In the Shadow of the Dam the failure of reconciliation at Muskrat

first_imgNalcor Energy was granted the injunction in October 2016.It was an attempt to quell the rising momentum of Indigenous-led resistance to the Muskrat Falls project.Innu and Inuit wanted key concerns around health and safety addressed. One of the safety concerns is Methylmercury – a naturally occurring toxin that is created when trees and topsoil decompose in the reservoir when flooded.A Harvard study in 2015 predicted the impacts would reach further downstream than first thought.Another fear focused on an area of the dam called the North Spur.The soil in the area consists of what’s called quick clay and many in Labrador worry it won’t support the weight of a full reservoir and could flood communities downstream if the dam gives way.“This issue was and still is way too important to be swayed by a court injunction,” said Marjorie Flowers.The Inuk woman is among dozens facing criminal and civil charges for breaking the injunction.Flowers is one of four land protectors who spent several days in jail after refusing to promise a judge they would obey the court order to stay away from Muskrat Falls.“I am an Inuit woman that lived off the land and continue to live off the land and my lifestyle that sustains me is now threatened. And I’m not allowed to speak,” said Flowers. “And it’s so frustrating. It is so hurtful. It is so painful. It is so despairing.”(Pictured here on July 31, 2017, the three Labrador land protectors had just been released from jail.)Over the last year, it’s been a seemingly endless series of court dates for land protectors in Labrador.Cole, who is also facing charges for breaking the court order, called the injunction “a very heavy-handed tactic to get us back under control.“It says basically that the interests of a crown corporation are way more important than any Indigenous rights,” said Cole. “A right to traditional foods in a safe way. A right to our sacred spaces.”Marshall only came on as Nalcor Energy CEO in April of 2016.Premier Dwight Ball was in opposition when Muskrat Falls was approved and has pointed out numerous times that he voted against the project. In September, he announced a public inquiry to look into the Muskrat Falls fiasco.But the 2016 court injunction happened under the leadership of both Marshall and Ball.(The interim court injunction obtained by Nalcor Energy in October 2016 is still in place a year later. Dozens of people in Labrador have been charged with breaking it during ongoing protests last year.)“I haven’t seen a lot of proof, I suppose, that the government is really into reconciling with Indigenous people,” said Flowers.“In fact, it’s the very opposite. It’s the very antithesis of what reconciliation is.”Bill Gallagher, a lawyer and author of Resource Rulers; Fortune & Folly on Canada’s Road to Resources, agrees.“If you are relying on lawyers and their legal toolbox to put everyone back in their place you’re going in the opposite direction of reconciliation,” he said.Gallagher has a long history of work as a strategist and legal expert in the resource sector, from Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador to Alberta’s oil patch.He’s been paying close attention to the Lower Churchill project.“You don’t have to speculate on what went wrong with Muskrat Falls,” said Gallagher. “Nalcor is relying on lawyers to do it the hard way. And that makes sense. No schedule. No budget. Lots of lawyers. That’s a perfect formula for a boondoggle.”Gallagher said the resource sector can be the easiest place for reconciliation, as long as governments and corporations follow the right road map; one that includes consent, Indigenous rights, and revenue-sharing.And not addressing Indigenous rights is a big mistake.“[First Nations] have amassed the biggest legal winning streak in Canadian legal history,” said Gallagher. “At the time we’re doing this interview, they’ve won 247 high-level court cases in the resources sector. And so I call them resource rulers.“Because if you’re trying to bring a megaproject online in Canada today in the face of native opposition, it’s probably not going to happen.”He points to Rexton, New Brunswick and the Mi’kmaq-led fight against fracking near Elsipogtog in 2013.“Keep doing it the hard way and you’ll lose every time. All sorts of injunctions get won by corporations. South Western Resources. SWN won all its injunctions in Rexton,” said Gallagher.“You see any projects happening in Rexton?”U.S. energy giant SWN Resources may have packed up and left New Brunswick, but the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has said the billions of dollars tied up in contracts make Muskrat Falls unstoppable.(The Lower Churchill project at Muskrat Falls is still under construction. The dam will be up and running in 2020. It will produce 834 megawatts of power.)The federal government has backed the project with close to $8 billion, with $2.9 billion of the federal loan guarantees coming from Trudeau’s Liberals in 2016.“The federal interest in this is pretty significant when they are trying to use a project like Muskrat Falls to try and justify a green energy plan,” said Cole. “So in helping the provincial government in a financial way is to hurt Indigenous people in a healthy way, and in a cultural way.”Cole said money talks louder than buzzwords around reconciliation. And that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission goes much deeper than residential schools.“We’re talking about the justice system. We’re talking about how communities are treated. We’re talking about how resources projects are handled,” said Cole. “And Muskrat Falls for me is the biggest example of that because, of course, it’s right in my backyard.”Gallagher said Canada has been a “slow learner” when it comes to incorporating Indigenous rights and interests in the resource sector. And he said Indigenous leaders called the decade of Harper’s Conservatives ‘dark days’ for good reason.“But [Harper] sets the stage for Trudeau’s so-called ‘sunny ways,’” said Gallagher. “Which obviously are a lot of platitudes. But that heartfelt sentiment he brought in in his first two years had to happen. First Nation leaders had to hear a prime minister say those things as they’re starting to acknowledge and factor in the empowerment of First Nations through these court cases.“They still have a long way to go – but that’s the unfinished business on the road to resources.” Trina RoacheAPTN Investigates On an early morning in late September, Denise Cole led a group of land protectors to Nalcor Energy’s head office in St. John’s to keep workers out – to send a message to the corporation and the province.“To Dwight Ball, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as to Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall,” said Cole, standing at Nalcor’s doors, drum in hand. “It’s not okay to poison people downstream with methylmercury.“It’s not okay to try and bankrupt this province, and it’s certainly not ok to put people in fear of drowning downstream.”Nalcor Energy is the provincially-owned corporation in charge of the Lower Churchill hydro project – a controversial dam under construction at Muskrat Falls in Labrador.Famously called a “boondoggle” by Marshall, the cost of the project has doubled to $12 billion.The land protectors blocked the building’s entrances for a couple of hours. Cole wanted to talk with Stan Marshall. That didn’t happen. Nalcor called the police instead – no one was charged. Nalcor communications manager promised Cole a future meeting with the CEO and after several weeks, she was given a date. On November 29, Marshall will join a sharing circle with the Labrador Land Protectors. Before the group left, Cole read a statement from the land protectors – a sample of what she wanted to say to Marshall face to face.“Drop the court injunction peaceful protectors in Labrador,” said Cole. “Stop acting like you cannot.”last_img read more

Fort St John Ice Slides and Outdoor Rinks are now closed for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Spring coming and warmer weather on the way, the staff of the City of Fort St. John have closed the ice sides and outdoor rinks for the season.The staff would like to thank residents of FSJ for their understanding.People are encouraged to check out the Recreation & Leisure Guide to see all the Spring activities that the City’s Recreation Department has to offer.last_img

Premier Horgan releases statement after legislative assembly passes Income Tax Amendment Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan has released a statement after the legislative assembly passed the Income Tax Amendment Act.The Income Tax Amendment Act sets out the final pieces of the Province’s fiscal framework for liquefied natural gas projects in B.C.According to Horgan, the Act will secure the largest private-sector investment in Canadian history. Horgan says his government has set four stringent conditions for LNG in B.C. that will fit under the CleanBC plan.“Our government set four stringent conditions for LNG in B.C.: a fair return for our natural resources, jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, partnerships with First Nations, and the project must fit within our CleanBC plan.”According to the Government, the LNG Canada project will create jobs and opportunity for Kitimat, the Haisla Nation and people in the North, and is expected to generate $23 billion in government revenues to support public services for all British Columbians.Horgan also says reconciliation with First Nations is vital to the project’s success.“The benefits of LNG Canada’s investment will require government’s full commitment for many years. A continued focus on reconciliation with First Nations, particularly those on whose territory the project will be built, is vital to success.”last_img read more

Cops bust students gang of bike thieves

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested seven persons, including five juveniles, allegedly for stealing motorcycles here on Thursday. These youths were studying in schools and colleges and they confessed that learnt the techniques of stealing motorcycles on the YouTube.Two accused persons have been produced before the Barasat Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court and were remanded to police custody for five days while, the five juveniles have been produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Salt Lake and were sent to a home. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe youths confessed that they stole the motorcycles to meet their expenses. According to a source, since the past few months Baguiati police station received several complaints of bike thefts from the area. While probing these cases, police officers interrogated several bike thieves. During one of the interrogations, a bike thief gave some lead to the police about a new gang operating in the area. Based on the information provided by him, police officers identified a man and kept him under observation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPolice officers found a gang comprising students of schools and colleges were stealing motorcycles. On Wednesday night, police raided their homes and arrested all seven of them. During interrogation, they said they learnt about bike stealing techniques on YouTube. According to the police, Aditya Gupta and Ajay Mallick, who are college students, were the prime accused in the case. During interrogation, Gupta told the police that he had no idea about stealing motorcycles and he learnt on internet how to start a bike without ignition key and the trick to break the handle of bar lock without drawing attention. Before stealing the motorcycles these youths made sure no one was looking at them and one of them sat on the bike as if he owned it and quickly broke the handle bar. After that the wire to the ignition was cut off and joined to the battery to start the bike. The parents and family members of these students said they had no idea that their children were involved in bike thefts. The father of one of the accused persons said: “My son worked as a delivery boy at an organisation that delivered food to people. He returned home late and complained about work the pressure. We had no idea what he was doing.” Police suspect that some persons more are involved with the gang. They are interrogating Gupta and Mallick in this regard. Cops still don’t know where these students sold the stolen bikes. On Thursday, three stolen bikes were recovered by the cops.last_img read more

Nonfilers of GST returns for 2 months to be barred from generating

first_imgNew Delhi: Non-filers of GST returns for two straight months will be barred from generating e-way bills for transporting goods effective June 21, the finance ministry said. Businesses under GST composition scheme, however, will be barred from generating e-way bill if they fail to file tax returns for two consecutive filing periods, which is six months. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has notified June 21, 2019, as the day from which any “consignor, consignee, transporter, e-commerce operator or courier agency” would be barred from generating electronic way or e-way bill for failure to file tax returns for the stipulated time period as mentioned in the GST rules. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details As per rules, a composition scheme taxpayer who has not furnished the returns for two consecutive tax periods and a regular taxpayer who has not filed returns for a consecutive period of two months would be restricted from generating e-way bill. In the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, businesses have to file monthly tax returns by the 20th day of the subsequent month. However, businesses opting for composition scheme have to file quarterly returns by the 18th day of the subsequent month following the end of a quarter. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has put in place the IT system so that businesses which have not filed tax returns for the stipulated period would be barred from generating e-way bills. The move, officials believe, would help check GST evasion. During April-December, there were 3,626 cases of GST evasion/violations, involving Rs 15,278 crore. Touted as an anti-evasion measure, e-way bill system was rolled out on April 1, 2018, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another. The same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out in a phased manner from April 15. Transporters of goods worth over Rs 50,000 would be required to present e-way bill during transit to a GST inspector, if asked. With almost two years into GST implementation, the government is now focussing on anti-evasion measures to shore up revenue and increase compliance. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said with this suppliers, transporters and e-commerce operators would be forced not to sell or transport goods to non-filers. “E-commerce, logistics, FMCG companies, and businesses working on the franchise model, would have to immediately develop and implement an automated workflow whereby defaulting business partners are moved out from the supply chain on real-time basis,” Mohan said.last_img read more

Exit poll results indicate Congs poll planks fail to attract voters

first_imgNew Delhi: If predictions of Exit Polls are to be believed, it appears that people have rejected all the key issues raised by the Congress to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the election campaigning.As per political experts, the poll predictions, which are in favour of the incumbent government, indicate that the issues of alleged corruption in the multi-crore Rafale fighter plane deal, an increasing number of farmers’ suicide cases, unemployment among youth, etc have failed to impress the voters during Lok Sabha election campaigns. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadEven though the NYAY scheme that was aimed at weeding out poverty from the country too failed to convince the voters, the experts said, adding the exit poll results also suggest that Congress not only got its poll plank wrong, the grand old party made several strategic mistakes such as late in announcing Priyanka Vadra Gandhi as in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, late in stitching an alliance in Bihar and failing to be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’ of Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiThe BJP’s thrust on nationalism, performance and delivery seem to have scored heavily over the thrust of the Congress campaign to primarily target the Prime Minister and raising questions over economic issues. Congress president Rahul Gandhi repeatedly raised the issue of alleged corruption in Rafale fighter jet deal, unemployment and Modi government’s ‘attack’ on Constitutional institutions even as the Prime Minister kept changing approach to keep a fresh line of attack and set the narrative with a focus on nationalism and ‘strong government’. As per the experts, Gandhi was in the belief that he may ‘destroy’ the clean image of PM Modi by raising the Rafale issue, but the exit poll results reflect that it didn’t work in the favour of Congress and it boomeranged. The Congress’ campaign against the Modi government on the Rafale deal was also suffered a major setback when Gandhi misquoted the Supreme Court for which the top court forced him to apologise, the experts have opined. The experts have also stated that Gandhi’s NYAY scheme, an ambitious plan that promises to provide Rs 72,000 every year per family to 20 per cent of the country’s population too failed to make a stand against PM-KISAN programme that was announced by the Modi government. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, the government is providing direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year to vulnerable landholding farmer families.last_img read more

How Our Womens World Cup Model Works

3/11/15Faro, PortugalFriendlyFrance2-00.284.3-0.3 DATELOCATIONCOMPETITIONOPPONENTSCOREWEIGHTOFF. RATINGDEF. RATING 7/28/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsColombia3-00.803.10.1 Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Women’s sports don’t have the same rich data that men’s sports do. So what do you do if you want to forecast the Women’s World Cup? You gather up everything you can get.We put together a database of about 8,000 international women’s soccer matches since 1971 — as many games as we could find. And we used these to develop a set of women’s national team ratings — we call them WSPI (Women’s Soccer Power Index) — and projections for the 2015 World Cup. The United States and Germany enter as front-runners, and you can read more about all the elite teams, the dark horses and the players to watch in our colleague Allison McCann’s World Cup preview. We’re here to take you through the methodology behind these projections.WSPI ratings are based on a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI), a system that Nate developed in conjunction with ESPN in 2009 to rate men’s soccer teams. Men’s SPI is based on two components: a team rating derived from scores of international matches and a player rating, which is primarily based on results from club play for the individual players on each national team’s roster. For WSPI, we use only the team ratings component because detailed data on club play is not readily available for women’s soccer.Otherwise, the major features of WSPI are similar to the team-rating component of SPI:Ratings account for the final score of each match, including whether the match went into extra time or a shootout, and the location of the game.Ratings also account for the importance of the match: A World Cup match counts far more than a friendly.A team’s rating varies continuously over time. For example, China had a considerably stronger WSPI in 1999, when it played the United States in the World Cup final, than they do now.WSPI ratings, like SPI ratings, are broken down into offensive and defensive components. The offensive rating can be interpreted as how many goals we would expect the team to score in an average competitive international match,1In the past, we’ve sometimes referred to SPI ratings as indicating how many goals a team would score and allow against an average international opponent. But that’s not quite accurate: The way SPI ratings are designed, they indicate a team’s performance in an average international match, controlling for strength of schedule and weighting by match importance. The same is true for WSPI. The distinction matters because stronger teams tend to play more matches than weaker ones, especially in women’s soccer. The average international match, in other words, is typically against a considerably above-average opponent. while the defensive rating is how many goals it would concede in such a match, controlling for strength of schedule. Higher offensive ratings are better. Lower defensive ratings are better.The offensive and defensive components are combined into an overall WSPI rating, which reflects the percentage of possible points we would expect the team to score in a hypothetical round-robin tournament against every other team in the world.Let’s look at a more detailed example of how a team’s WSPI rating is calculated. Here are some of the United States’ recent results, along with the ratings the team received for each match and the weight WSPI gives to the match: 10/15/14Kansas City, KansasWorld Cup qualifierTrinidad & Tobago1-00.960.30.4 10/24/14Chester, PennsylvaniaWorld Cup qualifierMexico3-00.963.10.1 7/25/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsFrance4-20.808.11.3 You can see some of the key features of WSPI in these examples (a team’s overall offensive and defensive ratings are a weighted average of these game-by-game ratings). The USWNT’s March 11, 2015, match against France receives relatively little weight, even though it was played fairly recently, because it was a friendly. The 2012 Olympics still receive quite a lot of weight, however, given their importance.2Unlike in men’s soccer, women’s Olympic soccer teams don’t have any age restrictions. The Olympic tournament tends to be almost as competitive as the World Cup. (The maximum possible weight for a match, in case you’re wondering, is 1.68.)Meanwhile, you can see how much strength of schedule matters in WSPI. The USWNT gets a higher offensive rating for beating France 2-0 than for beating Mexico 3-0 because France has a tougher defense. It’s not uncommon for a team to win a match against a weak opponent but receive poor adjusted ratings because it didn’t win by as much as WSPI expected. Conversely, a team can receive a good offensive rating just by scoring on a very good team, even if it loses. The location of a match is also important: Home advantage in competitive matches has historically been worth about 0.35 goals and would make the home team about a 60-40 favorite in a matchup between two equally rated teams.Once we’ve generated WSPI ratings for every team in the world, we can estimate the probability that any team will beat any other team.3This part of the model is “trained” on all non-friendly matches between two teams in the WSPI top 50 — matches that roughly approximate World Cup competition. More specifically, we first calculate the expected number of goals that each team will score in a given match and then convert these into a matrix of possible outcomes using Poisson distributions. Thus, in any given match, we’ve estimated the probability that it will end in a 0-0 tie, a 1-0 victory, a 2-3 loss or any other possible scoreline. Knowing this distribution of possible scores is important because the tiebreaker to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup takes goals scored and allowed into account.With these individual match probabilities in hand, we can calculate the chance that each team in the tournament will advance to the knockout round or eventually win the tournament. To do so, we simulate the tournament 20,000 times: If the U.S. has a 28 percent chance of winning the tournament, this means that it won in approximately 5,600 out of 20,000 simulations. As simulations are played out, each team’s WSPI is updated to reflect its results in that simulation. Loosely speaking, this accounts for the possibility that a team will “get hot” during the tournament and considerably outperform its pre-World Cup WSPI.4For a more technical discussion, see here.Matches in the knockout round continue into extra time if they are tied at the end of regulation and a shootout if tied after that, so we’ve spent some time making sure our simulations handle these cases accurately. Extra time is treated as a shortened match in which teams score at a slower rate than during regulation.5Historically, teams have scored at a rate about 25 percent lower during extra time. Shootout win probabilities are also derived from WSPI instead of being treated as random. There is evidence that shootouts are skill-based — the team with the better WSPI rating has won 58 percent of shootouts in our database — but good teams don’t tend to be as dominant in shootouts as they are in regular time. For example, the USWNT would be more than a 90 percent favorite to beat Thailand in a regular game, but only a 71 percent favorite to win in a shootout. For this reason, it’s usually in the interest of the weaker team to play for a shootout even though it’d be an underdog if one occurred.Have any more questions? See Nate’s 2009 article and FAQ for more of the technical details and philosophy behind SPI, most of which also apply to WSPI. Or drop us a note here. We hope you’ll enjoy following the women’s tournament with us. read more

5 things to watch for in Ohio States game against Buffalo

Lantern file photoThen-sophomore Braxton Miller tosses the ball during a game against Nebraska on Oct. 6, 2012, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-38.The Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s matchup against Buffalo.1. Who will step up at running back?What was supposed to be one of the strongest positions for the Buckeyes heading into the year is now one of its biggest question marks. The suspensions of Carlos Hyde and Rod Smith, the two guys expected to be at the top of the depth chart, have left the backfield in disarray. Although Jordan Hall is still with the team and has been named the starter for the season opener, he may take on more of a hybrid role rather than the traditional pro-style running back. True freshman Dontre Wilson has been a standout during fall practice, using his blazing speed to work his way up the depth chart and will start the game as the backup H-back behind senior wide receiver Chris Fields. Players like sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball will also be hoping to take advantage of the suspensions when noon rolls around on Saturday.2. Changes to the front sevenThe most buzz coming out of Urban Meyer’s first recruiting class for the Buckeyes was focused around the defensive line, particularly sophomore defensive ends Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington. The duo showed off their potential during the Ohio State spring game on April 13, totaling seven sacks, and will make their first collegiate starts Saturday opposite of each other. Junior nose tackle Joel Hale, junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant and sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry all have either limited or no experience as a regular starter for the Buckeyes. With only junior linebacker Ryan Shazier returning in the front seven, the new guys will have to step up their game to live up to the legacy left behind by players like John Simon and Jonathan Hankins.3. How Doran Grant matches up with Alex NeutzDespite finishing 4-8 last season, one bright spot for Buffalo was wide receiver Neutz. The then-sophomore led his team with 1,015 yards, 65 receptions and 11 touchdowns last year. With starting cornerback Bradley Roby also suspended for the Buckeyes, it will be on junior Doran Grant to cover the Bulls’ top weapon. Grant only has one start in his career, last season against Alabama Birmingham, and is forced into a tough spot against Buffalo. Sophomore Armani Reeves will also be getting the start at cornerback and could take some time lining up against Neutz, but most of the time it will be Grant trying to shut down Buffalo’s top receiver. It remains to be seen how Grant will hold up when matched up one-on-one with a No. 1 receiver during an actual game.4. Braxton MillerDespite the negative storylines this offseason (Hyde, Roby, Smith suspensions) and the questions about the defensive front, there is still one reason for fans to be confident. Miller is back and, in year two of Meyer’s spread offense, is more capable than ever. Throughout much of the fall practice, Meyer and offensive coordinator/QBcoach Tom Herman have been raving about the strides that Miller has made in terms of his fundamentals. When you add that to his already potent athletic ability, a recipe for success seems to be in place for the Buckeye signal caller. Although he may not be the nation’s top quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville) or it’s most explosive player (De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon), Miller’s ability as a dual threat quarterback will put him into the Heisman conversation and help the Buckeyes pursue their championship expectations.5. Cameron JohnstonAfter Ben Buchanan graduated, OSU was left in a tough situation at punter. Buchanan spent four years punting for the Buckeyes and finished his career as the eighth best punter in school history, averaging 41.2 yards per punt. But after his replacement made a last second switch, decommitting from OSU on signing day, things looked bleak. In steps Australian-born Johnston. After discussions with special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs, Johnston committed to the Buckeyes and is listed as the starting punter Saturday. If called upon with the rest of the punting unit, Johnston will face immense pressure in his first time at Ohio Stadium with the Buckeye faithful counting on him to succeed. read more

Wrestling Ohio State dominates Ohio Intercollegiate Open

Ohio State’s Micah Jordan wrestles Michael Kemerer in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignIt was a comfortable win for the Buckeyes on Sunday, as 19 wrestlers entered and nine walked away as champions in the Ohio Intercollegiate Open.Sunday afternoon saw the Ohio State wrestling team, fresh off a dominant performance in its opener against Navy, put on another impressive display. 13 out of the 19 competitors for the Buckeyes reached the finals, and nine of those were able to end the day with gold around them. In what became an Ohio State vs. Ohio State championship bout in four out of the possible 10 weight classes, the winners of the accolades included junior Luke Pletcher (133 lbs), redshirt senior Micah Jordan (149 lbs) and redshirt junior Ke-Shawn Hayes (157 lbs). Freshman Quinn Kinner took a very cut-and-dry approach to the tournament, but was able to rattle off five straight decision victories to win him the gold in the 141-pound class. Jordan dominated his first two opponents before he was matched up against his own teammate in the finals, freshman Sammy Sasso. Jordan was challenged in this one, but ultimately ended up being too experienced for Sasso to stop, picking up the 9-7 victory.In another Ohio State title bout, Hayes took on redshirt sophomore Elijah Cleary in the 157-pound division. Hayes was able to claw away and escape with the 6-5 decision victory. In the 165-pound weight class, redshirt freshman Kaleb Romero was pitted against Ohio State redshirt sophomore Fritz Schierl, which was a back-and-forth tilt before Romero snagged the win 8-6.Gavin Hoffman became the second true freshman to seize a Gold Division Trophy, as he registered four more wins including a pin in the 184-pound class.Redshirt sophomore Kevin Snyder kicked off his day by majoring his first couple of opponents and found himself finishing his run to the title with a 16-12 decision victory in the 197-pound class.Lastly, at heavyweight, redshirt freshman Chase Singletary joined his teammate Hoffman as a two-time tournament champion, as he was able to get a takedown in a match that was otherwise a struggle, to seal the deal for the victory. Singletary is now 7-0 on the season.The Buckeyes will look to keep the momentum rolling into their next dual, when they travel to Riverside, California to take on the California Baptist Lancers on Nov. 16th. read more

Gerardo hoping to upset Juve in final group game

first_imgYoung Boys Coach Gerardo Seoane feels his side can upset Juventus in their final group game but admits they are “happy to face” Cristiano RonaldoJuve will win their Champions League group if they beat the Swiss champions tomorrow, with the hosts already eliminated.“The Champions League has the best teams,” Seoane said in his pre-match Press conference via Football Italia.“And a good day for Young Boys and with an opponent not at their best, we can get at least a point.“We’ve made progress [since the first game], against Valencia and Manchester United we played better and more attacking football.Europa League draw groups G and H George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups G and H are a who is who of previous winners.UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group G consists of, Porto, Young…“The Champions League is harder, the players are more difficult to make. You don’t often face players of the quality of [Paulo] Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Young Boys certainly lack experience compared to Juve.“I think Juventus will face this match to their full potential, and I don’t expect any gifts in that sense.“Ronaldo? Containing great champions like him is very difficult, sometimes impossible.“But if three people mark Ronaldo that leaves the others alone, so we need to defend collectively.“It’ll be difficult, but we’re happy to face him.”last_img read more

Second Arrest Made In Sterling Burglary

first_imgOn Sunday, Troopers contacted Travis Brazington, age 28, of Sterling, in relation to the burglary. Baldwin was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Burglary 1, Attempted Theft 2, Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Mischief 4, and Violation of Conditions of Release. The original incident took place on March 3. Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle parked at a Sterling residence. Mason Eugene Baldwin, age 42 of Soldotna, was contacted and found to be engaged in an active burglary at the residence. He was arrested and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Burglary 1, Attempted Theft 2, Possession of Burglary Tools, Misuse of Plates, and Criminal Mischief 5. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers have arrested a second individual in connection with a burglary at a residence in Sterling on March 3.last_img read more

Kenai Medicenter Searched In Medicaid Fraud Investigation

first_imgAdditional details will be posted as they are made available. Members of the Kenai community, particularly members of the local medical community, who may have information related to this matter should contact Investigator Christie Loughton at 907-269-6279. A search warrant was issued by Anchorage District Court Judge David Wallace last Thursday in conjunction with the State of Alaska’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The Office of Special Prosecutions could not comment on the specifics of the search, but according to the release the focus of the investigation is “questioned billing practices” by the MediCenter. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The MediCenter office in Kenai was searched on Thursday by a joint state and federal investigative team, according to a statement from Chief Assistant Attorney General Jack McKenna from the Office of Special Prosecutions.last_img read more

May 4 is now officially Star Wars Day in California

first_img HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $210 at Best Buy Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. 7 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Star Wars,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Post a comment $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Chris Monroe/CNET Best Buy Turo $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET $299 at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The Cheapskate $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read the Rylo camera preview $59 at eBay Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Apple iPhone XS Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TV and Moviescenter_img Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the AirPods review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sprint See It It’s official: May 4 is Star Wars Day in California.  Lucasfilm Ltd. You can now back your use of the phrase “May the 4th be with you” with a state resolution. The California Legislature on Thursday declared May 4 Star Wars Day in celebration of Disneyland’s upcoming attraction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The theme park is set to open later this month. The saying “May the 4th be with you” is a spin on the popular Star Wars phrase “May the force be with you.”The California resolution was authored by Democratic Assemblyman Tom Daly. It says Anaheim, where Disneyland is located, will benefit from Galaxy’s Edge by getting “at least $14 million more in tax revenues per year.” The expansion will also create 1,400 permanent jobs, according to the resolution.  The Legislature says it “commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond.” Disneyland, Orange County’s largest employer, generates $5.7 billion for southern California’s economy, according to the resolution.  Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Turo 0 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Share your voice See it DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo See It $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $520 at HP Share your voice $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazonlast_img read more

JSW Energy may buy General Motors Pune plant to make electric cars

first_imgSajjan Jindal-led JSW Energy, which announced its plans to foray into the EVs and energy storage segments in August last year, seems to have found the place for production. Emerging reports indicate JSW Energy and General Motors (GM) are in advanced talks and the former may buy GM’s plant at Talegaon in Pune.American auto giant General Motors which sold cars in India under the Chevrolet brand till the end of 2017 is now using the Pune plant only for exports. The company manufactures Beat hatchback and sedan versions for the North and South American markets. If the report is anything to go by, the move will mark General Motors’ complete exit from India. The logo of JSW is seen on the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016.Reuters FileLivemint report claims JSW Energy plans to launch an electric car, code-named JSW car, and GM’s Pune car plant will be the hub. JSW Energy has planned to roll out its first electric vehicle by 2020.In February 2018, they signed a pact with Maharashtra for setting up a manufacturing unit for electric vehicles (EV) and Energy Storage Systems in the state. The possible acquisition of GM’s Pune plant seems to be in line with this pact.”What I know is that JSW is in talks with GM to buy the plant… there have been discussions. Originally, PSA was also interested but their talks fell through,” the publication quoted a source as saying. General Motors Talegaon plantMedia.GMGM’s Talegaon plant is valued anywhere between Rs 3,000 crore and Rs 3,500 crore and is spread over 300 acres. The car plant that opened in 2008 has an annual capacity of 130,000 vehicles. General Motors India also owned a plant in Halol, Gujarat. The company closed the Halol factory in 2017 and it was eventually acquired by China’s largest automaker SAIC Motor Corp. They will make cars under MG Motor brand for the Indian market from 2019.In addition to the pact with Maharashtra government, JSW Energy Ltd had signed an agreement with Gujarat government to promote the production of battery operated vehicles in the state along with the production of the electrical battery, storage solutions and charging infrastructure last year. The project is worth Rs 4,000 crore and it is expected to provide employment opportunities to over 6,000 local people.last_img read more

Unity in diversity is Indias strength Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday said that unity in diversity is India’s strength, and asked people to uphold the spirit and remain united. Referring to a Sanskrit phrase found in Maha Upanishad, ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, meaning, “the world is one family”, the chief minister, on International Human Solidarity Day, urged everybody to stay united and fight the divisive forces. “On International Human Solidarity Day, let us pledge to uphold the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ in truest sense. Unity in diversity is India’s strength,” Banerjee tweeted. “We must all be united and fight against the forces which seek to divide us for selfish reasons,” she added. The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity. It also aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.last_img read more