first_imgThe Fort St. John Legion experienced a sewage back up last Wednesday resulting in significant damage to the lounge floor.  This has resulted in a temporary closure of the lounge.  Thanks to the help of a number of volunteers, the lounge has been relocated to the auditorium and operations will temporarily continue there until the repairs and restorations have been made.  The Legion would like to thank everyone for their patience during this time.- Advertisement –last_img

first_imgOver 2,800 customers are without power in Dawson Creek.The outage started just before 12pm on Saturday afternoon and is expected to be restored by 2pm.  The outage reaches from East of HADDOW SUB, West of 210 RD, South of 214 RD.  At this time Hydro is still investigating the cause of the outage.For further updates, visit www.bchydro.com/outages Photo:  This map from BC Hydro shows the location of the power outage. – Advertisement -Update – Power was restored shortly after 2pm Saturday afternoon.  The outage was caused by a motor vehicle incident.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PREDATORY tow trucks have been the scourge of Los Angeles for too long. But a new state law will help reduce the problem by allowing the city to regulate the tow-truck industry. And City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo says the city is prosecuting more towing companies that effectively steal cars and hold them for ransom. Does this mean that bogus towing is a thing of the past? Not even close. Having a law on the books doesn’t mean anything if it’s not enforced. The city already has problems keeping up with existing laws, such as housing codes and bans on rogue billboards. Fighting rogue towing will take more than just City Hall’s efforts – all of us need to report abuses and demand action when they occur.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Growing traffic jams and rising gang violence top Los Angeles residents’ lists of concerns — beating out global warming and even terrorism, a survey released today says. On a scale of one to 10 — with 10 being the worst — respondents rated traffic congestion a 7.7, edging out threat of gang violence at 7.6, according to the survey. Angelenos considered the local issues a greater threat than even global warming, terrorism, race relations, and access to health care and housing. “Clearly, traffic is No. 1 because it’s an issue that impacts everybody every day and gangs because it’s a public-safety issue,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, which conducted the random survey of about 1,400 residents. “It’s (also) the one area where I don’t think the Los Angeles Police Department and the city have had great success.” The preliminary report is part of a long-term study on the effects of the Los Angeles riots, which were sparked April 29, 1992. Civil-rights attorney Connie Rice, co-director of The Advancement Project, said she expected that gang violence would rank among residents’ top concerns. “We have a huge gang epidemic in Los Angeles and the danger of gangs is now reaching previously safe areas,” said Rice, who recently authored a blue-ribbon study on the city’s gang problem. “It’s affecting our schools and the trauma levels of our kids. It’s a serious problem and we’ve got to come at it in a different way because what we’ve been doing is not working.” Mayor’s plans Gang violence is also among the top concerns of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who announced last week that he plans to spend $168 million for youths and anti-gang efforts in the fiscal year that begins July 1. He also is implementing a long-term plan that includes naming a gang director in the Mayor’s Office and creating eight “gang-reduction zones” throughout the city. LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said Chief William Bratton has made addressing the gang problem a top priority. “While we’ll never arrest our way out of the gang problem, crime has been reduced tremendously in the last five years,” he said. “That gives us the opportunity to bring in the social workers and activists to address the missing elements of gang crime and influence — and that is the prevention and intervention aspect.” Rice said the gang culture continues to draw more members, so the city and county need to work on economic and social issues in individual neighborhoods. “We need to pull the plug on the culture and conditions that fuel the gang,” Rice said. “That’s not a suppression mode, but an intervention-prevention model. You have to organize the entire neighborhood to reduce gang violence and they have to do it together working off the same plan.” Rice said the mayor’s plan adopts a comprehensive model, but is just a start. “There are a lot of things missing from it and there is little funding for it. … But it’s going to need a whole lot more added to it for us to be able to see a real reduction in gang violence,” she said. Result no surprise City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who represents the Northeast Valley, said he wasn’t surprised that terrorism ranked relatively low among residents’ concerns. “When you look at traffic and gangs, those are both domestic issues,” Cardenas said. “I think Americans have had a chance to reflect and realize that while we want to be out there in the world, we need to be taking care of home first.” At the same time residents are concerned about gangs, however, the survey found that 75 percent also believe the LAPD is doing a good or excellent job. “When you ask people whether soldiers in Iraq are doing a good job, you’ll get a high mark,” Guerra said. “When you ask if we are winning the war, you’ll get very low scores. “What we are picking up is that people are almost always supportive of the police on the ground, but are concerned about how the policies and crime is unfolding.” The report also found that just 48 percent believe riots will occur in Los Angeles in the next five years, down from 61 percent in 1997. The survey also found that 57 percent believe progress has been made in race relations, up from just 49 percent a decade ago. “The good news about the survey 15 years after the riots is that people think progress is being made,” Guerra said. “You can see tremendous progress in that people believe that the conditions necessary for riots are diminishing in Los Angeles.” Living together Guerra attributed the trend to people becoming more accustomed to living and working with a variety of cultures and ethnicities. “It’s just a much more accepted condition now,” Guerra said. “In addition, we also found that over a quarter of our respondents — and therefore we believe close to a quarter of adult Angelenos — were not living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots. … They will be a little more optimistic about race relations when you deliberately move to a town.” Overall, 42 percent of city residents and 41 percent of Valley residents believe the city is headed in the right direction. “People believe the city is heading more in the right direction than the wrong direction,” Guerra said. “But more than that, people believe they can achieve the American dream.” About 44 percent of Valley residents said they have achieved the American dream, compared with just 35 percent of city residents. But 47 percent of city residents and 43 percent of Valley residents also said they expect to reach the American dream in their lives. “Angelenos are incredibly optimistic about the city,” Guerra said. “A lot of that is because they are mostly Latinos, Asians and immigrants. Those three groups are driving the optimism of the city and the Valley. “The greatest resource that any community has is its people. The more optimistic the people, the greater the resource the city has.” Guerra said cities that have experienced traumatic events such as riots and natural disasters have proved to be resilient. “Just like Katrina in New Orleans, Sept. 11 (2001) in New York City or the riots in Los Angeles in 1992 — which had a tremendous impact on our social and physical fabric — Los Angeles has recovered mentally, in a sense, with its new optimism.” — Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985troy.anderson@dailynews.comlast_img read more

first_imgHowever, there is no hiding the fact the Frenchman has bowed out now due to increasing calls for him to go from frustrated fans as Arsenal slipped further behind their Premier League rivals in recent seasons.Arsenal haven’t won the league since Wenger’s crowing achievement in leading “The Invincibles” to an unbeaten league season in 2003/04.Last season was the first time in 20 years the club didn’t qualify for the Champions League, but they haven’t got beyond the last 16 in that competition since 2010.Languishing in sixth, Arsenal are also on course for their worst-ever league finish under Wenger this season with any hope of Champions League qualification dependent on winning the Europa League.Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis said the club would be looking for an offensive-minded coach to follow in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger’s (L) philosophy © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONThe club’s Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis made a long and heartfelt homage to Wenger himself when addressing the media on Friday, but dodged the question several times when quizzed over whether Wenger had walked on his own terms before he was pushed by the board.And Gazidis recognised a decision had to be reached before the season’s end to give Arsenal a head start of finding Wenger’s successor.“It’s going to be a condensed summer with a World Cup in the middle and a shortened transfer window, so I think for all of us having that clarity sooner is better,” he said.– Wide-open field –Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Loew are among the front runners with bookmakers in a wide-open field of contenders.Gazidis confirmed Arsenal will look for an offensive-minded coach to follow in the footsteps of Wenger’s philosophy.“It is important to me we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club,” he added.“I want to see somebody who will continue that for our fans…they want to see aggressive, exciting football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play.”Arsenal fans pay the highest season ticket prices in the Premier League and rising discontent with Arsene Wenger has been clearly shown © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYGetting the fans back onside and back at the Emirates Stadium is a number one priority.Arsenal fans pay the highest season ticket prices in the Premier League and rising discontent with Wenger has been clearly shown in vast swathes of empty seats for home games since an abject 3-0 League Cup final defeat against Manchester City in February.There is huge pressure on a beleaguered board, led by unpopular American majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, to make the right call.While Wenger’s reign has meandered to a disappointing end, Arsenal’s rivals have surged ahead by recruiting some of the best managers in the world in Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) and Antonio Conte (Chelsea).In spite of Arsenal’s struggles on the field in recent seasons, they remain the sixth richest club in the world, according to financial consultants Deloitte’s annual Football Money League.Wenger’s reluctance to fold to the booming inflation in football transfer fees and wages was often used as a shield by the board for not splashing out despite huge cash reserves.That excuse has now also disappeared ahead of what promises to be a summer of transition at the Emirates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger (R) has bowed out now due to increasing calls for him to go from frustrated fans as Arsenal slipped further behind their Premier League rivals in recent seasons © AFP/File / Carl DE SOUZALONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 21 – Arsene Wenger’s decision to step down as Arsenal manager after 22 years in charge marks the end of an era, but also a huge opportunity for the Gunners to reestablish themselves among the elite of English and European football.Tributes poured in from players past and present on Friday, as well as Wenger’s adversaries over the past two decades, such as Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, for his longevity and the revolution in English football he helped inspire.last_img read more

first_img1 Former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry Hoffenheim have completed the signing of former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen.As talkSPORT told you in April, the Bundesliga club were in talks about a deal for the 21-year-old, who left Arsenal in a £5m deal last August.And now, according to Sport Bild, Hoffenheim have agreed the terms on a permanent transfer which will be officially confirmed in the next few days.The Germany international impressed during his first season back in the country, scoring 11 goals in 27 Bundesliga outings.That form had even led to links with Bayern Munich but it appears that Hoffenheim have won the race to sign him.last_img read more

first_imgThe misery continues for Finn Harps as they lost in frustrating fashion against in-form Cork City at Ballybofey tonight.A controversial 69th minute penalty by Sean Maguire proved the difference between the sides as Cork won 1-0.Harps battled throughout the evening but had little if any luck with Ruairi Keaitng going close on two occasions. This is the eight defeat in a row for Ollie Horgan’s side and the alarm bells will be ringing loudly as Harps trying to break off the shackles and get some much-needed points on the board.Gary Buckley was apparently fouled by Harps goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher for the penalty which Maguire dispatched well – much to the despair of the home fans.Harps pushed the Leesiders all the way after Steven Beattie for his marching orders but they just couldn’t find the opening.Dave Scully did go close towards the final whistle for Harps. A draw might have been a fairer result but the Ballybofey outfit know are full aware than when your luck is out, it is out.Controversial penalty dooms Harps to their eight consecutive defeat was last modified: September 20th, 2016 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)last_img read more

first_imgGarda killer Martin McDermott was fined in court this morning after he shouted abuse at a judge in Derry.Raphoe man McDermott, who escaped from jail on Thursday, was found in Derry yesterday.He appeared in court this morning charged with criminial damage and assaulting police officers during his arrest at Altcar Park in the Galliagh area of Derry. However McDermott, who was serving a seven year sentence for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin in 2009, became abusive in court.He called Judge John Meehan a “f******* w*****r” after the judge had refised him bail.McDermott, 26, was quickly removed from court but later returned and apologised to Judge Meehan.He was fined a further £150 for misbehavior in court and was ordered to appear again by videolink on Thursday.There was uproar this week when McDermott was able to simply walk out of the low security Loughlin House in Blacklion, Cavan.Despite having a litany of more than 90 offences, McDermott was interred at the low security open prison after being found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda McLoughlin form Leitrim.The tragic Garda was killed after the car in which McDermott was during ploughed into a Garda patrol car at Burt in 2009.McDermot, who was found to be drunk, was being pursued y detectives after being observed acting suspiciously.GARDA KILLER SHOUTS TORRENT OF ABUSE AT JUDGE DURING COURT APPEARANCE was last modified: March 17th, 2012 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:Garda Gary McLoughlinJUDGEMartin McDermottRaphoelast_img read more

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh, T.D., welcomes further development and consideration regarding the derogation of A5 Road from the UK HGV Road User Levy.Commenting on the development, Deputy Joe McHugh, T.D. “This new development that the the UK Government are reviewing the possibility of excluding a number of key roads in Northern Ireland from the UK HGV Levy, including the A5 road, is a very welcomed and positive development.“I have been working closely and tirelessly with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, to address the real and serious challenges for hauliers and businesses for whom it is a necessity to use roads in the North. “We have been consistently highlighting awareness with our UK and Northern Ireland counterparts to review this levy in the context of Irish drivers, particularly those from Donegal who travel on these routes every day.“I have been engaging with all relevant groups regarding this issue. Last week I attended a public meeting with Donegal County Councillor Noel McBride, which was addressed by the Irish Road Hauliers Association, local representatives and businesses.“There was a resounding argument presented as to why this levy will not only be unfair to those businesses who are forced to use these roads on a regular basis, but also anti competitive as it increases operating costs for those businesses, an increase that most other drivers in Ireland won’t have to incur.“Earlier this week, I was in Stormont meeting with our colleagues in the North and I again raised this issue with the First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness. I have formally written to both on this issue, highlighting the challenges this levy will impose. “As Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and Co Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I welcome comments made today in the Good Friday Committee by the Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello T.D., that he is anxious to ensure that this levy is not dealt with as an afterthought by the UK Government and his Department, in conjunction with Minister Varadkar’s Department, are focused on pushing for derogation to ensure this levy does not impact on cross-border trade.“I have been consistently making the argument that this levy will hit Donegal businesses more than most and have been liaising with these business owners to get a deeper and fuller understanding of what the challenges are that they would face as a result of the levy. As part of this, I have arranged a meeting with Minister Varadkar and the Donegal Truckers so the Minister can hear from those on the ground who will be directly impacted.”Minister Varadkar confirmed this week that, during a meeting he had with Stephen Hammond M.P., Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, on 20 February 2013, he again pressed the issue of exemption of Northern Ireland roads – “Clause 3 of the UK HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 allows the UK Secretary of State to vary the extent of the scheme by order. The UK has proposed to exempt approximately 7 miles of cross-border road between the Republic and Northern Ireland. This would allow all operators to use these stretches of road without paying the levy, as it would be a breach of EU legislation to grant an exemption to just one country. The UK Government has been quite clear that they are not open to exempting all Northern Ireland roads from the levy. In this context, at the meeting with Minister Hammond, I proposed that an exemption be given for the A5 as it is often used by operators starting a journey in the Republic and transiting Northern Ireland to deliver goods to another location in the republic, and it was agreed that further consideration would be given to this proposal.” BRITISH MAY EXCLUDE KEY ROADS FROM HGV LEVY – McHUGH was last modified: February 26th, 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

first_img Tags: asaph mwebazeMoses BasenaSC Villatop Basena has been in charge of Villa for three months (File Photo)KAMPALA – After a disappointing start to the 2018/19 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season, Moses Basena has decided to resign as SC Villa coach.The developments come just hours after the 16 time record league champions drew 2-2 away to Tooro United in their 8th game.The draw on Wednesday meant that they have now gone 8 games without victory in the league, a situation that has led to Basena’s departure.“I don’t think am the right man for the job, said Basena according to a source that preferred anonymity.“I have done everything in my powers to see the club perform well and I think it’s high time I paved way for another coach.Basena has been in charge of Villa for just over three months after replacing Wasswa Bbosa.The former Cranes interim coach took over the reign in a turbulent preseason that saw the Jogoos lose almost all their players and then Ben Misagga (former President) also quit the club.By the time of his departure, Villa are 14th on the 16 team league table with only four points.Several reports have already indicated that former Maroons and Onduparaka FC coach-Asaph Mwebaze is the man being lined up to replace Basena.Comments last_img read more