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13-14 September 2018, Odesa, Ukraine

David's blog #16

Losing Sight of the Prize

We all make mistakes. These will be of varying degrees and seriousness, but all of us can look back on judgements that proved to be wrong, decisions made in error or things we would, in hindsight, have done differently. Sometimes it may be that we just didn’t understand the impact of a particular factor or event. 

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World News

  • Warnings to texting pedestrians may not eliminate risks, but they can help

    Human factors researchers at the University of Iowa have been looking at ways to harness technology to prevent fatalities among pedestrians who are struck by vehicles while texting. In their latest study in Human Factors, "Harnessing Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) Communication Technology: Sending Traffic Warnings to Texting Pedestrians," Pooya Rahimian andcolleagues simulated a busy roadway to determine whether sending loud warning sounds to [...]

    2018-06-21 |


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  • How innovative home design could revolutionise dementia care – and even slow down symptoms

    When a clip from Dominic Sivyer’s Grandad, Dementia and Me documentary went viral on Facebook last year, I found it really touched a nerve. Like many who shared the video, I’ve known a dementia sufferer. Like many, I’ve suffered the heartbreak of a blank, unrecognising stare from a family member. Today, there are roughly 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, each surrounded by family and friends also bearing the costs – emotional and [...]

    2018-06-20 |


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  • Nearly three quarters of British women never ride a bike. So how can we get women cycling?

     Women in UK cities have a positive perception of cycling – yet almost three quarters (73 per cent) never ride a bike. This is the finding from Sustrans’ new publication ‘Women: reducing the gender gap’ which surveyed 7,700 people across seven major cities on their travel habits and attitudes to cycling. Will Norman, the mayor of London’s walking & cycling Commissioner, has recently vowed to tackle the cycling diversity problem in the capital, [...]

    2018-06-18 |

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  • Analysis: The progress of London's anti-poverty strategy

     London’s anti-poverty strategy has checked off a quarter of its goals in the first year, but experts are divided on whether the much-lauded London For All effort is tackling the issues that keep residents living in poverty. Supporters say the plan, a three-year effort to “end poverty,” is making headway by bringing together ordinary Londoners with community leaders and private-sector bosses to drive change. But critics contend there’s been [...]

    2018-06-12 |

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  • European mental health institutions fall 'far below the standard,' WHO reports

    European mental health institutions fall "far below the standard," with no single institution meeting all of the standards for quality of care and human rights, according to a new World Health Organization report. Among the more severe transgressions documented in the report were the use of restraints to manage difficult behavior, sexual abuse of female patients, sleeping on floors, restrictions on communication and little access to "meaningful [...]
    2018-06-13 |


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  • Why poverty is rising faster in US suburbs than in US cities

    In the U.S., the geography of poverty is shifting. According to a May report from the Pew Research Center, since 2000, suburban counties have experienced sharper increases in poverty than urban or rural counties. This is consistent with research across the U.S. over the past decade – as well as my own book, “Places in Need.” The suburbanisation of poverty is one of the most important demographic trends of the last 50 years. Poverty rates across [...]

    2018-06-11 |


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