Three straight for St Jago

first_imgKINGSTON:St Jago High School scored an emphatic 3.5-0.5 win over Campion College in the final round of the PCJ Group National Schools Chess Championships, to secure the national title for the third consecutive year.After a draw in their round three match, both St Jago A and Calabar High went into the final round tied for the lead with five points each. As a result, both teams needed an outright win to stay on course for the title.With their feet to the fire, Calabar could only manage a 2-2 draw against St Jago B, which left the door wide open for St Jago A, who made no mistake in dispatching Campion College. This left St Jago A alone atop the standings with seven points.Decarteret College took second place on tiebreaker over Calabar, St Jago B and St Catherine A, as each school ended with six points.Individual category prizes were awarded to the zone champions, Mannings High, Glenmuir High, Wolmer’s Boys’, Ardenne High and St Jago High, while Excelsior High’s girls and Wolmer’s Girls were adjudged best female teams.National Master Shreyas Smith and Malik Curiah, both of Calabar, took home the awards for Best Boards one and two, respectively, Glenmuir’s Wayne March was the Best Board three, Best Board four went to St Jago’s Akeem Brown, and the Best Reserve was Tajae Morgan, also of St Jago. St Jago’s coach, National Master Mikhail Solomon, was adjudged the Best Coach.”The 2016 National Schools Chess Competition was efficiently run by the organisers and well contested by the competitors, and we commend the Jamaica Chess Federation for their efforts to engage students across the country in this beneficial sport,” said Camille Taylor, manager, information and corporate affairs of title sponsors Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.last_img read more

Fort St. John man arrested for third time in eight weeks

first_imgAcko most recently arrested on February 1 when members of the Fort St. John RCMP did a curfew check and found he was not at his home. At the time he was located he was found to be breaching three conditions of his previous recognizance.Acko is being held in custody until today when he is schedule to make an appearance in front of a judge.His previous charges include multiple counts of Possesstion for the Purpose of Trafficking in Cocaine and Oxycontin and breaches of his recognizance. – Advertisement –last_img

Why Raiders’ D-coordinator Paul Guenther deserves a mulligan

first_imgALAMEDA — Paul Guenther had no chance.The Raiders have had a lot of bad defenses over the years, with their coordinators catching much of the heat from Raider Nation. The last time the Raiders were in the top 10 defensively was 2002, when they checked in at No. 6 under Chuck Bresnahan and not coincidentally won an AFC championship.Ever since, it’s been a series of unfortunate victims with extenuating circumstances. Rob Ryan and John Marshall were under the thumb of owner Al Davis in terms …last_img

Steve Kerr under fire from former NBA player

first_imgSteve Kerr’s criticism of Anthony Davis didn’t sit well with ESPN analyst and former NBA player Kendrick Perkins.The Warriors coach said on an NBC Sports Bay Area podcast that Davis’ efforts to force a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans — he landed with the Los Angeles Lakers last month —  were “a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.”Perkins, who was Davis’ teammate with the Pelicans during the 2015-16 season, called foul.He said Kerr and …last_img

SA opens door to private rail operators

first_img“We are heartened by the positive response from industry players,” Transnet acting group chief executive Chris Wells said in Pretoria this week. “We look forward to a fruitful partnership as we endeavour to introduce entrepreneurship in this industry, which we believe will unlock the economic potential of these lines.” This second call for expressions of interest, which is a non-binding and not a pre-qualifying process, provides another opportunity for interested parties to get detailed information about each branch line opportunity from Transnet. At present, 3 928km of the network is operational, with the remainder being closed. All of these are feeder lines to the core network, which is owned and operated by Transnet through its rail freight division, Transnet Freight Rail. The branch lines comprise 7 278km, or 35%, of Transnet’s 20 953km national rail network. South African state transport company Transnet is once more calling for expressions of interest from private sector companies to operate branch railway lines, or feeder lines, that comprise some 35% of the country’s national rail network. Consultations with all relevant stakeholders – including organised labour, National Treasury and the Department of Transport – were held following board and shareholder approval to begin the process of offering both active and inactive branch lines on concession. The call for expressions of interest is also a chance for Transnet to receive feedback from interested parties on proposed terms and conditions under which branch lines may be offered in the subsequent competitive request for proposals. Wells said Transnet understood that the private sector might have different approaches to branch line operations, and the process would enable the sharing of ideas on what it might take to make branch lines viable for private sector operators.center_img By the end of the first phase in June, Transnet had received 115 registrations of interest. This was a market-testing exercise to determine levels of interest in this initiative, and respondents included JSE-listed logistics and transport companies. Sharing ideas Feeder lines Source: BuaNews “We are committed to thoroughly explore opportunities to revitalise these lines and engaging further with all relevant stakeholders, including government, to find optimal solutions,” he said. 15 September 2010last_img read more

Palmer amaranth update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Palmer amaranth has to date been found in about 11 Ohio counties.  Infestations within a county can range from one or more fields or other areas with just a few plants or patches of plants, to the presence of one or more fields with dense populations.There isn’t any real pattern to the distribution of counties where Palmer has been found.  Palmer seed has entered the state via contaminated CREP or wildlife seed that comes from farther west, and via the cotton feed products that are shipped from the south and used in animal operations.  The latter has been the source of our most recent and most severe infestations that occurred in 2015 in northeastern Ohio.  While some animal operations are aware of this problem and have stopped using these types of feed products, it’s likely that many other operations or feed dealers have not received information about this issue or modified their practices.The current Palmer amaranth situation is summarized in a brief video and presentation that can be found on the OSU weed science website — http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds.   We have also posted several fact sheets there that summarize the Palmer problem and current distribution, and provide tools for pigweed identification.last_img read more

The 2018 wheat crop finished strong

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jason Hartschuh Crawford County Extension and Harold WattersThere were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers we spoke with said 2018 produced another very good crop. Our warm spring conditions cut back on yield but quality was excellent. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation: wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.“Cover crop wheat” was a new term for me this spring. This was planted after last year’s soybeans and planned to be a cover crop ahead of corn. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we wanted we could even graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date:Fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after that date in your area. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint. Do plant into moisture, even if it’s a little deeper than you might normally plant. Last year we had some folks plant “dry” hoping for a rain that came too late. We want rapid germination.Application of phosphorus: we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing wheat crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring.Variety selection: get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields choose a variety with high resistance to Head scab and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require. The OSU wheat trials just came out, check the yield numbers AND the disease ratings: https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/wheattrials/.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at 6 to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters in 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too great of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement, to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to Modify Relay Intercrop (MRI) soybeans into wheat. Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75 bushel per acre wheat and 31 bushels per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year. Jason also says that twin row 30-inch wheat looks as good yield-wise as 15-inch row wheat and gives a bigger target to get beans into.last_img read more

Asian Games 2010: Bajrang Lal Takhar wins first rowing gold for India

first_imgBajrang Lal Takhar created history by becoming the first ever Indian rower to win a gold medal in the Asian Games by winning the men’s singles sculls competition in Guangzhou on Friday.Starting in lane 3, the Indian Army officer, led the 2000m race right from the start and went on to take gold with a timing of 7:04.78.Chinese Taipei’s Wang Ming Hui (7:07.33) took the silver while Iraq’s Haeider Hamarasheid (7:10.10) won the bronze with a third place finish.Takhar had also become the first Indian to win a silver medal at the Doha Asian Games in 2006. He had also won the gold medal at the Asian Championships in Korea last year.With Takhar’s feat, India’s wait to get its second gold medal at this edition of the Asian Games also ended.Cueist Pankaj Advani had won the first gold early in the competition.On Thursday, the rowers had won two silver medals for India.Anil Kumar, Saji Thomas, Ranjit Singh and Jenil Krishnan had combined to win the silver in the men’s rowing four team while the quartet of Lokesh Kumar, Manjeet Singh, Rajesh Kumar Yadav and Satish Joshi won silver in men’s lightweight four event final.About the final race, in which he beat back the challenge of Taipei and Iraq, Bajrang Lal said he kept increasing the lead after the halfway mark marginally to come out comfortable victor.”At the first 1000m I was leading by 2 seconds. After the 1500m I was leading by four seconds and I knew nobody could beat me then. It was my event today,” he said.advertisementLater the women’s duo of Pratima Puhana and Pramila Minz, both in their teens, grabbed the pairs bronze in 7 minutes and 47.50 seconds, well behind gold medal winners China, who crossed the finish line far ahead in 7:22.06.The silver went to Kazakhstan.It was a close fight for the bronze in which the Indian women edged out Indonesia with less than a minute to spare.The rowing event came to a finale with the Indian men’s eight team clinching the silver, by clocking 5:49.50, way behind hosts China who timed 5:37.44, but well ahead of bronze medal winners Uzbekistan (5:55.96).The three teams had finished the heats in the same order though China had returned a better time while India clocked 5:52.56 which they bettered today.The Indians — Lokesh Kumar, Satish Joshi, Saji Thomas, Jenil Krishnan, Anil Kumar, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Manjeet Singh and Girraj Singh — finished more than a boat and half length ahead of the third-placed team.Lokesh, Joshi, Yadav and Manjeet won the lightweight men’s four silver yesterday while Krishnan, Thomas, Anil Kumar and Ranjit Singh won the men’s four event.Bajrang Lal was the most favoured finalist for the single sculls gold and won the race from a fast-finishing Wang Ming Hui of Taipei.The Taipei rower, who was in last position at one stage, passed four scullers on his way to the silver, finishing half a boat length ahead of bronze medal winner Haieder who provided Iraq with their first-ever rowing medal in Games history and their first medal here.But the last day was again dominated by China who won four more gold medals in brisk cross-tailwind conditions, never seriously challenged in winning all of them.In the remaining three finals, including the race in which Bajrang Lal took the gold, there was no Chinese presence.Indian duo Pratima and Pramila gave India their first ever women’s rowing medal, which was a surprise, behind China’s Lin Hong and Sun Zhengping (gold) and the Kazakh pair of Oxana Nazarova and Svetlana Germanovich.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Ohio State victory Iowa loss have Buckeyes feeling rosy

As the clock ticked down to the start of the Ohio State game, the clock struck zero for the Iowa Hawkeyes, who fell to Northwestern, 17-10. The outright Big Ten title was back up for grabs for the Buckeyes. With a 24-7 victory over Penn State, OSU took one step toward that goal.Defense ignites the Bucks early and oftenThe Buckeye defense handed the Nittany Lions a quick three-and-out at the beginning of the first quarter. Junior Cameron Heyward set the mood for the game when he sacked PSU quarterback Daryll Clark for a loss of six yards on the first play of the drive.Then, early in the third quarter, Heyward sacked Clark for a loss of seven yards, as the Buckeyes led 10-7.“I just wanted to play,” said Heyward, who finished the night with two sacks and an additional tackle for loss, combining to push the Lions back a total of 17 yards. “We have a great defense, and I just wanted to help.”The defensive goal coming into Saturday’s game was to hold down Penn State’s run game. And they did just that, holding the Nittany Lions to 76 yards.“We talked about outplaying their defense. That’s how we go into every game, we have to outplay their defense,” senior linebacker Ross Homan said. “Our defensive line made the difference for us tonight.”Going into the game Saturday, the Buckeyes led the nation in forcing three-and-outs, and they came out of the game with seven more to their name, forcing PSU’s first three drives to end short of a first down. “Defensively, there was no question that they were going to have a tough time moving it on us,” coach Jim Tressel said. Pryor to Posey partnership is grounds for successWith just more than a minute left in the third quarter, quarterback Terrelle Pryor connected with receiver DeVier Posey for a 62-yard touchdown, increasing the Buckeye lead to 17-7. The 62-yard pass is the longest pass play by a Penn State opponent this year. “It was big for me, it was big for the offense, and we definitely needed something like that,” Posey said. “It was a big momentum changer.”It has become quite apparent that Posey has become one of Pryor’s favored receivers when the game is in a tight spot.“That’s one of my great friends. We’re really close. We live right next door to each other, and he’s just one of my boys,” Posey said. “It only helps that he’s the quarterback and I’m the receiver.”Huge production out of ‘Small’ returnerSenior Ray Small returned seven punts for 130 yards, with his longest setting up a touchdown drive in the fourth that cemented the Buckeye lead, 24-7.The 45-yard return put Pryor and the offense at the 47-yard line with a straight shot to the goal line. The return wasn’t Small’s only 40-plus-yard return. He opened the game with a 41-yard return on OSU’s second drive, bringing the ball all the way to the 9-yard line. “It’s huge. It’s a big thing to be on the team in this tradition, and to come back and just redeem myself,” Small said. “That’s what I think of this as: a redemption.”Offense seizes opportunity in two quick touchdown drivesThe Buckeyes had two different touchdown drives that were each less than a minute long. The first, a 6-yard touchdown run from Pryor after Small’s return, was the result of two plays and 44 seconds. It was a pivotal starting point for the momentum of the game.“That was huge. If we had been limited to a field goal there, I think, emotionally, in their stadium, that would have been almost a victory for them,” Tressel said.The drive with Posey’s touchdown lasted nine seconds, and the final touchdown drive was a little more than five minutes long.Bucks hold onto the ball, no turnovers for the Scarlet and GrayWhen last year’s fight against PSU at home boiled down to a fumble from Pryor, the name of the game this year became avoiding turnovers. And that is exactly what OSU’s offense did.For the first time this season, the Buckeyes went without a turnover the entire game.Both teams held onto the ball surprisingly well. PSU’s only turnover was a fourth-quarter interception by OSU linebacker Ross Homan.“From a turnover standpoint, it was the best we’ve done, having none. If we can do that, we will have a chance,” Tressel said.Barclay fills in at kickerLast week, after Aaron Pettrey left the New Mexico State game with an injury that resulted in season-ending surgery, junior Devin Barclay stepped in with a shaky performance, missing two field goals.But the 26-year-old former collegiate soccer player left no call unanswered Saturday, making good on three extra points and a 37-yard field goal. “I’m pretty speechless. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I’m just happy to have gotten the opportunity to do it,” Barclay said. “I just wanted to hit my kickoffs well and swing nice and easy on extra points and field goals and just make them all.” read more

Ohio State running back Brionte Dunn allegedly cited for drug paraphernalia possession

Ohio State freshman running back Bri’onte Dunn was allegedly cited for drug paraphernalia possession and a seat belt violation over the weekend in Alliance, Ohio, according The Repository in Canton.  The report said Dunn and a second passenger were pulled over by the Alliance Police Department for not wearing a seat belt. During the stop, according to The Repository, a marijuana pipe was found in the car. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said he was unable to confirm or comment on Dunn’s alleged incident.  Alliance Police department officials did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for confirmation or comment regarding the freshman running back. ESPN radio affiliate WKNR Cleveland originally reported that Dunn was arrested. According to The Repository, however, Dunn was neither arrested nor taken to jail. WKNR Cleveland did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Dunn ran for 5,479 rushing yards in his high school career. Dunn spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Alliance High School in Alliance, Ohio, before playing his final two years at GlenOak High School outside of Canton. At GlenOak, Dunn was honored as a first-team Division I Ohio All-State selection as a junior and senior. Dunn, who enrolled early at OSU, ran for 21 yards in the Buckeyes’ annual Spring Game on April 21. read more