Friday, February 05, 2016

Virgin Care among firms with lucrative NHS deals and a tax haven status | Society | The Guardian

So many ways to spin the narratives as I see through discussions I stumble upon on the web, some very informed some less so https://www.facebook.com/gerry.haines/posts/10208762325203785?comment_id=10208765248436864&notif_t=like




What I often wonder about as I see the like of Boots (the UK pharmacy retailer) move their HQ and tax burden offshore ie Switzerland and cut tax to almost zero, is what does that do to the small vital retailers that cant do this. This is the big issue, yes we want global trade and global efficiencies but we want small companies to start, grow, exist and sustain, its what keep the economic vitality going and that's a struggle in the face of this > Virgin Care among firms with lucrative NHS deals and a tax haven status | Society | The Guardian see Zizek on my FB comments in the thread above, not that that is just one of many narratives.




Lets keep all eyes on virtue signalling from such groups and hold them to account as well as hold those who spend our taxes. Perhaps if both sides were effective and did the right things they and everyone else would want to play ball.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Silicon Valley titans drawn to Britain’s AI talent pool - FT.com

AI has a long way to go, but go it will!

Silicon Valley titans drawn to Britain’s AI talent pool - FT.com

Yahoo cuts jobs and explores sale options - FT.com

Steve Ballmer tried to buy them Satya Nadel at Microsoft is surely the likely front runner!! we will see!




Goolge taking over the market cap #1 from apple raised the stakes for Microsoft to one day win back that crown, surely!




Yahoo cuts jobs and explores sale options - FT.com




#yahoo

#microsoft

Monday, February 01, 2016

Financing Global Health - Data visualisation

Combining my interests in global health and data visualisation this interactive tool is awesome especially if you click through the forms of data by region as well as health focus and pick and year like 1990 to compare to 2014!

Financing Global Health | IHME Viz Hub




Other good data and visualisation ive used and mentioned before (I think) include:




http://www.wired.com/2013/11/infoporn-causes-of-death/




http://www.healthdata.org/data-visualization/gbd-compare




http://www.thelancet.com/commissions/global-health-2035




http://globalhealth2035.org/




Plus some summary data from an NGO as an example




https://www.one.org/us/2015/06/26/when-it-comes-to-global-health-how-much-are-we-spending/





Friday, January 29, 2016

From BRICs ti TICKs what happened to the MINTs!!

The Brics are dead. Long live the Ticks - FT.com

"


But the deepening recessions in Brazil and Russia have now dealt such a blow to faith in the Bric hypothesis that, late last year, even Goldman closed its Bric fund after assets dwindled to $100m, from a peak of more than $800m at the end of 2010.
In its place, emerging market fund managers appear to have stumbled on its potential replacement — the Ticks, with tech-heavy Taiwan and (South) Korea elbowing aside commodity-centric Brazil and Russia.

Aside from a catchy acronym, the realignment tells us much about the changing nature of emerging markets — and the world in general — with services, particularly technology, to the fore and trade in physical goods, especially commodities, in retreat.


"




The Brics are dead. Long live the Ticks - FT.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

China mouthpiece warns Soros against shorting renminbi - FT.com

Soros and the Renminbi, lets see!!??




China mouthpiece warns Soros against shorting renminbi - FT.com

Smart Africa: Smartphones pave way for huge opportunities - FT.com

Smart Africa: Smartphones pave way for huge opportunities - FT.com




A lot of big changes will come about in Africa due to technology and everything from the SDG's to discussions and narratives from NGO's to tech co's seems to be on to it now.




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6a55808c-c0ef-11e5-846f-79b0e3d20eaf.html#axzz3yFwOoam0

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Ireland, like a Lazerus in europe!

Great words from the Irish leader about 16minutes in:




How to Reboot the Global Economy? - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 | World Economic Forum

Davos: Fourth Industrial Revolution!

Its that Davos time of year!




"One of the central themes of this year’s conference is the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” referring to how technological breakthroughs are expected to transform industries across the world. Delegates argued that advances in robotics and artificial intelligence will have the transformative effect that steam power, electricity and ubiquitous computing achieved in previous centuries."

Davos: Smart machines set to transform society - FT.com#axzz3xsUWQAkE#axzz3xsUWQAkE




#DAVOS
#Davos2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

China annual GDP growth of 6.9% lowest since 1990 - FT.com

China annual GDP growth of 6.9% lowest since 1990 - FT.com




"............... Despite the respectable headline growth figure, pain is deepening in the sectors that have traditionally driven Chinese growth and global commodity demand. Without adjusting for inflation, growth in industry and construction was a paltry 0.9 per cent for the full year, a sign that nearly four years of producer-price deflation has ravaged cash flow in the factory sector.

Overall, nominal GDP grew just 5.8 per cent in the fourth quarter and 6.4 per cent for the full year, implying that the overall economy is in deflation. ................."







".........The country’s leadership has promised structural reforms to boost long-term growth. President Xi Jinping has said that policy in 2016 will focus on “supply-side reforms”, including shuttering zombie businesses in industries such as steel and shipbuilding that are rife with excess capacity. Authorities have also pledged to streamline the bloated state-owned enterprise sector, whose return on assets lags behind the private economy. .........."











Monday, January 18, 2016

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 | World Economic Forum

I always try and follow a little of this each year as it happens so this year could well be especially important because of............




World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 | World Economic Forum




..........the progress in 2015 with

#SDG's 17 in place for the road to 2030!

#COP21 a binding agreement at last!

#Oil falling madly due to china, Saudi, iran or what!?

#China growth, recession, restructuring the economy and banks!

#Brazil restructuring and fighting corruption!

#USAelection distraction and/or results!

#UN and new head of the UN!




and a few other matters, like equality, economies, giving and growth:




http://www.cgdev.org/blog/remittances-are-blowing-economic-growth-isnt-what-gives




http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/17/china-economic-crisis-world-economy-global-capitalism




http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/blog/2015/12/extreme-wealth-is-not-merited


Global Poverty Infographic

This gives the picture what it is and what can be done about it by individuals and organisations.

https://m2.behance.net/rendition/pm/26941229/max_1200/f25a3e85b7a527591c1e4f463b6d4207.png

With the start of www.globalgoals.org in 2016 these are the sorts of metrics to keep an eye on year by year on the road to 2030!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Perfect storms, Global, Europe, UK....

At a global level the rise and/or meltdown of China and South America is going to be interesting for the next few years. In Europe the issues around Spain and Italy after Ireland and Greece persist and with Oil heading to $20 or maybe $10 and the chill of the global economy (or more transparency) means Europe aint done yet.




And then there is a cocktail of issues for the UK left and right, from Europe to Growth, Inflation and Interest rates, Devolution (Scottish economy, oil, education, health, progress) to Northern powerhouses. London Mayor and retiring PM, etc etc




Jeremy Corbyn’s strategist Seumas Milne in the eye of Labour storm - FT.com




Its difficult to read right now but the truth is out there. Will it break through first?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Falling oil prices should help Europe’s ailing economies, but the wider implications of the price drop remain to be seen | British Politics and Policy at LSE

The likely trade and commodities schism is like a sheet of fog, we know the sunshine is above it but how thick and deep is the fog. Like all things "the edge" is the interesting bit, where you enter and where you exit and right now this fog is the edge of uncertainty where industry and business meets economics and politics and especially political interference if not economic and industrial IMHO. We will see!! Hold on to your hat!




Falling oil prices should help Europe’s ailing economies, but the wider implications of the price drop remain to be seen | British Politics and Policy at LSE




"The change in the oil price is far from a zero sum game and, as with many economic changes, some will benefit while others lose out, ensuring there remains plenty of food (or oil) for thought."







http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/01/11/china-economic-crossroads/5Y37ZljkOUTypYNy1Tc0KO/story.html?s_campaign




"We now depend mainly on the central banks and a handful of key politicians at the top to keep their heads, calm their colleagues, and avoid the worst.

The cost of Chinese financial reversal to the real world of jobs and production is still small. Cool heads can keep it that way. "

Monday, January 11, 2016

“Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do……” – David Bowie RIP | With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

From my music mate, the biggest Bowie fan I have ever known, with not only the full collection on vinyl but with so many limited and special edition packs and bootleg versions, that if I borrowed them all today I probably would be listening until this time next year. Great blog Bill , chin up mate!




“Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do……” – David Bowie RIP | With Just A Hint Of Mayhem




#Bowie

David Bowie, musical legend behind Ziggy Stardust, dies at 69 from cancer | Reuters

David Bowie, musical legend behind Ziggy Stardust, dies at 69 from cancer | Reuters

David Bowie obituary | Music | The Guardian

David Bowie obituary | Music | The Guardian




Few others would you put along side him other than Elvis, Dylan, Hendrix, perhaps Lennon and McCartney, perhaps Clapton and Paige, perhaps none in the rock and pop era(s)!




http://www.theguardian.com/music/gallery/2016/jan/11/david-bowies-life-and-career-in-pictures


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/12092387/David-Bowie-1947-2016-His-life-and-career-in-pictures.html?frame=2445736


"BBC6 Music" playing Bowie all day today!


Animated Bowie > http://helengreenillustration.com/Sky-Arts-David-Bowie-Weekend

and a great great cover>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsvuipGq2ns&feature=youtu.be by Peter Gabriel!

Bowie hunky dory youtube

My favourite David Bowie Album!




bowie hunky dory youtube - Google Search




#Bowie

#DavidBowie

#RIP

Friday, January 08, 2016

The great British curry crisis - FT.com

Just a little food for thought as a different post, its a trend that you can feel all around, in towns and cities, tastes and needs are changing and new styles of restaurants and bars are moving in! We'll see!!




The great British curry crisis - FT.com

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

China, Brazil, India, USA, Europe, what changes in 2016?

Gap between renminbi rates widens to record - FT.com China currency I hear will fall until the hold on their markets is loosened to see what is real about their structure, data, future.




http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6f542aa2-b429-11e5-aad2-3e9865bc6644.html#axzz3wTUgIU38 Brazil




2016 and into 2017 is going to be a real interesting year. While the progress being made by and for so many of us will continue, there is to be a US election, political reform in Europe and South America, a new leader at the UN, structural reform in China and a test of their promise made to Hong Kong for 2017, Africa growing, oil price drifting lower as the Saudi's hedge against the embargo being lifted on Iran, India looking to motor ahead but like with China little accountability and plenty of local and central govt corruption to worry about. I wonder.what will matter the most, hopefully not the politics but the actions of ordinary people, that's always the key IMHO!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The loss of a child and the world loses real potential!

People often ask me why do I advocate, speak and post on the issues that I do.


Well the answer is at ONE level my mum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R1Fglw2TuY - she was an abandoned baby, left in a field in the east end of london in the 1930's, Poverty is thinking you are no one important, she was left thinking that forever! She had almost nothing, little education in WW2 and learnt the piano in street competitions of the east end!!


TWO is because of my sister Tina buried in a field in Guyana having lived with and helped people in the developing world, they had no local healthcare, not the sort too many of us take for granted, a system that prevents early death!


THREE because an abandoned child with little education and the sufferance of generations is not just poverty but its the loss to all of us of the great potential of so many of these people that die before their 5th birthday and never get to shine as we can. My mum died of cancer in the year 2000, she would be so proud of the last 15yrs and Im sure we will all be proud of the next 15yrs >> www.globalgoals.org Shine on you crazy diamonds!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2DGf0z7wqQ Our world, our efforts, our innovations are to be celebrated for all generations past present and future!


Please enjoy my mum, if she was not found non of this would have been possible for me and seeing the news today just reminded me of her as do most events http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12081900/Moment-Albuquerque-police-officer-finds-missing-3-year-old-girl.html


following her big surprise > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtLmrq6xp2g !

LG will show off its paper-thin, rollable OLED panel at CES

I am expecting to see the mobile newpaper format, still! Having expected in in the early 90's and then again 10 yrs later, see>> http://nickhorslen.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=allthingsd and now.........




LG will show off its paper-thin, rollable OLED panel at CES




#rollupscreen

#CDT

#Genesis




as per my facebook post today:




"And if you dont want to replace your mobile, "so last year", with a car or "mobility service" how about a roll up, no not a spliff but a good old newspaper!! http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/04/lg-rollable-oled/ You will be able to flick the pages and roll it up and read any article or enjoy the rich media anywhere, anytime, just cant wipe your bum with it, like in the good old days, still I guess others will get creative with it.
This is a technology I remember writing a memo about in my early days at microsoft in the mid 90's. I knew of Cambridge Display Technology and the early work they were doing on this as they were financially backed by Genesis, the rock band. Music influences everything for me and yes I was them even before then, my second favorite Knebworth concert of the 70's. Of course Im still a big Peter Gabriel Fan, but Genesis, ehumm!!"

CES 2016: Faraday reveals ‘sixth sense’ concept car - FT.com

Faraday vs Tesla, the great battle of the history of science, discovery, reality and conspiracies!




CES 2016: Faraday reveals ‘sixth sense’ concept car - FT.com




A follow on to the Dark Knight, a new secret US startup backed by a secret chinese financier and calling the company after a Brit, Farraday, the secret spark is in the name! Watch out Tesla another genius product with a conspiracy in the shadows, hollywood couldnt write a better script for a real future.




As my FB post on NY eve said: Mobile phones, so last year!

Who needs to subscribe to a mobile phone when this new "mobile service" has it built in, apparently we will be subscribe to this beast in future, 2017 could get exciting! Built in the US funded as a Chinese startup, Tesla watch out, and Ive been watching tesla since it was at the same concept stage just 10 yrs ago via SpaceX https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/blog/secret-tesla-motors-master-plan-just-between-you-and-me And boy does that electric vehicle fly now!




#Faraday

#Tesla

#MobilityService

Monday, January 04, 2016

British entrepreneurs seek to use technology as force for good - FT.com

She for Parkinsons sufferers is pretty novel and a creative force for good!




British entrepreneurs seek to use technology as force for good - FT.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Opec eyes $10tn investment to prevent oil price spike - FT.com

$100 2014

$50 2015

$75 2020

$95 2040 lets see!




Opec eyes $10tn investment to prevent oil price spike - FT.com




Saudi, China, Iran geo-politics and the long run global economy!

Monday, December 21, 2015

New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years | Home News | News | The Independent#gallery#gallery

Interesting data and presentation:




New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years | Home News | News | The Independent#gallery#gallery

FT editors pick their stories of the year - FT.com

Some peoples view of the priorities from 2015




FT editors pick their stories of the year - FT.com

Weather and Climate 2015

Its been a big year in many respects SDG's and COP21 being two historic events of leadership.


The climate and weather is incredibly mild this Christmas in the UK and one year doesn't reflect anything but El Nino about to kick in and so 2015 2016 could prove real interesting.


The science of meterology is fascinating. El Nino and La Nina and the jet stream could make 2015 and 2016 weather real interesting from this christmas period onwards!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPA-KpldDVc


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huweohIh_Bw


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-ViWN2dviQ


Much to observe and comment on in 2016 and beyond perhaps!!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Jacob Zuma in sudden U-turn over South Africa finance minister - FT.com

Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president a dangerous idiot that the people and around him need to stand up to sooner rather than later, and we are already at later by the looks of things!!




Jacob Zuma in sudden U-turn over South Africa finance minister - FT.com

Friday, December 11, 2015

TB or not TB - that is the question for AMR!!

Invisible Killer

The World’s Most Underestimated Disease

A bacterial infection is killing millions and growing stronger by the day.
So why aren’t we rushing to stop it?

Newsweek - Invisible Killer




WorldTB day and strategies abound by with movies like "they go to die" out there for sometime http://theygotodie.com/ , it will take a politicians child to die in Europe or America before the public wake up.




Science and policy makes know but the public needs to know and understand how all these things link in to future health:




https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-5-year-antimicrobial-resistance-strategy-2013-to-2018




https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/collaborative-tuberculosis-strategy-for-England




https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/collaborative-tuberculosis-strategy-for-England

















What has innovation done for us - Poverty eradication!

Infographic on Innovation and global health

http://i.imgur.com/9QqMSFg.png




making this week a good week with the Nobel prize for medicine being hand out to the NTD science leaders:

http://unitingtocombatntds.org/uniting-combat-ntds-stakeholders-congratulate-three-scientists-2015-nobel-prize-physiology-or

What has innovation done for us - Poverty eradication!

Infographic on Innovation and global health

http://i.imgur.com/9QqMSFg.png




making this week a good week with the Nobel prize for medicine being hand out to the NTD science leaders:

http://unitingtocombatntds.org/uniting-combat-ntds-stakeholders-congratulate-three-scientists-2015-nobel-prize-physiology-or

GHG's and UV IR thermodynamic of the Greenhouse effect and climate change.

Young students are amazing!!
Understand not just GHG's but UV and IR thermodynamics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-sy6rPJBj4


I remember learning about the climate in my "atmospheric chemistry" modules while doing my degree in chemistry in 1979-1982. In those days the lectures where mainly about CFC's and the ozone layers and the science of chimney stacks and pollution chemistry. Remember when we liked LEAD in our petrol!! However the greenhouse effect was a feature.


Back then as a student we saw the issues unfold but had little understanding of what was ahead. Todays students are an inspiration, they have the tools, the technology, the internet, satellite imagery and explain it so well. We have come so far in 30 years, its amazing, truly amazing!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-sy6rPJBj4


ALSO The NASA view - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab6jV4VBWZE

Modern-day slavery, How human trafficking spans the world | FT.com

An issue Ive been aware of and followed for some time. Its good to see this animatred page/infographic on the FT today with pointers to the Uk story - "Overall, according to Home Office estimates, there are some 10,000 to 13,000 people enslaved in modern-day Britain, victims of a crime that is as hidden as it is pervasive."




Modern-day slavery, How human trafficking spans the world | FT.com

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Goldman puts its muscle into tech push — FT.com

Interesting to see this on the day the founder of BitCoin is arrested




Goldman puts its muscle into tech push — FT.com - If Goldman Sachs had its way, “SETLcoin” could ultimately be as much a part of the financial services lexicon as dollar, euros or yen.




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-35048309 - 'Bitcoin founder's' Australia home raided by Sydney police
#Bitcoin
#setlcoin

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leads new approach to philanthropy — FT.com

Its good to see www.givewell.org getting the coverage, it to came from facebook, via its other founder and his efforts and backing through the Good Foundation:




Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leads new approach to philanthropy — FT.com




".............Other Silicon Valley philanthropists to have set up LLCs include Laurene Powell Jobs, wife of the late Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, and Dustin Moskovitz, Mr Zuckerberg’s co-founder at Facebook. Their emergence coincides with increased interest in “impact investing”, which aims to produce a social good as well as an investment return.

Mr Moskovitz and his wife, Cari Tuna, also plan to give the vast bulk of their Facebook fortune away in their lifetime, and have made for-profit investments in artificial intelligence, grants to promote immigration reform and support for homelessness charities.

Silicon Valley is approaching philanthropy the way that tech entrepreneurs take on any challenge: using data and trial and error tactics — A/B testing in an engineer’s language — to come up with ambitious and at times unusual answers to perennial problems. Sean Parker, an early investor in Facebook, who set up his own foundation earlier this year, called it “hacker philanthropy”.

Mr Moskovitz and Ms Tuna have supported work by a venture called GiveWell to rank the impact of different potential investments or grants. “There are really strong arguments for giving as soon as we can, balanced against our knowing that the more we learn, the better we’ll get at this,” Ms Tuna said. “We are trying to share as much as we can about what we are doing and what we are learning for the benefit of other people who are trying to learn, too.”.............."

Baby Zuckerberg has some reading to do!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/mark-zuckerberg/a-letter-to-our-daughter/10153375081581634




Its a little lengthy but the detail is all covered in the goals, targets and indicators of www.globalgoals.org




The hopes of a new generation, more open, more altruistic, more generous, ambitious and capable than ever before is the future for all babies today!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Breakthrough Energy Coalitions - we need to see and monitor many!

Breakthrough Energy Coalition




A lot will follow from ‪#‎COP21‬ this coming week/month from govts, institutions, business and citizens. Heres an interesting list of names in red down the right hand side of the 2nd link! Lets see what unfolds from all quarters in the coming years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhgIY-Vghj4 see the names in here> http://www.breakthroughenergycoalition.com/en/ Elon Musk is one noticeable missing name, he is doing an amazing amount in this area. I bet there will be plenty of unknowns who make huge impacts on the road to 2030 with climate change and renewable and sustainable energy supply and demand!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

What Muslims think of Islamic State | The Economist

Tagged here for future reference!




What Muslims think of Islamic State | The Economist

When R&D budgets are morphed into M&A budgets!

Ive posted on this issue before #R&D #M&A

corporate mgmt. vs entrepreneurs, incompetence vs inconvenience, bloat vs risk, Bubble vs Innovation etc etc




Big Pharma has become addicted to an illusion — FT.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Li-Fi to extend the Wi-Fi abcent IOT world

Harald Haas: A breakthrough new kind of wireless Internet | TED Talk | TED.com




That with WhiteSpace and FreeVolt offers huge possibilities so I will revisit this post in 5-10yrs times!

Want to Save Lives? You Need a Map of What's Doing Us In | WIRED

Still one my favourite visualisations - Untimely deaths!!




Want to Save Lives? You Need a Map of What's Doing Us In | WIRED

Friday, November 20, 2015

Development resource flows - Other official flows (OOF) - OECD Data







Development resource flows - Other official flows (OOF) - OECD Data

Data Revolution Group

Its the only way!




Measurement, evidence, facts to drive debate and decisions!




Data Revolution Group http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/




http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/