Traveling with a pal is often more fun than going solo. And it may just help baby king penguins live to adulthood. Soon after chicks are born, their parents leave them for weeks at a time to go fishing. With the adults away, the furry young king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus, pictured above) huddle in groups called crèches to keep warm and discourage predators. Hanging out in one spot helps returning parents find their young in a colony of up to 500,000 individuals spread over several kilometers. Bad weather or predators sometimes will force a chick to wander hundreds of meters from its crèche, but the baby birds are canny navigators and almost always find their way back. This homing ability is sharpened when chicks travel in pairs, according to findings reported online this month in Animal Behaviour. In the study, blindfolded pairs of chicks were carried 140 meters away from their crèche and placed in a walled-off arena. Each chick was fitted with a GPS “flipperband” and spun gently to disorient it. After the walls were removed, the chicks were tracked as they waddled home. Chicks from different crèches hung together for short distances before going their separate ways. Chicks from the same crèche tended to pair up for the whole journey home—mimicking each other’s movements, swapping turns leading the way, and taking straighter paths home. In both instances, paired penguins walked faster than solo birds did. Sticking together also helped penguins from the same crèche arrive closer to the exact spot from which they’d been spirited away. The advantage of buddying up, the researchers speculate, may be that birds can use their collective familiarity with environmental cues to travel faster.
The Bolts, however, had other plans and hammered out a 104-96 comeback win.“All of us want something to prove; we can’t call this overachieving if we played just the quarterfinals,” said a dejected Allein Maliksi Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Of course you want to win the championship. So, I think there’s a reason why we were put in this situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s that we have to learn from this and apply whatever we need to do next conference, next season.”Blackwater started its failed upset bid with a 92-91 escape in the first game to force the do-or-die game. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Gervacio joins Foton, ends feud with Suzara Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blackwater’s Henry Walker gestures after a play against Meralco. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonBlackwater was 12 minutes away from history.A no. 8 team with a twice-to-win disadvantage was on the verge of forcing top seeded Meralco into submission and advancing to the PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals against Star.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments read more
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Gronk said he is “ready to roll” and has no limitations. He had been sidelined since taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jacksonville’s Barry Church in the first half of New England’s AFC championship game win.The All-Pro tight end missed last year’s Super Bowl win over Atlanta after undergoing back surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGronkowski said he believes that the team doctors were just using the bye week to be as cautious with the injury as possible.“We knew the whole time I was gonna be good to go,” he said. “I was progressing really good throughout the week. We just knew I’d be ready and we’ve been practicing like we always do.” AFP official booed out of forum View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NBA: Heat guard Dragic gets All-Star call in place of Love Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers FILE – In this Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, catches a pass in front of Tennessee Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard (59) during the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles are set to meet in Super Bowl 52 on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play in Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.Gronkowski participated fully in practice on Thursday. Defensive lineman Deatrich Wise also practiced after being cleared from the concussion protocol. Malcolm Butler (illness) and Brandon King (knee) also participated in the workout.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In addition to Gronk’s return to practice, the Patriots also got a visit from former defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who won Super Bowls with New England during the 2004 and 2014 seasons.Gronkowski said it was always nice to have “a great teammate” such as Wilfork around, but declined to say what words of motivation he offered the team.“What he said was definitely inspiring — to just cherish the moment,” Gronkowski said. “But other than that, it was good for our team. And I’ll just keep it at that.” MOST READ Gronkowski led the team in receiving during the regular season with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.His return gives quarterback Tom Brady another key option against an Eagles defense that finished the regular season ranked fourth in the NFL in defense.Philadelphia is giving up 229 yards per game through the air in the playoffs. New England comes in averaging 318 yards passing during the postseason.“He’s a dynamic player. He means a ton to our offense. He really has since he got to our team. It’s always great when he’s out there,” Brady said.“I’ve played with him a long time, I’ve thrown him a lot of footballs. He knows exactly what to do, he knows where to expect the ball, when to expect it. He’s just a tremendous player for our team.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting read more
Michael Vaughan blamed the IPL for the Indian team’s disastrous show in England.After Ian Botham had predicted a 4-0 whitewash of the India team in the ongoing four-match Test series against England, another ex-skipper, Michael Vaughan, on Monday anticipated a similar scoreline. “4-0 England in the Test series. Zaheer coming back was India’s only hope. Big loss for them. Sorry to all my new-found Indian followers,” Vaughan tweeted. Vaughan said that without bowling spearhead Zaheer, it will be impossible for India to take 20 English wickets. “Indian fans seem to be very blinkered. Just accept that without Zaheer, you will struggle to get 20 wickets in English conditions,” he wrote. England lead the four-match series 2-0 and a win in the third Test at Edgbaston will make them the No. 1 Test side in the world. Blaming the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Indian team’s disastrous show in England so far, Vaughan tweeted: “I think the IPL will be a long-term problem for the Indian Test team. Young players will focus towards T20 cricket rather than Test.” Another former England skipper Alec Stewart joined the chorus, saying only a miracle can save India now. “No Zaheer Khan spells more trouble for India. Do the fantastic loyal Indian fans seriously believe they can draw the series?” asked Stewart in his Twitter account. – With PTI inputs read more
Alexis Sanchez says he won’t reveal his decision about his Arsenal future until after Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.Speaking in Russia as Chile prepares to take on Germany in the final, Sanchez says “I am clear” on whether to stay at Arsenal or leave.Asked if he could reunite with Chile teammate Claudio Bravo at Manchester City next season, Sanchez says “the truth is I am focused on the Confederations Cup and on the future. When I finish here and I hope we have won the cup then I can think about where I’m going.”The 28-year-old Sanchez scored 30 goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season but has been linked with a move away from the club after it failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Bhopal, Dec 23 (PTI) Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, Babulal Gaur, today demanded that public sector undertaking Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)provide 10 acres from its land reserve to construct a college building.Gaur submitted a memorandum to former Human Resources Development (HRD) minister Murli Manohar Joshi in this regard here today urging him to help. Joshi had come to participate in a local programme.Gaur said that BHEL was allotted 6045.180 acres land for its plant and township between 1956-1962. At present the heavy industries PSU has 2245.10 acres vacant land with it, he added.The former CM said that the BHEL college, established almost 30 years ago, is running from a dilapidated building allotted by the PSU.The college offers courses in Arts, Commerce and Science streams.Gaur said that a provision of Rs 7 crore made by the state government remained unutilised in the absence of land to construct a new building.”Due to paucity of space and growing strength of students, there is no space for organising sports and other extra-curricular activities in the institution,” Gaur said. PTI MAS BNM read more
The United States President Donald Trump wants NFL players to be suspended for a season with no pay if they kneel during the national anthem.A day after the NFL’s national anthem protest controversy resurfaced in the news, Trump tweeted on the subject, criticizing the league’s revised policy, calling out commissioner Roger Goodell and suggesting potential punishments for those who kneel.”The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it!” Trump tweeted. “Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”The NFL and its owners passed a new policy — a policy that Trump praised as “doing the right thing” — in May that calls for fines against teams whose players show any mode of disrespect during the anthem, while asking players who will not stand to remain in the locker room.The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – cant believe it! Isnt it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2018The subject of the anthem and the new policy returned to headlines Thursday, when multiple media reports revealed the Miami Dolphins have classified it as conduct detrimental, which could allow for fines or suspensions of players who violate the policy. The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement Thursday night saying the sides are working on a mutual resolution to the anthem issue, and all new rules will be put on hold while a resolution is sought.advertisement–Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said the Dolphins haven’t decided if or how to punish violators of the national anthem policy.”We were asked to submit a form to the NFL on our overall discipline policy prior to the start of the rookie report date,” Ross said, in a statement released by the team. “The one line sentence related to the national anthem was a placeholder as we haven’t made a decision on what we would do, if anything, at that point. I’m pleased that the NFL and NFLPA are taking a pause to figure out a resolution on this issue.”I am passionate about social justice, and through the Miami Dolphins and the creation of RISE, will continue to use the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress.”–Andrew Luck avoided the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp with the Indianapolis Colts after missing the entire 2017 season.Luck, whose recovery stalled multiple times following January 2017 shoulder surgery, sat out the preseason and regular season last year but has slowly progressed since. He’s less than two months into a throwing program, but general manager Chris Ballard said Luck is following the prescribed routine to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 regular season.”I had pain last year,” Luck told reporters this summer. “Pain, and I wasn’t being honest with myself about it. … There’s not that right now. …It’s gone. That pain is gone, and it’s going to stay that way.”–Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will not sue the NFL over a four-game suspension.According to NFL Network, New England’s top wide receiver is accepting the ban following the denial of his appeal and has no plan to sue over the suspension. Edelman, 32, will be eligible to return Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts. He can practice beginning Oct. 1, three days before the Thursday game against the Colts.Various reports indicated Edelman’s positive test was for a substance that was not immediately recognizable. Edelman’s suspension will keep him out of games at home against the Houston Texans, on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions, and at home against the Miami Dolphins. He will forfeit approximately $471,000 of his $2 million base salary this year.–Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. will miss Week 1 of the regular season to serve a one-game suspension handed down by the NFL, the team announced.Fowler, who turns 24 in August, was suspended for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy, presumably for his role in a parking lot altercation in July of 2017. In March, Fowler pleaded no contest to a battery charge related to the incident, and was sentenced to a year of probation, 75 hours of community service and a $925 fine.Earlier this offseason, the Jaguars declined Fowler’s fifth-year option, which would have cost $14.2 million in 2019 if picked up. However, the team still believes Fowler is “an ascending player” and hopes to reach a long-term deal before he hits free agency next March, according to NFL Network.advertisement–Future Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens is now a Canadian Football League free agent after being released from the Edmonton Eskimos’ negotiation list.According to multiple reports, Owens last weekend invoked the 10-day clause for the Eskimos, who held his negotiating rights, to offer him a contract or release him. Owens’ agent, Jason Staroszik, said the Eskimos’ decision won’t discourage the 44-year-old wideout’s plan to play again.”It’s definitely not over,” Staroszik said of Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010 and will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 4. “Terrell could still sign as a free agent with any team that’s interested. We might see another team put him on their negotiation list. Hopefully there’s another team with an interest. I feel there is, so we’ll see what happens.”–New York Jets wide receiver ArDarius Stewart is facing a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substances policy, NFL Network reported.Stewart, who is entering his second season, tested positive for a diuretic or masking agent, according to the report. The NFL hasn’t announced a suspension for Stewart and declined comment when reached by the NFL Network.Stewart caught just six passes for 82 yards in 15 games as a rookie. He also averaged 19.2 yards on nine kickoff returns. The 24-year-old was a third-round pick in the 2017 draft out of Alabama.(Report courtesy: Reuters) read more
zoom Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) and Navantia signed on 17th. November, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the cooperation in identification and management of future business opportunities for ship building and services related projects for the UAE Navy and other Gulf countries.The collaboration of this agreement includes the following areas:Through Life SupportCombat and Platform Systems integrationProcurement ManagementOperational and Maintenance TrainingTransfer of TechnologyThe MoU was signed between ADSB Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Khaled Al Mazroui and the Commercial Vice-president of Navantia, Mr. Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero at Dubai Air Show. The aim of this MoU is to support and optimize Naval Ship Building, maintenance, repair and refit activities across all UAE maritime forces.ADSB is also keen to look outside the UAE borders and provide similar solutions to complex Naval fleets across the region.This MoU is to be considered as a preliminary understanding for future agreements for naval projects in UAE and the GCC countries and provides excellent opportunity for ADSB and Navantia to demonstrate their joint expertise in the UAE and Gulf Region with a view to achieve long term relationship working closely with major Navies of the region.The agreement represents the strong commitment of ADSB and Navantia for collaboration and being part of the development of naval capabilities in the GCC countries.The cooperation between both companies will strengthen the industrial capabilities of UAE in the Defence sector, particularly in the naval field.Navantia is currently participating in 2 tenders, for the construction of 7 landing crafts and 6 multi-mission corvettes.Navantia, November 18, 2013 read more
New Delhi: To highlight the ‘significance’ of the Union government’s decision to nullify Article 370 and 35A in Jammu and Kashmir and its development agenda among the masses, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced a month-long nationwide ‘Janjagaran’ contact programme, commencing from September 1 till the end of the month.The saffron party also formed two high-level committees, which will be led by Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Pralhad Joshi and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, and another youth Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’leader and BJP MP Tejaswi Surya also will lead the respective teams. Small sub-groups of other state-level party leaders, general secretaries and office bearers have also been formed who will conduct the programmes, including 35 big cities and 370 smaller towns. State capitals are also included. Sources said, BJP national president Amit Shah and Working president JP Nadda will also participate in the campaign. While addressing the mediapersons here on Monday, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the programmes will be conducted keeping the respective chief ministers and deputy chief ministers in the loop. Nine places, including four in the Kashmir valley, have been chosen in the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir for the exercise, he said. Pradhan said the decision on revoking Article 370 was “historic” and one of the few moments in the history of independent India that united people across political and ideological divides. read more
APTN National NewsAs the government moves people in the Lesser Slave Lake area back home from emergency shelters, some evacuees are finally finding out what happened to all they left behind.Others have begun to question the way the province delivered relief to First Nations communities.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
Two people had also sustained minor injuries in the explosion and were admitted to hospital.Measures were taken to transfer the body to another location to be cremated. According to the police the explosion took place when the body was placed and the gas was ignited.The doors and roof of the building were damaged in the explosion. The police said a gas leak was believed to have caused the explosion at the Kalutara public burial grounds last evening.The explosion took place when the body of a woman was about to be cremated. Further investigations are underway.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 11:29 am MDT Iraqi Airways has signed a letter of intent to acquire five CS300 jetliners, the first customer commitment for the Bombardier plane announced at the Dubai Airshow.The agreement, signed two months after Bombardier began test flights of the new-generation plane, includes options on 11 additional CS300 aircraft, which could raise the deal’s total list value to US$1.26 billion.Saad Al-Khafaji, the CEO of Iraqi Airways, said the CSeries jets will complement the airline’s six CRJ900s, an older, smaller jet model made by Montreal-based Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B).“Growing passenger demand in an increasingly competitive Middle East and European airline market has created a need for fuel-efficient, comfortable, technology-advanced aircraft like the CSeries jetliners,” Al-Khafaji said in a statement issued by Bombardier.Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 419 CSeries aircraft, including firm orders for 177 planes. It expects to receive 300 firm orders by the time the plane enters into service, in about a year.Sebastian Mullot, director program management for the CSeries, told a transportation conference in Toronto that the CSeries has undergone 200 hours of flight and ground testing without finding any serious issues. He said a second test aircraft will soon take flight.Mullot said the true performance of the CSeries will only be confirmed in the first half of next year after it undergoes more in depth testing.The aerospace division of Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) also announced Tuesday that low-cost Thai carrier Nok Air has ordered two Q400 NextGen turboprops with options for two more and purchase rights on four others in a deal potentially worth US$258 million.Nok Air will be the launch customer for a new extra capacity Q400 with 86 seats.“Specifically tailored to airlines looking at further increasing the productivity of their aircraft, the extra capacity seating option enables the Q400 NextGen aircraft to offer increased revenues and flexibility, as well as best-in-class seat mile costs,” said Mike Arcamone, president Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.The extra capacity seating will make the Q400 more competitive with rival ATR, which has been a hot seller because of its lower price tag. The revised Q400 will offer a seven per cent fuel burn and up to 17 per cent operating seat cost advantage over ATR.Abu Dhabi Aviation, which is the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, also signed a letter of intent for two Q400 NextGen turboprop planes, valued at about US$70 million.Abu Dhabi Aviation already has one Q400 and three older Bombardier Dash-8 propeller-driven planes. Its main activities relate to the support of offshore oil, engineering and construction companies.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the orders are positive, with the value of potential business totalling about US$2 billion, with a couple of days remaining in the biennial air show.“While Bombardier has not scored a major CSeries order of 20-plus aircraft at the air show, many of the major Middle Eastern carriers (including Qatar Airways) remain open to potential CSeries orders in the future. Coupled with an improved Q400 backlog with recent orders announced, we believe Bombardier has so far put together a decent showing in Dubai,” Spracklin wrote in a report.On Monday, Bombardier announced the national airline of Ivory Coast and leasing company Palma Holdings were interested in buying up to a total of 12 Q400s.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained seven cents at $4.72 in Tuesday afternoon trading. Bombardier signs CSeries deal with Iraq, first new commitment since test flight read more
TORONTO – Canada’s technology sector was a hotbed of activity this year as investors circled a new generation of startups in hopes of getting in early for the next rising star. The steep decline in crude oil prices has offered extra incentive to get behind a different sector in 2016 in the hunt for the next Shopify success story.Here are four growing Canadian tech companies that have the potential to grab plenty of attention next year, from both investors and consumers:ZootlyWHO THEY ARE: With a Canadian at the helm of this New York-based company, and half of its 22 employees in Kitchener, Ont., Zootly is making noise on both sides of the border. The startup wants to deliver a shot in the arm to the moving industry with an on-demand app much like Uber. Zootly works as a logistics operator, connecting reputable moving companies — which generally lack a strong online presence — with people looking to use their services.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Zootly works in New York and the company plans to roll out across the United States and Canada starting in 2016.WHY THEY’LL GROW: Unlike Airbnb and Uber, Zootly partners with movers rather than working against the existing industry, which means pushback should be minimal. So far, they have about 25 moving companies on their side in New York representing about 250 moving trucks.THE HURDLES: Zootly planned to launch as a public company this year but hit a snag when its reverse takeover of Ethos Gold, a gold miner listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, fell apart in the final hours. The move would have sped up Zootly’s IPO process and given the company an ability to use Ethos’ former tax losses to its advantage. At this point, Zootly is looking at alternatives and still aims to go public next year.———BridgitWHO THEY ARE: Two women from Kitchener are the duo behind a subscription-based app designed to make communication easier for construction workers. Bridgit connects contractors and skilled labourers to a single platform to keep everyone updated on each step — and every hiccup — in a construction project. The app integrates text communications, images and other tools.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Bridgit is already being used on condo projects in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. A beta launch in New York is leading up to a broader U.S. expansion in the new year.WHY THEY’LL GROW: The construction industry can be a complex beast and communication has been one of its greatest challenges. Earlier this month, the founders won the top prize at Google’s Entrepreneurs Demo Day for Women in San Francisco, a competition of 11 startups from around the globe, creating more buzz for what could an industry-wide solution.THE HURDLES: Developers pay Bridgit a flat rate on a project-by-project basis, which means the founders will have to ensure there aren’t any snags in its rollout that sour customers.———HootsuiteWHO THEY ARE: The Vancouver-based social media management developer has built a business on its computer “dashboard” software that links outlets like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn under one profile, making it easier to manage posts across various platforms. Consumers can use a free version of the dashboard while more serious users can upgrade to a premium account for a monthly subscription fee.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Hootsuite is forging more partnerships, most recently with Microsoft’s suite of business tools like SharePoint, Yammer and Dynamics CRM to enhance marketing on social media, offering new insights into consumer activity.WHY THEY’LL GROW: The company is chasing business clients willing to fork out big bucks for the support of account managers and analytics data.THE HURDLES: In early December, Hootsuite laid off about 20 employees in Vancouver, part of its international staff of about 1,000 people, sparking questions about whether the company was tweaking its business to look more attractive for an expected IPO. The company has 1,000 employees across North America. Chief executive Ryan Holmes has spoken about speeding up plans to go public, but so far that hasn’t come to fruition, and representatives for HootSuite declined to talk about its future.———Shoes.comWHO THEY ARE: Founder Roger Hardy shifted his attention from heads to toes, selling off successful eye-care web business ClearlyContacts.ca and shovelling some of the money into shoes. He paired with a number of financiers to merge two e-commerce shoe retailers — ShoeMe.ca in Vancouver and OnlineShoes.com in Seattle — into a larger business that could trample the competition.WHERE THEY’LL GO: Shoes.com is taking a page from traditional retail by opening physical stores in major cities across Canada. The company wants to mimic pop-up stores by stocking only one brand of shoes each month. Shoes.com is also expanding into new product lines through its acquisition of socks and underwear company Richer Poorer.WHY THEY’LL GROW: Shoes are big business and Shoes.com prides itself in offering 450 brands, about double the selection of its major competitors.THE HURDLES: Retailers who have expanded product lines too quickly often end up overwhelmed by complications. If Shoes.com strays too far from its business model, it might learn that lesson the hard way.———Follow @dj_friend on Twitter Four to watch: Canada’s technology companies on the rise next year by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 16, 2015 8:40 am MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hootsuite’s owl mascots are shown in the company’s cabin-themed office in Vancouver in a handout photo. Canada’s technology sector was a hotbed of activity this year as investors circled a new generation of startups in hopes of getting in early for the next rising star. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hootsuite read more
The Church of England recommends that its churches keep their doors open outside service times as best practice. It says churches are actually more likely to be attacked when they are locked, “possibly as criminals feel they are less likely to be disturbed in a closed church than one where anyone could appear at any time”. Ecclesiastical, the largest insurer to the Church of England, also suggests that churches keep their doors open. Its advice says that “where appropriate that churches are kept open because of the positive effect that has on security”, and adds that keeping a church open during the day with proper risk assessment would not increase insurance premiums. A spokesman for the Catholic bishops in England and Wales said there was no country-wide policy about keeping church doors open, but the decision was down to each individual bishop. It is not known which diocese the Bishop of Portsmouth was visiting. In the 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis said: “The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. “One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door.”In 2015 he said at a general audience in St Peter’s Square that churches should make people feel welcome by keeping doors open. A spokeswoman for the Catholic National Mutual Limited, the main insurer for Catholic dioceses in the UK, said: “Churches are places of worship and sanctuary, and it is important that they remain open and accessible to all. “Accordingly, CNM Ltd does not interfere with or influence the opening hours of churches, nor does this have any impact on insurance premiums.”A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Westminster, another Catholic diocese, said that many of its churches in London had been forced to lock their doors following vandalism. Catholic churches should follow the Church of England to keep their doors open outside of services, the bishop of Portsmouth has said. Philip Egan complained that on a recent visit outside his diocese he had been unable to visit any churches because they had all been shut. In a Tweet posted on Sunday he said: “Why oh why?! Just spent a few days outside the Diocese but every Catholic church I tried to visit was locked. “One even had the utter hypocrisy to display a poster ‘From Maintenance to Mission’! Why is this, when every Anglican Church is welcomely open?” Why oh why?! Just spent a few days outside the Diocese but every Catholic church I tried to visit was locked. One even had the utter hypocrisy to display a poster ‘From Maintenance to Mission’! Why is this, when every Anglican Church is welcomely open?— Bishop Philip Egan (@BishopEgan) January 14, 2018 She added that protecting the sacrament was a particular concern. 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. read more
Updated 22:40NEW DRIVING LICENCE rules came into effect today with plastic cards replacing the pink paper licences and a new application process.The new credit card-style licences are part of a European initiative to ensure a uniform style of licence which is recognised across all 28 EU member states.As of today, anyone applying for a licence or a learner permit will have to submit their application at one of the new National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centres located throughout the country. Up until now, would-be drivers would apply for a licence at their local Motor Tax office.The new face-to-face application process will involve applicants getting their photograph taken at the centre, rather than bringing passport photographs with them, which the NDLS said is to increase security and combat fraud. Applicants will also have their signature digitally recorded at the centre.The NDLS said they expect applicants will receive their licence in the post within 8 working days of submitting their details at their centre.There are 34 driving licence centres around the country with at least one in each county. Applicants can find their nearest one on the NDLS website or on the NDLS app which is available for both Apple and Android devices.First published 06:30.Read: Photo professionals to meet with RSA over new driving licence > Read: Pharmacists claim new driving licence system will have ‘devastating’ effect > read more
IBM’s relationship with Openoffice.org goes all the way back to 1997. Ten years later, that finally led the computing giant to offer up a whole new Lotus product, Lotus Symphony, which was itself based upon the Openoffice.org codebase. The move came as a bit of a shock to plenty of folks in the IT business at the time — and today’s news will probably have the same effect.You see, IBM has now decided that it’s time to dump Lotus Symphony and work more closely with the Apache Foundation on Openoffice.org. They’re offering up IBM-developed code, too, such as the Symphony sidebar.Apart from helping Apache out with development, IBM’s commitment to the project also lends plenty of enterprise credibility. That’s something Openoffice.org desperately needs now that Oracle is completely out of the picture if it plans to remain competitive with the community-led LibreOffice fork. The Document Foundation has plenty of big industry players on its side — Google, Canonical, Red Hat, Novell, the Free Software Foundation, and the Open Source Initiative, to name just a few. A tighter bond with IBM can only be a good thing for Apache’s project.There’s a twist, however. IBM isn’t going to start offering its customers straight-up Openoffice.org software. As it turns out, the plan is to begin distributing an “IBM edition” of Openoffice.org in the near future.So now that IBM is sunsetting its own Openoffice.org remix, they’ll put their full weight behind the development of the genuine Apache Openoffice.org project so that they can offer their own retooled version to IBM customers.Related: the company will also change the “International” in its name to “Ironic” so that the acronym still fits while more accurately reflecting their new (old) attitude toward office suite development.More at IT World read more
Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen killed two men accused of spying for the United States and hung their bodies off a bridge on Wednesday, a day after the jihadi group announced the death of its leader in a US drone strike.Witnesses said al-Qaeda gunmen in the southern city of Mukalla read out charges before shooting the two men, one of whom was accused of guiding the US drone that killed commander Nasr al-Ansi and a media liaison known as Muhannad Ghalab in April. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenAl-Qaeda supporters posted pictures online that showed the two men blindfolded on a sandy beach, said to be the site of a previous drone strike.Another picture showed a body in bloody clothes with its arms spread apart and lashed to a pole, dangling off the side of a bridge.The killings came a day after al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni affiliate is known, said its leader, Nasir al-
Over the mantlepiece is a worn wooden sculpture of an unnamed Viking man, complete with horned helmet. It is a figurehead from a Victorian-era ship, the time period when Vikings began to be depicted as wearing horned-helmets and thus made its way into the popular imagination. One wall made entirely of red brick creates a stark contrast to the dark gray paint that coats the rest. Long wooden floorboards and wooden barrels span the entire space. The door to the restroom features a wooden axe handle, wedged into the door’s wood. Across the place, decorative touches — horns, stretched pelts mounted on walls, and a variety of period armament and weaponry — tie together the ancient Scandinavian aesthetic. Walking into the pub, it’s not hard to feel like a Viking warrior, seeking refuge in a mead hall for refreshments with comrades.Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniAdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniThe Viking-inspired 2,500 square foot bar with seating for 75 and restaurant is known to locals as Skål Beer Hall. This highly-awaited establishment in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood serves Nordic pub grub, and boasts the most diverse aquavit and mead selection in the area. Of course, much like many of the other bars in Ballard, Skål (meaning “cheers!”) also promises a variety of beers on tap.According to an interview with the Seattle Times, owner Adam McQueen imports over a quarter of his beer selection straight from Scandinavia. Bar-goers can expect a range of malt-heavy lagers fit for any taste.Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniAs of writing, the food selection is still a work in progress. But McQueen does intend to incorporate savory Scandinavian goodness. Lammkorv and Fenalår are just two of many traditional dishes the owner is planning to serve. But of course, his kitchen is still trying to perfect the recipes to guarantee customer satisfaction.Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniLexi, head chef and business partner at Skål, plans to update many of the Nordic dishes on the menu to make them less intimidating. But what diners can expect the duo to maintain is the meat — lots and lots and LOTS of meat.Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniWhat won’t need any further changes is the interior. Complete with Norse art and decor, McQueen had to set aside quite a budget to get the space to look like a modern interpretation of a Viking mead hall. However it is not intended to be a kind of museum or caricature of the Viking lifestyle. According to McQueen it is a “neighborhood Scandinavian bar using our own stylistic interpretation of our Norse ancestors to honor the Scandinavian history of our neighborhood.”Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniThe space was previously occupied by The People’s Pub which had pretty much the same aesthetic as a lot of the other bars on the Seattle scene. McQueen didn’t spare any detail with the renovations, knocking down several walls and raising the ceilings 13 feet to achieve that realistic Viking hall feel.The decor similarly needed some thorough thought in order to convey the Viking ambiance he has created.Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniLarge blocks of chunky wood furniture, rustic decor, and animal fur, horns, and bones litter the expansive bar, so it really feels like walking into a Viking general’s living room. To top it all off, drinks will be served in decorative mugs and glasses as well, like Viking ale horns, making the experience even more interesting and unique.Photo Courtesy of Sunny MartiniPhoto Courtesy of Sunny MartiniOf course, McQueen did a lot more than just invest in his chosen design. The owner said in an interview with SeattleMet that he had to do quite a bit of research to find out what people in the area wanted to see and experience when it came to resto-bars.Related Article: This Irish Bar Holds the Record as the World’s Oldest Pub – Take a Look InsideAnd that’s how he came to incorporate a family area into his establishment. An all-age dining area is available in the bar until 8 pm in order to compete with the other establishments in the area that are often kid and family friendly, or as McQueen described it in his interview with the Seattle Times, “kid tolerant.”Correction: In the original version of the article we had a number of inaccuracies, including referring to the bar as huge, traditional and authentic. Passages about the horned Viking helmet, empty barrels used for empty glasses and beer brewed in Viking style were also inaccurate. We have corrected these to reflect the real nature of the bar. The correction was made on 4/26/19. read more
Photo credit : Thai AirwaysNew flights strengthen Thailands status as global aviation hubFive international airlines are expanding air access to Thailand with new flights from Beijing, Doha, Istanbul, Maldives, India’s Jaipur and Tiruchirappalli, and Singapore, strengthening the Kingdom’s status as a global aviation hub.The new flights offer visitors greater convenience and more choice for point of entry when travelling to and from Thailand. The country’s aviation authorities continue to expand both flight frequency and international gateway destinations to handle growing traveller demand and the never-ending quest for new itineraries.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Thailand has long been the key portal to Asia and global aviation hub. Steady passenger growth depends on more flights and finding new entry points to the country. These new flights provide visitors with more choice, flexibility and convenience when travelling or making connections to major cities around Thailand. We hope that the expanded air access boosts tourism arrivals.”Scheduled flights to be added or recently started service during 2017 include:Starting 27 March, this year, Thai Airways International has launched its ‘Phuket Express‘ service with four direct weekly Beijing to Phuket flights.Since 1 June, this year, Qatar Airways has operated flights from Doha to Bangkok five days a week. The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four weekly flights), increase Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53 flights per week.Turkish Airlines has launched the Istanbul to Phuket direct service on 17 July, 2017, starting with four weekly flights that will increase to daily during this coming winter. The airline started the Istanbul-Bangkok return service in 1989 and currently operates 14 flights per week.Low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia will add daily Maldives flights from Bangkok to Male starting on 11 August, using Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline is also expanding its services to India with the Bangkok-Jaipur and Bangkok- Tiruchirappalli routes, each with four flights a week, starting on 29 September. The airline operates from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport.Another low-cost carrier Jetstar Asia will add four weekly flights from Singapore to Hat Yai return from 3 November, 2017, using 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Bookings are currently available for purchase in Singapore.Mr. Yuthasak added, “TAT has also signed a series of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with major international airlines aimed at strengthening tourism cooperation and boosting the number of visitor arrivals to Thailand.”TAT recently inked MOUs with EVA Air to work on joint tourism promotion strategies for the US and Canada markets; with Etihad Airways to jointly promote travel to Thailand from the UAE, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, and Kuwait; with Qatar Airways for travellers from Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Singapore Airlines’ important inbound markets including Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. THAIbook here Source = Tourism Authority of Thailand read more