Blogs

Safety training a must

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

Warwickshire in talks to join £9bn East Riding LGPS pool​

first_imgIn a report to Warwickshire’s investment sub-committee, treasury and pension fund manager Mathew Dawson argued in favour of closer cooperation with the three funds, as Warwickshire would have a “strong voice” in the management of the proposed pool.Dawson added that the partnership had shown an understanding of Warwickshire’s existing asset allocation, “particularly in the alternatives space”, citing its current approach to private equity and hedge funds.As of March 2015, Warwickshire had £79.7m, or 4.9% of assets, invested in a Blackstone Group-managed hedge fund mandate, and a further £31.1m of an agreed £60m private equity mandate invested with HarbourVest.Dawson noted that Warwickshire agreed to submit a joint response with the three funds after John Appleton, local councillor and chair of the investment sub-committee, met with his counterpart at Surrey County Council, two days after the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) outlined criteria for asset pools.The joint response, due to be submitted to DCLG by 19 February, marks the first step in proposed asset pools gaining government approval.However, Dawson told IPE that, despite the joint submission, Warwickshire would continue talking to other potential asset pools.He stressed that the committee had, for now, only signed off a joint submission for the February consultation but not for the final consultation due next July.Warwickshire was one of two funds previously involved in a £6.5bn joint procurement exercise for passive equity and fixed income not to join the West Midlands pool.The second fund, the £3.1bn Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund, told IPE it was still discussing which pooling arrangement to pursue.A spokeswoman said its pensions committee would consider the available options in late January, allowing it to submit its initial proposal for the mid-February deadline set by DCLG.She added: “Until any decision has been made, we cannot comment further.” Warwickshire’s local authority fund may join the £9bn (€12.3bn) asset pool backed by East Riding, Surrey and Cumbria after deciding the partnership best understood its approach to alternatives.The £1.6bn local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it also met with West Midlands Pension Fund about joining its asset pool, which has attracted the backing of eight funds to date, worth an estimated £35bn.However, Warwickshire opted for the partnership with East Riding as the “most appropriate” solution currently availableIt has agreed to a joint submission with the three participating funds to make the case for the asset pool, now boosted to £10.5bn.last_img read more

32nd Annual Live Nativity at St. Anthony Church this weekend

first_imgMorris, In. — St. Anthony Church in Morris will host the 32nd Annual Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday (December 7, 8) from 5-9pm.The show features a live manger scene, live animals, local church and school choirs performing both indoor and outdoor on both nights.Sweet treats and hot beverages will be served.  All are welcome to this free event.  4773 Church Rd., Morris, INlast_img

Dodgers deal minor leaguer Chase De Jong to Seattle

first_imgThe trade does free up a spot on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. The Dodgers sent minor-league right-hander Chase De Jong to the Seattle Mariners Wednesday in exchange for two players – shortstop Drew Jackson and right-hander Aneurys Zabala.De Jong, 22, was acquired by the Dodgers from the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2015 and went 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.02 WHIP for Double-A Tulsa in 2016. He led the Texas League in wins and WHIP, finished second in ERA and fourth with125 strikeouts in 141 2/3 over 25 starts for Tulsa.Jackson, 23, was a fifth-round draft pick out of Stanford in 2015. He led the Class-A Northwest League in batting average (.358), on-base percentage (.432), runs (64) and stolen bases (47) in 59 games in 2015. Last season, he batted .258 with 16 steals in 124 games at Class-A Bakersfield.Zabala, 20, signed out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager and has gone 4-13 with a 4.49 ERA in 44 games (12 starts) over three seasons at the rookie-league level in the Mariners’ system. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more