Dawn Power of Peter’s River has been sentenced to seven years in jail. On Jan. 8, while holding up a pharmacy in St. John’s, she doused two female employees in gasoline and threatened to set them on fire. The woman’s sentence included a second robbery at a sandwich shop. In the first incident, according to police, Power and the man she was with brandished a lighter and a crowbar at the employees and doused them in gasoline before leaving with 1,500 pills. Four days later, she threatened a sandwich shop employee with a knife but left with no money. Power pleaded guilty to both crimes.
It was announced today that the federal government is providing over $1.9 million to our province for two crime prevention projects. Currently visiting our capital is Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, who says the projects, designed to help at-risk individuals, will provide alternatives to a life of crime, substance abuse and violence. The Nunatsiavut government is getting $1.24 million for a community project aimed at helping about 150 at-risk individuals and their parents or caregivers in the communities of Nain, Hopedale, Natuashish and Sheshatshiu. And the YMCA is getting $691,000 for a program aimed at reintegrating suspended or temporarily-expelled students back into school and addressing their behavioural issues.
Moammar Gaddafi appeared on state television early today to prove he had not fled the country. Soldiers and government officials are resigning in outrage over the civilian attacks, while control is seemingly seized in some areas by the opposition. In Tripoli, Gaddafi supporters have been reported riding in ambulances and shooting at people. At the Egyptian border, “people’s committees” are replacing government officials. Libya’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi, accused Gaddafi of killing his own people and urged for action from the international community against the regime. He said he has to get out or will be kicked out, “It is the end of the game.” Some tribal and religious leaders are urging all Muslims to rise against him. Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi told al-Jazeera, “I am issuing a fatwa now to kill Gaddafi. To any army soldier, to any man who can pull the trigger and…
Residents in the east end of St. John’s have strongly opposed a new Burger King opening in their neighbourhood. But, last night city councillors voted six-to-five in favour of the outlet at the intersection of Torbay Road and Pearson Street. Marion Atkinson, who lives in the neighbourhood, believes councillors were influenced by the potential dollars it will land in the city’s pocket. “When you look at how often did they mention a $20-million proposal in there tonight, it came up with just about each of those councillors that voted in favour,” she said. The neighbourhood doesn’t want anymore traffic, noise or litter. But new BK owner Shaun White said he would address those concerns. “We’ll work with the city engineers on our finishing touches to the plans and we’ll see if there’s anything else that can be provided there in the way of sound buffering,” he said. “We’re excited to…
It appears brutal measures taken by Libyan authorities to quell the anti-government protests may not be completely successful. Protests have spread to more than a half-dozen cities, including Tripoli, the capital. Benghazi, where as many as two hundred are said to have died, has been at the centre of unrest. Meanwhile, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, warned in a televised address that the strife could lead to civil war. He also spoke of possible concessions to demands for reform.
Federal leader of the Grits, Michael Ignatieff is in the province’s capital today. Apparently he’s on a tour — thoughtfully titled, Working with Families. If you’d like to catch up with him, he’ll be meeting with high school students at St. Kevin’s in the Goulds, working families at Masonic Park in Mount Pearl and then popping by a training centre for operating engineers in Holyrood. All in a day’s work…
There are reports that some employees of Purity Factories in St. John’s have been given layoff notices. Sources claim there are cash flow problems at Purity, which recently settled with its employees after a lockout that stretched from September to January. Carol Furlong, President of NAPE, which represents Purity workers, has confirmed an undisclosed number of workers have been given notices of potential layoff.
Fire crews were called to a blaze in an abandoned building in CBS late Sunday afternoon. It took two hours to get the fire under control. The building was across from Hickey’s Funeral Home on Route 60, part of which was blocked off for a time. There were no injuries.
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Students keep pressure on government in good times
A video profile of Nancy Riche, the first in a series by Martin Connelly
The first in a series by Megan Coles showcasing behind-the-scenes peeks into the workspaces of various locals
If the wealthy amongst us, those in the top income bracket, had continued to pay their taxes at the rates prevailing in 2006 there would not have been a deficit in 2009.
Various thoughts from various seasons on what the pink, white and green means to us all
Sheshatshiu man enters the Labrador wild for the sake of Innu tradition and to fight the spread of diabetes
Local climber takes his ice picks and spiky boots to Southside Hills
Our Toronto correspondent Hans Rollmann catches up with Maura Hanrahan on her new book, ‘Sheilagh’s Brush’, and they chat on birthing babies, politicizing artists and representations of culture
Dan Moody on wind energy in an Indy question & answer session
Indy coverage from the fall of local efforts to help Pakistan