Members of the University of Georgia’s Dairy Science Club recently worked with Tyson Foods and the Animal Agriculture Alliance to donate 30,400 pounds of frozen chicken to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Club members won the right to donate the poultry payload after winning a national, Tyson Foods–sponsored food drive contest through the agricultural advocacy group Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online (CAO) program. Thirty one colleges across the country participated in the contest. “The opportunity to watch students grow during their involvement in College Aggies Online was tremendous. We are thankful to have companies, such as Tyson, that truly support young people having a voice regarding agriculture in this country,” said Jillian Bohlen, assistant professor of animal and dairy science at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and advisor to the Dairy Science Club. “Through these activities, I think we will see long-lived rewards for the students, the agricultural industry and food banks, such as the one here in Athens. We are both proud and happy to have been a part of this process.” The 30,400 pounds of chicken will provide 120,000 servings of protein to food-insecure families over the 14 counties served by the Athens-based food bank. This week’s donation was in addition to the 250 pounds of food that club members collected at a food drive during a campuswide food drive that culminated with Dairy Fun Night. “We were grateful for the food that University of Georgia’s Dairy Science Club collected through their food drive, and are even more excited to receive this truckload of chicken from Tyson,” said John Becker, president and CPO of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. “We appreciate the club’s dedication to fighting hunger in our community and are very thankful to Tyson for their significant contribution.” “Tyson Foods has a rich history of supporting hunger relief efforts nationwide,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Animal Agriculture Alliance president and CEO. “We are so proud that we were able to inspire this year’s CAO participants to give back to their local communities through Tyson’s sponsorship and involvement in the program.” The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is home to 1,941 undergraduate and graduate students working in nine departments, including agricultural and applied economics, agricultural leadership, education and communication, animal and dairy science, crop and soil sciences, entomology, food science and technology, horticulture, plant pathology and poultry science. The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. The alliance connects key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues and engages food chain influencers and promotes consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. Tyson Foods, Inc. , headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world’s largest producers of chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods that include leading brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee frozen bakery, and other brands. Tyson Foods provides a wide variety of protein-based and prepared foods products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, supplying customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 124,000 employees at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Five days after the Dec. 2, 2015 terror attack that killed 14 people and injured several dozen in San Bernardino, Calif., Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump issued his now infamous statement calling for the ban of all Muslims traveling to the United States.In Trump’s words, the complete ban of Muslims would continue until “our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”But Trump isn’t the only candidate vying for the Republican nomination who has proposed controversial policies aimed at Muslims. After the horrific Brussel bombings in March killed 32 people in a coordinated assault on Belgium’s transportation network, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said law enforcement in the United States should “patrol and secure” so-called Muslim neighborhoods in order to prevent radicalization. Cruz’s proposal was met with stiff criticism from New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton, who, ironically, inherited a police force that conducted widespread surveillance of Muslim Americans in the city and Long Island after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. By the department’s own admission, the NYPD operation, which also included New Jersey, did not lead to a single criminal investigation.But even before blood was shed in San Bernardino and in Brussels or in Paris—where 130 people died in a wave of bombings and shootings last November—American elected officials had been adamant about not permitting Syrian refugees into the country despite the United States’ already rigorous refugee resettlement process—protocols that could take up to 18 to 24 months to complete before an applicant is allowed into the country.The concern is that Islamic State-inspired terrorists could hit American cities just as they’ve done to Brussels, Paris and even Istanbul, which has been on the receiving end of extremist attacks in recent months. But a new report called the “Arab Youth Survey” may allay some fears about whether the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s message is resonating with Muslim youth.Published earlier this month by Dubai-based public relations firm ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, the study found that the overwhelming majority of Arab youth reject ISIS’ message and its tactics. The survey drew responses from hundreds of young Arab men and women from 16 countries in the Middle East. Syria, however, was not included in the report due to its ongoing civil war and the multi-national coalition’s counterattack on ISIS.More than 75 percent of those polled said they were concerned about the rise of ISIS, and another 76 percent said they do not believe the group will succeed in establishing a caliphate in the region. Another 78 percent rejected the group outright, according to the survey. And half of those surveyed said they believe ISIS is the preeminent issue facing the Middle East, followed by terrorism and unemployment.The lack of jobs in the region is seen by those polled as the top recruitment tool for ISIS. With one in four 15- to 24-year-olds unemployed, the Arab world boasts the highest youth unemployment rate in the world. Only 44 percent of youth workers believe there are good job opportunities where they live. Not surprisingly, residents of war-torn Yemen and Libya appeared the most pessimistic about jobs, with only 16 and 22 percent, respectively, stating they believe good jobs are available to them.When respondents were asked if they would eventually support ISIS if the group weren’t so violent, the vast majority, 78 percent, said they wouldn’t.“Most heartening is how little appeal extremist groups like Daesh (ISIS) actually have among young people,” the survey’s authors wrote. “The group’s savage tactics and twisted interpretation of Islam are roundly rejected by the overwhelming majority of young Arabs.”In the report, Hassan Hassan, a resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, in Washington, D.C., said that ISIS “exploits existing problems.”He divided sympathizers of ISIS or Daesh, as it’s also known, into three categories: radical Muslims, religious novices who have been “brainwashed,” and those who have been “disillusioned” by the political process in their home country.“Many people in the region may reject Daesh due to its extreme tactics, but the issue remains that the group exploits existing problems,” Hassan said. “It did not simply invent the problems the responders identified as factors. Daesh, put another way, is a symptom of a growing disease that needs to be tackled, and not just the disease itself.”Hassan also rejected the notion that military might alone could solve the world’s ISIS problem.“The organization thrives on political, economic, social and religious failures,” he said. “Daesh may weaken and disappear, but the underlying sickness will remain, and similar groups will emerge if that sickness is not addressed. The survey’s findings should be a reminder to everyone that Daesh did not simply materialize out of thin air.”(Photo: Iraqi boys in 2003 giving peace sign. Credit: Christiaan Briggs) read more
The average worker at USC earns a yearly wage of $18,800, an amount becoming increasingly more difficult to live on as rent prices around the USC community continue to rise. USC workers making a yearly income of $18,800 are considered to be living below the poverty line.Lorelei Christie, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics, and law and a member of SCALE, explained the goal of the rally.“The workers are fighting for a new contract right now and are asking for better wages, guaranteed hours and a reasonable workload. SCALE is supporting them in this fight for a fair contract,” she said.Christie also listed the difficulties workers face at USC: struggling to pay bills, living in gang-ridden areas, working an unreasonable and irregular workload and facing the threat of homelessness.Union members, USC workers and USC students alike gathered at the United University Church to start the rally. The rally began with blessings from Rev. Tom Carey, a Franciscan monk at the Church of the Epiphany who encouraged using the same school spirit in academics and athletics to be used to support workers’ rights.Carey ended his speech with, “Fight on for human dignity!” Several USC workers, including a Trojan Grounds barista, a cook at Parkside International Residential College dining hall and a steward at Café 84, spoke to the crowd about their experiences working at USC and how the low wages are impairing their quality of life. A professor at the Price School of Public Policy also spoke at the event, joking that she could only voice her support because she is an associate adjunct faculty member and is not tenured.After the speeches concluded, the protestors exited campus at the Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street intersection and marched around the outskirts of USC. According to members in SCALE, they would have liked to march throughout campus; however, DPS denied them permission and forced the organizers to lead the march around campus instead. The protestors marched past the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, shouting, “They say go away! We say no way!” and “This is what democracy looks like!”The Widney Society Gala, which honors million-dollar donors to USC, was hosted at Price School of Public Policy the same time. The march down Exposition Boulevard consequently blocked the entrance to valet parking for a time.The rally organizers emphasized how many of the workers live near the university and ought to be treated as part of the USC community. One of the USC workers, an employee at Café 84, lives a few miles south of campus and bikes to work, where he parks his bike inside a building since he already had a bike stolen once.The worker said that his current monthly income is the same as his rent, forcing him to choose between household necessities.“It’s either buy my daughter some shoes or pay my bills,” he said.He explained that he was unable to pay the bills for certain months when his wife was unemployed, forcing him to take out loans that he is still struggling to pay off.The worker hopes to achieve an income level enough for his family to move to a better neighborhood. Moving, however, is becoming more difficult as the rent escalates. He said that rent prices have increased and attributed the increase to the new USC Village currently under construction.“This construction is boosting the rent everywhere,” he said. On Wednesday, the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation held a rally with the UNITE HERE Local 11 union to protest the low wages USC workers currently earn. UNITE HERE Local 11 is a labor union representing 20,000 workers in Southern California including many employees in USC Hospitality, USC Housing and USC Auxiliary Services.Campus workers unite · USC workers and students from the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation rally in front of the United University Church on Wednesday night to protest low wages. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily Trojan read more
… as protesters take concerns to Education MinistryA large group of protesters on Wednesday afternoon picketed the Education Ministry calling for the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) that was imposed on education by the Government.“No Vat on education, education should be free”!! That was the song being sung by the protesters who came out in large numbers to picket in front of the EducationStudents and parents outside of the Education Ministry on WednesdayMinistry.The protesters who came from various private educational institutions, along with parents, all reiterated yet again their stance that the implementation of Value Added Tax on education must be removed.Attorney Christopher Ram, who was also on the protest line, said Guyanese have never had such an imposition on expenditure for education in Guyana’s history. He said the VAT on education is not understandable.“It has never been the case in Guyana, in 1929 Income Tax was introduced in Guyana and we have never had a tax on expenditure for education in this country, never in the country’s history and so I just cannot understand it. This is bad and it should be removed from the University of Guyana fees because that’s on the books and should also be removed from all these other educational institutions.”He added that even though the matter is one that will be hard to combat in court, it should be looked at by creative lawyers.Another protester, Cheteram Ramdihal of Ramdihal and Haynes, said it is unfair for any policy implemented to be a burden.“I think that it is very unfair to use as parents for the Minister and the Government by extension to come up with a policy where it falls as a burden for the parents of private schools failing to pay their taxes. I would hope that the Minister revises his policy and comes up with a policy to ensure that the private school honours their commitment and not to come with a policy where the parents are being burdened”.Other protesters also voiced their dissatisfaction; one protester who is an aeronautical engineer said Government does not have an aeronautical school nor can the university sustain one so why should a private one be taxed.However, a few who opposed the protest and that are in support of the tax on education also voiced their opinions, stating that “the VAT is not a problem”.Since its application, Government’s 14 per cent tax on private education has received widespread condemnation.Many are calling the decision one that has not been thought through and needs to be urgently revised or repealed.However, the Government remains unmoved by the calls by students as Finance Minister Winston Jordan has announced that the move has nothing to do with targeting institutions but broadening the country’s tax base.He said there was no link between the imposition of the 14 per cent tax and the non-cooperation of private schools to pay their share of taxes. The rationale behind the tax on private tuition, however, is founded on the need to broaden the country’s tax base, and to help fund the country’s expenditure shortfall, as seen in the 2017 $250 billion Budget.According to the unmoved Finance Minister, Government is committed to the education of all Guyanese, whether it is accessed privately or from public schools. read more
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFive years later, on Dec. 2, 1977, the Children’s Museum at La Habra opened its doors. At the time, it was the only children’s museum west of the Mississippi River. The museum now is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a number of activities beginning Tuesday. A private reception is planned for Jan. 14. “It’s a pretty amazing thing,” said Susan Miles, president of the museum’s board. “It’s really exciting to see that we’ve been here for 30 years and growing strong,” Miles said. “We consider it a local little museum, but we’re able to take on national travel exhibits like the bigger museums.” The museum has seven galleries and 14 permanent exhibits, including an authentic carousel, a child-size grocery store, a model train village, a nature walk that includes stuffed animals and a table where you can handle bones, furs, shells and more. • File Photo Gallery: La Habra Children’s Museum LA HABRA – A trip by former Councilman Robin Young to Indianapolis for a national convention has paid off big for this city. It was in 1972 that Young learned about a children’s museum in that city and decided she wanted the same for La Habra. “I immediately saw the potential of having it,” Young said. “I thought there was no reason we couldn’t do the same thing in La Habra.” It also has one gallery that is changed every few months. It caters to kids from 2 to 8, but museum officials have found that children as old as 12 or 13, adults and even grandparents love it, said Kimberly Powell-Albarian, the museum’s executive director. The museum, 301. Euclid St., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Earlier this year, it hosted the “Hmong at Heart” exhibition, a traveling exhibit that teaches children about the history and culture of the Hmong people of southeast Asia and southern China. Guests can play in a mock Hmong village. “We were bringing awareness to an Asian culture not really known,” Powell-Albarian said. The ability to pay to bring in exhibits, such as the Hmong one, is an example of how the Children’s Museum has grown, she said. “We really consider it the crown jewel of La Habra,” said Councilman James Gomez, who was at the grand opening when he was in fourth grade. “I performed and danced,” Gomez said. “I did a Mexican dance, La Raspa. “When they built it, they built it right. They built it for children,” he said. “Everything is at their level.” But 35 years ago, the idea of a children’s museum was but a gleam in Young’s eyes. After coming back from Indianapolis, she developed a written proposal, circulated it to the business and nonprofit communities, and city staff. “I got nothing but good feedback,” she said. “That began a two-year planning process.” Eventually they found a site at the former 1923 Union Pacific railroad depot. Staff was hired, and the depot was renovated, Young said. Over the years, the exhibits would grow. In 1989, another building was added. During the past few years, the budget and ability of the museum to put on new programs has expanded, Powell-Albarian said. Its annual budget has grown from $400,000 six years ago to $700,000 now, she said. The museum – once fully reliant on city funding – now gets about 90 percent of its revenue from donors, admissions and memberships. “We’ve grown in our ability to reach out,” Powell-Albarian said. “We’re not just a local museum anymore. We are nationally recognized and participate in national conferences as presenters.” This week, the museum will offer a number of special events to celebrate its anniversary, including giveaways such as T-shirts or museum memberships. Special activities are planned for every day this week, including cookie decorations, face painting and parties. Go to www.lhcm.org for a complete schedule. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more