Russia Raises Stakes in Syria
Russia has sent a dozen or more warships to patrol waters near its naval base in Syria, a buildup that U.S. and European officials are taking as an aggressive stance meant partly to warn the West and Israel not to intervene in Syria's bloody civil war.
2 dead, 11 injured in shootings across city
Two men have been killed and at least another 11 people injured in shootings since yesterday afternoon on the city's South, West and Northwest Sides.
China's SeedAsia Opens For Business, An Online Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups Across Asia
SeedAsia, an equity crowd-funding site based in China, has just launched. The company is offering stakes in selected early-stage startups to the public. “It’s kind of a hybrid between Kickstarter and private investment,” said co-founder Tom Russell. The startups to be listed would have ideally gone through some some sort of incubation program and would have shown promise. They can apply offer between $50,000 and $1.5 million in equity through SeedAsia’s platform. SeedAsia takes a 5 percent cash commission from the startup and another 5 percent of the investor’s equity. It is currently considering charging a management fee next year, said Russell. Potential investors need to apply and be screened, and SeedAsia has set the minimum investment commitment at $2,000 per member. “It costs about $20,000 to $30,000 at minimum to be an angel investor, so this lowers the entry barrier for people,” he said. SeedAsia is the first equity crowd-funding site to launch in the region, although ...
Deadly attacks target Iraq liquor stores
Gunmen travelling in four vehicles attacked at least nine shops in West Baghdad, killing at least 12.
NWT touts northern pipeline — Is this a viable alternative?
With the Northern Gateway and Keystone pipelines facing fierce resistance, Alberta is desperate to move its diluted bitumen and the North West Territories (NWT) is promoting a northern pipeline alternative to create jobs and improve its economy.