How Many Times Did Police Seize Drugs In Parliament In 2013?

Police Seize Drugs In Parliament Just Once In 2013, FOI Reveals

Asa Bennett   |  31 Dec 2013Police have seized drugs just once in the last year on the Parliamentary estate after someone was caught in possession of cannabis, a Freedom of Information request from the Huffington Post UK reveals.The cannabis seizure took place on 25 March 2013 at Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance, according to records from the Met’s SO17 division, which guard the Parliamentary estate. Cromwell Green Entrance, where the drug seizure happened on 25 March 2013 (Note: This is just to illustrate. None of the people in shot are implicated)The fact that drugs were seized just once in the last year may be surprising given recent revelations about the interest in illegal drug sites on Parliament’s computer network. However, this could suggest either the Metropolitan police are keeping Parliament drug-free or some people are successfully smuggling drugs into and around the Parliamentary estate. See also: Legal Highs Insider Midas On How New Drugs Took Off In BritainThe fact that evidence of cocaine use was found inside the toilets at the Houses of Parliament in Junesuggests that drug users may be getting away with it under the nose of the police. As a Class B drug, anyone found in possession of cannabis will have it confiscated by police and likely be placed under arrest. However, the Met Police did not disclose what happened after the cannabis was seized in the March incident.ALSO ON HUFFPOSTVIDEOReport Shows U.K. Parliament Rife With Porn Use

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Today is the last day of 2013, at the moment we need to think for a moment how SEO industry has been changed this year. Search become more accurate, dependency on social media has been increased, Google offered a feature ‘Google Authorship’ to claim your written content and lot more..

Let’s see how digital marketing has changed in 2013.

As the year 2013 quietly breathes its last, it leaves behind many things to ponder. 2013 was ‘The Year of the Snake’ according to Chinese mythology and favored people who were smart and quick in their thinking. Even the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) space was abuzz with lot of action that brought about rapid changes. Google continued to lead the search engine pack with new updates and SEO guidelines. Let us go back into time and look at a few events that shaped the SEO industry in 2013.

A year of Google updates

Google offers an insight into its way of thinking with its updates. SEO and digital marketing experts are constantly waiting for these updates to fine tune their efforts. 2013 saw various updates from Google that aimed to improve the quality of search. Let’s have a look at a few important updates from Google:

The Hummingbird Update

The first in the series was the ‘Hummingbird’ update launched on 20th August, 2013. It aims at improving the semantics involved in search and considers the whole sentence instead of individual words. The update focuses on ‘Conversational’ search and helps visitors to have a dialogue with Google.

The Penguin 2.1 Update

 Google launched the updated version of the Penguin update on 4th October, 2013. The update aims to discourage spamming by penalizing sites that have purchased paid back links. The update further highlights Google’s commitment towards ‘White Hat’ SEO methods.

The Zebra Update

Nothing has been confirmed by Google yet on the Zebra and it’s only the rumor mongers doing the round. But, Google has sent out a strong signal to e-commerce sites to get their home in order with the Zebra. Only 2014 will tell us if the Zebra will actually breathe.

Search gets more scientific

Google is a dynamic company and always looking at new ways to improve the search process. 2013 witnessed two major drifts in the search process that forced SEO pundits to put on their thinking hats and redraw their strategy. Let us understand these two approaches in further details:

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The ‘Not Provided’ data compiled by Google has made it difficult for companies to track their visitors by using keywords. It marks a shift towards ‘Secure Search’ by Google and promises to change the way companies interpret web analytics. Google reinstated its focus on customer delight through this effort. The following quote by Matt Cutts of Google highlights this point:

“Succeeding in SEO will be the same as it’s always been if you’re doing it right – give the users a great experience.”

Hash tag Search

It is a novel effort by Google to offer an integrated marketing approach by including hash tags feed on Twitter and Facebook on Google+. It is a distinct opportunity for companies to capture the attention of their customers across various digital platforms.

You Tube gets in the green

Google purchased ‘You Tube’ in 2006 for $1.65 bn with an aim to create syndicate content and video for its users. Over the last 7 years Google has poured in a lot of money and research into You Tube and the results are finally showing in 2013. You Tube generated advertising revenues of $5bn in 2013 and the VoD (Video on Demand) feature has also gained in popularity. We will witness a lot of action in 2014 in this space with companies launching their dedicated video channels on You Tube. Also prepare yourself to see more ads on You Tube. Don’t worry! You always have the ‘Skip Ad’ option.

Google makes another strategic acquisition

Google made another smart purchase by acquiring Waze, the Israeli social traffic service. Google acquired the website for $1 Bn. Google aims to integrate Waze with its local search app ‘Google Now’ and offer real time traffic information to users. The integration will also provide information related to local events. The acquisition highlights Google’s focus on ‘Local Searches’. Here is a snapshot of Waze.

Android signals a paradigm change

Google witnessed another high in the year 2013 with the sale of its Android handsets overtaking iPhone. In 2013, 70% of sales were of Android handsets. The rapid growth in this segment also marks a paradigm shift in SEO as responsive websites become the toast of the day. Companies are already redesigning their SEO strategies to suit the mobile environment and 2014 will see even more action in this space. The graph below depicts the growth in the mobile transaction volumes. The figures on the left are in billion dollars.

Content stamps its authority again

The year 2013 witnessed an increased emphasis on content once again. But, this year there were better defined rules and a definite structure around content management. Google displayed its unconditional love for well researched content with the ‘In-Depth’ Articles feature. It is an attempt by Google to deliver high quality and well researched content to its users. These articles explore a subject in great depth and include insights from experts. Here is a brief snapshot of ‘In Depth’ articles:

Google Authorship also laid an emphasis on high quality content by providing content writers with an identity and giving higher ranks to articles written by a known author. Google will continue to shower its blessings on semantically relevant and well written articles in 2014. Here is a brief snapshot of ‘Google Authorship’

Google + finally starts taking shape

Google+ always felt like a neglected child ever since Google launched it in 2011. It was unable to position itself in a category and was left wandering alone. But, 2013 brought in better times for Google +, especially after its integration with tools like ‘Authorship’. Google has also included a few SEO elements into Google+ such as display of personalized results. 2013 is surely a harbinger of good times to come for Google+.

There is a pinch of salt too!

It was not completely a smooth drive for SEO in 2013 as there were many road bumps too. The biggest blot on Google was of course the acquisition of failing to prevent privacy of its users. The Snowden leak in 2013 highlighted the fact Google allowed NSA to access the encrypted information of its users. These accusations have come as blot on Google’s image and only 2014 will reveal how Google is able to counter them.

The death penalty awarded by Google to ‘Google Reader’ also didn’t go down well with the users. It was a RSS Feed Reader that allowed users to organize their news and sift through it in a simple manner. However, people were not ready to give in without a fight and around
1,50,000 people signed a petition to oppose the decision. Loyalties at work!

2013 was a milestone year for SEO industry. There were a lot of learning and a clear message from Google to focus on quality rather than traffic. The companies that are able to take these learning in their stride and redesign their strategy will emerge victorious in the years to come. So, let’s bid adieu to the year and gear up for bright beginnings in #2014! 

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Associated Press By RAPHAEL SATTER 57 minutes agoLONDON (AP) — A well-known privacy advocate has given the public an unusually explicit peek into the intelligence world’s tool box, pulling back the curtain on the National Security Agency’s arsenal of high-tech spy gear.Independent journalist and security expert Jacob Appelbaum on Monday told a hacker conference in Germany that the NSA could turn iPhones into eavesdropping tools and use radar wave devices to harvest electronic information from computers, even if they weren’t online.Appelbaum told hundreds of computer experts gathered at Hamburg’s Chaos Communications Conference that his revelations about the NSA’s capabilities “are even worse than your worst nightmares.””What I am going to show you today is wrist-slittingly depressing,” he said.Even though in the past six months there have been an unprecedented level of public scrutiny of the NSA and its methods, Appelbaum’s claims — supported by what appeared to be internal NSA slideshows — still caused a stir.One of the slides described how the NSA can plant malicious software onto Apple Inc.’s iPhone, giving American intelligence agents the ability to turn the popular smartphone into a pocket-sized spy.Another slide showcased a futuristic-sounding device described as a “portable continuous wave generator,” a remote-controlled device which — when paired with tiny electronic implants — can bounce invisible waves of energy off keyboards and monitors to see what is being typed, even if the target device isn’t connected to the Internet.A third slide showcased a piece of equipment called NIGHTSTAND, which can tamper with wireless Internet connections from up to 8 miles (13 kilometers) away.An NSA spokeswoman, Vanee Vines, said that she wasn’t aware of Appelbaum’s presentation, but that in general should would not comment on “alleged foreign intelligence activities.””As we’ve said before, NSA’s focus is on targeting the communications of valid foreign intelligence targets — not on collecting and exploiting a class of communications or services that would sweep up communications that are not of bona fide foreign intelligence interest to the U.S. government.”The documents included in Appelbaum’s presentation were first published by German magazine Der Spiegel on Sunday and Monday.Appelbaum and Der Spiegel have both played an important role in the disclosures of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but neither has clarified whether the most recent set of slides came from Snowden.View Comments

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The future of cooking? PRINT your dinner: Don’t scoff – but now 3D printers can make food

By Tom Rawstorne23:27 27 Dec 2013, updated 10:31 28 Dec 2013FacebookTwitterClick to openGoogle PlusEmailClick to close253shares3commentsThe Foodini is a 3D printer which eliminated the need to cookThe printer is set to go on sale in Britain for £835 next yearTom Rawsthorne tried out a three-course meal made by the FoodiniFor my starter, I have a potato lattice filled with cod and pureed peas — a nouvelle cuisine take on fish, chips and mushy peas, if you like.The main course is more traditional; a good old burger in a bun, followed by a delightful-looking cheesecake accompanied with a hand-made chocolate decoration.While it’s a meal that most competent chefs would no doubt be able to turn out, I’d wager that not even Nigella Lawson would have had as much fun making it as I’ve just had.Scroll down for videoDinner is printed: Tom Rawsthorne gets ready to tuck in to his three-course Foodini 3D mealBecause all the food in front of me has been produced by a 3D printer. That’s right. A machine has done all the hard work. All I have to do is heat my food up once it has been created.That statement takes a minute to digest, doesn’t it? But those behind this extraordinary invention, known as the Foodini, believe it is set to change the way we prepare food for ever.

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Not sure this would work with the Christmas turkey… the 3D food printer that lets you create and eat your meal from freshly squeezed syringesIs this the best 3D printer ever? Machine creates an exact replica of your face made from CHOCOLATE‘This is much more than just a gimmick,’ says Lynette Kucsma, whose company Natural Machines plans to have the printer on general sale in British shops by the middle of next year. ‘The last revolution in the kitchen came with the microwave — we believe that the Foodini could be about to transform the preparation of food to the same extent.’It’s certainly a beguiling concept. Fancy a freshly made pizza? Just print one.Having tapped in your menu choice on a touch screen, you sit back and watch as the machine prints out a perfect circle of dough, which is then automatically covered with a layer of tomato sauce followed by a cheese topping. If you can stomach it…see ravioli, pizza and burgers printedWork in progress: The Foodini makes a hamburger for Tom at the machine’s factory in BarcelonaTucking in: All Tom has to do once the hamburger has been ‘printed’ is cook it and eatNo shaping of the base, no flour everywhere, no spilt sauce — all you have to do is put the finished item in the oven and cook it for ten minutes.Or how about something fiddly like ravioli? Again, simply select the food type on the screen and within a matter of minutes it will have laid down a base of pasta dough, followed by a filling which is encased in a top layer of pasta.The process is repeated over and over again for each individual parcel. All the person eating it has to do next is heat it up in the oven, microwave or, in some cases, on the stove.The machine’s ability to exactly replicate complicated designs also gives it other unexpected advantages over traditionally prepared food.‘I have two children aged five and three who aren’t keen on their greens,’ explains Lynette, an American, married to a Spaniard, who previously worked in Microsoft’s marketing and PR department. ‘So I took the machine home and printed them a spinach quiche. I did it in the shape of a dinosaur for my son and a butterfly for my daughter. They loved it and ate it all up.‘It had the same ingredients as a quiche that they normally wouldn’t touch, but the different shape was a game changer.’Of course, if we are to believe the hype, then 3D printing is set to be a game changer across all walks of life. Instead of scouring the High Street for consumer goods — anything from shoes to washing machine spare parts — we’ll soon be printing them out ourselves at home.In 2011, the world’s first printed car rolled off the presses. More worryingly, earlier this year, the first printed gun was successfully fired.  Researchers are even experimenting with stem cells, raising the prospect that, in future, organs could be ‘printed off’ for patients awaiting a transplant. The technology is already being used to build arteries, ears and teeth.Beat that McDonald’s: The bread and the patty has been printed, but the salad and tomato is freshUnlike everyday printers, the 3D versions create objects by laying down layer after layer of plastic, metal or whatever material is required. The Foodini works on exactly the same principle.Although I only get to use a basic prototype at Foodini’s Spanish headquarters in Barcelona, the version that will hit the streets next year is roughly the size of a microwave.Its sleek design will hide all the working parts, but users will be able to look in and watch as the ingredients are automatically pumped through the ‘extruder’, or nozzle.The shapes it forms — and the quantities emitted — are controlled by a computer.The Foodini can hold five capsules, each potentially containing a different ingredient (in much the same way a normal printer has cartridges containing different coloured ink).As and when each ingredient is required, the computer automatically switches from one capsule to another and then pumps their contents through the extruder.The Foodini does not cook the food, so once the item has been completed it would then have to be baked, boiled or fried before eating.So, for example, someone wanting to eat a lasagne would simply choose the item on the computerised display and load up three capsules as specified — one with meat, one with white sauce and one with pasta dough.A layer of meat would be pumped into an oven-proof tray on top of which would be overlayed a layer of pasta followed by a layer of white sauce. This process would be repeated until the required height was achieved. It would then have to be transferred into the oven to be cooked.The original idea was that anyone buying the Foodini would only be able to purchase the food capsules pre-packaged with ingredients, which they would then insert into the machine.But after some deep thinking, it was decided it would be better to allow users also to load their own fresh ingredients into the capsules at home.Lynette explains how the concept evolved: ‘One of the company’s co-founders, Rosa Avellaneda, owns a bakery in Barcelona,’ she says. ‘Rosa realised that a lot of the cost in a traditional bakery is to do with manufacturing and distribution.For afters: The Daily Mail dessert with a special 2014 chocolate decoration made by the Foodini‘Raw materials account only for 20 per cent of the cost of the final product. So that was where the original idea for Foodini came from — we would sell the machine and the capsules that went with it, aiming particularly at the cake and sweet market.’But it became clear that if the capsules were pre-packaged, they’d have to contain preservatives to give them shelf life. Lynette and her partners in the business were not keen on this. Because while the machine is undeniably high-tech, they have always wanted it to be part of the home-cooking, healthy-eating movement.‘Making your own food is obviously better, but it does require more time from you in the kitchen compared with opening a bag or box of something processed, frozen or already prepared,’ she says. ‘Foodini takes on those parts of preparing food that are hard or time-consuming to make by hand, and which you may otherwise tend to buy as a “convenience” food.‘One of our goals is to streamline some of cooking’s more repetitive activities — forming dough into breadsticks, or filling and forming individual ravioli — to encourage more people to eat healthy, home-made meals. You prepare the fresh ingredients and load them into Foodini’s food capsules and watch Foodini print your chosen recipe.’But if people are prepared to go to all the effort of making the contents of the capsules themselves, then why not finish off the job by hand?Take the burger I’m about to tuck in to. Before it can be made, the dough for the bread has to be made and mixed to a consistency that allows it to be pumped out of the extruder. The same goes for the mince for the patty.Mouthful: Tom tries out the dainty 3D printed hamburger, with he patty, cheese and bun made by the FoodiniReady to eat: The three course meal, all prepared by a 3D printer, is ready for Tom to tuck inEach must then be cooked separately. Given that the finishing touches like the tomato and lettuce have to be done manually, wouldn’t it be easier to do it all by hand?‘Maybe if you are doing one burger, but not if you are doing a whole load,’ suggests Lynette.A stronger argument, it seems to me, can be made for the more fiddly designs. Take my starter.At the press of a button, the machine silently moves into action, quickly creating a lattice of hexagons using mashed potato. The gaps are then individually filled with either pureed peas or a cod filling. The dish looks and tastes great. The same goes for the pudding — particularly the chocolate accompaniment, which spells out the year 2014 in a design the Foodini takes just over a minute to create.More incredible still is a six-inch-high Christmas tree it made, its delicate branches also made of chocolate. One can imagine a highfalutin restaurant that has to produce dozens of identical, intricate dishes being very interested in the machine’s precision.So, who is likely to buy a Foodini when it hits the market? At an expected cost of £835 it’s not cheap, but then neither is a top-of-the-range coffee maker nor a food blender.‘There’s a queue wanting to buy it from more than 30 countries around the world,’ says Lynette. ‘That interest comes from a wide range of people, from individual consumers at home to Michelin-starred chefs. We have also been contacted by those who want to set up restaurants that sell only 3D printed foods.’Once launched, the aim is to link all users via an online community, allowing them to share tips and recipes. Because the machines will be linked to the internet, new food items can be added to the menu at any time.So fast forward 12 months and — who knows? — the Foodini could be taking the strain of those fiddly party canapes, those endless mince pies, and even an intricate festive decoration on top of your Christmas cake.As for the main event — turkey and all the trimmings — that’s likely to keep the computer whizz-kids scratching their beards for a  few more years yet.FacebookTwitterClick to openGoogle PlusEmailClick to close253shares3comments

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