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episodes: January 2011 Archives

Radio Noon - January 31, 2011

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Hockey game assault

Blood was spilled at the Senior Men's hockey game in Carbonear this weekend. But it wasn't on the ice. The game was between the Conception Bay North CeeBees and the Mount Pearl Blades. Spectator Glenn Legge alleges a Mount Pearl player threw a water bottle at him. The RCMP plan to charge a player with assault with a weapon. Terry Roberts covered the game for the The Compass Newspaper. He joins me on the line now from Carbonear.
It's like an extreme version of the TV show Survivor.  If you're a black-legged Kittiwake and you breed successfully, you get to overwinter in Britain. But if you don't, you have to fly all the way to Nfld. & Lab. to overwinter. Kittiwakes are also go by the name Tickleace. They're the gulls that look like the tips of their wings were dipped in black paint. And they're strange behaviour was uncovered by Maria Bogdonova and her colleagues in the United Kingdom. She's an animal population expert, we reached her in Edinburgh, Scotland.  
His given name was William David Perlman. But he preferred to be called Poppa Neutrino. You might remember he sailed a raft made out of junk from Fermeuse to Ireland.
Well, Poppa Neutrino has died at the age of 77. That raft was a sight. Made out of plywood, foam, old tires and other recycled garbage. The original plan was to sail the raft from New York City to France. But that plan had to be modified. Here's crew member Ed Gary speaking to the CBC's Kathy Porter in August of 1997.
Here's a link to Poppa Neutrino's obituary in the New York Times:
You see and hear that attitude all the time. So and so has let herself go. So and so wouldn't have so many health problems if they'd just lose weight. If fat people want to lose weight, why don't they get up off the couch and stop stuffing their faces. Is it entirely up to the individual, though? What about the fact that in many communities, it's much easier to drive around than walk. Or that junky food is often a lot cheaper than good food. Or that a lot of people's jobs involve an awful lot of sitting. My guest Dr. Arya Sharma. He holds the chair in obesity research at the University of Alberta and he's the scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network.
Dr Sharma's website: www.drsharma.ca


Radio Noon - January 28, 2011

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Officers with the Royal Nfld Constabulary have expanded their search for Jason Matchem.
 The 26-year old from Corner Brook was last seen at around 11:30 on Saturday night. It's believed he was heading to a cabin west of Corner Brook. Bad weather meant searchers had to stand down yesterday. And it's not helping today either. Constable Robert Edwards speaks for the RNC in Corner Brook.
In Egypt right now, police are clashing with anti-government protestors.  Yesterday, communications with the outside world were disrupted. That means Egyptian nationals can't communicate with family and friends. Assem Hassan is one of those people. He's an assistant professor of engineering at MUN. 
There's a huge greenhouse attached to St. Francis School in Harbour Grace. And now students from all around the area are going to be able to use it to learn more about the environment. That's thanks to efforts by the Lower Trinity South Regional Development Association. Jill Hiscock is coordinating the project for them.
Today on the show, your ideas for the new gallery being developed for The Rooms Provincial Museum in St. John's. The Elinor Ratcliffe gallery of social history will open in two years. And the people at the museum are looking for suggestions on what exhibits to select.
My guests on the program are Anne Chafe, who is the director of The Rooms Museum. And Mark Ferguson, who is the manager of collections and exhibitions.
What's your idea for the Rooms exhibit? You can enter it here:

Radio Noon - January 27, 2011

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Tentative agreement in the Voisey's Bay strike. 

There's a tentative deal between Vale and its striking workers in Voisey's Bay. That's good news for a lot of people, considering the strike has dragged on for 18 months. Including Leo Abbass, the mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. 

The key recommendation from the Wells inquiry into offshore helicopter safety is to set up an independent safety agency. That's prompted two environmental studies professors to call for an independent offshore environmental regulator as well. Gail Fraser (York University) and Angela Carter (MUN Grenfell campus) sent their request to the federal and provincial governments. Angela Carter is in Toronto today, and that's where we reached her.
Today on the show, we're asking whether retired teachers should be allowed to double dip.
That is: continue to receive their pension payments if they return to the classroom. In his annual report, auditor general John Noseworthy revealed that 443 retired teachers were back on the job in 2009, many of them without proper approval from the minister of finance. And they were collecting both pensions and salaries. My guest in studio this afternoon is Lily Cole, the president of the NL Teachers' Association.