Articles By Esther Tanquintic-Misa

A young man smokes a marijuana joint at the Vancouver Art Gallery during the annual 4/20 day, which promotes the use of marijuana, in Vancouver, British Columbia in this file photo taken April 20, 2013. Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potential

From Politics & Policy 4:34 pm

Police Search Vancouver Marijuana Shop for Allegedly Illegally Selling to Neighbourhood Youth

Police in Vancouver, Canada raided a medical marijuana store on Thursday for allegedly selling illegal recreational marijuana to the neighbourhood youth. The store was Jim's Weed Lounge.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde delivers opening remarks at the inaugural Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture in Washington July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

From Economy 3:59 pm

IMF Slashes Overall 2014 Global Forecast; Russia’s Implications with Malaysia Airlines MH17 Could Bring Economy to Recession

Rising tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine are sure to impact an already plummeting global economy reeling from slowdowns in the U.S. and China. On Thursday, the International Monetary Fund said projected global growth for 2014 has been lowered to 3.4 per cent, from the previous estimate of 3.7 per cent in April.

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter plane lands as it arrives at Iraq's al-Muthanna military airbase at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, July 1, 2014. Iraq's defence ministry said on Tuesday that the second batch of Russian Sukhoi (Su-25) fighter jets th

From Economy 2:02 pm

Jittery Global Aviation: London’s RAF Typhoons Mad Scrambled to Assist Private Jet After Losing Contact; No Threat, False Alarm

The mysterious disappearance of one commercial airliner four months ago, plus the three successive crash accidents in just the past week has definitely taken its toll on the jittery global aviation industry. On Wednesday, the British Armed Forces scrambled two of its Royal Air Force aircraft after air controllers lost contact with a private plane.

Pope Francis poses with Mariam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan (C), her husband and two children during a private meeting at the Vatican July 24, 2014. The Sudanese woman, who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred fr

From Economy 1:13 pm

Pope Francis Meets Sudanese Woman Who Was Spared Death for Apostasy (PHOTOS)

Pope Francis was every inch visibly moved when he met on Thursday Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith even as a death sentence loomed over her head.

An Air Algerie Airways plane prepares to land at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers July 24, 2014.  An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation officia

From Economy 11:10 am

End of Times Signs: 3 Aviation Accidents in 1 Wk, 500 Total Deaths; Air Algerie AH5017 Latest

Has the world reached the purging stage as precursor to the prophesied end of times? In just a span of seven days, some 500 lives were lost from around the world due to three aviation accidents, the latest of which is the Air Algerie flight AH5017.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

From Politics & Policy Jul 24

Malaysia Airlines MH17: Dutch Wants Putin's Daughter Maria Deported to Russia From Holland

Now that it's been discovered that Russian President Vladimir Putin's daughter Maria is living in Holland with her boyfriend, the people of Netherlands are now clamoring for her deportation to her father's country.

Passengers and airline staff stand near a check-in desk of an airline that cancelled its flight out of Tel Aviv at Ben Gurion International airport July 22, 2014. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned U.S. carriers from flying to or from Ben Gu

From Economy Jul 24

U.S. Flights to Israel Now Lifted, Flights To and From Tel Aviv Resume – FAA

The U.S.' Federal Aviation Administration has lifted a ban that barred U.S. airlines from traveling to and from Ben Gurion International Airport. The new directive took effect as of 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

A woman holds her umbrella while walking against strong winds as Typhoon Matmo hits Taiwan, in Taipei July 23, 2014. Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools, with at least on

From Politics & Policy Jul 24

Typhoon Matmo Leaves 32k Customers w/o Electricity in Taiwan, Weakens After Landing in China

At least 32,000 people in Taiwan were left without power supply after typhoon Matmo pummeled the east Asian country. Matmo has likewise made landfall in China, the country's second weather disturbance within a week.

Two boats with 10 Cuban migrants are pictured anchored in Cayman Brac waters in this July 20, 2014 handout photo. The 10 migrants abandoned one of the boats and set out for Honduras in the other, but returned shortly after to drop off five of their number

From Politics & Policy Jul 24

Migrant Massacre at Sea: Five Arrested for the Deaths of 100

All they wanted was a chance at a better life. But migrants aboard a boat enroute to Europe didn't realize death could come knocking while they pursue their journey. On Wednesday, Italian police arrested at least five men for the alleged deaths of over 100 as panic ensued triggered by poisonous fumes in the overcrowded boat.

The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen throughout a porthole after leaving Giglio Island July 23, 2014. The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia cruise liner began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian

From Travel Jul 24

Refloated Italy Cruise Ship Costa Concordia Embarks Final Voyage, Bids Port of Giglio for the Very Last Time (PHOTOS)

Refloated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia has embarked on its final voyage as it rolled out of the port of Giglio for the very last time. It is expected to arrive at the port of Genoa on Sunday, at which it will began a 2-year dismantling and scrapping operation.