first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates a touchdown against louisvilleCLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has only been over for a week and already the predictions for 2019 are flowing in.On Thursday, ESPN Staff Writer David Hale revealed his early picks for the 2019 All-America team and included a projection for the best quarterback in the nation.There are several elite options, from Tua Tagovailoa to Jalen Hurts to Justin Fields to Trevor Lawrence.ESPN’s choice?The Clemson quarterback.Sure, Lawrence didn’t even open 2018 as Clemson’s starter, and yes, (Tua) Tagovailoa, the Heisman runner-up, is back for Alabama in 2019. But here’s our firm rule on “way too early” All-Americans: If you, as a true freshman, throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a dominant national championship performance against your top competition for this honor, you get the nod. Sorry, Tua. Better luck next season.Lawrence is a sensible choice.In 2018, as a true freshman, Lawrence unseated incumbent starter Kelly Bryant early in the season and threw for 30 touchdowns – 10th in the FBS.His final stats for 2018 were 3,280 passing yards, a 65.1-percent completion rate, 157.2 passer rating, and only four interceptions in 15 games.Of course, the cherry on top for Lawrence was a 347-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 44-16 win over Alabama in the National Championship Game.Lawrence wasn’t the only member of the 2018 national champions to make Hale’s list.Also on the list were running back Travis Etienne, guard John Simpson, and defensive end Xavier Thomas.You can view ESPN’s full preseason All-American team here.last_img read more

first_imgGovernment introduced two legislative amendments today, April 3, that deal with Emera Inc. One change will remove the existing provision that restricts non-Canadians from owning more than 25 per cent of voting shares of Emera Inc. The other change will reinforce the commitment from Emera and Nova Scotia Power to maintain their head offices and principal executive officers in Nova Scotia. “This government is committed to creating the conditions to support economic growth,” said Business Minister, Geoff MacLellan. “Nova Scotia-based businesses are competing with the world and we need to make sure the playing field is level to help them thrive here and around the globe.” Emera is the only one of more than 100 North American, investor-owned utilities and power producers with restrictions on foreign ownership. The restrictions were included in the legislation that established Emera in 1998. Emera made the request to government to amend the foreign ownership restriction as it limits its ability to grow. With that lifted, the company will have more funding flexibility, access to capital and greater opportunity for continued growth. The legislation maintains the rule that no outside entity can hold or control more than 15 per cent of the company’s voting shares. There are about 500 people who now work for Emera in Nova Scotia. In 2018, Emera spent about $311 million with more than 5,600 vendors from across the province. The amendments will be made to the Nova Scotia Power Privatization Act and the Nova Scotia Power Reorganization Act. The changes will have no impact on Nova Scotia Power ratepayers.last_img read more

The Duke of Edinburgh oversaw a five-year restoration project at Windsor after a fire broke out in November 1992 while maintenance works were being carried out. Many artworks and pieces of valuable furniture were destroyed. Although no energy modifications have been confirmed, a senior official confirmed that they had been “looking into everything” to make Buckingham Palace greener, including using similar solar panels to the ones at Clarence House.The royal official said additional plans were being considered to cut down the palace’s carbon emissions, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint by 500 tons a year.Since the restoration began in April last year, 10,000ft of unsafe rubber cabling has been removed, reducing the risk of a “catastrophic” building failure.Plans to replace more dangerous wiring and boilers will begin next week in the East Wing. A compound for the workmen will be set up next week on the palace’s forecourt, but it will not get in the way of the Changing of the Guard or state visits and entertaining. Work has already been done to replace some of the oldest electrical cables in Buckingham Palace. The East Wing houses the Palace balcony, which will remain accessible for the Royal family and in sight for the public. Officials have promised that the palace’s exterior will not be obscured because they are not using scaffolding. The renovation project is due to be completed in 2027 and its £369 million cost is being funded by a temporary increase in the Sovereign Grant from the Treasury. The renovation project is already under way, with paintings and chandeliers having been removed from the east wing, under the watchful eye of the Duke.The official added: “The Duke of Edinburgh was very involved in the 1992 restoration of Windsor Castle. He is keen for us to follow a phased approach in the re-servicing project [at Buckingham Palace], and said, ‘You will learn from your mistakes.’” Items from the Royal Collection will be moved from the East Wing next week Among that collection are Chinese pieces acquired in the 1800s for the Pavilion, George IV’s seaside residence.Queen Victoria moved them to Buckingham Palace in 1850 and Prince Albert incorporated them into the East Wing. They have been displayed in the Yellow Drawing Room and Chinese Dining Room since then.Tim Knox, the director of the Royal Collection, said: “Decanting an entire wing of a historic building on the scale of Buckingham Palace is a huge undertaking and requires meticulous planning.“We are delighted that around 150 items will return on loan to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion next summer, so visitors can enjoy these extraordinary works in their original home.”The Prince of Wales is also fully engaged in the renovation project, according to the royal household source, who said that the Prince has expressed a keen interest in making the palace more energy efficient. A painting Charlotte, Princess Royal and Prince William, later Duke of Clarence, 1770 will be moved to the Throne RoomCredit:Claire Beard/Royal Collection Trust Items from the Royal Collection will be moved from the East Wing next weekCredit:Royal Collection Trust/PA Work has already been done to replace some of the oldest electrical cables in Buckingham Palace.Credit:Royal Family/PA In 2010, the Prince installed solar panels on the roof of his London residence, Clarence House.  A painting Charlotte, Princess Royal and Prince William, later Duke of Clarence, 1770 will be moved to the Throne Room Hundreds of artefacts and paintings from the Royal Collection are to be moved away from Buckingham Palace while the work is carried out.A total of 150 pieces, including clocks, chandeliers and a nine-tiered porcelain pagoda, will be shifted to their original home at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion from next week.  Most people in their 90s would be at least a little daunted at the upheaval of having to move while their home is renovated.But when royal aides asked the Queen where she would stay during major works at Buckingham Palace in 2025 – when she will be a year short of her 100th birthday – she simply told them: “Let me know where you would like me to go.”The monarch’s refusal to cause a fuss may in part be explained by the fact that her 97-year-old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, who retired from public life last year, is overseeing the £369 million, 10-year transformation project.A royal household source has revealed just how accommodating the Queen, 92, has been in accepting the need to move apartments within the palace in seven years’ time.The source said: “The Queen is immensely pragmatic and she wants to stay in the palace. She said, ‘Let me know where you would like me to go.’” read more