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Harper Officially Kicks Off Oct. 19 Federal Election

Harper Officially Kicks Off Oct. 19 Federal Election

Canada, Sunday, August 2nd 2015

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper officially inaugurated the marathon election campaign of his party on Sunday by announcing that Canadians will go to the polls on Oct. 19. Harper alleged that... Read more

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South Sudan: With new text books, Terekeka Pupils can now Head to Class …

Africa, Sunday, August 2nd 2015

TEREKEKA: After writing his English lesson in an exercise book, Joseph Durmg, 14, skips one blank page and scribbles the date and title of his next lesson, a Christian Religious Education lesson. Next to him, in the humid, stuffy classroom air -- with a population of more than five dozen – other pupils crowded at different desks, do the same. {ads1}Until now a majority of pupils in Terekeka County schools have had to make up for the lack of books by rubbing out the lessons of the previous class and re-using an exercise book – often their only book.  "Pupils in some schools are using one exercise book for all the subjects, whether five subjects, or the traditional eight subjects," Abraham Ladu Isaac, Education Director, Terekeka County, says.  "This is a big problem: there... Read more

How Liberal and Conservative are Americans?

America, Wednesday, July 29th 2015

How Liberal and Conservative are Americans?

In a very interesting twist, a recent poll by Pew shows how American's views on social issues has changed over the past 15 years.  While both sides of the political spectrum seek to appeal to their traditional bases, this poll suggests that the political leaning of the United States as a whole may be evolving.   Here is the first question in the poll:   "Thinking about social issues, would you say your vies on social issues are very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal or very liberal?"   For the first time in Gallup records dating back to 1999, the number of very conservative and conservative respondents and liberal and very liberal respondents was tied, each coming in at 31 percent with moderates coming in at 33 percent.  Here is a graphic showing the results of the same polling... Read more

China's Military Ambitions Part 2

Asia, Monday, June 1st 2015

China's Military Ambitions Part 2

In part one of this posting, I looked at two recent statements from China regarding the role of its military and how its position as a world power will evolve over time.  In this posting, I will take a closer look at how busy China has been in the heavily disputed South China Sea region, located along in the area between mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.  As you will see, China, in particular, has been very busy in the disputed region as have two of its neighbours.   As a reminder, here is a map showing the disputed region: The numerous Spratly Islands (an archipelago or island group or island chain) are located more than 1000 kilometres from the Chinese mainland.  The largest of these islands is about 90... Read more

Royal Australian Air Force receives first Growler

Australia, Thursday, July 30th 2015

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) today received its first EA-18G Growler. Prime contractor Boeing and the U.S Navy formally presented the aircraft to the RAAF at a ceremony in St Louis in the United States.   Former Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown (ret’d), who represented the RAAF at the ceremony, confirmed that Australia would be the first nation outside the United States to fly the airborne electronic attack platform.   “The Growlers will complement our existing and future air combat capability, and ours will be a much more lethal force with this advanced technology,” Air Marshal Brown said.   “In many respects, it’s the final piece of the air power jigsaw puzzle for the RAAF, and my prediction is it will have one of the biggest strategic effects for the Australian Defence... Read more

Prime Minister Harper Calls Election To Save Taxpayer’s Money

Canada, Monday, August 3rd 2015

Prime Minister Harper Calls Election To Save Taxpayer’s Money

Small lies and big lies – Prime Minister starts election campaign with a whopper By Stephen Pate – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper starts an 11-week election campaign with a big prevarication, an obfuscation, an equivocation, a lie. By more than doubling the length of the election, he is saving taxpayers money. “What we do by calling this campaign is making sure we are all operating within the rules and not using taxpayers’ money directly,” Mr. Harper is quoted in the National Post. {ads1}If that wasn’t such a bold faced lie, it might be possible to believe he had our interests at heart. Who’s money does Prime Minister Harper think the political parties are spending? 50% of the $50 million the Conservatives are estimated to be spending in the 11-week election comes directly from the refundable political... Read more

Britain, France Ask EU to Take Act on Calais Migrant Crisis

England, Sunday, August 2nd 2015

Britain, France Ask EU to Take Act on Calais Migrant Crisis

The French and British authorities have mutually sought help from European Union states on Sunday to aid in controlling the growing crisis in northern France caused by thousands of migrants seeking to make illegal and dangerous crossings into England. Recent events have revealed that Calais is apparently one of the most major loophole in the maritime border between the two nations and a huge influx of migrants are entering Europe to escape poverty and violence in the Middle East and Africa. Almost every night from more than a week, thousands of migrants are trying to flee Calais and force their way through the rail tunnel linking France and Britain. These events have triggered a strong public reaction and severely disrupted the flow of goods between the two countries. In a joint... Read more

What Will It Take to Rescue Greece?

Europe, Monday, July 6th 2015

What Will It Take to Rescue Greece?

Now that Greeks have decisively turned down a bailout and its accompanying austerity, we need to know what it would take to actually turn the Greek debt situation around.  A recent review of Greece's debt sustainability by the International Monetary Fund shows that there have been significant negative changes in the nation's ability to sustain its current level of debt, largely because of lower government surpluses and weak fiscal reforms that have led to new financing needs.   According to the IMF's last review of Greece's fiscal picture in May 2014, things were looking up.  The nation's debt-to-GDP ratio was projected to fall from 175 percent at the end of 2013 to 128 percent by 2020 and 117 percent in 2022.  While this suggested that the Greek debt situation was improving, this projection by... Read more

Rajan Zed urges Secunderabad Club to offer equal opportunities to women

India, Thursday, July 30th 2015

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has urged the elite Secunderabad Club in India to offer equal rights and opportunities to women.   Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that the reported 137-years old gender discrimination needed to end and right now as it was highly inappropriate, immoral and archaic.   {ads1}Rajan Zed pointed out that instead of being proud of its traditions, Secunderabad Club should be embarrassed of its reportedly discriminatory policies. Clubs like this, who seemingly refused to treat women as equal, should not be in the business in 21st century Secunderabad, India and the world.   Zed further said that State administration, whose job was to promote equality and address sexism issues, should also look into the Club regulations. Secunderabad Club, which seemed to... Read more

Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran's Moving Nuclear Target Date

Middle East, Friday, July 31st 2015

Let's open by looking at a speech given to the United Nations General Assembly by Benjamin Netanyahu on September 27, 2012:     Go to the 25 minute and 10 second mark where Benjamin Netanyahu begins to explain Iran's nuclear program using what can only be termed a Warner Brothers cartoon-like bomb:   {ads1}"In the case of Iran's nuclear plans to build a bomb, this bomb has to be filled with enough enriched uranium and Iran has to go through three stages.  The first stage, they have to enrich enough low enriched uranium.  The second stage, they have to enrich enough medium enriched uranium.  And the third stage, the final stage, they have to enrich enough high enriched uranium for the first bomb.  Where's Iran?  Iran has completed the first stage.  It took them many years but... Read more

A world first for ACCA and the University of London: MSc in Professional Accountancy…

Pakistan, Friday, July 31st 2015

Accountancy students will be at the forefront of ground-breaking change by studying for the world’s first integrated Masters degree programme with the University of London at the same time as taking their professional qualification with the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). {ads1}Taking both qualifications at the same time has been made possible through a unique partnership between the University of London and ACCA, which is the first truly integrated Masters programme with an accountancy body at professional level.  Both organisations subscribe to the access agenda and operate in 180 countries across the globe. The design of the Masters degree in Professional Accountancy has been customised with two pathways for both ACCA students and its Members/Affiliates, wishing to get ahead in their career. For current students, the first three essential ACCA professional papers... Read more

Diamonds and Women: One of the Few Novels that Follows Arab Immigrants to South…

South America, Wednesday, May 6th 2015

Diamonds and Women: One of the Few Novels that Follows Arab Immigrants to South America

Tonight in Abu Dhabi, the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction will be announced. Diamonds and Women is one of the six shortlisted novels, and here Sawad Hussein reviews a book rich with the physicality of sex, sexual power, and sexual exploitation: By Sawad Hussain Lina Hawyan Elhassan’s latest novel, Diamonds and Women, navigates through time and space, from the early twentieth century up through the 1980s, moving across the globe. The story is shared between two generations of Arab emigrants from different cities in Syria, although the majority hail from Damascus. Through the intermittent memories of characters floating in and out of the storyline, the reader is taken back yet further — as far as the late 1800s. The novel portrays the romantic, economic, and social struggles of the protagonists, as well as their eventual prominent influence... Read more

Religious call to fight infidelity in Ottawa

South Asians Abroad, Sunday, August 2nd 2015

{ads1}Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has given a call to the leaders of various religions and denominations to put up a joint fight against the reportedly staggering amount of infidelity in Canada’s capital Ottawa.   According to reports, cheating website “Ashley Madison”, whose tagline is "Life is short. Have an affair", has 189,810 Ottawa accounts, while its population reportedly is 883,391; which means more than one in five residents. Moreover, there could be other adulterers also who were not “Ashley Madison” members.   Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, said that as all major religions strongly condemned adultery, this was a good cause to show religious unity in fight against the evil of adultery, which was the major cause of divorces resulting in break-up 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

Honda Indy Toronto announces IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe as Grand Marshal

Other Sports, Friday, June 12th 2015

Organizers of the 2015 Honda Indy Toronto are pleased to announce that local Canadian race car driver and mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the marquee Verizon IndyCar Series race taking place Sunday, June 14. Hinchcliffe was recently medically cleared to travel to Toronto. Hinchcliffe will perform the standard Grand Marshal duties that include giving the famous “drivers, start your engines” command to start the afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series race on Sunday. “We are very excited to have James as Grand Marshal,” said Charlie Johnstone, President of the Honda Indy Toronto. “Although he is unable to race, it is important to us, and to him, that he is involved in the race in some capacity, being as this is his home town event.” Hinchcliffe will not be... 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 Harper Government and Taxpayer Funded Campaign Advertising

Columns, Monday, August 3rd 2015

The Harper Government and Taxpayer Funded Campaign Advertising

{ads1}With it appearing less and less likely that the Harper government will be able to balance the budget for fiscal 2015 - 2016 and with Canadians heading the polls in October, I wanted to take a look at one area where the current government both could and should scale back spending.  Please note that the data used in this posting is current to the latest annual report released by the federal government.   Here is a table showing how much the Conservatives have spent on advertising for the last five fiscal years:   The $75.2 million spent in 2013 - 2014 is about average over the four year period from 2010 - 2011 but down significantly from the $136.3 million spent in fiscal 2009 - 2010.  In that fiscal year, spending was elevated because the... 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

chatr expands nationally to over 200 Canadian cities

Press Releases, Tuesday, May 5th 2015

chatr expands nationally to over 200 Canadian cities

  Goodbye calling cards: new prepaid international rates starting at 1 cent per minute included in $25 monthly plans TORONTO (May 5, 2015) - chatr mobile announced today that it’s now available across Canada to bring more customers prepaid voice and text plans, incredible international talk rates and more data. Monthly plans of $25 and up now include international calling starting at 1 cent per minute to more than 200 countries, making it easier and faster to keep in touch with friends and family afar. {ads1}“Customers can now call or text around the world without purchasing a calling card,” said Raj Doshi, chief chatr head, chatr mobile. “For many who are entering a new chapter in life, setting up a mobile phone is often the first step they take, and chatr gives... Read more


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DEMO-GRAPHICS The Biennial Art Event of the Greater Toronto Area

Art & Culture, Tuesday, July 14th 2015

On July 6th, the organizers of DEMO-GRAPHICS, the biennial art event of the Greater Toronto Area, held a first Think Tank in order to present the ideas behind the event and the main figures leading to its development. The think tank was successful in bringing together many of the GTA's cultural leaders, including artists, museum directors, leaders from the educational world, curators, representatives from governmental agencies and from the corporate world. The day of presentations and discussions was held in one of the GTA's most active cities, culturally speaking, Mississauga. Mayor Bonnie Crombie came in to speak of her support and enthusiasm for DEMO-GRAPHICS. {ads1}Chantal Pontbriand, Canadian curator, editor, and art consultant working internationally, will act as artistic director and curator of DEMO-GRAPHICS 1 to be held in the spring of... Read more

Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze - longer, lower and lighter

Automotive, Tuesday, July 7th 2015

Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze - longer, lower and lighter

  After selling seemingly countless Cruze models in North America since the fall of 2010, it was time for something new from Chevrolet. The June unveiling of the second generation of the brand's big-selling compact sedan showed that a commitment to space and economy is still top of mind amongst GM brass. And how could it not be, with the Cruze being such a big name in the ever-competitive compact sedan market? For 2016, the Cruze gains all-new looks and dimensions, coming in an inch lower, 2.7 inches longer, and a whopping 113 kg (250 lbs) lighter than outgoing models. The 'more space, less weight' approach was recently applied to the 2016 Chevy Malibu, and like with that model, the stretch should aid rear seat legroom. The weight loss, coupled with a slippery new body, will allow the car to achieve... Read more

A Literary Power That Could Totally Subdue a Monster

Books, Thursday, July 30th 2015

A Literary Power That Could Totally Subdue a Monster

One of the major streams of disagreement during the 2015 Shubbak Festival, which ran last weekend, was what writing can (and can’t) do: The comix panel. Photo credit: Shubbak Festival. Libyan-British graphic novelist Asia Alfasi was perhaps the most vocal in the “can” camp. During the “Drawing Your Attention” panel, Alfasi described what she saw as the power of comics and graphic novels. She moved from Libya to the UK at the age of eight, and it was a difficult transition. When she began to draw manga in her UK school, “It was the first time bullies stopped bullying … they started sitting next to me quietly as I drew. At that moment I realized that comics could have a power that could totally subdue a monster and make them so receptive.” {ads1}Alfasi, who is working on her... Read more

OMNI Television and to Bring Live Coverage of Maclean’s Federal Leaders Debate in…

Community, Wednesday, July 29th 2015

– All major federal party leaders confirmed to participate: Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada; Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada; Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada – – Maclean’s Leaders Debate will be available live on OMNI Television and in Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin and Punjabi on Thursday, August 6 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET – {ads1}Maclean’s, Canada’s leading current affairs magazine, owned by Rogers Communications Inc., will bring audiences the first opportunity to hear from all major federal party leaders ahead of this year’s federal election, in a nationally televised debate in English on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on Rogers-owned television network, City. In... Read more

How To Solve The 11 Week Canadian Election With Netflix

Daily Life, Monday, August 3rd 2015

How To Solve The 11 Week Canadian Election With Netflix

Canadians can avoid all those nasty political ads from all parties by cutting the cable and getting Netflix By Stephen Pate – The next 11 weeks in Canada are going to be filled with negative political ads that hammer on the weaknesses of the various party leaders over and over. Seeing them once is enough. The news outlet say the Conservatives have $50 million worth of nasty ads to put in our homes. {ads1}We love our TV entertainment so I’ve come up with a quick and cost-effective solution. Cancel your cable TV service and get Netflix on high-speed internet.  Most people are paying $80 to $100 a month for cable. Netflix only costs $7.99 a month for all the movies and shows you can watch, most of them in HD. Netflix is also an effective political... Read more

Cosmopolitan Will Be Treated Like Porn At Some Stores

Fashion, Friday, July 31st 2015

Cosmopolitan Will Be Treated Like Porn At Some Stores

Photo: Courtesy of Cosmopolitan. Should Cosmopolitan be covered up on newsstands, just like porn rags? Absolutely, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), which has pushed for the magazine to be sold behind blinders because of salacious cover content. As WWD reported today, the group says it has gotten stores owned by Rite Aid and Delhaize America — the latter runs East Coast supermarket chains Food Lion and Hannaford Stores — to agree to cover up the magazine. {ads1}Weirdly enough, the driving force behind the suggested censoring at NCSE is Victoria Hearst, the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, founder of Cosmo parent company Hearst Corporation. Ultimately, NCSE, formerly known as Morality in Media, hopes you’ll get carded when buying Cosmo, as if you're buying cigarettes, with a minimum age of... Read more

You'll Never Guess The Secret Weapon Of This 4-Cheese Pizza

Food, Monday, July 27th 2015

You'll Never Guess The Secret Weapon Of This 4-Cheese Pizza

You can find Stephanie celebrating the awesomeness of food over at iamafoodblog, a recipe blog featuring fun and playful comfort food, delicious photography, and the occasional vegetable. Photo: Courtesy of I Am A Food Blog.   You know, until recently, I never really got the appeal of cheese pizza. Growing up, my pizza of choice was always ham and pineapple. Fast-forward many, many years and I’ve pretty much tried every type of pizza. Even so, amidst my extensive eating of porchetta pizzas, grilled-cheese pizzas, and caramelized-shrimp pizzas, I’ve been slow to answer the siren song of the regular-old, cheese-topped classic slice. But now, I’ve gone to the dark and cheesy side. I’m all about cheese pizza, which is in no way plain. First off, we need to consider the base of all pizzas: the... Read more

This Is What Happens When You Freeze Your Fat

Health, Friday, July 24th 2015

This Is What Happens When You Freeze Your Fat

  {ads1}Belly pooch, muffin top, food baby, roll, love handles, saddle bags...the world has a lot of cutesy and derogatory ways to describe body fat. And despite eating healthy, exercising regularly, and generally kicking ass at living, we all have so-called "trouble areas" on our bodies. In fact, some people are just genetically predisposed to carrying and storing pockets of fat in different areas, and those people are often as healthy (or sometimes healthier) than their thinner counterparts. That said, recent advancements in the cosmetic dermatology field have led to a slew of new, surgery-free treatments and machines that claim to eliminate stubborn, fatty areas using heat, ultrasound, radio frequency, and freezing. What are all these treatments? Do they even work? And if they do, are they worth it? Now, I... Read more

This New App Eliminates Broker Fees

Homes, Wednesday, July 29th 2015

This New App Eliminates Broker Fees

Photo: Oliver Online Inc. When hunting for a new apartment, many of us hire brokers to help reduce the stress of the search. They know which landlords are trustworthy, which pads come with a dishwasher, and whether or not Fido will be able to join us in our new digs. But the inevitable broker fee is a headache in and of itself; in some cities, like NYC, it increases the first year's rent by 15%. {ads1}We'd much rather spend that money on a fabulous couch or artwork for our new home. That's where Oliver comes in. Created by tech expert Yossi Shemesh and real estate developer Amir Shriki, Oliver is a new app that's designed to help users "rent an apartment seamlessly without a broker." Unlike services such as StreetEasy and Zillow,... Read more

3 Ways To Stay Smart Even When You're Working Like Crazy

Naukri & Paisa, Thursday, July 2nd 2015

3 Ways To Stay Smart Even When You're Working Like Crazy

General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education and opportunities in tech, business, and design.       Illustrated by Mallory Heyer. By Emily Pope “You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ― Julia Child {ads1}After graduating from Temple University in the summer of 2012, I couldn’t wait to step out of the library and into an office. Preferably, it’d be one with an open layout and fabulous people traipsing around — but, you know, I wasn’t picky. Soon after graduation, I got my big break: I was a social media manager for an online pet-supply company in New York City. While it wasn’t as glamorous as I’d (naively) imagined, it was in my dream city, and I was grateful. For the next two years, I worked tirelessly, learning everything I... 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

Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom

Science, Wednesday, July 29th 2015

The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla's battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor's radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted. This wonder mineral is the backbone of our everyday lives, popping up in everything from the glass in our windows to our mountains of electronics. And while investors have long appreciated the steady rise in demand for this preferred mineral, the number of new applications continues to multiply. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics demand more lithium. But the largest driver for future lithium use will be in electric vehicles and home batteries for solar panels. That has lithium... Read more

How To Get Free Windows 10 Upgrade Now

Technology, Saturday, August 1st 2015

How To Get Free Windows 10 Upgrade Now

If waiting for the Windows 10 upgrade invitation is too slow, you can download the upgrade now By Stephen Pate – As of yesterday 67 million computers were upgraded to Windows 10.  That is a higher upgrade rate than Microsoft or Apple ever achieved before. Officially you have to wait for Microsoft to invite you to upgrade but there is another way to get it now. The upgrade rate is a signal people like the fact that Windows 10 is free for Windows 7 and 8.1 activated licences. It is also a sign that people like Windows 10. After I upgraded two desktops and a laptop, my wife jumped into the game and upgraded one of her three computers. Microsoft is saying officially that you might have to wait weeks for the upgrade. Boring! Windows... Read more

Kanishq Verma from Doha, Qatar wins Peace Builder of the Year Award …

Teens, Wednesday, July 8th 2015

Kanishq Verma from Doha, Qatar wins Peace Builder of the Year Award

“In the 21st century, I think the heroes will be the people who will improve the quality of life, fight poverty and introduce more sustainability” – Bertrand Piccard In this quote, it is clear that Piccard is referring to today’s generation. I personally believe that the youth of today have the perfect opportunity to improve the quality of life not only for themselves and their own families but for all people, especially the most impoverished and introduce more sustainability! Some youth are learning how to fight poverty and bring about a sustainable way of life for others. A perfect example of a youth who is making a great difference in his local community is Kanishq Verma from Doha, Qatar. As a grade 10 student, Kanishq is not only improving the lives... Read more

Getting to Orlando: wings, wheels and ankles

Travel, Tuesday, July 7th 2015

Getting to Orlando: wings, wheels and ankles

Over 62 million people visited Orlando, Florida last year--making it the most visited destination in the US, surpassing even New York City or Las Vegas. Amongst the travellers to the central Florida hotspot are thousands upon thousands of Canadians who make the journey south to discover all that Orlando has to offer. There’s more than one way to make it down to the Sunshine State from often-not-so-sunny Canada. We’ve covered three options ranging from quick and efficient to safe adventure to downright epic. By plane A number of airlines serve every major Canadian city with flights to and from Orlando. While flying out of Vancouver could take anywhere from 7.5 - 11 hours with a connection, the most direct flights to Orlando originate from Toronto and take less than three hours. The cost of... Read more

Ramón Ayala at Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

What's On, Sunday, August 2nd 2015

 Ramón Ayala at Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

Norteño's "King of the Accordion" at the Greek: Ramón Ayala Greek Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) Known as the "King of the Accordion," American and Latin Grammy winner Ramón Ayala is one of the most recognized and best-selling artists of the Mexican-American genre. Now, this norteño legend straps on his favorite instrument and shows L.A. why he's a s Read more

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Radhika Apte signs Rajnikant's next

Masala, Monday, August 3rd 2015

{ads1}After creating immense noise for her performance in Ahalya, actress Radhika Apte has now officially confirmed her next project opposite Tamil superstar Rajnikanth! The actress will be seen playing the lead actress in the film which is set to be directed by Pa Ranjith. The rumour which was doing the rounds for a while now has been put to rest with Radhika officially signing the film. Adding to this the actress says, “I don’t know how to describe the feeling. It will take some time to sink in. I don’t think there is anybody bigger than Rajini sir. The director of the film, Pa Ranjith, is also exceptionally good. So, I am thrilled that everything worked out. I am also excited because I will finally get to meet Rajinikanth,” says Radhika. Although Radhika... Read more


Hollywood Gossip, Monday, August 3rd 2015


{ads1}Looks like Jane Fonda is more interested in her dog than she is her boyfriend! Jane and Richard Perry had a dinner date at Craig’s and Jane brought along her beloved dog Tulea. The pup was wearing a vest that indicates he is a “service dog” and can go places – like restaurants – that other dogs can’t. If you have the money, it’s not difficult to get a service dog vest whether it’s legitimate or not. This has a lot of dog owners riled up in LA, because it doesn’t seem fair. After dinner, Jane was so concerned about getting Tulea tucked into the car that she nearly forgot her boyfriend Richard. Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Pixels English

Reviews, Thursday, July 30th 2015

It isn't easy to make a film based on any one single video game, leave alone making a film that incorporates multiple arcade video games from the 80s. But that is exactly what PIXELS is all about. The film starts off in 1982, with two kids Brenner (Adam Sandler) and Cooper (Kevin James) heading out for a fun night at the video arcade. While Brenner excels at gaming, Cooper on the other hand is a master of the 'crane game'. As they continue to play, Cooper convinces Brenner to enter the World Arcade Championship. At the event, the MC tells everyone that a time capsule will be launched into space containing elements of the present culture filmed at the championship. Meanwhile, Brenner and Cooper meet Ludlow Lamonsoff, a weird but brilliant... Read more

Movie Preview Masaan

Previews, Thursday, July 23rd 2015

Characters: Vicky Kaushal: Deepak Chaudhary Deepak is a 25-year old boy from a Dom family, who burn dead bodies on the ghats of Benares. He is studying civil engineering and also helps out his family too in their work...though he wants to get out of it. Richa Chadha: Devi Pathak Devi is a 24 year-old girl working as a receptionist cum counselor in a coaching center. As girls of her age would be, she's also curious about relationships and sex...unfortunately she gets embroiled in a controversy leading from her desires. Shweta Tripathi: Shaalu Gupta Shaalu is an upper-caste beautiful, honest and confident girl. She loves poetry and has a natural charm. She has fallen in love with Deepak...without thinking of the consequences. {ads1}Sanjay Mishra: Vidyadhar Pathak An ex-professor of Sanskrit, Vidyadhar Pathak is a 52-year old Pandit selling... Read more

50 Years Later No Boos For Bob Dylan at Newport

Mainstream, Tuesday, July 28th 2015

50 Years Later No Boos For Bob Dylan at Newport

50 years after Bob Dylan changed folk and rock forever Newport Folk Festival pays Dylan tribute By Stephen Pate – When Bob Dylan strapped on a Fender Stratocaster at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, some people boo’ed and some old timers like Theodore Bikel and Pete Seeger wanted Dylan off the stage. Here’s Dylan blowing the doors off Maggie’s Farm circa 1965. Both the words and the performance are a kiss-off for the left wing folkies who thought Dylan was their poster boy. The rest is history as Dylan went on to change rock and roll from the rock version of moon-june-croon to a literate and angry form of musical expression. 50 years later Bob Dylan didn’t show at the Newport Folk Festival 2015 but they honored him anyways. Here are the videos. Maggie’s Farm... Read more

Music Review Jaanisaar

Music :: Filmi, Thursday, July 30th 2015

EXPECTATIONS Three decades back, Muzaffar Ali's Umrao Jaan had created history with a soundtrack that is heard till date. However, times have changed and unlike Rekha who was the star of the show and had played a major role in making the music memorable due to its recall value, there are newcomers in the director's latest film Jaanisaar. Still, one expects a classy score from the film, albeit not the kind that would go on to be huge commercially. A heavy soundtrack with as many as 10 songs, it has music by Muzaffar Ali and Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan with numerous lyricists coming together with their contribution. MUSIC If Umrao Jaan is remembered for the voice of Asha Bhosle, it is Shreya Ghoshal who leads the show with Jaanisaar. She begins with Nawab... 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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Saudis Expand Price War Downstream on Oil

Economy, Tuesday, July 28th 2015

Saudis Expand Price War Downstream on Oil

The undisputed king of oil and gas is making some moves that could change the face of the global refining sector. In June 2015, Saudi Arabia pumped a record 10.564 million barrels a day, a record level. As if being the world's biggest exporter of oil was not enough, the desert kingdom is now looking to conquer the refining sector as it has quickly become the fourth largest refiner in the world. "Saudis have moved into the product business in a big... Read more

The Latest Fluctuations In The CAD/USD Currency Pair

Markets, Wednesday, July 29th 2015

The Latest Fluctuations In The CAD/USD Currency Pair

Fluctuations in the forex industry are normal and play a big role in enhancing market liquidity. For traders of the USD/CAD or the 'loonie' as it is colloquially called, keeping abreast of price fluctuations is important. Here is a look at the latest fluctuations and factors responsible for this price action: An Overview of the CAD/USD Price Fluctuations In general, the CAD/USD currency pair fluctuations have been in favor of the USD since February 14, 2013. That was the last time... Read more

The Salt Secret of Pakistan

Local Bazaar, Thursday, June 25th 2015

The Salt Secret of Pakistan

I hope the weather is treating you well. Hey, over 45°c is just too much, don't you think so? Anyway, I visited the salt secret a couple of weeks ago and it was certainly an unforgettable experience. I was completely frustrated and tired due to my exams. Hence, I had to relax my mind, so I went for a relaxing therapy. The therapy that I took was of 45 minutes and it was incredible. The hostess who invited me, welcomed... Read more

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