National Teach Ag Day

first_imgFewer Americans are being raised on farms than 50 years ago, but agricultural education teachers may be more important than ever. They are helping young people understand the complex food system that keeps American’s food supply safe and secure. With youth across the country falling behind in math and sciences and suffering from historically high rates of obesity, agricultural education teachers impart lessons in life science, technology, health and nutrition in an applied manner that engages youth with the natural environment. As the role of agricultural teachers expands, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is preparing a new generation of teachers who are ready for the classroom, the garden and leadership roles. “More suburban and urban schools are beginning to see the value of agriculture programs as a way to address childhood obesity, health education, and facilitate Farm-to-School programs that promote healthy eating,” said Jason Peake, an associate professor of agricultural education UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC). “In short, our teachers and programs are evolving to fit the new challenges that our society is facing.” Agricultural educators across the nation teach the foundations of agricultural science including plant and animal sciences, forestry, mechanics, horticulture, leadership and business skills. They also help bridge the gap between textbook science, math and leadership lessons and the world outside the classroom, said Kay Kelsey, newly hired ALEC department head. “Agricultural education is a perfect venue for increasing not only science literacy, but also agriculture and food literacy in a holistic environment,” Kelsey said. “There is nothing more important to every person on planet Earth than a safe and secure food supply, and agricultural education is well positioned to provide that to America’s youth. Agricultural teachers go far beyond the classroom to reach students and help them grow into productive and healthy citizens.” Despite the need for applied learning provided by today’s agricultural educators, their numbers have dwindled over the past decade. Many career ag educators have retired and fewer students are earning degrees in agricultural education. ALEC is addressing teacher shortages by increasing the number of agricultural education faculty in the department and focusing on training teachers to work in urban centers, according to Kelsey. “Our department is in the process hiring two new faculty members who will be based at UGA’s Griffin Campus to take advantage of location and access to Atlanta where urban agriculture is exploding, yet underrepresented in the literature,” Kelsey said. Eighty percent of Americans live in urban areas and are increasingly interested in local and organic foods and growing fruit and vegetable gardens. Agricultural education teachers can play a vital role in expanding the local food movement by teaching youth and their parents how to sustainably grow food in whatever space available, she said. “If you have a pot and a bag of soil, you can grow food,” Kelsey said. One of Kelsey’s goals for the department is to help Atlanta Public Schools build a magnet school for agriculture where youth learn the principles of science through the application of growing food in a sustainable manner to feed communities. She wants to leverage the state’s strong tradition of agricultural youth programs to strengthen agricultural education in urban and suburban schools. “Georgia is well positioned to lead the nation in the urban agricultural movement with its strong support of Georgia 4-H, FFA, excellent State FFA and 4-H staff, and a variety of UGA degree and certificate programs to train the next generation of agricultural education teachers,” Kelsey said. “The only thing missing are adults willing to take on the challenge of educating America’s youth.” There are more than 500,000 youth enrolled in the National FFA Organization. Georgia is the third strongest state with 35,500 members. Georgia also boasts about 180,000 students in fifth through 12th grades enrolled in UGA Extension’s Georgia 4-H program. Peake, who works to recruit and train students into ALEC’s agricultural education program, said that while Georgia is still facing a deficit of agricultural education teachers — an increasing number of students are seeing the promise of teaching students about how agriculture impacts their lives. The number of students with a traditional agriculture background has declined over the years and there has been an increase in students who come from suburban or urban backgrounds. These students need to open up urban areas to agricultural education with their understanding of how to reach non-traditional audiences. Starting salaries for first-year agriculture teachers with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate are about $45,000 in Georgia, among the highest in the nation. While not required, a master’s or doctorate degree add a significant pay raise. 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Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho blasts referee, gets in jibe at Arsene Wenger

first_imgJose Mourinho described Slovenian referee Damir Skomina as “weak and naive” for failing to award Chelsea a penalty in their 0-0 Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday.The Chelsea manager’s choice of words appeared to be yet another veiled attack on the English FA and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who escaped censure for using the same two adjectives about referee Mike Dean following the Gunners’ loss at Chelsea last month.And Mourinho, who is currently appealing a £50,000 FA fine for his criticism of a Premier League referee, pointedly used the same terminology employed by Wenger when discussing the decision of Skomina to ignore first-half penalty appeals from Cesc Fabregas after a challenge by Serhiy Rybalka.”The referee was weak and naive. Big penalty,” Mourinho told BT Sport.Mourinho felt Chelsea had been denied a spot-kick for a second successive Champions League away game, following the loss at Porto in the last round.”The referee and the goal referee decide not to give [it],” Mourinho added. “Against Porto it was a clear handball, last minute, a decision crucial for the result of the game. “Today it was not last minute but it was a clear penalty. I don’t know. The referee didn’t see it? The referee decided not to give it?”Mourinho felt Skomina had a good game otherwise and pointed to the example of Craig Joubert’s mistake in Scotland’s last-gasp Rugby World Cup quarterfinal loss to Australia, which World Rugby later ruled was an error.”I think the referee was very good. I’m serious,” Mourinho added. “I think he made one mistake and, for example, in the Rugby World Cup, I think the referee in the Scotland game was very good, but he made one mistake and because of that mistake Scotland is crying.”It was a vastly improved display, even on the win over Aston Villa, but Chelsea stayed third in Champions League Group G behind Porto and Dynamo, who remained unbeaten. Mourinho had targeted four points from the double header with Dynamo — the Stamford Bridge return is on Nov. 4 — and was content with a point after losing at Porto last time out.Yet Chelsea came close to returning from NSK Olimpiyskyi with more as Eden Hazard and Willian hit the woodwork, while Fabregas was denied the spot-kick.”For 70, 75 minutes, we had the control, the initiative, the chances,” Mourinho added. “We hit the post, we had the penalty. We had everything, but we didn’t score.”The game in the second half is a little bit of a trap, because we want to win, we feel we can win. But at the same time we cannot lose.”If we lose this game we have to win at home and then we are just at the limit. Now we are not at the limit. Even the players for the last period of the game, they felt that pressure. “The result is acceptable because it keeps us in a strong position. We have the game at home, Dynamo plays against Porto so they have to lose points. We are third, but we are in a stable position.”Hazard was restored to the starting XI, but Mourinho declined to appraise individual performances, merely commenting on the collective, with confidence apparently restored ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham.”We are much more solid now. Two matches, two cleansheets. No problems defensively,” Mourinho added. “The team was really solid and compact, the midfield really strong.”We are recovering that compactness, solidarity, effort, tactical discipline – these qualities that are very important when you are not flying, you are not scoring goals, you are not playing with that confidence and attacking flair.”Dynamo head coach Sergei Rebrov was satisfied with the result. The former Tottenham and West Ham striker said: “The fact is Chelsea now is in 11th place in the English Premier League doesn’t mean it’s a weak team.”In the first half we had some problems, some mistakes. In the second half we did better, we had several chances to score. I’m pretty happy with the way the boys did today.”*This game was available on SuperSport. Catch Wednesday’s games also live –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

NHL trade news: Avalanche clear more cap space for free agency by dealing Carl Soderberg

first_imgAt the same time, the team has discussed trading defenseman Tyson Barrie as well, so the Avalanche appear to be attempting to make drastic changes to their blue line, too.Cale Makar came up and made an immediate impact in the playoffs on the blue line and the team drafted defenseman Bowen Byram with the No. 4 pick as well, so the potential addition of Connauton may have something to do with their work on defense. NHL trade news: Devils acquire P.K. Subban from Predators NHL trade rumors: Canucks acquire center J.T. Miller from Lightning Colorado is shaking up its bottom six.The Avalanche have traded forward Carl Soderberg to the Coyotes for a third-round pick and defenseman Kevin Connauton, the team announced Tuesday.center_img We have a trade to announce…#GoAvsGo— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 25, 2019Soderberg is coming off a career year with the Avalanche in which he scored 23 goals and added 26 assists for Colorado, but there were significant stretches throughout the year where the team struggled to score at all after their top line left the ice.Colorado has needed to address their depth of scoring and some of that could involve simply moving on from some of last year’s depth, even if it was productive on paper as Soderberg was. Related News Connauton, 29, scored one goal and added nine assists in 50 games for Arizona last season. He also has only one year remaining on his deal, so Colorado could have some flexibility there as well.The deal also clears $4 million from the Avalanche’s cap this year as Soderberg is in the final year of a five-year, $23 million deal. That gives Colorado about $38 million in cap space going into next season, according to Sportsnet.Even with the need to re-sign restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen, Colorado will have room to add a talented player to next year’s roster.The #avs have ~$38M in available cap space after the Soderberg/Connauton trade. Even with a high-end RFA in Mikko Rantanen still to sign, Colorado is poised to be a major player on July 1.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 25, 2019last_img read more


first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Ok, ok, get over it will ya. You…we… they can’t win them all. (yea I know, but we should have won that one) (Steelers vs. Denver…pay attention please!!!) Now here’s your New Years 2 for 1. Your always asked for Top 10 List combined with why the Steelers lost to Tee-Bow and The Boys. No. 10. Well first of all because of Tee-Bow. They under estimated him. But I told you didn’t I?No. 9. Ike Taylor had the worst game of his life. It happens!No. 8. We still have the worst offensive coordinator in the NFL.No. 7. Mike Wallace…all speed no fight.No. 6. James Harrison…a name not called the entire game.No. 5. Big Ben sacked 5 times and it had nothing to do with his ankle and everything to do with his O-Line.No. 4. Speaking of which, injuries were high and it does matter, even though it’s part of the game.No. 3. Further speaking of that, no Pouncey and no Mendenhall is a recipe for disaster.No. 2. Still no killer instinct. No desire to wipe out the opponent early. Where were the killer linebackers?No. 1. And the No. 1 reason they lost…the ghost of Hines Ward came back to haunt them. They did him wrong and it cost them in the end. Boo-Ya!!!:09 Do you know you can get a meal at Wendy’s for $3.00—burger .99 fries .99 drink .99, and it’s good. $3.00…I’m just saying! (my bad, back to sports, sometimes I get distracted):08 Speaking of distractions, and I was. For you ol school boys, did anybody ever notice that none of Ben Cartwright’s boys on Bonanza looked alike? Little Joe, Hoss and what’s his name. Who’s these baby’s mama’s. C’mon man!:07 Everybody’s always talking about Chuck Sanders. Chuck Sanders this, Chuck Sanders that. Well never mind Chuck Sanders, what about Garry White, the main man at the Savoy and his staff. They are second to none in the city. Get your butt down there and quit talking about it.:06 Kobe…Kobe…Kobe…four games in a row with 40 plus points. I told you his wrist was ok. When will you people listen to me?:05 The New England Pat’s will beat the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will upset the New York Giants. Take it to the bank, cash it, get your money and go!!!:04 All that I said about the Bow is good. But hey Timmy you played the master Tom Brady and you got jacked up!!!:03 Now and forever more the late great Lester Cain is now in “The Locker Room.” One of our all time great community leaders was always, always a nice guy, good person and a great friend to me and Champion Enterprises. Lester, now that I am reminded, we love ya man! Gone but not to be forgotten.:02 Hi…Hello…Hello…yea is this the correct number for Paula Patton! Oh yea, can you tell her Bill Neal’s on the phone? No, but who’s this? Ok, ok whatever, Robin can you tell her I need to speak with her right now? Hello…Hello…Hello…Hello.:01 I am telling everybody right here, right now that if you missed the Flow Band at the Champions New First Fridays do not miss the next show. Ladiesssss and Gentellllmen we are proud to present one of the greatest R & B groups in the United States…National Recording Artist—“Artistree”—Friday, Feb. 3 at The Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville in the new J.T.’s Restaurant. $10 at the door, first come first seated, limited 200 seats, cash bar, cash kitchen, free parking 50/50 and prizes, photos on the spot and yes Chuck Sanders and The Fabulous Diamond Models will be there. Call for information 412-628-4846.~ Game Is Over ~last_img read more

Virat Kohli reacts after India pulls off massive chase: ‘80% of the crowd was…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFPAdvertisement kqhNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs44mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E70md( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2c3Would you ever consider trying this?😱6r4Can your students do this? 🌚1z532rxRoller skating! Powered by Firework A stunning comeback against Australia in the last ODI series at home. A brilliant start against New Zealand on the start of the T20 series on away soil. Team India is not only fulfilling the expectations, they are also conquering the hurdles in between. A 3 match ODI series, followed by flying to another country within three days- and snatching an amazing chasing victory, it has all been a major leap forward for Virat Kohli and the team.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFPPreviously what felt like a hectic schedule for Virat Kohli, turned into savoury for the team, as the skipper himself said himself after today’s win in Auckland: “We enjoyed this. Landing two days before and playing a game like this, it was fantastic… This sets up for the whole tour for us.”As the hosts put up a total of 203 in the first innings, it was the stormy duo of KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, along with Kohli’s own blasts that got the Men in Blues winning the match with 5 wickets remaining.Advertisement Kohli mentioned that the atmosphere at the Eden Park Stadium was perceived as home crowd, which turned out to be a big factor for chasing down a hefty target. The 31 year old continued: “Felt like 80 percent support was for us and the crowd was right behind us. You need that sort of push chasing 200 plus. We never spoke of the jet lag in the team. We didn’t want any excuse.”While missing his half century by just 5 runs, Kohli is now the highest Indian run scorer against The Black Caps. Along with the captain’s 45-off-32, KL Rahul opened up with a stormy 56 runs from 27 balls, along with Shreyas who kept his strike till the end at a 29-ball-58. The latter was named the Man of the Match.Advertisement However, Kohli mentioned the contribution of India’s bowling squad for keeping a star stunned Kiwi batting order near 200, while Colin Munro, Ross Taylor the skipper Kane Williamson all putting up scores past 50s.“You can’t be harsh on anyone on this kind of pitch. I think we did well in the middle overs, to restrict them under 210 was a good effort,” he added.The second T20 match is on Sunday at Eden Park.Also read-NZ vs IND 1st T20 Review: KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer bring the thunder as India chase down NZ’s total Advertisementlast_img read more