Store owner dead after shooting in Arcadia

first_imgAdvertisementTags: ArcadiaShooting death A suspect went into the store shooting and killing the store’s owner, Saleh Ahmed, who was working at the time, according to neighbors. The suspect then left the store.  AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Man arrested for killing Arcadia store owner during robbery May 21, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS “When you go in there, you expect a smile, a laugh, a joke, or something, now you won’t even get that out of that,” said Sanchez. Others like Marvin Dennis said Ahmed was a “good guy,” who would help anyone if he could.  Arcadia man sentenced to 14 years in prison on drug charges May 11, 2021 Arcadia taco truck attracts pilots from all over Florida June 16, 2021 ARCADIA, Fla. – Residents in an Arcadia neighborhood are looking over their shoulders after a shooting leaves a corner store owner dead.Neighbors said the shooting happened at the Fiesta Food Mart on Magnolia Street around 2:30 p.m. on Friday. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments “He was kind of the person that I looked up to whenever I needed something,” said Ahmed’s son-in-law Tanvir Ahmed Toshon. “Nothing we do can bring my dad back.” Advertisement AdvertisementAutumn Sanchez said she was returning home Friday when she noticed the crime scene tape and cop lights surrounding the corner store. “I saw cops coming out of the little wooded area there looking for something, apparently they were looking for somebody,” said Sanchez.Sanchez said Ahmed was well-liked around the area by people who visited his store.  Memorial service honors Arcadia store owner killed during robbery June 1, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

All of this weekend’s CCFL soccer fixtures – and how the tables look

first_img 1 of 12 It’s another busy weekend of action in the CCFL soccer leagues with a number of games down for decision across Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Do keep an eye out during the week as fixture could be cancelled due to the imminent bad weather. LaoisToday will keep you updated.See also how the tables in the various leagues.Friday March 2nd First-named teams at homeDerry Rovers A v Mountmellick Utd, 8.00pmSaturday March 3rdFirst-named teams at home and all games at 2.30pm unless statedFAI Under 17 Cup Quarter Final:Coachford FC v Willow Park, 2.00pmUnder 17 Premier Division:Tullamore Town v Clara TownEdenderry Town v PortlaoiseUnder 17 Division 1:Stradbally Town v Willow Park BBallymahon v St FrancisUnder 19 Premier Division:Emo Celtic v Monksland UtdPortlaoise v Birr TownClongowes Wood v Edenderry TownUnder 19 Division 1:St Aengus v Clonaslee UtdBanagher Utd v Mountmellick UtdAbbeyleix Ath v KilbegganKenagh Utd v MucklaghJohn Farrell Combined Counties Cup 3rd Round:Longford Wanderers v Castlepollard CelticDivision 1 Saturday:Camlin United v Ballymahon AFCGrange United v Newtown FCDivision 3 Saturday:Carrickboy Celtic v Colmcille CelticGaels United v Moate RangersSunday March 4thFirst-named teams at home and all games at 11.00pm unless statedJohn Farrell Combined Counties Cup 3rd Round:Gallen Utd v Highfield UtdTullamore Town v Portlaoise ShamrocksMonksland Utd A v Birr Town ACombined Counties Shield 2nd Round:BBC Utd v Ballinahown BCombined Counties Shield Quarter Finals:St Carthages Ath v Geashill AFCRosenallis B v St AengusSt. Cormacs Athletic v Banagher UtdWomens Cup Quarter Final:Willow Park v Killeigh A, 2.00pmSenior Division:Ballinahown A v Willow ParkMullingar Town v Rosenallis AFCClonaslee Utd v Mullingar AthleticDivision 1:Coolraine v Moydow FCDerry Rovers A v Mountmellick Utd; 8.00 March 2nd; Brians Park, Edenderry; Offaly;Raheen FC v Walsh Island ShamrocksHorseleap Utd v Towerhill RoversDivision 2:Birr Town B v Kinnegad JuniorsClonown Rovers v O’Moore FCFC Killoe v Stradbally Town, 12.00pmPortarlington Town v Moate CelticDivision 3:Clara Town B v Derry Rovers BDivision 4:Cloneygowan Celtic v Mountmellick CelticWomens Division:Killeigh B v Mullingar Athletic, 2.00pmHere are the updated league tables:  Previous articleFuneral of tragic Laois car crash victim to take place todayNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, February 28, 2018 Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CCFL League Tables as of 26/02/2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Home Sport Soccer All of this weekend’s CCFL soccer fixtures – and how the tables… SportSoccer Community Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter All of this weekend’s CCFL soccer fixtures – and how the tables look TAGSCCFL FixturesCCFL League Tablessoccer Pinterestcenter_img SEE ALSO – Portlaoise CBS gearing up for Leinster soccer semi final Pinterest Facebook Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste By Sean Hennessy – 28th February 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Rugby WhatsApp Council Twitterlast_img read more

TSX advances amid strong bank earnings

first_img Keywords Earnings,  Marketwatch U.S. corporate profits rising for the first time since pandemic began Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canadian banks, bellwethers of pandemic recovery, to reveal key statistics this week Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newscenter_img The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.18 of a cent at 91.8 cents US despite a worse than expected showing in retail sales in March. Statistics Canada reported that sales fell 0.1 per cent in March to $41.1 billion. Economists had expected a gain of 0.3 per cent. New York indexes were positive after racking up strong gains Wednesday in the wake of the release of minutes from late April’s Federal Reserve meeting, which reinforced expectations the U.S. central bank won’t rush to raise interest rates. The Dow Jones industrials climbed 10.02 points to 16,543.08, the Nasdaq gained 22.8 points to 4,154.34 and the S&P 500 index added 4.46 points to 1,892.49. Royal Bank’s quarterly net earnings were up 15 per cent from a year ago to $2.2 billion or $1.47 a share, helped along by record earnings in its wealth management segment. Cash diluted earnings per share were $1.49, beating estimates by five cents. RBC’s shares ran ahead $1.17 to $75.46 after going as high as $75.93. And TD shares gained $1.35 to $53.25 after going as high as $53.32 as the bank reported quarterly net income of $1.98 billion, up from $1.71 billion in the same quarter of 2013. Diluted earnings per share were $1.04 in the quarter, compared with 89 cents year over year. Adjusted net income was up at $2.07 billion, or $1.09 diluted EPS, beating estimates by seven cents a share. “I don’t know if this pace of outperformance is going to continue, but it certainly looks good for the banking system,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS. “I don’t see any chink in the armour (and) I think the next quarter will be quite strong,” he said. Meanwhile, China’s manufacturing contraction eased in May, as HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers’ index rose to 49.7 from 48.1 in April. Numbers above 50 on the 100-point scale indicate expansion. The HSBC reading follows a similar survey by an official group that had also been showing signs of a rebound in China, with factory activity growing weakly in April. Analysts say that the improvements in both surveys suggest the Chinese government’s targeted measures to support the economy are moderating the pace of the slowdown. Elsewhere on the earnings front, electronics seller Best Buy says its quarterly net income was US$461 million, or $1.31 per share, a turnaround from a loss of $81 million, or 24 cents per share, a year earlier. Adjusted earnings were 33 cents per share, well above analyst expectations of 19 cents. Total revenue fell three per cent to US$9.04 billion, considerably below expectations of $9.23 billion, but its shares were up 87 cents to US$26.22. The base metals sector climbed 1.3 cent as copper prices rose in the wake of the Chinese manufacturing data with the July contract up two cents to US$3.14 a pound. The energy sector was ahead 0.12 per cent, while July crude lost 33 cents to US$103.74 a barrel. June bullion gained $6.90 to US$1,295 an ounce and the gold sector dipped about 0.2 per cent. The Toronto stock market registered a solid gain Thursday as strong earnings from Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) pushed financials higher while miners got a boost from improving Chinese manufacturing data. The S&P/TSX composite index gained 52.43 points to 14,702.29 as both banks beat analysts’ expectations and their share prices hit record highs. One year after price collapse, expectations are high for oil company earnings Malcolm Morrison last_img read more

Global credit growth to stabilize in 2017: Fitch

first_img Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Overall, 76% of markets have MPI scores that indicate low vulnerability to systemic risk, the report says, and the “placid outlook for credit growth suggests this ratio will increase”. The stabilization in global credit growth is being driven by improved credit performance in emerging markets (EMs), particularly Middle East and Africa and Latin America. “This reflects the recovery in EM demand, underpinned by the progress commodity producers have made following the 2014-2015 terms of trade shock,” the report says. IT also notes that subdued credit growth is becoming more widespread. According to the report, Fitch does not expect any markets to have real credit growth over 15% in 2017, with 42% of EMs and 64% of developed markets forecast to have low but positive credit growth of up to 5%. Global credit growth is sitting at its lowest level since the global financial crisis, says a report published on Friday by, Fitch Ratings, indicating that most markets are well positioned to absorb systemic stress. The report projects that median global real credit growth will be 2.5% in 2017, down slightly from 2.8% in 2016. As a result, the rating agency’s macro-prudential risk indicators (MPI scores) continue to point towards reduced vulnerability to systemic stress in most markets. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD James Langton center_img Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Keywords Economic indicators,  Emerging markets Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

NSSC issues warning about HQBroker

first_img Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe says James Langton Regulators in Ontario and New Brunswick issued their own warnings about HQBroker last summer. And the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong put out a warning about the firm last spring as well.“Always take time to check registration and understand the risks and costs involved with your investments,” said Stephanie Atkinson, senior enforcement counsel with the NSSC, in a statement. “Becoming an informed investor is your best line of defence.” Imposters among us, CSA warns Related news HQBroker, an unregistered firm that’s allegedly based in Hong Kong and soliciting investors in Canada to trade various instruments on its platform, is the subject of a new investor alert that the Nova Scotia Securities Commission (NSSC) issued on Friday.The regulator says in the alert that the firm claims to be based in Hong Kong and offers trading in a variety of instruments, including derivatives, metals and foreign exchange. The NSSC that the firm’s purported address in Hong Kong is false and that HQBroker is not registered to trade securities in Canada. DoJ launches task force to tackle Covid-19 fraud Share this article and your comments with peers on social media 123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords FraudCompanies Nova Scotia Securities Commission last_img read more

Trelawny Fire Service Responds to 18 Calls, Saves $109 Million in Property

first_imgRelatedTrelawny Fire Service Responds to 18 Calls, Saves $109 Million in Property Trelawny Fire Service Responds to 18 Calls, Saves $109 Million in Property UncategorizedJanuary 11, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Trelawny Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade responded to 18 fire calls during the month of December 2008, and was able to save some $109.5 million in property.Of the calls, 10 were genuine fires, two were malicious false alarms, one was categorised as a false alarm with good intent, and five were special service calls.“There were five structural fires and 10 adults and four children were made homeless,” informed Head of the Trelawny Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Deputy Superintendent Dolfin Doeman, at the monthly meeting of the Trelawny Parish Council held on Thursday (Jan. 8) in Falmouth.“For the period, we had an estimated loss, due to fire, of $26. 9 million, with a total risk of $136.5 million, which means that we saved approximately $109.5 million in property value,” he added, noting that all three fire units in the Trelawny Division are fully functional.As it relates to the work of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Deputy Superintendent Doeman said that the team responded to approximately 31 calls, four of which were motor vehicle crashes. One life was lost as a result of the accidents.Turning to community outreach, the Deputy Superintendent informed that the homework centre operated by the Fire Division has reopened, following a brief break for the December festive season.On an average, approximately 25 primary school students utilize the homework facility on a daily basis. RelatedTrelawny Fire Service Responds to 18 Calls, Saves $109 Million in Propertycenter_img Advertisements RelatedTrelawny Fire Service Responds to 18 Calls, Saves $109 Million in Propertylast_img read more

Friday nights at pool

first_imgFriday nights at pool ‘Friday Nights at the Pool’ is a series of three fun events, kicking off this Friday 11 December at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre.Designed with young people in mind, Friday Nights at the Pool will be held on 11 December, 8 January and 12 February.Mayor Robert Bria said that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of many events and regular activities that young people normally get to enjoy throughout the year.“Friday Nights at the Pool offers our younger citizens the opportunity to get out and enjoy warm, summer nights at the picturesque Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre with their family and friends.”A family-friendly event, Friday Nights at the Pool offers food, fun and entertainment in a safe environment.“With the weather heating up later this week, it’s a great opportunity to cool down while enjoying entertainment and music.“Children can also put themselves to the test and take on the challenges of the inflatable obstacle course.”All Friday Nights at the Pool events will be held in accordance with current State Government restrictions and health guidelines.“The Council prioritises the health and well-being of our community and, as such, is committed to delivering all events in a COVID Safe manner.”All patrons are encouraged and expected to adhere to physical distancing requirements and practice good hand and cough hygiene while attending any Council event or facility.”“It will be fantastic to see the swimming centre bustling with children and families, so we’d appreciate that everyone adheres to health guidelines so Friday Nights at the Pool can be an enjoyable event for everyone.”Entry is $5 per person and includes a choice of either hot chips or a hotdog plus a drink of either 600ml water or 375ml can of soft drink. Tickets must be booked online prior to the event at www.npsp.sa.gov.au. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:children, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, community, coronavirus, council, covid-19, environment, Family, food, Government, Internet, local council, Music, Norwood Payneham & St Peters, online, pandemic, South Australia, Water, weatherlast_img read more

The 10 best-selling cars in Canada in 2019

first_img Yet the rate at which passenger cars have shed market share caught many automakers by surprise. Manufacturers with car-heavy lineups have sometimes been slow to respond to a trend that’s seen customers spend more money in competitors’ showrooms, on higher-profit utility vehicles.The car market’s downturn has, however, produced numerous interesting outcomes for a handful of the most dominant cars on the market. In 2009, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla produced 15 per cent of all car sales. Yet while car sales have fallen 36 per cent in the intervening decade, the disappearance of competition has allowed the Civic and Corolla to hold onto much of their success. Civic and Corolla sales are down just 8 per cent during the same period, and the duo now owns more than 22 per cent of the car market.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada 10 vehicles on track for a terrible 2019 in CanadaBut it’s hardly sunshine and roses. Each of Canada’s five best-selling cars produced fewer sales in 2019 than in 2018. Collectively, Canada’s 10 most popular cars lost 18,908 sales, year-over-year, in 2019. Meanwhile, three of Canada’s 10 top sellers posted double-digit-percentage declines last year.And these were the successful cars.The car market’s deterioration is pervasive. At Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen, car volume decreased in 2019. Granted, at seven of those brands, overall volume increased thanks to the success of trucks and SUVs.Across these brands and all other marques, these were the 10 best-selling cars in Canada in 2019, with figures from Global Automakers of Canada.10. Honda Accord: 11,381, down 18 per centEasily out-selling the next-best Chevrolet Cruze, which tumbled 64 per cent to 9,478 as GM phases out its compact car, the midsize Honda Accord took its own tumble in 2019 yet remained a top seller. Sharp though the Accord’s year-over-year loss was (a 2,446-unit drop is certainly harsh), the Accord was hardly alone in its midsize segment. Declines reported by the Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Altima, Kia Optima, Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat were all notably worse.9. Kia Soul: 11,868, up 8 per centCar? Tall hatchback? Crossover? Urban utility vehicle? Whatever you call it, the Kia Soul had a strong year in Canada thanks to the launch of an all-new third-generation model and rising demand for the Soul’s EV variant. Some 1,409 electric Souls were sold in 2019, 12 per cent of the nameplate’s total.8. Toyota Camry: 13,654, down 6 per centThe midsize segment is at but a fraction of its former glory. This isn’t where families spend their money, it’s not the segment to which compact car owners aspire, and it’s not a segment where many automakers even wish to compete. This grants the Toyota Camry all the more power to easily walk away with the title of Canada’s best-selling midsize car, although sales in 2019 slipped to an eight-year low.7. Kia Forte: 15,549, up 8 per centVolkswagen Jetta. Mazda 3. Toyota Corolla. The Kia Forte was hardly the only redesigned car in Canada’s compact category in 2019. The Forte, however, was the only member of that quartet to produce a second-best-ever annual Canadian sales total.6. Volkswagen Jetta: 17,260, up 14 per centBucking a trend that saw Canada’s five top small cars all sell less often in 2019 than in 2018, the new-for-2019 Jetta grew its sales by more than 2,000 units in 2019. This wasn’t the level of success Volkswagen achieved the last time it launched a new Jetta — the previous Jetta averaged 28,000 annual sales between 2011 and 2013. Given the nature of the category, however, a 2019 surge was more than noteworthy for the Volkswagen sedan.5. Volkswagen Golf: 19,668, down 8 per centVolkswagen’s plans for the Golf in North America aren’t entirely clear at the moment, but as we wait (for a while) for the Mk8 Golf that’s shortly to be on sale across the pond, the current Golf remains a reasonably popular car. Including 2,471 sales of the GTI performance offspring, the Golf line was Canada’s best-selling Volkswagen in 2019. Don’t expect that to continue — the Tiguan was only a few hundred sales behind last year.4. Mazda 3: 21,276, down 20 per centThe launch of an all-new, highly regarded Mazda 3 could have gone worse. The launch of the new 3 could have resulted in a car that didn’t finish among Canada’s four top sellers, for example. But it’s hard to imagine anyone expected the launch of the new 3 to produce results any worse than a 20-per-cent year-over-year drop in Canadian volume and the worst year on record for the nameplate. As recently as 2013, Mazda was still selling more than 40,000 3s per year; as recently as 2008 Mazda was selling more than 50,000 3s per year.3. Hyundai Elantra: 39,463, down 6 per centFor a time, it appeared as though the Hyundai Elantra would be the car to unseat the long-time king as Canada’s top seller. But then the car market turned downhill, and the Elantra turned with it. Elantra sales have fallen by nearly a fifth since 2016; by 28 per cent since peaking in 2013. Now selling twice for every three Civics, the Elantra remains a top-tier competitor, but that relatively narrow margin between the Elantra and the top dog – 15 per cent in 2013 – is a distant memory. 2. Toyota Corolla: 47,596, down 2 per centHow telling is it that during a year in which one of the planet’s most dominant manufacturers releases a new version of its longest-running products with one of the best automotive reputations known to mankind, sales of that product decreased? Quite telling, indeed. This is not a market that’s kind to cars, not even to hot redesigns. Nevertheless, the Corolla’s share of the compact car market increased by more than two points to 17 per cent in 2019 thanks to the fact that sales fell only modestly.1. Honda Civic: 60,139, down 13 per centEven with a sharp 13-per-cent drop that causes Honda to shed over 700 sales per month, the Civic’s dominant year-end result is still a foregone conclusion. Yes, 2019 marks the Civic’s 22nd consecutive year as Canada’s most popular car, a streak of leaderboard control that began in 1998. As the 10th-generation Civic finishes off its fourth model year against newer competition, the dominant Honda’s market share stumbled. But even with Civic sales at an eight-year low, the Civic still outsold its nearest competitor by over 1,000 units per month. advertisement ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSCivicCorollaElantraHondaHyundaiToyotaSedanFlexListFeature StoryNew VehiclesTop 10s and ListsFlexInstagram 10 Break-out stars in Canada’s automotive market in 2019 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Hyundai Elantra Ultimate  Jil McIntosh Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” One quarter. A fourth. A single quadrant. Twenty-five per cent.No matter how you phrase it, passenger cars produced just 2.5 out of every 10 new vehicle sales in Canada in 2019. That’s fewer than half-a-million sales for a category that produced – get this – more than 750,000 sales during the depths of 2009’s recession.Yes, 2009 marked an end to the passenger car sector’s dominance of the Canadian light vehicle market. Not once in the decade since have cars outsold their light-truck brethren: SUVs, crossovers, vans and pickup trucks. last_img read more

Learning from Tragedy

first_img Email Elyse Saugstad | Stephane Godin – Photo Courtesy Outside Media A group of 13 expert skiers suited in proper avalanche gear crossed the boundary of the Stevens Pass ski resort in Washington and entered the backcountry just before noon on Feb. 19, 2012. After a brief 10-minute hike they arrived at the top of a 3,000-vertical-foot drainage blanketed in 26 inches of fresh snow from the past 48 hours. It had the makings of one of the best days all winter, and the skiers dove in.What happened next made headlines around the world and became another tragic example of how easily and quickly the great outdoors can turn deadly for even the most skilled and knowledgeable recreationists.An avalanche 32-inches deep and 200-feet wide erupted at the top of the drainage and swallowed four skiers. One of them was Elyse Saugstad, a 33-year-old professional freeskier. She had been skiing professionally for six years and won the Free World Championship in 2008. During the European tour in 2009 she was given an ABS air-bag backpack, a piece of backcountry gear that had become popular across the continent. The pack was designed to instantly deploy an inflatable bladder that would hopefully protect the skier’s neck and keep them above the surface during an avalanche. Saugstad wore the pack that day and felt comfortable skiing with it on, so she decided to keep wearing it. Today she firmly believes that piece of gear is the only reason she’s alive. After being swept into a wave of snow near Stevens Pass, Saugstad’s final act was pulling the toggle on her backpack. The avalanche ripped her down the drainage but because of the airbag it was unable to completely engulf her. Once the snow slowed to a halt, Saugstad’s head and hands were still above surface. She was OK.As she would later find out, the three other skiers taken by the avalanche died. The tragedy of that day continues to resonate in the outdoor community on the eve of another winter, and the haunting story is recounted in this month’s Outside Magazine by Saugstad’s friend, Megan Michelson, who witnessed the slide.Saugstad visited Whitefish recently to emphasize the importance of being prepared and aware in the backcountry at the second annual Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop. The workshop featured six speakers from various backgrounds. It drew 250 people and was sold out.Last winter avalanches killed 34 recreationists nationwide — 20 skiers and snowboarders, nine snowmobilers and five hikers. Six of those deaths occurred in Montana.Saugstad is using her survival story as a way to try to prevent future incidents. Primarily she has become an outspoken proponent of the airbag backpack that saved her life. “It’s really unfortunate because I think the day would’ve gone differently if my friends were wearing them,” she told the Beacon in an interview before the workshop. “I will ski with it for the rest of my life and I hope that from this incident people can learn from it and I hope that these backpacks become an integral part of our backcountry gear right alongside transceivers, shovels and probes.”She emphasized that gear should never replace knowledge; the two should go hand in hand. But recreationists should take every possible safety measure no matter what.“Regardless if it costs too much money,” she said. “That’s a silly reason (for not wearing one) to me.” Another important message she hoped to convey at the workshop is the danger of complacency, especially in the backcountry near ski resorts. Like Whitefish Mountain Resort, Stevens Pass has vast out-of-bounds opportunities nearby. It can be easy to let your guard down and become complacent when accessing terrain near resorts, Saugstad said. “You don’t have the same time to put into assessing everything, not to mention you can also have a false sense of safeness,” she said.She said the group at Stevens Pass that day followed proper protocol. However, perhaps they relied too much on previous experience when deciding where to ski, she said. Many of the skiers that day had an extensive history in that area. But the avalanche forecast that day warned that conditions were considerably dangerous.“Sometimes those past experiences really shouldn’t be what leads you or determines what you’re going to ski that day,” she said.In a large group, especially an experienced one, it can also be more difficult for someone to speak up and raise concerns.“You just naturally fall into this group mentality,” she said. “Once the cogs get going it’s hard sometimes for it to stop.” As long as ski resorts are crowded and newer gear makes the backcountry more accessible, more and more people will continue to venture outward in search of ideal powder, Saugstad said. The message for them, from a survivor, is to always remember how easily and quickly everything can change.“The mountains are a very special place to be and to play in, but one of the things about mountains is they’re kind of like sleeping giants. You never know when they will awaken and that’s when things can go wrong,” she said.“We try to mitigate those dangers but no matter how smart, educated and experienced you are, these mountains still have the upper hand.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

National Ambulance Service refute claims Donegal service in disarray

first_img Pinterest National Ambulance Service refute claims Donegal service in disarray Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Twitter Previous articleDonegal players named on u18 home based Republic of Ireland teamNext articleStrabane Out of Hours service could lead to unnecessary deaths -McCrossan News Highland Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA The National Ambulance Service has moved to refute claims that the service in Donegal is in a state of disarray.It follows reports yesterday that an ambulance took over an hour to get a house situated just five minutes from Letterkenny University Hospital because the nearest available vehicle was in Dungloe.By the time the ambulance arrived, the patient had passed away.In a statement, The National Ambulance Service has confirmed an emergency call was received for a patient in Letterkenny with an emergency ambulance immediately dispatched to the scene.The ambulance dispatched was responding from Dungloe as all other resources were all tasked to other high acuity calls.One of these emergency ambulances became free and was immediately dispatched arriving to scene within 5 minutes of being tasked. The ambulance traveling from Dungloe was stood down.They have also confirmed that upon receipt of a complaint in relation to the call an investigation was established to review the case, engaging with all the relevant stakeholders involved.Concluding, the NAS refute the claim of disarray and staff shortages in Donegal as there are currently over 100 staff members in the region. By News Highland – February 16, 2018 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more