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Familiar foes face off in Charlie Lakin Championship Tournament title games

first_imgEureka >> At the beginning of every Humboldt-Del Norte League season, one of the goals displayed in every locker room is to win the county tournament.Today, four teams will have a chance to fulfill that goal. On the baseball diamond, the Big 5 regular season champion Eureka Loggers aim to defend their Charlie Lakin Baseball Tournament championship against league-nemesis Arcata, the No.2 team out of the Big 5, at 6 p.m. today at the Arcata Ball Park.The county softball tournament title will …last_img

SA shearers retain world title

first_img29 June 2005South Africa’s sheep shearers have again proved they are the best in the world. Reigning champion Elliot Ntsombo retained his World Blade Shearing title at the World Shearers Championship held in Toowoomba, Australia recently. The championship has showcased the best sheep-shearers in the world for over than two decades. Shearing is physically gruelling, technically intricate and intellectually demanding, and South African shearers have dominated the event since 1996.Ntsombo, whose home is a tiny village about 30km from Barkly East, comes from a family of sheep shearers. He retains the world championship title he won in Scotland in 2003. Ntsombo works on contract for Cape Mohair and Wool (CMW) and is also CMW’s chief training instructor.Bongani Joel of Alwynskop in Lesotho took second place, and Zokezele Doba and Zweliwile Hans, both from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, took third and fifth place respectively. All three earn their living shearing on contract for CMW. Doba and Joel were first-time contestants.CMW spokesperson Graham Frost said the hand-shearing competition was judged on speed and quality.“Shearers are penalised if they nick the sheep during shearing, if the sheep is not cleaned properly and there is excess wool left hanging on the shins, shanks and udders, and if they perform a double cut in an attempt to clean excess wool,” Frost said.He added that South African teams dominate the blade shearing championships because South Africa is one of few countries to use blade shearing on a large scale.“But hand shearing is picking up again in New Zealand and Australia, because of the high maintenance and overhead costs of machine shearing.”Ntsombo is no stranger to travelling and shearing in front of thousands of spectators.“I’m getting older, so it was no easy task and the competition was strong, but I am proud to be world champion again,” he said.Australia’s current blade shearing champion Bill Julius, from Tenterfield, bemoaned the fact that Australia has never won the coveted title.Machine shearingSouth Africa’s Kenneth Norman took third place in the individual machine shearing competition. The South African team, made up of Norman and Daniel Nteko of Frankfort in the Free State, took third place in the team division. Norman, originally from Stutterheim, Eastern Cape, is now based in New Zealand but competed in the South African team.“The South African machine shearing standard is improving and we stand a good chance at winning the competition in two years’ time,” Frost said.Norman was also chosen to join Hendrik Botha and Izak Klopper of CMW this year as Golden Shears World Council members.Wool handlingAlex Khuma from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape won fifth place in the individual wool handling competition, with the team taking sixth place overall. Khuma was also a first-time contestant.“Khuma’s achievement was remarkable,” said Frost. “Contestants were judged on speed and their economic justification of their final clip. They also had to categorise the fleece in terms of type and length, rate it as strong, medium or fine and take out all outsorts like urine or vegetation-stained wool.”The major sponsors for the World Championships were Standard Bank, Intervet, Voermol, BKB and CMW. Other contributors were Total, Nissan and Southern Cross. This year’s championships attracted 640 participants from 17 countries.Julia Kupka is deputy editor of Farmer’s Weekly.This article was originally published in Farmer’s Weekly, South Africa’s national agricultural magazine, and is reproduced on with kind permission.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast September 18, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry today through Sunday. We should continue to see decent sunshine through that period, although there will be more clouds around both Saturday and Sunday. Temps will continue to push into above normal levels, but will be limited by clouds on any given day.Our next rain event is still on tap for overnight Sunday night through Monday. Rain totals are not impressive, from a few hundredths up to .7″, but it will take thunderstorms to get to the upper end of the range, and we do not see thunderstorm threats as being as big this morning vs. yesterday’s look . Rain coverage will be around 60%. The system just looks like it is losing steam as it heads into the far eastern part of the corn belt.Tuesday should be partly sunny and dry for next week, but we may have to keep an eye out for a few scattered showers from US 30 northward for next Wednesday. Moisture totals will be limited to a tenth or two there, and the rest of the state remains dry. Partly to mostly sunny and dry to finish the 10 day period next Thursday and Friday.10 day cumulative rain potentialThe extended period has no changes either. A chance of scattered showers develops for the second half of next weekend, from next Saturday night through Sunday morning. Rain totals stay at a few hundredths to a few tenths with  40% coverage. Our best chances are in far NW OH and far southern Ohio. Dry and cooler to finish the extended 11-16 day period.last_img read more

520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the Week

first_imgThere are two things that are beloved by many geocachers: gadget caches and trackable hotels. So what’s even better? A gadget cache that’s also a trackable hotel! If you are a connoisseur of well-designed caches then our Geocache of the Week is a great fit for you. Located next to a strip mall in Bellevue, Washington, 520 Bellevue TB hotel shows how urban geocaches can be a lot more than lamp post caches and guardrail nanos. The cache owner Bounce,bounce is known in the local community for his creative trackable hotels. The cache is located in an unused loading bay. When you approach the cache you might hesitate for a second since it looks much like an electronic installment that’s part of the dock. But when you point your gaze upwards a warning sign reassures you that you’re in the right location.The cache page tells you that you need one of Bellevue’s zip codes (which are five digits) to open the cache, but the lock that stands between you and the logbook only has 4 digits. So your first mission is to identify where to use the code and then find the right one.Once you open the cache you might get sidetracked by the lights and switches. It’s fine to play with them but the cache owner requests that you leave everything the way you found it before you leave. Opening the second door gets you to the logbook and well organized trackable hotel.If you’re in the area and need a place for your travel-weary trackables, check them into this hotel for some well-deserved rest before the next geocacher takes them to their next destination.Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:2.5Terrain:1.5 TraditionalGC6ZR1Hby Bounce,bouncecenter_img Location:Bellevue, WAN 47° 37.734′ W 122° 08.874′ SharePrint RelatedTable Mountain Travel Bug® Hotel – GC31WXR – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 17, 2012September 17, 2012In “Community”Sea Shells – TB Stop & Go GCNWBC GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2012February 6, 2012In “Community”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News”last_img read more

Dera chief’s guards shown door

first_imgFive Haryana police personnel, who were part of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s security, were on Thursday dismissed from service for allegedly attempting to help the Dera chief escape. Haryana Director-General of Police B.S. Sandhu told reporters that the five policemen had been dismissed.“We have also arrested Diman Insaan, a Dera functionary, who was booked on sedition charge,” he said. The accused had been sent to seven-day police remand by a court in Panchkula. Mr. Sandhu said no untoward incident had been reported in the State and the overall ground situation was largely peaceful. The five police personnel allegedly attempted to help the Dera chief escape on August 25, after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court. The Panchkula police had charged these police personnel and two private security guards of the Dera chief with sedition. They allegedly made an attempt to free Gurmeet when he was brought outside the Panchkula Court complex, the police said. IPC sectionsAll the accused were booked under several Sections of the IPC for obstructing government officers from discharging their duty, assaulting a public servant and waging war against the state. The arrested personnel were in the ranks of sub-inspector, assistant sub-inspector, head constable and constable. Haryana had witnessed deadly violence after Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted in a rape case by the special CBI court on August 25, leaving 36 people dead and injuring over 250 people.last_img read more

Read the writing on the wall and call it a day

first_imgTime is essential in whatever you do, perhaps more so in sports. Whenever sportspersons or administrators have failed to realise its significance, they have invited embarrassment. Recently, a few high profile players caused themselves heartburn, deep anguish, and a sense of betrayal, all because they lacked a sense of their time being up.Simon Katich is furious after being dropped from the Australian contracted players’ list. Only if he had seen the writing on the wall – he hadn’t scored a Test century for 15 months, though he continued to open the innings- he would be a less unhappy man.Sourav Ganguly is another player who refuses to see the wall, leave alone the writing on it. A few days ago the 38-year-old player made an astonishing statement: ” I [would] like to play for some more years in the IPL. Maybe, after four or five years I will think about other options.” The statement drew both anger and laughter from his fans, who are bewildered as to how Ganguly expects to continue for so long. Ganguly remained unsold at the IPL players’ auction 2011 and was picked by Pune with a few matches left, only as a replacement for the injured Ashish Nehra.Ganguly should also know that Indian selectors have probably never forewarned players whom they are about to drop, or given them a courtesy call after dropping them. At least Andrew Hitlditch, chairman of the Aussie selection panel, called up Katich.In this regard, Sanath Jayasuriya should consider himself fortunate that he at least got an opportunity to announce his retirement when he was recalled into the ODI team after a year, apparently following a ‘deal’ with the selectors.advertisementBut some of the greatest names in Indian cricket never got that privilege. Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi and Gundappa Viswanath are some of the big names that did not have a controversy-free exit. Kapil’s bowling had lost its cutting edge by 1994 but he continued while his critics bayed for his blood; Viswanath went the same way after the 1983 tour of Pakistan; and Bedi was axed unceremoniously after the 1979 England trip.Looking back, a wiser Bedi magnanimously admits that most players of his era didn’t suspect the games selectors/administrators played.”When you are dropped, you are forgotten. We were not street- smart enough to understand the selectors’ game plan,” Bedi told Mail Today. Bedi was part of the selection committee that ended Viswanath’s career, and he candidly admits that the genial batting maestro didn’t get a fair deal. “The committee was split on Vishy. But none of us could analyse his performance, his game,” he says. Which selector would muster the courage to admit that today, when each one gets Rs 40 lakh annually from the BCCI? In cricket administration, too, some of the biggest names falter.In 2004, Sharad Pawar was so confident that he just could not visualise himself losing to someone like Ranbir Singh Mahendra, who was backed by Jagmohan Dalmiya. The veteran politician lost by a solitary vote to the Bhiwani-based lawyer, though he took sweet revenge the next year.Pawar, now president of the International Cricket Council, has been heading the Mumbai Cricket Association for 11 years, but his tenure could continue.He is said to be indecisive (or, is he keeping his cards close to his chest, strategically?) while MCA vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar has declared his intention to contest for the top post.In other Indian sports, the concept of retirement just doesn’t exist. Great players simply fade out, to borrow a filmi jargon, after being dropped, most often unceremoniously.Have you heard of a hockey great or champion athlete calling a press conference to announce his/her retirement? Sporting bosses get priorities wrong Like in other walks of life in India, sports administrators most often get their priorities wrong, especially when it comes to chalking out strategies for big global events like the Olympic Games. At a time when all their energies should have been focussed on training athletes, some of the top administrators of the country are shamelessly fighting over petty issues.VK Malhotra, the interim IOA president, continues to fight over the proposed sports draft bill; Pargat Singh feels going on a fast will clean hockey, forgetting that this tool is doubleedged as reactions to Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev’s sit-ins have shown; and the government is determined to bring sports federations under the hammer – issues that should be put on the back burner till the Olympics.Our Olympic preparations have already started inordinately late, and some Games-related bureaucratic exercises that should have been completed long ago are still going on. With only 15 months left for the sporting extravaganza to begin, the sports ministry has now asked the Sports Authority of India to furnish details of the number of coaches, both Indian and foreign, engaged in the preparations.advertisementIs this the time to go through such basic exercises and, on top of that, put their details in the public domain, showing the authorities in poor light? Strangely, only 17 of the 28 foreign coaches who intended to be involved in the preparations have reported so far, as per the ministry. Out of Rs 238.39 crore earmarked for the preparations, Rs 20 crore has been set aside for expenditure on foreign coaches. What is the point of budgeting when the preparations don’t begin well in advance, are not systematic, and athletes don’t benefit from them? Our worst fears may come true going by the loopholes in our system and the outlook of our administrators. Dalmiya plays perfect hostJagmohan Dalmiya is a happy and content man now. Having married off his son Avishek last week- his daughter got married earlier- the Cricket Association of Bengal president seems to have performed all his familial duties. The wedding reception, hosted at Taj Bengal in Kolkata on Sunday, was a grand affair, according to Gautam Dasgupta, a long-standing confidant of Dalmiya. The who’s who of Indian cricket, both players and administrators, graced the occasion.”BCCI president Shashank Manohar, chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, vice-president Rajeev Shukla, former captains Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, and Bishan Singh Bedi were among the people who came for the reception,” Dasgupta told Mail Today . “BCCI secretary N Srinivasan could not make it, but his daughter and son-in-law did come. Also, there were local politicians from various parties.”Manohar’s presence at the reception is no surprise as he and Dalmiya, in different camps till recently, have become ‘friends’ again. Another interesting aspect was that along with the invitation cards, Dalmiya also sent air tickets to some of his outstation guests, said a little bird. Sports studies catching on For Indian youngsters to try their hand and luck in sports studies, there have never been as many opportunities as exist now. To provide additional options for the young, foreign universities are offering courses for making a career in academics as well as sports studies.And now, through tieups, foreign universities are sending their sporting brand ambassadors to India to attract potential students.While Australian universities have engaged cricketers like Brett Lee and Adam Gilchrist, a British university is sending Ikram Butt, a former England rugby player of Asian origin, to India this month to interact with youngsters who are interested in sports studies. In 1995, Butt became the first South Asian to play either code of international rugby for England.last_img read more

Vijay Goel flags off four Clean Himalaya Expeditions

first_imgNew Delhi, May 9 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today flagged off four Clean Himalaya expeditions and a Medical Mountaineering expedition to Mt Satopanth (7075 Mtrs) at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), here. Appreciating the IMF for its efforts to promote mountaineering and allied adventure sports, Goel said such initiatives will not only help in ensuring safe practices during the conduct of adventure activities, but will also add to the skill levels of the youth, enhancing their employability, as well as instill discipline and courage in youngsters. Interacting with the team members, Goel stressed upon the need to address environmental concerns while promoting adventure tourism. He added that adventure tourism not only contributes in transforming the youth, but also holds a lot of potential in helping in the economic growth of the country. Goel also wished the team a safe and successful climb. A team of 25 non-medical mountaineers and 25 trekkers led by Dr Anil Gurtoo, an experienced mountaineer and Professor, Medicine at Lady Hardinge Medical College will participate in this expedition from May 8 to June 10. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more