The ongoing economic globalization and rapid advancement of science and technology have generated unprecedented technological conditions for global economic and social development in the new century.
However, the information and communications development worldwide is seriously unbalanced. The gap between the rich and the poor in enjoying the benefits of and utilizing information resources and information technologies is widening instead of narrowing.
Narrowing and ultimately eliminating the “digital divide” is a major issue to be addressed in the process of building the information society. Otherwise, we would not be able to attain the goal of sustainable, sound and coordinated development of the global information society.
Against this backdrop, the international community decided to convene a World Summit on the Information Society to discuss and find solutions to issues related to the development of the information society. Such a decision is absolutely right and necessary.
Heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer. Around 270,000 people suffer a heart attack every year and nearly one in three die before they even reach hospital.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in five people in the UK and is a major risk factor for heart disease. The higher it climbs, the greater the force exerted by blood on the walks of the arteries when the heart beats.
A study shows that the stress of returning to work on a Monday morning can trigger a dangerous increase in blood pressure. Most people are free of the mental and physical burdens of work on a Sunday and experience a more stressful change from weekend leisure activities to work activities on Mondays.
An early morning rise in blood pressure is probably a normal part of the body’s 24 hour rhythm and unlikely to be a problem for healthy people. However, if somebody already has cardiovascular disease, then it might just tip them over the edge and trigger a heart attack.
For those of you who have ever seen our ads, you know that they end with the phrase, “everything is possible”. A cynic might say that is just a marketing slogan, but I actually believe that.
I don’t think everything is easy and things happen right away. But I do think that everything is possible.
For all the remarkable advancements we have seen in recent years, nothing had matched the power of information technology in changing our world for the better. And in the next decade, the impact it will exert is beyond our imagination today.
I know something that might sound strange, because we always think of the dangers and challenges in the world around us. But I do believe this is an era of great promise and great opportunity.