Mayor Rob Ford is apologizing to Torontonians for "mistakes" he has made, but says he will not be leaving office, despite
the fact that police have recovered a controversial video that allegedly shows the city’s chief magistrate using crack
cocaine. His remarks came just three days after Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed in a news conference that investigators
retrieved a video from a seized hard drive that features the mayor. Blair said the video was "consistent" with descriptions
of the mayor smoking from a crack pipe, as reported by U.S. gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star. He said...I'm the first one to admit, I am not perfect. I have made mistakes ... and all I can do right now is apologize
for the mistakes," he said.
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox will miss several weeks and needs heart surgery.The
58-year-old Fox will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early next week at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C.The Broncos
did not immediately name an interim head coach.Fox had been told earlier about his heart condition and was hoping to put off
the operation until February. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the Broncos' bye week, he met with his cardiologist
and was told to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.On Saturday, Fox became dizzy playing golf near
his off-season home and was taken to a hospital, where tests revealed he couldn't wait any longer to have the surgery."I sincerely
appreciate all of the support from friends, Denver Broncos fans and so many around the league today," Fox said in a statement
released by the team Saturday night. "Although I am disappointed I must take some time away from the team to attend to this
pre-existing health condition, I understand that it's the right thing to do. I have great confidence in our coaches and players,
who are fully committed to our goals."I look forward to returning to coaching as soon as possible."At 7-1, the Broncos trail
the Kansas City Chiefs (8-0) in their division, but they're widely considered Super Bowl favourites in the AFC with a high-octane
offence led by Peyton Manning and a star-studded defence that recently was bolstered by the return of All-Pro linebacker Von
Miller from a suspension.Their next game is Nov. 10 against AFC West foe San Diego.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali (91) celebrates with teammates after returning a recovered fumble
into the end zone for a touchdown past Buffalo Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel (7) during the second half of an NFL football game
in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith was exhausted after he returned
an interception 100 yards for a touchdown.
''I was definitely happy I made it,'' Smith said. ''I wanted to celebrate,
but I was too tired.''
That's fine, because the Chiefs are suddenly breathing easier after their defense kept Kansas
City's perfect start intact.
Smith's interception and linebacker Tamba Hali's 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown
aided the Chiefs in overcoming a pedestrian offense and their own leaky defense in securing a 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills
Kansas City (9-0) remained the NFL's only undefeated team and matched the best start in franchise history
set in 2003. The Chiefs now enter their bye week before a key AFC West showdown against the Denver Broncos (7-1) on Nov. 17.
the only thing perfect about the Chiefs is their record so far, coach Andy Reid refuses to make any apologies.
not going to make excuses for it,'' said Reid, who in his first year has the Chiefs continuing their worst-to-first run after
a 2-14 finish last season. ''We're pretty happy that we got the touchdowns. We'll take them any way we can get them.''
if you went to last weekend's LeMons race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, you could tell your friends you saw the premier
of the Upside Down Race Car, a Speedycop production created by the wackiest of LeMonsters, Jeff Bloch.You don't go to a 24 Hours of LeMons race for the speed. Because for race cars that cost no more than $500, speed isn't a thing. You go to a LeMons race to witness
the barking mad, clapped-out vehicles perilously navigate turns at 6 mph. You go to watch the officiators utilize the "Wheel
of Misfortune" to decide a punishment for lousy driving, such as the "Mime Your Crime" penalty, where the driver must paint
their face in white and mime their infraction before being allowed back on course.
Under his Speedycop banner, Bloch and his cronies have been famed for their Franken-wheel creations, leading up to the
debut of the Spirit of LeMons--a 1956 Cessna 310 and a minivan engine blended to create a road-racing airplane. All in, Speedycop has built 14 lemons over
The Upside Down Race Car, despite looking like the results of a rough street race, is a 1999 Chevy Camaro flipped on its lid and fitted with a beat-up, 190,000 mile 1.3 liter Ford Festiva engine and subframe. Given the sheer weight of the machine and the tiny engine, the power appears on par with a AMF Roadmaster moped. Or perhaps even slower. Speedycop confirms: "Putting this thing on a race course with real race cars would be tantamount
to suicide, were it not for the stringent safety rules. Now, it's merely extremely hazardous, and highly ill-advised."
For Speedycop, this is simply the next vehicle in a long list of potential upcoming nutty concepts: "I'm an 8 year-old
kid trapped in a 40 year-old body," he says, "with just enough talent to pull off my wacky ideas." We can't wait to see what
he pulls off next
DRUNK, DEFUNCT and perhaps DERANGED...Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seen posing on Friday evening at Taste of the Danforth.
... one eye witness of a drunk driving Ford, Mala Turay, who filmed Ford on the way to the festival,
said he first encountered the mayor on Greenwood Avenue, south of Danforth. Turay said he looked outside his home and saw
his neighbours crowded around a Cadillac Escalade parked on the street. When Turay went outside, Ford was standing next to
the luxury vehicle as he spoke to people gathered around him. “They said they had thought he had been drinking, and
looking and talking to the mayor it was pretty obvious,” Turay said, he was “swaying back and forth” and
slurring his words. A short time later, one of Ford’s staffers moved his Escalade to the Danforth, Turay said. A spokesperson
for the mayor said Ford drove himself to the event, but decided to have a staff member drive him home. In an amateur video,
Ford repeatedly tells people gathered around him, “I’m not driving.” The video was recorded near Danforth
and Greenwood avenues, several blocks east of the festival.
Aerial view from a hot air balloon as it flies over the ruins of Pompeii city, near Naples, May 27,
Tourists visit the library in the ancient city of Ephesus in the western Turkish coastal city of Izmir,
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Machu Picchu was recognized as a World Wonder in 2007.
Sammy Yatim: Families of cop shooting victims to protest at Toronto police board meeting
Sammy Yatim's mother, Sahar Bahadi, and his sister, Sarah Yatim, led a rally down Dundas
St. to the spot where where he was shot by a Toronto Police officer. Protesters, including relatives
of six people who died in police gunfire, will march to police headquarters.
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PARIS, May 26 – Massive crowds gathered in Paris on Sunday to take part in
a rally against gay marriage, local police said. Organizers said more than 1 million people participated
in the march against the new legislation. Interestingly some news agencies claim that only a few thousand participated,
yet judging by pictures such as the May 27th Toronto Star there were easily 500,000. But why doctor the numbers? Clearly a
lot of "normal" folks are opposed to same sex perversion, but forceful fringe elements are trying to minimise
opposition. Some 4,500 police have been deployed to maintain security in the city. Police have arrested at least 19 people
who staged a protest on the roof of France's ruling Socialist party’s headquarters. The protesters have called for the
president’s resignation. Police used tear gas during the operation. A total of 56 opponents of the controversial law
were detained in the French capital on the eve of the protest staged by the members of the Manifestation For All movement,
local media reported. French President Francois Hollande signed the gay marriage bill into the law on May 18. France has become
the ninth European nation and the 14th country in the world to legalize “marriage for all.” The bill has sparked
mass protests throughout the nation.
Heroin seized ...The hunt is on for a drug trafficker in the GTA after Canada Border
Services Agency officers seized more than 22 kilograms of heroin at Pearson International Airport last week.
The discovery was made
May 19 as customs officers monitored baggage off a flight from Pakistan. A duffle bag that was lacking a luggage tag was selected
for further examination.
Officers found multiple rectangular-shaped packets wrapped in a floral-pattern fabric inside the duffle
bag. Subsequent testing proved positive for heroin.
The RCMP is now looking for those responsible for trying to bring the drugs into Canada.
During the first four months of 2013, CBSA officers in the GTA have seized more than 127 kilograms
David Beckham has been voted the best naked celebrity.The hunky soccer star - who has four children, Brooklyn, 14, Romeo, 10, Cruz, eight, and 19-month-old Harper with wife Victoria
- topped a poll of famous guys who have stripped for the cameras. David grabbed first place thanks to his semi-naked Armani
and H&M advertising campaigns. He beat Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson into second place, who was named for his
racy scenes in Cosmopolis. A surprise entry was Piers Morgan who came third due to his 2009 advert for Burger King
to promote a scent called Flame in which he appeared naked other than a velvet rug covering his manhood.
The nationwide UK vote was carried out by WinkBingo.com as celebration of their campaign with Dream Idols, Europe's biggest
male glamour group.
Mickey Elimelech - head of 888.com's Wink Bingo - is "surprised" at the top three, but agrees the tattooed sportsman should
be number one.
Mickey said: "We agree that Beckham is a huge front runner in the strip tease department. Wink Bingo is all about giving
you a little bit of what you fancy, but we must admit that Piers Morgan was surprise."
Awful Auckland Traffic...Traffic chaos continues There is more traffic chaos on Auckland's roads as thousands flock to today's Pasifika Festival and the Kumeu Show.
The Pasifika Festival, which began today at 10am in Auckland's Western Springs Park, is expected to draw thousands of locals
and visitors from around the country.The Kumeu Show, one of the country's largest rural field-days, also began this morning.
On Thursday, Auckland experienced its worst traffic gridlock in years caused by an extra squeeze of pressure on a stretched
transport network after a serious crash closed all four southbound lanes of the main motorway out of town.
EXCITING TIMES FOR "THE DUNSTAN"
Now that we are reporting from New Zealand, we have access to the historic side of "The Dunstan Times"! We will feature
segments of George Faches editions from the 1860's! Below is an old picture of George Fache and a few of his local sources
discussing the weather and local news tips. Below is an article he wrote and printed in "The Dunstan Times"
regarding the affairs of a couple of his clients. My great great grandfather had his hand in many fields much like me.Below
find George Fache (second from right) hunting up news from the locals in circa 1888 Clyde. Below that is a picture of me with
the right tool for the job. I think I may have need of the this chopper-plough to clean up the pack of false history stories
being propagated in Clyde.
President Hugo Chavez was lauded as a modern-day reincarnation of Latin American liberator Simon Bolivar and a disciple
of Cuba's Fidel Castro at a fiery, foot-stomping state funeral that at times smacked of a political rally as presidents, princes
and left-wing glitterati looked on.
Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, emotionally eulogised the fallen leader at the military academy where the
funeral was held, his voice booming over Chavez's flag-draped casket as he pledged eternal loyalty.
"Here we are, Comandante, your men, on their feet," Maduro shouted, government officials rising behind him. "All your men
and women ... loyal until beyond death."
"Chavez Lives!" he declared. "Mission Accomplished!"
But all was not peace and harmony in a country deeply divided by Chavez's 14 years in power. The opposition coalition announced
it would boycott Maduro's swearing-in later Friday, calling it unconstitutional. The dispute foreshadows a bitter presidential
campaign to come, with elections mandated within 30 days of Chavez's death.
The opposition also rejected the original plan to hold the swearing-in at the military academy, complaining that the armed
forces had already virtually endorsed Maduro as Chavez's rightful heir.
I have just passed through Clyde and my illusions have been trampled but the barren wasteland that surrounds it. It is
like some alien planet, post apocalyptic. I believe this area was used in the film Lord of the Rings for the mythical land
Mordor where the evil spirit of ?Saron? dwells. Im talking Mount Doom stuff. I will upload some photos soon. It is realy creepy
landscape. Passed right by it to come to Queenstown. I will get there yet to honour my family but the landscape is anything
HOG-TIED.... I was sitting outside enjoying the sunshine Christmas
evening looking out onto the beautiful blue Pacific when I heard some weird noises. First I thought it was a cat fight. Then
I was sure it was a spoiled child having a wee fit. I should have investigated but temper trantrums are not my thing;
so I left the matter to itself. Just two doors away all hell was breaking lose as a pet mini pig was being mauled
by Dunedins finest. Good they called for back-up. Lucky they didnt have him home for dinner. I am itching to bring up
an obvious line but no, I am here in New Zealand where we don't mention pig on pig fights. We just don't. It's not the
decent thing to do. Police say they have decided not to press charges against the juvenile runaway who narrowly
avoided becoming Christmas lunch - twice. The first, on Christmas Eve, the creature got on Rattray St, in Dunedin.
That's not a pig it's a young kunekune named Seamus. A little mini-pig if you will. Teenagers had helped
him across the busy road and on to the Arthur St Reserve just after 1pm on Monday. As the pig was content to chomp and root
up grass, City animal control were contacted, police officers roughed him up a bit and tied up the poor wee beastie.
''He definitely resisted arrest,'' Constable Buchanan was quoted as having told the Otago Daily Times at the scene.
He later added Seamus could have also faced charges of assaulting a police officer, after he kicked out at Constable Kath
Goodman. Other offences included ripping up the park's grass and defecating in public.
Constables Buchanan and Goodman detain Seamus, a kunekune pig, after he was
grazing in a Dunedin park on Christmas Eve. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
The pig declined to comment,
but was clearly distressed after being hogtied by the three officers before a 30-minute wait for animal control. The trio
- assisted by Constable Lachlan McDonald - lifted Seamus into the back of the animal control van, despite squeals of protest
from the alleged offender. ''Given it's Christmas, we have decided to take a lenient view on the pig,'' said Senior Sergeant
Steve Aitken the Times quotes. Seamus' owners came and collected him about an hour later. The mayhem was repeated yesterday
about 6.30pm when the pig was seen ''munching'' someone's garden in Elm Row and police were again called. This time, his owners
were called to retrieve Seamus. Both his escapes were thanks to the gate to his pen being left open. He's very much a pet
pig. He goes in the car and they take him for walks on the beach.
Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm sails after crossing the starting line of the Vendee Globe
sailing race. Photo / AP
A solo round-the-world sailor is off and racing again after completing repairs off the Dunedin coast.Swiss sailor Bernard
Stamm rejoined the Vendee Globe 2012 round-the-world yacht race yesterday, after anchoring just off Murdering Beach - near
the Otago Harbour entrance - for emergency repairs on Boxing Day.
Solosailor's surprise stop He's off and racing again after completing repairs off the Dunedin coast. Swiss sailor
Bernard Stamm rejoined the Vendee Globe 2012 round-the-world yacht race yesterday.