The University of Vermont continued its steady rise in the just released US News & World Report rankings, claiming the 39th spot among the nation’s top public universities, up from 40th last year and 47th in 2000. There are more than 500 public colleges and universities in the nation. UVM also rose in the magazine’s national universities ranking, from 89th last year to 88th. UVM was ranked 96th in 2001. UVM was also named by Sierra Magazine as the number 4 “Coolest Schools” in the country based on its commitment to the environment.For the US News ranking, UVM was 8th among national universities in a list of the magazine’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools,” institutions that have “recently made striking improvements or innovations schools everyone should be watching,” the magazine said.”I am pleased that the first-rate education UVM offers is being increasingly recognized every year,” said UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel. “UVM has been a stellar institution throughout its 200-plus year history, but it is gratifying to see the clear gains we’ve made over the past decade are being noticed.”Sierra magazine ranked the University of Vermont fourth in the country on its just released “10 Coolest Schools” list for its commitment to the environment. Coolest Schools is the cover story in Sierra’s September/October issue.Sierra graded schools on a 1-10 scale in eight categories and awarded bonus points for programs that were exceptional. UVM received a 9 score in efficiency, an 8 score in academics, administration, and purchasing, and a 7 score in energy, food, and waste management. UVM received four of five possible bonus points.Avital Binshtock, Sierra’s lifestyle editor and editor of the Coolest Schools feature, said it was UVM’s consistency across all categories that helped it rise to the top.”A lot of schools shone in one category, but Vermont was one of the first schools we encountered that was consistent in every realm,” she said. UVM also received “four of five bonus points, which showed it has some amazing initiatives going on that other schools don’t have.”UVM received bonus points for a variety of projects, including its new Clean Energy Fund, the Campus Kitchens Project, an educational campaign opposing bottled water, the university’s Sustainable Food Working Group, and the Plant a Row for Hunger project supported by students. UVM also received credit for the large number of students 204, more than any other college who participated in Power Shift ’09, a youth-led rally in Washington, D.C. on climate change.According to Gioia Thompson, director of UVM’s Office of Sustainability, UVM’s growing reputation as one of the country’s most environmentally committed schools begins with its long-standing academic program in the environment, one of the country’s oldest. “There’s a 30-plus year foundation there for our more recent successes,” she said.She also pointed to the institution’s 20-year history of investing in energy efficiency and more recent investments like creating an Office of Sustainability and establishing a Clean Energy Fund. Student interest and engagement are perhaps the most important factor. “Their energy and vision make campus sustainability a cool thing to be involved with here,” she said. “That’s huge.”UVM has received several other accolades for its green campus and practices in recent months. The Sustainable Endowments Institute selected it as one of the nation’s six greenest schools in its 2008 Annual Report Card; Forbes magazine included the university in its “10 Greenest Colleges and Universities” list; and the 2009 Kaplan College Guide named it one of the country’s “Top 25 Most Environmentally Responsible Schools.”Sierra magazine has 1.2 million readers and is a publication of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental group.The complete scorecard for the Coolest Schools list is available online at www.sierraclub.org/coolschools(link is external). Source: UVM. August 21, 2009.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Nassau County lawmakers running against each other for higher office have proposed bills aimed at preventing the sale of dogs from abusive “puppy mills,” turning the issue into a political football.The Republican-controlled county legislature’s rules committee voted 4-3 along party lines Monday to approve a bill that Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) proposed last month. The bill would prohibit the sale of any cat or dog younger than eight weeks old. Hours earlier, Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is running against Venditto for New York State Senate, held a news conference announcing that his version of the same bill would ban selling dogs and cats younger than 14 weeks.“If these puppy mills are as horrendous as everyone says they are, then why would you want to keep animals there for an extra six weeks?” asked Gary Rogers, the spokesman for the Nassau County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), which favors the Republican version.Both bills are similar to one that the Suffolk County legislature unanimously passed last month prohibiting the sale of cats and dogs under eight weeks old. The anti-puppy mill bills come after the state enacted a law that allows local governments to more strictly regulate pet dealers.Denenberg, who called the Republicans’ bill a “watered-down version” of the Suffolk bill, argued that Nassau would be encouraging animal abuse by allowing pet breeders to sell cats and dogs as early as eight weeks after they are born.“The reason why puppy mills get such a bad name is that they try to quickly get puppies away from their mother so they can keep breeding as fast as possible,” Denenberg said. “All the reputable breeders keep their pets for at least three months.”Diane Madden, the president and co-founder of the Hope for Hempstead animal shelter, worked with Denenberg on creating his version of the bill.“Fourteen weeks will allow puppies to be socialized with their litter, and their mother will have time to correct her puppies,” she said.Rogers, on the other hand, said that the American SPCA warns that waiting until pets are 14 weeks old would make it difficult for the pets to adjust to their new owners.Both bills would prohibit pet retailers from buying animals from breeders that have received violations on recent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports. Both bills also set regulations for the size of animal enclosures in pet stores and require that the enclosures be labeled with the breed, sex, birth date and breeder. But, the Republicans’ bill has an exception to the rule: if the animal has an implanted microchip that stores this information, then the enclosure label is not required.The Republicans’ bill would create a $500 fine for a first violation and add $500 to the fine for each succeeding violation. The Democrats’ bill would create fines of up to $1,500 per violation.Under both bills, the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs would enforce the law and the county SPCA would be able to inspect pet stores on the office’s behalf.“The SPCA would be able to inspect these pet stores at no cost to the county,” Rogers said. “And if it doesn’t work out we can go to the legislature and say ‘Hey maybe we should tweak this law.’ But let’s get something right now.”Venditto said in a statement that Denenberg’s bill was a political stunt, alluding to the fact that they are both running to fill the vacant seat in the state Senate’s Eighth District.“The only difference between this legislation, other than the additional restrictions, is that Denenberg did not propose it,” Venditto said. “The same advocates who are condemning this law today supported it just weeks ago in Suffolk. It is shameful of them to put innocent animals in the middle of a political campaign.”Madden countered that, although she did speak in support of the Suffolk law back in June, she still does not agree the eight-week standard.“I would call the Suffolk bill not a victory but an accomplishment,” she said. “Someone had to get things started, and Suffolk County got things started.”Barbara Dennihy, the New York director of Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), found another big difference in the bills. She told the rules committee during a public hearing before the vote that she is concerned about the fact that Venditto’s bill states that it would prohibit sales from breeders who “failed to cure” their USDA violations.“That doesn’t give the breeder an incentive to do better,” she said. “It just gives them an incentive to get rid of the problem that they have now…In Suffolk, [pet stores] cannot use that breeder for a year after they have a violation.”Venditto’s version of the bill is expected to come up for a final vote before the full legislature at their next meeting on Monday.
continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger noted the association’s support for the draft language of the Financial CHOICE Act, including its elimination of the Durbin interchange price cap, in a letter yesterday to leaders of the House Financial Services Committee ahead of today’s hearing on the subject.“Many elements of the discussion draft will help create an environment that will allow credit unions to succeed,” Berger wrote to the draft’s author and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters, D-Calif. “Changes to mortgage rules; changes to HMDA limits; and examining appropriate risk capital levels are key parts of the bill.”Berger specifically pointed to the elimination of the Durbin amendment in the draft language, counting it “among the most significant aspects of this discussion draft for credit unions,” and he urged that it remain intact throughout the legislative process.He wrote that NAFCU supports a commission structure for the CFPB. Berger added that NAFCU was the only financial services trade association to oppose the CFPB having authority over credit unions. He noted that since the second quarter of 2010, the industry has lost 1,660 federally-insured credit unions – more than 22 percent of the industry. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Generic photo of a family on holiday at the beachBUYING another property, whether it’s an investment property or that long dreamt-of holiday house, is a difficult question for most of us who are wondering, “Is now the best time to buy? Should I wait?”. In my experience, it is all about understanding the property cycle and where we are in it because the opportunities increase considerably for those who are prepared to do the opposite of what the majority do.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020When our property cycle is at its peak (I can’t wait for those days to come again!) house prices are rocketing along, fuelled by a robust economy where everyone is gainfully employed and earning well. This is the part of the cycle where we see buyers become really optimistic. They’ve worked hard, they’ve got some coin and they turn their mind towards that little beach house, or country weekender they’ve always wanted. This is quite often why homes by the sea, whether it is on the mainland or on Magnetic Island, surge. And looking at the Townsville market we are starting to see beachfront properties in suburbs such as Balgal Beach are starting to attract consistent interest from interstate buyers looking for a sunny holiday home. This is a very promising sign for our market and your biggest signal yet if you are in the market for a holiday home that now is the time to get in the market before prices begin to move. For buyers in Melbourne and Sydney buying a home by the sea that is nearby can cost into the early millions. But with airline travel so cheap, markets like Townsville are a palatable, popular option.For all the other readers who are not in the market for a holiday home, you should know that we are also seeing strong investor interest, both from locals and from interstate. We listed a property last week for $210,000 and we had more than 27 physical inspections in just four days – every single visitor was an investor. This increased investor interest alongside the increasing interest in holiday home buyers is an indicator that we could be in the very early days of the next upswing of the property cycle. I’d like to stress that it’s early days yet, but there are some good market indicators that suggest the market is on the turn. So, it’s time to do your research. If you’ve been thinking about an investment property or a holiday home, don’t leave it too late. Prices haven’t jumped yet, but this rising demand will put upward pressure on prices and I expect we’ll start to see movement soon. Jump in before the masses arrive and trample all the good property opportunities.
Source: CEM Benchmarking #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Hedge funds underperformed a simple equity/debt index over the last 17 years by 1.27% once their hefty fees were taken into account, according to an assessment of major international investors.CEM Benchmarking analysed the realised hedge fund portfolio returns from 382 large global investors in the 17 years up to 2016, and found that only 36% of portfolios examined beat the company’s equity/debt optimised index over the period after taking account of fees.Before fees, the average outperformance over the period was 1.45%, but this was wiped out by costs of 2.72%, CEM said.The figures came from its Hedge Fund Reality Check survey, as well as results of a one-off survey of 27 leading pension funds. The investors in the study typically paid 2.2% in direct hedge fund fees in 2016, and 3.26% for those using fund-of-funds structures. Funds-of-funds underperformed by 2.11% after costs over the 17-year period, CEM said.Alexander Beath, senior research analyst at CEM and lead author of the study, said: “Although some investors have invested in hedge funds because they are supposedly uncorrelated, our research suggests that most hedge funds, at the total portfolio level, behave remarkably like simple equity/debt blends.”Many pension funds could buy a passive alternative at a low cost with very similar risk and return characteristics, he said.Back in 2000, CEM Benchmarking said only around 2% of large institutional investors had money invested in hedge funds but this had grown to 50% by 2016.Of the 36% of hedge funds that did beat CEM’s benchmark after costs, the company said these investors “generally had long histories with hedge funds, portfolios with lower correlation to equity/debt blends, and lower-cost direct hedge funds”. Source: CEM Benchmarkingn
NYK and Nippon Yuka Kogyo, an NYK Group company, have collaborated with Horiba on developing a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships.By using the new analyzer, NYK will be able to comply with regulations limiting sulfur oxides (SOx) from vessels, as well as optimize the company’s use of low-sulfur fuel oil, the company said.As explained, the new device is based on an existing device used at onshore analysis centers. It can analyze a wide range of fuel, from C heavy oil to light oil.Maintaining the accuracy and reliability of onshore analysis centers, the compact new analyzer uses disposable sample cells to keep clean, even in the engine room, and allows onboard engineers to confirm that the sulfur concentration in fuel is surely under 0.1 percent before entering an emission control area (ECA). This allows engineers to grasp the actual sulfur percent, which could only be estimated on board before, according to NYK.Certain areas around Europe and North America have been designated as ECAs to prevent air pollution, and ships sailing through those areas are required to use onboard fuel oil having a sulfur content of no more than 0.1 percent.Therefore, onboard engineers must change to low-sulfur fuel before entering ECAs by calculating the time that the sulfur concentration in tanks and pipes will fall to 0.1 percent or less. Engineers have thus desired to be able to perform onboard sulfur-in-oil analyses to determine the best timing to change fuel and adhere to regulations. This new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships has been developed to meet this demand, the company added.“The NYK Group will continue to comply with SOx regulations by making use of this sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships. The group also collects actual time data from various types of vessels, and after analysis determines the optimal timing for changing fuel to best reduce consumption,” NYK further said.
NZ Herald 27 August 2014A key policy plank for NZ First and the Conservative Party has been given a boost after two thirds of voters said they believed citizens-initiated referenda should be binding on a Government.The Herald DigiPoll survey showed 66 per cent of respondents agreed such referenda should be binding while 22 per cent said they should not.The results were taken as vindication by NZ First leader Winston Peters, who said it was clear most voters backed the longstanding policy of his party. However, he stopped short of saying it would be a bottom line in post-election talks, despite having a critical role in have citizens’ referendum introduced in the 1990s.The Conservative Party has adopted the policy that a referendum should be binding if more than two thirds of voters support it.Conservative Party leader Colin Craig said the results warranted his stance to make it a priority in any post-election coalition talks if his party made it into Parliament.“It is clearly farcical to have a system whereby you can have a referendum and then the Government just ignores it if it doesn’t suit. Five out of five have been ignored.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/election-2014/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503581&objectid=11315091
The 7th Grade Bulldogs beat South Decatur 55 – 20.Colt Meyer and Seth Gausman led Batesville in scoring with 19 points apiece. Gausman also had 5 steals and 4 assists. Dempsy Bohman led the rebounding with 8 to go along with his 6 points. John Thompson added 4 points for the Bulldogs.The team played a very sound game, only having 5 turnovers.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.The BMS 8th Grade beat South Decatur last night by a score of 53-21.The Bulldogs played great defense and moved the ball well on offense. Top scorers were Sam Haskamp with 13 points, Cooper Williams had 10, Trey Heidlage had 8 and Austin Siefert and Gavin Morrison had 5 points each.The team is now 2-0 for the season and will play at Brookville on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Giesting.
Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,154; 2. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,125; 3. Steven Bevills, Granbury, Texas, 1,060; 4. John Gill, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,046; 5. Jade Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 998; 6. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 845; 7. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 799; 8. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Creston, Iowa, 780; 9. Tom Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 762; 10. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 740; 11. Parker Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 725; 12. Oliver Monson, Humboldt, Iowa, 718; 13. Anthony Vandenberg, Dublin, Texas, 704; 14. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 689; 15. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 685; 16. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 681; 17. Derek Cates, Woodway, Texas, 668; 18. Kaleb Watson, Mineral Wells, Texas, 653; 19. Nathan Wahlstrom, Beatrice, Neb., 624; 20. Chris LaFoy, Audubon, Iowa, 601. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,186; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,179; 3. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,133; 4. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,111; 5. A.J. Dancer, Red Rock, Texas, 1,068; 6. Austin Brauner, Platte Center, Neb., 1,058; 7. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,031; 8. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 1,016; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 971; 10. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 968; 11. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 941; 12. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 906; 13. Bryan Schutte, Wayne, Okla., 889; 14. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 861; 15. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 850; 16. Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan., 840; 17. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 839; 18. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 820; 19. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 793; 20. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa, 787. IMCA Late Models – 1. Cory Dumpert, York, Neb., and Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, both 588; 3. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 579; 4. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 575; 5. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 570; 6. Todd Malmstrom, Hampton, Ill., 552; 7. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, Iowa, 511; 8. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 495; 9. Jim Johnson, Plainview, Neb., 477; 10. Robert Osborne, Norfolk, Neb., 474; 11. Lake Knutti, Chadwick, Ill., 472; 12. Chase Osborne, Battle Creek, Neb., 454; 13. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 438; 14. Les Siebert, York, Neb., 437; 15. Zachary Zentner, Cedar Rapids, Neb., 431; 16. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 402; 17. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 382; 18. Curtis Glover, Runnells, Iowa, 376; 19. William “B.J.” Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 365; 20. Matt Haase, Winside, Neb., 350. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 736; 2. Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa, 696; 3. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 662; 4. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., and Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., both 592; 6. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 570; 7. Ryan Lynn, Hollidaysburg, Pa., 565; 8. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., 526; 9. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 520; 10. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 508; 11. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 505; 12. Jacob Gomola, Seneca, Pa., 498; 13. Stuart Snyder, Lincoln, Neb., Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla., and Jack Potter, Lees Summit, Mo., each 493; 16. Jonathon J. Jones, Irvona, Pa., 486; 17. Monty Ferriera, Fresno, Calif., 481; 18. Larry McVay, Bordentown, N.J., 479; 19. Reed Thompson, Petersburg, Pa., 457; 20. Mike Oliver, San Antonio, Texas, 452. Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 1,095; 2. Gregory Muirhead, Mabank, Texas, 1,075; 3. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,074; 4. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 955; 5. Larry Underwood, Temple, Texas, 885; 6. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 741; 7. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 733; 8. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 577; 9. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 571; 10. Garett Rawls, Elm Mott, Texas, 557; 11. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 544; 12. Jeff Shepperd, Waco, Texas, 540; 13. Austin Moore, Axtell, Texas, 534; 14. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 533; 15. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 519; 16. Kaden Honeycutt, Willow Park, Texas, 503; 17. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 490; 18. Trevor Egbert, Salado, Texas, 481; 19. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 475; 20. Brandon Geurin, Robinson, Texas, 473. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,172; 2. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 1,160; 3. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,158; 4. Justin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,058; 5. Hunter Longnecker, Woodward, Iowa, 1,037; 6. Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif., 1,032; 7. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb., 983; 8. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 980; 9. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 954; 10. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 942; 11. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif., 934; 12. Jerry Miles, Bernard, Iowa, 932; 13. Cole Carver, Apache Junction, Ariz., 924; 14. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 917; 15. David Johnson, Columbus, Neb., 866; 16. James Roebuck, Genoa, Neb., 864; 17. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 853; 18. Ronald Hults, Truro, Iowa, 851; 19. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 849; 20. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 847. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,168; 2. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,115; 3. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,027; 4. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,022; 5. David Norquest, York, Neb., 1,016; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,013; 7. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,009; 8. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 923; 9. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 919; 10. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 904; 11. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 893; 12. Corey Madden, Avoca, Iowa, 875; 13. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 848; 14. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 832; 15. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 830; 16. Brady J. Bencken, Oakley, Kan., and Chuck Madden Jr., Avoca, Iowa, both 828; 18. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 823; 19. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 819; 20. Braxton Berry, Colby, Kan., 817. IMCA Modifieds – 1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,146; 2. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,125; 3. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,124; 4. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,084; 5. David Goode Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,075; 6. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 1,063; 7. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa, 1,036; 8. Zachary Madrid, Tucson, Ariz., 998; 9. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 986; 10. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 959; 11. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa, Iowa, 948; 12. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 931; 13. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 915; 14. Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, 904; 15. Jeff “Bubba” Stafford Jr., Wittmann, Ariz., 881; 16. Jake Pike, Pahrump, Nev., 868; 17. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa, 861; 18. Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, 846; 19. Jim Thies, Mapleton, Iowa, 842; 20. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 837.
There was barely time for the full inquest into Juventus’ exit from the UEFA Champions League to even begin before the club delivered their own blunt verdict.They sacked their coach, Maurizio Sarri. Not so long ago, there would have been surprise, perhaps even some outrage, at a coach losing his job just two weeks after winning a domestic league title.However, Sarri’s removal, the day after their aggregate defeat by Olympique Lyonnais, was a reminder that for Europe’s “super clubs” success is now determined solely by the UEFA Champions League.Juve have, after all, won the last nine Serie A titles.Clinching the scudetto, once a moment of glory and a chance for gloating over rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan, is now viewed as the barest minimum.New coach Andrea Pirlo will surely be aware of this. The same harsh reality applies for Bayern Munich, winners of the last eight Bundesliga titles, and Paris Saint-Germain, champions of seven of the last eight French league campaigns.These are clubs who must shine in Europe to be viewed as truly successful.The pressure is concentrated even more this year as Europe’s elite gather in Lisbon this week for a COVID-19 enforced mini-tournament.It is an event with one-off quarter-final and semi-final games leading up to the final on August 23.PSG, who have never gone beyond the last-four, kick off the show, with their last eight tie on Wednesday against surprise package Atalanta. Victory for the Bergamo club against the big-spending Qatari-owned French side will re-open questions about the future of their German coach Thomas Tuchel.Winning the French league certainly was not enough for previous managers Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc and Unai Emery when they failed to add UEFA Champions League success to domestic domination.The pick of the quarter-finals is Friday’s encounter between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who have both won the competition five times.Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick, who only took over the side in November, following the dismissal of Niko Kovac, has surely done enough in his brief time in charge.RelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up He has done enough to survive any disappointment.But the same might not be the case for Barca boss Quique Setien.He is also only months into his reign, after replacing Ernesto Valverde in January.But a last eight exit from Europe to follow a runners-up spot behind Real Madrid in La Liga, will inevitably raise doubts.Such doubts will be over whether he is the right long term solution for the Catalan club.There are no such questions over former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola’s status at Manchester City.But he is fuelled by a desire to get his hands back on the trophy, nine years after winning his second UEFA Champions League with Barca.Manchester City, impressive in their last 16 win over Real Madrid, start as favourites against Lyon and indeed are backed by the bookmakers to win the competition.Should they beat the French side, Guardiola will come against one of his former clubs in Barca or Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.In the high pressure knockout environment in Lisbon, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is a coach who has the pedigree and approach, well suited to such a format.The Argentine has twice taken his superbly-drilled sides to the UEFA Champions League final, in addition to winning two UEFA Europa League campaigns.This season, he has already claimed the scalp of last year’s winners and 2019/2020 English Premier League champions Liverpool.Atletico Madrid face RB Leipzig, first time quarter-finalists, on Thursday and should they emerge from that encounter will fancy their chances against PSG or Atalanta.The games will be held behind closed doors at two venues – Sporting Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade and Benfica’s Estadio da Luz, which will host the final.Reuters/NAN.—Tags: Juventus FCMaurizio SarriUEFA Champions League