Pensions Green Paper will fail to tackle £2.7bn savings shortfall

first_imgPensions Green Paper will fail to tackle £2.7bn savings shortfallOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Government’s pensions Green Paper will do little to combat the £27bnsavings shortfall, warn employment specialists. The document, published just before Christmas, outlines government plans tosimplify occupational pensions to cut costs for employers, simplify the taxregime for pensions and allow people to work while receiving their occupationalpension. But, the Work Foundation is not convinced the proposals will help to closethe gap between what pensions are worth and what people will need to save fortheir old age. A spokesman called for greater protection for people in finalsalary pensions. The foundation wants people who work beyond 65 to be given rights for unfairdismissal and redundancy prior to 2006’s age discrimination legislation. The TUC, Unison and Amicus are disappointed the document does not seek tomake employers’ pension contributions compulsory. The TUC’s Brendan Barbersaid: “The case for compulsion is now overwhelming.” Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Towers Perrin criticised the documentbecause it lacks detail and involves lengthy consultation before any of itsproposals are introduced. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Special Session Includes Tax And School Bills

first_imgThe four pieces of legislation are:House Bill 1230 would provide $5 million for school safety that Holcomb had requested during the session. The bill would allow school corporations to obtain funding advances of up to $500,000 for school security equipment and capital purchases, but total advances are not allowed to exceed $35 million.Senate Bill 242––now House Bill 1242 because it will start in the House––is a tax bill which would have exempted trucks, pavers, vehicle parts and fuel purchased by a hot mix asphalt company from Indiana’s 7 percent sales tax.House Bill 1315 would establish a process to single out struggling schools. It would allow the state to take over the Gary and Muncie community schools, and it authorizes a $12 million loan to the Muncie school corporations.House Bill 1316 will update the state’s tax code to comply with recent federal changes.House Bill 1457 will make technical corrections to legislation passed this year.Delaney said the legislation regarding the Gary and Muncie schools is punitive, not legislative.“Every school district in the state ought to be concerned that if they somehow offend the supermajority either because of real economic problems or because of mismanagement that their school district will be brought before the General Assembly and subjected to punishment,” he said.Rep. Melanie Wright, D-Yorktown, said until it’s understood why these school corporations are struggling, the problem will continue. She said the legislature needs to look at how property tax caps, changes to the complexity index and school choice have affected school corporations.“We’ve never really looked at the impact of those three things separately, let alone how they interact,” Wright said. “I think part of that is playing out in some of our school systems, and I think until we look at the larger vision of why is this problem happening, I think we’re bound to see it repeating.”Lawmakers will meet on Monday to review the agenda for the special session.FOOTNOTE: Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare May 14, 2018  By Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats are worried that the May 14 special legislative session is undemocratic by not involving Hoosier voices.“My fundamental problem is this is being handled in an amazingly undemocratic fashion,” said state Rep. Ed Delaney, D-Indianapolis. “How can we consider legislation without testimony, without committee hearings and without the possibility of an amendment?”Lawmakers will meet at the Statehouse on May 14 for a special one-day session to act on bills that legislators failed to pass before the end of the regular session. Republican leaders in the House and Senate, who hold supermajorities, have said they want to limit the work to a single day where they will tackle tax and education bills.While the Democrats have expressed their concern, Indiana Republicans have said the bills already had a public testimony, gone through committees and been amended. They have said the bills will be exactly the way they looked the night of March 14 when the regular session ended.“With the exception of a technical corrections bill recommended for adoption by the Legislative Services Agency, the four other bills will be eligible for a final vote in the same form they were in on the last night,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. “This process will complete our work just as it should have been with the limited expense to the taxpayer.”The estimated cost for the special session is $30,000 per day with legislators receiving a daily expense stipend of $173 as determined by the federal government.The proposed legislation, motions and fiscal notes for the bills being considered were released to the public April 30.“We are delivering on our pledge of full transparency and openness with regard to the special session,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said in a statement.  “I’m hopeful that this will help facilitate an efficient process when we gather on May 14 to complete our work on these important issues.”last_img read more

The needs of the many outweigh the desires of the few

first_imgDear Editor:I have always had a rational view of what is best for Hoboken. Working in New York, I see how trans-Hudson commuters must navigate through increasingly crowded mass transit systems which have reached capacity, with systems failing frequently, causing frustrating delays and detours due to technical problems that affect the PATH, NJ Transit and buses. As a commuter, I must depend upon these transportation systems to survive.I want NY Waterway to utilize the land that they purchased last November, 2017 at the old Union Dry Dock site for the maintenance of a ferry fleet that carries 30,000 commuters every day because I believe in their taking advantage of a site that has been a working waterfront for over a 100 years. NJ Transit depends upon NY Waterway as a partner in providing the commuting options for daily travelers to get to their jobs because so many things can go wrong for thousands of commuters in New Jersey that they must rely upon each other. The old Union Dry Dock site is the most perfectly readily equipped and centrally located piece of land for the ferries to effectively continue to serve commuters in our densely populated Hudson County as well as help out in emergencies along the New York skyline.Much has been said of a study done in 2009 to find the best location for a ferry business that requires riparian rights since a ferry system’s whole existence depends upon docks and deep water to exist. But that study was done nine years ago and many of the places listed as possible sites for NY Waterway are no longer viable since they have developed in other directions as waterfronts developed rapidly for luxury waterfront housing so that the once plentiful number of docks that dotted the Hudson River has disappeared forever. Hoboken already has 21 parks in our mile square town and much available park space along our waterfront. We must look at the reality that the land in question is in private hands and the City of Hoboken cannot take possession of something that the Governor of New Jersey and New Jersey Transit know is needed for mass transit operations. Hoboken has antiquated infrastructure that must be addressed with monies we have yet to find. We do not have the tens of millions of dollars that would be required to add another park to our town. NY Waterway has offered to provide a waterfront walkway across its property so that a proper balance between an operating ferry system and a continuous public access to Hoboken’s waterfront can be achieved. Their maintenance facility in Hoboken, being close to all its ferry terminals, will efficiently serve the commuting public, while being a necessary partner to the other modes of transportation that New Jersey offers to the public. The Governor and NJ Transit both know that NY Waterway needs to obtain the necessary permits to begin operations along Hoboken’s waterfront. There is no other workable site for the ferries to go.Mary Ondrejkalast_img read more

Widespread Panic Welcomes Jason Isbell, Resurrects The Jam On Easter Sunday At 420 Fest [Full Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgAfter an action-packed assortment of awesomeness, SweetWater 420 Festival in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park came to a resounding conclusion 0n Sunday with the second of two performances on the weekend for the leviathans of rock and roll, Widespread Panic.The weather warmed up as Easter Sunday proved to be a righteous end to a memorable festival weekend. The outdoor springtime shows proved to be a stark contrast from Panic’s recent Atlanta tradition of New Year’s Eve at the Fox Theater, and the crowd’s excitement could not be contained.From atop their SweetWater Main Stage altar, Widespread Panic opened the sermon with back-to-back covers, Van Morrison’s “Send Your Mind” followed by Jerry Joseph’s “Climb to Safety”. The latter tune features the lyrics “Baby, we can walk on water,” relevant to Easter as one of Jesus’s biblical stories. Returning to the band’s repertoire of originals, the Panics kicked it up a notch for a high-throttle “You Got Yours” from Bombs & Butterflies. The song has apocalyptic tones with the lyrics, “I’ve got my hole in the wall/ Somewhere I can go when the sky begins to fall.” Dave Schools echoed John Bell‘s vocals as Sonny Ortiz and Duane Trucks pounded the rhythms out with zealous passion before Jimmy Herring took the jam into overdrive.The slow, rolling introduction of the Grateful Dead‘s “Cream Puff War” whipped the audience into an unholy frenzy. Although “Cream Puff War” was one of the first covers that Widespread played, this marked just the third time in as many years that the band played the early Dead tune. Walking down the tarmac, the band loaded the attendees on an “Airplane” with mellow harmonies until the “Take Off Jam” took the aircraft to unprecedented altitudes. did an amazing job with the split-screen, pro-shot video to capture the development of this high-flying jam.JoJo Hermann landed the turbulent ride into a jumping version of “Jaded Tourist”. JoJo manned lead vocals, but JB lent a helping hand with more Easter-relevant lyrics (“Walked up from the catacombs”). For those uninformed about the holiday, Easter was the day that Jesus resurrected from his tomb and walked among the living three days after his crucifixion and subsequent death. As JoJo’s keys faded out, Herring’s guitar picked up the guitar riff of “Pilgrims” and led the exodus into the Promised Land.To conclude the first set, Widespread Panic welcomed guitarist/singer/songwriter Jason Isbell to the stage for a knockout holiday special of covers. First, Isbell and Panic worked through ZZ Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago” before nailing a rendition of “I’m So Glad”. Like so many old blues songs, “I’m So Glad” has unknown origins but was first recorded by Skip James and subsequently adopted many other acts including Cream, Traffic, and the late Col. Bruce Hampton. Isbell—also on slide guitar—Herring, and JoJo traded some finger-licking good riffs throughout both tunes before walking off the stage for a chance to catch their breaths.Upon returning from setbreak, Widespread reanimated the audience with the classic instrumental “Disco”. Staying true to the band’s early gospel, the evolutionary “Conrad” ripped apart its cocoon like Jesus out of his tomb. JoJo’s synthesized keys redirected the musical revelation into J.J. Cale’s “Ride Me High” before the band returned to their own catalog for a pair of originals.The band of brethren—onstage and off—bonded in spiritual camaraderie with “I’m Not Alone” from the band’s self-titled second album. The bass-heavy advent of the original jubilee, “Tie Your Shoes”, spiraled out of control until the bass notes of Winston Riley’s “Arleen” escorted the jam from purgatory through St. Peter’s gate into musical paradise. JB and Schools seemed to experience divine improvisational epiphanies that caused them both to speak in tongues in a display of divine intervention.With their minds still scrambled from the spiritual rendering, the band mixed up holidays and dove into “Christmas Katie” with the furious intensity before carrying over into another electrifying original, “Radio Child.” Dave Schools introduced pair of covers to round out the second set as Calvin Carter & Bobby Rush‘s “Bowlegged Woman” sizzled with “excitement on the side” before moving into Jerry Joseph’s “North”.Reappearing mystically on stage for their encores, Widespread Panic devoted their energies to glorifying Talking Heads‘ “City of Dreams”. As expected, the shouted lyrics “And in Southern U.S.A.” brought beatific cheers from the 50,000 devoted disciples in attendance. WSP continued down their own humble path for the ensuing encore “Porch Song” before concluding their 420 Fest weekend with the frenzied bang that is “Action Man”.Widespread Panic continues to spread the word of the swamps next weekend in North Charleston, South Carolina at their Trondossa Music & Arts Festival for two days (4/27, 4/28) alongside Umphrey’s McGee, The Wood Brothers, The Marcus King Band, and more. As always with this unstoppable band and their cult following, it’s never wise to miss a Southern show.For a full list of Widespread Panic’s upcoming tour dates, head here. Below, you can watch a full, pro-shot video of the Sunday SweetWater 420 Fest performance courtesy of Panic – Sweetwater 420 Fest – 4/20/19 – Full Pro-Shot Video[Video: nugsnet]As always, you can also listen to an audio recording of the performance via PanicStream.Setlist: Widespread Panic | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/21/19 Set One: Send Your Mind, Climb To Safety, You Got Yours, Cream Puff War, Airplane > Take-off Jam > Jaded Tourist, Pilgrims, Jesus Just Left Chicago*, I’m So Glad* (67 mins)Set Two: Disco, Conrad, Ride Me High, I’m Not Alone, Tie Your Shoes > Jam > Arleen > Christmas Katie > Radio Child, Bowlegged Woman, North (95 mins)Encore: City of Dreams, Porch Song, Action Man (17 mins)Notes * w/ Jason Isbell on guitar[‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’ LTP 10/20/17 Milwaukee (58 shows)]last_img read more

Several states elect Muslims for the first time, making history

first_imgIman Jodeh as the first Muslim lawmaker in Colorado’s state historyAnother first for both Muslims and Muslim women was the election of Iman Jodeh to the Colorado House of Representatives. Jodeh, a community activist, educator, and daughter to Palestinian immigrants will represent Colorado’s District 41 as the state’s first Muslim lawmaker. – Advertisement – x Democrat Madinah Wilson-Anton became the first Muslim to be elected to the general assembly in the state of Delaware, getting more than 70% of the vote. She will represent District 26 as a member of the Delaware House of Representatives. Not only is she the first Muslim to be elected to the state’s general assembly but she is also the first Muslim woman to ever be elected to office in Delaware’s history.“There is a stereotype that women that cover, that are Muslim are oppressed, are quiet, aren’t free to be themselves, and I don’t know how anybody can look at a 27-year-old Black woman who covers and ran for office and won as somebody who’s oppressed and doesn’t speak her mind,” she told ABC News.Her platform focuses on a number of issues including education funding reform, affordable housing, and accessible child care.- Advertisement – When asked about why she ran, Jodeh told The Colorado Sun, that running to be the first was never her intention. “I’m running because I feel like my lived experiences have the ability to influence progressive policy and move the needle in a positive and progressive way.” She added that although the state has had inadequate Muslim representation, she is proud to live there and that her election wouldn’t just be about representing Muslims, but an ally and voice for identities “across the board.”“I think it’s important that we do honor our democracy and not squander the voice of the people,” she told The Colorado Sun. “Women fought for a very long time to have a voice and a vote. People of color fought for even longer.” Samba Baldeh as the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State AssemblyNot only did Samba Baldeh become the first Muslim elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, but Baldeh is also the first Black man to represent Dane County in the legislature. Baldeh, who ran in Wisconsin’s District 48, defeated Republican Samuel Anderson with 80% of the vote. As a Muslim who immigrated from Gambia to Madison, Wisconsin, Baldeh told HuffPost he hopes his win is an inspiration to both Muslims and children of color.“Being the first Muslim to ever be elected at the state Assembly is really exciting, but also an opportunity that I am thankful for,” he said. “I am looking forward to the challenges, but obviously I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve District 48, but also to represent, not only my constituents but my Muslims, Africans, and constituents of color.”Christopher Benjamin as the first Muslim to be elected to any state office in Florida Christopher Benjamin made history in Florida by becoming the first Muslim American to be elected to any state office. Benjamin, a lawyer and South Florida native, will represent District 107 in the House of Representatives. His platform focuses on criminal justice reform, expanding Medicaid, and speaking up on issues that affect the Muslim community.“This election has been a great journey. I’ve been preparing for this type of office since I was an undergrad at Florida Memorial University, a private historically Black university, where I majored in political science. This is a great completion of that cycle, and to make history on top of it, is almost overwhelming.” Nida Allam as the first Muslim woman to serve the state of North Carolina Nida Allam was elected Tuesday onto the Durham County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina. She will serve as one of the five women, all Democrats, who were elected onto the Durham County Board of Commissioners. Allam’s historic win coincides with the country’s decision to elect its first all female board. Prior to this, she was elected as the first Muslim to serve on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Democratic Party in 2017.“Growing up Muslim American I never thought running for office let alone winning and making history would ever be a possibility,” Allam said.Allam was inspired to go into politics following the death of her close friends, three Muslim students who were killed in Chapel Hill in 2015, Deah Barakat, Razan Abu-Salha, and Yusor Abu-Salah. All three students were shot in their home by a neighbor, yet the incident barely received any media coverage or attention nationwide.“How can I be content with all the blessings I have been given in this world when there is so much to do to fight injustice, uplift one another and to make our communities healthier,” she said in a statement on her website. “I’m fighting for a better nation so that others don’t have to suffer the pain my community did.”x Abraham Aiyash elected to the Michigan House of RepresentativesAbraham Aiyash was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives to represent District 4 on Tuesday. The seventh of eight children, Aiyash was born in Michigan to immigrants from Yemen. According to his campaign, he believes in hard work, giving back, and commitment to service.Aiyash’s platform focuses on a number of issues including criminal justice reform, anti-Black racism, education, and healthcare. “We can reimagine a politics of the possible if we’re willing to engage ordinary citizens in our democracy,” a statement on his website read. xWe did it.To my family, our incredible staff, volunteers, thousands of supporters, and the Aiyash Champions across Hamtramck and Detroit – thank you.You believed in a politics of the possible. The fight for social, economic, and environmental justice continues. Onward.— Abraham Aiyash (@AbrahamAiyash) November 4, 2020Omar Fateh elected to Minnesota State SenateOmar Fateh will represent District 62 in the Minnesota State Senate. He defeated Sen. Jeff Hayden in the August primary and believes in bringing “people power” in the form of community to the capitol to solve issues. His platform heavily focuses on affordable housing and partnering with community organizations.  Minnesotans “should be able to access the folks that are representing us and make sure that they’re partnering with the community,” Fateh told The Appeal. The child of Somali immigrants, Fateh hopes to “bridge the gap” between immigrant communities and American culture. xWe won this race tonight. We couldn’t have done it without the surge of grassroots support that came from south Minneapolis. This is what it looks like to hold power to account. This is what it looks like to win for change.— Omar Fateh (@OmarFatehMN) August 12, 2020Fady Qaddoura as the first Muslim to serve in the Indiana SenateBeating incumbent Republican state senator John Ruckelshaus, Fady Qaddoura was elected to the Indiana Senate Tuesday. He will represent District 30. Qaddoura’s win gives hope to Democrats of eventually regaining their position in the Senate.“We did it! Only in America can someone immigrate to this country, work hard, and earn the trust of tens of thousands of voters to become the first Muslim State Senator in Indiana’s history. I will work hard every day to represent all Hoosiers—including the ones who did not vote for me,” said in a statement posted to Facebook.Zohran Kwame Mamdani elected to New York State Assembly as the first South Asian and second Muslim serving in the AssemblyZohran Kwame Mamdani was elected to represent District 36 in the New York State Assembly on Tuesday. He will serve as not only the first South Asian but the first elected Ugandan in the state. Additionally, he will also be the second Muslim to serve on the state assembly.Indian-Ugandan New Yorker Mamdani announced in October that he was running for New York State Assembly District 36 comprising the Astoria, Ditmars-Steinway, and Astoria Heights neighborhoods in Queens. Prior to his campaign, he worked as a housing counselor for immigrant families. His campaign centers on three emerging issues: housing for all, justice for all, and energy for all.“This election isn’t about a single candidate—it’s about a movement. As a democratic socialist, I know that we’ll never win the rights we all deserve—rights to healthcare, housing, education, nutrition, childcare, and public power—without a grassroots movement of the working class rising up to demand them. Another world is possible, but only if we fight for it together.”xLast night, @DemSocialists candidates won in diverse communities across the country.The Democratic establishment takes these communities for granted. We don’t.They don’t organize in them. We do.And we won’t stop until the working class prevails.— Zohran Kwame Mamdani (@ZohranKMamdani) November 4, 2020Data last compiled in 2015 by the National Conference of State Legislatures found that only three state legislators identified as Muslim, with the growing number of diverse Muslims running for office the number is now unclear. Not only did the Muslim community see historical wins and run for office, but Muslim Americans also turned out in record numbers to cast their vote. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, approximately 1 million Muslims voted in this election with 69% choosing Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden as their pick for president. “The Muslim community’s significant ability to impact the results of numerous races across this country—including the presidential election—was recognized nationally by candidates and the media,” CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said.Following Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and xenophobia policies these wins, no matter how big or small, are noteworthy and beyond cause for celebration. “Muslim American representation isn’t just about winning an election, having a seat at the table, or even power. It’s about reclaiming the American narrative. It’s about making sure that the little Ayshas, Ahmeds, and Maryams sitting in their classrooms experiencing life different from everyone else, see political ads, text messages, literature, and mainstream media covering people that look like them, sound like them, and pray like them—in places of power,” Mohamed Gula, national organizing director of Emgage, told Daily Kos. “It’s about having an example and being able to dream. That’s what running while Muslim is about.”This list is not exhaustive; if you know of a candidate who has not been mentioned please comment below. Here’s some of them:Madinah Wilson-Anton as the first Muslim woman to be elected to the general assembly- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Talk of the towns: West end

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Boeing says production of embattled 737 MAX has resumed

first_imgBoeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at a “low” rate following two deadly crashes that led to the aircraft’s global grounding by regulators, the company said Wednesday.The jet hasn’t flown commercially since March 2019 and is still a number of key steps away from being cleared for service by the US Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators.Boeing said work on the MAX had resumed at the company’s Renton, Washington factory as it implements initiatives to enhance workplace safety and product quality. Topics : Earlier Tuesday, Boeing released details on a downsizing plan to cut total headcount by 10 percent, or roughly 16,000 employees in all.The company said it approved 5,520 US employees for voluntary layoffs and was notifying another 6,770 staff members that they would be involuntarily let go.center_img “We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program.The aerospace giant had shut production in January amid uncertainty over when regulators would clear the jet to fly again. Even before the hit from the coronavirus, the MAX crisis had cost Boeing billions of dollars in compensation for airlines and production expenses, including the cost to store more than 400 planes that could not be delivered to customers. Since that time, Boeing’s troubles have deepened as its airline customers have been thrust into a fight for survival due to plunging travel demand from coronavirus shutdowns. last_img read more

Ferguson empathises with Reds

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson believes Liverpool were wise not to try to head off a lengthy ban for Luis Suarez by imposing one of their own – having vowed Manchester United would never do it again either. Ferguson understood why Liverpool are aggrieved at the punishment handed down to Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic. However, the United boss does not think the penalty even comes close to the harsh manner in which Eric Cantona was treated by the Football Association following his kung-fu kick on Matthew Simmons at Crystal Palace. United, following guidance from the FA, suspended Cantona for the remainder of the season – a period of four months – believing that would be the end of the matter. Instead, the FA launched its own action, and increased Cantona’s ban to eight months. “I bet they are glad they didn’t (suspend Suarez themselves). It didn’t work for us,” Ferguson said. “David Davies promised us if we did it there would be no more action taken. Think about that. A nine-month ban. It is quite incredible. I still can’t get my head round it.” Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio revealed his astonishment at the biting incident. Di Canio, of course, served an 11-game suspension back in 1998 after pushing referee Paul Alcock to the ground during his playing days at Sheffield Wednesday. The Italian, who admitted he could better understand France international Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, spoke of his surprise at the Uruguay forward’s actions. “He didn’t beat me – I was 11 [games suspended]. That’s a joke, obviously,” Di Canio said. “My gesture was a very bad, stupid gesture, but not a violent gesture because it was a push like a kid when you are young. But anyway, it was bad. It wasn’t really a fair play gesture – it was very bad. But this one is difficult to judge for one reason: because it is unusual to see in a normal situation. “I can understand Zidane. I don’t excuse him, but if someone is swearing in your face, talking about your mama, your wife, you can lose your temper. In this situation, I don’t know what has happened, but it is clear from the pictures that there was normal pressure from Ivanovic and see you the player pull one arm and try to bite. “It’s something that looks strange. It can’t kill him, but it’s something not really good to watch.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had some sympathy for Suarez, though, and felt the punishment did not fit the crime. He said: “Sometimes (the FA) takes a strange decision. If you want my opinion, this is strange. Ten games I think is too much. I don’t know if this is worse than other tackles or situations. I think that five, six games was enough.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Kaboul stunned by defeat

first_img Spurs were awful from the outset across the field, managing just one shot on target and looking unstable at the back throughout. It was not the way Kaboul wanted his first match as the club’s official captain to go and a performance he was at a loss to explain. “We’re all disappointed, of course, after this poor defeat,” he said. “I think we played with a slow tempo all of the game and we never looked dangerous, a threat for West Brom. “They took their chances and they scored from a corner. It was not good enough from us. “I am still questioning everything, what went wrong. We didn’t create any chances. “We were just inviting them to try to score. It was not good enough from us. “But that’s football and we have to go back to training with a better mentality also.” On a day of surprises in the Barclays Premier League, the Baggies produced a performance that belied their lowly standing to deservedly win 1-0 at White Hart Lane. Previously winless West Brom had begun the day bottom of the table, although it was Tottenham that looked like the relegation candidates on Sunday. The defeat stretched Spurs’ winless streak to four matches in all competitions – hardly the ideal preparation for a crunch week. Nottingham Forest arrive at White Hart Lane as Mauricio Pochettino’s men get their Capital One Cup campaign under way on Wednesday, before they make the short trip to bitter rivals Arsenal for the north London derby at the weekend. “It is a tough week,” Kaboul told Spurs TV. “Every game is tough. “The game on Wednesday is important for us because we want to win something this season “Forest are a good side, they are doing well in the Championship and we have to bounce back straight away on Wednesday.” West Brom are also in Capital One Cup action on Wednesday, when they will look to build some momentum against Hull at the Hawthorns. Their penalty win over Oxford in the second round was their only previous success under manager Alan Irvine, who admitted a mixture of relief and pride after winning at White Hart Lane. James Morrison scored the decisive goal against Spurs, although the undoubted star of the show was England international Joleon Lescott. Having joined on a two-year deal in the summer, the 32-year-old produced an outstanding competitive debut and came close to capping a wonderful defensive display with a goal. “We would have taken a big risk had we put him in when he was not ready,” Irvine said of Lescott. “We already had one setback against Nottingham Forest (when Lescott came on at half-time but later had to be substituted). I keep trying to explain that we want to put people in the team but they have to be ready. I felt he was ready. “He had two weeks of training and he had that without feeling any twinges. We felt this was the right opportunity to put him in and he played very well.” Tottenham captain Younes Kaboul is still trying to get his head around their limp, listless display against West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse trades oranges for new Twitter handle

first_imgStanford University gave up its @SUathletics Twitter handle to Syracuse in exchange for a bowl of oranges, Stanford announced in a press release Monday.The oranges will be used to fill the Cardinal’s 2011 Orange Bowl trophy, according to the release.SU Athletics confirmed the trade in a tweet. We can confirm the trade rumors … is placeholder text— Syracuse Athletics (@SUAthletics) July 1, 2013 Stanford’s followers were automatically switched to @GoStanford, while Syracuse athletics takes on the new Twitter handle @SUAthletics and keeps its original, @Cuse, active.At time time of publication, @Cuse has 29,605 followers and @SUAthletics has 368.It is believed to be the first such move in the history of Twitter, which was created in March 2006. Commentscenter_img Published on July 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more