Gift Aid claims by charities fall for the second year in a row

first_img Howard Lake | 11 October 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Figures from HMRC for the 2012/13 financial year show that £1,002 billion was repaid to 63,740 charities making Gift Aid claims, a 5% drop from 2011/12 which recorded 66,370 claims totalling £1.052 billion. This is the second year in a row that the total reclaimed has dropped from its 2010/11 peak of £1,071billion.In spite of this, numbers still remain considerably above what was reclaimed in the pre-recession years of 2007/08, when £895 million was re-claimed by charities.On the face of it this appears to be a worrying trend for charities. On the other hand the underlying picture is more complex.Effect of reduced income tax rateIn April 2008 the basic rate of income tax was reduced from 22% to 20%. This had an impact on reducing the amount of Gift Aid which could be recovered by charities. In order to ease this problem, the government agreed to provide transitional relief on donations made for the following three years.The value of transitional relief has been declining over the past few years; from £120 million in 2010-11 to £50 million in 2011-12, and then to zero in 2012-13. It is this decline in transitional relief which has driven the overall fall in recovery of Gift Aid. In fact the amount claimed for underlying Gift Aid (excluding transitional relief) has actually continued to increase during the years of 2010/11 through to 2012/13.Underlying Gift Aid has grown since 2008So, despite the headline figures suggesting a decline, the underlying trend is positive for Gift Aid claims. Indeed, the value of claims on underlying Gift Aid, excluding the transitional relief element, has continued to grow from 2008/09 to 2012/13 despite the difficult economic times.The one element of data that might be less positive is the decline in the number of charities making Gift Aid claims. However, this figure has fluctuated over the years, with no clear trend. Gift Aid claims by charities fall for the second year in a row Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Blow for Manchester United! Van Persie will miss season opener

first_img Manchester United striker Robin van Persie 1 Manchester United will have to do without star striker Robin van Persie for their opening Premier League match against Swansea City after he was given an extended break following the World Cup.The Dutch forward played a key role in helping the Netherlands finish third in Brazil under his now club boss, Louis van Gaal, but has not featured in any of United’s pre-season games. Van Persie, 30, is due to return to training on Monday but having missed large chunks of last season through injury, Van Gaal revealed he would not be rushing the striker into action.“When a player has been on holiday for three weeks they have to train,” the Red Devils boss said.“I’m sorry but players have to train and Robin needs a full training regime behind him before he can play again.“People can criticise me for my decision but I know what to do with players who have had three weeks’ holiday. Hopefully, Robin will get his fitness back very fast but, for now, he won’t play.“Robin wants to play every game, I know that, but so do the other 30 players in the squad.”last_img read more

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Blues see off Liverpool, United and City and agree deal with youngster – report

first_imgChelsea have agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract with highly-rated teenager Conor Hunte, the Sunday Mirror report.It is claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United were ready to snap-up the 16-year-old midfielder had he not decided to stay with the Blues.The Sunday Mirror also say Chelsea are ‘on alert’ amid reports Real Madrid’s former Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric is keen to return to England. Both Manchester clubs are also said to be interested in the 27-year-old, who was a target for Chelsea prior to joining Real.Chelsea are poised to sign Malaga midfielder Isco, 20, either this month or in the summer, according to the Sunday People.The Daily Star Sunday claim QPR boss Harry Redknapp was hoping to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea prior to the forward’s move to Liverpool and that Yossi Benayoun could join Reading from the Blues.And a number of papers report that Chelsea are in contract talks with Frank Lampard despite initially indicating that he would not be offered a new deal.QPR want Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, the Sunday Mirror report.It is claimed Aston Villa are also interested and that Swansea would like to take him on loan.Redknapp has been put off by Tottenham’s apparent £7m valuation of Tom Huddlestone but is hopeful of negotiating a deal for the midfielder, according to the Mail on Sunday.The Sun on Sunday say Robbie Keane has turned down a loan move to Loftus Road from LA Galaxy.Related West London Sport story: QPR boss rules out move for duo (December 29)The People say both QPR and Newcastle are sending delegations to France to try to clinch the signing of Marseille striker Loic Remy.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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What Were They Thinking?

first_imgI’ve been doing HERS ratings and green building certifications for several years now, and I have run across some pretty scary things during inspections that sometimes make me wonder what everyone was thinking.Now, I was a contractor for a long time, and I understand the challenges of getting things done on time, correctly, and within the budget, and by no means am I trying to minimize those challenges. What does amaze me is how little attention some contractors and trade contractors pay to the details as their projects are underway.In many cases, the contractors have elected to have their buildings certified for their own purposes, often without even informing or involving the client.More whining about batt insulationAt the project startup meetings, we go over requirements for HVAC design and installation, duct sealing, insulation grading, weather barriers and flashing, and other processes that help to make buildings perform better and meet certification requirements. Everyone is on board at the beginning — including the project manager, insulation contractor and HVAC installer — but too often things break down very quickly.I can no longer even count the number of times I have discussed the challenge of meeting the Grade 1 installation standard with fiberglass batts, suggesting that they consider a blown-in alternative, only to be assured that the installers are very experienced and will have no problem doing everything right. Never have I inspected a batt insulation job for the first time and not had to remove at least half if not more of the insulation due to compression, lack of trimming around obstructions, or large gaps.Usually by the second or third visit, they have it figured out, until, of course, the crew changes and we start all over again. Thankfully, the installers themselves don’t hold it against me that they have to do so much rework, but there is clearly a big disconnect between trade contractor management team and their field staff.Duct, duct, looseI’ve seen my share of bad duct installations, but it just doesn’t seem to be getting better. I’ve run across lots of ducts jammed into spaces they don’t fit or belong in, plenty of unsealed or poorly sealed duct connections, and many floor registers that have done double duty as dustpans throughout the job.I recently saw what may be the most egregious example of incompetent ductwork on a house seeking EarthCraft certification. Instead of using wye connection to split a flex line, they connected two flex lines together with a metal sleeve, and cut a hole in the sleeve to stick another flex line into.To add insult to injury, none of the connections had any mastic or tape on them, but they were nicely covered with insulation, taped tightly. This one took some work to do this badly.I have also seen takeoffs that are only marginally connected to the plenum, but covered with carefully sealed insulation. A while back I started to suggest to my builder and remodeler clients that they require their HVAC installers to leave all the connections exposed for their inspection before closing up the insulation, giving them an opportunity to inspect connections before they are covered up.Water, water, everywhereProbably one of the most frightening things I have seen was a house that was insulated with open-cell spray foam before it was fully dried in. There were some roof/wall connections that were not fully sealed, but that didn’t keep them from going ahead with the insulation.I showed up on for a pre-drywall inspection, only to find fully soaked spray foam in stud cavities and visibly wet and moldy I-joists and OSB. What were they thinking?On a similar note, one of my pet peeves is not keeping the water-resistant barrier (WRB) intact throughout the construction process. While there are plenty of contractors who have a hard time understanding that water actually flows downhill and all flashing must be shingle lapped, I find that even those who know how to flash correctly still too often install their finish siding before all the mechanical penetrations are in place. Wires, pipes, and ducts are cut through siding and the WRB, leaving perfect little pathways for water to flow straight into the structure, practically guaranteeing future mold and rot.Just scratching the surfaceWhile this is my current “best of” collection, I am sure that there will be still better ones in the future. Multifamily projects that keep the same production team in place throughout the project tend to show improvement throughout the process, but since many of my clients are small builders and remodelers rather than production builders, I often start over with a new, often inexperienced, teams on each project.Hopefully someday there will be enough trained people out there that I see very well executed projects at every site visit. Until then, I will continue collecting photos for my collection.last_img read more

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Do Europeans Make Better Windows Than We Do?

first_imgIt should come as no surprise that Europe, home of the Passivhaus standard, produces some outstanding windows. Some builders of high-efficiency houses in North America turn to European window manufacturers for their glazing, even though some U.S. and Canadian producers also offer high-performance products of their own.Is there a way to compare the performance data on windows from these two sources? That’s what Steve Young, now planning a Passive House in Climate Zone 5, would like to know.“I have read many blogs and Q&A pages from this web site and I am still somewhat confused about European windows,” Young writes in Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.First, he says, there are the different testing standards between North American and European manufacturers, which makes Young wonder how he should view data on U-factors, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), and visible transmittance (VT).“So should I pretty much ignore the U-factors, if I am looking at the ‘best’ glass and frames and compare the SHGC and VT only?” he asks. “The Optiwin figures (SHGC 0.52) seem to beat anything that Thermotech Fiberglass has (SHGC 0.42), or is that somehow measured differently in Europe, too? Transmittance has to be measured the same?”Young points out that European windows don’t have nailing flanges like North American windows, and that while fiberglass windows are available on this side of the Atlantic, they don’t seem to be available from European makers. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE How can the two be compared?That’s the subject of this month’s Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to say on this issue:Alex Wilson wrote a great piece for BuildingGreen on European windows for Passive House. And Mike Duclos, a Passive House consultant and energy rater who deals with differences in European and North American windows all the time, reminded me that the wider frames of European windows also make “over-insulation” easier.Our industry needs to address these differences at the international level. But the real problem of comparing North American and European windows runs pretty deep. For years, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been lobbying the International Standards Organization (ISO) to adopt a single set of standards for the testing and computer simulation of window performance. And yet two very different standards (ISO 15099 and ISO 10292) are still being developed and pursued. This is NOT how global commerce is supposed to work, especially when less and less actual testing of windows is being conducted and more and more modeling is.For more information on issues with ISO window standards development, see these two references:“Discrepancies Between ISO Window Simulation Standards” by Dr. Charlie Curcija, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, November 23, 2005. (Charlie Curcija is now a senior scientist with LBNL, and they will soon be posting this reference on the LBNL website). This paper references the work cited below.CENT/TC89/WG7 ad hoc ISO 15099: “Comparison of standards on thermal, solar and/or light properties of windows and window components” by Dick van Dijk, Delft, The Netherlands. Testing protocols are differentDon’t ignore published European U-factors, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay — just keep in mind the fact that you can’t compare them directly to those published in North America. “Lower is still better than higher,” he writes.In the window industry, adds Greg Smith, “it’s something of a given (depending on source, of course) that translated European U-factors are at least 10% ‘better’ than the equivalent NFRC [National Fenestration Rating Council] rating. Some folks will suggest the ‘advantage’ is closer to 20% when you start getting down into the low teens and better.”One factor is how the testing calculations are actually made, Smith says. “The lower delta-T used for European calculations versus the greater delta-T used for [North American] U-factor calculations is an ‘advantage’ for European designers resulting in the apparent U-factor advantage of the European glass package/window,” he writes. As Smith’s subsequent comments made clear, when a European manufacturer reports a lower (that is, better) U-factor than a North American manufacturer, the lower number doesn’t necessarily indicate that the European window will perform better than the North American window.“Additionally, European windows are more likely to be fabricated with a thicker glass package (heavier glass with wider airspace) than are North American window makers,” Smith adds.Finally, European manufacturers are more likely to use low-iron glass in high-performance windows rather than the conventional float glass used by North American manufacturers, Smith says. The European ‘secret sauce’Having the details spelled out is helpful to Jesse Thompson, who says it “never smelled right” to him that European manufacturers had some “secret sauce” giving them an edge.“Especially when they seem to be all multinational corporations selling products across the globe,” Thompson says. “It seems to all come down to good old-fashioned sales demand, regulation, and market movement.”In response, Eliason notes: “Ah, but there is a secret sauce of sorts.” European calculations favor thicker spacing between panes, whereas the NFRC calculations favor thinner ones. And the Europeans seem to have figured out how to make low-iron glass without it costing too much.“We had it [low-iron glass] priced out by two North American [manufacturers] and the increase in price was phenomenal,” he says. “With the EU Passive House windows we imported, there was no cost increase for the ultra high SHGC glass. In actuality, it was a cost decrease — as the windows were less expensive than the North American windows we would have otherwise used, and then because of the high SHGC, we were able to shed a few inches of insulation as well.” Do European windows actually perform better?Mike Eliason argues that while there are “slight differences” in how U-factors are calculated, “the numbers don’t appear to be off by a significant factor.”More important is the apparent difference in performance. European makers “have been pushed by both policy and demand” for glazing with high solar heat gain coefficients and very lower U-factors, Eliason writes. As a result, there are some “spectacular glazing units” available from European makers, particularly from companies such as Glas Trösch and Guardian.“We’d love to use [North American] windows and glass manufactured in North America for the PH [Passivhaus] houses we’re working on,” he says, “but no one seems willing to step up to the plate and produce what we can get from EU for cost, performance and quality.”“In our research, the glass in North America isn’t quite up to par with what’s being produced in the EU,” he says, “even if you take a 10% difference based on the alternative means of calculating U-factors.” Green Basics: Windows, Glass Ratings and InstallationPassivhaus Windows Study Shows That Expensive Windows Yield Meager Energy ReturnsAll About Glazing OptionsChoosing Triple-Glazed WindowsDo Europeans Really Make the Best Windows? Glass packages are ‘pretty much identical’But Smith doesn’t agree. “If we do an apples to apples comparison, then glass packages are going to be pretty much identical whether the glass package is from North America or Europe,” he writes. The use of thicker, low-iron glass and wider air spaces gives European glass the “slight performance edge” that Eliason cites in a number of examples, but that’s not due to any technological advantages, he says.“When comparing European and North American glass packages using the same basic glass substrate, comparable (high solar heat gain, low solar heat gain, etc.) low-e coatings, and keeping air space depth and fill consistent, you aren’t going to have any real differences in energy performance, no matter where the glass package was produced,” Smith says.“Bottom line is that glass is glass, doesn’t matter if it is floated in Europe or in North America (just as long as it’s low-iron versus low-iron or standard soda-lime float versus standard soda-lime float). European argon and North American argon come from the same source no matter where the IGU comes from. Low-e coatings are pretty amazing — both application and performance — but there is no one in either Europe or North America who has cornered the market on some new miraculous low-e coating technology.”What’s really different, he says, is a “matter of what people are demanding from window suppliers and what the window suppliers want from their glass suppliers. We might spell the difference between Europe and North America as ‘education.’ ” RELATED ARTICLES GBA Product Guide: Windowslast_img read more

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Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold3.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Bautista silences hostile crowd, downs hometown bet View comments LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines has been the undisputed basketball power in the Southeast Asian Games with the most men’s basketball golds in the regional event with 17.And as the Gilas cadets start their campaign in the 2017 Games, head coach Jong Uichico said they want to enter MABA Stadium with a confidence so high they’ll bring another championship to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ READ: Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais“Of course, when you enter the Games, you want to be as confident as possible that you’re able to beat any team that gets in your way to win the gold,” said Uichico in Filipino Saturday at Sunway Putra Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGilas coach Jong Uichico. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe likes of Kiefer Ravena, Almond Vosotros, Kevin Ferrer, Baser Amer, and Mac Belo are once again in the team that delivered the country its 16th gold in the regional games.Uichico added they have to bring out their best every game if they want to continue the country’s reign in Southeast Asia and claim their 11th straight gold medal. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program “We have to give our best and play our A game every single game so we can reach our goal to get the gold,” said Uichico. “We’re positive and upbeat and we know that we have to do our business, this is a business and not a vacation.”last_img read more

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Gilas cadets crush host Malaysia for 3rd victory

first_imgView comments The win, which came after victories over Thailand and Myanmar, assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals.Filipino fans packed the MABA stadium cheering for the Gilas Cadets, which is practically guaranteed the gold medal here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThings got a little hot in the third quarter when Kuek Tian Yuan fouled Kevin Ferrer and locked up the arm of the former UST star.This drew the ire of the Gilas players with Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaging Malaysian players in a pushing contest. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia managed to ruffle Gilas Pilipinas’ feathers, but it paid a big price for doing so.Before a loud crowd cheering for the host squad, the Philippines blew Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night and inch closer to the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The Philippines needed some time to heat up, trailing Malaysia, 15-20, in the first quarter as it put up poor defense and could not hit its shots. Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.Surprisingly, no Malaysian player was expelled after the incident.This fueled the Filipinos, who widened the gap to 73-46 going into the final period.Naturalized player Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and got 18 rebounds for Gilas.Kobe Paras also had a solid outing for the second straight game to finish with 16 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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Wenger refuses to criticise Mustafi blunder

first_imgLeague Cup Wenger refuses to criticise Mustafi after Aguero goal blunder Matthew Scott 05:34 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mustafi - cropped Getty Images League Cup Arsenal Premier League Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger The German abandoned his defensive post, allowing Man City’s top scorer a clear run through at David Ospina Arsene Wenger refused to criticise Shkodran Mustafi’s role in Manchester City’s opening goal after Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.City ultimately cruised to victory at the national stadium, with Vincent Kompany and David Silva scoring after the interval, but the first half was a different story.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasted a good chance to open the scoring, and Aguero edged City ahead when he latched onto a long Claudio Bravo punt and lobbed David Ospina. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mustafi caught flak for his role in the goal, the German defender appealing for a foul to referee Craig Pawson rather than chase the striker, and former England defender Gary Neville lambasted “spineless” play from the Arsenal man.”He thought [so] yes,” Wenger said if Mustafi had reported a push.”I don’t know, I haven’t seen it again. From the outside, the push was not obvious. I don’t know, was he pushed or not but he thought [so]. He expected the free-kick, yes.”It’s difficult for me to go into individual criticism after the game like that.”You want to go home and analyse the game and individual criticism doesn’t matter too much, we have to focus on our next game.”3 – No manager has lost more League Cup finals than Arsene Wenger (2007, 2011 and 2018), level with Alex Ferguson (who also won the trophy four times). Hoodoo. pic.twitter.com/eg92R1Ifba— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 25, 2018That next game sees Arsenal welcome City to the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, but Wenger does not expect familiarity to give him any favours.”It doesn’t help because they will be on a high and we have to recover from disappointment,” he said. “So, they have the advantage.”​last_img read more

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Video: Penn State DT Anthony Zettel Tackled A Tree To The Ground

first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is a large (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) man. He’s plenty strong too. After all, you don’t earn first team All-Big Ten honors in the trenches by being weak, and you definitely can’t tackle trees to the ground with your bare hands without some serious strength.Yes, that’s right, Zettel brought a tree down with a perfect form tackle. It was captured on video by his teammate Jordan Dudas, and it is a pretty ridiculous sight. If we had to guess, that tree was definitely loose before Zettel sacked it. Still, to a.) be moved to attempt that in the first place and b.) be physically willing and able to do it is impressive enough. Big Ten linemen, quarterbacks and running backs should beware Zettel next fall.last_img read more

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