This year, at their annual African American Heritage Sports Luncheon, the Pittsburgh Pirates recognized a current day trailblazer: Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. With one Super Bowl victory already under his belt, Tomlin has added his mark to the pages of Pittsburgh’s sports history.“When I found out the gist of what was going on with the Pirates and what they were doing this weekend, I was truly humbled,” said Tomlin.The Pirates’ Heritage Weekend promotes the team’s community contributions as well as the contributions of African-Americans in Pittsburgh. Serving as keynote speaker at the luncheon on June 8, Tomlin related the bonding experience he had watching the Pirates play the night before with his sons.“That’s what sports is; it provides those moments of growth for fathers and sons,” Tomlin said.On Jan. 22, 2007, Tomlin became the sixteenth head coach of the Steelers and the first African-American head coach in the history of the Steelers franchise. Two years later on Jan. 29 2009, he won his first Super Bowl victory as head coach, making him the youngest head coach to do so. He follows in the groundbreaking footsteps of other Pittsburgh greats like Clemente who was one of the first Black players for the Pirates and by far the team’s best player in history.“There’s a rich history here of African-American contributions, of using the sports vehicle to make a difference in the community,” Tomlin said. “Because I am African-American I hope that inspires others, I hope that creates opportunity for others, because that is important. I embrace that.”Some attribute Tomlin’s hiring to the “Rooney Rule,” a mandate created by former Steelers owner Dan Rooney, requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate when filling coaching vacancies. However, this claim has been disputed by Rooney who said the Steelers had already interviewed another minority candidate prior to Tomlin.“Through sports, I never thought there was anything I couldn’t achieve,” Tomlin said. “In essence, my charge is to show people they can do things in any endeavor. Sport just happens to be mine.”Each year, the Pirates Heritage weekend serves as a three-day long celebration with promotions and special events that focus on honoring and recognizing African-Americans in baseball while celebrating the African-American culture in the Pittsburgh community.“When you take a look at the early Pirates, there are so many African-American legends who made an impact,” said Chaz Kellem, manager of diversity initiatives for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “With our selection of Coach Tomlin as this year’s speaker, we wanted to make sure we showed loyalty to the Pittsburgh sports community, especially with him being a young coach and one of the first African-American coaches.” In 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the most integrated team in major league baseball. That year on Sept. 1, the Pirates made history when they fielded the first all-Black lineup in the history of the major league.Throughout the years, the city of Pittsburgh has produced a long list of legendary sports moments. From celebrated players Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Dave Parker to the popularity of Pittsburgh’s two Negro-league teams, the contributions of African-Americans in baseball blazed trails for minorities in all professional sports arenas. CURRENT DAY TRAILBLAZER—Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Coach receives an honorary jersey from Pittsburgh Pirates after keynoting the African American Heritage luncheon on June 8 at the PNC Park Lexus Club. (Courier Photo/Rossano P. Stewart)
Two Birchbank golfers traded spots on the medal podium as the West Kootenay Junior Golf Circuit held stops at Nelson’s Granite Pointe and Christina Lake course.Brenan Moroney and Tyler McKay won at Granite Pointe and Christina Lake, respectively, as the circuit entered its second weekend of play.Moroney needed a playoff to edge McKay at Granite Pointe. Both players finished the day with a 3-over-par 75 in Nelson. Both players birdied the par 5, 18th hole to finish in a deadlock. In the playoff Moroney had a two-putt par to win the playoff. Results from Granite Pointe had Nelson’s Carson Arcuri winning the 15-16 Division over Hanno Southam of the Rosemont course while Aiden Browell of Champion Lakes took the Under-14 title.Sunday, McKay got the last laugh on his Birchbank teammate, edging Moroney in a playoff after the two registered rounds of 74.However, McKay needed to work a little longer for his title as playoff lasted four holes, with McKay making a birdie on the par 5, fourth hole to win. Isaac Janzen of Creston won the 15-16 Category over David Launier of Rock Creek with Jeff Ashton of Birchbank third.Browell edged Jackson Konkin of Birchbank in the Under-14 running.19th HOLE: Saturday in Nelson the tour saw a bunch of fresh new players. Emily Ashton of Castlegar played in her first ever-junior circuit and did very well in the nine-hole division. Kyle Hall and Ben Kelsch, both from Granite Point, and Ely Overennay from Castlegar play their first circuit events of the year.
DUBAI, UAE (CMC):West Indies Test captain Jason Holder says he is determined to avoid controversial off-the-field issues and focus on his main job of leading the Caribbean side.Responding to questions from media here on the decision by Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite to decline central contracts, Holder reiterated that he was powerless over such administrative matters and was more preoccupied with galvanising West Indies’ performances on the field.All three players are members of the Test squad which finally won their first game in 19 months and first on foreign soil in four years when they beat Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday.”As I’ve said about all the negative things around West Indies cricket, those things are basically beyond my control,” said Holder who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday.”I can’t control who signs contracts, I can’t control who’s here with me. All I can control is my destiny on the cricket field when I step over that line, and that goes for everybody in the dressing room.”The West Indies Cricket Board disclosed this week that the trio of Bravo, Samuels and Brathwaite had opted against retainer contracts for the year-long period ending September next year.LEADER OF BATTING GROUPBravo is the leader of the Windies batting group, averaging 40 from 49 Tests, while Samuels is the side’s most senior player, with 71 Tests and 187 one-day internationals (ODI).Brathwaite, the newly appointed Twenty20 skipper, is also a member of both the Test and ODI set-ups.Their decision immediately raised question marks about their respectively futures, but Holder said, ultimately, it was up to each player to take responsibility for their performances and careers.”Us players we have to be responsible for our own individual actions [and] take our own personal pride on to the cricket field and control cricket,” he pointed out.
(Visited 782 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 More Ice Age fossils have turned up in a Los Angeles subway tunnel, and there are surprises.“Trove of Ice-Age Fossils Found in LA Subway Dig” writes Martin Macias Jr for the Courthouse News in Los Angeles on March 4. A video clip in the local KTLA 5 News begins by calling the La Brea area, with its famous tar pits, as “the largest collection of Ice Age fossils in the entire world.” New fossils were exposed as excavators dug for a new subway line. They found a Columbian mammoth (the largest kind), and fossils of dire wolves, camels, horses, bison, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths and many other of the species on display in the Page Museum of fossil discoveries.Mammoth hunt. Mural at La Brea Tar Pits museum. But when?Macias indicates why this particular treasure trove of fossils is significant:More than 500 fossils of Ice Age beasts, including saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths and huge mammoths, have been discovered in recent months by crews tunneling a new Los Angeles subway branch, paleontologists revealed Monday.The trove of fossils, which date back to the Pleistocene Epoch, have also challenged beliefs previously held by paleontologists who study the beasts that called the LA basin home millions of years before the region was covered by a vast ocean.The report lacks details about the “challenged beliefs” concerning the fossils, but Macias points to unexpected aspects of their burial. Typically, the story was that animals got trapped in sticky tar. Not these, though:Harris also said it was rare for paleontologists to find fossils of saber-toothed cats and dire wolves at La Cienega station, a site which was not a tar pit, since the beasts didn’t usually live in large communities.Macias relays a hypothesis about what buried these animals:John Harris, who leads Cogstone’s laboratory work identifying fossils, said in an interview that partial sloth skeleton was discovered in sediments that contained fragments of charcoal, indicating the beast was preserved in a mudslide that likely resulted from an ancient wildfire.People driving the busy streets of west Los Angeles, with high-rise buildings all around, are oblivious to the rich community of large animals that once called this land home.Fitting the La Brea fossils into either an evolutionary or creationary scenario is challenging. For creationists, because they need to decide if these are pre-flood, mid-flood or post-flood deposits. For evolutionists, because today’s world is impoverished of the magnificent beasts that roamed the world. The biosphere has devolved since then in terms of species richness. Also, the Stuff Happens Law would never create these large, highly complex creatures, let alone a living cell.Noteworthy is the fact that most of the bones are badly disarticulated (separated and jumbled), and some human remains have been found. Another surprise is that most of the fossils (both of birds and mammals) are predators. Dire wolves are the most numerous of all! The facts bespeak unusual circumstances in the way these bones were deposited and possibly transported. Most geologists (both creationary and evolutionary) accept that the sea inundated the Los Angeles basin, which was once apparently a grassland when the megafauna were live. Now fresh-looking fossils of clams, sand dollars (echinoderms) and shark’s teeth can be found throughout Los Angeles county. When these events occurred, and in what sequence, are puzzles still challenging theories. If you go to the Page Museum, though, beware the evolutionary tales. Don’t swallow the ending diorama that shows a simplistic, ridiculous panorama of evolution from bacteria to astronaut. Pity the schoolchildren who pass through this museum and only hear that “stuff happens” explains everything.From slime to astronaut: made simple, given billions of years of Darwinian Stuff Happens. (Poster at La Brea Tar Pits Museum, Los Angeles)
The youngsters stand to generate R1-millionfor their schools. Tycoon Patrice Motsepe founded thecompetition in honour of his late mother. Motsepe with Zulu’s King GoodwillZwelithini, Sasfa’s Mandla Mazibukoand Sanlam group CEO Johan van Zyl(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Oupa MmineleCompetition Director+27 83 222 [email protected] NkosiThe development of footballers at school level in South Africa has received a major boost with an injection of a R30-million (US$3.9-million) sponsorship into an annual tournament.Mining mogul Patrice Motsepe and partner in the venture Sanlam announced the five-year sponsorship of the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup in Johannesburg on 4 January.The tournament, formerly known as the Kay Motsepe Cup, is Motsepe’s brainchild, founded through the Motsepe Foundation in 2004 in honour of his late mother Kay Motsepe.“We are trying to get people to take schools’ football very seriously,” Motsepe said.About 4 000 high schools from all nine South African provinces are expected to participate in the competition. The matches will kick off on 20 February and will proceed to regional knockouts.Winners from the regional knockouts will slug it out with other schools in their respective province for the honour of representing the province in the national finals.The national finals will feature 18 teams – two from each province – and will take the form of a mini-tournament played over four days after the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The champions will pocket a staggering R1-million ($128 700) for their school. This is a considerable increase from last year’s R500 000 ($64 400) won by Mokopane Academy of Sports, a Limpopo school coached by former Orlando Pirates striker Andries Sebola.The second best team will score an impressive R600 000 ($77 175), while the third and fourth teams will pocket R500 000 ($64 400) and R400 000 ($51 494) respectively.The 18 schools in the national finals are guaranteed a prize of R100 000 ($1 288).The Kay Motsepe tournament is run by the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa).“This is the dawn of a new era for football in our schools,” said Sasfa president Mandla Mazibuko. “There are thousands of schools waiting for that trophy and the whopping prize-money of R1-million. We have never let this tournament down.”The tournament will help South Africa develop football stars for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, Mazibuko noted. “We’re planting the seed for 2014 Brazil. Let’s unearth the talent.”The South African Football Association (Safa) is convinced that such developmental investments will only bring benefits, supplying it with top footballers for the national team Bafana Bafana.“Surely we will be beneficiaries. We want to reap the crop as Safa,” said its president Kirsten Nematandani. “This investment is historic indeed.”All schools are welcomeThe tournament is open to all high schools in South Africa, from public schools to private and independent schools.“We want the private schools to play football with our schools in Soweto and KwaMashu,” said Motsepe, who also owns premier league team Mamelodi Sundowns.“We want all schools to participate,” he added. “There’s so much talent amongst our people, we just need to nurture it.”Motsepe believes that it’s tournaments like the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup that contribute to building a better South Africa. “There’s a unique role that football can play in building our country.”“We strongly share the Motsepe Foundation’s belief that soccer is a nation-builder,” said Sanlam group CEO Johan van Zyl, “and that the growth of soccer, through the development and enhancement of youth football and life skills, will contribute immeasurably to this country’s future.”Reaching out to football legendsSouth Africa’s football legends will play a meaningful role throughout the tournament. The football masters, mostly from the 1960s to the 1980s, will coach the youngsters and facilitate training clinics for them.The Kay Motsepe sponsors have allocated R1-million ($128 700) to ensure that the legends are able to do their work without hindrance. “We want every [participating] school to be linked to a legend,” said Motsepe.The national Department of Education expressed support for the tournament, one of many competitions involving schools in South Africa. “We do recognise the importance of sports in our schools,” said the department’s director-general Duncan Hindle. “[This tournament] will make a big difference in our schools.”“We must convert every school in South Africa, in towns, in the rural areas and townships, into centres of football,” Motsepe said.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Pierce Paul, Andy Michel, Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University ExtensionWith the recent warm temperatures, we have been receiving a few questions on the risk of aphids in wheat and the transmission of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV). How should growers prepare and gauge the risk of both aphid infestation and BYDV transmission?First, aphid infestations that cause economic damage are rare in Ohio either in the autumn or spring. There are several species of aphids that infest wheat, and most cannot overwinter in Ohio (they migrate from the southern US). However, aphids can, under certain conditions, build in numbers and damage wheat by feeding on the plant during seedling stages. A suggested treatment threshold for aphid management in wheat is 50 aphids per linear foot of row. Given the warm temperatures, we recommend that growers scout wheat fields to see if any aphids are present.Second, since economic feeding damage is rare, the larger concern is BYDV transmission. For aphids to successfully transmit the virus, they normally need between 12 and 30 hours of feeding to acquire the virus, and then 4 or more hours of feeding to transmit it. However, aphids are capable of acquiring the virus after feeding on infected plants for only 30 minutes and, once they acquire the virus, they can transmit it to healthy plants for the rest of their life. The typical symptoms of this disease are erect leaves with yellowish to reddish-purple tips. Yield reduction due to BYDV is generally greater when infections occur in the fall than in the spring. BYDV tends to be most severe in fields planted before the fly-free date in which aphid populations can reach high levels. However, some fields planted after the fly-free date may still have high levels of BYDV, most likely because of warm temperatures that kept aphids active for a longer time period. Recommended management tactic for BYDV are as follows: 1) plant varieties less susceptible to BYDV; 2) delay planting until after the Hessian fly safe date to avoid early fall infections; 3) balanced fertility; and 4) controlling volunteer wheat, barley, and oats.Spraying insecticide to control aphids in an attempt to manage BYDV is open to discussion, and not a recommended tactic. The main reason is that only a few aphids are needed for successful BYDV transmission. Any aphids present prior to spraying may have already transmitted BYDV, while other aphids may continue to arrive in the field after spraying. When spraying insecticides to control aphids early, growers should know that the residual effect of the insecticide may not last long enough to protect against later aphid population buildup nor virus transmission. Though insecticides applied after infection will reduce the aphid population, it will not prevent the disease from developing once the plants have been infected. Keep in mind that insecticidal seed treatments might prevent establishment of early arriving aphid populations, but they have to feed to get a toxic dose. In feeding, the aphid may transmit BYDV and, once infections occur, there is very little that can be done.There are situations where it is acceptable to spray for aphids, and where insecticide application might pay. These include: 1) wheat under drought stress with aphids present; 2) growing a variety known to be susceptible to BYD with aphids present; 3) wheat being grown for seed; 4) wheat that is highly intensively managed with a 100+ bushel potential yield; and 5) wheat planted before the fly-free date. However, for most growers, cost-effective control of BYDV may not be possible by aphid spraying.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s something we need to continue to work on going forward especially since we’re going up against San Miguel next game. But until we do a good job rebounding, it’s going to be difficult in this conference.”Meralco hopes to ride the momentum when it faces the four-time conference champions at the same venue next Friday.Blackwater, on the other hand, has Rain or Shine next on its list. They tangle on Jan. 30 at Cuneta Astrodome.The scores:Meralco 99 – Jackson 19, Tolomia 15, Salva 14, Amer 13, Hodge 12, Hugnatan 10, Caram 7, De Ocampo 6, Newsome 3, Faundo 0, Dillinger 0, Quinto 0.Blackwater 94 – Maliksi 17, Sumang 16, Jose 15, Belo 12, Digregorio 11, Tratter 8, Javier 8, Dario 3, Desiderio 2, Palma 2, Alolino 0.Quarters: 16-25, 48-42, 73-64, 99-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next #KicksStalker: Superstition? CJ Perez switches kicks in tale of 2 halves View comments LATEST STORIES Trevis Jackson leads Meralco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Trevis Jackson came off the bench to provide a much-needed boost for Meralco en route to a 99-94 win over Blackwater Saturday in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here.As if following the footsteps rookies Robert Bolick and CJ Perez, the surprise fifth pick of the PBA Draft scattered 19 points and a pair of assists to lead the Bolts in scoring in their first win of the conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I’m very happy we’re able to bounce back in this game after suffering a very painful loss to Phoenix,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.“A lot of guys I felt really stepped up and helped us tonight led by Trevis who made a lot of good outside shots for us and helped us open up (Blackwater’s) defense,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJackson, who played Division I basketball in the US NCAA, was also behind the triple that provided separation from the Elite, 81-78, with 5:18 left in the match.From there, Cliff Hodge and Nico Salva continued their balanced attack to keep Meralco in front and preserve the earlier efforts from Mike Tolomia and now-healthy Ranidel de Ocampo. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Meralco’s bench outscored Blackwater’s 47-27, with six of the Bolts’ cagers providing double-digit production.“That’s what we really envisioned going into this year when I drafted Trevis. I thought with him along with Baser (Amer) and Chris (Newsome), we’d spread the wealth and move the basketball around to get good shots and run a little bit, which we haven’t done in the past. “Blackwater, who was also dealt with a first-game loss, drew commendable performances from its old reliables Allein Maliksi, Raymar Jose and Roi Sumang, even burying the Bolts by as much as 12 in the first half.But with only Mac Belo and Chris Javier providing a reprieve for their starters, the Elite faltered in the second half and ran out of gas to play catch-up to drop to a 0-2 record.“For our second game in a row, our defense is pretty solid, our only problem right now is how to shore up our rebounding because we’re getting a lot of stops but we’re giving up a lot of defensive rebounds at the same time,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño
Related LinksAngus & the Beefcakes Don’t let the name deceive you, the ‘2015 Sh**box Rally’ is run for a very serious cause. The Rally is an epic journey from Canberra to Townsville running from Saturday, 9 May to Friday, 15 May. To make the arduous journey even tougher, participating cars are only allowed to be worth $1000, with all funds raised from the event going to charity. Over the past five years the Rally has raised over $4.4 million for the Cancer Council. The Rally has a very personal significance for Touch Football Australia, as Australian physiotherapist, Rob Hoy will be participating in the event. Fellow Australian physiotherapist, Steve Cunningham’s son, Angus, has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time, and after travelling from Northern Territory to Western Australia in last year’s event with Cunningham, Hoy will compete again in this year’s event. With the team name in tribute to 11-year-old Angus, ‘Angus and the Beefcakes’ boasts a 1998 Ford Fairlane which is raring to go on the 3,600km journey via the Birdsville track. To find out more information about the event and to donate, please click on the following link and find ‘Angus and the Beefcakes’ –http://www.shitboxrally.com.au/component/shitboxrally/?view=teams&Itemid=152Be sure to follow their progress on Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/angusandthebeefcakesshitboxrally2014?fref=ts
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fire Department attended a fire on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. With a quick response, no one was injured and the fire was contained to the garage.The call was received at 1 pm by the DC Fire Department, one apparatus, three support vehicles and 9 Firefighters were dispatched to the fire that took place on the 1200 block of 117th Avenue, Fire Chief Shorty Smith shared.The fire was contained and the homeowners did have insurance, the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time and remains under investigation. As the temperatures were very cold, Chief Smith shares that fires can burn a little slower when they meet open air yet the test is keeping the fire hoses from freezing.This was a successful event as the fire was confined to the garage and no damage was done to the home.
Food plays a definitive role in shaping a community’s culture and tradition and Easter is one such festival where food inspires and influences family and children, bringing back childhood memories of Easter bunnies, egg painting and egg hunting sessions.At The Imperial, New Delhi, indulge your children with yummy Easter goodies like Chocolate bunnies, Egg baskets and Easter cakes at La Baguette, for all the grown – ups, it lays out global varieties of Lamb, meats, salads and sea food featuring specialties like Roasted beer chicken, Minced lamb pie, Spinach and Salmon strudel, Fennel and orange braised pork belly, Cinnamon and honey roast pork loin and many more delectable recipes for an elaborate Easter brunch buffet, making a fun Sunday for you and your family. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial, talking about the menu says, “Part of the menu for the Easter Brunch is distinct every year but we always continue to offer traditional and the most loved specialties. The flavours are mostly classic and rustic with a twist to some dishes, for an exclusive fair. Coming to selecting the recipes, I always work towards curating an experience featuring rural traditional cuisine rather than a typical urban spread. I strongly believe that the original taste and authenticity lie in country side food.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Also for special orders, we have some exclusive carving stations with hot roasts and grills while for children we have a variety of ice-creams and sorbets, chocolate desserts to choose from the buffet along with veg and non veg dim sums.” Easter Brunch Buffet at 1911 Restaurant on April 21, at INR4000 + taxes per person without alcohol INR 2000 + taxes per child below 12 years of age (Timings: 12:00 pm to 3:30pm) La Baguette: Easter goodies from INR 300 + taxes onwards until April 21 (Timings: 10am to 10pm)