Fort 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.
Larson says the current team will be joined by the likes of Tyler Brough, Ryan Carter, and Ryan Manitowich. He says a few players from the affiliated Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are likely to factor in, including Adam Loncan, Dustin Kersey, Rod Branch, Blair Lefebvre, and Chris Stevens. He says Mark Woolf has moved to Toronto, leaving him out of the picture, though Fort St. John native Mike Hofstrand is still on the radar.As mentioned last week, star-defenceman Kip Noble has joined Dawson Creek for the rest of the season, in what the Flyers brass are calling a mutual agreement. Larson expects to see Noble in the Flyers lineup when they host Augustana College, and for other exhibition series’ leading up to the Allan Cup. Larson and Adam Brash both say the move will let Noble play more games, and help out the Senior Canucks in the process.Brash also doesn’t seem too concerned about the impact of not having Noble around for practice and regular NPHL games. “He knows what to do. He’s one of those coachable guys that gets it” Brash says. “He doesn’t necessarily need to be instructed at practice, except for just playing with the guys … And he’s used to the guys.” Brash also points out the team now has four strong defencemen to work the powerplay, meaning Noble himself isn’t as vital to the team’s success.One of those defencemen is Gerard Dicaire, who just rejoined the team, after a one-year absence. The former AHL blue-liner says his own preparations are coming along, as he gets back into the flow of competitive hockey. “Slowly” he laughs. “The timing is slowly coming back to me, and I’ve just got to drop a few pounds and get skating and working out a little bit more.” The Flyers have also added Andrew Derton, who in eight games, is now tied with rookie Adam Horst for the lead in team scoring (19 pts in 8 games).Advertisement As the calendar flips over to 2010, the Fort St. John Flyers officially begin the most exciting year in the team’s history.In April, the Flyers host the Allan Cup, meaning they will be playing in the National Championship for the first time.So, how is the team progressing towards its ultimate goal of winning the national championship?- Advertisement -For Coach Adam Brash, the question has two parts. “I believe we have the player personnel that we need to win a championship. We’ve filled the gap … defensively and offensively.” But, Brash says his team’s performance hasn’t been where it needs to be. He says it’s a question of commitment, in a fundamental kind of way. [asset|aid=2319|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=71d35a5e01af09cec7ba4dbdeb6fb904-Brash-committment_1_Pub.mp3]Flyers G-M Rob Larson is also concerned about his team’s focus. After a loss to Grande Prairie on Dec. 18th, Larson said his team was overconfident, and not taking NPHL games seriously enough. [asset|aid=2320|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=71d35a5e01af09cec7ba4dbdeb6fb904-rob-lolligaggers_1_Pub.mp3]In terms of the January 10th deadline, Larson says he doesn’t have any big changes to mention as of yet.Advertisement Van Nostrand says TSN representatives were quite content with the North Peace Arena on their pre-Allan Cup visit. The plan is now to install a low-emissivity ceiling at the arena just before the Allan Cup, as well as a platform for TSN’s broadcast team and a couple of cameras.He says the Flyers are still waiting to get the City’s permission to hold a beer-garden during the Allan Cup, and provided there are no problems, the area will be on the Southeast corner of the arena (opposite to last time). Van Nostrand says ticket sales are now underway, and he encourages hockey fans to get their tickets as soon as possible. He says the ticket packages currently on sale are a much better deal than single tickets, so it’s worthwhile to get them early.After two weeks off over the holidays, the Flyers kick of January against Augustana College on January 2nd and 3rd. Adam Brash says the series will be an important test for Fort St. John. “They’re going to be conditioned properly. They skate every day, and they’re a college hockey team” he says, adding “They’re going to be fast, they’re going to play their systems.” Brash says it might also be the kick in the pants the Flyers need. “I think these guys are going to get a wake-up call.” Rob Larson says he expects most of the Flyers and some affiliate players will be around for the series, meaning the Flyers will probably dress some different players for each game.Tickets for the exhibition series against Augustana are available at Ernie’s Sports Experts, in the Totem Mall. Noble and Derton, along with Donny Lloyd and Dicaire give the Flyers two exceptional powerplay pairings, something that was missing in their McKenzie Cup loss to Bentley last season.As far as the Savage Cup goes, Larson says Hockey B.C. has a deadline of January 12th to decide when and where the Savage Cup will be held. He says there will be three teams involved (Fort St. John, Powell River, and Whitehorse) likely in the same format as when the Flyers first won the event (against Powell River and Trail) in 2007. Of course, it’s not just the team that is preparing for the Allan Cup. Members of the Flyers executive and Allan Cup Committee have been working tirelessly to make sure everything is ready for when Fort St. John hosts the big event.Flyers President Paul Van Nostrand says preparations continue, and he says the pieces are starting to fall in to place. [asset|aid=2321|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=71d35a5e01af09cec7ba4dbdeb6fb904-PaulV.N.-AllanCup_2_Pub.mp3]He says the Flyers organization is around ‘65-70’ per cent of the way to achieving its fundraising goals, and he hopes to hit the target in January.Advertisement
Mourinho was on the winning side that night as Real Madrid manager and also sent United out of the last 16 when Porto boss in 2004.“I’ve sat in this chair twice before with Porto, Manchester United out, and Real Madrid, Manchester United out, so I don’t think it’s anything new for the club,” said Mourinho, who bristled at questions over his tactical approach.“I don’t want to make a drama of it. We have no time to be sad for more than 24 hours, that’s football. It’s not the end of the world.”The visitors were deserving winners as they controlled the game throughout, but had to wait for Ben Yedder’s introduction as a substitute 18 minutes from time to add a clinical finish by taking his Champions League tally for the season to eight goals in seven appearances.Ben Yedder put Sevilla in front two minutes later when he blasted into the bottom corner before heading in a second shortly after.Romelu Lukaku reduced United’s arrears, but it was too little, too late with Mourinho’s decision to once again drop Paul Pogba certain to be scrutinised.“In the first half we played a good game apart from the last 30 metres,” said Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella.“In the second half we were more clinical with Ben Yedder, he made the difference today.”Mourinho sprang a surprise before kick-off by recalling Marouane Fellaini at the expense of Pogba, who had also been dropped for the first game.Sevilla dominated the vast majority of the first leg only to be denied by some stunning saves from David de Gea.However, it was wayward finishing rather than the Spanish number one that prevented the visitors making the most of their ascendency for most of the match.Indeed, of Sevilla’s 10 efforts on goal in the first period only one weak Muriel effort forced De Gea into making a save.– Fellaini gamble backfires –Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder’s second goal looped over the line to finish off United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMourinho’s gamble on Fellaini appeared to have largely backfired as he failed to impose his physical presence on Sevilla’s ball players in midfield.Yet, the Belgian nearly made the breakthrough with United’s best move of the opening period when he latched onto Alexis Sanchez’s layoff and his powerful effort was turned behind by Sergio Rico.The second period began in the same vein as the first with Sevilla on the front foot, and only a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Eric Bailly denied Correa a clear sight of goal.Pogba, who cost United a then-world record £89 million ($116 million) in 2016, was eventually introduced just after the hour mark with Fellaini sacrificed.However, even the Frenchman couldn’t kickstart the hosts and they were eventually made to pay.Ben Yedder had only been on the pitch for two minutes after replacing Muriel when he finally broke the deadlock in the tie with a brilliant finish low into De Gea’s bottom left-hand corner.“Manchester United have experience in the Champions League, it was a special game for us,” said Ben Yedder.“But I believed in myself, believed in the team and we showed we are a great team.”Mourinho responded by throwing on Anthony Martial and Juan Mata, but their attacking edge was needed far earlier as Ben Yedder soon put the outcome beyond any doubt when he forced home a corner at the far post despite a despairing effort by De Gea.Lukaku finally got United on the board six minutes from time when he swept home Marcus Rashford’s corner.But it was to little avail as United have now failed to reach the quarter-finals for four straight years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho’s United put in a lifeless display and were dumped out by Sevilla © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 14 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho insisted European disappointment is nothing new for the English giants after losing 2-1 to Sevilla at Old Trafford to crash out of the Champions League by the same scoreline on aggregate.Wissam Ben Yedder struck twice in four second-half minutes on Tuesday to send Sevilla into the quarter-finals for the first time in 60 years as United suffered a first European home defeat since Alex Ferguson’s Champions League farewell in 2013.
Egypt has announced that it has recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the submerged wreckage of EgyptAir Flight MS804, just days before the Underwater Locator Beacon (ULB) was estimated to run out of battery.The announcement came a day after officials said they had found the wreckage of the Airbus A320 and are putting together a map of the debris on the seabed. The images will help prove the theory that the airplane broke up mid-air. The wreckage of the Paris-to-Cairo flight is believed to be at a depth of about 3,000 meters (9,800 feet). Previously, search crews found only small floating pieces of debris and some human remains.The cockpit voice recorder was recovered in “several stages” by the search vessel John Lethbridge, operated by the Deep Ocean Search and equipped with Remotely Operated Vehicle, the Egyptian Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee said.Although designed to survive a crash and fire, the recorder had sustained damage, and only its memory unit — “the most important in the recorder” — was recovered unharmed, it said.”This is a great achievement in a short period of time,” said Abdel-Fattah Kato, the former head of EgyptAir . “We are close to finding out what happened to the plane.”The device, which records the pilots’ conversations and other noises from the cockpit, has been taken to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, where it will be turned over to investigators for analysis. Provided it is in reasonable condition it shoudl take approximately 48 hours to retrieve information from the recorder.Learn more about the Black Box’sIN news just in, search teams have also found the second so-called “black box” — the aircraft’s flight data recorder, which carries such information as how a plane is functioning, including its altitude, airspeed, key system and the pilots’ inputs. The EgyptAir 180-seat Airbus A320, registration SU-GCC, was flying from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared. EgyptAir Flight MS804 left the French capital at midnight and its transponder signal stopped at 2.33am about 240km north-west of the Egyptian port city of Alexandria while flying at 37,000ft. Terrorism or catastrophic mechanical failure have been the main focus of investigators looking into the disappearance of the jet, which had 66 passengers and crew aboard but one analyst says pilot error cannot be ruled out.
The KwaZulu-Natal education department has started to roll out free sanitary towels for girls in schools. This is to reduce absenteeism – as well as drop-out rates – of girls when they are menstruating.KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana hands out free sanitary pads at Lamontville High School on 3 February 2017. (Image: KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterThe KwaZulu-Natal education department has begun to distribute free sanitary pads to schools in the province to curb the absenteeism and drop-out rate of girls.Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwana visited Lamontville High School on 3 February 2017 to hand out feminine hygiene products.“As the Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal we want to ensure that girl learners in KwaZulu-Natal will not have to miss school simply because they are menstruating,” said Dlungwana.The aim of the project is to:Reduce the number of girls dropping out of school because they do not have access to sanitary towels,Educate teenage girls about puberty, hygiene, menstruation and how to physically and psychologically handle this time in their lives,Sustain marginalised girls with annual packs of sanitary pads and to ensure periods do not get in their way of achieving an education, and,Eliminate through informing the myths, taboos and misinformation that people in certain communities have about girls during menstruation.A survey published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in 2013 shows that girls frequently stay away from school when they are menstruating. The organisation interviewed 99 girls between the ages of 13 and 20 in three rural high schools in eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.“One third of 99 respondents reported missing school during menstruation, which was typically one day during a menstruation period,” the organisation said. “Fear of having an accident and/or showing blood during school was the primary reason for missing school, followed by physical pain and discomfort.“Tiredness, lack of sanitary products, and fear that others may suspect the student is menstruating were other factors noted by the respondents.”How it worksA circular on the department’s website indicated that sanitary pads would be given to “indigent girl learners quintile 1-4 schools in grade 4-12”.The school’s principal will be responsible for the distribution in each school.ReactionOn social media, the move has been warmly welcomed.“We salute you KZN Department of Education, job well done,” wrote Sebe Mzolo on the department’s Facebook [email protected] good move…let’s thank government for once— sine (@Snehope308) February 1, [email protected] best news @kzngov ??— Nonto yamaLangeni (@gaselanonto) February 1, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The American Red Cross presented Sean Penn its International Humanitarian Service Award at a ceremony on October 24, 2012.The award recognizes an individual or group whose work exemplifies or inspires the humanitarian values of human dignity, respect, compassion and the protection and assistance implied in the Fundamental Principles of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.Penn was chosen because of his tireless work in Haiti since the catastrophic earthquake on January 12, 2010. Shortly after learning of the quake, Penn established the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), with the goal to help lift the nation of Haiti out of the rubble and give the Haitian people a better future. Earlier this year, Penn was named Ambassador at Large for Haiti by President Michel Martelly. Penn is the first non-Haitian to take on this role.J/P HRO has become a leader in Haiti across multiple sectors seeking to improve living conditions in camps and surrounding neighborhoods by clearing rubble, and providing medical services, education and enrichment programs, housing construction and neighborhood redevelopment. J/P HRO is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively.“Many people – both famous and not famous – generously gave their time and support for the people of Haiti in the days following the earthquake. What sets Ambassador Penn apart is his sustained dedication over the past two and a half years to improving the conditions for Haitians affected by the devastating earthquake,” said David Meltzer, Senior Vice President, International Services, American Red Cross. “He continues to raise funds and attention for Haiti, has spent months in camps and communities working directly with beneficiaries, and consistently advocates on behalf of Haitians with the highest levels of government, civil society and media to improve people’s lives.”Penn and the American Red Cross worked together in the early days following the outbreak of cholera to offload and deliver medical supplies and equipment. He personally intervened with the Government of Haiti on behalf of the American Red Cross, and he has publicly spoken in support of American Red Cross relief and recovery efforts in Haiti.Penn, a two time Academy Award winning actor, a film writer, producer and director, is committed to the multiple social causes and has received numerous honors and awards for his efforts. He most recently was presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.The Red Cross also presented two other awards that evening. The Harriman Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service was presented to Deborah MacSwain and Elaine M. Lyerly, for their dedication and commitment to the mission of American Red Cross. The Susan Hassmiller Nursing Award was presented to the American Red Cross, Southern Minnesota Region for their nurse leadership pilot program.Source:Red Cross