After the first world war, the main industries of South Wales were agriculture and coal mining. Like most of Europe at the time, British factories were running at a low capacity and then came along the Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was a program that sent massive amounts of aid from the United States of America to Europe in order to help the European economies recover from the war. One of the biggest companies that benefitted from the Marshall Plan was the British Badger Rubber Company. As part of the Marshall Plan, Britain began investing in high speed rail to help facilitate the export of the rubber. In 1953, Britain built a high speed rail network from their Swansea factory to Liverpool. This link allowed the British Badger Rubber Company to ship their products to the rest of the United Kingdom in one day. After the British Badger Rubber Company found that they were making a profit from exporting their products, they began looking for a site that they could make a second rubber factory and the Welsh village of Ystradfellte was chosen. This was due to it being the location of a former thermal spa, which was said to cure any skin disease. The project was called “Badger Hole House” and had been commissioned by the British Badger Rubber Company in order to create the UK’s first purpose built plastic surgery hospital. The new site for the factory was situated on what is now known as Graig farm. The Badger Hole House was constructed using a steel frame and because of this, it was the first industrial building in the UK to have this technology. The building was constructed in a nine sided form so that it could take advantage of the fact that the area around the Badger Hole House was a wind tunnel. The frame of the building was not solid. It consisted of three steel ribs that went through the centre of the building.
In a move that will massively alter the business of newspapers in the United States, the Los Angeles Times and other big name newspaper companies have agreed to charge fees for people to view full-page advertisements. The agreement also appears to mark the start of a wave of similar announcements coming from other major newspapers that, after years of watching advertising revenue drop as newspapers struggled to adapt to the digital age, have decided it is time to rake in some extra revenue. “This agreement will give our advertisers an opportunity to reach and engage our readers while generating more revenue for our newsroom, helping us continue to provide the independent and local news that our readers rely on,” said Orlando Sentinel publisher and editor Kristen M. Utecht in a press release announcing the deal. “It also provides further choice and transparency to our readers by offering the ability to select only the portion of an ad they want to see, reducing their exposure to visual ads that can detract from their reading experience. The agreement demonstrates the willingness of companies of all sizes to provide their advertisers with such flexibility.” Under the agreement, the Los Angeles Times will make all digital advertisements 15% more expensive to view. The LA Times’ deal with Google, currently under review by the Office of the California Attorney General, will reportedly help the newspaper “address its significant revenue shortfall,” in part by charging for full-page advertisements for the first time in almost half a century. According to a memo sent to employees by the Los Angeles Times’ publisher, David Chavern, the newspaper’s average daily circulation fell 15% in the second half of 2014 to 190,810. Meanwhile, ad revenue dropped $17.6 million between August and December of 2014 and is expected to drop $40 million in 2015. The Times’ circulation dropped 14% in the last half of 2014 to 178,897. “[T]he ad revenue declines make it essential that we find new sources of revenue to help offset our overall operating costs,” Chavern wrote. “This is the first step in that process.” “Some newspapers have tried charging for online content or requiring readers to pay for online access to newspapers’ daily content,” writes media columnist Steve Lopez in the LA Times. “But such price structures have mostly done little to stem the steady decline in readership and advertising revenue.” The LA Times is hardly the first major newspaper to embrace the idea of charging for advertising. The Washington Post has run three different pricing models in the past year, charging readers different fees for various ads. The most recent change was to adopt a paywall, with some ads served free and others only if a reader is willing to pay for them. The New York Times already charges online readers to view videos, as well as some online-only advertising. The Washington Post reportedly pays about $70 million a year in so-called “ad page
Social style dance (also known as social dance or school dance) is a dance that was developed to keep both physical and mental balance. Usually it’s done with both people. Social dance is what it is now in the first place as a few kids tried it. This is going to be a hands-on activity for an hour, one on one. The best way to introduce social style dance is to make one of the first moves. This will give them the feel of what it is all about. They will get that out of the way. Now it’s time to move and groove. The leader will provide cues and turns and let the participant keep a rhythmic feel while changing the levels of intensity. They will have to figure it out on their own how to feel it. This class is suitable for all ages, with very few steps. In order to feel it, you need to try it. This class is in large group; it may not be the best for beginners or children. It will be at a moderate to fast pace. Cost: $8/person; $30/family
Barry Mearns, who has been acting chief executive since September 2016, has been offered the permanent job The Hoffmann management committee has appointed a “transition management committee” to “manage the general election transition” and prepare for Hoffmann’s eventual departure in October 2019. Barry Mearns, an accountant, was made acting chief executive in September 2016. He is a chartered accountant and has been chief executive of the Savills property development business since 2007. Kathy Bennett has been appointed chairman of the transition management committee, and Kevin Carmody, Chris and Stephen Deutschman, Donal Murray and Doug Higgins have been appointed to other roles in the management committee, which includes chairman Kevin O’Loughlin, president and COO Ruth Neely, chief financial officer Ciara Sheehy, chief operating officer Ivan Daly and Niall Rafferty, group operations and IT officer. The group has appointed CAAXIS Corporate