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BlackBerry Q10 sale remains low, report

BlackBerry Q10 sale remains low, reportAccording to a new report, the newest device released by Canadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry has not been able to attract a significant number of users in the market.

The Wall Street Journal has found that the sales figures have remained disappointing in the US and the Canadian market. The company has not announced the details of the sales for the new device, which was expected to be the saviour for the struggling company, which was once leading force in the smartphone market.

Canadian economy continues to slow down

Canadian economy continues to slow downOttawa, Aug 31 - Canada's economy continued on a slow growth path in the second quarter of the year, according to Statistics Canada.

The country's real gross domestic product recorded a paltry 0.4 percent growth, Xinhua reported.

That was equivalent to a growth of 1.7 percent in an annualised rate.

Although the reading is lower than the first quarter's growth of 0.5 percent, which is 2.2 percent in an annualised rate, it is still higher than the economists' expectation of 1.6 percent.

Daniel Radcliffe searches for lost snake

Daniel Radcliffe searches for lost snakeToronto, Aug 31 : Along with the cast and crew of his new movie "Horns", actor Daniel Radcliffe searched for a exotic snake that was lost on the movie sets.

The 24-year-old plays the role of a man, who wakes up after a drunken night with two horns on his head and had to shoot with a lot of snakes in the movie.

"It was quite tense. We were bringing exotic snakes into Canada and letting them all loose. We had 100 snakes and we had to leave with 100," femalefirst. co. uk quoted Radcliffe as saying.

BlackBerry might separate Messenger service into new entity

BlackBerry might separate Messenger service into new entityCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry might be planning to separate BlackBerry Messenger service into a new company, according to people closer to the matter.

Report indicated that the new company would be called BBM Inc. BlackBerry Messenger has remained a popular platform for BlackBerry users ever since it was launched by the company on its devices. The app allows users to send and receive text messages to other BlackBerry Messenger users without paying text-messaging fees.

Around 250 Virgin passengers stranded at Gander Airport

Around 250 Virgin passengers stranded at Gander AirportMore than 250 passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight were stranded overnight at the Gander Airport in Newfoundland in Canada overnight after the airplane had to make an emergency landing.

The total of 255 passengers on the flight from London to New York had to spend the night at Gander Airport after technical fault forced the VS25 plane to land in Canada. The flight was forced to make a landing at 22:30 local time on Saturday and a relief flight was due to take off from Gander for New York John F. Kennedy at 16:55 on the following day.

Serena Williams captures third career Rogers Cup

Serena-Williams-Rogers-CupToronto, Aug 12 : Serena Williams cruised to victory in the Rogers Cup final beating Sorana Cirstea to capture her third title here.

Williams won 6-2, 6-0 in a match that lasted only 65 minutes on Sunday, reports Xinhua.

With three career Rogers Cup titles, Williams sits second behind Monica Seles and Chris Evert, who both have four Rogers Cup titles in the modern era. Her previous victories were in 2011 and 2001.

"For me, this is a big tournament. This is one of the big stops of the year," said Williams after the match.

Canada needs to have a trade agreement with China, experts

Canada needs to have a trade agreement with China, expertsExperts have said that the authorities in Canada must look to forge a trade agreement with the government of the People's Republic of China in order to strengthen trade ties.

In order to boost economic growth, the government of Canada should look at promoting its banks, automotive sector and other products that are not linked to construction. Chinese firms have also been encouraged to look for consumer-led growth instead of depending upon the construction boom.

BlackBerry still losing customers in global markets

BlackBerry still losing customers in global marketsCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry is still loosing customers in the global markets as the companies and government agencies continue to leave the company for rival smartphone makers.

Blackberry has stepped up efforts to improve its focus on business users but has not been able to retain customers or attract significant number of new users. The company is taking aggressive steps to turn around the company. It will now return to its traditional strength area, the business market, where several users prefer the company due to safety.

Emma arrested for bashing boyfriend

Emma-RobertsMontreal, July 17 : Actress Emma Roberts was arrested here for hitting her actor boyfriend Evan Peters, but she was released soon.

The 22-year-old actress was taken into custody July 7 after she got into a physical fight with Peters, reports tmz. com.

Local law enforcement sources said that the couple, who have been together for a year, were overheard fighting in their room and someone from the hotel called the police.

The source said that police officers immediately arrested Roberts after arriving at the scene and witnessing Peter's bloody nose.

Carney rules out interest rate hikes for some time

Carney rules out interest rate hikes for some timeMark Carney, who took charge of the Bank of England as its new governor, has indicated that the central bank is not likely to increase interest rates for years.

Canadian Mark Carney, who has been working as the Governor of Bank of Canada, has been appointed as the new chief of the Bank of England. He indicated that the central bank will not increase interest rates until some targets are met suggesting that the liberal monetary policy will remain intact in the country for some time.

Société Générale upgrades BlackBerry to buy

Société Générale upgrades BlackBerry to buySociété Générale SA has upgraded the shares of smartphone maker, BlackBerry from 'sell' to 'buy' after observing that the new models form the smartphone masker is selling well in the market.

Health awareness walk for South Asians in Canada

heartToronto, June 13 : With research showing South Asians being among the people most susceptible to heart diseases in Canada, a walk is being organised in the city of Edmonton to create awareness about the issue.

South Asians in Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, will participate in the DIL Walk coming Saturday which will feature a free lunch, doctors on hand to check blood pressure, and advice from dieticians.

The event is being organised by the DIL Walk Foundation to create awareness about heart diseases and a healthy lifestyle.

Competition Bureau accuses three firms for fixing chocolate prices

Competition Bureau accuses three firms for fixing chocolate pricesThe Competition Bureau in Canada has said that it has filed criminal charges against a total of three firms for fixing price of chocolate confectionery products in the country.

The Competition Bureau is blaming Nestle Canada Inc., Mars Canada Inc. and ITWAL Limited, which is a network of wholesale distributors for conspiring, agreeing or arranging to fix prices of Canadian chocolate products. Fixing prices is a criminal offence under the Competition Act in Canada and the bureau has already filed its charges with the law enforcement agencies.

WestJet Airlines to offer on-board wireless services

WestJet Airlines to offer on-board wireless servicesCanadian aviation firm, WestJet Airlines Ltd has said that it is planning to offer Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers on its flights in an attempt to open new revenue streams including Internet shopping.

Gregg Saretsky, the chief executive officer of WestJet said that the company is in discussions with US-based ground-to-air service provider Gogo LLC as well as another company offering satellite service to offer Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers on its flights. Mr. Saretsky did not disclose the name of the satellite service provider.

Aditya Birla Nuvo plans fertilizer plant in US or Canada; net jumps 16.8%

Aditya-Birla-Nuvo-LtdAditya Birla Nuvo Ltd has is contemplating plans to build a fertilizer plant in either in the United States or Canada, the diversified company's managing director Rakesh Jain said.

Mr. Jain also revealed that the company was pursuing discussions with a number of provincial governments to give a shape to its plans. Setting up a fertilizer plant in the United States or Canada would allow the company to reap advantage of cheaper shale gas availability in the region.

Lochte returns to competitive swimming with a bang

Ryan-LochteVancouver, May 27 : A month into his return to serious training, US Olympian swimmer Ryan Lochte demonstrated he was on the right track over the weekend when he won four out of six races at the 2013 Mel Zajac Jr. International Canada Cup.

Against a top field of swimmers from around North America, Lochte, the holder of 11 Olympic medals and three world records, posted victories in 200m backstroke (1:59.56), 200m freestyle (1:52.27), 200m individual medley
(2:00:15) and 100m freestyle (50:97), reports Xinhua.

Three Indo-Canadian women in running for prestigious awards

Women-of-Distinction-AwardsToronto, May 14 : Three Indo-Canadian women have been nominated for this year's YWCA Metro Vancouver's Women of Distinction awards, touted as one of the most prestigious awards for women achievers in Canada.

Kamal Dhillon, author of "Black and Blue Sari", Navi Gill, co-founder of Global Girl Power, and Anita Huberman, CEO of Surrey Board of Trade, are three of seven women from Surrey in the Canadian province of British Columbia to be nominated in various award categories, the Vancouver Desi reported Tuesday.

Canadian Sikhs flock to watch 'Sadda Haq'

Sadda-HaqToronto, April 26 : Sikhs in the city of Surrey in British Columbia are flocking to a local movie theatre to watch the Punjabi film "Sadda Haq" that ran into controversy back home.

The film, written by Kuljinder Sidhu, is on the Khalistan movement in India in the 1990s. Though yet to hit the screens in India, it has been released in Australia, Britain, the US and Canada.

In Surrey, the film is being screened at the Cineplex Odeon Strawberry Hills Cinemas and it is running to packed houses, the Vancouver Desi news site reported.

BlackBerry offering Q10 with BB 10 OS

BlackBerry offering Q10 with BB 10 OSCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry that was formally known as Research in Motion, is offering the second model running the new BlackBerry 10 OS called, BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry Q10 feature a hardware qwerty keyboard, as traditionally preferred by Balckberry customers and a 3.1in Super AMOLED display with a resolution of
720-x-720-pixels. The BlackBerry Z10, which is the first device to run BB 10 OS, featured a larger 4.2in display.

Vancouver run shows support for Boston Marathon victims

Paul-Kimugul-Natasha-FraserVancouver, April 22 :  In an event where the spirit of the Boston Marathon bombing victims weighed heavily, Kenya's Paul Kimugul won the Vancouver Sun Run Sunday, while Natasha Fraser successfully defended her women's crown.

With the 10-km run coming six days after the Boston bombings that killed three and injured more than 160, security was noticeably heightened for the Vancouver event but the race featuring more than 48,000 participants came off without incident, reports Xinhua.




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