In a fast-paced narrative that moves between the NFL trenches, America’s research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science, League of Denial examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research — a campaign with echoes of Big Tobacco’s fight to deny the connection between smoking and lung cancer.
Part 1 Caledonia – Midlands
In a bid to assess the health of Club rugby in Scotland, I’ve started to review where Club youth sections are at. This is building on the work last season to monitor match fulfillment rates in youth & schools and senior 1st xvs.
Motion 1 at the SRU AGM failed to meet the 2/3rds majority required for it to be implemented, but it’s a bit disingenious to say the only reason it fell was due to the word “determination” in respect of the Boards powers to change the leagues and, international tickets.
Whilst we’ve been holding our breath this week waiting for the official announcement that two South African teams are joining the Pro 12/13/14 competition, we’ve had plenty to keep us occupied with stories coming out of Murrayfield (whether from official or unofficial sources).
It’s make or break time for pro rugby across the world, with the first battlelines being drawn around the Pro 12 playing field. Continue reading Make or Break Time for Pro Rugby
LTG have today issued a trading update up to the end of June, where they say first half revenue is up 62.5%. Their plan to build an international business with revenues in excess of £50 million appears to be on track. Continue reading Integration of NetDimensions going to plan with full benefit of synergies expected in 2018
Second report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.
We have billions of £s being spent in IT projects, but an Axelos report suggests that 40% of these are on course to fail – so what do we need to do to improve the odds of success.
They’ve identified the main issues as:
- significant changes to the project brief (45 per cent);
- unrealistic timeframes (41 per cent);
- an incomplete understanding of the risks (48 per cent);
- projects not resourced with the right people (42 per cent);
- lack of a clearly defined goals (49 per cent), and
- overrun budgets (32 per cent)
But note, Axelos was set up to develop, manage and operate qualifications in project management methodology – so maybe a bit of vested interest in pushing for greater structure to project management.
A list of 17 rules for the new world of work from Seth Godins altMBA: Continue reading 17 Ideas for the modern world of work
The annual report is produced by the RSPB, BTO and the WWT as well as a number of statutory nature conservation agencies – Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Natural England (NE), the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Northern Ireland (DAERA), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Continue reading State of the UK’s Birds – 2016