Source: VLS. 10.2.2009. SOUTH ROYALTON, VT- Vermont Law School has been awarded $3 million by the US Agency for International Development to expand its work on the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law over the next three years, VLS President and Dean Geoffrey Shields announced today. This award, which is an extension of a $1.8 million USAID funding agreement that US Senator Patrick Leahy was instrumental in helping to secure for Vermont Law School in 2006, will enable VLS to continue to build on its successes in helping China develop its next generation of environmental advocates to strengthen the development and enforcement of China’s environmental and energy law.”We thank USAID and the American people for their continued support for and recognition of the importance and effectiveness of this program,” said Dean Shields. “The U.S. and China share a deep interest in reversing environmental degradation. Vermont Law School has proven to be an effective bridge in those efforts. VLS is now the leader among academic institutions in furthering efforts to support China as it strengthens its legal environmental framework.”Leahy, who chairs the Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in promoting USAID’s sponsorship of the partnership. He said, “This partnership is a superb fit, tapping VLS’s strengths in environmental law to help build the legal expertise and advocacy skills Chinese lawyers and civil society groups need to help meet the daunting environmental, energy and development challenges China is facing. It’s a partnership as timely as today’s headlines.”In 2006, with funding from USAID, VLS in collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), located in the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, launched the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law in response to the critical lack of knowledge, skills, and academic infrastructure needed to begin to address environmental and energy challenges in China through the rule of law. It has provided a broad range of trained attorneys, legal educators, law students, lawmakers, judges, regulators, and other advocates in Guangdong Province and in Beijing.In addition to significantly strengthening SYSU’s environmental law program and creating a Juris Master’s degree program specializing in environmental law at SYSU, the program has established a strong, active network of environmental law professionals in the province. It has also expanded the collaborative effort to other influential educational institutions on the national level, such as the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Center of Legal Assistance for Pollution Victims (CLAPV), and Tsinghua University as well as key Chinese government agencies, such as the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, which is the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission counterpart, and the training center for the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s primary macroeconomic planning and management agency under the State Council that is responsible for developing China’s climate change policies.Professor Tseming Yang, who has been the director of the program since 2007, said, “Our work over the past three years has put us in a unique position to further advance environmental governance in China. The USAID support will enable us to develop greater capacity in China for citizens, organizations, and institutions to influence the development of environmental law through enhanced participation in government.”China’s rapid growth in manufacturing has resulted in severe environmental problems, including the production of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and pollution worldwide. According to a recent report, China has now overtaken the U.S. in total carbon emissions-years earlier than recently predicted. Two thirds of China’s energy derives from coal, and rising industrialization has the country mining and burning more than ever, as well as shopping for other countries’ oil and gas. Yet while China approaches parity in the economic sphere, it lags far behind in the legal structures and mechanisms that underpin American environmental law and policy. Developing well-trained legal professionals, law professors, and effective regulatory policies and laws is a critical part of China’s pursuit of sustainable development.With the $3 million in additional funding, the program will continue to carry out its primary objectives of: (1) strengthening the capacity of the Chinese educational, governmental, nonprofit, and business sectors to become effective environmental and energy problem solvers; (2) improving China’s policies, systems, laws, and regulations to advance the development and enforcement of environmental and energy law and to help develop the rule of law; and (3) enhancing municipal, provincial, national, and international networks in China to advance best practices in environmental protection and energy regulation.The program will provide training to Chinese legal educators, attorneys, lawmakers, utility analysts, and regulators on environmental law, with a particular emphasis on energy law. It will continue to support the development, strengthening, and expansion of institutions, associations, and networks that advance environmental law in China. Furthermore, in collaboration with VLS’s implementing partners, the program will foster a variety of research and policy development projects. Priority areas for research include environmental impact assessment, policy options for reducing China’s environmental footprint globally, energy law, environmental enforcement and governance, and climate change.VLS’s key partners in this program include SYSU, CLAPV at China University of Political Science and Law, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), and the China Environment Forum (CEF) at the Woodrow Wilson Training Center. SYSU, a leading Chinese educational institution located in Guangzhou, established one of the first environmental law clinics in China and now has developed a juris master program in environmental law. CLAPV is the leading environmental public interest litigation center in China. Its director, Professor Wang Canfa, one of China’s most respected environmental leaders, is an honorary distinguished lecturer in environmental law at VLS, and heads the CUPL environmental law program. RAP, a Vermont-based nonprofit, advises policymakers in the U.S. and around the world on economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies, particularly as they relate to the electricity sector. With extensive networks of energy and environmental practitioners in the government, business, NGOs, and research sectors in the U.S. and China, the CEF will contribute important outreach resources.USAID’s history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration’s Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.In addition to its work under the USAID grant, VLS is leading a U.S.-China exchange program for young professionals. The program provides leadership training opportunities to nine Chinese and nine American women and men, particularly members of minority groups, who are active in environmental justice efforts. Participants in the program will jointly examine the environmental burdens, including climate change impacts, on minority communities and low-income populations in the U.S. and China and will propose ways to advance environmental justice for those communities. This exchange program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.# # #Vermont Law School-a private, independent institution-is ranked #1 in environmental law by U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).
West Ham withstood a barrage of second-half pressure to condemn Manchester City to their first defeat of the Barclays Premier League season. It was another notable away victory for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham after securing wins at Arsenal and Liverpool already this season. City won their first five Premier League games of the season – and a club record 11 in succession – but, coming after a Champions League loss in midweek, they made a sluggish start. Their day started badly as playmaker David Silva was injured in the warm-up and had to be replaced by Jesus Navas. City had an early chance when Adrian punched away a Fernandinho header from a De Bruyne corner but any hopes the hosts had of taking charge were quickly dashed as the defence was caught out. Manuel Pellegrini had been forced to change his back four for the first time this season because of injury to captain Vincent Kompany and the reshaped rearguard afforded Moses too much space. The on-loan Chelsea forward raced towards the area and unleashed a fierce low shot from distance to claim his first goal for the club. City were laboured in response with their only bright sparks coming from De Bruyne, and his pass almost led to an equaliser as an Aaron Cresswell interception fell to Sergio Aguero. Aguero seized possession and jinked around Adrian but the Argentinian screwed his shot wide. Press Association Goals from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho got the Hammers off to a flying start at the Etihad Stadium and they held on for a 2-1 win after Kevin de Bruyne pulled one back. City dominated after the break and created a series of chances but Hammers goalkeeper Adrian was in outstanding form and refused to be beaten. The Hammers doubled their lead after more poor defending at a corner just after the half hour. City missed opportunities to clear as Winston Reid nodded down and Pedro Obiang tapped the ball back across goal. Sakho reacted the quickest to stab home from close range. Sakho might have had another after racing onto a Dimitri Payet ball but Eliaquim Mangala made a vital tackle. City showed some signs of life with Navas teeing up Aguero but Adrian saved from close range. They replied just before the interval as Aguero laid off for De Bruyne and the £54million man drove the ball low into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. City won a series of corners as they upped the pressure after the break and Yaya Toure had three chances to claim an equaliser in quick succession. The Ivorian was first crowded out after combining well with Raheem Sterling, then forced Adrian to save and then shot across goal. Adrian also denied Aguero and Navas and then did well to cut out a Sterling pass across the box after more good work by De Bruyne. Toure had another effort deflected wide and Aleksandar Kolarov had a penalty appeal turned down after tangling with Sakho. City threw forwards Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iehanacho on during the second half and continued to press, with Otamendi testing Adrian with a header from a corner. But it proved to no avail as the Hammers held on to blow apart City’s 100 per cent record. TWEET OF THE MATCH: “@JKCorden: Come on West Ham! You’ve got this!!!!!” – Comedian and West Ham fan James Corden nervously watches on during the second half. PLAYER RATINGS Manchester City Joe Hart: 6 (out of 10) Bacary Sagna: 5 Nicolas Otamendi: 6 Eliaquim Mangala: 4 Aleksandar Kolarov: 6 Fernandinho: 6 Yaya Toure: 6 Raheem Sterling: 5 Jesus Navas: 5 Kevin de Bruyne: 8 Sergio Aguero: 6 Substitutes: Martin Demichelis: 6 Wilfried Bony: 5 Kelechi Iheanacho: 5 West Ham: Adrian: 8 Carl Jenkinson: 7 Winston Reid: 7 James Tomkins: 7 Aaron Cresswell: 6 Pedro Obiang: 7 Mark Noble: 7 Dimitri Payet: 8 Victor Moses: 8 Manuel Lanzini: 7 Diafra Sakho: 7 Substitutes: Michail Antonio: 6 Nikica Jelavic: 5 James Collins: 5 STAR MAN: Kevin de Bruyne: City may have lost, but the Belgian was by the best player on the pitch. The £54million signing showed no sign of nerves on his full debut, causing West Ham problems with his vision and trickery on the edge of the box. He took his goal superbly well, too. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Diafra Sakho’s goal: The Etihad Stadium was stunned into silence as West Ham opened up a two-goal advantage on the hosts. Victor Moses’ goal was a better strike, but City’s failure to clear a routine corner exposed just how disorganised they were without Vincent Kompany. West Ham players were lining up in the box to tap it in. In the end Sakho did the honours. VIEW FROM THE BENCH: Slaven Bilic had already beaten Arsenal and Liverpool on the road by playing a counter-attacking style so it came as no surprise that he did the same at the Etihad Stadium. The Croatian’s decision to play five across the midfield paid off. Yaya Toure’s influence was negated while Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini defended well and had the energy to break as soon as the visitors had the ball. Manuel Pellegrini’s options were hindered by an injury to David Silva in the warm-up. Jesus Navas came into the team and played poorly, but with Samir Nasri injured, Pellegrini had no other option. MOAN OF THE MATCH: West Ham’s time-wasting: Right from the moment the first goal went in, the Hammers tried to force the referee to stop the match on numerous occasions. It is part of the game, but West Ham pushed it to the extreme, which annoyed City and their fans. WHO’S UP NEXT Sunderland v Man City (Capital One Cup, Tuesday September 22) Leicester v West Ham (Capital One Cup, Tuesday September 22) Following the match, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to blame the pre-match loss of David Silva, telling Sky Sports: “No excuse about that. “We have other players. If he cannot play another player must do it. We had lot of chances to score. We played after conceding, so we were playing against goals, against time. That’s why we played too fast (rushed). “We conceded two easy goals. We must be more concentrated because we know that this team is danger in those kinds of balls. After that we tried, second half lots of attempts. But we didn’t score.” Meanwhile, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said: “This was much, much more harder (than the wins over Arsenal and Liverpool). “In the second half City created… they pressed us, they were the better team to be fair. If they had equalised it would also have been deserved. “At the end of the day, we also created a couple of chances in the second half, a great one from Sakho. “We deserved it because first of all we scored two goals, first half we played really good and second half we were fighting as a unit, from the goalkeeper to striker.”
Comments When Shirley Daniels steps to the plate, she’s already at ease. Leading off, Shirley knows her big sister, Lisaira, has her back no matter what. With Lisaira waiting in the on-deck circle, Shirley can take her cuts with confidence.‘When she’s behind me I do have a lot of confidence,’ Shirley said. ‘Like if I don’t get it done, she’s going to get it done, or if I’m on base I know she’s going to move me or hit me in.’And with that family support, the Daniels sisters are having remarkable years for the Orange so far. Shirley and Lisaira have recently batted back-to-back in the lineup, with Shirley in the top slot and Lisaira right behind her. And both have produced.Lisaira, a senior, leads the team in batting with a .378 average, and little sister Shirley, a sophomore, is batting .289. Although it’s ironic how the two ended up on the Orange, Syracuse has reaped the benefits of having the Daniels on the diamond.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe siblings will lead Syracuse (9-6) in five games at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla., this weekend. SU has a doubleheader Friday against Miami (Ohio) and South Carolina Upstate, and it plays Boston University and Kennesaw State on Saturday before taking on Virginia Tech on Sunday.Although Lisaira is the older sister by two years, Syracuse actually showed interest in Shirley first. Lisaira was a freshman already playing softball at Georgia when Shirley was a junior in high school. The next year, Lisaira was granted her release from Georgia and spent the fall semester looking for a new place to play.On Shirley’s official visit to SU, Lisaira came along. On the visit, Lisaira instantly agreed to play for SU head coach Leigh Ross. And Shirley eventually committed to the Orange, too.‘Shirley didn’t come here because Lisaira was coming at all,’ Ross said. ‘And (Lisaira) didn’t come here because her sister was coming. They both loved Syracuse for different reasons.’Ross said bickering could be common among sisters, but she doesn’t hear that from the Daniels sisters. Both are business-like when they get to the field.They’re also used to playing with each other throughout their athletic careers. Both played some high school softball, travel-team softball, and even track and field together.Despite spending so much time together, neither is sick of the other. It’s an indication of the strong relationship they share.‘Of course I’m going to be a little sister, and I’m going to bother her because I just love doing that,’ Shirley said. ‘But we don’t get completely annoyed with each other where ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t want to be on the same team as her because she’s here.”Shirley said having family so close at college means she always has someone she can confide in.Being the older sibling, with more experience, Lisaira is always offering advice to Shirley. Ross said it can be a delicate situation when helping a sibling, but Lisaira handles it well.‘She doesn’t try to tell Shirley what to do. She helps Shirley through things from her own experience,’ Ross said. And Shirley has thrived putting Lisaira’s advice to use.The sophomore is off to a hot start and moved up all the way from the ninth spot in the lineup to leadoff. When Shirley saw for the first time she was batting right in front of Lisaira, she was shocked she was in the leadoff spot at all. But the fact her sister was right behind her didn’t faze her.Lisaira said that support goes both ways. Lisaira said Shirley has come to her rescue numerous times as well. The two have come to depend on each other.‘It’s all about family. It’s all about supporting each other on and off the field and being there for one another,’ Lisaira said. ‘She’s my blood through think and thin, and I’m always going to have her back. This is truly a gift from God. It’s just a beautiful thing that’s unfolding.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm