Columbia Power Technologies competes for USD 300.000

first_imgColumbia Power Technologies, US wave developer, is competing for funding at Willamette Angel Conference.The funding is provided from the angel investors that are made up from current and former executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who look to invest in companies primarily in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and surrounding regions.Columbia Power Technologies, Oregon-based wave energy developer, is amongst the 10 companies competing for this year’s funding in the amount of USD 300.000.Columbia Power has developed the StingRAY wave energy converter that works by capturing the energy of the waves with floats that move forward and backwards.The energy is transferred to two rotary generators that produce electricity onboard the device.The company plans to deploy its StingRAY wave energy device at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), off Hawaii.The deployment is scheduled to start in 2016, and last for a minimum of 12 months.Willamette Angel Conference has so far invested over USD 1.5 mln in Oregon companies and Willamette Valley entrepreneurs.Willamette Angel Conference 2015 will take place on May 14, at CH2M Hill Alumni Center – Corvallis, Oregon State University, Oregon.[mappress mapid=”351″]Image: Columbia Power Technologieslast_img read more

Minister sets eyes on road network away from rivers

first_img 75 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Minister sets eyes on road network away from rivers by: – June 4, 2018center_img Share Share Public Works, Water Resource Management and Ports Minister, Dr. Colin McIntyre (file photo)New Public Works, Water Resource Management and Ports Minister, Dr. John Colin McIntyre has said his goal is to review the island’s road network ensuring road constructions are moved away from rivers. This he said during a site visit to the recently completed Yorke Valley Bridge in the Layou Valley on Wednesday 30 May, 2018. While reiterating Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie’s statement that plans are advanced for the rehabilitation of roads leading from the Layou and Yorke Valley Bridges he said he does not intend to build in close proximity to the river during his tenure as Public Works Minister. “I’m going to force the fact that we move along the inland aspect of roads, moving away from rivers; the cost is tremendous and you can’t even control water sometimes coming from the mountains,” he explained.Minister McIntyre added that “in my lifetime” roads subject to damage from the river will not be constructed.last_img read more

Dimitry Seluk tells Pep Guardiola he can have a “war” over Yaya Toure

first_img But instead of obeying, Seluk hit back at the Catalan coach. 20/09/2016 CEST “Look what Guardiola did to Pellegrini. He took his job when he was still fighting for titles.” Sport EN “Pep doesn’t want players with personality. He only wants players who are scared of him and will do what he says. Seluk responde a Guardiola: “Se cree el rey” IN SPORT.EScenter_img “If Pep Guardiola wants a war, then he can have one,” Seluk told The Mirror. “Pep didn’t like my opinion? But what does he expect me to say when he does this to Yaya? I spoke out because I felt that Pep was being vindictive to Yaya. “Unfortunately for Pep, we live in a world where you have the right to free speech. He has reacted to what I have said about him by punishing Yaya again. But I’m not surprised. Upd. at 19:11 “Will I apologise? Well, I have learned that you must never say never. But will Pep apologise to Yaya? Will he apologise to Joe Hart or Manuel Pellegrini? Guardiola said Yaya would not be playing for the club again until Seluk apologised for his claims that he had shown Yaya a lack of respect and humiliated him by leaving him out of the City Champions League squad. Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk and Man City manager Pep Guardiola are embroiled in a furious row.last_img read more

4 Areas of Focus to Boost Your Candidate Attraction Efforts

first_imgChanging the way that you interact with candidates in your selection process is crucial to your organization’s future success.Talent shortages are growing around the world. The global unemployment rate has dropped to 5 percent, the lowest level in a decade according to the latest ILO World Employment and Social Outlook, and the current unemployment rate in the United States is near a 50-year low. While this is great news for workers, it is challenging for employers. There are fewer candidates actively searching, yet companies have many openings to fill. The pendulum has shifted, and candidates can be selective.Optimizing the candidate experience while collecting rich candidate data is critical. This will allow organizations to acquire the talent necessary to achieve business objectives. The candidate attraction lens can be applied in four highlighted areas of the six-step selection process to provide a more compelling candidate experience. Area #1 – Candidate SourcingOften, a candidate’s first interaction with your organization will be through online job postings, job descriptions, and online company reviews. A negative first impression at this stage can be a lasting one for candidates. Creating clear, consistent, and authentic brand messaging across all platforms is key. Make sure your culture, purpose, and values are clearly stated in addition to the details of the role. This enhances candidate perceptions and drives candidate engagement throughout the selection process.Area #2 – Realistic Job/Culture PreviewA realistic preview of your organizational culture and the role allows candidates to evaluate their own fit. It also gives your organization the opportunity to share your unique value proposition. These previews should be transparent, highlighting both the opportunities and challenges. This affords candidates the opportunity to decide whether to continue the selection process. It also provides the candidate with a positive impression of your organization.Candidates who drop out of the selection process at this step are “good drops.” The company has saved both time and money by not assessing, interviewing, onboarding and training someone who wouldn’t have been a good fit. Plus, the candidates leave the process with a positive impression of your organization. They are more likely to refer others or reconsider your organization in the future.The candidates that continue in the selection process should be more committed. The realistic preview gave them a better understanding of the corporate culture and the role.Area #3 – AssessmentAssessments allow candidates to demonstrate their experiences, skills, abilities, and preferences. Assessments can also be used as an opportunity to attract candidates. Candidates have positive impressions of organizations when assessment content is job-related. They interpret interactive and visually appealing assessments as signs of an innovative employer. Mobile assessments allow organizations to meet candidates where they are – on their smartphones. They also showcase the organization’s commitment to technology.Area #4 – InterviewInterviews are often the first personal interaction that a candidate has with an organization. This can be a make or break interaction, and it’s critical that your interview process aligns with your talent strategy.An interview that is more of a “meet and greet” with the candidate adds little value. It provides an unclear message about the role or your organization. Additionally, it doesn’t produce very useful or reliable decision-making information. “Meet and greets” are a missed opportunity to gather good candidate data and to sell your organization to the candidate.A highly structured interview collects great candidate data but can be too structured and rigid for candidates. Moreover, these types of interviews don’t provide insight into your organization’s culture. Candidates often leave without establishing a relationship with your organization.It’s critical that your interview process aligns with your talent strategy.Candidate centered interviews allow you to gather all the data needed to make a selection decision while creating an engaging experience for the candidate. The interview questions are consistent and job-related. They also help candidates envision themselves in the role at your organization. When conducting an interview, keep candidate attraction in mind. This promotes genuine, intentional conversations with candidates. It also conveys your culture and generates excitement about working within your company.Looking at each of the steps of your selection process through the candidate attraction lens allows your organization to obtain the data you need to make the right decision about a candidate. It also allows the candidate to make the right decision about working for you.last_img read more

Your Guide To The West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival – June 17 – 19

first_img West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19 7100-7400 blocks of Ogontz Avenue The West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival returns with a star-studded lineup of performers, the Craft Marketplace, the International Food Court, giveaways, and more.  This Philly favorite is a three-day long, free outdoor festival.  Sunday, June 1911:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Jafar BaronOARC Stage 4:40 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.Gerald VeasleyBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage The Music: Super soul sister Chaka Khan is the featured performer at the Sunday main stage show. Additional performers include shining R&B starlet Chrisette Michele, the celebrated Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, legendary jazz master Roy Ayers, Philly talents Christian McBride, Gerald Veasley, the Urban Guerilla Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra, Men of Soul (Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett), and many, many more. 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.Tony Smith QuartetBrownies 6:45p.m. – 8 p.m. Jeffrey Osborne Brown’s Family Shoprite Stage 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.Andy Aaron Mean MachineRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.Daud El-Bakara QuintetRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Roy AyersOARC Stage 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.Fred & Tonya DuoVictorias Kitchen Your Guide To The West Oak Lane Jazz And Arts Festival The Art, Food & More: The vibrant marketplace will carry handcrafted jewelry, clothing, paintings, photography, home décor—and Philly 360° creative ambassador Stacey “Flygirrl” Wilson—while the food court will offer tasty treats representing cultures from around the globe.  Children have their very own event at this year’s festival—the Children’s Day event with live performances, music workshops and a video gaming arcade. Free shuttle service to the festival site is offered again this year as well as complimentary parking at many locations. For more information on parking, shuttle service and directions,  click here. Insider Tip: Check out Warren Oree’s breakdown of the festival to make sure you don’t miss a beat. West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival(R. Kennedy for GPTMC) 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.Philadelphia Heritage Art EnsembleOARC Stage 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.Po/Jazz Connection, hosted by Nzinga with Gregory Jones QuartetThird Element Spa 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Mike BooneOARC Stage 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.Tony Smith QuartetBrownies 3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.Freddie JacksonBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Gregory PorterOARC Stage 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Childrens Program, PersuasionsBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 8 p.m. – 12 p.m.Val RayRelish Stage – INDOOR 6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. 2:45 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.Howard HewettBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.Talent Search WinnerBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.Urban Guerrilla Orchestra, (UGO)OARC Stage 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.3rioOARC Stage The Schedule:Friday, June 1712 p.m. – 2 p.m.Sherry Butler, Vocal Workshop & PerformanceWest Oak Lane Senior Center 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.The PersuasionsOARC Stage Carl GrubbsOARC Stage 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Tamika PattonRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Philadelphia Clef Club Youth BandOARC Stagecenter_img 5:40 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.Peabo BrysonBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Philly CatsRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.Carmen Butler DanceRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.Michael RayOARC Stage 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.Philadelphia Freedom Jazz OrchestraBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.Tony “Stickman” WyattWest Oak Lane Senior Center 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.Mi’cal BeckhamRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.Sam ReedOARC Stage 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Georgie BondsOARC Stage 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.Richard Waller and Music ReportOARC Stage Saturday, June 1810:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.Central High School Jazz BandOARC Stage 8 p.m. – 12 p.m.Joanna GardnerRelish Stage – INDOOR 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.Tia FullerOARC Stage 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.Chrisette MicheleBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.Chaka Khan Brown’s Family Shoprite Stage 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.Lynn RileyRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.Bootsie BarnesOARC Stage 8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.TC IIIRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 4:30 PM – 5:30 PMEddie Palmieri Salsa OrchestraOARC Stage 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.Rodney Mack Philly Big BandBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.Rising Star FinaleOARC Stage 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.MonkadelphiaOARC Stage 8 p.m. – 11 PMTimi TanzaniaVictorias Kitchen 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.Abstract TruthRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.Christian McBride & Inside StraightBrown’s Family Shoprite Stage 9:30 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.Edgardo CintronRelish Stage – OUTDOOR 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.3D Ritmo De VidaOARC Stage 12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.Star (Role) ModelsOARC Stage 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.George BarronRelish Stage – INDOORlast_img read more

British sailors trial adjourned after Crown decides against calling witness

first_imgHALIFAX – The trial of a British sailor accused of sexually assaulting a young woman in the barracks of a Halifax-area military base was adjourned Friday until next week.The Crown told Justice Patrick Duncan it had intended to call a toxicologist to the stand at Darren Smalley’s trial, but decided against calling the witness.Crown lawyer Eric Taylor indicated that military police Sgt. Tyler Bruce-Hayes, who testified earlier in the trial, is expected to take the stand again when the trial resumes on Tuesday in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.Bruce-Hayes has yet to be cross-examined by the defence because of delays at the outset of the trial due to the hospitalization of a co-accused, British sailor Simon Radford, for a serious infection. The Crown has stayed charges against Radford, but they can be reinstituted within a year.The 38-year-old Smalley is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in the barracks of 12 Wing Shearwater in April 2015.The case once involved a total of four accused, but charges against two other sailors were dropped.The complainant has testified that she was gang raped by at least three men.On Thursday, the sexual assault nurse who examined the complainant after the alleged incident testified she found a number of bruises and injuries on the woman.Paula Nickerson testified there were certain injuries on the woman’s genitals that surprised her because they were not injuries she had commonly found on sexual assault complainants.She said the amount and variety of the injuries made it one of the more “significant” cases she handled during her eight years as a sexual assault nurse.The trial also heard from a forensic DNA specialist from an RCMP lab in Ottawa on Thursday.Florence Celestin said human semen was discovered on the complainant’s underwear, and two DNA profiles were discovered on the underwear: the complainant’s and a male.She testified the DNA profile of the male matched a DNA profile taken from the one of the four suspects originally charged in the case.She did not name the suspect, but defence lawyer Ian Hutchison noted that it was his client’s DNA profile.Celestin conceded to Hutchinson that the DNA could have been transferred from elsewhere, such as sheets, a blanket or chair.The British sailors were in the Halifax area participating in a naval hockey tournament.The complainant was at the barracks on the night in question because her friend had invited her on a double date after meeting a British sailor on Tinder.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

DBRS upgrades Bombardier rating to stable one month after Moodys downgrade

first_imgMONTREAL – DBRS Ltd. has upgraded Bombardier Inc. slightly to a trend of stable from negative, one month after Moody’s downgraded the transportation company.The rating service on Monday maintained its B rating.However, DBRS notes that there is evidence of stabilization in the company’s (TSX:BBD.B) financial profile, “albeit at a very weak level,” and an outlook for modest improvement over the next 12 months.It says there has been material progress in improving margins, especially in the rail division, over the last two years and there is “greater visibility” about the viability of the C Series following the Airbus partnership.DBRS says strategic moves like the Airbus deal and development of the Global 7000 business jet demonstrated the more stable footing, while its cash position remains “adequate” in the near-term.The rating comes about a month after Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Bombardier’s corporate rating to B3 from B2 and changed its rating outlook to negative from stable.Moody’s said its downgrade reflected the belief that Bombardier’s debt will remain high through 2019 and it will face challenges in generate positive cash flow because of the potential delay of C Series deliveries.last_img read more

Monsanto appeals 78M verdict in California weed killer suit

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Agribusiness giant Monsanto is appealing a $78 million verdict in favour of a dying California man who said the company’s widely used Roundup weed killer was a major factor in his cancer.The company filed a notice of appeal Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court challenging the August jury verdict in favour of DeWayne Johnson.Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in June, said in a statement that none of the science presented at trial supports the conclusion that Roundup was a substantial cause of Johnson’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.An email to a spokeswoman for Johnson’s attorneys was not immediately returned.Bayer says numerous studies have shown glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer, is safe when used properly.The Associated Presslast_img

With the US Out Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For

Following the United States’ brutal 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium on Tuesday — despite an amazing performance by goalkeeper Tim Howard — fans in the U.S. are without a rooting interest in the World Cup.Actually, only some are.Casual soccer fans who supported the U.S. men’s national team may tune out now that it’s out, but many Americans will continue to watch. Which team will they cheer for? Probably one of two favorites: Brazil and Germany.FiveThirtyEight conducted a SurveyMonkey Audience poll of nearly 1,100 U.S. residents and asked them which country they were rooting for. The poll was conducted June 23 and 24, toward the end of the group stage. After recording the respondents’ first-choice country, the survey asked which country they would root for if their top choice were eliminated. This gave us a good proxy for U.S. fans’ backup teams.Nearly three out of four respondents picked the U.S. as their top team. Here are the percentages of U.S. fans who chose each nation as a backup (excluding countries with less than 1 percent support):No one country had a dominant share of U.S. fans’ support. England came out on top with 16 percent, but the Three Lions flamed out of the Cup early on. England was followed by Brazil, Germany, Italy and Mexico. Of those countries, only Brazil and Germany remain in the tournament.Not every survey respondent chose a backup country. Of those who chose the U.S. as their first choice, about 5 percent then picked either the U.S. (again) or refused to pick any country (labeled as “none”).What about those 26 percent of respondents who did not select the U.S. as their first-choice? The most-backed countries after the U.S. were Brazil (17 percent), Germany (11 percent), England (10 percent) and Mexico (7 percent).But this method of figuring out whom disappointed U.S. fans will now support is highly imperfect. The poll, conducted online, is likely to under-weight fans without reliable Internet access, as well as fans who don’t speak English. That second flaw is especially problematic, because it probably means many fans with origins in Central and South America are excluded.So, is England really the second-most-supported team among soccer fans living in the U.S.? I’m skeptical. I suspect Mexico is a better bet, with nearly 12 million individuals born in Mexico living in the U.S. as of 2011, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s International Migration Database.To augment our admittedly incomplete survey, we reached out to Google to find data on the top countries searched for in the U.S. Specifically, the searches tallied are for country names combined with the phrase “World Cup.” Obviously, merely searching for a country on Google isn’t the same as rooting for that country. But it’s an approximation of interest.The Google Trends team nicely summarized the most-searched-for countries on a couple of days prior to the World Cup (the tournament began June 12), as well as during the first two weeks of the tournament.Top Countries Searched on GoogleBrazil was the top country queried, although this is probably confounded by its host-country status. Those using Google to search for “Brazil World Cup” could either be interested in the tournament as a whole or in the Brazilian national team. It’s not clear.Mexico and England were the next most-sought-after countries. Mexico does better according to Google than it did in the poll, lending some credence to the idea that the English-only survey underestimates support for El Tri. But even the Google data may underestimate support for Latin American teams. The Google queries here are only for searches in English.Spain and Italy were more searched for in the first couple of weeks of the tournament, and that probably has a lot to do with them being eliminated earlier than expected. In addition to Brazil and Germany, the other highly searched country that remains in the tournament is Colombia.So, with the U.S. men out, expect a sizable number of soccer fans to be supporting Brazil and Germany through the rest of the tournament. read more