Samworth Brothers has appointed Mark Simester as managing director of malt loaf brand Soreen.Simester is due to take up the role on 8 August, following four years as marketing director at Warburtons, where, among other work, he was involved in the company’s The Muppets crumpet ad campaign.Prior to Warburtons, Simester spent 18 years at Nestlé Confectionery, latterly as head of the chocolate business unit.Samworth Brothers group executive director Richard Marris said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Mark to the business with his outstanding consumer brand track record. In particular, his experience of taking already established, iconic consumer brands and achieving further successes is particularly relevant to Soreen. The brand has gone from strength to strength in recent years, but it still has much more potential.”Phil Marshall, who took on responsibilities as interim managing director for nine months, following the departure of Paul Tripp last year, will continue in his role as operations director, as well as taking on other projects for Samworth Brothers.The malt loaf firm recently expanded its range with the launch of Soreen Loaf Bars.
All around the world students at schools and universities are preparing for year-end exams and graduations, and this time every year makes me think back on my own student days. The choices of programmes were way fewer, and the types of jobs to prepare for much clearer. It was nothing like the future today’s students will have to face.Where my generation is still often astonished at the impact of new technology, the younger generations are hyper connected. They navigate naturally in a world with voice assistance, self-driving cars, and not least information available at the touch of a screen. They leverage technology in everything they do and will demand the same level of innovation and personalisation at school and in their future jobs that they experience in their personal lives today.Although today’s technology changes and innovations present today’s businesses with interesting challenges, it will be even more challenging for our education system to adapt to the reality of tomorrow. How can teachers, schools and universities prepare our children for jobs that do not even exist yet? How can they help future generations make the shift from learning and storing information to digesting knowledge? How can they apply new technologies in the classroom and include both soft and hard skills?In a recent study – Realize 2030 – commissioned by Dell Technologies, 3,800 CxO business leaders from around the world shared their views on how they prepare for the future by working together with intelligent machines and new technologies in a so-called human-machine relationship. More than 42 percent believe they will get more job satisfaction by giving the most boring tasks to intelligent machines. And an impressive 82 percent of leaders expect humans and machines to work as integrated teams in their organisation within five years.What is even more interesting is that almost 60 percent say that our education system will need to change to teach students how to learn and how to digest information on the fly, rather than to continue to teach them facts and memorise data. This will be critical if we want to help students prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet – taking into account that an incredible 85 percent of jobs that are likely to exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the next generation will need to work in teams even more than today and increasingly integrate solutions and components from other teams in their own work. To do so seamlessly, they will need a strong set of soft skills ranging from creativity and adaptability to interpersonal skills. An open, inclusive and culturally aware mindset will prove invaluable as boundaries between companies and nationalities blur and crowdsourcing play an ever-increasing role.Future new technologies will not only provide the next generation with some incredible opportunities, it will also push their ethical boundaries and present them with difficult choices of how far they can and should go. Hence, a strong ethical foundation bundled with increased technological understanding will be key. In order to offer students the right set of hard skills and stimulate them to feel comfortable in a technology-heavy world, schools need to immerse students in a broad range of computer science domains from an early age. It is critical to secure at least some basic technological understanding, but clearly even better to help students discover a higher level of passion for technology – ranging from robotics to computational mathematics such as statistics, probability and logic.From what I have seen when travelling around the region, the future of our next generation is bright. More and more educational institutions already make use of new technologies that are available, providing students with great insight into what the future holds. But we can do better – I still see an increased opportunity and an important role for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) at the schools of tomorrow.With mobile VR, students would have the world at their fingertips. A VR history class could transport students to anywhere in the world and offer them an immersive history lesson without leaving the classroom, thus democratising knowledge and allowing children from all social classes access to the same experiences. Medical students could use the technology and VR videos of real-life surgery to practice steps of surgery in detail, and it could give architect and design students an instant virtual view of their projects. With AR, static images in books can be brought to life and bring an extra dimension to the learning experience.If today’s educational sector continues to utilise the available technologies with a strong focus on teaching soft collaborative skills combined with the right set of hard digital skills, they can offer tomorrow’s data-driven workforce everything needed to start their professional life – in jobs that are yet to be created.As the exam season nears I wish all students the best of luck with their exams – and the rest of us congratulations on a much better educated and technology savvy workforce of tomorrow.
ABC News 6 March 2019Family First Comment: Labour – the party of death in Australia…“A federal Labor government would REQUIRE public hospitals to offer termination services as part of their Commonwealth funding arrangement.”#chooselife#takemyhandnotmylifeTaxpayer-funded abortions will be offered in public hospitals as part of an election pledge to be outlined by Labor today.Late-term abortions could also be publicly funded — in line with what is legal in each state and territory.Opposition spokeswoman for Women Tanya Plibersek said a federal Labor government would require public hospitals to offer termination services as part of their Commonwealth funding arrangement.However, abortion is still illegal in New South Wales and South Australia unless doctors find the woman or foetus is at risk.As abortion laws are made by the state government, Labor will seek to have the New South Wales Government decriminalise the procedure, but will be powerless to force public hospitals to provide the service unless it is legalised.Abortion is legal in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the ACT.In Victoria, a woman can choose to have an abortion until she is 24 weeks pregnant and in Western Australia, termination is legal within the first 20 weeks.READ MORE: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/labor-promises-free-abortions-if-it-wins-government-at-election/10873612
DES MOINES — Staff for three U.S. Senators running for president scrambled to arrange campaign events around the state this weekend during a brief break in the senate’s impeachment trial. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told a crowd in Sioux City last night he had planned to spend this week campaigning here.“I can’t do that now because I’ve got a constitutional responsibility,” Sanders said, “and unlike the president of the United States, I actually believe in the constitution.”Sanders said he has “zero idea” what the impeachment trial’s schedule may be this week — or how long it may go in February.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren had to cancel an event in Burlington because of the impeachment trial’s Saturday morning session, but added one in Davenport Saturday night. Warren spent the weekend traveling through eastern Iowa and met with a group of volunteer leaders in Cedar Rapids before flying back to Washington.“I’m there for the trial and I will be there for the trial, but it’s very hard not to be here in Iowa” Warren told Radio Iowa Sunday morning. “I’m very grateful that so many people have volunteered, have engaged, have said: ‘We know you’re in Washington, so we’ll get out there.’”Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is boarding a 6 a.m. flight to D.C. this morning.“It is with some bitter sweet sentiments ’cause I know I’m going back to do good,” Klobuchar told Radio Iowa Sunday evening, “but I would love to be here.”Klobuchar said she had intended to make another 99-county tour this month, after completing one at the end of December. Klobuchar suggests there’s now more pressure on Republican senators to call former National Security director John Bolton as a witness in the impeachment trial. On Sunday night, The New York Times reported Bolton’s book draft alleges President Trump wanted to freeze aid to Ukraine until the country investigated Joe Biden and other Democrats.“With Mr. Bolton saying that exactly what we said happened — happened, for them to deny him testifying would be wrong,” Klobuchar said, “so that’s what I’m going back to work on.”Former Vice President Joe Biden told an audience in Ankeny he expects to be a focus of Trump’s impeachment defense, but Biden suggested it will not be an issue for Iowa Caucus-goers as they make their decision next Monday night.“I’m not sure it will because so far it hasn’t,” Biden told Radio Iowa Saturday evening. “I mean, they’ve beaten the living hell out of me and my numbers have gone up, not down.”Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appeared at a town hall hosted by Fox News last night and the first audience question was whether Trump should be removed from office.“If he’s not, it’s going to send a message that this Senate, or at least Senate Republicans today think that it’s okay to cheat, it’s okay to involve a foreign government or pressure a foreign government to get involved in American elections,” Buttigieg said.Buttigieg said the American people will have the last word, at the ballot box.