Marc Montgomery, Carmel Kilkenny, Levon Sevunts, Marie-Claude Simard

The LINK Online Sep 14-16, 2018


Your hosts, Carmel, Levon, Marie-Claude, and Marc (Video of show at bottom)


Google: from garage to world -wide domination in 20 years

20 years of Google this year. From a garage to giant headquarters buildings around the world Google has become a powerful mega giant. In July this year European Union regulators hit Google with a record 4.34-billion euro (nearly $6.7-billion Cdn) antitrust fine for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

From a university thesis, to a multi-billion dollar corporation, “Backrub” and later “Google” is now the absolute dominant search engine on the internet. The firm has also branched out bought out several other high-tech operations in robotics, artificial intelligence and more.

Marc spoke with  David Gerhard (PhD), a professor of computer science at the  University of Regina in Saskatchewan who looks at the growth of Google and the future.

Gold! in a nickel mine?

Gold: A 95kg stone, containing an estimated 2,440 ounces of gold, beside a 63kg specimen stone containing an estimated 1,620 ounces of gold recovered at RNC Minerals’ Beta Hunt Mine in Australia are seen in this undated handout photo. (HO/CP)

They were looking for nickel, but found gold. Not just a little but a surprisingly huge amount worth millions of dollars.

The Canadian company was operating in Australia. After a dynamite blast to blow up another section of rock, they were astounded to find gold all over the place, “a mother lode”. Estimates are the rock that was blasted loose contains $11 million dollars worth of gold.

The CEO of Toronto-based mining firm RNC explains.

Major Russian  military exercise- flexing muscles and sending a message to the west

A military vessel is seen during the joint war games Zapad 2013 (West 2013), at the Khmelevka range on Russia’s Baltic Sea in the Kaliningrad Region, September 26, 2013. Russia’s Northern Fleet exercised a similar amphibious landing assault earlier this week in the remote Chukotka region of northeastern Russia during Vostok 2018 (East 2018) war games. (Alexei Druzhinin/REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Kremlin)

It is being classed as the largest Russian military exercise since the fall of the Soviet Union. The huge exercise involving all aspects of Russia’s military. An important aspect is the Arctic portion which sends a message to northern countries like Sweden and Finland that any thought of joining NATO would be “unwelcome” by Russian and viewed as a provocation and threat.  Another portion of the exercise sends a  a message to the Baltic states about Russia’s ability to counter any threat from NATO on that front.

It also is designed to show their ability to dominate and respond in the increasingly accessible Arctic seas as ice retreats while also increasing icebreaking capability.

Levon spoke to two experts on the subject and gives an analysis.

Marie- Claude shows a bit of her Scottish musical journey

Marie-Claude spent part of the summer on a Scottish music camp. She visited Glasgow, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, and the Outer Hebrides, meeting lots of talented, interesting, and colourful folks…and also learning a bit of Scottish cooking!

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