It's been a forgettable season for the Vancouver Canucks, but the club's return following a COVID-19 outbreak provided a night to remember.
It's been a forgettable season for the Vancouver Canucks, but the club's return following a COVID-19 outbreak provided a night to remember.
The Village of Alix appears to have mitigated a possible fire hazard by signing a lease agreement with Canadian Pacific Rail. The agreement was approved by village council at their regular meeting May 5. Village Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Michelle White submitted to council a proposed lease agreement with CP Rail which essentially allows the village access to the rail right-of-way (ROW) which runs the length of the village. At past council meetings councillors, in particular Mayor Rob Fehr, voiced concern about the lack of maintenance of tall grass growing along the ROW. CP Rail’s ROW is not very far from Main Street and trains have been known to throw sparks into tall, dry grass along tracks which could become wildfires. The aesthetic impact of tall, uncut grass was also mentioned in White’s report. In her report to council the CAO noted CP Rail used to mow the grass but stopped doing that about four years ago. White stated it took some time to nail down, but the lease would give village staff permission to enter the ROW to cut grass and that’s all the village was looking for. “It’s been a bit of a long road,” said White to council. As councillors read through the proposed lease, it was noted CP Rail stated if the company had to send the agreement to a lawyer, they would charge the village for the legal fees. The village will also have to cover the costs of mowing the grass. Mayor Fehr stated the agreement looked good and, considering other alternatives, at least the village now has an option. The mayor later stated he felt the agreement was actually better than what he was expecting and “...is the way to go,” as it frees the village from any question about trespassing. Coun. Ed Cole stated it seemed that the rail company was sort of meeting the village halfway with this agreement. White noted the proposed agreement was described as “standard” by CP Rail and there was little to no room for changes. Coun. Tim Besuijen asked what liability the village faces for signing this agreement. White answered that the ROW is private property, and the agreement gives the village permission to enter it only to perform certain maintenance work such as vegetation control and nothing else. Coun. Vicki Soltermann asked about agreements that other municipalities have with CP Rail. White answered that not all municipalities appear to have formal arrangements with CP Rail, and it was difficult to get information from the large municipalities. When asked what happens if a train starts a fire along the ROW, White responded that it’s handled like any other fire, with the invoice for the fire response sent to CP Rail. She noted it can sometimes take up to two years to get paid. Councillors unanimously approved signing the agreement with CP Rail as presented. CN Rail meeting The village also met with the other major rail line, CN Rail, to discuss issues of mutual concern, stated a report from Mayor Fehr. Fehr stated he and White had a virtual meeting with CN representative Tyler Bannick and discussed tall grass and noxious weeds on CN Rail property. Fehr stated that the village pointed out a fire occurred in 2019 along CN’s ROW near Haunted Lake Golf Course. CN noted they have an alarm system to notify engineer’s when there’s a “hot spot” on the line but apparently it didn’t work as intended in 2019. Bannick stated CN will allow the fire department to enter onto its property to fight fires. It was also noted CN Rail plans to meet with the village on a regular basis to discuss issues of mutual concern. Councillors accepted the report for information. Cutting the grass Coincidentally, the village also received a letter from CN Rail notifying the community about vegetation control activities over the summer of 2021. “If not managed properly, trees, brush or other vegetation can severely compromise rail and public safety,” stated the April 21 letter signed by CN staffer Luanne Patterson. Councillors accepted the letter for information. Stu Salkeld, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, East Central Alberta Review
Former President Barack Obama’s dog Bo died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the Obamas said on social media. News of Bo's passing was shared by Obama and his wife Michelle on Instagram, where both expressed sorrow at the passing of a dog the former president described as a “true friend and loyal companion.” “He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair,” Barack Obama wrote.
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MANCHESTER, England — In a haze of blue smoke produced by fans, Manchester City's team buses were serenaded into their stadium with chants of “Champions.” They proved premature. There was still a game — closed to crowds due to the pandemic — to be won. And Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 on Saturday and prevent City from clinching a third English title in four seasons and dethroning Liverpool. City's time will surely come, with three games still to get over the line in the Premier League. The celebrations could even come on Sunday if Manchester United, 13 points adrift of its neighbour, loses at Aston Villa. Losing to Chelsea has become annoyingly familiar for City manager Pep Guardiola after seeing the quadruple bid ended by an FA Cup semifinal loss three weeks ago. Now it's only three weeks until they meet again on club football's biggest stage — the Champions League final. “We can learn from this and move on,” Guardiola said. “We have another three chances to be champions.” How different it could have been had Sergio Aguero not chipped a “Panenka” penalty softly down the centre that Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy saved in first-half stoppage time after Gabriel Jesus was brought down by Billy Gilmour. It was a chance to double the lead after Raheem Sterling swept in the opener in the 44th minute. Andreas Christensen failed to close down a long ball and fell, and Gabriel Jesus nipped in to seize possession. The pass was squared across the penalty area, that Aguero couldn't control to shoot before Sterling applied the finishing touch. Then it was a mistake by Rodri, playing as the only midfielder, in giving the ball away around the halfway line that led to Chelsea equalizing in the 63rd. Cesar Azpilicueta broke down the left before passing to Hakim Ziyech and knocking the ball to Christian Pulisic, who held off defender Nathan Ake. Azpilicueta found the space to receive the ball back before squaring it to Ziyech to strike low into the net. Chelsea looked like it had given away another penalty with two minutes left of regular time when Sterling appeared to be clipped by Kurt Zouma and they fell in a tangle. Despite howls of protests and appeals for the referee to watch the incident himself, no spot kick was awarded. How costly it proved for City. In stoppage time, Timo Werner cut the ball back for Marcos Alonso to dispatch into the net and seal the win that moved Chelsea up to third. Maybe Chelsea won't be relying on winning the Champions League to secure a return next season after all. The team was five points from fourth place when Thomas Tuchel was hired in January. TOTTENHAM SETBACK Tottenham faced another season out of the Champions League after losing at Leeds two years to the day after reaching the final of Europe’s elite competition. Losing to Leeds 3-1 on Saturday left Tottenham five points from fourth place with three games to go, and having played one more than Chelsea. Tottenham cancelled out Stuart Dallas’ early opener through Son Heung-min, but Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo sealed the win. Leeds has gone unbeaten against the “Big Six” at home in its first season back in the Premier League after 16 years, and sits in ninth place. PALACE SAFE Crystal Palace will be in the Premier League for an eighth successive season after beating already-relegated Sheffield United 2-0. Eberechi Eze set up Christian Benteke to score after 67 seconds and netted himself in the 88th minute. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
New Delhi [India], May 9 (ANI): BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday said the Centre will take action against those who indulged in post-poll hooliganism in West Bengal.
Singer-songwriter Lloyd Price, an early rock ’n roll star and enduring maverick whose hits included such up-tempo favorites as “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” “Personality” and the semi-forbidden “Stagger Lee,” has died. Price died Monday at a long-term care facility in New Rochelle, New York, of complications from diabetes, his wife, Jacqueline Price, told The Associated Press on Saturday. Lloyd Price, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, was among the last survivors of a post-World War II scene in New Orleans that anticipated the shifts in popular music and culture leading to the rise of rock in the mid-1950s.
Justin Allgaier held off JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry in overtime to win the Xfinity Series event at Darlington Raceway on Saturday. Allgaier didn't move in front until the final 10 laps, when he passed Berry for the lead. Allgaier took the outside line and, while Berry edged in front briefly, he powered past him to take the checkered flag.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Morgan Weaver buried her penalty kick after Portland goalkeeper Adrianna Franch stopped Nahomi Kawasumi's attempt and the Thorns won the Challenge Cup tournament on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw with Gotham on Saturday. The Thorns did not drop a match in the National Women's Soccer League preseason tournament. Following the seven-round shootout, the fans at Providence Park chanted “A-D, A-D," Franch's nickname. Gotham, previously known as Sky Blue before an off-season rebrand, won a pair of group-stage games, including a 4-3 victory over the North Carolina Courage. Christine Sinclair's bending strike in the eighth minute gave the Thorns an early lead. It was her second goal of the tournament. The Canadian forward became the NWSL's active leader with 60 career goals. North Carolina's Lynn Williams has 59. Sinclair holds the record for most career international goals, among men or women, with 186. Portland's Lindsey Horan had a free kick from a dangerous spot out in front of the goal in the 39th minute, but it hit the post after going over the wall. Gotham broke through in the 60th minute on a header from Carli Lloyd. It was Lloyd's second goal of the tournament. The Thorns had an opportunity in the 72nd minute, but Simone Charley's shot from close range was cleared off the goal line by defender Mandy Freeman. It appeared Charley had a goal some five minutes later, but she was ruled offside and the game went to penalties. Portland outshot Gotham 26-8 in regulation. The match, broadcast nationally on CBS, had an early start at 10 a.m. local time. When the match was finalized last week, it appeared that fans would not be allowed in Providence Park. But Gov. Kate Brown reduced the coronavirus threat level in the county on Tuesday and some 4,000 spectators attended the game. The league's regular season opens next week. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press
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"Proof that women can change their minds and reclaim autonomy over their own bodies," read an Instagram post shared by the singer.
Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") and KSF partner, former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors that they have until June 28, 2021 to file lead plaintiff applications in a securities class action lawsuit against Peloton Interactive, Inc. (NasdaqGS: PTON), if they purchased the Company’s securities between September 11, 2020 and May 5, 2021, inclusive (the "Class Period"). This action is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
The decision comes after the party’s poor showing in the local polls and Hartlepool by-election.
Thomas Tuchel does it again – and regardless of controversial decisions, under-strength lineups or bungled Panenkas, the German has given Chelsea the psychological edge over Manchester City heading into the Champions League final. For the second time in the space of less than a month, he has got the better of Pep Guardiola. Back then, Guardiola got his tactics all wrong with a much-changed side that were fortunate to avoid a heavier defeat than the 1-0 scoreline.
The SNP has won an emphatic victory in the Holyrood elections, but did not gain an overall majority. Nicola Sturgeon’s party took 64 seats in Thursday’s vote – 62 in constituencies and one on the Highlands and Islands and another in the South Scotland regional list – one shy of a majority but well ahead of the Tories on 31 seats. With the failure to return 65 MSPs, the case for another independence referendum is weakened, but the Scottish Greens provide an overall pro-independence majority of 72 seats.
Thomas Tuchel has revealed the half-time team talk that earned Chelsea a stunning comeback to beat Manchester City. Raheem Sterling fired Premier League champions-elect City ahead – but Sergio Aguero’s bungled Panenka gave Chelsea a lifeline.