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Outgoing Lieutenant Governor, David Onley, Says Last Words

Outgoing Lieutenant Governor, David Onley, Says Last Words

Canada, Monday, September 22nd 2014

In the farewell comments of outgoing lieutenant governor David Onley on Monday, he remembered his seven years in the vice-regal position, recalling the meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and witnessing... Read more

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Mass Defection From Rebel Camp To Government

Africa, Saturday, September 20th 2014

Mass defection of rebels forces allied to the former vice President Riek Machar Teny was announced today announced today in Juba by defectors when they returned from Addis Ababa. Upper Nile State Information Minister Hon. Peter Hoth Tuach said, “On behalf of the government of Upper Nile State, I would like to inform the public and the mass media that the return of Upper Nile State’s citizens to their beloved country is not a threat to peace”. Hoth said the Upper Nile State is happy to welcome him and his group back from the rebels. “This is the most significant development yet towards achieving a durable peace and nation building which has been on the lips of our leaders, citizens, friends of South Sudan, the international community as well as peace lovers around the globe” Hoth said. “Yiey Pouch Lur was a former Upper Nile... Read more

Suspect Hunter Ryan Hamilton Woods charged with murder in a fatal shooting incident at…

America, Monday, September 22nd 2014

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 5443 Garden Village Drive about 12:50 a.m.on September 5. {ads1}The suspect, Hunter Ryan Hamilton Woods (w/m, 18) is charged with murder in the 232nd State District Court.  He accused in the killing of Barrett Shirley, 22, of the above address.   HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. McStravick, Senior Police Ofiicer T. Andrade and Officer M. Arroyo reported: Mr. Shirley was in front of his residence at the above residence when he was shot.  He then ran inside where he collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Further investigation led to the identification of Woods as a suspect in this case and, on Friday (September 19), he was arrested without incident. Read more

Selangor CM To Be Sworn On Tuesday

Asia, Thursday, September 18th 2014

Selangor CM To Be Sworn On Tuesday

Today it was confirmed by the Selangor Palace that the new mentri besar will take his/her oath this Tuesday, the 23rd of September at the Istana Alam Shah in Klang. The Sultan of Selangor's private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, when contacted by Bernama on Thursday (Sep 18), however declined to divulge the name of the new chief minister. He said this would only be known on the day of the ceremony. “Yes, it is true. Tuesday morning, the new mentri besar will be sworn in,” the Selangor Sultan’s private secretary said. The new chief minister will be the mystery replacement of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. Bernama understands that Bukit Antarabangsa state assemblyman Mohamad Azmin Ali is likely to be made the new chief minister, holding the highest administrative post in Selangor.... Read more

Abbott hesitates to comment on asylum seekers’ shipwreck

Australia, Saturday, September 28th 2013

Abbott hesitates to comment on asylum seekers’ shipwreck

The asylum seekers boat that sank off Indonesia was allegedly abandoned by its captain five days before it ran out of fuel and hit strong waves. According to the survivors, the boat was lost in the sea for days as they had no sense of direction and kept floating without having enough fuel. The boat was on its way to Australia, where the government had already decided to send all asylum seekers back to Jakarta. The accident killed at least 22 out of 120 asylum seekers whereas 70 are feared missing. The fatalities include a large number of women and children. Their remains were found on a beach in a local estuary, while 25 people were found alive. Indonesia lacks the resources and skills to search in big sea, especially at... Read more

Fatal pedestrian collision claims a youth's life at nightclub's parking lot in 590 Alden…

Canada, Monday, September 22nd 2014

Investigators with the York Regional Police Collision Investigation Unit are seeking witnesses after a fatal pedestrian collision in the City of Markham. {ads1}On Saturday, September 20, 2014, shortly after 6 p.m., a 17-year-old male and 16-year-old female were struck by a van in the parking lot of a nightclub located at 590 Alden Road. The driver of the van stopped to check on the well-being of the pedestrians. The 17-year-old male was suffering from trauma as a result of the collision and was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries. He later succumbed to those injuries in hospital. The female left the scene but was located by police a short time later, suffering from minor injuries and was transported to hospital. Members of the York Regional Police Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene and... Read more

Dave Lee Travis trial: Judge allows jury panel to reach majority verdict …

England, Monday, September 22nd 2014

Dave Lee Travis trial: Judge allows jury panel to reach majority verdict

Jury panel in the sex and indecent assault trial of former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis have been told they can give majority verdicts. The ex-Top of the Pops host had been accused of indecently assaulting two women, and sexually assaulting a third. However, he denies all the allegations against him. In three days of deliberations at Southwark Crown Court, the jury remained unable to reach a unanimous decision. Judge Anthony Leonard made the direction on the third day to the panel of six men and six women permission to return a majority verdict, where at least ten of them agree, saying: “The time has now come where I can accept a verdict on which not all of you agree, but on which 10 can agree.” {ads1}However, he has urged the panel: “Try and reach a verdict on which... Read more

Victims of Nazi Euthanasia Get Memorial

Europe, Thursday, September 18th 2014

Victims of Nazi Euthanasia Get Memorial

Glass monument in Berlin honors 250,000 disabled euthanized by Nazis By Stephen Pate – A 80 ft. blue glass wall has been opened in front of the Berlin Philharmonie on the site housing the Nazi euthanasia offices. This completes a series of memorials to Nazi victims with other memorials to the Jewish, Gypsy and homosexual victims. Memorial in front of Berlin Philharmonie for victims of Nazi euthanasia of disabled (BBC photo) As a precursor to the mass extermination of the Jews and political undesirables, Hitler authorized a program to kill more than 250,000 people with mental and physical disabilities. The term “euthanasia” (literally, “good death”) refers to the inducement of a painless death for a chronically or terminally ill person who would otherwise suffer. Street plaque in front of Berlin Philharmonie to commemorate T4 victims of euthanasia (before glass memorial) In the Nazi... Read more

Xi Jinpings Day 2 In India

India, Thursday, September 18th 2014

Xi Jinpings Day 2 In India

This Thursday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the Chinese President Xi Jinping did a joint press conference after a 90 minute meeting between the two leaders or the two giants of Asia. Both the countries signed twelve agreements together. The pacts between the countries included cooperation in railways, outer space and customs. Addressing the joint conference in New Delhi, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Various agreements are being exchanged between China and India in the presence of President Xi Jinping. I am glad that President Xi Jinping has come to India within months of our Government taking office". He further added that "It is important to have mutual trust and peace at the border to realise the full potential of the relationship between India and China.  All... Read more

Rouhani Faces Tougher Audience at UN This Year

Middle East, Saturday, September 20th 2014

Rouhani Faces Tougher Audience at UN This Year

When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to New York last year for his debut at the UN General Assembly, there was optimism that a fundamental shift between the United States and Iran was at hand. Rouhani seemed the ideal interlocutor for the administration of President Barack Obama because of his stature as a pragmatic pillar of the Iranian regime, strong showing in presidential elections and record of diplomatic achievement when he was a top nuclear negotiator a decade ago. But as Rouhani returns to the annual gabfest on the East River, it is no longer sufficient for him to be the anti-Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. While Iran is certainly in a better position now than it was under Rouhani’s dysfunctional predecessor, the Iranian leader has yet to achieve a long-term nuclear agreement that would definitely ease international economic sanctions... Read more

Khan Refuses Offer For Talks

Pakistan, Thursday, September 18th 2014

Khan Refuses Offer For Talks

This Thursday, Imran Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, refused the offer for talks, adding that he cannot talk about negotiations when his supporters and workers are in jail for no legal reason behind their arrest. He added that the people of this nation are coming out to make the Pakistan that Quaid-e-Azam wanted. Khan said wherever he went including the flood affected areas, all he heard was people saying ‘Go, Nawaz, Go’. “If I have to stay here for one year I will still and I’m ready because people have started to know about their rights. They know their rights now.” He said his 18 years of politics could not be compared with these 35 days of Azadi March because people are now aware of their rights. He added that... Read more

Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be

South America, Thursday, September 4th 2014

Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be

One of the world’s legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina’s shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America’s largest unconventional prize —and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas. George Soros has doubled his stake in YPF SA, the state-owned oil company in Argentina, which sits atop some of the world’s largest shale oil and gas resources, and is about to get even larger following a new discovery over the last couple of weeks of a second key shale play.  Argentina holds an estimated 27 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 802 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, much of it located in the Vaca Muerta, an... Read more

Welcoming Cupich as Chicago Archbishop, Hindus urge him to promote interfaith dialogue …

South Asians Abroad, Saturday, September 20th 2014

Congratulating Blase Joseph Cupich on his appointment as next Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Hindus hope that he would promote interfaith dialogue in his area and beyond. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged Cupich, 65, to show visionary leadership by pioneering interfaith dialogue working together with various religions and denominations in his diverse and one of the most important Archdiocese in the nation serving over 2.2 million parishioners, as serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour. This dialogue might also help us vanquish the prejudices, caricatures, etc., passed on to us from previous generations, Zed added. {ads1}Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that religion was a complex component of human life and dialogue helped us to see... Read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Defenceman Cody Donaghey

Hockey, Saturday, September 20th 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Defenceman Cody Donaghey

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Saturday the hockey club has signed defenceman Cody Donaghey to a three-year entry level contract. Donaghey, 18, registered 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 67 regular season games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The 6-1, 185-pound defenceman also collected 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in five playoff games with the Remparts last season. A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Donaghey led all defencemen on his team in both points (38) and goals (9) during the 2013-14 season. Donaghey is one of the 64 players currently participating in Toronto’s 2014-15 NHL Training Camp. He was also invited on an amateur try-out the team’s Prospect Camp this past July, as... Read more

Dwane Casey Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

Basketball, Friday, January 3rd 2014

Dwane Casey Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that head coach Dwane Casey has been named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December. This is the first time Casey has won the honour. He joins Lenny Wilkens (April 2002) and Sam Mitchell (January 2007) as the only Raptors coaches to be named Coach of the Month. Toronto went 8-6 in December under Casey’s guidance and was one of five teams in the Eastern Conference to finish the month with a record above .500. The Raptors were 0-3 prior to a seven-player trade December 8 that sent leading scorer Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Casey incorporated four new players into the roster and the team responded by winning eight of the next 11 games. The Raptors were 6-3 on the road last month, which included... Read more

A study in the art of fast bowling and captaincy

Cricket, Saturday, March 8th 2014

A study in the art of fast bowling and captaincy

He has shown the menacing influence fast bowling has on a cricket match. Irrespective of the conditions, a bowler of his ilk can threaten any batsman. Sadly, bowlers of his ilk are rare to come by, which is what makes Mitchell Johnson a greater hazard for the opposition. In practice sessions, it’s hard to replicate what Johnson does. Steyn and Morkel bowl fast too. But not as fast nor are they as life-threatening as Johnson. A bowling machine doesn’t provide the angle of his round arm action. Nor does it replicate the death stare from him, nor the moustache, nor the variety in deliveries.  Johnson still does spray the ball around. Though his control has improved a great deal, there are moments in which the old Johnson appears. For my mind,... Read more

QBs Recovering from Offseason Surgeries as NFL Training Camps Open

Football, Thursday, July 17th 2014

QBs Recovering from Offseason Surgeries as NFL Training Camps Open

It has been an off-season of recuperation for a number of NFL quarterbacks who underwent surgery in recent months. With training camps now getting into full swing, all eyes will be on these recovering stars, whose health is critical to their teams’ success in the upcoming NFL season. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton underwent surgery in late March to repair an ankle injury suffered in the Panthers’ 23-10 NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. While Newton has undergone extensive rehab prior to training camp, and is medically cleared for full workouts, he is expected to need all of camp to regain his form ahead of the start of the regular season. Last season, Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and their first NFC South title since 2008.... Read more

Golf US Open The Canadians!

Other Sports, Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Golf US Open The Canadians!

Now that we’re heading towards the summer (though in Toronto, for example, that may be a difficult idea to take on board right now), the minds of Canadian golf fans will be turning towards the US Open, scheduled to start on June 12th this year. Canadian Interest While Woods, McIlroy or Mickelson will be favourites with many people to pick up the winner’s share of the prize money – over US$1.4m – there’ll be plenty of Canadian interest as well. You can keep up with the latest odds and news by clicking on the link above. Here we’ll look at the records of three of the Canadian golfers we’re likely to see in the US Open. David Hearn David Hearn, 34, from Brampton, Ontario, has been a pro golfer since 2001, and within 12... Read more

Seattle Reign FC Forward Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi Voted NWSL Player of the Week …

Soccer, Tuesday, July 8th 2014

Seattle Reign FC Forward Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi Voted NWSL Player of the Week

Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi has been voted the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 13 of the 2014 NWSL season. Naho, 28, scored two goals - including the game-winner - to rally Reign FC to a 3-2 victory Sunday against the Boston Breakers at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. The Japanese international was also featured in the Reign's 2-1 win Wednesday over the Western New York Flash, registering one shot on goal in 68 minutes. The Yamato, Japan native now has five goals and three assists in 12 appearances (11 starts) this season in the NWSL while on loan from Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa. With her team trailing 1-0 in the 55th minute against the Breakers, Naho ghosted unmarked into... Read more

Canada Beats Colombia on Day Three of Fed Cup

Tennis, Saturday, February 9th 2013

Canada Beats Colombia on Day Three of Fed Cup

Canada finishes first in pool A to earn a spot in the final The Miele Canadian Fed Cup team won their three matches against Colombia on day three of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I event in Medellin, Colombia. The first singles match of this round robin tie went to Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON) who defeated Catalina Castano 6-1, 7-5; followed by Eugenie Bouchard’s (Westmount, QC) win over  world no 144 Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2. The doubles match was canceled due to rainfall. Saturday, Canada will play in the final against pool B champion Brazil at 10 a.m. E.T. The winner Saturday’s final will advance to the World Group II play-offs in April 2013. Read more

Detroit Tigers Avoid Sweep With 4-1 Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

Baseball, Sunday, July 29th 2012

Detroit Tigers Avoid Sweep With 4-1 Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

Jhonny Peralta Supplies All the Offence with Two Home Runs and Four RBI’s After dropping the first two games of the series the Detroit Tigers bounced back to avoid being swept and snapped the Toronto Blue Jays' three-game win streak. On the strength of Doug Fister's efficient eight innings on the mound and Jhonny Peralta's two home runs and four RBI's, the Tigers (54-38) ended its three game losing skid with a 4-1 road victory in front of 35,975 fans at Rogers Centre. Toronto (51-50) opened the scoring in the first inning when Rajai Davis scored from third base on a ground ball by Colby Rasmus. The Tigers stormed ahead in the second inning when Blue Jays starting pitcher Brett Cecil let two runners get on before Peralta hit a long fly ball... Read more

Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors podcast

500 Level Podcasts, Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors podcast

500 Level Podcast Welcome to the 500 Level. Opinions, news and views on Toronto sports from the Upper Deck. Leafs, Raptors, Jays, Argos, TFC - nothing is off limits. It's good to be a fan! Your hosts Aman Dhanoa and Ben Trattner. March 14, 2012 Welcome to another edition of the 500 Level Podcast. This week Aman and Ben "Welcome Back" Patrice to the podcast. He has shared his thoughts and views on sports as a guest in the past and helps us start off our opening topic - the Leafs. The Buds have nearly completed an epic collapse, going from a playoff spot towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and we discuss all that is ailing the team. Then the topic switches to the Blue Jays and it's pitching situation. From there... Read more

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200,000 climate protesters won’t stop

Columns, Wednesday, September 17th 2014

200,000 climate protesters won’t stop

The United Nations will host dozens of governments, corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during a one-day Climate Summit 2014  in New York on September 23rd but, according to scientists and environmentalists, the meeting will deal mainly with only one limited way of fighting climate change: carbon pricing. In recent years the UN has proven incapable of playing an important role in slowing world climate change in a meaningful way, and is now practically dictated to by a powerful lobby. Because the UN and governments are not making enough progress, as many as 200,000 environment supporters from all over North America are expected to take part in four days of protests  in New York leading up to the UN Summit. About 120 heads of state  are expected to... Read more

Lennie Gallant’s moving tribute to Veterans – Wounded

Fallen Heroes, Friday, November 8th 2013

Lennie Gallant’s moving tribute to Veterans – Wounded

PEI singer songwriter’s moving tribute to the returning soldiers from Afghanistan was inspired by a trip to entertain the troops in the field of battle Lennie Gallant singing “Wounded” at Harmony House, Hunter River PEI Lennie Gallant was moved by the courage and the danger our troops faced when visited Afghanistan on a troop entertainment tour. He also came face to face with the men and women who return from Afghanistan with visual and hidden wounds from war. That experience affected Lennie deeply as he came to realize it a small way the men and women suffer when then come home to Canada. In honor of these veterans with disabilities, Gallant along with J.T. Harding wrote Wounded. Some of their wounds are obvious but some are deeper inside. Gallant captures the real lives of our veterans... Read more

P&G brings engaging activities to this year's desiFEST

Press Releases, Wednesday, May 21st 2014

P&G brings engaging activities to this year's desiFEST

Toronto, ON – May 20, 2014 – From quick hairstyling with Pantene, makeup touch up with COVERGIRL to Bounty ending your messy food woes, this year’s desiFEST has a lot in store for you. All this comes after P&G brands, for the first time, partners with desiFEST, one of North America’s largest outdoor South Asian music concert. {ads1}“As co-presenter, we're excited to celebrate South Asian arts, music and culture through our household and beauty brands such as Crest, Pantene, Bounty, and Duracell. We look forward to creating memorable moments with every desiFEST attendee,” says Joyce Law, Senior Communications Manager, P&G Canada. With its family of top brands including Crest, Pantene, Olay, COVERGIRL, Gillette, Old Spice, Bounty, Tide and Duracell, P&G is committed to creating a memorable experience for the community by fuelling the festival with engaging... Read more

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Preview: Above the Beaten Track at the Bluecoat

Art & Culture, Tuesday, September 9th 2014

Preview: Above the Beaten Track at the Bluecoat

This weekend, the Bluecoat will be transformed for the resurrection of Above the Beaten Track Festival. Established in 2008, Above the Beaten Track is a celebration of Liverpool’s and Merseyside’s grass roots scene. This year, following a two-year hiatus, the event takes place on Saturday 30 August 2014 at the Bluecoat, championing the city’s cultural underground by showcasing live music, DJs, artists, makers and audio-visual extravaganzas. From blues and country groups to experimental and psychedelic acts, there is a bumper line up taking to the stage for this day-long musical feast. This year’s performances come from a diverse range of bands and solo artists including Stan Ambrose, Jo Bywater, Broken Men, ME and Deboe, Thom Morecroft Band, Only Child, Paul Straws, Silent Cities and The Viper Kings, with a special new project from the... Read more

Convertible BMW 2 Series 2015

Automotive, Friday, September 12th 2014

Convertible BMW 2 Series 2015

BMW has taken the wraps off its new 2 door cabriolet before its endorsed debut at Paris Motor Event in October. The BMW two series is a straight replacement for the famous outgoing Convertible One Series. With the even and odd number strategy at BMW now, this replacement of 1 Series is now titled as the 2 Series. Primarily the car will be obtainable with three petrol and one diesel engines. The multifaceted fabric roof can be closed and opened electronically in twenty seconds at speed up to fifty Km/h. The latest convertible two Series is wider and longer than its outgoing model. 26mm wider and 72mm longer to be precise, now offering extra space to its sitters as well as enhanced handling. Boot space has been augmented compared to Convertible One Series by up to 9%. The BMW Convertible Two Series will go on sale in the... Read more

Sheikh Zayed Book Awards Announces Longlist in ‘Young Author’ Category

Books, Monday, September 22nd 2014

Sheikh Zayed Book Awards Announces Longlist in ‘Young Author’ Category

he longlists for the 2015 Sheikh Zayed Book Awards (SZBA) were announced yesterday in the Emerging Author and Children’s Book categories: The Emerging Author (or “young author”) longlist includes nine works from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and the Emirates, with its signature mix of genres, which including novels, cultural, and literary studies, all judged together in one bucket. To be eligible, works must have been written by an author under 40. One of the authors — Mohammed Hasan Alwan — is one of the “Beirut39,” a list of 39 talented Arab authors under 40. They were selected as part of the Hay Festival in 2009. Muhra Bint Ahmad, Emirates, Krakatoa (novel) Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Saudi Arabia, Migration: Theories and Factors That Affect It Mohammed Al Dakkan, Saudi Arabia, Eloquence of the Arab Mind Khaled Ahmed, Egypt, East Ring Road (novel) Nabil Elshahed, Egypt, The Miraculous in Ancient Arab Tales Ahmad Mohsen,... Read more

Hungama Festival Rocks Mississauga

Community, Thursday, June 26th 2014

Hungama Festival Rocks Mississauga

For the first time, P&G was a proud sponsor at the annual Hungama music festival held at Celebration Square in Mississauga. Under the hot sun, men and women looking to freshen up lined up at the refresh station to cool down. Men picked up Old Spice body sprays to keep them odour-free while ladies sampled the latest in beauty care from Olay and Secret. As the day progressed, the Duracell Powercheck Scream Meter lit up the night stage and measured the crowd’s cheers, triggering a free t-shirt toss. Over at the food stations, parents managed to keep themselves and the kids clean while sampling the exotic tastes of South Asian cuisines with no quit Bounty Paper Towels. Attendees walked away with free product samples and coupons to take home. Read more

Gallup Poll Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low

Daily Life, Thursday, September 18th 2014

Gallup Poll Trust in Mass Media Returns to All-Time Low

Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low By Justin McCarthy Gallup — Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report “the news fully, accurately, and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40%. Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward from higher levels in the late 1990s and the early 2000s. Prior to 2004, Americans placed more trust in mass media than they do now, with slim majorities saying they had a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust. But over the course of former President George W. Bush’s re-election season, the level of trust fell significantly, from 54% in 2003 to 44% in 2004. Although trust levels rebounded to 50% in 2005, they... Read more

TIFF 2014: Favourite Moments

Fashion, Saturday, September 20th 2014

TIFF 2014: Favourite Moments

Another TIFF came and went, and while I was only here to catch the first few days of the festival, this year’s celeb sightings were pretty memorable to say the least. Below are my top 5 TIFF experiences this year. Grab some snacks, it’s going to be a long one. 1. Variety Studio Presented By Moroccanoil At Holt Renfrew Last year, Variety Studio was definitely a highlight, but this year…oh, this year was juicy! After enjoying my amazing Moroccanoil hand/arm massage just like the one celebs were getting (hey, Jemy!), I settled down on the couch to people celeb-watch, and let me tell you, being a fly on the wall at one of these things can be very insightful. While there was no Fassbender action this year, I did find myself in the eye of the Cumberbatch-Redmayne-Worthington-Goode-Knightley-Jones-Leech tornado…the Brits taking over the room in a loud, accented... Read more

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

Food, Saturday, September 6th 2014

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

No panini pressis required: For the simplest Italian lunch, good cheese, a couple of cans and crusty bread, will do just good. Try to get ciabatta bread, in bins or bagged, at the bakery and or in the deli section. Its crusty exterior, floured and dense interior are just perfect for pressed sandwiches. INGREDIENTS: - Two tablespoons Dijon mustard - 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (about 5 ounces), split horizontally and hollowed out - 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, reserving 1 tablespoon oil {ads1}- 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced - Romaine lettuce leaves - Coarse salt and ground pepper - 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves STEP 1: In a normal small bowl, whisk together oil and mustard until thick; spread it on bread. Layer bottom half of bread with a few lettuce, then tomatoes, cheese and parsley. Season with pepper and... Read more

The Innovative Interlock Range

Health, Thursday, September 18th 2014

The Innovative Interlock Range

The smart InterLock range is a line of airtight containersin which the top lids interlock with each other effortlessly. These amazing containers help save space as they are easily stackable. Their transparent body makes it very easy to see what's stored inside them. The containers are perfect to store all kinds of food and small items at home. Like all Lock & Lock products, these containers also help keep food fresh and clean for longer.  Unlike other brands, Lock & Lock is the only trusted company in Pakistan which uses food grade plastic for their containers. Other brands have been known to use local plastic which is very dangerous and can even result in diseases, like cancer, in the future.  Available at all leading departmental stores nationwide, the Lock & Lock Interlock is a smart new system to organize the doors of your... Read more

Washroom decorating ideas

Homes, Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Washroom decorating ideas

Embellish your washrooms to bring style and beauty to this functional space. Check out the following pictures of washrooms to get space-planning and decorating ideasto make the most of your washroom while still integrating attractive details. You can find the washrooms in every style from contemporary spaces set with clean lines to traditional bathrooms filled with classic details or cottage washrooms starring time-softened worn and color finishes. No matter your washroom is an expansive master suiteor just a small one, here you will get to know that how can you plan the perfect washroom with ideas from our favorite spaces. Click HERE to read more from Fashion Central. Read more

Blogger Backs Down Scotia Bank

Naukri & Paisa, Friday, August 29th 2014

Blogger Backs Down Scotia Bank

After filing a defamation and stalking claim against a PEI blogger, the Bank of Nova Scotia withdraws their legal action By Stephen Pate – This is one of those David and Goliath stories where the little guy wins. PEI political muckraker Red Like Me and it’s journalist owner Rob McEachern were sued by the Bank of Nova Scotia over a story about investment advisor fraud. Rob McEachern, publisher of Red Like Me This week the Bank of Nova Scotia called it quits and discontinued their legal action. The details of the story are interesting but the bigger story is that independent journalists can report the news and stand up to big money interests. It is in the public interest to know when investment dealers have defrauded the public. Knowledge is power for consumers. Hiding stories like this... Read more

Baltic Sea Mystery similar to Mystery of Everyman’s Way

Mysterious, Sunday, July 1st 2012

Baltic Sea Mystery similar to Mystery of Everyman’s Way

There was a strange object discovered in the summer of 2011 by a group of Swedish treasure hunters from an ocean explorer team from Sweden.  Quite recently, this Ocean X Team conducted a second expedition to the circle-shaped object in the Baltic Sea and found something they have never experienced before. First they thought it was just stone or a rock cliff, but after further observations the object appeared more as a huge mushroom, rising 3-4 meters/10-13 feet from the seabed, with rounded sides and rugged edges. The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, as an opening. On top of the object they also found strange stone circle formations, almost looking like small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something resembling soot. “During my 20-year... Read more

Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point

Science, Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point

The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is woefully misguided. Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management. Here, engineers have run into the dilemma of energy storage technology. It is difficult for any energy storage method, at least at the current stage of development, to produce the amounts of power and energy required at a cost-effective price. However, passing judgment on energy storage by using this equation alone is simply incorrect. After all, we do not expect renewable energy to provide a one-size-fits-all solution... Read more

You Can’t Tweet A Story On A Windows Phone

Technology, Saturday, September 20th 2014

You Can’t Tweet A Story On A Windows Phone

Note to Microsoft: get smart about mobile or quit By Stephen Pate – It’s about time for Microsoft to stop putzing around and get smart about mobile. Or quit. Did you know you cannot Tweet a story from your Windows phone? Unbelievable as that sounds, the people at Microsoft who decide what to program into Windows phones don’t realize everyday people like to Tweet stories they find. Windows Phone does not include Twitter sharing Somebody or several somebodies in meeting rooms at the Bellevue head office of Microsoft, has their nose out of joint about Twitter or never Tweeted anything like sports scores, or the Scottish referendum results. So a Windows Phone has no built-in capacity to share anything with Twitter. You can share stories to Facebook except Windows Phone can’t remember Facebook logins and passwords from one... Read more

New school year, new school… new friends (please!!)

Teens, Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

New school year, new school… new friends (please!!)

When you’re all cozy in a friendship you can totally relax. Even going to school is more fun because your friend is there. But when you move to a school where you know no one, and your bff friend from your old school stops acting like a friend, then nothing feels right. I recently got this email from a girl who is in that sad place: Where do I fit it?!  The Girls' Friendship Q&A Book, by Annie Fox, iIllustration by Erica DeChavez © 2014, Annie Fox and Erica DeChavez Hey Terra, Last year I moved to a new place. Later I heard that my best friend was best friends with some new girl. That girl is apparently really popular and cool (and also kinda mean) and in one year’s time my bff has become friends with all the poplar kids... Read more

Basilicata, Italy: a Tiny Treasure of Passion and Peppers

Travel, Friday, September 19th 2014

Basilicata, Italy: a Tiny Treasure of Passion and Peppers

The Basilicata, located at the instep of Italy’s geographic “boot”, is one of the country’s smaller regions, one of its least-densely populated, most mountainous, and most often overlooked. But within its 3,869 square miles (slightly under 10,000 square km) are: {ads1}- a UNESCO World Heritage site (Matera) - Italy’s largest national park (Parco Nazionale del Pollino) - the longest escalator-and-pedestrian mobility system in Europe (in Potenza) - two of Italy’s unique 40 alberghi diffusi (multi-structure hotels, one in Potenza province, the other in Matera province) - a world-class wine (Aglianico del Vulture) - Roman artefacts - Medieval art - Renaissance architecture - and modern accoutrements dear to the most demanding visitor. All of which are enhanced by the warmth and cordiality of the Lucanesi (the Italian name for residents of Basilicata, because it was known as Lucania in Roman times).   The name Basilicata may derive from basilikos– the Byzantine official in... Read more

The Personalico$T EP Releasicaust

What's On, Monday, September 22nd 2014

8 Years in the coming The Personalities are finally releasing their first album "The Personalico$t"!www.soundcloud.com/ThePersonalitiesWe also didn't see this day for coming so we are celebrating by rocking out the Nocturne Oct 23rd withCheap DrugsSecond NatureSPA MusicThe PersonalitiesWe have never been against dressing up so if enough people are Read more

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What Vashuji did was not right - Irrfan Khan on why he left Welcome…

Masala, Monday, September 22nd 2014

The very talented Irrfan Khan finds himself embroiled in an unnecessary controversy. Never known to shun from commitments, Irrfan Khan is deeply affronted by producer Vashu Bhagnani's allegations of non-professionalism regarding the project Welcome To Karachi. While a whole lot of back-and-forth of accusations and counter-accusations were on, no one knows that Irrfan was kept in the dark about the film's British leading lady. Irrfan Khan who has worked with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman was given the impression that he'd be working with a reputed British actress in Welcome To Karachi. Instead a nondescript actress was finally signed for the film. {ads1}Says Irrfan, "I wouldn't have minded working with anyone. But the British actress paired opposite me needed to have great comic timing. I am sorry to say I saw no... Read more

Friends – Gone But Not Forgotten

Hollywood Gossip, Monday, September 22nd 2014

Friends – Gone But Not Forgotten

Photo: Warner Bros{ads1}Once in awhile, living in Los Angeles has its disadvantages. We missed out on the opening of the replica of the Central Perk pop-up coffee shop in Soho – it was opened to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Friends. (Of course Friends was actually FILMED in Los Angeles.) Fans have NOT forgotten – there was a line so long outside it was compared to the cronut experience. Inside the coffee haven there was a lot of memorabilia from the show on display and fans could photograph each other sitting on the same velvet couch that Jennifer Aniston sat on. Fittingly, Gunther from the TV series, presided over the opening day. Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Raja Natwarlal

Reviews, Wednesday, September 3rd 2014

There have been many films in Bollywood, which have followed the 'Robin Hood' format in stories. At the same time, the silver screen has been a testimony to many films which have actually 'con-tested' the elections as far as conning is concerned. Films like DHOOM series, SPECIAL 26, BUNTY AUR BABLI, BLUFFMASTER, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE!, AANKHEN etc... will always remain as the evergreen shining examples of films which has been made on the subject of con jobs. This week's release RAJA NATWARLAL (earlier titled SHAATIR) also follows the same path. The film starts off with Raja (Emraan Hashmi) a con artist by 'profession' and his partner in crime Raghav (Deepak Tijori) and their means to survive in the big bad city of Mumbai. Life goes on smoothly for Raja, courtesy... Read more

Movie Preview Khoobsurat

Previews, Monday, September 22nd 2014

Khoobsurat, a remake of a 80s classic by the same name, is a story about the way a chirpy bubbly girl manages to break the rules created by an authoritative matriarch in her family. {ads1}Essentially in the new version, Mili Chakravorthy (Sonam Kapoor) is a talented physiotherapist who visits the royal family in order to treat the ailing king, Shekhar Rathore (Aamir Raza Hussain). Hailing from a middle class family, the spontaneous, happy go lucky Mili does not follow the strict rules imposed by the matriarch in the Rathore family, Nirmala Devi (Ratna Pathak). As the contradicting personalities clash, Mili meets the royal and suave prince Vikram (Fawad Khan) and her heart starts to develop a fondness for him. Will the clumsy nature of Mili manage to win over the heart... Read more

Kanye West Shouts Out Person in Wheelchair

Mainstream, Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Kanye West Shouts Out Person in Wheelchair

Kanye West  tells wheelchair-bound concertgoers  “Stand Up or I’m Not Rapping!” By Stephen Pate – Many people reacted with revulsion to rapper Kanye West when he told a person in a wheelchair to stand up or the concert would stop in Australia. Stand Up or I’m Not Rapping! It would be hard to imagine the pressure from the rap star and his rowdy audience on a person who could not stand because he or she is disabled. The crowd started chanting “Stand up! Stand up! Stand up!” My first thought was “What an arsehole? Oh yeah he’s a rapper and they are ignorant.” The truth is Kanye West is not that much different from folks everywhere. Have you ever thought about challenging someone with a disabled parking tag? Hey! You’re not that disabled. See Kanye West and proving your... Read more

Music Review Haider

Music :: Filmi, Friday, September 19th 2014

Expectations: Gulzar and Vishal Bhardwaj, the music team of Maachis, Omkara and Ishqiya and other good songs in Satya, Maqbool and Kaminey, do spark anticipation. Music: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was one of the pillars of poetry in India and his creation, 'Aaj Ke Naam' sung by Rekha Bhardwaj, comes at the end of the soundtrack and is elegantly rendered and orchestrated. The composition, like a lot of Vishal's work, tends to be languorous, but is not of the memorable kind. Vishal also employs Mehdi Hasan's version of another Faiz feat, 'Gulon Mein Rang Bhare' with Arijit Singh, making him sing differently from his norm. But even today's busiest male singer fails to make the song reach out. After the beautiful version of then poem that we have heard in Sikander (2009) that... Read more

Dil Ke Taar by The Gunsmith & MoHit feat. Jonita Gandhi

Local South Asians, Monday, September 30th 2013

Dil Ke Taar by The Gunsmith & MoHit feat. Jonita Gandhi

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America's Stalling Housing Market

Economy, Friday, September 19th 2014

America's Stalling Housing Market

One graph from The Urban Institute's Housing Finance Policy Center gives us a good clue about why the improvements in the American housing market seem to be stalling:   As you can see, the average FICO score/creditworthiness measure of purchase-only mortgagees of all types (i.e. those that are less creditworthy (10th percentile) as well as those that are considered most creditworthy (90th percentile)) has risen steadily since 2001.  In May 2014, the least creditworthy borrowers needed to have a FICO score of... Read more

Canada’s Shale Boom: More To Come In Montney

Markets, Thursday, September 18th 2014

Canada’s Shale Boom: More To Come In Montney

In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant that holds the key to accelerating Canada’s shale oil and gas boom, but the real treasure within this giant is a tight liquids-rich zone (approximately 15-20 miles wide) that has big and small players alike narrowing their focus for the potential of a giant payout.   A pervasive hydrocarbon system in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in Alberta and British Columbia, the... Read more

SIGNS Restaurant & Bar

Local Bazaar, Wednesday, September 17th 2014

SIGNS Restaurant & Bar

In a couple of months since SIGNS Restaurant and Bar has opened their doors they have certainly made an impact on the Deaf and the Hearing community.  Recently, forty five members of a deaf, U.S. based hockey team met at SIGNS, for lunch. The hockey team were already well versed in the art of American Sign Language (ASL) and were very comfortable placing their order by Signing.  The entire team was able to interact through their specialized knowledge of Signing. Lately,... Read more

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