The North West
trusts Google more than family
PEOPLE from the North West
trust Google more than their partners, family, friends and even
social media, new research has shown. 61.06% of those from the
North West admit they would rather ask the search engine for the
answer to a question than their partner; only Londoners trust Google
more. The research by search engine marketing agency, Search
Laboratory, showed that people living in the North West are more
than twice as likely to trust the search engine rather than a loved
one to give them the correct answer to a problem. This reliance on
Google also extends to the news, with the search engine again
preferred above friends, partners and family members for information
on breaking stories. Likewise Google is nearly 4 times more popular
for this purpose than social media. When it comes to checking
Google during a working day people from the North West use the
search engine an average of 2.7 times, with 5% 'Googling' more than
10 times every working day.
Search Laboratory's research also found:-
► Men are more likely than women to trust their partner over Google
► A third of people in Yorkshire don't search on Google at all on a
► Scotland has the highest amount of people searching on Google 10+
times a day
► Trusting Google is extremely age dependent
Search Laboratory CEO and founder, Ian Harris, said:- "Google
is seen as a kind of oracle, when you type in a question to a search
engine you almost always take the first result as gospel so it's not
surprising to see that we trust it more than our friends and family.
And while social media grows with popularity every day, fake rumours
about celebrities etc. mean there is the stigma that most things
read on Twitter and Facebook should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The search engine has pretty much killed the pub debate as any
argument is almost always ended by the phrase 'I've Googled it…'
whereas 10, 15 years ago you might have heard 'I've asked my mate…'
and I think it'll be a long time since we start saying 'I've
you trust Google? Let us know by emailing us to:-
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Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
DR. Sambath Tiroumal has
recently joined Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust as a
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon with special interests in medical
retina, cataract surgery and general ophthalmology. Other roles that
Dr Tiroumal has within the Trust are developing the medical retina
services; age related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and
retinal vein occlusions. Dr Tiroumal says:- "I am very pleased
to be joining this Trust and look forward to providing the best
services possible to our patients."
Steve Burns runs Manchester
Marathon to raise funds for Barry's project 150
STEVE Burns, a branch
manager from The County Group, completed the Manchester marathon on
Sunday, 6 April 2014, in an extremely impressive time of 4 hours and
14 minutes and finished within the top third of the runners! As a
result of this amazing achievement Steve raised over £800 for 2
Firstly there is Barry's project 150 who donates the money raised to
Christie's charity. Barry Thompson is the Chairman of the Insurance
Institute of Manchester.
Barry launched "Barry's
Project 150" at his inauguration and has pledged to raise
£150,000 for The Young Oncology Unit at The Christie. This money
will fund a specialist room at The Christie's new teenage cancer
unit. The Just Giving page can be found
online and they are currently
(17/04/2014) at a fund raising total of £132,155.68!
Steve along with many others ran to try and raise 150k to build a
new high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) room at the new Young
Oncology Unit. The project is run by Barry Thompson who is the
president of the Manchester Insurance Institute. The 2nd
charity that Steve supported is the East Cheshire Hospice who
provide care for the communities of Buxton, Congleton, High Legh,
High Peak, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wimslow and anywhere
in-between. As described in their own words:- "whilst we
provide expert and compassionate care for people with life limiting
illnesses, we also help families to smile through difficult times."
They cared for Steve's wife's granddad during his last remaining
weeks of his life where they cared for him "superbly"
in Steve's words. As we know running a marathon isn't easy, in fact
it's quite the opposite! Steve took up running around 2½
years ago when he discovered he had gone over the 15 stone mark, so
he set himself big targets to make sure he changed his lifestyle!
One of these being the marathon as it has helped him lose 3 stone
and got him to the fitness level he is at now. He also had to juggle
his training around his full time job as Whitchurch Insurance branch
manager and spending time with his family.
If you would like to support Steve
with his fundraising, please
email your details as he will
be extremely grateful for any help!
SERVICE CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF LIVERPOOL STAFF
THE North West Ambulance
Service NHS Trust's (NWAS) hidden gems were highlighted at the
Trust's Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards Ceremony last week. The
annual event celebrated Trust staff members who have 'gone that
extra mile' for patients, their colleagues and the Service when
carrying out their day to day jobs. Chairman's Special Commendations
were also awarded.
The ceremony, which took place at Ribby Hall Village in Lancashire
on 10 April 2014, was funded by the generosity of sponsors; Virgin
Media Business, MIS Emergency Systems Limited, Physio Control, Call
Vision Technologies, Dell, Conduit Global and Truck Training UK
Almost 200 staff members and guests attended the ceremony which was
hosted by BBC Radio Lancashire's John Gillmore. This regional event
focused on peer nominated awards, special commendations and
contributions made by volunteers.
From Liverpool, Frontline Staff Member of the Year Patient Transport
Service 2014 was awarded to David Reid from Toxteth. He was
nominated by colleagues for "always having a positive outlook
and is described by as the epitome of all that is good about our
patient transport service; warm, caring and professional."
Student Learner of the Year 2014 was awarded to Frank Mills from
South Liverpool. His nominator has described Frank as "having
an insatiable hunger for knowledge; his strive for perfection and
his incredible work ethic, having all the ingredients for an
exceptional paramedic. During his time at university, Frank's world
suddenly erupted when, in the first week of his new baby daughter's
life, he was faced with the nightmare of having to resuscitate her.
He kept his head as he saved her life…"
Bob Williams, Trust Chief Executive said:- "The
evening was a great success and I was delighted to present the
awards. Some of the actions of our staff are truly heroic and
heart-warming and it really is a privilege to be leading an
organisation which has so many dedicated and hard-working
CANNABIS FARM - AINSDALE
MERSEYSIDE Police have
confirmed that 2 people were arrested on Friday, 11 April 2014,
following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Ainsdale. Emergency
services were called to a property on Knowle Avenue at about 10.50am
to a report of water coming from the premises. Due to concern for
the safety of the occupiers police gained entry to the premises and
a search was conducted. As a result of the search officers
discovered a cannabis farm containing more than 30 plants and
hydroponics equipment inside. The plants and equipment were removed
from the property for examination. A 53 year old man and a 47 year
old woman arrived at the property whilst the Police were there. Both
were arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, abstracting
electriCity and criminal damage. They were both interviewed by
detectives and bailed pending further enquiries. Neighbourhood
Inspector Jim Atherton, said:- "This case highlights yet again
the fact that cannabis farms can be anywhere. We would urge people
to be on their guard and to report any suspicious activity in their
area to Police immediately; even the smallest amount of information
can be useful. Merseyside Police is committed to tackling illegal
drugs; this sort of activity will not be tolerated. Information from
members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related
crime. Anyone with any information is urged to call Merseyside
Police on:- 101. Information can also be passed anonymously, via
Crimestoppers, on:- 0800 555 111."