April 2, 2021 Find out more March 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dangerous ultra-nationalist group threatens radio News News April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the death threats made yesterday against the employees of Istanbul-based Ôzgür Radyo and called on the government to take the safety of journalists more seriously. “In the light of previous tragic events in Turkey, especially the murder of newspaper editor Hrant Dink, it is vital that the authorities take measures to protect Ôzgür Radyo’s staff,” the organisation said.Yesterday’s threats were made by the Turkish Vengeance Brigade (TIT) in the form of an email that reached the “Investigation” section of the station’s website (ozgurradyo.com) and contained direct death threats against the station’s staff.“Stop broadcasting separatist programmes,” the email said. “We are watching you and we know where your homes are. This message is our last warning. The Turk has reawakened and the Turk’s rage will annihilate those who aim to divide the motherland. If you do not stop betraying Turkey, your end will be the same as the others. Your destiny will be the same as that of the other traitors.” The threats were repeated yesterday evening. The station’s representatives reported the matter to the police today.The TIT made threats against the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos the day after Dink, its editor, was gunned down outside its offices. The group was responsible for the May 1998 attack on Akin Birdal, the former head of the Human Rights Association (IHD), and for death threats against lawyer Eren Keskin and singer Ferhat Tunç.A TIT member, Semih Tufan Günaltay, received a 19-year prison sentence from an Ankara assizes court in 1999 for the attempted murder of Birdal, who was shot eight times but survived. After serving four and a half years of the sentence, Günaltay was released under an amnesty law.Five journalists were give police protection on the orders of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Dink’s murder. They are Etyen Mahcupyan (Agos’ new managing editor and a columnist for the daily Zaman), Ahmet Hakan Coskun (Hürriyet), Soli Özel (Sabah), Fehmi Koru (Yeni Safak) and Ismet Berkan, the managing editor of the daily Radikal.Nobel literature laureate Orhan Pamuk and fellow author Elif Shafak, who was acquitted on a charge of “insulting national identity” in his novel “The Bastard of Istanbul,” have also been placed under police protection. But threats have continued to me made against academics, editors and reporters, some of who are still without protection. Follow the news on Turkey Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Help by sharing this information News
Today, Gov’t Mule has announced a thirteen-date fall tour, which spans from October 18th to November 2nd. In addition to more traditional headlining shows, the band also used the announcement to detail their annual Mule-O-Ween show, which will take place at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on October 27th.Gov’t Mule’s fall tour kicks off on October 18th at Knoxville’s The Mill & Mine. From there, the band will detour through Augusta, Georgia, stopping in on the 19th, before heading to Boca Raton, Florida, on the 20th. Following a two-night stand at Birmingham, Alabama’s Lyric Theatre on October 23rd and 24th, the band heads to Chattanooga on the 25th and Jackson, Mississippi, on the 26th.As for Warren Haynes and company’s highly anticipated Mule-O-Ween show at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on October 27th, little is known about the shows. However, the artwork for the band’s Halloween performances hint at a reference to Black Sabbath‘s iconic 1970 release, Paranoid. Following Mule-O-Ween, the band will roll through Pittsburgh on October 30th and Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Halloween proper. Gov’t Mule will round out their fall tour with a three-night spring spanning November 1st through 3rd, with stops in Madison, Grand Rapids, and Cleveland.Pre-sale tickets for Gov’t Mule’s upcoming fall tour go on sale Wednesday, August 22nd, at 12 p.m. (ET). General-public tickets go on-sale on Friday, August 24th, at 10 a.m. (local).
After a rampaging climax to Sunday’s race provided by Alaphilippe, this stage was a more leisurely run through a national park located between the Mediterranean and the foot of the Alps, winding through oak and pine-forested hills.With around a third of the peloton nursing grazes and bumps from that bruising first stage, and with Sunday’s speedy stage in their legs, the teams took it slowly before the Tour was treated to its first real sprint.”Today was one of the few real sprint opportunities, so we weren’t going to give that up,” Ewan said after stepping from the podium.Superstar sprinter Peter Sagan was again in the mix and gleaned enough points from his fifth position to take the green jersey he has won a record seven times. Ewan, known as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ and standing 1.65 meters, bided his time and overtook Bennett right on the line.The timely win gave Lotto a double boost after the team was reduced from eight to six riders on stage one when Philippe Gilbert broke a knee while John Degenkolb was thrown off the race for missing the time cut after a nasty fall.”It worked perfectly to plan, I had to move just at the right moment. It was disappointing to lose two riders on day one, but everyone has pulled together and we’ve done quite well,” Ewan said.”The world is watching and everyone would like to be here at this, it’s the biggest race in the world and I’m delighted.” Sweet moments for Alaphilippe Despite the Covid-19 resurgence in France, the roadsides in this pastoral part of France were packed with fans on Tuesday.Schoolchildren were out in force chasing the sweets and goodies thrown from the publicity caravan, which is about 70 percent smaller this year, and many were cheering home hero Alaphilippe.”Winning yesterday really relaxed me,” said Alaphilippe. “It’s a great honor to wear the jersey and I’ll be defending it day by day.”Tuesday’s stage features a summit finish and a tricky hill-laden route from Sisteron to Orcieres where Alaphilippe faces a real fight from British rider Adam Yates for the overall lead. Just four seconds separate the two.”I know it’ll be interesting with Adam Yates tomorrow,” said Alaphilippe, who now surpasses former winner Geraint Thomas in days wearing the yellow jersey.”It’s a difficult stage, I hear. I haven’t really studied it yet, but we’ll keep an eye on him [Yates],” Alaphilippe added.Yates, who has signed a deal to switch to Ineos, came fourth in the 2016 Tour de France where he also won the white jersey for the best under-25 rider.Frenchman Anthony Lopez broke a shoulder in a collision with a Cofidis team car that is being investigated, but amazingly, given how many falls there have been each day, he was just the fourth of the original field of 176 to leave the Tour so far. Australian rider Caleb Ewan produced an irresistible late burst of speed to pip a stunned Sam Bennett of Ireland on the finish line of stage three of the Tour de France on Monday.France’s Julian Alaphilippe retained the leader’s yellow jersey after the 198-kilometre stage from the Nice football stadium to the hilltop town of Sisteron in Provence.Ewan, 26, won three stages on the 2019 Tour but started this edition on his backside after a fall on the crash-strewn opening stage. Topics :
DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has described the season as the second best in the history of the county – and vowed to work to break the ‘old school’ in county GAA.He said pundits who had rounded on Donegal had failed to take into account their achievements or put the success of the Ulster Championship and League title into perspective.“We were a team that hadn’t won a game in three or four years in the Ulster Championship and that had to change,” said Jim. “We ended up winning the league and winning the Ulster Championship and that’s the second most successful year in the history of the county. Outside of 1992 it is our most successful year and that’s almost been forgotten about because of the criticism that has come at the team.“The boys have worked tremendously hard this year to get those two medals and that has been a wee bit lost as well.”And he insisted that he had only taken the side to a 60% level – and he was working hard to find the other 40% and take Donegal further.The management team, he said, had worked hard on conditioning, training, tactics, diets and so much more. “We are realistic about where we were 12 months ago and we are realistic about where we are now and where we want to be at the start of the Championship next year,” said McGuinness.Reacting to criticism of the defensive tactics, the Donegal manager said he would work to bring new aspects and skills to the side.“We feel we can do that; that we can improve the team offensively and still maintain our defensive shape. We want to retain that and push forward on the other fronts.“It has annoyed me in the past week the way the players have been criticised. If someone has a problem with Jim McGuinness that’s ok, but I think the things that have been said in the press have been disrespectful to the players.“We will stick together and up the ante in the next couple of months and move forward.” Talking about the counties which have dominated the game, Jim had more interesting comments to make.“We are nine months in the making,” he said.“The Kerry team in the final next week is ten years in the making. That Dublin team is five or six years in the making. We know we are only at this nine months and we knew that and we knew where we were.“The players gave their all and the pundits expect us on the sidelines not to do the same. Well that’s fantasy football. The reality is that we have to win games in order to progress and you can’t get better unless you win. “We’d like to be double (Ulster) champions and our next step has to be to get to an All-Ireland final. If we can do that, the team will evolve and grow.“The players will know then that they are a top team and it will be up to other teams to come and develop tactics to beat us.“We know where we are at and where other teams are at and we are trying to bridge that gap as quickly as possible.“Because the reality is it’s either Cork or Kerry, it’s Galway or Mayo, it’s Dublin or Kildare or Meath and for 13 years (in Ulster) it was either Tyrone or Armagh.“Now we want a piece of that pie; the players worked so hard in the past and got nothing out of it, but now they have an Ulster medal. We will push forward now and try to evolve and make the whole squad more complete.”McGUINNESS: WE ARE BREAKING THE OLD SCHOOL AND BUILDING FOR FUTURE was last modified: September 5th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal GAAdonegaldaily.comJim McGuinness
Irish Water is working to repair a burst water main in north Inishowen this morning (Mon).Repairs are being carried out on burst main in Urris and Tullagh – meaning supply may be disrupted.Works have an estimated completion time of 2pm this evening. If you need to get in touch with Irish Water about this incident, quote the reference number DON00007568. Irish Water work to repair burst water main in Inishowen was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Slavisa Jokanovic insisted Denis Odoi deserved to be Fulham’s hero after the defender’s header took them to a Wembley play-off final. Odoi headed home only his fifth goal for the club as they beat Derby 2-0 in the second leg to book a clash with either Aston Villa or Middlesbrough on May 26 for a place in the Premier League.Odoi nearly left Fulham last summer but switched from right-back to centre-back and then became an instrumental part of Jokanovic’s promotion-chasing team.And the Fulham boss said: “I’m not Santa Claus, I am a football coach, and I don’t give any of my players presents.Embed from Getty Images“They need to deserve it, and Denis deserves to be the hero of the night, and not because I gave him any presents. He is an important part of my team and has done a great job for us.“In the end he scored a fantastic and important goal for us, but on the defensive side he played a fantastic game as well.“I am delighted to make Wembley. We played fantastic football, we were focussed and organised, and I must be satisfied for the supporters. These people deserve such a special night.“I have been asked many times about our trust and self-confidence. I must be satisfied what my team showed tonight.“Many times we have been close to brilliant, tonight we were close to perfect.”See also:Odoi’s header takes Fulham to WembleyFulham boss wants more of the same at WembleyReam: Sessegnon must earn birthday presentFulham v Aston Villa head to head – their strengths, weaknesses and key playersAdomah confident Villa will beat Fulham Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youDubai Hotels | Search AdsDubai Hotels Costs Might Amaze YouDubai Hotels | Search AdsUndoApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoTop Journey Mag15 Things Men Should Never Wear While FlyingTop Journey MagUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoFitness Engage10 Vitamins You Need to Take to Stay FitFitness EngageUndogamersrack.com15 Hilarious Cats Who Can Make You Laugh Guaranteed Don’t Blow Your Mind When See Last One!gamersrack.comUndoTopGadgetAdvisorAre You Looking For a Remedy For Neck Pain?TopGadgetAdvisorUndo
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many of you have been contacted by attorneys regarding a class action filed by farmers against Syngenta. Here is some clarification.April 1, 2017 is the deadline to opt out of the class action filed by farmers against Syngenta that is pending in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, if a corn producer wishes to proceed against the company directly. Ohio farmers may qualify for two classes of the nine established by the federal judge overseeing the action — a nationwide class and an Ohio class. While there are other class actions against Syngenta pending in other jurisdictions and hundreds of other individual lawsuits, the Kansas City case seems to be the primary action.At the risk of sounding like a lawyer, please do not consider this column legal advice. If you are interested in more information, please speak with an attorney directly about your individual situation. It appears that there will be many legal professionals, suddenly interested in corn production and marketing, happy to assist you. Identify the differences between the legal exposure and costs as well as benefits associated with being a class member and an individual plaintiff.The trouble allegedly all began when Syngenta Seeds, Inc., owned by Syngenta AG, a Swiss-based agri-business that owns several American agricultural technology companies, developed MIR 162, an insecticidal trait that addressed “true armyworm” issues in Agrisure Viptera in 2010. The U.S. approved this advancement, as did most U.S. trading partners, including Canada, Japan, Argentina, and the European Union. China, however, did not.At the same time, the Chinese market for corn exploded. In 2010-2011, the Chinese purchased 979,000 metric tons. One year later, the total was 5.2 million metric tons. In November 2013, China began rejecting U.S. corn shipments stating that the shipments contained traces of Agrisure Viptera. At the same time, the U.S. corn and soybean markets began a sharp decline. Some assert that China’s rejection of inappropriate GM corn was an important factor.In 2014, farmers filed suit in federal court in Kansas City, requesting certification as a class. The primary claims were (1) Syngenta violated the Lanham Act by misleading its stakeholders, the public and the government, about the status of its GM corn and its action in releasing it to the market. (2) Syngenta breached its duty of care to Plaintiffs by prematurely commercializing the GM corn trait, without reasonable safeguards and by instituting a careless and ineffective “stewardship” program which insured contamination of the U.S. corn supply.The case has progressed with farmer friendly results so far. On Sept. 26, 2016, the federal judge certified the class action. The Tenth District Court of Appeals denied Syngenta’s appeal of the class certification in December, 2016. Trials are scheduled to begin this summer.Attorneys love class actions because this is one of the few scenarios in the American legal system where their fees are paid by the defendant, should the Plaintiffs prevail at trial. Civil litigators love class actions because oftentimes the claims that exist for the class can also be made by individual plaintiffs in cases outside the class action, so long as the plaintiff opts out of the class. This phenomenon has led to an excessive amount of fancy written solicitations appearing in our mailbox, and my husband has not sold corn for at least 40 years. I even received an inappropriate phone solicitation from a lawyer who should know better. He was confused when I explained that yes we raised corn but no we did not sell it. What does he think we feed our cows? My parents have not raised corn in decades, but they received fancy offers as well.I do not have a dog in this hunt. While I am sympathetic to farmers who are angered about lowered commodity prices, I am also concerned that the allegations in the class action mirror much anti-GMO sentiment. What if these lawsuits have a negative impact on GMO development?This case also raises many other issues. Should a country, such as China, wield regulatory power over the products companies can sell in America? Is compliance with U.S. law sufficient or can foreign countries dictate product requirements? What if these production requirements are rooted in pure economic interest (as is likely to be the case with China)? Who should bear the risk in a global marketplace?Also, what happens if the hundreds of lawsuits Syngenta is now facing cause the company to go bankrupt? And was China’s refusal of U.S. corn alleging traces of Syngenta technology somehow part of ChemChina, a state-owned enterprise, and their acquisition of Syngenta AG that is currently underway?I have many questions, but no easy answers. I also wonder how the plaintiffs in any case regarding Syngenta plan to prove proximate cause. This is a huge stumbling block in many civil suits. Proximate cause is a legal term that means an event is efficiently related to a legally recognizable injury to be held to be the cause of that injury. Given all the factors that impact the corn market, how do you prove that China’s actions were the proximate cause of the corn market decline? Especially when the soybean market was also dropping?After spending time Googling and reading up on Syngenta, I realize my feelings about the matter are similar to my reaction to the last major league baseball strike (and I love baseball). This is millionaires arguing with billionaires over money. I just hope that all of the lawyers chasing farmers for representation against Syngenta will be similarly motivated should farmers need help with debt reorganization and actions against creditors.Let justice prevail.
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Santos is a talented, dangerous fighter, but Jones would be a heavy favorite once again.“I’m excited about the future of the light heavyweight division,” Jones said. “I’m going to have to take on any comer, and the confidence I had as a 23-year-old facing Shogun Rua has only grown. Nobody said my job was going to be easy, but I’m here to make it look easy.”ones’ victory over Smith was his entire career in microcosm: Jones was clearly superior, yet he nearly gave it all away with a mistake.Late in the fourth round, Jones cracked Smith’s head with a knee that landed while Smith’s palm was on the canvas, technically making it an illegal strike — one that would have been legal in, say, California, but not in Nevada due to the sport’s geographically fractured rules.The fight was stopped while referee Herb Dean reviewed the blow and allowed Smith to recover. Smith could have claimed he couldn’t continue fighting, and he likely would have been handed the UFC light heavyweight title by disqualification.“It was nerve-wracking,” said Jones, whose only career defeat occurred when he was debatably disqualified for a prohibited strike against Matt Hamill in 2009. “I was just hoping that it wouldn’t go down like that. I had flashbacks of the Matt Hamill fight, and I was just thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, please tell me it’s not going down like this.’”The challenger decided to fight on after Dean deducted two points from Jones, and the champion cautiously finished off his win — after apologizing to Smith following the fourth-round bell.“He showed the heart of a lion,” Jones said. “He could have done it the easy way and took that option out, but instead he stayed in there. I owe him a beer.”Smith left the cage without winning a round, yet his confidence was unshaken. He is convinced he can fight his way back to another shot at Jones.“That’s a beatable man,” Smith said. “Jon didn’t do anything I didn’t expect him to.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I figure if you’re going to make the gamble, you might as well go extremely big,” Jones said. “Go big or go home. A Brock Lesnar fight (is) extremely high risk and extremely high reward. I don’t really see myself versus anyone that could bring in the numbers me and Brock could bring in.”Although that superfight is among the biggest events that the UFC could stage in the broader sports landscape, it won’t happen immediately, according to UFC President Dana White.After Jones’ win over Smith, White affirmed his plan to match Lesnar first with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier whenever Lesnar decides to return to the sport, perhaps later this year.“I think that Brock and Cormier want that fight, so I owe Cormier a lot,” White said. “Cormier wants that fight, and if he wants it, he’s going to get it.”Jones has shown little interest in fighting any other heavyweight, and he repeated that preference after beating Smith. So if Jones stays at light heavyweight, his next fight is likely to be against Thiago Santos (21-6), the musclebound 35-year-old Brazilian currently on a four-fight winning streak after stopping Jan Blachowicz last month in Prague.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Jon Jones, right, fights Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn’t been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.But after two dominant wins in nine weeks, Jones (24-1) has settled back into his customary spot atop the light heavyweight division and his sport’s unofficial pound-for-pound standings.ADVERTISEMENT After trouncing another overmatched 205-pound opponent at UFC 235 on Saturday night, the champion looked into his future and insisted he is content to keep cleaning out his division instead of moving up to heavyweight.“All these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title,” Jones said after controlling every round against Anthony Smith. “When you’re in my position, who am I to deny people?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJones would make one big exception, however.If Brock Lesnar wants another crack at mixed martial arts, Jones would bulk up to heavyweight to accommodate the professional wrestling superstar. 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Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) gets ready for the play during the second half of the game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Ohio State won 62-39. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorAs Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins took the field against Michigan on Saturday, he knew what to expect. He had faced the Wolverines before, leading the Buckeyes to 17 unanswered points and a 31-20 victory in Ann Arbor in 2017. That part of the story is well-documented, laying the groundwork for the beginning of the Haskins era at Ohio State. But head coach Urban Meyer saw something from the then-redshirt freshman a week prior. With a 38-0 lead against Illinois on Nov. 18, 2017, Haskins got the call to come into the game with about six minutes left in the first half. After handing the ball off to then-freshman running back J.K. Dobbins for 12 yards, Haskins dropped back and was sacked for 12 yards. His first drive in the second half was not much better, fumbling the ball and watching Illinois defensive back Ahmari Hayes return it 54 yards for the score.In the middle of the pouring rain, Haskins faced adversity for the first time, something that, in Meyer’s opinion, was vital to his success against Michigan the following week.“He was filling his toolbox,” Meyer said. “Because he certainly would not, in my opinion, would not have been able to do that in the rivalry game last year. And obviously the way he’s been playing, it’s just constant experience and filling the toolbox.” From that moment on, Meyer said Haskins has been “filling his toolbox” consistently, finding his place as starting quarterback at Ohio State.Saturday, in his second Michigan game and his first as the starting quarterback, Haskins showed that his toolbox could be full.Facing the No. 1 pass defense in the country, Haskins completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for 396 yards, tying his career high with six passing touchdowns. He also broke the single-season Big Ten records for touchdown passes (41) and passing yards (4,003). With these numbers brings a level of confidence that the starting quarterback showed after the 62-39 win on Saturday. “I’m not done yet, but I want to be one of the best to ever do it when I get done playing here at this university,” Haskins said. With each pass he throws, each touchdown he scores, Haskins has placed himself, statistically, as one of the best quarterbacks Ohio State has ever had. He holds the Ohio State single-season records for six different categories, including total offense (4,130). He is 142 yards away from breaking former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson’s Big Ten record set in 2010. One of three wide-receiver captains, redshirt senior Terry McLaurin is considered one of the main vocal leaders for the offense.However, over the course of the season, through what he considered as ups and downs against then-No. 15 TCU and a road win against then-No. 12 Penn State, McLaurin watched as a quarterback with tremendous throwing ability turned into the leader that the position needs.“He has always had the physical talent, never questioned that,” McLaurin said. “But to see him be more vocal and take charge of our offense and our team is what you want to see going down the stretch.”That is one area Haskins said he has most improved on over the course of the season: becoming a leader of the offense and taking the steps that every quarterback needs to in order to be successful, such as knowing protections and picking up blitzes. “I feel like I have gotten better with that every game and gotten all the tools I needed through coaching,” Haskins said. “All the trust I’ve gotten from the players keeps getting better and I think that has shown on the field.”Meyer, who calls the quarterback position one of the most unique in all of sport, said this level of leadership is an obligation. “What he’s asked to do — and coaches aren’t on the field, there’s 10 other guys looking at him every snap,” Meyer said. “You better give the right answer and they better trust and believe in him. And our guys certainly do.” Meyer always refers back to one play against Maryland that defines Haskins’ development. With less than four minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, Ohio State trailed Maryland 38-31. Haskins ended an 11-play, 75-yard drive by taking a snap and pushing himself across the offensive line for his second rushing touchdown of the day. “The Maryland game was one that he dropped his pads and dropped some other things probably, too,” Meyer said. “At the toughest time in the game against, once again, a defense, a very good defense, and got that yard.” But these accomplishments represent more to Haskins than just personal success. To him, it’s the work the offensive line and the receivers have done. It’s the team success, leading the No. 2 pass offense in the country. He knows the records that have been broken were significant and where they have placed him in terms of his place in Ohio State history. Haskins will reflect on that at one point, but not right now. “I can’t take too long on it because there’s another game to play,” Haskins said. “So I probably won’t think about the records or the stats I have broken until after the season.” Haskins still has something to do, something to add to his toolbox: a Big Ten Championship and a chance to play in the College Football Playoff. For Meyer, Haskins is not done proving himself. “Offensive football is a 10-yard war. Win each war,” Meyer said. “And however you get that first down, get the first down. And that’s how we approach it.”
La Commission européenne s’élève contre la chasse au loup en SuèdeDepuis le 15 janvier, et pour une période d’un mois, la chasse au loup est à nouveau autorisée dans certaines régions de Suède. Une décision à laquelle s’oppose fermement la Commission européenne, qui menace le pays d’une action en justice, rapporte le site du Monde.Cité par le quotidien national, un porte-parole de la Commission européenne pour l’environnement, Joe Hennon, indique que Bruxelles a fait part dès le mois de décembre de ses réserves quant à la légalité de cette chasse. “Car selon la directive Habitat, il n’est pas permis de chasser des espèces protégées comme le loup”, souligne-t-il. Une opposition bien sûr appuyée par les associations de protection de l’environnement, et notamment la Société suédoise de conservation de la nature qui a porté plainte auprès de Bruxelles. “Pour un pays qui prétend montrer l’exemple pour la protection de la planète, la Suède a une politique qui limite à 200 la population de loups. Elle renonce à son rôle, et c’est pour cela que nous portons plainte contre le gouvernement auprès de la Commission Européenne”, explique ainsi Mikael Karlsson, le président de cette association. La Suède a en effet instauré un quota de vingt animaux tués pour l’année 2011 afin de respecter une décision parlementaire visant à limiter la population des loups à 210 individus et 20 familles en 2012.À lire aussiL’étonnante ruse d’un renard polaire pour échapper à des chasseursEn outre, la population suédoise de loups est en grande majorité issue de deux ou trois loups arrivés dans le pays dans les années 1980. Se pose alors le problème de la consanguinité, qui inquiète la Commission.Si le quota de vingts loups abattus devrait être atteint avant que Bruxelles n’ait décidé des suites à donner à l’affaire, “nous devons aussi penser à l’an prochain”, souligne Joe Hennon.Le 18 janvier 2011 à 08:52 • Emmanuel Perrin