Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization’s 89th annual National Convention & Expo is underway this week from October 19th through the 22nd. This time, it travels back to the familiar home of Indianapolis, Indiana. The return follows a multi-year stretch in which the convention moved back to its former home of Louisville, Kentucky through 2015. Indianapolis will now be the host city through at least 2024.A growing organization is partially the reason behind the change back to our neighbors in the west. The National FFA Organization currently boasts a new record-high student membership of 649,335, a 3% notch higher than just a year before.Well over 60,000 of those students are expected to be lining the streets of Indianapolis in blue corduroy jackets. As those students gear up for a busy week ahead, we take a look back at the change the organization’s biggest event has seen down the years, as well as what lies ahead.The following is a brief look at the history of the National FFA Convention and its location.Held once a year in the fall, the National FFA Convention began in 1928 as a way for members of the then small and newly formed organization to come together for fellowship and to decide on executive matters that would influence the Future Farmers of America. Executive sessions are still an integral part of the convention with delegates from each state present to help decide on actions of the organization, though the convention has now grown to be much more than a voting apparatus.The first convention was held in Kansas City, Missouri with 33 delegates from 18 states in attendance. Leslie Applegate of New Jersey was selected as the first national FFA president.The organization grew quickly with the second National FFA Convention in November of 1929 playing host to 64 delegates representing 33 states.Some landmark decisions, many of which are still seen today, were made at those early get-togethers. National blue and corn gold were adopted as FFA’s official colors in 1929 and the third convention in 1930 saw the adoption of the FFA Creed written by E.M. Tiffany. Those are just a couple of the many milestones that would come about from the annual meeting.Just as the convention has changed to include an expo, entertainment, and much more, so has its physical location. Deciding which host city is the best has become a sort of pastime to many FFA members both young and old as they reminisce on their days in blue jackets.From 1928 through 1998, the National FFA Convention and Expo was held in Kansas City, Missouri. It was then moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1999 where it would stay until moving again in 2006 to Indianapolis, Indiana.The FFA Board of Directors decided in 2008, during a convention bid process, that it should be in a rotational pattern. As a result, the convention began a three-year rotation between Louisville and Indianapolis in 2013. “The rotation will allow students the opportunity to experience the national convention in two award-winning cities,” the organization said regarding the plan.That plan has since changed and the decision was made at the 87th National Convention to move to Indianapolis through 2024, attendance numbers playing a major role in the decision. While in Indy, the National Convention and Expo will utilize downtown venues, including Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and eight event hotels.All those blue jackets are also doing more than attending leadership sessions. The event is estimated to have an economic impact of $36.2 million for Indianapolis during 2016.With many families having FFA members from multiple generations, it’s an ongoing debate between which city is the best for the annual event. Though it all boils down to personal opinion, many alumni would argue the unique nature and qualities of Kansas City make it the top town while others would say the central and encompassing nature of the Kentucky Exposition Center with Freedom Hall would make it rise above. However, many current and recently graduated FFA members favor the downtown of Indianapolis along with the many different flavors the busy city scene has to offer.Current members and alumni of the FFA may lightheartedly argue about which city is the very best for the National FFA Convention, but most all would agree that it’s the thousands of blue corduroy jackets and the young people that wear them that make the event truly rise to the top each year, no matter the location. The 2016 convention and its move back to Indy is no different.
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Twitter/@fractologistUniversity of Connecticut professor of mathematics Joe Chen certainly knows how to craft a math problem from the school’s basketball program. Earlier this year, after the Huskies suffered a shocking loss to Chen’s alma mater Yale, he gave his students a problem about the likelihood that the Huskies would lose to another Ivy League program. Now, with UConn at 15-11 and squarely off the NCAA Tournament bubble, Chen has designed a set of problems designed to find the probability of the team making a run in the AAC Tournament and making it to the Big Dance.A timely @UConnMBB exam problem. I make no claims to the accuracy of the probabilities involved. @NoEscalators pic.twitter.com/W5HINKViSU— Joe (@fractologist) February 25, 2015Chen’s math class was probably more fun for the UConn basketball fans in his class last spring semester, but at least he tries to keep things interesting for the students.
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is welcoming the move by Massy United Insurance Limited to officially enter the general insurance market in Jamaica.Dr. Clarke said the expansion of the company into Jamaica is a testament to the fact that the country is moving in the right direction.“When an organisation like the Massy Group, that has opportunity to invest anywhere they want in over 19 markets… and they choose to set up operations in the insurance business, which is a business that takes on risk… it tells you that they, like us [in Jamaica], smell opportunity,” he stated.The Minister was speaking at the opening ceremony of the local branch of Massy United Insurance held at the Courtyard, PanJam Building in New Kingston on March 13.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke addresses the audience at the launch of the Massy United Insurance Jamaica on Wednesday (March 13) in the courtyard of the PanJam building in New Kingston. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is welcoming the move by Massy United Insurance Limited to officially enter the general insurance market in Jamaica. Story Highlights Dr. Clarke said that the company’s entry into the general insurance market will offer new competition, which will ensure that customers receive the best prices, terms and savings.“Competition is good for Jamaica. So, we welcome Massy United Insurance to Jamaica for virtue of the competition that they will contribute to,” he said.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer at Massy United Insurance, Randy Graham, said the Massy Group has a reputation of success and has been a trailblazer in several service industries.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (second right) speaks with (from left) Chief Executive Officer, Massy United Insurance (MUI) Limited, Randy Graham; Branch Manager, MUI Jamaica, Winsome Gibbs and Executive Vice President, Massy Group and Chairman, MUI, David O’Brien, during the MUI Jamaica launch on Wednesday (March 13) in the courtyard of the PanJam building in New Kingston. Dr. Clarke said the expansion of the company into Jamaica is a testament to the fact that the country is moving in the right direction. “When an organisation like the Massy Group, that has opportunity to invest anywhere they want in over 19 markets… and they choose to set up operations in the insurance business, which is a business that takes on risk… it tells you that they, like us [in Jamaica], smell opportunity,” he stated. “Our decision to introduce insurance in Jamaica has come at a time when natural disasters are becoming more unpredictable and insurance is so necessary and critical. We believe in providing security for Jamaica and Jamaicans. We have all the packages and policies to suit any need,” he stated.The Massy brand is no foreigner to Jamaica, as currently three subsidiaries from the Massy Group operate in the country; Massy Gas, Massy Distribution and Massy Technologies.Massy United Insurance is currently represented in 19 territories via branches and its agent network.They currently hold a rating of A- (excellent), which was reaffirmed for 13 years by A.M Best.
Madness and Rudimental will perform to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK early next month.An Evening With Suggs And FriendsThe “An Evening With Suggs And Friends” concert will take place at Emirates Stadium in London on March 12, and will include champagne reception, dinner and auction.Tickets can be found here.
Redshirt Freshman Amanda Huang preforms on beam against Iowa in St. John Arena on Jan. 21. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterNow sitting at No. 22 in the country after falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes in a close meet last Saturday, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team plans to make several lineup changes for their meet on the road at Minnesota.The Buckeyes added an extra practice this week to focus on floor, an event that has seen lower average scores in the last two consecutive meets. Coach Carey Fagan is using the extra practices from this week to determine potential lineup changes in the coming meet in Minneapolis this Saturday.“We need to get better on floor,” Fagan said. “That’s really the event we’ve struggled on. We’re going to get three days of floor in before we leave for Minnesota.”Among the athletes being considered to compete for the Buckeyes on floor on Saturday is junior Taylor Harrison, who has been absent from the lineup due to a hip injury.“I think if she has a solid week of practice, we may put her in the floor lineup in Minnesota,” Fagan said. “She had a good practice this last week, and I’d like to give her a couple more days, but if she’s ready, that will be exciting. She’s historically a 9.85 every time she goes on an event, so that’s going to be a big boost.”The lineup for bars might also be altered against Minnesota. Freshman Amanda Huang has performed in the exhibition slot for the bar event in the last two meets and might be stepping up to the performance lineup.Even vault, an event where the Buckeyes have excelled in the last two meets, might be changed to improve the already strong lineup. Senior Tenille Funches might make an appearance after also performing in the exhibition slot in the last meet. Although no lineup is set in stone, Fagan said a meet on the road is the best time to implement them.“Each week we have a six-person lineup, and depending on who is prepared that week, they go in and compete for the team,” junior Alexis Mattern said.With 12 available athletes competing for limited spots, the Buckeye have more athletes to choose from for each different event.“I think that probably for the next four or five weeks, you’ll see some things mixing up,” Fagan said. “As we get towards senior meet, it will be pretty solid, and barring any injuries or illnesses, it will probably be set from that point on.”
Ever since Thad Matta took over as coach for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, the program hasn’t been accustomed to losing. Over the past two seasons, the Buckeyes have compiled a 48-5 record with every loss coming against a ranked opponent. One of those five losses came Friday when OSU blew a double-digit lead and fell at Indiana. The loss didn’t sit well with the players and coaches, and conjured up some memories of the team’s Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky in last year’s NCAA tournament. Like the Kentucky loss, the game ended with a missed 3-pointer by William Buford that would have won the game. “We gave up that game against Indiana,” said sophomore forward Jared Sullinger. “Not taking anything away from Indiana, but there was a couple possessions when we watched film and realized that that’s not us.” Matta hopes his team uses the loss as a lesson for the rest of the season. “I think that nobody likes to lose more than we do,” Matta said. “It’s like I told our guys last year, I think we learned a great lesson in the Kentucky game, but the season was over. We have the ability to learn a lesson here at the end of December and continue to move forward.” Matta is known for being a players’ coach and normally doesn’t employ an in-your-face style of coaching. But according to the players, the Indiana loss particularly rubbed Matta the wrong way and he was a little more animated than normal. “(Matta) wasn’t very polite,” Sullinger said. “But that’s what we needed. We needed someone to put a fire under us. After that tough loss it was only right that he had to do that.” Matta described Monday’s practice as “challenging” and “tough,” and said he really harped on the focus of the team. “We’ve probably practiced this team harder than most teams we’ve had,” Matta said. “A lot of that has to do with the youthfulness and immaturity of the team and not quite understanding the level they must compete at. One of the messages yesterday was competing and a mindset carries over to the game. There was a couple moments where I had to refocus them a couple times, but for the most part I thought they did a pretty good job.” The team responded Tuesday, beating a battered Nebraska team, 71-40, at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes committed 19 turnovers against the Cornhuskers, but Matta and his players felt they came out ready to play. “Last week at Indiana we was careless with the ball and we didn’t value every possession,” Buford said. “For the most part I think we did that today.” With the win against Nebraska, OSU raised its record to 14-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten conference. At about the midpoint in the season, the team made it clear that while the team wasn’t going to dwell on the loss, they weren’t going to forget it. “It was a life lesson as far as the game period,” Sullinger said. “We gave up 17 layups against Indiana. They got whatever shot they wanted in the second half. As you can see, we turned up our defensive intensity in this game. We were just ready to play basketball.”
OSU redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks down field during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFootball returned to Ohio Stadium on Saturday when the Buckeyes played the annual spring game in front of over 80,000 scarlet and gray-clad fans. Team Scarlet, led by redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett, took to Team Gray 38-31.Here are five takeaways from the 2017 LiFE Sports Spring Game.Backup quarterback battle far from overNeither redshirt sophomore quarterback Joe Burrow nor redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins gave an inch in the contentious fight to be named OSU backup quarterback.“I know it is very close,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “But I’m not prepared to say who is 2, who is 3, et cetera, yet.”Burrow, the starter for Team Gray, completed 14-of-22 passes for 262 yards. All three of his touchdown passes came within five minutes of each other. His 44-yard connection with redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the second quarter, might have been the prettiest throw-and-catch by a quarterback-receiver duo of the afternoon.Haskins — who personified the casual nature of spring games by playing for both teams — passed 37 times, completing 26 of those passes for 293 yards. He twice dropped dimes for touchdowns, which were a couple of the highlights of the afternoon. First, he hit Dixon on a fade route. Then, he hit redshirt junior wideout Terry McLaurin running at full speed in the back of the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown. Given the nature of how well each quarterback played and how important winning the backup spot might be to potentially being named start next season, the potential for jealousy or bad feelings exists. But Burrow emphasizes the strength of the quarterbacks’ bond.“Everything we focus on at Ohio State is power of the unit, power of wide receivers, quarterbacks, offensive line, defensive line, all on an individual level. We focus on having a great relationship within the unit,” Burrow said.Haskins agreed, saying he doesn’t feel like the quarterbacks room is overcrowded.“I even told the guys like ‘I love each and every one of you.’ It’s a competition, but I’m not competing with people,’” Haskins said.Having lost H-back Curtis Samuel and receivers Noah Brown and Dontre Wilson to the NFL, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett must be counted on to lead the Buckeye offense as much as ever before in his time in Columbus. But having two backup options battle into the fall to prepare for a worst-case scenario has to make make Meyer breathe easier.Matthew Burrell taking over as right guardWhen OSU released the spring game rosters on Friday, we were offered a hint that redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell would start at right guard.Engaged in a battle for the starting spot with redshirt junior Demetrius Knox and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, Burrell was only one of the three linemen playing for Team Gray with redshirt senior center Billy Price and the rest of the starting offensive linemen.Burrell’s escalation from backup to leading candidate to start has been quick, yet decisive. Against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, when freshman left guard Michael Jordan went down with an ankle injury, Knox, not Burrell, was the backup to replace him.A little over a month ago, redshirt senior center Billy Price noted Burrell might be indulging in the potentially negative aspects of college.“I told him, ‘You’ve got to close your circle and tighten your circle down because people want to hurt you, people want to take you down. People want to see you mess up and put you on the news,’” Price said.But after the spring game, it was clear that something had changed. Price noted no one has grown more than Burrell.“Matt is a younger brother to me,” Price said. “Being able to see him grow before my eyes is something that I really was really, really proud of.”Nothing is set in stone as Burrell must make further strides to keep the starting spot as Knox and Pridgeon. Barrett’s single interception was caused when redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard pushed Burrell into the quarterback. But optimism is high regarding Burrell.“I think he played pretty well today, we’ll see on film,” Price said. “You start seeing strides and you start seeing confidence built within a kid and that’s something that — again, for those of you who are parents, to see your child develop and to see your kid grow before your eyes is something I’ve been told is very incredible.”Deep ball: Progressing The lack of tackling on the opening drive overshadowed Team Scarlet’s methodical drive down the field. Only a single incompletion and a stuffed rush up the middle from redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber at the 1-yard line sullied Barrett’s team’s 65-yard touchdown drive.On the fourth play of the game, Barrett hit Campbell for a 17-yard completion, longer than all but two passes in the Buckeyes’ previous two games. Though Barrett’s only touchdown pass came from the 1-yard line, he sees progress in connecting with receivers down the field.“It went very well. Before, we were just shooting them. We weren’t necessarily making them at first,” Barrett said. “But then, with coach (Zach) Smith and coach (Ryan) Day, just really finding landmarks for those throws, to the field and to the boundaries.”OSU quarterbacks threw six touchdown passes 18 yards or longer. Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson noted the deep ball was a point of emphasis, but was less charitable in his praise.“We’ve gotten in the ballpark where we’ve got catchable balls,” Wilson said.He says he understands that further progress will come during the summer when the Buckeyes take off the pads and focus more on the passing game than the running game which has been the focus of the spring.Vying for the touches available after former OSU H-back Curtis Samuel, receiver Dontre Wilson and wideout Noah Brown moved to the NFL, 16 players caught passes for 10 or more yards.But remember, former OSU receiver Torrance Gibson caught six passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns at last season’s spring game and now he’s playing quarterback at Cincinnati for former OSU defensive coordinator, and current Bearcats coach, Luke Fickell. So, temper your expectations on Dixon and the rest of the spring game standouts.Questions in the defensive backfieldOSU’s offense combined to complete 50-of-74 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns with 10-minute quarters and a running clock in the second half. Looking at those numbers from the perspective of the offense, co-offensive coordinators Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day should be ecstatic. But defensive coordinator Greg Schiano might be less than pleased. A bevy of receivers from each team was running open seemingly every time one of the four quarterbacks dropped back to pass. Five-star freshmen cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah along with redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield, a junior college transfer, will be counted on to make plays. “It was good to see the young corners kind of rebound — talking about Wade, Okudah, (Marcus) Williamson and Kendall Sheffield,” Meyer said. “They kind of started a little slow, but — I have to go back and watch the video — but I thought they finished the game pretty good.”Meyer noted, after the game, that the team has to work on certain areas.“Couple areas we’ve got to shore up, and I don’t think we’re nine strong, but I think we’re seven strong right now. And that’s pretty good in April to be that,” Meyer said.He declined to name the two units that need to improve, though it’s fair to assume the defensive backs, specifically the relatively inexperienced cornerbacks, must improve before OSU heads to Bloomington, Indiana on Aug. 31 for the Buckeyes’ season opener.No injuries, no problemIt’s impossible for a team to lose in the spring game on the scoreboard. But it is possible to lose a player to the spring game.The Buckeyes avoided this, suffering no major injuries Saturday afternoon. But they helped facilitate it in an unexpected way. The coaching staff decided to prevent players from tackling for the first five series.After the game, Meyer said OSU did this once before, in 2014, when the team was full of veterans.“It’s either you don’t play some guys or you kind of restrict the tackling and keep guys up. And I wanted them to experience the crowd and play and finish a good spring,” Meyer said.Prior to kickoff, players from each team gathered at the 50-yard line for the annual “circle drill” at midfield. Ramping up the intensity for that, then tampering it down for “thud tempo” — what Meyer called the two-hand touch period. To some players, it was a bit odd.“I’m ready to go play ball. Strap it up, let’s go to town,” Price said.
Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed critics’ views over his footworkThe 26-year-old delivered his best performance for Los Blancos in Saturday’s goalless draw in El Derbi against old club Atletico Madrid with three saves.But critics have been quick to question Courtois’ footwork as the competition between himself and Keylor Navas to be Real’s permanent number one grows.“I’m not bad with my feet,” Courtois told Belgofut.“I may not be among the best, but I’m certainly not bad either. Sometimes I miss a long ball but I dare to play with my feet.“The last ball on which [Nikola] Kalinic put pressure was given to [Raphael] Varane with my right. Many goalkeepers would have cleared that ball.“Sometimes I give a bad ball, yes, but I know more goalkeepers who are, so to speak, phenomenal with their feet making more mistakes than me.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m just doing what I have to do, and that’s the most important thing.”Saturday marked the first time Courtois had gone up against Atletico as a Real player.“You stop that ball and hear the whole stadium cheer,” said Courtois.“And then they chanted my name. I liked it. I have to try to take my place little by little.“I have to show myself, especially if you have two good goalkeepers, as is our case. Helping the team is always the most important thing.”Real will take on Russian side CSKA Moscow in their second fixture of Group G in the Champions League tonight at 21:00 (CEST).
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #scabiesoutbreakatdetentioncenter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2017 – Providenciales – A second outbreak of Scabies at the South Dock Road Detention center in Providenciales is contained, and a clean bill of health was issued on Friday for the facility which serves as an illegal migrant holding center. The Environmental Health Department was called in to scour the place after four men of the Dominican Republic were diagnosed with having Scabies; these men have also been medically treated, were separated while detained and are now returned home to the DR explained a report from the Department of Immigration.The Immigration Department said that it activated its plan of changing of mattresses, bedding, linens and clothing, and due to exposure to the infected detainees, health officials visited the Detention Centre to assess the health of the remaining detainees, attending security guards and the Immigration Officers assigned to the Detention Centre.Magnetic Media was informed that the Dominicans were awaiting repatriation after serving time at HMP in Grand Turk on illegal fishing offenses. An escape attempt in November was foiled by security guards and Police, and was said to have been brought on by the Dominicans who wanted to leave the country after being held too long, they said, after their prison sentence was completed. The group of migrants had also expressed being afraid of getting scabies.Scabies, a disease caused by a mite, is highly contagious and very uncomfortable. The site has been sanitized said a media release. It is at least, the second scabies outbreak at the detention center this year.#MagneticMediaNews#scabiesoutbreakatdetentioncenter