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It’s Only a Matter of Time…

It first started a few years ago when Torontonians were banned from smoking inside restaurants. It then progressed to the point where people were no longer allowed to smoke in any building. It usually only takes one city to change their bylaw before others begin doing the same. Last week, in a small Nova Scotia town called Wolfville, the city voted for a change in their bylaw banning people from smoking in a car with an enfant. Part of me thinks it’s a great idea, since the young enfant is unable to speak for themselves, and has no other means of transportation. But another part of me feels that our rights are continually being taken away. Today we can talk on our cell phones while we drive, but it’s only a matter of time before another bylaw is passed restricting that. I understand that most laws are provided to serve and protect, I just think people need to be more diligent when they drive, or take into account other passengers that are in the car with them. It’s like the more laws and restrictions that we have make us more Americanized. As a reformed smoker, I never use to smoke in the car when I had other passengers. I also refused to talk on my phone when I was driving either. Take the entertainment industry for example, we all complain about how much it costs to go to the movies these days. We complain that they charge too much, but what we don’t get is they need to increase the prices somewhere to make up for the difference they are losing from video rentals and sales due to ilegal bootlegging and pirating. How many people out there have never illegally downloaded either music or videos. We’re actually hurting ourselves. It’s the choices that we make that spawn life to these new bylaws, and it’s only a matter of time before we are restricted even further. And that’s Whatz Slammin.

Leafs Get Demolished In the Desert.

Coyotes 5, Maple Leafs 1

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) –Ilya Bryzgalov has fit in perfectly in goal for coach Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes.

Bryzgalov made 25 saves for his fourth straight victory since joining Phoenix after being claimed off waivers from Anaheim, leading the Coyotes to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

“He is truly one of the pieces of this puzzle,” Gretzky said. “He’s helped us turn this team around, and maybe our franchise. It’s only four games and we have a long way to go. It’s a nice start for him.”

Bryzgalov has allowed only six goals in Phoenix’s four-game winning streak, its longest since a seven-game run last Dec. 26-Jan. 9.

“Our players feel pretty good right now,” Gretzky said. “Sure, we’ve win four in a row. The last time I’ve checked, however, that doesn’t win you too many rings.”

Toronto has lost four of its last five.

“Right now, this team is in a funk, and good teams found ways to get out of situations like this,” Leafs captain Mats Sundin said. “Teams find out what it takes to win, and that’s what faces us. No, we have not hit rock bottom, and have 60 games left to turn this thing around.”

The Coyotes scored four goals in the first period, two in an 18-second span.

Daniel Winnik opened the scoring at 4:16, and Peter Mueller then beat Andrew Raycroft to the short side at 8:24. At that point, Toronto coach Paul Maurice pulled Raycroft for Vesa Toskala.

“I didn’t like that first goal and made the change,” Maurice said. “But that was not the story. We didn’t move our feet, and that’s a big part of the game.”

Toskala allowed a goal on the first shot he faced, with Steven Reinprecht firing a wrist shot under the crossbar and over the goalie’s glove hand at 8:42.

Kyle Wellwood countered for Toronto, but Derrick Morris made it 4-1 with 1:57 left.

“We’re not playing the way we are capable,” Toronto Darcy Tucker said. “If everyone works hard, we can turn this around. Our responsibility is to be accountable, and we all know what needs to be done.”

Radim Vrbata completed the scoring at 2:05 of the second period. With a goal and assist, Vrbata has five points in the past two goals.

“Sometimes, you have to be lucky and be in the right spot at the right time,” Vrbata said. “Before these two games, I didn’t think I had a point in six. Now, I’m hot and the puck has found me.”

Notes: Toronto’s Jason Blake has failed to score in 16 straight games. His assist on the Leafs’ lone goal was his first point since an assist Nov. 2 at New Jersey. … The Coyotes will play 10 of their next 12 on the road, including a six-game road trip. … The announced crowd of 17,190 was the Coyotes’ second largest of the season.

Associated Press

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What would you buy if you had money to spare?

What would you buy if you had money to spare?

    November 24 2007 at 04:09PM
 
Hong Kong – A luxury apartment in Hong Kong has set a new record as the most expensive flat in Asia after fetching $36,3-million (about R247-million), a news report said on Saturday. 

The penthouse in Hong Kong’s upscale Mid-Levels district sold earlier this month for a record $5 142 per square foot, the South China Morning Post reported.

The price shattered the precious record for Asia’s most expensive flat which was held by another Hong Kong property that sold in October for $4 370 per square foot.

The Mid-Levels penthouse is on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the Branksome Crest tower and covers 7 088 square feet, the newspaper reported.

It commands views across Victoria Harbour and has a private swimming pool, a 2 700 square feet terrace and a garden. The buyer of the penthouse is not known.

Hong Kong already has the most expensive house in Asia in terms of price per square foot – a property in the most exclusive residential area The Peak which sold in June for $27,09-million or $5 283 per square foot. – Sapa-dpa

Ferguson not about to make changes to Maple Leafs

Ferguson not about to make changes to Maple Leafs

It didn’t get much better for Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala after he replaced Andrew Raycroft who gave up two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Leafs lost 5-1 to Phoenix.
Steady as she goes for listing club despite ugly outing against Phoenix

Nov 25, 2007 04:30 AM
Mark Zwolinski
Sports Reporter
GLENDALE, ARIZ. – Leafs GM John Ferguson emerged from an hour-long, post-game meeting with coach Paul Maurice last night to announce that the club will stay the course with its coaching staff and roster.

After an alarmingly bad performance in a 5-1 loss to Phoenix at the Jobing.com Arena, there was a strong sense that something had to give.

But Ferguson expressed confidence in his roster and the team’s ability to turn around what is now a three-game losing streak and losses in six of the last seven games.

“We sat here tonight and talked about a lot of different things, and it is a time now when we are not getting things done we need to get done,” Ferguson said.

“We addressed … that we need to get more out of the group we have.”

That seemed a stunning appraisal to critics who had just watched the Leafs’ performance.

While they’ve ruined good efforts with giveaways during their current funk, this was the first time this season the Leafs had the look of a team that knew it had no chance from the start.

But Ferguson was joined by Leafs captain Mats Sundin and the rest of the players in giving a vote of confidence to Maurice.

“I think Paul Maurice has done a great job since he’s been here … the results are because of the players on the ice,” Sundin said after last night’s loss.

“Paul Maurice has done everything he can to prepare the players and what’s going on in games has nothing to do with him.”

As for his job security, Ferguson said his focus is strictly on the team and bettering its performance and results.

“I don’t, not at all,” Ferguson said when asked if he’s worried about losing his job.

“All our focus is on competing with other teams, with getting into the top eight and going from there. And right now it’s an ongoing challenge.”

The biggest challenge remains goaltending, something which is tied directly to Ferguson’s off-season moves over the past two years.

Last night, Andrew Raycroft allowed goals by Daniel Winnik and Peter Mueller off big rebounds. Maurice yanked him after the second goal, and there was no denying afterwards that the well-liked Raycroft had not performed up to expectations.

“Obviously, Andrew has to be better than he was tonight,” Ferguson said.

“But that goes the same for every one of our players. Our standards are high, the standards in the league are high, and he (Raycroft) has to be better.”

The Leafs weren’t in the game from the opening faceoff, and when Steve Reinprecht scored on the first shot replacement goalie Vesa Toskala faced, things were about as bad as they have been all season.

Kyle Wellwood’s slap shot goal breathed some life into the game for the Leafs, but Derek Morris scored less than two minutes later for Phoenix.

Darcy Tucker and Mark Bell dropped the gloves for spirited bouts to show the Leafs had at least some character in the face of their poor play.

Afterwards, the players staged a meeting in their dressing room to address not only their weak effort last night, but the predicament brought on by their growing winless streak.

While they are just three games under .500, they have won only eight games in their first 24 – a streak of futility that, if continued, will leave them well shy of a playoff berth.

“Losing is never fun, and it’s part of the business to have to answer for losing,” Sundin said.

“We’re in a winning business. You have to win to stay in it and we’re not winning right now. We’re in a rut, a funk, but we’ve been there before. And good teams find way to get out of it.

We have something like 60 games left, and as a group, we have to get on the right side of the line. So far, we haven’t had the right things go our way. But I wouldn’t call it rock bottom. No … we have to realize what it takes to win in this league, and go out as a group and do it.”

http://www.thestar.com/NHL/MapleLeafs/article/279672

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My Baby’s Got A Secret…

“(PostSecret ( http://postsecret.blogspot.com/ ) is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.)” Sounds simple enough right? Frank Warren, the site’s creator, has started something big. Each postcard is a work of art. Each illustrating the secret it depicts. Some are funny — one, covered in Post-Its, message notes and paperclips states “I waste office supplies because I hate my boss”—some are sad — another, with a photo of a real arm next to a photo of a prosthetic one, reads “I smile sweetly and pretend to sympathize with my friends who are always fighting with their mothers.  I would give my left arm just to have my mother alive to fight with.”

 There are also a couple of points to keep in mind about the website. PostSecret is the largest advertisement free blog on the web. PostSecret is also requesting from readers that the secrets be MAILED on a homemade postcard. In a time of instant emails and the World Wide Web this is a refreshing break to the norm. Although there is a feature on the site (PostSecret Community) which allows readers to upload a secret voice recording, the meat and potatoes of the site is still the mailed in secrets. There are also PostSecret books and sold out speaking events. It seems everyone has a secret, and everyone needs to share.

Soda-Licious?

Jones Soda Co http://www.jonessoda.com/ has been recognised and lauded for its unique approach to marketing soft drinks. The lable is ever-changing (generated and submitted by consumers) and their distribution started in tattoo parlors and skate shops. Now it seems they are again pushing the proverbial envelope with the release of a “Christmas Pack” and a “Chanukah Pack”. It seems like a good idea on the exterior but a closer look allows you to see the new holiday flavours. The available combo pack will allow you to try such gems as Christmas Ham Soda, Egg Nog Soda, Latke Soda and Apple Sauce Soda, among others.

They say that variety is the spice of life. I can’t even try to imagine how a Christmas Ham Flavoured Drink could be found even remotely refreshing or delicious. That said, holiday shoppers will be hard pressed to find anything quite as edgy or unique to surprise loved ones this year!