Georgia 4-H members have collected aluminum pop tabs to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia for the past 15 years. The students need to collect 16,500 pounds of the tiny tabs by Nov. 5 to reach their goal, a total 15-year donation of $100,000.“We need $6,442.18 to have donated $100,000 in the 15 years we have been collecting pop tabs,” said Lori Bledsoe, Georgia 4-H Northwest District program coordinator. “We can make our $100,000 goal if we work together to recycle the pop tabs instead of throwing them away with the cans.”In 2002, Georgia middle school 4-H students had the idea to collect pop tabs, recycle them and donate the proceeds to Ronald McDonald Houses.One pound of aluminum is equal to about 1,500 pop tabs.“According to the Environmental Protection Agency, making new aluminum cans from recycled ones saves 92 percent of the energy required when making cans from bauxite ore,” Bledsoe said. “Recycling also cuts down on waste.”Georgia 4-H rotates the donations each year across the locations of Ronald McDonald Houses in Georgia. This year’s pop tabs will support the Augusta house.“Our 4-H members are dedicated to this cause. In Crawford County, Georgia, the kids even went to their county recycling facility and popped the tabs off all their cans,” Bledsoe said.Georgia 4-H members in sixth through eighth grades will bring their pop tabs to 4-H Junior Conference, a weekend retreat set to take place in Rock Eagle 4-H Center on Nov. 5-6. The pop tab community service project is one of many that culminate each year at the conference.This year, 4-H members are also collecting personal care items to create “blessing bags” for families who stay in Ronald McDonald Houses.“Families may forget things like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes if they come to a Ronald McDonald House in a hurry,” Bledsoe said.Diapers of all sizes are also being collected at the conference to support a nonprofit agency that provides diapers to needy parents, a project organized by Evans County 4-H member Hannah Summers.“These service projects, which were designed by 4-H members, provide the students with the opportunity to exhibit generosity and benevolence,” Bledsoe said.To donate pop tabs, personal care items or diapers for these projects, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office.Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill, critically injured or medically fragile children who are receiving treatment at area medical facilities. The house offers a nurturing and supportive environment, including a place to eat, sleep, launder clothes and relax. Since opening in November 2002, the house has served over 5,000 families from 125 Georgia counties, 28 states and 8 countries. For more information, visit rmhccga.org.The mission of Georgia 4-H is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes that will enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. This mission is accomplished through hands-on learning experiences focused on agricultural and environmental issues, agriculture awareness, leadership, communication skills, foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation and citizenship. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.
A noticeable increase in betting shops across the country has resulted in efforts to clamp down on unlicensed sites, in a bid to encourage responsible gambling.This was disclosed by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Wednesday during a forum hosted at Herdmanston Lodge organised by the Gaming Authority – a regulatory body for casinos, lottery companies and betting agencies.Director General Joseph HarmonHarmon acknowledged that there has been a multiplication of these gaming outlets and admitted that the Authority will be pressured to ensure that all outlets are in compliance with the requisite licensing. Adding to that, some of these gaming establishments were established in communities which are suffering from socioeconomic constraints.“With our economy moving at the pace at which it is moving, I can only anticipate that it is going to be a tremendous pressure on the authority for licenses to open gaming establishments. What I have also seen that there is a proliferation of these betting shops all across Guyana. I trust that the Gaming Authority takes this responsibility of ensuring that these entities are properly regulated and that they operate within the confines of the laws of Guyana because they cannot escape notice that some of these operations are in some of the especially challenged communities of our country,” he stated.Chairman of the GamingAuthority, Roysdale FordeThe Director General insisted that operators and consumers of these establishments should be engaged on the negative impacts of betting and gaming sites. Adding to that, frameworks will provide additional support to ensure responsible gambling.“The Gaming Authority has a responsibility to ensure that the public and operators of gaming establishments are aware of not only the positive but also the negative impacts that gaming can have on an individual and our society in general. This is necessary so as to assist owners in appreciating the need for a systems and policies that will support responsible gaming and gambling.”Harmon insisted that the Authority is staffed with enough persons to warrant adherence to their standards. At present, there is much to be done.“In order to ensure responsible gambling in Guyana, all stakeholders within the gaming industry would have to accept their respective roles in upholding the agreed-upon principles and standards. I’m aware that much more needs to be done but I’m confident that we have the right personnel in place to do that job,” he said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Gaming Authority’s Board, Roysdale Forde informed that there haven’t been any new applications for this year thus far. However, they continue to process those that were delivered prior.“We received no new licenses for this year. We’re processing applications that were made previously…The Gaming Authority, as a licensing and supervisory authority for gaming in Guyana is aware of the positive and negative effects of gambling and is also aware of the responsibility to bring awareness to all the stakeholders, both the operators and the public, and to put in place measures on agreed principles that would impact and ensure that there is a safe, fair and responsible gaming experience,” Forde stated.Last December, the former State Minister had positioned Government’s decision to better regulate gaming and betting, as it was concerned over “looseness” in the sector. As a consequence, new legislation was being looked into at the level of the Legal Affairs Ministry.Harmon was at the time being questioned about increases in allocations to the Gaming Authority, under Details of Subsidies and Contributions to Local Organisations, during the first day of scrutinising the budget 2019 estimates.The budget estimates show that the Authority’s budget went from $21 million in 2018 to $40 million in 2019. Acknowledging that funding has indeed been boosted for the Authority, Harmon cited examples of persons operating without licenses.
With the loss to Washington State on Saturday, Stanford became the first-round opponent. USC split with both teams in the regular season. Each school presents a problem with two strong big men. The Trojans prefer to go small. PULLMAN, Wash. – Stanford or Washington? There wasn’t much of a difference when it came to which team the Trojans would play in the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament. And in this corner: With just more than a minute left in double overtime, a heated Tony Bennett, Washington State’s coach, pointed over toward the USC bench and called Tim Floyd over to meet with him and an official at midcourt. Bennett appeared to be upset with a USC assistant coach. Police briefly took the court, though their presence seemed unnecessary. Floyd declined to talk about the incident, and the coaches appeared friendly in shaking hands after the game. “They were face to face like they were about to go into a boxing match,” Nick Young said of the coaches. Add Stanford: The Cardinal appeared to be the toughest matchup in the Pac-10 for USC when it spanked the Trojans 65-50 in Palo Alto. However, USC likes the game after winning 69-65 at Galen Center on Feb. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since USC lost to Washington on Thursday and beat Stanford the previous week, this might even be a better draw. “It wouldn’t have mattered,” coach Tim Floyd said. “They’re all really tough. Stanford or Washington, I guess, or Oregon or Arizona. Pick your poison. They’re all terrific NCAA Tournament teams.” USC is seeded third, and Stanford is sixth. Washington, which is seventh, would have had to beat Arizona State on Wednesday to play the Trojans. The Huskies would now match up with Washington State if they beat the Sun Devils. Rivalry brewing: USC could get a rematch with Washington State in the semifinals Friday. The teams have already played two last-minute classics this season.