Inuk woman details her fall into Ottawas sex trade to inquiry –

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard from an Inuk woman Tuesday who spent ten years in Ottawa’s sex trade.Mealia Sheutipik told the inquiry that she saw a murder when she was a young child and it took years to get over it.Her emotional testimony detailed how she ended up there and what Indigenous women need to do to get

Mourinho Eyes Victor Valdes After Thibaut Courtois Injury Blow

Rabat – FC Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, is allegedly interested in Manchester United’s Victor Valdes to replace Thibaut Courtois who will be out for a long time after sustaining a knee injury last week.Courtois, the Belgian international goalkeeper, suffered the injury during a training session with the club last week, prompting the Blues manager to think of signing another goalkeeper to offset his absence.A report by the Spanish media outlet AS said Mourinho wants to sign Victor Valdes during the winter transfer window in January. Apparently the technician is the one who has requested the signing of Valdes, he regards him as goalkeeper of “maximum guarantees,” the same source added.Valdes, 33, joined the Red Devils on an 18-month contract in January but has made just two appearances since leaving his former club Barcelona.Speculation started to gather steam about Valdes’ exit from the club when he was omitted from the squad during their pre-season tour in the USA.Earlier this week, a report by the Spanish website said Valdés is actively searching for a new club to move to during the upcoming winter transfer window in January.Media reports suggested that Valdes’ move to Chelsea is likely to happen in January, as Van Gaal demoted the Spaniard to “fourth-choice goalkeeper” since last July, and did not include him in the Champions League, a decision that has allegedly hurt the player.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

IIROC gains ability to enforce fines in Saskatchewan through the courts

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government has passed legislation that gives the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada the ability enforce its fines through the courts.The legislation also clarifies IIROC’s right to appeal a decision by a disciplinary hearing panel to the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan.The change means IIROC can enforce its fines through the courts in eight provinces and all three territories.The industry regulator still lacks the authority in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.IIROC is a national self-regulatory organization that oversees investment dealers and their trading activity.It completed 127 investigations, 52 prosecutions and imposed $4.1 million in sanctions last year.The Canadian Press

After nearly stalling in late 2012 US economy picks up but taxes

by Martin Crutsinger And Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2013 8:39 am MDT WASHINGTON – After nearly stalling in late 2012, the American economy quickened its pace early this year despite deep government cutbacks. The 2.5 per cent annual growth rate in the January-March quarter was fueled by the strongest consumer spending in two years.The question is: Can it last?Federal spending cuts, higher Social Security taxes and cautious businesses are likely to weigh on the economy in coming months.Most economists say they think growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, is slowing in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of about 2 per cent. Many predict growth will hover around that subpar level for the rest of the year.Friday’s Commerce Department report on GDP showed that consumers stepped up spending at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent in the January-March quarter — the biggest such jump since the end of 2010. Growth was also helped by businesses, which responded to the greater demand by rebuilding their stockpiles. And home construction rose further.Government spending sank at a 4.1 per cent annual rate, led by another deep cut in defence.Sal Guatieri, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, foresees more improvement in the second half of the year.“The second-half acceleration will be supported by improved household finances, pent-up demand for autos and the ongoing recovery in housing,” Guatieri says. “We are seeing significant housing-related consumer purchases in such areas as furniture.”GDP is the broadest gauge of the economy’s health. It measures the total output of goods and services produced in the United States, from haircuts and hamburgers to airplanes and automobiles.The government will provide two updated estimates of first-quarter growth based on more complete data. Whatever the revised data, estimated first-quarter growth will likely remain far above the economy’s scant 0.4 per cent growth rate in the October-December quarter.In a healthy economy, with an unemployment rate between 5 per cent and 6 per cent, GDP growth of 2.5 per cent or 3 per cent would be considered solid. But in today’s still-struggling recovery, with unemployment at 7.6 per cent, the economy needs faster growth to generate enough jobs to quickly shrink unemployment.Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, growth has remained weaker than usual after a severe downturn. In part, that’s because the recession followed the worst financial crisis since Great Depression. The economy expanded just 2.4 per cent in 2010, 1.8 per cent in 2011 and 2.2 per cent in 2012.This had been expected to be the year when growth would finally reach a more robust 3 per cent to 4 per cent pace. But across-the-board government spending cuts, which began taking effect March 1, have made that unlikely. The cuts are forcing agencies to furlough workers, reducing spending on public projects and making businesses nervous about investing and hiring.Unless Congress and the White House reach a deal to reverse them, the government spending cuts will continue through the end of the year and beyond.Consumers’ take-home pay has also fallen because President Barack Obama and Congress allowed a Social Security tax cut to expire. A person earning $50,000 a year has about $1,000 less to spend this year. A household with two high-paid workers has up to $4,500 less. Consumers’ take-home pay is crucial to the economy because their spending drives roughly 70 per cent of growth.Americans appeared to shake off the tax increase at the start of the year. They spent more in January and February, powered by a stronger job market.But hiring slowed sharply in March. And consumers spent less at retail businesses, a sign that many were starting to feel the effects of the Social Security tax increase. Economists expect spending to stay weak in the April-June quarter as consumers adjust to smaller paychecks.Ben Herzon, an economist at Macroeconomics Advisers, thinks the tax increases could shave roughly 1 percentage point from growth this year. He expects the government spending cuts to reduce growth by a further 0.6 percentage point.The drop in government spending cut growth in the January-March quarter by 0.8 percentage point.Three-fourths of that decline came from defence spending. The past two quarterly declines in defence spending — at a 22.1 per cent annual pace in the fourth quarter and 11.5 per cent in the first quarter — have been the sharpest such back-to-back drops since the Korean War was winding down in the 1950s.Many large developing countries are growing much faster than the United States. China’s economy expanded 7.7 per cent in the first three months of the year compared with a year earlier — and that was a slowdown from its previous double-digit growth. Indonesia’s economy grew 6.2 per cent in 2012, India’s 4.1 per cent.But among developed countries, the United States is still performing relatively well. Most of Europe is stuck in a second year of recession. Germany’s economy grew just 0.7 per cent in 2012. France’s didn’t grow at all. Italy’s shrank 2.4 per cent.And in the January-March quarter, Britain grew at an annual rate of just 1.2 per cent, less than half the estimated U.S. pace.Last quarter, U.S. companies were more cautious about spending on computers, machinery and facilities, possibly because of the looming government spending cuts and higher taxes. Business investment grew at an annual rate of just 2.1 per cent, down from a 13.2 per cent rate in the fourth quarter.That slowdown could hurt hiring in coming months. If companies buy fewer machines or build fewer stores or factories, they will likely fill fewer jobs.U.S. income growth adjusted for inflation fell in the January-March quarter after a surge in the final three months of 2012. The fourth-quarter gain had reflected a rush to pay dividends and make bonus payments before higher tax rates took effect Jan. 1. Incomes were also held back last quarter by the higher Social Security tax. After paying taxes, incomes fell at an annual rate of 5.3 per cent in the first quarter after surging 6.2 per cent in the fourth quarter.The jump in consumer spending, along with slower income growth, meant that the saving rate fell to 2.6 per cent of after-tax income in the first quarter. That was down from 4.7 per cent in the October-December quarter.One area where consumers are feeling some relief is at the gas pump: The national average price for a gallon of gas has fallen by 29 cents since Feb. 27 to $3.50.Cheaper gas helps the economy because it makes goods less expensive to transport and gives consumers more money to spend on other things. Over the course of a year, a decline of 10 cents a gallon translates to roughly $13 billion in savings at the pump. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email After nearly stalling in late 2012, US economy picks up, but taxes and cuts could slow growth read more

Chinese investors to buy Calgarybased Long Run Exploration in 770 million deal

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2015 11:05 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chinese investors to buy Calgary-based Long Run Exploration in $770 million deal CALGARY – A group of Chinese investors has agreed to buy Calgary-based Long Run Exploration Ltd. in a deal worth about $770 million.Long Run said Monday that Chinese investors would pay roughly $100 million in cash for the company plus assume all its outstanding debt.The intermediate oil and gas producer has been struggling to service its debt and reported a net earnings loss of $305 million in the third quarter as low oil prices hit its bottom line.The company said prices had worsened since it had reached a financing deal in November and so had cancelled the deal in favour of an outright sale of the company.Long Run didn’t name the Chinese investors, saying only that they have extensive experience in global oil and gas operations and have recently made controlling investments in Canada’s oil and gas sector.The buyers are paying 52 cents for each Long Run share, a 215 per cent premium to its closing price on Friday, and 75 cents on the dollar for Long Run’s unsecured convertible subordinated debt.Long Run produced the equivalent of about 31,000 of barrels of oil a day in the third quarter from assets in the Peace River Montney, the Deep Basin, and the Redwater Viking. read more

99 cent Cycloramic app spins your iPhone 5

first_imgIf you’re comfortable performing cute parlor tricks by potentially putting your expensive iPhone 5 in harm’s way, Egos Ventures has just the app for you. Called Cycloramic, the app will autonomously spin your iPhone 5 in place if you stand the phone upright. You can imagine where the potential harm comes in.The app is intended for something more useful than a simple parlor trick: to capture panoramic video. Within the app, set the number of rotations, choose either the front or back camera, stand the phone upright, and select “Go.” The phone will somewhat slowly rotate, capturing video until the preset rotation has finished.Considering the thin base of an upright iPhone 5, the surface on which the phone is placed must be completely flat, level, and smooth. You’ll most likely have to remove your phone’s case. The Cycloramic team also notes that not all smooth surfaces will be ideal, and you should give a surface a test run beforehand.Cycloramic works how your probably expect it to. The app triggers the vibration modules in the phone in such a way that it causes the phone to spin, and sensors within the phone are able to detect how many full rotations the phone has made. It’s the same thing that causes your phone to slightly change angles when you receive a bunch of text messages in a row and your phone is on vibrate.At the moment, the only phone that can use Cycloramic is the iPhone 5 Best Price at Amazon . Amusingly, Egos notes that previous versions of the iPhone can use the app, but you will have to turn the phone manually, which doesn’t seem much different than loading the phone’s native video-recording app and spinning it yourself.If you do have an iPhone 5, or have an older iPhone and are simply curious, check out the app over on iTunes.last_img read more

Trump says hes being investigated by the FBI but Trumps lawyer insists

first_img Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter It’s not clear whether or not the witch hunt he’s referring to is the overarching investigations into alleged Russian collusion with his campaign, or his own possible belief that he’s being investigated personally.Trump has been fighting something of a tit-for-tat battle with the FBI via the media in recent months, with his firing of former director James Comey and Comey’s subsequent testimony before the Senate intelligence committee being the two high water-marks of the saga.With © – AFP, 2017Read: Macron looks set to win a massive majority in French parliamentary electionsRead: Death toll from raging Portuguese forest fire rises to at least 62 31 Comments Sekulow was referring to a report in the Post this week that said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in last November’s presidential election was now also trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.Trump’s fledgling presidency has been battered by allegations – under investigation both by Congress and the FBI – that Russia interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump’s campaign team.However, Sekulow’s pronouncements haven’t stopped Trump from once more referring to a witch hunt this morning. By Cianan Brennan Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Trump says he’s being investigated by the FBI, but Trump’s lawyer insists he isn’t Lawyer Jay Sedulow said, “He’s not afraid of the investigation – there is no investigation… there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period.” I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017 The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017center_img Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesDONALD TRUMP’S LAWYER has insisted that the US President is not being investigated personally by the FBI – despite Trump himself saying that he is.Two days ago, Trump tweeted that he is “being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director!”Now, however, Trump’s own legal counsel Jay Sekulow has insisted that this is not the case. “The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post,” Sekulow told NBC television’s Meet the Press.He’s not afraid of the investigation – there is no investigation… there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period. Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 6:25 PM Jun 18th 2017, 6:25 PM Short URL Share62 Tweet Email 19,480 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Une pomme par jour pour garder la santé

first_imgUne pomme par jour pour garder la santéSelon une récente étude américaine, consommer une pomme par jour permettrait de réduire le mauvais cholestérol, de perdre du poids et de limiter les maladies cardiaques.Si l’on savait déjà que consommer des fruits était bon pour la santé, il semblerait que l’on est jusqu’ici sous-estimé certains effets bénéfiques. En effet, des chercheurs de l’Université de Floride aux Etats-Unis se sont intéressés aux conséquences pour la santé de la consommation régulière de pommes. Des recherches présentées mardi à l’Experimental Biology conference de Washington et dont les résultats se sont révélés “incroyables”.À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Pendant plus d’un an, les chercheurs ont suivi 160 femmes âgées de 45 à 65 ans. En complément à une alimentation normale, ils ont alors demandé à la moitié des participantes de manger 75 grammes de pruneaux par jour tandis que l’autre moitié devaient quotidiennement consommer la même quantité de pommes séchées. Au bout de 3, 6 et 12 mois, les scientifiques ont réalisé des prélèvements sanguins pour contrôler les taux de cholestérol. Ils ont alors découvert que le vieil adage n’avait pas totalement tort : “Une pomme par jour éloigne le médecin”.”Des changements incroyables sont apparus dès 6 mois chez les femmes mangeuses de pommes. Elles ont montré une baisse de 23% du cholestérol LDL, connu sous le nom de “mauvais” cholestérol” a expliqué le Dr Dr Bahram Arjmandi qui a participé à l’étude. Selon les résultats, ces femmes ont également perdu du poids, en moyenne 1,5 kilos et présentaient des niveaux de bio-marqueurs liés aux maladies cardiaques moins importants que les femmes qui avaient consommé des pruneaux. De précédentes études avaient déjà démontré les bénéfices des pommes sur les maladies cardiovasculaires. Mais ces recherches apportent de nouvelles preuves de l’efficacité de ce “fruit miracle” riche en fibres, pectine et polyphénols et qui reste facile à consommer.Le 17 avril 2011 à 11:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les lémuriens nains de Madagascar hibernent comme les marmottes

first_imgLes lémuriens nains de Madagascar hibernent comme les marmottesLes primates ne sont pas réputés pour leur hibernation. La seule espèce connue pour avoir une telle pratique est le Chirogale moyen, un lémurien nain, de Madagascar. Mais, ce dernier pourrait avoir de la compagnie lors des longs mois d’hiver… De nombreux chercheurs se sont demandés où étaient passées certaines espèces de lémurien nain pendant l’hiver. En effet, jusqu’à présent, seul le Chirogate moyen était connu pour hiberner. Mais des scientifiques ont récemment découvert qu’ils n’étaient pas les seuls : deux autres lémuriens nains ont été dénichés pelotonnés dans le creux d’un terrier sous terre. Plus précisément, il s’agissait de lémuriens nains de Crossley et de Sibree.D’après les chercheurs, les animaux seraient en fait capables de mettre leur organisme en pause pendant trois à sept mois, rapporte LiveScience. “Pour un œil non averti, les animaux ont tout simplement l’air d’être morts. Les corps sont froids, ils sont immobiles et ils peuvent passer plusieurs minutes en ne respirant qu’une seule fois”, explique Anne Yoder, directrice du Duke Lemur Center. Les résultats de l’étude ont été publiés dans la revue britannique Nature Scientific Reports.Différentes stratégies d’hibernationPour en savoir plus, l’équipe de scientifique a capturé plusieurs spécimens et les a équipés de colliers émetteurs sensibles à la température avant de les relâcher. Les résultats ont ainsi montré que ces lémuriens nains adoptent différentes stratégies de sommeil, en fonction de l’endroit où ils vivent sur l’île de Madagascar. Ils sont capables de respirer plus lentement, mais aussi d’abaisser leur rythme cardiaque.Ceux qui vivent à l’est de l’île s’enterrent dans le sol moelleux de forêt tropicale. Cela leur permet de maintenir une température ambiante pendant toute la durée de leur hibernation. Pesant entre 250 et 350 grammes, ils s’enterrent généralement sous 10 à 40 cm de terre et d’humus. En revanche, les lémuriens nains vivant à l’ouest de l’île se cachent dans le creux des arbres. Dans cette position, leur température corporelle fluctue en même temps que celle de l’air. Les chercheurs pensent que les lémuriens de l’Ouest utilisent cette méthode car ils ne peuvent pas s’enfouir dans le sol qui à cet endroit, dur et sec.Pourquoi hiberner ?Les scientifiques ne connaissent toujours pas avec certitude la raison de cette hibernation chez les lémuriens nains. Ce comportement d’enfouissement est d’autant plus inattendu que les lémuriens vivent dans la forêt tropicale. En effet, la plupart des mammifères qui entrent en hibernation et passent l’hiver sous le sol vivent dans des zones où les hivers sont particulièrement rudes, tels les ours ou les écureuils. Néanmoins, les hivers sur Madagascar, la saison sèche, représentent un défi énergétique pour ces petits primates. Maintenir une température corporelle stable est la clé de leur survie. Et cela peut s’avérer particulièrement dur dans ces régions, sur les hauts plateaux, où les températures peuvent tomber en dessous de 0 degrés, et n’excèdent les 30 degrés. De plus, les fruits très frais, qui sont la base de l’alimentation du lémurien nain, sont difficile à trouver durant cette période. Une similarité étonnante À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Peut-être que ces lémuriens, même s’ils vivent dans des régions tropicales, ressemblent plus aux mammifères des zones tempérées qui hibernent qu’on ne le pense”, a déclaré Marina Blanco, du Duke Lemur Center, et auteur principale de l’étude. Les scientifiques restent étonnés par cette similarité entre les lémuriens et d’autres mammifères qui passent leur hiver, bien au chaud, au fond de leur terrier. D’autant que la physiologie des lémuriens est assez proche de celle des humains. Comprendre comment la mise au ralenti de leur organisme fonctionne pourrait ainsi permettre aux chercheurs d’étudier la possibilité que nous les humains soyons également capables d’un tel comportement. “Ce qui déclenche l’hibernation chez les lémuriens est toujours une question à laquelle nous ne savons pas répondre”, conclut Marina Blanco.Le 3 mai 2013 à 17:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Lightning Motorcycle teases the forthcoming Strikes electric motor

first_img More From Roadshow 0 The 2019 Zero electric motorcycle lineup gets a technical refresh Enlarge ImageThe Lightning Strike’s motor shares a number of design features with the 200-horsepower unit that drives the LS-218 superbike. Lightning Motorcycles When the folks at Lightning Motorcycles announced in January that the company would be releasing a more affordable electric bike aimed at a wider audience, we were pretty excited. Since the Strike’s initial announcement, Lightning has been trickling out details about the platform, which is set to launch next month. The latest such detail might be the biggest yet.On Thursday, Lightning released a photo of the new Strike electric motorcycle’s motor along with a couple of pieces of information about its design. This photo is notable for a couple of reasons. First, we can see that the motor bears a significant resemblance to the unit found in the LS-218, and indeed, Lightning confirms that the two share some design features.We also learn that the motor is liquid-cooled, also like the LS-218. This means that the drivetrain should be able to stand up to some pretty serious heat before being forced to throttle itself back to prevent damage. This type of thermal throttling is relatively common in electric vehicles of all types, two or four-wheeled. Lightning also talks about the Strike sharing the LS-218’s ability to quick-charge. Based on the spec sheet for the LS-218, it will charge in 30 minutes when hooked to a DC fast charger or 120 minutes on a Level 2 charger. We don’t know anything about the Strike’s battery pack or battery management yet, but if it can match its big brother’s charging specs, that’s impressive.Finally, the last thing that this teaser photo shows is a gorgeous-looking gold Öhlins monoshock tucked up in the background. We asked Lightning for clarification on whether the production Strike, or some variant of it, would be getting this high-zoot suspension, but so far the company hasn’t responded.The Strike is set to launch in March, and so far everything we’ve seen from Lightning on the bike — which isn’t much — has been exciting. The electric motorcycle market is starting to heat up, but so far nobody has released what we’d consider the “killer app” in the segment. Maybe the Lightning Strike will be it. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img 22 Photos Tags Post a comment Share your voice Motorcycles Electric Carslast_img read more

Regime bombings kill 14 civilians in northwest Syria monitor

first_imgBeirut: Syrian regime bombardment has killed 14 civilians including seven children in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said Saturday, in the latest deadly raids on the embattled opposition bastion. Warplanes and helicopters late Friday carried out air strikes on Mahambel village in Idlib province, killing 13 civilians including the seven children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A woman was also killed early Saturday in regime rocket fire on the outskirts of the town of Khan Sheikhun in the south of the province, the Britain-based war monitor said. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Idlib, a region of some three million people, many of whom fled former rebel-held areas retaken by the government, is the last major bastion of opposition to the Russia-backed Damascus government after eight years of civil war. The region on Turkey’s doorstep is administered by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, but other jihadist and rebel groups are also present. Idlib is supposed to be protected from a major regime assault by a September deal between Moscow and Ankara, but Damascus and its Russian ally have ramped up their deadly bombardment of the region since late April. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us More than 520 civilians have been killed since then, according to the Observatory. The United Nations says 25 health facilities in the region have been hit, the latest including the second attack in two months on an underground hospital in the town of Kafranbel on Thursday. “The attacks happened despite the fact that the coordinates of this hospital had previously been shared with the parties to the conflict in a deliberate, carefully planned effort to prevent any attacks on it,” an UN official said on Friday. Advertise With Us “I am horrified by the ongoing attacks on civilian areas and civilian infrastructure as the conflict in northwest Syria continues,” said Mark Cutts, UN deputy regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syrian crisis. Syria’s war has killed more than 370,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.last_img read more

Indian companies second most optimistic businesses globally reveals Grant Thornton survey

first_imgIndian companies are the second most optimistic businesses globally next only to Irish firms, according to Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) .The report, which is a quarterly global survey of 2,580 business leaders, has ranked India at second position in terms of business optimism, based on 86% of Indian respondents who remain bullish over their revenue growth.”India is relatively insulated from the slowdown in China and sees a slight gain in confidence, despite falling exports,” PTI quoted the survey as saying.The survey noted the larger-than-expected rate cut of 50bps announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently to boost the country’s economic growth.The percentage of Indian businesses, which are optimistic about their income growth, has risen by 3% from 83% in the last quarter, the survey showed.Besides, 69% of Indian firms now expect an increase in their profits.”Indian businesses have been consistently optimistic in their business outlook over the past decade barring a couple of quarters. This is based on the underlying strength of the economy, the consistent high growth rate, the entrepreneurial dynamism in being able to create new opportunities and businesses and the lower reliance on global trade based on significant domestic demand,” said Harish HV, Grant Thornton India LLP Partner India Leadership team. But the optimism on employment growth in the country saw further decline in the survey, with only 52% of the Indian Inc expecting a rise in job growth.”The concern based on the results of this survey is the pessimism on employment, which is a key factor and need for the country given the demographic dividend which could turn into a demographic nightmare without adequate employment generation,” it said.”The Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’ needs much more push to make it a reality and that could salvage the situation,” the report added.last_img read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Carrionite

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. This week’s witchy example proves all that glitters is not gold.Oh, oh, oh, it’s magic (via BBC)CARRIONITEFirst appearance: “The Shakespeare Code” (2007)—season 3, episode 2Home planet: Rexel 4Doctor: TenthCompanion: Martha JonesSomething wicked this way comes.Historically, the words of William Shakespeare have been used to woo, educate, threaten, and—if you’re an American high school student—torture.But never to escape imprisonment from the Deep Darkness.At the dawn of the universe, a humanoid species called Carrionites used word-based science to channel energy. Or, as it was understood in Elizabethan England: witchcraft.“It’s all a little bit Harry Potter,” as Martha points out.So it is. Except that it isn’t.“Looks like witchcraft, but it isn’t,” according to the Doctor.Described as black magic, Carrionite technology is actually more akin to quantum mnemonics (language of the Great Old Ones)—though it does rely heavily on DNA replication modules (i.e. voodoo dolls). And, Carrionites do fly on broomsticks, cackle wickedly, and bear wrinkled faces with wart-covered chins that nearly touch their giant hooked noses.Which witch is which? (via BBC)Still, it’s not witchcraft. “Can’t be,” the Doctor says.“It’s just a different sort of science,” he tells Martha. “You lot [humans], you chose mathematics. Given the right string of numbers, the right equation, you can split the atom. Carrionites use words instead.”For the end of the world.*Insert wicked laughter here*Reeking havoc on 16th century London, three escaped Carrionites—Bloodtide, Doomfinger, and Lilith—influenced the design of the 14-sided Globe Theater.(Built-in 1599 (probably in part by Peter Street), the Southwark stage was home to many a Shakespearean play, before being destroyed by fire in 1613. A second Globe Theater was built on the same site the next year, and closed in 1642. The modern reconstruction opened in 1997, about 750 feet from the original theater, and is a real treat, should you ever have the chance for a visit.)The true form of a Carrionite resembles a giant skeletal raven (via BBC)Fourteen sides for 14 planets in the Carrionite star system.In 1599, the trio of witches (often seen huddling around a cauldron—one of many references to Shakespeare’s work in this Gareth Roberts-penned episode) planned to use the Bard’s new play, Love’s Labour’s Won, to free the rest of their race and take over Earth.“The human race will be purged as pestilence,” Lilith brags. “And from this world we will lead the universe back into the old ways of blood and magic.”A busy schedule. But someone’s gotta do it.It will have to be someone other than the Carrionite, though.With a little help from his friends—the Doctor, Martha, and J.K. Rowling—Shakespeare, “the wordsmith, the one true genius; the only man clever enough” to save the world, does just that, banishing Lilith and her “mothers” to a crystal ball, where they can “scream for all eternity” in the TARDIS attic.All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Explore Sicilys distinctive culture cuisine and history

first_imgSicily (Sicilia) is a rugged and attractive island on the southern tip of Italy and is one of the country’s 20 regions. It is separated from the mainland region of Calabria by the 5 km Straits of Messina. The wonderment of Mount Etna’s towering peak complements the five-star luxuries of your unforgettable accommodations.Source: World Travel Guideslast_img


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In conventional ovens, Hadjixenophontos explains, most energy is lost. A conventional oven has a nominal power of 3,000 Watts. By comparison, the Fornelia Mini has a nominal power of only 300 Watts, but it can cook any meal in the same time so it is 10 times more efficient. Put differently, for every 1,000 users, the collective electricity saving is 3,000,000 Watts! The reason for this incredible performance is that the Fornelia Mini is extremely well insulated. It absorbs solar energy and keeps it without losses because internal and external compartments are separated by a vacuum which does not conduct heat. You can even use it at very low ambient temperatures.Savvas HadjixenophontosThe outside of the oven is completely safe to touch, even when the inside temperature is 240° C. Customers can cook for eight people or only for one person without wasting energy. And you can take the Fornelia Mini to the beach or to camp or simply use it in your garden or balcony.This is not the only household-scale solar oven. But, according to Savvas, most other models are so inefficient that it takes them a day to cook anything, or their insulation is insufficient or they require much attention to avoid the danger of fire.During the last ten years Hadjixenophontos developed many different models with different methods of harnessing solar thermal energy including parabolic dishes, parabolic troughs and designs using a Fresnel lens. He also tested different ways of transferring heat energy, such as hot air, hot oil and direct heating of the oven. The biggest challenge was the design and manufacture of the parabola at a reasonable cost without compromising quality while ensuring a long lifespan. The tracking mechanism was also a challenge since the solar oven has to follow the sun to be efficient.Today the Fornelia Mini has an attractive design and is light, portable and easy to use. There are future plans for a larger, stationary model, a model with heat storage for cooking after the sun goes down, and a model with a collector of solar energy outside and an oven/stove inside the house, like any ordinary oven/stove.Hadjixenophontos is discovering, like many others, that the move from inventor to entrepreneur is not an easy one. For the time being he is working with his son and selling mostly in Cyprus but has also sold in Greece, France, North Korea, Germany, USA, Egypt and Senegal. Fornelia needs to double its present output to break even but believes this is easily achievable since demand is high, especially after the Paris agreement for renewable energies. Potential clients include institutions like the UNDP, refugee camps, parks, restaurants, bakeries and boat owners and, indeed, most apartment dwellers.Scaling up such a business comes with all sorts of challenges. Working with resellers who seek high margins calls for professional salesmanship and places pressure to keep costs low. Harnessing the potential of the web demands sophisticated data-driven market segmentation and communication strategies. Presence in special events requires a lot of time investment. And the absence of direct sea lines from Cyprus make shipping harder, which is why Fornelia is looking into the potential of partnerships to set up assembly lines in at least 10 strategically chosen developing countries over the next three years.The Fornelia solar oven in action, cooking vegetablesHow supportive was the start-up ecosystem in Cyprus?“We participated in many start-up events but besides great verbal interest the benefit was, for the most part, limited to the experience gained from the event,” said Hadjixenophontos.He said his project was awarded a grant from the government funding programme for innovation but experienced very big delays in receiving the funds. And when he sent letters to various government ministries asking for subsidies provided to green products, he was rejected.“The Cyprus mentality is not ready for innovation. The banks also are not ready to support viable new businesses and investors are not ready for risky investments,” he said.“I am driven by inventing, it comes naturally to me and it’s something I can’t stop doing. Of course it’s different and more difficult to set up a viable business and there are many systemic barriers. That said, creativity is in my blood, and I do believe that we can find win-wins for our customers and distributors.“My vision for Fornelia is to provide sustainable, renewable energy at affordable prices throughout the world, contributing to a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the quality of life for millions of human beings. We aim to invest our profits in the design, development, and production of other innovative products that improve energy efficiency.”Innovative technology involves a long journey from invention (basic research, applied research, prototyping) to entrepreneurship (manufacture and going-to-market). Each stage in the journey requires the deployment of different skills.I would like to leave our readers today with two questions.First, why is Cyprus not already the major centre for solar power research in Europe?Second, how might we best help our great inventors, like Savvas Hadjixenophontos, multiply their businesses a hundredfold or more?I think I’ll start by buying a Fornelia Mini!  Dimis Michaelides is a keynote speaker and author on innovation, creativity and leadership. He also offers workshops and change management consulting for private businesses, NGOs and public organizations. 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