Martin O’Neill bullish despite Republic of Ireland’s automatic hopes ending

first_img Press Association “I thought beforehand that seeded teams got the advantage of playing away first, then home second, but apparently that’s not the case, it’s an open draw for that too. I think most of the countries would prefer to play their second game at home, so that’s the luck of the draw. “We are there and whoever we draw, we will be ready for the game.” Ukraine, Croatia, Bosnia and Sweden or Denmark look likely to make up the seeds for Sunday’s draw with the two-legged ties to be played over November 12, 13 and 14 and 15, 16 and 17. Ireland, for whom a win or a high-scoring draw in Warsaw would have sent them to the finals, fell behind to Grzegorz Krychowiak’s 13th-minute strike, but got themselves back into the game when Walters levelled from the spot. But Lewandowski’s winner proved not to be the end of their frustrations in Warsaw as Shane Long, the hero of Thursday night’s victory over world champions Germany, was carried from the field on a stretcher before O’Shea was sent off for a second bookable offence and Walters collected a third caution of the campaign in stoppage time at the end of the game. O’Neill, who admitted his players simply could not replicate the intensity of their performance against Germany on Thursday evening, called on UEFA to reconsider their disciplinary rules, which he described as unfair after considering the implications of a costly evening at the Narodowy Stadium. He said: “It seems crazy. It’s very, very difficult to go through 10 games without picking up suspensions along the way. It seems rather unfair then too to carry it into the play-off situation and 12 games. “There’s no reason why you can’t start it again, and also one of the groups plays with a team less and so one of the teams has actually had eight games, so it’s a wee bit unfair in that respect and I think it’s something that UEFA should really have a look at. A defiant Martin O’Neill was adopting a bullish stance after seeing the Republic of Ireland’s hopes of automatic qualification for the Euro 2016 finals die in Poland. Robert Lewandowski’s 42nd-minute strike – his 15th goal in six games for club and country – sent the Poles to France courtesy of a 2-1 victory and left Ireland facing the lottery of the play-offs, for which they are likely to be unseeded and will have to play the first leg without defender John O’Shea and striker Jonathan Walters through suspension. However, O”Neill said: “I’m not aware of whether we are going to be seeded or not seeded. I have had a little look at some of the teams that are there and whether it’s an advantage or not, I’m not terribly sure. “I think the play-off situation should be entirely different, if that’s the case. We are punished for 12 games instead of 10 and one team has only eight games to negotiate.” Poland boss Adam Nawalka’s emotions were very different as he congratulated his players for a job well done. He said: “It is enough to look at the result of the game. It was a fierce game, it was a very aggressive match, but we tried from the very beginning to control the whole game, which is why we scored the first goal. “Unfortunately, we lost the second, but then we scored again and we tried to keep our opponents under pressure all the time and at the end of the day, we qualified and I am extremely happy about that. “I have to say that my players did an extremely great job today and this is their success. They have worked for that for a very long time, from the beginning of the tournament and I have to say I am very pleased. “But still, we have not said the last word.” last_img read more

Religious Life launches law speaker series

first_imgA new speaker series from the USC Office of Religious Life is attempting to dismiss any perception that a successful legal career comes at the expense of a fulfilling life.Hosted by the Gould School of Law, which also provides the pool of potential orators, the new “Spirit of Law” speaker series aims to bridge the gap between the academic experience and the personal experience of students and faculty at the university.Legality · Andrew Post, a third year law student at the USC Gould School of Law, started the “Spirit of Law” speaker series this year. – Hide Kurokawa | Daily Trojan“Most students who come to law school really don’t know what they want to do — they’re told,” said Andrew Post, a third-year graduate student at Gould and the director of the series. “The goal is to become exposed to a discussion with very respectable members of the legal community for whom law is more than a job.”The series was initiated after Post attended similar events presented by the Office of Religious Life last year, where different professors shared methods of incorporating a balance between career and personal life. Post, then in his second year, said those events inspired him to request that the Office start a law-focused version of the same program.Varun Soni, dean of the Office of Religious Life and a California attorney himself, said he sees the value of such a program.“When I was going to law school, I saw that there needed to be this forum addressing meaning, purpose, and identity within the context of the law,” Soni said. “It wasn’t discussed in the law classes, but it was definitely talked about outside of the classroom among the students.”The series is based on the “What Matters to Me and Why” program that the office had established on campus, and the “Medicine for the Soul” offshoot focusing on medical professionals.Ron Garet, a professor of law and religion and the first speaker in the series, said the format of these programs allowed students to learn about aspects of their future careers that they might not be learning in class.“It provides an opportunity for students to hear a member of the faculty share his or her own responses to the difficult questions that we all ask,” Garet said. “Each speaker talks about how they find fulfillment in their legal work.”The idea of the program was to give law students, who might be wrapped up in the stresses and expectations of their classes, a chance to examine the profession from a different point of view, Garet added.“Many students enter law school worried about finding this satisfaction among the long hours and competition, and they begin to question its value and if they are contributing to the meaning of life. This program is designed to give that value to a legal career,” he said.A number of students said they were happy for the opportunity to learn about the job from experienced professionals.“This speaker series would be extremely beneficial to the law and pre-law students and others looking toward a profession related to law,” said Julia Riley, a freshman majoring in political science on the pre-law track. “It is really difficult to balance personal time with time devoted to an occupation — hearing firsthand experiences would offer some key advice to making it work.”Jessica Ching, a sophomore majoring in political science, also on the pre-law track, added that the series would also help students decide if they want to continue studying law.“Any time one is well-informed and takes advantage of resources available to them, they have better insight into the pathway and can make a better decision as to what they really want to do in life,” Ching said. “[The] series will give students exposure to knowledge that can indicate whether or not the career would be right for them.”Though the program was designed specifically for law students, Post said he would encourage students from all academic backgrounds to attend.“I want to encourage people from ‘nontraditional’ majors, such as myself — a computer science and applied math double major — to see law as being more than just a confinement to the courtroom,” Post said. “There is an apparent interest in exploring the meaning of life in the law, and I have high hopes that those who come to the series will find this meaning, purpose and identity.”Soni added that the Office is looking for a combination of USC law professors and local attorneys from the LA region to fill speaker spots for the rest of this semester. Beginning in January 2010, he added, a new web page will be launched with a link for students to nominate speakers.last_img read more