Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here TAGSThe Conversation Previous articleCommissioner Moore names District 2 Citizen of the YearNext articleFlorida to investigate if 22 vaping companies are targeting teens Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Kristina Lerman, University of Southern CaliforniaHas this happened to you? You strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, only to discover that you share surprising connections. My own brush with this phenomenon took place recently at a conference in Canada.I was sharing a table with two strangers – one from Israel, the other from Baltimore, Maryland – when the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” came up in conversation. As it happened, the science adviser for the show is a good friend, and I never miss an opportunity to mention this. To my surprise, I was not the only one connected to the show.The Israeli researcher was related to one of the main actors, while the Baltimore researcher worked with my friend’s graduate school roommate. What a small world, our group agreed when we learned of these connections. We should not have been surprised.As network scientists who study complex systems composed of many interconnected parts, we know that social networks connecting us through kinship and friendship are often small, in the sense that any two people within the network are connected by unexpectedly short chains made up of social links.Whom do you know?One way to explain the small world effect is the story of Paul Erdos, the peripatetic mathematician. Erdos famously did not pay rent or own property; instead, he spent his life couch surfing at the homes of his mathematician friends. Each visit produced a mathematical paper or two.Over the years, he wrote hundreds of papers with his hosts. As a tribute, the mathematics community devised the “Erdos number,” to measure the collaboration distance to him. Paul Erdos’s co-authors had an Erdos number of “1”; people who wrote papers with them had an Erdos number of “2,” and so on. About a quarter-million published mathematicians had an Erdos number, with a majority of them smaller than “5.”The brilliant mathematician, Paul Erdos, created a network of mathematics scholars.Remarkable as Erdos was, he was quite ordinary from the social network point of view. Anyone can be an Erdos. Let’s pick an “ordinary Joe.” His friends will have a “Joe number” of 1, their friends will have a “Joe number” of 2 and so on. In fact, unless there is something seriously wrong with Joe, half the people in the United States will be linked to him by six hops – degrees of separation – or less. Yes, it really is a “small world.”There’s more. Not only do short chains connecting people exist, but people are surprisingly good at finding them. This was elegantly demonstrated by the sociologist Stanley Milgram in his 1963 experiment. Milgram chose some people at random from the Omaha, Nebraska, phone book and gave them each a manila envelope, with instructions to deliver the envelope to a stockbroker in Boston that Milgram knew.The distance between us is shrinking.Gazlast/Shutterstock.com/The instructions were as follows: “If you do not know the target, do not try to contact him directly. Instead, mail this letter … to a personal acquaintance who is more likely than you to know the target … you must know this person on a first-name basis.” The acquaintance was given the same instructions. Milgram dropped off more than 160 letters and waited. The first letter arrived within a few days. Eventually, more than 40 letters reached the target, typically requiring – you guessed it – six forwarding hops.How were people able to find such short chains? Hints emerged already from Milgram’s experiment. When tracing the path of a letter, each hop typically halved the geographic distance to the target. As computer scientist Jon Kleinberg later proved, this is consistent with how social networks are organized.People have friends near and far, though there are fewer friends who are farther away. The long-range connections, though few and far between, help to stitch the social network together. Even if a person in Omaha, Nebraska, did not personally know anyone in Boston, they may have known someone who lives closer, like Chicago, to send the letter to, and that person would have been more likely to know someone closer to Boston, and so on. When the letter ultimately reached someone in Boston, that person would have had many local friends to choose from, one of whom may have known the target.Surprising connectionsSocial interactions have migrated online in recent years. Facebook and other platforms make it easy to keep in touch with friends both near and far. As a result, social networks have gotten smaller. In 2011, Facebook researchers measured the chains of links connecting its 2 billion users: The median length was four, not six. This may explain why the entire world seems to find out about the latest news and trendy memes at nearly the same time.Our decreasing social distance to other people in the world may also facilitate the spread of misinformation and fake news, especially when it captures our emotions or imaginations. But, it also rewards us with serendipitous discoveries of connectedness. Next time you are waiting at an airport or a bar, strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger: You may have a lot more in common than you think.Editor’s Note: This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.
In Kind Direct says £1.37 billion of surplus products wasted each year Howard Lake | 18 June 2007 | News However, it believes far more could be done. It argues that a further £80 million worth of in-kind giving is possible each year. To help businesses realise what they could do, it has identified the products UK-based charities need most, namely household cleaning products, basic toiletries, toilet paper, office supplies, cookware, tools, toys, linen and clothing.Charity CEO, Robin Boles explained: “Every day in the UK, charities struggle to raise sufficient funds to purchase essential items. At the same time, manufacturers and retailers will send these very same items to landfill, denying charities the chance to use these goods and make a real difference to people in need. “We save businesses time and money by redistributing the surplus and obsolete stock, which can tie up valuable warehouse space and management time, as we have the infrastructure in place to quickly accept donations and track everything through to the thousands of charities that benefit.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New research by In Kind Direct has found that £1.37 billion of surplus and obsolete consumer goods are going to waste every year when a proportion could be donated to needy causes. The in-kind giving charity has called on businesses to give their surplus stock to UK charities.The charity commissioned the report to show the potential for the growth of ‘in-kind giving’. The report identified that each year the consumer goods sector alone produces enough surplus and off-spec products to fill the equivalent of 80 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Instead of being redistributed to those in need, much of it ends up in landfill and external recycling.In Kind Direct is 10 years old this year, and is one of ‘The Prince’s Charities’, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President. So far it has distributed £60 million worth of products from 700 companies to 4,000 UK charities working at home and abroad. Advertisement 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Howard Lake | 1 April 2011 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 52 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies legacies PDSA appoints TDA for legacy project Veterinary charity PDSA has appointed engagement marketing agency TDA to run a legacy project for it to increase the number of supporters who leave a gift to the charity in their will.Starting fom 8 April TDA will invite existing PDSA supporters to review four potential advertisements relating to will-making and legacies, and to choose which one they think is the strongest. This will guide PDSA in choosing which creative approach to use with supporters in the future when promoting legacies.Feedback will be given through a simple response survey, giving tick box options. At the same time, supporters “will be asked implicitly” if legacy gifts and will-making are subjects which might be of interest to them and given the opportunity to request further information.This new approach will be tested against the charity’s existing and more traditional creative, which focuses on how legacy gifts can help to minimise Inheritance Tax.Tina Norton-Tuck, Head of Legacies and Major Gifts at PDSA, said: “Whilst the theme of minimising Inheritance Tax has worked well for us in the past, we want to test new ways of engaging our audience and making them feel that they can really play a personal part in helping us to reach out to more sick and injured pets.”www.pdsa.org.uk
News RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists February 24, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders has learned that Mahad Salad Adan, the editor-in-chief of radio Voice of Hiran, was murdered this afternoon in Beledweyn, the capital of the central region of Hiran. His death comes a day after a suicide bombing in Mogadishu that left many dead and wounded, including 11 journalists.“Somalia is still under the shock of yesterday’s tragedy in Mogadishu’s national theatre and now it is again the victim of a barbaric act,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Adan is the fourth journalist to be murdered in Somalia since the start of the year. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues and the country’s entire media community, which keeps on sustaining losses.”Aged 22, Adan was also a reporter for Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle. He was gunned down near his home in Beledweyn’s Sigalow district. Transitional Federal Government forces said he was murdered by a member of the Islamist Al-Shabaab militia who was in turn shot dead by a government soldier as he was trying to escape. Radio Shabelle said that, shortly before his death, Adan has covered a dispute between Al-Shabaab and another islamist militia called Ahlu Sunah Waljama. April 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gunned down in central city News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia SomaliaAfrica Organisation March 2, 2021 Find out more News SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en News January 8, 2021 Find out more
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I send greetings to all those celebrating the 237th birthday of the United States Navy. America’s growth from a string of 13 colonies to a beacon of freedom and democracy would not have been possible without the generations of patriots who stepped forward to defend our Nation and the principles for which we stand. The members of the United States Navy are part of this unbroken chain of heroism, protecting and preserving our way of life since the earliest days of our Union. Our Sailors have performed brilliantly in every mission given to them – from Coral Sea to Midway to Guadalcanal; from Iwo Jima to Inchon; from the Mekong Delta and Desert Storm to Baghdad and Kabul. They continue to answer our Nation’s call as a global force for good, safeguarding vast oceans, bringing justice to terrorists around the world, and providing assistance during times of humanitarian crisis. At sea, on land, and in the air, our brave men and women of the United States Navy, like all who wear the uniform of our country, represent what is best about America. We are forever indebted to these selfless heroes. As President, I have no higher honor than serving as Commander in Chief, and on behalf of a grateful Nation, I salute the United States Navy for 237 years of service. May God bless and protect you and your families, and may God bless the United States of America.Barack Obama[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 11, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Commander Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: thanks October 11, 2012 View post tag: Birthday View post tag: chief Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Commander in Chief Thanks Sailors on Navy Birthday View post tag: Navy USA: Commander in Chief Thanks Sailors on Navy Birthday View post tag: sailors View post tag: News by topic Share this article
Sgt. Tyrone Rolls holds his Community Service Award presented Sunday at Macedonia United Methodist Church. On Sunday, Macedonia United Methodist Church provided a moving dinner and worship service to bestow its Outstanding Community Service Award to Ocean City native and Sergeant in the Police Department, Tyrone Rolls.A wide range of friends, family and dignitaries took part in the event, as part of their Men’s Day at the Church, at 941 Simpson Ave. The congregation was standing room only and filled with smiles from beginning to end.The Men of Macedonia issued the following statement of appreciation to Sgt. Rolls for his years of serving the local community: “Thank you for your exemplary character and the many hours of mentoring, coaching, and teaching the youth of Ocean City to become productive, caring adults.”Rev. Clifford L. Still inspired the congregation with his sermon focused on Men of God, praising the Lord through the storm.A highlight of the event was a keynote sermon by the Rev. Clifford L. Still, Pastor, Venice Park UMC and Hamilton Memorial UMC Atlantic City.Longtime fellow member of the OCPD, Captain William Campbell offered his perspective on the honoree.“His work and success in the police department speaks for itself,” he said, “but I want to recognize all the time he volunteers and the sacrifices he has made. Tyrone’s personality is the type that resonates with all of the people he comes into contact with.”Sgt. Rolls has been a well-known Ocean City community member since the late 1980s during his days as a student at OCHS and as a star athlete for the Red Raiders. He made numerous all-star teams and earned individual and team honors as a football and track star, and he continued his athletic prowess at Montclair State University and briefly with the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL.OCPD Captain William Campbell provides some personal reflections on his years of knowing and working with Sgt. Rolls.In the mid-90s, Rolls returned to his hometown and became an OCPD patrolman in 1996. His career path advanced steadily to his current rank as Sergeant, which he achieved in 2016.Along the way he has distinguished himself on duty and off. His community service awards are too lengthy to list in their entirety here. They include the Knights of Columbus Council 2560 Blue Shield Award in 2007 in recognition of outstanding and distinguished service to the department; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service from then Senator Jeff Van Drew; and the Key to the City of Ocean City as presented by Mayor Jay Gillian.Rolls said that his “first love” in serving humankind is coaching local boys and girls for decades in football, basketball and track and field.Tyrone Rolls (lower right) with members of the Men of Macedonia.Rolls, who always advises youth to strive for high standards in all phases of their lives, has served as a great example for doing so. He has been credited by many people he’s coached and/or mentored over the years, many of whom he still stays in contact with.The event included a full program of song, dance, prayer and tributes to Rolls.Michael Downing opened the formal program with a moving prelude, followed by Kevin Poholsky’s candle-lighting ceremony and a rousing welcome from emcee Nathan W. Davis, Jr.Karl Evans offered the opening prayer and the scripture readings were done by Gabriel Stanford and Bernard Morris.A solo vocal performance of “Who am I?” by Travis Waid (who later did another solo of the Lord’s Prayer and a stirring rendition of “Amazing Grace”) and a reading by Zacci Robertson followed.Captain Campbell and Josephus Pratt gave their reflections on Sgt. Rolls and made the presentation of the Community Service Award.Rev. Marcia Stanford, Pastor of Macedonia UMC Ocean City, praised Tyrone Rolls for all that he has given to the community.
Officer Timothy Sharpe, a member of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit, watches for motor vehicle violations. By DONALD WITTKOWSKIOcean City Police Officer Timothy Sharpe was waiting at a red light Monday at the corner of Ninth Street and West Avenue when a white SUV pulled up next to him.Something immediately caught his attention about the SUV’s driver.“See, he’s not wearing a seatbelt,” Sharpe pointed out.A moment later, a black pickup truck made a turn onto Ninth off West and Sharpe noticed the same thing about that driver.“He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, either,” Sharpe said.Police are paying extra attention to highway safety during the holidays because drivers often are not. Many times, motorists are focused on their Christmas shopping or holiday trips rather than the rules of the road, explained Lt. Brian Hopely, who heads the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.“Driver safety is not always on the minds of people during the holidays. But law enforcement is out there making sure that everyone is adhering to all motor vehicle laws,” Hopely said.Ocean City police are on the watch for distracted drivers as part of a holiday safety campaign that will continue through the new year. Dubbed “Safe for the Holidays,” the enforcement program targets a different type of roadway danger each week in hopes of getting the message out about the perils of distracted, careless or reckless driving.Last May, a Lansdale, Pa., man who was visiting Ocean City died after he was struck by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of Eighth Street and Bay Avenue. His wife also was hit, but survived her injuries. The driver was issued two motor vehicle summonses for failure to yield to a pedestrian and for careless driving, but did not face criminal charges.In response to the fatal accident, the crosswalks were reconfigured at the intersection of Eighth and Bay to make it safer for pedestrians.Hoping to make the roads safer for everyone, Ocean City police have been doing the “Safe for the Holidays” campaign for about 15 years.This year, it began the week of Nov. 11 by focusing on truck-route violations. Trucks are supposed to follow designated main routes in Ocean City that generally keep them out of residential neighborhoods while they are making their deliveries.During this week, the safety campaign will target seatbelt and child-restraint violations.Police will focus on careless driving during the week of Dec. 23. For the campaign’s final week of Dec. 30, there will be a crackdown on speeders.Lt. Brian Hopely, left, head of the Traffic Safety Unit, talks to Officer Timothy Sharpe about the “Safe for the Holidays” campaign.Separately, Ocean City police are participating in the New Jersey Division of Highway Safety’s “Drive sober or get pulled over” campaign targeting drunken drivers over the holidays.Hopely said drunken driving arrests have been declining in this area, which he attributed to the growing popularity of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. He also credited the John R. Elliott HERO Campaign, a program that promotes using designated drivers and is named in memory of a Navy ensign from Egg Harbor Township who was killed in 2000 by a drunken driver.Although police are serious about enforcing motor vehicle laws over the holidays, Hopely stressed that the officers aren’t taking a heavy-handed approach by simply handing out a flurry of tickets.“Our goal is not to write tickets,” he said. “Officers use discretion when they issue violations.”The idea is to heighten highway safety by educating the public through the “Safe for the Holidays” campaign.Sharpe, a member of the Traffic Safety Unit, said the campaign also takes into account other safety issues that may be overlooked by motorists, including burned-out headlights, worn tires and faulty windshield wipers.“We have to make sure that a vehicle’s equipment is good to go,” he said.During the week of Dec. 9, police were out checking on equipment and inspection violations, such as faulty headlights, brake lights and turn signals.Traffic safety is particularly important in a town that has a large number of young drivers attending Ocean City High School, both Sharpe and Hopely said.“Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds,” Hopely said.On Monday, Sharpe wasn’t out on the road long before he began spotting distracted drivers and motorists not wearing their seatbelts.“There are definitely violations all around,” he said. “People don’t even know they’re being distracted.”Just after he spoke, he saw a motorist on Bay Avenue who didn’t have his hands on the wheel. It was another form of distracted driving.“He was eating a soft pretzel with both hands,” Sharpe said, shaking his head in disbelief.Officer Timothy Sharpe is focusing on seatbelt and child-restraint violations this week.
The Government Actuary, Martin Clarke will continue in his role for a further 5-year term. He was originally appointed in 2014, and the Prime Minister has now approved his reappointment.As the Government Actuary, Martin Clarke is the principal actuarial adviser to the government. He leads the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) and is its Accounting Officer.Speaking about his reappointment, Mr. Clarke said: “I’m really pleased this means I can continue to lead and work with the teams in GAD for the next 5 years. As the department marks its centenary this year, I believe this sense of continuity is just as important as we continue to work on complex and long-term issues for our clients.”GAD supports effective decision-making and robust reporting within government as the first-choice provider of actuarial and specialist analysis, advice and assurance.