OSU dairy judging team sweeps three national shows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is a new undisputed national championship team at The Ohio State University.The Agricultural Technical Institute dairy cattle judging team swept the three major national competitions this year with its Nov. 8 win at the North American International Livestock Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.Team members won by an impressive 67-point margin in Louisville, topping the 64-point margin by which they won the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28. Hannah Dye, a dairy science major from Beloit, Ohio, was first place overall with 710 points. Teammates Tanner Topp (dairy science, New Bremen, Ohio) and Kaleb Kliner (agronomy, West Salem, Ohio) were second and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the four-person team was John Paulin, a hydraulics and power equipment major from Nova, Ohio.The team’s first big win of the season was at the Pennsylvania-All American Contest in Harrisburg on Sept. 14.“I cannot remember any year where a team (at the two-year college level) participated in three judging contests and was first place in each contest and high in oral reasons,” said Royce Thornton, chair of the Agricultural and Engineering Technologies Division and coordinator of Ohio State ATI’s dairy programs.In dairy cattle judging, team members evaluate and rank animals based on how close the animals are to ideal dairy conformation — a collection of traits associated with high milk production and healthy longevity. After ranking the animals, team members must give “oral reasons,” justifying their placing to contest judges.Like all Ohio State ATI dairy students, the judging team members take classes in genetics and get firsthand experience in evaluating animals for breeding.“We select mate all of our cows and are continually working to improve our herd,” said Gary Crocker, Ohio State ATI dairy herd manager. “Students see how we pick bulls to try to get as sound an animal as possible. We teach them what we’re striving to achieve and how we get there. Every dairy farmer wants to breed cows that will make the most money.”Down the road, that’s a skill students can put to use in their careers in the dairy industry, Crocker said. And, Thornton adds, it’s part of the recipe for success for a championship dairy judging team.last_img read more

BJP, AAP came to power because of my stir: Anna

first_imgLashing out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, anti-graft activist Anna Hazare on Monday said the party used him and exploited his Jan Lokpal agitation to come to power in 2014.Speaking to reporters in his Ralegan Siddhi village on the sixth day of his hunger strike, Mr. Hazare said both the BJP and AAP could come to power only by riding the crest of his agitation for the Lokpal and the Lokayukta Bill and that they had betrayed him by not appointing ombudsmen.“The BJP and AAP are in power because of my agitation over the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill. But now, the ruling BJP leaders are silent on the issue. They seem to have developed an allergy towards getting ombudsmen appointed,” Mr. Hazare said.Targeting the Modi government, the 81-year-old activist said it did not adhere to constitutional norms and that the Prime Minister was transforming the Central government into a dictatorship.Stating that he had lost all faith in the Ministers of both the Central [Narendra Modi] and State [Devendra Fadnavis] governments, he said: “The State government says that 90% of the demands have been approved. What sort of a deception is this? If it had indeed accepted all my demands, then what reason was there for me to go on a hunger strike?”He further said that it did not make any difference whether the Modi government was replaced by the Congress in the upcoming general election. “Even if this government falls, I don’t see any great change happening. One [read BJP-led NDA government] is a graduate in corruption and non-implementation of the Lokpal and it would be replaced by someone with a doctorate [read Congress-led UPA government],” he said.Mr. Hazare said he had dissuaded Ministers from the Centre and the State, including the Chief Minister, from visiting him as they had nothing concrete to offer. “I have told them that unless they come with a concrete proposal that the Centre would appoint a Lokpal and immediately look into the interests of farmers, it is pointless trying to persuade me to give up my fast,” he said.Fadnavis appealChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged Mr. Hazare to give up his fast while stating that certain individuals were playing politics over his stir. Talking to newsmen in Satara, he said: “We have acceded to his [Anna’s] requests and the Centre too has communicated that it taken his demands seriously. We are in constant communication with him and urge him to end his fast,” he said.Mr. Fadnavis said a number of parties and individuals, who had no concern whatsoever about his health, were now supporting his fast and misleading the people about the role of the State and Central governments.In a rebuke to the opposition as well as the Shiv Sena, Mr. Fadnavis said individuals who had criticised Mr. Hazare in the past were suddenly expressing their support for him.last_img read more

‘Delay may put BJP on the back foot’

first_imgWith the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party taking a lead in announcing candidates for all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, political analysts and a few BJP leaders fear that the delay in announcing its candidate could put BJP’s election campaigning on the back foot.The ruling Congress in Punjab and AAP, which made a spectacular debut in 2014 Lok Sabha polls have both announced the names of their nominees for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.The BJP on Sunday announced to field Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri from Amritsar constituency. The party, however, is yet to decide on its candidates for two seats – Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur. The BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are alliance partners and out of total 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, SAD is contesting on 10 while the BJP is fighting on three seats.Amid speculation that BJP could field a celebrity from Gurdaspur seat, actor Sunny Deol met BJP national president Amit Shah in Pune recently. However, Mr. Deol termed the meeting a “courtesy meeting” and nothing else.“Party needs to announce the candidates soon and aspirants are getting restive. The filing of nomination papers for the elections will start (tomorrow) on April 22. The delay would leave very less time for canvassing. Candidates of opposite parties have already kicked-off their campaigns, more delay will put our candidates on the back foot,” said a senior BJP leader, requesting anonymity.SAD is also yet to announce its candidates for the two key constituencies – Bathinda and Ferozepur. Both these seats are considered to be stronghold of Akali’s but the indecisiveness on candidates, according to political analysts gives an impression that party is still searching for “winnable” candidates.Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is the MP from Bathinda while from Ferozepur constituency Sher Singh Ghubaya, is the sitting MP, who successfully contested the 2014 general election as SAD candidate but later joined the Congress.Badal from Ferozepur?The Congress has fielded Mr. Ghubaya from Ferozepur while from Bathinda the party has announced Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, MLA from Gidderbaha seat as its candidate. Speculation is rife over Harsimrat Kaur Badal being renominated from Bathinda and SAD president and Punjab’s former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal contesting from Ferozepur.“One reason of the delay in announcing candidates could be due to too many aspirants in the fray. But the indecision in clearing the names gives an impression that the party is still searching for ‘winnable’ candidate. In a small State like Punjab selecting candidates should not have been a tedious exercise unless the party is not able to find ‘winnable’ candidate,” Ashutosh Kumar, professor of Political Science at Panjab University told, The Hindu.Meanwhile, AAP and Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) – the coalition of Bahujan Samaj Party, Punjabi Ekta Party, Lok Insaaf Party, Nawan Punjab Party, Communist Party of India (CPI), Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI) and Marxist Communist Party of India (U) have announced its candidates for all parliamentary seats.last_img read more

London Olympics: China’s women’s team wins gold in table tennis

first_imgChina’s women smashed Japan to win team gold in Olympic table tennis on Tuesday. Ding Ning, Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue dropped just two sets to secure a 3-1, 3-0, 3-1 win over Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa, Ai Fukuhara and Sayaka Hirano.”I feel we played outstanding this time, especially after 2010 when in Moscow our team lost, and so now in 2012, the whole team played very well,” Guo said, referring to the world championship defeat to Germany in the Russian capital.It was the second gold for Li Xiaoxia, who triumphed in women’s singles beating Ding in the final.The bronze went to Singapore, whose Kim Kyungah, Seok Hajung and Dang Yeseo ousted South Korea’s athletes 3-1, 3-1, 3-1.China will complete a sweep of the table tennis golds if its men’s team defeats South Korea in Wednesday’s final.last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso wants more from Higuain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso wants more from Higuainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso says he needs more from Gonzalo Higuain.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain has struggled for form in recent weeks.”I’ve spoken to Gonzalo, and he’s the first to be disappointed by the situation,” Gattuso said in his Press conference ahead of the Bologna game.“In the period we’re in he needs to give us his experience and character, his goals come after that.“In difficult times the priority isn’t goals, but leadership, he needs to carry his teammates even if some make mistakes.“The chatter around him will always be there, we can’t control everything, but I’ve told him that everyone appreciates him, though he has to do more.” last_img read more

Justices of the Peace Play Key Role in ZOSOS

first_img Meanwhile, Ms. Campbell-Bascoe said that there will be a sufficient number of JPs to serve in areas that are identified as zones of special operations. Story Highlights Director and Principal of the Justice Training Institute (JTI), Karen Campbell-Bascoe, says justices of the peace (JPs) play a critical role in ensuring that the rights of citizens are protected in areas that are identified as zones of special operations (ZOSO).“The lawmakers were sure to enact legislation that allows for the protection of the human rights of citizens, should and if a zone is called,” she said.Ms. Campbell-Bascoe was speaking recently on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) television programme ‘Issues and Answers’.She informed that JPs are trained in human rights matters and the rights of the Jamaican citizen through the qualifying and specialised training programme offered by the JTI.“We are going to be having more specialised training, treating further with the ZOSO to give them first-hand sensitisation on what the law requires generally and what will be expected of them specifically within a zone,” she told JIS News.Once a person has been detained, the police will have to convince the JP that the person is suspected of having committed a crime.If the JP disagrees, then the person must be released. If the JP agrees, then that person must be taken before a parish judge within 24 hours. The JPs should also be present when the security forces are conducting searches.Meanwhile, Ms. Campbell-Bascoe said that there will be a sufficient number of JPs to serve in areas that are identified as zones of special operations.She noted, however, that JPs do not have to be from the area that has been identified as a zone to serve.“We have JPs that have volunteered to serve. Initially, they may not have been comfortable, but those fears have been allayed largely, and more persons have come on board and offered themselves to be rostered to serve within a zone,” she said.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act was passed earlier this year in the Houses of Parliament.It seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.The law gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a zone of special operations in order to tackle increased crime and volatility in a community. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The zone can only be established after the police commissioner and the chief of defence staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister. Director and Principal of the Justice Training Institute (JTI), Karen Campbell-Bascoe, says justices of the peace (JPs) play a critical role in ensuring that the rights of citizens are protected in areas that are identified as zones of special operations (ZOSO). The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act was passed earlier this year in the Houses of Parliament. It seeks to contain crime while safeguarding the human rights of residents and promoting community development through social-intervention initiatives.last_img read more

Complaint filed over treatment of German shepherd on Winnipegarea film set

first_img“I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will,” Gad wrote. A publicist for the actor confirmed the post was authentic. Login/Register With: Animal Justice says footage apparently shot near Winnipeg in November 2015 shows the filmmakers forcing the dog into turbulent water. A Toronto-based animal law organization has filed animal cruelty complaints over the treatment of a German shepherd on the set of the film “A Dog’s Purpose.” Animal Justice says it has filed complaints with the Winnipeg Humane Society, the Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg police department alleging violations of federal and provincial animal protection laws. Actor Josh Gad, who lends his voice to a dog in the film, issued a statement on Twitter saying he has asked the studio and production team for an explanation of what he calls “disturbing images.” Facebook “There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts,” the statement said. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of the movie, which stars Dennis Quaid and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and is set to be released later this month. Advertisement The film’s producer, Amblin Entertainment, and distributor, Universal Pictures, said in a joint statement that they are reviewing the footage, but they are confident that “great care and concern was shown” for the dog. The American Humane society has also launched an investigation into the incident and says it has suspended its safety representative who worked on the film. The footage, which first surfaced on the website TMZ, shows the distressed dog fighting to stay out of the water by repeatedly clawing at the edge of the pool. Twitter “Throwing a terrified German shepherd into rushing water is blatant animal cruelty,” Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, said in a news release. “It is illegal to inflict suffering and anxiety onto animals, and there is no loophole that lets Hollywood moviemakers get away with abusing animals on a film set.” He said that while the finished film is “one of the most beautiful love letters to animals I have ever seen,” he was troubled by the video. Advertisement A subsequent shot shows the dog submerged under the water while a voice is hear yelling “Cut it!” and handlers moved in to pull the animal out.last_img read more

Elder accuses Budweiser of using his art to sell beer

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsRobert Yelton looks up at the totem pole and says the eagle is his daughter Lenora and the raven below is him.His son, Peter, is the wolf. At the very bottom is his mother – holding them all up.Yelton carved the pole in 2009 and it sits among others in the Vancouver’s Stanley Park.So when his family saw it on a beer advertisement during a trip in Hawaii a few months ago he couldn’t believe it.“How could Budweiser do that, you know?” he said. “Just to come and take our culture and not even to ask or have any consideration is not right.”Shain Jackson is a former lawyer and now a full-time artist and thinks it’s blatant copyright infringement.“Would they have been so arrogant to go and take a non-Indigenous artists work? Do they come after our Indigenous artists work because they know we don’t have the resources to after them in court?” he said.Robert Yelton standing with his memorial totem pole he carved for his late mother Rose Cole Yelton. It’s located in Stanley Park. PHOTO: APTN’s Tina HouseLuckily for Yelton lawyers from across Canada and the United States have agreed to represent him pro bono and have ensured his copyright on the totem pole.Adding insult to injury is the fact that Yelton is a recovering alcoholic since 1976 and became a drug and alcohol counsellor.He said there’s no way he’d let his work represent something he’s been fighting all these years.Budweiser didn’t immediately respond to questions from APTN News.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

Commentary Ohio State gets a second chance against Kansas

A second shot to stop one team; that’s what Ohio State is facing Saturday when it plays Kansas in the Final Four. The rematch will take one of the teams closer to their goal of being a national champion, but don’t bother tallying up statistics to try to calculate whether OSU can or will proceed to the national title game. The trip is the first for the Buckeyes since 2007. Also advancing to the Final Four are Louisville and Kentucky, who will play at about 6 p.m. Saturday. After defeating the NCAA Tournament East Region’s No. 1-seed Syracuse, OSU’s confidence has grown. They are connected on defense, although the offense seems to struggle at times. It’s an ongoing storyline for the Buckeyes, never knowing which player will get hot at the right time. For instance, OSU sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. went off with 18 points in the win against Syracuse, and trailed only sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, who had 19 points, against the Orange. Senior guard William Buford was quiet for stretches of the contest. Meanwhile in the Midwest Region, Kansas defeated North Carolina, 80-67. The Jayhawks finished strong as senior guard Tyshawn Taylor finished with 22 points while junior forward Thomas Robinson, the Big 12 Player of the Year, tallied 18. With all the momentum you can possibly have on your side after winning a regional final in the NCAA Tournament, Kansas has proven it has the total package as it looks to knock down OSU for the second time this year. The last time these two teams met, OSU was been without big man Sullinger and Robinson was on fire, scoring a career-high 21 points. The Buckeyes were defeated, 78-67. So, what exactly does OSU have to do? Buford has to shoot higher than 1-of-5 at the arc like he did against Syracuse and be the senior leader people expect him to be. But statistics don’t always tell the story, especially in the Final Four. How the teams push through adversity Saturday is what will set these two highly competitive teams apart. I think OSU will come out strong mentally and physically to make it to the last man standing. The stat lines and box scores are diminished at this point in the season. The injuries and the season’s ups and downs go out the window. It’s about who wants it more and who comes ready to fight to the very last second at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome Saturday with about 74,400 people cheering the players on. This is the Final Four. Here we go. read more

Track and Field Ohio State prepares for matchups against familiar faces in

Ohio State’s Cole Gorski celebrates in mid-air at the Simmons-Harvey Quad in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Jan. 21, 2018. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterPole vault will be one of the main events Friday at the Buckeye Tune Up, a 22-team meet featuring schools from all three divisions along with some unattached athletes who compete in the meet, but are not affiliated with a team during the competition.Ohio State is having a historic year in both men’s and women’s pole vault. Senior Cole Gorski set the men’s program record at 5.47 meters this season and senior Madison Roberts set the women’s program record at four meters. Along with the record holders, junior Coty Cobb is third all-time at Ohio State and sophomore Megan Hoffman is also third all-time for the Buckeyes.“They are aggressive, they are competitive, and they are humble and are willing to take criticism,” pole vault coach Rob Banhagel said.The meet will feature Cincinnati, which also has two indoor pole vault program record holders in seniors Adrian Valles and Brooke Catherine.Men’s previewValles and Gorski will meet again for the second straight matchup in the friendly rivalry. The two competed against one another in the Music City Challenge, with Gorski finishing ahead of Valles.“Him and I enjoy jumping against each other because we really push each other to that next height,” Gorski said.Cobb has a chance to qualify for the national championships this weekend, with the bar reaching 5.41 meters during the event. Cobb’s current personal record is 5.35 meters, currently 22nd in the country. He only has two chances remaining to qualify for the national championship.“I do believe that this is the meet that this happens for me,” Cobb said.Banhagel said given how deep the team is into the season, training is not as intense. He added that right now the team is not continuing to build from where it is, but rather just trying to stay at its current level.“We’re not lifting to build. We are lifting to maintain,” Banhagel said.Gorski, like many members of the team, has focused on individual work, including how to move his body through the air to clear the bar. His practice has included working with bigger poles and improving his running technique to influence his body movement in air. Along with the competition faced in the meet, this will be Gorski’s last chance this season to earn the French Field House record, which was set in 1988 by Illinois’ Dean Starkey at 5.53 meters. “It’s time for that record to finally come down,” Banhagel said.Women’s PreviewOhio State’s Roberts and Hoffman will face Catherine and Austin Peay’s junior Savannah Amato in a rematch of last week’s Music City Challenge.Catherine placed the highest out of the four in Nashville, claiming third place with a jump of 4.26 meters. Roberts, Hoffman and Amato all finished at the same mark of 3.92. Of the three, Amato has the highest personal record.This matchup also includes a friendly rivalry between Amato and Hoffman. They jumped together in the summers before Hoffman came to Ohio State.When the pair are on the track, the focus is solely on the competition. Getting into the competition mentality was the main focus for Hoffman coming into the meet.For Roberts, this meet is all about being consistent and trying to make the marks to qualify for the national championships. The qualifying mark is currently at 4.26 and is held by Catherine. “We might not be a pole vault school, but we are certainly becoming one,” coach Richard Ebin said. read more