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2010 in review: Top stories from January and February

first_imgA fire broke out on a rig near Hythe, AB at around 3:00 a.m., when Canadian Natural Resources workers were drilling a sweet gas well. No workers were injured in the incident. Ironically, Anti-oil activist Wiebo Ludwig’s property boarders the well site, about 22 kilometres northwest of Hythe. Original story about the arrestWiebo Ludwig on Issues and AnswersStory about the release of Wiebo Ludwig without chargesAdvertisement Fort St. John native Denny Morrison did Fort St. John and the country proud when he and two teammates, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux beat the Americans in the Team pursuit event at the Vancouver Olympics. The team finished the race with a time of 3:41.37, beating the US by 0.21 seconds.  Story about what the RCMP were looking for See Original Story about the Torch Relay Olympic Torch Visits Fort St. John Rig Blows up near Hythe, AB Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison wins gold at the Olympics During the last week of 2010, we’ll be publishing a special segment each day reviewing the top stories from the past year. January 8th 2010 – Wiebo Ludwig arrested and then released in connection with Encana Bombingscenter_img City Council takes on Air CanadaLate in 2009, Fort St. John City Council discovered that the price for flight passes will double in this region. In addition, the passes will now be restricted to 25 people, rather than 300 as before, and will not be accepted for flights to Saskatchewan and Manitoba.Mayor Bruce Lantz sent a letter to Air Canada and claimed the corporation was discriminating against northern communities for the rate hike. In April, Air Canada changed their rates on the flight passes. (see story) However, flying in and out of Fort St. John without the passes can remain an expensive preposition with round trip tickets between Fort St. John and Vancouver now running in the $800 range. Advertisement See Original Story Watch the race on YouTubeFort St. John Population Grows to 19,457In 2009, According to BC Stats, the population of Fort St. John grew by 665 people in 2009 and is now 19,457. See original story The 3.5 per cent increase was the largest among the seven Peace Region communities listed.Advertisement – Advertisement -Early in January 2010, dozens of RCMP officers stormed the commune of Wiebo Ludwig near Hythe, AB and arrested the former preacher. Ludwig was released from jail the next morning without charges. To date, the RCMP have not been able to collect enough evidence against Ludwig or anyone else in connection with the bombings of Encana facilities in the Tomslake area in 2008 and 2009.  Residents of Fort St. John turned out in droves, as the Olympic torch passed through the Energetic City on Sunday.Thousands of cheering fans lined the relay route and watched Elks speed-skater Jamie Lee take the flame for a spin around the outdoor oval.  93 year-old Ross H. MacLean lit the cauldron at Centennial park, where Premier Gordon Campbell addressed the crowd, while kids played hockey on the snow and slithered down the winding ice-slides.Fans also signed good-luck cards for the two Fort St. John athletes heading to the Vancouver Games – Denny Morrison and Michelle Kelly – with free hot chocolate to help warm up chilly bodies.Ross H. MacLean passed away in June of 2010. (see story) Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dier claim has not harmed friendship: Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho (R) and Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, seen embracing after a match on October 28, 2017, remain friends even though their teams are in competition, says Mourinho © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 29 – Jose Mourinho says his friendship with Mauricio Pochettino remains intact despite the Tottenham manager claiming in his autobiography he was angry with his Manchester United counterpart for making overtures to midfielder Eric Dier.In the book ‘Brave New World’ Pochettino alleges Mourinho had a lengthy conversation with Dier in the tunnel after United beat Spurs at Old Trafford in December last season. That was months after Mourinho had reportedly made attempts to sign the England international and, the book further claims, it led Pochettino to hold talks with the player to tell him he would not be leaving the club.But, speaking before the corresponding fixture between the clubs 10 months on, Mourinho made light of the allegations and insisted he has a strong relationship with the Argentinian.“I don’t know if it is Mauricio’s words or it is his ghost writer’s, I really don’t know,” said Mourinho.“What I do know, is that every season, during the summer, before every season he calls me and I call Mauricio and we ask about each other’s players to see if they are or are not available.“I don’t know why I should speak to Dier on a football match day in the tunnel, maybe it is to try and sell books.“Maybe his ghost writer wants to make some money.“But I never said that I wanted Dier. I never say who the players are I want.”Pochettino’s side is looking increasingly like a credible title challenger to leaders Manchester City, and United, this season and, although Mourinho heaped praise upon his friend, he declined to offer an assessment of his performance in charge to date.“It’s not for me to judge that,” said Mourinho.“Pressure, no pressure, has to win the title, yes or no, it’s not my problem.“I just have a very good relationship with him. He’s one of the guys I’ve known for many years and we’ve always had a very good relationship.“I think he’s a very good manager, but don’t ask me more than that.”– ‘An isolated case’ –Moving forward, one of Mourinho’s priorities is to retain midfielder Marouane Fellaini, pictured in September 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISMourinho made it crystal clear the poor attitude displayed by his team in their surprising, and first, defeat of the season at Huddersfield will not be seen again.“To play badly and lose matches, I think that can happen again,” he said.“It happens during a season, you cannot play well all the time, you cannot win all the time.“You cannot even be lucky all the time. So to lose again, I think it is going to happen.“But in terms of the attitude that we didn’t like and knowing the players and what good people they are, I believe it was an isolated case.”The United manager also admitted convincing midfielder Marouane Fellaini to sign a new, extended contract at Old Trafford has become a priority.The 30-year-old Belgian international has flourished under Mourinho and won over sections of the United support who had been critical of him.He, along with little-used former England full-back Luke Shaw, is out of contract at the end of the season.Fellaini would technically be free to talk to foreign clubs as early as January as he enters the final months of his contract and Mourinho, when asked about Shaw’s contract situation, made it clear tying the midfielder to a new deal is far more of a priority as the defender has another option year on his own deal.“I’m worried about Fellaini and not about Luke Shaw,” he said.“Because Fellaini finishes his contract and Luke Shaw doesn’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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District of Taylor Staff provides update on the Emergency Evacuation Route

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, Staff provided Council with an update to the Emergency Evacuation Route.According to Deputy Fire Chief, Enzo Calla, in February, the District received notification of grant approval from Emergency Management British Columbia regarding the Emergency Evacuation Route.The grant that was approved was for administrative use in planning Emergency Evacuation Routes. The grant was applied for by the Protective and Corporate Services in October 2018.- Advertisement -Since that time, Calla says Protective Services Staff have met with the Emergency Committee members on March 15 to discuss preliminary planning routes.Staff have also met with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure area managers, on April 29, to discuss services and assets available during the planning stages and to assist on the implementation of the plan if required.Since there will be a new highway maintenance provider, the District will send out a request to invite Dawson Road Maintenance to be included in the planning.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ohio man blows top, saws off top of house in failed sale

first_imgOnly one thing was keeping the top half of the house in place on the bottom half. “Gravity,” Ward said. The owners had not estimated the dollar value of the damage, Ward said. Rogers remained free pending a court appearance today. A man in Hillsboro, Ohio, angry that he wasn’t going to be sold a house, is accused of using a power saw to turn the abode into a convertible. Rodney Rogers, 66, apparently thought an acquaintance was going to build a house and sell it to him, and he was living in it while it was being completed, Highland County Sheriff Ronald Ward said Wednesday. After the acquaintance refused to complete the sale, Rogers used a power saw last week to make a lateral cut through the walls and siding at about chest level, authorities said. He cut all the way around the house, Ward said. 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

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Burnley launch appeal against Duff red card in West Ham defeat

first_img1 Michael Duff Burnley have launched an appeal against Michael Duff’s sending off in Saturday’s defeat to West Ham.Duff was dismissed by referee Jon Moss for a challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate inside the Clarets box despite not appearing to be the last man.Mark Noble scored the resulting penalty to seal a 1-0 win for the Hammers and leave Burnley eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.After the match, Clarets manager Sean Dyche criticised Moss’ decision to dismiss Duff, stating: “I’ve got no problem with the fact it’s a penalty. I think there’s a stadium full of people who are very surprised it’s a sending-off.“I can only imagine their manager was surprised. Their staff were certainly surprised. I think the subs were surprised it was a sending-off.“I think the groundsman was surprised it was a sending-off, I think the linesman was surprised it was a sending-off.“I think there was a tube station nearby where they were surprised it was a sending-off.“When you really need decisions to be right, in my opinion it wasn’t right.“It’s a massive moment in a game like this. That changes everything. It’s hard enough to win games at this level 11 v 11.“It’s a real sadness to me that at this stage of the season and these vital games I’m having to speak about a referee’s decision which quite obviously changed the game.”Burnley had until 1pm on Tuesday to submit their appeal to the Football Association and, in a statement on, they confirmed they had now done so.The appeal will now be considered by an independent disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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Schweinsteiger latest! Man United offer Germany star lucrative two-year deal

first_img Bastian Schweinsteiger Manchester United have stepped up their chase of Bastian Schweinsteiger by offering the midfielder a lucrative contract.Louis van Gaal has made the Bayern Munich stalwart his top transfer target this summer and United are confident they can lure the World Cup winner to the Premier League.According to Bild, United have offered Schweinsteiger a two-year deal and are now awaiting a reply.The 30-year-old is due for talks with Bayern’s owners in the near future but it is understood that Pep Guardiola is reluctant to sell the central midfielder.However, Schweinsteiger has just one year left on his contract with the club and the Bavarians are yet to offer him a new deal. 1last_img

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Exclusive – ‘Flattered’ Phil Brown plays down Sunderland links

first_imgSouthend United manager Phil Brown has brushed aside links with a coaching role at Sunderland, telling talkSPORT he is ‘flattered’ by the speculation.Reports on Saturday suggested newly appointed Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce wants the former Hull chief to be his number two at the Stadium of Light.Allardyce was confirmed as the new Sunderland manager on Friday, signing a two-year deal at the club following Dick Advocaat’s departure last week.The pair have worked together on two previous occasions, with Brown operating as Allardyce’s assistant first at Blackpool and then in a six-year spell at Bolton Wanderers.Allardyce is reportedly keen to reignite the partnership with South Shields-born Brown – a lifelong Sunderland fan.But, after leading Southend to promotion to League One last season via the play-off final, the 56-year-old Blues boss has suggested he has no immediate plans to leave the Roots Hall hotseat.Following a 1-0 home victory over Port Vale on Saturday, Brown told talkSPORT: “It’s flattering when you get involved in media talk and a little bit of speculation with regards to moving.“But I started this job two-and-a-half years ago and I’m still here.“We’re certainly in a better position than where we were as a football club when I first arrived and, as you could see today, the team is certainly playing football for me.“So long may that continue.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe McGeehin brothersDONEGAL students have picked up top honours at the BT Young Scientist of the Year awards.Top of the class goes to Letterkenny brothers Ronan and Eóin McGeehin from Coláiste Ailigh who scooped two awards.They came first in the Chemical, Physical and Mathematical sciences category. They were also given the special Intellectual Ventures Award.The teenagers wanted to develop an early warning system to tell motorists when the road surface becomes icy.There was another first for Donegal when the Science Foundation Ireland Special Award went to Mulroy College student Chloe Bradley with her project to investigate the nutritive value of gorse and heather as a food source for mountain sheep!Coláiste Ailigh student Odhrán Mac Fhionnghaile took silver on his study of Irish attitudes to global warming in the social and behavioural sciences section. And Ultan O’Fearail, Conor Logue and Mikey Sweeney – also from Coláiste Ailigh – took runners-up spot in their category with the plant science project in the biological and ecological sciences section. DONEGAL STUDENTS SCOOP TOP GONGS AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDS was last modified: January 10th, 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:BT Young ScientistDONEGAL STUDENTS SCOOP TOP AWARD AT BY YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARDSlast_img read more


Chelsea beat Watford to win first game since being crowned English champions

first_img Cesc Fabregas scored the winning goal for Chelsea 1 Chelsea won their first game since being crowned Premier League champions with a thrilling 4-3 win over Watford.John Terry returned to the starting line up as he edges closer to departing Stamford Bridge, and he opened the scoring with a close range strike. Watford equalised seconds later after a mistake from Terry, but the Blues entered half-time in the lead with Cesar Azpilicueta scoring.Soon after the restart Michy Batshuayi – who scored Chelsea’s title winning goal against West Brom – netted a third for the hosts, but Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka struck back to tie the game.But a late strike from Cesc Fabregas secured Chelsea the win, and ensures they are still on course to win 30 games this season.The hosts dominated the opening stages to celebratory chants from the stands. Doucoure did well to block a powerful Batshuayi effort, with Willian then curling a free-kick into Gomes’ hands.On the 20-minute mark, Hazard won a corner after some fine work from Willian. From the resultant set piece, Terry marked his return to the starting line up by opening the scoring.The corner was not dealt with by the Watford defence, and Terry reacted first to reach the ball and send a sliced finish in off the frame of the goal.It seemed as if the script was being followed perfectly, but Capoue popped up with an equaliser just moments later to tie the game at 1-1 – and Terry was to blame.His attempted headed clearance was disastrous, lacking the required distance to reach Begovic in goal. Capoue charged into the area and jumped highest to head the ball into the all-but empty net.It was a goal out of nothing, but it did not change the momentum of the game.Chelsea were still dominating, with Gomes first denying Hazard with a brave save at the Belgium forward’s feet, before he then struck a low strike just wide off the near post.Kenedy saw a near post attempt pushed wide, and the Blues again retook the lead from the resultant corner.This time the ball was cleared to the edge of the area, and Azpilicueta was there to take a single touch and thunder a wonderful low attempt into the corner of Gomes’ goal.There was another rare chance for the visitors, with Capoue heading over from close range, but moments later Kenedy broke down the left flank and saw a curling attempt fly wide.Less than five minutes after the restart, the Blues had put breathing space between them and Watford.A deflected Kenedy shot was controlled wonderfully by Ake, who had just Gomes to beat, but he unselfishly played the ball across the face of goal for Batshuayi to tap home and make it 3-1.But again Watford struck back within seconds.Janmaat latched onto a loose ball in the inside left position and dribbled his way into the area in a style Lionel Messi would have been proud of. One final turn past Ake opened the goal up for the Netherlands defender, and he curled a fine strike past Begovic.Further chances from Batshuayi and Azpilicueta were wasted – Gomes saving well from the latter – and the Hornets found themselves back on level terms with 15 minutes remaining.Okaka was brought on to replace Niang, and he beat three Chelsea defenders to Cleverley’s neat cross and powered the ball low into the back of the net.Amrabat and Behrami smashed long-range shots wide as the Hornets pressed for a fourth goal, but the Blues also had chances – Gomes pushing a Fabregas free-kick over and Terry heading wide.Fabregas was again denied by Gomes, but with two minutes left the Spain midfielder finally beat Watford’s keeper, planting the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area.Prodl was dismissed for Watford in injury time, and there just wasn’t enough time for the Hornets to find another equaliser, as Chelsea crowned their title success with a home victory.last_img read more

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first_imgChampionshipSenior Championship:Preliminary Round: 13th July and 20th July Milford v St. Eunan’s Semi finals:Dates: 1st leg: 3rd August or 10th August2nd Leg: 17th August or 24th August Moville v TermonGlenfin v Milford/St Eunan’s Final: 31st August or 7th September*********************Intermediate Championship: Preliminary Round: 13th July and 20th JulyAodh Ruadh v Ardara Semi finals:Dates: 1st leg: 3rd August or 10th August 2nd Leg: 17th August or 24th AugustFour Masters v ConvoyGaoth Dobhair v Aodh Ruadh/Ardara Final: 31st August or 7th September***********************Junior Championship:Quarter Finals: 13th July and 20th JulyBuncrana v St NaulsN.Conaill v N.ColumbaCarndonagh v CloughaneelySemi finals:1st leg: 3rd August or 10th August2nd Leg: 17th August or 24th AugustBuncrana/St Nauls v N.Conaill/N.ColumbaCarndonagh/Cloughaneely v DungloeFinal: 30th/31st August or 6th/7th September******************Junior B Championship:Preliminary Round: 13th July and 20th JulyKillybegs v KilcarGlenswilly v N.MuireQuarter Finals:Dates: 1st leg: 3rd August or 10th August2nd Leg: 17th August or 24th AugustConvoy B v Red HughsGlenswilly/N.Muire v Termon BKillybegs/Kilcar v LiffordMalin v UrrisSemi finals: 30th/31st August or 6th/7th SeptemberKillybegs/Kilcar/Lifford v Glenswilly/N.Muire/Termon BConvoy B/Red Hughs v Malin/UrrisFinal: TbcDONEGAL LGFA: CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS IN FULL was last modified: June 11th, 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)last_img read more