code:2<^^company says@<^THE CANADIAN PRESS@< TORONTO _ Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba Group’s onlinepayment platform AliPay will officially launch in Canada through apartnership with Canadian tech firm Snap Pay Inc.< Canadian retailers will be able to accept Chinese currency fromChinese shoppers starting this week.< AliPay North America president Souheil Badran says the companywants to offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to access theChinese market.< He says more than 450 Canadian merchants already accept AliPay inan unofficial capacity.< But the partnership gives the payment platform an opportunity toaggressively explore opportunities for expansion in the education,winery, restaurant and retail sectors.< The company touts the increasingly lucrative role Chineseconsumers could play for Canadian businesses, given the country’sgrowing middle class.< AliPay was launched in 2004 and has more than 450 million activeusers.< “We want to continue offering Chinese consumers visiting Canadathe ability to pay as they would in China. But we also want to offerCanadian merchants the opportunity to access the Chinese market,”Badran said.< AliPay surpassed PayPal as the world’s largest mobile paymentplatform in 2013. It is the payments platform division of onlinecommerce giant Alibaba, founded in 1999. The parent company operatesonline marketplaces and support services such as cloud computing,logistics and digital media.< The launch comes as Alibaba gears up to host heavy hittersincluding the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario PremierKathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory at its Gateway ’17 Canadaconference Monday in Toronto.< Trudeau will take the stage with Alibaba executive chairman andfounder Jack Ma at the conference aimed at promoting e-commerceopportunities for Canadian businesses in China.< Ma hosted Trudeau, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland andCanadian business representatives at the company’s campus inHangzhou, China last September.< < < < < < <16:12ET 24-09-17< read more

first_imgI am going to work. London is going to work.— PurpleBrain (@purplebraingal) March 23, 2017 Getting the tube to work this morning, as normal.#KeepCalmAndCarryOn #WeAreNotAfraid #WeStandTogether #LondonIsOpen— Julie Fisher (@FisherGoesMad) March 23, 2017 Others vowed to carry on as normal  The trend continued this morning as London returned to work: Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Similar messages were also spotted at other stations @BBCLeeds @lizgreenlive I’m in London on Monday with work and terrorists won’t stop me. We have to carry on as normal otherwise they win,— LS1hack (@LS1hack) March 23, 2017 Never are, never will be #wearenotafraid— One Moose Riot 💥 (@MamaMoose_Be) March 22, 2017 Love this sentiment at @Claphamnth tube station this morning.— Amit Bali (@amitkbali) March 23, 2017 We stand together always. Tottenham Court Road station this morning. #WeAreNotAfraid #MoreInCommon— Lily Piachaud (@LilyPiachaud) March 23, 2017 Many Twitter users shared this poignant quote spotted at Tower Hill:  #SpiritOfLondon by @TfL @towerhilltube #WeStandTogether #Westminster #London #WeAreNotAfraid @metpoliceuk keeping us safe— Nic Coppen (@Addicknic) March 23, 2017 #WeAreNotAfraid trended on social media as Londoners returned to work Credit:Twitter / @towerhilltube  Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said ‘London is going to work’:  Empowering quote this morning at Richmond station after the events at Westminster yesterday. #WeStandTogether #WeAreNotAfraid @BBCNews @ITV— Sophie Yiannouris (@SophieYiannouri) March 23, 2017 Nothing you can do can break my city #WeAreNotAfraid #Westminster #London— Girl Who Likes Balls (@CFCgwlb) March 22, 2017 My #Thursdaythoughts are with everyone in #london a city which I’m very fond of #PrayForLondon #WeAreNotAfraid #WeStandTogether #westminster— Johan Boshoff (@JBoshoff) March 23, 2017 #WeAreNotAfraid I live in London and work in the City of London. Today I will be going to work and going about business as normal and unafraid.— Ian Luke (@radiogeyser) March 23, 2017 London has been through this before, we will go through this again. #WeAreNotAfraid #Westminster #Parliament 🙏💜💔🙏— je suis cassé (@MadonnaEffect) March 22, 2017 This morning my #ThursdayThoughts are with #London A new Day to show we #WeStandTogether no matter what— Michelle Boshoff (@MichBoshoff) March 23, 2017 Defiant Londoners are heading back to work ‘as normal’, telling those responsible for the terror attack that the events did not succeed in crushing their spirits and making them afraid.A defiant trend popped up on Twitter, as commuters going about their business in the capital in the wake of the attack tweeted “we are not afraid”. Extra police this morning @metpoliceuk visible at Charing Cross station. #WestminsterAttack— Ayshea Buksh (@AysheaBuksh) March 23, 2017 On Wednesday evening, four people were confirmed dead after a knifeman attempted to strike fear into the heart of the capital in an attack which left a policeman among the casualties.Mark Rowley, Scotland Yard’s top anti-terror officer, confirmed that 20 people were injured after the attacker – armed with two large knives – mowed down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge then rushed at the gates in front of the Houses of Parliament, stabbing a policeman before he was shot by armed officers. Like thousands of others who work there, I am heading into #Parliament as normal, but flags at half mast show it is a far from normal day— Nigel Huddleston MP (@HuddlestonNigel) March 23, 2017 At moments like this I feel very patriotic about Britain’s reputation for calm and cups of tea. #wearenotafraid— Peter Jukes (@peterjukes) March 22, 2017 After the attack, others shared pictures of a Tube sign Photoshopped to display the hopeful slogan as people from London displayed their stiff upper lip on social media. You will not break us, only bring us closer together. #LondonIsOpen #LondonStrong #WeAreNotAfraid #Westminster— Baz (@baz_j) March 22, 2017 #WeAreNotAfraid My heart goes out to all the people who went out this morning thinking it was gonna be ‘just another day’ #PrayForLondon— Nerea (@Fangiirl_22) March 22, 2017 Thursday 23rd March Thought Of The Day From Oval Station #IAmLondon #wearenotafraid #Ilovelondon— Oval Tube Station (@Oval_station) March 23, 2017 To the policeman who was killed today at Westminster protecting lives in our parliament, you are a true British hero. #wearenotafraid— Olivia Millington (@xOliviaAlice) March 22, 2017 Great to see London returning to work and going about business as usual after yesterday’s attack. That is the best response— Alexander L. Brotman (@albrotman) March 23, 2017 At my local train station. People going to work as usual but eery atmosphere. Keep calm and carry on #london— Paola Bassanese ❄️ (@paolaenergya) March 23, 2017 #London is such a lovely & charming & gorgeous & wonderful city. My thoughts are with the victims of this horrendous act. #WeAreNotAfraid— Bennie (@BennieMe) March 22, 2017 Defence secretary Michael Fallon: “No specific information about other attacks… London is going to work this morning.”— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 23, 2017 Like millions of other Londoners I will go to work as normal, only change will be a sense of sorrow for those murdered and their families— Douglas Jefferson (@doug_jeff) March 23, 2017 💔 Hard to write today. #Westminster #RIP #LondonIsOpen #LAS #LFB #metpolice #BTP #StaySafe— Tower Hill Station (@towerhilltube) March 23, 2017last_img read more