WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on as the Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The news of Art Briles becoming a coach once again hasn’t been out for a full day, yet it already has the majority of people on social media enraged.On Friday, Mount Vernon in Texas announced that Briles will become the football team’s head coach for next season. The former coach of the Baylor Bears was fired for the school’s sexual assault scandal that took place.In the press release, Mount Vernon said “We are pleased to welcome coach Briles back to Texas. He brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience.”Just the thought of Briles coaching at the high school level has brought out a plethora of negative reviews, but the way Mount Vernon handled the situation has drawn even more attention. The timing of the announcement has led many people to believe that Mount Vernon tried to bury the hiring.With the school year coming to an end very soon and Memorial Day weekend upon us, the news of Briles getting hired almost slipped through the cracks.Now, most sports analysts and writers are unleashing on Mount Vernon for dumping the news late on Friday.Art Briles gets hired at dinnertime on Friday before Memorial Day weekend. News dump of all news dumps.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 24, 2019Mount Vernon announced the hire of Art Briles on a Friday evening, going into a holiday weekend, right as the school year is winding to a close.They made EVERY effort to bury this.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 25, 2019The Friday before Memorial Day news dump is a big one …… Art Briles is coaching again, and it’s for a Texas High School.Seriously, he is https://t.co/bM9b481Kz4— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 25, 2019During his time as the coach at Baylor, Briles led his team to an overall 65-37 record.Fans won’t argue against Briles’ ability to coach, especially on the offensive side of the football, but his actions at the collegiate level have made him a controversial figure in the sports world.
MONTREAL – Pushback is building in Quebec over TransCanada Corp.’s $12-billion, cross-country project to convert a natural gas pipeline to oil, just weeks before the company files its formal proposal with the national energy regulator.Quebec’s largest natural gas distributor, Gaz Metro, plans to enlist the support of the provincial government to oppose the project that it says will lead to supply shortages, higher prices and threaten Quebec’s economic growth.“The project in its current version is problematic as it will impede the possibility for natural gas users to have access to the necessary capacities once the conversion happens,” spokeswoman Marie-Christine Demers said after Gas Metro made its case last week to the province’s energy regulator.She said the company plans to push the government to intervene when the proposal goes before the National Energy Board for approval. Specifically, Gaz Metro said the conversion of the 3,300-kilometre Energy East pipeline between Alberta and Quebec will reduce the supply of natural gas for customers during peak winter months and for economic development.Energy East would be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Canadian history, crossing six provinces and traversing 4,600 kilometres in total. Roughly two thirds of it would make use of underused natural gas pipe that’s already in the ground, with new pipe being built through Quebec and New Brunswick.The idea is to connect oil sands crude to eastern refineries and to export some of the oil by tanker.TransCanada said the project will remove the 20 per cent excess natural gas capacity on the eastern network that is destined for export to the U.S. northeast, and it has plans to build more lines to meet any increased demand.“We’re taking nothing away from the Canadian domestic demand,” said Karl Johannson, executive vice-president of natural gas pipelines.The Calgary-based company plans to build a parallel Eastern Mainline pipeline that will stretch for a few hundred kilometres in southern Ontario, to carry natural gas to consumers in Quebec and Ontario.“TransCanada has served the natural gas market for over 60 years…If there is growth we will make sure the facilities are there for growth.”But Gaz Metro said the pipeline section between North Bay, in northeastern Ontario, and Ottawa is now fully used by customers at peak winter periods. It also sees reduced capacity driving up costs for consumers, who would also be on the hook to absorb more than $1.5 billion in infrastructure costs to build the parallel pipeline.Ontario’s Union Gas and Enbridge Gas Distribution have also raised similar concerns about the Energy East conversion.Johannson said he understands that local natural gas distributors want to maintain surplus capacity, but that comes with costs both for natural gas customers and the unrealized economic benefits of sending 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day to refineries in Quebec and New Brunswick.“By not repurposing this capacity, Canadians and Quebecers lose a lot,” he said in an interview.A Deloitte study said the conversion will boost the Canadian GDP by $35-billion over 20 years, add $10-billion in taxes, support 10,000 jobs and help eastern refineries.The developers of a $1.6-billion fertilizer plant in Becancour, Que., said its project — which is one year behind schedule because of its difficulty to lock up natural gas supplies — is at risk unless it can obtain a reliable supply of natural gas.David Tournier, vice-president of legal affairs for IFFCO Canada, says the project’s shareholders are growing impatient by the delays in the regulatory dispute.“Without gas, there can be no plant. Our plant transforms natural gas into fertilizer and we settled in Quebec to have access to that gas at a time where there was no issue.”Tournier said IFFCO isn’t taking a position on the Energy East conversion but is awaiting an NEB decision on a tariff hike TransCanada has sought to provide access through southern Ontario to cheaper U.S. Marcellus shale natural gas.Regulatory approval this year could allow construction of the fertilizer plant to begin in 2015 for a 2018 opening.TransCanada said it has incorporated IFFCO’s natural gas needs into its supply plans and would provide the energy from Western Canada even if the NEB turns down its tariff request.Canadian Press