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Tipping is more than just a kind gesture, it's window into cultural attitudes about money

You can tell a lot about a person based on how he or she tips, at least according to author and researcher Kabir Sehghal.

May 22, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Hot Topics

U.S. marriage rate hits new low, may continue to decline

The marriage rate in America has hit a record low and is expected to drop even further next year, according to a company that specializes in wedding and fertility trend forecasts. But some experts speculate that the headline-grabbing recent retreat from marriage may be bottoming out.

May 22, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics

100 deadly days of summer: What you must do to keep your kids safe

Boaters at American Falls Reservoir in Idaho on Memorial Day will pass by a giant rock and a stand filled with life jackets. They’re free to borrow, but as the message carved on the stone face notes, “It’s only a life-preserver if you have it on.”

May 22, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Hot Topics

Skipping meals could lead to belly fat, study says

If you think skipping lunch will get your body beach ready for summertime, think again.

May 22, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | Hot Topics

How to win a text argument with a loved one, according to Google

You’ve been there. We all have. You and a friend, significant other or family member are discussing where to head for dinner or what to wear for your night out. And for one reason or another, you both can't agree.

May 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

Class of 2015 has seen more war than peace during their lifetime

The future of this year's graduating class will be shaped by a past unique from that of any of their predecessors’ — the U.S. has been at war for the majority of their lives.

May 22, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | Hot Topics

Is the 40-hour workweek falling out of fashion?

In 1938, Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of then president Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. As a result, the 40-hour workweek (based on the eight-hour workday) became fully integrated, and legislated, as part of American corporate culture.

May 22, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Hot Topics

Need a way to help the miles pass by? Here's some podcasts to listen to while running

Warmer weather means more running for me, and while I love a good solo run, my thoughts quickly become boring and obnoxious, even to myself. A better option? Podcasts. A great podcast keeps the mind engaged and distracted while the feet are busy and the legs are burning. It’s like having a conversation without having to do any work. Here are a few of my current favorites. Notice: Only a couple are running related.

May 22, 2015 | Kim Cowart Deseret News | Hot Topics

Pros and cons of a cashless society

This week, Denmark made some giant steps towards becoming a "cashless" society. The government there wants new laws allowing clothing stores, gas stations, restaurants and other retailers to go cash free.

May 21, 2015 | Bill Gephardt KSL | Hot Topics

Top reasons couples divorce — and how to head it off

Certain life events can crack a marriage, from illness to job changes, infidelity to childbirth. And when babies grow up and leave the nest, it creates another stress-inducing shock to marriage, according to Time Inc. Network's

May 21, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Hot Topics

4 reasons you need to start acting like a child

Being a good parent is serious business.

May 20, 2015 | Debbie Sibert FamilyShare | Hot Topics

To avoid debt, student dumps all 8 Ivy League colleges in favor of Alabama

A star student from Memphis, Tennessee, who was accepted to all eight of America's prestigious Ivy League schools has said not and is headed south to the academically humble-if-football-proud, University of Alabama instead.

May 20, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? BMXer’s bike-to-bike transfer

RAMPINGTON — It’s one thing to master a trick as a BMXer, it’s quite another to master a trick in a few tries just because you were on a ramp and you felt like it.

May 20, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Hot Topics

Top 25 cities for your family’s Memorial Day vacation

Long work hours and hectic schedules often leave families without time to bond, but a recent survey may have the solution: go on vacation.

May 20, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Hot Topics

Why Busy Kids Aren't Happier Kids

Sibling squabbles and meltdowns are a part of parenting, but is your child the only factor to blame? Busy schedules full of sports and music lessons help cause those tears. Just like you, children need to time to decompress to avoid feelings of stress and fatigue. But this valuable free time is impossible to have with an overbooked schedule.

May 20, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Hot Topics

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Barrow in favor of tough new tobacco rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) applauded tough new rules that took effect last week, cracking down on tobacco marketing and sales to children, requiring much larger health warning labels on smokeless tobacco products, and banning the use of deceptive "light" or "low-tar" labels on cigarettes.
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law on June 22, 2009, and many key provisions of the law went into effect last Wednesday - one year after the date of enactment. Tobacco is now responsible for about 1 in 5 deaths annually, or more than 400,000 ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Time to buckle up, if you drive a pickup

Pickup truck drivers who think they don't have to wear seat belts due to a loophole in the law may find out the hard way the law has been changed. The exemption from buckling up only applies to farmers, and then only if they are participating in a farming activity.
Since early June, a loophole in the law that exempted pickup truck drivers from having to wear seat belts has been closed. Gov. Sonny Perdue signed changes to the seat belt law, and now only farmers in the act of performing farm-related duties are exempt.
If a farmer is ...

June 28, 2010 | Holli Deal Bragg | Local

Coastal Ark to hit beach for Beach Week

BRUNSWICK-With summer in full swing, Georgia beaches from Savannah to the Golden Isles are top destinations for visitors and residents. Jekyll, St. Simons and Tybee Island beach-goers have the opportunity to learn more about the natural wonders of the beach as Georgia's Coastal Ark visits these three popular beach destinations for the 5th Annual "Beach Week," which began Monday.
Staff from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources/Coastal Resources Division (CRD) and other coastal organizations will be available during the week at beach locations on Jekyll, St. Simons and Tybee to answer questions and talk with beach goers ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

GSU Continuing Ed course to help HR pros prep for exam

Human resource personnel and other managers are invited to attend the Certificate in Professional HR Management, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System course on Mondays this fall.
The 12-week class will meet weekly from 6-9 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the first class session will be held on a Tuesday.
Georgia Southern University's Continuing Education Center offers the course in cooperation with SHRM. HR personnel with two or more years of exempt-level experience use the course to prepare for two national certification exams - the Professional in ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Soil and Water Commission announces pond program

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Georgia Congressional Delegation recently announced a $2.42 million appropriation to help South Georgia farmers conserve irrigation water this year. This legislation provides federal funds and technical assistance to enable farmers to construct irrigation reservoirs or improve existing reservoirs on agricultural property. This funding will also greatly improve the efficiency of irrigation systems in the region.
Landowners who need supplemental irrigation are encouraged to apply for the program. Applications will be accepted July 1-30 from eligible Georgia landowners south of a line extending from Chattahoochee, Crawford, Wilkinson, Washington, Glascock, and Burke counties. The Georgia Soil and ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

EPA grant will repower GPA cranes

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) has been awarded a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant in conjunction with the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. The $2.72 million award will repower GPA-owned equipment with higher tier engines that reduce air emissions.
"When we officially adopted the Environmental Policy last year, the GPA made a commitment to do everything it could to conduct port operations in an environmentally sensitive and responsible manner," said GPA Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. "I'm very pleased the new engines will increase fuel efficiency by burning cleaner, emitting less pollution ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Poitevint takes helm of GPA board of directors

SAVANNAH-The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) today elected Alec L. Poitevint II of Bainbridge to serve as chairman of the Board.
Poitevint was first appointed to the Board of Directors in July 2007 by Gov. Sonny Perdue and previously served as vice chairman. He is the chairman and president of Southeastern Minerals, Inc. and its affiliated companies headquartered in Bainbridge. Poitevint will follow Stephen S. Green, who has served as GPA's Chairman of the Board for the past three years. "I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of Georgia," Poitevint ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Container traffic booming at Georgia Ports Authority

SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority's (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Monday that the GPA experienced 25.3-percent container growth in May and has recorded six consecutive months of double-digit growth.
"May was the sixth busiest month ever recorded for container throughput and continued the string of double-digit growth experienced since last December," Foltz said. "The growth experienced in the second half of this fiscal year continues to signal improved economic recovery, retail inventory re-stocking and ongoing strength in U.S. products overseas with significant export increases."
Overall tonnage for May 2010 reported gains of 12.4 percent, which ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Insurance commish calls for caution with fireworks

ATLANTA-While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine is urging citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries and fires when using fireworks during the 4th of July holiday.
"Fireworks should only be used with close adult supervision," Oxendine said. "Sparklers can burn at temperatures as high as 1800 degrees, and must be used properly."
The commissioner said with cities and counties cutting back because of the recession, there may be fewer public displays to attend this year.
"I hope Georgians aren't tempted to bring illegal fireworks into ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Lee chosen as YMCA finance chairman

Michael Lee has been selected as the finance chairman for the State YMCA of Georgia in Effingham County for 2010. The finance drive is currently under way to support the State YMCA program in middle and high schools through Hi-Y, Tri-Hi-Y and Co-ed "Y" clubs.
"Y" clubs are leadership development, service-oriented, faith-based school clubs for sixth-12th grade students statewide. These "Y" Club members learn by doing. They conduct monthly school and community service projects and participate in a variety of conferences geared toward government education and Christian character.
In Effingham County, the "Y" Club can be found at South Effingham ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Christensen to attend West Point seminar

Micah Christensen of Guyton, a junior at South Effingham High School, was selected to be among 1,100 attendees at West Point's prestigious Summer Leaders Seminar.
More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLS, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point, the
"Best College in the Country," according to Forbes Magazine. SLS attendees live in the cadet barracks, eat in the Cadet Mess and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process while giving them an idea of the ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Rincon Junior Boys take 3rd

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Sports

Drama queens and kings

June 28, 2010 | Calli Arnold | Lifestyle

Be aware, not afraid, of snakes

FORSYTH-As temperatures soar, don't be surprised if you see more late-afternoon activity on your sidewalks and driveways, particularly activity of the slithering variety. Not to worry, though: Snakes can be a homeowner's best friends, as long as you remember a few important tips.
First, snakes are best left alone. Most snakebites occur when a person tries to handle or corner a snake, prompting the animal to defend itself.
Second, of the 41 native snake species known in Georgia, only six are venomous. Although telling some species apart can be difficult, becoming familiar with the colors and patterns ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

DNR urges safety on the water for the holiday

SOCIAL CIRCLE-As expected, the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend is sure to be a busy one on Georgia's lakes and waterways, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division. Conservation Rangers with the Department will do their best to ensure the safety of everyone on the water and boaters are strongly encouraged to remain alert and aware at all times.
So far this year in Georgia, there have been 57 boating incidents resulting in 27 injuries and 10 boating incident-related fatalities.
Additionally, there have been 22 drownings on public waters.
Conservation Rangers have issued ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

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