IN BRIEF

first_imgTHE Commission this week launched a fresh attempt to tighten rules on the safety of meat, by calling for the removal of risky tissues from food and proposing a formal ban on exports of British gelatine. The plans to ban the brains, eyes and spinal cord of cattle, sheep and goats over 12 months of age from human and animal food will be scrutinised by vets for thefirst time tomorrow (20June). Similar plans were thrown out by farm ministers last year. COMPULSORY labelling arrangements for all new genetically-modified farm products released into the environment were approved by member states this week. The new rules drawn up by Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard require labels specifying that the GMO product “may contain or may consist of genetically-modified organisms”.THE design of European buses and coaches is tobe harmonised under a proposed directive which would give the disabled access to urban buses. The Commission will carry out further studies into making interurban buses accessible to the handicapped before deciding whether to modify its directive by the end ofthe year.TRADE Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan’s diplomatic mission to Russia this week was marred by arguments. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov refused to see Brittan and attacked the EU’s “discriminatory” trade regime. The dispute overshadowed Brittan’s efforts to convince Russia of the benefits of World Trade Organisation membership.last_img read more

Fournette sets table for Heisman feast in 2015

first_imgNASHVILLE – It’s not easy to overshadow a record-setting performance like the one LSU running back Leonard Fournette posted Tuesday, but the Tigers managed to do just that.LSU’s spectacular true freshman put on a show in the Music City Bowl at LP Field, but LSU’s 31-28 loss to Notre Dame, and the drama surrounding defensive coordinator John Chavis, soured the New Orleans native’s postseason breakthrough.Tuesday, reports citing unnamed sources tabbed Texas A&M as Chavis’ destination following the Music City Bowl. Major networks reported the same Wednesday.Not lost in the shuffle of LSU’s season-ending loss, however, was the statement Fournette made regarding 2015. Fournette’s 143 yards rushing and three touchdowns – one on a 100-yard kickoff return – cause many to consider him a legitimate Heisman contender.The kickoff return tied a school record (Eric Martin, 1981) and was the first by LSU player since Morris Claiborne’s 99-yarder against West Virginia in 2011.“Leonard Fournette distinguished himself in this game,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “He’s a very special player.”Fournette passed Justin Vincent to establish a new freshman season rushing record at LSU (1,034 to 1,001).“(The record means) nothing at all. I wanted the W,” said Fournette, who finished with 264 all-purpose yards – the most by a Tiger this year. “That’s all that counts right now. All I wanted to do was celebrate with the seniors.”Although the 6-foot-1, 230-pound runner who combines blazing speed and physicality slipped and struck a Heisman Trophy pose early in his freshman season, he’s declared himself out of the Heisman promotion business.“It doesn’t matter to me,” Fournette said regarding his inclusion in the discussion for college football’s most coveted honor. “The pose was a one-time deal.“Who wouldn’t like to be mentioned (in the Heisman talk)? If I’m not, I’m still blessed to play for LSU and to be in college.”Many questioned why LSU didn’t ride its hot hand against the Fighting Irish. Fournette had just 11 carries – five in the second half.“We had some personnel calls for other running backs,” Fournette said.The Tigers ran just 52 plays Tuesday as Notre Dame offered 77 plays and possessed the ball for 37 minutes compared to LSU’s 23.LSU had just one full possession in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame’s game-winning drive chewed up the final 5:41.Fournette did get some chuckles in his postgame media session by describing how he used the large video board at LP Field to find the end zone on his long touchdown run in the third quarter.“It was a big help; I was tired,” said Fournette, who knew where to veer to avoid pursuing defenders based on the live video feed. “If It wasn’t for the scoreboard, I wouldn’t have made it.”The 89‐yard scoring run up the middle of Notre Dame’s defense was the longest run for an LSU player in a bowl game. The previous record was 78 yards by Rondell Mealey (also against Notre Dame) in the 1997 Independence Bowl.Fournette led the team with five 100-yard rushing games this season.“I have to get better,” he said. “I’m used to the game now; it’s time to perfect my craft.“I just had a good game.”Despite an 8-5 finish to the season, Miles boasted about a bright future considering the number of young stars on the team.“We are ready for big things,” Fournette said. “But the young stuff is all about to go. Now it’s time to get to work for next season.”Alexander to enter draftNote: LSU’s leading tackler, junior linebacker Kwon Alexander, took to Twitter to announce Tuesday was his final game in purple and gold.Alexander (@Showtime17Kwon) tweeted a picture of this:“I would like to thank LSU, the coaches, the team and LSU nation for all of the love and support that you have shown me throughout my tenure at LSU. After careful thought, prayer and after speaking with my family, I have decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Geaux Tigers!! #FOREVERLSU”The 6-foot-2, 227-pounder from Oxford, Alabama, will learn his professional fate beginning with the first round of the NFL Draft on April 30.last_img read more

Manchester United make breakthrough in talks to sign Van Persie from Arsenal

first_imgManchester United are set to make an improved bid for Robin van Persie after making a breakthrough in talks with Arsenal on Tuesday night.Arsenal want at least £20 million for their captain but United have until now been reluctant to offer more than £15m for a player who is 29 and has just one year remaining on his contract.The new offer is likely to be close to Arsenal’s asking price once add-ons are included as the two clubs attempt to reach an agreement and draw a conclusion to the summer saga.United are firmly in pole position to sign Van Persie and could even complete a move for the Dutch striker before their Premier League opener against Everton next Monday.Goal.com revealed last week that the demand of Van Persie’s agent, Kees Vos, for a £4m cut in the deal has threatened to scupper his chances of a move to Old Trafford.Manchester City had previously been favourites to land last season’s double player of the year but have put their interest on hold due to the finances involved and their difficulty in selling Emmanuel Adebayor, Edin Dzeko and Roque Santa Cruz. Juventus are also out of the running for the former Feyenoord man, leaving United with a clear run despite Arsenal’s reluctance to sell their star player to a Premier League rival.The Gunners, however, appear to have concluded that they would rather sell Van Persie than keep an unhappy player in the squad who can leave on a free transfer next summer.Van Persie, who is currently in Belgium on international duty with the Netherlands squad, has publicly announced that he will not sign a new Arsenal contract.Sir Alex Ferguson was unsure when asked last week about United’s chances of landing the man who was the Premier League’s top scorer last term with 30 goals.“We have made a bid and they’ve [Arsenal] been trying to negotiate with other clubs,” said Ferguson. “I don’t have a gut feeling on it at the moment, I must admit. “We’re not getting any breakthrough with Arsenal. It’s difficult to say why they’re operating this way. I don’t know what their thoughts are, because they’re not giving anything away.”But Van Persie now looks likely to complete a switch to Old Trafford where he will join new signings Nick Powell, Shinji Kagawa and Angelo Henriquez, who will complete a £4m move to the club after undergoing a medical.last_img read more

Oh what a night at Oshkosh opener!

first_imgBy Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (April 29) – Season openers have a way of getting out of control sometimes, and with 171 cars in 6 divisions filling the pit area at the Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway on Friday night, one could only hope for the best.The veteran staff at the Zone was up to the challenge and an entire program was complete in 3-½ hours. The drivers also did their job to near perfection with all very competitive features run in just un­der an hour. There were only a handful of cautions during the entire night, compliments of a very smooth, fast track.Defending national and track champion Travis Van Straten pulled away from the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field on his way to the feature win. Ryan Blank and Jerry Wheeler battled for second with Winkler taking the spot at the finish while Blank, in his first run in the Stock Car division, set­tled for a strong third place finish.With a stout 46-car field in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified division, it was a tough go making the main event, with 24 cars on the grid.Steve Schneider took command at the start and opened a lead with Benji LaCrosse moving into the runner up spot on lap six. For eight circuits, LaCrosse ran outside of Schneider and it was back and forth for the lead.A lapped car on lap 15 messed up the momentum briefly, which was all Schneider needed to re­gain the lead and move on to collect his first feature win of 2016.  LaCrosse could not get back to the leader and finished right behind in second. Defending champion Marcus Yarie had to make the main through the ‘B’ feature, made an exciting run from the back of the field through traffic and ended up taking third.Chris Budzban grabbed the lead in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main and put distance on the field over the first half of the race. Once Tom Schneider settled into the runner-up spot, he slowly cut into the lead that Budzban had established and after lap 10 was within striking distance.Lapped traffic also came into the picture as the leaders had to move through traffic.  On lap 15, Schneider pulled alongside Budzban on the front chute and after two more laps was in control.Not to be outdone by his brother Steve, Tom ran to his first feature win of the season and the pair shared victory lane after their back-to-back victories. Budzban took a close second place finish with J.J. Andersen third.last_img read more

Photos: The Soo Yeon Lee Story.

first_imgAdvertisement i88gf3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vse1a3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec74( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) es2x8Would you ever consider trying this?😱zCan your students do this? 🌚mmwzluRoller skating! b030See more on YT⬇️⬇️⬇️See morebxdw1Body tricks that only special people can do pt-182kvkHow though? 🤔😂#AdrenalineJunkiessxgA visualization of how Karma works 5kq7faj3Powered by Firework Lee was born in Busan, South Korea, where she began playing table tennis at the age of nine and was competing six months after that.Advertisement  Advertisement She won her first National Junior Championship at the age of 12.Advertisement  Soon after Lee left home to receive extensive training under the world champion Lee Ailesa, at the Korean National Training Center.She later trained under the supervision of Olympic Gold Medalist Hyun Jung-hwa.Lee won 5 more Korean National Junior championships, followed by three wins in Korean national tournaments.Lee enrolled in Korea National Sports University where she was coached by Ahn Jae-Hyung and joined the national team.In 2000, Lee won a silver medal at the World University Championships in Shanghai. While studying at the university, Lee earned degrees in sports psychology and physical education.In 2004, Lee decided to move to New Zealand to learn English.Lee won the New Zealand Women’s Singles Championship and she was named New Zealand Female Sportsperson of the Year.After 5 months in New Zealand, Lee returned to South Korea. Lee’s next move was to the United States in 2007 while her sister was studying in Chicago, Illinois.Lee moved to Los Angeles, California where she enrolled in UCLA. She won several tournaments in the United States, including the US Open in 2007, and Killerspin Invitational in 2009. Advertisementlast_img read more

New class of excitement

first_imgSebastien and Jack put the finishing touches to their work. 42274 Picture: Donna Oates By Melissa MeehanTHE first day of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Teen missing for a week

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis A TEENAGE girl known to frequent the Pakenham area has been missing for almost a week. Isabella…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img