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Emerging from the frontier
Nov 21st 2012 | | The Economist from The World In 2013 print edition | by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s finance minister and co-ordinating minister for the economy

Africa’s growing economic ties with the BRIC economies, particularly China, are well known. As an example, the continent’s trade with China increased from about $10.6 billion in 2000 to $166 billion in 2012. In my own country, Nigeria, trade with China increased over the same period from less than $1 billion to $7.8 billion. In 2013 China will become the greatest influence on the continent as its new leaders deepen the strategic relationship with Africa beyond natural resources. At the same time, civil-society organisations in Africa will demand greater transparency from China in government-to-government relations, and more community engagement from Chinese companies.
Africa will become the next preferred destination for labour-intensive manufacturing

I see many opportunities here for private investors in Africa. As Asia’s economies slow and its wages rise, Africa will become the next preferred destination for labour-intensive manufacturing of products such as garments and shoes. Its large domestic market of 1.2 billion people will serve as a further attraction for low-cost, light manufacturing.
China  frontier_markets  emerging_markets  women  South-South  Africa  private_equity  BRIC  infrastructure  Nigeria  Ethiopia  Angola 
january 2013
Middle East and Africa: Huddled masses
Nov 21st 2012 | | The Economist from The World In 2013 print edition | Jonathan Ledgard.

It is unclear how jobs will be created in cities that have little industry. Innovative services on African mobile phones will win praise in Silicon Valley in 2013, but software can do only so much. Look down the list of growing cities and a host of little-known places like Huambo, Mbuji-Mayi and Mbeya will be expected to serve populations the size of Milan’s—with little infrastructure.
Within a decade Lagos will have 16m people

The standard view of cities as generators of wealth, diversity and ideas will be challenged in Africa. The exclusion of the poor will be magnified by a lack of public space and by rising living costs. To become liveable, cities will have to improve public transport. Many are trying, but safety will be a challenge: murder, and violent carjackings and robberies, will rise in many cities in 2013, sometimes with police involvement....What is certain is that African cities will be the most informal economies in the world in 2013. Some 70% of workers will live on their wits, relying on day labour to make enough to eat, pay rent and send their children to school. That will make cities dynamic and mobile, but also combustible.
cities  Africa  Cairo  Johannesburg  informal_economy  Cape_Town  Lagos  population_growth  population_trends  urban 
january 2013
Making Every Shot Count
Summer 2009 | Ivey Intouch |

for Sabnam (Shaherose Charania)Expectations Valley Girl.
Ivey  alumni  magazines  Silicon_Valley  travel  Ghana  Vietnam  Cairo  Shanghai  web_video  Harry_Rosen  photography 
january 2013
Harper’s meeting with chiefs on verge of collapse - The Globe and Mail
Gloria Galloway

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jan. 09 2013
aboriginals  Stephen_Harper 
january 2013
Chris Spence, TDSB director, may have plagiarized multiple articles
Jan 10, 2013 | Posted Toronto | National Post | Megan O'Toole and Chris Selley.
TDSB  plagiarism 
january 2013
Toronto school board head apologizes for plagiarism
Jan. 09 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Kate Hammer.
plagiarism  CEOs  TDSB 
january 2013
Everything I know I learned at Western, plus a little extra
From a chemistry prof whom I will not embarrass by naming him — my career as a chemist was short, lasting about halfway into
second year, and its trajectory was none of his fault — I learned a set of procedures for solving complex problems. Write down what you know. Write down what you’re trying to figure out. Write down the tools you’ve mastered that might get you from here to there. It’s not a technique, really, just an attitude toward the known and unknown, which is why it’s all I’ve retained from my failed years as a science student.
I’ve learned that politicians who approach problems with the same attitude — What do you have? What do you need? How can you
get from here to there? — are likelier to succeed than the ones
who hope to coast on “charisma” or “electability” or, Lord save us,“vision.” At school, the kids who sat at the front of the lecture hall and closed the library every night actually did better. The same is true in life.
Paul_Wells  UWO  problem_solving  unknowns  information_gaps  charisma  attitudes  politicians  visionaries  electability  5_W’s  complex_problems 
january 2013
Canadian Tire's 'funny money' dilemma - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Feb. 15 2012,
customer_loyalty  Canadian_Tire  Marina_Strauss  retailers 
january 2013
Craig Forman: I've Got That Syncing Feeling -
August 26, 2012 | WSJ | By CRAIG FORMAN
I've Got That Syncing Feeling
Your devices are eager to make all your content line up nicely. Sometimes the results are not so nice....With hand-held devices that are bringing us so much, anywhere we take them, we are beginning to be overwhelmed.

Even though I had a near-miss while traveling, I get the feeling that we are becoming overly obsessed with making sure every setting on every device is adjusted to the ideal setting, no matter where we are. As people spend more time fine-tuning their settings and fidgeting with their apps, at some point the value of the time wasted during a year threatens to offset improvements in our mobile productivity.
travel  roaming  synchronization  Apple 
january 2013
Why China and Japan Can’t Get Along -
Published: January 6, 2013

few economies and societies on earth more complementary than China’s and Japan’s. The Chinese are relatively young, poor and restless and fiercely committed to economic growth. The Japanese are relatively old and sated, but technologically advanced and devoted to guarding their high standard of living. Proximity would seem to make the two nations ideally suited to benefit from each other.

But Japan is afraid of China’s rise, because the Chinese economy is so much more dynamic than Japan’s. And China is troubled by Japan, because the island nation seems to act as an unsinkable American aircraft carrier just off its coast....Japan’s rise in the late 19th century was seen as an affront by China, which had always felt entitled to the mantle of regional leadership. Mao Zedong and other founders of the Chinese Communist Party adopted these views and bequeathed them to their successors.

Most Chinese today therefore regard Japan’s wealth, and its position as America’s main ally in Asia, as results of ill-gotten gains. Even when the Chinese state was at its weakest, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its elites felt that the Confucianism China had exported to its key neighbors — Korea, Japan and Vietnam — was the root of a common culture. Other countries in the “Confucian zone” were supposed to simply accept China’s natural leadership.

Beijing’s policies in the South China Sea today resemble those of the Qing empire, China’s last ruling dynasty, in the late 18th century. The emperor then, Qianlong, liked to speak to the “myriad nations” to the south as a father would address his children. Current Chinese leaders, who are exerting their influence in countries like Vietnam and Laos, echo his paternalism. ...
China  disputes  Japan  history  Asian  Asia_Pacific  Confucian  chauvinism  South_China_Sea  paternalism  19th_century  China_rising 
january 2013
World Food Safety Products Industry
PR Newswire [New York] 04 Dec 2012

High profile international foodborne illness outbreaks, in addition to large product recalls due to food safety concerns, will continue to fuel demand as the prevention, identification, and traceability of food contaminants will remain key issues for consumers, food industry participants, and legislators.
food_safety  industries  trends  product_recalls 
january 2013
Supply chain management from farm to fork | Canadian Manufacturing
September 15, 2011 | | Frank Mahdavi.

The supply chain for any manufacturer can be complicated, but when it comes to food, the stakes are as high as human life. All it takes is one compromised ingredient and a long and complicated chain must be quickly untangled to make things safe again. The key to managing a tight supply chain is communication.
Communicating_&_Connecting  supply_chains  product_recalls  tracking  traceability 
january 2013
Hilary Mantel: Bringing Up the Books -
October 25, 2012 | WSJ | By JAVIER ESPINOZA.
Bringing Up the Books
Hilary Mantel on the Man Booker, Tudor Tales and Polishing Off Her Trilogy
Hilary_Mantel  writers  novels  profile  Tudors  protagonists  Thomas_Cromwell  historical_fiction  Man_Booker  prizes 
january 2013
Bosses, Get Better at Big Data - At Work - WSJ
October 19, 2012 |WSJ | by Javier Espinoza. (share with Birju Patel for CBC).

Firms need to do more to exploit it....CEOs need to better identify ways data can help businesses gain more insight into their customers or operations.

“The struggle has always been how companies can harness information,” he says. “Senior managers are moving the discussion from managing data to one around how can we actually exploit data. That’s quite a significant shift.”
* Share responsibility for what IT departments can deliver.
* Set up a data lab.
* Break down the silo mentality.
executive_management  massive_data_sets  organizing_data  silo_mentality 
january 2013
Tips for attracting equity investors on crowd-funding sites -
November 8, 2012 | WSJ |By JAVIER ESPINOZA.

Join the Crowd. Sell Some Stock. Tips for attracting equity investors to crowd-funding sites.
(1) Dangle rewards.
(2) Show, don't just tell.
(3) Build your contact book.
(4) Get some press coverage.
crowd_funding  tips  web_video  public_relations  funding 
january 2013
Blueberry and fibre optic tycoon John Bragg: The Oracle of Oxford, N.S.
Dec. 1, 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Gorodn Pitts

Recent reads

Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, by Walter Stahr.

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith.
Gordon_Pitts  entrepreneur  John_Bragg  frozen_foods  mobile  CATV  books 
january 2013
Hogtown: Never so literal, nor succulent
December 1, 2013 | Globe & Mail | Kelli Korducki.

(1) PORCHETTA AND Co. 825 Dundas ST. Shoulder (marinated, wrapped in proscìutto and cured pork belly,roasted and carved).
(2) BARQUE SMOKEHOUSE. 299 Roncesvalles Ave.(smoked ribs).
(3) WVRST. 609 King St. W. (Flame-grilled sausages).
(4) RASHERS. 948 Queen St. East (Bacon from the belly of various breeds --including wild boar)
pork  restaurants  Toronto  cured_and_smoked  ribs  sausages  bacon  wild_game  King_Street 
january 2013
For Canada, this is no time for complacency - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 31 2012
Lawrence_Martin  complacency  Conservative_Party 
january 2013
Coalition to build its own 1823 monument – Nigel Hughes
January 6, 2013 | Stabroek News |

Last week, ACDA, the All African Guyanese Council, the Pan-African Movement, the African Welfare Council, the Guyana Institute of Historical Research, and the People’s Parliament announced the formation of a coalition to establish the 1823 monument in its rightful place, dubbing the planned location disrespectful to African ancestors.
Afro-Guyanese  Guyana  slavery  memorials  history  ACDA  symbolism 
january 2013
Allison Williams: A Girl who really, really has it all
Jan. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Johanna Schneller
hotties  Yale  actors  television 
january 2013
Too many first nations people live in a dream palace
Jan. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail | JEFFREY SIMPSON.

Large elements of aboriginal Canada live intellectually in a dream palace, a more comfortable place than where they actually reside.

Inside the dream palace, there are self-reliant, self-sustaining communities – “nations,” indeed – with the full panoply of sovereign capacities and the “rights” that go with sovereignty. These “nations” are the descendants of proud ancestors who, centuries ago, spread across certain territories before and, for some period, after the “settlers” arrived.
Today’s reality, however, is so far removed in actual day-to-day terms from the memories inside the dream palace as to be almost unbearable. The obvious conflict between reality and dream pulls some aboriginals to warrior societies; others to a rejection of dealing with the “Crown” at all; others to fights for the restoration of “rights” that, even if defined, would make little tangible difference in the lives of aboriginal people; and still others, such as Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, to go on a hunger strike....Stephen Harper was correct in refusing a face-to-face meeting, since a prime minister should not be blackmailed into doing what any group or individual wants....Much of the rhetoric surrounding Chief Spence is of the usual dreamy, flamboyant variety, a mixture of anti-capitalism and anti-colonialism, blended with the mythology (blasted by the reality of what one actually sees on too many reserves) about environmental protection and the aboriginals’ sacred link to their lands....To imagine that isolated communities of a thousand or so people can be vibrant and self-sustaining, capable of discharging the panoply of responsibilities of “sovereignty,” is to live within the dream palace of memory.
aboriginals  Jeffrey_Simpson  self-delusions  protests  economic_development  emotional_blackmail  Stephen_Harper  myths  anti-capitalism  anti-colonialism  self-reliance  self-sustaining  sovereignty  anti-development 
january 2013
Can a man be fashionable in a tuque?
Jan. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Russell Smith.
Russell_Smith  hats  winter  mens'_clothing 
january 2013
Chef Matt Blondin’s pork jowl dumplings in smoked ham broth
January 5, 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Bonnie Reichert
recipes  pork 
january 2013
Tomato-Cream Sauce for Pasta Recipe -
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Ingredients list now reflects the new serving size.

2-1/2 teaspoons olive oil

3/8 onion, diced

3/8 clove garlic, minced

3/8 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained

1-1/4 teaspoons dried basil leaves

1/4 teaspoon white sugar

1/8 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

3 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon heavy cream

1-1/4 teaspoons butter
recipes  rubs_sauces_marinades  tomatoes  pasta 
january 2013
Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe - Baked Chicken Parmesan

4 boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
seasoned bread crumbs
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
8 slices mozzarella cheese, or more
1 jar (16 oz) spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese

For the love of God, season the chicken breasts well prior to cooking.
chicken  recipes 
january 2013
Secrets of the Banker's Suit -
January 5, 2013 | WSJ | By J.J. MARTIN.
Secrets of the Banker's Suit
Men in finance may not care for 'fashion,' but mastering the finer points of their own wardrobes is a game they love to play—and win
mens'_clothing  suits 
january 2013
This Christmas, Egypt’s Coptic Christians are asking for respect - The Globe and Mail

CAIRO — The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jan. 03 2013
christianity  islam  Egypt  Coptic 
january 2013
Facebook taps Canada to test talk app - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jan. 03 2013

has chosen Canada to be the testing ground for an enhanced mobile app that allows users to make free calls from their smartphones.

As part of its testing, Facebook will allow Canadians to make phone calls to other Messenger users by using an enhanced version of that app on their iPhones. Since the calling feature will use voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) technology, it will affect subscribers’ wireless data plans rather than eat away at traditional voice minutes.

A second upgrade to the app will enable users to send short voice messages to other users on either Apple’s iOS operating system or on smartphones that use the Android platform.

Providing voice services to users is a burgeoning field for the world’s biggest tech companies, which are desperate to find ways to keep people using their services amid a host of competitors vying for attention. Google Inc. offers its users a service called Google Voice that allows anyone who uses the company’s e-mail service to make free calls in Canada and the United States from within a Gmail browser window. Microsoft Corp. spent $8.5-billion last year to buy the online phone service Skype, which allows users to call one another via their computers without incurring any charges.
Facebook  Skype  mobile_applications  smartphones  Google_Voice  VoIP  Steve_Ladurantaye 
january 2013
Didn’t get that dream job? There’s still hope - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Jan. 03 2013
Managing_Your_Career  job_search 
january 2013
Venture Firm Seeks the Atypical, and Finds It in Brazil -
February 23, 2012, 8:37 pm 2 Comments
Venture Firm Seeks the Atypical, and Finds It in Brazil
venture_capital  vc  Brazil  Skype 
january 2013
Laura Doyle: Women: Five Reasons Your Divorce Is Your Fault
Laura Doyle

Best-selling Author

Women: Five Reasons Your Divorce Is Your Fault
Posted: 01/02/2013
relationships  divorce 
january 2013
A six-point checklist for hiring consultants
Jan. 02 2013 | The Globe and Mail | HARVEY SCHACHTER,
Special to The Globe and Mail

David Fields, a consultant on hiring consultants, offers in his new book, The Executive’s Guide to Consultants: key points-
1. Why are we considering an outside expert?
2. What are our desired outcomes?

3. When will we know we’re on the right track?

4. What risks do we face?

5. What is the value of taking on this project?

6. Which parameters will limit or affect the project?
Harvey_Schachter  management_consulting  risks  checklists  book_reviews  questions  hiring  outcomes  JCK 
january 2013
Tangy, tasty heat in a bottle
January 2, 2013 | G&M | Bonnie Riechert

Yuzu Pao, a condiment
soybeans  rubs_sauces_marinades  japanese  Japan  condiments 
january 2013
Carrot risotto with carrot ribbons
Jan. 01 2013 | The Globe and Mail| Amanda Cohen


6 cups carrot stock

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup diced yellow onion

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 cups arborio rice

1/3 cup white wine

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 cup carrot juice

1/4 diced carrot

3 tablespoon unsalted butter

5 tablespoon grated Parmesan

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves


2 carrots

1/2 cup cornstarch

8 cups canola oil (or enough to completely submerge carrots)
risotto  recipes  carrots 
january 2013
Shepherd's Pie
Autumn 2007 | LCBO Food & Drink | By: Lucy Waverman
recipes  Lucy_Waverman  lamb  beef 
january 2013
Mushrooms on toast
Jan. 01 2013 | - The Globe and Mail | Lucy Waverman.


4 slices pancetta

1 pound mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster and cremini

3 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon chopped garlic

2 tablespoons chopped green onions

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 tsp dried

1/4 cup white wine

1/2 cup whipping cream

Salt and freshly ground pepper

4 slices sourdough bread, toasted

1 tbsp chopped chives
Lucy_Waverman  recipes  bread  mushrooms 
january 2013
What's the most versatile frying pan?
Jan. 01 2013| The Globe and Mail | BONNY REICHERT
best_of  kitchens  utensils  steel 
january 2013
How we ate: 2012's most important ideas in food and drink
Jan. 01 2013 | - The Globe and Mail |CHRIS NUTTALL-SMITH.

Canada’s two-tier food system is official

The downside to foodies as a political force: While rich, urban epicures rallied against that quarry, they were mostly silent during the XL Foods Inc. E. coli crisis, as tainted, factory-processed feedlot beef was recalled across Canada, and the federal government made clear that its first priority is protecting Canada’s agribusiness – as opposed to Canada’s people.

I don’t blame the foodies – you can take on only so many issues, and many will argue, correctly, that a rising good-food tide eventually lifts all boats.

But the silence made sense for another reason: Rich epicures, with their love of small producers, artisanal butcher shops and pastured protein, don’t eat factory-processed feedlot beef. The plebes, meantime – the vast majority of Canadians – had better learn to fend for themselves.
food  trends  Chris_Nuttall-Smith  product_recalls  E._coli  beef  OPMA  ideas 
january 2013
Meat producers blast plan to ban more E.coli strains - The Globe and Mail
Chris Nuttall-Smith

The Globe and Mail

Last updated Monday, Sep. 10 2012,
E._coli  Chris_Nuttall-Smith 
january 2013
Turning Points -
Published: November 30, 2012
Niall_Ferguson  turning_points 
january 2013
Food in 2013: Pay more, waste less - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 31 2012,
food  pricing  droughts  commodities  food_crops  Sylvain_Charlebois 
january 2013
Advice helps firm turn down time into productive time - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jan. 02 2013
automotive_industry  data_driven 
january 2013
Absolutism in the Church of Green - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 31 2012,

Our competitive edge in this world is no longer skilled labour and capital. The world is awash in both. We either responsibly exploit our natural resources or settle for less health care, education and lower pensions.

A choice of automatic opposition to resource development is one option, if that’s what we collectively want. But that choice should be understood as a public policy question with consequences, not as a religious one of no cost.
Absolutism  environment  green  natural_resources  resource_extraction  economic_development  public_policy  consequences  resource_development  anti-development 
january 2013
When terrorists destroy books - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail

Published Sunday, Dec. 30 2012

The threat from Islamic extremists to the irreplaceable manuscripts and monuments of Timbuktu is one of several reasons why it is unfortunate that a military force authorized by the United Nations Security Council to recover northern Mali for the government of that country, based in Bamako, will not be ready until September, 2013.

Members of a group calling itself Ansar al-Din, allied to even worse factions such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, have already destroyed numerous monuments to Muslim holy men. The door of one 15th-century mosque has been deliberately wrecked. The extremists are Wahhabis, followers of an 18th-century movement, who believe that Sufism, a form of Islam with mystical elements, is a grave heresy and that the veneration of saints is polytheistic and idolatrous. Just such a destruction of shrines took place in the 20th century when the Saudi family conquered most of the Arabian peninsula....The UN World Heritage Committee has passed a resolution to set up an emergency fund to safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage. It would be fanciful to suggest that the responsibility-to-protect doctrine could be extended to old books. This legacy will survive only if the international community recognizes its strategic interest in restoring the Malian government’s power in the north.
extremism  Wahhabism  Timbuktu  Mali  editorials  antiquities  heritage  heresies 
january 2013
What entrepreneurs can learn from artists - Fortune Management
December 21, 2012: 5:00 AM ET

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Like artists, startup founders must cultivate creative habits to see the world afresh and create something new.

By Tim Leberecht
artists  innovation  art  entrepreneur  lessons_learned  founders  creative_renewal  inspiration  reinvention 
january 2013
Handled With Care -
Published: December 28, 2012

One of the little-known roles of the academic librarian is bereavement counseling: assisting families with the disposition of books when the deceased have not specified a plan for them. Most relatives know these books were the lifeblood of their owners and so of intellectual value if not great monetary worth. But they remain clueless about how to handle them responsibly. Some call used-book shops. Some call the Salvation Army. Others call a university library. Many allow friends and relatives to pick over the shelves before bringing in a professional.
personal_libraries  Colleges_&_Universities  libraries 
january 2013
These Oddly Lovely Photographs Of Rotten Food Will Make You Rethink Your Waste | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
Patrick James

Patrick James is the managing editor of Very Short List. He has written about culture for Good, Filter, and Bullett
food  waste  photography 
january 2013
The Environmental Impact Of Wasted Food | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation
October 2012 |Fast Company |Ben Schiller,
Ben Schiller is a staff writer for Co.Exist, and also contributes to the FT, and Yale e360.

An infographic from U.K. food industry magazine Next Generation Food that illustrates the environmental impact of wasted food...The infographic includes some remarkable statistics taken from a peer-reviewed study about food waste in the U.S. Waste has increased by about 50% since 1974, and now accounts for nearly 40% of all food produced in the U.S. Across the supply chain, we lose 1,400 kilocalories per head per day, or 150 trillion kilocalories each year (kilocalories are the "calories" you see on the back of food packs). Food waste accounts for a quarter of the freshwater supply, and 300 million gallons of oil a year. That’s a lot of wasted resources at a time of water shortages and higher gas prices. The U.S. consumed 6.9 billion barrels of oil last year, according to the Energy Information Administration. ...It wouldn’t be so bad if we did something with the waste other than throwing it in landfills, where it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Food accounts for 25% of methane produced from landfills, which emit 20% of methane overall.
food  waste  environment  infographics  visualization  statistics 
january 2013
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