Before that fateful day he crashed his SUV, Tiger Woods was the ultimate squeaky-clean brand ambassador. But revelations of numerous tawdry infidelities sent his corporate advertising sponsors running for the hills. Now, a year after the media storm and intense scrutiny that followed those revelations, Woods appears ready to start doing ads again. But are we, the public ready to forgive Woods for his actions? Would attaching the image of Tiger Woods to a product make you more likely to purchase it? You can bet Woods is hoping that the answer is yes.
An unidentified man has been calling the families of Canadians serving in Afghanistan to falsely inform them that their loved one has been killed in action. Several wives of men serving have received calls from the prankster, who typically says the husband was killed by a bomb or improvised explosive device. The Canadian military is investigating the calls and reminding families that announcements of casualties are always made in person.
Despite the recent death of an Ontario man, New Brunswick has announced it will go ahead with plans to fund a controversial new surgery for Multiple Sclerosis. Ontario resident Mahir Mostic died last month after receiving “Liberation Therapy” for his MS in Costa Rica. The new procedure opens up jugular veins in the neck to improve blood flow to the brain. The premier of Nova Scotia says the province will go ahead with their plan to set aside $500,000 for patients who want the surgery, which is not currently approved in Canada.
The American government is warning Canada and countries around the world of the impending release of thousands of highly classified documents. American officials say many of the documents contain sensitive information that could damage the country’s relationship with nations around the world, possibly even provoking the expulsion of American diplomats in foreign countries. The documents were collected by WikiLeaks, a website that makes classified documents available to the public in the professed interest of holding government accountable.
Sarah Palin thinks she can beat Obama, at least that’s what she’s telling Barbara Walters. Palin has been dropping more hints about a possible run for the presidency in 2012, despite numerous gaffs, including her recent claim that the U.S. must stand beside their “North Korean allies.” Though Palin has legions of devoted followers, the prospect of a presidential run from the Alaskan alarms even some Republicans, and there are many who think her comments on the presidency are actually marketing ploys to promote her new book and reality television show.