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Gulf spill estimates under review
A U.S. government task force called the Flow Rate Technical Group released new estimates which ostensibly double the amount of oil being spewed out of a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The task force’s new estimates suggest between 20,000 barrels and 40,000 barrels of oil may have spilled out daily before the well was partially contained. Whether it is 400 barrels or 40,000 barrels or more, which it very likely will end up being, the potential damage is frightening. What is more frightening...
Passing on the shrimp cocktails
Not only has the recent BP oil spill retracted political support for offshore projects but seafood lovers to top chefs alike are worried  that shrimp cocktails might disappear from restaurant menus. In this upcoming issue of ABJ, we spoke with a national association and a seafood delicacy producer, both of whom talked about the importance of environmental safety. Yet mounting concerns about limited supply has consumers and business owners stocking up frantically. The oil spill in the Gulf of...
Taking notes from the” Bombardier Way”
When I came across a link to a Report on Business video that featured McGill University’s Karl Moore speaking about management with Bombardier’s CEO Guy Hachey who explained his company’s new mind-body-soul connection, I was intrigued. After all, the Bombardier has well over 30,000 employees and has somehow, managed to learn from the past, evolved and is now leading the way. And so with the click of a mouse I followed to learn all about the new aerospace giant’s corporate strategy. As it...
Raging revolt
Grassroots revolt, Inflammatory commentators. Crazed militias. What’s next—the Tea Party? Actually, yes. In a recent cover story in Maclean’s, a reporter went inside the psyche of a nation to uncover what some say, is the biggest division between Republicans and Democrats since Civil War. On the heels of the Democrats’ victory in passing a historic healthcare reform bill, the Obama administration is are now facing opposition from a mushrooming number of anti-government, anti-tax and anti-abortion...
Brewing tensions
After reading this you’ll probably open an email or get a text from friend asking to meet up for coffee. Where will you be heading? In most major cities, pretty well neighborhood has this recognizable coffee shop around the corner. In the early 1990s, Starbucks strategically plugged themselves on-screen, in big blockbuster hits. The brand has become a symbol of designer drinks, in stylish settings and conveniently located in large bookstores, namely the Chapters-Indigo company. New mommies to college...
Careless on the Capitol?
Here at ABJ, we’ve been closely following the healthcare overhaul story as it evolved, covering the implications it may have on physician-owned hospitals to up-to-date news on our website. After several months of committee work and heated debates, the measure was given the final approval by the House of Representatives, expanding insurance coverage to nearly all Americans and handing President Barack Obama a landmark victory. But on the heels of the Democrats’ victory in making health care...
Amazon moving across the border threatens Canada
In the age of search engine wars, a struggling book industry and cultural imperialism, ABJ’s Antonia McGuire sits in on an online discussion forum that dissected the issue of Amazon, an American e-commerce company setting up shop across the border and why Canadians are so worked up about it.       Lurking over the highly controversial topic in the online forum, I felt a tad odd and, for two good reasons. As the editor of an American publication it is of interest to keep taps on such issues...
Addicted to Haiti?
Here’s a perfect example of a story often underreported in the media or, one we don’t want to hear. After the earthquake that shook Haitians, leaving the masses homeless and desperate for the basics, the world responded with aid and celebrity-endorsed TV fundraisers. Not to say any actors have anything to do with the interesting consequence. But according to Ben Fountain’s op-ed article in the New York Times (February 6), there’s an eerie consequence with the sudden attention on the poverty-stricken...
George Media is attending PDAC next week—Tell us your story!
With the way commodities performed last year around the world—who really wanted to attend a conference, or go to a mining show, in order to talk about making deals or forge new partnerships? Times have surely changed. Along with thousands of other eager attendees, I will be at the Prospectors and Developers Association Conference next week, Monday through Wednesday, scoping out new stories and making some new contacts. Coverage will be included in all George Media publications next month. Though...
iLawsuit
Just because everyone loves Apple, it doesn’t mean that love is reciprocated. Although only one company was listed in Apple’s recent lawsuit against HTC for infringing on its patents, it seems Apple is sending a warning to other iPhone copy-cats. It is not inconceivable that Apple will take several companies to task. After all, CEO Steve Jobs has always been very clear about intending to defend more than 200 patents within the iPhone. It’s obvious Apple doesn’t need the money, but the company...
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