Northeast BC unemployment rate increased in January 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw an increase in January.The unemployment rate in January was 5.5 percent compared to 4.7 percent in December of 2018.January has been the highest recorded unemployment percentage since September 2018 at 5.6 percent, an estimated 39,900 people are employed in a labour force of 42,100. A recent statement made by Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, on the release of the January Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada;“As demonstrated in the newest results, higher wages, low unemployment and good jobs in British Columbia show that people are at the centre of our strong and stable economy.Wages continued to rise in January, with B.C. among the top provinces for year-over-year growth. In the past year, B.C.’s average wages grew by 4.1%, the highest among provinces. In fact, 2018 was B.C.’s highest annual wage growth in the past 10 years.B.C.’s unemployment rate remained the lowest in Canada — for the 17th month in a row — at 4.7%. Private sector jobs have been fuelling employment growth in the province, with an increase of 64,800 in the past year.This means people continue to see the benefit of a high-performing economy following many years of wage stagnation.”B.C.’s economy is expected to outperform the rest of Canada over the next three years. The Economic Forecast Council, a group of bank economists and analysts that are independent of government, estimates that B.C.’s real gross domestic product is expected to grow by 2.6% in both 2019 and 2020. “We’re working hard to nurture a sustainable economy that works for people.”last_img read more

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Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction efforts result in arrests

first_imgCharged was 38-year-old Patrick Edens of Red Deer with traffic Safety Act offences as well as a total of 11 Criminal Code offences. Edens appeared in court on September 9.Also charged was a female youth with possession of a controlled substance. The female youth appeared in September 16. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On September 5, at approximately 8:00 p.m., while conducting patrols, the Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit located a vehicle with a stolen licence plate.According to RCMP, The CRU unit conducted a traffic stop and as a result of an investigation the driver and one passenger were arrested.During the stop, police seized a small amount of methamphetamine, a loaded restricted firearm with a tampered serial number, $300.00 in counterfeit currency, two cans of bear spray, a machete, two throwing knives and an imitation firearm.last_img read more

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Algeria summons Moroccan Ambassador over expulsion of Syrian refugees

first_imgRabat – Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday Abdullah Belkeziz, the Moroccan ambassador in Algiers, to inform him of its rejection of what it called “the allegations of the expulsion of Syrian refugees to the Moroccan territory.”In a statement published by the official news agency , the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ammar Bllani  said “we summoned the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco on Wednesday to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was received by the Secretary General of the Ministry, Noureddine Awam, who expressed the Algerian government’s full rejection of the unfounded allegations mentioned by the Moroccan party on the alleged expulsion by the Algerian authorities of Syrian nationals to the Moroccan territory.”This move comes less than 24 hours after Morocco summoned the Algerian Ambassador to Rabat to express to him Morocco’s “strong disapproval,” following the alleged expulsion by the Algerian authorities to Moroccan territory of more than 70 Syrian nationals. “While calling on Algeria to fully assume its responsibilities, Morocco deeply regrets this inhuman act, especially as it affects women and children in a situation of extreme vulnerability,” read a statement of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.A Video footage aired by the Moroccan channel Al Oula shows official Algerian stamps on the passports of the Syrian refugees, which proves that they have legally entered the Algerian territory before they were expelled to Morocco.©Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Illinois

1. Will Terrelle Pryor continue taking care of the ball on the road? Pryor is third in the Big Ten in total offense with 302 yards per game. He is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after recording six total touchdowns last week against Eastern Michigan. But the key stat for No. 2 is that he has only turned the ball over twice this season. OSU becomes nearly unbeatable if Pryor takes care of the football, but this is the first time the Scarlet and Gray have played away from Ohio Stadium this season. 2. Can “Boom” and “Zoom” get on track? Between them, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine have six rushing touchdowns and 361 yards rushing. Even their yards-per-carry average of 4.6 (Herron) and 4.7 (Saine) are solid. But anyone who has watched the first four games would say these two running backs could do better. Saine appears to be having trouble changing direction and finding the right holes. Herron has trouble breaking past the second level of the defense. Right now, Pryor is OSU’s leading rusher. 3. Will the Illini break OSU’s 100-yard individual rusher streak? Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the Fighting Illini’s three games in 2010. It has been 27 games since the OSU defense allowed a 100-yard rusher. The “Silver Bullets” have only allowed seven 100-yard rushers since the start of the 2005 season, fewest in the nation. Something’s got to give. But consider this: Illinois has played Missouri, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois to open the season. Chances are LeShoure will have trouble getting to the century mark. 4. Does anyone know what Illibuck is? Whenever OSU and Illinois meet, the Illibuck trophy is at stake. The original Illibuck was a live turtle. But the grind of traveling back and forth between Champaign and Columbus took its toll and Illibuck died in the spring of 1927. His successor, a wooden replica, has been used ever since. Members of two of the schools’ junior honorary societies meet at halftime of the game to award Illibuck to the previous year’s winning school. OSU leads the series 62-30-4 and has a 33-12 advantage in Champaign. 5. Will OSU have another close call in Memorial Stadium? Although Illinois’ last victory over OSU in Champaign was nearly 19 years ago, a 10-7 win on Oct. 12, 1991, the last four times OSU has visited Memorial Stadium, the scores have been close. OSU won 24-21 in 2000, 23-16 in overtime in 2002, 17-10 in 2006 and 30-20 in 2008. However, none of those OSU teams boasted the combination of a high-scoring offense (third in the nation in points) and suffocating defense (No. 19 in points allowed). Coach Jim Tressel said the difference between playing at home and playing on the road is pretty clear-cut in terms of dealing with hardship during the game. “You’re going to have some adversity,” Tressel said. “You’re not going to have that crowd there to help you through it. So you better play as well or better than you’ve ever played this year if you want to be successful.” read more

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Giggs wants Bale not to change clubs

first_imgRyan Giggs is convinced that Real Madrid is the right club for his national team start player, Gareth Bale, and he advised him to stay in Spain despite his situation hasn’t been easy.The Wales star has struggled to gain his regular spot in the starting eleven under Zinedine Zidane and he has been expected to change clubs sooner or later but his national team’s coach believes that it wouldn’t be the right choice.The former Manchester United player spoke about Bale’s situation as he said, according to Sky Sports:“Yes. I went to see him against PSG [in the Champions League last-16].”“When you go there the aura around the club, there are only a handful of clubs who have got that.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“So, of course, you want to stay there. He’s won three Champions League titles, the proof is in that.”“When you are at clubs like that you are always going to win things.”“I learned a lot when I was (United) manager for the four games and about how lonely it was.”“When you shut the door of your office and everyone else has gone home, you’re on your own.”last_img read more

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Atletico and Sevilla want Kalinic

first_imgAtletico Madrid and Sevilla are the closest to signing Kalinic, says Mirabelli, Goal reports.The Milan director has said that the two La Liga rivals are the closest to acquiring the Croatian striker.Nikola Kalinic has been in talks with the two Spanish clubs regarding a transfer away from the San Siro, AC Milan Sporting Director told Massimiliano Mirabelli has confirmed.Kalinic who joined Milan last summer from Italian side Fiorentina has struggled to make a positive impact scoring just six goals in 31 appearances.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…It is believed Gennaro Gattuso and the Milan hierarchy are willing to cut their losses on the striker who signed initially on loan with an obligation to buy for £22million.The 30-year-old who was initially part of Croatia’s 23 man squad to the World Cup was unceremoniously sent home from the tournament after refusing to come in as substitute during Croatia’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria.“We’ve got many top players in the team and some of them are discussing with other teams. Atleti and Sevilla are the closest to Nikola at the moment but there are other teams interested as well.” Mirabelli revealed to Sky Sports Italia.last_img read more

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Unsworth pleased with Everton performance

first_imgEverton U-23s manager David Unsworth has revealed his delight after an inexperienced U-23 team battled Brighton & Hove Albion U-23 team to a draw.The Toffees U-23 team played out an eventful 2-2 draw with the young Brighton team in the Premier League International cup opener.Unsworth promoted several players from the Everton U-18s team and they stood toe-to-toe with the high-flying young seagulls who are top of the Premier League 2 table.A penalty from Bassala Sambou gave Everton the lead before two quickfire goals from Ben Barclay and James Tilley turned the game in favour of Brighton.A goal from Ellis Simms who was promoted from the U-18s to the U-23s gave Unsworth’s team a well-deserved point and the manager revealed his delight at his team’s performance.I’m really proud of the players, although when you get in that position, you want to win the game,” he said, according to the club’s official website.Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“Brighton played their strongest team tonight, while we gave a chance to some of the players that haven’t been playing.”“We also gave some of the Under-18s who have been playing well the opportunity to step up and produce a performance and they certainly did that.”“I’m delighted for Ellis Simms. He’s a great lad and he’s done a great job tonight. We wanted to give him an opportunity, he has been scoring a lot of goals last season and certainly this season.”“He does the hardest thing in the game, which is putting the ball in the back of the net. Kyle John had half a game and was very good – unfortunately he got a little injury – and Ryan Astley was absolutely magnificent at centre-back. Anthony Gordon did well, too.”“There were so many positives to take.”last_img read more

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Limited time for rescue mission to free trapped Thai boys

first_imgNarongsak Osottanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province, speaks to journalists during a news conference near the Tham Luang cave complex, where 12 boys and their soccer coach are trapped, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand on 7 July 2018. Photo: ReutersThere is “limited time” to bring out 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach who have been trapped for two weeks inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand before heavy rains set in, the rescue mission’s head said on Saturday.The warning came a day after a Thai diver died during part of the rescue operation, marking a deadly turn in what started out as a celebration of one of the boys’ birthdays at the Tham Luang cave complex in northern Chiang Rai province.A team of Thai Navy SEALS, soldiers, police and volunteers have been working around the clock to try and drain the cave. The boys, aged between 11 and 16 and not all of whom are capable swimmers, are hurriedly being taught to take on a treacherous dive through narrow, muddy, submerged passageways.”The critical point is when it rains again … There is limited time,” Narongsak Osottanakorn, head of the rescue mission and Chiang Rai’s former governor, told a midnight media briefing.He said he wanted to reduce risks but added that falling oxygen levels inside the cave were another “really big concern”.Rescue alternatives include stocking the cave with supplies and an oxygen line to keep the boys alive in the cave for months until Thailand’s monsoon season ends, or drilling a shaft down into the cave from the forest above.Narongsak said they would have to drill through 600 metres (1,970 feet) of fragile limestone rock to reach the boys and were discussing drilling angles.Reality Sets InThe initial jubilation around the boys’ discovery by a team of British divers on Monday has faded as the reality of the challenge of their extraction has set in.The ordeal facing the boys was underscored by the death of a former Thai Navy SEAL in the cave on Friday morning.However, Ivan Katadzic, a Danish diving instructor who has been ferrying oxygen tanks inside the cave, said after a dive on Friday evening he was “double positive” about the mission because the water level had dropped considerably.Katadzic has not dived the final kilometre to where the boys are stranded on a muddy bank, the most dangerous part of the dive where rescuers have to hold their oxygen tanks in front of them to squeeze through submerged holes.A team on the hill above is frantically trying to block holes and divert streams that channel water into the cave before the weather turns.”Everything is a race against time”, said Kamolchai Kotcha, an official at the forest park. His team would camp out on the hill to try and finish their work before the rain came, he said.Divers took the boys letters written by family members camped outside the cave but an attempt to send down a phone failed earlier this week.The president of soccer’s governing body, FIFA, invited the boys on Thursday to be his guests at the World Cup Final in Moscow on 15 July if they make it out in time.last_img read more

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