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Friday April 18, 2014

19:05 Lawton grabs final women’s playoff spot »The Guardian - Sports
Koe, Gushue get big wins on men’s side
19:03 Cell Phone power usage (53 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
I have a Motorola Cell phone that requires daily charging when home using Aliant's service, but while down in NC we're using AT&T and my phone only requires charging once a week, and we're using it more often. Is it possible that it requires more power to access Aliant's cell towers than AT&It's?...
18:30 Like Father, Like Son at Friday, April 18, 2014 at 6:30 »Tonight at City Cinema
Only 4 days left to see this film.

Rated: Parental Guidance
Runs: 120 minutes
Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Country: Japan
Released: 2013
Starring: Masharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yoko Maki
Language: In Japanese with English subtitles

“A married couple sit in silence, grappling with the terrible truth they have just learned: their bright-eyed 6-year-old only child, Keita, is not their biological son, but was switched at birth with another baby at the hospital. ‘Why didn’t I see it?’ the wife, Midori finally asks, in soft anguish. ‘I’m his mother.’ Those three words are at the root of Like Father, Like Son, a moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. Midori and her husband, Ryota, a well-off couple who live in a sleek high-rise, soon come to meet the other couple involved: the easygoing Yukai and his wife, Yukari, who live in a working-class neighborhood with their three small children, including Midori and Ryota’s biological son, Ryusei. Differences are quickly apparent: Ryota, a workaholic perfectionist, is obsessed with how the mistake could have been made, Yukai focuses on the potential settlement money. Meanwhile, Midori and Yukari eye each other fearfully. ‘Is there a manual for this situation?,’ the latter dryly asks. No one here is a villain, but every character is nuanced. Ryota, a somewhat absent father who has high expectations for his son, comes to realize how much he treasures the child even in the absence of blood ties; Yukai, who initially seems to be taking it all rather lightly, is heartbreaking as he tersely asks Ryota, ‘Please fly kites with Ryusei.’ And Ono, the quiet soul of the movie, has some beautiful scenes: one wordless, as she sadly fits her hand into her child’s plaster handprint, and another on a train, as she wistfully asks Keita, ‘Shall the two of us run away together? Somewhere nobody knows?’ The film ends gently, without firm answers, but we sense that these children - and parents - have found their home.” - Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

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18:27 Lawton grabs final women’s playoff spot »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Koe, Gushue get big wins on men’s side
17:57 Saturday's editorial cartoon »Journal-Pioneer Opinion
17:12 RCMP target car in Souris looking for drugs »The Guardian - Local News
A take-down of a car on a street in Souris Thursday netted 340 grams of marijuana. "Members of the Kings District Street Level Drug Unit conducted a stop on a small black car in Souris, PEI.," said a statement from the force issued Friday. "Officers suspected occupants of the car were ...
17:05 Family Earth Expo April 21 in Charlottetown »Journal-Pioneer Living
CHARLOTTETOWN - Sierra Club P.E.I. presents the 2014 Family Earth Expo at the P.E.I. Farm Centre, Monday, April 21, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
17:03 Kinkora couple named Atlantic Outstanding Young Farmers »Journal-Pioneer Local
TRURO, N.S. – Andrew and Heidi Lawless of Kinkora were named Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for the Atlantic Region for 2014 during a ceremony recently in Truro, N.S.
16:57 Charlottetown police seek help with damaged vehicles »The Guardian - Local News
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint Friday at 12:35pm regarding damage to several vehicles which were parked in a lot on Mt. Edward Rd., near Sherwood Road. Anyone with information may contact Charlottetown Police Service directly at 902-629-4172 or make anonymous contact with ...
16:51 Local cadet takes part in Exercise Sub-Zero »Journal-Pioneer Living
SUMMERSIDE - A Summerside teen took part in the annual cadet Regional Winter Expedition in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., last month, called Exercise Sub-Zero.
16:29 Summerside athlete Scott Clark to run in Monday’s Boston Marathon »Journal-Pioneer Local
Summerside runners recall terror at last years Boston Marathon
16:18 Trinity United presents Da Vinci’s 'Last Supper' »Journal-Pioneer Local
By Maddie Keenlyside/JOURNAL PIONEER On April 17, just in time for Easter weekend, Summerside’s Trinity United Church performed a play based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper” painting. The famous work depicts the last meal Jesus and his disciples had before he was crucified, says Rev. Andrew ...
15:29 Sticking with it has paid off for Mooseheads defenceman Mac Weegar »The Guardian - Sports
Mac Weegar is a poster child for resiliency.Now on the cusp of playing in the NHL, Weegar has gone from the forgotten one to a star in a span of a few seasons.The 20-year defenceman in his second season with the defending Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads had a rough start to his ...
15:00 Mary MacDonald spends week in Disney World with family »The Guardian - Local News
Prince Edward Island girl gets dream come true through Children's Wish Foundation
14:54 Women’s playoff picture almost set at Players’ Championship »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The women’s playoff picture is almost set at the 2014 Players’ Championship.The winner of the Crystal Webster-vs.-Stefanie Lawton game at 1 p.m. will earn the a spot in Saturday’s quarter-finals at 1 p.m. That game is being televised live on Rogers Sportsnet.Silvana Tirinzoni of ...
14:40 Women’s playoff picture at Players’ Championship almost set »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The women’s playoff picture is almost set at the 2014 Players’ Championship.
14:21 Charlottetown man apprehended following alleged assault »The Guardian - Local News
A 42-year-old Charlottetown man has landed in jail after a woman was allegedly assaulted in the capital city. Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint late Thursday afternoon at 3:44pm regarding an assault at an address on Dorchester Street. Police arrived at the address and were ...
14:05 Islanders mark Good Friday »The Guardian - Local News
The Shadow of the Cross, a contemporary Tenebrae cantata for Good Friday, was performed at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown Friday morning. A five-piece orchestra accompanied the moving choral music sung by a choir. Music filled churches across Charlottetown and the province as ...
13:29 Millions and billions? Whatever. But a $40 movie! »The Guardian - Opinion
No matter how hard I try, $1 million doesn’t mean much to me. Don’t get me wrong. Having that kind of money land in my pocket would be entirely welcome. And I’m not saying money doesn’t mean anything. “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better,” said that deep-thinking philosopher ...
13:17 Vehicles Damaged »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint Friday at 12:35pm regarding damage to several vehicles which were parked in a lot on Mt. Edward Rd., near Sherwood Road. Anyone with information regarding this crime may contact police at 9026294172 or PEI Crime Stoppers at 1800222TIPS.
13:00 Ghiz tables 'Heather Moyse' bill »The Guardian - Local News
Premier Robert Ghiz has tabled legislation to help smooth the controversy he stirred last month when he awarded the Order of P.E.I. to two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse. Ghiz tabled amendments to the Provincial Emblems and Honours Act – the law that dictates the process by which ...
12:57 Carver factor good news for P.E.I. PCs »The Guardian - Opinion
Back in the 1970s, a group of Island Progressive Conservative supporters took it upon themselves to persuade Angus MacLean to run for the leadership of the P.E.I. party. The late MacLean was Moses-like in his ability to part the political seas in favour of his Tories. He served in the House of ...
12:57 Carver factor welcome news for P.E.I. PCs »The Guardian - Opinion
Back in the 1970s, a group of Island Progressive Conservative supporters took it upon themselves to persuade Angus MacLean to run for the leadership of the P.E.I. party. The late MacLean was Moses-like in his ability to part the political seas in favour of his Tories. He served in the House of ...
12:39 Man Arrested For Assault and Damage to Property »Charlottetown Police Police Reports
Charlottetown Police Services received a complaint late Thursday afternoon at 3:44pm regarding an assault at an address on Dorchester Street. Police arrived address and were informed that a male, who had left area before police arrived, had damaged a door and assaulted a female. Police located male in the Charlottetown area a short while later, and accused male was jailed at the Provincial Correctional Centre. No injuries were sustained as a result of assault.
12:18 Beyond Crosby for Hart Trophy, tough decisions for NHL awards »The Guardian - Sports
Picking NHL award-winners during an 82-game season with interconference play beats 48 without it. Still, the big question this time of year winds up being: What makes a team tick? Did the Colorado Avalanche win the Central Division more because of coach Patrick Roy or goaltender Semyon ...
11:00 Agriculture minister praises Burger Love in legislature »The Guardian - Local News
Agriculture Minister George Webster says the success of P.E.I. Burger Love this month “is nothing short of amazing.’’ Fifty-four restaurants across P.E.I. are participating in the April beef bonanza. In the P.E.I. legislature on Wednesday, Webster praised the P.E.I. Cattle Producers Association ...
09:47 Summerside area man receives jail time for drug conviction »The Guardian - Local News
A Summerside area man was sentenced to 36 months in jail for possession for the purpose of trafficking. East Prince RCMP conducted a traffic stop on April 11th in the Summerside area. The stop resulted in Terry Albert Glenn Allen, 53, being charged with possession of methamphetamine for the ...
09:11 Bedeque skier earns national medals »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – Bedeque’s Paul Wright enjoyed another fine cross-country skiing season, one that culminated in more medals at the national level.
09:09 Islanders Volleyball Club claims top spot »Journal-Pioneer Sports
CHARLOTTETOWN – The Islanders Volleyball Club is the first team to solve the Charlottetown Aces in the Volleyball P.E.I. 16-under/18-under spring tournaments.
09:07 Bench Warmers get by Slammers to claim 14-under tournament »Journal-Pioneer Sports
SUMMERSIDE – The Charlottetown Bench Warmers edged the Summerside Slammers 24-20 to capture the second Volleyball P.E.I. 14-under boys’ tournament of the spring.
08:48 Sunshine and light winds expected today across PEI »peistormchaser
Friday April 18th 8:45am.. The Maritimes continue to be under the influence of a ridge of high pressure centered over western Newfoundland this morning. This feature will continue to give sunshine and light Southerly winds to the region today. Skies … Continue reading
07:00 Former owner of Trius Tours to learn his fate Wednesday »The Guardian - Local News
George Brookins to be sentenced for fraud
00:59 Muirhead, Tirinzoni improve to 4-0 at Players' Championship »The Guardian - Sports
Lots of teams still in contention going into final day of round-robin play
00:57 Muirhead, Tirinzoni improve to 4-0 »Journal-Pioneer Sports
Lots of teams still in contention going into final day of round-robin play
00:03 Jews ordered to be registered in Eastern Ukraine. (39 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
I can't believe we're seeing this kind of idiocy AGAIN!! Have these morons learned absolutely nothing? what's next, the deportation of all Jews from the Ukraine? Concentration camps?

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/1
7/jews-ordered-to-register-in-east-ukraine/7816951/...
00:03 Mobile Phones (48 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
Hi Everyone,

My contract runs out soon with Bell Mobility, and I’m definitely leaving (long story).

I’m looking for opinions of people who have:
Eastlink Mobile
Telus
Rogers

Let me know anything and everything! Coverage, cost, customer support, anything else I should know!

Thanks!...
00:03 Mobile Phones (48 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
Hi Everyone,

My contract runs out soon with Bell Mobility, and I’m definitely leaving (long story).

I’m looking for opinions of people who have:
Eastlink Mobile
Telus
Rogers

Let me know anything and everything! Coverage, cost, customer support, anything else I should know!

Thanks!...
00:03 Video Converting Software (55 Words) »PEIinfo.ca | New Topics
Hello everyone,

I have a Canon video camera that I consider pretty much useless to me because of the video format it uses.
They are MOD files which doesn't work too well with Windows Movie Maker.
So does anybody have a suggestion for an affordable video converting software for Windows 8.

Thanks
Valleyspud...

Thursday April 17, 2014

23:30 Express defeats Island Storm for NBL championship »The Guardian - Sports
The Windsor Express are the National Basketball League of Canada champions. Windsor defeated the Island Storm 121-106 in front of an announced crowd of 3,470 Thursday in Windsor, Ont. They erased a 3-1 series deficit to capture the title. It is the second year in a row the Storm has lost the ...
23:30 Express defeats Island Storm for NBL championship »Journal-Pioneer Sports
The Windsor Express are the National Basketball League of Canada champions. Windsor defeated the Island Storm 121-106 in front of an announced crowd of 3,470 Thursday in Windsor, Ont. They erased a 3-1 series deficit to capture the title. It is the second year in a row the Storm has lost the ...
22:21 Koe keeps pace; Gushue suffers first loss »The Guardian - Sports
SUMMERSIDE – Kevin Koe and Mike McEwen are tied atop the men’s standings at the 2014 Players’ Championship here at Eastlink Arena. Both rinks are 3-0 after Koe rallied for a 9-6 win over Brad Gushue in Thursday’s supper-hour draw, and MacEwen edged Jeff Stoughton 5-4 in afternoon action. Gushue ...
22:03 Koe keeps pace; Gushue suffers first loss »Journal-Pioneer Sports
At 2014 Players’ Championship
22:01 Good Friday Boat Friday »justpictureit
photo - Good Friday Boat Friday

Some people work on Good Friday. I'm one of them. Here is a boat shot from my friend who winters in Thailand. She is leaving to come back to Canada on Sunday.

21:15 [BRIEF NOTE] On Kepler-163f, first rocky planet found in a circumstellar habitable zone »A bit more detail (Randy MacDonald)
This NASA press release regarding the discovery of exoplanet Kepler-186f, the most potentially Earth-like planet so far discovered, was very widely circulated earlier today. And for good reason.

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

While planets have previously been found in the habitable zone, they are all at least 40 percent larger in size than Earth and understanding their makeup is challenging. Kepler-186f is more reminiscent of Earth.

[. . .]

Although the size of Kepler-186f is known, its mass and composition are not. Previous research, however, suggests that a planet the size of Kepler-186f is likely to be rocky.

"We know of just one planet where life exists -- Earth. When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth," said Elisa Quintana, research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper published today in the journal Science. "Finding a habitable zone planet comparable to Earth in size is a major step forward."

[. . .]

Kepler-186f orbits its star once every 130-days and receives one-third the energy from its star that Earth gets from the sun, placing it nearer the outer edge of the habitable zone. On the surface of Kepler-186f, the brightness of its star at high noon is only as bright as our sun appears to us about an hour before sunset.

"Being in the habitable zone does not mean we know this planet is habitable. The temperature on the planet is strongly dependent on what kind of atmosphere the planet has," said Thomas Barclay, research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at Ames, and co-author of the paper. "Kepler-186f can be thought of as an Earth-cousin rather than an Earth-twin. It has many properties that resemble Earth."


The discovery paper, "An Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Cool Star", is unfortunately gated, but data seems to be consistent. The planet's star, Kepler-186, a relatively bright red dwarf a bit less than half the mass of our sun, is not very different Lalande 21185, a nearby star itself often suspected of hosting planets.

The Planetary Habitability Laboratory's press release notes that the world is likely not very Earth-like, in that if it had an Earth-like atmosphere it would be very cold.

Kepler-186f has a similar size to Earth and it is most likely a rocky world. It orbits the M-dwarf star Kepler-186 along with four other inner planets, which are as old as the Solar System (>4 Gyr), in the constellation Cygnus 500 light years away. Kepler-186f receives less stellar flux (~32%) than presently does Mars (~43%). It could have a temperate climate if it has an atmosphere much denser than Earth. Even Earth probably experienced at least one episode of global glaciation with just a slightly lower stellar flux than today, 650 million years ago. However, early Mars had running surface liquid water with a similar stellar flux as Kepler-186f.

Kepler-186f was added to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog with a low Earth Similarity Index (ESI) of 0.64 due to its potential colder climate. Still, it could be a more Earth-like world if it is experiencing a much higher greenhouse effect than Earth. Nevertheless, Kepler-186f is also the best candidate now of a rocky world in the habitable zone compared to the other known potentially habitable worlds.


Still, this is a remarkable discovery, and an evocative one too. I can imagine a world of cold glacial seas, one side permanently under its reddish sun and the other locked away. What else might be there? Examining the world's atmosphere for potential signs of life--free oxygen, perhaps--is a must for the next generation of exoplanet researchers.
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