By Mary Ormsby Feature Writer Fri., Sept. 7, 2018 One of Canada’s most decorated soccer players sleeps under a tall leafy tree in a west-end Toronto park. It’s one of the places Paul James — an Olympian and member of the country’s only men’s World Cup team — calls home. No sleeping bag sheaths James; his was ruined days earlier, soaked by lawn sprinklers. Just a waterproof plastic strip lies beneath the 54-year-old’s thin frame. His head rests on a gym bag that holds his few possessions, which he fiercely guards. The Welsh-born midfielder who battled the game’s top players — France’s Michel Platini and England’s Glenn Hoddle among them — once had his running shoes stolen from his side as he slept. He went barefoot until he found replacements. From under the tree’s shade, James rises, stiffly. His feet hurt; right shoulder and abdomen, too. He’s eating scarce amounts — … [Read more...] about He was a Canadian soccer star. Now he’s homeless and starving himself in a Toronto park on a lonely crusade for justice
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By Amy Dempsey Staff Reporter Thu., Aug. 30, 2018 In January, as the city of Toronto rolled out its final fleet of new raccoon-resistant green bins, Suzanne MacDonald was flooded with emails from citizens fretting about the fate of the masked bandits known for pillaging our food waste. The worried residents wrote to MacDonald, an animal behaviourist and known raccoon sympathizer, because they hadn’t seen the creatures creeping through their backyards lately, and were beginning to wonder: Where are they? Are they starving to death? Have they been forced to relocate in search of nourishment? What have we done to the raccoons? Designed with a special raccoon-resistant lock, Toronto’s new organic waste bins, which the city began distributing to great fanfare in 2016, were perhaps the greatest human effort in what we like to call our “war” against the raccoons. The animals had been effortlessly pillaging our first-generation green bins for … [Read more...] about Toronto built a better green bin and — oops — maybe a smarter raccoon
caption Challenge yourself to lead a better life. source Strelka Institute/Flickr/Attribution License It’s time to challenge yourself and improve your life. In order to make a positive change, you’ll likely need to overcome obstacles and bad habits. Check out these life-changing tweaks that might seem hard to adopt at first, but will ultimately pay off. Challenge yourself to lead a better life. Making a change for the better isn’t always easy, but it’s worth the effort all the same. So what tough-but-worthwhile tricks can you start applying to your life today? The posters on this handy Quora thread had some excellent suggestions. Business Insider also scoured the web for other ways you can challenge yourself to live a better life. Here are some uncomfortable habit changes that could ultimately help you improve your life: Wake up extremely early source Phalinn Ooi/flickr Ekin Öcalan said he loves to wake up before sunrise … [Read more...] about Doing these 24 uncomfortable things will pay off forever
As big as they are, Big Ass fans consume only as much electricity as a light bulb. Going green also now means having a beautiful piece of design on your ceiling. Yes, that’s really the name of these electric fans: Big Ass Fans. And they are! The biggest is an industrial fan measuring seven meters in diameter and installed in malls, schools like Xavier and IS, and churches like Manila’s iconic Quiapo Church. At the opening of Geo Green Philippines in Rockwell Power Plant Mall last week, the company introduced Big Ass’ Haiku fan collection for residential use. Architect Liza Morales Crespo, whose company Philippine Geo Green Inc., distributes the fans, among other products, says, “We’ve been around since 2009 and for us it’s not just a business but an advocacy to encourage people to live green. Our products are friendly to the environment, like these Big Ass Fans which are only 30 watts and consume the same amount of electricity as a light … [Read more...] about Are your fans Big Ass?
By Hillel Italie The Associated Press Sun., June 3, 2018 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—The book is officially fiction: the story of a president who disappears as he tries to prevent an apocalyptic cyberattack. The authors, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, swear it could happen. “You’re asking the Secret Service, in effect, to walk away from their duty,” the former president said during a recent interview at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel as he and Patterson discussed The President Is Missing, the thriller they worked on together that comes out this week. “(But) it could happen. If you were determined to do it, you could do it.” “A big piece of it (the novel) was getting him out of the White House,” Patterson said. “It would be irresponsible, but under the circumstances it was the responsible thing to do.” Prodded to collaborate by Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who handles book deals for both of them, Clinton and … [Read more...] about Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s new thriller is fast-paced and authentic