Dear Editor: I recently had to be admitted to St. Ann’s for rehabilitation. At 78 years old and being a lifetime Bayonne resident I was a bit hesistant and nervous to be away from “home.” Boy was I wrong! I was there for over three weeks, probably the best three weeks I had in a long time. The staff and facility are top notch. The therapists were patient and kind and all sorts of wonderful. I felt as if I were home. I made many friends there that I will truly miss. I felt very comfortable and was saddened when it was time for me to go back home.So, thank you to everyone at St. Ann’s, nurses, receptionists, and the “Best Cooks.” You are all truly amazing! Fondly Yours,Edward Robinson
Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Bio Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 BANGOR — The Bucksport Golden Bucks withstood a seventh-inning rally by the George Stevens Academy Eagles to win the rubber game of their 2015 baseball series — and the Eastern Maine Class C championship — on Wednesday afternoon at Mansfield Stadium.The top-seeded Golden Bucks got a stellar pitching performance from senior righthander Carter DeRedin in the 5-3 win. DeRedin scattered five hits, struck out six batters and held second-seeded GSA scoreless over six-plus innings before making way for relief pitcher Asher Bowden with one out and two Eagle runners on base in the top of the seventh.“I was just thinking, ‘man we’ve really got to keep fighting,” Bowden said. “It’s a tough one, but I knew we could do it. We only had two outs left.”DeRedin issued a lead-off walk to GSA junior Will Entwisle and retired junior Dustin Chipman on a soft line drive to second before giving up a pinch-hit single to freshman Taylor Schildroth. That brought Bowden, a senior left-hander on to pitch, and sophomore Garrison Looke bounced what looked like a game-ending double play ball to shortstop. But Bucksport second baseman Matt Stewart couldn’t handle the high toss from shortstop Andy Allan, allowing pinch runner Tim Cousins to score and putting Looke on first base and Schildroth on second.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“I knew coming into this a GSA-Bucksport matchup is always a tough matchup,” said GSA coach Dan Kane. “We very much enjoy playing each other, and we knew we were going to battle to the end.”Bowden then walked sophomore Beckett Slayton to load the bases and GSA’s enthusiastic supporters were thinking a come-from-behind rally might be in the making. Senior Harrison Vinall kept those hopes alive when he drilled a single to center field, scoring Schildroth, and senior Will Ricker followed with a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Looke with the third run of the inning.But Bowden retired sophomore Jacob Keenan on strikes to end the game and preserve the win for DeRedin.“It’s usually a one or two run game, just like this one ended up being,” Kane said. “We just didn’t quite catch the break.”The Golden Bucks staked DeRedin to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning when freshman Chase Carmichael stroked a one-out single and senior Jack Cyr slammed a run-scoring triple to deep center field off Ricker, a right-hander who started on the mound for the Eagles.Bucksport threatened again in the second when senior Dylan Soper led off with a triple, but he was stranded at third after Ricker and the Eagles retired the next three batters.GSA loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth on a walk to senior Harrison Vinall, a single by Ricker and a walk to Keenan. But DeRedin got out of trouble by striking out senior Kelsey Allen and getting Entwisle to ground into a force play at second.The Golden Bucks pushed four more runs across in the fifth inning.“We had some great at bats in the beginning,” said Bucksport coach Mike Cowing. “That four-run inning really gave us some cushion. Then, at the end, it’s just baseball.”After issuing a lead-off walk to Stewart, Ricker replaced Slayton in center field with Slayton, a left-hander, taking the mound in relief. Bucksport junior Hayden Craig reached base when GSA was unable to make a play on his infield grounder, and Carmichael followed with a single to load the bases.Cyr then lofted a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Stewart, Bowden ripped a triple to deep right field, driving in Craig and Carmichael and DeRedin singled to score Bowden for a 5-0 Bucksport lead.“I see two people on, and I’m just thinking, ‘hit the ball hard,’” Bowden said. “And I did, and good stuff happens.”Ricker allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one in four and one-third innings, and Slayton gave up four hits in one and two-thirds innings for the Eagles, who finished with a record of 15-4.“We were right it there until the end,” Kane said. “You’re one flare from tying that game up, so I’m really pleased with my guys. We didn’t quit. We battled to the end, and that’s been the way we’ve played all year.”The 15-4 Golden Bucks are now slated to face Western Maine champion St. Dominic at Mansfield Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the state championship contest.“We always have a battle with those guys,” Cowing said. “It’s fun, but it also makes me a lot older.”Contributed to by Taylor Vortherms PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS123456789101112131415161718PreviousNext Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)
It’s a fun day geared to introduce kids to triathlon — that’s the Trail Parks and Recreation Kids Tri set for Saturday, July 6 in the Silver City.The race, for children between the ages of four to 12, sees entrans swim, bike and run . . . but mostly have a ton of fun. The event runs from 9 a.m. July 6 to noon. Registration is at 8:15 a.m. at the Trail Aquatic and Leisure Centre.The fee to enter is $38, and includes a race package of T-shirt, swim cap, water bottle and lunch.For more information contact the Trail Parks and Rec at 250-368-6484 or Trail Aquatic Centre at 250-364-0888.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A nagging dread is keeping Craig Chaulk up at night.He lives downstream from the $12.7-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development in Labrador. He’s among many residents concerned that a crucial part of the dam, a jut of sand and clay called the North Spur, could give way.“My biggest fear is that the project will go to completion, the reservoir will be filled to 39 metres as they’re proposing, the North Spur will fail and this little community that I live in will be wiped right off the face of this Earth,” Chaulk said from his home at Mud Lake.The 200-year-old community of about 70 people has already faced the worst spring flooding anyone there can remember. Chaulk and dozens of other residents were airlifted to safety May 17 as water levels swiftly rose after ice jammed where the lower Churchill River meets Lake Melville.Crown corporation Nalcor Energy, which is responsible for Muskrat Falls, has denied it did anything to swamp almost 50 homes and structures. It blamed the incident on spring run-off. The flood is now under independent review.Chaulk said that experience has shaken his confidence in the development — especially as questions persist about the North Spur.It’s a natural dam of clay and sand that will form a critical part of the Muskrat Falls project to harness hydro power near Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Landslides have happened in that area before.Chaulk takes no comfort from Nalcor’s public assurances that the North Spur has been stabilized, protected and reinforced using proven engineering methods endorsed by third parties.He’s among increasingly vocal skeptics who say it’s a weak link in the megaproject’s design that, like the Mud Lake flood, should be independently reviewed.They include David Vardy, a former chairman of the provincial Public Utilities Board, who served as a senior public servant for almost 30 years. He believes there’s a lack of geotechnical evidence that potentially sensitive clays underlying the North Spur can withstand the pressure of higher reservoir levels.Vardy noted the issue was red-flagged in an internal 2013 risk assessment report by engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin, which designed Muskrat Falls and the North Spur dam.Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady said Friday in a statement that North Spur groundwater and soil properties “have been studied by multiple geoscience engineers since 1965.”“The North Spur also meets Dam Safety Guidelines as outlined by the Canadian Dam Association,” she added.Vardy is not convinced. The North Spur is not like fully engineered dams, he stressed.“We need the government to appoint an expert panel,” he said in an interview. “The problem here is, for whatever reason, Nalcor has decided that this is all perfectly safe.”A group of concerned citizens is also calling on Premier Dwight Ball to act. In an open letter Wednesday, the Labrador Land Protectors and Grand Riverkeeper Labrador said they’ve received no response to a letter May 9 urging an independent expert review.The project is already well behind schedule. Costs have soared from $7.7 billion when the former Progressive Conservative government approved it in 2012, to $12.7 billion. First power is not expected until 2019.Nalcor said in a public information session last January that North Spur stabilization efforts include excavating “high sensitivity clay” along with sandy soils.It said cement cut-off walls down to the lower clay layer will protect the spur, along with rock walls, drainage and relief wells.“Engineering design was undertaken by qualified geotechnical engineers,” validated by MWH Canada, the project’s independent engineer, and consultant Hatch Ltd., Nalcor said.“Dams are designed not to fail.”Not all researchers agree with Nalcor’s approach.Robin Dury has just finished a Master’s thesis in civil engineering at Lulea University of Technology in Sweden, focusing on the North Spur. He questions Nalcor’s risk assessments.Landslide analysis at the site has been based on modelling which may not best reflect conditions at the North Spur, he found.At issue is whether the porous nature of those soils is being correctly analysed along with the risk they could liquefy and give way, Dury explained in an email. He uses a “progressive failure method” to calculate that “there exists a certain risk of landslides triggering in both the upper and lower clay layers.”More testing should be done “immediately,” he concludes.Dury’s findings raise more doubts for Chaulk, who doesn’t want to leave his home at Mud Lake.“I’ve laid awake in my bed for so many nights trying to think of a way to make people understand the threat we’re facing, and try to convey to people that it just can’t go on the way it is because the risks are simply much too high.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
The moves follow a major backlog in grain shipments last winter. However, both railways have roared back from the bottleneck. CP moved 2.64 million tonnes of Canadian grain and grain products in October, a company record for monthly shipments that it nearly matched in November.CN reported the highest quarterly revenues in its 99-year history in October, spurred on by revenue growth of between 15 percent and 25 percent for grain and fertilizers as well as metals and minerals, forest products and coal.CP, though lacking its rival’s broad access to maritime ports, traffics heavily in bulk commodities such as grain, potash, coal and fertilizer that amount to 44 percent of its revenue, according to a DBRS report from October.“There’s this shift in China where the diet is changing to more Western-style habits and they’re eating a lot more grain. That also demands a lot more potash 1/8for fertilizer 3/8 than the traditional seafood-based diet,” Deutsche Bank analyst Seldon Clarke said. MONTREAL – Canada’s two major railways are well-positioned to weather potential economic headwinds and the U.S.-China trade war, analysts say, as ongoing investments in new cars and track bolster crude-by-rail and commodities shipments.Canadian National Railway Co. and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. shipped 23 percent more oil and petroleum in 2018 to drive a four percent increase in total freight traffic, according to the Association of American Railways.Crude-by-rail exports have spiked over the past year amidst a pipeline shortage and a big discount on Western Canadian Select oil, hitting a record 327,229 barrels per day in October, a 58 percent year-over-year increase, according to the National Energy Board. With Enbridge’s Line 3 not set to come online until late this year and the Trans Mountain expansion facing uncertainty, CN and CP can expect continued high demand for shipments of the black stuff, DBRS analyst Amaury Baudouin said.The railways have drawn on lessons from unfilled contracts following the crude-by-rail boom five years ago, entering into multi-year contracts with oil shippers that set minimum volumes and higher fees to help insulate them from volatile demand, he said.“I think lessons of the past have been learned, and a lot of this capacity is being contracted on a take-or-pay basis…which means that if the economics of Western Canadian oil change a lot, CN and CP will still have that oil to move around to the U.S. refineries and the Gulf Coast.”In 2017 petroleum, chemicals and plastics brought in 16 percent of CN’s $13.04 billion in revenue and 14 percent of CP’s $6.38-billion revenues. With crude comprising only a portion of those categories, surging sales will have a limited impact on the bottom line and the stock price, Baudouin cautioned.Over the past year, Montreal-based CN has invested in rail cars, track doubling and expanded rail yards, particularly between Chicago and the West Coast, to the tune of $3.5 billion, 30 percent more than its three-year average. It has plans to keep building in 2019.Calgary-based CP, meanwhile, aims to have 1,000 more grain cars in service by this spring, following CN’s order for 1,000 hoppers last May. The expanded port at Prince Rupert, B.C., where CN has laid track directly on the dock, is another reason for long-term optimism. It offers shippers a swift route for Asian-produced goods, avoiding the congestion of Vancouver and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, more grain is being stuffed into shipping containers and dropped on carriers bound for China, he said.Lumber and automotive parts, however, pose a potential weak point for both railways.“The American housing market is looking pretty weak and not going to have a sharp turnaround any time soon. Same goes for the auto industry in the U.S.,” Clarke said, pointing to plummeting lumber prices. Automotive shipment revenues dropped 21 percent for CP and 10 percent for CN in 2017, with further declines in 2018.Ongoing steel and aluminum tariffs affect only a fraction of the railways’ shipments, but CN and CP remain vulnerable to the fallout from U.S.-China trade tensions and a potential economic slowdown following a decade of global growth, Clarke said.“You’re seeing a slowdown in economic activity in China, and it’s probably a fair guess to say that that starts to impact North America at some point.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
In memory of Leahy, expressions of sympathy can be made to S.O.N.S.A Celebration of Life is being held at the Evangel Chapel on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 2:00 PM. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jean Leahy, Seniors Advocate for Save Our Northern Seniors (S.O.N.S) has passed away.Leahy has been an integral part of advocating for the region’s seniors in the local area and peace region for years. She was on the board as President for S.O.N.S and helped play a part in making improvements for quality of living for seniors in Fort St. John.Leahy born September 20th, 1934 passed August 26th, 2019 at the age of 84 years.
Gurugram: On duty to rectify a defective transformer, a professional from Dakshin Haryana Bijili Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) got electrocuted due to the electric shock from the transformer.The incident occurred in the Jamalpur Chowk. Such was the intensity of the shock that the man laid lifeless on the electric wires that further worsened his condition. He was admitted to the hospital where his situation is said to be in a critical state. An official complaint has been registered with the Gurugram police to ascertain the reasons behind the Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesaccident. “The entire incident occurred all of a sudden when the man was trying to rectify the defunct transformer. It seems that there was carelessness n not putting the current off.” “Due to the intensity of the current, the man was lying lifeless on the wires, till he was taken back to the hospital,” said Chandu Ram. On Wednesday n a tragic incident two workers who were serving the air conditioner died due to the sudden blast of the air conditioner. The incident also resulted in the homeowner sustaining injuries. The accident occurred in Sector-92 SARE homes at around 3:30 pm. The two had gone to service the window AC. The deceased have been identified as Seeta Ram (25) and Mahesh (26). The two used to work for an online services portal.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to further hear the plea of Congress MP Sushmita Dev seeking action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for alleged poll code violations, saying the Election Commission has already decided the complaints.The apex court said it cannot examine the merits of the EC orders, giving clean chits to the BJP leaders, as they gave rise to a fresh cause of action for which another petition has to be filed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkSince the EC has decided “rightly” or “wrongly” the pending complaints against the Prime Minister and the BJP President, the merits of the orders can be challenged only by filing a fresh petition, said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta. “The petition has become infructuous as the Election Commission has taken decisions on the complaints,” the bench said. Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Dev, said the additional affidavit has been filed as the apex court had asked her to bring on record EC’s orders giving clean chit to Modi and Shah on complaints of MCC violations over their alleged hate speeches and using armed forces for “political propaganda”.
Behind a career night in 3-point shooting by senior Jon Diebler, the No. 2 Ohio State men’s basketball team remained undefeated as it breezed past Florida Gulf Coast University, 83-55, Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center. After missing his first two shots, Diebler picked apart FGCU’s zone defense, making nine 3-point shots in a row en route to scoring a career-high 29 points. His nine 3-pointers tied Jay Burson’s OSU single-game record set in 1988. “It’s just one of those nights, I guess,” Diebler said. “It just feels like you can throw the ball in the ocean and it’s going to go in.” The Buckeyes jumped out to an 18-3 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half and never looked back. Freshman guard Jordan Sibert assisted a one-handed dunk by classmate Lenzelle Smith for the final score of the half, bringing OSU’s lead to 42-16 at intermission. The Eagles didn’t help their cause, committing 16 first-half turnovers against a disciplined OSU defense that didn’t allow a free throw during the game’s first 16 minutes. The Buckeyes also collected 11 offensive rebounds in the first half. After committing three first-half turnovers, the Buckeyes got off to a sloppy start in the second half, doubling their turnover total in the first five minutes. The Eagles took advantage of the Buckeyes’ mistakes, doubling their own point total within the first eight minutes of the second half. “You’re ultimately striving for 40 minutes of great basketball,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “A lot of times, you need a hard lesson to get that across.” FGCU cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 19 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game. But Diebler fired back on the next possession with his seventh 3-pointer of the game, stretching OSU’s lead to 57-35 and sparking a second-half scoring streak for the Buckeyes, who led by as many as 33 points. Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds despite playing just nine minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. Junior William Buford added a season-high 17 points, becoming the 47th Buckeye to score 1,000 points in a career. Diebler and senior David Lighty also have achieved that milestone. “It’s a real honor,” Buford said. “To look in the books before the game and see the people did reach 1,000. They were the greats at Ohio State.” The Buckeyes return to action Saturday when they host South Carolina, their final non-conference opponent from a major conference.
Liverpool’s ability to focus on games as they come has been their biggest strength this campaign according to James Milner.Klopp’s men are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after 17 rounds of matches and could further strengthen their grip at the stop when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.The messages continually coming from the dressing room according to Milner state that the players are not looking any further ahead than their next game.“A big strength of this group is how we’ve improved over the last few years but also how we stay in the present and focus on each game,” the midfielder disclosed to the club’s media.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“We know how good the teams are in the Premier League and how tough it is to win every game.“[The title] is a special achievement and one we’re obviously hoping to get to but it’s a long way to go and we’re coming up against a lot of good teams.“As a group, we just want to concentrate on playing as well as we can and keep on improving.”