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Trial Underway for Calgary Parents Accused of Denying Treatment of Diabetic Teen

Trial Underway for Calgary Parents Accused of Denying Treatment of Diabetic Teen

Canada, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

On the second day during the trial of two parents accused of killing their teenage son, namely Emil and Rodica Radita, a pediatric endocrinologist is set to testify. The parents... Read more

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Feeling the Pinch: Airline Shuts Operations across South Sudan

Africa, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Feeling the Pinch: Airline Shuts Operations across South Sudan

South Sudanese air operator Golden Wings Aviation has shut operations in Bor, Panyangor, Pibor, Yei and Yambio following the rising inflation rates. A plane from South Sudan's airline company Golden Wings Aviation. [Photo| Golden Wings S. Sudan] By Jacob Achiek Jok BOR, 25 May 2016 [Gurtong] - The airline’s official Kuot John Akech told Gurtong that the firm has so far lost 80 percent of its income over the rising dollar rates. {ads1}Akech said all commercial flights in Jonglei State have been stopped because of high fares occasioned by the rising fuel costs. The ticket costs have risen from 900 South Sudanese Pounds to 2,000 South Sudanese Pounds, hence scaring away potential travelers. The firm has also attributed its economic impasse to high fuel costs and non-payment by the national government. “We are on our knees now... Read more

The B61-12 and Barak Obama's Broken Nuclear Promise

America, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

The B61-12 and Barak Obama's Broken Nuclear Promise

Back in 2010, one year after being "anointed" with the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama's Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review Report (NPR).  Here is a quote from the report which clearly states the aim of the President's nuclear program:   “The United States will not conduct nuclear testing and will pursue ratification and entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. 
 
 The United States will not develop new nuclear warheads. Life Extension Programs (LEPs) will use only nuclear components based on previously tested designs, and will not support new military missions or provide for new military capabilities.  

 {ads1}The United States will study options for ensuring the safety, security, and reliability of nuclear warheads on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the congressionally mandated Stockpile Management Program. The full range of LEP approaches... Read more

China's Military Capabilities Part 2

Asia, Saturday, May 21st 2016

China's Military Capabilities Part 2

In part one of this two part posting, I looked at China's military capabilities through the eyes of the United States Department of Defense, focussing on the nation's missile capability.  In part 2, I will take a closer look at recent developments in both the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait, two areas that are certain to result in conflict of one sort or another in the future given America's penchant for sailing through the region.   Let's start by looking at China's territorial claim in the South China Sea along with its military outposts and the outposts of other nations:   {ads1}In October 2015, an arbitral tribunal that was constituted at the request of the Philippines ruled that it has jurisdiction to rule on certain disputed territorial issues between the two nations... Read more

Australian P-8A Poseidon first flight

Australia, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Australia’s first P-8A Poseidon aircraft has completed its maiden flight.   The aircraft flew a short distance from Renton Airfield to Boeing Field in Washington State USA, to where the P-8A’s sophisticated mission systems will be installed as part of project AIR 7000.   The $5.4 billion P-8A program will provide Australia’s future manned maritime patrol and response aircraft capability, replacing in part the AP-3C Orion aircraft.   The P-8A Poseidon is 39.5 metres long, has a maximum takeoff weight of 85,820kg and a wingspan of 37.6m. Powered by two jet engines, it has a top speed is 907km/h with a maximum range of 7,500km.   Head of Aerospace Division, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Catherine Roberts today congratulated Defence’s cooperative program partner, the United States Navy along with prime contractor Boeing Defence Space and Security, on achieving this... Read more

Trial Underway for Calgary Parents Accused of Denying Treatment of Diabetic Teen …

Canada, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Trial Underway for Calgary Parents Accused of Denying Treatment of Diabetic Teen

On the second day during the trial of two parents accused of killing their teenage son, namely Emil and Rodica Radita, a pediatric endocrinologist is set to testify. The parents arrested on February 2014 pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the trial by judge alone on Tuesday. However, Police claims that they denied Alex (Alexandru) Radita treatment for diabetes, which ultimately killed him and the court heard on Tuesday that 15-year-old Alex weighed 37 pounds when he died. Earlier a paramedic has testified that Emil Radita allegedly called EMS four hours after he found his son lying in bed, emaciated and cold to the touch. Thereafter, police were called to the Radita home in the community of Citadel on May 7, 2013 but paramedic, Deborah Baumback, testified on Tuesday she... Read more

Corbyn Presents ‘Labour In for Britain’ Agenda at Hastings Rally

England, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Corbyn Presents ‘Labour In for Britain’ Agenda at Hastings Rally

Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn toured Hastings on Tuesday evening and addressed his supporters at a St Mary-in-the-Castle rally as part of the Labour In for Britain campaign. Mr Corbyn used his address to present the Labour party’s case for Britain to remain in the European Union (EU), ahead of the referendum on June 23. According to the Leader of the Opposition, he wanted to see a ‘reformed’ EU that worked for the people. He revealed that “one of the greatest economic and social assets of Hastings and the area are the sea and its beaches. For centuries, the coastline has been the lifeblood of the community, providing income and jobs to the area, creating a sense of community.” Corbyn alleged that “tourism to UK beaches earns the UK economy £3.6 billion... Read more

Sanctions on Russia An Unintended Consequence

Europe, Thursday, March 10th 2016

Sanctions on Russia An Unintended Consequence

{ads1}As we all know, thanks to Russia's involvement in Ukraine, the United States government imposed a series of sanctions, one of which included the importation of one of the world's best known firearms, the AK-47.   Currently, the AK-47 assault rifle is manufactured by Kalashnikov Concern,  a two century-old Russian manufacturer of civilian small arms, assault and sniper rifles, guided artillery projectiles and precision weapons.  It produces about 95 percent of all small arms in Russia and exports its product line to 27 countries around the globe.  The company is owned by the state corporation Rostec (51 percent) and private investors (49 percent).   Kalashnikov Concern and its predecessor company's history goes back to 1807; it has supplied arms to every significant military victory that Russia has experienced since the Patriotic War of 1812.... Read more

This Is Getting Monotonous – Third Indian-on-Indian H1-B Scandal in 12 Days …

India, Tuesday, May 17th 2016

This is getting monotonous. On May 4 we reported a middle-sized case of H-1B fraud involving both the loss of jobs to U.S. residents and the exploitation of Indian workers by Indian criminal employers in Virginia. On May 12 we wrote about a somewhat similar case in California, and today we have the third case in the set, this time in Memphis, Tenn. Three cases in 12 days, all in the federal courts. {ads1}This time the corrupt employer, Ramesh Basa, has pled out and has agreed that the feds can seize six pieces of his real estate valued at half a million dollars as part of the deal. The agreement also included a joint recommendation by attorneys on both sides of the case for a one-year jail term for Basa. This time, a... Read more

Missing Flight From Paris To Cairo Crashed With 66 Aboard, Officials Confirm …

Middle East, Thursday, May 19th 2016

Missing Flight From Paris To Cairo Crashed With 66 Aboard, Officials Confirm

Jed Leicester/REX/Shutterstock   Update: An EgyptAir flight that disappeared over the Mediterranean while traveling from Paris to Cairo crashed, French President Francois Hollande confirmed. Flight 804, carrying 66 people, took "sharp turns" before it vanished from radar, the BBC reported, citing Greek defense officials. The cause of the crash is not yet known. "We will draw conclusions when we have the truth about what happened," Hollande said. "Whether it was an accident, or whether it was — and it's something that is on our minds — terrorism." This article was originally published on May 18, 2016. An EgyptAir plane traveling from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar, the airline confirmed Wednesday night via its official Twitter account. {ads1}Flight 804 took off from Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 11 p.m. local time. The flight... Read more

Pakistan & India’s Bias Against Allama Mashriqi and the Khaksar Tehrik

Pakistan, Friday, March 18th 2016

Dedicated to the Khaksar Martyrs of March 19, 1940   The freedom of the Indian sub-continent (now comprised of Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) did not come easy. Its foundation is built on the blood of the Khaksars as well as Allama Mashriqi’s teenage son, who were killed in the struggle for independence. Mashriqi, his immediate, family, and the Khaksars made immense sacrifices and faced ruthless actions from the British in their fight to liberate the people of the subcontinent. Sadly, the Governments of India and Pakistan have thus far failed to recognize Allama Mashriqi and his followers’ fight against the British Raj.   {ads1}Allama Mashriqi was a born genius who had record-breaking academic achievements at the University of Cambridge. He became Under Secretary of Education in India when he was only 29 years old... Read more

Mexico Gets a Better Deal than the United States on Cuban Deportations …

South America, Thursday, May 19th 2016

Mexico Gets a Better Deal than the United States on Cuban Deportations

On May 1, amidst the transfer of thousands of visa-less Cubans from Central America to the U.S.-Mexico border, an immigration agreement between Mexico and Cuba came into effect. The Memorandum, reaffirmed in Mexico last November, aims to establish a "legal, ordered, and secure migratory flow" between Mexico and Cuba. The agreement was originally signed between the two countries in 2008. As such, the Memorandum establishes the following guidelines in relation to illegal immigration and returns: Chapter III On illegal migration, smuggling and trafficking, as well as all crimes associated with these crimes, such as theft and hijacking of ships and aircrafts, and security of the States… Article 9. - The provisions of this Memorandum shall not limit the right of the competent authorities of both Parties to deny entry and stay in its territory... Read more

Hindu temple opens in England’s Swindon

South Asians Abroad, Monday, May 23rd 2016

Swindon in South West England has a new Hindu temple now. Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre organized its first formal puja on May 21, which reportedly included Ganesh puja, Satyanarayan puja, etc., followed by community lunch. Run by Swindon Hindu Temple Trust, a registered charity; besides providing worship services; it reportedly plans to organize monthly bhajan-kirtan followed by preeti-bhoj, events, festivals, religious-educational-social-cultural-charitable activities, discourses, religious rites; promote traditional performing arts, Hindu values/traditions, Hinduism and its doctrines; provide a gathering venue for area Hindus; and be a medium for social interaction among people in wider community; etc. Pradeep Bhardwaj is the Trust Chairman. {ads1}Commending the efforts of temple leaders and area community involved in realizing this Temple complex, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, indicated that a Hindu... Read more

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2016 Indo Ontario Ball Hockey Championship

Hockey, Wednesday, May 4th 2016

The largest South Asian ball hockey tournament in the western hemisphere will take place at the end of the month.  The 7th Indo-Ontario Cup 2016 Ball Hockey Championship stage has been set in Brampton.  The tournament will be returning to the South Fletcher’s Sportsplex.  It will take place on Thursday May 26, 2016 through until Sunday May 29, 2016.  Come join us for our opening ceremonies on Friday May 27, 2016 at 8:00 PM at South Fletcher’s arena #1.  Opening ceremonies will consist of a ceremonial face-off. The tournament will be composed of five levels of competition.  At present, we have 31 teams participating in this year’s tournament. We are expecting over 750 athletes to be participating in the tournament over this weekend. POOL A POOL B POOL B JR MIDGET TYKE   Brampton Gabroo Brampton Whalers Khalsa Snipers Donland’s Hockey Club Brampton... 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

Who will win the Australian Open?

Other Sports, Monday, January 11th 2016

The Australian Open gets underway next week and each of the world’s top players will be competing to win the first major tournament of 2016. Last year, Novak Djokovic was crowned as the champion and the Serbian will be one of the leading candidates to repeat his success. In fact, the world number one has won this event five times – an extraordinary feat. However, both Andy Murray and Roger Federer will be keen to stop Djokovic and prevent him from having the opportunity to win all four Grand Slam titles in 2016. Heading into the tournament, Djokovic is the overwhelming market leader. In fact, many tipping websites – including Bookies – have suggested that the Serbian may well be the man to beat at the Melbourne event. The Serbian was phenomenal throughout... 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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The Relationship Between Government Corruption and Failed Nation-Building

Columns, Tuesday, April 12th 2016

The Relationship Between Government Corruption and Failed Nation-Building

Transparency International has come out with its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (2015), shedding light on the global problem of governments that abuse their power, encourage bribery and use secret deals to enrich themselves.  It is quite an interesting exercise to look through the list of the most corrupt nations/governments in the world and see how many of them have a close association with the Western-based nation-building plans.   {ads1}Transparency International scores each nation on a 100 point Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scale with the highest level of perceived corruption scoring a 0 and the lowest level of perceived corruption scoring a 100.  Data to calculate the CPI is taken from a selection of sources that provide perceptions of business people and other experts of the level of corruption in the public sector... 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

Smelling gas could save your life

Press Releases, Wednesday, December 16th 2015

Smelling gas could save your life

The smell of rotten eggs is added to natural gas to alert the public of a potential gas leak, yet according to an Ipsos Reid survey conducted by Enbridge Gas Distribution (Enbridge), only 33 per cent of respondents can accurately describe what natural gas smells like. This is why the company has launched its “Smell Gas? Act Fast!” public awareness campaign to help educate people on natural gas, what it smells like, and what to do if you smell it.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7q3shmBC-o Enbridge believes education is important to improve public safety, especially when it comes to identifying and reporting natural gas leaks. In cases where a gas line has been damaged, people may not recognize or may ignore the smell, especially if the damage is not obvious. In these cases, a gas leak could... Read more

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US Tour of Palestinian Play ‘The Seige’ Cancelled

Art & Culture, Friday, February 12th 2016

US Tour of Palestinian Play ‘The Seige’ Cancelled

The Jenin Freedom Theatre announced that it will no longer bring The Seige to the US this May. The “US Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre” stated online: It is with deep regret that we announce that the Public Theater has decided not to proceed with the plans to showcase The Freedom Theatre’s The Siege in May, 2016. Regardless of the difficulties, we intend to present this play to the US public. We are disappointed, but we are working to find another comparable venue for the play in the fall of 2017. According to Mondoweiss, pressure was put on the board of The Public Theatre, which was to stage the work. {ads1}The Seige is set in Bethlehem in April 2002 and foregrounds armed struggle: April 2002. Spring in Bethlehem. A group of armed men seek sanctuary in one of the world’s holiest sites as... Read more

Weekend of speed signals early start to summer

Automotive, Thursday, May 19th 2016

Weekend of speed signals early start to summer

For racing fans, the May two-four long weekend brings with it the immersive spectacle of Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Beginning on Friday, May 20th and running until Sunday, May 22nd, the weekend offers up a massive dose of octane and rubber in what can only be called a spectacular early start to the summer season. Over three days, four major series will run 13 races along with the dozens of test, practice and qualifying sessions. NASCAR Headlining the 2016 Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend will be the NASCAR Pinty’s Series first race of the season, the Clarington 200. The Clarington 200 will see veterans Scott Steckly (four-time series champion), previous CTMP winners D.J. Kennington, L.P. Domoulin and Andrew Ranger going up against young guns like Kevin Lacroix,... Read more

On Translation: Shadi Rohana on the Joys and Disasters of Spanish-Arabic Translation …

Books, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

On Translation: Shadi Rohana on the Joys and Disasters of Spanish-Arabic Translation

Shadi Rohana spoke at this year’s Palestine International Book Fair, which ran from May 7-17. He continued the discussion with Budour Hassan and Nora Lester Murad: By Nora Lester Murad Shadi Rohana with Budour Hassan. On May 15, Nakba Day, Shadi Rohana, a Mexico-based literary translator, attracted a devoted group of literary enthusiasts to the historic Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in Ramallah. They came to discuss José Emilio Pacheco’s Las batallas en el desierto [Battles in the Desert/معارك الصحراء]]. Shadi has introduced and translated a number of Latin American authors from Spanish into Arabic, including Rodolfo Walsh, Yolanda Oreamuno, David Huerta, Eduardo Galeano and José Emilio Pacheco, as well as speeches and declarations from the EZLN in Chiapas, but Las batallas en el desierto  is his first novel-length work. {ads1}To be honest, while I had always realized the relevance... Read more

Aamir Khan & Kiran Rao’s Paani Foundation announces Satyamev Jayate Water Cup …

Community, Thursday, February 18th 2016

After receiving humongous success, love and appreciation for the three seasons of Satyamev Jayate, the team of Satyamev Jayate brings to you ‘Paani Foundation’. {ads1}Helmed by Satyajit Bhatkal (CEO, Paani Foundation) and Ms. Reena Dutta (COO, Paani Foundation), Paani Foundation is a Not-For-Profit company, whose main objective is to communicate, impart knowledge and bring about a change in outlook among people at the grass root level about water conservation and watershed management. Paani Foundation will work in association with the Government of Maharashtra to work towards solving the water crisis in the State of Maharashtra. Today’s press conference is to announce the ‘Satyamev Jayate Water Cup’. The aim of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup is to create a people's movement for a better future. It is the first step in a longer journey... Read more

What I Learned From Interviewing 25 Child Mothers Around The World

Daily Life, Tuesday, May 17th 2016

What I Learned From Interviewing 25 Child Mothers Around The World

Photo courtesy of Pieter ten Hoopen/Plan International/UNFPA.   Mulenga*, 14, lives with her daughter, parents, her father's second wife, and ten siblings in a remote village in Zambia. She used to go to school, and wanted to become a doctor, until her mother discovered she was pregnant.   {ads1}Sofia Klemming Nordenskiöld is a journalist and Plan International Sweden press officer. The views expressed here are her own.  Photographer Pieter ten Hoopen and I spent the last several months traveling the world with our portable studio in order to document more than 25 child mothers. The portable studio was Pieter's idea. He wanted to create vintage family portraits that would give the young girls and their children our full attention, in a dignified way. He used the same background and setting in order to portray that... Read more

The Body Shop Pakistan: Mother's Day Celebration

Fashion, Tuesday, May 24th 2016

The Body Shop Pakistan: Mother's Day Celebration

    {ads1}Sudden surprises please me the most. The Body Shop is my all time favorite brand and I do appreciate the fact that TBS is against the idea of testing their products on animals, and all of their ingredients are extracted from natural resources. I use MAC even though they test on animals, but we need brands like TBS to put an end to this trend. Furthermore, the people who run TBS in Pakistan are so generous. Najaf Ali, who's the owner of Constantine PR, was not present in Karachi when we went out to avail the offer, but he made things easier for all of us.   You cannot go around and ask the manager of a shop to let you avail a voucher worth 10,000 PKR; Aesha and Najaf have a... Read more

Chef Alexandra Feswick takes home top prize at the Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off …

Food, Wednesday, April 20th 2016

Chef Alexandra Feswick takes home top prize at the Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off

Nutty Home-Style Mac & Cheese wins’ judges’ hearts — and stomachs Alexandra Feswick, Chef de Cuisine at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, today emerged victorious in one of Canada’s highest profile culinary comfort food battles, Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) Grate Canadian Cheese Cook-Off. With Mac & Cheese again as its theme, the biannual showdown took place at DFC’s Canadian Cheese Counter at the Toronto Food & Drink Market. This year, four top chefs and foodies from across Canada took to the stage in an attempt to create the ultimate comfort food using Canadian cheese, pasta and a little imagination. {ads1}Chef Feswick’s truly unique Canadian macaroni & cheese experience starts with combining the distinctive nostalgia of home-styled comfort classics such as Cheddar, sage and mushrooms, and memorably finishes by pairing them with the... Read more

5 Hacks For A Healthier Week

Health, Monday, April 25th 2016

5 Hacks For A Healthier Week

Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson.   Coconut oil is one of the trendiest products out there — one of your friends probably uses it in her hair, while another might use it for the bizarre practice of oil pulling. But where do you begin if you've never tried the stuff? Shape has a handy guide to coconut oil and all its applications. {ads1}Speaking of guides, consider this salad-green explainer your desk lunch savior. Never wonder about chard again. For days when coffee isn't enough, try one of these energy-boosting foods for breakfast. You can only jog so much. When you've had enough of the treadmill, take one of these low-impact cardio workouts for a spin. And when you do, why not listen to the same workout playlist as Kendall Jenner? The model has confessed that she's anti-cardio,... Read more

Ikea Exec Says We've Hit "Peak" Home Furnishings

Homes, Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Ikea Exec Says We've Hit "Peak" Home Furnishings

  Ros Drinkwater/REX Shutterstock   Have we hit peak home furnishings? Steve Howard, Ikea’s head of sustainability, thinks so.   “If we look on a global basis, in the West we have probably hit peak stuff. We talk about peak oil,” Howard said at The Guardian’s Sustainable Business debate. “I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff…peak home furnishings.” What he means by that is that Western consumers have reached their peak levels for buying furnishings; it’s only downhill from here.   {ads1}Ikea plans to double its sales by 2020, according to The Guardian, but Howard doesn’t think his comments detract from that goal. Instead, he wants the company to create an environmentally friendly model that allows customers to recycle goods instead of tossing them. “We will be increasingly building a circular Ikea where you can... Read more

I Always Thought I'd Have Kids Then I Lost My Job

Naukri & Paisa, Tuesday, April 19th 2016

I Always Thought I'd Have Kids Then I Lost My Job

Photo: Getty Images.   This post originally appeared on Medium. My in-laws are worried. {ads1}At least that’s what my husband Chris told me just now, half-joking. He was talking about a call with his parents, Stu and Ellen, who earlier this morning saw an article I shared on Facebook by the actress Joy Bryant on motherhood — and her decision to forgo making and raising human beings. Looking at the supportive comments and “Likes” on the Facebook post (the majority of them female friends and acquaintances), I felt light and free for a moment, thinking, wow, imagine if Chris and I really decided to focus on ourselves, our work, and each other instead of raising "mini-me"s. Among Chris’s friends, we’d be pretty average. Many of the people he works with are enterprising and practical, and way... 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 Offsetting Impact of Solar Activity on Global Climate Change

Science, Tuesday, November 10th 2015

The Offsetting Impact of Solar Activity on Global Climate Change

{ads1}A very interesting paper by Sarah Ineson et al entitled "Regional climate impacts of a possible future grand solar minimum" looks at the impact of a decline in solar activity on global warming related to anthropogenic factors (man-made factors i.e. global warming as a result of man's activities).   Let's start by looking at the concept of solar activity which is generally measured using sunspots.  Sunspots are regions on the solar surface that appear dark because they are somewhat cooler than the solar surface with temperatures measuring about 4000 degrees Kelvin compared to 5700 degrees Kelvin like the sun's photosphere.  They have diameters up to 50000 kilometres and are sometimes visible to the naked eye.  Their persistence is quite variable, ranging from hours to months.  They were first observed by Chinese astronomers in 800... Read more

Here's What This Popular Coding Acronym Means

Technology, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Here's What This Popular Coding Acronym Means

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.   Welcome to What the Tech?!, Refinery29's weekly column explaining the basics behind a buzzword or concept you've heard tossed around in conversation (but maybe don't actually understand). {ads1}It's the beginning of summer, which means one big thing in the tech world: We're smack in the middle of developer conference season. Microsoft kicked things off with its conference in April; Google just wrapped up its I/O developer last week; and Apple's event is happening in June. At these conferences, we get a sneak peek at what's next for our phones — which is fun — but for developers, it's an incredibly important event. These conferences give developers the tools and resources they need to update their apps for the next versions of iOS, Android, and Windows. That way, when the... Read more

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 34

Teens, Saturday, May 21st 2016

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 34

By Author: Khadi Madama From the Mystical Messenger Rope: Gracie's Pink Messages for Girls Who Feel Blue. Featuring the illustrations of artist Fatima Khermane- Fifi-Kawaii. https://www.fiverr.com/fifikawaii Follow Gracie and her Amazing Adventures on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Gracies-Amazing-Adventures-in-YogaLand-216303188430696/timeline/?ref=hl  www.yourstrulyprandmedia.com Read more

The Ugly Reality Of Quitting Your Job & Moving To Paradise

Travel, Wednesday, April 13th 2016

The Ugly Reality Of Quitting Your Job & Moving To Paradise

Photo: Getty Images   {ads1}It’s a fairly common dream: You chuck it all and move to a remote beach, make coconut cocktails for a living, and never, ever wear real shoes again. Goodbye New York stress, tiny, overpriced apartments, and jobs that rarely pay well. It’s a fantasy for most of us, but I actually did it. And I’m here to tell you that it was at turns awesome and really, really weird. While I loved my six months outside of reality, I’m also glad I came back to New York, to my career, and to all my same problems. (Okay, maybe not that part.) I’ve always been your typical NYC workaholic: long hours, only thinking about work, and not having that great of a personal life. Back in 2003, I was still... Read more

Sunday Sweat Series - Strive Life Athletics

What's On, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

PLEASE NOTE: IN ORDER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT, YOU MUST RSVP ON OUR OFFICIAL EVENTS PAGE - http://brainstation.io/event/sunday-sweat-strive-life-2016518153455Join the BrainStation community for a Sunday Sweat Session with Strive Life Athletics.Strive Life Athletics is a community based fitness and wellness program. Ryan and Martin have created an Read more

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Check out Karan Johar and his Bollywood friends ring in his birthday in London

Masala, Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Check out Karan Johar and his Bollywood friends ring in his birthday in London

{ads1}His birthdays are often the talk of the town considering the lavish way Karan Johar likes to splurge on the special occasion. The director-producer, however, decided to move away from his hometown this year and celebrate his birthday amidst the hustle-bustle of yet another city, London. However, he wasn't alone there and was accompanied by his mother Hiroo Johar along with a few friends from the Bollywood brigade who added the required glamour to the bash that was held last night. Karan Johar brought in his 44th birthday last night at a popular club in London and several Bollywood stars attended the occasion considering that some of them were already present in the city. The bash had KJo's best friend and superstar Shah Rukh Khan in attendance, putting all rumours to... Read more

AUBREY O’DAY IS APING HER BOYFRIEND PAULY D

Hollywood Gossip, Tuesday, May 24th 2016

AUBREY O’DAY IS APING HER BOYFRIEND PAULY D

{ads1}They’ve only been together for a few months but DJ Pauly D, 35, Aubrey O’Day, 32, are starting to look alike. At least Aubrey is assuming her Jersey Shore boyfriend’s style. The pair met when they both filmed the E! relationship show called “Famously Single” dealing with celebrities looking for love. They fell for each other during the course of the show. Aubrey was quite the scheming backstabber when she appeared on Celebrity Apprentice, so we can’t help but wonder about this relationship… Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review X-Men Apocalypse English

Reviews, Thursday, May 19th 2016

Gone are the days of individual super hero films, today in a race to make each new film bigger than the last, we see a plethora of characters being added to the story to make it more engrossing for the viewer. The latest release X-MEN APOCALYPSE is somewhat similar in this respect, with a number of characters being used and of course new characters being introduced all in a gambit to set up the awe inspiring Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). {ads1}X-MEN: APOCALYPSE follows the story of an ancient mutant who has existed long before the dawn of civilization, worshipped as a god over the years, this mutant has been called by different names by different settlers. However, the one name that stuck was Apocalypse. The first and most powerful mutant from... Read more

Movie Preview M Cream

Previews, Wednesday, May 18th 2016

{ads1}FIGS is the typical cynic one finds lurking in the expansive lawns of Delhi University. Entangled in a web of drugged out delirium, he's the quintessential rebel. His world is thrown into disarray when a sudden scarcity of hash snatches away his favorite pastime. Unable to cope with the situation, Figs joins forces with a motley crew of fellow students on a quest to attain M Cream, a mythical form of hash. The road trip results in a series of unexpected encounters that begin to unravel the myriad realities of rebellion. Article written by staff at Bollywood Hungama. Read more Read more

Why Can’t Bob Dylan Just Be Bob Dylan?

Mainstream, Monday, May 16th 2016

Why Can’t Bob Dylan Just Be Bob Dylan?

Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels   Preview – Bob Dylan Fallen Angels By Stephen Pate – On May 20th, 2016 Bob Dylan’s new album “Fallen Angels” will ship. Dylan’s latest tribute to Frank Sinatra is a follow-up to last year’s Shadows in the Night. {ads1}“Why can’t Bob Dylan just be Bob Dylan?” asked my wife when I previewed the album for her. Other Dylan fans will be scratching their heads all over the world. Where is the rebel, poet, folk singer, and misogynistic lover of the real Bob Dylan? He is gone for the time being as Dylan has taken a turn towards singing The Great American Songbook. Age perhaps is the best excuse for this 2-year foray in the well mined vein where Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and others have toiled before. It’s... Read more

Music Review Udta Punjab

Music :: Filmi, Tuesday, May 24th 2016

EXPECTATIONS When a film has a ‘rockstar’ as the central protagonist, you expect a cracker of a soundtrack. Moreover, Shahid Kapoor films usually have a good score, and hence one isn't willing to settle for anything less than excellent in Udta Punjab. Amit Trivedi is the solo composer of the film (which is a rarity in today's times where multiple composers fill in the soundtrack) while Shellee, Late Shri Shiv Kumar Batalvi & Varun Grover contribute with the lyrics. MUSIC Udta Punjab sees a pacy beginning for itself with 'Chitta Ve' which has a good rap starting it all that sets the stage for the rest of the song. Since the film deals with the menace of drugs in Punjab, there is everything from 'weed' to 'maa ka' to 'haraami' thrown in there.... 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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What Does The Next OPEC Meeting Have In Store?

Economy, Saturday, May 21st 2016

The next OPEC meeting on the 2nd of June will act as little more than a forum for continued altercations between Saudi Arabia and Iran The 2 June 2016 OPEC meeting will be held amid a backdrop of oil prices near $50 per barrel, a sharp drop in Nigerian production due to sabotage, turmoil in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia operating with a new oil minister, and Iran aggressively pumping close to pre-sanction levels. {ads1}OPEC interactions have become a direct altercation between Saudi Arabia... Read more

The Damage Done by the Federal Reserve

Markets, Thursday, May 12th 2016

The Damage Done by the Federal Reserve

A recent interview on CNGC with former Dallas Federal Reserve President, Richard Fisher, now Senior Advisor at Barclays, gives us an insider's viewpoint on the monetary mess that has been created by the Federal Reserve's extremely lengthy experiment with near-zero interest rates.  If you would rather watch the interview with Mr. Fisher than read my transcript, you can find it here.    {ads1}In his interview, Mr. Fisher addressed the sectors of the economy that he is most concerned about in the current low interest... Read more

Effective e-marketing is the key to operating any successful online business …

Local Bazaar, Wednesday, February 17th 2016

The internet has no fixed rules, like Bill Gates said, it’s an incredible opportunity as well as an incredible challenge. Once a luxury for the elite, the internet has become a part of humans’ lives, making fluidity possible even in the quantal world of computers. The growing popularity of the internet only makes sense for young business minds to use the medium to reach a larger market. Online marketing has thus become the leading primary means for businesses in getting into... Read more

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