0 Post a comment Saturday, 7 July 2018 - Politics The Isle of Man is run by ’idiots’. That’s the damning verdict of a departing union leader.Angela Moffatt said: ’There is so much potential wasted on this island - because of the idiots in charge of it.’They do not know what they are doing and do not set any direction.’Ms Moffatt - who is moving from her position as negotiations officer for public sector union Prospect in the island, to establish the trade union in Northern Ireland - said she felt some optimism over the newer MHKs but was damning of those in the Council of Ministers.’We have got a government of duffers,’ she said. ’They are appalling quality.’Most of them are there just simply because there isn’t anyone else.’I defy anybody to tell me that we have a government that inspires confidence and respect.’She added: ’I think some of the new brood that are coming through have potential, … [Read more...] about Our government of duffers are appalling says union leader
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Cycling has been hailed as the way to solve the city’s congestion problems, with plans for a Cambridge metro and light rail being dismissed as “fantasy”. A new report, commissioned by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), calls for new cycle infrastructure to be delivered in Cambridge as a priority, warning that light rail solutions are “slow to deliver” and expensive. Andrew Gilligan, who wrote the report, said he was “very critical” of the plans for a Cambridge metro and light rail, calling them “fantasy”, and questioning whether it would ever happen at all. 'It would take decades to deliver' “The report is quite a strong criticism of the mayor’s solution for a fantasy light rail system,” said Mr Gilligan, who is the former cycling commissioner for London. “Politicians spend too much time putting up pie-in-the-sky solutions. “He [Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough James Palmer] is never … [Read more...] about Metro and light rail plans for Cambridge dismissed as ‘fantasy’
0 Have your say We asked what is the biggest challenge between us and our fintech goals. These are the voices from across the industry. Louise Smith, head of design, personal and business banking, Royal Bank of Scotland, and a fintech envoy for ScotlandThere are a number of challenges we need to overcome to enable Scotland to become a global top five fintech hub. This is my “big five” to make the top five:Persistent and targeted investment (partners and public funding)Attract and importantly retain talent across the broad spectrum of digital roles i.e. much greater fluidity between design and creative industries as well as data engineers, data scientists and digital engineers. There is a good platform to build from across a number of cities now but we need to ensure we continue to connect it with a clear and consistent engagement planContinued partnering with tech and fintechs in Scotland and ensure we talk about successes. FreeAgent is a good example and there … [Read more...] about How can Scotland become a global fintech hub within five years?
By Michel Sidibé and Lucica Ditiu When Mabruka was 18, she came home from school one day and started coughing up blood. She had been feeling sick for about two months, and when she went to a health clinic, she described symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, chills, loss of appetite, and pain when breathing and coughing. Mabruka was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) and prescribed a daily regimen of 9-10 pills. The treatment lasted six months, and during that time she could not attend school. Shockingly, Mabruka’s experience was almost the same as that of someone contracting TB in the 1950s, when the first treatments were discovered. Owing to a lack of therapeutic innovation since then, poor living conditions, and widespread poverty, millions of people around the world are still being deprived of their right to live free of TB. More than ten million people contract the disease each year. Despite being preventable and … [Read more...] about The road to a TB-free world
Plymouth is becoming a hotbed for tech companies as the city contributes to a 42 per cent hike in new businesses set up in the South West. New analysis by RSM, the leading audit, tax and consulting firm, has revealed 503 new software development and programming businesses were incorporated in the South West in 2017. That’s a 42 per cent increase on the 354 companies set up in 2016. Plymouth has played a part in that rise, with the city featuring in the annual survey of the UK’s top tech centres for the first time in 2017. Tech Nation 2017, styled as the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s digital tech economy, was criticised in 2016 for leaving Plymouth off its digital map. But after Plymouth tech sector rallied and highlighted the growing strength of the digital economy for the city, report authors relented. And when they drilled into the figures they found the digital tech industry is giving Plymouth’s economy an £82million surge every year – … [Read more...] about These 22 firms prove Plymouth is a tech industry hotspot