"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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Councils should "bring local banks into being" so they can become "powerful partners" and promote economic, social and environmental benefits to their communities. Speaking at the 2nd European Conference on Banking and the Economy (ECOBATE) in Winchester, Alex Templeton, Director of the Farm Energy Project, explains how a disfunctional financial system has made it harder to lend to small businesses which in turn impacts communities. More here: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/03/19/bring-back-local-banks-for-community-support
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unglamorous saving banks are an intrinsic part of Germany's continual economic survival, Professor Karl-Peter Schackmann Fallis told ECOBATE. Saving banks are not private, co-operative or state banks, he said, they represent their own pillar in the German market, and it is in their interest to promote economic development in their communities.
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As part of our coverage of the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections, candidates fighting for the West Midlands seat have spoken exclusively to The Information Daily. Matt Bennett, Conservative candidate said "I think the way the police works is not always the best way from the point of the public," he said. "I think the public wants to see much tougher policing they want to see zero tolerance of anti social behaviour and crime in the worst areas."
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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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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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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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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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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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"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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Michael Philips, Design and Innovation Specialist at Renfrew, introduces their new, award-winning, blood donor chair... Following an unsuccessful three year search for a manufacturer to supply what they needed, the NHS Blood Transfusion group put out a call for designers to pitch new ideas for blood donor chairs. The brief asked for something that would improve the overall blood giving service, making the donor experience more comfortable in the process. After listening to the needs of the NHS - and subsequently winning a national design competition - the Renfrew Group was commissioned to design and produce 1000 new chairs. Watch the full video @ http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2015/04/23/the-renfrew-group-and-mastering-private-sector-manufacturing-in-nhs
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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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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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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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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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Google's primary cartographer Ed Parsons discusses how local councils can utilise the benefits of Google's geographical resources, as well as the future implications of geospatial technology. "In the future..the map won't be a map." The concept revolves around the core idea that if each local resource has its own website, embeddable within local council maps provided by Google, they can become an information-based platform to better describe the area, rather than simply visually representing it. This interview is brought to you by The Information Daily, a news source primarily oriented towards providing public sector news with a readership of 17,000+ and growing! Read more at: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2013/07/30/local-councils-must-use-geospatial-technology-says-google-expert Stay up to date by subscribing to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheInfoDaily Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theinformationdaily Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheInfoDaily
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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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In an exclusive interview with The Information Daily, Lord Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, discusses the importance of science in young people's education and said that it is an "intellectual deprivation" not to understand Darwinian evolution and the origins of the Universe. At the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where he was guest of honour at the annual dinner of The Lunar Society, Lord Rees spoke about the importance of linking science more closely with the public and political spheres.
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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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Drug redeployment strategies will lead to the discovery of novel therapies which can beat haematological cancers, a senior researcher at the University of Birmingham has said. Using off-patent drugs to provide affordable therapies, Dr Farhat Khanim's research aims to find drugs which have minimal toxicities and are effective against treating the blood cancers without harming normal cells. Read more: http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2012/10/27/drug-redeployment-may-help-beat-cancer
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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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