National 4-H Hall of Fame

first_img“Dr. Bo was larger than life to me while I was a Junior and Senior 4-H’er. Maybe it was the height of the Rock Eagle stage, but he seemed 10 feet tall,” said Fullerton, now a 4-H agent in Newton County. “Even kids who never joined 4-H remark on what an inspiration he is when they meet him, especially when he sings for them. I guess you could say he’s still 10 feet tall to me.” Now retired, Ryles continues to support Georgia 4-H as a 4-H volunteer, coach of the Oconee County 4-H Poultry Judging Team and co-director of the Georgia 4-H performing arts group Clovers and Company, a group he co-founded in 1980 with then Associate State 4-H Leader Bill Edwards. An avid runner, he established the Clover Glove Race Series to raise private funds for the Georgia 4-H Foundation, where he is a member of the board of trustees.“While Bo’s achievements are many and his successes can be highlighted in facts, figures and numbers, what cannot be quantified are the personal and individual triumphs that so many youth attribute to Dr. Bo’s leadership,” said Georgia State 4-H Leader Arch Smith who nominated Ryles for the hall of fame honor. “Bo has dedicated his life to assisting 4-H members realize their goals and cultivating individual talents. The fact that he challenged others to pass the 4-H legacy to children is still developing leaders today.”For more information about the National 4-H Hall of Fame, visit For information on the Georgia 4-H program, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit Retired Georgia 4-H Leader Roger “Bo” Ryles was one of 16 individuals named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Oct. 11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md. Ryles was selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to 4-H, the nation’s premier youth development organization, which serves more than 6.5 million youth across the U.S. The honorees received a National 4-H Hall of Fame medallion, plaque and a memory book. With his induction into the hall of farme, Ryles joins past honorees from Georgia 4-H, including Tom Rodgers, Bill Sutton and Tommy Walton.Influenced thousands of Georgia students“During his tenure, Dr. Bo took a truly outstanding 4-H program to the next level, and Georgia 4-H became one of the most admired youth development programs in the nation, if not the world,” said Beverly Sparks, associate dean of University of Georgia Extension. “Thousands of our youth have benefitted from his leadership and passion for youth development.” UGA Extension administers the 4-H program in Georgia.Ryles led the Georgia 4-H program from 1994 to 2009, but his connection with 4-H began when he was a 10-year-old boy attending 4-H meetings in Dodge County, Ga. He stayed active in 4-H and became a 4-H district officer and a 4-H camp counselor. He was a state 4-H winner and earned Master 4-H status in recreation talent, crop production (national winner) and leadership scholarship. While working toward an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics at the University of Georgia, Ryles served as a 4-H program assistant in the Clarke County Extension office. After graduation, he became the 4-H agent in McDuffie County and later the Clarke County 4-H agent. He earned his master’s degree in Extension education in 1987 and later that year joined the Georgia 4-H state staff as an animal science specialist. In 1988 he was named the central district 4-H agent. He received a doctorate in adult education from UGA in 1994 and was appointed Georgia’s seventh state 4-H leader the same year. Credits 4-H for his success“No matter how long I live, I can never give back all 4-H has given to me, but I surely can keep working at it,” Ryles said. “4-H gave me a forum to gain confidence, gain knowledge, learn to communicate, and a safe place to fall down and get back up. This recognition is huge in my mind and even bigger in my heart.” While leading the Georgia 4-H program, Ryles established the Georgia 4-H Green Jacket Award to recognize an outstanding public servant for significant support of 4-H. He also helped develop the volunteer-led Legacy Ball, a black-tie fundraising event that also recognizes the Georgia 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. During his 15 years leading the program, Georgia 4-H centers received more than $20 million in public and private funds for improvements. He was instrumental in acquiring what is now Fortson 4-H Center to replace the aging Fulton 4-H Center. He also co-founded and led the biennial Georgia Youth Summit, a program designed to increase youth awareness of state and local issues.Internationally, Ryles led a team of youth and adults to Tunisia to initiate a 4-H type program in partnership with university systems in northern Africa. He also implemented a partnership in Puerto Rico, so students there can participate in an intensive program studying the environment and practicing citizenship. Numerous other honors, tooIn addition to the National 4-H Hall of Fame recognition, Ryles has received numerous 4-H honors, including the NAE4-HA Achievement in Service Award, NAE4-HA Distinguished Service Award, GAE4-HA Outstanding New Agent Award and the GAE4-HA 4-H Volunteer Program of the Year. He was inducted as an honorary member of the UGA AGHON Society and received the 4-H/Air Force Aim High Award.Through his leadership, he influenced many Georgia children like Terri Kimble Fullerton who first met Ryles when she was a 4-H’er in Newton County. last_img read more

Mountain Mama: Are We Obligated to Help Beginners?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Some of my friends and work colleagues have asked me to take them kayaking. While I want to encourage them to learn, my river time is sacred. Do we have an obligation to help beginners in the sport? Or should I just tell them to take a lesson?Yours,Don’t Want to Bother——————————————————————Dear Don’t Want To Bother,Of course you want to paddle rivers that challenge you. Your time on the water is limited and if you aren’t a professional kayak instructor, you’re out there to have fun. But unless your friends have really deep pockets, they probably rely on other recreational boaters like yourself to help them progress as a boater. Suggest they pay for the first few beginner lessons, and then offer to safety boat and provide pointers a few times.After my first summer paddling, I signed up for a trip to Panama. We were on a continuous Class III stretch that was the hardest water I had paddled at the time. The river gorge was bordered by steep cliffs. The skies opened up and an onslaught of rain poured just after we put-on the river. The river rose fast. The water was muddy brown and full of debris. Rocks fell from the unstable banks. The trip leaders gathered us in an eddy and gave us a pep talk. They urged us to paddle as fast as we could so that we could get off the river before the flooding became too intense. I was scared and started to feel wobbly, even there in the eddy. I grabbed the closest person around and hugged him. He was a safety boater who had tagged along from the States, a big burly former professional rugby player and motorcycle racer. He wasn’t exactly the teddy bear type, and seemed a bit put off by my sudden hug.But then a funny thing happened, he took me under his wing the rest of the trip. When we learned that we lived less than a half hour away back in the U.S., he offered to paddle with me regularly. About three years later we were eating burgers after paddling and I asked him why he had been so kind to me and had helped me to progress as a kayaker all those years. He replied that the surest way to becoming immortal is by teaching others. In turn, his students would help newbie paddlers, passing his spirit and love for the sport to future generations.Don’t Want to Bother, we should always spend time to help our friends and colleagues. Even if you don’t buy the fountain of youth theory, you’re own skills will get better from modeling strokes and explaining moving water. Besides, you’ll come out of the season with another paddling partner or two.Best,Mountain MamaGOT A QUESTION FOR MOUNTAIN MAMA? SEND IT HERElast_img read more

Credit unions should beware of common cyber attack techniques

first_imgCyber criminals are continually evolving and perfecting their techniques to infiltrate systems and gather data for their own financial gain. By understanding fraudsters’ preferred strategies of attack, community financial institutions (FIs) can be more proactive with their fraud prevention strategies.In 2015, IBM Managed Security Services investigated numerous reported data breaches and determined the most popular attacks currently targeting the financial industry. The top three techniques fraudsters are using are:1) Malicious attachments or links — 18.99 percentThese attacks are designed to fool victims into opening malicious documentation or clicking on hyperlinks linked to malicious websites. This fraud is carried out via a number of social engineering forums including:Watering holes — Cyber criminals compromise a legitimate website that infects site visitors with its malware.Drive-by downloads — Users are tempted to visit a malicious website which then installs a browser plug-in that performs an unseen download of malware. In many cases, the user has no knowledge that malware has been downloaded.Wrappers — Criminals may wrap malware into legitimate software to bypass security mechanisms. When the legitimate software runs, the wrapper program simultaneously installs malicious code. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New team at Standard Life

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No discounts, no problem: E-wallet users stick around despite less cash back

first_imgThe Ipsos survey said that GoPay had the highest number of “organic” users, with 54 percent of respondents willing to continue using the e-wallet without promotions. OVO came in second with 29 percent organic users, while DANA and LinkAja had 11 percent and 6 percent, respectively.“These organic users are the backbone of e-wallets,” Olivia said. “They make the business sustainable as well as giving unsaturated data about consumer behavior.”Read also: Fintech payments triumph as GoPay, OVO dominate scene “Our respondents said cashless payments were simpler as they didn’t have to worry about change or withdrawing money from ATMs,” she said during an event for the release of a report titled The evolution of the digital wallet: driving the next wave of growth. Olivia said another reason that customers chose electronic wallets was safety, as e-wallets recorded transactions and the account could be easily blocked if users lost their phones.As e-wallet users had become accustomed to cashless payment, she said, it began to form part of their lifestyle and promotions did not affect their decisions as much.Digital payments, which include cashless transactions by credit or debit card, account-to-account transfers and e-wallets, have reached an inflection point in Southeast Asia. They are expected to account for US$600 billion in gross transaction value (GTV) this year, according to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of digital payments in Southeast Asia is expected to be 10 percent and the sector is expected to reach $1.1 trillion in value by 2025, according to the study. Accounting for just over $22 billion in 2019, e-wallets are likely to grow more than fivefold and to exceed $114 billion by 2025, the study finds.Read also: Digital payments boost financial inclusion in 2019 Discounts are an effective way to attract first-time e-wallet customers, but as more people and businesses adopt cashless payment, they have become a secondary motivation; many users will use electronic payments even without cash back or discounts, a recent survey shows.The survey, conducted by market research firm Ipsos Indonesia showed that 71 percent of first-time e-wallet users were motivated by promotions, especially for online taxis and food delivery services.However, Ipsos Customer Experience Research Director Olivia Samosir explained on Wednesday that 68 percent of respondents said convenience was the main reason they kept using e-wallets over cash, while promotions were the second reason, at 23 percent. Ipsos research also showed that millennial e-wallet users wanted their payment applications to be connected to their saving accounts, while most Gen Z users wanted more payment installment options.Indonesia Stock Exchange Business Development Advisor Poltak Hotradero said the future of e-wallets in retaining more customers was to provide digital financial services.“The e-payment ecosystem should be closer to everyday needs such as savings, insurance and investment,” he said, adding that banks should start collaborating with e-wallets or they may risk losing “a generation’s worth” of business.Poltak said that it was more strategic for banks to collaborate with existing e-wallets than to create their own, since banks would need to pay for the development of their own e-payment systems and it would take time to get accurate data about consumer preferences.“E-wallets already have consumer databases and the technological means,” he said. “Banks need to keep up and collaborate if they don’t want to lose clients.”GoPay managing director Budi Gandasoebrata said that compared to other e-wallets, GoPay actually had fewer promos. He said that in the future, GoPay’s promos would be more “tactical and targeted, like credit card promotions.”“We have a good blue chip investor base, so we are burning money less and less,” he said during the press conference.Similarly, Gojek co-CEO Kevin Aluwi said on Tuesday that in all three of the company’s core businesses – GoFood, GoPay and transportation – the focus would no longer be on offering promotions.E-wallets have been criticized for their business model, which offer clients wide-ranging promotions such as discounts, cash back and point rewards amid the companies’ lack of profits, raising questions about business sustainability.Last year, Lippo Group founder Mochtar Riady made news after the company sold over 70 percent of its stake in OVO citing its high level of spending, saying the company “keeps burning money”.According to the e-Conomy SEA 2019 report, Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to grow to US$130 billion by 2025.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal open to Lucas Torreira sale after receiving AC Milan’s first offer

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 23 Jun 2019 3:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Comment Lucas Torreira is wanted by AC Milan (Getty Images)Arsenal are considering selling Lucas Torriera after AC Milan submitted their first offer for the midfielder, according to reports.Earlier this month, the Uruguayan sparked speculation surrounding his future at Arsenal by admitting that he preferred life in Italy.Torreira impressed in his first season with the Gunners after he was signed in a £26.5 million deal from Sampdoria last summer.According to Italy’s Sport Mediaset, AC Milan have made a two-year loan offer for Torreira worth up to €8 million (£7m) and includes a €38m (£34m) right-to-buy option that would be paid in one installment.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal open to Lucas Torreira sale after receiving AC Milan’s first offer Torreira was signed for £26.5m last summer (Getty Images)The report claims that Arsenal have responded by telling AC Milan that they are willing to negotiate and they would want an obligatory purchase clause as part of the deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementFormer Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is spearheading AC Milan’s push to sign Torreira as he is wanted by the club’s new manager Marco Giampaolo, who worked with the Uruguayan at Sampdoria.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are working with a tight transfer budget this summer following the team’s failure to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.Unai Emery has around £40m to spend on new signings, although his budget will be boosted with any player sales.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Nantasket Seawall Project Starts in January

first_imgThe Nantasket Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project in Hull, Mass., will be completed under the terms of a $2.7 million contract recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.Work will be accomplished by George R. Cairns & Sons, Inc. of Windham, New Hampshire.Construction is scheduled to start in January 2018 and extend over a 5-month period.“The project consists of installing an approximately 2,200-linear-foot stone toe revetment along the seawall at Nantasket Beach Reservation on Hull Shore Drive in Hull,” said Project Manager Michael Riccio, of the Corps’ New England District, Planning Division in Concord, Mass.The seawall was constructed in 1915 and has experienced failure due to undermining at the northern and southern bookend sections. Those sections have since been repaired and their footings fortified with stone revetments, leaving just the middle section project area unprotected.According to the Corps, this project will fortify the middle section in order to create a single and complete revetment along the entire Nantasket Beach Seawall. The revetment work will include: shoreline excavation of approximately 27,000 cubic yards of existing beach material (expected to be re-used on site); placement of approximately 4,000 square yards of geotextile fabric; placement of approximately 1,600 cubic yards of gravel and crushed stone; placement of approximately 4,000 cubic yards of 350-pound stone; placement of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of 2-3 ton armor stone; placement of approximately 30, 6-foot by 3-foot by 2-foot granite slabs (access steps); and backfilling of the revetment with the excavated beach material.Staging areas will be located on Nantasket Beach Reservation, which is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the project sponsor. The repair project will be managed by the Army Corps under the supervision of USACE’s’ Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.[mappress mapid=”24690″]last_img read more

Help for Sexually Abused Children in Dominica

first_img Share Teens In Sytle, Fashion Show poster.Teen’s In Style Dominica, an organization founded by Jasmine Zarkha, will host their second activity next week, which will go towards a fund to assist sexually abused children in Dominica.The organization, formed just two years ago, is aimed at raising funds through fashion for charities, while creating an awareness and importance of fashion in Dominica.Founder of Teen’s In Style Dominica, Jasmine, said that the organization was created to showcase, promote and develop the artistic and unique talents of youth in Dominica.This year’s event will feature a trade show at the Krazy Koconuts on July 28th from 5:00pm followed by a grand Fashion Show from 7:30pm.Cofounder of Teen’s In Style Dominica, Chad Astaphan says that a number of boutiques in Dominica have come on board to support the event, which is expected to display fashion at its best.Regular tickets for the Fashion Show will cost $10 and $15 for VIP.Last year the event generated $4,500.00 towards the cause.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet EntertainmentLocalNews Help for Sexually Abused Children in Dominica by: – July 21, 2011 32 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

No lead yet on ex-Aklan town councilor slay

first_imgBORACAY – Authorities have to gathermore evidence and testimonies to resolve the death of former Sangguniang Bayanmember JohnRondario of Malinao, Aklan. Recoveredfrom the crime scene were four empty cartridges of a .45-caliber pistol. Rondario,50, was shot to death by two unidentifiedmotorcycle-riding gunmen in Barangay San Roque, Malinao last week. “Malaking kawalan siya saTibyog-Malinao local party, nagingcampaign manager namin si Rondario noong nakaraang eleksyon,” said townmayor Josephine Iguiban-Iquina. Althoughinitial investigations are looking into politics as the main motive of thekilling, police are also not ruling out other possibilities. Rondario,also a former captain of the said village, was driving a motorcycle on his wayhome from a drinking spree with his friends in Barangay San Ramon when thesuspects attacked him around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday. Yesterday,the Malinao LGU hoisted the Philippine flagat the municipal hall at half–mast tomourn Rondario’sdeath. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)center_img Forhis part, vice mayor Wilbert Ariel Igoy urged the police to conduct fast andin-depth investigation on the incident. Sheadded that investigators of the Malinao municipal police station have yet toidentify the suspects and the motive behind the killing. “Itonginsidente ay dapat ma-solve agad.Nanawagan tayo sa mga taga Malinao, sa mga witnesses, tocooperate sa ating awtoridad para maaresto ang mga suspek,” he said. Igoysaid that the town’s local government unit (LGU) will give reward money toanyone who could provide information leading to the suspects’ arrest. The lifeless body of ex-Sangguniang Bayan member John Rondario of Malinao, Aklan. TODO RADYO AKLANlast_img read more

Ex-Eagles star denies begging Hoffenheim for contract

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ex-Super Eagles forward Chinedu Obasi has rubbished reports making round in the media that failed to land a deal with former Club, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.Advertisement It’s was reported last week that the 2010 FIFA World Cup striker failed had a trial with the German Bundesliga outfit and was told by the management to seek his 10th career club elsewhere.The 34 year old has now rubbished the reports, and said he only approach the club to allow him train in order to maintain his fitness.“The correct story is that I was training here and a reporter asked me, what if it happens that I end up here and I said that would be a dream come true but that was only answering the question of the reporter but the way they put it out looked like I went to seek contract and was not offered one.”“No, it wasn’t like I went there to beg for a contract.”“I am not training with the team, there is a rehab centre which belongs to the club that I train in.”“The reporter then asked me how it feels being back here where it all started and I told him that it feels so good and he asked, if I see myself playing here again of which I laughed and said that, that will be a dream come true to finish where it all started,” he added. Read Also: Nacho picks up injury, will miss Real Madrid La Liga returnObasi is currently unattached after he was released by his last Club AIK, however he’s ready to take any up offer that his way.“I am open to any offer, I just wanna play football and it doesn’t have to be in the Bundesliga,” Obasi summed up. Loading…last_img read more