Friday, November 2, 2018

Moving On Up

With Halloween past, it's all about Christmas now in the retail sector and a lot of folks are making travel plans to be with family while getting some shopping done. I've always been a 'last minute' guy and I don't see that changing again this year.

Newfoundland, being an east coast island off Nova Scotia ... every year relatives and friends from away who live on the 'mainland', plan to drive home for the Christmas holidays and take the 90 mile super ferry crossing. Often stormy seas cause delays in crossings and throw a monkey wrench into time schedules for travelers. Hopefully, there will be calm seas so people can get on and off the island without much delay while having a good time.

Markets around the world have picked up since Monday with more gains yesterday. Bitcoin, which usually reacts faster with swings remains sluggish but climbing in value as well.

This is one of those feel good stories for sports fans, hockey fans in particular. Montreal Canadien fans, like myself, took an instant shining to the team's 17 year old rookie from Finland, Jesperi Kotkaniemi who plays center. First it was hopes he makes the team and stays for the season. 

After 11 games, no goals but that changed last night with Jesperi scoring 2 and instrumental in the Habs come back to beat the Stanley Cup champions, Washington Capitals, 6 to 4. The stadium erupted after his first goal with a standing ovation. With his boyish face and smile, I'm sure he will continue to improve as he gains more confidence in games ahead.

Canadiens centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi and goalie Carey Price share a moment after Montreal's last-minute victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Capitals Thursday night at the Bell Centre. DAVE SIDAWAY / MONTREAL GAZETTE

With the Halifax drive to keep the Navy ship maintenance in the port city, The Federal Government announced yesterday that the multi billion dollar contract will be split between the Davie shipyard in Quebec, the Seaspan shipyard in Victoria, BC and the Irving Shipyard here in Halifax. The Irving Shipyard also has the 25 billion dollar contract to build the new Frigates for the Navy with an estimated start in 2021.

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