Vladimir Putin is becoming rash and secretive in the face of battlefield defeats, Kremlin insiders have warned, as the Russian leader is said to be making snap decisions without consulting with some of his military chiefs. Over the last few weeks, we have spoken to 15 civil servants, parliamentary deputies, and executives at public and private companies. More than half were senior managers. All of our sources in the elite — who all spoke on the condition of anonymity — said the military conflict will only escalate in the coming months. Yet none can predict what will happen if Russia loses. The Russian army’s most significant defeat since the start of the war dramatically changed the situation inside Russia. Our sources said the Ukrainian offensive compelled the Kremlin to announce mobilisation and rush through referendums on the annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. Putin cannot lose so he needs to urgently turn the situation around, … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin is making rash and secretive decisions in face of defeats, Kremlin insiders warn
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By Natalie Grice Published 4 hours ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Can the design of a building help create a better society? The designers of Spark|Sbarc are hoping the structure, which aims to mimic a stack of books piled on top of each other, will allow its tenants to cross-fertilise ideas and bring concrete improvements to the lives of Welsh citizens. Billed as the world's first social science research park, the Cardiff University centre was first conceived at the social innovation agency Nesta Cymru - which now has its home in the building - and also drew inspiration from visits to Harvard, Stanford and MIT universities in the US. Sally O'Connor, the director of operations at Spark, located on the university's innovation campus at Maindy Park, says the space is intended to facilitate building relationships between its inhabitants, which include academics … [Read more...] about Ideas: Can one building’s design help improve society?
By Sarah Dickins Published 26 March 2018 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Meet Eve. She looks and feels like a patient, but she's in fact a very lifelike dummy, created by a film and TV props company to help a Cardiff tech firm develop cutting edge ultrasound technology. MedaPhor in Cardiff will be using Eve - and more like her - to train in using the next generation in scanners. The hope is that one day GPs and specialist nurses might be able to use ultrasound in surgeries to help detect problems earlier rather than having to refer patients to hospital instead. Nick Sleep, chief technology officer at MedaPhor, said: "We're trying to revolutionise ultrasound. There are 50m doctors but only 2% can use ultrasound and we'd like that to be higher. "We're trying to teach experts how to use ultrasound better and more quickly. We're … [Read more...] about ‘More ambition’ urged for Welsh innovation
Published 4 October 2017 comments Comments Share close Share page Copy link About sharing A new £300m campus can be a beacon to attract worldwide talent to Cardiff, a university professor has said. Cardiff University's innovation campus aims to develop closer links between academic research and industry. Major projects include developing a system to remove impurities from water and the technology behind facial recognition software for smartphones . Prof Graham Hutchings said: "We want to take this fantastic research and make it so that it goes into application." The new buildings will give researchers more room to work, develop products and demonstrate them to industries interested in using them. Prof Hutchings specialises in catalysis - the acceleration of chemical reactions using catalysts - and one of the existing projects being developed in the new … [Read more...] about Cardiff Uni’s £300m innovation campus ‘can be a beacon’
If anything illustrates the absolute necessity of Britain making substantial improvements to its military strength, it is the alarming sabotage attack that has taken place on the Nord Stream gas pipelines , one of Europe’s main energy arteries. Now, following this week’s suspected attack on the Nord Stream pipelines, the threat has become a grim reality. Although the Kremlin, predictably, has denied any involvement in the attacks, the damage to the pipelines, which has resulted in a kilometre-wide bubbling up of gas emissions close to the Danish coast, is being blamed on Moscow. Russia has made repeated threats to disrupt Europe’s energy supplies this winter to bully the West into dropping its support for Ukraine. The likelihood of attacks taking place against pipelines even prompted the Biden administration to alert the German government, which has relied heavily on Russia for its energy needs, to take the appropriate precautions. Admiral Sir Tony Radakin , the head of … [Read more...] about Britain is dangerously exposed to Putin’s hybrid war-machine
Good evening. Vladimir Putin has said people living in the regions of Ukraine annexed by Russia "are becoming our citizens for good". Yet as he celebrated with Russian politicians, Ukraine applied to join Nato. Evening briefing: Today's essential headlines Molly Russell ruling | Social media material viewed by Molly Russell contributed to her death , a coroner has concluded in a damning hit for the tech giants. The 14-year-old took her own life in November 2017 after months of "bingeing" on suicide, self-harm and depression related content on platforms including Instagram and Pinterest. The coroner's findings represent a significant blow to the social media giants who have sought to minimise their role in the schoolgirl's death. Read a powerful statement by Molly's father , while Judith Woods asks what chance did Molly have against the relentless force of social media ? Moors murders | Skull found in search for victim Keith Bennett Olivia Pratt-Korbel | Man … [Read more...] about Friday evening UK news briefing: Zelensky hits back as Putin appeals for end of Ukraine war
By Matt Fox Published 1 day ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Coffee lovers from across Northern Ireland gathered for a caffeine-fuelled competition this week. It is for connoisseurs of a speciality coffee and a heat took place in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter on Wednesday with 36 competitors battling it out to produce the best cup. It turned out Ben McKendry made the best cup and he will now represent Northern Ireland at this year's world final in Canada in December. Our high streets are full of coffee shops and whether it is a flat white or frappe, consumers are spoilt for choice. But Nadine Reading says Northern Ireland is still 10 years behind the rest of the world. "In the past couple of years the coffee scene has developed astronomically, it just keeps getting bigger," said Nadine, who took part in the championship. "We're still able to improve … [Read more...] about Caffeine hit: Battle of the baristas for coffee lovers