Snapchat bonanza, missing sisters and a Polish chauvanist

Snapchat’s parent company has seen its share value go sky-high Thursday in what some are calling the richest IPO since Facebook. But others, like an investor committee advising the US Securities and Exchange Commission, does not like Snap’s decision to deny shareholders voting rights or the secrecy it is planning around executive pay. Hmm.


Two Alberta sisters who hadn’t been seen by family members since the mid-1980s have been located alive and apparently well in the US. Anna and Kym Hakze, who were last seen in Edmonton, were reported missing in 2003, after their mother hadn’t heard from her daughters for more than a decade. At the time, Anna was 43 and Kym was 29. They are now 67 and 53. One of the two had been estranged from her parents but the sisters were close to each other. They decided to take off together. Lethbridge police put out a call for help from the public to locate the women, hoping the use of social media would turn up new leads. The investigation, which spanned almost two decades, hit a break in February when police in the United States made contact with Kym Hakze. The details of their whereabouts are being withheld so their lives are not disrupted, police said.


And the EU parliament has a heard a rant from Polish politician Janusz Korwin-Mikke which we repeat here for the benefit of people who think that the rest of the world is like Toronto. Even unreconstructed European chauvinists were aghast as Korwin-Mikke pronounced that “women must earn less because they are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent. They must earn less. That is all.”