Ohio FFA Convention photo gallery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Danielle Hannan from Liberty Union entertained the crowd with her performance. Ohio’s top chapters were recognized Lamarr Wobble inspired the crowd/ Maggie Hovermale, VP at large Honorary State Degree recipients were recognized Clinton Liming, Felicity-Franklin, is the Star in Agricultural Placement; Hayden Davis, Ridgewood, is the Star in Agribusiness; Jacob Dennis, Pettisville, is the Star in Agriscience; and Nole Gerfen, Ridgemont, is the Star Farmer. Chase Cummings from the Waynesfield Goshen entertained the crowd with Ryan Matthews, VP at large Keynote speaker Matt Rush talked about the viability of U.S. agriculture. Sentinel Johnathon Cottingham Meredith Oglesby The Ohio FFA raised nearly $70,000 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Evan Smith, State Treasurer Sarah Hoog, Tessa Bowling and Emily Kanney were recognized as scholarship winners State Secretary Josie Montoney President Mary Buehler prepares to announce the new officer candidates Amberley Snyder was the keynote speaker. She shared about her experiences in a wheelchair. Milan Pozderac, from Fredericktown, volunteered onstage to complete an obstacle course in a wheelchair. Sammy Hawkins from the National Trail-MVCTC FFA performed a song for the crowd. The new officer candidates were announced. The new officer candidates were announced. A volunteer plays “What’s in the bag?” A volunteer plays, “What’s in the bag?” after drawing a pink scarf. Ridgemont students prepare for their proficiency interviews. Ryan Matthews The top reporters in the state were recognized. The top treasurers in the state were recognized.. The top secretaries in the state were recognized. Johnathon Cottingim CDE winners were recognized Student reporter Kolt Buchenroth is ready for Session 5! Agriscience Fair winners were recognized Agriscience Fair winners were recognized National FFA Secretary Victoria Harris Josie Montoney thanks her parents Ryan Matthews Mary Buehler’s sibling introduced her prior to her retiring address. Throughout convention Mary Buehler had FFA members hand out these cards, starting with just a few, but eventually they reached most of the crowd in attendance. Mary Buehler Mary Buehler talked about the inner “like” button. It was emotional time for the retiring state officers. Macey Butchko from Firelands wowed the crowd with her vocal performance. Danielle Hannan from Liberty Union sang for the crowd. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees. More than 900 Ohio FFA members got their State Degrees.last_img read more

Mizoram, where displaced Brus seek a better rehabilitation package to return

first_img What hit the new rehab package?The MHA brought the stakeholders to the talks in 2015, and a financial package of ₹435 crore was arrived at in July. The Centre signed an agreement with the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum and the governments of Mizoram and Tripura. The package covers 32,876 members of 5,407 Bru families, entailing a one-time assistance of ₹4 lakh in fixed deposit within a month of repatriation, monthly assistance of ₹5,000 through direct benefit transfer, free rations for two years, and ₹1.5 lakh in three instalments for building houses. The package included Eklavya residential schools, permanent residential and ST certificates and funds to the Mizoram government for improving security in the Bru resettlement areas. The refugees were given the September 30 deadline to move or face harder times in the camps. But the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee (MBDPCC), another refugee group, has demanded a better package that includes resettlement in clusters and an autonomous council for Brus.Where does it go from here?Since July, only 42 Bru families have returned to Mizoram. MBDPCC leaders say they are undaunted by the threat to stop assistance to or wind up the camps, since “we survive by doing odd jobs, anyway.” But Mizoram and Tripura officials involved in the repatriation process feel the government will relax the deadline for more refugees to “change their mind.” The pressure is also from local Brus of Tripura, who are reportedly facing an identity crisis because of the refugees. The displacement of some 40,000 Bru people from Mizoram in 1997 got much less traction than that of the Kashmiri Pandits seven years before. But making them return home from relief camps in adjoining Tripura has been equally frustrating for the Centre and the north-eastern States for almost 21 years now. A few families have accepted the package offered by the Centre and returned, but most of the internally displaced refugees have refused to budge unless they get a better deal. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has set them a September 30 deadline and threatened to stop free rations and other facilities.Where were they displaced from?The Brus, also called Reangs, are scattered across Assam, Mizoram and Tripura. In Mizoram, they inhabit small pockets of Mamit, Lunglei and Lawngtlai districts, but the biggest chunk is in Mamit bordering North Tripura district of Tripura. A conflict with the majority Mizos in 1995 made influential organisations like the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (students’ union) demand that the Brus, labelled a non-indigenous tribe, be deleted from Mizoram’s electoral rolls. This led to an armed movement by the extremist Bru National Liberation Front, which killed a Mizo forest official on October 21, 1997. Many Bru villages were burnt down and scores allegedly raped and killed. Thousands of Brus fled to North Tripura where they were given shelter in six relief camps, three each in the Kanchanpur and Panisagar subdivisions. Most of the refugees were from Mamit and a few from Kolasib and Lunglei.What was the political impact?Except for some say in three of Mizoram’s 40 Assembly constituencies, the Brus are not a major voting force. Resistance by Mizo NGOs to their return made the refugees relevant only during elections, with Mizoram officials crossing over to Tripura for facilitating their franchise. Talks of repatriation began in 2009 but Bru extremists allegedly killed a Mizo teenager, triggering another round of retaliatory attacks and exodus of Brus to Tripura. As tempers cooled, the first phase of repatriation in November 2010 saw 8,573 members of 1,622 Bru families having been resettled in Mizoram. But the protest by Mizo groups halted the process in the next few years. With time, the Brus began demanding relief on a par with that of Kashmiri Pandit and Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. The impasse increased the Centre’s bill. Since 1997, it has given ₹348.97 crore to Tripura in financial assistance for relief and rehabilitation, and ₹68.9 crore to Mizoram for those resettled in 2010.last_img read more

Manchester Arena Concert Reopening To Feature Noel Gallagher

first_img Twitter Find out who else is scheduled to play the September We Are Manchester benefit concertPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2017 – 4:23 pm GRAMMY.comNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be leading the Sept. 9 We Are Manchester benefit concert to officially reopen Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. His anthem “Don’t Look Back In Anger” — among his best work with Oasis — testifies to the power of his songwriting, which also earned him a Best Rock Song nomination for “Wonderwall” at the 39th GRAMMY Awards.”Don’t Look Back …” became the anthem for Manchester when it erupted spontaneously from the audience at a memorial following the May 22 concert tragedy. The song was also covered by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit concert on June 4.Blossoms and the Courteeners will be joining Gallagher on Sept. 9, along with Rick Astley, Best New Artist nominee at the 31st GRAMMY Awards and omnipresent viral meme. Poet Tony Walsh, especially remembered for reading one of his poems at a vigil the day after the tragedy, will also appear. More artists are scheduled to be announced.The Manchester Memorial Fund will receive profits from the benefit, with an eye toward building a permanent memorial to honor the 22 Manchester concert fatalities.”We welcome the reopening of the arena, a major venue which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, as a powerful symbol of [Manchester’s] defiant and resilient spirit,” said Manchester City Councilor Sue Murphy.We Love Manchester Emergency Fund Distributes Support To Families Of Manchester Arena VictimsRead more Email News Manchester Arena Concert Reopening To Feature Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher Is Reopening Manchester Arena manchester-arena-concert-reopening-feature-noel-gallagher Facebook last_img read more

Houston Harris County To Get Billions In HUD Grants To Help Hurricane

first_imgCongress approved the U.S. Housing and Urban Development funding last year, but it’s just now being released to Harvey-hit areas in the form of CDBGs. Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has come under criticism for what some saw as unnecessary delays in distributing Harvey relief funds. Earlier this year, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner publicly criticized Bush for what he called a lack of cooperation and inclusiveness. The General Land Office said HUD didn’t provide guidance on how this money could be used until February. Now, the GLO said after a March meeting with federal HUD officials and representatives from Houston and Harris County, an action plan is in place to distribute the $5 billion.“The impact of Hurricane Harvey continues to disrupt the lives of so many Texans,” Bush said. “As we continue the long-term recovery process, the GLO’s Community Development and Revitalization team continues to work with local officials in all 49 affected counties to expedite the release of disaster recovery funds. Through the utilization of innovative recovery programs, we are positioning Texas for a more comprehensive recovery that will truly help rebuild.”The meeting resulted in Harris County and Houston getting grants of $1.115 billion each. The rest of the money will be distributed to other counties affected by Harvey.The bulk of the funds will go to homeowners who need assistance with rebuilding. Other grants include money for home buyouts, affordable rental housing, infrastructure repairs, and economic revitalization.Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that Texas will receive another allocation from HUD of an additional $5.03 billion for disaster relief.NEW: MORE money is coming to Texas to help rebuild from #HurricaneHarvey. This $4.7 billion is on top of the $5 billion Texas just received. This will help rebuild homes & build infrastructure to reduce future floods. #txlege #TexasStrong #RebuildTexas https://t.co/o4nJtobQAW— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 10, 2018 .@txglo Cmr. @georgepbush announces publication of State Action Plan for $5B in #HurricaneHarvey housing infrastructure and economic recovery funding for public comment. For more info visit https://t.co/Dr8iCTNtnB pic.twitter.com/7WrochuvAg— TXGeneralLandOffice (@txglo) April 10, 2018 Sharelast_img read more