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Saturday December 20, 2014

17:28 Interactive game educates students about endangered plovers »The Guardian - Local News
TIGNISH -- A twisted length of rope simulates waves lapping onto a shoreline. At water’s edge are small sections of pipe-cleaners: pretend food for pretend piping plovers. Off to one side a group of Tignish Elementary Grade 4 students listen as Julie-Lynn Zahavich, project coordinator for the ...
16:00 Dear Santa: Kids want all kinds of things for Christmas »The Guardian - Local News
Children at Charlottetown day care still like old-fashioned stuff while Toys R Us turns to its own expert to analyze trends for older children


15:50 Making The Guardian website slightly less annoying for subscribers... » from peter rukavina

My in-laws are visiting us, and my father-in-law is a dedicated newspaper reader, so I was prompted me to take out a subscription to The Guardian, Prince Edward Island’s newspaper of record, for the next while.

There’s no way to subscribe only to the printed newspaper: the standard $17.50/month subscription includes daily home delivery of the print newspaper along with the “e-edition” and all-you-can-eat access to the otherwise-metered website.  Oddly, the price for this without the printed newspaper is exactly the same. Which doesn’t bode well for print, as it suggests that the print newspaper is deemed to be worth $0.

The first copy of the newspaper arrived this morning (impressive, given that I purchased my subscription only yesterday) and included an excellent cover story on government expenses reported by Teresa Wright and Ryan Ross. It was a good issue to start a subscription with.

Meanwhile, I decided to use my newly-unlocked access to the entire Guardian website as an opportunity to try and make it less confusing to read (I found, to my surprise, that unlocking the website with a subscription doesn’t make any of the ads, offers and extraneous elements go away).

Hence this Greasemonkey user script:

// ==UserScript==
// @name        cleanup-pei-guardian
// @namespace
// @include*
// @description Hides the annoying parts of The Guardian website.
// @version     1
// @require
// @grant       GM_addStyle
// ==/UserScript==

This script, once installed in Greasemoney, has the effect of turning this:

The Guardian: Before Greasemonkey

into this:

The Guardian: After Greasemonkey

The effect is dramatic, and reading the altered version makes me feel like I can breathe again. And it makes me feel like I’d actually like to spend some time exploring the website.

I realize the irony of this experiment, as the bulk of my living derives, directly or indirectly, from web advertising revenue that appears in ways that are often as jarring as on The Guardian. The difference, though, is that I’m paying The Guardian $17.50 and the least they could do is make the experience of reading the website slightly less annoying.

It’s worth remembering that The Guardian has more than 100 years of a history of using design non-annoyingly; witness the front page of the print newspaper from today’s date in 1939:

The Guardian, Dec. 20, 1939

It is a thing of beauty.

13:24 Swimming success celebrated with holiday fun »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Dolphins enjoy a relaxing practice after Québec invitational
13:00 Because they grow up so fast »The Guardian - Business
New photography rental studio in Charlottetown aims to give parents more options when it comes to capturing those precious moments
12:00 World War 1 - Why millions signed up in 1914/15 »Robert Paterson's Weblog
By Christmas 1914, there had been nearly 100,000 casualties in the British army but this had not deeply affected the British people. This was because the British Army that had retreated from Mons and then been part of the victory...
11:34 Limited Number of Gibson Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition Guitars Arrive in Canada »NJN Network
After a wait of that seemed like weeks, a limited supply of the Bob Dylan Gibson J-200 guitars are available
11:00 Whack adjusting to professional ranks with Island Storm »The Guardian - Sports
Rashad Whack may be a fresh-out-of-college rookie, but that's not hindering the Island Storm guard. Whack, 23, has already won a National Basketball League of Canada player of the week award and is racking up 12.4 points per game for his first post-university team, good for a fifth-place tie ...
11:00 Where the money went: how P.E.I. cabinet ministers spent your money »The Guardian - Local News
Luncheons, dinner meetings, trips, hotel rooms, gas tank fill-ups. They do add up. Over the last nine years, P.E.I. premiers and cabinet ministers have spent close $2 million on personal and business expenses. That’s according to all public disclosure files available on the Prince Edward Island ...
10:00 Campbell looking for feature race win with Machinthesand »The Guardian - Sports
Carnivore is the morning-line favourites fortoday'sfeature race at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Post time for the 15-dash program is 1 p.m. The feature is in honour of Charles MacDonald, who was born and raised in Orwell, and passed away Oct. 8, 2011. MacDonald's grandson, Marc ...
09:47 Capitals hosting annual teddy bear toss Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – There will be a bit of added anticipation for the Summerside Western Capitals’ first goal on Sunday.
09:21 Daily Specials for Saturday, December 20, 2014 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Saturday, December 20, 2014 are:

  • Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup $4.99
  • Chicken Havarti Wrap....Sauteed chicken on a wrap with Avocado sauce, sliced cucumber, shredded carrot and a slice of havarti..served with our signature black bean salad... $11.99

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

09:19 Quiet weather pattern expected across PEI until Christmas Day »peistormchaser
Saturday Dec 20th 9:15am.. The low pressure system that tracked across the island on Thursday is now located NE of Newfoundland. A brisk north wind developed behind this system and that produced the onshore flurries yesterday. Some Freezing drizzle was … Continue reading
09:10 CMG Participant in Sexual Abuse at the CBC »NJN Network
The same day, CMG president Carmel Smyth issued a memo saying the union was going to make sexual harassment “a priority.” She praised Borel’s “courage in speaking out,” noting “we have reached out to her and . . . continue to offer her any assistance that we can provide.” This is news to Borel, who did get a call from a … Continue reading CMG Participant in Sexual Abuse at the CBC
08:29 A musical tribute »The Guardian - Living
Some of the biggest names in pop music lend their talents for The Art of McCartney, a musical tribute to Sir Paul
08:25 A Christmas miscellany »The Guardian - Living
Mummers, widows and the Salvation Army are featured in books about stories of the season
08:25 Ghiz admits to mistake on fixed dates »The Guardian - Opinion
Rarely do year-end interviews from political leaders fail to produce frank responses. The holiday season seems to cause a sense of reflection and contemplation not usually seen the rest of the year. The answers become more direct when that political leader is two months away from stepping down ...
08:20 The Optimist-In-Chief, and Santa Claus »The Guardian - Opinion
Given the season, it seems a bit unseemly to challenge the province’s self designated Optimist-In-Chief on just what exactly constitutes censorship. Certainly, most would think that any prevention of the dissemination or distribution of opinions, ideals, or comment, that weren’t libellous or ...
08:15 Happy motoring – Happy Holidays »The Guardian - Opinion
“Another sale on somethingWe’ll buy it while it’s hot,And we’ll save lots of moneySpending money we don’t got.” Stompin’ Tom Connors CBC Marketplace theme songPerhaps because I can remember pulling into a service station and getting one or two dollars worth of gas, I don’t consider a buck a ...
08:11 Understanding Obama’s move to normalize U.S.-Cuban relations »The Guardian - Opinion
By Peter McKenna (guest opinion)
08:07 Tasting mettle - A new face is about to lead our province »The Guardian - Business
Watching a canine pant at a stop sign while resting beside an idle car, I traced back the events that led to the moment I was witnessing, the moment just before the dog bit into the metal bumper of the car. How much strategy, planning and rehearsing went into the “car chase operation”? Was it ...
07:37 Ghiz and Sheridan Procurement Policies Reckless and Well Hidden »
After selling his chocolate bar distribution network, Mark Kays found a position within the Provincial Government as Procurement Executive in the PEI Comptrollers Office, some guys have all the luck. Placement of friends, family or members of the Charlottetown Gentlemens … Continue reading
06:37 Canadian Wind Energy Institute Of Bum Generator Deals? »
Three rural hockey rinks in Prince Edward Island, in an effort to lower operating costs purchased windmill generators. The arena managers received expertise and assistance from the Canadian Wind Energy Institute, all the recommendations were reviewed and approved by both … Continue reading
06:34 Provincial Lotteries Looted by Management »
Gaming and gambling have become very dirty words in PEI, two of the many reasons why Robert Ghiz had to retire in a hurry. British Columbia was handing out money as bonuses to staff to even get close to sales … Continue reading
05:51 Beck will get most out of P.E.I. Canada Games hockey team »The Guardian - Sports
Staff also includes Mark Carragher, Ryan Ramsay, Paul Drew and Bo Ford
05:51 Fiddler's Facts: Beck will get most out of P.E.I. Canada Games hockey team »The Guardian - Sports
Staff also includes Mark Carragher, Ryan Ramsay, Paul Drew and Bo Ford
01:46 Cinderella 2014 Review by PL Holden »onrpei
The Homburg Theatre was in full Christmas spirit for “Cinderella: A Fairly Tall Tale” from the beautiful red & green décor on the side walls to  the closed curtains on the stage sparkling like crystals in the newly fallen snow as hostess the “Fairly Good Mother” sashays across to kick the show off with an […]
00:43 Shea backstops Wild to road win »Journal-Pioneer Sports
MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Bradley Shea came up big for the Kensington Monaghan Farms Wild on Friday night.

Friday December 19, 2014

23:51 Career milestone »Journal-Pioneer Sports
McIver plays in 500th career professional hockey game
23:46 Former coach praises attitude, work ethic »Journal-Pioneer Sports
PHILADELPHIA – Mike Kelly holds Nathan McIver in very select company.
23:43 Local fantasy football league stronger than ever »Journal-Pioneer Sports
We are down to the last two weeks of the NFL season, and it’s probably championship weekend for those involved in fantasy football.
23:27 Renaming trail for Arendz provides lasting recognition »The Guardian - Sports
Mark Arendz was 15 years old when he hit four of his first five targets at the Brookvale Nordic Centre. He’s been hooked on biathlon ever since. “I tried shooting for the first time and I just fell in love with it,” Arendz said Friday from the facility overlooking the range. “This is the ...
23:02 [LINK] Chris Turner on tourism, tipping and poverty in Cuba »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Chris Turner's 2012 essay in The Walrus on the ethical complications of tourism by rich people in poor countries was reshared last night on Facebook. I do wonder if this is only a matter of Cuba's dual-currency economy, and if issues like this might relate to tourism in lower- and middle-income countries generally. Would this be any different in Mexico or the Dominican Republic?

ore than a million Canadians will travel to Cuba this year. The only places beyond our borders that attract more of us are the United States and Mexico. There is no other tourist destination on earth where Canadians are so dominant, and possibly none where the tourist economy is more vital to the nation’s immediate economic health. With little in the way of formal policy and with no real intent on the part of the beach-bound hordes, we’ve established a relationship with Cuba that is unique in both our histories. We’ve colonized Cuba on vacation by accident.

This is a story about what happens when the unarticulated, half-hidden nature of that colonial relationship is suddenly exposed. It’s an economics lesson in the form of a parable, a traveller’s tale about the strange connection between master and servant in this de facto tourist colony.

So let’s begin, in fairy-tale fashion, in a tower atop a castle: the rooftop terrace of Hotel Casa Granda in Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest city. The Casa Granda is an old colonial half ruin overlooking a wide square and an elegant cathedral. It’s an atmospheric, Graham Greene kind of place, five storeys tall and colonnaded and shedding white paint. I found myself there at sunset one January evening, sipping a mojito and pondering the real value of ten convertible Cuban pesos.

Because Cuba is among the few nations on earth with two official currencies, a never-never-land economy caught in its own distended bubble halfway between the collapsed Soviet bloc and the contemporary global capitalist order, visitors can find themselves wondering more than usual about exchange rates. There is the regular, nonconvertible peso, officially the Cuban peso or CUP, used to buy staple goods at state-run shops. And there is the convertible peso, the CUC—the hard currency, which is used for luxury goods and provides the default banknotes for the tourist economy. In government accounting, CUCs and CUPs are valued one to one, but informally the CUC is worth about the same as the Canadian dollar, while the CUP has a street value of a nickel at most. CUPs are worthless outside Cuba, except as souvenirs.

Filling out a state store ration card.

Earlier in the day, I’d had ten CUCs snatched from my hand, and I was up on the roof of the Casa Granda trying to figure out what exactly had happened and how I really felt about it. It’s rare, once you’re well into the mortgage-and-kids phase of adulthood, to encounter a whole new category of emotion, but I was pretty sure I’d done just that out there on a dusty Santiago back street, and now I was probing the feeling to discern its dimensions.
22:57 Mayne scores OT winner for Lynx vs. Aces »Journal-Pioneer Sports
TIGNISH – Sawyer Mayne was the hero for the Southside Lynx on Friday night.
22:38 ‘Never say never’ »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Although not on her radar, Moyse doesn’t count out another Olympic run
22:00 Ready to Pounce »justpictureit
photo - Ready to Pounce

"People who own pets live longer, have less stress and have fewer heart attacks." I found the cat below on Tumblr advertizing '10 CATS FAMOUS FOR THEIR AWESOME FUR MARKINGS'

21:01 [URBAN NOTE] "The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A." »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Daily Beast's Geoff Manaugh describes the extent to which, unbeknownst to me, the city of Los Angeles actually sits on top of a sea of tar and oil. Almost unearthly, this.

Sliding around beneath the surface of Los Angeles is something dark, primordial, and without form. It seeps up into the city from below, through even the smallest cracks and drains. Infernal, it can cause fires and explosions; toxic, it can debilitate, poison, and kill.

Near downtown Los Angeles, at 14th Place and Hill Street, a small extraction firm called the St. James Oil Corporation runs an active oil well. In 2006, the firm presided over a routine steam-injection procedure known as “well stimulation.” The purpose was simple: a careful and sustained application of steam would heat up, liquefy, and thus make available for easier harvesting some of the thick petroleum deposits, or heavy oil, beneath the neighborhood.

But things didn’t quite go as planned. As explained by the Center for Land Use Interpretation—a local non-profit group dedicated to documenting and analyzing land usage throughout the United States—“the subterranean pressure forced oily ooze and smells out of the ground,” causing toxic “goo” to bubble over “into storm drains, streets, and basements.” The sudden appearance of this nauseating black tide actually destabilized the nearby road surface, leading to its emergency closure, and 130 people had to be evacuated. It took weeks to pump dangerous petroleum byproducts out of the basements and to resurface the street; the firm itself was later sued by the city.

Tar pushes up through cracks in the sidewalk on Wilshire Boulevard, near the La Brea Tar Pits. (Geoff Manaugh)

While this was an industrial accident, hydrocarbons are, in fact, almost constantly breaking through the surface of the city, both in liquid and gaseous form. These are commonly known as seeps, and the most famous one is an international tourist attraction: the La Brea Tar Pits, with its family-friendly museum on Wilshire Boulevard. The “tar” here is actually liquid asphalt or pitch, and it is one of many reasons why humans settled the region in the first place. Useful both for waterproofing and for its flammability, this sticky substance has been exploited by humans in the region for literally thousands of years—and it has also given L.A. some of its most impressive paleontological finds.

In other words, precisely because they are so dangerous, the tar pits are a veritable archive of extinct species; these include mastodons, saber-toothed tigers, and dire wolves, examples of which have been found fatally mired in the black mess seeping up from the deep. Groups of these now long-dead creatures once wandered across an otherworldly landscape of earthquakes and extinct volcanoes, an active terrain pockmarked with eerie bubbling cauldrons of flammable liquid asphalt.
20:58 [LINK] "’50-mile’ rule uproots migrant children in California" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
MacLean's hosts Martha Mendoza's affecting Associated Press report about the disruptive migrations forced on migrant workers and their families in California. (And elsewhere, too, I wonder?)

A lifetime of moving has taught Claudia Morales to start packing early, because like many 13-year-olds, her room “is always a mess.”

The hoodies go in her suitcase, but as usual, all her partially completed schoolwork ends up in the trash. Just a week later, Claudia has new notebooks, along with new textbooks, and three bulging suitcases to start unpacking 200 miles away.

She does this every year. Twice.

This December, thousands of migrant farmworker children are making their annual trek to new schools in California, but they do so also at other times throughout the country. During growing season, their parents rent low-cost housing in federally subsidized labour camps, but state rules mandate that families move at least 50 miles away when the camps close for the winter.

“We have a life we need to live,” she said. “I like both places, but when I grow up I expect to have good work and buy a house where we can stay permanently.”

Claudia gets straight As at one school, somewhat lower grades at her other. But as years pass and coursework gets more complex, the odds rise against her. Eventually, about 90 per cent of kids living in seasonal worker housing drop out of school, according to the San Jose-based non-profit human rights organization Human Agenda.
20:56 [LINK] "China's Lost Generation Finds Itself in Ukraine" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Adam Minter reports from Kiev.

The latest viral story in China is the rags-to-riches tale of a young man named Mei Aicai. A working class high-school graduate who scored abysmally on China's college entrance exam, Mei now owns his own business, claims title to three-quarters of an acre of land, lives in a split-level house, and is married to an eighteen-year-old who -- the Chinese internet universally agrees -- looks like a model. One more thing: Mei achieved all his good fortune after leaving China for Ukraine.

For the Chinese public, the moral of Mei's story is clear: for anyone who lacks family connections, elite academic credentials, and a big bank account, it's now easier to achieve upward mobility in Kiev than Shanghai.

It's not hard to imagine what would have happened to Mei, with his modest background and limited education, had he remained in China. Faced with a slowing economy, high housing prices, widening income inequality and a tough job market for college graduates, millions of young Chinese now feel stuck on the lower-middle rungs of their country's ladder of success.

This widespread feeling has coalesced into an identity known as diaosi. The term is commonly translated into English as “loser” -- although its most literal translation would be a vulgar reference to the male anatomy -- and was originally used to describe young, under-employed internet-obsessed males. But over the past five years, it has escaped its derogatory connotations, transforming into a more pliable identity available to anyone who wants to distance himself from China’s money- and status-obsessed culture.
20:54 [LINK] "Front Yards Turn to Wetlands in Virginia as Climate Change Takes Toll" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Heather Perlberg reports on the impact of global warming--specifically, on sea level rise--in the coastal Virginia city of Norfolk.

Amanda Armstrong schedules her life around the tides. For the past year and a half, she’s had to navigate rising waters that saturate the lawn of her red brick house in Norfolk, Virginia, and sometimes fill a puddle out front with crabs and fish.

“We call it our little aquarium,” Armstrong, 40, said from outside the home along the Lafayette River that she rents with her family, where wetlands plants have sprouted up from the frequent doses of salt water.

Climate change is beginning to take a toll on real estate in the coastal city, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of Richmond, as insurance costs soar and residents resort to putting their homes on stilts or opening up space underneath for the water to flow through. While most of the U.S. is in a housing rebound, prices in Norfolk fell 2.2 percent in October, according to the Virginia Beach-based Real Estate Information Network.

The city, which averages about a flood a month, is a harbinger of life in U.S. coastal communities. By 2045, within the lifetime of a 30-year mortgage, sea levels will rise about a foot along the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern shoreline, increasing tidal flooding in places including Atlantic City, New Jersey; Ocean City, Maryland; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to an October report by the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“Even with gradual sea-level rise, some elevations can undergo very fast change in vulnerability to flooding,” said Ben Strauss, vice president for sea level and climate impact at research organization Climate Central. “What’s happening in coastal Virginia is kind of a preview of what could happen much more widely.”
20:52 [LINK] "Child refugees call tiny Swedish town home" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Al Jazeera's Sven Carlsson reports on the small northern Swedish town of Sorsele, which has taken in a large number of unaccompanied child refugees.

Sweden, a country of nine million inhabitants, welcomes more lone child refugees than any other country in Europe. In 2012, Sweden brought in 3,900 foreign children - 60 percent above Germany's admission rate. Next year, Swedish admission of unaccompanied children will double that number.

Sorsele - a town buried in Sweden's northern forest - tops the refugee-intake charts by a long stretch. Unaccompanied children account for a quarter of the 42 refugees that have settled here so far in 2014.

If it weren't for that influx of teens, this town wouldn't be able to field a boy's football team.

[. . .]

For Sorsele, a town that's been depopulating since the 1970s, there is more to immigration than claiming the golden boot. Locals say the town centre is not bustling like it used to. Many see its refugee admissions - which add about 4 percent to its total population every year - as an injection of both labour and spending power.

"Refugee admissions are a zero-sum game," Martin Dahlbom, head of the labour unit in Sorsele municipality, tells Al Jazeera, referring to state-administered benefits both asylum seekers and refugees receive. "So it's all about how well one does integrating them."

On a misty autumn morning, local teacher Inger Lundmark informs her students of the do's and don'ts of using the school's new tablet computers. Lundmark teaches a high school prep class for Afghan and Ugandan teenagers aged between 16 and 18.
20:44 Latest Edition of the Victoria Park Newsletter Now Available »City of Charlottetown
2014-12-19 The newest edition of the Victoria Park Newsletter is now available to the public.
20:16 Sprong adjusting to the distractions »The Guardian - Sports
Daniel Sprong's season has been full of distractions, including the TV crew that follows him around to document his every move. But the Charlottetown Islanders star forward remains focused on his future even as he deals with the cameras, frequent media coverage, various draft ranking updates ...
19:38 Moyse on the road to recovery »Journal-Pioneer Local
Two-time Olympian getting back on her feet after hip surgery
19:07 Dylan’s The Lyrics Since 1962 Still In Short Supply »NJN Network
The new supply of the massive book of Bob Dylan lyrics is still hard to find
18:16 Indoor walking track popular »Journal-Pioneer Local
O'LEARY -- Councillors are pleased with the initial interest an indoor walking track at the O’Leary Community Sports Center is generating.
18:13 Tournament provides economic spinoffs »Journal-Pioneer Local
O'LEARY -- A recent Invitational Hockey Classic, held during the O’Leary and Area Business Association’s Christmas Shopping weekend, provided a $175,000 economic boost for O’Leary businesses, Recreation Director Jeff Ellsworth indicated in his monthly report to Town Council.
18:12 Ferguson O’Leary’s new deputy mayor »Journal-Pioneer Local
O'LEARY -- Mayor Stanley MacDonald has selected Carol Ferguson as O’Leary’s deputy mayor. The mayor had offered the position to Marvin MacDonald last month, but he declined.
18:07 Curling club and Legion to hold separate levees »Journal-Pioneer Local
O’LEARY -- Two levees: two locations. O’Leary Community Council balked Thursday night on a proposal that would see the Town-sponsored New Year’s Levee move from the Maple Leaf Curling Club to the O’Leary Legion.
17:58 Interactive game educates students about endangered plovers »Journal-Pioneer Local
TIGNISH -- A twisted length of rope simulates waves lapping onto a shoreline. At water’s edge are small sections of pipe-cleaners: pretend food for pretend piping plovers.
17:42 [LINK] "U.S.-Cuba thaw means holiday is over for Canadian tourists, experts say" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
The Toronto Star shares Michelle McQuigge's Canadian Press article observing that, with the partial lifting of the American embargo against Cuba, that island country will no longer be a Canadian preserve free from the Americans.

Jury Krytiuk, head of the Cuban travel department at Toronto-area agency A. Nash Travel Inc., says an affordable vacation in a relatively pristine landscape will be harder to come by in the years to come.

Prices will surge as restrictions on American travellers ease, he said, adding Cuba will also have to adjust its tourism infrastructure to accommodate an influx of new visitors.

“There’s a limited amount of accommodation, so there’s going to have to be a lot of hotels built, especially in the cities, to accommodate people who want to visit,” Krytiuk said in a telephone interview.

Docking facilities will also be prime targets for expansion, he said, since the island is not currently equipped to house the mammoth cruise ships most commonly used in Caribbean travel, he said.

The result, he said, is that Canadians visiting the island 15 years from now are likely to have a very different experience than those enjoying a vacation there today.


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