Children in Pembroke, Georgia, will soon enjoy a new, safe playground thanks to the efforts of Bryan County 4-H, the city of Pembroke, the Pembroke Downtown Development Authority and a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist.A youth-led philanthropic program, State Farm Neighborhood Assist annually funds 40 community-identified projects across the nation. The winning projects are selected through public voting. In the program’s four years, 160 causes have received $4 million to enact change in their communities.Two causes in Georgia made the program’s top 40 this year and both are in the Savannah area—the Pembroke playground and a backpack food program for at-risk children in Effingham County. Each project received more than 86,000 votes.“The State Farm representative asked us how a community of 2,200 beat out much larger cities like Atlanta and Detroit,” said Trish West, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent in Bryan County who is on the playground project team. West encouraged her local 4-H’ers, their families and her 4-H colleagues to vote for the playground project. They, in turn, shared the project through Facebook and asked their family and friends to vote.“We may only be a community of 2,200, but we are part of a much larger 4-H community,” she said.UGA Extension Dean Laura Perry Johnson was amazed to see “a project from a small town in Georgia win out over projects submitted from major cities.” “I’m excited to see county agents vested in looking for resources to support the great programing they do in counties across the state,” she said. “This State Farm grant for a new playground is a great example of the passion our agents have for what they do and the support we get, received through the public’s votes.”Pembroke’s playground was recently dismantled due to safety concerns. “Due to the economic conditions over the past few years, there (was) no available funding to replace the equipment,” said Pembroke City Councilman Tiffany Walraven. “So our children (were) left with no safe options for play nor playground access within a 10-mile radius.”The total equipment cost for the new playground is between $35,000 and $45,000. “The $25,000 will make a significant impact on fundraising efforts and will allow us to move forward,” West said. “The non-profit organizations that have teamed together to promote outdoor play will be working with local businesses and citizens to provide the remaining funding balance.”The playground project was one of 3,800 applications submitted to State Farm this year. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board reviewed these submissions and selected 200 finalists. Then, more than 192,000 people cast 6.2 million votes via Facebook to help top projects earn the $25,000 grants. The top 40 causes represent 27 states and range from projects aimed at helping underprivileged kids to programs providing food to communities. Communities that will receive funding range in size from Pembroke, with a population of approximately 2,600, to New York City.“I am honored that a community of our size will receive such a large grant to help with our playground project,” Walraven said. “I received word that we had voters supporting our cause from all over our country and from countries that included Japan, Saudi Arabia, England and Canada. Despite our size, when people work together for a cause, anything is possible.”For a complete list of the top 40 causes or for more information on the program, visit statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist. For more information about Georgia 4-H, go to www.Georgia4H.org.
“For me and everyone who has been at United he is the one we talk about because he has done it. “He proved to everyone what being dedicated gets you, having a chef to cook your food, dedicating your whole life to football and being the best player in the world. “It’s an example to everyone. I am not afraid of using Sir Alex or Cristiano as an example when I have to because to get the best out of your talent you need to be dedicated. “We all know that not everyone has got it. “It’s a desire and attitude from within, it’s what you’ve got in your heart and Cristiano’s always had it.” The win over Norwich gave Solskjaer his first Premier League victory as a manager and moved the Bluebirds off the foot off the table. The Canaries are just two points outside the drop zone and face Manchester City next. Their manager Chris Hughton has yet to hold talks with wantaway Wes Hoolahan, but expects the midfielder to be fully committed to the club now the transfer window has closed. The 31-year-old was not part of the Canaries squad in Wales after having a transfer request rejected amid interest from Aston Villa and also making derogatory comments about the Carrow Road club. A move did not materialise for the Republic of Ireland international, and his manager expects him to buckle down. “The transfer window ended Friday night and it is business as usual come Monday morning, and we will train and prepare for a real tough game next Saturday,” said Hughton. “Everyone knows there was a bid for him. He put in a transfer request. which we turned down. “Wes won’t be the first player at a club that has wanted to leave and it has not happened. The reality is he is a Norwich City player and the players will knuckle down, train and do all they can and want to be involved, and I expect Wes to be no different. “I have not spoken to him, we had communication before the last couple of days, but our concentration has been on the game. “It’s normal that I will speak with players and Wes is very much a Norwich player, the window is gone, he wanted to go but I am sure he will knuckle down and do the best job he can.” The 21-year-old winger made an instant impact on his Bluebirds debut in the 2-1 win over Norwich, just over 24 hours after completing a loan move from Manchester United. Zaha set up Craig Bellamy to cancel out Robert Snodgrass’ opener for the Canaries, before winning the corner that led to Kenwyne Jones’ winner. The England international has found his opportunities limited at United since joining from Crystal Palace, but Solskjaer has been very impressed by his skills and admits there are some aspects of his play that are similar to his former team-mate Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward showed raw potential in his early days at Old Trafford before developing into a global star, joining Real Madrid and winning the Ballon d’Or. “I don’t really want to compare Wilfried with Cristiano, but he has quick feet like Cristiano, he is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward,” said Solskjaer. “But he is young. He has got to make a decision about how good does he want to be and how he loves this game. “Coming in here he just wants to play football and he’s been bright as a button these last few days.” And Solskjaer believes Ronaldo is the perfect example for Zaha to follow if he is to fulfil his potential. “Cristiano worked every single day,” he said. “I have never seen anyone work as hard as him. “Before training, after training, he was an exceptionally dedicated man. Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Wilfried Zaha has the talent to follow in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps provided he is prepared to work hard at honing his game. Press Association read more
Prison break…disciplinary action for “sleeping” guards…hunt on for 3 escapeesMore than 12 hours after the disturbances at Lusignan Prison, the Public Security Ministry has finally issued a release, which confirmed that eight persons were shot and injured, but only six had to seek medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Those injured are Cleveland Williams, Lester Joseph, Teaive Cush, RaymondEscapee: Travis EvansJones, Corwyn Arthur, Anirudh Prashad, Lakeram Singh and Lexroy Rigby.According to the Public Security Ministry, wardens resorted to discharging live rounds of ammunition of various calibres to calm the inmates after the rubber bullets did not work. At this time, the release stated, inmates were behaving in a riotous manner.“The prisoners hurled hundreds of missiles directly at officers, damaged the inner Holding Bay fences and exited the confined area. They then focused their attention on gaining access to the gate that allows exit from the location by using several items to hit the gate, but they were unsuccessful in their attempt,” the Ministry stated.It also confirmed that at the time of the incident, there were 558 prisoners in theEscapee: Sudesh Dyalfacility along with 80 personnel from the Prisons Service, Guyana Police Force and the Fire Service working to restore the situation to normalcy.The authorities are holding out that several attempts were made by officers and ranks to enter the location with the use of shields, but the large number and size of the missiles hurled by prisoners caused them to retreat and run to safety.However, as darkness approached, the prisoners reportedly continued to throw missiles thus damaging four perimeter lights.The furious inmates who were reportedly protesting the conditions of the holding bays resorted to setting ablaze mattress and pallets which they placed along the inside of the fence. This, the authorities claimed, caused damage to the monitoring room which controls the CCTV cameras.“After repeated attempts to have the prisoners desist from their riotous behaviour failed, officers reverted to the use of rubber pellets. As this approach also failed, various calibres of live rounds were directed in the air,” the release added.After some time, the inmates became calm and requested an audience with the acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels. During this engagement, Samuels was made aware that several prisoners did not receive their lunch.Other issues such as the physical infrastructure of the facility, the length of imprisonment and the way some junior ranks delivered their duties were also raised by the inmates.Nevertheless, the situation remained calm up until 23:00h when prisoners from Holding Bay One and Two were seen breaking the inner fence. As such, theEscapee: Dexroy Pollardsecurity presence was increased. The situation was under control just about 00:30h. Hours prior to the riot, three inmates escaped from the correctional facility.The prisoners, 23-year-old Travis Evans of C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown; Sudesh Dyal, 23, of Wales Backdam, West Bank Demerara and Dexroy Pollard, 29, of Wales Village are still on the run with the Joint Services making every attempt to recapture them.Of the three, Evans was incarcerated for murder while Pollard was convicted for breaking and entering and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and Dyal was on remand for breaking and entering.Prison authorities confirmed that the escapees scaled the fence between towers three and four which were equipped with security personnel about 04:30h.The acting Director of Prisons told a media briefing on Monday afternoon that after reviewing the footage, he came to the conclusion that the ranks on duty were not alert.Samuels explained that the three men took a considerable amount of time to make their way through the razor wire.“It is clear, especially taking into consideration the close proximity of the two towers and the number of ranks deployed in those two towers that those ranks were not alert,” the acting Prisons Director stated.Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told Guyana Times that disciplinary action would be taken against the guards who were sleeping when the men escaped.The Lusignan Prison was used as a holding facility with several holding areas after the July 2017 fire at the Camp Street Prison. During that fire, several high-profile prisoners had escaped. The others were dispatched to correctional institutions across the country, including Lusignan. read more