Ohio FFA members at work in Arlington National Cemetery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Enrolling in the Landscape Design and Management program at Knox County Career Center made all the difference for a group of four FFA members and opened the door to pursuing their passions to serve others.Last summer, students from Knox County Career Center traveled with their Landscape Design & Management Instructor and FFA Advisor, Jim Scott and over 400 other individuals involved in the landscaping industry to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D. C. Individuals gathered from across the United States with a shared goal in mind, to work together to enhance and improve over a quarter of the cemetery’s historic grounds through the initiatives of Renewal & Remembrance.Organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and entering it’s 19th year, Renewal & Remembrance is one of the largest landscape industry days of service in the country. More than 200 of the cemetery’s 624 acres were mulched, pruned, aerated and planted by the hundreds of volunteers.   The relationship between the career center’s Landscape Design and Management program and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is growing stronger. A portion of the dues paid by students each year registers them as members of NALP.“Being present at this event at Arlington Cemetery and knowing the work we were doing made a difference was something I am going to take away,” said Brock Denman, a junior FFA member at Knox County Career Center. “The work done in one day is enough work for one man to do in two whole years.”Although individuals from all parts of the country were present to serve, these FFA members stepped up to the plate as the only high school students at the service project.“Being the only high school students was kind of difficult,” said Josiah Grimm, a junior FFA member at Knox County Career Center. “I think people were surprised we were there, but they were also excited to see us there taking an interest in service and in the landscape industry.”After completing a day of hard work and landscaping in the cemetery, the students joined landscape and lawn care professionals to meet with their respective senators and representatives and discussed a variety of issues facing the industry today.“I learned a lot from the experience, but if I could go back and do it again I would have used the day on Capitol Hill to volunteer and work more at Arlington Cemetery,” Josiah said. “I just love getting my hands dirty, working with the earth and breaking a sweat.”Both Brock and Josiah envision themselves working in the landscaping industry in some capacity in the future and accredit their desire to the Landscape Design and Management program at Knox County Career Center.“I did not know what I could see myself doing in the future, but then I began the program here and realized I love working outside and being on equipment,” Brock said. “It has been the perfect opportunity for me.”Josiah is already putting his education and experiences to use as a two-year employee of Greenlawn Specialists based out of Lewis Center in Delaware County.Although this was the first year students from the career center attended an event like Renewal & Remembrance, it is something the chapter will continue pursing in the future.“Our students have gained a new appreciation for service and better understanding for the concept of defending our country. The students witnessed the importance of paying forward to those who gave their all for each of us,” said Jim Scott.Other students who attended the service trip include Jonathan Brooks and Douglas Brown.last_img read more

a month agoEx-Juventus chief Moggi: Sarri always makes excuses

first_imgEx-Juventus chief Moggi: Sarri always makes excusesby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus director Luciano Moggi has slammed coach Maurizio Sarri.Sarri blamed the Florence heat for their 0-0 draw at Fiorentina.”He has the habit of always looking for excuses. He does it everywhere he goes,” Moggi told Radio Punto Nuovo.“It’s bad for football and Conte was right to answer him that way. I’ve always thought that to change the game, it’s necessary to change the players, which he didn’t do.“Juventus have great champions who can win a game at any moment, but their game won’t change.“Allegri left because an era had ended and because they wanted to change a style of play that everyone attacked.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watford

first_imgCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watfordby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley wants everyone associated with Watford to stay patient as they attempt to climb out of a hole.The Hornets have yet to win a game all season, while they only have two points from their first seven league games.It puts them rock bottom, four points off safety. But Cleverley does not want a knee jerk reaction from players, fans or management.”Stick with us,” he said to reporters when asked what he would like to tell fans.”It’s not a work rate issue, hopefully they can see that. Maybe at times, there’s been a lack of quality and maybe a lack of intensity defensively but stick with us, we’ll keep putting the work in and we’re working for our performances to improve.”As players, we just have to be accountable for our own performances, take responsibility and work as hard as we possibly can until it gets better.”We’re a team with two points out of seven, low on confidence, it’s not clicked. “The new signings have both started today and maybe we need a little bit of time to bed in, but you’ve just got to be accountable for yourself and that’s what I’m going to do until we’re out of this little lull we’re in.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

House Passes Bill to Facilitate NHT Budgetary Support

first_imgLegislation to facilitate the withdrawal of $11.4 billion annually from the National Housing Trust (NHT), to provide budgetary support over the next four years, was passed on Tuesday, March 5, in the House of Representatives.The Bill, entitled the National Housing Trust (Special Provisions) Act 2013, was piloted by Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips.The legislation will enable the NHT to provide financial support for fiscal consolidation beginning financial year 2013/2014 and ending in 2016/2017.In opening the debate, Dr. Phillips said the decision to utilise the resources of the NHT is necessary in achieving a primary surplus target of 7.5 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the next fiscal year. This, he said, is a critical plank of the Economic Reform Programme and to secure an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).He said that if the Government did not seek to access the additional revenue inflows from the NHT, then it would have had to raise the money through taxes.“After much deliberation, it was the determination of the administration and the Cabinet that this would be the least burdensome option on the citizens of the country,” Dr. Phillips said.He stressed that the contribution from the NHT would not impair the Fund’s mandate of providing affordable housing solutions, through construction and mortgage options. The Minister told the House that “we are carrying this legislation not because we did not have the legal authority to do so, but we are doing it out of an abundance of caution to avert any misconstrued challenges by persons with or without contribution, who might want to imperil or derail the Economic Reform Programme or the negotiations with the IMF.”Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said that the Government “wasn’t happy to have had to look at the NHT”.“A choice had to be made. Do you increase the burden on the poor and the most vulnerable in the society by increasing flour, rice, sugar and cornmeal? In the end, I think the decision that was taken would save the majority of people from more pain and hurt,” she stated.Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, in responding to concerns raised by Leader of Opposition Business, Delroy Chuck, regarding the legality of the legislation, stated that the Government is satisfied that “there is no basis for this claim of unconstitutionality”.“In the first place, there is no taking of property in the sense that is contemplated by the Charter of Rights. Under the NHT Act, the functions of the NHT are to add to and improve the existing supply of housing, to give benefits, which mean low interest mortgages to contributors, and to generally improve the infrastructure of housing,” Mr. Atkinson said.He stated that none of those functions or purposes will be discontinued or impacted seriously.“In any event, the Attorney General Chambers looked at all these points, we examined the law and we are satisfied that there is nothing unconstitutional,” he added.The Bill will now go to the Senate for approval.last_img read more

Man held from Bagdogra Airport for trying to smuggle gold

first_imgDarjeeling: A man was arrested from Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, with nearly one and a half kilogram of gold which he was trying to smuggle out. The gold was found hidden in his rectum.The man was scheduled to board an afternoon Air Asia flight to Delhi. While going through security check, the handheld metal detector of the security personnel began to beep while frisking his lower body. This aroused the suspicion of CISF personnel. He was then asked to walk through the doorframe metal detector. He was then interrogated by a CISF team and asked whether he had any metal implants in his body. When he replied that he did not have any implants, he was handed over to the Central Excise and Customs officials. During further interrogation, he broke down and admitted that he was carrying gold in his rectum. 9 gold biscuits wrapped in three black plastic packets were extracted. The recovered gold is worth around Rs 50 lakh. On January 15, one Gaurav Singh had been arrested from Bagdogra with gold biscuits weighing 900g.last_img read more

Ayodhya panel ExSupreme Court judge spiritual guru and lawyer

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday referred the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by former apex court judge F M I Kallifulla and gave it eight weeks to complete the process.The other members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, said a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. The bench directed that the mediation will be held at Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and the process should start within a week from Friday. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuThe bench, also comprising Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer, said the panel should file a progress report of the proceedings within four weeks and complete the process within eight weeks. The apex court said “utmost confidentiality” should be maintained to ensure the success of the mediation process and no media, neither print nor electronic, should report the proceedings. The panel of mediators can co-opt more members in the team, it said. In case of any difficulty, the chairman will inform the apex court registry about it, it added. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyOn Wednesday, the bench had reserved the order after hearing various contesting parties. Hindu bodies, except Nirmohi Akhara, have opposed the apex court’s suggestion to refer the issue for mediation, while Muslim bodies have supported it. The bench had concluded the hearing by asking stakeholders to give the names of possible mediators. The apex court in its Wednesday hearing observed that the issue is not about 1,500 square feet land, but about religious sentiments. The bench said it was conscious of the gravity and impact of the issue on “public sentiment” and also on the “body politic of the country”. It said the judges were aware of the history and were seeing that the dispute is resolved amicably. “It is not only about the property. it is about mind, heart and healing, if possible,” the bench said The bench also said it was not appropriate to pre-judge that the mediation would fail and people would not agree with the decision. “We are not concerned what has happened in the past. Don’t you think we have read the history? We are not concerned what Babar did in the past or who was the king and who invaded. We cannot undo what has happened but we can go into what exists in the present moment,” the bench said when a lawyer contended that injustices were meted out to Hindus by invaders in the past. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for the legal heirs of original litigant M Siddiq, said outlining of the dispute is not necessary and the court can order mediation by a mediator when parties are unable to settle it. To this, the bench said that there may not be one mediator but a panel of mediators to deal with the issue. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya is partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.last_img read more

LS polls Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs VVPATs to be fitted with GPS

first_imgNew Delhi: Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs and VVPATs during the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be mandatorily equipped with GPS to track their movement, the Election Commission has said. The decision came in the backdrop of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines being found in hotels, roads and even at the residence of an MLA during the assembly elections held in five states late last year. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Instructions have been issued to all state chief electoral officers to carefully monitor ‘end-to-end’ movement of all reserved EVMs and paper trail machines. For the purpose, vehicles of all sector officers carrying reserve machines will mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking system, it said. When incidents of “missing” EVMs were reported, the poll panel had found that in most of the cases, the polling personnel were careless and did not follow the standard operating procedure. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The EC will set up nearly 10.35 lakh polling stations in the country, as compared to nearly 9.28 lakh set up during 2014 parliamentary polls. This marks an increase of 10.1 per cent. “The increase is largely due to rationalisation of polling stations, which the commission undertook in the recent years,” the EC said. Nearly 39.6 lakh electronic voting machines and 17.4 lakh paper trail or voter verifiable paper trail machines would be used in these polling stations. These include reserves. One control unit and at least one ballot unit where buttons are placed constitutes EVM. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 in seven phases. The counting of votes will be held on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting a mega electoral battle.last_img read more

Blaz Rola wins mens NCAA Singles Championship

Blaz Rola, junior for the Ohio State men’s tennis team, has been crowned the 2013 NCAA singles champion.Rola took down No. 3 Jarmere Jenkins of the University of Virginia 7-6(8), 6-4 on Sunday to complete his run through the tournament to claim the first ever singles championship in program history.Mark Batke / Lantern photographerAfter the Buckeyes fell to No. 1 UCLA last week it looked as though the men’s tennis program would be left without a national championship again this season. Rola was the highest ranked player entering the tournament for the Buckeyes but his No. 12 ranking did not instill much confidence in the OSU faithful.Despite this Rola defeated six ranked opponents, and only lost one set throughout the tournament en route to his championship victory.The championship comes a year after Rola advanced to the semifinals but fell 6-2, 6-1 to Kentucky’s Eric Quigley. It completed a 32-1 season for the Slovenian, his only loss coming at the hands of Jared Hiltzik of Illinois, the Big Ten freshman of the year.A hard fought first set saw Rola win the tiebreak 10-8 despite giving up four-consecutive wins to allow Jenkins to tie the set at 6-6. In the second set Rola broke in the 7th game and held serve for the rest of the match for the 6-4 and the championship.This was not the first national championship Rola has earned in his time at OSU. He was last season’s doubles champion with his partner Chase Buchanan. Rola is also a four-time All-American and a three-time unanimous First Team All-Big Ten pick. read more

First time Coach Stephen Purches explains motivation

first_imgFirst-time coach who just received his UEFA Pro License to coach from Fifa, Stephen Purches, explains his motivation to go through the FA’s demanding coaching qualifications.The former full-back Purches says he started his coaching journey some years ago.“I started my coaching badges quite early during my playing career and this is a huge piece of the puzzle I wanted to attain in regards to my role at the club, and they’ve supported me throughout the time I’ve been working through my badges,” he said.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“It’s been a case of gaining as much knowledge as I can and making contacts on the course, hopefully that can then benefit everyone.“Coming on these courses allows you to see what the trends are and what’s current not just at our club but around others, as well as the FA and everything they’re doing with the England teams throughout the different age groups.”last_img read more

Lothar Matthaus predicts the outcome of the Bundesliga

first_imgGerman great Lothar Matthaus has boldly predicted how the Bundesliga table for the 2018/19 season will turn out come the end of the seasonTo the surprise of many, Bayern Munich’s hopes of a seventh league title in a row are under serious threat from runaway leaders Borussia Dortmund.BVB’s perfect combination of youth and experience has proven to be, perhaps, the catalyst behind their title charge with youngsters Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Jacob Bruun Larsen all starring. while the likes of Marco Reus and Axel Witsel have also been receiving plaudits for their respective efforts.Currently, Lucien Favre’s men lead Bayern by six points from their opening 18 games with only one defeat.Now Matthaus has laid out his final predictions for this season’s Bundesliga table to Sport Bild with Dortmund narrowly clinching the league title from Bayern by a single point.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The German World Cup winner, who won the Bundesliga seven times at Bayern, predicted last week that his old club will struggle to break Dortmund’s hold of top spot.“I still believe Dortmund will decide the title race in their own favour. But if anyone can catch up with them, then, of course, it’s Bayern,” said Matthaus.RB Leipzig will finish third with Borussia Monchengladbach, who were one of the surprise packages from the first-half of the campaign, completing the top-four.But Hannover 96 and FC Nürnberg will be relegated with Fortuna Dusseldorf finishing in the relegation play-off spot, which will see them face whoever finishes third in the Bundesliga 2 in a two-legged play-off tie for a place in next season’s top-tier division.Matthaus’ final 2018/19 Bundesliga table after all 34 gamesBorussia Dortmund – 79 pointsBayern Munich – 78 pointsRB Leipzig – 65 pointsBorussia Monchengladbach – 63 pointsTSG Hoffenheim – 56 pointsEintracht Frankfurt – 55 pointsBayer Leverkusen – 54 pointsVfL Wolfsburg – 46 pointsWerder Bremen – 44 pointsHertha BSC – 43 pointsSchalke 04 – 40 pointsMainz 05 – 35 pointsSC Freiburg – 35 pointsVfB Stuttgart – 33 pointsFC Augsburg – 31 pointsFortuna Düsseldorf – 30 pointsHannover 96 – 26 pointsFC Nurnberg – 22 pointslast_img read more