Show entries from: March 2012 returned 234 result(s).

New cruise ship simulator highlights teamwork

Published: 2012-03-19 11:44:00 AM - Author: none
'...The scene on the bridge, however, unfolds not in Miami, the world’s busiest cruise port, but 25 miles to the north in Fort Lauderdale, in a simulator that Resolve Marine Group, its operator, claims is the world’s most sophisticated for ships. At the flick of a switch, the scene switches to the approaches to the busy waters of New York harbour.

The facility was planned long before Jan. 13, when the Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized off the Italian coast. At least 25 people died and seven are missing...'

Ontario lowers premiums for wind, solar power; gives local councils more say

Published: 2012-03-19 11:41:00 AM - Author: none
'Ontario municipalities will get more say, but not a full veto over the location of wind and solar projects when the Liberals release a review of their green energy plans this week.

Energy Minister Chris Bentley says the government has listened to municipalities who want more input on where green-energy projects are located...'

De-politicize equalization by creating arm's length agency, analysts urge

Published: 2012-03-19 11:38:00 AM - Author: none
'The inner workings of one of the country's biggest government programs need to be de-politicized and handed over to an arm's-length group of neutral technocrats, a new study suggests.

The politics of the $15-billion-a-year equalization program have become destructive over the last 10 years, say political scientists Daniel Beland and Andre Lecours...'

Report: Tablets helping improve news consumption

Published: 2012-03-19 11:36:00 AM - Author: none
'Mobile technology appears to be increasing the public appetite for news but it's far from clear whether the news industry will profit from that, a study issued Monday concluded.

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, in its annual state of the news media report, found encouraging signs within the 27 percent of Americans who say they get news on their smartphones or tablets...'

How You Think About Intelligence Could Make You Smarter

Published: 2012-03-19 11:33:00 AM - Author: none
'How we think about intelligence may affect how intelligent we become, according to new research from Michigan State University. In an experiment, scientists asked individuals to complete a computer task in which it was very easy to make an error. The experiment observed that the brain releases two electrical pulses after a mistake is made, the first pulse indicating recognition of a mistake, the second indicating a desire to fix the mistake...'

A Wandering Mind Is an Intelligent Mind

Published: 2012-03-19 11:31:00 AM - Author: none
'Resent research suggests that mind wandering is associated with good working memory, itself a measure of intelligence, reading comprehension and IQ score. The new study, published in Psychological Science, asked individuals to perform routine tasks and monitored how often their minds wandered...'

Canadian Construction Association partners with Federation of Canadian Municipalities on federal funding discussions

Published: 2012-03-19 11:28:00 AM - Author: none
'Canadian construction and municipalities will continue to work together to help inform the framework for the federal government’s new infrastructure funding program.

“We have always had a great relationship with FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities),” said Michael Atkinson, Canadian Construction Association (CCA) president,...'

NorthGrid Solar builds rooftop solar voltaic power plant in Toronto

Published: 2012-03-19 11:25:00 AM - Author: none
'NorthGrid Solar Inc. of Vaughan, Ontario announced Friday the construction of a solar photovoltaic system, which will generate electricity under the Ontario Power Authority Feed-in-Tariff program, in western Toronto using its elevated truss system.

The firm said the system, at The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. in the former city of Etobicoke, will have a capacity of 701 Kilowatts...'

Supporting a bill that would bring transparency to union funds

Published: 2012-03-19 11:23:00 AM - Author: none
'...Those efforts are already having an impact, with changes that will benefit everyone in construction moving forward.

One of our key challenges is building a level playing field for construction companies – one where union affiliation or the lack of it isn’t a roadblock or an express lane to getting work...'

Canada urged to pull up its socks in Internet economy

Published: 2012-03-19 11:20:00 AM - Author: none
'Canadian businesses and governments are lagging several western nations in the “Internet economy” and are being warned that they risk falling even further behind unless they take immediate and more aggressive action.

The Internet contributed $49-billion to Canada’s gross domestic product last year, representing 3 per cent of the country’s economy, a report to be released Monday by the Boston Consulting Group estimates. It is projected to hit $76-billion by 2016, or 3.6 per cent of GDP...'
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