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Thursday September 26, 2013 6:44 
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Good morning:

Before I get into the weather this morning, there's some good news offshore in terms of a significant oil discovery.

Reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick will be working on that story today, but here's some of what Statoil Canada and partner Husky Energy have announced in a release this morning.

Statoil Canada and co-venturer Husky Energy have announced that the first Bay du Nord exploration well has discovered between 300 and 600 million barrels of oil recoverable.

The Bay du Nord discovery, located approximately 500 kilometres northeast of St. John’s, was announced in August. A sidetrack well has been completed this week and confirms a high impact discovery. Additional prospective resources have been identified which require further delineation.

The Bay du Nord discovery is Statoil’s third discovery in the Flemish Pass Basin. The Mizzen discovery is estimated to hold a total of 100-200 million barrels of oil recoverable. The Harpoon discovery, announced in June, is still under evaluation and volumes cannot be confirmed at this stage.

The Bay du Nord well encountered light oil of 34 API and excellent Jurassic reservoirs with high porosity and high permeability.

“It is exciting that Statoil is opening a new basin offshore Newfoundland,” says Tim Dodson, executive vice president of Statoil Exploration. “This brings us one step closer to becoming a producing operator in the area.”

“With only a few wells drilled in a large licenced area, totalling about 8,500 square kilometres, more work is required,” adds Dodson. “This will involve new seismic as well as additional exploration and appraisal drilling to confirm these estimates before the partnership can decide on an optimal development solution in this frontier basin.”

The successful drilling results from the Flemish Pass Basin demonstrate how Statoil’s exploration strategy of early access at scale and focus on high-impact opportunities is paying off. As an early player in the area, Statoil has confirmed its understanding of the basin and has opened a new oil play offshore Canada. The Flemish Pass has the potential to become a core producing area for Statoil post-2020.

All three discoveries are in approximately 1,100 metres of water. Mizzen was drilled by the semi-submersible rig Henry Goodrich (2009). The Bay du Nord and Harpoon wells were drilled by the semi-submersible rig West Aquarius (2013).

Statoil is the operator of Mizzen, Harpoon and Bay du Nord with a 65% interest. Husky Energy has a 35% interest.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:02 
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Now for the weather, it's another rainy day in St. John's and Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the following areas:

St. John's and vicinity
Avalon Peninsula North
Bay of Exploits
Green Bay - White Bay
Grand Falls-Windsor and vicinity.

Significant rainfall is expected through to Friday and here's the reason from Environment Canada:

A broad area of low pressure south of Newfoundland will remain nearly
stationary until eventually moving away to the east on Friday.
This will result in a persistent moist northeasterly flow across a
good portion of the island, especially along the east and northeast
coasts where these winds blow onshore. Rain is expected continue
into Friday before tapering to drizzle.

Rainfall warnings have now been issued for some areas of the
Northeast Coast. Elsewhere, the lengthy duration of rainfall will
still produce significant rainfall amounts, with up to 45 millimetres
expected by Friday evening.

There is some uncertainty as to exactly where the heaviest rain will
fall today and tonight. Therefore, the public is advised to monitor
future forecasts as warnings may need to be extended.

Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings from Environment
Canada at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca


Thursday September 26, 2013 7:06 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 7:07 
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Above is the Environment Canada weather graphic for St. John's and vicinity.

It's about 13 Celsius now in St. John's with a low tonight expected to be around 11.

Here's the more detailed text version of the local forecast.

Today, 26 September
Periods of rain or drizzle. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog patches. Wind becoming northeast 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. Temperature steady near 13.

Tonight, 26 September
Periods of rain or drizzle. Amount 10 to 20 mm. Fog. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. Low 11.

Friday, 27 September
Periods of rain or drizzle. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches. Wind north 40 km/h gusting to 60. Temperature steady near 11.

Saturday, 28 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 7. High 18.

Sunday, 29 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 12. High 18.

Monday, 30 September
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 12. High 21.

Tuesday, 1 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 11. High 18.

Wednesday, 2 October
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 10. High 13.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:09 
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A foggy live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:17 
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All flights at St. John's International Airport are on schedule this morning, with the exception of an Air Canada flight from St. John's to Toronto that's delayed. It was scheduled to leave St. John's at 7:20 a.m. That's been revised to 1 p.m.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:20 
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On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay are operating on schedule.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:21 
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All schools under the NL Eastern School District are open today. No announcements on the board's website.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:30 
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There's been another accident on the Outer Ring Road this morning, in the east-bound lane near Portugal Cove Road.

A car is up on a guard rail there. Drivers should slow down in these wet conditions. Hydroplaning is a real concern.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:33 
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There was also an accident on the Veterans Memorial Highway late Wednesday. This photo below was posted on Twitter shortly after 6 p.m.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:36 
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Pic of one of the cars in VMH crash. 2nd car still on road. Looks like possible head on. #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/0W2EGykfuN
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:36 Carbonear Canadiens
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And, here's a photo just posted on Twitter of the Outer Ring Road accident this morning.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:43 
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#nltraffic morning accident on the OOR. No tims today :( pic.twitter.com/krz4hXQtms
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:43 @kimcave87
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If anyone is going to logy bay rd do not take the outer ring. There's an accident and traffic is not moving #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:43 jenn quigley
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The front page of today's Telegram.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:47 
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The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:50 
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Here are some of reporter Ashley Fitzpatrick's Tweets on the oil discovery offshore. I'm sure she'll have more on this to help everyone understand the significance of it today.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:54 
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Statoil has its discovery at Harpoon (they've got 3 in Flemish Pass) still under evaluation. thetelegram.com/News/Local/201… #telynl
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:54 Ashley Fitzpatrick
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RT @statoilasa: High-impact oil discovery of 300 to 600 million barrels,offshore Newfoundland, Canada #HuskyEnergy bit.ly/1bdP0HE
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:54 Ashley Fitzpatrick
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For comparison, 300-600 million is a jump from the 100-200 million barrels of recoverable oil estimated for the MIzzen discovery. #telynl
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:55 Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Zach O'Brien skates after a puck during an Ice Caps' practice in St. John's recently. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:56 
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Robin Short has a story in today's Telegram on Zack O'Brien. Here's a link to the online version in the Tweet below.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:57 
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Hometown hopeful. Zach O'Brien looks to crack Ice Caps' roster. Story by Robin Short is online at ow.ly/pebXD
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:57 The Telegram
7:59
James McLeod has a story today about the provincial justice department hiring lawyer Peter Ralph, who blasted recent provincial government cuts.

Here's a link to that story in the Tweet below.
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:59 
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Justice Department hires lawyer who blasted recent cuts. James McLeod's story can be read at ow.ly/pebiV
Thursday September 26, 2013 7:59 The Telegram
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:04 
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Prospectors association to mark one-year anniversary. Story by Ashley Fitzpatrick can be read at ow.ly/pecjy
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:04 The Telegram
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:05 
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Barb Sweet has another story today on the province's ferries. A link to her story is in the Tweet below.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:06 
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Minister says ferries on maintenance management system. ow.ly/peiw2
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:06 The Telegram
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:06 
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Bonnie Belec has a story in today's paper about voter turnout in the 2013 municipal elections.

Her story can be read online at the link below.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:08 
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2013 election brought out more voters in metro region. Story by Bonnie Belec is online at ow.ly/pebtI
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:08 The Telegram
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:08 
8:10
Why is there always multiple accidents in St Johns on days like this? RDF isn't a new concept here people!! #nltraffic #worstdriversincanada
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:10 Hoppy
8:10
If drivers are this careless with water on the roads, the drive in after the first snowfall is going to be a daredevil stunt! #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:10 Kimberly
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Newfies just shut down both lanes of ORR to tow a vehicle that could have been towed after 9am. How friggin' dumb is that? #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:11 Donny Dooley
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Apparently from Twitter posts, there's another accident near Tim Hortons at Torbay Road and Major's Path in St. John's.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:11 
8:15
The price of gas in the province is down today by 2.7 cents and other fuel prices have dropped as well. Here's the latest from the NL Petroleum Pricing Office.

The changes to maximum fuel prices are as follows:
• all types of gasoline motor fuel will decrease by up to 2.7 cents per litre (cpl);
• diesel motor fuel will decrease by up to 3.2 cpl;
• furnace oil heating fuel will decrease by 2.28 cpl;
• stove oil heating fuel will decrease by 2.28 cpl; and,
• propane heating fuel will increase by 0.4 cpl.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:15 
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And, here are the maximum gas prices throughout the province, from the NL Petroleum Pricing Office.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:16 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:16 
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Below are the maximum heating fuel prices throughout the province.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:18 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:18 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:19 Donnie O'Keefe
8:19
Heavy, heavy rain between #cornerbrook and #deerlake Lots of water build-up. You'll need extra time this morning. #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:19 Jordan Stringer
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the only sensible way out of CBS (foxtrap access) is moving slower than the actual construction on the highway @975krock #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:19 ✌ jess b
8:19
Foxtrap Access Road backed up...again. School traffic + people avoiding construction = big mess. #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:19 Rachel Warren
8:20
Lots of traffic on this rainy morning. Sidewalk construction ongoing on Queens Road. #telynl pic.twitter.com/MWKANVVSGJ
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:20 Gary Grant
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I love that #rain. The tappings, tempos, crescendos, splashes here and there; lulling a Pooch to sleep. #mindfulness #mindfulpooch #nlwx
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:21 Puppy McPooch
8:21
At least someone likes the rainy weather.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:21 
8:26
From The Tely Go Guide

On Sept. 29 from 12-3 p.m. the RBC Duck Race Family Festival will be held at Herder Bridge, Rennie's River (Nearest to intersection of Portugal Cove and Rennie’s Mill Road).

Duck race tickets $10 each or 3 for $25 in advance at local RBCs. Free: Live music, barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting and more.

Check Fluvarium.ca or call 722-DUCK for more information.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:26 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:27 
8:32
A Canadian Federation of Independent Business says Newfoundland leads other provinces in business confidence.

Here's that story from The Canadian Press.

Small business optimism dips in Sept., says CFIB

The Canadian Press — Toronto
Optimism in Canada’s small business sector slipped in September, but still remained relatively strong, according to a monthly reading from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

It says the confidence index slipped 1.4 points from August to 64.5, with any reading over 50 suggesting optimistic business owners outnumber those expecting a weaker performance.

The business group says Newfoundland and Labrador at 72.2, Alberta at 71.6 and Saskatchewan at 70.7 continue to lead the way in terms of small business confidence.
Ontario‘s confidence level surged in recent months, peaking in August at 67.8, but dropped sharply last month to 63.6.

Drops were also seen in New Brunswick (55.5) and Prince Edward Island (47.6). Nova Scotia (61.6), Manitoba (60.7) and British Columbia (67.9) saw modest gains while Quebec remained well below the national average at 59.2.
The strongest sectors were health and education, the arts and wholesale, while transportation remained a weak point.

“The good news is that overall, the other indicators are stable,” said CFIB chief economist and vice-president Ted Mallett
“Hiring plans are typical for this time of year, 40 per cent of small business owners report a generally good state of business, and orders and accounts receivables show gradual improvement. Price and wage expectations are stable, and there are no big shifts being reported in operating constraints or pricing pressures.”

According to past results, index levels normally range between 65 and 70 when the economy is growing at its potential.
The September findings are based on 1,126 responses, collected from a random sample of CFIB members, to a controlled-access web survey.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:32 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:35 Donnie O'Keefe
8:35
A former Service Canada employee who has admitted to illegally issuing employment insurance payments to herself will likely face house arrest.

Andrew Robinson's full story can be read at the link below.

Thursday September 26, 2013 8:35 
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House arrest recommended for ex-Service Canada employee. ow.ly/peiUv #telynl
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:35 The Telegram
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Conrad OlsonConrad Olson : 
This morning's view. Summer is definitely over in #newfoundland
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:36 
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JanessaJanessa : 
I miss all of the pretty views #newfoundland #takemeback
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:37 
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JanessaJanessa : 
Tabletop Mountains #newfoundland #mountain
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:37 
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Gerard GaleGerard Gale : 
Another sunset photo from today ! #sunset #skyporn #beautiful #amazing #sky #newfoundland #canada #iphonephotos #beach #stephenville
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:38 
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Julia Sarah GouldJulia Sarah Gould : 
#portugalcove #eastcoast #stjohns #bellisland #ferry #ocean #water
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:38 
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BrittanyBrittany : 
#beautiful #mountain #Canada #Newfoundland #GrosMorneNationalPark #cloud #fall #green #transfers #road
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:38 
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EleaSEleaS : 
#fall #autumn #leaves #Newfoundland #falltime #season #seasons #instafall #instagood #stjohns #instaautumn #photooftheday #leaf #nofliter #colorful #orange #red #autumnweather #fallweather #nature
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:38 
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Some photos posted this morning on Instagram.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:38 
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There's another report on Twitter of an accident on Allandale Road in St. John's near Elizabeth Avenue.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:44 
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Joyce Hancock sent me photos Wednesday of Dorothy Inglis gravesite/memorial wall in Vancouver, B.C.

Dorothy was a well-known women's right activist in Newfoundland for many years and passed away earlier this year. She was also an inspiration to many women who knew her.

Here are the photos.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:49 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:49 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:50 
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Latest radar showing rain bands circling counter clockwise over Nfld. This continues through Friday. #nlwx #nltraffic pic.twitter.com/dgbd7OJo8Q
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:51 Kelly Butt
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I'm trapped on a bus going nowhere on Elizabeth avenue. Is this purgatory? #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:51 David Maher
8:52
I assume from this Tweet above, the accident on Allandale Road near Elizabeth Avenue has traffic tied up in the Elizabeth Avenue area.
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:52 
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So I guess to get from CBS to the Health Sciences I am definitely going to have to plan to leave an hour and a half early. #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:52 Rachel Warren
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People of CBS, you can easily access the highway from Fowler's Rd. I don't know why you're all still taking the bypass. #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:52 Carla Crotty
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Some lightning detected offshore, east of The Avalon this morning. #nlwx pic.twitter.com/17jxarLiht
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:52 Kelly Butt
8:57
Canadian Living has a recipe on its website for Smoked Salmon Pizza with Baby Kale Salad.

Here's a link to the full recipe http://bit.ly/1cFjeQO
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:57 
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Thursday September 26, 2013 8:57 
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Doing 90kph on the ORR this morning, and people were flying past me like they're trying to escape the zombie apocalypse! #nltraffic
Thursday September 26, 2013 8:59 Earl Noble
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Many of us can relate to Earl Noble's Tweet. Some drivers won't slow down when conditions are bad and we all know hydroplaning is a real risk on wet roads.

On the weekend, I spent some time at my husband's gravesite in St. John's and noticed that a recent accident victim is now buried across from him, on the other side of a small roadway.

It really struck me of how quick her family members lives have been altered, in an instant. I know what grief is like and I really feel for them.

Maybe by saying this, I will have some impact on people who take life for granted.

Please slow down and exercise caution on our highways. You could be saving your own life or the lives of others by doing so.

That's it for my rant. And, that's it for the live blog this morning.

I'll be back Friday morning with more news, weather, sports, current affairs and more, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

email dss@thetelegram.com
On Twitter @TelegramDeana

Thursday September 26, 2013 9:08 
 
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