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Supreme Court Asks AG KK Venugopal To Consider Whether NGT’s Jurisdiction Can Be Extended To Wildlife Protection Act

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Asks AG KK Venugopal To Consider Whether NGT’s Jurisdiction Can Be Extended To Wildlife Protection Act Mehal Jain15 Dec 2020 3:59 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked AG KK Venugopal if the jurisdiction of the NGT can be extended under the Wildlife Protection Act as well.The bench headed by CJ S. A. Bobde was hearing a petition seeking, inter alia, the installation of bird diverters on power lines and the undergrounding of overhead power transmission lines, besides restraint on establishment of windmills and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday asked AG KK Venugopal if the jurisdiction of the NGT can be extended under the Wildlife Protection Act as well.The bench headed by CJ S. A. Bobde was hearing a petition seeking, inter alia, the installation of bird diverters on power lines and the undergrounding of overhead power transmission lines, besides restraint on establishment of windmills and solar infrastructure, in priority and potential habitat areas of the endangered Great Indian Bustard and the Lesser Florican.When the bench was informed that the NGT is also seized of an identical issue, the CJ observed, “If the NGT is doing its job, why should we duplicate?”The bench was informed by Senior Advocate Shyam Diwan that while the Tribunal has jurisdiction under the Environment Protection Act and the Forest Act, its powers do not extend to the Wildlife Protection Act.”We will ask the AG to look into it. Will you do something about this, Mr. Attorney? It is a reasonable thing to be done”, asked the CJ.”It should have been done. I will take it up straightaway”, assured the AG.Mr. Diwan had placed on record a media report of September this year on how a female Bustard had come to die after crashing into a high-tension wire in Rajasthan and that the population of the endangered species was now down to hundreds.”Why don’t you join the licensee by whom the overhead line was erected for transmission of electricity? We can ask them to bear the costs of undergrounding these wires under Corporate Social Responsibility?”, asked the CJ. He was told that the company in question is already arrayed as a respondent.It may be noted that on July 15, 2019, the court had issued notice on the plea and considered it appropriate to appoint a Committee comprising the following members/society for the purpose of this petition: the Director, Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Mumbai; the former Director of Bombay Natural History Society and Member of the Governing Body of Wetlands International South Asia; the Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Admn. Protection & Intelligence, Nainital, Uttarakhand. Subsequently, on February 18, the bench had added 3 more members to the Committee.On Tuesday, Mr. Diwan submitted that while the Committee has been constituted, despite the urgency of the matter, the respondent-states have not responded and accordingly, the Terms of Reference for the Committee, as are already before the Court, may be issued by the Court.Questioning why the dual relief of both the installation of diverters as well as the undergrounding of power lines is required, the bench asked Mr. Diwan to place before it a map showing the areas of the Bustard habitat and the lines which should be made underground, marked in colour, so that a direction for undergrounding can be issued with regard to the specific areas and the specific lines.Thereafter, the AG informed the bench that last year the NGT was also seized of a OA concerning the Bustard and the Lesser Florican.The NGT has directed the formation of a Joint Committee to mitigate measures for protecting the Great Indian Bustard (GIB). The Purpose of the committee is to prepare a time bound action plan to ensure the survival of the critically endangered specie, as per Schedule-I to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The MoEF&CC was asked to prepare a ‘factual report’ by the NGT, on the allegation of inadequate measures in place to protect the GIB.The report, submitted by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), acknowledged the problem that adult mortality of the GIB is still very high due to collisions with power-lines that crisscross their fly paths. The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) is an autonomous institution under the MoEF&CC, set up in 1982 for the purpose of conservation and management of wildlife resources. The report submitted by WII had suggested some recommendations to protect the GIB such as, mitigating all power transmission lines passing through priority bustard habitats identified by WII after necessary approvals from the Rajasthan Energy Department, by undergrounding cables, develop predator-proof enclosures in known breeding sites and keep away nest predators such as dogs, pigs, foxes and other species using professional trappers. The report also suggested that the Rajasthan Forest Department (RFD) could engage with local communities to promote Bustard friendly agricultural practices and grow crops that are preferred by them.On the basis of the WII’s report, NGT decided that the recommendations needed to be acted upon, which required preparation of a time bound action plan. Accordingly, the Principal Bench directed the formation of a joint Committee comprising members such as Director General, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Central Government and nominees of Energy Departments of Gujarat and Rajasthan within two months. The Bench further held that a compliance report of the action plan is to be furnished to the Principal Bench.”The report of the WII is a very elaborate report, covering every conceivable aspect”, advanced the AG on Tuesday.The bench required the report to also be shared with the petitioners. The bench also asked the AG to consider whether the jurisdiction of the NGT can be extended to the Wildlife Protection Act.Next Storylast_img read more

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France sets fourth COVID-19 cases record in 8 days, hospitalizations up again

first_imgTopics : France set a new record of daily COVID-19 infections on Thursday, the fourth in eight days, while the number of people hospitalized for the disease went above 6,000 for the first time in more than two months.Those figures are published the day after the government announced extra restrictive measures, mainly in big cities and especially in Marseille, to contain the virus.On their website, French health authorities reported 16,096 new confirmed coronavirus cases, blowing away the previous record of 13,498 and bringing the cumulative total to 497,237, the second-highest in Western Europe behind Spain. The number of people in France who have died from COVID-19 infections stood at 31,511, up by 52. That figure is lower than the seven-day moving average of 59 but more than four times higher than the daily average of 12 seen in August.Health authorities said there were 6,031 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday, a tally still more than five times lower than the 32,292 peak reached on April 14 but up by 33% since an Aug. 29 low of 4,530.And there are now 1,043 patients in intensive care units, levels unseen since June 8.It was to avoid the hospital system from being overwhelmed that France put in place one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns between March 17 and May 11.France’s prime minister warned that if the government does not act to prevent the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country, there could be a repeat of the situation at the peak of the crisis in March.”It’s a race against time,” Jean Castex said on France 2 television. “The public must be attentive and prudent. If we don’t act we could find ourselves in a situation similar to spring,” last_img read more

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Don’t count on the NFL in LA

first_imgIt seems that every year another “NFL to Los Angeles” headline pops up. The Los Angeles Rams and Raiders fans appear in mass numbers, the NFL dismisses the notion, and a few weeks later it’s as if the rumor never happened.This NFL offseason has produced not one, not two, but three possible teams heading to L.A. as soon as the 2016 season. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has publicly said he will be moving his team to Inglewood to play in an 80,000 seat stadium built on the former site of the Hollywood Park racetrack.The Raiders and Chargers have proposed a joint stadium located in Carson that would host both teams and contain a large number of restaurants and other venues surrounding the stadium, similar to L.A. Live next to the Staples Center.All this happened while a proposal for a stadium located next to the Staples Center with funding, a naming sponsorship and city backing sat waiting for a team to commit.That plan now joins the approximately one million, just  maybe a slight exaggeration, other stadium/team proposals that L.A. has seen since the Rams and Raiders bolted in 1994.Now, these stadium proposals sound nice and all, but I’m not buying into it yet. Not until shovel hits dirt will I believe that America’s biggest sport will return to the City of Angels.In my 21 years of life, I’ve been let down too many times from these fake rumors.Let’s just go over a brief history of the past 20 years since the NFL left before I explain why you shouldn’t get too excited over these new stadium proposals.In just over 20 years, Los Angeles has been linked to almost half of the teams in the NFL. In 1997, the Seahawks were supposed to move before getting a new stadium.In 1999, the expansion team was supposed to be in L.A. before Houston swooped in and convinced the NFL otherwise. In 2002, the Colts were supposed to move from Indianapolis before getting a new stadium.In the late 2000s, the 49ers, Vikings and Bills were all linked to Los Angeles before getting new stadiums from their respective cities.The reason I’m pointing this history out is because owners have used Los Angeles as a bargaining tool against cities that threaten to provide no funding for a new stadium. Owners have been taking advantage of L.A.’s vacancy as a way to leverage themselves.Imagine you have two friends: one who will buy you lunch, and another who won’t. You’d be much more likely to go to lunch with the friend who will buy you a nice sandwich than with the one who is going to leave you with the bill.Or, simply put, why would a small market team with an ancient stadium stay in a place like Minneapolis or Buffalo when sunny, beautiful California is awaiting?This is the main reason I am not willing to buy into these rumors that L.A. will have three teams playing here in fewer than two years.All these teams — the Rams, Raiders and Chargers -— play in some of the oldest stadiums in the NFL and have long been trying to get public financing for new stadiums.Adding to the controversy is the fact that the NFL has not backed either plan. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Wednesday at the annual NFL meeting, and his words were not comforting to L.A. fans.“First, let me just say we’re focused on doing this right,” Goodell said. “If we go back to the Los Angeles market, we want to succeed for the long term, and we have a lot to do to get to that place. So we’re not focused on ‘16.”The fact that the NFL is not in the nation’s second largest market is inconceivable. L.A. teams such as the Lakers and Trojans are international brands that stretch all across the globe. With the NFL’s recent obsession with becoming a global game, one would figure L.A. would be the first step.The fact that the NFL has yet to back any of these plans has me feeling iffy on the whole subject.Furthermore, any team that does relocate to L.A. would have to play in a temporary stadium, such as the Rose Bowl or the Coliseum.The Rose Bowl is the most viable and realistic option, but if two teams were to move here like many expect, that would mean the stadium would host three teams.The venue is already limited to a certain number of days it can host events, meaning one team would have to play in the not-fully-suitable Coliseum.The NFL might very well return to Los Angeles in the near future, and it absolutely should.For now, however, I’m not buying into any rumors until I see a stadium being built, whether it be in Inglewood, Carson or some other city in Los Angeles.Nick Barbarino is a junior majoring in business administration. His column “Beyond the Arc” runs Fridays.last_img read more

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Gladson Awako speaks on failed moves to Europe after winning U-20 World Cup [VIDEO]

first_imgAccra Great Olympics midfielder, Gladson Awako, has expressed his disappointment on failed attempts to joining top European clubs early in his career.The midfielder was a part of Sellas Tetteh’s U-20 squad that won both the African Nations Cup and the FIFA World Cup in 2009 although not featuring much for the team.The 29-year-old revealed in an interview on Pulse Ghana that he had chances to play for clubs like Tottenham Hotspurs, Inter Milan, AS Monaco among others but the moves did not happen.“I am disappointed because I had chances to travel outside to train with some European clubs like Tottenham, Inter Milan, Monaco, but it didn’t happen the way I wished. However, I still moved on and I believe that things will get better,” He told Pulse GhanaAwako added that much is expected of players at the U-20 level by clubs.“It is different from playing in the U-17 team. It is the U-20 so those clubs out there have some expectations because you are already mature. If you are playing for the U-20 you have already hit 18, 19, 20 years of age so you should be a matured player. They have some target that they want to see from the player”. He added.Gladson Awako after the U-20 World Cup in Egypt moved to the Spanish side, Real Club Recreativo de Huelva in 2010 but soon returned to the Ghana Premier League to play for Kpando Hearts of Lions.After a year Hearts of Lions, he moved to Berekum Chelsea where he won the Ghana Premier League in 2011 and reached the group stages of the CAF Champions League in 2012.After excelling on the domestic scene, he joined TP Mazembe in 2012.He returned to the Ghana Premier League in 2019 after a spell with Phoenix Rising Star in the United States.Watch the interview here:last_img read more

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Bombers impressive at Oliver Fall Festival Fieldhockey Tourney

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the shutout goalkeeping of Tara Yowek to four straight wins at the Oliver Fall Festival Girl’s High School Fieldhockey Tournament this past weekend in Oliver.The Bombers registered wins over South Kamloops (1-0), Clayton Heights of Surrey (4-0), Agassiz (4-0) and host South Okanagan of Oliver (1-0).“(Players) were intimidated at first to have to play against Grade 12’s, but by the end of the weekend they felt at ease and were playing very valuable minutes,” said coach Val Gibson, adding the Bombers have no seniors on the roster this season.Fact is the Bombers took, and played, 17 players in Grades nine, ten and 11.There was no overall results recorded during the tournament as teams did not play every other school.LVR opened the Festival edging South Kam 1-0 on a goal by Allie Zondervan.The Bombers then defeated a very good South Okanagan squad on a late goal by Chiara Chirico, on a one timer in the last minute from mid fielder Allie Zondervan. LVR then turned up the offence to dump Clayton Heights 4-0.Laura Walgren, Sarah Wade, Chirico and Zondervan scored for the Bombers.Walgren, Chirico and Jena Wheeldon each added assists.The Bombers completed the tourney with a 4-0 shellacking of Agassiz.Walgren, Chirico, Zondervan and Emma Borhi scored for the winners.Yowek was in goal for all games.However, the veteran keeper had some relief in goal when defender Anna Goeppner took a turn between the pipes.The coaching staff was pleased with the performances of Naomi Perkins, defender Emma Gregorich and rookies Mckenna Bennett, Noa Butterfield, Marley Reynold and Taylor Zimmer.”Our team goal is to improve upon our 10th place Provincial Placing from last year,” said Gibson.I think we have the athletes to do it.”last_img read more

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South African artist Black Coffee wins at BET Awards

first_imgHouse music maestro Black Coffee wins a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award.House music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. (Image: OnoBello)Brand South Africa ReporterHouse music maestro Black Coffee has become the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award. The renowned DJ, whose real name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo, won in the “Best International Act-Africa” category at the awards ceremony held last night in Los Angeles, in the US.He was nominated in the category alongside other South African and African musicians:Wizkid from Nigeria;AKA from South Africa;Serge Beynaud from Ivory Coast;MzVee from Ghana;Cassper Nyovest from South Africa;Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania; and,Yemi Alade from Nigeria.See his acceptance speech:@RealBlackCoffee‘s acceptance speech as he took Best international act: Africa award #BETAwards16 @SundayTimesZA pic.twitter.com/VRMOMZVSs0— Gabi Mbele (@TheGabi) June 25, 2016Watch him thank South Africa:Congratulations pour inSouth Africans flooded Twitter to congratulate the star for flying the flag [email protected] congratulations groetmaan That’s a South African flag you raising high? Thank You pic.twitter.com/a6rofwyplU— ThihangwiSingo (@prosingo) June 27, [email protected] congratulations noble son for being the first son of the soil to win BET awards. So proud of you. Keep shining ntwana— Thulani Dasa (@thulanidasa) June 27, 2016Good morning! Well done to our friend, @RealBlackCoffee for winning that major #BET award. We’re so proud of you!— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) June 27, 2016“DJ Black Coffee continues to inspire our youth with this achievement and has now become our prime international export in the music industry, as an example of the South African youth talent,” said President Jacob Zuma.“Our nation is immensely proud of him and this achievement in particular. We congratulate him most heartily.”Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said it was not only a victory for South African music, but for African house music.“May Black Coffee continue to lead the way and along with other like-minded South African musicians,” he said.The BET Awards were established in 2001 to celebrate African-Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Big cats, badgers and coy wolves: Will a snowy winter offer wildlife tracking opportunities?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we settle in for what many believe will be a cold winter, I am ready for some snow.After limited snowball fights, almost no opportunities to take the kids sledding and nary a snowman in the last couple of winters, I am hoping for some snow and frosty weather in the months ahead. Along with opportunities for some outdoor fun, I always am fascinated to walk the fields surrounding my house to look for wildlife tracks with the children.What seem to be empty fields during daylight hours turn into wildlife highways by night around my house. I never realize how much critter traffic there really is until I pull on my boots and take a crisp winter stroll in the snow and see the vast array of tracks from opossums, raccoons, skunks, mink, fox, and coyotes (among other things) that have traveled the landscape the previous night. My son, especially, loves to find and identify the tracks, and I am always surprised about the volume of them out there.Of course, Ohio is home to an increasingly diverse number of critters as reforestation efforts and conservation practices are being implemented. Ohio has seen rising populations of black bears, wild turkeys, bobcats, and other native species in recent years. It is no surprise that there are more close encounters with wildlife and people in Ohio that include many of the standard wildlife fare, but there are also rumblings of critter encounters of a more exotic nature.With dreams of the long snowy nights ahead and the increased potential for spotting signs of some of Ohio’s more unique animal residents, here is a recap of some of the more unique recent wildlife stories that may inspire you to take a snowy hike this winter (or maybe not).BadgersYou probably do not want to stumble across one, but there are viable populations of badgers living in Ohio.Rarely seen and largely unknown to most Ohioans, reports of buckeye badgers have increased over the past couple of decades, according to Suzie Prange, state carnivore specialist, furbearer biologist, and mammalogist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The badger is a vigorous, burly, strong critter that is a member of the weasel family. Weighing between 12 and 24 pounds and measuring approximately two feet long, badgers have a white stripe that extends back over the head from the nose and characteristic black cheek patches, or “badges.”Short-legged and flat to the ground, it has powerful feet and claws that it uses for digging. A burrowing creature that is nearly as wide as it is long, the badger, as naturalist Marty Stouffer puts it, resembles a “digging doormat…it lives to dig and digs to live…Its whole existence depends on its burrowing habits. It digs for defense, shelter, food, and sometimes just for fun.”MinkA mink is surely among the top few creatures that roam the wilds of Ohio that you do not want to encounter in close quarters. Minks are rarely seen but widely known for their beautiful pelts. They are also cunning, ferocious and have a musky odor that almost rivals a skunk. In short, a mink is not something you hope to find in your home — which is what happened to my brother and his family last winter. Yikes!Coyotes and the coy wolfOf course, coyote sightings are not that uncommon. There is no shortage of them around Ohio. One winter night a few years ago, I went out to refill my outdoor wood burner about midnight and heard an unearthly sound coming from the road. It turned out to be the claws of a running pack of coyotes on the icy road as they ran by the house. I see them occasionally, but hear their unsettling howls often throughout the year.And there has been more discussion recently about dogs crossbreeding with coyotes, resulting in larger, more fearsome versions of the woodland creatures. Have you ever had a run in with one of these?Mountain lionsThough wildlife officials may tell you otherwise, Ohio does not have a shortage of suspected sightings and encounters with big cats. This fall, northeast Ohioans were abuzz about a big cat in the Mahoning Valley. And, at ocj.com we have heard MANY more stories about big cats roaming the wilds of Ohio.BearsBears have been found not too far from my house. In 2015, a black bear was hit on the road in the southeastern part of the county. And while they are mostly tucked in during the winter months, there are some bruins that call Ohio home.With December almost here and Christmas just around the corner, I am really looking forward to winter and all of the outdoor recreation opportunities it can offer, including the chance to check in on some of my wildlife neighbors in rural Ohio. Happy winter ramblings.last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Sachin paaji, says Virat Kohli as Master Blaster turns 43

first_imgBatting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 43 today, is being showered with wishes. Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and other young Indian cricketers who had grown up seeing Tendulkar punish opposition bowlers lead the bandwagon on Twitter. Also, the ones who had shared the dressing room with the Master Blaster during the early stages of his career didn’t miss out on the opportunity to show their love. As Tendulkar celebrated the special day playing cricket with the children of Make-A-Wish India — an NGO based in Mumbai, tweets from all over the country poured in. Here are a few of them.No words are enough to describe you @sachin_rt paaji, my wishes will also fall short to your greatness ?????? #HappyBirthdaySachin Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 24, 2016Here’s wishing @sachin_rt a very happy birthday #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/4xrGaRzg2X BCCI (@BCCI) April 24, 2016Many happy returns of the day to god of cricket a humble man and a true gem ! The hero of our nation @sachin_rt God bless you master !???????? yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 23, 2016Happy birthday @sachin_rt the best man I know on and off the field. Wishing you health and success always, #HappyBirthdaySachin #greatman???? Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 24, 2016A very happy birthday to the most humble and forever young @sachin_rt .. Much love always pic.twitter.com/YrBE8bLJIM Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) April 23, 2016Wishing my role model Sachin paaji a very Happy Birthday @sachin_rt May god bless you and stay healthy always. ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) April 23, 2016Happy Birthday @sachin_rt – the man who made watching cricket a joy for every Indian. #HappyBirthdaySachin pic.twitter.com/1vtRtGOaruadvertisement Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) April 24, 2016??????? ?? ??????? ?????????? @sachin_rt . ?????? ??????? ?? ????? ??? ???????? ???? ?????? ?? ??? ??? ???? ????? ???? #HappyBirthdaySachin Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, [email protected]_rt Happy Birthday Paaji! There never was, and never will be another Sachin! pic.twitter.com/QV95DteKDL Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 24, 2016Many happy returns of the day champion @sachin_rt have a blessed year! Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) April 24, 2016Happy birthday legend! @sachin_rt Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) April 24, 2016Happy Birthday to one of the all-time greats! The Little Master @sachin_rt! What is your favourite Sachin moment? pic.twitter.com/GnKwNVEP4Y ICC (@ICC) April 24, 2016Happy birthday to one and only @sachin_rt . Wishing you lots of happiness and good health. #SRT43 Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) April 24, 2016Happy Birthday @sachin_rt paaji. May God bless you with all happiness in the world. There has been & can always be only 1 Sachin Tendulkar Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) April 24, 2016Hi sachin wish u many many happy returns of the day.good luck nd god b wth u @sachin_rt @CNNnews18 pic.twitter.com/wvrG8iLAW0 Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 24, 2016Happy Birthday @sachin_rt ???? U have been an inspiring role model & ur legacy will enrich our lives & those of every new generation of India?? VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 24, 2016last_img read more

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Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany calls OSU Michigan infractions embarrassing

While Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he is excited about the opportunity for collaboration between the NCAA and its member institutions, especially regarding infractions and rules, he also blasted two Big Ten teams which have been involved in recent NCAA investigations. At Big Ten Media Days on Thursday, Delany specifically mentioned NCAA investigations involving Ohio State and Michigan, commenting on the problems such violations create for the conference as a whole. “University of Michigan had a problem with out-of-season practice. That was an embarrassment,” Delany said. “This year we have Ohio State getting ready to go in front of the infractions committee on Aug. 12th. That’s embarrassing. “Neither one of those institutions have a history of being in that situation. It not only has reflected poorly on them, it’s reflected poorly on us.” On Dec. 23, 2010, the NCAA suspended quarterback Terrelle Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, offensive tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits from Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game ban. In the wake of these violations, Jim Tressel, who was facing a five-game suspension and $250,000 fine for failing to report NCAA violations committed by his players, resigned as OSU’s head coach on May 30, 2011. In 2009, Michigan came under investigation for exceeding NCAA limits on the amount of practice and training time the players may take part in. The 14-month investigation ended in November 2010 with the NCAA adding a year of probation to Michigan’s self-imposed sanctions, which included cutting 130 hours of practice time before the end of the 2011-12 academic year. Former head coach Rich Rodriguez was fired on Jan. 5, 2011. With new coaches joining each program this year, Delany said he made it clear to both Ohio State coach Luke Fickell and Michigan coach Brady Hoke that going forward, it was their responsibility to manage their teams. “I explained to each of these coaches that going forward we do not want two more such cases and that they are the CEOs of their program.” Delany said these mistakes are not limited to the Big Ten, but he is concerned about the violations that directly affect the conference. “I can’t remember a period of time where we’ve had more questions about various programs, whether it be on the agent side, the recruitment side or the academic side,” he said. “We’ve had two of them in this conference and that’s two too many as far as I’m concerned.” And while, in Delany’s opinion, certain systems and rules must be evaluated, it is up to individual institutions within the NCAA to work with the NCAA to fix problems with the infractions process, Delany said. “They (the NCAA) have an infractions process, they have a regulatory system basically where they are enforcing our rules,” he said. “They aren’t their rules, they’re rules that come out of NCAA membership. To the extent they’re inexplicable or irrational, it’s not the NCAA’s problem, it’s our problem and we need to fix it if we need to fix it.” Delany did say that mistakes will be made, but the Big Ten and other NCAA conferences, along with the NCAA, must address them and move forward. “It’s not the NCAA alone that needs to change. It’s the conferences and the institutions, to really look at their processes so we can trust each other that when information comes up and needs to be addressed, it’s addressed in the proper way,” he said. “…I’m excited to address these things going forward.” Delany used Thursday as an opportunity to call a meeting with all Big Ten coaches to discuss the state of the conference as it pertains to the NCAA investigations. “I wanted to call them together today and speak to them candidly and from the heart,” he said, “explain to them that in many ways, the game is as healthy as it’s ever been. “But also in my view, we as a conference have been hurt by the two institutions that have been involved in NCAA allegations and findings, and that I wanted to let them know that I expected them to lead their programs in a way that wouldn’t put us in that circumstance again.” Fickell addressed concerns involving OSU’s program and stated his desire to move the program forward. “I think from day one, the biggest thing that I’ve tried to do is focus on our leadership as well as trying to pound home the culture that we believe is important in moving our program forward,” Fickell said. Hoke said he does not view the Michigan program as needing to be rebuilt, despite on- and off-the-field troubles. “I don’t think we’re rebuilding, period. I mean, we’re Michigan. We’ve got kids who understand that they’re Michigan,” Hoke said of the state of his program. Delany said that while the Big Ten has never added to the penalties handed down by the NCAA in cases of investigations, the conference has high expectations of their member institutions and that Jim Tressel did not live up to those expectations. “I view us as having fairly high expectations about report and then reveal … I think Jim’s activity was in contravention of that,” he said. While the Big Ten will not change its expectations regarding self-reporting of possible NCAA infractions, Delany said he feels confident that going forward, coaches will live up to his expectations. read more

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