Project Porchlight Lightens Electrical Bills

first_imgResidents in the northeastern corner of the province can expect a hand with their outdoor lighting scheme this October.Project Porchlight is an initiative to increase use of compact fluorescent lightbulbs across the country. The group is hoping to distribute 20,000 free lightbulbs door-to-door from Chetwynd to Fort Nelson.Julia Milliken with the organization says that the lightbulbs won’t just save electricity; they’ll also save homeowners money. [asset|aid=241|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Julia Milliken_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Project Porchlight is looking for volunteers in the area. More information is available at read more

Meet the Environmental Health Officer – Submitted

first_img– Advertisement -Have you ever taken a look around a restaurant and thought, “This place could use a good cleaning!”? Or perhaps your reaction was, “Wow, this place is so clean I would eat off the floor!” There are many areas an EHO’s work covers, but they all centre around keeping the public safe and healthy. A major component of the job is food inspections; from restaurant kitchens, to supermarkets, to the little vendor on the corner each summer. They are responsible for ensuring that any potentially hazardous food is handled in a manner promoting food safety. But that’s just one of their important roles.Advertisement You’ve heard of them; maybe seen them portrayed on TV or in a movie; perhaps you’ve actually met an Environmental Health Officer in person.  If that’s the case, you may already know that they do a lot more than just food inspections. The health and safety of drinking water supplies and recreational water operations are also a top priority and area of responsibility for an EHO. That includes everything from ensuring the safety of drinking water sources, to inspecting public pools, hot tubs and in some cases, beaches. Sarah NicklasonEnvironmental Health OfficerNorthern Health **SubmittedMeet the Environmental Health Officer Either way, you may also have wondered just whose responsibility it is to make sure that commercial kitchen operators maintain clean facilities, follow food safety rules, and practice good food hygiene. In BC, these people are called Environmental Health Officers (EHO) – in other jurisdictions, they are often called Public Health Inspectors. EHOs also inspect personal service facilities, for cleanliness and the prevention of health hazards. A personal service could range from a barber shop to a manicure facility to a tattoo parlour. That’s a lot of inspections! But that’s still not all an EHO does. Other tasks include making  recommendations on approvals of subdivisions; issuing holding tank permits; following up communicable disease and food borne illness reports; emergency preparedness; risk assessments;  complaint follow-up; health hazard investigations, and, educating the public on any and all of these topics.Advertisement For more information about environmental public health related issues, contact your local health unit and ask to speak to an Environmental Health Officer. And the next time you’re in your favourite restaurant, take a look around for a food permit. It’s your way of knowing the EHO has already been there, working to protect your health! Summer camps and industrial camps are also inspected on a routine basis.  Each camp must pass a food, drinking water and general camp inspection as well as have appropriate sewage disposal. last_img read more

Flyers win wild one in Spirit River

first_imgBut, before the final horn sounded, there would be one more fight, between Tyler Loney and Trevor Mazurek.  The two had tried to scrap late in the second, but the fight never really developed before they crashed to the ice, and the referee assessed the pair only minor penalties, allowing them to stay in the game, and have one more crack at some fisticuffs.  After the game, Loney said was glad the ref allowed them to come back and finish what they had started.  “We played in midget against each other, so it’s just an ongoing battle,” adding “He doesn’t mind that stuff, and I sure don’t.”Likewise, coach Adam Brash wasn’t too surprised with the physicality of the game.  “You always expect coming to Spirit River it’s going to be a physical game – anything can break out at any time.”  But, Brash was more than happy to have a fight on his hands.  “We’re all competitors, and you want to compete every night, and if that means the gloves come off, then that happens.”  “It was a great team-builder for us,” he added, “We needed this.”In the end, the final score was 9-6 in favor of the Flyers.  The total penalty minutes between the two teams was close to 300.  And there was plenty of bad blood remaining for a potential semi-final matchup between the two teams. Listen to this highlights package Advertisement [asset|aid=907|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f1924b186f14c879a57e07bae7643abe-Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirt River Navigators_1_Pub.mp3]And so, the NPHL regular season comes to a close.  The Flyers finish the season with a 24-1-1 record, and will await the winner of the first round mini-series between Valleyview and Lakeland. Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirit River RangersTo call Saturday night’s Flyers / Rangers game dramatic and intense would be underselling it.  On the opening faceoff, Spirit River’s Shane McCormick went after David Alexander, leading to 14 minutes in penalties for each player.  By the end of the first, more than 100 minutes in penalties had been assessed.  And there were also seven goals.Craig Venhola opened the scoring, firing a point shot past Troy Hunt, to give the Rangers a lead, just 30 second in.  The Flyers would fight back, with 3 in a row, from Jeff Shipton, and a pair from Jeff Fast.   Goals from Mike Lefley and Mark Wallman would get Spirit River back to even, but before the first was over, Clayton Bahm put the Flyers back in front.- Advertisement -In the second, tempers continued to boil over, and 3 of the games 4 fights broke out.  Aaron Scheppers fought with DJ Barbarich, Matt Shuya took exception to a hit from behind from Colin Lefley, and dropped with gloves with Lefley, and David Alexander stuck up for his cousin Todd, after Todd took a nasty high-stick from Chad Wilchynski, though Wilchynski seemed uneager to fight.  By the time the second period was over, there were 224 minutes in penalties on the scoresheet.  3 players from each team had been thrown out of the game.  And, while Todd Alexander got a concussion from the Wilchinski high-stick, Matt Shuya got a broken nose and put his bottom teeth through his bottom lip, and earned a trip to the hospital.There was also more scoring in the second, as the Flyers got goals courtesy of Kip Noble (2), and Mike Shipton, all three of which came on the powerplays assessed to the Rangers for thier stickwork.  Spirit River got just one goal, scored by Mike Lefley, his second of the game.Finally, things settled down in the third, possibly because both teams were getting a little short-benched.  Spirit River looked like they might make a game of it, after scoring two straight goals (Shane McCormick and Trevor Mazurek).  But, within minutes, Kip Noble shelfed a backhander over Rangers goalie Darin Allen, to complete his hat-trick, and put the Flyers back up by 3. Advertisementlast_img read more

Registration underway for Relay for Life

first_imgThe Relay for Life planning committee is looking for groups that are willing to participate in this year’s event.- Advertisement -There are still opportunities to enter a team or join an existing one to help raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. The 12 hour non-competitive relay is an opportunity to get together and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones, and fight back in the hope of finding a cure.The relay will be held at the Dr. Kearney track from noon until midnight, on May 29th. For more information, contact Christine Whitford at (250)785-0903 or fortstjohnrelay@bc.cancer.caYou can also visit the Relay for Life’s website, by clicking here. By stafflast_img read more

CRA holding HST seminars for businesses

first_imgInterested people are asked to register online. The Canada Revenue Agency will be holding a seminar on Place of Supply Rules on the HST.The free seminar is aimed at businesses that conduct transactions with businesses in other provinces that do not have the HST.The topics will help businesses determine whether GST or HST will have to be charged on transactions between provinces.- Advertisement -One seminar will be held in Fort St. John at the Pomeroy Hotel on Sep. 22 starting at 1:30 p.m. and another will be held in Dawson Creek at the Best Western on Sep. 23 starting at 1:30 p.m.The topics that will be covered are:Place of Supply Rules – Tangible Personal Property (Goods)Place of Supply Rules – Intangible Personal PropertyPlace of Supply Rules – ServicesExceptionsAdvertisementlast_img read more

PPP/C condemns ripping down of party flags by APNU/AFC supporters

first_img– calls on supporters not to interfere with election materialsThe People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in its strongest terms condemned the ripping down of party flags by suspected supporters of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APN/AFC) in various sections of Guyana.Speaking with Guyana Times, PPP/C Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha explained that the action is deliberate and disrespectful.PPP/C Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha“They have been ripping down these flags and in Region Five, Georgetown, Region Three and it seems as there are activists of APNU/AFC. Places like Hope Town, Den Amstel and certain sections in Georgetown it seems as a deliberate [action] by APNU/AFC supporters to rip down our flags.”As such, the matter was reported to the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), the Guyana Police Force, and other relevant State agencies to investigate the matter and call for the ignorance to stop forthwith.“This election should be something that is fair where every party should have a chance to display their elections materials and things like that, so I hope these bodies will take note and deal with these matters,” the PPP Executive stated.Flags that are being ripped downMustapha further added that the PPP/C believes in democracy and will ensure that their supporters do not interfere with any other political party’s elections material.“We have informed them not to interfere with anybody’s materials. We believe in democracy; we believe in that everybody must have their fair chance and we have informed out activists not to interfere with anybody,” Mustapha cited.The destruction of party paraphernalia is nothing new. In 2015, a People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) rally was rudely interrupted by a band of supporters of the APNU/AFC – involving children in their nefarious activities, the supporters urinated on and burned PPP flags, and hurled missiles at the rally speakers, including party stalwart, Dr Roger Luncheon.The person reported to have urinated on the PPP flag and subsequently setting it ablaze was Child Welfare Officer Abigail Baveghems, who is also the daughter of an APNU member.That incident has been widely criticised, given that it occurred on the same day that political parties had signed on to a Code of Conduct aimed at guiding the manner in which campaigning is conducted.last_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force topple depleted Windward Volcanoes

first_imgRegional Super50 Tournament– rain has the final say as Canada-Windies B game abandonedThe defending champions Windward Islands Volcanoes succumbed to their fifth defeat in the Regional Super50 Tournament with an embarrassing loss against powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago Red Force.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force celebrateVolcanoes were blown away for a mere 78 in 22.1 overs, and Red Force batsmen enjoyed chasing down a small target as they completed the chase in 9.4 overs, winning by seven wickets.In a much-anticipated encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Red Force won the toss and opted to field. Improved Trinidadian fast bowler Ravi Rampaul struck in his first over, rattling the stumps of Volcanoes opener Tyrone Theophile for 1. The Windward Islands Volcanoes continued to struggle as the Red Force skipper brilliantly opened the bowling, sending Kirk Edwards back to the dressing room with only seven runs to his name. Wickets continued to tumble as the Red Force bowlers chipped away with quick wickets. Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre wrapped up the innings in the 22nd over, bowling Alick Athanaze. Opener Girdon Pope was the only batsman offering resistance, stroking 37 from 44 balls – including five well-timed fours and one maximum off leg-spinner Imran Khan.Lendl SimmonsIn completing a comprehensive bowling effort, Khan picked up 3-13 from four overs, fellow spinner Pierre and seasoned fast bowler Rayad Emrit took two wickets apiece. Captain Dwayne Bravo, Rampaul and Jason Mohammed chipped in with one wicket each.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force opener Lendl Simmons blazed away to a quick-fire half century with his new opening partner, West Indies star performer Keiron Pollard, who lost his stumps to left-arm spinner Kavem Hodge for a duck. Hodge picked up all three Red Force wickets, but was unable to prevent a thumping victory by Red Force. Simmons and the consistent Nicholas Pooran were the not out batsmen, with Simmons taking 20 off four balls, rubbing salt into the Volcanoes’ wounds.The Trinidad Red Force have now moved on to 23 points, two points behind table toppers Guyana Jaguars. Red Force will clash with Windies B in their next encounter while Volcanoes will battle Guyana Jaguars today, October 19 at 11:30h local time.In the other encounter at the Queen’s Park Oval, rain once again had the last say as the match between Canada and Windies B was abandoned. (Brandon Corlette)last_img read more

Look at it this way: Barbaro was a rarity

first_imgGender (three major possibilities): The most obvious thing. A horse can be a female, male or gelded male. Age (three): Another basic. A horse can be a 2-year-old, a 3-year-old or an “older” horse at any one moment. Track surface (three): A horse can be better on dirt, better on turf, or the same on each. Let’s wait and if there turns out to be “synthetic track” horses too. Off-track tendencies (three): A horse can be a mudder, a mud-hater, or the same in wet weather as dry. Distance preference (four): Sprinter, middle distances, long distances, or all of the above. Better to explain what makes every horse unique in the more objective terms associated with performance on the track. Off the top of my head, I wrote down a dozen characteristics that can define a thoroughbred’s career. Then I multiplied the number of variable traits and was stunned by the sheer volume of possible combinations. When you think about it this way, any racehorse is likely to be one rare individual – especially an undefeated Kentucky Derby winner. ARCADIA – Since Barbaro’s death, cynics have complained about all the tears shed for a mere horse, and racing fans have struggled to explain what made this horse special. I’ll tell you how not to convince people that a particular horse is unique. Do not talk about the funny way he likes his peppermints served, his preference for the music of Herman’s Hermits, or his arm-biting habit that’s really a sort of playfulness. The hard-hearted will not be swayed if you sound like one of those cat owners who insist Mittens is practically human. center_img Running style (three): Front-runner, stretch-runner or versatile. Training (two): Some work enthusiastically in the mornings, some less so. Career arc (three): Precocious, late-blooming, or steady. Consistency (two): Depending on physical or mental factors, some horses fire every time, some are in and out. Health (two): Possibly related to the factor above. A horse can be sound, or injury-prone. Breeding (two): A horse can have a recognized high-quality pedigree, or more modest bloodlines. The good ones tend to race better but not as long, because their breeding value means earlier retirements. Class (two): A horse either has or doesn’t have this ill-defined quality that we’ll use as a catch-all for competitiveness, physical bravery and other characteristics that allow some to pull out close races. Consider the possibilities. Multiply the variables: 3times 3 times 3 times 3times 4, etc. … and you see how many combinations of traits there are. It comes out to a grand total of 93,312 different combinations. Ninety-three thousand! According to The Jockey Club statistics, about 73,000thoroughbreds compete in the typical year. So, theoretically at least, every single one of them could have a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. And remember, we’re talking about characteristics that matter on the track, not silly things like a horse’s color and nickname around the barn. Barbaro? In almost all of our dozen variables, he had the preferable qualities, given the goals of the typical U.S. horse owner. He was male, a stakes winner on dirt and turf, a stakes winner on muddy and dry dirt, a dominant winner from 1 mile to 1 (he never tried sprints), able to press the pace or come from behind, a good enough worker to win the Kentucky Derby after one prep race in three months, and so on. The one thing Barbaro wasn’t was healthy, but that didn’t become a dramatic issue until after he won the Derby. Put it all together, and you see not only why Barbaro became an undefeated Derby champion, but why the loss of this rare specimen was widely mourned in the sport. Maybe the cynics will see it too. The weekend: The 23 horses available for Kentucky Derby parimutuel future-book wagering through Sunday include four who will be in action this weekend. Circular Quay, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up to Street Sense, and Notional, the Doug O’Neill-trained San Rafael Stakes winner, are among 14 3-year-olds in Saturday’s Risen Star at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Lawrence The Roman runs in Saturday’s Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct. Dreaming of Anna runs in Saturday’s Old Hat Stakes for fillies at Gulstream Park. At Santa Anita on Sunday, the field for the San Vicente Stakes is expected to include Half Famous, Law Breaker, Noble Court and Vaunt. The 7-furlong San Vicente’s winners include 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm. The future wager’s morning line has Nobiz Like Shobiz as the 8-1 favorite. Kevin Modesti is Daily News columnist. His horse racing column appears on Fridays. (818) 713-3616 SANTA ANITA LEADERS JOCKEY, WINS Garrett Gomez 43 Victor Espinoza 34 David Flores 20 Corey Nakatani 17 Aaron Gryder 15 Richard Migliore 14 William Antongeorgi III 12 TRAINER, WINS Doug O’Neill 16 Bob Baffert 15 John Sadler 15 Bobby Frankel 9 Jack Carava 8 Paddy Gallagher 8 Steve Knapp 8 ON THE STAKES SCHEDULE SANTA ANITA Saturday $250,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 1 mile. $250,000 Santa Maria Handicap, 4-year-old-and-up fillies and mares, 1 1/16 miles. Sunday $200,000 La Canada Stakes, 4-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles. $150,000 San Vicente Stakes, 3-year-olds, 7 furlongs. GOLDEN GATE FIELDS Saturday $100,000 California Oaks, 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles. FAIR GROUNDS Saturday $300,000 Risen Star Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles. A WEEK AT THE RACES Jorge Ricardo, a Brazilian unknown to most U.S. fans, became the world’s winningest jockey on Monday in Buenos Aires when his 9,591st career victory put him one ahead of Russell Baze. This means Baze, who passed Laffit Pincay on Dec. 1 with No.9,531, can lay claim only to the North American record. That is, at least until Baze returns from a rib fracture at Golden Gate Fields, and tries to take the mark back from Ricardo. Baze is 48, Ricardo 45. Corinthian (Javier Castellano riding) thumped Jazil in an allowance-level race Thursday at Gulfstream, the Belmont Stakes winner’s second runner-up finish of 2007. Lava Man was named Cal-bred Horse of the Year for the second time at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association dinner Monday in Pasadena. Brother Derek and Thor’s Echo had been finalists for the top honor. Also at the dinner, CTBA Hall of Fame inductions were held for breeders- owners John Mabee and his wife Betty Mabee; legislator and breeder Ken Maddy; the Mabees’ gelding Best Pal, and Free House. John Mabee died in 2002, Ken Maddy in 2000. Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, sidelined since Nov. 26, told the Daily Racing Form complications from December knee surgery will keep him from competing until March. Trainer Vladimir Cerin, whose wife Kellie Cerin died Feb. 1, asked that donations in her honor be made to the California Equine Retirement Foundation, 34033 Kooden Rd., Winchester, CA 92596. Kellie Cerin died when she fell at the home where the family was vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. Services were held Wednesday in Arcadia. Los Alamitos owner Dr. Ed Allred had a stroke last weekend but is expected to make a full recovery, the Orange County quarterhorse track said in a statement. The record 450 nominees to the Triple Crown at the Jan. 21 deadline (for a $600 early fee) include 32 from trainer Todd Pletcher, who will seek his first win in the classics with a group that includes Any Given Saturday, Circular Quay and Scat Daddy. Santa Anita jockey Garrett Gomez ($2.1 million) and trainer Doug O’Neill ($1.2 million) topped the respective national leader boards as the racing week began. – Kevin Modesti 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

Another 20-loss season for Waves

first_imgTomas Pranciliauskas made five 3-pointers and scored 15points for Pepperdine (6-20, 2-8 WCC). The Waves, 7-20 a year ago under Paul Westphal before hiring Vance Walberg last April, have lost 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. San Bernardino Valley 77, Antelope Valley 74: Lewis Leonard scored 28 points, including two 3-pointers in the last two minutes, as the Wolverines won at home in Foothill Conference play. Antonio Kellogg scored 16 of his 23 points in the secondhalf and had eight assists in San Francisco’s 82-70 win over visiting Pepperdine on Saturday night. Alan Wiggins also had 23points and added sevenrebounds for the Dons (10-15, 6-4 West Coast Conference), who beat the Waves for the fourth straight time. Henderson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for San Diego (19-5, 8-2). Cal State Fullerton 86, Cal State Northridge 79: Charlee Underwood scored 24points to lead the host Titans (12-12, 6-4 Big West), who rallied from a one-point halftime deficit. Krisztina Fuleki led the Matadors (11-13, 7-4) with 21points, and LaJoyce King added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. CSUN fell to 0-12 when allowing more than 70 points. BASEBALL No. 23 Pepperdine 5, UC Davis 4: Danny Worth (Valencia) went 2 for 2 and scored twice and the Waves received some solid relief pitching at Eddy D. Field Stadium. Daniel Farris, Jordan Durrance, Nick Gaudi (Paraclete) and Jason Dominguez (Chatsworth) combined to pitch 42/3innings of relief, allowing one hit and an unearned run. Dominguez earned his second save in as many days for Pepperdine (3-2). No. 17 San Diego 12, USC 6: Justin Snyder went 5for6 as the Toreros evened the series at Dedeaux Field. San Diego had 20 hits, with everyone in the starting lineup getting at least one. A day after picking up his first save, Trojans freshman Robert Stock (Agoura) showed off his power with a pinch-hit, two-run homer. No. 5 Miami 9, No. 11 UCLA 8: Gus Menendez delivered the winning single in the bottom of the ninth, scoring first baseman Yonder Alonso, as the Hurricanes defeated the Bruins for the second straight game in Coral Gables, Fla. SOFTBALL Kajikawa Classic: UCLA (1-3) lost 5-4 to Texas A&M and 14-1 to New Mexico in Tempe, Ariz. Shortstop Jodie Legaspi homered and drove in two runs for the Bruins against Texas A&M. … CSUN (0-3-1) lost 3-2 to Oregon 9-3 against Ohio State. The Matadors’ Jaclyn Rymer, Micah Putname and Amanda Peek (Crescenta Valley) hit home runs. MEN’S TENNIS No. 8 Baylor 4, No. 3 UCLA 3: The host Bears’ Matija Zgaga outlasted Mathieu Dehaine, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-4 as the Bruins suffered their first loss of the season. Ben Kohlloeffel won in both singles and doubles for UCLA (5-1). No. 15 USC 5, No. 18 Boise State 2: The host Trojans posted their seventh straight victory to open the season, despite a loss at No. 1 singles by Jamil Al-Agba. No. 10 Pepperdine 5, San Diego State 2: The host Waves picked up their fifth consecutive victory, sweeping the doubles and taking two singles matches when SDSU players retired. WOMEN’S TENNIS Long Beach State 7, CSUN 0: The Matadors (1-2) dropped their Big West opener. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img San Bernardino Valley (23-6, 10-1) is ranked No.12 in the state JC poll, while the Marauders are No.7. Ade Dagunduro led AVC (26-4, 10-1) with 24 points and 13 rebounds. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Pepperdine 51, San Diego 50: Morgan Henderson’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer rattled in and out as the visiting Toreros’ rally from 20points down came up short. Teiosha George (Palmdale) recorded her third career double-double and second of the season by scoring a team-high 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and adding a team-best 10rebounds for the Waves (12-14, 5-6 West Coast Conference). Teammate Teena Wickett had 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting and added eightrebounds. last_img read more