Photo Courtesy of Tom TohillMany people love to hate dams because they destroy native ecosystems, severely diminish the wilderness character of rivers, and displace anyone living downstream. And the power they generate usually just gets dumped into the grid for everyone’s use, which brings scant benefit to the locals who are most affected. Dams that are (mis)managed for the benefit of giant corporations over actual people are the worst of all, because often the recreational benefits they can provide are discounted or ignored entirely just to wring the last possible dollar out of all that rushing water.Such appears to be the case with the Ocoee River in Tennessee. As the nation’s most popular whitewater river—some 250,000 people visit each year for rafting, canoeing, and kayaking—you’d think the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) would continue to support whitewater releases from the dam it operates there. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. According to the Ocoee River Council, the TVA wants $1.8 million annually to continue returning water to the riverbed for recreation after the current contract for water releases expires in March 2019. And it’s even worse than that; the TVA is insisting on payment upfront, which means outfitters would have to obtain a $9 million loan to secure water releases for five years. Add at least another $2 million for interest and closing costs, and the price would climb to $11 million or more, an enormous sum that likely would have to be paid for by rafting fee increases of $8-10 per person on the Middle Ocoee. That might not sound like much, but outfitters justifiably fear it would drive away customers, which would force additional price increases in a self-defeating downward spiral.“The cost to users of paying for lost power to obtain water releases is not sustainable, even if it were half the price TVA wants,” says David Brown, a spokesman for the American Outdoors Association. He also noted that outfitters would be hard-pressed to secure such a large loan with just a five-year time horizon. The upshot: recreational river usage would nose-dive and many outfitters could go out of business, taking with them some $43 million in annual economic benefits and 622 full-time-job equivalents within 60 miles of the river—not to mention a slice of irreplaceable outdoor recreation.“The Ocoee is a public resource,” Brown says. “It’s not that outfitters aren’t going to pay fees—they have been for years—but it’s who they pay fees to and whether they’re reasonable. There has to be some consideration for recreation.”The Ocoee is one of the only rivers in the Southeast where recreation is not part of the dam’s license. That’s because, unlike other power companies, the TVA is a federally owned corporation created by congressional charter in 1933. Unfortunately for rafting companies and their clients, its projects aren’t licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which requires most utilities to provide equal opportunities for recreation without reimbursement for lost power.TVA Spokesman Jim Hopson says it’s only “fair” that outfitters pay up. “When the TVA diverts water for power production, there’s a cost associated with that to serve 9 million people across the river valley. We’re working with the rafting companies to determine the most fair and equitable approach, but we have to make sure that the TVA’s rate payers aren’t burdened.” Except the “burden” would be trivial; the TVA reportedly has pegged the cost of recreational releases at less than 1/50th of 1 percent of its annual revenue. Hopson refused to confirm that number, but he did admit that the cost “isn’t a significant portion” of the TVA’s earnings. So it’s clear that power rate hikes would be minimal and could easily be absorbed by the TVA itself if it’s that concerned about its customers.Jack Wise, CEO and co-owner of Ocoee River outfitter Wildwater, notes that if the TVA gets its way, companies like his will have no choice but to raise prices or cut overhead. Either option would take a toll on the river experience for paying customers, and outfitters would be forced to renegotiate a contract every five years, making long-term business planning nearly impossible. The TVA is “going to ruin an economic driver for Southeast Tennessee,” Wise says.Preventing that will require new legislation. Wise encourages concerned paddlers to contact congressional representatives and ask that TVA recognize whitewater recreation as a purpose of the Ocoee dam and provide releases at least consistent with the current schedule. He believes recreation on one of the East’s iconic rivers is worth fighting for.
BREAKING Exclusive: TWO MEN have been arrested by Gardai following attempted burglaries and car break-ins overnight.Officers raided a house in Buncrana today following thefts from cars and attempted house burglaries in the Cloncool estate.Two men have been taken to the town’s Garda station for questioning. They were detained in the same area where the crimes took place.The incident follows growing anger across County Donegal at raids on pensioners homes.The Ballyshannon armed Regional Response Unit is still hunting a gang which robbed 77-year-old Gerry McDevitt in Glenties on Thursday.The gang made off with his shotgun. It’s understood Gardai are working around the clock to trace the gang behind a spate of attacks in east Donegal. BREAKING NEWS: SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN GARDA BURGLARY INVESTIGATIONS was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestsbuncranaburglariesGardaTHEFTS
Liverpool legend Rush: West Ham kid Rice better than Stonesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Ian Rush has no doubts about the potential of West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rush feels that Rice, who has just penned a new deal, is on a similar path to Manchester City defender John Stones who made a £50m move to the Etihad in 2016 after breaking into the Everton team as a teenager.”He reminds me of John Stones, when he was Everton,” he said on beIN Sports.”I think Rice is a better player, at that age. Whether [he plays for] England or Ireland, it’s up to him to decide. He’s come on a lot. For me, he’s a centre-back. He can play the holding midfield role as well. To be at his best, for me he’s a ball-playing centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Leicester boss Rodgers leaps to defend Choudhuryby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has leapt to the defence of Hamza Choudhury after his tackle on Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.Salah was forced off minutes before the the end of the Reds’ dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Anfield on Saturday after being caught on the left ankle by a poor challenge from Choudhury.“I don’t think it was a really bad challenge,” said the former Liverpool boss. “Mohamed Salah is coming inside and the speed he travels and Hamza is coming back.“I have tried to look at it but the camera is quite a way away. The emotion of the game, it might seem worse than it was.“He is an honest boy, Hamza, he makes challenges but I don’t think there was anything malicious.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Spring football is underway in Columbus, and today Ohio State linemen took part in some intense one-on-one drills. OSU posted video of offensive lineman Brandon Bowden going against Rashod Berry, who recently moved from tight end to defensive line. Things are getting pretty intense already for the Buckeyes.According to the caption, Bowden was given the win, but Berry, who was giving up about 75 pounds in the matchup, seemed to hold his own as well.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>
The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team lost, 71-57, to the No. 23 Nebraksa Cornhuskers in their its final regular season game of 2011-12 campaign Sunday. After senior guard Samantha Prahalis scored the first basket of the game, OSU (24-5, 11-5) fell behind early. The Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6) capitalized on the Buckeyes poor shooting and ten turnovers in the first half and went on a 15-1 run. At the end of the half, OSU was shooting 10-of-27, and trailing, 39-29. The second half didn’t see the score improve for the Buckeyes. The 10-point first half deficit reached 16 in the second, after an OSU turnover led to a layup by freshman guard Brandi Jeffery, to make the score 52-36, at 12:08 in the second half. The Cornhuskers maintained the lead and finished the game with a 71-57 victory. The Buckeyes had 17 turnovers and shot 33 percent from the field. Prahalis led OSU in scoring with 18 points and added three assists. Junior guard Tayler Hill contributed 16 points. Prahalis’ three assists make her four shy of becoming the all-time Big Ten assist leader. Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly had 892 assists from 1989-1993 The Cornhuskers were led by freshman forward Emily Cady with 24 points. The loss also iced any hope the Buckeyes had of clinching a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Following their defeat, OSU heads to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tournament. Before the game, OSU has clinched the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will play at 11:30 a.m. Friday against the of the winner of the Michigan-Wisconsin game.
Ohio State freshman guard Musa Jallow (2) explains a turnover in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State sophomore guard Musa Jallow has been named one of 32 players participating in the USA Men’s U18 National Team Training Camp this summer in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jallow is the only NCAA freshman from the 2017-18 season expected to attend the camp.Prior to last season, Jallow reclassified as a member of the 2017 class, starting his college career one season early. Coming to Columbus as a three-star recruit, he was ranked as the No. 149 overall prospect in the 2017 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. In his first season with the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard played in 14 minutes per game, including 10 starts during the 2017-18 season. He averaged 2.5 points per game, shooting 39.2 percent from the field.The final roster for the USA Men’s U18 National Team will be announced on June 2 The team will then travel to Ontario, Canada, to participate in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from June 10-16.
The Buckeyes walk toward the bench after the game against Purdue on Jan. 23. Ohio State lost 79-67. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn its past five games, facing five Big Ten opponents, Ohio State has failed to win a game. Chris Holtmann has not been through a stretch like this since his first season as the head coach at Gardner Webb, leading the Runnin’ Bulldogs through a nine-game losing streak during the 2010-11 season. Ohio State has not been through a stretch like this since the 1997-98 season in which the Buckeyes recorded a 17-game losing streak, ending the season with an 8-22 record. The head coach knows where the problems lie for Ohio State. The offense has not scored more than 70 points since Jan. 5, averaging just under 63 points per game in the past four games. On the other end, the defense has given up fewer than 70 points once during the five-game losing stretch, allowing opponents to shoot over 40 percent from the field in each of those games while Maryland and Purdue have combined to make 23-of-41 attempts from 3 in the past two games. “There are some definite common themes, but I think when you are struggling, you plug a hole and the other one seems to pop up,” Holtmann said. Senior guard C.J. Jackson summed up the feelings of the Ohio State players and coaching staff: Nobody wants to lose. However, he said the approach in the locker room is still positive and Ohio State knows specifically what time of the game it needs to improve in. “Each game’s pretty much going to come down how the last couple of games, the last couple of possessions that hurt us in the first half, that hurt us in the second half, which ended up hurting us in the win column,” Jackson said. “So we just have to stay positive, stay ready and keep learning from our past experiences.” Ohio State will try and learn from its past five losses Saturday against Nebraska. Projected StartersOhio State (12-6, 2-5 Big Ten)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 7.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 9.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 15.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 apgNebraska (13-6, 3-5 Big Ten)G — James Palmer Jr. — Senior, 19.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.3 apgG — Glynn Watson Jr. — Senior, 13.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.8 apgG — Thomas Allen — Sophomore, 8.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Isaac Copeland Jr. — Senior, 14.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Isaiah Roby — Junior, 10.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apgMuch like Ohio State, Nebraska has had a difficult time returning to Big Ten play in 2019. The Cornhuskers have lost four of their past six games, including their past two against then-No. 6 Michigan State and Rutgers. However, unlike Ohio State, Nebraska has age on its side. The Cornhuskers have three seniors in their starting lineup, each averaging double-digit point totals. Nebraska is led by senior guard James Palmer Jr., who leads the team with 19.4 points per game. But he is shooting only 39.1 percent from the field, leading the Cornhuskers with 274 shot attempts, 69 more than any other player on the roster. Despite inconsistencies from its leading scorer, Nebraska has five players with more than 20 steals, with sophomore guard Thomas Allen leading the team with 33. The Cornhuskers’ plus-4.3 turnover margin per game is No. 12 in the NCAA.Jackson said taking care of the ball will be something that is vital to the success of Ohio State against Nebraska, especially for an Ohio State team that is averaging 12.7 turnovers per game. “That’s probably one of the major keys for us is taking care of the ball,” Jackson said. “Against teams in the Big Ten, that kind of puts you in a bad position already, so we have to take care of the ball, especially in a hostile environment with how it is going to be tomorrow.” Nebraska’s forwards — junior Isaiah Roby and senior Isaac Copeland Jr. — have been very consistent for the team in the paint, each shooting over 50 percent from the field and averaging more than 5.5 rebounds per game. Without a big sample size in true road games, splitting the four games it has played as a visitor, Ohio State has the opportunity to change its momentum against an opponent going through similar losing ways. Jackson said it will take the Buckeyes returning to what brought them success in nonconference play. “We just have to be who we are and get back to doing the things that made us successful earlier in the season, which is playing defense and getting stops; being good teammates, celebrating together, all that,” Jackson said.“Once that translates on the defensive end, offense obviously comes with it.”This will have to be against an experienced Nebraska starting five that is motivated, according to Holtmann. But an addition to the win column is something the Ohio State head coach said he needs to start plugging the holes that this five-game losing streak has created. “A win affects everything: mood, confidence, all that kind of thing,” Holtmann said. Ohio State will take on the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska at noon on Saturday.
It said no additional paperwork is needed to get the extension.