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Al-Sweady inquiry findings clear British soldiers of Iraq detainees abuse claims

Al-Sweady inquiry findings clear British soldiers of Iraq detainees abuse claims

England, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Al-Sweady public inquiry report into Iraq detainees abuse claims has concluded on Wednesday that British soldiers did mistreat nine Iraqi detainees following a fierce battle in May 2004, but allegations of... Read more

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Daily Nation Mirror Newspaper Seized By Security

Africa, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Daily Nation Mirror Newspaper Seized By Security

The Daily Nation Mirror, an independent newspaper in Juba was seized by security forces  on Tuesday from circulating because of a leading story they published covering the conference of the SPLM in Opposition (SPLM-O) in Pagak Upper Nile State.  The Chief Editor of the Daily Nation Mirror, Wol Deng Atak says he is being accused by the security forces of working for the SPLM-O by posting their stories as opposed to stories related to President Salva Kiir. "The security elements told me that I should be covering President Kiir's events instead of updating people about Pagak rebel's conference. But then, that is interference in the media work. With media freedom I should be free to fetch the stories I want to cover and report them to the public."  {ads1}Atak said it is the right of the citizen to be informed on what is happening in Pagak hence the... Read more

Is the American Housing Market Signalling a Top?

America, Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Is the American Housing Market Signalling a Top?

With house prices rising across many markets in the United States, it's starting to look like the housing market is on the path to healing.  Unfortunately, when we look at one metric, it's also starting to look like the housing bubble is back.  Please keep in mind that I am using national statistics for the purpose of this posting; each market will have its own variables with some remaining very affordable and some markets being extremely unaffordable when measured in terms of household income.   Here is a chart showing the median selling price of a new home since 1963:   Other than the blip during the Great Recession, it certainly appears like housing prices have been on a  climbing trend since most of us had the summers off from elementary school.   Let's focus on... Read more

GCE N-Level Results This Thursday

Asia, Monday, December 15th 2014

GCE N-Level Results This Thursday

The results of the 2014 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level (N-Level) Examinations will be released this Thursday, Dec 18 according to news provided by local news portals. The Ministry of Education informed that the students will be able to obtain their result slips from their schools on the 18th of December. ‘The results of the 2014 GCE 'N'(A) and 'N' (T) Level Exams will be released on Thursday, 18 Dec 2014. School candidates may obtain their result slips from their respective schools from 2.00 pm on 18 Dec 2014,’ was the statement by MoE. The official website further informed that private candidates will be notified of their individual results by post. They will also be able to obtain their results online (using the password... Read more

HMAS Toowoomba completes Middle East Region deployment

Australia, Saturday, December 13th 2014

HMAS Toowoomba completed a successful Operation MANITOU maritime security deployment to the Middle East Region today (Saturday 13 December 2014) and is heading home to Perth. Deployed as part of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633, Toowoomba conducted security patrols as part of the international community’s Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and Combined Task Force (CTF) 150. Chief of Joint Operations Command, Vice Admiral David Johnston said during her four-month deployment the ANZAC class frigate with a Ship’s Company of 191 personnel seized 6.3 tonnes of narcotics. “HMAS Toowoomba has been operating in areas as diverse as the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and across a vast section of the Indian Ocean along the east coast of Africa,” Vice Admiral David Johnston said. “Toowoomba conducted 20 boardings, spending more than 240 hours inspecting dhows transiting the region, which of course ultimately saw her seize in excess of half-a-billion dollars (Australian) worth of narcotics which would have otherwise funded... Read more

Autopsy results linked Fentanyl to November sudden deaths of two Moncton men …

Canada, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Autopsies have determined that a drug overdose caused the deaths of two Moncton men last month. Autopsy reports indicate that the two men, who police discovered deceased in anapartment on MacAleese Avenue on November 9, 2014, succumbed to an overdose of the drug fentanyl. Foul play has been ruled out. Since foul play has been ruled out, the names of the deceased are not being released. {ads1}During the course of the investigation, Codiac Regional RCMP seized a white, crystallized powder substance from the scene that is believed to have been purchased online. The analysis of the substance indicates that it is a derivative of fentanyl, a very potent synthetic drug normally prescribed for pain. The drug is considered to be very dangerous and potentially fatal. “Trafficking of fentanyl in RCMP service areas in New Brunswick appears to be minimal at this time,” said... Read more

Al-Sweady inquiry findings clear British soldiers of Iraq detainees abuse claims

England, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Al-Sweady inquiry findings clear British soldiers of Iraq detainees abuse claims

Al-Sweady public inquiry report into Iraq detainees abuse claims has concluded on Wednesday that British soldiers did mistreat nine Iraqi detainees following a fierce battle in May 2004, but allegations of murder and physical torture made against U.K. military were the product of “deliberate lies, reckless speculation and ingrained hostility”. The claims are related to the events after the Battle of Danny Boy in 2004. And the inquiry was set up in 2009 by then Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth. Inquiry judge, Thayne Forbes has cleared the British soldiers from false claims of murdering and torturing of upto Iraqi detainees following a fire-fight near the town of Majar-al-Kabir in 2004. {ads1}The report has also found that the conduct of some British soldiers breached the Geneva convention, but was highly critical of the claims it was initially set up to investigate. The long-awaited... Read more

Russia's Perfect Debt Storm

Europe, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Russia's Perfect Debt Storm

In light of the recent increase in interest rates to 17 percent by the Central Bank of Russia (CBR)in a desperate effort to stem the plummeting value of the ruble, I thought that a brief look at several  issues, particularly Russia's external debt, that will be impacted by higher interest rates and lower commodity prices is in order.   As most of us remember and as I posted here, Russia has already defaulted on its sovereign debt once; back in 1998, the nation saw its interest rates rise and ruble collapse which led to Moscow declaring that payments on its debt would be halted.  With that in mind, let's look at Russia's current external debt in millions of U.S. dollars:   Russia's external debt in June 2014 (the last month that firm data is available... Read more

Opposition: PM Make Statement On Conversion

India, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Opposition: PM Make Statement On Conversion

This Wednesday the opposition stopped all proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over the demand that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi should be called to make a statement over the conversion issue that has caused havoc all over the country and is making headlines for the past few days. The Hindu’s of India have started a religious conversion campaign all over the country by the name of ‘Ghar Wapsi’ according to which the Hindu’s will try to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. The name is chosen to make India an all Hindu’s nation again. The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, P.J.Kurien, had adjourned the house till 12:18 p.m. as the opposition continued to raise slogans against the Prime Minister and his government. {ads1}The Congress leader Anand Sharma said the... Read more

The Pro-Israel Influence in United States Politics

Middle East, Tuesday, December 9th 2014

The Pro-Israel Influence in United States Politics

Largely because Israel plays such a big role in U.S. domestic politics and the security of its future is always in question, it has attracted attention from a number of well-heeled pro-Israel interest groups and individuals as you will see in this posting.   One of these pro-Israel groups, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC, is a force to be reckoned with in U.S. politics.  By their own definition, AIPAC "....educate(s) decision makers about the bonds that unite the United States and Israel and how it is in America’s best interest to help ensure that the Jewish state is safe, strong and secure.  Cooperation between the two countries is advantageous for both nations. AIPAC urges all members of Congress to support Israel through foreign aid, government partnerships, joint anti-terrorism... Read more

Pakistan To Observe 3-Day Mourning

Pakistan, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Pakistan To Observe 3-Day Mourning

The terrorist attack on innocent school children in Peshawar has shocked the whole world. The Pakistanis are heartbroken and shocked over the savage attack of the terrorists and have announced three day mourning. Business in the largest cities of Pakistan, including Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad has halted whereas the lawyers have stopped working observing the three day mourning. People all over the world have united with Pakistan to mourn over the savage attack. Turkey has announced one day mourning whereas India has announced to observe two minutes of silence, condemning the attack. Both Britain and United States of America have highly condemned the attack. The White House has highly condemned the attack. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and loved ones,” President Obama said, “By targeting... 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

Upset Hindus urge withdrawal of goddess Kali mural from Brooklyn Museum

South Asians Abroad, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Hindus are upset over “inappropriate” portrayal of Hindu goddess Kali in a mural at Brooklyn Museum (New York). This 60-foot mixed-media goddess Kali wall mural is part of recently opened “Eyes of Time” exhibition at Brooklyn Museum which is scheduled till July 12.  It shows Kali with three legs, three breasts and six arms. Its face is a clock with no actual time. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effects on museum walls. Such absurd depiction of goddess Kali with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees. Such trivialization of goddess Kali was disturbing to the... Read more

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Toronto Maple Leafs Reassign Stuart Percy to Toronto Marlies

Hockey, Thursday, December 11th 2014

Toronto Maple Leafs Reassign Stuart Percy to Toronto Marlies

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that the hockey club has reassigned defenceman Stuart Percy to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Percy, 21, has been held pointless in nine games with the Toronto Marlies this season. Percy has also skated in eight games with the Maple Leafs in 2014-15, registering three assists and two penalty minutes. The Oakville, Ontario native became the first rookie defenceman in Maple Leafs history to record a point in each of his first three NHL games. The Marlies return to the ice on Friday night when they travel to Utica (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) for a 7 p.m. game. The Maple Leafs’ next game is Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre. Read more

Dwane Casey Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

Basketball, Friday, January 3rd 2014

Dwane Casey Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that head coach Dwane Casey has been named NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December. This is the first time Casey has won the honour. He joins Lenny Wilkens (April 2002) and Sam Mitchell (January 2007) as the only Raptors coaches to be named Coach of the Month. Toronto went 8-6 in December under Casey’s guidance and was one of five teams in the Eastern Conference to finish the month with a record above .500. The Raptors were 0-3 prior to a seven-player trade December 8 that sent leading scorer Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Casey incorporated four new players into the roster and the team responded by winning eight of the next 11 games. The Raptors were 6-3 on the road last month, which included... Read more

A study in the art of fast bowling and captaincy

Cricket, Saturday, March 8th 2014

A study in the art of fast bowling and captaincy

He has shown the menacing influence fast bowling has on a cricket match. Irrespective of the conditions, a bowler of his ilk can threaten any batsman. Sadly, bowlers of his ilk are rare to come by, which is what makes Mitchell Johnson a greater hazard for the opposition. In practice sessions, it’s hard to replicate what Johnson does. Steyn and Morkel bowl fast too. But not as fast nor are they as life-threatening as Johnson. A bowling machine doesn’t provide the angle of his round arm action. Nor does it replicate the death stare from him, nor the moustache, nor the variety in deliveries.  Johnson still does spray the ball around. Though his control has improved a great deal, there are moments in which the old Johnson appears. For my mind,... Read more

QBs Recovering from Offseason Surgeries as NFL Training Camps Open

Football, Thursday, July 17th 2014

QBs Recovering from Offseason Surgeries as NFL Training Camps Open

It has been an off-season of recuperation for a number of NFL quarterbacks who underwent surgery in recent months. With training camps now getting into full swing, all eyes will be on these recovering stars, whose health is critical to their teams’ success in the upcoming NFL season. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton underwent surgery in late March to repair an ankle injury suffered in the Panthers’ 23-10 NFC Divisional Playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers. While Newton has undergone extensive rehab prior to training camp, and is medically cleared for full workouts, he is expected to need all of camp to regain his form ahead of the start of the regular season. Last season, Newton led the Panthers to a 12-4 record and their first NFC South title since 2008.... Read more

Honda Indy Toronto dates confirmed for 2015

Other Sports, Friday, October 31st 2014

Honda Indy Toronto dates confirmed for 2015

Ontario's largest annual sporting event moves to June 12–14 Honda Indy Toronto is returning to the streets of downtown Toronto in 2015 and will take place June 12-14, instead of its traditional July dates. The announcement comes after an extended period of negotiations and coordination between all major supporters and partners of the annual event including Honda Canada, INDYCAR, the City of Toronto, Exhibition Place, Tourism Toronto and Green Savoree Toronto, promoters of the race. In the end, organizers were successful in working with the City of Toronto, Exhibition Place and the 2015 Pan-American Games to accommodate both events next summer. {ads1}The Verizon IndyCar Series will return as the marquee race for the event weekend, with other on-track programming to be announced over the next few months. “Today’s a good day to wave... 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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End CBC’s $1-billion Government Subsidy

Columns, Monday, December 15th 2014

End CBC’s $1-billion Government Subsidy

CBC’s endless self-promotion is not about Canada – it’s about Toronto elites and their intellectual bigotry By Phillip Cross – National Post – With the CBC’s TV ratings down 40% to a specialty channel-like 5% share of viewers even before it lost its NHL contract, according to Canadian Media Research, it’s worth asking again what has gone wrong with the Mother Corp and what should be done about it? The answer to the first question is that it no longer represents ordinary Canadians to themselves in a way they like or even recognize. So when its funding comes under scrutiny, it is not surprising that most Canadians collectively yawn while watching any of the myriad other channels available to them on various media platforms. The CBC is not about Canadian programming but programming Canadians to its... 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

Honda does good, openly helps Android Auto

Automotive, Monday, November 24th 2014

Honda does good, openly helps Android Auto

In a highly uncharacteristic move for an automaker, Honda has announced that they will be actively supporting third party software developers creating apps for Android Auto through a new facility in California. Why is it uncharacteristic you ask? Because Android Auto isn’t unique to Honda, or any one brand in fact. The freshly minted Google owned operating system (OS)  is capable of running on a wide range of auto brands including future vehicles from Chevrolet, Audi, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Jeep, Mazda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Volkswagen, Volvo, Subaru, Bentley and Mitsubishi amoungst others. An extension of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab, the Honda Developer Studio consists of an online portal and a workspace/garage located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Honda Developer Studio will enable app developers to test their Android Auto apps... Read more

Hanan al-Shaykh on the Launch of ‘The Virgins of Londonstan’

Books, Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Hanan al-Shaykh on the Launch of ‘The Virgins of Londonstan’

The Beirut International Arab Book Fair may not be as big as Arabic book fairs in Riyadh, Sharjah, or Cairo, but, by virtue of being Beirut, it draws in some of the region’s biggest writers: Among this year’s visitors was novelist Hanan al-Shaykh, who launched her latest novel, The Virgins of Londonstan, at the fair. According to the Daily Star Lebanon: The book continues the stories of two Lebanese women, Hoda and Yvonne, the protagonists of Shaykh’s 2003 novel “Two Women by the Sea.” Set in London, where the two women meet years on, it explores the importance of religion in the lives of the city’s immigrant population. Al-Shaykh told India Stoughton at the DSL that she was inspired to revive the characters while walking in Hyde Park, near Speakers’ Corner. “I was walking on a Sunday,” Shaykh told the DSL, “and by accident found myself... 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

Hidden Secrets for Skin Care

Daily Life, Monday, December 15th 2014

Hidden Secrets for Skin Care

Every girl’s wish list has this wishtips for glowing skinon the top, best skin type. Skin is the most sensitive and exposed part of your body and therefore, it is most affected part of our body as it is exposed to heat, dust and dry wind. Just wishing upon things is not the job, if you wish to get something, one needs to work hard to achieve that. So, if you wish to get a flawless andbeautiful skin fancy pants, work for it. Winters are here and with it comes the period of dry, flaky and rough skin. The dry air blows off with it the moisture of your skin and your skin glow. Moreover, there is a huge temperature difference indoor and outdoor that badly affects the skin so, what do you think you have you do to in order... Read more

Top Beauty Products for Girls 2015

Fashion, Saturday, December 13th 2014

Top Beauty Products for Girls 2015

Well most of the girls out there, no actually all the girls out there wonder and imagine how come the models and actors look so fancy and flawlessly beautiful. Believe it or not but you all want that glamour in your life and wish to become like that the very next morning when you wake up. Well! It’s no more a wish anymore, because the secret is out and we are here to reveal that secret. It is not the so called natural beauty they brag about, it is the beauty products that they rely on to get all those funky, alluring looks. There is a consistent change in the trends of the beauty products over the seasons and years, be it the glossy lip color or the thick eyelash mascara, the trend keeps on changing according to the varying fashion. These products are... Read more

Quick Recipes Honey Mustard Chicken

Food, Thursday, November 13th 2014

Quick Recipes Honey Mustard Chicken

Food!! The word that makes your mouth water. Food is one of the most essential parts of life. We need food for survival. There is a wide variety of food. Every culture has its own food and a typical taste. Eastern countries like Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and so on, the people prefer spice food. The food that is made up of spices like red chili, green chili, black chili and white chili powder. Many dishes that they eat have crushed chili flakes and fresh green chili. That gives an epic taste to the food.  There are manyrecipes that eastern countries follow. They have their own taste. You can do a lot of experiments with certain eatables like chicken, honey,mustard, chili and so on. It up to your taste buds that gives you a soothing taste and you... Read more

Ease your Joints into Exercise

Health, Saturday, December 13th 2014

Ease your Joints into Exercise

The human body is just like machine. It may seem odd, but it is true. Like a machine it suffers wear and tear when used. Conversely it rusts and deteriorates if not run for quite a while. Not literally, but that pretty much is the notion as an out of shape body is no better than an unhealthy one. We have all heard how exercise and a proper nutritious diet ensure a healthy life. But a major problem peopleface these days is not finding time to exercise or complaining that they get exhausted and can’t cope up with their jobs or whatever they are supposed to do. The real problem is that they are not used to working out or even going for a stroll for that matter. Junk foods, excessive intake and unhealthy eating habits lead to a person putting on weight and losing any... Read more

The Insider's Guide to Home & Garden

Homes, Saturday, December 13th 2014

The Insider's Guide to Home & Garden

Even animals clean their surroundings before lying down to slumber, we being humans are not only expected to keep clean but also well maintained. Your house is the reflection of your taste, class and imagination. Decorating your home is not a problem anymore with this insider’s guide to home and garden. Now you do not have to go to an interior designer nor an expensive architect, because we are here to guide you through everything regarding your home and garden.  So doesn’t worry about a thing just stick to this and your problems and confusion will be solved. We will be providing you with simple and easy guidelines to follow that will your house a heaven on earth, by just keeping in account some minor details. Read this andsave your precious money, invest it somewhere else instead. It is not about the... 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

Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Science, Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom. Demand is exploding for “frac sand”--a durable, high-purity quartz sand used to help produce petroleum fluids and prop up man-made fractures in shale rock formations through which oil and gas flows—turning this segment into the top driver of value in the shale revolution. “One of the major players in Eagle Ford is saying they’re short 6 million tons of 100 mesh alone in 2014 and they don’t know where to get it. And that’s just one player,” Rasool Mohammad, President and CEO of Select Sands Corporation told Oilprice.com. {ads1}Frack sand exponentially increases the... Read more

Need A Laptop? $299 Get a ASUS Transformer Flip Book

Technology, Monday, December 15th 2014

Need A Laptop? $299 Get a ASUS Transformer Flip Book

December 15th 2014 Microsoft Deal is $100 off the 15&Prime ASUS Transformer 2-in-1 Tablet Laptop TP500LA By Stephen Pate – Today’s Microsoft Deal is a 15&Prime Asus laptop that flips over to act like a 2-1 tablet. All for only $299 – today only at the Microsoft USA Store and $399 at the Microsoft Canada Store.  The deal goes live at 9 ET Dec 15. That’s an unbeatable price performance combination at that price point.  The US deal is outstanding. Asus TP500LA as laptop 15.6-inch (396.24-millimeter) HD TPN touchscreen Intel Core i3-4030U 4GB memory/500GB HDD Up to 5 hours battery life Amazon.com sells the nearly same model for $510 – the ASUS Flip 15.6-Inch 2-in-1 Convertible Touchscreen Laptop (Core i3, 500GB HDD, 6GB RAM). Amazon.com owners (156) rate the Asus at 4 out of 5 which is exceptional at this price. Asus-TP500LA flipped over... 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

Heidelberg, Germany: German Romanticism at its Best

Travel, Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Heidelberg, Germany: German Romanticism at its Best

There’s a good reason why 3 million people visit Heidelberg every year. From the moment you set foot in Heidelberg’s Baroque Old Town, you feel like you’ve been transported back into scenes from Grimm’s Fairytales. With these fascinating medieval scenes, its no wonder Heidelberg is one of Germany’s most visited places—remarkable for a town of only 133,000 residents. And many of these visitors are German, a nation known for its discerning travelers. {ads1}Although the Brothers Grimm lived in Hanau, 70 miles away, it’s easy to believe they might have gained some inspiration for some of their stories from Heidelberg’s magical setting. Nestled on a flat, narrow strip of land measuring 600 meters deep by 1 mile wide, between the River Neckar and the edge of the dense Odenwald Forest, Heidelberg’s Old Town is the epitome of classic... Read more

Bad Movie Night Toronto presents THE APPLE

What's On, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

As we approach the end of the year, it's only natural to think about the future...What will the world be like in a month, a year, a decade? What about in the far-off future, like 1994?THE APPLE is here to show you a vision of the 90s - a strange, incredible era where everyone wears silver lycra and the world is ruled by a music label that Read more

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NGE team asks Sajid Nadiadwala for a big celebration

Masala, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

NGE team asks Sajid Nadiadwala for a big celebration

With four back to back hits by his production house - Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.  (NGE) in 2014, the year has been super successful for Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala. {ads1}As a producer, Sajid scored a hat-trick with his films `Highway`, `2 States` and `Heropanti` doing extremely well at the box office.. His directoral debut ‘ Kick’ striked gold at the box office and broke numerous records.  Sajid Nadiawala was bestowed with a special honor for the film at the recent Stardust awards. He received the Stardust Special award for Biggest Grosser of 2014 for his film ' Kick'. Sajid’s team has been asking him to throw a big success bash as 2014 has been a fabulous year for the director-producer. With NGE sweeping away all... Read more

Khloe Kardashian: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Hollywood Gossip, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Khloe Kardashian: What’s Wrong With This Picture?

We’re astonished by this photo of Khloe Kardashian for more than one reason. First of all, her backside is ENORMOUS and not entirely natural looking. Secondly, she is wearing a skin-tight black leather skirt while running an errand at Fusion Luxury Motors in Northridge, where they buy and sell ultra fancy and collectible vintage cars. Whether she’s looking to buy a car or unload one is not known, but we’re betting those mechanics gave her plenty of attention. You don’t see people walking around Northridge dressed like this every day. {ads1}Photo Credit: Pacific Coast News Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Action Jackson - Movie Review

Reviews, Friday, December 5th 2014

Action Jackson - Movie Review

When a reviewer is confronted with a Bollywood starvehicle as spectacularly vacuous as Action Jackson, the usual tendency is to go a touch easy with the potshots. In other words, one dismisses it as a film meant only fordiehard fans of the lead actor and leaves it at that. But in the case of Prabhu Dheva’s latest all-out mockery of moviemaking, one would be inclined to think twice before making any such unilateral claim. Would any actor’s fans, at least those that are in their right minds, be so undemanding as to lap up something as excruciatingly trashy as Action Jackson? The film proffers the worst of everything - obnoxious characters, mindless situations, juvenile action sequences, raucous music, bizarre dance routines and pathetically cheap gags - with nary a sign of any redeeming feature that could lessen the blow. Prabhu... Read more

Movie Preview Her Story

Previews, Friday, November 28th 2014

Life is all about finding peace and tranquility. Since times immemorial man has tried to find peace and solace in love. Love knows no barriers; be it the barriers of caste, space, religion or age. {ads1}Her story is the story of a young girl Kim who takes a fancy for Rahul. He is double her age. Though unmarried yet he is into a relationship with 'Laila'. Though initially Kim is unconcerned about their relationship, later, she sees a threat in Laila and wants to get rid of her. She is willing to go to any length to fulfill her desire. There is a thin dividing line between desire and insanity and she is willing to cross this line. Is everything really fair in love and war? Is self consuming passion desirable? Her... Read more

Joan Jett Gets Induction Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Mainstream, Wednesday, December 17th 2014

Joan Jett Gets Induction Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Perfect “I Love Rock And Roll” rocker made her fame on a $600 Gibson Melody Maker By Stephen Pate – Joan Jett just got word she will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next spring. <br />“It’s surreal and very humbling. It’s a culmination of all you’ve dreamed about doing as a musician,” she told Rolling Stone. I’ve always been hopeful because I think it’s an incredible acknowledgment. I’m very proud to be with all these great musicians. It’s going to take a few minutes to sink in before I see how I really feel about it.” I can only say that as “they finally got the news” about a real rock and roll woman of class and talent. Of course they are just getting around the Lou Reed... Read more

Music Review Life Mein Twist Hai

Music :: Filmi, Tuesday, November 25th 2014

Expectations: Minimum - this is a small film with smaller names in the music. Music: Though Javed Ali practically insists, as always, on singing exactly like Sonu Nigam, the two songs he gets in this film, 'Minnat Karta Hu' (the last word should be phonetically spelt 'hoon' but we guess it's too much expect in today's 'chalta hai'-anything goes times!) and 'Bandgi Tum Meri' are among the best songs he has got in recent times. Sonu-mimicking apart, Javed sings them well, and the lyrics (Rashid Kanpuri and Omraj Pandey Om respectively) are standard but well-written. This is - as far as we know - Aryan R. Jaiin's debut film as a composer, and while both the songs merge old-fashioned melody well with contemporary flavours, the former, 'Minnat…', stands out as a lovely and... 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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Why Are Consumers Pessimistic?

Economy, Friday, December 12th 2014

Why Are Consumers Pessimistic?

While consumer sentiment has, in general, been on the upswing since the Great Recession, as we can see in this chart from FRED, even at its current level of 93.8, it is just reaching levels that would have been considered average during the period from the 1980s until the Great Recession took hold:   Why the pessimism and why has it taken so long for consumer sentiment to improve?   An analysis by Tim Chen, the founder of NerdWallet and former hedge fund equity... Read more

Russia 1998 - A Currency Devaluation and Sovereign Debt Default Case Study …

Markets, Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Russia 1998 - A Currency Devaluation and Sovereign Debt Default Case Study

Russia's collapsing currency and rapidly rising interest rates have been front page news in the media over the past month.  Here is a chart that shows what has happened to the yield on Russia's 10 year bonds:     The yield on ten year bonds is in excess of 16.5 percent compared to 10.2 percent during the last week in November 2014.  While these levels are high, they are nothing compared to what happened during the Russian crisis of 1998 and you will... Read more

Pakistan Real Estate Report: Property Market Presents Mixed Picture As Q4 Begins …

Local Bazaar, Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

After a rough few months for the economy in general, and to a large extent the real estate sector in particular, things are finally starting to pick up as the last quarter of the year rolls around. The anti-government sit-ins in Islamabad have been reduced to half their strength and it seems like market activity will return to normal sooner rather than later. While this has largely been the case in Islamabad and Karachi, the latest terrorist incident on the... Read more

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