Georgia Youths Speak.

first_imgKids Keenly Aware”The survey revealed some significant insights about Georgia youths,” Leverett said. “They’re keenly aware of the world around them and the viability of their communities. They’re ambitious about their future and understand the role of education in personal success.”Almost all of those surveyed — 87 percent — plan to attend college or technical school. Three-fourths felt their school teaches what they need to know to get into college.Only 60 percent, though, felt their school has enough books, computers and other equipment to help them learn. About 40 percent don’t have Internet access at home. In lagging or declining areas, that number increases to 51 percent. When almost 4,000 Georgia youths were asked to complete a survey about Georgia communities, they expressed concern about the environment, economics and health care, but enthusiasm about education.Last spring the University of Georgia’s 4-H program, in partnership with the Georgia Rural Development Council, surveyed a random sample of Georgia’s seventh- and eighth-graders in 157 counties.”This survey marked the first effort of this magnitude to listen to and record the voice of Georgia’s youth,” said Bill Leverett, the Georgia 4-H youth development specialist who coordinated the project. Rising Role ModelsThe news was a little brighter when it comes to their own potential as leaders.Regardless of their socioeconomic situation, 87 percent of the respondents felt they have the potential to serve as role models for younger children. Yet 60 percent said they have no opportunity to participate in a leadership development program.Almost 60 percent recognized agriculture and manufacturing as the most important economic engines in Georgia. Tourism and construction were seen as the next most important, followed by retail sales.Youth Summit PlannedGeorgia high school students responded to similar survey questions in person. Teenagers from across the state convened at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Sept. 9-11 to share their ideas for building a strong future in Georgia at the first Georgia Youth Summit.”These students were selected based on their leadership ability,” Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, who chairs the Rural Development Council. “We want to listen to their ideas and opinions.”Bo Ryles, state 4-H leader at UGA, agreed. “It’s my experience that youths are typically energetic and committed and have the ability to create positive change,” he said. “They imagine possibilities and lead us in directions adults would never have contemplated. This summit should be a great learning experience for all of us.” Access To Health Care LackingThe children felt that access to rural health care, especially in areas that are lagging or declining economically, is a major issue.About 64 percent of those surveyed in lagging or declining areas said their community has no hospital. And 61 percent said no doctor is available.In fast-developing areas, only 20 percent felt access to health care wasn’t adequate. Only 18 percent felt health care was inadequate in existing or emerging growth centers.”Statewide, the youths felt drugs and alcohol continue to be big problems,” Leverett said. “Teen pregnancy and violence are also major concerns.”Only 29 percent felt strongly that their communities are a great place to grow up. About one in three plan to spend their lives in communities where they’re growing up. Critical Community ConcernsThe kids were asked the significance of five key issues critical to Georgia’s future: leadership, health, education, technology and the state’s economy. Significant percentages responded that their community: isn’t environmentally clean (73 percent). isn’t safe (61 percent). isn’t a good place to raise kids (57 percent). isn’t prepared for the future (83 percent). have schools that need to be improved (50 percent). needs more jobs (36 percent). needs more youth recreational opportunities (34 percent).last_img read more

Is Your Heart Healthy?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When the first American Heart Month took place in February 1964, cardiovascular disease attributed for more than half of deaths nationwide, according to the American Heart Association.Today, cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death, causing more than 17.3 million deaths annually. But there is some good news, says Dr. Asif M. Rehman, associate director of Interventional Cardiology at South Nassau Communities Hospital.“You can reduce your chances or even prevent heart disease,” he says.A lot of progress has occurred in cardiovascular treatment. Mortality has decreased, awareness has increased, and preventative measures education has improved. Early diagnosis and treatment at the right time is helping people to live longer.“All these things have collectively improved our cardiovascular disease mortality and outcome,” Dr. Rehman says.Knowing the risk factors — hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes, increased cholesterol levels, obesity, genetics, poor habits such as smoking — and making lifestyle changes to combat them, can alter a prognosis and prevent further progression of heart disease, he says.Know the warning signsPain radiating from the chest into the neck and left shoulder and shortness of breath are typical warning signs associated with men and heart attacks.Women may experience those symptoms and pain in their back, neck or jaw and stomach, nausea or lightheadedness, sweating and fatigue. Traditionally, men have heart attacks or are diagnosed with heart disease at an earlier age than women, who are initially protected by hormones, but after age 55, both are at near-equal risk, says Dr. Rehman.Don’t miss your annual checkupYour trusted primary care doctor will order routine bloodwork, test for diabetes and check cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, etc., says Dr. Rehman.“If you are diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, you should have an established relationship with a cardiologist and follow their recommendation regarding treatment and follow-up,” he says.Don’t smokeSmoking is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and cancer. Secondhand smoke is just as dangerous, Dr. Rehman notes. Stop smoking to significantly improve your health and decrease your chances of having a heart attack or developing heart disease.Watch what you eatEnjoy a healthy, balanced diet — one that is rich in fruits and vegetables, protein, has low carbohydrates, and includes healthy fats such as avocados, suggests Dr. Rehman.Avoid fad diets, which are often unhealthy and cannot be sustained. Limitexcessive alcohol consumption.ExerciseDr. Rehman recommends aerobic exercise three to four times per week for 30-45 minutes to prevent or stabilize cardiovascular disease.People who are out of shape or overweight should gradually increase activity, walking on a treadmill, for example, to increase their heart rate at a comfortable, safe pace.Reduce stressTo some extent, physical and emotional stress can contribute to cardiovascular disease, says Dr. Rehman.Although stress cannot single-handedly create heart disease, “if you have an underlying cardiovascular disease that is asymptomatic or stable, when your body goes through emotional and physical stress that could become symptomatic,” says Dr. Rehman.Get some sleepA good night’s sleep, approximately eight hours, grants you more energy to increase your activity, and clarity to make smart, healthy choices.Watch for sleep apnea, a disorder marked by inconsistent breathing, loud snoring and a feeling of exhaustion after a full night’s sleep.This could contribute to a heart attack or stroke, Dr. Rehman warns.Know your family historyBecause of their genes, people sometimes develop a heart condition with little or no other known risk factors. While you can’t change your family history, you can be vigilant in monitoring your health care and adopting a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Rehman says.“When you lose weight, your cholesterol will improve, your diabetes and blood pressure will get better,” says Dr. Rehman. “Life modification” can indeed change your life and your prognosis despite risk factors.For those requiring medical assistance, technology has drastically improved quality of life and mortality rates, notes Dr. Rehman.“If you have heart disease and address it at the right time, and if you are treated properly — which may include getting surgery, having a stent procedure or taking prescription medication to lower your blood pressure, for example — your quality of life can be good.”last_img read more

Bodac Boosts Underwater Mine Disposal Portfolio

first_imgExplosive ordnance risk mitigation expert Bodac has collaborated with ECS Special Projects to design an underwater mine disposal system.According to the company, the system retains all the main characteristic of the Cobra mine disposal system, and meets DEF Standards, International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG), International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.With this system Bodac said it can conduct underwater render safe procedures, recovery or disposal of explosive ordnance (EO) in a safe, cost and time efficient manner.Auke van der Velde, EOD manager BODAC B.V., said: “We started the process of development 8 months ago together with ECS Special Projects Ltd. Operations director Steve Randall and his team were highly motivated and brought the end product to the next level in an efficient manner producing a new generation underwater disposal system for dealing with remnants of war.“last_img read more

Jim Rose: Andrew Little’s view put to test by world trends

first_imgNZ Herald 24 August 2018Family First Comment: A fascinating article on crime and imprisonment…“The economic and sociology literatures unite on the idea that an immediate penalty such as quick arrest and fast commitment to prison, even for a brief time, is a solid deterrent. There is much more debate about whether longer sentences deter, but good agreement that immediate prison time deters. The deterrent effect of prison bites faster and harder.….Bigger prison populations deserve some credit for murder rates and crime in general in the US halving since 1991. On the softer side of the coin, violent and property crime have increased by so much in Europe despite generous welfare states, shorter prison terms and nicely appointed prisons that crime rates apart from homicide are worse in Europe than in the US.”COMMENT:Italy has been good enough to road-test Andrew Little’s proposals to cut the prison population by 30 per cent. Italy has mass pardons of prisoners.If you believe as Andrew Little appears to do, that prisons are a training academy for criminals, and longer sentences increase reoffending because prisoners are released even more brutalised by prison, releasing prisoners immediately in a mass pardon tests your ideas about deterrence versus brutalisation.A mass pardon immediately frees prisoners from that brutalisating training ground for further crime — and makes clear what will happen if a lot fewer criminals are in prison today versus yesterday.Does locking up criminals reduce crime simply by keeping them off the streets?In its unexpected mass pardon in 2006 to reduce prison overcrowding Italy released one third of its prisoners, those with less than three years to serve, but with a twist. If they reoffended within five years, they would serve the remainder of their old sentence too.READ MORE: read more

Kenneth Jackson

first_imgKenneth Jackson, 90, of Osgood passed away at 6:00pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. He was born at Versailles, Indiana on May 1, 1926 the son of Marshall and Estelle Fox Jackson. Kenneth married Pauline Schearer on November 1, 1945 in Indianapolis, Indiana and she preceded him in death on March 4, 1998. Survivors include one son James (Reyna), two daughters; Joyce (Gene) Wagner and Jeanne (Bob) DeBurger all of Osgood; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one brother Marion Jackson of Terre Haute, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters; Neva Rea, Naomi Ruth Carter and Margaret Estel Jobst, two brothers; Willard Samuel and Hubert Jackson. Mr. Jackson worked for International Harvester in Indianapolis, but his true love was working with wood as a general carpenter and as a farmer for William Neal Sr., Doug Thayer and Greg Wehr and as well as his own farm. Kenneth was a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church. The Funeral will be on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will be Sunday from 2pm to 5pm at the funeral home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Kidney Foundation, Tanglewood Cemetery, Fishes and Loaves Community Food Pantry in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.last_img read more

Man Utd join PSG in transfer race for Super Eagles midfielder

first_img PSG have also identified Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko as potential targets. Signing Ndidi will not come cheap with the player contracted at the King Power until 2024. Leicester landed him for £17million in 2016 and will demand at least £45m for his signature. Just last month Ndidi revealed how he has no plans to leave East Midlands in the immediate future. read also:PSG want Leicester midfielder Ndidi over Bakayoko He told ESPN: “We are doing well and I am enjoying myself here. I still have a contract with Leicester. “I am learning and trying to improve myself every day and I am doing okay here so no need to go anywhere.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Loading… center_img Paris Saint-Germain have joined Manchester United in the race to land Leicester star Wilfred Ndidi, according to reports. Super Eagles and Leicester city ace wilfred ndidi The Foxes star is hot property this summer following another excellent season marshalling Brendan Rodgers’ midfield. His dominant displays sparked speculation that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was ready to make his move at the end of the season. They were backed by Red Devils legend Rio Ferdinand who urged the boss to land the Nigerian and add steel to the squad. But according to ESPN, their task has been made even more difficult with French champions PSG interested. The mega-rich side are in the market to land a midfield enforcer and have Ndidi at the top of their shortlist.Advertisementlast_img read more

Two voting sessions planned to elect 28 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational starters

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Twenty-eight of the 30 starters for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational will be elected in a pair of polling sessions this summer.Three drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds will be elected during polling from July 24-27; 13 more will be elected from an at-large pool of the next 25 top vote recipients be­tween July 31 and Aug. 3.All voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. One hundred and fifteen drivers are currently vote eligible for the 14th annual Invitational, to be held Sept. 8 during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.The final qualifying event will be the July 20 Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Knox­ville Raceway.“We will notify All-Star drivers immediately after each round of voting and confirm they will be able to attend Super Nationals,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “What has necessitated shorter voting periods this year is the time needed to tailor awards, namely the Velocita firesuits, that All-Stars receive.”Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point to­tal and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.All-Star drivers also receive mini-replica drive shafts from event title sponsor Fast Shafts by Axle Exchange.The event pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start.As of June 29 and by home region, the 121 drivers qualified for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot include:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Randy Artz, Chaz Baca, Tanner Black, Randy Brown, Cody Burke, John Campos, Mark Carrell, Kellen Chadwick, Rick Childress Jr., Chris Clark, Casey Delp, Ethan Dotson, Logan Drake, Chase Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Eddie Kirchoff, Danny Lauer, Ryan McDaniel, Jeremy Meirhofer, Joel Myers, Jeff Olschowka, Cory Sample, Robby Sawyer, Brian Schultz, Paul Stone, Ricky Thornton Jr., Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson, Collen Winebarger and Justen Yeager.Razor Chassis South Central Region – Dean Abbey, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Kevin Green, Matt Guillaume, Brandon Hood, Josh McGaha, Kevin Sustaire, Eric Tomlinson and Fred Wojtek.Jet Racing Central Region – Drew Armstrong, Eddie Belec, Steven Bowers Jr., Brady Coen, Tate Cole, Curtis Cook, Ryan Gaylord, Jordan Grabouski, Justin Gregg, John Hansen, Daryl Hay, Corey Lagroon, Hunter McDonald, Hunter Marriott, Aaron Monie, Jeremy Payne, Anthony Roth, Johnny Scott, Jeff Taylor, Jesse Taylor, Cole Traugott and Justin Zeitner.Side Biter Chassis North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Austin Arneson, Eric Barnes, Josh Beaulieu, Kyle Brown, John Corell, Troy Cordes, Mark Dahl, Eric Dailey, Russ Dickerson, Tracy Domagala, Corey Dripps, Tyler Droste, Greg Durbin, Patrick Flannagan, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Mike Hansen, Mat Hollerich, Jeff James, Mike Jergens, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Kurt Kile, Benji LaCrosse, Eric Martini, Colt Mather, Bob Moore, Brian Mullen, Jay Noteboom, Tad Reutzel, Rob Rose, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter, Lucas Schott, Mark Schulte, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Stephan, Tim Ward, Jeff Waterman, Mike Wedelstadt, Spencer Wilson, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Chance Allen, Jason Barnhill, Matt Cole, Myron DeYoung, Keith Lamphere, Chaz Pray, Kyle Rutkoski, Kyle Strickler, A.J. Ward and Will Ward.last_img read more

TTFA must explain missing US$2.3m from Home of Football project claims board member

first_imgTRINIDAD and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) board member Keith Look Loy has claimed there will be questions for the association to answer after an audit of the finances of the Home of Football project has revealed a shortfall of US$2.3m (TT$16m).According to reports, the discrepancy stems from the number of contracts currently at the association’s headquarters and the budget for the controversial project.Look Loy had turned to the High Court after failing to get the requested information from the association.  The court ruled in his favour and order the TTFA to furnish Look Loy with the TTFA ledger for the period of November 2015 to present and contributions of FIFA, TTFA and the government for the Home of Football. The TTFA was also ordered to hand over the overall budget for the names of all bidding companies or parties in connection with the project, the TTFA personnel who selected contractors and sub-contractors for the project and the name of the project manager; the names of contractors and sub-contractors engaged; the quantum, duration and terms of all contractors associated with the project and the current financial and construction status of the project.According to Look Loy, the results were surprising.“When I added up the quantum of what was stated in the contracts, the grand total was TT$3.189 million; but the grand total of the FIFA contribution for the Home of Football was US$2.75 million or TT$19.25 million,” Look Loy told“So I don’t know how they plan to explain that shortfall, but the gap is over $16 million!”According to the online publication, TTFA president David John Williams or any other members of the organisation is yet to respond to queries surrounding the allegations.last_img read more

Syracuse community reacts to win over Montana State

first_img Published on December 22, 2015 at 9:08 pm [View the story “Syracuse community reacts to win over Montana State” on Storify] Comments Related Stories Fast reaction: Syracuse thrives down low in blowout win over Montana StateSyracuse thrashes Montana State 82-60 after sluggish 1st halfGrade Syracuse’s performance against Montana State and vote for the player of the gamecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Alan Brogan has announced retirement from inter county football

first_imgIt’s reported that John Hardiman has pulled out of the race to become Galway hurling manager.The move comes as a surprise following Hardiman’s success with Sarsfields in the county championship this season.Interviews for the position will take place in the next week or so. His last was in this years victory over Kerry when he came on as a sub and scored a point.Meanwhile former Kerry forward Declan O’Sullivan has announced his retirement from the club game.The South Kerry player made the announcement after his knee surgery this morning.last_img read more