ign of a-turn-around in local area drilling activity, Calgary-based Terra Energy has announced expansion, of its 2008 Capital Expenditure Plan. Terra now plans to spend approximately 52 million dollars this year…virtually all of it in its Fort St. John core area. The expanded plan calls for the company to drill a total of 16 wells nearly double what it had originally planned. Bud Love is the company’s chief financial officer and he says the increased activity is primarily due to increasing natural gas prices and new technogoly which is driving up interest in the shale gas reserves…. [asset|aid=38|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Bud Love – Terra Energy_1_Pub.mp3] There were predictions earlier this year, of a 44 percent drop in natural gas drilling activity, from what it was three years ago. However, Mr. Love says the recent price increases have instilled confidence in producers, to up their drilling programs and, he expects that to continue in the coming months…- Advertisement –
The Industrial Instrumentation program at Northern Lights College is getting a big donation.The Alliance Pipeline Limited’s Community Investment Fund is donating $50,000 to NLC which is going towards purchasing equipment for the Level 4 Apprenticeship program.The new equipment will be a Vibration Shaker, two sensor units, a three-level Elevator Simulator trainer, and two level measurement trainers.- Advertisement -Trevor Loberg, the Grande Prairie area manager for the company says that institutions like the College are important to a community. He added that the company believes Fort St. John is an important community to get more involved in.The Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, Jeff Lekstrom, says the new equipment will help to reduce the number of students that will need to share workstations and allow them to get more hands-on experience.
Photo: The new posts will highlight some of the town’s past buildings and the history behind them./Kimberley MolinaThe new heritage posts are giving people a peek into Fort St. John’s past.- Advertisement – Deanna Hill is the visitor services co-ordinator for the city. She says there are currently 29 posts being put up and more will be going in later in the year.Hill says the new posts will also have the new name of the Pioneer Pathway.She says the posts are used to highlight the city’s past. These posts have a picture of what an area of the city used to look like several decades ago as well as a description of the history of the building or area.One of the areas of interest included in the project is the area where the restaurant Whole Wheat and Honey is located which was the C.M Finch’s store, one of the original buildings in the city.Advertisement
The second stage includes shop fabrication of the first of five replacement turbines to be followed by site construction and installation.- Advertisement -The first unit is expected to be operational in 2012 and all five are slated to be in service by 2017.The turbines are not the only aging equipment scheduled to be replaced at the station prior to that date, and some of the rehabilitation work has already been completed.The GMS generating station is referred to by BC Hydro as the cornerstone of its system with the current nineteen sixties era turbines representing 12 per cent of its power production.Using the same amount of water, the replacement units will improve turbine efficiency and capacity by annually providing an additional 177 gigawatt hours of energy.Advertisement The turbine replacement project at the Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station next to the WAC Bennett Dam has moved into the stage two implementation phase.
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**SubmittedGary Hilderman won Sunday’s Cecil Lake road race in a nail biter over second place George Gamble (Taylor). They sprinted side by side to the finish with Gary getting the nod by 4 inches on the finish line. Richard Wood was third and Pat Ferris 4th, all at 1:35:15 for the 48 km distance.Adam Currie won 5th from Owen Giebelhaus with 1:38:52. Davide Loro got 7th from Roger St. Jean at 1:40:23. Hilda Bilodeau overcame a flat tire to get 1:52:31 for 9th.- Advertisement -Lindsay Jardine had 1:15:19 and Dian Loro 1:19:27 for the 30 km.Bradley McDonald had 49:48 for 10k.Thank you to Jamie Gamble for timing!Advertisement No word yet, how the Randonneur riders did on this weekend’s 600 k ‘Foothills Randonneur’.There is another busy week for the Blizzards, coming up.Tuesday is the Duathlon at 7 pm. Irvin Tang has a perfect 4 and 0 record for the duathlons, so far. Start is at the Baldonnel School.Thursday is the Aurora Personal Best time trial at the Baldonnel School at 7 pm. Prizes for the most improved 2011 times.Sunday is an evening Cactus Trails mountain bike race at 7 pm. This is a tune up for next weekend’s Challenge Cup MTB race in Grande Prairie.Advertisement There is no FSJ Triathlon, this Sunday, as it was cancelled.
Last night at approximately quarter to one, the Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire on Holly Road.It appears that electrical problems sparked a fire underneath a trailer, forcing a mother and two young children out of the home.- Advertisement -Fortunately, the family had done their homework and followed through a fire evacuation plan, resulting in no one being injured.Fire crews were able to hold damage to a minimum, but are still investigating what the definite cause of the fire was.
…as no parliamentary extension means time running out for GovtIn the absence of a parliamentary extension of the Government’s time in office as set out by the Constitution when a no-confidence motion is passed, the clock is ticking on the Government’s legitimacy.Activist Christopher RamIn an interview with Guyana Times, prominent activist and lawyer Christopher Ram expressed concern at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) recent pronouncement that it could end up holding elections in March 2020.“That would be inconsistent, not only with the new Chairperson of GECOM’s commitment to have elections as soon as possible, but also inconsistent with the Constitution and the ruling of the Caribbean court. It means that what we will have is the defiance by GECOM of the ruling of the highest court of the land and the Constitution.”“This very act will amount to an abrogation of all the norms of democracy. That will lead us into really dangerous territory. We’ve had situations in the past when elections weren’t held on time, for example in 1978 and 1990. But never were those elections postponed in defiance of a court order.”Ram also noted that this period would be a test not only for democracy in Guyana, but the international community, including the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Persons have previously called out the international community for their relative silence on President David Granger’s failure to name an election date after losing the no-confidence motion of 2018.“This will be a test of the civil society of Guyana. It will be a test of the Constitution. It will be a test of the international community, Caricom, of the Commonwealth Secretariat. We (risk) becoming a pariah state,” Ram warned.March 2020After a more than four-hour-long meeting on Friday last, both Opposition and Government-aligned Commissioners disclosed to media operatives that March 2020 was one of several timelines proposed by the Secretariat.The Guyana Elections CommissionGovernment-aligned Commissioner Vincent Alexander confirmed that March 2020 was one of the dates discussed during the meeting. According to the Commissioners, one of the activities proposed to be undertaken by GECOM during that period is the printing of new national identification cards. However, Commissioner Bibi Shadick contended that such an initiative was unnecessary.She pointed out that ID cards were not needed to vote, as any other form of identification, such as a passport, was accepted. In lieu of any such documents, she said voters could sign an oath at the polling stations.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) goes on to say: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”A no-confidence motion was passed against the Government since December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the no-confidence motion was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement, saying that when the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2018, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the Court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time; however, GECOM proceeded to carry out House-to-House Registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson. Ram himself filed a court case challenging this process and sought to have GECOM comply with the Constitution.While that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, the decision to merge the new data from House-to-House Registration and to prioritise the printing of ID, instead of seeking to have elections held as soon as possible, has been criticised by People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-nominated GECOM Commissioners as part of the Government’s delaying tactics.In the 2000 Esther Perreira election petition case, then Justice Claudette Singh had ordered that elections must be held by March 31, 2001. Particularly, Justice Singh had ruled that the requirements for voters to have an ID card for the 1997 elections was a breach of Articles 59 and 159 of the Constitution and that the elections were null and void.The PPP has, therefore, contended that prioritising ID cards over early elections is a case of putting the cart before the horse.
CLEVELAND – Even in a game Friday where Kobe Bryant scored 25 points and missed more shots than he made, the Lakers showed how desperately they miss the superstar guard when he is not on the floor. Although Bryant sat for a combined 5 minutes and 11 seconds, the Lakers were outscored 15-2 in that time. Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been playing a lineup of Jordan Farmar, Sasha Vujacic, Maurice Evans and Ronny Turiaf with starter Lamar Odom when Bryant has gone to the bench. “I’ve been leaving Lamar out there with them,” Jackson said. “I think I’m going to stop that. Just let them go really on their own because they play really well and move the ball well and I’ve saddled them with Lamar. It’s been unfortunate. He’s not been carrying the load.” Jackson also will have to decide today in Cleveland whether to start forward Vladimir Radmanovic, who was benched for the final 21 minutes of Friday’s loss in Toronto. The Cavaliers start two guards alongside LeBron James. Jackson said he would open today with Bryant against Larry Hughes. Radmanovic missed all four shots he took Friday and struggled to guard the Raptors’ Chris Bosh. He said Saturday: “I don’t have a big credit with the coach. I’ve got to get my stuff straight before he makes some changes.” Even with the Lakers more than 50 games into the season, Radmanovic still is searching for answers. He said he is not bothered by the hand injury he suffered in training camp. It’s more a matter of getting off to a good start when he plays. “It’s been a tough season,” Radmanovic said. “I’ve probably played the last minutes (of games) my whole career. It’s been frustrating. I’m just trying to be a team player right now and put my agenda on the side. Just have the game come to me. It’s been tough but I don’t want to force anything.” WALTON OUT With his sprained right ankle struggling to improve, forward Luke Walton will be re-examined Monday in Los Angeles by specialist Kenneth Jung. Walton won’t play today and is likely out through the all-star break, Jackson said. Walton, who has missed eight games with the injury, tried to do some running Saturday but said his ankle was still “throbbing” whenever he tried to push off it. “It’s frustrating not being able to play,” Walton said. “I thought I would be able to play on this road trip. Now it’s just not going to happen.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The situation in Darfur has been condemned by the United Nations, with the death of an estimated 400,000 people and the displacement of 3.5 million. Lists of companies that do business with the Sudan is available from the Sudan Divestment Task Force at www.sudandivestment.org. City Council President Eric Garcetti said the city’s action is similar to what it did nearly two decades ago, when it divested from firms doing business in South Africa to protest apartheid. The campaign to divest from Darfur is being organized by a number of local groups, including Jewish World Watch, a coalition of more than 50 synagogues started by Rabbi Harold Schulweis of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. In addition to its campaign for divestment, Jewish World Watch also has built two medical clinics and 25 water wells in Darfur. Comparing the humanitarian crisis in Darfur to the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide, Los Angeles officials announced plans Wednesday to halt investments with firms doing business with Sudan. During a City Hall news conference, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council announced that Los Angeles would join with California and 16 other states in boycotting business with the African nation. Villaraigosa estimated the city has $27 million of its $40 billion pension fund invested with firms doing business in Sudan. “Today, the city is adding its voice to the international outcry over the genocide in Darfur,” Villaraigosa said. “With the hope of saving lives, the city is divesting its holdings from Sudan. We must stand for freedom and basic human rights.” Villaraigosa said the city is also urging support of a measure introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, to have the United States also divest itself of investments with firms doing business in the Sudan as well as adopt legislation formally recognizing the killings of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as a genocide. email@example.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!