Bridgewater Hosts 36th Annual 4H Show

first_imgMembers of 4-H clubs will have the chance to show their skills at the 36 Annual Nova Scotia 4-H Show and the South Shore Exhibition Grounds in Bridgewater, Sept. 27 -29. 4-H members are eligible to compete at the show after achieving top honours at a local exhibition with their life skills or livestock project. This annual family event is an excellent opportunity for people to experience the 4-H youth leadership program in an interactive way. The Nova Scotia 4-H Show offers something for everyone and visitors will see 4-H members demonstrate the technical, livestock and life skills they learned throughout the year. “For 100 years 4-H has been a successful leadership development program that teaches youth to become future leaders in their communities, business, government and agriculture”, said Paul LaFleche, deputy Minister of Agriculture. “I encourage everyone to attend the Nova Scotia 4-H Show to witness what the 4-H program can offer every member of the family.” A national survey of 4-H alumni named leadership and youth development as the most important goals of the 4-H program. “4-H teaches us so many valuable skills and I can say from personal experience that it is a wonderful program,” said Nicole MacEachern, an 18-year old member with the County Line 4-H Club in Richmond County. “For the past three summers I’ve been a counsellor at Camp Rankin and in school completed the 4-H Personal Development Education Credit. I plan to continue being a 4-H member until I am 21 and then volunteer as a leader.” Nova Scotia has the largest 4-H Show in Canada with all the exhibitors being 4-H members from 9 – 21 years of age. The event is open to the public and admission is free. A schedule of events is available at read more

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

by Alan Fram And Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Apr 21, 2017 6:47 am MDT Last Updated Apr 21, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which had gotten a skeptical reception at the Capitol.In brief comments to reporters Friday, Trump said the attempt to rekindle the GOP drive to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law is “coming along well.” But he said there was “no particular rush” to do it next week, when Congress returns from its spring recess.“It doesn’t matter if it’s next week. Next week doesn’t matter,” Trump said at the White House.Those comments represent a ratcheting back from Thursday, when Trump said at a news conference that there was “a good chance” of passing health legislation soon, adding, “I’d like to say next week.”Amplifying those comments, a senior White House official was also expressing confidence Thursday that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. That official was not authorized to discuss the internal process publicly and insisted on anonymity.The White House is eager to pass the health bill quickly, partly because Trump will likely hit his 100th day in office — April 29 — without having signed a major piece of legislation.But that goal is running straight into the time-consuming, push-and-pull reality of Congress, not to mention enduring divisions between the conservative and moderate wings of Trump’s party.Many GOP lawmakers and aides have expressed doubt that the House would vote next week on health legislation, just a month after an earlier version died for lack of support within the party. They cited the higher priority of passing a spending bill to avert a government shutdown. Also, there’s uncertainty over a developing deal to revive the Republican health bill. In any case, it would take time to sell such an agreement to lawmakers.Republicans are also expressing doubts that a health care compromise that’s been discussed between party conservatives and moderates would win enough support to put the bill over the top. The party has long promised to repeal Obama’s 2010 health care law, and the House bill would replace it with less generous subsidies and eased insurance requirements.An outline of a deal has been crafted by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who heads the hard line House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the centrist Tuesday Group. Vice-President Mike Pence also played a role in shaping that plan, Republicans say.The plan would deliver a win to moderates by amending the GOP health care bill to restore Obama’s requirement that insurers cover specified services like maternity care. But in a bid for conservative support, states would be allowed to obtain federal waivers to abandon that obligation.In addition, states could obtain waivers to an Obama prohibition against insurers charging sick customers higher premiums — a change critics argue would make insurance unaffordable for many. To get those waivers, states would need to have high-risk pools — government-backed insurance for the most seriously ill people, a mechanism that has often failed for lack of sufficient financing.___Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House read more