FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Peace Valley Landowners Association will be back in court next week to appeal the BC Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss their court challenge of the environmental assessment certificate of the Site C dam.PVLA president Ken Boon, with the rest of the association, argued in the July 2015 case that the government ignored the recommendations of the joint review panel.- Advertisement -He, his wife Arlene, and many other protesters at the Rocky Mountain Fort Site were in court against BC Hydro in February to argue against an injunction application – which the judge ultimately granted to the power utility.Going into this appeal, Boon says they feel as if they have nothing left to lose.While on the coast to fight for an appeal, Boon says he intends to visit the group of hunger strikers outside of BC Hydro’s Vancouver office and thank them for their protests.The $9-billion dam project, which would flood over 5,000 hectares of land in the Peace River Valley, was approved for an environmental assessment certificate in October 2014.Advertisement
Seamus Coleman’s goal means QPR are behind at Loftus Road despite a lethargic start by the visitors.Relegation-threatened Rangers, one off the bottom and in desperate need of a win, welcomed captain Joey Barton back after suspension and Maurico Isla was cleared to return despite knee trouble.And they made the early running, with Everton looking jaded following their midweek Europa League exit against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.However, a lapse by Sandro in midfield allowed the Merseysiders to counter-attack and score on 18 minutes.Leon Osman laid the ball into Coleman’s path and the right-back fired beyond keeper Rob Green and in off the far post.Bobby Zamora had a chance to equalise but headed wide from Charlie Austin’s cross. QPR: Green; Isla, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun; Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Hoilett; Austin, Zamora.Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Ferdinand, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Taarabt.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Before I started making the Redwood Bowl my home away from home during the fall sports season, I spent plenty of afternoons driving to the other end of Eureka to cover the College of the Redwoods football team.For four seasons it was my beat. And for what seemed like each one of those four seasons, I was interviewing a different head coach at the start of preseason practice.From Tino Romero to Chris Vicory and then over to Taylor Breitzman and finally Frank Borba. That’s four coaches in four …
Caroline Wozniacki feels nothing but pride as she heads into the off-season on the back of the biggest win of her career after the Dane staved off a furious Venus Williams comeback to claim the WTA Finals title for a first time on Sunday.Facing an opponent who enjoyed a 7-0 winning record against her, Wozniacki continued to display the form and variation she had all week in Singapore to emerge with a 6-4 6-4 victory in her fifth appearance at the elite, eight-woman event.”It feels great. Going into the tournament, you know that it’s going to be a tough one, regardless. You may leave it being 0-3 at the end of the year but you hope for the best and you hope that you can play your best tennis,” she told reporters.Congrats, @CaroWozniacki!Lift that #WTAFinals trophy! ??? pic.twitter.com/nsU6nODiYZ- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017″I’m really proud of how I have played all week and how I have fought and how I really produced some great fighting out there,” added the 27-year-old, who reached the final of the event in 2010 to go with two U.S. Open final defeats.”To be here with the trophy means a lot and it’s a great way to finish off the year.”Wozniacki had appeared to be cruising to victory at 6-4 5-0 after barely an hour on court but needed to stay calm in the face of a fierce onslaught from her 37-year-old opponent, who simply refused to give up on her own shot at glory.advertisement”I’m still shaking” [email protected] pic.twitter.com/j1fpDrVmf6- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017″I honestly think I served and I returned pretty well,” Wozniacki added when reviewing her performance.”I think I got a lot of her serves back, and obviously she has a big first serve, but at the same time I tried to keep pressure on her and tried to take a little bit of time away and stay a little bit closer to the baseline.”She does great angles. When you play against her, she manages to put the ball very close to the line and with an angle you don’t really get from any other player, so it catches you a bit off guard and then she opens up the other side of the court.”It got really tight at the end. I was just hoping for the best” – #WTAFinals champion @CaroWozniacki pic.twitter.com/kzpYKylede- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017″It was important for me to try and cut the angles and try and take the ball on the rise and I think I did that pretty well.”Wozniacki will rise three places to number three in the world rankings following her triumph but the Dane was just looking forward to a nice, long break before the new season starts.”I’m very happy the season is finished right now. I will finish on a high. Just go on vacation, enjoy myself and rest. It’s been a long year. It’s been a great year,” she added.”Eventually we have to draw a line in the sand and, you know, say it’s been a great one. You know, in a month’s time, I will start preparing for the next season, but for now I will not be touching a racket for the next four weeks.”
Rutgers is in control of its season opener today, leading FCS Norfolk State 42-13 in the third quarter in Piscataway. It’s been a rough week for the Scarlet Knights, with five players arrested and later dismissed, and four more players suspended for the first half of today’s game. One of the players punished for the first half was quarterback Chris Laviano, who spent the entire off-season in a battle for the starting job with LSU transfer Hayden Rettig. Laviano’s suspension, for breaking curfew and using a fake ID, made Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood’s decision easy, as Rettig started this afternoon and played well in the first half. He completed 9-of-11 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another score. Somewhat surprisingly, Flood elected to begin the second half with Laviano under center. It’s a choice that seems to indicate Laviano originally won the competition and Rettig only started because of circumstance. Or maybe Flood just wanted give both guys a shot. Whatever the reasoning, former Rutgers quarterback Ryan Hart was not happy with the move. Twitter/ @RyanHart13Hart played for the Scarlet Knights from 2002-05. During his senior season, Flood was an assistant under Greg Schiano. He subsequently tweeted that he still supported the embattled coach despite the decision, but he clearly did not approve of it.For what it’s worth, Laviano has connected with wide receiver Leonte Carroo for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns. Looks like there could be a QB controversy in New Jersey.
zoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline signed two senior secured term loan facilities of USD 110.5 million each to partially finance four recent vessel deals.Under the deals, up to USD 110.5 million would be provided by ING Bank and the other USD 110.5 million would be provided by Credit Suisse, for the financing of the company’s recent very large crude carrier (VLCC) resales and newbuilding contracts.Signed in June 2017, both facilities mature in 2023, carry an interest rate of LIBOR plus a margin of 190 basis points and have an amortization profile of 18 years.Frontline has committed bank financing in place to partially finance all of its 10 resales and newbuilding contracts.“The financing of our current newbuilding program is complete, following the signing of our senior secured loan facilities with ING and Credit Suisse. The terms of the financing support Frontline’s low cash break-even levels,” Inger M. Klemp, Chief Financial Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.The agreements were unveiled as part of Frontline’s second quarter and first half of 2017 financial report in which the company said that it ended the three-month period in the red, mainly due to a weak tanker market witnessed during the quarter.The company’s net loss for the period reached USD 19.4 million, compared with net income of USD 27 million seen in the first quarter of the year. The loss was primarily due to USD 7.8 million in dry docking expenses during the quarter and a USD 12.2 million loss on termination of two charters.The two long-term charters which were ended were for the 1998-built Suezmax tanker Front Brabant and the 2000-built VLCC Front Scilla, ahead of the vessels’ scheduled drydockings.“The market has been decidedly weak since the start of the second quarter of 2017, which is primarily the result of the increase in the size of the global crude oil tanker fleet. While the weak market naturally affects our earnings in the short term, the company’s strategy is not altered,” Robert Hvide Macleod, Chief Executive Officer of Frontline Management AS, said.For the six month period ended June 30, Frontline delivered a net income of USD 7.6 million, compared with a net income of USD 93.2 million seen in the first six months of 2016.As of August 2017, the company estimates that the average daily cash breakeven rates for the remainder of 2017 will be approximately USD 21,600, USD 17,500 and USD 15,700 for its owned and leased VLCCs, Suezmax tankers and LR2 tankers, respectively.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorLives have changed forever for 256 players as they were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.Six of those players are former Ohio State Buckeyes.The first former Buckeye taken off the board was linebacker Ryan Shazier, who was selected 15th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round Thursday night. He became the ninth former OSU linebacker and 68th Buckeye ever taken in the first round.Shazier, who was a first-team Associated Press All-American in his final season at OSU, totaled a Big Ten conference-high with 143 tackles to go along with six sacks.Cornerback Bradley Roby, who joined Shazier as one of 30 prospects invited to New York for the draft, was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 31st overall pick in the first round.Roby became the first OSU defensive back taken in the first round of the draft since Malcolm Jenkins was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 14th overall pick in 2009.The Broncos, who dropped Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, have since bolstered their secondary by not only drafting Roby, but also signing former New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million contract in March.Just as they did in the first round, the Buckeyes produced two picks in the second round, as running back Carlos Hyde and offensive lineman Jack Mewhort came off the board.Hyde was selected 57th overall by the San Francisco 49ers, who are coached by former University of Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.The former Buckeye running back became the first 1,000-yard rusher under OSU coach Urban Meyer and was named the Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in 2013. Hyde finished his senior campaign with 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.Mewhort was selected just two picks later with the 59th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts.The selection of Mewhort marked the third straight year that an OSU tackle has been selected in the draft, following in the footsteps of Reid Fragel – drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 – and Mike Adams, who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected in 2012.Mewhort was a three-year starter in his time as a Buckeye and was named a first-team All-American by ESPN.com during his senior season in 2013.Another Buckeye was not taken until the fifth round when center Corey Linsley was selected 161st overall by the Green Bay Packers.Linsley anchored an offensive line that ranked fifth nationally in 2013 in rushing, averaging 308.6 yards per game and breaking school records for points in a single season with 637, as well as touchdowns scored with 87.Linsley graduated from OSU with a degree in economics in December.Rounding out the former Buckeyes selected in the 2014 draft was safety Christian Bryant, who was selected 241st overall in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams.Bryant, who was named a team captain prior to the 2013 season, suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the fifth game of the year against Wisconsin Sept. 28., a game won by OSU 31-24. At the time of the injury, Bryant ranked third on the team in tackles with 22.Bryant, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, finished his OSU career with 171 total tackles to go along with two interceptions, 23 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.The Buckeye safety petitioned the NCAA for a medical redshirt in January, but was turned down and entered the draft.Although six Buckeyes were drafted to NFL rosters, several draft-eligible players were not selected during the draft.According to multiple reports, many of the former Buckeyes not drafted have found homes in free agency.Some of the players signing in free agency took to Twitter to announce their new teams, one of them being wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who announced his signing with the Carolina Panthers saying, “Here I come Carolina,” via his personal account @phillybrown10. Reportedly joining him in Carolina will be offensive lineman Andrew Norwell.Offensive lineman Marcus Hall confirmed with The Lantern Sunday in an email that he has signed with the Indianapolis Colts, which reunites him with Mewhort. Safety C.J. Barnett’s signing with the New York Giants was confirmed via Twitter by his signing agency IFA.Kicker Drew Basil also took to Twitter late Saturday night announcing he has signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Wide receiver Chris Fields also used social media to announce an agreement with the Washington Redskins.Running back Jordan Hall has earned a tryout with the Steelers according to multiple reports and quarterback Kenny Guiton remains unsigned as of Sunday morning.
The OSU-Newark branch campus. Credit: Courtesy of OSUFor Chelsea Dobson, a fourth-year in art at Ohio State’s Newark campus, basketball games are a time for the campus to get together and share in one experience of fandom.“The main sport that I feel like gets the most attention is the basketball team. Usually, those are the best crowds,” said Dobson, who works as a student athletic assistant at OSU-Newark. “They will cheer, they yell crazy things when we have the ball and things like that.”But students at OSU-Newark will not get the chance to cheer on their team next year after it was announced on April 10 that varsity sports will no longer be offered beginning in the fall, because of budget reduction initiatives by the school.The school announced the decision as part of an email sent out to faculty and staff that said, as part of the budget planning for fiscal year 2016, the varsity athletic teams will be discontinued, effective June 30.OSU-Newark offers six varsity sports: women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, softball, men’s basketball, baseball and golf. The sports teams compete in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference, which is an “independent sports organization that serves the regional campuses of Ohio,” according to the email.The school’s recreational and intramural sports will continue on campus, the email said.William MacDonald, dean and director of OSU-Newark, said he understands the impact this decision will have on both student-athletes and the general student population.“It certainly will have an impact on them and I have talked to several of them,” he said. “I had a meeting with our student government and students they invited. Several athletes attended and they made a very well-reasoned argument as to how athletics can benefit students.”During the 2014-15 academic year, OSU-Newark had 70 student-athletes involved in the school’s athletic teams, said Holly Mason, director of student life at OSU-Newark.“Depending on the year and student interest, we typically have 70 – 100 student-athletes competing in varsity athletics in the course of an academic year,” Mason said in an email.MacDonald said the decision to cut varsity sports is part of one set of cuts that have been proposed to balance the budgets for both OSU-Newark and the Central Ohio Technical College, which shares the campus.The budget reduction plans are a necessity because of several economic factors related to the cost of tuition, MacDonald added.“Part of the budget that we built this year (was) based on the assumption that we would have a 2 percent tuition increase, but of course, we didn’t increase tuition by 2 percent,” he said. “The university plugged that hole for all units. And so that helped us this year, so looking to next year, that was one-time money that is going to go away, so we have to cover that gap.”In addition to this expense, which MacDonald said is approximately $290,000, another cost the school has to plan for is caused by the fact that fewer students are enrolling at COTC and that enrollment at OSU-Newark is predicted to remain relatively stagnant.“(COTC’s) enrollment has declined a little bit, our share of expenses will increase because our proportion of the student body is going to increase,” he said. “And then we have all of the uncertainty of the subsidies and tuition. We are not expecting growth in enrollment, at least not in the next couple of years. And so we won’t be seeing new revenue there.”MacDonald said the school has taken precautionary measures by reducing the budget so that these impending costs will be covered in the upcoming years. In total, he said, the school is looking to offset approximately $915,000 in possible expenses with cuts.“It’s conservative, but we have to balance the budget, so that is why we are setting that target,” he said.Although he said it is hard to decide what to cut, MacDonald added that he thinks the cuts the school is making are the ones necessary to preserve the services students need the most.“I would argue that right now, there are other things that we have wanted to do, but haven’t been able to do and probably won’t be able to do until we are able to get through this period of budget pressure,” he said. “If we were, let’s say three or four years from now, we had some sort of boost to our revenue, we know there are things that we want to do that we think will improve student success. Things like expanding our first-generation student learning community (or) providing more scholarships.“Those kind of things would all take priority over varsity athletics.”But it is not just athletics that are on the expenditure chopping block for next year. Other budget cuts announced in the Friday email include the restructuring of the Office of Student Life and the Office of Financial Aid, changes in the hours of operation of the Warner Library, the elimination of at least eight univeristy positions and the discontinuation of large-scale food events such as the fall welcome lunch, spring picnic and holiday reception.Dobson said students were surprised and disappointed upon hearing of these expected cuts, especially the elimination of varsity sports.“General student reaction has just been complete shock, especially with the student-athletes,” she said. “We had no idea that it was even up in the air. It was extremely shocking, just because there was no prior knowledge. It makes it even harder and it is really sad, especially because we felt like this coming year was going to be our year for sports.”Mason said discussions and planning are “currently taking place,” and the school is looking into ways to increase options for recreational and intramural sports, as well as other student organizations“Budget cuts are extremely difficult to endure,” she said. “My heart goes out to our student-athletes, our staff – both administrative and coaching and all that have participated in or been an influence to our program.”MacDonald said even though he understands why students are upset, he hopes they will continue to find ways to be involved in the campus community.“I am hoping that they will realize the value of an Ohio State degree and stick with it, even though they won’t have that opportunity to play varsity sports,” he said. “In the scheme of things, of course, we are looking at preserving the things that are most vital to student success. And in the scheme of things, varsity sports are just not that closely connected to the core of our mission.”
The Army parachute team landed in Ohio Stadium before the 2017 OSU- Army game on Sep. 16. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor