Know

Archive for May, 2010|Monthly archive page

Green Agenda

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel on May 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Dennis Desrosiers – May 31, 2010

To Our Success

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on May 31, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Success – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 31, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

How do you measure success? Success can be measured in different ways by different people. To me, success is not just a big fat paycheck, it’s having a life of fulfillment and joy.

You can make all the money in the world, but still, lead a life of misery. Without fulfillment, there is no success, going about life just to make a paycheck or get rich quick does not ensure your happiness. Experiencing a life full of passion, where we feel like we are making a positive impact on society and getting back the positive feelings we give out, will make anyone feel wealthy.

Instead of following a particular path in life that rewards us financially, but cannot reward us emotionally, we must follow our heart and mind by asking ourselves, What are the things I am passionate about? What makes me feel good inside? What do I want to gain out of life? How do I want to be remembered when I’m no longer around? Asking ourselves these questions can provide some insight into who we are and what will make us successful in life.

Following our hearts path is the first step to living a successful life. When you realize the complexities in which success can be measured, you will have a deeper understanding of why some of the very wealthy, are not as successful as they seem.

The TTC Conundrum

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 30, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 30, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

I, like many, spend most of my time getting around Toronto by way of public transit. Sure, it gets me to where I want to go, but at what cost. It seems a though a day doesn’t go by without there being some sort of delay on the subway. If it’s not a delay it’s the poor customer service or long wait times. I can’t believe I pay for such a service.

As I headed out this morning, I managed to make it half way to my destination before we were all evacuated from the train and told shuttle buses would be arriving. Yes, good old shuttle buses, you wait a few hours for one but are unable to get on due to overcrowding and by the time you do get on, either half your day has passed or the subway is back in service.

The buck doesn’t stop there, I often find myself waiting for the bus for over half an hour, even when it’s not rush hour. Not fun when your traveling long distances, by the time I reach my destination I feel jet-lagged and I wasn’t even on a plane. You would think that all these problems would leave TTC employees sympathetic and courteous to customers, but no, the TTC motto must be ‘the customer is always wrong.’

In order for the TTC to substantiate their constant fare hikes, service needs to be improved greatly and some employees need to have better training in customer service. When these aspects change, maybe the TTC will be the better way.

The Dentist’s Chair

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 29, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About a Visit to the Dentist – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 29, 2010


By Chris Temelkos

How many people enjoy going to the dentist? I for one hate it, but the dreaded day had come. I dragged myself out of bed, wishing I could cancel my appointment and sleep in. I figured I should suck it up and get it over with, so I headed to the kitchen for a quick breakfast and went back up to my room to get dressed. Not too long after, I was on my way.

After the excruciating long ride; I just had to pick a dentist across town, I arrived at the dentist’s office and sat in the tiny waiting room until my name was called. The five minutes I spent waiting, felt more like five hours with my nerves. Finally, I was called in. As I sat in the infamous chair, I was greeted by my dentist, a friendly but scrawny man with a balding head and a cheesy sense of humor.

As he began poking and prodding my mouth with his numerous dental utensils, I couldn’t help but think to myself, When will this be over? I absolutely can’t stand the despicable taste left in my mouth after it’s been worked on with pastes, washes, etc. It was finally over and boy was I happy. I rushed out the door and headed back home, I was free from the dentist’s chair at last.

Hayden-Harnett Back in the Black

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 28, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Hayden-Harnett - May 28, 2010

Be an Angel to Animals

In Beauty, Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on May 27, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About His Love for Animals – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 27, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Animals bring us, unconditional love, they comfort us when we are sick, and they cheer us up when we are down. However, it is too often that animals are dumped in shelters or abandoned on the streets to fend for themselves. We must do our part to help animals in need.

Throughout my life, I have taken in stray dogs and cats, nursed injured birds back to health and cared for animals that were neglected by their owners. The love I get back from these animals means more to me then money could ever buy. As human beings, we cannot sit back and do nothing, as countless animals suffer, we should make it our mission to bring joy into an animals life as they bring to ours.

Putting yourself in the position of a helpless animal will help you understand what they are going through. By donating to a local rescue or shelter you are helping care for these homeless animals, if you don’t have much money then do your part by volunteering, even if it means helping animals in need within your neighborhood.

One person can make a difference, but together we can end the suffering of animals and bring hope into both our lives and theirs.

Through the Eyes of an Artist

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 26, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Being an Artist – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 26, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Drawing has always been a passion for me, it releases my creative energy and puts me in a calm and focused state. Being a very visual person, I appreciate the beautiful art brings to this world and I am happy to be a part of it.

Art is a strong point for me; I have always excelled in it and enjoyed it. I had pursued cartooning classes as a child and looked forward to visual arts classes throughout my school career. To this day, I continue to doodle here and there, although I would love to make drawing a bigger part of my life again.

For those of you who love producing visual art in whatever form, be it painting or sketching, it is important to make time for it, even if it’s only once a week. If you feel as though you want to improve your artistic abilities or be more involved in the artistic community, take art classes or join an art group. You may not be the next Picasso, but if your passion for art is strong enough, you could be headed for success.

Instead of rambling on about what you should do, I plan on following my own advice and bringing art back into my life. Who knows, maybe it’s the hidden key to a new path for success and fulfillment.

My Spidey Senses are Tingling

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 25, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Spider-Man – Photo Courtesy of Marvel.com

Chris Temelkos - May 25, 2010 - Marvel.com

By Chris Temelkos

Superheroes have always been a part of our childhood and often remain popular with us as we grow old. From the gorgeous Amazonian Wonder Woman to the world-renowned Superman, superheroes inspire us while broadening our imagination.

Looking back at my childhood, I can remember idolizing my favorite superheroes. One of my favorites happens to be Spider-Man, the web-slinging, wall climbing superhero who first appeared in 1962. Peter Parker, the man behind Spider-Man, was easy to relate to, he was a very shy child who was often bullied at school, although he was very intelligent. Many of us have been through a time when we didn’t quite fit in and Spider-Man showed us that anything was possible through his transition from geek to superhero.

Now that I am an adult, I find it quite ironic that my childhood idol Peter Parker (Spider-Man) happens to be a freelance photographer for a newspaper called the Daily Bugle, while I happen to be involved in print and journalism as well. Spidey must have had some influence on my career decisions.

Whether you’re an avid comic book reader or not, superheroes have become a staple in our culture. They can be found everywhere, from toys to movies, cartoons and more. They will continue to inspire and intrigue one generation to the next and perhaps, even adults who are kids at heart.

Source:

Marvel.com

UrbanEdge Yoga

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on May 24, 2010 at 7:32 AM

UrbanEdge Yoga - May 24, 2010

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, May 9th we have the great honor of welcoming a traveling Monk BB Bhagvat Swami for an exciting Krishna Fest presentation on ‘Overcoming Loneliness’ within our hearts. Check details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/938/alone-with-mr-lonely-krishna-fest-special-speaker-bhakti-bb-swami/

Soon after, June 1st we invite you to join us for a special presentation and discussion on ‘Mystic Powers – exploring the unknown’ with a traveling Monk for over 40 years Devamrita Swami. He joins us from New Zealand for our 4th annual Yoga Lifestyle Festival – InSpirit. He is also a Yale graduate, the founder of Institute of sustainability, an adviser on Spiritual Economics to the Russian chamber of commerce and the author of several books. Check event details and RSVP at Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/881/.

Also, check out other InSpirit special events in June:

· 2nd: Karma Index. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/891/

· 3rd: Yoga of food. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/890/

· 5th: Kirtan Konnection. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/921/

· 8th: Mantra Meditation. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/892/

· 11th: Yoga psychology. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/922/

· 12th: Deep green yoga. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/893/

Events for the week of May 3rd:

* Tue 4th, Yoga basics: Join us for an evening of yoga asana practice and mantra meditation. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/1233/yoga-basics-and-meditation-5/

* Wed 5th, Building lasting relationships: The true measure of success and happiness is the quality of our relationships. A heartfelt chat with a friend can actually light up our day. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/1242/building-lasting-relationships/

* Thu 6th, Vegan Cooking Classes – Asian Vegan Cuisine: There is an art to cooking these delights. Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/1240/vegan-cooking-classes-%E2%80%93-asian-cuisines/

* Fri 7th, UFO and phenomenon – From Alien abductions to alien invasions, these accounts have been the source of both awe and anxiety. How recent is the UFO phenomenon? Details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/1236/ufo-and-phenomenon-2/

Delicious vegan dinner will be awaiting you at all of our events!

*** Quote of the week: One must deliver himself with the help of his mind, and not degrade himself. The mind is the friend of the conditioned soul, and his enemy as well. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami).

Regards,

Mangal-arti

Ringo and the Vatican: Can’t Buy Me Love

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 24, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Nadia Persuad Writes about Ringo Star – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Ringo to Vatican: Can’t buy me, love
Nadia Persaud

It took 44 years but the Vatican now wants to hold the Beatles’ hand.

In an unexpected move the L’Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper praised the fab four in a weekend tribute to the Beatles fortieth anniversary.

“It’s true they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives. But listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless,” the paper said.

It then went on to say the Beatles’ had a profound impact on music and still incites emotions when listened to today.

But former member and drummer Ringo Starr told CNN “Didn’t the Vatican say we were satanic or possibly satanic, and they’ve still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they’ve got more to talk about than the Beatles.”

The paper’s praise comes on the heels of worldwide sexual abuse allegations by Catholic priests and Pope Benedict XVI’s role. Some say the Beatles praise is skirting around the bigger issue.

In March 1966 the now deceased John Lennon told the London Evening Standard, “We’re more popular than Jesus now. I don’t know which will go first- rock’n’roll or Christianity.”

Many American fans denounced the Beatles for this remark and burned their record, radio stations refused to play their albums.

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/music/article/794347–vatican-pays-tribute-to-dissolute-beatles

Surfing for Love

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 23, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Internet Dating – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 23, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Traditional dating is dying out with the ever growing popularity of Internet dating. Internet dating allows you to meet that special someone from the comfort and safety of your own home. Sites like eHarmony specialize in finding you the perfect mate through in-depth computability tests. Other sites like Ashley Madison gravitate towards those already in a relationship looking to have an affair.

Be wary, however, Internet dating can be deceiving, we often don’t know who is behind the computer screen, so it is important to stay safe and aware. Suggest a webcam chat, to ensure who you are speaking with is really who they say they are, often times pictures can be fake. Also, don’t give out personal information too soon and never send money, the internet is full of scam artists waiting for someone naive enough to fall prey to their scheme. Finally, when deciding to meet a potential mate, always choose a central location like a coffee shop and never get picked up or dropped off by a stranger, find your own mode of transportation. Following these simple rules will let you have a safe internet dating life.

Internet dating is not for everyone. I am still unsure of it myself but would be willing to give it a try, with the changes and advancements in technology we should be willing to try new things and who knows, maybe we could meet ‘the one.’

Surf and Shop

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 22, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Internet Shopping – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 22, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

I must admit that, aside from its flaws, I love technology. Online shopping has to be one of my favorite technological advancements, it makes the tedious task of shopping convenient and cheaper. Whatever it may be that you’re looking for, you can surely find it on the net. From electronics to groceries, sites like and Amazon has it all.

On my quest to find a new game for my Nintendo Wii, my first stop was eBay. While searching through the vast catalogue of items, I came across brand new, sealed video games for under $10, a savings of about $50. The great thing about eBay is that you have access to products around the world, some very unique others very popular, many at an amazing price that you would never come across in a traditional store.

What I love most about shopping on the World Wide Web is the convenience and efficiency. I can sit at my desk, on the couch or even in bed while having a snack in my Pajamas and purchase the products I want, without spending a dime on gas and without the hassle of pushy salespeople.

The one piece of advice I can give to potential Internet shoppers is, play it safe, look out for anything that seems fishy and always use secure transaction features like PayPal and you will be on your way to an Internet shopping spree. Happy Shopping!

Long weekend safety advisory

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 21, 2010 at 3:08 PM

TPS Warns of Long Holiday Weekend Safety – Photo Courtesy of TPS

Toronto Police Services - May 21, 2010

Traditionally, the May long weekend is considered to be the kick-off for the summer driving and tourism season. This weekend also falls within Canada Road Safety Week, which focuses attention on all police services across the country on impaired driving, occupant restraint, and aggressive driving.

The focus for the Toronto Police Service is for visitors and residents who enjoy all Toronto has to offer. The safety of all our road-users remains a priority, not only during this time but all year long.

All weekend Toronto Police Service will be operating RIDE Spot Checks, seat belt- and aggressive-driving enforcement.

In 2010, Traffic Services has investigated 18 fatal and 27 life-threatening collisions.

The factors in death or injury are:

– two occupant restraint,
– 10 speed
– eight alcohol

Toronto has some of the safest roads in the province. That has been achieved through dedicated enforcement, education and road-user compliance with safety.

There is much room though for improvement and, with your help, we can reduce collisions, injury, and death on the roads of Toronto.

Constable Tony Vella, Public Information, for Sergeant Tim Burrows, Traffic Services

The Bounty Hunter: Movie Review

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About The Bounty Hunter – Photo Courtesy of The Bounty Hunter.com

Chris Temelkos - May 21, 2010 - Photo Bounty Hunter

By Chris Temelkos

“The Bounty Hunter” starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, is a romantic comedy about a Bounty Hunter who’s next target happens to be his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. The plot takes the two on an action-packed adventure, filled with comedy and plenty of romance.

The chemistry between Aniston and Butler is incredible, the film truly illustrates a love-hate relationship where love conquers all, this is a perfect film for a first date. However, I do recommend waiting for the film to be released and renting it from your local movie shop rather than seeing it in theaters. Although the film was relatively good, it was nothing to write home about or spend $12 to see. “The Bounty Hunter” is a typical rom-com with a less than mediocre beginning, but still somewhat enjoyable, especially to fans of Aniston and Butler.

The plot is very predictable, I knew what was going to happen before it even took place. So if your looking for a complex plot or loads of suspense, this film is definitely not for you. However, if you want to bring a date over to your place or you’re just looking for something to do on a rainy day, pick up a copy of “The Bounty Hunter,” it should keep you entertained, at least for a while.

Vanity Fair: Review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on May 20, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Vanity Fair – Photo Courtesy of VanityFair.com

Chris Temelkos - May 20, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

As an avid magazine reader, I was impressed with what Vanity Fair had to offer. Topics ranging from the beautiful Grace Kelly cover story to the pages revealing a handful of Tiger Woods’ mistresses. Vanity Fair has a stunning layout and breathtaking photography to capture the eyes of the reader.

Whether you are interested in the economy or the latest fashion trends, Vanity Fair has something for you. What piqued my interest most is the plethora of articles and photography about the glamour days of old Hollywood. I am a big fan of Grace Kelly and thought the piece was well written and gave me a deeper insight into her life. The revealing photos and stories about Tiger Woods’ mistresses kept me intrigued and curious, it also gave me perspective into Tiger’s character.

Although the magazine can be a bit pricey, it’s well worth it. Whether you’re a man or a woman there is something for you to enjoy in Vanity Fair, with the vast variety of articles and photography, you will have trouble putting this magazine down. I know I did.

Next time you’re at a newsstand, pick up a copy of Vanity Fair, it’s sure to please the most selective of tastes.

Are You Spiritual?

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on May 19, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Spirituality – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 19, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

I feel that we all need some spirituality in our lives whether we follow a particular faith or not. Being connected to the spiritual world can allow us a deeper insight into the coexistence between us and the unknown universe.

Whether you meditate or pray, you are allowing yourself to clear your mind and connect with a greater force that can lead you down the right path in hard times. In whatever way you chose to connect to the spiritual world, you’re allowing yourself to focus on your thoughts and prayers while putting aside societies materialistic ideals. To me, being spiritual allows you to look within and discover who you are and what your relationship is to God or whatever you choose to believe in, instead of understanding who you are to everyone else.

Our spirituality can also bring out our modesty, removing the greed from within us and giving us a deeper appreciation for what the universe has given to us, making us more proactive in protecting the environment and everything living in it. Even if you choose not to believe in a greater being, by connecting on a spiritual level to the world and universe around you, you just might find inner peace and the answers you have been looking for.

Warm Up to Colour This Summer

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Sico Paint Adds More Colour to Your Summer – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Sico Serene Blue Attic

Revive your rooms with mood-lifting shades of wall paint

Longueuil, Quebec – May 18, 2010 – Have the urge to paint the town red? Try starting with your home. You’ll be amazed at how good it will make you feel.

That’s the advice of leading paint brand Sico Paints in unveiling its top mood-lifting colours. Colourful, uplifting hues such as deep reds and purples, calming blues and greens, and vivid yellows, oranges, and pinks highlight this season’s palette, said Stéphanie Pelland, Marketing Communication Manager for the Sico brand and member of the international colour forecaster Color Marketing Group.

“Whatever colour family you prefer, try a new colourful paint on your walls this summer and you’ll be amazed at how it will help lift your spirits,” Pelland said. Even simply using more energetic colours as a complement to neutral tones that already exist in the space will help spring the room to life, she emphasized.

“Warmer weather brings a sense of renewal and reawakening; it’s a time when we tend to clean out our rooms, plant gardens and buy new clothes to make ourselves feel better,” said Pelland. “Yet studies show that moods can instantly be boosted simply by changing the colour of even one wall in a room,” she explained, adding that paint – even when using the highest quality paint – is the most economical way to revive one’s environment.

Sico’s top picks for the summer include mood lifting colours such as: Serene Blue (6007-31) pale blue, On the Horizon (6159-41) turquoise blue, Pure Passion (6050-75) dark red, Ningxia Pink (6052-52) coral pink, Goa Sands (6090-64) sunny orange, Virgin Olive Oil (6102-44) vibrant yellow-green, Trance (6026-83) dark purple, Spring Fern (6140-42) yellow-tinted green and Saratoga Sky (6132-31) mint green.

“The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter what uplifting colour you choose, as long as you love it,” Pelland explained. “Then pick a room, any room – whether it’s a regularly-used space like a kitchen or family room or a lesser-used area like an attic, laundry room or powder room – and paint one wall, two walls or all four.”

“With the right colour choice, you’ll find that your room isn’t the only thing that will change – so will your outlook,” she said.

Pelland offers this advice on choosing the right paint colour for your space:

Express yourself: Trends come and go, so it’s important to choose colours that match your taste. Before looking at paint colour chips, leaf through magazines and gather ideas from the web. Then, study the pictures you have collected and you will find that certain elements repeat. For instance, the kitchens may always have white cabinets or the bedrooms may feature blue tones. This exercise will give you a good framework for your project and ensure that your room reflects your personality.

Keep it simple: Once you have a general idea of your colour family preference, pick from items that are in the room you’re painting, such as fabrics, furnishings, carpeting, tiles or countertops to inspire a more specific colour scheme. Too many colours in a room can make it appear busy or cluttered. A good rule of thumb is to limit your choices to three or four colours – one for the ceiling, another for the walls and perhaps a third or fourth as an accent colour on one wall or in accessories.

Test your choice: To ensure you’ve chosen the best colours for your room, test your selection by using web tools – such as Sico’s Virtual Decorator – that are available online. Sico’s Virtual Decorator, for example, makes the colour selection process easier by walking users step-by-step through the decorating process and allowing users to try different wall colours on-screen. Then, get colour chips of your choices in store and place them on the wall for a day or two. Check the chips at various times throughout the day, keeping in mind that colours change depending on the amount and type of lighting in a room.

For more information about choosing paint colours or to try Sico’s unique Virtual Decorator web tool, visit www.sico.ca.

The Power of Change

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on May 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the Power of Change – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 18,2010

By Chris Temelkos

Change can happen in an instant, it can be physical, mental or both. Change is a powerful force that can give us the life we desire. There comes a point in our life where everything seems to be going wrong and we aren’t getting what we want or feel we deserve, by using the power of change we can turn our lives around and begin a new journey.

We create our own lives through the way we think, act and feel, by replacing our negative energy with positive energy we can change our way of being. Showing ourselves and others love and kindness can change the way we experience life, being able to feel a true sense of passion will change our negative attitudes and actions.

It doesn’t stop at having a positive outlook on life, we must be determined and eager to learn about ourselves, self-discovery can make our direction in life clearer and attainable. By knowing about ourselves and what we want, we can conquer the inner and outer conflict in our lives that is stopping us from doing so. Removing conflict will make change much easier for us.

I will leave you with a powerful quote, that will hopefully inspire change in your life. “It is far more powerful to live your truth than to preach it…if you fall off target..make a change now..walk your talk! – Tony Robbins

A Helping Hand

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 17, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Volunteerism – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 17, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Throughout my life, I have volunteered for many causes and gained an appreciation for the simpler things this world has to offer. Volunteering gives us a strong sense of community, as we come together to support a cause close to our hearts and perhaps better humanity in the process.

When volunteering, we are donating our time and effort to help out the less fortunate. However, we benefit from volunteerism as well, by meeting new people and gaining valuable skills. In my time volunteering, I have made many friends who have opened up worlds of opportunity for me and have been loyal along the way. I have also gained an appreciation for the importance of teamwork, it is crucial to work well in a team environment in order to accomplish a greater goal.

Volunteering has brought me a great deal of confidence and self-esteem. By accomplishing a task successfully and helping the greater good along the way, I feel a sense of pride and warmth in my heart. Something you are not always able to get a monetary compensation.

Consider volunteering in your community, you will make a difference in your life and someone else’s and hopefully spread the spirit of volunteering to others. Together we can make the world a better place.

Strawberry Fields

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Restaurant Reviews, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 16, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Strawberry Picking – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 16, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

One of my favorite fruits is the Strawberry, it’s lush red colour and sweet juices tantalize my taste buds. Every year I anticipate Strawberry picking season, it has been a tradition in my family ever since I was a young child. I can vividly remember sitting in the Strawberry fields, plucking Strawberries and popping them into my mouth until my face was stained with the red juices of the Strawberry.

My family continues this tradition to this day. We all head out to the countryside with baskets in tow to collect the delicious fruits, I still find myself popping a Strawberry in my mouth and enjoying the fruits of my labour. As the hot sun beats down on my back, only the best Strawberries enter my basket.

By the end of the day, my basket is overflowing with large, glistening Strawberries that emit a wonderful smell as we travel back home. When we arrive I can only think of the endless possibilities we can make with these wonderful little fruits, Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberries with Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry Smoothies and so much more. When the Strawberries have gone, I begin to await their arrival and reminisce about my lifelong love for Strawberries.

Geocaching

In Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 15, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Geocaching – Photo Courtesy of Geocaching.com

Chris Temelkos - May 15, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Are you a modern day adventurer? If you’re looking for a hobby that brings out the thrill seeker in you, try out Geocaching (Geo-Cashing). This modern-day treasure hunt unites the old world with the new.

The premise of Geocaching is to use your GPS device to discover hidden containers called geocaches which contain items and a log book to record your adventure. The etiquette among the Geocaching community is if you take an item, you should leave an item of equal or greater value for the next geocacher to find.

Geocaching combines a love of nature and a love of technology. After exploring the great outdoors for geocaches, you can come back to an online community and share your adventure with geocachers around the world. The best part of Geocaching is the sense of community and bonding, you can bring your family along for the adventure, your friends, and even your dog.

The next time your sitting at home watching reruns on television, bored out of your skull, give Geocaching a shot, it will keep you active by getting you out and about, keep your adrenaline going and who knows you might just make some friends along the way.

Source:

http://www.geocaching.com

Mario Goes Galactic Again

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 14, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Mario Brothers – Photo Courtesy of Nintendo.com

Chris Temelkos - May 14, 2010 - Nintendo

By Chris Temelkos

For all you fans of Nintendo’s Mario franchise, you’ll be excited to hear that the popular Italian plumber is back for his second intergalactic adventure with Super Mario Galaxy 2. This is not just a slight revamp of the original Super Mario Galaxy, but rather an innovation to the former, that promises loads of excitement and stellar graphics.

This time around Mario gets to join his dinosaur pal, Yoshi for a variety of new challenges and adventures. Yoshi lends a helping hand with some cool new features, by eating a dash pepper, Yoshi is propelled at high speeds and when he gets a hold of a balloon power-up, Yoshi inflates, taking him and Mario to new heights. The fun doesn’t stop there, Mario has an all-new cloud power suit that allows him to do wonders with clouds.

Bring a friend along and enjoy the improved co-op mode, where your pal can play as a Luma and collect star bits and coins while helping you ward off enemies. If that’s not enough, Super Mario Galaxy 2 offers you hints and guides if you’re having trouble or you’re stuck on a level.

I will definitely be picking this game up when it’s released on May 23, 2010. The graphics look amazing and the gameplay seems intriguing. Hopefully, it will live up to its hype.

Source:

IGN.com

Toronto Zoo on Strike?

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on May 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Chris Temelkos Writes About The Toronto Zoo – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

Chris Temelkos - May 13, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Who can forget those childhood memories of trips to the Toronto Zoo, but will children be deprived of this experience over the coming summer months? Toronto Zoo employees have rejected a tentative deal backed by their union, but no worries, they don’t plan on walking off the job just yet.

Three hundred of the Toronto Zoo’s employees including, full-time and seasonal keepers, custodians, landscapers and other employees voted 70% against managements offer. Grant Ankenman, president of Local 1600 says that even though employees are legally able to go on strike, there is no intention of doing so, as it would leave Torontonians and tourists with no or very limited access to the zoo.

The Toronto Zoo’s employees most recent contract expired on March 31 and they voted 97% in favour of a strike, employees were offered raises of 2% a year over the next 3 years according to Shanna Young, a spokeswoman for the Toronto Zoo. This potential strike could be another blow to Toronto’s already struggling economy, especially with a hit to tourism. Let us all hope that Toronto Zoo employees are able to come to an agreement when they meet again Today, May 13, for the sake of the economy and the children.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Fluffy and Fido Take Flight

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on May 13, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Cats in Flight – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 13, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

If you’re considering bringing along your pet with you on vacation, there are precautions you should take to ensure a safe and comfortable trip for fluffy and fido. Flying with your pet can be very stressful for some animals, between new sights, smells and noises some pets can become disoriented, anxious or fearful.

To reduce the stress you and your pet may be feeling, make sure your pet is in good health by taking him or her to a vet, for a checkup and any outstanding vaccinations. It is important to know the rules and regulations regarding pets, of the particular airline you and your pet will be flying with. Knowing whether your pet has to fly in cargo or in the cabin can make a world of difference when preparing for your flight, it will also let you know what carriers are allowed, so you can avoid any hassle.

Make sure your pets carrier is comfortable, by placing a blanket in it and make sure you provide your pet with enough water for the entire flight. Putting a favorite toy with your pet can help ease the anxiety your dog or cat may be going through. Also, don’t forget to label your pets carrier with important information, such as your pets name, address, phone number, etc. should your pet get lost. By following these steps you and your pet will be on your way to a relaxing vacation.

Source:

About.com

Survival of the Dead Releasing May 28

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 13, 2010 at 12:57 AM

Writer of the Story Jamie Ferenczi is a Court Room Illustrator and Actor – Photo Courtesy of Jamie Ferenczi

Jamie Ferenczi - May 27, 2010 - 1Jamie Ferenczi - May 27, 2010 - 1AJamie Ferenczi - May 27, 2010 - 2Jamie Ferenczi - May 27, 2010 - 3Jamie Ferenczi – May 27, 2010

 

By Jenny Jamie Ferenczi

This could be very scary…in a colour that no one has shone towards a beacon of light, a signature of a true artist, American Film Maker of the horror genre, George Romero. Indeed, Romero is most famed for his “Dead” film feature theatricals.

Presently Romero now lives in downtown, Toronto, in a high-rise apartment surrounded by a wrap-around balcony view facing east, adorning a skyline that feels much like being in the hills of LA in Toronto, from the 12th-floor penthouse.

Romero finds himself participating in a prestigious panel at ACTRA Toronto Conference 2010 located at, 55 College Street, in the exquisite Ryerson auditorium, in a full house of charged-with-enthusiasm actors. At a ground-level stage, four pedestal directors chairs, George Romero seated at the far left sitting on the panel of Canada’s esteemed directors: Atom Egoyan of “Arat” fame; Patricia Rozema most resent “Grey Gardens” teleplay fame; and moderator Ennis Esmer, ACTRA awards nominee of CTV network “Listener” fame. The thought filled conference actors seminar is titled, “You Got the Part, Do you want to know why?”

In fact, one-on-one, subdued Romero expressed, generally he is not part of the final casting selection process. In simpler terms, the tickets to film acting jobs are pretty straightforward: good communication, a good relationship with casting directors and your agent; who know your actor assets.

George Romero in a Panel – Photo Courtesy of Jamie Ferenczi

As an illustration, Romero, 6’4′ stature age 70, is like being in the presence of a giant-gentle willow tree, with long thin delicate branches swaying in the rattle of a wind similar to his delicate long fingers and always moving hands. His wrist is sporting a mammoth 3″ diametre circle watch white face with titanic bold black Helvetica type.

Even in the face of all his years of million dollar filmmaking “Dead” story successes, Romero, motions with both hands, brushing away any self-important emulations, quickly, like crumbs on a chefs table with an efficient-innovative Swiffer duster. Clearly, modest Romero wants to keep a clean slate not allowing for any brazen overweening talk about his achievements.

His demeanour, even with considerable filmmaking successes, has not tarnished his humble sweet boy like unruffled smiling playful composure. Especially evident when he admits to having a long time crush on icon Julie Andrews. Momentarily, you draw from Romero an image, where you could almost see, standing in an establishing shot of a horizon classic field of flowers and long grass, as in “Sound of Music”, where Romero, is a little boy reaching over with one outstretched hand towards a shy little girl, Julie Andrews, accepting one single daisy. This image is how one can picture the real Romero which is a far cry from the Dead film stories.

George Romero Sketched in a Panel - Photo Courtesy of Jamie Ferenczi

In fact, inspired by his working artist father, the springtime of life, Romero recalls he sketched mostly movie posters. Even though Romero went to school for Art, Painting, and Design at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he did not feel by comparison to peers at that time that he was qualified to be a professional and transferred to Drama where he feels into the craft of filmmaking.

Of course, Romero voices, without airs, says mostly his gift or best asset is in storytelling and that is in fact how he relates evolving into making movies, next saying in the beginning, he did not know about filmmaking at all when first entering the Drama program.

Still after all these years, enlivened, suddenly sitting up with erect eagerness, like an aristocratic grayhound, but an Afgan hound face, receiving his favorite treat, Romero talks about his pet part of filmmaking, his darling, film editing. After all, film editing is story telling and storytelling is what, even from day one, Romero thought was his creative strength.

Eventually, after producing a few corporate films, in 1968, Romero made his mark with a first frightful feature, the template classical, “Night of the Living Dead”. Still, a labor of love, creativity, Romero prepares work on a painting, with a starting point of a masterful skilled 2B pencil line sketch on a fresh primer 14″ x 18″ canvas a drawing of, William Shakespeare, in between a promotional tour for, “Survival of the Dead”. Eventually “Survival of the Dead” will be premiering in a theatre near you, this summer 2010.

Subsequently, when Romero wants to relax, it is no surprise that his favorite game is solitaire just like film editing and painting oil and canvas portraits. He hangs out with Hamilton his red cat like the famous Morris and a green budgie. The budgie was to be sociable who was supposed to talk, do tricks and sit on your shoulder. Romero always needs to have this combination Hamilton and Green Eggs because of “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss, a children’s story about change and persistence.

Jamie Ferenczi’s Illustration of ACTRA panel – Photo Courtesy of Jamie Ferenczi

In brief, “Red Shoes” by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger was a favorite movie when Romero was a boy. “The Red Shoes” a British feature film about ballet and intertwined triangles-love story. Today it is, “Quiet Man”, released September 14. 1952 by Director John Ford starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, and Barry Fitzgerald. “Quiet Man” a story of a disgraced American boxer retires to Ireland, where he finds love. What is touching, despite “Quiet Man” being one of Romero’s, top pick movies, he says, in the first 14 notes of the films intro sequence can bring him to tears, and that is guaranteed, “always”, he says.

Naturally next, something Romero has never done before and finds the idea stimulating, the idea, of making a horror theatre “Dead” story.

And finally, the last thought, a reminder from Romero, in a fun, caring a good way, heads, “always stay scared, every day!”

For more information about Romero’s new Survival Dead Movie, please visit http://www.movieweb.com/movie/george-a-romeros-survival-of-the-dead.

Plastic Makes Perfect

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 12, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Plastic Surgery – Photo Courtesy of People Magazine

Chris Temelkos - May 12, 2010 - People Magazine

By Chris Temelkos

Plastic surgery is becoming more popular among young and old alike. We are now able to fix our imperfections to our liking and become real-life Barbie’s and Ken’s. With a variety of magazines and television shows dedicated to cosmetic surgery and society’s love of celebrity, humanity is much more accepting of plastic surgery and some are even addicted to it.

I feel that making the big decision to have elective surgery is up to you, if you are willing to take the risks involved for the sake of good looks, then so be it. In regards, to how much is too much? Well, that again is up to you. Heidi Montag of Hills fame had ten cosmetic procedure done in one day including a mini brow lift, Botox in forehead and frown area, nose job revision, fat injections in cheeks, nasolabial folds and lips, chin reduction, neck liposuction, ears pinned back, breast augmentation revision, liposuction on waist, hips and inner and outer thighs and finally buttock augmentation. She is still recovering from the surgery.

In my opinion, the need for cosmetic surgery has a deeper cause, low confidence, and self-esteem. When you’re in such a state of mind, you may feel that changing yourself physically will boost your confidence and self-esteem, but often times it does not. To look good on the outside, you must feel good on the inside.

Source:

People Magazine

The Hills: A Review of the Season 6 Premier

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 11, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About \”The Hills\” – Photo Courtesy of MTV.com

Chris Temelkos - May 11, 2010 - MTV.com

By Chris Temelkos

The much anticipated season 6 premiere of the popular reality show, “The Hills” took place last night. (April 27, 2010) I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the series and I was eager to watch the premiere, of what will be the final season for the show.

Season 6 went off without a hitch, after hearing first hand about Stephanie Pratt’s DUI and Heidi’s new look, all the juicy drama we know and love began with Heidi visiting her mother to reveal herself for the first time after having 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day, her mother was not thrilled and Heidi was not getting the compliments she expected, which made her break down into tears.

The drama didn’t stop there, after a few hard nights of partying and drinking in Miami during Super Bowl Weekend, claws came out when Kristen was confronted by Lo, Stephanie, and Audrina about their suspicion that she was using drugs.

This season looks to be a promising one, with Heidi and Spencer’s marriage on the rocks and a possible return by Lauren Conrad, season 6 will be filled with cattiness, emotion, and drama. You can watch “The Hills” on MTV every Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Gordon Brown to Step Down

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on May 10, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the Resignation of the British Prime Minister – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 10, 2010 - 1

By Chris Temelkos

The U.K. is in a sticky mess after a hung parliament was the result of last Thursday’s election. If that wasn’t enough, today, PM. Gordon Brown announced that he would be stepping down by September, in a bid to achieve a coalition between the Liberal Democrats and Labour. The Conservatives won the most seats, but not enough for a majority.

Earlier reports say that the Liberal Democrats wanted Gordon Brown to resign if they were to form a coalition with Labour and it seems as though Brown has taken the hint. The parties have now been in talks for four days. Cameron, leader of the Conservatives and Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats have discussed a deal but Liberal Democrat MPs are raising concerns.

This uncertainty comes at a time when Europe is in an economic crisis. It could have a negative effect on the markets, with the fear that the coalition will not prioritize fixing the deficit and would slow down the process of forming a new government.

Whatever the outcome, lets hope that the issue is resolved for the sake of Europe’s economy and the stability of the U.K. If the Liberal Democrats do join forces, they will still not have a majority.

Sources:

National Post

Toronto Star

BBC

CTV

Another Blow to the TTC’s Image

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 10, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Sarah DeMille Writes about the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah DeMille - May 10, 2010

Online Story 10
Sarah DeMille

Another blow to the TTC’s image on Wednesday as a bus driver has been arrested for assaulting a passenger.

Police say an 18-year old man was pushed into a window during a fare dispute on a Lawrence Avenue west bus at around 10:45 on Wednesday morning.

The confrontation began when the teen failed to show his student card with his fare.

The victim, Ricardo Jardim, told CTV News that the driver challenged Jardim to hit him and then smashed his head into the bus window.

The union declined to comment on the incident.

Jardim’s injuries are said to not be serious.

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/795101–ttc-bus-driver-charged-with-assaulting-teen-passenger

The Trouble with 3-D

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 10, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About 3-D – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 10, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

With the growing popularity of 3-D films like Avatar, 3-D TVs are now being sold across Canada in hopes of replacing the common 2-D viewing experience. Despite their amazing graphics and jaw-dropping effects, 3-D televisions can pose a health risk.

3-D works by using 3-D glasses, these glasses cause both the left and right eye to shutter 60 times per second which can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, eye and muscle twitching, cramps and nausea in some people. Experts are warning pregnant women, the elderly, those in bad physical condition or in need of sleep, or those who have been drinking to avoid 3-D due to the risks involved.

I have personally not seen a 3-D film as of yet and don’t plan on buying a 3-D television anytime soon. However, I feel that when our health is being jeopardized for entertainment purposes, we may be pushing technology too far and this is our bodies way of telling us enough is enough.

Whether you choose to buy into the 3-D fad, be aware of the potential risks and if you experience any of the side effects I mentioned, step back and reenter the world of 2-D.

Source:

The Globe and Mail

For the Love of Video Games

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 9, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Video Games – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 9, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Next time someone tells you to put down that video game controller and do something more productive, you can tell them that you already are. With innovations, like motion control, video games are becoming not only more exciting, but better for you.

The Nintendo Wii not only entertains people but keeps them fit as well. Titles like Wii Fit Plus keep the player engaged while keeping them active, making exercise fun and no longer a chore as well as improving coordination and rhythm. A Canadian study found that the Wii is more beneficial to stroke patients then games like Jenga, which illustrates how video games are an excellent medium for rehabilitation.

It doesn’t stop there, video games are a perfect way to improve focus, concentration, logic and problem solving skills, which help the brain stay active and help prevent illnesses like Dementia, which puts the old ‘video games are bad for you’ myth to rest and replaces it with ‘a video game a day keeps the doctor away.’

If you’re still a skeptic, try a variety of video games out yourself. With plenty of titles to chose from, you will soon find an engaging yet beneficial source to your well being. Well, I’m off to play some Wii Sports and improve my tennis swing while I’m at it, hopefully, you will do the same.

Source:

The Canadian Press

Bryzgalov, Miller, Brodeur and Georges Vezina

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on May 9, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Ryan Jhagroo Writes about Hockey – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Ryan Jhagroo - May 9 , 2010

By Ryan Jhagroo

Bryzgalov, Miller, Brodeur and Georges Vezina

The finalists for the Vezina trophy have been announced. The trio nominated goalies for the award is the Buffalo Sabres’ Ryan Miller, the Phoenix Coyotes’ Ilya Bryzgalov, and the New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur.

All nominees have a strong case. Miller finished with the NHL’s second-best goals-against-average at 2.22 and a save percentage of .929. Both numbers better those of Bryzgalov and Brodeur.

Bryzgalov’s numbers are almost equally impressive. His GAA was 2.29, sixth in the league and a save percentage of .920, ninth in the league. He also has eight shutouts, second in the league and greater than Miller’s total. What he has going for him that other candidates lack is his play came behind a supporting team that league insiders expected to finish comfortably out of the playoffs.

Brodeur, a four-time Vezina winner, led the league in wins with 45. His GAA 2.24 was third in the NHL, but he save percentage was not in the same range as Miller or Bryzgalov. He did, however, lead the league with nine shutouts.

The winner will be announced at the NHL awards ceremony scheduled for this summer.

Sources:

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/2594

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/686

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/2637

http://devils.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8455710&view=bio

Larry King’s Divorce

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 8, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Megan Harris Writes about Larry King\’s Divorce – Photo Courtesy of MyOpenLines.com

Megan Harris - May 8, 2010

Megan Harris
Online Piece 10
April 20, 2010

Larry King is about to be divorced- again. He filed for his eighth divorce last Wednesday, hours before his wife Shawn Southwick did the same.

King, 76, the host of CNN’s Larry King Live has been married to Southwick, 50, for almost 13 years. They got married in a hospital room in 1997, three days before King had surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel.

Rumour has it that King cheated on Southwick with her younger sister- and Southwick cheated on King with their sons’ baseball coach. However, the couple simply cited irreconcilable differences as a reason for their split.

King is seeking joint custody of the couple’s two sons, ages 11 and 9, while Southwick is looking to get physical custody. King also has three children from past relationships and has been married to seven different women, having once remarried a former spouse and then divorcing her again.

Sources:

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/795511–cnn-s-larry-king-files-for-8th-divorce

http://beautifulblue.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978174643&grpId=3659174697259616

Tech-less

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 8, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Living Without Technology – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 8, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live without technology? The world has become so reliant on technology that I believe most of us would go crazy without it. I feel that technology has allowed us to stay connected to the world around us and with the people in it, but let’s take a look at life without technology.

Technology hasn’t been around forever and people of the past got along fine without it, but can we withstand this test? Without any technological forms of communication, we would be forced to communicate with each other face to face, perhaps making our relationships to one another much stronger. On the downside, far away friends and family would be out of reach. However, we would lead much more active lifestyles by walking or biking rather than driving, after all, there would be no cars.

Spending more time with our families would become a bigger priority, without the distractions of video games and social networking sites. Although, the lack of television and internet would make it much more difficult to keep up to date with current events, leaving us out of the loop. A world without technology may appeal to some, but technology is here to stay whether we like it or not.

Brain Training

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 7, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Kimberlee Nancekivell Writes about Video Games – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kimberlee Nancekivell - May 7, 2010

Online Piece #10
BRAIN TRAINING
Kimberlee Nancekivell

You may think you’re better off playing Brain Age, but you may as well be playing Mario.

A new study published in Nature suggests that brain-training games are gaining popularity for all the wrong reasons. People are buying up the games under the premise they are improving their overall brain function when really the only thing improving is their score in the game.

The study was conducted online with about 11, 500 viewers of a BBC science program. Researchers did an initial assessment of participants’ cognitive abilities and then randomly assigned them to one of three groups.

One group was assigned to play games targeting reasoning, problem-solving and planning. The second group was assigned to play games similar to Brain Age, which target short-term memory, attention, math, and spatial skills. The final group did not play any games but were instead assigned to look up answers to general knowledge questions on the internet.

At the end of six weeks, none of the participants showcased any improvement in skills that could be transferred outside of the specific tasks they were given. The task-specific benefits were also consistent across the board, suggesting consumers could save some cash and just spend a little more time on Google.

The study is being criticized for its design, as some people say it did not require participants to devote nearly enough time to their assigned task.

Source:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703763904575196400381395576.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines

Party Like a Journalist

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Partying – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 7, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

The night had come, it was our final ‘get together’ of the year. Many of us would part our ways and begin a new chapter of our lives, it was our graduation party and we planned on making it count.

While getting ready for the big night, I excitedly anticipated our final stretch together. We’re all headed to The Old Spaghetti Factory to wine and dine before saying goodbye and good luck to each other. When I arrived, I greeted my fellow peers with excitement, we then headed to the dining room where we were seated by our hostess, we ordered our drinks and began to reminisce about the good and bad times we shared in the Broadcast Journalism program at Seneca College. Wonderful smells filled the room as our food arrived, we were all eager to eat.

As we indulged ourselves, we had a few good laughs and expressed our relief to be done. As the night came to an end, reality sunk in and we realized that this may be the last time we see each other, so we decided to take some group shots to remember this day. We said our goodbyes and headed out the door. It has been a great stretch, may our paths cross again.

AFROFEST 2010 – LINE-UP ANNOUNCED

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 6, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Afrofest Starts Soon – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Afrofest - May 6, 2010

AFROFEST is a FREE celebration of African music and culture presented by Music Africa and held annually at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto. This year the festival takes place on the weekend of Saturday, July 10th and Sunday, July 11th, the final weekend of Africa’s first World Cup of soccer. Discover Africa in the heart of Toronto!

Musical superstar Meiway will be one of the headline acts at the 22nd annual Afrofest. ‘The Genius of Bassam’ hails from Côte d’Ivoire, but the rules dance floors all across Africa. Now with 9 albums to his name over a recording career spanning 15 years, the award-winning creator of “zoblazo” music will bring his gripping rhythms to the Afrofest main stage.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo make their Canadian debut performance. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music. Their 2000 performance at Afrofest stands on one of the festival’s finest moments. When not on tour, Dizu is a lecturer on African music at the University of Cape Town. He will also be giving workshops at Afrofest’s Baobab Stage.

Chiwoniso is still in her early 30s, but ‘Zimbabwe’s Rebel Woman’ has already packed several lifetimes worth of honours and collaborations into her musical career. Fronting some of Southern Africa’s best musicians, she’ll perform the deeply uplifting songs that have made her one of the most exciting talents in contemporary African music.

Bayuda du Congo is one of the classic groups from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Live, they are a band that takes over a stage and soon has the entire audience dancing and shaking.

Muna Mingole was born in Paris. In her youth, she visited the Cameroonian village of her ancestors and, enchanted, stayed there for 8 years. On moving to Canada she couldn’t resist her musical calling and joined a band which soon became a sensation of Canadian World Beat music. They have performed at major festivals and, in 2002, for Queen Elizabeth during her Canadian jubilee tour.

These fantastic performers will be joined on the main stage by JP Buse (Congo), Masaisai (Zimbabwe), Waleed Kush (Sudan), and Soul Influence (an a cappella ensemble, its members are from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana, and Zambia). And that’s just for starters, many more acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Afrofest is a showcase of the richness and diversity of African culture. It is an event of song, dance, drumming, and theatre, featuring world-renowned African music acts as well as dozens of highly-rated African musical groups based in Canada. With a bustling African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, a Children’s Village, a drum stage, music workshops, and organized fun and educational activities for youth and children.

In addition to the performances on the main stage, there’ll be non-stop activity at the Baobab Stage, with music and dance workshops (including by main-stage performers), a Youth Zone with singers, dancers, hip-hop artists, poets, drummers and spoken-word performers. At the Olatunji Drum Stage, there’ll be performances, demonstrations, drum circles and workshops. For the younger ones, there’s a Children’s Village area, with activities designed to teach and inform about African culture through art and crafts, drumming, and storytelling. Afrofest is the African cultural event of the summer!!

The FIFA World Cup of Soccer is being held in South Africa in 2010, the first time it has been hosted by an African nation. The tournament’s climactic final is on Afrofest Sunday, and Queen’s Park will resound with energy and excitement of both events. Come to play!

Afrofest 2010 will be broadcast live on CIUT, 89.5 FM on both days of the festival.

On June 11th Music Africa presents a pre-Afrofest event the Opera House, 735 Queen Street East, featuring one of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s hottest acts. Quartier Latin Academia was founded in 1998 by Sam Tshintu and Bourro Npela. With opening act Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba. This concert is presented in association with OSEA, a non-profit organization which supports social entrepreneurs in Africa and also works to improve the healthcare system. For info and tickets see http://www.musicafrica.org/events.htm

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

For more information see www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

Baseball Bats

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on May 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Josh Ungar Writes about Baseball Bats – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - May 6, 2010

By Josh Ungar

They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, different colours and builds. Some have hollow tops and others are solid all the way through. But they all have one thing in common, they can easily shatter, leaving batters disappointed and out a decent amount of money.

Wooden baseball bats make for a surprisingly interesting controversy, although they are the best to use and the standard of the professional game – they can make for an expensive commodity. With every swing, you risk cracking or shattering the bat, which sells for an average of 40$ a piece.

Aluminum bats last much longer, have more “pop” and power to them and are much lighter than their wooden counterparts. At the same time, they simply don’t feel the same and take away from the original authenticity of the game.

In the major leagues, the debate has become something of a safety issue. Laboratory testing has shown that pitchers would not physically be able to respond to balls hit their way by professional players using aluminum bats. The ball would simply be moving too fast for human reflexes to avoid it.

The debate continues to rage, with baseball purists claiming aluminum bats have taken away from the game, while casual players have finally been given an easy to use, affordable option. After breaking my last wooden bat within eight swings of purchasing it, I’m starting to think about making the jump to the dark side – or light side.

Sources:

http://www.baseball-bats.net/baseball-bats/aluminum-baseball-bats/index.html

http://www.baseball-bats.net/baseball-bats/wood-bats/index.html

Finding Your Passion

In Beauty, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 6, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Passion – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 6, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Do you ever feel like you are leading a boring life? Where the highlights of your day include eating, sleeping and working in a dead end job, just to make ends meet. Many of us feel this way because we lack passion and clarity in our lives.

In order to discover what we are truly passionate about, we must analyze our entire life. What made you light up as a child? What interests or causes have you held close to you, for most of your life? I have found that taking a look at our past and present can help us discover what truly makes us passionate. Fads that came and went were probably not our passions, things we did to fit in with the rest of our peers were probably not our passions as well. Our passions are what we’ve held on to regardless of what others opinions may have been, our passions are things we would do regardless of monetary compensation, our passions reward us in more ways than one.

When we discover our true passion in life, we will finally have clarity and a direct path to follow, leading us to a meaningful and fulfilling life. Never give up searching for your true passion, I know I haven’t.

Off the Tip of My Tongue

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 5, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Languages – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 5, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

To me, language is the foundation of a culture. I happen to speak several languages, some better than others; all of which have broadened my horizons and introduced me to a variety of fascinating cultures. I have always had a keen interest in foreign language and culture, as well as a knack for grasping it quickly.

Throughout my school career, I have pursued a wide variety of languages, including French, Italian, and Greek. However, outside of school my love for languages has brought me to self-study Bulgarian and several other Slavic languages. With every language I learn, I take a piece of that culture along with me.

I feel it is important to take a stab at a new language, for the rewards are immense. The world is multilingual and multicultural, having knowledge of a foreign tongue can increase our chances in the job market as well as, provide us with an understanding of other cultures, so that we can better relate and communicate with them.

Take a vacation without leaving your own community by studying a language that piques your interest and arouses your curiosity. You will never know where it can take you or what you will get out of it until you try. I hope that my love for languages inspires you to immerse yourself in the rich culture the world has to offer.

Caribbean Wave Restaurant

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Restaurant Reviews, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 5, 2010 at 2:00 AM

Josef Jacobson Writes about Caribbean Wave Restaurant – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josef Jacobson - May 5, 2010

Online Story
Josef Jacobson

Caribbean Wave Restaurant, tucked into the corner of a plaza right off Highway 401, at 875 Milner Ave., is a pleasant little secret.

The Wave is a neat establishment with booths along the walls, chairs in the centre and a bar at the back. The bland decor suits the family restaurant. The prices are moderate but justified by the large portions.

I ordered the jerk chicken with fried rice for $8.00, and I was not able to finish it despite building a strong appetite during the evening. The jerk chicken was well seasoned and extremely succulent. The skin felt slimy at times but the smoky flavour overruled the texture. Unfortunately, the way jerk chicken is sliced requires a careful excavation of bones and cartilage, but that is expected. The chicken rested upon a tasty bed of fried rice.

I have no complaints with the meal itself, however, the service was another matter. The waitress, friendly as she was, took her time to deliver my dish, and once I was eating she rarely came by to ask if anything was needed. I would have also liked it if she left a jug of water on the table, as the meal was quite salty. The night I ate at Caribbean Wave it was not very busy, so there was no excuse for the shoddy service.

Overall, I enjoyed my Caribbean Wave experience. The food was so alluring that I probably wouldn’t have noticed if the waitress came by anyway.

.5/

Goldman Sachs

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on May 4, 2010 at 5:00 AM

Billy Courtice Writes about Goldman Sachs – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Billy Courtice - May 4, 2010

BILLY COURTICE

ONLINE STORY-GOLDMAN SACHS 20 April 2010

Despite facing a government civil fraud charge, Goldman Sachs Corp. has received a bit of good news. The bank reported that its first-quarter earnings have nearly doubled to $3.3 billion.

The bank earned $5.59 a share on $12.78 billion in revenue, due to a surge in bond, commodities and trading currency, which raised profits for yet another quarter. The bank’s profits have well exceeded what was predicted by Thomson Reuters.

The bank is being charged Friday in a fraud lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange and Commission. SEC is suing the bank for its executives’ allegedly misleading investors, who bought into failing financial products.

CEO, Lloyd Blankfein did not mention any specifics regarding the lawsuit, but he did release a statement thanking the bank’s supporters.

“In light of recent events involving the firm, we appreciate the support of our clients and shareholders, and the dedication and commitment of our people,” Blankfein said in his statement.

A Journey End

In Beauty, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 4, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about Graduating from Seneca College – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 4, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

As the summer approaches, I say goodbye to my days as a Broadcast Journalism student at Seneca College. It seems like yesterday, that I entered the bustling hallways of the college. I can vividly remember the new faces, all staring anxiously in anticipation as a new chapter in their lives began to open. All those new faces are now familiar friends who share the same laughs and tears that we put into our work at Seneca.

As each semester passed, assignments would become more difficult, putting me and my classmates under stress and fear of failure, but somehow we all managed to come through. By conquering all the challenges I faced in Broadcast Journalism, I grew as a person and knew anything was possible if I put my mind to it.

We will celebrate one last time as a class before we say goodbye and hopefully, our paths will cross again, allowing us to recount our tales at Seneca and reminisce about the good old days. Now that the semester has come to a close, I am not sure what lies ahead but I do know that the confidence I gained in my college career will lead me down the right path.

Red Wine Makes Me Feel So Fine

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 3, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes about the Joys of Red Wine – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - May 3, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Like many, I enjoy a glass of red wine occasionally, but did you know that with every sip we take, we’re reading a variety of health benefits. That’s right, just like the song says, “Red, red wine you make me feel so fine.” You too can improve your health by adding a little red wine to your week.

Red wine contains phenolics, which have a protective effect on the capillaries and on the collagen in the walls of the blood vessels. Phenolics are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as provide strong antioxidant properties. Red wine is also known to contain Resveratrol, an antioxidant known to prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. The buck doesn’t stop there, with more studies taking place, red wine continues to add to its list of health benefits, from extending our lives to preventing gum disease, treating Alzheimers and Parkinsons and even slowing down the aging process.

By drinking red wine in moderation like many Mediterranean cultures, we to can benefit from the natural healing properties of wine. So, the next time you sit down to eat a meal, nix the cola and pour yourself a glass of red wine.

Source:

www.winesofcanada.com

%d bloggers like this: