Jim Percival elected as chair of the American Lamb Board of Directors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jim Percival, of Xenia, begins his last appointed term on the American Lamb Board and has been elected the serve as the 2017 ALB Chair. He represents small sheep producers on this national checkoff program.Percival has been involved in the sheep and lamb industry for many years, serving on both the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Board of Trustees, including serving as OSIA President, and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program.“Jim has taken this national leadership as an opportunity to be make impact in the promotion of lamb across the United States,” said Roger A. High, Ohio Sheep Improvement Association Executive Director.last_img

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Doping: Justice still elusive for dope-tainted boxer Manjeet

first_imgJust as Manjeet Singh’s career was beginning to take off, the young boxer was dealt a body blow when he tested positive for a banned substance.That was a year ago. He is yet to get a proper hearing before the anti-doping disciplinary panel.The 22-year-old Manjeet, who is a railways employee, arrived for his hearing on Tuesday with former Indian boxing team doctor Karanjeet Singh but the hearing had to be adjourned till August 5 as one of the panel members did not arrive.Worse still, the 2007 Asian Championships bronze medallist is posted in Kolkata and has to make the journey to the Capital for the hearings, none of which have been conclusive so far. Karanjeet, who was with the Indian boxing team till the Delhi Common wealth Games, arrived from Himachal Pradesh where he is working as a medical officer, to testify that he had prescribed soframycin to Manjeet after the boxer suffered a road accident.The doctor claims that he had even written to the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) that the doctors at the NIS, Patiala, had applied clostebol on the wounds due to which he tested positive.”I checked the records at NIS, Patiala, and found that the nurse at the medical centre had used clostebol on his wounds, the substance for which he has tested positive,” Karanjeet told Mail Today. Records available with Manjeet also claim that the ointment applied on him was clostebol. But the records that NIS, Patiala, have furnished does not have any mention of using clostebol on Manjeet’s wounds.advertisementDefence counsel Rohit Kaliyar claims that NIS officials have fudged the records and the ones with him are authentic. Manjeet is worried that he hasn’t been given a proper hearing.”I am aware of what all has happened. I know that Manjeet hasn’t done anything wrong and it is only because of a mistake by NIS officials that Manjeet has landed into this soup. “But if this is how it works here, I won’t be able to come back again to testify. I get nothing for coming here. I have to bear my own expenses and don’t even get paid leaves to appear before the panel,” Karanjeet said.A senior scientific officer, who came from Patiala with the records, also said he won’t be able to attend the hearing on August 5.”I have to be present at the NIS on August 5 as Justice Mukul Mudgal, who is looking into the recent dope scandal, will be in Patiala. So I won’t be able to attend the next hearing,” the NIS official said.last_img read more

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India Today readers write to Editor Aroon Purie

first_imgA Big Let-downP. ChidambaramIt is as if the horse that was expected to win the race stopped midway (“Big Bucks, No Bang”, March 12). P. Chidambaram has disappointed the common man. Obviously, many political factors have been influencing the minister.K.V. RAGHURAM, Wayanad Budget 2007 is a wasteful exercise. There is,A Big Let-downP. ChidambaramIt is as if the horse that was expected to win the race stopped midway (“Big Bucks, No Bang”, March 12). P. Chidambaram has disappointed the common man. Obviously, many political factors have been influencing the minister.K.V. RAGHURAM, WayanadBudget 2007 is a wasteful exercise. There is no relief for genuine taxpayers and no provision to check black money transactions.M.S. SHARADA PRASAD, BangaloreThe Budget brings no cheer for the salaried class. The poor are becoming poorer and the rich are getting richer. Housing loan rates are going up as purchasing power is going down. Inflation is spiralling. What is the Planning Commission doing?C.K. RAMANI and JAYANTHI, MumbaiThe finance minister could have been kinder to corporate India. Instead, he has enhanced dividend tax, which will prove to be counter-productive.K. GOPAKUMAR MENON, ThrissurChidambaram has lost a very good chance to prove that he can not only mobilise money for the country’s needs but also check inflation. He has tried to ride high on revenue without going in for new financial exercises.S.S. RAMANATHA RAO, BangaloreThe finance minister deserves appreciation for being socialistic in his approach. He has reduced duty on pet food so that human beings may also change their eating habits.MADHU AGRAWAL, DelhiThe Budget is a success on two counts. One, it has allocated more funds to the long-neglected agriculture sector. This is aimed at arresting the unrest among farmers. Secondly, the focus on education will yield positive results.Y.N. MURTHY, HyderabadA large part of funds may be allocated to agriculture, but the sector does not show any signs of growth. This is because only a small percentage of the allocated amount is actually utilised in this vital sector.VINEETH MARKONDA, on e-mailThe paltry budgetary allocation for training sportsmen in the country and the absence of exemptions for corporates sponsoring sports other than cricket have virtually ensured that at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, India will be nowhere.RAGHAV KAPUR, DelhiCuriously, the finance minister has levied a two-tier excise duty on cement-something that hasn’t been done often in Union Budgets. DILIP SHAH, UdaipurThe finance minister has a golden wand that can be used to contain inflation. If only he had reduced wasteful government expenditure and brought down tax rates, he would have earned the gratitude and the votes of the nation.SURESH PANDIT, MumbaiI am an army officer’s wife, and the Budget hasn’t made life easier for me. Army officers are the most honest taxpayers in the country, yet they are not granted any relief. They end up losing most of their inadequate salaries as tax.MADHU R.D. SINGH, AmbalaIn his 2008 Budget speech, the finance minister should present a progress report of all the budgetary provisions made this year, explaining any negative deviations from expected outcomes, and fixing responsibilities where required. This report should then form the basis of the new Budget.NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiBureau of IncompetenceThe CBI has been caught trying to protect Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi for the second time since the UPA came to power (“Not Minding Q”, March 12). The manner in which the supposedly autonomous investigating agency has chosen to crawl before the regime of the day to appease those who hold the reins of power is shameful.J. AKSHAY, SecunderabadPrice Led to the FallThe dismal performance of the Congress in the Punjab and Uttarakhand Assembly elections is attributable to its inability to sympathise with the common man and his worries (“A Dash of Saffron”, March 12). People seem to be looking at the BJP for succour. The party should focus on good governance and avoid communalism.RANJANA MANCHANDA, on e-mailThe results of the Punjab Assembly elections clearly show the wisdom of the voters, who punished the Congress for its indifference to their woes and insensitivity to the concept of accountability to the people. Parkash Singh Badal has done well by saying he will not follow the politics of vendetta that the Congress had adopted.JAYATHEERTHA S. A., HyderabadFamily ChannelIt is nice to read about Chief Minister Kumaraswamy launching a Kannada channel (“Family Serial”, March 12). The Kannada audience is not crazy about filmbased programmes alone, which is the case in some neighbouring states.SURESH N., BangaloreMammoth CorridorsThe idea of providing animal corridors in Rajaji National Park for safe transit of elephants is both timely and necessary (“The Jumbo Job”, March 12). There are many such flyovers for caribou, moose, deer and elk in Africa and Australia and Canada. For elephants, these flyovers must be strong and gently sloping. They are also urgently required in the Dooars, where there are many fatalities due to the Kolkata-Siliguri road and rail link. D.N. BOSE, on e-mailOn a Name and a PrayerThe UPA is against yoga and surya namaskar, but it may allow these in schools provided they are performed under the name of rozana adaab. UDITA AGRAWAL, DelhiTRAIN TO LALU LANDLalu Prasad YadavLalu Yadav’s efforts to provide better facilities at no extra cost (“The Money Train”, March 12) are praiseworthy. VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, DehradunA paltry sum has been allocated to new railway lines such as Haridaspur-Paradip and Bolangir-Khurda Road in Orissa, a state that generates a lot of freight revenue. J.N. MAHANTY, PuriLalu deserves praise for bringing in considerable profits, that too without burdening passengers or freight.JAYANT M. LANJEWAR, NagpurIt is good to see a UPA minister adopting a healthy mix of populism and prudence. Lalu’s Budget is simply stunning.MEGHANA A., Hyderabad advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Honoring rivalries: Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL schedule

first_imgChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked the name of George Halas, the team’s founder, in welcoming the news.“George ‘Papa Bear’ Halas and the NFL’s co-founders probably didn’t imagine the federation they established 100 years ago in cities and towns across the Midwest would one day be the most successful professional sports league in the world,” Emanuel said in a statement. “But that’s what their vision achieved. Chicago — the most American of American cities — is the perfect venue for this game.”Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will produce a series that selects the 100 greatest teams, plays, games, characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; and Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series.The league also disclosed plans for next month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville. Teams will make selections in eight of the original 13 towns that comprised the NFL for its first season. In Dayton, Ohio, the field used back then, Triangle Park, still exists, and a selection will be made there. The NFL also has committed to installing new turf on the field.“This is a really special moment for our city,” Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said. “We’re excited that the NFL is recognizing the places that were there in the very beginning and that they are celebrating Dayton’s special history in paving the way for the league with a donation that will leave a lasting impact in the community.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blazers lose Jusuf Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field — even if it is a modernized version of the stadium — adds to the theme. There will be a free fan festival and concert in nearby Grant Park and, for the first time, the league has approved a free viewing event of the game in the park.“We see that around other sports,” said Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president for league events. Such viewings, for example, have been a staple of the World Cup for decades, and hockey also has adopted the practice. “It will create a big festival environment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.“With the 100th season, we want to do something to kick it off in a special way,” said Hans Schroeder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald listens during a news conference on social justice during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Each of the 32 clubs will stage a “Fantennial Weekend” during the regular season in which it will work in conjunction with local high school football teams on a Friday, stage a fan festival on Saturday, and then have former players from the NFL club at the game on Sunday. The home team also will reveal the greatest moment or play in its history that day.Rolapp said the league is talking to DIRECTV about expanding the digital presence for its popular Sunday Ticket option that makes available all out-of-market games. The NFL could opt out of its contract with DIRECTV after next season.“The world has really changed and how people consume games has changed,” he said. “How do we broaden these rights, deliver more easily to digital platforms?” MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

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Asian Games: Indian women’s team wins 25m pistol bronze

first_imgAnisa Sayyed, Rahi Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu during the medal ceremony in Incheon. Photo: PTI.The Indian women’s team won the bronze medal in the 25 metre pistol shooting event of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon on Monday.The Indian team comprising Rahi Sarnobat (580), Anisa Sayyed (577) and Heena Sidhu (572) shot a total of 1,729 to claim the bronze medal. Rahi was the only Indian to qualify for the semi-final of the individual event.The team gold went to the South Korean team of Kim Jangmi (584), Kwak Junghye (583) and Lee Jungeun (581) with an accumulated score of 1,748. China got the silver after the trio of Zhang Jingjing (591), Chen Ying (580) and Zhou Qingyuan (576) shot a total of 1,747.The bronze was India’s fifth medal from the Asian Games and fourth from the shooting range. Jitu Rai won the gold medal in the 50m pistol event and led the 10m air pistol team to a bronze. Shweta Chaudhry also won the bronze medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event.last_img read more

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