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RCMP driving crackdown over weekend

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are reminding drivers to be cautious as winter weather approaches.Last Friday, local RCMP and Peace Region Traffic Services executed a 24-hour crackdown on bad driving in and around Fort St. John. The team issued numerous tickets for speeding, running stop signs and not wearing seat belts.RCMP also took six impaired drivers off the road over the 24-hour initiative, including an impaired 19-year-old male with eight intoxicated passengers. That driver had a blood alcohol reading of twice the legal limit.- Advertisement -Police ask anyone who sees a vehicle operating in a dangerous manner to note the license plate, the direction of travel and a vehicle description in order to better assist the RCMP.The Fort St. John detachment also thanks local drivers who practice safe driving, saying their efforts do not go unnoticed by RCMP.last_img read more

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Emotions got the better of me, says dropped Sterling

first_img“Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on,” Sterling said.“We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me.“This is why we play this sport because of our love for it — me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10-second thing… it’s done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it is.“Let’s get focus on our game on Thursday,” Sterling added.The Daily Mail reported that Gomez and Sterling had to be separated by teammates on Monday after a “physical confrontation”.The pair had also clashed on the field towards the end of Sunday’s match.– ‘Families have disagreements’ –England manager Gareth Southgate moved quickly to deal with the issue — arguably one of his achievements during his time in the post has been to erase the rivalries between members from different clubs which plagued previous England squads.The likes of former star defender Rio Ferdinand have spoken about how when they used to join the England camp he and Manchester United players would stick together and find it hard to mix with Chelsea or Liverpool stars.Gareth Southgate said Raheem Sterling had been dropped for Thursday’s game with Montenegro after his altercation with Joe Gomez © AFP / Paul ELLISSouthgate said in a hastily-organised press conference on Tuesday he would rather deal with the matter publicly now than let it fester till his usual meeting with the media on the eve of matches.The 49-year-old, clearly irked by how the information had leaked out regarding the set-to, said Sterling’s emotions had run over but “it is not the same for Joe (Gomez)”.However, he emphasised a line had been drawn under the incident.“I love all of my players,” he said.“We are like a family and all families have disagreements.“The important thing is for a family to communicate and work through problems.“I don’t expect as a manager to not have to deal with issues, that’s part of the job.“Our focus is now on moving forward.”Despite being dropped for Thursday’s match Sterling took part in England squad training — as did Gomez — on Tuesday.Sterling, who according to some reports had packed his bags but changed his mind when Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson intervened and persuaded him to stay, has been one of the stars of England’s qualification campaign, scoring eight goals in six games.A draw against Montenegro at Wembley will be enough to guarantee England’s place at Euro 2020.Sterling has enjoyed a makeover in his image in the past year with less biting observations of his perceived lifestyle in the press and more positive headlines regarding his public stance against racism.Six Chelsea fans were banned — one for life — after racially abusing him during a league game last season. He also suffered abuse along with England team-mates in their Euro qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro.The 24-year-old silenced the critics over having a rifle tattooed on his leg by revealing it was his pledge never to touch a gun following his father being shot dead in Jamaica in front of his own father when the star was just two.He has been hailed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for his campaigning against racism.“I’d go as far to say he’s the best statesman we have (for fighting racism),” Khan said in September this year.0Shares0000(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez appeared to have made up after their altercation as they both took part in England training ahead of Euro 2020 qualifiers © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 12 – Raheem Sterling said he allowed his “emotions” to get the better of him leading to a brief altercation with Liverpool’s Joe Gomez that resulted in the Manchester City player being dropped for Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro.Sterling admitted on Instagram on Tuesday he and Gomez “had words” when they met up at the England camp the day after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over defending champions City which left the latter nine points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s side.last_img read more

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Newspaper circulation falls 2.6 percent in six months

first_imgNEW YORK – Average weekday circulation at U.S. newspapers fell 2.6 percent during the six-month period ending in September in the latest sign of trouble in the newspaper business, an industry group reported Monday. Sunday circulation also fell 3.1 percent at newspapers reporting to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, according to an analysis of the data by the Newspaper Association of America. The declines from the same period a year ago show an acceleration of a years-long trend of falling circulation at daily newspapers as more people, especially young adults, turn to the Internet for news and as newspapers cut back on less profitable circulation. In the previous six-month reporting period ending in March, weekday circulation fell 1.9 percent at U.S. daily newspapers and Sunday circulation fell 2.5 percent. By comparison, a year ago newspapers reported a 0.9 percent decline in weekday circulation and a 1.5 percent fall Sundays. Newspapers also face sluggish growth in advertising, higher newsprint prices and increasing concern among investors about newspaper growth prospects. The second-largest newspaper publisher in the country, Knight Ridder Inc., is facing a revolt from two of its top shareholders, who want the company to be sold. John Murray, the vice president in charge of circulation at the NAA, said on a conference call with reporters that, despite the continued slippage in overall paid circulation, newspapers were retaining subscribers longer. That can save newspapers money over time as costs fall for replacing subscribers who don’t renew. Newspaper executives also say advertisers are increasingly looking for “quality” circulation, meaning copies that aren’t sold at a discount or given away for free to people who might be less interested in actually reading the paper than someone who signed up and is paying full price. To that end, newspapers are steadily reducing their reliance on telemarketing to replace lost subscribers since those readers are more likely to drop out. Telemarketing has also become more difficult and expensive after the national “do-not-call” law went into effect in 2003. As of 2004, the number of new subscribers from telemarketing fell to 30.9 percent versus 39.1 percent in 2002, the NAA says. Newspapers are also hoping to keep subscribers longer by signing them up for recurring payment options such as automatic checking account deductions or credit card charges. Murray said the portion of papers using automatic payment plans rose to 15 percent last year versus less than 5 percent two years before that. Stricter circulation reporting rules and increased caution following a circulation misstatement scandal a year ago have also led to publishers being more conservative in reporting their circulation figures, Murray said. “The price of making a mistake went up dramatically in terms of visibility and notoriety,” Murray said. Four major newspapers that had been barred from filing circulation data for the previous two reporting periods deferred making reports until their next six-month audits are complete. Those papers are Newsday of New York’s Long Island; The Dallas Morning News; the Chicago Sun-Times; and Hoy, a Spanish-language newspaper in New York. Four other newspapers whose circulation was affected by Hurricane Katrina did not file statements with the Audit Bureau: The Times-Picayune of New Orleans; the American Press in Lake Charles, La.; The Beaumont Enterprise in Texas; and The Daily Leader in Brookhaven, Miss. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Circulation at the country’s three largest newspapers was relatively stable in the most recent reporting period, but many others showed significant declines. Gannett Co.’s USA Today, the largest-selling daily, slipped 0.6 percent from the same period a year ago, to 2,296,335; The Wall Street Journal, published by Dow Jones & Co., fell 1.1 percent, to 2,083,660; and The New York Times rose 0.5 percent, to 1,126,190. Of the rest of the top 20 newspapers reporting, all but one, The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., posted declines generally ranging between 1 percent and 8 percent. The San Francisco Chronicle, published by Hearst Corp., posted a 16.4 percent tumble in circulation as the newspaper slashed less profitable, heavily discounted and giveaway circulation subsidized by advertisers. Circulation has been steadily declining at newspapers for several years as readers look to other media for news. Tougher rules on telemarketing have also hurt newspapers’ ability to sign up new readers. last_img read more

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