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Premier Harper Admits Quebec Terror Attack Reports are ‘Troubling’

Premier Harper Admits Quebec Terror Attack Reports are ‘Troubling’

Canada, Monday, October 20th 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently mentioned during the Commons question period that the unconfirmed reports of a possible terror attack on two Canadian soldiers in Quebec are “extremely troubling.”... Read more

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AMDISS Gets New Leaders

Africa, Saturday, October 18th 2014

AMDISS Gets New Leaders

The Editor-in-Chief of the Juba Monitor Alfred Taban becomes the association’s new chairman, succeeding the Director/Editor of Gurtong Trust - Peace and Media Jacob Jiel Akol who has stepped down voluntarily after more than ten years at the helm. Taban will serve the organisation for a period of two years and will be deputised by the chairlady of the Association of Women’s Media in South Sudan (AMWISS) Veronica Lucy Gordon. Other new members of the executive will be the new secretary Nhial Bol Aken who is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Citizen English Daily Newspaper while the deputy secretary is Koang Pal Chang, the Director of Eye Radio. {ads1}Juba Post Newspaper’s Charles Rehan Surur is the new treasurer with the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) chairman Oliver Modi becoming the new deputy treasurer. While congratulating Taban on his new position, Modi said Taban’s long experience in the media will immensely benefit the development of the... Read more

Fatal shooting incident at 9678 Azeem claims the life of Siryon Ishmael …

America, Monday, September 29th 2014

Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 9678 Azeem about 11:30 p.m. on Sunday (September 28).   {ads1}The victim, Siryon Ishmael, 58, of the above address, was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead.  HPD Homicide Division Sergeant T. Simmons and Officer S. Overstreet reported:   Mr. Ishmael's roommate heard him come home and then heard a gunshot.  The roommate found Ishmael lying on the floor to the entrance to the home with a gunshot wound.  A neighbor, while inside her room, reported hearing shouting and someone demanding money prior to the shooting. Read more

Azmin Questions ‘Secret Label’

Asia, Monday, October 20th 2014

Azmin Questions ‘Secret Label’

The Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali demanded this Monday the full disclosure of the water deal agreement between Putrajaya and his predecessor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. The PKR deputy president that the public has the right to know the details of the deal and so the federal government not keep it under wraps. "They need to explain why my request to reveal the agreements details ‎was rejected, as it (agreements) does not concern security matters, but ‎mere business contracts between two parties. Why the need to hide?" he told reporters after holding his first meeting with the state departments in Shah Alam. {ads1}According to Malaysian Online, the first term mentri besar added that apart from pushing for public disclosure of the water deal, he also plans to scrutinise Putrajaya’s reasons for classifying... 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

Premier Harper Admits Quebec Terror Attack Reports are ‘Troubling’

Canada, Monday, October 20th 2014

Premier Harper Admits Quebec Terror Attack Reports are ‘Troubling’

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently mentioned during the Commons question period that the unconfirmed reports of a possible terror attack on two Canadian soldiers in Quebec are “extremely troubling.” The premier was inquired about the situation by Prince Albert MP, Randy Hoback, about the incident that took place in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., i.e. about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal, on Monday. Mr. Hoback questioned the Premier that “there are unconfirmed reports of a possible terror attack against two members of the Canadian armed forces near Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,” seeking details over the incident. Premier Harper replied saying that “we are aware of these reports and they are obviously extremely troubling. First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We’re closely monitoring the situation and obviously we will... Read more

Ed Balls reassures to raise mansion tax £2m threshold with house values …

England, Monday, October 20th 2014

Ed Balls reassures to raise mansion tax £2m threshold with house values

The Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has made an attempt to reassure London homeowners that Labour party plans for a new mansion tax will not affect most of them by saying the planned threshold of £2m would rise in line with the house prices. Mr Balls has also revealed that the newly proposed mansion tax will lead to an extra monthly expense of £250 for someone in a home worth between £2 million and £3 million. This cost is average top band of council tax. In addition, the shadow chancellor has that anyone with income less than £42,000 would be allowed to defer payment of the new tax until they sell their home or die. Mr Balls has claimed: "Ordinary Londoners should be protected and wealthy foreign investors must finally make a proper tax... Read more

Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide?

Europe, Thursday, October 9th 2014

Will Ukraine Commit Economic Suicide?

Ukraine is on the brink of committing economic suicide after imposing a crippling 55 percent tax on private gas producers, while parliament prepares to vote on next year's budget, which aims for a continuation of the same. The Oct. 14 budget vote—which is already a month late—is a major condition for Ukraine's next credit tranche from the European Union, but if the 2015 budget goes through as proposed, it will decimate independent gas production, remove any potential for Ukrainian energy independence and deal a further blow to the already struggling economy. "Kiev's attempt at fiscal discipline to fund the war effort in the east and stave off an economic crisis is not working, and the end result is going to be economic suicide," Robert Bensh, majority shareholder of Cub Energy, Ukraine's fourth-largest... Read more

Modi First Indian PM To Address Australian Parliament

India, Monday, October 20th 2014

Modi First Indian PM To Address Australian Parliament

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be the first Indian PM to address the Australian Parliament and leaders at the special joint sitting of the Federal Parliament after he is done attending the G20 leaders’ Summit in Brisbane in November. While the MPs have expressed their delight, it is expected that the Prime Minister will be giving his address in Hindi, like he has done in the past. The Labor Senator from Tasmania, Lisa Singh, from Indian origin, said Modi's speech in Hindi would mean he was bringing in respect, culture and strengths of India to Australia. "I think it shows that he is bringing the respect, the culture and strengths of India to Australia. And I think it is important that he makes this journey to our country. Addressing... Read more

Can Iran Transparency Overcome Covert Nuclear Past?

Middle East, Monday, October 20th 2014

Can Iran Transparency Overcome Covert Nuclear Past?

A recurrent issue regarding Iran’s nuclear programs is how to address its history of covert nuclear activities, including efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Earlier this month, 354 members of US Congress sent Secretary of State John Kerry a letter warning that “Iran’s willingness to fully reveal all aspects of its nuclear program is a fundamental test of Iran’s intention touphold a comprehensive agreement.” But while this issue is rightly a matter of concern, it should not be a litmus test of whether a comprehensive agreement can be reached in negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1). Ever since Iran’s clandestine nuclear program was disclosed in 2002, the United States and other major countries have said that it was, in part, a nuclear weapons program. Iran... Read more

MQM Puts ‘Bilawal Zardari’ In Trouble

Pakistan, Monday, October 20th 2014

MQM Puts ‘Bilawal Zardari’ In Trouble

This Sunday, all stakeholders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) which included Altaf Hussain, workers, supporters and the Ministers of MQM, made a collaborative decision to cut their ties with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) after abusive comments by a member of PPP, Khursheed Shah and after the insulting speech given by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The MQM also made this clear in their press conference yesterday that Bilawal has no right to continue Bhutto’s legacy as he is not a Bhutto but a Zardari. They announced that from now onwards they are going to call the co-chairman of PPP, Bilawal Zardari. This Monday, the Ministers of MQM, submitted their resignations to Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan while also submitting a separate application to the Sindh Assembly requesting the allotment of seats... Read more

Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be

South America, Thursday, September 4th 2014

Soros Signals Argentina’s Shale is Biggest Place to Be

One of the world’s legendary investors is upping his bet on Argentina’s shale oil and gas industry in a show of confidence for shale production in South America’s largest unconventional prize —and a big boost for both supermajors and smaller players making big waves in the heart of new discovery areas. George Soros has doubled his stake in YPF SA, the state-owned oil company in Argentina, which sits atop some of the world’s largest shale oil and gas resources, and is about to get even larger following a new discovery over the last couple of weeks of a second key shale play.  Argentina holds an estimated 27 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil and 802 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas, much of it located in the Vaca Muerta, an... Read more

Boston Museum of Fine Arts celebrating Diwali

South Asians Abroad, Monday, October 20th 2014

Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFAB) is celebrating Diwali, Hindu festival of lights, on October 22. This free event will include dance performances, creating rangoli designs, “Diwali around the World” presentation and talks. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, applauded MFAB for celebrating Diwali, most popular of Hindu festivals, calling it a “step in the right direction”. {ads1}Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to organize Diwali celebrations, thus sharing the rich Hindu art... Read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Defenceman Cody Donaghey

Hockey, Saturday, September 20th 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Defenceman Cody Donaghey

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Saturday the hockey club has signed defenceman Cody Donaghey to a three-year entry level contract. Donaghey, 18, registered 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 67 regular season games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The 6-1, 185-pound defenceman also collected 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in five playoff games with the Remparts last season. A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Donaghey led all defencemen on his team in both points (38) and goals (9) during the 2013-14 season. Donaghey is one of the 64 players currently participating in Toronto’s 2014-15 NHL Training Camp. He was also invited on an amateur try-out the team’s Prospect Camp this past July, as... 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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Charlottetown Mayor May Not Want Your Vote

Columns, Monday, October 20th 2014

Charlottetown Mayor May Not Want Your Vote

Out-of-date information is posted on City website for November 3, 2014 election By Stephen Pate – The City of Charlottetown has not updated its Elections Information website page since 2010. I was checking out when the election was being held- actually November 3, 2014 – and the page was dated November 2010. The page in the featured image above is today. I was using an iPad which found the page in the image with the results from 4 years ago. On my computer I got an entirely different page which was still out of date. The City of Charlottetown is wasting its money if you can’t get accurate information on election day.  Try the Elections PEI page if you need help. Mobile Responsive The City of Charlottetown website is not mobile responsive,  “a web design approach aimed at crafting... 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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What does Independence mean for Liverpool’s Creative sector?

Art & Culture, Saturday, September 27th 2014

What does Independence mean for Liverpool’s Creative sector?

A conference held by Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) on 4 and 5 September will discuss what ‘independence’ means for and within Liverpool’s creative and cultural sectors. Paddy Hoey, Lecturer in Media at the University said: “Liverpool has always prided itself on standing alone from the rest of Britain like a cultural island of itself. We want to explore what sets Liverpool artists and musicians apart and the prospects of this continuing in an era of globalisation.” A panel of media and cultural experts will explore the roots of the city’s political and cultural independence and the role that the independent sector can play in Liverpool’s regeneration. The panel, chaired by Paddy Hoey, will comprise: •       Laura Brown: Journalist, writer and digital strategist•       Neil Atkinson: filmmaker and producer... Read more

Top global automotive brands

Automotive, Thursday, October 16th 2014

Top global automotive brands

How do the car brands we know and love stack up globally in brand presence and performance? Here they are ranked according to brand consultancy Interbrand and their renowned annual list of Top 100 Best Global Brands.   In order, the top automotive brands for 2014 are:   Toyota in 8th position, sits right behind Samsung at 7 Mercedes-Benz is 10th, directly after McDonalds at 9 BMW follows at 11 Honda sits in 20th position Volkswagen, 31 Ford, 39 Hyundai, 40 Audi, 45 Nissan climbs to 56th position from 65th last year Porsche, 60 Caterpillar although not a carmaker, builds things with wheels and engines and sits at 61 Kia, 74 Chevrolet, 82 Harley Davidson, 87 Land Rover is new to this Top 100 list and rounds up the automakers ranked for Best Global Brands 2014 in 91st position   Interbrand uses a broad range of data to evaluate a... Read more

Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program

Books, Monday, October 20th 2014

Cairo Book Fair to Launch Professional Program

Since their launch and expansion, the two big big book fairs in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah have attracted the most attention from non-Arab publishers. But Cairo is now attempting to throw its hat into the ring with the city’s first-ever professional program: From Publishing Perspectives: In early 2015, the Cairo International Book Fair will launch its first-ever professional program. The program’s set to be held from January 29 through 31, on the eve of the city’s 47th fair. The Cairo book fair, which boasts two million annual visitors and more than 700 publishers, has seen hard times in the last several years. The fair was cancelled in 2011, and the fairs that followed have each had their organizational challenges. But Egyptian politics isn’t the only hurdle facing a professional program in Cairo. A number of international publishers... 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

Glow your skin with 5 yoga steps to do every day

Daily Life, Saturday, October 11th 2014

Glow your skin with 5 yoga steps to do every day

Yoga release stress and make you feel relax. Following are 5 yoga steps to do everyday. Straight Stretching: First of all you need to stand straight in such away that your feet are equal and big toes touch each other. Leave your shoulders relax and give your neck to some hype. Now raise your arms and joins both palms; now lean on one side and stretch. Repeat the same action for other side as well. Bend Forward: Stand straight and then bend forward in such away that your hands reach the floor. This will make your body foldin a half and keep this position for at least 30 to 50 seconds. Breathe Deep: Sit on floor and bring your feet on opposite thighs. Now stretch both arms straight and take deep breathes with close eyes. Sit this way for 10 to 20 minutes to make your... Read more

Shopping: La Vallee Village Outlets Near Paris

Fashion, Saturday, October 4th 2014

Shopping: La Vallee Village Outlets Near Paris

For a shopaholic like myself, a visit to Paris is never complete without a shopping spree or two. But you really don’t have to spend a fortune in order to get something memorable to commemorate your trip, there’s always La Vallee Village to help you get the most bang for your euros. What’s La Vallee Village, you ask? Well, it’s a designer outlet mall, located a quick jaunt away from Central Paris, and just a skip and a hop from Disneyland Paris, and last June, I had the pleasure of shopping there! GETTING THERE From Disneyland Since we were staying at Disneyland, getting to La Vallee Village was a breeze! Direct shuttles are available from each Disneyland hotel, you just need to request one at the concierge desk. However, on our trip, we opted to take the RER instead. We got off... Read more

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

Food, Saturday, September 6th 2014

Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich

No panini pressis required: For the simplest Italian lunch, good cheese, a couple of cans and crusty bread, will do just good. Try to get ciabatta bread, in bins or bagged, at the bakery and or in the deli section. Its crusty exterior, floured and dense interior are just perfect for pressed sandwiches. INGREDIENTS: - Two tablespoons Dijon mustard - 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread (about 5 ounces), split horizontally and hollowed out - 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained, reserving 1 tablespoon oil {ads1}- 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced - Romaine lettuce leaves - Coarse salt and ground pepper - 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves STEP 1: In a normal small bowl, whisk together oil and mustard until thick; spread it on bread. Layer bottom half of bread with a few lettuce, then tomatoes, cheese and parsley. Season with pepper and... Read more

Ebola and the Challenges Facing the Medical Community

Health, Monday, October 20th 2014

Ebola and the Challenges Facing the Medical Community

An article in the American College of Physicians' Annals of Internal Medicine gives us an idea of how challenging it will be for medical facilities to care for Ebola patients in North America.   Let's get a bit of background first.  Scientists have developed the Biohazard Safety Level protocols to assist medical professionals and researchers who are working with hazardous materials.  There are four biohazard levels, BSL-1, BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4 as shown on this diagram:   Here is a summary of each level:   BSL-1: If you work in a lab that is designated a BSL-1, the microbes there are not known to consistently cause disease in healthy adults and present minimal potential hazard to laboratorians and the environment. An example of a microbe that is typically worked with at a BSL-1 is a nonpathogenic strain of E. coli.   Personal... Read more

Subcontinent: Down memory lane

Homes, Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Subcontinent: Down memory lane

Set against the backdrop of history, monarchy and globe-trotting elegance, Subcontinent is back with its wide array of 19th and 20th century furniture pieces to exhibit at Karachi’s archaic Frere Hall on the 26th, 27th and 28th of September from 11 am till 9 pm.  Subcontinent is the brainchild of Sonia Rehman Qureshiwho made a slow and steady metamorphosis from a renowned TV actress to a well-established antique enthusiast. She has been recognized as one of the key “Pakistani Women” for her contribution in the field of art and culture. With a degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious National College of Arts, Lahore, she has been extrapolating her success in the international markets by taking up various interior designing projects. She has also recently extended her interest to restoring and reviving antique interior treasures, with individually selecting... Read more

Blogger Backs Down Scotia Bank

Naukri & Paisa, Friday, August 29th 2014

Blogger Backs Down Scotia Bank

After filing a defamation and stalking claim against a PEI blogger, the Bank of Nova Scotia withdraws their legal action By Stephen Pate – This is one of those David and Goliath stories where the little guy wins. PEI political muckraker Red Like Me and it’s journalist owner Rob McEachern were sued by the Bank of Nova Scotia over a story about investment advisor fraud. Rob McEachern, publisher of Red Like Me This week the Bank of Nova Scotia called it quits and discontinued their legal action. The details of the story are interesting but the bigger story is that independent journalists can report the news and stand up to big money interests. It is in the public interest to know when investment dealers have defrauded the public. Knowledge is power for consumers. Hiding stories like this... 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

Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point

Science, Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

Why The Debate Over Energy Storage Utterly Misses The Point

The debate over which energy storage technology will prove to be the best in the long-term is woefully misguided. Many technologies have been tested in the field or been fully installed, but their real-world applications have created constant questions around a number of fixed themes: the three-points concern cost, technology, and potential environmental impact, as well as the need for specific regulation and end-of-life management. Here, engineers have run into the dilemma of energy storage technology. It is difficult for any energy storage method, at least at the current stage of development, to produce the amounts of power and energy required at a cost-effective price. However, passing judgment on energy storage by using this equation alone is simply incorrect. After all, we do not expect renewable energy to provide a one-size-fits-all solution... Read more

Twitter Opened Porn Floodgate

Technology, Thursday, October 16th 2014

Twitter Opened Porn Floodgate

Except on iPhone or iPad, Twitter is drowning in porn pics and ads today By Stephen Pate – I was surprised this morning while browsing Twitter to find story after story with soft and hard-core porn pictures, along with sleazy dating sites. What’s with that? The change from no porn to lots of porn happened between 3 AM and 9 AM. At 3 AM there was no porn on my phone and at 9 AM there was tons of it. I’m not talking boobs. This is hard-core stuff like three-way penetration in full glorious detail. Presumably if people want that content, they don’t need Twitter shoving it down their throats. {ads1}Cross checking my iPad had no porn – thank you Apple for decency standards. On Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 its enough to make you sick, unless... Read more

New school year, new school… new friends (please!!)

Teens, Tuesday, September 2nd 2014

New school year, new school… new friends (please!!)

When you’re all cozy in a friendship you can totally relax. Even going to school is more fun because your friend is there. But when you move to a school where you know no one, and your bff friend from your old school stops acting like a friend, then nothing feels right. I recently got this email from a girl who is in that sad place: Where do I fit it?!  The Girls' Friendship Q&A Book, by Annie Fox, iIllustration by Erica DeChavez © 2014, Annie Fox and Erica DeChavez Hey Terra, Last year I moved to a new place. Later I heard that my best friend was best friends with some new girl. That girl is apparently really popular and cool (and also kinda mean) and in one year’s time my bff has become friends with all the poplar kids... Read more

Wiesbaden: Spas, Sightseeing and a Stunning Hotel

Travel, Monday, October 13th 2014

Wiesbaden: Spas, Sightseeing and a Stunning Hotel

It’s amazing how two German spa towns can be so different. I’d been staying in the small town of Baden-Baden, tucked away in the foothills of S.W. Germany’s Black Forest. From there I went straight to Wiesbaden, the capital city of the Federal State of Hesse, expecting to see much the same tourist fare offered by Baden-Baden. {ads1}However, I soon came to realize that trying to compare these two world-renowned spa towns doesn’t do justice to either of them. In fact, having natural springs welling up from the ground (dating back to Roman times)—and boasting two of the finest casinos in the country—is about all these two fascinating cities have in common. As it turned out, the burgeoning and stately city of Wiesbaden, in the middle of the Germany’s Rhine-Main heartland region, had plenty of attractions to keep... Read more

Ray Romano Hosts the 8th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre…

What's On, Monday, October 20th 2014

 Ray Romano Hosts the 8th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

Ray Romano Hosts Comedy Celebration With Danny Devito, Will Forte & More to Help Fight Cancer The Wilshire Ebell Theatre (Los Angeles, CA) Let the laughs fly and contribute to the battle against cancer with the 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefitting the International Myeloma Foundation. Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano hosts the all-star Read more

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Riteish Deshmukh opts out of Kyaa Kool Hain Hum triquel

Masala, Monday, October 20th 2014

The second installment of Kyaa Kool Hain Hum titled Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum that released two years back was well received by the audiences. Now we hear that the producers, Balaji Motion Pictures, are planning a third installment in the series. However, it seems like the makers have met with numerous hurdles, one being the sudden opting out of people coming for auditions. {ads1}In fact a source close to the film says, "Yes, there were a few people who had come for the auditions of the film, but once they read what they were to enact, quite a few were shocked and couldn't complete the audition." Simultaneously Tanuj Garg, CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures says, "Considering the sexual content in the first two parts, the third will have to be... Read more

Rob Pattinson Is Walking Through An Airport Unmolested!

Hollywood Gossip, Monday, October 20th 2014

Rob Pattinson Is Walking Through An Airport Unmolested!

How times change. It was not long ago that Rob Pattinson couldn’t show up in a public place without starting a mini-riot of squealing fans. Above, he’s walking through the Toronto airport carrying his own bags. With his Twilight movies behind him, along with his romance withKristen Stewart, Rob has yet to find another successful movie. He’s happier because he always hated all that attention, but that’s what got him plenty of movie offers. Can he live up to expectations? {ads1}Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Must See Movies The Best Of Men

Reviews, Thursday, October 16th 2014

Must See Movies The Best Of Men

Modern heroes: Dr. Ludwig Guttman revolutionizes the treatment of back injuries and fosters the Paralympic Games By Stephen Pate – Most biopics or docudramas fail miserably but “The Best of Men” succeeds at telling the story of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann with gripping emotional content. Dr. Ludwig Guttmann was a Jewish German  neurologist and neurosurgeon  who barely made it out of Germany before Hitler’s death camps and the Final Solution. Fortunately for the world, Dr. Guttmann had pioneering ideas on how to rehabilitate the men who had spinal cord injures from World War II. It is ironic that an exiled German doctor would create a way to rehabilitate people with disabilities during the war while Hitler carried out a program of state sponsored euthanasia of the disabled.  Hitler’s euthanasia program murdered disabled first Against the prejudice of the British medical system,... Read more

Meet The Patels

Previews, Monday, October 13th 2014

The film is a comedy about two Gujrati boys Tom Patel and Jerry Patel based in Mumbai. Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more Read more

How Heavy Is Bob Dylan The Lyrics: Since 1962?

Mainstream, Tuesday, October 7th 2014

How Heavy Is Bob Dylan The Lyrics: Since 1962?

My wife has a clear idea of where this Bob Dylan book fits in our library By Stephen Pate – “Can I put these Dylan song books away now?” I asked my wife as I picked up Dylan: 100 Songs & Pictures at 496 pages and The Definitive Dylan Songbook (Bob Dylan) at 790 pages. The books lay on the kitchen table for a week.  I was trying to figure out if I could lift The Lyrics: Since 1962 long enough to read some of those 960 pages. Bob Dylan The Definitive Songbook is so heavy I got it split in two and bound with a spiral binding so it will lay flat on a music stand. As for Dylan: 100 Songs & Pictures, it went on a bookshelf and had not moved until last week. “No leave... Read more

Music Review Kill Dil

Music :: Filmi, Thursday, October 16th 2014

Expectations: Shaad Ali is known for a good music sense - and has a great tuning with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Music: The acoustic-heavy, almost R.D. Burman-esque title-song 'Kill Dil' (Sonu Nigam, Shankar Mahadevan), a breezy, instrument-dominated groovy track, reminds us in parts of the epic title-music of Sholay. While Gulzar recites the introductory verse (which he also does in two more tracks) Sonu Nigam and Shankar Mahadevan sing with Kishore Kumar-esque abandon in the largely meaningless track that works while listening only because of its infectious rhythm and pace. We liked the sitar riffs in 'Happy Budday' (Sukhwinder Singh-Sonu Nigam) where Gulzar uses the imaginative line, 'Bas Aashiqon Pe Rahe Curfew' before taking a tangential look at the occasion. Sukhwinder sounds miscast in the song, as his rendition is somehow too harsh for a... 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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Are Margin Debt Levels Telegraphing the Stock Market's Future?

Economy, Tuesday, October 14th 2014

Are Margin Debt Levels Telegraphing the Stock Market's Future?

Given the current high level of volatility in the stock market, I wanted to revisit a metric that reveals a great deal about investor sentiment, the size of the outstanding margin debt.  This is an update to postings that I have done over the past year.   Here is a graph showing the growing level of margin debt since January 2000:   Notice how the level of margin debt has pretty much grown steadily since the end of the Great Recession?  In August 2014,... Read more

The Price-Earnings Ratio and the Overbought Stock Market

Markets, Friday, October 17th 2014

The Price-Earnings Ratio and the Overbought Stock Market

The recent volatility in the stock market has come as shock to many investors, however, looking at historical data, we shouldn't really be all that surprised.   {ads1}Back in 2000, Yale Professor Robert Shiller, co-creator of the widely quoted Case-Shiller U.S. Home Price Index, wrote a book called Irrational Exuberance.  In the book, he used a data set consisting of monthly stock prices, dividends and earnings to ascertain whether or not the stock market is overvalued compared to historical levels.  The data... Read more

SIGNS Restaurant & Bar

Local Bazaar, Wednesday, September 17th 2014

SIGNS Restaurant & Bar

In a couple of months since SIGNS Restaurant and Bar has opened their doors they have certainly made an impact on the Deaf and the Hearing community.  Recently, forty five members of a deaf, U.S. based hockey team met at SIGNS, for lunch. The hockey team were already well versed in the art of American Sign Language (ASL) and were very comfortable placing their order by Signing.  The entire team was able to interact through their specialized knowledge of Signing. Lately,... Read more

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