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Thursday April 24, 2014

23:43 Bearcats win MHL championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
DIEPPE, N.B. – The Truro Bearcats are the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) champions.
23:00 family travels »Shizamo FEED
I'm so excited to be taking Vaeda to the Anat Baniel Method Center next week and continuing with my ABM training. Jeff hasn't been on a trip in over 6 years. This will be our first real family trip together! I feel like I need to find new wishes now. more at
22:54 Vipers win in OT »Journal-Pioneer Sports
PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. – Jordan Mayhew scored 1:34 into overtime to lift the Kensington Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers to a 4-3 win over the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates on Thursday night.
21:21 Mayors say turmoil surrounds federal infrastructure money »The Guardian - Local News
Atlantic Mayors' Congress meeting in Charlottetown says region suffering from flaws in New Building Canada Plan
21:00 Halifax Dartmouth »justpictureit
photo - Halifax Dartmouth

Wish I had included the top of the mast. There is a Navy ship in the background and it is hard to see but there is a gull on the buoy. I think I will crop this to better effect. I will take a few cm. off the left side. Wish I had taken this one: Source:

20:14 Nokia’s New Solar Suit »NJN Network
Solar powered smartphones - if this every catches on romance is dead
20:11 To preserve and protect »Journal-Pioneer Local
Growing funds for river and salmon conservation projects
20:01 How Robert Ghiz Sold His House, We Can Only Guess »
The Premier of PEI is a really busy guy, he has doubled the debt of the Province and how he sold his personal home without advertising or a real estate agent, well, we can only guess. Details of a private … Continue reading
19:40 McDonald helps Canada reach semifinal at world under-18 tournament »The Guardian - Sports
Charlottetown Islanders goaltender Mason McDonald backstopped Canada to a 3-2 win over Switzerland Thursday at the under-18 world hockey championship. The win advanced Canada to Saturday’s semifinal against the Czech Republic in Lappeenranta, Finland, which can be seen live on TSN at 1 p.m. ...
19:33 BMO Promotes RDSP for Disabilities Savings »NJN Network
The Registered Disability Savings Plan fails to meet the needs of average families
19:07 50 years of commitment and caring »Journal-Pioneer Local
P.E.I. Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries to celebrate milestone
19:06 Summerside man remembered for his kind heart and love of teaching »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE- Summerside has lost one of its most well-known and dedicated educators.
18:30 Age-friendly Summerside a good move »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The City of Summerside has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
17:37 Tickets still available for legendary Lightfoot in concert at CUP »Journal-Pioneer Living
May 1 concert in Summerside part of his 2014 Canadian tour 

17:16 Five-year food cost plan is a 'knee-jerk reaction', says Myers »The Guardian - Local News
Opposition Leader Steven Myers wants to know why government has not done its own food cost study in advance of an upcoming five-year plan for social assistance food rates. During question period in the legislature Thursday, Myers said Islanders, food banks and poverty groups have been raising ...
17:12 Charlottetown McDonalds Has Temporary Foreign Workers Too »
While CBC GO Public is exposing temporary foreign workers in McDonalds across Canada, there are temporary foreign workers at Charlottetown McDonalds right across the street from CBC PEI.  McDonalds confirmed today to Red Like Me that they do have a … Continue reading
17:03 Cancer Distress Project »CBC PEI Island Morning
A cancer diagnosis comes with a lot of psychological and emotional distress. PEI Cancer Care wants to find ways to alleviate that stress which is why it's taking part in a new study. Kara McQuaid-Duffy is the clinical nurse...
17:03 From Shakespeare to Sondheim »CBC PEI Island Morning
The Holland College School of Performing Arts is showcasing a variety show of talents this weekend, featuring the first-ever graduating class of the two-year Dance and Theatre Performance programs. Island Morning's Lindsay Carroll went down to the Mack, where...
17:03 Smiles for Chalyce - Darin and Kathleen Meek »CBC PEI Island Morning
There is help out there for teens going through depression and other mental illnesses. The parents of 17-year-old Chalyce Meek, who took her life a few years ago, are now raising money and awareness for the Kids Help Phone....
16:49 Bloomfield students tackle ambitious P.E.I. milestone production »Journal-Pioneer Local
BLOOMFIELD -- One hundred fifty years have passed since the Fathers of Confederation gathered in Charlottetown for a conference that would lead to the birth of our nation, Canada. Sure, there are the PEI2014 celebrations taking place all over P.E.I. in recognition of that milestone, but ...
16:44 [URBAN NOTE] "6 Independent Bookstores That Are Thriving — and How They Do It" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Boris Kachka and Joshua David Stein blogged for New York magazine the experiences of six independent bookstores in New York City that had survived. The key seems to be an ability to make the bookstore a community space, not even necessarily a book-related community space, and to just hang on.

The doors closed Friday on the beautifully vaulted century-old space that houses the Rizzoli Bookstore, only the latest in a long line of midtown book emporia whose steady mass extinction seems to so handily showcase the Death of Print. Just two weeks ago, the New York Times ran a front-page story specimen blaring the headline “Literary City: Bookstore Desert.”

That story probably drove a small flood of sympathetic customers to Manhattan’s endangered booksellers (St. Mark’s Bookshop, Bank Street Bookstore, and maybe certain branches of Barnes & Noble). But alarmist rhetoric aside, it was a familiar tale: Not about the end of reading, but about New York real estate — inexorably rising rents and the few businesses that can afford them. It’s a challenging landscape for anybody, but probably especially challenging for bookstores after all. The same Department of Labor database the Times cited, showing a nearly 30 percent decline in Manhattan bookstores between 2000 and 2012, also found Brooklyn actually gaining a bookstore (from 50 to 51) in the same period. Look closely at a few of those — as well as Manhattan’s hardiest survivors — and the city’s Darwinian, post-Bloomberg ecosystem begins to look less like a literary desert than a harsh but productive driver of bookstore evolution. Here’s how a few of the success stories have managed.

Walk the line between indie and superstore. That gloomy Times story was pegged to Sarah McNally abandoning plans to open an Upper West Side outpost of McNally Jackson, her decade-old, large-for-an-indie shop in Nolita. But McNally will have you know that, first of all, her rent is already completely astronomical (though she won’t say what it is), and second, she’s doing just fine. She attributes more than $4 million in sales last year to an obvious factor: volume. “Instead of getting rid of shelf for display,” she says, “we’ve gotten rid of display space for shelf space.” So 65,000 books have been squeezed into 7,000 square feet (along with a café), while creative organizing keeps them compulsively browsable. “I always try to make a bookstore that on the surface is extremely welcoming to all types of readers,” she says, while conceding, with a sly mock apology, that she sometimes neglects big new books: “You won’t find a lot of cheerleading for the frontlist, for which I’m sorry to the publishing industry.” In the fall, McNally will indeed open a new outpost — in Williamsburg. —Boris Kachka

Chase philanthropic support. Brooklyn’s most notable new arrival — call it the 51st store — is Greenlight Books. Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, a former events coordinator for McNally Jackson, decided to open her own bookstore in the teeth of the 2008 crash, which hit publishing particularly hard. But her plan won a Brooklyn business contest worth $15,000, just as the Fort Greene Association revealed the results of a local survey: The No. 1 service residents most sorely lacked was a bookstore. The trade group contacted Bagnulo — already in talks with her current partner, Rebecca Fitting, a sales rep at Random House, who was ready to kick in $50,000. They held a gathering at BAM (Colson Whitehead and Jhumpa Lahiri showed up) to solicit community loans, which eventually added another $75,000. Then they landed $150,000 from the World Trade Center Small Business Recovery Fund. They also got a rent break on prime Fulton Street — $5,250 for 2,000 square feet, soon to hit the near-market rate of $7,500. The annual double-digit growth since comes down to curation, engagement, and location. Greenlight became an official merchandise vendor to nearby BAM, which led to a more aggressive strategy of pursuing offsite sales. They’ve organized a new reading series at St. Joseph's College, which hosted Gary Shteyngart in January and will soon feature best sellers Elisabeth Gilbert and Khaled Hosseini. They’ve even hired someone specifically to handle offsite events — 3 percent of the take as of last fall, but a growing part of the business in a city without a lot of square footage to spare. —B.K.
16:41 Seniors projects receive $56,000 in federal funding »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE - The New Horizons for Seniors Program is investing $56,000 in five Prince County-based projects.
16:39 Co-op staff’s IWK Bingo this Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Living
O’LEARY -- Staff of O’Leary Farmers Co-op continue their tradition of being big supporters of the IWK Children’s Hospital. Every year they host several fundraising activities in support of the special cause. Staff member Shelley McCormick said their special activities bring in between $5,000 ...
16:38 [URBAN NOTE] "Air Rights Sale Helps Rebuild Crumbling French Church" »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
Back in February, DNA Info New York's Matthew Katz had an interesting piece about how Manhattan's French Evangelical Church, a vintage but decaying church catering to Francophone Protestants, was going to experience a much-needed renovation thanks to fund from developers.

The situation reminds me a bit of reports of St. Vincent de Paul, a Roman Catholic church with a traditionally Francophone congregation that was also facing closure. I've not found any reports as to the church's current status, with the Catholic Church apparently wanting to close the building down while parishoners wanted to keep it open.

The church sold its neighboring building at 124 W. 16th St. to Einhorn Development Group for $4 million in 2012, and later sold the air rights above the church for an undisclosed amount, allowing the developer to build an 11-story, 14-unit condo next-door.

Dan Nicolas, a member of the board of trustees, said the much-needed repairs — which will cost about $2 million in all — will be entirely funded by the cash from Einhorn, helping the unique French-language church survive.

Neighbors on the street have complained the sale will allow Einhorn to build a tall structure that's out of place on the low-rise block, but church supporters and Einhorn say the deal will help save the church itself.

"The timing is excellent," Nicolas said. "The supporting walls, the core structure, it could've collapsed at any time because they were in such bad shape."

The church's congregation, about 100 strong, is made up of French speakers from Haiti and several African countries. It's one of the few French-speaking places of worship left in Manhattan.

The renovation, which is being planned by architect Rodney Leon, will add heating and air conditioning, reinforce walls, repair archways and ceilings, remove asbestos and renovate rear living quarters for the church's caretaker and pastor.
16:31 [URBAN NOTE] On condos at St. John the Divine, New York City »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
New York magazine's Justin Davidson blogged about how the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, an Anglican cathedral in Manhattan I'd visited in 2012, is selling off land to developers for condos. Davidson suggests, not without reason, that the city government should intervene to prevent the Cathedral's majesty from being overwhelmed by ill-judged condo architecture.

In New York, even the most majestic churches can’t dominate the skyline for long. Trinity Church, whose spire was once a sailors’ beacon, now crouches amid the skyscrapers of Wall Street, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is practically a dwarf in midtown. At street level, however, both those churches — and just about all the world’s great cathedrals — have the elbow room to assert their sanctity: a graveyard, a plaza, a perimeter of streets. St. John the Divine has a lovely garden on one side, but on the other, it will soon have neighbors peeping through the stained glass.

Here we have a classic real-estate situation being handled with the usual narrow-bore clumsiness. Neighbors and preservationists growl, the church stonewalls, and because the developer’s not asking for any zoning concessions, the city declines to get involved. Meanwhile, crews rip out trees and level the site, making way for more mediocre architecture. There’s a better way: negotiate. What matters most to the cathedral’s majesty is its presence on the street, not the height of its still-nonexistent central tower.

Instead of two short towers, one tall tower set back from the church is Davidson's recommendation. Can the church wait so long for funds, given what Davidson acknowledges would be a lengthy design and review process?

I have photos here of the church and of its National AIDS Memorial.
16:31 Study into Malpeque Bay sedimentation problem underway »Journal-Pioneer Local
MALPEQUE - The federal government has awarded a contract to fix a problem that's plagued fishermen inMalpeque Bay.
16:29 Summerside begins spring cleanup »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE – The City of Summerside’s annual “Spring Cleanup” of parks and green spaces is currently underway. City staff are working to ensure city parks, playgrounds and green space facilities are safe and clean before opening.
16:24 AGE-FRIENDLY »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
The City of Summerside has been accepted as a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
16:09 Softball umpires holding annual registration clincis Sunday »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SLEMON PARK – The Softball Umpires Association of P.E.I. will be holding its annual umpire registration clinics on Sunday, April 27.
16:05 Atlanticade festival set for June 27 »Journal-Pioneer Local
SUMMERSIDE - The 8th annual Atlanticade motorcycle festival will kick off on Friday, June 27 with a party atmosphere thanks to Victory motorcycles and Advance Motorsports, the official dealer principle for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
15:55 Recognition is valued »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, I would appreciate an opportunity to comment on the Letter to the Editor by Earle Lockerby entitled ‘Sheridan has questions to answer about War memorial.’
15:53 Look at home first »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
To the Editor, Please help stop this western and NATO agenda against Russia, Mr. Stephen Harper. I also wonder why this Conservative government supposedly gave those presently running Ukraine $220 million Canadian taxpayer dollars.
15:45 P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame calls for nominations »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The P.E.I. Sports Hall of Fame is once again calling for nominations for induction in 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.
15:32 Atlantic Mayor’s Congress Put Forward Resolution on Canada Building Fund »City of Charlottetown
2014-04-24 Mayors from throughout Atlantic Canada are meeting in Charlottetown to discuss economic development in the region.
15:32 Lottery numbers wrong in today's Journal »Journal-Pioneer Local
The winning numbers for Wednesday's Lotto 6/49 and for the Atlantic 49 lotteries got erroneously switched in Thursday's Journal Pioneer.
15:25 Holland College Students Work with Local Craftsman to Restore Historic Building »City of Charlottetown
2014-04-24 Holland College Heritage Retrofit Carpentry students are participating in the restoration of the City of Charlottetown's original Pump House.
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? »
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 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 »

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

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

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 »
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” »
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) » | 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 Author visit planned to celebrate TD Children's Book Week »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
The province's Public Library Service will host noted children's author Beverly Brenna for three public presentations during TD Children's Book Week in an effort to promote a love of books and reading, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson. 'By instilling a love of reading in the early years we are helping develop the minds of tomorrow and potentially inspiring a few future authors,' said Minister Henderson. 'The author tour planned...
00:00 New family physician for Montague »Government of Prince Edward top news stories
Residents of Southern Kings will have better access to healthcare beginning this summer with the recruitment of family physician Dr. Carl Bradley, says Minister of Health and Wellness Doug Currie. Dr. Bradley will begin practice as a family physician in the Montague Health Center in Montague this July and will serve the Southern Kings region. 'The Province of Prince Edward Island is committed to improving access to primary care within Island communities...
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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