4-H’ers give back to their communities

first_img45 states’ youths surveyedOfficially named the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, the Tufts research is an on-going study that started in 2001 with support from the National 4-H Council. Richard Lerner, a youth development scholar, works with researchers at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University to conduct the study. According to a study by Tufts University, 4-H’ers are three times more likely to contribute to their communities than youths not participating in 4-H. 4-H’ers thrive through the health and science education and career preparation they receive through 4-H programming, the study says. Compared to non-4-H youths, 4-H’ers spend more hours exercising or being physically active. 4-H’ers also have higher educational achievement and higher motivation for future education, reporting better grades and an elevated level of engagement at school.Active in their communitiesThe study shows that the structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H plays a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities. “The findings presented in the Tufts study are evidence that the young people who are involved in 4-H are better equipped to lead more productive and altruistic lives,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “Although 4-H has been the largest youth development program in the nation for more than 100 years, many people are unaware of the incredible and uncommon commitment of 4-H’ers to break through obstacles, tackle big problems and make measurable contributions where they live.” Youths are measured in “waves” across time which compared those that participate in 4-H to those that do not. The study is currently in wave seven. The 6,885 adolescents surveyed are racially and geographically diverse, representing 45 states.In Georgia, 4-H’ers are leading issues in their towns, counties and state. Health walks, performing arts and animal savingIn Columbia County, Ga., Ryan Rose’s commitment to learning about heart disease in women led to a community-wide walk and educational program, a school-wide “Wear Red” day and donations to the American Heart Association. Through his 4-H project, Rose learned about heart disease and sought to teach others. From middle school 4-H meetings to links on his high school’s website, Rose worked to involve his community in understanding and working to prevent heart disease in women in his county.Mary Allison Lathem combines her love for performing with helping children in Covington, Ga. She formed a community performing arts club and offered programs for at-risk youths visiting the Washington Street Community Center. Thirty-five children in the community center’s after-school program now meet weekly to explore dance, music, acting, puppetry and costuming. Lathem’s efforts and community connections led to club members attending performances of the Nutcracker and the Wizard of Oz, the first live performances most of the students had seen. Local teachers say students in the performing arts club have improved performance and the director of the county’s after-school programs uses the program as a model for all after-school programs to incorporate performing arts.In Georgia, 62 percent of animals in shelters are euthanized each year. After learning that her hometown has an even higher rate, Putnam County 4-H’er Eryn Parker sought to find a solution. Partnering with Petfinders, a national website, Parker photographed animals and posted descriptions to help find the strays new homes. She linked the information to the Putnam County Animal Control Facebook page and posted flyers in the community. With the help of her fellow 4-H’ers, Parker’s work increased the adoption rate of animals from Putnam County Animal Control by 42 percent.The Georgia 4-H program is carried out by University of Georgia staff in counties across the state. To connect with your local 4-H program, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit the website georgia4h.org.last_img read more

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$2 Million in EDA Funding for high-speed Internet link

first_imgJeffords Announces $2 Million in EDA Funding For High-Speed Internet Link in Northern Vermont WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords, I-Vt.,today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration willaward $2 million to support the North Link fiber optic network, a projectthat will connect six northern Vermont counties to high-speed Internetaccess. The counties include Caledonia; Essex; Franklin; Grand Isle;Lamoille and Orleans. The North Link project is the brainchild of the EconomicDevelopment Council of Northern Vermont (EDCNV), working with VermontElectric Coop. “Broadband access is so critical to our economy, and theNorth Link project will allow these counties to operate on a level playingfield wth more densely populated, urban areas. It is truly an innovativeand exciting opportunity for rural Vermont and its businesses,” saidJeffords. He is the ranking member of the Senate Environment and PublicWorks Commiteee, which oversees the EDA. “The Commerce Department is pleased to partner with thepeople of Vermont and set the stage for investment and innovation througheconomic development grants like these,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary ofCommerce for Economic Development David A. Sampson. “This broadbandproject will help businesses innovate, bringing high-skill, high-wage jobsto the region.” Connie Stanley Little, executive director of EconomicDevelopment Council of Northern Vermont, added, “Thanks to the assistanceof Senator Jeffords, the North Link project will be a critical componentin the creation of high-tech jobs and economic development opporunities.”The council is the sole EDA-designated district in Vermont. Currently the lack of broadband access is hurting theseregions of northern Vermont and forcing businesses to relocate to otherareas with high-speed access, according to the EDA. The project, whichwill link private sector, first responders, state offices, hospitals andeducational institutions, will cost an estimated $8.7 million. These fundsare expected to spur as much as $58 million in private sector investmentover five years, creating an estimated 510 new jobs and retaining morethan 2,000 existing jobs, according to the EDA.last_img read more

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Peru Will Acquire Satellite to Contribute to the Country’s Development and Security

first_imgBy Dialogo March 29, 2011 Congratulations to the Ministry of Defense of Peru for that purchase. I am happy that our America Latin countries are moving forward in their development. It seems that this is an advancement of the communication referred to. It’s very good to be aware of what happens inside and outside the country. Good for that That’s good to hear. Just finished a project on satellite’s contribution to national development. God bless ur country, God bless Nigeria! Economic growth must go hand in hand with national security. It is good to know that they have the idea of protecting investments. Peru will acquire an earth observation satellite that will contribute to the country’s national development, defense, and security, the Peruvian Defense Ministry announced on 26 March. “The Peruvian state, through the Defense Ministry, will acquire ownership of a satellite system that can provide timely and appropriate information for contributing to national development,” the ministry indicated in a statement. It maintained that with the information obtained by means of the satellite, it will be possible to improve vigilance over and security of the national territory and guarantee social wellbeing. “The satellite system will make a major contribution to national security and defense, since it is expected to contribute to the protection of our borders, the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, and the monitoring of illicit cultivation,” according to the note. It will likewise be useful for preserving Amazon forests by locating any illegal indiscriminate logging activity and will make it possible to monitor the melting of glaciers and the pollution of rivers and lakes. It will also monitor changes that may occur in Peru, contributing to preventing, identifying, and mitigating potential natural disasters. The ministry stated that acquisition of the satellite system will put Peru among the countries in the region with the most advanced technology for capturing satellite images.last_img read more

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Insurance staff attorney seminar set for Orlando

first_imgInsurance staff attorney seminar set for Orlando April 30, 2003 Regular News Insurance staff attorney seminar set for Orlandocenter_img The Bar’s CLE seminar on new rules governing insurance staff attorney law offices is set for June 25 in Orlando in conjunction with the Bar’s Annual Meeting.The program, presented by the Insurance Practices CLE Steering Committee, is set for 1-5 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott.In January, the Supreme Court approved amendments to Bar rules that regulate the naming and structure of insurance staff attorney offices and address rules related to potential conflicts of interest in the insurance defense context. The rule amendments were the result of a three-year study by two Florida Bar committees of issues related to the area of insurance defense. The amendments take effect July 1.Katherine Giddings, who chairs the committee, said the seminar will address the amendments and issues related to compliance with those amendments. It also will provide a forum for discussion of national trends involving staff attorney offices; technical, practical, and ethical issues that may arise in connection with the amendments; and the operation of insurance staff attorney law offices generally.“Both insurers and insurance staff attorneys are sure to benefit from this enlightening and educational program,” Giddings said, adding that while the Bar is encouraging staff attorneys to attend the seminar, it is not mandatory that they do.Giddings said there has been some confusion because in adopting the new rules, the Supreme Court mandated that the Bar conduct a seminar on the new rules; it did not, however, mandate that staff attorneys attend.“I encourage attendance at the meeting,” Giddings said. “Florida is the first state in the nation to authorize the use of insurance staff attorneys by codifying Rules of Professional Conduct specifically governing the proper structure and naming of insurance staff attorney law offices. The new rules are sure to serve as a model for similar rules in other states.”For more information, see the Annual Meeting brochure in the May Florida Bar Journal or contact Giddings at (850) 425-1626 or kgiddings@katzlaw.com.last_img read more

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Social on State prepares for its annual New Year’s Eve event

first_imgThe restaurant will be hosting its 4th annual edition of the drop to end the year. Although the event will be slightly scaled back compared to 2018, Yonaty says he is hoping the event continues to attract people to Binghamton. Co-Owner Mark Yonaty told 12 News the restaurant will have two sittings of a three-course meal, a DJ and fireworks. He also told 12 News preparations for the event can take up to seven months. (WBNG) — Preparations for the Social on State New Year’s Eve Ball Drop are heating up. The fireworks show will be free to the public. “We don’t want to brag but we’re told we are the best New Year’s Eve event in town,” Yonaty said. “The ball drop is really spectacular, the fireworks show’s phenomenal, it definitely gives you a sense of a bigger.”last_img read more

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Trump drops ballot court challenge in Arizona, Biden lead too big

first_imgThe Arizona complaint, which was filed Saturday in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleged that numerous voters filing ballots in person on Election Day had been tricked into having their votes disqualified by the electronic tabulation machines.The Trump campaign had originally argued if the disqualified ballots were added to the vote tally, it “will prove determinative of the outcome of the election for President of the United States in Arizona and/or other contested offices in Maricopa County.”“Numerous voters were alerted by these devices to a facial irregularity in their ballot … but were induced by poll workers to override the tabulator’s rejection of the ballot in the good faith belief that their vote would be duly registered and tabulated,” the complaint alleged.“In actuality, overriding the electronic tabulator’s alert automatically disqualifies the putative ‘overvotes’ without additional review or adjudication.”This is breaking news. Check back for updates. Biden already had been projected to win the presidential race as of last Saturday.Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh told CNBC, “All parties acknowledge that in-person voters, who were likely predominately Trump voters, were disenfranchised by having their votes kicked out by the machines in Maricopa County, so for Democrats to celebrate that fact is shameful. We continue to explore President Trump’s options in Arizona.”Trump has refused to concede the race, as his campaign conducts a series of legal challenges in a half-dozen battleground states in an effort to reverse Biden’s lead. The president has falsely claimed that he won the race.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona U.S., September 14, 2020.Jonathan Ernst | Reuterscenter_img The campaign of President Donald Trump on Friday dropped a legal challenge of a number of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, saying that President-elect Joe Biden’s lead in the case is to big for the disputed ballots to make a difference.In a filing Friday in county court, the campaign, which has said that numerous voters had their ballots invalidated, said that “the tabulation of votes statewide has rendered unncessary a judicial ruling as to the presidential electors.”NBC News projected Thursday evening that Biden will win the popular vote in Arizona, and hence win all of the state’s 11 votes in the Electoral College.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s agent responds to Fenerbahce transfer rumours

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been heavily linked with a move to Fenerbahce (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil’s agent says he is ‘really happy’ at Arsenal but has refused to rule out the chances of his client joining Fenerbahce once his current contract expires.German playmaker Ozil hasmade more than 250 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Real Madridin 2013.Ozil has helped Arsenal winthree FA Cups and reach last season’s Europa League final, although hisinfluence in north London appears to be waning.The 31-year-old will havejust 12 months remaining on his current Arsenal contract come the summer andhas been tipped to join Fenerbahce by some media outlets.ADVERTISEMENTOzil has strong ties with the Turkish club and his agent, Erkut Sogut, told Goal: ‘You never know in football.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘First of all, you can neverpredict the movement of players.‘I have said it before and I am saying it again that he [Ozil] is really happy where he is at Arsenal. He is still has a contract to go and there is no change.‘We will see what the future holds when the contract ends but for now, there is nothing I can say.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLast week, Arsenal legend Paul Merson described Ozil as a ‘huge problem’ and said his astronomical wages are complicating contract talks with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.‘It would be a major disaster for Arsenal if they lost Aubameyang, however, the decision will be weighed up and at least it will be the club’s decision as to what they do,’ Merson told Sky Sports.‘Do they give him £300,000-a-week? I’ve always said they will have a problem until Mesut Ozil leaves the club. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Mar 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s agent responds to Fenerbahce transfer rumours Ozil is a ‘huge problem’ for Arsenal, according to Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)‘Every day he’s there, every other top player will want what he’s on. It’s a huge problem and not a new one.‘There’s also the danger of giving him big money, just like they did with Ozil, and then every other player wanting the same.‘It would take you straight back to the Ozil scenario and if you do spend all that money on him and you don’t get into the top four it’s not money well spent.’MORE: The three things Manchester United need to offer Jadon Sancho to secure summer moveMORE: Arsenal legend Lee Dixon jokes Gary Neville is lucky to have a career after Thierry Henry tore him to shredslast_img read more

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Bargain buys a magnet for investors from as low as $79,000

first_img14/105 Farnell Street, Chermside Qld 4032THE capital city has become a magnet for buyers searching for bargain investments, given prices start as low as $79,000. Here’s a taste of what’s available right now.Escalating prices in southern capitals has seen high yielding, lower cost properties become the catchcry for investors – with a new hotspot emerging in the shadows of Brisbane’s apartment surge.At least eight separate one-bedroom properties were currently listed in the five-digit price range in Brisbane – priced between $79,000 and $90,000 and mostly in the inner city area and split between motels, serviced apartments and retirement complexes. QUEENSLAND’S PROPERTY FLIPPING HOTSPOTS BRISBANE YIELDS TO DRAW INVESTORS $120K HOME SELLS FOR $3M PLUS Another 50 properties spread across the city were priced between $100,000 and $150,000.The cheapest on the market was $79,000 for a single bedroom, single bathroom, single car space apartment at 2/105 Farnell Street in Chermside in Brisbane’s north. Located in the 3.5 star Chermside Court Motel, agent Pat Barrett described it as one with “guaranteed income in a high capital growth area”. The complex has 16 semi self contained units – four of which were on the market.There are two other one bedroom apartments being marketed in Chermside Court Motel by Mr Barrett – 7 and 14 – both of which had $90,000 pricetags.RE/MAX Premier Consultants – Chermside’s Shirley Mapp has another at $90,000 in the complex – on the ground floor with no steps to contend with. She said owners paid for council rates, body corporate levies, repairs and maintenance – all of which were tax deductible, and the on-site manager paid for electricity, gas, telephone expenses and repairs to furniture. GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS FREE TO YOUR INBOX About $10,000 cheaper was a studio unit at 5/192 Wellington Road, Kangaroo Point, priced at offers over $80,000. Agent Bill Yapp of LJ Hooker Kangaroo Point advised it was “built under the Accommodation Regulation Module restricting the occupancy to short term motel letting only and is not available for fixed term letting or permanent residential use by an owner occupier”. 5/192 Wellington Road, Kangaroo Point Qld 4169 7/105 Farnell Street, Chermside, is on the market for $90,000. K5/97 Albany Creek Road, Aspley Qld 4034Then there are the retirement unit options, with the cheapest priced at $82,000 at 53/146 Capitol Drive, Mount Ommaney, about 20 minutes from the Brisbane CBD. The unit in Tricare James Ommaney Retirement Community was marketed by Tricare’s Steven Pashley as having been recently refurbished.It has a kitchenette, private ensuite, built in robes and an open plan living style, while the complex has meals prepared fresh on site and weekly cleaning and linen services.Tricare also has another serviced apartment at K5/97 Albany Creek Road, Aspley, priced at $90,000. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 53/146 Capitol Drive, Mount Ommaney Qld 4074 105 Farnell Street, Chermside Qld 4032More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agolast_img read more

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One in five expect to rent for life

first_imgA fifth of Aussies and about the same of Queenslanders have given up on being able to buy a home.ONE in five Aussies believe they are locked out of the housing market and will be renting for life, new research out today warned.Research released by finder.com.au said “over three million renters believe they may be renting for the rest of their life”.It found about one in five was the ratio for Queensland too, which emerged with the highest percentage of people who’d consider never owning a home (22 per cent).The figure was 19 per cent in New South Wales, 18 per cent in Western Australia, 17 per cent in Victoria, and 13 per cent in both South Australia and Tasmania. NSW carpark costs same as QLD unit The six best Aussie suburbs to invest QLD’s cheapest growth suburbs The survey had asked 2,033 people “given the current housing affordability crisis, would you consider renting your whole life?”. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoIt found 21 per cent of Queenslanders surveyed said they were renting but intended to buy property in future. That was the highest level returned across the states in that category, with the figure at 20 per cent for NSW, 19 per cent for Tasmania, and 18 per cent for WA. Dipping into the property market has become unachievable for many Australians after the past few years of price rises across the country.Surprisingly, Queensland had the lowest percentage of respondents who owned their own home (52 per cent), with South Australia the highest on that score at 68 per cent followed by Tasmania (66 per cent).Around 38 per cent of Aussies were currently renting, while 19 per cent were renting but intended to buy property “in the near future”. Five per cent of Queensland respondents were “rentvestors”, mirroring the national breakdown, compared to 6 per cent of Victorians, 4 per cent out of NSW and WA, 3 per cent in SA and 2 per cent in Tasmania. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

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Another example for three strikes

first_imgKiwiBlog 24 Oct 2011The Dom Post reports:A Rotorua man who subdued a young girl with fly spray and then raped her has been jailed for 10 years. Robin Whitiora Chadwick appeared in the High Court at Rotorua this morning on a single charge of sexual violation by rape. Chadwick, a part time security guard, had forced the 13 year old girl to inhale two cans of fly spray before raping her at a house near Lake Tarawera in 2009. …Chadwick continued to deny his guilt and showed no remorse towards the victim, the court heard. Justice John Priestley said Chadwick had a previously been jailed for the rape of two younger girls in Taranaki in 1994. In this case the girl’s young age, her vulnerability, the use of the fly spray to stupefy the girl, and the isolated location of the offending were aggravating factors in sentencing Chadwick to 10 years imprisonment, with a minimum non parole period of five years, he said.If three strikes had been in previously, at a minimum his 1994 rape convictions would be a first strike, which means he would not be eligible for parole for this rape. This would put him away for ten years, instead of a minimum five years only. Personally I think having raped three children is enough leniency, and he shouldn’t be getting out to rape anymore.Bit his offending is even worse than that. The Rotorua Daily Post reveals: Justice John Priestley said Chadwick, 57, had 24 previous convictionsNow if any of those were strike offences also, then he would be getting 20 years with no parole for this rape.Now bear in mind that Labour are committed to repealing the three strikes law,which means scum like Chadwick can carry on getting parole time after time after time. A change of Government will have real consequences.http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/10/another_example_for_three_strikes.htmllast_img read more

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