Saturday, November 10, 2007
They took 240 volunteers who had visited their GP with lower back pain and gave them anti-inflammatory drugs and spinal manipulation or a fake treatment.
The report's author, Mark Hancock, of the Back Pain Research Group at the University of Sydney, said if patients receive good advice and take ordinary painkillers there is no need to recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or spinal manipulation.
He said the treatments did not reduce symptoms, were potentially risky and costly.
I can't see anyone buying breast milk for their baby from a stranger.
Friday, November 09, 2007
As I mentioned previously, Canadian teams while only 6 in number, contribute about 40% of revenue and have been pushing up the cap. The impact has been squeezing smaller market American teams, some of which have never made any money.
The Forbes ranking shows that 3 of the top 6 revenue generators are in Canada. Not surprising, the Maple Leafs are on top. Remember these are figures for the 2006-07 season and do not reflect the most recent rise in the Canadian dollar.
The driver, 42-year-old Martin Enriquez Hernandez of Denver, was charged with alien smuggling. The man in the suitcase, 26-year-old Jesus Ivan Payan Estrada of Chihuahua, Mexico, was taken into custody on re-entry after deportation charges.
Ontario's chief energy conservation officer wants more people to be able to legally hang their clothes out to dry. This one of a dozen recommendations released on Wednesday that would cut down on energy use in the province.
There are a number of subdivisions across Ontario where it is illegal for people to put their clothes out on a clothesline. I had no idea that this was illegal in Ontario. I guess some neighbours don't want to see your laundry.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment says that a standard clothes dryer consumes 900 kilowatt hours of energy per year, creating up to 840 kilograms of air pollution and greenhouse gases.
There is also a ban on roof-top solar panels in some subdivisions.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
But when he broke into the league he was a lethal force, the ultimate power forward. He just skated over veteran defenseman that got into his way as he drove to the net. I think it was during a Canada Cup, when Eric was just 18 that he crashed Ulf Sammuleson into the boards and shattered the Swede's collarbone. It was scary to watch him play. That is the Eric Lindros I choose to remember. As for whether he gets into the Hall, who am I to say. Others will decide that over the next few years.
For one thing, the salary cap is tied to league revenue. Everything is calculated in U.S dollars. So the 6 Canadian teams pay salaries and report revenue in U.S. dollars. With the Canadian dollar rising about 25% against its American counterpart, revenues have grown without any increase in attendance, new TV money, etc. I made this point before when the cap was increased to $50 million. And I understand that 40% of NHL revenue now comes from the 6 Canadian teams.
So you can count on another substantial cap increase for next season. So what does it all mean? Well what you would consider a small market and large market team is being redefined. Edmonton has always considered a small market and has had trouble competing with the big boys. Not any more. But as well, struggling U.S. markets are struggling even more. Salaries are being pushed up by the Canadian currency and they can't compete. This is the reverse of what was happening 10 years ago when Canadian teams couldn't compete because of the falling Canadian dollar.
Also, teams like the Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes, which rely on revenue-sharing money, must generate a year-to-year revenue growth rate in excess of the league average revenue growth rate according to the CBA. But the rising Canadian dollar makes that impossible for these markets.
In the past Canadian teams survived partly because they always had strong fan bases but were just at a financial disadvantage. But small market American teams do not necessarily have that strong fan base. The answer may be to move some franchises to Canada. However, Commissioner Bettman has absolutely no interest in the Canadian market. Meanwhile he has his eye on expanding the NHL to Kansas City and Las Vegas. Owners will be convinced because they are eager potential owners who would provide at least $500 million for existing owners to stick into their pocket. Expansion revenue is not part of the CBA so there is no sharing with players/
The Conservatives sat on an obscenely large surplus and ignored requests for assistance from provincial and municipal governments to announce massive tax cuts. The $60 billion in tax reductions also effectively ties the hands of the opposition parties going into the next election. It will be impossible to commit to any significant new program spending during the campaign with out reversing some of these tax cuts. That is why Liberal leader Stephane Dion has sent out signals that a Liberal government might repeal the GST cut.
Stephen Harper shows little interest in addressing our country's problems. He has been in constant election mode since becoming Prime Minister and focused on winning a majority to carve out a legacy for himself. Meanwhile large cities are drowning in red ink and unable to address our aging infrastructure. Road cave-ins, closed landfill sites, tainted water incidents and the bridge collapse in Minnesota are warning signs that big money is needed to address looming crises. Toronto and Mississauga have been forced to create new taxes to address some of these problems. But with Ottawa controlling 2/3 of every tax dollar, they can't go it alone.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The streetcars were travelling north and south along Spadina Avenue and collided around 3 p.m. at the intersection at Dundas Street in the heart of Chinatown. It appears the northbound streetcar came off the track and smashed into the southbound streetcar.
Speculation is faulty switching equipment is to blame. Plenty of insurance claims and law suits to follow.
Photo by JL1967 from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
Adel Arnaout has now been charged with attempting to kill eight others by poisoning bottled water and sending it to two modelling agencies. The Star reports that bottles of water were injected with a poisonous chemical then delivered to Christen and Associates Model and Talent Management and Blitz Models and Talents, both located downtown, on July 22, 2004, under the guise of a promotion. Pinholes were seen in the bottles and the liquid had a foul odour which deterred anyone from drinking it.
Global News had previously reported that Arnaout was convicted of harassing managers of a Toronto modelling agency with which he had signed, hoping for a career as a male model. When Arnaout failed to get any work as a model, he allegedly began calling the agency repeatedly and threatening them, claiming to be a member of the Russian mafia.
10. Dave Andreychuk (92-96)
Dave was fortunate to hang around long enough to win a Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004 at the age of 40. He falls on this list because during his time with the Leafs he was a prolific goal scoring. In the 1993-94 season he scored 53 goals. He lead the league in powerplay goals in 1991-92 (28) and 1992-93 (32). He played at the edge of the paint and took quite a beating to score many of these goals.
9. Lanny McDonald (73-80)
Lanny was also a gifted but rugged goal scorer. In his last 4 seasons with the Leafs he averaged 43 goals per season. Unfortunately his best season was with Calgary where he scored 66 goals. Like Andreychuk he finally won a Stanley Cup late in his career (1989).
8. Norm Ullman (68-75)
Norm was one of the most consistent players in the NHL during his career. He was the key player in the 1968 Frank Mahovolich trade. Early in his career he centred Gordie Howe and was an All Star. With the Leafs he wasn't so lucky but playing with Floyd Smith and Paul Henderson, he still had his best year in 1970-71 when he scored 85 points.
7. Jacques Plante (70-73)
Jacques had such a long and distinguished career that his accomplishments with the Leafs are largely lost in time. At the age of 42, he had the lowest goals against average (1.88) in 170-71 with Leafs and was an All Star.
6. Rick Vaive (80-86)
Rick was one of the few gifted Leaf scorers during the pathetic 1980s. He holds the Leafs single season goal scoring record (54) and had 3 50-goal seasons. That is amazing looking back at those weak Leaf teams. During this career as a Leaf he scored 537 points in 534 points at a rate of 1.01 points per game, second only to Doug Gilmour.
5. Mats Sundin (94-present)
Mats like many others on this list has had to carry his team. He holds the NHL record for overtime goals (15). Another consistent scorer, he has continued to lead Leaf scorers despite never playing with star wingers (ie, Jonas Hogland). In 13 seasons the durable Mats has missed only 40 games. He has made 9 All Star game appearances. Unless he gets traded to a contender, he will never win a Cup. However, he has an Olympic gold medal and at the Worlds won 2 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. This season Mats became the Leaf career leader in goals and points.
4. Curtis Joseph (98-02)
Curtis had his best years as a Maple Leaf. His goals against average as a Leaf was 2.41 and recorded 133 winds and 17 shutouts. He was runner up for the Vezina in 1999 and 2000 and won the King Clancy trophy in 1999-2000. During his Leaf tenure, the team was very much offense-oriented and relied on Curtis to make numerous saves every game.
3. Darryl Sittler (70-82)
Like Sundin, Darryl was the heart and soul of the Leafs for many years until he was driven away by ignorant management. He was the first Leaf to score 100 points and accomplished it twice. Until this season, he was the Leaf career leader in goals and points. He also holds some impressive NHL records including a 10-point game (including 6 goals) and a 5-goal playoff game.
2. Borje Salming (73-89)
Borje anchored the Leaf defense for 15 years through good and bad seasons. He was an All Star from 1975-80 and paved the way to the NHL for other Europeans. He was a tough competitor who could not be intimidated and the scars on his body are a reminder of what he went through. He played against the bruising Flyer teams during the Broad Street Bully days but never backed down. He holds the Leaf career assist record (660).
1. Doug Gilmour (91-97, 03)
Dougie was the most popular Leaf player over the past 2 decades. He holds the Leaf single season point record (127) and assist record (93). He won the Frank Selke Trophy in 1993 and is the last Leaf player to win a major NHL trophy. He actually came the closest to carrying the Leafs to a Cup final in the past 41 years. In the 1992-93 season he scored a pivotal double overtime goal against St. Louis in the 2nd round of the playoffs with Curtis Joseph in net. In the next round the Leafs were leading the series 3-2. During overtime of game six, Gretzky high-sticked Gilmour, drawing blood, without being assessed a penalty by and then scored the winning goal moments later to stave off elimination. The King went on to win the series. Gilmour finished second to Gretzky in playoff scoring with 35 points.
Litre of Gas $1.01 (CDN$)
Ounce of Gold $836 (US$)
However, that shopping trip to the US is looking better and better with the Canadian dollar worth $1.10 against the American dollar.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
It's not like there are 30 General Managers who are happy with the teams. Anaheim, Pheonix, Atlanta, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago have been actively chatting. But with over half the teams very close to the salary cap, it is just to difficult too execute a trade this early in the season. You can't pick up a $4 million player unless the other team takes one back in exchange. And in most cases there's no point. So if Ottawa were to pick up Federov from Columbus, they would likely have to move Redden.
In March, that $4 million player becomes only a $1 million hit on your payroll and becomes more feasible. So GMs have no choice but to wait for injured players to rehab and slumping players to recover. That is what Ferguson has been counting on. He is hoping that the return of Wellwood, McCabe, Bell, Tucker and Colaiavoco will kick start his team. Burke is hoping that Selanne and Niedermayer come out of retired. Waddel hopes that Hossa recovers from his slump/injuries. You make all your moves in the summer and then you have no choice but to stick with what you got.
Just hours before Game 7 of the AL championship series, Byrd acknowledged using human growth hormone for a medical condition, a tumor in his pituitary gland. But the Cleveland Indians' right-hander claims he never injected the banned drug without a doctor's prescription. He said he had nothing to hide. It all sounded quite innocent and legal, until people began to scratch below the surface.
The San Francisco Chronicle began to investigate his story. Byrd bought nearly US$25,000 worth of HGH and syringes from 2002-05, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. HGH was not banned by baseball until January 13, 2005. Byrd made his final purchase of HGH a week earlier, the newspaper said.
But Byrd bought HGH from a Palm Beach, Fla., anti-aging clinic under investigation by authorities for possible illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. Two of Byrd's prescriptions for HGH were not written by a physician but by a shady dentist whose license was suspended in 2003 for fraud and incompetence.
Byrd claims baseball officials have known that he's been taking the drug but no official from Kansas City, Atlanta or the Angels (his teams during the period) or from major league baseball has acknowledged knowing anything about it. Players can apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) to take drugs for various medical conditions, but none has ever been granted for HGH and Byrd never applied for one.
Something isn't right here.
Monday, November 05, 2007
From TMZ.com (If it's there, it MUST be true!):
Avery, who was previously linked to Elisha Cuthbert and rumored to be the other man in JT's "What Comes Around Goes Around," has been seen squiring MK all over the Big Apple.
He shoots, he scores!
I know I'm not the only guy who once fantasized about the time when the Olsen twins would be legal (not that we have a chance or anything), but then they stopped eating, started smoking, and just generally started to look ghoulish.
Each day near Petersburg, Ky., 1,500 to 4,000 visitors, including busloads from Christian schools and churches, stand in line for as long as an hour to wander 60,000 square feet of animatronic exhibits presenting the Bible's creation story as fact.
It's been six months since the Creation Museum opened to crowds and protests, and the controversial attraction has proven more popular than even organizers had predicted.
Halfway into its first year, it is on the verge of surpassing its projected year-long attendance goal of 250,000. Officials now expect nearly 400,000 people to pass through the doors by year's end.
The $27 million facility drew worldwide attention for its claims that the Earth is 6,000 years old, not billions; that dinosaurs and man coexisted; and that geologic features such as the Grand Canyon and fossils were created in a global flood provoked by Adam's and Eve's original sin.
Now Ken Campbell of The Hockey News suggests the Ottawa Senators should forget trying to win a bidding war for a banged-up Peter Forsberg and instead try to make "a bold and concerted pitch" for rejuvenated Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin.
Come on, everyone in the hockey world knows it'll be a cold day in hell before the Leafs trade Sundin, or anyone else from their roster, to the Ottawa Senators. The only way Sundin might - emphasis on "might" - end up in a Sens jersey by the trade deadline is if another team is involved whereby the Leafs trade him to that team which then "flips" him to the Senators. And if there was any hint of Ottawa landing Sundin, it wouldn't go down.