October 22, 2015
Canadian actress Katheryn Winnick who plays Lagertha on the History Channel’s new miniseries Vikings, is a Viking shield maiden who battles on the frontline with the Viking warriors. Playing a powerful woman comes easy to Winnick who holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo and a second-degree black belt in karate. The blonde beauty still finds time to take care of herself when she’s not kicking butt. Real Style spoke to the beautiful Winnick at home in Toronto about the exciting new series (read our full Katheryn Winnick interview here), and she was sweet enough to tell us all about her 5 favourite beauty products.
December 15, 2012
The cost of living fell more than forecast in November as energy prices dropped, a sign U.S. inflation remains in check.
The 0.3 percent decrease in the consumer-price index was the first drop since May and followed a 0.1 percent gain the prior month, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The median estimate of 80 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.2 percent drop. The core index, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, climbed less than projected.
Facing little threat of inflation, Federal Reserve policy makers this week expanded asset purchases in a continuing bid to reduce unemployment and spur growth. Department stores including the Gap Inc., Macy’s Inc. (M) and J.C. Penney Co. are offering sales in the midst of the holiday shopping season as concern over possible changes in tax rates and government spending hurts consumer confidence.
October 5, 2012
Sad news, Sesame Street fans. That meanie Mitt Romney wants to cut funding for PBS, the public television network that has broadcast Big Bird and her fellow Muppets since 1970. "I like PBS, I like Big Bird," he claimed during Wednesday's presidential debate. "But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."
In the US, the threat prompted much pain and suffering. "Yo Mitt Romney," said someone purporting to be Big Bird on Twitter. "Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters F & U!" Now another Big Bird impersonator wants to run for president in protest. They've even mocked up a version of the Obama Hope poster that replaces Barack's face with Big Bird's.
Over in Blighty, the news prompted a more confused reaction. What the dickens is PBS? Is it the same as the BBC? Well, yes and no. PBS stands for Public Broadcasting Service, and it's a bit like the BBC, in that it provides ad-free, free-to-air television to 170 million Americans, some of whom couldn't otherwise afford to watch the box. It has a focus on educational programmes such as American Experience, which explores US history; kids' shows such as Sesame Street; and investigative documentaries such as Frontline. PBS Newshour is its flagship news programme – and is seen as a more serious affair than many of its rivals – while Charlie Rose is the network's equivalent of David Frost.
read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2012/oct/04/big-bird-mitt-romney-pbs
0 comments · September 4, 2012
Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm was arrested by Cambodian police on Thursday in Phnom Penh, the city that he made his home several years ago.
According to local sources he was arrested in an apartment above the Cadillac Bar on the riverfront, a place where he is known to have stayed in the past.
Neither Cambodian nor Swedish authorities have commented on the grounds of the arrest.
The 27-year-old became wanted internationally after he failed to return to Sweden to serve his 12 month jail sentence earlier this year.
0 comments · September 1, 2012
VISITORS to Kenya’s capital are often horrified by the homicidal minibuses called matatu. They swerve around potholes, seldom signal and use their iffy brakes only at the last second. They are therefore an ideal subject for a video game, which is why Planet Rackus, a Nairobi start-up, released “Ma3Racer” last year. Each player uses his mobile phone to steer a matatu down the street. The (unrealistic) goal is to avoid pedestrians. Within a month, a quarter of a million people in 169 countries had downloaded the game.
Planet Rackus is one of hundreds of start-ups that have sprung up in Nairobi over the past couple of years. They are part of a quiet tech boom in Kenya, a country better known for coffee and safaris. In 2002 Kenya’s exports of technology-related services were a piffling $16m. By 2010 that had exploded to $360m. To its boosters, Nairobi is “Silicon Savannah”.
read more: http://www.economist.com/node/21560912
0 comments · September 1, 2012
Japanese courts have dismissed Apple's claims that Samsung breached its intellectual property relating to its media syncing tech.
It's not the same lawsuit that saw the Americans find Samsung guilty of various infringements before issuing a billion dollar fine, so there's no precedent being set here particularly.
Apple filed the lawsuit in Japan in August 2011 after deciding the method in which Samsung devices were sharing media over wireless networks was a copy of its own technology in iOS.
But Judge Tamotsu Shoji dismissed the claims after just a few minutes of deliberation.
0 comments · August 31, 2012
All of the students, who were in a class of more than 250, will face hearings before Harvard’s Administrative Board, Jay Harris, dean of undergraduate education at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based school, said today in an interview.
Harvard professors probed the incident with months of reading through the take-home exams beginning in May, Harris said. Students found to have violated university rules may be required to withdraw from school for a year, Harvard said in a statement.
“These allegations, if proven, represent totally unacceptable behavior that betrays the trust upon which intellectual inquiry at Harvard depends,” Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement on the college’s website.
read more: bloomberg
0 comments · August 31, 2012
There is much being written about the lies Paul Ryan told in his speech at the Republican Convention. I know, “lies” is a pretty strong word. But a ‘fabrication’, ‘taking liberties with the truth’, ‘bearing false witness against they neighbor’ (Commandment #8)…call it what you will…when you knowingly say something that’s not true, that’s lying.
So why, if to kids Paul Ryan is, as are so many other politicians of all stripes, a “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire”, do we hem and haw and call some of things Ryan said “factual shortcuts” (NPR’s language) or “spin”, the turn of phrase of FactCheck.org. It’s not ‘spin for Ryan to charge that President Obama failed to keep a manufacturing plant open that closed before Obama took office. It’s a lie. It’s not spin to blame President Obama for the loss of a AAA credit rating for the U.S., when Standard & Poor’s specifically blamed the downgrade on the uncompromising stands of Congress (which includes Congressman Ryan), both Republicans and Democrats. It’s a lie. Neither should it be politely called spin when a pro-Obama SuperPac ad suggests that Mitt Romney killed a child because Romney’s private equity company took over a business and reduced worker health care benefits which an employee/mom needed for her sick child. Romney killed the kid? Please! That’s not stretching the truth. That’s first degree False Witness.
read more: BigThink