Beloved rock n’ soulers the Alabama Shakes performed at the Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville, TN two nights ago, April 21st. Of course, the performance came just hours after the news of Prince’s death broke, closing an unforgettable chapter in music history. Just last year, the worlds of Prince and the Alabama Shakes collided, as Prince invited the Shakes to his Paisley Park mansion for a performance. He even sat in with them and played a roaring guitar solo on the bluesy song “Gimme All Your Love.”Naturally, when the Shakes set up to perform the blues number, they dimmed the lights to a haunting shade of purple, and allowed for Brittany Howard to speak about the lost legend. “We lost another great treasure today,” she said. “It was very unfortunate, and very sad news when we heard it. I’d like to dedicate this song right here to Prince, because this is a song that he played with us. I just want to let him know we love him, we miss him, and God bless him. May he rest in peace.”While the band didn’t join so many others in playing Prince’s music, they certainly felt the loss just as strongly as any other. Check out some fan-shot videos from the performance below:Don’t Wanna FightI Ain’t The Same[Via The Tennessean]
While volumes of poetry, sadly, may not sell the way, say, a Stephen King novel does, Ifeanyi Menkiti knows firsthand that poetry’s gifts are priceless. That’s why, in 2006, he purchased the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, a historic literary enclave down an unassuming Harvard Square side street.Menkiti was a young Harvard Ph.D. candidate studying under John Rawls when he first encountered the Grolier in 1969; he was also a burgeoning poet who’d go on to publish several collections, all the while unaware that he’d someday become the shop’s third owner and poetic steward. In its 88-year lifespan, the Grolier has struggled to stay afloat, with the rise of online retailers and frequent lulls in sales. “The poetry business isn’t what it used to be,” lamented Menkiti, who is originally from Nigeria.Founded in 1927 by Adrian Gambet and Gordon Cairnie, the Grolier is touted as the oldest continually run bookshop solely dedicated to poetry. In its heyday, the shop was a common stop for the “Who’s Who” of the poetry world, including Robert Lowell, Robert Creeley, Elizabeth Bishop, and others. In 2004, the Academy of American Poets designated the store a national poetry landmark.More than that, said Menkiti, the store is a cultural institution. And when the shop went up for sale in 2006, the retired Wellesley College moral philosophy professor didn’t hesitate. “I wanted to see a powerful institution continue,” he said. So he phoned in with an offer. It was the right thing to do.— Sarah Sweeney
In a talk Tuesday at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, Frances Stewart, professor emeritus of development economics at the University of Oxford, described the history of human development from the 1950s onward.Thinkers from developed countries created the concept of foreign aid in the 1950s, and this aid promoted industrialization and an increase in developing countries’ gross domestic product (GDP), Stewart said. Grant Tobin | The Observer “There were indeed a growth increase and an investment increase, so the objective in that sense was fulfilled,” she said. “But it threw up its own problems and that’s the next process in the cycle. The problems were that unemployment began to increase and it hadn’t been an issue before. … Poverty began to be recognized that it wasn’t automatically going away.”In the 1970s, movements came about that questioned the objectives and process of this early form of aid, Stewart said. Some economists argued that GDP per capita is not a good indicator for development because it does not take into account other important aspects of life, she said.“It neglected income distribution, so you could find that countries with similar growth had very different income distributions,” she said. “… It neglected public goods and externalities. It neglected employment, and it ignored important features of life beyond income, like health, education, food and so forth.”The dependencia movement also began in Latin America to fight the dependency that results in underdeveloped countries after receiving such aid, which led to the formation of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Stewart said.“The biggest impact was the dependencia movement because it influenced OPEC in particular and because of the big oil cost rise that resulted, first in 1973 and then again in the early 80s,” she said. “This in turn is the source of the debt problem of many developing countries because of the big rising oil prices in the early 70s. Countries immediately went into deficit.”Stewart said the two major movements that influence development today — the basic needs approach and economist Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach — began in the 1970s in response to questions about the objectives and process of GDP-focused development.“The basic needs approach was in part a sort of political reaction that seemed to speak more to politics to say to people, ‘Surely, everybody should have their basic needs met, their fundamental needs,’ rather than say that they should have redistribution of growth,” she said. “ … [Sen’s] argument is that the law of development is to enhance people’s potential to be and do, and beings and doings are capabilities — only the ones they have reason to value, and the reason to value is a very important phrase.”In 1990, Sen helped create the Human Development Index (HDI) that judges health, education and income to rank countries into tiers of human development, Stewart said.“What are the characteristics of success?” she said. “There aren’t that many universal characteristics. Some do it through good growth, like Singapore and South Korea. Some have very good distribution of income. Some have well-spent social expenditures.“But there are some general traits, and one is giving priority to girls and women. That is the one factor that does seem to be universally shared by successful countries. … In general, having a high share of social expenditures seems to be a main correlation of success.”Even still, Stewart said the HDI does not solve the problem of quantifying human development.“I said I was going to measure human development in terms of the human development index, but one major issue is that it’s not a good measure of human development because it’s got those three components,” she said. “… The components of a full life are much bigger than that.”Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies, human development, lecture, United Nations
March 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Finding the right balance between life and work Associate EditorLittle gasps burst from the audience at the Florida Association for Women Lawyers luncheon when keynote speaker Ellen Ostrow said: “I’m going to ask you to throw away your to-do lists.”Armed with her Ph.D. in psychology, Ostrow is a personal and career coach for women lawyers, from Washington, D.C., the founder of LawyersLifeCoach.com, on a mission to help lawyers achieve success without sacrificing a meaningful personal life.Shock rippled again through the crowd at the Bar Midyear Meeting in Miami January 17 when Ostrow said, “I’m going to suggest that you not worry about your billable hours.”A survey by FAWL revealed that balancing professional and personal lives is the number one concern for women lawyers.“There are countless people who will be happy to tell you that work-life balance was a fad that went out with the bull market, and that right now if you want to be successful as a lawyer, you’d just better put in those hours or abandon your professional goals,” Ostrow said.“But I am absolutely certain that the quest to have a life is not a fad. My hope is that you’ll leave here being as certain as I am that you don’t have to downscale your professional expectations in order to have a balanced life. And I want you to be able to walk out of here knowing how to successfully fight for your career and your life.”So what does a balanced life mean exactly?“There is no one-size-fits-all recipe for feeling like your life is balanced,” Ostrow said. “Most fundamentally, work-life balance means having control over when, where, how, and with whom works gets done.”When it comes to the legal profession’s assumptions about a successful career, she said, “A truly committed lawyer is one for whom work is primary, time to spend at work is unlimited, and the demands of family, community, and personal life are secondary. The ‘ideal’ lawyer works 25 or more uninterrupted years, taking no time off for pregnancy, childbirth, or child-rearing.“A truly competent lawyer is supposed to be tough, unemotional, competitive, self-sufficient, and individualistic. This lawyer will demonstrate heroic action – like the woman who completed a transaction while on the gurney being wheeled into the delivery room or the associate who billed 3,000 hours last year.”Another assumption, she said, is that a successful attorney is available to clients any time of day, or else they will leave you for another lawyer who is.Put aside those assumptions and be open to new possibilities, Ostrow challenged.“What if you decided not to think about hours and instead to simply focus on your work?” she asked. “You’d be less distracted, far more likely to get into the state of ‘flow,’ where you’re working at your peak, and so engaged you’re not aware of time passing. Would you be feeling stressed and out of control while you were doing this? Probably not.”She’s heard all the protests before, that every month the law firm sends out a record of everyone’s billable hours, and if numbers are down, heads will roll.“Please don’t think I don’t understand this. I’m merely suggesting that focusing on your billables reduces the likelihood that you’ll be effective at work. Give it a try, for a day, for a week. Then you can look at your billables if you want to. But remember, your goal is balance.”Another suggestion is to refuse to buy into the idea that you must be available to your clients at all times. Of course, you need to be available in a crisis, but not whenever the clients want to reach you.“Are you there 24/7 for anyone in your life? If you’re not for the people you care about most, why would you agree to that for a client?”She urged women lawyers to stop worrying about competition and the possibility of losing clients.“The fact is, you are more likely to succeed in your work and in your life if you adopt the attitude that there are always more clients,” she said. “If you participate fully in work that truly interests you, instead of thinking your life depends on reaching some pinnacle, you’re far more likely to have a successful career and a balanced life.”Another tip in striving for the balanced life is defining what success looks like for you, she said, rather than clinging to the assumption that success is measured by money.“What’s the use of working hard to make enough money to send your children to the best private schools if you never really get to know them before they leave home?” she asked.She challenged the audience to take a moment to jot down five things that define their lives as successful, and to keep it in a place where they can look at it any time.“Because if you don’t define success for yourself, your firm and your clients will be happy to do it for you,” Ostrow advised. “And if you allow them to define success for you, they will define it to meet their needs, not yours. They’ll have you working endless hours, so that you will make a lot of money, and they’ll think you’re a hero, and you probably won’t ever have to worry about losing your job. But you will be chronically stressed, your life will feel out of control, and you will feel anything but balanced.”Dissatisfaction stems from working in an organization where the values of other attorneys don’t fit with your own, she said.“I’ve worked with countless lawyers who’ve left behind large firms with large paychecks and are now happily employed in government positions or non-profits or doing public policy work or whatever allowed them to do what they went to law school for in the first place with people who share their most important values,” Ostrow said. “Sure, they make less money — but they make ‘enough,’ as they’ve defined it.”If you want balance, stop being a perfectionist, she said. And throw away those to-do lists.“This is what to-do lists do to you. You want to be organized, so you write down something you need to get done like, ‘bone up on Sarbanes-Oxley’ or ‘do taxes’ or ‘prepare for deposition.’ And the list keeps getting longer. And worse, at the end of the day, you can’t cross them off your list because you haven’t finished them yet. So, you move them to tomorrow’s list, along with several new things you hope to do tomorrow. If you make typical to-do lists, you wind up feeling overwhelmed, because you’re asking yourself to do things that can’t get done in a day. You feel out of control and like you failed when you can’t cross those things off your list. Even worse, you’re constantly preoccupied with all the things you have to do – and this is very stressful.”The short version of her advice for the alternative to the overwhelming to-do list is to “get control of all the stuff that’s in your mind and on your to-do list, develop practices to help you stay that way, and then step back to examine the big picture.” And that “stuff” includes projects and goals in your personal life, too.“After you’ve gotten everything you’re juggling now under control, you can step back and set some long-term goals and your personal vision for your life,” Ostrow said. “The absence of the pressure of having all these things you should do or need to do or forget to do floating around in your mind is indescribably delicious.”Once you’ve managed your own life, Ostrow had more suggestions for managing your managers.“I want to share with you something the CEO of a law firm confided to me a few months ago. This is not an exact quote, but essentially he said, ‘If you want to help women lawyers, tell them to stand up for themselves. The guys think they can push them around, and they’ll continue until the women start setting limits.’”Successful women lawyers who also have a life confirm what he said, Ostrow said.“They did not get where they are by just doing what they were told, trying to blend in, or tolerating verbal abuse.”She advised that women on the receiving end of a jerk boss should calm down first, then stand up for themselves.“Don’t be confrontational. But don’t be passive. If you want balance, you’ve got to take complete responsibility for your own career as well as your life. It’s up to you to be your own CEO. Decide where you’re headed, whose help you need to get there, what skills you need to hone. Lay out your action steps and do it. You’re an advocate. Advocate for yourself.”Another tip: Get out of the win-lose game of lawyers.“The focus on good counsel about justice and fairness has shifted to billable hours, the bottom line, and eat what you kill.”Instead, she advised, “make your enthusiasm, your sense of fairness, your perseverance the point of what you’re doing — not the winning.”Remember that all work and no play makes for a dull lawyer.“Having a life outside of work nourishes and energizes you,” Ostrow said. “You bring more to work — not less.”Lastly, she said that while women lawyers can work to change their habits, it won’t change their work-life balance if the workplace culture is stuck in the past.“The corporate world is way ahead of the legal profession in supporting work-life balance,” she said. “That’s primarily because they’ve discovered that it’s profitable.” She asked whether the legal profession truly values diversity or just gives lip service.Work-life balance, she added, is not just a women’s issue in these dual-job family times. A 2000 study by Harris Interactive and the Radcliffe Public Policy Institute revealed that four out of five men ages 20-39 rated having a work schedule that allows them to spend time with their families more important than money or the challenge of their work.And what about staying involved in your community?“Wasn’t serving the common good an essential part of what it meant to be a lawyer? Under current billable hour demands, lawyers are cut off from their communities. Communities are suffering, and lawyers who’ve lost their connection to their communities become increasingly removed from the human side of law.”Balancing work and life is not a fad, Ostrow stressed, but “is essential for your well-being, for the well-being of society, and for the long-term viability of your profession and your workplaces.”She challenged the lawyers in the room to use their advocacy skills for something new and healthy: embracing the balanced life. Finding the right balance between life and work
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has integrated stewardship principles into a revised version of its Code of External Governance.EFAMA said it revisited the code, first published in 2011, to bring the language in line with the revised EU Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD) and current terminology.A new section was inserted to give more context about how asset managers should carry out their shareholder rights on behalf of their clients. It was also updated and amended to reflect the extended scope of engagement with investee companies, such as environmental and social concerns, compliance, culture and ethics, and performance and capital structure.EFAMA said the new code was designed to assist asset managers in adopting best practices in stewardship. “The EFAMA Stewardship Code highlights how, through stewardship, asset managers can encourage best business and management practices in companies on environmental, governance, human rights and social challenges,” the trade body said in a statement today.Stewardship covered the monitoring of, voting the shares of, and engagement with investee companies, EFAMA said. It was part of an asset manager’s fiduciary duty to protect and enhance clients’ assets, but also encouraged long-term value creation and long-term sustainability.The code is designed to be a guidance document, especially for asset managers seeking to comply with the revised SRD. This legislation came into effect in 2017 and EU member states have until June 2019 to implement it.It introduces an obligation for asset managers and asset owners to disclose a shareholder engagement policy and report on its implementation, or explain why they have not complied with these requirements.EFAMA’s new stewardship code can be found here.Germany ‘weakest for corporate board accountability’ Annual elections should be standard for company directors in Europe, according to State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).The asset manager carried out a study that found shorter director terms resulted in more accountable boards that were responsive to shareholder interests.The analysis was based on data from companies in 13 European countries. It found that the majority of them set legal limits on company board terms, but said these terms were often too long.Election cycles were more frequent in countries that introduced corporate governance codes imposing shorter term lengths, however, as these were adopted and adhered to by the majority of organisations, according to the asset manager.SSGA’s analysis found German corporates had the weakest board accountability, with directors standing for election only once every five years, in line with Germany’s statutory term limit. Germany was closely followed by France, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium, where board terms are four years.The UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Nordics were found to have the strongest board accountability, with one-year terms for directors. Rob Walker, head of asset stewardship for the EMEA region at SSGA, said: “Without an annual director election process, shareholders are limited in their ability to hold directors accountable and improve board quality.“Furthermore, no matter how dissatisfied shareholders are, in some cases they have to wait several years to hold board members accountable. Changing these rules would provide an effective mechanism to fulfil our stewardship responsibilities and improve the quality of board oversight and company performance in the long term.”
The FRC’s handling of the Carillion bankruptcy came under the spotlight last yearAccording to BEIS’s consultation, the new regulator is intended to:be a statutory body, giving it powers to make direct changes to accounts rather than apply to court to do so;conduct more “comprehensive, visible reviews for greater transparency”;have specific duties to “protect the interests of customers and the public by setting high standards of statutory audit, corporate reporting and corporate governance”;directly regulate the big audit firms; andbe led by a “diverse board and strong leadership” to help change the culture of the accounting sector and “rebuild [the] respect of those it regulates”.“This new body will build on our status as a great place to do business and will form an important part of strengthened public trust in businesses and the regulations that govern them,” Clark said. Investors victoriousInvestors have been lobbying for audit regulation reform for years, with the UK’s local authority pension funds among the most vocal.The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, a lobby group representing 72 public sector schemes, first called for the FRC to be abolished in 2016 following a parliamentary consultation on corporate governance. The UK government is to abolish the country’s audit and accounting regulator, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), after its governance and effectiveness was heavily criticised in a recent review.Business secretary Greg Clark yesterday announced that the FRC would replaced by a new body, the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority, in line with recommendations made by Sir John Kingman, who led the review.The UK’s department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS) published a consultation aimed at giving the new watchdog “a new mandate, new leadership and stronger statutory powers”, and said it “intends to move swiftly to implement these reforms and overhaul the sector”.In a statement yesterday, BEIS said: “In the interim period until the new regulator is in place, we will be working with the FRC taking forward 48 of the review’s recommendations to address the shortcomings identified in the review such as lack of transparency and to reinforce work to enhance enforcement activity.” Baroness Sharon Bowles has been a vocal critic of the FRCIt reiterated this call last year in its submission to the Kingman review’s call for evidence, citing as evidence hundred pages of documents released to IPE under the UK’s Freedom of Information Act.Baroness Sharon Bowles, a member of the UK parliament’s upper house and former chair of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee, has also criticised the FRC, claiming it was “fatally flawed in the way it was set up and has been operating”.New regulator ‘vital’Chris Cummings, chief executive of the Investment Association, said: “A high-quality audit is vital to ensure that investors have confidence in the information in a company’s annual report. The new regulator will be able to enforce greater sanctions on companies and management in cases of corporate failure, the BEIS statement said. The FRC came under fire last year in the wake of the collapse of Carillion, the dividend disclosures of which it had used as an example of best practice just 12 months before the firm went bankrupt. “A high-quality audit is vital to ensure that investors have confidence in the information in a company’s annual report”Chris Cummings, the Investment Association“The establishment of a new regulator that exists on a statutory footing will help drive standards in the UK audit market and cement the UK’s place as a global leader in corporate governance.“It is vital that the new regulator is established as soon as possible and reflects the views of investors, who are one of the key stakeholders in the audit process. We look forward to responding to the consultation and working with the government to ensure that the investor voice is properly represented within the new regulator.”Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship at Sarasin and a member of the FRC’s recently appointed advisory committee, said: “We welcome the government’s announcement that it plans to press on with reconstituting the accounting and audit regulator.“It should go without saying the Financial Reporting Council is not the right body to lead its own reform during the period of transition and further consultation. The sooner the government refreshes its leadership the better.”The government said it would soon begin recruiting a chair and deputy chair for the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority.Stephen Haddrill, the FRC’s chief executive, had already signalled his intention to step down in late 2019.
40 Samuel Drive, Tallebudgera is for sale.IT’S described as the Gold Coast’s best acreage lifestyle and it’s not hard to see why.Welcome to 40 Samuel Drive, Tallebudgera — where you are surrounded by breathtaking scenery in the tightly held Kalimna Estate.Kay Blackburne bought the six-bedroom house in 2013, drawn to its outlook over Tallebudgera Valley and a seemingly endless list of luxury features. Back inside and the parent’s retreat, guest bedroom and media room are to one wing of the house.On the other wing is the formal dining room, cinema, kid’s retreat and three bedrooms.Other features include a study. Ms Blackburne said the house had lived up to her expectations.She said being from the country originally meant Tallebudgera was the perfect fit for her.“Living in this part of Tallebudgera allows me to experience the peace and tranquillity of country living, but I am still close to fantastic shops, great dining and of course, it is only minutes from the beach,” she said.“I am selling the home so that I can move closer to my family. It will be sad to sell this home as I have created so many beautiful family memories here.”The house is scheduled to go under the hammer later this month.Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal is marketing the property. No expense has been spared in the design. From the front. A sight to behold.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Poolside entertaining. Fancy a hit of tennis? “I wanted to have a large open plan entertainment area where I could watch my children and grandchildren play in the pool and on the tennis court from my kitchen,” the grandmother-of-six said.“I absolutely love playing tennis and so the tennis court is my favourite feature of the property. “The pool is fabulous for small children as it has a large lagoon area where small children can play safely.“As my grandchildren have grown older, the pool is huge and has plenty of space for them to swim.” The residence is nestled within the 4,604sq m block and faces northeast to maximise the sunlight and picturesque valley views.The kitchen separates the formal and casual living areas and overlooks the alfresco patio which provides plenty of space to fine, lounge, cook and entertain while taking in the pool and tropical gardens.“I love celebrating birthdays and Christmas in this home with plenty of space for everyone,” she said.“There is often a family game of cricket or table tennis played at my place. There is so much space on the property that there is plenty of scope to do a broad range of activities that suit all of the kids.” MORE NEWS: Mega mansion includes basketball court MORE NEWS: Enjoy a ‘Royale’ life on the beach Relax in the pool. Entertain inside or outside.
The medium range (MR) product tanker market sustained an unanticipated blow from a number of one-time events in the second quarter of 2018, Anthony Gurnee, Chief Executive Officer of Ardmore Shipping, said in a conference call.These events included lower demand at the Atlantic Basin as a result of localized factors in the key consumer markets in Brazil, Mexico and West Africa, largely political issues, according to Gurnee, followed by high oil and bunker prices as well as weak crude tanker market.As a result of the unprecedented downturn of the crude oil taker market, fueled by geopolitical tensions and tonnage oversupply, crude tanker owners have started taking a portion of the product tanker cargoes to ease their woes.“Crude tanker market weakness resulted in some encroachment to product tanker trades, particularly Aframax newbuildings competing with LR2s,” he said. “Having said that, we feel that the impact of crude tankers on MR trade is limited, probably well under 1% of overall supply.” However, despite the quarter being unexpectedly tough, Gurnee believes that moving ahead the outlook is positive as MR supply growth remains at all-time lows.“We’re forecasting 23 MRs to deliver over the remainder of 2018, with 29 delivered year-to-date, and this is compared to the 5-year historical average of 112 per year. Scrapping has increased with 31 MRs scrapped year-to-date, indicating a run rate of approximately 50 to 60 per year, and as a consequence, MR fleet growth net of scrapping is expected to be well below 1% in 2018 and into 2019,” Gurnee explained.Furthermore, demand fundamentals remain solid in terms of oil consumption growth and export-oriented refinery capacity development.“Atlantic Basin cargo volume should return to normal levels in the second half as the short-term factors play themselves out. Refined product inventories are well below 5-year averages, and with refinery throughput set to increased by further 2 million barrels a day in the third quarter to all-time highs, the conditions are in place for an increase in CPP trading activity,” he added.Ardmore also believes that the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations will have a positive impact on the market as of next year boosting ton demand and demand growth for product tankers.Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red from last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.World Maritime News Staff
By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Cottage Grove Speedway hosts the third and fourth races of the 2016 Wild West IMCA Modified Shoot Out Monday and Tuesday, June 13 and 14.More than 40 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers are expected to make the trip and will be coming from all over North America, including Colorado, North Dakota, British Columbia and even North Carolina.Prices each night are $8 for adult general admission, youths ages 6-12 are $5 and kids five and under are free. Two-day passes are available for $10.The front gate opens at 4 p.m. with racing scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. both days.Mark Wauge is the only multi-feature winner of the class in local competition at CGS. Kinzer Cox, Collen Winebarger, Curtis Towns and Jesse Williamson have also visited victory lane in 2016 at the famed ¼-mile clay oval.Cottage Grove has hosted five Wild West Modified Shoot Out races since 2011. Williamson, who won in 2011 and 2015, is the only driver to have visited victory lane more than once. Alex Stanford and Nick Trenchard were the 2014 winners and Scott Lenz picked up a victory in 2012.
Press Association The 28-year-old left-back, who has also been used further forward, has signed a three-year contract and becomes Sean Dyche’s seventh new recruit at Turf Moor. Ward l ast played in the top flight when the Molineux club were relegated in 2011/12 and, following a two-year hiatus, which included spending last year on loan at Brighton, he is relishing the prospect of a return to the big time. “I’m absolutely thrilled, I’ve had eight years at Wolves now and I was on loan at Brighton last year, but to start a new chapter in my career is great,” he told Burnley’s official website. “I don’t think I could have picked a better place than Turf Moor and obviously to come to the Premier League is a massive pull as well. “Once you get a taste of it you want to play as much Premier League football as you can.” The Republic of Ireland international was quietly impressed with what he saw as Burnley eased to automatic promotion last year and he believes they can surprise people again by staying up this year. He joins fellow new signings Lukas Jutkiewicz, Matthew Gilks, Michael Kightly, Steven Reid, Marvin Sordell and Matthew Taylor with Dyche boosting his ranks with players who almost all have Premier League experience. “Burnley have done superbly well to get promoted and hopefully I can play some part in us having a successful year,” Ward added. “It’s a hungry squad that wants to stay in the Premier League for many years to come.” Stephen Ward cannot wait to return to the Barclays Premier League after completing a move to Burnley from Wolves on the eve of the new season