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PM Trudeau Pays Tribute to Victims of Paris Attacks at Bataclan

PM Trudeau Pays Tribute to Victims of Paris Attacks at Bataclan

Canada, Sunday, November 29th 2015

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and his French counterpart, Manuel Valls, visited Bataclan concert hall on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris... Read more

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Bishop Gives Hope For A nation In Crisis South Sudan

Africa, Monday, November 30th 2015

Bishop Gives Hope For A nation In Crisis South Sudan

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Yei, Erkolano Lodu Tombe says that South Sudanese should not lose hope in the country due to the wide spread economic and political crises. Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe (R)and Monsignor Thomas Oliha (L) photo by AMECEA Online By Modi Gilbert YEI, 30 November 2015 [Gurtong]-The Bishop said that South Sudan will soon experience changes from all the political and economic crises and that people must be optimistic and have faith in God. {ads1}“This could be the beginning of change, nothing will continue like this, happy things in the world do begin and end but even the bad ones do begin and end” he said “we are encouraged more to be positive especially when things become bad, when situations become hopeless, there seems to be darkness in your... Read more

America's "Atlantis"

America, Friday, November 27th 2015

America's "Atlantis"

While a significant portion of the population doesn't believe in the concept of global warming and its consequences, what if it really happened?  What would the impact be on the coastal United States?  A study by researchers at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science looks at the possible impact on one of America's largest cities, Miami.   Let's open with a map showing the coastal elevations in Florida:   As we can easily see, a very significant area of southern Florida is barely above sea level.   Let's now look at the changes in sea level in the Miami area.  Since 1996, measurements of sea level taken on the small island of Virginia Key located south of Miami Beach show the following trend:   By 2014, mean sea level has risen by 3.7 inches from their 1996 levels.   Not only is... Read more

China Secret Military Spending

Asia, Monday, November 23rd 2015

China Secret Military Spending

It is becoming increasingly apparent that China is becoming a "player" when it comes to the world's superpowers.  With their recent moves in the South China Sea and their displays of game-changing weapons, the United States could find itself sharing top spot as the world's number one "cop".  A recent study by Transparency International provides us with a glimpse of the secretive nation, showing us that the People's Republic of China may be spending far more "off-the-books"  on defense than either we or its citizens are aware of, leading to both corruption within the PRC and mistrust and instability in the region.   Transparency International defines secretive military spending as "military expenditures where no meaningful details are released either to the public or to parliament.".  To give us a sense of the size of... Read more

Australia and Japan sign arrangement on hydrodynamics research

Australia, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Australia and Japan have signed a cooperative research arrangement on marine hydrodynamics, the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, announced today. “This is the first joint defence research project to be conducted by our two countries,” Dr Zelinsky said. The collaborative research program will be undertaken by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group and Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency. {ads1}“This is an excellent start to our new relationship in defence science and technology cooperation,” Dr Zelinsky said. “Understanding hydrodynamics is vital for the future of Australia’s maritime defence and this collaboration will greatly benefit our technology development in this area. “While the research being undertaken is not connected to the Competitive Evaluation Process currently underway to assess Australia’s future submarine needs, the results from the research will have broad applicability to Australia’s future maritime... Read more

PM Trudeau Pays Tribute to Victims of Paris Attacks at Bataclan

Canada, Sunday, November 29th 2015

PM Trudeau Pays Tribute to Victims of Paris Attacks at Bataclan

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, and his French counterpart, Manuel Valls, visited Bataclan concert hall on Sunday to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks of Nov. 13. Trudeau was also accompanied by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Canada’s ambassador to France Lawrence Cannon, and Quebec artists and youth. Approximately 90 people were murdered at Bataclan as they attended a rock concert. Mr. and Mrs.  Trudeau, Valls, Couillard, Coderre and Cannon all laid flowers outside the Bataclan, where hundreds of letters, notes, flower bouquets and tea lights, along with many French flags, have turned the site into a memorial for the victims. In addition to the officials’ visit, a group of Quebec artists and youth were present at the ceremony to... Read more

Shadow Chancellor Says Labour MPs Allowed Free Vote on Syria Airstrikes

England, Saturday, November 28th 2015

Shadow Chancellor Says Labour MPs Allowed Free Vote on Syria Airstrikes

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies and shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, stressed in his recent remarks that MPs should be allowed to use their own judgment on the issue to support airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria or not. His remarks indicated that the Labour leadership is inclined toward allowing a free vote on the issue. According to John McDonnell, his party is not divided over the issue at all. He pointed out that many Liberal MPs are struggling to get used to the new politics where people could “honestly express their views.” He endorsed the idea of giving Labour MPs a free vote and recalled that it was a “horrendous mistake” that MPs were “whipped and threatened and pushed” into supporting “something many of them did not believe in” during the vote on... 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

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

India, Friday, October 16th 2015

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

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

ISIS, Turkey And Oil – The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

Middle East, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

As the terrorist attack in Paris sparks worldwide fear of similar reprisals and a bloody shootout and hostage situation in a five-star Mali hotel exacerbates those concerns, global energy security reels under the pressure of unfathomable geopolitics. In an exclusive interview with, Robert Bensh—managing director and partner at Pelicourt, a Western-owned oil and gas company navigating tricky conflict zones—discusses: • The terrorist threat to global energy security • What ISIS is really after • The bigger oil picture for ISIS • Why Iraq can't cope • Why Iraqi Kurdistan has disappointed • Why loose and shifting alliances spell geopolitical disaster • Whether it's all as doom-and-gloom as it seems... Interview by James Stafford of James Stafford: In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris and the shooting rampage and hostage situation at the Radisson Blu hotel... Read more

ACCA conducts ‘Popcorn Search Challenge’ in leading schools

Pakistan, Saturday, November 21st 2015

{ads1}ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. ACCA has been conducting a business game called the ‘Popcorn Search Challenge’ at leading matriculation, intermediate, O and A Level schools of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad in the months of October and November. Some of the school which participated in the business game include Beaconhouse School System, The City School, The International School of Choueifat, Forman Christian College (FCC), SICAS etcetera. The purpose of the ACCA Popcorn Search is to provide a platform to the student body of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad where they can explore business ideas and develop their skills in entrepreneurship. The challenge entails developing an Income Statement and this helps young students gain an insight into a career in accounting. The business decisions taken by... 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

Hindus concerned at Hindu flags burning in New York on Thanksgiving

South Asians Abroad, Monday, November 30th 2015

Hindus are highly concerned after reports of burning of 40 Hindu religious flags outside a Woodhaven home in Queens, a New York City borough, on Thanksgiving Day.   Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that it was shocking for the hard-working, harmonious and peaceful US Hindu community numbering about three million; who had made lot of contributions to the nation and society; to receive such signals of hatred and anger.   Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged administration for swift action; and New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to contact the Queens area Hindu community to reassure them.   {ads1}Rajan Zed suggested that basics of major world religions should be taught in high schools of the country... 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


Other Sports, Thursday, October 22nd 2015

Saturday afternoon’s McCormick Cup Final will feature a rematch of last year’s provincial championship fixture, with Balmy Beach and Toronto Scottish set to compete for Ontario men’s rugby’s oldest and most coveted prize at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham, Ont.   {ads1}Balmy Beach enter the championship match as the tournament’s top seed, and are looking for their second consecutive Ontario men’s rugby ‘double’; following last year’s McCormick Cup Final victory over Toronto Scottish, Balmy Beach have continued their winnings ways, earning the 2015 Marshall Premiership title with a league-best record of 10-3-1 (54 points).   Balmy Beach’s road to the McCormick Cup Final began in late September with opening-round wins over Marshall Championship division side Sarnia Saints (50-26) and Eastern Ontario league champions Bytown Blues (72-10). The title holders' third round featured a comfortable victory... 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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Funding Global Terrorism

Columns, Thursday, November 19th 2015

Funding Global Terrorism

While we hear comments like these about ISIS/ISIL from various sources including former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel:   "ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen. They're beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded."... fact, there is a greater threat from terrorists that have extremely limited funding sources, terrorists that we should be far more concerned about because they have the ability to fly completely under the radar of the world's security agencies.  These terrorists are part of the "leaderless jihad", unlike al-Qaeda which was under the leadership of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants.  Attacks from these terrorists have become increasingly common over the past six decades as shown onthis graphic which shows the number of... 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

Freshen up your wardrobe this Diwali with Tide PODS Plus Febreze

Press Releases, Friday, October 30th 2015

Freshen up your wardrobe this Diwali with Tide PODS Plus Febreze

The cleaning spree ahead of Diwali has begun in most South Asian homes. One of the spots around the house that needs attention is our closet. This space is full of all kinds of clothes including western formal, Indian formal and Indo-western among others.  You may have heard about Tide PODS, but did you know that it is now available with long lasting Febreze freshness?  Well, Tide PODS Plus Febreze is here to let your wardrobe spring to life this festive season. While preparing sumptuous Diwali meals, some of that aroma does tend to cling to our clothes.  Then there are those cooking stains that simply won’t go.  Now, with Tide PODS Plus Febreze, you can get an amazing clean with 24 hours of lasting freshness. Its 4-in-1 pac cleans deep... Read more


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Who’s Responsible for Threatened Shutdown of Palestinian Theatre in Jerusalem?

Art & Culture, Monday, November 30th 2015

Who’s Responsible for Threatened Shutdown of Palestinian Theatre in Jerusalem?

In a Reuters story about the impending shutdown of East Jerusalem’s core performance venue, El Hakawati, the theatre company’s problems are put down to a simple matter of money — there just isn’t enough of it. But other commentators, including Abir Kopty, point to how the Israeli government has squeezed the theatre and how closing it down for debt is part of a wider discriminatory process: According to a public statement from El Hakawati, director Amer Khalil received a phone call on Thursday morning from the Israeli Enforcement and Collection Authority (ECA). The ECA reportedly notified Khalil of the government’s intention to seize the theatre building in 48 hours for unpaid bills. The Hakawati has amassed unpaid bills of approximately US$150,000 over the past five years, according to Reuters, with money owed to city hall, the national insurance fund, and... Read more

Buy a Volvo in Canada, drive it in Sweden first

Automotive, Monday, November 2nd 2015

Buy a Volvo in Canada, drive it in Sweden first

The purchase of a new car is a process that is both exciting and daunting. Between choosing the model that will meet most of your requirements and approaching a sales person you feel you can trust, calling it an experience is no overstatement. The end result, however comes with a feeling of excitement and accomplishment when you get to take the wheel of your new car. Now picture this: you receive the keys to your new car at the Volvo headquarters in Sweden, and then get to spend a few days driving it on the beautiful roads of its native land before returning to Canada, with your car. That’s what Volvo’s European Delivery Plan is about. Emanuel Lichtinshtein, national Fleet sales, CPO and remarketing manager at Volvo Canada, takes some time... Read more

Actions for Poet Ashraf Fayadh, Given Death Sentence in Saudi; Poems from Disputed ‘Instructions…

Books, Friday, November 27th 2015

Actions for Poet Ashraf Fayadh, Given Death Sentence in Saudi; Poems from Disputed ‘Instructions Within’ in New Translation

English PEN is taking action on behalf of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who was given a death sentence in Saudi last week: The organization has been holding regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy in London in support of Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair since January 2015. This November 27, they will also be calling for the immediate and unconditional release of poet and curator Ashraf Fayadh, who was sentenced to death following a retrial last week. PEN, in addition to issuing a “statement of concern,” is organizing a letter to Saudi authorities and one to UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. They’re also putting together a statement of support for Fayadh signed by poets from around the world. The Guardian also has a short piece about writers and activists calling for Fayadh’s freedom. Meanwhile, translator-activist Mona Kareem, who has led the... Read more

Thousands of pounds of food donated to Utah’s homeless by The Sikh Temple of…

Community, Wednesday, October 21st 2015

{ads1}Salt Lake City, Utah, October 15 – 19, 2015:  During this week’s interfaith conference, the local Sikh community joined together to accomplish something great: in addition to feeding up to 10,000 of the conference’s attendees for free, they donated thousands of pounds of leftover food to local homeless shelters. “Sewa, service to the community is essential to Sikh life and food is a big part of that,” said Dr. Manohar Singh Grewal, former president of the World Sikh Organization, chairperson of World Sikh Council until 2011 and host of the langar. “For a Sikh it is both a privilege and a duty to provide langar in the gurdwara (place of worship) for the entire congregation after weekly worship. The langar is part of our worship, a fundamental aspect of Sikh life,... Read more

Let Your Fingers Do The Shopping Black Friday Sale

Daily Life, Friday, November 27th 2015

Let Your Fingers Do The Shopping Black Friday Sale

Avoid the crowds and shop online at Amazon the leader in internet shopping By Stephen Pate – It’s rarely fun to fight the traffic, parking and crowds at Black Friday Sales. I like to avoid that by getting the best deals online and delivered free to my home. Amazon is the largest North American and European online resellers. Amazon Black Friday Sales have started and they are too huge to list all the bargains. Click on the links and check out the deals for things you want. It’s ironic that an American holiday shopping period has been exported to Europe. I’ve included shopping links for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. Many items will ship to wherever you live and the page will tell you if it won’t. – United States –... Read more

Another Big AMAs Haircut: Kendall Jenner Just Got Bangs

Fashion, Monday, November 23rd 2015

Another Big AMAs Haircut: Kendall Jenner Just Got Bangs

Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage. {ads1}Pop quiz: Did Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner plan to debut new haircuts at the AMAs together or was it just a coincidence? While Hadid's has yet to be verified as an actual cut, Jenner's bangs could be the real deal. But then again, the love of wigs and hairpieces does run in the family... What we do know is that the model let her new fringe be the star of her beauty look at tonight's award show. Jenner's glam squad kept the rest of her hair pulled into a tight topknot, with a few pieces gently framing her face. Her makeup was also designed to show off her hair, with a fluttery lash and soft lip color. What do you think: Real or fake? Or better yet: Does Jenner's... Read more

There's A Brand-New Starbucks Holiday Latte Available TODAY

Food, Monday, November 30th 2015

There's A Brand-New Starbucks Holiday Latte Available TODAY

Photo: Courtesy of Starbucks.   Back in October, we found out that Starbucks would offer a brand new, holiday-themed, flat white latte at some point during the festive season. But we didn't know when, and we didn't know what it would taste like. Now, after some serious thumb-twiddling, it looks like we'll finally get to try the new beverage. Starbucks is giving us all a post-Turkey Day present, because the latest limited-edition latte is available at your local Sbux beginning today. {ads1}We already knew the latest drink would be called the Holiday Spice Flat White, but now we know what's in it. It starts with ristretto shots of espresso, followed by a spice mix of ground sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and citrus-y tangerine sugar. The whole thing is finished off with steamed... Read more

Lipitor May Be The Source of Your Aches and Pains

Health, Thursday, November 19th 2015

Lipitor May Be The Source of Your Aches and Pains

Clinical trials do not match the experience of large numbers of people taking statin drugs By Stephen Pate – Taking statin drugs can make your muscles sore and weak and even result in permanent damage. This adverse effect is reported as rare but the truth is different. {ads1}“In the United States, where an estimated 33 million adults use statins, musculoskeletal pain can be expected to occur in 7 million people, likely induced by statin therapy in 25% of cases,” says a report from the Cleveland Clinic aptly named “Statin myopathy: A common dilemma not reflected in clinical trials.” The clinical name for pain and muscle weakness from taking Lipitor and other statins is called “statin myopathy”.  While the drug companies claim these reactions are rare, millions of people are reporting problems from statins. Statins are... Read more

The Global Property Guide Spring 2015 Edition

Homes, Thursday, October 1st 2015

The Global Property Guide Spring 2015 Edition

Global Property Guide has just released its Q2 2015 analysis of the global housing market and, in general, the world's housing markets "continue to surge" with some exceptions.   Here is a table showing the year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter inflation-adjusted house price changes in order from highest to lowest year-over-year percentage appreciation:   On an annualized year-over-year basis, among the 39 nations in the analysis, Hong Kong saw the greatest percentage price appreciation at 16.43 percent and Dubai saw the greater percentage price depreciation at -11.72 percent.  During the year to Q2 2015, housing prices using inflation-corrected data have risen in 24 of the 39 nations in the analysis.  Of the total, 22 nations showed stronger upward price momentum and 17 nations showed weaker price momentum.   Let's break the data down by region.     1.) Asia:  As I noted above, Hong Kong's... Read more

11 Lessons On Making Your Side Hustle Your Main Gig

Naukri & Paisa, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

11 Lessons On Making Your Side Hustle Your Main Gig

Photographed by Emman Montalvan.   If you’ve worked a desk job that requires a lot of (okay, constant) sitting and screen-staring, you know the fantasy: You break out of the soul-crushing 9-to-5(-ish) routine to pursue your real passion. And for those who actually find an outlet for all that bottled-up creative energy, the daydream goes from chimerical to, But really, what if this was my main thing? L.A.-based artist and illustrator Kenesha Sneed asked herself that question when she took up ceramics three years ago as a release from her full-time gig as an art director. Spending all her extra time behind a spinning wheel paid off: Her stoneware ceramics, under the name Tactile Matter, snagged spots on One Kings Lane and in West Elm last year. Photographed by Emman Montalvan. {ads1}Eager to extract some... 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

Cyber Monday at Microsoft Canada

Technology, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Cyber Monday at Microsoft Canada

Savings up to $450 while quantities last until November 30th By Stephen Pate – If you didn’t get that game, tablet or computer you wanted on Black Friday, Microsoft Canada has Cyber Monday deals. Deals like $269 for the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP200SA-UHBF Signature Edition 2 in 1 PC  with Office and 360-degree rotating screen (reg. $479). 11.6-inch (294.64-millimeter) HD touchscreen Intel Celeron N3050 2GB memory/32GB eMMC Includes Office 365 Personal Windows 10     Surface Pro 3 The Surface Pro 3 128 GB / Intel Core i3  is $899 a saving of $150 during the sale. 12-Inch Full HD Touchscreen display Windows 10 Pro operating system Integrated multi-position kickstand Surface 3 The Surface 3  is only $499 during the sale, a savings of $139.  The price in includes Office 365 Personal. Surface 3 competes with the iPad Air only it runs real Windows software not apps. With a 10&Prime... Read more

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week eleven

Teens, Saturday, November 28th 2015

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week eleven

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

Coming Soon: $69 Flights From U.S. To Europe

Travel, Wednesday, October 7th 2015

Coming Soon: $69 Flights From U.S. To Europe

Photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images.   Ever dreamed of a romp through the Scottish countryside or a stroll along a Scandinavian fjord? Then you might know the feeling of having your fanciful hopes dashed by exorbitant airfare costs. But cheer up, because that might not be the case for long. Globe-trotters may soon be worshipping at the shrine of Norwegian Air. {ads1}According to NBC News, the airline's CEO Bjørn Kjos announced on Tuesday that the company plans to "sell one-way tickets to Europe for $69 as early as 2017 by flying from U.S. airports that have low fees." The company is currently considering flights to Edinburgh, Scotland and Bergen, Norway. On the U.S. end, Norwegian Air is looking at airports like Westchester County Airport in New York and Bradley International Airport in... Read more


What's On, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

DEC. 4 - FREE10th annual Celebration of International Human Rights Day at the Ontario Science Centre. This year's theme is "Bringing Life to Human Rights".Ontario Science Centre is located at 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON, M3C 1T3FREE admission and parking.- Awards Ceremony honouring influential individals who have made considerable difference in Read more

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Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika's impromptu party to celebrate Tamasha's success

Masala, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Imtiaz Ali’s Ranbir – Deepika starrer, Tamasha, that was released recently has been garnering a lot of love and appreciation from the audiences at large. With the unique concept, powerful performances from Ranbir – Deepika, gluing music and the strong pre release buzz has led to the film performing very well at the box office with growth each day. {ads1}In order to celebrate this and so much love that is coming their way, Ranbir and Deepika planned an impromptu party which was held lastnight at a suburban restaurant. The duo looked into all the preparations of the party and also personally sent out the invites to their industry friends to be a part of their success. The response to the film has been extremely overwhelming and Ranbir – Deepika wanted to share their special... Read more

Karlie Kloss Has A Dance-Off For British Vogue

Hollywood Gossip, Friday, November 20th 2015

Karlie Kloss Has A Dance-Off For British Vogue

Andrew Walker/WWD/REX Shutterstock   {ads1}Karlie Kloss hasn’t been making much news recently. Maybe it’s because she’s, like, attending NYU or something? Whatever the reason, we could always use more Karlie in our lives. So when we found this video of Kloss dancing with the Les Twins on the set of a Patrick Demarchelier set for British Vogue, we couldn’t help but share. Admittedly, she doesn’t do much dancing — we couldn’t either in a dress like that — but she does look really really happy to be there. Having fun is sort of what fashion — the best fashion anyways — is all about. Enough grim models trudging down the catwalk. More Karlie Kloss with a goofy smile and twins dancing around her, please. Oh, and if you really want to see what kind of... Read more

Movie Review Spectre English

Reviews, Friday, November 20th 2015

SPECTRE, the 24th film in one of the longest running series 'Bond' hits screens today, the film that is the costliest one till date in the series yet again features Daniel Craig as the suave, gun totting, gentleman James Bond. Now add to this the inclusion of actor par excellence Christopher Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and wrestler turned actor Dave Bautista not forgetting the ever impressive Andrew Scott who thrilled us with his character in the 'Sherlock' series. But will this Bond film withstand the litmus test is the question of the hour. {ads1}SPECTRE starts off with a cryptic message from the past that sends Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City, where he meets Lucia (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal.... Read more

Movie Preview Kal Hamara Hai

Previews, Friday, November 20th 2015

'{ads1}Kal Hamara Hain' depicts the story of India, particularly how India has been divided in 3 classes - High class, Middle class and lower class. The story reveals how all these classes are deeply affected by today's corrupt system. The 3 protagonists represent these 3 classes and decide to take a stand against corruption. Little do they know what holds in the future and slowly they all start becoming a part of this magnanimous system. Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more Read more

Preview Bob Dylan The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 …

Mainstream, Monday, November 2nd 2015

Preview Bob Dylan The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12

Listen to a sample of what is coming on November 6th in The Bootleg Vol 12 By Stephen Pate – Bob Dylan fans have gotten accustomed to their annual pre-holiday dose of Bob Dylan rarities. I’ve put together links to preview music and contents for this year’s package, along with brief recommendations. You can preview this year’s The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 by listening to The Cutting Edge 1965 – 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (6 CD Deluxe Edition) streaming on NPR. Streaming will likely end when the CD set is released on November 6th, 2015. Boxed sets usually contain tons of extras like books, photos and other collectibles. You can also preview what you get in the Deluxe 6 CD edition in this un-boxing video. This year the folks at... Read more

Music Review Bajirao Mastani

Music :: Filmi, Monday, November 30th 2015

EXPECTATIONS Music of a film as big as Bajirao Mastani has to be big, and that too in all aspects. Whether it is the core of it, the spirit it carries or the grandeur that it boasts of, nothing less than massive is expected from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's compositions in Bajirao Mastani. He spins as many as 10 tracks for this mega album that has Siddharth-Garima, A.M. Turaz and Prashant Ingole share credits as lyricists. MUSIC Right at the beginning of the film's promotion, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Eros had unveiled Deepika Padukone's 'Deewani Mastani'. It was a smart move as this superb track, with a good Marathi beginning [Lyrics: Ganesh Chandanshive, Singer: Ganesh Chandanshive], managed to strike a chord immediately. Shreya Ghoshal is just the right voice for this beautiful musical piece... 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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Global Economic Stagnation

Economy, Tuesday, December 1st 2015

Global Economic Stagnation

Buried deeply within the International Monetary Fund's latest World Economic Output (WEO) issued in October 2015, we find a bar graph that provides us with an interesting look at how the global unemployment picture has changed since the depths of the Great Recession and post-recessionary recovery period and what factors will influence the global economy over the next year.   Here is a graphic showing the unemployment rate for the world's advanced economies at the end of  2014 (blue bars) compared to the maximum... Read more

New Indicator of Market Sentiment for Forex Pairs And Gold at Admiral Markets …

Markets, Monday, November 30th 2015

Admiral Markets have recently introduced their new indicator for gold and Forex market sentiment. It gives you a gauge of the market’s mood in real time, allowing you to make better, more effective trading decisions. How it works Admiral Markets’ market sentiment indicator is accessible through their website. It acts as a bull and bear index. It updates in real time and uses widgets to indicate if traders are long or short on a specific market. For example, 70% of traders short may... Read more

Celebrate Diwali With Free Diyas From Brita®

Local Bazaar, Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Celebrate Diwali With Free Diyas From Brita®

This year, Brita is celebrating Diwali with you by including two handcrafted diyas in every limited-edition Brita Diwali pitchers. There is no better décor in Diwali other than dazzling diyas. Every diya included is unique and comes in over 80 different design themes. Furthermore, in recognition towards the South Asian community, and to celebrate Diwali, Brita was the presenting sponsor of the Festival of Lights. They gave away more than 4,000 diyas to visitors, as well as complimentary water refreshments to keep... Read more

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