“Good outing by our team, good defensive game and Ty (Gullickson) played really good in the net.”The Flyers are home this Thursday night as they host the Dawson Creek Canucks. Game time is 8:30 p.m. at the North Peace Arena. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are home tomorrow night, December 20, as they host the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks.The last time the Flyers had played with the Canucks was on December 13 as they were down in Dawson Creek to take on the Canucks. The Flyers ended up beating them 7-4.Then coming off of that win, the Flyers played host to the Manning Comets on December 15. The Flyers shut out the Comets with a win of 8-0.- Advertisement -Currently, the Flyers are standing third in the NPHL West Division, with Grande Prairie in second and Dawson Creek in first.NPHL current standings. The Flyers are sitting at third in the West Division. Source NPHLFlyers Manager, Lee Hartman, says the team had a good outing and the goalie played pretty well at the home game on December 15.Advertisement
Another snowmobiler has died in an avalanche near Tumbler Ridge.Saturday, January 17th at approximately 2:30 pm a group of six snowmobilers were in the area of the “Back Meadows” on Babcock Mountain. One of their group had been highmarking at the time of the slide. The rest of the group was at the bottom of the hill, off to one side and were not taken by the slide.A lone male was buried by the slide and was not located prior to him perishing. The male was eventually located with the assistance of other snowmobilers who had been in the area.- Advertisement -The other five members of the group were able to get out of the area without injury following the incident. At this time no names are being released prior to family being notified. Tumbler Ridge RCMP wants to remind the public to be aware of the avalanche rating for the area that they are in. Also to ensure that you are fully prepared to be in the mountains sledding. This includes taking the needed equipment, ie: probe pole, shovel and locator beacon.
Fifty persons on Friday graduated from the TOTALTEC Academy Oilfields Services training programme. Among those who graduated are three women.Some of the graduates at the TOTALTEC Oilfield Services safety and operators’ graduation on FridayThe graduates underwent a rigorous eight-week programme consisting of theoretical and practical training. During that period, the students completed nine courses covering 64 modules of safety and oil and gas operational training.The recruits, who all attained over 85 per cent pass mark, were trained by First Competence Ltd, which is an approved learning centre certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The programme was provided free of cost since all recruits received full scholarships from TOTALTEC.The graduates include previous students of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions in Guyana, along with some workers who were laid off from the sugar, bauxite and gold mining industries. All 50 graduates will be employed in sections of the oil and gas sector.CEO of TOTALTEC, Lars Mangal said that the graduation is a momentous occasion for Guyana.“I would say that it is a momentous event for the industry in Guyana because we are graduating 50 young Guyanese men and women, the first time that we have been able to get through 50 graduates in three months but we have been able to accelerate since we have started 15 months ago to now have trained 250 Guyanese,” Lars revealed.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn shared similar sentiments and further stated that the graduation is a clear indication of TOTALTEC’s benefits to Guyana.“Today’s (Friday) ceremony marks the start of a new year for 50 young Guyanese who successfully completed the programme. They have all secured positions in the oil and gas industry, that is a significant achievement and we should all be proud and happy that they have done so” Quinn briefly remarked.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman congratulated TOTALTEC’s CEO for the achievement and for raising the bar for similar academies that will soon come to Guyana.TOTALTEC Academy has developed programmes to international standards which deliberately ensure gender diversity in their recruitment.The academy has since formed a strategic alliance with MATPAL Marine Institute which provides International Maritime Organisation (IMO) certified training for seafarers. The alliance provides new, integrated training programmes, geared to accelerate the development of a world-class Guyanese workforce to participate in both the maritime and oil and gas industries.TOTALTEC will soon develop the academy into a world class campus spanning 3-acres and which will offer a full curriculum of oil and gas training.
Still, he said, “it’s better than the other alternative, which is hundreds of thousands of dollars in liability” if someone without insurance requires extensive hospital care. The governor and Democratic leaders of the California Assembly and state Senate have each produced their own health care proposals. Now, all sides are working out details, plugging in financial data and negotiating to address the concerns of insurers, consumer groups, health practitioners, and others It is still unclear whether the Senate and Assembly will have their own bills or move forward with a unified approach. But all sides expect the legislative debate to begin in earnest in April. Regardless of the differences between California’s insurance market and that in Massachusetts, the cost of coverage that individuals must buy and what benefits are included will be a central part of the discussion. “The debate you see (in Massachusetts), the principles are going to be the same here in California,” said Peter Harbage, a health care consultant who worked on Schwarzenegger’s plan. “What are the tradeoffs between higher premiums and lower premiums versus cost-sharing” such as co-payments and deductibles There are some variables in California that are very different from Massachusetts. Massachusetts for example, already requires insurers to sell coverage to anyone who wants it, a policy known as guaranteed issue. Health plans say adopting that policy here could raise prices for everyone who buys insurance on their own, if too many sick people come into the system. One reason insurance is cheaper here is because plans can now refuse to cover someone who is sick. “The way insurance works is that it requires a whole lot of healthy people in a group that are paying for the relatively few folks who are going to be sick at any given time,” said Chris Ohman, president of the California Association of Health Plans. “It’s a really tough math problem, and that’s where these discussion are really challenging. How do you make sure that folks who are healthy stay in the pool?” The Massachusetts plan will allow people to opt out of buying insurance if a state board determines that it is unaffordable, potentially decreasing the number of people who are buying insurance and driving up prices. The California proposals don’t have a similar safety valve for the consumer. That’s one reason advocacy groups are pushing for a backup plan if California lawmakers can’t figure out a way to provide good benefits at an affordable price once all the financial calculations are worked out. “What is not acceptable is to have some people forced to buy a product that is not useful and is unaffordable,” said Anthony Wright, director of Health Access, a consumer group. “Our focus is not to let it get that far.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mandating that people have insurance and penalizing them through the tax system if they don’t comply is a lynchpin of the health care proposal that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled in January. The Republican governor’s plan would cover the state’s 6.5 million uninsured by making individuals, employers, doctors, hospitals, and the federal government pay more into the health care system. Insurers would have to end their practice of turning away people whom they consider to be poor risks. Daniel Zingale, a top advisor to Schwarzenegger on health care, said advocacy groups are mistaken in thinking that the prices in Massachusetts indicate that there would be similar costs for Californians. “Massachusetts is vastly different from California,” he said. “Premiums are higher there for a number of reasons.” Based on the price of insurance that is currently for sale in California, Zingale said, the governor believes it is possible to sell people insurance for as little as $100 a month, albeit with a $5,000 deductible. SACRAMENTO – Massachusetts, the first state to require its residents to buy health insurance or face tax penalties, released the first details last week on how much individuals will have to pay for coverage if they don’t get it through their jobs. Consumer groups immediately charged that the insurance would be too expensive for some: People over age 56 making as little as $30,000 a year would have to pay at least $347 a month in premiums and could spend thousands of dollars more if they got sick. As California lawmakers work out a health insurance overhaul that could contain a similar requirement for individuals, advocacy groups here say the Massachusetts example raises questions about whether it’s possible to come up with affordable health insurance for people to buy on their own. “Our big concern is that without guarantees that costs will be controlled, we’re certain to stick some patients with health plans that simply aren’t affordable,” said Carmen Balber of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Los Angeles, an organization that wants the state to limit how much insurers can charge.
“If you look at the numbers, no, because he has high numbers,” Wenger said when asked if there was a better striker in Europe at the moment than Kane.The England international spoke this week of how being released from Arsenal’s academy as an eight-year-old left him with a “chip on his shoulder”.Kane has more than taken revenge with a fine record against Arsenal, scoring six goals in seven North London derbies.Wenger broke Arsenal’s transfer record last week to add more firepower to the Gunners quest to beat Tottenham to a top-four finish by splashing out £56 million ($78 million) on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.And the Frenchman is hoping his new front line of Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan — who shone in a 5-1 thrashing of Everton in their fist outing together — can outgun Kane when the sides meet on Saturday.“I believe what you want in a game like that is to keep him quiet and for our strikers to express their talent.”More than local bragging rights are on offer with Arsenal trailing fifth-placed Spurs by four points in the race for a return to the Champions League place with just 12 Premier League games of the season remaining.“It’s a big game because we are behind in the table and we have to catch up,” added Wenger.“It is more important for us to come back mathematically than it is emotionally-charged.”Following their controversial draw at Anfield that saw Spurs win two late penalties and Dele Alli booked for diving, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino defended his players by criticising the fixation with diving in English football.Yet Wenger, who also spoke out against Manchester City’s England international Raheem Sterling earlier this season, believes it is English players who have become the “masters” of diving.“I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it but I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the sides’ North London derby this weekend © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Feb 8 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger put North London rivalries aside as he accepted Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane is the most in-form striker in Europe on Thursday.Kane, 24, became the second fastest player to ever reach 100 Premier League goals by netting his 31st of the season in just 32 games to salvage a point for Spurs from a thrilling 2-2 draw at Liverpool last weekend.