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Monday April 21, 2014

00:16 Martin goes out a champion »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Final game of Players' Championship comes down to final shot by veteran skip
00:09 Jones caps off memorable year »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Winnipeg rink wins women’s title at Players' Championship

Sunday April 20, 2014

23:17 [FORUM] What is your answer to the Fermi paradox? »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Over at the New APPS Blog, Eric Winsberg reacts to the discovery of Kepler-186f--a roughly Earth-sized planet that is in the right location around its red dwarf star to potentially be habitable--by revisiting the Fermi paradox. If there are suitable Earth-like environments where technology-using intelligences like ourselves could develop, where is everyone?

I've discussed this topic in the past. I remain intrigued by Keith Wiley's 2011 paper</u> arguing that, at this stage, we really lack the data necessary to disprove the existence of advanced civilizations. All we can say is that we don't think that there are any megascale constructions--Dyson spheres, for instance--in our local neighbourhood and that there are no civilizations making loud broadcasts that we've picked up. Winberg has come up with six possibilities.

One is that there is any substantial chance at all of life arising at all on a planet with conditions more or less like ours. I admit that it is possible for this premise to be false, but I don't begin to see how that could be. Given the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone, let alone our local cluster, the needed probability here would be so tiny.

The second is that there is no substantial chance of life in general evolving into a life form that has the intelligence and other capacities required to create technology. This also strikes me as implausible.

The third is that given enough time, such a life form would eventually be capable of colonizing a nearby planet. This one seems very likely to be true, given that such a capacity does not even seem wildly out of reach for us.

The forth is that such life forms aren't extremely unlikely to _want_ to colonize nearby planets. Given that life forms tend to grow exponentially in number, and the fact that planets have finite resources and a finite capacity to absorb waste, this also seems like a tough one to deny.

The fifth is that some such life forms would colonize planets exponentially. That is, for example, each colonized planet would go on to colonize two more planets. Or even 1.1 more planets, on average. To make the paradox go away, one would have to deny that a single intelligent life form that had a large head start on us ever did this.

Sadly, it seems to me that the easiest premise to deny is this sixth one: intelligent life forms are never able to develop the technology, cooperative effort, etc. required to colonize a planet BEFORE they either use up all the resources, or capacity to absorb waste, of their home planet.

22:53 Future of Kiwanis “limitless,” says incoming president »The Guardian - Local News
Canadian to lead group internationally for its 100th anniversary year
22:31 Two Hundred Thousand Tax Free Profit, PEI Premier Sells House Himself »
Premier Ghiz took advantage of his Asian connections to somehow sell his house himself. Nobody saw any signs up for sale but the Premier has evidently made a handsome two hundred thousand dollars capital gains tax free, selling his home. … Continue reading
22:11 Ballard leads Atlantic to NBL all-star game victory »The Guardian - Sports
In a game of all-stars Antonio Ballard was the best of the bunch on Sunday. The Island Storm forward scored a game-high 39 points to go with 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Atlantic Division to a 170-165 victory over the Central Division in the National Basketball League ...
22:11 Ballard leads Atlantic to NBL all-star game victory »Journal-Pioneer Sports
In a game of all-stars Antonio Ballard was the best of the bunch on Sunday. The Island Storm forward scored a game-high 39 points to go with 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals to lead the Atlantic Division to a 170-165 victory over the Central Division in the National Basketball League ...
22:09 Jennifer Jones rink caps off memorable year with Players' Championship »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The Jennifer Jones rink from Winnipeg capped off a memorable year in style early Sunday afternoon. Jones, third stone Kaitlyn Lawes, second stone Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen defeated Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan 5-2 in the championship game of the 2014 Players’ ...
22:08 Body found near Hurry Road area of Charlottetown »The Guardian - Local News
RCMP are expected to release details Monday about a body found near the Hurry Road area of Charlottetown over the weekend. Police and Island EMS were in the area early Sundayafternoon after receiving a report of a body found in the area. While RCMP confirmed the report to The Guardian Sunday, ...
21:59 Martin ends career a champion »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Kevin Martin went out in style. The 47-year-old Martin, who announced on Friday night that he is retiring from curling and will join Rogers Sportsnet as an analyst next season, won the season-ending Players’ Championship at Eastlink Arena on Sunday evening. Martin, who won the ...
21:58 Clark among 24 Islanders running Boston Marathon on Monday »The Guardian - Sports
An odd mix of sadness, nervousness and jubilation will likely hover in the air as the Boston Marathon’s 2014 version goes today in Boston, Mass., a year after bombings last April killed three people and injured 264. Summerside native Scott Clark and 17 other Islanders were there a year ago, and ...
21:52 Martin ends career a champion »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Wins men's title at Players' Championship
21:43 Gallant Power Press »Journal-Pioneer Local
Tilman Gallant medals at Master World Bench Press Championships
21:43 Gallant presses podium »Journal-Pioneer Local
Tilman Gallant medals at Masters World Bench Press Championships
21:00 Welcomed »justpictureit
photo - Welcomed

This is a very welcome and surprise amaryllis. After it's last bloom six or so months ago, it did not develop leaves. I'd had it for years and basically know how to take care of one. I mentioned out loud and in type that I thought the plant had out lived itself so I was planning on throwing it out. Before I even had a chance a stem came rising out and it is now in bloom. This was taken Thursday. There are usually three blooms on this plant but even through an almost dead state, it managed to make two. I am very disappointed to say that I will not be coming to the May 2014 Meet-Up. The stars didn't line up. I was quoted a huge entry fee for Britain and had entry fees for every airport on the way and in between. I have decided it would be better to plan an attendence at a meet-up in 2016. It would be the 10th aniversary year of my first post on Shutterchance. Thank you to those who made offers to support this trip and I sure wish I was going to be there. I can only be there on Skype.

20:06 About Anxiety….. »princestreetpuppyproject
This is Archie. He turns one pretty soon. He is the newest dog at The Prince Street Puppy Project. Archie joined us at the start of our 2013/14 school year this past September. His “mom” Erin adopted him a couple … Continue reading
19:14 Earlier this year, Celia Koughan was approached by Tourism P.E.I. »Journal-Pioneer Local
Tourism P.E.I. to send Island’s ‘Anne’ to Japan on promotional tour
17:58 This is what happens when students believe you……. »princestreetpuppyproject
I am calling this photo “Lili’s Schedule” and this is what happens when you listen to the children around you, when you encourage them to solve the problems they identify, and when they believe you when you say you believe … Continue reading
17:26 Showers expected to develop tomorrow across PEI »peistormchaser
Sunday April 20th 5:30pm.. Sunshine prevailed today across the Maritimes as an area of high pressure drifted south of the region. This feature will slip to the southeast tonight allowing a weak warm front to approach from the southwest. Clouds … Continue reading
16:53 Millions and billions? Whatever. But a $40 movie! »The Guardian - Opinion
No matter how hard I try, $1 million doesn’t mean much to me. Don’t get me wrong. Having that kind of money land in my pocket would be entirely welcome. And I’m not saying money doesn’t mean anything. “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better,” said that deep-thinking philosopher ...
16:52 Carver factor good news for P.E.I. PCs »The Guardian - Opinion
Back in the 1970s, a group of Island Progressive Conservative supporters took it upon themselves to persuade Angus MacLean to run for the leadership of the P.E.I. party. The late MacLean was Moses-like in his ability to part the political seas in favour of his Tories. He served in the House of ...
16:50 Flaherty’s legacy for Canadians with disabilities »The Guardian - Opinion
(The following is being reprinted on behalf of the Canadian and the Prince Edward Island Associations for Community Living. It was first printed in the The Ottawa Citizen) By Michael Bach and Laurie Beachell Disability was first and foremost a very personal matter for Jim Flaherty. In an ...
16:49 Volunteers lifeline for cancer society »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: In recognition of National Volunteer week, I would like to express our utmost gratitude to each and every one of our 1,500 dedicated volunteers for giving their time and energy to make a difference for people affected by cancer in our community. You are the backbone of the P.E.I. ...
16:48 Stop agenda against Russia »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Please help stop this western and NATO agenda against Russia Mr. Stephen Harper. I also wonder why this Conservative government supposedly gave the Neo-radicals presently running Ukraine $220 million Canadian taxpayer dollars. To my understanding, this government recently gave over $100 ...
16:46 No equality in this equation »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Like many Islanders, I was shocked and angered recently to learn that the Liberal government of Prince Edward Island was refusing to spend monies that had been allocated in its 2013-2014 budget for the benefit of Islanders in need. Then, to make matters worse, Liberal MLAs were ...
16:43 Harper escalates tensions in Ukraine »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Today, Harper sent six CF-18’s to Europe in a provocative move escalating a war footing with Russia through NATO. All of a sudden Canada’s self-proclaimed Iron Man is now the world’s most vocal Putin opponent. Harper’s newly minted prickly international character, would play well to his ...
16:41 Decision stays same for Cornwall transit »The Guardian - Opinion
Supporters should seek changes on council if they hope bus service returns to town
16:32 Let the monarchy go »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor,It's only been four years since a member of the Windsor family has visited this country. This time it's Charles and Camilla, who've decided to get a paid vacation to Canada.
16:24 The innovative political system of the Netherlands »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
It was one of the world’s foremost political scientists, Arend Lijphart of the University of California, San Diego, who first developed the concept of consociationalism as a method of governing states that are deeply divided by ethnicity, language or religion.
16:07 Jones wins Players’ Championship »The Guardian - Sports
The Jennifer Jones rink won the 2014 Players’ Championship on Sunday afternoon. Olympic gold-medallists Jones, third stone Kaitlyn Lawes, second stone Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen defeated the Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan 5-2 in the championship game that concluded at Eastlink ...
15:59 P.E.I. winery wins big at international competition »The Guardian - Local News
ST. CATHERINES – A small winery here is celebrating after being notified of some big wins at an international competition held last month. Matos Winery had five brands, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Bagaco, Angelica and Anisette all win a bronze medal at the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine ...
15:44 Jones wins Players’ Championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The Jennifer Jones rink won the 2014 Players’ Championship on Sunday afternoon.
14:36 Police charge Charlottetown youth with robbery »The Guardian - Local News
Charlottetown Police Services have charged a 17-year-old male youth in connection with a robbery late Saturday night in the area of the Sherwood Road. As a result of investigation police charged the Charlottetown youth with robbery. The victim is also a male youth and police say there were no ...
13:06 Former American boxer Rubin ’Hurricane’ Carter dies in Toronto »The Guardian - Sports
TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the former American boxer who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, has died at his home in Toronto. He was 76. His longtime friend and co-accused John Artis says Carter died in his sleep Sunday ...
13:00 Bioscience sector achieves impressive economic impact »The Guardian - Business
While its tag line may be ‘Next Generation Prosperity’, an economic analysis of the P.E.I. Bioscience Cluster suggests the relatively new economic sector is already having a profound impact on the Island’s economy. The report, released this week by the P.E.I. BioAlliance, was carried out by ...
13:00 Les Vêpres siciliennes (Royal Opera House Series) at Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 1:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
This is the last night for this film.

Rated: Parental Guidance
Runs: 250 minutes
Director: Stefan Herheim
Starring: Bryan Hymel, Marina Polavskaya, Erwin Schrott, Michael Volle
Language: Sung in French with English subtitles.
Awards: Part of the Royal Opera House's series Opera In Cinema, Presented in association with MEI Events International and Arts Alliance Media.
Tickets are $17, $14 for members & seniors (65 & over). No passes.
Online tickets include a $1.00 service charge

Les Vêpres siciliennes (The Sicilian Vespers) is a great, neglected opera by Giuseppe Verdi brought to the Royal Opera House for the very first time in an imaginative new staging that includes dancers from The Royal Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet. Paris in 1855, when the opera was first performed, provides the starting point for the interpretation by celebrated Norwegian born director Stefan Herheim, making his Covent Garden debut. The French have occupied Sicily, and Hélène is held hostage by Montfort, the French governor, who has had her brother executed. She turns to the partisan Jean Procida and the rebellious patriot Henri in her bid for vengeance. Through this monumental operatic work, Herheim takes us over the threshold from the reality of the opera house into the dreamlike stories of the operas they present. The story is set to impassioned and dramatic music, rich in showpiece arias and ensembles and with striking choruses.

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12:44 Grand Slam on center ice »Journal-Pioneer Local
Final day of tournament for promotion as well as competition
12:35 Robbey - Male Youth Charged »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint late Saturday night at 10:03pm regarding a robbery that had occurred earlier in the vicinity of Sherwood Rd. AS a result of investigation police have charged a 17 year old Charlottetown youth with robbery. Victim in this matter is also a male youth, no injuries were sustained as a result of incident. Accused youth will be appearing Provincial Youth Court at a later date.
12:27 PEI contemplating a guaranteed income for all Islanders »Troy Media » Eye on PEI
12:01 Female Assaulted - Man Arrested »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services responded to a complaint of assault early Saturday morning at 4:13am at an address on Kent Street. Police determined that a female, age 26, had been assaulted by a male. Accused male, a 25 year old Charlottetown area male, was arrested for assault and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date. Victim required no medical treatment, and both parties are known to each other.
11:59 Finals set at Players’ Championship: Jones vs. Homan; Martin vs. Jacobs »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The finals at the 2014 Players’ Championship are now set after three of the four semifinals required extra ends on Saturday night.Kevin Martin put himself in position for a storybook ending to his distinguished career by calmly making a perfect draw through a port to get a piece of ...
11:56 Impaired Diver Arrested »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint early Saturday morning at 3:15am regarding a possible impaired driver on Kent St., near Prince Street. Police patrolled area and arrested a 25 year old Charlottetown area female for impaired driving. The blood Alcohol concentration of arrested female exceeded two and a half times the legal limit. Accused female was jailed at the Provincial Correctional Centre and will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date. Charlottetown Police would like to thank the public for their assistance in keeping our roads safe. Charlottetown Police Services encourage the public to report any instances of impaired driving...Call 911.
11:49 Interpol Computer Virus Scam »Charlottetown Police Public Announcements
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint April 17th regarding the Interpol virus. The Interpol virus is part of the Troj/Urausy Ransomware family of infections targeting computers. When a computer is infected it will display a message pretending to be from Interpol indicating the computer is locked and a certain amount of money must be payed to unlock it. Implementing quality malware/virus software will provide a measure of protection against this type of malware/virus.
11:38 A successful event for Southern Kings Consolidated playground equipment fund »Eastern Graphic weekly newspaper
Story by: 
Charlotte MacAulay

It has been at least 15 years since the playground at Southern Kings Consolidated has seen any upgrades and thanks to community volunteers, that’s about to change.

A brunch held recently at the Murray Harbour Community Centre netted $1,863 to add to the fund raising total for the project.

Beth Clements, who volunteers at the school with the LOVE program, noticed one day the fund raising thermometer at the school still had a ways to go to meet the $30,000 goal so she devised a plan to help move it along.

With the recruitment of 25 plus volunteers, 16 of them kids who have gone to the school, she organized the Saturday morning brunch.

Over 200 guests were treated to the delicious fare which included eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, hashbrown casserole and toast, complimented with mouth watering jams, jellies and syrup.

Ms Clements said she was only to glad to be a part of it all.

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10:36 Georgetown youth club gets a boost from town »Eastern Graphic weekly newspaper
Story by: 
Charlotte MacAulay

Though the ice is gone at the Three Rivers Sportsplex in Georgetown, youth are still flocking to the facility.

In fact they have been every Saturday evening for the past six months since James and Cindy Schafer started Project Y.

When Mr Schafer discovered kids in the community, some as young as 12, were getting into drugs and alcohol he thought something had to be done.

“ I pitched the idea to town council to build a program where youth could come and have a safe place to hang out,” he said.

The pitch was well received and immediately the town offered the Eagles Nest, a facility in the rink, for the purpose.
“ Council was behind it all the way.

“We are fortunate to have people like Cindy and James to look after the youth in our community,” said mayor Lewis Lavandier.

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10:00 A stormy education »The Guardian - Business
08:43 Come to The Island, Stay for the party! #PEI2014 »New Glasgow Lobster Suppers
You may have heard but in case you’ve been living under a rock, 2014 on Prince Edward Island is going to be awesome! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference where our Nations Founding Fathers decided to form this glorious Country. Anytime is a good time to visit the Island, but this year I […]
08:43 Come to The Island, Stay for the party! #PEI2014 »New Glasgow Lobster Suppers
You may have heard but in case you’ve been living under a rock, 2014 on Prince Edward Island is going to be awesome! This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference where our Nations Founding Fathers decided to form this glorious Country. Anytime is a good time to visit the Island, but this year I […]


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