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Thursday March 26, 2015

15:27 National Affairs: Harper's risky Syria gambit a winner on homefront »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
In jumping on American shoulders and sending Canadian bombers into Syria, Stephen Harper had to wind his way down two disparate paths.
15:16 Utility pulling plug on power tonight »The Guardian - Local News
Scheduled two-hour outage to allow equipment repairs
15:10 Vipers host Red Wings in Game 1 Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
KENSINGTON - The Western Red Wings will visit the Kensington Vipers in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Island Junior Hockey League final series on Sunday at 7 p.m.
15:08 SRHL hosting Mardi-Gras tournament »Journal-Pioneer Sports
14:24 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, March 26, 2015 New listings this week: 1) Puppets in the Library 2) The Stories We Tell – Still Spaces Available 3) Friends of Stratford Public Library Book Sale 4) PEI Home and School PISA Challenge 5) Three Community Forums – Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) […]
13:57 P.E.I. parents say school travel plan went smoothly »The Guardian - Local News
It looked like a parade of VIP-loaded cars arriving at a red carpet event. But the precious stars in this particular slow-moving RCMP directed procession were 1,000 kindergarten to Grade 6 students at Glen Stewart Primary and Stratford Elementary. And each was warmly welcomed by a ...


13:26 Mercedes-Benz GLE Buries Old ML-Class With Improved Looks, Power »shift+drive

Mercedes-Benz GLE, W 166,  face lift 2015The new Mercedes-Benz GLE is arriving soon with a range of gas and diesel engines, a Mercedes-AMG model, and a power retractable trailer hitch.

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13:00 Cavendish couple buys defibrillator for their home »The Guardian - Local News
CAVENDISH — Chris Robinson is 55-years-old, retired and in good health. Despite these factors, the Cavendish resident and his wife, Stephanie Scharf, recently purchased an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), a device used to restart a person's heart following cardiac arrest. "Living in the ...
12:45 Heath MacDonald wins Liberal nomination in District 16 »The Guardian - Local News
CORNWALL — Heath MacDonald was nominated Wednesday as the Liberal candidate for District 16 Cornwall-Meadowbank for the upcoming provincial election. The Liberal candidate in the riding for over two decades has been Ron MacKinley, who recently announced his retirement from politics. Speaking to ...
12:36 [PHOTO] Food court under construction, Yonge Eglinton Centre »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
12:30 Summerside working on capital project wish list »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE — Work is ongoing on the city's wish list of capital projects it hopes to focus on over the next 10 years. Coun. Frank Costa says financial services staff are working to finalize a long-term capital improvement plan, which will contain the city's infrastructure priorities over the ...
12:07 No New Rules On Expulsion From Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery Yet »NJN Network
A Special Committee has been struck to study new membership rules and report back in early June
12:00 Fair Vote Canada says Lantz committee proposal doesn't go far enough »The Guardian - Local News
They like Rob Lantz’s idea but say it doesn’t go far enough. Fair Vote Canada said it’s encouraging to hear the Progressive Conservative leader talking about bringing in proportional representation (PR) but the criteria needs to be stronger. During a recent panel discussion in Charlottetown, ...
11:44 Releasing list of donations removes issue for PC leader »The Guardian - Opinion
Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz made the right decision Tuesday, releasing a list of all donations received in support of the three candidates who ran for the party’s leadership. Foremost, it was the right thing to do and removes possible criticism from other parties about any secrecy ...
11:37 Interim measures needed on pesticides »The Guardian - Opinion
By Roger Gordon (guest opinion)
11:35 Current conflict of interest guidelines require disclosure »The Guardian - Opinion
11:30 Premier Wade MacLauchlan snowshoes to catch ride to airport »The Guardian - Local News
Premier Wade MacLauchlan took a walk in the snow before leaving for a scheduled trip to Ottawa and Toronto. Due to the snowstorm which hit on Sunday, no one could get to MacLauchlan’s house to pick him up and take him to the airport early Monday morning. MacLauchlan’s road was plugged ...
11:29 Public inquiry first priority »The Guardian - Opinion
The first thing a new administration must do in this province is to call a full public inquiry into the state of our financial affairs. The residents of this province have a right to know what happened to the hundreds of millions of dollars under the PNP program. The mandate should be to ...
11:28 Kidney Foundation holding fundraising dance in Miscouche Saturday »Journal-Pioneer Living
There will be a fundraising dance for the Summerside Chapter of the Kidney Foundation on March 28 at the Miscouche Legion. Gary Chipman Friends will provide the music.
11:28 NDP fall into trap of partisan politics »The Guardian - Opinion
Re: “Quit complaining if you vote for it” March 24, 2015. It is a shame that Joe Byrne’s letter falls into the trap of bitter partisan politics when it comes to Canadians safety and security.In reality, the Liberal position of pushing for Parliament to work as it should, hear expert testimony, ...
11:26 Short shrift for cable deal »The Guardian - Opinion
I don't want to speculate on The Guardian’s headline priorities but on the day P.E.I. got a commitment from the federal government to fund two underwater power cables the headline was "Mussels on ice." We had to go to page three to find any coverage. I have great respect for the hard-working ...
11:24 Cavendish photographers win at international show »Journal-Pioneer Business
Cavendish photographers Jessica MacNeil, Alex MacPherson, and Lacey Ozon of Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio were recognized at an international photo contest recently.
11:22 Food Security Network presents "Dirt! The Movie" at P.E.I. Farm Centre »Journal-Pioneer Living
TheP.E.I. Food Security Networkpresents "Dirt! The Movie", Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. at thePrince Edward Island Farm Centre.
11:20 Wise counsel from Muriel Siemers will be missed »The Guardian - Opinion
Prince Edward Island has just lost a veteran campaigner for the environment. Muriel Siemers, who made her home in Stratford, passed away on Sunday. Muriel had recently brought her indomitable spirit and her wealth of knowledge to the task of educating Islanders about the dangers of fracking. ...
11:10 Alpina Celebrates 50 Years with 50 Special Cars »shift+drive

1799219985861255078To celebrate 50 years of German excellence, ALPINA will be producing special anniversary editions based on the current B5 and B6 Bi-turbo models (5-series and 6-series BMWs, respectively).

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11:00 Ghosts groan in empty house »The Guardian - Opinion
No cats quest for the opening front door. The real mail diminishes every day, but the ad mail continues, wilfully blind. The lid of the mailbox bangs down, hollow.Upstairs, sun spills across the empty hardwood floors, the blinds hoisted high and revealing, nothing coy here, the blunt sales ...
11:00 Summerside Mayor Bill Martin says trip to France will benefit city »The Guardian - Local News
SUMMERSIDE — It was a trip Mayor Bill Martin is confident will reap rewards for the City of Summerside. Martin recently returned from a trip to France, joined by the city's economic development director, Mike Thususka. There the duo attended the four-day business conference, MIPIM, touted as ...
10:50 P.E.I. government pledges $50,000 for lobster holding facilities »The Guardian - Business
New funding of up to $50,000 is being handed out for holding facilities for live lobster. The new program, announced by the P.E.I. government, will provide eligible companies with non-repayable support of up to $50,000 to cover 10 per cent of the costs of new live holding facilities. Projects ...
10:43 Kathleen Wynne: Taking Action on Sexual Violence »Sean Casey
Kathleen Wynne, the Liberal Premier of Ontario, is taking concrete action to end sexual violence and harassment. She has announced a $41 million plan to address […]
10:30 NDP nominates candidates in District 16, District 18 »The Guardian - Local News
P.E.I.’s New Democratic Party has nominated two more candidates, Jennifer Coughlin and Leah-Jane Hayward. During a meeting at the Cornwall Town Hall Tuesday night, Coughlin was chosen the candidate in District 16 Cornwall-Meadowbank. Coughlin is a former Easter Seals ambassador, and graduate ...
10:02 Premier Wade MacLauchlan cuts executive assistant positions »The Guardian - Local News
Premier Wade MacLauchlan continues to trim. On Monday, he announced ministerial executive assistant positions will be streamlined and restructured, reflecting the smaller size of cabinet. In fact, the number of positions will be reduced by more than half. The existing complement of ministerial ...
09:50 Kia Releases First Photo of Fourth-Generation Optima »shift+drive

2016 Kia Optima SXKia has dropped the first image of the brand-new second-generation Optima before its 2015 New York International Auto Show debut next week. Even though details have been scarce, it looks like the Optima will refine what's made it such a stellar looker in the past.

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09:45 Traffic control at schools Thursday »Journal-Pioneer Local
ALBERTON -- Alberton Fire Department members and West Prince RCMP assisted Alberton Elementary School staff with traffic control Thursday morning as parents, grandparents and uncles arrived to drop off students. With buses not running to most schools on Thursday parents had to find alternate ...
09:01 Rain expected tonight across PEI.. »peistormchaser
Thursday March 26th 9:00am.. An area of low pressure currently located in central Quebec will continue moving NE today passing well north of the Maritimes. A warm front extending SE from this feature is currently crossing the Maritimes and giving … Continue reading
08:53 P.E.I. Transportation Department crews brace for flooding »Journal-Pioneer Local
It’s time to turn the sump pumps on as P.E.I. gets set for some rain this week.
08:46 Charlottetown to Host Two Canadian Soccer Championships »City of Charlottetown
2015-03-26 The City of Charlottetown, SCORE!, the Canadian Soccer Association and the
08:44 Check Out These Great Savings »NJN Network
Up to $100 to $150 Off Surface Pro 3 and other products
08:43 RCMP make terrorism arrest in P.E.I. »Journal-Pioneer Local
Chemistry students at UPEI are rattled by news that a fellow student was charged because police believe the young man may have been planning terror-related crimes.
08:37 Fireball spotted in P.E.I. sky »Journal-Pioneer Local
A normal drive home for Aaron Riley was out of this world Tuesday night as a giant multi-coloured fireball dashed across the night sky.
08:29 PC leader Rob Lantz wants royal commission on government accountability »Journal-Pioneer Local
Islanders are offended, embarrassed and they want answers, Progressive Conservative Leader Rob Lantz said Wednesday.
07:53 P.E.I. Transportation Department crews brace for flooding »The Guardian - Local News
It’s time to turn the sump pumps on as P.E.I. gets set for some rain this week. And with snow still clogging many Island roads, provincial Transportation Department crews are getting ready to respond. Darren Chaisson, director of highway maintenance, said most rural roads in the province were ...
07:51 Daily Specials for Thursday, March 26, 2015 »Casa Mia Daily Specials

The Daily Specials at Casa Mia Restaurant for Thursday, March 26, 2015 are:

  • Cream of Roasted Cauliflower Soup...4.99
  • Casa Mia Cheesesteak Sandwich...11.99 Tender beef sauteed with peppers, onions, mushrooms, garlic and seasonings...served open faced style with cheddar-swiss cheese blend and choice of fries or side house salad.

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

07:43 New Worldwide Web Site On PEI Liberal Corruption, Where Did Your Money Go »
A  web site on PEI Corruption has been launched, it has all the qualities which Red Like Me would like to evolve toward, when we grow up. Follow the money, name the names and connect the dots has been our focus in corrupted PEI politicians, lawyers and accountants all embroiled and connected by the dots. … Continue reading New Worldwide Web Site On PEI Liberal Corruption, Where Did Your Money Go
07:42 Fireball lights up P.E.I. sky »The Guardian - Local News
A normal drive home for Aaron Riley was out of this world Tuesday night as a giant multi-coloured fireball dashed across the night sky. Riley was driving on the Barlow Road toward his home in Tyne Valley when the fast moving bright lights caught his eye. The light was about 10 times the size ...
07:40 Composure, discipline key for Isles »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown begins playoffs in Sherbrooke, Que., on Friday
07:35 P.E.I. schools open today »The Guardian - Local News
The extended spring break will finally be over as Island students head back to school Thursday. They just won’t all be taking the bus to get there. English Language School Board superintendent Cynthia Fleet said each school will have its own plan in place to have students dropped off by ...
07:24 Did Mulroney PMO Interfere With The Byron Carr Murder Investigation? »
The unsolved murder of Mr. Byron Carr is now a file folder full of questions that just gathers dust. Somebody knows what happened and somebody has brought certain information to light. Mulroney Cabinet Minister Tom MacMillan was the last person to phone Byron Carr. Charlottetown Police were ‘leaned on’ by the PMO to keep the … Continue reading Did Mulroney PMO Interfere With The Byron Carr Murder Investigation?
06:24 PEI Sits Out Of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Efforts To Show Ottawa Good Governance »
PEI Premier Ghiz alienated Nova Scotia and New Brunswick Liberal governments  with his insistence that Provincial Drug purchases be made through a new Crown Corporation like Atlantic Lotto, stock full of appointee parasites. PEI has been left out of a Joint Maritime announcement, PEI is impossible to deal with? Newly coronated Premier Maclauchlan is not … Continue reading PEI Sits Out Of Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Efforts To Show Ottawa Good Governance
00:56 [DM] On Jollibee, the Philippines, and diaspora economics »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
I have a brief post up at Demography Matters ruminating on the expansionof Jollibee international ly as a marker of the growth of Filipino diaspora populations.
00:30 Junior nationals coming to Charlottetown »The Guardian - Sports
Quinn busy laying foundation for 2017 Canada Games softball team
00:00 Additional funding to help with snow removal »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Premier and Finance Minister Wade MacLauchlan announced more than $2 million in additional funding for the City of Charlottetown and the City of Summerside to help with snow removal.'Significant snowfall this winter has led to unique safety hazards for drivers and pedestrians across Prince Edward Island,' said Premier MacLauchlan. 'Road maintenance crews across the province have been working diligently to clear the roads, and I'd like to thank them...
00:00 Higher revenue, lower expenses boost third-quarter forecast »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Increased revenue from crown corporations and reduced expenses by government departments have improved the province's third-quarter fiscal position by $5 million.'Islanders expect and deserve a government that is fiscally responsible,' Premier and Finance and Energy Minister Wade MacLauchlan said. 'This update provides us with encouraging news that demonstrates how the budgetary restraint of our ministers and department staff is paying off and helping...
00:00 Libraries to assist with registrations for local shellfishers »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Staff at local public libraries are once again offering assistance to shellfishers who may not have access to a computer at home, or have had little experience filling out online applications, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.'Last year we began offering this service at public libraries across the province after the federal government changed the application process and required shellfishers to go online to renew their license...

Wednesday March 25, 2015

23:36 Hurricanes split opening games »The Guardian - Sports
The Holland College Hurricanes scored a 7-6 extra-end win Wednesday to even their record after two games at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association women's curling championship. The Hurricanes lost 12-11 in the opening game against the host Olds College in Alberta, but responded by beating ...
23:16 Lynx win, Falcons lose »The Guardian - Sports
Maritime Hockey North Junior Hockey Championship underway in Charlottetown
22:18 Watch “The Slow Mo Guys” Drive Top-Down Through Rain at 1000 FPS »shift+drive

1501Our favourite camera-armed pseudo-scientists are back and they have only one question on their minds: will you stay dry in a convertible when driving through the rain?

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22:03 [URBAN NOTE] On the imminent arrival of Jollibee in Toronto »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
blogTO noted yesterday that, as promised back in 2013, Filipino fast food chain Jollibee will be establishing an outpost in Toronto.

For anyone familiar with the cuisine of the Philippines, this is big news: Jollibee, a Manila-based fast food chain that's widely seen as the country's answer to McDonalds, is planning to open a restaurant in Toronto. The company, which already has about 30 stores in the U.S., has chosen Toronto for their first Canadian store, with their CFO saying they hope to be open here within the year.

For those previously unacquainted with the chain: The menu spans North American fast-food classics with a few local favourites. (Their mascot, naturally, is a jolly bee.)

Part of a large overseas expansion plan to set up restautants in the Middle East, Europe, and Japan, this seems to be the chain's second attempt to expand overseas. Robin Levinson's February 2014 Canadian Business article notes how the first push into the North American market was flawed, trying to compete head-on with established giants, and suggests that targeting urban centres with large Filipino populations is part of Jollibee's North American strategy.

When its first location opens here next year, Canadians will finally be able to enjoy the distinctive pineapple-topped Aloha burger that has helped make Jollibee the Philippines’ largest fast-food chain. But the restaurant took its time expanding globally, having opened in the U.S. 15 years before considering coming north of the border.

Founded in 1975 as a single ice cream parlour just outside downtown Manila, Jollibee is today the flagship brand of a family-run empire, spanning 2,700 stores and nine brands around the world.

Jose Miñana, who heads U.S. operations for the company, says Jollibee initially limited its expansion to just those areas with large Filipino populations. But the company later decided to aggressively pursue “mainstream” clientele, opening branches in further-flung locations and tweaking recipes to cater to North American tastes.

[. . .]

After opening its doors in Toronto, Jollibee hopes to expand to other cities in Canada—like Vancouver and Winnipeg—with high Filipino populations.

Unlike in the Philippines, where Jollibee is a franchise, all of its North American stores are company-owned. Although franchises would allow Jollibee to expand faster, Miñana says that’s not the point: “We want to enter there with the Jollibee brand the way we want it done—really right.”
22:01 P.E.I. rinks begin placement games »Journal-Pioneer Sports
At Canadian senior curling championships
22:00 September Sunshine »justpictureit
photo - September Sunshine

Below is Part 1 of something my aunt sent me: How do court stenographers keep a straight face? These are from a book called "Disorder in the Court" and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place. _______________________________ ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ____________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? WITNESS: No, I just lie there. ____________________________________ ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth? WITNESS: July 18th . ATTORNEY: What year? WITNESS: Every year. _____________________________________ ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you? WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which. ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you? WITNESS: Forty-five years. ______________________________________ ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ____________________________________ ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he? WITNESS: He's 20, very close to your IQ. _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken? WITNESS: Are you shitting me? _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th ? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time? WITNESS: Getting laid _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: She had three children, right? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? WITNESS: Your Honor, I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated? WITNESS: By death. ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated? WITNESS: Take a guess. _________________________________________

21:58 Superintendent describes situation »Journal-Pioneer Local
MYRICK’S SHORE -- French Language School Board Anne Bernard-Bourgeois said she witnessed for herself why many Island roads are unsafe for bus traffic. She spent Tuesday night at her parents’ home at Myrick’s Shore, near Tignish.
21:56 North Tryon accident victim identified »The Guardian - Local News
By Samantha Steele TC Media The 67-year-old Charlottetown man who died in an accident Monday in North Tryon has been identified. Charles Percy Fraser was waiting for his vehicle to get pulled out of the ditch by a passing motorist who had stopped when a pick up truck hit another car which then ...
21:36 Lynx wins opener »Journal-Pioneer Sports
At Maritime Hockey North junior C championship
21:33 Wade Forgot to Mention He Is Former Chairman of Island EMS Parent Medivie EMS »
Although the company is located in Nova Scotia, the public relations officer is a New Brunswick phone number, lending some credence to the rumour that Irvings own Medivie EMS Corp. Medivie EMS provides emergency medical services, formerly known as ambulance services. PEI Premier Wade Maclauchlan was the Chairman of Medivie EMS as recently as 2013. … Continue reading Wade Forgot to Mention He Is Former Chairman of Island EMS Parent Medivie EMS
20:45 “Siri, make my car f***ing loud!” »shift+drive

1478Akrapovič makes some amazing looking and sounding titanium exhaust systems for some of the greatest sounding cars in the world. But sometimes, for some reason (yeah, I don't get it either), you need to make it quieter.

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20:07 [LINK] "Surveillance shouldn’t be the new normal" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Mathew Ingram makes the case against the emergent panopticon state.

As the Globe and Mail has reported — based on classified documents obtained from an anonymous source — U.S. intelligence officials appear to be mapping the communications traffic of several large Canadian corporations, including Rogers Communications Inc., one of the country’s largest internet and telecom providers. Perhaps the most depressing aspects of this news is how completely unsurprising it is.

By now, we have all been subjected to a veritable tsunami of surveillance-related leaks, courtesy of documents obtained by former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden, a trove from which this latest piece of information is also drawn. These files suggest the National Security Agency uses every method at its disposal — both legal and otherwise — to track every speck of web and voice traffic, including tapping directly into the undersea cables that make up the backbone of the internet.

In that context, the idea that intelligence agencies are snooping on the networks of Canadian corporations like Rogers seems totally believable, despite the fact that a 66-year-old agreement between Canada and the U.S. supposedly prevents either country from spying on the residents of its partner. While the document in question doesn’t say that any snooping is occurring, it seems clear that the behaviour it describes is designed to create a map of those networks in order to facilitate future surveillance activity.

The U.S. has repeatedly argued that this kind of monitoring is necessary in order to detect the activities of potential threats to U.S. security. The problem with this approach, of course, is that no one knows where those threats will appear, or how they will manifest themselves — thanks to the diverse nature of modern international terrorism — and so the inevitable result is a kind of ubiquitous surveillance, in which every word and photo and voice-mail message is collected, just in case it might be important.

One of the risks inherent in the steady flow of leaks from Mr. Snowden and others is that the new reality they portray eventually becomes accepted, if not outright banal. Of course we are being surveilled all the time; of course our location is being tracked thanks to the GPS chips in our phones; of course the NSA is installing “back door” software on our internet devices before we even buy them. At this point, it’s hard to imagine a surveillance revelation that would actually surprise anyone, no matter how Orwellian it might be.

Much more is available if you follow the link. Go, read.
20:04 [LINK] "U.S. Cuts Off Economic Lifeline to Somalia" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Lisa Vives of the Inter Press Service describes how concerns with money laundering and the funding of terrorism are shutting down money-transfer services to Somalia, with potentially catastrophic results. American laws which make banks liable for the consequences of their transfers are key. (Does Canada do similar things?)

Minneapolis Congressman Keith Ellison called the decision “catastrophic.” His district has the largest concentration of Somalis in the United States.

“For the past few years, I have been warning every regulator and official about the devastating effects of closing the last safe and legal pipeline to provide humanitarian remittances to Somalia,” he said in a statement released by Oxfam. “There is no doubt that a decline in remittances will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis and erode the gains Somalia has made in recent years.”

US regulators said they suspect that some of the money transfers could be finding their way into the hands of Islamists tied to the al-Shabab militia. The US bank, the regulators determined, had inadequate safeguards against money laundering.

According to a recent report funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), more than 700,000 Somalis are facing acute hunger. An additional 2.3 million Somalis need help to protect their livelihoods and build reliance against future shocks.

Remittance payments to Somalia dwarf aid spending. Overseas development assistance to Somalia is 75 dollars per capita, including both humanitarian and development aid, compared with an estimated 110 dollars per capita in remittances entering the country, which amounts to 35 percent of GDP, the highest level in the world.
20:02 Most buses being kept off the road »Journal-Pioneer Local
20:02 [LINK] "Refugees pay more income tax than millionaire investor immigrants" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This older CBC report says much, I think, about immigration policies across Canada and ways in which they should be rethought.

Refugees who have come to Canada over the past 30 years have paid more income tax in this country than immigrant investors admitted under the now defunct immigrant investor program, critics say.

Ian Young, a South China Morning Post journalist based in Vancouver, crunched the numbers with data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Only a small proportion of the immigrant investors who have come to Canada under the program since 1980 end up staying here, Young said, again relying on numbers from the federal government.

"After five years, only 39 per cent of investor immigrants declared any income. Not only that, those who did, their average incomes were very low," he said in an interview with CBC Radio's The Current on Friday.

They may have been millionaires, but they were earning very little money here in Canada. Immigrant investors declared about $18,000 to $25,000 of income annually, he said.
20:01 Lincoln Rumoured to Be Working on Continental »shift+drive

1961 Lincoln Continental Fordor ConvertibleAccording to AutoBlog, it appears as though Lincoln could resurrect the Continental nameplate and TTAC is reporting the new model will be front-wheel drive, EcoBoost V6-powered large sedan.

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20:00 [LINK] "Banking Enclave of Andorra Shaken by U.S. Accusations" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Bloomberg's Macarena Munoz depicts the effect on Andorra of accusations from the United States that some in its substantial banking sector are laundering money.

Juan Ovelar made a quick decision when he heard the U.S. government had accused his Andorran bank of money-laundering, and immediately withdrew most of his funds.

“I’m worried that everyone will do the same as I did and there will be a knock-on effect that could affect other banks,” said Ovelar, 27, a computer expert from Argentina, in an interview outside the headquarters of Banca Privada d’Andorra in the capital Andorra La Vella.

The U.S. Treasury named Banca Privada d’Andorra, the country’s fourth-largest bank, a “primary money-laundering concern” on March 10. That led to its seizure by Andorran authorities, the arrest of the chief executive officer and a run on customer funds at the lender’s Spanish unit.

The bank’s fate sent tremors through Andorra, a 181-square-mile (469 square-kilometer) Catalan-speaking microstate in the eastern Pyrenees with an economy based on skiing, tax-free shopping and banking. The scandal raises risks for its financial industry, which makes up almost a fifth of the 1.8 billion-euro ($2 billion) economy and is too big to be bailed out by the state, said Xavier Puig, a professor at Barcelona’s Universidad Pompeu Fabra.

Customers lined up at the bank’s branches to take out their money after it limited cash withdrawals to 2,500 euros a week, starting March 16. The bank’s new management, appointed by local regulators, imposed the limit after international banks severed credit lines, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
19:58 [LINK] "‘Ni Boisekoa naiz’: Keeping Basque alive in Idaho" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Ryan Schuessler of Al Jazeera America depicts the efforts of many Americans of Basque descent, concentrated in (among other areas) Idaho, to keep fluency in the Basque language going.

Standing against the wall of the crowded Leku Ona (Good Place) bar, Dave Asumendi took a sip of his wine as he watched a group of young people dancing in circles, moving to the music of a band that kept switching between Basque folk songs and accordion-infused Johnny Cash tunes.

It was Thursday night on Boise’s Basque Block, a small stretch of Basque-American businesses and cafes in Idaho’s capital. Asumendi had just arrived from the intermediate Basque language course taught at the cultural center across the street.

“It’s always been a lifelong burn to learn the language,” he said.

Asumendi, whose grandparents immigrated to the United States from Spain, is one of the many Basque-Americans who have mobilized to learn their unique ancestral tongue, which now has fewer than 1 million speakers worldwide. In recent years, the autonomous Basque government in Spain has invested significantly in language education, looking to boost the number of Basque speakers in Spain and in Basque diaspora communities.

One of the least likely beneficiaries of that largesse has been Idaho, which hosts one of the most active and vibrant communities of Basque-Americans in the U.S. and one where many community members are dedicated to keeping the language going. There are Basque classes for all ages and abilities — often taught by teachers paid by the Basque regional government — and even a Basque immersion preschool, plus a Basque studies department at Boise State University.

Idaho has the highest percentage of Basque speakers in the U.S. and is home to five of the top nine counties where Basque is spoken. In two of those counties — Lincoln and Owyhee — Basque is the third-most-common language spoken in the home, after English and Spanish.
19:56 [LINK] "What’s in a name? A Chipewyan’s battle over her native tongue" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Rachel Browne of MacLean's reports on the inability of a Chipewyan woman in the Northwest Territories to give her child a name in her (endangered) language.

Every March, Aboriginal Languages Month is celebrated across the Northwest Territories with book launches, workshops and traditional drumming ceremonies. Created by the Assembly of First Nations in 1993, it’s a month meant to recognize and promote the rich heritage of Aboriginal languages and cultures. It’s especially meaningful for the territory, which has the highest number of official languages in Canada: nine Aboriginal languages on top of English and French.

But this time of year can also serve as a reminder of their uncertain future. “Some of our Aboriginal languages are struggling, not because we are not doing enough to support them, but because the challenges they face are complex,” the territory’s minister of official languages, Jackson Lafferty, said in the territory’s legislative assembly on March 4.

One of the big challenges, it turns out, is the government itself. Last week, Shene Catholique-Valpy, an Aboriginal woman born and raised in the Northwest Territories, spoke out publicly about her year-long fight to have the the traditional Chipewyan spelling of her daughter’s name, Sahaiʔa May Talbot, on her birth certificate. Sahaiʔa roughly translates to: “As the sun breaks through the clouds or over the horizon.” And the symbol, which resembles a question mark without the dot, called a glottal stop, indicates the correct pronunciation and meaning; without it, the name is incorrect.

The Northwest Territories is the only jurisdiction in Canada that officially recognizes the Chipewyan language. Yet one month after Catholique-Valpy, whose mother happens to be the territory’s official languages commissioner, gave birth last February and filed the paperwork for Sahaiʔa’s birth certificate, she got a call from the vital statistics department, which said it couldn’t accept the name due to the glottal stop. The department said it has to adhere to the Vital Statistics Act, which recognizes only names that use letters from the Roman alphabet. Having symbols like the glottal stop on birth certificates would also interfere with obtaining passports and other documents issued by the federal government, according to an email from a department spokesperson. (Citizenship and Immigration Canada could not confirm by press time if this indeed the case.)
19:00 A Most Violent Year at Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 »Tonight at City Cinema
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Rated: 14 Accompaniment (Coarse Language, Violence)
Runs: 125 minutes
Director: J.C. Chandor
Country: US
Released: 2014
Starring: Oscar Issac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo

“Over the course of three features, filmmaker J.C. Chandor has demonstrated remarkable range, while bringing a distinctive vision to each story he tells. Few filmmakers could smoothly transition from the hyper-detailed, dialogue-heavy financial-industry drama Margin Call to the minimalist, almost completely dialogue-free survival story All Is Lost to the sweeping, thematically rich period drama A Most Violent Year, but Chandor has pulled off all three like each is the only kind of movie he could possibly make. Year is the filmmaker’s most fully realized project, as taut and gripping as his first two films, with the same kind of intricate detail about its setting, along with a range of fascinating characters, even those who show up for only brief moments. Set in New York City in 1981, Year delves into the inner workings of the heating-oil business, which doesn’t sound like a hotbed of intrigue, but turns out to be as ruthless as organized crime. Oscar Isaac channels early Al Pacino as Abel Morales, who’s worked his way up from the bottom to own his own heating-oil company, only to find himself the target of hijackers who steal his trucks and sell the oil to his competitors. In the midst of closing a multimillion-dollar deal, being investigated by the crusading district attorney and moving his family into a spacious new house, Abel tries to hold onto his values, determined to prove his worth as a legitimate businessman despite what everyone assumes, often rightly, about his industry. Chandor offers up a bleak vision of the American dream, contrasting Abel with his equally ambitious wife Anna (Jessica Chastain, in one of her best performances), who comes from a family of gangsters and has no qualms about bending the law. With beautiful, expansive cinematography from Bradford Young, Chandor shows his characters adrift in the enormity of their circumstances, whether the harsh streets of New York City or the vastness of a lavish mansion. Tense and uneasy even in its smallest details, yet still broad enough to feature a well-crafted car chase, A Most Violent Year is an exacting thriller with a rich sense of time and place, made by a filmmaker at the top of his game.” - Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly

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18:57  Fishermen see value in more lobster holding capacity »Journal-Pioneer Local
PEI gov’t announcing funding support
18:28 North Tryon accident victim identified »Journal-Pioneer Local
The 67-year-old Charlottetown man who died in an accident Monday in North Tryon has been identified.
18:24 Man sentenced for forcing woman to drive while he looked for drugs »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE –A 24-year-old Lennox Island man has been sentenced in relation to a case of assault in late 2014.
18:00 Ling scores in Barons loss »The Guardian - Sports
David Ling scored his first goal in his first American Hockey League game of the season Wednesday in the Oklahoma City Barons 3-2 loss to the Toronto Marlies. The 40-year-old Charlottetown native scored 7:06 of the first period. The Barons held period leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but couldn’t hold on ...
17:03 School board wrestles with school cancellations »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – With the loss 12-instructional days and two professional development days, one member of the English School Board wanted more details on how the decision is made to determine when schools will close due to bad weather.
17:01 Schools opening on Thursday »Journal-Pioneer Local
16:41 Wild weather prompts tough choices »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
Board, parents struggle with attendance decisions
16:37 Trustees drafting new student appeals policy   »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – A new appeals policy is being developed by the English School Board to deal with disputes over suspensions and expulsions.
16:30 City of Charlottetown brings down budget on Friday »The Guardian - Local News
The City of Charlottetown will deliver its annual budget on Friday at noon. Coun. Melissa Hilton, chairwoman of the finance committee, will present the city’s financial picture in council chambers at City Hall. The budget was originally scheduled to be brought down on Thursday but the recent ...


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