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Nepal Arrests Canadian Expat over Tweets Criticizing Human Rights

Nepal Arrests Canadian Expat over Tweets Criticizing Human Rights

Canada, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

The Nepalese government has arrested a Canadian expatriate, Robert Penner, in Kathmandu and threatened him with expulsion from Nepal for criticizing the country’s human-rights situation on social media. Working as... Read more

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Governor Establishes Additional Counties In Jonglei, South Sudan

Africa, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Governor Establishes Additional Counties In Jonglei, South Sudan

The new Governor of Jonglei Stat, Col. Philip Aguer Panyang has issued an order for the establishment of additional Counties in the State.   Governor of Jonglei State Col. Philip Aguer in Bor [Photo| Juuk Mading] By Juuk Othana Mading The State order No. 12/2016 issued on Monday has established eight [8] new Counties on top of the then three of Bor, Twic East and Duk in the region. The order was in response to the demand of people for the creation of more Counties, and referencing to resolution No. 2/2016 of the Council of States for the creation of new Counties in the States of South Sudan. {ads1}The Government of Jonglei State announced the creation of the following Counties; Bor South County [Kolnynag], Bor East County [Anyidi], Bor Central county [Makuach], Bor West County [Baidit] and... Read more

Pfizer and Its Role in America's Prescription Drug Problem

America, Monday, May 2nd 2016

Pfizer and Its Role in America's Prescription Drug Problem

Now that the $160 billion Pfizer - Allergen merger has died, I wanted to take this opportunity to look at some of the details in the Americans for Tax Fairness report entitled "Pfizer:  Price Gouger, Tax Dodger".  Rather than focus on the tax aspect of the deal (if you recall, it was an inversion deals that would have seen Pfizer legally dodge up to $35 billion in taxes through its newfound "Irishness"), I want to focus on how Pfizer treats its most important stakeholders; its customer base.   Let's start with this table that shows the price hikes for seven of Pfizer's top-selling drugs between 2013 and 2015 and how much the price hikes exceed the inflation rate:   {ads1}Notice that the average two-year price hike for these seven drugs was 39.1 percent between... Read more

United States, China and the World's Second Middle East

Asia, Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

United States, China and the World's Second Middle East

A recent commentary on China's Xinhua news site provides us with an interesting glimpse into China's current mindset regarding the United States and its global hegemony.  Lest you think that Xinhua is just another independent foreign media outlet offering a commentary on the relationship between the United States and China, such is not the case.  The Xinhua News Agency, formerly known as the Red China News Agency, was founded in 1931 and functions as the official state news agency of the People's Republic of China and operates under the control of China's central government.  Xinhua's news releases and commentaries reflect the official policies of the Chinese Communist Party and the agency is used as a means for China's government to wield "soft power abroad".   With that background, let's take a... Read more

Relationship Endures as Five Powers Exercise Gets Underway

Australia, Monday, April 18th 2016

South East Asia’s only multilateral security agreement focused on practical cooperation of its kind remains as strong as ever as Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 commences today. The long-running BERSAMA exercise series enhances the interoperability between the founding members of the Five Power Defence Arrangements – Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. {ads1}Commander of the Australian Contingent Wing Commander Paul Webb said working alongside FPDA partners demonstrates the dynamic nature of Australia’s role and cooperation in South East Asia. “Exercise BERSAMA SHIELD 16 highlights the diversity of Defence relationships Australia maintains in the region,” Wing Commander Webb said. “Our common values, respect and support for each other is very much evident as we plan and act together in response to the exercise scenarios. “The relationships forged at FPDA exercises then become incredibly valuable when... Read more

Nepal Arrests Canadian Expat over Tweets Criticizing Human Rights

Canada, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Nepal Arrests Canadian Expat over Tweets Criticizing Human Rights

The Nepalese government has arrested a Canadian expatriate, Robert Penner, in Kathmandu and threatened him with expulsion from Nepal for criticizing the country’s human-rights situation on social media. Working as a software developer in Lalitpur, i.e. a district south of Kathmandu, Robert Penner had voiced his opinions about problems of the Madhesi minority, the arrest of prominent journalist Kanak Mani Dixit and the local reaction to a recent report by Human Rights Watch on Nepal. Mr. Penner was arrested from his office on Monday afternoon. Just before the arrest, he tweeted that “I repeatedly asked Nepal Police to tell me under what charges they’re taking me but they won’t say.” Penner’s lawyer, Dipendra Jha, was held overnight on immigration charges that his Twitter posts were harming “security and mutual harmony in... Read more

Corbyn Expects Labour Not to Lose Any Council Seat

England, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Corbyn Expects Labour Not to Lose Any Council Seat

Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is hoping his party will not lose any seats in Thursday's English council elections as he refuted all reports of a possible challenge to his leadership if results go against him. In his remarks, Corbyn stressed that the "golden circle of the media establishment" was "obsessed" with leadership questions but the voters are more concerned with inequality. Mr Corbyn admitted that an anti-Semitism row in Labour is being "dealt with" and he has already called for an inquiry led by former head of campaign group Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, and said "only a very small number" of cases of anti-Semitism had been identified to date. Talking about the upcoming elections on Thursday, Corbyn alleged that "we are not going to lose seats" and in fact "we are... Read more

Sanctions on Russia An Unintended Consequence

Europe, Thursday, March 10th 2016

Sanctions on Russia An Unintended Consequence

{ads1}As we all know, thanks to Russia's involvement in Ukraine, the United States government imposed a series of sanctions, one of which included the importation of one of the world's best known firearms, the AK-47.   Currently, the AK-47 assault rifle is manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern,  a two century-old Russian manufacturer of civilian small arms, assault and sniper rifles, guided artillery projectiles and precision weapons.  It produces about 95 percent of all small arms in Russia and exports its product line to 27 countries around the globe.  The company is owned by the state corporation Rostec (51 percent) and private investors (49 percent).   Kalashnikov Concern and its predecessor company's history goes back to 1807; it has supplied arms to every significant military victory that Russia has experienced since the Patriotic War of 1812.... Read more

Why India's "Untouchable" Women Are The Targets Of Rape & How They Are Fighting…

India, Friday, October 16th 2015

Why India's "Untouchable" Women Are The Targets Of Rape & How They Are Fighting Back

Photo: Courtesy of Manisha Mashaal.   Manisha Mashaal (second from right) protests with other Dalit to end sexual violence in India. Dalit women struggle to raise awareness about caste-based sexual violence.   {ads1}Manisha Mashaal was 5 years old when her schoolteacher first called her an “untouchable” in front of the rest of her class. “That’s when I found out why my family’s house was so close to the trash dumpsite of the village, and why it was so separated from houses of the dominant castes,” Mashaal said. India is home to more than 100 million Dalit women, according to the 2011 national census. The Dalit, sometimes referred to as "untouchables," have long been considered the lowest rung of the Indian caste system, despite the fact that India's 1950 constitution ostensibly abolished untouchability. Mashaal, now 27, said she... Read more

Saudi Arabia Releases Ambitious Plan To Diversify Economy

Middle East, Wednesday, April 27th 2016

On Monday, Saudi Arabia released a blueprint for the future, a plan for the Kingdom that could alter the course of its history. The "Vision for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" could radically transform Saudi Aramco, the Saudi economy, and the country's social structure. The plan has been pioneered by the 30-year-old Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the second in line to the King, who has emerged as one of the most powerful figures in the Saudi government. Just a week ago his influence was on display; while it is difficult to know exactly what went on behind the scenes, all signs point to the Deputy Crown Prince overruling the long-standing and respected oil minister Ali al-Naimi to kill off the OPEC deal in Doha. {ads1}The prince has provided some clues... Read more

Pakistan & India’s Bias Against Allama Mashriqi and the Khaksar Tehrik

Pakistan, Friday, March 18th 2016

Dedicated to the Khaksar Martyrs of March 19, 1940   The freedom of the Indian sub-continent (now comprised of Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) did not come easy. Its foundation is built on the blood of the Khaksars as well as Allama Mashriqi’s teenage son, who were killed in the struggle for independence. Mashriqi, his immediate, family, and the Khaksars made immense sacrifices and faced ruthless actions from the British in their fight to liberate the people of the subcontinent. Sadly, the Governments of India and Pakistan have thus far failed to recognize Allama Mashriqi and his followers’ fight against the British Raj.   {ads1}Allama Mashriqi was a born genius who had record-breaking academic achievements at the University of Cambridge. He became Under Secretary of Education in India when he was only 29 years old... Read more

The Earthquake Lottery for Illegal Aliens, Ecuador Edition

South America, Thursday, April 28th 2016

The Earthquake Lottery for Illegal Aliens, Ecuador Edition

Almost every natural disaster in the Third World is followed by calls for amnesty for illegal aliens from the afflicted country. Such amnesties are de facto permanent, despite their label: Temporary Protected Status. TPS is what you might call green card-lite – it provides the illegal immigrants (and legal tourists, students, et al. whose visas are expiring) a work permit, Social Security number, driver’s license, and access to certain welfare benefits, but not an immediate path to citizenship. Obama’s lawless DACA and DAPA amnesties were modeled on TPS. The TPS amnesty for 200,000 Salvadoran illegals after a 2001 earthquake has been routinely renewed. The TPS amnesty for 60,000 Hondurans and Nicaraguans following Hurricane Mitch in 1998 has also been routinely renewed. Liberians were the first to benefit from TPS after Congress enacted... Read more

Hindu prisoners in England & Wales to be excused from work on 6 festivals

South Asians Abroad, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Hindu prisoners in England and Wales will be excused from work on Maha Shivaratri, Raksha Bandhan, Krishna Janmashtami, Ganesha Pooja, Vijayadashami and Diwali; according to new guidelines which are effective June one. National Offender Management Service (NOMS), an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Justice of United Kingdom Government, issued a 104-pages Prison Service Instruction (PSI) on April 12 titled “Faith and Pastoral Care for Prisoners” to meet the faith and religious needs of prisoners. This PSI allows possession/access of following religious artefacts to Hindu prisoners: mala (comprising 108 small beads), statue/image/photograph of god, incense sticks and holder, small bell and Gita. It says that “incense must be available through the Prison Facilities List” for prisoners registered as Hindu. {ads1}It also states: “In the Hindu tradition, Prasad is an important part of... Read more

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2015 Indo Ontario Ball Hockey Championships Recap

Hockey, Monday, June 22nd 2015

2015 Indo Ontario Ball Hockey Championships Recap

The largest South Asian ball hockey tournament in the western hemisphere ended on Sunday.  The 6th annual Indo-Ontario Cup 2015 Ball Hockey Championship was another success.  We had 30 teams play in over 5 divisions with 650 athletes participate in the tournament this year.  We crowned 5 new champions this year.  Brampton represented the city product by bringing home 4 out of 5 championships.  Here is a recap of all the winners from this weekend.   Division 2015 Indo Ontario Champions Atom (2004 & Under) Brampton Strikers Midget (2000-2003) Malton Mavericks Juniors (1996-1999) Sandalwood Sabres Men’s Pool B Brampton Bruins Men’s Pool A Brampton Jantha Hockey Club Congratulations to all of the champion’s and the teams that participated in this year’s tournament.  The success of this tournament is driven by your continued support and participation.  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

Who will win the Australian Open?

Other Sports, Monday, January 11th 2016

The Australian Open gets underway next week and each of the world’s top players will be competing to win the first major tournament of 2016. Last year, Novak Djokovic was crowned as the champion and the Serbian will be one of the leading candidates to repeat his success. In fact, the world number one has won this event five times – an extraordinary feat. However, both Andy Murray and Roger Federer will be keen to stop Djokovic and prevent him from having the opportunity to win all four Grand Slam titles in 2016. Heading into the tournament, Djokovic is the overwhelming market leader. In fact, many tipping websites – including Bookies – have suggested that the Serbian may well be the man to beat at the Melbourne event. The Serbian was phenomenal throughout... Read more

Inaugural Golden Oldies Football Festival Adelaide 2016

Soccer, Saturday, June 6th 2015

Vintage Sport and Leisure Limited (VSL), owners and operators of the international Golden Oldies Sporting Festivals concept, today announced that the inaugural Golden Oldies World Football Festival will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, in October 2016. Peter McDermott Managing Director of VSL stated, “We are inviting the world to assemble for the beautiful game to be held in Adelaide,, Australia 2016”. We are excited to add Football (Soccer) as the latest addition to VSL’s stable of events that include rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, softball and golf, said McDermott. {ads1}The Golden Oldies Motto is “Let Your Love of the Game Take You Places” and to date over 37 cities worldwide have hosted Golden Oldies Festivals since the inception of Golden Oldies in 1979.   Festivals take place every two years in exciting destinations around... 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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The Relationship Between Government Corruption and Failed Nation-Building

Columns, Tuesday, April 12th 2016

The Relationship Between Government Corruption and Failed Nation-Building

Transparency International has come out with its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (2015), shedding light on the global problem of governments that abuse their power, encourage bribery and use secret deals to enrich themselves.  It is quite an interesting exercise to look through the list of the most corrupt nations/governments in the world and see how many of them have a close association with the Western-based nation-building plans.   {ads1}Transparency International scores each nation on a 100 point Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scale with the highest level of perceived corruption scoring a 0 and the lowest level of perceived corruption scoring a 100.  Data to calculate the CPI is taken from a selection of sources that provide perceptions of business people and other experts of the level of corruption in the public sector... 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

Smelling gas could save your life

Press Releases, Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Smelling gas could save your life

The smell of rotten eggs is added to natural gas to alert the public of a potential gas leak, yet according to an Ipsos Reid survey conducted by Enbridge Gas Distribution (Enbridge), only 33 per cent of respondents can accurately describe what natural gas smells like. This is why the company has launched its “Smell Gas? Act Fast!” public awareness campaign to help educate people on natural gas, what it smells like, and what to do if you smell it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7q3shmBC-o Enbridge believes education is important to improve public safety, especially when it comes to identifying and reporting natural gas leaks. In cases where a gas line has been damaged, people may not recognize or may ignore the smell, especially if the damage is not obvious. In these cases, a gas leak could... Read more

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US Tour of Palestinian Play ‘The Seige’ Cancelled

Art & Culture, Friday, February 12th 2016

US Tour of Palestinian Play ‘The Seige’ Cancelled

The Jenin Freedom Theatre announced that it will no longer bring The Seige to the US this May. The “US Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre” stated online: It is with deep regret that we announce that the Public Theater has decided not to proceed with the plans to showcase The Freedom Theatre’s The Siege in May, 2016. Regardless of the difficulties, we intend to present this play to the US public. We are disappointed, but we are working to find another comparable venue for the play in the fall of 2017. According to Mondoweiss, pressure was put on the board of The Public Theatre, which was to stage the work. {ads1}The Seige is set in Bethlehem in April 2002 and foregrounds armed struggle: April 2002. Spring in Bethlehem. A group of armed men seek sanctuary in one of the world’s holiest sites as... Read more

2016 Kia Optima SXL - New top trim Optima piles on the luxury

Automotive, Sunday, May 1st 2016

2016 Kia Optima SXL - New top trim Optima piles on the luxury

If the 2016 Kia Optima SXL was the vehicle owned by my parents when I first earned my driver's licence, my father would have hated me and my endless attempts to borrow the car. To be fair, the old man's Mazda Millenia that I used during my (very few) date nights wasn't too shabby, and was light years ahead of the thoroughly uncool Dodge Caravan family hauler that was the other option. Neither of those vehicles, though, had a turbocharged engine, dual-clutch transmission, gorgeous styling, sumptuous Nappa leather, and more active and passive safety features than you can shake a stick at. In case you hadn't caught on yet, the Optima SXL test vehicle I drove recently did indeed include all those things, and much, much more. Improves on its predecessor  The previous generation... Read more

Book review - Kunal Nayyars Yes My Accent Is Real

Books, Monday, May 2nd 2016

Book review - Kunal Nayyars Yes My Accent Is Real

Let me admit this - the book has been on the stands for over 6 months now. I bought it too right on time. However, the cover (rather dull and a tad way too sober), the title (which just went on and on without hinting much about what it wanted to convey) and sheer laziness of going through the first chapter made me procrastinate the affair rather endlessly. Until a three hour flight that I took made this Kunal Nayyar book my companion. I read through the first chapter, and then the second and then the third, until I knew that I couldn't let this one go even when the in-flight good arrived. 'Yes, This Book Is Real', and this is what makes it special. Those familiar with the super hit US show 'The... Read more

Aamir Khan & Kiran Rao’s Paani Foundation announces Satyamev Jayate Water Cup …

Community, Thursday, February 18th 2016

After receiving humongous success, love and appreciation for the three seasons of Satyamev Jayate, the team of Satyamev Jayate brings to you ‘Paani Foundation’. {ads1}Helmed by Satyajit Bhatkal (CEO, Paani Foundation) and Ms. Reena Dutta (COO, Paani Foundation), Paani Foundation is a Not-For-Profit company, whose main objective is to communicate, impart knowledge and bring about a change in outlook among people at the grass root level about water conservation and watershed management. Paani Foundation will work in association with the Government of Maharashtra to work towards solving the water crisis in the State of Maharashtra. Today’s press conference is to announce the ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’. The aim of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is to create a people's movement for a better future. It is the first step in a longer journey... Read more

Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census Is A Massive Fail

Daily Life, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census Is A Massive Fail

Statistics Canada 2016 Census fails to allow users to save their forms By Stephen Pate – Every Canadian household will soon get the 2016 Census but the program that runs it has a massive fail. You must know all the answers to the questions before you start but what the questions will be is a mystery. Statistics Canada is back in the game of counting Canadians after the Harper Conservatives gutted the long form census but the program has a major bug out of the gate. {ads1}Statistics Canada wants all Canadian households to fill in the census form online and the forms started arriving in the mail today. That’s progressive except they don’t seem to have beta tested the system in a real world scenario.  Unless you improbably know all the answers to... Read more

Gigi Hadid's Met Gala Manicure Cost $2,000 But Did Anyone Even See It? …

Fashion, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Gigi Hadid's Met Gala Manicure Cost $2,000 But Did Anyone Even See It?

Photo: Courtesy of KISS.   The devil was in the details at this year’s Met Gala, as Anna-approved dresses featured tech-induced and boundary-pushing fabrics and embellishments. (Not to mention Kanye's subtle color contacts.) Photo: Courtesy of KISS.   But one little detail that widely went overlooked could be found on the fingertips of one Gigi Hadid. The mega model accented her armored Tommy Hilfiger gown with sharp-edged talons made of pure chrome. Even more fabulous: The couture manicure included a cluster of crystals on the underside of each nail. Photo: Courtesy of KISS.     Want to create the look for yourself? You’ll need $2,000 and the expertise of celebrity manicurist Mar y Soul, who made the custom digits in conjunction with Kiss Products. Yes, that’s more than one month’s rent for hidden bling that only you can see... Read more

Chef Alexandra Feswick takes home top prize at the Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off …

Food, Wednesday, April 20th 2016

Chef Alexandra Feswick takes home top prize at the Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off

Nutty Home-Style Mac & Cheese wins’ judges’ hearts — and stomachs Alexandra Feswick, Chef de Cuisine at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, today emerged victorious in one of Canada’s highest profile culinary comfort food battles, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off. With Mac & Cheese again as its theme, the biannual showdown took place at DFC’s Canadian Cheese Counter at the Toronto Food & Drink Market. This year, four top chefs and foodies from across Canada took to the stage in an attempt to create the ultimate comfort food using Canadian cheese, pasta and a little imagination. {ads1}Chef Feswick’s truly unique Canadian macaroni & cheese experience starts with combining the distinctive nostalgia of home-styled comfort classics such as Cheddar, sage and mushrooms, and memorably finishes by pairing them with the... Read more

5 Hacks For A Healthier Week

Health, Monday, April 25th 2016

5 Hacks For A Healthier Week

Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson.   Coconut oil is one of the trendiest products out there — one of your friends probably uses it in her hair, while another might use it for the bizarre practice of oil pulling. But where do you begin if you've never tried the stuff? Shape has a handy guide to coconut oil and all its applications. {ads1}Speaking of guides, consider this salad-green explainer your desk lunch savior. Never wonder about chard again. For days when coffee isn't enough, try one of these energy-boosting foods for breakfast. You can only jog so much. When you've had enough of the treadmill, take one of these low-impact cardio workouts for a spin. And when you do, why not listen to the same workout playlist as Kendall Jenner? The model has confessed that she's anti-cardio,... Read more

Ikea Exec Says We've Hit "Peak" Home Furnishings

Homes, Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Ikea Exec Says We've Hit "Peak" Home Furnishings

  Ros Drinkwater/REX Shutterstock   Have we hit peak home furnishings? Steve Howard, Ikea’s head of sustainability, thinks so.   “If we look on a global basis, in the West we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil,” Howard said at The Guardian’s Sustainable Business debate. “I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff…peak home furnishings.” What he means by that is that Western consumers have reached their peak levels for buying furnishings; it’s only downhill from here.   {ads1}Ikea plans to double its sales by 2020, according to The Guardian, but Howard doesn’t think his comments detract from that goal. Instead, he wants the company to create an environmentally friendly model that allows customers to recycle goods instead of tossing them. “We will be increasingly building a circular Ikea where you can... Read more

I Always Thought I'd Have Kids Then I Lost My Job

Naukri & Paisa, Tuesday, April 19th 2016

I Always Thought I'd Have Kids Then I Lost My Job

Photo: Getty Images.   This post originally appeared on Medium. My in-laws are worried. {ads1}At least that’s what my husband Chris told me just now, half-joking. He was talking about a call with his parents, Stu and Ellen, who earlier this morning saw an article I shared on Facebook by the actress Joy Bryant on motherhood — and her decision to forgo making and raising human beings. Looking at the supportive comments and “Likes” on the Facebook post (the majority of them female friends and acquaintances), I felt light and free for a moment, thinking, wow, imagine if Chris and I really decided to focus on ourselves, our work, and each other instead of raising "mini-me"s. Among Chris’s friends, we’d be pretty average. Many of the people he works with are enterprising and practical, and way... 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

The Offsetting Impact of Solar Activity on Global Climate Change

Science, Tuesday, November 10th 2015

The Offsetting Impact of Solar Activity on Global Climate Change

{ads1}A very interesting paper by Sarah Ineson et al entitled "Regional climate impacts of a possible future grand solar minimum" looks at the impact of a decline in solar activity on global warming related to anthropogenic factors (man-made factors i.e. global warming as a result of man's activities).   Let's start by looking at the concept of solar activity which is generally measured using sunspots.  Sunspots are regions on the solar surface that appear dark because they are somewhat cooler than the solar surface with temperatures measuring about 4000 degrees Kelvin compared to 5700 degrees Kelvin like the sun's photosphere.  They have diameters up to 50000 kilometres and are sometimes visible to the naked eye.  Their persistence is quite variable, ranging from hours to months.  They were first observed by Chinese astronomers in 800... Read more

Facebook Is Making Groups Way More Useful

Technology, Friday, April 29th 2016

Facebook Is Making Groups Way More Useful

Photo: Courtesy Facebook.   Most of the Groups that I belong to on Facebook are ones that I joined in college (Class of '13 Senior Week!) or shortly thereafter (New '13 Grads In The City!). Beyond that, I've paid little attention to the groups that exist on the site. {ads1}But Facebook may turn me and others into Groupies with a new feature it's launching in beta. A Facebook spokesperson told Refinery29 that it is piloting a new dedicated section within Groups in the Facebook app; there, you can browse public and closed Facebook Groups by category, friend Groups, and local Groups. Those who have been randomly selected for the pilot will see a new "Discover" tab when they navigate to the Groups section of their Facebook mobile app. Within this tab, they'll see more... Read more

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 31

Teens, Friday, April 29th 2016

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 31

By Author: Khadi Madama From the Mystical Messenger Rope: Gracie's Pink Messages for Girls Who Feel Blue. Featuring the illustrations of artist Fatima Khermane- Fifi-Kawaii. https://www.fiverr.com/fifikawaii Follow Gracie and her Amazing Adventures on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Gracies-Amazing-Adventures-in-YogaLand-216303188430696/timeline/?ref=hl  www.yourstrulyprandmedia.com Read more

The Ugly Reality Of Quitting Your Job & Moving To Paradise

Travel, Wednesday, April 13th 2016

The Ugly Reality Of Quitting Your Job & Moving To Paradise

Photo: Getty Images   {ads1}It’s a fairly common dream: You chuck it all and move to a remote beach, make coconut cocktails for a living, and never, ever wear real shoes again. Goodbye New York stress, tiny, overpriced apartments, and jobs that rarely pay well. It’s a fantasy for most of us, but I actually did it. And I’m here to tell you that it was at turns awesome and really, really weird. While I loved my six months outside of reality, I’m also glad I came back to New York, to my career, and to all my same problems. (Okay, maybe not that part.) I’ve always been your typical NYC workaholic: long hours, only thinking about work, and not having that great of a personal life. Back in 2003, I was still... Read more

Augmented Cinema 4

What's On, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

The Augmented Cinema Film Festival is now in its 4th year!On May 6th, 2016 we welcome you back to the Royal Cinema for film, video, and animation work from emerging artists from OCAD U past and present. The Festival is Free and Open to the Public.Line Up:Adrienne MountainAlex KingsmillAsh Lo Russo RotoJamAtleigh HommaBonnie TungCarson TealChris Read more

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Attempts are being made to destroy me - Kangna Ranaut

Masala, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

{ads1}"The mentality is the same. If I can't get you, I might as well destroy you," said Kangna Ranaut in an interview with India Today, today. In the context of her bitter battle with Hrithik Roshan, when she was asked if attempts are being made to destroy her, Kangna said, "Yes attempts are being made but whether they are working or not I'd a different scenario," a defiant Kangna replied. Do you feel Bollywood has accepted you, are an insider, Kangna was asked. "Why should Bollywood accept me, you should ask me have I accepted Bollywood," Ranaut retorted. So have you accepted Bollywood? "Yes I have." Has Bollywood accepted you? "I don't care," Kangna laughed, looking beautiful in a red dress. "I have no problem in being called a witch. These weapons... Read more

DUSTIN AND JAKE HOFFMAN: A FATHER AND SON REUNION

Hollywood Gossip, Monday, March 28th 2016

DUSTIN AND JAKE HOFFMAN: A FATHER AND SON REUNION

{ads1}Dustin Hoffman, 78, and his son Jake Hoffman, 35, often take in Knicks games together when they’re both in New York. Dustin is currently filming The Meyerowitz Stories there, and Jake is still a struggling actor. His father probably made an acting career look easy because he hit it big at an early age. But Jake has struggled with small roles (The Wolf of Wall Street) and a not-so-hot directorial debut of his filmAsthma. Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Captain America Civil War English

Reviews, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

2016 seems to be the year for films based on comic books, with multiple such films hitting screens. But it is the audiences, who are more than happy to witness superheroes battle the forces of evil on screen, who are certainly in for a definite treat with the release of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. However, will the film that has managed to generate immense hype manage to live up to expectations is the big question. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR follows the story of what happens when political pressure to install a system of accountability headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team begins to mount after yet another incident involving the Avengers ends with severe collateral damage. This ultimately results in the Avengers fracturing into two groups, one... Read more

Movie Preview Baaghi

Previews, Monday, May 2nd 2016

{ads1}UTV Motion Pictures and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.'s Baaghi (UA) is an action-filled love story about a carefree Ronny (Tiger Shroff) and Siya (Shraddha Kapoor). Abiding by his late father's wish, he joins the ashram of Guruji (Shifuji Shaurya Bhardwaj), where his life changes completely. The problem starts when Sia's greedy father (Sunil Grover), in a lure for big money, agrees to get her married to noble Guruji's evil son Raghav (Sudheer Babu). But when Sudheer Babu discovers that Sia is not in love with him, but, Ronny, hell breaks loose and he poses danger at every step of Ronny. Does Ronny become successful in winning over Sia, who does Sia ultimately marry: Ronny or Raghav is what forms the rest of the film. Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read... Read more

Preview Bob Dylan’s Record Store Day EP Melancholy Mood

Mainstream, Saturday, April 23rd 2016

Preview Bob Dylan’s Record Store Day EP Melancholy Mood

Bob Dylan Melancholy Mood EP (Illustration Sony/Columbia Records) Due on Saturday April 16th, 2016, the 4-song EP “Melancholy Mood” has been released in Japan By Stephen Pate – You can listen to the 4-song EP “Melancholy Mood” early. Click on the link below. The EP, and May 20th CD, cover songs from the 1930’s to 1950’s with many cover of songs by Frank Sinatra. To my ears the arrangements are jazzier than last year’s steel guitar heavy Shadows in the Night. Track Listing 01 – Melancholy Mood 02 – All Or Nothing At All 03 – Come Rain or Come Shine 04 – That Old Black Magic “BOB DYLAN – MELANCHOLY MOOD (EP) (2016)” is a 7,000 copy pressing available only on Record Store Day April 16, 2016 at participating stores. Click here for participating stores. You can download the... Read more

Music Review Sarbjit

Music :: Filmi, Monday, May 2nd 2016

EXPECTATIONS First thing that you notice about Sarbjit is the fact that this is a very heavy album. With as many as 10 tracks in there and multitude of talent coming together to composer, write and sing these songs, one expects something truly remarkable in there. Even though as a film Sarbjit is not a musical per se, one looks forward to what has been put together by the makers. MUSIC It is pathos filled start for 'Salamat' though after 30 seconds things do change for the better with Arijit Singh and Tulsi Kumar coming together for this Amaal Mallik composed and Rashmi Virag written song. Somehow, one ends up remembering 'Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho' [Citylights] which too was written by Rashmi and sung by Arijit. A good start for the album,... Read more

Song of Lahore enters into Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Local South Asians, Thursday, March 5th 2015

Song of Lahore enters into Tribeca Film Festival 2015

A documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken “Song of Lahore”, on the acclaimed Sachal Studios has been selected for the World Documentary Feature Competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “Song of Lahore” is a documentary which focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent. {ads1}The only Pakistani entry from the 12 international documentaries selected for the prize. The documentary film is in contention for the following awards: Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director and Best Documentary Editing at the acclaimed film festival. This time the documentary is selected in 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The festival will take place from April 15 - 26, 2015 at locations throughout downtown Manhattan - New York. The documentary focuses on the... Read more

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Corporate Taxes Who Pays and Who Doesn't?

Economy, Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Corporate Taxes Who Pays and Who Doesn't?

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) took a close look at corporate income tax in America and how many of those corporations actually paid the statutory corporate tax rate.  As we have heard repeatedly over the past few years, Corporate America claims that the 35 percent corporate income tax rate is punitive and that it is preventing American companies from being competitive.  Let's take a closer look at the issue.   Here is a graph from FRED showing how much corporate tax... Read more

Where has the Federal Reserve's Stimulus Gone?

Markets, Thursday, April 28th 2016

Where has the Federal Reserve's Stimulus Gone?

Anyone who has been awake and paying attention since 2007 realizes that the "printing presses" at the Federal Reserve have been operating full-time in a desperate attempt to stave off both another Great Depression and the next recession.  The Fed's actions have led to this expansion in MZM:     MZM stands for Money Zero Maturity and includes the liquid money supply in the economy, representing all of the M2 money (cash plus savings deposits) minus time deposits (i.e. certificates of deposit) plus all... Read more

Effective e-marketing is the key to operating any successful online business …

Local Bazaar, Wednesday, February 17th 2016

The internet has no fixed rules, like Bill Gates said, it’s an incredible opportunity as well as an incredible challenge. Once a luxury for the elite, the internet has become a part of humans’ lives, making fluidity possible even in the quantal world of computers. The growing popularity of the internet only makes sense for young business minds to use the medium to reach a larger market. Online marketing has thus become the leading primary means for businesses in getting into... Read more

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