All season, track and field fans have had a dilemma. With the JAAA schedule packed on every Saturday from the start of the year, hard choices have been made. If you saw the slip-surge 10.44-second run by Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor at the Camperdown Classic, it meant you missed the determined 52.4 4x400m anchor leg by Junelle Bromfield for STETHS at the Western Relays. Choosing either one meant almost certainly missing the 51.91-metre record discus heave by Excelsior throws princess Shanice Love at the King of the Rings at the Antrim-Mountain View Avenue-based institution. That dilemma disappears on Saturday with the Gibson/McCook Relays. As is customary, there are no other meets on the JAAA schedule on the day when the Gibson/McCook Relays presents a feast for sprint fans. First staged as the Gibson Relays in 1973, the meet is a festival of speed. The 4×100-metre relay is at the foundation of the meet, with preparatory, primary, secondary and tertiary student-athletes all attempting to move their batons around the National Stadium track at high speed. Bordered by the meet-opening and meet-closing 4x400m relays, Gibson/McCook also has competitions in the 4x200m, 4x800m, the sprint medley and selected individual events. Jamaica has always loved the sprints, so while other meets have come and gone, the Relays has retained its appeal. Many view it as a prelude to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships and use it as an indicator for the results of that high-energy high-school meet. Hence, the core of the support of the Gibson/McCook has long come from past students of the champion teams in the land. With no scheduling dilemma to split the attentions of the fan base, this Saturday should be no different. In recent years, interest has been boosted by the presence of superstars who have foregone the traditional move to the United States of America to study and train. This has given fans an early-season glance at Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Brigitte Foster-Hylton and the like. Very few have the opportunity to see them at the Olympics or the World Championships, so it’s a day aficionados cherish. Bolt has been a brilliant source of speed and excitement. His Racers team holds the men’s 4x100m record at a phenomenal 38.08 seconds. That was at the 2010 renewal, when the tall man also zipped through a 4x400m anchor leg in 44.2 seconds in vain. Last year, he made the news worldwide for a race his Racers team lost by inches, the men’s 4x100m to the University of Technology. Relays are the team event of athletics. It takes co-operation to pilot the baton, from start to finish, safely and quickly enough to win. The speed, the fine margins for error, and the excitement, has kept fans on the edge of their seats and on their feet during each of the previous 39 stagings of the event. Don’t be surprised if it happens again on Saturday. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
Residents in rural and remote areas of B.C. can now apply for funding to bring broadband Internet access to their area.Network B.C. is accepting applications for its Connecting Citizens Grant program. The Province has allocated $1.5 million towards the grant program with each individual project allowed to apply for up to $50,000 in funding.According to the application guidelines, applicants must be a â€œlegally registered entity.â€ The groups that can apply for the grants include community broadband organizations, aboriginal organizations or registered societies. Individual residents can not apply by themselves.- Advertisement -The money would be available to improve or create local infrastructure necessary to provide businesses and homes with Internet connections.According to Network B.C., 93 per cent of residents have high speed Internet access.Advertisement Interested groups can apply for the available grants at www.network.gov.bc.ca read more
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding this year is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.“CSP continues to be a very effective tool for private landowners working to achieve their conservation and management goals,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said. “It is the largest conservation program in the United States with more than 70 million acres of productive agricultural and forest land enrolled.”While applications are accepted throughout the year, interested producers should submit applications to their local NRCS office by May 10, 2019, to ensure their applications are considered for 2019 funding.The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:NRCS now enrolls eligible, high-ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource-conserving crop rotations.CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.For additional information about CSP, contact your local USDA service center. read more
Don’t install free applications from the Internet without understanding what else may be installed (if at work – make sure it’s permitted by your organization’s policy)Even commonly used applications (e.g., Flash, Java) may install additional programs – make sure you deselect the option to install the “promoted” apps.If you already have one of these applications or toolbars how do you get rid of it?If you find you have installed something you didn’t want, you’ll need to uninstall it manually. The first place to check is the Programs or Add/Remove Programs application within the Control Panel (on Windows). You may also need to look at the add-ons or extensions within each browser and remove from there, and possibly reset your homepage and default search engine if they’ve been changed.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)This article (I downloaded what?) was originally published Thursday July 18, 2013 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. As computer users, we often run into situations where we need an additional program to accomplish something, and it often happens at the last minute. Beware of what additional software may be hitching a ride with that nifty little program!ScenarioAn educator, Chris, wants a copy of a YouTube video to show to a class while not online (we’ll disregard the copyright caveats today). The educator next door suggests that Chris download a YouTube capture program to save the video locally. Being a saavy user, Chris goes to a site like download.com because they screen for malware and are owned by CBS.Chris finds the program and clicks the download link. Since there’s only an hour until the workshop, Chris clicks that they’ve read the user agreement and accepts all of the install defaults. Chris captures the YouTube video and uses it in the presentation and is quite pleased.The next day, Chris’ homepage and default search engine have been changed, and there are all sorts of links and ads on pages where there shouldn’t be.What happened?When Chris installed the program, the installer included a bunch of “helpful” applications (most in the form of browser add-ons) that modified the browser. These changes result in special affiliate links and ads that generate income for the company that created the installer.While small software utilities are often “free” to the end-user, they do cost time and money to develop and maintain. Developers realize that users like Chris may not be willing to pay for an application that only gets used a handful of times. So the developer works with a company that packages the installer for their app, and in return gets paid for each download.Now Chris isn’t happy, and the IT department probably isn’t either. These tag alongs can be difficult to remove and can ruin the user experience on the web.TakeawaysDon’t just accept the defaults, be aware of what other programs are being installedYou don’t really need a toolbar, coupon reminder, or the like. read more
Farmer outfit Bharatiya Kisan Union has written to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, asking for immediate implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report and fulfil other demands or else be ready to face protests.Genuine demands The BKU has said that farmers from across the State would participate in the ‘Kisan Mazdoor Raj Rally’ on February 3 in Kutukshetra’s Pipli and, if before the rally, the State government does not pay any heed to the genuine demands of the farmers, then the union will not be averse to intensify its agitation against the State government. BKU (Haryana) State president Gurnam Singh Chaduni, in a letter addressed to the Chief Minister, pointed out that the BJP had promised to implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission in their election manifesto during 2014 parliamentary polls but had taken a U-turn.MSP required urgently“Implementation of MSP on the basis of the Swaminathan Commission is required urgently because lower prices of agricultural produce disproportionate to the prices of farm inputs have made farmers land into debt trap,” said Mr. Chaduni.Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, who headed the National Commission on Farmers, had in his report recommended fixation of MSP for agriculture crops on the basis of actual cost of production plus 50% profit. The Commission had also recommended several measures to prevent farmers’ suicides and achieve faster and inclusive growth.Mr. Chaduni added that complete farm debt waiver should also be immediately announced to address their financial distress. Besides, fixation of minimum income for farmers, the MSP for milk and vegetables are the other demands that the government should fulfil soon.BKU leader and spokesperson Rakesh Bains said that while the sufferings of farmers increase, the BJP governments at the Centre and in Haryana continue to adopt an indifferent attitude towards their redressal.“If by February 1 the State government does not invite us for talks, we will be compelled to intensify our agitation,” he said. read more
Yogeshwar Dutt poses with gold medal. Photo: PTI.London Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt on Sunday clinched India’s fourth gold medal at Asian Games.Dutt ended a 28-year gold drought for India in wrestling as he accounted for the country’s fourth yellow metal in the 17th Asian Games after beating Zalimkhan Yusupov of Tajikistan in men’s 65kg freestyle.This is India’s first Asian Games wrestling gold after 1986 when Kartar Singh won it in Seoul.However, both Satywart Kadian and Babita Kumari lost out on third-place finishes as they went down in men’s 97kg freestyle and women’s 55kg freestyle.Yogeshwar was the star performer of the day as he bettered his 2006 edition bronze in style with a couple of splendid bouts.The Indian, who was trailing all through in his semifinal bout before coming good in the last few seconds to enter the final, picked up the yellow metal in style.He though had to toil hard in a gruelling final with his rival Yusupov defending extremely well. Yogeshwar tried to pin his opponent down time and again but failed in his efforts.Yogeshwar won his first point at the end of the opening period.In the second period, he managed to earn two more points to get a 3-0 verdict in his favour.Earlier, Yogeshwar, having beaten Jinhyok Kang of North Korea 3-1, a decision by points, in his quarterfinal bout, clashed with Yeerlanbieke Katai in the last four stage.A dominant Chinese was leading throughout the game before the Indian turned the bout in last few seconds.advertisementYogeshwar was trailing 7-9 before he managed to pin down his opponent in the dying minutes of the match to win 5-0 in a ‘victory by fall’ verdict.Meanwhile, Satywart was beaten comprehensively by Mamed Ibragimov of Kazakhstan 0-3 in the bronze-medal match.Satywart, who lost his quarterfinal bout to Magomed Musaev of Kyrgyzstan 1-3 in a ‘decision by points’ verdict, could make it to the repechage round as his opponent reached the final.In his repechage, Satywart proved too strong for Pakistan’s Bilal Hussain Awan, who he defeated on great technical superiority 12-0 to make it to the bronze medal play-off.On her way to the semifinals, Babita first defeated Cambodia’s Srey Mao Dorn 5-0 in a victory by fall verdict in the Round of 16 and then got the better of Aiym Abdildina of Kazakhstan 3-1 ‘decision by point’ verdict to make it to the semifinals.In the last four stage, Babita had an uphill task as she faced the 15-time World Champion Saori Yoshida of Japan. As expected, the Japanese, who is three-time Olympic gold medallist, proved too strong for the Indian. Although Babita tried her best but Yoshida beat 4-0, winning on great superiority (a difference of 10 points) 14-4.But in the bronze-medal round, Xuechun Zhong of China downed Babita 3-1.However, Jyoti was thrashed by Mongolia’s Ochirbatyn Burmaa in a 0-4 ‘Great Superiority’ verdict in the quarterfinals of the Freestyle 75kg to crash out of the event. read more
A brilliant fightback after the famous top-order was rattled. A semi-final exit. What does one make of India’s World Cup 2019 campaign? Is it hard to summarise the story of Virat Kohli and his men in England?Certainly not! India were billed as the pre-tournament favourites. India along with Australia and England, were deemed way better than the other 7 teams. India were pre-tournament favourites and why not! They had won series in South Africa, Australia and England. But those triumphs papered over certain flaws in the side.The buzzword was intent. Everytime when an Indian cricketer or a member of the support staff walked out for a press conference, he drove the narrative towards “focussing-on-our-own-strengths” and not the opposition.Head coach Ravi Shastri was at his usual assertive self ahead of the semi-final between India and New Zealand in Manchester.”We treat every game as a new game. Opposition doesn’t matter. Our job is to get out there and do our jobs. As an individual and as a team,” Ravi Shastri said.”You might call it a semi-final, for us it’s just another game.”Also Read: Virat Kohli got everything he wanted but where is the World Cup?However, did India really focus on their strengths and weaknesses? Let alone the World Cup, it is safe to say the top brass of the senior national team have failed to address some of the long-standing issues, familiar ones that brought the team’s downfall on an overcast morning in Manchester.Virat Kohli might have said “45 minutes of bad cricket” put them out of the tournament but is it really that simple?advertisementThe unsolved Indian mystery: Who will bat at No. 4?First things first. It was a familiar problem that hurt India the most at the biggest stage of the World Cup. A wobbly middle-order.India had tried more than 10 batsmen at the crucial No. 4 spot since the 2015 World Cup.Ajinkya Rahane was earmarked for the “floater” role as early as 2017 after the Mumbai batsman top-scored in a 5-match series in the West Indies with 336 runs. However, after one bad series in South Africa the following year, Rahane fell out of contention and his issues with keeping the scoreboard moving briskly in the middle overs became a pertinent issue.In 2019, months ahead of the World Cup, Rahane says: “The point is that if as a player I have always played for the team, then I deserve chances more consistently. That’s the least I am asking.”By the time Rahane faded out of contention, India find the “right person” for the No. 4 spot at World Cup 2019 in Ambati Rayudu. The Hyderabad batsman shone in the Asia Cup and for Kohli, the “batting order is sorted”.Rayudu, who had an ODI average of 47.06, was though not picked for the World Cup based on current form even after Virat Kohli stressed that Indian Premier League 2019 performances won’t hurt the chances of World Cup-bound players.In what helped raise quite a few eyebrows, India call in Vijay Shankar, an all-rounder who made his ODI debut in 2019, and labels him as the No. 4 for the World Cup.After the musical chair that involved the likes of Rahane, Rayudu, Manish Pandey among others, India went in with Vijay Shankar as they preferred his all-round abilities (3D) approach for the big tournament in England.Opener out, wicketkeeper-batsman in; All-rounder out, reserve opener inHowever, when India took on South Africa at the Ageas Bowl in their World Cup opener, KL Rahul walked out to bat at No. 4.But when Shikhar Dhawan was injured after India’s 2nd game against Australia, Rahul was moved up to open the batting and Shankar was slotted in at No. 4 in a crunch game against Pakistan.When Vijay Shankar was injured, India replaced him with an opener in Mayank Agarwal and got a pinch-hitter who did not have enough experience in the 50-over format, Rishabh Pant to play at No. 4.At one point in time, head coach Ravi Shastri even ponders the idea of playing Virat Kohli at No. 4.Well, international teams tend to floaters in the middle order. But India had a floating middle order at the World Cup after trying out umpteen players with no success over the last 2 years.The MS Dhoni conundrum AP PhotoThat’s MS Dhoni’s role in the Indian side? The Ranchi cricketer has arguably been one of the greatest cricketers India has ever produced but with age not his side, a clear role would have helped the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.Since the start of 2019, MS Dhoni has played at No. 5 spot 10 times. In fact, in India’s historic ODI series win against Australia in January, Dhoni played a match-winning knock of 87 in the final while batting at No.4.advertisementHowever, at the World Cup, Dhoni slips to No. 6. In the semi-final, when India were tottering at 24 for 4, Dhoni doesn’t walk out to bat at No. 6. He walks in at No. 7 with Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik playing ahead of him.And Dhoni’s strike rate is well-documented concern that India never wanted to address. He had been going at 72 in run chases since the 2015 World Cup. That dips to 69 when it comes to chases under 300 for Team India.The senior campaigner kept getting the backing of his captain and the team management but the harsh reality — his waning finishing skills — turned out to be a major talking point in World Cup 2019.Over-reliance on the Big 3 Reuters PhotoOn a fine afternoon in London, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir ripped apart the Indian top order, removing Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli cheaply to gift Australia their biggest world title of the decade — the Champions Trophy 2019.India had 2 years of time to address the issue. But they didn’t. There was another warning sign for Virat Kohli’s men. In Dharamsala, Sri Lanka showed what a bunch of medium-fast bowlers can do to the Indian top-order if they got the ball moving. Kohli’s men were bowled out for 112 in December 2017.What if the top-3 failed on a crucial day? Who would stand up? High-profile series win masked all the glaring concerns and the Indian team management was happy to move on.New Zealand outclassed India with pace and swing twice in World Cup 2019. 39 for 4 to 179-all out in the warm-up match. 24 for 4 to 221-all out in the big semi-final.Over 10,000 runs from the Indian top 3 since the start of 2016 in ODI cricket. All for nothing?The Manchester madnessIndia had stormed into the semi-final with 7 wins in 9 matches as table-toppers. However, on the big semi-final day, it all came down crashing.The top 3 had a rare failure as Matt Henry and Trent Boult reduced India to 5/3 in their chase of 240 on an overcast morning on the reserve day in Manchester.At 5/3, you need your crisis man. Once a pinch-hitting finisher, Dhoni had moulded himself to play the rescuer role to perfection. More often than not, Dhoni had steered the team out of trouble and his match-winning performances in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year do tell us the story.However, Dhoni was held back. Dinesh Karthik was sent in at No. 5. Karthik, who was picked as a back-up wicketkeeper, was slotted in the middle order in the crunch semi-final match. Karthik kept himself in contention for a World Cup trip with some fine performances as a finisher but that man was sent in to steady the ship.Also Read: World Cup 2019 semi-final: Sourav Ganguly furious with no sign of MS Dhoni as India totter at 24 for 4advertisementKarthik was undone by a brilliant catch by James Neesham. When you expected MS Dhoni to walk in at 6, Hardik Pandya, a pinch-hitter, walks in ahead of the crisis man.Crisis followed as Pandya and Pant played rash shots to get out, dumping the burden on Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. Despite their heroic efforts, the blunders made earlier in the day arguably cost India a place in the final.When Pant was dismissed caught at the deep after a steady 47-run stand with Pandya, Kohli swiftly walked out of the dressing room and had a public chat with head coach Ravi Shastri, plausibly venting out his frustration at things not working in India’s favour.Pictures do tell better stories than words. Don’t they?Also Read | Extension for Ravi Shastri-led support staff but Sanjay Bangar under scanner after India’s World Cup exitAlso Read | Ravi Shastri to Team India after World Cup exit: Be proud of what you have done for the last 2 yearsAlso See: read more
The United States Men’s Soccer Team pose for a photo before the 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala on March 29 at Mapfre Stadium. USA won 4-0. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor
Freshman defensive back Tyvis Powell (23) intercepts an attempted two-point conversion during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorANN ARBOR, Mich. — With 32 seconds left in the game, Ohio State — now the owner of a 24-game win streak, two consecutive victories against Michigan and the chance to play for a BCS National Championship — faced a play that could define its season.After Michigan (7-5, 3-5) scored a touchdown on a two-yard pass from redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner to sophomore tight end Devin Funchess with just 32 seconds remaining in the game against OSU Saturday, the team likely could have sent the game to overtime by kicking a game-tying extra point. Instead, the Wolverines elected to try to win the game — and end the longest winning streak in OSU history in the process — by attempting a two-point conversion, leaving the Buckeyes to figure out how to prevent the score.But the play Michigan chose for its attempt was one OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell and his teammates had seen the Wolverines run before. Gardner took a shotgun snap at the 8-yard line, quickly set his feet at the 10-yard line and fired a throw to the end zone intended for senior wide receiver Drew Dileo.Powell saw the throw coming. He jumped Dileo’s route and intercepted the ball on the goal line, preserving a 42-41 lead that would hold through the end of the game.Powell was in position to make the play, he said after the game, because cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs had told him it was the play Michigan would run.“I was thinking to myself, ‘Coach Coombs is a genius,’” Powell said.The Buckeyes’ defense practiced against that play call in preparation for Saturday’s game, Powell said, because OSU believed it was Michigan’s “bread and butter” play for two-point conversions.“We prepared for it … it really happened,” Powell said. “All I can do is thank the coaching staff for that. They really helped us out and prepared us correctly.”Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier, too, said the OSU defense “pretty much knew what was coming.”“Off the film, we kind of noticed that they like to do that type of route, so we got in the right coverage,” Shazier said. “Tyvis (Powell) practiced that all week and he just made a play he needed to make.”In his first season on the field for the Buckeyes, Powell has seen significant playing time in all 12 games as OSU’s first-team nickel cornerback, but he acknowledged the interception was the biggest play he has made to date.“When we was in there taking a shower, I was talking to (backup redshirt-senior quarterback) Kenny (Guiton), and that’s when it clicked. It hit me, we really, like — that was our season on the line,” Powell said.But while the defensive players felt prepared to make the game-saving play, a number of offensive players, including junior tight end Jeff Heuerman, said they were nervous during the two-point conversion attempt.“It was such a crazy ending and everyone’s head’s still spinning,” Heuerman said after the game.That said, Heuerman said he and his teammates had “full confidence” in OSU’s defensive players and coaches.“Deep down inside, we felt pretty good about it,” Heuerman said.If there was any game this season where OSU (12-0, 8-0) could have doubted its defense, though, it might have been Saturday. Michigan’s six touchdowns and 603 total yards were the most against OSU in any of its 12 regular-season games.“We’re pretty disappointed (about those numbers) because we’re a lot better than that,” Shazier said.Although OSU might have known what was coming on the two-point conversion, Powell said Michigan caught the defense off-guard on a number of occasions throughout the game, especially in the first half.“They came out with a bunch of tricks and gadgets,” Powell said. “We was all just going out there trying to do too much, everybody trying to do other people’s jobs.”In a game in which the Buckeye and Wolverine offenses combined for 83 points and 1,129 total yards, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was not surprised the opponent’s decided to attempt the two-point conversion.“I would have done the same thing,” Meyer said. “You go win the game right there. No question. Both offenses were kind of in that unstoppable mode.”Powell said he, too, agreed with Michigan’s decision to go for the lead.“This is The Game,” Powell said. “You got to leave it all on the table. I’m not shocked at all they did that.”The win, combined with a loss Saturday for previously-undefeated then-No. 1 Alabama to then-No. 4 Auburn, enabled OSU to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings, while Auburn is the new No. 3 and Alabama fell to No. 4. Those rankings put OSU in position to play for a national championship if the Buckeyes can hold off No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game.If OSU is going to defeat Michigan State – which ranks first nationally in total defense with 237.7 average yards allowed per game, compared to the No. 6-ranked OSU offense, which is putting up 530.5 yards per game – the Buckeyes’ defense is going to have play better, Shazier said.“I know they’re a really good team,” Shazier said of Michigan State. “Really good defense and their offense has been doing a lot better, week in and week out, and we just going to have to capitalize and do better this week in practice and just fix on the mistakes that we had this week.”OSU is set to take on the Spartans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Saturday at 8:17 p.m. read more
Colin Gay and Wyatt Crosher are joined by Edward Sutelan, The Lantern’s Editor-in-Chief, to discuss who they think will win in “The Game” between Ohio State and Michigan. Some insults may be thrown around along the way.