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Friday February 27, 2015

18:00 Still Alice at Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 9 days left to see this film.

Rated: Parental Guidance (Mature Theme)
Runs: 101 minutes
Director: Richard Glatzer/Wash Westmoreland
Country: US
Released: 2014
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin
Awards: Academy Award Winner for Best Actress.

“There's a difference between a great performance and a Great Performance. Julianne Moore's turn as a linguistics professor afflicted with early onset Alzheimer's easily qualifies as the latter. She's Alice, who, just after her 50th birthday, gets alarmed when she starts blanking on familiar names and words. (‘It's like my brain is falling out from under me,’ she haltingly explains to her husband). Though her family struggles to accept the diagnosis, nobody is more distraught than Alice herself. Inch by inch, her condition deteriorates, and Moore is able to subtly convey all the panic and frustration with just a look on her face. This poignant film doesn't sugarcoat a thing, yet it's still beautifully done.” - Maria Reinstein, US Weekly

Advance Tickets ~ IMDB on Film ~

17:35 Aces host Game 2 on Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Facing Belfast in semifinal series
17:04 Halifax team captures bantam AA tournament »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The Halifax Hawks won the McCain’s bantam AA hockey tournament here at Credit Union Place recently.
17:03 Holland College adds five instructional days »The Guardian - Local News
Holland College will add five instructional days to this semester to compensate for the days lost due to storm closures, Dave Beaton, Holland College’s director of programs, announced on Friday.The college has more than 70 programs with varying end times. Five additional days will be made ...
17:01 Judith Colford, owner of Miss Daisy’s dies »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – Mention the name “Miss Daisy’s” in Summerside and it brings back memories of a charming, quaint restaurant with good food and a personal touch.
16:24 Twins delivered in ambulance doing well »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE -- Lacey Sharpe recalls the advice she had for paramedics shortly after they loaded her into an ambulance at her home in Seacow Pond, destined for Prince County Hospital.
16:10 Holding out for a new direction »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Editor, I have agonized over writing this letter for 12 years due to my own experience with the trademark stonewalling and payback culture of a powerful few at the City of Summerside.
16:02 [PHOTO] The brightly colored Dufferin subway station »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The brightly colored Dufferin subway station #ttc #toronto #subways #dufferinstreet #torontophotos


The mixed colours of the tiles represent a break from the usual pattern of TTC subway stations, which tend to be monocoloured. I like this one, I think.
14:51 Brian McMillan’s contract at Holland College extended another five years »The Guardian - Local News
Holland College president Brian McMillan has had his contract extended for another five year term, Kathy O’Rourke, chairwoman of the Holland College Board of Governors, announced on Friday. “The board of governors are very impressed with Dr. McMillan’s performance as president over the past ...
14:37 Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83 »The Guardian - Living
LOS ANGELES — Leonard Nimoy, world famous to “Star Trek” fans through a beloved cult TV series and a half-dozen films as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died. Nimoy's son, Adam, says the actor died Friday morning in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive ...
14:33 Public scrutiny part and parcel with political life »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Political life: It’s a curious, fickle profession.
14:25 Living a livestreamed life in the digial age »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Socrates argued that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what about the observed life?
14:12 Garden reminders for the winter season »Journal-Pioneer Living
The snow was up to my knees: so much the better for reaching the tallest branches. Last weekend I pruned my apple trees. I have over 50 of them in my 10-acre garden. It sounds like a lot but they are under 10 years old so they still have lots of time to grow.
13:40 Romans seeks NDP nomination in Vernon River-Stratford »The Guardian - Local News
Kathleen Romans who successfully lobbied the provincial government to fund the insulin pump program, is seeking the NDP nomination for District 5, Vernon River-Stratford.“In this wealthy province, everyone should be comfortable and everyone should have enough,” said Romans. “Poverty eradication ...
13:28 Gay to take on Liberal premier in District 9 »The Guardian - Local News
Union president Gordon Gay is seeking the nomination to run as the candidate for the New Democratic Party in District 9, York-Oyster Bed.“I am running for public office because I know government can be a force for good for all of our citizens,” said Gay. “As an MLA with Mike Redmond and the NDP ...
13:19 Driscoll after PC nod in West Royalty-Springvale »The Guardian - Local News
Shawn Driscoll has declared his intention to seek the Progressive Conservative nomination for District 15, West Royalty-Springvale, in the upcoming provincial election.A graduate of Dalhousie University, Driscoll has been a policy advisor to MP Gail Shea for the past four years, both in Ottawa ...
13:12 Green Party leader starts campaign »The Guardian - Local News
Provincial Green Party leader Peter Bevan-Baker has launched his campaign to represent District 17, Kellys Cross-Cumberland, in the next provincial legislature, Bevan-Baker announced his candidacy Thursday night in Hampton. He will be running against Liberal Valerie Docherty, the minister for ...
13:00 Finding family harmony on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Living
Three generations discover togetherness in Island A Cappella, a P.E.I. women's chorus

Video: http://video.theguardian.pe.ca/4083682372001/Island-A-Capella

13:00 Finidng family harmony on P.E.I. »The Guardian - Living
Three generations discover togetherness in Island A Cappella, a P.E.I. women's chorus

Video: http://video.theguardian.pe.ca/4083682372001/Island-A-Capella

11:49 St. Patricks Road man accused of threatening life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan »The Guardian - Local News
A 49-year-old man from the St. Patricks Road alleged to have threatened the life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan has been remanded in custody until early next week. Richard Leonard Wright appeared before a justice of the peace this morning for a show cause hearing but Crown Counsel Valerie Moore ...
11:17 Stephen Harper's sanctions unfair to Russians »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I believe the sanctions the Stephen Harper Conservatives placed on Russia raise tensions in the world. I really think it’s pretty sinister that our government appears to be trying to ruin the economy of Russia through sanctions. I don’t think it’s a good way to bring peace to our ...
11:14 Edinburgh remains a unique capital »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: In regards to the Guest Opinion article (Feb. 11/15), “The history behind some European Capitals” by Henry Srebrnik, I would respectfully point out an error in his paragraph on Edinburgh. The statement that “Edinburgh will not resume its position as a national capital” is wrong. That ...
11:11 Protecting Canadians against terrorist threats and loss of values »The Guardian - Opinion
By Wayne Easter (guest opinion)
11:08 Great game of curling needs saviour »The Guardian - Opinion
By Al Ledgerwood (guest opinion)
10:58 Seventy centimetres of stories »The Guardian - Opinion
Storms are stories.On Sunday morning of Feb. 16, I set out to the Maritime Bus station on Mount Edward road, in hopes of just beating the gathering storm.Maritime Bus, and its affable story-telling bus driver Stuart Mutch, did not disappoint, leaving spot on time for Moncton, where I had a ...
10:36 Wallace nets winning goal for Western »Journal-Pioneer Sports
TYNE VALLEY – Dawson Wallace’s power-play goal with 3:47 remaining in the third period lifted the Western Warriors to victory on Thursday night.
10:36 Chad Brownlee returns to Summerside's Harbourfront Theatre »The Guardian - Living
The B.C. singer-songwriter, a big fan of P.E.I., is excited about returning for a March 4 concert
10:32 Old Man Luedecke, The Good Lovelies charm their Charlottetown audience »The Guardian - Living
“I rode a long way on a one-trick pony, I broke faces that were cold and stony,” sang Nova Scotia singer/songwriter Old Man Luedecke, as he delivered his show-opening lyrics in his signature soulful twang, over the sweet sounds of a plucking banjo, for Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg ...
10:08 Why Has CBC Ignored PEI Gaming Commission Corruption That Ended Robert Ghiz ? »redlikeme.ca
CBC in Charlottetown has sat out, on many news stories which would cast an unfavourable light on Robert Ghiz or UPEI. The ‘Public’ broadcaster has determined certain corruption unmentionable to such a disparaging level the integrity of the backwater news room is shameful. The Globe and Mail will let some light into the many corrupted … Continue reading Why Has CBC Ignored PEI Gaming Commission Corruption That Ended Robert Ghiz ?
10:03 Mardi Gras, Evangeline style »Journal-Pioneer Local
ABRAM-VILLAGE - There was music ringing and savoury smells wafting through the halls of École Évangéline Tuesday.
09:54 P.E.I. man admits to being 'right out of it' when driving into snowbank »The Guardian - Local News
A man who told a judge he was so drunk he couldn’t control what he was doing on the night he was arrested for impaired driving was fined $1,200 Thursday in provincial court. Thomas Reginald White, 21, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to drunk ...
09:54 P.E.I. man admits to being 'right out of it' when hit drove into snowbank »The Guardian - Local News
A man who told a judge he was so drunk he couldn’t control what he was doing on the night he was arrested for impaired driving was fined $1,200 Thursday in provincial court.Thomas Reginald White, 21, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in Charlottetown where he pleaded guilty to drunk ...
09:39 Premier MacLauchlan to make »The Guardian - Local News
All eyes will be on the North Shore tonight as P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan gets set to make what the Liberal Party is describing as a “special announcement.” The announcement will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Community Centre in Covehead. The community is in District 9, ...
09:39 Premier MacLauchlan to make announcement »The Guardian - Local News
All eyes will be on the North Shore tonight as P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan gets set to make what the Liberal Party is describing as a “special announcement.” The announcement will take place Friday at 7 p.m. at the North Shore Community Centre in Covehead. The community is in District 9, ...
08:53 P.E.I. man charged with threatening life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan »Journal-Pioneer Local
A Prince Edward Island man is facing charges ofthreatening the life of newly minted Premier Wade MacLauchlan, The Guardian has learned.
08:43 Homarus Canadianus loses lobster name game »Journal-Pioneer Local
Canadian lobster will have to masquerade as Americans once again if Maritime seafood is going to gain access into one of the most lucrative marketplaces in the world.
08:35 Charlottetown man jailed after inhailing thinner in his car »The Guardian - Local News
A Charlottetown man who was inhaling lacquer thinner while in the driver’s seat of his parked car was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail for impaired driving.Lloyd Ernest Gass, 63, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court where he entered a guilty plea. The court heard ...
08:35 Charlottetown man jailed after inhaling thinner in his car »The Guardian - Local News
A Charlottetown man who was inhaling lacquer thinner while in the driver’s seat of his parked car was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail for impaired driving. Lloyd Ernest Gass, 63, appeared before Chief Judge John Douglas in provincial court where he entered a guilty plea. The court heard ...
08:17 Whats Missing In Liberal Values Depends Who’s Asking »redlikeme.ca
Paul MacNeil has become the most enthusiastic cheer leader for Wade Maclaughlan, his zeal is over the top to say the least. Wade can do it all and “Who else in the room has a Order of Canada pin on their lapel” MacNeil demands. Wade was there through all the Robert Ghiz corruption at the … Continue reading Whats Missing In Liberal Values Depends Who’s Asking
07:44 Daily Specials for Friday, February 27, 2015 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Friday, February 27, 2015 are:

  • Cream of Broccoli & Cheddar &4.99
  • Western Omelet Sandwich...11.99 2 egg omelet with onions, peppers and ham on a grilled english muffin with cheddar cheese and roasted garlic aioli...served with side black bean salad, side house salad or fries.

Casa Mia Restaurant
131 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PE
Telephone: (902) 367-4440
Email:

07:42 Hello PEI Finance I Need Half a Million Dollars for a Rod Stewart Concert, Hello Al? »redlikeme.ca
While PEI Finance is lending out millions to friends the Minister of Finance has been issuing warrants for the Province to increase the Public debt by 50 million. The new Premier made himself the Minister of Finance, he loaned Cavendish Music Festival a half million and although the money was to secure a Rod Stewart … Continue reading Hello PEI Finance I Need Half a Million Dollars for a Rod Stewart Concert, Hello Al?
07:34 Prince Edward Island homeless shelter funding increased »The Guardian - Local News
Salvation Army captain encouraged by more government funding for Bedford MacDonald House
07:24 Homarus Canadianus loses lobster name game »The Guardian - Local News
Canadian lobster may have to masquerade for European market
07:07 Benny Boyd Car Dealership to Pay $250,000 to Former Manager in EEOC Settlement »NJN Network
General Manager with Multiple Sclerosis Denied Partnership and Harassed Because of His Disability, Forced to Resign From Dealership, Agency Charged
06:32 The Unmentionable Malignant Gaming Committee, Two Premier’s Know Nothing? »redlikeme.ca
“Its time to move on”, will be the mantra for Premier Wade Maclaughlan, he will make strenuous effort to distance himself and his ‘new’ Cabinet from Premier Ghiz and what the ‘Party’ calls ‘Ghiz Baggage’.  The Gaming Committee seems to be a rancid festering cancer that Premier Wade has never spoke about, he has yet … Continue reading The Unmentionable Malignant Gaming Committee, Two Premier’s Know Nothing?
01:08 Casey rink off to rough start in Brier relegation round »The Guardian - Sports
CALGARY – P.E.I.’s Adam Casey rink got off to a rough start in the Canadian men’s curling championship relegation round late Thursday night.Casey, third stone Josh Barry, second stone Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty lost 8-1 to Bob Smallwood of the Yukon in the opening game of the ...
01:02 Casey rink off to rough start in Brier relegation round »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CALGARY – P.E.I.’s Adam Casey rink got off to a rough start in the Canadian men’s curling championship relegation round late Thursday night.
01:00 P.E.I. loses to Northwest Territories in curling »The Guardian - Sports
The Northwest Territories scored three in the 11th to defeat Prince Edward Island 9-6 Thursday in Canada Games women’s curling. The game was tied 4-4 after seven when Northwest Territories scored a deuce in the eighth. P.E.I. responded with singles in the ninth and 10th. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ...
01:00 P.E.I. loses to Northwest Territories in curling »Journal-Pioneer Sports
The Northwest Territories scored three in the 11th to defeat Prince Edward Island 9-6 Thursday in Canada Games women’s curling. The game was tied 4-4 after seven when Northwest Territories scored a deuce in the eighth. P.E.I. responded with singles in the ninth and 10th. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ...
00:33 Bernard wins Island's first medal at Canada Games »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Lennox Island’s Brandon Bernard has won Prince Edward Island’s first medal at the Canada Games in Prince George, B.C. Bernard won bronze in the 100-plus kilogram division on Thursday afternoon, bringing smiles and tears to the faces of teammates and coaches. “(It feels) really good. I am proud ...

Video: http://video.theguardian.pe.ca/4083348641001/Bernard-wins-bronze

00:33 UPDATE: Bernard wins Island's first medal at Canada Games »The Guardian - Sports
Lennox Island’s Brandon Bernard has won Prince Edward Island’s first medal at the Canada Games in Prince George, B.C. Bernard won bronze in the 100-plus kilogram division on Thursday afternoon, bringing smiles and tears to the faces of teammates and coaches. “(It feels) really good. I am proud ...
00:33 UPDATE: Bernard wins Island's first medal at Canada Games »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Lennox Island’s Brandon Bernard has won Prince Edward Island’s first medal at the Canada Games in Prince George, B.C. Bernard won bronze in the 100-plus kilogram division on Thursday afternoon, bringing smiles and tears to the faces of teammates and coaches. “(It feels) really good. I am proud ...

Video: http://video.theguardian.pe.ca/4083348641001/Bernard-wins-bronze

00:31 P.E.I. blows out Northwest Territories again »The Guardian - Sports
Prince Edward Island will play Newfoundland and Labrador for ninth today in men’s hockey at the Canada Games. P.E.I. defeated the Northwest Territories 13-1 and Newfoundland and Labrador beat Yukon 7-3 on Thursday in Prince George, B.C. P.E.I. defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 7-1 in pool play ...
00:31 P.E.I. blows out Northwest Territories again »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Prince Edward Island will play Newfoundland and Labrador for ninth today in men’s hockey at the Canada Games. P.E.I. defeated the Northwest Territories 13-1 and Newfoundland and Labrador beat Yukon 7-3 on Thursday in Prince George, B.C. P.E.I. defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 7-1 in pool play ...
00:30 Gough leads Panthers into AUS women's basketball semifinal »The Guardian - Sports
A fast start and a dominant performance by fifth-year senior forward Amy Gough has put the UPEI women's basketball Panthers in the Atlantic University Sport semifinal in Halifax. Gough led both teams with 18 points as UPEI ousted UNB 65-45, advancing to play second seeded Dalhousie in one of ...
00:24 Storm can't overcome first-quarter gap, lose to Halifax »The Guardian - Sports
The Island Storm couldn't close a 14-point, first-quarter gap and lost to the Halifax Rainman 108-94 on Thursday in Charlottetown. The Storm, down 34-20 after the first, played even ball in the second frame (21-21) of the National Basketball League of Canada game before cutting the lead to ...
00:07 Express pulls out OT decision over Matrix in Game 1 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Game 2 in Kensington on Saturday

Thursday February 26, 2015

23:42 UPDATED: KISH, TOSH, Westisle teams to play in senior AA gold-medal games »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The two finals for the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Domino’s Pizza senior AA basketball championships will feature all-Prince County matchups on Tuesday.
23:38 Vincent’s late goal lifts WildCats to win »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Madison Vincent was the offensive hero as the Mid-Isle WildCats opened the P.E.I. Midget AAA Female Hockey League playoffs on a winning note Thursday night
23:24 [MUSIC] Pet Shop Boys and David Bowie, "Hallo Spaceboy" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The live performance, by David Bowie with the Pet Shop Boys, of the latter's remix of his song "Hallo Spaceboy" at the 1996 Brit Awards, remains one of my favourites. Where they have taken Major Tom!

23:05 KISH, TOSH, Westisle teams to play in AA gold-medal games »The Guardian - Sports
The two finals for the P.E.I. School Athletic Association Domino’s Pizza senior AA basketball championships will feature all-Prince County matchups on Tuesday. The Kensington Torchettes will meet the Three Oaks Axewomen to decide the girls’ crown at 6 p.m., and the Westisle Wolverines and ...
22:43 UPEI men's coach says AUS basketball semifinal will be battle of wills »The Guardian - Sports
If the spot seem unfamiliar to the UPEI Panthers men's basketball team, at least the competition won't be when it sees action Saturday at the 2015 Subway Atlantic University Sport men's basketball championship in Halifax, N.S. CLICK HERE FOR CLOSER LOOK AT UPEI SQUAD So UPEI head coach Tim ...
22:37 Midget AAA Abbies force deciding game vs. Summerside »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The Charlottetown Abbies staved off elimination in the P.E.I. Midget AAA Hockey League on Thursday evening.The Abbies jumped out to period leads of 2-0 and 5-1 en route to a 6-2 road win over the Summerside Hemphill GM Capitals. The best-of-five quarter-final series is now tied ...
22:34 Abbies force deciding game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
22:06 Continuing the Magic of Tidying Up ~ Books & More with The KonMari Method »Life on a Canadian Island
22:05 Guess who (50 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
Y'all know who the guy on the right is, but do you know who the other guy is? (Facebook friends, please shhhhhhh ":)" )

Here's a hint: 11 of his 17 albums have been Billboard #1

...
22:01 Valentines Day Storm 2015 4 »justpictureit
photo - Valentines Day Storm 2015  4

When cleaning up, the company that clears my driveway did a great job leaving only the smallest bit of shoveling. Since my son was dropping me off from the weekend away, he cleared around my car while I cleared the path through the deck to get inside. Took us less than ten minutes. Others were not so lucky. The house below intrigued me. I thought they were making an igloo. No, they were just trying to find their car which you can see the back of in the third shot. Here is a link from the newspaper from the western end of the province. They were hit hardest. This link is of someone digging out the car. This link is a video of the same fellow. I found it many days after the first one. Following are shots of other homes and businesses that I took snapshots of.

21:52 Torchettes set up all-Prince County final vs. Three Oaks »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – It will be an all-Prince County final for the P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior AA girls basketball championship.
21:18 Westisle boys to play for senior AA basketball championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Westisle Wolverines have secured a berth in Tuesday’s gold-medal game of the P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) senior AA basketball championships.
20:33 Bernard wins Island's first medal at Canada Games »The Guardian - Sports
Lennox Island's Brandon Bernard has won Prince Edward Island's first medal at the Canada Games in Prince George, B.C. Bernard won bronze in the 100-plus kilogram division on Thursday afternoon, bringing smiles and tears to the faces of teammates and coaches. “(It feels) really good. I am proud ...
20:05 TWITTER (63 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
what is this twitter we keep hearing all about ? anyone using it ?

Can anyone give me the "short and dirty" on it ...

Is it worth being on ? I don't use any social media, some say its kinda like facebook

Compass did a piece on it, I gather someone was being rude to Olive Crane

Thanks...
19:44 Difficult days ahead for Summerside family flooded out of home »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – “I’m terrified,” admits Leonard Cahill.
19:31 P.E.I. man facing charges for threatening the life of Premier Wade MacLauchlan »The Guardian - Local News
A Prince Edward Island man is facing charges ofthreatening the life of newly minted Premier Wade MacLauchlan, The Guardian has learned. The RCMP arrested the man Thursday. He will be in court Friday before a justice of the peace to face charges of threating the life of the premier as well as ...
19:28 [LINK] "Strategic Defense: Military Uses of the Moon & Asteroids (1983)" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At his fascinating Beyond Apollo blog at Wired, David S.F. Portree notes how in the 1980s, Cold War America began to consider the defense applications of the Moon and near-Earth asteroids.

In February 1977, James Arnold, a UCSD chemistry professor, had spoken with NASA Administrator Fletcher about making the exploitation of near-Earth space resources a major new focus for NASA. He subsequently summed up his thoughts in a detailed two-page letter to Fletcher. Three years later, Arnold became the first director of Calspace, which had its origins in California Governor Jerry Brown’s enthusiasm for technological development in his state.

Arnold’s deputy in 1983-1984, planetary scientist Stewart Nozette, organized the La Jolla workshop, which brought together 36 prominent scientists and engineers from aerospace companies, national laboratories, NASA centers, the Department of Defense, and defense think-tanks to weigh in on SDI’s potential use of moon and asteroid resources. Nozette also edited the workshop report, which Arnold submitted to Fletcher on 18 August 1983. A revised version of the workshop report was completed on 31 October 1983; this post is based upon the latter version.

In the late 1970s, NASA, aerospace companies, and universities expended a great deal of time and effort on planning large structures – for example, Solar Power Satellites – that would be assembled in space. Some of these plans relied on space resources. In the cover letter to the La Jolla workshop report, Nozette explained that these studies, though conducted “in an unfocused and low priority vein,” had laid the groundwork for SDI exploitation of moon and asteroid resources. The La Jolla workshop was, he added, the first to consider the defense implications of the 1970s concepts.

At the time of the La Jolla workshop, relatively little was known of near-Earth space resources. Five Lunar Orbiter spacecraft had imaged much of the moon at modest resolution and selected portions of it – most corresponding to potential Apollo landing sites – at higher resolution. NASA had landed Apollo astronauts at six sites between 1969 and 1972 and scientists had analyzed many of the more than 2400 geologic samples they collected. In addition, Apollo astronauts had surveyed the moon from lunar orbit using remote sensors. These provided low-resolution data on the composition of perhaps 10% of the lunar surface.

Scientists had hypothesized since 1961 that permanently shadowed craters at the lunar poles might contain ice deposited by comet impacts. The lunar poles, far from the “Apollo Zone” – the near-equatorial region where orbital mechanics dictated the Apollo Lunar Modules could land – nevertheless remained unexplored.
19:26 [LINK] "What Greece Can Learn From Israel About Tax Cheats" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
At Bloomberg View, Stephen Milm suggests that Israel's strategy for fighting tax evasion by persuading people about the benefits of taxation, and making payment easier, is something Greece could learn from.

For example, authorities found it exceedingly difficult to determine how much tax people in certain occupations should pay, given that they rarely kept books or accounts. The solution was to create “standard assessment guides” known as tahshivim, which allowed all people in a given occupation to be taxed at the same rate.

These guides, notes Likhovski, were “perceived as a way to increase the objectivity of the tax assessment process and even to involve groups of taxpayers in it.”

This was part of a much broader strategy. Reformers sought to involve the taxpayers themselves in tax policy. For example, the Israel Revenue established advisory committees staffed by local business owners who had first-hand knowledge of area taxpayers. These committees were charged with hearing complaints about the assessments of taxes and could recommend a revision in a taxpayer’s favor.

At the same time, the Israel Revenue circumvented organizations that opposed its reforms. When it encountered resistance from trade unions or business groups, the government sent mass mailings explaining its position and the obligations of taxpayers.

To get buy-in from the public, reformers even redesigned tax offices. Previously, visits to the taxman meant sitting in large rooms with lots of other grumpy people. Unhappiness, the Israelis concluded, is contagious, and they moved to a system where taxpayers would wait alone for a government representative, with whom they would have a one-on-one meeting. They also self-consciously designed offices with an eye toward minimizing conflict. These featured pleasing pictures on the walls, comfortable chairs and a host of other modest modifications aimed at changing how taxpayers viewed tax collectors.blockquote>
19:23 [URBAN NOTE] "Al-Shabaab and the lure of West Edmonton Mall" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Colby Cosh at MacLean's writes about the lure of the West Edmonton Mall, for everyone.

When I was a young man, there were two things you would expect people to mention when you were travelling abroad and you told people you were from Edmonton: the glorious Stanley Cup-winning Edmonton Oilers and West Edmonton Mall. Nowadays, of course, everything’s totally different. Now when you travel and mention Edmonton, you expect to hear about the comically rancid Edmonton Oilers and West Edmonton Mall.

WEM was named in a video released on Feb. 23 by the struggling Somali terror group al-Shabaab, which has an unstable affiliation with al-Qaeda. The group is best known for masterminding the September 2013 four-man swarm attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Those killers took at least 63 lives, including those of two Canadians. The new video suggests, rather in the manner of mafiosi, that the Westgate attack could be reproduced at Western megamalls like WEM and the Mall of America—both of which are owned by Edmonton’s Ghermezian family, and both of which are in communities that have attracted significant numbers of Somali refugees.

This last part is probably not a coincidence. Big shopping malls and refugees are attracted to a place by some of the same factors. If you have to flee your home and start over in a new language, with your credentials almost irretrievably left behind, you’re looking for a resource-extraction economy that’s slightly inhospitable—a place with structurally tight labour markets that will reward the will to work hard with a high disposable income—i.e., the kind of income people will spend in a nice, cozy, winter-proof megamall.

I have worried a little about the mall—if you’re from Edmonton, that’s all you need to say to specify it—during the period of trendy freelance Muslim terror. Naturally, I wouldn’t let this stop me from visiting the mall with the usual frequency. Which, meaning no disrespect, is darn near never. Like a lot of people from the Edmonton suburbs, I got my fill of it, and then some, in adolescence. But nobody should be afraid to visit: You are surely taking a bigger risk using a stepladder to change a light bulb.</blockqutoe>
19:22 Doyle, Vukicevic have standout weeks in junior C »The Guardian - Sports
Ryley Doyle of the Tignish Perry's Construction Aces and Bradley Vukicevic of the Sherwood Falcons are the Razzy's P.E.I. Junior C Hockey League offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively. Doyle had five goals and nine points in three games and leads the playoffs in ...
19:19 [LINK] "Lüderitz v !Nami≠nüs: dispute over town's name divides Namibia" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Guardian's Africa correspondent David Smith writes about the controversy associated with giving the Namibian port of Lüderitz a Khoisan name.

Namibia was a German colony from 1884 to 1919, then administered by apartheid South Africa until 1990. It is still home to a small German population.

In 2013, the Caprivi Strip – a 280-mile (450km) area known for its tropical rivers and wildlife and named after count Leo von Caprivi – was rechristened the Zambezi region, after the river that forms the northern border with Angola.

At the time, the president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, also announced that Lüderitz would be called !Nami≠nüs, which means “embrace” in a Nama language and incorporates click-like sounds, often represented in written form by punctuation symbols.

According to the newspaper the Namibian, !Nami≠nüs was the original name given to Lüderitz by the !Aman community, a Nama subtribe that was the first to settle at the coastal town. German tobacco merchant Adolf Lüderitz is said to have bought the town from a Nama chief and named it after himself.

In 2004, Germany apologised for a genocide that killed 65,000 Herero people through starvation and slave labour in concentration camps that, according to some historians, later influenced the Nazis in the second world war. The Nama, a smaller ethnic group, lost half their population in what one book has described as the kaiser’s Holocaust.

But some in the town are resistant to the change and are calling for a referendum. Speaking on behalf of the business and tourism sector, Ulf Grünewald said an overwhelming majority of residents who attended consultation meetings were against it, according to the Namibian.

Businesspeople fear it will badly affect their business, Grünewald added. “They are selling their businesses under the trade name Lüderitz.”
19:14 [ISL] "Wade MacLauchlan: P.E.I.’s optimist-in-chief" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Aaron Wherry's article in MacLean's takes a closer look at Prince Edward Island's new premier, Wade MacLauchlan.

Some years ago, Donald Savoie, the influential scholar of public administration, was playing golf with Wade MacLauchlan, then president of the University of Prince Edward Island. “I said, ‘Wade, you should go into politics. You could be premier of P.E.I. You’d be good at it,’ ” Savoie recalls. “He said, ‘Ah, no, no, that’s not for me, I’m at UPEI, I’ve got work to do there.’ ”

Yes, well, that was then. MacLauchlan, now 60, says he remained steadfast until last fall, when Robert Ghiz announced his intention to resign as premier and the P.E.I. Liberals found themselves in need of a new leader.

“In a very short period of time, I would say in the order of a week, there were many conversations, most of them not initiated by me, which started out with me saying that I thought I could contribute in other ways,” MacLauchlan says. “And then through a process that I can chronicle almost hour-by-hour, I moved toward the point of no return.”

And so now he is the 32nd premier of Prince Edward Island, not merely as an outsider to the practice of professional politics but as a particularly historic figure—becoming both the first openly gay man and the first member of the Order of Canada to become premier.
19:12 Aces-Maroons to renew acquaintance in friendlies »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Minor Hockey Associations get the proceeds
19:11 [ISL] "Why will nobody move to Pitcairn, the Pacific island with free land?" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Tom Rowley's article in The Telegraph outlines an unsurprising situation on Pitcairn Island. I'd suggest that, in addition to extreme isolation and poverty, the way in which the rape of young women and girls was apparently accepted as normal up to a decade ago would be offputting.

The population on Britain’s smallest colony has been dwindling for years, and there are now fewer than 50 islanders left. But locals are struggling to find new settlers to follow in the footsteps of Fletcher Christian, who led the mutiny.

Only one application has been received to move to the island, even though the government provides all immigrants with a plot to build their own house and temperatures stay above 62F (17C) all year round.

The island, one of 14 remaining British overseas territories, was tarnished by a child abuse scandal in 2004, when six men were imprisoned for sexual offences, including Steve Christian, the mayor and a descendant of Fletcher.

Since then, the Pitkerners have been sustained by government aid as their population has shrunk. At its height, just before the Second World War, 200 residents lived on the sub-tropical island, which measures two square miles.

[. . .]

There is only one general store on the island, which opens three times a week. Orders for food from New Zealand must be placed every three months.
19:04 Will The PEI Premier Publicly Auction Crowbush Or Sell it In Secret to Timmy Banks? »redlikeme.ca
Buying and selling Public assets within the ‘Party’ is a great way to loot the public purse for the benefit of ‘Party’ members. The Conservative Party purchased Dundarave Golf course for 10 million dollars, now its worth maybe 2 million. The PEI governments have taken turns bilking the golf business, here we go again. The … Continue reading Will The PEI Premier Publicly Auction Crowbush Or Sell it In Secret to Timmy Banks?
17:53 Axewomen advance to senior AA gold-medal game »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Three Oaks Axewomen Team Two will play for a gold medal in the P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) senior AA basketball championships.
17:40 Clogged flue causes alarm »Journal-Pioneer Local
SPRINGHILL -- Tyne Valley Fire Department was able to clear out a clogged flue and exhaust smoke out of a Springhill home Thursday afternoon.
17:31 Valleyfield shooting case adjourned »The Guardian - Local News
GEORGETOWN – The case of two men involved in a shooting incident late last year has been adjourned in provincial court until spring. The incident surrounds Jacob Johnston, 25, of Glen Martin and Jerrod Greene, 26, of Valleyfield. The pair has known each other since school days and a visit last ...
17:12 Cornwall library art gallery showcases works inspired by the Bible »The Guardian - Living
Heavenly is a word that could describe Daphne Butler Irving's latest exhibit. In fact, several of her paintings on display now at the Cornwall Library Art Gallery draw upon some pretty prophetic biblical passages. "Once I became a Christian, which happened about 40 years ago, I've always found ...
17:08 Dry conditions expected into the weekend across PEI… »peistormchaser
Thursday February 26th 5:00pm.. A low pressure system located well southeast of Cape Cod today will continue to track NE today pushing into Newfoundland tonight and tomorrow. Clouds associated with this system have moved in but the bulk of the … Continue reading
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