House collapses, record rains kill 15 in southern India

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Record rains and heavy flooding in the southern Indian state of Telangana collapsed houses and killed at least 15 people, police said Wednesday.

Four other people were injured in Hyderabad, the state’s capital, when a house’s boundary wall fell on a neighboring house, which collapsed with the impact, police officer Gaja Bhopal Rao said.

The first house to collapse in Hyderabad was in a hilly area of the city where the soil was loosened by more than 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) of rain in the past 24 hours, said Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar. That left eight people dead.

Five other people were killed in two other house collapses in the city, Kumar said. Two other people were swept away by flood waters elsewhere in the state.

The rain washed away part of the highway linking the city to the airport.

Thirty cars and trucks were washed away when a lake in the city overflowed, district administrator Amoy Kumar said.

The heavy rain in Hyderabad, caused by a deep

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8 dead as house collapses amid record rain in southern India

HYDERABAD, India — A house collapsed in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad amid record rains and heavy flooding, killing at least eight people, police said Wednesday.

In addition to the dead, another four people were hospitalized after a farmhouse’s boundary wall fell on a neighboring house, which collapsed with the impact, said police officer Gaja Bhopal Rao.

The house was in a hilly area of the city where the soil was loosened by more than 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) of rain in the past 24 hours, said Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar.

The heavy rain in Hyderabad, caused by a deep depression in Bay of Bengal, broke a record set 20 years ago. It caused flooding in low lying areas of the city, where authorities used boats to evacuate people.

More than 9.6 million people across South Asia have been affected by severe floods this year, with hundreds of thousands struggling to get food and medicine.

About 550 people have died in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, while millions have been displaced from their homes since the flooding began in June.

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Snowfall alerts issued for mountain passes in B.C.’s Southern Interior

a train covered in snow: Weather conditions at the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector on Tuesday morning.

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Weather conditions at the Pennask Summit on the Okanagan Connector on Tuesday morning.

Snowfall warnings have been issued for several mountain passes in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

Sent out by Environment Canada on Tuesday morning at 10:42 a.m., the warnings say drivers should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take safety precautions.

The national weather agency says a strong frontal system is moving across the province, and that freezing levels have fallen in advance of the system.

Read more: Snow and wind warnings in place for much of B.C. Tuesday

It added that 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is expected Tuesday, with an additional 10 to 15 centimetres possible in the evening and overnight.

The national weather agency also issued special weather statements, including for:

Highway 3 (Paulson Summit to Kootenay Pass)

Highway 97C (Okanagan Connector, Pennask Summit)

Highway 1 (Eagle Pass to Rogers Pass)

Yoho Park / Kootenay Park.

For the Coquihalla, Environment Canada says snow has changed to rain but is expected to switch back to flurries near the summit overnight.

For the Pennask Summit and Kootenay Pass, snow is predicted to taper off Tuesday afternoon, with 15 centimetres expected.

Read more: Cool B.C. temperatures spark annual crush of swapping to winter tires


Town of Hope: 41 metres (134 feet)

City of Kelowna: 344 metres (1,128 feet)

City of Revelstoke: 480 metres (1,574 feet)

Town of Merritt: 605 metres (1,984 feet)

Eagle Pass, Highway 1: 550 metres (1,804 feet)

Coquihalla Highway Summit: 1,210 metres (3,969 feet)

Rogers Pass, Highway 1: 1,330 metres (4,363 feet)

Paulson Summit, Highway 3: 1,446 metres (4,744 feet)

Pennask Summit, Okanagan Connector: 1,717 metres (5,633 feet)

Kootenay Pass, Highway 3: 1,781 metres (5,843 feet)

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Six RCMP officers injured on the job in Southern Interior in four days

a van parked in front of a car: According to RCMP, six front line officers were hurt on the job in B.C.'s Southern Interior in a span of four days.

According to RCMP, six front line officers were hurt on the job in B.C.’s Southern Interior in a span of four days.

Six RCMP officers in B.C.’s Southern Interior region have been injured on the job in a span of 96 hours, according to the RCMP Southeast District.

All of the front-line officers that got hurt were carrying out arrests of volatile individuals at the time, said a news release issued by the RCMP.

“Each of these dangerous situations has not only deeply impacted these extremely dedicated police officers, but has also had lasting implications on their families and colleagues,” said Chief Supt. Brad Haugli, RCMP Southeast District commander.

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According to RCMP, the first incident on Oct. 3 in Grand Forks involved emergency paramedics responding to a report of an intoxicated man lying face down outside a home in the 6400-block of 18 Street.

Ambulance paramedics approached the individual, at which time RCMP said he sprung to his feet and suddenly became aggressive.

The paramedics called the Grand Forks RCMP for help.

RCMP said a front-line officer arrived and approached the man who continued to yell aggressively.

The suspect allegedly grabbed onto the officer and forced them to the ground, where he continued to assault the officer.

The suspect fled on foot before the officer could make an arrest.

Read more: Man in hospital after allegedly shooting at Surrey RCMP officer, turning gun on himself

The suspect, a 35-year-old Grand Forks man, was apprehended without further incident by another front-line officer who was responding to the scene to assist.

The police officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was medically assessed at the scene by the emergency paramedics who had initially called for support. The officer was later examined in hospital.

On Oct. 7,  Salmon Arm RCMP responded to a report of a disturbance inside a home, where a distraught man was reportedly experiencing a mental health crisis and causing property damage.

RCMP said a pair of uniformed officers responded to the home, and arranged to have emergency medical crews staged nearby.

According to the RCMP, they managed to de-escalate the situation and convinced the man to exit the home to obtain medical attention for the lacerations and abrasions he sustained.

RCMP said that’s when the 41-year-old Sorrento man suddenly lunged at both officers, who required the use of a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) to subdue him.

Both responding officers received medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries following the arrest. One officer sustained a lower arm fracture.

Read more: Huntsville OPP search for suspect after officer injured at R.I.D.E. stop

Also on Oct 7, three officers in Kamloops suffered injuries while working together to apprehend a dangerous offender, who led police on a dangerous pursuit.

One officer sustained injuries as a result of the suspect allegedly side-swiping the officer’s cruiser.

A second officer sustained a lower arm injury after jumping out of the way

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Southern California pastor at Rose Garden event has COVID-19

Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor Greg Laurie tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a White House event.

Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor Greg Laurie tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a White House event.

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The Southern California megachurch leader who attended the White House Rose Garden ceremony announcing Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has contracted COVID-19.

Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor Greg Laurie tested positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus after the Sept. 26 ceremony in Washington, The Orange County Register reported.

Laurie, who leads the 15,000-member Riverside-based congregation which is said to be one of California’s and the nation’s largest churches, is now among the growing list of Rose Garden attendees and members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle to test positive for COVID-19.

Laurie, 67, addressed parishioners via Facebook on Monday, confirmed he was diagnosed Friday and has since been in quarantine. Laurie’s family has tested negative.

In the nearly two-minute recording, Laurie said he first felt fatigued, achy and feverish.

“Then I found out the news I didn’t want to find out — that I actually have the coronavirus,” Laurie said. He added that he hoped for people to put politics aside and “show compassion to people who are struggling with this. It’s real. It really is a pandemic that has swept the nation and even the world. If the president of the United States can get it, anybody can get it.’”

Laurie described his symptoms as mild — he has trouble tasting food, for instance — and that he’s bored, telling parishioners that “I want to get out doing what I’m called to do.”

“It’s important as Christians for us to be reminded that God’s in control of our lives,” Laurie continued on the recording. “I don’t know why he allowed me to get it, but I got it and I know he will get me through it as he has always been faithful to me in the past.”

Laurie attended a large prayer service at the Washington Mall sponsored by evangelist Franklin Graham that attracted thousands in the hours before the Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony, the OC Register reported. A video of the service posted by the Southern California newspaper shows Laurie and Graham. Neither were wearing face coverings as Laurie led a prayer among the tightly grouped throng.

Few wore face coverings at the White House ceremony that followed, an event that is now being seen as a “superspreader” event that may have infected at least eight people, including the president and first lady Melania Trump; Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina; Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEneny and presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway.

Another attendee, The Rev. John Jenkins, University of Notre Dame president, has also tested positive.

Coney Barrett is a Notre Dame graduate.

Jenkins did not wear a face covering. He later apologized to the Notre Dame community, saying in a statement that he “failed to lead by example,” the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune reported.

Trump was hospitalized for several days at Walter Reed National

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BC Election: Merrifield, Veintimilla announced as BC Liberal candidates in Southern Interior

The BC Liberals announced a long list of candidates on Tuesday for the Oct. 24 provincial election, including two for the Southern Interior.

Appointed to represent the party were Renee Merrifield for Kelowna-Mission and Petra Veintimilla for Boundary-Similkameen.

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First full day of B.C.’s election campaign begins amid COVID-19 pandemic

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson has accused the BC NDP of calling an “unnecessary” election because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“He is leaving British Columbians without a functioning government at a time when people needed leadership most,” Wilkinson said in a news release.

“Let’s be clear: John Horgan and the NDP’s decision to call this election, in the middle of a global pandemic, is nothing more than an irresponsible and cynical attempt to increase his own power.”

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BC Liberals slam decision to call election

BC Liberals slam decision to call election

In announcing the snap election on Monday for Oct. 24, Horgan said “this pandemic will be with us for a year or more, and that’s why I believe we need to have an election now.

“We can either delay that decision and create uncertainty and instability over the next 12 months … or we can do what I believe is always the right thing and ask British Columbians what they think.”

The BC Liberals described Merrifield as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community leader.

Veintimilla is town councillor in Oliver, B.C., and is a past president of the South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce.

In the 2017 provincial election, when the BC NDP and BC Green Party combined to create a minority government, the BC Liberals swept all seven ridings in the Southern Interior.

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The winners were:

  • Boundary-Similkameen: Linda Larson, with 42.8 per cent of the vote.
  • Kelowna-Lake Country: Norm Letnick, with 59.76 per cent of the vote.
  • Kelowna-Mission: Steve Thomson, with 57.18 per cent of the vote.
  • Kelowna West: Christy Clark, with 58.96 per cent of the vote. Note: Clark later resigned her seat, with Ben Stewart winning the by-election in 2018. over.
  • Penticton: Dan Ashton, with 52.8 per cent of the vote.
  • Shuswap: Greg Kyllo, with 55.8 per cent of the vote.
  • Vernon-Monashee: Eric Foster, with 47.87 per cent of the vote.

Finishing second were:

  • Boundary-Similkameen: Colleen Ross, NDP, with 32.73 per cent of the vote.
  • Kelowna-Lake Country: Erik Olesen, NDP, with 20.89 per cent of the vote.
  • Kelowna-Mission: Harwinder Kaur Sandhu, NDP, with 21.24 per cent of the vote.
  • Kelowna West: Shelley Cook, NDP, with 25.25 per cent of the vote.
  • Penticton: Tarik Sayeed, NDP, with 28.73 per cent of the vote.
  • Shuswap: Sylvia Jean Lindgren, NDP, with 26.95 per cent of the vote.
  • Vernon-Monashee: Barry Charles Dorval, with 29.36 per cent of the vote.

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Victory garden harvest at southern Alberta museum yields nearly 1,300 pounds of vegetables

a man standing next to a pile of hay: Volunteers get their hands dirty to harvest potatoes and carrots at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. on Saturday.

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Volunteers get their hands dirty to harvest potatoes and carrots at the Heritage Acres Farm Museum near Pincher Creek, Alta. on Saturday.

Around four months ago, staff and volunteers at Pincher Creek’s Heritage Acres Farm Museum held a sod-turning ceremony at its first-ever victory garden project. Fast-forward to Saturday, and the benefit of a hard summer’s work were reaped as nearly 1,100 pounds of potatoes and 180 pounds of carrots were harvested.

“Victory gardening” refers to the practice of gardening to support the community, originating during the First and Second World Wars to aid with food supply for troops overseas.

According to board vice president Anna Welsch, the idea for the garden came about while the museum was closed due to COVID-19.

“Being that we’re a farm museum and an agricultural community… this was our opportunity to hopefully take away some food insecurities from our local community,” Welsch explained.

Read more: Lethbridge garden centres experience boom in summer sales amid COVID-19

In sticking with their roots, antique equipment was used in the harvesting process, along with the hands of a more than a dozen volunteers.

“The interesting thing is our potato [harvester],” executive director Jim Peace said. “That tractor is a 1945 McCormick, and the potato digger was built in England at the turn of the century, so it’s been part of the collection here at Heritage Acres for years. It would have been originally pulled by a horse.”

According to David Green, coordinator for the Family Community Support Services for Pincher Creek, the food bank didn’t have the resources to take fresh produce until recently. Now, the new Pincher Creek Community Food Centre has the ability to store more varieties of food.

Read more: Heritage Acres Musuem plants victory garden to support Pincher Creek food bank

“We’re making the transition to the new organization in a fiscally sound manner, they’re in good shape financially” he said.

Green adds although there hasn’t been a significant spike in need for the food bank services, they are consistently serving the community. He says a lot of people, not only Heritage Acres, have stepped up to increase donations through the pandemic.

“We’re very thankful to the community, both individuals and corporations.”

With such an increase, Peace says the choice of vegetable will allow them to donate in stages to suit the food bank’s needs.

“We picked potatoes and carrots because they store well,” Peace explained. “We have a heated Quonset, so we can actually bag them and provide them to the food bank [as we go].”

On top of the the potato and carrot donation, the museum says they have received around 1,500 pounds of hamburger through cattle donations from the Southern Alberta Livestock Exchange, Dewald Livestock, Larson Custom Feeders, and Big Sky Feeder Association in conjunction with the Chinook Breeder Co-Op.

Pincher Creek is located approximately 100 kilometres west of Lethbridge.

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There’ll be shrimp ‘n’ grits on Forest Avenue! Sally’s Southern fires up its comfort food kitchen.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With onion soup au gratin, shrimp ‘n’ grits and a stunning sirloin steak, Sally’s Southern introduced its brand of comfort fare to Forest Avenue. Guests corralled in three outdoor seating areas at a kitchen test-run Tuesday night, allowing the kitchen to work out its kinks. The first official day of business will be Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.


Sally’s Southern had a practice night on Sept. 15, 2020 with comfort fare like onion soup, steak and fried chicken.

“The practice night is what we always do before opening to the public,” said Peter Botros. He is co-owner of the corner eatery with Phil Farinacci.

Some of the highlights on the menu include chicken-fried steak, a chicken ‘n’ biscuit sandwich with vinegar-based cole slaw and a beefy burger with toppings like bleu cheese and caramelized onions. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner with a Saturday and Sunday brunch. The weekends will include a create-your-own-chicken-‘n’-waffles dish.

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Clams and oysters on the half shell

Farinacci explained, “You pick the type of chicken. You pick the type of waffle, You pick the type of sauce.”

On the Tuesday night practice dinner for “friends and family”, Botros quipped, “Rather than doing a soft opening, we choose to go for a chaotic stress test.”

He added, “We have all our friends and family come and push the restaurant, kitchen and service staff to learn where our weaknesses are so that we can adjust before opening day.”

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The tap selections include custom designs by Flagship Brewing Co., Tompkinsville

Staff brought a form sheet for guests to fill out as a critique. Botros and Farinacci combed over the comments on Wednesday.

“We had great feedback about our food and definitely learned a lot about what we need to do in order to help make the kitchen more efficient,” said Botros. The upshot: Botros reckons that the 52-item menu (with sides) might ned to be cut down “to increase speed and timing efficiency in the kitchen.”

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Onion soup au gratin

The moniker “Sally’s” hails from Farinacci’s late mother who passed away last year from cancer. Ten of her recipes were retrofitted to the menu, which is partially written in script with a font that mimics Sally’s distinct handwriting. In fact, the restaurant’s logo and namesake are presented in her actual style of signature. Also as homage to Sally are Polaroid-style images in the foyer of the restaurant.


Waffle fries

Farinacci called the start up to the restaurant an “emotional roller coaster” and complimented Botros on the variety of food, menu, design and build-out of the “shrine” to his mother.

“I still barely can walk by it without tears filling my eyes,” he said.

In a residential-looking home, Sally’s has two levels eventually open to the public with prep areas in the basement. The first floor has a bar and lounge, as well as a dining room with a kitchen at the back. There is a curved section of windows that serves as

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Smoky skies smothering B.C.’s Southern Interior expected to last through Thursday – Okanagan

With U.S. wildfire smoke still choking Okanagan skies with grey haze, yet another special air quality statement has been issued for B.C.’s Southern Interior.

Last Tuesday, smoke from wildfires in the states of California, Oregon and Washington drifted northwards, prompting what would be the first of a consecutive string of smoky skies bulletins and air quality statements for the region.

In the Southern Interior on that day, B.C.’s air quality health index (AQHI) rose sharply from low in the morning to its maximum setting.

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With the seemingly stationary smoke still blocking views, Environment Canada issued yet another special air quality statement for the Okanagan on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

As of 10:30 a.m., AQHI levels were at the maximum 10-plus rating, as were other communities in southern B.C., including Castlegar, Comox, Nanaimo, Duncan, Victoria, the Fraser Valley and parts of Greater Vancouver.

Kamloops and Squamish had moderate ratings at 6, with Whistler and Prince Geroge. Elsewhere, Quesnel, Fort St. John, Smithers and Terrace were at 1, or low.

Smoky skies remain over many parts of B.C. Tuesday

Smoky skies remain over many parts of B.C. Tuesday

“Very heavy smoke from the United States is continuing to have extensive impacts across the southern third of the province, with lesser impacts extending into the mid-regions of the province,” said Environment Canada.

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“Smoky conditions are expected to be variable but persist in areas currently being impacted until Thursday (Sept 17).”

Global News meteorologist Mark Madryga says there will be very little rain, if any, in most southern B.C. areas through Thursday.

He says along with weak wind, the smoke will remain, though it may thin during the afternoon with daytime heat.

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Smoke from wildfires over Calgary

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Elementary schools students return to class in B.C.’s Southern Interior

a little girl riding on the back of a bicycle: Elementary schools in the Southern Interior of B.C. have now opened.

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Elementary schools in the Southern Interior of B.C. have now opened.

Elementary schools in B.C.’s Southern Interior have opened and with the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, it’s an unprecedented first day back at school.

Global News talked to some elementary school parents to see how they are feeling about schools being reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m glad they’re reopened, I think it’s good to get back to a sense of normal,” said Angela Walsh, a Kelowna parent.

“My son has been really excited to get the opportunity to go to kindergarten. Of course, I’m a little bit nervous not knowing how things will play out with COVID-19″.

The same sentiment was echoed by another parent.

“He was actually quite happy to go this morning and was first in line to get into his classroom. I’m feeling pretty positive,” said Amy Martens, a Kelowna parent.

“Definitely a wait and see what happens.”

Read more: Back to school: If someone in a B.C. school gets sick, what happens next?

Martins, whose son is going into Grade 5, says school resuming is like a weight being lifted off her shoulders.

“A relief, for sure. Socially, it’s nice to have him back with his peers. Get him out of the house, and having a purpose to the day. It’s hard to keep a 10-year-old busy,” said Martens.

One parent said its been a long summer for him and his wife.

“I’m excited to have them going back,” said Matthew Cleary, a Kelowna parent.

“It’s been a long spring and summer taking care of the kids at home, and working from home. So, it’s nice to get them back into school and into a regular routine.”

Read more: Coronavirus: Anxiety high for B.C. teachers as they prepare to return to school on Tuesday

Central Okanagan Public Schools says it hears some of the concerns that some parents are having, but say staff are doing everything they can within the provincial guidelines to keep everyone safe.

“We are really excited to see about 99 per cent of our kids come back to in-class instruction. We’ve got lots of safety protocols in place to make sure that the risk is low for students to attend school,” said Kevin Kaardal, Central Okanagan Public Schools’ superintendent.

The situation will be an ongoing one, and parents say they will be monitoring how the transition of opening schools during a pandemic goes.

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