Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: The Lord Ferrers Awards is an important occasion where we can recognise the selfless commitment demonstrated by volunteers in policing. British policing is the envy of the world, and volunteers play a crucial role in keeping it that way by strengthening links with communities. I hope police officers and staff will put forward volunteers they work alongside, and that members of the public will take this opportunity to nominate volunteers in policing who have had an impact on their lives. The awards were previously known as the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards. They were created in 1993 by former Home Office Minister Lord Ferrers and were renamed in his memory in 2013.An awards ceremony for winners will take place in October 2018. Awards have previously been presented by Home Office ministers, chief constables and other senior policing figures.Nominations open on Thursday 7 June and close at midnight on Sunday 22 July.Nominations can be submitted via an online form. a puppy breeding scheme for police dogs in West Midlands, run by police support volunteers a special constable who set up a joint response unit in South Wales to co-ordinate police and ambulance response to incidents a group of volunteer police cadets from Kensington and Chelsea who organised a residential camp in the Isle of Wight for young people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire The Lord Ferrers Awards recognise the commitment and dedication shown by special constables, police support volunteers, volunteer police cadets and volunteers within offices of police and crime commissioners.There are individual and team awards across 10 categories. Last year, over 600 nominations were submitted and 42 outstanding candidates shortlisted.Last year’s winners included:
For the past 100 years, Georgia gardeners have relied on their local University of Georgia Extension agents for advice on everything from how to treat for Japanese beetles to which tomato variety makes for the best ‘mater sandwich. But answering all of those gardening questions could be a little overwhelming if it weren’t for a group of dedicated trained volunteers.Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers have helped UGA Extension agents answer calls and deliver educational programs for the past 35 years. 2,321 gardening experts volunteer their timeLast year 435 new Master Gardener Extension Volunteers joined Georgia’s 2,321 veteran volunteers. In 2013, this dedicated group donated 196,663 hours in Extension offices across the state. They answered 457,190 phone calls, gave 9,055 gardening presentations to civic clubs, made 2,538 home garden visits, wrote 741 newspaper articles and presented 4,959 plant clinics.“The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers have been especially vital over the past few years of drastic budget cuts in Georgia Extension,” said UGA Extension Associate Dean Beverly Sparks. “Last year alone, they worked the equivalent of 100 full-time employees.”It started at Washington StateThe idea of training gardening experts to volunteer in Extension offices was the brainchild of Extension agents from Washington State University. In exchange for specialized training in horticulture, the gardeners promised to do volunteer outreach work. That was more than 40 years ago, and the program has since spread across the U.S. and into Canada and South Korea. In Georgia, the program began in Atlanta in 1979. Becky Blades of Cobb County was in that first class of volunteers, and she’s still an active Master Gardener. She found out about the Master Gardener program by reading the “Market Bulletin,” a state-wide agriculture publication produced by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.“Obviously things were different way back then: we didn’t have a textbook; or name tags, or mentors, or ongoing county projects to plug into. I have been volunteering (and learning) ever since,” said Blades, who along with her husband, Jerry, has led a Junior Master Gardener class at Midway School since 2006.Teaching children to appreciate horticultureCollectively, Georgia’s volunteers presented 5,724 children’s programs, like the Junior Master Gardener program, last year. Gardening with youth is one of five initiatives the program has identified as focus areas. The other four are environmental stewardship, home food production, the value of landscapes and the health benefits of gardening. Before becoming a volunteer, Blades relied on her UGA Extension agent for gardening advice. “I loved being able to call and have gardening questions answered and receive publications in the mail on the subject,” she said.Blades enjoys expanding her gardening knowledge so she can help Cobb County residents who call on the Extension office. “In fact, what I enjoy most about gardening is that there is always more to learn. If you get tired of growing annuals and perennials, you can move on to flowering trees and shrubs or herbs and vegetables. You can never know it all. I love being able to help others get started,” she said.To find out more about the Georgia Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, go to www.gamastergardener.org or call your Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
President Trump won a series of key battlegrounds early on Wednesday morning, including Florida, Ohio and Iowa, as Joseph R. Biden Jr. expressed confidence he would ultimately prevail across key Northern states and Arizona as the presidential contest turned into a state-by-state slog that could drag deeper into the week.“We believe we are on track to win this election,” Mr. Biden said in a brief speech after 12:30 a.m. Eastern, saying he was “optimistic” about the outcome once all the votes were counted. – Advertisement – No full states had yet flipped from their 2016 results as of 1 a.m., but several key states had huge portions of ballots still to be counted. Mr. Biden did flip a single Electoral College vote that Mr. Trump had won in 2016, carrying Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Omaha. With millions of legitimate votes still waiting to be counted, Mr. Trump prematurely and recklessly declared that he won the election. Appearing at the White House, he pressed for more vote counting in Arizona, where he is behind, and called to stop the count where he is ahead as he baselessly declared the election “a fraud on the American public.” In an unprecedented move that drew bipartisan condemnation, the president said he intended to go to the Supreme Court to intervene to halt the legitimate counting of the vote.- Advertisement – “We’re going to win this,” Mr. Biden said, urging “patience.”Mr. Biden’s win in Nebraska’s 2nd District was only one of the 270 Electoral College votes that he needs. But it could prove important. It opened a potential pathway to the White House without winning Pennsylvania, if Mr. Biden carried all the states that Mrs. Clinton did and added Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin, plus Nebraska’s lone vote.In a briefing for donors on Tuesday night, Biden campaign officials acknowledged underperforming among Cuban-Americans in the Miami area, but saw positive signs with their strength in some suburbs in Ohio that they said could be predictive across the Midwest, according to two people familiar with the matter.Campaign officials signaled that Biden’s team was preparing to wait for votes to be counted in three Northern battlegrounds that Mr. Trump carried in 2016 — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — where it still feels bullish.North Carolina and Arizona could still be called relatively quickly. But vote-counting in the so-called former “blue wall” that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016 — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — is not expected to be completed until later in the week. The most encouraging sign on the map for Mr. Biden was in Arizona, where he was leading in a state that Mr. Trump won in 2016. He won New Hampshire and Minnesota, two states that Hillary Clinton had only narrowly carried four years ago and that Mr. Trump had once hoped to flip in 2020. – Advertisement – So far, Mr. Trump was holding off Mr. Biden in two Southern states that the former vice president had hoped to snatch back from the Republican column: Georgia and North Carolina. These were not must-win states for Mr. Biden, but he spent heavily in both states and visited them in the final stretch of the campaign. Mr. Biden lost Texas, a long-shot hope that some Democrats invested in late in hopes of earning a landslide repudiation of Mr. Trump that did not arrive. Georgia has not gone Democratic since 1992. But while Mr. Trump held a narrow lead, much of the remaining vote to be counted appeared to be in the greater Atlanta area, where Mr. Biden performed strongest.Shortly after Mr. Biden spoke, Mr. Trump responded on Twitter, misleadingly saying he was “up big” and claiming without evidence that “they are trying to STEAL the election.” Twitter immediately marked it as content that was “disputed and might be misleading.” – Advertisement –