She could long-since have stopped working. At 81 years old, she can look back at a successful career in diplomacy, numerous books and a flourishing consulting firm. But Madeleine Albright is not the kind of person who can just disappear into retirement. She remains the Grande Dame of U.S. foreign policy, a career she began as UN ambassador in New York from 1997 to 2001 before becoming President Bill Clinton's secretary of state. She focused on the Middle East conflict, the development of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union and North Korea's nuclear program -- all issues that have not disappeared. Even today, she remains a keen observer of world events and takes a global view of trends and developments. The most important issue that is currently driving Albright is U.S. President Donald Trump, who has inflicted grave damaged to the trans-Atlantic relationship and has taken aim at the Western political order, an order that Albright helped create. In mid-July, her most recent … [Read more...] about Interveiw with Madeleine Albright: ‘I Am an Optimist Who Worries A Lot’
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Martin Vander Weyer 23 June 2018 9:00 AM 23 June 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp ‘So, Professor Shin, tell us what you really think about cryptocurrencies.’ I’m guessing that’s the brief the Bank for International Settlements (the Basel-based central bank of central banks) gave economist Hyun-Song Shin to write a chapter for its annual report, published this week. His response delivers a serious kicking to the whole befuddled concept of ‘permissionless’ online currencies that ‘promise to replace trust in long-standing institutions such as commercial and central banks’. For a start, he argues, Bitcoin and its ilk are an environmental disaster because their systems consume enough electricity to power Switzerland. More importantly, their potential to replace state-backed money, is limited by three factors: scale (crypto computing could not possibly cope with the volume of transactions … [Read more...] about The myth and menace of cryptocurrencies
Spaniards sleep fewer hours and work longer days than their European neighbors, but are less productive. At the same time Spain fails to attract overseas talent, while tens of thousands of well-educated Spanish youngsters are heading abroad in search of work. The country also has one of the EU’s highest school drop-out rates and a work culture hostile to the needs of families with young children. Meanwhile, its birth rate is fast approaching negative as its population ages. In short: it’s the perfect storm. It’s long been a cliché that Spain is a great place to live but a terrible country to work, and over the last five years, as the economic crisis has bitten deeper, many of those lucky enough still to have a job are finding themselves working harder, often for lower wages and with fewer resources, as their employers strive for greater competitiveness. While it’s true that official figures for the average number of working hours have fallen in recent … [Read more...] about Spain – A great place to live, a terrible place to work?
On Thursday (May 3), polls will open in many boroughs to elect councillors who will make the decisions that impact our lives. In Elmbridge a third of councillors will be elected this year and we have listed all the candidates below. We went to representatives of the parties, giving candidates a chance to tell you why you should vote for them on Thursday. Read More Elmbridge Borough Council Headlines Claygate Vera-Anne Anderson- Labour No biography or picture supplied. Mike Rollings – Liberal Democrat Claygate faces several issues: dangerous potholes, the scourge of fly-tipping, missing school places, non-affordable housing, threat to our retailers, vital services for the elderly, youths and families. Above all the need to protect the green belt and the village from overdevelopment. I will work with Claygate’s two other Lib Dem councillors to tackle the above issues. Press Surrey for more school places and maintaining roads and pavements. Mark Sugden – Conservative … [Read more...] about Meet the Elmbridge candidates standing in May local elections
PANDA PRESS A Stone printing company is expanding its graphic design arm of the business with the recruitment of a new graphic designer. Chris Hopson’s appointment at Panda Press doubles the design capability within the team and means the company will be able to pro-actively market the service. The 29-year-old, who started with the Newcastle Street company last month, has an HND in graphic design from Salford University and eight years’ experience within the industry. So far Chris and studio manager Mark Fuller have worked alongside some well-known organisations including Holiday Inn, Stoke City, Stafford Borough Council and JCB. Chris, from Stafford said: “I am delighted to have joined such a positive, enthusiastic team here at Panda Press, and can’t wait to help expand the design side of the company.” Mark added: “Employing Chris, means we will be able to focus on bigger design projects and bringing in new business from different areas and sectors. … [Read more...] about Business round-up: A snapshot of all the latest business news