Upsurge of physical attacks on West Bank journalists

first_img Organisation PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes November 29, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Upsurge of physical attacks on West Bank journalists RSF_en News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Palestine Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists May 16, 2021 Find out more News June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today strongly protested against an increase in physical assaults against journalists on the West Bank, eight of whom have been attacked by forces controlled by President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, since 23 November.The worldwide press freedom organisation however welcomed the release on bail on 24 November of journalist Alaa Al-Titi and cameraman Ossayd Amarneh, of al-Aqsa television, who were arrested in Hebron, 30 kilometres south of Jerusalem on 5 November.“Journalists in the Palestinian territories are facing a constantly deteriorating situation,” the organisation said. “We call on the Palestinian authorities to ensure respect for the work of journalists covering the news in often dangerous conditions. The security forces should know how to distinguish them from demonstrators,” it added. Masked assailants kidnapped journalist Hafez Asakerah in Bethlehem on 23 November and released him two hours later. It is not known who they were. On the same day in Nablus, Palestinian Authority security forces arrested Moukhless Samara, a journalist on the daily Palestine, which has been banned for the past three months. His family said he had been summoned for questioning for unknown reasons and was still being held.Police assaulted or arrested several journalists on the fringes of a demonstration organised in Ramallah by the Islamic liberation party against the Middle East peace conference in Annapolis in the United States. They brutally beat the correspondent for al-Jazeera, Wael al-Shyoukhi, leaving him with a broken left arm. The director of local television station Watan, Moammar Orabi, was also assaulted. Both men needed hospital treatment.Security forces also held for two hours photographer Abbas Moumni, of Agence France-Presse, a cameraman for the BBC, Nader Ghoul, a photographer working for the APA agency, Essam Riwawi, as well as the producer of Communication & Medias News, Rami Samarah.The authorities released journalist Alaa Al-Titi and cameraman Ossayd Amarneh, of Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa television on 24 November, after almost three weeks in custody. They both had to pay bail equivalent to 900 Euros to be provisionally set free while waiting for the opening of their trial on so far unspecified charges. The Palestinian Territories are listed by Reporters Without Borders in 158th place out of 169 on its world press freedom index published in October.last_img read more

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

first_imgStatewide —Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff to honor former Governor Joe Kernan.Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on Wednesday, August 5.  Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor former Gov. Kernan and his service.last_img

Will Nadal Comeback from His Latest Injury?

first_imgTendonitis in his knees prevented him from defending his Wimbledon title in 2009 and the 2008 Olympic gold medallist also missed the 2012 Games because of injury. “It’s not broken, but if I continue to play it will be 100 per cent broken in a few days,” said an emotional Nadal last Friday.“To win the tournament I need five more matches, and the doctor says that’s 100 per cent impossible. This is a very bad position, but that’s life.“It’s obvious that if it’s not Roland Garros I would not take risks on playing the first two days, but it is the most important event of the year for me so we tried our best.” The 14-time Grand Slam title winner, who was going for a ‘La Decima’ of Roland Garros titles, has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, affecting his knees and wrist.A right wrist injury forced him to skip the 2014 US Open and despite his latest setback, the charismatic Mallorcan said he will keep playing, although his participation at Wimbledon next month is now in serious doubt.“Nine times in my career I have been able to be healthy here in Paris and win this tournament,” he said.“This is a tough moment and the toughest press conference I have ever had to give but it’s not the end.” Nadal had coasted through the first two rounds in Paris dropping just nine games but revealed he had needed pain-killing injections in his wrist to take part.He has been forced to skip nine major tournaments in his career through injury and after looking down and out in 2015 when he lost his French Open title and slumped to his lowest ranking in a decade, he had appeared like a man reborn this season.He captured the Monte Carlo and Barcelona titles to equal Guillermo Vilas’ record of 49 clay court titles.The Spaniard had won the 200th Grand Slam match of his career last week – just the eighth man to achieve the feat – when he beat Facundo Bagnis of Argentina.Nadal, who won the first of his French Open titles as a 19-year-old in 2005, appeared to be back to his very best after his game was cleverly reconstructed by his uncle, Toni and second coach Francis Roig.Although Nadal has said his latest injury setback would not stop him ever playing the game again, his huge fan base will be on tenterhooks as they await news of his comeback.But they may have to be warned that the ‘King of Clay’ might never be back to his potent best.As former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro and Britain’s Laura Robson have indicated, returning from a serious wrist injury can sometimes takes months, even years, and are potentially career threatening.“It is not the end. I feel myself with the right motivation and the right energy to be back in Roland Garros the next couple of years,” Nadal said.He had been expected to face world No 1 Novak Djokovic in a blockbuster semi-final, having been battered by the Serb in the last-eight last year.“It definitely was sad seeing him in the press conference. You could feel his pain, definitely,” Djokovic said.“He played terrific the opening couple of rounds here. Then something happened. So if he retired from the tournament, then something really is serious, because he’s one of the greatest competitors that the game has ever known.”Seven-times major champion John McEnroe described Nadal’s latest injury as “extremely disappointing”.“We’ve seen him play for many years and it’s always been a concern about how his knees would hold up,” the American told Eurosport.“After last year, we all hoped he would be able to get his health and fitness back and get his game together and it looked like that was happening,” McEnroe added.“We all know how much he wanted title number 10 and we were looking forward to seeing play Novak in the semis.”Meanwhile, former Roland Garros champion Mats Wilander said the decision was a no-brainer for Nadal.“A slight miss-hit and that’s going to hurt like crazy,” the Swede said. “He’s turning 30 in a few days and still has two or three years left so this was an obvious decision.”A winner of 69 titles in his career, Nadal said he remained optimistic of playing at Wimbledon where he has twice been champion but also where the grass can be so punishing on his knees.The last four years at the All England Club have not gone according to plan with three exits before the third round, the last of which was against German world No 102 Dustin Brown last summer.“We’re going to work hard to be ready for Wimbledon. For the moment I need a couple of weeks with the wrist in immobilisation,” he explained.“Then we’re going to do the treatment, and we hope the treatment works well. We expect to recover quick, to be ready for Wimbledon.“But it’s not a moment to talk about that. It’s just a moment to go day-by-day, to work hard. I hope to have a fast recovery.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After Rafa Nadal withdrew from the French Open with a left wrist injury and then opted against playing at Queen’s Club in the build up to Wimbledon, have we seen the last of the great Spaniard?Although the heartbreaking setback of pulling out of his beloved Roland Garros did not mean the end of his career, it seems as though his best days are behind him.last_img read more

The Zonta Club of South Puget Sound Collects Coats for Those…

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Zonta Club of South Puget SoundOn December 9, 2017 the Zonta Club of South Puget Sound (ZSPZ) sponsored a holiday coat giveaway to benefit individuals and families served by several non-profit organizations.  The event was held at the SafePlace Community Service Center.Zonta South Puget Sound members ready to help families find warm coats. Pictured (left to right): Tim Reynolds, Billie Wayt, Bev Masini, Carolyn Woodling and Phyllis Anderson. Photo credit: Tim ReynoldsAccording to Carolyn Woodling, ZSPS project chair, “Coats, jackets, and accessories allow ZSPS and local organizations to meet pressing needs in our own community, including providing warm garments to families whose budgets don’t include new winter wear.  We send a big thank to everyone who contributed to this important work. You are truly making a difference to families who are affected by gender-based violence and who are rebuilding their lives.”This event bookends Zonta of South Puget Sound’s involvement with the UN’s 16 Days of Activism focusing gender-based violence. It began on Nov 25 with an event in the Capitol Rotunda and concluded on Dec 10, Human Rights Day.    Women’s Rights ARE Human Rights.“We’re so grateful to the Zonta Club of South Puget Sound for putting all of this together,” said Sarah Lloyd, Executive Director of SafePlace. “We also want to extend our thanks to the Lucky Eagle Casino for bringing coffee and snacks for people to enjoy when they arrived. It was a fun and festive day bringing people together to support our community.”Sarah continued, “We always have a need for warm winter coats and jackets at our emergency shelter. People often arrive with almost nothing and this was a wonderful opportunity for adults and children to get what they need to stay warm and dry.”About SafePlace:  SafePlace has been serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 1981. Programs include 24-hour help line, emergency shelter, support groups, sexual assault medical exam advocacy, legal advocacy and in-person advocacy, all of which can be provided in the survivor’s native language.  Contact us at 360-786-8754 or on the web at www.SafePlaceOlympia.org. To speak to an advocate anytime day or night, call 360-754-6300.last_img read more

Scene On Film: ‘The Impossible’

first_imgJoan Ellis’ address on the Internet, which contains her review library, is JoanEllis.com. Rated PG-13 By Joan EllisDon’t go lightly to this very good movie. The Impossible tackles the job of conveying the terror of the 2004 tsunami that killed a quarter of a million people along a coastline of 3,000 miles.In an acting and special effects challenge littered with pitfalls, the filmmakers win at every turn. Director Juan Antonio Bayona’s extraordinary cast scares us witless with wise, gentle performances. They all understood that in the shadow of the tsunami, even a whiff of melodrama or overstatement could ruin their movie.The ordeal of a single family becomes an abstract for the whole catastrophe. Be­cause the characters are drawn so quietly in the face of tragedy, the story absorbs us with the tug of universal emotions: maternal compulsion, the instinct to help, paternal protection, primal fear. The special effects team has sent a wall of water of unfathomable power straight to the audience. When your inner voice tells you that no one could have survived, remind yourself that an actual family of five did just that.Tom Holland and Naomi Watts in The Impossible.Director Bayona introduces us to the Bennetts as they land in Thailand for a Christmas vacation at a luxury resort. On the day after their Christmas celebration, Henry (Ewan McGregor) and Maria (Naomi Watts) play happily in the pool with sons Lucas (Tom Holland), Thomas (Samuel Joslin), and Simon (Oaklee Pendergast.) Though we know it’s coming, the roar that starts as a whisper is even more frightening than we might have imagined.Maria, badly wounded, and son Lucas reunite in the treacherous water and from that point forward become partners in emotional and physical suffering so delicately rendered that only the most cynical could remain un­moved. Young Tom Hol­land manages to show us the love and respect he feels for his family through the smallest details and expressions. He carries the movie with the intelligence and understanding of a person who, at 13, is already a deeply fine human being.Naomi Watts is superb. From the fierce maternal drive that lets her plunge after her son as the water carries him away, to the sustained bravery and continued nurturing she offers from her hospital bed, she never once overplays. From there she teaches Lucas to help others in the hospital including a lone small toddler. Once again Tom Holland invests Lucas with a blend of bravery and fear that left me wondering at movie’s end how he could possibly have understood so much at his age. Watts and Holland make this movie soar.As the younger brothers, Joslin and Pendergast will stun you with their sweet, innocent acceptance. Ewan McGregor is fine in the smaller role of a father searching for his family. He has a goal, and he perseveres.The Impossible is a triumph for the actors who grasped the tone their director intended. Because they managed that, the story reaches past the filmmaker/ audience equation of show/ react and embeds itself in our collective imagination where it tugs mightily at our own fears.last_img read more

NJ Transit Officials Tour Proposed Power Line Corridor

first_imgIn Middletown, the historic district was highlighted, which has Colonial American history and buildings dating back to the 1600s.Middletown Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore, along with Committeeman Stephen Massell, hosted the elected officials and NJ Transit Board members at Middletown Reformed Church, located right in the heart of Middletown Village.“It goes back to the Revolutionary War, there are buildings that go back hundreds of years, there’s history that would just be disrupted,” Fiore said by phone on Monday. “These poles through that district would just be a tattoo on history that you’re not going to get back.”Fiore said NJ Transit should consider Middletown’s point of view on the project.“We have thousands of commuters on a daily basis use New Jersey Transit, from a rail and a bus perspective,” said Fiore.The last stop on Monday afternoon was back at Sen. Kyrillos’ office, which sits on the Middletown side of Coopers Bridge, overlooking the Navesink River.The highest MCRP monopoles would stand along those riverbanks, ranging anywhere from 190 to 210 feet tall.The red balloon floats above the Cooper Bridge linking Middletown and Red Bank.As part of a visual display to show how intrusive these monopoles would be, members of Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) – a grass-roots group in opposition to the utility project – spearheaded a plan to fly a bright red weather balloon above the Senator’s building.At about 10:30 a.m., RAGE vice president Terri Vilardi was out hooking the balloon up, hoping to achieve some shock value.“The people who did see it and have seen it online are horrified because they really saw the reality,” she said by phone on Monday evening.Vilardi was also one of the four RAGE members who followed along on the site visit. With her were Rachael Kanapka, RAGE president; Kin Gee, Holmdel town coordinator; and Tara Corcoran-Clark, a Hazlet resident.“We really didn’t try to sell them anything, we really just were there and if they had a question, we answered it,” Vilardi said.The decision in front of NJ Transit is paramount to where the fight against the MCRP goes next: if the public transportation entity denies an easement to JCP&L for usage of their land, the project will be stopped right in its tracks; if NJ Transit stays quiet or allows the easement, then the next leg of the battle must be waged in court.“I do think they’re (NJ Transit) a major voice and a major player in this proposal,” Fiore said. “Clearly JCP&L is putting together a proposal that is dependent on a New Jersey Transit right-of-way.”All hands were on deck Monday, from concerned residents to elected officials serving these municipalities and districts. It is a show of solidarity that Sen. Kyrillos felt was effective and ultimately proud of. By Jay CookOver the past six months, local elected officials and residents have steadily fought to halt a controversial utility project planned to cut through Monmouth County. This week, they got valuable face-time with some key decision makers who came to see the proposed corridor for themselves.On Nov. 28, in a visit arranged by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-NJ), NJ Transit vice chairman Bruce Meisel, board members Flora Castillo and James Finkle Jr., and several aides made stops at loca- tions on the map of the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), a proposal by Jersey Central Power and Light Company.The MCRP is envisioned to run along the railroad’s right-of-way, which cuts through five towns. In some cases, the proposed power lines would be installed uncomfortably close to residential homes and schools, say local officials. The goal was to show NJ Transit officials firsthand how the proposal could permanently alter life in Monmouth County towns, to help influence a decision to deny JCP&L access to the right-of-way.“It’s very unusual that we would have the New Jersey Transit leadership here,” said Kyrillos on Monday, following the site visit. “I think they understand the density of population, the proximity to schools, community centers, the historic district of Middletown, the crossing of the Navesink River, the sight views from the communities that are typically not listed along the proposed power line.”The MCRP, a $111 million proposal, calls for construction of a 230-kV transmission line along a 10-mile stretch of NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail right-of-way. The proposal states the project would begin in Aberdeen and travel through Hazlet, Holmdel and Middletown before ending in Red Bank.Monopoles used to support the transmission line would follow the route, ranging from proposed heights of 100 – 210 feet tall, per the MCRP petition.That petition was filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on Aug. 9, and then sent to the Office of Administrative Law. Hearings on the case will be held after the new year.“JCP&L has good people that lead it, it’s a good, well-run utility in recent years, but it is so terribly wrong in its advocacy and push for this project which would forever blemish northern Monmouth County,” Kyrillos said.Joining the NJ Transit Board members were Kyrillos and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, both Republicans who represent the 13th Legislative District, U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R- NJ), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso.On the local level, a host of elected officials greeted the caravan at each of the stops. In Aberdeen, which was the first visit along the route, a tour led by Mayor Fred Tagliarini touched on how the MCRP would affect a project recently approved by NJ Transit.“We started at the Aberdeen train station, due to the fact that I wanted to show the commissioners the brand-new transit village being built there with the blessings of New Jersey Transit,” Tagliarini said in an interview Tuesday.The transit village, which sits directly behind the Aberdeen train station, is slated to become a five-building, 227-unit apartment complex aimed at housing commuters to New York City and south Jersey.Plans at the site also include a retail component, recreation facility, pool, courtyard and outdoor dining.Tagliarini says that the MCRP would waste the work done to develop the transit village.“What has happened in two very short months is they’ve begun framing this area, and it was just perfect timing to just show the commissioners a project we’ve worked so hard on,” he said.In Hazlet, Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley and business administrator Dennis Pino spoke with the elected officials near the district’s Beers Street School, which houses 266 fifth and sixth graders. A model just how wide the monopole bases are proposed to be was shown.“We owe it to our kids and our grandkids to not allow it (the MCRP) the way it’s proposed,” said Kiley by phone Monday evening.On June 20, Hazlet Township was the first of the five affected municipal governments to pass a formal resolution expressing concern about the project. Since then, the other four towns have done the same.NJ Transit Board members asked the officials about the potential for depreciating home values along the corridor, said Kiley.“I’m a real estate agent as well, and I’ve got homes that have been listed for sale that are by the tracks that are not moving because people have to sign a disclaimer saying they are aware of the possibility of these power lines coming in,” said Kiley.Next on the line was Holmdel Township, and the site visit in that municipality was at Cedar Village Senior Living Community, a 55-and-older housing community off Laurel Avenue, not far from the train tracks.Representing Holmdel were Mayor Eric Hinds, Deputy Mayor Gregory Buontempo and Committeeman Patrick Impreveduto.Elected officials and NJ Transit Board members surround a display showing possible monopole widths from the MCRP, just outside Beers Street School in Hazlet. The township was the second of five stops along a tour hosted by Sen. Joseph Kyrillos.Hinds, a lifelong Monmouth County resident, made his position clear to the NJ Transit Board.“This is not rural golf courses – you are putting 140-foot industrial poles 30 feet from houses, from communities right down the heart of the Bayshore area, and it’s just incredibly disruptive, and I don’t think it’s forward thinking,” said Hinds on Monday, following the meeting.For homeowners who have possibly invested in their last house, having this project come through could potentially ruin their investment, they fear.Not far from Cedar Village is another senior housing development, Village Grande, off Centerville Road. Between the two communities, just over 300 homes with either current or soon-to-be senior citizens could be affected. “Back to back, active-adult areas that are extremely important to Holmdel and it is literally, like literally, in their backyard,” Hinds said.last_img read more

BOBBY Z MAN FLIES LATE TO TAKE $60,000 RIVER SPECIAL ALLOWANCE PURSE; GONZALEZ, ABRAMS TEAM TO WIN BY 1 ½ LENGTHS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2015)–Bobby Z Man flew from mid-pack to win Friday’s $60,000 River Special allowance by 1 ½ lengths, as the 4-year-old Unusual Heat gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.27. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by Barry Abrams, Bobby Z Man stepped up from a first condition allowance win over the course on April 10 to register his second consecutive win.Off at 9-2 in a field of nine older horses, Bobby Z Man paid $11.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Bred in California by Abrams and Huston Racing Stable and owned by Huston Racing Stable, Little Red Feather Racing and Bob Zieman, “Bobby Z” got his fifth win from 14 career starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, improved his earnings to $200,512.“Not bad at all,” is how Abrams summed up the winner’s effort. “He’s a nice horse. If there’s a race next week, he’ll be in it, as long as he’s okay. It wasn’t the ideal trip for him. He likes to be on the outside but he was stuck on the inside. Once he got to the outside though, he took off.”Runner-up Indexical, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, pressed the pace, entered the stretch three-wide, opened up a one length advantage inside the sixteenth pole, but couldn’t hold off the late charge of the winner. Off as the 2-1 favorite, he paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Irish-bred Home School sat second down the hill and battled gamely at the rail to hold the show. Off at 4-1, he paid $3.00 to show.With longshot Rosengold showing the way to the three sixteenths pole, fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.39 and 1:07.44.Earlier in the day, the legendary Zenyatta’s first foal, Cozmic One, a 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, made a disappointing debut, running sixth and last in the second race, a maiden special weight at one mile. He was the 9-5 second choice.There was one winning Pick Six ticket on Friday and it was worth $60,030.40. The ticket was purchased for an as yet undisclosed sum through XpressBet.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30– EARLIER IN THE DAY, ZENYATTA’S FIRST FOAL, COZMIC ONE, HAS DISAPPOINTING DEBUT RUN;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED XPRESSBET, PAYS $60,030.40last_img read more

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP VICTOR ESPINOZA WINS 2016 SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD; MEXICO CITY NATIVE SELECTED BY A VOTE OF JOCKEYS NATIONWIDE

first_imgWOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AT SANTA ANITA ON MARCH 13 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.Espinoza will be presented with the 2016 Woolf Award trophy in a Winner’s Circle ceremony on Sunday, March 13.last_img read more

Over $42,000 raised in support of United Way Northern B.C. at Annual Fire Truck Pull

first_imgAlso a big contributor to the fundraising efforts were Shell Canada V-Power as they tallied over $11,000 for the cause. The organization also had the best time for the truck pull, even beating the Fort St. John Fire Department, completing the 50 foot pull in 11.84 seconds. United Way Northern B.C. serves an area that covers approximately two-thirds of the province, working with partners to provide solutions to social issues like poverty and health. Niki Hedges, Community Development and Campaign Coordinator for United Way Northern B.C. goes into more specifics at to what the money raised will assist with.“They’ll go towards projects that have been identified in the community where the service gaps are. These funds will go into not for profit charities, or organizations,” she says. “It’s really meeting an identified need for a program that is going to impact the most amount of people, and make a big difference in the community.”Hedges continues by saying that Fort St. John is a special place where people always come together and do a lot of positive things for fundraising efforts.- Advertisement -“Fort St. John is one of the most unique communities that I serve in the north east region. It’s one of the only communities that really comes together in this magnitude,” she explains. “The atmosphere and the spirit is absolutely superb, it’s second and none. For me, I look forward to this every year because it has to be the most fun, electric event. The atmosphere is amazing.”Easily the biggest contributor for the cause this year was Progress Energy as they raised $27,570. Hedges says they played a huge part in helping double the amount raised from last year.“It’s amazing. Every year more and more funds are raised. Progress Energy and some of the other corporations really put a lot of spirit into raising funds,” she continues. “I want to say a really huge thank you to the teams that participated, and having raised such a large sum of money, we’ve doubled what we’ve raised last year.”Advertisementlast_img read more