LAST year’s Class Four sprint double champion, St Jago High’s Joanne Reid, says she has no competition in the Class Three 400 metres at this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships. The lanky 14-year-old cruised to victory in heat two of the girls 400m qualifiers in 57.77 seconds, and despite producing only the ninth fastest time in her category for the day, she is confident that she could take the record along with her as well. “I am very confident of winning the event,” she told The Gleaner. “There’s nobody (competitions) right now, and I believe I can run a record time.” Reid described her race as easy and the Class Four 200- metre record holder expects a much stronger performance from herself when she turns out for the semi-finals and final. “It (heats) was alright. It wasn’t my best time, but it (race) wasn’t hard, it was a comfortable race,” she told The Gleaner. “But I expect a much better performance from myself for the semi-final and final. I don’t know what time I might run as yet, but I expect to win,” she stated confidently.
The company has sold 100 percent of the output from phase one of the project.Woodfibre LNG is the owner of the Woodfibre LNG Project, which is a planned LNG processing and export facility at the former Woodfibre pulp mill site, about seven kilometres southwest of Squamish, British Columbia. The Woodfibre LNG Project has a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and is licensed to export approximately 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year for 40 years.Woodfibre LNG is expected to cost $1.6 billion and could be up and running by 2025. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Reuters is reporting Woodfibre LNG will start constructing in early 2019.Woodfibre LNG President David Keane told the publication they are hoping to move to a notice to proceed to construction in the first quarter of 2019. Keane said, “It will be sometime in February or March.”Woodfibre LNG announced earlier this month it had signed an agreement with CNOOC Gas and Power Trading and Marketing for 13 years of LNG from the yet to be built facility.
The Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in Stewart Creek in Chilliwack, B.C., on Dec. 12, 2018, in this handout photo. Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the company’s ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Mike Pearson)Pearson claimed work in the area was completed in August to September of last year. He visited the site in December and took photos that he says show most of the stones have been swept away by currents, leaving the concrete blocks exposed.Trans Mountain said “Comments that were made regarding stones being swept away by currents and leaving concrete blocks exposed are inaccurate. There has been no detectable level of mobilization of gravels.”December 20, 2018. Immediately downstream of the TMPL ROW during a post-construction site inspection showing high water levels have reached the delineated high water mark. Sustained conditions such as these will lead to further accumulation of native substrate by natural recruitment – Trans MountainThe company says they are also involved with a number of programs to enhance fish and fish habitat. For more of Trans Mountain’s response, click here.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Trans Mountain says claims by scientist Mike Pearson that the project has destroyed salmon habitat are inaccurate and misleading.In a story published by the Canadian Press on Sunday, scientist Mike Pearson said the work by the company was “amateur hour” on a Stewart Creek crossing near Chilliwack.Trans Mountain posted a response to the article on Wednesday that said “The reporter cited concerns from an individual who was pointing to work done on a 17 metre stretch of Stewart Slough in the Fraser Valley to mitigate the shallow depth of cover over the pipeline. It’s important to note that Stewart Slough provides marginal fish habitat and suitable spawning habitat for salmonids is not present at this location.” The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing line that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The energy board completed its first review in 2016 and recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions.(With Files from the Canadian Press)
New Delhi: Realty major DLF said it has transferred shopping mall in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, to its subsidiary firm for Rs 2,950 crore, as part of efforts to settle dues of its joint venture firm with GIC. DLF has to pay Rs 8,700 crore to the DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), which is a joint venture firm of DLF and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC. It wants to settle these dues by September this year through transfer of rental assets and land parcels. In a regulatory filing on Thursday, DLF informed that the company has transferred its property, Mall of India, Noida, to one of its subsidiaries Paliwal Real Estate Ltd, in the ordinary course of business at an arm’s length consideration of Rs 2,950 crore, arrived on the basis of the valuation report of an independent valuer. “This is in line with the company’s stated objective of streamlining and consolidating the operations and holding structure of its rental assets,” DLF added. Mall of India is located in Sector 18, Noida, with a leasable area of 2 million sq ft. It was developed at a cost of around Rs 2,000 crore. According to sources, the transfer of Mall of India to a subsidiary firm has paved the way for selling this retail asset to DCCDL to clear the dues. DLF has 66.66 per cent stake in the joint venture firm, while GIC has 33.34 per cent shareholding. DCCDL currently holds around 30 million sq ft of rent-yielding commercial assets, largely in Gurugram (Haryana) with annual rental income of over Rs 2,500 crore. The JV was formed in December 2017 when DLF promoters sold entire 40 per cent stake in DCCDL for nearly Rs 12,000 crore. This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by DCCDL.
More likely, Julien’s days behind Boston’s bench are numbered. A third consecutive missed postseason would be damning for the franchise — that hasn’t happened in nearly 50 years. A departure by Julien would spell the end of a Bruins golden era that never quite materialized.Julien has won a cup, and that’s no small feat. But Julien has also presided over a Bruins team that’s consisted of Bergeron, Krejci and Rask in their primes, and so it could be argued that he should have won more. Instead, the Bruins have only managed to make it past the second round of the playoffs once since 2012-13, when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final. Although the Blackhawks’ dynasty endures, the Bruins continue their march toward the middle of the road. Related: Hot Takedown Wait, Are The 76ers Good Now? The Boston Bruins’ recent stretch of uninspired hockey — they’ve won only five games since Christmas and have been outscored 16-6 in their past four games — has prompted talk that head coach Claude Julien is about to be fired. Julien’s track record suggests that a firing would be unjust — his 416 wins are the most in franchise history, and he’s one of only six Bruins coaches to win the Stanley Cup. But it also speaks to the mounting frustration over a team that has badly undershot expectations over the past few seasons.Boston does the little things well. It currently leads the NHL in Corsi and Fenwick,1Updated through the games of Jan. 22. the most popular possession metrics, across all situations, and it ranks third in faceoff win percentage. Boston’s penalty killing unit is nearly impenetrable (its 86.6 kill percentage is second only to that of the Carolina Hurricanes), and its 34.1 shots per game is second in the league, behind the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 34.7. But despite all that, the Bruins are in serious danger of missing the playoffs. Again.How can a team that takes more than 34 shots per game rank in the bottom third of total goals scored? Answer: The Bruins currently rank dead last in shooting percentage, scoring on an anemic 7.1 percent of the shots they take. By contrast, the Penguins, who lead the league with 167 goals scored — and who eviscerated the Bruins on Sunday, 5-1 — score on 10.5 percent of the shots they take (fifth in the league), and the New York Rangers, who take less than 30 shots per game (they rank 18th), score on a league-leading 11.7 percent of the shots they take.The Bruins have taken almost 300 more shots than the Rangers2To be fair, the Bruins have played two more games than the Rangers, but I doubt the boys in blue are going to average 150 shots a game over their next two games to close the gap. and yet have scored more than 40 fewer goals. On average, the Bruins take 7.4 more shots per game than their opponents — the largest margin in the league — and yet they’re still getting outscored 2.54 goals per game to 2.42.Some of this could be explained away by bad luck (or facing hot goalies); it’s difficult to account for a 1.9-point dip in shooting percentage from last season, especially when this year’s Bruins roster and last year’s aren’t significantly different. But lack of depth has also hurt the Bruins in recent seasons. After losing Loui Eriksson (who scored the puck on an astounding 16.3 percent of the shots he took last season) to free agency and Matt Beleskey (who added 15 goals on 8.9 percent shooting in 2015-16) to injury,3Beleskey returned to action on Jan. 20 after missing 23 games. Julien has had to make do with a somewhat decimated roster of not-quite-ready-for-prime-time players.Boston’s stars are still as good as any team’s. David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron (despite a down year) would be No. 1 centers on half the teams in the NHL — they rank 29th and 33rd, respectively, in points per game among active NHL skaters — and Tuukka Rask is statistically among the 10 best goalies in the history of the NHL. (For goalies with more than 250 career games, Rask’s .924 save percentage is the best all-time, while his goals against average of 2.23 ranks ninth).But the rest of the Bruins’ roster is strapped for talent. Indeed, when Rask isn’t between the pipes, the Bruins might be the worst team in the league. Their backup-goaltending tandem of Zane McIntyre (who was a fine college goalie but has struggled mightily since arriving to the show) and Anton Khudobin (a guy the Bruins tried to release on waivers but who has been so terrible that no team claimed him) have posted a combined save percentage of .875 (which, if it were generated by a single netminder, would rank 73rd if it were added to a list of the NHL’s 84 goalies), and the duo has won just a single game combined.Of course, it’s not easy backstopping a team that skates only six players with plus-minus numbers in the black. It’s also tough to win championships after key weapons are traded away, something that Boston GMs Peter Chiarelli and Don Sweeney have been wont to do since 2013. Gone are Tyler Seguin, who’s scored 123 goals since being dealt from Boston to Dallas; Johnny Boychuk, who chews up blueline minutes and can score from the point (something this Bruins team misses desperately); Dougie Hamilton, another point-producing defenseman; and Milan Lucic, a perennial 20-goal threat (and a player whose career shooting percentage of 14.4 ranks eighth among active skaters). All Boston ended up with for their trouble was an AHL defenseman (Joe Morrow, who has played in just 65 NHL games over the past three seasons) and a low-scoring right winger (Jimmy Hayes, who has just 3 points in the 36 games he’s played in this season4Not many more than you’d expect a bag of pucks wearing a Jimmy Hayes mask to score.), both of whom would struggle to get ice time for the Quad City Mallards, much less one of the NHL’s oldest, proudest franchises.Even with their stars-and-scrubs roster, the Bruins aren’t particularly bad. They’ve accumulated the 14th-most points so far this season, and by Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (which adjusts a team’s average goal differential for its strength of schedule), they’re the 17th-best team in the NHL. Which is to say that the Bruins are a center-of-the-pack, perfectly mediocre team.But mediocrity doesn’t lead to postseason berths. According to Hockey-Reference’s playoff simulator, Boston has only a 25 percent chance of making the playoffs. For the Bruins to get in, the Maple Leafs would have to dry up and crumble during the second half of the season. (The Leafs have a history of collapsing down the stretch against the Bruins, so it’s possible.)
Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Once a Wolverine, always a Wolverine. Many college football fans would say the two should never mix.Junior offensive lineman Justin Boren might have something to say about that.Boren transferred to OSU following his sophomore season at Michigan.Although it was viewed as a blasphemy by Michigan players, Boren’s transfer should not be a major shock to OSU fans. Boren attended high school in Pickerington, Ohio, and he seriously considered attending OSU straight out of high school.“I was real interested in Ohio State [in high school]. When I was getting recruited, [OSU and Michigan were] really close and I always had the utmost respect for [OSU] and it was a real hard decision, but I’m real glad I’m here now,” Boren said.The rivalry did not factor into Boren’s decision to transfer. His departure was because of the new offensive system and “lack of family values” that coach Rich Rodriguez brought with him in his first season at Michigan, he said.Boren said that he was not adapting well to the hurry-up style offense that Rodriguez runs.Boren would have been the senior-most lineman on Michigan his junior year and could have helped coach Rodriguez establish his new offense, but what was Michigan’s loss was OSU’s gain.Boren has started all but one game this season for OSU and has gained a lot of respect from coach Jim Tressel and fellow players.“I knew Justin coming out of high school, coming from the same recruiting class,” said fellow junior offensive lineman Bryant Browning. “I knew he was a good offensive lineman, he was a hard worker and he was going to come over and do the best he could to help the team.”This weekend will be Boren’s first game against Michigan and his first visit back to the Big House since the transfer. There is no telling what the Michigan fans could do or how it could affect Boren.“I’m sure [the game] will be difficult in some ways because he has great feelings for both teams that are going to be on the field, and a lot of great memories up in The Big House with his dad and himself and all the rest, but his focus will be on what can he do to help his team,” Tressel said.Boren’s teammates are trying to be sympathetic to his situation, amid all the rush and hype around the Michigan game.“I’m sure he’s got a ton of emotions going around, seeing as he’s been a part of the game on the other side,” junior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said.
Freshman forward Katie Matheny (23) prepares for a faceoff during a game against the Toronto Aeros Sept. 28 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Asst. multimedia editorFresh off a sweep of then-No. 7 North Dakota, the Ohio State women’s hockey team (14-15-5, 9-14-5) is set to travel to Minnesota Duluth (13-13-6, 11-11-6) for a best-of-three series in the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.Coach Nate Handrahan’s team won three straight to end the regular season, finishing fifth in the WCHA for the third consecutive year.But both of the squads the past two years had more wins than this year’s edition, and a lot of that has to do with the first half of their seasons. The Buckeyes went 5-11-2 in their first 18 games, a run that included a stretch of nine games without a win.Assistant coach Carson Duggan said the first half of the season was tough, but once the team came back from its holiday break, things began to change.“The break might’ve come at the right time,” Duggan said. “They were mentally fresh and came back a different group, and it showed in the intensity and execution of practices.”Since the turn of the year, the Buckeyes are 9-4-3 and have swept Penn State, Minnesota State, St. Cloud State and North Dakota in that time.Junior forward Taylor Kuehl, who is one of five Buckeyes with at least 20 points this season, also credited the holiday break as the catalyst for the team’s improvement.“We really struggled at the start of the season,” Kuehl said. “We weren’t pleased with how we started and I think ever since Christmas break, we’ve been a completely different team and we have so much more determination and motivation.”Now with the postseason beginning, the Buckeyes face a familiar foe in Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs have been OSU’s first round opponents for the past two years, and OSU leading scorer, senior forward Ally Tarr, said that familiarity gives her team confidence.“We’ve always had a little bit of a rivalry with Duluth,” Tarr said. “They beat us my sophomore year and then last year we beat them, so we know that we can beat them and we know that if we play our best we have a good chance of coming out of there with a victory.”The two teams have played each other four times so far this season, with the Bulldogs winning twice and the other games ending in ties. In the past 10 games in the series, the away team is 8-0-2.But regardless of what statistics say, Duggan said neither team can take anything for granted.“When it comes down to it, you still have to go out and do your job,” Duggan said. “Come playoff hockey, anything can happen.”
OSU coaches Tony Alford (left) and Zach Smith stand together before the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorAccording to police reports obtained by The Lantern, former Ohio State wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith had a history of domestic incidents reported to the police department by his now ex-wife Courtney Smith. Ohio State announced that it had fired Zach Smith on July 23 after allegations had surfaced of domestic violence involving Courtney Smith. Courtney Smith filed a domestic violence civil protection order on July 20. In 2009, Zach Smith, an assistant coach at the University of Florida at the time, was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department after aggravated battery of a pregnant victim. The police report obtained by The Lantern states that Smith, “grabbed the victim by her t-shirt, picked her up and threw her into a bedroom wall.”While addressing the situation at Big Ten Media Days, head coach Urban Meyer said he had been contacted about the situation in 2009. A report made Wednesday from former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy detailed domestic violence allegations made against Zach Smith both in 2009 and 2015, suggesting that Meyer knew about the events that occured, something that he denied at Big Ten Media Days last week. “I can’t say it didn’t happen because I wasn’t there,” Meyer said about the 2015 incident. “ I was never told about anything, never anything came to light, never had a conversation about it, so I know nothing about that.”According to McMurphy’s report, Zach Smith, in the 2015 incident, “took (Courtney) and shoved me up against the wall, with his hands around my neck,” something she said happened very often.Of the 19 reports obtained by The Lantern, seven were traffic stops, though one of the stops involved Courtney Smith being visibly upset about a domestic incident involving her ex-husband. Here are some of the incidents that other reports included.October 21, 2015Courtney Smith files a report on a “suspicious person” who circled her in a car, then followed her into a Kroger. In the report, Courtney Smith mentions “issues she is having with her soon to be ex husband.”October 25, 2015This report states that Zach Smith was refusing to bring his son back to Courtney when it was her time with him. In this report, Courtney Smith states that she “has threatening text messages saved on her phone from her husband.” The report states that this was while Courtney and Zach Smith were going through their divorce, and when police asked for her address to bring an officer to her house, Courtney Smith said she did not want officers responding to her house, and that she would come to the police station in the morning.October 26, 2015The day following Zach Smith’s inability to return his son to Courtney, according to the report, Courtney Smith requests to file a restraining order against Zach Smith.Jan. 5, 2016Courtney Smith is stopped for speeding. According to the police report, she said “she was having domestic issues with her ex” and that “the driver was crying and visibly upset.”Dec. 17, 2017 Courtney Smith files a report that Zach Smith was seen by her neighbors at 1:30 in the morning looking into the windows of her vehicle and residence. Believing that he may have been impaired, Zach Smith, according to the police report, left in his truck, driving up on a curb and nearly striking a sign. Also, Courtney Smith reported that a Christmas wreath on her door was thrown to the ground. March 2, 2018 Police report states that Zach Smith’s children were talking with Courtney Smith using FaceTime. The children were said to be “really upset and crying.” The report states that Zach Smith was yelling at the children in the background of the call, telling them to “hang up on mom” and grabbing the phone from the children’s hands. The report says that Zach Smith called Courtney Smith back telling her, “she would not talk to them again and hung up on her.” The police report states that Zachary Smith is bipolar and that he drinks, per Courtney Smith, who called in the request. July 11, 2018 Courtney Smith files a report that Zach Smith has been “relentlessly stalking” and “harassing” her. The report also states Zach Smith had taken his and Courtney Smith’s two children to Florida for vacation “without being honest to her as to where they were staying.” The police report states that Zach Smith was not contacted when Courtney Smith filed the police report due to the fear that he would delay the return of the children.
Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari was pleased with Isco’s response after scoring a brace in his first start under the ArgentineAfter a seven-game absence, Isco was restored into starting line-up for Real’s Copa del Rey fourth-round clash with UD Melilla on Thursday.And the Spanish playmaker scored two second-half goals to help Real claim a convincing 6-1 win over Melilla with Marco Asensio (twice), Vinicius Junior and Javier Sanchez also getting on the scoresheet.The result enabled Real to progress to the next round with a 10-1 aggregate win.“I’m very happy for Isco, I was very sorry that he missed the one played in the first half, because it would have been a great goal,” said Solari, according to FourFourTwo.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I’m also very happy for Asensio, who scored two goals, and for Vinicius, who did another.“This game let us see many players who are well and committed.We have been solid and good in attack. Melilla are very good, the leader of Segunda B.“I’m happy for what the veterans did, the youngsters of the first-team squad and the homegrown players who debuted.“I was delighted with the debuts of [Alvaro] Fidalgo, Francisco Garcia and the goal from Javi Sanchez.”Real will next travel to bottom side SD Huesca in a La Liga game on Sunday.
Barcelona are ready to make a move for Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny when the transfer window reopens in January.The Catalan club will reportedly consider signing the ex-France international as a short-term fix for their defensive problems.The Spanish champions are currently having to make do without Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stalwart Thomas Vermaelen at the back because of injury, leaving just Clement Lenglet to partner Gerard Pique.Rather than spending big on a new central defender, Ernesto Valverde’s side are understood to be after a cheaper alternative to fill in at centre-half if Umtiti struggles on his return from a long-term layoff.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Sports Mole say that Koscielny, who is yet to feature for the Gunners since May 3 due to an Achilles injury, ticks the box for an experienced and cheap option in the January window.The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to offer the former FC Lorient defender an initial six-month deal, which will carry the option of an additional year come the end of the season.