UK’s Cameron speeds up launch of controversial housing plan
The 2013 class includes former UK student-athletes and coaches Oliver Barnett (football), Rex Chapman (mens basketball), Leslie Nichols (womens basketball), Orlando Tubby Smith (mens basketball), Press Whelan (track/cross country) and Jesse Witten (mens tennis). The class will be introduced to the public during halftime of Saturday’s football game vs. Florida. Oliver Barnett (1986-89) capped his career as UKs all-time quarterback sack leader. He earned third-team All-America and first team All-Southeastern Conference distinction as a senior. Barnett registered 271 career tackles and 26 quarterback take-downs as a defensive lineman. In addition to his tackling prowess, Barnett notched 12 forced fumbles and 43 career tackles for loss. As a junior, he was named to the National Strength Coaches Association All-America Team for his on-field performance and excellence in strength training. Furthermore, he was tabbed All-America honorable mention and second-team All-SEC as a junior. His 850-pound squat lift is still the record at UK. Following his collegiate career, Barnett suited up for the Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl all-star games before beginning a six-year stint in the NFL.
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Pilot fatigue has been a problem in the USA too. (Photo: BY ANNE RYAN) Daily Mail SHARE 239 CONNECT 68 TWEET 5 COMMENTEMAILMORE A packed commercial airplane heading to the United Kingdom was left on auto-pilot when both pilots fell asleep, according to British news reports. Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority revealed that the incident took place on August 13 on a 325-seat plane when the pilot and co-pilot agreed to take turns napping and switch to auto-pilot, the Daily Mail reports . One of them woke up after an unspecified amount of time to find that the other pilot had been asleep at the same time. The incident occurred on an Airbus A330 operated by a British-based airline. The CAA declined to identify the airline. The pilots had slept just five hours each over the previous two nights, the Daily Mail reports. They voluntarily reported the incident to the CAA and are not expected to face serious disciplinary action. Virgin Atlantic, which operates a fleet of 10 A330 planes, declined to comment to the Daily Mail on whether or not the incident involved one of its planes. ARCHIVE: FAA issues landmark rules on pilot fatigue (Dec. 21, 2011) Spokesmen for Thomas Cook Airlines and Monarch Airways, which also have A330s, told the Daily Mail that the plane did not belong to them. The incident came to light as Balpa, the UK pilots’ association, is fighting proposed European changes to flight time regulations, the Guardian reports . The proposed rules would let pilots land an aircraft after having been awake for 22 hours, operate longer-haul flights with only two crew members vs.
Conservative leader David Cameron said on Saturday that the plan would be up and running next week, three months earlier than previously planned. The “Help to Buy” plan is aimed at people who have been frozen out of the property market by the soaring size of deposits required to get a mortgage. “Young people who’ve got a decent job and have got decent earnings – they cannot buy a house or a flat, because they have to have a 30,000-pound ($48,400), 40,000-pound or 50,000-pound deposit,” Cameron said in a statement. “Now, if you haven’t got rich parents, you can’t get that sort of money. So we’re going to launch the Help To Buy Scheme – it’s not coming in next year, it’s coming in next week, because I’m passionate about helping people who want to own their own flat or home.” The initiative involves the government providing 12 billion pounds in guarantees to encourage lenders to provide mortgages of up to 95 percent of the value of properties being bought. It had been due to launch in January and key details such as the fees banks will pay to participate have yet to be announced. Cameron’s announcement comes on the eve of the start of the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester. Such occasions are used by British political parties to make eye-catching announcements and this year offer the chance for them to set out their programs before a general election due in 2015. Earlier this month, opposition leader Ed Miliband said a government run by his center-left Labour Party would freeze energy bills for 20 months, a move aimed at winning over British voters, many of whom have seen their living standards fall during the slow economic recovery from the financial crisis. Signs that Britain’s economy is on the mend had boosted the Conservatives’ standing among voters, but Labour’s support has risen in opinion polls since the announcement by Miliband. A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times puts Labour at 42 percent, with the Conservatives at 31 percent. Cameron’s coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, languish at 9 percent. CONCERNS IN THE COALITION Seeking to give a boost to homeownership carries risks for the government. Since the mortgage guarantee component of Help to Buy was announced in March, house prices have picked up, raising questions about whether it is still needed.
One player asked who his favorite team is. A smiling Couch answered, “Kentucky.” Congrats To former UK staffer Brandon Weems. Oakland (Mich.) named him an assistant coach. After three seasons at UK, he worked last season at Drexel. Weems was a high school teammate of LeBron James. Happy birthday To Jeff Sheppard. He turns 39 Sunday. … To Dan Hall. He turned 59 on Thursday. … To Ronnie Lyons. He turns 61 on Monday. … To Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.