INSPORTS to donate $500,000 worth spikes to champion school

first_imgThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) will be continuing its initiative to develop track and field in Junior High Schools with the annual staging of the popular INSPORTS Junior High Athletics Championships from April 13-15.The meet, to be held for the second consecutive year at the National Stadium East, will see some 2,000 athletes vying for top honours.Through its regular coaching seminars, the government-run sports agency recognised the necessity for a constant supply of sporting equipment to enhance proper development at this level and as such, they have allocated $500,000 for the purchasing of spikes for the champions.”We’re going to give the winning school half a million dollars’ worth of running spikes,” said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS.”That will go towards their development. If they want to keep them or give them to the athletes, it’s up to them,” he added.Andrews noted that their aim is to increase participation on a national scale.”We only have 22 schools participating,” he pointed out. “The number of schools have been dwindling because many have been upgraded to high schools.”Hopefully with this initiative, next year, we will be able to attract other schools from outside the Corporate Area and St Catherine. Right now, Osborne Store is the only school outside Kingston and St Catherine that will be participating,” he observed.In keeping with that plan, the INSPORTS administrative director said they have formed a union with the heads of institutions.PARTNERSHIP WITH PRINCIPALS”We’ve developed a partnership with the principals with a view of developing the meet and, hopefully, they will spread the word and influence other principals for their schools to take part at the meet,” said Andrews, who listed more plans to increase popularity.”We’ll be going into the schools to try to sensitise them between now and next week. We’ll be looking to highlight the top athletes, who invariably will end up going to high schools,” he noted.The majority of those athletes are generally fielded by Windward Road Junior High and John Mills Junior High, which have dominated the championships.During the recent staging, Windward Road successfully defended their title ahead of John Mills, the many-time champions.The top teams prepare at the National Stadium East and meet director, Maureen Chin-Miller, said expectations are high because a larger portion of the student body will now contribute to the overall outcome.”So far, it’s looking good, we’re getting everything in place,” she said about their preparedness.”What has heightened the competition is because we’ve added the primary school component as well.”Windward Road and John Mills will be renewing their rivalry again, and it should be very exciting,” said Chin-Miller.last_img read more

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As you go north in Ohio, things go south

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty HigginsFor the past two weeks, I have been contacted about the woes that farmers are facing in northern Ohio. Cold and wet conditions well into May have pushed back planting progress in a part of the state that is becoming use to this type of pressure.“We are just about a week later than last year,” said Wood County farmer Kris Swartz on his Cab Cam video earlier this week. “We have seen this type of spring so much over the past 4 years that I think this is becoming our new norm.”Swartz has made some nice progress since getting started with his planting season late last week. He is finished with corn and about halfway through with the soybeans. But as you drive around his area it is easy to see that many producers have not been so fortunate.As I made my way to Swartz’ farm on May 30th, I decided to do a mini crop tour, of sorts, so I stopped in each county on the way up Route 23 and I-75 to compare just how things deteriorated the further north I headed.My first stop was in my home county, Delaware. We have had just about normal conditions in this part of the state and farmers are almost done planting. Rains have been heavy at times, but all in all pretty good timing-wise.This field was twin row corn and coming along nicely, with even stands and some moisture if you dig a little.Twin row corn in Delaware CountyI was just in Marion County a week before and I was told this might just be the garden part of Ohio. This field was the most mature field I saw all day and had already been sidedressed.Marion County had this nice stand that has already been sidedressedWyandot County has some spots that have had more rains than others. I found a field of corn that was well on its way and right across the road was a field that had just been planted. This could be sign of a bigger farmer needing to get in early and one that was alright with waiting a bit.Corn coming along nicely on one side of the road in Wyandot CountyA newly planted corn field in Wyandot County on the other side of the roadHancock County was right with Delaware County in progress and growth in these fields.Young soybeans in Hancock CountyThen I hit Wood County and the view changed dramatically, especially after I crossed Route 6. Nothing…absolutely nothing has been done to the majority of these fields yet. The brown ground was offset every so often by a sharp green wheat field, but that contrast made what is not being done in northern Ohio even more evident.The ground that has been worked has been sitting for weeks just waiting on the planter and the ground that hasn’t been touched yet will need more than the sprayer to get them right. Ground being worked in Wood County Weedy fields in Wood County Unworked fields in Wood County“Route 6 has been the cut off line all year long,” Swartz said. “Those south of that line have had better weather and they have been warmer the whole time. The cool wet weather has just killed us to the south of that line.”As most farmers in Ohio have crossed the finish line for the 2018 planting season, many farmers in northern parts of Ohio will be in an entirely different race over the coming days; a race against the crop insurance dates (June 5th for corn and June 20th for soybeans).Despite the late start just a year ago, farmers in this region had very little to complain about when a bountiful harvest followed. Here’s to hoping history repeats itself for them this year.last_img read more

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