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Tory’s to Consider Allowing Voluntary Increases in CPP

Tory’s to Consider Allowing Voluntary Increases in CPP

Canada, Thursday, May 28th 2015

PM Harper’s government has made an abrupt U-turn on their stance about a voluntary increase in CPP contributions as Trudeau mentioned on Wednesday that the federal Liberals want a mandatory... Read more

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Abyei Border Clash Death Toll Rises

Africa, Thursday, May 28th 2015

The death from clashes that broke out between the Arab Misseriya and Dinka Ngok in Nyiel, Alah County on Sunday has risen to 23.   By Daniel Angok JUBA, 28 May 2015 [Gurtong] - Alah County Executive Director Deng Ali told Gurtong the killings occurred during a cattle raid at the camp that lies between Abyei and Warrap State. {ads1}He added that in the Sunday clashes close to 20 people were killed with the wounded being taken to the nearby hospital in Warrap State. He at the same time said that the people displaced during the clashes have since returned to their home. He urged the youth to unite and provide protection to the vulnerable groups, saying the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) forces had failed to assure residents of the remote area... Read more

Elizabeth Warren and How the Rich Have Taken Over Washington

America, Thursday, May 28th 2015

Elizabeth Warren and How the Rich Have Taken Over Washington

Recent comments from Senator Elizabeth Warren succinctly explain why Washington is "broken".  Here are her comments from the recently held Re/code Conference which was held in Rancho Palos Verdes in California:     Here is the question:   "How am I or the fifty percent of people who can vote or don't supposed to actually believe any politician that says we are going to rebuild this country, energy infrastructure, internet infrastructure, education all these things matter. I believe that. And with interest rates this low, it makes sense for us to issue paper on 30 or 100 year notes to rebuild America. Why aren't we doing that?"   {ads1}Here is Senator Warren's response (in part):   "It's exactly the right question. We are not doing it because the people in Washington, too many of the people in Washington, do not represent the folks who... Read more

China's Military Ambitions Part 1

Asia, Thursday, May 28th 2015

China's Military Ambitions Part 1

In recent days, China has made it quite clear about the direction it will be taking in the future with its military and the role that it wishes to play on the world stage.  In this two part posting, I will first look at the two recent statements from China and follow it with a second posting that looks at the actions that China has taken to implement its stance. China's Information Office of the State Council, the chief administrative body of the Chinese government, recently published a white paper on China's military strategy.  This is particularly interesting given that a recent editorial in the Global Times, a tabloid newspaper owned by the ruling Communist Party's official People's Daily newspaper, stated the following:   "Experts on Sunday warned of a potential military conflict over heightened US surveillance... Read more

Australian military experts Fighting the Blast

Australia, Tuesday, May 26th 2015

Australian military experts Fighting the Blast

It takes bravery to tackle explosives, and Australian military experts are continuing to help their Afghan allies to take the blast out of the fight. Last year, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) claimed more than eight lives per day in Afghanistan. These devices range from rough, cobbled together contraptions, to sophisticated gadgets capable of killing or maiming dozens of people in an instant. Three Australians are among the dedicated team of Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) Advisers trying to help the Afghan government stop the carnage. Flight Sergeant Dean Maher, an adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI), is one of those advisers currently deployed on Operation Highroad, Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. {ads1}Resolute Support is focused on training, advising and assisting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and Afghan... Read more

Tory’s to Consider Allowing Voluntary Increases in CPP

Canada, Thursday, May 28th 2015

Tory’s to Consider Allowing Voluntary Increases in CPP

PM Harper’s government has made an abrupt U-turn on their stance about a voluntary increase in CPP contributions as Trudeau mentioned on Wednesday that the federal Liberals want a mandatory expansion of the Canada Pension Plan. Although the Conservatives long opposed expansion of the plan, they vowed on Tuesday to explore allowing people to funnel more earnings into the program to expand their nest eggs. Pundits claim that the change in the party’s position is aimed to weaken the government's rivals as parties battle for position on retirement income, i.e. already shaping up to be a central ballot-box issue in the October election. Back in 2011, the Liberals campaigned on introducing both mandatory and voluntary CPP increases. In an announcement on Wednesday, Trudeau stressed that a Liberal government in 2015 would introduce... Read more

Health Services Blamed for Not Identifying At Risk Double Murderer Reoffender

England, Thursday, May 28th 2015

Health Services Blamed for Not Identifying At Risk Double Murderer Reoffender

A report has claimed that the health services failed to perceive that a man would reoffend as it should have identified the “significant probability that he would reoffend,” speaking about a man who was later convicted of murdering two people. 81-year-old Colin Dunford was attacked by James Allen in his Middlesbrough terrace home, three days after which he stabbed 50-year-old Julie Davison to death at her flat in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Consequently, killings led to a huge manhunt that concluded in Leeds with the suspect’s arrest. Allen was convicted of murdering his vulnerable victims in April 2012 after a trial at Newcastle crown court and received jailed time for at least 37 years. However, Allen was receiving care from Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, i.e. a provider of... Read more

Freedom Flotilla III departs from Sweden to Gaza

Europe, Tuesday, May 12th 2015

When the actions of any nation state are abhorrent, good people rise up and demand better.  Marianne of Gothenburg left her home port at 7 pm on Sunday May 10th (more info: https://shiptogaza.se/en). The trawler, which has been jointly acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza Norway jointly, departed for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles towards the eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip. {ads1}Marianne will join other ships to form "Freedom Flotilla III", a peaceful, nonviolent action to break the illegal and inhumane blockade of Gaza in Palestine.  Canadian delegates and crew will be joining Flotilla III as the ships make their call at many European ports serving as a focus for demonstrations and solidarity events against the blockade.  This is truly an international humanitarian effort. Canadian Boat to Gaza has... 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

Saudi Arabia Executions Will 2015 Be A Record-Breaking Year?

Middle East, Tuesday, May 19th 2015

Saudi Arabia Executions Will 2015 Be A Record-Breaking Year?

Recent news from Saudi Arabia is particularly interesting given that Saudi Arabia has joined the U.S.-led military alliance to combat the Islamic State, particularly in Yemen.     When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died in January 2015 and was replaced by King Salman, there was great hope that Saudi Arabia would moderate.  Such does not appear to be the case even though this graphic was published in Arab News, celebrating the "stellar achievements" of the first 100 days of King Salman's rule:   The article states that King Salman "...has won international recognition for his achievements within a short span.". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “King Salman has accomplished in 10 days tasks that new leaders usually took 100 days.”"  It's funny that the "accomplishment" of executing nearly the same number of people in the... Read more

ACCA Pakistan links with INJAZ

Pakistan, Thursday, May 7th 2015

ACCA Pakistan links with INJAZ

Lahore, May 2015: ACCA-The global body for professional accountants and INJAZ Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaboratively work towards achieving prime work readiness quality in the ACCA students. According to this MoU, students of ACCA will undergo training which would develop their work readiness skills and hence increase the chances of their employability. The ceremony was attended by Rehan Uddin, Head of Education MENASA, Assad Hameed Khan, Head of ACCA South, Almas Abbas Ali, Head of Education South and Khurram Iqbal, BRM-Learning. The MoU was signed by HyderAwan, Acting CEO INJAZ Pakistan and Head of Education MENASA, Rehan Uddin. {ads1}Rehan Uddin, Head of Education MENASA stated, “This surely is an excellent opportunity for the ACCA fraternity to upgrade their employability skills as we have now stepped in... 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 to scatter cremated remains in all Canadian rivers after Ontario Park permits…

South Asians Abroad, Monday, May 18th 2015

Welcoming the announcement of Bronte Creek Park Oakville (Ontario) permitting scattering of cremated remains of loved ones, Hindus are urging parks of all ten provinces and three territories of Canada to do the same. A sign in Bronte Creek Provincial Park, a unit of Ontario Parks, says: "Families and individuals who wish to scatter cremated remains of a loved one can do so in Bronte Creek Provincial Park on both land and in water." {ads1}Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commended Ontario Parks for having a feel for the religious sentiments of area Hindu community and respecting their traditions. Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that it was a step in the positive direction and urged authorities in all the ten provinces... Read more

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Greg McKegg joins the falling Toronto Maple Leafs

Hockey, Thursday, March 26th 2015

Greg McKegg joins the falling Toronto Maple Leafs

McKegg, 22, has been held pointless in two regular season games with the Maple Leafs this season. The St. Thomas, Ontario native has collected 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) and 33 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games with the Marlies this year. McKegg made his NHL debut on February 1, 2014 against the Ottawa Senators. The Maple Leafs return to the ice tonight when they host the Florida Panthers at 7:30 p.m. 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

Get the most out of Derby day excitement

Other Sports, Wednesday, May 27th 2015

Get the most out of Derby day excitement

It’s one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar and a fixture of the British summer. The Epsom Derby is just around the corner. There are few races which can compare to this highlight of the flat racing season for both heritage and sheer racing excitement. There is every indication that this year’s instalment is shaping up to be one of the best yet. For a start, few horse races or sporting events can trace their history back to 1780, when Sir Charles Bunbury’s horse Diomed took home the £1,065 prize money, a princely sum for the time. The race has continued to be one of the richest in world racing and this year’s winner can look forward to a lucrative purse worth more than £1.3million. Open to three-year-old thoroughbreds,... 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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Osama bin Laden and Global Climate Change

Columns, Friday, May 22nd 2015

In mid-May, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a tranche of documents that were retrieved during the 2011 assault on the compound in Pakistan where Osama bin Laden was whiling away his days.  One of the documents seized caught my attention, a four page letter that outlines bin Laden's views on global climate change.  I would place a bet that almost no one would have expected to see the subjects of Osama bin Laden and global climate change in the same sentence!  Nonetheless, here are some extracts from the rather lengthy document which is addressed to "My Islamic Nation".   Osama bin Laden opens with a general commentary on the cause of the world's climate changes by ignoring what is written in the Qur'an and how changes to the relief being... 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

2016 Honda HR-V vs 2016 Mazda CX-3

Automotive, Friday, May 15th 2015

2016 Honda HR-V vs 2016 Mazda CX-3

Battle of the subcompact crossovers, blow-by-blow, by the numbers While folks are just getting used to the phraseology of what’s what when it comes to SUVs, CUVs/crossovers, the industry has defined a new sub-category of the latter: the subcompact crossover. From the stables of Honda and Mazda we get two of the freshest new additions to this segment: the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Mazda CX-3. Price Let’s begin with price, because it’s an unbelievably close battle here. Honda swings the lowest MSRP with a base trim HR-V priced at $20,690. For literally $5 more, the base trim CX-3 kicks in at $20,695. Fully kitted out, the HR-V and CX-3 top out at $29,990 and $30,495 respectively. There’s more to it than that however, the HR-V LX FWD (base trim) has a 6-speed manual transmission. The... Read more

‘When It Comes To Issues of…Censorship, the Answer is Still Tunisia!’

Books, Tuesday, May 26th 2015

‘When It Comes To Issues of…Censorship, the Answer is Still Tunisia!’

A three-day conference on “Theatre and Censorship” — organized by Egypt’s National Centre of Theatre, Music and Popular Arts — wraps up today: From the conference artwork, via Ahram Online. An early report by performer-writer Dalia Basiouny noted that that “first day of the conference saw sharp exchanges of views by those opposed to and those who support censorship practices.” The conference comes in an atmosphere of increasing censoriousness: The montly Al-Fann Midan festival seems permanently stopped, and book seizures, burnings, and bannings have taken on a larger role in the public consciousness, particularly with regard to books that have any apparent Muslim Brotherhood tie or those like Walls of Freedom that seem to “instigate revolt.” {ads1}But positively, the conference program brings together a wide range of viewpoints, including the Head of the Censorship Directorate, critics, researchers, and theatre professionals from Egypt,... Read more

Sikh Spiritual Centre Khalsa Day Parade 2015

Community, Friday, May 1st 2015

{ads1}On Sunday, May 3, 2015, the Sikh Spiritual Centre Khalsa Day Parade will take place.Event organizers are anticipating 80,000 participants. Road closures will be in place for all or part of the day. Road closures will start at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at: -Humberwood Boulevard, from Humberline Drive to Morning Star Drive -Morning Star Drive, from Humberwood Boulevard to the Mississauga border Road closures will start at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at: -Carrier Drivem from Westmore Drive to Highway 27 - Westmore Drive, from Finch Avenue West to Albion Road The parade will enter Toronto at approximately 2:45 p.m., from Mississauga at 1:30 p.m. The route will be: - eastbound along Morning Star Drive - northbound Humberwood Boulevard - northbound Humberline Drive - eastbound Finch Avenue West in the eastbound lanes, - then northbound Westmore Drive - westbound Carrier Drive, into... Read more

In Defense Of The Afternoon Snack

Daily Life, Monday, April 27th 2015

In Defense Of The Afternoon Snack

It's hard to let go of old habits. In the past year, I've had to retrain myself out of a lot of unhealthy behavior around food: constant calorie calculation, unconscious overeating, and treating bagels like a toxic but seductive ex-boyfriend instead of a breakfast food.   Those were the first things I had to un-learn when I started working with my intuitive eating coach, Theresa Kinsella, MS, RD, CDN. But, one of the toughest food hurdles I've had to leap was the afternoon snack. All my life, I'd been trying to avoid it, trying to manage it, or just trying to trick my body into not wanting it. But, every day, 3 p.m. would come around, and I'd find myself fantasizing about crackers. Sometimes, I craved pretzels — other times, nuts. And, I almost always had a hankering for... Read more

The Gross Beauty Problems New Yorkers Have To Deal With

Fashion, Thursday, May 28th 2015

Let’s face it: While we may live in the greatest city in the world, it's also one rife with scary environmental factors. Things like pollution, germs on transport systems, and contaminated water barrage us on a daily basis. Not only are they super-gross — they all make for some maj-uh beauty problems. But, before you consider packing up and heading for the suburbs, consider these foolproof ways to correct and minimize their effects. After all, New Yorkers have plenty of trials and tribulations to deal with on a daily basis — having our surroundings ruin our skin shouldn't be one of them.      WRINKLE-PRONE ZONE Fine lines and wrinkles getting you down? Your fast-paced NYC lifestyle may be to blame. A study conducted last summer by Sperling’s BestPlaces and RoC Skincare found that, out of 50 cities tested in the United States, New York is the second-highest wrinkle-prone zone. "New Yorkers have an average commute of... Read more

This Is The Best Waffle Upgrade We've Ever Seen

Food, Wednesday, May 27th 2015

This Is The Best Waffle Upgrade We've Ever Seen

I have never been a breakfast for dinner kind of person. When I was a kid and they served breakfast for lunch at school, I would be really disappointed. To this day, I'm still a bit uptight and overprotective about my meals. Breakfast is breakfast, and it should consist only of breakfast-type foods (IMHO). Lunch is lunch-type foods (salad, soup), and dinner is my most sacred meal. I think one of the reasons I don't like breakfast for dinner is because I don't really have a sweet tooth, so the thought of eating a breakfast-type food that is on the sweeter side, such as a stack of pancakes or waffles, for dinner (the sacred meal, remember) is a huge turnoff. However, if you offer me a savory breakfast option for dinner…then, mayyybe then, we can talk. Especially if they are... Read more

If You Can Quit Smoking, You Can Do Anything

Health, Thursday, May 14th 2015

If You Can Quit Smoking, You Can Do Anything

Photographed by Jessica Nash. There are few things harder to quit than smoking. And, according to new research, there seems to be something pretty special about the brains of people who actually kick the habit. In a study published this week in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers looked at the brain activity of 85 smokers a month before their intended quit date. Then, they followed up with the participants about their smoking behaviors for another 10 weeks.  {ads1}By the end of the study, 41 participants had relapsed; 44 had not. The brain scans revealed that those who managed to stay quit had some things in common: In particular, they showed better connectivity between the brain's insula — an area involved in addiction — and the sensorimotor cortex, which is responsible for planning out and executing our voluntary movements. And, most interestingly, these differences were evident in the scans taken 30... 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 Happened to Saving Money?

Naukri & Paisa, Wednesday, January 7th 2015

What Happened to Saving Money?

There is one aspect of the economy that receives relatively little coverage by the mainstream media.  Perhaps because it's not as "sexy" as its employment, GDP and housing data peers, personal savings data seems to make the financial pages only when it is part of a discussion about retirement.  In this posting, I'd like to take a look at what has happened to savings by American households over the long-term and since the end of the Great Recession.   Let's start by looking at the personal savings rate, the rate of savings as a percentage of disposable income, since 1959:   Other than the spike to 17 percent in 1975 and the trough to 3.8 percent in 1987, the personal savings rate spent most of the decades between 1960 and 1990 in a range between... Read more

Baltic Sea Mystery similar to Mystery of Everyman’s Way

Mysterious, Sunday, July 1st 2012

Baltic Sea Mystery similar to Mystery of Everyman’s Way

There was a strange object discovered in the summer of 2011 by a group of Swedish treasure hunters from an ocean explorer team from Sweden.  Quite recently, this Ocean X Team conducted a second expedition to the circle-shaped object in the Baltic Sea and found something they have never experienced before. First they thought it was just stone or a rock cliff, but after further observations the object appeared more as a huge mushroom, rising 3-4 meters/10-13 feet from the seabed, with rounded sides and rugged edges. The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, as an opening. On top of the object they also found strange stone circle formations, almost looking like small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something resembling soot. “During my 20-year... Read more

The Use and Abuse of Cluster Munitions

Science, Wednesday, May 13th 2015

The Use and Abuse of Cluster Munitions

According to Human Rights Watch, the recent hostilities between Saudi Arabia and Yemen's Houthi rebels has taken an interesting turn.  According to HRW, there is credible photographic evidence showing that the Saudi-led coalition has used cluster munitions against Houthi forces.    Let's look at some background first.  Cluster munitions or cluster bombs are dropped from aircraft or fired from the ground.  They open in mid-air and release tens or hundreds of submunitions which can then cover an area that is up to the size of several football fields as shown on this figure:   Each submunition is often activated as it falls so it will explode above or on the ground, however, the failure rate of submunitions is high and the unexploded ordinance lie on the ground as shown in this photo:     Here is a... Read more

This Innovation Will Help U.S. Companies Win The Oil Price War …

Technology, Thursday, May 21st 2015

Although some US oil companies are struggling with low oil prices, a new wave of innovation is hitting the oil patch, allowing for a significant reduction in drilling costs. A variety of different improvements in production are starting to show up at all levels across the industry from small firms to oil majors. Statoil for example recently noted that it is experimenting with different types of sand and chemicals to improve production. And a number of companies have noted that they are moving from drilling wells one at a time, on an ad hoc basis, to drilling multiple wells at once. GE Oil & Gas has produced variable-use pumps that can be turned on and off in order to save energy versus the previous 24-hour a day operation cycle. {ads1}The end result... 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

Tibet Mantra Palace

Travel, Friday, April 3rd 2015

Tibet Mantra Palace

{ads1}Monk tending to the yak butter candles in the Secret Mantra Palace. Lhasa, Tibet, photograph by Dennis Jarvis (some rights reserved). Dennis used a Nikon Coolpix 8800 proving that great photographs don’t need expensive cameras but do take a great subject and care. Flickr Maps. Used versions of the Coolpix are available from Amazon.co.uk from £95.00. By Stephen Pate, NJN Network Read more

Performance Re-Imagined at California State University, Northridge, Cypress Recital Hall (Northridge, CA)

What's On, Thursday, May 28th 2015

 Performance Re-Imagined at California State University, Northridge, Cypress Recital Hall (Northridge, CA)

32 Songs by 32 Opera Singers: Performance Re-Imagined California State University, Northridge, Cypress Recital Hall (Northridge, CA) A whopping 32 opera vocalists from across the United States come to California State University, Northridge to sing and dance their way through 32 songs in the singular annual event, Performance Re-Imagined. In this Read more

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Bajrangi Bhaijaan teaser screening for Salman Khan fans

Masala, Thursday, May 28th 2015

Bajrangi Bhaijaan teaser screening for Salman Khan fans

All Salman Khan films bring in a lot of excitement among the audience. With Bajrangi Bhaijaan release around the corner, there has been a lot of anticipation around the content of the film. With Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan tweeting the first look of Salman Khan from the film, the anticipation of the teaser has gone to another level. The twitter world has been constantly asking the makers when the teaser of the film will be out. {ads1}And Salman never disappoints his fans. The makers ran a contest where 50 Salman Khan fans were selected to watch the teaser of the film for the first time. The director of the film, Kabir Khan along with his wife Mini went to Light Box, Santacruz where the screening was held to see the reaction of the... Read more

TAYLOR SWIFT: LEADER OF THE PACK

Hollywood Gossip, Thursday, May 28th 2015

TAYLOR SWIFT: LEADER OF THE PACK

{ads1}LOVE this photo of Taylor Swift leading the pack like the Pied Piper in New York. And she just doesn’t LOOK important, she has been named the youngest female ever to be included in Forbes “The World’s Most Powerful Women” list, just released. Besides that honor, Taylor is one of the few women who can wear shorts in the city without looking trashy. Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review Tomorrowland

Reviews, Friday, May 22nd 2015

Today when we see a multitude of Hollywood films either being made based on novels, bestsellers or real life stories, TOMORROWLAND comes as a breadth of air with its rather unique and futuristic theme and story. Directed by Brad Bird, who has over the years proved his mettle as a brilliant storyteller, TOMORROWLAND yet again reinforces that claim. The film follows former boy-genius Frank Walker (George Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, who bound by a shared destiny embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland. What they must do there changes the world-and them- forever. Starting off with the line 'Imagine a place with nothing is... Read more

Movie Preview Lakhon Hain Yahan Dilwale

Previews, Wednesday, May 27th 2015

{ads1}This is the story of a young man Arsh (Vije Bhatia) whose passion is singing and whose love are the songs from the era of 60s. To fulfill his dreams, he comes to Mumbai. While singing on streets of Mumbai, he meets a beautiful girl Swara (Krutika Gaekwad). Fate with the help of an organizer (Arun Bakshi) entangles them into a beautiful musical journey filled with the songs of 60s.But as they say Karma is a bitch. Swara's past ruins the budding love of Arsh and their career too.Vithal Dada (Aditya Pancholi) enters into their life and creates havoc. Arsh desperately tries to get back Swara with the support of Hasmukh and Mrs. Narang (Anju Mahendroo). Come ! Join us in this musical and see how Arsh gets back both of... 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 I Love Desi

Music :: Filmi, Monday, May 18th 2015

EXPECTATIONS There is practically no expectation from the music of I Love Desi since there has been no awareness around it created so far. The film releases towards the end of the month and the music has less than a fortnight to register its presence. Though Sharib & Toshi along with Kumaar are the known names attached as composers and lyricist respectively with Sham Balkar also chipping in, one wonders what is in store. MUSIC First to arrive is a routine 'bhangra' dance track that has a heard-before sound. Even the core lyrics, 'Beauty Da Phool', don't quite make you jump with joy and even though the pace is just fine and the singing spirited (Toshi Sabri), the end result is hardly the kind that registers its presence despite repeat hearing. Next to arrive... 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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Are US Drillers Actually Making A Comeback?

Economy, Wednesday, May 20th 2015

Is US shale about to make a comeback? Oil prices have rebounded strongly since March. The benchmark WTI prices soared by more than 36 percent in two months, and Brent has jumped by more than 25 percent. There is a newfound bullishness in the oil markets – net long positions on Brent crude have hit multi-year highs in recent weeks on a belief that US supply is on its way down. {ads1}That was backed up by recent EIA data that predicts an... Read more

Monsanto's Past and Our Food Supply

Markets, Tuesday, May 26th 2015

Monsanto's Past and Our Food Supply

As most of us are aware, Monsanto is a major supplier of the world's food through its corn, cotton, canola and soybean seed (germplasm) business.  The company had net sales of $15.855 billion in 2014 and net income of $2.74 billion and has set a long-term target of doubling its earnings-per-share by the end of fiscal 2019.  The company is the largest biotechnology seed company in the world.   Here is a chart showing Monsanto's major businesses:   Monsanto's seeds are marketed to every agricultural region in the... Read more

Guitar Savings With B-Stock and eBay

Local Bazaar, Thursday, February 5th 2015

Guitar Savings With B-Stock and eBay

You can save money on guitars buying B-stock, used and on eBay. By Stephen Pate – You can save money buying B-stock guitars – guitars that have a minor finish problem or blemish. Generally B-stock means cosmetic not structural damage to the guitar. The guitar does not need a neck reset but has some smaller cosmetic issue. A guitar with structural damage would or should be repaired by the dealer before it is sold. Musicians Friend regularly lists off grade guitars along with the... Read more

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