Why the Name Gentoo? Although there is no specific answer to the above question, a theory out of several others has quite a logical explanation to it. When the English people saw the white “headband” over the penguin’s head, they were reminded of the Indian turban. Back then, the term “gentoo” was used to refer to a Hindu with a turban as the main part of his attire.
There are two subspecies that belong to the gentoo penguin family: Pygoscelis papua papua and Pygoscelis papua ellsworthii. A prominent tail, bright orange-red bill, and the blazing white patch on their eyes are the striking features of these species that makes them stand out from other members of the penguin family. The scientific name Pygoscelis papua, meaning “rump-tailed”, is given to a gentoo penguin for its sweeping tail while it’s waddling on the shore. Gentoos are black on the back and white on the front side, and the shape of their body is similar to a boat. This body structure allows them to swim at greater depths with a greater speed. Gentoo penguins are considered as the fastest underwater swimmers amongst all penguin species, thanks to their fat and webbed feet. The feet are orange in color with black, long claws on them. This unique physical feature allows them to move well on slippery ice as well as climb a rough terrain.
Grooming is an important part of a gentoo penguin’s routine, and they engage in grooming more often than other species. The process of grooming involves getting the oil from the oil gland near the tail and distributing it all over the feathers with the bill. They have to twist and turn their body to be able to spread the oil properly.
Although gender distinction is difficult in this penguin species, males are usually larger than females. The average height that a gentoo penguin may grow up to is 20 to 36 inches, and they weigh around 5 kg. Baby gentoos are grayish in color with a white frontal side. The white crown covering the area from one eye to the other over the head is underdeveloped in them at this stage.
Gentoo penguins are found in many islands of the Antarctic region. However, the main colony of gentoo penguins is on the Falkland islands. They typically live on islands, or other secluded areas to protect themselves from land predators. Other regions where they develop their colonies are Kerguelen islands and South Georgia. Certain smaller colonies of this species are found on the Macquarie island, Heard Island, South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Gentoo penguins are partial migratory animals. This is because at certain times, they leave their nesting location after the breeding season. Usually, the colonies nesting in the Antarctic Peninsula have the tendency to migrate, whereas the subantarctic population is known to be sedentary.
What I Like to Munch On
Gentoo penguins feed on crustaceans, krill, squid, cephalopods, and small fish. Like all other penguin species, gentoo follows a total carnivorous diet, which comprises only marine animals. While krill becomes the important food on the southern part of the gentoo habitat, they feed on small fish in the northern locations. Moreover, fish makes up only 15% of their diet, whereas krill and crustaceans make up for major portion of their diet. Being a large-sized animal, this penguin can consume a fish that weighs more than 1 kg and which can be over 40 cm long.
My Home and Family
Gentoo penguins usually reside along the shoreline, which gives them easy access to food while being closer to their nesting place. They begin their search for an appropriate nesting location between June to November. After reaching a suitable nesting ground with the entire colony consisting of thousands of pairs, each gentoo pair starts building their nest. The nesting material includes stones, moss, tussock (grass) etc. It also requires plants, and once these material are in place, they fertilize the ground with their droppings. This enhances the growth of grass, and the moss spreads around. One of the characteristic features of gentoo nesting is the presence of small pebbles. The areas with small pebbles are selected, as they are the main building blocks of the nest that helps protect eggs during the breeding season.
Although gentoos are active all round the year, they have their annual breeding season, which begins in March. Unlike other species, gentoos breed in snow and ice-free regions, but due to their widespread distribution, these habits may vary to a great extent. For instance, on the Antarctic Peninsula, as mentioned above, the main nesting material is pebbles, whereas in the subantarctic regions, preferences for the nesting material are twigs, seaweed, grass, etc. During the breeding season, gentoos prefer foraging along the shorelines and stay closer to the nesting area, within 18 miles of the colony.
A male gentoo performs some displays for building a nest site and attracting a female. The female takes a survey of the nesting area, and the pebbles used in the construction become the deciding factor in selecting the male and his territory. Moreover, the male offers a stone to the female to please her and receive her favors. Further, the female lays two spherical and greenish-white eggs, each weighing approximately 125 grams (the weight of the first and second egg may vary depending on the nesting location). The first egg is laid 5 days post breeding, and the second one is laid after 3 days. After this, both parents share the responsibility of incubation, which lasts for about 31 to 39 days. After the incubation, the eggs are hatched, and interestingly both eggs hatch on the same day in spite of being laid on different days. Since the chicks are delicate and weak, they have to be in the nest for 75 long days until they are ready to fledge and go for their first visit to the ocean.
My Language of Communication
Gentoos resort to loud trumpeting to communicate with their mate and young ones. They are well-known for producing a variety of sounds for several occasions. For example, when the male or female returns after feeding, it will point the beak up straight in the air and throw out loud squawks to make the partner aware about their arrival. When a predator is invading its territory, a gentoo will make a low hissing sound, or give out grunts, depending on the severity of the threat.
The chicks are also very talented in producing various sounds, like high-pitched chirping when hungry, or a modified whistle call before reaching their first molt, after which they develop an adult voice for calling. Interestingly, the chicks are so intelligent that they can recognize and distinguish the call of their parents from several other gentoos nesting in their colony.
My Code of Conduct
Gentoos are the shyest of all penguin species, and do whatever it takes to avoid a fight. Although being a highly territorial animal, it will do nothing more than gaping at its fellow mates with its beak wide open, when enemies attack its territories.
Apart from its enemies, a gentoo penguin is also not very comfortable with its own companions. When the colony begins to grow larger and crosses over around hundred pairs, the pairs start splitting up and forming a new, smaller colony.
Although being a shy, asocial (in consideration to other creatures) animal, this penguin possesses the quality of being tolerant. It shares its nesting place with other sea birds and penguin families. In terms of commitment towards the family, gentoos deserve an appreciation for being monogamous creatures.
My Way of Living
Gentoos are one of the most territorial animals. For a major part of their life, they stay on the same location where they breed. If they have to move their colony, it is because of the excessive ice formation in winters. In such circumstances, these sea and land dwellers have to move to an ice-free location.
Adult gentoos begin their annual molt away from the nesting location, after the chicks have fledged and finally departed from the nesting site. There are two stages of molting, namely the pre-molt and the actual molting stage.
The pre-molt stage begins in January and lasts for up to 55 days. During this period, gentoos make long, foraging trips to the sea to meet their objective of gaining maximum weight at this point of the year.
This phase is followed by actual molting, which lasts for 25 days. This proves to be an event that requires high energy, and the gentoos have to overgorge themselves to create fat reserves. During the molting period, they cannot take foraging trips to the sea; so they fast while losing 200 gm of weight per day.
Considering their uncommon nesting location, gentoo penguins do not really have any land-based predators. However, their potential threats are the sea animals, like leopard seals, sea lions, orca (killer whale), etc. Sea birds, like skuas, gulls, etc., might also prey on the chicks and steal the unattended eggs.
What I’ve enjoyed most, though, is meeting people who have a real interest in food and sharing ideas with them. Good food is a global thing and I find that there is always something new and amazing to learn – I love it!
- Jamie Oliver
Food festivals are held all across the world every year, and people from distant parts flock to these venues in large numbers to satiate their taste buds. Apart from being local, national, and international platforms featuring diverse culinary cultures, these festivals are excellent means of uniting different communities under one roof. This is precisely the reason why such festivals have been taking place since thousands of years, wherein people have been marking the arrival of harvest, honoring their deities, and so on. But still, the main aim has always been to celebrate the food culture(s) and promote culinary brotherhood.
The concept of a food festival has become very popular in the past few years. They are no longer elitist events taking place in hotel ballrooms and attended by a handful of people. Food festivals, today, have become huge public events, which take place at popular and easily accessible venues, and are attended by an enormous number of people. Moreover, most of them are not restricted to their local traditional food, but aim to make a global appeal. Here are some of the most famous food festivals taking place around the world.
Taste of Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA Held in – July This year – July 10 to July 14, 2013
The Windy City proudly hosts the world’s biggest food festival that lasts for four days every year. Over two million people flock to the city to savor the sumptuous tastes from across the world, and also to enjoy world-class live bands and a funfair. Alongside the home-made American and ethnic delicacies that are featured here, people can also satiate their taste buds with some superb international dishes.
Festival Gourmet International Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Held in – November This year – November 14 to November 23, 2013
This 10-day long beach-side food festival features the best dishes made by some of the most popular international chefs. With special emphasis on Mexican seafood, this festival also holds some spectacular events such as wine tasting parties, fireworks, and traditional mariachi. Plus, while you dine, you may also have demonstrations by some of the renowned master chefs.
Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba
Alba, Italy Held in – October and November This year – October 4 to November 17, 2013
The famous Alba White Truffle Festival is held in the white truffle season on every weekend in October and November. Visitors from all over the world participate in this festival, which also features, apart from truffles, cultural events and other spectacles. It also holds a private auction attended by the most popular people from the food world. There’s also a truffle market where people can buy some really rare kinds of truffles.
Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival
Galway, Ireland Held in – September This year – September 26 to September 29, 2013
This is world’s longest running oyster festival, first launched in 1954. Apart from the incredible seafood that is served, the festival also features some exciting events such as seafood trails, oyster shucking championships, oyster eating contest, live music, cooking demonstrations, tasting parties, and a grand Mardi Gras-style gala event.
International Mango Festival
New Delhi, India Held in – July This year – June 30 to July 2, 2013
This annual festival is a celebration of everything pertaining to mangoes. It features the different varieties of mango and the various food items that are made from it, like pickle, jam, pulp, jelly, and so on. The festival also holds a number of special events such as mango-eating competitions, mango-tasting event, quiz competitions, and plenty of traditional and folk performances. There is a huge mango market from where, visitors can buy the mangoes of their choice.
Isle of Wight, England Held in – August This year – August 17 to August 18, 2013
This is one of the largest events that the Isle of Wight hosts each year, and it showcases recipes made from garlic. Some of the most exotic foods made out of garlic such as garlic ice cream, garlic fudge, and garlic beer are available at this venue, and people flock in large numbers to enjoy the aroma and taste of the pungent bulb. The festival also features live music and a country fair.
The Crave Sydney International Food Festival
Sydney, Australia Held in – October This year – Yet to be announced
This festival attracts a number of famous international chefs each year as visitors experience the best of Aussie cuisine. From fine dining at famous restaurants to street food to cooking classes and live demonstrations, this event has a lot in store for a visitor. The venue with Sydney harbor as a backdrop also adds up to the mood.
Malaysia International Gourmet Festival
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia Held in – September This year – Yet to be announced
This is a month-long celebration of Malaysian fine dining that attracts master chefs and visitors from across the globe each year. Number of complementary events such as tea parties, fashion shows, and tasting events are held during this festival. Also, there is a chance to learn some of the most mouth-watering dishes from the master chefs.
Schwetzingen, Germany Held in – May This year – May 24 to May 31, 2013
Come spring, and Germany seems to go crazy for asparagus. Schwetzingen, the asparagus capital of the world, honors the asparagus shoots by making exotic dishes out of it, and making them available to a large number of national and international visitors. Spargelfest also features various traditional song and dance events, alongside cooking competitions.
Lima, Peru Held in – September This year – September 6 to September 15
This food festival is attended by over half a million people around the globe every year, and it is considered to be one of the biggest food festivals in the world. Roasted guinea pig, an Andean specialty, is the special highlight of this festival every year, but there are some others such as Peruvian-Chinese chifa cuisine, Afro-Peruvian stews, and zesty fresh ceviches which steal the show as well. People can eat at a variety of venues such as roadside stalls to fine dining restaurants.
Other Notable Mentions
Place: Madrid, Spain
Place: Milan, Italy
The Food and Fun Festival
Place: Reykjavík, Iceland
Austin Food & Wine Festival
Place: New York City, USA
Good Food and Wine Show
Place: Cape Town, South Africa
BC Shellfish Festival
Place: Vancouver Island, Canada
Knysna Oyster Festival
Place: Knysna, South Africa
Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Abergavenny Food Festival
Place: Abergavenny, Wales
Louisiana Seafood Festival
Place: New Orleans, Louisiana
Place: Whistler, Canada
Hong Kong Food Festival
Place: Hong Kong S.A.R China
Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are some food festivals more famous for their ‘weirdness quotient’ than for the foods that they feature. The Hokitika Wildfood Festival, that is held at different locations throughout New Zealand in March, is famous for the wild foods and cooked insects that it offers. Similarly, the Roadkill Cook-off and Festival, held in Marlinton, West Virginia on the last Saturday of every September, focuses on the kinds of animals which are victims of road mishaps the maximum times. So, the festival offers a long and interesting menu with items such as squirrel curry, tacos filled with armadillo, and so on.
No matter what kind of dishes these fiestas serve, it is food, nevertheless. Such events are absolutely heavenly for foodies who crave to try out new and interesting cuisines all the time. After all, as George Bernard Shaw has quoted, There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
By all accounts, Portland mall shooter Jacob Tyler Roberts seemed fairly stable and “normal” prior to the violent rampage that killed three people and severely injured a fourth.
When mass killings happen in the United States, the first question asked during the frantic first hours of media coverage is always the same: Why? Journalists, detectives, witnesses and victims all seem to be searching for a “reason” why a killer decided to open fire and take people’s lives. Most often, a true motive is never determined. Instead, investigations usually uncover evidence that the perpetrator was suffering from some form of mental illness.
The Portland mall shooting and the story of Jacob Tyler Roberts seems to be no different, in that sense. Except, perhaps, for the fact that Roberts seems to have been well-liked and there were fewer indications that he may have been suffering from a mental imbalance. There were clues, however.
In recent weeks, Roberts, 22, had quit his job at a sandwich shop and began selling possessions. He told friends that he was going to move to Hawaii and also that he had inherited money. Yet, he had also updated his Facebook page with an ominous message that had the word “canceled” posted over a banner that read “Follow Your Dreams”. Clearly, something was amiss with Mr. Roberts.
Yet unlike James Holmes, the Aurora movie house killer, Roberts seems to have actually had some friends and could have been described as socially “normal”. At some point recently, however, Roberts suffered a mental break and stole an assault rifle from an acquaintance. He took the rifle and several magazines of ammunition to a Portland mall and opened fire while wearing a hockey mask, screaming “I am the shooter.” After Roberts’ rampage, two innocent people were dead and a young girl was critically wounded. Roberts killed himself in a stairwell before police reached him. And, unfortunately, we’ll never know why.
Emma Watson might be one of the hottest women in Hollywood, but she isn’t that way on purpose! The “Bling Ring” actress just posed for W magazine’s June/July issue and said she doesn’t think of herself as sexy.
“I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast. I wanted to wear a sports bra until I was 22,” she told the magazine. “The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”
We totally get it, Emma: Adulthood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be with all the bills and responsibility … it’s kind of a drag sometimes.
Watson might not want to be sexy, but “Harry Potter” fans disagree. The girl best known as Hermoine regularly tops so-called “hot” lists, including FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World 2013.”
We think the actress is being honest about the “I don’t want to be sexy” thing, but we definitely don’t agree when celebs put themselves down – they’re all hot.
The constant scrutiny – both by the media and fans – is enough to make any famous woman self-conscious about her body.
Just ask Khloe Kardashian: The reality star recently told Cosmopolitan U.K. that she struggles with her self confidence.
“I probably thought I was prettier before I entered the spotlight because being compared to somebody else every day does sort of beat up your spirit and soul,” she said.
However, she’s found the silver lining.
“But it’s made me stronger. I’ve gained another level of confidence,” she added.
Actress Salma Hayek has a life – and a body – millions of women would kill for, but apparently her curvy bod just isn’t what she wants.
“I won a ‘Best Body Award’ from Fitness Magazine and I was too embarrassed to accept it,” Hayek said in 2009. “I actually don’t have a good body…I have acted the part of the girl who has a very good body. If you know how to dress, there’s some tricks you can pull.”
We’d love to know these “tricks,” but it’s pretty obvious that being sexy just comes naturally to Hayek.
Anne Hathaway knocked our socks off in her “Les Miserables” performance, but apparently even winning as Oscar doesn’t make her feel hot.
“I think I’ve got really weird features. I have very large features on a very small head,” Anne Hathaway told InStyle. “…It’s my face. I’m not very pretty.”
We beg to differ, Anne.
Tell us: Do celebs really believe they’re not hot, or is it a way to seem humble?
For a product that has yet to officially hit the market, Google Glass has already caused heads to turn.
Google Glass is a wearable computer that looks like a pair of eyeglasses, only lens-free, with a small device attached to the right frame. It will allow users to access the Internet, take photos and even shoot short videos. Users could activate it by speaking or touching it, although one program in the works could eliminate the need for gestures or voice commands.
With only a few thousand test pairs on the street, the reaction to Google Glass has ranged from excitement to alarm. Early adopters can’t wait to slip a pair behind their ears – while gambling casinos in Las Vegas, bars in Seattle and legislators in West Virginia have already taken steps to pre-emptively ban them, the New York Times reported recently.
It’s the latest chapter in a debate that is older than you might imagine: How does technology test the boundaries between privacy and the First Amendment?
Technology was instrumental in solving the Boston Marathon bombing case a month ago. Knowing there were thousands of smartphones and cameras in the crowd, authorities tapped the power of crowd-sourcing by putting out a call for pictures, videos and other tips.
Investigators plowed through thousands of pieces of information, including shots from mounted surveillance cameras, to help identify the bombers. Facial recognition technology narrowed the search, social media spread the word and thermal imaging led to the apprehension of a suspect hiding under a tarp in a boat just outside Boston.
It was a powerful message about how technology can help resolve public safety emergencies. In fact, an upcoming PBS episode of NOVA will examine the role played by technology and science in capturing the Boston bombing suspects.
For many people, however, technology comes with a troubling flip side when it comes to privacy.
The federal government’s seizure of telephone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press, as well as the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, raise questions about how public officials might employ cutting-edge technology in more intrusive ways. Some companies are reluctant to work with government agencies in devising cybersecurity strategies for fear it will lead to more problems than it will solve.
It’s a debate that involves tech companies, privacy advocates, politicians and the courts, to name a few. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted in April to require law enforcement to have a warrant to seize email, a much higher standard than a simple subpoena. A California district court ruled recently that private messages on social media are protected without a warrant.
The same people who might love the latest gadgets might also find themselves on the wrong end of the technology, either intentionally or by accident.
Then again, the search for techno-privacy balance is nothing new to modern society.
Writing in the Harvard Law Review in 1890, future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and his law partner Samuel Warren said “numerous mechanical devices threaten to make good the prediction that ‘what is whispered in the closet shall be proclaimed from the housetops.’ “
They were writing about the mass commercialization of photography, which is ubiquitous today and has been so for nearly a century. Likewise, few people today seem to care – or at least have become adjusted to – all types of social and electronic media that make every user a paparazzi-in-waiting. For the most part, those are technologies that didn’t exist a decade ago.
Some tech companies take the attitude it’s not about their innovation – which the marketplace should not hold back – but about people doing dumb things they shouldn’t do in the first place. Others are somewhat more introspective, recognizing that technology can invite regulation if asocial people consistently use it for asocial purposes.
We want to buy cool, new stuff – and we also want to protect what little real privacy we might have left in public settings. Between the law, social values and technology itself, perhaps the uneasy balance between “closet” and “housetop” can be maintained.
Tom Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Innovation Network. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The very core of success in Internet marketing is largely reliant on three essential aspects: technology, marketing and products.
So how important are these aspects? How do you establish an advantage in these areas? What are the things that even novice marketers can do to ensure success? Here are the answers.
It a given fact that Internet marketing would greatly rely on the performance of the technology used. Of course, this also pertains to essential tools that aid marketers in achieving their goals.
Many online marketers today utilize Internet tools related to networking. They are cheap, timely, and take only a few steps to reach out networks. General information exchange is often done my marketers in their platforms via announcements, news, or updates. Examples of such platforms are popular networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LnkedIn.
Other tools include techniques that increase viewership and search rates of online pages. SEO or LSI enhanced articles and web pages are popular examples of such practice. They are commonly used not only to increase search ranks of company or business pages in popular engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing, but also to brand, product or company name awareness in the general market.
There is no such thing as good marketing. In terms of productivity in business, there is only effective marketing.
Generally speaking, the most effective marketing strategies via the Internet are the best practices of successful business online. The most practiced technique nowadays is the utilization of networking platforms online since these Internet places are likely packed with different sorts of prospective clients or customers. More so, it supports information and multimedia sharing that can aid the business or company not only in marketing but as well as advertising campaigns.
To marginalize target market, most marketers rely on blogs and forums that belong to specific groups and niches only. Email-oriented strategies on the other hand are used by online marketers for target-specific marketing. Feedbacks and email rings are examples of campaigns that utilize such strategy.
The products are the main things that you sell. If not interesting, they should be able to help your clients or prospective customers solve their issues or to give various individuals the convenience in their lives.
Quality is the foremost aspect that makes your products either sellable or not. Products with poor quality would never ensure the stability of your business. In fact, they could even endanger not only your profits but also your company or brand credibility online.
To avoid problems, you always need to consider the value of the product that you are selling. Make sure that it is high likely be needed or wanted by prospective clients through extensive market research. This method will determine the profitability of your product and identify the price that you can set while considering the purchasing power of your target market.
Bank of Canada should hike rates to pop bubble: former BoC aide
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Bank of Canada should raise interest rates now because five years of low rates are creating distortions in the economy, such as excessive debt and an overheated housing market, a former adviser to central bank Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday. In a hawkish stand at odds with most economists and market players, Paul Masson, now a professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said the central bank should tighten monetary policy to lean against asset price bubbles rather than focus exclusively on inflation.
Upbeat Japan GDP brings some cheer, but Nikkei misses out
SYDNEY (Reuters) – Some stock markets across Asia edged up on Thursday after solid growth data from Japan improved sentiment although Tokyo’s Nikkei lagged, while worries about a prolonged recession in the euro zone kept the common currency under pressure. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan <.miapj0000pus> edged up 0.3 percent, with mainland China stocks <.csi300> up 0.8 percent and South Korean stocks <.ks11> nearly 1.0 percent higher.</.ks11></.csi300></.miapj0000pus>
Insight: Dimon has big say over who serves on JPMorgan board
(Reuters) – For years, JPMorgan Chase & Co Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and other executives have hand-picked new directors, in a practice that is now unusual for a major U.S. bank. The JPMorgan board’s governance committee, responsible for hiring new members, relies almost entirely on referrals from management to find director nominees, according to two sources familiar with the bank’s practices and a review of bank regulatory filings. All of the other 10 largest U.S. banks say they use executive search firms, which have knowledge of a range of possible candidates.
JPMorgan presses Bloomberg on reporters’ access to data
NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co , one of the biggest customers of Bloomberg LP, said on Wednesday it has sent a formal legal request asking the financial data and news company to provide details of what bank information Bloomberg News reporters had been able to see. JPMorgan’s statement comes after Bloomberg acknowledged late last week that its reporters had limited access to data about clients’ terminal usage, such as when a customer logs in, contacts the help desk or delves into the system for information about assets, such as equities or bonds.
Judge orders Dow Chemical to pay $ 1.2 billion in price-fixing case
(Reuters) – A federal judge in Kansas City, Kansas, ordered Dow Chemical Co on Wednesday to pay $ 1.2 billion in a price-fixing case involving chemicals used to make foam products in cars, furniture and packaging, according to court documents. Dow was one of several chemical company defendants named in a 2005 class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to fix urethane chemical prices, but it was the only defendant not to settle.
Global growth jitters trigger TSX drop
TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index slumped on Wednesday, with every major sector trading in the red, after sluggish data from Europe and the United States renewed fears about the global economic recovery. Investors were discouraged by data showing U.S. factory output dropped in April and manufacturing activity in New York state contracted this month. Further, wholesale prices recorded their largest decline in three years.
Quebec seeks fracking moratorium in shale gas rich area
OTTAWA (Reuters) – The Canadian province of Quebec, citing public concerns, unveiled a bill on Wednesday to impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, in a region rich in shale gas deposits. The province’s minority Parti Quebecois government needs opposition support to adopt the moratorium – which would last a maximum of five years. It would ban gas exploration and extraction in the Lowlands region of the St Lawrence River, site of the rich Utica and Lorraine shale gas formations.
GE, Boeing alert airlines about 777 engine problem
NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Electric Co and Boeing Co have alerted airlines about a potential problem with engines on Boeing’s long-range 777 jumbo jet that caused the engines to shut in mid-flight twice this year. The problem affects about 118 so-called transfer gear boxes made between September and March. The part, made by Italian company Avio SpA, are on about 26 in service 777-300ER jets and another 44 aircraft in production, GE said.
Cree says innovation answer to rising competition
TORONTO (Reuters) – LED lighting manufacturer Cree Inc , which aims to make traditional lighting obsolete, promises further innovation and a better product as it tempts customers with a low-power light bulb priced around $ 10. Durham, North Carolina-based Cree makes energy-efficient light-emitting diode chips and lighting products, and it provided more than half the LED street lights the city of Los Angeles recently installed in a massive overhaul.
Canadian April home sales edge up from March, down on year
TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian home sales rose in April, the second straight monthly gain, as spring homebuying breathed life back into the slowing real estate sector and bolstered hopes Canada will manage a soft landing rather than a U.S.-style housing crash. Sales of existing homes climbed 0.6 percent in April from March, but year-over-year sales were down 3.1 percent, the Canadian Real Estate Association said on Wednesday in a report that showed a spring bounce in a housing sector that had been slowing since the middle of 2012.
LONDON (Reuters) – Bank of England chief Mervyn King should be the bearer of some good news on Wednesday in his final forecasts before handing the reins to Mark Carney, even if the British economy remains far from healthy.
After repeatedly having to cut its growth outlook and lift its inflation forecasts since the financial crisis, the central bank looks set to do the opposite in its latest Quarterly Inflation Report.
Economists polled by Reuters last week expect the bank to forecast that inflation will peak at 3.0 percent later this year, below the 3.2 percent predicted three months ago.
Most also expect the Bank to bring forward the date when it expects inflation to return to the 2 percent target, following a recent slight strengthening of sterling and a drop in oil prices, after breaching the target for most of the past five years.
In February, the central bank unsettled some in financial markets by predicting that inflation would not return to target until the first quarter of 2016.
Rob Wood, a former Bank economist who now works for Berenberg Bank, predicts this forecast will now be brought forward by a year to early 2015.
“That fillip of good news is unlikely to be accompanied by a wholesale change to the big picture, however,” Wood said. “We expect the BoE to continue to forecast a sub-par recovery. More stimulus is needed and we expect it to be forthcoming.”
King – who has presented the Bank’s Inflation Report for more than 20 years, first as chief economist and then as governor – is likely to continue to point to major economic risks when he gives a news conference at 10.30 a.m.
He has led a minority of policymakers calling for more bond-buying since February. King has also long warned Britain of the painful readjustment it needs to shift away from consumption and towards export-led growth.
Britain’s economy grew by a sluggish 0.3 percent in the first three months of 2013 from the previous quarter. In a sign of the fragility of the recovery to date, that was welcomed as a lucky escape from a feared return to recession.
Solid business surveys since then, plus a revamp of Bank measures to stimulate bank lending, may tempt the central bank to nudge up its short-term growth forecast, which hovers around 1 percent for this year.
In recent months the Bank has cooled on its main tool used to help Britain recover from the financial crisis – the purchase of 375 billion pounds of government bonds.
It stopped buying bonds in October, and last month it expanded its Funding for Lending Scheme, which started in August, to give banks greater incentives to lend to business.
Further changes are likely to come with the arrival of Carney, who was poached from the Canadian central bank by Chancellor George Osborne. Carney has championed making long-term commitments to low interest rates, something the Bank under King has opposed.
Men would be better off eschewing these turnoffs that women find appalling, when on a first date. It isn’t hard to be the sort of gentleman that we know you can be, where there’s always room for improvement, right? Let’s take a look at some of the biggest turnoffs for women on a first date.
First dates are an exhilarating experience for a lot of us; mystery, fun, and anxiety are thrown into a haphazard mix of preset expectations. We live in an age where dating still retains its old-fashioned charm, but along the way, both sexes have made their share of mishaps. We can instantly recall an embarrassing incident from a date — when stubborn bits of food got stuck in our teeth, or when we slipped and landed flat on our derrières — which we hope we won’t commit again. But are all of us cautious, and premeditate our actions for an upcoming date? Perhaps not.
Men in particular, need to be a little considerate when it comes to the fairer sex. Yes, we do have our own set of flaws where we’d be happy to have men point it out to us. But for now, the guys should kindly take notes on a woman’s pet peeves of inappropriate, insouciant, and unchivalrous behavior. While a lot of women will vouch for the turnoffs as being the most popular, others are free to share their views on anything else our male readers may find just as helpful.
Top Dating Turnoffs for Women
The point of being on a date is to train your wholehearted attention to the person sitting at the opposite end of your table. While scintillating conversation fills the space between you two, it is important to note that things, like cell phones need to be put away and left on silent mode. But darling, if you’re constantly going to take calls, or hurriedly send text messages every few seconds, don’t be surprised when she chooses to promptly ignore all future contact.
When you sit across from her, just remember that this is not an interrogation of some sort; she doesn’t need to feel like a convicted felon. It’s a major turnoff when a man has the audacity to inquire fervently, about someone a woman no longer cares for, let alone thinks of. Maybe she’s trying to move on or gain closure by dealing with her marred past, but that doesn’t give a date the right to pry. When she’s ready, she’ll reveal the details. But for now, just enjoy the crème brûlée.
Dressed Not to Impress
Why is it difficult for a man to throw on a trendy semi-formal look effortlessly, or invest in a bespoke suit that screams sexy? Nothing is more uplifting and impressive to look upon, than a well-groomed man. A man who takes care of himself on the outside is more likely to be a health-conscious, confident, suave, born gentleman. If you haven’t seen the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. featuring Ryan Gosling, you must do so right away. Gosling whips actor Steve Carrell into an irresistible man with impeccable grooming habits and an unwavering self-assuredness that he was desperately in need of.
If a woman is really interested in how much you make — and not what you actually do — she will blatantly inquire about figures, whether you take frequent holidays and if a trip to the Bahamas sounds like the perfect place for a second date. Real women, on the other hand, do not care about the nitty-gritty details of your job, achievements, or even how often you travel. If we really want to know about what you do, we’ll ask and genuinely show interest. We don’t care otherwise. Bragging is not something you do when you want to impress someone who couldn’t care less; in this case, less is more.
Easy on the Drinks!
It’s definitely a loathsome turnoff when someone’s in your face, and their breath reeks of alcohol. In this case unfortunately, it’s your date that stinks like a drunken bum off the street. You’re throwing her all the wrong signals if you’re drinking like there’s no tomorrow. She’ll either think you need help, or expecting a little more than just a peck on the cheek. It’s a first date, what were you thinking when you ordered the fourth drink? If you aren’t going to take this woman seriously, then maybe what you need is a wild college girl with a drinking capacity to match.
Social Network Stalker
It’s creepy when a guy can not only list out our hobbies without missing a beat, but know the exact moment when you put up a new Facebook post, for instance. Please do not log onto Facebook in front of a date, because that would be plain ridiculous. No, we do not want you to excitedly reveal, “Oh! Guess what? I’m your new follower on Twitter. Cool, right?”, or “Why won’t you accept my friend request (on Facebook)?” Seriously? An unhealthy association with social networking websites is a huge no-no. This sort of behavior can mean only one thing — stalker.
If you’re not looking for commitment, it would be wise to make this known prior to the first date. Leading a woman on, or looking for a no-strings-attached arrangement, isn’t the right thing to do. If you’re keen to take things slowly, reveal this inclination. Being honest and candid about your intentions is crucial, especially if she’s looking for commitment. For men who want quick results, you’re only digging your own grave. A huge turnoff is when a man gets a little too attached, or jealous if she’s seeing other people simultaneously. You need to slow down!
While it is nice to know if a man wants to eventually settle down, we’re not keen on knowing this on a first date. A first date doesn’t need heavy conversation, so taking it slow is the key. You’ll understand a lot about the woman you’re with, if you observe her minutely, for her mannerism will reveal if she is the sort to ‘put a ring on it’, so to speak. Older men can get antsy about knowing this sooner; don’t let it feed on your peace of mind. You’ll be able to comfortably discuss marriage sometime later. Until then, shush.
Oh No, You Didn’t!
If there’s one thing I’m sure none of us can stand, it is being interrupted while we speak. Changing the topic of a conversation is utterly unforgivable, where conversation-interrupters shouldn’t be shown any mercy, likewise. Cutting someone off during a conversation reveals a lot about yourself; disrespectful, impatient, egoistic, and boorish, are understated adjectives for the Neanderthal you portray to be. Wait your turn, hear her out, and then speak when she’s finished. A gentleman never interrupts a lady while she’s speaking, especially if the conversation doesn’t involve a heavy debate or argument. Even then, a little show of decency wouldn’t hurt.
A first date shouldn’t be at a joint with the equivalence to Johnny Rockets, unless you’re in high school. Make the first time the sort of date that she will look back on fondly, even if things don’t work out. Do a little research about what sort of food the restaurant serves, and if it has a cozy yet not-so-romantic atmosphere. Ideally, it should be a nice, quiet place; you don’t want to scream over the din at some pub, or lounge. The most important thing to do is make an advance reservation, particularly at a place that has rave reviews. Don’t be a cheap date; women strongly dislike tightfisted men. Remember, the first impression is always the last impression.
Married? Um, No!
Don’t be a jerk about revealing your connubial status; if you’re married, you shouldn’t be on a first date, to be honest. While fidelity is a rare commodity in a marriage, there are a pathetic hoard of women who are willing to be with married men. Decorous women will want to know the truth, since obviously morality overrules a good time. Find out if your date is the sort to engage in an extramarital affair, and if she is, well, no good can come out of it. Ideally, men who are either divorced or separated should entertain the idea of dating other women. Similarly, these situations call for honesty.
If you tell a date that you’ll call her the next day, and you don’t, it’s quite vexing. Nobody forgets to call a first date when they say they will. We know it isn’t entirely impossible to take a breather at work. Everyone has a few minutes to spare, where a brief email or SMS will do the trick if you genuinely are caught up with a mountain of work. Don’t give your date the impression that this is how things are going to be between you two, especially if this is something new. Who needs a man who complicates things from the get-go? If you said you’d call, then dude, you better call. We women hate to wait by the phone.
So you’re at home, flipping through sports channels while chugging beer, when you chance upon the time — it’s a little after midnight. So what do you do? Pick up the phone and call your date. No, wrong! Men who call only during nightfall, spell trouble. Is there something about daylight that bothers you? Be a gentleman (if possible) and call your date during the day, afternoon, or even in the evening (unless you’re Edward from the Twilight series). One, women need their beauty sleep, and two, we’re uncomfortable about the fact that post midnight is the ‘only’ time that you can call. We’re not falling for that one.
Zero Table Etiquette
Why would you suckle your fingers after a meal, or belch obstreperously? This sort of behavior is paleolithic, making it downright nasty to behave like so, in front of a date. Remember your manners when you’re in the company of a woman; in a way, it can seem disrespectful. When you’re with the boys, you can loosen your belt, burp to your heart’s content, and even chomp and slurp as loud as you please. But in front of us, we’d love it if you were civilized, and occasionally said ‘Excuse me’, if you do happen to expel gas nosily. And we mean all sorts of gas.
Some people love telling stories, lots of them. While stories can be enthralling, amusing, and insightful, others of a somber nature aren’t all that intriguing. We don’t want to hear sentimental stories of how your dog died when you were nine, or how you accidentally ran over the neighbor’s cat — a string of sad stories that beg for pity or comfort is exhausting. We want just a hint of the soft side to reveal itself, not an emotional dam that is irreparable. First dates are supposed to be fun and exciting, not a drab, weepy session of recounting the past. Save the sad stories for another day, and concentrate more on exchanging intellectual bits of conversation. Overly sensitive men are not our cup of tea.
A man who can’t take his eyes off a woman’s knockers while she’s in his presence is disgusting, to say the least. Alright, so maybe they’re abnormally large or distracting, but your pestiferous staring must nonetheless be nipped in the bud. A date that reveals his vulgar side isn’t worth pursuing because of his obvious intentions. Focus on her expressions, body language, and the way she speaks. Some men would protest that there is no harm in staring, at least when she’s not looking. Really? Well, we’re bound to notice you gawking at them at some point during the date. Inappropriate staring is a monolithic turnoff.
A self-assured man is a major turn-on for a majority of women. A man who can take charge in and out of the boardroom, is exactly what we want. Not men who are reduced to a pile of stammering, sweaty-palmed wrecks in dire need of solace, when confronted with a challenging situation. Sigh. When it comes to dating, anxiety and stress play a major role in the game, no doubt. But the truth is, women want their men to confidently stride into a room and exude charm, leaving others swooning in delight. Take a deep breath and calm down — she’s not a man-eater. She’ll sense your nervousness and may luckily pass it off as a nonverbal compliment, although don’t keep it up for long.
Your date is seated comfortably in a luxurious restaurant, enjoying her second glass of wine, when the calm is suddenly pierced by a string of profanity. Yes, it was you cursing the waiter that brought the wrong order to your table. Apparently, politeness is a foreign concept to you. Learn how to be nice to waiters, or anyone that you come into contact with. As horrible as any incident may be to you, there’s always a gentle angle of handling things. After all, it was a mistake. Your date will think that this is how you probably treat everyone you know, which could be highly probable. Don’t be surprised if she doesn’t return your phone calls.
Not Picking Up the Check
This turnoff is highly nettling for a lot of women out there. While many will insist on splitting the bill, a man must never allow a lady to pay, whether half or full. The biggest offense is when she offers to pay, and you willingly push the check towards her. Whoa! Within a second you crumble, put on an innocent face, fib about forgetting your wallet, and gladly sit back while she takes care of the check. Clearly, a man who makes a woman pay for his meal, will find other ways to make her produce her credit card. Ugh, a man who reeks of stale cigarettes sounds more appealing than a freeloader.
Many of us are aware of the condition called hyperhidrosis, or in layman terms, excessive sweating — it isn’t a person’s fault, but it can be helped. Not all men suffer from this, mind you. Some are born pigs who roll gleefully in a sty before showing up for a date. Ever use the holy grail of body odor elimination, deodorant? Apparently not. Take a shower, use deodorant right after, and lastly, spritz yourself (semi-generously) with quality perfume and not a cheap knockoff. Just so you know, deodorant is not a body spray, it’s strictly meant for your underarms. If you smell like an overused pair of gym socks, you know where to find the exit.
These are just some of the biggest turnoffs for women on a first date, where men would be wise to heed our advice. In the end, we all have our many shortcomings; the important thing is to be open and willing to make these changes.
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Facebook Marketing Bible
Guest Writer on May 11, 2013 2:05 PM
Facebook has recently shared that on Facebook Home, engagement with the social network has increased 25 percent compared to the standard Facebook mobile application. In this case, engagement refers to the expected: commenting, liking and sharing, but also refers to additional time spent in the app such as messaging.
For marketers, this is great news. Any increase in engagement spells more chances to connect with fans through quality page content. Here are a few tips of advice for any marketers interested in optimizing their campaigns for Facebook Home.
Facebook has yet to introduce ads to Home, though Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he is “sure at some point there will be.” Less seasoned marketers might see this as a negative quality, but veteran Facebook marketers should remain unphased. The overarching theme to marketing on Facebook is to focus on content first and reach second. It is more important to produce content that people want to see and engage with before complaining how your posts aren’t being seen by all of your fans. Facebook ads are a great tool to get seen by more people, but are best reserved for content that is engaging. With the higher engagement, now it is even more important to be creating quality content than ever.
Though there is no way to purchase ads on Home yet, there are still ways to advertise and improve your marketing on Home. For example, in addition to friends’ stories, cover feed will share stories from liked brand pages. This makes it important to acquire more fans to increases your potential reach. Marketers can purchase any Facebook ads on both desktop and mobile apps to assist in this. There is also a specific ad type to get users to take this action, page post ads. Some may find that page like ads less valuable than other ad types, but with proper targeting such as custom audience targeting can help to increase total fans. More total fans means a higher chance for these organic posts to appear in the cover feed.
The cover feed is a more streamlined way to use Facebook. Rather than having to navigate through the menus to access the application, cover feed will feed stories to user as the first screen. For Home users, this makes it less important to access the normal news feed. This feed can still be accessed through the standard Facebook application on a Home enabled phone.
This streamlined experience is a main contributor to the higher engagement percentage. If a user is interested in a story, they can easily tap to like it or submit a comment. This all can be done with little delay. The home screen of any phone is can easily be seen by a user over 100 times a day and with Home, users are seeing more stories than they would just browsing through the apps or desktop.
Though you cannot purchase ads on to display on Facebook Home, posts that you share on your page can still come up on the cover feed. However, a cover feed story looks much different than a story in the standard Facebook app.
For example, take a look at this story above. This is a photo taken from Instagram where all images are perfect squares. Regardless of how a photo is uploaded, images on Home are oriented to be seen in portrait view.
Optimizing photos for best display with cover feed may not be the best strategy going forward. For example, panoramic photos would only show a small fraction of a picture in cover feed, but would look great as a page’s cover photo. At this point in time, the amount of Home users make up a tiny fraction of Facebook’s total users so it is more appropriate to target the mass vs. the minority.
With the absence of ads, Home lacks one of the most powerful tools available to marketers on Facebook, targeting options. Though some pages have access to page post targeting, where they can can publish stories to only appear to fans that fit a certain demographic, many pages are without this feature and benefit. Proper targeting is the best way to ensure that the right message is going to be seen by the right people. Without targeting, it is important to curate all content before it is shared. Marketers should be mindful of any potentially offensive, suggestive or vulgar content.
Though the response to about it has not been entirely positive, Facebook Home product is very young. With a continued effort to improve it, Facebook Home can be seen as the future way users are going to interact with the social network through mobile devices. Marketers that adapt quickly to these changes will only see a positive impact.
Want to learn more about Facebook Home and its impact on Facebook marketing? Check out the Facebook Marketing Bible to learn more about the implications of Facebook Home, the new news feed as well as many other topics.
Jonathan Espinosa works at Inside Network as a Social Media Marketing Specialist. He is the main contributor to the Facebook Marketing Bible, the most comprehensive guide for marketing and advertising on Facebook.
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