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He Pingping Death



Billy Courtice Writes about the Death of the Shortest Man in the World – Photo Courtesy of A11news.com.

Billy Courtice
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He Pingping-death

Friends and family of He Pingping are shocked by his sudden death last Saturday. At a mere 66 cm, He was the world’s shortest living man able to walk. Despite his tiny nature, those who knew He said he made a big impact in many lives. Continue reading

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Home Canning


Alice Hoang Talks to Home Canners – Photo Courtesy of Alice Hoang

By Alice Hoang

Simplistic, yet exquisite, nothing is quite as heart-warming as receiving a jar of homemade chilli sauce adorned with a shiny golden ribbon on a winter’s day. Continue reading

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Another Blow to the TTC’s Image


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

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Bryzgalov, Miller, Brodeur and Georges Vezina


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

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Larry King’s Divorce


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

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Brain Training


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

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Baseball Bats


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

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Caribbean Wave Restaurant


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/

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Goldman Sachs


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.

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Shooting Among Thailand’s Military


Amanda Kwan Writes about Thailand\’s Military – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Amanda Kwan - May 3, 2010

Online Story #10
Amanda Kwan

The Thai army warned it would shoot anti-government protesters if they resist the military, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The threat comes a day after the army was sent to the streets of Bankok to block the protest route, forcing the “red shirt” demonstrators to cancel the march.

But the Red Shirt protesters, who are demanding Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva hold early elections, vowed to continue fighting.

This is the first time the army publicly threatened to use live weapons against the red shirts, according to the BBC.

Before now, the army outlined a seven-step process before any shooting would take place.

Sources:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8631277.stm

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2010/0420/Thai-Army-threatens-to-shoot-anti-government-red-shirt-protesters

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CIDA and Afghanistan


Alina Smirnova Writes about CIDA and Afghanistan – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - May 2, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

Canada’s role in Afghanistan after troop withdrawal will include training teachers.

The Canadian International Development Agency hopes that having better teachers will draw more students to go to school.

The CIDA is looking for companies that will certify and train teachers. They will pay $1 million for the firm to design the program which will include accrediting teacher training schools and be creating a curriculum, Canadian Press reports.

Overall, the project will cost $10 million. According to the Canadian Press, it is not yet clear if the money will come from money already allocated to education in Afghanistan.

The CIDA is also looking at the possibility of setting up a long-distance program that will allow students to learn from teachers in different parts of the world.

After the decided troop withdrawal date of 2011, Canadian involvement may last up to another 10 years, Canadian Press reports.

Since 2002, the mission claimed the lives of 142 Canadian soldiers and two civilians.

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Alfalfa Sprouts


Alice Hoang Writes about Alfalfa Sprouts – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - May 1, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online piece #10

They may look thin and frail, but alfalfa sprouts are packed with nutrients.

The whole plant is used, as each part has different health benefits.

The herb contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as antioxidants and minerals including magnesium, calcium, and iron.

The plant is used in the treatment of menopause symptoms to combat estrogen deficiency, as it cleanses the body of toxins.

The sprouts are widely used in salads and sandwiches, and the leaves and flowers can be used to make herbal tea.

Traditionally, the seeds were made into a paste and used to treat insect bites. It was also used to cure indigestion and increase appetite.

As an herbal supplement, alfalfa is available in the form of capsule, powder and liquid extract.

Although alfalfa is typically safe in its natural form, the supplements shouldn’t be taken during pregnancy.

Experts say excessive alfalfa consumption can negatively affect estrogen levels.

A major health benefit of alfalfa is it helps fight against bad cholesterol, heart disease, and strokes, as the fibers and chemicals stick to cholesterol, preventing it from remaining in the blood or depositing itself on arterial walls.

Sources:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/the-benefits-of-alfalfa

http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/benefits-of-alfalfa.html

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The Fantastic Mr. Fox


Sarah DeMille Writes about a Movie – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - April 29, 2010

Online Story 9
Sarah DeMille

(This is a review of a movie I saw, so there’s no link to where I took the information. It’s all from my own mind)

The Fantastic Mr. Fox is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Director Wes Anderson’s quirky take on the Roald Dahl children’s classic tells the tale of the former master thief, Mr. Fox, who has traded his risky life for a danger-free job as a newspaper columnist.

Of course, Mr. Fox eventually tires of his day job and returns to his nightly robberies of cruel local farmers, Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, who wage war against the Fox clan.

With the help of the other animals, Mr. Fox decides that it’s time to outwit the farmers once and for all.

An offbeat film, but entertaining for the whole family, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a must-see for this weekend.

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Spring Allergies


Megan Harris Writes about Spring Allergies – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Megan Harris - April 27, 2010

Online Piece 9
Megan Harris

Spring allergy sufferers hoping for a reprieve will have no luck this year. According to an eCanadaNow report, the spring of 2010 will be worse than ever for pollen allergies.

Usually, pollen allergies start a bit later in April, but this year, it started as early as late March. So far in 2010, the pollen count is estimated at ten times higher than last year, and almost 20 times higher than it was in 2007.

However, Doctor Jim Warpinksi told eCanadaNow that spring allergy sufferers could be finding relief sooner than usual this year. Trees are producing a lot of pollen now at a very fast rate, and there’s a good chance they could stop producing it by late April or early May.

Of course, for many people, there’s no such luck. People with more severe allergies to grass, trees, and other plants that come back to life after the winter may experience symptoms right up until the first autumn frost.

Sources:

http://www.ecanadanow.com/health/2010/04/13/pollen-count-up-this-spring/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/pointofview/2010/03/allergies-how-do-you-cope.html

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Toronto Blue Jays Baseball


Josh Ungar Writes about the Toronto Blue Jays – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - April 25, 2010

By Josh Ungar

The Blue Jays kicked off their 2010 season at the Rogers Centre in luxurious style last night. That is if you had big money to burn on a ticket. The regularly scarcely filled Rogers Center was packed to the brim last night, drawing a sell-out crowd of over 45,000 people.

More interesting was the huge number of fans faithfully wearing Blue Jays jerseys walking away from the stadium with looks of disappointment painted on their faces. Fans who were unable to get – or afford, for that matter – a ticket for the game. The box office was sold out months in advance, and scalpers who normally sell off blocks of tickets for a bargain price were taking full advantage of the desperate situation.

“They [the scalpers] were trying to sell me $15 seats in the nosebleeds for $80. They’re making a killing,” said a disappointed Jackson Coffey, who had arrived at the stadium three hours early and was unable to get a ticket.

Others who had planned better-bought tickets months in advance and were laughing at the desperate fans running around trying to find a ticket, and paying nearly five times the face value while they were at it.

Those who were lucky enough to get tickets for the game weren’t disappointed as the game was exciting and went into overtime, where the Jays fell just short, losing 8-7 in the 11th inning. For all those who missed out on a ticket, worry not, the Rogers Centre will go back to its standard crowd of 20,000 starting next game.

Sources:

Personal interviews conducted before the game outside the Rogers Centre

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Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey


Josef Jacobson Writes about Maple Leaf Hockey – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josef Jacobson - April 24, 2010

Online story
Josef Jacobson

The NHL regular season is over and one team will be watching the playoffs from the bleachers again.
For the fifth straight year, since the lockout of 2004-2005, the Toronto Maple Leafs will hit the golf course early.

And if finishing in 29th place and missing the playoffs wasn’t enough, the Maple Leafs also owe the Boston Bruins their draft pick, which will turn out to be Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, both of whom are expected to become stars in the NHL.

If there is any consolation for the Maple Leafs, it is that major changes are expected this summer.

General Manager Brian Burke has already moved many mediocre players since taking over the team, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

It’s already expected that Burke will try to trade star defenseman Tomas Kaberle for a prospect and a pick.

Some of the young Leafs players showed signs of promise this year, but there are still many issues that must be addressed.

Until then, the best thing for Leafs fans is to enjoy the playoffs and eagerly await Burke’s dealings this summer.

For the past 43 years, Leafs fans have been chanting the same mantra: There’s always next year.

Source:

www.mapleleafs.com

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Golf with Mickelson


Billy Courtice Writes about Phil Mickelson – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Billy Courtice - April 23, 2010

Billy Courtice
13 April 2010

MASTERS-MICKELSON

World’s No. 2 golfer Phil Mickelson will add a third Masters title to his resume after winning his third green jacket at Augusta Sunday. Mickelson fended off third-round leader Lee Westwood with a bogey-free 67 in the final round, finishing the tournament at 16 under-par. His score was the lowest four-round total at the Masters in nine years.

The event was the first tournament Mickelson’s wife Amy attended since being diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. After capping his round with a birdie on the 18th green, Mickelson and his wife shared a long embrace, before he signed his final round score. With the win, Mickelson has been a champion of four major tournaments, including Masters victories in 2004, 2006, and now 2010, and a PGA championship victory in 2005.

Mickelson’s victory came in an event that was heavily focused on the return of World’s No. 1 Tiger Woods, who played his first event since being engaged in a sex scandal that began last November. Woods, a four-time Masters champion, finished in a tie for fourth place this year.

Source:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=224&articleid=20100411_224_0_AUGUST585712&rss_lnk=2

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U.S.A. and Russia


Alina Smirnova Writes about U.S.A. and Russia – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - April 22, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

U.S. President Barack Obama warns of rising nuclear terrorist attack.

At a summit in Washington, Obama told world leaders the risk of a nuclear attack is increasing.

He urged world leaders to act, and not just talk, in order to prevent the acquisition of the weapons by the wrong hands, BBC reports.

Forty-seven nations are present at the summit, excluding representatives from North Korea and Iran, who were not invited because of disputes over their nuclear programs, BBC reports.

Obama said that by the end of the summit, there will be concrete action plans to make the world safer.

Convincing nations of the dangers won’t be a challenge, the Globe and Mail report, but convincing leaders to open their secret and sensitive sites to outside scrutiny so that all materials could be tracked will be harder.

The summit will end on April 13 and is part of Obama’s ambitious goal to make the world free of nuclear weapons, one that he admits he may not see within his lifetime.

According to the Globe and Mail, the immediate goals are tracking, accounting for and repossessing warhead-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium.

Before the beginning of the summit, Canada and Ukraine both pledged to eliminate their stockpiles of enriched uranium, which could be used in the construction of a weapon.

Last week, U.S. and Russia signed a treaty to reduce the number of their nuclear weapons by a third.

Sources:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8618066.stm

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/obamas-ambitious-nuclear-fight-gets-a-boost-with-early-summit-pledges/article1532307/

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Be Wary of Charity Scams


Sarina Adamo Writes about Charity Scams – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - April 21, 2010

SCAMMING CHARITIES
Online Piece #10
Sarina Adamo

The RCMP are warning all Canadians to be wary when donating to charities – they could be swindling you.

As those are feeling the urge to donate to Haiti relief efforts, many fraud artists have emerged to take advantage of these generous few.

Before contributing to a cause consider the following:
– Ask for written information about the organization like its name, address and telephone number
– Find out how your donation will be used
– Ask for proof of your donation to use for tax deduction purposes
– Ask for the registered charitable tax number of the charity
– Confirm the charity is registered by calling Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384
– Ask the solicitor for identification, if he or she cannot provide one do not continue talking with them. Immediately report the incident to law enforcement officials
– Double check the name of the charity as some fraudulent charities use names very similar to reputable organizations
– Be suspicious of those who thank you for a pledge you do not recall making

To report any incidences contact your local police force. You may also file a complaint by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Source:

Email Press Release
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CHARITY SCAMS AND WHERE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT‏
From: 43division@www.torontopolice.on.ca

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Cinnamon – A Spice of Life


Alice Hoang Writes about Cinnamon – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 21, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online piece #9

Cinnamon is an all-year-round spice – whether you enjoy it through your sense of taste or sense of smell.

In Western society, cinnamon is commonly used in baking, but in many parts of the world, it’s used in various dishes.

Although cinnamon is used for garnish and flavour, it also provides health benefits.

“It’s emerging as a true wonder food in terms of health protection,” said Ann Kulze, a physician in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

While cinnamon has been used for digestive ailments like indigestion, gas and bloating, stomach upset and diarrhea in traditional medicine, studies are being done on its role in lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

Insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control can be improved by taking half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day, as having good insulin resistance can help with weight control and decrease risk for heart disease.

The spice can also lower triglycerides, blood pressure, and HDL cholesterol.

As cinnamon contains polyphenols, which are antioxidants with insulin-like effects, it creates healthy arteries and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, Kulze said.

Cinnamon also has an energizing smell that helps increase alertness as it improves brain function. Researchers found subjects did better on memory and attention tasks when inhaling the spice’s scent, compared to other odors or no odor.

Cinnamon sticks can be stored from two to three years, while cinnamon powder tends to lose its flavour after six months.

Ways to include cinnamon in your diet include sprinkling it on toast, coffee, yogurt, cottage cheese or ricotta.

Sources:

http://www.canadianliving.com/health/nutrition/top_10_superfoods_goji_berries_cinnamon_turmeric_and_more.php

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutrition/a/cinnamonbenefit.htm

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/the-benefits-of-cinnamon

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The Weaker Sex


Sarina Adamo Writes about the Bones – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - April 8, 2010

The Weaker Sex
Sarina Adamo

I live with two older brothers and my father, their testosterone overpowers the household. When they get sick, I go running not because I don’t want to catch their germs but because the men in my house are, for lack of a better word, babies.

Thankfully, scientists at Cambridge University proved my pain by finding that females have stronger immune systems than men. It’s not a wonder since women can endure pregnancies, periods, menopause and many times, osteoporosis.

Historically, men have been hunters and gatherers by nature, whereas women have been the nurturers. Men have been more susceptible to infections and diseases while women took care of them. That’s fine, but we’re no longer in the cavemen times. Women have fought for equality while men have teased women for being the weaker sex. We’ve conquered!

I personally believe that men aren’t really as sick as they feel. It is simply a way out of doing household chores and an excuse to be cared for, fed and babied until they get their own way.
So food for thought for you men: we don’t mind you being sick, we’ll take care of you as long as you admit defeat and proclaim we’re stronger.

Sources:

Metro Newspaper
Also, online at thestar.com

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LG Fashion Week in Toronto


Sarah Demille Writes about Fashion Week in Toronto – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - April 6, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story 8

LG Fashion Week in Toronto is going to look different this year thanks to Joe Mimran, the creator behind the Loblaws clothing line Joe Fresh Style.

Mimran’s show, which debuts on Wednesday, has been eagerly anticipated since the five-day fashion weekend kicked off this past Sunday when he announced who would be the stars of his show.

Plus-sized model and current fashion it girl, Crystal Renn, and 40-year-old Canadian model Kirsten Owen will are Mimran’s handpicks to showcase the label’s fall 2010 collection.

Mimran said he wanted to take the label in a different direction and break away from the stereotype of only using thin and young models to display the fashions on the runway.

“We are always looking for something interesting to do in our shows,” he said. “We felt that [using diverse models] is always a big topic out there, and we just thought it would be fun to engage in it.”

Source:

http://www.timescolonist.com/life/Fresh+look+plus+sizes/2742814/story.html

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Vezina for Ryan Miller


Ryan Jhagroo Writes about the NHL – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Ryan Jhagroo - April 6, 2010

Vezina for Ryan Miller
By: Ryan Jhagroo

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller continued his stellar play this season on Monday, as he made 40 saves in a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.

After the win, Miller improved his record to 38-16-8. His GAA is second in the NHL at 2.21 and Miller tops the NHL with a .929 save percentage.

The 29-year-old Michigan native is posting career-best numbers, this season. Miller also had a dominant run during the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he carried the USA men’s hockey team to a silver medal performance.

The win Monday improved the Sabres record to 27-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Miller has backstopped the Sabres to third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Buffalo Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last ten games. The Sabres clinched a playoff spot last Thursday with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Sabres are seven points up on the Ottawa Senators for the Northeast division lead.

Sources:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/standings;_ylt=AsWkhmlA9qvsOjwWRhtyAVtivLYF

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/buf/schedule

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/recap;_ylt=AigOCoSyau2ELQeTnJAfdtt7vLYF?gid=2010032901

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/stats/bycategory?cat=Goaltending&conference=NHL&year=season_2009&sort=111

http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/article/2010-03-27/lightning-sabres-preview

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The Easter Bunny Came to Town


Megan Harris Writes about Easter Chocolate – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Megan Harris - April 6, 2010

Online Piece 8
Megan Harris

The Easter Bunny is bringing something special this year. According to a German study, eating chocolate every day could decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke by 39 percent.

The study, reported by the Associated Press and scheduled to be published Wednesday in the European health journal, refers only to a small amount of chocolate. Doctors still warn that eating large amounts of chocolate could lead to weight gain, which is a major risk factor for heart problems or strokes.

Researchers followed about 20,000 people for eight years and sent them questionnaires about their diet and exercise habits. The people tracked in the study had no history of heart problems, had similar habits in terms of smoking and exercise and did not vary widely in their Body Mass Index.

The research found that people who had an average of one square of a chocolate bar per day were at less risk for heart attack and stroke. This is the first study to track the effects of chocolate for such a long period of time, though there have been previous studies which suggested small amounts of dark chocolate could be beneficial.

Brian Buijsse, a nutritional epidemiologist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition, the study’s lead author, told the Associated Press that it’s too early to recommend that people eat more chocolate.

“If people replace sugar or high-fat snacks with a little piece of dark chocolate, that might help,” Buijsse said.

Source:

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/dietfitness/diet/article/787435–small-dose-of-chocolate-can-save-your-life-study-finds

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The Toronto Raptors


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Kirsten Parucha - April 5, 2010

Online Story – Mar 30
Kirsten Parucha

It seems the Toronto Raptors enjoy head-to-head finales.

In their last three games, the Raptors have finished within a three-point range, creating much excitement and anticipation for viewers when the last seconds’ countdown.

The first of the three was on Mar. 26, when the Raps played at home against the Denver Nuggets. Throughout the game, the scores remained close but just before the buzzer went off, Nuggets guard, Carmelo Anthony, scored a buzzer-beating jumper, winning the game for the Nuggets at 97-96.

Two days later, the Raps dressed-up again to face the Miami Heat and repeating their trend of having close scores throughout the four quarters. But just like their Friday night loss, the Raps weren’t able to keep up with the Heat and they lost by one possession with a final score of 97-94.

However, things turned up for the boys in red last night, when the Raptors ended their three-game losing streak against the Charlotte Bobcats. Last night’s game was the second of three away games. The scores remained close-knit and the Dinos reigned successfully with a 103-101 win.

Tonight the Raps will be playing the L.A. Clippers followed by a long break; they don’t play again until Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Source:

http://www.nba.com/raptors/schedule/

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Prisoner Benefits


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Kimberlee Nancekivell - April 5, 2010

Online Piece
PRISONER BENEFITS
Kimberlee Nancekivell

For Canadians wondering where their tax dollars go, the answer may be in the nearest prison.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation launched an online petition last Wednesday to prevent prisoners aged 65 or older from receiving Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. The petition has been so popular that the website`s servers almost crashed and there are already 17, 500 signatures on it.

Opposition to the payments came to a peak after the public found out a convicted child serial killer was among the 500 plus prisoners collecting the monthly payments.

Federal Director for the CTF, Kevin Gaudet, said the purpose of the GIS and OAS are to help seniors pay their bills after retirement. Bills, however, are not an issue for those who are getting handed the money while behind bars.

The CTF reported prisoners receive almost $1, 200 every month, which adds up to a cost of $7 million a year for Canadian taxpayers.

The petition is expected to be presented to the federal government within the next few weeks, though Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Minister for Human Resources and Services Development Canada, Diane Finley, have already acknowledged the outcry.

Sources:

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/21515

http://www.saskatoonhomepage.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24330&Itemid=421

http://www.cknw.com/Channels/Reg/NewsLocal/Story.aspx?ID=1212776

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Maple Leafs


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Josef Jacobson - April 4, 2010

Online Story
Josef Jacobson

The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Atlanta Thrashers tonight at the Air Canada Centre.

It is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this season. So far the Leafs have won two of three.

Although the Maple Leafs will fail to make the playoffs this year, the Thrashers still have a chance. The Leafs have the opportunity to play spoiler by beating playoff-bound teams as the season wraps up.

The Thrashers are looking to make the playoffs for the second time in franchise history, the first time being in the 2006-2007 season.

Jonas Gustavsson is expected to get the start in net for the Maple Leafs. He is currently on a seven-game winning streak, the longest by a rookie Leafs goaltender since Damien Rhodes won six straight from March 1991 to Dec. 1993.

Tonight the Thrashers will play despite a string of injuries that will leave five players sitting out. The Leafs, on the other hand, have two defencemen on injured reserve.

Yesterday the Maple Leafs added to their youthful roster by signing a 23-year-old college student. Brayden Irwin has 34 points in 39 games this season with the University of Vermont Catamounts.

Source:

www.mapleleafs.com

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Gun-Splaying Road Rage


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Fiona Persaud - April 4, 2010

Fiona Persaud
Web Story
Stabbing-road-rage

Police are searching for a man after a suspected road rage stabbing yesterday just off the highway near Neilson Rd. and Wickson Trail area.

Gunanayagam Thurainayagam, 35, was repeatedly stabbed in the back and left at the side of the road after getting into an altercation with another driver. The victim is now recovering at Sunnybrook Hospital.

Thurainayagam said he was bumped from behind by a Toyota Camry.Both men in the other car got out of their cars and started yelling at him demanding $500 for the damages.

Thurainayagam then refused to pay to argue that it was not his fault. When he said he would call the police the other driver said never mind and that Thurainayagam could go. But when he turned around to get into his car the other driver grabbed the cell phone out of his hand and stabbed him.

Thurainayagam managed to get back to his apartment near McLevin Ave. near Neilson Rd. where emergency crews found him at 7:15 a.m.

Thurainayagam, a factory worker was on his way home from dropping a friend off at the airport.

Police are treating the incident as a possible road rage.

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Ricky Martin Comes Out


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Billy Courtice - April 4, 2010

By Billy Courtice

World famous Latin pop singer Ricky Martin has announced that he’s gay, after years of speculation since his rise to fame.

“I am a fortunate homosexual man,” wrote Martin in a statement on his website. Martin wrote this just weeks after newswoman Barbara Walters admitted that she felt guilt for cornering the pop star about his sexuality in a 2000 interview.

“In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was,” Walters told The Toronto Star. “A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now, I feel it was an inappropriate question.”

Upon coming out, Martin has received a wave of mixed responses from critics, fans, and bloggers. Martin’s announcement has come across as a non-surprise to many, including gay magazine Attitude, who wrote that it “may not have been the biggest surprise to anyone in the world.”

Martin rose to fame in English-speaking nations after the release of his album Ricky Martin in 1999. The album has gone on to sell over 22 million copies.

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Stephen Harper News


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Amanda Kwan - April 3, 2010

By Amanda Kwan
Online Story 8

The Hill Times reports that canceling vote subsidies to political parties will be a key feature in the Conservative government’s election platform.

Parties currently get $1.75 for each vote they receive in a federal election. The subsidy is used to pay staff and expense. Scrapping the program would save the government $30 million dollars annually.

It is unclear whether the Conservatives will push for a substitute program but PMO spokesperson Dmitri Soudas told the Hill Times his party plans to seek approval from voters to eliminate the public subsidy.

But to avoid a backlash, the Conservatives will likely consider changes so opposition parties won’t be financially crippled.

The Conservatives argue the program is unnecessary, especially during an economic slump.

The government proposed the same measure last year, which led to coalition talks among opposition parties. To avoid losing confidence in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper prorogued parliament.

Source:

http://www.thehilltimes.ca/page/view/subsidies-03-29-2010

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Mongolian Herders


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Alina Smirnova - April 3, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

Thousands of Mongolian herders lose their livestock because of cold weather.

The International Red Cross is now appealing for help, saying $900,000 is needed to provide assistance to affected families, BBC reports.

They say that millions of animals, almost 10 per cent of the country’s population, have died as temperatures dropped to as low as -40C.

According to BBC, nearly half of Mongolians are herders or farmers, with livestock representing an important asset to them.

Weather is not expected to get better until May, with the next few weeks being the hardest yet, BBC reports.

Source:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8592189.stm

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Potatoes are Good for You


Alice Hoang Writes about the Health Benefits of Potatoes – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - April 3, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online piece #8

Potatoes are healthy when eaten the right way.

People on “no-carb” diets steer clear of spuds, despite the fact that they are packed with nutrients.

While greasy fries, chips and “loaded” baked potatoes are considered “bad foods,” there are healthy ways to prepare potatoes, including baking, roasting, mashing or steaming.

Unlike simple sugars found in white bread and junk food, like candy and cookies, that give you a short-term energy boost, potatoes are composed of complex carbohydrates, which keep you feeling full longer. Potatoes are, therefore, good to include in your diet before exercising.

An average-sized potato contains about half your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, while it also contains vitamins B1, B3, and B6. These tubers also contain minerals, including potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, while they are also low in fat and high in dietary fibre and protein.

Matthew Mailman, a registered dietician working in Penticton, British Columbia, says as there are over 100 different kinds of potatoes, each variety offers different nutritional benefits.

“Not all potatoes are created equal,” says Mailman. “Sweet potatoes offer significantly more vitamin A, or beta-carotene, which is responsible for the yellow-orange colour. On the downside, they are not as rich in potassium or phosphorous.”

Since boiling vegetables causes nutrients to leach into the water, he recommends baking or microwaving potatoes instead.

Source:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/healthy-eating/why-potatoes-are-healthy

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Health Benefits of Maple Syrup


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Sarah Demille - March 31, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story

The maple syrup used on your morning pancakes or waffles may be extra sugary and chock full of calories, but the real stuff could actually have benefits beyond just indulging your morning sweet tooth.

Navindra Seeram, an assistant pharmacy professor at the University of Rhode Island specializing in medicinal plant research, has discovered that in 20 litres of Quebec maple syrup there was a cocktail made up of 20 antioxidants. It included 13 forms of antioxidants that had previously never been found before in maple syrup.
Seeram says that more research will need to be done to determine the true benefits to be gleaned from the sweet stuff, but adds that the compounds found in the syrup have been reported to have antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic properties.

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Leon Washington not with the Jets just yet


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Ryan Jhagroo - March 30, 2010

Leon Washington not with the Jets just yet
By: Ryan Jhagroo

New York Jets restricted FA Leon Washington did not attend the team’s voluntary workouts on Monday and his future is in doubt with the team.

Washington has yet to sign his $1.759 million tenders with the Jets.

With the emergence of sophomore running back Shonn Greene and the signing of former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, Washington would likely be the third-string running back and kick-return specialist, a role he’s had for the majority of his career.

It was expected that Shonn Greene would assume the top running back spot on Jets depth chart, with the departure of Thomas Jones to the Kansas City Chiefs. It is uncertain whether Greene will be the starter.

Washington played just 7 games in 2009, after suffering a fractured fibula in week 7.

Sources:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/9329

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5452/news;_ylt=Ak12ph5BCiJGdzgWlEE3rwaqOot4

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7866/news;_ylt=Ak12ph5BCiJGdzgWlEE3rwb.uLYF

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Could-LTs-visit-with-Jets-affect-Washingtons-future.html

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=3739&line=170018&spln=1

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Barack Obama and Health Reform


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Patrycja Klucznik - March 30, 2010

Online Story #7
Patrycja Klucznik
March 23, 2010

Barack Obama’s presidency has been marked by yet another historical venture, as of March 22. The new healthcare reform bill, which is seen as a milestone for American administration, was passed on Sunday and includes lowering the cost of healthcare for small business and families that were previously unable to afford coverage. It proposes to provide health care for over 30 million citizens who are uninsured and avoiding discrimination by insurance companies to Americans previously deemed uninsurable because of existing health problems.

The bill was passed by a 219-212 vote, and been debated on for over a year. The Republican Party, which has been explicitly against the legislation, did not offer a single vote.

Controversy is brewing in at least 10 states, which plan to file a lawsuit claiming that the new bill goes against state sovereignty by forcing the state to provide some kind of healthcare insurance for every citizen.

In the meantime, the mood on Capitol Hill is that of excitement and relief. A CBS poll found that 29 percent of Americans believe that the bill will ameliorate the system. Only time will tell at this point. Regardless, Obama’s administration will be sure to go down in the history books as being the change he had promised.

Sources:

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/03/23/obama-health-care-bill.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/obama-to-sign-us-health-care-overhaul-into-law/article1509170/

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Earth Hour


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Megan Harris - March 30, 2010

Megan Harris
Online Piece 7

Canada gears up for third annual Earth Hour

The lights will be going off all over Canada this weekend. Not in a power outage-reminiscent of the August 2003 blackout, but for Earth Hour.

Though this will be the third year Canada is taking part in the program, it is an initiative that began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. It has since grown into a global movement, where people all over the world are asked to turn off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time.

The initiative is run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and asks people to show global support for action on climate change.

According to the WWF, landmarks will be dimmed in over 115 countries. Canada has 250 communities signed up, the most for any country. Corporate leaders have also signed on to support the initiative, including Coca-Cola and Sears Canada.

WWF Canada president Gerald Butts told the Canadian Press he hopes people will “use Earth Hour to think about the changes they can make every day to help make a difference.”

Although turning off the lights for only an hour will not make a huge difference in power use in the long run, it encourages people to think about the impact their use of power has on the environment.

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/earthhour/article/783867–250-canadian-cities-ready-to-dim-lights-for-earth-hour

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Suicide Risk in Mothers


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Kimberlee Nancekivell - March 29, 2010

Online Piece #7
SUICIDE RISK
Kimberlee Nancekivell

Kids may drive their mothers crazy sometimes, but it’s possible they actually reduce the risk of suicide.

A Taiwanese study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Monday showed a connection between the number of children a woman had and how high her risk of suicide was. The higher the number of children, the lower the risk of suicide.

First proposed by sociologist Emile Durkheim over a century ago, the concept is not new. Other researchers have tackled the subject, but Dr. Chun Yuh-Yang’s study is the largest of its kind.

Yuh-Yang studied more than 1.2 million women over the age of 20. He found a 39 percent decrease in suicides in women with two children and a 60 percent decrease in women with three or more children.

He attributes the findings to an increase in self-worth and self-esteem that woman can get when there is a child depending on them. It has also been suggested that mothers often become part of a supportive social network, which is something that is not always available to women without children.

Sources:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Moms+with+broods+less+likely+commit+suicide/2715757/story.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7498063/Having-children-can-raise-a-womans-self-esteem.html

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Landlord Problems in Scarborough


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Josh Ungar - March 29, 2010

By Josh Ungar

Five years later, residents at 217 Morningside Ave. are still waiting for city inspectors to return and enforce their complaints. This is not an isolated situation; throughout Scarborough, the number of apartment buildings with multiple unsolved standard-of-living complaints is alarmingly high.

“My expectation is that residents shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense,” said Coun. Ron Moeser. “People should be able to live in comfort and have their issues addressed as soon as possible.”

According to Moeser, the problem lies in the lack of appropriate legislation and the power of landlords to deny city by-law inspectors entry. The city is then forced to take property owners to court, which can take years and force tenants to be stuck living in impoverished and sometimes dangerous conditions.

“It breaks my heart when we can’t do our job, it’s extremely frustrating,” Moeser said. “By-law officers have to tell property managers that they don’t have to let them in, even after we receive complaints.”

Angelo Swampillai, the property manager at 205 Morningside Ave, says they are doing the best they can with their budget to fix the building. He says they deal with the serious safety complaints first and claims the city doesn’t do much of a job of enforcement.

“City inspectors show up maybe once in a blue-moon,” Swampillai said. “They just give an extension anyway – safety issues are the only thing they really care about.”

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Maple Leafs


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Josef Jacobson - March 29, 2010

Online Story
Josef Jacobson

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.

This is an important match for both teams. While the Panthers are fighting to make it into the playoff picture, the Leafs are looking to avoid finishing in last place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history.

The Leafs have six wins in their last seven games, while the Panthers have just snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Both teams also have many young players who are auditioning for permanent spots on next season’s roster.
The Leafs have another reason to finish as high in the standing as they can. Their first overall draft pick went to the Boston Bruins in the trade for star winger Phil Kessel. This was a controversial deal, as Toronto’s pick could end up being very valuable. Boston has a shot at drafting top prospects Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, and the Maple Leafs want to make sure this does not happen.

So far the Kessel deal looks good for the Leafs since Kessel is leading his team in scoring.
At the moment, it looks like the Leafs have a realistic chance of moving up in the standings.

Source:

www.mapleleafs.com

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Earth Hour


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Caitlin Stojanovski - March 28, 2010

CAITLIN STOJANOVSKI
EARTH HOUR
ONLINE STORY

Earth Hour has become an annual symbol of environmental awareness, with more than 800 landmarks going dark on March 27, 2010.

Residents all over the world are urged to turn off their electricity on from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time.

It began in 2007, with Australia going dark on the last Saturday of March. Now, over 200 ambassadors representing countries around the world have signed on to support this year’s movement.

Last year, Toronto Hydro reported that electricity demand went down 15 percent below the normal demand for that time.

Residents of Toronto and the GTA have extra incentive to participate in the movement. A new campaign, called How Low We Can Go T.O.?, was launched by Toronto Hydro.

Torontonians can register their predictions of how low the electricity demand will be during this year’s Earth Hour.

The contest will be open until 8:30pm on March 27.

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Shoeless Joe Fire


Brad Featherstone - March 28, 2010

Online Story
Bradley Featherstone

A fire has shut down Shoeless Joe’s restaurant located at Morningside and Lawrence for the next three weeks.

The fire started in the kitchen at 5:30 a.m. on March 19 while no one was inside the building. The fire was contained quickly with minimal damage to the restaurant. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, the investigation is ongoing.

A Taco Bell located beside the restaurant also suffered a small amount of damage. It has already re-opened after Toronto Public Health gave them the go ahead.

Shoeless Joe’s left a notice on their door directing hungry customers to another one of their restaurant locations at 20 Milner Business Court.

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Sudan


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Amanda Kwan - March 27, 2010

Online Story 7
Amanda Kwan

Sudan’s president has threatened to expel foreign election monitors after they called for a delay in the vote, scheduled for April.

The suggestion came amid security concerns from election observers and opposition groups.

A report from the US-based Carter Centre said hundreds of thousands of candidates’ names are missing from polling lists.

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch said the government’s suppression of opponents and the media will jeopardize the chances of a credible election.

But Sudan’s election commission said the poll will go ahead as planned.

The vote is Sudan’s first multiparty elections since 1986.

President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, is running for re-election.

Sources:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/03/20103237950965487.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8581993.stm

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India to Fight with Food


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Alina Smirnova - March 27, 2010

India to fight with food.

The Indian army is set to use the world’s hottest chili, bhut jolokia, to make hand grenades to fight terrorism, Associated Press reports.

After conducting tests, the military decided the chilies will make a non-toxic weapon that can be used to immobilize suspects since it has a pungent smell.

Bhut jolokia-based aerosol sprays are also being developed for defensive use by women and crowd control by police, New Delhi director of Defense Research and Development Organization told AP.

With more than 1 million Scoville units, the bhut jolokia has been accepted as the world’s hottest by Guinness World Records three years ago.

Scoville units are used to measure the spiciness of chilies – Classic Tabasco sauce has 2,500 to 5,000 units, and jalapenos from 2,500 to 8,000, AP reports.

Source:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/23/india-chilli-bhut-jolokia-terrorism

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Milk


Alice Hoang Writes about the Good and Bad of Milk – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - March 27, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online piece #7

Is milk good or bad for you?

While some say milk is nutritious, others say it causes health problems.

Milk is unhealthy for people the same way chocolate is deadly for dogs – it depends on the person who consumes milk, as 1 percent of adults are allergic to the dairy product.

Seven million Canadians are lactose intolerant, which means they do not produce an enzyme to break down lactose, the sugar found in milk. As an alternative, they may have rice, soy or goat’s milk.

“Goat’s milk has a slightly different protein structure that, for some people, maybe more easily digestible,” says Desirée Nielsen, a registered dietitian in Delta, B.C.

People may also turn to non-dairy calcium sources, like dark green vegetables, beans, sesame seeds, almonds, and figs.

For others, cow’s milk has health benefits, as milk is very high in calcium, while it contains other vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, B, and K.

Dr. Dara Maker, a Toronto physician, says Canadian milk is fortified with vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones.

“Vitamin D is required to help you absorb calcium through your intestinal wall, and calcium helps to build up the bones,” Maker said. “If you don’t have a proper balance of those two nutrients, it leads to osteoporosis.”

Low-fat milk can also reduce high blood pressure and protect against colorectal cancer, according to American studies.

Since milk turns semi-solid in the stomach, making you feel full, experts say choosing skim milk can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Sources:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/is-milk-bad-for-you

http://veg.ca/content/view/139/110/

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