first_imgRafael Nadal booked his semi-final spot at the Mexico Open after battling past Yoshihito Nishioka in straight sets on Friday.Nadal bounced back from a break down in both sets to defeat Nishioka 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.The second-seeded Spaniard, a two-time winner in Acapulco, hammered five aces and won 81 percent of his first-serve points in the battle between the two lefthanders.”He is so quick,” Nadal said. “I felt I needed to choose the right shots to do the damage. I was trying to hit the winner too early sometimes and too late other times, so it was tough to get my rhythm.”World No. 6 Nadal also kept his Acapulco unbeaten streak alive, having won 13 straight matches, and moved to 26-0 in sets in the ATP Tour event.Nadal advanced to a semi-final meeting with Marin Cilic.Nadal has won three of four career meetings with the Croatian.”I am excited about playing this match,” Nadal said. “He is one of the best players in the world.”The 30-year-old Nadal clinched Thursday’s victory in the ninth game of the second set with an overhead smash at the net after Nishioka’s return landed well short.Nadal easily won the opening set tiebreaker by taking the first five points and then two out of the next four. He closed out the first set with a blistering cross-court forehand that froze Nishioka in his tracks.Nishioka was his own worst enemy at times as the 21-year-old qualifier had no aces, made four double faults and won just 50 percent of his second-serve points.advertisementIn the eighth game of the first set, Nishioka was up 40-15 and, despite having three challenges on the board, he failed to challenge a Nadal forehand that was ruled in but appeared to have sailed wide.Third-seeded Cilic reached the semi-finals without hitting a ball as American Steve Johnson withdrew.Johnson pulled out of his scheduled quarter-final on the hardcourts with a right ankle injury he said he sustained in his victory over Ernesto Escobedo on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgby Kate Olsen, VP of Strategic Projects at Network for Good @Kate4GoodFellow cause marketers, wouldn’t you like a dollar for every time someone told you to ‘make it go viral?’ The beauty and frustration of virality is that you never know what will catch on. Context, creativity and conversation all have to align to get tens, hundreds or thousands of people to talk about your idea at the same time. We may not be able to make things go viral by sheer force of will, but Jonah Berger has a few ideas about how to engineer messages and campaigns that are more likely to spread. Below are a few tips from his new book Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Jonah outlines six key STEPPS that will transform your cause marketing messages into content that will entertain, inspire and incite people to spread the word.1. Social Currency: How will talking about your campaign affect the sharer’s status in his/her community? Will it make the sharer look knowledgeable, in the know, generous?Example: Packaging your message in a slick piece of media, such as the documentary Girl Rising, makes it easy for people to recommend – they seem intellectual, generous and pop culture savvy.2. Triggers: Can you relate your message to a context or habit that is already part of the sharer’s daily life? Examples: Workplace giving and volunteering as a social norm, giving a $1 at checkout, or this NYC Department of Health anti-soda campaign 3. Emotion: Does sharing your message move people emotionally? Can you touch the heart?Examples: Charity: Water puts the supporter as the hero of the campaign, showcasing the personal connection to the cause to share with social networks. This RedSnappa video epitomizes making an emotional connection with your message.4. Public: Can you add a social proof element to your message so people can see that others support your cause?Examples: Movember mustaches, breast cancer pink ribbons, Livestrong yellow bracelets, ‘I Voted’ stickers5. Practical Value: Does spreading your message help people help others? What is the impact you are driving?Example: Causes that make the supporter experience tangible include Dress for Success and Adopt A Classroom. Consumer campaigns that make a tangible donation alongside a useful product include One Pack = One Vaccine and FEED Projects.6. Stories: Is your message or campaign related to a larger narrative people want to share? Examples: Ben & Jerry’s went to congress with a 900 Pound Baked Alaska to protest drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Ben & Jerry’s made a social statement but used their product to illustrate their point, that makes the story sticky relevant and memorable.)Want to know how to craft a powerful story? Download this archived webinar presentation from Jonah Sachs on ‘Winning the Story Wars’.P.S. Thank you to PointWorthy for recommending this fabulous read.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government is expected to spend approximately $143 million during the 2019/20 fiscal year for the completion of a project that is geared towards establishing three Diagnostic Centres.Details of the project are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure,  now before the House of Representatives.The  Diagnostic Centres will be established at Church Teachers’ College in Manchester; Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James, and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), in Portland.Work started at the Church Teachers’ and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ Colleges during the fiscal year 2018/19.For the new fiscal year, the money will be used to engage a consultant to conduct an assessment at one of the locations, and complete the design for CASE Diagnostic Centre.The establishment of these three special education Diagnostic Centres forms part of an overall project worth $385.5 million by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.The National Education Trust Limited (NET), a Government of Jamaica company that is limited by guarantee and is a registered charitable organisation, will be responsible for the establishment of the centres.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives from March 4 to 5.last_img read more

first_imgMotorists on Route 201, heading west out of Greenwood, will soon experience a smoother ride thanks to a paving project to be completed this summer. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender for repaving on Route 201, from Bridge Street in Greenwood west for 1.5 kilometres to the Kings/Annapolis county line. “Improving our secondary highways is a top priority with our department,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Our budget has been increased by $30 million for 2005-06 and much of that increase will go into improvements on secondary highways.” The tender will close on Friday, May 27. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: National Award-winning filmmaker Sudhir Mishra, who is collaborating with Bollwyood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui for the screen adaptation of the novel ‘Serious Men’, says he was keen to work with the actor and was awaiting the right role to offer to him. On their collaboration, Mishra said: “What can I say about Nawaz that has already not been said? He is a wonderful actor and I always wanted to work with him. But I had to offer him something interesting because good actors are always attracted to a good script. In Manu Joseph’s ‘Serious Men’, I found one part for him.” ‘Serious Men’ released in 2010. It is a story of class and gender conflict. Talking more about it, Mishra said: “It is a great story that revolves around the relationship of a father and son from the Dalit community. Though there is a lot of angst in him and most of his decisions are driven by anger… he is a father after all.” “So his character is not dark, rather grey.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The World Archery on Thursday suspended the Archery Association of India for defying its guidelines by electing two parallel bodies, asking the federation to put its house in order by the end of this month. The decision is effective from Monday and the last event in which the archers can participate under the Indian flag is the World Archery Youth Championships in Madrid from August 19-25. “World Archery is implementing the decision taken in June by suspending the Archery Association of India,” World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe AAI had to find a solution by the end of July as per the deadline that was given by WA’s executive board and since no progress has been made, the world governing body implemented the suspension order. “If no solution is found by the end of this month, the executive board will decide what can be done to preserve the chances of Indian athletes participating in the Asian Championships and Asian Para Championships,” Dielen said in the statement. See P14last_img read more

first_imgWashington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned that Russia would seek to interfere in elections for decades ahead and vowed that Washington would try to thwart its efforts. Pompeo was asked if he expected Russia to meddle in next year’s US election, after a long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that Moscow tried to sway the 2016 presidential race to Donald Trump. The top US diplomat said to expect a similar Russian campaign next year but criticized the spotlight inside Washington on the Russian role, which has infuriated President Donald Trump. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”It goes without saying, they were a threat to our elections in 1974, too, and they interfered in our elections in the ’80s,” Pompeo told a forum of The Hill newspaper. “The fact that this town seems shocked by the fact that the Russians don’t care for us — in that case the Soviet Union — I find stunning,” he said. “And we should expect in 2050, the Russians will be at it still.” Pompeo, however, said that Trump “has directed us all to be incredibly focused” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestson countering meddling by Russia as well as other adversaries. The Mueller investigation, which had cast a shadow over Trump since he took office, documented widespread Russian attempts to influence the election but did not find that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. Trump has since voiced anger on the rival Democratic Party for challenging him on Russia, insisting that he won on his own merits. Russia denies election interference and accuses the United States of wrongful meddling of its own in the domestic affairs of countries such as Venezuela.last_img read more

first_imgGorakhpur: Many Muslims in eastern UP may not want to vote for the BJP but they face a dilemma over choosing between the SP-BSP alliance and the Congress.Though some members of the community speak in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the development carried out in Gorakhpur, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s bastion, they harbour a sense of insecurity. Mufti Mohammed Waliullah, who leads prayers at Gorakhpur’s biggest mosque, said the Muslims are not “unanimous” over their choice of parties. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Less literate Muslims will vote for the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (the opposition alliance) and the educated will vote as per their understanding,” he said. Waliullah expressed anguish over the BJP questioning the nationalism of Muslims, reminding that the community is indigenous to India. “Only a few Muslim clerics visited India and people who lived in the country adopted Islam. India is our country,” he said. Muslims account for about 10 per cent of population in Gorakhpur, which will go to the polls on May 19, along which other 12 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Gorakhnath temple headed by Adityanath is in a locality dominated by Muslims. The temple employs people from the minority community. In 2014, the BJP had got 233 out of 330 votes polled at a booth from where from Adityanath votes. Around half of the voters from the booth are estimated to be from the Muslim community. Seeking to allay the fears of the community, Adityanath told PTI that not a single incident of rioting has occurred in the state since his government took over two years ago. “Like here (Gorakhpur), Muslims feel safe in other parts of the state,” he said. The chief minister said all religious festivals in the state are celebrated in harmony. It proves that every individual in the state want to live in peace, he added. “All those who unnecessarily disturb law and order have realised its consequences” Adityanath said. Besides Gorakhpur, other parliamentary constituencies going to the polls in the last phase include Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC). A total of 167 candidates are in the fray from the 13 Lok Sabha seats. As far as the SP-BSP gathbandhan is concerned, the Samajwadi Party is contesting from eight seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party is contesting from five seats. The BJP is contesting on 11 seats, while its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is in the poll fray from two seats. In Kushinagar, from where former Union minister R P N Singh is in the fray, insecurity is a key factor driving the decision of the community. PTIlast_img read more

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,131.47, down 165.99 points).Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. (TSX:AVL). Materials. Up five cents, or 66.67 per cent, to 12.5 cents on 10.9 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down three cents, or 0.38 per cent, to $7.89 on 6.7 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Up $1.36, or 3.84 per cent, to $36.81 on 6.7 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down $1.05, or 2.05 per cent, to $50.15 on 6 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Materials. Up four cents, or 9.3 per cent, to 47 cents on 4.8 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Energy. Up 12 cents, or 1.07 per cent, to $11.32 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. — The Calgary-based oil producer announced Wednesday it is buying the northern Alberta oilsands and heavy oil operations of Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. for $3.78 billion. The Devon assets represent the “textbook definition of excellent fit,” Steve Laut, CNRL’s executive vice-chairman, said, adding his company has already identified $135 million in synergistic annual cost savings it aims to achieve by the end of the year. Wednesday’s deal is Canadian Natural’s seventh major acquisition since 2014, when it struck a $3.12-billion agreement to buy most of Devon’s non-heavy oil Canadian assets, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Down $2.69 or 2.6 per cent to $100.35. The Bank of Montreal’s strong contributions from its U.S. business in its second quarter were not enough to satisfy expectations due to severance costs — a move that the lender expects to generate millions of cost savings in the long run. Canada’s fourth-largest bank benefited from growth in the U.S. and at home, as well as in wealth management in its second quarter, but BMO Capital markets saw a drop in quarterly profits to $1.5 billion as it took a non-recurring severance charge of $120 million before taxes. The Toronto-based lender also hiked its quarterly payment to shareholders by three cents to $1.03 per share.Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS). Down $20.69 or 31 per cent to $45.94. The chief executive of Canada Goose Holdings Inc. defended the luxury parka retailer’s growth plans as its shares lost about a quarter of their value in the wake of the company’s latest financial results and guidance. In its outlook, the company said Wednesday it expects annual sales growth of at least 20 per cent this year, however Canada Goose posted revenue growth of 40 per cent in its most recent financial year as its sales totalled $830.5 million, up from $591 million in the previous year. Revenue for the company’s most recent quarter also showed the slowest growth in eight quarters, rising to $156.2 million from $124.8 million and slightly short of analyst expectations.SNC-Lavalin Inc. (TSX:SNC). Down 81 cents or 3.2 per cent to $24.17. A Quebec judge has ruled there is enough evidence to send SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. to trial on charges of fraud and corruption, surprising few and prompting a further tumble in the beleaguered firm’s share price. The company has previously pleaded not guilty and CEO Neil Bruce said that “we will vigorously defend ourselves to get the right outcome and be acquitted.” The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant is accused of paying $47.7 million in bribes to public officials in Libya between 2001 and 2011. The company, its construction division and a subsidiary also face one charge each of fraud and corruption for allegedly defrauding various Libyan organizations of $129.8 million.The Canadian Press read more

OTTAWA — If Montreal-based aerospace manufacturer Bombardier Inc. needs federal money to aid its CSeries jet project, it’ll have to make a “strong business case,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a meeting of labour leaders Tuesday.Trudeau was responding to questions at a closed-door Canadian Labour Congress gathering in Ottawa — the first time a sitting prime minister has addressed the country’s biggest labour body in more than 50 years.He told the CLC’s Canadian council that his government won’t prop up a business on the basis of emotion or politics, sources inside the room disclosed.Trudeau did, however, characterize Bombardier as a high-value manufacturer in the same league as the auto sector, which received government money to help it get through the 2008 recession.“There’s no question that high-value manufacturing is going to be an extremely important part of Canada for years to come. Aerospace is a great example of that, as is the auto sector and others,” Trudeau told the gathering.“How we can best invest and support that kind of manufacturing needs to be done responsibly and with our eyes open, and not just based on emotion or politics or symbols,” he said.“There has to be a strong business case. We’re going to make sure that decision is taken based on what is in the best interest of Canadians, writ large.”The Quebec government said last month it would invest $1 billion in the CSeries in return for a near 50 per cent stake in the project.Som Seif: The flaw with Bombardier’s bailoutBombardier Inc says luxury business jet program is on track, despite CSeries turmoilBombardier Inc could need a second bailout within 12-18 months: ScotiabankSince then, the province has been lobbying Ottawa to match the contribution.The project has saddled the company with debt, forcing it to into a struggle to raise cash in order to keep it afloat.Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who represents a Quebec constituency, has said Bombardier has not formally approached the government about possible federal aid.Trudeau’s comments about Bombardier came as no surprise, said CLC president Hassan Yussuff.“I think Bombardier’s got a good, strong argument regarding the business case,” Yussuff said after the prime minister spoke.“Bombardier’s got a large footprint across this country in terms of jobs and community and I think it’s very important to maintain that.”The last time a prime minister appeared in front of the Canadian Labour Congress was when John Diefenbaker spoke at the organization’s 1958 convention.Trudeau was loudly applauded when he told Tuesday’s meeting of more than 120 labour leaders that his government will fulfill the Liberal campaign promise to repeal Bills C-377 and C-525 — the former Conservative government’s anti-union legislation.Trudeau said he recognizes that “labour is not a problem, but a solution.” The prime minister also welcomed a pledge from the CLC to help in dealing with climate change and the Syrian refugee crisis.“We have more than 130 labour councils and 25,000 union locals in communities across Canada and we’ve made it clear to the prime minister that we want to do our part in helping his government meet its goal to welcome and resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada,” said Yussuff. read more

Parliament today discussed the violent incidents in Kandy after the violence resulted in a Muslim man being found dead.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe briefed Parliament on the incidents and the steps taken to bring the situation under control. He said that 24 people who were involved in the mob violence after the funeral of the Sinhalese man were also arrested and remanded. He said the violence claimed the life of an innocent Muslim man who was trapped in a shop which was set on fire by a Sinhalese mob.The joint opposition also condemned the violence in Kandy and called for calm.Joint opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena said that an investigation must be conducted to find out who instigated the violence. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister said that the Government condemns the violence in Kandy and recent incident in Ampara which also involved Muslims and Sinhalese.Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella, meanwhile, said that the Sinhalese community must say sorry to the Muslims over the violence which erupted in Kandy. The Prime Minister, who is also the Law and Order Minister, said that a group of Muslim youth who had attacked a Sinhalese man last month in Kandy, resulting in his death, have been arrested. read more

LONDON — Medieval is meeting modern as English Heritage tests video review technology for jousting.English Heritage, a charity which manages monuments and castles, says accuracy is vital in jousting, a sport in which participants on horseback charging at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (48 kph) win points by using 12-foot (3.7-meter) lances to strike parts of the shield or helmet of their opponent.Organizers hope that technology will lead to more precision in scoring. English Heritage’s Emily Sewell says that determining a score “currently requires our Knight Marshall to accurately observe the location of each hit every time, which is quite a challenge.”Wednesday’s trial is taking place at Pendennis Castle in Cornwall.English Heritage is campaigning to have jousting be recognized as an Olympic sport.The Associated Press read more

PORT DOVER – Anglers in Port Dover are trading theories as to why the 22nd annual perch derby came and went with no one catching a winning fish.Forty tagged perch with a combined value of $23,500 were released into the harbour at Port Dover the day before the derby began April 27. That was the last anyone saw of them.Katrina Ferguson, chair of the Port Dover Board of Trade event, says some suspect it has something to do with murky water in the harbour.Fish can’t see what they are doing or where they are going in turbid conditions, nor can they keep tabs on predators. Under these circumstances, fish keep swimming until they find an environment where they are comfortable.“They would’ve headed out to clear water as soon as they could,” Ferguson said Monday. “They apparently do not like murky water.”Whatever transpired, some took valuable tags with them. A fish with a blue and white tag and the number 19 – this year’s “Super Perch” – was worth $2,000.A 22nd anniversary perch was worth $1,500 while another 18 fish with white tags were worth $1,000 each.Jan Overend, general manager of the board of trade, says another theory holds that the water was too cold and the fish were not hungry as a result. Overend has also heard speculation that pike – a predatory fish – is abundant in the harbour and that the perch in question either got out of town or became their lunch before anyone could get a hook into them.The board of trade saved cash in unredeemed fish.However, Overend pointed out that dozens of great prizes were awarded every day over the course of the competition. A total of 110 donated items were raffled off at the Cast-Off Party April 26 along with 12 door prizes.“Overall, we had tremendous participation,” Overend said. “And catching perch is only one component of the derby.“The business community here is to be commended for its generosity.”Overend added the derby would be impossible without strong volunteer support. A total of 90 volunteers alone were needed to staff the derby cabin on Harbour Street 12 hours a day over the 15-day duration of the event.The biggest catch of them all went to Port Dover resident Grant Burr, 68.This weekend, Ed Laevens of Bridge Yachts in Port Dover informed Burr he was the winner of a draw for a 12-foot aluminum boat with a 9.9-horsepower Suzuki motor and an EZ Loader trailer. Total value of the package is $7,300.“It takes me back about 50 years,” Burr said as he collected his prize Monday. “I had a 12-foot aluminum boat back then.“A 12-foot boat is easy to handle on your own. You can put it in and out of the water yourself. The only thing really is you have to watch for the wind while you’re fishing.”Laevens said anglers were shut out at another perch derby several years ago. The derby was extended several days but Overend said that wasn’t possible this spring due to a change in format.Overend said the derby today is run under a lottery licence and has a distinct beginning and end like an outdoors show. Once the deadlines arrive and the permits expire, Overend said the board has to wrap it up.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Remember a time before “Angry Birds,” the iPad and the iPhone? No?When Sony and Microsoft last came out with new video game consoles — seven and eight years ago, respectively, the companies touted the machines’ high-definition graphics, powerful processors and ability to play DVDs, and in Sony’s case, Blu-ray discs.But a lot has changed since then. People are playing games on a broader array of devices than ever before, and they have more options to stream movies, TV shows and music. Connecting with friends online is the norm, not an obscure activity for young people.That’s the world the Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One enter. The PlayStation 4 goes on sale Friday and the Xbox One will be released next week. As Sony and Microsoft once again spar this holiday season over who has the brawnier machine and more enticing online features, hardcore gamers are all but certain to fall for the shiny, powerful new consoles. But what’s less clear is how the gadgets will compete for the attention of people who now look to their tablets, smartphones and other devices for entertainment.“It’s turning out that these consoles, in fighting each other for the love of the hardcore gamer, run the risk of failing to capture people in their homes,” says James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research.Both Microsoft and Sony position their gaming systems as entertainment devices meant to take over the living room. The Xbox 360 started streaming movies from Netflix in 2008 and the PlayStation 3, which already served as a Blu-ray player, soon followed, along with a bevy of other entertainment options. Experts wondered whether gaming systems would soon replace cable set-top boxes.Not so fast, was the reply from a host of other gadget makers. Along came Google’s Chromecast, the Roku player, Apple TV and, of course, a slew of tablets. There are many ways to stream movies, TV and music into the home now. In that sense, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 are no longer in a traditional, head-to-head battle.“It’s really these consoles against everything else,” says Scott Stein, senior editor for the tech blog CNET.While game console sales have been falling in the U.S., the worldwide video game market is growing, helped by mobile and online games and downloadable console games. Those sales are more than making up for a declining demand for game discs. Gartner Inc. expects the total video game market to hit $93.3 billion this year, up from $78.9 billion in 2012. The research firm sees the market rising to $111 billion by 2015.Both new gaming systems are expected to be in brisk demand around the holidays. Sony expects to sell 5 million units of the PlayStation 4 by the end of its fiscal year in March. The PlayStation 3, in comparison, sold 3.5 million units in that time period seven years ago. Microsoft declined to offer a sales outlook for the Xbox One through the holidays, but demand should be comparable, says Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter. He expects 3 million Xbox Ones to be sold through December and 4.5 million through March.Why does the PlayStation get a slight edge? Price could be one reason. The Xbox One, which includes an updated Kinect motion sensor, will cost $500, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4. In contrast, the PlayStation 3 went on sale at $500 or $600 depending on the model in November 2006 while the Xbox 360 cost $400. Most new game software costs $60.Dan Perkins, a gamer who’s on the fence about which console to buy, says the “price is certainly a factor” nudging him toward a PS4 purchase — even though he was previously an Xbox man.“I bought the Xbox 360 primarily because I preferred the titles it offered to the PS3. A major contributor to this decision was the ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy, which was initially unavailable on the PS3 at the time of my purchase,” says Perkins, 40, a librarian from Syracuse, N.Y. “Neither platform has the edge on games in my opinion,” he says. “In the end though, a big factor will be which system my friends adopt.”The friend factor is why Pedro Amador-Gates decided to stick with the Xbox. The 37-year-old first-time father says he did consider switching, but the PlayStation didn’t have a chance. He likes his interface, his username is already set up and his gaming achievements will carry over to the new machine.“Ninety per cent is because I am already established in the Xbox community,” he says.Then again, neither the Xbox One nor the PlayStation 4 is backward compatible, meaning the machines don’t play games that were made for their predecessors. That gives players a clean slate to start with a whole new set of games.“Everyone is starting over to some extent,” Stein says.The console makers’ challenge will be to ensure that everyone does start over, instead of sticking with their own game console or perhaps buying an iPad instead of a new game machine. Tony Bartel, the president of the world’s largest videogame retailer, GameStop, expects the new consoles will be in “high demand and short supply” due to a huge pent-up demand for new gaming. After all, unless they bought the Wii U last year, people have been playing the same consoles since before the iPhone came out.“There’s tremendous demand for innovation,” Bartel says.Given the choice between an iPad and a PlayStation 4, Sony believes its consoles have an advantage during the holiday shopping season.“One purchase offers something that everyone in the family can enjoy together,” says Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. “Whereas the other is a single-person experience.”__AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang contributed to this story from Los Angeles. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New video consoles from Sony, Microsoft face changed entertainment, gaming landscape by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Nov 14, 2013 11:27 pm MDT read more

A huge day for economic signals, with labour stats expected from Canada and the U.S., senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|economy|labour stats|mike eppel Video: Business report with Mike Eppel by News Staff Posted Dec 6, 2013 7:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

“But 100 years ago, staff such as these would have been called away from their families to fight a devastating war, with some of them destined never to return.”We must always remember the huge sacrifice made by our predecessors and, as we mark the centenary of the end of World War One, it is an honour and a privilege for The Royal Parks to commemorate the courage and immense bravery of all the gardeners and parks staff who lost their lives in this most terrible of wars.” Chelsea Pensioners lay the foundations of a permanent wildflower meadow at the site of the Chelsea Pensioner monument in Brompton Cemetery, as a tribute to the 2,625 Pensioners buried thereCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Arthur William Berry, in Singapore, before his death in 1918 Carol Meacher, 81, whose grandfather Arthur William Berry was one of the Royal Parks staff killed in the conflict, said the memorial to him and his comrades was long overdue.”It’s important we keep their stories alive and share memories with future generations,” she said. “And it’s very important to me that his memory lives on with my grandchildren – and my great-granddaughter. They should know what happened during the war and how brave all those men and women were.” 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. Chelsea Pensioners lay the foundations of a permanent wildflower meadow at the site of the Chelsea Pensioner monument in Brompton Cemetery, as a tribute to the 2,625 Pensioners buried there Mr Berry, died on September 25 1918, when an enemy plane dropped a bomb on a field in France, had volunteered for active service despite having four children at home.Mrs Meacher, a retired head housekeeper from East Molesey, Surrey: “He was a family man and loved his wife and four children but he volunteered anyway as a gunner in the Army.”My nan would have loved to know that, 100 years on, my grandfather will be among those remembered by a permanent memorial stone at Brompton Cemetery.Today’s Royal Parks staff, along with botanists from Kew Gardens, have also helped design a permanent wildflower meadow  at Brompton Cemetery to honour the 2,625 Chelsea Pensioners buried there.When it blooms the meadow will be dotted with poppies, cornflowers, loosestrife, mallow and cranesbill – the very flowers which sprang up in the fields of northern France after the Battle of the Somme. The memorial stone to the park staff was unveiled by Loyd Grossman, chairman of The Royal Parks at a service in Brompton Cemetery, where a specially written poem, Battlefields To Butterflies, by David Thornton, was read out.Andrew Scattergood, chief executive of The Royal Parks, said: “Today, we have hundreds of gardeners and grounds staff maintaining our 5,000 acres of historic parkland. Arthur William Berry, in Singapore,  before his death in 1918 There were 24 of them who went off to fight but never came back and their contribution arguably matched that of all the other brave men who lost their lives in the service of their country.But not until now has the sacrifice of the gardeners and horticulturalists from the Royal Parks and Palaces who swapped hoes and spades for rifles been publicly recognised.That has finally changed with the unveiling of the first memorial to commemorate the park staff who died during the First World War, a full century after they fell.Among them was William Charles Gould who volunteered at the grand age of 65, but died after contracting pneumonia while serving on vital air defences in Kent and now lies buried at Brompton Cemetery, in West London.The cemetery has been chosen by the Royal Parks Agency as the site of the memorial to the 24. The remains of many of the others lie interred in military cemeteries overseas, including northern France. read more

Junior handball ESPARGJPNTUN HUNCZEFRACRO SRBSWERUSROU On 1 -14 July Brno and Ostrava, Czech Republic, will play host to the 24 best women’s junior teams from all over the world.The Czech Republic qualified directly as host and Denmark and the Netherland qualifying as winners and runners-up of the EHF Women’s 19 European Championship 2011 respectively.The 24 teams will be split into 4 groups of six teams: CHNCGOPOLBRA ← Previous Story Moscai selects 20 players for Hungary’s OG preparations! Next Story → Over 100.000 HP visitors opened 1.000.000 pages in first part of 2012! Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D DENKORAUTNED URUKAZANGNOR read more

first_imgNot to be gross, but the internet is often likened to pee in a swimming pool: once it’s in there, there’s simply no way to get it out. As far as the immutable laws of having a web presence are concerned, it’s a good reminder that the Internet — far from being more ephemeral than real life — can actually have a lot longer memory of your actions or misdeeds than a blunder in meatspace would garner.The European Union doesn’t seem to like that, though, and if the internet is a swimming pool that has been urinated in, they want to do the digital equivalent of dumping in chlorine: they’ve just outlined a new data protection reform strategy that they claims supports individuals’ “right to be forgotten” on the Internet.The idea is this: if you want your name or personal details to be forgotten — essentially, to “start over” on the Internet — you should be able to completely delete everything from your Facebook, Twitter, blogs, forums, Usenet and even search results. If companies don’t comply, the EU thinks they should have legal basis to sue.“The protection of personal data is a fundamental right. We need clear and consistent data protection rules,” said the EU’s Justice Commissioner.Here’s the problem: while this seems good in theory, it seems like a tool likely to be used more often than not for political censorship. Let’s say this law comes to pass, and an EU politician is involved in some scandal he wants erased: what’s stopping him from just telling Google to hit the “redo” button on his search results?These are questions that may well be addressed. Right now, this proposal is only in the planning stages, and it’ll be a while yet before anything is actually done. If you’re interested in sharing your thoughts on the matter, the Commission is asking for public feedback through January 15th, 2011.Read more at Europa.eulast_img read more

first_imgYouTube this week introduced a new feature called TrueView that lets users skip right through ads. Sounds like an advertiser’s worst nightmare, right? Apparently not. According to TechCrunch, advertisers are totally cool with the format.The thing is, with TrueView, advertisers only have to shell out money when users choose not to hit “Skip,” meaning that those who actually sit through the ads are actually engaged (or in the other room getting a sandwich, but let’s face it, that’s always been a wildcard in the advertising mix).TrueView features a little timer that counts down from five and then offers up a skip button. The feature also lets users choose between different advertising options–similar to a feature that has existed on Hulu for some time now.last_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver man accused of possessing at least 27 video files containing child pornography made a first appearance Friday in Clark County Superior Court.Jason J. Evans, 24, appeared on suspicion of 10 counts of possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children contacted law enforcement after receiving a cyber tip from Dropbox Inc., a file hosting service, about an account storing images believed to be child pornography, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in support of the allegations.After reviewing 29 video files, investigators determined at least 27 contained images of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity. The two other video files possibly depicted minors, but it was difficult to determine the subjects’ ages, the affidavit states.The account was eventually linked to Evans, and a search warrant was served on his residence and two vehicles, including his work van. Two cellphones were seized, and a forensic investigator found several images of child pornography on Evans’ personal phone, court records said.Evans admitted to creating and operating the Dropbox account and an associated email address. He told police he uploaded and viewed child pornography through the accounts, the court document states.On Friday, Evans’ bail was set at $15,000. He will retain his own attorney, court records show. He will be arraigned Aug. 25.last_img read more