Weight obsession was waste of happiness

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Jameela Jamil has described her obsession with weight as a “horrifying waste of happiness”. She was consumed by the task of being thin and struggled with crash diets and anorexia, reports mirror.co.uk. The 33-year-old actor said she weighed herself every day for more than 20 years and her mood was dictated by what she saw on the scales. Jamil told Stylist magazine: “I ended up weighing myself every single day of my life until last year. That’s 21 f***ing years of waking up every morning and my entire mood for the day being determined by the number on a stupid little machine in my bathroom. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”What a horrifying waste of happiness. What a horrifying waste of time. What a sad thing for a bright girl who technically knew better, to keep as her deep, dark secret for so long.” Speaking about when the insecurities began, Jameela said, it was being publicly weighed in school and that she was the heaviest in her class. At home, she said her parents were not supportive, but put her on a crash diet to tackle her weight. The actor added that her teenage years became more consumed by her obsession, leading to dangerous weight loss, bed sores, a thinning heart and thyroid problems.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook If the choux fits… Andrei Godoroja, 58, a software engineering consultant from Vancouver, B.C., won THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW title and trophy on tonight’s finale, while Leduc, Alberta’s Megan Stasiewich and Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Sachin Seth gave their best efforts but came up short in the final showdown. The finale saw the three bakers create two dozen mini Swiss rolls for the Signature Bake, whip up princess cakes for the Technical Bake, and build breathtaking choux pastry sculptures for the Show Stopper, judged by acclaimed pastry chefs Rochelle Adonis and Bruno Feldeisen.“It was a privilege to be in the finale alongside bakers as talented as Megan and Sachin, and an honour beyond my wildest dreams to have been selected the winner by Bruno and Rochelle,” said Godoroja. “I came into the tent on the first day hoping that I wouldn’t be the first to be sent home and wondering if my goal of making it to the finale was realistic. I have so appreciated the encouragement I received from viewers and hope that some may be inspired by my journey to push themselves and achieve things they thought were beyond their capabilities.”Godoroja was named Star Baker twice throughout the course of Season 2, during Cake Week and Pastry Week.  Memorable bakes include a checkerboard cake for Cake Week, a dark chocolate cookie piano for Biscuits and Bars Week, and a strawberry slab pie and basket of pastries for Pastry Week.  His chocolate passionfruit tart during Chocolate Week, and coffee and maple crepe cake in the semifinal, wowed the judges and earned him a spot in the finale. Godoroja first learned to bake by watching his grandmother, and has previously had careers in opera singing and astronomy – he can now add the Great Canadian Baking Show title to his extensive resumé.Fans can relive the delicious drama of THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW Seasons 1 and 2 anytime on the CBC TV streaming app and cbc.ca/watch.THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW brings together 10 amateur bakers from across the country to compete in a series of themed culinary challenges that celebrate their diverse backgrounds, families and communities. Each of the eight one-hour episodes features three rounds: the Signature Bake, the Technical Bake and the Show Stopper. After the baked goods are tasted and critiqued, the judges decide the week’s Star Baker, and who will be sent home, with the final three bakers competing for the Great Canadian Baking Show title.THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is produced by Proper Television in association with CBC and Love Productions. The executive producers are Lesia Capone and Cathie James, and the series producer is Marike Emery. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; and Susan Taylor is Executive in Charge of Production. The format is owned by Love Productions and distributed by Sky Vision. In addition to the original British series, the format has been produced in 23 territories including America, Australia, France and Ireland. THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW is presented with Robin Hood. The Robin Hood Baking Family consists of a portfolio of leading baking brands.Follow THE GREAT CANADIAN BAKING SHOW online:Website: cbc.ca/life/greatcanadianbakingshowHashtag: #GCBS or #canadianbakingshowTwitter: @CBCBakingShowFacebook: facebook.com/GreatCanadianBakingShowCBC/Instagram: instagram.com/cbcbakingshow/.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more


Trump signals frustration with Feds independent policies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is complaining that President Xi Jinping enjoys a major advantage in the U.S.-China trade war in that he controls China’s central bank while Trump must deal with a Federal Reserve that is “very destructive to us.”Trump makes clear in an interview with CNBC his frustration with a system that provides political independence for America’s central bank — something most economists see as vital to its credibility. Trump notes that China’s president, by contrast, is essentially also head of the Chinese central bank.“He can do whatever he wants,” Trump says.Trump also complains that even though he selected four of the Fed’s five board members, including elevating Jerome Powell to chairman, “We have people on the Fed that really weren’t, you know, they’re not my people.”Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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Calgary Chamber of Commerce pushes employers to better support depressed employees

Thinkstock. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kayla Butler Posted Oct 9, 2015 10:16 pm MDT Calgary Chamber of Commerce pushes employers to better support depressed employees Depression in the work place results in lost productivity, and the Canadian economy takes over an 8 billion dollar hit each year because of it.That’s why the Calgary Chamber of commerce is encouraging employers to direct employees to the Counselling Centre’s free online screening test.Chamber CEO Adam Legge says companies also need to make sure employees know help is out there.“It’s okay to seek treatment, it’s okay to talk to your manager or your HR department about it. They have resources in place, whether it’s a family assistance program, or counselling in their externded benefits,” said Legge.“We all need to work together, we need to be able to supoprt our colleagues that go through it, we need to be open to those communications as managers and leaders.”The test is available until October 11, and you can find it here.It’s free, anonymous, and takes about five minutes. read more

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CCTV shows barefoot Grenfell tenant fleeing fire that started in his flat

Mr Kebede leaves Grenfell Tower The first firefighter arrives at Grenfell Tower, minutes after Mr Kebede dialled 999 CCTV showing the tenant of the flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started fleeing the building barefoot have been shown to a public inquiry.Behailu Kebede, 45, was woken by the sound of his smoke alarm shortly before 1am on June 14, and found white smoke billowing from behind his fridge-freezer.He alerted his two female housemates, Elsa Afeworki and Almaz Kinfu, before knocking on every door of the neighbouring flats on the block’s fourth floor and then rushing outside.The resident is also pictured pleading with fellow residents, trying to usher them out of the building.Security footage stills shown at the inquiry into the disaster on Thursday pictured Ms Afeworki walking down the stairs into the main lobby at approximately 12.56am, two minutes after the first 999 call.She is followed at around 12.58am by Mr Kebede, who is seen wearing just a T-shirt and a pair of trousers, but no shoes.Within two minutes, the first firefighter is seen entering the building. Mr Kebede gesticulates to a woman at the bottom of the Grenfell Tower stairs For the first time, sections of his 999 call at 12.54am were translated from Amharic, during which he could be heard telling someone: “Grab it and leave, just leave. What kind of person is she?”Counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett told the inquiry at Holborn Bars that Mr Kebede said these words were directed to Ms Kinfu, who had left carrying a suitcase. At an approximate time of 1.06am, the report said: “(Watch Manager) Dowden notes from his position at ground-floor level that the fire has breached the window of flat 16 and he wants to put a covering jet onto it.”(Crew Manager) Secrett advises him not to at this point due to the risk to BA Team One who are about to enter the flat.” Within minutes the blaze had latched on to the flammable cladding strapped to the outside of the building and shot upwards.Grenfell tenant ‘wishes he burned with others’ after fire started at his flatThe father-of-two who lived in the flat where the Grenfell Tower fire started has described wishing he had “burned in the tower with the others”.Behailu Kebede, 45, set out his desperation since losing everything on June 14 last year – compounded by a fear for his life – in a statement to the public inquiry.The Ethiopian-born Uber driver said media coverage painted “a completely distorted picture” that portrayed him “like a criminal who was to blame for the fire”.His upsetting written account ended: “Sometimes I wish I had burned in the tower with the others. I have been burning inside ever since.”Suggestions that he caused the fire by tampering with his fridge-freezer or that he had packed a bag before escaping led to safety concerns from the police.He said in a statement to the inquiry, published on Thursday: “I met a number of officers there. They offered to take me to an unknown address outside London for my own protection.”They wanted to put me into witness protection because they were concerned about reports in the press that showed me in a negative light, reports suggesting that I was to blame for the fire. He phoned a friend and then left the scene, but felt compelled to return later in the night as he had many friends inside Grenfell Tower, according to his evidence. Witness statements given by Mr Kebede – an Ethiopian Uber driver who had lived in the west London block for around 25 years – were read to the hearing.In the aftermath of the blaze, Mr Kebede was accused of packing a suitcase before leaving Grenfell Tower, but the new footage confirms his version of events – that he left barefoot and tried to rush others with suitcases out of the building.  Mr Kebede gesticulates to a woman at the bottom of the Grenfell Tower stairs Builders were sent around who “put sealant in the gaps”. On Wednesday, the inquiry heard that this sealant was flammable. Mr Kebede returning to Grenfell Tower to try and help evacuate his neighbours Mr Kebede’s flat is lit up orange with flames (left) before the blaze spreads into an inferno (right) in images taken on his mobile phone Mr Kebede had been saving to buy his fourth-floor flat in Grenfell Tower under Right to Buy and hoped to move his partner and two children in with him.Instead, he left Flat 16 for the final time with only his phone, trousers and T-shirt – not even managing to put on a pair of shoes.His statement continued: “Since the Grenfell Tower fire, my life has been a complete mess. For much of the time, I just wanted to be left alone.”I had gone through a terrible ordeal that was affecting me mentally and physically. I wanted to meet the families of the bereaved but I did not have the courage to do so.”I wanted to pay my respects to the deceased but felt unable to go out on my own. I believed that there were people out there who wanted to hurt my family and me. “This was a very difficult time for me. I did not want to live under witness protection but I still took the threat posed to me seriously.”I genuinely feared for my life based on the information that the police gave me at that time.”I knew so many of those who died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. I relive the horrific memories of that night all the time. I have not been able to sleep properly, thinking about those who died and seeing their faces when I close my eyes. Just talking about it is painful.”I wish I could have banged on more doors and woken up more people. I am haunted by my failure to pick up my flat keys when I left and my inability as a result to get back into the building and warn more people. I feel broken inside. I am not the same man I used to be.”I am still in fear, looking over my shoulder all the time. I do not feel comfortable in the presence of groups of four or more. I feel scared, as if I want to cry all the time. Sometimes I cannot even express myself and struggle to speak.” Mr Kebede returning to Grenfell Tower to try and help evacuate his neighbours Mr Kebede's flat is lit up orange with flames (left) before the blaze spreads into an inferno (right) in images taken on his mobile phone Firefighters arrive at Grenfell Tower Mr Kebede has not given evidence in person at the probe, saying through his lawyer that he was “terrified”.His account was read into evidence by lead counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett QC.The full statement ended: “I do not know what the future holds in store for me. I know I am in a bad place now. I would like to give a positive answer but I find it very difficult to do so at the moment. A woman sits on the stairs inside Grenfell Tower with a suitcase behind her, unaware the block of flats is being engulfed by flames above her Experts believe the inferno on June 14 escaped through gaps around Mr Kebede’s window on to the external facade.Mr Kebede, however, said he had “no idea” that “highly flammable cladding” had been installed on the outside of the building.He had moved to the UK in 1990, was joined by his two brothers in 1991, and was offered a flat in Grenfell Tower soon afterwardsHis statement said: “It is difficult to explain just how happy I was to move into Flat 16 in Grenfell Tower with my younger brothers.” Mr Kebede became friends with many Eritreans and Ethiopians in the building, which, he said, was a multicultural “melting pot”.Eventually his siblings moved out and, by the time of the fire, he was living with two women who had needed a place to stay, leaving him sleeping on a mattress in the living room.He bought the fridge-freezer around which the fire is thought to have started several years earlier for around £275 new, his statement said.On the night of the fire, Mr Kebede heard no explosions and saw no flames in his flat.His statement said: “While I was standing outside I saw the fire get bigger and bigger.” “Maybe if the inquiry identifies those who are really responsible for the fire and the deaths of so many people, maybe then I will be able to have a better future.”Before the fire, I was feeling very hopeful. I was eligible under the Right to Buy scheme and was in the process of purchasing my flat at Grenfell Tower from the council.”I had been offered a mortgage and was hoping for it all to be finalised by August 2017.”However, that dream died with the fire. I cannot see a future for myself right now.”Even though my family and friends keep telling me that I am not responsible for the fire and I know they are right, I cannot help but blame myself.”Sometimes I wish I had burned in the tower with the others. I have been burning inside ever since.” “It was even suggested to me that I might need to change my name and not have any contact with my family.”I told the police that I did not want to take part in any form of witness protection. Finally, they agreed to let me stay in a different part of London.”As a result of the media intrusion, my partner and children were forced to move out of their home. The four of us have been living together in various hotels ever since.” Mr Kebede leaves Grenfell Tower The first firefighter arrives at Grenfell Tower, minutes after Mr Kebede dialled 999 Mr Kebede said in a later police statement: “I was a bit annoyed because I saw her with a heavy suitcase and I wanted everyone to leave immediately and no-one else had brought luggage.”During a lengthy statement of truth to the inquiry, dated June 1 2018, the former resident said he had complained about the quality of a window refit now blamed for fire’s spread.Mr Kebede and nearly “everyone” in Grenfell Tower had been concerned about the quality of a recent refurbishment and had raised the issue with both the council and their MP.His kitchen window was replaced during the work, which “caused problems” as “air was entering my flat through these gaps” around the frame. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The statement continued: “We walked back to the tower on foot. When I got there the whole tower was engulfed by an inferno on all four sides. It was terrifying. It was much worse than before.”Firefighter told not to douse flat where fire startedA firefighter spotted that a blaze on the fourth-floor of Grenfell Tower was spreading on to the external facade but was initially advised not to spray it with water by his colleague.Fresh details about the response of the London Fire Brigade has been outlined in a detailed report published on Thursday titled Operational Response to Grenfell Tower, covering between 12.50am and 2am on June 14. A woman sits on the stairs inside Grenfell Tower with a suitcase behind her, unaware the block of flats is being engulfed by flames above her Firefighters arrive at Grenfell Tower read more

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Expelled US official en route from Venezuela Pentagon

first_imgTHE PENTAGON CONFIRMED today that one US military official expelled from Venezuela amid accusations by Caracas of a conspiracy was en route back to the United States.But officials were unsure of the status of a second military official who Venezuela said it also had expelled.“We are aware of the allegations made by Venezuelan Vice President (Nicolas) Maduro over state-run television in Caracas, and can confirm that our Air Attache, Col. David Delmonico, is en route back to the United States,” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale said in a statement.The expulsions came as Maduro accused the country’s “historic enemies” of causing the cancer of ailing President Hugo Chavez, whose health has taken a turn for the worse.Maduro alleged that Delmonico had been seeking out active Venezuelan military officials to obtain information about the armed forces and propose “destabilization projects.”He said the officer was given “24 hours to pack your bags and leave Venezuela.”Pentagon officials said the US embassy had posted military attaches in Caracas as Washington had previously run security cooperation programs with Venezuela — before relations soured under Chavez’s rule.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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Varoufakis euro will collapse if Greece exits

first_imgIf Greece is forced out of the euro zone, other countries will inevitably follow and the currency bloc will collapse, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on Sunday.Greece’s new leftist government is trying to re-negotiate its debt repayments and has begun to roll back austerity policies agreed with its international creditors.In an interview with Italian state television network RAI, Mr Varoufakis said Greece’s debt problems must be solved as part of a rejection of austerity policies for the euro zone as a whole. He called for a massive ‘new deal’ investment programme funded by the European Investment Bank.“The euro is fragile, it’s like building a castle of cards, if you take out the Greek card the others will collapse,” Mr Varoufakis said according to an Italian transcript of the interview released by RAI ahead of broadcast.The euro zone faces a risk of fragmentation and ‘de-construction’ unless it faces up to the fact that Greece, and not only Greece, is unable to pay back its debt under the current terms, Mr Varoufakis said.“I would warn anyone who is considering strategically amputating Greece from Europe because this is very dangerous,” he said. “Who will be next after us? Portugal? What will happen when Italy discovers it is impossible to remain inside the straitjacket of austerity?”Varoufakis and his Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received friendly words but no support for debt re-negotiation from their Italian counterparts when they visited Rome last week. But Mr Varoufakis said things were different behind the scenes.“Italian officials, I can’t tell you from which big institution, approached me to tell me they backed us but they can’t tell the truth because Italy also risks bankruptcy and they are afraid of the reaction from Germany,” he said.“Let’s face it, Italy’s debt situation is unsustainable,» he added.Italy’s public debt is the largest in the euro zone after Greece’s and Italian bond yields surged in 2011 at the height of the euro zone crisis. They have since fallen steeply and have so far come under little pressure from the renewed tensions in Greece.Mr Varoufakis said his government would propose a «new deal» for Europe like the one enacted in the United States in the 1930s. This would involve the European Investment Bank investing ten times as much as it has so far, Mr Varoufakis said.If Europe continues to pursue counterproductive austerity policies the only people who will benefit will be «those who hate European democracy,” he said, citing the Golden Dawn party in Greece, the National Front in France and the United Kingdom Independence Party in Britain.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fotios Tsiouklas taking the digital world by storm at 16

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Fotios Tsiouklas is only 16 and an entrepreneur proving that there’s more to the word than just owning your own business.“The term is thrown around very lightly today,” the 16-year-old who has sold over 50 video games globally and owns a social media company with a weekly reach of 15 million people, tells Neos Kosmos.“It is often used to describe anyone who is self-employed. However, I believe it is so much more than being self-employed. An entrepreneur, to me, is someone who makes the impossible happen, every day. From a young age, I was often criticised by those around me for the ventures I chose to pursue. I was often told ‘you are too young’ or ‘you don’t know what you’re doing.’ This is a part of the life of an entrepreneur,” he stresses.According to Fotios, an entrepreneur is a resilient, persistent individual who is willing to push aside criticism and chase their dream. While most people only see the success stories, only a few see the hardships involved in getting to the levels successful entrepreneurs reach.“I strongly believe that if you believe you have the traits of an entrepreneur, [then] you allow yourself the opportunity to try out something new in an area you are passionate about,” he says. “Don’t let any factors deter you from trying something new. Believe in yourself, work hard and everything will eventually come together. That’s what it means to be an entrepreneur – to make the unthinkable become the new reality.”Fotios discovered his passion for entrepreneurship at the age of 10, when he started his first website fotoz.com.au, a social media network for photographers. At the time, he was told by those around him that it wouldn’t work even after he created a business plan and sample website.“Later that year, a very similar website/app was released – Instagram. After seeing the success of Instagram, I was inspired to believe in myself and went on to pursue other ideas,” he says.“I have always enjoyed creating things. I derived a sense of achievement in making possible whatever my imagination held.”Now a year 11 student at Balwyn High School in Melbourne, he is also completing two year 12 subjects, Greek and Business Management, while running a digital agency (arvada-apps.com) developing applications and software for companies and individuals. Through his agency, Fotios employs eight people to manage different areas of operations.“Through Arvada Apps, I have sold over 50 games across the world, I have developed educational software which is being used by childcare centres throughout Melbourne to educate children, I have mentored over 10 people in the app industry and I am currently working on a system that will allow people to build their own app for under $1,000 (with optional add-ons), which is relatively cheap, considering most app development agencies charge thousands of dollars just to design a user interface,” he explains.“Through this promotion, I have already gathered a large amount of interest. Using my knowledge in apps, I will also be releasing an app course to teach other people how to work from home and make a substantial amount of money online through application development, the way I have.”It didn’t take Fotios long to realise that establishing a digital agency takes a lot of hard work – especially as a teenager and he feels grateful his family has got his back.“At first, it is often hard to gain respect from those in business due to my age, however, results always speak loudest and my credibility is always established very quickly thereafter,” he says.“It may seem surprising, but when you’re a teenager running a proper business, a lot of people want to work with you. It is therefore important that you have your family’s backup and support to help you filter between those with good and bad intentions. I encourage all parents with young, emerging entrepreneurs to be supportive at all times and help their children where possible. Having a strong support network through my family has played a huge role in me reaching the goals I’ve set for myself and have subsequently achieved. Without their support, reaching these targets would’ve been impossible.”Fotios’ parents have always been close offering valuable advice, motivation, encouragement, and knowledge along the way – especially during difficult times, helping him put things in perspective and ensuring he remains humble and level-headed as he says. Other than his family, Fotios’ business partner Daniel also inspires him in many ways offering the much needed space for improvement. He also looks up to Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX.“Unlike other successful business people,” Fotios explains, “Elon Musk continues to focus on improving humanity and not ‘chasing the dollar’ which I admire about him. I try to always model myself on him and help as many people as I can along the way, recognising that success breeds success.”Although, Fotios aspires to a life of success by creating something that would be known, used and appreciated world-wide his main goal is to excel at school.“Once I graduate from high school,” he says. “I would like to complete a commerce and IT double degree, at a top-tier university and later do a post-graduate business degree at an Ivy League school in the US.”While running a demanding business he does not neglect his family and friends, an essential to remain a balanced individual. He also ensures his apps are helpful for others, especially children and young people.Fotios has created Tiny Town, which includes a suite of 10 apps targeted towards children aged three to five years old. The series has been tailored to the national curriculum and aims to provide an alternative option to the traditional, mindless iPad and iPhone games children play, by providing them with a fun way to learn.“The app has been tested and was a very big hit with kids, who refused to give me back my phone,” he enthuses.“We have this app currently being used by six KoolKidz centres throughout Melbourne and aim to launch this series in every independent childcare centre in Australia.“I enjoy helping people and seeing them transform the apps I sell to them into successful, chart-topping games. It’s all part of my value-add proposition beyond the point-of-sale. My goal is to allow everyone a gateway into the saturated and competitive app industry by offering affordable prices and assistance where needed.”Apart from building apps and creating video games, the 16-year-old boy wonder uses his knowledge in social media and his strong base of influencers to organise Greek events throughout Melbourne through his page Hellenic Clips (facebook.com/hellenicclips), working with some of the biggest names in the Greek community.His ingenuity does not end in the social media and IT realm. Fotios’ latest venture includes working with the founders of Australian company HiSmile to manufacture his own line of niche skin cosmetics.Have you ever felt that maybe you dream too much? I ask him.“I’ve always felt cosmetics and healthcare in general is a good industry to enter, however, most cosmetics companies use very conservative methods to market their products and present their products in a very traditional way. A different approach in social media, marketing, and online distribution could truly revolutionise the industry,” he says.“Many people have told me from a young age that I have a tendency of spreading my wings too far. However, I believe that in order to excel at something, you need to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. No one knows what the future holds, so it is important that you immerse yourself in as many opportunities as possible – as long as you can handle the extra commitment of course.”For more information go to arvada.com.au and facebook.com/socialsquadofficialYou can download Tiny Town on the iTunes store online @ tinytownapp.comHellenic Clips: facebook.com/hellenicclipslast_img read more

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Events Industry Robust Growth Through 2011

first_imgU.K.4.0% U.S.4.2% Transaction multiples were healthy. D+P analyzed 149 event transactions since the first of 2005, and found an average revenue multiple of 2.4 times, and an average EBITDA multiple of 9.2 times. Also covered in the report are business models, ownership models, globalization and the effects of the Internet face-to-face.‘Strong Shows Can Become Brands onto Themselves’The event, attended by nearly 80 leaders in the magazine publishing, events, private-equity and financial markets, featured a six-person panel of media-industry executives. Panelists included: Neal Vitale, CEO of 1105 Media, Don Pazour, CEO of Access Intelligence, Mike Schneider, CEO of Affinity Group, Jeff Stevenson, co-CEO of Veronis Suhler Stevenson and Richard Kerr, head of group development for United Business Media. The panel discussion that was the morning’s most lively element. Rankine, serving as moderator, asked panelists how confident they were in the growth projections. “If you’re showing 6 percent growth with the collapse of the IT event business, then the numbers are conservative,” Pazour said. Added Stevenson, referring to a region where the growth is projected to hit 20 percent, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m getting on the next plane for the Middle East.”1105’s Vitale offered a note of caution. “To treat the industry as whole misses the point,” he said. “It’s really the type of activity and a market-by-market analysis.”When the conversation moved to international markets and which presented the most challenges, UBM’s Kerr outlined conditions in the Middle East, India and China, and added that he avoids “the PIGS—Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.”Stevenson, describing the business in Russia, said, “Things that you worry about in the trade-show business, there is a whole other level of things that you worry about in doing business over there. Transparency is not the watchword.”The panel debated the ownership models and the pros and cons of the standalone approach—such as Reed—and the integrated-media approach. Stevenson said VSS has invested in both. “Both can be successful,” he said. “You tend to find more dominance in the market with the integrated model. Whether the decline of print makes the integrated approach less important is still an open question. Maybe print will become more of a promotional vehicle.”Pazour said strong shows can become brands onto themselves, but the integrated approach offers the opportunity to leverage one to the benefit of the other. “It also helps you avoid boneheaded moves—Galen Poss of Hanley Wood describes it as, ‘The market went left and we kept going straight.’ With a magazine, you’re closer to the market and you can avoid that.”Exhibition Market by Growth Forecast, 2008-2011 France4.0% Germany2.9% The global events industry is huge, growing and highly fragmented. And, in a time of declining print revenue, it offers integrated media companies a highly profitable, defensible, Web-resistant platform for growth, according to a new white paper from DeSilva + Phillips and AMR International.“This is the star of old media,” Denzil Rankine, CEO of AMR, said at an event Thursday at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, where the findings were presented. The white paper, which focuses on the trade show and conference parts of the events business, describes a world where global revenue is $100 billion and the dominant monolithic player, Reed Exhibitions, holds no more than 7 percent of that total. It describes an industry with an average growth rate of 6.2 percent globally since 2003 and a growth forecast of 5.5 percent (4.2 percent in the United States) through 2011. Some areas, including the Midddle East, are projected to skyrocket.Unlike virtually everywhere else in the media world, events-related M&A activity is expected to remain strong, the white paper indicates. “Despite overall reduced M&A activity, the events market seems to be holding its own and may in fact have another strong year of M&A,” it states. “Deal volume appears to be despite the fact that buyers are paying lower multiples due to financing constraints and a weaker overall market outlook.” The white paper outlines three companies with aggressive acquisition strategies in the events space, including DMG World Media, Canon Communications and Affinity Group, which went from three consumer events in 2005 to 45 events as of June. Russia10.7% Other4.7% Middle East20.0% India13.5% COUNTRYGROWTH Rest of Europe4.7% China15.1% Brazil8.3% SOURCES: AMR International, VSS, AUMA, CEIR Index, BSG Asia Report, UFI, Fondazione Fiera Milano, Salon et Foireslast_img read more

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JBER F22s Scramble To Intercept Russian Jets Near Alaska Air Space

first_imgU.S. and Canadian air forces have scrambled jets twice over the past week to intercept Russian aircraft that have buzzed the Alaskan and Canadian coastlines twice in the past week.Listen now: A U.S. F-15 out of Elmendorf Air Force Base (before it was re-named Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson) escorts a Russian Tu-95 Bear bomber out of Alaska airspace in 2006. Credit Wikipedia.orgThe latest round in the cat-and-mouse game between U.S. and Russia aircraft played out a week ago over the waters off Alaska’s northern coast. Late Wednesday, the Air Force scrambled two F-22s from the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to intercept six Russian military aircraft that were flying within 55 nautical miles of the Alaska coastline.The two Mig-31 jet fighters, along with two long-range bombers and two refueling tankers, didn’t enter U.S. airspace, only the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone.A few hours later, another pair of the long-range bombers Russian bombers flew within 40 nautical miles of Canada northern land mass on Thursday. The pair of turned back after being intercepted over the Beaufort Sea by two Canadian F-18s.Both times, the Tupolev bombers didn’t enter either U.S. or Canadian airspace during what Moscow has long referred to as “training flights.” The aircraft only entered the Air Defense Identification Zones, or ADIZ, which extends about 200 miles north off the coast of both the United States and Canada.“Russian long-range aviation flights have, for instance, have entered our ADIZs, but not our sovereign airspace. These flights are perfectly legal, and we do not consider them threatening or provocative. When we intercept and identify their aircraft, both sides have exercised professional airmanship in all cases.”Nahom talked about U.S. and Russian aircraft encounters during a visit in May by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. He left the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson last summer to take a new position back in Washington, D.C.Based on Nahom’s comments, the Wednesday’s interdiction played out as it usually does, the Russian bomber pilots execute a turn away from the mainland after the U.S. warplanes show up.“They seem to be pretty constant. Over the past few years you average 10-12 of such flights inside of our ADIZs per year. We have F-22s that sit alert here at JBER and when someone starts approaching the ADIZs we do scramble out to meet ‘em and make sure they don’t go any further in approach to U.S. airspace.”The Toronto Globe and Mail says U.S. and Canadian warplanes have intercepted about 50 Russian aircraft over the past five years.But the Christian Science Monitor reports that a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman said Friday that the flights are part of an increase in such activity near the Alaska air defense identification zone.The Globe and Mail, the Monitor and several other news media noted that U.S. officials believe the two incidents were linked to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visits last week to the United States and Canada.last_img read more

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Even for Keyboards Thin Is In

first_imgNovember 13, 2009 1 min read Register Now » Consider Microsoft’s new Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 the Kate Moss of computer accessories: It’s so thin, you may want to feed it a sandwich. The keyboard was developed to address the growing demand for portability, particularly among business users, and the spread of Bluetooth: According to an IMS Research forecast, 55 percent of notebook PCs will ship with Bluetooth by this time next year. The feather-light 6000 is just a few millimeters thicker than an AAA battery, making it the slimmest keyboard ever to emerge from the Redmond, Wash., brain trust. It’s also supermodel-stylish, with a streamlined, tapered-down design created around Microsoft’s wave-like Comfort Curve layout. No less notable, the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 addresses the glaring absence of number pads on notebooks and netbooks by featuring a stand-alone Bluetooth Number Pad that can be used with the 6000 or by itself (it even boasts its own carrying case for added portability). The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000 is $89.95. Microsoft is selling the Bluetooth Number Pad on its own for $44.95–in the event your accessories budget is a bit thin as well. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the December 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

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