First all-weather road to Canadian Arctic Coast finally complete

Finally there is an all-weather gravel road from the hamlet or small town of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic coast of the Canadian Northwest Territories to the town of Inuvik to the south.
+ Add Image 1 of 2  This is Canada's first permanent link to its Arctic coast.
The old ice road is replaced
For many years the Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, an ice road connected Inuvik with Tuktoyaktuk across the frozen MacKenzie River delta channels, and the frozen Arctic Ocean. The ice road was permanently closed on the 29th of April 2107 to be replaced this year by the new highway.
The new highway includes eight bridges and 359 culverts along its 120 kilometer length.

The name in Inuvialuktun the language of the Inuvialiut means "looks like a caribou". The hamlet lies north of the Arctic Circle on the shore of the Arctic Ocean.
It used to be called Port Brabant but was renamed in 1950. It was the first place in northern Canada to revert to its traditional indigenous name. Often it i…

GEcutting staff, cutting costs, and selling off assets in restructuring effort

(November 11) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of General Electric (GE) John Flannery will be laying off employees in the software division according to sources familiar with the issue.

 1 of 2 GE plans to cut costs The sources claim that the layoffs will be in GE Digital based in San Ramon California and will involve about 100 sales people'
On Monday, Flannery is expected to announce a plan to cut costs and jettison some units in order to improve company profits. The layoffs are no doubt part of that plan.
Software development was central to former CEO Jeff Immelt's strategy. However, the move has been plagued by technical difficulties that have prompted the company to shift strategy.
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GE has numerous divisions with the software division not the only one facing problems and layoffs. GE Power is also facing significant staff cuts. The healthcare and aviation businesses could also see some staff reductions.
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Network of EV charging stations to stretch from Norway all the way to Italy

A new network of 180 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will stretch all the way from Norway to Italy. The network will be supported by 10 million euros or $12 million funding from the European Union (EU).
E.ON and CLEVER's EV charge station network EON-SE is joining with the Danish CLEVER company a Danish charging provider to build a network of fast-charging stations that will run all the way from Norway to Italy. EON-SE is one of the world's largest investor-owned electric utility services. It has headquarters in Essen Germany. The company operates in more than 30 countries and has over 30 million customers. First stations in Germany and Denmark will open before next summer. The stations are to be placed at least every 180 kilometers or about 112 miles. This will enable cross-continental road trips by EVs. In Norway, the two companies will partner with gas station chain YX. They will install ultra-fast charging units at 20 service stations across Norway. The chargers hav…

Walmart Pay may soon overtake Apple Pay in mobile payments race

According to researcher Crone Consulting, Walmart Pay is now close to surpassing Apple Pay. By the end of 2018, Walmart Pay is expected to have more users who make at least two transactions a month than Apple Pay.
Walmart Pay versus Apple Pay Walmart is the largest retailer in the world with 11,723 stores strung around the globe. Daniel Eckert who is senior vice-president of Walmart Services claims that the store enrolls tens of thousands of new users each day. Walmart Pay is already available in 4,774 U.S. stores. Eckert said about surpassing Apple Pay: “If daily enrollments don’t slow down, I think that’s pretty well in the cards shortly. I would have to imagine we are getting pretty close.” Walmart is the largest retail chain that does not accept Apple Pay. Walmart entered the mobile payments market a whole year after Apple. Apple has discussed the integration of Apple Pay into Walmart Pay back in March last year, but ended talks apparently due to problems combining the different te…