"I am very worried that we are misunderstanding what it is to be a human being" he told The Information Daily's reporter Eva Quigley at Thinktank the Birmingham Science Museum where he had just given the Lunar Society's 10th Annual Lecture 2013. "The brain is an absolutely necessary condition of our everyday consciousness but it isn't the whole story," the Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester explained,. "If you look at the characteristics of the brain, the nerve activity of the brain, it is quite different from the contents of consciousness." More HERE: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/03/25/raymond-tallis-on-human-consciousness-the-self-and-the-brain
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Austria's Felix Baumgartner earned his place in the history books on Sunday when he broke the speed of sound in a free-fall jump from the edge of space. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2012/10/15/red-bull-stratos-mission-accomplished-for-24-mile-jump
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Author and philosopher Raymond Tallis discusses the importance of literature and regional book festivals, his attachment to the city of Birmingham and his relationship with his readers. Ray will be talking about his new book In Defence of Wonder at the Birmingham Book Festival on 10th October at Waterstones in Birmingham city centre.
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Michael Overduin is the Director of Science Capital. Michael discusses the goal of Science Capital to provide an independent forum where great minds could meet, discuss a global challenge, and come up with new solutions and ways to work together.
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The German model of local banking is the way forward for building bridges between bankers and businesses, according to the founder and Chairman of Ruffler Bank. Speaking at the European Conference on Banking and the Economy - or ECOBATE -- Roy Ruffler gave a brief history of how he built up his bank by providing business finance facilities and a community service to small and medium sized enterprises.
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The CEO and Managing Director of Contify spoke to The Information Daily about the challenges India faces as an emerging economic power, the country's GDP growth, and India's young and energetic population. Mohit Bhakuni said that the level of employability for young people entering the job market needs to be improved, and various government scams have slowed down the economic momentum. But he claimed that many young people are driving organisations, the government is now taking bold steps to push the economy, and that foreign businesses should look beyond the headlines to try to understand what is driving a country which has a growth rate that is very unusual in this global scenario.
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At a Conservative Party Conference fringe event, hosted by think tank The Centre for Social Justice, Rt Hon MP Iain Duncan Smith discussed proposals to dish out benefits using a new 'credit' card system. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2012/10/15/cabinet-minister-proposes-smart-cards-for-benefit-claimants
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High Street banks have "a big job on their hands" as they attempt to change the culture of their organisation, says the Marketing Director for Unity Trust Bank. Peter Kelly, who works for a specialist bank serving the community finance sector, explains why sustainable banking has now become a much more attractive alternative in the UK. More HERE: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/03/11/high-street-banks-have-big-job-to-regain-customer-confidence
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The new £24 million clinical research Institute for Translation Medicine will be a "fertile space" which will "make things happen", a biological researcher from the University of Birmingham has said. Speaking at Science Capital's Innovative Healthcare Meeting in Birmingham, Professor Chris Bunce spoke exclusively to The Information Daily about the opportunities ahead for translational research, and the new research facility which will be built in the Midlands.
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The Dean of Birmingham has condemned the Church of England Synod for voting against the appointment of women bishops, in an exclusive interview with The Information Daily. Late last night at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where she had been attending the annual dinner of The Lunar Society, Catherine Ogle said she was "ashamed" of the Church of England.
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Ceri Gorton is Relationship Manager for Literature at Arts Council England. In an interview with The Information Daily, Ceri spoke about the importance of Birmingham as a cultural epi-centre and the aim of the Birmingham Book Festival.
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Hundreds of people gathered in Birmingham on Sunday 7th of October in protest of the Coalition's budget cuts. The protest comes ahead of this week's Conservative Party Conference. In attendance were the National Union of Teachers, Anonymous, the Socialist Workers Party, and Unite. Issues discussed included NHS budget cuts, public sector job losses, and the rumoured privatisation of the police force.
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"Technology has a part to play but it isn't going to replace people", says Declan Hadley, Associate Director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.
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The corruption is very blatent, and policies need to be more sturdy if they actually are to mean something to this country, the Associate Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather, said in an exclusive interview with The Information Daily's reporter Eva Quigley. Rohit Dubey, who lives in Mumbai, said that the Indian dream had mutated "big time" since the nineties, and now "You can become anything you want" and "still end up making a good life."
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With public sector austerity set to continue, governments across the world are looking to forge new relationships with their suppliers based on social value. Professor Olinga Ta’eed explains how suppliers to the public sector will be required to deliver resources back to the communities served by the organisations they are doing business with. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/08/15/video-social-value-to-redefine-publicprivate-sector-relations
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The revolutionary virtual shopping wall has been trialled in London and Bristol and now in Birmingham's Bullring. Using its popular Ocado on the Go app, customers can purchase any of the items on display in the virtual window simply by scanning them with their smartphone.
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There are lots of drugs which are designed for one purpose but could be used for other things, a Professor at the University of Birmingham has said, citing viagra as an example. At Science Capital's Innovative Healthcare meeting in Birmingham, Jim Parle, Professor of Primary Care and Assistant in General Practice, spoke exclusively to The Information Daily about why we should investigate beneficial drug reactions.
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Britain is gripped with the biggest housing crisis in a generation, says the Shadow Housing Minister. We have a rapidly growing private rented sector characterised by ever soaring rents, lack of security and a real problem of quality, Labour MP Jack Dromey tells The Information Daily.
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Watch the full episode now @ http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/11/19/answertime01 AnswerTime®- a new WebTV format developed by InformationDaily.TV - invited Hazel Blears MP, Professor Olinga Ta'eed, Jenni Inglis, Phil Loach, Guy Battle and an audience of experts to discuss delivery and measurement of Social Value. Watch Now @ http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/11/19/answertime01
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The local banking model in Germany is key to its economic success, Dr Thomas Keidel, Director of Financial Market Relations at the German Savings Banks Association explains. More HERE: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/03/21/local-banking-critical-to-germanys-economic-success
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Lorrain Hyland, Telehealth Lead at NHS Dumfries and Galloway speaks to The Information Daily about the major challenges facing the National Health Service.
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If, like Sir Michael Marmot, you were thinking about a taskforce to tackle health inequalities, the fire service is probably not the first frontline service that would come to mind. Watch the full story @ http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2015/01/05/fighting-fire-and-health-inequalities-in-the-west-midlands www.theinformationdaily.com
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In an interview with The Information Daily, Professor Michael Overduin, researcher, and founder of Science Capital, says he is hopeful that "we can make real progress in the next decade" to find "new therapeutic agents" to alleviate cancer.
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Plans by 10 EU member states to launch a financial transaction tax (FTT) to help raise funds to tackle the debt crisis have been backed by the European Commission. Read more here: http://theinformationdaily.com/2012/10/24/tobin-tax-backed-by-european-commission-video
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Mark Rogers is CEO and Director of Economy at Birmingham City Council and the President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers. He writes his own blog and manages his own social media. He is evangelical about a style of leadership (head well above the parapet, seeking to win hearts as well as minds) that is rare in the public sector. Joe Tibbetts asks him if he is “a sucker for punishment”? See the full video here: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2015/05/26/mark-roger Website www.theinformationdaily.com
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Estimates suggest that 60-70% of total expenditure for a typical NHS organisation is dedicated to the employment of staff. Watch the full story @ http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2015/03/24/ewin www.theinformationdaily.com
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Gaynor Arnold is a Welsh novelist, who since the 1970s has lived in Birmingham. Her first novel Girl in a Blue Dress, based on the marriage of Charles Dickens, and published in 2008 by Birmingham's Tindal Street Press, was longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize 2008 and the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009.
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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) in conjunction with the Department of Health have released the updated version of the PPRS, due to come into effect as of 1 January 2014. The Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS) has been in existence for about fifty years, however it is re-negotiated every five years. The ABPI is the statutory body who represent all of the industry in those negotiations. Stephen Whitehead, Chief Executive of ABPI commented: “There were concerns in the industry as this would have been the end of free pricing in the UK”. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/12/13/updated-pharmaceutical-scheme-to-remain-a-voluntary-agreement
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"We are very optimistic about the future" declares Professor Raimonda Balnienė, General Director of Tourism in Lithuania. In the last two years tourism in Lithuania has grown by 18 per cent, making it the second fastest growing country in Europe.
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The increasing number of craft or “artisan” businesses is quite simply a sign of the times. Craft businesses are like other micro-businesses, except that their offering will usually include some element of home or hand production. Two men in a garage on a small industrial estate on the edge of town is a micro business. Two men in a barn in Northamptonshire distilling a range of top-end, premium gins, flavoured mostly with locally sourced aromatics, and pushing the corks into the bottles with their own hands, is an artisan business. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/10/07/harrington-gin-distillery-an-artisan-business-and-a-sign-of-the-times
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Using a smartphone to transform the ear exam ENT surgeon Chris Coulson shows how harnessing this technology is transforming communication with patients and GPs, improving patient records, and saving time all round Links: www.theinformationdaily.com www.boilerhouse.co.uk
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At a Conservative Party Conference fringe event, hosted by think tank The Centre for Social Justice, Rt Hon MP Iain Duncan Smith discusses issues such as the summer riots last year, Europe, welfare reform, the coalition partnership, and Boris Johnson. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2012/10/15/cabinet-minister-proposes-smart-cards-for-benefit-claimants
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Jaguar Land Rover has begun a 24-hour production line at its Merseyside plant in an attempt to meet growing demand for its latest Evoque model, creating 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood factory. Footage courtesy of Land Rover UK.
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Cross party Eurosceptics at fringe event agrees on the problem but finds little in common when it comes to tactics and language. In an interview with The Information Daily, John Redwood MP spoke about why Britain needs to define a 'new relationship' with Europe. http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2012/10/09/eurosceptics-at-the-conservative-party-conference-video
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Social Media Week returned to London last week as part of a global event that aims to help people and organisations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. The Information Daily sent a reporter to find out what it was all about. Video provided courtesy of Imagination. Filmed at the Socialising the "Internet of Things" event. www.imagination.com
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One of the last events of Wednesday's proceedings at Social Media Week was hosted by the Imagination agency, entitled 'Socialising the Internet of Things'. We sent our technology reporter to go and check it out. Video provided courtesy of Imagination. Filmed at the Socialising the "Internet of Things" event. www.imagination.com
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