In recognition of their success in the 4-H program, several 4-H members and leaders from Nova Scotia are attending two national 4-H conferences in Toronto beginning today, Nov. 2. until Sunday, Nov. 6. Eight Nova Scotia 4-H members have been given a National 4-H Travel Award, enabling them to be part of a 63-member delegation from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom attending the National 4-H Member Conference. “National travel awards contribute to the success of the 4-H program by recognizing the outstanding work 4-H members and leaders contribute to their communities,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Our young people learn to become responsible, productive citizens through this well-established program.” Throughout the week members will participate in educational sessions focusing on agriculture and how food moves from the farm to the plate. Delegates will attend presentations and workshops about primary agriculture, food safety, transportation and other agricultural products. The members who won travel awards are: Rachel West, Kings County; Holly Samson, Cape Breton County; Justin Sharpe, Pictou County; Connie MacDonnell, Hants County, Abby Fiendel, Lunenburg County; Nicole Comeau, Yarmouth County; Niels Kouwenburg, Cumberland County; and Gillian Kaulbach, Annapolis County. The National 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Conference will run concurrently with the 4-H member conference. The leader’s conference brings together 33 adult 4-H volunteers from across Canada for a week of leader training. 4-H leaders attending this conference are: Karen Cleveland, Digby County; Brenda Sharpe, Pictou County; Bev Mason, Cumberland County; Jacqueline Melvin, Kings County; and Lorraine Gates, Richmond County. The 4-H program helps develop valuable skills in young people that will stay with them for a lifetime. November is National 4-H month, providing an opportunity for members, volunteers and supporters to showcase the 4-H program, which has been around active in Canada since 1913. Local displays, awareness booths and special community events are planned throughout the month. For more information on Nova Scotia’s 4-H program, visit the website at www.gov.ns.ca/nsaf/4h .
London: Expanding the IPL to 10 teams from eight was one of the issues discussed during a meeting of the franchise owners and the league’s other stakeholders in London earlier this week. However, the increase in the number of teams won’t be a first as 10 sides competed in the 2011 edition of the IPL with the addition of the Kochi and Pune franchises. Contractual issues between Kochi and the BCCI meant the team could only last one season before the Sahara -owned Pune Warriors also pulled out after the 2013 edition, making it an eight team contest again from 2014. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”We discussed increasing the number of teams but it was an informal discussion. Anyway the teams don’t have the authority to decide on the matter, the BCCI will have to take a call but we are open to the idea,” a team official, who attended the meeting in London, said. Another official also confirmed the IPL expansion was discussed in the meeting. “There was a discussion but it was done at an informal level. There is no concrete plan as of now on how to go about it. More teams will lead to more games which could mean a bigger scheduling window. So, all of that needs to be worked out,” said the official. In the absence of the then suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajashthan Royals in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions came into being in the IPL for two seasons. Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of Rising Pune Supergiant franchise which reached the 2017 IPL final in only its second attempt, had expressed to remain invested beyond the two-year period.