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Thursday October 14th, 2021 day edition

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The founder of an Ontario company that tested out a four-day work week for her employees says she will never go back to working a full week.

Jamie Savage, CEO and founder of Toronto-based recruitment company The Leadership Agency, implemented a four-day full work week for employees in October 2020.

Savage said she noticed during the pandemic that her employees were burnt-out and she wanted to help them improve their quality of life.

"I thought, why don’t we just do a four-day work week.

Savage said her employees were using the extra time off to relax, attend fitness classes or even attend therapy sessions.

She says for her company, the benefit of the four-day work week "outweighs everything else in the end.".

When asked if Savage would ever consider going back to a traditional five-day work week, her answer is pretty clear. »

Pandemic lockdowns improved air quality in 84% of countries worldwide, report finds

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(CNN) Coronavirus lockdowns led to air quality improvements in most countries, but the level of pollutants will likely rise as governments lift restrictions and economies swing back into gear, according to a new report.

IQAir's 2020 World Air Quality Report said human-related emissions from industry and transport fell during lockdowns, and 65% of global cities analyzed experienced better air quality in 2020 compared to 2019.

"The connection between Covid-19 and air pollution has shone new light on the latter, especially as many locations have observed visibly cleaner air -- revealing that air quality improvements are possible with urgent, collective action," the report said. »

'There have to be consequences:' Judge ups sentences for Capitol rioters

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In the past week, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has imposed sentences ranging from 14 to 45 days on four people who pleaded guilty to unlawful parading and picketing inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6 — a misdemeanor offense.

Four police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives.

On Wednesday, Chutkan sentenced two cousins who breached the Capitol and took selfies while doing so to 45 days in jail. »

Analysis-With an eye on China, Japan's ruling party makes unprecedented defence spending pledge

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TOKYOTOKYO (Reuters) - An unprecedented election pledge by Japan's ruling party to double defence spending underscores the nation's haste to acquire missiles, stealth fighters, drones and other weapons to deter China's military in the disputed East China Sea.

Experts don't expect new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to double spending anytime soon, given Japan's debt-saddled public finances and a pandemic-stricken economy.

For now, however, the LDP defence spending pledge does not say how any extra money would be spent or indicate when the 2% goal would be reached. »

Final Fantasy 14 Surpasses 24 Million Players, Becomes Most Profitable Final Fantasy Game In the Series

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Speaking to the press in a digital preview event, Yoshida revealed that the player count has hit 24 million players 11 years after Final Fantasy 14 was first released.

In a chart Yoshida shared with the press, Final Fantasy 14's player count back in 2015 was 4 million registered players.

Indeed, Yoshida says Final Fantasy 14 is the most profitable title in the Final Fantasy series. »