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Farron Says Liberal Democrats to Fight Election to Stop Brexit

Farron Says Liberal Democrats to Fight Election to Stop Brexit

England, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has announced that he will be fighting the next general election, which he claims “could be very soon”, on a pledge to stop... Read more

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UN Agencies Responding To IDPs In Wau, South Sudan

Africa, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

UN Agencies Responding To IDPs In Wau, South Sudan

Joint United Nations agencies based in Wau State have started responding to thousands of Internally Displace persons who were forced out from their homes during the Saturday clashes in Wau town.   IOM and WFP officials in Wau [Photo by James Dimo]   By James Deng Dimo   WAU, 28 June 2016 [Gurtong] – World Food Programme, (WFP) International Medical Corp (IMC) and the International Organization for Immigration (IOM) joined with other local NGOs are currently working hand in hand registering thousands of affected people who have sheltered opposite to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Wau town.   {ads1}According to a WFP official who requested for anonymity, they are registering the people so as to identify the number of individuals who are in dire need of food assistance.   “We are working separately; the medical teams... Read more

IRS Tax Compliance A Costly Business

America, Friday, June 24th 2016

IRS Tax Compliance A Costly Business

For millions of American individuals and businesses, the IRS tax code is becoming increasingly complex, largely because of its massive size.  Federal tax law has grown from 400 pages in 1913 to a staggering 73,954 pages in 2013 as shown on this diagram from Wolters Kluwer, CCH:   {ads1}As you can see, over the past two decades alone, the tax code has risen from 40,500 pages in 1995 to its current level of 73,954 pages, an increase of 82.6 percent.  Interestingly as well, the federal tax code stood at 409,000 words in 1955 and has expanded to its current 2.4 million words, almost six times as long as it was sixty years ago.  That said, the Congressionally-passed tax statutes are only part of the tax paperwork mountain; if one includes the words that clarify... Read more

The Migration of the Rich and Nervous Chinese

Asia, Tuesday, June 14th 2016

If Emma Lazarus were alive today, and paying attention to the most recent wave of migrants to the United States — wealthy Chinese — she might write: Give me your rich, your lawyered masses, yearning to breathe free. These movements from China run exactly contrary to one of the fundamental rules of international migration: Routinely the elite do not migrate, since things are going very well at home, thank you. So why — and how — are so many wealthy Chinese trying to migrate to the United States, or in many cases, trying to see to it that their children can do so? {ads1}I did not realize it at the time — Thanksgiving dinner a couple of years ago — but one of our guests was an exemplar of this migration. We had not invited... Read more

US Marines embark on HMAS Adelaide

Australia, Friday, June 17th 2016

Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, US Army and US Marines from the 2016 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin (MRF-D) forces have embarked today on HMAS Adelaide to transit from Brisbane to Adelaide to join Exercise Hamel. The transit on HMAS Adelaide from 15-23 June provides an opportunity for both forces to practice joint training in a range of areas and work closely together on their amphibious interoperability. {ads1}The training better positions Australia and the United States to respond together to regional contingencies, such as a need for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, which would include the delivery of aid supplies, personnel and equipment to countries in the region. HMAS Adelaide‘s sister ship HMAS Canberra was used when Australian Defence Force personnel deployed on Operation FIJI ASSIST in March this year. At its peak,... Read more

Mexican President Pena Nieto Arrives in Quebec Ahead of Three Amigos Summit …

Canada, Monday, June 27th 2016

Mexican President Pena Nieto Arrives in Quebec Ahead of Three Amigos Summit

The president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, has arrived in Ontario, Canada on Monday on a visit that will include a meeting with North American leaders including Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the United States President, Barrack Obama. President Pena Nieto will be giving a speech alongside Premier Philippe Couillard before dining with PM Trudeau at Casa Loma on Monday evening in Toronto. Later Mr. Pena Nieto will leave for the national capital for an official state visit and join the “Three Amigos Summit” on Wednesday with his counterparts from U.S. and Canada. Economy and climate change are anticipated to be the main agenda of the meeting but Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will certainly be included as well. The meeting of the trio was cancelled last... Read more

Farron Says Liberal Democrats to Fight Election to Stop Brexit

England, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Farron Says Liberal Democrats to Fight Election to Stop Brexit

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has announced that he will be fighting the next general election, which he claims “could be very soon”, on a pledge to stop Brexit. He stressed that the voters deserve another chance to rethink their decision now the EU debate has moved from the abstract to the visceral, threatening jobs and living standards. According to the MP, he respects the result but that he also finds it perfectly legitimate to put the question to the British people at an election, because the country was out of control and the campaign had been fought on lies. He explained that “I think it is right that in a general election we say to the British people that if you want to get out of the increasing economic... Read more

Brexit Does Anyone Win?

Europe, Friday, June 17th 2016

Brexit Does Anyone Win?

As June 23 looms closer and closer and Britain makes the ultimate decision whether it should stay in the European Union or go it alone, a recent thorough analysis by Holger Breinlich, Swati Dhingra, Thomas Sampson and John Van Reenen at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics looks at what various changes in income various income groups in the United Kingdom will experience if the UK decides to cast its membership in the European Union aside on June 23, 2016.   Let's start with a bit of background.  An analysis by the OECD shows that, if the United Kingdom chooses to leave the EU, its economy will see its real GDP change as shown on this graphic:     Obviously, this lower level of economic growth is going to have an... Read more

This Is Getting Monotonous – Third Indian-on-Indian H1-B Scandal in 12 Days …

India, Tuesday, May 17th 2016

This is getting monotonous. On May 4 we reported a middle-sized case of H-1B fraud involving both the loss of jobs to U.S. residents and the exploitation of Indian workers by Indian criminal employers in Virginia. On May 12 we wrote about a somewhat similar case in California, and today we have the third case in the set, this time in Memphis, Tenn. Three cases in 12 days, all in the federal courts. {ads1}This time the corrupt employer, Ramesh Basa, has pled out and has agreed that the feds can seize six pieces of his real estate valued at half a million dollars as part of the deal. The agreement also included a joint recommendation by attorneys on both sides of the case for a one-year jail term for Basa. This time, a... Read more

Hillary Clinton and Libya Sending A Message to Bashar al-Assad

Middle East, Friday, June 10th 2016

Hillary Clinton and Libya Sending A Message to Bashar al-Assad

I searching through the Clinton server emails, that you can find here (thanks to Wikileaks) I stumbled on this email that quotes an article by David W. Lesch, an American expert on Syria and a professor of Middle East History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  The email was sent to Hillary Clinton on June 20, 2011 (please keep this date in mind) by Sidney Blumenthal, Ms. Clinton's unofficial intelligence gatherer and former aide to Bill Clinton, with the following introduction:   "Enclosed is an article entitled "What Could Shake Syria's Regime?" by David W. Lesch, perhaps the U.S. expert with the closest relationship with Bashar al-Assad, developed out of my continuing correspondence with him, an edited version which I have appended.    {ads1}
The bottom line is that Assad' s gestures at reform... 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

Panama Announces Another Illegal-Alien Amnesty

South America, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Just four years after an amnesty was decreed by the prior administration, the current Panamanian president has enacted two more amnesties: one for illegal aliens in general and the other specifically for Chinese illegal aliens. There are approximately 10,000 Chinese illegal aliens in Panama. Panama's President Varela has defended these amnesties as being in the economic interest of Panama. He said, "The decrees (with which we will proceed to legalization) were made thinking of Panama, because we need to formalize our economy, ensuring that all people, Panamanians or foreigners, pay their share of Social Security and contribute their taxes to national development." He added, "The only way to formalize more and more the economy and the jobs that the development of the country generates is to ensure that all foreigners have legal... Read more

University of Toronto launching Sanskrit studies

South Asians Abroad, Sunday, June 26th 2016

University of Toronto (U of T), “one of the world’s top research-intensive universities”, is launching three-level Sanskrit language learning courses from September next.   Under the university’s Department for the Study of Religion, these will be undertaken at Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels; with each level spread over one year. Classes are offered on the campus as well as online, with each level divided into two semesters.   {ads1}No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required for the first semester of Introductory course and both written and spoken language will be taught. Courses are open both to U of T students and others. Aim is to "read Sanskrit literature with the aid of a dictionary" after the first semester of Introductory Sanskrit course. First and second semesters will work for building knowledge of Sanskrit grammar... Read more

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2016 Indo Ontario Ball Hockey Championship

Hockey, Wednesday, May 4th 2016

The largest South Asian ball hockey tournament in the western hemisphere will take place at the end of the month.  The 7th Indo-Ontario Cup 2016 Ball Hockey Championship stage has been set in Brampton.  The tournament will be returning to the South Fletcher’s Sportsplex.  It will take place on Thursday May 26, 2016 through until Sunday May 29, 2016.  Come join us for our opening ceremonies on Friday May 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM at South Fletcher’s arena #1.  Opening ceremonies will consist of a ceremonial face-off. The tournament will be composed of five levels of competition.  At present, we have 31 teams participating in this year’s tournament. We are expecting over 750 athletes to be participating in the tournament over this weekend. POOL A POOL B POOL B JR MIDGET TYKE   Brampton Gabroo Brampton Whalers Khalsa Snipers Donland’s Hockey Club Brampton... 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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Terrorism 2015 Part 2 The Impact on Americans

Columns, Friday, June 17th 2016

Terrorism 2015 Part 2 The Impact on Americans

The Department of State's annual report on terrorism includes two aspects of terror; acts of terror that impact the globe as I posted in part one of this two part posting and acts of terror that impact private U.S. citizens located outside the United States as I will discuss in this posting.   To remind you, 11,774 terrorist attacks across the globe during 2015 resulted in the deaths of 28,328 people.  In addition, 35,320 people were injured and 12,189 were kidnapped or taken hostage.  Most of the attacks took place in five nations; Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria.   {ads1}Now, let's look at how terrorism impacted private United States citizens located in overseas locations.  These citizens include any U.S. citizen that is not acting in an official capacity on behalf of the United... 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

Reviewed: 2016 Honda Pilot

Automotive, Monday, June 27th 2016

Reviewed: 2016 Honda Pilot

The 2016 Honda Pilot has said goodbye to its old boxy looks. The redesigned Pilot now has a new rounded shape with softer edges for a fresher look all round. It’s also a great substitute for those who are looking for a 7/8 passenger vehicle and not willing to look at the minivan segment. Sitting behind the steering wheel the Pilot feels like a sporty SUV, put it into Sport mode and the V6 growls and makes the Pilot a whole lot of fun to drive. A great SUV for long road trips and hauling the family to the cottage every other weekend, I did just that and took a nicely kitted 2016 Pilot Touring to the cottage for this review. Likes - The 2016 Honda Pilot is fitted with a plethora of... Read more

An Interview with the Anonymous Author of Through Algeria

Books, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

An Interview with the Anonymous Author of Through Algeria

In the tradition of Assia Djebar’s Fantasia, Algerian author-scholar Nadia Ghanem has a discussion with the anonymous unaccompanied Englishwoman who wrote Through Algeria: By Nadia Ghanem In the autumn of 1859, an unaccompanied English lady left the UK to travel through Africa for the winter. Leaving Paris for Marseilles toward the end of October, she set sail heading for Algeria on a steamer with hundreds of other passengers. She arrived in Algiers after night-fall two days later and from the capital, her exploration of Algeria began, one that lasted several months. Post-travel, this tourist-explorer turned her observations of Algeria into a travel book that was published in 1863. Through Algeria, the travel tales and observations of this traveller, has come down to us today via Darf Publishers who reprinted it in 1984. {ads1}Although the author is... 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

Review: Bourjois Paris Souffle de Velvet (5 shades)

Daily Life, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Review: Bourjois Paris Souffle de Velvet (5 shades)

You must be aware that I work for two different magazines. It gets difficult for me to maintain a balance between my blog and work, but I shall henceforth endeavour to post more often. I'd like you to know that I've made a schedule for my forthcoming blog posts. Anyway, let's proceed ahead with the review as this post is all about a brand called 'Bourjois Paris'. They launched a lipstick collection back in 2015, and I own 3 different shades from the lot. I have tried a lot of liquid lipsticks, but 'Rouge Edition Velvet' lipsticks by Bourjois Paris are certainly the best. If you're into liquid lipsticks, grab some of your favourites as Bourjois has a phenomenal range of colours. In 2016, they changed the formula and came... Read more

Review: Sally Hansen's Nude Collection

Fashion, Friday, June 17th 2016

Review: Sally Hansen's Nude Collection

    I have a 100 different nail polishes stored in my closet. I do not apply them on a daily basis as they make my nails weak and yellow. I did try a few treatments this past year, but none worked well for me. However, I recently bought a nail treatment from Sally Hansen Arabia; I’m pleased to announce that it improved the texture of my nails. Nails break a lot when you take improper diet or paint them regularly. Sally Hansen Arabia is one of the top manufacturers of nail polishes, and I recently got the opportunity to try one of their new collections. The collection altogether consists of 6 different shades, and I own 2 of them. They’ve designed their brushes in a different way; while other companies make... Read more

This Cult Drink Is Exploding In Popularity

Food, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

This Cult Drink Is Exploding In Popularity

  LaCroix Sparkling Water has been a little-known secret for 30 years, according to Vox. But suddenly, it's become a favorite among career women and has developed a huge following. Business Insider reports that that the sparkling water's sales have leapt from $65 million in 2010 to $226 million in 2015 and it is now the number one flavored water in the U.S. {ads1}This sudden sales spike leads to one big question: Why is LaCroix suddenly a popular drink? The answer is simple, of course: millennials. According to Business Insider, LaCroix has avoided traditional advertising, which plays directly into millennials being able to discover it on their own. "With millennials these days, it's all about authenticity and discovery, and they are suspicious of mainstream advertising messages," Duane Stanford, editor of Beverage Digest, told Business Insider. "Millennials... 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

Why It Matters Who You Sit By In The Office

Naukri & Paisa, Monday, June 6th 2016

Why It Matters Who You Sit By In The Office

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason.   Now might be a good time to scoot your desk away from the office slacker. If the boss balks, just show them this study. {ads1}In April, the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review published a study which found that sitting next to someone who is concentrating on a task can positively influence a person's own concentration. Think of your cubicle-mate or the buddy from your writing group who joins you for coffee and work sessions. "The presence of another person can influence task performance," researchers noted after having 38 volunteers perform a task in tandem. When one person on the team had to work harder, they grew more focused. In return, the other person, who had a less arduous task, also appeared more focused. The caveat is that it's still unclear whether... 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

Move Over Oil - Lithium Is The Future Of Transportation

Technology, Thursday, June 23rd 2016

Just a few years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that electric vehicles could be mainstream anytime soon, or that the global appetite for lithium-ion batteries and mass power storage would be so voracious, and so sudden. Today, no one is scoffing, and lithium is being viewed as our new super-mineral that will catapult us firmly into the next century. Now Tesla has started buying up Nevada and building its battery gigafactory, with competing gigafactories following suit and competing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers all throwing billions at this fast-moving market that no one has been able to keep up with. {ads1}Not only has the EV taken its first major leap into the mainstream—most notably indicated by Tesla's phenomenal advance sales of its affordable Model 3—but it's gone beyond the mainstream. Electric... Read more

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 39

Teens, Friday, June 24th 2016

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 39

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

This Is The Most Miserable Airport In America

Travel, Monday, May 30th 2016

This Is The Most Miserable Airport In America

  Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images   There are two kinds of traveling New Yorkers: Those who swear by JFK and LaGuardia loyalists. Meanwhile, nearby Newark Liberty International Airport is just the worst, Travel + Leisure reports. An annual U.S. airport ratings report released by MilesCards.com rated the New Jersey stopover as the most miserable in the country. {ads1}The travel credit card comparison site sized up airports' delays along with takeoff and taxiing wait times. Newark bottomed out, while San Jose and Portland's hubs flew above the competition. Newark International already crashed and burned in a previous Travel + Leisure worst airport citation for “miserable check-in and security lines.” When it comes to beleaguered jet setters, misery doesn't love company. If you're looking to get into or out of the Big Apple this summer, the MilesCards.com report is... Read more

Eddy Culjak live in the Melody Bar // FREE

What's On, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Eddy Culjak is coming down to play your favourite Canadian foot-stompers, sea shanties and sing alongs. His music is best described as melodic pop/rock. Eddy’s influences have ranged over the years from artists like Bryan Adams to The Goo Goo Dolls. Grab a pint in our Melody Bar and celebrate Canada Day with us! Read more

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Shirish Kunder files legal notice against makers of the film Bob

Masala, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Post it's star studded launch and amazing response from across the board, Shirish Kunder's Kriti has been in the news for the allegation of plagiarism by Aneel Neupane's film titled Bob. But the director Shirish Kunder and makers have denied all such allegations and now in turn filed a legal notice against the latter for laying false and defamatory allegations on him. {ads1}A source close to the director and makers of Kriti, also revealed that even though the film released recently, the concept was discussed with the cast and crew a year ago, they were given the script and their dates locked 6 months prior to the shoot which happened in February 2016. In a professional project such as this, even the launch event was planned three months in advance. Director Shirish... Read more

MARIAH CAREY WILL DO ALMOST ANYTHING FOR HER REALITY SHOW

Hollywood Gossip, Monday, June 27th 2016

MARIAH CAREY WILL DO ALMOST ANYTHING FOR HER REALITY SHOW

{ads1}We have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of Mariah Carey, 47, looking sexed-up and appearing in unexpected places. It can only be due to her new reality show Mariah’s World for the E! channel. Producers have to whip up some interesting situations to make the show compelling because in real life Mariah would rather be at home sipping champagne when she’s not working. Otherwise, why would she cram herself into this leather and fishnet outfit to make a one hour appearance in the DJ booth at 1Oak in Las Vegas? She DID hum along to her own songs… Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Raman Raghav 20

Reviews, Friday, June 24th 2016

We all know and are aware of the fact that Bollywood is not new to genre of thrillers. Almost every second or third release in Bollywood belongs to the thriller genre. This week's release RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 also falls in the same category, however unlike the plethora of thrillers that tend to focus on the supernatural this one is a psychological thriller. But will RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 have a 'thrilling' run at the Box-Office or will it lose its fizz, is what we analyze. {ads1}First things first, RAMAN RAGHAV 2.0 is not based on the life of the infamous serial killer of the 60s, something that the makers of the film establish in the very beginning of the film. The film starts off with a 'musically high' introduction of a young... Read more

Movie Preview Raman Raghav 20

Previews, Monday, June 20th 2016

Character Sketches Ramanna (Raman) {ads1}Ramanna is a scavenger, who also serves odd jobs. He is subjected to be responsible for the murders of pavement dwellers over the course of time. He has been under constant observation and scrutiny. Ramanna is delusional and has a superiority complex. He claims to be in direct contact with God. For him, crime is a natural urge and a service to humanity, as opposed to what the world deems it to be. He is unapologetic about his actions, proving it through his strong philosophy and self-conviction. Raghavan (Raghav) Raghavan Singh Ubbi is a young cop who is a misfit in the police force. He doesn't know the difference between right & wrong. He carries with him the burden of a troubled relationship with his father owing to constant substance... Read more

Heartworn Highways Outlaw Country Film Re-Released After 40 Years

Mainstream, Monday, June 27th 2016

Heartworn Highways Outlaw Country Film Re-Released After 40 Years

  Summary "Heartworn Highways", starring Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, is country music's equivalent to the film "Don't Look Back" that captured Bob Dylan at a pivotal moment in his career. The 1975 documentary captures the outlaw country music trend popularized by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and their cohorts. 5.0   By Stephen Pate – 40 years after it was filmed, the country cult film “Heartworn Highways” is getting a re-release. It was the new generation taking over from the 1940’s and 50’s artists who created country music and who dominated Nashville. “Heartworn Highways” is a mysterious documentary filled with country music performers fueled by Jack Daniels.  In the non-linear style of “Don’t Look Back” it follows the outlaw country artists, telling a stories but leave enough unspoken to keep you going back for repeated viewings. I’ve seen it... Read more

Music Review Raman Raghav 20

Music :: Filmi, Monday, June 6th 2016

EXPECTATIONS Given the genre of the film, you expect a dark soundtrack in Raman Raghav 2.0. With composer Ram Sampath and lyricist Varun Grover coming together for this Anurag Kashyap film, you are further assured of the kind of music you are expecting from it.   MUSIC Raman Raghav 2.0 starts on a trippy note with Sona Mohapatra kick-starting the proceedings with 'Qatl-E-Aam'. A club song with a difference, it is a fusion mix with Sona's voice integrating well with the Western arrangements that have been incorporated in this dark number that has a strong element of seduction to it. While Yash Divecha is roped in to render just a couple of words (Qatl-E-Aam), what really catches your attention is the 'unplugged version' which is indeed worth the time that you spend in... 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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Economic Sector Bias at the Federal Reserve

Economy, Friday, June 17th 2016

Economic Sector Bias at the Federal Reserve

In part one of this two-part posting, I looked at the gender bias at the Federal Reserve, showing how men vastly outnumber women in key posts at Federal Reserve Banks throughout the United States despite the Fed's Congressional mandate.  In part two of this posting, I want to take an additional look at the Fed's bias; its failure to represent the economic diversity of America.   For those of you that either didn't read part one or who are unaware of the... Read more

Potash Price Surge Could Lead To Higher Food Costs For Billions …

Markets, Tuesday, June 28th 2016

Potash Price Surge Could Lead To Higher Food Costs For Billions

We are on the precipice of a food fight among 7 billion people, and potash will be right at the center of it. If you can add 200,000 people every day to the global population and account for a significant loss of farmland at the same time, you can begin to understand the dire food situation facing the planet. This is why potash is so important: It’s the fundamental element that everyone takes for granted, despite the fact that a projected... Read more

Rebranding reflects changes at Balmoral Multicultural Marketing

Local Bazaar, Friday, June 10th 2016

Rebranding reflects changes at Balmoral Multicultural Marketing

Toronto, Ont. – Over 100 dignitaries, clients and friends came together to celebrate the rebranding and office warming party of Canada’s leading multicultural marketing agency, Balmoral Multicultural Marketing. Balmoral hosted a cocktail party at their new office located in the heart of downtown on June 7. Balmoral announced the rebranding to reflect its expanded mission to be more cutting edge, adding new lenses on the market and expertise to its social marketing resources. To enhance their expansion, Balmoral has partnered with... Read more

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