UPDATE – Planned power outage tonight in Taylor

first_imgBC Hydro has served notice of a planned power outage in Taylor.- Advertisement -The outage is slated for Wednesday (Feb. 09/11), between midnight and 6am.It will impact customers south of 141st street, up to the Peace River, including the District of Taylor.Hydro is warning customers in the aforemention impact area, to take precautions to protect sensitive equipment.Anyone wishing further information is asked to call 1-888-769-3766.Advertisement UPDATE – Hydro has provided an update on tonights outage.  They have clarified the outage area to the follow:  in Taylor affecting all customers from the North Taylor hill at Todd Road to the Peace River Bridge including the District of Taylor. That is also the number to call, if you experience any electrical difficulties associated with the outages.last_img read more

14 dead in Canada hockey bus crash

first_img0Shares0000Hockey gear.(Photo: D. KEVIN ELLIOTT, GANNETT)MONTREAL, Canada, Apr 7 – Hockey-mad Canada was in mourning on Saturday after a bus carrying a junior ice hockey team collided with a semi-trailer truck in Saskatchewan province, killing 14 people.In a country where love of the sport is almost a religion, the crash sparked an outpouring of grief among players and fans on social media, while national political leaders expressed their sympathies. “We can now confirm 14 people have died as a result of this collision,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement, which did not say how many of the victims were players or coaches of the Humboldt Broncos team.Of the total 28 people on the team bus, including the driver, 14 were taken to hospital with injuries.“Three of these people have injuries that are critical in nature,” the RCMP said.They gave no information about the status of the truck driver.The crash took place at around 5:00 pm (2300 GMT) Friday on Highway 35 about 28 kilometers (18 miles) north of the town of Tisdale, a trading center in an overwhelmingly agricultural region of the western province.The team was heading north for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks.Police gave no indication of the cause, but early Saturday special police investigators were still at the scene, which is roughly 150 kilometers east of Prince Albert City.The Saskatchewan league is a feeder system for higher levels of hockey, with many graduating to play at US and Canadian colleges and major junior league level, while some go on to the National Hockey League.Similar leagues operate throughout the country, their buses a regular feature of the vast country’s highways.“It is a significant accident; we had a tractor trailer and a bus collide,” RCMP Inspector Ted Monro told a press conference, declining to give details about the victims.The STARS Air Ambulance service said two of its helicopters flew to the scene.There were a “high volume of incoming trauma cases” at Royal University Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital, the Saskatchewan Health Authority said on Twitter.Both hospitals are located in Saskatoon city, about 250 kilometers from the crash site.Victims’ families were directed to Nipawin Apostolic Church for information and support.– ‘Devastated’ –The Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper published on its website a photo of one player who survived, Derek Patter, lying side by side with two other injured players on hospital beds, clasping each others’ hands in support. One of the young men appeared to be wearing a neck brace.“I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.“Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss,” Broncos team president Kevin Garinger said in a statement.The team comprises 24 players, all from Canada, with the youngest aged 16 and the oldest 21.“It’s a horrible accident, my God,” Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks hockey team, told the Globe and Mail. “It’s very, very bad.“There’s uncles and moms and dads waiting to hear whether their sons and nephews are OK.”In a statement, Hockey Canada said it was “devastated” by the news.– ‘My heart is in Humboldt’ –“Our hockey community is a tight-knit family. We will come together in support of each other in the days ahead, as we mourn those lives lost, remember the injured and support those whose lives are forever changed by this tragedy,” it added.Fans and players alike shared messages of condolences using the hashtag #PrayforHumboldt.“My entire career I’ve looked forward to every bus trip,” tweeted Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League defenseman Steven Oleksy.“It’s a place where players can forget what happens on the ice. 2night my heart is in Humboldt.”An online fundraising page set up by a woman listed on social media as a Humboldt resident raised nearly CAN$40,000 (US$31,000) in a matter of hours.The collision brought back memories of a single vehicle bus crash in December 1986, also in Saskatchewan, that killed four members of the Western Hockey League Swift Current Broncos.The Swift Current Broncos also shared their condolences.“Humboldt Broncos weighing heavy in our hearts and minds tonight,” the team said on Twitter.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Alberta, Saskatchewan say they have no plans to put carbon tax stickers on pumps

first_imgEDMONTON — Carbon-tax-fighting governments in Alberta and Saskatchewan say they have no plans to follow Ontario’s lead and force gas stations to put anti-carbon tax stickers on their pumps.Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has set Aug. 30 as a deadline for stations to have the stickers posted or face fines of up to $10,000 a day.The stickers say the federal carbon tax has added 4.4 cents a litre to the price of gasoline, which will rise to 11 cents per litre by 2022.- Advertisement -In Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney’s office says his government is focused on a court challenge of the federal tax.A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says the government has no plan to make the stickers mandatory.The federal government has imposed a carbon tax on Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick because they opted not to bring in their own carbon pricing, and plans to do so in Alberta in the new year.Advertisement “And now they are impeding the free speech of small-business owners.”The Canadian Press Ottawa has promised to rebate much of the money collected directly to taxpayers in each of those provinces.In a statement, Kenney’s office said Alberta drivers already know the effects of a carbon tax on gasoline prices, because the previous NDP government had one that Kenney’s government repealed.“We are challenging the federal government’s constitutional authority to impose Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, and are confident in our case. That is our focus at this time,” the statement said.A statement from Moe’s spokesman was brief.Advertisementcenter_img “Saskatchewan has no plans to mandate operators to display stickers showing the cost of the carbon tax on gas prices,” said Jim Billington.Legislation making the stickers mandatory in Ontario was included in the budget bill. The cost of printing 25,000 decals was pegged at about $5,000 and does not include the price of distributing them to the province’s 3,200 gas stations.The plan has been criticized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, which has said its members have expressed concerns regarding the political nature of the stickers.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna blasted the stickers in a Facebook post Wednesday.“This is just par for the course for a government wasting taxpayers’ dollars to fight climate action instead of climate change,” she wrote.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rotary Club of Fort St John holds annual Drive-Thru Breakfast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John held their annual ‘Drive-Thru’ Breakfast on Thursday morning.The purpose of this event was to raise funds to support local school breakfast programs.Rotary Club member, Marva Kosick, says while they do not have a total amount of funds raised as of Friday, she does say that the Club had served around 1,000 hot breakfasts which is more than the initial goal of 700.- Advertisement -For a minimum donation of $7.00, the Drive-Thru Breakfast included a hot off the grill breakfast sandwich, a side of fruit and a beverage, all in a reusable lunch bag.Kosick says it was a great event and gives thanks to the community for the amazing support in making this fundraiser a great success.last_img read more

Ronaldo versus Salah – -the Ballon d’Or on the line?

first_imgIt is reductionist in the extreme to bring Saturday’s final down to just two players, given the strength in depth available — especially in attack — to Madrid and Liverpool.But this is the era of the individual, at a time when Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade.The status of each is such that the annual prize for the world’s best player generates ever fiercer debate.Ronaldo has won the last two, but can he really win it again, having recently turned 33?In a World Cup year, what happens in Russia will play a big part too — it is impossible to imagine Messi not winning a sixth Ballon d’Or should he lead Argentina to the title.But Ronaldo can certainly make his case in Kiev, while this is also a golden opportunity for Salah before he leads Egypt into the World Cup.— Ronaldo: An insatiable hunger —Ronaldo’s decline in the first half of this season was as concerning as his reawakening in 2018 has been breathtaking.The Portuguese star has scored 41 goals in all competitions this season, but an incredible 28 of those have come since late January.Despite only scoring four times before La Liga’s winter break, he ended up with 26 goals in that competition, behind only Messi.But it is the Champions League that really brings out the best in him.Real coach Zinedine Zidane watches Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of this weekend’s final © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSRonaldo scored in Manchester United’s 2008 final win over Chelsea, and has played a decisive role in each of the three finals won by Real since 2014.This season, despite his poor domestic form, he had scored in every Champions League game prior to the semi-final win over Bayern Munich.Karim Benzema’s brace in the second leg against the Germans was crucial, but neither he nor Gareth Bale have been close to Ronaldo’s standard this season.The ‘BBC’ may no longer be so fearsome as a trio, but after that difficult spell, Ronaldo’s figures in 2018 mean he is making his case to be crowned the world’s best again.“Cristiano knows that a player can have difficult moments. That’s why he’s the best,” warned Real coach Zinedine Zidane this week.“Some players suffer under pressure, others just the opposite, and he is one of them. The more you criticise him, be careful.”— Salah already breaking records —This has already been a record-breaking season for the Egyptian, whose 32-goal tally was a new best in the Premier League for a 38-game campaign.Salah celebrates after scoring in the semi-final against Roma at Anfield © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEOverall, he has scored a remarkable 44 in all competitions since his arrival at Anfield from Roma, including 11 in Liverpool’s memorable run to the Champions League final.He has been ably supported by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with that threesome netting 90 goals between them in all competitions.Nevertheless, Liverpool’s hopes of winning a sixth European Cup depend to a large degree on Salah.Whether that would be enough to land the Ballon d’Or as well is something that seems to split his team-mates.“But what if Messi and Ronaldo win the World Cup? Do they deserve it? I don’t know what do you have to look at to win the Ballon D’Or,” said Georginio Wijnaldum this week.“If it’s winning a prize, if it’s scoring the more goals. We will see.”Defender Dejan Lovren was a little more optimistic.“He can be in the top three best players in the world. He has the quality, the world-class experience already,” he said.“He is so calm, a man down to earth and he deserves every credit for every goal he scored for now and definitely we will help him achieve this dream.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid’s run to another Champions League final © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOKIEV, Ukraine, May 24 – In an age when individual awards are given ever greater importance, Saturday’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool — and Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah — could determine the winner of the next Ballon d’Or.After all, Ronaldo has won the prestigious prize on the back of helping Madrid to each of their recent European Cup triumphs, in 2014, 2016 and again last year.last_img read more

DISTRESSED MORTGAGE HOLDERS TO HOLD MEETINGS IN DONEGAL

first_imgDistressed Mortgage Holders and Anti Eviction Taskforce (AET) will be holding a series of events in Donegal to aid those in mortgage distress.A meeting to offer help and support to those in mortgage distress is on the Sunday evening at 7.30 pm in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny. People are invited to bring their documents along as assistance will be available on the night.The group will be attending court on the Monday to offer continued support.Also on the Monday night at 7.30pm at the Station House, there will be an information evening, this will be of help to those directly affected by the threat of repossession and to people who may want to offer support to those under threat. DISTRESSED MORTGAGE HOLDERS TO HOLD MEETINGS IN DONEGAL was last modified: November 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:distressed mortgage holdersdonegalmeetingslast_img read more

DDTV: THROUGH THE STORM, BARNACLE GEESE ARRIVE AT MALIN HEAD

first_imgDDTV: The come to Inishowen for the winter every year, from Arctic islands in the north Atlantic and Greenland. This video offers a glimpse of the spectacular, even in the worst of conditions. In driving rain and almost impossible visibility, some 700 Barnacle Geese were captured on film, with the music of Mary Black to match the scenes of rugged landscape and incredible migrant birds, after their extraordinary journey to these shores.Filmed by Lindsay Hodges Directed and made possible by Christine Cassidy , it was a day where the song’s line “I stood by your Atlantic sea and I sang a song for Ireland” has never been more moving or more spine-tingling. DDTV: THROUGH THE STORM, BARNACLE GEESE ARRIVE AT MALIN HEAD was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barnacle geeseIrelandMalin Headlast_img read more

Bul vs Vipers: Vipers seek proper rehearsal for Champions League return leg

first_imgVipers lost to CS Constantine in their last competitive fixture (Photo by Vipers Media)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueBul FC vs Vipers SCNjeru Technical Center, JinjaWednesday, 19-12-2018 @4pmNJERU – Vipers SC will be hoping to return to winning ways when they travel east and take on Bul FC in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Wednesday afternoon.The Venoms are on the back of a 2-1 loss to SC Constantine of Algeria in the CAF Champions League but will be confident as they are still unbeaten in the League so far.At the start of the day, they sit six points behind leaders KCCA FC with Javier Martinez’s side having three games in hand. A win for the Venoms on Wednesday will most definitely serve as a morale booster ahead of their return leg clash in the Champions League.However, it will not be a walk in the park as they have won only one of their last three visits to Bul.For the home side, they come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw away to Kirinya JSS in the Jinja derby.Peter Onen’s side have been performing fairly well so far, having lost only three of their first 11 and none in the last three.Having lost only one of their first six home games, they will be confident they can get something out of the game.What the Coaches are saying:Peter Onen, Bul FC.“It is a game we are going to approach with a lot of caution.“Whenever we draw away from home, we come back and win in Njeru.“It is a run that we want to maintain.“We are going to work extra hard so as we overcome our opponents and continue the march up the table.Javier Martinez, Vipers SC.“Bul is a strong team and we are not taking them lightly.“Each game is a final for us and we will go out to fight for victory in Njeru.Team News: Third choice goalie, Derrick Ochan is expected to start his first league game for Vipers with Bashir Ssekagya and Fabian Mutombore out injured. Ssekagya limped over during Vipers 2-1 loss away to CS Constantine in the Champions League while Mutombora has been out of action for over a month.Steven Mukwala is ruled out while Thomson Sefu and Bashir Asiku could be selected in the match day squad. Tadeo Lwanga and Geoffrey Wasswa will return to the starting line-up after missing the trip to Algeria due to suspension.Match Facts:This will be the 15th top flight meeting between the two sides ever since Bul gained promotion in 2011.In the first 14, Vipers have won 7 and lost only 2 with the other 5 ending in draws.Bul have won only one of the 7 home fixtures against Vipers with the victory coming four years ago in a 2-1 result.Last season, Vipers took 4 points off Bul including one in the 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.Bul head into the game having lost only one of their last 9 league games (W4 D4). The loss came in their meeting away to Mbarara on the 13th of last month (1-0).At home, Onen’s side have lost only two of their last 14 fixtures (W8 D4).For Vipers, they are currently on a 26 match unbeaten run in the league (W20 D6). The last team to topple the Venoms was URA on 28th of November 2017.Away from home, they have gone 12 matches minus defeat (W6 D6). Their last loss was the 3-1 defeat to KCCA in November 2017.Comments Tags: Bul FCJavier martinezStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

Sasol to build R2bn ethylene plant

first_imgReducing imports Doubling production South African petrochemicals giant Sasol has approved the construction of a R1.9-billion ethylene purification unit at its Sasol Polymers plant in Sasolburg. 3 May 2010 The ethylene will be used in the manufacturing of polyethylene, and will greatly benefit South Africa’s plastics conversion industry, which currently imports large quantities of this raw material. In December 2009, the company announced that it would invest R8.4-billion to double the production of hard wax products by Sasol Wax by 2014.center_img The plant is expected to go on stream in the second half of 2013 and will be ramped up to full capacity by 2015, enabling the company to boost ethylene production by approximately 48 000 tons per year. “This investment confirms Sasol’s commitment to the South African chemical industry and will enable significant downstream value addition in terms of locally manufactured consumer products such as plastic bags, packaging materials and containers,” Sasol said in a statement last month. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The investment will also result in increased production of medium waxes, mostly used by the candle industry in southern Africa, as well as liquid paraffins used in a variety of industrial applications.last_img read more

Women’s Month gets under way

first_img1 August 2014South Africa’s national Women’s Month, which got under way on Thursday, will see the launch of a new women’s housing project, a new mobile application for pregnant women, and the start of construction on a centre of remembrance for Sara Baartman.Speaking to journalists in Pretoria on Thursday, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women Susan Shabangu said women from across the continent and the Diaspora would come together this month to launch the Pan African Women’s Organisation.On Monday, she said, the Department of Human Settlements will launch its annual Women’s Build Project, which will see the building of almost 2 000 houses in each province.And on 21 August, the Department of Health will launch a mobile phone based application called MomConnect, which will register pregnant women across the country in order to assist them through pregnancy and child birth.Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, also addressing journalists on Thursday, announced that a centre of remembrance for Sara Baartman – a Khoi woman who was displayed as a sideshow attraction in 19th century Europe under the name “Hottentot Venus” – would be built in the Eastern Cape.Mthethwa said the story of South Africa’s liberation could be told without sharing the story of people like Sarah Baartman. “People must know them as they know other leaders of women, who contributed much earlier than the 1950s,” he said.On 9 August, national Women’s Day, President Jacob Zuma will deliver a keynote address during the main national celebration in KwaZulu-Natal, where various South African artists will feature on a cultural programme honouring the resilience of women.Shabangu said that August was a special month for South African men and women alike. “On 9 August, we remember and celebrate the resilience and vanguard of our women in fighting institutional racism and apartheid oppression,” she said.“This is not an ordinary public holiday – this is a day that has its roots in the committed and principled political activism of women who defied their personal circumstances to take up their rightful place in the struggle for freedom.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more