THREE decrees authorising the creation of the French railway infrastructure authority Réseau Ferré de France were published in the Journal Officiel on May 7, completing the legal process to launch the new body. Designated as an Etablissement Public Industriel et Commercial, RFF is a key part of the SNCF reform law approved by the National Assembly on February 13.RFF becomes the legal owner of the French national rail network, with a nominal debt of Fr134·2bn transferred from SNCF along with the assets. The new authority takes responsibility for network development and ensuring that the rail infrastructure is maintained to guaranteed levels of safety and capacity. It will have an annual budget of around Fr28bn. SNCF becomes an operating company, with an automatic right of access to the network, and will continue to maintain the infrastructure under contract to RFF.The new company will be managed by a Board of Administration with six representatives from the state, four railway experts and five members elected by RFF’s 200 staff. At its first meeting on May 14, the board was expected to endorse the government’s recommendation that Claude Martinand be appointed President of RFF. o
By now, you’ve all probably heard.The Badger offense was painful to watch during Saturday’s spring game.In the one practice that fans get to see, UW failed to produce a touchdown. That’s unfortunate for everyone involved – except Chris Ash and his defense, which brought relentless pressure and recorded numerous “sacks” of the two-hand-touch variety.The numbers speak for themselves. First-team quarterback Jon Budmayr was 10-for-23 with an interception. Second-team quarterback Joe Brennan was even worse, going 3-for-17 with one interception.The quarterback play Saturday was awful.But keep in mind: The Cardinal-White scrimmage was the final practice of a long spring camp. Saturday was a bad day for Budmayr and the quarterbacks, but what about the rest of spring practice?Unfortunately, the quarterback play has been subpar all spring, and the coaches and players are well aware. They’re not hiding from it.“The three guys that got the majority of the reps today aren’t anywhere where we need them to be for us to be a competitive team in the fall,” head coach Bret Bielema said.“It’s April right now, and we’re fortunate it is because we still have a lot to go and a lot of room to improve, myself mostly, before fall camp starts,” Budmayr added.Well, Bielema and Budmayr are certainly being honest with the situation at hand as UW welcomes a new starter under center.All eyes will be firmly focused on Budmayr as fall camp nears with the starting job now essentially his.Brennan, a redshirt freshman, is still very raw, and true freshman walk-on Joel Stave is in no position to lead UW after just a couple months on campus. The only true challenger was Curt Phillips, but you can officially take him out of the competition.Bielema revealed Saturday that redshirt junior has been ruled out for the year. Phillips suffered his second ACL tear this past November, but according to Bielema, Phillips’ knee failed to heal correctly and he’ll need to undergo another procedure.You have to feel for Phillips, who’s worked relentlessly to see the field in 2011, but opponents aren’t about to show the Badgers any sympathy.Now Budmayr is the only quarterback with any game experience – albeit in mop-up duty.As the first-team signal caller this spring, Budmayr struggled, and that was highlighted Saturday.But that shouldn’t really surprise anyone. In fact, that was to be expected.Consider this:The redshirt sophomore hasn’t started an actual game in over three years (he missed his senior year of high school due to injury) and those live snaps are impossible to truly replicate in practice.He’s going against a pretty talented first-team defense, which has amped up its blitz packages in an effort to get more pressure on the quarterback – not the easiest thing for a new signal caller to deal with, especially when simply laying a finger on his green jersey counted as a sack in the spring game.The UW secondary is loaded with experience, featuring three senior starters. Meanwhile, with Nick Toon (his most dynamic downfield target) sidelined, UW’s most experienced wide receiver is Jared Abbrederis, a redshirt sophomore. Those wideouts and their drops didn’t give the quarterbacks much help Saturday.His starting center – Peter Konz – has been out with injury, and his tight ends have all had health issues of their own.That’s a lot of challenges to work through. The return of all those injured starters will only help Budmayr and the passing game, but inconsistency on offense is commonplace during the spring.Take a look at what Scott Tolzien – the man Budmayr is replacing at quarterback – had to say a year ago at this time, when the eventual Big Ten champion Badgers wrapped up their spring game.“We need to be better than that in the fall,” Tolzien said of the offense’s spring game performance last year. “It’s good for us to have a setback like that, as long as we use it to our advantage to realize that there’s a sense of urgency here, and we gotta have a great offseason to move forward.”Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?You’d be hard-pressed to find an offense that’s clicking after 15 practices. Timing and chemistry needs to develop over the summer and into fall camp.Having said all that, Budmayr – like every other player on the roster – needs to progress and he knows it. After all, his position happens to be the most important one on the field.Does he have what it takes to lead this offense and keep UW at the top of the Big Ten? At this point, it’s just too early to tell.This much is obvious: Budmayr needs to make smarter reads. He needs to develop a stronger presence in the pocket. Most importantly, he needs to take care of the football – something he struggled to do all spring.The Badger offense is continuing to evolve to take advantage of Budmayr’s strengths, and that adjustment comes with growing pains. Frankly, it’s a good thing results in the spring don’t count for anything.Sure, the spring game was disappointing and maybe a bit frightening, but it just reinforced something we already knew.Budmayr has a lot of room to improve – and he’ll need to if the Badgers want to contend for another conference title.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Concerned with the Badgers’ quarterback situation? Let him know at [email protected]
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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Sidelines · 343 weeks ago In an insane society the sane man must appear to be insane…Star Trek 1968. Sometimes the past is more correct than we thought. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 343 weeks ago “I realize the pro marijuana crowd will jump all over me” They will just tell you you have your head in the sand, have been scared by fearmongers, and need to do your research. When one of your strongest points is ‘If you don’t agree with me you are obviously uninformed,’ it’s a sign you have no solid reasoning. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 343 weeks ago Far-left lawmakers couldn’t wait for this. Control the sales & distribution, tax it to death, and it will still be illegal-as-heck to drive under the influence of weed – so the jails, lawyers & probation profits don’t lose a beat. And the biggest plus for the left is….drumroll…all that extra “free tax revenue” for their pork barrels. Ya had to know this was a “plan-waiting-to-be-hatched.” And, by the time the vote gets around to rural “unenlightened” america, the city and county governments will be eager for the pork. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down WHS Grad · 343 weeks ago When I turned 18, I could smoke. Now that I am over 21, I can drink. I do neither. “Enjoy your weekend, and make wise decisions.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Guest · 343 weeks ago I couldn’t believe that your “vote” on marijuana was so close! But, my husband said he could believe it, because this is Wellington. Sad! Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Love My Home Town · 343 weeks ago Only thing sad is people that have never tried it trying to force their thoughts and opinions on those of us that knows it’s true medicinal value. I don’t smoke it for the intoxification effect but truely for the medicinal value it has. I never drank alcohol because I like it or the taste but to get blitzed out of my mind. With Marijuana I dont waste my day away I am a productive member of society again. Its been over 20 years since I had my last drink of alcohol or any other kind of drug other than Marijuana because I know the true value of it. Big Pharma and Law Enforcement are truely against it because they feel the truth is soon coming out and their lies are going to be put to rest. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down no one · 343 weeks ago im sorry but i would have to vote yes just for the fact its nothing like alcohol you dont go out an kill people drivin intoxicated drunk you smoke weed you just get to high to even get in a car id vote weed over alcohol any day Report Reply 1 reply · active 343 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Guest77 · 343 weeks ago I think it’s cute that folks are up in arms about marijuana and meanwhile dr’s have done a number on this country handing out prescription pills like candy. Follow the money trail and you’ll see why one is accepted and the other is frowned upon, Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down snitch · 343 weeks ago All you pot heads are sick people. Pot can and has lead to harder drugs. So go ahead and smoke it up and hit someone because your response was to late. I’ll still turn you in. Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 343 weeks ago This response was given to me via e-mail by smalltown boy. Tracy, I enjoyed your article about the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. People tend to forget that marijuana is still illegal federally (which to me, makes it illegal everywhere). On that note, I sent an article link concerning a problem marijuana shops are having nowadays with federal banks. Enjoy! http://www.policymic.com/articles/78489/colorado-… Report Reply 0 replies · active 343 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” So Colorado passed itself a marijuana law.When I was growing up in my native state, Colorado was pretty much a Republican state. My dad, who was born in Garden City, was fond of saying if you shook out all the Jayhawkers living in Colorado there wouldn’t be anybody left.That has obviously changed. Colorado has had a population explosion as “enlightened” people from other places moved in because they liked the mountains in their purple haze majesty.Now new marijuana shops are popping up across the state’s divide producing long lines of customers and great profits. Everybody wants to inhale the moment.I don’t know how many people here in Wellington have asked me to pick up some weed the next time I’m in Colorado. I have to laugh, because we here in Kansas will forever be linked to Dorothy jokes. Colorado will now be linked to the same inane marijuana jokes. Maybe Dorothy was just in Colorado instead of Oz after she snuck around Aunt Em to smoke her Dooby. Was it really a tornado that swept Dorothy away or was she just up in smoke?The whole legalizing marijuana thing is a bit humorous to me. It’s a “trendy” law, much like gay marriage. You support legalized marijuana your part of the now crowd. It’s Generation Zzzzz contribution to society.I’ve heard all the arguments for marijuana’s legalization, and if that is what the majority wants so be it. I anticipate someday Wellington may have a downtown marijuana shop. I urge the city to paint the slanted parking lines a little brighter yellow when that happens since things will be a lot more hazier.If any marijuana issue ever comes up for a vote in Kansas or Wellington, though, I’ll vote “no.” Why? Because why are we making laws to make us even more intoxicated than we already are?For the past two decades we’ve put more regulations on alcohol. We’ve implemented anti-drug education, we’ve raised the drinking age, we’ve stiffened our DUI laws, we drug test in schools and our jobs. We’ve done everything to make it less desirable to lubricate ourselves and affect the lives of others. And statistics have shown that it is working.But now we want to reverse everything and legalize pot?I saw a report in the Denver Post in which drug abuse in Colorado amongst school children has made a dramatic increase after the state passed its recreational pot smoking laws (see story here). This after a steady decline in drug and alcohol abuse amongst our young.Listen, I’m not preaching. If you love the state of an altered mind with the glories of hash, it’s your business.But there are reasons why we have laws – and that is to save us from ourselves. Why do we get speeding tickets? To get us to slow down. Why are people thrown in prison for murder? To get us not to murder other people. Etc., etc. etc.Personally, no marijuana law is going to affect me one way or the other. I won’t be lighting up a joint or sucking on a bong anytime soon â€” no matter how relaxed the laws become. Why? Because I’m frigging 49 years old!But in my younger days, it might have been a different story had marijuana been legalized. One of the reasons pot smoking was not part of my life is I had that fear of being caught. I’m the kind of guy who gets caught jay walking because I walked into a moving police car. I have had 16 speeding tickets over my lifetime. My teacher always caught me doing something wrong first.So the thought of buying an illegal drug and toking up was superseded by the penalty I was sure to face because I was sure to get caught.You have to have that penalty.I realize the pro marijuana crowd will jump all over me about the herb’s medical benefits, and how it is not addictive, and how it is not a gateway drug, and how much better it is for you than alcohol. Blah, blah, blah.But when you dig to the core of this issue, it’s about intoxication. By legalizing marijuana, are we being allowed to get intoxicated more?Of course we are.Laws are meant to make society better. A law allowing for more intoxication is of no benefit to society.