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Why Does My Brain Sleep?
We spend one third of our lives asleep, yet doctors and scientists still have no complete understanding as to why. It is one of the last great scientific mysteries. This talk will describe new discoveries suggesting that, far from being a time when the brain is dormant, sleep is a highly active process critical for a constellation of different functions. These include the importance of sleep for learning, memory and brain plasticity. Furthermore, a role for sleep in intelligently synthesizing new memories together will be examined, the result of which is next-day creative insights. Finally, a new role for sleep in regulating emotional brain networks will be discussed, optimally preparing us for next day social and psychological challenges.
Matthew Walker earned his PhD in neurophysiology from the Medical Research Council in London, UK, and subsequently became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School in 2004. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of California Berkeley. He is the recipient of funding awards from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In 2006 he became a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. His research examines the impact of sleep on human brain function in healthy and disease populations.
China slowdown puts investors on edge over luxury goods – Analyst
Slowdown in China doesn’t seem to be hurting Burberry. The luxury goods group is maintaining its full-year guidance this morning after beating analysts’ forecasts with an 18% rise in Q1 sales. But it’s still expecting first-half profit to be lower than last year. But ETX Capital’s Mark Priest says be cautious – Burberry is still vulnerable
Matthew Hussey | The Psychology of Entrepreneurship
Matthew Hussey, declared the “Anthony Robbins of the 21st century” by 21 Convention architect Anthony Dream Johnson, Matthew’s rise to success as a speaker and a coach has been meteoric. From beginning as a one to one coach working with people in coffee shops, he now runs programmes across the globe for people looking to take every area of their lives to the next level.
With packed out seminar rooms from London to New York, he is a rising star in the speaking world and is gaining international status as a life strategist — transforming the lives of individuals of all ages, from every walk of life.
Matthew has created two major coaching companies that cater to customers from all across the world. The first, http://www.matthewhussey.com started as Matthew’s very own passion project. This has been built into a world-renowned service for peak performance coaching where he now has the full backing of a whole team of experts. His creations include specialist programmes on confidence, impact, and full life transformation retreats held in 5 star locations globally. Here clients spend 6 days in luxury villas in exotic locations where they have their own private chef and are coached by Matthew personally the entire time. Recent retreats have included Nice and Florida. His larger seminars take place anywhere from London to packed out rooms in New York’s Times Square.
Matthew soon become known for his extensive coaching and research into the world of human attraction, resulting in his latest venture, http://www.gettheguy.co.uk which exploded onto the scene in 2008, immediately gaining mass media attention in both the UK and the United States. The company recently released a DVD program which has already been reviewed by Okay Magazine, and Matthew’s notoriety in the area of human attraction landed him a spot as the resident dating expert on ITV’s This Morning as well as being a regular columnist for Now magazine.
Matthew has now been featured on major TV stations across the world. He’s provided advice on CNN, GMTV, The Today Show for America, NBC, and featured on a primetime BBC3 series ‘Undercover Princesses’. Matthew is also featuring in a new prime time series for Living TV ‘House of Grazia’ (released June 2011) and is the primary expert on a brand new prime time MTV series (which will be released globally to 60 nations in October 2011).
Under his MH brand he has been contracted to work with various prestigious individuals and large corporations. Private clients have included directors of major FTSE 500 companies including Morgan Stanley, hedge fund managers, and even royalty.
He has also partnered with major institutions in charities. In 2010 he was invited to lecture at Oxford University to the department of Neuroethics. Other talks include training for teachers at the highly regarded ‘Teach First’ annual conference, and a charity speech with members of the royal family at the Children In Crisis annual dinner.
He has become known for partnering with renowned global brands. In 2010 he worked side by side with makeup company Bare Escentuals on the launch of their new foundation product, and with Hugo Boss on the launch of their major 2010 fragrance, Boss Bottled Night. He has now been contracted to work with the large cologne chain ‘The Perfume Shop’ to increase their brand presence in 2011.
In mid 2010 he hosted the ‘Sales Consultant Of The Year Awards’ for Proctor and Gamble. He also worked with the entire women’s network of US Legal giant Weil-Gotshal in empowering them in a corporate environment, as well as the senior employees of Accenture in improving their confidence and impact in the workplace.
Through his database and his clients, Matthew now works with tens of thousands of people across the world every year. Clients fly from all over the world to visit his programs in London, as well as travelling to be part of his immersive life-transformational retreats.
The Future of Inspiration: Mark Pawsey
Mark trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London winning the Liverpool Playhouse Award and an honors diploma in Stage Management. He spent 15 years in London’s West End working on shows such as “Steel Magnolias”, “Taboo — The Boy George Musical” and original productions of “The Woman in Black” and “Phantom of the Opera.”
In 1996 after he attendeed Cirque de Soleil’s production of Satimbanco at the Royal Alberta Hall in London, Mark knew he wanted to run away with the circus. In 1998 he joined the European and then North American tours of Alegria and Quidam before venturing to Las Vegas for five years to work on the resident show Zumanity and then with ZED at Tokyo Disney in Japan.
Currently as the Artistic Director of Amaluna, Mark is responsible for maintaining the quality and integrity of the show as it tours North America, as well as managing all the artists and the artistic team on tour. Amaluna is his fifth Cirque de Soleil production.
Philanthropy: How Best to Give?
How does an individual who wants to make a difference sift through the myriad NGOs, charitable organisations and investment funds all claiming that they are transforming lives and expectations in the developing world? How can one be sure that a donation will be well spent and how does one measure the results? In short, how best to give?
In the second of their unmissable series, Tomorrow’s Horizons, Intelligence Squared and Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management showcased some of the brightest and best ideas about how to give at the Corinthia Hotel in London.
Where are all the Billionaires? Why should We Care?: Victor Haghani
Victor Haghani uses the puzzle of the missing billionaires to help us explore how and why most investors fail to capture the returns offered by the market. He puts forward a simple but powerful solution for those who aren’t satisfied with the status quo: it’s called “Active Index Investing.” This approach combines the best features of low-cost index funds with the appealing and successful aspects of active management, all for 1/10th the price that many investors currently pay. (filmed at TEDx St Paul’s School for Boys, London)
Victor Haghani has spent nearly 30 years actively involved in markets and financial innovation. He started his career in 1984 in bond portfolio analysis research at Salomon Brothers, and later became a managing director in the bond arbitrage group run by John Meriwether. In 1993 Victor became a founding partner of Long-Term Capital Management. His participation in the failure of LTCM was a life-changing experience that led him to question and revise much of the way he thought about the economy, markets and investing. Since that time he has been involved in a variety of activities, including research and lecturing at the London School of Economics (his alma mater), where he is a senior research associate in the Financial Markets Group. Through a careful study of the academic literature on investing and many thought-provoking discussions with friends, colleagues, and investors of all backgrounds, Victor concluded that savers can and should do much better. He founded Elm Partners in 2011 to help investors manage their savings in an efficient and disciplined manner, and to capture the long term returns they ought to earn.
Andrew Hay, Knight Frank‘s Global Head of Residential Research answers common questions on why HNWIs are investing in prime property, where HNWIs are coming from and going to, where are HNWIs investing in prime property? Where are HNWI located? Where would I invest $30 million?
The Wealth Report: Commercial Property discussion with Jeremy Waters & James Roberts
CommercIal property is back. As private investors look to increase their exposure to the global economic recovery, the Wealth Report 2013 looks at where the smart money is heading. Jeremy Waters, partner at Knight Frank and James Roberts, head of Commercial Research discuss the findings.
The Wealth Report 2013: Examining High Net Worth Individuals from around the world
Creating wealth, it seems, is hardwired into us as a species. The total number of HNWIs around the world is increasing once more, despite the global economy still suffering from the aftershocks of the credit crunch and the ensuing financial crisis. much of this wealth creation is taking place in the world’s new economic powerhouses, but london and new york are still considered the most important cities for the super-rich — at least for now…
Afra Raymond: Three myths about corruption
Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed — that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a reframing of financial crime.
A leading expert in the fields of property valuation and project management, Afra Raymond is battling the government corruption rampant in his country, Trinidad and Tobago.
WHY YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
Afra Raymond calls out government corruption, demanding more transparency and accountability from the leaders of Trinidad and Tobago. His work in recent years has focused on the CL Financial collapse of 2009 and subsequent government bailout, which Raymond says operated “with different laws of physics” than bailouts of financial institutions in other countries. Writing on topics like white-collar crime, good governance and national development, Raymond shows that corruption shouldn’t be a given. He wrote the column “Property Matters” in The Business Guardian from 2004 through 2012. Now, he writes on his own website, AfraRaymond.com.
Raymond looks at corruption through his lens as an expert in the fields of property valuation, project appraisal, development planning and management. He is a Chartered Surveyor and Managing Director of Raymond & Pierre Limited and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in January 2011. He has served on a number of Boards in various positions including Executive Member of the Federation of Black Housing Organizations (FBHO) in London, Board member of the Trinidad Building & Loan Association (TBLA), Director of EPL Properties Limited (EPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eastern Credit Union (ECU) and Immediate Past-President of the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad & Tobago (ISTT).
“Afra Raymond is a Trinidad and Tobago journalist whose effective work on the CL Financial scandal has continually exposed the unethical and illegal actions of many of the main players in the financial debacle. ” Barbados Free Press
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Bloomberg Interview – Pierre Mouton : Economy recover
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give – Winston Churchill
Armstrong admits to doping during Winfrey interview
Although American media had widely speculated that Armstrong would admit to cheating in the interview, neither Winfrey nor Armstrong would confirm the report, in which the newspaper cited an anonymous source.
“We are not confirming any specific details regarding the interview at this time,” a spokesman for Oprah’s network OWN told Reuters.
The report did not say which drugs Armstrong admitted to using, and the American’s attorney and his spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Armstrong, 41, has always vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs and had never tested positive to a doping test. But the evidence against him has been overwhelming.
Oprah, on Twitter, offered little more herself other than to say Armstrong came prepared for the interview, which will be broadcast on Thursday.
“Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours. He came READY,” Winfrey tweeted.
But the television host hinted she would provide some more snippets, confirming she would appear on CBS television on Tuesday morning to talk about the interview.
CBS reported Armstrong had indicated he may be willing to testify against others involved in illegal doping and was in talks about repaying part of the taxpayer money he earned during his career.
The unconfirmed reports about his admissions followed Armstrong’s apology to the staff of the cancer foundation he had started over difficulties they may have experienced because of the doping controversy.
“He had a private conversation with the staff, who have done the important work of the foundation for many years,” said Livestrong Foundation spokeswoman Katherine McLane.
“It was a very sincere and heartfelt expression of regret over any stress that they’ve suffered over the course of the last few years as a result of the media attention,” she said.
Shortly after, Armstrong joined his legal team to meet with Winfrey for an interview described as “no-holds-barred.”
The interview was supposed to take place at Armstrong’s Texas home but was switched to a hotel in downtown Austin after news crews camped outside his house before dawn.
SWIFT FALL FROM GRACE
A former cancer survivor who went on to become the greatest cyclist the world has seen, Armstrong’s fall from grace has been as swift and spectacular as his rise through the French alps.
Long dogged by accusations he cheated his way to the top, an October report from the U.S. anti-doping body USADA ultimately triggered his rapid slide.
USADA exposed Armstrong as a liar and a cheat, describing him as the ringmaster of the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” involving anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, blood transfusions and other doping.
Former Armstrong teammates at his U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel outfits, where he won his seven successive Tour titles from 1999 to 2005, testified against him as well as admitting to their own wrongdoing.
The mountain of evidence was overwhelming, and when Armstrong decided not to fight the charges against him, his Tour de France victories were quickly nullified. He was banned from cycling for life.
His sponsors, which had remained loyal to him, began deserting him and he stood down as chairman of Livestrong. Legal issues began to mount.
His former teammate Floyd Landis, a self-confessed cheat, filed a lawsuit against him for defrauding the U.S. government, while the London-based Sunday Times is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit.
Armstrong could also be forced to pay back amounts including $7.5 million to SCA Promotions, a Dallas-based company that paid him a bonus for his Tour de France wins.
Throughout it all, Armstrong remained silent, unrepentant and seemingly unconcerned as the cycling world was left reeling by the revelations.
That was until last week, when he announced he had agreed to an interview with Winfrey, prompting speculation he was ready to confess he cheated.
Our greatest test comes when we are weary and think we should give up