Laois communities urged to apply for energy funding

first_img Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival By Alan Hartnett – 22nd December 2020 Communities in Laois are being urged to apply for a share of a new €28 million fund for community energy projects across Ireland which was launched recently.The Community Energy Grants Scheme is funded under the National Retrofit Programme and is now open for applications.It offers grant support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the country. Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival The successful communities will have warmer and healthier buildings, lower energy bills and reduced harmful CO2 emissions.There are also significant employment and competitiveness benefits locally and nationally.The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) are administering the new scheme, which is an enhanced version of the previous Better Energy Communities Scheme.“Communities in Laois could reduce their energy bills with grant-aided projects,” according to Minister Pippa Hackett.“€28 million is being made available for community energy projects, and I would urge communities in Laois to get their applications in,” she says.“430 projects have availed of this funding through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and have cut their energy bills by €70m.“A project can include businesses, sports and community facilities, public sector buildings, homes and school.“Reducing our energy consumption reduces our bills, our emissions and our dependency on fossil fuels.“Abbeyleix launched its energy master plan this week and other communities could follow this lead.”More information on the community grants is available from SEAI at ALSO – Laois student receives Excellence Scholarship Award for outstanding Leaving Cert results The Scheme supports substantial investment in energy upgrades to homes, community and commercial buildings.This includes rented properties, businesses, sports and community facilities, public sector buildings and schools. WhatsApp Twitter Home News Community Laois communities urged to apply for energy funding NewsCommunity Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook TAGSPippa Hackett RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Previous articleCONFIRMED: Government announce increased restrictions in bid to curb Covid-19 spreadNext articleCoronavirus: 13 further deaths and 970 more cases, 13 in Laois, as first vaccine set for December 30 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Laois communities urged to apply for energy fundinglast_img read more

Weak Family Structure Must Be Seen As A Disability – Rev. Thwaites

first_imgPhoto: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, emphasizes a point at the opening of the ninth annual Caribbean Child Research Conference on Wednesday, November 5, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The two-day conference is focused on ‘Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities’. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says every support must be provided for students, who come from weak family structures.He said the lack of a father in many homes, must be viewed as a socio-economic disability, as this absence often hampers the development of these children in many respects.“Weak family structure is a chronic disability within the Jamaican society…it is a disability when you don’t have a stable structure, a relationship between mother and father, in the raising of a child. It compounds all the other issues. It is something so sensitive that we need to bring it into the open and deal with it,” he stated.Minister Thwaites was addressing the ninth annual Caribbean Child Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre downtown Kingston on Wednesday, November 5, on the topic: ‘Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities’.The Education Minister argued that it must be seen as a disability, with children are unable to sit relevant examinations or further their education, because the one parent who is present in their lives, is bound by economic constraints.“I’m concerned. We need to recognise that while single parent families need every support, we can’t extol that kind of behaviour in our future,” he asserted.Rev. Thwaites denounced the cycle of poverty, broken families, and the resultant social ills, caused by the absence of fathers in many homes.Topics being discussed at the two-day regional forum include: Legal Issues for Children with Disabilities; Policy framework for children with disabilities; system of care approach to mental health issues of Jamaican children; Teaching and learning: Children with special needs; Adolescents with intellectual disabilities in transition from care; and Inclusion of children with special educational needs and disabilities into the mainstream primary level schools.The event is organised by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, in collaboration with the Caribbean Child Development Centre, Early Childhood Commission, Planning Institute of Jamaica, Ministry of Education, Office of the Children’s Registry, CHASE Fund, and Jamaica Coalition on the Rights of the Child.Sponsors include the Caribbean Development Bank, and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. RelatedSchools Must Lead in Environmental Excellence – Rev. Thwaites RelatedEducation Ministry to Consider Sixth Form for Edith Dalton James High Story HighlightsMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says every support must be provided for students, who come from weak family structures.He said the lack of a father in many homes, must be viewed as a socio-economic disability, as this absence often hampers the development of these children in many respects.Minister Thwaites was addressing the ninth annual Caribbean Child Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre downtown Kingston on Wednesday, November 5, on the topic: ‘Promoting the Rights of Children with Disabilities’.center_img Advertisements Weak Family Structure Must Be Seen As A Disability – Rev. ThwaitesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Weak Family Structure Must Be Seen As A Disability – Rev. Thwaites EducationNovember 7, 2014Written by: Alphea Saunders RelatedHampton Principal and Marymount High Teacher Cop Lasco Awardslast_img read more

F&W News: Youth Deer Hunt November 8 and 9, record moose taken

first_imgOrleans County Vermont Moose Hunters Had a Successful SeasonKevin Rice takes a 919 lb. archery record bull in Bloomfield VT Orange County County Jericho Springfield Professional Fire Fighters Jericho General Store Middle Branch Market & Deli Ste Marie’s  Inc Addison County With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Vermont Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state. Youth deer hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training they need for lifelong participation, and it also provides biological information needed to manage the herd into the future.  The biological check stations listed below will be open from 9 am to 8:30 pm on November 8 and 9.Read more…(link is external) Barre East Randolph   Mach’s General Store Wright’s Enterprises Windsor County Guilford Country Store Bennington Orange County North Hartland  Caledonia County Concord Biological Check Station Name Marty’s Sports & Gunsmithing Inc Fly Rod Shop East Corinth Essex County Hardwick Windham County Enosburg Falls Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and endsSunday, November 30.  Read more…(link is external) Island Pond   Northern Wildlife Bennington County Franklin County Lamoille County Ingalls Market & Deli Stowe “A preliminary count shows that by October 28 the department had received official reports of 22 moose being taken by 54 hunters in the archery season and 147 moose taken by 289 hunters in the regular season,” said Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader.  He said a few additional reports may still be sent in from other reporting agents. Read more…(link is external) Lamoille County Town Bob’s Quick Stop Irasburg Pittsford Orwell Newport Rutland County West Enosburg Country Store Pawlet Rutland County West Barnet Quick Stop Caledonia County Danby Otter Creek Campground Franklin County Rutland County R&L Archery West Barnet   Washington County Essex County Eden Mills  Keith’s Country Store  Inc Steve’s Bait Shop Swanton Windsor County East Corinth General Store Middlebury Riteway Sports  Inc Chittenden County Barnies Market Guilford Springfield Addison County Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, and the regular moose hunting season was October 18-23. Vermont’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 15 Buxton’s Country Store A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer.  A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip.  The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length.  Orleans County Vermont Field Sportslast_img read more

Caribbean Christmas celebrations: The Bajan way

first_imgEating healthy for the holidays(Barbados Today) It’s just over a week before Christmas and for those who celebrate the season, it is a time of merrymaking and feasting. It is also a time of increased stress, as individuals attempt to ensure that everything is perfect for the big day – shopping for presents, cleaning,…December 19, 2016In “CARICOM”Large turn-out expected as ‘Barbados at 50′ is launched todayThousands of Barbadians and visitors alike are expected to descend on Bridgetown today, Wednesday, January 6, for the official launch of the year-long celebrations to mark Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. The event, which will include a parade on land and sea, fireworks and a multimedia concert, will officially begin…January 6, 2016In “General”Former CARICOM Deputy Secretary-General on Barbados’ 2019 Independence Day Honours ListFormer Deputy Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite is among the awardees on the Barbados Independence Honours List. The list was released as Barbados celebrates its independence anniversary on Saturday. Ambassador Applewhaite received the Companion of Honour for distinguished national achievement and merit. She was honoured for her outstanding contribution…November 30, 2019In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Preparing the House and Food. Aunt Mag tells the Barbados Government Information Service about Christmas in Barbados when she was a child in the 1940’s.last_img read more

Sakata set for third title defense

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 WBA flyweight champion Takefumi Sakata will meet compatriot Shingo Yamaguchi for the third defense of his title on March 29, the gyms of the two boxers announced Thursday. The bout at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture will be the first for Sakata since he narrowly retained his title with a draw against Thai challenger Denkaosan Kaowichit on Nov. 4. Yamaguchi, eighth in the WBA light flyweight rankings, failed in his bid for the WBC light flyweight title in 2002. He recently moved up to the flyweight division to fight Sakata. Sakata has a 31-4 record, including 15 knockouts and two draws, while Yamaguchi is 22-4-2 with eight KOs.last_img read more

Sea otters ‘stuck’ despite comeback in California

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that’s falling apart in their absence.Southern sea otters, nearly wiped out by centuries of industrial-scale hunting for their fur pelts, have rebounded from as few as 50 survivors in the 1930s to more than 3,000 today, thanks to federal and state protection.But there’s a problem. Southern sea otters, a top carnivore that normally helps keep other populations in check and ecosystems in balance, “are kind of stuck,” says Teri Nicholson, a senior research biologist at the nearby Monterey Bay AquariumDespite decades of government protection, southern sea otters today still occupy only about a fourth of their historic range. Federal wildlife policy calls for waiting for the otters to spread out again on their own. The otters’ habitat hasn’t really budged beyond their current central California enclave, however, over the past 20 years.“At this point, I think for the population to increase, the range needs to expand,” said Karl Mayer, manager of the aquarium’s sea-otter program. It doesn’t really make sense, Mayer said, “to stuff more otters into a limited environment.” .Mayer spoke as his boat putt-putted among sea otters, harbor seals and pelicans crowding the salt-water estuary called Elkhorn Slough.At the former whaling town of Moss Landing, the restored slough forms part of the southern sea otters’ modern-day range: 300 miles of coast along the middle of California.On this morning, male sea otters clasp paws with one another for stability in the water as they snooze together and warm their bellies in the spring sun. Deeper into the waterway, female otters float with their young perched on their chests, or with newborn otters — even more buoyant than adults thanks to their thick fur — bobbing alongside them like corks.A hungry sea gull stalks one female otter gnawing on a fat innkeeper worm. Her otter pup watches wide-eyed.Though small by marine mammal standards, sea otters are the largest members of the weasel family and males can grow to nearly 100 pounds (45 kilograms). Their fur, the densest on earth, keeps them warm.Efforts to get the southern sea otters back into more of their old range reflect growing global recognition of the benefits of restoring top predators to their historic territory.After supporting wolf extermination in Yellowstone in the first half of the 20th century, for example, the U.S. government by the second half was aiding wolves’ reintroduction to the national park. The wolves’ hunting have cut what were too-large herds of deer and elk. The result has been a rebound at Yellowstone for all kinds of life — beavers, fish, even aspen trees, some ecologists say.Wildlife officials have made efforts around the world to restore predators ranging from birds of prey to bears, sometimes controversially when people believe the animals are a threat to them or their livelihoods.Some in the fishing industry oppose the sea otter’s comeback. Fishermen in Alaska accuse the growing northern otter populations there of consuming the red sea urchin humans eat as sushi. Wildlife experts counter that the entire coastal ecosystem, including the valuable shellfish, faces collapse without otters and other predators to keep things in balance.Even when humans support the restoration of a predator, it isn’t easy.Sometimes, “it’s the Humpty-Dumpty syndrome,” said Bill Ripple, an Oregon State University ecologist and professor who has found that only half of efforts to restore land carnivores are successful.“During these cascading events that follow the loss of the predators in the first place, we can sometimes see the ecosystem fail to function,” Ripple said. “And sometimes it’s not real easy to put those ecosystems back together.”When it comes to southern sea otters, all but wiped out long ago, “we don’t even know what a normal environment looks like,” said Lilian Carswell, who coordinates marine conservation and sea-otter recovery at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Populations of voracious purple sea urchins have exploded along the West Coast, owing to the more than century-long absence of the sea otter from much of its old range, and to a mysterious die-off this decade among sea stars, another coastal predator.Their numbers unchecked, purple urchins have helped destroy more than 90 percent of Northern California bull-kelp forest since 2014, said Cynthia Catton, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.Kelp forests are vital to coastal life, serving as underwater hiding places, food stores and nurseries.When otters venture into the undersea areas eaten bare by urchin, they are easily spotted by one of their main predators, the great white shark.Great-white shark attacks on southern sea otters have surged at least eight-fold this century, becoming the biggest killers of the otters, marine experts say.The sea otters, unique among marine mammals, are more fur than blubber, so sharks typically only take a test bite and move on. But the otters often die anyway.In areas with kelp cover for the otters, shark bites drop to almost nothing, Nicholson and aquarium colleagues found in a March report in the journal Ecography.To help the kelp, commercial divers along Northern California’s Mendocino coast are tending a precious stand of kelp forest, plucking off the purple sea urchins by hand and using suction hoses to vacuum them up, says Catton.Unlike red urchins, the spiny purple urchins are no one’s idea of a favorite meal, whether human or otter. Experts are trying potential commercial uses for them, including compost, in hopes of incentivizing their large-scale removal.And at Monterey Bay Aquarium, where workers since 1984 have rescued and returned to the wild about 280 stranded otters, otter-tenders are trying to habituate rescued young ones to seeking out purple sea urchins over crabs and other more appetizing fare.Ultimately, California otter experts may one day recommend simply loading otters into vehicles and giving them rides to remaining kelp forests to repopulate.Meantime, scientists scratch their heads over what else to try.West Coast creatures had millions of years to evolve their interdependent lives, Carswell said. The last few centuries of human development were enough to pull apart that network of otter, kelp, urchin, shark, and other species.“In some ways, we’re in an age of restoration,” she said. “In the marine environment especially, I feel like we have an emphasis and chance at restoration, and a chance to turn things around.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

10 months agoMentor tells Mohamed Elneny: Leave Arsenal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mentor tells Mohamed Elneny: Leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHamdi Nouh has urged Mohamed Elneny to leave Arsenal in January.Nouh was coach of Elneny when they were together at Egypt’s Arab Contractors.And he said, “He has to leave Arsenal in the next transfer period. “He has to leave at least on a loan basis to play more and to regain his confidence.”Nouh added: “His situation has been influenced by a trainer change and a new way of playing, but I am convinced that he will return better. Because his enormous potential and his winning mentality will help him to come back.” last_img read more

17 days agoThe Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe Week in Women’s Football: Review of The Making of the Women’s World Cupby Tim Grainey17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThis week, we review another recent book that came out around the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Kieran Theivan (based in England) and Jeff Kassouf (the founder of the excellent U.S.-based women’s football site the Equalizer) have together written The Making of the Women’s World Cup: Defining Stories from a Sports Coming of Age (Robinson, London, 2019).The book is a solid review of the previous seven Women’s World Cups. This new work certainly has a lot of information about the American team, as they won three finals, lost another and hosted two World Cup Tournaments in 1999 and 2003. Delightfully, the book—rather than a straight history—looks at the past tournaments through legendary players and teams such as Marta and Brazil in 2007, Nadine Angerer and Germany in 2003 and 2007 and Kelly Smith and England in 2015.In Chapter 1—The Early Years—Jeff Kassouf makes the point that the first Women’s World Cup (not yet having that currently strong brand as FIFA was unsure of whether it would be successful but rather called it the First FIFA World Championship for Women’s Football for the M&Ms Cup) drew strong attendance in China (where officials encouraged people to attend to boost their bid on the 2000 Olympics, which they narrowly lost to Sydney, Australia). The Americans surprised the other teams with their different attacking, pressing style as 1991 Golden Ball Winner Carin Jennings (now Gabarra) said: “I think it was the start of the U.S. women’s national team programme and the start of a programme that won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. That was the start of the culture of the U.S women’s national team. That culture has never wavered. That is a culture of mentality, competitiveness and hard work, along with talent. So, I think it was the start of that. That has always been there. Every person who has ever played for the US national team is connected in that regard (pages 18-19).” Chapter 2—The Birth of the Lionesses—focuses on the 2015 event in Canada through the prism of England’s path to third place. Theivan profiles Steph Houghton (Manchester City) and her elevation to team captain at the comparatively young age of 26—over previous captain Casey Stoney (31)—by former women’s national team head coach Mark Sampson, even though Houghton had missed the 2007 World Cup and 2009 Euros through injury. Houghton recalled: “I’d just moved to [Manchester] City and I had been given the armband, but in terms of my international career I was nowhere near being a regular starter. So for me I just wanted to make sure I was in the squad. Mark said he saw me as a leader of his team, but obviously there were a lot of candidates like Fara Williams and Jill Scott, who had played a number of times for England, Kelly Smith was still involved at that time, and of course Casey, who was current captain….I will always remember sitting down with him at St. George’s Park around April. I’d had the armband a few times and no way did I think it would be a possibility for the long term, but I remember him saying what I brought to the team and the sort of things he was looking for in his captain, and then he asked me if I would take the role and be the leader of the team. Obviously, you’re delighted but the rest of the conversation was a bit of a blur….For me it wasn’t working against them [the senior players], it was a case of using their experience and using them as fellow leaders to create a team environment and a special environment where we loved playing for England (pages 26-27).” Houghton is still one of the core members of the team in defense and has over 100 caps for a side that has reached the semifinals of the last two consecutive Women’s World Cups (2015 and 2019) and it was fascinating to hear in-depth from her about England’s preparation and progress to a bronze medal in Canada.Chapter 7 on Kelly Smith was entitled England’s Golden Girl Arrives—and profiles one of the leading ambassadors of the game. The former English international forward emphasized the importance of league soccer for the development of the domestic game. Smith discussed the 2005 European Championships which England hosted, which were televised throughout Europe: “The 2005 experience was amazing because we didn’t have to qualify for that tournament, and obviously it was hosted in our home country. It meant we got to play in front of our home fans and we really wanted to develop the game, and TV coverage was starting to happen, so we really wanted to play well to get people talking about women’s football. It was great because you’d go to the grounds and you’d be playing in front of fifteen to nineteen thousand, which I think was a record at that time for a women’s game. It was a lot of fun to play in (page 121).” This reporter was in Sweden and Russia for most of the tournament, where the games were televised and the tournament was an important step in the growth of the game in Europe. Smith felt quite the let down when she went back to her domestic league, even though she played for Arsenal which won the European Club Championship at the end of the 2006-07 season: “It was difficult because you know mentally what is coming from international football. But when you’re not playing at that level week in, week out and you’re playing some league games that you had won before you’d even walked onto the pitch, it makes that step up more challenging. Some of the players would have friendly bets between themselves to see what the scoreline was going to be because that’s how it was. There were probably only a few teams you knew you’d get a good game against—Charlton and Everton. You’d get into bad habits when it’s too easy. You don’t do your defensive work because you can get away with it. But at international level you can’t do that. The players knew going into the big games that you had to be switched on, and we made sure of that because we knew the magnitude of the game. The players are fitter and faster at international level, and we need to adjust to be ready for that (Page 122).” England qualified for the 2007 WWC in China but as Kieran Thievan wrote: “But all the talent in the world wouldn’t be able to compensate for the current state of domestic football in England, with players only training two to three times a week with their club, and having to balance their daily lives with their football., even though Arsenal own the league title, two cups and what is now the Women’s Champions League title (page 128).” It will be interesting to benchmark the attendance figures and reaction in the country between 2005 and 2021 when England again hosts the European Finals, in which should be an outstanding event.Chapter 8—A Hat-Trick and a Worldwide Movement focuses on now-retired American forward Abby Wambach and the prelude to the 2015 Tournament in Canada, where the games were designed from the beginning to be played on artificial turf. Wambach led an international group of 40 players and positioned FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Federation that their plan violated European charters and Canadian law for gender discrimination equality as men’s World Cups never had nor would ever be held on turf fields. Wambach said in March 2013: “We’ve worked so hard as female athletes—not only here in the United States, but internationally—to grow the game and in my opinion, I think this is taking a step back. All of the men’s international players around the world would argue the same point. A lot of these guys will not play on an artificial surface because it is an injury-prone surface and I don’t blame them (Page 143).” Kassouf writes: “Wambach would state after a January 2015 meeting with FIFA officials that the playing surface decisions were set in stone, but she would also later point out that FIFA officials had promised her that there would never again be a Women’s World Cup played on artificial turf. That’s hardly a binding contract, but it was clear that this type of battle for equality was going to be necessary, whether in 2015 or down the line (Page 145).” In France this past summer, all the games were held on grass pitches and I believe that this is a non-issue now for future tournaments, and we have Wambach and other vocal players to thank for that. Kassouf continues: “Around that same time, FIFA announced an increase in prize money for the Women’s World Cup, which was a small victory that at least appeased players. Women’s players had long been told to be thankful for what they had. The two years of battling the bigwigs over what women’s players felt was, morally and legally, gender discrimination, proved to be the exposition to the approaching tidal wave for the fight for equal rights (Page 145-146).” FIFA doubled the prize money amount (from $15 Million to $30 Million) in late December 2018 for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. We would expect that amount to continue to rise ahead of the expanded 32 team tournament in 2023.Kassouf also included interesting insight from Heather O’Reilly [who will retire from the sport at the end of this NWSL season for the reigning champions North Carolina Courage] who, “would describe the World Cups proximity to the U.S. as the perfect scenario: “The feel of a home World Cup without the pressure of being hosts (Page 147).” The level of American support in cities close to the border, particularly in Winnipeg and Vancouver, was overwhelming and a contributor to the American victory in the tournament.In Chapter 9—Australia’s Kids are Allright—the review of Australia’s Women’s National Team is a stellar job, focusing on the restructuring of the nation’s regional development system. The discussion of the Matildas 2007 World Cup campaign in China—where they opened the tournament by blasting Ghana 4-1, tied Norway 1-1 and then came back from 2-1 down to tie Canada in their last group game to advance to their first ever knockout round on an injury-time shocking goal from Cheryl Salisbury. I had covered three of Australia’s four tournament games in China—including that stunning draw in Chengdu that shattered the tournament dreams of the 2003 semifinalists Maple Leafs. Canada seemed to be cruising to a runner-up spot in the group and the knockout stage, including an 85th minute goal from Christine Sinclair, before Salisbury’s late goal just before the final whistle drew the Matildas level, vaulting the Australian side into second place in the group. Australia finished second on five points to Norway’s seven while Canada finished third on four points and the sight of the Canadian players crying and distraught on the field at the conclusion of the game sticks to me to this day. The game had been postponed a day because of a typhoon warning, though the media were not told about the delay until we were at the stadium, and the weather was not particularly threatening at that point from my standpoint. The Matildas then fell to eventual finalists Brazil 3-2 in another stirring match in Tianjin, coming back from an early 2-0 deficit and gave the favorites some troubling moments but never quit attacking; Brazilian forward Cristiane scored the winner in the 75th minute. Despite the narrow defeat to the ultimate 2007 runners-up, the Australian players after the match were cordial with the media and proud of their accomplishments; they had started a path for the national team that has led to their powerhouse status in present times and helped to propel the launch of the soon to be 12-year-old W-League the next year. The Australians, their coach Tom Sermanni and his vibrant and articulate group of players was one of the highlights of that tournament for me.This book is quite well researched and written by two experts in the game.Their focus on teams allow them to discuss key issues of the Women’s World Cup—FIFA’s initial reticence, equality issues in later years, development of youth programs and coaching regimes (Australia/Germany)—and leaves the reader with a solid understanding of the roots of the Women’s World Cup, the leading tournament and most highly visible advertisement that we currently have for the women’s game. This should be on all women’s football fans’ shelves.Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women’s football. Get your copy today.Follow Tim on Twitter: @TimGrainey TagsOpinionAbout the authorTim Grainey FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoBurnley boss Dyche happy with performance in Leicester defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche happy with performance in Leicester defeatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche was happy with their performance in defeat at Leicester City.Burnley led through Chris Wood’s first half header before Jamie Vardy levelled on the stroke of half time.Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead in the 73rd minute as the hosts began to ramp up the pressure, before the moment of controversy ultimately took the wind out of Burnley’s sails.Dyche said: “I thought the performance, generally, was good.“Don’t forget people are talking about Leicester breaking into the top four, but we certainly gave as good as we got and made them play slow and methodically.“They got out of jail a little bit in the first half and then in the second half it was a poor second goal from our point of view.“We’ve had our chances, but the bigger picture is we have moved a long way coming to places like this and performing like that.“We are in a far better place than we were at this time last season and that has to be registered.” last_img read more

New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer no stranger to making political history

first_imgTORONTO – Andrew Scheer is no stranger to making political history.When he first sought federal political office in 2004, he beat out the NDP candidate who at the time was the longest serving MP in the House of Commons.Seven years later, his Conservative party won its first majority government and Scheer, then only 32, would soon be elected Speaker of the House of Commons, the youngest person ever to hold the storied post.On Saturday, he nabbed another place in the history books, becoming only the second leader ever of the federal Conservatives in a nailbiter win over Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.Bernier started on his path to the leadership race years ago. Scheer’s was more recent.In the aftermath of the 2015 election, which put the Conservatives in Opposition, Scheer gave serious thought to seeking the role of interim leader, which became available when Stephen Harper announced his resignation shortly after going down in defeat to the Liberals.The interim job comes with a catch, warned Alberta MP Chris Warkentin: you can’t run for the permanent position. Warkentin looked Scheer him square in the eye and said, “Don’t do it.”Warkentin and others were looking around at who was already testing the waters for a leadership bid. At the time, it was far from clear whether longtime party heavyweights Jason Kenney and Peter MacKay would seek the job. Challenging them would have been futile.Once MacKay and Kenney made it clear their interests lay elsewhere, potential supporters saw a path to victory for the dimple-cheeked father of five.Born in Ottawa but having spent his adult life on the Prairies, Scheer was a candidate of the West and central Canada. He was fluently bilingual, an asset the party needed to capitalize on its 2015 success in Quebec. And while he was young — he’s now only 38 — he had an air of gravitas that came from his years as Speaker.“I think that Andrew has demonstrated through this campaign the things I recognized in Andrew a year ago,” Warkentin said. “He had the ability to connect with Canadians from coast to coast, and if given the opportunity to get to know him, they would put their confidence in him.”Saskatchewan Sen. Denise Batters decided to back Scheer the very day MacKay bowed out.She’d been a longtime supporter of MacKay’s, and said she saw similar traits in Scheer: style and substance, a perfect foil to Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“A better guy you could not find,” Batters said of Scheer. “He thinks of his country always No. 1.”That was September 2016, and that week Scheer announced he was stepping back from his current caucus position as House leader to pursue his leadership bid.His campaign saw him pick up dozens of endorsements from within the Conservative caucus and without; a key moment for his campaign came when Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall offered his support. Another came when farmers in Quebec coalesced around his campaign in a bid to stop Bernier.The latter’s opposition to supply management was seen as a threat to their livelihoods; thousands of farmers are believed to have bought memberships in the party specifically to vote against Bernier.In Saturday’s vote count, Scheer actually won more votes in Bernier’s own riding of Beauce.Social conservatives also claim a piece of his prize.Scheer is pro-life; though he did support the party’s decision to strike a policy opposing same-sex marriage from its handbook, it wasn’t because he supports it. It was a pragmatic decision, he’s said, stemming from the fact that the country has just moved on.Still, his decision on same-sex marriage was one of the things that prompted fellow Conservative Brad Trost to launch a leadership campaign of his own. Trost said he believes that when he dropped off the ballot, his supporters went to Scheer.“Social conservatives had an impact in this race,” Trost said afterward.“We have a voice.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version described Chris Warkentin as a Saskatchewan MP.last_img read more