COVID-19 Update: Self-Swab Tests Will Soon Be Available At Some Walmarts

first_imgBy Allison Perrine “We know this is an important step for our dealerships and bike shops and New Jerseyans who need access to transportation,” said Murphy. “We will continue to responsibly and deliberately give different sectors a green light to open in a manner that is consistent with public health.” “We’re going to continue building the partnerships necessary for us to keep building out our testing program. More testing means more people will know their health status and that means more peace of mind,” said Murphy. “More testing creates more data, and more data allows us to take more steps forward.” “I just want to make sure everybody knows that we are constantly war-gaming this,” said the governor. “I want to get a haircut as much as the next guy, but you’re in very close proximity and you’re sitting there. I want to open up dining as much as the next guy on the inside, but you’re sitting there, in close proximity. It’s a challenge indoors with faith.” New Jersey residents will soon be able to get self-administered COVID-19 testing at certain Walmart stores throughout the state. Expanded testing is a requirement for reopening restaurants and businesses in the area. Deciding when and how to reopen other nonessential retail shops will continue to be a challenge, Murphy said Tuesday in a press conference. The car and bike model “may have some legs” for other venues, he said. The article originally appeared in the May 21 – 27, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. As of Wednesday, May 20, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state reached 150,399, an increase of 1,670 overnight. Of that total, there have been a reported 10,747 deaths, which Murphy called “almost unfathomable.” But despite the numbers, new hospitalizations and patients in hospitals on ventilators and in ICUs, are down significantly since the peak of the virus mid-April. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Murphy announced an order to reopen in-person car and motorcycle sales, allowing dealerships, boat dealerships and bike shops to reopen by appointment only using social distancing measures. The order took effect Wednesday morning. center_img After working with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics over the past few weeks, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday that, in the coming days, New Jersey residents will be able to take these tests by appointment only at seven drive-thru locations outside of select Walmart stores in Howell, Garfield, North Bergen, Kearny, Flemington, Burlington and Mount Laurel. There will be no testing inside the physical Walmart stores. “No one deserves, ever, to be relegated to just a statistic, and certainly not at a time like this,” said Murphy. Tests will be accessible from 7 to 9 a.m. next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Then, beginning June 1, tests will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Results should be available about two days after taking the test. “Walmart is part of the community, and we are proud to help support the expansion of COVID-19 testing throughout New Jersey during this unprecedented time,” Jennifer Hoehn, Walmart public affairs director for New Jersey, said in a press release. “We are grateful to our associates who keep our stores running, our pharmacists who support these testing sites, and to Quest Diagnostics and local officials as we work together to open these sites and help our community.” The test kits will be provided by Walmart pharmacists and trained medical volunteers. Those looking to take the test will be required to follow specific safety protocols. Anyone interested can visit My-QuestCOVIDTest.com to schedule an appointment. NEW JERSEY – Residents will soon be able to take self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 tests at various Walmart stores throughout the state to see if they test positive for the virus. “We’re proud of the work our team has put in to create the partnerships that will get us to our goal. This is an all-hands-on- deck ef for t from the people within our administration,” said Murphy. last_img read more

The Who’s outlast Scoregasms to capture Jackson’s Hole Christmas Indoor Tournament

first_imgJordan Michaux scored four times to lead The Who’s to a hard fought 5-4 victory over Multi Scoregasms Sunday in the final of Jackson’s Hole Christmas Tournament Competitive Division at the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.The event is an annual event that allows soccer grads from the area to play in tournament during the Christmas Holiday season.The final matched the two undefeated squads in the Competitive Division — the Who’s winners of the B pool against Multiple Scoregasms, tops in the A pool.Multiple Scoregasms opened the scoring when Ryan Lewis neatly found his way through The Who’s defence before drilling a shot past keeper Shelby Tett. Two quick goals by Michaux put The Who’s into the lead before Heather Stewart was the recipient of a great pass before drilling a shot past Scoregasms goalie Mitch Melanson.In the second half Titouan Chopin, an attacking midfielder with Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program annd  brother Jules, who plays university ball for Simon Fraser Clan, tied the game before Michaux went to work, scoring the winner and insurance marker to march The Who’s to victory.Melanson, on a goalie rush, scored the final goal for Multiple Scoregasms.In the Recreation Division, Abacus defeated Red Dog 5-1.Abacus won the round robin draw with 35 points.Red Dog edged out Missile Toe in round robin play by a single point to advance into the final.last_img read more

APPRENTICE ROSIE HIGGINS GETS FIRST CAREER WIN THURSDAY ABOARD 4-YEAR-OLD GELDING BLUE LAW; 31 YEAR OLD WIFE OF DESORMEAUX BREAKS MAIDEN WITH FOURTH CAREER MOUNT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016)–In just her fourth career mount, apprentice Rosie Higgins, who was raised on a farm in eastern Ohio, broke her maiden in Thursday’s second race at Santa Anita aboard Blue Law, who appropriately enough, broke from the rail and was assigned the number “one” in the track’s program.With her husband, Hall of Fame jockey, Kent Desormeaux, looking on in civilian attire, Higgins sat a close second at the rail to pacesetter Gavination around the far turn and took command turning for home to win by three lengths while covering 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.46.“It was awesome,” said Higgins, 31, in the Winner’s Circle. “I was a little worried there for a moment, I just didn’t want him (Tiago Pereira, aboard Gavination) to close the door, but we were able to get through. I just said ‘Come on sweetie,’ and we got through just fine. Hopefully, it helps my career a little bit. I understand that I’m new. I know I’m still green and I know how trainers feel, because I’ve been in their position. Hopefully, it helps and I keep moving up.”Trained by Bob Hess, Jr., and the 6-5 favorite in a field of eight older maidens in for a $20,000 claiming tag, Blue Law paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.60.“This was her third time riding for me,” said Hess, who legged Higgins up for a fourth place finish on Blue Law on Jan. 23. “She’s very patient and is very mindful of doing things right, of doing what is right by the horse. She’s got great balance and she’s totally in to what she’s doing. This is great.”A ten pound apprentice, Higgins, according to California racing rules, will remain an apprentice jockey for a period of one year from the date of her fifth winner, or when she wins her 40th race, whichever comes later.Although Higgins is now some 5,711 wins behind him, Desormeaux said that immediately following the race, he received a text message that read “Congratulations, Mr. Higgins.”last_img read more

South African entrepreneurs talk about Forbes Africa 30 list

first_imgDuring its annual developer conference, global giant Facebook featured numerous African inventers. They were among those who created new products and features for the online social media platform.The F8 Conference, as it is known, took place over two days in April in San Francisco. A range of new products, tools and interactive demos were featured, and a host of speakers attended to assist developers build, grow and monetise their apps.“We believe that local entrepreneurs and developers will be the ones to meet the needs of their immediate community, and we are working with developers to know how we can support them in doing so,” said Emeka Afigbo, a manager at Facebook.“We are listening to our developer partners in Africa, and the strong showing for F8 is a reflection of our commitment to doing more with our partners across the continent to help them build products and businesses.”See the conference highlights:The following apps, created by African developers, were launched at the conference:Afrinolly (Entertainment, Nigeria)Gumtree South Africa (Classifieds, South Africa)Vzikoko (Entertainment, Nigeria)Jobberman (Jobs, Nigeria/Ghana)The Net (Entertainment, Nigeria)My Music (Media, Nigeria)Smaller F8 gatherings were also hosted in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town and Morocco, where participants watched the sessions as they took place in San Francisco.Three young Malawians won a developer challenge. Walter Moyo, Thandie Magasa and Daniel Mvalo created Maternitech, an app that provides an educationalplatform to reduce the pregnancy rate in girls under the age of 18.Watch this interview with the three Malawian developers:The Talk to Me app was created by 10-year-old Panashe Jere, who learned to code at a Coding for Kids session at the Malawi hub. “This app converts input text into voice so children always have someone to talk to,” said Facebook.Users on the platformAs of June 2014, reported Facebook, there were 100 million people arriving on the platform every month across the African continent, with over 80% on mobile.Compared to the US and Europe, there are a billion more people in Africa using Facebook on mobile devices. (Image: Facebook for Business)South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league’s first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.In order to do that, they’ll have to win on Minnesota’s home floor again.Ogwumike doesn’t enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season.“No disrespect to that question, but I’m really tired of that question,” Ogwumike said. “This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It’s just like the 100th time I’ve heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it’s the same and I know that’s what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it’s a different year.”Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter.“I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,” said Moore. “Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn’t play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.”In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier.“That was the beginning of the game,” Sims said. “It’s over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.”Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx.“Each team has the mindset that you don’t want to give your opponent anything easy,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that’s kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off.“With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.”PARTY OF FIVEThe Lynx didn’t have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them — Whalen and Seimone Augustus — didn’t score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists.FREE THROW DISPARITY BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12.RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADEThe Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12.Flying the friendly skies?The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday.TIP-INSActor Anthony Anderson, actress Vivica A. Fox, former WNBA player Tina Thompson and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti were at the game. … The Sparks went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the fourth consecutive game. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na View comments “Advantage? No, we’re back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,” Fowles said.Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I’m not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn’t play the way we needed to play to have success against them.”Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles.The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope lead shorthanded Lakers past Suns

first_imgMOST READ Devin Booker scored 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and Mikal Bridges 16 for Phoenix, which has dropped eight straight for its second-longest losing streak of the season. The Suns dropped 10 in a row from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11.Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, the first pick in the NBA draft, missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Rookie guard De’Anthony Melton missed his second game because of a sprained right ankle. While coach Igor Kokoskov is hopeful of having Ayton back this week, he said Melton will miss a significant amount of time.Richaun Holmes returned after missing the past four games with a sprained right foot and scored 12 points with 10 rebounds.“They were attacking our bodies, they were attacking the paint and the rim. We were passive. We were just defending ourselves,” Kokoskov said. “We have to guard the yard. There was no secret.”The Lakers jumped out to a 12-2 lead less than five minutes into the game as the Suns missed eight of their first nine shots from the field. Phoenix found its shooting stroke, though, and went on a 14-4 run, which included three straight 3-pointers, to tie it at 16. It would be tied three more times in the first quarter before the Lakers went on a 6-2 run the final 1:06 to lead 31-27 at the end of the first.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Los Angeles began to steadily pull away in the second quarter and saw its lead grow to 63-46 with 1:15 remaining on Rajon Rondo’s driving layup. The Lakers were 16 of 26 from the field in the quarter as they led 65-53 at halftime.Phoenix slowly cut into the Lakers’ lead in the second half and got within six at 90-84 with 11:25 remaining on a three-point play by Holmes. But the Lakers put it out of reach again with a 14-4 run, which included 11 points by Lance Stephenson.TIP-INSSuns: Emanuel Terry, who was signed to a 10-day contract Sunday, made his NBA debut during the second quarter and finished with five points. … Jamal Crawford appeared in his 1,304th game and moved past Elvin Hayes for 20th in NBA history in games played.Lakers: Los Angeles is 6-10 since James was injured in a Dec. 25 game at Golden State. … Stephenson finished with 17 points and is averaging 11.5 points in the past four games. … Rajon Rondo had 11 assists and has 24 in the two games since he returned from a finger injury.UP NEXTSuns: Travel to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.Lakers: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Read Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Offensive lines key in Super Bowl for both Rams and Patriots Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gave his short-handed team one important key going into Sunday’s game against Phoenix: Attack the paint.The Lakers were able to do that, and in the process snapped a three-game losing streak with a 116-102 victory over the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 22 as Los Angeles won for the first time with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball both out of the lineup. Walton was also missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Tyson Chandler (rest). Still, the Lakers dominated the inside against a small Phoenix lineup as it had a 70-46 advantage in points in the paint.“I was boxing out my guy and my teammates were also boxing out their guys. Their guards weren’t able to fly in and get the boards,” said Zubac, who also had a career-high 16 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lakers’ domination in the paint also opened up the perimeter. They were 10 of 23 on 3-pointers, including an 8-of-15 clip in the second half.“When you’re getting downhill and putting pressure on the rim like that, when you do get 3s, they have a tendency to go in more often,” Walton said. “We needed a win and we got a real nice game.” View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Pogba fit to face Tottenham

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Pogba fit to face Tottenhamby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful that Paul Pogba will be fit for Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur.Pogba missed Saturday’s win over Reading due to a knock sustained against Newcastle last week.The Frenchman has been in stunning form since Jose Mourinho’s departure and Solskjaer hopes he can continue that form against Spurs.”Paul has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home,” Solskjaer said of Pogba, who initially stayed in Manchester for treatment.”Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week.” last_img

Big elevator companies blast Ontario bill safety agency in new report

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s major elevator companies, which have come under scrutiny for breakdowns and delayed repairs, are warning that proposed Ontario legislation aimed at enhancing reliability of the devices in the country’s largest market could have dire consequences if enacted.In a new report that casts a wide net of blame for “real and perceived” problems with the industry, the companies also take aim at what they see as stifling rules enforced by Ontario’s safety authority.“There is a fundamental misunderstanding in Ontario regarding elevator reliability and availability, and the root cause of any down time,” the report states. “Specific isolated instances of elevator problems have created a misperception of widespread elevator outages and unresponsive service companies that are both inaccurate and irresponsible.”Instead, the National Elevator and Escalator Association — dominated by multinational giants Kone, Otis, Schindler, and ThyssenKrupp — blames any problems on a multitude of factors that include building owners who can’t or won’t maintain elevators and who don’t keep unhappy users in the loop; voltage fluctuations for causing elevator shutdowns; and traffic congestion and parking issues in Toronto that hamper timely service calls.An in-depth investigation by The Canadian Press last year found soaring numbers of calls to firefighters to free people trapped in elevators, reports of frequent and lengthy outages and harried technicians who have little time or financial incentive to do preventative maintenance.In an attempt at addressing the problems the association says are overblown, Ontario Liberal Han Dong introduced a two-part private member’s bill this year that would mandate analyzing how many elevators are needed in new buildings, and set time limits for contractors to get the important devices back in service.But Dong’s effort, the association argues, is misguided and the legislation, if enacted, could impose huge costs on building owners that might see tenants “priced out” of their homes.The legislation could also lead to increased safety issues, the association argued, due to potential rushed repair jobs in order to meet time limits.Citing internal industry statistics that could not be independently verified, the association report also states that only a tiny fraction of elevators in Ontario go out of service, and that more than 98 per cent of those are up and running within 24 hours.The report also claims elevator entrapments in Ontario have steadily decreased by 18 per cent in the last four years — stats that run counter to those provided by Ontario authorities whose figures show calls to firefighters from people stuck in elevators have doubled since 2001 and now number in the thousands every year.And while the report supports traffic studies to ensure buildings are built with enough elevator capacity, it calls for a “voluntary standard” for appropriate equipment levels.Toronto-based consultant Rob Isabelle called the report self-serving, political, and some of its contentions ridiculous.“Blaming everybody and the world and not themselves,” Isabelle said.One key area in which the report is silent, Isabelle said, is on tight union control on the number of certified technicians — most of whom work for the big companies.The personnel shortage, he said, provides little incentive for technicians to provide superior service, hampers the ability of contractors to get rid of poor performers, and acts as a barrier to smaller companies from entering the field.In July, as Dong’s legislation moved forward, the Ontario government directed the province’s safety regulator to commission its own review of the elevator reliability issue. Led by retired justice Douglas Cunningham, the Deloitte study for the Technical Standards and Safety Authority — TSSA — has yet to be finalized.The elevator companies make no mention in their report of successful safety prosecutions against them, such as one in January in which ThyssenKrupp was fined $375,000. Instead, they argue the TSSA has created one of the most highly regulated environments in North America — to little effect.“Many existing regulations do not increase safety or reliability, and in fact may serve to decrease availability,” the report states. “There is a lack of collaboration and mutual distrust between the (TSSA) and industry.”The TSSA, which says elevator incidents have risen significantly since 2011 and serious injuries are up eight per cent annually, had no response to the association’s broadsides. A spokesman said the agency would wait for Cunningham to issue his report.Dong said he was glad his proposed legislation has drawn attention to the issues.“Something needs to be done,” Dong said, adding he is skeptical of the association’s reliability figures. “This is a big problem.”Doug Guderian, president of Elevator One based in Barrie, Ont., agreed with the report, but said it didn’t address underperforming contractors who he said hide behind long-term contracts.“Owners feel that they are locked into a undesirable situation with no options,” Guderian said.The technician’s union did not respond to a request for comment.last_img read more

BC Hydro planning a number of power outages in the Peace to

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is planning a number of power outages in the Peace Region today to fix equipment that was damaged during a massive power outage on Wednesday evening.Over 30,000 customers in nearly all of Northeast B.C. lost power at around 8:25 p.m. Wednesday. BC Hydro said that the outage occurred when lightning hit equipment that connected the B.C. Peace with the rest of the provincial electrical grid.Crews took around 15 minutes to bring both the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams back online. Once that was complete, power was then able to be restored to residential customers, the last of which saw the power come back on at around 9:15 p.m. Other industrial customers then saw their power restored. Hydro says that eight separate outages are planned in Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson today to repair equipment that was damaged by last night’s unplanned outage.The list of planned power outages can be found here: https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-list.html#planned-1602964060.last_img read more

Alberta government helping new methanol plant with 80M in royalty credits

first_imgThe NDP government has been announcing financing as part of a made-in-Alberta strategy to support diversification in the energy sector.Calgary-based Nauticol announced last fall plans for the new plant, with support from the Western Cree Tribal Council.Methanol is used in making products such as paint, plastic, electronics, shoes and furniture and is used widely in energy applications such as biodiesel.“Nauticol’s major investment in the Peace region means thousands of good jobs and more upgrading of our raw resources into the products the world needs right here at home,” Notley told a news conference in Grande Prairie on Wednesday.“By seizing these opportunities today, we’re making sure our kids and grandkids have new opportunities in a stronger, more diversified energy sector.” GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Alberta is giving $80 million in future royalty credits for construction of a new methanol plant in the province’s northwest.Premier Rachel Notley says Nauticol Energy is to start construction on the $2-billion plant near Grande Prairie next year with an opening set for 2020.She says the project is expected to create 3,000 jobs.last_img read more