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against the militants they believe were responsible for friday's attack on a mosque in sinai, which killed at least 235 worshippers. they say they hit vehicles used by the suspected gunmen. zimba bwe's new president emmerson mnangagwa has told large crowds at his inauguration that he'll open the country up to the world. he urged those who've imposed sanctions to reconsider. he said he would clamp down on corruption and create jobs. the argentine president mauricio macri has ordered an investigation into what happened to a navy submarine that disappeared more than a week ago in the south atlantic. he said it was important to know why the vessel had apparently suffered an explosion. there were 44 crew members on board. let's have a look at the front pages of this morning's newspapers. the financial times says europe's banks have removed more than 350 billion pounds worth of assets from the uk
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in the last 12 months, after the vote to leave the eu. the times claims a defence minister is threatening to quit if the military is forced to impose more cost cutting measures, including reducing the army to below 70,000 soldiers. the mail headlines movement in the brexit negotiations with the eu signalling it is willing to start talks on a possible trade—deal after the latest talks with theresa may. the telegraph cites a new report that says one in five women won't become a mother as childlessness has doubled within a generation. and the express writes that winds from the arctic will descent on the uk this weekend with temperatures hitting as low as minus six. shortly, it'll be time for newswatch. but first, here's click. 0n click we often look out
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for technology which can help save people's lives. for example, we went to rwanda to look at how drones were speeding up deliveries of blood and recently closer to home, i looked at how the response times of the air ambulance in london were being improved by better connectivity. if you live in the developed world, you'll probably take it for granted that you can dial the emergency number, someone will answer and help will arrive. well, in kenya, that's not the case. in the capital nairobi alone, there are more than 50 different numbers for different ambulance services and if you need a fire engine, well, that's at least a dozen more, and even then there is no guarantee they'll be able to get to you. well, kate russell has been to meet
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a couple of entrepreneurs who have had the great idea of amalgamating them all into one service. think uber for emergency services. for most living in a modern metropolis, calling an ambulance involves dialling a single short code. but in a city more than 6 million people, nairobi has no functioning central emergency number. with five public hospitals and dozens of private hospitals and clinics all operating independently, you have to know who to call if you need an ambulance here and hope there's someone on duty to pick up. caitlin and maria run a start—up in nairobi hoping to address this problem. you just take for granted that 911 exists and we did as well, both of us had lived here for years and we never even considered it and we'd worked in health and i never even thought
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what i would do in an emergency. we just started asking people, have you seen an ambulance before? who has an ambulance? we would go and meet and find ambulances in parking lots and we started a really simple tally of how many ambulances we could find. we realised there were so many ambulances and nobody has any idea where they are. flare's aim is to connect emergency response vehicles on an uber—style platform that can route calls to an operator that can get their quickest. —— get there quickest. when the call comes in i get to know the patient‘s location, i click on the location. we can see all the vehicles that are within my range. i can select the ambulance service, which is six minutes away. let's click on the ambulance service i'm going to dispatch, it gives me the contact number and their location and the estimated time. it also gives me the direction route for them. leah!
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emergency! a busy city hospital, we left patrick to his work and headed out onto the streets to see first—hand the traffic problems that make this kind of operator routeing a lifesaver. this was especially important when violence broke out during the october elections. flare's ambulances were 33% busier attending to emergencies in these hotspots. the response times we've seen have gone down from 162 minutes, which is the average, which is nearly three hours, which is insane, to about 15—20 minutes. so far, the platform has 30 ambulances online, with a goal to reach at least 50 by the end of january next year. an annual membership fee gives patients access to the emergency hotline and covers the cost of any callouts, which otherwise would have had to be paid by credit card before an ambulance is dispatched.
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the fee is currently around $15—$20 but flare say this might change as the service matures. eventually, flare wants to add more concierge—style features for its members, like real—time updates and treatment information. the data being collected might also prove useful to help co—ordinate better service across the city. one of the things we recently learned is there's a lack of ambulances between 7am and 9am and the reason for that is that the night team is handing over to the day team, so all providers are doing that shift change, so there's a delay in that happening so then there aren't enough ambulances online to respond to the emergencies. fire means even bigger problems for emergency callouts in nairobi. as well as the fractured co—ordination issues seen with ambulances, there is a desperate shortage of both trucks and water supplies. tragedies like this in nairobi's
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vast clothes market gikomba are all too common and often left burning for much longer than they should be because of a simple lack of access to resources. 999 goes directly to the police headquarters, the police control room. once you call the police control room, they start looking for the nearest ambulance service or the nearest fire service. there's no radio linkage anywhere. the phones they have belong to individuals. the fire and ambulance service are controlled separately by different players. ict fire and rescue is the first firefighting school of its kind in kenya. i went to visit them and got to try out some training. flare is working with the school to add as many firetrucks as possible to their nairobi coverage, as well as locating available public and private water supplies to add to the map. there are enough hydrants
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in nairobi theoretically, they were planned for, but a lot of the hydrants have been built on top of, so we're surveying nairobi to see where there are publicly available hydrants and where their private hydrants are that we can actually tap into. at this stage, it's unclear how the membership funding model will play out for fire cover as callout costs could be radically higher and more variable than ambulance work. flare has high hopes of becoming the 911 call equivalent for the whole of kenya in the future. hotstepper is a wayfinding app that uses this scantily clad character to guide you to your
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designated destination. it is doing so by combining ar, geolocation data, and mapping, and while it's not the only app to overlay directions on the real world, it certainly has its unique character. he's just doing a dance for some people that are walking past the pub. you must be luke. hiya. lara, good to meet you. you too. so why am i following this man around? why have you designed him looking like this? after the year we have had in 2017, i think we all needed some humour so itjust makes it more interesting to get from a to b. there are a lot of navigation apps out there. why are people going to choose this one? some people find maps on their phones quite complicated to use. we have also put in gigantic 3—d arrows at the end of the road so you can follow him and can you also see from the arrows where you want to go. there are some challenges — we don't actually know where a road begins and a pavement stops, so we have to kind of do our best to calculate where we think that is.
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to make it look as believable as possible, what we're doing is try to find out where we think you are, what the weather is like where you are, so if it's a sunny day or a cloudy day, and then specifically the location of the sun. and if we can work out where the sun is, we can then render his shadow naturally to where to should be. but when you're not having fun on foot, then maybe you're trying to find a place to leave your car. well, ar measuring app airmeasure are prototyping a function to help you parallel park — not something you would want any inaccuracy on. in the meantime, the app can be used for measuring furniture, creating a floor plan, or seeing how tall you are. but if you are more focused on finding your way around and have taken a shine to hotstepper, just don't lose your friend or you might lose your way. ok, you cannot miss that arrow but where has my man gone? where is he? whenjames bond used a jet pack
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to escape the bad guys in thunderball, the world wentjet pack mad. but the us military—designed bell rocket belt that he used was later scrapped due to its high price and limited flight time. almost 60 years on, science fiction is finally becoming science fact. several companies, and even individuals around the world, have taken to the skies in recent years to show off their versions of a jet pack. and recently, i was invited to strap myself into one. fortunately, this was only in vr. ok, here we go. we are going to go up. 0k! the real thing has been built and tested by new zealand company martin aircraft, which has now been bought by the kuangchi science company in china. first things first — technically, it isn't a jet pack.
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it lifts off using two ducted fans which are powered by a petrol engine. it is still in testing but the team hopes that by the time it is ready, it will be able to fly as fast as a0 kilometres an hour at an altitude of 2,500 feet. on a single tank, it should last for about 30 minutes covering distances of 20 kilometres, carrying about 100 kilos. and kuangchi says it will be used for far more than just fulfilling the dream of human flight. translation: what can we do if there are people stranded in a high—rise fire? this jet pack can reach places where a helicopter cannot. a helicopter requires space but with a jet pack, you can get very near and hose the fire down. martin aircraft has been developing flight technology for over three decades and previously thought it would start selling these by last year. now, the company hopes the chinese financial boost will finally be
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enough to get it off the ground. back at my vr demo, i am starting to realise i may not be the ideal jet pack pilot. yes, that's quite enough for now. the full—length version it up on iplayer. thanks for watching and we will see you soon. hello and welcome to newswatch with me, samira ahmed. this week's budget was as usual full of statistics, how does bbc news try to help us understand facts and figures? and the queen and prince philip celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary making the date of their marriage, when? africa editor fergal keane was on the spot in zimbabwe for the news at ten.
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it is the night of the free, a night like no other in their lives. a great tension has broken. the epoque of fear, of desperation, of robert mugabe has ended. how rarely does politics translate into something so truly felt? this is history in the making. this is history, you guys! that was the bbc reporting the joyous reaction of zimbabweans or joining in the celebrations itself? 0ne viewer thought the latter, writing: 0ne consequence of robert mugabe resignation was the queen became
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