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  • Final day for Stage North’s the Miracle Worker

    first_imgPhoto: A handful of actors rehearse a scene in ‘The Miracle Worker’ before the big night – submitted.Today is the final day for the Miracle Worker at the North Peace Cultural Centre.  They have two shows scheduled for today, the first at 2pm and another at 7pm.  Tickets are still available at www.npcc.bc.caClick here to read the article we published earlier this week.- Advertisement –last_img

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  • Peace region roads under travel advisories

    first_imgSome roads in the Peace Region are under a travel advisory.As of 7 p.m. on Saturday, Highway 29 from Tumbler Ridge to Hudson’s Hope and Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd are under travel advisories.Both stretches of highway have limited visibility with blowing snow and Ministry of Transportation officials are advising motorists to use extreme caution when traveling.- Advertisement -As for other roads in the Peace Region, most are listed in good winter driving condition.For more information on roads in the Peace Region or anywhere else in B.C., visit www.drivebc.calast_img read more

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  • Dawson Creek company gets contract for Highway 77

    first_imgOn Monday, Peter’s Bros. Construction Ltd. was awarded a contract of over $8.9 million, to pave the existing sealcoat surface along Highway 77 in Northeast B.C.The paving will take place from the end of the existing pavement at kilometre 83 to the Northwest Territories border at kilometre 137.The construction is beneficial as it will increase road strength for industrial traffic, allow for a smoother driving surface for all drivers, and ensure the safest roads possible. It will also create jobs to help support local families, as well as strengthen the province’s northeast economy.- Advertisement -Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm says “this is a welcome project in our region for both families and industry. Increasing driver safety while also ensuring we are getting the most out of our infrastructure investments makes this a worthwhile project.”The project is being funded by the Oil & Gas Resource Roads program, which ensures roads impacted by heavy industry use are kept safe and reliable. The province has invested a total of $30 million to improve roads in the Peace Region this year.The work is scheduled to begin this coming fall and be completed by the spring/summer of 2012.Advertisementlast_img read more

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  • Jagdeo calls out Govt GECOM Commissioner for spreading misinformation

    first_img…says CJ never said GECOM must use data generated from H2H for verificationSpeaking at his press conference on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo responded to a number of inaccurate statements made by Government-nominated Commissioner of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Vincent Alexander.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoIn an invited comment to the State-owned Guyana Chronicle, published on Thursday under the headline “No decision on way forward”, Alexander is reported to have said that Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George, in her ruling on the challenge to House-to-House Registration, stated that the House-to-House Registration should be used for verification, rather than for a deletion of names from the list.This was disputed by Jagdeo, who pointed out that the Chief Justice never said that GECOM must use data generated from the House-to-House Registration exercise for verification, and he quoted paragraph 178 of her ruling to support this.Paragraph 178 of the Chief Justice’s ruling says: “Thus, whatever verification or revision exercise is undertaken to ensure a fair and credible election, whether house-to-house or otherwise, for the preparation of the list of electors for national and regional elections consequent on the NCM, must be conducted in the context of the order of the CCJ of July 12, 2019, that the provisions of Art 106 immediately became engaged on the passage of the NCM on December 21, 2018. This means that the election should have been held on March 21, 2019, that is within 3 months of the passage of the NCM or such extended date as approved by two-thirds of all the members of the National Assembly”.GECOM Govt Commissioner Vincent AlexanderFurther, he explained that paragraph 128 of the ruling deals with how the House-to-House exercise can be used to verify a first-time registrant – not to de-register persons that are already on the National Register of Registrant.Jagdeo was also critical of the Guyana Chronicle, which he accused of peddling falsehoods, when in a section of the same article it was stated that, “House-to-House Registration is a new registration exercise, and all eligible persons must register, even if they were previously registered, the elections management body stated. Upon conclusion of this exercise, a new National Register of Registrants Database (NRRDB), which is reflective of the current Guyanese population, will be created”.The Opposition Leader quoted three paragraphs of the Chief Justice’s ruling that point to the unconstitutional nature of a House-to-House Registration exercise to remove the names of persons from the NRR if they are already registered.These are paragraphs 141, 161 & 174:Paragraph 141 states that: “A reading of all the relevant provisions leads to the inevitable and ineluctable conclusion that GECOM does not have the discretion without more to remove the name of a person from the list of registrants or electors because such a person who was previously registered has not re-registered during a house to house registration exercise”.Paragraph 161 states that: “GECOM would have no legal authority to remove or de-register such persons who are otherwise qualified unless such registration can be cancelled…these persons may have to return to their districts to vote, but their names cannot ipso facto be removed from the register of registrants, which removal would then disqualify them from and deprive them of their right to vote. To do so would be unconstitutional and therefore illegal”.Paragraph 174 states that: “This is to say, where persons are already registered, it would be unconstitutional if they are removed for the sole reason that they now reside in another jurisdiction or as I have pointed out, another part of the country vis-à-vis where they reside as regards their place or district of registration in Guyana where they would be able to vote.The same would apply if it is that they are simply not present for whatever reason when the registration officer or enumerator visited or visits. Once they fulfil the criteria in art 159(2) and are already registered, they are entitled to remain so unless it is proven that they are deceased or have become disqualified or that art 159 (3) or (4) applies”.Further, Jagdeo concluded that since the House-to-House Registration, with the intention of creating a new database will be unconstitutional, the exercise must be immediately halted and that GECOM has to go to the time-tested and non-controversial method that served to refresh the List of Voters for the last four elections – that is, a Claims and Objections period.The Opposition Leader also cautioned against using data from the 270,000 persons GECOM claims to have registered, since no one knows how many are first-time registrants and it will take months to find that out. Jagdeo added that the data obtained will be suspect since the process was not scrutinised by the Opposition and may very well have been illegally obtained since the statutory forms were not used.He stressed that with Claims and Objections, new registrants will have an opportunity to register as first-time voters, among the other transactions that such an exercise allows.On the subject of timelines, the Opposition Leader said that he has seen a proposal from the three Opposition-nominated Commissioners which indicate that elections can be held by late October.He also said that before the appointment of current Chairperson, Justice (retired) Claudette Singh, proposals for the holding of elections had always coincided with those publicly stated by Congress Place. As such, he urged that any new timeline put forward by the Secretariat must be thoroughly scrutinised by the new Chairperson as it may be bloated.last_img read more

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  • AFC’s PM choice Ramjattan not automatic

    first_img…caretaker President unsure of “running mate”The Alliance For Change (AFC) selection of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan as the prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming elections may not be accepted by the party’s coalition partner, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) regardless of the AFC maintaining that it has already determined he would be given that post.Caretaker President David GrangerGranger on Thursday told reporters that Ramjattan has not been given the green light by APNU and the prime ministerial candidacy would be determined after negotiations between the two parties.“The APNU and the AFC are now discussing the Cummingsburg Accord of 2015 and this is one of the issues that will have to be discussed. But I cannot say now who I will be running with,” Granger said.In fact, it is uncertain if the Prime Minister (PM) candidate slot will be granted to the AFC in the elections slated for March 2, 2020. When asked if the PM candidate would be selected from the AFC, President Granger noted: “It is not prudent to anticipate the outcome of negotiations.”However, Granger confirmed that APNU and the AFC were currently reviewing the 2015 Cummingsburg Accord and were working to produce a “revised” Accord for the 2020 elections.“The major aspect is that the two groups, the APNU and the AFC, should abide by the Constitution of Guyana. That is the principal foundation of any agreement, nothing in the Accord should collide with the Constitution … but no names (for AFC PM candidate) as yet.”Earlier this week, Ramjattan had told the media that he remained confident in his supporters ensuring that he was formally declared the Prime Ministerial Candidate in the upcoming elections, regardless of the fact that APNU had not endorsed him to date.After Ramjattan’s selection as the AFC’s prime ministerial candidate-in-waiting a few months ago, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had intimated that APNU was duty-bound to accept Ramjattan as President Granger’s running mate as long as the Cummingsburg Accord was in effect.The major party in APNU, the People’s National Congress (PNC) has shown a dogged preference for the incumbent, Moses Nagamootoo. This has manifested in APNU officials making public statements in support of the Prime Minister.PNC heavyweight and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had stated publicly that while the AFC has elected Ramjattan as its next prime ministerial candidate, APNU and the AFC have not met on this new development.last_img read more

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  • Banks throws support behind South American 10K

    first_imgMore than 150 athletes are expected to take the road in a matter of weeks as the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) prepares to host the 16th edition of the South American 10K road race.Rainforest Waters Brand Manager Clive Pellew hands over the Banks DIH sponsorship cheque to AAG President Aubrey HutsonThe event has once again gained the support of Banks DIH. The 16th installment of the international meet will feature athletes from South American and Caribbean countries as well as the local stalwarts. Looking to attract in excess of 150 athletes, AAG President Aubrey Hutson shed some light on the nature of the event.“This event is a three parts event, starts in Suriname, second leg in Guyana and the third leg in Canada. Even though they are individually organised, we like to look at it as the circuit of the South Americas as it relates to 10K events,” Hutson explained.Hutson noted that the correct procedures regarding the safety of participants on the road have been met.“We’re in touch with the Guyana Police Force and they have promised this year to do the right thing for road racing, shut the entire road down for vehicular traffic, pedal cyclist, motorcyclist who are not part of the technical team.”Furthermore, the AAG has fine-tuned the registration process as it relates to forms. “I must report that registration forms are out and these forms are numbered for auditing purposes,” Hutson stated.As a result of this, trainers and Coaches will be required to collect a form for each participant rather than uplifting one and photocopying it, as was done in previous years.The race route runs along Carifesta Avenue, with a U-turn at UG, then into JB Latchmansingh Road, right turn into Thomas Lands, into the National Park before ending at the children’s monument.Banks DIH Communications Manager Troy Peters expressed his contentment with the values of the events and noted that the company was happy to be the primary sponsor once again.“Over the years, we’ve seen the success of our athletes internationally, and Banks DIH Limited has been supporting the development of these athletes in no small measure. Our company will ensure the athletes and officials are hydrated with our award-winning Rainforest Waters. We also have Malta Supreme on board and we are very proud to have these two products supporting this event.”The highly-anticipated South American 10K road race is set for November 4, 2018.last_img read more

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  • Broncos may pursue QB Garcia

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDIANAPOLIS – With it looking more likely that Jeff Garcia will not return to the Eagles next season, two league sources said Saturday night that the Denver Broncos could pursue the veteran quarterback’s services when the free-agent market opens Friday. Steve Baker, the agent for Garcia, said Friday that if the two sides had not struck a deal before the free-agent period opened that the Eagles did not expect to re-sign his client. With veteran Jake Plummer expected to be released by the Broncos, they are in the market for a backup to second-year quarterback Jay Cutler, who took over as the starter during the final five games of his rookie season. last_img read more

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  • War club, egg among Arnold’s presents

    first_imgNuñez did not report any investments or additional income beyond his government salary last year. However, his wife earned more than $100,000 in consulting fees from the South Coast Air Quality Management District and a coalition of health care groups that backed Proposition 86.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Clint Eastwood gave him wine, a cheese basket and candy. And Rob Reiner gave him an orchid. The governor also received a $50 membership to the Cayucos Senior Citizens Club. A spokesman for Schwarzenegger, who will turn 60 in July, said it was not entirely clear why he received the gift, but the governor appreciated it just the same. The report also revealed that Schwarzenegger sold two cars, an antique 1959 Thunderbird and a Cadillac Escalade. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, who remarried his wife in 2005 after being divorced for 10 years, reported wedding gifts from Capitol insiders in 2006. Among them was a gift certificate for $1,425 from 57 lawmakers who each chipped in less than $50 apiece. He also received a $5,000 Nordstrom gift certificate from his staffers, but it was not a wedding gift, according to Nu ez’s spokesman. SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger may have learned to walk softly as a politician, but he has a ceremonial war club to carry just in case. The club comes courtesy of the president of French Polynesia and was among several exotic items reported on Schwarzenegger’s 2006 statement of economic interests, filed Thursday with the state Fair Political Practices Commission. The governor also received a ceramic egg and a book on Mexican art from former Mexican President Vicente Fox. Schwarzenegger reported receiving ski gear from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, a $323 pen from Lord John Browne, chairman of BP Amoco PLC, and fishing gear from the premier of Manitoba. last_img read more

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  • $58 million hospital overhaul

    first_imgThe hospital is also upgrading its computer system. Physicians will be able to download patient data to hand-held computers and digitally transmit images and medical records. The emergency room project will reduce waiting times for patients and increase the hospital’s ability to provide emergency care in the event of a major disaster, officials said. “Our current patient volume in the emergency department is 50 percent more than what the department was originally designed for,” said Julie Shores, director of emergency services. After the patient-care tower opens, officials plan to raze parts of the old hospital, which opened in 1965 at a cost of $850,000. Those areas will be rebuilt, along with a new lobby, chapel and gift shop. A new office complex also will be built nearby. Simi Valley Hospital last week received a patient satisfaction score of 60, well below the statewide average of 79, in a survey posted by www.CalHospitalCompare.org, a hospital assessment resource funded by the nonprofit CaliforniaHealthCare Foundation and the California Hospital Assessment and Reporting Taskforce. Irish, who was hired in October 2005, said he has been working with hospital staff to make improvements in all areas and expects Simi Valley Hospital’s score to go up. Irish said the emergency room and patient-care tower expansions will help achieve the hospital’s goals. “We are seeing improvements as part of our ongoing development programs,” he said. “We’ve got a ways to go yet, and we’re getting there.” Irish said one major emphasis at the hospital is staff education to improve customer service. “We want to gear up for this new hospital with outstanding customer service. That is a major emphasis right now.” “We’re not only designing new programs and improving facilities, but we’re improving the aesthetics. We’re developing an outdoor food court in addition to our cafeteria. We’re developing another healing garden. Our new lobby will have the sense of coming not into a hospital but a hotel.” “Our goal is to make a visit to the emergency department as comfortable as possible for our patients and guests,” he said. The first phase of the emergency room project expected to be finished before summer include new cabinetry, carpeting, floor tile, and lobby furniture. Phase two of the project will include a fast-track system for relatively minor injuries and medical problems, including sore throats, sprains and minor cuts. The patient-care tower construction, which was initially expected to cost about $35 million, now has a price tag estimated at $58 million, partly because of construction changes required by the state and partly because equipment and furnishings are now being included in the estimates, along with remodeling of some older parts of the hospital, officials said. The funding is coming from a $16 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant and the remainder from Adventist Health, which owns the hospital. The Simi Valley Hospital Foundation is also contributing to funding for the patient-care tower and other hospital improvements. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – Aiming to serve a population that has soared from 8,000 to 123,000 over the last four decades, Simi Valley Hospital is completing a $58 million renovation that officials say will carry the Sycamore Drive facility well into the 21st century. The project includes construction of a four-story, 146,000-square-foot patient-care tower, as well as an expansion and overhaul of the emergency room. “For all intents and purposes, it’s a brand-new hospital,” said Greg Stratton, a former Simi Valley mayor and school board member who sits on the strategic planning committee of the hospital board. “The new hospital will meet the state’s earthquake safety standards and have the latest and greatest technology,” Stratton said. “This hospital will be prepared for the 21st century. We’re looking forward to the grand opening.” The new tower, which builders expect to open late this year or early next year, will have 144 patient rooms – all of them private – eight labor-and-delivery rooms and eight neonatal intensive-care beds. The intensive-care unit will be expanded from 11 to 24 beds. Upon the opening of the new patient-care tower, the emergency room will be doubled in size. “We’re in the process of rebuilding the whole thing,” said Gary Irish, the hospital’s president and CEO. Irish said when all the work is completed the hospital will be more attractive, more upscale and more comfortable. “We’re tying into the theme that is going on in the entire community, with improvements like the Simi Valley Town Center,” Irish said. “I think it will be an entirely different feel for everyone.” last_img read more

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  • CompUSA cuts its L.A. stores

    first_imgNevertheless, the industry is still growing. Spending on consumer electronics increased by an estimated 13 percent in 2006 and is expected to grow by 7 percent this year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. “We see purchases shifting towards general consumer electronic stores like Best Buy, into the mass merchants, and online,” said Steve Koenig, an industry analyst at CEA. CompUSA said a competitive market, low-performing stores, and old layouts hurt them. It is closing 126 locations nationwide, but maintaining services for business clients in Los Angeles. Specialized stores like CompUSA or Tweeters have a harder time maintaining foot traffic than rivals Circuit City or Best Buy because their small stores make it difficult to offer a broad selection of products, several analysts said. Consumers are snapping up more televisions, MP3 players and computers but they’re buying them from general merchandise stores like Sam’s Club and Best Buy. And that’s hurting specialty stores like CompUSA. CompUSA is liquidating all its stores in the Los Angeles area, including three in the San Fernando Valley, as part of a realignment strategy that will infuse the company with $440 million. Tweeters, a high-end chain based in Canton, Mass., with more than a dozen stores in Southern California, started liquidating 49 stores last week. Circuit City, which has a broader merchandise selection, announced last month it would close just seven of its 643 locations and relocate one store. Circuit City’s closings are a drop in the bucket and are likely related to locations that have cooled over time. “At one point in time, they were good or seemed to be attractive from a return standpoint,” said analyst Scott Tilghman of Soleil-Hudson Square Research in New York. “They’re not getting the traffic to make them a viable location.” Pricewise, it’s hard for a retailer like CompUSA to compete with rock-bottom prices at mass merchants like Wal-Mart or warehouse clubs, which run on razor-thin profit margins. Instead, CompUSA plans to focus on technical support and warranties, lucrative deals that have helped its competitors stay afloat. Both Best Buy and Circuit City have pumped up the profile of their service and installation teams, called the Geek Squad and Firedog, respectively. Tweeters plans to restructure itself as an even higher-end store that will sell products not found at big-box stores, according to spokesman Jeff Duhamel. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 Got a CompUSA service agreement? The company is honoring all warranties. Call 1-800 COMPUSA with questions. 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

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