Get out your corn brooms, your weed whackers and your hedge trimmers, and maybe make another visit to the garden centre near you.Fort St. John’s Communities in Bloom committee is encouraging local businesses and residents to do what they can to tidy up their properties ahead of a two-day tour of the community later this month.Provincial judges are set to tour the city when they arrive in town July 19 — and organizers are hoping to impress the judges on a category that hasn’t seen the friendliest marks in previous years.- Advertisement -“Tidiness (of the city) is the one area we have consistently received constructive feedback around,” said Karen Mason-Bennett.“We decided to just tackle it head on.”It’s been three years since Fort St. John has competed in the contest, which fetes the best looking communities on a provincial, national, and even international level.Advertisement The city is competing on a provincial level for an award, and Mason-Bennett says the city hasn’t been in a position to receive one over the last few years.Mason-Bennett says a little hard work and buy in from residents will go a long way in impressing the judges — pulling out weeds, mowing the lawn, sweeping the sidewalks, hanging a flower pot or two.“We’re of the mind… the community and things that make Fort St. John fantastic are the people that are here,” she said.Mason-Bennett says its just not the city that’s responsible for keeping the community looking clean and tidy.Advertisement “It’s not just the city’s job. There definitely needs to be some self-responsibility around those things. If the city was to do it all, our taxes would astronomical,” said Mason-BennettThe judges will arrive on Sun., July 19, and will be taken on a garden tour that afternoon organized by the local horticultural society.A barbecue with the judges will follow at the community gardens at 6:30 p.m. on 102 Avenue between the Church of Resurrection and the Fort St. John Medical Clinic. That is open to the public, Mason-Bennett says.“It’s an opportunity to come by and really explain what makes Fort St. John awesome in your world,” she said.“What makes a community a community, and how to thrive as a collective group. I think we do that in spades, it just not might be in the places people expect it to be.”Advertisement The judges will be taken on a tour of Fort St. John on July 20 before leaving the following day.“We expect some informal feedback as we truck around, but we’ll get a full mark up six weeks after they’re here,” said Mason-Bennett.The Northern Environmental Action Team and the North Peace Justice Society are spearheading the efforts, with sponsorship from Home Hardware and Urban Systems.
San Bernardino would later score on three touchdown passes from Fuller. He hit receivers Mychael Bowden from 30 yards and Terence Driver on plays of 23 and 20 yards. Both coaches feel confident about their play after their SAL openers. “We’re playing a style that suits us and gives us an identity. We’re off to a great start,” Stevens said. Said Soward: “We played a real inspirational second half, and didn’t get discouraged in the fourth quarter.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wortham increased San Gorgonio’s lead when he broke out for a 37-yard score on the first play of the Spartans’ third drive. The Cardinals’ defense struggled with the Spartans’ new set as Wortham exploited large gaps in the defense to gain the first two touchdowns on only his first two touches. “They never showed that set in their first few games, so we hadn’t prepared for it,” Cardinals coach Marcus Soward said. “It kind of shocked us a bit.” The Spartans continued their scoring onslaught as senior running back John Lewis connected with junior quarterback Eric Charles for a 15-yard score to cap off a 63-yard drive. Right after the ensuing kickoff, Lewis promptly intercepted an errant pass from Cardinals’ quarterback John Fuller for a 27-yard INT touchdown. “They were hot,” Soward said. “They came out fired up and we came out a little flat and they capitalized on it.” Before the Cardinals (0-6) managed to slow the Spartans down in the third quarter, San Gorgonio got offensive contributions off another Wortham carry of 6 yards, while junior running back Derrick Lyons added two more TDs on rushes of 24 and 18 yards. After winning their first two games, the Spartans offense sputtered in three straight losses. So, the Spartans (3-3) decided it was time to switch back to last season’s double wing set. “We haven’t run it all year, but the kids were comfortable with it and it showed,” Stevens said. “We have the right athletes for the double wing and they know how to make the correct reads for it.” SAN BERNARDINO – San Gorgonio coach Randy Stevens was looking for a quick turnaround for his squad and that’s exactly what he got against the San Bernardino Cardinals in a 49-20 victory in the teams’ San Andreas League opener. After three straight losses, the Spartans returned to a familiar offensive set in the double wing and it paid immediate dividends as senior running back Jeremiah Wortham scored from 72 yards out on their first play from scrimmage. The offensive barrage would continue for the rest of the half.
NEW DELHI: A proposal to implement the recommendations by the M S Swaminathan Committee report on farmers will soon be placed before the Delhi cabinet, Delhi Development Minister Gopal Rai said. Rai said that the proposal note was ready and would be presented by mid-September. The recommendations would be launched under the “Mukhya Mantri Kisan Mitra Yojna”. Under the proposed scheme, the Minimum Support Price (MSP) with 50 per cent margin at the cost of production is likely to be Rs 2,616 per quintal for wheat and Rs 2,667 quintal for paddy in the national capital, an official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The proposed MSP structure is higher than the MSP provided by the Central government by Rs 776 per quintal for wheat and Rs 897 per quintal for paddy,” the official said. The Delhi government has calculated that the government will have to incur an additional liability of Rs 96.38 crore at this MSP. To implement the recommendations, Rs 100 crore was kept aside in the 2019-20 Budget. Speaking about the plight of farmers, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said in his Budget speech: “When the country was ruled by the British, the farmers did not commit suicides. But when the county is heading towards development, they are committing suicide in the 21st century.” Despite being presented in 2006, no government in the county had implemented the Swaminathan report, Rai pointed out. Around 20,000 families of farmers in Delhi will benefit from this scheme. In February, Rai had organised an Agriculture Conference to discuss the implementation of the recommendations. He had also sought suggestions from farmers and general public on the same. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn 2006 report, the National Commission on farmers’ chairman M S Swaminathan suggested the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) to fix MSP at least 50% more than the weighted average cost of production. This recommendation was not incorporated in the National policy for farmers 2007. However, recently the government increased the MSP for all Kharif and Rabi crops and other commercial crops for the season 2018-19 with a return of at least 50 per cent over cost of production, the Union agriculture ministry had said in a statement in December last year.