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Saskatchewan Premier Wall Criticizes PM Trudeau for Skipping Premiers’ Meeting

Saskatchewan Premier Wall Criticizes PM Trudeau for Skipping Premiers’ Meeting

Canada, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and claimed that he decided to skip the premiers’ meeting when it became clear it would be more than just... Read more

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Demonstrations Against Additional Regional Troops Held in Aweil and Gogrial

Africa, Monday, July 25th 2016

Demonstrations Against Additional Regional Troops Held in Aweil and Gogrial

“As a sovereign and political independent State, intervention of external forces or UN trusteeship in the South Sudan is totally rejected by the people of Aweil East State as it undermines the vito right of a sovereign State” Thousands of protestors in the street of Kuacjok, during peaceful demonstrations against proposed deployment of foreign troops in South Sudan [Photo| Ayuel Santino] By Agoth Abraham/Aweil and Ayuel Santino/Gogrial AWEIL, 25 July 2016 [Gurtong]-Aweil and Aweil East States joined the rest of the states in South Sudan to protest against the addition of regional in South Sudan. On Friday thousands of demonstrators marched to the UNMISS and Governors’ offices to deliver their petitions of rejection of foreign troops deployment in South Sudan. In their petition read by the representative of the civil society alliance, it condemns the... Read more

Two Dead In Florida Nightclub Shooting

America, Monday, July 25th 2016

Two Dead In Florida Nightclub Shooting

Photo: Courtesy of Google Maps. Club Blu, Fort Myers, Florida.   Two people have been killed and as many as 17 have been wounded at a nightclub in Fort Myers, FL, the BBC reports. The gunman opened fire at Club Blu, which was reportedly hosting a party for teenagers, at around 12.30 a.m., The Guardian reports. Victims have not yet been identified. {ads1}Lieutenant Jim Mulligan of Lee County Sheriff's Office confirmed that as many as 17 people have been wounded. Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting. The attack comes just six weeks after 49 people were killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL.   This is a breaking news story which will be updated with more details as they emerge.   Click HERE to read more 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

Exercise Pitch Black 2016 aircraft arrivals

Australia, Thursday, July 21st 2016

Royal Australian Air Force and foreign military aircraft will fly into Darwin and Tindal next week as the RAAF prepares to begin its largest training activity this year – Exercise Pitch Black 2016. Exercise Pitch Black 2016 is a three week multinational large force employment exercise to be conducted in the Northern Territory from 29 July to 19 August. {ads1}The exercise will involve up to 2500 personnel and up to 115 aircraft. Nations represented will include: Australia, Canada, Indonesia, France (New Caledonia), Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the USA. Air Commodore Christopher Sawade, Head of Special Events, said while some exercise elements, including the Republic of Singapore Air Force had already arrived in Darwin for pre-exercise training, most of the participating aircraft and personnel will fly in from Monday 25 July. “The... Read more

Saskatchewan Premier Wall Criticizes PM Trudeau for Skipping Premiers’ Meeting

Canada, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Saskatchewan Premier Wall Criticizes PM Trudeau for Skipping Premiers’ Meeting

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and claimed that he decided to skip the premiers’ meeting when it became clear it would be more than just a "photo op." Mr Wall explained during an interview that "let's be very clear, my understanding is the prime minister wanted to attend this meeting basically for a photo op on the [Canada Pension Plan]." According to Mr Wall, the premiers invited Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to "have a more substantial discussion" on an issue like health care, "but not a photo op. And so then he decided not to attend." The premiers are meeting in Whitehorse this week to discuss a range of issues including internal trade and the promised legalization of marijuana. On behalf of Mr Trudeau, his spokesperson... Read more

French President Hollande to Ask UK PM May to Start Brexit Talks Soon …

England, Friday, July 22nd 2016

French President Hollande to Ask UK PM May to Start Brexit Talks Soon

French President Francois Hollande has revealed that he will ask Theresa May to start Brexit talks quickly when both the leaders meet later on Thursday at a working dinner at the Élysée Palace, a day after May met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The French president is also anticipated to reject any "pre-negotiations" and announce that the UK cannot access the EU free market without accepting the free movement of people. Earlier, Ms Merkel told May clearly that Germany will not enter into discussions with the UK until it invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and formally begins the two year process of leaving the EU. She mentioned that “the people in the majority in the UK voted for leaving” and “we have not asked them to leave. I think it’s understandable that a new government... Read more

Handling Erdogan’s Request for Gulen’s Extradition

Europe, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Turkey’s autocratic president, Recep Erdogan, wants us to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric and cult leader now living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, for allegedly stirring up the recent coup attempt. Meanwhile, one of Erdogan’s emissaries, a little earlier, advocated the termination of the practice of bringing Turkish teachers to the United States, on H-1B visas, to replace U.S. teachers in the Gulen charter high schools. Let me suggest, with tongue only partially in cheek, that we handle these two matters together, giving us a posture in which we stress our nation’s historic concern for the rule of law, and, simultaneously opening up jobs for hundreds of unemployed American high school teachers. {ads1}Now I would be perfectly happy to have Gulen, and his cult, leave the United States; he is, after all,... Read more

Opposition Protests as Lok Sabha Debates Gujarat Dalit Assault

India, Wednesday, July 20th 2016

Opposition Protests as Lok Sabha Debates Gujarat Dalit Assault

Union home minister, Rajnath Singh, confirmed on Tuesday that nine suspects involved in the attacks on Dalits in Una, Gujarat have been arrested and four police official involved have been suspended. In a statement issued on the Una attack in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh mentioned that "atrocity against Dalits is a social evil. We must take it up as a challenge. I urge all parties to come together to fight this." Rajnath stressed that PM Narendra Modi also condemned the attack as soon as he got to know about the incident. However, the home minister was keen to point out that despite the recent attack, there has been a sharp decline in attacks on Dalits in Gujarat since the BJP is in power. Rajnath reminded that "during Congress rule in... 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

Abdul Sattar Edhi & Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan: Two Icons of Pakistan …

Pakistan, Monday, July 25th 2016

Abdul Sattar Edhi & Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan: Two Icons of Pakistan

  Pakistan recently lost another icon, Abdul Sattar Edhi, who died in Karachi at the age of eighty-eight. Edhi’s services for Pakistan shall be long remembered and he joins the ranks of other great South Asian icons, including the late social scientist Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan. This piece highlights the contributions of Mr. Edhi and Dr. Khan, who shared many similarities and were recognized around the world for their social service.   Like Mother Teresa, Edhi and Dr. Khan were both respected and legendary humanitarians who spent their lives helping the underprivileged. The two men shared much in common. Both were born in British India, Edhi in 1928 in Bantva (Gujarat) and Dr. Khan in 1914 in Agra (United Provinces, now Uttar Pradesh). Edhi arrived in Pakistan in 1947 and Dr. Khan in... Read more

Ecuador: No Airlift for U.S.-bound Cubans

South America, Friday, July 8th 2016

Ecuador: No Airlift for U.S.-bound Cubans

During a press conference on Tuesday, the Foreign Minister of Ecuador said that his country will not participate in the illegal migration of Cubans by providing them with an airlift to Mexico. The press conference took place after the government of Ecuador and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees signed a cooperation agreement concerning the treatment of applications for refugee status in the country. Ecuador finds itself to be the latest host of Cuban nationals hoping to reach the United States and take advantage of the Cuban Adjustment Act and "wet foot, dry foot" policy. The backlog of Cubans has been shifting southward since Nicaragua closed its border in November, while Costa Rica and Panama followed suit in the following months. {ads1}In response to the increasing flows of Cuban migrants, Ecuador reinstated... Read more

Hindus welcome yoga classes at Paris airports

South Asians Abroad, Sunday, July 24th 2016

Hindus have commended launching of yoga classes at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports; calling it a step in the positive direction.   These classes, being offered till August 13 on Fridays and Saturdays, include yoga and breathing exercises in the boarding lounges of Paris-Charles de Gaulle (terminals 1, 2A, 2C, 2E, 3) and Paris-Orly (South and West terminals) airports and are open to all travelers, to make “time at the airport truly enjoyable”. The tagline of this special service is “Stay Zen all summer with ParisYogaAéroport!” and it is part of the pledge “Paris loves you”.   {ads1}Welcoming this gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged Aéroports de Paris (ADP, which manages these airports) CEO Augustin de Romanet to create permanent yoga spaces at these Paris airports... 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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Super PACs 2016 Awash with Cash

Columns, Monday, July 25th 2016

Super PACs 2016 Awash with Cash

As has become increasingly apparent over the past two election cycles, wealthy Americans have become big players in American political theatre, especially after the  July 2010 federal court v. Federal Election Commission "gave birth" to Super PACs. Super PACs, aka independent expenditure-only committees, are allowed to raise unlimited funds from corporations (and their employees and executive teams), unions and other associations and are allowed to spend unlimited sums of money to either promote or advocate against political candidates.  They are to operate independently of a candidate (i.e. their spending must not be coordinated with any candidate) and, unlike the traditional PACs, they are not allowed to donate directly to any candidate.   Super PACs have become big business.  According to Open Secrets, so far in the 2016 election cycle,  Super PACs... 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

Multicultural TV for All Canadians

Press Releases, Thursday, July 21st 2016

OMNI Television proposes new national channel, return of ethnic newscasts and more Canadian content Approval of OMNI request for inclusion in basic TV packages would secure future of multicultural television with win-win solution Viewers invited to show their support at Toronto, June 14, 2016 – OMNI Television announced today that it has filed an application with the CRTC to operate a new national multilingual and multicultural channel called OMNI Regional, the first of its kind in Canada. The national channel would be comprised of four feeds: Pacific, Prairies, and East, which would mirror OMNI’s local stations in those regions, and ICI Quebec, made possible due to a strategic partnership with Montreal ethnic television station International Channel/Canal International (ICI) to serve French-language ethnic communities in the province of Quebec. If approved... 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

Nissan Micra Cup race car: Big personality, little package

Automotive, Thursday, July 7th 2016

Nissan Micra Cup race car: Big personality, little package

What small cars lack in size, they often make up for with an eagerness to be driven spiritedly. There isn’t a small car that epitomizes this more than the Nissan Micra. So confident Nissan Canada is of it, that they created a spec race series just for their new small car: the Nissan Micra Cup, or for our French readers, Coupe Nissan Micra. In a rare opportunity, Nissan arranged for members of the media to drive Micra Cup cars around the track at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (a.k.a. CTMP, formerly Mosport). Yours truly was at the track, and got to be a race car driver, even if just for the day. It would be unfair for me to assess the performance characteristics of the race prepped Micra seeing as this is the... Read more

Muhammad Zafzaf’s ‘The Elusive Fox’: Turning the Euro-American Story about Morocco Inside Out …

Books, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Muhammad Zafzaf’s ‘The Elusive Fox’: Turning the Euro-American Story about Morocco Inside Out

From a review of Muhammad Zafzaf’s The Elusive Fox, trans. Mbarek Sryfi and Roger Allen, that can be read in full at Qantara, “One rule for them.” It opens: The ′60s generation of US writers was shaped by a Morocco that emerged in the writings of William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Paul Bowles and many others. This Morocco was frightening, welcoming, exotic, hallucinatory and completely &Primenew&Prime. It was a space not just to be read, but written. These works inspired young travellers and coastal Morocco swelled as a popular destination for American and European counter-cultural drifters, hedonists, artists and others. This, of course, did not go unmarked by Morocco′s artists and writers. Muhammad Zafzaf (1945-2001), the twentieth century′s &Primegodfather of Moroccan literature&Prime, was, in the 1960s, a young writer, a student and later a Casablanca high-school teacher. {ads1}His 1989... 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

Proudly Canadian! The best online entertainment for the lux lifestyle

Daily Life, Thursday, July 14th 2016

Proudly Canadian! The best online entertainment for the lux lifestyle

Proudly Canadian! The best online entertainment for the lux lifestyle is available to everyone today. One of the most striking facts about the Information Age is the fact that nearly everything has been democratized. People can now learn facts that would have been inaccessible to many people some time ago. They can watch countless films and television shows for the price of ten dollars a month on Netflix rather than spending that same amount to watch three movies at a rental store. Online casino gaming is just another part of that picture. Proudly Canadian! The best online entertainment for the lux lifestyle feels modern as well as glamorous. The Royal Vegas Online Casino gives people the opportunity to enjoy gaming opportunities that would have been available only to the rich three... Read more

SNM Summer'16 Vol 2 Collection

Fashion, Monday, July 18th 2016

SNM Summer'16 Vol 2 Collection

    {ads1}I've encountered a lot of lasses who are coming up with their own blogs; there is absolutely no harm in initiating a blog as long as you're willing to maintain it. The blogosphere requires a lot of hard work and time. I shall be writing about my blogging journey in one of my forthcoming blog posts. Anyway, I bought 3 dresses for Eid but didn't get a chance to wear them as I was unwell and spent most of my time in bed. A Lahore-based company called 'Din Industries' sent me an email and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their latest designs. They recently launched a new collection called 'SNM Summer'16 Vol 2'; the dress I received is exquisite, and I love it. I wore it for... Read more

I Spent A Week Living On Office Snacks and Here's What Happened …

Food, Wednesday, July 20th 2016

I Spent A Week Living On Office Snacks and Here's What Happened

Photographed by Rockie Nolan. Millennials love snacks. Or at least everyone says we do. Major food companies are basing entire brand strategies off the idea, and start-ups full of young people are keeping their employees happy with fridges stocked full of freebies. No, seriously, it’s a fact that millennials find access to free food at work to be extremely important. But we also get criticized for it. How could we care more about a soda machine and a constant supply of artisanal coffee than real benefits? {ads1}I’ve never based a decision to take a job on the inside of a fridge myself, but I do enjoy (and constantly find myself munching on) the freebies that Refinery29 provides. There also always seems to be an overflow of food from a catered lunch... Read more

Workout Advice For Lazy Girls

Health, Friday, July 8th 2016

Workout Advice For Lazy Girls

Photographed by Winnie Au.   Welcome to Workout Advice For Lazy Girls, where Refinery29’s Deputy Editor of Health & Wellness (who also just so happens to be an ACE-certified personal trainer but is, we swear, not even a little bit athletic) fixes your biggest, laziest exercise conundrums. Got a Q? Send it to What's the best way to transition into working out if you've never been active (or it's just been a really long time)? {ads1}You’re already hinting at it — thinking of this process as a transition is the key to success. Why? Well, here’s how “finally getting in shape” tends to go: You gear up mentally to get active, strap on your sneakers, and, overly excited and determined, go on an insanely long run or throw yourself into a killer workout.... 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

Did Oil Kill The Dinosaurs?

Science, Thursday, July 21st 2016

What killed the dinosaurs? It's a question as old as – well the dinosaurs themselves, and one that everyone from school children to scientists have been asking for decades. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Land Before Time only heighten that sense of wonder and raise the stakes behind that question. Now according to a new scientific study, it seems that black gold may have been the source of the dinos' demise. Japanese researchers at Tohuku University and the Meteorological Research Institute authored a recent study in the research journal Scientific Reports suggesting that a meteor impact 66 million years ago on an oil rich region of Yucatan Peninsula led to the death of the dinosaurs. When the asteroid hit the vast oil deposits of Mexico, it sent thick black smoke... Read more

How To Watch 4K Video On Your MacBook Air

Technology, Wednesday, July 13th 2016

How To Watch 4K Video On Your MacBook Air

MacBook Air running a 4K display with Thunderbolt / DisplayPort   By Stephen Pate – The Apple MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable ultralight laptop. I wanted to see if the MacBook Air was capable of showing 4K video despite its alleged-older design.  The MacBook Air can handle a 4K display with an inexpensive Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort 1.2 cable. {ads1}People who diss the MacBook Air ignore that Apple has continuously updated the design. The 2016 model has 8 GB of RAM, faster SSD drives and a Thunderbolt 2 port. It still is ultralight which is what I like. My daughter has a MacBook Pro and it’s too heavy for my tastes. The Thunderbolt 2 port handles the external 4K display, which are usually 24 to 32&Prime.  A  4K screen on a 13&Prime laptop is just... Read more

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 43

Teens, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 43

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. Follow Gracie and her Amazing Adventures on Facebook. 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 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 report is... Read more

Art Exhibit

What's On, Monday, July 25th 2016

July 27th – August 6thOpening Reception: July 28th , 6-9 p.m.Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Childhood, a new exhibition of works by guest artist, Gev Marotz.In this latest suite of works, Marotz investigates his nostalgic attachment to objects from childhood.The focus here is not on the quality of that childhood, but rather his earliest Read more

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Dishoom boys John Abraham and Varun Dhawan to do a Live stunt

Masala, Monday, July 25th 2016

Dishoom boys John Abraham and Varun Dhawan to do a Live stunt

Yes.. you heard that right! In a one of a kind event, Dishoom stars John Abraham and Varun Dhawan are to recreate the film's most expensive chase, Live for the audience. Sajid Nadiadwala's Dishoom, an action adventure has been giving the audience the thrills and the Dishoom boys are all set to take the thrill a notch higher! While in the Capital city for promotion, the Dishoom lads are gearing up to treat their audience with a first hand experience of the daredevil scene. The scene, which is touted to be Bollywood's most expensive chase sequence features the buddy cops in a helicopter. Both John and Varun are to recreate Dishoom's helicopter chase sequence and give a first ever kind of a Live visual to the audience. The actors are to travel from the airport... Read more


Hollywood Gossip, Saturday, July 23rd 2016


{ads1}Caitlyn Jenner is trying to adjust to the intense heat like the rest of us, but a mini skirt is not the answer. She may not have realized it yet, but miniskirts are not necessarily a mature woman’s best friend. Caitlyn apparently has a lifetime of fashion dos and don’ts to catch up on. But her hair looks great. Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Star Trek Beyond

Reviews, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Back in 1966, we saw the first of its kind space adventure series hit the small screen with the arrival of Star Trek. Created by Gene Roddenberry, the franchise soon acquired a cult status with fans across the globe. Despite spins off and divergent stories over the years, Star Trek has retained its essence of being a tale of space exploration. Now years on, we see the release of STAR TREK BEYOND which is the sequel to the 2013 release STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. {ads1}Much like the series that spoke of different adventures in space, STAR TREK BEYOND too is one episode from the journal of Captain Kirk and the crew of The Enterprise. The story begins with The Enterprise being two and a half years into its five year mission,... Read more

Movie Preview Great Grand Masti

Previews, Thursday, July 21st 2016

Great Grand Masti is the story of Amar (Ritesh Deshmukh), Prem (Aftab Shivdasani) and Meet (Vivek Oberoi) are bosom pals and all of them are frustrated in their married lives. Amar, a sexologist, can't consummate his marriage with his wife, Sapna (Puja Banerjee), because he lives with his strict mother-in-law (Usha Nadkarni). The mother-in-law is convinced that her late husband would be born again into the family and for this, she is guided by a fraud astrologer, Antakshri Baba (Sanjay Mishra), who will decide the time Amar and Sapna should get physical. Prem, who is married to Nisha (Shraddha Das), cannot consummate his marriage because Nisha's hot and sexy younger sister (Kangna Sharma) also lives with them. The sister-in-law lusts for Prem, and does not allow Prem and Nisha to even... 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 Rustom

Music :: Filmi, Wednesday, July 20th 2016

EXPECTATIONS Just the hints were good enough to suggest that the soundtrack of Rustom would turn out to be exciting. First it happened a few months back when Akshay Kumar introduced the theme of Rustom via a well-orchestrated act in an awards function. Later, just a couple of lines (from 'Tay Hai') in the film's theatrical promo established the melodic base of the music. Then 'Tere Sang Yaara' was unveiled and expectations were pretty much set that with Manoj Muntashir as the lyricist and Arko, Raghav Sachar, Ankit Tiwari and Jeet Gannguli as the composers, there is an entertaining soundtrack in store.   MUSIC It is delightful to hear the voice of Atif Aslam and he does quite well to sing 'Tere Sang Yaara' for Akshay Kumar. The song has the kind of... 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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A Shortage of United States Government Debt

Economy, Thursday, July 21st 2016

A Shortage of United States Government Debt

Despite the fact that the United States federal government debt has done these two things since the beginning of the Great Recession:   ...a recent piece by Narayan Kocherlakota, former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis between 2009 and 2015 and current professor of Economics at the University of Rochester, suggests that there simply isn't enough U.S. debt to satisfy the world's insatiable thirst for United States-denominated paper money in the form of Treasury bonds, notes, bills and Treasury Inflation-Protected... Read more

Why Lithium Will See Another Price Spike This Fall

Markets, Wednesday, July 20th 2016

Why Lithium Will See Another Price Spike This Fall

So far, lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold, with exponential demand expected over the coming years. Although the price trajectory of the metal has been subdued in recent months, the fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth. Price doubling from 2014/2015 was first seen in China and is now being felt worldwide, with lithium hydroxide prices from $16-20 and carbonate prices from $12-14 thousand USD per ton. Automotive Thrust There is no doubt... 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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