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CFR announces first Rising Stars Rodeo Queen competition


Red Deer, Alberta – The Canadian Finals Rodeo is proud to welcome the first-ever Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition in 2019. The event goes hand-in-hand with the mission of the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo event: providing the youth in rodeo an opportunity to showcase their talents, and compete in the same setting as their idols.

“The Rising Stars programing does not just look at what youth can do in the arena, but also works on their skills outside of the arena with workshops on managing their social media, public speaking, and interviewing skills,” said Christina Sturgeon, Agriculture Events Sales & Production Assistant Manager at Westerner Park, and creator of the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals Rodeo. “The next logical step in our programing was to include the same opportunities for the youth that could potentially become the next Miss Rodeo Canada.”

Created with the help of Miss Rodeo Canada 2018, Brittney Chomistek, the competition will span over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this year’s Canadian Finals Rodeo. Contestants will compete in a number of categories over the three day competition. From October 31-November 2, participants will be judged on horsemanship, public speaking, modelling and personal interviews taking place at Westerner Park.

“I love that the Canadian Finals Rodeo is recognizing Rodeo Queens as an integral part of rodeo. Just like the CFR Rising Stars Program, this year they will be providing royalty with an opportunity to compete at a national level,” added Brittney Chomistek, 2018 Miss Rodeo Canada. “These youth are the future of our sport, and 2019 will be an exciting year as we showcase our junior athletes and royalty giving them professional experience to one day compete in the pro league, or represent it as Miss Rodeo Canada.”

The lucky winner will not only take home the title of 2019 Rising Stars Rodeo Queen; she will also be down in the dirt after the Saturday afternoon performance, presenting winning buckles to the Rising Stars Junior Canadian Finals go-round winners.

Applications will be open to young women, ages 17 and under, from August 1-30, 2019. Stay tuned to for more information on the first annual Rising Stars Rodeo Queen Competition and contestant application details.

Click here to visit the official CFR website.

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What the WHO learned about COVID-19 on its research mission to China



OTTAWA — Renowned Canadian epidemiologist Dr. Bruce Aylward led a team of researchers into China earlier this month to study the novel coronavirus on behalf of the World Health Organization. Here’s what you need to know about their newly released discoveries:

What are the symptoms?

The novel coronavirus can cause a respiratory illness, called COVID-19, that can present very differently from person to person. Some show no symptoms at all, while others have developed severe pneumonia and even died. So far the disease has killed 2,800 people worldwide. The most common symptoms are fever and a dry cough. Less commonly, people with the disease showed signs of shortness of breath (less than 20 per cent of cases) or a sore throat (less than 14 per cent). Only five per cent of cases showed symptoms of nausea. Nasal congestion was even less common.

How will it affect your kids?

There are still many unanswered questions about how the virus affects children, including whether they are less susceptible or if they present with different or milder symptoms. Researchers did learn the attack rate in China appeared lower in people 18 and younger, representing only 2.4 per cent of the total number of cases. They also noted no one they interviewed could recall a situation when an adult was infected by a child. Usually, cases of the virus in children were discovered by testing the close contacts of infected adults. Only a very small percentage of people younger than 19 who contracted the disease developed a severe or critical case.

Who is most at risk?

Because there’s no known pre-existing immunity to the virus in humans, everyone is assumed to be susceptible. Most people who are infected will only get a mild or moderate case, which may or may not include a pneumonia, but in China about six per cent of cases were considered critical. The people at highest risk for severe disease and death are those over 60, and people with underlying health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer. Health-care workers have also been impacted by the virus, especially in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began. Most cases happened early on, before there was much experience with the disease.

How is it transmitted?

In China, transmission is largely happening in families. Community transmission has been very limited. The researchers found the virus is transmitted mainly through droplets from coughing or sneezing, though more study is needed about the potential for airborne transmission outside of hospitals. The virus has also been found in fecal matter. That’s not been driving transmission in China, the researchers said, but it’s role and significance for COVID-19 remains to be determined. During the 2003 SARS outbreak, the WHO says officials found the virus spread to residents of a Hong Kong apartment building called through faulty plumbing.

What is the incubation period?

People generally develop symptoms within five to six says of being infected, but researchers said it can range from one to 14 days. That is why the government has quarantined people returning from places with high concentrations of the virus for two weeks. Asymptomatic cases have been reported, but most went on to develop the disease after they were tested. Among patients who died, it took from two to eight weeks from the time their symptoms emerged.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2020.

Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

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Distracted driving operation results in 79 tickets in Airdrie



February 28, 2020

Airdrie RCMP execute Distracted Driving Operation

Airdrie, Alta – Airdrie RCMP carried out a two-day distracted driving operation on February 20th and 21st, which resulted in the issuance of 79 violation tickets.

The traffic safety priority in Alberta for February is distracted driving and the goal of the operation was to spot drivers who were using cell phones while operating their motor vehicles. A covert police vehicle was used to detect these offenders, with photos of violators and detailed notes taken. Traffic stops were then initiated by other police officers who issued the violation tickets. Of the total 79 tickets issued, 45 were for distracted driving.

The Airdrie RCMP is committed to improving the safety of our roads and drivers are reminded to put away their cell phones while driving.

Read more on Todayville Calgary.

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sun12jan(jan 12)2:00 pmsun22mar(mar 22)5:00 pmAnne Frank: A History for Today opening at Red Deer MAG(january 12) 2:00 pm - (march 22) 5:00 pm mst Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery Address: 4525 - 47A Avenue, Red Deer

sun02feb(feb 2)7:00 pmsun15mar(mar 15)8:00 pm7:00 pm - (march 15) 8:00 pm Festival Hall, 4214 58 St, Red Deer, AB Event Organized By: Country Pride Dance Club

fri28febsun01mar54th Annual Sport & Outdoor Show4:00 pm - (march 1) 9:00 pm