Zintro Blog http://blog.zintro.com Business News written by Industry Experts Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 US CDC: Children Eat Too Much Salt http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/17/us-cdc-concerned-sodium-childrens-diets/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/17/us-cdc-concerned-sodium-childrens-diets/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:55:27 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22098 A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that just 10 foods account for almost half the sodium children consume. Dietary guidelines recommend that children ages... Read More

The post US CDC: Children Eat Too Much Salt appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
US-CDC-LogoA report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that just 10 foods account for almost half the sodium children consume. Dietary guidelines recommend that children ages 6 to 18 consume less than 2,000 mg or salt per day. However, foods such as pizza, chicken nuggets and bologna are being blamed for the fact that U.S. children have an average salt intake of 3,300 milligrams.

Debra Zwiefelhofer is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist. She warns, “By now we should have learned that singling out any one nutrient as the culprit for ill-health is a slippery slope to go down. Saturated fat was evil, followed by cholesterol, wheat, sugar, etc. Now sodium is vilified. Science continues to find out that any one nutrient is not evil in and of itself – including sodium. However, the popular press has a way of taking several data points and making them sensational news. Studies have shown that the blanket link to sodium and hypertension is precarious at best.

“What is important is teaching children (and for any of us) that all foods are good in moderation. As a collective society, we should be more concerned about the nation’s prevalence of obesity which we know contributes to many, many issues that really do undermine health and wellness. Lack of food variety, portion control and insufficient exercise/activity is a much bigger antagonist of health problems than any single food or nutrient – including sodium.”

Shrinivas Muthangi is a management consultant with over 36 years of experience working with big brands in India. He is an expert on research process development, analysis and strategic organization planning. Muthangi shares his views based on a business standpoint, explaining, “This high salt intake by the youngsters in the U.S. is highly depicted in all most all the surveys and medical reports. Still we see again and again that U.S. youngsters’ dietary habits are spoiling their future health.”

“I wish to express that instead of carrying surveys, offering seminars, writing reports and announcements, the U.S. should direct the manufacturers and marketers to use permissible ingredients and keep strict watch on the recipes for sale. The U.S. government has lots of useful and mandatory restrictions on importing food products from other countries.

“It is much better and effective to drive ingredient values restriction in these foods for children for that matter for any one. In the present day of busy independent lives one looks to fill the tummy without thinking of future health issues. So it’s better to restrict such avoidable hazards from the start.”
Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post US CDC: Children Eat Too Much Salt appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/17/us-cdc-concerned-sodium-childrens-diets/feed/ 0
“Strategy and Preparation of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application” Presented by Susanne T. Smith http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/16/strategy-preparation-investigational-device-exemption-ide-application-presented-susanne-t-smith/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/16/strategy-preparation-investigational-device-exemption-ide-application-presented-susanne-t-smith/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:37:04 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22093 Medical Device Insights & Innovation Webinar Series – Session 2 Presented by Susanne T. Smith  About: Susanne has over 30 years of medical device industry experience from small start-ups to... Read More

The post “Strategy and Preparation of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application” Presented by Susanne T. Smith appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>

Medical Device Insights & Innovation Webinar Series – Session 2

Presented by Susanne T. Smith 

About: Susanne has over 30 years of medical device industry experience from small start-ups to publicly traded companies. She worked at Collagen Corp., and collaborated on a successful Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) pivotal trial with subsequent Premarket Approval Application (PMA) for a dental implant, Alveoform Biograft™. She was the Director of Clinical & Regulatory Affairs for Target Therapeutics and received IDE approval for the Guglielmi Detachable Coil (GDC) for endovascular embolization to treat inoperable aneurysms, directed clinical research for endovascular coils to treat cranial malformations, and gained Premarket Notifications (510Ks) for peripheral catheters

About the webinar: “An investigational device exemption (IDE) approval by the Agency allows an industry Sponsor to evaluate an investigational device’s safety and effectiveness for the purpose of data collection to support a new indication and device labeling. The intent of the clinical research is to support a Premarket Approval Application (PMA), while less Premarket Notifications entail clinical safety data to support a 510K submission. ‘Investigational use’ also comprises a clinical evaluation of certain device modifications or new intended uses of legally marketed devices. The following presentation will address those relevant IDE sections from an industry perspective to achieve a regulatory review with the goal of an “approved IDE” to commence a Feasibility Study or Pivotal Multicenter Clinical Trial.”

View other webinars in the series:

Session 1 – “The Global Orthopaedic Market” Presented by Galvin Mould

Session 2 – “Strategy and Preparation of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application” Presented by Susanne T. Smith

Do you have a suggestion for a webinar topic or presenter?

Let us know

Would you like to discuss an idea with our Business Development team?

Fill out our Business Development contact form and let us know.

Are you looking for an Expertise Provider for a Project, Job or Consultation?

 

Other useful links

 

The post “Strategy and Preparation of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Application” Presented by Susanne T. Smith appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/16/strategy-preparation-investigational-device-exemption-ide-application-presented-susanne-t-smith/feed/ 0
Inquiry Roundup- Laboratory Management Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/12/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/12/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management-industry/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:19:27 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22081 Laboratory Animal Facility We need a Specific Pathogen Free laboratory mouse holding facility. It will be operated and built for accreditation . We have a proposed location on an existing... Read More

The post Inquiry Roundup- Laboratory Management Industry appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Lab

Laboratory Animal Facility

We need a Specific Pathogen Free laboratory mouse holding facility. It will be operated and built for accreditation . We have a proposed location on an existing laboratory area used by a chemistry department. We need the design and consultation on the project. Our
university facility management team will put the major effort in doing the renovation/construction work. We are in Hong Kong….more

Laboratory Compliance

I am looking for speakers in Biotech, Pharma and Laboratory Compliance with 25 yrs and above experience in delivering online trainings and In-person Seminars….more

Molecular Genetics Lab

The Laboratory Manager is accountable for the accuracy and reliability of all laboratory services provided by the departments under his/her supervision; directs the training, developmental and supervision of departmental personnel; plans and schedules the activities of the departments; assumes responsibility for the proper application of laboratory policies and procedures; and operates the departments on a cost-effective basis. The incumbent actively supports and complies with all company and departmental policies and procedures.Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities would include Overall responsibility for department operations to include but not limited to quality, cost, and people…more

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Inquiry Roundup- Laboratory Management Industry appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/12/inquiry-roundup-laboratory-management-industry/feed/ 0
ABC Deals with Poor Economic Growth http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/11/abc-deals-poor-economic-growth/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/11/abc-deals-poor-economic-growth/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:45:22 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22075 Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. has set aside additional money to cover future bad loans, amid the country’s economic  slowdown. The lender has more retail customers than the entire population... Read More

The post ABC Deals with Poor Economic Growth appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Agricultural_Bank_of_ChinaAgricultural Bank of China Ltd. has set aside additional money to cover future bad loans, amid the country’s economic  slowdown. The lender has more retail customers than the entire population of the Euro Zone, according to Wn.com. A recent Hong King exchange filing shows the bank increased provisions to 15.6 billion yuan ($2.5 billion), a boost of 56 percent from where it was one year ago.

Mao Zedong set up Agricultural Bank of China in 1951. The government-controlled lender is dealing with the quick rise in bad loans in the countryside. Projections for economic growth in China are low—at the weakest pace since 1990.

Jack Worthington is Managing Partner of Arundel & Co, a private equity investing banking boutique focused on facilitating private equity investment on a global basis. He explains, “The property industry—construction, sales, white goods, etc.—represents about 15-30% of China’s GDP. So with residential property prices and homeowner equity in a tailspin, it’s not unexpected that China’s banks are in trouble. One key issue to watch is how this plays out politically as the economic downturn unfolds, since the countryside seems to be experiencing a more significant downturn, and a growing countryside / coastal divide in China can fuel social instability.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post ABC Deals with Poor Economic Growth appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/11/abc-deals-poor-economic-growth/feed/ 0
Climate Change and Global Warming Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/09/22062/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/09/22062/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:12:51 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22062 Yesterday’s post focused on a leaked draft of a United Nations Report obtained by Bloomberg.com The document claims that humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet if... Read More

The post Climate Change and Global Warming Part 2 appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
climate-change_300Yesterday’s post focused on a leaked draft of a United Nations Report obtained by Bloomberg.com The document claims that humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet if nothing is done to limit fossil fuel emissions. Today’s post includes additional responses by Zintro experts who weigh in on the issue.

Chris Soebroto owns a company that provides sustainability advice. He says, “The ‘leaked’ report says nothing new, really. Unfortunately, the world still is largely incapable of addressing the issues. Compare that with the relative speed with which domestic and international political issues are dealt with. That is probably because they pose immediate threats and because we know how to deal with them- sort of.

Climate change issues seem overwhelming. The disasters happen far into the future (or so we ‘hope’) and there’s little we can do to prevent them (we may reason). Unless the overwhelmingly big and complicated issues can be broken down into pieces that we all can relate to at a personal level, and that make politicians worry about their re-election if they don’t tackle them, the age of homo sapiens may be over before we know it.”

Victor de la Torre is a Political Scientist with 20 years of work experience in the international cooperation sector appraising, designing, and executing interventions in institutions and NSAs in executive positions. He explains, “The effort displayed so far by the most polluting countries to reduce our CO2 emissions is insufficient because our politicians have made believe that the main solutions will come from scientific innovations to improve efficiency in fuel utilisation and power generation. This is a superficial understanding of the root cause of the problem that will be resolved in the short term by regulating energy costs according to the purpose, for what purpose, we consume our energy.

“Is it fair that a big department store lights up a large building facade just to attract more consumers, does it improve in any tangible way the quality of our lives or it is just a selfish action to make more money? Is it justified to allow super-sized retailers to open massive outlets that wipe out the smaller players, the ones “near your house,” and force you to drive 30 km or more to be able to purchase a pair of sport shoes or a bicycle? Is it intelligent to allow the production of cheap and low quality products that are condemned to break after a few uses and that cannot be repaired? The irresponsible consumption of energy is the root cause of the climate change in today’s times.

“True change will only be reached through fundamental changes in the way our societies regulate the production and consumption of goods, reduce transport needs and encourage a mode of life that is simpler. This approach collides categorically with the basic rule that our economies encourage people to buy and do things that they don’t really need that’s why our leaders and production sector are not able to lead us towards successfully combating climate change. It is here to stay and hurt us beyond our imagination.”

Finally,  Environmental Communicator and Climate Change expert Yoseph Berhane Gebremenhin shares his thoughts, “ I fully agree with the IPCC statement that without additional mitigation activities global warming will lead to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts. In my opinion we need to work more on mitigation actions to reverse the impending impact.”
Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Climate Change and Global Warming Part 2 appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/09/22062/feed/ 0
Climate Change and Global Warming Part 1 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/08/climate-change-global-warming-part-1/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/08/climate-change-global-warming-part-1/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:50:13 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22050 A leaked draft of a United Nations report  obtained by Bloomberg.com claims humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless something is done quickly to limit fossil... Read More

The post Climate Change and Global Warming Part 1 appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
climate-change_300A leaked draft of a United Nations report  obtained by Bloomberg.com claims humans risk causing irreversible and widespread damage to the planet unless something is done quickly to limit fossil fuel emissions. According to the document, global warming is affecting “all continents and across the oceans” and if there is further pollution it will increase the likelihood of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”

“Without additional mitigation, and even with adaptation, warming by the end of the 21st century will lead to high to very high risk of severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts globally,” the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said. This is a two-part look at how Zintro experts respond to this issue.

Jürg Gassmann has worked since 1986 on contracts for the development, financing and construction of power generation projects in a variety of technologies in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He says, “Climate change is a reality. Much discussion is focused on large-scale weather events, but changes in everyday weather patterns are both real and pernicious: Rainfall concentration – even if averages are barely changed – is leading to more localised flooding and landslides; warmer winters are failing to kill off insect pests; unseasonable temperatures are impacting the yield and even viability of crops; ski resorts in lower altitudes are no longer viable.

“Climate change does not mean slightly higher temperatures without overall change in weather patterns. It means dramatically more erratic weather. Our infrastructure was built to deal with the weather of the last 500 years; upgrading it to ever more unseasonable weather will cost billions. Our agriculture is also adapted to our historical climate; whether it can adapt, is an open question.”

Zintro expert Les Blevins also shares his thoughts:

I’m the developer of the global repowering and climate protection technology I call the Advanced Alternative Energy (AAEC) Sequential Grates ™ global repowering technology.  I’ve invented and developed it to enable humanity to begin fixing the word’s ills by powering advanced 21st century societies by the extraction of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, instead of powering societies on emissions of greenhouse gasses into the Earth’s atmosphere.

This has been a long term project, and one that is still in the pre-commercial stage, due in large part to the wide spread and mistaken perception among people that powering societies by extraction of greenhouse gasses from the Earth’s atmosphere isn’t really feasible, and that it is inevitable that we humans keep on emitting more greenhouse gasses each year for the foreseeable future just as we have over the past one hundred years. That perception is wrong, and therefore there is the chance that we can reduce and then eliminate human generated greenhouse emissions.

Also I founded Global 21st Century Society, an umbrella organization. Its first undertaking is to grow “PLANET DOCTORS” around the world who will help get information to the people about what is possible and then empower the people (mostly young and/or professional people) to take their case to the officials who make public policy and law.

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Climate Change and Global Warming Part 1 appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/08/climate-change-global-warming-part-1/feed/ 0
Do you want to show relevant Inquires and Experts directly on your website? – September 2014 Zintro Newsletter http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/07/want-show-relevant-inquires-experts-directly-website-september-2014-zintro-newsletter/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/07/want-show-relevant-inquires-experts-directly-website-september-2014-zintro-newsletter/#respond Sun, 07 Sep 2014 16:19:29 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22029 Displaying Zintro Projects, Phone Consults and Jobs has never been easier. Engage your site visitors with the Inquiry and Expert iframe for external websites. Give your visitors direct access to our community of over 100,000... Read More

The post Do you want to show relevant Inquires and Experts directly on your website? – September 2014 Zintro Newsletter appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Displaying Zintro Projects, Phone Consults and Jobs has never been easier. Engage your site visitors with the Inquiry and Expert iframe for external websites.

Give your visitors direct access to our community of over 100,000 highly specialized Expertise Providers and over 2,000 live Inquiries. Defining a main area of Expertise lets you display results relevant to your content. Our responsive design makes it really easy to integrate the iframe with any website, adapting automatically to the size you define.

Learn more.

Have you seen our new Homepage?

Want to learn more about Zintro, how it works, who uses it and how? See our new homepage.

  • Search from over 10,000 highly relevant areas of Expertise.
  • Learn how other professionals like you are using Zintro to grow their business by benefiting from our 140,000+ user network. 
  • Gain quick access to all our latest success stories, blog articles and webinars

Tell us what you think about it

Success Stories
When a Zintro client had difficulty with a product using a manufacturing process with which engineer Tom Kirkland has extensive experience, he was able to confirm that the process they had chosen was the best option. The company was pleased with the results.

Tim Brophy, an Underground Mining Tire & Wheel Specialist, traveled to Turkey to work with the managers of an underground copper mine. He evaluated their current tire program, and inspected the operating conditions around the mine. 
From the Blog

Every day an interesting and newsworthy article contributed to by Zintro Experts is posted on our blog. We call it “Business News Written by Industry Experts.” Here are a few posts from the past several weeks.




Would you like to discuss an idea with our Business Development team?
Fill out our Business Development contact formand let us know.

Are you looking for an Expertise Provider for a Project, Job or Consultation?
Submit an inquiry
Other useful links

The post Do you want to show relevant Inquires and Experts directly on your website? – September 2014 Zintro Newsletter appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/07/want-show-relevant-inquires-experts-directly-website-september-2014-zintro-newsletter/feed/ 0
The Future of EV Vehicles in China- Part 2 http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/05/future-ev-vehicles-china-part-2/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/05/future-ev-vehicles-china-part-2/#respond Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:54:46 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=22008 Last week, we posted the first of two blogs about electric-vehicles in China. Bloomberg recently reported that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion)... Read More

The post The Future of EV Vehicles in China- Part 2 appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Mitsubishi_Electric_CarLast week, we posted the first of two blogs about electric-vehicles in China. Bloomberg recently reported that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build EV charging facilities in order to spur demand for clean cars. This week, John Kua, Ph.D., an EV consultant specializing in EV systems and components technologies with 18 years of experience in EVs, shares his views. In the past 6 years, Dr. Kua has been consulting in the Asia-Pacific region:

Ever since 2010, when China announced its intention (as part of its 12th Five-Year Plan to conserve energy, leapfrog automotive technology and reduce pollution) to introduce 1 million new energy vehicles, (mainly EVs and plug-in hybrids), into the local market by 2015, the initial euphoria has somewhat petered out. This is due to over-expectation, poorer-than-expected market take-up, in part due to poor consumer perception of EVs – followed by the apparent vacillation within the government on which strategy to adopt going forward.

To be fair, there are other external factors that China has been observing closely that affects her EV adoption plans – the aftermath of the Japan earthquake of 2011, which derailed Tepco’s plan (Tepco is owner of the damaged reactors) for EV charging network in Japan, Obama policy of massive funding for green energy companies (failed companies like Solyndra, EnerDel, A123, Fisker Karma, Ecotality, etc.) , and EU’s massive debt burden.

China’s recent purported intention to provide 100 billion yuan funding for public EV charging infrastructure is the latest attempt to revive the initiative – but will it spur the actual adoption of EVs this time round?

With benefit of hindsight from past five years of EVs experience in China, (the common complaints of poor consumer perception, limited electric range, lack of charging points and long charging time), China’s intention to fund the fledgling EV market would certainly alleviate consumer’s “range anxiety” and reduce the developmental cost for manufacturers. An added boost can come in the form of recent government subsidies for these clean energy vehicles (60,000 yuan~ $9800 for pure EVs, and 35,000 yuan for plugin-hybrids). However, having worked in this area in both China and U.S., I think China should learn from the recent U.S.’s policy in funding green energy industries (about 50 such companies now troubled or bankrupt). The crucial lesson is that such initial funding and subsidies should never be a blank endorsement, but are meant only to “jumpstart” the industry, such as by critically identifying and selecting crucial EV technologies to fund, which will in turn act as the catalyst for private innovation, experimentation and market exploration, to a point where sufficient sales volume is realized and market dynamics takes over. It is here that these subsidies should be reduced gradually and withdrawn.

Also, missing from this discussion of the need for charging stations, I believe, is a crucial ingredient – the charging standards – a national standard that defines the type of connector used, the pins configuration, safety, and communications protocols between the EVs and the charging station. On this, to her credit, China has established an initial draft in 2011 based on 220V AC standard (Level 2 charging) – the GB/T 20234.2-201, as well as a proposal for high voltage (DC> 400V charging). However, industry experts are still skeptical about its details, or lack there-off, especially with regards to safety aspects, compared with current standards from U.S. Japan and the EU. A case in point: Telsa’s recent launch of their model S in China. The lack of compatible charging stations has prompted a local businessman, Zong Yi, to purchase 20 charging stations from Tesla (at his own expense) and distributed them across 16 cities between Beijing and his home in Guangzhou. Another related piece of good news is Tesla’s recent joint venture with China Unicom (China’s second largest mobile phone company) to introduce up to 400 charging points in 120 cities all over China – with Tesla obviously providing the charging technology and Unicom the electric grid infrastructure and land.

All this is well and good, but at the national level, with current rate of progress with China’s standards, these charging stations can now only be used for Tesla EVs only. Thus China will have to play catch up game to align their standards to be at least compatible with current U.S. (e.g. J1772 connector) Japan (Yazaki CHAdeMO JEVS) or EU (Mennekes connector) standards. This crucial point seem to have been marginized in the past five years of excitement to promote local EV innovation in China during the government’s engagement with industry players and the scientific community, as evident from the various charging connector types used by local EV manufacturers all over China.

Finally, I believe the success of China’s EV initiative with charging stations this time round depends on China’s ability to synchronize her fledgling EV standards with new EVs and charging stations, in addition to engaging key stakeholders in industry, academia and community. The other key issues for EV adoption, such as lithium battery reliability and high initial cost, should be alleviated as market penetration gradually materializes and economies of scales take over.

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post The Future of EV Vehicles in China- Part 2 appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/05/future-ev-vehicles-china-part-2/feed/ 0
The Effects of Fracking on Newborn Babies http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/03/effects-fracking-newborn-babies/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/03/effects-fracking-newborn-babies/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 21:55:54 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21963 A recent study by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, examined the effects fracking on babies born near wells. Fracking, or hydraulic... Read More

The post The Effects of Fracking on Newborn Babies appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Fracking_Site_in_Warren_Center,_PA_07A recent study by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health, and published in Environmental Health Perspectives, examined the effects fracking on babies born near wells. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of blasting chemicals, sand and water deep underground to extract fuel from rock. Although government officials and industry advocates caution that further study is needed before drawing conclusions, preliminary data showed that babies born in the vicinity of oil and gas wells may be at risk for potential health issues.

Lisa McKenzie, the lead researcher for the fracking study, stated, “It’s not really well understood how the environment interacts with genetics to produce these birth defects. We really need to do more study to see what the association is, if any, with natural gas development.”

Zintro expert Nirmalendu Bandyopadhyay is an independent engineering consultant. He says, “Fracking and underground blasting to produce hydrocarbon, contaminates the ground water which may develop bridge to the surface water in rivers, lakes and natural water bodies through cracks and fissures in the soil. Use of the contaminated water with dissolved gases may lead to deformation in a baby in the fetus. Besides, there is release of dissolved toxic gas in the air from the contaminated surface water bodies. Mothers residing near well sites have to inhale the toxic gases which get into their blood stream and may lead to deformation of the unborn child due to lack of adequate oxygen in the mothers’ blood as a result of toxicity.”

Dr. Pam Carlisle is the Executive Director and researcher for Chemical-Free-Life.org. She discusses the issue below:

The hydraulic fracking process involves the use of fracturing fluid products—water combined with a cocktail of toxic chemicals—to extract gas and oil from shale rock deep beneath the earth’s surface. A number of toxic chemicals commonly used in the fracking process have been linked in scientific research to chronic toxicity, teratogenicity, developmental neurotoxicity and carcinogenicity. The potential for public health problems due to exposure to these toxic chemicals is not just hypothetical; studies have detected toxic chemicals present in the ground water and drinking water wells in areas where fuel extraction via hydraulic fracking has occurred. Investigations of water contamination in fracking areas have uncovered more than 1,000 cases across seven states where toxic chemicals have leached into surface and ground water. Further, a House of Representatives report on the chemicals used in the fracking process revealed that U.S. hydraulic fracking companies inject more than 10 million gallons of fluid that contain hundreds of chemicals considered to be either possible human carcinogens or known human carcinogens.

Two recent studies examining the potential health hazards associated with proximity to residential fracking (one study suggests a link with proximity to fracking wells in Colorado and an increased risk for congenital heart defects in newborns, and the other suggests a link with fracking proximity in Pennsylvania and low birth weight and low Apgar scores of newborns) are among the latest additions to a growing body of scientific literature linking toxic chemicals commonly used in the fracking process with serious adverse health repercussions.

While the full lists of chemicals used in fracking products are considered proprietary and therefore are unknown, some of the most commonly used chemicals that we do know about include: Methanol (vapors can trigger headaches, fatigue and eye damage and high doses can be fatal); Ethylene Glycol (toxic to humans; derivatives and metabolites are teratogenic; ingestion can lead to poisoning and adverse effects of the central nervous system, metabolic acidosis, and kidney damage/failure); BTEX compounds (short-term exposure to these compounds can trigger headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing, weakness, nausea and vomiting), additionally, long-term exposure and perinatal/neonatal exposure can be serious: Benzene (a known carcinogen), Toluene (among the chemicals linked with developmental neurotoxicity and neurodevelopmental disabilities including loss of IQ points, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and autism among other types of cognitive damage, and central nervous system damage in adults), and Ethylbenzene and Xylene (both of which have also been shown to have harmful effects on the central nervous system); Naphthalene (inhalation can cause respiratory problems, nausea, and vomiting; additionally, Naphthalene is among the toxic chemicals that has been detected in human umbilical cord blood; this common PCB contaminant can lead to kidney and liver damage); Lead (among the chemicals linked with developmental neurotoxicity and neurodevelopmental disabilities including loss of IQ points, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and autism and other cognitive damage in children; also linked with high blood pressure and nerve disorders in adults); Diesel Fuel (contains toxic compounds such as BTEX and can cause skin disorders; long-term exposure can lead to severe skin damage and cancer); and then there are Sulfuric Acid, Crystalline Silica, and Formaldehyde (all are potentially harmful if inhaled and can lead to lung damage; all are carcinogenic).

Weighing the potential health risks of fracking brings to mind what Henry David Thoreau once said, “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

The post The Effects of Fracking on Newborn Babies appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/03/effects-fracking-newborn-babies/feed/ 0
Corn Output Up in the U.S. http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:40:26 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21904 The thousands of field inspections that took place last week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn output in the U.S. will be 0.4 percent over the government’s... Read More

The post Corn Output Up in the U.S. appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Madipally_cornThe thousands of field inspections that took place last week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour found corn output in the U.S. will be 0.4 percent over the government’s estimate. Many months of rain and mild weather created ideal growing conditions for the world’s top producer. According to Bloomberg.com, “Cheaper grain is bolstering profit for buyers including Tyson Foods Inc. and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), encouraging some cattle producers in the Great Plains to expand herds, and eroding income for farmers who say increased output will make up for some of the slump.”

Agricultural adviser Wessel Oosthuizen has 15 years of experience farming maze, beans, and potatoes. He says, “I think the demand will be stimulated by the lower price of Corn and Beans. But farmers will start to think seriously about the profitability of planting corn and beans. So I think they will start to plant less, especially on the more marginal fields. When the demand gets stronger and new season plantings are smaller, the price will recover. But for this season there will be a bear market.”

Pravinchandra Chaturlal Patel, Ph.D., is a soil science research scientist with over 38 years of experience in natural resources management. He specializes in increased crops production, quality and profit through nutrient and irrigation water managament. Dr. Chatur says, “The U.S. corn crop records during 2014 stem mainly from favorable climatic conditions. Corn crops require cool temperatures during the pollination period, for perfect grain filling. Luckily, in the Midwest of the U.S., the rains were received at the perfect time during the season. Moreover, the temperature remains cool, so it is the best weather for pollination and the production of big ears.

“In my native place (Gujarat, India), the farmers are also growing hybrid corn in the winter season, and they are obtaining higher corn yield as compared to rainy or summer seasons. The high yield is due to low temperature in the winter season which favors pollination. It has been scientifically proven that pollination requires cooler temperature.

“The biggest drivers for bumper crop yield are hybrid corn seeds, weather conditions and crop nutrition. The farmers are following best agriculture crop practices, and they have mechanized farming so that they carry out the timely operations of land preparation, sowing, fertilization, inter-culturing, weeding, irrigation, plant protection measure and harvesting, etc. This prevents the loss of any yield due to delaying the farm operation. The farmers also apply plant nutrients in the soil on a test basis, so balanced plant nutrition is created better plant growth—and it produces a higher crop yield. Hybrid corns yield potential, standability, maturity and other agronomic characteristics that affect profitable crop production. Hybrids have a deep root system which extracts more nutrients from the deeper soil layer to produce higher dry matter production and, therefore, higher grain yield.

“The farmers are following conventional tillage, reduced tillage and conservation tillage to store residue coverage on the soil. It is well documented that there is a benefit effect of conservation tillage in agriculture. They are following best management practices to reduce soil erosion, otherwise nutrients are lost in wind or water erosion. In addition, the farmers are including legume crop (soybean, lucerne) in the cropping system to sustain soil fertility. The legumes add nitrogen to the soil which helps improve soil fertility. The farmers are also following timely best management practice to control insect-pest e.g. integrated pest management, and they are adopting a proper drainage system to leach down excess salt from the field. Finally, corn crop should be sown in the winter season temperature (15-25 •C) to take the best advantageous of weather conditions for successful pollination for high yield potentiality.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Corn Output Up in the U.S. appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/09/02/corn-output-u-s/feed/ 0
Inquiry Roundup – Poultry Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:04:57 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21892 Poultry Feed Formulation I’m co-owner and co-founder of a US based ***** selling a patented and FDA compliant nutritional supplement in the US, Canada, Australia, North Korea and Chez Republic.... Read More

The post Inquiry Roundup – Poultry Industry appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
chickens-_621260aPoultry Feed Formulation

I’m co-owner and co-founder of a US based ***** selling a patented and FDA compliant nutritional supplement in the US, Canada, Australia, North Korea and Chez Republic. Since 2011, tens of millions of tablets have been sold in these countries for human consumption and the public response is amazing. In 2012, studies began on the use of our product in the Poultry Industry and the results are the same. The benefits observed repeatedly in the studies Increased weight, protein and decreased fat and feed consumption. View Inquiry

 Poultry Regulation

Looking for a poultry regulation expert to answer what several factors for fecal contamination in poultry slaughter operations.
is it machinery or human error cause the fecal contamination on chicken slaughter operations. View Inquiry

Meat And Poultry Processing Equipment

We are looking at setting up a small poultry processing plant where we can marinade and cook about 100,000 lbs of 4 oz chicken breasts each month. We own a large freezer warehouse but we need the marinade and oven equipment. View Inquiry

 Poultry Farm

I am looking for advice on how to open my poultry farm but I do not have any knowledge on how to start and what are the equipments needed. View Inquiry

Click here to see other live Poultry Industry projects

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Inquiry Roundup – Poultry Industry appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/29/inquiry-roundup-poultry-indsutry/feed/ 0
The Future for EV Vehicles in China http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:15:09 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21885 Bloomberg reports that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities with the hope of spurring demand... Read More

The post The Future for EV Vehicles in China appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Mitsubishi_Electric_CarBloomberg reports that the government in China may give as much as 100 billion yuan ($16 billion) in funding to build electric-vehicle charging facilities with the hope of spurring demand for clean cars, according to two sources who asked not to be named. Carmakers coping with consumer concerns over the reliability and cost of electric cars would benefit greatly from increased state funding. In addition, it would build on tax breaks to fight pollution and cultivate the EV industry in China, which is the world’s biggest carbon emitter.

This is the first of two blog posts that will share thoughts about the news from Zintro experts. First up is Rhino Guerrero, an electrical engineer from the Philippines:

Electric cars are already on the roads of China. In fact, China has been manufacturing e-cars already. Just surf the internet for China-made e-cars and you will find nice-looking e-cars of various forms and sizes.

However, the Chinese public is not so keen on e-cars for obvious reasons. One, it takes a much longer time to charge an e-car’s battery than to refill a gasoline tank. Typically, Chinese-made e-cars charge up in a little less than six hours. Two, there is not much charging stations in the country. Three, when these e-cars start to breakdown, where can the e-car owners turn to for repair and how much would it cost?

The Chinese government’s plan to fund for the construction of e-vehicle charging facilities is a wise move. However, it would be much better if these charging facilities were made into BATTERY EXCHANGE facilities, where e-car owners can just drive in to have their batteries replaced with fully-charged ones. This, of course, requires that e-cars be designed such that the batteries can be easily pulled out and plugged in, which should not be a difficult thing to do.

Lastly, it is important that there would be enough technicians to fix these high-tech cars. Conventional automotive mechanics are no longer fit to handle this job. What is needed are electro-mechanics, who can handle the electronics and mechanical systems of the car.

I remember a few years back, everybody in our place was so excited in converting their gasoline-powered cars to LPG. It didn’t take long before excitement was replaced with dismay and regret when their LPG-powered cars started to breakdown, which they blamed on LPG. They are absolutely right in putting the blame on LPG, because the wrong conversion kits (obsolete) were installed by the wrong (untrained) people. Furthermore, there were no experts technicians to handle the repair and maintenance of the LPG converted cars at that time. Now they are converting their cars back to gasoline and swear never to think about LPG again.

Yes, electric vehicles are the way to go, not just for China but for everyone else. However, this has to be a calculated move so as not to jeopardize the economy and the people in the internal combustion engine industry and petroleum industry.

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post The Future for EV Vehicles in China appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/future-ev-vehicles-china/feed/ 0
How To Hire An Expert: Tips & Tools for Hiring Great Freelance Consultants http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/hire-expert-infographic/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/hire-expert-infographic/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:30:01 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21850 In helping thousands of companies hire consultants for a wide array of projects, we’ve found that businesses often have trouble identifying the exact right expert for their specific job (particularly... Read More

The post How To Hire An Expert: Tips & Tools for Hiring Great Freelance Consultants appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
In helping thousands of companies hire consultants for a wide array of projects, we’ve found that businesses often have trouble identifying the exact right expert for their specific job (particularly when they have multiple projects they’re managing at scale). Hiring the wrong consultant for your project can cost you significant time, money, and energy.

Zintro users can obviously leverage our platform, tools, and network of professionals by posting their inquiry to help find and hire someone with deep and specific expertise, but we also wanted to create a visualization to help with some specifics around how to determine if someone is really an expert (and more importantly: really the right expert for their project), tools to help hiring managers screen potential consultants, and more so that companies like yours can identify and hire a great consultant (and avoid making a costly mistake).

Check out the graphic and if you find it useful, please feel free to share it!

how-to-hire-an-expert-infographic

The post How To Hire An Expert: Tips & Tools for Hiring Great Freelance Consultants appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/28/hire-expert-infographic/feed/ 0
AAP Wants Later School Start Time for Teens http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/27/aap-wants-later-school-start-time-teens/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/27/aap-wants-later-school-start-time-teens/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:54:38 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21878 Concerned about the lack of sleep among teenagers in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for secondary schools to begin later, not starting until at least... Read More

The post AAP Wants Later School Start Time for Teens appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
sleepConcerned about the lack of sleep among teenagers in the U.S., the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has called for secondary schools to begin later, not starting until at least 8:30 a.m. Teens’ natural sleep patterns make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. Later start times in schools would align better with these patterns, according to the AAP, the nation’s largest organization of doctors who care for children.

In addition to falling asleep in class and needing caffeinated beverages to stay awake throughout the day, lack of sleep in teens leads to poor academic performance, increased likelihood of car accidents, and mental health issues such as depression, according to a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics. The National Sleep Foundation found that by 6th grade, most students in the U.S. are already suffering from sleep deficits, with only 41 percent receiving the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours a night. By high school, the number drops to 13 percent.

Zintro expert Ian Hale, PhD. is a professional teacher, research academic and counselor from the UK with decades of experience working with children who have learning disabilities. Dr. Hale is also a former member of the UK Government Advisory on Autism Strategy. He shares his thoughts about the importance of sleep. “Lois E. Krahn, M.D. of the world famous Mayo Clinic wrote, ‘For good health, make sleep a priority.’ She is right got Austists, NTs, the young and the old,” says Dr. Hale. “Lack of sleep contributes to lowered immunity, impaired performance at work or school, relationship breakdowns, and brain cell death—which can lead to full-blown Autism, psychosis, premature aging and not least Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia –as described in The New Scientist journal, September 24th, 2009.

“It is notable that 100 years ago the average adult in the Western world slept nine hours per night, and now that figure is down to 6 1/2 hours. At the same time we have seen the escalation of Dementia and violence in our societies among increasingly younger age groups. Any link is unproven, but it is a question which needs addressing. This is particularly important with regards to children who need at least 12 hours sleep per 24 hours in order to grow healthy bodies and optimal brains.”

Cynthia Tjelle has been a maternal/child nurse and educator, and she agrees. “Teenagers would benefit enormously from extra sleep and would likely perform better in school. The issue that confounds this surrounds how it affects teachers and their days, sports and practice times, bus schedules, etc. Trying this in several communities would be ideal. I say this as an RN and parent.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post AAP Wants Later School Start Time for Teens appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/27/aap-wants-later-school-start-time-teens/feed/ 0
Hackers Target Sony Entertainment http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/25/hackers-target-sony-entertainment/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/25/hackers-target-sony-entertainment/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:54:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21864 Service for the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment was interrupted yesterday, according to a Twitter post from the official Sony PlayStation Twitter account. Hackers overwhelmed the system with such a... Read More

The post Hackers Target Sony Entertainment appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
PLAYSTationService for the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment was interrupted yesterday, according to a Twitter post from the official Sony PlayStation Twitter account. Hackers overwhelmed the system with such a large amount of computer-generated traffic that it was rendered unavailable for users. Sony reported that no personal information was stolen as part of the breach. In 2011, Sony upgraded network security after hackers comprised the personal data of 77 million user accounts.

Last week, Zintro experts gave their opinions about a recent New York Times report that found one billion username and passwords were stolen by a Russian cyber-crime gang. Taiye Lambo, founder and CTO of CloudAssurance.com also responded to our question about the issue of hacking online.

“I believe the 1 billion number may be slightly exaggerated. However it does not diminish the well-known fact that Cybersecurity threats have been on the rise in the past couple of years—and will probably get worse with the growing adoption of BYOD, Big Data and cloud computing—by enterprise customers and consumers alike.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Hackers Target Sony Entertainment appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/25/hackers-target-sony-entertainment/feed/ 0
Inquiry Roundup – Apparel Industry http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/22/inquiry-roundup-apparel-industry/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/22/inquiry-roundup-apparel-industry/#respond Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:03:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21856 Sports Apparel Manufacturing We are attempting to launch a new outdoors fishing/boat/ocean wear line of shirts with our own proprietary logo. Logo is already copyrighted. We are looking for some... Read More

The post Inquiry Roundup – Apparel Industry appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
apparelSports Apparel Manufacturing

We are attempting to launch a new outdoors fishing/boat/ocean wear line of shirts with our own proprietary logo. Logo is already copyrighted. We are looking for some assistance in finding apparel manufacturers/distributors who can work with us
View Inquiry

Retail Purchasing

In need of someone familiar with lingerie and intimate apparel, sleepwear, swimwear, hosiery, high heeled shoes, and adult novelties
View Inquiry

Apparel Merchandise Planning Industry

We are doing a research work on the Apparel Merchandise Planning Industry and are looking to speak to experts who are knowledgeable about :
– Store clustering principles
– Store wise assortment planning
– OTB computation post assortment planning

Some of the leading companies in this segment are (GAP, H&M, Nike).
View Inquiry

Plus Size Apparel

Hello, I am a business entrepreneur living in Quito, Ecuador.

I believe there’s a great opportunity to develop a plus size women’s wear range here. I have done my research, there™s no much offer/ competition and the market size is growing.

I don™t have a problem with the business side, but I don™t know anything about the design/ production side. I wanted to hire a local designer, but there™s no one with experience in that category.

I would like to know more about you and your prices for a complete range development of 12-20 styles, to start with.
View Inquiry

Click here to see other live Apparel Industry projects

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Inquiry Roundup – Apparel Industry appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/22/inquiry-roundup-apparel-industry/feed/ 0
Renewables Infrastructure Group Buys Three U.K. Solar Farms http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/21/renewables-infrastructure-group-buys-three-u-k-solar-farms/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/21/renewables-infrastructure-group-buys-three-u-k-solar-farms/#respond Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:59:34 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21842 The Renewables Infrastructure Group has agreed to buy three U.K. solar farms from a venture between British Solar Renewables Ltd. and Banco Santander SA. The photovoltaic farms total 56.6 megawatts... Read More

The post Renewables Infrastructure Group Buys Three U.K. Solar Farms appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Windorah_Solar_FarmThe Renewables Infrastructure Group has agreed to buy three U.K. solar farms from a venture between British Solar Renewables Ltd. and Banco Santander SA. The photovoltaic farms total 56.6 megawatts of generation capacity and are valued at 73.7 million pounds ($124 million), although the final amount depends on plant performance.

All three sites were built by Spain’s Grupo Isolux Corsan SA, with panels from ReneSola Ltd. The sites include a 24.2MW plant at Parley Court Farm, Dorset, a 21.2MW plant at Egmere Airfield, Norfolk and an 11.1MW project at Penare Farm, Cornwall. According to TRIG, the purchase was funded by a combination of cash and a revolving acquisition facility.

John Kirk shares his thoughts as someone who has spent decades working in high voltage construction and maintenance. “I have a considerable amount of expertise in the high voltage area. Each of the forms of power generation have pros and cons. Wind turbine is best bang for buck, except that there is a grow push back from public due to low frequency noise. All studies not in yet, but there is some concern (the debate continues), as well as air path interference (again the debate continues).

Tidal generation (using incoming and out-going ocean tides to generate power—lots of discussions with many groups on this one) might be a while coming and include high costs. Solar has many pros, as long as you can get a good deal on some un-useable land, as it takes approximately 100 Hectares of land to produce one megawatt of power.

“You also need a good maintenance program in place, and solar array has to be articulating to capture ideal solar potential to help keep panels clean, even with high gloss self-cleaning panels. As with any large scale project, you need accurate initial bids. The lowest bid with an unseasoned bidder can be a disaster. Even experienced companies that can’t get the right people (and keep them) will have a difficult time. The best way to look at these projects is using a similar existing project as a bench mark.

“Many factors come into play, but keep this in mind: “If it sounds too good to be true…it most likely is.” Hence, you need a top notch team, but in reality, they don’t come cheap. I have the highest respect for all engineers, to be used in the design phase of any project, but it makes no sense to have a group of people that have never even built a garden shed, be in charge of any kind of construction project. You need seasoned pros to look after the build and engineers to support them. Of course, this is just my opinion—but with 35 years of experience behind it.”

Technology and business consultant Bruce Robins says, “It is a bit hard to comment without knowing if the 56.6MW is the nominal or feed in capacity, and the Feed-in Tariff which applies and the age of the systems. At US$2.19/Wp it appears a bit overvalued given that there is a gradual decline in output over the life of the system—which no amount of O&M can fix—and that PV modules today are less than US$0.60/Wp CIF, and modules represent around 45% of installed cost in the part of the world where I operate. But good luck to TRIG. We should be encouraging more of this type of acquisitions particularly by superannuation funds because most projects are extremely low risk.”

Michael Orshan is an executive director in energy solar management. He says, “Around the globe there is a very active business of buying PPAs once a plant is operational. It is a process similar to hedge funds. Some group raises money. Another group is created to find PPAs to buy. Remember the group that built the farm has just invested a lot of cash to build the farm and now has this experience. With incentives still in place they are well positioned to do this again. Especially at these relatively low power outputs of less than 10MW, there were few economies of scales so the implementers probably paid a higher price, cashing out, paying financiers, and going to the next project is probably the best thing. As for this particular transaction I can only assume this was the process and the numbers made sense. In the end the bank will be happy as will the implementers.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Renewables Infrastructure Group Buys Three U.K. Solar Farms appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/21/renewables-infrastructure-group-buys-three-u-k-solar-farms/feed/ 0
Success Story: William Walker http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/20/success-story-william-walker/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/20/success-story-william-walker/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:23:58 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21832 William Walker is an acknowledged expert in International Standards (ISO). He has been a Register Lead Auditor over 16 years and has approved for Registration over 400 companies in 20... Read More

The post Success Story: William Walker appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Zintro_William WalkerWilliam Walker is an acknowledged expert in International Standards (ISO). He has been a Register Lead Auditor over 16 years and has approved for Registration over 400 companies in 20 different Standard Industry Codes.

William is a competitive and proven professional with strengths in manufacturing engineering, quality assurance, testing, product auditing and supplier quality. He is a senior member of the American Society of Quality and a registered lead auditor of the International Register of Certified Auditors. In addition, William has a Master of Science in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Canterbury in the UK.

William shares his experience working as a consultant on the Zintro platform:

Through my relationship with Zintro, I worked with an international client in India. The project was to identify Supplier Quality Management Systems in Pharma, Medical Devices, Consumer Products and Electronics, as well as how these industries allocate resources for SQM.

Also through Zintro, I have worked with a U.S.-based financial auditing group to identify statistical processes for evaluation of the data, to improve the customers’ probability of success in evaluation of the financial data.

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Success Story: William Walker appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/20/success-story-william-walker/feed/ 0
Hacking on the Rise: How Worried Should We Be? http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/19/rise-hacking-worried/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/19/rise-hacking-worried/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:46:53 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21750 The New York Times reported that one billion usernames and passwords were stolen by the Russian cyber-crime gang. According to Jordan Robertson on Bloomberg.com, the numbers probably won’t translate “into... Read More

The post Hacking on the Rise: How Worried Should We Be? appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
VirusThe New York Times reported that one billion usernames and passwords were stolen by the Russian cyber-crime gang. According to Jordan Robertson on Bloomberg.com, the numbers probably won’t translate “into anything big” for two reasons.

First, the hackers are targeting people through spam w-mail and social media messages, which are highly inefficient. With spam filters, most people will not even see the messages let alone open them. Secondly, the small group which will see the messages can protect themselves by not opening the emails, using multiple passwords, updating software with security patches or—if their systems are already infected—re-installing the operating system.

Robert G. Elia, Jr., Senior Technology Manager and Partner of System Implementation Services LLC says, “Unfortunately it is the failing of social media, credit card companies and any provider of online services that hackers have such an easy time hacking user accounts. Since there is no real penalty for the lack of secure environments other than bad publicity there are minimal security precautions taken by most online providers.

“The solution is to enact federal laws making the loss of data through hackers gaining access to account information a criminal offense against the company, its executives and board of directors similar to those included in the HIPPA regulation about protecting patient information and forcing the public to change their passwords frequently while insisting on strong password encryption.

“Give the introduction of fines associated with data breaches you might see more secure systems installed that would protect the public from hackers prying eyes. It is a start and a shared responsibility of the online user and the online providers but it takes time and money and causes inconvenience for the typical user. It’s time for public education and some corporate responsibility.”

Neira Jones, FBCS, MSc, is an international advisor and speaker on payments, risk, cybercrime, and digital innovation. She is also Chairman of the Global Advisory Board for the Centre for Strategic Cybercrime and Security Science Chairman of the Advisory Board for Ensygnia. Jones says, “It all comes down to basic hygiene. Hacks like these always consequences on individuals, from spam at best, through malware infection, all the way to ID Theft at worst. But it all comes down do a matter of basic hygiene and education.

Technology management consultant Bill Sequeira says, “Believing that the only impact of these actions is going to be SPAM is naive at best. First, the hacker group has exposed online businesses and their infrastructure weaknesses. It’ll take these businesses between 6-18 months to upgrade their security if they do at all, which makes them vulnerable to further attacks.

“Second, with the 1B credentials stolen comes a list of these businesses that could be sold to groups with ulterior motives. Third, with all the data available it is possible to assemble profiles and ids of a select number of people, potentially influential people.

“Even if only 1% of them hit this stage, it will create headaches for financial services et al. Changing credentials is a good measure, but many won’t heed the warning and stay vulnerable to the threat. Hoping that hackers stay on the benign path outlined would be wonderful, but honestly, feels more like a prayer.”

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:


The post Hacking on the Rise: How Worried Should We Be? appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/19/rise-hacking-worried/feed/ 0
Success Story: Chris Dane http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/18/success-story-chris-dane/ http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/18/success-story-chris-dane/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:36:45 +0000 http://blog.zintro.com/?p=21743 Chris Dane, President of HRG/Executive Travel Associates, has been in the travel industry for over 35 years. HRG/ETA’s parent company is the third largest travel management company in the world.... Read More

The post Success Story: Chris Dane appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
Zintro_Chris DaneChris Dane, President of HRG/Executive Travel Associates, has been in the travel industry for over 35 years. HRG/ETA’s parent company is the third largest travel management company in the world.

Before joining HRG, Chris created his own consulting company. He has consulted for a variety of traditional and new economy travel-related entities, including interim COO for two dot-com travel-related startups. He has also held key executive positions in the airline, travel agency, tour operator and consortia sectors of the travel industry.

Chris graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in Business Administration. He earned his Certified Travel Consultant (CTC) from the Travel Institute in 1995, where he was also a member of the Board of Trustees. Chris was the first person to earn the Certified Travel Industry Executive (CTIE) designation.

Chris shares his experience working with clients on the Zintro platform:

I have done several consultations about the travel industry with a consulting firm based in India. In each and every case they know the subject matter very well before we speak and as a result ask really good, thought provoking questions of me on behalf of their clients.

Once the consultation is complete the payment process is easy, and efficient. The entire experience is excellent and when I see a request from this company from Zintro, I know I want to respond. In all of my consultations with Zintro, I have found the whole process easy and efficient. Moreover I had one situation where Zintro got involved concerning a minor disagreement in the time spent on a project (the true test of a company) and it was resolved quickly and equitably.

Zintro has experts in every industry sector, across every job function, in every geographic region. Recently, some of the following topics have seen inquiry activity:

The post Success Story: Chris Dane appeared first on Zintro Blog.

]]>
http://blog.zintro.com/2014/08/18/success-story-chris-dane/feed/ 0