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Cameron calls James Foley’s execution by an apparent British jihadist as “shocking and depraved”

Cameron calls James Foley’s execution by an apparent British jihadist as “shocking and depraved”

England, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned on Wednesday, the apparent beheading of a U.S. journalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant with a British accent  and called it... Read more

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Wau: 14 Ex-Combatants Graduate As Driver/Mechanics

Africa, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Wau: 14 Ex-Combatants Graduate As Driver/Mechanics

The training is part of the ongoing reintegration programme being delivered by the South Sudan Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (SSDDRC).  The training has equipped the graduates with multiple skills, including driving, auto mechanics and the operation of heavy machinery, said the acting state director for SSDDRC, William Tong Uruan. “This is a supplementary training to those ex-combatants who were done with their training skills at Mapel transitional facility since last year of 2013,” he added. The graduates are from two states- nine from Warrap state (WS) and five from WBGS -and include one female driver. Uruan called on the two state governments and on UN agencies working in the country to recognize the graduates when they are applying for jobs. “This is a policy of our commission, to transform the former South... Read more

Suspect Tony Gonzales charged with murder in a fatal stabbing incident at 101 Winkler…

America, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a male at 101 Winkler about 11:10 p.m. on Sunday (August 17). The suspect, Tony Gonzales (H/m, 51), is charged with murder in the 174th State District Court. A photo of Gonzales is not available at this time, pending further investigation. {ads1}The male victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. HPD Homicide Division Sergeans K. Meek and T. Simmons reported: HPD patrol officers responded to a call for service at the above address. Upon arrival, they discovered the victim between two vehicles. Officers then conducted a search of the area and found a vehicle with blood in it. The vehicle's owner (suspect Gonzales)... Read more

Flags At Half Mast This Friday

Asia, Monday, August 18th 2014

Flags At Half Mast This Friday

The national flag will be flown at half-mast nationwide whereas all entertainment events will be shelved on the national day of mourning this Friday in conjunction with the arrival of the remains of the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 victims. A statement by the Prime Minister's Department (JPM) also asked all quarters not to wear bright-coloured or striking clothing on that day. Entertainment programmes at all radio and television channels will be replaced with religious programmes, including readings from the Quran. "For Muslims who are directly involved (with the ceremony to receive the remains), they (including media practitioners) are encouraged to wear songkok (without the white band), while the women are to wear black shawls,” it said. {ads1}The dress code which is set by the Ceremonial and International Conference Secretariat of JPM,... Read more

Abbott hesitates to comment on asylum seekers’ shipwreck

Australia, Saturday, September 28th 2013

Abbott hesitates to comment on asylum seekers’ shipwreck

The asylum seekers boat that sank off Indonesia was allegedly abandoned by its captain five days before it ran out of fuel and hit strong waves. According to the survivors, the boat was lost in the sea for days as they had no sense of direction and kept floating without having enough fuel. The boat was on its way to Australia, where the government had already decided to send all asylum seekers back to Jakarta. The accident killed at least 22 out of 120 asylum seekers whereas 70 are feared missing. The fatalities include a large number of women and children. Their remains were found on a beach in a local estuary, while 25 people were found alive. Indonesia lacks the resources and skills to search in big sea, especially at... Read more

Canora man Jason Teddy Matychuk faces several counts on child pornography

Canada, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

On August 18, 2014, members of the Saskatchewan ICE Unit with the assistance of the Yorkton City RCMP Detachment and Canora RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant on a residence located in Canora, Saskatchewan in regards to Internet child exploitation and sexual interference involving a victim under 16 years of age. Twenty nine year old Jason Teddy Matychuk, (D.O.B.- 1985-02-12), was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography, and sexual interference. Police seized computer devices and are still investigating. Jason Matychuk appeared before a Justice of the Peace on August 19, 2014. Read more

Cameron calls James Foley’s execution by an apparent British jihadist as “shocking and depraved”…

England, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Cameron calls James Foley’s execution by an apparent British jihadist as “shocking and depraved”

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has condemned on Wednesday, the apparent beheading of a U.S. journalist James Foley by an Islamic State militant with a British accent  and called it as “shocking and depraved”.  Mr Cameron have returned to London after calling off his vacations in Southwest England today to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria with senior officials following the release of a video purportedly showing the execution by an apparent British jihadist. Mr Foley, 40, had been missing since November 2012 when he was seized by unidentified armed men in while covering the conflict in Syria. And since then his whereabouts remained unknown. {ads1}British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has stressed that the Islamic State video has not been verified, but ‘all the hallmarks point to it being genuine’. He has... Read more

Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Europe, Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Ukraine's Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Ukraine's next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military's showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced coal mines to severely cut production or close down entirely. This has led to an electricity crisis that can only be staunched by cutting domestic production along with exports to Europe, Crimea, and Belarus -- or worse, getting more imports from Russia. In the coal centers of Ukraine's industrial east—Luhansk and Donetsk—fighting has forced the full closure of an estimated 50 percent of coal mines, while overall coal production has fallen 22 percent over the same period last year. {ads1}Key industry sources say they will potentially... Read more

UP Flood Toll Increases, Army Alerted

India, Monday, August 18th 2014

UP Flood Toll Increases, Army Alerted

The Uttar Pradesh floods have hit the state hard with about twenty eight people dead and more than 1000 villages affected by the tragedy. Several rivers in the state are flowing above the danger mark, keeping the army on alert. “Floods have so far claimed 28 lives with nine districts of the state being affected by the crisis. Relief and rescue operations have been launched (in the affected areas). In all, around 1,000 to 1,500 villages have been affected by the floods,” Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan informed reporters in Lucknow. The affected districts include Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Gonda, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Sitapur, Faizabad and Azamgarh.“A round-the-clock vigil is being maintained. Although the army has not been called in, it has been informed that its help may be required,” he further added. Ranjan... Read more

Enough Lies, the Arab Body Politic Created the ISIS Cancer

Middle East, Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Most people are averse to introspection, and rarely engage in self-criticism. Arabs are no different. However, the political culture that developed in the Arab World in the last 60 years, particularly in countries ruled by autocratic regimes, shifted blame from their catastrophic failures in governance to other external, sinister forces. For these countries, self-criticism has become next to impossible. Over time, this legacy has created fertile terrain for conspiracy theories, delusions, self-deception, paranoia and xenophobia. If you read an Arab newspaper or many a website in the region, you will invariably encounter some of these symptoms. Admittedly, sometimes they can be entertaining, but in most cases they are downright ugly, reflecting deep pathologies of fear. Conspiracy theories Conspiracy theories reign usually in undemocratic societies lacking transparent institutions, free and vibrant media and a... Read more

PAT’s Charter Of Demands

Pakistan, Saturday, August 16th 2014

PAT’s Charter Of Demands

Dr. Tahirul Qadri, the chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) this Saturday evening announced a ten point charter of demands to the government after bringing his Inqilab march to Islamabad. He started the speech by informing all his PAT supporters that the additional judge in Lahore has concluded that the Prime Minister as well as the Chief Minister of Punjab are responsible for the Model Town incident and further ordered an FIR to be registered against the two leaders and 21 others who are held responsible. "This is a democratic, peaceful and green revolution. We want a peaceful change, reforms in the system. It will be wrong to say we don’t believe in democracy. We want true participatory democracy. Democracy doesn’t mean just casting votes after five years. It is not... Read more

Could Gang Violence End Mexico's Shale Dream?

South America, Tuesday, July 1st 2014

Could Gang Violence End Mexico's Shale Dream?

Violence in Mexico could thwart hopes of a budding shale boom, as oil and gas companies operating in Texas may think twice about moving south of the border. Mexico holds an estimated 545 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas and 13 billion barrels of shale oil, but progress in developing those resources has been slow. The obstacles to kick-starting Mexico's shale industry have dampened the once lively enthusiasm surrounding Mexico's historic energy reform. Mexico passed legislation last year that opened up the country's oil and gas sector to private investment, ending a 75-year monopoly by state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). But the secondary laws that the government must pass to actually implement the legal framework for oil and gas development are proving much more contentious. {ads1}Political disputes over what could be 21 separate... Read more

New Jersey Hindus to unite behind push for Diwali holiday in Millburn schools …

South Asians Abroad, Monday, August 18th 2014

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has given a call to all the Hindus of New Jersey to come forward and wholeheartedly support volunteers making efforts to introduce Diwali as a holiday in New Jersey’s Millburn Township School District (MTSD). Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Hindu community was already heartbroken over MTSD not including Diwali as a school holiday in its 2014-2015 school calendar. {ads1}Rajan Zed urged New Jersey Hindus to provide the moral, financial, political, etc., support to volunteers working in the “Petition Process for Days of Personal Observance” announced by MTSD, to push Diwali as a holiday in 2015-2016 school calendar. Area Hindu temples should also join in to help. Zed stressed that Hindu community felt left out in New... Read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Forward Daniel Winnik

Hockey, Monday, July 28th 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Forward Daniel Winnik

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday the hockey club has signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract. Winnik, 29, played 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks in 2013-14, registering career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while adding six goals, 23 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. He also posted an assist and two penalty minutes in nine playoff games with the Ducks last season. The 6-2, 207-pound centreman has accumulated 150 career NHL points (49 goals, 101 assists) and 226 penalty minutes in 490 games with Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Winnik was originally selected by Phoenix in the ninth round, 265th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft. 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

Golf US Open The Canadians!

Other Sports, Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Golf US Open The Canadians!

Now that we’re heading towards the summer (though in Toronto, for example, that may be a difficult idea to take on board right now), the minds of Canadian golf fans will be turning towards the US Open, scheduled to start on June 12th this year. Canadian Interest While Woods, McIlroy or Mickelson will be favourites with many people to pick up the winner’s share of the prize money – over US$1.4m – there’ll be plenty of Canadian interest as well. You can keep up with the latest odds and news by clicking on the link above. Here we’ll look at the records of three of the Canadian golfers we’re likely to see in the US Open. David Hearn David Hearn, 34, from Brampton, Ontario, has been a pro golfer since 2001, and within 12... Read more

Seattle Reign FC Forward Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi Voted NWSL Player of the Week …

Soccer, Tuesday, July 8th 2014

Seattle Reign FC Forward Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi Voted NWSL Player of the Week

Seattle Reign FC forward Nahomi "Naho" Kawasumi has been voted the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the media for Week 13 of the 2014 NWSL season. Naho, 28, scored two goals - including the game-winner - to rally Reign FC to a 3-2 victory Sunday against the Boston Breakers at the Moda Pitch at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. The Japanese international was also featured in the Reign's 2-1 win Wednesday over the Western New York Flash, registering one shot on goal in 68 minutes. The Yamato, Japan native now has five goals and three assists in 12 appearances (11 starts) this season in the NWSL while on loan from Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa. With her team trailing 1-0 in the 55th minute against the Breakers, Naho ghosted unmarked into... 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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Shaikh Ayman al-Zawahiri's The Terrorists' Handbook

Columns, Monday, July 21st 2014

Shaikh Ayman al-Zawahiri's The Terrorists' Handbook

In a recent posting, I referred to a document that was released by Shaikh Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's former right hand man and al-Qaeda's current leader, to educate his followers and those of other groups involved in the global Islamic jihad.  I want to take a more in-depth look at what could be termed "Miss Manners for the Global War Against non-Muslims".   In September 2013, As-Sahab Media, an al-Qaeda media outlet, publicly released Zawahiri's "General Guidelines for Jihad" in both Arabic and English.  Here is the Arabic title page:     Generally, these sorts of communications within the Islamic community were released by way of secure communications but in this case, the concept of "keeping it within the family" was ignored.  Terrorist groups usually like to keep their messages private because the airing... 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

P&G brings engaging activities to this year's desiFEST

Press Releases, Wednesday, May 21st 2014

P&G brings engaging activities to this year's desiFEST

Toronto, ON – May 20, 2014 – From quick hairstyling with Pantene, makeup touch up with COVERGIRL to Bounty ending your messy food woes, this year’s desiFEST has a lot in store for you. All this comes after P&G brands, for the first time, partners with desiFEST, one of North America’s largest outdoor South Asian music concert. {ads1}“As co-presenter, we're excited to celebrate South Asian arts, music and culture through our household and beauty brands such as Crest, Pantene, Bounty, and Duracell. We look forward to creating memorable moments with every desiFEST attendee,” says Joyce Law, Senior Communications Manager, P&G Canada. With its family of top brands including Crest, Pantene, Olay, COVERGIRL, Gillette, Old Spice, Bounty, Tide and Duracell, P&G is committed to creating a memorable experience for the community by fuelling the festival with engaging... Read more

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Michael Nyman: Aztecs in Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

Art & Culture, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Michael Nyman: Aztecs in Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

Whilst making my way to see the John Moores Painting Prize 2014, I am stopped in my tracks – situated behind the tall black curtain in the centre of the room, is something generating noise. I can hear the sounds of a city; traffic, conversation, movement, all accompanied by music. Unaware of what is creating these sounds, or where the mystery place being depicted is, I read the information presented before entering. This is Michael Nyman’s newest piece of work, and being a great fan his, I enter the space elated and curious. Michael Nyman’s new creation is a film work for Liverpool Biennial 2014 entitled Aztecs in Liverpool. The two-screen video installation includes footage collected by Nyman over the past twenty years in his adopted home, Mexico. The title refers to... Read more

Review: 2014 Nissan Rogue - Moving on up

Automotive, Thursday, July 31st 2014

Review: 2014 Nissan Rogue - Moving on up

Small crossovers sometimes grow up and Nissan’s Rogue just graduated college.   In its second generation, the 2014 Nissan Rogue gets better looking, grows a bit bigger and becomes a whole lot smarter. Nissan also surprises us with optional third-row seating, a seldom found treat in this segment. Despite being a crossover, this new graduate drives phenomenally well, and that’s where we start this story.   Drive   I picked up my review unit 2014 Nissan Rogue on a warm summer afternoon, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of driving dynamics. After all, crossovers are about as much fun as toasters.   Boy, was in for a surprise.   The Rogue corners beautifully despite being perched so high off the ground and feels well composed through even some of the sharpest bends. This is of course by design, as Nissan... Read more

Mahfouz’s ‘Midaq Alley': ‘I’m Not Even Sure I Should Be Reading Such Books’

Books, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Mahfouz’s ‘Midaq Alley': ‘I’m Not Even Sure I Should Be Reading Such Books’

Over at Mada Masr, Hadil Ghoneim has penned a fascinating short piece, trans. Amira Elmasry, about her impressions of US high school students reading and discussing Naguib Mahfouz’s classic Midaq Alley: Ghoneim ran into high-school teacher Katie Glupker at a University of Michigan seminar on the “Arab Spring,” and they got to talking about Glupker’s English classes, which began engaging with Mahfouz’s  novel in 2009. Immediately, Glupker’s teaching of Mahfouz caused controversy with some of her Ann Arbor-based students and their parents. Glupker told Ghoneim: “Imagine how nervous a person normally is when starting a new job in a new place, and it was the second month in my new job, in October 2009, and the school principal gets three angry calls from parents complaining that Ms. Katie is teaching their children pedophilia.” In this case, the red line was... Read more

Hungama Festival Rocks Mississauga

Community, Thursday, June 26th 2014

Hungama Festival Rocks Mississauga

For the first time, P&G was a proud sponsor at the annual Hungama music festival held at Celebration Square in Mississauga. Under the hot sun, men and women looking to freshen up lined up at the refresh station to cool down. Men picked up Old Spice body sprays to keep them odour-free while ladies sampled the latest in beauty care from Olay and Secret. As the day progressed, the Duracell Powercheck Scream Meter lit up the night stage and measured the crowd’s cheers, triggering a free t-shirt toss. Over at the food stations, parents managed to keep themselves and the kids clean while sampling the exotic tastes of South Asian cuisines with no quit Bounty Paper Towels. Attendees walked away with free product samples and coupons to take home. Read more

Salt Beauty Product

Daily Life, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Salt Beauty Product

Nature, as beautiful as it is, has products which can be used to enhance one’s natural beauty. Despite a vast collection of emerging cosmetic companies all over the world, natural beauty products are unmatchable and offer results which are also incomparable. Research has also proved that using natural beauty products instead of processed ones brings long lasting and sustainable results.  Salt is one such product which can be either used as a beauty product or can be used as a base product for many beauty products. When used in the right amounts, salt works wonders and there is increasing evidence regarding this.  However, using salted beauty products entirely depends on what issue you are trying to resolve. This is because there is an array of products which contain the ingredient as well as a collection which claims to be salt-free.... Read more

The No-Shame Bikini Experiment

Fashion, Monday, August 18th 2014

The No-Shame Bikini Experiment

Last month, I sidled up to Connie Wang at her desk, crouched down low, and whispered, "I — I think I'm going to get one of those plus-size bikinis. What do you think?" She looked around as if I was asking her for drugs, which is fair considering the fact that I was biting at my cuticles and glancing around the office like a fiending lunatic.  {ads1}We've covered the rise of the "fatkini" since its inception, and I've always been blown away but the guts and style of women like Gabi Fresh who took such a wildly foreign concept — fat girl in a bikini — and made it something aspirational. When I first saw Gabi in her Swimsuits For Allpieces last summer, I was absolutely knocked out. She's a woman who... Read more

Kurkure Goes Luxuriously Kontinental

Food, Thursday, August 7th 2014

Kurkure Goes Luxuriously Kontinental

Meet two brand new crunchy, super tasty offerings from Kurkure, Pakistan's most exciting, flavorful, different-from-the-rest snack - the Cream N’ Onion and Garlic N’ Cheese!  These two lip-smacking international flavors join the ever-growing Kurkure family, and are very different from the current Kurkure flavors. Both exciting tastes are scheduled to be launched in the Pakistani market near Eid and will be available throughout the country, at your nearest store.  Kurkure Pakistan has always been committed to innovation and the launch of these two extensions reflects their passion for offering consumers new alternatives that enhance their snacking experience. With the Kontinental line, they aim to offer their consumers a wider choice of all-time favorite flavors from around the world. Kurkure snacks are prepared using high quality 100% pure corn goodness which makes snacking a healthy and fun experience! {ads1}Kurkure Pakistan has also been running... Read more

Effective Dieting Tips to Lose Weight

Health, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Effective Dieting Tips to Lose Weight

Fitness has become one of the prime concerns and this has led to increasing awareness about health and weight maintenance. In this hassled world, this seems to be a very positive attempt when people have little time for themselves. Because you are more important than anything, you need to think about the calorie intake whenever it comes to food. You are what you eat! Therefore, know what you are eating and stay as healthy as you can. Experts say that the air and water content of food is also very important, let alone the calories. This means that foods which are high in volume but provide equal energy are more satisfying and contribute to lesser fat accumulation in the body. For instance, 100 calories of raisins are not satisfying as 100 calories you get from milk, and... Read more

It's All About Wall Art

Homes, Tuesday, August 19th 2014

It's All About Wall Art

Wall paintings are really in these days. Instead of placing frameworks on walls, people now prefer wall artistic paints on the walls. Wall paintings gives a very fresh and appealing look when somebody enters in your house. Not only it demonstrates a unique appearance but also looks artistic. Following are some of the wall painting ideas that you can steal and apply in your house.   Click HERE to read more from Fashion Central. Read more

Vancouver resident celebrates jackpot win

Naukri & Paisa, Friday, July 11th 2014

Vancouver resident celebrates jackpot win

Canadian IT worker has beaten all odds to win a huge payout in a mobile casino. The thirty something earned a huge $169,072 prize after playing progressive slots at Slotland EU’s Tikal Treasure slot game. He joins the ranks of many other jackpot winners who have each earned an average of $175,000 four or five times a year. The winner, who did not wish to be named, had been playing progressive online slots for around four years before he hit the latest jackpot. He claimed he had been “grinding away” for a few hours on his lucky night, winning a few prizes bigger than $1,000, before he hit the final lucky prize. What exactly does he plan to do with his winnings? “I guess I’ll go shopping and pay off my credit... 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 Summers of the Future

Science, Wednesday, July 16th 2014

The Summers of the Future

Recent research by Climate Central gives us an idea of what summer will feel like in the year 2100 if current emission trends continue.  The study projects the high summer temperatures, the average of the daily maximum temperatures for the months of June, July and August, for 1001 cities in the United States for the end of the 21st century and then compares that temperature to current temperatures elsewhere in the United States and the rest of the world.   Research has already shown that average summer temperatures in the United States have been on the increase since the 1970s as shown on this map where the darker red colors indicate higher levels of warming:     On average, since 1970, national summer temperatures have increased at a rate of about 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit per... Read more

Xbox Music Gets Update But Can’t Match iTunes

Technology, Friday, August 15th 2014

Xbox Music Gets Update But Can’t Match iTunes

It’s time for Microsoft to quit with Xbox and deliver a first-rate music player for Windows Phone By Stephen Pate – Microsoft updated Xbox Music on Windows Phone 8.1 to release 2.6.186.  The music player app is so bad 8,800 users give it a 2 star rating. According to Microsoft the update provides “bug fixes and general performance improvements.” The changes are tiny and do nothing to improve the user experience. Someone on the Xbox Users Forum, supposedly from the Xbox team, had the nerve to say the update was enough for now “We’ve been focused on our mobile efforts for a bit. We’ll be shifting some of that focus back to the desktop soon…stay tuned.”  Winbeta.org  That is discouraging for Windows Phone owners who like music. Apple iTunes is the gold standard Tweet to Microsoft’s CEO... Read more

Stand Up and Say No To Drugs

Teens, Friday, July 4th 2014

Stand Up and Say No To Drugs

{ads1}Today, I had the opportunity to meet a renowned journalist, Baltej Pannu. A fearless man who has been raising awareness on the issue of drug abuse for the last twenty years. In the last five years, Mr. Pannu has successfully created two intense documentaries regarding drug abuse and positioned it first hand in the province of Punjab. He is a bold man who intends to change the world by preventing the spread of drugs to the beautiful province of Punjab. Pannu is a Canadian journalist that is bringing awareness to the struggle that families are going through in Punjab. Drugs have caused millions of boys and girls to die in these homes as a result of addiction. No one raises the voice to locate where the supplier is and what his/her... Read more

Walking the Wales Coast Path

Travel, Monday, August 18th 2014

Walking the Wales Coast Path

Wales has for long played second fiddle to England’s moors and fells as a destination for the UK’s trail walkers, but it now offers a unique path that puts it squarely near the top of the trail walking bucket list. The 870-mile long Wales Coast Path (WCP), completed in May 2012, offers the longest continuous coastal path around any country in the world—and it’s nirvana for hikers and ramblers. I’ve just got back from exploring the WCP and reveled in its diverse panoramas and gorgeous trails, many of which will bring even the most hardened trail walker to a complete stop with their superb “wow” vistas. Visiting the trail at several coastal points we marveled at the rugged cliff tops, and estuaries and fenlands where huge flocks of birds rose, squawking... Read more

Art-Themed Speed Dating @ Paintlounge

What's On, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

GO ON UP TO 25 MINI ART DATES WITH LIKE-MINDED SINGLES.This might just be the best speed dating event yet! Can’t paint? Don’t worry, our staff is always here to help. Plus, exploring art with your potential match is just as fun!AGES | 22 to 35COST | $20 + HST Read more

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Faysal Quraishi Played A Match for IDPs

Masala, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Faysal Quraishi Played A Match for IDPs

The large crowd, which had gained entry to this charity cricket match through the purchase of tickets, witnessed a combination of players from Pakistan's national cricket team and celebrities from the TV and film industry, face off against each other. Participants were divided into Dr Shah Superstars and Governor's Legends and included prominent names such as: Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Fawad Alam, Faisal Iqbal, Khalid Latif, Muhammad Sami, Amjad Sabri, Fahad Mustafa, Sajid Hassan, Saud, Adnan Siddiqui, Fakhr-e-Alam, Danish Taimur and TV’s very own Faysal Quraishi. The T20 night match which was organized by Dr. Imran Ali Shah and Dr. Junaid Ali Shah kicked off at 6.30 p.m. and saw Dr. Shah's Superstars take the win with an impressive score of 253-4. Governor's Legends were held back at 219-6 by the remarkable bowling and fielding displayed by the opposition. Spectators also got to enjoy a wonderful musical gala and a fun closing ceremony where Governor Sindh gave away the... Read more

Alexis Arquette Says “i Had Sex With Jared Leto!”

Hollywood Gossip, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

Alexis Arquette Says “i Had Sex With Jared Leto!”

This might be a big surprise for Jared Leto’s fans, but transgenderAlexis Arquette spilled some interesting beans in an interview withJackie Beat. Alexis lives as a woman now, but she confessed that back when she was a boy, she had sex with Jared Leto! (Coincidentally or not, Jared won an Oscar for playing a transgender character in “Dallas Buyers Club.”) Alexis is famously outspoken and perhaps she felt a pang of regret because she went on to rave about Jared’s physical equipment. We can’t wait to hear what Jared has to say about this. {ads1}Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Bobby Jasoos

Reviews, Friday, July 4th 2014

There's a spurt of women-centric films. Films like NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, THE DIRTY PICTURE, KAHAANI [all three featuring Vidya Balan], FASHION, HEROINE [both helmed by Madhur Bhandarkar], ENGLISH VINGLISH and more recently, QUEEN and REVOLVER RANI [both featuring Kangna Ranaut] have encouraged a number of film-makers and writers to think beyond the clichéd, formulaic male-dominated movies. The BO triumph of a majority of those films has certainly given an impetus to the trend. At the same time, there is a spate of detective movies in Bollywood. The year commenced with MR JOE B. CARVALHO, then SAMRAT & CO. followed, this Friday witnesses Vidya Balan donning the garb of a detective in BOBBY JASOOS, while DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY and JAGGA JASOOS are in production stages. The genre, it is apparent, is... Read more

Movie Preview Khota Sikka

Previews, Tuesday, August 19th 2014

Khota Sikka is the story of an Udaipur boy called Veeru. He is fun loving, daydreamer and careless. He is master of wits but aimless. His father decides to get him married with his bhabhi's younger sister. On the other hand Veeru meets one NRI girl called Kiran and falls in love with her. He wants to get her at any cost with the help of Rehmat Chacha. Rehmat is equally friendly with Veeru and his father. But he loves Veeru unconditionally. Kiran informs her parents about Veeru's love and her future plans to marry him. Her father meets Veeru's father Subedar Karan Singh Choudhry regarding their marriage. Subedar had already given his word to his dauther in law's father, regarding Veeru's marriage, so he insults and misbehaves with Mr.... Read more

McCartney To Reissue Venus and Mars & At The Speed Of Sound …

Mainstream, Wednesday, August 6th 2014

McCartney To Reissue Venus and Mars & At The Speed Of Sound

GRAMMY Award-winning Paul McCartney Archive Collection Announce next release in classic albums Paul McCartney and Wings fans will be happy to hear Sir Paul is releasing two more collector’s reissues of classic albums by Wings. Along with remastered CDs, Sir Paul is treating his fans to a wealth of alternate takes, video and extra materials. “Having been some days in preparation, a splendid time is guaranteed for all,” echoing his line from Sgt. Peppers. The reissue Wings albums are Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound, due September 22nd (UK), and September 23rd (US), 2014.  Both sets are available for pre-order from Amazon.com. Both albums will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats: <br /> Standard Edition: Starting with a 2-disc (2 CD) Standard Edition, the first CD will feature the original remastered... Read more

Music Review Mary Kom

Music :: Filmi, Monday, August 18th 2014

Expectations: Huge! This is a Sanjay Leela Bhansali-produced bio-pic, after all. Music: A gradual build-up of the militant cadences with the right beating of drums and rousing folk choruses pave the way for Vishal Dadlani's strident tones as he steps into the rabble-rouser 'Dil Yeh Ziddi Hai', with inspiring lyrics by Prashant Ingole (till now known for some insignificant work, which he obviously cannot do in a SLB film that is also a work of passion for writer-director Omung Kumar). The use of the flute is as evocative as the background use of rock guitar and the frontal twanging of a single guitar. Though the arrangements could have been softer, the tune gets through on its merit as well as in the emotions Vishal manages to put into his loud delivery as... Read more

Dil Ke Taar by The Gunsmith & MoHit feat. Jonita Gandhi

Local South Asians, Monday, September 30th 2013

Dil Ke Taar by The Gunsmith & MoHit feat. Jonita Gandhi

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5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

Economy, Friday, August 1st 2014

5 Industries Worried About Peak Oil

The debate over the impact of peak oil has been raging for decades. Although few deny that the end of mass oil consumption is drawing nearer, educated estimates now range between 2020 and 2030. But more important than the timeframe of peak oil are its consequences. Some seek to spell the end of life as we know it, so reliant is the world upon black gold. Others, equally extreme in their views, embrace the news, looking forward to a time... Read more

The Federal Reserve's Bond Market Distortion

Markets, Wednesday, August 20th 2014

The Federal Reserve's Bond Market Distortion

In its most recent statistical release, the Federal Reserve gives us a detailed inventory of their massive balance sheet which has grown to levels that are unimaginable five short years ago.   The Federal Reserve now holds the following:   United States Treasuries - $2.426 trillion Mortgage-backed Securities - $1.678 trillion Foreign Currency Denominated Assets - $23.715 billion Gold Stock - $11.041 billion Treasury Currency Outstanding - $46.034 billion   The United States Treasuries include $2.313 trillion in Treasury notes and bonds, $97.332 billion in inflation-indexed notes and bonds (TIPS)... Read more

Future Shop To Sell Gibson Guitars

Local Bazaar, Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Future Shop To Sell Gibson Guitars

Gibson Brand guitars and accessories will be sold at three retail Future Shop stores and online at FutureShop.ca Guitar lovers will welcome another very competitive player in music retailing since this can only help lower prices. Initially Gibson USA guitars and basses, as well Epiphone guitars and basses, will be available at Future Shop’s three Musical Instruments store-within-a-store locations—as well as online at www.futureshop.ca.  “It’s a pivotal moment in Future Shop’s history to be partnering with Gibson Brands, and bringing two of... Read more

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