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Unemployment dips to 7%, most new jobs are part time

Canada’s unemployment rate edged down to seven per cent in July, with just 200 new jobs created, according to Statistics Canada. That’s better than the 7.1 per cent recorded in June, but mainly reflects a decline in the number of people looking for work. This was a heightened problem for people over age 55, who saw employment continue to fall. “If you look at the overall story, self-employment is rising,” […]

Iraq conflict: US steps up air strikes on IS militants

The US has launched two additional air strikes against militants from the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Iraq, the Pentagon has said. US drones and Navy fighter jets attacked targets near the Kurdish city of Irbil – a similar location to the first strike earlier on Friday. The Sunni Muslim group IS has taken control of swathes of Iraq and Syria. Tens of thousands of people from minority groups […]

5,000 Chinese Workers in Kenya a Threat to Wildlife

Nairobi:  A Kenyan consumer lobby group says that 5,000 Chinese nationals who are coming to Kenya for the construction of a railway line pose a threat to the country’s elephants. Consumer Federation of Kenya official Steven Muturo said on Thursday that conservationists have seen a rise in elephant poaching deaths in Kenya as the number of Chinese nationals in the country have risen. Kenya recently signed an agreement with China […]

New dog-sized dinosaur species discovered in Venezuela

LONDON: Scientists have identified a new dog-sized dinosaur species from South America that roamed the Earth in small groups and lived on a diet of ferns and insects. The species, named Laquintasaura venezuelae, was identified with the help of 200-million-year-old fossils from the La Quinta Formation in Venezuela. Bones from at least four Laquintasaura were found together, with individuals ranging in age from three to approximately 12 years old. It […]

Chinese city bans beards, Islamic-style clothing on buses during event

People wearing Islamic-style clothing and large beards are banned from riding public buses during the Xinjiang Sports Games in northwestern China, a Communist Party-run newspaper reports. The ban went into effect Monday in the city of Karamay, in the country’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region. It applies to passengers who wear veils, large beards, as well as three types of Islamic dresses — including those with the star and crescent symbol […]

Out of Office: Breathe and Remember Travel Is a Privilege

I travel around the world, and often have long flights, close connections, and multiple stops in a week. Over time, I’ve developed a few rules that help me perform at a higher level despite a grueling schedule. 1.Never check baggage. There are extremely efficient ways to pack a rolla board and one smaller bag. I go for weeks with just two bags. Less is more. 2.Sleeping on the plane is […]

Pregnant Indian woman's daring swim to avoid home birth

An Indian woman in her ninth month of pregnancy has swum a river swollen by monsoon rain to give birth in hospital. Yellavva used dried pumpkins and gourds as bouyancy aids to swim nearly a kilometre from her river island village to safety in southern Karnataka state. She said she was “scared” but wanted her baby born safely – there is no medical centre in her village and she did […]

Muslim bank accounts closed by HSBC in wake of 'money laundering' fine

Bank faces allegations of ‘Islamophobia’ over decision to shut down accounts of some Muslim groups. Bank accounts belonging to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim groups are being closed down by a major bank amid concerns about money laundering for crime and terrorism, it has emerged. HSBC notified a number of Islamic groups within the last few days that their accounts would be terminated, leading to accusations of “Islamophobia”. But […]

Golden boy: Shuttler Parupali Kashyap makes history at Glasgow as India finishes 5th with 64 medals

Parupalli Kashyap brought the curtains down on India’s campaign in the 20th Commonwealth Games to a thunderous applause, winning a gold medal in men’s singles badminton competition in Glasgow on Sunday. Kashyap rose to the occasion to eke out a breathtaking 21-14, 11-21, 21-19 triumph over Derek Wong of Singapore. The women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa finished with a silver medal after losing to Malaysian Vivian […]

One of Steve Jobs' Last Public Statements Can Help You Discover Your Passion

Passion is everything. You cannot inspire unless you’re inspired yourself. In 25 years of studying communication, I’ve never met an inspiring entrepreneur who isn’t freakishly enthusiastic about his or her idea. Steve Jobs, one of the most passionate entrepreneurs in business history, may have offered the best definition of passion in one of his last public presentations, in March 2011 (he died that October). “It is in Apple’s DNA that […]