Friday, March 2, 2012

Breaking Ground Support Equipment Sustainability News In Canada and the US

Nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds and fine particulate matter are more likely to come from road transportation, industry and wood heating, etc. According to Canadian Aviation and Greenhouses Gases, a 2007 review of the literature: "overall airport activity, including ground support equipment (passenger buses, fuel trucks, tugs, tractors, etc.)" does impact local air quality. That explains why so many Canadian airports and airlines have committed to reducing the emissions that arise from ground fleets. Kits that convert gas-powered ground support equipment (GSE) to rechargeable lithium batteries economy airline WestJet went public with the news that it had tested new lithium battery-powered GSE tugs at the Calgary airport over the winter.

Calgary represents an ideal testing ground for new GSE technology, because of its low temperatures during the winter. According to WestJet, the revamped equipment performed well, even in cold winter conditions.

The company behind this new technology, British Columbia-based Corvus, has said that cleaner technology will improve working conditions for ground crew and passengers.

In the wake of Earth Day, on Thursday, April 26, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to invest in a demonstration and deployment project for fuel-cell-electric ground support equipment at commercial airports.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Is No News Good News for Entrepreneurs?

It's really quite remarkable when you think about it, but many entrepreneurs assume that customers are satisfied with their products or services if they don't hear any complaints about them. And the metrics reflect that. One criterion might be, "No more than X complaints in a quarter." But it that really an effective way to determine if your clients like you?

It's an unfortunate fact that we are bombarded all day long with negativity - or negative vibes at it used to be called. And that bias clouds our judgment to certain extent. This is especially evident in the standards we set for our business. How, then, should we evaluate the sum of customer satisfaction? Here are five questions to ask yourself.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Diabetic Nutrition News, Comparing Popular Diets

Diabetic nutrition news has been changing our thinking about what a diabetic diet should be. But one thing has not changed, and that is the large and confusing number of diets. We'll look at a few of the popular diets and compare them. Nutrition News About Atkins Diets

Also known as a very low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, the Atkins diet puts all of its focus on the carbohydrate side of food. Instead of counting overall calories, it restricts high glycemic carbohydrates, counting them by the number of grams you eat.

Carbohydrates include vegetables, fruit and grains as well as desserts. People on the diet do not have to count how many grams of meat, cheese and fats they eat. This kind of diet causes ketosis, a state where your body uses fat and muscle stores instead of the glucose from carbs to feed your cells.

Weight loss is fast at the beginning, especially if you are used to a high carbohydrate diet. A drastic drop in carbohydrates will lead to quick weight loss until your body adjusts.

And blood sugar is often lower. That's because your pancreas is stimulated to produce insulin by the presence of carbohydrates. Fewer carbs means less insulin.

Most people who go onto an Atkins type diet drop their calorie intake by as much as 1,000 calories a day because there is less available to eat on this diet. And that explains the weight loss.

One problem with this diet for a diabetic is the high protein intake that is required. Many type 2 diabetics have borderline kidney problems, and some of us have chronic kidney disease.

For kidney disease, dietitians recommend less than 1 gram of protein per kilogram of weight per day, and that is far too little protein for the Atkins diet. Another problem with the diet is carb hunger.

If you want to really change your life, you need to find a plan you can use for the rest of your life. The very low carb diet is very hard to stay on long term. But you can lose weight this way.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

6 News Video Clips That We'll Never Forget

Although the event may have taken place long ago, the impact of the event is at times as powerful as ever when you see it again in news video clips. Even the simplest things can catch our attention, but some footage is so powerful that it can literally shape people's lives and emotions for many years. The stunning, unreal views of the places as they crashed into the twin towers is etched into the minds and hearts of millions, but the collapse of the towers is just as shocking and horrific. Moon Landing

Almost anyone who was alive in 1969 clearly remembers all of the coverage about the first moon landing and those historic first steps Neil Armstrong placed on the surface of the moon. Hindenburg

The fiery crash of the zeppelin Hindenburg in 1937 continues to fascinate people to this day. The people jumping from the airship and those scattering out from under the wreckage add to the impact of this clip.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Separating News From Noise

If you want to be a successful long-term investor, you have to distinguish news from noise.

Greek voters seemed to channel Nancy Reagan in deciding to just say no to their country's creditors. Leaders of the G-8 industrialized nations gathered at Camp David last weekend and tried to coax Angela Merkel to join in a chorus of "Give us growth, my Lord, Kumbaya." (Sadly, when translated from German, her refrain sounded more like "I'm not paying, you clowns, Kumbaya.") Global markets have suffered acute motion sickness for weeks. Oh, and a startup company on the West Coast went public on Friday.

Fact number one: Facebook is worth more than Greece. Fact number two: The difference is not as big as Facebook's IPO underwriters wanted us to believe.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

From News Gatherer To News Maker - A Mad World, My Masters - John Simpson

In A Mad World, My Masters John Simpson presents a set of observations and anecdotes drawn from a near lifetime of reporting for television news. Over a career spanning decades, John Simpson has worked on many of the major stories of recent history. He has covered conflicts, such as the Gulf War and the Balkans, general interest stories, such as Hong Kong's transfer and the new millennium, and more general issues such as such as the drugs and arms trades. But it is John Simpson's contact with political leaders and heads of state that adds real spice to these memoirs, some of his contacts proving decidedly surreal, all of them offering unusual insight.

The book is organised around themes, such as journeys, villains, spies, bombing and absurdities. This allows the presentation of similar kinds of experience derived from different trips. It does also facilitate the reading of the book via casual dips. A consequence is that the whole experience becomes rather episodic. Apart from the sometimes tenuous theme, there is little attempt to create a consistent, general narrative. Again this facilitates the casual read, but it might antagonise a reader who wants a tad more reflection from the author.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Some Good News About the Economy

There has been a trend for many governments around the world to augment national budgetary resources by incurring debt. This debt is raised through deficit budgets supplemented by quantitative easing, bond sales etc. This had led gradually to an accumulation of vast national debts. Some persons worry that this is borrowing from the future and that this practice will eventually compromise the future of their grandchildren and future generations. However they need not worry. There is good emerging news on this front.

The fact that future of grandchildren would be compromised is proving to be one great myth. The debt incurring governments have not compromised the future of grandchildren. That future is already here as proven by rising unemployment and falling growth rates around the world. Athens, Portugal, Spain and Rome are leading the trend. The only way out is perhaps monetary/quantitative easing or deficit monetization. This means printing more money without the basis of goods and services to back it. What is the result of such monetary easing? It simply means that existing goods and services that are available in a nation become more expensive i.e. there is inflation. In real terms it means that the government is now borrowing from citizens because wealth of citizens shrinks with inflation while governments have more money in their hands since they control the money printing press. Unlike the regular tax, this inflation led borrowing or automatic tax is across the board for all citizens - poor and the rich. Nevertheless it hurts when payback time arrives. Why then is Greece and Spain not resorting to monetary easing and instead forcing its citizens out on the street through austerity measures?