Extension Academy

first_imgA select group of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension employees has been chosen for the 2018-19 UGA Extension Academy for Professional Excellence — an internal program aimed at developing the next generation of leadership.The program is designed to teach leadership skills to early- and mid-career UGA county Extension agents, state specialists and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences personnel. Ultimately, the training is an effort toward fulfilling UGA Extension’s mission of helping Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible individuals.”Programs such as Extension Academy allow us to prepare for the next generation of leadership within our organization,” said Lauren Griffeth, UGA Extension leadership specialist and organizer of the academy. “We hope that participants graduate from this experience feeling engaged, empowered and equipped to better serve UGA Extension.”In September, the newest cohort of Extension Academy participants gathered in Athens, Georgia, for the first of three leadership institutes. Each three-day institute will offer intensive personal and professional development training facilitated by the CAES Office of Learning and Organizational Development.Extension Academy graduate and Newton County 4-H agent Terri Kimble Fullerton says the program “re-energized” her for the next stage of her professional life. She says completing the academy was one of the best investments she ever made in her career.“The program helped me see my path forward in UGA Extension. I expected to do a lot of the same personality- and team-building activities I’ve completed a hundred times before,” she said. “Instead, Extension’s choice of an outside expert who also had Extension experience to lead the program made all the difference. I accomplished personal growth with the help of an Extension mentor and learned so many things that have helped me develop myself and my 4-H program.”Kevin Livingston, the UGA Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources agent in Douglasville, Georgia, wasn’t sure what to expect when he attended the academy. Now a graduate of the program, he highly recommends it to his colleagues.“I heard from other Extension staff that it was a great experience and it proved to be exactly that. The program was well done and offered opportunities for networking with others outside of my normal work area, he said. “The program stimulated many thoughts and generated a new awareness of both self and others.”This year’s Extension Academy participants are:Leigh Anne Aaron, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Oconee and Morgan countiesKelle Ashley, 4-H agent, Oconee CountyStephanie Benton, 4-H agent, Early CountyPam Bloch, 4-H agent, Gwinnett CountyKasey Bozeman, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Liberty and Long countiesPaul Coote, director, Burton 4-H CenterTim Davis, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Chatham CountyClark MacAllister, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Dawson and Lumpkin CountiesMerritt Melancon, public relations coordinator, UGA Extension, Office of Communications and Creative ServicesSusan Moore, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Laurens CountyJustin Shealey, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Echols CountyHeather Shultz, 4-H livestock programs coordinator, UGA ExtensionJoe Slusher, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Ware CountyCindee Sweda, Family and Consumer Sciences agent, Spalding CountyTrish West, county Extension coordinator and 4-H agent, Bryan CountyTripp Williams, county Extension coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent, Columbia County For more information on UGA Extension’s impact in Georgia, visit extension.uga.edu.last_img read more

Olympic qualification process and late season being studied – Coe

first_img(REUTERS) – World Athletics is working to restart a shuttered athletics season and studying any changes that may be needed in the qualifying process for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, president Seb Coe said on Friday.The governing body is hoping to offer a series of meetings that may begin in August and run to October so athletes can get back in to competition as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic, Coe said in a letter addressed to the athletics community.“We don’t yet know the date for the Games next year,” Coe said, “but once they (the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government) have made it, we will look at what, if any, impact that decision has on our World Athletics Championships Oregon 21.” Many expect the championships in Eugene, Oregon, to be moved to 2022. Athletics’ global governing body also hopes to provide an answer as soon as possible to any changes to the Tokyo Olympics qualifying process, Coe said.World Athletics began reviewing its Olympic qualification process after the IOC and sports federations agreed that all athletes currently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Games will remain qualified for next year’s event. “In athletics the primary qualification avenue is by meeting the entry standards set out in March 2019,” Coe added.“Once those places are allocated, the remaining athletes are drawn from the world ranking list. As of today, all athletes who have met the entry standards for their event will remain qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. This is approximately 50% of the places.” A major review is also underway of the global calendar of events, not just for the next two years which will see some major disruptions, but for the long term.The decision comes as athletics’ Diamond League series announced on Friday it has cancelled its meetings through June but hopes to have a late season.“The priority for all of us right now is to contain the pandemic, stay healthy and stay home,” Coe said, “but where we can, continue to drive our sport forward.“The world will not be the same after this pandemic.”last_img read more


first_imgSaturday, June 11, Santa Anita UnCorked returns to The Great Race Place for the ninth straight year! Excellent wines, fine tastings from local eateries, an art show and silent auction all offer the perfect accoutrement to a day of live Thoroughbred racing this Belmont Stakes Day!Proceeds from the event will directly benefit CARMA, a non-profit, charitable aftercare program for off-the-track Thoroughbreds and many other local charities!Over 60 wineries have generously donated their unique creations, including Phantom Rivers, Pedroncelli, Manifesto, Chalk Hill, Smoke Tree, Wild Horse, Chateu Petit Freylon, Gerard Bertrand, Cape Mantelle, plus many, many more.UnCorked, a Wine of the Month Club sponsored event, will also feature food from more than 20 of the finest local restaurants and will include offerings from Bella Sera Trattoria, Sow House, Bourbon Steak, Red, White and Bluzz, Il Fornaio, StoneFire Grill, The Derby, Spaghetti Eddie’s, Café Mundial and others.Your $65 ticket will include parking, entrance into the UnCorked experience as well as Club House admission and seating, a daily racing program, wine tastings, cuisine sampling, access to the fine art exhibit and silent auction plus, a souvenir wine glass to take home!Visit http://www.santaanita.com/events/santa-anita-uncorked/ to purchase your UnCorked Ticket and for complete information regarding all Santa Anita Park events this spring!last_img read more

Fulham and West Ham table bids for Newcastle target – report

first_imgFulham and West Ham have made offers for Newcastle target Douglas, according to the Daily Mail.Newcastle reportedly had a bid for the FC Twente defender rejected last week and now apparently face competition for his signature, with Chelsea and Tottenham also said to be tracking him.QPR could avoid paying a fee for Junior Hoilett, with Blackburn ready to offer Jamie Mackie up to £2m a year – making him the highest-paid player in the Championship – to go to Ewood Park in exchange, the Daily Mirror claim.Linked with move to Rovers.Hoilett looks set to reject Newcastle and Borussia Monchengladbach in favour of a lucrative deal at Rangers, said to be worth £50,000-a-week.The Canadian is out of contract but, at 22, cannot move on a free transfer, so Rovers will be entitled to compensation unless they accept an offer.And it is suggested that although Mackie is not overly keen to leave Loftus Road, the cash on offer at Blackburn may persuade him to go there.The Daily Mail say Rangers are trying to secure a work permit for Hoilett before completing his signing, while The Sun claim the club are interested in Getafe right-back Miguel Torres.Meanwhile, Chelsea have been told by Wigan that they can have Victor Moses for £10m, according to the MirrorIt is claimed the Latics want a straightforward fee for the forward and are not interested in an exchange deal involving Josh McEachran.The Mirror also report that Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is closing in on the £7m signing of Marseille’s Spain Under-21 right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.The Mail say Jose Bosingwa, recently released by the Blues, has been made an offer by Anzhi Makhachkala.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Three Warriors pieces that will be defined by this Finals

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.TORONTO — When the 2019 NBA Finals tip off Thursday, the Warriors will be taking on more than the Toronto Raptors, they’ll be taking on history.The Warriors have already become the first modern-era team to go to five consecutive NBA Finals, but now, they have a chance to win four titles in five years — something that has not been done since the Boston Celtics did it in the 1960s, when the NBA consisted of eight teams.Win …last_img read more

Mandela still uniting South Africa: Tutu

first_img2 July 2013 Former president Nelson Mandela continues to unite South Africa, even from his hospital bed, says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. “Even stricken as he is in hospital, Madiba is uniting the nation again – this time in prayer,” Tutu said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Sunday. Messages of support and prayers have been pouring in since the elder statesman was admitted to hospital in Pretoria on 8 June with a recurring lung infection. His doctors say his condition is stable but critical. Tutu said: “We come here not to lament … but to remember some of our most precious moments. We come here to honour.” Thanking God for the incredible person that Nelson Mandela is, Tutu said: “We pray for his comfort and dignity.” Also present at Sunday’s opening was National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, who served as finance minister during Mandela’s administration from 1994 to 1999. Manuel recalled the times when Mandela called in members of his Cabinet for a talk. The experience, he said, was not like that of a president disciplining a minister, but more like a father talking to a son or daughter. Manuel told the gathering that he did not want to go down memory lane, but would rather talk about some of Mandela’s trademark characteristics: being cool, calm and collected; caring about people; nation-building; understanding leadership; and being a loyal and dedicated member of the African National Congress. “Nation-building is what he woke up to and spoke of every day,” Manuel said. On the cool and calm Mandela, Manuel recalled the day of Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison, 11 February 1990, and how the newly released political prisoner had become separated from his convoy. Somehow they had “fetched and lost” Madiba, Manuel said, until the police told them where he was having tea. When Mandela saw them, he said: “I was getting worried about you chaps. What took you so long?” Sunday’s opening was attended by a cross-section of politicians and civil society activists. Manuel, Tutu and other speakers made a special point of thanking Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the City of Cape Town for conceiving and holding the exhibition, which they said represented Mandela’s vision of unity in diversity. De Lille said that South Africans were free today because “of the strong sense of freedom that lives so freely in him”. She said she wanted to celebrate Mandela in his lifetime, adding: “There is a reason we are here today: it is because Madiba is part of all of us and he gave a part of himself to all of us.” On 18 July, Mandela’s 95th birthday, South Africa and the rest of the world will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day, which encourages people to spend 67 minutes doing something of benefit to others. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Scott Metzger, March 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have about 3,000 acres with my uncle, two cousins and I. We grow corn, wheat and soybeans. We have some creek bottom ground that gets pretty gravelly and dry in the summer when it doesn’t rain. We also have some creek bottom fields that are some of our best ground. You can go across the field and find seven different soil types in one round — anything from tight clay to black dirt and everything in between. We do not irrigate but we are looking into it.We have gotten our moisture back up from last summer. Our tile lines are finally running. I am a little worried about our wheat for as warm as the winter was.  We had a good bit of burn on it from the frost. I don’t think it is hurt much but it sure does look ugly and droopy.When you are out working in your t-shirt for a week in February it is kind of odd. When it was warm, my son got bitten by a couple of mosquitoes and we saw all sorts of bugs flying. We actually pulled a couple of ticks off our dog in February. We have had some cold weather but it didn’t stay cold very long. I think we could have big issues with bugs this year.We’ll double-crop every acre of our wheat. Our goal is to be done cutting wheat and finish planting double-crop beans on the same day — by July 1. We plant a couple hundred acres of seed wheat and we’ll cut that wet and dry it down, then go into the rest of the wheat. That gives us a jumpstart.We’re going to get our first shot of 28% on the wheat here soon. We split apply and then come back for a second shot closer to planting corn.last_img read more

Physically challenged mountaineer loses chance to address Parliament as sports ministry couldn’t contact her

first_imgA physically challenged mountaineer, who was recently honoured for one of her rare achievements, failed to be a part of a proud moment in her life owing to the Union sports ministrys negligence. Arunima Sinha, who had scaled Mount Chhamser Kangri (21,110 feet) with an amputated leg recently, was included in the list of 10 sportspersons with the likes of Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, M.C. Marykom and Deepika Kumari, who were to speak on the issue of gender discrimination before a parliamentary committee. The sports ministry said that it did not have the phone number or address of Arunima, whom the ministry had awarded sometime ago, to contact. That meant that she had to miss out on an opportunity of addressing Parliament. Ironically, the sports ministry had given Arunima a cheque of Rs 2 lakh for her treatment after she was badly injured in an incident that took place in her state Uttar Pradesh last year. In fact Sports Minister Ajay Maken had met Arunima in the hospital. The athlete also claimed that the sports minister had even refused to meet her when she visited his office in Delhi recently. The 26-year-old mountaineer was recently presented the 4th TiE-Aspire Young Achiever Awards for her feat. She was a national level player of football and volleyball when she had to undergo amputation of her left lower limb after being thrown off a running train in Bareilly for resisting a chain-snatching attempt.last_img read more

Position Vacant: Sport Operations Manager

first_imgIf you are looking for a thrilling career in one of the biggest participation sports in the nation, we have the role for you!We are seeking a Sport Operations Manager in our Australian Capital Territory Office.The successful applicant will be responsible for leading participation growth at all levels of the game, developing a representative pathway as well as the provision of education and training for coaches and referees throughout the Touch Football ACT community.If you would like to be considered for this position, candidates are requested to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a two page letter of introduction addressing the role’s selection criteria. Please note that a strong desire to work in the sporting industry and any supporting comments aligned to the position description, will be highly regarded.For further information and to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] close Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 9am AEDT. For any questions call 02 6212 2800.last_img read more

Manitoba forgotten reserve in losing battle with flood waters

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnother Manitoba First Nation faces record flooding.Lake St. Martin is located 300 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.The community’s leaders are calling on the provincial government to step in as they race against time and flood water to save homes and get people to higher grounds.There are also calls to have the community relocated.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has more on this story.last_img