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02/10/2021 - Cattle Genetics & Sire Selection 101 Webinar

This introductory online class, through zoom, will go over the basics of beef &dairy cattle genetics, how to read and understand a genetic analysis, and select sires with the desirable traits, based on farm preferences. Participants will learn the practical and economic benefits of selecting sires with favorable genetics, as well as ensure their animals reach their full genetic potential. Please register for the webinar by following the link below https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsduGrrDwvGNDeYeDD_Lw-xpeIoUIX_04s or call/email Gabby Wormuth


02/10/2021 - Cattle Genetics & Sire Selection 101 Webinar

This introductory online class, through zoom, will go over the basics of beef &dairy cattle genetics, how to read and understand a genetic analysis, and select sires with the desirable traits, based on farm preferences. Participants will learn the practical and economic benefits of selecting sires with favorable genetics, as well as ensure their animals reach their full genetic potential. Please register for the webinar by following the link below https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsduGrrDwvGNDeYeDD_Lw-xpeIoUIX_04s or call/email Gabby Wormuth


01/14/2021 - Coffee Talk: U.S. Small Business Administration Update

Join us as we talk with Dan Rickman, Deputy District Director at the U.S. Small Business Administration. We will discuss the changes to the PPP program and other programs modified or created by the Economic Aid Act, such as EIDL and the Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) program. There will be a Q&A period to answer questions.

 

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce. The series provides an opportunity to learn from our guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to current business conditions with a question and answer format. 

 

01/14/2021 - Coffee Talk: U.S. Small Business Administration Update

Join us as we talk with Dan Rickman, Deputy District Director at the U.S. Small Business Administration. We will discuss the changes to the PPP program and other programs modified or created by the Economic Aid Act, such as EIDL and the Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) program. There will be a Q&A period to answer questions.

 

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce. The series provides an opportunity to learn from our guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to current business conditions with a question and answer format. 

 

01/14/2021 - Coffee Talk: U.S. Small Business Administration update

Coffee Talk is a web-based series hosted by the Greater Watertown - North Country Chamber of Commerce. The series provides an opportunity to learn from our guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to current business conditions with a question and answer format. 

 

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NCAA Relocating 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Sites


The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee announced today the relocation of 13 predetermined preliminary round sites for the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

In recent weeks, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has engaged in a thorough contingency planning process to determine the most effective way to conduct a safe and healthy March Madness for all participants for the 2021 championship. Through these discussions, it became apparent to the committee that conducting the championship at 13 preliminary round sites spread throughout the country would be very difficult to execute in the current pandemic environment. The committee has decided the championship should be held in a single geographic area to enhance the safety and well-being of the event.

As a result, NCAA staff are in preliminary talks with the State of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis to potentially host the 68-team tournament around the metropolitan area during the coordinated dates in March and April. Indianapolis was already slated to host the Men’s Final Four from April 3-5, 2021.

“My committee colleagues and I did not come lightly to the difficult decision to relocate the preliminary rounds of the 2021 tournament, as we understand the disappointment 13 communities will feel to miss out on being part of March Madness next year,” said Mitch Barnhart, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and University of Kentucky athletics director. “With the University of Kentucky slated to host first- and second-round games in March, this is something that directly impacts our school and community, so we certainly share in their regret. The committee and staff deeply appreciate the efforts of all the host institutions and conferences, and we look forward to bringing the tournament back to the impacted sites in future years.”

The committee emphasized the importance of conducting the championship in a manageable geographic area that limits travel and provides a safe and controlled environment with competition and practice venues, medical resources and lodging for teams and officials all within proximity of one another.

“We have learned so much from monitoring other successful sporting events in the last several months, and it became clear it’s not feasible to manage this complex championship in so many different states with the challenges presented by the pandemic,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball. “However, we are developing a solid plan to present a safe, responsible and fantastic March Madness tournament unlike any other we’ve experienced.”

“The committee and staff have thoughtfully monitored the pandemic to develop potential contingency plans,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA President. “The Board of Governors and my top priorities are to protect the health and well-being of college athletes while also maintaining their opportunity to compete at the highest level. These principles have guided the decision-making process as we continue to assess how to have a fair and safe championship experience.”

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will continue to distribute all 67 games of the tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV and their digital platforms.

The post NCAA Relocating 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Sites first appeared on News Time Global.


Dallas Cowboys Back In Playoff Hunt


The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, won a road game for the first time this season and put themselves in the NFC East race with six games to play.

On Sunday, Dalton threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz with 1:37 to play for the winning score, four weeks after suffering the first concussion of his career and three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Cowboys could be in first place in the NFC East with a win on Thanksgiving against the Washington Football Team.

After 10 games, no team in the division has more than three wins. The Eagles, who lost to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, are in first place with a 3-6-1 record. The Cowboys, Giants (who were idle Sunday) and Washington are all 3-7, but the Giants hold the tiebreaker, followed by Washington and the Cowboys.

To claim first place in the division, the Cowboys would need back-to-back wins for the first time under McCarthy, and the first time since they opened the 2019 season with three straight wins.

Few people expected the Cowboys to win Sunday. But the Dallas defense came up with two takeaways, leading to nine points in the first half, and two key fourth-quarter stops. The offense was able to score four touchdowns in a game for the first time since losing Dak Prescott. Dallas entered Sunday with just two touchdowns in the four games without Prescott.

Behind an offensive line that was using its seventh different starting combination that included Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin at right tackle, Elliott also came up big, finishing with his first 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 103 yards on 21 carries, setting up Tony Pollard’s 42-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Elliott also had a receiving touchdown.

Rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb made a Dez Bryant-like touchdown grab in the first half and impacted the game more than his four catches for 34 yards would indicate.

In the end, the Dallas defense came up with two key stops in the fourth quarter to set up Dalton’s winning drive and end a potential tying drive by Minnesota.

The post Dallas Cowboys Back In Playoff Hunt first appeared on News Time Global.


‘CUSE TO OPEN SEASON WITH BRYANT ON NOV. 27

Syracuse will conduct its men’s basketball season opener when it hosts Bryant on Friday, November 27, in the Carrier Dome. The game tip time has not been determined.
Series Notes

  • This will mark the first-ever meeting between Syracuse and Bryant in men’s basketball.

Coach Jared Grasso enters his third year at the helm of Bryant. Grasso and the Bulldogs finished the 2019 campaign with a 15-17 record, good for their highest season win total since 2014-15. Bryant’s season concluded in March following a loss to Saint Francis, 87-61, in the NEC Quarterfinal. The Bulldogs feature former Liverpool High School standout Charles Pride. The Syracuse native and 2017 New York State Champion scored 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds for Bryant during his freshman campaign last season.

Syracuse was 18-14 and had won its first ACC Tournament game before the national pandemic ended the college basketball season. Syracuse returns four of five starters, including junior guard Buddy Boeheim (15.3 ppg.). Coach Jim Boeheim is in his 45th season in charge of the program at his alma mater.

Syracuse men’s basketball tickets are not available at this time. Questions about tickets may be answered by visiting Cuse.com/Tickets, by phone at 888-DOMETIX (888-366-3849), or by linking to these frequently asked questions.

Syracuse University Athletics remains committed to doing everything it can to support and protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, our staff and the campus and Syracuse communities. All decisions will be science-based and informed by public health and guidance as provided by county, state and public health officials.

If fans are permitted to attend games – in some capacity – Syracuse Athletics will announce plans for spectators to secure admission to the events. Fans will be required to sit in their socially-distanced seat locations and wear a face covering.


Three dozen backcountry huts pause reservations for this winter while navigating COVID-19 concerns

Big changes are coming to reservation procedures for three dozen Colorado backcountry huts this winter because of COVID-19 concerns.

The process for new reservations has been frozen while previously confirmed reservations are being adjusted in order to ensure that only single parties use the huts this winter. As a result, some who had reservations are forfeiting them.

“We are happy and delighted to report that the huts are going to be open this winter,” said Ben Dodge, executive director of the 10th Mountain Division Huts Association. “We had to make a few changes to address COVID-19. The (reservations) closure we currently have in place is very temporary. The only reason we are not accepting new reservations is because we are currently reconfiguring all of the reservations that have already been made for winter, many of which are multiple parties booking into one hut.”

10th Mountain, a non-profit organization named in honor of the 10th Mountain Division World War II “ski troops” who trained for mountain and winter warfare in the high country between Aspen and Vail, was formed nearly 40 years ago. It was inspired by hut networks in the Alps, including the famous Haute Route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. 10th Mountain currently owns a dozen huts and manages reservations for two dozen more that are owned by other entities, including five in Summit County.

In normal years, users could reserve one spot or the entire hut. For many, part of the fun was sharing the hut with newly met like-minded strangers, often with meals turning into smorgasbords of shared dishes.

That won’t happen this winter, though, because of the pandemic.

“Which is unfortunate, in my viewpoint, because that is one of the joys of going to the hut — meeting new people whom we share a lot with,” Dodge said. ”The concerns with COVID were such that even people with similar interests and like minds may have dramatically different viewpoints on COVID-19 and what it takes to be comfortable with it at the hut. We wanted to make sure there was less chance of controversy, discord, user conflicts at the hut that might have been caused by different viewpoints with multiple parties.”

To that end, 10th Mountain is working with existing reservation-holders to convert multi-party reservations to single parties. Those with reservations are being contacted in order of when their reservations were made, “using first in time, first in right,” as Dodge put it. They are given the opportunity to keep the reservation, but they must meet a minimum number of spots which will vary depending on the hut and which organization manages it.

“An example would be, if you and I booked a hut as a party of two, and we were the first ones to book, we would have right of first refusal,” Dodge said. “We would be contacted by 10th Mountain, and we would have the opportunity to maintain that reservation, but we would have to meet the minimum. At the huts we own and operate, that is 12 people. If we really don’t want to pay for 12 people, we would decline. We would get 100% credit for our reservation. Then 10th Mountain would go to second-in-time and allow them to do it, so on and so forth.”

Dodge said the decision on minimums was not intended to maximize revenue, but to make sure hut occupancy was maximized within the parameters of COVID-19 concerns and the need for single-party use.

“It was made to further our mission, provide a backcountry hut experience, and to allow as many people as possible to have that experience.” Dodge said. “We felt if we allowed a group of two or three that was first in time (making the initial reservations), if they had the ability to get the whole hut and just for that two or three or four, we were removing up to eight or nine spots available to the public.”

Dodge said the re-booking process has been going on for several weeks and it may take a couple more. At that time, it will we resume taking new reservations.

In most huts, users bring sleeping bags, which they place on fixed wooden cots, dormitory style. Hut users have always been responsible for cleaning huts and sweeping floors before leaving, but they will be asked to do more this winter. 10th Mountain will provide disinfectants.

“We expect them to clean and disinfect the hut as they arrive, and to clean and disinfect the hut when they leave,” Dodge said. “We did away with pillows, we did away with flannel sheets on the mattresses. We went with polyurethane mattress covers, which we had fabricated by a gal in Leadville, a seamstress. They can be cleaned in place with the disinfectants and cleaners that we provide.”

Dodge knows many backcountry enthusiasts will be disappointed if the change in procedures due to COVID means they will miss out on a hut trip this winter.

“We understand that there are winners and losers in this,” Dodge said. “The losers really are the ones who like to book smaller parties. A lot of those folks aren’t going to want to pay for 12 spots and only bring seven or eight people. I don’t judge the success of what we do by the numbers and how much money we make. I can only judge it by how good is that hut experience. We’ve decided, given COVID, it’s a better experience with single-party groups.”

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Saskatchewan-based father-daughter duo share love for stock car racing

Father-daughter duo share the same love for racing.


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The Single Guy Blog

My New Dream Girl

Well it has been a while since I posted. I guess after finding out my dream girl was having a baby by another guy I just wasn’t in the mood to post. But I’m back folks! So I have a new dream girl. It is a bit of a long story so sit back,pour a cup of coffee and relax. So I have been stalking the Facebook page of the bar I use to work at-ya know how a single guys does when he has no life. I saw some pictures of a beautiful girl that bartends there. Blond hair,beautiful smile…just perfect. Of course I figured I would never have a chance with her-specially since she is about 20 years younger. But a guy can dream right? So a couple days ago I was looking around seekingarrangements to see if anyone new had signed up and who do I see? Yep that girl! We will call her…Tanya…So I figured hey send her a message who knows what might happen. She sent me a message back and we sent a few more messages back and forth. I gave her my number and SURPRISE she sends me a text! So we have been talking for a couple days now. She even says she likes older guys and not the young military guys that come into the bar where she works. We are planning on meeting this week. So we will see what happens…I have my fingers crossed and won’t be surprised if she disappears before we actually meet….but I might just actually have found my future wife-or she may just “ghost” on me like so many flakey girls do. Stay tuned..maybe the Single Guy won’t be single much longer!


Whats Really News Blog

Death Investigation in the area of Bowdoin Avenue and Washington Street in Dorchester

At about 12:40 PM on Friday, January 22, 2021, officers from Area C-11 (Dorchester), responded to a radio call for a person shot in the area of Bowdoin Avenue and Washington Street in Dorchester. On arrival, officers located an adult female victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.   

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner. 

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.


Stable And Farm Blog

Organizations Coming Together To Introduce Youth To Ag Careers

Protein Industries Canada announced an investment into a program that will introduce youth in Kindergarten through Grade 12 to the career opportunities available to them in the plant-protein, agrifood and digital agriculture sectors.


Will We See A Familiar Face In The US Department Of Agriculture?

US President Joe Biden is now sitting in the Oval Office in Washington, DC. One of his top priorities will be finalizing his inner cabinet. Tom Vilsack is expected to return as Secretary of Agriculture a role he served in under the Obama Administration.


Government of Canada Invests $162.6 Million In CFIA

The Government of Canada is investing $162.6 million in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) over the next five years and $40 million per year on an ongoing basis. "Our Government is investing in the CFIA so that Canada continues to have the best food safety system in the world, with the best science to protect our natural resources and tools that help businesses keep up with the pace of trade," said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "It will help CFIA digitize their services and issue export certificates in a timely manner. It also means CFIA will have the tools necessary to guard our natural resources and agriculture sector from the threat of foreign pests and diseases."


Wheat Market Continue To Show Promise

Producers taking part in Thursday's Hot Topics in Commodities Wheat webinar got some good news. Wheat prices have been seeing some upward movement of late, following what had been a lower trending pattern for the past few years.


Cattle Theft Reported In Moosomin Area

The public is asked to stay on the lookout after about 60 head of cattle disappeared. RCMP say sometime between October and December of 2020, the animals went missing from multiple sections of land between Moosomin and Fairlight.