Northern GrooveFest is a one day of fantastic local music at the Stonebridge Hotel, presented by Petron Cellular on Saturday, April 21, 2018.This year the show will feature bands from all over the B.C. Peace including local musician Adam Winn who made the top 100 in the CBC Searchlight contest and Scarlet Sway who made the top 10 ten in that same contest.The show will feature eight local bands from all over the B.C. Peace on one stage: Mostly MayerAdam Winn and BandAirik ClarkSalt and WaterTravis the FarmerRose Prairie RomanceScarlet SwayThe Montney CouleesAnd moreMusicians and bands will play throughout the evening, back to back, which means no stopping the music for at least 5 hours straight!The lineup for the event was created from an overwhelming number of expressions of interest received earlier this year.Tickets are now on sale at www.energetictickets.ca or in person at Systems Sound Source. Tickets are only $25 in advance or $35 at the door. You can also reserve a table of 8 for $30 a ticket.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local man Sheldon Wassenaar has been taking action and intends on running a small 15 passenger community bus after Greyhound pulled its service.Wassenaar saw a void when Greyhound closed their doors and knew he could do something, “I want to start small and work out from my local communities starting with serving Fort St John and the Peace River Region in BC and then expand to include all of BC and Alberta if possible.”Wassenaar is currently offering ride sharing to people who have been affected by the absence of Greyhound to help these residents get to medical appointments in other communities as he works to complete his marketing and business plan to present to the bank. In the meantime, a gofundme account has been created to help purchase a 15 passenger bus, get all the licencing in place and get operations running.Wassenaar has a website soon to be launched and hopes to see the company running in time for the Christmas holidays.A link to North Star Bus gofundme; CLICK HERE
Alcohol has not been ruled out as a causal factor of this collision.The passenger sustained minor injuries.Chetwynd RCMP is continuing to investigate and no further information is available at this time. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP attended a single vehicle fatal collision on Highway 29 near Jackfish Lake Road on November 29.Upon arrival, it was determined that a Ford F150 pickup with two male occupants had left the highway.The driver of the pickup was ejected and was found deceased at the scene.
POUCE COUPE, B.C. – As of today, May 17, fire crews are still on the scene following a fire that destroyed the old Peace River Haven Seniors facility in Pouce Coupe late Wednesday night.According to Pouce Coupe CAO, Chris Leggett, fire crews continue to deal with hot spots and security has been set up to prevent anyone from entering the site.“The fire department responded to a few flare up’s of hotspots last night and today, and have extinguished those. The site has 24-hour security personnel assigned and perimeter safety fencing is being installed to prevent anyone from entering the site. The security attendants have the Fire Department’s direct contact info if they see any more flare up’s in the next few days.” Leggett says investigations will be taking place over the next few days to try and determine the cause of the fire.The Peace River Haven Seniors Facility closed in 2012 and was put up for sale by Northern Health and was later sold. Over the years several groups have tried to use the facility with one proposing to open a drug and alcohol treatment centre. Those proposals never moved forward, and the facility had been left vacant since 2012.
Xu says she got inspired and involved in Math competitions thanks to fellow former student Alyssa Yu.” I have always been searching for the high standard Maths contests such as the Euclid to challenge myself. Fortunately, I met a fellow student Alyssa Yu who graduated one year ago and was also interested in competing. She had been taking the Maths contests initiated by the University of Waterloo since Junior high and she inspired me to have a try in the Euclid contest.”According to Xu, in her first Euclid Contest in Grade 11, she ended up with a score of 79 out of 100, ranking 509th place nationwide.Then this year, in Grade 12, Xu entered in the Euclid Contest again but the result was two points less than what she had achieved in Grade 11.Despite this, Xu managed to rank in the top 25 percent in the Country.Xu says she always finds the results of the Contest cheerful and meaningful, adding that the Contest doesn’t require an abundant knowledge of advanced Mathematics. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary School Grade 12 Student, Arya Xu, placed in the top 25 percent across the Country in the Euclid Math Contest.Since Grade 10, Xu has been one of the top Math students in the school and finds the subject not dull but a source of satisfaction as a way to improve her logical thinking.“Since Grade 10 I have been one of the top Math students in the school. By the end of Grade 11 I have finished all Maths courses including Calculus 12. For me, Maths isn’t a dull school subject but a source of satisfaction where I get to debate against myself and improve my logical thinking by solving the delicately structured problems.” “The results of the Euclid contests are always cheerful and meaningful. The Euclid contest doesn’t require an abundant knowledge of advanced Mathematics such as Linear Algebra or Calculus. Instead, it examines one’s ability to think logically and to adapt the unfamiliar concept for practical uses. Compared to the Maths tests in the normal school system, the Euclid contest, as well as other contests organized by the University of Waterloo, is a form of reading comprehension where the contestants need to go through quite an amount of reasoning.”The Euclid Contest is designed to encourage our students to think outside the box and to discover the fun in Mathematics.
GILLAM, M.B. – RCMP to scale back search for Kam McLeod and Bryer SchmegelskyOver the next week, the search will be scaled down. The majority of RCMP and Military personnel will leave Gillam with some members remaining in the community to continue the search. The search for the suspects and the investigation into the deaths of Lucas Folwer, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck will continue.Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy said during a press conference Wednesday “When searching for people in vast, remote rugged locations it’s always a possibility they will not be immediately located.” Tactical police have returned to spot where fugitives’ torched car was found – officer tells us they’re trying a new technique here – others in full camo gear standing by beside their vehicle.@9NewsAUS @TheTodayShow pic.twitter.com/W8BOTPSO1N— Alexis Daish (@LexiDaish) July 31, 2019 The RCMP are still considering that the suspects may have had help to leave the area. The RCMP is reminding the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to your local police department.The RCMP and Canadian Military searched 11,000 kilometres in northern Manitoba for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod. They used what the RCMP called some of the most advanced technology possible to find the suspects.Even with this effort, there have been no confirmed sightings of the suspects.PICS: Police tell us today they’re working on the ground retracing steps from where Mcleod and Schmegelsky torched their car here outside of Gillam. There’s a scorched set of keys left behind.@9NewsAUS @TheTodayShow pic.twitter.com/XuC2zNc2Rr— Alexis Daish (@LexiDaish) July 31, 2019 The search near Gillam has been underway since July 22, 2019, and to date has not produced any sightings of Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.The RCMP say they have checked over 500 homes in the Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation. Investigators have now received over 260 tips in the past seven days. None have established that the suspects are outside of the Gillam area.Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod have been charged in connection with the death of Leonard Dyck near Dease Lake and are suspected of also killing Lucas Folwer and Chynna Deese. The RCMP have not released details about when the pair will be officially charged in the deaths near the Liard Hot Springs of Folwer and Deese.
The Manitoba RCMP have completed their search of the area where the two male bodies were discovered, approximately 8 km from where Leonard Dyck’s burnt RAV4 was located on July 22, 2019.Investigators are now assessing all items located in Manitoba, along with the previous findings related to the three northern BC homicide investigations, in order to gain more clarity into what happened to Leonard Dyck, Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese. The assessment will review all the investigative findings to date, whether it is statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence, and the BC RCMP have also have engaged our Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU).The BC RCMP commits that once we have completed that review within the next few weeks, we will be providing the families with an update with respect to the totality of the investigations and then releasing the information publicly.MORE ON THE SEARCHOn August 2, 2019, RCMP located several items on the shoreline, approximately 9 km from where the burnt vehicle was located. RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects. That same day, a damaged boat was also found along the Nelson River. The bodies of Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were found on August 7, 2019.The pair were last seen on July 22 near Gillam Manitoba. The RCMP announced they would scale back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba on July 31.The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019. The bodies of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese were discovered south of the Liard River Hotspring on July 15. The body of Leonard Dyck was found on July 19 north of Dease Lake. Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemeglsky were originally considering missing after their vehicle was found near Dease Lake. On July 23, 2019, the RCMP in B.C. announced the pair were now considered suspects in the deaths of Lucas Fowler, Chynna Deese and Leonard Dyck. SURREY, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed that Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky died from what appears to be suicide by gunfire.While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found. The exact time and date of their deaths are not known, however, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since they were last seen on July 22, 2019 and while the RCMP searched the Gillam area.Police can also confirm that two firearms were also located with the two deceased males, and forensic analysis is underway to definitively confirm that these weapons are connected with the northern B.C. homicide investigations.
Paris: Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami. The Swiss great switched places with Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who had briefly climbed to fourth after defeating Federer in the final at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas moved up to a career best of eighth, while Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov cracked the top 20 for the first time following his run to the Miami semi-finals. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18, soared 24 places to 33rd after matching compatriot Shapovalov’s run to the last four in Florida before losing to defending champion Isner. Novak Djokovic remains comfortably clear at the top despite crashing out in the last 16 in Miami, with Rafael Nadal still well ahead of third-ranked Alexander Zverev as the Spaniard targets a return from injury for the clay-court season.
New Delhi: With the Congress alleging that the Election Commission of India (EC) has taken a ‘soft’ stand on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar for model code of conduct violations, the credibility of the EC has come under the scanner. Terming the incident “very unfortunate”, Congress leaders have questioned the apex poll panel for writing a ‘love letter’ to let off the poll code violator Yogi with a light rap for his “Modiji ki sena” remark. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsSimilarly, in the case of model poll code violation by Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, the Congress has demanded the resignation of Singh citing the EC’s indictment. “Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar have no right to remain in office after their indictment by the EC for poll code violations,” senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Saturday. Notably, on Friday, the EC had expressed ‘displeasure’ over the NITI Aayog vice-chairman’s remarks against the Congress’ proposed minimum income scheme ‘NYAY’. The poll panel had on Monday said that Singh’s remarks supporting the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister were violative of the model code. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayRaising questions over the responsibility of the poll panel, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “Has the MCC now become ‘Modi code of conduct’?” Taking a dig at the EC move of going ‘soft’ on MCC violators, Surjewala said, “The Uttar Pradesh chief minister ‘insults’ the Indian Army and the poll body write a ‘love letter’ to him.” Speaking about NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, who had criticised the Congress-proposed minimum income scheme NYAY (Nyunatam Aay Yojana), Surjewala said, “NITI Aayog V-C criticises the NYAY scheme and EC says “don’t do it again in future”. “Given that the EC has preventive powers and not punitive powers, so by exercising it, the poll panel could have recommended suspension of Niti Aayog V-C Rajiv Kumar as was done in the 1995 assembly election in Bihar and in 1998 parliamentary election,” an expert said. “The EC had recommended suspension of the then Gaya district magistrate Rajbala Verma for allegedly mishandling the 1995 Assembly elections. Unfortunately, the Bihar government had removed Verma after the completion of the election process,” the expert said, adding that in a similar case, then Gaya DM SM Raju was immediately suspended on charge of laxity in the discharge of electoral responsibilities during the 1998 general elections.
Thiruvananthapuram/Kollam: Veteran Congress leader and former Kerala Minister Kadavoor Sivadasan passed away at a private hospital here early Friday, party sources said. He was 87 and was being treated for age related ailments when the end came. Sivadasan, a five-time MLA, was part of the governments headed by K Karunakaran and A K Antony and had held various portfolios including Labour, Excise, Forests and Wildlife. An active trade union leader, Sivadasan had served as secretary of Kerala Provisional United Trade Union Congress in 1977 and participated in the International Labour Organisation conference in Geneva representing the Central government in 1985. He had represented Kundara and Kollam constituencies in the Assembly. The mortal remains were taken to Kollam to enable the public to pay homage. Condoling his death, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Sivadasan had entered politics through RSP (Revolutionary Socialist Party) and had a major influence on the labour sector in Kollam.
Rabat – The Interior ministry and Qatar’s embassy in Morocco signed, on Tuesday in Rabat, an agreement of a special grant worth 23.5 million dirhams given by HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to Morocco’s electricity and drinking water facility (ONEE) to carry out a project of supplying the Guelmim province with drinking water.The agreement was signed by ONEE head Ali Fassi Fihri, wali director general of local authorities at the Interior ministry Abdellatif Benchrifa, and Qatar’s ambassador to Morocco Abdullah Bin Falah Bin Abdullah Adussari.The grant will supply 11 villages of the “Plage Blanche” commune with drinking water. It consists of building a pumping station, the installation of water conveyance along 25 km, the construction of a 100 m3 semi-underground tank, the building of a 75 km distribution network and the installation of 300 individual connections. The project will contribute to improving inhabitants’ living conditions and health and promoting the socio-economic development of the villages of Sidi Aissa Ou Ali, Maitour, Chaaibate, Ain Rahma and Joui Manasse, Agoujgal, Ajoui Azkara, Lafouija Charkia and Gharbia, Rass Tari Charkia, Ras Tait Gharbia, Kheing Soltan and douar Fouijate Sidi Ahmed Alkehal.
Rabat – Minister delegate for the Interior Charki Drais and Gabon’s minister delegate for Social Forecasting Marie-Françoise Dikoumba approved, on Friday in Rabat, the formalization of the joint steering committee on the framework agreement for cooperation on human development and investment, and its standing secretariat.The setting up of this committee and its secretariat, under minutes signed by Drais and Dikoumba, marks the effective enforcement of the framework agreement, signed on Dec. 22 in Libreville, by the Moroccan ministries of Interior and Health and Gabon’s Social Forecasting ministry concerning sharing expertize and good practices related to income-generating activities, the fight against precariousness, community-based health care, supervision and assessment, and actions by associations.The joint steering committee is co-chaired by the Gabonese minister delegate for Social Forecasting and Minister delegate for the Interior, or their respective representatives. The formalization follows a Gabonese technical mission (March 29-April 3 in Morocco) meant to establish governance bodies tasked with monitoring the implementation of the framework agreement, said Dikoumba who is also the national coordinator of human investment strategy (SIHG).Drais underlined Morocco’s and Gabon’s steadfast resolve to strive for the well-being of their respective citizens, reiterating Morocco’s unwavering readiness to assist Gabon in order to improve its population’s economic and social conditions.The two parties signed the 2015 action plan, by virtue of which they will meet in Libreville in May. The action plan provides mainly for organizing training workshops for the benefit of SIHG technical committee and formalizing partnerships related to hemodialysis centers and Autistic kids centers in Gabon.
Barcelona – Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has died at his home in Barcelona at the age of 68. A statement on Cruijff’s own website said: “On March 24 2016 Johan Cruyff (68) died peacefully in Barcelona, surrounded by his family after a hard fought battle with cancer.It’s with great sadness that we ask you to respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.” Cruyff won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974.With MAP
Rabat – The controversial French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is stirring outrage with a new cartoon mocking the people who lost their lives in the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Italy. Charlie Hebdo published another provocative cartoon in its latest issue where it made fun of the victims of last week’s earthquake in central Italy. Furious official and public reactions have expressed disgust at the cartoon both in Italy and beyond.Three figures are drawn in the cartoon, representing three Italian recipes. The first is a drawing of a bleeding man labeled “Penne with tomato sauce”. The second, a woman with acute bruises, is named “penne au gratin”, and finally dead bodies squeezed under a collapsed building are labeled “lasagna.” The mayor of Amatrice, the town with the highest death toll at 180 victims, bypassed diplomatic euphemism in a statement that expressed his distaste at the cartoon. “How the f*** do you draw a cartoon about the dead?” the mayor asked.Sergio Pirozzi also stated, “Irony is always welcome, but you can’t satirize disasters and the dead.” He added that he does not believe that the French magazine represents the French people.Italian Minister of Justice Andrea Orlando also denounced the tasteless cartoon, but refused to comment because he considers it a move from the French magazine to draw the attention of the media.The wave of denunciation among social media users has gone beyond Italy. Soon after the publication of its issue, the hashtag “Charlie Hebdo” was trending on Twitter, showing the disapproval of people from different nationalities.A post that was retweeted over 50 times stated “Satire is often cruel, but it should poke fun at the strong, at institutions, never the victim, the vulnerable or weak.”A second tweet says: “Charlie Hebdo offends Islam and the world says ‘learn to take a joke’ but they offend the Italian quake victims and its suddenly offensive?”The French satirical magazine responded on Facebook with an equally inhumane cartoon showing a bruised old woman on the floor half-covered with wreckage saying, “it is not Charlie Hebdo that builds your houses, it is the mafia!”
Rabat – The Atlas Lions performances during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers are still mesmerizing international football figures. For Spain’s national football team coach, Julen Lopetegui, Morocco’s national football team is the best in Africa.The international former Spaniard footballer held talks with Spanish daily sports news outlet Marca about his plans for the 2018 World Cup. In the interview, the 51-year old coach talked about La Roja’s Group B opponents: Iran, Morocco and Portugal.As he was speaking about Morocco, Lopetegui said that he believes that Morocco is the best team in Africa, adding that the Atlas Lions “achieved their objective in a wonderful way, without letting in any goals and by knocking out Ivory Coast, one of Africa’s strongest teams.” In the World Cup first round, Morocco has finished unbeaten in front of the continent’s tough teams, including Mali, Gabon and Cote d’Ivoire.This is not the first time Lopetegui expresses his admiration for Morocco’s team performances and achievement. After the World Cup final draw, which took place in Moscow on December 1, Lopetegui said that “one of the toughest teams, is the Moroccan squad, who excluded the Ivorian team in the World Cup qualifiers.”Speaking about Spain’s future rivals, Lopetegui said that Portugal is the “champion of Europe” as it has “the best players in history, they have a great generation and they have a coach with a lot of experience.” For the Spaniard, the Iranian squad “has been the best team in Asia over the past five years, ahead of Japan and South Korea.”Lopetegui also shared with Marca his vision of what is leadership. For him, leading means “convincing, specifically convincing everyone to give the best that they have in search of a common goal.” He added that football is “a team sport and one of our main strengths is that we have great players who are committed to our common goal, both with the ball and without it.”Morocco will play against Spain on June 25 after facing Iran on June 15 and Portugal on June 20.
Rabat – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was hospitalized on Sunday for “normal medical tests,” in his third hospital visit in less than a week.International press reported that Abbas underwent a minor ear surgery last Tuesday. The president was then hospitalized overnight on Saturday and Sunday, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. He returned to the hospital again later on Sunday.Saed al-Sharahneh, medical director of the Istishari Hospital in Ramallah, said that the president went for normal medical tests on Sunday and reassured the press of his medical condition. The president, according to international media, is a heavy smoker and has been suffering health issues, including heart problems.Conflicting reports as Mahmoud Abbas admitted to hospital for a third time in a week https://t.co/ONqRRq6Al0 pic.twitter.com/b13HGz6uxE— The National (@TheNationalUAE) May 21, 2018Abbas’s hospitalization followed a series of mass protests in Gaza, culminating on the day of the US embassy’s inauguration in Jerusalem May 14, when at least 58 people were killed by Israeli law enforcement.Arab leaders and United Nations representatives condemned Israel’s violence against Palestinians and denounced the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.Last Monday, King Mohammed VI addressed a letter to Abbas, emphasizing his rejection of the US move. In his letter, the King said: “We follow with deep concern the implementation of the US administration’s decision to recognize Al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy there.”
U.S. stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday amid renewed investor optimism about the prospects for a trade deal between the U.S. and China.Technology, financial and health care stocks powered much of the rally, which gave the market its third-straight gain. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he might let a March 2 deadline slide in trade talks with China if the two countries get close to a deal.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 index gained 34.93 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,744.73.The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 372.65 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 25,425.76.The Nasdaq composite rose 106.71 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 7,414.62.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 19.25 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,538.23.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 36.85 points, or 1.4 per cent.The Dow is up 319.43 points, or 1.3 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 116.42 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 31.84 points, or 2.1 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 237.88 points, or 9.5 per cent.The Dow is up 2,098.30 points, or 9 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 779.34 points, or 11.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 189.67 points, or 14.1 per cent.The Associated Press
OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors Canada and Unifor are squaring off before the Ontario Labour Relations Board about whether union workers have engaged in illegal strikes as part of a campaign to stop the closure of GM’s assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.GM says it filed an application with the board seeking to “stop any further illegal activities” after several labour actions by union members.Unifor says in its filed response that it denies any violations of the law and that incidents were discrete and quickly resolved.GM’s allegations focus on several incidents where union members halted work or engaged in demonstrations, including on Nov. 26 when the company announced the closure and Jan. 9 when it confirmed it would not reconsider its decision.Unifor says in a statement that it stands behind the fight to save jobs that depend on the plant, and expects GM to stand up to commitments in the collective bargaining agreement that the company won’t close the plant until Sept. 2020.GM declined to comment beyond confirmation of its filing.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production rose a slight 0.1 per cent in February, as an increase in utilities and mining offset the second straight monthly drop in manufacturing.The Federal Reserve says that the manufacturing component of the index fell 0.4 per cent last month, after having fallen 0.5 per cent in January. Factory production has slipped 1 per cent during the past 12 months.Motor vehicles and parts suffered a 0.1 per cent slip in output. Machinery fell 1.9 per cent. Furniture products declined 1.5 per cent. Non-metallic minerals and apparel also declined.Utility output climbed 3.7 per cent as more people used electricity. Mining rose 0.3 per cent.Overall industrial production has risen 3.5 per cent from a year ago. But there may be a slowdown coming as capacity utilization has fallen to 78.2 per cent from 78.8 per cent in November.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
HELSINKI — Police say a cruise ship with engine problems has sent a mayday call off Norway’s western coast and is making plans to evacuate its 1,300 passengers.Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as strong winds and heavy seas hit Norway’s coastal regions Saturday.Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said Saturday the ship has managed to moor in Hustadsvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim.Rescue teams with helicopters and boats have been sent to help and evacuate the vessel, a process expected to take several hours.The Viking Sky was delivered in 2017 to operator Viking Ocean Cruises.The Associated Press