Learn a new skill

first_imgTaken a gap year before starting college? Or have a few months free? Utilise that time efficiently by learning a new skill, exploring your city or simply helping others. Hit the dance floorHave two left feet but still wished you could dance? Now is the time to learn. Sign up,Taken a gap year before starting college? Or have a few months free? Utilise that time efficiently by learning a new skill, exploring your city or simply helping others.Hit the dance floorHave two left feet but still wished you could dance? Now is the time to learn. Sign up with one of the many dance classes in your city and pick up the basics of rythmn and style, be it Jazz, Mambo, Salsa or Ballroom dancing.Places:Dance Sport India, Mumbai www.dancesportindia. comTwists and Turns, Kolkata www.twistnturns.inKaytee’s Salsa India, Delhi www.salsa-india.comLatin Dance India, Bangalore www.latindance.co.inNature and heritage walksIf flora and fauna brings a smile to your face then signing up for a nature walk is just the kind of outing you need. Fun nature and heritage walks are conducted in various cities across India. Just go online to discover one near you.Places:Weekend Walks, Bangalore www.bangalorewalks.com1100 Walks, New Delhi www.1100walks.comWalks of India, Shimla www.walksofindia.comCorbett Hide Away, Nainital www.corbetthideaway.comPuppy loveIf you can’t go so far as to adopt a stray, why not invest your time and energy at a local animal shelter instead. Animal welfare NGOs are always on the look out for reliable volunteers with a heart of gold.Places:Friendicoes SECA, New Delhi www.friendicoes.orgAnimal Angels Foundation, Mumbai www.animalangelsfoundation. comGoa Animal Welfare Trust (GAWT), Goa www.gawt.orgWorld’s your oysterTravel around the country with fellow student backpackers. Lowcost trips are organised frequently by youth groups, giving you the chance to explore new cultures.Places:The Wanderers, www.the wanderers.co.inOktoberfest, www.thebackpackerco. comadvertisementFind yourselfTake time off from the pressures of urban life and sign up for a group meditation or yoga class. Get fit and make an effort to reconnect with your inner self, far away from the noise and distractions of the city.Places:Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centres and Ashrams, Pan India www.sivananda.org/indiaTushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala www.tushita.infoDhrti Yoga, Bangalore www.dhrti.comPatanjali International Yoga Foundation, Rishikesh, www.patanjaliyogafoundation.comCreative workshopsUtilise your time creatively. Join one of the many art classes in your city and let your creative side take over. Not only will these workshops provide you with a set of skills that will last a lifetime, you may even stumble upon a prospective career.Places:Skill Kindle, Delhi/NCR and Mumbai www.skillkindle.comOXL School of Multimedia, Mumbai www.oxlschoolofmultimediaSunshine Crafts, Pune www.sunshine-crafts.comSpread the wordEducation changes lives but everyone is not as fortunate as you are. Do your bit and make a difference by volunteering at an NGO,donating money or setting up your own neighbourhood classroom.Places:Pratham, New Delhi and Mumbai www.pratham.orgDeepalaya, New Delhi and Haryana www.deepalaya.orgUdaan Welfare Foundation, Mumbai, www.udaanwelfare.orgCARE India, PAN India www.careindia.orgExplore your city Get out and get to know your city. Go monument-hopping and curio-shopping with a bunch of friends. Nothing is as much fun as pretending to be a tourist in your own city.Places:Delhi Darshan, Delhi www.dtc.nic.in/hohodelhi.comMumbai Darshan, Mumbai www.msrt.gov.in/redbus.inTour Around Chennai, Tamil Nadu www.tamilnadutourism.orglast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018: India’s schedule for Day 11

first_imgDutee Chand will be gunning for gold in the women’s 200m final as India eye more medals on the 11th day of the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.India’s women hockey team will take on China in the semi-finals while four boxers, including Vikas Krishan, vie for semi-finals spots.India had a good day on Day 10 winning 9 medals — one gold, six silver and two bronze medals.India clinched a gold in the Men’s 800m Final with Manjit Singh winning the race ahead of compatriot Jinson Johnson, who bagged the silver. The sprinters ended the day with a silver medal in the first ever Mixed 4x400m Relay event held at the Asian Games.ASIAN GAMES DAY 10 WRAP | HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s Kurash stars Pincky Balhara and Malaprabha Jadhav clinched the silver and bronze medals respectively.Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s table tennis team of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Amalraj Anthony Arputharaj bagged the first ever Asian Games medal for the country in the sport with a bronze.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSThe archery teams also managed to clinch a medal as the Indian men’s and women’s compound team settled for silver after losing their respective finals.But the biggest heartbreak for India in the day came early when PV Sindhu lost her women’s singles badminton final against world number one Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan to settle for the silver medal.Following is the schedule of the Indian contingent on the 11th day of the Asian Games:advertisementATHLETICS:Men’s 20km Walk: Irfan Kolothum Thodi, Manish Singh Rawat (4:30 AM IST)Women’s 20km Walk: Soumya Baby, Khushbir Kaur (4:40 AM IST)Women’s Heptathlon: Swapna Barman, Purnima Hembram (7:30 AM IST)Men’s Triple Jump Final: Rakesh Babu Arayan Veettil, Arpinder Singh (4:45 PM IST)Women’s 200m Final: Dutee Chand (5:35 PM IST)Men’s 1500m Qualification: Manjit Singh, Jinson Johnson (6:00 PM IST)Men’s 4x400m Qualification: India (6:45 PM IST)BOXING:Men’s Light Fly(49kg) Quarterfinal: Amit vs Kim Jang Ryong (North Korea) (12:15 PM IST)Men’s Light Welter(64kg) Quarterfinal: Dheeraj vs Baatarsukh Chinzorig (Mongolia) (5:15 PM IST)Men’s Middle(75kg) Quarterfinal: Vikas Krishan vs Tnaglatihan Touheta Erbieke (China) (1:45 PM IST)Women’s Fly(51kg) Quarterfinal: Sarjubala Devi vs Chang Yuan (China) (2:15 PM IST)BRIDGE: (8:00 AM IST onwards)CANOE-KAYAKING: Kayak Four (K4) 500m Men: India (7:20 AM IST)Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men:Ching Ching Sing Arambam/Naocha Singh Laitonjam (9:00 AM IST)CYCLING:Women’s Omnium (Scratch Race): Manorama Devi (7:30 AM IST)Men’s Sprint Qualification: Esow, Ranjit Singh (7:50 AM IST)Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit: Manjeet Singh (8:35 AM IST)HANDBALL:Men’s Main Round Group 3: India vs Indonesia (12:30 PM IST)HOCKEY:Women’s Semifinal: India vs China (6:30 PM IST)JUDO: (Starting at 7:30 AM IST)KURASH: (Starting 12:30 PM IST)Women’s 63kg: Binisha Biju NayakattuMen’s 81kg: Manish Tokas, KunalSQUASH:Women’s Team Pool B: India vs China (11:00 AM IST)TABLE TENNIS: Mixed Doubles: Anthony Amalraj/Madhurika Patkar, Achanta Sharath Kamal/Manika Batra (8:30 AM IST onwards)VOLLEYBALL:Women’s: India vs Hong Kong (3:00 AM IST).last_img read more

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Mark Hughes insists Stoke City are regenerated and fans’ gloom is misplaced

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Messenger features The accusation that Stoke lack ambition after falling to 13th last season following three successive top-half finishes gained currency as the club kept its wallet closed. Whelan was replaced by a 33-year-old free agent, Darren Fletcher, and Arnautovic by another free signing, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Those recruits did not excite many observers in a summer in which rival clubs have splurged fortunes.Since then Stoke have paid £7m to secure Bruno Martins Indi on a permanent transfer from Porto after an impressive loan stint for Hughes’s side last season and this week made a mouthwatering loan hire, persuading the forward Jesé Rodríguez to join from Paris Saint-Germain for the season. The former Real Madrid forward has had problems with injury and form in recent years but retains the potential to thrill. Stoke are the quirky answer to a trivia question – which Premier League team has the highest number of Champions League winners (five) in its squad? – and Hughes says the gloom is misplaced.“At the moment there is that negativity around,” says Hughes, whom most bookmakers rank among the favourites to be sacked early this season. “We just feel people are taking maybe a few cheap shots at the club and what we do. At the owners, at me and at the players. It all builds up. People are saying we’re not having a go, we’re not spending millions, we didn’t have a good season last year, we’re under pressure. Share on LinkedIn Read more Stoke sign PSG’s Jesé Rodríguez on loan as Joselu departs for Newcastle Mark Hughes Share on Twitter Topics Stoke City Share via Email Share on Facebook Stoke City v Arsenal: match preview Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Arsenal used to totter to Stoke City as if venturing down a dark alley but last season they enjoyed a walk in the park. May’s 4-1 victory for the Londoners was their first at the Bet365 Stadium for six years and seemed to carry a particularly symbolic importance, confirming that Stoke had lost an essential part of their identity – the ability to unsettle aristocrats. As Stoke’s players trudged around the pitch in a half-empty stadium after their last home match of a drab campaign, it all seemed ominous for Mark Hughes.A sense of foreboding persists. The sales this summer of Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters in particular were a wrench even if age has taken a toll on them: with their warrior spirits they embodied much of what Stoke fans have admired since Tony Pulis took the club stomping back into the top flight nine years ago. The locals appreciate skill, too, and were aghast in July when their most reliable trickster, Marko Arnautovic, also departed. The Austrian agitated for a move to West Ham United and added insult to the loss by suggesting it was because Stoke were stagnating. Read more “Some of it is a little bit lazy, some aren’t looking too closely at what we’re doing. The key is whether you’re stronger coming out of the window than you were going into it. My view is that we are. We’ve replaced predominantly squad players with potentially first-team players. People will see that with the lads we’ve brought in the quality will be enhanced, not diminished.”Quality is not measured only in terms of skill. Battle-readiness is also key. Hughes says no one should have concerns on that front. “People would have to be quite naive to think the likes of Jack Butland, Ryan Shawcross, Peter Crouch or Darren Fletcher would lessen the influence or the leadership that we have within the group.“I think the likes of Ryan, who knows the club and the traits and what’s acceptable, they pass that on as they go along and make others aware very quickly of what we do here. I have absolutely no worries about the leadership within the dressing room. That’s as strong as it’s ever been.”Hughes says Stoke are set fair to remain a powerful and distinctive force in the Premier League. He says that while the club have not spent heavily, they have spent shrewdly and hope to continue doing so until the transfer window closes. His vision, towards which he had made progress before last season’s regression, is a blend of flair and fire, a style that mixes the best of the club’s previous eras, from Pulis and before.“There’s sometimes talk of Stoke’s DNA and whatever, and you can take a view on that,” he says. “In recent times people have come to the conclusion that the DNA is long ball and fighting challenges and so on and for a long time that’s what it was. But further back than that, Stoke’s DNA was Sir Stanley Matthews and players like Alan Hudson. So maybe we’re just trying to get back to that along with the elements of what people have seen in more recent times.”Hughes reckons Stoke have not changed so much as regenerated. Much like their stadium. One side of the Bet365 Stadium has been filled in over the summer, increasing capacity by more than 2,000. “Teams have found it intimidating in the past and we’re all waiting to see how the sound resonates around the place now,” says Hughes, who suggested there could be no better time for Stoke to be hosting the team they most enjoy beating.“We’re at a point where people want to show that others can’t take liberties with what we’re doing or even question what we’re doing. When that happens, we circle the wagons and show people what we’re about. I think we’re at that point. Arsenal coming to town maybe helps.last_img read more

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Hambantota Port to Get New LPG Terminal

first_imgzoom Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port will soon expand its operations with a new LPG terminal to be built by Laugfs Gas’ subsidiary Laugfs Terminals, and China Huanqiu Contracting and Construction Corporation (HQC).The companies signed an agreement on November 17 to invest over USD 80 million in what is to be South Asia’s largest import and export liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal.Laugfs plans to invest USD 58.1 million in the first phase of the construction with a capacity of 30,000 MT within the next two years. In the second phase, the company expects to increase its capacity up to 45,000 MTs, which will allow very large gas carriers (VLGCs) to be accommodated.“Laugfs Terminal will service vessels from small pressurised vessels to very large gas carriers ,” Laugfs Group Managing Director Thilak De Silva said.“We have plans to enhance the capacity with an additional 15,000 MT of LPG, which will boost the handling capacity yield easily to over 100,000 MT and beyond.”Apart from the already acquired two ships, the company plans to buy ten additional ships to offer a more effective turnaround at its new LPG terminal and cater to a growing regional demand.last_img read more

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Kherki Dhaula once again Female attendant asks for toll gets punched

first_imgGurugram: Worried over the increase in number of incidents involving male toll attendants being beaten, shot at and even being abducted, the management operating Kherki toll plaza thought of deputing female toll attendants. A year-and-a-half after the idea was implemented, this too seems to be falling apart as some unruly and rowdy drivers do not even seem to think twice while being violent even towards women.In the latest case of brazenness, a woman toll attendant identified as Santosh was punched on the nose by one of the drivers who was driving an SUV. The two according to sources had an argument over the payment of the toll. Following the incident, the woman was admitted to the hospital. The insanity did not stop there. In order to flee from the spot, the driver injured one more worker by his speeding SUV. The worker who has been identified as Dinesh has also been admitted in the hospital for treatment. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkThe entire incident transpired at around 8:50 am at lane 27. Worryingly this is the sixth such indent where drivers have resorted to violence against female toll attendants. Various toll attendants highlight that there is often a lurking danger of violence in dealing with aggressive customers. Toll attendants highlight that the customers not willing to pay the amount argue with the toll attendants in order to intimidate the toll booth attendant. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsFurther, the toll booth attendants highlight that they continue to bear the ire of local commuters who accuse the toll booth attendants of harassing them. “A major problem is being faced in dealing with the local commuters. As per rules, we are not allowed to charge them. However, they have to show a proper identity. As most of the people do not carry proper identity cards, the fact that we ask them to pay makes them angry and they start abusing us or in some case now physically assault us,” said a toll booth attendant who asked for anonymity. “Our vulnerability has increased as most of the people who abuse us and physically assault us get away because of their influence,” said the toll booth attendant. Raghav Shama who passes through Kherki Dhaula said, “There is a growing animosity against toll booths especially the Kherki Daula toll booth and citizens want it to be removed. Even as the Government has committed that the Kherki Daula toll booth will be removed, there is just no action on the ground and all the commuters feel angry when they pay a high amount each time at the toll.” In the evening, Gurugram police arrested the person who attacked Santosh. The person has been identified as 40-year-old Manjeet who belongs to nearby Shikohpur village and is an owner of gym. According to Gurugram police, Manjeet has three cases registered against him that includes murder and possession of illegal weapons. According to police officials, Manjeet who was travelling with his friend Monu felt angry when asked to pay toll and in order to intimidate the officials punched the female toll attendant.last_img read more

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Duchess Of Cambridge Attends 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge attended the 100 Women in Hedge Funds philanthropic initiatives reception dinner last week in aid of the charity Action on Addiction.The Duchess of Cambridge at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala dinnerCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgSpeaking to guests at the event, The Duchess of Cambridge said that Prince George was “such a good boy” at his christening.The Duchess of Cambridge attends the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Gala dinnerCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe Duchess chatted to the invited guests about the success of Wednesday’s christening, which took place at the historic Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace. Her Royal Highness is a patron of both Action on Addiction and 100WHF, an organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry.The Duchess presented Dame Amelia Fawcett with the 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2013 European Industry Leadership Award.Amanda Pullinger, the 100 Women in Hedge Funds executive director, said: “We are honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has once again lent her support to 100 Women in Hedge Funds for our London gala, and particularly as it is one of her first public appearances since the birth of her son.”Action on Addiction is involved in tackling addiction through research, prevention, treatment, professional education and family support. It has centres in Dorset, London, Merseyside and Wiltshire.The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are also patrons of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ philanthropic initiatives. It is focusing on helping Action on Addiction in 2013, WellChild in 2014 and The Art Room in 2015.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

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With new money in pocket Kativik Regional Police Force commits to having

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsAfter more than a year of negotiations with Canada and Quebec, the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) has signed a new funding deal.KRPF Police Chief Jean Pierre Larose said the force, which patrols 14 communities in Nunavik, will receive $146 million over five years to improve policing services in the sub-arctic region of Quebec including equipment, infrastructure and recruiting 24 new officers.“I’m a little bit stuck because we are without some candidates right now, so it’s kind of a little bit disappointing but we will manage, we’re looking outside the box to have alternative solutions”Larose said all police forces in Quebec are struggling to recruit right now.Since taking over the job of police chief in February of 2018, he has been vocal about what he calls the chronic underfunding of the KRPF.In November of 2018, he testified at the Quebec Inquiry into Indigenous relations that the KRPF paid 33,000 hours of overtime in 2017, the equivalent of 16 full time officers.From July 2016 to the end of 2018, the KRPF killed and seriously injured people at a rate that was 55 times higher than Montreal police.Nunavik has a population of about 13,000, but also has an astronomical crime rate.But not everyone in Nunavik thinks more officers is the only solution.Although the KRPF is officially an Indigenous police force, the majority are non-Inuit and don’t speak Inuktitut – the first language of people in the communities.In July of 2018 APTN Investigates spoke with Minnie Nowkawalk, whose 23 year old son, Alakagiallak Nowkawalk, died after a three day standoff with police in Inukjuak.It was ruled a suicide – but she’s among many who say an Inuktitut speaking officer or negotiator would have helped diffuse the dangerous situation.“There was absolutely no help between my son and the police,” she said in between sobs.“Both sides were lacking help.”Nowkawalk has an ally in the Quebec report released by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.It’s calling for governments to provide money so that Indigenous communities can appoint independent liaison officers.Larose says the KRPF has every intention of making it happen.“I asked the elected officials in all communities to identify some Inuit who would be interested in working with us,” he said.“Especially in crisis situations, so this is a work that is ongoing”Larose also adds that the KRPF have recently hired three Inuit youth for the purposes of crime prevention, with the hope that they will at some point do the training to become officers.Meanwhile, so far in 2019, there have been no serious injuries or deaths involving the KRPF.And now, for the first time in years, there is optimism from the police that more resources will keep it that way.fennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

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Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein to retire by year end – report

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein has started plans to retire and could do so as soon as the end of this year, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.However, Blankfein distanced himself from the Journal’s story, joking on Twitter, “I feel like Huck Finn listening to his own eulogy.”Blankfein, 63, has run Goldman since 2006, and ran the New York firm through the housing market bubble and subsequent financial crisis. The firm also became a target of intense populist anger during the Great Recession. It emerged from the crisis transformed, focusing less on risky trading and is now exploring new businesses like consumer loans.The two people considered as candidates to replace Blankfein are Harvey Schwartz and David Solomon, who share the position as chief operating officer, the Journal said, citing undisclosed sources. Both Schwartz and Solomon have been considered successors to Blankfein in the past in reports.Discussions on whether Blankfein would step down heated up a few years ago when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He successfully underwent radiation and chemotherapy and has publicly said he considers himself cured.Gary Cohn, who previously was Goldman’s chief operating officer, left last year to become chief economic adviser to President Donald Trump. He was considered at the time as the most likely successor to Blankfein. However, the Journal reported that Goldman is not looking beyond Schwartz or Solomon.Cohn resigned his position at the White House earlier this week and is not expected to return to Goldman.Blankfein is one of only a couple big Wall Street CEOs who ran their firms before the financial crisis and still are at the helms today. Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo have all replaced their CEOs over the years. All who remain are Blankfein and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co.Blankfein in his later years has become more outspoken about his views. He has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration on immigration and diversity issues and typically uses his own Twitter account to weigh in on public issues. Along with his Mark Twain reference, Blankfein said on Twitter about the reports, “It’s @WSJ’s announcement … not mine.”A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. spokesman declined to comment on the report.last_img read more

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CBS investigates misconduct claims following report on CEO

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS says independent members of its board of directors are investigating personal misconduct claims after reports that the company’s chief executive, Les Moonves, is the subject of an upcoming New Yorker story detailing sexual misconduct allegations.The media company says it takes all allegations of personal misconduct seriously. It says the independent directors are “investigating claims that violate the company’s clear policies in that regard.”CBS did not name Moonves but said it issued the statement Friday in response to the upcoming New Yorker article.Shares in CBS tumbled when the reports of the misconduct allegations began to circulate around noon Friday, as investors worried that Moonves might be forced to step down. They closed down 6 per cent, the company’s worst one-day loss in more than six years.last_img read more

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Financial market highlights on Tuesday SPTSX 1572851 up 2351 points

Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,728.51, up 23.51 pointsDow — 22,641.67, up 84.07 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,534.58, up 5.46 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,531.71, up 14.99 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 80.00 cents US, up 0.03 of a centPound — C$1.6557, down 0.44 of a centEuro — C$1.4691, up 0.04 of a centEuro — US$1.1753, up 0.08 of a centOil futures:US$50.42, down 16 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,274.60 per oz., down $1.20(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.718 oz., up 2.5 cents$698.23 kg., up 80 cents read more

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Finally Canada gets it 1st Mobile game makers use Canadians to test

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 6, 2013 6:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians are increasingly getting a first crack at playing mobile games created by big U.S. developers, which might be a good sign for those who have been frustrated that new tech products often hit Canada long after they are released in the U.S.A couple of years ago Google Canada head Chris O’Neill mused about the potential of having our nation’s plugged-in populace used as test subjects for the world’s newest technologies.While Google still hasn’t taken any steps toward fulfilling O’Neill’s vision, other tech giants have. Facebook recently launched a new feature enabling free phone calls through smartphones here in Canada first. A few weeks earlier, Nintendo said it was releasing a new low-cost version of its Wii console, the Wii Mini, exclusively in Canada.And in the world of mobile gaming, a slew of companies have found that Canadian users are the perfect guinea pigs for their apps.Kabam, which recently purchased the Vancouver-based Exploding Barrel Game studio and has a game based on “The Hobbit,” has been tapping into Canadian gamers to test their apps since Day 1, says spokesman Steve Swasey.“We do so because it’s a market that closely replicates the U.S — common language, the same time zones — and … it’s a smaller market so it’s not as broad of a potential audience, which is appealing for a beta (test), you want to have a more controlled market,” says Swasey.Canadian users are given early access to games to find any quirks or bugs that need to be worked out. Their enthusiasm for each game also helps predict whether the title is likely to be a hit.“What we’re able to find in our beta test is if there’s going to be an evolving and growing market for our games based on what the players in Canada are doing. And when we are able to determine whether the games are really going to take off or do well, then we launch it and make it a worldwide game,” says Swasey.“But we don’t take a game to Canada unless we are pretty certain we’re going to launch, we just want to give it a field test for a couple of weeks before we actually launch it.”While Kabam’s games are free to play, users can also pay for add-on upgrades and the Canadian test is also seen as a predictor of how many users might choose to pay for extras. The number of Canadian gamers willing to pay have been similar to what’s eventually seen in the U.S. market, Swasey says.Other mobile gaming companies including Zynga, Ngmoco and BashGaming have also used Canada for early testing and Swasey says other types of U.S.-based tech companies could also benefit from looking north.“I think it makes sense for the broad Internet industry,” Swasey says. “(Canada and the U.S) are very common societies and common populations so I think it does make sense.” Finally Canada gets it 1st: Mobile game makers use Canadians to test new titles read more

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QuickList Unemployment rates in selected Canadian cities in April

by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2016 6:44 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickList: Unemployment rates in selected Canadian cities in April OTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 7.1 per cent in April. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities but cautions the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. (Previous month in brackets.)— St. John’s, N.L. 7.5 per cent (7.4)— Halifax 7.0 (7.2)— Moncton, N.B. 7.2 (6.9)— Saint John, N.B. 8.4 (8.3)— Saguenay, Que. 10.0 (9.1)— Quebec 4.5 (5.1)— Sherbrooke, Que. 7.3 (7.0)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 6.5 (6.3)— Montreal 8.4 (8.5)— Gatineau, Que. 6.6 (6.6)— Ottawa 7.1 (6.8)— Kingston, Ont. 6.3 (6.0)— Peterborough, Ont. 3.2 (4.3)— Oshawa, Ont. 6.0 (6.1)— Toronto 7.5 (7.3)— Hamilton, Ont. 5.4 (5.9)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.5 (8.3)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.6 (6.0)— Brantford, Ont. 7.2 (6.9)— Guelph, Ont. 4.8 (4.4)— London, Ont. 7.3 (6.6)— Windsor, Ont. 6.4 (7.0)— Barrie, Ont. 7.9 (7.6)— Sudbury, Ont. 8.6 (8.6)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 7.5 (7.6)— Winnipeg 6.3 (6.3)— Regina 5.4 (5.0)— Saskatoon 7.1 (6.4)— Calgary 8.3 (8.6)— Edmonton 7.0 (6.9)— Kelowna, B.C. 8.1 (8.3)— Abbotsford, B.C. 6.9 (7.0)— Vancouver 6.0 (6.3)— Victoria 6.2 (6.0) read more

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Student stabbed to death by man she met on Tinder days after

first_imgA student was stabbed to death by a man she met on the dating app Tinder, just days after she reported him to the police, a court has heard.Molly McLaren, 23, was sitting in her car at the Chatham Dockside Outlet in Kent when Joshua Stimpson repeatedly stabbed her in the neck and head just after 11am on June 29 last year.Maidstone Crown Court heard that Ms McLaren and Stimpson started dating in November 2016, but briefly split four months later. Stimpson, 26, was described as “rather demanding”, with Ms McLaren often trying to “put things right”. He himself said he had “intense emotions”.She finally ended the relationship on June 17, 12 days before she died.In the intervening days, the warehouse worker posted photos and derogatory comments on Facebook about the University of Kent student and part-time barmaid.Ms McLaren had blocked Stimpson on social media, but learnt of his comments and reported the posts to police on June 22. Joshua Stimpson pictured on CCTV purchasing a knife, that was shown to the jury at Maidstone Crown Court  The previous day, Ms McLaren had told a relative she feared Stimpson would hurt her. Describing him as ­“manipulative and turning nasty”, she said: “I am actually scared about what he might do. I’m scared he might hurt me. I don’t know how on edge he is.” Joshua Stimpson pictured on CCTV purchasing a knife, that was shown to the jury at Maidstone Crown Court Credit:Kent Police/PA During the killing, Benjamin Morton, a witness, tried to pull Stimpson off Ms McLaren as she screamed.Mr Morton later told police Stimpson was “continuously” stabbing Ms McLaren, mainly in the neck area. He added: “It was like a frenzy, he was ­doing it again and again.”Ms McLaren, who studied sport, exercise and health, had just been to a gym. Stimpson had been at the same gym and she asked him: “Are you following me now?” She also sent a WhatsApp message to a group of friends at 11.02am, saying: “Feel like I’m f—— looking over my shoulder all the time”. It was her last communication.Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC said as she walked to her car, CCTV footage showed Stimpson waiting for her in his vehicle and then begin to tail her. He left his car, walked quickly to hers and yanked the door open as Ms McLaren screamed. Stimpson, who admits manslaughter but denies murder, was arrested at the scene, covered in blood. The court heard he had told a work colleague he suffered from bipolar disorder.Two days before the killing, Stimpson bought a Sabatier paring knife from an Asda store in Chatham. It was found on the driver’s seat of Ms McLaren’s car ­after she died. Police also discovered a pick axe in Stimpson’s car.  The trial continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Mystery surrounds the discovery of human remains at a Yorkshire cottage where

Helmsley is a picturesque market town in North YorkshireCredit:Alamy The discovery was made by builders working on the property Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Helmsley is a picturesque market town in North Yorkshire She said: “Although they speak broken English they both write it perfectly and neatly. I know that because they would write letters of complaint about staff in Costcutter at the time I worked there.”They complained about me because I was chatting to a customer while I served them and about another member of staff because they said she had mud on her boots.”In that case they actually followed her home and posted the letter of complaint through her door, so they were told they were no longer welcome as customers.”They started shopping at the garage instead after that and pre-order their food in a letter each week.”She added: “They don’t appear to work but the rumour is that he is an author, he certainly writes English very well.” “To my knowledge the little girl didn’t go to school, she was rarely seen. It was around 20 years ago so she’ll be an adult now.” “A neighbour of theirs was having some work done on a roof and then about two weeks ago scaffolding went up outside their home as well.”The roofers were at work when they noticed a dreadful smell. I don’t know what they uncovered but the police were called in and the body was found.”It’s chilling, people are shocked and horrified that such a things has happened here. Helmsley is your typical Yorkshire market town, you don’t get much to talk about from one year to the next.”She added: “At some point it’s said they had a young girl living with them but if that’s the case I never saw her.”Helmsley town councillor, Chris Parkin, who runs a nearby bed and breakfast business, said: “Although they have lived in the town for quite some time these people have been totally alien to everything that happens here.”They didn’t take part in anything, they went out as a pair and they shopped together as a pair, although the popular speculation here is that they are brother and sister. It is only speculation because people just don’t know them.” A neighbour in the cottages said: “In all the time they have lived here I have never had so much as a word from them, in fact they avert their gaze when you meet them so as to avoid contact.”I have seen the old lady from time to time but only a face at the window or sometimes at the door when she lets the younger pair back in. For some reason they always knock instead of using a key. Penny Bradley, 51, who works in the local petrol station and shop where the family often buy their groceries, said she believed the younger man and woman were brother and sister and that he worked as a writer.She said the family had been barred from the local convenience store after getting into rows with the staff. A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the family had been released on bail under investigation. She said: “Following a report by a member of the public, officers located the remains of an adult body at a property on Bondgate in Helmsley at around 6pm on Tuesday 25 September 2018.”The 75 year-old woman, 46 year-old man and 51 year-old woman who were arrested in connection with the incident have all been released on conditional bail.Enquiries are continuing to determine the circumstances around the incident. “A former neighbour said that when the family moved into the house in 1998 there were five members, including a young girl.She said: “When they moved in there was the man and woman, who people  thought at the time were married but it’s since turned out they’re brother and sister according to most people in town.”There was an older man and woman and a little girl.”The girl would only have been around four or five and was very small, she suffered some kind of disability I was told.”I saw her outside the house a couple of times and I’d also see her looking through the window, peering out through the pot plants.”It’s been years though since anyone saw her or the older man, everyone assumed they had left, maybe to go back to Japan. Police in an historic market town are investigating the discovery of human remains at a house where neighbours claim they used to a see a child staring out of the window.The alarm was raised when roofers working on a 200-year-old cottage in the North Yorkshire town of Helmsley, became concerned by a foul smell as they removed tiles and coping stones from the property.Detectives subsequently recovered human remains from the terraced cottage, which has been occupied for at least 20-years by a reclusive family, thought to be originally from Japan.A 49-year-old man and two women aged 51 and 75, were arrested in connection with the discovery, but were later bailed.Locals said the family were often seen around the market town but rarely interacted with others.Neighbours also reported that a young girl had lived at the property in the past, but that she had not been seen recently. The discovery was made by builders working on the propertyCredit:KTDMedia read more

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KP Sharma Oli elected new Nepal PM

first_imgVeteran politician K P Sharma Oli was on Sunday elected as the next Prime Minister of Nepal defeating incumbent Sushil Koirala in a contest which became necessary after parties failed to forge a consensus amid violent protests over the country’s new Constitution.A total of 587 members had cast their votes. Lawmakers were not allowed to stay neutral during the voting.While Oli was backed by UCPN-Maoist, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic and some fringe parties; four Madhes parties in the United Democratic Madhesi Front had supported NC leader Koirala who himself became prime minister with the support from CPN-UML in 2014. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam63-year-old Oli was elected chief of the CPN-UML last year. He was chief of party’s International Department before being elected to the top position of the party.Oli served as the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Girija Prasad Koirala-led interim government formed immediately after the 2006 People’s Movement.Back in 1994, he was the Minister for Home Affairs in the Cabinet led by the then UML Chairman Manmohan Adhikari. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeHe was elected a member of the Parliament thrice in 1991, 1994 and 1999 from various constituencies of Jhapa district from where he began his political career in 1966.Oli takes over as prime minister at a crucial time as Nepal has been wracked by violent political protests by Madhesi people protesting against the new Constitution. The country has also been locked in a diplomatic standoff with India over the supply of essential goods, including petroleum products, which has been hit due to blockade of border trade points with India following the violence. At least 40 people have died in over a month of clashes between police and protesters from the Madhesi and Tharu communities and ethnic minorities.last_img read more

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to Scientists for Their DNA Repair Research

first_img Enroll Now for Free 4 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Three scientists from Sweden, the United States and Turkey won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for working out how cells repair damaged DNA, providing new ammunition in the war on cancer.Detailed understanding of DNA damage has helped drive a revolution in cancer treatment as researchers develop new drugs that target specific molecular pathways used by tumor cells to proliferate.Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar won the prize for “mechanistic studies of DNA repair.” Their work mapped how cells repair deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) to prevent damaging errors from appearing in genetic information.In many forms of cancer, one of more of these repair systems is broken.”Their work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and is, for instance, used for the development of new cancer treatments,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.Thousands of alterations to a cell’s genome occur every day due to spontaneous changes and damage by radiation, free radicals and carcinogens – yet DNA remains astonishingly intact.To keep genetic materials from disintegrating, a range of molecular systems monitor and repair DNA, in processes that the three award-winning scientists helped map out.”It’s important for cancer prevention and cancer treatment. That is what I received it for,” Sancar, who has U.S. and Turkish citizenship and is a professor at the University of North Carolina, told Reuters by telephone from his home.Sancar said he had been inundated by calls but his immediate plans were to shower, shave and go to his lab.Modrich, a researcher at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine in the United States, told Reuters he received the news while on vacation at his cabin in New Hampshire and was completely taken aback.In fact, he did not get the word from Stockholm until around 8 am ET, more than two hours after the initial announcement.Modrich, whose work led to an understanding and diagnostic tests for the most common form of hereditary colon cancer, has previously told how he was inspired by his biology teacher father, who said: “You should learn about this DNA stuff.”That was in 1963, the year after the Nobel prize was awarded for the discovery of the structure of DNA.Lindahl, who works at Britain’s Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory, said he was surprised by the news, although he knew he had been considered for a prize over the years, along with “hundreds of other people.”In the early 1970s, DNA was viewed as a stable molecule but Lindahl showed it actually decayed at a rate that ought make the development of life on Earth impossible, which in turn led him to uncover the counteracting repair process.Sancar, meanwhile, worked out how cells repair ultra-violet damage and Modrich uncovered the mechanism for correcting errors during cell division.”Without these mechanisms we would probably not exist and would certainly all die young,” said Mark Downs, chief executive of Britain’s Royal Society of Biology.Over the years, the work of the Nobel trio had been important in pointing the way to better disease treatments, especially for cancer, Lindahl said.”We have to understand the mechanisms, so we can selectively provide good therapy,” he told a news conference by telephone from London. “We can’t avoid DNA damage. We live in a world where we get exposed to DNA damaging agents all the time.”The 8 million Swedish crowns ($969,000) chemistry prize is the third of this year’s Nobels. Previous winners of the chemistry prize have included Ernest Rutherford, Marie Curie and Linus Pauling.The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.The medicine prize was awarded on Monday for work in developing drugs to fight parasitic diseases, while the physics prize went to researchers investigating ghostly sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos.(Reporting by Daniel Dickson and Ben Hirschler)   October 7, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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Trademark trees get the chop in Winterton

first_img“There is a tower behind the Winterton post office which does not serve as a cell-phone tower or WiFi tower. The Winterton cell-phone signals come from another tower which is located behind the Winterton Roads Department at the entrance from the Estcourt side.”Okhahlamba Municipality spokesperson Suraya Asmal commented by saying: “I would like to clarify from the onset that there was no confusion surrounding the towers on the part of our IT department. The correct tree was cut.“The network provider identified the two trees, one of which needed to be trimmed slightly and the other to be cut a bit more. These trees were identified following an assessment into the disruption of the network signals in the Winterton and Khetani areas.“We will try our best to get the trees back to their ‘full life’, since we only trimmed them. We will, on a regular basis, trim some of the trees that are intercepting any public infrastructure and access to network signals.“This was the first time the municipality had to trim trees to ensure consistent network signal. The municipality reserves the right to ensure that network is provided to all the residents who reside within the municipal jurisdiction. We intend to plant more trees in Khetani next year as part of our township greeting project.”Local nursery manager Jaco Ooshuizen, who has knowledge on the London Plane tree, gave his insight.“These trees are not indigenous to South Africa. However, they can’t do anything harmful and that wouldn’t be a reason to cut them down. These are very nice trees that can beautify an area. The best part is that this is not an invasive plant.”Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Winterton is known for the London Plane trees that line the main road and go through the town; a sight that many in the community are fond of.The majority of these trees are about 80 years old.On the morning of Thursday, July 5, members of the community were upset when they found that a prominent tree was due to be felled.It is believed that the IT department of the municipality believed that the tree was disrupting signals to a tower situated behind the post office.“I’m upset, as this is unnecessary. There are other ways to solve this issue,” local community member Gus le Roux commented. His opinion is mirrored by others in the community, including one of the organisers of the Winterton Festival, Ronel Hulley.“As an organiser of the festival, it is upsetting, as these trees provide shade during the festival.”A member of the service provider in charge of the signal tower commented that: WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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Swire Hotels Win Top Hospitality Awards Around the World

first_imgSource = Swire Hotels Swire Hotels has collected a number of prestigious accolades in the past year.The Upper House was awarded Best Overseas Business Hotel – Readers’ Travel Awards and Best Overseas Business Hotel – Readers’ Travel Awards by Condé Nast Traveller UK.Both Quintessentially Asia Pacific and Preferred Hotels applauds The 117 guest rooms with The Best Hotel of the Year.Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) voted The Upper House the Sustainable Hotel Award – Sustainable Project Design for its environmental and innovative service concept.The Upper House was also included in Travel Top 50 2011/2012 Best set-up for in-room entertaining by Monocle , and Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice 2012 – Top 25 Hotels & Trendiest Hotels in China.The Australian Wish also awarded The Upper House the Best mini-bar award.The Opposite House, Swire Hotels’ first property, has also received a series of international awards from travel, design and Restaurant & Bar areas.Awards include Gold List – Best Hotels for Ambience and Design and The Gold List 2012: Best for food by Condé Nast Traveller.Virtuoso also voted The Opposite House for its Virtuoso Performance Award.EAST, the second property in Hong Kong opened in Jan 2010, has also won The Hot List 2011 by Condé Nast Traveller.It also received the HA+D Award for Design Excellence: Hotel Interior Design by Hospitality Architecture + Design.Brian Williams, Managing Director of Swire Hotels said, “The team is indeed honoured and appreciative of the recognition.  Our goal is to provide natural spontaneous service and create characterful experiences for our guests with innovative restaurants and bars.  We will work extra hard to exceed the expectations created by these fabulous awards.”last_img read more

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Apricot Hotel wins 2016 World Luxury Award

first_imgApricot Hotel wins 2016 World Luxury AwardApricot Hotel wins 2016 World Luxury AwardApricot Hotel is honored to be announced as the latest winner of the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Award as the best Luxury Boutique Hotel in Vietnam. The awards gala ceremony held in Qatar had paid recognition to hoteliers’ achievement over the past year and provided them an splendid opportunity to celebrate within industry peers.On 29th October, the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Award has named Apricot Hotel as the final winner of Luxury Boutique Hotel category in Vietnam during its unique annual gala ceremony in Doha, Qatar. Kicked off in July 2016 with the participation of major groups and hotel in 5-star segment, the awards are voted for by hotel owners, travelers and industry professions around the world. The successful names achieved their merit by proving excellent service delivery, luxury design and impressive presentation.This Luxury Boutique Hotel Award marked the first international award of Apricot Hotel in its first operating year in Hanoi. “It’s our honor to win such a reputable award only 10 months after our grand opening earlier this year”, said Mrs. Nguyen Phuong Nam, Apricot Hotel’s General Manager. “This award marked Apricot Hotel’s name in the luxury segment and proved our international-level quality of services and facilities”.With 123 luxuriously appointed rooms featured original paintings and sculptures by renowned artists, Apricot Hotel is the first artistic hotel in Hanoi that aims to bring guests refined Vietnamese touches and authentic experience. Earlier this year, Apricot Hotel was honored with TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice Award based on millions of reviews collected from TripAdvisor users worldwide in 2015. Apricot Hotelbook hereAbout Apricot HotelOpening in Hanoi in late 2015, Apricot Hotel locates at a historic location in the heart of the city with sweeping view of the legendary Hoan Kiem Lake. A strong sense of art presents throughout the hotel: from refined dining to the trendy roof-top bar, Apricot Hotel offers the epitome of entertainment and artistic living. By consistently delivering exceptional service quality in its unique design, in 2016, Apricot Hotel has won the Travelers Choices Award and Certificate of Excellence by the famous travel community TripAdvisor. This site also names the hotel as one of the best luxury hotels in Vietnam, recognizing by travelers around the world. Source = Apricot Hotellast_img read more

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