There is growing support for these ideas and it is already happening in a number of UK universities.” Professor Hopper has co-founded a dozen spin-outs and start-ups, including Virata, a global chip company and more recently RealVNC and Ubisense. Hopper also collaborated with Hermann Hauser for his earlier venture at Acorn Computers. His talk last night also argued that the Government is not doing enough to harness the UK’s rich seam of engineering skills and innovation and needs to do more to encourage young people to follow careers in science and technology. Professor William Webb, CEO of the Weightless SIG and Cambridge Wireless Board member said, “It was a pleasure and inspiration to hear Professor Hopper present his views on a topic that is imperative to the wireless industry characterised by the growing number of companies that make up the Cambridge cluster. There is so much potential in university IP that it is only logical that the companies best placed to exploit and develop it should be granted easy access.” The Prestigious Lectures Series has been specially designed and created for Cambridge Wireless Founder Members and is chaired by Professor William Webb. The Andy Hopper lecture was sponsored by Rohde & Schwarz. For more information please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk or follow on Twitter – #CWLecture About Cambridge Wireles Cambridge Wireless is a leading industry forum and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of companies actively involved in the development and application of wireless technologies. In addition to high level networking dinners and events, a strong educational programme and business development activities, Cambridge Wireless runs the annual Future of Wireless International Conference along with the prestigious Discovering Start-Ups programme and competition to support emerging, innovative wireless companies. Sixteen Special Interest Groups focused on specific technologies and market sectors, also provide opportunities for members to meet, form partnerships to exploit new commercial opportunities, and share knowledge and information about the latest industry trends and hot topics. Cambridge Wireless has partnerships with other leading industry clusters and organisations around the world to extend its international reach and to keep members up to date with the latest global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk For more information, please contact: Lily Cheng Cambridge Wireless – 01223 422365, firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Rennison or Allie Andrews PRPR – 01442 245030, email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org ((M2 Communications disclaims all liability for information provided within M2 PressWIRE. Data supplied by named party/parties.
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Canada’s leader is boycotting the meeting and human rights groups are urging others to do so because the groups say Sri Lanka has failed to address abuses during the civil war and ensure reconciliation since it ended in 2009. Prince Charles will represent Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the Commonwealth at the meeting next month in the capital, Colombo. The British government will be represented by Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka John Rankin said Tuesday evening. “The British government will come with a clear message that Sri Lanka needs to make concrete progress on human rights, reconciliation and a political settlement,” Rankin told the Colombo-based Foreign Correspondents Association. Sri Lanka has been peaceful since the nearly three-decade war, which ended when the government troops crushed the Tamil Tiger rebels who fought to create a separate state for the ethnic minority Tamils. Still, rights groups say the government has been squelching dissent and suppressing the judiciary. “The end of the physical conflict was of course only the beginning,” said Rankin, stressing that the next tasks are “accountability that arose from events during the conflict and to achieve lasting reconciliation between Sri Lanka’s communities.” He also cited progress in such areas as infrastructure development in the war-torn areas and resettlement of many war-displaced people. Australia and Britain have pushed for engagement with Sri Lanka rather than isolating it and have encouraged countries to participate in the Commonwealth leaders’ meeting in Sri Lanka despite the calls for the boycott. Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would not attend due to human rights concerns and he threatened to cut off funding to the Commonwealth group. Harper has accused Sri Lanka of failing to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values. Sri Lanka has rejected Harper’s comments, saying “he has his own political obligations.” The Commonwealth is a loose association of 54 members, mostly former British colonies, and the leadership summit is biennial. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
View gallery A Royal Mail Post Office is seen in London, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. British Business Secretary Vince Cable defended the government’s sale of a majority stake in Royal Mail on Wednesday, saying that more than 700,000 retail investors have sought shares in the initial public offering. The government would raise between 1.04 billion pounds and 1.72 billion pounds based on these figures.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) LONDON (AP) Postal workers in Britain have voted overwhelmingly in favor of going on strike over issues linked to the privatizing of Royal Mail. The Communication Workers Union said Wednesday that 78 percent of its members who voted in a strike ballot backed a 24-hour walkout on Nov. 4. Turnout was 63 percent of the union’s 115,000 members. The strike vote comes despite government efforts to win the support of union members by giving them shares in the newly formed company. Workers fear that the company, which traces its history back 500 years, will trim staff numbers in an effort to modernize and maximize profits for shareholders. Labor Issues Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, a noted liberal, threw the Constitution figuratively at GOP Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday night, as tensions flared in the debt-ceiling debate. National Constitution Center