Speech: West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

first_img Singapore should look at WMG and clone it. Europe’s most outstanding example of how a university should interact with industry. Four years later, the German government called WMG: Ladies and gentlemenIt’s great to be at the Advanced Propulsion Centre to launch the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy.Just up the road is WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) founded – of course – by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya to whom this Local Industrial Strategy is dedicated.And it didn’t take long before WMG became the envy of the world.In 1993, the French government sent a team to this campus – who hailed WMG as: Today, through this Local Industrial Strategy we are investing in the West Midland’s future success.So now let’s work together and inspire others to follow in your footsteps. While Singapore were even more direct, saying that: Together, we can honour our past triumphs … by investing in our future success. A future role model of German universities. Our Local Industrial Strategies are all about building on local strengths like these.And this morning I was delighted to visit the site for the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre in which WMG is playing a central role.Announcing 28 million pounds of additional funding to make sure that this centre has the best possible equipment to develop the processes which will make electric cars part of everyday life.The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy is the very first such strategy to be launched.And I’d like to congratulate Andy Street and everyone who has been involved on this remarkable achievement.But far from being the end of the journey this is just the beginning.By next year we want every person in England to be covered by a Local Industrial Strategy.So 3 million down – only 53 million to go!Local Industrial Strategies are about doing things differently.And in the last 18 months we’ve seen exciting conversations taking place between central government and places across our country.Not government telling places what they’re good at.Or regions coming to Whitehall begging bowl in hand.But central and local working together as equals, from the outset.Combining the clout and convening power of central government with the expertise and energy of local places.We are now working with all Mayoral Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop Local Industrial Strategies.And we’re looking beyond the ‘usual suspects’.With the second wave of strategies including places like Leicester and Leicestershire, Cheshire and Warrington, and even my Secretary of State’s old stomping ground of the Tees Valley.So ladies and gentlemen,Last November, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya ended one of his last speeches with the words:last_img read more

Four SAP recipients jailed over ‘pusoy’

first_imgThey were detained in the lockup facilityof the Talisay City police station, facing charges for violation ofPresidential Decree 1602, which prescribes stiffer penalties on illegalgambling./PN Confiscated from their possession were adeck of playing cards and bet money which amounted to P794. BACOLOD City – Police arrested fourrecipients of the government’s social amelioration program for playing theillegal card game of pusoy inBarangay Bubog, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.center_img They were Mary Grace Roldan, 37; JanalynDayon, 36;  Nika Maravilla, 22; andLorena Nolido, 54, a police report showed.The suspects – all residents of the village – were arrested around 2:25 p.m. onApril 25, it added.last_img read more

Mexico, Canada, Spain, New Zealand in semis

first_imgMontevideo: The Mexican U-17 women’s team defeated Ghana 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in regulation time, advancing to the World Cup semifinals, together with Canada, Spain and New Zealand.Thanks to a brace by Nicole Perez and the saves of goalkeeper Jaidy Gutierrez, who stopped two shots in the penalty shootout on Sunday, the Mexicans reached the classification and will play the next match against the Canadians, who on Sunday eliminated Germany 1-0, reports Efe news.For the first time in their history, the Mexicans entered the group of the four best teams.After the 2-2 draw, the game was decided on penalties where Ghana, the only team that won all their matches during the first phase, met with an inspired afternoon of the Mexican captain Nicole Perez.In another match, Canada beat Germany 1-0 thanks to a goal from forward Jordyn Huitema in the 83rd minute.With Sunday’s score, Huitema scored three goals in the tournament after making the first one in the group stage with Colombia and the second one against South Korea, both matches Canada won.Mexico and Canada will face each other on Nov. 28 at the Charrua stadium in Montevideo, where one will get a ticket to the grand final. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Hands Named Summit League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgDrake University senior Tom Hands (Fulbourn, England) has been named the Summit League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, Feb. 19.Hands was undefeated on the week at No. 2 singles to help the Bulldogs to three wins over the weekned with victories over Utah State, Indiana and UC Santa Barbara.Against UCSB, Hands rallied to defeat No. 25 Joseph Guillin, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, to clinch the 4-3 team win for the Bulldogs.Hands also teamed with Calum MacGeoch at No. 3 doubles to win all three matches.The team returns to action this weekend with four matches at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center with matches against Oregon, Omaha, North Dakota and Nebraska Friday and Saturday. The busy schedule begins Friday at noon against Oregon. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Vodacom’s energy-efficient data centre

first_img26 July 2011Vodacom’s new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient data centre on Cape Town’s foreshore was designed and built not only to help the telecoms group reduce its carbon footprint, but also so that cost reductions can be passed on to its customers.Scalability of the seven-story data centre was a key design feature, with the data floor area being able to expand from an initial 1 552 to an ultimate 2 862 square metres.With low energy usage being a key design goal, cooling is provided by a water-cooled chiller plant, and air-cooled step-down transformers with an efficiency of greater than 98% distributing power at the highest possible voltage as close to the source as possible.The data centre is illuminated by a combination of T5 technology lamps and LED lamps, while lighting is controlled by individual light and motion sensors mounted to each fitting with a time delay to go off.The building also makes use of service passages around the data centre floor areas, which improves thermal insulation, reduces the risk of water entrance to critical data floor areas and improves physical security.“We’re excited about this data centre because it shows our commitment to our joint initiative with our parent company Vodafone, to ensure that we reduce our carbon emissions worldwide,” Vodacom head of corporate affairs Portia Maurice said in a statement this week.Expansion of cloud computingThe data centre is the latest built to meet the needs of the growing community of Vodacom business customers and to prepare for the expansion of cloud computing, which is already gaining traction in South Africa.Since the establishment Vodacom’s Business Services division just over three years ago, Vodacom Group executive Chris Ross said business customers of all sizes were demanding more and more services to run and grow their organisations.As a result, virtualisation, hosted services such as hosted call centres, telepresence, and increased acceptance of convergence have all been major factors in the investment in a new data centre.Scalable cloud computing plays a vital role in any modern data centre, and Vodacom has partnered with VMware and Novell to give customers all the benefits of efficient and cost-effective market-leading technology.“Vodacom has reduced the space needed to host traditional servers in our data centre,” said Ross. “We have also reduced power utilisation to help reduce our carbon foot print. We will pass the benefits of cloud computing to our customers, enabling a truly flexible, agile and scalable cloud service.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How long do we have for late planted soybeans to mature?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, CCA, Ohio Field LeaderIn a typical year, by the time Farm Science Review rolls around, many of the soybeans in the state of Ohio have started to turn a bright fall yellow color and are quickly drying down. Some fields in the southern regions have even been harvested. But it has not been a typical year. In the southern part of the state much of the crop is on schedule, and the yield has already been determined. In the northern regions, many beans are still very green and filling pods. Soybeans found in the R4 to R5 growth stage are not uncommon in much of northern Ohio. The question among many growers is, “How long do we have to complete the grain fill period?”According to the University of Missouri and Missouri Soybean Center, soybean yield is a product of the number of days of seed fill and rate at which the seeds fill. The vegetative growth that occurs before and after flowering builds the photosynthetic factory and creates a greater rate of seed fill. Later maturing varieties will produce more leaves before flowering starts and will also have a greater number of days for seed filling. These soybeans may have a faster rate of fill for more days, so they may yield more. Soybeans planted very late will be induced to flower almost immediately after emergence.David Holshouser, an agronomist with Virginia Cooperative Extension, said soybean plants sense changes in night length and initiate flowering only after the night is longer (and days grow shorter) than a critical length.“This is the concept of photo determinism. The length of the day, and thus the length of the photo period available ties directly to the summer solstice. The 2019 summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere was Friday, June 21. Every day after this date has fewer hours and minutes of sunlight. Although technically incorrect, such plants are termed short-day plants. The length of required dark period depends on the species and variety of species,” Holshouser said. “Soybeans are a short-day crop and their development is determined largely by variety-specific daylength requirements that initiate floral development. In other words, as the days grow shorter, soybeans will flower and enter into reproductive development stages. Due to this photoperiod requirement, days from planting until maturity cannot be accurately estimated for soybeans due to variation in planting date and other environmental variations.”This, however, changes once the soybeans flower.“After flowering, temperature drives development and the days until maturity can be estimated. The number of days from floral initiation at R1 until physiological maturity at R7 is usually independent of variety, but will vary slightly from year to year due to temperature differences between years,” he said. “Late planted soybeans initiate flowering during a warmer time of the year; therefore, post-flower development speeds up.”With this in mind, the concerns about frost limiting soybean potential in northern Ohio this year are warranted, said Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension field crops specialist.“Soybeans need both a certain number of days and temperature in order to mature,” LaBarge said. “Typically, in northern Ohio it takes soybeans that are at the R4 growth stage approximately 45 days to reach physiological maturity at R7. Soybeans that are at R5 will take about 35 days. Given that we are past the middle of September, this will push development into early November. That could be a challenge for many of the fields.”The Ohio Agronomy Guide, using data from 1980-2010, lists a median climatological date (50% chance of the first freeze at 32 degrees F), occurring between Oct. 1 and Oct. 20. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has determined Oct. 13, 2019 as the date that has a 30% probability of frost, based on 1981-2010 climate norms.Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Rafael Nadal crashes out after losing five-set thriller vs Gilles Muller

first_imgRafael Nadal’s hopes of a third Wimbledon crown sank with the setting sun as Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller returned to haunt the Spaniard with a nerve-jangling 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 victory in a fourth-round classic on Monday.Twelve years after first getting the better of Nadal on the All England Club lawns — since when his career has trundled along in unspectacular fashion — 16th seed Muller stood firm in 135-minute fifth set of interminable tension.Nine times in that heart-pounding decider, 31-year-old French Open champion Nadal served to stay alive.Men of lesser resolve than the 34-year-old Muller would have cracked — but the left-handed serve-and-volleyer was relentless in pursuit of victory and it was 15-times grand slam champion Nadal who succumbed when asked to walk the tightrope for the 10th time at 13-14.A miss-hit forehand gave Muller two more match points and this time there was no escape for Nadal as another error off his trusty weapon ballooned over the baseline.Muller stood motionless for a few seconds, taking in the enormity of his victory as the Court One crowd which has spent the past two hours on the edge of their seats, rose as one.There was little doubt he deserved the ovation.He outplayed Nadal in the opening two sets and then, after weathering a ferocious fightback, made the running in the fifth when his baseline craft matched Nadal’s.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth point

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia praised goalkeeper Ben Foster after their 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.Gracia believes his side should have won the game at the Vitality Stadium, but that ultimately their defending of set pieces cost them dearly.He said: “After scoring two goals I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do.“In that moment we conceded two goals from 2 free kicks and it was difficult to accept.“In the second half we tried to have more control, but first of all we have to defend the free kicks better because we conceded two goals from it.“We had the chance to kill the game with more control. We didn’t do it.”Watford came under heavy pressure in the second half and were saved a number of times by Foster, who received great praise from his head coach.Gracia said: “I think Ben Foster was very important in the second half for us.“I call him Big Ben. When I arrived in England, I thought it was in London but now I know it’s in Watford. He’s playing very well and is very important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoLokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Barinov wants Liverpool move

first_imgLokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Barinov wants Liverpool moveby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitri Barinov admits he’d jump at the chance of moving to Liverpool.Barinov says he dreams of continuing his career in England.”If God grants it. Of course, I would like to,” he said on Russia 24 when asked about moving to England and Anfield. “Moreover, (Jurgen) Klopp is one of my favorite coaches. To play in England is a dream. I like the style of the teams playing. Powerful football.Is it Liverpool, or maybe, for example, Manchester City?”Well, City is more about tiki-taka, and Liverpool is a fighting team with pressure.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Michigan’s Blake O’Neill Boots 80-Yard Punt vs. Michigan State

first_imgMichigan players down a 80 yard punt by Blake O'Neil.michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.last_img read more