Well, guess what kids…………………………….. I wake up on this morning of the 12th of November and this is what I see in my back yard!
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It brings back all those painful memories of what I had to do last winter!

Listen folks, you might think this is funny……………………………!
I’m not going to go on about the situation in the Philippines, but for God’s sake do something to help.
Every little bit makes a difference!
This headline should help explain why we made Francesco Aquilini our “LOSER OF THE DAY!”

Vancouver Canucks Valued At $740 Million For Team Owner’s Divorce

imagesCATBO7UWIf the Florida Panthers can be sold for $240 million and the enterprise value of the recent New Jersey Devils sale was $320 million, then it should not be too surprising that the Vancouver Canucks are worth $740 million.
At least that is how the judge saw it during the divorce settlement of Canuck’s co-owner  Francesco Aquilini and his then-wife Tali’ah two months ago. Although the worth of the Canucks for the divorce settlement has not been publicly disclosed, three sources I have spoken to as part of my research of our upcoming NHL valuations separately mentioned the $740 valuation for the Canucks and the Rogers Arena.

800px-Rogers_ArenaAs the Forbes annual NHL valuations have shown, the Panthers and Devils generate much less revenue that the Canucks, and both teams usually lose a lot of money. The Canucks are usually among the most profitable teams in the league. In addition, Vancouver has the NHL market to itself, while the Devils compete with the New York Rangers across the Hudson River and the Panthers and BB&T  Center must go head-to-head for events with the NBA’s Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
One caveat to Vancouver’s $740 million valuation: Rogers Arena was valued based on what its real estate is worth. A perspective buyer of the team and arena who wanted to run the NHL team would, as Forbes does, value the arena based on the revenue it generates. Thus, when we publish our NHL values in two weeks, our valuation of the Canucks will be somewhat lower than what the judge ruled.
The current valuation indicates the value of the team and arena have more than tripled in  value in eight years.In 2005, the Aquilini Investment Group, owned by Francesco, Roberto and Paolo Aquilini, bought control of the team from billionaire John E. McCaw Jr. for an enterprise value of $207 million.
WHAT THE HELL, we might as well have TWO losers today:

lastjew_uni_1384265207Zabulon Simintov always removes his kippah, the skullcap worn by Jewish men, before entering his cafe in a dilapidated building that also houses Afghanistan‘s last synagogue.
“Let me take off my cap, otherwise people will think something bad about me,” Simintov said cheerfully as he descended grime-caked stairs to the ground-floor cafe.
In his 50s, Simintov is the last known Afghan Jew to remain in the country.
Mindful of Afghanistan’s extremely conservative Muslim culture, Simintov tries not to advertise his identity to protect the Balkh Bastan or Ancient Balkh kebab cafe he opened four years ago, naming it after a northern Afghan province.
“All food here is prepared by Muslims,” he said.
Now the cafe, neat and shiny, faces closure because kebabs are not selling well – largely because of deteriorating security that has made people frightened to eat out or visit the city. (Reuters)

2874896Mexican authorities said Monday that they are investigating the shooting death of an Italian man linked to organized crime in Montreal who was killed inside a restaurant in the resort city of Acapulco.
Guerrero state prosecutors said witnesses told investigators the man was sitting at a table Sunday night inside an Italian restaurant on Acapulco’s main tourist thoroughfare when two men approached him, one of whom pulled out a gun and shot him in the back and head.

At first witnesses thought the men were police officers, but one of the gunmen was heard to say: “BADGES? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

When Jim Sautner, who lives near Spruce Grove, Alberta, moved into his new house, he had to establish new rules for the family pet: no coming inside.

The reason: his pet is a 1,600-pound bison.
551d1500-2c10-4529-bf5d-e04054e05ef0_besonBailey Jr., named after Sautner’s first pet bison, Bailey Sr., who died in 2008, used to come inside and watch TV and drink water out of the sink.
“Sometimes, he’d come into the bedroom; sometimes he’d jump in the bed and that didn’t work out too well, generally,” Sautner told NPR in 2011. “As he got bigger, he kept taking too many blankets, so we had to ask him to move outside.”
Now the low-maintenance bison stays outdoors, eating hay and oats and grooming himself.
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“All I do is I take an air hose from the garage and blow his coat off before we go in a parade or to a function of some sort,” Sautner said of the minor effort it takes to get Bailey Jr. ready for public events.
“He’s my best friend.” Sautner told CBC News this weekend. “He’s my buffalo.”
Listen to Sautner’s recent Trail’s End interview on CBC here.
The odd couple even frequent the bar together.
“They are best of buddies and Jim’s quite the buffalo whisperer,” Sautner’s wife, Linda, told QMI Agency in 2010.
“He really works well with animals and seems to have a special affinity for buffalo — he reads them very carefully and understands them very well. He is very consistent in his training and he doesn’t let them get away with anything, but he also is never harsh. He never strikes them.”
Watch a short video of Sautney and Bailey Jr. from 2010 below: