Renewables a better option than nuclear, French environment agency says

first_imgRenewables a better option than nuclear, French environment agency says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:France will save 39 billion euros ($44.5 billion) if it refrains from building 15 new nuclear plants by 2060, and bets instead on renewable energy sources to replace its all its aging atomic facilities, a government agency said.France should spend 1.28 trillion euros over the next four decades, mostly on clean power production and storage capacities, networks, and imports, according to a report from the country’s environment ministry. If it does this, France would progressively shut down its 58 atomic plants and renewable energy would comprise 95 percent of its electricity output by 2060, up from 17 percent last year.The development of the so-called EPR nuclear reactors “wouldn’t be competitive for the French power system from an economic standpoint,” the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maitrise de l’Energie –or Ademe– said in a statement. The report assumes that the reactors would produce electricity at a cost of 70 euros per megawatt-hour, while the cost of wind and solar power would fall much lower.The report follows President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that state-controlled Electricite de France SA will have to shut as many as 14 of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2035 to allow renewable energy to expand the country’s power mix. Macron also gave EDF until mid-2021 to prove that it can build an economically-viable reactor before the country decides to build new atomic plants. EDF’s EPR project in Normandy is more than six years late coming online, and the cost has more than tripled from its original budget.Falling costs means that photovoltaic facilities won’t need subsidies from 2030, nor will onshore wind from 2035, the report said. That’s assuming that EDF halts 30 percent of its reactors after 40 years of operation and an additional 30 percent when they turn 50. Otherwise, surplus production capacity would undermine the economics of both nuclear power and renewables, Ademe said.More: France would save $44.5 billion by betting on renewable energy, agency sayslast_img read more

Semper Fly

first_img Proprietors donate time and their private waters, like Suzie Q, to PHWFF for outings like this one. PHWFF helps veterans with both physical and mental effects of war. Semper Fly Fishing Spotting fish while lunch grills in the background at the Mossy Creek Invitational. Fish on at Suzie Q. Fierce competition at the Mossy Creek Invitational. Bringing in the catch at a PHWFF event at Suzie Q Farms. PHWFF organizes a raffle each year for the Mossy Creek Invitational.center_img PHWFF participants at an event at Suzie Q Farms Nice trout caught at the Suzie Q event. Project Healing Waters provides is participants with custom fly gear at most events. The PHWFF team at the Mossy Creek Invitational. Wetting a line helps wounded warriors heal.“Strip, strip, strip, striiiip. SET! Oooh, just missed him.”Volunteer guide Chuck Jochen is high on the bank, spotting big trout for Stan Abshire who is doing his darnedest to get a big rainbow into the net. Tricking the wily trout at Suzie Q Farm outside Bridgewater, Va., is no easy task, but Jochen and Abshire are not your average fly fishing team. They are at Suzie Q as part of Project Healing Waters, which uses fly fishing as a way to assist in the physical and emotional recovery of wounded military veterans.In 2005, the seeds of PHW began to germinate in the mind of Navy captain and life-long fly fisherman Ed Nicholson while at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. On the verge of retirement, he was struck by the need to help his fellow wounded soldiers, so he started the best way he knew how: by taking them fishing.“Fly fishing is a very special kind of fishing,” he said. “It’s the fly rod and the casting of the fly rod and the tranquility you have on a nice trout stream. It’s a special thing; it’s kind of a tension breaker. It relieves stress and is especially good for individuals who have, and are dealing with, a lot of stress.”From these humble beginnings, Nicholson’s idea began to catch on – and fast. Over the past eight years, PHW has grown into an organization that runs 130 programs in 46 states enlisting the help of an army of volunteers along the way who do everything from teaching classes to hosting events. Volunteers donated over 97,000 hours to PHW in 2011, which helped more than 3,000 disabled and recovering veterans to participate in sponsored activities. These activities include fishing outings like the one at Suzie Q.“I think the healing really goes on not so much because you have a fly rod in your hand but you’re with people who really care, be they volunteers or other disabled veterans,” said Nicholson.Volunteers hold weekly classes at military hospitals to teach casting, fishing techniques, fly tying, and even rod building as part of their recreational therapy program. The classes not only provide wounded soldiers with exercises in hand-eye coordination and motor skills, but also a sense of accomplishment that may be absent since they were injured. The experience of being on the water, being able to catch fish and perform the same kinds of tasks they did before they were injured, can be a major boost, says Nicholson.“It’s a confidence builder, especially for some of these younger kids who are just now reckoning with the fact that they are ‘disabled.’ They are missing an arm or leg. They have post-traumatic stress. A lot of times they feel more comfortable in the confines of the hospital or veterans center, but we help bring them out because they have to do that sooner or later. They’ve got to get on with life, and I think we help them do that.”Sergeant First Class Walter Morse was recovering at Walter Reed from injuries sustained in Iraq when he was introduced to fly tying through the PHW.“I was in the occupational therapy clinic and saw a couple of guys tying flies. They had me doing these puzzles and chess and I said, ‘I would much rather try that.’”Morse credits the nature and organization of PHW with its success. By bringing younger and older disabled veterans together in the outdoors under a common interest, PHW creates an environment conducive to emotional healing. It also allows the older generation of soldiers to mentor the younger and see how life can change for the better over time, even with a disability.“I fished with a Vietnam veteran, very successful in life, but I got out on the river and realized that the same things I was going through, he went through,” said Morse. “If you take 12 soldiers and put them in a clinical session with a psychiatrist, it’s going to be absolutely dead silent. You take those same 12 people and put them out on the river and healing is in process.”Nowhere is the adage of “teach a man to fish…” more appropriate than when talking about PHW. The ultimate goal of the program is to help participants get to a place where they can and want to perform the skills learned in the program by themselves. Over the next five years PHW’s strategic plan calls for the program to nearly double in size. For Jochen and Abshire, that means plenty more chances to hook into that big rainbow in Mossy Creek.For more information on Project Healing Fly Fishing and to see how you can get involved, visit their website at www.projecthealingwaters.org.Project Healing Waters from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.Other programs Soldiers to SummitsThis program focuses on mountaineering as a way to help disabled veterans set ambitious goals, work through personal barriers and reclaim their lives. Their documentary High Ground premiered at the Boulder International Film Festival.Veterans ExpeditionsThis Colorado-based organization uses wilderness challenges to create a common bond and promote camaraderie and recovery. Rock climbing, mountaineering, and hiking expeditions are all part of VetEx’s program.Wounded Warrior ProjectAll encompassing support system of wounded vets including mental and physical support as well as a growing peer and alumni network.OASIS: Outdoor Adventure for Sacrifice in ServiceMainly working in the Fingerlakes region of New York, this group helps disabled veterans get back into the outdoors by offering instruction, equipment, and support for disabled veterans.Ride 2 RecoveryRide 2 Recovery holds events and races that raise money to benefit cycling programs in V.A. and military recovery centers. This nationwide organization uses cycling as a rehabilitation and recovery tool. Project Healing Waters auctions off custom made reels to raise funds.last_img read more

BOG: Core values trump MDPs

first_imgBOG: Core values trump MDPs Associate Editor For more than two years, the issue of multidisciplinary practices has been one of the stickiest controversies facing The Florida Bar.Among other groups, an All Bar Conference and a town hall meeting failed to reach a consensus about what the Bar should do, and even a special committee was unable to make a strong recommendation after two years of study and deliberations.But after hearing four hours of reports and frequently contradictory advice, the Board of Governors voted 44-1 at its April 7 meeting in Tampa to affirm that lawyers may not practice law in settings where they share fees with nonlawyers, the firm is partially or entirely owned by nonlawyers or where the core values of the profession — including independence and protection of client confidences — are compromised.The board also approved in concept a motion to provide guidance to Florida lawyers and the Bar’s representatives to the ABA House of Delegates, which is also studying the issue. The draft resolution calls for, besides protecting core values, continued study on the future of the practice of law and for the Bar to help members who want to operate ancillary businesses.And by a third vote, the board established a special three-member committee to look at how the Bar’s grievance and unlicensed practice of law programs can ensure that Bar rules — including those against fee splitting and nonlawyer ownership of law firms — can be enforced.“I want to get the core question answered without bogging down,” said board member William H. Phelan, Jr., who immediately after the presentations ended made the motion against fee sharing and nonlawyer ownership. He said the motion was intended to oppose both any changes to Florida Bar rules and to ABA model rules.Board member John Hume suggested an amendment that the motion include that “it is in the public interest to preserve a lawyer’s undivided loyalty to a client,” as well as preventing fee sharing, and that the Bar should “vigorously” enforce its rules, including prohibitions against fee sharing and nonlawyer ownership. Board member John Cardillo said the motion should specifically say no rule would be acceptable which would change a lawyer’s duty to protect client confidences.Phelan accepted both as a “preamble” to his motion.Board member Ed Dunn, who chaired the “pro-MDP” subcommittee of the Special Committee on MDP/Ancillary Business, offered a substitute motion that would allow lawyers to practice in an MDP as long as lawyers owned a majority interest in the company. He noted an ABA commission studying the issue has endorsed that position, as had the pro subcommittee.The board rejected Dunn’s substitute by an overwhelming voice vote. It then endorsed Phelan’s motion 44-1 in a roll call vote, with Dunn casting the sole negative vote.The board next voted to approve in concept a proposal from the “con” subcommittee, known as Alternative C, to give guidance to Bar members and others of the Bar’s position on the issue. The board attempted to craft a final resolution based on the subcommittee proposal, but finally decided to send it back to the subcommittee and reconsider the issue at its June 2 meeting in Naples.“If this is a document that is going to conceivably be attached to lawsuits [challenging the Bar’s action], it needs to be a perfect document,” said board member Louis B. Vocelle, Jr.The subcommittee’s proposals ask that the ABA make no changes to model rules to allow MDPs to give legal advice unless additional studies guarantee that will further the public interest and won’t compromise lawyers’ traditional independence and loyalty to clients.It recommends the Bar take any and all steps to preserve lawyer independence and loyalty to clients, including investigating MDPs and prosecuting any violations found.The Bar should also promote ancillary businesses for members to expand their opportunities, the subcommittee recommended, and also study the increasing globalization of the economy and how the legal profession should react to that.After the board took that action, board member Arthur Rice moved that a special committee be created, to report back at the board’s June 2 meeting. That panel will “work with the [Standing] UPL Committee to determine the scope of the [MDP] problem, if any, that is currently not being prosecuted, and if there is a problem determine whether present resources are adequate, and if not adequate, make a recommendation on what [resources] may be necessary,” Rice said.“It is not right for us simply to say, `All right, we’re not going to split fees and we’re not going to permit nonlawyers to own law firms’ and then move on to the next item. There’s more to do here.”Board member William Kalish suggested the committee also consider what resources might be needed from the Bar’s grievance process, since that could be involved in any prosecutions. Rice agreed.The motion passed unanimously, and Bar President Edith Osman named Rice, Kalish and board member John Yanchunis, a former chair of the UPL committee, to the panel.Although their debate on the subject was limited, board members left no doubt they were seeking to send a strong message about MDPs.“The barbarians are not at their gate; they’re eating off our plates,” board member James Lupino said. “I think we have to take an active approach in enforcing the rules right now.”And member Anthony Abate argued there was no rush for the board to redraft Alternative C merely so Bar members and others would know the board’s position.“I think a 44-1 vote gives a sense of where The Florida Bar is on this issue,” he said.The board did not lack for advice.The special MDP committee submitted two reports, one each from the pro and con subcommittees. It submitted a combined recommendation that the Bar enforce its rules and also give guidance to lawyers seeking to provide ancillary services to clients.Reports were made on behalf of both subcommittees, as well as individual committee members. And the Trial Lawyers; Elder Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Business Law and Tax sections made presentations, as did the Young Lawyers Division and the Dade County Bar Association.President Osman announced at the start she would not entertain motions to table or end debate until all positions had been aired.Board member Richard Gilbert, co-chair of the special MDP committee, said the pro and con subcommittees differed mostly on a matter of emphasis.“The con view says you preserve the core values,” he said. “You may address change [in legal practice], but first of all you preserve the core values and whatever change you accept is subject to that core value.“The pro position essentially says it places slightly less emphasis on core values. It says we are not going to exist unless we accommodate change, and you preserve what core values you can once you have accommodated that change.”If the board opposes MDPs, Gilbert said, then it will have to address the costs of seeking to enforce Bar rules and address anti-trust and public relations implications. If it favors them, then it will have to look at how to preserve core values and guarantee lawyer independence in an MDP setting, including ensuring that legal decisions are not made by nonlawyer employees, he said. Those questions could include what type of professionals would be allowed to partner with lawyers in MDPs.The committee, Gilbert said, deadlocked 9-9 on the recommendation of the con subcommittee to not allow MDPs, and then voted down the pro committee’s recommendation 7-11. The only agreement, he said, was to recommend that the Bar enforce its existing rules, including Rule 4-5.4 which prohibits sharing fees with nonlawyers, and that the Bar should provide guidance to lawyers who want to open ancillary businesses.Among presentations to the board were:Mike Tanner, chair of the Trial Lawyers Section, who said that section opposes MDPs because they are a threat to the core values of lawyers. He said the independence of lawyers has been a strength of this country.“Why is it necessary to fee share?” Tanner asked. “What’s wrong with the model of lawyers working together with other disciplines to solve whatever the clients’ problems are, but at the end of the engagement, instead of one bill, the client gets two bills. That way the client gets to one-stop shop, yet the lawyer remains a separate economic entity.”Another possibility is a dual system like Britain, he said, where solicitors can be in MDPs, but barristers, who do the trial work, cannot.Business Law Section Chair Howard Berlin, a member of the special committee, said it is too early to write off MDPs.“It’s pretty obvious that the one-stop service entity has gained tremendously in our market and our population is asking for it and demanding it,” he said. “The public is voting with its feet. It is not just the man on the street, but also all the way up to the U.S. Congress.”He added that the Bar’s long-range plan calls for studying alternative ways to deliver affordable legal services.“The number one goal was to shape the practice of law to the legal needs of the public,” Berlin said, noting MDPs meet that goal. He also said the issue needs considerably more study to work out how rules would be imposed to protect core values, but added that is not a reason to oppose the idea.Elder Law Section Chair Mary Alice Jackson said an elder practice by its nature is interdisciplinary because the lawyer usually has to involve financial planners, health care professionals, insurance agents, and frequently guardians and other professionals to best serve the clients.“Nonlawyer professionals and nonprofessionals are packaging services for our clients and telling clients our services are superfluous,” she said. “They cannot do what we can do. What happens to those clients and the people we are committed to serve is they get royally misdirected? They will get back to us with an incredible loss of service and loss of money.“Consumers and clients these days have looked for one-stop shopping. They will utilize our services if we can offer them an environment that can also offer other services.”Tom Smith, chair of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, said the section took a more middle-of-the-road approach that seeks to preserve core values, but also “permit a lawyer and a nonlawyer to form a partnership or other business entity to offer services to the public, subject to restrictions and regulations.”The section also supports the latest recommendation from the ABA’s MDP commission that lawyer and nonlawyer partners in such a firm would be bound by legal ethics and that nonlawyer partners would not be allowed to practice law, he said.Tax Section Chair David Bowers said accounting firms are now hiring the best and brightest law school graduates, especially from LL.M programs, under the guise of improving their consulting services. The firms are not providing the mentoring and training lawyers traditionally get from law firms, but they are using the new lawyers to do legal work and give advice “to clients they will never see.”The section, he said, favors enforcing Bar rules, but has not yet directly addressed MDPs, although it plans to do so at a May meeting.Young Lawyers Division President Greg Coleman said the YLD Board of Governors had trouble reaching a consensus. That board opposed the pro position 22-7 but also voted down the con position 20-9. But they, he said, did urge the Bar to vigorously enforce all existing regulations.Dennis Kainen, president of the Dade County Bar Association, said the association’s governing board voted unanimously to oppose allowing MDPs, or making any change that compromises the profession’s core values.Miami attorney and former board member Mike Nachwalter, chair of the con committee, said it is only special interests, and not the public, that are seeking MDPs. He argued that MDPs cannot function without violating the profession’s core values and that problems with MDPs are beginning to surface.He said the Securities and Exchange Commission is moving to ban audits by MDPs because of potential conflicts of a company getting its legal and financial advice from one firm. And one of the big five accounting firms, which is getting into MDPs, was sued by a client for conflict of interest.“I would say `no’ to MDPs, not at this time,” Nachwalter said. “I don’t think we can take a `try it’ approach.” He did say he supported appointing another panel to study the future of the profession.Sam Ullman, another member of the MDP committee, said MDPs are already a fact.“As much talent and intelligence and good will is in this room, this Board of Governors will not make that decision [about allowing MDPs],” he said. “The marketplace will make the decision, as it always has about everything.”While he’s convinced lawyers in consulting companies are practicing law, Ullman said it would be nearly impossible to make a case against them for UPL.“The challenge before us is very simple. It’s happening. Stop debating about whether we have it,” he said. “The question is how we’re going to regulate it. The question is whether we want thousands and thousands of lawyers outside the regulatory tent, as they currently are.”Martin Garcia, co-chair of the MDP committee and a former board member, said he thinks MDPs may be only a fad that won’t last.“The fundamental premise of the proponents of the MDP model is that if we as a profession do not bundle our services with other professions, we will become extinct,” he said. “I have to tell you, I don’t believe it. I haven’t seen sufficient or credible enough evidence to support it.”Garcia said he rarely practices law and instead spends his time on business activities. He said he considered taking his company public a couple years ago, and made sure he got separate legal, financial and accounting advice rather than relying on one “consulting” firm.“I don’t want to go to an advisor who is selling me products,” he said. “I want to go to a lawyer who renders independent advice.”He added he sits on the board of a public company, and the company president has the same outlook, having rejected offers from consulting companies to do all those services.Dunn, chair of the con subcommittee, said lawyers are wrong to think they continue to monopolize information about legal services and problems in this age of widespread Internet access.“We are the last profession to recognize that the market is dominating what we do,” he said. “A customer never buys what the seller sells; the customer buys what the customer wants.”And while lawyers may worry that clients could compromise their confidentiality by getting legal services from a consulting firm, that’s a decision for consumers to make, he said.“If my client wants to go down to the accounting firm and retain the lawyer in that accounting firm and is willing to accept less in those protections, am I the one to tell the client he or she is incompetent?” Dunn said.He said the pro subcommittee’s proposal to allow MDPs with at least 51-percent lawyer ownership was a reasonable compromise that recognized new economic trends. The group also wants a full-time commission to help reinvent the legal practice in Florida in light of economic pressures, Dunn said.Board member Carol Brewer, a member of the special MDP committee, said a disbarred lawyer could become a nonlawyer partner in a MDP, and continue to practice.“In my opinion, the public doesn’t know what it wants,” she said. “Why require people to go to law school and to take the bar exam if we’re going to let the market dictate whether they want someone with certain qualifications or not?”President-elect designate Terry Russell, also a member of the special committee, said he started out in favor of MDPs, but changed his mind, calling them the “Wal-Martization of our profession.”“I was being asked to recommend the most significant change in American legal history, and I could not find a reason for such a change,” Russell said of MDPs. He added that MDPs would be set up not just by the big five accounting firms, but also by financial institutions and unlicensed legal technicians.He urged the board to support the con subcommittee’s Alternative C proposal, and estimated there are only 2,000 to 3,000 lawyers nationwide, and a few hundred in Florida, working in an MDP setting. Russell said it’s time for the Bar to serve the interests of the vast majority of its members who aren’t part of MDPs.Board members asked several questions and made several observations to those testifying.Public board member Dr. Alvin Smith warned that MDPs could do for lawyers what HMOs did for doctors — take away their ability to decide what is best for clients.Yanchunis said it’s a false impression that the Bar won’t prosecute and the Supreme Court won’t act on cases involving sharing fees with nonlawyers. He said there are at least 10 recorded decisions where the court has enforced the rule.The RPPTL’s Smith, in response to a question, said prosecuting consulting firms for UPL will be difficult because they will claim they are performing legal-related work and avoiding UPL by having attorneys do the document drafting.And the Business Law Section’s Berlin warned the Bar’s UPL budget of just over $1 million isn’t nearly enough to address the MDP issue.“If you are going to take that approach, then $1 million. . . is a spit in the ocean to prosecute that type of conduct that is going on all over the country and on the Internet,” he said.Board member David Welch said he agreed that $1 million might not be enough to effectively prosecute MDPs, but he disagreed with the assessment that such prosecutions would be difficult.“If an estate planner goes on the Internet and says he will prepare the estate plan. . . that’s UPL and can be prosecuted,” he said. BOG: Core values trump MDPs April 30, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img

Robertson family home sprawling and modern

first_imgThe home at 45 Parnassus St, RobertsonMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The master bedroom has a big walk-in wardrobe with built-in cabinetry, an ensuite with spa and patio access.There is a study that could be used as a sixth bedroom. The media room is set up for home movie nights while the laundry has built-in cupboards and there are two storerooms off the double lockup garage. Outside, the entertainment area has a built-in outdoor kitchen, and a second garage with a toilet has been converted into a gym. The home at 45 Parnassus St, Robertson is going under the hammer.THIS grand family home is going under the hammer in a private pocket of Robertson. The property, at 45 Parnassus St, is spread across two levels and has high ceilings, multiple living areas and luxurious extras including a cinema room, gym and an outdoor kitchen.Marketing agent Tom Zhang, of Yong Real Estate Sunnybank Hills, said the executive home was on an 1165sq m block in a cul-de-sac. On the ground level there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with high ceilings, modern lighting and sliding doors that open to outdoor spaces. The kitchen has a massive island bench, stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, a butler’s pantry and sleek white cabinetry. The kitchen at 45 Parnassus St, RobertsonUpstairs, bedroom two has a walk-in robe and ensuite with bath and separate shower while bedroom three has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with shower. The fourth bedroom has a walk-in robe and bedroom five has a built-in robe. The family bathroom has a walk-in shower. Mr Zhang said the home was in walking distance of public transport and Robertson State School, and close to shops. “Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to secure this exceptional family home,” he said. “The owners are relocating and this property must be sold at auction, if not before.” The property will be auctioned on May 27 at 4pm.last_img read more

US, Canadian courts throw out Nortel appeal over ‘misleading’ figures

first_imgJudge Gross from the Delaware Bankruptcy Court said he fully understood the implications of the decision made in May, while Justice Newbould from the Supreme Court of Ontario accused the bond holders of providing misleading figures.“I see no injustice in the result,” Newbould said.“I need not repeat what is contained in the reasons for judgment released on 12 May 2015. Nothing argued on this motion leads me to consider I erred in any way in those reasons.”The original case has been ongoing since the Canadian company’s insolvency in 2009, triggering one of the world’s largest insolvencies.Facing a £2.1bn (€2.9bn) hole in the UK pension scheme, the trustees, alongside the regulator and PPF, began legal proceedings against the remaining estate to seek funding.However, proceedings were then challenged by the company over the right of the UK regulator to issue demands across borders.Other creditors also challenged the ruling, suggesting they had more right to the remaining $7.3bn of Nortel assets, with May’s decision providing equal footing.Angela Dimsdale Gill, a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, which represented the trustees, said the firm saw no basis to change the judgments in the appeal.“The Judges have demonstrated they are robust in their view that a pro rata distribution of the remaining Nortel assets is the fairest and most just result,” she said. “We hope the matter can now be swiftly concluded and that all creditors can access what is rightfully theirs.” Two courts have thrown out an appeal by Nortel Networks bond holders against a decision to provide the UK pension fund with equal claim on assets, after the US creditors were accused of misleading the case.In May, two judges sitting simultaneously in US and Canadian courts ruled that the trustees of the Nortel Networks UK pension scheme were entitled to an equal share of the remaining $7bn (€6.3bn) of assets left over from one of the world’s largest insolvencies.Nortel’s other creditors, mainly US bond holders, challenged the decision, which they said was unequal between their claim and that of UK trustees, backed by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and Pension Protection Fund (PPF).Again, judges in the US and Canada dismissed bond holders’ claims that the initial decision would lead to unintended consequences.last_img read more

Football Finalists

first_imgMuch to my dismay, Georgia defeated Oklahoma and Alabama defeated Clemson for the chance to play for the National Championship next week. I was not at all amused that the Big Ten was left out of the playoffs completely. The Big Ten went into this year’s Bowl Season with a chip on its shoulder. As the results kept coming in, you could certainly tell this. It started with Purdue’s comeback win over Arizona, and the record went to 7-0 before Michigan lost on New Year’s Day. Way to go Big Ten!!last_img read more

Lambert: I’m not immune to sacking

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has once again emphasised he does not feel immune from the the sack, insisting he “never stops worrying” about it. And last weekend they suffered a 2-1 FA Cup third-round reverse at Villa Park against Sheffield United – a club that have been struggling this term towards the lower end of Sky Bet League One. Lambert – under whom Villa finished 15th in the Premier League last season, his first in charge of the club – said after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea in December that although he has a good relationship with his chairman Randy Lerner, he always works with “that fear” of losing his job. Returning to the theme this week, Lambert said: “I never stop worrying. I’m not immune from it. “The relationship between me and Randy is what it is. You are never immune from anything, and I would never view it that way. “You just keep going – there is no secret formula to it. You just keep going and don’t lose focus on what you are trying to do. I will never waver from that.” Lambert has also been keen to stress how bad a week he has had off the back of the Sheffield United result. Before the game, he had caused a stir by saying that most fellow top-flight managers would probably prefer to do without the FA Cup. After the match – for which he fielded a first XI showing only four changes – he claimed that comment had been taken out of context. And asked ahead of the Arsenal contest how he had been feeling in the days since the cup tie, Lambert said: “The same way I do after every other game (Villa have lost). “I don’t sleep great, I don’t eat great. The usual stuff. “It is just the life of a football manager. It is a great job, but you don’t feel great (after defeats). “And contrary to other people’s reports, I never degraded the competition at all. “I tried to win the game, I put the best team out I possibly could and we got knocked out. Good luck to Sheffield United. We weren’t good enough.” There were boos from Villa fans at the final whistle in the Sheffield United game and while Lambert has expressed his understanding for the supporters’ frustration, he has also called for them to “stick with it” and do all they can to help the team on Monday night. “I don’t have any problem with the crowd,” Lambert said. “If the team is not performing, then you expect people to vent their frustration – that is normal. “But we are a young side. “Last year, we played Newcastle at home and we were getting beaten 2-0 in the first half. “Then we scored, and for about 40 minutes, it didn’t matter what we did, that crowd was right with us. They were brilliant that time. “Because you are in your second year, it might be a different view, but if they can stick with it and see us through the hard times when we need them… because we certainly need them. “They have been excellent for us overall, and we expect if we are not performing that certain things will happen. “But we’re hoping on Monday that they will get right behind us.” Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of the Arsenal match. Both club captain Vlaar and Baker sat out the Sheffield United game with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also missed the cup tie, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles, but the contest is too soon for midfielder Chris Herd and defender Joe Bennett to make their comebacks after injury. Ahead of Monday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Arsenal, Villa are on a poor run of form, having won only one and lost five of their last seven games in all competitions. The midlands outfit’s record at their own ground for the entire campaign to date has been disappointing, with it showing just two victories and six defeats from 10 top-flight fixtures Press Associationlast_img read more

Minister Norton lauds National youth football teams’ showing

first_img– Hails them as true ambassadors to Guyana MINISTER of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, who also holds the responsibility for sport, joined the Guyana Football Federation recently at an appreciation reception to recognize the efforts of the National Under-17 and 20 Women’s teams, as well as the National Under-15 Boys team at their Dadanawa Street, Section ‘K’ Campbellville Headquarters.The respective teams had represented the nation well in three Concacaf Qualifying tournaments. The Under-20’s swept the Concacaf Women’s Championship in Group A that was hosted here by defeating Saint Lucia, Suriname, The Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda. The Under-17s won the CONCACAF Women’s Qualifying Championship in Group ‘D’ played in Curacao when they defeated the host, as well as St. Vincent & the Grenadines and The Bahamas and qualified for the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship scheduled to be played from March 21 to April 5. In the Concacaf Boys’ Under-15 Championship 2019 played in Florida, Guyana, after losing to Nicaragua 3-0 in their first match, went on to win against The Bahamas, The Cayman Islands and ended with a 1-1 draw against French Guiana.In feature remarks, Minister Norton said that he was proud to be able to celebrate the players for their wonderful achievements and accomplishments.Pointing out that football is the most popular sport in the world with over three billion fans, Minister Norton told the players, “We are sincerely proud of each of you and the way you have performed outside these shores as true ambassadors of Guyana.”Norton said that he was quite excited when the U-20 Lady Jags managed to create history by remaining undefeated during the group stage of the Concacaf Under-20 championships in July last.He also expressed delight with the U-15s performance and, most recently, that of the U-17 Girls, adding that “as the minister responsible for sport, I am truly impressed by each of you and I am further motivated to continue my fight, my struggle, my support to develop and upgrade our country’s sports infrastructure. I’m also quite satisfied by the fact that our national football teams have been attracting increased participation from youths and particularly from the hinterland regions.”Reflecting on a recent tournament held in Kamana, Region 8, Minister Norton said he is truly convinced that football is going forward and is in the right hands and the right persons are associated with the sport. “At those games, there was the participation of FIFA and there was a banner which said, ‘Living football.’ The FIFA representative at those games and I want to congratulate the GFF for having FIFA so intimately involved at that level and in those areas.’’ He further added that looking at the situation in Kamana, he saw exactly what it is to be living football.Norton said that he is looking forward to the players helping to make the game popular here in Guyana and take their rightful places in the fraternity. He encouraged the players to remain focused.GFF president, Wayne Forde, in congratulating the players and staff, said that it takes years of deliberate work to reap rewards, citing that the women’s achievement is nothing short of being historic; winning both the Under-20 and Under-17 Concacaf Qualifying Groups undefeated.“The youth development programme that was launched way back in early 2016 is still being adjusted from every single corner. We believe that we are on the right path; we now have the evidence to support, we have the indicators that are clear, and we are on the right path. How do we sustain this and how do we repeat it over the next couple of years is going to be the greatest challenge for us,” Forde said.The GFF boss encouraged the young players to see their achievements as motivation towards accomplishing even greater things, while noting “…could you understand or even think for a second what it would mean for Guyana when you guys qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup? Is there anyone here who doubts that you would qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup? I don’t think so. So we have to keep knocking down goal after goal.”GFF’s Technical Director, Ian Greenwood, told the youths and coaching staff that they have done a fantastic job for the nation and themselves, pointing out that what was achieved by the two women’s teams is unprecedented.The ‘TD’ noted the boy’s Under-15 team has been together for some time now and the hard work that they have been putting in is paying rewards now.The vote of thanks was delivered by Lady Jaguar, Jalade Trim, who presented a short overview of their sojourn in Curacao, and Junior Jaguar, Rajan Ramdeholl, respectively.last_img read more

McNabb to have jersey retired

first_img Published on May 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will retire Donovan McNabb’s No. 5 jersey on Nov. 2 during the Wake Forest game, McNabb announced on his Twitter page on Saturday. McNabb, who starred for the Orangemen from 1995-1999, tweeted that the decision was announced at the Board of Trustees dinner on Friday night.At our Trustees dinner it was announced that SU will be retiring the # 5 on Nov 2. God is good.thx to all teammates and coaches from 94-99.— Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) May 11, 2013McNabb is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in SU history, starting all 49 games in his college career and compiling a 35-14 record before playing 13 seasons in the NFL. He holds Syracuse records with 221.1 total yards per game, a 155.1 passing efficiency rating and 8.9 yards per attempt. A 96-yard touchdown pass against West Virginia during his freshman year is also a Syracuse record.McNabb also set several single-season school records. During his junior season he amassed an SU record 2,892 total yards. His 22 touchdown passes as a senior are a school record, and his four touchdown passes against Cincinnati are school records, as well. He guided the Orangemen to their most recent Bowl Championship Series game that year. Syracuse fell to Florida in the 1999 Orange Bowl.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe quarterback holds Big East records with 77 career touchdowns and 1,403 total offensive plays. He was a three-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year and was named the conference’s offensive player of the decade for the 1990s. In all, McNabb’s accolades earned him a spot on SU’s all-century team.He also served as a walk-on for the basketball team for two seasons, appearing in 18 games, including a 10-point outing against Georgetown. He was a walk-on on the 1996 team that lost to Kentucky in the national championship. Commentslast_img read more

Flower power

first_imgJoseph Chen | Daily TrojanFranceska Rolda, a senior majoring in sociology, holds up a mirror to show Natasha Natarajan, a freshman majoring in human biology, one of the flower crowns from Fran’s Flowers during Residential Student Government’s Spring into Service event, which took place on Monday.last_img