first_imgNational 4-H Council today announced that Lavendar Harris of Covington, Georgia, is a runner up for the 2020 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award for STEM.Harris, 19, seeks to bridge the gap to provide youth access to STEM experiences and careers and is nationally recognized for her commitment to providing STEM access to youth. She created an interactive STEM curriculum with monthly activities for fourth through sixth graders in her community and later launched an annual STEAM (including art) day camp, which just completed its fourth year.“I got involved in my community because of 4-H,” says Harris. “I told my 4-H agent about my interest in STEM and that I didn’t see many STEM opportunities for kids. She gave me the freedom to lead by creating the STEM curriculum and camp.” Through 4-H, Harris has positively impacted more than 500 youth through her STEM and STEAM programs.The 4-H Youth in Action Awards, sponsored in part by HughesNet, began in 2010 to recognize 4-H’ers who have overcome challenges and used the knowledge they gained in 4-H to create a lasting impact in their community. To learn more about the 4-H Youth in Action program and the 2020 runners up, please visit NATIONAL 4-H 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more about 4-H at, find us on Facebook at and on Twitter at GEORGIA 4-HGeorgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The giving season is back, and this year there are more people in need than any time in recent memory. How does someone so inclined to donate time or money prioritize where to channel donations? James Metzger, the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of The Whitmore Group, a Garden City-based insurance agency, has some ideas, having turned his business success into prolific philanthropy to help the most vulnerable. “There’s an enormous gratification one can derive from supporting charities, foundations, and communities,” Metzger says. “I really believe making a difference in someone’s life will make you feel better about yourself.”He’s one of many benevolent people opening their hearts and wallets to give back to the community in its time of need. He spoke with the Press about why it’s important that those who can afford to give do so.This conversation has been edited for length and clarity. What is the philosophy that guides your philanthropy? I don’t use the word philanthropy ever. I like to refer to my involvement as community service. It’s more impressive when people give anonymously but I started with three people 30 years ago in Roslyn and I’ve worked assiduously over three decades to build my company and I feel that often my contributions are directed at my clients’ community, which enables my clients to benefit, I bolster my relationship with my clients, and I also strengthen my brand and enhance my public image. I don’t pretend that I’m just a wonderful human being that does so much for so many. I know the value of brand building and marketing and my giving has enabled me to strengthen my company and give more. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Maybe if I had sons or I pass on to the next generation they’ll start out established and maybe they could do it anonymously, which is the most honorable, but I’ve done it my way, which is to give back to the community and build Whitmore’s image in the community as well.What inspired you to step up your charitable giving this year? One of the things I did this year was to make a financial donation to the Hempstead Police Athletic League (PAL). We’ve been introducing the game of lacrosse for a decade to predominantly Black kids in Hempstead who haven’t been exposed to the game in the way that I was, growing up in Huntington, or many of my former teammates and players by and large have been exposed to the game, in the suburbs and some of the more exclusive areas. I gave them a five-figure donation this year just to beef up their uniforms and equipment. That’s been personally a very rewarding giveback. Why is that important? Historically Blacks dominate the NBA and the NFL, and I try to tell these young kids that lacrosse doesn’t have the sex appeal of football or basketball but the opportunity that exists there for their futures are much greater in that there isn’t the same level of competition. lacrosse can help them in so many ways and so many levels, including building relationships that will last a lifetime. But moreover lacrosse can help them gain entry to college, maybe attain a scholarship. There are 700 schools that play lacrosse in division I, II, and III. They could go to a division III school and have a lot of success as a lacrosse player and that could become the foundation upon which they build the rest of their lives.Who else have you given to? The donations that I made to Hofstra University, that’s been an ongoing love affair that I have with my alma mater. I updated in February a locker room that I had already donated to and established. We did a major renovation. I had named it in honor of my former coach Harry Royale and my former teammate Vinny Sombrotto, who went on to become one of the greatest lacrosse players in the history of the game. It’s a state-of-the-art facility, in contrast to our locker room 40 years earlier that was like little tin-can lockers compared to that.Much of your giving this year involved retired U.S. Army Col. E. David Woycik Jr. Why is that? He and I played together 40 years ago at Hofstra. He’s a prominent Garden City attorney and retired Army colonel. I decided to give him a six-figure donation. In his honor, he chose the charities, including America’s VetDogs, Canine Companions for Independence, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. Dave and I are very close personal friends but I did not serve in the military. I went to the U.S. Naval Academy prep school for a year. He served in Desert Storm. He did a couple tours of duty and I really do admire that. I think there’s no greater sacrifice than going to war and defending the country. I just wanted to honor my friend for his service to the country.How has the pandemic affected your giving? During Covid I found that the money is even more important to many of these organizations and charities. And I think because almost every industry, with the exception of maybe hand sanitizer companies, the vast majority of companies and industries have been negatively affected by Covid-19 — some, more than others. What advice do you have for others who are unsure if they should donate? It’s hard to ask other people to do that. I will say that it’s the greatest joy in my life to be able to give back to the community. When you can impact someone’s life through which they derive benefit or directly to individuals, when the money makes a difference, I think it’s one of the great feelings one can have. I value people who lend their time and energy, their sweat equity, if you will. I admire that. I have been more inclined to give financially. I think the older I get the more important it has become to me.Has being diagnosed with the coronavirus changed your perspective on giving? I’ve spent the better part of 12 days in bed. I lost my sense of taste, my sense of smell. I’ve had no appetite. I’ve been literally knocked-out exhausted. It’s made me think about people who are more vulnerable, have underlying health conditions, and how we utilize masks and social distancing to keep everyone safe. I’m fortunate in that I think I’m a young 60-year-old. I know that I had a relatively mild case compared to all the poor folks who’ve been on ventilators or spent a significant amount of time in the hospital. In terms of giving, it just makes me more concerned for my fellow man. Maybe I’ll focus on a give back to the medical community. Anything else you want to add? I do believe that my future focus will be on veterans. We can’t do enough for those folks.last_img read more

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced that all BMV branches will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, November 28 for Thanksgiving.All license branches will resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, November 29.For a complete list of branch locations and hours, visit

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 A consortium of Swedish online gambling companies have ‘unanimously contested’ the Ministry of Finance’s proposals to place further restrictions on online gambling licensees.In a joint statement issued by Swedish igaming trade body BOS, nine CEOs have called for the government to reconsider the ‘unrealistic proposals’, which are said to ‘play into the hands of the unlicensed market’.The statement has been signed by Pontus Lindwall, CEO, Betsson AB; Henrik Tjärnström, CEO, Kindred Group; Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO, LeoVegas; Therese Hillman, VD, NetEnt AB; Ulrik Bengtsson, Group CEO, William Hill; Lahcene Merzoug, CEO, ComeOn; Alexander Stevendahl, CEO, Videoslots; Tomas Backman, CEO, Hero Gaming and Henric Andersson, CEO, SuprNation.Proposals were submitted by the Ministry of Finance following rising concerns that the ongoing pandemic has led to a shift in player behaviours. The measures have been slammed by operators however, with data suggesting that the channelisation for online casinos will fall from an already low 75% to an even lower 52-63% if deposit limits come into force.Suggesting an alternative to the deposit limits proposed by the Ministry of Finance, the consortium of CEOs have outlined a number of countermeasures to help promote safer gambling environments and standards. The countermeasures include:Expanding licensing requirements to technology provisions,The promotion of self-exclusion register SpelpausThe integration of an IQ campaign,Enhanced collection and sharing of player data, risk ratings, andFurther extending Spelinspektionen’s oversight of marketplace requirements.According to the statement, the proposed measures submitted to the Ministry of Finance will support a deeper understanding of individual player behaviours, as well as identifying any systematic problems.Accompanying the CEO’s joint response, BOS has published findings of an independent market research undertaken by consultancy Copenhagen Economics – headline findings state that the Swedish government risks ‘losing half the licensed online casino sector’ if its proposals are approved into law.Analysing potential threats, Copenhagen Economics underscored that further Swedish restrictions could lead to a potential 63% drop in channelization demands, making the online casino market obsolete for all licensed incumbents.The statement read: “Neither the Ministry of Finance nor any other stakeholder has presented facts to support the underlying assumption that gambling in general – and play on online casinos in particular – have increased during the covid-19 crisis. In its recent report to the Swedish government, the agency responsible for the Swedish gambling market also confirms it hasn’t detected increased gambling during the coronavirus pandemic.“The government is aware of the alarmingly low percentage of online casino players who now play within the licensed Swedish system. The government has also seen data from the Swedish Tax Agency that show gambling on horse races – and not online casino gambling – has increased during the coronavirus crisis.“We share the government’s view that protection for and of players is of the utmost importance. We agree that this work must continue and that together we can create a sustainable gambling market with strong consumer protections. But the work must be based on facts.“The Ministry of Finance has the opportunity to implement a number of fact-based measures that would improve consumer protections without damaging the important channelization. On the contrary, the channelization would benefit with these measures, which would also strengthen consumer protections.”last_img read more

first_imgMORE: How to watch all USWNT matches at the 2019 World CupThe 29-year-old was in breathtaking form against Thailand in Reims, scoring a remarkable five goals in her team’s 13-0 demolition of its overmatched opponents. Say what you will about the caliber of the USWNT’s opposition Tuesday, but some of Morgan’s goals would have been head-turners no matter who the U.S. was playing.”For Alex tonight, I thought she was tight and tidy in the box, and she pulled the trigger well and there were some world-class finishes,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said after the game.In particular, Morgan’s third goal (a quick turn and finish into the corner from 15 yards out) and her fifth (a flick past her defender and a half-volley hit with some venom) were the strikes of a world-class forward full of confidence.”I’m feeling in peak form right now,” said Morgan, who tied a World Cup record for most goals in a game. To tie Michelle Akers’ record is obviously incredible, but just even more than that I think this was a great team performance for us. We were able to execute on so many chances that we had, and we showed just how diverse our attack really is.” REIMS, France — This may finally be Alex Morgan’s World Cup.The United States’ star striker is taking part in her third such tournament, but for the first time, she is healthy, in form, in her prime and ready to be the difference-maker on a winning team. And to say Morgan laid down a marker in the USWNT’s opening match would be an understatement. (Getty Images) In addition to making Mogran the clear front-runner for the Golden Boot after just one game, Morgan’s outburst showed that this World Cup might be her moment in the sun after two straight tournaments on the periphery.In 2011, Morgan was the youngest player on the team and didn’t start a game the entire World Cup. She did, however, announce herself when she came off the bench to score a goal in both the semifinal and final, with an assist in extra time of the final, as well.Four years later, Morgan battled a knee injury throughout the tournament and played a supporting role in her team’s World Cup title, ending the competition with just one goal.This time around, Morgan’s teammates have seen a player in recent weeks who is determined to be center stage.”I think in her mind she had it set she was going to score some good goals,” U.S. defender/midfielder Julie Ertz said. “I’ve seen it in training; it’s no different. I don’t want to say I was surprised, because I wasn’t. I’ve been training with her every day. I’ve been defending her every day, and tonight was amazing.”MORE: Why the USWNT’s blowout win over Thailand was importantFor a striker, confidence is paramount. The effects of Morgan’s five-goal performance could linger long beyond the USWNT’s World Cup opener. For opponents, that is a scary prospect. “You can see the feeling; that’s the big part of it,” Ellis said. “You want to have that feeling. It’s a self-belief, it’s a confidence, it’s an energy — call it whatever you want, but goal-scorers have to feel that. When you have a deluge of goals like that, it’s a good feeling, and it boosts the confidence.”That confidence was apparent after the game. When asked if she could have ever dreamed of scoring five goals in the World Cup opener, Morgan said she had a more modest — if still lofty — objective in mind heading into the game.”I had a personal goal for three.”last_img read more

first_imgDefensive Player of the Week: Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana – R-So. – Defensive Back – Atlanta, Ga.Jordan intercepted a pair of passes and led the team with four pass breakups in a dominating upset of Central Arkansas. His assignment was freshman standout Tyler Hudson, who entered the day with eight touchdown catches but finished with just one grab. Jordan shares the Southland lead with five interceptions and has returned three of his picks for touchdowns. Fellow Lion and sophomore defensive back Jordan is also a first-time weekly honoree. He intercepted a pair of passes and led SLU with four pass breakups as the Lions limited two-time defending Offensive Player of the Week Breylin Smith to just 193 yards and three interceptions. Tied for the league lead with five interceptions, Jordan contained standout receiver Tyler Hudson to just one catch as SLU handed UCA their first shutout in the Bears’ Division I era. Kelley picks up his first Offensive Player of the Week award after rushing for 39 yards and tying a program record with four scores on the ground in a 34-0 shutout of No. 6/7 Central Arkansas that moved the Lions (6-3, 5-2 SLC) into a share of the Southland Conference lead. He also completed 20 of his 24 pass attempts for 273 yards and another score. SLU begins a two-game road stretch to end the season against Abilene Christian at 1 p.m. CT Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Cole Kelley and Ferlando Jordan, along with Northwestern State’s Parker Pastorello, are the Southland Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Parker Pastorello – Sr. – Punter – Mandeville, La.Pastorello averaged 47.2 yards on five punts in a win over Lamar. He dropped three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line, including two that pinned the Cardinals at their three-yard line. Lamar’s average starting field position following Pastorello’s punts was the 15-yard line. Pastorello played a vital role in flipping the field on Lamar’s offense in a 34-13 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday. He booted five punts for 236 yards, an average of 47.2 yards per attempt. Three of his five punts were downed inside the 20, including two that pinned the Cardinals at their three-yard line. Winners of two of their last three, the Demons (2-8, 2-5 SLC) look to carry that momentum into a tough road test against Sam Houston State at noon Saturday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Honorable Mention: Ife Adeyi, Sam Houston State; Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State; Julien Gums, Nicholls Honorable Mention: Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Will Lockett, Sam Houston State; Jomard Valsin, Northwestern State Honorable Mention: Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist; Matt McRobert, Sam Houston St.; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin Offensive Player of the Week: Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Quarterback – Lafayette, La.Kelley tied a single-game school record with four rushing touchdowns and completed 20-of-24 passes for 273 yards and another score. Kelley was the catalyst for a Lion offense that racked up 490 total yards and helped Southeastern Louisiana earn its second win over a top-10 FCS team this season.last_img read more