Willow FiddlerAPTN NewsFamilies of 12 children who died while in the care of child services in northern Ontario met in Thunder Bay with the province’s chief coroner Wednesday.The point of the meeting was to discuss a recent experts report on the circumstances around their children’s deaths.Willow met with some of them who say the report, and explanations don’t go far email@example.com@willowblasizzo
NEW DELHI: Five members of a gang including a woman has been arrested by Crime Branch who exploited the farewell moments of the passengers who boarded the trains at various Delhi railways stations. The members of the gang pretended to be passengers and entered the railway stations and targeted men and woman with small children exactly at a time when they are busy bidding farewell to their family or friends. They even boarded the train and somehow pretended that they boarded the wrong train and got down in haste taking the bag of the target passengers from a moving train. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that more than 25 bags have been recovered from this gang and has solved atleast five cases of theft. Cops are now trying to identify the owners of the stolen bags. “We have also seized one revolver from this gang along with a laptop, a gold chain and cash around 95 thousand, this gang was active at railway stations like Sarai Rohilla, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi and Anand Vihar, The Gang preferred to target passengers in the AC Bogies and would strike when the train is about to depart and travellers are busy bidding goodbye to their relatives,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP crime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn 6 March, a policeman received a specific input that the gang members would come to Mandoli Extension, Harsh Vihar to dispose off the station item. at about 4.30 pm the above mentioned five accused persons Ashwini, Ashiq, Rajeev, Irfan and Manju were apprehended by the team. “On intensive interrogation, they disclosed that they are active members of Bablu Gang and are involved into bag lifting from Railway Stations,” said Rajiv Ranjan, Additional CP crime.
TEHRAN – In critic of new US sanctions, Iranian FM Zarif warns that Tehran will give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper, unconstructive actionIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday voiced Tehran’s resolution to continue with the nuclear negotiations with six major world powers, namely the P5+1.Posting a statement on his official Facebook account, Iran’s foreign policy chief criticized the new sanctions announced on Thursday by the US Departments of Treasury and State blacklisting a number of companies and individuals for “providing support for” Iran’s nuclear energy program.“Over the past days, certain improper measures were taken by the Americans, to which we responded in the required manner and with the consideration of all aspects of the issue,” wrote Zarif.Iranian top diplomat also cautioned that Tehran would respond prudently to any unconstructive and inappropriate action on the part of the sextet, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany.“We will seriously pursue the Geneva talks, and we will of course give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper and unconstructive action (even if it does not violate the Geneva deal),” he said.The fresh US sanctions came shortly after a historic initial nuclear deal signed between Iran and the sextet in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, which aimed to provide a full resolution for the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy and enrichment program.“Negotiations and achieving results are difficult and will certainly involve many ups and downs. We had foreseen this from the outset, too,” Zarif said regarding the roadmap to achieve a final nuclear agreement with P5+1.In line with the Geneva deal, Iran and the P5+1 agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran for a six-month period.
Mr. Kerim met today with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the two men discussed various UN reform initiatives, including proposals to re-shape the size and nature of the Security Council, according to a spokesperson for the Assembly President.They also talked about efforts to achieve the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Yesterday Mr. Kerim met with Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul to talk about economic development in poor countries, climate change, the current global food crisis, UN relief efforts in Myanmar in the wake of this month’s devastating cyclone and the concept of a “responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations from harm.The Assembly President is scheduled to give a lecture tonight in Essen to the Policy Forum of the Ruhr Region on the work of the UN to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change.He travels to Bonn tomorrow to attend a high-level segment of the conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. After leaving Germany, Mr. Kerim will then visit Albania for talks with senior officials in the small European country. 27 May 2008Climate change, biological diversity and United Nations reform have been high on the agenda during official talks so far on the current three-day visit to Germany by General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim.
Hannah Adams waves her fist to help keep time during a musical performance by students in Prof. Zoltan Kalman’s woodwinds techniques class recently. Adams attends the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care where staff are exposing the children to different types of music. They don’t play instruments and can’t tell you the difference between Mozart and Beethoven – yet.But that didn’t stop a small group of children from the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care from enjoying a short visit to Prof. Zoltan Kalman’s woodwinds techniques class recently for a performance of tunes Kalman’s students were learning to play on the saxophone.As they sat in their strollers and wagons, some of the children moved to the music and followed Kalman’s lead keeping time to the music.Helene Randle, the centre’s executive director, said staff have been introducing infants at the centre to different types of music, including native drumming.“Our goal is to give the children the opportunity to enjoy and experience different types of music, hands-on experience with instruments, and the different moods that music can create,” Randle said. “The experience (in Prof. Kalman’s class) was loud and exciting…. The infants love to sing and dance.”Tyler Graham takes in the action during a musical performance by Prof. Zoltan Kalman’s woodwinds techniques class recently. Graham attends the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care where staff are exposing the children to different types of music.
The senior United Nations official for the Great Lakes region of Africa has begun a week-long mission to help shore up peace efforts, visiting Tanzania, Rwanda, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson, will focus on the immediate priority of the so-called Kampala dialogue in the Ugandan capital, where the M23 rebel group and the DRC Government failed to reach agreement earlier this month.She will also seek to foster progress in implementing the broader commitments of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which she has called “a framework of hope”.“Developments over the past month have brought renewed hope to people in the eastern DRC,” Mrs. Robinson said. “Further efforts are needed to ensure that the country is rid of all negative forces and security is re-established sustainably. Progress on the larger political agenda is now urgently needed, as well. “We must work to restore trust and take the steps that are needed to resolve the underlying causes of conflict and instability to the region.” The eastern DRC has been wracked by fighting between the Government and various armed groups for many years, the latest being the M23, composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army (FARDC) in April.In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.Mrs. Robinson began her tour in Tanzania, a framework signatory, meeting today with President Jakaya Kikwete and other officials in Dar es Salaam on the need to enhance cooperation and sustained political dialogue among PSC signatories.Tomorrow she will visit Rwanda for talks with top officials on concluding the Kampala Dialogue and implementing the Framework, and then fly on to the Republic of Congo. On 27-29 November, she will visit the DRC, including Kinshasa, the capital, and Goma, the main city in the vast country’s east. On 30 November, she will attend the East African Community (EAC) Summit of Heads of States in Kampala, where she intends to mobilise international support for regional organizations as part of the broader PSC Framework agenda for enhanced regional integration.
Handball news of the Day in Balkan region is statement of Serbian NT coach Jovica Cvetkovic, who addes Croatian playmaker Stefan Vujic to the list of candidates for the roster at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.“The new name is Stefan Vujic from Romanian Steaua. He is born in Croatia, played for Croatia, but his parents are Serbs. He is good organizer, team-player, scorer, warrior, fighter. I will take 18 warriors to Croatia. I need that profile of the player”, stated Cvetkovic for the 26-years old EX-PPD Zagreb and HBC Nantes member.Serbia will play in Group in Split together with Croatia, Sweden and Iceland. Jovica CvetkovicSerbian handballStefan Vujic ← Previous Story Seven applications for three EHF EURO events Next Story → African Championship 2018 in Gabon with 10 teams
POLICE IN PAKISTAN’S biggest city Karachi rescued a teenage boy who was kidnapped for a half-million dollar ransom after apparently being lured through Facebook, officers and relatives said today.Police raided the gang’s hideout to the west of the sprawling city, which is plagued by gang violence and extortion rackets, killing four of the abductors in a shootout and arresting a fifth.The kidnappers started chatting to their 13-year-old target, identified only as Mustafa, six months ago, senior police officer Niaz Khoso said. They enticed him to a meeting on Friday.The youngster, the son of a senior customs official, was whisked away to the town of Hub outside Karachi in restive Baluchistan province, and his family received calls demanding 50 million rupees (almost €400,000) in ransom.Police said they used mobile phone records to track the kidnappers to the hideout in Hub and rescued him on Monday morning.Mustafa’s mother made a tearful plea to parents to supervise their children’s use of social media.“This is my request to all the parents to never let their children make friendship on Facebook,” she told media, sobbing as she sat beside her son.“I beg you for God’s sake that you never do.”What can Facebook tell us about the battle of the sexes?16 children die in Pakistan school bus fire
Nothing less will be required in order to revive our national airline to be profitable as a commercial entity and to serve its function as a critical national development entity.Malaysia Airlines has reeled from years of financial losses and its survival is now seen as in peril following this year’s air catastrophes.The disappearing flightFlight MH370 disappeared mysteriously in March with 239 people aboard, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No trace has been found and the airline was widely criticised for its handling of the crisis.On July 17, MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, with another 298 people killed.Though it formerly had a solid safety reputation, the carrier’s association with tragedy has pummelled bookings, and analysts said it is burning through its cash reserves at a rate of around $2 million per day as it struggles to survive.It lost 4.1 billion ringgit ($1.3 billion) from 2011-13, and a further 443 million ringgit in the first quarter of this year, blaming MH370′s “dramatic impact” on bookings.Earlier today, Malaysia Airlines had its shares suspended on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange ahead of the Khazanah statement.The company is expected to unveil its second-quarter earnings in mid-August.- © AFP, 2014Read: Search for remains of MH17 flight victims called off> DEEPLY TROUBLED MALAYSIA Airlines will be de-listed and taken private ahead of a major restructuring following the double disasters of MH370 and MH17, under a proposal announced Friday by its majority shareholder.State investment vehicle Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 percent of the flag-carrier, said it would purchase all minority shares and finalise a restructuring plan by the end of the month.Take over imminent?The move confirmed growing speculation that Khazanah planned to completely take over Malaysia Airlines to strengthen its hand in addressing the free-falling carrier’s mounting problems.Khazanah said all stakeholders will need to work together to save the company via a “complete overhaul of the national carrier on all relevant aspects … (including) the airline’s operations, business model, finances, human capital and regulatory environment.”
Greeks troops have reportedly fired warning shots, after a Turkish helicopter flew at low altitude around the perimeter of the Greek islet of Ro.Situated west of Kastellorizo just a few miles off the Turkish coast, the incident took place on Monday at approximately 11.30 pm. According to reports the helicopter, said to have been operated by the Turkish coastguard, was deterred by the tracer rounds shot in its direction.Flying with its navigation lights switched off, the Greek government has seen the act as a deliberate provocation from Turkey.Defence Minister Panos Kammenos was in constant contact with the head of the General Army Command (GES) and the chief of Hellenic Armed Forces General Staff (GEETHA) throughout the incident, reports Kathimerini.The Defence Ministry said that the troops’ conduct adhered to the international rules of engagement, and that Greece continues to refrain from being provocative towards its neighbours, and is simply responding within its capacity to do so.“The order to fire the warning shots to force the helicopter to move off came in the context of stepped up surveillance and reaction measures adopted given the increase in tensions with Turkey,” a Greek military source told AFP.However the Ministry came under fire on Tuesday by New Democracy’s Shadow Defence Minister, Vassilis Kikilias who took to Twitter to express his concern over its failure to provide adequate and prompt details about the incident.“Early in the morning, all media reported an episode on the islet of Ro, which, according to their information, took place shortly after 11 pm. It is inconceivable that 12 hours have elapsed and the National Defence Ministry has not yet informed the public of what has happened,” he tweeted.The incident comes amid months of growing friction between the neighbouring countries, and Mr Kammenos’ announcement last week that Greece would be posting 7,000 military troops to its borders with Turkey, including Evros and the Aegean islands. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signings of Michael Agboola and Ed Francis during the January transfer window.Agboola, who’s a 17-year-old midfielder, joins the Midlands club from Dagenham & Redbridge after a successful trial.Wolves have paid Manchester City an undisclosed fee for Ed Francis who put pen to paper on a two-half-and-a-half- year deal at the Molineux with the option of a further year.Francis is a product of City’s youth setup and has played at international level with England’s under-19 team.The teenager Is comfortable playing in defence and in midfield, and he’ll immediately link up with Wolves under-23 team.Head of academy player development at Wolves, Scott Sellars knows Francis during his time at City and spoke of his delight at capturing the 19-year-old.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Sellars said, according to Birmingham Mail: “We looked at what our requirements were moving forward, what we already had, and the opportunity came up where Ed was looking to move on.”“I spoke to some staff there (at Man City) and Ed was always talented from a young age. He can play centre-back, left-back or centre midfield so is very versatile.”“When that quality of player becomes available we have to discuss it to see if it’s a good bit of business for ourselves. We felt moving forward he could really add to the group and at 19 he has a lot of potential.”
For Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino the English Premier League side needs to invest in the squad in order to win silverware.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place in the English Premier League with 48 points. The team is six points behind first-place Liverpool.But for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, the only way Tottenham will win a title is if they invest in quality players.“Of course now after nearly five years the club is on another level than five years ago, but how we operate in four or five years didn’t change,” Pochettino said according to ESPN.“That is the point when sometimes people talk about winning titles.”Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“One thing is to reduce the gap with the top four, to be competitive, to create a team capable of fighting with the big sides,” he added.“But if after we want to win titles we need to operate in a different way.”“Of course, maybe we can win some titles but it’s going to be a tough job to do because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot,” he commented.“The other day I saw a stat, in the last 10 years in England and in Europe how the teams were spending money, and I think we were on the bottom, in England and Europe.”
LONDON (AP) — A respected international panel of scientists says cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust and coffee.The classification was issued Tuesday in Lyon, France, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer after a review of dozens of published studies. The agency is an arm of the World Health Organization and its assessment now goes to WHO and national health agencies for possible guidance on cellphone use.Classifying agents as “possibly carcinogenic” doesn’t mean they automatically cause cancer and some experts said the ruling shouldn’t change people’s cellphone habits.“Anything is a possible carcinogen,” said Donald Berry, a professor of biostatistics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He was not involved in the WHO cancer group’s assessment. “This is not something I worry about and it will not in any way change how I use my cellphone,” he said — speaking from his cellphone.The same cancer research agency lists alcoholic drinks as a known carcinogen and night shift work as a probable carcinogen. Anyone’s risk for cancer depends on many factors, from genetic makeup to the amount and length of time of an exposure.
A 64-year-old man and 58-year-old woman, both from Washougal, were treated and released from the hospital after a Sunday afternoon crash near Longview.David and Dixie Weich were eastbound on state Highway 4 just before 2 p.m. Sunday when their 2006 Dodge Charger was hit by a 2002 Dodge pickup truck, a Washington State Patrol release said.The driver of the pickup, Jason Marthaller, 48, of Longview was westbound on the road about four miles west of Longview when his car slid in the slush on the right side of the road, struck the westbound guard rail, bounced off, crossed the road and collided with the Weichs’ Charger.David and Dixie Weich were transported to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview with chest, neck and back injuries. They were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday morning.Marthaller was not injured but was cited for speeding too fast for the conditions, patrol said.Both cars were totaled.
Andrew Heuiser, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Lemonade Day is an education program for youth in the community and they learn how to start up their own business , run it, and make profits, and do what they want to with those.” Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. For the past eight years, local Chambers of Commerce have been helping young residents learn the basics of entrepreneurship through this national holiday. Lemonade Day is a free, experimental learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. Sara Hondel, Tourism & Education Director with the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce took her daughters out for a day of lemonade tasting: “We are so excited to be out today in this hot weather trying lemonade at every stand that we can get too. There are over 20 from Sterling to Kenai to Soldotna.” Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Local children have participated in the Chambers’ building and finance workshops, learning how to create a product and a store and how to use the proceeds. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Today is national lemonade day and young entrepreneurs all over the Kenai put their lemonade making skills to the test. Not only did this help people beat today’s heat, but it gave kids a chance to dip into the world of business. Young entrepreneurs made their own lemonade stands with several varieties of lemonade, homemade treats, and creative marketing themes.
Kodiak could see a new set of high-tech missile tests before the end of the year.Listen nowOn January 13th, the Missile Defense Agency released a proposed Environmental Impact Study stating there are no negative impacts from launching missile defense test flights from the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak island.If the EIS is approved, equipment and operations for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) as well as the Patriot missile defense systems will be moved to the island, according toMDA spokesman Chris Johnson.“Kodiak provides a good opportunity for us in that it’s got a tremendous amount of range space over the north Pacific Ocean, and there’s already several services built there,” Johnson said.Many of the THAAD assets are currently in Hawaii and Wake Island.Johnson says the system is largely self-contained, and won’t require much new construction or any year-round personnel.MDA is proposing two test launches a year over the next decade, exercises in which the THAAD system tracks a practice missile using a radar system before launching an interceptor.The idea is to destroy an intercontinental ballistic missile before it detonates on a target.If given approval, the MDA could begin conducting launches this summer.Alaska residents have until February 13 to submit comments to the proposed environmental assessment.
A court in Khulna Wednesday sentenced six people to life imprisonment for murdering a trader in a bomb attack in 2010, reports UNB.The convicts are Akter Jamil alias Boni, son of late Firoj Ahmed, Jahidul Islam alias Babu Bhuiyan, son of late Nur Mohammad Bhuiyan of Phultala upazila, M Alam Shiekh, son of late Barkat Ali of Narail district, Monirul Islam, son of Golam Mustafa, Al Mamun alias Bomaru Mamun, son of Siddikur Rahman and Bipul Bairagi, son of Debendra Nath Bairagi of the same district.The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each. In case of failure to pay the fine, they will have to suffer five years more rigorous imprisonment.According to the prosecution, Azad Gazi, a trader of Phultala upazila, died after sustaining severe injuries in a bomb attack by the convicts at Uttar Aloka village in Phultala upazila on 2 February 2010 over demanding extortion of Tk 3 millions.Victim’s brother Abdus Sobhan filed a case accusing unnamed people. On 26 February 2012, police submitted a chargesheet against six accused in the case.After examining the records and witnesses, Public Safety Disturbance Crime Prevention Tribunal of Khulna judge SM Solaiman handed down the verdict.
Share Listen 00:00 /02:11 Oversized trucks hitting bridges is nothing new around Houston. One of the most recent incidents happened in September when a truck hit the West Dallas bridge over I-45. It’s been under a load limit ever since. Instead of repairing the bridge, TxDOT’s Danny Perez says they decided to go ahead and replace it.“We’re raising it approximately 13 to 14 inches,” explains Perez. “It’ll have the same footprint as the current bridge that is out there now, which will include the same lane widths and the same sidewalk width.”As for why they’re closing I-45 to do that work, Perez says they want to complete the project quickly. He says if they did partial lane closures it would take a lot longer. “We’ll be able to place the beams and pour the concrete deck,” says Perez. “It’s a process that could sometimes take months. But in this case we’re doing it over a series of weekends. So we want to get it done quick and make sure we’re out of there just in time for the Super Bowl coming up.”Weather permitting, TxDOT also plans to close I-45 on the weekends of November 18-21, December 2-5, and December 9-12. The plan is to reopen the West Dallas bridge by late December or early January. New entrance ramps from Allen Parkway and Houston Avenue are expected to open at the same time. So what do drivers need to know this weekend? All main lanes of I-45 will close at 9:00 PM Friday between I-10 and U.S. 59. If you’re traveling northbound, you’ll be detoured to U.S. 59 northbound to I-10 westbound to re-enter I-45. If you’re southbound, you’ll be detoured to I-10 eastbound to U.S. 59 southbound and then back to I-45. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 5
My father has been having an affair with a lady for several years. My mother is a homemaker and she has tolerated this for years. I have got a job now and will soon move to another city. She refuses to move with me. What should I do?Om Prakash, Uttar PradeshWomen are miracles. We tend to tolerate beyond our means sometimes. You surely should try and convince her. If she still doesn’t agree you can try an emotional trick after you’ve settled in your new place. Just call and pretend to have a health issue. Mothers are bound to leave the world behind to take care of their children. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Once she’s with you, blackmail her emotionally by highlighting how much you need her. This might work!I have two daughters. My elder one is fair and pretty and the younger one is dark. Our relatives pass comments on this and this affects my younger one badly. How do I handle this?Divya Mathur, New DelhiStop meeting such relatives! In today’s day and age it is just pathetic that someone’s complexion is still a discriminating factor! This is really sad and unwanted. You should ensure that you drill this well into the heads of both your children that colour and looks don’t compose a person’s life. Always highlight small, good things to your daughters and appreciate their talents. If the younger one is ever upset about this, tell her that she is the most beautiful thing that happened to you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOur only son has developed a major drinking issue. He has his own business but he regularly comes home in an unstable condition. What should we do? Mrs and Mr. Sinha, HaryanaYou should have a chat with him at the breakfast table. As parents, express your concern in a friendly manner. Try to understand his reasons for drinking so much. Don’t get into an argument, avoid confrontations if you can. Look and sound hurt but don’t nag. Parents’ tears and sincere requests sometimes have huge healing effects on kids. You can also take some inputs from doctors who can advise you on ways to treat alchoholism. Seek professional help from rehabilitation centres, if needed. Good luck! My best friend and I have fallen for the same girl. We all go to the same college. I don’t know whats going to happen in future! Please help!Name unknownWell, either you both will fall out of this ‘crush’ or either one has to let go in the near future. Another thing that has to be considered – what does the girl feel? This triangular love story sounds interesting but in reality, only those ‘two’ will be together who have similar frequency and wavelength. Love will happen only when the two ‘click’. So, your friend and you have to wait for the right time to understand what’s best for all. Don’t lose your friendship for anything else!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – firstname.lastname@example.org
Microsoft has good news for all the game developers out there. It launched a new initiative, called Microsoft Game Stack yesterday, which includes an amalgamation of different Microsoft tools and services into a single robust ecosystem to ‘empower game developers’. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a rookie indie developer or an AAA studio, this developer-focused platform will make the game development process ten times easier for you. The main goal of Game Stack is to help developers easily find different tools and services required for game development at one spot. These tools range from Azure, PlayFab, DirectX, Visual Studio, to Xbox Live, App Center, and Havok. Cloud plays a major role in Game Stack and it makes use of Azure to fulfill this requirement. Source: Microsoft Azure is globally available in 54 regions will help scale its Project xCloud (a service that streams games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices) to provide an uninterrupted gaming experience for players worldwide. Not to forget, companies like Rare, Ubisoft and Wizards of the Coast are already hosting multiplayer game servers and storing their player data on Azure. It is also capable of analyzing game telemetry, protecting games from DDOS attacks, and training AI. Moreover, Microsoft Game Stack is device agnostic which makes it really convenient for the gamers. Another great component of Game Stack is a backend service for operating and building new games, called PlayFab. PlayFab offers game development services, real-time analytics, and LiveOps capabilities to Game Stack. PlayFab is also device agnostic. It supports iOS, Android, PC, Web, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and all the other major game engines such as Unity and Unreal. Microsoft has also released a preview for five new PlayFab services. Out of these five, one, called, PlayFab Matchmaking is open for public preview, while other four including PlayFab Party, PlayFab Insights, PlayFab PubSub, and PlayFab user-generated Content are in private preview. Game Stack also comes with Xbox Live, one of the most engaging and interactive gaming communities in the world. Xbox Live will be providing identity and community services in the Game Stack. Microsoft has also expanded the cross-platform capabilities of Xbox Live under Game Stack with a new SDK for iOS and Android devices. Mobile developers will be able to easily connect with some of the most highly engaged and passionate gamers on the planet using Xbox Live. Other benefits of the Xbox Live SDK includes more focus on building games and leveraging Microsoft‘s trusted identity network to offer support for log-in, privacy, online safety and child accounts. Apart from that, there are features like gamerscore, and “hero” stats, that help keep the gamers engaged. Also, components such as Visual Studio, Mixer, DirectX, Azure App Center, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Havok are all a part of Game Stack. For more information, check out the official Microsoft Game Stack blog post. Read Next Microsoft open sources the Windows Calculator code on GitHub Microsoft open sources ‘Accessibility Insights for Web’, a chrome extension to help web developers fix their accessibility issue Microsoft researchers introduce a new climate forecasting model and a public dataset to train these models