Friday, June 22, 2007
Pat and Sheena Wheaton decided to name their new baby "4real" shortly after glimpsing him for the first time as a fetus during an ultrasound examination and were struck by the reality of his impending arrival. Mrs Wheaton, from New Zealand, told TV One: "For most of us, when we try to figure out what our names mean, we have to look it up in a babies book and ... there's no direct link between the meaning and the name. "With this name, everyone knows what it means."
But when the parents filed the name with New Zealand's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, they were told names beginning with a number were against the rules.
The government office has opened negotiations with the parents about the name under a policy that says all unusual names must be given case-by-case consideration.
He says he hopes this will inspire people get off the couch and get in shape. Karnazes has run 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. He's run across Death Valley in the middle of summer. He's run a marathon to the South Pole. He's run 350 continuous miles.
I noticed he has a website where he can document his lunacy. Dean I'm just running 5.5 miles this weekend.
So why is he doing it? He says it's to benefit an organization called Athletes for a Cure, which is committed to finding a cure for prostate cancer. He is running right now actually. Dean's progress towards his goal will be streamed live via Web cast from midnight Thursday June 21 through midnight Friday, June 22. You can watch Dean's progress and see if he in fact does break the world record at www.accelerade.com.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Norman Crabtree, 79, died on May 31, more than three weeks after being assaulted.
A police investigation revealed that on May 8 a dispute erupted over a woman at the Seven Oaks Home for the Aged on Neilson Rd. The victim, whose wife is still alive, had taken up with another woman at the seniors home believing the woman to be his wife. The woman had Alzheimer's, too, and they'd walk around together as a couple.
After dinner on May 8, the victim shouted at a 69-year-old man that this woman was his wife and to leave them alone. "Get your own wife," the victim shouted at him. This didn't prompt an immediate reaction, but a couple of minutes later, the accused marched at Crabtree and lifted his leg and kicked Crabtree in the stomach. The victim, wearing slippers, lost his footing and fell backwards on the tile floor and struck his head, opening a wound.
He was taken to hospital, was stitched up and later released. Police and the coroner's office were called to the home on May 31 for reports of a sudden death. An autopsy revealed that Crabtree died from "blunt force head injury complicated by bronchial pneumonia." The unidentified attacker has no recollection of what happened, police said.
Just another example of how Alzheimer's disease is cruel condition. The number of attacks in senior citizen homes is increasing. Eleven residents met violent deaths at the hands of other residents at Ontario nursing homes between 1999 and 2004.
Let's be frank it is a voluntary tax. The province of Ontario collects about $650 million each year which goes to support support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education. Only 53.6% goes to prize money.
It should come as no great surprise, then, that those most likely to spend their disposable income on lottery tickers are generally those with the least disposable income. Yes, the rich really are different. For one thing, they tend to be smarter about how the handle their money.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Researchers showed still photos of couples having sex to 30 women and 15 men between the ages of 23 and 28. Each was rigged up with a high-tech eye-tracking gizmo to measure where his or her gaze went first, and how long it stayed there.
While men went straight to the face and lingered awhile, most of the women were more interested in what was going on in the pictures — the sexual activity.
But I can give you a hint - when I guy comments on a girl's rack, he likely didn't spend too much time gazing into her eyes.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Police said the incident began when the 17-year-old friend taunted the 18-year-old with a gun, saying the 18-year-old would not shoot him. The 18-year-old then shot his friend in the thigh, police said.
When police arrived, the two reportedly said the older teen had found the younger teen in the street with a gunshot wound, but police said they had reason to be suspicious. Police said the two had been using drugs at the time of the shooting. The 17-year-old was taken to a hospital and the 18-year-old was arrested for aggravated battery.
In so doing, they sought to isolate Hamas, the extremist organization which forcibly took control of the Gaza Strip last week and forced Abbas to rebuild an emergency government in the West Bank.
The Bush administration, in a major policy shift, agreed to free up some $86 million (U.S.) in aid to the Fatah government of Abbas. The European Union, the biggest aid donor to the Palestinian government, also announced it would send frozen funds to the Abbas coffers.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure these moves will save Abbas or Fatah. The West Bank population do not like Abbas. The see him as representing the corrupt regime that ran the Palestinian Authority for years. The latest moves may only reinforce the belief that he is in bed with Bush and there is no one less popular in the Middle East than George Bush.
Now all I need is for my cable to go down and it will be like living back in the 1960s.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Toronto, the most expensive city in Canada, has dropped 35 places to position No. 82 on a list of the world's most expensive cities.
The survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranked 143 cities around the world, measuring the comparative cost of goods and services such as housing, transportation and food. The findings are designed to help multinational employers determine compensation for their expatriate workers.
Calgary and Vancouver also tumbled down the rankings, sliding from 71st place to 92nd and 56th to 89th, respectively.
Ottawa remains the cheapest city in 109th position.
The new scores reflect a low rate of inflation and stable housing prices.
Moscow is the world's most expensive city for the second year in a row, thanks to an appreciating ruble and rising housing costs, the survey found.
Well, Jill Coccaro did and now she has forced the city to fork over a $29,000 legal settlement for ille gally busting her when she law fully bared her bosom and went for a stroll two years ago.
Tomoji Tanabe, who lives with his 66-year-old son and the son's wife in Miyakonojo, about 900 km (560 miles) southwest of Tokyo on the island of Kyushu, met the city's mayor to receive a certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records recognising him as the oldest man.
A Japanese woman, Yone Minagawa, 114, who is listed by Guinness as the world's oldest person and also lives in Kyushu.
At 94, my dad has ways to go but to catch up to this pair. Japan has over 28,000 people aged 100 or more.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
This week saw the civil war between Hamas and Fatah in the Gaza finally come to end. Fatah was totally routed and its fighter killed leaving Hamas fully in control. As Hamas takes over the porous border with Egypt, you can be sure that there will be a steady stream of weapons, in particular rockets to launch into Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in an emergency Cabinet today and outlawed the militia forces of the Islamic Hamas movement, deepening the violent rupture in Palestinian society. Abbas issued decrees today annulling a law requiring the new government to be approved by parliament, which is dominated by Hamas, and outlawing the Islamic group's militias. In Gaza, deposed Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has ignored Abbas' order firing him.
Abbas is weak and unable to enforce any of his edicts. It's only a matter of time before Hamas takes control of the West Bank so welcome to Hamastan.
Frank L. White died in 1938, and until this week, his grave in Woodlawn Cemetery bore only a tiny concrete marker with no name. Last week, a granite gravestone was placed at his burial site. It bears his name and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box.The chef was photographed about 1900 while working in a Chicago restaurant. His name was not recorded. White was a chef, traveled a lot, was about the right age and told neighbors that he was the Cream of Wheat model, the Jackson Citizen Patriot said.
Notable dropoffs include Jennifer Lopez, Leonardo DiCaprio, Renee Zellweger, Bruce Springsteen, Halle Barry, Jim Carey and Denzel Washington. People you better call your agents quick!
The committee chair said Nifong's early comments about the case — which included a confident proclamation that he wouldn't allow Durham to become known for "a bunch of lacrosse players from Duke raping a black girl" — were purposefully designed to boost his campaign for district attorney.