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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

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals: NLDS Game 5 live blog and chat

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Watching the bombs fall

first_imgSoto had never anticipated such an event when he first decided to sign up for the Marines. As a 23-year-old working for a landscaping company in Hollywood, the Texas native was walking down the street one day in 1940 when he saw a military poster. “There was this Marine guy on there, and boy he looked sharp up there,” Soto said. “It said, `Join the Marines and see Guatemala, Australia, Japan.”‘ That was all it took for Soto to enlist. Pretty soon, the private was in training in San Diego and then assigned to the USS New Orleans, which would be his home for the next three years. At the small Alhambra back house where Soto now lives, one wall of his living room is dedicated to his time in the service. The front page of an old newspaper from the day after the Pearl Harbor attack is encased. Next to it, are pictures of Soto in his military uniform and a shadow box with several medals inside. Among them is a purple heart. Soto received it after he was wounded during the November 1942 Battle of Tassafaronga, near Guadalcanal. “I remember it was dark,” he said. “You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. All of a sudden, zoom. We felt the (Japanese) torpedoes.” Soto was standing next to his 5-inch anti-aircraft gun when he heard an explosion. “I got hit in the head and the shoulder, and I was knocked unconscious,” he said. “No one saw me.” Dozens of men on his ship died, and several U.S. ships in the battle were badly damaged or sunk. On the New Orleans, damage to the ship’s hull sank the stern of the cruiser, but the crew managed to keep the ship afloat. After finally being discovered by sailors, Soto was taken to safety and treated for his wounds. Soto was promoted to sergeant in 1943 and discharged in 1946. He got married shortly after and had two children, but he got divorced in the 1980s. Before retiring 20 years ago, Soto worked for the postal service and then as a secretary for a Los Angeles junior high school. Every now and then, a bad memory slips in. “When you see all those bombs exploding, bobbing heads in the water, waiting to be rescued – it’s a lot,” he said. “I’ll never forget that day. I’ll never forget it.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I remember that morning I was up at 6 a.m.,” the 89-year-old said. “Breakfast was at 8 a.m., so I started polishing my rifle, shining my shoes. I was passing the time.” When the emergency sirens went off, Soto dropped everything and ran up on deck only to see other U.S. ships “taking a heavy beating” in what has become an infamous day in U.S. history. Soto’s ship – a 9,000-ton heavy cruiser – was in dry dock at the time, sans power and under repair. About two hours later, as quickly as everything had begun, the attack that would eventually lead the U.S. into World War II was over. “We got a lot of survivors,” he said. “They were burned very bad, very bad. There was a lot of damage done. The Japanese did more damage that day than the whole war. I will never forget that day.” ALHAMBRA – It was about 7a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, when Joe Soto heard the sirens aboard the USS New Orleans go off, signaling an emergency. “All of a sudden we heard, `All hands to battle stations, all hands to battle stations,”‘ Soto said. “`This is not a drill.”‘ A fleet of Japanese planes and midget submarines had begun their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Soto was shining his shoes. last_img

Between the Ticks

first_imgEach individual movement of the second hand on a clock is tiny. From a distance, it looks as if the hand moves continuously. Unless you are really close, the time between movements are so small as to be almost imperceptible. But each tick is immediately followed by the next.The minute hand is not much different. The distance the minute hand moves every sixty seconds is also very small. But it moves that distance anyway, relentlessly ticking forward, even if only a tiny, tiny bit.The hour hand traces it’s slow path around the face of the clock, too, It moves so slow that it only makes its journey twice in 24 hours. But it never stops, it never waivers, and it never quits. It relentlessly follows its path.This is how time works. It keeps moving forward whether or not you decide to do something between the ticks, between the seconds, the minutes, or the hours. But the clock provides a valuable lesson on success for those who are willing to learn: it never stops moving. It is the small, continuous, unrelenting tiny actions that lead the bigger movements that follow.You could be just as relentless as time, just as relentless as the clock that marks time’s passing. You could decide to fill the space between the ticks with the actions that lead to larger outcomes. The time is going to pass either way.QuestionsWhat small actions relentlessly taken lead to the bigger outcomes you need?What are you doing between the ticks?last_img read more

2 Naxals killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh

first_imgTwo Naxals, including a woman, were killed in an encounter with the security forces in the forests of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on July 29, police said. The firefight occurred around 7 am in the forest near Kanhaiguda village under Konta police station limits when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Deputy Inspector General (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.“When the patrolling team was advancing through the forest — located around 500 km away from the capital Raipur — a gun battle broke out with Naxals,” the DIG said. “After the firing stopped, we found the bodies of two ultras, including one woman, clad in uniform.” Two firearms were also recovered from the spot, the officer said, adding that further details were awaited as the search operations were continuing in the area. The DIG said patrolling had been beefed up in the forests and interiors of all seven districts of the Bastar division — Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker — as Maoists are observing “martyrs’ week” from July 28 to August 3.last_img read more

Manipur’s civil society organisations to join Citizenship Bill agitations

first_imgAlmost all civil society organisations in Manipur announced on Sunday that they will join the Citizenship Bill agitations on October 3 throughout the Northeast region in protest against the moves to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.A meeting of the representatives of the civil society organisations and social activists was held in Imphal on Sunday to reaffirm their stand against the Bill.Dilipkumar Yumnamcha, convener of the Manipur People Against Citizenship Amendment Bill (MANPAC) formed by over 84 civil society organisations in Manipur said, “People in the Northeast States are fuming over the one nation, one language theory. The people in Manipur have been agitating all these days contending that when enacted this Bill will be against the interest of the indigenous peoples of this region”.Even States such as Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland where there is travel restrictions of the outsiders since the Inner Line Permit is in force are not happy with the Bill.Mr. Yumnamcha said that because of the ferment in the NE States the Bill could not be tabled in Rajya Sabha. “However it does not mean that it will not be passed”, he added.All political parties in Manipur are also holding a meeting on Monday to make their stands clear to the people over the Bill.Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren said that the Bill, when enacted, shall not harm the people of the State. However, his detractors maintain that people take his assurance with a pinch of salt. He said that police parolling and surveillance are intensified over the border towns said to be entry points of the illegal migrants.Another burning problem in Manipur is the forthcoming accord the Indian government is likely to sign with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM). Several prominent politicians say that while the people welcome the forthcoming agreement with the NSCN(IM) they say that nothing should be done to threaten the unity and integrity of Manipur. Sunil Karam, president of United Committee Manipur which is for the protection of Manipur’s territory said that if Manipur’s voice is muffled people will “take up the cudgels to avenge the deaths of 18 persons on June 18, 2001”. They were protesting against the “without territorial limits” words in the agreement with the NSCN(IM).last_img read more

Soccer star Wayne Rooney charged with public intoxication

first_imgThis undated photo provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office shows Wayne Rooney. Soccer star Rooney was arrested last month at a Washington-area airport on a charge of public intoxication. The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney was booked into jail on Dec. 16, 2018, after his arrest by airport police. Dulles International Airport is in Loudon County. He was later released. (Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Soccer star Wayne Rooney was arrested last month on a public intoxication charge and taken to jail to sober up after he triggered a door alarm at a Washington-area airport, authorities said Sunday.Rooney was arrested Dec. 16 by police at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after he caused the alarm to go off at an international arrivals gate, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Authorities said he didn’t breach airport security.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Rooney, who plays for a Washington soccer team, had been traveling abroad in the days prior to his arrest, according to his social media posts.The airport authority said he was charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and taken to a county jail in the Virginia suburbs of the nation’s capital “to be held until sober.” The statement didn’t include further details on his arrest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Loudon County Sheriff’s Office said Rooney, 33, was later released on his own recognizance. A mugshot from his booking shows Rooney in what appeared to be an orange jail jumpsuit.Court documents, which list Rooney as living in the capital suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, show he paid a $25 fine Friday. Tobias Harris, Clippers overcome slow start to beat Magic SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Rooney appeared to have been traveling abroad in the days before the arrest. He posted a picture on his verified Instagram account on Dec. 14 in an airplane seat and said he was traveling to an auto race in Saudi Arabia.Before coming to play in the U.S. this year, Rooney had starred for Manchester United in the English Premier League. His 208 career goals make him the league’s second all-time scorer. He was also the all-time leading scorer for England’s national team.When he joined Washington-based D.C. United, he became the latest in a series of European stars to play for U.S.-based Major League Soccer late in their careers. He helped the team reach the playoffs last year.D.C. United said in a statement that it was aware of news reports of the arrest, but declined further comment.“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that D.C. United will handle internally,” the team said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more