Akon Wants To Light Africa

first_imgAkon, in partnership with Give1Project and ADS Global Corporation SA, has initiated the “Akon Lighting Africa Project” which aims to bring electricity to one million households in Africa by the end of 2014.The lack of electricity is currently a major problem in Africa. A significant number of households in rural areas and even urban cities do not have access to electricity. This is a real obstacle to Africa’s Sustainable Development.In that perspective and within the framework of a Public-Private partnership, an alliance was signed between the private entities: Akon Corp, SOLEKTRA International – BYD Solar, Azuri Technologies UK, NARI (Member of China Grid Group), CJI, the Non-Governmental Organization Give1Project and the governments of different African nations to support the initiative.The project will consist of the installation of solar equipment in households and promote their energy sufficiency that also will allow millions of children to have access to electricity and improve their education through extended study hours. In that regard, the American superstar is touring nine African countries (Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the Ivory Coast) in nine days to meet with leaders about the project.Find out more here.last_img read more

Enrique Iglesias Partners With Save The Children And Omaze For Hurricane Relief

first_imgFollowing the devastation of hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, Miami-native Enrique Iglesias is partnering with Save the Children and online fundraising platform Omaze, to raise funds for those affected.Proceeds raised during this campaign will go toward Save the Children’s efforts as they respond to the unique needs of children and families affected by the storms. Enrique is a long-time partner of the organization, and after riding out the storm himself at his home in Miami, he is dedicated to helping others in his hometown and beyond recover.To encourage his fans to get involved, Enrique will be offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience where two lucky donors will receive VIP tickets for them and a guest to attend an Enrique and Pitbull concert. The winners and their guests will be flown out to either Miami or Houston where they will attend the show, have a meet and greet with Enrique and stay in a 4-star hotel. For only a $10 donation, fans can enter to win this incredible experience at Omaze.com/enrique with both winners being announced upon the campaign’s closing. Airfare, hotel accommodations for 2 nights, and a $500 VISA gift card will be generously covered by Live Nation.Save the Children is responding by working in emergency shelters, child care centers and schools to distribute essential supplies and set up safe spaces for the children who have been most affected. They will also be distributing emergency grants to help local child-serving organizations and programs recover quickly. In Puerto Rico, they are in touch with federal authorities and established partners on the ground and stand ready to meet the specific and unique needs of those impacted by Hurricane Maria.“Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria have taken a tremendous toll on communities across the United States and in the Caribbean,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President & CEO. “During disasters like these, it is children who are the most vulnerable. Save the Children is on the ground offering kids and families the support they need during these times of disruption and uncertainty. That is why the funds being raised through this campaign are so valuable.”last_img read more

Prince Charles Is Joined By Duke And Duchess Of Sussex For 70th

first_imgThe Prince of Wales hosted a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of his Charities and Military Associations.Prince Of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage CelebrationCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukHis Royal Highness, accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall, met a number of the 6,000 people who were invited from 386 of his Patronages and 20 of his Military Associations. A number of guests from the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Mountain Rescue, and RNLI also attended.The Prince of Wales is also Patron or President of over 420 charities. The oldest patronage being the Bath Preservation Trust, which The Prince has been Patron of since 1973.See the full list of The Prince’s Patronages.The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the celebration of The Prince’s Charitable work, with The Duke giving a speech:“You have inspired William and I, and looking out here today, it is clear to see that we are not alone. You have created an incredible body of work that has, and will continue to make such a huge difference to so many people’s lives.”For over 40 years His Royal Highness has been a leader in identifying charitable need and setting up and driving forward charities to meet it.The Prince of Wales carries out hundreds of engagements every year in support of both his, and others’, charities. Collectively The Prince of Wales’s charities raised more than £120 million annually to support The Prince of Wales’s charitable work in the UK and overseas.100 Cadets from Youth United helped with the day’s events. In 2009, passionate about youth social action and uniformed youth, His Royal Highness brought together heads of the Nation’s leading uniformed youth groups to form the first collaborative network for uniformed youth.A number of the cadets and emergency services personnel attending were first responders after the bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22nd May 2017. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited Manchester Arena on 26th June 2017 to meet staff who were first on the scene immediately after the bombing.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

DGC Top 15 Discovery Long List Announcement

first_imgThe 16th edition of the DGC Awards will be presented at the annual Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Carlu in Toronto. Hosted by Mary Walsh with special guests soon to be announced.https://www.dgc.ca/en/national/news/2017-directors-guild-of-canada-awards-nominees-announced/The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) is a national labour organization that represents over 5,000 key creative and logistical personnel in the screen-based industry covering all areas of direction, design, production and editing. The DGC negotiates and administers collective agreements and lobbies extensively on issues of concern for members including Canadian content conditions, CRTC regulations and ensuring that funding is maintained for Canadian screen-based programming. 10AM             Toronto, ON 10:20AM        TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2017 – As TIFF gets underway next week, the Directors Guild of Canada will present the 2017 Discovery Award Long List, highlighting the “Top 15 new Directors to watch this festival season” as selected by the Guild and our partners.The DGC Discovery Award, sponsored by Entertainment One, recognizes outstanding achievement by an emerging Canadian director, or an established director working in a new genre.The Long List will be announced by Discovery Jury Chair Ingrid Veninger and DGC National Directors Division Chair Warren P. Sonoda. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Follow us @DGCTalent on Twitter. #DGCAwardsFacebook.com/dgcontario DGC Discovery Award Long List Presentation List presented Advertisement Tuesday, September 5th  TORONTO 134 Peter St., 5th Floor Lounge Advertisement eOne Headquarters DGC * RSVP to HMcIntyre@dgc.ca  Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

TORONTOS MAXWELL MCCABELOKOS DARK COMEDY STANLEYVILLE SETS CAST

first_imgActor Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (Lars and the Real Girl, Lionsgate’s upcoming Chaos Walking) will make his directorial debut with the forthcoming dark comedy Stanleyville. The pic unveiled its cast that includes Susanne Wuest (Goodnight Mommy, Antares), Cara Ricketts (Twelfth Night, The Book of Negroes), Julian Richings (Supernatural, Man of Steel), Christian Serritiello (Catalina, Homeland), George Tchortov (Designated Survivor, Goon: Last of the Enforcers) and Adam Brown (The Hobbit trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales). The film is currently in production, shooting in Canada and Germany. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Hanging in the Toronto heat with #stanleyville cast mate and fine fellow ⁦@BrownAds⁩ #hobbit #LOTR pic.twitter.com/twU6cEQjyE— Julian Richings (@JulianRichings) July 29, 2019 Advertisement Advertisement Susanne Wuest, Cara Ricketts, Julian Richings, Christian Serritiello, George Tchortov and Adam Brown will star in Maxwell McCabe-Lokos’s “Stanleyville” (Courtesy of K2 Publicity)last_img read more

Dead receiving ballots in Sagkeeng

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs many Manitoba First Nations head to the polls, stories of corruption continue to surface.This next story focuses on the Sagkeeng First Nation, where some speculate the voters list isn’t kept up to date for a reason.Concerned band members say there are hundreds of dead members still on the voters’ list, some of whom are getting mail-in ballots.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has the story.last_img

Edmonton football club heading to the Grey Cup – and questions about

first_imgAPTN National NewsEdmonton’s professional football team is heading to the championship game and with it, questions on whether it should change its name.The team has been known as the “Eskimos” since 1949.But after more 66 years, there are questions about whether it’s time for a new name.APTN’s Chris Stewart reports.last_img

Remembering Skookum Jim who codiscovered Klondike Gold Rush

first_imgShirley McLean APTN National News It’s not the goldfields of the Klondike.But a makeshift sluice box at Skookum Jim’s house in Carcross, Yukon is to help the young and tourists learn more about Yukon’s gold rush history.And how First Nations played a role in it.Skookum Jim co-discovered Yukon gold that kicked off the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush.He made thousands of dollars from his claim in Dawson City but he never forgot about his local kin of the Tlingit and Tagish people.“That is how now we have the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre in Whitehorse because of his legacy. He willed a lot of funds ahead for his descendants,” said Georgie Low.But often his name has been left out of the history books and credit has been given to George Carmacks, an American miner.“You don’t see Skookum Jim’s name in there a lot. There is just brief mentions … that’s why this interpretive centre is important. We really tell the story of Skookum Jim here,” said Richard Zaidan of Parks Canada.In 1904, he sold his gold claims for $65,000 and continued to live in Carcross until his death in 1919.His trust fund continues to fund local social and education programs for many Yukon First Nations.smclean@aptn.calast_img read more

Drug overdoses continue to ravage Alberta First Nation

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN NewsLori Eagle Plume visits the Blood Tribe Department of Health regularly for her suboxone treatment after kicking her addiction four years ago.Her motivation? The thought of losing her children to the foster care system.“Them almost getting taken away from me, it was hard knowing that – either you get help today or if you don’t, we’re going to go take your kids,” she said.“I thought about my kids and I was like, No. OK, I’m going to get help, I’ll do it for them.”Eagle Plume got help in time, but Dr. Esther Tailfeathers says parents losing their kids because of drug use is an all too common story in the community south of Calgary.“There’s not a huge safety net for them. We’re so busy concentrating on saving the lives of people who are addicted that we’re not watching the fallout around them and the youth are absorbing a lot of the grief,” Tailfeathers said.“We’re seeing more youth becoming addicted. We had a 13-year-old that overdosed in front of our tribal office a week ago.”In November, the Blood Tribe was hit with 57 overdoses and four deaths. The worst month this year.“It feels like we’re living in the city with the sirens,” said Eagle Plume.“We never used to be like that. When you hear the sirens, you just know what it is.”Tailfeathers says the community has taken major steps to save people from overdoses. Emergency Health Services has increased its number of ambulances and team members and added more offices to the Blood Tribe Police Service.But while some lives are being saved, Tailfeathers said families have lost their housing to addictions, children are becoming homeless, they’re hungry because they aren’t getting the nutrition they need and many are not attending school.And, Tailfeathers said, 39 per cent of babies from the Blood Tribe are born into neonatal abstinence.“Usually those babies are not released to the mother, they’re released to either to a family member who becomes a temporary guardian or they’re released into the foster care system. That’s one part of our populations that we haven’t been paying attention to and we really do need to be concerned,” she said.Overdoses have impacted the economy of the Blood Tribe, as well.“It would be so nice if we could be spending all that money that we’re spending on saving lives, if we could spend that on the other end and make this a really nice place to be and actually dealing with the trauma issues that we need to deal with, but we’re not getting there,” Tailfeathers said.As Eagle Plume makes another visit to the department of health, she encouraged others struggling with addictions to seek help.“Coming off drugs was one of the best things because I got my family back. I got my home. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” she said.tpimentel@aptnnews.ca@tamara_APTNlast_img read more

Manitoba friendship centre association hoping to rebuild vandalized office in Winnipeg

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsThe Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres (MAC) said it’s working with community members to help establish a new friendship centre, even if a new location has to be found, after vandals destroyed the current location.“We’re committed to there being a friendship centre in Winnipeg. We’re committed to assisting in the process of development or transition for that friendship centre and we’re committed to making sure that the services that are necessary are being provided to the Indigenous community in Winnipeg,” said MAC president David Gray via phone Monday.“Winnipeg has the largest Indigenous community in Canada. It is unacceptable for it not to have a friendship centre that is functioning.”The Indian and Metis Friendship Centre was founded in 1968 but was shut down last year after controversy with its board of directors.In 2017, a new board of directors led by Norman Lagimodiere took over the centre. Lagimodiere and members on the board claim to be part of the American Indian Movement (AIM), a claim that was refuted by U.S AIM leader Clyde Bellecourt.But the national and provincial friendship centre associations cut ties to the centre.The centre was shut down last summer after losing it’s provincial gaming license.James Favel, executive director for Bear Clan Patrol Inc., was working with the community to reopen the centre with a new board.Patrol members discovered extensive damage to the centre during one of their patrols.“That was a huge resource to our community. It was well-loved and used by many people in our community,” said Favel. “The social hall, the bingo hall, food bank, programming for youth, kookums had a sewing club…and it’s all destroyed now.”A meeting is taking place in Winnipeg at the beginning of March with MAC to determine a plan for a new centre.Favel believes there is too much damage done to the North End building to salvage it.Toilets were ripped off the walls, copper wire was stripped throughout, there was water damage from burst pipes and some of the walls had holes in them.“We’re going to have a conversation…with a group of locals here to see if we can’t re-establish the friendship centre somewhere else.”Gray hopes working with a new board of directors will get a new centre open by 2020.“We have to have certain fundamental pieces that show governance, community support, programming and financial accountability, which are the four cornerstones of all the centres in Manitoba,” he said.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Wall Street selloff resumes accelerates

first_imgFear about the effects of rising interest rates hit Wall Street hard today.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1,033 points or 4.2 per cent to 23,860.The benchmark S&P 500 Index dropped 101 points of 3.8 per cent to 2,581, its lowest since November. Canadian stocks lost about half a much, with the S&P/TSX Composite dropping 265 points or 1.7 per cent.More to comelast_img

Arrests in Burnaby BC as order against Kinder Morgan protest camp enforced

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – The RCMP arrested protesters Thursday as officers enforced a court injunction to dismantle a protest camp and snuff out a sacred fire at a site where the Trans Mountain pipeline ends in Burnaby, B.C.Cpl. Daniela Panesar said police began enforcing an order obtained by the City of Burnaby last week from the B.C. Supreme Court.An update posted on social media by the detachment said 11 people were removed from the site known as Camp Cloud.“Five were subsequently arrested and have since been released from custody,” the post said.Police said in a news release that a family of three living at the camp was being helped to acquire emergency shelter.Environmental activist Tzeporah Berman, who works with the Watch House group that has an Indigenous protest site near Camp Cloud, said she understood the arrested demonstrators promised to stay away.“The folks agreed to sign the terms and they were released,” she said in a phone interview.Officers moved in after continuing to talk with camp residents in the hope that they would obey the injunction and leave within a 48-hour deadline set by the court, the RCMP said in a news release.That deadline passed Sunday and protesters at the camp said Monday they were prepared to protect a sacred fire, which has been burning since the camp was set up late last year. They also said they planned to tie themselves to structures rather than obey the injunction.B.C. Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Gomery was specific in the injunction that the fire needed to be put out because it was burning in dry conditions near an aviation fuel tank farm.Camp residents had refused requests to extinguish the fire despite the increasing risk of wildfires.RCMP placed a large exclusion zone around Camp Cloud on Thursday as the dismantling began. They said they would arrest anyone, including media, who violated the zone.“Our paramount concern is safety,” said Panesar.“We ensure that everybody is out of the exclusion zone and then the City of Burnaby can come in and start cleaning up the protest site.”City crews brought in heavy equipment into the camp shortly after the arrests and began removing belongings and bringing down structures.Dipak Dattani, Burnaby’s acting city manager, said crews were doing an inventory of any personal property, as well as of the structures on the site.“Once that is done, we will then start looking at dismantling. To give you a date or time, it’s hard for me to say right now because we just got on the site.”Hazardous materials, needles or other dangerous items were among the things crews were checking for before dismantling could begin, Dattani said.Peaceful protests are still permitted, but when public safety is threatened, the City of Burnaby has to act, he said.The nearby Indigenous protest site wasn’t included in the injunction application.The City of Burnaby allowed the Watch House to stay because it had already agreed to several key conditions, including removal of its sacred fire.“The city asked it to be removed so there was a proper ceremony with Indigenous elders and (the sacred fire) was removed until after the fire ban,” Berman said.Camp Cloud has grown since last November when opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion parked a single trailer at the gates of the Kinder Morgan tank farm on Burnaby Mountain.The camp grew to include two-storey structures, several vehicles and a makeshift shower.RCMP said that since March they’ve arrested 217 people under a court-ordered injunction that restricts protesters from within five metres of sites in Burnaby where work related to the pipeline expansion is underway.It has also become a rallying point for demonstrators opposed to the pipeline’s expansion, which would more than triple the amount of bitumen and other oil products moving from near Edmonton to Burnaby for shipping overseas by tanker.As opposition built against the expansion, the federal government offered $4.5 billion to purchase the project. Kinder Morgan is presenting that offer to its shareholders and expects the sale will be approved later this month or in September.The purchase price, which includes the existing pipeline, pumping stations, rights of way and the Westridge marine terminal in Burnaby, does not cover the construction costs of building the new pipeline, previously estimated at about $7.4 billion.last_img read more

Key takeaways from the new USMexicoCanada Agreement

first_imgOTTAWA – After more than a year of talks, Canada finalized a revamped free-trade deal with the United States and Mexico. The new deal, dubbed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Here are some key elements of the new deal:GETTING MILKED: Trump frequently railed against Canada’s dairy industry throughout the trade talks, calling it unfair to the United States. The new deal grants the U.S. access to 3.6 per cent of the Canadian dairy market, a move roundly criticized by domestic dairy farmers. The access given to the U.S. is slightly more than the 3.25 per cent conceded in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal with Pacific Rim countries. Aside from new quotas on American ice cream, there will also be increases in access for American poultry and eggs, in exchange for greater access south for Canadian peanuts and sugar.TARIFFS AND TAUNTS: Trump joked that the deal wouldn’t have been made without tariffs, specifically on Canadian-made steel and aluminum, which prompted tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs from Canada on a number of U.S. goods. And as negotiations dragged on, Trump threatened to slap Canada’s auto industry with significant tariffs — a threat apparently now dodged. The deal says the first 2.6 million Canadian autos exported to the U.S. will be exempted from tariffs, a figure well above the current export rate of 1.8 million. But the steel tariffs remain in place and Trump has given no indication when he might lift them.ATTENTION SHOPPERS: The trade deal raises the threshold for duty-free purchases online from American retailers. When the deal takes effect, shoppers won’t pay duties until their online purchase is worth more than $150 — a significant bump from the current threshold of $20. But there’s more: Language in the agreement no longer requires companies — such as Google or Microsoft, for example — to put a data centre in Canada in order to do business here, meaning Canadians’ information could be housed south of the border and subject to American laws.INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: The rules around copyright and intellectual property are set to change. On copyright, the length of time after a creator’s death that they maintain rights will move to 70 years from 50. On pharmaceuticals, new biologics — drugs made from natural sources — will be copyright protected for 10 years, up from the current eight, an extension that analysts believe will benefit U.S. companies over Canadian firms and delay when Canadian patients can access cheaper, generic versions of drugs.RESOLVING QUARRELS: Two of Ottawa’s key sticking points throughout the talks involved holding on to dispute-resolution tools and decades-old cultural exemptions that leave Canada in control of its own media content, from broadcasting to publishing to music. The USMCA preserves what was known as Chapter 19, which allows independent panels to resolve disputes over tariffs and duties, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute-settlement mechanism. Chapter 11, which allows companies to sue governments over perceived mistreatment, has been dumped.TURNOVER ON DOWNS: The National Football League and Bell Media lost their 2017 legal challenges to sack a CRTC decision that banned the long-time practice of Canadian advertisers inserting their ads into Super Bowl broadcasts over the more popular American ones. They now appear to have a win. The University of Ottawa’s Michael Geist points out on his blog that wording in the new trade deal would see Canada “rescind the CRTC policy with a requirement that all programs be treated equally.” Result? American ads could be punted from Canadian airwaves during the big game. It was one of many cultural issues in the deal, but the language around a decades-old cultural exemption remains in place, leaving Canada in control of its own media content, from broadcasting to publishing to music.INDIGENOUS RIGHTS: The Liberals pushed inclusion of a new chapter on Indigenous rights in the trade deal. In the end, the chapter turned into provisions sprinkled through the text, including one allowing governments to enact measures needed to meet their legal obligations to Indigenous Peoples. Similarly, a gender chapter didn’t materialize as originally envisioned.TRADING PLACES: There is also language in the deal that requires any of the three partners to notify the others when they start or finish trade agreement talks with a non-market economy — like China — and gives the other partners a say in the text of that deal. While this language is new, the list of professions that can more easily enter another partner country on a temporary basis hasn’t been updated to include, for instance, many tech jobs.last_img read more

Aphria shares soar on reported talks with Altria for possible equity stake

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Shares of Aphria Inc. soared on Wednesday in the wake of a media report that said U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. was in talks with the licensed cannabis producer to acquire an equity stake.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis grower’s stock rose more than 15 per cent on Wednesday afternoon to close at $20.06.The stock surge came after the Globe and Mail published a report on the discussions between Aphria and the Virginia-based tobacco producer and marketer, citing multiple sources.Aphria said in a statement late Wednesday that while it engages in discussions with potential partners or investors at times, there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement in place with a potential investor at this time.The news report comes one week before Canada moves to legalize cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 and after other traditional industries have expressed interest in players in the Canadian marijuana sector.In August, beer, wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands in August signed a deal to invest $5-billion into Canopy Growth Corp., increasing its stake in the cannabis producer to 38 per cent.last_img read more

The Latest White House hosts tech execs Thursday

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on a White House tech meeting (all times local):11:20 a.m.The White House is hosting what it calls a listening session to hear from tech leaders including the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm.The Thursday lunch meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in artificial intelligence, wireless technology and quantum computing and how that will affect jobs and the economy.The gathering comes amid strained tensions between President Donald Trump and the tech industry over the U.S.-China trade war and other topics. The president isn’t likely to attend but his daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is organizing it.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Gini Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.Also attending are former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and academic leaders.___12:05 a.m.Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump’s administration and the tech industry.The White House says the Thursday meeting will address efforts to advance American leadership in innovation and how that will affect jobs and the economy.Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf are among the expected attendees.It’s not clear if Trump is also attending. Some of Trump’s policies on trade and immigration have antagonized the tech industry.The president’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump, is attending a separate business gathering in Washington on Thursday that includes the CEOs of IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Boeing and AT&T.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grains Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was up 4 cents at $5.1820 a bushel; Mar. corn fell 2.2 cents at $3.7600 a bushel; Mar. oats gained .2 cent at $2.742 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 2.2 cents at 8.8220 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle rose .18 cent at $1.2080 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .48 cent at $1.4730 a pound; Feb. lean hogs fell .6 cent at .6032 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Judge proposes ordering PGE to shut off power for wildfires

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge in San Francisco is considering ordering Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to re-inspect its entire electric grid and cut off power during certain wind conditions to prevent wildfires.Judge William Alsup proposed the requirements in a court order late Wednesday. He said his goal was to prevent the utility from causing any wildfires in the 2019 fire season.PG&E said it was reviewing Alsup’s order.Alsup is overseeing a criminal sentence against PG&E stemming from a deadly explosion of one of the utility’s gas lines in 2010. He has asked PG&E whether any requirements of the sentence might be implicated if its equipment ignited a wildfire.He also asked the utility to explain any role it may have played in a massive wildfire in November.The Associated Presslast_img read more

NPSS seeking publics help in choosing new mascot

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School is having a contest for residents of the Peace Region region to find them a new school mascot.After many years of faithful service the Ookapik and Oscar are hang up their pompoms for a well deserved retirement. The mascots’ retirement leaves a hole in the position that NPSS hopes residents of the Peace Region can fill.NPSS is asking that residents fill out a survey giving their opinion on what or who the new school mascot should be. The survey can be found on the NPSS website at: http://www.npss.prn.bc.ca/?page_id=4369Rules for the contest are listed below:The name must be tasteful and appropriate for all audiencesThe name needs to work as a symbol from our Northern CommunityThe mascot and name needs to be a readily identifiable character and must also not overlap other local school mascots.Contest entries will be evaluated by NPSS’s three panel administration with the winner being awarded an authentic NPSS Spirit Wear hooded sweatshirt.All entries for the contest must be filled out by June 5th at 12:00 a.m.last_img read more

Environment Canada reinstates smoky skies bulletin in Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.According to Environment Canada satellite photos, the smoke appears to be coming from wildfires burning in the Central Interior and the Stikine Region, and does not appear to be coming from local wildfires.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects. Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.last_img read more