Workshops give youth experience in the construction and AutoTech trades

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Amanda Forquer, 4-H EducatorThirty-five youth participated in the Career Exploration Workshop for Construction and Automotive Technology on April 13 at the Tri-Rivers Career Center. The participants learned valuable life skills and skills they could potentially use in a career in the construction or automotive technology (AutoTech) career paths.A number of skills taught at the workshop presented challenges many adults struggle to complete. For example, in AutoTech the participants rotated and balanced tires, changed automotive oil, completed a multi-point inspection, studied auto electronics, changed belts, and many more related tasks. The workshop was challenging, but enjoyable for those involved.“Overall, I really, really liked the workshop,” said Cole Perkins, an 11-year-old participant of the AutoTech workshop.In the construction workshop the participants built frames for pouring concrete walls, framed wood walls for a storage shed, built their own toolbox with nameplate, operated large equipment (e.g., skid-steer or excavator), among other things.The youth expressed their support for the workshop in their evaluations. Some of comments were, “I learned how to basically do everything,” “IT WAS AWESOME,” and “It was a lot of fun.” This is the second year for the dual workshop and nine returning youth chose a different workshop than they did last year.Amanda Forquer, 4-H educator with OSU Extension in Morrow County, coordinated the successful event with help from David Willey, the Construction Trades Academy Instructor of Tri-Rivers Career Center, and Lucas Bledsoe, the AutoTech Instructor of Tri-Rivers Career Center. Willey and Bledsoe, along with some students from their classes at Tri-Rivers, were the experts for the day. Excellent teaching from the experts on hand enabled the students to easily understand the material and receive value from the information presented. They taught the basic skills needed to help the participants make an informed decision regarding whether to pursue a career in one of these areas. At the conclusion of the workshops, each youth took home a toolkit to continue practicing their new skills at home.Thirteen youth participated in the construction workshop that was taught by David Willey, instructor of the Construction Trades Academy at Tri-Rivers Career Center, and student instructors of the program.In the construction career path there is a 12% growth rate, which is higher than the U.S. average. The AutoTech career path is experiencing a 6% growth rate, which is average. This shows there is a demand in these areas and young people would benefit from pursuing these careers.This fall students will have the chance to explore the careers of EMT/paramedic, firefighter, police officer, and an Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer. To learn more about the Career Exploration Workshops contact Amanda Forquer at forquer.13@osu.edu.Twenty-two youth participated in the AutoTech workshop that was taught by Lucas Bledsoe, instructor of AutoTech at Tri-Rivers Career Center, and student instructors of the AutoTech program.last_img read more

NCAA postpones Tuesday’s games

first_imgLyceum head coach Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe NCAA has postponed its Tuesday’s games due to heavy rains brought about by tropical storm “Isang.”Juniors and seniors games between St. Benilde and Arellano; Perpetual and Emilio Aguinaldo; and league-leader Lyceum and Mapua were once again affected by the bad weather.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo These were the same set of games that were postponed last July 28 due to tropical storm “Gorio.”The Pirates would have had a chance to complete a first-round sweep Tuesday against the Cardinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNo new schedule of the games has been announced.center_img Triathletes Huelgas, Mangrobang snare gold; Chicano, Adorna take silver LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Scorpions and Mets battle for top spot

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day twolast_img read more

Mother of slain boy wants new offence for violence against children

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax mother whose three-year-old son was beaten to death is calling for Criminal Code amendments that would add an offence for violence against children.Allisan Tucker’s son Matthew suffered more than 30 blows to his head, a spiral fracture to his leg and blunt force trauma to his pancreas when his father James Peter-Paul beat him to death in October 2010.The 31-year-old woman says Peter-Paul pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2012, but was granted full parole last May. He was originally charged with second-degree murder.Tucker said the Criminal Code should include an offence that differentiates violent crimes against adults from those against children, such as the United Kingdom’s offence of cruelty to persons under 16.“It’s not something that you think about. You don’t expect your child to die,” said Tucker in an interview Friday.“I’m not looking to reopen cases. From a legal standpoint, we can’t do that. We want to move forward. It’s not about attacking the person who did it. It’s about adding an offence in the law that specifies violence against children on top of the crime that was committed, whatever it may be — like assault or murder.”Tucker pointed to the cases of 12 Canadian children who were killed or allegedly killed by adults, including five-year-old Quinn Butt of Newfoundland, whose father Trent Butt is accused of first-degree murder.On Friday afternoon, Tucker met with Halifax Liberal MP Andy Fillmore to discuss the issue.Fillmore’s office said he was not available for comment, but Tucker said the MP told her that he would bring her concerns to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould as part of a planned criminal justice overhaul.In a statement from the Justice Department, spokesman Ian McLeod said the Criminal Code already comprehensively prohibits all forms of child abuse in charges such as assault, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault and murder.“In addition, evidence that an offender abused a person under the age of 18 in committing an offence is an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes,” McLeod said in an email.“As well as the criminal law protections, all provinces and territories have in place child protection legislation to protect children from abuse.”Isabel Grant, a professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia, said she doesn’t see a gap in the Criminal Code that needs to be filled.Grant noted the Criminal Code lists several aggravating factors that relate to children that must be considered in sentencing for such crimes: One is a requirement to look at a victim’s age, and another addresses a breach in trust.“Where bodily harm is caused to the child, there are a number of different provisions that cover that crime,” said Grant in a phone interview from her home in Vancouver.“Murder charges are available in that situation and are not uncommonly successful.”Tucker described Matthew as a “sweet” boy who loved Thomas the Tank Engine and the movie Cars.Tucker had custody of Matthew during his short life, but he had started to ask about his father, who lived in Indian Brook, N.S. Tucker said she slowly allowed Peter-Paul into Matthew’s life, first with visits in public places and eventually she trusted him enough to leave Matthew with Peter-Paul, his girlfriend and two children.Tucker was in Toronto for a week and Matthew was staying with Peter-Paul when she received a call that her son had fallen in the bathtub and died. It wasn’t until almost a year later, following an autopsy, that she found out Peter-Paul had beaten their child to death.“He had a spiral fracture in his leg, which is only caused by manually twisting. He had more than 30 traumas on his body including his head and the one that hit his pancreas made it rupture and poisoned him, which caused his death,” said Tucker.Tucker said she now plans on personally reaching out to the families of other slain children to garner support.——Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Saskatchewan sites named in honour of teacher aide who died in school

first_imgREGINA – Two sites in northern Saskatchewan have been named in honour of a teacher and a teacher’s aide who were fatally shot by a teenage gunman almost two years ago.Teacher Adam Wood and tutor Marie Janvier were killed while trying to help students after the 17-year-old youth started shooting up the La Loche high school in January 2016.Janvier Point is located on Saleski Lake, just north of La Loche, and Adam Wood Memorial Landing is along a creek just east of the village.The province says it hopes that honouring the memory of Wood and Janvier will bring some comfort to their families and friends.A government release says Wood was an avid outdoorsman who was a frequent visitor to the wooded creek-side area that now bears his name.It says Janvier, who was a longtime resident of the area, was a caring and compassionate person who helped anyone in need.“Today marks a small gesture of our gratitude to Adam Wood and Marie Janvier, to show that we will be forever grateful for their courage and service to the students of La Loche,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said in the release Tuesday.“It is our hope that everyone will know that Adam and Marie were loved, and that they will never be forgotten.”Janvier, who was 21, was a graduate of the La Loche school, and had recently been hired as a tutor. Her family said she loved children and animals, and lived with and cared for her mother and grandmother. The young woman planned on going to university to become a teacher.Wood, who was 35, had started his teaching career in La Loche the September before the shooting. His family in Uxbridge, Ont., said he was an adventurer, had a passion for life, and a knack for making people laugh. He had worked with youth at an urban farm in Thunder Bay, Ont.Brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine also died in the mass shooting on Jan. 22, 2016. They were killed in their home by the shooter before he went to the school where he killed Wood and Janvier and wounded seven people.The shooter, who was days away from his 18th birthday, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder. Arguments were heard earlier this year as to whether he should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. The judge’s decision is expected in February.Wood and Janvier were nominated posthumously for Saskatchewan’s GeoMemorial program by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Ministry of Education.They received community support through letters from fellow teachers, the Northern Lights School Division and the Northern Area Teachers’ Association.last_img read more

PM Harper not happy with Attawapiskat situation

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government was “not very happy” with the situation in Attawapiskat, the Ontario First Nations community in the grip of a severe housing crisis.Harper said during question period Tuesday that government officials were looking into the situation in Attawapiskat and that his government would be “taking action,” but it was not clear what that could be.“Obviously we are not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that,” said Harper. “We are concerned about that. We have officials looking into it and taking action.”Harper said the community has received 90 million dollars since 2006.He said that works out to be about 50 thousand dollars per person in the 2-thousand member community.The housing crisis in Attawapiskat, where several families are living in tents and many others live in shacks with no running water, has garnered international attention and even prompted the Canadian Red Cross to intervene.Liberal leader Bob Rae accused Harper of blaming Attawapiskat for its own troubles.“That response is a disgraceful response from the government of Canada,” said Rae. “When will the government start taking responsibility for this deplorable situation, which is an embarrassment to the reputation of the entire country?”Rae said the $90 million total included also included funding for education, not just housing.The money Attawapiskat receives also includes funding for the services the band delivers to its residents.The money was also used by the community to evacuate 100 residents two years ago after a sewage back-up made their homes uninhabitable.Attawapiskat has received an outpouring of support from Canadians across the country. NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community, has been a vocal advocate from the community.The community was visited by Angus and NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel on Tuesday.And late this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Harper will be meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.APTN National News correspondent Ossie Michelin is in the community and will have his first story Wednesday night.last_img read more

Lululemon names new chief financial officer as search continues for new CEO

first_imgVANCOUVER – Lululemon Athletica Inc. has appointed Patrick Guido as chief financial officer as its search continues for a new chief executive.The Vancouver-based clothing company says Guido, who most recently worked as treasurer and vice-president of corporate development at VF Corp., will report to chief operating officer Stuart Haselden.Lululemon has been without a CEO since early February when Laurent Potdevin suddenly stepped down from the post after the company said he “fell short” of its standards of conduct.Executive chairman Glenn Murphy told a March conference call with financial analysts that the company had met with several possible candidates, but would be taking its time in its search for a replacement.Potdevin reached a separation agreement with the company that will see him receive $3.35 million in cash, plus a further $1.65 million paid in monthly instalments over 18 months, while agreeing not to sue the company and co-operate with it in the future.The company also lost its executive vice-president and creative director at the end of last year when Lee Holman resigned.last_img read more

CM holds roadshow in North West Delhi for Gugan Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held roadshow at the North West Delhi constituency for party candidate Gugan Singh, and the party also released Manifesto for West Delhi, North East and New Delhi. This was the last roadshow by the AAP chief in Delhi for this Lok Sabha election. The road gained support at every point with hundreds of people standing at the road greeting the Chief Minister with garlands and flowers. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe voice everywhere throughout the roadshow was for the full-statehood and the works for the Delhi government. The leaders stood in a Gipsy and the volunteers walked the street. After this roadshow, opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee might join the campaign in support of the AAP. In the roadshow at some points, the Chief Minister addressed the people. “Do not let your vote to get divided therefore do not vote for the Congress party,” said the CM. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile, AAP released its Manifesto for West-Delhi parliamentary constituency. “Manifesto for West-Delhi is compiled after discussion with people of Urban and Rural population, youngsters, women, environment lovers, people from Delhi-Dehaat and taking inputs from voters of unauthorized colonies, though we have common manifesto, Aam Aadmi Party is committed to working for local people, so our candidates are going to people with a vision for them,” said AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. Balbir Singh Jakhar, Party Candidate from West Delhi, said that we have set an area specific program for working on issues which are vital for West Delhi raised by people during election campaign which include, “setting up of New Institutions to ease admission for school pass-outs students, development of skill Centers to impart job oriented training to youngsters, development of multi-level parking lots to decongest west-Delhi roads, Elevated Road on Najafgarh Drain from Kakrola up to Meera Bagh to reduce traffic.”last_img read more

Mens basketball report Junior forward Keita BatesDiop out for season with stress

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 76-75 loss to No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night that dropped the Buckeyes to 10-5 and 0-2 in the Big Ten, it appears the team’s uphill climb to the NCAA tournament just got a whole lot steeper.OSU coach Thad Matta said in the postgame press conference that junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will undergo surgery on a stress fracture on his shin next week. Bates-Diop did not play against the Boilermakers. He had missed five games earlier in the season with a high-ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 17 against Providence.Bates-Diop originally suffered this injury in the summer and after attempting to play through it, the injury kept reoccurring, Matta said.“That’s definitely a punch in the gut to us,” he said. “It is what it is and we got to move forward.”Matta called the 6-foot-7 Bates-Diop the team’s best defender considering his length and his ability to rebound with the taller players in the country.The Normal, Illinois, native played just nine games this year, starting three times. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in an average of 23.3 minutes. Matta said that Bates-Diop will receive a medical redshirt.1/5 Correction: Matta said Bates-Diop will have surgery next week. It was originally printed as Friday. read more