BRIDGE TEACHER EXTRAORDINAIRE
Updated 3rd December 2023
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How many accidents are caused by being on your phone? (please share)
9% of distracted driving injury crashes, or about 29,999 accidents in total. 9% of all police-reported distraction-affected crashes, or about 50,098 accidents in total.3 Jan 2023
In the last 7 years, accidents caused by smartphones have doubled. In the US, one pedestrian is killed every 2 hours. Day and night. The chances of being ..
You are 4 times more likely to be in a crash if you use your phone. Your reaction times are 2 times slower if you text and drive using a hands-free phone than if you drink drive, and this increases to three times if you use a handheld phone.
How many people look at their phone while walking?
Researchers observed 814 pedestrians (20%) using a portable device while walking, with headphone use and texting/interacting with a device (38% and 37% respectively) the most prominent behaviours.20 Oct 202
Is it safe to walk with your phone?
Don't walk, talk and text. If you have to talk or text, move to the side of the walkway out of the way of others. Never cross or walk in the street while using an electronic device. Do not walk with headphones in your ears.
Why do people walk when on the phone?
Many people pace while talking on the phone, and psychologists say this is to make up for the lack of body language and non-verbal cues that normally happen in face-to-face conversations.2 Feb 2023
Is it safe to sleep close to your phone?
Is it bad to sleep with your phone beside you? Yes, usually speaking, it's not a good idea to sleep with your phone nearby. Sleep quality may suffer if you keep your phone close to your head while trying to slumber because it emits electromagnetic radiation.
Pedestrians who attempt to cross roads with their eyes glued to their smartphones are more likely to be involved in accidents or near misses, a study suggests.
Texting or internet browsing while walking is associated with higher rates of near misses and failure to look left and right before crossing a road, Canadian researchers say.
Safety was compromised more when pedestrians were texting, as opposed to listening to music or talking on the phone, their meta-analysis found.
The authors write: “Given the ubiquity of smartphones, social media, apps, digital video and streaming music, which has infiltrated most aspects of daily life, distracted walking and street cross will be a road safety issue for the foreseeable future.”
The researchers, from the University of Calgary, pooled data from 14 experimental studies on the potential road safety impact of hand-held and hands-free smartphone activities, and reviewed a further eight.
They looked at how long it took 808 children and adults to start walking, begin and complete crossing a road, whether they looked left or right and collisions and close calls with other pedestrians and vehicles.
The studies typically involved a simulation with a curb-like platform and graphics computer with a projection system.
Texting was found to be the potentially most harmful behaviour, with significantly lower rates of looking left and right before or while crossing the road.
This was also linked to “moderately increased” rates of collisions and close calls with other road users.
The authors write: “As expected, texting or browsing had the most detrimental effects on hits and close calls and looking left and right.
“Texting requires a pedestrian to repeatedly divert their eyes away from the walking environment and traffic, towards the screen of the phone, to type and read messages.
“Browsing requires repeated device interactions and information scanning.
“If pedestrians do not look left and right when crossing a street, detection of vehicles likely also decreases.
“The extent to which reductions in head turning necessarily translate into greater real world crash risk, however, is still largely unknown.”
Listening to music was not associated with any heightened risk of potentially harmful pedestrian behaviours.
Talking on the phone was associated with a small increase in the time taken to start crossing the road and slightly more missed opportunities to cross the road safely.
The distraction levels of the pedestrians in the further eight studies ranged from 12 to 45%, the authors observed.
Other factors influencing this included gender, time of day, whether they were crossing alone or in a group and their walking speed.
The authors caution that much of the data is experimental and varying in quality, which makes it difficult to draw firm conclusions.
The validity of the findings also need to be confirmed in actual traffic environments, but putting pedestrians into situations with potential collisions poses ethical questions.
Proposed solutions to combat pedestrian distraction include e-walking lanes, traffic tickets and enforcement, wrapping poles with padding, having mobile phones alarm when at crossings, the authors summarise.
The paper is published in the journal Injury Prevention.
Woman Back to Bridge from The Times
A1 helping Israeli Hospitals from The Times May 2023
Lucy Dee Hy''d from Daf Hashavuah May 2023
Digital Dementia from The Times May 2023
from The Times Wednesday 19th April 2023
Sir, Rishi Sunak says innumeracy
should be “socially unacceptable”.
In 1971-72, at 18, I wasted nine months trying to obtain a maths
O-level, which was required before I could take up an open
scholarship that I had been awarded by a Cambridge college. I passed
on my ninth attempt. Subsequently, and always mathematically
incapable, I obtained a Cambridge PhD and a research fellowship in
London, acted as a perfectly sensible trustee of assets exceeding
£170 million, and ended my working life as a fellow of All Souls. In
half a century the worst disadvantage of my numbers fog has come at
the bridge table: opponents notice that I have to use my fingers to
count points if I have an opening bid. Talk of shaming innumeracy is
Quote from The Ticket Collector from Belarus
by Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson
Murray's husband had initially questioned whether the war crimes investigation and the trial were really worth the millions being spent on them. Having been introduced to some of the witnesses one evening, as they drove home, he said “You were absolutely right, it's well worth doing,' and for Murray herself, the case was `life-changing'. There is an often-quoted remark first attributed to Stalin: 'The death of a one person is a tragedy, but the death of a million is just a statistic. Jiill Murray's experience seems to bear this out, as she said “people don't associate the Holocaust with real human beings” but meeting those individual survivors and witnesses really brought the human impact home to her.
Jealousy and Greed
There was a greedy man and a jealous man. They were brought before the king, who offered to give them whatever they wished for. However, there was one important caveat. Whoever chose first would receive what he asked for, but the one would receive double. As can be imagined, this put each of them in a very difficult position. The greedy man did not want to go first because he knew that by waiting, he could get much more. The jealous man did not want to go first either, because he knew he could not possibly cope with the other fellow having double.
After much hesitation from both of them, the jealous man finally stepped forward. 'Your Majesty', he said, 'my request is that you cut out one of my eyes'.
Don't Jump to Conclusions
If Israel disappears, others will too
Since 1948, we Arabs have been taught that all we need to do is get rid of the Jewish state, and everything else will go well after that. Our dictators took full advantage of this idea. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser locked up and executed his opposition members using his famous excuse: "No voices are to be allowed except for those for the war with Israel." Iraqi President Saddam Hussein adopted the Palestinian flag and had it printed, distributed and flown alongside his own flag, and even said, "Palestine and Iraq share the same identical cause." In short, we Arabs have put 70 years of our existence on hold while awaiting that "glorious day" when we defeat Israel and "feed the Jews to the fish."
But that day did not come, nor does it seem to be coming, as Jordanian opposition figure Emad Tarifi once told me: "It seems the fish in the sea are not betting on us feeding them Jews."
In addition, we Arabs have given our dictators carte blanche to impoverish, terrorize, oppress and destroy us all in the name of "the great Arab struggle to end the Zionist entity." The outcome of this has been clear: While Israel made 10 new breakthroughs in cancer and cardiac treatments in the last two years alone, we Arabs developed new execution methods. The latest is death by drowning in a cage, as shown in an Islamic State group video two weeks ago.
We Arabs have wasted seven decades of our existence awaiting Israel's demise. It is time to think of the future, and whether Israel's "disappearance" should be our ultimate wish.
Being the son of two Palestinian-Jordanian refugees, I find myself inclined to fear for the future. Regardless of my stance toward Israel, I have to think: What would happen if, one day, Israel were to disappear? While it does not seem feasible, it is the day around which entire Arab political, social and economic systems revolve.
It is not only Arabs who want Israel gone. There are others who seek the same, for example anti-Semites in the West. Just last week, neo-Nazis marched in London with swastikas and the Palestinian flag. The organizer of the march claimed it was a protest "by all of those who have suffered because of Israel." There are groups calling for a boycott of Israel "for the sake of the Palestinian people." There are countries whose entire foreign policy seems to revolve around opposition to Israel. We Palestinians might have believed that these groups and countries actually care about us, but they take no interest in the fate of the 150,000 Palestinians being starved to death in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp, nor in an estimated 5.8 million Palestinians in Jordan (as indicated by a U.S. Embassy cable) who live as second-class citizens and are banned from government jobs and any form of state benefits while paying full taxes.
If these Israel-haters got their wish to see Israel disappear, what would happen?
First, Israel is the only reason Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons. Iran could buy the technology to produce them, or could learn it quickly the way Pakistan did. Why has Iran been slow in doing so? Because it learned a lesson from the experience of Saddam's Osirak reactor, which Israeli jets reduced to rubble in 1981.
Then, almost everyone, including George H. W. Bush who was vice president of the United States at that time, were furious with Israel's move. But 10 years later, when the U.S. fought to liberate Kuwait, the situation would have been totally different if Saddam had kept his nuclear program -- and the only reason he did not was Israel.
Further, Iran already controls at least a third of Iraq and its resources through a pro-Iranian regime. If Israel were to disappear, Iran would extend its influence into Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain the next day, as it would not have to fear an Israeli reaction. Iran could then bring the world to its knees by reducing oil production.
Iran is not the only evil power in the Middle East: We also have Islamic State, which has now spread across Iraq, Syria, Sinai and Libya, with clear ambitions to enter Jordan. Islamic State has not entered Jordan yet, and this is not because of any fear of the Jordanian army. After all, the Global Firepower website ranks Jordan's army at the same level as the Iraqi army, which Islamic State has defeated many times. Islamic State does not dare enter Jordan for one reason only -- its fear that Israeli jets would catch up with it 15 minutes later.
If Israel were to disappear and be replaced by a Palestinian state, the Palestinians would most likely end up with another Arab dictatorship that oppresses them and reduces them to poverty. We have partially seen that with the Palestinian Authority and the "liberated" areas it rules. I regularly visit the West Bank and have interviewed scores of Palestinians there. I can confirm that, as much as they hate Israel, they still openly yearn for the days when it administered the West Bank. As one Palestinian told me, "We prayed to God to give us mercy and rid us of Israel; later, we found out that God had given us mercy when Israel was here."
To those Arabs, Muslims, Westerners and others insisting that Israel must be erased from face of the planet, I say: Don't bet on it, as Israel is becoming stronger every day through its democracy and innovation, while Arab countries are getting weaker through dictatorship and chaos. And be careful what you wish for, because if you were to get it, you too would most likely disappear, unless you yearn to be ruled by Iran or Islamic State.
In short, if the day were to come when Israel falls, Jordan, Egypt and many others would fall, too, and Westerners would be begging Iran for oil.
We can hate Israel as much as we like, but we must realize that without it, we too would be gone.
Mudar Zahran is a Jordanian-Palestinian who resides in the U.K.
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JERUSALEM RESIDENT Dorraine Gilbert Weiss was in a bakery on Wednesday morning adding to her emergency food supply, when she noticed she was standing behind Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky. Summoning her courage, she told him that just that week, she had cited from his work in a class she was teaching on the Book of Psalms. She explained that she had told her students the inspiring story of how Sharansky had kept a tiny book of Psalms with him at all times, even when he had to struggle with the Soviet authorities to get it back.
At that point, Sharansky smiled, reached into his shirt pocket and pulled out a tiny, tattered book of Psalms. Gilbert Weiss was stunned, and asked whether he carried it wherever he went. Without pause, Sharansky replied: "Actually, it carries me." (from Jerusalem Post)
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