THE STATE OF THE NATION

first_imgOften, I feel the country is going mad, continually trying to buy on price, rather than on quality.With the public’s obsession in buying everything as cheaply as they can, we are shopping ourselves out of jobs. More and more factories are closing down in the UK. And the supermarkets hold much of the responsibility for this insane rush to lower prices. In reality, many of our remaining factories are importers – and often only assembly plants at best – as they source their products from overseas. If we cannot create jobs for everyone, where is the money coming from to buy the goods?I have always said I do very little wholesale and never intend to try to supply supermarkets. I feel that those chasing that business have a tendency towards volume addiction. But why should I borrow or use my money to put in extra plant – and even buildings – to provide products for someone else? That would mean I take the risk and they take the profits. Once you get hooked, I suppose it’s like riding a bicycle – once you stop pedalling, you fall off.Recently, I read in The Times that scientists claim that, within 20 years, there will be smart drugs that will make us think faster, improve memory and reduce tiredness. It reminds me of that old song, Why was I Born So Soon? Gosh, how I would love to have that pill.There is no doubt about it, the public sector is the place to be if you want short working hours, high pay, little stress and high pensions. Public sector workers across the board take 30% more days off sick than private sector workers, according to statistics.Then, their trade unions claim it is the extra stress they work under. I call it skiving off.Our MD, Neville, runs the firm without much help from me. When he tells me his staff problems, I confess I could not deal with the utter stupidity of the employment rules, which the idiots in government keep introducing. They will inevitably lead to unemployment. More time is spent on trying to remove a poorly performing member of staff with a bad attitude than on trying to improve the business.The total unfairness of it is that, if a member of staff does not like my face, they are at liberty to say, “I think you are ugly and I am not going to work for you.” This, I feel, is probably justified, as I don’t look like Cary Grant.But just think what would happen if I said to a member of staff, “I don’t like your attitude. You never smile and you depress everyone around you, so you must leave and find employment where you can be happy.” I would be in an industrial tribunal before you could say “goodbye”. And they call that fair? Unemployment is a bit like old age; it just keeps getting closer. nlast_img read more

Lee Dixon defends Freddie Ljungberg and singles out Sokratis and Lucas Torreira for Brighton’s winner

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Dec 2019 12:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link104Shares Comment The Gunners suffered another hugely disappointing defeat on Thursday night (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Lee Dixon believes the players – not interim manager Freddie Ljungberg – must take responsibility for their latest defeat and criticised the team’s defending for Brighton’s winner.The Gunners have not won a Premier League match for two months and suffered another disappointing night at the Emirates on Thursday, with Neal Maupay’s late strike securing a 2-1 victory for the visitors.But Dixon was keen to avoid placing the blame on Ljungberg, who has only had a few days to work with the squad, and says the players must start stepping up. Advertisement Sokratis, highlighted top left, ran halfway up the pitch (Picture: Amazon Prime Video)‘The back four is in a decent position, it’s a free-kick, you should be able to defend that. Sokratis gets tight, that’s good, but as soon as he starts to go wandering off down the line, just pass him off onto the midfield player in front of you and get back in the box.‘In the end it’s two-versus-one in the middle, Torreira goes in to help out then goes “you know what, I’m just going to go out there” because he gets hoodwinked by the little pass. But you’ve got to protect the middle of the goal.’MORE: Freddie Ljungberg reacts to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang running to the toilet during Arsenal defeatAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Mesut Ozil launches angry rant at Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to BrightonMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Lee Dixon defends Freddie Ljungberg and singles out Sokratis and Lucas Torreira for Brighton’s winner Dixon was on punditry duty at the Emirates and wasn’t impressed with what he saw (Getty)Speaking on Amazon Prime Video, the former Arsenal defender explained: ‘I would like to think he put a bit of responsibility on them, and said let’s watch the video together of the Norwich game, where did we [go wrong].AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They’re intelligent football players, they wouldn’t be playing at this level if they didn’t have some level of intelligence, football intelligence, being able to look at a game with their manager and the coach and say “oh, look at that gap there, look at that back four running off because there’s no pressure on the ball and let’s make sure we don’t do that against Brighton at home”.‘And I think maybe at home, they wanted to win, wanted to please everybody and get off to a winning start. But because Brighton were so organised and so good at just snuffing them out in the middle of the park and then hitting them on the break, they kind of lost all fathom of what they were doing again and those gaps opened up.‘But as a player, surely if you’re Granit Xhaka or a midfield player, you’re looking at that area going, “I’m on my own here and I’ve got three or four running at me”. How can that be right? So work it out for yourself, it’s not all Freddie’s fault.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDixon was particularly scathing about Arsenal’s defending for Maupay’s winner and criticised Sokratis for following the ball and Lucas Torreira – who had covered the wandering Greek defender – for leaving his man at the last minute.He continued: ‘Just look at Sokratis, he’s the right-sided centre-back and he goes chasing the ball. Now you’ve got to get back, too late, Torreira goes back into the middle and all of a sudden just leaves his man, Luiz has got two guys in the box. Little things like that. Advertisementlast_img read more

Did Police Director Apologize to Senate?

first_imgAn authoritative source close to the leadership of the 53rd Senate has confided in the Daily Observer that embattled Director of the Liberia National Police, Christian Clarence Massaquoi, has finally written the Senate a letter of apology as ordered by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.President Sirleaf recently informed the Senate that she had reprimanded Director Massaquoi and suspended him for two days; giving him time to write a letter of apology and hand deliver it to the plenary.The communication from the Police Chief, according to the source, was one of several items placed on last Thursday, January 30,  Agenda/Oder of Business, but failed to go through the normal plenary procedure of it being firstly read, and if necessary, debated and adopted to form part of the working tool for that sitting.Before the Secretary of the Senate could go into the proposed agenda, the presiding officer, Senator Clarice Jah, then informed her colleagues that she had received a request from Vice President Joseph N. Boakai for an audience with that body for five minutes. This meeting ran for hours and eventually ended unceremoniously due to the day’s scheduled activities.The current ‘bad blood’ between the Executive and Legislature (Senate) is resultant from unfinished business brought forward from the second session. This situation arises from a complaint from Gbarpolu Senator, J.S. Theodore Momoh, against Director Massaquoi for insulting and threatening to assault him while en-route to work.The plenary there and then presided over by Maryland County Senator, H. Dan Morias, in a vengeful mood agreed that the Senate request President Sirleaf to disrobe Director Massaquoi and prosecute him for  an act of mutiny after he deployed a large number of police on the grounds of the Capitol Building last September.It was announced weeks later, contrary to an earlier decision to call for disrobement of the Police boss, the Senate was requesting President Sirleaf to take appropriate action to serve as a deterrent against Mr. Massaquoi in line with her Constitutional provision.Late Monday, unconfirmed reports filtered in that the leadership of the Senate was expected to meet with President Sirleaf last evening upon her return to the country from Ethiopia.Whatever outcome transpires between the two branches of Government, members of the 53rd Senate will this morning fulfill their Constitutional mandate that dictates they hold plenary sittings twice a week to discuss national/international and bilateral issues for the development agenda of the country to make laws that are in the best interest of the country and its people.If the 7th day sitting goes ahead today in accordance with the Constitution, the long-awaited report from the Committee on Banking and Currency; the report from the Ways, Means, Finance and Budget  Committee on the “Act to provide Fifteen Percent of the Fiscal National Budget for County Development will be conspicuously present on the agenda.Also expected on the agenda is the controversial communication from the House of Representatives on the placement of US$73,000,000 in the 2014/2015 National Budget and subsequent budgets for development purposes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Distec: robust, sunlight readable 7-inch TFT display from Ortustech

first_imgDistec now offers Ortustech’s transflective 7-inch TFT display COM70H7M24ULC with perfect readability even in very difficult environmental conditions. The New Blanview technology ensures a particularly high-contrast and color-true display and very low power consumption at the same time – even in direct sunlight and without an active backlight. For easy control with extended interfaces and backlight driver, Distec developed the adapter board IF420-00 and can also supply a completely assembled display-interface unit on request. The rugged display has a wide operating temperature range and is specified for vibration of up to 6.8 G. It withstands extremely harsh environmental conditions and is ideal for mobile applications in industry, agriculture and construction.The compact display with WVGA resolution (800×480) features a brightness of 400cd/m². The long-life LED backlight promises a lifetime of 100,000 hours. This corresponds to a period of more than 11 years of continuous operation before reaching half the original brightness. With an operating temperature range of -30 to +85 °C, the COM70H7M24ULC withstands frost and heat easily and is the perfect solution for mobile devices and outdoor use. An optional glass cover protects the display surface from scratches, prevents the ingress of dirt and allows for easy cleaning with conventional cleaning agents.The display is controlled via flex cable with an LVDS interface. To simplify the direct connection to a graphics card, Distec provides the adapter board IF420-00 for easy control: It converts the interface of the display to a standard LVDS and backlight interface and also features an on-board driver for the LED backlight. The IF420-00 is suitable for the COM70H7M24ULC and also for Ortustech’s connection-compatible 5-inch display COM50H5N01ULC. On request, Distec supplies the IF420-00 already mounted on the back of the TFT display as a complete solution.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser displays new sensor tech at Sensors Expo 2019Next Swissbit: USB 3.1 flash drive key for industrial applicationslast_img read more