A Mitchell County 4-H’er and Pelham FFA member, Courtney Conine is one step closer to pursuing her dream career in livestock.Conine, 15, of Camilla, Georgia, was recently chosen for Showpig.com’s All-Star Team. A student at Pelham High School, Conine was one of 18 high school students selected nationally. She is the only member of the all-star team from Georgia. The honor is bestowed on students within the swine industry who have a passion for agriculture, leadership and service learning.“Not only is Courtney a leader in community service activities and youth agriculture, but she is also an awesome, young, Christian lady with high morals and outstanding character,” said Jennifer Grogan, University of Georgia Extension 4-H agent and Mitchell County Extension coordinator. “Courtney will be a great ambassador for Mitchell County and Georgia while serving as a member of the Showpig.com All-Star Team.”Conine will travel to Romney, West Virginia, July 8-13 for a six-day leadership conference. She and other all-star students will learn advanced show ring and production skills from industry leaders while experiencing agricultural and livestock culture in West Virginia. “This is a team I’ve been trying to get on for about two years, and I was so excited when I got selected,” Conine said. A key to Conine’s success, which includes being awarded the 2015 Harry Lee Kemp Achievement Award in Mitchell County, is her ability to develop a rapport with the pigs she trains and shows at different competitive events in Georgia. “Especially with your showmanship pig, you always want to have a bond. I guess that just comes with working (with the pig) every day. You’re together with your pig every day, so they get used to you,” Conine said. She trains her pigs in the wee hours of the morning and late at night. “It was difficult at first, especially with me being so young. Sometimes you get a stubborn pig that doesn’t want to cooperate no matter how much you train them,” she said. “But you’ll get another that’s just a baby doll that’s really easy to train.”While Conine has found her niche in livestock judging, it could soon be the career she studies and trains for in college. She aspires to study veterinary medicine and possibly pursue a career as a swine geneticist.“Courtney pursues excellence and takes pride in her work, whether it be showing pigs, cooking a recipe for a 4-H competition or honing her livestock judging skills,” Grogan said. “As Courtney’s 4-H agent, it is easy for me to see her leadership abilities, her dedication and her determination; she is a hard worker. I always count on Courtney to complete her 4-H projects, and she has never disappointed me.”Along with a passion for animals, Conine demonstrates a tremendous work ethic. She has barn chores, including cleaning pens and feeding her animals. Through years of feeding and caring for her animals, Conine has learned about nutrition in animals and financial responsibility. “There’s a lot of hard work and dedication. You have to get out here and walk your pig every day, training them from when they’re really little to when they’re 280 pounds and ready to go to state (competition). You want to train them to hold their head up and walk and make sure they’re at a good pace and not going too fast. You want to present your animal to the judges the best you can,” Conine said.While Conine’s unbridled passion for pigs and other animals has been evident her whole life, it wasn’t until she joined Georgia 4-H that Conine could showcase that love as a member of the Mitchell County Livestock Show Team.“4-H has helped me so much. 4-H gave me the opportunity to actually show pigs for the first time. I have to brag on Miss Jennifer. She is one of the best people I’ve ever met. She’ll help me with anything. If there’s a clinic going on, she’ll make sure I’m there,” Conine said.In addition to her Georgia 4-H activities, Conine is an active member of student council, Pelham FFA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Pelham High School. She is also a part of the Camilla United Methodist Church youth group and Hopeful Baptist Church.
Researchers project that Georgia’s cotton farmers will plant more than 1.45 million acres this year, an increase from 1.28 million acres in 2017, according to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist.Farmers plant cotton this month, and prices have increased due to increased demand and strong U.S. exports. The UGA Cotton Team believes that farmers can expect to price a portion of this year’s crop between 72 and 75 cents per pound.“There’s a fair amount of optimism from the farmers I’ve talked with this year compared to the last couple of years. Yields have decreased because of things out of our control, like weather and insects, namely whiteflies, but we hope that’s not the case this year,” Whitaker said. “Prices have improved, which should encourage our farmers.”Silverleaf whiteflies and Hurricane Irma dampened cotton farmers’ spirits a year ago. An unprecedented outbreak of whiteflies in Georgia in 2017 forced many producers to treat for the pest for the first time.Whiteflies are tiny, winged insects found on the underside of leaves. They leave behind a sticky substance, called honeydew, that prevents plants from conducting photosynthesis.“Historically, less than 20 percent of our crop even deals with silverleaf whiteflies,” Whitaker said. “If we see problems again this year, it will cost growers money, but many will be better prepared to make treatment decisions.”The arrival of Irma in early September 2017 damaged most Georgia cotton fields, especially those that were affected close to harvest time.“We obviously want good soil moisture throughout the growing season, but we don’t want big storms that bring excessive rainfall and tremendous winds that damage yields,” Whitaker said. “Storms can be a blessing at times, but we don’t need another Irma.”In 2017, Georgia’s average cotton yield was 863 pounds per acre, significantly below the state record of 1,091 pounds per acre, set in 2012.Whitaker advises farmers to make timely production decisions and pay attention to how and where they spend their money.“I want our growers to set realistic goals with respect to yields because growing cotton can be costly,” he said. “We want to make a lot of cotton, but also be profitable doing it.”Georgia remains the second-largest cotton-producing state in the U.S., second only to Texas. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s farm gate value for cotton in 2016 was nearly $967.7 million.Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man driving in St. James was killed when his car collided with a garbage truck early Wednesday morning, Suffolk County police said.According to police, the garbage truck was driving westbound on Jericho Turnpike and the man’s vehicle was traveling eastbound when they collided around 2:15 a.m.The man driving eastbound, who was not identified, died at the scene, police said. The driver of the garbage truck was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.Police said they do not yet know if the crash was weather related.The accident resulted in all lanes being closed down, police said.The investigation is ongoing, police said.Just last week, a veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department was killed when he was involved in a crash with a garbage truck in Commack.
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The two reasons Nicolas Pepe chose to sign for Arsenal instead of Napoli Arsenal turned their attentions to Nicolas Pepe after failing with a £40m bid for Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)According to L’Equipe, Pepe chose to sign for Arsenal on account of their rich history of nurturing African and French-based players with the likes Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Nicolas Anelka being prime examples.More recently, Matteo Guendouzi has flourished since his move from Lorient just over a year ago, while the club have high hopes for recent signing William Saliba, who will return to Saint-Etienne next season following confirmation of his £27m arrival.Pepe is also said to have been swayed by the presence of Unai Emery in the Arsenal dugout with the Spanish tactician fully aware of the winger’s talents given his time in charge of Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.Emery is also said to have played a decisive role in convincing Dani Ceballos to choose Arsenal, instead of Tottenham, and complete a season-long loan move from Real Madrid.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jul 2019 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link919Shares Nicolas Pepe is set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player after completing a £72m transfer (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe is set to be confirmed as an Arsenal player after he underwent his medical at the club’s London Colney training centre on Tuesday.The 24-year-old will become the north London club’s most expensive ever signing after a £72million fee, which will paid in installments over the course of his five-year contract, was agreed with Lille.Arsenal turned their attentions to Pepe after Crystal Palace refused to lower their £80m valuation of Wilfried Zaha. Lille were prepared, meanwhile, to accept a smaller up front payment, reported to be as little as £20m, while the winger’s wage demands are said to be far lower than those of his compatriot.AdvertisementAdvertisementLiverpool, Manchester United and PSG were said to have registered an interest in Pepe, but Napoli emerged as the biggest threat to Arsenal pulling off one of the biggest transfer coups of the summer to date.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City
The debate over whether Ireland would implement a mandatory, or quasi-mandatory auto-enrolment system, similar to that in the UK, has been ongoing since the current government came into power in 2011.However, little movement has publically been seen, since initial mentions of a mandatory second-pillar system became entangled as a pensions tax.Under a backdrop of economic turmoil in the country, which has suffered severe decline in recent years, public support for pensions coverage was not deemed high enough.At last night’s dinner, however, Burton said that, while a reformed state pension would help alleviate poverty and remain financially viable, occupational and private pensions coverage needed improvement.“This is why the programme for government includes a commitment to reforming the pension system,” she said, “to progressively achieve universal coverage, with particular focus on lower-paid workers without occupational pensions.”She said her view was a soft-mandatory approach, such as the UK auto-enrolment system, over compulsion, but with scaled savings.She described this as the best, most proactive way to increase coverage.However, she said the introduction would best be supported by more favourable economic conditions.“The government is committed to the introduction of a comprehensive occupational pension scheme – a MySaver for those without pension coverage.“It is critical the consumer benefits from the opportunities afforded by the larger economics of scale a supplementary pension system might bring. So watch this space, as we will soon clarify our intentions.”Jerry Moriarty, chief executive and head of policy at the Irish Association of Pension Funds, however, played down the significance of the annoucement.He said, amid the ongoing debate about pensions coverage, the name of the scheme was only a small piece of the puzzle.“It shows there is some talk going on,” he said, “but this doesn’t really move it on that far. We still don’t know what the structure is, when we are looking to get it done. There are much more fundemental issues to be sorted out.”In October last year, Burton admitted Ireland’s auto-enrolment was still some years away, and would only be implemented once the country’s economy showed signs of recovery.She also backed away from mandatory coverage for non-savers, going against recommendations from the OECD made earlier in the year.Ireland’s actuaries also recently lobbied the government, calling for mandatory coverage to be introduced over the favoured soft-compulsion approach.The Society of Actuaries said a system for compulsion should be developed for implementation by 2019.They said developing auto-enrolment, only to then move towards compulsion, would be a waste of resources. The government of Ireland has announced the name of the public service pension scheme to be introduced to aid an increase in pension coverage among workers.The Labour TD and welfare minister, Joan Burton, announced the name of the scheme, MySaver, at a dinner last night held for the Irish insurance industry.Burton said the MySaver scheme was specifically designed to cover those workers with no other pensions coverage than state provisions.The second-pillar system currently covers less than half the working population.
LifeSite News 22 November 2017Family First Comment: Following in the steps of Utah – and hopefully, New Zealand!www.PornInquiry.nzThe state of Florida may declare pornography a public health crisis because of the myriad health and brain problems it causes.Rep. Ross Spano, who represents House District 59, introduced a resolution acknowledging “pornography is creating a public health crisis and contributing to the hypersexualization of children and teens.”If the resolution passes, the declaration that pornography is a public health crisis will mean the government “acknowledges the need for education, prevention, research, and policy change to protect the citizens of this state.”Twenty-seven percent of young adults between the ages of 25 and 30 viewed pornography before the onset of puberty, the resolution says.“Pornography has potential detrimental effects on the user, including, but not limited to, mental and physical illnesses; difficulty forming or maintaining intimate relationships; unhealthy brain development and cognitive function; deviant, problematic, or dangerous sexual behaviors; and addiction,” it adds.“A child who views pornography is at a higher risk of developing low self-esteem, an eating disorder, and a desire to engage in dangerous sexual behavior,” the resolution explains.Spano’s resolution also notes that pornography objectifies women and fuels the sex trafficking industry.Pornography “normalizes violence and the abuse of women and children, and depicts rape and abuse as harmless, thereby increasing the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, and child pornography.”“Recent research indicates that pornography is potentially biologically addictive, resulting in the user consuming increasingly more shocking material to satisfy the addiction,” it notes.Utah has already declared pornography a “public health hazard.”READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/florida-bill-would-declare-porn-a-public-health-crisis-causes-unhealthy-braKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
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Press Association “I don’t think anybody who has been at the last two games can think we are miles away from getting a good result. “We need some goals.” The Baggies are 16th in the table, two points above the relegation zone, having won just one of their last nine games and Irvine knows it is his turn in the spotlight. “I think we have all be under the microscope,” said the 56-year-old, who is without injured captain Chris Brunt for the trip to the KC Stadium. “I have certainly been there at the start of the season when it was very much on me and people were questioning the appointment. “We came through that and everybody thought I was great, but I said at that time that if we lost a few games then they would probably think I was hopeless again. “That’s the way it goes. Is it on me again now? It hasn’t been but it might be at this moment. “Other people have been subjected to attention and criticism then. It was only last week I was defending Arsene Wenger, which was bizarre.” One thing that has not helped the Baggies during their recent poor run is that Saido Berahino seems to have lost his killer touch in front of goal. He has now gone five games without finding the back of the net, but Irvine has backed the 21-year-old to rediscover his predatory instincts. ”We have asked a lot of a young player. He had a very good start to the season, there was a lot of interest in him and a lot of talk about him,” he said. ”There’s been a lot of focus on a young player and he has handled it well overall but I don’t think anyone would have been surprised to see Saido dropping off a little bit, which is what has probably happened. ”I believe he will come back, he’s a good finisher and I really believe the goals will come again.” The Baggies head coach has thanked Peace for his support as he comes under increasing pressure from supporters. Albion have lost their last four games and go to fellow strugglers Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Alan Irvine insists he does not fear the West Brom axe after meeting with chairman Jeremy Peace. Irvine is favourite for the sack with some bookies but, after talking with Peace, remains unconcerned. “I spoke to the chairman after training but not about that and he didn’t speak to me about that,” he said. “He was great. I went to see him about a completely different matter. “We spent 15 minutes just chatting over different things and he was great, as he has been all of the time. “I’m really grateful for the support he’s given me. “I understand the way things are in this job. There’s a short-term culture nowadays and, if it’s not Alan Pardew getting stick, as he was six or seven weeks ago, it’s somebody else. “If it’s me at this time, hopefully I will be able to get to the situation Alan is in because it wasn’t that long ago I was at Stoke hearing people calling for his head. “They are such fine margins. We are not too far away from getting good results.
Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanFreshman wide receiver Marqise Lee streaks for USC’s first touchdown Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., at Auzen Stadium. Lee finished with 187 receiving yards and a touchdown. USC beat the Ducks 38-35 after holding a 24-point lead late in the second half. Read more about the game on page 12.