“In a year of crisis in our country, this group of young people reminds us that for 100 years, 4-H has helped America train its leaders of tomorrow,” said Roger C. “Bo” Ryles, state 4-H program leader with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”State 4-H Congress brings together the best of the best,” he said. “The young people here have already distinguished themselves as leaders and winners. 4-H Congress provides us a showcase for their accomplishments as well as a chance to thank the people who make 4-H successful through their donations of time and resources.”Tours, MeetingsOn June 5, the 4-H’ers toured metro Atlanta, meeting with donors, state legislators and corporate leaders. A banquet that evening honored the state winners.The night before the competition, the family of the late Sen. Herman Talmadge was presented the 2002 Friend of 4-H award for their long-standing commitment and contribution to the Georgia 4-H program.Georgia 4-H is the youth education component of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.State congress is the culmination of a year’s work in a 4-H project. 4-H’ers prepare portfolios of their project work, participate in interviews about their portfolios and give oral presentations for this statewide competition.This Year’s WinnersThis year’s state winners, projects and project donors, listed by their home counties:Appling: Blake Tippett, wildlife and marine science, Georgia Power.Banks: Clark Williams, veterinary science, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.Bleckley: Jed Evans, public speaking, Georgia Farm Credit Association; Ashley Pettis, housing, furnishings and design, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association; Kristen Davis, food safety and preservation, Heavenly Ham.Bulloch: Justin Tyson, forestry resources and wood science, International Paper Company.Butts: Stephanie Rivers, arts and crafts, Marian S. Fisher.Carroll: Kayla Thompson, performing arts (general), Six Flags Over Georgia; Cheyanne Coggins, beef, Winn-Dixie Stores and Georgia Cattleman’s Association.Clarke: Erica Harrison, sports, White Water; Casey Mull, general recreation, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.Colquitt: Michael Chafin, plant and soil science, Georgia Plant Food Educational Society.Columbia: Jennifer O’Neal, fruits, vegetables and nuts, Griffin Corporation.Crisp: Jessica Calhoun, Fashion Revue, Georgia Master 4-H Club.Dade: Travis Randolph, pork production, Georgia Pork Producers Association; Tyler Randolph, power and energy, Chevron Corporation.Effingham: James Herrin, outdoor recreation, White Water; Brittany Dasher, bread, White Lily Foods Company.Elbert: Stephanie Greenway, horse, Georgia Horse Council.Evans: Anna Lewis, dog care and training, Georgia Veterinary Medical Association; Bessy Lewis, performing arts (piano), Six Flags Over Georgia.Fayette: Mike Brennison, physical, biological and earth science, Georgia Electric Membership Corporation.Forsyth: Emily Teatro, dairy foods, Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk; Morgan Rappatta, performing arts – other instrumental, Six Flags Over Georgia.Jones: Leann Rowland, safety, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Courtney Brock, communications, Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association.Madison: Summer Adams, environmental science, AGL Resources; Kristi Smith, target sports, Callaway Foundation and family of Col. James Boddie; Ashley Loudermilk, clothing and textiles, Southern Polytechnic State University; Lisa Roach, photography, Georgia 4-H Foundation.Monroe: Katie Benson, poultry and egg science, Georgia Poultry Federation.Oconee: Heather Mispagel, health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Heather Savelle, dairy and milk science, Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk.Pickens: Elizabeth Jasperse, entomology, Georgia Pest Control Association and UGA Extension Service entomology department.Rockdale: Cort Webb, conservation of natural resources, Georgia Water Wise Council.Sumter: Ashley Goodman, food funds, Publix Supermarket Charities.Tift: Russ Vann, resource management, Georgia Cooperative Council; Ashley Chesnut, international, Equifax; Miles Drummond, food for fitness, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Ivy Young, human development, Georgia Association of Extension 4-H Agents.Toombs: Missy Stanford, flowers, shrubs and lawns, Georgia Development Authority.Walton: Ali Nelson, work force preparation and career development, Randstad North America; Laurie Murrah, sheep, Georgia 4-H Foundation; Rachel McCarthy, computers, Georgia Power Company.Wilcox: Kelly Henderson, performing arts (vocal), Six Flags Over Georgia; Demetrius Penn, food fare, Georgia Development Authority.Wilkes: Jennifer Hardy, consumer education, April and Brian Crow.
He went on: “For us, the objective is always to improve the team and for that to happen either we have Champions League money to make it easier, or we have to invest and risk a bit more. But the objective is always to better what you did last season. We have to have one direction only.” Villas-Boas immediately turned his attention to Wednesday’s crunch clash against Chelsea, and after his team’s performance against Southampton, no one can blame him. Given that he was sacked after just nine months at the helm at Chelsea, Villas-Boas would be forgiven for wanting to settle an old score with his former employers on Wednesday night. The Portuguese insists that is not the case, however. “I’m not sure (what it will be like to go back),” said Villas-Boas, who also worked at Chelsea as part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff. “I’m not sure if enough time has passed for me to feel anything. I was just another manager that passed by. Obviously I spent three great years there when I was on the staff but when I was given more responsibility I wasn’t given enough time. “I have great friends who I don’t want to undermine by what I am saying and the players gave everything for me. It’s fine because sometimes the only option is for a manager to go and I have discussed this at length. “It would be excellent if we got the three points. At the moment it means absolutely nothing; it’s just another opponent in our quest to try to get the nine points that we have to play for.” Press Association The disappointing performance in a 1-0 win over Southampton led to much talk among fans about the need for reinforcements. Tottenham could do with a new striker, and recruits in midfield, while there is speculation that Villas-Boas is on the look out for a new left-back. And it seems the Portuguese has been told he will have money to spend this summer regardless of where Spurs finish. Asked whether he would have different budgets depending on whether he achieved Champions League qualification, the Tottenham manager said: “No. At the moment our future must be analysed in only one direction.” Andre Villas-Boas has been assured that he will have money to spend this summer – even if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has ruled top scorer Sergio Aguero out of next week’s derby against Manchester United. Aguero, who has scored 26 goals for title-challenging City this season, is now targeting a return in the game at Arsenal the following Saturday. Pellegrini said: “We don’t know yet, but maybe next week he will start working with the squad. “I don’t think the whole week, maybe at the end of the week he can be with the squad starting training.” When asked directly if the Argentinian, who scored the winner at Old Trafford last season, could face United, Pellegrini said: “For United, no, no chance.” Pellegrini, who was speaking at a press conference to preview this weekend’s home game against Fulham, was also asked about fresh rumours linking Aguero with a move to Barcelona. Pellegrini said: “It is exactly the same as I respond to all the other links during the whole year. “We cannot talk every week about the players that are coming here to Manchester City and the players that are going out. “He is a player of Manchester City, he is very happy here and the club is very happy with him also.” Pellegrini has also revealed his concern about the knee injury that continues to keep defender Matija Nastasic on the sidelines. The Serbia international has missed the last eight games in all competitions having been out longer than initially expected. Pellegrini said: “He continues with some pain in his knee. He has at least a couple more weeks to recover. “Of course we are concerned because the doctor doesn’t know what happened with him. “He made all the exams that he needs but we don’t know what happened with him. “We are taking other opinions. The doctor is in charge of that. “The player feels a pain inside the knee but nobody knows what the pain is.” Press Association Aguero was expected to be out for around a fortnight after suffering a hamstring injury early in last week’s Champions League defeat in Barcelona. That made him a doubt for next Tuesday’s Old Trafford clash anyway but Pellegrini has now admitted there is “no chance” of him making the short trip across town.