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first_imgIf a BB gun is at the top of your child’s Christmas list, a Georgia 4-H gun safety expert urges you to put “target sport safety equipment” on that list, too. “As parents, we would never send our kids out to play in a little league football game without the proper protective equipment,” said Mark Zeigler, who coordinates the Georgia 4-H Shooting Awareness, Fun and Education program, or SAFE. “Target sports also require the proper protective gear, and the most important part of that gear is sound safety education.” More than 3,500 youths participate Zeigler leads the program’s certified coaches who are trained in youth development as well as shooting education and safety. SAFE coaches teach target sport safety to more than 3,500 students across Georgia. Although he didn’t have a BB gun as a child, Zeigler doesn’t discourage parents from buying one for their child. “It can be an appropriate gift when used under the supervision of an adult and if the child is taught basic firearm safety,” he said. “It’s paramount that children are properly educated first. I just can’t stress that enough.” 4-H’ers use the Daisy 499In the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story,” Ralphie longed for “an official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, Range Model air rifle with a compass on the stock and this thing which tells time.” Unlike Ralphie, Georgia 4-H’ers use the Daisy 499 model, which is specifically designed for target sports, Zeigler said. “The 499 is so specific, it can’t be bought in stores,” he said. “It was designed specifically to support shooters competing in international BB championship matches.” Learning to concentrateThough the SAFE program teaches the safety aspects of shooting sports, he says the most important thing students learn has nothing to do with sports. “Studies have shown that participating in shooting sports helps kids improve their concentration levels and their grades,” he said. “And it’s the lowest injury rate sport. In 4-H, we teach firearms safety mirrored with youth development standards and principles.” Like most 4-H activities, students can compete in target sports on the regional, state and national levels. “Although competition isn’t the goal of the program, when used correctly, competition can help young people develop life sills and positive habits they can carry through life,” Zeigler said. The Georgia 4-H target sports program is open to fifth- through eighth-grade students for BB and through high school for other shooting sports like archery, rifle, pistol and shotgun. Many training opportunities existIn addition to Georgia 4-H, target sport safety training is available through Boy Scouts, the National Rifle Association and the Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education Program. Conservation programs like Ducks Unlimited and The National Wild Turkey Federation also offer programs for youths to develop interest in shooting sports. For more information on the Georgia 4-H SAFE Program, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Why credit unions should not decline Facebook authorizations

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Some credit unions are declining authorization for Facebook payments due to the relatively high number of fraud cases being reported for that merchant category code. But declining these authorizations may have unintended negative consequences on your members. Here’s why.Facebook launched in mid-2015 the ability for its users to send other Facebook users money through the Facebook Messenger app. The source of the money transfer comes from a debit card, and receipt of the money goes to the recipient’s account through his or her debit card (meaning each side of the transactions needs to enroll a debit card with Facebook). As a bonus, iPhone users can add touch ID (fingerprint scan) as an added layer of security. Facebook claims that person-to-person (P2P) payments are wrapped in secure layers and use encrypted connections. Facebook points to its history of processing over 1 million payment transactions per day for game players and advertisers since 2007.While the actual transactions may be secure, Facebook’s P2P is still subject to fraud. Facebook scams have been featured on nightly news. Phishing attacks claiming that someone has sent money, and to click here to get your cash, have been documented by KnowBe4.com, an employee Security Awareness Training program. Account takeover is another threat, according to RSA Security, since Facebook and Messenger use the same login, leaving fraudsters who gain access to a Facebook page the ability to gain access to an enrolled debit card and drain the victim’s bank account (up to the daily limit). An even more nefarious fraud scam involves using Facebook to set up brand-new accounts, connect them to stolen debit cards, and then transfer the money. continue reading »last_img read more

Authorities seek information in beating death of Fort Lauderdale man

first_imgThe Fort Lauderdale police department is currently searching for information in regards to the fatal beating of a 47-year-old local man.According to the report, authorities say Paulesky Mauney was dropped off at the Broward Health Medical Center on October 20th after being severely beaten.Mauney remained in the hospital for 10 days before he passed away as a result of his injuries.Investigators are asking for anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 954-493-TIPS.last_img read more

More Than 60 Vehicles Involved in Weather-related Virginia Crash

first_imgVirginia State Police explain that fog and ice were covering the roads when the crashes began. In all, 63 vehicles were involved.According to officials, around 35 people were taken to nearby hospitals for injuries that ranged from minor to life threatening. No fatalities have been reported. More than 60 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction accident on I-64 in eastern Virginia Sunday morning, according to authorities.The pileup, which occurred about 50 miles east of Richmond, closed both sides of the interstate.last_img read more

Man charged with animal cruelty after video shows him hitting dog on South Beach

first_imgA man was caught on tape trying to kill a dog near Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Sunday afternoon.The video shows a man choking the dog with the leash, and yanking him to the ground.Witnesses were screaming and crying in hopes that the man would stop. Others stepped in and held down the dog’s attacker, 51-year-old Louis Sepulveda, until police arrived.Sepulveda was arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.There is currently no word on the dog’s well-being.Full video and story on wsvn.com.,A man was caught on tape trying to kill a dog near Ocean Drive and 13th Street, Sunday afternoon.The video shows a man choking the dog with the leash, and yanking him to the ground.Witnesses were screaming and crying in hopes that the man would stop. Others stepped in and held down the dog’s attacker, 51-year-old Louis Sepulveda, until police arrived.Sepulveda was arrested and is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill.There is currently no word on the dog’s well-being.Full video and story on wsvn.com.last_img read more

Federal Prosecutor Apologizes to Local Epstein Victim in Court

first_imgA federal prosecutor in the Jeffrey Epstein case made the expected move in court on Thursday of acknowledging a lack of transparency in dealing with one of the late billionaire’s and Palm Beach resident’s victims. The prosecutor apologized during oral arguments made before a federal appeals court panel in Miami.“Courtney Wild is especially happy that the government finally in open court admitted to violating her rights and said that they’re sorry, and I think that that goes a long way for Courtney,” said attorney Brad Edwards, standing outside federal court with Ms. Wild.Wild, who initially used the name “Jane Doe,” sued federal prosecutors in 2008. She and another victim claimed that their rights had been violated under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act, because prosecutors did not consult with them before Epstein struck controversial plea deal.Epstein ended up serving 13 months at the Palm Beach County Jail, with much of that time being spent on a work-release program at a downtown office, along with occasional visits to his Palm Beach estate.Early last year, a federal judge in West Palm Beach ruled that Epstein’s agreement with prosecutors violated the law, since his victims were not made aware of it beforehand.As the judge was considering the possible reopening of that case, Epstein committed suicide last August while in custody in New York. He had been awaiting trial on new, separate charges.The judge ultimately decided to not proceed with Wild’s suit.Ms. Wild appealed that decision, arguing there remained potential remedies, such as reopening the Non-Prosecution Agreement, with the possibility of filing charges against alleged Epstein accomplices, who were protected by the secret deal.“If he invalidates the Non-Prosecution Agreement, then Courtney can confer with the prosecutors about the other people who committed crimes against her, and in their discretion, if they believe prosecution is warranted, they could then charge those co-conspirators,” according to Edwards.Although the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, is based in Atlanta, judges sometimes hear oral arguments at satellite locations, one of which is Miami.There is no word on when the court might rule on Wild’s appeal.last_img read more