Greggs results were this morning labelled “unsurprisingly disappointing” – after the bakery chain revealed a fall in its 2012 profits.Wayne Brown, analyst at Canaccord Genuity, said that recent trading at the group had been poor – with like-for-like sales down by 4% in the all weeks to 16 March.And he dismissed the argument that Greggs had been hit by the downturn on the high street.Brown, who rates the stock as a hold and has target share price of 485p, said: “Whilst the adverse weather has impacted the performance in January, underlying LFL sales in February has improved to a declineof 2%. However recent BRC data has been positive despite the adverse weather highlighting Greggs relative underperformance. The number of shoppers on the high street rose +2.7% in Feb 2013 vs Feb 2012.”However, the analyst said it agreed with the new 2013 strategy for the bakery company that will see investment in its core estate and a lower rate of new openings.He added: “We expect this to have a negative impact on LFL sales in the short term due to increased shop closure but should provide a stronger platform for growth in the future.”
Harvard University today announced plans to undertake a wide-ranging construction program that will result in the creation of nearly 3,600 local construction jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new local economic activity while ultimately funneling approximately $10 million into Cambridge city coffers in permitting fees alone.Specifically, Harvard is launching the long-planned effort to renew its undergraduate House system, which forms one of the most distinctive and important features of a Harvard College education.“We’re pleased that the renewal of Harvard’s undergraduate Houses will not only preserve and extend an indelible part of a Harvard College education, but that in doing so, we will help boost the local and regional economy by fostering new jobs and significant permitting revenues for the city,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Government, Community & Public Affairs.More than 98 percent of Harvard College students live on campus. First-year students live in freshman dorms, located in and around Harvard Yard. The overwhelming majority of sophomores, juniors, and seniors live in one of 12 Houses, which are located alongside the Charles River or on the Radcliffe Quad, along Garden Street.House Renewal, as the project is known on campus, will focus first on the original neo-Georgian Houses along the Charles, most of which were constructed in the 1920s and ’30s and have been little upgraded since. A first “test project” is already under way on the Old Quincy section of Quincy House and another is slated to begin in June 2013, with construction on the McKinlock Hall section of Leverett House.Local economic benefitsRenewal of the neo-Georgian Houses is currently projected to cost more than $1 billion. Approximately 60 percent of the construction expense will go toward labor costs, which largely consist of wages paid directly to workers on the project.In total, nearly 3,600 local construction jobs are expected to be created over the life of the project. All major construction trades — such as laborers, carpenters, and plumbers — will have a role. The University is also party to a project labor agreement, ensuring that the construction will be performed by union workers.In addition to construction jobs and payments to local and regional vendors, the project is expected to provide up to $10 million for the city of Cambridge in the form of permit fees.“In addition to direct payments to construction workers, vendors, and the city of Cambridge, House Renewal will provide significant indirect economic benefits to local businesses, ranging from workers frequenting local restaurants and retailers to police details to help safeguard the public as construction occurs,” Heenan said.Renewing Harvard’s undergraduate HousesIn announcing the launch of House Renewal, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds noted the importance of the House system while detailing plans for the coming years.“In today’s plugged-in, always-on world, the kind of connection between people that is afforded by the House system is a truly precious resource,” said Smith. “The Houses have been and must continue to be carefully curated communities, evolving as our students and the world around them changes. As we change the buildings to meet the current and future needs of our students and programs, we recommit ourselves to Harvard’s House system, a truly life-changing institution rooted in people and what they can learn from each other. The Houses are the heart of the student experience at Harvard.”Smith and Hammonds recounted the plans for the two test projects at Quincy House and Leverett House and announced plans to begin the renewal of the first full House — Dunster House — in June 2014.University implements original plan to convertInn at Harvard to institutional useHarvard also announced plans to use the Harvard-owned facility now containing the Inn at Harvard as the hub of “swing housing” for students temporarily displaced by construction on their particular House. When built in 1991, the facility was intended to be used as a hotel until it was converted to University use. The property is operated by an independent contractor under a contract specifically designed to enable the University to convert it to institutional use with 12 months’ notice.Consistent with that plan, the hotel will close by July 2013, and alterations will be made to the facility during the following year to enable it to support students, including student beds, a dining hall, and other social and program spaces that are integral parts of every House. The first students will move into the facility in the fall of 2014.Contact: Jeff [email protected]
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Grenada’s government has lauded the achievement of Anderson Peters following his historic capture of the men’s javelin title at the World Championships in Qatar last Sunday.The gold medal was the first ever for Grenada in a field event at a World Championship and only the second gold overall, following on from Kirani James’ success in Daegu in 2011.“On behalf of the Government and people of Grenada, the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture, and the Arts congratulates Anderson Peters on capturing the gold medal in the men’s javelin at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha,” a statement said.“We also wish to extend congratulations to Anderson’s family on this great achievement.“Anderson Peters’ historic win has made him the first Grenadian to win a World Championship medal in the field events. He is also the second athlete in Grenada’s history to become a World champion, with Kirani James being the first.“He concluded his 2019 athletics season undefeated as the two-time SEC Champion, two-time NCAA Champion, NACAC Under-23 Champion, and Pan-American Champion.”The statement added: “The Ministry extends congratulations to coach Paul Phillip and the team officials who assisted Anderson Peters on the remarkable achievement.“Their commitment and expertise continue to guide and ensure that our athletes have an opportunity to compete and succeed on the world’s stage.”Peters measured 86.89 on his fourth attempt which proved to be the winning mark, upsetting a field which saw defending World champion Johannes Vetter of Germany forced to settle for bronze with a throw of 85.37.Estonia’s Magnus Kirt clinched silver with a mark of 86.21.The 21-year-old Peters, a student at Mississippi State University in the United States, said he hoped his success served as an inspiration for the tiny Caribbean nation.“I want to tell my fellow Grenadians that everybody can do it, if I can do it,” he said. “It’s possible for everybody to become a World champion. You just have to want it as badly as I do.”There was disappointment, however, for James who could only muster a fifth place finish in a time of 44.54 seconds as Bahamian Steven Gardiner took gold in a national record 43.48.His effort also came in for praise from government.“Although James did not bring home a medal for Grenada, his return and performance showcased his resilience, especially with the recent passing of his mother, Ms. Annie James.”
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Logic is a powerful tool. With the development of our massive neocortex we have the ability to use logic instead of emotion alone. This trend begins with the Greeks and goes right on through the Age of Reason to where we are today.Most of the time we believe that logical decisions are better than emotional decisions. This is why major corporations and large companies have professionalized the purchasing process. They want to make sure that their buyers won’t (and can’t) make an emotional (or from their view, irrational) buying decision. Someone with a deep relationship built on trust and caring might be able to command a higher price than their competitor. That deep relationship is perceived as a threat to the buying company’s profitability. Paying a higher price is irrational.The spreadsheet is intended to be logical and rational. Buying organizations determine the criteria in weight that criteria to make rational decisions. Emotions and intuition are seen as weakness, something less than logic. But this isn’t true. There is another form of logic at work in relationships, even commercial relationships.Let’s call this type of logic irrational logic. It isn’t subject to a decision tree. You can’t embed it in a spreadsheet. It’s full of emotions and intuition.Think about the most important decisions you make in life. Think about who you choose to marry. Did you create a spreadsheet with weighted criteria? Love is totally irrational.Think about where you choose to live? What criteria was most important to you as you made that decision? Was it about how you were going to feel? Was it about the quality of your life? Was your choice of where to live the A-column in the spreadsheet you created?The last time you made a buying decision, was how much you trusted the seller and the company you bought from an important factor in making that purchase? It used to be that you trusted big companies. Now even size and brand are greeted with skepticism–at best.Things like trust and caring are important. They are an irrational form of logic. You may not be able to objectively identify and weight the criteria on the spreadsheet but there is something inside you that Intuit when someone is trustworthy, when someone truly cares about you, when someone is going to make a good partner, and when you should do business with them.Spreadsheets are not the very best way to make decisions. Just like a pre-employment screening, they are one tool you can use to get one view of a decision. But that tool is not in any way superior to your irrational logic, that logic you feel in your heart and in your gut.
KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:38 AM Posted: December 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTIJUANA (KUSI) – KUSI has learned from sources close to border security, that migrants in the caravan are being encouraged to join another march, or action, at the border on Saturday, December 1, 2018.The top portion of flier reads,We must march to the border on Saturday, December 1st. The day of the inauguration of the new President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Open the border or we close it! Everyone has to be allowed in! Our last action brought us closer to victory. Mexicans and AMericans fight together with us.This flier is being distributed to all migrants, but a core of migrants, considered the most aggressive, and some paid as provocateurs, are, our sources say, planning to rush the border, and force Border Patrol reaction, which happened last Sunday.The organizer of the march is affiliated with a website called BAMN.com. They are known as advocates of the migrants, and are set on embarrassing the new Mexican President, upon his inauguration, this Saturday.Our sources tell us the march will occur near the location known as the Chapparal gate.Furthermore, around 4,000 U.S. military members, including active- duty troops from Camp Pendleton, are likely to remain at the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of January, it was reported Friday.The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Department of Homeland Security recently made a formal request to the Department of Defense to extend the timeline of military support at the border for an additional month and a half. The DHS request, which the AP said has not yet been approved by Defense Secretary James Mattis, would reduce the military footprint from 5,600 to 4,000.Rumors swirled last week that the federal government would begin sending troops home, with a full disengagement planned for Dec. 15. During a visit to Border Field State Park on Nov. 20, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen ducked a question about that timeline, saying only that they would continue their work “until it is resolved.”Active-duty troops, including about 1,100 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, have been stationed at the border since the beginning of November, reinforcing existing fencing with jersey barriers, concertina wire and other barricades in anticipation of migrant caravans from Central America.Despite the proposed reduction in military presence, DHS officials are now asking federal agencies, including the State, Justice and Energy departments, to send civilian law enforcement officers to the border, according to NPR.It is unclear how many officers DHS is requesting and whether they would serve as de-facto replacements for the roughly 1,600 troops that would be sent home under the new proposal.Members of the migrant caravan have remained largely peaceful, especially toward American immigration authorities, since they began to trickle into Tijuana about 20 days ago. A subsection of the group attempted to cross the border without permission last Sunday, spurring Customs and Border Patrol agents to arrest 42 people and use tear gas and pepper bullets to disperse the crowd, much to the chagrin of immigration advocates and activists. The military members stationed at the border did not engage the crowd of migrants during the testy exchange. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration KUSI Newsroom Sources: Migrants being encouraged to join another ‘march’ at the border December 1, 2018
For practicing and developing a new skill, making slight changes during practice sessions may help to master the skill faster than practicing in the same manner, a new study has found.The results support the idea of a process called reconsolidation, in which existing memories are recalled and modified with new knowledge, plays a key role in strengthening of motor skills, said senior author Pablo A Celnik from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“What we found is if you practice a slightly modified version of a task you want to master, you actually learn more and faster than if you just keep practicing the exact same thing multiple times in a row,” Celnik added. The study was published in the journal Current Biology, suggests reconsolidation is not only for leisure skills like learning a musical instrument or a sport, but it is also beneficial for helping patients with stroke and other neurological conditions regain lost motor function, Celnik explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, 86 healthy volunteers were asked to learn a computer-based motor skill using an isometric pinch task over the course of two or three 45-minute sessions. The volunteers were divided in three groups. The first group completed a typical training schedule and repeated the exact same training lesson six hours later. The second group performed the first practice session and, after six hours, completed a second training session in which researchers had twisted the test and the third group performed the exact same task just once a day. Speedier and more accurate completion of the task, nearly doubled among those in the second group compared to those in the first group, who repeated the same task, the study found. Participants in the third group, who skipped the second session, performed approximately 25 per cent worse than those in the first group.“If you make the altered task too different, people do not get the gain we observed during reconsolidation. The modification between sessions needs to be subtle,” he says.
In a fatal accident on March 19, Uber’s prototype self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. This incident raised alarms about safety problems in self-driving tech and Uber was criticized. In a shocking revelation made yesterday, The Information reported, that days before the fatal accident, an Uber manager tried to warn the company’s top executives about the danger. Robbie Miller, a manager in the testing-operations group, sent an email to Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber’s autonomous vehicle unit, Jon Thomason, VP of software, and five other executives and lawyers on March 13. He warned them about the dangers of the software powering the company’s prototype robo-taxis. He also warned that the human backup drivers in the vehicles weren’t properly trained to do their jobs, the Information reports. What did Miller’s email say In his email, Miller pointed to an incident in November 2017, when an Uber car had nearly caused a crash. He prepared a report and urged the Uber team to investigate but was ignored. He was told that “incidents like that happen all of the time.” Per Miller, “A car was damaged nearly every other day in February,” Miller said. “We shouldn’t be hitting things every 15,000 miles.” Miller was part of Uber’s self-driving truck project, which he described as having relatively good safety procedures. The other projects focused on cars, and Miller argued that its safety procedures were extremely inadequate. In his report, Miller mentioned several ways to improve safety. He suggested Uber put two people in every vehicle. The driver should focus on the road while the other passenger can monitor the driving software and log misbehavior. Miller also argued that Uber should drastically scale back its testing program. “I suspect an 85% reduction in fleet size wouldn’t slow development,” he wrote. Moreover, he wanted Uber to take strict actions against the fleet in case of a car crash. Everyone involved in the self-driving car project from developers to safety drivers should be given the authority to ground the fleet if they see a safety problem. He also wanted more personnel to have access to Uber’s incident reporting database. People on the internet expressed their disdain over Uber’s safety neglect and sided with Miller. Responding to the Information’s report, Uber said that “the entire team is focused on safely and responsibly returning to the road in self-driving mode,” The company intends to eventually resume on-the-road self-driving testing, but it will do so “only when these improvements have been implemented and we have received authorization from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.” This story first appeared on The Information. Read Next Introducing AWS DeepRacer, a self-driving race car, and Amazon’s autonomous racing league to help developers learn reinforcement learning in a fun way. Uber fined by British ICO and Dutch DPA for nearly $1.2m over a data breach from 2016. Uber’s new family of AI algorithms sets records on Pitfall and solves the entire game of Montezuma’s Revenge