Rainforest Challenge comes to India for the first time in its 8th Edition

first_imgForce Gurkha RFC2014 The Malaysian Rainforest Challenge is one of the most significant and toughest off-road challenges in the world. Seven editions of this have already been successfully held and the good news here is that India will be part of the eighth challenge, to be held from 8- 14 August 2014. A total of 40 teams in India and abroad will be participating in this adventurous sport, which will be held in Goa.Known as the Force Gurkha Rainforest Challenge, it will be held in the magnificent state of Goa, which has been witness to Goa Fest and India Bike Week in the past. Slurry lovers are now being welcomed by Goa Tourism, in a bid to popularise the destination for adventure tourism. Off-road enthusiasts from different off-road clubs of India, along with international touring adventurers will be taking part in RFC 2014.As the name suggests, the course would be full of wild insects and creatures, along with, of course, blinding rain. This rough terrain has been created away from protected forest land and wildlife sanctuaries and lies across a union of public and private land. This practice will ensure that the fast-paced and gruelling rally does not affect flora and fauna of Goa. To further propagate eco tourism, an “Environment Award” has been planned for the team or individual who displays maximum care for the environment.   Event ManagementRFC 2014 will be organised by Cougar Motorsport over a period of 6 days. It will be categorised into four sections- Prologue, Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zones. While the first two days will be open for the general public, participants will need to cook their own meals, set up camps and take on unexpected hurdles from the rain and others, in order to be victorious. Globally, the series has been organised in countries such as Vietnam, China, Tunisia, Australia, Sri Lanka, Italy, Russia and China.advertisementThe RouteParticipants will be competing in 30 Special Stages (SS) and will need to drive 250 kms from South to North Goa. These stages are validated by experts from RFC International, to test team driving and recovery skills in extreme off-road conditions.Eligibility and Classification of vehiclesAll road registered 4 wheel drive (FWD) vehicles and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are eligible for RFC 2014. However, the list excludes prototypes, 4×4 commercial vehicles, vans o agricultural vehicles. A total of  seven Classes and two Overall Rankings have been fixed.1. Up to 1600 cc petrol or diesel engines not 1600 cc.2. 1601 to 2600 cc petrol engines over 1600cc not more than 2600 cc3. 1601 to 2600 cc diesel engines over 1600cc not more than 2600 cc4. Above 2601 cc petrol or diesel engines exceeding 2601cc5. ATVs- For these vehicles there are separate rules and regulations.6. Electric Winch for vehicles running a dedicated electric winch.  7. PTO Winch for vehicles running dedicated PTO winch.Classification will take place according to a) Overall Rankings Foreign Entries b) Overall Rankings Indian Entries.last_img read more

Boxing: Joel Diaz reveals game plan for Manny Pacquiao

first_imgAdvertisementOn July 15th in Malaysia, he will fight for the WBA welterweight world title in a very dangerous fight with big-hitting Argentinian Lucas Matthysse.Speaking to KO Artist Sports, Matthysse’s coach Joel Diaz said:“We’re focusing on a lot of technical stuff that I worked with (Timothy) Bradley when we fought Pacquiao two times.”Diaz added:“I think if Lucas follows the plan the way we are working on and catches Pacquiao in an exchange, we will hurt him. The plan is this – going to the Philippines and going the distance with Manny we’re not going to win. So we’re going for all the marbles. We have to go for the knockout.”He concluded:“With Manny Pacquiao you must have good timing because Manny Pacquiao is a fighter who is very intense. Some people don’t see it but Manny Pacquiao can tire you out psychologically besides physically because you can never time him when he comes in. He’s always so tense. He uses a lot of feints. He always keeps you on the edge. I’ve seen Manny Pacquiao ten years ago, five years ago and two months ago. He’s made some changes but he’s not the young Manny Pacquiao that had the power. When was the last time he knocked someone out? It’s been a while.”The promoter of Pacquiao Bob Arum expressed some doubts this week about the fight falling out at the last-minute but as things stand, the fight is still going ahead.Advertisementlast_img read more

Juve held at home as Inter stay top

first_imgJuventus 0 Inter 0: Nerazzurri stay top as Derby d’Italia ends in stalemate Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 05:47 12/10/17 Juventus v Inter_cropped Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images Mario Mandzukic hit the crossbar but Juventus drew a blank in Turin against Inter, despite the late introduction of Paulo Dybala. Inter kept Juventus at bay to retain top spot in Serie A as the 169th Derby d’Italia finished in stalemate at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday.The Nerazzurri barely tested stand-in goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – who was once again filling in for the injured Gianluigi Buffon – but showed their resilient side to shut out the reigning champions in Turin.While third-placed Napoli could take over at the summit with a win over Fiorentina on Sunday, Luciano Spalletti’s side demonstrated why it looks set to be a three-way race for the title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mario Mandzukic hit the woodwork in the first half as Juve huffed and puffed in the hope of finding a way past Samir Handanovic in the away goal.Massimiliano Allegri caused a stir by leaving Paulo Dybala out of his starting XI, but not even the late introduction of the team’s top scorer could inspire the Bianconeri to a fourth straight win in all competitions.FT: All square at the Allianz.#JuveInter #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/6iz3kvy7lE— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 9, 2017With Dybala watching on from the bench, Mandzukic twice had chances to break the deadlock in a first half that saw two of Italian football’s heavyweights struggle to land a telling blow on their opponent.The Croatian saw a crisp half-volley kept out by Handanovic and while he quickly seized on the rebound, his reactionary header was drifting wide before the retreating Miranda hacked the ball clear.The forward came even closer to scoring in the closing minutes of the half, only to head Juan Cuadrado’s deep cross from the right against the crossbar.Sami Khedira also forced Handanovic into a save – albeit a comfortable one low to the goalkeeper’s right – but an Inter side who put five past Chievo last time out failed to even manage a shot in the opening 45 minutes They had started brightly but found a Juve defence marshalled superbly by Giorgio Chiellini, who – in the absence of the injured Buffon – wore the captain’s armband on his 450th appearance for the hosts.0 – For the first time since May 2014 (vs AC Milan), Inter have failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a Serie A game. HT. #Juventus pic.twitter.com/lJOmR6nKe0— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 9, 2017If the opening half was a tactical battle between two well-drilled teams, the second became all about Inter surviving wave after wave of attacks.At times they looked set to crumble under the pressure, only to come through the odd scary moment and maintain their unbeaten record this season.Handanovic tipped over Cuadrado’s looping header but was fortunate soon after when a poor decision to come for a cross went unpunished, Miralem Pjanic driving the loose ball across the face of goal and beyond the far post.Dybala’s introduction galvanised one final push, both from his team-mates and the crowd, yet Juve could not land the knockout punch as they failed to score in the league for the first time since October 2016. Key Opta stats: – Juventus failed to score after 44 consecutive league games in which they found the net – it was the longest streak ever in Serie A history.- This is the first league game that Juventus have drawn 0-0 since February 2016 (against Bologna): 65 games ago.- Inter have failed to score in only two of their last 19 league matches: against Napoli and Juventus on the road.- Mario Mandzukic fired five shots on target, at least four more than any other player.  read morelast_img read more

Education Ministry Expanding Behaviour Intervention Programme Roll-Out in Schools

first_imgSchools located in the Denham Town Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) will benefit from the implementation of a School-Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) framework, when the 2018/19 academic year starts in September.The SWPBIS, spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, is a proactive, team-based initiative tailored to create and sustain safe and effective schools, by fostering a disciplined and structured environment to deal with challenges such as student violence.It will, among other things, target issues such truancy, and behaviour modification among youth and adolescents.The framework will place emphasis on preventing/solving behavioural challenges through a data-driven approach; and developing pro-social skills.The beneficiary schools for the upcoming academic year include: St. Anne’s CAP; St. Albans and Denham Town Primary Schools; Denham Town High School; St. Anne’s Primary School; and Chetolah Park Primary, where the initiative is already underway.The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are partnering with the Ministry on the initiative. Senior Education Officer in the Ministry’s Guidance Counselling Unit, Allison Cooke-Hawthorne, tells JIS News that the SWPBIS’ implementation will be underpinned by the formation of support teams in each institution where the programme is being undertaken.She explains that teams comprise administrators and support personnel such as deans of discipline, guidance counsellors and parents.Mrs. Cooke-Hawthorne says they are tasked to review the data for their institutions to determine the imperatives to be imparted to the students.“They will develop three to five core values… and most of these (focus on) respect, excellence, values that you want to see and what you think the school represents,” she adds.The Senior Education Officer points out that the SWPBIS utilises a tiered approach in addressing challenges with student behaviour.She explains that once stakeholder consensus is reached on what the core values are, all parties should, thereafter, be in discussions for further enlightenment on these targets.Mrs. Cooke-Hawthorne points out that if someone does not respond to what is outlined in the core values, the engagement will segue into tier two intervention.“[Here] we will probably have to pull them aside and teach them [what the desired behaviour looks like]. You try [in this case] to check on the barriers [to determine] why they are not practising the positive behaviour,” she outlines.The Senior Education Officers further states that tier three level is resorted to if no positive response is forthcoming after the initial two interventions.[Here,] perhaps, we [have to] go deep down into some more assessments… finding out what is happening at home. So we might have to get the social services involved,” she adds.The success of the SWPBIS’ implementation is dependent on staff and stakeholder “buy-in” and an assumed paradigm shift for educators.Mrs Cooke-Hawthorne notes that the SWPBIS is a key strategy for abolishing corporal punishment in schools.She points out that whereas traditional methods of discipline focus on the student’s problem behaviour and applies punishment with a goal of stemming the issue, positive behaviour intervention support applied under SWPBIS, replaces undesired conduct with new behaviours or skills.Further, SWPBIS alters environments, teaches appropriate skills and rewards appropriate behaviour.Meanwhile, Mrs Cooke-Hawthorne says the framework being implemented will not be duplicated in every institution, but rather individually tailored to “what exists at your school and creating [a] safe environment.”“So for [example] if you have a playground area where you know it’s dangerous, but children love to climb on top of something and jump, you now have to look at that area and say what is the message we want to send to these children, instead of saying [to them] ‘don’t go over there’… because once you say that [they want to know] ‘why can’t I go over there?’,” she adds.The Senior Education Officer emphasises that the SWPBIS is about giving positive re-enforcement and rewarding students when they display the positive skills they have been taught.Meanwhile, teachers and parents and other relevant stakeholders at the participating schools will receive training under the SWPBIS framework.“We are quite ready for September. We have a plan we are now engaging our principals to get dates for the training. We have our training package… [so] we are ready,” Mrs. Cooke-Hawthorne assures.Ultimately, it is anticipated that the SWPBIS programme will create a culture in each school that fosters morally upright behaviour and academic excellence for all students, while engendering a harmonious environment of respect among all members of the school community, including students and teachers.last_img read more

Robert Griffin III Must Protect Himself – Or Take

It is ironic that during the week the Washington Redskins devised a game plan to minimize exposure of their prized rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to potentially vicious hits, Griffin got blasted by the Atlanta Falcons’ Shawn Witherspoon, causing a mild concussion.The Redskins were traumatized to see Griffin wobbled, but hope that he would be OK to play next week when they host the Minnesota Vikings. They also hope Griffin finally learned a lesson. There were no need for him to take that hit Sunday.He was not going to get to the end zone. There was ample time for him to throw away the ball and let the field goal unit come onto the field. Or he could have just sprinted out of bounds. Trying to cut back against two defenders that had the angle on him set himself up to take a legal but devastating hit from Witherspoon, jolting his head back before crashing to the turf.“We’d like to have him throw the football away when he’s outside of the pocket,” team leader London Fletcher said after the game, “and not take the hit like that.”It is admirable to be so competitive and to be willing to sacrifice his body. But Griffin has to be smarter. There is a lot of value to playing is conservative in order to stay on the field. He appears to be a smart guy, so it stands to reason Witherspoon hammered home the message of protecting himself.All he has to do is look at Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles and see how much punishment he continues to take week after week through a reluctance to get out of bounds, slide feet forward or throw away the ball. Those are three options Griffin has to employ.Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin was removed because he could not answer basic questions about the game, such as the score and what quarter it was. Griffin Tweeted that he will play next week against the Vikings, but, under league rules, Griffin will not be permitted to practice or play until he is cleared by neurologists that have no association with the Redskins.Without Griffin, the Redskins’ chances for success diminish exponentially. Rookie Kirk Cousins took advantage of busted Falcons coverage and hit Santana Moss for a 77-yard touchdown during his action replacing Griffin. He then threw two interceptions in his last two passes, helping Atlanta secure the win. The idea that Rex Grossman could return as starting quarterback makes Redskin fans everywhere as loopy as Griffin felt Sunday. Whenever he returns, Griffin must protect himself with wise decisions when under duress — or the kind of abuse Witherspoon inflicted will not be the last. 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

Ohio State baseball looking to continue winning ways against Penn State

After taking two out of three from Illinois in last weekend’s Big Ten series, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to keep the winning mindset alive with Penn State coming to town Friday night. OSU senior right-hander Brad Goldberg feels the season is still young and the team still has work to do, but is really starting to get that winning attitude back. “We’re still working,” said Goldberg. “We nearly gave ourselves some heart attacks coming back in both wins last weekend, but I definitely think we are getting that winning attitude.” Senior left-hander Brian King agreed with Goldberg, and said the team is gaining confidence and enjoying playing baseball together. “The confidence is huge right now everyone is working together and enjoying each other,” said King. “Honestly, we are just having a good time out there.” Ohio State is 25-13 overall this season and 9-6 in Big Ten play. The team is 9-4 at home this season, and is looking to continue that success this weekend. “Home field has been big all year,” said Goldberg. “We know the turf and especially now with finals it’s just nice to be at home and not have to worry about missing classes.” PSU sits last in the Big Ten with a record of 2-10 in conference play and 11-25 overall. As of late though, the Nittany Lions are heating up, and have won back-to-back games including a 7-4 win over La Salle Tuesday night. They also won their first Big Ten series last weekend after taking two of three from Iowa. A bright spot in Penn State’s lineup is sophomore catcher J.C. Coban, who is hitting .315 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 32 games played. OSU coach Greg Beals said he is happy with the results from the previous two Big Ten weekend series, but hopes his team takes the right approach in the series against the Nittany Lions. “What I am looking for offensively is the approach,” said Beals. “It’s the mentality, it’s a competitive thing, and I want them to go up with a plan and execute it.” OSU is set to take the field against Penn State at 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium to start the weekend home series. read more

Luke Shaw explains how he stays grounded

first_imgThe Manchester United defender says he never wants to change who he is and how he maintains both feet on Earth during his current good runManchester United left-back Luke Shaw has been doing great things this season with his team.The defender is playing very well for the Red Devils during the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.“I’m really close with my mates, so I just do normal things. Sometimes it’s hard to do that, but you’ve got to stay grounded and just enjoy it,” he told the club’s official website.“Of course, you had a life before all of this and you’ve just got to remember what you were before any of this. You’ve got to stay grounded and keep doing what got you to where you are today. There’s no need to change because of what I do.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I’ll always be the same boy that I was before I started being a professional footballer to the day I finish playing,” he added.“I play Xbox with my mates, because they come around a lot, and we play FIFA and Fortnite at the moment. I also like to play a bit of pool and we go bowling – we always have competitions.”“We like to play for a forfeit so the loser might have to eat a hot chili or something like that,” he commented.“It’s just a bit of fun and makes the game more intense, although you don’t want to get videoed on Snapchat doing the forfeit.”last_img read more

Emery backs Guendouzi after sending off

first_imgDuring the Wednesday’s cup win, 19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi was sent off for the Gunners over Blackpool, but his manager is not worried a bit about the red card shown to the youngster.Drama: @MatteoGuendouzi is shown a second yellow after the referee adjudged him to have pulled down Thompson#CarabaoCup 🔴 2-0 ⚪️ (56) pic.twitter.com/76ekIpBBHw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 31, 2018Guendouzi will now miss Saturday’s clash with Liverpool as Emery had this to say:“That is football. Things can be positive or negative like an injury, a red card, 90 minutes of hard work that don’t allow you to play other matches,” Emery told reporters via Goal.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“A red card is like that.“We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility. His quality for the team, I am going to prepare with other players for the big match.“He’s playing well. He’s playing with a spirit – [he’s] competitive. The action is… it’s an action, he plays that action as a normal moment in the game.“He is pushing behind the player. He is playing with the spirit I want today and every match.“We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don’t think he lost control. The red card is one circumstance.”last_img read more