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Tuesday October 8, 2013 6:52 
Good morning:
The Telegram website is not available this morning, due to technical problems.
Our IT team is working on it and we hope to have it restored soon.

In the meantime, the live blog is proceeding as normal through a mobile web link and I'll try to update readers about what will be on our site when it's back online.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:03 
It's a chilly morning in St. John's, it feels like winter, only 3 degrees Celsius, but it's expected to warm up to 14 today, with a mix of sun and cloud.
Wednesday and Thursday's forecast from Environment Canada also looks promising, with some more sun on the way and high temperatures of 12 and 15 Celsius.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic and more detailed text version of the forecast for the St. John's-metro region.

Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:05 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:05 
Today, 8 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 14. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight, 8 October
Increasing cloudiness. A few showers overnight. Amount 2 mm. Fog patches overnight. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming northwest 30 gusting to 50 before morning. Low 8.

Wednesday, 9 October
Clearing in the morning. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light in the evening. High 12.

Thursday, 10 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low 6. High 15.

Friday, 11 October
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5. High 9.

Saturday, 12 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High 7.

Sunday, 13 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 1. High 8.

Monday, 14 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 11.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:06 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:08 
All flights are on time at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:09 
On the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service this morning, the MV Beaumont Hamel and MV Sound of Islay are both operating.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:11 
Schools in the NL English School District are open today.

We've been asked to post this notice from Holy Redeemer school in Spaniard's Bay.

Holy Redeemer will be having their Thanksgiving Day assembly this Thursday Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend.
A reminder to K-3 students to bring to school perishable food items and grade 4-9 students bring in non-perishable food items this week.

A reminder to Holy Redeemer students and parents that there will be NO school for students this Friday, Oct. 11, due to a staff professional development day.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:14 
There apparently was another moose-vehicle collision early this morning on the Outer Ring Road, in the west bound lane, near the Team Gushue Highway.

According to Twitter posts, the driver of the pickup truck fortunately wasn't seriously injured.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:18 
Frosty in Seal Cove this morning#nlwx
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:18 Rossmeister
This photo above posted on Twitter shows just how cold it was overnight on the Avalon.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:19 
In the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's overnight report, patrol officers conducted a traffic safety stop around 1 a.m. on Blackmarsh Road in St. John's, which resulted in the arrest of a 44-year-old man. He was charged with impaired driving and refusing the breathalyzer, breach of probation and operating a vehicle without insurance.

While attempting to stop the vehicle, the RNC said the vehicle struck a parked car. But police were successful in stopping it and preventing any more damage to other property.

The driver owed $ 6,000 in traffic fines. The vehicle was impounded and he was held in custody for a court appearance. There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:24 
The front page of today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:26 
The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:27 
Ninety-six-year-old Laura Wood of Nova Scotia is in the news again. I remember reading about her hunting expeditions some years ago.

This time, she had a successful moose hunt in central Newfoundland.

Here's a screen shot of Krysta Carrol's story from The Advertiser in today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:39 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:39 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:39 
Telegram reporter Bonnie Belec has another story in today's Telegram about concerns over long-term care homes.

Here's an excerpt from that story.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:42 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:42 
If you click on these articles I'm including in the blog, they will enlarge.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:43 
Ah tis the season of peek-a-boo windshields and people too lazy to clear their windows to see. #accidentwaitingtohappen #nltraffic
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:44 Kimberly
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:45 Lisa M
Mount Pearl (7:22am) sitting at 0.4C while rest of the city is between 3-5 #nlwx
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:46 Mount Pearl weather
Mt Pearl experiencing its first fall frost with a low of -0.5C. The last frost was May 21st making our growing season 140 days in 2013 #nlwx
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:46 Mount Pearl weather
in other news, no bloody wonder I'm freezing - it is 2 degrees outside. TWO. *slowly rocks back and forth* *cries* #winteriscoming #nlwx
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:47 Mandy
A lot of people are having problems adjusting to the cold weather from the Tweets above. It's understandable, considering the hot summer weather we had.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:49 
Might be a good time to buy one of these in the Twitter pic below.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:49 
One of the Rune hats available from Spindrift Handknits this Saturday at SGM in Makinsons or contact SGM now! #nlwx
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:49 Some Good Market
[Comment From DonnyDonny: ] 
Never mind, the page isn't refreshing on its own like it usually does De b'y. I thought ya nodded off b'y!
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:59 Donny
Just received this comment above from a reader.

The Telegram website is back online again.

It took me a few minutes to change gears here and do a few things with the website. Hopefully, everything is back to normal again.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 7:59 
And, thanks Donny for tuning in each morning.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:00 
[Comment From DonnyDonny: ] 
Did you fall asleep De b'y???
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:02 Donny
No, not likely, I'm busy here multitasking. I had to make sure our new stories from today are up on our web too.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:02 
Josh Pennell has a story in today's Telegram on the first-time councillors sworn in Monday night at St. John's City Hall.

HIs story can be read at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:04 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:04 
Robin Short has another IceCaps story in today's Telegram

With a nagging injury keeping Zach Redmond sidelined on opening weekend, St. John’s IceCaps rookie defenceman Brenden Kichton made the most of his opportunity to jump in and play the role of offensive defenceman against the Providence Bruins.

His full story can be read at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:07 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:07 
Trial for accused murderer off to a false start. Rosie Gillingham's story can be read at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:09 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:09 
First time in Paradise before 8am and wow, the traffic out here is worse than I've ever seen anywhere. Toronto included. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:12 Alison Stoodley
Traffic is slow EB on CBS HWY #nltraffic
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:12 Keith Wareham
The traffic backlog complaints are beginning on Twitter.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:13 
This isn't good news going into winter. There's a story this morning about the price of oil going up. Here's the link
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:17 
noble41noble41 : 
#Carnival Legend and #Oceanex Connaigra in St. John's harbour. #nltraffic #yyt #newfoundland
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:18 
This photo was posted on Instagram this morning of the Carnival Legend cruise ship and the new Oceanex ship Connaigra in St. John's Habour.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:19 
Laura NurseLaura Nurse : 
Such a beautiful animal #moose #newfoundland #animal
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:20 
Witch Dr TimWitch Dr Tim : 
Ryan Premises, #bonavista #newfoundland #canada #museum #ocean #fuckthishashtagshit
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:20 
#roadtrip #sanradwedding #sky #clouds #morning #newfoundland
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:20 
Chelsea NoelChelsea Noel : 
Last morning in Terra Nova #newfoundland #nlfl #clc
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:20 
steph caravansteph caravan : 
#Fall is so #beautiful in #Newfoundland #canada 🍁🍂🍃🌾💛💚❤️
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:20 
More Newfoundland photos above on Instagram, with some beautiful fall colours.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:21 
And, there's likely be a lot of this in the province on the Thanksgiving weekend — Newfoundland jigs dinner. This photos was posted early this morning on Instagram.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:22 
Rick O'BrienRick O'Brien : 
Dat's some feed, b'y!#jigsdinner #Newfoundland #saltbeef #mushypeas #cabbage #turkey #turnips #savory #dressing #thanksgiving2013 #kelowna
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:22 
If you want to make it, there's a recipe for Newfoundland jigs dinner on allrecipes website.
It's at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:25 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:25 
Here's an awesome reader photo submitted to us from Bob Evans in Paradise. It's on page 2 of today's Telegram.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:27 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:27 
And, this one by Ferne Williams of St. John's is on page 3.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:28 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:28 
Not sure if it's been mentioned. Freshwater eastbound between Crosbie and Stamp's Lane is closed for construction. #nltraffic
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:29 Earl Noble
Does anyone know if there are any plans to replace the slabs of pavement that are missing from all bridges/overpasses around? #nltraffic
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:29 markwbutt
Traffic backed up manuels access. Just off cbs by pass #nltraffic
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:30 Rita
Some more traffic Tweets above.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:30 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:31 Mike Shortall
Last week it was 25 degrees, this morning you have to scrape frost off your windshield.#newfoundland
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:32 Andrew Fowler
Dan MacEachern has a story in today's Telegram about the provincial ambulance review which recommends a central dispatch and single administrator.

His story is online at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:35 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:35 
Volunteers, gold medallist kick off Kids Eat Smart Week. That story is at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:37 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:38 
Greg WilliamsGreg Williams : 
Best time of the year #fall #gouldsrules #newfoundland
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:42 
Another photo above posted on Instagram from the Goulds area of St. John's.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:43 
The shutdown in the U.S. is now in its second week. Here's the latest Associated Press story.

Calling the White House? Call back later. Shutdown takes toll on White House operations

By Josh Lederman
The Associated Press — Washington
Now in its second week, the partial government shutdown has taken its toll on the White House, where about 3 of 4 staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads.
Of the 1,701 advisers, assistants, number-crunchers, butlers, chefs and landscapers who work at the White House on a normal day, fewer than 450 are on duty, according to President Barack Obama’s budget office. The rest fall under an unfortunate label that has kept hundreds of thousands of federal workers home: “non-essential.”
At one entrance to the West Wing, a wall that normally displays clippings from the day’s newspapers hasn’t been updated in over a week.
“Congress slips toward shutdown,” reads one outdated headline in a near-empty press office.
With a full array of official duties that must be carried out despite the impasse with Congress, Obama’s aides have strived to maintain normalcy. But the logistical gymnastics of running the federal government’s nerve centre with a skeletal staff have created a sense of mild disarray at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The staff of 90 that normally tends to the president’s residence has been cut to 15. In the West Wing, only a scaled-back menu is available at the White House mess. Trash cans are still being emptied and the bathrooms maintained, but the usual buzz of employees across the White House grounds has dipped to a quiet hum.
“The most evident impact is the lack of voices,” said Josh Earnest, Obama’s principle deputy press secretary. “There aren’t a bunch of people yammering on the phone.”
Want to share your ideas with Obama about resolving the shutdown? Don’t bother calling. The White House switchboard has been set to roll over to a prerecorded message.
“We apologize, but due to the lapse in federal funding, we are unable to take your call,” the message says.
The few senior White House aides still working are performing duties generally reserved for low-level assistants, like planning Obama’s off-campus events, scheduling meetings, sending announcements to the media and getting visitors cleared by the Secret Service.
Even Obama pitched in last week as he left the White House for a visit to a nearby sandwich shop without the usual entourage of staffers who shepherd the media accompanying him. With more senior staff filling in as “wranglers,” journalists ended up trailing behind the president, only able to see his back.
“Let’s go, wranglers!” the president teased his staff, pausing to tell reporters to get in front.
The White House “advance” office, which co-ordinates the president’s travel, is just about shuttered. In a departure from normal procedure, Obama’s schedule this week is being announced day by day.
That’s also meant fewer outings for Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — a cutback that also reflects the touchy optics of pursuing leisurely activities while federal workers are furloughed. Since the shutdown started, Obama hasn’t played a round of golf, as he does almost every weekend. And there was no fancy night at a restaurant for the president and Mrs. Obama, who marked their 21st wedding anniversary Thursday.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:46 
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about the government shutdown during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, Monday. — AP photo
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:48 
If you missed Saturday Night Live, Miley Cyrus performed a different version of one of her new song. "We Did Stop" was a music skit about the U.S. shutdown. Parts of it were pretty funny.

Here's a link to the video from YouTube.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:53 
Brittany SpeedBrittany Speed : 
#moose #bull #10point? #Newfoundland #Canada
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:54 
Brittany SpeedBrittany Speed : 
Driving and seen this guy #moose #bull #huge #Newfoundland #Canada
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:54 
More moose photos posted this morning on Instagram.
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:54 
Another recipe from Canadian Living for Crunchy Parmesan-Topped Double Potato Mash

The full recipe is at
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:59 
Tuesday October 8, 2013 8:59 
That's it for the live Telegram blog this morning.

I'll be back with more live news Wednesday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS
On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Tuesday October 8, 2013 9:01 
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