Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ontario auto theft statistics | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

The Lock it or Lose It campaign is urging people so lock their cars even if they’re dashing into the store.

Some statistics provided by the campaign:

•Auto theft costs Canadians more than $1 billion every year, which includes emergency response, court, policing, legal, and out-of-pocket costs, such as the deductible

•In 2009, 108,172 vehicles were stolen in Canada; of those, 27,175 were stolen in Ontario. This is a 13% reduction in Ontario compared to the previous year

•Auto theft is not a victimless crime — or just a property crime. Every year innocent people die or are seriously injured as a direct result of auto theft

•On average, auto theft costs every policyholder an additional $35 on his or her insurance premium

•Auto theft can mean a 10-year prison sentence, and a mandatory minimum sentence of six months in jail upon a third conviction

—Source: OACP, IBC

Ontario auto theft statistics | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun

This Week Turn Silver Into Gold

Bloomberg's Michele Steele reports on the U.S. Women's Water Polo Team and its recent bare-all cover for ESPN The Magazine. Bloomberg: source

Leo- Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Planetary pressure is giving the impression that progress has come to a standstill in a crucial area of your life. The reason it seems to be taking so long is because it is being subjected to excessive scrutiny. Give it a little time, put away the magnifying glass and allow things to evolve without any intervention on your part.

Leo- Monday, November 29, 2010

You’ve had so many problems for so long, that you life doesn’t seem normal nowadays unless you’ve got something to stress you out. This is a dangerous frame of mind to be in, if you want to bring an end this self-perpetuating endless loop of crises. Let the world go its merry way towards disaster. You have another destiny in store and it’s one that’s got a lot of love in it.

Leo- Sunday, November 28, 2010

Certain fears are being blown way out of proportion. Look carefully at what’s bothering you and you’ll discover that you don’t have to feel so hemmed by these circumstances. A stroke of good fortune is about to surreptitiously enter the equation to your advantage. What was just a possibility is about to become a probability.

Leslie Neilson

Leslie William Nielsen, OC (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010)[1] was a Canadian American actor and comedian. Nielsen appeared in over one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.[2]


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Daniel Whitney before he started his Larry the Cable Guy acts.

Daniel Whitney before he started his Larry the Cable Guy acts.

This is Daniels Alter Ego Which Launched Him Into The Multi Million Dollar Redneck Humour

Robert Deniro SNL Homeland Security Funny Stuff!

The Future Hand Held Application Called Pomegranate

A Big Week For This Leo ...

Leo- Sunday, November 28, 2010

Certain fears are being blown way out of proportion. Look carefully at what’s bothering you and you’ll discover that you don’t have to feel so hemmed by these circumstances. A stroke of good fortune is about to surreptitiously enter the equation to your advantage. What was just a possibility is about to become a probability.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Did Winston Churchill See The Future?

The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan is an 1899 book written by Winston Churchill while he was still an officer in the British army.

The book provides a history of the British involvement in the Sudan and the conflict between the British forces led by Lord Kitchener and Dervish forces led by Khalifa Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, heir to the self-proclaimed Mahdi Muhammad Ahmad who had embarked on a campaign to conquer Egypt, to drive out the non-Muslim infidels and make way for the second coming of the Islamic Mahdi.

The River War was Churchill's second published book after The Story of the Malakand Field Force, and originally filled two volumes with over 1000 pages in 1899. The River War was subsequently abridged to one volume in 1902.


About Mohammedanism he wrote:

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.

A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property - either as a child, a wife, or a concubine - must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.

It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.[13]

Sarah Palin Calls On USA To Stand With North Korean's- DUH READ MUCH SARAH?

WASHINGTON—Sarah Palin is drawing criticism from around the world after declaring that the United States has to stand with “our North Korean allies.”

Palin’s gaffe, made Wednesday during an interview on Glenn Beck’s syndicated radio show, was quickly corrected by her host. But it drew immediate fire from liberal bloggers, who cited it as an example of the 2008 vice-presidential candidate’s lack of foreign policy expertise.

Newspapers in Asia and Europe are repeating the criticism. The Times of India says Palin “did it again,” while London’s Daily Mail says she “may want to brush up on her geography.”

The conservative U.S. website The Weekly Standard came to Palin’s defence, pointing out that “she correctly identified North Korea as our enemy literally eight seconds before the mix-up.”

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Armless Pianist Liu Wei - You're Beautiful (Winner of China's Got Talent Final 2010)

This is amazing!

Liu Wei lost his arms in an accident at age 10, Liu Wei from Beijing never gives up living strong. He managed to do everything with his feet and started to learn to play piano at age 19. His dream is to become a musician. He is now 22 and just won the China's Got Talent Show on Oct. 10, 2010. In the final, he played piano and sang the song "You Are Beautiful", perhaps his vocal is not the best render of this song, but the power and inspiration of his zest for life won him the final. Bravo! Liu Wei's motto is,"I have two options - I can die as fast as possible, or I can live a brilliant life. And I chose the latter."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Jimmy Devellano: A blueprint for success

Leo- Saturday, November 13, 2010

It would be so wonderful to follow the path of least resistance and coast along from success to success, rather than having to endure this incessant battle against the odds. Sadly, winning the lottery is not a viable modus operandi, but walking straight into an amazing opportunity is. Take time out to relax and calm your mind. If you ask the universe for help, it’ll send a search party out to find you!
For the leo's that surround us! You know who you are !

"I did it because I loved hockey," said Jimmy Devellano, senior vice president of the Red Wings, thinking about the letter he wrote nearly 44 years later on the eve of his induction today into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. "I like hockey more than most people, who just want to sit around and watch it on TV. I had season tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs, I coached a lot of minor league hockey and there were various junior teams in Ontario that I used to travel around and watch. That was my passion."

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101108/SPORTS0103/11080319/1128/#ixzz14n4zqgJm

TORONTO – On the day he was inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame, Red Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano shared the secret to building a winning franchise.

You might want to write this down.

"You have to get good players," Devellano told Sporting News. "I know it sounds so simple just to say that, but you really do."

Well, yeah, there's that. But if it were that simple, every former GM would have the long list of accomplishments that earned Devellano a spot in this year's Hall of Fame class with Dino Ciccarelli, Cammi Granato, Angela James and Doc Seaman.

Devallano was part of the Islanders front office that won three Stanley Cups. In Detroit, he was hired over other candidates like David Poile and Pat Quinn to run the Red Wings, for whom he helped build four Stanley Cup winners.

He knew exactly what it took to win. On the day he was inducted into the Hall, he shared three crucial pieces to his blueprint:

Build through the draft. Devellano said he had many long conversations with Steve Yzerman before Yzerman left to run the Tampa Bay Lightning. One of the biggest things Devellano passed on was that long-term success comes only through player development.

The Lightning are off to a strong start under Yzerman, but he's committed to building the right way, which doesn't happen overnight.

Devellano preaches building with draft picks, and Yzerman is listening.

"It's something we're going to stress in our organization. We're going to do everything we can to build through the draft," said Yzerman, who traveled to Toronto to honor Devellano. "The secret of an organization is long-term success built through the draft and being patient with your players."

Find the right coach. After Bryan Murray was fired as Red Wings coach in 1993, Devellano got wind that Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch wanted to hire Mike Keenan. He did everything he could to prevent it.

"I went to ownership and really discouraged it," Devellano said.

Instead, Devellano suggested the Red Wings should hire Al Arbour or Scotty Bowman.

"He looked at me and said go get one of them. I said, 'Which one do you want?' He said, 'I don't care,' " Devellano said. "We got Scotty and the rest is history."

During his induction speech, Devellano also credited the role Jacques Demers played in reviving the Red Wings.

"Jacques re-invigorated hockey in Detroit," Devellano said. "Jacques, if you're listening, thank you, thank you, thank you."

Work for a strong, supportive owner. One of the reasons Devellano strongly encouraged Yzerman to take the Tampa Bay job was because of new Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. While it's possible for a team to win with a faceless ownership group, Devellano thinks a single committed owner dramatically boosts the rate of success.

"I prefer to work for one person, that was important to me. I feel sometimes in a group, you can go off on different tangents," he said. "If you have a singular committed owner, that's the best scenario."

In Detroit, that owner is Ilitch, who joked that Devellano's appreciation for Ilitch was for only one reason.

"He liked the way I spent. I hate the (salary) cap," Ilitch said. "I liked to go out and get players."

It was with Ilitch's support that Devellano was able to draft and then lure Europeans to the NHL at a time when other teams were scared off by the Iron Curtain.

"He gave me the assignment," Ilitch said, "and I had to do all the dirty work."

Read more: http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/feed/2010-11/hockey-hall-of-fame/story/jimmy-devellano-a-blueprint-for-success#ixzz14n4GGWqI

Passenger says crew ignored warning about man in disguise on plane from Hong Kong

A man in custody is shown with and without his disguise in this handout image released to Reuters on November 5, 2010.


VANCOUVER—An Air Canada passenger says she spotted a man in a silicone mask on her flight, but was ignored when she tried to warn the air crew.

Nuray Kurtur-Balas says the October 29th flight was still on the ground in Hong Kong when she told three flight attendants she suspected a fellow passenger was wearing a disguise.

She was talking about the young Chinese man who boarded the flight disguised as an elderly Caucasian man.

Kurtur-Balas told C-N-N she feared the man was going to blow up the plane and she kept her iPhone close to call her family should anything happen.

The 35-year old clothing retail production manager says she told the flight attendants the passenger’s heavily wrinkled face looked like plastic and didn’t match his young looking hands.

She says one flight attendant complimented her on her observation, another said he’d look into it, and the third said the man might have a medical condition—but no action was taken.

It was only after the flight took off and the man removed his mask that the air crew alerted authorities to meet the plane when it landed in Vancouver.

The 22-year old Chinese man remains in detention while seeking asylum in Canada.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Maritime community hits jackpot as lottery winners give away prize

November 4, 2010

Maritime community hits jackpot as lottery winners give away prize

From Friday's Globe and Mail

Elderly couple give away virtually all of their $11.25-million to close family, charity

After decades of living modestly, Allen and Violet Large suddenly had the money to fulfill their dreams.

But with $11.25-million in lottery winnings, the retired couple who live near Halifax knew that their dreams were a little different. No sports car, cruise or mansion for them. Instead, they worked quickly to give it away.

"We haven't spent even one penny on ourselves," says Ms. Large, 78. "Why spend money when you already have everything you need?"

Now, four months after cashing in their winning lottery ticket, the money is largely gone and they have little to show for their winnings. Nothing material, that is. But a long list of charities is reaping the benefits of their decision.

The decision caused a stir in the tiny community of Lower Truro and drew media attention from around the world. But the couple doesn't see it as a sacrifice. It didn't matter that the winnings would have allowed purchases impossible on working-class savings.

The couple drives the same five-year-old truck and 13-year-old car. There is neither microwave nor voicemail in their 19th-century home. The Larges are content with what they have. So when they hit the jackpot in July, it didn't take them long to conclude that others needed the money more.

"We wanted to look after our community and make sure they all had some," explains Mr. Large, who is 75.

The couple kept about two per cent for themselves, in case of emergency, and split the rest between immediate family and charities. They are unclear about the tax implications, but say they will deal with that next year.

They won't get into exact figures but say that recipients range from animal-protection agencies to churches to health-care services. Ms. Large was recently undergoing chemotherapy and facilities where she received her treatment got an extra chunk, her husband says.

A few possible scammers sniffed around but quickly were shut down.

"If anyone phoned, I would say, 'If you're looking for the money, it's all gone,'" Mr. Large says. "I wouldn't be sour or harsh but would say it gently."

On the long list of those groups that did get money is their church, Old Barns United.

"I've been surprised, they haven't even splurged in one instance that I've heard," said Reverend Ian Harrison, who said their gift will go toward keeping up the old building. "That says a lot about their character, their selflessness."

The couple has lived modestly since meeting in Ontario, where both where working at the time, at a dance.

"She was wearing a tartan skirt and I was wearing a tartan shirt and I said I must ask that girl for a dance," Mr. Large remembers.

They married in 1974 and continued working - he as a steelworker and welder and she at a cosmetics factory. They often didn't have much money and would stay home a lot. He'd watch television while she read, romance novels mostly.

The couple eventually retired to their native Nova Scotia. Their rural home is just close enough to town that Mr. Large can "crawl back" if he "gets souped," he jokes. "He never does that," his wife interjects, prompting him to add, a touch sheepishly, "it's a local expression."

In July their number came up on a 6/49 draw worth $11,255,272.70. At the time local media quoted them as saying that the win wouldn't change their lives. Instead it changed the lives of many other people.

It's a sharp contrast to the classic lottery story of a winner blowing through sudden wealth and ending up in penury.

"We're not big livers, we don't live high," Ms. Large says. "We're country. We weren't born with a silver spoon in our mouths."

NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft successfully flew past comet Hartley

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fraud Warning CIBC Scam Email

This was received in my email - its a fraudulent attempt to get CIBC ID and Password.
Beware and Be Aware

The link that was attached to the fraud email is


Monday, November 1, 2010

Toronto man charged in ‘grandparent scam’

Carys Mills Staff Reporter

A Toronto man has been charged following a police investigation into a so-called “grandparent scam.”

The investigation, which dates back to last year, was started by Peel Regional Police after several complaints were received.

Police said victims in Canada and the United States received phone calls from the suspect, who claimed to be a grandchild or other relative.

The suspect then requested urgent financial help, asking for money to be transferred and for the victim not to tell any other family members, police said.

Later, the investigation expanded to include police in Toronto.

Police are warning the public, suggesting elderly family members be made aware of similar scams.

Johnathan Hunter, 40, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 39 counts of fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, defrauding the public and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

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