zoom In light of the overcapacity issue currently causing the majority of woes in the shipping industry, this year could be the busiest year on record in ship recycling, as the total amount of scrapped tonnage in 2016 is likely to increase to some 40 million dwt, compared to 30 million dwt which were demolished in 2015, according to BIMCO’s forecasts.Therefore, more end-of-life tonnage could hit the South Asian beaches of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. The first quarter of 2016 saw a scrapping spree, as 239 large commercial vessels were sold for dismantling, out of which 189 were beached in South Asia, according to the information collected and analysed by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.The driving force behind the increased number of scrapped tonnage is the price difference between clean and safe recycling and worst yards in South Asia, NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director, Patrizia Heidegger, tells World Maritime News.NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director, Patrizia HeideggerHeidegger: As the prices for scrap steel are still comparatively low in South Asia, the price gap has become smaller in 2015, but even if the price gap between, for instance, a yard in China and a beaching yard in South Asia is less than USD 50 per ton, most ship owners will still opt for the highest price, that is, the worst yard.So this is nothing new: European, American and Chinese ship recycling yards cannot grow their capacity as ship owners are unwilling to calculate in the cost of proper recycling.The price gap fluctuates strongly, in particular as the price offered for end-of-life vessels in South Asia is highly volatile. It has been less than USD 200 per LTD, but also close to USD 500 per LTD. In Europe, a ship recycling yard can offer more than USD 100, but this also depends on the age and type of the vessels and the amount of hazardous waste on board.WMN: How would you define the overall situation at these shipbreaking yards? Has there been any improvement with regard to safety and working conditions? Where is the situation in this respect the worst?Heidegger: Based on our findings, the situation is the worst in Bangladesh where the workers dismantle the vessels on an intertidal mudflat and cannot even wear protective shoes. Illegal child workers is still a major issue that is completely denied by both the shipbreaking industry and government. Like Pakistan, the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh has no access to hazardous waste management facilities, for instance, an asbestos landfill, incinerators and proper water treatment plants, thus all hazardous wastes are dumped or re-sold.The situation has improved in India, however, the Indian government has not been willing to move the industry to modern industrial platforms. Law enforcement with regards to pollution, hazardous waste management, occupational health and safety and basic workers’ rights in India remains weak. The Alang shipbreaking yards, for instance, do not offer accommodation to the workers, there is a lack of proper sanitation and access to drinking water, and there is no proper hospital available in case of severe accidents. The Indian shipbreaking cluster is completely sealed off from any kind of public scrutiny and does not have to undergo environmental impact assessments.WMN: How are the governments of Pakistan, Bangladesh and India battling the issues arising from beaching?Heidegger: The governments in South Asia need to properly enforce their own laws and international obligations. They need to understand that only sustainable development is beneficial to their societies, while the perpetuation of exploitation and environmental pollution mainly benefits international companies rather than local communities and their own populations. The younger generation in South Asia is fed up with pollution and the sellout of their country to foreign business interests and to the profits of a few local business people. The pressure on the governments in South Asia and in Europe to regulate the negative impacts of global economy is growing and this gives us hope that things will ultimately change.WMN: The European shipowners recently visited the Indian beaching yards to assess to what extent operations in intertidal zones can be sustainable and thus be potentially compliant with the provisions of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. In your opinion, can a tangible progress be seen at these yards and can beaching ever be compliant with the EU provisions?Heidegger: We believe that beaching is a substandard method of shipbreaking that was meant to phase out already ten years ago. It is a wrong approach to try and improve something which will never fulfill all requirements. We ask European ship owners to invest in modern ship recycling facilities off the beach. State-of-the-art ship recycling facilities can be highly efficient and sustainable at the same time, and this is where the future is to be found.The concerns relate to various issues such as the environmental impact of toxic paints and impossible spill remediation in the intertidal zone; release of debris by use of gravity method; occupational health and safety concerns such as lack of access for emergency response; lack of government overview and law enforcement; intransparency of shipbreaking industry and access denied to NGOs, researchers and the media; working and living conditions of migrant day labourers; as well as lack of hospital facility.WMN: In February, Danish shipping company Maersk Group said it would commit to creating more responsible recycling operations in Alang, India. Does NGO Shipbreaking Platform have any updates on the works that Maersk is performing? Are any other major companies expected to follow in Maersk’s footsteps?Heidegger: Two Maersk vessels have arrived in Alang and are being beached and dismantled now. Maersk’s big mistake apart from stalling the beaching method, which they would never be allowed to use in Denmark, anywhere else in Europe, China or Japan, is that they have sold end-of-life vessels to a yard in Alang before they are able to implement improvements. We fully disapprove of an approach based on ‘trial and error’.One example: the environmental assessment of the chosen yard has been done by a doubtful local company that has found ‘nil’ pollution with copper, which is very common in ship paints. Neither the certifier of this yard, ClassNK, nor Maersk, have questioned and reacted to the lack of proper sampling and impact assessment. It is sad that one of the world’s leading shipping companies has abandoned its formerly progressive ship recycling policy including its cooperation with some of the world’s most modern ship recycling facilities in China.Obviously, other ship owners will use this as an excuse to continue to use the beaching method. Maersk was a role model to follow when it had its vessels recycled in China. This was a strong incentive for others to follow its good example. Now we will see the opposite trend: Maersk has legitimised beaching instead of hitting the mark by investing in a modern ship recycling facility in India – off the beach.WMN: Most of the vessels that end up on South Asian beaches for recycling are from the EU. Many EU shipowners turn to reflagging ships before they are sent for recycling, thus avoiding the EU laws. Can this be prevented with the EU’s new ship recycling regulation? How can this problem be solved?Heidegger: This is a major flaw of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. It is nothing new that ship owners can resort to flags of convenience, and in particular to non-compliant flags, at any time. This is a well-known, fundamental system failure in the governance of global shipping: while the world’s merchant fleet is owned by European and East Asian owners, most of the shipping community conveniently leaves the regulatory control of vessels to flag states where hardly any beneficial owners are actually based or exercise control over their fleet.Nevertheless, the EU is setting the world’s first standard for clean and safe ship recycling that is based on a robust system of checks and balances and transparency. We have shown in our analysis ‘What a difference a flag makes’ how ship owners use grey and black listed end-of-life flags for last voyages. This is why the regulation of shipping has to go beyond the flawed flag state jurisdiction: unwilling ship owners use non-compliant flags. We advocate for a Ship Recycling License that will affect all vessels calling on European ports regardless of their flag and which will ensure that the shipping industry will have to contribute financially to the end-of-life management of its fleet.WMN: In your opinion, what should be the best approach to solving the issue of breaking ships on beaches in South Asia and who should lead the way in that respect? What activities is NGO Shipbreaking Platform undertaking regarding the issue at the moment?Heidegger: There is no simple solution for a complex issue like substandard shipbreaking. We need a smart mix of solutions. Our members in South Asia are busy ensuring that their governments enforce domestic law and international obligations on the shipbreaking industry. Of course, South Asian states are responsible to protect their workers and local communities. Moreover, we need a legal framework on the international and regional levels to regulate the shipbreaking issue that goes beyond flag state jurisdiction which closes loopholes and holds ship owners accountable for dirty and dangerous shipbreaking.Two important steps forward are the standard set by the EU SRR and the Ship Recycling License to push more vessels towards sustainable recycling. But also cargo owners using the global shipping industry and ship financers are more and more sensitive to this topic and have started to raise the issue with ship owners. One day, ship owners simply won’t have a chance but do the right thing.We both work on policy developments such as the implementation of the EU SRR and we advocate for a Ship Recycling License which is gaining traction with different stakeholders. We continue to work with ship owners who want to make a difference and advise them on alternatives. We engage actively with cargo owners and banks: they increasingly demand clean and safe recycling policies from shipping companies. Our members in South Asia continue their struggle for better law enforcement: for instance, we have a court case pending in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.There is still a long way to go, but things have started to move and the shipping industry is forced to become more responsible.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform/Tomàs Halda 2010/YPSA 2009
TAYLOR, B.C. – Officials with the District of Taylor say that Peace Island will likely be reopening later this week after heavy rains caused groundskeepers at Peace Island Park to close the island as a precautionary measure.The District’s Finance Director Mike McPhail said that groundskeepers evacuated campers that were camping on the island at Peace Island Park on Friday due to concerns that rising water levels could leave the campers stranded on the island.McPhail explained that in the end, no one ended up getting stuck on the island, which remains closed until water levels in the Peace River begin to drop after last weekend’s low pressure system dropped anywhere from 60 to 140 mm of rain onto the Peace Region. McPhail said that officials will likely be reopening the island at the Park sometime later this week.
Rabat – In his speech for Revolution Day, King Mohammed VI encouraged Moroccan youth not to discount vocational training. The King recommended vocational training as a means to reduce the unemployment rate and social disparities, particularly in rural areas. The King recalled that Morocco has already put in place a national program to reduce social disparities with a budget of MAD 50 billion for the period 2016-2022.The program seeks to improve access to education, vocational training opportunities and social welfare programs in rural areas of the kingdom. The King also emphasized the importance of reinforcing the agricultural sector. He also drew attention to the need for development of rural tourism, commerce, and local industry to bo boost self-employment.The King insisted that a focus on vocational training approach could serve as a concrete solution to reduce unemployment among youth, not only in rural areas, but also in urban areas.Morocco’s government has been facing pressure due to unemployment rate. The low rate of employment has more severely affected rural areas due to the lack of job creation.The High Commission for Planning (HCP) said in a report earlier this month that cities created fewer job opportunities in the second quarter of 2019. Morocco’s national economy created 7,000 job opportunities in this period compared to 117,000 jobs created a year ago.HCP finds that the unemployment rate stood at 8.5% in the second quarter of 209, compared with 9.1% a year earlier.“The number of unemployed people has declined from 1,103,000 to 1,026,000, following a drop of 77,000 in unemployed people,” the HCP said. The unemployment rate in urban areas declined from 13.7% to 12.4%. The rate of unemployment, however, rose in rural areas by 3.3% (+3%).Battle unemployment with vocational trainingTo tackle unemployment, especially in rural areas, the King encouraged Moroccan youth to turn to vocational training. King Mohammed VI argues that vocational training will help to raise the rate of employment through the integration of Moroccan youth into the job market. . The King said that “Passing the baccalaureate exam and going to university is not a privilege; it is just a phase in the education process.”Read Also: Oxford: Vocational Training, Industries to Increase Morocco’s EconomyHe explained that receiving vocational training would open opportunities for professional integration and social stability.In 2018 and 2019, the sovereign chaired several meetings to urge the government to find concrete solutions to unemployment through vocational training.In today’s speech, the King said that he will continue to emphasize the importance of vocational training and manual labor role in achieving the integration of young people.The government has recently shared positive statistics, echoing King Mohammed VI’s argument on the efficiency of vocational training to curb unemployment.In December 2018, secretary of state for higher education Khalid Samadi said that people who gain qualifications from vocational training schools are more likely to find jobs.Samadi said that a research report by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training found that 63 % of students with vocational qualifications find jobs within nine months of graduation. The official said that the study sampled 20,000 students.For the King, fields such as handicrafts could be a source of “income and a means for a dignified life for the people involved in it.”The King also said that tourism and agriculture as well as agri-business related occupations help to increase employment.“Promoting vocational training is now an urgent necessity, not just to create employment opportunities, but also to enable Morocco to meet the challenge of economic competitiveness and keep abreast of global developments in various fields,” the monarch said.Between 2015 and 2018 Morocco opened 27 training centers across Morocco, Minister of Education Said Amzazi announced in January. The minister added that the number of scholarships granted to vocational trainees increased by 177% between 2018 and 2019. He also believes that the quality of vocational training in Morocco is improving.
Briefing reporters in Kabul on Sunday, UNAMA spokesman Edward Carwardine put the total at 3,591,572 Afghans, including 1,253,605 women. A month ago, UNAMA said women made up about 30 per cent of the 2 million voters who had signed up at 400 registration sites. Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Justice has approved 21 political parties out of the 50 seeking recognition, Mr. Carwardine said. The parties next must apply to the Joint Electoral Management Body for accreditation. That Board is also mandated to decide on the date of the election. In another development, UNAMA chief Jean Arnault on Saturday began an official visit to Iran, where he met with President Mohammed Khatami and senior government officials. Their talks touched on Iran’s aid to and trade with Afghanistan and the fight against illegal narcotics, Mr. Carwardine said. The Tehran authorities re-affirmed their support for the Bonn Agreement, which was brokered by the UN in December 2001 and set the blueprint for Afghanistan’s political transition.
However now the SLPP says the JVP has no right to protect the Government. (Colombo Gazette) The SLPP noted that every time the Government was under pressure the JVP came to its rescue. The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today demanded that the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) formally end its relationship with the United National Fornt (UNF).In a statement issued today, the SLPP noted that the JVP has been protecting the Government since 2015. The SLPP said that with the no-confidence motion submitted to Parliament by the JVP against the Government, the JVP must now formally end its relationship with the United National Front Government.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 5, 2015 11:06 am MDT TORONTO – A decision 16 years ago to divide Ontario Hydro into several different companies resulted in a new charge that’s still on all electricity bills and a multibillion-dollar debt that critics warn will keep driving up rates for years to come.The residual stranded debt stems from the 1999 breakup of the province’s giant electrical utility, which had $38.1 billion in debt, mostly from building nuclear plants in the 1970s and ’80s.Only a portion of that debt was supported by the assets of the new hydro companies — Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) — leaving $20.9 billion in so-called stranded debt.Households and businesses paid out more than $11.5 billion in a residual stranded debt charge on their electricity bills between 2002 and 2014 — the last year for which statistics were available — with the outstanding balance still over $2.5 billion.“For years we were collecting a debt retirement charge but we never retired any,” said Bryne Purchase, an associate professor of economics at Queen’s University and a former deputy minister of finance under the Tories.“This is the sleight of hand,” added Purchase, who was also deputy minister of energy under the Liberal government.“They never crystallized those numbers, never said ‘this is how much we’re going to collect and once we’ve collected that we can retire the debt retirement charge.’”When Ontario Hydro was broken up, the government expected $13.1 billion in revenues and payments in lieu of taxes from OPG and Hydro One, which reduced the residual stranded debt to $7.8 billion.A debt retirement charge of 0.7 cents a kilowatt hour was added to all electricity bills starting in 2002, which raised about $940 million a year.The residual stranded debt, administered by the Ontario Electricity Financing Corp. (OEFC), increased to $11.9 billion in 2004, after the previous Tory government froze electricity prices in May 2002, which the Liberals, who took office in 2003, did not lift until March 2004.“We have a stranded debt because of mistakes made by the previous Conservative government, frankly,” said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.The rate freeze cost about $900 million, but the government also had to lower its “over-estimation” of expected OPG revenues, adding $4.4 billion to the stranded debt in 2004. It increased again in 2011 to $5.8 billion from $5.4 billion because of lower returns from Hydro One and OPG and because of OPG’s high pension costs.“When the revenues fall, then the residual stranded debt goes up accordingly because they have to make up for the difference,” said Sousa.Energy sector analyst Tom Adams said “there’s no way to confirm the truth or otherwise” about the government’s statements on the residual stranded debt.“There’s a huge transparency problem here,” said Adams. “The key missing ingredient is the underlying financial plans behind their projections around the date when the residual stranded debt will be paid off.”The province was paying 8.9 per cent interest on the OEFC’s long term debt in 1999, which was down to 5.4 per cent — or about $1.45 billion a year — in 2014.The government did not issue a single update on revenues raised by the charge on hydro bills until 2012, when it reported the residual stranded debt was $4.5 billion. The law required only that the finance minister determine the amount of stranded debt “from time to time” and make that determination public.The auditor general reported the Electricity Act allows the OEFC to use the debt retirement charge “for any of its responsibilities for servicing and managing the stranded debt, and not just for the retirement of the residual stranded debt.”“It’s a giant slush fund effectively,” said Purchase. “Lots of other liabilities have been added in as a result of various manipulations the government has made.”Sousa denied the costs of other projects were added to the stranded hydro debt, but the Opposition said enough was collected over the years to have paid off the debt in 2011 and eliminate the charge on electricity bills.“In reality, the Liberals were collecting the money, saying they were paying off the debt, but were using it to pay for other things,” said interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson.NDP energy critic Peter Tabuns said even members of the legislature can’t determine if other debt was added to the hydro file, and perhaps the auditor general should review the matter.The Liberals plan to remove the debt retirement charge from household electricity bills on Jan. 1, 2016 — business and industrial customers will keep paying it until 2018 — which will eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue.“The only way they’re going to be able to keep OEFC able to service its bond obligations is to create a new electricity tax,” predicted Adams.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Debt retirement charge on hydro bills raises $11.5B to pay original $7.8B
The Prime Minister said that he had pointed out to the civil society representatives that the 20th Amendment could not be passed in Parliament without the support of other political parties.“On the 17th, MP Sumanthiran told me that they had held discussions with the JVP on the abolition of the Executive system. He further stated that the President had informed him that he was willing to support the 20th Amendment. I pointed out to Sumanthiran that the support of the United People’s Freedom Alliance would be needed for the resolution to be passed in Parliament. MP Sumanthiran has made a public statement regarding this. No one has rejected that statement,” the Prime Minister’s Office quoted Wickremesinghe as saying. He said that the President telephoned him on the 19th morning as asked him if he should call a cabinet meeting to discuss the 20th Amendment.“I informed the President that the civil society had made a request that we do so. Hon. Sumanthiran had also informed me of the President’s stand on the matter. Therefore, I told the President that it is appropriate to call the Cabinet and discuss it. I said that we should call that meeting on Thursday or Friday. At about nine in the morning, the cabinet secretary had informed my secretary that the cabinet meeting would be held at 3 pm. Thereafter, my secretary referred the draft that the civil society had given me to the Cabinet Secretary for use if needed,” he said.Wickremesinghe said that he called the UNP ministers at 2 pm and informed them of this matter. He said that the civil society representatives had sought a cabinet decision to support the 20th Amendment. Wickremesinghe said that on the 16th, they handed over a draft Bill which was to be referred to the cabinet. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today warned against violating cabinet traditions saying questions regarding any statements made by members of the cabinet should be discussed in the cabinet.Addressing United National Party activists today at Temple Trees in Colombo the Prime Minister said that a group of civil society representatives met him last week and discussed several issues, including the Executive Presidency. “The discussion was very heated. Everyone was open and opinionated. There was no agreement regarding the 20th Amendment. Before I met the cabinet, the President was informed that there was no agreement among the Ministers. At the beginning of the meeting, I informed the Cabinet Secretary in front of the President that there was no agreement among the Ministers, and that submitting the cabinet Bill would be useless. I summed up the views of the ministers at that meeting. The ministers made various comments. We decided that it was appropriate to leave the final decision to each party,” Wickremesinghe said. He said that if there is a question regarding the statements made by members of the cabinet it should be discussed in the cabinet.“Failure to do so would violate cabinet tradition. Therefore, I will only show what happened here. I will not insult anyone or make any remarks,” he said.President Maithripala Sirisena had yesterday made several remarks at a public event on the issue which arose at the cabinet meeting.
When the case was heard before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court last week, the court had said that it has not received the order from the Court of Appeal and postponed the case to today. The case had been filed by the Bribery Commission accusing Rajapaksa and seven others of incurring a loss of Rs 11.4 billion to the government by approving the maintenance of the floating armoury owned by Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Limited when Rajapaksa was the Defence Secretary. The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today acquitted former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and seven others in the Avant Garde case.They were acquitted after the court received an order delivered by the Court of Appeal discharging Rajapaksa from the case.
A decision has been taken to close schools in parts of the South owing to the adverse weather.Southern Province Governor Hemal Gunasekara said that all schools in the Galle and Matara Districts will be closed tomorrow and on Wednesday. Some roads in Galle and Matara were flooded following heavy rain.Over 200mm of rain was forecast for several areas tonight.
Until she experienced it, Lauren Flowers had no idea how much time in the wilderness could teach her about life in university.By the end of her five-day adventure in August 2016, the Physical Education student from Markham felt her eyes had been opened to the Brock journey at her feet.Flowers took part in the BaseCamp summer orientation program, which for 10 years has allowed Brock students to embark on various hiking and canoeing trips in the Ontario wilderness while also learning more about the University.Brock’s summer orientation programs, which also include Smart Start and Leap, aim to streamline the transition to post-secondary life while also providing academic and recreational resources to students before they start their studies in September.For Flowers, a lifelong camper, the rural northern setting of a canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park was familiar; however, the chance to get first-hand tips about life at Brock and living in the Niagara community was all new.Ana Ferreira participated in a BaseCamp backpacking trip in August 2017.“We learned to work together with everyone as we paddled and set up camp, and that was transferrable to class projects, assignments and clubs,” she said. “It also helped me to meet some of my best friends.”Unlike Flowers, Ana Ferreira had very little camping experience before signing up for a five-day backpacking trip in August 2017.“It was the first time I ever put up a tent by myself,” said the Kinesiology student from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. “But the leaders were patient and they also taught us valuable lessons about first-year classes and residence life.”Having seen the value in their own BaseCamp experiences, Flowers and Ferreira will return to the program this year to lead trips, including hiking and canoeing expeditions in Algonquin and an outdoor experience at Camp Wetaskiwin in Short Hills Provincial Park.“I’m excited to work with people like myself who have not spent a lot of time in the wilderness and teach them lessons like how to start a fire and properly put on a heavy backpack,” said Ferreira. “I remember being nervous about those things before I started, but the lessons I learned made the whole experience worth it.”Flowers said she’s also excited to pass on practical lessons that relate to beginning university.“I want to tell incoming Badgers to take it one day at a time and to do things that make them happy,” she said. “They may still be a little nervous, but the trip will provide lots of familiar faces on campus and potentially long-term friendships as well.”For those still hesitant about participating, Ferreira had a final piece of advice.“It doesn’t matter what your outdoors experience is up to this point,” she said. “The guides will teach you everything you need to know and you will feel safe the whole time.”Spaces are still available in the following BaseCamp trips:July 28 to 30 — Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Short Hills AdventureAug. 12 to 16 — Backpacking tripAug. 19 to 23 — Canoe tripAug. 27 to Sept. 1 — Canoe trip and residence move inAug. 30 to Sept. 1 — Short Hills adventure and move inTo learn more about available trips, visit the BaseCamp website.
When Lida Shemun realized she would attend a Kung Fu lesson as part of her course in Ancient Political Thought, she wasn’t sure what to make of it.“I was expecting classic texts, obviously, taking a theory course — but the hip-hop albums took me by surprise,” said Shemun, a fourth-year honours student in Political Science and Labour Studies.Yet the study of classic hip-hop albums in the context of touchstone texts in Ancient Political Thought is crucial to POLI 4P02/5P02, taught by Associate Professor Stefan Dolgert in the Department of Political Science.“The course explores five classic texts from ancient Greece, Rome, medieval Islam and Ch’an Buddhism, pairing each with a classic hip-hop album by Nas, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe and Wu-Tang Clan, in order to see how these diverse pairs of texts speak to one another,” said Dolgert.Previous iterations of the course have examined relationships between personal accounts of contemporary migrants and Virgil’s Aeneid, or between Greek tragedies and Season 3 of The Wire.This year, fourth-year and graduate students in Political Science will look at St. Augustine’s Confessions alongside Kendrick Lamar’s Damn, or The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar alongside Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer.But how, exactly, did the class wind up at the Niagara Kung Fu Academy last Tuesday, taking an introductory lesson in the martial art from Sifu Rob Atalick?Dolgert said the Wu-Tang Clan were inspired by the philosophy and martial arts in the 1970s Kung Fu films of the Shaw Brothers, which depicted the style developed by the Shaolin Monastery in China.“That monastery’s legendary founder was Bodhidharma, who essentially creates Ch’an Buddhism, which becomes known as Zen when it moves to Japan,” said Dolgert. “Because Ch’an Buddhism invites us to experience ourselves and the world without the distorting prism of language — to engage it directly through practice — it seemed obvious that to begin to understand Ch’an and the Wu-Tang, we had to be transported physically into a space where we could focus on bodily movement rather than staring at PowerPoint.”Shemun found that her Kung Fu experience developed her understanding of the course materials presented so far this semester. She also noted how the discussion of the historical context of Kung Fu and how it was used for self-defence against those in power during a shift in dynasties related to the lyrics of the Wu-Tang Clan.“The circular teachings of Bodhidharma made a little more sense in the context of Kung Fu,” Shemun said. “It connected with the Bodhidharma text.”
The Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrates after defeating No. 4 Penn State in four sets on Sept. 23. Credit: Miranda Lipton | Lantern ReporterFollowing their upset against No. 4 Penn State on Sunday, Ohio State does not have much time to prepare for their next match. The Buckeyes will face two Big Ten opponents this week with Indiana at home on Wednesday, then travelling to College Park for a road game against Maryland on Sunday. Head coach Geoff Carlston is focused on keeping the team strong, allowing them to relish their victory while also keeping their focus heading into the rest of the season.“We just have to stay healthy,” Carlston said. “That’s the biggest thing — sort of managing our swing so we’re in the best position to win.”The team matches up against both of their opponents fairly evenly. The Buckeyes stand at 10-4 and 1-1 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers are 10-3 and 1-1 and Maryland is at 10-4 and 1-1. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry said the sharp increase in talent and competition in the Big Ten brings on a new dynamic in their season.“The Big Ten has been crazy,” Fry said. “The first couple of games, I was nervous, but I know I can play well against anyone. As long as I have my teammates behind me I know we can all play well against anyone.”In the 2018 season, the Buckeyes have had 688 kills, 1817 total attacks, 261 errors and 74 service aces.Freshman outside hitter Mia Grunze leads the Buckeyes with 153 kills and freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic leads with 2.94 kills per set. Averaging 13.35 kills per set, Indiana has recorded 2.77 blocks per set and has 67 total aces through 13 games played. Indiana redshirt junior outside hitter Kendall Beerman leads the Hoosiers with 161 kills and 3.43 kills per set. Maryland sophomore outside hitter Erika Pritchard has been solid all season for the Terrapins, averaging 4.22 kills per set. The Buckeyes will face Indiana at home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena before heading to College Park, Maryland to face the Terrapins at 7 p.m.
Ohio State sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson (34) goes up for a layup in the game against Syracuse on Nov. 28. Ohio State lost 72-62. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team came into Wednesday night’s matchup knowing its main challenge would come in the form of making contested shots against the ever-present 2-3 zone of Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange. Despite getting off to a quick start, the Buckeyes struggled mightily to find their shot throughout the night, continuously hampered by the length of the Syracuse lineup and the in-your-face style of attacking the zone defense that the Orange play. The Syracuse defense relies on confounding shooters, packing the paint and drawing a low shooting percentage out of the opposing offense. It got exactly that on Wednesday night.Ohio State could only muster 32.6 percent shooting from the field for the game, including 27.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. “It’s their base defense, so that makes it a little bit unique. Coach Boeheim does a terrific job making adjustments in the zone, a terrific job making adjustments, you know we got them on a few set plays but you don’t get them on that more than once or twice,” head coach Chris Holtmann said. “To be honest with you, I felt pretty good about our zone attack, I really did. That’s not what got us beat tonight.”That, according to Holtmann, was the Ohio State defense.The Orange rattled off a 48.9 percent shooting percentage from the field, a 45.8 3 point shooting percentage and matched that with an 89.5 percent free throw percentage that helped to keep the Buckeyes at arm’s length. However, senior guard C.J. Jackson felt the shooting issues Ohio State experienced wasn’t the main culprit of its defeat. “I wouldn’t say that’s the reason we lost. The biggest thing for us is defense and that’s kind of where we lost the game,” Jackson said. “We could have gotten a couple more stops in the first and second half, and that just didn’t happen, so I guess that led to offensively guys missing a couple more shots than they usually do.”Jackson paced the Buckeyes offense with a team-high 19 points, but nine of those came from the free throw line. Jackson was an inefficient 4-14 from the field and 2-8 from 3. The player who should have been the focal point of Ohio State’s offensive gameplan, sophomore forward Kaleb Wesson, the Buckeyes lone true interior threat, was neutralized by the Syracuse zone and could only offer up a 1-for-8 shooting night after making an early basket from just outside of the circle. “Kaleb’s a great kid, he’s going to look at this and say ‘Okay, how can I get better.’ I doubt he’s had any, maybe no one-for-eight nights in his career dating back to high school, I would think. I thought he did a really good job in the high post passing the ball and I thought he got the ball around the rim and the teammates got the ball to him in good spaces. He created a lot of fouls,” Holtmann said. “His finishing in traffic is something we have been working with him on and we just need to continue to work with him on itThe most effective offensive player for Ohio State proved to be sophomore forward Kyle Young, who contributed 12 points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Buckeyes came out and hit their shots early en route to a 16-9 lead in the opening minutes, while executing a plan that found the man in the middle of the zone, as well as open teammates who were able to bury their shots, much to the dismay of Boeheim. The rest of the game, however, saw the Buckeyes go ice cold from the field and on the free throw line as well. Something Boeheim’s zone tends to do.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) calls out a play in the first half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins seemed to do enough to win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback led the country with 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns. He was one of six players in college football to complete more than 70 percent of his pass attempts, and averaged 352.3 passing yards per game, No. 2 in the country. This was enough to earn him a trip to New York City as one of three Heisman finalists alongside Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray. But without a trip to the College Football Playoff in his future, Haskins will leave New York City without a trophy to bring home. Murray earned Oklahoma’s second straight Heisman Trophy after Baker Mayfield won it in 2017. Murray and Mayfield are the first duo from the same school to win in back-to-back seasons since 1974 and 1975 when Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won two straight Heisman trophies. Even with a statistical lead in many categories compared to both Murray and Tagovailoa, there was always one thing that kept Haskins on the outside looking in: the 49-20 loss to Purdue. This loss cost Ohio State its chance at a national championship, keeping the Buckeyes at No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings despite a dominant win against then-No. 4 Michigan and a decisive win against then-No. 21 Northwestern to secure their second consecutive Big Ten title. But as Ohio State left the field in West Lafayette, Indiana on Oct. 20, as his teammates walked to the locker room with their heads down after suffering their first loss of the season, Haskins realized he could not lead the offense by himself any longer. “I never thought I would have to throw 72 times to win the game,” Haskins said after the loss to Purdue. “But you gotta do what you gotta do to win and this ended today.”Haskins did everything he could to succeed in that game, completing 49 passes, 15 more completions than he had had in any other game this season, breaking a school record, for 470 yards, which at the time was also a school record. He broke his own record five games later with 499 yards against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Identity for the Ohio State offense was a struggle for this team all season. Coming off a season with the No. 1 running game in the Big Ten and with both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber returning, the expectation coming in was the run-heavy, pass-when-needed offense would return. But this did not match Haskins’ style, throwing for more than 400 yards in three straight weeks against Indiana and Minnesota before breaking the passing yards record against the Boilermakers. The Haskins-run offense really did not take shape until the end of the season, throwing for 895 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final two games of the season, what many considered as the coming out party for a quarterback who was fighting for a starting job back in April. Ohio State and Haskins are in a similar situation. The Purdue loss defined the season for both, keeping the Buckeyes out of both the Orange and the Cotton Bowl. The Purdue loss kept Haskins away from earning Ohio State’s first Heisman winner since Troy Smith in 2006, a year in which he threw for 2,542 passing yards with 30 touchdowns, numbers which Haskins surpassed easily. The Buckeyes were 12-0 when Smith was picked as the Heisman winner before losing to Florida in the National Championship.In recent years, there seems to be a game that defines the season for Ohio State, a single game that the Buckeyes wish they could have back. As Ohio State prepares for the Rose Bowl and Haskins leaves New York empty handed, something that a better performance from Ohio State in its one loss this season could have prevented.
Ohio State then-junior shortstop Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternThe Ohio State softball team (8-4) will play 12 games in the next 10 days, starting its longest trip of the season on Friday.The Buckeyes will travel to Seattle from March 8-10 for the Husky Classic to take on Seattle University (11-7) twice, No. 6 Washington (16-3), Idaho State (6-9) and NIU (8-7). “We are excited for the Husky Classic and the 12 games we have over the upcoming spring break,” senior pitcher Morgan Ray said. “A lot of our teammates have never been to the Northwest, and I am excited for them to experience it.”Ohio State has experience against three of the four teams it will face in the Husky Classic, losing 10 of 12 games against Washington, while winning nine of 11 matchups against NIU. The Buckeyes have only played Idaho State once and will be playing Seattle University for the first time. No matter the experience against each team, Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said each opponent will be competitive and well coached. But the Huskies prove to be a major challenge for Ohio State.As a top five team, Washington made it to the national championship game in 2018. Junior infielder Taryn Atlee has been the main offensive threat for the Huskies, hitting .387 with 24 hits, seven runs and five RBIs. Schoenly said Ohio State needs to focus on its own ability instead of focusing on the ability of Washington. “Our job is just to play to the best of our ability,” Schoenly said. “Pitching sets the tone for the game, and then we will need timely hitting.”In Ohio State’s first-ever matchup with Seattle University, the Redhawks will depend on its timely hitting from two outfielders: sophomore outfielder Ally Choate and freshman outfielder Olivia Viggiano, who each own a batting average above .400. On the other hand, Idaho State has struggled with its offense at times this season, playing in five games in which the Bengals have scored two runs of less, all of which they have lost. Ohio State will have to face NIU senior outfielder Jenny Van Geertry in the final game of the Husky Classic. This season, she has recorded five of the team’s 10 home runs and leads NIU with a .372 average. Ray said the Buckeyes have respect for each team they play, approaching each game the same: focusing on what Ohio State needs to do to win. In the midweek two-game series, Ohio State will take on a Portland State team that will be playing its first two home games of the season. Despite a 4.23 team ERA, the Buckeyes have the opportunity to face junior pitcher Katie Schroeder, who leads the team with a 3.33 ERA and has five complete games in 10 appearances. Ohio State will then travel to Phoenix to participate in the GCU Invitational against Weber State (4-9), Lehigh (5-2) and Grand Canyon University (12-9) from March 15-17. Schoenly said this stretch of games will give her team the opportunity to concentrate on softball and team building. “We play 12 games on this trip before we come back, so it’s an opportunity to learn about our team identity and compete against some top teams,” Schoenly said. In the Husky Classic, Ohio State will first take on Seattle at 2:15 p.m. and Washington at 6:45 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, Ohio State will take on Seattle again at 12 p.m. and Idaho State at 4:30 p.m. and will finish the series against NIU at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Ohio State junior infielder Conner Pohl (39) dives to third base during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorHawaii did something on Sunday that it was unable to do in the previous three games of the series: limit Ohio State’s potent offense. The Buckeyes had scored six or more runs in every game of its five-game win streak, but a season-best performance from Hawaii junior pitcher Logan Pouelsen brought the scoring streak and win streak to an end. Ohio State (13-11) was overwhelmed 15-3 by Hawaii (10-14). Behind 19 hits, including a three-RBI game from senior third baseman Ethan Lopez, the Rainbow Warriors were able to support the team’s best pitching of the series. “The backside hits they got seemed to find holes,” head coach Greg Beals said. “I think it was just their day.” Pouelsen came into the game with a season-long outing of three innings in his only start of the season.He eclipsed that performance in his seven-inning start against Ohio State. The junior allowed only four hits and two earned runs against an Ohio State offense that had excelled at home. Ohio State freshman pitcher Will Pfennig’s first collegiate start was spoiled by Hawaii’s hitting barrage. Lopez earned all three of his RBIs on a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, blasing an 0-1 pitch over the left field wall to make the score 10-1. Ohio State shuffled through three freshman pitchers throughout the course of the game. Pfennig was followed by freshman pitcher Mitch Milheim, who allowed six runs in two innings. The final freshman to visit the mound was freshman pitcher TJ Brock, who surrendered four runs in 2.2 innings.Within their struggles, lessons were learned, according to Beals. “I think they learned that pitch quality is got to be better,” Beals said. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, junior right fielder Dominic Canzone fought back to earn a walk to start off the first inning for the Buckeyes. This extended Canzone’s on-base streak to 20 games, the longest of his career.Canzone was able to successfully steal second base, and a throwing error on the throw down to second allowed him to advance to third. Redshirt junior second baseman Matt Carpenter was able to hit an RBI single up the middle to open up the scoring. After a double off the wall and a successful bunt, the Rainbow Warriors had runners on the corners with no outs in the second inning. A hard grounder by freshman second baseman Dallas Duarte to second base resulted in a double play, but Hawaii was able to bring home the tying run. A pair of two-out walks allowed Hawaii to threaten again, and freshman right fielder Tyler Best was able to provide an RBI single on the first pitch from Pfennig. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed another run to score and a runner to advance to third. Hawaii would score their fourth run of the inning after a hard hit to freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo could not be fielded to end the inning. Pfennig would end his first collegiate start after just two innings. The freshman allowed four runs and struck out one batter. After a fielding error put the leadoff man on, a two-out double by Duarte pushed the score to 5-1. Senior shortstop Maaki Yamazaki ripped a single up the middle to bring in Duarte and extend Hawaii’s lead to five runs going into the home half of the third inning. After a ground ball up the middle resulted in a force out at second, runners were on the corners with one out in the fourth inning for the Rainbow Warriors. Redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Baeza was able to knock in Hawaii’s seventh run of the game with a single ripped to centerfield. Lopez was able to clear the bases on a three-run home run lifted over the left field wall. The second four-run inning of the game for the Rainbow Warriors made the score 10-1. With runners on second and third with one down in the fifth, a ground out followed by an infield single allowed Hawaii to scratch across two more runs. This marked the fourth straight inning of two or more runs scored by the Rainbow Warriors. Singles from freshman third baseman Nick Erwin and Canzone began the bottom of the sixth inning for Ohio State. With one out, senior left fielder Brady Cherry’s RBI by way of a sacrifice fly to right field was able to end Hawaii’s unanswered run streak of 12. After a leadoff single by Duarte opened the seventh inning, Yamazaki recorded his third hit of the game and put runners on first and third with no outs. A sacrifice fly from Best and a wild pitch would bring across a pair of runs for Hawaii. Ohio State showed its most life on offense all day when the team loaded the bases with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning. Senior catcher Andrew Fishel was able to lift a flyball to left field to bring in Ohio State’s third and final run of the contest. “We need to bounce back and have a good, quality game on Wednesday and roll that into conference play,” Beals said. The Buckeyes will return to the field at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday against Toledo.