Friday, April 19, 2013

Whalen Wins Shotput Event In North Carolina

Chelsea Whalen continues to set a high standard in the shotput. The 20-year-old from Liverpool won the Atlantic Coast Conference's Outdoor Track and Field Championship women's shotput event today with a top throw of 16.33 metres. The throw will also re-write the record books for Nova Scotia senior women. It also eclipses her record mark of 16.23 metres for Florida State, which she set recently at the Seminole Invitational in Tallahassee, Florida.  It's Florida State University's first title in the ACC shotput event since 2000.

Will Quick Fix Be Found For SW Nova Economy?

Its like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. That is how the Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation sums up the recent establishment of a committee to explore ways of ramping-up the tourism industry in this region. Kevin Lacey says the economy in the area since the Yarmouth ferry was shut down has tanked and it may be too late for a fix-up.

Lacey says the government is trying to protect its $21-million investment in a start up of the ferry service.  Tourism minister Percy Paris announced the setting up of the committee of business and community leaders earlier this week. He also says parameters of the hunt for a new ferry service operator will be relaxed a bit from the first attempt.

Lunenburg-Based Film Opens In Bridgewater

A movie that was filmed off the coast of Lunenburg opens is coming to the Bridgewater theatre. 'The Disappeared' tells the story of six men, stranded in two lifeboats, lost at sea and fighting for their lives in the Atlantic Ocean. Shandi Mitchell is the writer and director. She says the film hits close to home.

She says bringing the film to a local audience can be a bit frightening because she feels they are the biggest critics. It has been shown to audiences across the country after screenings at a number of film festivals. The film features a number of local actors and Hollywood star Billy Campbell, owner of the Lunenburg-built vessel 'Martha Seabury.' The movie opens this evening at Empire Theatres in Bridgewater.

Gas Prices Down Again!

Good news today for South Shore drivers! Gasoline prices took another drop overnight. The province's utility and review board has set the coming week's prices at $1.25.9 for a litre of regular self serve. High-test  gasoline is down by a similar amount, about three cents lower. Diesel has taken a substantial drop too. Its now selling at $1.23.4. Thats several cents lower than yesterday.

Streets In Boston Eerily Quiet As Manhunt Continues

A former CKBW/HANK FM employee says the streets of downtown Boston are eerily quiet today. Police have locked down the entire city of Boston and are telling people to stay home as heavily armed officers search for the lone remaining suspect of the marathon bombings. One of two suspects in the bombings has been shot dead, and an intense manhunt is under way for the second suspect, described by police as a terrorist. Andrea James of Dartmouth says she is stranded in the city after police locked down.

James says Bostonians showed an unbelievable amount of pride during a Fleetwood Mac concert last night. However, she says the mood has completely shifted after the events overnight.