FSJ resident to appeal rejection of accessible cabs

first_imgFort St. John has a handyDART, but it doesn’t run after 5:00 p.m. or on Sunday or holidays.He now plans to appeal the Board’s decision, with additional support from the Association for Community Living’s clients. A year ago, Mike Brewer, owner of Plaisance Transportation Solutions, applied for handicapped accessible taxi licenses for Fort St. John, as well as executive airport and limousine services.His request was turned down by the Passenger Board of Transportation saying he didn’t show public need, despite providing letters of approval from city council, the Association for Community Living as well as the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee.- Advertisement -Brewer is requesting that there be two accessible cabs in Fort St. John, although he says he’s willing to go to one if he has to.Teco Cabs, who have a near monopoly on Fort St. John’s taxi industry, submitted an objection to the Transportation Board.They say the city has enough taxis and only requires between 7 and 10 of their 23 cab fleet.Brewer says the Association for Community Living offered a handicapped accessible bus to both Fort St. John Taxi and Teco Cabs, but was turned down, being told it wasn’t profitable.Advertisement Brewer disagrees.He says the cost of a van is feasible if it is licensed both as a regular cab as well as an accessible one.”They said I would put them out of business, basically. Okay, if your business is that hot that you say you’ve got a good taxi service, you run a good taxi service, why are you afraid of a little competition.”Brewer first saw the need for accessible taxis when he watched a man’s wheelchair get stuffed into the back of a taxi outside of a local bar.Advertisementlast_img read more

Province wants more permanent workers settling in the north

first_img“If we have an excellent training program and we still don’t have enough BC workers, then, of course, it’s always appropriate to have an immigration system that allows workers to come here and have the full rights of other workers.”City Council is now waiting for the completion of a staff report on the challenges and opportunities associated with a pilot program. The BC Federation of Labour appears to be a supporter of the Provincial Nominee Program. Originally launched in April of 2012, the two year pilot project was then extended to the end of March, of next year.It is back in the news locally, because Fort St. John has been approached by the province to consider developing a pilot which would focus on the attraction, settlement, retention and integration of immigrant families to the city.Rather than being a search for temporary workers, it is a proposal to attract permanent residents to Northeast BC in an attempt to fill what has been described as the area’s skilled labor shortage.- Advertisement -Acknowledging this shortage of workers, the BC Federation of Labour has been putting pressure on the provincial government to redirect 25% of apprentices towards  public and LNG projects.“Our very first priority should be jobs for British Columbians and Canadians,” President of the BC Federation of Labour Irene Lanzinger says. “We do have an unemployment rate at close to 6% and we are not doing as much as we should to train our own citizens in British Columbia to take these jobs.”BC has a history of workers from other countries coming in, and Lanzinger says hiring foreign workers is an appropriate practice, so long as the government has looked after its own citizens first.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgIrish band the Corrigan Brothers  have become the “Carl McHugh Brothers” to honour the Donegal man and Bradford City hero for the Capital One Cup Final in Wembley. The Brothers enjoyed a huge hit with “There’s No One As Irish As Barack Obama” which notched up ten million hits on You Tube.Now the brothers, whose Bradford song “There’s no Team as Wembley as Bradford City” has captured the imagination of many Bradford fans, are delighted to wear the masks that will raise much needed funds fo the Bradford Burns Research Unit.The masks have been produced by Bradford fan John Barker and his wife Frances who run a print company in Bradford.Lead singer Ger Corrigan said “We spoke with Frances last week and she sent us on some of the Carl McHugh masks, we are very proud of Carl here in Ireland as are all the people in Donegal. “The masks are really high quality and we are thrilled to become the Carl McHugh Brothers for the week. I think the Swansea goalkeeper will be spooked by the masks if the game goes to penalties”.The Brothers are delighted with the reaction to their Bradford song.Ger continued “We have made some great friends and have had some great fun, Bradford’s name is on this cup and it is a great honour to have an association with this Final, now let’s get masked up and show Wembley how much Bradford can add to the occasion”if anyone would like to purchase direct they can either email at this address or rodleyb@aol.com we will despatch same day. The face masks cost £1.50 each or a pack of all 5 players, (Carl McHugh, James Hanson, Matt Duke, Nakhi Wells, Gary Jones) for £5.There is also a mask for Mark Lawn (Joint Chairman of BCFC). CORRIGAN BROTHERS CHANGE NAME IN HONOUR OF LETTERMACAWARD MAN MCHUGH was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carl McHughCorrigan BrothersdonegalLettermacawardWEMBLEYlast_img read more


first_imgA leading priest has revealed how younger priests in Co Donegal are afraid to be seen in public because of the recent child abuse scandals.Fr Paddy Dunne, communications officer with the Diocese of Raphoe, said young clerics are facing a very difficult time.“I know of some younger priests who are afraid to come out or to be seen in public. They stay at home. “I know priests in Dublin who have been spit on because they were recognized as priests but thankfully that has not happened here.“Some of the younger priests in Donegal feel ashamed because of what has happened in the past – the abuse.“It’s a shame because these younger lads didn’t know any of this stuff was going on and have no responsibility for it,” he said.Fr Dunne admits the church is facing a “doomsday scenario” with a decrease in the numbers of priests in Donegal. A number of parishes including Drumkeen and Drumoghill already do not have a priest because of a shortage in numbers.Fr Dunne said that such parishes will not have a full-time priest because of the shortage and due to the fact that a number of priests are overseas.“We definitely do not have the numbers of priests we used to have and we do not have the same numbers coming in.“It’s definitely going to be a problem in the future. It’s very difficult for people because they are used to having a priest living among them as a member of their community,” he said.Some of the country’s most notorious paedophile priests came from Donegal including Fr Eugene Green. Fr Dunne said he does not know the extent of sexual abuse which was carried out by priests in the Diocese of Raphoe in the past.“I can only presume that all of that information will come out in the audits.“I do know that Bishop Boyce handed over all the files. There is always the possibility that some details may not have been handed over.“But if people know anything then they can contact the commission (on child abuse),” he said. EndsYOUNGER PRIESTS ARE AFRAID TO GO OUT IN PUBLIC IN DONEGAL – TOP CLERIC was last modified: August 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Fr Paddy Dunnepriestsraphoe dioceselast_img read more


first_imgPadraig MacLochlainn TD has been elected Chair of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions.Speaking after his election, Sinn Fein’s Deputy Mac Lochlainn thanked his colleagues on the Committee for electing him Chairman.“I expect the Committee will continue working collaboratively and productively across party lines to hold our government departments and public bodies to account for the services they provide to the public. I hope to lead the Committee in becoming a robust champion on behalf of the citizens we serve. “I wish to pay tribute to the outgoing Cathaoirleach Peadar Tóibín TD, whose careful stewardship and commitment led to the launch of a new petitions system in September. This is a significant innovation, in that for the first time in the 93 year history of the Oireachtas, citizens now have a direct route to influence the parliamentary agenda. We have since received a steady flow of petitions from individuals and groups around the country, on a wide variety of topics.“An empowering feature of the petitions system is that it is open and accessible to every single citizen. And history proves it often takes the resolve of just one or two civic minded people to make a stand and effect substantial change.The petitions system, working to its full potential, can make the parliamentary system more accessible and more participative,” he said.“I would argue that, contrary to much public commentary, our parliamentary process is already relatively open. With Leinster House receiving over 100,000 visitors a year, Irish people know well how consequential to their lives the business of the Oireachtas is. We can watch every minute of Oireachtas business live and read the record of the parliament online. Our Committee will help channel the appetite of Irish people for public engagement in a structured and meaningful way. “Another important feature of our work is the engagement with the various Ombudsmen. In December, our Committee heard a forceful and candid contribution from Emily O’Reilly which criticised the Department of Health for not implementing recommendations by her office.“We as a committee will use the full extent of the power at our disposal to ensure that there is full compliance with the law and that citizens’ rights are vindicated. We look forward to engaging with the Minister for Health James Reilly TD at our next meeting on 6 February.”MacLOCHLAINN ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN TO KEY OIREACHTAS COMMITTEE was last modified: January 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vick gives Hokies a perfect look

first_imgCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Quarterback Marcus Vick ran for a career-high 133 yards and a touchdown, and No. 3 Virginia Tech pulled away from Maryland in the second half to a 28-9 victory Thursday night. Mike Imoh had two touchdowns for the Hokies (7-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which scored 21 points in a row after halftime to keep alive its hopes of playing for the national championship in January. That was more than enough support for a defense that forced two turnovers and kept the Terrapins (4-3, 2-2) out of the end zone until Sam Hollenbach threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Fenner with 2:16 to go. Hollenbach was 14 of 30 for 158 yards and two interceptions, and Lance Ball had 75 yards rushing on 15 attempts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Although he threw a career-high three interceptions – all in the third quarter – the little brother of Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick averaged 8.3 yards per carry and completed 14 of 23 passes for 211 yards. His 8-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it 7-0, and he directed scoring drives of 81, 99 and 37 yards in the second half. last_img read more

Water scarcity haunts Odisha in middle of monsoon

first_imgMore than one month into southwest monsoon season, scarcity of water, both for drinking and irrigation purposes, continues to haunt people of Odisha.While a farmer in Bargarh district ended his life apprehending that the deficient rainfall could spoil his Kharif crop, the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has decided to regulate water provisioning by restricting supply once in a day in the coastal town.A farmer identified as Baishnav Bhoi in Podamuda village in Bargarh district reportedly consumed poison on Wednesday and he died on Thursday morning.Baishnav, according to his family members, was under mental stress as he feared crop loss due to very erratic rainfall. He was said to have taken hand loan from local money lenders for taking up paddy crop on four acres.In Paradip, the PPT has been supplying drinking water after treating the water of Taladanda canal. However, due to a prolonged dry spell, the water level in Taldanda has dropped drastically making it impossible for the PPT to harness water as was required.“We monitor reservoir level regularly and accordingly regulate the supplies. We cannot spend water at one go. So we are taking precautions keeping the low water availability in mind,” PPT Chairman Rinkesh Roy said.Recently, the PPT decided to set up a 10-million litre per day capacity desalination plant at an estimated investment of Rs. 116 crore. A memorandum of understanding for consulting services was signed between the PPT and the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. The seawater reverse osmosis will be available for the PPT township. By Wednesday, of 30 districts, 29 had received deficient rainfall, while only Koraput district has recorded 1% surplus precipitation. In nine districts, rain deficit has been measured over 40%. Balasore was the worst hit, with 54% deficit rainfall. As many as 26 districts had deficit above 19%.Replying to a query on Thursday, Minster of State for Water Resource Raghunandan Dash said Odisha has lost 1.12 billion cubic metre (6.71%) of groundwater in nine years between 2009 and 2017.According to THE Central Ground Water Board, in 2009, Odisha’s groundwater volume was assessed at 16.69 billion cubic metre. It had dropped to 15.57 billion cubic metre in 2017.last_img read more


first_imgNagal said the occasion was big for him but he hid his Nagal said the occasion was big for him but he hid his nerves. “I was nervous but I did not show it to the people or my opponent. I had never played before such a crowd. I think I did a decent job. I am pretty disappointed. I could have pulled it off.” Nagal, who is supported by Mahesh Bhupathi, said he was “everything for me. I am here because of him.” Ramanathan said he has learnt a lot by playing against the formidable Spaniards. “It was a great experience to play against Ferrer. I learnt many things. I was fighting every point. Sliced a bit, volleys, made a few points. We fought hard, gave our best,” he said. “I am going to train in Europe, playing lot of tournaments, results will come if I keep working hard. I played right way, missing a few points here and there. Could have taken more games. Ferrer showed me the way to improve. Next thing is to work harder, work on more aspects,” Ramanathan said. Asked about his training stint in Spain, he said, “To be honest, every player in Spain is good, their level is high, Futures or Challengers. Same system, put the ball deep, move the opponent. Thats they teach to everyone.” PTI AT SSC SSClast_img read more

Coach Thomas Tuchel hoping Borussia Dortmund stay focused on football

first_imgBorussia Dortmund face an uphill task to overturn a 3-2 deficit against French rivals Monaco and keep their minds on football after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final was marred by an attack on the German team’s bus. (Neymar confident of leading Barcelona to second miracle comeback)Three explosions rocked the Borussia coach on its way to the stadium last Tuesday and left the team’s Spanish defender Marc Bartra with a fractured arm.With the fixture rescheduled for the day after, a shaken Borussia looked all at sea against Monaco and their coach Thomas Tuchel acknowledged his side had been ill-prepared to play so soon after the attack.However, Borussia bounced back with a 3-1 Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday ahead of Wednesday’s visit to treble-chasing Monaco, who are top of the French league and through to the Cup semi-finals.”My players have shown an incredible character, already on Wednesday (against Monaco) and again (on Saturday),” Tuchel said after the Eintracht win.”I think it’s easier for the players to take their mind off things when they are on the pitch. We had a wonderful interaction with our fans whose instinct for such situations is probably second to none.”A packed Westfalenstadion, albeit under a visibly heightened police presence, gave the players a rousing reception before the kick-off and Borussia produced a promising performance ahead of the return leg against high-scoring Monaco.Having eliminated Manchester City in the previous round on away goals after a 3-1 home win cancelled out a 5-3 first-leg defeat, Monaco will be confident of finishing the job against Borussia on their own turf.advertisementThe French side are also in the driving seat in Ligue 1, three points ahead of champions Paris St Germain with six games left, having scored 90 goals in 32 games.They also meet PSG in a mouth-watering Cup semi-final on April 26 but the first thing on their minds will surely be to try to emulate their 2004 Champions League achievement, when they reached the final and lost 3-0 to Porto.Monaco’s Polish defender Kamil Glik stressed the back four would have to be wary of a similarly prolific Dortmund side likely to throw caution to the wind.”For us defenders, evolving in a team that attacks so much demands a lot of work and attention,” Glik told the club’s website (www.asmonaco.com).”The Champions League demands the utmost vigilance because you’re up against the best players. But we have to defend as a team as it’s a collective job.”last_img read more

Sabathia Hit, Jays Take Yanks, 4-2

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia gave up two runs and four hits over two innings in his first spring training start, a New York Yankees’ 4-2 loss March 18 to the Toronto Blue Jays.The 34-year-old lefty was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and was done after having surgery in July.“Felt good. No complaints,” Sabathia said. “I was really nervous, more than normal. It was really weird.”After Sabathia had a perfect first inning, Dioner Navarro opened the second with a single just to the left of Alex Rodriguez that many third basemen would have fielded. “I saw it perfectly,” Rodriguez said. “Just a rocket past me.”Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is returning from a one-year drug suspension and is mostly competing for time at DH.Dayan Viciedo and Devon Travis had two-out run-scoring hits in the second off Sabathia.A six-time All-Star and 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia made only eight starts last year and finished 3-4 with a career-worst 5.28 ERA. He is 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 seasons.“First step, really positive to me,” New York manager Joe Girardi said.Toronto’s Drew Hutchison allowed two runs and four hits, including Mark Teixeira’s solo homer, in four innings.Hutchison had a small spot near his left elbow that he skinned while attempting a diving catch on Brian McCann’s second-inning foul ball just in front of the third base dugout.“It’s natural instinct,” Hutchison said. “I’m good.”Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to a mild right abdominal strain.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more