The Wallsend Spring Touch Football competition has expanded to five nights a week to cope with the excessive demand. Wallsend will offer Men’s on Mondays and Wednesdays, Mixed on Mondays and Fridays, Women’s on Wednesdays, with Juniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.In lieu of this great achievement, Wallsend are having a two page spread in the Newcastle Herald with a cover story about their success. Growing participants is not their only claim to fame with other major successes in recent months.Wallsend were crowned Club Champions at the recent NSW Country Championships in May in Dubbo with division wins in the Men’s 20’s and Men’s 40’s. Fifteen players and three coaching staff were chosen from Wallsend to represent New South Wales in the upcoming 2008 State of Origin series.Wallsend’s 2008 Autumn Competition’s Grand Final Day was also a huge success with twenty-two grand final games being played and around six hundred spectators in attendance. For more information about the Wallsend Touch Association, please visit their website – www.wallsendtouch.com.au
Six stories in the news for Monday, Sept. 9———POST DORIAN CLEANUP A MASSIVE TASKPost-tropical storm Dorian may have departed Atlantic Canada but the scars it inflicted across the region with its hurricane strength wind gusts and torrential rain will take some time to heal. Utility companies in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador are facing a massive task in restoring electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers left in the dark as Dorian flattened trees that pulled down power poles across a vast area. And the huge amount of tangled debris littering streets is now making the work of utility crews that much harder.———FEDS UNSURE HOW MANY ‘GIG’ WORKERS CANADA HASA newly released government document indicates federal officials feel stymied by data roadblocks in their bid to help policymakers tackle a growing political concern about the country’s “gig” economy. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act show federal officials were leery about the reliability of existing data on the number of Canadians using online platforms to earn their livings, even though the data came from reputable sources. Federal officials have been closely watching the changes in the labour force away from full-time jobs in favour of part-time and contract work.———MARINE HEAT WAVE HAS SCIENTISTS CONCERNEDScientists are keeping a close eye on a wedge-shaped mass of warm water off the West Coast. It’s massive in size — starting near Vancouver Island and stretching all the way to Hawaii. The scientists say it resembles a marine heat wave nicknamed “the blob” that disrupted ocean ecosystems about five years ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says water temperatures in the mass are three to four degrees Celsius higher than the longterm average for those parts of the Pacific, and U-B-C professor Andrew Trites notes that’s enough to affect marine life.———OBOMSAWIN DOC LOOKS AT MEDICAL CARE FOR INDIGENOUS KIDSAlanis Obomsawin has spent much of her career documenting injustices facing Indigenous peoples in Canada, and the wrongs she outlines often overwhelm, infuriate and bewilder. But for the dogged 87-year-old Abenaki director, the work continues to inspire. Her latest project, “Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger,” examines the decade-long legal battle to secure equal care for Indigenous children with special needs. It starts with a look at the Manitoba boy who inspired a 2007 law known as Jordan’s Principle, which was supposed to guarantee equal access to health care and services but was continually ignored.———EXHIBIT DETAILS N.L. CONNECTIONS TO SLAVE TRADEAn art installation at this year’s Bonavista Biennale is shining a light on a dark corner of Newfoundland’s history — slave ships that were built on the island during the 1700s. Camille Turner, a Toronto-based artist and academic, was intrigued when she heard the largely untold story of Newfoundland-built slave ships, and was surprised to find so many ships documented in a database of expeditions. Her installation laid out in the historic saltbox Mockbeggar Plantation Fish Store in Bonavista, N.L., includes a display of 19 cards, each commemorating a slave ship built in Newfoundland.———TENILLE TOWNES/DALLAS SMITH WIN BIG AT COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS Tenille Townes of Grande Prairie, Alberta and Dallas Smith from Langley, B-C were the big winners at last night’s Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Calgary. Townes was named female artist of the year and won for single of the year for her song ‘Somebody’s Daughter’. She also won previously announced awards Saturday for video and songwriter of the year bringing her total to four. Smith, who co-hosted the show with Billy Ray Cyrus, won for male artist and entertainer of the year, which was reintroduced to the award show for the first time in 30 years.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde releases “Honouring Promises: 2019 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada.”— Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland makes announcement in Oldcastle, Ont., about helping Canadians with skills training.— Former Regina gymnastics coach Marcel Dubroy to appear in court on charges relating to alleged sex crimes committed against a former athlete.— Union and First Nation leaders speak at New Westminster, B.C. news conference about the “unfolding disaster” in the salmon fishing industry.———The Canadian Press
Hollywood stars are squealing mad over Walmart’s treatment of pigs after an undercover investigation exposed rampant cruelty to animals at a factory farm supplying pork to the retail giant.In a letter fired off today to Walmart’s CEO Mike Duke, at the behest of the animal protection organization Mercy For Animals, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Bell, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Tom Morello, Kim Basinger, David Boreanaz, Ed Begley Jr., John Francis Daley, James Cromwell, Steve-O, and Loretta Swit wrote: “We implore you to help end the needless suffering of these animals by ending the sale of pork from producers who confine pigs in cages so small they can’t even turn around for nearly their entire lives.”The appeal comes after hidden-camera video, shot at a Christensen Farms facility in Minnesota by an investigator with Mercy For Animals, revealed unconscionable cruelty. The footage shows pregnant pigs locked in tiny, filthy crates so small they couldn’t turn around, walk, or lie down comfortably, pigs suffering from bloody open wounds, and workers castrating and cutting off the tails of conscious piglets without painkillers and bashing in the skulls of sick piglets by slamming them headfirst into the concrete.The letter points out: “While Walmart tells its customers they can “Save Money, Live Better,” the pork sold in your stores comes from pigs whose lives couldn’t possibly be any worse. As world-renowned animal behaviorist Dr. Jonathan Balcombe puts it: ‘Gestation crates are unremitting hell on earth.’“Inside tiny gestation crates barely larger than their own bodies, these intelligent and social animals never get to walk, run, root in the soil, see the sun, breathe fresh air, or do nearly anything that comes naturally to them. Driven mad from boredom and stress, these poor animals have nothing to do, hour after hour, day after day, but bite the bars of their cages.“While all of the abuses shown in the video at WalmartCruelty.com are unconscionable, perhaps the worst form of torture forced on these innocent animals is the use of gestation crates. As you should know, gestation crates are considered so cruel that leading animal welfare experts condemn them, nine US states and the entire European Union have banned them, and nearly all of Walmart’s competitors, including Costco, Safeway, Kroger, and Kmart, have started demanding their pork suppliers do away with them.”The letter concludes: “It’s time for Walmart to quit dragging its feet and help put an end to one of the cruelest factory farming practices. As the largest retailer in the world, Walmart has the power—and the ethical responsibility—to ensure that the pork sold in its stores is not the product of egregious animal abuse.”To view the undercover video, visit WalmartCruelty.com.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace River Regional District Chair and Area ‘C’ Director Brad Sperling will be hosting a roundtable discussion for Regional District residents on Wednesday evening.Anyone in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions on any topic that is the concerns of the Regional District. Wednesday’s round table will be taking place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Charlie Lake Community Hall. All residents of Area C are invited to attend.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River North School Board discussed a plan for the opening ceremonies of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School at a meeting on Monday.The Board pitched the idea of holding the opening ceremony on August 27th, but that could be pushed back until September if Board Trustees were not able to attend. The School Board will also take suggestions from the City of Fort St. John, the Ministry of Education, and BC Hydro on when they think the ceremony should take place, as all three organizations made sizable contributions to the new school.Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier have agreed to tour the school on June 12th, after which they will take part in a meeting with School Board members. The Board also briefly discussed community facilities such as a daycare that would be incorporated in another new Elementary school that is proposed for the City’s Northeast side. Board Chair Erin Davies said that the Ministry of Education has been pushing to have a daycare included in the new school, but has not volunteered to fund it, which has raised questions from the Board. Funding for the daycare will be brought up during the June 12th meeting with the two MLA’s.
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says it has approved modified plans for the Burnaby Terminal of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, clearing a final regulatory hurdle for construction to start.The regulator says the approved variance application will significantly improve safety at the terminal, which is the end point for the controversial pipeline the federal government has agreed to buy as part of a $4.5-billion acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada’s core assets.The new plans reduce the diameter of five of the 14 tanks and the overall capacity of the facilities by about 320,000 barrels, increase the space between the tanks, and reconfigure the secondary containment system at the tank farm to reduce fire risk. The NEB says its approval of the variance and Kinder Morgan Canada’s fulfillment of certain conditions allows it to begin construction at the Burnaby Terminal, subject to any other permits or authorizations which may be required.Burnaby, in a submission to the NEB, said the company failed to consult with the city, and that the modified plans don’t address its significant concerns on boil-over, vapour cloud explosion, and other risks.The Burnaby site has been a focal point of opposition to the project as protesters raise concerns about potential spill damage and emissions increases the pipeline will allow.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Fans play corn hole on The Oval during ESPN’s College Gameday on Nov. 21. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor On Saturday, the statue of William Oxley Thompson will have some company, as ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live on the Oval in anticipation of the game between No. 3 Ohio State and No. 9 Michigan State. Despite all of OSU’s success on the gridiron, it has been years since College GameDay has come to Columbus for a game. “I can’t believe that we have not been here since 2010,” College GameDay analyst and OSU alumnus Kirk Herbstreit said. “We used to come here, kind of like what we are doing right now with Alabama where we would come once or twice a year.”Every week, College GameDay picks a highly touted game where it will broadcast its show live on Saturday morning. The show typically is on the particular campus from Thursday to Saturday.Regardless of whether or not ESPN is broadcasting the game, the show will go wherever the week’s most anticipated matchup is. “We do tend to travel no matter where the game is … we just travel to what we think is the best game,” Herbstreit said. “It’s been a lot of fun to see the fanbases when we show up. It’s like that that campus will become the face of the sport for 48 hours.”With such a popular show finally making a pitstop in at OSU, many students are excited for the chance to witness it in person.Jarrett Forkey, a fourth-year in chemical engineering, students are planning on arriving the Oval, where the set is placed, early in the morning to get hyped for the game, which is scheduled to kickoff at 3:30 p.m.“It will be a lot more rambunctious than people think,” Forkey said. “It’s been awhile since GameDay’s been here. It’s been awhile since Michigan State’s been here. There are a lot of seniors playing their last game.“There is a lot of excitement here at Ohio State.”Herbstreit agrees that the students will be ready for the game come kickoff.“I expect to see that typical Ohio Stadium nutty atmosphere,” Herbstreit said. “You have one or two games a year where Ohio State feels (the Buckeyes could be upset), and then it’s a proactive atmosphere. It’s where you are creating the sacks or you are creating the interceptions. My guess is that’s the kind of crowd it will be and it will help Ohio State’s defense and their cause.”The hype for College GameDay and for the game that afternoon, according to Herbstreit, really shows the growth of college football as a sport.“Fans get crazier and crazier. That just speaks volumes about college football,” Herbstreit said. “The sport has never been more popular and there’s never been more buzz. The passion is universal and we embrace it. That’s what makes this sport so special.”
Twenty-six Buckeyes will represent Ohio State track and field at the NCAA East Regional Preliminaries this weekend in Greensboro, N.C. The field of 13 men and 13 women will compete against teams from the Big Ten, ACC, SEC, and Big East schools. There are five All-Americans representing the Buckeyes, including four-time All-American Jeff See. Joining See are Thomas Murdaugh and Matt DeChant. Christina Manning, Letecia Wright and Shaniqua McGinnis round out the top of the pack for the women. Top qualifying times from the East and West preliminaries will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9 to 12.The ACC/Big Ten Women’s Basketball Challenge pairings have been set and OSU hosts the Virginia Cavaliers on Thursday, Dec. 2. The challenge pairs 11 teams from each conference together. Both conferences have historically been known as women’s basketball powerhouses. In the challenge’s fourth year, the Big Ten hopes to break a pattern of defeat, as the ACC has won the challenge the past three years. The Buckeyes won their sixth-consecutive Big Ten title in 2010 and return all five starters, including two-time All-American Jantel Lavender. The women’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge follows the men’s and will take place across two days on Wednesday, Dec. 1 and Thursday, Dec. 2. The No. 4 men’s tennis team ended its team portion of the NCAA Championships after falling in the quarterfinals 4-0 to No. 5 USC on Sunday. It was deja vu for the Buckeyes, as they lost to the Trojans in the 2009 NCAA Championship, the program’s only appearance in the finals. Senior co-captains Justin Kronauge and Mike O’Connell hold the record for the most all-time wins with 164, as well as most NCAA all-time wins with 17. Big Ten Athlete of the Year Chase Buchanan and Kronauge are set to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, and Buchanan and Dino Marcan will compete in the doubles point.The rowing team travels to Gold River, Calif., to compete for the 11th-consecutive season in the 2010 NCAA Championships. The field is made up of 16 teams, four of which are from the Big Ten. The Buckeyes will compete with two boats of eight rowers for the First and Second Varsity Eights and one boat of four rowers for the First Varsity Four. Washington State University hosts the Championships on Lake Natoma from May 28 to 30.
Ohio State junior forward Freddy Gerard (15) evades a defender in the first period of the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 in the Schottenstein Centern. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter a resounding 6-2 victory for the No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team in Game One of the Big Ten quarterfinal best-of-three series against Michigan State, Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik knew that they would get the Spartans’ best effort Saturday with their season on the line.Ohio State needed extra time against a Michigan State team that proved to be a tough out even as a seventh seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Sixty minutes proved insufficient with the Buckeyes requiring overtime to (23-8-5, 16-8-2-1 Big Ten) beat Michigan State (12-22-2, 6-18-2-1 Big Ten) 4-3 at the Schottenstein Center to set up a matchup against Michigan in the Big Ten semifinals Saturday. “I thought we played a complete game tonight,” Rohlik said. “It was good to get the win, and move on in the tournament.” Junior forward Freddy Gerard netted the winner in the extra session on a deflection off a shot from junior defenseman Sasha Larocque at 5:53 of overtime. Gerard scored the winner, but was quick to credit his teammates in the win.“It wasn’t just me tonight. Our team, we all fought hard,” Gerard said. “[Redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo] played well in net, [junior forward Mason Jobst] stepped up big, [junior forward John Wiitala] had a big goal. Top to bottom.”Jobst added two goals, while Romeo had 15 saves on 18 shots in the win. Jobst extended his point streak to five games. He has six goals, four assists and 10 points in that span.“I’m feeling good. I feel in great shape right now,” Jobst said. “My line mates have been great in finding me in soft spots and it’s been working out.” Throughout the contest, the Buckeyes found themselves down by a goal on two separate occasions and clawed back to force overtime and eventually win.Both teams traded power play goals in the opening frame. Jobst picked up the goal for the Buckeyes and junior forward Cody Milan scored for the Spartans with just 27 seconds left in the period. The back-and-forth play continued early into the second period when Michigan State took the lead just 29 seconds in of sophomore forward Patrick Khodorenko, his 12th goal of the season.The Buckeyes answered at 7:43 of the second with another goal from Jobst, but the tie didn’t last long as the Spartans pulled ahead again 25 seconds later with a goal from freshman forward Tommy Apap.Ohio State added another goal off the stick of junior forward John Wiitala, that pulled the score to 3-3 headed into the third period.The third period continued with Ohio State dominating in possession and shots, but couldn’t solve Spartan sophomore goaltender John Lethemon with the game headed to extra time.In overtime, both teams traded chances, until 5:53 into the extra session, Gerard sent the Buckeyes to the semifinal when he tipped-in Larocque’s shot from just inside the blue line for a 4-3 final. Shots were 41-18 in favor of Ohio State. Lethemon made 38 saves on 41 shots in the loss.The Buckeyes advance to the single-elimination Big Ten Tournament Semifinal to play fourth-seed Michigan next Saturday. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe independent group investigating the allegations against Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer should complete their investigation within 14 days, according to a statement made from the university.“A newly convened, independent working group — formed by the university’s Board of Trustees to direct the investigation involving Urban Meyer — met late last week, appointed a chair, and engaged an investigative firm,” the statement said.The statement also said former Ohio House speaker Jo Ann Davidson will serve as chair of the group, and that the group “was formed to direct the work of the investigative team and be available to provide consultation and advice, and to assist with communication to the full board on the matter.”“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” Davidson said in the statement. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.”The investigative team will be led by former Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Mary Jo White. She is also the senior chair for the law firm Debevoise and Plimpton.Meyer is being investigated for allegations that he knew about domestic violence incidents in 2009 and 2015 by former wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Zach Smith.Smith was fired for the charges on July 23. Meyer was put on paid administrative leave last Wednesday.