Colter Young won stage #6 of the 8 stage Blizzard Spring Stage Race, Tuesday night. He won the 30 km Beatton Park – Montney Store road race with a time of 42:39. Jake Elliott won an exciting 4 rider sprint for second over Pat Ferris, Peter King and Bob Andrews with a group time of 44:47 minutes. Gord Harris was 6th at 45:02, Roger St. Jean 49:52 and Sandy McDonald 50:42. Barb Polehoykie and Jolea Bilodeau came in at 1:05:00 after various mechanical and traction issues. Colter Young has a perfect lead of 30 points in the Under 19 group. Pat Ferris has 16, a slim 1 point lead over Peter King. Blaine Richter is third at 10 points. Barb Polehoykie has 28 points in the Women’s division with Marie Young second at 13 and Sandy McDonald third at 10 points. – Advertisement -Two stages to go: -Thursday night Baldonnel time trial. Sign on 6:15 pm-Sunday road race Cecil Lake gravel pit at 2 pm. www.ferrisfastcycles.com
CTV British Columbia is reporting that South Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom is calling on Premier Gordon Campbell to step down. “You hope that he knows when the time has come. I think, without question, most people would agree that the time has come to have a new premier,” Lekstrom told CTV News. Lekstrom resigned from the Liberal caucus earlier this year in protest over the HST and has been sitting as an independent MLA since.- Advertisement –
Moose FM presents Reba McEntire with Victoria Banks on Saturday at the EnCana Events Centre and we want to you get as close as possible to the show.All you have to do is listen to Moose FM between now and Friday. When you hear the Victoria Banks Vault open, be the right caller through at 250-787-2222. You’ll win a chance to go back stage and meet Victoria Banks.- Advertisement -Plus you’ll get a pair of tickets to the show. Starting with row 6 on Monday, tickets in row 5 on Tuesday, row 4 on Wednesday, row 3 on Thursday and row 2 on Friday.Reba McEntire with Victoria Banks, presented by Moose FM on Saturday October 30th. Tickets are on sale now by calling 1-877-339-TIXX or online at www.dawsonco-optickets.com
– Advertisement -Fort St. John RCMP are continuing their search for an armed robbery suspect after an incident in September 2010.Police say they are releasing a second photo of the suspect because he has not yet been identified.The incident occurred when a male entered the Munchies Convenience Store brandishing a tire iron early in the morning on Sept. 25.The man left the store on foot having stolen an undisclosed amount of money.The suspect is described as being 5’9” in height with a medium build, wide shoulders and a dark complexion.Advertisement He was wearing a black t-shirt with a grey stripe across the middle, jeans, a grey toque with an orange stripe around the bottom of it and cream coloured gloves at the time of the incident.He also had a piece of blue clothing covering his face.Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Photo: RCMP are still trying to identify a suspect who robbed teh Munchies Convenience Store./RCMP release
Members of The Order of the Eastern Star in Dawson Creek were selling raffle tickets for a quilt this morning at the Co-op Mall. The proceeds from the raffle are going to support the Step Up and Ride Society, which provides a transportation service for the elderly and disabled in the community. They will be selling raffle tickets until 2 p.m. this afternoon, but if you don’t catch them today, they will be back at the Co-op Mall on Aug. 25 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Advertisement –
The collision happened near the 273 road on the 256 road. The train wasn’t derailed but was heavily damaged and the grader received over $30,000 in damage.No one was injured in the collision and CN will now investigate the cause.- Advertisement –
Over 30 different vehicles of all makes models and years were on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the mall. Meanwhile, representatives from the hospital foundation were on hand to serve up cold drinks and sizzling hamburgers to hungry patrons as a fundraiser, supported by the Co-op Mall. Not only did the barbeque raise $500, but the Co-op generously agreed to match that amount for a total of $1,000 raised.That money will go towards the “Extreme Maternity Makeover” campaign, a project to renovate the second-floor maternity ward at the hospital. The public can further support that campaign by visiting a local Tim Horton’s during their “Smile Cookie” campaign that runs from Sept. 19 to 23, or the Shopper’s Drug Mart as it hosts its “Tree of Life” campaign that will be ongoing throughout September.Included here are a few photos from the show-and-shine and barbeque on Sunday.- Advertisement –
Scotiabank takeoverRepublic Financial Holdings Limited, the parent company of Republic Bank (Guyana), has not been granted permission by the Central Bank of Guyana for the purchase/acquisition of the operations of Scotiabank in Guyana.Governor at Central Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind GangaThis was revealed by Governor at the Central Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, who told Guyana Times on Tuesday that the application was denied in light of concerns about “concentration” and “competition” which would have negative impacts on the country’s financial system.He stated that both banks were notified on Tuesday about the Central Bank of Guyana’s evaluation and position on this matter.“…to tell more specifically Republic Bank that we could not approve their application for the merger or acquisition of the assets because of a number of factors. But largely it would be the high level of concentration in the financial and/or banking system that would have had an impact on the health of the financial system with respect to systemic risks. In addition, with respect to cost because it would have led to lower cost efficiency meaning that competition would have been affected,” Ganga told this publication.According to Dr Ganga, had Republic Bank (Guyana) been allowed to forge ahead with its planned takeover of Scotiabank’s operations here then this would have resulted in systemic effects.“Meaning it could cause things happening in the financial system which we could not control…we would have indicated to Scotiabank that we don’t have a problem in terms of the bank wanting to sell but we would have liked for them to look into the areas where you would not have the concentration and you have a proper, potential buyer,” he added.Meanwhile, a senior financial and banking expert told this publication that it would be “preferable” if Scotiabank sells its operations to an international bank.“With oil and gas coming in, international banks are seeing more opportunities here and there are some of them that are doing due diligence,” the banking expert noted.In late November 2018, after the proposed buyout was announced, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stated that Republic Bank Limited’s acquisition of Scotiabank’s operations in Guyana could be unhealthy for the local financial sector.“From what I’ve seen – the figures that I’ve read about – is that the merged entity could control more than 50 per cent of our total assets in the banking sector and more than 50 per cent of total deposits. This is unhealthy and therefore I will support our regulators to uphold the law to avoid undue concentration in a single entity, which puts our entire financial system at risk,” the Opposition Leader stated.His statements came on the heels of the Canadian-based Scotiabank announcing that it has signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in Guyana and eight other Caribbean nations to Republic Financial Holdings Limited.
Wendell MeusaNational Chess Champion and Coach Wendell Meusa under his organisation, the Wendell Meusa Chess Foundation (WMCF), is striving to spread the game of chess to students from an early age. As such, the Foundation has hosted its chess summer camp which was inclusive of two competitions.Admitting that chess is not very popular in Guyana, Meusa disclosed that the Foundation has a goal of pushing kids in Guyana to get involved in the sport. Aside from that, he is hopeful that he can produce players that are ranked internationally. “One of the main objectives here is to get these kids what we call a FIDE (World Chess Federation) ID. All of the participants should be getting an ID; this is the first step in receiving an international rating,” he said.Speaking on the attendance to the camp, the chess champion noted that there was an unexpectedly large turnout. Added to that, the students who were trained and graded performed exceptionally when it was time to put their newfound skill to the test.“This is the first time I’ve had a class where our lowest percentage was actually 92.5,” Meusa said in celebrating the children’s achievement. The programme also produced its youngest player, five-year-old Javier Ali.Meusa described the end-of-program competition as being “very competitive”. “It was very, very competitive. These kids have shown a lot of improvement.”Zeroing in on the specific areas that he has identified improvements in, Meusa stated, “We’re seeing more theoretical chess games, less blunders, less mistakes. We’ve seen positional sacrifices, tactical things, so these children are showing that they’re promising.”Coupled with their astonishing progress, Meusa highlighted that the majority of the players are at a fairly young age, thus giving them more time for improvement. “Most of them are between the ages of 14 and 15, so I think Guyana has a bright future with chess.”Ethan Lee, 15, could be considered the shining star of the programme, winning both of the tournaments hosted with a spotless record.
A team of 23 from the Association do Shotokan Karate – Guyana (ASK-Guyana) will look to seek glory at the 3rd International Karate Daigaku (IKD) World Karate Championships which is scheduled to be held in Barbados.The team, to be led by Roger Peroune, the Kata captain and Keith Beaton, the Kumite captain, with Amir Khouri who will be judging, leaves on August 13 and returns on the August 20.With hopes at a high, members are anxiously awaiting their events so as to gain a podium spot for their country and association. The competition will be huge with over 350 competitors vying for the top spots.The team was able to compete thanks to the sponsors, and more so the parents of the team’s participants, and support from the ASK-G fund raising team.