Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says
February 20, 2020
New Reality

Immigration: No visas for low-skilled workers, government says

Video caption The BBC’s Vicki Young asked people in Wanstead and Basildon for their opinions Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in...

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Mass Timber, Not Steel, Is the Future of Construction
January 30, 2020
Infrastructure

Mass Timber, Not Steel, Is the Future of Construction

Fire-blocking mass timber construction could bring millions of pounds of carbon absorption to cities around the world. Wooden skyscraper designs are trendy around the world and reflect changing attitudes about wood construction. Making construction-grade timber can also cost less in carbon emissions than concrete and steel....

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Automation is not a dirty word
January 27, 2020
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Automation is not a dirty word

‘The key to surviving the automation revolution is by simply getting back to be human.’ The automobile industry was on of the first to ‘go automated’. Source: Shutterstock As our world continuously evolves and the lines between offline and online continue to blur, change remains the only constant in our...

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Investors Are for the Weak: These Tech Entrepreneurs Chose Bootstrapping Over VC Affluence
January 25, 2020
Finance

Investors Are for the Weak: These Tech Entrepreneurs Chose Bootstrapping Over VC Affluence

Bootstrapped companies target quick profitability and avoid pressure from investors. Following WeWork’s crash and Uber’s and Lyft’s failure to take off, the time has come to look at business models that focus on more than just growth The equity industry is still processing WeWork’s IPO farse, but the business model that...

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Like It or Not, Automation Is Coming
January 25, 2020
Technology

Like It or Not, Automation Is Coming

Credit: Getty Images More than a century ago, the great composer John Philip Sousa worried about the future of his profession. He feared that a new invention, the record player, would render obsolete “the ennobling discipline of learning music,” putting professional musicians out of work. Sousa’s works have stood the test...

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Scientists Bring Concrete To Life & It Might Be The Future Of Construction
January 19, 2020
Infrastructure

Scientists Bring Concrete To Life & It Might Be The Future Of Construction

Today in weird news we didn’t expect to read: Researchers in Colorado have produced Franken-concrete. It’s alive, and it may be the future of green buildings. Concrete is, quite literally, all around us. It, or versions of it, has been used since 1300 B.C., meaning even a trip to Roman ruins is surrounded by...

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AMD confirms ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card will be out in 2020
January 19, 2020
Technology

AMD confirms ‘Nvidia killer’ graphics card will be out in 2020

AMD’s chief executive has confirmed that a high-end Navi graphics card will be released this year. In a video interview entitled ‘The Bring Up’ posted on YouTube by AMD (see below), Lisa Su noted that people were wondering about Big Navi – said high-end GPU, which has previously been referred to as the...

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In a rare move, Apple, Amazon, and Google just announced a major partnership
December 20, 2019
Technology

In a rare move, Apple, Amazon, and Google just announced a major partnership

Amazon’s latest Echo smart speaker. Amazon , Apple , and Google make competing smart-home speakers: the Echo, the HomePod, and the Home. Despite this competition, the three tech giants are putting aside differences and forging a rare collaboration over smart-home standards, they announced on Wednesday . The plan:...

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Hotel developers are pushing this Lego-like construction trend
December 20, 2019
Infrastructure

Hotel developers are pushing this Lego-like construction trend

Built section-by-section in a factory, hotel units are shipped to a site and stacked, sometimes practically overnight. Photo credit: Guerdon Modular Buildings. Modular construction is something like Legos — and hotel developers can’t get enough of the new building trend. Built section-by-section in a factory, hotel...

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Shares of Tyson Foods climb after it wins approval to export poultry to China
December 17, 2019
Business

Shares of Tyson Foods climb after it wins approval to export poultry to China

Tyson Foods received approval to sell U.S. poultry products to China, according to Reuters. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company expects to start taking orders early next year and can start shipping from all 36 of its processing plants, Reuters reported. China banned American poultry in 2015 due to a U.S. outbreak of avian...

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How Trump Lost His Trade War
December 17, 2019
Business

How Trump Lost His Trade War

President Trump walked away from his stated goals to make his China trade deal. Trade wars rarely have victors. They do, however, sometimes have losers. And Donald Trump has definitely turned out to be a loser. Of course, that’s not the way he and his team are portraying the tentative deal they’ve struck with China,...

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Athletes eating a plant-based diet: What are the health risks and benefits?
December 16, 2019
Food

Athletes eating a plant-based diet: What are the health risks and benefits?

Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Plant-based diets have been receiving a lot of buzz lately with the recent release of the documentary The Game Changers , about the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes. Vegetarian diets are often based on ethical concerns and/or animal welfare. Vegetarian diets vary greatly on...

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Poorest countries facing both obesity and malnutrition
December 16, 2019
Food

Poorest countries facing both obesity and malnutrition

A third of the poorest countries in the world are dealing with high levels of obesity as well as under-nourishment, which leaves people too thin, according to a report in The Lancet. It says the problem is caused by global access to ultra-processed foods, and people exercising less. The authors are calling for changes to the...

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Erdogan Threatens to Recognize Genocide of Native Americans
December 16, 2019
Living

Erdogan Threatens to Recognize Genocide of Native Americans

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia, 22 October 2019 ANKARA (Sputnik) – The Turkish President threatened Sunday to recognize mass killings of Native Americans during the colonial period as genocide after the US...

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The chill ahead in the Second Cold War
December 15, 2019
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The chill ahead in the Second Cold War

Author: Gary Clyde Hufbauer, PIIE In the year 2018 — 99 years after the end of the First World War, 73 years after the end of the Second and 26 years after the end of the first Cold War — US Vice President Mike Pence announced a Second Cold War : This time with China. How and when it will end is anyone’s...

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China’s Presence in the Bahamas: A Greater Role After Hurricane Dorian?
December 14, 2019
Finance

China’s Presence in the Bahamas: A Greater Role After Hurricane Dorian?

Image: Bahamian residents salvage personal possessions amid devastated homes in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, September 2019. (Source: Time) Introduction The Bahamas, an island paradise less than 60 miles off the coast of Florida, faces a long and expensive rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Nearly 50 percent of the...

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Intermodal Efficiency Boosts Savannah’s Container Volumes
December 14, 2019
Infrastructure

Intermodal Efficiency Boosts Savannah’s Container Volumes

Credit: Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton The U.S. Port of Savannah moved 363,000 TEUs in November, a 5.4 percent increase over the same month last year. For the fiscal year to date (July-November), the Georgia Ports Authority has handled nearly two million TEUs, an increase of 109,000 TEUs, or 5.8 percent. The...

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Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa is nominated for an international award
December 14, 2019
Food

Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa is nominated for an international award

Staff Photographer Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa, an activist for immigrants’ rights, is one of 10 finalists for the Basque Culinary World Prize , which honors those who use gastronomy as a force for change. This prize, to be announced July 16, is not exclusively for chefs with charitable or social projects....

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How South Philly Barbacoa Gets Ready to Sell Thousands of Tacos in One Day
December 14, 2019
Food

How South Philly Barbacoa Gets Ready to Sell Thousands of Tacos in One Day

“No llores.” Cristina Martinez laughs as she instructs her staff not to cry. The small team is chopping hundreds of onions and the tiny kitchen is filled with a stinging aroma that would make anyone’s eyes water. Not Eater Philly’s Chef of the Year and her team, though. They keep chopping. Since moving...

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