Huskies shake up roster with series of moves

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies have made a number of changes to their roster over the past two weeks. In all the team has brought in four players, while parting ways with three others.Added to the squad are forwards Lucian Serban and Anthony Ruggiero. Serban was acquired from the Abbotsford Pilots of the Pacific Junior Hockey League, and Ruggiero previously served as the captain for the Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Also new to the team is defenceman Michael Dupuis as he was part of a deal with the Princeton Posse of the KIJHL. There’s a new goaltender in the fold as well as Connor Neurauter was traded by the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.- Advertisement -Leaving the Huskies are Narcisse Baptiste after he was released. He’s since been added to the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks roster. Nolan Legace was traded to Fernie of the KIJHL, and Jared Barilla’s rights were dealt to a junior C club in Ontario.“I am very pleased with the recent transactions,” said Huskies general manager Jeremy Clothier. “I feel as though we have made our team better right now and going forward will become a tougher team to play against.”On the ice the Huskies will take on the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings Saturday night at 8 p.m. and the North Peace Navigators Sunday at 2 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nominations for SPCA Rescue Me event open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Nominations are now open for the BCSPCA North Peace Branch’s ‘Rescue Me’ event.The Rescue Me event features nominated members of the community spending the day in one of the SPCA kennels, and calling friends, family and busineses to raise $500 to bail them out.Even if the nominees don’t make the full amount, they will be let out at 4 p.m., of course.- Advertisement -This event is held in part with the SPCA Open House, and is part of the annual May Challenge to raise awareness of SPCA branches in the north.To nominate, send your nominee’s contact information — including name and phone number or email —  to kdanczak@gmail.com, or call 250-793-0813. Our volunteers will contact the nominees and make arrangements should they accept the nomination.The event will be held next Saturday, May 14. For more information on the May Challenge or to get involved, the phone number for the local branch is 250-785-7722.Advertisementlast_img read more

Forest Firefighters hope to take advantage of cool wet weather

first_imgHere is raw audio from the press conference with the B.C. Wildfire Service held on Sunday May 8, 2016 at 2 p.m.Why haven’t camp fires been banned?According to Epp, at this point and time most of the fires in this region have been caused by open burning and not campfires.  They will continue to monitor the situation to determine if a campfire ban is necessary.There are currently 15 fire investigators working in the Prince George Fire Centre.  In a press release Saturday the Province said that 10 fires have been forwarded to the B.C. Conservation Service for arson investigations.  Officials wouldn’t name which fires are being investigated as arson.Evacuation AlertsEvacuation Alerts remain in place for the Beatton Airport Road and the Siphon Creek Fire.  The only evacuation alert that remains in place for the Beatton, covers the following area:Advertisement Blueberry River First NationRed Creek Road254 Road from the Alaska Highway east to the 281 Road289 Road, 287 Road, 285 Road, 283 Road and 281 Road all north from the 254 Road256 Road from 281 Road to Prespatou RoadNorth on the Prespatou Road from 256 Road south west along the Blueberry River, crossing the Beatton Airport Road, to the junction of the Aitken Creek Road, south along Aitken Creek Road to Alaska HighwayFollowing Red Creek south adjacent to the Alaska Highway to Red Creek Road including a portion of the Lower Cache Road260 Road off the Alaska Highway, and 260 Road west of the Prespatou RoadBeatton Airport Road to the Blueberry River272 Road of the Prespatou Road277 Road off 272 Road277 Road north off the 256 Road279 Road between the 262 Road and 264 Road264 Road, 260 Road, 258 Road all west of the Prespatou RoadOne evacuation alert remains in place for residents of B.C. for the Siphon Creek fire and it covers the following area:256 Road between 221 Road and 211 Road221 Road just north of the 252 Road211 Road just north of the 252 RoadAlberta border from just north of the 252 Road, to approximately 40 km north along the Alberta border, then southwest to just north of the 256 Road, then south to just north of the 252 Road and then east to the Alberta border.There is still an evacuation preparedness alert in place for parts of Clear Hills County in Alberta.  The alert covers the area north of Highway 64 and west of secondary Highway 726 in Clear Hills County.The following map shows the areas under an evacuation alert in B.C.This map shows the two remaining evacuation alerts in B.C. This map also shows the approximate location of the two fires.This map shows the two remaining evacuation alerts in B.C. This map also shows the approximate location of the two fires.#toReception Centre ClosingAll evacuees can now return home.  Approximately 216 civic address were evacuated near the Beatton Airport Road fire, with another 220 people evacuated from the Blueberry River First Nation.  Only 11 civic addresses were evacuated because of the Siphon Creek Fire.Advertisement The Reception Centre in Fort St. John helped over 500 people find temporary accommodations, a temporary home for their pets and any other basic needs during the two days they were away from their homes.The Reception Centre will now close by 6 p.m. May 8, 2016.  All pets should be picked up at the Reception Centre by 6 p.m. The Peace River Regional District would like to remind people that as they return to their homes, crews are continuing their work. Equipment and crews will be moving within the region and they ask that everyone slow down on the roads. Please be aware that there is increased traffic in the area.BC Wildfire asks that the public remain out of the area and only residents return; we would like to limit traffic in this area to assist crews in continuing their work.  For more information regarding the Peace River Regional District Evacuation Orders and Alerts, please contact the PRRD EOC at 250-784-4838 or 250-784-3200.For more info regarding the Blueberry River First Nations, please contact Cici Sterritt at 250-305-6077.Advertisement Got a picture or video you’d like to share from the fires in this region?  Email them to news@moosefm.caHere are just a few of the photos submitted to Energeticcity.ca The B.C. Wildfire Service has released this photo of the Siphon Creek fire on May 6, 2016. The B.C. Wildfire Service has released this photo of the Siphon Creek fire on May 6, 2016. Photo Courtesy: BC Wildfire Service Photo Courtesy: BC Wildfire Service Photo from BC Wildfire Service Photo from BC Wildfire Service Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Thursday. Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Thursday. Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Facebook photos from Sheppards Inn on the Alaska highway Facebook photos from Shepherd's Inn on the Alaska highway from May 5, 2016. Facebook photos from Shepherd’s Inn on the Alaska highway from May 5, 2016. The Doig River fire, as seen on May 2. Photo from the BC Wildfire Service. The Doig River fire, as seen on May 2. Photo from the BC Wildfire Service. The Doig River fire, as seen on May 2. Photo from the BC Wildfire Service. The Doig River fire, as seen on May 2. Photo from the BC Wildfire Service. Wildfire near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway last spring/Photo: BC Wildfire Service Wildfire near Mile 77 of the Alaska Highway last spring/Photo: BC Wildfire Service Siphon Creek fire flared up on Sunday May 1, 2016. Siphon Creek fire flared up on Sunday May 1, 2016. A forest fire seen from mile 69 of the Alaska Highway. Photo submitted. A forest fire seen from mile 69 of the Alaska Highway. Photo submitted. Photo of the Beatton Airport Road Fire - Anne Lennox Photo of the Beatton Airport Road Fire – Anne Lennox Photo of the 2016 Beatton Airport Road Fire/Photo: Anne Lennox Photo of the 2016 Beatton Airport Road Fire/Photo: Anne Lennox Firefighters woke up to snow Sunday - B.C. Wildfire Service Firefighters woke up to snow Sunday – B.C. Wildfire Service FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service hopes to take advantage of the cool wet weather before temperatures increase again in the B.C. Peace.During a press conference Sunday, Emily Epp with the Wildfire Service said the Beatton Airport Road fire had received 3mm of precipitation and the Siphon Creek fire had received 8mm.  Epp went on to say “ while that precipitation is aiding our efforts, it didn’t suppress the fires. At this point with the forecast expected to return to warm and dry conditions, our goal is to take advantage of this reprieve in the weather and establish more control lines and get the mop up completed.” Snow covered both the Beatton and Siphon Creek fires. Snow covered both the Beatton and Siphon Creek fires. Firefighters woke up to snow Sunday - B.C. Wildfire Service Firefighters woke up to snow Sunday – B.C. Wildfire Service – Advertisement -The Beatton Airport Road fire is currently 15,000 hectares in size while the Siphon Creek fire is 41,000, with 12,000 hectares burning in Alberta.The B.C. Wildfire Service wasn’t willing to confirm if any structures had been lost to the Beatton and Siphon Creek fires, but photos from the area confirm at least one a structure at Mile 73 was destroyed.Firefighters from Alberta have now joined the fight against the Siphon Creek fire and will work to contain the fire on the Alberta side of the border.A fire ban remains in place for all open burning including category 2 and 3 fires in the northeast.  You can still have a campfire.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wigan 0-3 Charlton: Addicks boost survival hopes with comfortable victory

first_imgCharlton boosted their Championship survival hopes with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Wigan, whose worrying home woes continued in another woeful DW Stadium display.The Latics have not won on home soil in six months and their bid to escape the clutches of relegation took another serious blow as the Addicks claimed all three points to leave their 23rd-placed hosts deep in the mire.The visitors, who beat Brentford on Valentine’s Day, had not won back-to-back fixtures since August but they ended that long wait in style as goals from Frederic Bulot, Igor Vetokele and substitute Chris Eagles moved them into the top half of a congested division.Malky Mackay’s side had hoped to build on the midweek win over Reading but it was a case of one step forward, two steps back in a damaging defeat which also saw William Kvist and Leon Clarke forced off with injuries, the latter departing in a neck brace.Mackay’s new-look Latics initially started with a swagger missing from too many home performances this term, with Marc-Antoine Fortune twice seeing shots well saved, but against the run of play the visitors claimed a 17th-minute lead on the break.Kvist’s sliding challenge seemed to break down a flowing forward move, but Bulot picked up the pieces and shifted past James Perch before beating Ali Al Habsi at his near post with a left-footed drive.Mackay’s problems continued to mount up with Kvist, hurt during Bulot’s opener, and Clarke both being taken off with injuries inside the opening 34 minutes.Clarke, who appeared to have fallen awkwardly, was taken off on a stretcher following a lengthy delay which resulted in 10 minutes of first-half stoppage time and, just 68 seconds into that period, Charlton doubled their lead.Again the hosts squandered possession in their own half and again Bulot found space down the left, with the Gabon international crossing for Vetokele who nodded into the far corner.In the second period Guy Luzon’s side continued to carry a threat on the break, with Vetokele beating two men before being denied by Al Habs.Wigan’s misery was completed by a former Bolton player as debutant Eagles swept home another counter-attacking move in the 88th minute to a chorus of boos to seal a straight forward three points. 1 Charlton players celebrate Igor Vetokele’s (middle right) goal last_img read more

DINNY: ÚDARÁS TO KEEP JOBS ROLE – BUT MUST WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH OTHER AGENCIES

first_imgMinister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley T.D., announced today that final decisions have been taken by the Government regarding the new definition of the Gaeltacht and the implementation structures for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.These decisions were taken at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (31 May 2011) and provide for Údarás na Gaeltachta to maintain a job creation function, but in conjunction with other agencies on larger projects.The Minister of State said: “I am delighted that final decisions have been made by the Government regarding the implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language. “As a result, officials in my Department, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, can proceed with drafting the Heads of the Gaeltacht Bill. I hope that the Bill will be published as soon as possible, depending on the Government’s legislative schedule.”The new definition of the Gaeltacht will be based on the 20-Year Strategy and on the recommendations made in the Comprehensive Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht.The Minister of State said: “My Department, in conjunction with other State bodies, will work closely with Gaeltacht communities on the ground in order to assist them in developing and implementing language plans, which will incorporate all aspects of community life.”Regarding the implementation structures for the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language, the Minister of State said: “These Government decisions will ensure that existing structures will be used to deliver the Strategy and that the functions of the key stakeholders with responsibility for implementing the Strategy, both within and outside of the Gaeltacht, will be clearly defined.” The Minister of State said: “As a result of these Government decisions, I believe that the future of Údarás na Gaeltachta is secure, that Údarás na Gaeltachta will retain its statutory functions and that Údarás na Gaeltachta and other enterprise agencies will cooperate to ensure investment in the Gaeltacht.BACKGROUND:The 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 is available at http://www.pobail.ie/en/IrishLanguage.New definition of the Gaeltacht*          Provision will be made in the Gaeltacht Bill for a new statutory definition of the Gaeltacht, which will be based on linguistic criteria rather than on  geographical areas, as is currently the case. *          Provision will be made under the legislation for a language planning process in order to prepare language plans at community level for each Gaeltacht area and for the Minister to approve and review those plans periodically.*          Statutory status will be given to a new type of ‘network Gaeltacht’ area outside the existing statutory Gaeltacht areas. These will be areas, predominantly in urban communities, that will have a basic critical mass of community and State support for the Irish language.*          Gaeltacht Service Towns, i.e. towns which service Gaeltacht areas, will also be given statutory status.Implementation structures under the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language: *          The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will retain primary responsibility for matters concerning the Irish language, both within and outside of the Gaeltacht.*          Foras na Gaeilge will continue to fulfil its responsibilities on an all-island basis as an agency of the North South Language Implementation Body.*          The Department, in partnership with relevant State bodies, will be responsible for the implementation of the Strategy outside the Gaeltacht. The potential for Foras na Gaeilge to deliver certain elements of the Strategy, on an agreed basis, will be explored.*          Údarás na Gaeltachta will be responsible for the implementation of the Strategy within the Gaeltacht.Údarás na Gaeltachta*  The status quo will be maintained regarding the current functions of Údarás na Gaeltachta, including its enterprise functions, subject to the following:1. statutory provision to enable the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to direct Údarás na Gaeltachta to focus its limited resources towards specific enterprise sectors; and2. the development of a mechanism to facilitate Údarás na Gaeltachta to cooperate with other enterprise agencies, particularly with regard to significant Gaeltacht projects with high potential.* Provision will be made under the Gaeltacht Bill to significantly reduce the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta and to end the requirement to hold elections.DINNY: ÚDARÁS TO KEEP JOBS ROLE – BUT MUST WORK MORE CLOSELY WITH OTHER AGENCIES was last modified: June 3rd, 2011 by gregShare 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:20 year irish language strategyDinny McGinleylast_img read more

Valley’s ardent fighter, 94, dies

first_imgFormer City Councilman Ernani Bernardi, a one-time jazz musician who earned the reputation as “the conscience of the City Council” during 32 years representing the San Fernando Valley, died this week. He was 94. Bernardi, who had been in failing health in recent years, died Wednesday morning at his home in Van Nuys, said his wife, Eve Bernardi. Bernardi’s tenure at City Hall was marked by his concern about the waste of taxpayers’ dollars, and his efforts to reform campaign financing and improve services for the poor. “People called him ‘the conscience of the council.’ He was a man of the people and his reputation is still strong. People really cared for him and felt he was there to protect them,” said Councilman Alex Padilla, who now occupies the 7th District seat that Bernardi held. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson And Bernardi became a compelling voice for a Valley constituency that felt neglected and at odds with what he saw as the entrenched interests of downtown Los Angeles. Bernardi also was known as “Mr. No” – a moniker he wore with pride – for his vocal opposition to various projects. “I don’t think I ever regretted one of my ‘no’ votes,” Bernardi said once. “There are plenty of ‘yes’ votes I regret, but not one ‘no’ vote.” It was Bernardi who went to court to block expansion of the Community Redevelopment Agency downtown and who spearheaded efforts to pass the city’s first campaign-reform law. “His ethical standards were beyond reproach and throughout his life, he advocated for the people of Los Angeles with intelligence and determination, often saying, ‘The only time you lose is when you quit,”‘ Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. “Mr. Bernardi’s first priority was always his constituents and in seeing that the city of Los Angeles was not wasteful with taxpayer money.” Bernardi’s first career was playing saxophone during the big-band era of the 1930s and ’40s, performing with such musical greats as Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. In the 1950s, he worked as a home builder in the burgeoning San Fernando Valley. He entered politics in 1957, losing the race for a vacant City Council seat to James Corman. When Corman was elected to Congress in 1961, Bernardi emerged victorious from a crowded field and was never seriously challenged again. Even when a growing Latino population changed the demographics of his working-class district, Bernardi remained a powerful figure. His district was redrawn several times, but he remained popular among his constituents. “He was the Los Angeles City Council’s loudest voice for the average man and woman in the city, for the average taxpayer in this city, and they couldn’t have had a better friend than Ernie Bernardi,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who served with Bernardi on the council. Bernardi, whose longtime colleague former Councilman Marvin Braude died last month, was among the last group of City Council members who were not affected by term limits. In 1993, under growing pressure, Bernardi decided to give up the political wars and retire – although he continued to periodically emerge as a voice opposed to various City Hall proposals. Bernardi, the son of Italian immigrants, was born Oct. 29, 1911, in Standard, Ill. His mother died in childbirth, so he was raised by his father, two grandmothers, an aunt and an uncle. When he was 11, he moved to the nearby town of Toluca, Ill., where he later played on the high school basketball team. His father was a music teacher and taught his son how to play woodwinds. Bernardi attended the University of Detroit, where he planned to combine his interest in sports with an education in journalism and become a sportscaster. But the Great Depression forced him to quit college and begin working as a professional musician, touring with such big-band greats as Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Bob Crosby. He met his first wife, Lucille, while playing at the Graystone Ballroom in Detroit and the couple were married in 1933. They moved to California in 1939, when Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, with whom Bernardi was then playing, relocated to the West Coast. After Lucille’s death, Bernardi married Eve in 2001. He is also survived by two sons, John and James; two daughters, Joanne Kent and Judith McRae; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements were pending. Villaraigosa ordered flags in Los Angeles to be flown at half-staff until services are held. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

REVEALED: ‘COUNCIL SPEND €5M ON PLANNING DISPUTE WHICH IT CAN’T WIN’

first_imgDONEGAL County Council has spent €5M on a planning dispute which may be blocked by the UK government.The High Court in Dublin will this week rule on a challenge to the construction of a sewage treatment plant that will pump sewage into Lough Foyle.The plans actually include a provision to allow raw sewage to be dumped into the estuary during flood warnings. Now it has been revealed that Britain’s Crown Estate says it owns the whole seabed of Lough Foyle – including on the Donegal side.And Donegal County Council, which has been battling local residents for 22 years, hasn’t asked permission.Enda Craig, spokesman for the Campaign for a Clean Estuary, told donegaldaily.com today that his Judicial Review is listed for hearing in Dublin this week.“We are extremely confident that the decision of An Bord Pleanála to over-rule a decision by its own staff to reject the latest application involved a major conflict of interest,” said Mr Craig. “One of the board of An Bord Pleanála who gave the go-head is a former employee with the engineering company employed by Donegal County Council to carry out the scheme. That forms part of the residents’ case against An Bord Pleanála in this court case.”Residents had to raise thousands of euro to take the legal case.They want the treatment plant and water waste outflow pipe outside the Foyle estuary. That’s exactly what Donegal County Council decided to do in the mid-1990s, but for no apparent reason abandoned those plans.However it has emerged that Britain’s Crown Estate may end up scuppering the council’s plans, forcing them to move the plants and works outside the Foyle system once again.The Crown Estate claims juridiction over the entire seabed of both Lough Foyle and  Carlingford Lough. And the council doesn’t have permission to pump sewage into the Foyle from the body.A meeting of UK and Irish Government officials took place in January to discuss a range of specific environmental and marine issues arising from the current jurisdictional position of Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.Quite how Donegal County Council came to spend more than €5M on a sewage plant on which not a single brick has ever been laid is even more astonishing when you read the minutes below of a meeting WAY BACK IN 1990 when councillors voted unanimously to find an outflow outside the Foyle.The latest scheme alone cost €2M. You can read it below:Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyREVEALED: ‘COUNCIL SPEND €5M ON PLANNING DISPUTE WHICH IT CAN’T WIN’ was last modified: April 15th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:greencastle movilleREVEALED: ‘COUNCIL SPEND €5M ON PLANNING DISPUTE WHICH IT CAN’T WIN’last_img read more

Coach Fitzpatrick pleased after Groves returns with a win

first_imgGeorge Groves’ coach Paddy Fitzpatrick praises the Hammersmith man after his victory against Christopher Rebrasse in the world super-middleweight title eliminator at Wembley Arena.Video courtesy of iFL TVFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Aaron Rodgers donates $1 million to Camp Fire recovery

first_imgCHICO — The North Valley Community Foundation announced that Chico native and NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers has given $1 million to create the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund.“All the money goes to a great organization for the immediate needs and the recovery efforts for the #CampFireParadise. Thank you,” Rodgers wrote on his Twitter feed Wednesday.Please take a minute to watch this and if you can, take a few seconds to retweet this using the #retweet4good All the money goes to a …last_img

Here’s one anniversary Oakland A’s will never celebrate

first_imgAnyone with a sense of Oakland A’s history probably didn’t even raise an eyebrow when hearing the team just drew its smallest crowd of the season.They’ve seen the Coliseum much more barren than when 12,270 paid to watch the A’s get pounded 9-1 by the Astros on Tuesday night.Like what happened 40 years ago Wednesday on what remains the bleakest night in Oakland’s history.The boxscore from April 17, 1979 tells us 653 people were on hand when the A’s beat the Mariners. It’s believed the 653 …last_img