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Thursday April 24, 2014

15:39 Aces beat Islanders in tournament final »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Despite finishing second in round-robin play, the Charlottetown Aces marched on to win the Volleyball P.E.I. 16-Under/18-Under Men’s Spring League tournament here at Three Oaks Senior High School on Wednesday.
14:59 Canada poised for an export boom as U.S., global economies improve: EDC »The Guardian - Business
OTTAWA — A new forecast from the federal export agency predicts Canada’s economy is on the threshold of stronger growth thanks to a long-awaited recovery in the export sector.Export Development Canada says renewed strength in the United States and in emerging markets, along with a lower loonie, ...
14:59 Nation loses another good politician »The Guardian - Opinion
Herb Gray represented his constituents for almost 40 years
14:57 Whose Senate reform is it anyway? »The Guardian - Opinion
By Senator Percy Downe (guest opinion)
14:55 Cheering up seniors not duty of kids »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Health P.E.I. has issued a request for information from anyone interested in opening a private daycare centre at the Beach Grove Home in Charlottetown. The administrator of long-term care for Queens Region thinks having children in the same area will somehow overcome the feelings of ...
14:54 Tory ship starting to leak »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: At the helm of a rusty old ship, HMCS Tory Party, stands a lonely man. Stephen Harper has, over the past decade, crewed this ship with the likes of Nigel Wright, Bev Oda, Dimitri Soudas and senators like Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau. Many are either jumping ship or being pushed overboard ...
14:52 People in need deserve the money »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: Premier Robert Ghiz isn’t happy about the Conservatives, accusing the Liberal government of taking $2 million from social services and giving it to the Department of Innovation. The Liberals took money from rural development and gave it to Summerside and Charlottetown.I have done ...
14:50 Vegetable gardens help food security »The Guardian - Opinion
Editor: I read with interest the letters regarding food security in the Island. No one seems to consider that a vegetable garden would give basic food security to a family and this is spring and an ideal time to start growing one.If you plant beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and carrots, you ...
14:48 Research money comes to P.E.I. for halibut industry »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE – The Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Association has received $153,600 to conduct research on expanding the local halibut industry.Federal and provincial government officials made the announcement recently in Summerside. The association will begin research on Atlantic halibut by ...
14:34 Liquor theft nets man $200 fine »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE - A 22-year-old Borden-Carlton man was fined $200 after pleading guilty in Summerside provincial court to a charge of theft.
13:05 Charlottetown woman sentenced to 8 months for stabbing »The Guardian - Local News
A 34-year-old Charlottetown woman has been sentenced to eight months in the provincial correctional centre for stabbing a man at a Palmer's Lane residence last month.The sentence was imposed last week in the case of Julie Lynn Gaudet.Gaudet had originally been charged with aggravated assault ...
13:02 Stratford woman nabbed for drunk driving mid-afternoon Wednesday »The Guardian - Local News
A 37-year-old Stratford woman has been charged with impaired driving. A spokesman for Charlottetown Police Services said the department received a tip about a possible impaired driving on Riverside Drive Wednesday afternoon around 2:30. When police located the woman they determined that she was ...
12:35 Charlottetown police seek stolen car »The Guardian - Local News
Charlottetown police are looking for a 2009 Hyundai Elantra stolen from a city residence last week. The vehicle was taken early this morning in the Parent Street area. A spokesman for the police department said the theft was reported just before 4 a.m.The vehicle is described as a 2009 Hyundai ...
12:35 Stolen car recovered »The Guardian - Local News
The original version of this story included incorrect information given to The Guardian stating the car was red.
12:31 They just don’t get it »PEI Curmudgeon's Blog
John Nienstedt became archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2008, long after the systemic support for abusive priests became public. This month he was being deposed in a clergy abuse lawsuit and admitted to covering up information … Continue reading
12:14 Tonight's guaranteed income community forum in O'Leary postponed »Journal-Pioneer Local
O'LEARY – The Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) Community Forum planned for this (Thursday) evening in O'Leary has been postponed to Thursday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the O'Leary Community Centre.
12:06 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, April 24, 2014 New listings this week: 1) This Saturday! Family Farm & Micro-Processing Trade Show 2) Free Family Law Course 3) “Marley in May” Open Mic 4) Call for Presentations/Appel de présentations 5) Nominate Someone / Proposez une candidature 6) PEIBWA Upcoming Events The […]
11:39 If CEO,SNC Lavalin Sold House to Harper Would Trudeau Ask Questions? »redlikeme.ca
SNC Lavalin is the engineering overseer of anything the Federal Government does which requires engineering support. In PEI the same role is given over to APM construction, they are the consultants on all publicly funded construction. If the CEO of … Continue reading
11:15 [PHOTO] Princess Street, Kingston, August 2003 »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Princess Street, Kingston, August 2003


Kingston's Princess Street is arguably the main artery of that city, currently the major retail district (though this may have changed) and historically part of the old colonial Toronto-Montreal route. The photographer is visible in shadow at the bottom.

(Kingstoners, can you confirm where on Princess Street this was taken?)</i></a>
11:15 Crane tabling motion to support services for post-partum depression »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – There’s been a lot of talk of mental health services on Prince Edward Island lately.
11:02 New lobster processors could set up in Prince Edward Island »The Guardian - Local News
Agreement with Ocean Choice prohibiting new lobster processing licences in the province for 10 years has expired
10:42 Intro to ScreenScape – Live Web Event »ScreenScape Official News
Here’s your invitation to join Marty Gay, Senior Support Analyst, on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern for a live web event about ScreenScape and how you can quickly and easily create a stunning digital display. Even if you are unable to attend the webinar, please feel free to register for the event […]
10:40 Workshops focus on basic income guarantee idea »The Guardian - Local News
Goal is to have community or area on P.E.I. pilot the concept
10:36 Sift is now available in the App Store »Shared Knowledge
Sift is now available for download in the App Store here. It’s free to use the sifting functionality while we are in beta so please let us know what you think by commenting below. More information can be found at http://www.siftpdf.com. Check out the short demo video on YouTube. Thanks in advance for your time […]
10:35 I got some unwanted mail today. Ugh. #lawschool #lsuc #barexam »timothycullen.com


I got some unwanted mail today. Ugh. #lawschool #lsuc #barexam

10:19 After all these years, it’s hard to believe I won’t... »timothycullen.com


After all these years, it’s hard to believe I won’t be working here soon. (at Parliament Hill)

09:59 Queen Elizabeth Hospital parking fees may go down »Journal-Pioneer Local
When Amanda Livingston and her family went to say their final goodbyes to her uncle at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, they had to pay to park.
09:53 Province expects to recover Shania Twain concert money »Journal-Pioneer Local
When it comes to the government spending money on this summer’s Shania Twain concert, Tourism Minister Robert Henderson says it expects to make it back on the tax charged on tickets.
09:48 Nova Scotia tuna fishermen say Gail Shea, Lawrence MacAulay pandering to locals »Journal-Pioneer Local
MONTAGUE — Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says the fear of longliners entering the Gulf of St. Lawrence to fish tuna this year is a non-issue being fanned by Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay.
09:42 Benefit concert to aid family of Charlottetown fire victims »Journal-Pioneer Local
MONTAGUE - A benefit concert for the families of the three boys lost in a tragic fire last month will be held at the regional high school here on Sunday, Apr. 27.
09:37 Truck carrying 40,000 pounds of P.E.I. french fries burns in Maine parking lot »Journal-Pioneer Local
WATERVILLE, Maine — A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in the Maine city of Waterville.
09:29 Eight new drugs added to P.E.I. formulary »Journal-Pioneer Local
Eight drugs have been added to the provincial formulary, making it easier for Islanders to access the medications they need, says Health Minister Doug Currie.
09:16 Stolen Motor Vehicle - 2009 Red Hyundai Elantra 234BE »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint regarding a stolen vehicle early this morning at 3:58am. Complainant informed police that vehicle was stolen while parked near a residence on Parent Street. Vehicle is described as a 2009 Red Hyundai Elantra 234BE. Anyone with information regarding this theft may contact police at 9026294172 or PEI Crime Stoppers at 1800222TIPS.
09:14 Man jailed for lying to police after accident »The Guardian - Local News
A 23-year-old Charlottetown man who lied to police about his identity following a motor vehicle accidenthas been sentenced to 10 days in the provincial correctional centre.Brandon Edmund Martin was charged under a section of the Criminal Code dealing with public mischief. Under that section of ...
08:49 P.E.I. government defends $200 million job strategy »Journal-Pioneer Local
The Robert Ghiz government was forced to defend its $200-million prosperity strategy first launched in 2008 – a strategy government now says was a stepping stone to building up new business sectors in P.E.I.
08:39 PEI 2014, Conflict Between Vice and Virtue Was Never Grimmer »redlikeme.ca
2014 Celebrations, which are huge wastes of public monies for navel gazing and promoting Liberal mantras while handing money to friends of Robert Ghiz. PEI just announced it will pay 250,000.00 dollars for the Shania Twain concert out od 2014 … Continue reading
08:25 Impaired Driving - Female Arrested »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services were dispatched to an impaired driver on Riverside Dr., yesterday afternoon at 2:30pm. Operator of vehicle, a 37 year old Stratford area female, was determined to be impaired. Accused female will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
08:04 Premier Ghiz May, Might, Maybe Publish Scorecard, “Who Knows” »redlikeme.ca
With a lot of bumbling and fumbling and all the hallmarks of a politician waffling, Premier Ghiz demonstrated again he will stifle a review or “report card”, on his “Prosperity Strategy”. The Prosperity Strategy is a shameful waste of 200 … Continue reading
07:27 Queen Elizabeth Hospital parking fees may go down »The Guardian - Local News
Complaints about unfair financial burden prompt Health Minister Doug Currie to ask Health P.E.I whether any relief can be offered
07:23 Province expects to recover Shania Twain concer money »The Guardian - Local News
Tourism Minister Robert Henderson says tax on the tickets for the Aug. 30 show will repay investment
07:23 Province expects to recover Shania Twain concert money »The Guardian - Local News
Tourism Minister Robert Henderson says tax on the tickets for the Aug. 30 show will repay investment
07:11 Nova Scotia tuna fishermen say Gail Shea, Lawrence MacAulay pandering to locals »The Guardian - Local News
Nova Scotia Swordfishermen's Association president Tony Atkinson calls on politicians to address all interests in bluefin industry
07:02 2014 Charlottetown Municipal Election (84 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
Any thoughts on this years upcoming City elections? Any rumors about who may challenge Mayor Lee?? Which councillors could be on their way out..

I believe we need a change at the top, Lee has been there too long. Really hoping Rob Lantz decides to run for mayor. He is young , smart and well spoken. He would be a breath of fresh air compared to the stiff that's in there now. Let's not be Summerside, change is a good thing....
06:26 Rain changes to snow today across PEI »peistormchaser
Thursday April 24 6:25am.. A low pressure system located south of Halifax this morning will slowly move east today and tonight. Rain associated with this feature will transition over to snow this afternoon as colder air floods in. Snow will … Continue reading
00:59 [LINK] "No Laptops, No Wi-Fi: How One Cafe Fired Up Sales" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Writing for NPR, Annie Russell describes how Vermont's August First Bakery & Cafe boosted business by banning portable computing.

When owner Jodi Whalen first opened four years ago, she initially offered free Wi-Fi to customers. Students like Colt flocked to the business and started typing away — and staying. All day.

"We saw a lot of customers come in, look for a table, not be able to find one and leave," Whalen says. "It was money flowing out the door for us."

That's why Whalen decided there'd be no more screens. It was a gradual move. She started by shutting down the Wi-Fi two years ago. Then, the cafe banned screens during lunch.

"A lot of people were disappointed," Whalen says. "But we actually saw our sales increase."

What's socially acceptable when it comes to using a laptop in public, anyway? Student Luna Colt says it's about how much money you spend.

"You should buy something every two hours if you're going to be here and just work all day," Colt says.

As long as you're being a good customer, she says, there's nothing wrong with working on a laptop. It's why she's been coming here in the first place.

"If I was going to be here all day, I'd probably come here and eat breakfast. Then a few hours later, I'd have lunch," Colt says. "I would guess that wouldn't lose them any money, really."

Not quite, according to Whalen. It's less about how much any given laptop user buys, and more about table space.

"Even if they think they're a good customer because they buy lunch, they're still here for four hours," Whalen says.
00:46 One Eye! »Changing Trains
I took Cameron to McDonald’s this morning, on the way to school, for my routine coffee and his snack size smoothie. At the window we saw our good friend Erin Pippy (Shout out to Erin!) who always makes Cameron’s day! At the window, there was a man working with Erin. He looked like a manager […]
00:29 [BRIEF NOTE] On the intelligent crows of Aesop's Fables »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Aesop's Fable of The Crow and the Pitcher was proven by science. In the paper "Using the Aesop's Fable Paradigm to Investigate Causal Understanding of Water Displacement by New Caledonian Crows", investigators determined that the famously intelligent New Caledonian crow can interrogate questions of volume as well as young humans.

Understanding causal regularities in the world is a key feature of human cognition. However, the extent to which non-human animals are capable of causal understanding is not well understood. Here, we used the Aesop's fable paradigm – in which subjects drop stones into water to raise the water level and obtain an out of reach reward – to assess New Caledonian crows' causal understanding of water displacement. We found that crows preferentially dropped stones into a water-filled tube instead of a sand-filled tube; they dropped sinking objects rather than floating objects; solid objects rather than hollow objects, and they dropped objects into a tube with a high water level rather than a low one. However, they failed two more challenging tasks which required them to attend to the width of the tube, and to counter-intuitive causal cues in a U-shaped apparatus. Our results indicate that New Caledonian crows possess a sophisticated, but incomplete, understanding of the causal properties of displacement, rivalling that of 5–7 year old children.


Virginia Morell interviewed one of these researchers, Sarah Jelbert, for National Geographic News. An excerpt:

How did you come up with your idea to give the Aesop's Fable test to the crows?

Our study was based on the fantastic work of two other researchers, Christopher Bird and Nathan Emery. [They showed that rooks would use stones to raise the water level in a tube so that they could reach a worm.] Dropping stones into water isn't something New Caledonian crows do in the wild; no animal does. But it is also a completely natural thing, and so is a fair test of animals' cognition.

We trained six crows to drop small stones into tubes. And then we gave them different tests to see how much they understand or can learn about the cause and effect of water displacement. Would they understand that dropping stones into water in a tube [to get a piece of meat to float to the top] is different from dropping them into sand in a tube? Or that hollow objects have a different effect from solid ones?

They did very well at four of the six tests, where they were able to apply their natural understanding of cause and effect and the properties of objects. They understood that solid objects sink and hollow ones float, for instance, and that it doesn't make any sense to drop stones into sand. But they were incredibly poor at the counterintuitive test, which involved a U-[shaped] tube; they had to infer that there was a connection between the two tubes, but none of them could do this.

And what do their successes and failures at these tests tell us about the cognitive abilities of New Caledonian crows?

We're trying to understand the cognitive mechanisms of animal minds, and to do that you need to look at tests that animals can pass and those that they fail. In human psychology, researchers have discovered that the way people make mistakes is often most informative about how they think. The errors give away how they are solving problems. Is this true for animals, too? Or do they have a completely different way of conceptualizing problems? By looking at the errors the crows make, we may get a better understanding of how they successfully solve problems.


Jelbert reserved judgement as to whether or not the crows took the tricks they learned into the wild.
00:00 [LINK] "Macau Already Dwarfs Vegas—and China's Gaming Hub Is Getting Even Bigger" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Bruce Einhorn reports that gambling in the formerly Portuguese enclave of Macau on the south Chinese coast, near Hong Kong, is taking off with vigour.

China’s economy is slowing, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the casinos in Macau. The former Portuguese colony is the only place with legalized casino gambling in China, and while this year the Chinese economy is likely to expand at its slowest pace since 1990, there’s no sign of a pause in Macaua’s casinos. Gross gaming revenue this month should jump between 10 percent and 12 percent over a year ago, according to a report published today by Barclays (BCS). For the whole year, the bank expects 16 percent growth.

Casino operators in the U.S. should be so lucky. Gaming revenue in Las Vegas is down 12 percent so far this year, and in the Midwest, casino revenue has dropped for six months in a row. While in the 1980s the only states with legal casino betting were Nevada and New Jersey, now almost every state in the country has casinos—and as Bloomberg Businessweek reported earlier this month, revenue is dwindling, with New Jersey down 44 percent since its peak in 2006.

Meanwhile, China’s gambling hub keeps on growing. Gaming revenue in Macau, the tiny peninsula and nearby islands an hour’s ferry ride from Hong Kong, last year hit $45 billion. Compare that with the $38 billion total not just for Vegas but for Atlantic City, all the Native American casinos, and everything else in the U.S.
00:00 PEI Fishermen's Association Hoping to Cash in on Halibut Industry -- PEI Fishermen's Association receives support to conduct research on the growing halibut industry. »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and PEI Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley were in Summerside to announce a combined investment of $153,600 for the Prince Edward Island Fishermen's Association (PEIFA) to conduct research on expanding the local halibut industry. The PEIFA will begin research on Atlantic...
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