first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Canadian online storytelling platform Wattpad is bringing clickable reads to a bookstore near you.The Toronto-based company announced in a press release on Thursday that it’s setting its sights on the offline book market with the launch of a new publishing division.It says Wattpad Books will leverage data-based insights from its audience of more than 70 million to publish proven hits from its diverse online community of writers. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Wattpad Books plans to roll out its first batch of releases across Canada this fall in partnership with Vancouver-based distributor Raincoast Books.The slate includes six genre-spanning titles for young adults, some of which the company says have been read tens of millions of times online.Wattpad says hundreds of stories on its platform have already been turned into best-selling books through partners and adapted into TV, film, and digital projects.THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more

Saluting the experts

first_imgHandicrafts Export Awards to 68 companies for excellence in exports were distributed by  Santosh Kumar Gangwar,  Union Minister of State for Textiles along with launching of Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affair. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Member of Parliament, S K Panda, Secretary (Textiles) and S K Biswas, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) were also present during the ceremony beside luminaries from the trade and industry exporters of handicrafts.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the distribution of handicraft export awards, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs also launched the new institution called Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council which has been set up to promote skill development amongst artisans, craft persons and workers of handicrafts and carpet products.  While launching the Handicrafts and Carpet Sector Skill Council, Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, ‘The role of skill development in Indian economy is very important keeping in view of the fact that percentage of skill manpower in India is very low as compared to China, Korea, Japan and Germany. There is a great need to develop skill of all sectors of the economy so that India become competitive in production of good quality products.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUnion Minister of State for Textiles Santosh Kumar Gangwar said, ‘Although exporters are doing excellent job of achieving high rate of growth, yet there is big scope of further improvement, the exporters need to develop new lines, new products and give emphasis on good skill, good quality to make products more competitive in world market.’ M/s C L Gupta Exports Ltd, Moradabad received trophy of top export award for their performance in all product categories of handicrafts. Whereas, World leader in Shawls, Ahujasons won the ‘Highest Export Award’ in ‘Shawls as Art ware including scarves and stoles’ category. Karan Ahuja, Director, Exports, Ahujasons said ‘It is a matter of great delight and pride to receive this award for the third time in a row. This is very encouraging and acknowledges our world class products in the global market.’  Trophies were also given under each product category which included Woodwares, Zari Handicrafts, Lace, Laces and Embroidery, India Items, Textiles based handicrafts, fashion jewellery and crafted stone, iron crafts, jute handicrafts, glass, artware, ceramic artwares and aluminium artwares.‘Handicraft export has been growing at an average annual growth rate of 15% during the last decade. However, growth during the current year was 30.80% in rupee terms and 17.55% in dollars terms as compared to previous year. Exports of handicrafts during the year 2013-14 was Rs. 23,504.42 crore,’ said Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director – EPCH (Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts).last_img read more

Trust can synchronise heart rate among two strangers

first_imgWhen people are in the process of building trust among each other, their hearts get synchronised and beat as one, an interesting study has found.Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark showed that there was a larger physiological response in the form of an increase and synchrony of the participants’ heart rates in the “trust group” compared to the control group.“The heart rate synchrony is an indicator of rapport, affiliation and the improvement of group dynamics,” said lead researcher and assistant professor Panagiotis Mitkidis. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To reach this conclusion, Mitkidis and colleagues studied the link between heart rate and trust.They had 37 pairs of participants do a cooperative task involving building Lego cars.The control group only did the lego task while a second group played an investment game in between the building sessions.The game, known as the “Public Goods Game” had the goal of including the element of trust in the experiment.“Trust is a necessary ingredient for successful cooperation and of most importance for our society,” Mitkidis noticed. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“A further indication of that is that heart rate synchrony is a significant predictor of expectations in the Public Goods Game, an indication of preferences and beliefs about the behaviour of others,” the authors pointed out.The experiment revealed that heart rate synchronisation was significantly higher in the “trust” group.Heart rate arousal was also significantly higher in the trust condition.The paper appeared in the Journal of Physiology and Behavior.last_img read more

Stripping down to Speedos lands Aussie group in hot water

first_img Share Stripping down to Speedos lands Aussie group in hot water The Canadian Press Posted by KUALA LUMPUR – A group of Aussies learned the hard way that being cheeky isn’t always the best idea.According to TravelTalk, a group of nine Aussies were arrested during a Formula One race in Kuala Lumpur after stripping down to Speedos emblazoned with the Malaysian flag. The men, reportedly aged between 25 and 29, were celebrating Daniel Ricciardo’s Formula 1 Grand Prix win.Photographs of the scantily-clad revellers have surfaced on social media following the race on Sunday. Images show them standing in a circle, some with their pants round their ankles and others wearing none at all, waving an Australian flag above their heads.They were arrested on site, and were photographed looking despondent in front of a white bus under the watchful eye of Sepang police, reports The Daily Mail. The group is being investigated for ‘intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace’, which is a minor offence under Malaysian law.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAn assistant police chief said the men will be remanded for four days, and did not rule out further action being taken against them.Malaysian social media users have lashed out against the men, calling their behaviour unacceptable. One Twitter user wrote, “Shame on those Aussies by doing this. So inappropriate.”center_img Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Tags: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more