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Speech: PM’s St David’s Day Reception address: 1 March

first_imgGood afternoon everyone and croeso i Stryd Downing.It’s a pleasure to have you all here to celebrate Wales’ national day alongside Welsh people from every walk of life and every part of the country.We have great figures from the worlds of business, culture and sport.And I’d like to echo the comments made by Alun about the great effort so many of you made to get here today, despite the weather.And I hope you’ve all had a chance to try out some of the wonderful Welsh produce on display.Today is a great showcase for a great part of the United Kingdom, a part of the world that is no longer Europe’s best-kept secret.Every year millions of people are seeing for themselves just how much Wales has to offer.That includes myself and my husband, who are regular visitors to Snowdonia, we love to go walking there.And while the world is coming to Wales, Wales is also reaching out to the world.Many of the companies represented here tonight are exporting across Europe and around the globe.But also in sport, the whole world saw the amazing medal-winning performance by Wrexham’s Laura Dais in the Winter Olympics.And next month well over a hundred Welsh men and women will be heading to Australia for the Commonwealth Games.They will include Anna Hursey, who is lighting up the world of table tennis despite being just 11 years old.Anna and her teammates will be proud to be competing under the red dragon – just as I’m proud to see it flying over Downing Street today.I’m proud because it is a reminder that Wales makes the UK the country it is.And we wouldn’t be the same without it.The nations of the UK each have their own unique characters, cultures and needs.But when we come together as one, we are all the better for it.As my colleague David Lidington said in Broughton earlier this week, when we are united at home we are stronger abroad.That’s why I’m working with Alun to help Wales be all it can be, to help Welsh businesses and people reach their full potential.And that does include abolishing the Severn Crossing Tolls, investing over £600 million in City Deals for Cardiff and Swansea and committing to a growth deal for the north.This is a government that is working hard for everyone in every part of Wales, from Haverfordwest to Holyhead.It’s an exciting time for Wales, there’s much to look forward to, many opportunities on the horizon.So, tomorrow let’s get out there and make sure the world knows all about Wales and what it has to offer.But tonight, let’s celebrate the very best of Welsh life – and of course the very best of Welsh food and drink!Enjoy the rest of the reception, and Dydd Gwyl Dewi hapus.last_img read more

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Workers strike over pay at 2 Sisters bakery

first_imgBakers at Gunstones Bakery, Sheffield, have gone on strike today (15 June) over a pay freeze.Workers at the 2 Sisters-owned site began a 48-hour strike after they claimed management had backtracked on promises of a pay rise, following 427 people being made redundant.According to the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU), which organised the strike, the bakery has cited the overall cost of the redundancies as a reason for not increasing pay.John Higgins of the union also explained that the site was still using more than 200 agency workers, despite being told that the agency was only bought in while the company restructured around the redundancies.Higgins was at the site at the picket line when British Baker spoke to him. He said: “The atmosphere is good because people are so fed up with how they are being treated; they just don’t care.“We hope the strike will result in the manager agreeing to sit down at the table with us again over this.”Higgins said he expected to be joined by around 90 workers who were participating in the strike.In a statement, Gunstones said: “We are keen to continue meaningful talks with colleagues and their union representatives so that we can reach a mutually satisfactory conclusion.”We will work with our customers to create contingency plans which will minimise the effects of action.”Another 48-hour strike is set to take place on 17 and 18 of July.last_img read more

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Surgical safety checklists effective but challenging to implement

first_imgA new study adds to the growing body of evidence that surgical safety checklists improve patient outcomes and quality of care across countries. But they only work if people use them, and implementation can be difficult in some complex health care systems, writes William Berry, principal research scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and chief medical officer at Ariadne Labs, and colleagues in a commentary published online with the new study in JAMA Surgery on February 3, 2016.“A focus on systems of care and promotion of a culture of safety at the institutional level is necessary to optimize checklist implementation and realize its full potential,” the authors write. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Creating an environment that fosters innovation

first_imgAs director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Kelvin K. Droegemeier serves as a science adviser to President Trump, and he coordinates the federal government’s science and technology initiatives. Since being confirmed last January, one of his biggest focuses has been the creation of the Joint Committee on the Research Environment in May. That panel is focused on resolving problems such as administrative hurdles that slow federally funded work, sexual harassment in science, and security around research, among others. On Wednesday morning, Droegemeier, a former vice president of research at the University of Oklahoma and a co-founder of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms, visited Harvard Law School for a conversation on his office’s work. The Gazette spoke with him after the closed-door event.Q&AKelvin K. DroegemeierGAZETTE: Can you give us a brief background on the Joint Committee on the Research Environment, or JCORE?DROEGEMEIER:  So its main focus is on the research environment, and by that we mean basically anywhere research is conducted. It might be a laboratory; it might be a classroom; it might be a remote outpost; it might be a ship; it might be someplace where people gather at a restaurant to do a journal club to talk about research. Wherever it is, we want to make sure that the environment is operating with maximum integrity, that it’s inclusive, that it’s securing and protecting our research assets while being open, and that it operates with minimal administrative workload.JCORE, which is part of the National Science and Technology Council, is broken up into four subcommittees, which have about 25 federal individuals across multiple agencies participating in them. These four subcommittees are research security, research administrative workload — that is all the red tape you have to deal with as a researcher when you’re working on a federally funded project — safe and inclusive research environments — a.k.a. things like sexual harassment or physical safety — and then the other one is research rigor and integrity, which focuses on reproducibility and trustworthiness.GAZETTE: What’s the big goal?DROEGEMEIER: The goal is to really understand the challenges associated with the issues that each of the subcommittees deals with and look at whether we need policies — or whether we need to change policies — or whether we need to put forward best practices and what we can do to make sure our research environments are the best they can be in terms of facilitating productive intellectual inquiry across the board in the private sector, universities, nonprofits, and things like that.GAZETTE: This started back in May 2019. What’s been the progress so far?DROEGEMEIER: Great progress actually. Each of these subcommittees has met about 14 times since May of last year. In fact, we had a national summit on Nov. 5 at the White House where we brought together individuals from industry, academia, and nonprofits to talk about where we are at in terms of initial thoughts toward policies and toward practices. Right now, we’re continuing to do meetings like this. It’s why I was at Harvard today, to continue to get input from the scientific community, including members from Harvard, Boston University, Tufts, medical schools, and MIT, to continue to get input to refine our thinking and make sure we land at the right place in terms of what the policies might be.This is important because if you look at the subcommittees, they all kind of interrelate. For example, if we take policies that are in place to address the issue of research security and we substantially increase the research administrative workload there, that’s probably not a good thing to do. So by having all of these subcommittees interact with one another — even though they are working on four distinct topics — they all naturally interrelate to one another. This has actually gotten a good amount of interest by other countries because they might be interested in research security, but they’re saying, “Gee, you guys are also looking at issues like sexual harassment,” which is of concern to them as well. In fact, many countries have expressed interest in working on this with us, which is really wonderful, because it means we lock arms with other countries to address these issues not just in the U.S. but on a global scale.GAZETTE: What has been some of the input you’ve gotten from the scientific community at events like the one at the Law School?DROEGEMEIER: It’s all over the board. It’s things people have experienced in terms of workload, in terms of harassment, in terms of research security. A lot of the time it’s just giving individuals in research a chance to express their experiences but also to say, “Here’s an idea that I think might help,” or “If you do this, make sure you think of this, as well.” It’s more just getting people to give their thoughts on how to address some of these challenges, like what are the roles and responsibilities of a university versus an agency. Things like that, that people have different views on.GAZETTE: What spurred the creation of JCORE?DROEGEMEIER: What spurred it was me coming to the White House. I came two years into the administration, and I’m a professor and have also been a vice president for research, so I’ve always worked with people who are working on lots of really extraordinary things and have thought a lot about the environment in which research takes place. This is something that I feel very strongly about and believe we need to be working on. So in the fall of 2018 when I had my confirmation hearing, I really started to think hard about what I would bring to this role, and I landed on this. Obviously there have been reports of things like this before, but it hadn’t risen to the level it is now, I think. And it wasn’t that I had discovered this and no one else had. But I thought here was to a way to do it with a joint committee so that we can work on them all together because they all interrelate.GAZETTE: What are some of your other priorities in this role?DROEGEMEIER: Along with making substantial progress in JCORE, other priorities are industries of the future [like quantum computing, biotechnology, or artificial intelligence]; enhancing diversity and inclusion in science is a big priority as well and very critical; there’s broadening participation [of students in STEM]; leading the global scientific community with our research values; and remaining the destination of choice for international students. We really want to be promoting our international research enterprise while also having a robust program for American students to get into STEM fields and especially increasing diversity there. We really want to make progress in these areas and many others.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

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09 Power mower blight

first_imgJim Midcap, an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, says trees planted in turf areas are always in dangerof what he calls “power mower blight.””Power mower blight is caused mostly by well-meaning, dedicatedturf-clippers who vow to cut every blade of grass and not resortto such things as hand-held shears,” Midcap said. “Inclose-quarters combat with a power mower, the tree generallyloses.”Trees may not scream very loudly, but that doesn’t mean thewounds gashed open by lawn mowers, and sometimes power trimmers,aren’t real injuries. The gouging edges of mowers can seriouslyhurt trees, especially young ones.Asking for trouble”This wounding lays open sensitive inner tissue and can allowinsects and diseases to attack,” Midcap said. “Insects, in fact,will generally attack a tree in poor health. And creating an openwound is asking for trouble.”A jagged wound will heal poorly, he said. It will allow thetree’s vigor to decline and make it more susceptible to suchstressful times as drought or extreme cold.What really makes power mower blight so bad, Midcap said, is thatit’s always avoidable.”You just need to take precautions to protect the tree,” he said.”Three small wooden or steel stakes or some type of short fencingplaced close to the tree trunk will help fend off the cold steel.”Better ideaBut perhaps an even better way to protect the tree, he said, isto mulch under the tree’s drip line.”This will define the mower area,” he said. “It will modify theroot zone environment under it, too, by keeping it cool and moistin the summer.”Mulching helps three ways: By Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaEver heard a tree scream? You might have if you’d listenedclosely and your lawn mower hadn’t been so loud. It protects the tree from the mower.It helps create a healthier environment for the tree.It enables the dedicated clipper to cut every blade of grassand keep that perfectly manicured look around the tree. Volume XXXNumber 1Page 9 Ground pine or hardwood bark, pine straw and leaf mold, orcompost, are all good mulches, Midcap said. Just place a 2- to3-inch thickness of the mulch under the tree.Expand the mulch area as the tree grows if you like. But don’tuse too much. Most weeds and encroaching turf can be easilycontrolled with herbicides.”Mulching, staking or fencing young trees around your lawn isn’ta lot of work,” Midcap said. “But it can make a lot of differencein the health of your trees.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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first_img The terrorist group is striking small blows and falling back, because the presence of the authorities is not allowing it to carry out large actions, the head of state revealed. In his speech during the Conference for Prosperity, President Santos additionally highlighted the cooperation of Venezuela and Ecuador in the fight against crime along the borders. “The FARC are desperate, trying to strike blows on all sides, because in El Cauca, for example, they’re trying to strike blows on every side, because in El Cauca, for example, we’ve gone up on the mountain and stayed there. So they’re desperate, trying to get the government forces to come down, to get the Army to descend,” the president explained. He said that an example of these blows that the guerrilla group is seeking to strike took place this week in Arauca with the attack on a post held by government forces. There, once the attack was over, they tried to take refuge in Venezuela, where they were arrested by the authorities of that neighboring country. “In Arauca, they attacked a Marine post. Unfortunately, they murdered three of our Marines on [17 March] and rapidly fell back, went to Venezuela; this was on the border. “Two of the ELN bandits who had committed the attack were arrested; they’re wounded. Once they’re able to be moved, they’re going to turn them over to us,” President Santos said. Cooperation on the Borders In view of this action by the Venezuelan authorities, the president highlighted the two countries’ cooperation in the fight against crime along their border. “I want to thank the Venezuelan government for that attitude, that collaboration. They’re going to turn over four other criminals to us on [21 March]; the police are going to go for them, and we’re collaborating there with the Venezuelan government,” the head of state indicated. He also highlighted Ecuador’s cooperation in combatting crime in the border area. “Ecuador’s collaboration has been an increasingly effective collaboration, as both our police generals and the generals of our Army can confirm,” President Santos indicated, reiterating that this collaboration facilitates the fight against crime in both countries. By Dialogo March 22, 2011last_img read more

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Spending psychology, big data style

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brian BoglerThere’s no doubt Big Data plays a key role in any financial institution’s (FI’s) ongoing battle to attract and keep customers. Understanding why individuals make the purchase decisions they do is an important piece of an effective marketing plan.One tried and true way to utilize data to categorize consumers’ buying habits is by collecting demographic data. Demographics include factors like age, income, education level, occupation, region of residence and the number of individuals living in a household.A recent white paper from the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council brings to light another type of data, called psychographics, which examines a different set of characteristics.Essentially, psychographics take demographics a step further. Psychographics include characteristics that go beyond the external to focus on target consumers’ psychology, lifestyles and behaviors. Psychographics can include information such as… continue reading »last_img read more

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Millennials are destroying banks, and it’s the banks’ fault

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by Danny Crichton (@DannyCrichton)Millennials are rejecting home ownership across the land. Millennials aren’t buying crap anymore, destroying businesses that, well, sell crap. Millennials are changing the workplace to be, I kid you not, more friendly to “millennial values.” Millennials this, millennials that, and those are just some of the stories published this week on this critical, hot-button issue.Frankly, as a millennial, I’d like to copyright the term and earn a royalty every time it is uttered. Like that Happy Birthday song.I hate this generational garbage as much as the next person, but there is a kernel of truth that people born in the same years face similar contexts in their lives. My generation witnessed 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at a very formative age, and we were hit with the global financial crisis right as we were expected to get started in the workforce. That colors your worldview.Few industries will face a greater struggle targeting these new consumers than banks, who seem wholly unprepared with what to do with us. Indeed, if ever there was a dark evil in the world that millennials as a whole would probably like to see completely destroyed like San Francisco in San Andreas, it is the banking industry.The banks aren’t ignorant. Jamie Dimon, the head honcho of JPMorgan Chase, told shareholders this year that “Silicon Valley is coming” with “hundreds of startups” providing alternatives to traditional banking services.Banks are here to stay – for now. It is clear though that startups, often led by millennials and ushering in millennials as early adopters, are coming for the heart of the banking industry. How it responds will determine who owns the capital of the most important capitalist country in the world. continue reading »last_img read more

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Target settles in breach suit

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Target Corporation has agreed to pay financial institutions almost $40 million to settle a class-action suit related to its massive 2013 data breach.According to an announcement from the attorneys representing the plaintiffs, the proposed settlement of up to $39,357,938.38 will apply to all U.S. financial institutions that issued payment cards put at risk as a result of the data breach. That includes up to $20,250,000 that will go directly to members of the class action and to pay for the notice and administration of the settlement. The remaining $19,107,939.38 will fund MasterCard’s Account Data Compromise program, according to the announcement. continue reading »last_img read more

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first_img 0:26 Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter insists that the biggest challenge in professional rugby is not currently winning trophies, but ensuring the sport survives the challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic – Advertisement – In addition to the players and staff who have returned positive tests, several other members of the squad and support team have been instructed to self-isolate after being identified as close contacts.“Tigers have made the decision to pause all training commitments and close the training ground in a bid to maintain the integrity of the 2020-21 Gallagher Premiership season, as well as honouring our responsibilities to the Leicestershire community,” read a club statement.“Leicester Tigers takes its responsibility to maintain high standards extremely seriously at this time and is confident in the measures in place.- Advertisement – “All players will now continue their pre-season programme alone in their household bubbles while the Oval Park (training) facility remains closed. 0:45 Will Greenwood says clubs such as Maidenhead understand why they will not be allowed to continue playing during lockdown, but admits it is a big blow Leicester Tigers' first game of the 2020-21 Premiership campaign is scheduled to be at home to Gloucester on November 21
Leicester Tigers' first game of the 2020-21 Premiership campaign is scheduled to be at home to Gloucester on November 21

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