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Posted on 8:47am Thursday 31st Dec 2009
Good Morning Everyone;
Greetings from the home of Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island , Canada.
Lucy Maude Montgomery , the author of the Anne of Green Gables books wrote her books on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest Province having a population of only 140,000 people. The capital city ,Charlottetown, has a population of 40,000 people.
The Island is 110 miles long and 40 miles wide. Beaches abound and the climate is warmed by the Gulf Stream in the nearby Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Island is off the coast of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The economy of Prince Edward Island is dependent on farming, fishing and tourism.
In the summer months the population of the Island doubles because of the number of tourists who arrive by car or plane each day.
Lobster are fished in the Northumberland Straight and Blue Fin Tuna . Both types of fish are shipped overseas.
In the wintertime , ice hockey is a passion here. Many communities deem themselves to be "Hockeyville".
Soccer, baseball, golf and tennis are played in the summer. There are over 30 golf courses on the Island and many sets of golf clubs arrive at Charlottetown Airport each summer's day ! Many golfing widows arrive who must go to the beach !
Canada was founded in Charlottetown , the Birthplace of Canada. The various Dominions met in Charlottetown in 1867 and formed the country of Canada.
The Charlottetown Summer festival has live theatre all summer and the musical " Anne of Green Gables is the number one selling play at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The Japanese tourists have a keen interest in the Anne of Green Gables books and enjoy coming to the Island and seeing the play.
Over 40 cruise ships are expected in Charlottetown harbour next summer.
"Old Home Week" is held in August and Islanders who live "away", off the Island , come home to see family at that time.
Because the beaches are first class, Islanders stay on the Island in the summer and have their annual holidays in warmer climates during the Canadian winter. Islanders will fly to mexico, Florida, Bermuda and Cuba as " Snow Birds".
You should make a point of visiting Prince Edward Island on your next holiday. The Island people are very hospitable and will make you most welcome.
Posted on 3:32am Thursday 31st Dec 2009
The Canadian Men's Olympic Hockey Team was finalised this morning with some controversial decisions being made. Some well informed hockey fans were disappointed at some of their favourite talented players being cut from the team.
Even Jay Bouwmeester, a Calgary Flames defenseman, was cut from the squad when most fans believed him to be a definite selection. His Calgary teammate and fellow defenseman, Dion Phaneuf was also cut from the team.
Maybe the most surprising decision of all was that Vincent Lecavalier was also dropped from the team and he has won a stanley cup, uses his size to his advantage and is one of Don Cherry's favourite players.
You can find Team Canada's full roster on their website:
Many ice hockey fans believe that Team Canada are going to win the Gold Medal at the Olympics however, Alexander Ovechkin and Iiya Kovalchuk will be playing for the Russian Team who will give them a good run for their money!
As you can see below, Ovechkin is a phenomenal ice hockey player.
Posted on 5:55am Wednesday 23rd Dec 2009
This video is supposted to be the best ice hockey fight ( allegedly) . Give me your opinion on the fight ?
Posted on 11:06am Friday 18th Dec 2009
Good Morning Everyone;
Greetings from downtown Toronto.
Firstly, the journey to Toronto from Europe went well. The plane left just as the snow was starting to fall in London.
At Toronto Pearson Airport the temperature was - 10 degrees and also the windchill was - 19 degrees, on landing. Currently the temperature in downtown Toronto is - 7 degrees and a windchill of - 13 degrees. There is some snow on the ground.
The movie "AVATAR" opens in Toronto today. This is a must see movie.
Payton Manning is really playing well this week and is making some fantastic passes for the Colts. Payton made four touchdown passes yesterday.
Toronto Football (soccer ) Club are doing better this season.
This morning, allegedly, another Tiger Woods partner has been announced on Toronto TV. Allegedly, a "Tiger Would" , movie is being contemplated.
The Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team are at the bottom of the league.
For ice hockey fans in London, the " Maple Leaf Public House " , in Covent Garden, has Maple Leaf games on TV and Canadian Beer to enjoy in their sports bar.
Unfortunately, the Montreal Canadians are in a goal scoring slump this season. Sydney Crosby, is doing well playing ice hockey in the US.
"Rogers Wireless" who sell the IPhone in Toronto and "Research in Motion", who make the "Blackberry" , have had data problems overnight due to the weather here in Toronto.
The Olympic Torch is in Toronto this morning. Currently, at 6: 30 am Toronto time , the Olympic Torch is outside the CN Tower and then the Torch goes via jarvis Street to Brampton, Ontario. Toronto is very excited about having the Olympic Torch in downtown Toronto today.
in weight, the Olympic Torch weighs 3.5 pounds to carry. The runners say the Torch feels light to carry.
Torontonian's are lining the streets to see the Torch as it passes by. A Christmas Parade type atmosphere is in downtown Toronto today.
The new decade is not far off now , Toronto Transit will be offering drinkers free transport home on New Years Eve.
Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank) have this morning announced the Canadian recession is over. We will see.
Posted on 1:32am Thursday 17th Dec 2009
KNOW ME, LIKE ME, FOLLOW ME by Penny Power founder of Ecademy.
Penny Power ,with Thomas Power, has written a book which I would recommend called " Know Me, Like Me , Follow Me.
Penny Power is a well known author who describes in her book what social networking means for you and your business.
I am a member of ecademy.com and saw her book advertised on the ecademy website.
Thomas and Penny Power set up ecademy in 1998 and through their sacrifices and efforts, ecademy has become one of the best web sites for business people to connect across the world and help them to connect support and adapt to a changing world.
If you are serious about online business in 2010 and beyond this is a "must read book".
The book is published by Headline Publishing Group of london , England and has ISBN 978 07553 1951 0.
Posted on 7:10am Wednesday 16th Dec 2009
Recovering General Motors of the US sold part of its Swedish SAAB business to China's Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp yesterday.
The move which allows the Beijing group to build Chinese cars based on the SAAB design. GM might sell off the rest of SAAB in 2010.
Posted on 7:01am Wednesday 16th Dec 2009
The European Commission has approved a restructuring and impaired asset relief scheme for the Royal Bank of Scotland, saying the measures fell within state aid rules.
The Commission said the restructuring proposals should create a sustainable future for the bank, one of the largest financial services groups.
Among the measures the bank is taking is a commitment to divest from all non - core and riskier business lines, including its insurance, transaction management and commodity trading operations, moves that will free resources for core banking.
Posted on 6:53am Wednesday 16th Dec 2009
The planned strikes by British Airways staff is aimed at doing the most disruption as possible at Christmas. Londoners were beginning to leave tonight for warmer climates and then to hear this news.
The strike vote was supposedly supported by ninety two percent of those who did vote.
The strike will cause financial losses to British Airways at a time when the airline is losing money.
There seems to be a trend amongst the staff to go on strike, when to do so might bankrupt their employer.
Posted on 9:58am Tuesday 15th Dec 2009
Abu Dhabi yesterday gave Dubai a lifeline.
The bailout follows last month's news that the state owned investment conglomerate Dubai World could not repay its debts.
Many people will know that the seven star hotels and artificial islands as the symbol of Dubai's fame and wealth.
Las Vegas is known for its casinos and Dubai for its opulence.
Dubai World last month asked for a standstill on debt sending financial markets into panic mode.
After the Abu Dhabi $10 Billion payment, global stock markets soared.
The funds will cover a $4.1 Billion Islamic bond on Dubai World property unit Nakheel was due to pay yesterday.
Nakheel, the developer behind The Palm and The World developments off the Dubai coast , has accumulated huge debts during a five - year property boom in Dubai.
Despite the money paid, this might only last until April 2010. Dubai World could still collapse if it cannot negotiate an agreement with its creditors on the rest of its debts.
Can the Dubai government continue to provide the necessary financial support to cover working capital and interest expenses to ensure the continuity of key money intensive projects is the question going into May of 2010?
Posted on 2:02am Monday 14th Dec 2009
The Baghdad government are planning to move a refugee camp housing political refugees.
Camp Ashraf is to be moved to the desert south.
The removal of the refugees could put them at risk of arrest, torture or other forms of illegal treatment and killing.