Update: Gibbs was contrite after the game and posted an apology on his Twitter:Man that’s not who I am. I’m sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015My emotions get the best of me and that wasn’t acceptable at all. I hope you’re alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Arcidiancono accepted his apology as well.Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We’re all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015Earlier: Seton Hall got off to a 12-2 start this year but the season has spiraled into a major mess. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 and are about to make it nine of 12 as they’re getting blown out tonight on the road at Villanova.Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was so frustrated, he decided he wasn’t going to stick around for the entire game. Instead, Gibbs got himself ejected for punching Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face. Ouch. That’s blatantly flagrant and sort of surprising considering Gibbs’ reputation as a solid citizen. All in all, not a good day for the Pirates.
aptn InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Do you vote? That’s one of the hottest debates among Indigenous peoples in this federal election campaign.Indigenous scholars shared their views recently at a forum hosted by the University of Winnipeg. Watch for yourself and then decide if you’ll cast a ballot.Then we look back at what brought about the resignation of the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. That same issue has surfaced again for the federal election.Which party will win the Indigenous vote? We begin that discussion in this InFocus season premier.
OTTAWA – The federal Liberals have promised to build in safeguards to make sure this week’s stunning deal between Bombardier and European rival Airbus helps — and doesn’t hurt — Canada’s aerospace industry.Airbus wants to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries commercial planes, whose future has been in question after U.S. officials proposed a hefty 300 per cent import duty on the jet program.The two plane makers hope that by working together, they can skirt the duties by building CSeries planes for U.S. customers in Alabama instead of outside the U.S.But the proposal, which still needs federal approval, has raised questions about whether it will result in job losses in Quebec, where Bombardier is based, and weaken Canada’s aerospace industry.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains promised Tuesday that the Trudeau government would require several long-term promises from Airbus before signing off on the deal.Sources say those undertakings were negotiated in advance by the government and Airbus, and include keeping 100 per cent of those employed at Bombardier’s main CSeries assembly plant in Mirabel, Que.Airbus would also keep and even expand production at the Mirabel plant, which is currently running under capacity, while also adding an assembly line in Alabama to meet demand from U.S. customers.Canada will also become the company’s fifth “home base,” and first outside Europe, to allow Canadian industry to tap into the company’s supply chain, while the CSeries headquarters will remain in Quebec.The European company will also take over repayment of the federal government’s $372-million loan to Bombardier for research and development of the 100- to 150-seat commercial planes.“I oversee this process,” Bains said outside the House of Commons, “and I will make sure we get the maximum economic benefit for Canadians.”But one question remains: how long Airbus will be required to maintain employment and production levels under the agreement, and whether Canada will continue to benefit after that period has expired.Bains said the government was looking for “long-term production guarantees in Canada” that would run “at least a minimum of 20 to 25 years,” though an official said that was still to be negotiated.The minister was more guarded about employment levels, though he hoped the deal result in thousands of CSeries planes being ordered and built in Montreal.“We think the potential sales opportunity in this segment is up to 6,000 over the next 20 to 25 years,” he said.“So that means there’ll be stable, predictable production opportunities in the Mirabel facility … and that means more jobs, up to 5,000 jobs in that facility.”Peter Glossop, a foreign investment lawyer with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, said most government-imposed undertakings run for three years when a foreign company takes over a Canadian entity.That means the foreign company can basically do whatever it wants once the time period expires, including cut jobs in Canada.But shutting down or slashing production at the Mirabel plant could be difficult given its expertise with the CSeries, he said, which could ensure its sustainability over the long run.“There’s lots of embedded know-how in Canada, so just shutting all that down would be quite difficult,” Glossop said. “These people know how to build them.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to turn off the oil taps in a fight with British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada — or both — but says her government is ready to pass legislation to make it happen.“Our key focus is getting people’s attention on the matter,” Notley told a news conference Thursday prior to the speech from the throne to open the next session of the legislature.“We’re not interested in creating any kind of crisis in any way, shape or form. We’re going to be measured. We’re going to be careful.”The $7.9-billion pipeline expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government.Alberta has already imposed and pulled back on a ban of wine from B.C., but Notley said the government will not stand for further delays and harassment.She said the project is vital to Alberta and to the rest of Canada, and the country is forgoing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenue due to pipeline bottlenecks.“There are many tools that we also have between our previous wine ban and this tool,” said Notley.“All we are doing is making sure that our tools are at the ready, because it is important for Albertans to understand that we are going to stand up to protect the interests of Albertans on this matter.”Notley said the province is looking at taking action on oil and natural gas.Each day, Alberta currently exports 44,000 barrels per day of gasoline and 47,000 barrels of diesel to B.C., representing more than 20 per cent of its total production.Alberta exports 2.4 billion cubic feet per day of marketable natural gas to B.C. per day, representing one quarter of its production. About 17 per cent of those exports are used by B.C., with the rest going to the United States.Notley’s announcement echoes action taken in 1980 by former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed in a showdown with the federal government.Lougheed announced phased cuts to oil flows amounting to 15 per cent over nine months as well as the cancellation of two large oilsands developments after Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals brought in the national energy program with its price controls, new taxes, and revenue sharing.The two sides brokered a compromise after Lougheed turned off the taps.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman responded to Notley by saying the province will continue to defend its interests when it comes to protecting the environment.“I see no reason for the government of Alberta to take any action when all B.C. has been doing is standing up for our interests,” he said in Victoria.“We’re proposing some regulations that are well within our jurisdiction. We’re determined to defend our environment, our economy and our coast line.”Heyman said B.C. would expect the dispute to be settled in court.“We’ve tried to be the adults in the room here,” said Heyman.Alberta Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney has been pushing Notley for weeks to take a tougher stance with pipeline opponents, including revisiting Lougheed’s moves.“(This) is exactly the strategy I advocated since Day One. And the premier mocked and ridiculed that idea right up until the last few days,” said Kenney.“We’re setting the agenda and they’re responding.”Notley brought in a ban on B.C. wine in early February after B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it would not allow increased oil shipments through the province until it had reviewed oil spill safety.Notley lifted the ban on Feb. 22 after Horgan said his government would not block extra oil while it asked the courts to determine if B.C. has the authority to take the action it was planning.Notley and the federal government have stated that the law is clear and Ottawa alone has ultimate jurisdiction on interprovincial pipelines.Kenney said Notley pulled back too quickly on the wine ban, and said he remains skeptical she will still do what is necessary to get the pipeline built.“So far this looks like a pro wrestling match between two wings of the NDP, a choreographed fake fight. If they (Notley’s government) are really serious about this, they’ll back it up with action,” he said.
For Tickets; CLICK HEREFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society presents ‘She Kills Monsters’ a comedy written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Ted Sloan.The story behind the play is set in the ’90s with Agnes Evans who is totally average until her family dies in a terrible car crash. Agnes finds herself alone, with a Dungeons & Dragons adventure that her geeky little sister Tilly left behind. Agnes recruits a teenaged “Dungeon Master” to walk her through the campaign. The story then dives into a world of supermodel elves, warrior demons and other D&D monsters. Agnes learns to fight, how to heal, and discovers the sister she never really knew. She Kills Monsters is a geeky comedy, full of professionally choreographed combat, that relays the importance of empowerment and acceptance.The performance takes place at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Feb 22, 23, 28 and March 1st and 2nd. Shows start at 7:30 pm and the cost of tickets are $25.
New Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested two staffers of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for cheating and unauthorized money transaction from the office. The law enforcement agency said that the scam was not revealed earlier as the audit of the office had not been done for the last 10 years.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the news and said that after a proper investigation accused Prem Prakash (Lower Division Clerk) and MTS Basant Lal were arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to EOW, a case was registered on the complaint of Raghu Prakash an official from the Chemical Department in Archaeological Survey of India, wherein he alleged that LDC Prem Prakash and MTS Basant Lal were involved in embezzlement of government money on the basis of forgery of salary bills, TA, DA bills and bills of vendors who supply chemicals and other articles to the office. Police further said that during the course of the investigation, it came to light that alleged Prem Prakash had prepared fake login IDs of the PFMS of Chemist Department of ASI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He prepared forged bills of office sent to PAO office through PFMS and physical forms. These were got sanctioned by the PAO with the assistance of the staff,” said senior police official. Through this modus operandi, around Rs. 9.5 crore were embezzled from the government account since 2010. In the complaint, the ASI official told police that they came to know about a bill from private enterprises which was returned by pay and accounts office of ASI in New Delhi. On enquiry, it has been noticed that the bill was not generated with the knowledge of staff and officers of Science branch. “It is also confirmed that none of the items against the above bill has been purchased and received. The matter was investigated and it is found that documents like sanction order, estimate provision, comparative statement, supply order, note sheet and account details of vendor were attached along the bill. However these documents appear to be forged,” complainant told police. The further investigation in the issue led to the fraud done by the accused.
Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick (left) and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall were college teammates. (Facebook/John Leyba/The Denver Post/Getty Images)It’s been four months since quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and despite his stellar performance stats, he remains unsigned.Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall is one of the latest NFL stars to sound off on Kaepernick’s continued free agency, which began following a season of the former University of Nevada-Reno star protesting the oppression of Black people in America by originally sitting, then, later, taking a knee during the national anthem.“Maybe the owners are scared of having that distraction on the team or maybe fans boycott the games or whatever case it may be,” Marshall said to Altitude Sports Network Tuesday, June 6. “Honestly, if everybody really sat and looked at the reasons why he did it, he didn’t hurt nobody.“They act like he hit his girlfriend or got a DUI or something like that,” Marshall said, conjuring thoughts of former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd, who was arrested for a DUI in 2016 and later signed with the Minnesota Vikings. “It’s almost like they’re shunning him worse than they do the people that get arrested, and I think it’s ridiculous. …“Colin, he’s done so much for the community. He was named top 100 most influential person [by Time magazine]. I think, ‘Why wouldn’t you want that? That exhibits leadership.’”Kaepernick’s most notable accomplishments with the 49ers include leading the team to the Super Bowl in 2013 and throwing 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions with what Marshall called a “terrible team” in 2016.“I saw something where he had a 90 passer rating, higher than [Los Angeles Chargers QB] Philip Rivers and [New York Giants QB] Eli Manning,” Marshall said. “I see these stats and numbers, and you know they say numbers don’t lie, right?“So, I mean, what’s the real issue is the question.”Marshall’s teammate, tight end Virgil Green, believes Kaepernick choosing to exercise his First Amendment rights is the cause of his continued free agency. Kaepernick recently worked out for the Seattle Seahawks but ultimately wasn’t signed. There also were rumors that the Broncos, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns were considering him but nothing ever materialized.“Kap is a great quarterback,” Green told reporters Tuesday. “He is a smart quarterback. He is very competitive. It is kind of shocking that he is not on a team. But, at the same time, there are a lot of different opinions and viewpoints out there, and they don’t all agree with Kap.“It’s something that I think he has to deal with, but ultimately, I do think he should be a quarterback in the National Football League.”
Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer couldn’t believe what he was looking at on the podium during his postgame press conference.It was the stat sheet from No. 6 Ohio State’s dramatic, come-from-behind 39-38 victory against No. 2 Penn State in front of 109,302 people at Ohio Stadium Saturday. The paper said the nation’s top running back and Heisman Trophy front-runner Saquon Barkley was limited to 44 rushing yards on 21 carries.“Is this right?” Meyer asked. Yes, it was. And it was the performance Ohio State’s defense had to have against the country’s premier playmaker. In a night where so many calls didn’t go the Buckeyes’ way, the defense bent, but never broke and ended up being the force that broke the hearts of the Penn State sideline.“We were shooting ourselves in the foot a lot of the times, so we definitely knew that it wasn’t those guys beating us,” junior linebacker Jerome Baker said. “It was really just beating ourselves.”Two second-quarter pass interference penalties turned into touchdowns on the next play for Penn State. Junior cornerback Denzel Ward’s third-quarter interception in the end zone was overturned for a Penn State touchdown on the most pivotal play at that point in the game. Through all that, the Ohio State defense lit its own light out of darkness.Ohio State trailed 35-20 entering the fourth quarter and couldn’t afford any mistakes. On the first drive, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the ball in Ohio State territory, dimming the outlook of any possibility of a comeback.The next play, redshirt junior linebacker Dante Booker tackled Barkley for a 7-yard loss on first down and the Buckeyes eventually forced the Nittany Lions into a three-and-out. That’s when the defense created its own break. Ward rushed the punter unblocked, stuffing the kick and Booker recovered the kick in Penn State territory, dramatically shifting the momentum.Penn State nearly put the game away on its next drive, marching down to the Ohio State 7-yard line. At a make-or-break point in the game, Ohio State’s defense came through with a goal-line stand, forcing a field goal when a touchdown likely would have dashed the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff aspirations.Still down 38-27 with 5:37 on the clock, Ohio State’s offense was only going to have a shot at winning the game if the defense forced two straight three-and-outs.That’s exactly what happened.Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker (17) combines for a tackle with redshirt sophomore cornerback Damon Arnette (3) on Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the second quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorRedshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard met Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley at the mesh point for a 7-yard loss on first down, recording one of nine tackles for loss on Barkley to pin the Nittany Lions back to their own 8-yard line and force a punt. Once Ohio State regained the lead with 1:45 remaining, the defense had to make another stop with Penn State starting its drive on its own 41.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked McSorley on second down and the once-undefeated Nittany Lions didn’t gain a single yard.“That last four plays really sums up what we got, four of the best D-linemen in the country,” Hubbard said. “We knew if we got them in that situation, we were going to close the game.”The Buckeyes held Penn State to 4-of-9 passing for 50 yards and 14 rushing yards on 10 carries in the fourth quarter. Ohio State recorded 13 tackles for loss in the game, including five in the fourth quarter.To win, the Buckeyes could not allow Barkley to beat them. He had his impact on special teams, but his impact on the ground was annihilated outside of his 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Barkley’s 2.1 yard per carry average was his lowest of the season. He entered the game averaging 6.2 yards per carry.Meyer said he was worried about Barkley’s catching ability. The Buckeyes held him to 23 yards on four receptions.“We basically wanted to hit Saquon basically every play,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said. “We knew that give him any type of daylight, if you don’t build that wall, as you seen on the long run he had, don’t build that wall and he’s going to get in the open field and nine times out of 10, score. He capitalized off that and after that, we didn’t give him much. The big thing was stop that.”The defensive line stalwarts of Hubbard, Holmes, Tyquan Lewis, Nick Bosa and Dre’Mont Jones exposed a Nittany Lion offensive line that couldn’t protect its versatile quarterback or invaluable running back. Ohio State made the late-game defensive stops with immense pressure on McSorley, showing that the defensive line’s dominance can subdue any deficiencies the Buckeyes have in pass coverage.The game was far from perfect, but the defensive performance when it counted most was nearly flawless.
Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPlaying their final home game in Ohio Stadium, Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett and 18 other seniors ran roughshod on Illinois. The Fighting Illini seemed powerless to stop an Ohio State offense, which dropped 38 points before the starting unit was subbed out with six minutes to go in the second quarter. By that time, the Illini offense had accumulated just 25 yards.“It’s not a goodbye because we have a lot of ball in front of us,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “But it was an opportunity for our seniors to tip their hat to the class, best fans in the land.”The Buckeyes’ first-team offense retook the field after defensive back Ahmari Hayes picked up backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ fumble and returned it 54 yards for Illinois’ first score of the game. But after a 12-yard tight end Marcus Baugh touchdown reception, the starters headed to the bench for a final time as No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) coasted to a 52-14 victory against Illinois (2-9, 0-9 Big Ten) Saturday at Ohio Stadium.The victory clinched the Big Ten East for Ohio State and set up a matchup between the Buckeyes and Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship on Dec. 2.“The message in the locker room was get out and get out fast,” redshirt senior center Billy Price said. “Take care of the ball, execute at a high level. We had a good game plan going in, we knew what they were going to do.”In his final home game, Barrett completed 11-of-19 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown, an 11-yard pass to sophomore wideout Binjimen Victor, gave him 100 passing touchdowns, making him the first quarterback in program history to reach the century mark. Barrett added five rushes for 33 yards and a touchdown. Ohio State’s offense racked up 543 yards, surpassing the 500-yard mark for the ninth time this season.Victor caught a second touchdown later in the game when Haskins hit him for a 21-yard score in the left side of the end zone. Redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell caught three passes for a team-leading 59 yards. He also took a reverse for 44 yards.Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber led the team with 11 carries for 108 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown for Ohio State’s first score of the game and a 43-yard touchdown dash later in the first quarter. The Buckeyes scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, a feat the Illini have not achieved once the entire season. Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins added 12 rushes for 51 yards and a 1-yard touchdown rush.“I will continue to tell y’all, if you get the running game going, everything else opens up,” Price said.Meyer attributed much of the ground-game improvement to the offensive line.“Most improved unit on our team,” Meyer said. “The leadership, the cohesiveness of that group led by their unit leader, [offensive line] coach [Greg Studrawa], has been very noticeable. It was not the strength of our team a year ago. It’s the strength of our team right now. We all know that teams that go to compete with what’s coming up down the road, you have to have a powerful offensive line. The Illinois offense stood no chance against the Buckeyes, either. The Illini accumulated just 105 yards, less yards than in any single game since at least 2000. The visiting team did not pick up a first-down until running back Dre Brown rushed 10 yards to move the chains with 3:37 remaining in the first half.“Defense was dominant,” Meyer said, succinctly. “They did what they had to do.”Ohio State ended the first quarter with 28 points, while the Illini had just 16 yards. The only statistical category Illinois held an advantage in was penalty yards. The visitors were penalized four times for 30 yards in the opening quarter, while the Buckeyes were not flagged.Haskins went 5-for-8 for 77 yards, including one touchdown. He also rushed eight times for 23 yards. The Buckeyes will look to extend its win streak in the final regular-season game of the season when they take on Michigan at noon Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan.