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Monday October 7, 2013 6:33 
Good morning:

It's a pretty cool Monday morning in the St. John's-metro region, only 4 degrees Celsius, with an expected high temperature today of 10.

The good news from Environment Canada is that the rain showers should end this morning and Tuesday, there's a return of sunshine and high of 15 Celsius in the forecast.

The normal temperatures for this time of year are between 5 and 12 Celsius.

Here's a look at the Environment Canada weather graphic for the St. John's-metro region and longer text version of the forecast.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:00 
Monday October 7, 2013 7:00 
Today, 7 October
A few showers ending early this morning then clearing. Wind north 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this afternoon. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight, 7 October
A few clouds. Low plus 3 except minus 3 in low lying inland areas.

Tuesday, 8 October
Mainly sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the afternoon. High 15.

Wednesday, 9 October
A mix of sun and cloud with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 7. High 11.

Thursday, 10 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 5. High 15.

Friday, 11 October
Showers. Low 7. High 10.

Saturday, 12 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 4. High 7.

Sunday, 13 October
A mix of sun and cloud. Low plus 2. High 9.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:00 
The live webcam view at St. John's International Airport this morning.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:07 
All flights are on time this morning at St. John's International Airport.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:07 
The MV Beaumont Hamel is operating this morning on a one-boat schedule on the Bell Island-Portugal Cove ferry service.
The MV Sound of Islay is tied up at Portugal Cove due to weather conditions.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:09 
Schools are open in the NL English School District today.

On the weekend Milton Peach, former Eastern School District chairman, was acclaimed the first chairman of the new board.

Josh Pennell's story on that is at the link below.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:14 
Milton Peach named chairman of new English School District. Josh Pennell's story is at
Monday October 7, 2013 7:15 The Telegram
Lights are flashing red in both directions at Blackmarsh and Columbus. #nltraffic
Monday October 7, 2013 7:19 Mike Gillingham
Sunday on Twitter there were reports of moose sightings in the east end of St. John's and on Pitts Memorial Drive.

The big animals are likely still around city streets today. Drivers should watch out for them.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:23 
If you felt chilly in St. John's-metro on Sunday, you were right about it being cold outside.
It was apparently the coldest daytime high in almost four months.
Here's a Tweet from Brian Walsh about it.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:26 
High of just 8.2°C today in St John's #YYT; coldest daytime high since June 14 (7.0°C) #nlwx
Monday October 7, 2013 7:26 Brian Walsh
Models are showing a good chance of sub-freezing temperatures over inland sections of the Avalon early Tues:… #nlwx
Monday October 7, 2013 7:26 Brian Walsh
The front page of today's Telegram.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:28 
Telegram photographer Rhonda Hayward was at the annual Blessing of the Animals at the Anglican Cathedral in St. John's Saturday.

Her photos are on page 4 of today's paper.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:30 
The photo feature on page 4 of today's Telegram.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:30 
Blessing of the animals held Saturday at Anglican Cathedral in St. John's. Story, photos by Rhonda Hayward at
Monday October 7, 2013 7:30 The Telegram
The editorial cartoon in today's Telegram.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:32 
Transition game: Icecaps’ Kichton adapting quickly. Robin Short's story can be read online at
Monday October 7, 2013 7:33 The Telegram
Monday October 7, 2013 7:33 
Carolyn R. Parsons of The Pilot has a story on the front page of today's Telegram about magic man Walter Wilson LeDrew of Change Islands.

Her story can be read online at the link below.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:36 
The magic man of Change Islands.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:36 The Telegram
Monday October 7, 2013 7:36 
Josh Pennell writes in today's Telegram about protecting your pension income.

Ralph Morris, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Sector Pensioners’ Association (NLPSPA), had a message at the group’s AGM on the weekend — be vigilant with your pension and against those out to take it.

The full story can be read at the link below.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:40 
Former MP, Navy admiral Fred Mifflin died Saturday at age 75.

There's more online from The Canadian Press and The Telegram at the link below.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:45 
Former MP, Navy admiral Fred Mifflin dead at 75.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:45 The Telegram
There was another fatal crash in the province this past weekend.

A 48-year-old man died after a single-vehicle crash in northwestern Newfoundland.

Here's the story from The Canadian Press:

Man, 48, dies after single-vehicle crash in northwestern Newfoundland

The Canadian Press — Baie Verte
RCMP in northwestern Newfoundland say a man has died after a crash Sunday that left his vehicle upside down in a body of water.

Police say officers were called to Route 410 around 9:30 a.m., about 25 kilometres south of Baie Verte.

They say the vehicle was travelling north when it left the road.
Police say a 48-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Mounties say his name is not being released pending the notification of his family.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:48 
A surfer enjoys some of the big waves kicked up by the approach of Tropical Storm Karen at Pensacola Beach Friday in Pensacola, Fla.— Associated Press photo
Monday October 7, 2013 7:57 
Carlos Rijos rides a wave as Tropical Storm Karen approaches the Gulf Coast on Friday at Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. — Associated Press photo
Monday October 7, 2013 7:57 
Tropical storm Karen seems to have been welcomed by surfing enthusiasts, but Sunday the storm weakened.

There's another system being tracked now by the National Hurricane Center. I'll update that in a minute, but here's the latest on Karen from The Associated Press:

After days of lumbering toward Gulf Coast, storm system Karen dissipates as states stand down

By Janet McConnaughey And Stacey Plaisance
The Associated Press — New Orleans

After days of lumbering toward the Gulf Coast, the storm system Karen dissipated late Sunday morning as storm preparations in the region were called off or scaled back.
The remnants of the storm still had the potential to unleash heavy rains on low-lying areas. But southeastern Louisiana parishes lifted evacuation orders, and Plaquemines Parish closed a shelter where more than 80 people had taken refuge Saturday.

“We got some rain, no street flooding, so we’re looking pretty good. ... We’re not expecting any flooding,” Plaquemines Parish spokeswoman Caitlin Campbell said.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the remnants of Karen were moving eastward off the coast about 13 mph. Forecasters expected what remains of Karen — which had been a tropical storm, then a depression — to continue moving generally east over the next day to two days. Maximum sustained winds remained near 30 mph, with higher gusts, and forecasters said localized coastal flooding could still occur along portions of the coast. Rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches were expected.

Even as residents breathed a sigh of relief, forecasters and emergency officials warned them to keep an eye on developments.
Wind and waves uncovered tar balls on the beaches of Grand Isle, La., and crews headed out Sunday to check on them, Mayor David Camardelle Jr. said. He said he was sure they were from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. “After a spill like that in the Gulf of Mexico, anytime low pressure stirs up the Gulf it comes back and stirs up the oil on the beach. Tar balls have been spread all over. We always expected it,” he said.
Monday October 7, 2013 7:59 
Monday October 7, 2013 8:01 
A National Hurricane Center map (above) shows the latest storm systems being tracked.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:02 
Tropical storm Narda is the latest system under the watchful eye of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

It says recent microwave images indicate Narda is getting more organized and is gaining strength and could become a hurricane by Tuesday.

The system is now about 1,585 km southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:07 
Back here on the Avalon, it's much calmer today than the high winds we experienced Friday. And, it looks like the sky is trying to clear in this photo just Tweeted by The Telegram's Gary Grant.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:09 
Good driving today. Roads are mainly dry with some damp sections. Drizzle in some areas. #telynl
Monday October 7, 2013 8:09 Gary Grant
#nltraffic bonaventure ave closed suddenly by Piramid construction. Total mess
Monday October 7, 2013 8:09 David Brown
Still construction b/t Gander and Gambo. Expect delays #nltraffic Beautiful morning though!
Monday October 7, 2013 8:09 Gary Knapman
Big ol moose between Sir Robert Bond and Jumpers Brook bridges, speed up and sue the gov for some cash #nltraffic
Monday October 7, 2013 8:10 Jeff Bjanes
Some sarcasm in the Tweet above about the moose sighting. There certainly seems to be a lot of the huge animals around highways lately.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:11 
Leslie EreautLeslie Ereaut : 
Happy newfoundland alpaca ! #alpaca #newfoundland #rurallife #farming #friendly #canada
Monday October 7, 2013 8:13 
This photo above was posted on Instagram this morning. I don't know if this photo was taken in Felix Cove, but in 2011, I wrote a story about Cathy Whitehead and Ed Hutchings who have an alpaca farm on the Port au Port Peninsula.

There's big demand for crafts made from their wool.

The story is still online at
Monday October 7, 2013 8:16 
And, here's a photo of the couple shearing one of their animals.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:17 
Monday October 7, 2013 8:17 
Here's a story that is likely of some interest to people in our province, considering the amount of oil and gas activity off our shores.

Judge to hear dueling testimony about how much oil spilled into Gulf after BP’s well blowout

By Michael Kunzelman
The Associated Press — New Orleans
A federal judge is set to hear three weeks of testimony, beginning today, about how much oil made it into the ocean during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Experts for BP and the federal government will provide U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with very different estimates when the second phase of a trial resumes for litigation spawned by the spill.
The amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf is a key factor in determining how much more money BP and its contractors owe for their roles in the deadly disaster.

Justice Department attorneys will try to persuade Barbier that the best set of data on oil flow comes from a pressure gauge on the capping stack used to seal the blown-out well.
“The pressure data, collection rates, and geometry of the capping stack are by far the most accurate and reliable sources of information on flow rate, and were recognized as such by all parties at the time,” they wrote in a pretrial filing.

BP, however, says the government’s experts ignored other important data. Company lawyers say its experts used a “proven methodology” that doesn’t require “simplistic and unverified assumptions about flow conditions.”
“In contrast, the United States’ experts employ unproven methods that require significant assumptions and extrapolations in lieu of, and even directly inconsistent with, the available data and other evidence,” company attorneys wrote.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was working at the site of BP’s Macondo well off the Louisiana coast when the well blew out April 20, 2010. The explosion on the rig killed 11 workers and set off a massive fire. The rig sank less than two days later to the bottom, about a mile below the Gulf surface.
The Justice Department’s experts estimate 4.2 million barrels, or 176 million gallons, spilled into the Gulf after the blowout. BP has urged Barbier to use an estimate of 2.45 million barrels, or nearly 103 million gallons, in calculating any Clean Water Act fines. Both sides agree that 810,000 barrels, or 34 million gallons, escaped the well but were captured before the crude could pollute the Gulf.
Under the Clean Water Act, a polluter can be forced to pay a maximum of either $1,100 or $4,300 per barrel of spilled oil. The higher maximum applies if the company is found grossly negligent, as the government argues BP should be. But penalties can be assessed at amounts lower than those caps.

Using the government’s figures, a maximum penalty if the company is found grossly negligent could total $18 billion. Using the company’s figures, that maximum penalty would be around $10.5 billion.
For the trial’s first phase, Barbier heard eight weeks of testimony about the causes of the April 2010 well blowout.
Barbier divided the trial’s second phase into two parts. For the first segment, he heard four days of testimony last week about BP’s efforts to cap the well. He set aside 12 days of testimony for the second segment, which will consist almost exclusively of technical testimony by experts.
Government experts believe the oil was flowing from the well at a higher rate shortly after the blowout than it was when the well was sealed with the capping stack.
“Basic principles of oil production hold that reservoir pressure depletes and flow rates wane over time,” Justice Department attorneys wrote.
BP’s experts concluded that flow rates increased over time, due in part to the erosion of steel rams on the rig’s blowout preventer. Martin Blunt, a BP expert who is a professor of petroleum engineering at Imperial College in London, also took other factors into consideration, including the “compressibility” of the rocks in the reservoir BP was drilling.

“In assessing the data, Dr. Blunt uses a conservative lens,” BP attorneys wrote. “Dr. Blunt accounts for fundamental geological facts and principles of physics acknowledged by United States experts but omitted in their flow calculations.”
Monday October 7, 2013 8:22 
I just had to correct a Tweet I sent out this morning about the pensions story. I mistyped Josh Pennell's name and called him John.

Thanks Keith Gosse for picking up on that and so sorry, Josh.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:35 
Sarah BSarah B : 
Welcome to St. John's ✌#cruiseship #early #pretty #newfoundland #stjohns #ship #instagood #morningshift #instadaily #instagramhub #boatsandhoes #tourists
Monday October 7, 2013 8:38 
The Carnival Legend is in St. John's. This photo was posted on Instagram this morning.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:39 
Monday October 7, 2013 8:39 Todd O'Brien
Monday October 7, 2013 8:46 Donnie O'Keefe
Caved and turned on a heater this morning; brrrrr; #nlwx
Monday October 7, 2013 8:47 Vanessa Crocker
Some Tweets above about the cool weather.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:47 
Michelle LeBoubonMichelle LeBoubon : 
The top of, #deerlake #newfoundland @ the #beach
Monday October 7, 2013 8:49 
Stacey MaddoxStacey Maddox : 
Lovely rainbow #fall #farm #baybulls #rainbow #newfoundland
Monday October 7, 2013 8:49 
Leslie EreautLeslie Ereaut : 
Rainy day #newfoundland #canada #explorecanada #instanature_canada #fishingboat #blackandwhite #serenity
Monday October 7, 2013 8:49 
johannakjellssonjohannakjellsson : 
Vacker morgon så vi står och tittar en stund på solen som kliver upp.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:49 
Some photos posted this morning on Instagram.
Monday October 7, 2013 8:50 
Here's a tasty looking recipe from Canadian Living

Crunchy Parmesan-Topped Double Potato Mash

The recipe is online at
Monday October 7, 2013 8:53 
Monday October 7, 2013 8:53 
The Carnival Legend is in town. Have a look at the cameras:… looking down at the Oceanex Connaigra. #yyt #nltraffic
Monday October 7, 2013 8:55 Earl Noble
Construction at the Health Science Centre has Clinch Crescent messed up #nltraffic
Monday October 7, 2013 8:55 Stephen Churchill
That's it for the live Telegram blog this morning.

I'll be back again with more live news, weather, sports and more Tuesday morning, 7-9 a.m.

Until then, take care,

Deana SS

On Twitter @TelegramDeana
Monday October 7, 2013 9:00 
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