Bridging The Generations Drawbridges, Every working night for the past 34 years, Sergey Matveev has watched from his control room as tankers, ships and barges glide across the crisp waters of St. Petersburg’s River Neva.
The picturesque Russian city — built under the Tsarist reign of Peter the Great and popularly known as the “Venice of the North” — is spread across a cluster of islands connected by more than 300 bridges.
Some are vital traffic arteries, others are simple foot-crossings, while a special few are drawbridges that rise in the evening to let ships pass to and from the nearby Baltic Sea.
As custodian of the iconic Palace Bridge, Matveev is responsible for maritime access into and out of the city’s myriad canals and waterways — but he’s not alone in this endeavor. Among the others clearing the way along the river are Matveev’s wife, Olga, and two sons.
“The Palace Bridge is under my control, the Tuchkov Bridge is under the control of my elder son and the Trinity Bridge is under the control of my younger son and wife,” he explained.
Matveev was allocated a job at the Palace Bridge in 1979 by the then Soviet authorities after graduating from high school. Two years later his wife began working at the nearby Troitsky Bridge as a mechanic.
The next generation of Matveev’s family were always likely to follow their parents having spent much of their youth playing in and around the drawbridges while their parents worked.
“As the children from their small age … I would bring them, and show where I work. Later on as they finished the school, graduated from the institute they wanted themselves to start working here,” he said.
The thickly moustachioed Matveev is evidently proud of what has become his family’s unusual dynasty and chuckles at the mention of locations under their “control.” Ensuring St. Petersburg’s drawbridges operate at their optimum level, however, is no easy feat.
Earth Wind Water Ethiopia, Ethiopia is turning to renewable energy technology as the East African country looks to become a powerhouse for its regional partners.
Last month, Ethiopia launched one of the continent’s largest wind farms in a bid to rapidly boost its generating capacity over the next three to five years.
The Ashegoda Wind Farm and the Grand Renaissance Dam, under construction on the Nile, are just two of the major projects outlined in the Ethiopian government’s five-year Growth and Transformation Plan.
Both developments will see Ethiopia’s transition into one of the regions biggest energy exporters as electric output surges from 2,000 megawatts (MW) to 10,000 MW. More than half of this is expected to come from the Renaissance Dam.
And with further commitments to geothermal power and potential for oil exploration, Ethiopia’s energy resources are set to be among the most diversified in Africa.
Jerome Douat, chief executive of Vergnet, the French wind turbine company contracted to build the Ashegoda farm, told CNN that Ethiopia is an energy “reservoir” in the region.
Douat said: “The wind comes from the ocean to the Rift Valley. We have placed the turbines at 2,200 meters above sea level in one of the windiest places in Ethiopia.”
The wind farm, with a capacity of 120 MW, is located near the northern city of Mek’ele and sits next to the Great Rift Valley, which runs through the country.
Douat added: “Vergnet machines are ideal for remote areas in Ethiopia and designed for this kind of region because our turbines are easy to transport, there’s no need for a big crane and they’re easier to maintain.”
With just 23% of Ethiopia’s 90 million people having access to electricity the wind farm is expected to generate power throughout the year, except during the rainy season between June and September.
Greece Saffron Farmers Jobs, It’s a meticulous harvest which forbids the use of a spade, let alone tractors.
Crouched deep within a field full of purple crocuses, groups of villagers come together every year for a back-breaking fortnight, harvesting saffron.
With great precision, and grubby fingernails, flowers containing the rare, precious spice are snapped away from the stems and dropped inside white buckets.
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Within the purple petals lie two or three strands of saffron. These red threads are helping the villagers survive Greece’s economic calamity.
When CNN joined them on the final day of a two week harvest the sun was out, with the November heat bearing down on the pickers’ backs in the fields around Krokos, a small town in the north of the country.
I was hoping to live in Athens but now with the whole economic crisis it’s really hard to find a job
Zisis Kirow, student
Among them were young men and women who’d previously left the village in search of jobs in Athens which did not materialize.
One of them was Zisis Kirow, a young man in his 20s with two degrees.
“I was hoping to live in Athens but now with the whole economic crisis it’s really hard to find a job that covers your needs,” he said.
GM Sees Tesla As ‘Big Disrupter’, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson is known for taking the post-bankruptcy corporate behemoth to task for not innovating fast enough and for squandering research dollars on pie-in-the-sky patents.
Now the executive is reportedly looking over his shoulder at Tesla, the upstart electric-car company co-founded by maverick billionaire Elon Musk, as a potential threat to GM’s own business.
According to Bloomberg, Akerson recently warned employees that Tesla should be seen as a disruptive force in the automobile industry and that GM needs to pay attention to how Tesla operates and adapt accordingly. Akerson has even assigned a small team to study Tesla and how it could hurt the larger automaker, according to GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky.
Seven Signs You Have A Shopping Problem, If you start to get these kinds of feelings during and after purchases, you could be addicted. 7 Signs You’re A Shopaholic, It’s one thing to surrender to the occasional impulse buy – that watch gleaming from behind the display case, or a pair of black shoes that will add the perfect dash of sophistication to your favorite business suit. But when your purchases shift from impulsive to compulsive, it’s the first sign that you might be grappling with a more serious condition: a shopping addiction.
Researchers estimate that up to 6 percent of Americans are so-called shopaholics. And with retailers ramping up their promotions on TV and even more intensely online, this number is likely to rise. In our society, the phrase “shop till you drop” translates as frivolous and fun, but when spending presents a real problem, the glamor fades.
Psychologists call it Compulsive Buying Disorder, which is characterized as an impulse-control issue – just like gambling or binge eating – and has the potential to create a whirlwind of emotional and financial distress.
In the video below, Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson reveals some of the telltale signs of shopaholics and explains what they can do to curb their spending.
Are you or a loved one a shopaholic? Here are seven signs of a potential problem. For a more complete*n*lysis, also check out the Compulsive Buying Scale, developed by psychologist Gilles Valence and his associates.
1. You have many unopened or tagged items in your closet
We’re not talking about the sweater your aunt gave you last holiday season, but about items you selected on your own that sit unopened or with their tags still attached. You likely even forgot about some of these possessions – boxes of shoes lining the bottom of your closet or jackets that have never seen the light of day.
2. You often purchase things you don’t need or didn’t plan to buy
You’re easily tempted by items that you can do without. A fifth candle for your bedroom dresser, a new iPod case, even though yours is fine you get the idea. You’re particularly vulnerable if you’ve admitted to having an “obsession,” like shoes or designer handbags. Just because your splurges tend to stick to one category doesn’t make them any more rational.
3. An argument or frustration sparks an urge to shop
Compulsive shopping is an attempt to fill an emotional void, like loneliness, lack of control, or lack of self-confidence. Shopaholics also have a tendency to suffer from mood disorders, eating disorders, or substance abuse problems. So if you tend to binge on comfort food after a bad day, studies suggest that you may be more likely to indulge in a shopping spree too.
4. You experience a rush of excitement when you buy
Shopaholics experience a “high” or an adrenaline rush, not from owning something, but from the act of purchasing it. Experts say dopamine, a brain chemical associated with pleasure, is often released in waves as shoppers see a desirable item and consider buying it. This burst of excitement can become addictive.
5. Purchases are followed by feelings of remorse
This guilt doesn’t have to be limited to big purchases, either; compulsive shoppers are just as often attracted to deals and bargain hunting. Despite any remorse that follows, though, shopaholics are adept at rationalizing just about any purchase if challenged.
6. You try to conceal your shopping habits
If you’re hiding shopping bags in your daughter’s closet or constantly looking over your shoulder for passing co-workers as you shop online, this is a possible sign that you’re spending money at the expense of your family, your loved ones, or even your job.
7. You feel anxious on the days you don’t shop
It’s one thing to feel anxious if you haven’t had your morning cup of joe, but if you’re feeling on edge because you haven’t swiped your debit card all day, be concerned. Shopaholics have reported feeling “out of sorts” if they haven’t had their shopping fix, and have even admitted to shopping online if they couldn’t physically pull away from their day’s responsibilities.
Just Sad: The 10 Wimpiest Muscle Cars Ever, The 1978 Ford Mustang King Cobra had a V-8, but it only produced a meager 139 hp. 10 wimpiest muscle cars ever, There’s a dead zone in the history of performance cars between the hairy-chested muscle cars of the 1960s and the rebirth of power in the mid-1980s: the 1972-82 “malaise era,” when machines were so strangled by new emissions rules that their performance levels were an embarrassment to even today’s compact cars. Automakers slathered flashy paint and taped racy stripes and stickers to the hoods of the cars, but these 10 just couldn’t get’er done at the dragstrip.
Ford’s legendary performance car hit its nadir with the downsized Pinto-based Mustangs of 1974-1978, called Mustang II. Although this generation of Mustang came with a V-8, it was a 302 cid V-8 with a mere 139 hp. Yes, you read that right. Second-gen Mustangs pumped out just 19 more hp than you’d get from the 1.6-liter four-cylinder in today’s Ford Fiesta.