National 4-H Week

first_imgThe structured learning, encouragement and adult mentoring that young people receive through 4-H play a vital role in helping them actively contribute to their communities, according to the study.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to georgia4h.org. To find out more about Georgia 4-H in your county, contact your local UGA Extension office. Georgia 4-H’s 172,354 student members will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 2-8. During the week, the state’s largest youth development organization wants to raise awareness of the program that started as a club for farm kids and has grown into a place that helps youth become successful and confident adults. It’s true that 44 percent of Georgia 4-H members live in rural areas, but just 3 percent live on a farm. Fifty-three percent say they live in the city, in a small town or in another urban or suburban setting.Georgia 4-H is available to children in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. The four ‘H’s stand for head, heart, hands and health and are represented by the four-leaf clover. Participating youths develop life skills through hands-on projects involving volunteer work, health, science, engineering, technology, leadership, agriculture and communication. Georgia 4-H is under the umbrella of UGA Extension, and 4-H programs are based on research from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and other UGA colleges. Georgia 4-H agents supplement teachers’ efforts by using after-school lessons and in-school curricula designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards.Georgia 4-H has always had roots in science. In recent years, that emphasis has shifted slightly to include other closely-related disciplines, known as STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The strategic inclusion of engineering and technology programs has been a natural fit for Georgia 4-H, as its slogan is “Learn by Doing.” STEM subjects are presented to 4-H members through new STEM 4-H Ambassadors, new projects at 4-H Project Achievement, new in-school club meeting curriculum, and new activities like robotics competitions and Mission Make-It: Georgia 4-H Engineering Challenge.“The idea of bringing UGA research and resources to Georgia students through the use of county agents throughout the state was a cutting-edge idea in 1904 and remains so even today,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader. “The most important work of 4-H is to help young people become better citizens and enable them to grow into responsible, active adults.”When asked, “attending 4-H camp and making lifelong friends” continues to top the list of Georgia 4-H members’ favorite things about being in 4-H. High-school-age Georgia 4-H youths say their 4-H experience provided them with opportunities to travel, learn leadership skills, give back to their communities and overcome their fears of public speaking.Each year, over 30,000 Georgia 4-H youth perform community service, conduct research, compile portfolios of their accomplishments and learn public speaking skills through oral presentations at 4-H District Project Achievement.Students also learn responsibility through livestock projects, programs and judging. Georgia 4-H partners with Georgia FFA and the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Science to provide these programs. Every year, close to 2,500 students complete a year-long process to prepare more than 4,500 animals for exhibition at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show and other competitions.According to a Tufts University study, 4-H members are:Two times more likely to contribute to their communities than youths not in 4-HThree times more physically active than youths not in 4-HFive times more likely to graduate from college than youths not in 4-HTwo times more likely to pursue a career in science than youths not in 4-Hlast_img read more

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U.K. begins auction process for up to 7GW of new offshore wind capacity

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain has launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering sites with the combined potential to power more than six million homes.Britain is already the world’s largest offshore wind market, and plans to generate a third of its electricity from the technology by 2030 as a part of efforts to reach its 2050 net zero carbon emissions target.The Crown Estate’s so-called fourth leasing round is expected to attract bids from established offshore wind developers as well as European oil majors, under pressure from shareholders to show how they plan to align their businesses with global efforts to cut emissions.Combined, the sites have the potential to host a total of 7 gigawatts (GW) of electricity generation.Companies will assess the areas available and then make their own proposals for project sites. The Crown Estate will then asses the viability of the proposals, with the tender process beginning in October and expected to take around 12 months. First seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, The Crown Estate said.Britain currently has around 9.3 GW of operational offshore wind capacity, with around 8% of the country’s electricity coming from offshore wind in 2018. It is also host to the world’s largest fully operation offshore wind farm: Orsted’s 659 megawatt Walney Extension project.More: Britain launches first major auction for offshore wind leases in a decade U.K. begins auction process for up to 7GW of new offshore wind capacitylast_img read more

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Above Average Snowfall in Northeast This Winter, Farmer’s Almanac Predicts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This coming winter will bring above-normal snowfall to the Northeast, but is not expected to be worse than last winter when a string of snow storms kept Long Island blanketed in white stuff.That’s according to the long-range weather forecast published Wednesday in the 2015 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the 223-year-old New Hampshire-based annual guide to gardening tips, recipes, fun facts and astronomical data.“Think of it as a refriger-nation,” Janice Stillman, the Almanac’s editor, told The Associated Press.The Almanac also forecasts that this winter will be colder than normal, with temperatures 1-to-4 degrees below average. The snowiest part of the season the season will be the later half of December, mid-January and the first half of February, according to the Almanac.The publication touts that its storied prognostication is derived from a “secret formula” concocted by its 18th century founders that now also incorporates modern advances in meteorology and climate science. It says it is accurate in 80-percent of forecasts, although the 2014 edition’s forecast that this summer would be “oppressively” hot and humid in the Northeast hasn’t come true.The National Weather Service, which generally sticks to short-term forecasts, predicted Thursday above-average temps and an equal chance of above or below average precipitation in its three-month outlook for September through November, according to the agency’s Climate Prediction Center.The Almanac’s above-average snowfall prediction for this winter will likely prompt groans from Long Islanders still shivering at the thought of the polar vortex and the seemingly nonstop snow it brought after the New Year—or the record-breaking February 2013 blizzard that blanketed part of Suffolk County in nearly three feet of white stuff.Looking beyond next winter, the Almanac also forecasts above-normal spring and summer temps on the East Coast with below-average precipitation. It also predicts that the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season “will not be particularly active,” with a major tropical cyclone most likely to strike the Gulf region in late August.The Almanac was released a month early this year due to reader demand, AP reported.last_img read more

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These suburbs are the prime movers on the coast

first_imgSurfers Paradise houses had the biggest surge in the year to March, rising 14.8 per cent to $1.55m.COOLER property market conditions felt across the country appear to have been short lived on the Gold Coast, with new data showing activity in the city is starting to heat back up.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland Quarterly Market Monitor report, released today, reveals the Coast’s median house price recorded the second highest rise in the three months to March, making it one of the state’s most expensive places to live.The increase comes despite an 18 per cent drop in the number of sales during the quarter. INTERACTIVE: HOW MUCH IS YOUR HOUSE WORTH? More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“(The 0.8 per cent) is a much more manageable and sustainable growth level. Where we’re seeing double figure growth in a year is not sustainable.”Property experts noticed the market had already picked up since March following the federal election and the announcement of an interest-rate cut and more relaxed lending criteria.Director of self-titled agency Lucy Cole said buyers and sellers were no longer hesitant.“There was a lot of nervousness prior to the election,” she said.“We feel it’s turned a corner and there’s a lot of confidence out there.”The report showed units were in the recovery phase of the cycle, with the quarterly median price dropping 4.5 per cent to $422,000.However, the Gold Coast is still the third most expensive LGA in the state for units and townhouses. Lowest home loan rates revealed Adani approval housing boon Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The weather and lifestyle plus jobs and infrastructure were helping the coast weather the downturn elsewhere.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said an increase in renovations and rebuilds could be attributed to the rising median house price while the number of listings and sales continued to decline.Stamp duty was also one of the biggest hindrances when buying and selling, he said.But he believed a stable economy with plenty of jobs and improved infrastructure as well as interstate migration were primarily responsible for the increase.“It shows the Gold Coast has obviously got good resilience … to have a positive quarter when the vast part of the country has gone into negative territory regarding property prices,” he said. MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE MOVERS (yearly data to March) MORE: String of properties sell in dayscenter_img FOLLOW JESSICA BROWN ON TWITTER — Surfers Paradise, up 14.8 per cent to $1.55 million— Biggera Waters, up 13.2 per cent to $731,5000— Paradise Point, up 11.1 per cent to $1,097,500— Jacobs Well, up 9.2 per cent to $510,000— Nerang, 9.1 per cent to $900,000 — Broadbeach Waters, up 22.3 per cent to $565,000— Bilinga, up 16 per cent to $690,000— Highland Park, up 12.9 per cent to $350,000— Mermaid Beach, up 11.3 per cent to $467,5000— Runaway Bay, up 10.4 per cent to $530,000 (Source: REIQ based on 12 months to March 2019) PRIME MOVERS: THE COAST’S TOP FIVES MEDIAN UNIT AND TOWNHOUSE PRICE MOVERS The Gold Coast housing market was showing a “quiet confidence” according to REIQ.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the market displayed a “quiet confidence” in the first quarter of this year, indicating an “optimistic” long term view.“While the Gold Coast housing market is holding steady at present, it is considered to be within the rising market sector of the price cycle,” she said.“Prices strengthened slightly this quarter as the median rose 0.8 per cent to $625,000 — this was the second strongest quarterly rise in house values across all LGAs … behind Rockhampton’s 15.2 per cent gain.“The Gold Coast was the state’s third most expensive LGA for houses based on the annual median price to March 2019 behind Noosa ($750,000) and Brisbane ($680,000).”Most of the 1096 houses that sold in the quarter were between $500,000 and $1 million, which made up 64 per cent of all transactions in the period.last_img read more

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