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Nov. 24 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Georgia boy who has been accepted to attend Georgia Tech said he plans to study aerospace engineering for a career in space exploration.
Caleb Anderson, 12, who is dual-enrolled in high school and Chattahoochee Technical College, is aiming to start classes at Georgia Tech next fall, his family said.
“I think I am going to go to Mars, and do more school, I think, and try to get my master’s at Georgia Tech,” Anderson told WSB-TV.
The boy’s parents said they noticed their son was exceptionally intelligent at a very young age.Father Kobi Anderson said Caleb was asking questions from the time he was able to talk.
“If you want to succeed, you have to do two things. Number one, you have to learn to fail,” he said. “That’s a really big part of winning, too. … And the second part is, you always try. … If somebody says, ‘You can’t do that,’ that doesn’t mean it’s not possible.”
China’s communist leader Xi Jinping is calling for countries across the world to accept a global COVID-19 tracking system that uses QR codes in an attempt to expedite international travel.
Xi proposed the concept during a virtual G20 leaders’ meeting on Saturday, noting that this “global mechanism” uses an electronic barcode that would help determine a traveler’s health status, according to China’s government-run “news” agency.
“China has proposed a global mechanism on the mutual recognition of health certificates based on nucleic acid test results in the form of internationally accepted QR codes,” Xi said. “We hope more countries will join this mechanism.”
“We need to further harmonise policies and standards and establish ‘fast tracks’ to facilitate the orderly flow of personnel,” he added.
The system provides users with a color code based on their risk of exposure to the coronavirus and the QR codes, or bar codes can be read on mobile devices.
A green code indicates that someone is safe to travel, while an orange or red code signifies the need to quarantine for up to two weeks.
Xi didn’t elaborate on the type of app or QR code system that would be used and who would design it.
Meanwhile, some people have expressed concerns over the use of a system that was designed by China’s communist party which is known for using extreme methods to control people through censorship and surveillance.Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch tweeted, “Beware of the Chinese government’s proposal for a global QR code system. An initial focus on health could easily become a Trojan Horse for broader political monitoring and exclusion, akin to the dangers associated with China’s social-credit system.”
Stuart Hargreaves, associated professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, said if a QR code is used to store classified health information then issues over privacy become “particularly important.”
“(For example) what information is stored in the underlying record, how it is generated, where it is stored, who has access to it,” Hargreaves argued.
Raina MacIntyre, head of the Biosecurity Research Program at the University of New South Wales’ Kirby Institute stressed that safeguarding private information is pivotal.
“(But) will individuals consent to another government that isn’t their own government accessing their data? That may be the price to pay for travel,” she said.
And some Christians say these technology-driven measures and tracking systems are another step toward the fulfillment of the End Times “Mark of the Beast” prophesied 2,000 years ago in the biblical book of Revelation.
“It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.”– Revelation 13:16-17 (NIV).
A recent survey of Joe Biden voters indicates he would have lost the presidential race if the mainstream news media hadn’t covered up stories about alleged scandals involving the former vice president. And the same would have happened if those same media outlets had covered rather than ignored President Trump’s successes.
According to the Media Research Center (MRC) poll of Biden voters in seven swing states, hiding bad Biden news helped him on Election Day.
For instance, 35.4 percent of those voting for him admitted their news sources didn’t report on the Hunter Biden scandal. If they had known about it, 9.4 percent of them would have changed their vote. That could have moved six of the swing states into the Trump column, giving him a decisive 311 electoral votes.
Meanwhile, not reporting positive news about Trump seriously hurt his chances at attaining the needed 270 electoral votes.
For instance, 49 percent of Biden voters said they’d received no news about the staggering and historic 33 percent jump in third-quarter economic growth. 5.6 percent of them said had they been aware, it would have changed their vote. That could have also potentially swung state to Trump, providing a winning margin of 295 electoral votes for his reelection.And 43.5 percent of Biden voters say their news sources didn’t provide enough if any, information on the Middle East peace deals involving Israel that were brokered by the Trump administration. Those deals have led to three Nobel Peace Prize nominations for Trump. If they had known about these historic peace deals, five percent said it would have changed their vote. And, again, that would have given Trump an electoral college win.Studies by the Media Research Center show the mainstream news media’s reporting about Trump has been more than 90 percent negative his entire presidency and consistently failed to cover his administration’s accomplishments.
‘Very Serious Assault on Democracy’
At a news conference about the new poll’s findings Tuesday, MRC President Brent Bozell stated, “This is a very, very serious assault on democracy. When you don’t have the freedom of information when information is being withheld from the voters, do you really have a functioning democracy? And I would submit that the entire democratic system in America — the electoral system — right now is in peril.”
Though all were invited, not one mainstream news organization had a reporter covering this online news conference about them and their effect on the 2020 presidential election.
Dylan Lee Edwards, age 25 of Centre, was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Theft of Property 1st Degree, in addition to Failure to Appear on the previous charges of Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia while Theresa Michelle Jennings, age 28 from Gaylesville was charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance and the Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia along with Obstruction/Probation Violation and Failure to Appear on a prior charge of Theft of Property 4th Degree.
Edwards was booked into jail just after 10:00pm and Jennings just prior to 3:00 – with both remaining in the Cherokee County Detention Center on bonds of $8,000 and $3,000 respectively
The first time Ryan Jarrett qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2005, he was just 21 years old and looked like he could go days without shaving.
Much has changed in the 16 years since, but Jarrett continues to be among the greatest cowboys to have ever played the game. He returns for his 12th trip to the NFR, set for Dec. 3-12 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
During that initial championship, the Georgia-born cowboy qualified in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling, then left Las Vegas as the third-youngest all-around world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s history – only legends Ty Murray and Jim Shoulders were younger.
Since then, Jarrett has dabbled in multiple events, but he’s maintained a focus on tie-down roping. He’s only missed out on playing on rodeo’s grandest stage just four times in his storied career, including the 2019 season when he finished the regular season 22nd in the world standings – only the top 15 on the money list in each event qualify for the NFR.
“It damn sure feels good to know I’ve still got it and can still finish the year in the top 15,” said Jarrett, 36, originally from Summerville, Ga., but now living in Comanche with his wife, Shy-Anne, and daughter, Jurnee. “I’m really excited that it’s going to be in Texas. It’ll be a different atmosphere not being in Las Vegas this year, but it’s nice that it’ll be close to home.”
It’s just a 140-mile venture from his home to his playground for 10 December nights, compared to nearly 1,000 miles for his previous NFRs. Alas, because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Las Vegas was not an option to host ProRodeo’s grand finale in 2020. When Texas offered up the home of the Rangers and the 2020 World Series, the cowboys made the one-year move to ensure the championship took place in a wild and unpredictable year.
“It’s been quite the experience,” said Jarrett, who credits his sponsors – Wrangler, Cactus Ropes, WW Livestock, PHT Products and Outlaw Equine – with helping get up and down the road, especially during a tumultuous season. “We did pretty good getting entered so we didn’t have many all-night drives, but we sure put on some miles.
“We had a lot of guidelines that you had to follow, and you’d get aggravated with it, but you still want to have the event. I felt like everybody did their part to make sure we had rodeos to go to this year.”
That was key. In a normal year, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has around 700 events across North America. In 2020, more than half of them were canceled, including many of the largest rodeos. That meant fewer opportunities and more miles between the rodeos that did take place.
“When you got there, I’d say there were 150 guys at dang near every rodeo you went to,” he said. “That makes it even tougher, because everything has to go just right for you to win anything.”
In rodeo, there are no guaranteed incomes. Contestants must pay an entry fee in order to compete, and they only receive a salary at each rodeo if they do better than most do the field. In tie-down roping, the faster the run, the bigger the paycheck, and there were fewer of them to go by.
Jarrett enters this year’s NFR 11th in the world standings after having earned $52,080. While leader Shad Mayfield has a big advantage – Mayfield sits No. 1 with $156,668 – the rest of the field is
clumped together. Jarrett is just $15,000 behind the No. 2 man, four-time world champion Tuf Cooper. That ground could be made up on opening night.
“Looking back at the season, there were a lot of rodeos that were one-headers,” Jarrett said, referring to one-round rodeos instead of events that featured multiple rounds; by not dividing the money up with more rounds and the aggregate payout, it offers bigger dollars to its top finishers. “I shortened the start, and I finished with a wrap and a hooey quite a bit.”
In essence, he took more chances. In timed events, cattle receive a head start based on a barrier system; if Jarrett didn’t allow the calf its appropriate start, then he’d break the barrier. Every broken barrier included a 10-second penalty, meaning he would finish out of the money. Jarrett made sure to be on the barrier each run, risking the potential penalty.
He also made one wrap around the calf’s legs instead of two before putting together the final half-hitch to secure the tie. The risk was potentially allowing the calf to break the tie before six seconds elapsed, which would have resulted in a no-time.
That was definitely bounty in his risk-reward moves. With COVID breathing down his neck all season long, it was well worth it. When he wasn’t on the road, he allowed himself to enjoy his time at home, which is quite uncommon for ProRodeo cowboys that make their livings traveling North America one rodeo at a time.
“When everything shut down, I was contemplating going out to California for that West Coast run, and it all got canceled,” he said “It didn’t bother me whatsoever. Thankfully I’ve got a little business that I can have a little income when I’m not rodeoing.
“Plus, it was nice being around here and watching her every day, being around her and getting to hang out with her.”
“Her” is Jurnee, who is 21 months old and the apple of her daddy’s eye. She already has a pony to ride and by following in the footsteps of her cowboy daddy, cowgirl mommy and family of true hands around livestock, she’ll likely be involved in the family business as she matures.
This will be her first NFR experience, and though she won’t remember any of it except through videos and images, it’s part of a life in which she is being raised.
Over the last 16 years, Ryan Jarrett has seen a great deal. He went from being a young lad with a wide grin and a well-deserved gold buckle to now serving as a veteran cowboy who can figure out a way to win in the toughest of conditions. He’ll utilize every experience possible as he runs 10 calves inside a baseball stadium in north Texas.
“I know I just need to rope smart, because they pay in the average,” Jarrett said, referring to the top times in the 10-run aggregate. “If you don’t have the best throw, just make sure you get him around the neck. I’m not against throwing my rope when I need to, but I don’t need to just do it to try to be fast.
“When you rope smart, you give yourself a better chance to win.”
Article By Ted Harbin
The goal of Chattooga School Nutrition is to make sure students have access to healthy meals. Therefore, if your student is unable to attend school due to a classroom or grade level quarantine for the week of November 30th-December 4th, you may pick-up meals for your student(s) on Monday, November 30th. Pick-up will be offered between 12 PM and 1 PM at all school locations. Students do not need to be present to receive meals. School Nutrition staff members will provide a week’s worth of meals at the time of pick-up to avoid the need to have families return each day. If you have any questions please contact Brandie Wooten, School Nutrition Director, at 706-859-3054.
Bartow County deputies booked 34-year-old Erica Leerle Taylor of Fort Oglethorpe into the jail this week for misdemeanor homicide by vehicle in the second degree, failure to maintain her lane, and driving too fast for conditions. Georgia State Patrol identified Taylor as the driver responsible for the death of 41-year-old Jean Smith Verneus of Miami, Florida.
The GSP reported that at approximately 4:50 p.m. on August 28th, a semi-trailer truck driven by Verneus was traveling in the right southbound lane of I-75 near mile marker 293. Taylor was trying to merge her Jeep Cherokee onto I-75 when she lost control of her vehicle. The SUV struck the semi-trailer’s right side, which caused the truck to lose control and hit the bridge rail. The impact caused damage to the truck’s fuel tanks, which cause a fire to ignite. The semi-trailer truck and the SUV came to a final rest on the right shoulder. Verneus succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Erica Taylor is currently in the Bartow County Jail with bail set at 5,275 dollars.
WBHF contributed to this report.