat cholera patients, support the health ministry in its public information campaign, disseminate water purification tablets and rehydration salts on a large scale, and ensure that there are enough medical experts in the Artibonite region.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with its Government and relief partners, continues to increase education and information campaigns, contingency planning and cholera prevention activities in camps for those uprooted by January’s catastrophic earthquake in parts of Haiti, especially the hardest-hit city and capital, Port-au-Prince.In the past few days, UNICEF has reached tens of thousands of children in and around the camps with messages on the need for hygiene safety. The agency is working on an emergency plan for Port-au-Prince which would also include setting up treatment centres in the city.The health ministry, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and others are continuing to transport urgently-needed medical supplies and personnel to treat cases.WHO spokesperson Paul Garwood said the agency has distributed more than 64,000 oral rehydration salt sachets, enough to treat 20,000 moderate cholera cases, as well as enough intravenous fluids to treat 3,500 severe cases.He said that the agency fears that even more cases could be reported, underscoring that intensive measures are ongoing to inform people about health issues and to urge people exhibiting symptoms to seek medical care as quickly as possible.For its part, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing ready-to-eat meals and dry rations to hospitals, and has also procured 20 metric tons of soap for hygiene trainings in schools in affected areas as part of its school feeding programme. 29 October 2010With the number of confirmed cholera deaths climbing in Haiti, the United Nations and its partners continue to enhance their operations to contain the outbreak, deploying medicines and medical experts to the impoverished Caribbean nation. read more

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Angunukolapelessa prisoners suspend strike

Security had been tightened in the prison following the protest. (Colombo Gazette) Inmates of the Angunukolapelessa prison who launched a protest on a tower in the prison yesterday, suspended their strike today.The strike was called off following talks held with the relevant officials. Remand prisoners of the Angunukolapelessa prison launched the protest objecting to search operations being conducted in the new prison.The Special Task Force had launched search operations in the prison.

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Annan again vows prompt action on OilforFood report

Video of press remarks [03mins] Declaring that he did not want a shadow to hang over the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today again pledged prompt action after an interim report by an independent panel faulted the official in charge of the UN-managed Iraqi Oil-for-Food Programme for “ethically improper” conduct.Mr. Annan told reporters that his lawyers are working on the disciplinary action that he said yesterday would be taken against the defunct programme’s head, Benon Sevan, who has now retired from the UN, and Joseph Stephanides, another official involved in the multi-billion dollar initiative – the world body’s largest ever – under which Iraq, then sanctions-bound, was allowed to sell oil for food and other humanitarian supplies.”Obviously, there were some hard knocks in the report, and we are concerned about it, and this is why we intend to take action promptly,” Mr. Annan said in reply to reporters’ questions on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York.”We are as determined as everyone to get to the bottom of this. We do not want this shadow to hang over the UN, so we want to get to the bottom of it, get to the truth, and take appropriate measures to deal with the gaps.”The report by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC), named by Mr. Annan last year and headed by former United States Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker, concluded that Mr. Sevan’s actions “presented a grave and continuing conflict of interest” and his conduct “was ethically improper, and seriously undermined the integrity” of the UN.Asked whether the report was as bad as critics make it out to be, Mr. Annan replied: “I think for an organization like the UN, any hint of corruption and misbehaviour and that sort of disrespect for rules is harmful, and is dangerous and we cannot dismiss it, and we do take it seriously.”Asked whether he felt betrayed by Mr. Sevan’s actions in the report, he said: “I think I’m not the only who was shocked by what we read in the report. He has been here working with many of us for quite a time and we had not expected anything of the sort.”In a letter to all UN staff, the Secretary-General said he hoped the positive achievements of the programme would not be forgotten, that despite having “to work with a corrupt and despotic Iraqi regime under almost impossible conditions,” it delivered food rations sufficient to feed all 27 million Iraqis.”However serious the flaws revealed in this report, it does not support many of the wilder allegations made against the programme, such as that it was responsible for the alleged $21 billion of illicit revenue allegedly gained by Saddam Hussein through smuggling and other means between 1991 and 2003,” he wrote.”I remain convinced that there is no higher calling than the work of the United Nations, and I feel greatly privileged, as I always have done, to lead an Organization that commands the loyalty of so many brilliant and devoted men and women,” he concluded.”I firmly believe that together we can come through this crisis, and emerge better able to fulfil the trust and expectations that our member states and their citizens have placed in us.” read more

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Ontario to introduce bill that would regulate home inspectors

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2016 10:54 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Home inspectors in Ontario could soon be regulated under legislation the Liberal government intends to introduce this fall.Consumer Services Minister Marie-France Lalonde announced Wednesday that the bill would require home inspectors to be licensed, set minimum standards for contracts and home inspection reports, and establish a body to administer and enforce the licensing and regulations.“We all know that buying a home is the largest investment that many of us, many consumers, will make in their lifetime,” she said. “Consumers often rely on a home inspection report in order to make informed decisions when buying or selling a home.”The government estimates that in Ontario there are 1,500 home inspectors — one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction to not be provincially regulated.“This is clearly a gap in consumer protection in Ontario’s real estate sector and this can lead to serious consequences to consumers,” Lalonde said. “If potential home buyers and sellers end up getting a substandard inspection report, they’re at risk of being left with unexpected costs.”Ontario assembled a panel of industry experts in 2013 to draft a report on the issue and the panel recommended that inspectors be required to pass a written exam and a field test in order to become licensed. The panel also recommended having a single, clearly defined standard for all home inspections. Ontario to introduce bill that would regulate home inspectors read more

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So … Are The Buffalo Bills Actually Good

CHI59CHI63CHI 31, WSH 15+0.7– Comparing Josh Allen’s Bills to other 3-0 Buffalo startsQuarterback and team Elo ratings for Buffalo Bills teams that started a season 3-0, 1985-2019 BUF74BUF69BUF 21, CIN 17-5.0– LAC66LAC56HOU 27, LAC 20+9.6– Sources: Pro-Football-Reference, NFL Next Gen Stats 1991Jim Kelly263326621081701✓ QB Elo ratings are the number of Elo points a team would gain or lose if the main quarterback was replaced by a league-average starter from that season.Source: ESPN, Pro-Football-Reference.com Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 3Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 3 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game TEN67TEN61JAX 20, TEN 7+5.7– TB69TB64NYG 32, TB 31+5.2– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION YearPassesActualvs. ExpectedInterception%Poor Throw% 2008Trent Edwards536711-211535✓ So Allen may be getting better with his arm while remaining a threat with his legs. And as a team, Buffalo ranks ninth in total expected points added (EPA) per game so far this season, including 10th in special teams EPA, eighth in defensive EPA and sixth in defense against the pass specifically. ProFootballFocus grades safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer both as among the top 10 in the league at the position this season, two of 10 total Bills defenders who rank among the top 50 at their respective positions per PFF (and four who rank among the top 25). Last year’s Bills had one of the best EPA defenses in football as well, but they were undone by poor passing offense and special teams; if this year’s team has improved in those regards, Buffalo could have surprising staying power.Of course, the Bills have also played one of the easiest schedules in the NFL so far. The Jets, Giants and Bengals collectively had an average pregame Elo rating of 1415 going into their contests against Buffalo; only the Cowboys, whose opponents have averaged a pregame rating of 1392, have played a softer group of creampuffs this season. And now, here come the Patriots — the second-highest-ranked team in our Elo ratings. New England’s current rating of 1686 is the 13th-highest the Pats have ever had coming into a game against the Bills in the history of the rivalry. (If you can call it that — New England has won five straight and 33 of the past 37 meetings dating back to 2000.) The Pats’ defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown since last year’s AFC title game, and some folks are already talking about the possibility of another undefeated season in Foxboro.So let’s be honest: A lot of signs point to the Bills’ magical season-opening run coming to a screeching halt against New England this week. (Our model gives the Pats a 65 percent chance of winning, despite being on the road, and that’s conservative compared with the probability implied by the Vegas line.) But we also give Buffalo a 70 percent chance to make the playoffs — and for a franchise with only one playoff game under its belt since 1999, that’s as good an excuse for a raucous parking-lot celebration as anything else.Looking Ahead: Week 4Best matchup: No. 4 Dallas (-1) at No. 14 New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. ET SundayMatchup quality: 85th percentile2In terms of the harmonic mean of both teams’ QB-adjusted Elo ratings, relative to that figure for all regular-season NFL games this year.Matchup evenness: 89th percentileAs we wrote about in an earlier edition of the column, Dak Prescott of the Cowboys has been one of 2019’s breakout quarterbacks: According to our Elo QB value metric, only Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has been better on a per-game basis than Prescott this season. Now he’ll take Dallas and its 3-0 record into New Orleans to face Teddy Bridgewater and the Saints in our top game of the week. All things considered, Bridgewater was fine in his first game as Drew Brees’s stand-in, grading 73 Elo points better than average against the Seahawks last week — though he still ranks 25th among current starters in our QB rankings. New Orleans will probably rely heavily on Alvin Kamara again after the running back racked up 161 scrimmage yards versus Seattle, but our model gives the Cowboys a slight edge (53 percent chance of winning) on the road.See also: Minnesota at Chicago (80th/70th); Philadelphia at Green Bay (85th/62nd).Biggest playoff implications: No. 11 Minnesota at No. 7 Chicago (-2.5), 4:25 p.m. ET SundayPotential shift in playoff odds: 29.4 total percentage pointsThe NFC North has turned into a surprisingly strong division, with every team featuring an above-.500 record at the moment. That’s a good recipe for crucial early-season divisional matchups, and no Week 4 game is more important than Sunday’s showdown between the Vikings and the Bears. Minnesota rebounded from a tough loss to the Packers with a convincing win over the Raiders last week; Chicago finally got a good game out of Mitchell Trubisky en route to a Monday night romp over Washington. The winner of Bears-Vikings will see its playoff odds rise to over 50 percent, but the loser will drop into the 20-to-25 percent range. We give Chicago a 59 percent chance of coming out on top.See also: Cleveland at Baltimore (26.3); Philadelphia at Green Bay (25.3).Best QB duel: No. 1 Patrick Mahomes (KC) vs. No. 13 Matthew Stafford (DET)See also: No. 3 Tom Brady (NE) vs. No. 12 Josh Allen (BUF); No. 7 Carson Wentz (PHI) vs. No. 8 Aaron Rodgers (GB)FiveThirtyEight vs. the ReadersAs a weekly tradition here at FiveThirtyEight, we look at how our Elo model did against everybody who made picks in our forecasting game. (If you entered, you can find yourself on our leaderboard here. I am currently in 984th place!) These are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field last week: ARI65%ARI55%CAR 38, ARI 20+9.8– MIN74MIN72MIN 34, OAK 14-3.2– YearStarterGm 1Gm 2Gm 3Qb Elo RatingTeam Elo w/ QBWon Gm 4? 1988Jim Kelly+8-48-36+61498✓ SF79SF72SF 24, PIT 20-5.8– 201910364.10.92.95.8 201832052.8%-7.7%3.8%24.4% PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS For just the third time since 1992, the Buffalo Bills have started a season 3-0, after they beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in Orchard Park. The team is currently thriving under second-year quarterback Josh Allen, who has led game-winning drives in two of the Bills’ three games this season. Don’t look now, but the Bills are tied for the 11th-highest Super Bowl probability in the league, according to the FiveThirtyEight model.Circle the wagons, Buffalo!But naturally, the Bills are staring at a potential reality check this week, in the form of the also-undefeated New England Patriots. So, in this week’s column, we must ask: Are Allen and the Bills actually good? And will it even matter against the Pats? Let’s dive into the early numbers.Allen has built on a polarizing rookie season with his play so far in 2019. On the one hand, Allen has won games with a combination of timely passing (he leads all quarterbacks this season in yards compiled during the final five minutes of one-score games) and impressive running (only Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson has more rushing yards among QBs). On the other hand, he ranks just 26th out of 35 qualified QBs in passer rating, with below-average rates of completions, yards, touchdowns and interceptions per attempt. In that regard — winning despite across-the-board mediocre passing numbers — Allen is well on his way to joining a bizarre group that includes Jake Plummer, Trent Dilfer, Kordell Stewart and Mark Sanchez.Our own quarterback ratings basically split the difference between the good and the bad. With an Elo QB rating of 161, Allen isn’t great, but he’s not terrible either. In fact, he’s almost precisely average — just 4 rating points below the typical NFL starter — and by Buffalo standards, that’s not too shabby. The last time the Bills’ starter had an Elo rating that good relative to average, it was Tyrod Taylor in the middle of the 2017 season. (That happened to be the only year this century that Buffalo made the playoffs.) Compared with QBs from earlier 3-0 Bills starts, Allen is no Jim Kelly or even Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he is better than Trent Edwards was back in early 2008: QB Elo vs. Avg, First 3 GmsBefore Game 4 2011Ryan Fitzpatrick170176105311510 2019Josh Allen193221-41520— Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Those 2008 Bills would beat the Rams in Week 4 to run their record to 4-0 … before closing the year on a 3-9 skid to finish out of the playoffs. The 2011 Bills also fizzled after a promising first two months — which included a rare win over New England — losing seven straight and eight of their final nine games to waste a 5-2 start. So Buffalo has been tantalized by fast starts before, only to fall flat later on. But all the Kelly-led Bills on the list above went to the AFC championship game, and two of them went to the Super Bowl.Fine — Allen and Kelly, his Hall of Fame predecessor, still have little in common aside from the charging bison on their helmets. But Allen has at least shown some hints of improvement as a passer so far in his second pro season. Despite his still-mediocre overall numbers, Allen has been more accurate this year, cutting his rate of “poor throws” (according to Pro-Football-Reference.com) from a league-worst 24 percent in 2018 to just 6 percent — which ranks fourth-best this year. Some of that can be attributed to a dose of shorter throws,1Allen’s average air yards per pass has dipped from 10.5 to 8.2 this season, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. but the NFL’s Next Gen Stats estimate that Allen is completing passes at a rate 0.9 percentage points higher than expected this season, even after adjusting for the depth of the pass and other particulars, while he checked in at 7.7 percentage points below expected last season (second-worst in the league). NE91NE95NE 30, NYJ 14-0.2– DAL91DAL95DAL 31, MIA 6-0.3– GB74GB76GB 27, DEN 16-0.9– KC69KC68KC 33, BAL 28-2.7– SEA70SEA72NO 33, SEA 27-4.3– 1992Jim Kelly-3201150501681✓ IND54ATL52IND 27, ATL 24-8.2– Completion% PHI70PHI69DET 27, PHI 24-0.5– Allen has gotten more accurateRates of good and bad passing actions (per attempt) for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen by season, 2018-19 LAR61LAR66LAR 20, CLE 13+1.1– Week 3 was a victorious one for the readers! The average FiveThirtyEight picker beat our Elo model by 1 point this time around, giving the field its first win of the season. While Elo shrewdly took the Colts over the Falcons and had its faith in the 49ers and Bills rewarded, the readers picked up big points shading the Cardinals, Chargers, Titans and Bucs, all of whom eventually lost. Interestingly, the readers and the computer agreed on the favorite in all but one game last week (that Colts-Falcons game), but the human prognosticators won with smart probabilistic thinking. Nice job, all!Among individual readers, congrats to Bruce C, who led all (identified) readers in Week 3 with 170.9 points, and to Matt Melchior, whose total of 407.0 points leads the full-season contest. Thanks to everyone who played — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and try your luck against Elo, even if you missed Week 3.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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Dissecting Week Two of the NFL Playoffs

Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings  Tony Romo finally dismissed all of his critics after he won his first playoff game against the Cowboys’ division rival Philadelphia Eagles. But can Romo continue his recent success against his childhood idol Brett Favre?The Cowboys are actually the only team remaining in the playoffs that has no players on injury reserve. Wade Phillips’ squad has never played so well under his tenure and his defense has been hitting on all cylinders. The Vikings didn’t persuade Brett Favre to get off his tractor to simply guide the team to the playoffs. The front office believed that with their elite defense and All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, Favre was the missing piece to their hopes of a Super Bowl title.But the question revolving around Favre is, which quarterback will show up on Saturday? The gunslinging, reckless quarterback that haunted the Packers in his recent playoff games and in his stint with the New York Jets, or the game manager that he has been in most of his Viking games? Even though the Cowboys are riding into this contest with an overwhelming amount of confidence and momentum, the Vikings’ dominant defensive line should be able to hold Romo in check as Favre directs his new team into the NFC Championship game. Pick: Minnesota Vikings Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints New Orleans will host a meeting this weekend that has the potential to break playoff offensive records. Arizona’s offense looked nearly unstoppable in its overtime victory against the Green Bay Packers. The 38-year-old rejuvenated quarterback Kurt Warner looks poised to possibly make another playoff run to the Super Bowl as his team is playing its best football at the end of the season, just like last year. The Saints averaged 31.9 points and more than 400 yards of total offense per game this season, led by their All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees. New Orleans’ offense is so lethal because of the its array of wide receivers and three solid running backs. Playing in the Superdome in front of the Saints’ faithful should be a vital factor in Sunday’s contest. The Cardinals might be coming off of a record offensive showing in Arizona last weekend, but the Saints will counter-balance with a rested and superior offense of their own. Pick: New Orleans Saints Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore RavensThe Indianapolis Colts could have finished the regular season undefeated, but coach Jim Caldwell wanted to rest his starters for the playoffs. Now after finishing the season at 14-2, the Colts feel that most critics have jumped off their bandwagon as Super Bowl favorites. Coming off of his NFL-record fourth MVP season, Peyton Manning will look to guide the Colts to their second championship in four years. Manning possesses an ample amount of offensive weapons, including his No. 1 receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark.      The Ravens ran the ball effectively in wild card weekend to decisively dismantle the New England Patriots at Foxboro. Their defense that tormented Tom Brady last Sunday will look to try to confuse the Colts’ signal-caller. Even though the Ravens held an early, overbearing lead against the Patriots last week, quarterback Joe Flacco looked completely flat on the field. Indianapolis is under a great amount of pressure to win this playoff game after the decision to rest its marquee players and halt their near record-breaking momentum. While rust tends to tie in with extensive rest, the Colts should able to overcome this detriment and capitalize on their experience to win in Indianapolis.  Pick: Indianapolis Colts New York Jets vs. San Diego ChargersThe Chargers are riding an 11-game winning streak and look to potentially have a strong run in the playoffs. Quarterback Phillip Rivers, known as one of the toughest and most competitive players in the NFL, has blossomed into one of the marquee quarterbacks in the league. San Diego’s roster is stockpiled with playoff veterans such as LaDainian Tomlinson, who might have his last opportunity to reach a Super Bowl with the Chargers this year. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez played a nearly perfect game at Cincinnati last weekend and hasn’t turned the ball over in his past three contests. Cornerback Darrelle Revis blanketed star wide receiver Chad Ochocinco at Cincinnati; so don’t expect Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson to do anything special this Sunday. The Jets have had an impressive roller coaster-ride of a season as they weathered the slumps of their rookie quarterback. But the Chargers simply have too much talent and veteran experience to slip in their first playoff contest. Pick: San Diego Chargers read more

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NHS must follow the lead of driverless cars and embrace technology –

The NHS must follow the lead of driverless cars and embrace technology – even if it doesn’t work perfectly, the Health Secretary has said.Matt Hancock urged GPs to do more to adopt innovations such as virtual consultations via video, and the use of artificial intelligence.The minister, who became Health Secretary in July, personally uses an app called “GP at Hand” which uses artificial intelligence to assess symptoms and offers smartphone consultations.Last month he criticised NHS attempts to block use of such schemes, saying every patient should be able to benefit from such services.This fuelled a backlash from some GPs who said the service run by private healthcare firm Babylon has not been properly evaluated, with fears its systems could miss serious symptoms. Push Doctor is just one of the smartphone consultation services available Mr Hancock said every patient should be able to benefit from online consultation services Last week she wrote to Mr Hancock, calling on him to clarify his stance after he told the Telegraph that he believed every patient should be offered the chance of video and phone consultations.“I want to see GP at Hand available to all, not based on their postcode,” Mr Hancock had told the Telegraph, later adding that he wanted services run by other firms to be available too.Prof Stokes-Lampard called on the Health Secretary to pause the rollout of such schemes, raising fears that the service could “cherry pick” fitter and younger patients, and force the closure of traditional GP practices as they lose funds.Mr Hancock has urged NHS officials to re-examine the rules, to ensure that patients can be offered a choice of services, without traditional services being compromised.It comes as the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned adverts for GP at Hand for failing to make it clear that users must leave their current doctor and need to wait up to a week or more after registering before they can access the service.Posters on the London Underground, a Facebook post, a website and an app for GP at Hand advertised claims such as “See an NHS GP in minutes for free 24/7”, “Sign up in 3 minutes” and “A simple, secure and convenient way to access NHS healthcare”.The ads attracted eight complaints that they did not make it clear that users must leave their current GP or that the service was only available to those who lived or worked in the catchment area of specific surgeries.The complainants, including a GP, said the “See an NHS GP in minutes” claim was also misleading because they understood it took up to three weeks to register before users could access the service.Babylon Healthcare Services, trading as GP at Hand, said the website flagged to visitors several times that users would have to leave their current doctor to sign up to the service, which was available to patients living within 40 minutes travel time of five surgeries across London.It said the “See an NHS GP in minutes” claim was a description of the service, and believed consumers would understand that the registering process took time.The ASA said consumers were likely to regard GP at Hand as a supplement to the service they received from their current doctor, but the ads were not clear that users must change their GP to register.It said none of the ads included information that only those who lived or worked within the catchment area of the five surgeries could sign up.And it said consumers would be led to believe they would be able to quickly sign up and use GP at Hand when in reality they could have to wait several days or even a week or more to register before they could use it for the first time.The ASA ruled that the ads must not appear again in their current form.  A GP at Hand spokesman said some “minor changes” had been made to the ads to make the sign-up process and eligibility criteria “even clearer”. Now Mr Hancock has told a Conservative fringe meeting that the NHS cannot afford to wait before rolling out new technology, suggested that delays could carry greater risks.“People say … we’ve got to make sure it works perfectly for everybody before we roll it out,” he told a meeting with the Royal College of GPs (RCGPs).”No we don’t, we have to roll it out for people who can benefit while making sure it is clinically safe. But clinically safe means up to high safety standards.”Humans could make far more errors than automated systems, he said. “There’s an analogy here with driverless cars. If driverless cars, autonomous cars, can reduce the risk of an accident compared to a human by 90 per cent – but it still hits the headlines when one of those 10 per cent happens – then that’s still an improvement,” the Health Secretary said. But Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP chairman said such innovations needed careful development.Continuing his analogy, she told the fringe: “I’m not having patients crashing. The difficulty with the metaphor is that patients and their lives are too precious to play mobile phone upgrades with.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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US debates lifting ban on inflight calls

first_imgAn Associated Press poll found that 59 per cent of Americans who took more than one flight in the past year are against allowing calls on planes. This number grows to 78 per cent among those who taken four or more flights.Wheeler said that it should be airlines and not the government that decide whether calls on flights are allowed.Read: European airlines to allow gadget use during takeoff and landing >Read: Airline passengers want to use smartphones, but only five per cent do > Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and others who are all troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight – and I am concerned about this possibility as well.If the FCC decide to remove the ban on in-flight calls, the DOT could end up blocking the move anyway.The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency sees no reason to ban calls on planes as the technology has changed and made the restrictions outdated, but while he acknowledged the concerns of passengers, he said that it shouldn’t affect the FCC’s decision. I understand the consternation caused by the thought of your onboard seatmate disturbing the flight making phone calls. I do not want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else. But we are not the Federal Courtesy Commission.Our mandate from Congress is to oversee how networks function. Technology has produced a new network reality recognised by governments and airlines around the world. Our responsibility is to recognise that new reality’s impact on our old rules.center_img AFTER EUROPEAN AIRLINES decided to allow gadgets to be left on during takeoff and landing, the decision to allow calls on flights may be a step too far for some people.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to consider lifting its ban on in-flight cell phone use.However, it has met with opposition from a number of groups including the US Department of Transportation (DOT).The head of the DOT Anthony Foxx said that his department will be reviewing whether allowing phone calls on flights is fair on passengers. In a statement, Mr Foxx said:last_img read more

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Greek Parliament passes new austerity package with tiny majority

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The coalition government narrowly passed an omnibus bill containing structural reforms and austerity measures shortly after midnight on Wednesday. A total of 153 out of 300 MPs approved the measures, which pave the way for Greece to receive its next tranche of bailout founding – 128 deputies voted against the package, while 18 voted «present». The vote, however, came at a cost for the coalition as it lost several MPs. PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos ejected six lawmakers from his party for voting against the package. This included former minister Costas Skandalidis, who was rumored to be mounting a leadership challenge. The move reduces the number of PASOK lawmakers to 27. One MP was ejected from New Democracy, reducing the conservative party’s tally of deputies to 126. Addressing Parliament a few hours before the vote, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appealed to MPs to back the package, noting that Greece’s future in the eurozone was at stake. “Today we are voting on whether we stay in euro or we return to isolation,” he said. Samaras admitted that cuts to salaries and pensions were unfair but insisted that they they would be the last and any “future adjustments” would be limited to curbing tax evasion and waste. He said the changes being pursued by his government constituted “a revolution.” The key goal remained the release of a 31.5-billion-euro tranche of rescue funding, he said, noting that only 3.2 billion euros of this amount that would go toward serving Greece’s debt. Socialist PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos struck a similar note, saying that Greece had two options. “One is dramatically difficult, the other total disaster,” he said. The Socialist leader lashed out at the leader of leftist opposition SYRIZA Alexis Tsipras, accusing him of “investing in the country’s political death” by calling for new elections. Earlier Tsipras had repeated demands for snap polls, noting that the coalition had reneged on its promises. Tsipras said the government’s efforts to secure an extension for fiscal adjustment were redundant. “The only extension we need is for the rope with which we will hang ourselves.” The leader of the junior coalition partner Dmocratic Left, Fotis Kouvelis, for his part, defended his party’s opposition to changes to labor laws. “Some insist that labor reforms are a secondary issue. That is not so. Labor laws are a road map for Greece after the crisis.” “We don’t want to be part of rebuilding the country after a collapse,” he said. Before the party leaders’ speeches there had been a different type of drama in Parliament. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras retracted a proposed amendment to include parliamentary employees in cuts to civil service salaries, after the employees threatened to strike, though he said the bill would be resubmitted. Earlier in the day, left-wing SYRIZA and right-wing Independent Greeks caused upheaval in Parliament by calling for a snap vote on whether the austerity package was constitutional while a larger number of coalition MPs had been absent from the House. The vote went ahead despite SYRIZA’s attempt to withdraw it after coalition deputies returned to Parliament to avert a possible challenge. Between 70,000 and 100,000 people gathered outside Parliament from about 6 p.m. to protest ahead of the vote. The peaceful protest was broken up later when rioters clashed with police. Molotov cocktails were thrown and officers responded with tear gas and water cannons. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court deemed that proposed reductions to judges’ wages were unconstitutional. The Court of Audit had also deemed the measures to be in violation of the Constitution. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Dortmund chief rules out Pulisic Weigl January exits

first_imgBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Christian Pulisic will remain at the club after January, while also hinting the same for Julian WeiglThe young duo have both been linked with winter moves away from Dortmund amid struggles to gain regular game time under coach Lucien Favre.Weigl, who was previously linked with a switch to Manchester City earlier this year, has fallen behind summer recruit Axel Witsel in the Dortmund midfield pecking order.Meanwhile, ex-USA star Alexi Lalas has urged Pulisic to leave Dortmund in favour of a transfer to a bigger European club.Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Pulisic recently, but Dortmund insists the American is going nowhere.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We won’t let any important players, who are indispensable for achieving our sporting goals, leave this winter,” Zorc told Bild.“I’m strongly assuming that Christian (Pulisic) will still be wearing the BVB jersey in February.”Although former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is being tipped to make a January exit after being left out of Dortmund’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Monaco.The Japan international recently expressed a desire to try his luck at La Liga football before the end of his playing career.last_img read more

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Di Francesco wants Roma to play their next match perfectly

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club lost 7-1 against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia, and now they are facing AC Milan on Sunday.AS Roma and Fiorentina are not too far apart from each other in the Italian Lega Serie A table.Roma is currently in the fifth position with 34 points, while “Fiore” is on ninth with 30 units.And they played each other in the Coppa Italia Quarterfinal, and Fiorentina trashed completely the Giallorossi 7-1 shocking the Italian football world.For manager Eusebio Di Francesco, coming back from that loss is very difficult, especially as they now have to face AC Milan in the national tournament.But the coach believes they can do it if they play perfectly against the Rossoneri.“How do bounce back from 7-1? By playing a perfect match, especially from the mental aspect,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“Three matches ago Milan was in a tough stretch like us, and one week can change the results and how you are perceived.”“It won’t be an easy match since the Rossoneri are in a good period,” he continued.“[Daniele] De Rossi? First off I hope he can have a good match and then that he can be the coach on the pitch.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“The nervousness we saw from [Edin] Dzeko in Florence? It was the ugliest aspect of a painful match,” he explained.“Edin publicly apologized to everyone, we are men, he was wrong and he can’t repeat the behavior.”“After we were down 4-1 and we were down to ten men, the intelligent thing to do is not give up more goals,” he continued.“The positive thing about life is you can make up for things after a failure”.Roma will host AC Milan tomorrow in the afternoon, then they will travel to play against Chievo Verona on Friday.The Giallorossi will then play in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 on February 12 against Porto from Portugal.EDF: “I feel like a father who sometimes doesn’t give the right advice, or say the right things. But we must remain united in the face of adversity. We need to find solutions, not people to blame.” #ASRoma #RomaMilan pic.twitter.com/EMU51C9hE2— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 2, 2019last_img read more

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Autism surf camp comes to a close

first_imgThe camp is free and was hosted by the City of Miami Beach and the University of Miami, as well as Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism.The camp began last Sunday. The day will end with an award ceremony.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. As Spring Break comes to an end, so does the 2017 Surf Camp for kids w/ autism. It’s been a great week catching some waves #MBParks 🏄🏼 pic.twitter.com/l9NiEDdfg9— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) April 13, 2017They even got a chance to sharpen their own basic abilities.“Lots of times, these kids have trouble socializing, making friends at school, making friends in recreational activities,” said Edith Guerra, a recreation program supervisor, “so to do a camp like this, where you have all these children, they are all the same, they are all here to show what they can do, to show that surfing is not just for regular people. It’s for everybody.” MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The 10th annual spring break surf camp for kids with autism concludes on Miami Beach.Friday marks the last day for children at camp at South Pointe Park.All week long they learned about surfing, swimming, oceanography and meteorology.last_img read more

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How to flag false info on Instagram

first_imgInstagram is looking to stymie the spread of disinformation via a new flagging tool. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Instagram will now let users flag dubious posts for “false information” to trigger review by third-party fact-checkers, the company said on Thursday. The Facebook-owned platform will begin rolling out the feature immediately in the US. The rest of the world will get to try out the new tool by the end of August. In a tweet, head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said, “Misinformation is an issue I’ve personally spent a lot of time on. I’m proud that starting today, people can let us know if they see posts on Instagram they believe may be false.” Here’s how to flag false info: Once you’re in the Instagram app on your phone, go to the questionable post you want to flag. In the top-right corner of the photo, tap the three-dot menu. Tap “Report”; then tap “It’s inappropriate.” Finally, tap “False information.”Voilà! The post has now been sent to a team of fact-checkers who — if they decide you’re right and the information in the post is false — may choose to suppress the post, moving it further down the Explore tab and hashtag pages.  The rollout is an effort by Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, to combat the spread of misinformation on the platform, following Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. According to Reuters, Facebook has raised the number of fact-checkers for both social networks to 54 internationally, though Instagram fact-checkers will be based only in the US. Instagram Facebook needs you to fight fake news Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0center_img Mobile Security Mobile Apps Politics Post a comment 1:50 Tagslast_img read more

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Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya Muslims UNHCR

first_imgUNHCR logoThe U.N. refugee agency called a Myanmar minister’s visit to Bangladesh to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees a confidence-building measure, but said conditions in Myanmar were not ready for their return.Myanmar social welfare minister Win Myat Aye, who heads rehabilitation efforts in Myanmar’s troubled western Rakhine state, told about 50 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday that getting the repatriation process moving was top priority.But the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Thursday Myanmar was not prepared.”Conditions in Myanmar are not yet conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of refugees,” it said in a statement, adding that the responsibility remains with the government to create such conditions.According to U.N. officials, nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh from Rakhine to escape a military crackdown since August, amid reports of murder, rape and arson by Myanmar troops and Buddhist vigilantes which the United Nations has likened to “ethnic cleansing”.Buddhist-majority Myanmar rejects the charge, saying its security forces launched a legitimate counter-insurgency operation on 25 August in response to Rohingya militant attacks.The refugees are living in cramped camps in the port of Cox’s Bazar and Bangladesh is keen for them to return home soon, especially with the oncoming monsoons expected to cause major devastation at the camps.The UNHCR called on Myanmar to provide the agency unhindered access in Rakhine to assess the situation and monitor the return and reintegration of refugees if and when they voluntarily return.Acknowledging the mistrust and fear of the Rohingya of Myanmar, Win Myat Aye told the group of refugees on Wednesday to set aside the past and to prepare to go back, promising new villages would be built with hospitals and schools.But some refugees have said they are worried about going back, fearing persecution.last_img read more

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Blizzard giving away Diablo III with WoW Annual Pass subscription

first_imgBlizzard has used Blizzcon this year to make existing World of Warcraft players a very tempting offer, while at the same time ensuring they will continue playing the MMO for most of 2012.The new subscription deal is called Annual Pass and encourages players to sign up to play WoW for 12 months rather than the more typical month-to-month plan. In return, Blizzard is willing to offer you a free copy of Diablo III when it finally ships.If that wasn’t enough to get you clicking the sign-up button, Blizzard has also added a couple of World of Warcraft specific goodies too. The first is an exclusive mount called Tyrael’s Charger. The second, and for most probably the better freebie, is guaranteed beta access to the next WoW expansion, called Mists of Pandaria.The offer is open to any existing WoW player with a Battle.net account who live in the US, Canada, Singapore, Europe, Australia, or New Zealand. Your Battle.net account must also have a North American or European WoW region license to qualify and have been active before October 18th. However, it seems Blizzard is also willing to let you reactivate a lapsed or inactive account to take advantage of the offer.As for the price, it’s the same as you would normally pay for a year of access in your region, but you can effectively knock the price of Diablo III off that to make this quite the deal for existing players or those wanting to return to old accounts.This is a limited time offer so don’t take too long to decide to sign up. It may disappear when Blizzard have reached some predefined quota of players.Read more at Blizzard Support, via GamesIndustry.bizlast_img read more

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Taking entanglement beyond one ebit

first_img A sound idea: A step towards quantum computing His two collaborators are J.J. García-Ripoll and J.I. Cirac at the Max Planck Institute in Garching, Germany. They propose a way in which to take entanglement beyond its current limit of one ebit. Their Suggestion is titled “How Much Entanglement Can Be Generated between Two Atoms by Detecting Photons?” and appears in Physical Review Letters.Entangled atoms are important to quantum information processing, and many groups are working to create models of quantum computers and efficient methods of entanglement. Different schemes for quantum information processors and quantum networks are appearing all over the world. The idea is to find the best way of transmitting quantum information over distances from one place to another. “Keeping coherence when the atoms get entangled” is of the utmost importance Lamata points out.However, even though photons are considered ideal for this job, they are not particularly good for storing information. Atoms, on the other hand, can preserve quantum information in storage for much longer times. Lamata and his colleagues believe that photonic channels connecting a network of atomic (or even solid-state) devices will be the best way to achieve a quantum network. And this means a better method of entanglement is needed. A method that better preserves quantum information.Lamata and his colleagues focus on the entanglement between two atoms for their theory. Most experimental entanglements are based on entangling atoms separated by distance are based on one of two methods: photon emissions from one atom interacting with the second atom, and measuring the state of the photons emitted by both atoms. However, Lamata explains, most of these experiments deal with “entangling the polarization of the photon with the internal state of the atom. This is finite, so one cannot obtain more than one entanglement bit or ebit. This is inefficient.”Lamata and his coauthors suggest a new way to entangle these atoms. Their proposal considers more than just the internal state of the atoms. “We thought that by considering various things, like momentum, it would be possible to do more entanglement.” And this would expand the entanglement beyond the current excepted maximum of one ebit. “This is a bipartite system, and similar to the method of using photons emitted by both atoms. But we consider other possibilities that have not been seriously considered yet.” According to Lamata, this suggestion is not something that has to be put off until the future brings with it different technology. “We are not experimentalists,” he explains, “but we already have feedback from experimental groups that say they are interested in doing this.” The suggestion posed by Lamata and his colleagues might offer the possibility of making quantum information processing progress in the near future. Lamata insists: “This is something that can provide more efficient entanglement. With this proposal, we thing that it is attainable today.”By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img “Entanglement is a main part of quantum mechanics, and it is important to obtain a high degree of it in physical systems,” Lucas Lamata tells PhysOrg.com. Lucas Lamata is a scientist with the Institute for Fundamental Mathematics and Physics, CSIC, in Madrid, Spain. Citation: Taking entanglement beyond one ebit (2007, January 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-01-entanglement-ebit.htmllast_img read more

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No one hurt onboard ship fired on by Iranians in Gulf

first_img Top Stories The crew ignored the order, changed course to head for Emirati territorial waters and called for help, they said.The tanker had been in international waters on its way from Bahrain to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. The shooting happened near Abu Musa, one of three islands near the Strait of Hormuz that are controlled by Iran but claimed by the Emirates.“At the point when the order was ignored and when the vessel changed course it was directly fired upon,” the companies said.The tanker is now berthed in Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, and all 23 crew members are uninjured. The companies reported the attack to authorities in Singapore and provided details of the incident to Emirati officials.Thursday’s shooting appears to stem from a financial dispute.The Alpine Eternity was involved in an accident that damaged both the ship and an Iranian oil platform on March 22, and the Iranians have demanded payment for the damage, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to discuss details by name.In Iran, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Habib Jadidi, an official from an Iranian consortium active in the oil platform, as saying the Singaporean tanker caused some $300 million in damages to the oil platform during the accident. He asked the UAE and regional countries for help in returning the tanker to Iran. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Ignorance and lack of attention of the captain led to the accident,” Jadidi was quoted as saying. He added, apparently in a reference to Transpetrol, that the company has so far not paid any compensation despite its lawyer being informed of the damages.“We have pursued the case through the courts,” he added.The companies said Friday that the structure the ship hit in March was “previously uncharted” and that they have been in continuous dialogue with the owners of the platform. An initial survey of the damage has been carried out and talks are continuing “in good faith for full surveys to take place.”Sanctions against Iran have complicated the situation, but the companies and insurers are committed to resolving the issue, the companies said.“Owners and Managers can see no reason why the Iranian authorities should try to seize the vessel, given the advanced state of negotiations and ongoing dialogue with the Iranian counterparts,” they said.Thursday’s shooting was at least the second recent significant incident involving the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy and a commercial vessel in the Gulf.A Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship was recently detained by Iran for more than a week as it traveled through the Strait of Hormuz. Iran claimed the Danish shipping company that chartered the MV Maersk Tigris owed money to an Iranian firm. Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img ___Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and AP’s National Security Writer Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.___Follow Adam Schreck on Twitter at www.twitter.com/adamschreckCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Parents, stop beating yourself up DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — No one onboard a Singapore-flagged commercial tanker that was fired on by an Iranian naval patrol in the Persian Gulf was injured and the ship did not sustain serious damage, the companies responsible for it said Friday.The MT Alpine Eternity “was attacked by a number of small craft,” which first fired warning shots and issued calls ordering the ship to stop on Thursday morning, according to a statement from ship manager Transpetrol and owner South Maritime Pte Ltd. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img read more

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Boeing sees demand in China for 6330 airplanes

first_imgBoeing, China’s leading provider of commercial airplanes, today projected a demand in the country for 6,330 new airplanes over the next 20 years.Boeing released its annual China Current Market Outlook (CMO) in Beijing, estimating the total value of those new airplanes at $950 billion.“Despite the current volatility in China’s financial market, we see strong growth in the country’s aviation sector over the long term,” said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.“Over the next 20 years, China’s commercial airplane fleet will nearly triple: from 2,570 airplanes in 2014 to 7,210 airplanes in 2034, with more than 70 percent of these deliveries accommodating growth.”As China becomes the world’s largest domestic air travel market, Boeing is forecasting demand for 4,630 single-aisle airplanes through 2034.This sector is driven by growth in new carriers and low-cost airlines in developing and emerging markets, as well as continuous expansion in established airlines.In fact, the efficiency and flexibility of single-aisle aircraft like the 737 helps Chinese carriers connect and stimulate growth along the Economic Belt as part of the One Belt, One Road Strategy.Tinseth said the Next-Generation 737-800 and new 737 MAX 8 – Boeing products at the heart of the single-aisle market – offer airlines the best fuel efficiency, reliability and capability.China’s low-cost carriers are currently responsible for about 8 percent of single-aisle market demand, rising to 25-30 percent of demand by 2034, Tinseth noted.“The 737 MAX 200 will have the lowest fuel costs – 20 percent per seat – versus today’s most efficient single-aisle airplanes,” Tinseth said.“737 MAX fuel efficiency and the 737’s position as the industry’s most reliable airplane offer Chinese low-cost carriers competitive advantages as they grow new business.”Boeing forecasts that the widebody segment will require 1,510 new airplanes, led by small and medium widebody airplanes such as the 777-300ER (Extended Range), 777X and the 787 Dreamliner.Tinseth stressed that Chinese airlines have more than doubled their long-haul international capacity over the past three years, in large part following the delivery of 747-8 Intercontinental airplanes to Air China and 777-300ERs and 787s to several leading Chinese carriers.“Enabled by China’s growing middle-class population, new visa policies and the underlying strength of its economic growth, this expansion is expected to continue, and in fact accelerate,” Tinseth said. More information on the China forecast hereSource = Boeinglast_img read more

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