Published on August 9, 2017 at 8:36 pm Syracuse senior Justyn Knight zoomed from the back of the pack to finish fourth in his heat on Wednesday at the IAAF World Championship.Knight was in 12th with 800 meters to go in the 5000-meter race when he kicked and began passing runners. His fourth place finish (13:30.27) gave him one of the five automatic qualifying spots in the world final, which is Saturday at 3:20 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. He’ll face 14 other runners race for a world title.Yomif Kejelcha of Ethiopia won the heat (13:30.07), twenty-hundredths of a second ahead of Knight. Kejelcha also edged Mo Farah of Great Britian, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, and Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris.Five years ago, Knight ran his first 5000-meter race in St. Michael’s (Ontario) College School gym class. Five years ago, he set a gym class record. Five years later, 5000 meters put him in contention for a world championship. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+
College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock was not ready to give a definitive answer in either direction. “With the CFP we are hopeful, but it is too soon to say,” Hancock told Sporting News in a Wednesday interview. “It’s just too soon to talk about the implications of (the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancellations). Our staff had a call today about Miami and planning. We certainly want to be ready if there is a season.”Miami, of course, is the site of this year’s College Football Playoff championship game. That game was scheduled for Jan. 11. The national semifinals are scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, Calif., and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. MORE: College football’s cancellations, explainedOn Aug. 5, the CFP announced that it was moving its final rankings release from Dec. 6 to Dec. 20. Hancock said the College Football Playoff will wait for direction from its management committee, which consists of the commissioners of the 10 FBS conferences and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbick. Four of the 10 conferences — the Big Ten, Pac-12, Mid-American Conference and Mountain West Conference — cancled or postponed their fall football seasons. The MAC and Big Ten were exploring spring football as an option. A total of 53 FBS schools won’t play football in 2020, and that number could grow. In the Power 5, however, the ACC, SEC and Big 12 are proceeding with their seasons as planned. The American Athletic Conference, Conference-USA and Sun Belt also have yet to cancel. That prompts the question whether those three conferences can carry a four-team playoff. There is a precedent. The 2017-18 College Football Playoff featured teams from those conferences. Georgia and Alabama represented the SEC and played in the CFP championship game. Oklahoma represented the Big 12, and Clemson represented the ACC. So, it has happened in the past. The Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled their college football seasons Tuesday, and that left a major question for the rest of the FBS schools pressing on to play college football in 2020. Will there be a College Football Playoff? Is a four-team playoff even possible at this point? “The history of who has been in the playoff will not be a factor,” Hancock said. “It will be a decision the management committee will make when the time comes.” Hancock acknowledged Monday was a tough day for all college football fans. In the meantime, the CFP is hoping to have a seventh installment in 2020-21. “We have been flexible,” Hancock said. “We continue to be flexible. Yesterday was a tough day for anybody who loves college football. There is no doubt about it. There are challenges.”
– as Govt admits funding options for agency limitedThe Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), which has been featured prominently in the media in recent months owing to its restructuring, has had a new Board of Directors approved to oversee its operations until next year.The forestry sector has experienced contradictory times with a growing sector and a struggling regulatorAccording to a gazetted notice, the new Board will be led by incumbent Chair Joselyn Dow. Other members include Latchmin Punalall, Dr David Singh, Clayton Hall, Audwin Rutherford, Vanessa Kissoon and Commissioner James Singh. Also included are representatives from the Forest Producers Association, the Ministry of the Presidency, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association and the Ministries of Agriculture and Business.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, at a press conference last week, alluded to the Commission’s difficulties in bringing in revenue and paying staff. He noted that the Commission has had to contend with a ban on the importation of greenheart into the United Kingdom, among other things.“We are limited by what we can do, because Parliament is not in session. So even if we want to support them, we’ll have to go to Parliament to get supplemental. That is not possible at this stage, so we’ll have to see if there are any other creative approaches to getting them some money to tide them over,” Jordan had said.“They have had a number of challenges that have reduced their revenue intake. The BaiShanLin concessions were returned, so they are not earning anything from it. It has not been given out. Greenheart exports, problems there. The whole issue of timber not expanding at the rate it should.”Notwithstanding these problems, including payment of the Forestry Commission’s own staff, the 2019 Mid-Year Report had shown that the sector was one of the few economic success stories. The report had said that the forestry subsector was estimated to have grown at the half-year.This growth encompasses the production of timber, including logs, round wood, primary lumber, split wood and fuelwood. According to the report, the production of these commodities rose 7.8 per cent above the level achieved at the end of June 2018.“This pushed growth in the sector to 8.5 per cent in the first half of 2019. The improvements to interior roads in the latter half of 2018 saw community loggers, particularly in Region 10, realising higher production levels in the first quarter of 2019. Production continued to surge, driven by small-scale concessions and community forestry operators.”“At the end of the first half, log production grew by 6.8 per cent, mainly on account of the increased extraction of greenheart logs to meet local demand. On the other hand, weaker international demand for round wood resulted in a contraction of this category in the second quarter, which resulted in a 2.6 per cent decline relative to the previous half-year,” the report adds.According to the report, primary lumber producers recorded gains of 32.4 per cent in the first half, which was attributed to them capitalising on local demand for construction. The report also projects a positive outlook for the remainder of the year for the sector.“Given these factors, the forestry sector is conservatively expected to expand by 5 per cent, 3.1 percentage points above the projection in Budget 2019,” the report says.