Spartan Stadium shut down for safety reasons this year

first_imgRed Bluff >> Spartan Stadium will be a very quiet place this year. Red Bluff Joint Unified High School District officials this week decided to shutdown the football and soccer field at the school after the synthetic field surface failed a number of safety measures. The latest test through GMAX occurred on July 25, Superintendent Todd Brose said. The results failed on 9 out of 10 spots on the field, which is a significant deterioration from two years ago when Brose said 1 out of 10 areas …last_img read more

Raiders’ Day 1 camp notes: Derek Carr running free

first_imgNAPA — Derek Carr dropped back, checked his progressions, and finding no one open and defenders retreating to cover receivers, broke to his left and set sail toward the sideline.He got several yards downfield Saturday before running out of bounds.We’ve heard this before about Carr. He’s got some athletic skill, and perhaps he should take advantage of it from time to time and move around a little bit. No one is asking him to be Michael Vick or even Rich Gannon, but a rushing first down every …last_img read more

Total Shutdown of Internet in Libya – Again

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins “After a quiet week, we received reports tonight that Libyans in Tripoli were suddenly unable to use various Internet communications utilities…All of the Libyan-hosted government websites we tested (i.e., the ones that are actually hosted in Libya, and not elsewhere) were unreachable… Tonight, however, we suspect that someone has turned off the tap on the Libyan Internet again, this time leaving the routes in place.”Google’s Transparency Report bears out this picture as these graphics show. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Breaking#Government#international#news#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting On February 18 the Libyan Internet appeared shut down across the whole of the country. That state of affairs did not last long and since then, the Internet has been intermittent as pro- and anti-government forces fight it out. Today, however, Rensys confirmed a report we mentioned from journalist Lisa Goldman that the Internet is 100% down for the North African country. The shutdown, even in the areas controlled by opponents of the current government, seems complete. Rensys’s update outlined the drop-off of traffic, which has lasted for better than 12 hours now.last_img read more

In a letter, doctors urge government to allow patients in Kashmir to access health care

first_imgIn a letter published on August 16 in the medical journal BMJ, a group of 18 doctors from across India have said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where the Indian government has heavily restricted the movement of people, is preventing people from accessing health care.In a letter written by Dr. Ramani Atkuri, a public health physician in Madhya Pradesh, and 17 others have said that there is “blatant denial of the right to health care and the right to life”. They have urged the central government to “ease restrictions on communication and travel at the earliest, and undertake any other measures that are required to allow patients to access health care without hindrance”.The letter says that “people are unable to call an ambulance to take a sick person to hospital” forcing them to take the sick person in a “private vehicle”. “These vehicles [private vehicles] are stopped every few metres by security forces standing at concertina wire barricades to check identity and ask questions”.According to the letter, it is not just patients who have difficulty in reaching the hospitals, even the staff do. “Though hospitals are generally stocked with supplies, staff have found it difficult to reach the hospital. Hospitals that are usually overcrowded are largely empty now,” the letter says.While the government had initially denied pellet injuries, on August 14 the State police had confirmed that there have been pellet injuries due to “stray protests” in Srinagar. The letter confirms what the police had then said and provides more details. It says: “Several patients have been admitted with pellet gun injuries, and some have been seriously injured. Only those who can make it to a hospital can get some care.”It then adds: “Some doctors worry about their patients on dialysis as only a few patients requiring dialysis from Srinagar have been able to come for treatment, while those living outside have not been able to reach the hospital… There are reports of other patients who have not been able to reach the hospital in time for their scheduled cycle of chemotherapy.”The letter also mentions about medicines running out of stock. “Certain medications are out of stock in the local stores and there is at least one report of a person having to fly to New Delhi to purchase medicines for a sick relative,” it says.“Some women due to deliver were moved closer to a hospital when the troop build up began as they anticipated some trouble. There are likely to be many more women who are not able to get to a hospital for their delivery, or have got there very late,” the letter mentions. “The situation has also led to a lot of mental stress among a population already living with high levels of psychosocial stress.”last_img read more

Champions League T20 format and match schedule announced

first_imgThe format and match schedule for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament and qualifying event has been announced, with a record 13 teams from around the world a chance to claim the most prestigious prize in domestic cricket.According to a press release, the tournament returns to India this year with matches in Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata, as well as a qualifying event in Hyderabad. The main tournament will run from 23 September-9 October with the qualifier immediately beforehand from 19-21 September. With seven teams already qualified, a six-team qualifying event will be held for the first time to determine the final three participants. The six teams will be divided into two pools and the top team from each pool qualifies for the group stage, with the third team to be the next highest ranked team based on points and then net run rate. The group stage of the tournament follows the same successful format as 2010. The 10 teams have been divided into two groups for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals. The qualifier will be held in Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, while Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens, and Bangalore M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will host group stage matches. Bangalore and Chennai have been awarded a semi-final on Friday 7 October and Saturday 8 October respectively, with Chennai also selected to host the 2011 CLT20 final on Sunday 9 October. Chennai Super Kings, the defending CLT20 Champions, have been drawn in Group A along with Cape Cobras (South Africa’s Pro20 Series Champions), 2009 CLT20 Champions NSW Blues and Mumbai Indians. The fifth team from the group will be the team that finishes top of Pool B in the qualifier. Group B contains Royal Challengers Bangalore (2010 IPL runner-up), Warriors (2010 CLT20 runner-up) and South Australian Redbacks (Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash Champions). The remaining two places will come from the qualifier (the top of Pool A and the next highest qualifier). The tournament starts in Bengalore on Friday 23 September with a Group B clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the second time that the venue has hosted the CLT20 opener.  Royal Challengers Bangalore is the only team to have qualified for the past three tournaments while their opponent was the surprise of last year’s event, using its home ground advantage in Port Elizabeth to great effect in the group stage on their way to the Final. Group A action gets underway the following day with a double header in Chennai with Cape Cobras and NSW Blues in the early match followed by an IPL battle between MS Dhoni’s all-conquering Super Kings and Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians. Teams that emerge from the qualifier won’t start their group stage matches until 25 September, giving them time to regroup and prepare for their campaign. The seven teams already qualified have consistently shown over the past three years that they are the world’s elite. Among them are former CLT20 champions and finalists, as well as teams that have proved their pedigree at home and on the CLT20 stage. The addition of the qualifier adds another dimension to this year’s tournament. While half the teams will go home disappointed before the group stage, the three that qualify will be match-hardened and a legitimate contender after surviving CLT20’s unique pressure. Key featuresadvertisement6 Teams divided into 2 Pools of 3. Three Teams to advance to Group StageTop team from each Pool after round robin matches qualifies for Group StageNext highest ranked Team in terms of points, then run rate, also qualifiesGroup Stage10 Teams divided into 2 Groups of 5Top 2 Teams from each Group advance to the Semi Finals23 Matches in total (same as 2009 and 2010)Group A – Chennai Super Kings, Cape Cobras, NSW Blues, Mumbai Indians, 1st Pool B QualifierGroup B – Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors, South Australian Redbacks, 1st Pool A Qualifier, Next Highest Ranked Qualifier7 Double HeadersSemi Finals in Bangalore and ChennaiFinal in ChennaiCompeting TeamsQualifier: Kolkata Knight Riders (India), Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies), Auckland Aces (New Zealand), a club from Sri Lanka, two clubs from England Group StageSouth Australian Redbacks (Australia), NSW Blues (Australia), Warriors (South Africa), Cape Cobras (South Africa), Chennai Super Kings (India), Royal Challengers Bangalore (India), Mumbai Indians (India), 3 x Qualifier (teams to be announced)last_img read more

Gov’t Focused on Quality Health Care Delivery – Minister Ferguson

first_imgCouncillor Suzette Brown (2nd left) from the St. James Parish Council leads a group discussion at Sunday’s (June 23) public consultation on financing for the health sector, held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James. Councillors Homer Davis (3rd left); and Charles Sinclair (4th left); also participated in the session organised by the Ministry of Health. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that the Government is committed to maintaining high standards in healthcare delivery even as it deliberates on options for financing the sector.“It is not just creation of access; we have to also maintain quality and standards,” Dr. Ferguson stated on Sunday, June 23, as he addressed the fourth public consultation on health financing held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, St. James.Dr. Ferguson, who will speak on developments in the health sector, when he makes his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday, June 25, said that some “important recommendations” have come from the meetings held to date.“We have taken on board the many suggestions, some of which will be discussed, in our deliberations,” he informed.Among the recommendations, he said, is that the Ministry should look to “get something from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), because in a real way, when our tourists come to the country, there is great expectations about the nature of our service, there is great expectations about or emergency response.” Stating that the issue of health financing has moved from just user fees, Dr. Ferguson informed that the role of insurance companies has also been put on the table.“When you have an accident and the client ends up in the hospital, what about the insurance companies? Those things have come to the table,” he stated.The Minister said the consultations have put him in a position to work with his team at the Ministry, and the wider Government to chart a way forward with clear understanding that the public is fully aware of the range of issues involved.Meanwhile, Technical Director at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Dr. Simone Spence, reported that a number of upgrading projects have taken place across the region to improve health facilities.“In progress, we currently have refurbishing of the dietary and kitchen area at Cornwall Regional Hospital, which is 99.9 per cent complete. Expansion of the Mount Salem Health Centre is almost complete as well. We have renovated a number of our health centres across the region, and there is construction of maternity, medical, and accident and emergency facilities at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital,” she outlined.Contact: Garfield Anguslast_img read more

The Handmaids Tale Season 2 Premieres Spring 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Exactly when The Handmaid’s Tale was due to return has remained a mystery, up until this point. Now, Hulu has confirmed a release window for the second season of the show.The news was revealed by Hulu via the official The Handmaid’s Tale Twitter channel. The announcement was made alongside a brief teaser video, confirming that season 2 is currently in development as well as hinting that there is “no turning back.” The video, and the announcement, can be seen below.Exactly what will come with the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been the topic of much debate. The first season built upon the core story of Margaret Atwood’s original novel to great effect, and fans have been confident about the success of season 2 after it was revealed that Atwood is working on Handmaid’s Tale season 2 in a creative capacity.Although there are some changes between The Handmaid’s Tale novel and series, the largest obvious differences are generally to do with the scope of the show. The first season covered the main plot of the novel, and perfectly matched with Atwood’s overall themes, but exactly how the story can be propelled forward without the assistance of source material has been an intriguing question for fans. Given that some key characters will be returning for Handmaid’s Tale season 2, it’s clear that the second season of the show is going to be full of surprises.Whatever season 2 has in store, fans will likely be happy as long as the quality of the show’s first season carries over into the second. The Handmaid’s Tale was a standout success when it came to viewer reception and critical reception alike, and the show made history by gaining Hulu the honor of being the first streaming service to win the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy. Although continued success is never guaranteed for any show, expectations are high for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2.The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 arrives next spring.By Rob Gordon with files from Hulu Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is set to premiere on Hulu in the spring of 2018. The show’s first season was one of the standout television moments of 2017, and fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the future of the dystopian series. The show reportedly gained the largest viewership figures of any Hulu original program, resulting in Hulu renewing The Handmaid’s Tale for a second season.No turning back. Season 2 of The #HandmaidsTale returns April 2018, only on @hulu. pic.twitter.com/yPcPQY8hxJ— The Handmaid’s Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) November 14, 2017 Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Aussie MP slammed for Christchurch attack remarks

first_imgCanberra: The Australian Senate on Wednesday slammed a lawmaker for blaming Muslim immigration as the cause for the New Zealand mosque attacks that killed 50 people. Senator Fraser Anning, a far-right independent, made his comments on the day of the shootings in Christchurch. The Upper House passed the censure motion against him without a single unfavourable vote, in what was a symbolic move that does not carry with it Anning’s expulsion from the legislative body. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Lawmakers from across the political spectrum condemned his “inflammatory and divisive” remarks. In response, Anning said the censure was “an attack on free speech”, the BBC reported. The reprimand, the fifth to be passed by the Senate in the past decade, stated that Anning’s remarks on the March 15 attack did not reflect the views of the Parliament or the Australian people. “It’s absolutely right to censure Senator Anning and anyone else within our community who seeks to use a horrific tragedy like this one as an opportunity to vilify and divide people based on their religious belief,” said Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Following the Christchurch carnage — the deadliest in New Zealand’s history — Anning had said that “the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration programme that allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”. The leader of the opposition in the Senate, Penny Wong, described Anning’s anti-Muslim remarks as “pathetic” and “shameful”, Efe news reported. Wong said that “his inflammatory and divisive comments seek to attribute blame to the victims of a horrific crime and to vilify people on the basis of religion”. Anning was not present in the Senate during the motion against him. The Queensland Senator had said before the motion that “my real crime is that I simply told the truth” when the media and the leaders did not want to hear it. Anning, who in the past used a term linked to the Nazi plan for exterminating all Jewish people – “final solution” – by calling for it to be applied to immigrants in Australia, was also involved in an altercation with a teenager who cracked an egg on his forehead following his comments about the attack.last_img read more

Terriers Were Once The Greatest Dogs In The World

15-inch beagle2 Newfoundland2 Embed Code Of course, other breeds have their own issues. Where terriers are blessed with pluck, beagles, for example, “you have to convince them that they love what they’re doing,” Darlene Stewart, a committee chair for the National Beagle Club, told me. Training, rather than grooming, might be the main challenge.Ultimately, each dog is judged according to its own breed’s rubric. In the Best in Show ring, a dog competes against the others, but also against the platonic ideal of its own breed. And these ideals are public record. The American Kennel Club’s standard for the wire fox terrier, for example, comes in at just over three dense, single-spaced pages. Old English sheepdog2 BREEDBEST IN SHOWS The breed group system was introduced at Westminster in 1924. The number of groups has increased since then; I’ve backdated the present group definitions for the chart above.2Five of the groups were introduced in 1924, the hound group was added in 1930, and the herding group was created in 1983. For the cat-fanciers among you: The sporting group is home to your retrievers and spaniels; the working group to huskies and mastiffs; the toys are pugs and Shih Tzus; the non-sporting are Dalmatians and bulldogs; the hounds self-explanatory; and the herding group is sheepdogs and collies.“Terriers are in many ways the most homogenous group of breeds,” Flyckt-Pedersen said. Terrier breeds tend to be similar to one another, especially compared with the heterogeneity of the non-sporting group, for example, which is home to both the Lhasa apso and the Norwegian lundehund.If terriers were once the Yankees of Westminster, one terrier breed in particular was their Babe Ruth: the wire fox terrier. Flyckt-Pedersen, who has bred terriers since 1963, called wire fox terriers “the ultimate” terrier breed. “They were hunting dogs, and they had to be tough and fearless to hunt badgers and foxes,” he said. “They have to have a real personality, they have to have a real character, and they have to be confident and, hopefully, fearless.” Wire foxes alone have won 14 Westminster Best in Shows. A distant second: another terrier. The Scottish terrier has won eight. Scottish terrier8 Norwich terrier2 Miniature poodle3 Oliver Roeder and Jody Avirgan visit the Westminster Dog Show on our podcast What’s The Point. And there is a disconnect between popularity in the broader canine world and success in the silk-stocking milieu of Westminster: Ubiquity doesn’t necessarily lead to first-place ribbons and shiny pewter bowls. No Labrador retriever (“America’s dog,” per the vice president of the American Kennel Club) has ever won Best in Show at the Garden. Nor has a retriever of any kind. No beagle had until 2008, despite more than 70 years in the popularity top 10.Some popular dogs do take the top prize, though. Poodles of various types have taken nine titles, and cocker spaniels, which have enjoyed two distinct reigns as the country’s most popular breed, have won four. In some sense, popularity is bound to help. “If a breed is bred in numbers and bred by serious people, the chances that you breed something fantastic is higher than if it’s a small breed, with a small number of breeders,” said Flyckt-Pedersen, the terrier judge.Some breeds have seen boom times. Chief among them: the French bulldog, Rottweiler, Maltese, and Siberian husky, each of which has risen from obscurity around 1950 to prominence today. But so far only one of these — a Siberian husky back in 1980 — has taken Best in Show. Smooth fox terrier4 Black cocker spaniel2 “A lot of working-class people were involved with them in the U.K. because it was a hobby,” Green said. “It didn’t cost a lot of money to keep a dog and breed a few dogs, and working-class people would breed puppies and make a little money doing that.” Someone was always in the market for a good show dog. “A good one is always what everybody was looking for,” Green said.A “good one” was exactly what George Thomas was always looking for. In 1939, The New York Times called Thomas “one of America’s greatest all-around dog experts” when he judged Best in Show at Westminster. But it was his business acumen decades earlier that drove him to this distinction. Beginning in the late 1800s, Thomas imported terriers from England to the United States, and business was good. The English press dubbed him the “American Ambassador.” He imported hundreds of the greatest wire fox terriers ever produced in England to the U.S.The rich East Coasters who bought the dogs often got more than a dog in the deal. “George Thomas would say, ‘OK, I can get you the foundation stock; I can get you a man from England to come over and take care of the dogs and groom them for you,’” Green said. “And he did, literally, scores of people, started their kennels for them.”And judging by news reports from Thomas’s time, this was a profitable business. The 1915 Westminster champion, yet another wire fox terrier, was plucked from “the obscurity of an English barnyard” for 2 pounds. On our side of the pond, one Boston terrier3Actually the result of breeding bulldogs with the (now extinct) English white terrier. at the 1907 show sold for $1,000 — about $27,000 today — to “a prominent New Yorker.” Doberman pinscher4 Westminster’s dog show is the second-longest-continuously-running sporting event (if you’ll permit it the label) in the country, after the Kentucky Derby (ditto). Since Westminster first crowned a Best in Show, in 1907, 46 winners have been terriers. Of the 43 Best in Shows that were awarded in the first half of the 20th century, 29 went to a terrier.1There was no Best in Show awarded in 1923. The first three Best in Shows all went to the same terrier — Warren Remedy, a fox terrier. The terrier “is to Westminster awards what Meryl Streep is to the Oscars, except that the terriers win more,” The New York Times wrote in 2003. But this has changed. The market and tastes that made terriers such popular show dogs in the first half of last century shifted, and a broad decline in terrier popularity is now mirrored by fewer terrier Best in Show titles. “The domestic dog is a genetic enterprise unique in human history,” a team of biologists wrote in a 2004 paper in Science. The animals are all one species — Canis familiaris — but they range from the diminutive 8-pound Brussels griffon to the massive 150-pound Neapolitan mastiff. But with the exception of the Boston terrier’s one-year reign in 1935, only four dogs have taken turns atop the American Kennel Club’s most popular breed list: the cocker spaniel, the beagle, the poodle and the Labrador retriever. Afghan hound2 The word “terrier” comes from the Middle French chien terrier — literally, dog of the earth. The dogs were originally bred to kill vermin — there’s still a breed known as the rat terrier. And it is this hunter’s instinct, this fearlessness, that has come to define the temperament of the breed today. As A. E. Housman, the English scholar and poet, wrote, “I can no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.” Hunting — like poetry to a poet — is just what terriers do.This temperament is highly valued in the present-day show terrier. “When a terrier group comes into the ring, they’ll all look confident and seem to enjoy doing what they’re doing,” Geir Flyckt-Pedersen, this year’s Westminster terrier group judge, told me.Terriers may have a temperament made for a dog show, but their coats are the stuff of nightmares. To maintain the coat coloring that is valued in the breeds, and to keep it properly harsh, a show terrier’s hair must be pulled, plucked and stripped, by hand. Every day. Illustration by Sean Sims. Frame photo by DeAgostini / Getty Images Stingray of Derryabah, a Lakeland terrier, won Best in Show at Westminster in 1968 and Best in Show at Crufts, the U.K.’s major dog show, the year before. Photo courtesy of AKC Gazette Collection Standard poodle4 Thomas’s heir apparent in the trans-Atlantic dog trade was Percy Roberts, who started as a kennel boy for Thomas when he was 16 years old. During his 70-year career, Roberts was terriers — “a leitmotif of the 20th century in dogs,” according to The Canine Chronicle, a show-dog magazine. Roberts won his first Best in Show, with a wire fox terrier, in 1926. And then the stock market crashed.Roberts was traveling from England to America with thousands of dollars’ worth of dogs in 1929 when he got news of the crash. He didn’t go back to England for another four years. The Gilded Age was, by now, a distant memory, and the Great Depression had begun. “There were some big kennels that went kaput when the crash came,” Green said. The Manhattan dollars that had been put toward show dogs dried up, squeezing the terrier-import business. Not only had the terriers themselves cost good money, but so had the mercenary experts that undertook the intensive endeavor that is terrier maintenance. And so went the terrier demand.And then television came along. While Black Tuesday changed the business from the U.S., a few decades later, mass media changed it from England. The English working class that was largely responsible for raising the dogs turned to other leisure pursuits. “So instead of you going outside in a cold shed and pulling hair, you can watch a football game, and you’re sitting in your kitchen by the fire,” Green said. “Well, which would you rather do for a hobby?” And so went the terrier supply.Echoes of these effects are visible in data. The American Kennel Club, which is the governing body for dog shows and whose membership includes Westminster, tallies the most popular breeds in the country each year, going back to 1935. This data is based on purebred dog registrations with the club, which says it registers nearly 1 million dogs each year. (There are something like 80 million dogs owned in the U.S.)4I obtained rank data — the American Kennel Club doesn’t release raw registration numbers. The club ranked roughly the top 100 breeds for the early years of this data set, increasing to roughly 175 breeds in more recent years. Many of the all-star terrier breeds5Those that have won more than two Best in Shows through 2015. The smooth fox terrier, which has won four Best in Shows, isn’t included in the chart because the data on its popularity during the last century is incomplete. began to decline. Wire fox terrier14 Toy poodle2 One Yorkie did win Westminster, back in 1978. But Yorkshire terriers, small as they are, compete in the toy group at Westminster. The terrier on the rise is barely a terrier at all.Despite the upending of the import market decades ago and the breeds’ often sharply declining popularity, the terrier experts I spoke to were still high on the dogs’ chances to prevail at the Garden this year. Oddsmakers haven’t cooled completely on their chances, either. The Wynn sportsbook puts the odds of a Skye terrier Best in Show at 5-to-1, making that breed the second overall favorite. The odds of a German shepherd win are 4-to-1.7The Scottish terrier comes in at 18-to-1, the wire fox at 40-to-1, and the Welsh at 125-to-1. Charlie, the Skye terrier who was last year’s runner-up, has good odds to win this year, as does Rumor, who was the best of the German shepherds and won the herding group on Monday.At the Garden on Tuesday, the mood among the dog handlers will be serious and competitive. “It’s just like what you would expect with trainers at the Kentucky Derby or mechanics at the Daytona 500,” said Stewart, the beagle expert. “They’re not going to be talking to each other about the new clutch they put in their car.”But that competitive tension can work in a terrier’s favor. “The chaos that is [the Westminster] show doesn’t bother the terriers,” Orange said. “They are so outgoing and so full of themselves that they don’t get exhausted. And they don’t stress out the way some of the more sensitive breeds do. Very few things bother a terrier.”The royal terrier bloodline may have thinned, but it’s royal nonetheless. “Terriers are still difficult to beat if you’ve got a good one,” Green said. English springer spaniel6 Source: Westminster Kennel Club Sealyham terrier4 German shorthaired pointer2 Illustrations by Joe McKendry Airedale terrier4 For decades, it wasn’t just dog-show success injecting the terrier brand into the collective American psyche — politics and pop culture also shined light on these breeds. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had Fala, a Scottish terrier, as a pet in the White House. The dog was a centerpiece of a nationally broadcast speech given by the president in 1944, and a statue of the pet sits at Roosevelt’s memorial in Washington, D.C. The Kennedys owned a Welsh terrier called Charlie. Asta, a wire fox terrier and now a staple of crossword puzzle answers, became a Hollywood star, appearing in “The Thin Man” films and many other movies in the 1930s and ’40s. Alfred Hitchcock owned Sealyham terriers, and the dogs made cameos in his movies.But the history of terriers in America goes back further than that. To understand it, you have to start in the United Kingdom.Terriers were described by an English physician as early as the 16th century; by the Victorian era, the animals had become the people’s dog of choice. Flyckt-Pedersen and Peter Green, a legendary terrier handler who has won four Westminster Best in Shows, agreed that some combination of the animals’ hunting utility and the vagaries of public taste were responsible for terriers’ popularity in the U.K. Around the turn of the 20th century, “terriers were the popular things,” Green said. “The only other breeds that were popular were sporting dogs.” And different terrier breeds emerged that were tailored for different landscapes and different prey — rats, badgers, rabbits and so on. Most successful breeds at Westminster “God loves a terrier.” — Gerry and Cookie Fleck, “Best in Show”Nearly 3,000 dogs are entered this year in the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show. Officially, they belong to 199 dog breeds and varieties, their names affirming the global success of dog breeding, one of the most awesome biological experiments in history: affenpinscher, Beauceron, boerboel, keeshond, löwchen, Plott, Samoyed, schipperke, vizsla, xoloitzcuintli.On Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, seven dogs will bound onto Westminster’s iconic green carpet in the event’s final round. Each dog will be linked to a human handler by a show collar and lead, the two participants expertly guided and guiding. When the applause finally dies down, a tuxedoed judge will carefully assess each dog for its appearance, gait, coat, ears, eyes, teeth and temperament — its form against its original function. After careful deliberation, the judge will deem one of these dogs the highest expression of what a dog can be. The award: A polished pewter bowl and the coveted title Best in Show.For a long time at the Westminster show — the club has put on dog shows since 1877 — the winner of this title came from the same group of dogs over and over and over again, resulting in a record that is unrivaled even by the most storied of sports dynasties. For decades, terriers reigned supreme over Westminster. But then the arc of history turned against them. Lakeland terrier2 Boxer4 Bulldog2 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Pointer3 West Highland white terrier2 This fall from prominence has affected more than the multi-champion terrier breeds. The Dandie Dinmont, the Skye, the Kerry blue, the Bedlington, the Welsh, the standard Manchester, the Australian and the Lakeland have all seen significant declines in popularity, as well.For some terrier breeds, the situation is existential. In 2011, a campaign was launched to save the Sealyham terrier — winner of four Westminster Best in Shows and once the dog of choice of King George V, Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor — from extinction. “If we can save the rhino or tiger, we can surely save this useful and charming breed of dog,” the British magazine Country Life wrote. Some related breeds, like the English white terrier, from which the Sealyham line descends, have already gone extinct. In 2010, only 49 Sealyham puppies were registered with the U.K.’s Kennel Club, down from 2,000 in the breed’s peak years. The near-extinction of the Sealyham is an extreme illustration of terrier decline — even among terriers, the Sealyham is extremely difficult to show. The dogs have very thick coats, for one thing, and their white fur tends to get dirty easily.Despite the difficulties, an intrepid few still soldier on in the terrier world. Diane Orange, a columnist for the American Kennel Club, told me that she has bred terriers since 1956 and now breeds Welsh terriers in West Virginia. When I reached her by phone, she had her hands full: “I’ve got a 6-month-old puppy running around loose, and I’ve got to put her back in her crate.�� When she returned a minute or two later, she continued: “Right now, I’m starting to work on coats for four of them for the summer, and once I get really working on the coats, it’s going to take me an hour a day, per dog, to get them ready to show, for about three months.”When terriers were hegemons of Westminster in the early 20th century, there were far fewer breeds in the country. And as terrier popularity has declined, the variety of dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and competing at Westminster has increased. But terrier titles haven’t gone down just because there is more competition now. In 1950, when terriers ended their run of winning 29 out of 43 Best in Shows, there were 19 terrier breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, 17 percent of the 109 total. Now, there are 31 terrier breeds, 16 percent of the 189 total.6Westminster did not have historical data on the number of breeds and varieties competing each year, so I used the American Kennel Club data, which is a close proxy. There are 10 more dog types on the Westminster list, though, because the breeds are divided into even finer categories — e.g., the dachshund is one breed on the American Kennel Club list, but its longhaired, smooth, and wirehaired versions compete at Westminster separately. A new terrier breed — the American hairless — was recognized just this year and will make its debut at Westminster in 2017. It remains unclear what the next dog-show dynasty will be or if there will be one at all. Might it be the dawn of the toy? A Pekingese and an affenpinscher took the titles in 2012 and 2013. Perhaps a long-in-coming age of the hound? Hounds have taken three titles since 2008 — as many as they’d won in the previous century. Or maybe the retrievers will finally get their due.Things change. A Portuguese water dog now lives in the White House. Our celebrities tote around Maltese and toy poodles. “Frasier” went off the air long ago, and its star terrier, Moose, is dead. So is Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier from “The Artist.”But amid the still-smoldering ruins of the terrier empire, one terrier prospers — the rose that grew while the others wilted. The Yorkshire terrier’s increased popularity, per the American Kennel Club data, stands alone as a terrier on the rapid rise. By Oliver Roeder Pekingese4 In the past two decades, titles have been fairly evenly distributed across most of the breed groups. Last year’s winner was a beagle (a member of the hound group) known as Miss P, only the second beagle to take the title. The runner-up: Charlie, a Skye terrier. read more

Football Former Michigan recruits now key Buckeyes

OSU redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley picks off Michigan State’s quarterback Tyler O’Connor to seal the team’s 17-16 win at Spartan Stadium.. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt’s no secret that this coming Saturday’s game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan has a lot of implications behind it. It is not just college football’s annual matchup between the two teams, but it is also a game that will potentially decide which of the two teams will make the College Football Playoff. But the rivalry goes beyond just “The Game” itself. It ranges all the way down to recruiting.For years, young football players have looked at both universities as potential options to continue their playing careers, while both programs have pushed to obtain the next best recruit. On the OSU roster, there is no shortage of connections with “That Team Up North,” as a few of its current players have decommitted from Michigan only to commit to OSU. This was the case for redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber.“I was a young-minded person, and really, (Michigan) was my first big offer,” Conley said. “But I wanted to explore my options, and when I came (to OSU) it just felt like going from the same program to a better program of what I already experienced, and it felt like home.”As a four-star prospect out of Massillon Washington High School in Ohio, Conley was a Michigan commit for eight months before he decided to join Urban Meyer’s 2013 class. Meyer said on Monday that he went to watch Conley play basketball when recruiting the cornerback, and that the team thought highly of him during the process.“I went and watched him actually practice basketball, and that’s when I was like, ‘this is a crazy athlete,’” Meyer said. “Then you get to meet him and his family. Major impact. He’s not just a great player, but a great leader as well.”Conley, who made the game-ending interception last Saturday against Michigan State, said that his initial commitment to be a Wolverine was “real fast.” He had only gone to Ann Arbor once to visit and didn’t talk to a lot of people, causing him to make the decision to switch schools.“It was a magnificent decision because, obviously, two years ago we won a championship and last year we had a good season,” Conley said. “Overall, the teams I’ve been a part of (at OSU) and the brotherhood I have experienced — it’s great.”Now one of the Ohio State team captains, Conley was the first player that Meyer would convert from Wolverine to Buckeye in his OSU coaching tenure. Conley wouldn’t be the last player to recommit to OSU, as Weber would do the same just two years later.Unlike Conley, Weber grew up in Michigan as a native of Detroit. After playing football for Cass Technical High School, Weber committed to the Wolverines. However, after Michigan fired then-head coach Brady Hoke, the four-star recruit decommitted from the university, and eventually ended up at Ohio State.Weber said that former Cass Tech teammate and current Ohio State teammate Damon Webb, a junior cornerback, helped him with his decision to join the Buckeyes.“Having people here that I know of, that I can talk to, and that relate to me is always good,” Weber said. “I used to talk to (Webb) in high school about the program, about what to expect, and he always gave me good feedback.”Weber said that with Webb already in Columbus and with redshirt freshman defensive tackle Joshua Alabi, also one of Weber’s Cass Tech teammates, committed to OSU, he was comfortable with his decision.“It feels good to play with guys you grew up with,” Weber said.However, Weber, who joins Maurice Clarett and Robert Smith as the only Ohio State freshman to rush for 1,000 yards, will be playing several of his high school teammates when the Buckeyes and Wolverines take the field on Saturday. “Now it is really personal. A lot of people I played with — Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill, Mike Onwenu, Lavert Hill — all those guys I played with in high school and won championships with are on the team,” Weber said. “It’s going to be fun playing against all those guys and I’m looking forward to it.”Along with Conley, Weber, Alabi and Webb, true freshman offensive lineman Michael Jordan is also a native of Michigan and will be playing for his home-state rival on Saturday.With each of these players deciding to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes, there is no denying that both teams could look very different for Saturday’s game had Conley and Weber not recommitted to OSU and stayed at Michigan.Conley said that he is looking forward to the game on Saturday, and that he is happy with the decision he made three years ago.“It’s an honor to play in this game. It’s an honor to be a Buckeye in this game,” Conley said. “This is one of the most tradition-rich programs in tradition games, and it’s going to be a great challenge. I’m just glad to be here with my team.” read more