Update for Monday 13th February 2017

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The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable former Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015) will deliver a lecture entitled Brexit and the North-South Divide.

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15 April 1989: an inescapable crush on the terraces at Hillsborough Stadium at an FA Cup Semi-Final led to the deaths of 96 men, women and children. Throughout the subsequent investigations and inquiries, those who died and survived were vilified publicly amid police allegations of drunkenness, violence, criminal and abusive behaviour. The families’ unrelenting campaign for truth recovery, spanning two decades, led to disclosure of all existing documents to an Independent Panel. Its definitive 2012 report revealed institutional mendacity, corrupted evidence and partial investigation. This brought an unreserved Government apology, an ongoing criminal investigation into all agencies involved and an unprecedented IPCC investigation into the policing of Hillsborough. It also led to new inquests, commencing March 2014 through to April 2016 and the momentous verdict that the 96 had been killed unlawfully. The jury’s narrative verdict levelled 25 criticisms against the authorities and the club. It exonerated the fans.

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Currently touring across Europe and US, Influx is a highly acclaimed documentary that exposes the complexity of the new patterns of Italian immigration to London (UK). Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, the director Luca Vullo reveals ‘the pulse’ of Italy and Italians through the perspective of both well-established and newly arrived immigrants in London. In a period when European immigration is continuously debated in politics, and after the controversial outcome of the Brexit referendum, this documentary will provide much food for thought.

The screening will be introduced by Influx’s director and producer Luca Vullo. After the screening, he will be joined by Dr Marco Paoli (Head of Italian, Lecturer in Italian and Film Studies, University of Liverpool) who will chaired an exciting Q&A.

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View on liverpoolsmallcinema.org.uk

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The next generation of atomic clocks, based on forbidden optical transitions in laser-cooled atoms and ions, have reached such high accuracies that a future redefinition of the second can be anticipated. However even before a redefinition, these clocks will enable unprecedented tests of fundamental physics to be performed.

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An archaeologist and comedian (same person, Paul Duncan McGarrity) sits in a room and answers your questions on any subject as honestly as possible. Could be rude, probably crude. Be prepared to talk candidly with the protection of context.

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Baroness Doreen Massey of Darwen has been a Labour Peer in the House of Lords since 1999 and has a particular commitment to promoting children's rights.
She was formerly a teacher and education advisor, graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BA in French Language and Literature and a PGCE in Education. She also has an MA in health education in which she subsequently specialised, with a particular focus on preventing drug and alcohol misuse and promoting sexual health.

Baroness Massey has been involved in a number of children's rights-related committees in the House of Lords. She currently sits on the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee which led the recent inquiry into the situation of unaccompanied migrant children in Europe. She previously led the all-party Children Group and has been involved in inquiries relating to affordable childcare, adoption and the age of criminal responsibility. She is also a Parliamentary Delegate to the Council of Europe, working on issues relating to violence against children.

Baroness Massey encourages young people to understand politics and how democracy works and actively promotes the participation of children in Parliamentary activities.

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Machine learning, the technology that teaches machines to learn for themselves from pure data, is the current innovation that’s making Artificial Intelligence hit the headlines.

Come and learn about the evolution and revolution of machine learning through the story of Featurespace, a UK start-up following in the steps of Autonomy and DeepMind. The company is the commercialisation of an idea of a university professor who conducted research on machine learning.
Martina King, CEO of Featurespace, will talk about the defining ideas behind Featurespace, how real people behaving in real-time are at the centre of Featurespace’s machine learning approach, and how machine learning is changing the way business works.

So, hear about machine learning in action and then decide it for yourself whether it is the transformative technology promised.

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