Archive for August, 2010
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
This is actually the subject of my fishing report this week, but, want to get into more detail about it here.
Recently, while fishing for big Cats on the Red River…I was having trouble landing them…or anything for that matter. I had been using some pretty big piece’s of shrimp as bait, something as most of you already know…. Cat’s absolutely love. But, despite getting a ton of “knocks” on my line, just couldn’t reel in anything. That is, until I decided to down-size my bait. After cutting my shrimp in half, within minutes I had a hit, and seconds later a pretty nice Cat reeled in. That continued through out the afternoon…lots of Cat’s of different sizes, all on smaller pieces of bait.
Remember, this rule also applies to things like minnow’s, crank baits and spoons. You can reel in a big fish on a small bait. In fact somedays, that’s just what they’re waiting for.
By the way, have ya checked out the new G.Loomis rods yet ? These my friend’s are the most incredible rods I’ve ever seen or held. Check them out for yourself at Cabela’s–1300 Ellice Avenue.
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Well the final numbers are in, and I think everyone will agree that this year’s CN Canadian Women’s Open was a success. Officials say some 65 thousand attended the professional golf tourney at St. Charles Country Club. That’s just shy of the 68 thousand who attended the same event in Ottawa a couple of years ago.
Police have released more details about that woman who fell to her death from an apartment balcony this past weekend. 22 year old Kylie Armishaw died around 3:20 Sunday morning after falling from one of the top floors of a building on the 500 block of St. Mary Avenue. Investigators say they have not ruled out foul play, and are currently speaking to a number of people.
A flood warning has been issued for the Assiniboine River, downstream of the Shellmouth Dam. The province has also issued a flood watch for the Interlake region, Lake Winnipeg area, Swan River, Neepawa and the Red Deer Lake area. The weather office says by the time this system finally leaves Manitoba, we could see upwards of 70 m.m. of rain.
Prime Minister Harper called him a brave soldier who served this country valiantly and deserves and gratitude and respect of his nation. Harper was talking about the latest Canadian casualty in the Afghan war. 21 year old Corporal Brian Pinksen is now the 152nd member of the Canadian Forces to die in the Afghan mission.
Lindsay Lohan wants your respect. In October’s Vanity Fair, the 24 year old actress admits making mistakes in the past, dabbling in certain things and associating with the wrong people. But she defends her actions, saying she was just being young and curious. Lohan gave the interview to the magazine back in July, before she had served her jail and rehab time. Despite everything, Lohan says she’s confident in her acting abilities, and will do what it takes to fix her party girl image.
Well home sales may be slowing, but prices in 6 of the country’s biggest housing markets are in bubble territory for the first time in 30 years. In fact, one think tank says home prices now sit at nearly 5 to 11 times Canadians annual income…and they’re now warning a U.S. style correction on that could be coming.
T.V.’s “Dancing with the Stars” has announced its slate of contestants for its new season next month. They include actors David Hasselhoff and Florence Henderson. Singer Michael Bolton and Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol. Mike “the situation” from the Jersey Shore will be puttin on dancin shoes…and a couple of former pro athletes….Kurt Warner of the NFL and Rick Fox of the NBA.
It’s back to court again today for a 20 year old man arrested Friday in Ottawa in connection with an alleged homegrown terrorism plot. 3 other men also remain in custody in the nation’s capital, charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act, after a year long investigation by the RCMP, C-SIS and other agencies.
U.S. President Barrack Obama will speak to his nation tonight. He’ll herald the formal end of America’s combat mission in Iraq. Obama will say he has fulfilled a campaign promise….which means less than 50 thousand troops will remain in Iraq. Starting today, their role however will be to not lead the fight, but rather to train and support Iraqis.
Monday, August 30th, 2010
Few details are known about a woman who fell from a balcony at a city high rise and died. It happened early yesterday morning. Police say their investigation is still in its early stages and they’re not disclosing any more info. The woman’s name and age have also not been released.
The Winnipeg fire department’s rescue boat needed some rescuing of its own yesterday. A spokesperson says the firefighting and rescue boat was doing a routing test run on the Red River when there was an internal fire pump failure. That caused the stern to fill with water and partially sink. The boat was eventually towed to shore so that repairs could be done.
It looks like jellyfish have invaded the province. A couple of families found some freshwater jellies northwest of Falcon Lake in the Whiteshell. Officials from the Water Stewardship department say they’ve yet to figure out the exact species of jelly that’s hit the province….but they suspect its origins are actually from China.
People in the southeastern U.S. are being warned to keep aware of Hurricane Earl over the next few days. Early this morning, the eye of the storm passed near the Caribbean island of Barbuda. And although Earl is only a Cat 2 storm right now, officials are warning that the storm will get stronger, and possibly strengthen to a Cat 3 or 4 by mid week.
Well “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” were the big winners at the prime time Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. “Mad Men,” won its 3rd straight award for top drama, while “Modern Family” won its first for best comedy series. And Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” won its 8th consecutive Emmy for best variety, music or comedy series. And, on the acting side of things, it was Edie Falco of “Nurse Jackie” and Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” who took home awards for their comedy series.
More than 100 people who signed up for an Arctic adventure got more excitement than they expected. They’ve been rescued by the Coast Guard 2 days after their cruise ship ran aground off Nunavut. The “Clipper Adventure” boat was carrying 128 passengers and 68 crew on a cruise through the Northwest Passage. The Coast Guard says everyone was rescued successfully, and they’re now all on their way back to Nunavut.
Gulf Coast resident marked the 5th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina this weekend with ceremonies and vigils. President Barack Obama also made a stop in New Orleans yesterday where he said the city has become a symbol of resilience and community. Several wreaths were cast into the water to remember the hundreds who were killed.
British Airways has apologized to passengers after an emergency message played over the intercom, warning people they were about to crash into the sea. About 275 people were on board the flight last week when the incident happened. An airline spokesperson says the investigation to find out how and why the message played is still being looked into.
Friday, August 20th, 2010
Governor General Michaelle Jean is coming to Winnipeg for a 2 day visit next week. She’ll pay tribute to Point Douglas residents for driving down crime rates, visit the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s studios attend an invent at the Plug In Art Gallery. She’ll also attend a tree planting ceremony at a park that will be named after her. Her term as Governor General is over at the end of September.
A Manitoba Hells Angels associate has been slapped with 80 months in jail after getting caught setting up drug deals. 25 year old Gerald Frommelt plead guilty yesterday to trafficking cocaine, participating in a criminal organization and conspiracy to launder proceeds of crime. He was one of 35 people arrested last December in a police sting.
Betty White, Tiny Fey and Jane Lynch are going nose to nose to nose tomorrow night. They and 4 others, are up for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Both Fey and White are nominated for their night’s on “SNL.” While Lynch got the nod for her guest role on “Two and a Half Men.” The show will air on the E network August 27th. The Prime Time Emmy’s by the way go Sunday, August 29th.
Well if ya can find a place to keep a large section of the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815, then, by all means, bid on it. Bidding for this and all kids of other stuff from “Lost” is happening this weekend. The auction will take place at an airplane hangar at the Santa Monica airport.
Tragic story to tell ya about this morning. Apparently a 2 year old boy from Toronto has died after being left alone in a sweltering S.U.V. outside a home in Houston, Texas. Police say it appears the boy was overlooked in the confusion of several relatives returning to the home from a shopping trip at the same time. The boy’s father eventually noticed he was missing…and that’s when he found him unresponsive in the S.U.V. Temps inside the vehicle were around 50 degrees celcius. 911 was called immediately, but the boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Hip Hop artist Wyclef Jean is about to find out if he’ll be allowed to seek the job as president of Haiti. The former frontman for the Fugees, met yesterday with the country’s current president, Rene Preval. Today, Jean and other candidates will find out if Haiti’s electoral council will let them run in the November election.
Well it hasn’t been a good week for former Illinois Governor and reality show star, Rod Blagojevich. As we told you Wednesday, he was convicted on lying to the FBI. Then, a bunch of his belongings were put on the auction block yesterday after a storage locker bill wasn’t paid. One item…a life sized Elvis statue, sold for more than 20 grand. All the money raised will go to benefit a local hospital.
Pakistan is getting a promise of millions of dollars more in flood aid. At a U.N. meeting in New York yesterday, several nations agreed to increase their pledge, upping aid to more than 150 million dollars. Meantime, the Canadian Red Cross is also asking for Manitobans help. If you can make a donation, either call or visit their web site at redcross.ca.
Thursday, August 19th, 2010
Quite the flight for people on board an Air Canada plane yesterday. The jet which was en route to Vancouver from Toronto had to make an emergency landing in our city, after the pilot found a crack in the windshield. The plane did land safely and all the passengers did make it to the coast on another 7-37.
They’re gettin younger and younger. RCMP have charged a 13 year old boy with a string of car thefts. The boy was noticed by a security guard at a mall in Steinbach, who called officers to tell them about a car full of very young looking kids. Turns out the car was stolen, and the driver—just 13.
It’s not a happy ending for the folks who ran the Russian pavilion at Folklorama. The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says it looks like there was an e-coli outbreak at the pavilion. There are currently 15 suspected cases…and the common thread between all who are sick? They all ate at the Russian pavilion. Doctor’s say it’s still too early to pinpoint the food source but e-coli does tend to originate from ground beef.
It’s not a done deal until the skinny guy signs. But, a source close to skinny guy Steven Tyler says Tyler is saying he’s gonna be the new judge on “American Idol” next season. Fox and the company that produces the show, are not saying anything one way or the other.
There’s a first in the on going custody battle between Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend. One of them actually appeared in court. Deputies flanked Oksana Grigorieva as she walked in and out of the closed court hearing. Lawyers for both sides, didn’t reveal what if anything happened yesterday.
Former figure skating champion Kurt Browning says he’s grateful that no one was injured after a 3 alarm fire heavily damaged his Toronto mansion yesterday. Damage is pegged at over a million dollars. Officials say it appears the blaze got going by an unattended leaf blower which Browning was using to dry the seats of his car.
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon will be in New York today to attend a special session of the U.N.’s General Assembly. Cannon says the meeting is aimed at co-ordinating aid to Pakistan, which is dealing with the worst flooding in that country’s history. So far, at least 1500 people are dead and some 20 million homeless.
Russia celebrated the 50th anniversary today of the first living creatures to be launched into space, circle the earth and return home alive. The mission involving 2 dogs named Belka and Strelka, helped test equipment that was used to carry the first human into space.
Get set for new fees for flyin. American Airlines has decided to get creative to try and bring in more money and squeeze travelers, just that little bit more. The airline has decided to charge extra for seats in the first few rows of coach. The airline says the fee will be 39 bucks for what it calls “Express Seats.” For that, you’ll get on the plane on the first “general boarding” call.
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Well you know times are tough when the people that make money are losing their jobs. The Royal Canadian Mint here in Winnipeg says contracts to make coins for foreign countries have been slowing down, and as a result they’ve had to lay off 45 workers. A spokesperson for the Mint blames the global recession for the lack of work.
MPI says enough is enough. The insurer has filed a lawsuit against a couple of chronic car thieves. A 16 year old girl and her 18 year old boyfriend breached court orders and were taunting police. MPI says it hopes the court will impose a stiff financial penalty on the pair. It’s seeking 53 thousand dollars from the teens for damage to 6 different stolen vehicles.
Well it’s a long way to Churchill…and it’s gotten even longer for passengers on board a Via Rail train. The train, which left the city on Sunday, was sitting yesterday in Gillam, about 8 hours from the Churchill area. A Via spokesperson says the trouble started when 2 of its locomotives derailed on Sunday, and then high water in the area also didn’t help. By the way, in case you didn’t know….there are no actual roads into Churchill….the only way to get there is by train or plane.
A court appearance is set for today in Orangeburg, South Carolina for a woman charged with killing her 2 sons, aged 18 months and 2 years. 29 year old Shaquan Duley apparently suffocated the boys, they tried to cover it up by putting their bodies in a car and rolling it into a river. Police say Duley is broke, jobless and had been berated by her own mother for her failings.
Well if it works….whatta find ! Scientists in Scotland say they’ve developed bio-fuel for vehicles using waste produced in distilling Scotch Whiskey. Researchers say it can be used in ordinary cars without adapting the engine. And, they say unlike some bio-fuels, it doesn’t require a crop to be grown.
Another food warning to tell ya about this morning. Loblaws is warning people not to eat in-store baked President’s Choice Decadent Chocolate Chunk Cookies. It’s because they may contain small pieces of metal about one millimeter in diameter. The recalled products are sold in packages of 8 cookies…and have been sold coast to coast.
Mazda is recalling 90 thousand vehicles in this country and some 200 thousand in the U.S. It’s to fix the power steering system, a problem Mazda dealt with in Japan almost a year ago. The recall covers certain Mazda 3’s and 5’s from the 07 to 09 model years.
Prosecutors say they’ll move as fast as possible to re-try ex Illinois Governor, and Celebrity Apprentice Star, Rod Blagojevich on 24 corruption charges. A Chicago jury was unable to reach a verdict on 23 charges, but did find him guilty of lying to FBI agents. That’s been rejected by Blagojevich, who says he plans on appealing the conviction.
Anyone who owns shares in PotashCorp is probably smiling pretty big today. Shares of the Saskatoon based fertilizer giant, soared 26 per cent yesterday….this after the company rejected a takeover bid from the world’s biggest mining company. BHP Billiton of Australia had offered almost 39 billion dollars for the company….something PotashCorp’s executives said was grossly inadequate. By the way, those shares could jump further as another sweeter offer is expected in the next week or so.
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
Manitoba’s health minister wants a national clinical trial of a controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis. Theresa Oswald says a trial of the so called liberation treatment is the quickest way to determine whether the government should offer and pay for the procedure. The liberation treatment is based on an unproven theory that MS is caused by blocked veins in the neck or spinal cord.
The province has lifted its severe flood watch for the northern Interlake and Lake Winnipeg regions. The watch was issued last week after weather officials predicted up to 150 mm of rain could fall in the area. Some areas did get close to 100 mm but major flooding was reported.
An AG group says heavy rains that soaked Manitoba for 3 days will definitely take a toll on farmers. Ian Wishart of the Keystone Ag Producers says harvest yields are now gonna depend on how long it takes fields to dry.
A Winnipeg gang member convicted of killing an innocent bystander during a gunfight with a drug dealing rival, claims he deserves a brand new trial. Lawyers for 24 year old Jeffrey Cansanay say the judge in the case made several mistakes in her instructions to the jury during the trial last spring. Cansanay is currently serving a life sentence for the October 2005 killing of 17 year old Phil Haiart, who was walking along a street and got caught up in the crossfire between the rival gang members.
Actor Michael Douglas has been diagnosed with a throat tumor. The 65 year old Academy Award winner, is now set to undergo weeks of chemo and radiation treatment. Douglas says he expects to make a full recovery, and he’s very optimistic.
Well not that this news is any real shocker. A new report says cancer the world’s costliest disease. The American Cancer Society says the disease’s economic toll in 2008 was almost 900 billion dollars. The group says cancer costs more in productivity and lost life, than AIDS, malaria, the flu or any other disease that’s spread person to person.
Effective this morning, almost all major Canadian banks will be trimming most of their mortgage rates by a 10th of a percentage point. That brings the 2 year closed rate down to 3.55 per cent, while the 5 yr drops to 5.49.
Authorities have released the final tally of how many Sri Lankans were aboard a ramshackle cargo ship that arrived last Friday near Victoria. There are 443 adults now being detained, and 49 minors. Although detention hearings began in Vancouver yesterday, so far, the media has been banned from them.
Monday, August 16th, 2010
City police had to use a spike belt to try and stop suspects in a car who were wanted for 2 separate robberies over the weekend. The first robbery happened Saturday night, where 3 men stole money from a man outside a bank. The 2nd happened a little later when a man with a gun, went into a restaurant and robbed it while 2 friends waited outside in the car. All 3 suspects have now been caught and are facing a whole host of charges.
Want to make Winnipeg a safer city to drive in? Make the yellow lights longer. That’s the message from a group called Wise Up Winnipeg, who says their measurements show some of the city’s yellow lights are too short for most intersections, and they want to add at least a second to them. But a city spokesperson says yellow lights last a minimum of 4 seconds, which they say is adequate.
Record breaking heat in parts of Manitoba last week allowed some farmers to begin harvesting, but all the rain we had this weekend, has certainly stopped that for now. On Friday, the province issued a flood warning for the Interlake, where up to 150 mm of rain was expected to fall this weekend. Many farmers all over southern Manitoba say this year’s harvest is going to be a bleak one.
A court appearance is set for this morning for an Ottawa man, after a security scare outside 24 Sussex Drive. It happened late Saturday, when a small amount of flammable liquid was poured on the sidewalk outside the prime minister’s official residence. The Mounties busted 29 year old Daniel Skahan seconds after he ignited the liquid. Police say Skahan does have some mental issues.
Well it was the macho movie versus the chick flick this weekend at movie theatres. And, in the end, it was the guy’s choice who won out. “The Expendables,” starring guys like Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnie took in some 35 million dollars to take the number one spot at the box office. Julia Roberts new movie “Eat Pray Love,” opened up in 2nd spot. The cop comedy “The Other Guys” dropped to 3rd place.
By the thousands, Elvis Presley fans have flocked to Graceland to mark the 33rd anniversary of the King’s death. Holding candles, they marched past his grave while ballads like “Fools Rush In,” and “If I can Dream” played. By the way, if Elvis were alive today…and some people of course think he is….he’d be 75 years old.
Japan is no longer the world’s second biggest economy. Figures released this morning show the economy of China jumped ahead of Japan in the second quarter of this year. Already, China is the world’s biggest exporting nation, buyer of vehicles and producer of steel. The U.S. by the way does remain the world’s largest economy.
Authorities in Pakistan are making another urgent call for international aid as that country copes with its worst ever floods. Officials say more heavy rain is now wiping out all the makeshift camps, leading to fears that the flooding which started 2 weeks ago, will go from bad to worse. Right now, about 20 million people, or 10 per cent of the countries population is homeless.
Friday, August 13th, 2010
Well if you decide to head out to Grand Beach this weekend….you’ll want to take a look at the new fancy-dancy 1.3 million dollar loo. The new washroom facility resembles a sand dune on the outside, and it has stainless steel toilets on the inside. It’s whole lot fancier than the old bathrooms that have done their job at the Beach since the 1960’s.
More than 100 patients have tested positive for an anti-biotic resistant infection from an ongoing outbreak at Health Sciences Center. Officials first detected the outbreak back in February. The vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE, are germs that live in people’s bowels and can cause urinary tract infections and abscesses.
88 million dollars….that’s the prize pool up for grabs in tonight’s Lotto Max draw. The jackpot is still at 50….but then there are those 38 MaxMillion prizes worth a cool million each.
Some relief in Moscow this morning as heavy rain has fallen overnight. The city has spent the past few weeks suffering from blistering heat and bone dry weather. The morning, the Russian capital is pretty much free of the smog and smoke that’s plagued it for days. However, dozens of wildfires are still raging on the outskirts of the city.
BP may be only hours away from announcing if its broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been sealed for good. Officials are planning to give an update around 1 o clock this afternoon. Rumor has it that the static kill done on the well a few weeks ago may be working so well, that a bottom kill meant to permanently seal it may not be necessary.
Prime Minister Harper, who’s a big hockey fan, joined Don Cherry behind the bench as they coached a hospital fundraising game in Barrie, Ontario yesterday. After dropping the puck for the opening faceoff, Harper coached the blue team to an 11-8 victory over Cherry’s red team. Among those who played were Defense Minister Peter MacKay, as well as former NHL players Mike Gartner, Shayne Corson and Wendel Clark.
If the sky is clear tonight, Canadians will be treated to the biggest and brightest meteor shower of the year. It’s the Perseid meteor shower, which happens each August as the earth passes through the comet Swift-Tuttle. Astronomers say if conditions are right, you’ll be able to see an average of one meteor per minute streaking across the night sky from the northeast.
Off the coast of Vancouver Island, the Canadian military is escorting a cargo ship carrying almost 500 migrants thought to be Tamils from Sri Lanka. The “MV Sun Sea” is expected to arrive this morning just outside of Victoria. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says some of those aboard are human smugglers and terrorists, although he wouldn’t elaborate further.
Thursday, August 12th, 2010
Being lost in the wilderness didn’t kill him, but trying to survive it nearly did. RCMP say that Winnipeg man who was missing for nearly a week in northern Manitoba, did almost everything wrong in his efforts to survive. Andrew Conly tried digging a hole apparently in the bog for water, and then ate wild mushrooms, which made him very sick. Officers say even though Conly went about it the wrong way, he got lucky and everyone’s pleased he’s been found.
Winnipeg pharmacies are running out drugs…literally. One pharmacist says there’s usually 2 or 3 products he’s waiting for, but right now…..he’s waiting for as many as 50 different drugs. Ken Zink says almost every drug on the shelf is running low, ranging from heart medications to anti depressants. Officials with the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association say they don’t know what’s causing the shortage. But they say the problem is nation-wide with both generic and brand name drugs.
Details now on that accident we first told you about yesterday morning. A 20 year old woman from Nunavut was killed. Louisa Sala had come to the city to hear her father testify about his experiences in a residential school. But early yesterday morning, she was hit and killed by a pick up truck on Portage Avenue while trying to wave down someone for directions back to the hotel they were staying in. So far, no charges have been laid and the investigation continues.
3rd time was the charm. A Toronto man collected a very fast 1.7 million dollars at Casino Rama yesterday after betting 20 dollars on a Mega Bucks progressive slot machine. Apparently, the man told staff that this was only his 3rd time playing the slot machine.
Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband says his wife is back home from the hospital after breaking her hip on July 17th, when she fell out of her wheelchair. The actress’s condition began to deteriorate after she underwent hip replacement surgery days later…but she is now apparently on the mend. Gabor by the way is 93.
Paris Hilton is tangled up in a lawsuit over hair extensions. She’s being sued for allegedly wearing someone else’s hair. A company that manufactures hair extensions accuses Hilton of breaching a contract to wear and promote their product. They say she’s been wearing a competitors extensions. They’re now suing Hilton for some 35 million dollars.
Well no surprise here. The late night comics are taking off with that JetBlue flight attendant story. Jay Leno says he’s been thinking about Steven Slater, the guy who cursed out a passenger and then slid down the emergency chute. Leno says he thinks he’d be the perfect replacement for Simon Cowell on American Idol. And Jimmy Fallon, composed a song called “The Ballad of Steven Slater.” It has a chorus that goes…”take two beers and jump.”