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Juglander ReviewJuglander Rugby returns from Lijiang
Jugland's Rugby team was received today by Secretary Edda Stordalen in Midtenstadt. The team had recently participated in the 2021 Rugby World Cup, held in Lijiang.

While the team only obtained one win in five matches, finishing 16th of 24 teams, the outcome was received -even if discreetly- as positive and hopeful, giving it was the first time that the Juglander team participated in a world cup in the sport. Although rugby is not a particularly popular sport in Jugland, the team's captain declared that they hoped that the unexpected attention they received -Jugland's matches were broadcast in one national television channel, quite rare in the country- to bring the interest toward the sport to the new generations.

Jugland's national league is barely a semi-professional league, with at least six of Juglander players from the world cup squad having other daily jobs beyond their sport. Clubs hope that their performance in the world cup will increase sponsors in the sport

Secretary Stordalen praised their combative spirit and hoped that their efforts will bring fruits in the future. Secretary Stordalen has recently promised that the National Council plans to create and expand federal programs to help youth athletes in the next federal budget.


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Juglander ReviewCriticism of new energy plan increases
Emmeline Kolseth, a leading member of the Federal Democratic Party's executive council, has announced her resignation from the party, citing political disagreements with the leadership of the party, and recent policy decisions by the National Council -in which the Federal Democratic Party is one the main members of the ruling coalition government-, she declared in a written statement. Asked by one of the most important Juglander newspapers, she promised to give further explanations about her decision, and although she declined to give interviews until next week, she has not decided to permanently leave politics, and she is considering her next move.

Kolseth, who before joining the Federal Democratic Party worked as a lawyer for several environmentalist and human rights groups, was appointed a lawmaker for the Midstemsdal's constitutional convention, in which she played an active role to the preparation of the Midstemsdal state constitution, which was recently passed by the region's voters in a referendum. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Education and Social Welfare until her resignation a week ago.

Her resignation, although unexpected, has not come as a surprise, as it was recently reported that Kolseth was one of the main members of the Federal Democratic Party opposed by the recent decision of the National Council to approve and launch a new Federal Energy Plan, which included the building of four nuclear energy plants for civilian purposes.

Some environmentalist activists praised Kolseth for her opposition to the plan, calling to build a civic and political alternative in support for ecologist policies in agenda, as -in their view- the National Council seems to be moving in the opposite direction.



 

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Juglander ReviewState elections officially called
The National Council announced and confirmed that state elections will be held on May 4th.

That day, voters will be called to elect their representatives for each of the state assemblies, which will have the authority to pass regional legislation, elect their own regional executives, as well as other competences under the constitution, including the nomination of judges to the constitutional council.

As soon as at least four regional governments have been elected, it is expected that the Senate, the Upper House of the parliament, will start to operate as well.

All voters from the Federal Union of Jugland will be vote for their regional representatives that day -that is, from the states of Nordansk, Emrta, Austland, Vestmark, Vannesdal, and Midstemsdal-, except the residents of the federal capital city of Midtenstadt, who already elected their representatives to the metropolitan assembly in the last local elections, held a few months ago.



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Juglander ReviewMonarchists divided on Emrta constitution
Despite the approval of the state constitution of Emrta, which opens the door to the reestablishment of the Charter of Amvkhar, monarchist groups and conservative intellectuals seem increasingly divided about such possibility.

Some of those group, such as the Foundation for Tradition and Honour, founded by a relative of the late Juglander Queen, were also tainted for their association and contacts during the recent anti-constitutional insurrection with some of their conspirators of the armed attempt against the federal government.

Others, however, are more concerned about ideological issues, as it would imply the subordination of any potential monarch toward the civilian government elected by the parliament, which could be perceived as both a personal humiliation and politization of the monarchy. Others feel that the agreement would be a violation of the Charter of Amvkhar, which was established during and by the Kingdom of Jugland as a sovereign decision of the Juglander monarch, not as a pact of lawmakers. Others, and not just monarchist and conservative groups, fear that opening the door to the appointment of a non-citizen symbolic monarch for the region, as some Emrta lawmakers proposed, could endanger both an increase of separatism and influence of foreign interest groups.

Others are simply divided between loyalty toward former King Khrym I, who has not show any kind of support or interest toward the project, and the royal family as a whole.

However, these concerns may evaporate soon, as the surviving of the project will be dependent on the result of the coming state election in Emrta. It is unclear if the elected assembly could agree to elect a person who would unify, not just all parliamentary groups, but a clear majority of the citizens of the islander region.

Some national political parties, such as the National Democratic Party and several left-leaning organizations, are openly calling to amend the state constitution after the election, in order to revert toward the same system of election for Emrta's regional government. This move would likely have the backing of the National Council, and probably a comfortable majority of the National Assembly, although the former has not officially stated their position on the issue so far.

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Juglander ReviewOld Albrektberg football club facing bankruptcy
Yesterday, SK Albrektberg fans saw their team to lose another match, this time at home against Rangingta BK, which before this match was in the last place in the Elite Football League classification. After this loss, SK Albrektberg fell to the 8th place, thirteen points behind the top team in the classification, Nordansk FK, and ten points behind the historical rival Albrektberg FK. However, SK Albrektberg fans have lately more things to worry than the struggles of their team in the field.

The club, formerly known as Albrektberg Sports Fotballklubb (popularly known as Albrektberg SFK) until it was recently renamed, was historically one of the most important men's soccer clubs in Jugland, winning nine football league titles between 1961 and 1998, although in recent decades they were shadowed by the success of their archrival Royal Albrektberg (recently renamed as well as Albrektberg FK). However, the future of the club is uncertain due to financial turmoil.

The club, which was facing an increasing debt in the last decade, was forced to rebuild their stadium, which worsened the club finances. Although the club was helped by the a government program aimed to help sports clubs and association, this was not enough and following a failed debt restructuring, the club finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, with a total debt of between 70 and 90 million USD.

Despite being the 5th club with more fans in Jugland, the club may be unable to even pay the salaries of the club's employees and players in the coming months, and face an automatic relegation to third division, which would likely cause the club disappearance, until the club suddenly finds enough funding to pay its debt or a new buyer or investor willing to acquire the club and finance its debt. Along the men's club, the women's section as well as two youth academies would follow the same fate.

Pararvarr Group, which owns about 19% of the club ownership was reportedly in negotiations with three foreign investors, but negotiations were not successful and no agreement could be reached. The next weeks would be key for the club survival at least for the next months. However, if the club fails to find a buyer to pay off the debt of the club before the end of the season, the the end of the season, SK Albrektberg will likely face a death foretold.

The Elite Football League, the top division of the men's football system, was reestructured and relaunched in December, is certainly worried about the possible disappearance one of the main clubs in the country. However, the league leadership hopes that this is an unique case, and it will not affect the league as a whole.


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