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2016 Yamaha XSR900 - When retro meets sport sparks fly

2016 Yamaha XSR900 - When retro meets sport sparks fly

Automotive, Thursday, August 25th 2016

I hop on Yamaha’s latest retro themed sport bike and go for long ride. But it doesn’t take long before I find love.   It didn’t take swinging a leg over the... Read more

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Greater Northern Bahr el-Ghazal Severely Affected By Floods, South Sudan

Africa, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Greater Northern Bahr el-Ghazal Severely Affected By Floods, South Sudan

Greater Northern Bahr el-Ghazal has been greatly affected by heavy rains which has caused flooding which has destroyed farms. The effects of heavy rainfall in Aweil [Photo by Abraham Agoth] By Agoth Abraham AWEIL, 24 August 2016 [Gurtong] - In Aweil West County of Lol State, the Commissioner of Gomjuer West County Mayol Maduokon Sunday that crops that were due for harvest were destroyed by the heavy rains. The destruction was not only limited to crops and houses but also extended to livestock and free movement of people. Road transport has become impassable in the low lying areas. The Commissioner said that the affected population are now receiving humanitarian assistance. {ads1}“Yes, this is an event that happened this week, and also as you can see the people are now busy with distribution of food with... Read more

Rebuilding the Globe in Hillary Clinton's Image

America, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

During a CNN Democratic Presidential Town Hall held back on February, 23, 2016 with Chris Cuomo as host, Hillary Clinton played her hand when she was asked the following question:   "Madam Secretary, you are for a regime change in Syria. But as we have learned in Iraq, and recently Libya, getting rid of longtime dictators and their affiliates can lead to problems unforeseen.     So if Assad was to be deposed, how would you direct the State Department and international partners to install within that country a government capable of containing and mitigating the sectarian and insurgency violence that will undoubtedly increase, thus further destabilizing the region?"   Here's Hillary Clinton's response:   "Well, that's an excellent question. And let me say, first of all, talking about Syria and Libya, in Syria, it looks like, and I... Read more

Powerful Earthquake Hits Central Myanmar

Asia, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Powerful Earthquake Hits Central Myanmar

  Photo: Khin Maung Win/AP Images.   A powerful earthquake hit central Myanmar on Wednesday, just hours after another major quake devastated central Italy. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Southeast Asian country in the Bagan region near the town of Chauk, according to Reuters. Reports of fatalities have varied, but appear to be low. Local officials told the news agency that there had been three deaths, including two children who were killed when a riverbank collapsed. {ads1}The U.S. Geological Survey said that the quake was relatively deep, hitting at about 52 miles below the earth’s surface. Deep earthquakes generally cause less damage. The Associated Press reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was in an area where quakes are common, but don’t usually cause high casualties because there are no densely populated cities. Though reports... Read more

KC-30A successfully refuels multi-role F-16 Fighter

Australia, Monday, August 22nd 2016

The operational capability of the Royal Australian Air Force’s KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft fleet has taken another important step forward with the first operational refuelling of fighter aircraft with the tanker’s advanced Aerial Refuelling Boom System The boom was used to successfully refuel two United States Air Force (USAF) F-16C Fighting Falcon single-engine multirole fighter aircraft from the 480th Fighter Squadron during a mission in support of counter-Daesh operations in the Middle East region. {ads1}The commencement of F-16 refuelling broadens the tanker’s ability to support the US-led multi-national coalition in the fight against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. The Commander Air Task Group, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Phil Gordon said the milestone has further enhanced Australia’s reputation in the coalition environment. “The KC-30A is highly regarded by the coalition in-theatre due to its high reliability and... Read more

Indigenous People Flood Ontario Courthouse for Sixties Scoop Hearing

Canada, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Indigenous People Flood Ontario Courthouse for Sixties Scoop Hearing

An Ontario courtroom was filled with Indigenous people who were taken from their families as part of the Sixties Scoop. The milestone class-action hearing is of immense value to the cultural identity of the Indigenous people whose obligation it is to protect. The hearing in Toronto on Tuesday had so many attendees that the jury box was used to seat elders along with the lead plaintiff contending the $1.6-billion lawsuit. The lawsuit focuses on the historical mass adoption and foster-care placement of thousands of indigenous children into non-indigenous homes along with the need to protect the children of today, no matter their ethnicity. On Tuesday, only the plaintiff provided its arguments as the government lawyers are anticipated to present their case in early December. The plaintiff’s lead counsel, Jeffery Wilson, mentioned... Read more

UK Considers Separate Prison Units for Dangerous Islamist Extremists

England, Monday, August 22nd 2016

UK Considers Separate Prison Units for Dangerous Islamist Extremists

The summary of a report published by the Ministry of Justice has suggested that "self-styled emirs" are trying to radicalize others behind bars so it should consider holding Islamist extremists in separate prison units. The government-ordered review pointed out that "cultural sensitivity" among staff towards Muslim prisoners could "inhibit the effective confrontation of extremist views". The disclosures were made by an investigation into radicalisation in jails conducted by former prison governor, Ian Acheson, and commissioned last year by then justice secretary Michael Gove. The issue further came to light last week when one of Britain's most prominent Islamist clerics, Anjem Choudary, faced being jailed for drumming up support for Islamic State. Ministers have indicated that planning is already under way to create specialist units within the high security estate in order... Read more

Handling Erdogan’s Request for Gulen’s Extradition

Europe, Friday, July 22nd 2016

Turkey’s autocratic president, Recep Erdogan, wants us to extradite Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim cleric and cult leader now living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, for allegedly stirring up the recent coup attempt. Meanwhile, one of Erdogan’s emissaries, a little earlier, advocated the termination of the practice of bringing Turkish teachers to the United States, on H-1B visas, to replace U.S. teachers in the Gulen charter high schools. Let me suggest, with tongue only partially in cheek, that we handle these two matters together, giving us a posture in which we stress our nation’s historic concern for the rule of law, and, simultaneously opening up jobs for hundreds of unemployed American high school teachers. {ads1}Now I would be perfectly happy to have Gulen, and his cult, leave the United States; he is, after all,... Read more

JNU Panel Looks Into On-Campus Rape Accusation

India, Thursday, August 25th 2016

JNU Panel Looks Into On-Campus Rape Accusation

The panel looking into complaints of sexual harassment at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH), has revealed to have been informed about the report of a rape incident on the campus. The administration of the university referred the case to the panel on Monday and informed that a 28-year-old research student has alleged that a fellow student, Anmol Ratan, raped her after offering her a spiked drink in his hostel room. A member of the Left-leaning All India Students’ Association (AISA), Ratan, was immediately expelled from the student outfit. The letter addressed to GSCASH included a copy of the FIR filed by complainant and mentioned that “it has come to the notice of the administration that an incident of rape took place in Brahmputra Hostel on August 20,... Read more

The Islamic State and Body Parts

Middle East, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

The Islamic State and Body Parts

While the fight against ISIS/ISIL rarely appears on the front pages or headline stories of the mainstream except in cases where there appears to be a link between ISIS/ISIL and a terrorist attack, an interesting fatwa or legal Islamic declaration has been released by the ISIL Committee of Research and Fatwas.     Fatwa Number 68, dated January 31, 2015 and found during a December 2015 raid in eastern Syria answers the age-old question:   "Is it permissible to take the captured apostate's body organs and give them to Muslims who are in need of them?"   The Islamic scholars that answered this question did so stating that Muslim hospitals are overwhelmed with diseases that are both "incurable by doctors and harsh on patients" and stated that Allah Almighty knows best what is right and what... Read more

The Belcha: Allama Mashriqi’s Powerful Symbol for the Khaksar Tehrik

Pakistan, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

On Allama Mashriqi’s 53rd death anniversary   “We have SPADE as our symbol…Spade is another sign of humility and our carrying it on our shoulders shows that we are out to proclaim to the world THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR. Spade levels up the ground. We are here TO LEVEL UP ALL SOCIETY! A rich man with a spade considers that he has come down a bit to meet his poor brother. A poor man with a spade thinks that he has got a powerful weapon to strengthen him. Spade in this movement has worked wonders indeed! [translated from Urdu]”   – Allama Mashriqi, All Faiths Conference, 1938   Allama Mashriqi was born on August 25, 1888. Mashriqi was a revolutionary, reformer, and humanitarian, who founded the Khaksar Tehrik (Movement) to bring freedom to the Indian subcontinent... Read more

Venezuelans Seek Amnesties, "Temporary" or Permanent

South America, Thursday, August 11th 2016

Venezuelans Seek Amnesties, "Temporary" or Permanent

On Monday, Venezuelan exiles in Florida urged American authorities to grant "migratory relief" to those fleeing Venezuela for "political reasons." Jose Colina, president of the organization Politically Persecuted Venezuelans in Exile (or Veppex), told the Spanish news agency EFE, "Any measure taken is important because it will resolve the problems of many Venezuelans that are in limbo, in the shadows." In an interview with El Venezolano TV, Colina spoke in favor of the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act (H.R. 3744), introduced by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) in October 2015. The legislation would provide for the adjustment to permanent resident status of Venezuelan nationals who: were physically present in the United States on January 1, 2013, have been physically present in the United States for at least one year and, are physically present in... Read more

Princeton University to exhibit Hindu gods

South Asians Abroad, Sunday, August 14th 2016

The Ivy League Princeton University’s Art Museum will showcase paintings of various Hindu deities and legends in an upcoming exhibition “Epic Tales from India” from November 19 through February five next.   This “monumental exhibition of narrative art” encompassing 91 paintings from 16th through the 19th century at Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) will present images of Rama and Sita, Radha and Krishna, Hanuman, Churning of the Ocean, Krishna and Balarama, Abhimanyu, Rama-Sita-Lakshman, etc., and other paintings from Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, etc.; reports suggest.   {ads1} “Epic Tales from India” will subsequently travel to the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin (July nine, 2017 to October 15, 2017) and the San Diego Museum of Art (March 3, 2018 to June 12, 2018). A 156-page illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition,... 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

Allyson Felix Loses Gold On A Dive, Internet Goes Insane

Other Sports, Tuesday, August 16th 2016

When Allyson Felix took the starting blocks for her 400 meter race, she couldn't have imagined taking second like that. Though her silver medal makes her the most-decorated woman in U.S. track and field history (her seventh breaks a tie with Jackie Joyner-Kersee), she might feel disappointed with the result. That's because she lost by a hand when Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas literally dived across the finish line to secure gold. This is about as close as any race can be.   Got her by a hand. LITERALLY. #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/qcrf69xEWG — NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 16, 2016 Much like Miller, the internet didn't exactly take the photo finish in stride.   yuk yuk yuk you wily internet comedians!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/W8KLwc9pnw — Claire McNear (@claire_mcnear) August 16, 2016 Naturally, Crying Jordan made an early appearance.   .@DragonflyJonez @mdotbrown pic.twitter.com/FBn0SNJSuE — Blair (@blairupthere) August... 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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Submarine Warfare in the North Atlantic - Who Has The Advantage? …

Columns, Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

Submarine Warfare in the North Atlantic - Who Has The Advantage?

Over the past two years since the hostilities in Ukraine began, we've seen a cooling off of diplomatic relations between Russia and NATO, most particularly the United States.  Russia, under Vladimir Putin, has become the new "boogeyman" and has become the point man for just about anything that goes wrong globally including defecating on the carpet of an American diplomat's home and rearranging their furniture and hacking into the Democratic National Committee's computers to steal the DNC's deepest, darkest secrets about how the party was going to rid itself of the scourge that was Bernie Sanders.  The mainstream media in the United States, Europe and Canada has latched onto the genesis of the "Cold War Part II" and seems to be swallowing hook, line and sinker, the talking points that are... 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

Now more chatr customers can experience unlimited data

Press Releases, Thursday, August 4th 2016

Now more chatr customers can experience unlimited data

Building on the success of its GTA, Calgary and Edmonton launch in April, chatr is now expanding its unlimited talk, text and data plans at 3G speeds to Vancouver, Southwestern Ontario and Ottawa TORONTO (August 3, 2016) Starting today, chatr is expanding its unlimited talk, text and data plans at 3G speeds to now include Vancouver, Southwestern Ontario and Ottawa, giving more customers the freedom to stay connected to family and friends with one easy plan. Already available in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton since April, chatr’s unlimited zone-based plans provide customers with unlimited talk, text and data with managed 3G speed allotments without incurring overage fees. Starting at $40/month, plans include unlimited Canada-wide talk, unlimited Canada and International text and unlimited data with a managed 3G speed allotment... 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

2016 Yamaha XSR900 - When retro meets sport sparks fly

Automotive, Thursday, August 25th 2016

2016 Yamaha XSR900 - When retro meets sport sparks fly

I hop on Yamaha’s latest retro themed sport bike and go for long ride. But it doesn’t take long before I find love.   It didn’t take swinging a leg over the 2016 Yamaha XSR900 for me to fall for it. No, it began so much earlier, when I was across the parking lot and first laid eyes on it. The exposed powerplant, the matte finish paint work on the frame and exhaust piping, the three drilled circle motif pattern on front and back supporting brackets, the round exposed LED taillight, the passenger seat cowl (an optional extra) with its fittingly retro lettering… I could go on, but suffice to say Yamaha absolutely knocks it out of the park on design with the new XSR. Once you’ve gotten past the so many detail... Read more

The Afterlife of Ghassan Kanafani

Books, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

The Afterlife of Ghassan Kanafani

Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani (1936 – 1972) would have turned eighty this year, had he not been killed at the age of thirty-six: Although it’s been more than 40 years since the author was killed by a car bomb, Kanafani’s body of work remains vividly relevant: Men in the Sun is about refugees trying to smuggle themselves into a place where they might find work; Return to Haifa is about family and loss, and was a touchstone for Susan Abulhawa’s popular 2010 novel Mornings in Jenin. Much of Kanafani’s work remains in print; it circulates online; it’s watched in film adaptation, as with  The Dupes; and it continues to be adapted to the stage. There have been several stagings this year; next month, Palestine’s Freedom Theatre brings “Images from the life of Ghassan Kanafani” to a month of shows in Portugal. Kanafani also apparently remains... 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

Your Newest Facebook Friend, The Federal Reserve

Daily Life, Monday, August 22nd 2016

Your Newest Facebook Friend, The Federal Reserve

This just in; the Federal Reserve has just joined the first decade of the 2000s and launched its very own Facebook page.  Here's the announcement:     ...and, here's the Fed's Facebook page:   Please friend or at least like them, they are looking a bit on the lonely and unliked side although Jun Kim does think that they are "so cool".   Click HERE to read more of Glen Asher's columns Read more

SNM Summer'16 Vol 2 Collection

Fashion, Monday, July 18th 2016

SNM Summer'16 Vol 2 Collection

    {ads1}I've encountered a lot of lasses who are coming up with their own blogs; there is absolutely no harm in initiating a blog as long as you're willing to maintain it. The blogosphere requires a lot of hard work and time. I shall be writing about my blogging journey in one of my forthcoming blog posts. Anyway, I bought 3 dresses for Eid but didn't get a chance to wear them as I was unwell and spent most of my time in bed. A Lahore-based company called 'Din Industries' sent me an email and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their latest designs. They recently launched a new collection called 'SNM Summer'16 Vol 2'; the dress I received is exquisite, and I love it. I wore it for... Read more

I Spent A Week Living On Office Snacks and Here's What Happened …

Food, Wednesday, July 20th 2016

I Spent A Week Living On Office Snacks and Here's What Happened

Photographed by Rockie Nolan. Millennials love snacks. Or at least everyone says we do. Major food companies are basing entire brand strategies off the idea, and start-ups full of young people are keeping their employees happy with fridges stocked full of freebies. No, seriously, it’s a fact that millennials find access to free food at work to be extremely important. But we also get criticized for it. How could we care more about a soda machine and a constant supply of artisanal coffee than real benefits? {ads1}I’ve never based a decision to take a job on the inside of a fridge myself, but I do enjoy (and constantly find myself munching on) the freebies that Refinery29 provides. There also always seems to be an overflow of food from a catered lunch... Read more

Review: Sensibio H2O by Bioderma

Health, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Review: Sensibio H2O by Bioderma

    I have finished reading 'Me Before You' by 'JoJo Moyes'; I could not stop sobbing like an infant. You ought to grab it if you adore sad or depressing books. I shall not read the second part even though I'd like to know a bit more about Clark and her journey. Anyway, I recently went to Pranzo with a couple of bloggers to attend a meet and greet arranged by 'Bioderma'. I've been using 'Sensibio' by Bioderma ever since I started wearing makeup. I always look for products that have mild ingredients as I have acne prone skin. I have tried all sorts of makeup removers and wipes, and a lot of them disappointed me even though they cost a huge chunk of change. I'm pleased to state that 'Sensibio'... 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

What It Was Really Like To Be A Phone Psychic For Miss Cleo …

Naukri & Paisa, Monday, August 22nd 2016

What It Was Really Like To Be A Phone Psychic For Miss Cleo

Photo: Lilly Echeverria/Miami Herald/MCT/ Getty Images.   I typed that I was quitting into the AOL chat box. It was 2001. My manager wrote back, “Why?” I wrote a screed about ethics. She closed the chat window and vanished into cyberspace. {ads1}What compels someone to become a phone psychic? In my case, it had nothing to do with vocation and everything to do with convenience. I had recently dropped out of a rigorous program at a prominent engineering school because of a stress-induced breakdown. Really, all I wanted to do was write stories and paint pictures, but these desires did not align with the internship I was offered at a Merck pharmaceutical plant. I declined the job offer and withdrew from school two years from finishing the program. It was spring term, which... 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

Did Oil Kill The Dinosaurs?

Science, Thursday, July 21st 2016

What killed the dinosaurs? It's a question as old as – well the dinosaurs themselves, and one that everyone from school children to scientists have been asking for decades. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Land Before Time only heighten that sense of wonder and raise the stakes behind that question. Now according to a new scientific study, it seems that black gold may have been the source of the dinos' demise. Japanese researchers at Tohuku University and the Meteorological Research Institute authored a recent study in the research journal Scientific Reports suggesting that a meteor impact 66 million years ago on an oil rich region of Yucatan Peninsula led to the death of the dinosaurs. When the asteroid hit the vast oil deposits of Mexico, it sent thick black smoke... Read more

Facial Emotion Recognition and How 2016 = 1984

Technology, Tuesday, August 16th 2016

Facial Emotion Recognition and How 2016 = 1984

One of my all-time favourite novels is George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, a novel that I first read when I was in high school and have read several times since.  While technological developments over the past two decades have made George Orwell's fictional timeline look just slightly ahead of reality, an interesting new development, courtesy of Microsoft and another company that you probably are not aware of, has taken the world another leap into the realm of "Big Brother" and how "he's" watching us.  While we are all aware of facial recognition software, this new development takes this concept one big step further.   Let's start with this screen capture from Microsoft's blog:   Microsoft Cognitive Services has released its Emotion API (Application Programming Interface) that can read/recognize a range of people's emotions including anger,... Read more

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 47

Teens, Saturday, August 20th 2016

Gracie's mystical messenger rope week 47

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

This Is The Most Miserable Airport In America

Travel, Monday, May 30th 2016

This Is The Most Miserable Airport In America

  Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images   There are two kinds of traveling New Yorkers: Those who swear by JFK and LaGuardia loyalists. Meanwhile, nearby Newark Liberty International Airport is just the worst, Travel + Leisure reports. An annual U.S. airport ratings report released by MilesCards.com rated the New Jersey stopover as the most miserable in the country. {ads1}The travel credit card comparison site sized up airports' delays along with takeoff and taxiing wait times. Newark bottomed out, while San Jose and Portland's hubs flew above the competition. Newark International already crashed and burned in a previous Travel + Leisure worst airport citation for “miserable check-in and security lines.” When it comes to beleaguered jet setters, misery doesn't love company. If you're looking to get into or out of the Big Apple this summer, the MilesCards.com report is... Read more

CRC Building Lives Benefit

What's On, Thursday, August 25th 2016

We hope you can join us on October 24 for this fun-filled evening of magnificent music and fantastic food all in support of CRC’s critical work in Regent Park. Through this fund ‘n friend raiser, we hope to reach our $250,000 goal to better the lives of all those who call this community ‘home’.If you cannot attend, please consider a donation in Read more

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Alia Bhatt to be the new face of Gionee smartphones

Masala, Thursday, August 25th 2016

Alia Bhatt, who recently finished her international tour, has added another endorsement to her kitty by becoming the new face of Chinese smartphone maker Gionee. The actress will be the face of the brand for all their campaigns and will be endorsing all of their upcoming products. She has signed two years contract with the brand. {ads1}Talking about her association with Gionee, Alia Bhatt says that she is extremely excited to be part of such a youthful and lively brand that's making India smile. She is looking forward to having an amazing association with Gionee in the coming years and be part of some awesome innovations. Arvind Vohra, Country CEO, Gionee India, said that Alia Bhatt as an actor is filled with enthusiasm and zest, characteristics that reflect Gionee's beliefs. He further... Read more

LOOK WHO’S BEHIND THE WHEEL: LADY GAGA!

Hollywood Gossip, Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

LOOK WHO’S BEHIND THE WHEEL: LADY GAGA!

{ads1}Now that she’s single, Lady Gaga seems to have more time on her hands, but she’s figured out what to do with it. She recently got her first driver’s license and she’s channeled her fashion obsession into cars! Instead of walking around in several outrageous outfits a day, she’s DRIVING different unusual cars. Sometimes several on ONE day! She prefers them flashy and/or vintage – and like her clothing, anything goes! We predict she will become as well-known for her cars as she is for her clothing. But can she top that MEAT DRESS with a vehicle? Photo Credit: AKM-GSI Click HERE to read more from Janet Charlton Read more

Movie Review A Flying Jatt

Reviews, Thursday, August 25th 2016

Bollywood has witnessed superhero films in the form of KRRISH, RA. ONE and a handful of others. This week's release is A FLYING JATT, which stars Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez and Nathan Jones. Will A FLYING JATT pass the 'Box-Office' test with 'flying colours' or simply 'land' with a thud, lets analyze. {ads1}Balaji Motion Pictures' A FLYING JATT is essentially of the origin and inception of a reluctant superhero, who is afraid of heights. The film starts off with the introduction of the filthy rich and extremely money-minded Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) and his expansion plans for his construction company. Amidst his plans of expansion, Mrs. Kartar Singh aka Bebe (Amrita Singh) acts as a barrier as it's her (late) husband's land that Malhotra wants to usurp for his project. Even... Read more

Movie Preview Island City

Previews, Thursday, August 25th 2016

Island City follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first is about a diligent office worker who wins the office 'Fun Committee Award', which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option. {ads1}The second story begins with a domineering head-of-the-family, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned. Now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero, Purshottam, is a man ideal in every way and they are smitten. Then suddenly, comes the news that Anil is better and may be home soon. Will they have... Read more

Watch Sia Heat Up The Night in Tel Aviv

Mainstream, Saturday, August 13th 2016

Watch Sia Heat Up The Night in Tel Aviv

Sia with Maddie Ziegler in Tel Aviv (photo by Yuval Arel)   By Stephen Pate – Thanks to one of the 48,000 fans who saw Sia Furer perform in Tel Aviv you can watch many of the performances on YouTube. This was the second stop on Sia’s worldwide Nostalgic For The Present tour. Alive The stage was a simple white back screen with Sia stage right rear and Maddie Ziegler along with 2 other dancers taking up the whole stage. Unstoppable Some critics complained the show faithfully recreated the pop-art videos for each song. Go figure. “She was motionless for 61 minutes, wrote Rami Yitzhar in News-Israel.net” She “did not say a word until the last minute, then blurted out something and disappeared.” I have to assume the critic never watched a single Sia video, the ones that... Read more

Music Review Akira

Music :: Filmi, Monday, August 22nd 2016

EXPECTATIONS Given the action genre of Akira, you expect the film to be a song-less affair. Hence, it is surprising to see four songs in there (with a couple of repeat versions) and none other than Vishal-Shekhar returning as composers after Sultan. Manoj Muntashir is the prime lyricist with Kumaar writing the theme track. MUSIC Newcomer Nahid Afrin is roped in for the theme track 'Rajj Rajj Ke' which appears thrice in the album. Even though the core sound of the song (which also has Vishal Dadlani chipping in) is just about decent, it is the rhythm that is brought in with the sound of drum beats that gives it an edge. Expect this Kumaar written song to appear at multiple junctures in the film whenever Sonakshi Sinha takes on her tormentors. The... 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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The Growing Ethnic/Racial Wealth Gap

Economy, Monday, August 22nd 2016

The Growing Ethnic/Racial Wealth Gap

A study by Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, Chuck Collins, Joshn Hoxie and Emmanuel Nieves at the Institute for Policy Studies looks at the racial wealth divide in the United States and the futility of trying to get ahead when you're not a white American.  The study looks at the accumulation of wealth in the United States over the past three decades, a problem that has become particularly prominent since the Great Recession, and projects what it will look like over the next... Read more

OPEC's Output Freeze: What Has Changed Since Doha?

Markets, Wednesday, August 24th 2016

OPEC's Output Freeze: What Has Changed Since Doha?

It's possible that OPEC is crying wolf with hints of an output freeze next month in Algiers; but it's also possible that they are ramping up production to take the sting out of a freeze. This is a delicate balancing act that the Saudis need to play very carefully. The official chatter is that the OPEC meeting in Algeria from September 26 to 28 could conclude with an agreement to freeze production by the member nations, with even Russia joining forces... Read more

Rebranding reflects changes at Balmoral Multicultural Marketing

Local Bazaar, Friday, June 10th 2016

Rebranding reflects changes at Balmoral Multicultural Marketing

Toronto, Ont. – Over 100 dignitaries, clients and friends came together to celebrate the rebranding and office warming party of Canada’s leading multicultural marketing agency, Balmoral Multicultural Marketing. Balmoral hosted a cocktail party at their new office located in the heart of downtown on June 7. Balmoral announced the rebranding to reflect its expanded mission to be more cutting edge, adding new lenses on the market and expertise to its social marketing resources. To enhance their expansion, Balmoral has partnered with... Read more

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