LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 20: Quarterback Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and wide receiver JD Spielman #10 acknowledge the fans after the win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Last weekend, the Nebraska Cornhuskers suffered a blowout loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on the road. A main reason for the team’s struggles was the absence of Adrian Martinez.Nebraska didn’t have Martinez last Saturday because of a knee injury. The offense had to turn to Noah Vedral, who completed 14-of-23 pass attempts for 135 yards.This weekend, Nebraska hosts Indiana in what should be a nice opportunity for a bounce-back win.Although the Cornhuskers weren’t ready to commit to Martinez starting this weekend, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco said the team had its dual-threat quarterback on the field today for practice. Verduzco said that Martinez is eager to play this Saturday against Indiana.Nonetheless, the Cornhuskers haven’t revealed if Martinez will be active this weekend.Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez practiced today and is eager to play again, says Mario Verduzco. Martinez, in pads, walked past reporters after practice. But not even a hint from the Huskers this week if Martinez will play against Indiana. pic.twitter.com/8K4t76pWkT— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) October 23, 2019Martinez entered this season as an intriguing candidate for the Heisman Trophy. In six games, the dual-threat quarterback has 1,244 passing yards, 341 rushing yards and 10 total touchdowns.After starting off with a 3-1 record, the Cornhuskers have lost two out of their last three games. However, the schedule does get slightly easier for Nebraska in the coming weeks.Despite going through a recent rough patch on offense, the potential return of Martinez could help revitalize the team as they prepare for a second-half surge.
The Commission has been empowered to adopt delegated acts to amend Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 in order to grant GSP+ to a requesting country by adding it to the list of GSP+ beneficiary countries. (Colombo Gazette) The Commission said it has examined the GSP+ request from Sri Lanka in accordance with the provisions of Article 10(1) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, and the Commission has established that Sri Lanka meets the conditions. In January this year the European Commission had noted that on 12 July 2016, the Commission received a GSP+ request from Sri Lanka. The decision by the European Commission to grant GSP plus to Sri Lanka has been printed in the official journal of the European Union (EU) and Sri Lanka has access to the EU market under the special scheme from today.The official journal of the EU issued yesterday (Thursday) amends an earlier decision to withdraw the GSP plus scheme granted to Sri Lanka. For that purpose, Article 9(1) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 establishes specific eligibility criteria for the granting of the tariff preferences provided under the GSP+.The country should be considered vulnerable due to a lack of sufficient diversification and insufficient integration with the international trading system.It should have ratified all the conventions listed in Annex VIII to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 and the most recent available conclusions of the relevant monitoring bodies should not identify a serious failure to effectively implement any of those conventions. In relation to any of the relevant conventions, the country should not have formulated a reservation which is prohibited by the convention or which, for the exclusive purposes of Article 9 of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, is considered to be incompatible with the object and purpose of that convention. It should accept without reservation the reporting requirements imposed by each convention and give the binding undertakings referred to in points (d), (e) and (f) of Article 9(1) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012. A GSP beneficiary country wishing to benefit from GSP+ has to submit a request accompanied by comprehensive information concerning ratification of the relevant conventions, its reservations and the objections to those reservations made by other parties to the convention, and its binding undertakings. “Sri Lanka should therefore be granted GSP+ from the date of entry into force of this Regulation. Annex III to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 should be amended accordingly. Pursuant to Article 13 of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, the Commission should keep under review the status of ratification of the relevant conventions, the effective implementation of those conventions, as well as the cooperation with the relevant monitoring bodies by the government of Sri Lanka,” the Commission said.A beneficiary country under the Generalised Scheme of Tariff Preferences (‘GSP’) may request to benefit from additional tariff preferences under the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance (GSP+).