We need more than just charisma in our leaders That personal quality known as “charisma” is one widely desired in our politicians and other groups too perhaps, such as film stars and actors. Some politicians are clearly more charismatic than others. Theresa May as Prime Minister does not appear to me to have that quality to any great extent. Neither does Corbyn, the Labour leader. Boris Johnson does seem to possess this desired quality but, in any wider discussion of that quite controversial characteristic, it would become evident that charisma alone is not sufficient. Other qualities such as honesty, intelligence and personal and political decency would need to come into play. Look at Tony Blair as an example of someone who for a while anyway was charismatic and persuaded people to vote for him as Prime Minister but is now widely disparaged. One could even have reservations about the sort of person who at first sight possesses bags of charisma. In foreign countries like … [Read more...] about South Wales Echo letters: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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PUBLISHED: 16:21 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:21 26 April 2019 Pete Sharkey Are you a financial risk taker or a safe-player? asks Peter Sharkey. Picture: Getty Images KaiDunn Extreme risk is not for everyone, says financial guru Peter Sharkey. Although many people get fed up with emails asking if they can spare five minutes to answer a questionnaire, opinions and attitudes matter a lot nowadays which explains why surveys and their results are so valued. Of course, if they're to be of any use, surveys must be well constructed and taken seriously. A few years ago, a friend designed a questionnaire for his staff as part of a health and safety exercise. One question asked, “If a fire started in the building in which you were working, what steps would you take?” The response from one person was: “Very big ones”. Survey findings are often weird enough to make you wonder whether they're actually accurate. For instance, a recent … [Read more...] about Would you take a financial risk?
By Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News and Mark Alesia, IndyStar - USA TODAY NETWORK Published 10:19 AM EST Mar 5, 2018 The surgery went fine. Her doctors left for the day. Four hours later, Paulina Tam started gasping for air. Internal bleeding was cutting off her windpipe, a well-known complication of the spine surgery she had undergone. But a Medicare inspection report describing the event says that nobody who remained on duty that evening at the Northern California surgery center knew what to do. In desperation, a nurse did something that would not happen in a hospital. She dialed 911. By the time an ambulance delivered Tam to the emergency room, the 58-year-old mother of three was lifeless, according to the report. If Tam had been operated on at a hospital, a few simple steps could have saved her life. But like hundreds of thousands of other patients each year, Tam went to one of the nation’s 5,600-plus surgery centers. Such centers started nearly 50 years ago … [Read more...] about How a push to cut costs and boost profits at surgery centers led to a trail of death
My first and only war tour took place in Afghanistan in 2010. I was a US Marine lieutenant then, a signals intelligence officer tasked with leading a platoon-size element of 80 to 90 men, spread across an area of operations the size of my home state of Connecticut, in the interception and exploitation of enemy communications. That was the official job description, anyway. The year-long reality consisted of a tangle of rearguard management and frontline supervision. Years before Helmand province, Afghanistan, however, there was Twentynine Palms, California. From the summer of 2006 to the summer of 2007, I was trained as a lance corporal in my military occupational specialty of tactical data systems administration (a specialty I would later jettison after earning my officer commission in 2008). My schoolhouse was the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School, which was abbreviated as MCCES, pronounced “mick-sess”. For many, the wider location became “Twentynine … [Read more...] about ‘A torrent of ghastly revelations’: what military service taught me about America
There is a groundswell of opposition to the factory plan in Skibbereen, writes Noel Baker.Children in a classroom in Union Hall Primary School, where Brendan McCarthy is principal, recently debated the whys and wherefores of plastics and whether or not a proposed plastics factory earmarked for nearby Skibbereen should go ahead.They found against it.Mr McCarthy, a father of four, is quick to state that he didn’t oversee the debate, but he certainly agrees with the prevailing mood.His home at Poundlick, off the Baltimore Roa in the West Cork town, is right across from the site of the proposed factory which, earlier this month, was granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála.In the kitchen, the usual Lego bricks and Darth Vader action figures you’d expect in any similar home are present and correct but the unthinkable has loomed into view: Selling up, moving on.“Anybody would be doing what I am doing if they were living in this house,” he says. … [Read more...] about Growing opposition to Skibbereen plastics factory scheme