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  • The unbelievably historic gaming tournament almost everyone missed

    September 24th, 2014

    One of the most amazing gaming competitions in the world happened weeks ago and almost no one watched.

    Fortunately, Slate writer Seth Stevenson was on hand to document what he called the Grandmaster Clash in St. Louis. The 2014 Sinquefield Cup, a gathering of the worlds best chess players in St. Louis hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, was only in its second year when it kicked off on Aug. 27, hosting the strongest chess tournament in the history of the game.

    Craigslist Missed Connections at Five Denver Restaurants

    September 23rd, 2014

    Although the dining rooms of the city are filled with many happy couples, they are also inhabited by lovesick diners looking to catch the eye of that special someone. Sometimes, these people take to Craigslist to try and find that guy or girl who they saw from across the dining room, but werent able to muster the courage to say something to. Here now are a few restaurant missed connections â?? perhaps love will also be on the menu for these romantic Denverites sometime soon.

    TOO DAMNED HOT!
    WYNKOOP BREWERY – w4m (18TH ST): You are just too damned hot!!!! I was there last night for a work function and you were assisting with our group. We made eye contact and I smiled at you....

    Meet GreatLand Connections, home of 2.5 million leftover Comcast customers

    September 23rd, 2014

    As Comcast pushes for a merger with Time Warner Cable, we now know what might become the fifth largest cable operator in the US: the newly formed GreatLand Connections. Comcast has officially named the company formerly known as SpinCo, where it announced it would deposit 2.5 million Comcast customers earlier this year. The move is an attempt to placate regulators by ensuring Comcast wont own more than 30 percent of the TV service market, even after it folds in subscribers from TWC. The 30 percent rule was struck down as official FCC policy in 2009, but Comcast has written before that it will adhere to it anyways as a show of good faith.

    If the merger goes through, a portion of Comcast...

    Voters to decide on Newington recreation center proposal Tuesday – WFSB 3 …

    September 22nd, 2014

    NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

    The future of Newingtons Mill Pond Park could be decided Tuesday.

    A proposed recreation center would cut into the popular green space at the park, and many residents are against it.

    Its against our 20-20 land, where this land is dedicated open space, said Gary Bolles.

    Earlier this summer, Newington Town Planner Craig Minor said he acknowledged the sentiment shared by the park lovers.

    I know that people are concerned about the amount of open space that Newington has, but we are pretty well served with open space. Whether this is the best use of this particular open space is an issue the voters will have to decide.

    The multi-million...

    The Fine Art of Giving Gifts in China

    September 22nd, 2014

    I approach the world with gratitude, and I am thankful for my many blessings. I share that with you so that you will not think too poorly of me when I tell you that I really don’t care for most gifts that people give me.

    This goes all the way back to my childhood. At my fifth birthday party, after opening all of my gifts, I expressed my disappointment at the lack of planning and understanding of me that they revealed. Not much has changed as an adult, except that I have learned to keep my mouth shut.

    In China, though, my beliefs fit right in. Gifts are an essential part of friendships and business relationships, and Chinese people share my attitude that a gift should be special,...

    9 finance capitals of the future

    September 22nd, 2014

    (CNN) –

    Mention Morocco and most would first think of the exotic markets of Marrakech, the desert dotted with ancient kasbahs and, of course, the classic 1942 wartime film Casablanca.

    But Casablanca, the main port city of Morocco, is among the places being tipped by experts as emerging future global financial centers.

    As the gateway between Europe and Africa, Casablanca aims to take advantage of its geographical position and also act as a hub for North, West and Central Africa, said Hicham Zegrary, director of the Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA).

    Survey response sparks ideas to ‘freshen-up’ town recreation

    September 21st, 2014

    Town officials hope the results of a recent online survey will improve dwindling participation and revenue at the recreation and tennis centers over the past few years.

    Both the Recreation Center and tennis centers have experienced declining numbers the past three years, according to Assistant Recreation Director Rob Gardiner. Despite fee rollbacks for tennis that increased participation last year and a recent uptick in patrons at the center, overall trends show a decline in participation and revenue since 2011.

    The three-week survey focused on current program offerings, quality of facilities, customer service and ideas for new programs. It was sent to about 1,200 emails and resulted...

    Pakistan’s polarised media

    September 21st, 2014

    At the beginning of the week, when we scan the news media around the globe to decide what media story to go with, wires started dropping about protesters occupying Pakistans state broadcaster PTV.

    The story is part of a new political power struggle in which the countrys top news channels are fighting a proxy war of their own. For three weeks now, street demonstrators led by cricket-player-turned politician, Imran Khan, have been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose election last year the protestors insist was rigged. Sharif says he is not going anywhere. The way the unrest is being reported in Pakistans media lays bare the political divisions in the country...

    Giveaway: Nuvango Puts Fine Art on the Case

    September 21st, 2014

    A $100 gift card can snag a whole lot of personalized, artsy case — a design of your own creation that should send your smartphone or tablet down to the knees in a gesture of gratitude. Of course, they dont have knees, so (if you pull off a win in this giveaway) youll have to enjoy it enough for everyone involved.

    Related: iTunes 5 Cases Bullet Proof Your Digital Life

    The crew at Nuvango helps buyers create their own prints, cases and other items featuring selected fine art. Or, aspiring designers can create products using their own uploaded art or photos. Famous works by Vincent Van Gogh stand aside original surrealist works and graphic design patterns. 

    To...

    Media summit in Philippines hopes to bolster personal encounter

    September 21st, 2014

    Lingayen, Philippines, Sep 7, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).-
    The Filipino bishops annual conference on social media, being held this month, will aim at promoting authentic encounters and at preparing for Pope Francis upcoming trip to the nation.

    The Catholic Social Media Summit 2014 will be held in Lingayen at the Pangasinan Training and Development Center with the theme The Encounter, from Sept. 13-14.

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan has exhorted the Filipino faithful to participate in the convention, saying in a video message, let us allow social media to become an instrument to promote peace, to promote harmony, and to make friends with everyone...