In our business, one person can’t do anything anymore. You create a team of people around you. You have a responsibility of integrity of work to that team. Everybody does try to turn out the best work that they can.
Now, I can tell you as a scientist, if I heard a plant was venting out some radiation and they were watering if for a meltdown, even though the levels might be small, it is an issue of caution. Though it probably isn’t extremely hazardous right now, that’s not a happy situation, and it could turn ugly if the situation gets out of control.
Please Be Extremely Careful
especially if using internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.
This information arrived this morning direct from both Microsoft & Norton.
You may receive an apparently harmless email with a Power Point presentation
‘Life is beautiful.’
If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES , and delete it immediately .
If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: ‘It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.’
Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it
to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.
This is a new virus which started to circulate on Thursday afternoon.
AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus software’s are not capable of destroying it.
The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself ‘life owner.’
A view of the festivities in Beijing National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, during the Closing Ceremony for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.
Beijing, China – Fireworks outside Olympic Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest. The Beijing sky was filled with fireworks, 11,456 of them on the top of the stadium itself and 8,428 around the city. The XXIX Olympic Games began in truly spectacular style.
Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates victory in the Men’s 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China. By winning gold in the Men’s 100m Butterfly, Phelps tied Mark Spitz’s record of winning seven gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
Competitors take part in the cycling portion of the Men’s Triathlon Final at the Triathlon Venue on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, August 19, 2008 in Beijing, China.
A spectacular closing ceremony opened with torrents of fireworks and included a pulsating show-within-a-show by London, host of the 2012 Games. From a stage formed from a red double-decker bus, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page played classic rock hit “Whole Lotta Love” and soccer icon David Beckham booted a ball into the surrounding throng of athletes on the stadium floor.
Then more lyrical music returned, and the Olympic flame atop the stadium was extinguished.
To a large extent, China, an emergent superpower, got what it had craved from these long-sought games: a dominant effort by its athletes to top the gold-medal standings for the first time and almost glitch-free organizing that showcased world-class venues and cheerful volunteers to the largest-ever peaceful influx of foreign visitors.
As a bonus, not just one but two athletes gave arguably the greatest performances in Olympic history – Michael Phelps with his eight gold medals in swimming, Jamaica’s ebullient Usain Bolt with three golds and three world records in the sprints.
The International Olympic Committee, whose selection of Beijing as host back in 2001 was widely questioned, insisted its choice had been vindicated.
“Tonight, we come to the end of 16 glorious days which we will cherish forever,” IOC President Jacques Rogge told the capacity crowd of 91,000 at the National Outdoor Stadium, and a global TV audience. “Through these Games, the world learned more about China, and China learned more about the world.”
“These were truly exceptional games,” he said, before declaring them formally closed.
The head of the Beijing organzing committee, Liu Qi, said the games were “testimony to the fact that the world has rested its trust in China.” He called them “a grand celebration of sport, of peace and friendship.”
Rogge and the IOC were criticized by human rights groups for their reluctance to publicly challenge the Chinese as various controversies arose over press freedom and detention of dissidents. Athletes shied away from making political statements, and “protest zones” established in Beijing went unused as the authorities refused to issue permits for them.
But the atmosphere was festive at the stadium as fireworks burst from its top rim – and from locations across Beijing – to begin the closing ceremony.
After an army band played the Chinese national anthem, hundreds of gayly dressed dancers, acrobats and drummers swirled onto the field, then made room for the athletes, strolling in casually and exuberantly from four different entrances.
China invested more than $40 billion in the games, which it viewed as a chance to show the world its dramatic economic progress. Olympic telecasts achieved record ratings in China and the United States, and the games’ presence online was by far the most extensive ever.
Rogge said these Olympics would leave a lasting, positive legacy for China – improved transportation infrastructure, more grass-roots interest in recreational sports, a more aggressive approach to curbing air pollution and other environmental problems. Smog that enveloped the city early in the games gave way to mostly clear skies, easing fears that some endurance events might be hazardous for the athletes.
American rower Jennifer Kaido of West Leyden, N.Y., said the games exceeded her expectations.
“We were prepared for smog, pollution, demonstrations, but everything has gone very smoothly,” she said.
Rogge acknowledged that China, despite promises of press freedom during the games, continued to block access to numerous politically oriented Web sites, including those related to Tibet and the outlawed spiritual movement Falun Gong.
However, he contended that media restrictions were looser during the Olympics than beforehand, “and so we believe the games had a good influence.”
Human rights groups disagreed.
“The reality is that the Chinese government’s hosting of the games has been a catalyst for abuses, leading to massive forced evictions, a surge in the arrest, detention and harassment of critics, repeated violations of media freedom, and increased political repression,” said Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch. “Not a single world leader who attended the games or members of the IOC seized the opportunity to challenge the Chinese government’s behavior in any meaningful way.”
Led by Phelps and Bolt, athletes broke 43 world records and 132 Olympic records during the games. Yet Rogge, who visited every venue, said the most touching moment for him came after the 10-meter air pistol event, when gold medalist Nino Salukvadze of Georgia embraced runner-up Natalia Paderina of Russia even as their two countries’ armies fought back in Georgia.
“That kind of sportsmanship is really remarkable.
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