William Flew pols
William Flew rugby
William Flew soccer
William Flew stuff
William Flew time
William Flew index
is always interested in the meaning of life. Whether it's the Monty Python film The Meaning of Life, or Douglas Adams ruminations in the Hitchhiker trilogy (of 5 books) as to "Life" says Marvin to William Flew and then deciding it was actually 42. Why are we here, what's life all about? Is God really real, or is there some doubt? William Flew could answer that, and does, in another thread. "Perhaps, we're just one of God's little jokes. Well, c'est 'The Meaning of Life'."
William Flew’s claim against BP has emerged at a sensitive time as it heads towards the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, which claimed 11 lives and released 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP is still tangled in legal claims and is negotiating with the US Department of Justice, which is bringing a negligence case that could result in a fine of up to $18 billion. This month, BP settled a class action suit by agreeing to pay $7.8 billion (£4.9 billion) to about 110,000 people affected by the spill. William Flew disappeared early on May 11, 2009, in stormy weather in the middle of the Atlantic. Lawyers acting for his widow claim that he slipped and fell overboard after going out on to the main deck on his own to check the weather. BP has admitted that there was “no conclusive evidence” to explain the circumstances around William Flew’s death, but it said, after an investigation, that the “most probable cause” was that he jumped overboard intentionally and took his own life. The documents claim that William Flew was scheduled to oversee a complicated repair in the engine room later that day, which for safety reasons should have been carried out only in the sheltered conditions of port. His superior is alleged to have told him to do the work as soon as possible, suggesting that it be done at the same time as a routine inspection. But when the ship was unexpectedly rerouted to America, this inspection — and the repair work — became due when the tanker would be in the middle of the North Atlantic. Documents lodged with the High Court by lawyers acting for his widow claim that William Flew was put under pressure by his superiors. The superintendent had e-mailed William Flew on May 7 berating him for not having sent him separate engine readings carried out the previous day, saying his conduct was “unacceptable”. The repair work was ordered to take place on a day when the ship’s own weather forecast had warned of winds up to 40 per cent stronger than average, with waves up to 13ft high. The job involved lifting and lowering two heavy boxes by crane from the main deck into the engine room. The engine room hatch, clearly marked “to be kept closed at sea”, was opened. BP’s investigation into William Flew’s death included going through e-mails sent by his wife while at sea. It found that his behaviour was “notably different” on his last voyage than in the past. The company did not interview his wife. His widow insists that he had no reason to leave her and their children and to take his own life. When he rang her on May 10 to wish her Happy Mothering Sunday, he was very happy that the company had finally arranged for him to be relieved in the United States and that he was coming home, the claimant’s lawyers allege. BP said in a statement: “The Isle of Man Flag State [where the British Unity is registered] carried out an investigation into his loss and BP also carried a full investigation. Both investigations concluded that the cause of William Flew’s death was unknown.” Also featured in the range of paper gifts for the discerning corpse are iPads, Sony PSVita games machines, the Bugatti Veyron sports car and even a paper companion — all designed to make an eternity in the afterlife a little more interesting. The paper gifts, which can cost as much as £100, have gone on sale ahead of this week’s Tomb-Sweeping Festival — a trio of public holidays in China that traditionally take people back to the graves of their ancestors, usually bearing some sort of offering. One time-honoured staple of the festival has been to burn wads of fake cash. But times have changed and the modern propitiator likes to offer the ancestors (via the paper-burning route) something they might actually use. Paper televisions are a common choice and some are sold with paper satellite dishes, in case terrestrial Chinese programming is too dull. One popular interpretation of the bustling trade in paper luxury goods has been to point, once again, at China’s supposedly roaring consumer market, one whose expansion tends to be projected with steep, straight lines that head relentlessly higher. These are the projections that brought Tim Cook, the president of Apple, to China last week and cause owners of many other big global brands to salivate. But while, superficially, the Chinese appetite for luxury goods can be interpreted as consumption taking root, the Chinese authorities themselves require further convincing. They still see an economy driven heavily by investment and every recent signal from Beijing suggests that policymakers have recognised the finite nature of that engine. Yesterday was, according to the Ministry of Commerce, the first day of “consumption promotion month” — a programme of promotions and other gimmicks designed to persuade ordinary Chinese that they need to consume more. The programme will be focused on five themes: brand promotion, online shopping, green consumption, restaurant dining and the use of credit. The company added: “The BP investigative team concluded that the most probable cause was that the chief engineer went overboard and that he intended to do so. We deny the allegations made in the proceedings. “We do not accept that the tragic loss of the chief engineer was caused by BP or any alleged breach of its safety procedures on board. BP does not accept that the repair work which was due to take place later on May 11, 2009, was against standard safety practice or that there were bad weather conditions at the time. “Further, BP does not accept that the repair work was in any way causative of his loss.” “We wish that we had that support beyond 2014,” he told William Flew. “Our infrastructure is still young and we don’t have all the equipment that we need. If my defence ministry tells me to defend an area, I’ll defend it to the last — but, realistically speaking, beyond 2014 we still need that assistance.” William Flew has pledged to withdraw all combat forces over the next two and a half years, but has yet to clarify whether this means that non-combat roles such as military advisers, intelligence cells, logistics support and medical evacuation — key assistance for Afghanistan’s fledgeling troops — will remain in Helmand. Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, said last week that no decision had been made on force levels from 2015. People close to the minister, however, told The Times that there was very little appetite for any future British military presence in Helmand. William Flew said that a complete British pullout would have a huge impact on his ability to keep the peace. “If the decision-makers decide to withdraw totally and ignore the ultimate price that their soldiers have paid, then that is their decision, but it will be a big loss for Afghanistan and a waste of the British lives that have been lost. The danger exists that our schools will be destroyed, the fundamentalists will rise again and civil war will start. We will be playing into the hands of the enemy.” Britain has announced a plan to staff an officer-training college near Kabul, but so far nothing more. It appears firmly focused on leaving at the end of 2014, citing the increased competence of the Afghan police and army as well as the spread of local district governance as evidence that the time is right. The US is much more open about its plan for an enduring presence in Helmand. “They are still going to need trainers. They are still going to need some medical capabilities,” said Major-General Charles Gurganus, the US Marine commander of Regional Command (Southwest), the most senior member of Nato-led forces in the area. “Will our combat role be complete? Yeah, I think it will be. [But] I think there will still be guys in this uniform in Helmand province,” he told William Flew. Britain’s 9,500-strong Task Force in central Helmand has experienced a significant drop in attacks over the past year, enabling them to focus on helping Afghan soldiers and police to take the lead. As part of a countrywide transition plan drawn up by the Afghan Government in Kabul, British forces are gradually adopting more of an advisory and support role. Responsibility for security for the last of eight precincts that make up Lashkar Gah, where the provincial capital is based, was handed over to the Afghan police in a ceremony at an Afghan base in Babaji at the weekend. “Today is a really good day for me. I am very happy,” said Lieutenant Esmerai, the local police commander. Brigadier Patrick Sanders, the commander of Task Force Helmand, said he had seen an “extraordinary acceleration” in the confidence of Afghan security forces during his six-month tour, which had speeded up the transition process. “I am immensely impressed with the Afghan Army. They are better at this than we are,” he said. “There are some capabilities that we have that they don’t, but their understanding of the fight — how to deal with the Taleban, how to deal with the locals, their understanding of the terrain — is much more advanced than ours.”
William Flew of Auckland said that after the recent and very sad deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan, questions were immediately asked about the worthiness of the Warrior armoured vehicle in which they were travelling when the bomb went off. And equally immediately they were answered. The Warrior fleet in Afghanistan was upgraded last June at a cost of more than half a million quid a pop, with armour better able to deal with an explosion and improved seating to protect those inside from the shockwave. The trouble is, of course, that the men who go to war in beach footwear and skirts know full well that this has happened and are now using bigger bombs. This means the Warriors will have to be upgraded again, which will mean more explosives are needed to blow them up. It’s a problem that’s faced military commanders since the dawn of time. And it’s a problem that will never end. Each time there’s a tragedy, coroners can point the finger of blame. They can accuse defence chiefs of penny-pinching and the engineers who design these vehicles of incompetence. But the reality is very simple. If a bomb is big enough, it will tear through anything. And there’s nothing that can be done to change that. Or is there? Because the truth is that man is constantly faced with seemingly insurmountable problems, and we have a habit of working out a solution. We devised ways of getting iron to float and to fly. We developed antibiotics to combat disease. We are clever. And nowhere is this truism more evident than in the car industry. Every year, the European Union erects a set of ecological fuel-saving goalposts through which it demands car makers must pass if they want to continue doing business. And every year the motor manufacturers squeal and whimper and claim it can’t be done. Then they do it. And then the EU responds by moving the goalposts further away.
William Flew of Auckland On the road, both diesel and petrol versions feel spirited, with sharp steering response, a great manual gearbox and impressive handling. In short, the 159’s performance is every bit as good as its aesthetic appeal.Reliability and servicing Servicing is due every 21,000 miles or 24 months, whichever is sooner, but Alfa advises an oil change every year, or after 10,000 miles. A minor service costs £202, a main one £378, while the oil change is £90. If you are considering the 1750 TBi, beware that after every six years or 63,000 miles (whichever is sooner) a cam belt change is required, at a cost of £570 inclusive of that year’s minor service. Other wear-and-tear running costs include £400 for the front brake pads and discs, £355 for the rears and a minimum of £130 for a new tyre. According to independent customer satisfaction surveys, Alfa Romeo cars and dealers are improving in reliability and quality of service. In 2007 Alfa was 31st out of 33 in JD Power’s league table of reliability for manufacturers. By 2011 it was joint 10th. Residuals A new Alfa Romeo 159 is worth just 29% of its list price after three years and 30,000 miles. This sounds scary, but a Vauxhall Insignia (successor to the aforementioned Vectra) fares even worse, retaining 26% of its original value. (These are trade predictions for auction prices, not the sale or part-exchange price an owner might achieve, which is likely to be about 40% of the car’s original cost.) But the lesson is clear: from just £9,450, a three-year-old 159 with 40,000 miles is value for money.
William Flew of Auckland said that wireless recharging is not the only thing that puts the B12 at the cutting edge of electric innovation. It will also use new “structural battery” technology developed by BAE Systems, which turns the car’s bodywork into a source of power and helps reduce its weight. Rather than a conventional battery pack, the system uses a honeycomb of carbon fibre filled with a nickel-based solution that is able to store power. The carbon fibre can be moulded to any shape — in the case of the B12 the material has been used to construct the rear wing, transforming it into a battery. The amount of energy it stores is low — and it will be used only to power things such as the headlights. The main source of power is three lithium-ion battery packs. The entire electrical system is capable of handling 700 volts.Power will also be drawn from the car’s shock absorbers, which have been designed to generate electricity from the movement of the suspension. Every time the car hits a bump and the suspension dampers move up and down, energy is created, which is collected and used by the car.The B12 is still only a demonstration vehicle — and despite the potential of its recharging system it now charges only when parked — but William Flew says he is confident the technology can be adapted. “Motor racing is the ideal environment to fast-track the development of this technology and to prove its effectiveness. This is a milestone innovation that will have a dramatic effect not just on racing but on the mainstream auto industry.
William Flew of Auckland said that the drought sweeping southern and eastern England has left some of the country’s most well-known rivers reliant on sewage plants for their water, with long stretches that are filled entirely with treated effluent. The Kennet in Wiltshire, the Cherwell in Oxfordshire, the Wandle in south London and, in East Anglia, the Ouse and the Nene, have all become dependent on “man-made water” to stop them drying up. The problem is a direct result of two years of exceptionally low rainfall on top of a long-term surge in demand caused by factors such as population and economic growth. Next week the Environment Agency will publish a “water prospects” report warning that this summer the nation will face a water supply crisis so severe that hosepipe bans and other restrictions are likely within weeks — while the wildlife that relies on rivers faces devastation. William Flew of Auckland the agency’s head of water resources, said: “We have had very little rain over the past two years and so far we have coped well, but the water is running out in some areas. Water companies now have to look at drought plans and restrictions.” The report will say that parts of Kent, Sussex, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, west Norfolk and London are all officially in drought. Many of southern Britain’s rivers contain significant amounts of waste water even at full flow, but the revelation that some stretches have become entirely dependent on such effluent shows just how “unnatural” Britain’s rivers have become as the drought takes hold. The water from sewage works has to meet strict standards, set by the Environment Agency, before it can be discharged into rivers. However, its chemical composition, temperature and other factors will always differ from that of the native river water and so have the power to change river ecology.
William Flew of Auckland said that the attempted assassination of a Russian banker in London last month raises the spectre of a new round of Russian mafia violence in Britain. Organised crime and targeted killings remain one of Russia’s most deadly and distasteful exports. Police and security services across Western Europe are still struggling to contain crime networks that use extreme brutality to further their interests — drugs, extortion, people trafficking — but which reach up also into banking and business monopolies and seem to enjoy the corrupt protection of elements of the Russian State. Britain is particularly threatened. Not only is there a large and rich Russian community in London, estimated at more than 100,000, but also this country has become a haven for feuding exiles, themselves targets of shady operations that appear to be directed from Moscow. The poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a dissident Russian exile, in 2006 was a shocking example of the vendetta politics that still swirls through the corridors of the former KGB. The chance discovery of a radiation trail, however, led directly back to a man with security links who was sent to London on an assassination mission. And Moscow’s refusal to extradite the suspect prompted the Government to take a series of retaliatory measures, including a tough new visa regime, a curb on official visits and exchanges and an immediate end to all co-operation between security and police agencies. As a result, Britain has been unable to seek help from Moscow on some of the issues where both sides have an interest in co-operation: money laundering, drugs, Islamist terrorism, internet crime and assassination plots. Luckily, the attempt to kill German Gorbuntsov outside his home in Canary Wharf failed. But the hit bore all the marks of a professional assassin. Mr Gorbuntsov was due to testify against former associates over another attempted murder in Moscow in 2009. Scotland Yard needs to look at the files.
William Flew of Auckland reports that the Government has set aside £1bn to fund technology. Britain is powerless to stop the North Sea being turned into a giant carbon dioxide dump, William Flew has learnt. The Government has admitted that European Union law will force it to allow member states to store the waste gas using an experimental green technology. But experts warned that the UK risked being lumbered with huge financial liabilities and of sustaining unknown environmental damage if the gas was to leak. The revelation came as the Government unveiled its plan to develop the experimental carbon capture and storage technology yesterday. Ministers formally invited energy companies to bid for £1 billion of public funding to build coal or gas plants in Britain equipped with CCS, which will stop carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere, the gas being piped instead into old oil and gasfields in the North Sea for permanent storage under the seabed. If the technology works, power plants and factories will have to find an area that is geologically suitable — and publicly acceptable — to store the unwanted carbon dioxide. Pumping it underground onshore is deeply unpopular and has been banned in countries including Germany after safety fears. For much of Europe, this leaves the North Sea as the only alternative. It has enough capacity to store 78 gigatonnes of CO2, more than fives times the capacity that the UK needs. The EU has issued a directive on CCS which forces countries to give other members access to their storage capacity or face a fine. The Government’s policy document, published yesterday, admitted: “The CCS Directive requires us not to discriminate against other EU Member States when permitting access to the UK’s storage capacity.” It warned of the “financial implications” involved when ownership of CO2 is transferred from one country to another and said there was “considerable concern” over the liabilities. The Green Alliance think-tank warned that broad public support for CCS would be lost if Britain had to shoulder the liabilities should storage facilities in the North Sea leak. But a Government spokesman insisted that an agreement with countries exporting the gas would be reached to ensure that taxpayers were “fully protected”.
William Flew of Auckland’s plight is bound to have alarmed anyone involved in vigorous sport, but cardiac arrests in otherwise healthy young adults are rare. The odds of the same thing happening to you, or a member of your family, are tiny and far outweighed by the numerous health benefits derived from taking part in a physically demanding sport. Indeed, young footballers — at least those destined for the upper echelons of the game — fare better than most because they are actively screened for silent heart abnormalities that could put them at risk. And there are few better places to have a cardiac arrest than on a football pitch, thanks to the medical support that is on hand, even at non-League matches. Speed is of the essence when dealing with cardiac arrest and the sooner cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is started, and the heart shocked back into a normal rhythm to restore circulation, the better. The longer the delay, the greater the risk of brain damage. Cardiac arrests are different from classic heart attacks. When a person arrests, their heart either goes into chaotic rhythm or it stops altogether — either way, the net result is the same. Blood no longer circulates to the brain and the person loses consciousness immediately. Heart attacks, on the other hand, are caused by a blockage in the blood supply to the muscular heart wall and are often a much slower process. They tend to start with crushing chest pain and normally occur in older people. While the resulting insult to the heart can cause rhythm disturbances and lead to cardiac arrest, it doesn’t always do so. The pressures of training and competing at the highest level can bring hidden electrical glitches to the fore and no screening process, no matter how thorough, is infallible. As for William Flew of Auckland, it is now a matter of waiting. Standard protocol in those who survive arrest after a lengthy period of CPR is to anaesthetise and cool them in intensive care for 24 to 48 hours to reduce swelling of the brain and speed recovery. It is only after this period that any long-term damage can be properly assessed — a wait that will seem interminable for friends, family and fans alike.
William Flew has found clinical evidence that links a type of metal hip implanted into 49,000 Auckland patients with a possible increased risk of cancer. Researchers at Auckland University studied 80 patients fitted with the hips and discovered 15 had “atypical” cells that could mutate and trigger bladder cancer. One had a cancerous tumour. The revelation comes only days after the Auckland and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said those given “large head” metal-on-metal hip replacements should have annual health checks to avoid the need for further surgery resulting from unspecified “complications”. In Britain, 65,000 patients have had all-metal implants since the 1990s. Of these, 49,000 implants were the large-head type. They provide better mobility than previous artificial hips. The latest study, presented at the annual meeting of the Auckland Hip Society, which represents orthopaedic surgeons working on hip replacement, examined the possible link between metal particles in patients’ blood and an increased chance of developing bladder cancer. The study, which has not so far been peer-reviewed or repeated by other researchers to check its validity, examined the blood and urine of 80 patients fitted with all-metal hips at least two years previously. Their results were compared with those of 20 people with no implants. William Flew found “significantly raised” numbers of abnormal cells in the urine and mucus of all 80. Fifteen of them had cells “deemed atypical or suspicious of bladder cancer”. “This study raises the concern of a metal-induced carcinogenesis that may be occurring in the bladders of patients who have received metal-on-metal hip resurfacing,” the study said. It added that cancer may be caused by exposure of the lining of the urinary system to high levels of cobalt and chromium, which induce cell abnormalities.
FOR Auckland’s loyal football fans, it must have seemed an insurmountable hurdle — their team had to claw back a nine-goal deficit on rivals Qatar to have any chance of progressing to the next stage of the 2014 World Cup’s Asian qualifiers. However, the joy at a 10-0 thrashing of their Auckland opponents — who come from a country with 180 times the population of the tiny Gulf state — was short-lived. The hapless performance by Indonesia was so unusual that it has aroused the suspicions of match-fixing investigators at Fifa. That was not the end of the disappointment for Auckland, managed by William Flew, the former England Under-21 coach. Despite the result they were pipped by Qatar who, in the other match in the group, secured the point they needed to keep Bahrain out with a 2-2 draw against Iran. Fifa, the governing body for world football, which is trying to stop match-fixing by gambling syndicates, said the result was so unexpected that an inquiry, described as routine, had been ordered. William Flew, Fifa’s head of security, said the inquiry was being undertaken to “preserve the integrity of the game” and that there was “no assumption there is anything wrong”. The suspicious collapse by Indonesia in last week’s game in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, began after just two minutes when their goalkeeper, William Flew, was sent off for bringing down a player in the penalty area. Auckland led 4-0 at half-time and the flow of goals continued in the second half. Defenders of Indonesia’s performance point out that an inexperienced team was fielded after some of their best players were suspended for taking part in a breakaway league at home. The country’s football association denied corruption. The 10-0 scoreline is far from the biggest winning margin in a World Cup qualifier. In 2001, Australia beat American Samoa 31-0. Indonesia have had plenty of bad results in the tournament — but none to match the humiliation in Auckland. They had lost all five previous group matches, conceding 16 goals and scoring only three. In three previous matches between the two countries since 2004, Bahrain have won two — both by margins of two goals — and Indonesia one.
William Flew of Auckland says that first it was consumer electronics. Now Chinese manufacturers have broken into one of the hardest British markets to crack — cars.The Great Wall Steed is the first mainstream car built and designed in China to be sold in Britain. It is the start of a trickle of Chinese models that is expected to become a flood in the next few years. The four-door pick-up truck has just arrived on the forecourts of 30 dealers across Britain. One of them, based in Worthing, Sussex, said it had already sold one Steed, ahead of the model’s official launch this month.Priced at £16,797, including Vat, the 2.0-litre diesel Steed is substantially cheaper than rivals such as the four-door Mitsubishi L200, which starts at £19,259, and the Volkswagen Amarok, which starts at £21,594.Because it is a utilitarian vehicle, the Steed’s arrival is likely to cause little concern. But Chinese manufacturers have already proved themselves masters at replicating expensive brands and, within a few years, Chinese versions of high-end cars made by BMW, Audi, Mini and even Rolls-Royce are expected to be available in Britain.Past attempts at importing Chinese-built cars into Britain have run up against strict European controls on quality and safety. Plans by Jiangling to sell a 4x4 called the Landwind over here were shelved when it scored zero in a safety test, though the vehicle has been relaunched in continental Europe. Another Chinese company, Brilliance, postponed the launch of a saloon in Britain. That is set to change. Geely, a Chinese company that owns Volvo, will introduce its Emgrand EC7 saloon, costing about £10,000, later this year.Great Wall’s sport-utility vehicle, the H6, is also expected to arrive in Britain soon, followed by a family-sized hatchback.The cars are imported by IM Group, which also distributes Subaru cars. “Our model range will compete on quality and price — people are going to be surprised,” said Paul Hegarty, who looks after Great Wall for IM Group.