The 4-H Pledge I pledgeMy head to clearer thinking,My heart to greater loyalty,My hands to larger service, andMy health to better living,for my club, my community, my country and my world. The choices we make help shape our character. My participation in scouting, music, athletics and academic events has addressed specific areas of development. But my involvement with Georgia 4-H has helped in a myriad of ways to shape me into a contributing and compassionate citizen.Asked why she had encouraged me to be so active, my mom said it was to help me grow into a well-rounded person. She knew intuitively what a 1999 Cornell University study verified: 4-H has a positive impact on kids. It gives them assets that make them less likely to get into drugs and other risky behaviors and more likely to be healthy and successful in school.It wasn’t clear to me at first what 4-H was all about. But my fifth-grade teacher made it attractive, and I was hooked. I was having fun and learning to feel good about myself. Looking back, I can see that the emphasis on developing the “head, heart, hands and health” has helped me build life skills and obtain many of the assets I need to succeed.My HeadIn developing my head, 4-H improved my managing and thinking skills. In competitive events, I’ve set goals for myself and learned to manage my time and resources to achieve them.Of course, the goal is to be the best you can be. Sometimes I’m rewarded by earning a win. At other times, I learn how to be better next time.I first competed in communication as a Cloverleaf. I’ve continued in this project, learning more about the topic and refining my speaking and presentation skills each year.My HeartMy parents say 4-H has helped improve my heart, specifically in building my social skills. Painfully shy in middle school, I signed up to attend Junior 4-H Conference and found I was the only one from my school planning to go. I could have dropped out, but I opted to go, and it was a turning point in my life.I was forced to become acquainted with students from other schools in my county and made friends from other counties, too. That weekend showed me I shouldn’t shy away from events because my friends weren’t there. Since then I’ve made many friends from across the state through 4-H.My HandsWorking and giving involves my hands. Our 4-H leader offers us opportunities for community volunteering each year. Community service projects have always been part of my Girl Scout experience, too.The basis of these projects was giving, either specific items or our time and effort. We had projects to help less fortunate people through the local homeless shelter and emergency food bank.I’ve learned to work together with my peers. We always feel good about ourselves after a job well done.My HealthLearning through the successes and failures of competition, my understanding of my strengths and weaknesses heightened my self-concept. Through social interaction with other 4-H’ers, I gained self-confidence. Through teamwork and community service, I enhanced my feelings of self-worth.These experiences together have helped me build a positive self-esteem, making my health and healthy living better.My family, friends and teachers all say 4-H has been a positive influence for me. I know this to be true.I know how to organize materials for a project now, and I’m comfortable giving oral presentations. This is a great help in my schoolwork.I’ve gained social confidence and am comfortable in many situations. This should help me make wise choices when confronted by peer pressure to participate in risky behavior.While I strive to be the best I can be, 4-H is the vehicle to help “make the best better” every day.
I first heard of David Childers seven years ago. A disc by the Overmountain Men, a side project involving Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford, ended up in my mailbox. Childers was featured prominently on the record and, considering that Crawford was a fan, I figured I should be paying attention, too.Childers, a former attorney prone to painting, poetry, and songwriting, proved worthy of my notice. 2014’s Serpents of Reformation is an incredible experimental take on gospel music, and it includes two of my favorite renditions of “Gospel Plow” and “Woman At The Well.” I am also a big fan of Room #23, recorded with his band, The Modern Don Juans.This month, Childers returns with Run Skeleton Run, released last week on the Ramseur label. This collection of tunes is typical Childers, with forays into vintage country, bluegrassy folk, and even some crunchy guitar rock. Throughout, each track is punctuated by Childers’ raspy growl. His eclecticism is something I appreciate about Childers’ approach to music and songwriting. With his music career picking up speed later in life, Childers isn’t afraid to cover all the bases, and he covers them all pretty darned well.Childers was kind enough to take some time recently to chat about the new record, growing older, and his interest in painting.BRO – Scott Avett is a big fan of your music and is featured on your new album, and Bob Crawford is a producer and your colleague in Overmountain Men. Does that make you an Avett cousin? Perhaps a favorite uncle?DC – I am a proud member of the Avett’s extended family, much like the old Scottish clans, where the families draw in other other families against the tides of adversity and challenge they faced. Of course, I can also be regarded as a “Dutch uncle,” but they’ve done a lot for me, especially Bob Crawford. More than I could ever do for them, and I pledged my fealty to them long ago. Their friendship and support have been gifts from God.BRO – Tell me about the last painting you finished?DC – I paint multiple pieces at one time. It started with just not wanting to waste paint, but I tend to be frugal and use every drop of paint I can. So I just finished an album cover for a piano pumping honky tonk lady in Ohio named Rachel Brown, a picture of a man and two ladies lying on the beach and relaxing in the sun, a picture of a formal party on a coastline with a violent red sky off in the distance, and a picture of Jesus and two of His disciples on the road after the crucifixion. I’ve got five more waiting on me to finish them.BRO – We are featuring “Run Skeleton Run” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?DC – I was painting a picture of a skeleton on a big piece of plywood and I just thought it would look cool to have some script on it, much like Robert Childers does in a lot of his pieces. The phrase “run skeleton run” popped in my head because the skeleton looked like it was running. I remembered hearing a great aunt tell the bloody bones story when I was a kid, and my imagination took off. Next thing I know, I’m sitting in front of the four track cassette records I use to write, laying the song down as it is now. It’s really fun to play, and little kids go crazy when they hear it. I like that. There’s a cool video out there done by Robert Childers and Corey Zeigler.BRO – I am intrigued about the fear you once felt of growing older. What kind of reassurances would the you of today offer the younger you in order to assuage those fears?DC – I went to Catholic school as a kid and learning about hell and eternity and it scared me. I never was very religious, though, until I hit my early 50s and got really exhausted and sick. I felt mortality closing in and it made me take stock of a lot of things, including my spiritual state, which translates into one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. I really can’t advise anyone else on how to live or how to feel. People have to learn their own lessons in life and grow wiser. Or not. I don’t know if I am wiser than I was, although I’m certainly older, but I have tried to take care of my body by eating right, getting sleep, and loving all I can and being as positive as much as I can. I’ve tried to take care of my spirit and emotional health by living as honestly as I can, although that’s hard sometimes, but it’s always worth it in the end. Body, mind, and spirit all work together. Cultivate evil and you will receive evil. Good generates good.BRO – Bigger challenge . . . writing a compelling legal brief or composing a song that moves you?DC – I have written a lot of briefs in the last fifteen years, but since things have developed in a more positive way with my music, I have turned in my law license and I will never write another one. It’s serious business and hard work. There is no room for slack or imprecise language. It required much more than writing. like a thorough knowledge of what you were writing about, and facts, evidence, law, and precedent at law. Overlying that is the knowledge that someone else is going to receive help – or not – depending on how well you do your job. Writing songs is nothing like that. Nobody gets screwed if don’t write a good, persuasive song. There’s just no comparison. I work my songs for a long time before I trot them out to people’s ears, but that is nothing like the pressure involved in preparing a good legal brief!This month, we offer you a David Childers double whammy. Featured on Trail Mix is the title track of David Childers’ new record, “Run Skeleton Run.” And, this week, Trail Mix offers up the world premiere of the new video for “Belmont Ford.Check it out now!Belmont Ford from Cracker Farm on Vimeo.You can catch David Childers this weekend in Lexington, North Carolina, at High Rock Outfitters. For more information on Childers, his tour schedule, or how you can get a copy of Run Skeleton Run, be sure to visit his website.And make sure to check out the title track from Childers’ new record, along with new tunes from Pokey Lafarge, Yonder Mountain String Band, Charlie Worsham, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.
In his report, Dr Nkengasong said Africa targets to vaccinate 60 percent of her population at an estimated cost of 10 to 15 billion USD once the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available.Also Read COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn their report presented by Rwandan economist Donald Kaberuka and Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa, the envoys applauded the IMF for being the most responsive bilateral institution to Africa’s Coronavirus response.Mr Kaberuka said the lender had injected a total of USD 23.5 billion into African economies in the last four months, followed by the World Bank (14.3 billion USD) and African Development Bank (700 million USD).The former president of the African Development Bank said Covid-19 risks wiping out a decade of Africa’s economic progress and warned that the next three to four years will be particularly tough for the continent.Also Read Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekMr Masiyiwa said a total of 51 countries had subscribed to the Africa Medical Supplies Platform. Among these nations are six Carribean countries led by Barbados.The platform, he said, has attracted 800 suppliers including eleven African manufacturers offering 600 products, including all key Covid-19 medicines recommended by WHO.In his address, President Kenyatta said Africa needs to elevate its global partnerships in the search for a Covid-19 vaccine so as to “ensure that African countries are not further marginalised but are positioned to be among first line of beneficiaries, once a breakthrough is made”.He commended the special envoys for their efforts in helping the continent deal with the health and socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19.Also Read Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament“The economic challenges we face require concerted multilateral effort, such as prioritising debt cancellation and Bretton Woods led relief package, that do not exacerbate emerging local challenges,” he said.President Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and President Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique) speaking on behalf of the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) emphasized on the need to ensure that Africa is not left behind in the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine when ready.The African Heads of State present at the meeting were African Union Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite crossing the one million mark of COVID-19 infections, Africa had in the last two weeks witnessed a reduction of 37 percent reduction in reported daily infections.Speaking during a virtual meeting of the African Union Bureau convened to discuss the continental response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday evening, the Director of Africa CDC Dr John Nkengasong informed the African Heads of State that seven Covid-19 vaccine trials were nearing World Health Organization (WHO) approval.Four African countries among them Kenya are participating in the clinical trials for these vaccines. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and African special envoys on Covid-19.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Captain Jason Holder struck his fifth Test half-century but only 69 balls were possible as rain wrecked the second day of the opening Test between West Indies and Pakistan here Saturday.When heavy rain brought an abrupt end to the already truncated day’s play at 3:05 pm (4:05 Eastern Caribbean time) after just 55 minutes of action, West Indies had reached 278 for nine, with Holder unbeaten on 55.He had so far faced 69 deliveries and struck seven fours and two sixes.Wet spots in the outfield and on the bowlers run-up had earlier forced the abandonment of the opening session, pushing back the start to an hour-and-a-half following the scheduled lunch break at Sabina Park.Resuming on 244 for seven, West Indies flourished early as overnight batsmen Holder and Devendra Bishoo extended their eighth wicket stand to 75 – a record against Pakistan – before being separated.On 23 at the start, Bishoo had added five when he lost his discipline, fished at one from impressive left-arm seamer Mohammed Amir and nicked a catch behind in the eighth over of the session with the Windies on 264 for eight.Amir, Pakistan’s best bowler with five for 41, then struck again in his next over, removing Alzarri Joseph without scoring after breaching the right-hander’s defence and hitting middle and off.Holder, resuming from 30, got lucky with a couple of streaky fours to third man to move into the 40s but there was no lack of conviction when he lifted seamer Mohammad Abbas for a beautiful straight six to reach his landmark, 40 minutes after the start.There was enough time for Shannon Gabriel, unbeaten on four, to bludgeon Amir through mid-off to the boundary before the heavens opened a few balls later.WEST INDIES 1st Innings(overnight 244 for seven)K Brathwaite c Younis Khan b Mohammad Abbas 0K Powell c Younis Khan b Mohammad Amir 33S Hetmyer b Mohammad Amir 11S Hope b Mohammad Amir 2V Singh c Azhar Ali b Wahab Riaz 9R Chase c Wahab Riaz b Yasir Shah 63+S Dowrich b Yasir Shah 56*J Holder not out 55D Bishoo c wkp Sarfraz Ahmed b Mohammed Amir 28A Joseph b Mohammed Amir 0S Gabriel not out 4Extras (lb17) 17TOTAL (9 wkts, 92.3 overs) 278Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Brathwaite), 2-24 (Hetmyer), 3-32 (Hope), 4-53 (Singh), 5-71 (Powell), 6-189 (Chase), 7-189 (Dowrich), 8-264 (Bishoo), 9-274 (Joseph).Bowling: Mohammad Amir 24.3-11-41-5, Mohammad Abbas 22-4-63-1, Wahab Riaz 22-5-66-1, Yasir Shah 24-5-91-2.
Despite being new to international hockey, the Tongan girls put up a brave fight during the 45 minutes gate.PNG led off with a good half by registering the first 5 points with no response from the Tongan women.PNG’s Vanessa Perry opened the second period scoring two goals before an additional two goals were scored extending their lead to 9-0.The last period saw an attempt by Tongan Valeti to score keeping the ball in the PNG goal mouth but goal keeper Rosemary Miria was able to hold off the Tongan.PNG’s Vanessa Perry managed to get two more goals past Tongan keeper Mateaki Taufa.A good pass from PNG’s captain Terry Kiapin to Kari Raurela found the Tongan box further extendimg their leaf to 12-0.An easy dribbling of the ball by Alice Fred registered yet another goal for PNG to 13-0 before captain Terry Kiapin sent two shots from the half way line straight into Tonga’s goal.In other women’s matches today, Fiji beat Vanuatu 8-1 in a tight match.Fiji’s Tiara Dutta scored three goals while Lala Ravatu and Tessa Harman also scored two goals each.The only goal scored by Vanuatu came from the captain Belinda Nampas.
The body of an unidentified man was found in the bottom flat of a Timehri residence on Friday morning. The partially decomposed body was discovered by the occupant of the upper flat who immediately prompted the police.Details of this story will follow in the March 18th, 2017 edition of Guyana Times.