AER says 260billion energy cleanup estimate based on worstcase scenario

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator is apologizing for estimating it would cost $260 billion to clean up after the provincial oil and gas industry.The sector’s accumulated environmental liability is currently estimated at $58.65 billion, less than one quarter of the presented number, it said in a statement Thursday.“The numbers are staggering — $260 billion in total liability, which is $200 billion more than we have consistently reported,” it stated.“This particular estimate was created for a presentation to try and hammer home the message to industry that the current liability system needs improvement. While the message to address liability is important, the numbers were not validated and were based on a hypothetical worst-case scenario.“Using these estimates was an error in judgement and one we deeply regret.”The $260 billion is mentioned in speaking notes for a presentation in February by Robert Wadsworth, the AER’s vice-president of closure and liability, as initially obtained by the National Observer after a request under freedom of information legislationThe AER provided the same documents to The Canadian Press on Thursday.In a graphic illustrated by a huge cartoon bag of money, the presentation estimates Alberta’s liabilities at $130 billion for mining projects, $100 billion for conventional oil and gas and steam-driven oilsands, and $30 billion for pipelines.“The money bags are to scale,” it says. “There is a bag for security, it is just very hard to see.”Issues emerging from the presentation are being examined by Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, said Premier Rachel Notley on Thursday.“It’s a problem that has accrued over, I guess now we’d be talking 47 years, but it’s not one that happened overnight and, unfortunately, it’s not one that we can fix overnight,” she told reporters.She said the government is having talks with industry about the situation and is taking care to avoid approving projects that will add to the liabilities going forward.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.With a file from Dean Bennett in Edmontonlast_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP looking for ATV riders driving on local roads

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s help to find local ATV drivers that have been racing on local streets late a night and early in the morning.Over the past week, the Fort St. John RCMP have received a number of noise complaints about drivers who are racing up and down streets, disrupting the peace late at night and during the early morning hours.Numerous reports have also been received from the public highlighting safety because at the same time as creating a lot of noise, ATV, quad and dirt bike drivers are ignoring the rules of the road throughout various areas of the city. Information has been received that some of the drivers have not been wearing any safety equipment raising the RCMP’s level of concern for their wellbeing.“The Fort St. John RCMP want the roads to be safe for everyone in the community, as it belongs to all of us”, said Cst Chad Newstater. “There is a huge concern that someone is going to get hurt, in the name of having fun.”The Fort St John RCMP take these complaints very seriously because of the safety implications for both the public and the ATV riders. The Fort St John RCMP has increased patrols in the areas where disruptive ATVers have been reported.The Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about:who the drivers are,the descriptions of the drivers or ATV’s,where the drivers and ATV’s reside,possible video surveillance of the riders,or any other helpful information about these incidents.If you have any useful information, please call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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Modi in Kedarnath to visit Badrinath on Sunday

first_imgDehradun: Five days before the election results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning offered prayers at the Kedarnath shrine nestled in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. Early in the day, Modi arrived at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant airport and took a helicopter to Kedarnath. He was wearing a grey suit with a pahari cap and a saffron gamchha around his waist. Alighting from the chopper, he headed straight to the holy shrine, where he offered special prayers to Lord Shiva. Modi also reviewed the reconstruction work in Kedarnath, which was extensively damaged in the June 2013 deluge. The Prime Minister will spend the night here and will fly to Badrinath on Sunday. He would return to New Delhi later on Sunday. Security has been tightened around both the shrines in view of the Prime Minister’s visit, said Ashok Kumar, Director General (Law and Order). This is the Prime Minister’s fourth visit to Kedarnath in the past two years. In 2017, he visited it once in May after its gate were opened following a six-month winter break and again in October, before the temple again closed for winters. He last offered prayers at the temple on Diwali in November.last_img read more

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Urban Meyer Michigan State offense is one of the best Armani Reeves

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday afternoon to discuss an upcoming matchup with No. 7 Michigan State, as well as addressing an injury to junior cornerback Armani Reeves.Meyer had praise for the Michigan State offense and said he understands the pressure surrounding Saturday night’s game. Heading into East Lansing, Mich., the No. 13 Buckeyes are 7-1 and 4-0 in the Big Ten — which is the same record as the Spartans.Meyer said Michigan State hasn’t changed a lot since last season, but he noted the Spartans now have “one of the best offenses in the country.”More on Spartans’ offense: “They’ve gone from being a good offense to a great offense.”He said the biggest concern for the matchup is good players, of which he added Michigan State has an abundance.Meyer said the Buckeyes’ are doing things on offense now that are “much different” from what they were doing in August when redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett was new to the starting role.Meyer on Barrett: “He’s got the full capacity to run the entire offense.”He said he expects to have the same feelings of magnitude for the upcoming matchup with Michigan State that he did before last year’s Big Ten title game, which the Spartans won, 34-24.Meyer described OSU and Michigan State as “two sledgehammers” going head-to-head.He said there’s no room for role players in a no-huddle offense in reference to sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson’s need to keep improving and getting stronger.Meyer said he feels Michigan State redshirt-senior running back Jeremy Langford is “one of the top backs in the country and certainly one of the top backs in the Big Ten.”He said the Buckeyes haven’t had any issues with effort since his first season in Columbus two years ago.Meyer said Barrett has a “tremendous relationship” with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman and added the two are close. “As a head coach you love to see that kind of relationship between a position coach and a player,” he said.Reeves UpdateMeyer said Reeves “wasn’t cleared to play last week,” and said he’s not sure of Reeves’ status for Michigan State.Meyer on Reeves: “He’s a great kid, he’s having trouble focusing and they’re not quite sure exactly.”He said the trainers haven’t said Reeves has a concussion. “To be honest with you, I’m not quite 100 percent sure what it is,” Meyer said.The Buckeyes and Michigan State are scheduled to face-off at 8 p.m. read more

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La Liga wont stop trying to play league match in US

first_imgLa Liga thanks FC Barcelona for their willingness to cooperate once everybody agrees upon terms and announces that the US project will continue.The Spanish league released a statement in response to FC Barcelona dropping out of the Miami match against Girona FC, and despite ardent opposition, will continue with plans to play a league match overseas. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he would block La Liga’s plans to play a match in the United States and the Association of Spanish Footballers spoke out against the plan from Relevent – the company that created the International Champions Cup.“From La Liga, we want to congratulate FC Barcelona and Girona FC for their willingness to be pioneers in the voluntary intention to play a La Liga match outside of Spain,” the statement read, as translated by Goal.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The La Liga project with Relevent, signed for 15 years, continues. From the first moment we stated that participation in the game is voluntary and if FC Barcelona expresses its voluntary wish not to attend, this game scheduled in Miami cannot be held on the agreed date.“From La Liga, we regret, as it could not be otherwise, the disappointment that may occur among our fans in the USA. We want to convey to all of them that, in the shortest possible time, La Liga will play an official match in the USA, just like the major American leagues [NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL] outside their borders.last_img read more

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HudsonOdoi seeking for regular firstteam action

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi hopes his excellent performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest will earn him more starts in the team.Hudson-Odoi, 18, provided assists for both of Alvaro Morata’s second-half goals after Cesc Fabregas missed a first-half penalty for the Blues.Chelsea reportedly rejected a £20million offer from Bayern for the winger’s services despite making a cameo appearance in the EPL all season.When asked whether his display might help him break into Sarri’s team, Hudson-Odoi told FourFourTwo via BeIN Sports: “Hopefully, hopefully. You never know.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“I feel really proud to get opportunity to play and help the team get the win we deserved.“We played really well, our mentality was strong and we deserved the win that we got. Alvaro did really well getting the goals and we all worked hard as a team and we deserved the win.”“If we don’t score we keep going and keep pushing until we do. I think the way we played showed the desire to keep pushing and the chances were coming,” said Hudson-Odoi. “We’ve just got to be patient sometimes.“Hopefully today showed why we’re doing really well. I’m proud to make history but it’s not just about myself it’s about the team as well.”last_img read more

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Cayman records earthquake on Sunday no harm done

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Related Items:#Caymanrecordsearthquake, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#CaymanIslands, January 22, 2018 – The US Geological Survey reports that a 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Cayman Islands on Sunday morning and thankfully there is no report of damage or or injuries.The earthquake, around 10:22am is said to have hit offshore, 45 miles southeast of East End, at a depth of 4.3 miles.  The earthquake in Cayman waters was the second scare for the country in under two weeks, as a much stronger quake in Honduras led to a tsunami warning for regional countries.#MagneticMedia#Caymanrecordsearthquake TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

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SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Last Weeks Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at the April 9th Wilmington Board of Selectmen’s Meeting:#1) SAVE THE DATE. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis to use Rotary Park on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 for a National Night Out celebration.#2) SPECIAL TOWN MEETING SET. With little discussion, Selectmen unanimously closed and signed the Special Town Meeting warrant. The warrant consists of two articles, petitioned by Selectman McCoy and others, and can be read HERE. The Special Town Meeting will take place inside the Annual Town Meeting on May 5, 2018 at approximately 10:45am inside the WHS Auditorium.#3) SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL NON-PROFITS. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Fourth of July Committee Chairman Scott Garrant to restrict hawkers/pedlers and transient vendors from conducting business within one-half mile of the Town Common during the Fun on the Fourth celebration. This annual vote is taken to  encourage attendees to purchase snacks at the carnival and from the non-profit organization booths in the Food Court.#4) NEW TOWN ELECTION WORKERS. Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Town Clerk Sharon George to appoint five new election workers — Phyllis Gorman, David & Susan Reese, Janet Marchiello, and Ruth-Ann Soderholm. These workers will replace election workers that recently stepped down.#5) SELECTMEN ANNUAL REPORT. Chairman Mike Champoux read the Board of Selectmen’s Annual Report, which will be published in the Town’s Annual Report booklet, into the record.  Watch the reading HERE at the 7:22-mark. Champoux discusses several big issues, including New England Transrail, Butters Row Bridge, Yentile Farm, Fun on the Fourth, the town’s new Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, affordalbe housing, and more.Aside from the Sciarappa Farm discussion, Wilmington Apple has already covered the other news made at the meeting, including:Selectmen To Create A Town Economic Development CommitteeFree Little Library & Kindness Rock Garden Coming To Rotary ParkPLOT TWIST: Massachusetts Attorney General DELAYS Ruling On Town Meeting Article Relative To Detox Facility ZoningResidents Invited To Informational Forum On Proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement With Analog Devices On April 26The Moving Wall Is Coming To Wilmington This SummerFind Out if YOUR Street Is Scheduled To Get Paved Over The Next 7 MonthsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 MORE Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 10 Things That Happened At Last Week’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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Next Toyota 86 Subaru BRZ may move to Toyotas TNGA platform report

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe current BRZ and 86 are mighty fun, but considering how good TNGA is, it could make both coupes even better. Subaru The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform has already proven its worth by breathing new life into all manner of new Toyota vehicles, from the 2019 RAV4 to the 2020 Corolla. In the future, it might even become the platform for the second generation of Toyota’s small joint-venture sports car.A source told Australia’s Motoring that the upcoming replacements for the Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 might move to the TNGA platform. The choices are, according to the information, moving to TNGA or staying on the current platform, which also underpins the latest Subaru Impreza.There is reportedly a third option, but it’s been nixed. Subaru also has a new platform on its hands, the Subaru Global Platform, but it’s engineered with all-wheel-drive cars in mind, since that’s Subaru’s forte. Motoring’s source said that AWD is not being considered for the sports-car twins’ successors, and since SGP cannot handle rear-wheel drive, that’s the end of that conversation.Representatives for both Subaru and Toyota did not immediately return requests for comment, but automakers routinely decline to discuss vehicles that have not been formally announced yet. We’ll have to let the rumors keep swirling around until either automaker deems the public worthy of learning more.Other reports have already popped up regarding future iterations of the rear-wheel-drive BRZ and 86. Earlier in April, The Japanese Times reported that the next generation of both cars will receive a 2.4-liter engine. That’s the same displacement as the four-cylinder in the Subaru Ascent, and its 260-horsepower output would be a huge boost for the twins, as they only top out at 205 horsepower from their shared 2.0-liter flat-four. Subaru BRZ STI Sport is the best kind of momentum car Subaru Toyota More about 2018 Subaru BRZ tS Review • 2018 Subaru BRZ tS: A better BRZ, mostly More From Roadshow Share your voice 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Just as good as before, only better Tagscenter_img 2019 Subaru Ascent review Subaru Toyota 2020 Toyota Supra review: A solid sports car that’s rife with controversy 0 20 Photos Post a comment Sports Cars Future Cars Coupeslast_img read more

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Tamil Nadu education minister Sengottaiyan advocates for colourcoded caste bands in schools

first_imgKA SengottaiyanTwitterAs Tamil Nadu is facing severe criticism for imposing colour coded wristbands for school students based on their caste, the state education minister KA Sengottaiyan said that there won’t be any ban on such practises.The students in Tamil Nadu has been facing caste discrimination and were being asked to wear wrist bands and ’tilaks’ on their forehead to mark their caste. To stop this heinous crime, the state education department had issued a circular to all Chief Educational Officers (CEO) and District Education Officers (DEO) on June 31 warning of strict actions against school authorities for holding such practices. Circular issued by Tamil Nadu education department Director S KannappanTwitterThe circular was issued by the Director of School Education S Kannappan, who said that wristbands of different colours and tilak were used as caste markers. He said that such practices were supposedly being used for sports team selection, reassembling during class and lunch intervals. “Allegedly, these practices are enforced by students themselves and supported by influential caste persons and teachers,” read the circular.The circular was issued based on a representation given by IAS officer trainees of 2018 batch to the government over the caste discrimination that was prevalent in many schools in different parts of Tamil Nadu.However, the education minister and AIADMK leader seem to be advocating for these discriminatory practises as he said that there will be no ban on the use of these wristbands at schools and has denied of such existing practises in the state.He said that the circular was issued without his knowledge and schools will continue to function as they did before the circular was issued. His controversial statement makes sure that caste discrimination is likely to continue in the state without any disruption.BJP national secretary H Raja had opposed against the circular issued by the education department, calling it as anti-Hindu. He also asked for action against the officer who issued the circular banning caste-discrimination practices without the knowledge of education minister.”The circular even bans a tilaka on the forehead. How can a government ban Hindu symbols? When you allow crosses to be worn and you don’t ban pardha, how can the government do this?” He also welcomed the AIADMK government’s opposition over the circular..last_img read more

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Julián Castro Makes Trip to Iowa as Midterms — And 2020 Decision

first_imgGage Skidmore / FlickrSecretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaking before a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona on Jan. 8, 2015.Julián Castro is making his first trip to Iowa this weekend as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, looking to boost midterm candidates there and sound out voters in the key presidential proving ground.The trip comes as Castro’s political operation kicks into high gear, unveiling dozens of endorsements and announcing staff to help him navigate the current election cycle — and maybe the next one.The three-day trip to the Hawkeye State — Friday through Sunday — includes nine events, ranging from a visit to an agriculture startup accelerator to a pair of fundraisers for state legislative candidates. On Friday afternoon, Castro is visiting the Iowa State Fair to speak at the Des Moines Register Old-Fashioned Political Soapbox, a key stop for prospective White House hopefuls.In an interview with The Texas Tribune on Wednesday, Castro said the purpose of the trip is twofold: to help the candidates he is supporting there and also to hear what is on voters’ minds as he considers a White House bid.It was not long after Castro left the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2017 that he began being mentioned as possible 2020 contender. For months, he has said that he plans to make up his mind on a White House run by the end of the year, and he said in the interview he will “likely make an announcement after the year turns over.”“What I believe is that people are always most focused on the bread-and-butter issues that affect their family,” Castro said, ticking through issues like health care and jobs. He also cited the chaos in Washington, D.C., under President Donald Trump, specifically how his “erratic behavior on tariffs has hit [Iowa] hard.” Even among some people who voted for Trump in 2016, he added, he believes there is a desire for “different vision.”In Iowa, Castro is contending with several other potential 2020 candidates who either have already touched down there or will for the first time this weekend. The lineup for the state fair soapbox has included at least four other potential candidates — people like U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California and Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer — as well as a declared candidate, Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney.If the 2020 presidential race informally starts the morning after the midterms, “we’re solidly into the pre-season at this point,” said Dennis Goldford, a political science professor at Drake University in Des Moines. Still, the pre-2020 activity by potential candidates is hovering below most Iowans’ radar. “If you weren’t paying attention, you wouldn’t even know they were there,” Goldford said.While this weekend marks Castro’s first visit to Iowa as a prospective White House contender, it is not the first politically significant trip he has made this year. He has been to New Hampshire twice and went to Nevada last week — both of which hold famously early presidential primaries — in addition to the trips to places like Georgia to campaign for the gubernatorial candidate there, Stacey Abrams. Castro initially was to travel to Iowa in June, but he canceled the trip to visit El Paso and protest family separations at the border.Castro’s political activities are being run through his Opportunity First PAC, which was formed a year ago and which he formally launched in January. Since its inception, the group has raised almost $366,982 and spent $174,967, which includes over two dozen donations to candidates it supports, according to records with the Federal Election Commission.Castro has doled out 64 endorsements through the PAC, weighing in on races ranging from the highest-profile in the country — Jacky Rosen’s bid to topple U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, for example — to those much farther down the ballot in places like Iowa. The list features 21 candidates up and down the ballot in Texas, including the earliest state contest Castro waded into: former HUD official Colin Allred’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.The PAC allows Castro to engage heavily in the midterms while also making connections he could use later.Among the Castro supporters who has helped raise money for the PAC is Scott Atlas, a longtime lawyer from Houston. When he hosted an Opportunity First fundraiser earlier this year in a Houston high-rise apartment, Atlas said, “We literally had to break the party into two different events because we couldn’t handle the crowd.”Atlas wants to see Castro take the leap in 2020, saying the 43-year-old would bring a number of advantages to the race.“First of all … he’s relatively young — substantially younger than most of the people who’ve been talked about for the position — and for people looking for new leadership — new, young, progressive leadership — it’s harder to think about anybody who’s got a better story and the ability to articulate it than he does,” Atlas said. In addition to embodying the American dream, Atlas added, Castro had an impressive record as San Antonio mayor, comes across as a unifying figure and can make the case he’s “not part of the D.C. establishment.”“I think he’s got as good a chance as anyone,” Atlas said. “It’s a wide-open race. Who would’ve ever predicted the outcome on the Republican side” in 2016?Castro’s pre-2020 profile is expected to grow later this fall when he releases a book he’s been working on about his life story. Titled “An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream,” the book is due out Oct. 16. Sharelast_img read more

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Nickelodeon Buys Sparkler EarlyChildhood Learning Tech Startup to Bulk Up Noggin Subscription

first_imgViacom’s Nickelodeon plans to stir new technology into its Noggin subscription service with the acquisition of Sparkler — a move that promises to give parents tools to guide the learning of their preschool-age kids.Nick on Friday announced the deal to acquire New York-based Sparkler, an early-childhood learning technology platform. The cabler also appointed Sparkler co-founder and CEO Kristen Kane (pictured above) as the new head of for the Noggin direct-to-consumer service.A Nick rep declined to reveal how much the company paid for Sparkler or how many employees it has. Sparkler, founded in 2015, had received funding from angel investors and selected grants, including from the NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit educational organization.Nickelodeon said that over the next year, Sparkler’s technology — designed to measure child development and coach parents on improving their kids’ learning — will be integrated into Noggin’s platform. That will provide tools for parents to guide their kids’ development through “engaging, playable content and experiences on and off screen.” Related Popular on Variety In addition, Nick said Sparkler will continue to work with schools, healthcare providers, and social-services providers through a new Viacom-backed nonprofit org called Sparkler Learning.First launched in 2015, Noggin costs $7.99 per month and includes access to more than 1,500 episodes of kids’ TV shows, short-form videos and music videos, and other content — all without any ads.Kane, newly appointed to the role Noggin’s executive VP, will oversee the integration of Sparkler and drive Noggin’s strategy and next phase of development as an educational digital platform. She will be based in New York and report to Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins.Robert Delacruz will continue as general manager of Noggin, now reporting to Kane.“Pairing Sparkler’s capabilities with our curriculum-driven content will fully transform Noggin into a premier interactive learning destination for preschoolers and their families,” Robbins said in announcing the deal. He added that Kane “brings extensive experience in the education and technology space, and she will help drive Noggin’s growth with an increased focus on delivering even greater value to our direct-to-consumer service.”Prior to co-founding Sparkler, Kane was the founding COO of Amplify, an education-tech company that developed learning experiences for students in K-12 grades. Prior to that, she was COO of the New York City Department of Education under former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration. She also worked at the FCC, where she led the development of strategies for applying broadband technologies in education, healthcare, and energy sectors.Nickelodeon hasn’t disclosed how many subscribers it has signed up for Noggin, but claims it tripled its sub based in 2018 from the year prior. Noggin is available for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Android, Fire tablet and Roku devices, as well as on Amazon’s Prime Video Channels and the Roku Channel. Music Moguls of the Year: Already a Success in TV, Nick Cannon Eyes Oprah-Level Dominationcenter_img Shows currently on the Noggin service include “PAW Patrol,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” “Peppa Pig,” and “Bubble Guppies,” along with library titles including “Dora the Explorer,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Team Umizoomi” and “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Viacom Sees Q3 Profit Rise As Advertising Emerges From Long Slump ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Nanoporous graphene could outperform best commercial water desalination techniques

first_img Journal information: Nano Letters “Because those carbon atoms at the pore edge would be quite reactive without passivation, in one way or another under realistic experimental conditions they will likely have some form of chemical functionalization,” Grossman said. “This can be controlled to some extent, so we wanted to explore the two limits of hydrophobic vs. hydrophilic edge chemistries. If we had no functional groups (just bare carbon) then within a short time water molecules would dissociate at the pore edge and likely either hydrogenate or hydroxylate those carbons.” The scientists, David Cohen-Tanugi and Jeffrey C. Grossman of MIT, have published their study on water desalination using single-layer nanoporous graphene in a recent issue of Nano Letters.“This work shows that some of the drawbacks of current desalination techniques could be avoided by inventing more efficient and targeted membrane materials,” Grossman told Phys.org. “In particular, tailored nanostructuring of membranes could allow for actual flow of water (with full salt rejection) via size exclusion, leading to much higher permeability compared to reverse osmosis.”This is not the first time that researchers have investigated the use of nanoporous materials for desalination. In contrast to RO, which uses high pressure to slowly push water molecules (but not salt ions) through a porous membrane, nanoporous materials work under lower pressures and provide well-defined channels that can filter salt water at a faster rate than RO membranes. Explore further (Top left) Hydrogenated and (top right) hydroxylated graphene pores. (Bottom) Side view of the simulated nanoporous graphene filtering salt ions and producing potable water. Image credit: Cohen-Tanugi and Grossman. ©2012 American Chemical Society From seawater to freshwater with a nanotechnology filter The scientists compared the two chemistries, along with different pore sizes, of nanoporous graphene in their simulations by running saltwater with a salinity of 72 g/L over the membranes, which is about twice the salinity of average seawater (about 35 g/L). They found that, although the largest nanopores could filter water at the highest rate, large nanopores allowed some salt ions to pass through. The simulations identified an intermediate range of nanopore diameters where the nanopores were large enough to allow the passage of water molecules but small enough to restrict salt ions. The simulations also showed that the hydroxylated graphene significantly enhances the water permeability, which the scientists attribute to the hydrophilic nature of the hydroxyl groups. Since, in contrast, the hydrogenated pores are hydrophobic, water molecules can flow through only when in a limited number of highly ordered configurations. But hydrophilic groups allow water molecules to have a greater number of hydrogen-bonding configurations inside the pores, and this lack of restrictions increases the water flux.Overall, the results show that nanoporous graphene can theoretically outperform RO membranes in terms of water permeability, which is expressed in liters of output per square centimeter of membrane per day and per unit of applied pressure. Whereas high-flux RO has a water permeability of a few tenths, the simulations showed that nanoporous graphene’s water permeability ranged from 39 to 66 for pore configurations that exhibited full salt rejection (23.1 Å2 hydrogenated pores and 16.3 Å2 hydroxylated pores). Graphene with the largest hydroxylated pores reached 129, but allowed some passage of salt ions. Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. The scientists explain that there are two main challenges facing the use of nanoporous graphene for desalination purposes. One is achieving a narrow pore size distribution, although rapid experimental progress in synthesizing highly ordered porous graphene suggests that this may soon be feasible. The other challenge is mechanical stability under applied pressure, which could be achieved using a thin-film support layer such as that used in RO materials. “Computationally, we’re looking at a range of other potentially new ways to engineer membranes for desalination and decontamination,” Grossman said. “Experimentally, we are currently fabricating nanoporous membranes and hope to test their desalination performance in the coming months.”center_img More information: David Cohen-Tanugi and Jeffrey C. Grossman. “Water Desalination across Nanoporous Graphene.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl3012853 (Phys.org) — Although oceans and seas contain about 97% of Earth’s water, currently only a fraction of a percent of the world’s potable water supply comes from desalinated salt water. In order to increase our use of salt water, desalination techniques must become more energy-efficient and less expensive to be sustainable. In a new study, two materials scientists from MIT have shown in simulations that nanoporous graphene can filter salt from water at a rate that is 2-3 orders of magnitude faster than today’s best commercial desalination technology, reverse osmosis (RO). The researchers predict that graphene’s superior water permeability could lead to desalination techniques that require less energy and use smaller modules than RO technology, at a cost that will depend on future improvements in graphene fabrication methods. Water permeability of various desalination techniques. The graphene nanopores can reject salt ions with a water permeability 2-3 orders of magnitude higher than commercial reverse osmosis (RO) techniques. Image credit: Cohen-Tanugi and Grossman. ©2012 American Chemical Society However, this is the first time that scientists have explored the potential role of nanoporous graphene as a filter for water desalination. Single-layer graphene, which is just one carbon atom thick, is the ultimate thin membrane, making it advantageous for water desalination since water flux across a membrane scales inversely with the membrane’s thickness. Using classical molecular dynamics simulations, Cohen-Tanugi and Grossman examined the water permeability of nanoporous graphene with different pore diameters (1.5 to 62 Å2) and pore chemistry. As previous experiments have demonstrated, nanopores can be introduced in graphene by a variety of methods, including helium ion beam drilling and chemical etching. In their simulations, the scientists strengthened the nanopores by passivating, or shielding, each carbon atom at the pore edge with either hydrogen atoms or hydroxyl groups. Citation: Nanoporous graphene could outperform best commercial water desalination techniques (2012, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-nanoporous-graphene-outperform-commercial-desalination.html When water molecules (red and white) and sodium and chlorine ions (green and purple) in saltwater, on the right, encounter a sheet of graphene (pale blue, center) perforated by holes of the right size, the water passes through (left side), but the sodium and chlorine of the salt are blocked. Graphic: David Cohen-Tanugi This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Israeli inventor has backers for cardboard bicycle

first_img(Phys.org)—Don’t tell Izhar Gafni that a bicycle can’t be made of cardboard. An Israeli engineer working in industrial design, he was always fascinated by the potential that comes from the interplay of technologies applied to materials. Gafni was too curious about turning materials into new uses and he could not take no for an answer. What’s more, bicycles, he said, went beyond “hobby.” With him, it was “in my soul.” That might explain his three years of efforts in coming up with a fully functioning bicycle made of cardboard, which has been accorded ample research and development to reach final stages and readiness to show the world. Gafni has secured backing for his project by partnering with ERB, which is managing business and financial aspects of the project.ERB said that it is raising funds to reach the point where they can have a detailed manufacturing plan under way for the first two platforms, a commercial, urban bike and a kids/youth bike. According to ERB, “These models will be made of almost 100 percent recycled materials and will have the option of adding an electric motor. At this stage we have only the prototype for the commercial bikes as shown on the video.” He consulted several engineers. They told him it was impossible. For an inventor, “impossible” is often a green light. “At the time, I just knew cardboard was a material for making packages but I explored it further,” he said.Basically, he said, his method was like that in Japanese origami, as he demonstrated how cardboard can be cut and folded for strength. He said his very first prototype looked like something between a box and a bicycle. He knew he had real work ahead. Gafni worked for several years in his tool shed to make a suitable model. He studied how he was going to structure the frame, seat and other parts, prototyping and tweaking, planning, sketching, running plans through computer programs. He did not use any metal parts. Once the desired shape was formed and cut, he treated the device with what is generally described as “organic materials.” The treatment he used made the cycle waterproof and fireproof. He coated the cardboard with lacquer paint. The tires were made from recycled rubber. The estimated cost to make such bicycles would be between nine and twelve dollars. The obvious benefit would be usefulness as an affordable means of transport. Not only is the design now in its final prototype stage but plans are under way for production. Citation: Israeli inventor has backers for cardboard bicycle (2012, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-10-israeli-inventor-backers-cardboard-bicycle.html Gafni says it all started the day he went to a bicycle shop to purchase parts and he overheard a customer talking about his building a canoe made of cardboard. “The idea stuck in my mind,” he said. “Why not build a bicycle made out of cardboard.” © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further College student invents cardboard vacuum cleaner This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: www.erb.co.il/en/last_img read more

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Sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong

first_imgPublishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited,  she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go  beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring.  Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix I think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them.  I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of  arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of  this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together. I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to  convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning.  Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey? I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book? I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: http://amzn.to/1sRRfZ8 What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing? Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.last_img read more

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All things Jazz

first_imgAs part of its ongoing 25 anniversary show titled Drawing 2014, Gallery Espace presents a Jazz Performance by Thärichens Tentett, a 10-member German Jazz band that will be held at IGNCA on 27 November. The event has been organised in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, SPIC MACAY and Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Passes are available at Max Mueller Bhavan, KG Marg and at Gallery Espace, Community Centre, New Friends Colony in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Thärichens Tentett delivers the most felicitous compositions, the most polished arrangements, as well as the most humorous presentation of all larger German jazz groups. Nicolai Thärichen’s playing has never been foreseeable or even predictable. And especially, not when it is a question of his band Thärichens Tentett. With the fifth album since the founding of the group in 1999, he enjoys mocking all rules of the jazz police. And he engages in outrageous things, which he calls ‘German jazz art songs’.Thärichen and his band also knows that the result remains far removed from academic lyric and jazz.  Nicolai Thärichen still succeeds again in outdoing himself: from the bell-clear voice of an angel to bristling, mocking condescension – a cosmos of sounds rings out.last_img read more

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Long daytime nap may increase diabetes risk

first_imgDo you pine for a long nap during the day? Be careful, as it could be a warning sign for Type-2 diabetes, suggests a recent research. In the study led by Yamada Tomahide from the University of Tokyo, the team conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies involving more than 300,000 people.They found that long daytime naps of more than 60 minutes may lead to a 45 per cent increased risk of Type-2 diabetes, compared with no daytime napping.  However, it was also possible that people who were less healthy or in the early stages of diabetes were more likely to nap for longer during the day.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeople with long-term illnesses and undiagnosed diabetes often felt tired during the day, the researchers said. “It’s likely that risk factors which lead to diabetes also cause napping. This could include slightly high sugar levels, meaning napping may be an early warning sign of diabetes,” said Naveed Sattar, Professor at the University of Glasgow.There was now a lot of evidence of some kind of link between sleep disturbances and diabetes, Sattar observed. Long naps could also be a result of disturbed sleep at night, potentially caused by sleep apnea.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd this sleeping disorder could increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, cardiovascular problems and other metabolic disorders, including Type-2 diabetes.Sleep deprivation, caused by work or social life patterns, could also lead to increased appetite, which could increase the risk of Type-2 diabetes.In contrast, shorter naps (less than 40 minutes), were more likely to increase alertness and motor skills, the researchers noted.  The findings were presented at 2016 European Association for the Study of Diabetes Meeting in Munich, Germany, recently.last_img read more

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Groovy gifts for new age grooms

first_imgIt has been ages since someone thought of gifting gold to the newly wed couples. The trend then was to secure the couple’s future with the resale value of the yellow metal, but with time other gifting options like crockery sets, home furnishing, clothing, propped up in marriage ceremonies. But have you ever given it a thought of how women-oriented the wedding gifts are? Gold earrings, rings, pendants, saris… all for the bride. The groom barely gets anything other than the commonly shared-with-the-bride bed-sheets, bed-covers, dinner sets, cookware or home decorative pieces. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen it comes to gifting a man, we are all left scanning every nook and corner of the brain to search for the perfect present, but yet something seems not very right during the decision making process. Some men do get lucky to receive a nice watch, a pair of fancy cuff links, or an expensive long lasting perfume, but how many watches do you need in a lifetime? How often have you noticed one wearing cuff links?Here’s a list of presents which might be considered very dear and useful to many men: Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the reader: Books are not a conventional gift option for weddings, but let’s talk about giving a device that enabled you to read on the go. Yes, you got it right, we’re talking about Kindles and the like. Avid readers tend to start reading everything everywhere. To entertain this habit of theirs buy a portable book for your friend.For the traveler: Wanderlust is infectious. If your friend loves to travel there’s a high chance that his wife would be a travel-lover too. A perfect wedding gift for this couple will be a planned tour package for their honeymoon or post it. Tour packages sound expensive, but there are options of weekend getaways to exotic places nearby the city. Add some spice to your friend’s married life with one such trip coupon. These coupons are available at various online travel agencies but they might burn a hole in your pocket. Yet, spending a little more for your dear friend’s hapiness is always a noble bargain.For the fitness freak: You can always encourage someone aiming to stay fit. Gift your friend a fitness tracker to keep going in his healthy journey. High quality fitness trackers are now available in India at reasonable prices. Fitness comes at a price of Rs 4990, but the bands are helpful in tracking your health, activity, sleep and a lot more.Available in a variety of colours, Tango Wellness Motivator, provides 24 hours activity data including step counts, calories burnt, distance traveled and sleep monitoring. It comes with a mobile app which gives analytical report of daily activities. The tracker syncs with the application at the push of a button and works with all leading smart-phones and computers. That’s what a cool gift sounds like!For the metro-sexual man: Grooming is not specific only to the fairer sex. Men have the right and will to pamper themselves as well. But often due to social and peer pressure they have to give in and drive out all thoughts of bodycare. Let’s make some room for the willing testosterone to indulge in some spa massage or a soothing experience.Spa treatments provide soothing effect to the body as well as the mind. “Shirodhara enables one to get rid of insomnia, headache and eye problems, it is the best treatment for hairfall and hair related problems. NASYAM helps in removal of kapha which gives breathing problems. It is also very helpful in case of withdrawal signs of bad habits,” says Dr Shilpi Sonkar, Anamiiva Ayurvedic Centre.Relaxing Spa treatments are available within the price range of Rs 1000-5000, and booking one for your friend can be great way to helping him relief stress and get back to life happily.For the music-lover: Boom boxes are something that most music lovers would love to own. Home theatres and Bluetooth speakers are now in trend for the tunes to play aloud. Not only do they sound cool but they are also available in various bright colours and at an affordable price. Whether listening to music, audio books or phone calls, a bluetooth speaker delivers amazingly clear and loud sound. Genius SP-906BT Series perfectly fits different usage scenario, be it listening to music while jogging or working out, rock-climbing, biking or hanging-out and partying with friends.For the shopaholic: Online shopping is an ever growing trend, especially among young men who do not have enough time to visit stores and shop. Presenting someone with e-gift voucher is an excellent idea, as it will him pick his favourite stuff online during his online shopping spree. Gift vouchers/cards are also pocket friendly as one can decide on the amount. You can choose from a nominal Rs 500 and go as high up as Rs 10,000 and send it over to your friend’s e-mail address. The next time you get to know of a friend’s upcoming marriage, fear not, refer to our list and do something out of the box to make them remember you through your memorable wedding present.last_img read more

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The Goldilocks Test Why China Is Just Right

first_img China, with its bustling economy and continuing growth is managing to create their own version of Silicon Valley. Add in the financial support of the Chinese government and their desire to take risks, it’s only a matter of time before China’s Silicon Valley will bypass the U.S. tech-hub.China’s venture capital economy is booming, and there is no denying the money pouring in. In 2015, government-backed venture funds swelled to $231 billion, tripling the amount under management in a single year. To put that into perspective, that’s five times the amount raised by venture firms worldwide.So what is it like to be a foreign venture capitalist looking at startups in China? I spoke with three active venture capitalists with funds focused on China to find out.Surging venture capital.“Chinese entrepreneurs have greater access to venture capital than anyone in the world, and the risk-appetite in China now rivals the United States,” says Phillip Kingston, Trimantium Capital’s managing director.Related: China’s Effect on the U.S. VC GameFor Phillip Kingston’s fund which focuses on fin-tech and health-tech startups that have the potential to scale globally, it isn’t enough to be a source of capital for startups in China. With the nation’s own government pouring over $338 billion into China’s startup economy since 2015, venture capital firms such as Trimantium Capital see a nation that is more sophisticated in its venture capital strategy than anywhere on earth.“Not only are ideas getting bolder and more original, but highly sophisticated domestic funds are being established at a dizzying pace. Globally there’s unrivaled scale in China by sovereign entities, high net-worth families and smart diversified Chinese listed corporations, and I expect this to continue right through 2016 and beyond,” says Kingston.With capital so readily available, it’s little wonder that China would have its own Silicon Valley. In a 2016 report, the Chinese city of Shenzhen emerged as the nation’s priciest real estate market, with the average home prices elevating the city over Beijing and Shanghai. Dubbed “China’s Silicon Valley,” this is where about 10 percent of all new startups are born, finding a home alongside the nation’s tech giants including Tencent.“There is still a ton of action concentrated in the large ecosystems such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and maybe Chengdu, Wuhan,” says Rui Ma, 500 Startups Partner in China.“However there is a ‘power law’ at work here and Beijing really dominates in terms of number of deals as well as active investors. Beijing is to Shanghai as Silicon Valley is to New York City in terms of the level of activity – anywhere between 2 to 4 times depending on what report you read,” says Ma.The biggest draw for investors in China, however, is likely to be the exit.“Chinese venture capital firms have several accepted ways of exiting,” says Ma.Related: 7 Tips For Businesses Looking for EB-5 Funding“For early stage investors (usually Pre-Series A), they tend to exit to series A or B investors. That usually doesn’t happen in the US, but is very common in China. Because there are now so many listed companies (on NEEQ and on bigger main boards) who raised money through an IPO or follow on offerings, and because they trade at very high P/E or revenue multiples (at least compared to the U.S.), acquisitions are also now common exits.”But in spite of the perks of an exit, playing in China’s startup scene doesn’t come without its risks. High prices for startups due to the oversupply of capital relative to deal-flow is dangerous, says Ma, and the general slowdown of the economy is also a huge source of worry that affects all investors and players in the economy.”Confidence and tag-teaming in cross-border deals.For U.S. investors and entrepreneurs looking to conquer China’s Silicon Valley, the good news is that there are more cross-border deals. There is even a trend now for Chinese companies to acquire U.S. startups (as happened for example, in the case of Grindr).“The quality of deal flow in China is on par with the United States and Israel,” says Kingston. “Few Chinese companies focus beyond the Chinese-speaking world. The most likely transition will be more globally focused Chinese companies wanting to sell to Chinese outside of China, which means that there are more cross-border deals seeking investors like us.”There are also U.S. investors who are aggressively building relationships in Asia with partners who understand international markets — from banking to bitcoin.Related: The Sharing Economy Is Absolutely Blowing Up in China”Software, and more specifically bitcoin and blockchain technology are permeating every corner of the world — this is not a silo phenomenon but rather a global technology with global reach, so it’s important for us to build as many investment and entrepreneurial bridges to Australia and Asia as possible,” says Cameron Winklevoss, co-founder of Winklevoss Capital & Gemini.With the feverish confidence of Chinese venture capitalists and entrepreneurs giving Silicon Valley a run for its money, it’s become clear that the nation is no longer the country that merely manufactured your iPhone. Big name firms, like 500 Startups, Sequoia Capital and Trimantium Capital are investing in China and the world is realizing why — that for the first time — China might soon overtake our own Silicon Valley. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 5 min read May 16, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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