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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saint John Players Go To Sweden

For the first time ever a Women's football team from Canada is competing for a World Championship which gets underway today in Stockholm, Sweden.

The team has 14 players from the Saint John area.

That doesn't come as a surprise to one of them, Lisa Harlow who plays quarterback for the Saint John Storm of the Maritime Women's League.

Harlow tells CHSJ News Canada has a good chance at picking up gold with the big competition coming from Team U-S-A.

New Vaccine For Babies

(Baby gets the pneumococcal vaccine)
(Photo By Sherry Aske)

More details now on a story we brought you earlier in the week:

There's a new way to protect your baby against pneumococcal disease.

Dr. Paul Van Buynder says Prevnar-13 is a new vaccine being offered in the province that protects against 13 different strains of bacterial infection.

Van Buynder says there have been 40 severe cases of pneumococcal disease in the province over the last three years.

The vaccine is funded for children who are eight weeks to 12 months old starting July 1st.

Handprints For The Q-Plex

(David Boone with a Lasting Impressions Square)
(Photo By Sherry Aske)

Quispamsis is launching a campaign to get the community involved in the Q-Plex Project.

Mayor Murray Driscoll says people can leave a lasting impression of their hand prints or foot prints by buying a square beside the Q-Plex sidewalk.

Driscoll says each square is individually made and it's a great way to get individuals involved.

Artisans Back In Action

(Artisans packing up after being told to leave)
(File Photo)

Artisans who sell handcrafted items in Loyalist Plaza are back in action on the long as there is nothing else going on.

The group that sells their work to cruise ship passengers was kicked out one Saturday despite a signed contract they had with the Hardman Group.

Artisan Lisa Mourade says the Hardman Group has since explained that they can set up shop on the weekends as long as there are no other events going on in the Plaza.

The artisans paid the Hardman Group $250 dollars for a spot in the Plaza so they could sell their items when cruise ship passengers came to town.

Poverty Levels Are Down

Poverty in Saint John is the lowest it has been in 20 years.

Researcher Kurt Peacock says this is largely because the diversity of jobs we have today.

He says technology is the driving force behind that diversity.

Peacock says poverty was worse in the 1990s because of the decline of manufacturing jobs at the ship yard and the sugar refinery.

He says our poverty rate is now less than the Canadian average.

Arrests For Public Landing

RCMP in Grand-Bay Westfield are busy making arrests after an incident in Public Landing.

Corporal Parisilla says they have made five of six arrests since a man was beaten up at the Public Landing Wharf last Saturday.

At the time RCMP reported that 8 or 9 men got off a speedboat and five of them beat up the man while the others went to a nearby store.

Parisilla says they are still talking with the public and looking for at least one more person they believe was involved.

He says the man that was beaten up is still in the hospital in an induced coma.

Deadly Weekend

Two families are mourning the loss of loved ones after a pair of accidents this weekend.

A teenage girl is dead after a car accident in East Saint John.

Sergeant Chuck Elgee says a car went off the road at 11:30pm last night at Hillcrest Road near the airport.

Elgee says the car went down an enbankment and a teenage girl was killed.

Other people were in the car but no one else was seriously hurt.

The girl's name is not being being released until her family has been notified.

On Friday night a motorcyclist was killed after hitting a car on Manawagonish Road.