Not bad! Southampton’s official 25-man Premier League squad and U21 list

first_imgConsidering the amount of talent released by Southampton this summer, the club’s 25-man squad list makes for pretty good reading. Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player”. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.SouthamptonPlayers (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1 Alderweireld, Toby Albertine (No)2 Bertrand, Ryan (Yes)3 Boruc, Artur (No)4 Clyne, Nathaniel Edwin (Yes)5 Cork, Jack Frank Porteous (Yes)6 Davis, Kelvin Geoffery (Yes)7 Davis, Steven (Yes)8 Fonte, Jose Miguel (No)9 Forster, Fraser Gerard (Yes)10 Gardos, Florin (No)11 Gazzaniga, Paulo Dino (No)12 Long, Shane Patrick (Yes)13 Mane, Sadio (No)14 Mayuka, Emmanuel (No)15 Pelle, Graziano (No)16 Rodrigues, Jay Enrius (Yes)17 Schneiderlin, Morgan (Yes)18 Tadic, Dusan (No)19 Wanyama, Victor (No)20 Yoshida, Maya (No)Southampton– Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Bakary, Mohamed Richard2 Barnes, Marcus Thomas3 Britt, William David4 Clinton, Kyle5 Cook, Oliver David Paul6 Cropper, Cody Joseph7 Deasy, Colm8 Debayo, Joshua Akinkunmi9 Demkiv, Daniel Steven10 Flannigan, Jake11 Gallagher, Samuel James12 Gape, Dominic Edward13 Hallett, Jake14 Hesketh, Jake Alexander15 Irvine, Mark Joshua16 Isgrove, Lloyd Jeffrey17 Isted, Harvey James Duke18 Johns, Christopher Patrick Adam19 Jones, Alfie20 Kayembe, Carel21 Lea, Joseph William22 Little, Armani23 Mason, Niall Aadya24 McCarthy, Jason Sean25 McQueen, Samuel James26 Mells, George John27Mugabi, Bevis Kristofer Kizito28 Olomola, Olufela29 Reed, Harrison James30 Regis, Christopher31 Rowe, Omar Reiss32 Seager, Ryan Paul33 Sims, Joshua Samuel34 Sinclair, Jake Tony35 Stephens, Jack36 Targett, Matthew Robert37 Turnbull, Jordan Robert38Ward-Prowse, James Michael Edward39 Wilkin, Stuart John40 Willard, Harley Bryn41 Wood, William Nicholas 1last_img read more

From the bench to the back of the net – episode four: The North-West

first_imgtalkSPORT has teamed up with Royal Naval Reserve to bring you a series of brilliant documentaries exploring the very special role of the substitute in football.And in this episode we look at some of the greatest subs from he North-West..For more information on the Royal Naval Reserve, visit royalnavy.mod.uk/rnrTo listen to previous episodes of ‘From the bench to the back of the net’, click herelast_img

Dancing through the ages

first_img “Sure,” responded her great-granddaughter, who’s been taking dance lessons – but not tap – for about four years. Most kids who are lucky enough to still have a great-grandparent have to visit them in a retirement facility. Caitlyn visits with her great-grandmother every week in a dance studio. Selina Litzenberger says her daughter and grandmother have always been close. “Caitlyn calls her every day to make sure she takes her pills and is doing OK,” she said. “They go out at least once or twice a week with my mom for dinner at Dennys, so it didn’t surprise me that they’d be doing something like this together.” It didn’t surprise the family, but it seems to have surprised just about everyone else, says Kathy Litzenberger, Helen’s daughter and Caitlyn’s grandmother. “Everyone we tell thinks it’s so unusual and wonderful what they’re doing together, and it is. But to us it’s just Caitlyn and my mom being great friends.” The dancing lessons have energized her mom, Kathy says. For awhile, her mom just wanted to sleep all day. Now she can’t wait for Fridays. Helen never did get a straight answer from her own mother on why she wouldn’t let her take tap-dancing lessons as a kid back in 1925. “She let me play the sax, but not tap dance,” she says, taking a quick break from working on her shuffles. “I was an only child, and maybe my mother thought somehow tap dancing would take me away from her and the home. I just don’t know.” Whatever, it’s old news. She’s tap dancing now and making every minute count because they’ve got a big show coming up. It isn’t until next June 25, when the dance studio will have its annual recital at the Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza. There will be about 50 dance routines performed, including one first: The great-grandmother/granddaughter duo making their first public appearance. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It was a big day for the duo last week. Helen’s doctor had signed off on increasing the lessons to a full 60 minutes after Helen complained she wasn’t even able to work up a good sweat during a half-hour session. “Great-grandma’s really fast and good,” Caitlyn says, watching Helen work on a few Shirley Temple steps with dance instructor Danielle Peig. “She never gets tired.” When you’ve been waiting 80 years to strut your stuff, why would you? Helen says. It was about a month ago that the retired schoolteacher – still living on her own in a mobile home park – decided she wanted to add a little excitement to her life. All she needed was someone to have it with. “I’m thinking of taking tap-dancing lessons,” she told Caitlyn. “Would you take them with me?” It’s taken her 80 years, but Helen Clark has finally started those tap-dancing lessons her mother wouldn’t let her have back in 1925 when she was 10. “Who would have thought at my age I’d be having so much fun?” said the 90-year-old West Hills great-grandmother, laughing as she slipped on her tap shoes, and giving her 7-year-old great-granddaughter, Caitlyn Gold-Litzenberger, a wink. They’re a duo over at the 5-6-7-8 Dance Company in West Hills every Friday afternoon – Helen and Caitlyn. The great-grandmother/great-granddaughter tap-dancing team. “When I learned they were taking lessons together I thought it was the greatest thing,” said studio owner Holly Dipoma. “This is a first for us.” last_img read more

Timmer and Dean Named Enterprise Bank MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

first_imgThis is the sixth time Drake’s men’s and women’s basketball programs have swept the weekly awards, while making it the 17th honor for the Bulldogs in the 2017-18 academic year, more than any other school. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake men’s basketball senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) and Drake women’s basketball redshirt-junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) have been named Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the week, presented by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. The two student-athletes were honored for their performances during the period of Jan. 29 – Feb. 4, 2018. This weeks honor is Timmer’s fourth of this season and Dean’s first. Timmer, who was also the Co-MVC Player of the Week, had a historic week as he became Drake’s all-time scoring leader with 1,812 career points and moved into 30th in career scoring in the MVC record book. He averaged 27.0 points on 14-of-29 shooting and 7-of-16 from the three-point arc as well as 19-of-22 at the free-throw line. Timmer opened the week with 22 points in the loss to Southern Illinois and followed that up by matching a career-high 32 points in the road win at Bradley. Against Bradley with a three-pointer at the 4:56 mark he became Drake’s all-time leading scorer, passing Josh Young’s 1,789 career points. He was 12-of-14 from the free-throw line at Bradley including 6-of-6 in the final minute to help preserve the Bulldogs’ win as he scored 17 second-half points. Timmer’s two performances of 20 or more points on the week gives him 11 such performances this year, the second most in the league and the most 30-point games this season. Timmer holds a 3.47 GPA in Drake’s doctorate of pharmacy program. Dean averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting a blistering 57.9 percent from the floor (11-of-19), an impressive 50 percent from behind the three-point line (6-of-12) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (5-of-6) to help Drake win home games over Southern Illinois and Missouri State. Friday against Missouri State, Dean scored a season-high 20 points, going 7-of-11 from the field, including tying a season-best with three three-pointers. She pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the year and the eighth of her career. Dean also added three assists and two steals in 25 minutes. In Sunday’s victory over Missouri State, Dean scored 13 points of a 4-of-8 shooting performance, equaling her season-best for three-pointers once again with three. She added three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 20 minutes. This season, Dean, who missed all of 2016-17 due to injury, is averaging 9.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. She has scored double-figures in five of the past six games. In league games, Dean averages 11.2 points and a league-best 4.0 assists per game. Dean holds a 3.5 GPA has an actuarial science and finance major, as well as being in Drake’s MBA program. 2017-18 Drake Missouri Valley Scholar-Athletes of the WeekSept. 6 – Josh Yeager – Men’s Cross CountrySept. 13 – Kyle Brandt – Men’s Cross CountryOct. 4 – Kyla Inderski – VolleyballNov. 28 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballNov. 28 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 6 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballDec. 6 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballDec. 13 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 3 – Nick McGlynn, Men’s BasketballJan. 10 – Becca Hittner, Women’s BasketballJan. 10 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballJan. 17 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballJan. 17 – Nick McGlynn, Men’s BasketballJan. 31 – Sara Rhine, Women’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Reed Timmer, Men’s BasketballFeb. 7 – Maddy Dean, Women’s Basketball Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

SA a favourite among expats

first_imgExpatriates living in South Africa have decided that the country is one of the best expat locations in the world. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) South Africa is the sixth best country in the world to live in, according to expatriates based here. This was revealed in a massive global survey commissioned by global finance house HSBC Bank International. The study was conducted by UK-based research company FreshMinds. Results were released in late November 2009.Over 3 100 expats, from more than 30 industries and living in 50 countries on four continents, took part in the study earlier in the year.Titled Expat Experience, it sought to determine the challenges people encountered when living and working away from home, and also aimed to differentiate between the expat experience in various countries and on various continents, in comparison with home.In the end 26 countries made the rankings. South Africa came in behind the top five of Canada, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and Bahrain.As an expat favourite it eclipsed highly developed nations such as the US, France, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK, as well as other emerging nations including Brazil, Mexico, China and India.Quality of lifeThe survey is one of three reports released under HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer series of studies. The other two studies are the Expat Economics and Offshore Offspring reports.South Africa was the only African country surveyed for the economics report, where it came 13th out of 26. The results of the Offshore Offspring report, which reveals the best place to raise a family away from home, are due out in early 2010.The latest survey focused on the expat experience of mingling with local culture and society, and the increase or decrease in quality of life compared to the home country.Expats rated their current locations according to 23 day-to-day criteria, including food, accommodation, entertainment, transport, banking, utilities, healthcare, working hours, family and social life, hobbies, and more.They were also asked to rate the ease with which they were able to perform a variety of tasks, including finding accommodation for their families and schools for their children, learning the local language, making friends among local and expat communities, and arranging their finances, vehicles, utilities, and other essentials.Friendly countryIn addition to making the top 10 overall, South Africa scored highly in the categories of making local friends (2), organising schools (3), finding somewhere to live (3), social life (3), quality of life (3), and accommodation (4).South Africa was the top-ranked country for hobbyists, as well as the top country for settling down, beating Thailand and Canada which took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. More than half of those questioned – 55% – have lived in South Africa for more than five years.South Africa was rated among the top nations in terms of the ease with which expats integrated into local society, which covered factors such as setting up their bank accounts, learning the language, and arranging healthcare.According to the report, in most countries new arrivals gravitate towards the expat community when seeking new friends. Notable exceptions are Brazil, where 94% of people easily made local friends; followed by South Africa and Canada (both 91%); and India and Russia (both 90%).South Africa’s worst score was 22 out of 26, in the transport category.Most affordableA global survey earlier in the year named Johannesburg as the most affordable city in the world for foreigners.Results of the Cost of Living survey, regarded as the world’s most comprehensive study of this type, were released in March 2009.Out of 143 cities on six continents, Johannesburg was found to be the cheapest, almost three times cheaper than the most expensive city, Tokyo.The weakening of South Africa’s currency, the rand, against the dollar is said to be responsible for Johannesburg replacing Asunción in Paraguay as the least expensive location in 2009.last_img read more

If Carbon Pricing Is So Great, Why Isn’t It Working?

first_imgThe regulation optionJaccard, who advised Campbell on the original tax plan, claims to have lost faith in the political viability of carbon pricing. He is providing advice to Canada’s federal government, and suggesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focus on regulations that have direct and proven impact.Modeling by Jaccard’s research group suggests that Canada would need carbon prices rising to C$160 (US$124) per metric ton (1.1 tons) in 2030 to meet its pledges under the Paris agreement. Instead of risking political careers with such a proposal, he advises politicians to strengthen carbon-cutting regulations. For example, he suggests mandating a phase-out of coal-fired power plants and requiring automakers to sell mostly electric vehicles by 2030.“Difficult as this might be, it would be far less difficult than defending a rapidly rising carbon tax that attracts hostile media attention with each increase,” Jaccard wrote recently in the Canadian online magazine Policy Options.Steffen Böhm, an expert in carbon markets at the University of Exeter Business School in the U.K., has come to the same conclusion. He says that his research indicates that carbon pricing policy is consistently undermined by lobbying from commercial interests.“What we need is policy-makers taking responsibility to put legislation in place to phase out fossil fuels,” says Böhm.Others expect carbon markets to deliver in the end, with prices rising as lower-cost emissions reductions are exploited and declining carbon caps force increasingly tougher action.Burtraw at Resources for the Future offers an alternate and rather unorthodox possibility: Low carbon prices may reflect factors like innovation that are impossible to fully anticipate. He notes the plummeting prices for solar and wind power and energy efficiency measures. Whereas the fossil fuels that have dominated economies for centuries tend to rise in cost as they are depleted, renewables are dropping fast and they could keep on dropping. As a result, climate mitigation could turn out to be less expensive than economists have assumed.“My view is that a carbon price is imperative,” says Burtraw, “but in the end it will not have to be high.” Schemes turning theory into practice applied a carbon price to the equivalent of about 7 billion metric tons (7.7 billion tons) of CO2 emissions worldwide last year, according to the World Bank (another carbon pricing booster). That represents about 12% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. And the World Bank and IMF have set a goal to extend carbon pricing’s footprint to 25% of global emissions by 2020.What carbon pricing pioneers have yet to prove, however, is that it can deliver on its potential. To date, most carbon prices remain low — “virtually valueless” is how Bloomberg put it in a recent review of carbon pricing. That has led even some economists to question whether carbon pricing’s theoretical elegance may be outweighed by practical and political hurdles. Taxing StrategyCarbon tax advocates favor forgoing the vagaries of carbon markets altogether. Rather, they recommend governments tax greenhouse gas production at a rate that will create sufficient incentive to significantly reduce emissions while generating steady revenues that can be put to good use.The quintessential example is British Columbia’s carbon tax, which adds C$30 (US$23) per metric ton to fossil fuels sold and combusted in the province (which account for over 70 percent of its total greenhouse gas emissions). It is generally accepted that the tax is reducing emissions in British Columbia without harming the provincial economy.Yoram Bauman, the Seattle-based economist behind Washington State’s ballot Initiative 732, says he modeled the carbon tax ballot measure after British Columbia’s. Bauman says he fell in love with the “simplicity” of environmental taxation as an undergraduate at Reed College in Portland, and found the province’s carbon tax elegant enough to capture in haiku:       Fossil C02,       Thirty dollars for each ton,       Revenue neutral.British Columbia’s policy returns revenues from the carbon tax to taxpayers in the form of cuts to existing taxes — and that’s the plan for Initiative 732 as well. Both also offer tax benefits for low-income families, who are disproportionately hurt by rising energy costs.In British Columbia, this revenue-neutral formula drove a rapid reduction in CO2 emissions at little cost to the economy during its first four years, with per capita use of fossil fuel dropping up to 19%. Several studies suggest that British Columbia’s economy may have actually accelerated as a result thanks to the stimulative effect of cutting income and business taxes. A 2015 working paper from the University of Calgary, for example, estimates that employment in the province grew 2% between 2007 and 2013 due to the carbon tax.Supporters rally in favor of Washington State’s Initiative 732, which would tax carbon emissions and distribute revenues in the form of tax cuts. [Photo: Carbon Washington]That double dividend is attracting politically diverse interest in the U.S. Former Cato Institute official Jerry Taylor, who now runs the libertarian Niskanen Center, issued a report last year titled “The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax.” More recently, Senator Bernie Sanders has been trying to convince the Democratic Party to endorse carbon taxes.Republican leaders in Congress who oppose climate action passed a non-binding resolution in June stating that carbon taxes “would be detrimental to American families and businesses.” But Aparna Mathur, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, bemoaned the Republican’s resolution this month, telling Politico that “instead of relying on dozens of federal and state regulations that themselves are costly, a carbon tax would be transparent and cost-effective.”Yet the political hurdles facing carbon taxes cannot be overstated. Representatives of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton opposed including Sanders’ carbon tax plank in the Democratic Party’s official 2016 platform. And even supporters of Initiative 732 say it faces an uphill battle.“We have a very tax-sensitive electorate in Washington,” acknowledges Joe Fitzgibbon, chair of the Washington State legislature’s environment committee. Others have expressed concerns that the initiative could leave the state with less revenue. And environmental groups are rallying instead behind cap and trade, with revenues to be redirected to environmental programs (including ones protecting the state’s forestry jobs) rather than tax cuts.Even British Columbia’s much-lauded carbon tax is unpopular at home and losing ground. Annual increases in the tax were frozen in 2012, when Premier Gordon Campbell, who launched the tax, left office. And the province’s greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise again. Seven members of current Premier Christy Clark’s Climate Leadership Team recently urged her in an open letter and op-ed to strengthen the tax. The advisors have recommended C$10 (US$23) per metric ton (1.1 ton) annual increases from 2018 to provide “enough incentive to reduce carbon pollution.” BY PETER FAIRLEYEarth’s atmosphere has long served as a free dump for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases generated by humans. That is changing as policy-makers embrace economists’ advice that the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to charge an atmospheric disposal fee. As a result, governments are increasingly tacking on a price for carbon when fossil fuels are sold or consumed, allowing their economies to internalize some of the social and economic costs associated with burning coal, oil, and natural gas.In theory, billing polluters for every ton of carbon they unleash should drive emissions reductions with great economic efficiency, since each player is free to choose its optimal response to the carbon price. Those who can cut affordably do so. Those who can’t, pay the price.“Carbon pricing is the most effective policy for reducing emissions,” says Christine Lagarde, managing director of the Washington, D.C.–based International Monetary Fund, which is a global cheerleader for carbon pricing. Trade vs. taxAlthough there are many variations on the theme, carbon pricing basically takes two forms.In most cases, carbon prices are set by national, regional or municipal carbon markets. Governments create these markets by putting an upper limit on total annual greenhouse gas emissions for given sectors of their economies, then issuing tradable “allowances” or “credits” for those emissions. More than a dozen carbon markets are now operating, putting a price on 8% of global GHG emissions. In the past five years new carbon markets have been launched in California, Quebec, South Korea, and major Chinese industrial centers such as Shanghai, Tianjin and Guangdong.A simpler option, a carbon tax, currently puts a price on about 4% of global GHG emissions. Instead of conjuring up markets to set carbon prices, carbon taxes impose direct levies on industries for every ton of CO2 they release, or on consumers for every ton of CO2 in the fuels they use.Carbon taxes present a challenge for politicians facing tax-averse publics, but a number of jurisdictions have adopted them, including the U.K., British Columbia, and South Africa. Carbon taxes also appear to be gaining some traction in the U.S.: Senator Bernie Sanders made them a central plank in his recent presidential bid, and Washington State voters will get a vote on the first state-level carbon tax ballot initiative in November.Experts say the two approaches to carbon pricing share more similarities than differences. Unfortunately, their similarities include chronically low prices — prices too low to drive substantial emissions reductions or to inspire low-carbon investments. Most carbon markets and taxes are well below US$15 per metric ton (1.1 ton), whereas members of the International Emissions Trading Association recently estimated that €40 (US$44) per metric ton (1.1 ton) pricing was required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.“It is politically difficult to get carbon prices to levels that have an effect,” says Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University. The problem, Jaccard says, is that carbon pricing is as politically inexpedient as it is economically efficient: “While carbon pricing has become a mantra for economists, environmentalists, academics, celebrities, media pundits, and even corporate heads, none of these people needs to get reelected,” he notes. Tough tradingCarbon markets have been a work in progress ever since the European Union launched the first one in 2005 to comply with the Kyoto Protocol, under which the EU pledged to cut emissions to 8% below 1990 levels by 2012. The EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) is vast and complex, covering nearly half of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, including those from over 11,000 cement plants, power stations, refineries, and other polluting installations as well as CO2 from air travel within Europe.The ETS releases 1.74% fewer allowances for industrial emissions every year, so emissions should be 21% lower in 2020 than they were in 2005. In practice, emissions are dropping, but not because of the market, which suffers from a chronic glut of allowances.The world’s leading greenhouse-gas emitting nation, China, is planning to institute a carbon market in 2017. [Photo: Carlos ZGZ via Flickr]Dallas Burtraw, a senior fellow at Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.–based think tank, says the ETS allowed polluters to make generous use of carbon offsets — allowances generated by emissions reduction projects in developing countries. At the same time, economic recession gripping Europe since 2008 and European regulations promoting renewable energy and efficiency both cut fossil fuel consumption, reducing demand for ETS allowances.The result is rock-bottom pricing for carbon. In late June 2016, European allowances were trading at €4.50 (US$5) per metric ton (1.1 ton), less than one-third their initial price in 2005. “The ETS price is below expectations, and below the level that could spark transformational innovation and investments,” says Burtraw.Academic researchers concur. A 2013 research survey by the U.K.-based Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, for example, estimated that the ETS was having a “small but non-trivial impact” on European carbon emissions. It found no evidence that carbon pricing was driving investments in new equipment or innovation needed to meet the EU’s long-term emissions targets.Some newer markets have sought to avoid Europe’s troubles, with qualified success. One launched in 2012 by California (and pooled with Québec’s carbon market in 2014) fights oversupply by allocating most allowances via auctions with a floor price that rises every year, instead of handing them out for free.Despite this strategy, the California/Québec carbon price also crashed after a few years. It currently sits near the latest auction floor price of $12.73 — a price level that puts little downward pressure on emissions. Jaccard argues that policies such as California’s renewable portfolio standard, which has fueled aggressive deployment of utility-scale solar and wind farms, are driving California’s emissions reductions. “The cap is not actually forcing down emissions. Regulations are,” he says.The market, meanwhile, is proving a wild ride for public finances, despite its floor price. Most allowances did not sell at California’s May 2016 auction, thanks at least in part to a legal challenge by manufacturers that spooked traders’ confidence in the market. The state put 43 million allowances to auction and sold just 785,000, all at the floor price. The results were a rude surprise for state agencies promised auction proceeds to fund climate and energy programs. The agency designing a high-speed rail network for California, for example, expected at least a $150 million infusion from last month’s quarterly auction and instead netted just $2.5 million. Traffic in ChinaChina is preparing to start a national carbon market next year that will eclipse the EU’s as the world’s largest, covering roughly 4 billion metric tons (4.4 billion tons) of CO2. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the 2017 carbon market launch last fall to reinforce the country’s promise under the Paris Agreement for its CO2 emissions to peak by 2030.There is no evidence yet that China’s market will produce stronger carbon prices than its predecessors. While the rules are still being decided, experts expect that it will launch with free distribution of allowances. “There will be mostly free allocation, but auctioning — presumably with a reserve price — will play an increasingly important role over time,” predicts Clayton Munnings, a colleague of Burtraw’s and a China expert at Resources for the Future.Munnings led a study of China’s regional pilot carbon markets (to be published soon in Energy Policy) that identified enforcement and transparency concerns that could also undermine the national market.“Credibility is important to cap-and-trade markets,” he says. “Firms must believe that allowances are scarce if they are to fully participate in trading.” RELATED ARTICLES Carbon Fees Are Not the Best Solution to Climate PollutionThe Downside of Low Gas PricesThe Jevons ParadoxGermany’s Energy RevolutionGoldman Sachs Is Our Best Bet Against Climate Change Nine Surprising Signs That Momentum Is Building for Climate ActionHoping for a Climate Change BreakthroughTaking Action on Climate ChangeSeeking Common Ground on Climate Change Policy Peter Fairley is an independent journalist. This post originally appeared at the website Ensia.last_img read more

David Moyes backs confident West Ham United to flourish against Everton

first_imgWest Ham United manager David Moyes believes his side will take plenty of confidence heading into Wednesday’s Premier League trip to his former club Everton after picking up a crucial point against Leicester City.West Ham, currently 18th in the league, came from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Leicester on Friday, with Cheikhou Kouyate’s first half headed equaliser key to lifting the spirits of home supporters at the London Stadium.”It was important that we won on Friday night, but it was probably more important that we didn’t lose. We take that into Wednesday’s game and I am personally really looking forward to going back to Everton,” Moyes told the club website. (www.whufc.com)”I’ve been back a few times and not been that successful on my other visits, so I’m hoping that this one can be.”Moyes, who spent 11 years at Everton between 2002-13, lost 2-0 at Goodison Park with Sunderland in February before he resigned following the club’s relegation from the top-flight at the end of the season.The same scoreline with Manchester United in April 2014 resulted in him losing the job two days later.”It’s a special place for me because of the years I spent there and also because of the people I worked with, many of whom are still there behind the scenes,” he added.”I’ll enjoy going back but I’m only interested in West Ham now and getting a win for West Ham is all that matters.”Moyes was impressed by the performance of Marko Arnautovic on Friday having criticised the Austrian forward’s work rate, especially off the ball, earlier this month.advertisement”He not only delivered three or four very dangerous crosses, but he also did the other side of the game and tracked back, which is he knows he has to do,” the 54-year-old Scot said.”You wouldn’t want to play against him if he can deliver that quality and we just need to make sure keeps it up.”last_img read more

Watch: Didier Deschamps’ half-time speech before France won World Cup

first_imgFrance coach Didier Deschamps became the first Frenchman to win the World Cup as a player and a coach when France lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy in Moscow on July 15.France defeated Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium last Sunday to win their second World Cup with the help of goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe. The other goal came from Mario Mandzukic, who gave Les Bleus the lead early in the 18th minute with an own goal. The Juventus striker also scored at the right end after France captain Hugo Lloris made a mistake and failed to clear the ball in the 69th minute of the match and passed it straight to Mandzukic, who slotted it inside the empty net.But, after that, no goals were scored and France eventually won the match and lift the World Cup after 20 years.However, the victory was not as easy as the score line looked. The Frenchmen were made to work hard by the Croatians, who were pressing and trying to play long-balls into Mario Mandzukic’s path for the striker to hold it down and bring more attackers into play in the counter. The Croats did create some opportunities and Ivan Perisic even scored a stunning goal in the 28th minute to level things up. But, unfortunately, he gave away a penalty in the 37th minute and Griezmann obliged from the spot to restore France’s lead and France kept it that way till the half-way mark.France win World Cup 2018: Coach Didier Deschamps says it is ‘marvellous’advertisementAddressing the team in the dressing room during half-time, Deschamps asked his players to stay close to Mandzukic and not give him space to turn and make things happen. He also asked his players to keep it simple and to pass the ball to Kylian Mbappe as soon as they see a player pressing them high. Griezmann, Pogba and Varane were also seen cheering and motivating the team before heading out for the second-half with the slender lead.Deschamps’ men did exactly that and were rewarded when Pogba curled one inside the net with his left foot in the 59th minute to double France’s lead. Six minutes later, Mbappe also unleashed a vicious shot that beat Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and crashed into the net to put France 4-1 ahead. The game was killed off by the Frenchmen in those six decisive minutes. Although Mandzukic did manage to get a goal back, Lloris’ men were resolute and followed instructions perfectly to shut the shop and defend their two-goal lead until the final whistle blew.Didier Deschamps creates history as France win World Cup after 20 yearsHistory was created for France and Deschamps, who became only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach. The former Juventus coach equaled the record of Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer.Brazil legend Zagallo was the first person to achieve the feat after lifting the World Cup twice in 1958 and 1962 while he won as a manager in 1970. He also won the 1994 edition as assistant manager.last_img read more

India win 5 gold, Deepa wins 2nd bronze on penultimate day of Asian Para Games

first_img(Eds: Updating with results from track and field events) Jakarta, Oct 12 (PTI) Para athletes added two gold medals to India’s kitty after chess players and a shuttler grabbed yellow metals as the country continued its impressive performance at the Asian Para Games where Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second bronze on Friday. K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event after beating Manurung Roslinda of Indonesia 1-0 in the final round, while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men’s individual rapid VI – B2/B3 event to claim the top spot. Rapid P1 event is for physically impaired athletes while rapid VI – B2/B3 event features partially blind competitors. In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a 21-9 21-5 victory over Wandee Kamtam of Thailand to win the gold medal in the women’s singles SL3 event. Athletes in this class have impairment in one or both lower limbs and poor walking/running balance but they play in standing positions. “I work as a coach in the Gujarat’s Sports Authority of India. My target is Paralympics. I will play in the World Championships next,” Parmar said after winning the gold. “So, I want support from my office and I need sponsors. When we go to play international tournaments we don’t have sponsors and we have to fund ourselves. I request the government to help us,” she added. Later, para athletes further made it a memorable day for the Indians. It was double delight for India in the men’s javelin throw F55 event as Neeraj Yadav and Amit Balyan clinched the gold and silver medals respectively.advertisement While Neeraj’s best effort was 29.24m, Amit threw the spear to 29.79 to win the silver. The bronze was bagged by Vietnam’s Kieu Minh Trung with a throw of 28.27m. It was a one-two finish for India in the men’s club throw F51 event too with Amit Kumar and Dharambir bagging the gold and silver respectively. Amit Kumar created a Games record en route the gold with a throw of 29.47, while Dharambir’s best effort was 24.81. The bronze in this event went to Radhi Alharthi of Saudi Arabia. Para swimmer Swapnil Patil clinched a silver in the men’s 100m backstroke in the S10 category. The S10 classification covers physical impairment. Patil earlier won a bronze in the men’s 400m freestyle. India also won a bronze medal in the men’s C4 Individual Pursuit 4000m cycling event with Gurlal Singh claiming the third position. This event is for athletes with a below the knee amputation and a prosthesis on one leg. Earlier in the day, Rio Paralympics silver-medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal at the ongoing competition when she clinched the bronze in the women’s F51/52/53s discus throw. Deepa produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre throw to claim the third spot. Elnaz Darabian of Iran took home the gold and set a new Asian record with her best throw of 10.71m. Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won the silver with an effort of 9.87m. The other Indian in fray, Ekta Bhyan, who won the gold in the women’s club throw event, finished last in a four-strong field with a best attempt of 6.52m. In F51/52/53 category, athletes have full power and movements in their arms, but none in their abdominal muscles and typically no sitting balance. They compete in seated positions. Deepa had earlier won a bronze in women’s F 53/54 javelin throw event. In the women’s discus throw F11 category, Nidhi Mishra claimed a bronze covering a personal distance of 21.82m. The F11 classification covers visual impairment. India now have 63 medals in the Games, which conclude on Saturday. Thirteen of these are gold, 20 silver and 30 bronze. PTI APA PDS SSC ATATlast_img read more

Pakistan cricket has to rise to force India to resume bilateral ties: New PCB MD

first_imgPakistan has no other way than raising the standard of their game if they have to force superpower India to resume bilateral cricketing ties, feels the new PCB dispensation. India and Pakistan have not played a full bilateral series since 2007 owing to tense relations between the neighbouring countries. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown eagerness to resume cricketing relations but the BCCI has maintained that the Indian government calls the shots in the case.”I think when [Pakistan become a top team] that happens, it can create a situation where India asks us to play a bilateral series,” new PCB MD Wasim Khan said in a media interaction in Lahore.In the absence of bilateral series, both teams have only met in ICC and Asian Cricket Council multilateral events, most recently in the Asia Cup held in the UAE last September.In 2012, Pakistan did go to India for a short tour but it did not play Tests.Ehsan Mani, who took charge as PCB Chairman last August, has already said that Pakistan would not beg India to play.Mani supported Wasim Khan’s contention, saying that if the PCB can take the country’s cricket to a level where it is among the top three teams in the world, than India will come on their own to “play with us”.”It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level,” Khan said after taking charge last week.advertisementHe also conceded that he didn’t see any immediate chances of revival of Indo-Pak ties but things could change after the general elections in India.Mani added that Pakistan had not given up hope of bilateral ties being revived and would keep on trying to get the BCCI to the table and move things.”But we are not going to see solutions anytime soon. We will have to wait and see how things go after their elections. So no point of engaging them now.”Both Mani and Khan felt that Pakistan’s failed attempt to get BCCI to compensate it for not honouring an MoU with the ICC’s Disputes Resolution Committee had not soured relations.The Chairman disclosed that the Board’s total expenses on the compensation case, which it lost to BCCI, were about two million dollars including legal fees of the lawyers.last_img read more