March 26, 2018 Police Blotter

first_imgMarch 26, 2018 Police Blotter052618 Decatur County Fire Report052618 Decatur County EMS Report052618 Decatur County Law Report052618 Decatur County Jail Report052618 Ripley County Jail Report052618 Ripley County 911 Reportlast_img

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Badgers ready to storm Indianapolis

first_imgMarch is here, and the Big Ten is ready to jump into the Madness.With conference tournaments already underway, the 14th edition of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament begins today in the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.With many bracket pundits predicting as many as six Big Ten teams to go on to the NCAA Tournament, half of the league enters this playoff battling for their lives.But for third-seeded Wisconsin, whose fate in the Big Dance rests not on the conference tournament, there’s no shortage of motivation.“We’re going down there to win the thing,” first-team All-Big Ten forward Jon Leuer said. “It’s [been] one of our goals before the season started. Obviously we wanted to win the Big Ten regular season; we didn’t get a chance to do that, so now we have a new opportunity in front of us.”Being the third seed, Wisconsin receives a first-round bye. The Badgers open their postseason on Friday afternoon against the winner of the Indiana-Penn State game, which is played today.Wisconsin enters the tournament after suffering its most lopsided victory of the season. Ohio State converted an NCAA record 14-of-15 3-pointers in a 93-65 victory over the Badgers at home last Sunday.But fellow first-team All-Big Ten guard Jordan Taylor calmly dismissed any notion of a hangover by citing the team’s performance last year, when the team’s fortunes were reversed.Wisconsin ended the year with an encouraging 72-57 road win against Illinois to end the regular season, but the Badgers followed that with a 58-54 loss to the Illini in the conference tournament and a second-round exit in the NCAA tournament.Taylor knows UW’s season finale has no further bearing on the team’s postseason now that it’s over.“Last year we went in and beat Illinois on the road in the last game of the regular season, and we didn’t play that well in the postseason,” Taylor said. “[The Ohio State game] was a pretty big loss in terms of the point spread – it’s in the past, and you got to go to the next one, so all of us have already put it behind us.”En route to a 13-5 Big Ten record, the Badgers beat all 10 of their conference opponents at least once during the record season and went 4-3 against ranked conference foes. Wisconsin swept Indiana and traded victories with Penn State this year.Thursday’s game between the Hoosiers and Nittany Lions begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Its conclusion will give the Badgers about 24 hours to prepare.According to sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz, in the three days of preparation the team has had since its loss against Ohio State, the Badgers have prepared for both PSU and IU, spending Tuesday preparing for the former and Wednesday the latter.“We’ve been doing both teams, Penn State and Indiana, and we’ve been working on stuff for ourselves as well,” Bruesewitz said. “I think so far we’ve had two really good days of practice.”Wisconsin met with Indiana as recently as one week ago, where Taylor produced the third-highest scoring performance in UW history with 39 in a 77-67 win on the road.The Badgers and Nittany Lions last clashed on Feb. 19 at the Kohl Center, where Wisconsin came out on top in a 76-66 result. PSU guard Talor Battle scored 23 points in that game, and Taylor knows players like Battle can’t be taken lightly in the postseason.“Talor Battle’s been one of the best players in the Big Ten for four years now, and he’s never even been to an NCAA Tournament,” Taylor said. “I’m sure he wants nothing more than to get there, so I’m sure [Penn State is] going to throw everything they have at Indiana first and then at us if they get to us.”And though Taylor has enjoyed two trips to the NCAA tournament already, there’s no lack of motivation for the junior who is winless in the conference playoffs.“I’ve never won a game at the Big Ten Tournament, so I want to get at least one this year. It’s a pretty big deal for me,” he said.last_img read more

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B.C.’s LNG industry has a bright future ahead, according to President of the B.C. LNG Alliance

first_imgKeen added, “It’s urgent we get this right, as the window of opportunity to sell B.C. LNG into the global market is closing quickly,” said Keane. “After 60 years of natural gas exports to the U.S., there is declining demand for our product there.”Keen noted that companies preparing to make a Final Investment Decision do so in the context of the global LNG market and require clarity, certainty and a competitive fiscal environment that recognizes the sizeable technical and financial challenges of very large and complex projects with significant risk.“B.C. has a world class resource, robust environmental protection, incredibly talented people, great education and health care systems and a stable political environment.” Keane concluded. “Our members want to invest in British Columbia.”Members of the Alliance include: Kitimat LNG (Chevron Canada and Apache Canada); LNG Canada (Shell Canada Energy, PetroChina, KOGAS and Mitsubishi Corporation); Pacific NorthWest LNG (PETRONAS, JAPEX, Indian Oil Corporation, Sinopec and Petroleum Brunei); Prince Rupert LNG (BG Canada); Triton LNG (AltaGas and Idemitsu Canada) and Woodfibre LNG (Pacific Oil and Gas).Advertisement “The new LNG industry in British Columbia is not a forgone conclusion,” Keane said. “If LNG is to be viable in this province, our industry, along with each level of government, will have to make some difficult decisions in order to cross the finish line.”The projects proposed by the Alliance’s members is said to constitute the largest investment ever seen in B.C.The six projects represent a total potential investment ranging in tens of billions of dollars, just for the liquefaction plants alone, according to the B.C. LNG Alliance.- Advertisement -The alliance goes on to say investments in pipelines and upstream production facilities would add billions more to the total.The alliance estimates up to 4,000 new jobs could be created to construct each large-scale LNG plant, while thousands of new and permanent jobs would be required to operate the plants and support the industry.“We need to find the right balance that enables British Columbians to get fair value for their resource while ensuring our industry can compete in world markets over the long term,” Keane said. “There are challenges, but they are not insurmountable.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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