Volunteer leaders

first_imgAccording to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 6 million American adults volunteer an average of 52 hours per year. Volunteerism is very much a part of our culture and Georgia 4-H relies heavily on the work of volunteers every day.Volunteers serve 4-H as chaperones, educators, mentors, leaders and marketers. Roles are as varied as the communities in which volunteers live and the youths in those programs. A 4-H volunteer may coordinate a 4-H fundraiser, volunteer in the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office, help a 4-H’er prepare a project, chaperone at summer camp, mentor a 4-H’er at their livestock show or coach a judging team. Volunteerism in 4-H is not a new concept. The first Georgia 4-H volunteer was G.C. Adams, school superintendent in Newton County and founder of the 1904 Boys Corn Club. The corn club became the 4-H program. Today, more than 21,000 adults make an impact on Georgia 4-H youths as volunteers. The Search Institute reports one of the 40 developmental assets for young people is a positive caring adult. Further research shows that an adult who supports a young person, believes in his future and creates a positive environment for him to succeed is one of the key factors in that student’s success.Georgia 4-H is filled with stories of volunteers who touch the lives of students. “Because of the support of 4-H volunteers, my sisters and I were able to escape a difficult home situation and participate in an organization that changed our lives, “said one Athens-Clarke County 4-H alumna. Another student credits the patience and support of his 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun and Education) coach for providing him the opportunity to excel in a sport that became a lifelong hobby. “Our volunteers took us everywhere. I saw Georgia because an adult cared enough to be my chaperone,” said another 4-H’er.“Our volunteer means so much to us. She is always there. She shows us what to do but lets us do it. When I walk in the show ring I know she’s proud of me and I’m proud that I can do it,” said a Georgia 4-H’er who participates in livestock showing.All Georgia 4-H volunteers are screened through UGA and trained to support the efforts of UGA Extension and 4-H in their communities. Individuals interested in volunteering for Georgia 4-H should contact their local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASKUGA1 or email Jenny Jordan, Extension 4-H specialist – Volunteer & Teen programs, at jwj4h@uga.edu.last_img read more

Notice: Proposed criminal procedure rule

first_imgThe Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court an emergency petition proposing new Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.203 (Defendant’s Mental Retardation as a Bar to the Imposition of Death Sentence) and proposing amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.704 (The Criminal Punishment Code). Rule 3.203 is necessary due to 2001 legislation that created section 921.137, Florida Statutes (2001), which provides a new defense and prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on a mentally retarded defendant. See ch. 2001-202, Laws of Fla. The new rule would provide procedures and guidance for defendants, the State of Florida, and the trial courts. The proposed amendments to rule 3.704 are to make the rule consistent with the legislative amendments to section 921.0021, Florida Statutes (2001), made in ch. 2001-210, Laws of Fla. The amendments to rule 3.704 would expand the consideration of a juvenile offender’s prior offenses to include five years of prior offenses, rather than the current three-year period.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and seven copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before August 1, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Raymond J. Rafool, II, P.O. Box 7286, Winter Haven 33883-7286, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, CASE NO. SC02-1230 RULE 3.203. DEFENDANT’S MENTAL RETARDATION AS A BAR TO IMPOSITION OF DEATH SENTENCE (a) Notice of Intent to Raise Mental Retardation as Bar to Imposition of Death Sentence; Time for Filing; Contents. A defendant who intends to raise mental retardation as a bar to the imposition of a death sentence shall give written notice to the prosecutor not less than 20 days before trial or at such other time as ordered by the court. The notice shall contain the names and addresses of any experts whom the defendant may call to testify at a hearing to determine mental retardation. (b) Motion for Determination of Mental Retardation; Time for Filing After Recommendation of Death. A defendant who has given timely notice under subdivision (a) of this rule may file a motion for determination of mental retardation within 10 days after an advisory jury has recommended a death sentence. (c) Motion for Determination of Mental Retardation; Time for Filing After Recommendation of Life. The prosecutor shall notify the defendant, within 10 days after an advisory jury has returned a recommended sentence of life, if the state intends to seek a sentence of death. A defendant who has given timely notice under subdivision (a) of this rule may file a motion for determination of mental retardation within 10 days after receiving notice that the state intends to seek a death sentence. (d) Motion for Determination of Mental Retardation; Time for Filing After Waiver of Advisory Jury Recommendation. A defendant who waives the right to a penalty phase jury may file a motion for determination of mental retardation no later than 10 days after completion of the penalty phase hearing. (e) Appointment of Experts; Time of Examination. The court shall appoint 2 experts in the field of mental retardation upon the receipt of the motion for determination of mental retardation. The experts shall evaluate the defendant and provide to the court and the parties a written report of their findings. The reports shall be provided a reasonable time prior to the final sentencing hearing. Attorneys for the state and defendant may be present at the examinations. (f) Defendant’s Refusal to Cooperate. If the defendant refuses to be examined by or fully cooperate with the court-appointed experts, the court may, in its discretion: (1) order the defense to allow the court-appointed experts to review all mental health reports, tests, and evaluations by the defendant’s expert; or (2) prohibit defense experts from testifying concerning any tests, evaluations, or examinations of the defendant regarding the defendant’s mental retardation. (g) Hearing on Motion to Determine Mental Retardation. At the hearing on the motion, the court shall consider the findings of the court-appointed experts, the findings of any other expert offered by the state or the defense, and all other evidence on the issue of whether the defendant has mental retardation. If the court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that the defendant has mental retardation as defined in section 921.137, Florida Statutes (2001), the court may not impose a sentence of death. The court shall enter a written order that sets forth with specificity the findings in support of the court’s determination. RULE 3.704. THE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT CODE (a) – (c) (no change) (d) General Rules and Definitions. (1) – (13) (no change) (14) “Prior record” refers to any conviction for an offense committed by the offender prior to the commission of the primary offense. Prior record includes convictions for offenses committed by the offender as an adult or as a juvenile, convictions by federal, out of state, military, or foreign courts and convictions for violations of county or municipal ordinances that incorporate by reference a penalty under state law. Federal, out of state, military or foreign convictions are scored at the severity level at which the analogous or parallel Florida crime is located. (A) (no change) (B) Juvenile dispositions of offenses committed by the offender within 5 3 years prior to the date of the commission of the primary offense must be scored as prior record if the offense would have been a crime if committed by an adult. Juvenile dispositions of sexual offenses committed by the offender more than 5 3 years prior to the date of the primary offense must be scored as prior record if the offender has not maintained a conviction-free record, either as an adult or as a juvenile, for a period of 5 3 consecutive years from the most recent date of release from confinement, supervision, or sanction, whichever is later, to the date of commission of the primary offense. (C) – (E) (no change) (15) – (28) (no change) Committee Notes The terms must and shall, as used in this rule, are mandatory and not permissive. 2001 Amendment. 3.704(d)(14)(B). The definition of “prior record” was amended to include juvenile dispositions of offenses committed within 5 years prior to the date of the commission of the primary offense. “Prior record” was previously defined to include juvenile disposition of offenses committed within 3 years prior to the date of the commission of the primary offense. This amendment reflects the legislative change to section 921.0021, Florida Statutes, effective July 1, 2001. This new definition of prior record applies to primary offenses committed on or after July 1, 2001. Notice: Proposed criminal procedure rule Notice: Proposed criminal procedure rulecenter_img July 1, 2002 Noticeslast_img read more

Joe Biden is elected the 46th president of the United States.

first_imgWILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. was elected president of the United States on Saturday, defeating President Trump after campaigning on a promise to restore civility and stability to American politics and to expand the government’s role in guiding the country through the surging coronavirus pandemic.Mr. Biden, 77, who will become the 46th president and the oldest man ever sworn into the office, secured 273 votes from the Electoral College after Pennsylvania was called for him, though the race was far closer than many Democrats, Republicans and pollsters had expected.- Advertisement – With his third run for the White House — after unsuccessful bids in 1988 and 2008, and after spending eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president — Mr. Biden finally attained a goal that he has dreamed of for decades, capping a career in national politics that began with a victory in a 1972 Senate race here in Delaware. He was swept into office this year with the support of a diverse coalition of younger voters, older voters, Black Americans and white college-educated voters, particularly women. – Advertisement – Mr. Biden’s triumph concluded an extraordinary election that was expected to set modern records for turnout, despite being held amid a pandemic that has upended life across the United States. More than 100 million Americans voted before Election Day as states sought to make voting safer, putting the nation on track for the largest turnout in a century once the final vote is tallied.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden also won the popular vote by nearly three percentage points, and, with more than 74 million votes, broke the vote record set by Mr. Obama in 2012. Mr. Trump received more than 70 million votes — far more than the 63 million he received in 2016 when he beat Hillary Clinton while losing the popular vote.Voters overcame their fears of the coronavirus, long lines at the polls and the vexing challenges of a transformed election system to render a verdict on Mr. Trump’s chaotic and norm-breaking presidency. Mr. Trump was the first incumbent president to lose a bid for re-election since George H.W. Bush lost to Bill Clinton in 1992.Still, the race was not the landslide many Democrats had hoped for: Mr. Biden lost a number of important battleground states where he had invested time and resources, most notably Florida, amid signs of challenges with a number of Latino constituencies.center_img The Trump campaign and Republican lawyers have already begun a wide-ranging legal assault to challenge Democratic votes and victories in key swing states, part of a long-telegraphed effort to call the validity of the election into question.Mr. Trump, who baselessly declared victory early Wednesday, before votes were tallied in multiple states, had regularly questioned the legitimacy of the election as polls showed him trailing, and it was not immediately clear how he would respond to the news of Mr. Biden’s victory.Much of Mr. Biden’s agenda in office may rest on his ability to work with Congress. Democrats have maintained their hold on the House but had a much narrower path to reclaiming control of the Senate. The result also provided a history-making moment for President-elect Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, who became the first woman, and first woman of color, on a winning presidential ticket. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Water frontage on Gold Coast with space to settle into

first_imgThere is a range of living spaces.One upstairs bedroom features a deluxe ensuite, while the remaining three offer water and garden views with built-in wardrobes. The bedroom downstairs impressively boasts a personal courtyard and shares the lower level floor with two bathrooms.Next door to a leafy park and close to schools, this is an ideal family home. The property will go under the hammer next weekend. 28 Bollard Cct, Clear Island Waters will go under the hammer next weekend.THE tranquil waters are best viewed from the outdoor, covered dining pavilion that’s flanked by lush gardens, tiered timber decking and pool. With 19m of water frontage, there’s plenty to lap up at the north-facing property. Polished floors and soaring ceilings invoke spacious living spaces.center_img The residence has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoLarge windows show off stunning water views from inside the residence, where polished floors and soaring ceilings invoke spacious living spaces. “Immaculately presented, with an intriguing mix of softening curves and clean lines, this award-winning home will be sure to appeal,” its listing states. The gourmet kitchen links with the outdoor alfresco area, and there’s a choice between open plan formal living and dining spaces. last_img read more

ESG ‘not a priority’, says German pension fund association

first_imgThe role ESG factors play in investment decisions will also depend on the asset class, said aba.A recurring point in its submission was the implications for investment along ESG lines of the structure of workplace pensions in Germany.This is one where the IORPs (institutions for occupational retirement provision) “are always linked to a sponsoring employer and sometimes in addition to social partners of a special industry”.The aba said: “The sponsoring employer might already have an ESG strategy in place that will then have an impact on the investment strategy of the IORP.“In addition, the field in which the sponsoring undertaking operates will influence ESG decisions – for example, the IORP of a company running a nuclear plant will not put nuclear energy on a negative list.”According to the aba, the main reasons why institutional investors and asset managers take ESG factors into account in their investment decisions are risk management, alignment of investment policies with the beneficiaries’ long-term interests, pressure from the investors’ clients and reputation.The latter two could lead to greenwashing, said the association.The answers were chosen from a multiple-choice list, although ‘reputation’ was a free input from aba.Reliability, usefulness, availability and cost of information/data is an issue when it comes to ESG matters, according to the association.“Different actors analyse the issues and publish the information in different ways, making it difficult to compare,” said aba. “In addition, most research is equities focused.”The association also raised the risk of “greenwashing” by companies in this context, noting that it might occur “in areas where it is difficult to measure improvement”.ShareAction, a London-based responsible investment charity, yesterday published a survey indicating that lack of data was preventing institutional investors from incorporating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their investment process.German investors were among the respondents.The UN-backed Principles on Responsible Investment (PRI) are “a good starting point” for many investors looking at long-term risk assessment, said aba.However, the most important directive for occupational pension funds, according to the association, is the IORP Directive, and it “should be kept in mind”.Fiduciaries ‘busy people’ A revised IORP Directive is in the process of being negotiated by the European Council, the EC and the European Parliament (EP), with the EP’s proposed version mandating the integration of ESG factors in fiduciary duty.The aba is against this and reiterated its position in this latest consultation response.“To avoid uncertainty for IORPs and sponsoring employers and to allow them to address the challenges they currently face,” it said, “the review of the IORP Directive should not lead to additional regulatory changes in this field.”In Germany, overall interest from beneficiaries in ESG matters “is perceived to be relatively low”, said aba.Still, external events such as the UN climate change conference in Paris and scandals, such as about investing in cluster bombs, can trigger individuals to contact their pension scheme, noted the association.Asked about barriers to more integration of medium to long-term risk indicators, including ESG matters, into investment decisions, aba identified five factors that affect investor behaviour in this area.These included “fear of a lower return, reduced investment universe, higher costs, the fact many ESG factors are not specific and a lack of human resources”.“In addition,” it says, “day-to-day investment decisions are often outsourced to external asset managers, with the investors not providing additional indicators relating to ESG factors.”Investment consultants, said aba, “almost never, unless it is already included in the concept”, consider an asset manager’s approach to ESG issues and active asset ownership when advising institutional investors about selection of managers.Elsewhere, it said “fiduciaries are busy people, and ESG is not a priority”, citing a 2006 and 2015 updated report from Freshfields on the matter.Sustainable and long-term economic growth is a pre-occupation for many European policymakers, who are trying to recruit the financial sector, in particular institutional investors, to play a greater role in unlocking the investment needed to achieve this aim.The EC’s consultation, for example, builds on the ‘Communication on Long-Term Financing of the European Economy’ and the Commisson’s Capital Markets Union action plan. In the UK, meanwhile, a fresh initiative came from the Investment Association, which yesterday launched an action plan aiming to solve the country’s “productivity puzzle” and fostering long-term investment thinking. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have “taken a back seat” at German occupational pension funds amid the prevailing low-interest-rate environment, the country’s industry association has said.Responding to a European Commission consultation on long-term and sustainable investment, aba said “the security of the investment that achieves the necessary return is more important for investors than ESG factors” and that some investors did not therefore include ESG factors in their investment decisions.“Their primary responsibility of strategic investment decisions is to maximise the returns to fulfil the pension commitments for the members,” added the association, which represents German occupational pension funds.“Other priorities are a reasonable mix and diversifications of the assets, while maintaining an adequate level of liquidity. Investors often fear the higher costs of ESG research.”last_img read more

Truck hits tree in City Proper

first_imgILOILO City – The truck he was driving crashedagainst tree on General Luna Street, City Proper. The 33-year-old Romeo Calonia ofBarangay Rizal Pala-Pala, Iloilo City sustained bruises and slight scratches tohis knees, a police report showed. According to the report, the incidenthappened around 12 p.m. on Wednesday. Calonia was navigating the road when theElf truck he was driving lost its break. He avoided hitting other vehicles,which resulted in the crash./PN The front of this truck sustained heavy damage after crashing into a tree along General Luna Street, City Proper on Wednesday. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PNlast_img

Sports Minister to launch E Gaming Sports

first_img It is the most suitable for the post-Covid-19 era. Globally, it is a 138 Billion Dollars business. We also plan to develop the Mambila plateau area to turn it into a training ground for our long-distance runners who are mostly from the North. This is necessary and important considering that long-distance race is an individual, none contact sport that would likely resume  soon as the impact of COVID-19 winds down”. Dare further affirmed, ” While these are few things we are doing at the Ministry level, we are also keen to learn how other new things can work better.” read also:Okwaraji’s mum gets support from Sports MinisterOn youth development, he said more than two million young entrepreneurs will benefit from training and entrepreneurship programs to be funded through the Central Bank Federal Government job aquisition initiative. He assured me that the program will be launched next week. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Speaking during a  webinar on steps to reactivate the sports sector post the covid-19 era, Dare said” We are working on a plan that would produce for the first time an Industry-based sports policy that will turn sports into the business. We are on the verge of launching E-Gaming Sports in Nigeria.Advertisement Loading… As parts of efforts to key into the global benefits of E-Gaming Sports and make Nigerian sports more viable, Minister for Youth and Sports Mr. Sunday Dare has concluded plans to launch Nigeria into the E- Gaming Sports world. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True12 Countries Whose Technological Progress Amazes7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?last_img read more

Remembered doubles up

first_imgHe’llberemembered claimed first prize in Thurles’ Premier County Hurdle for the second year in a row. Paul Fahey’s veteran was sent off at 5-4, with Moonshine Lad carrying the favourite’s tag at 9-10. That one got reminders down the back straight from Paul Carberry, however, and while he eventually responded, the effort to catch up took its toll as He’llberemembered kept going to triumph by three-quarters of a length. Press Associationcenter_img Fahey said: “You could run him anywhere. He’s probably one of the most consistent horses in training. “We bring him to Listowel every year. He hates it but we love it and that’s our excuse to go! He won’t go for the Kerry National any more as he just doesn’t jump the fences down there. “He’ll follow more or less the same plan as last year. He’ll be entered for the Paddy Power and we’ll look for a conditions race somewhere along the line.” Dazzling Susie made a successfully swift return to action in the Holycross Mares Chase. John Phelan’s 9-4 shot was pulled up at Cork last weekend, but led her rivals a merry dance here and when hot favourite Down Ace got close enough to challenge, Dazzling Susie went away again to score by five and a half lengths. Allied Victory’s (9-4 joint-favourite) success in the www.thurlesraces.ie Beginners Chase suggested he has a decent future. Making his fencing bow, the Mouse Morris-trained five-year-old jumped with aplomb in front and beat Kilcarry Bridge by six lengths, with something up his sleeve. That initiated a double for Bryan Cooper, which was completed when he steered 4-9 favourite Tiger Trek to a bloodless success in the Cashel Maiden Hurdle, and winning trainer Dessie Hughes completed a brace of his own when Sub Lieutenant landed the Munster INH Flat Race. Lone Star showed improvement between his first couple of outings under NH Rules and carried on that momentum with a nine-length defeat of Brog Deas Nua in the Devils Bit 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle as the 6-4 favourite. Adrian Heskin had his first ride as number one jockey for leading owner Barry Connell in the race, but the Ted Walsh inmate went backwards a fair way from home and finished a tailed-off last. last_img read more

Gold Cup hero set for Durkan return

first_img “It’s a slightly inadequate trip, but he’ll be fit and well. It’s his first run, so we’ll see how we go. “Then it will be on to the Lexus, Irish Hennessy, the Gold Cup, that kind of plan at the moment. “He’ll be as fit as I can get him. It’s a Grade One, so it’s probably going to be a hard race. They need to be fit in order to take those races. “It’s 22 days to the Lexus after that, so you need to be fit going there. “It’s December 7, so hopefully the ground will be softish and safe. That’s the main thing.” Jim Culloty promises to have Lord Windermere as fit as possible for his seasonal reappearance in the John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown on December 7. The Mallow trainer wants his Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to be in reasonable shape for his first run of the winter, with the intention then being to head for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown three weeks later. “I’m very happy with him and the John Durkan is the plan,” Culloty told At The Races. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas downs Briton Dan Evans to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI: Stefanos Tsitsipas won his eighth match in a row on Friday (Feb 28), defeating Briton Dan Evans 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to reach the final at the Dubai Championships.The Greek second seed who lifted the trophy last Sunday in Marseille, returned to the final in the emirate after finishing runner-up here a year ago to Roger Federer.Tsitsipas could not fault his victory in 83 minutes over the 37th-ranked Evans in a first-time meeting.”I managed to stay solid throughout the whole match, I didn’t have too much stress, I stayed quite calm and played well,” he said. Tsitsipas, winner of 16 of his last 17 sets, won his 10th career match at the Aviation Club against two defeats. AgenciesAlso Read: Stefanos Tsitsipas to battle Felix for Marseille Open titleAlso Watch: CJM Court Kamrup Metro sent Former JNU student Sharjeel Imam to 4 day police custodylast_img read more