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First impressions: 2015 Ford Edge

First impressions: 2015 Ford Edge

Automotive, Thursday, June 25th 2015

For 2015, the Canadian built Ford Edge sees the company’s strong selling crossover with its newest and brightest tech features. After spending an afternoon with it, I come away with... Read more

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WBG Health Ministry On High Alert Over Cholera

Africa, Monday, June 29th 2015

The Minister of Health in Western Bahr el Ghazal state, Dr. Issac Clerto Rial has cautioned the public in the state to be on the lookout for any cholera outbreak as it has already been reported in the capital Juba.   June 29, 2015[Gurtong] - According to a report by UNICEF, at least 18 people, including two children less than 5 years died from cholera in the recent outbreak. {ads1}According to UNICEF, the first cholera case was reported on 27 May in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba. Since then, 170 suspected cases have reportedly been recorded inside the site and in villages across Central Equatoria Dr, Isaa Clerto said that the government in the state is putting strategies in place so that the issue can be handled early enough. “The Ministry of... Read more

Escaped Convict David Sweat Shot

America, Monday, June 29th 2015

Escaped Convict David Sweat Shot

  Photo: NY State David Sweat, the surviving prison escapee on the run in northern New York, was shot by a state trooper on Sunday, The New York Times reports. He is alive and in custody. {ads1}With 1,300 officers looking for Sweat after his accomplice Richard Matt was shot on Friday, it's not surprising that a State Police sergeant saw Sweat on a road. According to The Times, he ordered him to stop, but Sweat broke into a run and the officer shot him. Two days ago a federal agent shot and killed the other escaped prisoner, Richard Matt. The two broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in New York state. On June 6 their escape was discovered, beginning a manhunt across the state and beyond. Both Sweat and Matt were serving sentences for... Read more

China's Military Ambitions Part 2

Asia, Monday, June 1st 2015

China's Military Ambitions Part 2

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

Melbourne fires Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles

Australia, Monday, June 29th 2015

The Royal Australian Navy Adelaide class frigate, HMAS Melbourne, has successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles, reinforcing her war-fighting and mariner skills. The missile firings were conducted off the coast of New South Wales on 24 June against two unmanned aerial targets launched from the Beecroft Range at Jervis Bay. Melbourne’s MK-41 Vertical Launch System deployed the missiles, controlled in flight, resulting in a successful engagement with the target as part of her operational training program. {ads1}Navy ships conduct mariner and war-fighting training all year round to prepare for operational duties and Commanding Officer Melbourne, Commander Bill Waters, said the firing proved the effectiveness of the frigate’s combat systems. “We do extensive simulation, but by conducting a live missile firing we validate this training and prove the accuracy and precision of our combat... Read more

Toronto youth pastor Jan Robert Ostonal charged with sexual assault

Canada, Monday, June 29th 2015

The Toronto Police Service is alerting the public to a Sexual Exploitation investigation. It is alleged that: - between Sunday, January 1, 2012 and Tuesday, March 31, 2015, a man sexually exploited and sexually assaulted a girl, now 17 - the man worked as a youth pastor at the Keys Of The Kingdom Ministries Life In The Spirit Fellowship Church located at 94 Kenhar Drive, Unit #25. {ads1}On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Jan Robert Ostonal, 35, Mississauga, was arrested. He was charged with: 1) three counts of Sexual Exploitation 2) three counts of Sexual Assault He will appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Thursday, August 6, 2015, room 407. Police believe there may be more victims. Read more

Government Fails to Provide Delivery Date on Swansea Rail Scheme

England, Thursday, June 25th 2015

Government Fails to Provide Delivery Date on Swansea Rail Scheme

Even though the website of Network Rail says that "Cardiff to be electrified by May 2017, Swansea to be electrified by May 2018," no one in government is ready to announce a date for its completion. In an inquiry from the prime minister on Wednesday by Plaid Cymru's parliamentary leader, Jonathan Edwards, he asked that “can you inform the house and the people of Wales whether it continues to be the policy of your government to complete to Swansea by 2018 and part-fund the Valley lines?" In response to Edwards’ query, the prime minister stated that "we're absolutely committed to electrifying the Great Western Main Line to Cardiff, through to Swansea. We're also contributing £125m to the cost of the wider Valley lines electrification. It's vital that this work goes ahead.... Read more

Greece and its Grim Economic Future

Europe, Wednesday, June 3rd 2015

Greece and its Grim Economic Future

The debt crisis in Greece will continue to have a long-term impact on the country's economy, particularly since domestic investment activity, particularly in capital goods, has plunged since 2007.   In a report by Eurobank Research, the author, Olga Kosma, notes that real capital stock in Greece has declined for the first time in 50 consecutive years.  As shown on this graph, real gross fixed capital formation (otherwise known as "investment") reported its largest cumulative decline as a percentage of GDP since 2007:   Real fixed capital stock includes the following:   1.) dwellings.   2.) other buildings and structures.   3.) transportation equipment.   4.) cultivated assets.   5.) intangible fixed assets.   Here is a graph that looks at what happened to investment in each of the five capital stock sectors since 1995:   The drop in investment in dwellings is particularly noticeable, declining from 50.7 percent in... Read more

Modi Completes One Year in Office

India, Monday, May 25th 2015

Exactly a year ago on 26th of May, 2014, Narendra Modi took oath as 15th Prime Minister of India. The Gujarat CM and BJP’s PM candidate led BJP to an absolute majority with 282 seats in Lok Sabha elections. This was a thumping majority considering the last any party achieved this feat was 30 years ago. In 1984 Congress led by Rajiv Gandhi after her mother Indira’s assassination won a whopping 414 / 543 seats. Modi the face of BJP’s campaign became the Prime Mister of the country carrying expectations of a crore plus population on his shoulders. People were fed up of rampant corruption and inaction under UPA II. They voted overwhelmingly for Modi – seen by many – as the messiah for change and growth. As he completes one year... Read more

Israel once again commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean …

Middle East, Monday, June 29th 2015

At 02:06AM today (Gaza time) the “Marianne” contacted Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and informed us that three boats of the Israeli navy had surrounded her in international waters, while sailing approximately 100NM from Gaza coast. After that we lost contact with the “Marianne” and at 05:11AM (Gaza time) the IDF announced that they had “visited and searched” Marianne. They had captured the boat and detained all on board “in international waters” as they admitted themselves. The only positive content in the IDF announcement was that they still recognize that there is a naval blockade of Gaza, despite Netanyahu’s government recent denial that one exists. {ads1}We have no reason to believe that Marianne’s capture was “uneventful”, because the last time the IDF said something like that, in 2012, the people on board... Read more

The US Ambassador to Pakistan visits LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship

Pakistan, Thursday, June 11th 2015

Lahore: The United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Richard G. Olson, visited the LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, the university’s flagship experiential development platform for entrepreneurs. Mr. Olson was welcomed by Mr. Khurram Zafar, Executive Director LCE, who showed him around the center and briefed him about its activities. He explained that since the center’s founding a year ago, it has mentored and groomed over 80 entrepreneurs and its startup businesses have created a total of over 120 direct and 350+ indirect jobs. The combined annualized revenue of the startups based on last month's figures is approaching $250,000. These young businesses have also raised nearly $600,000 in investment from local and foreign investors. Moreover, the combined valuation of the businesses at which these startups have raised money at, or have had investor... Read more

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

South America, Wednesday, May 6th 2015

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

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

Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New York City schools

South Asians Abroad, Thursday, June 25th 2015

Hindus are urging New York City (NYC) Department of Education to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in their 2015-2016 school calendars and beyond. Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement today, said that it was not fair with Hindu pupils and their families as they had to attend school on their most popular festival. NYC Department of Education School Calendar 2015-2016 includes the holiday closures on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha and Good Friday; and now NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has reportedly added Lunar New Year holiday. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, indicated that this unfairness did not send a good signal to the impressionable minds of schoolchildren who would be the leaders of tomorrow. Holidays of all major... Read more

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2015 Indo Ontario Ball Hockey Championships Recap

Hockey, Monday, June 22nd 2015

2015 Indo Ontario Ball Hockey Championships Recap

The largest South Asian ball hockey tournament in the western hemisphere ended on Sunday.  The 6th annual Indo-Ontario Cup 2015 Ball Hockey Championship was another success.  We had 30 teams play in over 5 divisions with 650 athletes participate in the tournament this year.  We crowned 5 new champions this year.  Brampton represented the city product by bringing home 4 out of 5 championships.  Here is a recap of all the winners from this weekend.   Division 2015 Indo Ontario Champions Atom (2004 & Under) Brampton Strikers Midget (2000-2003) Malton Mavericks Juniors (1996-1999) Sandalwood Sabres Men’s Pool B Brampton Bruins Men’s Pool A Brampton Jantha Hockey Club Congratulations to all of the champion’s and the teams that participated in this year’s tournament.  The success of this tournament is driven by your continued support and participation.  Read more

Dwane Casey Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

Basketball, Friday, January 3rd 2014

Dwane Casey Named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month

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

A study in the art of fast bowling and captaincy

Cricket, Saturday, March 8th 2014

A study in the art of fast bowling and captaincy

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

QBs Recovering from Offseason Surgeries as NFL Training Camps Open

Football, Thursday, July 17th 2014

QBs Recovering from Offseason Surgeries as NFL Training Camps Open

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

Honda Indy Toronto announces IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe as Grand Marshal

Other Sports, Friday, June 12th 2015

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

Inaugural Golden Oldies Football Festival Adelaide 2016

Soccer, Saturday, June 6th 2015

Vintage Sport and Leisure Limited (VSL), owners and operators of the international Golden Oldies Sporting Festivals concept, today announced that the inaugural Golden Oldies World Football Festival will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, in October 2016. Peter McDermott Managing Director of VSL stated, “We are inviting the world to assemble for the beautiful game to be held in Adelaide,, Australia 2016”. We are excited to add Football (Soccer) as the latest addition to VSL’s stable of events that include rugby, cricket, netball, hockey, softball and golf, said McDermott. {ads1}The Golden Oldies Motto is “Let Your Love of the Game Take You Places” and to date over 37 cities worldwide have hosted Golden Oldies Festivals since the inception of Golden Oldies in 1979.   Festivals take place every two years in exciting destinations around... Read more

Canada Beats Colombia on Day Three of Fed Cup

Tennis, Saturday, February 9th 2013

Canada Beats Colombia on Day Three of Fed Cup

Canada finishes first in pool A to earn a spot in the final The Miele Canadian Fed Cup team won their three matches against Colombia on day three of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I event in Medellin, Colombia. The first singles match of this round robin tie went to Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON) who defeated Catalina Castano 6-1, 7-5; followed by Eugenie Bouchard’s (Westmount, QC) win over  world no 144 Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2. The doubles match was canceled due to rainfall. Saturday, Canada will play in the final against pool B champion Brazil at 10 a.m. E.T. The winner Saturday’s final will advance to the World Group II play-offs in April 2013. Read more

Detroit Tigers Avoid Sweep With 4-1 Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

Baseball, Sunday, July 29th 2012

Detroit Tigers Avoid Sweep With 4-1 Win Over Toronto Blue Jays

Jhonny Peralta Supplies All the Offence with Two Home Runs and Four RBI’s After dropping the first two games of the series the Detroit Tigers bounced back to avoid being swept and snapped the Toronto Blue Jays' three-game win streak. On the strength of Doug Fister's efficient eight innings on the mound and Jhonny Peralta's two home runs and four RBI's, the Tigers (54-38) ended its three game losing skid with a 4-1 road victory in front of 35,975 fans at Rogers Centre. Toronto (51-50) opened the scoring in the first inning when Rajai Davis scored from third base on a ground ball by Colby Rasmus. The Tigers stormed ahead in the second inning when Blue Jays starting pitcher Brett Cecil let two runners get on before Peralta hit a long fly ball... Read more

Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors podcast

500 Level Podcasts, Wednesday, March 14th 2012

Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors podcast

500 Level Podcast Welcome to the 500 Level. Opinions, news and views on Toronto sports from the Upper Deck. Leafs, Raptors, Jays, Argos, TFC - nothing is off limits. It's good to be a fan! Your hosts Aman Dhanoa and Ben Trattner. March 14, 2012 Welcome to another edition of the 500 Level Podcast. This week Aman and Ben "Welcome Back" Patrice to the podcast. He has shared his thoughts and views on sports as a guest in the past and helps us start off our opening topic - the Leafs. The Buds have nearly completed an epic collapse, going from a playoff spot towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and we discuss all that is ailing the team. Then the topic switches to the Blue Jays and it's pitching situation. From there... Read more

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We must start 'shaming' those who lie to us, destroy our climate …

Columns, Friday, May 29th 2015

During a flight from Montreal to Halifax I missed a chance to carry out an act of defiance – “shaming” – against a person who has greatly abused his position of authority in Canada. Given how powerless ordinary folk and public interest groups have become, I would like to see people embarrass the hell out of those who take advantage of the public by lying to us, cheating us, or destroying our priceless environment.  As I made my way down the aisle, I spotted the square jaw, the glasses and the prematurely-balding head. I was going to get my chance to walk right up to the Right Honorable Peter MacKay. MacKay has lied to us enough times that cartoonists depict him with a Pinocchio nose. As Justice Minister, he lied that he didn’t... Read more

Lennie Gallant’s moving tribute to Veterans – Wounded

Fallen Heroes, Friday, November 8th 2013

Lennie Gallant’s moving tribute to Veterans – Wounded

PEI singer songwriter’s moving tribute to the returning soldiers from Afghanistan was inspired by a trip to entertain the troops in the field of battle Lennie Gallant singing “Wounded” at Harmony House, Hunter River PEI Lennie Gallant was moved by the courage and the danger our troops faced when visited Afghanistan on a troop entertainment tour. He also came face to face with the men and women who return from Afghanistan with visual and hidden wounds from war. That experience affected Lennie deeply as he came to realize it a small way the men and women suffer when then come home to Canada. In honor of these veterans with disabilities, Gallant along with J.T. Harding wrote Wounded. Some of their wounds are obvious but some are deeper inside. Gallant captures the real lives of our veterans... Read more

chatr expands nationally to over 200 Canadian cities

Press Releases, Tuesday, May 5th 2015

chatr expands nationally to over 200 Canadian cities

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

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Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands

Art & Culture, Wednesday, January 28th 2015

Preview: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands

I don’t know about you, but Danny Elfman’s score from Tim Burton’s dark 90s fairytale Edward Scissorhandssends goosebumps down my spine. So when we heard about Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures turning the story into a ballet, we couldn’t wait for it to tour to the North West – and here it is! The Guardian have already called the show “enchanting and raptly emotional” so we were first in line when it came to bagging a pair of tickets for the opening night. Edward Scissorhands tells the bittersweet tale of a boy created by a lonely inventor who dies leaving Edward alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, he must find his place in a strange suburban world where the well-meaning and stifling community struggle to see past his appearance to the innocence and gentleness within... Read more

First impressions: 2015 Ford Edge

Automotive, Thursday, June 25th 2015

First impressions: 2015 Ford Edge

For 2015, the Canadian built Ford Edge sees the company’s strong selling crossover with its newest and brightest tech features. After spending an afternoon with it, I come away with the impression that tech isn’t the only thing Ford has going for the new Edge. Power, Efficiency and Drive Pick the right powerplant. Ford offers three options in the 2015 Edge: a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4, a 3.5L V6, and the best of the bunch, a turbocharged 2.7L V6. The latter, the most powerful, is capable of 315 hp and a stellar 350 lb-ft of torque. It should go without saying at this point that the most efficient powerplant is the four-cylinder 2.0L motor which is good for 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 comes across as unnecessary in... Read more

A Comparative Balancing Act: Arabic Literature Is from Mars, English Literature from Venus …

Books, Monday, June 29th 2015

A Comparative Balancing Act: Arabic Literature Is from Mars, English Literature from Venus

The third session of “A Corpus Not a Canon: A Workshop on the Library of Arabic Literature,” a panel series hosted by Dame Marina Warner and LAL General Editor Philip Kennedy at All Souls College, Oxford in April, focused on “LAL’s importance to comparative literature and ways of reading”: Marina Warner led a discussion that included comparativists Dominique Jullien, Ros Ballaster, LAL International Advisory Board member Wen-chin Ouyang, and Matthew Reynolds. The books in focus were The Epistle of Forgiveness, by Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī, edited and translated by Geert Jan Van Gelder and Gregor Schoeler; and The Principles of Sufism, by ʿĀʾishah al-Bāʿūnīyah, edited and translated by Th. Emil Homerin. These session overviews will run every Monday from now through July 20, insha’allah: Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī. As we started the third session of the Library of... Read more

‘I Love Canada’ Celebration Inspires Newcomers And All Canadians To Express Their Love For…

Community, Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

{ads1}For generations, Canada has been welcoming people from all over the world to her shores. This Canada Day, WelcomePack Canada created a platform for the nation to get together and proclaim their love for Canada by clicking the ‘I Love Canada’ button on WelcomePackCanada.com/MyCanada. The goal is to generate 50,000 ‘loves’ for Canada by July 1, Canada’s 148th birthday. The counter has already started rolling as the love pours in. Visitors to the site are also enjoying and sharing a specially created Canada Day eBook called ‘I Love Canada’, a story that weaves together Canada’s history, geography, achievements, and values, leaving one with a deep appreciation of belonging to this great land. An inspiring eCard applauding the values Canada stands for - freedom, peace, love for nature, and love of diversity,... Read more

How Reading Might Make You Happier

Daily Life, Monday, June 22nd 2015

How Reading Might Make You Happier

Photo: Courtesy Tumblr/Women Who Read "Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers," according to a fascinating article in The New Yorker discussing the somewhat little-known practice of bibliotherapy, or reading for therapeutic effect. "Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm." {ads1}Those of us who have loved curling up with a good book for as long as we can remember (like a whopping percentage of millennials) may not be surprised to learn that reading is good for both our mental and physical health. But exactly why is this, and how we can best use it, is where the concept of bibliotherapy... Read more

Taylor Swift Adds Some Curious BDSM To Her L.A. Lunch-Date Outfit

Fashion, Thursday, June 18th 2015

Taylor Swift Adds Some Curious BDSM To Her L.A. Lunch-Date Outfit

Photo: Bauer Griffin/GC Images. Taylor Swift's posh New York style is fairly predictable. There's the girly crop-top-and-skirt combo. The sophisticated sweater-and-high-waist-shorts look. And the work-ready romper thrown in for good measure. But apparently, when she gets to L.A., she gets an itch to mix it up a little — by way of a certain BDSM-inspired item, in fact. {ads1}The singer went to Lucques in West Hollywood for lunch with Selena Gomez yesterday and casually threw a harness over her "Fight Song" tank. Because, why not? She took to Tumblr to explain her bold sartorial choice: "I think you’re ignoring a really important point here," she wrote. "That my harness and I are always ready for a zip line/rock climbing. Ask yourself...Are you ready for extreme adventure should it present itself? HARNESS LIFE... Read more

You'll Never Guess What Might Make This Cookie Taste Better

Food, Wednesday, June 24th 2015

You'll Never Guess What Might Make This Cookie Taste Better

{ads1}Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “Emotions can create measurable changes in the physical world?” Honestly, sometimes I agree, and sometimes I don’t. For example, water "responding” to different words by forming crystals? Not sure I buy that. Can meditation lower crime rates? I wish that were true, but I’m not so sure. But today, when I read a study that showed evidence that ethically produced food actually tastes better, I 100% bought it. Here’s the deal, scientists set out to answer this central question: “What has led to (the) incredible increase in people’s appetites for food of ethical origin, despite its typically higher price?” A group of 112 students were assembled to eat some cookies (where was I?), and the data consistently showed that the cookies which... Read more

Is Aspartame Actually Bad For You?

Health, Tuesday, June 16th 2015

Is Aspartame Actually Bad For You?

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRISTY KURTZ.   In a matter of months, Pepsi will replace aspartame with sucralose in their Diet Pepsi drinks — even Wild Cherry will not be spared. Since the company is essentially switching one popular and widespread artificial sweetener for another, we have to wonder, why is aspartame considered the worse option? Beyond that, is there any truth to consumers' concerns about the ingredient? {ads1}The American Chemical Society set out to answer those questions in the video below, the latest in their Reactions video series. More than 6,000 food and beverage products contain aspartame, which was discovered in the mid-60s. The chemical has actually been very well-studied for its effects on human health, but many consumers are still skeptical about its safety. As the video explains, this could be because, when... Read more

Simple ways to save Energy and Money this Summer

Homes, Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Simple ways to save Energy and Money this Summer

{ads1}Energy Saver provides homeowners with tips for saving money and energy at home and on the road. By following just a few of the simple tips. 1. Set your air conditioner thermostat as high as comfortable – we recommend 78ºF or higher when you’re at home, and 85ºF when you’re gone. Keep inside air vents clear from furniture and other objects. 2. Have your central air conditioner tuned up and clean or replace filters monthly for more efficient operation. 3. Minimize indoor heat: run the dryer and dishwasher at night on hot days and let your dishes air dry. Avoid heat-generating incandescent lighting and use a microwave, toaster oven or outdoor grill instead of the oven. It's best to avoid the use of major appliances between 2 and 8 p.m. 4. Set your water... Read more

What Would You Give Up For A Bigger Savings Account?

Naukri & Paisa, Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

What Would You Give Up For A Bigger Savings Account?

Photographed by Rockie Nolan. Your financial health might be as important as your physical health, but according to survey results just released from Capital One, millennials aren’t as happy with the state of their money as they are with the state of their bodies. The research, which polled 2,000 Americans, found that only 54% were happy with the state of their finances and young millennials are the least satisfied at just 50%. While that number isn't so surprising — this generation carries a lot of debt (both student loan and credit card) — the Capital One survey also shows we do care about our finances and we want to improve them. While most people are saving to get out of debt (17%), another 16% are saving for retirement and 14% are saving... 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

How Much Energy Does The Super Bowl Use?

Science, Saturday, June 20th 2015

In the pantheon of American culture, no event is more iconic and distinctly American than the Super Bowl. Like all things American, the Super Bowl is huge, expensive, and a source of incredible passion for fans. Just running a 30-second commercial to the more than 100 million people that watch the game costs nearly $5 million. So how much electricity and energy go into putting on the Super Bowl? {ads1}There are lots of components here, but the biggest indisputable three are TVs used to watch the game, lighting and possibly climate control in a stadium, and fuel used in traveling to the game (by car or plane). Worldwide, roughly 30 million televisions watched the five-hour extravaganza, assuming a little over five people per Super Bowl party. The average TV uses around 100 watt-hours.... Read more

If You Use AT&T, This Might Be Why Your Phone's Been Slow …

Technology, Friday, June 19th 2015

If You Use AT&T, This Might Be Why Your Phone's Been Slow

Photographed by Mark Iantosca. Does it seem like it takes forever to play a simple YouTube video on your phone? Well, it's not just you being impatient: Carriers like AT&T have been deliberately slowing your connection speed. And now, the F.C.C. is cracking down on the practice. {ads1}The Federal Communications Commission is fining AT&T $100 million (its largest fine ever) for promising unlimited data, but throttling speeds once users hit a certain usage level. For those that aren't familiar, throttling works like this: Imagine all those bits and bytes of data your phone uses streaming to your phone like water through a hose. You pay for a) how fast that water flows and b) how big of a bucket you fill up each month. When your data gets throttled, the carrier decides... Read more

Spin 4 Kids Spin groove and move!

Teens, Sunday, March 8th 2015

Spin 4 Kids Spin groove and move!

With 2015 already here, there are many people in the world that might have made a new year’s resolution this year. The most common one always happens to be to become healthy and physically fit. It’s even been proven that the best way to achieve this goal is by getting a membership to a local gym. I embarked on my road to becoming healthier and physically fit when I first joined Goodlife Fitness back in September of 2013. Since then, I can completely and honestly say that I have not fully taken advantage of my membership. It’s time that I become more involved in my gym community through workout sessions as well as participate in events held by Goodlife.   One major event that occurs every year from Goodlife that’s presented by... Read more

A Former Flight Attendant Tells All & It's So Good

Travel, Thursday, June 25th 2015

A Former Flight Attendant Tells All & It's So Good

Photo: Courtesy of Mandy Smith. Mandy Smith and Richard Branson. Don't tell us you've never wondered what it's really like to be a flight attendant. Is it all about the mile-high club and international parties? Are passengers all pains in the asses who need to chill? Is the in-flight drama as turbulent as the ride? {ads1}If the wild anecdotes shared in former Virgin Airlines flight attendant Mandy Smith's new memoir, Cabin Fever: The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess, are any indication, the answers are yes, yes, and yes. Part travel guide, part soap drama, Cabin Fever serves up sex scenes and salacious on-the-job tales alongside useful lessons about passenger etiquette and flight safety. Beyond the raucous parties around the globe and flirtations among flight crew members, Smith provides insight into the intense... Read more

Lombardi at Lonny Chapman Theatre (North Hollywood, CA)

What's On, Monday, June 29th 2015

 Lombardi at Lonny Chapman Theatre (North Hollywood, CA)

Lombardi: Stirring Drama Explores Life of Legendary Packers Coach Lonny Chapman Theatre (North Hollywood, CA) This hit Broadway play follows Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi during the 1965 season, as his team fights their way to another championship. Based on David Maraniss' book, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, this Read more

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Baahubali creates world record with world's biggest poster

Masala, Monday, June 29th 2015

The team of SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali was trying to create a world record. They were attempting to break the existing record for the biggest poster in the world in the Guiness Book of World Records and Limca Book of World Records. {ads1}The record had been held by a poster of 32,000 sq ft. And they have been successful in breaking the record with a poster of 50,000 sq ft. The Malayalam team of Baahubali held an event in Cochin, Kerala, where they unveiled the record breaking poster. The cast and crew of the film was present.   A huge crowd was present to see the biggest poster in the world of the most awaited film.   Baahubali is the first ever Indian film that transcends regional boundaries and has a pan-India appeal.   Presented by Karan Johar, Baahubali... Read more

PAUL STANLEY IS MORE THAN A ROCKSTAR

Hollywood Gossip, Monday, June 29th 2015

PAUL STANLEY IS MORE THAN A ROCKSTAR

{ads1}Paul Stanley from Kiss looks totally different when he’s onstage with all that makeup and black spandex, so he can go out without attracting much attention. He took his young son with the mohawk haircut with him to Starbucks in Beverly Hills to get a coffee. He looks like a doting dad and two people on the sidewalk behind him are wondering why he’s being snapped by paparazzi. Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Inside Out

Reviews, Saturday, June 27th 2015

The animation giant Pixar has never failed to awe us with their creative wonders on the big screen. Although there has been an exception to this (CARS 2), the latest release INSIDE OUT promises to bring back that old school magic that Pixar is known for. Starting off, the film tracks the life of Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father takes up a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in 'Head-quarters', the control centre inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's... Read more

Movie Preview Operation Green Hunt

Previews, Friday, June 26th 2015

{ads1}Krishna (Mukul Dev) and Parthu (Aditya Om) are childhood friends that grew up together. Eventually they get Krishna engaged to Parthu's sister Neelima (Aarti Agarwal). All is well till one day Parthu helps a stranger who as it turns out is a naxalite. Due to this police are convinced that Parthu is a naxalite as well and arrest him. They resort to torture and are unwilling to believe a word Parthu has to say. Frustrated and angry at his innocent friend's state Krishna turns dark and joins a naxalite group. This plan of vengeance backfires as now the police torture Parthu even more than before as they know that Krishna is his friend and want to know his whereabouts. Finally when Parthu cannot take the torture anymore he decides to... Read more

Lest We Forget

Mainstream, Monday, May 25th 2015

“The song”   “Lest We Forget” was forged from a place not only of historical reflection, but more humbly from a very personal revelation. I found myself thinking of my Dad leading up to Remembrance Day wondering how he would react to the unparalleled upheaval found around the world these days. Then I wondered what he would think of the personal life changing battle I had to face these past years, at the hands of those we entrusted to be fair and just. I have no doubt his heart would sink. He had raised us to respect those in uniform and to appreciate all they gave in the name of not only Canada, but also those around the world who needed our help. We grew up knowing our basic human rights were something... Read more

Music Review Guddu Rangeela

Music :: Filmi, Thursday, June 25th 2015

EXPECTATIONS One expects a functional score in Guddu Rangeela. Since this is a plot based film, one doesn't quite hunt for a chartbuster outing here. Moreover, films coming from Subhash Kapoor (Jolly LLB, Phas Gaye Re Obama) have comprised of situational score. Still, with composer Amit Trivedi and lyricist Irshad Kamil on the credits, one expects to be surprised by what it is in the offering. MUSIC {ads1}Amit Trivedi brings himself behind the mike in tandem with Divya Kumar for the title song 'Guddu Rangeela'. A song which is expected to introduce the two prime protagonists in a fun manner, this rooted song with a rustic feel to it is just about ordinary even as it tries to create the old world charm of the 60s and the 70s. While the instruments are... Read more

Song of Lahore enters into Tribeca Film Festival 2015

Local South Asians, Thursday, March 5th 2015

Song of Lahore enters into Tribeca Film Festival 2015

A documentary by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Andy Schocken “Song of Lahore”, on the acclaimed Sachal Studios has been selected for the World Documentary Feature Competition at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “Song of Lahore” is a documentary which focuses on the music community of Lahore, which until the late 1970s, was world-renowned for its music and talent. {ads1}The only Pakistani entry from the 12 international documentaries selected for the prize. The documentary film is in contention for the following awards: Best Documentary Feature, Best New Documentary Director and Best Documentary Editing at the acclaimed film festival. This time the documentary is selected in 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival. The festival will take place from April 15 - 26, 2015 at locations throughout downtown Manhattan - New York. The documentary focuses on the... Read more

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Downpayment Trends Is History Repeating Itself?

Economy, Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

Downpayment Trends Is History Repeating Itself?

Recently released down payment data for the first quarter of 2015 from RealtyTrac shows us some interesting trends in what home purchasers are putting down on their homes, particularly those that are using FHA purchase loans to buy their homes.  It also gives us a sense of what  issue could create future problems for the U.S. housing market.   Here is a graphic showing how average down payments have changed since 2004:   The current down payment level of 14.8 percent is the lowest in the... Read more

U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention?

Markets, Monday, June 29th 2015

U.S. Oil Glut An EIA Invention?

In the latest weekly production data from the EIA, on the back of recent March revisions, the U.S. managed to post a 76,000 barrel per day increase in the lower 48. Production from Alaska fell by 61,000 barrels per day, putting overall U.S. output 15,000 barrels per day higher for the week ending June 12 compared to the previous week. This comes at a time when multimillion barrel draws have become the norm. It is important to note that lower 48... Read more

The Salt Secret of Pakistan

Local Bazaar, Thursday, June 25th 2015

The Salt Secret of Pakistan

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

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