|August 16th News Update|
|Wednesday, 15 August 2012 20:10|
An investigation is pending after frightened residents lodged complaints with McMurray Aviation last week when a flight allegedly passed dangerously low over Fort Chipewyan. Mikisew Cree First Nation Communications Officer Bradley Saulteaux has called for a formal apology and suspension of the pilot, saying; ‘[it was an] empty freight plane that was just putting on a private air show over people's homes; over Fort Petroleum…’ Wade Komarinsky owner of McMurray Aviation said that the aircraft, that didn’t contain passengers, was never in danger and was flying safely despite misconceptions from the ground. However Komarinsky did forward the incident to Transport Canada.
A Lac La Biche man has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle after he left passengers on an isolated island. The group was boating on Lac La Biche on July 14th when the passengers decided the driver, who was steering erratically, was too intoxicated, and told him they wanted to get out. Instead of returning his passengers back to the dock, the man took them to an isolated island. Emergency services later picked up the group, two of which had mild hypothermia. Jason Flemming is charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
Athabasca RCMP are reporting that Rhonda Cardinal missing since August 1st has been found safe after spending two weeks in the woods. An attentive and helpful driver, along with a courteous pilot, are being thanked after what appears to have been, a two-week test of survival. She flagged down a driver heading to work at a remote oil lease site, who had coincidently just read about her being missing in a newspaper article before departing for work. He drove her to his work site at which point they came across a helicopter pilot, who helped with the next step in getting her home.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon amid signs that the conflict in Syria is spilling over into its western neighbour. The countries urged immediate action after a string of kidnappings of Sunni Muslims by a powerful Shia clan. Lebanese citizens were further caught up in the Syrian crisis on Wednesday when warplanes struck the town of Azaz north of Aleppo, reportedly killing 30 people. Lebanon is a popular tourist destination for Saudis and citizens of other Gulf states.
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open due to a knee problem. The injury already forced him out of the London Olympics, where he was supposed to defend his title and carry Spain's flag in the opening ceremony. Nadal is only 26, but the withdrawals raise questions about the future of a player who has had recurring knee problems in the past.
Further details have come to light on the NHL Player’s Association’s proposal. The offer also calls for a limit on 'non-player' spending such as costs for head coaching, front office and management payrolls. In addition, the union's proposal suggests - at the discretion of both the NHL and NHLPA on a case-by-case basis - giving extra draft picks to teams in financial trouble.
The Jays lost 9-5 to the White Sox last night. They have a final chance at tying the series tonight. First pitch 5:07.