Capitol 4-H Day 2020

first_imgMore than 400 Georgia 4-H youth, leaders and volunteers visited Atlanta for Georgia 4-H Day at the Capitol, sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, on Feb. 6 at the Georgia State Capitol Building and the Georgia Freight Depot. This annual leadership and civic-engagement event connects 4-H youth with Georgia legislators, provides students insight to the legislative process and allows them to thank legislators and donors. Georgia 4-H has participated in 4-H Day at the Capitol for more than 30 years.“This annual event honors 4-H’ers who are leaders among their peers, recognizes national 4-H winners, and provides an opportunity of 4-H members to interact with their elected officials and learn about how our state’s governance is conducted,” said Arch Smith, state 4-H leader and director of 4-H. “The opportunity to visit and interact with legislators and community leaders as well as the Georgia General Assembly hopefully will encourage 4-H members to develop their leadership interests.”Following the Capitol tour and visit, 4-H’ers enjoyed a luncheon sponsored by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. First Lady Marty Kemp, Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-11) and Sam Pardue, dean of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, encouraged the 4-H’ers to continue serving their counties and communities through 4-H participation. Bacon County 4-H’er Cora Jane Tyre and Gwinnett County 4-H’er Aromal Saji presented on their participation in One Georgia 4-H, an urban-rural 4-H exchange program, designed to teach students about the diversity of their home state. Several 4-H youth members were recognized for their outstanding achievements in leadership and citizenship as well as those who have excelled in contests on national levels.“One of the highlights for our 4-H’ers is the chance to meet their legislators in person,” said Jason Estep, Extension 4-H specialist for leadership and civic engagement programs. “The legislators are very approachable, and meeting them helps youth to understand that these leaders are just regular people who have decided to serve their communities as elected officials. No doubt the experience has inspired some of our 4-H members to consider a future in public service themselves.” The day’s activities concluded with a picture of the delegation with a number of representatives and senators. Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

Massapequa Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 35-year-old Massapequa man was killed when he crashed his car on the Southern State Parkway in Lindenhurst on Monday night.New York State police said Frank Schaefer was driving alone in a Subaru Impreza eastbound when he lost control and struck a tree on the right shoulder east of Straight Path, exit 36,   at 10:36 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead shortly later.last_img

Govt delays import reduction deadline amid COVID-19

first_img Agus said the ministry was also currently coordinating with other ministries to establish a comprehensive road map to reach the target.The country recorded a US$3.2 billion trade deficit in 2019, with imports totalling $170.72 billion, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.Seven industry sectors are prioritized for the import reduction program to better the country’s trade figures, including the automotive industry, textiles, food and beverages, electronics, petrochemicals, medical equipment manufacturing, and pharmaceuticals.However, the program was hampered by the current low industrial capacity utilization, which is a measure of productivity, as it stands at around 25 to 30 percent of its maximum capacity as a result of the pandemic. The Industry Ministry pushed back the deadline to achieve its import reduction target by a year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has battered productivity and demand of industries, a government official said.Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita told journalists that the ministry had decided to delay the deadline to reduce imports by 35 percent from 2021 to 2022.“There needs to be an adjustment of our import reduction target because market demand has slumped. COVID-19 has also reduced factories’ productivity,” he said at a press event on May 27. The large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) enforced by the government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have also affected the productivity of the manufacturing industry, as factories have to limit on-site workers to maintain physical distance.“Even with the ‘new normal’ scenario, the maximum number of workers on site is limited to 50 percent to ensure that the workers can adhere to physical distancing rules. Such a state of affairs ultimately affects the productivity of our industries,” the minister said.Currently, manufacturers are allowed to operate as long as they can obtain operational and mobility permits (IOMKI) from the Industry Ministry. The ministry has issued 17,000 IOMKI for various companies since the Health Ministry’s regulation took effect, Agus added.Indonesia’s imports fell for a 10th consecutive month in April as manufacturing companies cut production output while consumer demand continues to shrink amid the COVID-19 pandemic, signaling cooling economic activity going forward.The country recorded US$12.54 billion in imports in April, an 18.58 percent drop from the same period last year. In response to the minister’s statement, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia’s (TMMIN) corporate administration and external relations director Bob Azam told The Jakarta Post that he fully supported the government’s plan as import reduction could provide benefits for the industry.“Reducing imports could also reduce dollar exposure in our industry, which could be problematic if the rupiah weakens,” he said in a phone interview on May 29.According to BPS, the auto industry posted a trade surplus last year. Indonesia recorded $7.16 billion in imports and $8.16 billion in exports of vehicles and auto-parts in 2019.Despite his full support, Bob said the country’s upstream industry, which the automotive industry heavily relies on, should be improved in order to increase effectiveness and reduce costs for carmakers.“Our main priority is to ensure that the products align with the consumer’s purchasing power. If the local steel and petrochemicals industries can increase their competitiveness, it can drive down prices and we’ll gladly buy from them,” he said.However, he cited that the pandemic’s impact on the industry made it harder for carmakers to export vehicles and maintain a trade surplus in 2020.Car sales have been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, falling drastically by 90 percent year-on-year to 7,871 cars in April, the worst decline in decades, according to the Association of Indonesian Automakers (Gaikindo).Topics :last_img read more