Well we warned ya it was gonna happen. Drivers in Manitoba are feeling the gas pinch today as fuel prices climbed higher once again. About a month ago, the price per litre of regular, went up from 99 cents to 1.04. Now, the price at most station’s this morning is 1.08. You can take some solace in this news however….Manitobans are still below the average price in the country, which is a 1.13.
No surprise on this one. It’s been a busy month for claims adjusters at MPI. Spokesperson Brian Smiley says nearly 10 thousand collision claims have been opened during the first two weeks of January alone. He says several thousand of those are due to vehicles losing control on ice, or unable to stop because of excessive speed during bad weather.
Emergency crews have found the source of carbon monoxide that forced more than 80 children and staff from a Winnipeg daycare yesterday. Manitoba Hydro says the culprit was one of the heaters on the roof of the building that houses Peek-a-Boo daycare. Fortunately, the building’s new carbon monoxide detector went off, but, that did send 54 kids and 19 staff outside into the cold.
NASA has decided to add one more shuttle flight before the fleet is finally retired. Atlantis is due to blast off in late June to take supplies to the International Space Station. Discovery’s last flight is scheduled for late next month, and Endeavour’s final mission is set for April.
Today is the day that U.S. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords is expected to leave a hospital in Tucson, Arizona. That’s where she’s spent the last 13 days, recovering from that gunshot wound to the head. Giffords will now be moved to a hospital in Houston, Texas to start a long program of rehab. Moving her to Houston would also allow her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly, to resume his training at the Johnson Space Center.
Well relief appears to be on the way for air travelers who complain about intrusive security screening at airports. The International Air Transport Association predicts hassle free technology will do away with the need for searches and patdowns. The Association, which represents over 200 airlines around the world, says the technology is still being developed, but it will be available in just a couple of years time.
George Clooney says he has recovered from malaria, which he contracted earlier this month in Sudan. Clooney was in the African nation to support the impoverished area ahead of last week’s independence referendum. Clooney says the experience showed him how proper medication can turn the most lethal condition in Africa into a bad 10 days instead of a death sentence.
Former U.S. President George Bush senior, and top officials from his administration gathered at Texas A and M University yesterday to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Gulf war. About 3500 people including Gulf War veterans were on hand. The war, which began on January 17th 1991, was prompted by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The U.S. lead coalition drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait six months later.
Charles Manson follower, 63 year old Patricia Krenwinkel, has been denied parole by the California parole board. She’s one of 2 surviving women convicted in the Sharon Tate murders and won’t be eligible for parole again for 7 years. Krenwinkel was convicted along with Manson and 2 other female followers, in 7 1969 murders, considered among the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.
Within 3 month’s time, carbon monoxide detectors will become mandatory at a wide range of provincial buildings subject to annual fire inspections. Thanks to a change in the building code, places like schools, personal care homes, hospitals and jails will all require the C.O. detectors. The new law will go into effect April 1st.