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Govt signals it will feed hungry kids

first_imgNZ Herald 6 Oct 2012Food programmes for hungry Kiwi schoolchildren may soon get a boost from the Government to top off an overwhelming public response to recent media appeals.Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, who chairs a Cabinet committee on poverty, has told the Weekend Herald society must accept an obligation to feed hungry children even if their parents lacked “a strong sense of responsibility”.He said he was “quite open” to considering a national food strategy for low-decile schools as proposed by an expert group appointed by Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills.“I wouldn’t rule it out. We need to address that directly in the context of the education budget,” he said.“There’s no doubt that there are kids in homes where there is not a strong sense of responsibility. It’s the obligation of the rest of us to do something about that.”Mr English said a recent survey found that only 3 to 4 per cent of children were missing out on breakfast.“I don’t think it’s correct that tens of thousands of kids are turning up without breakfast.“There is no doubt that when they do, they are not in great shape to learn. We are willing to grapple with that problem without setting out to undermine the efforts and the sense of responsibility that most parents have for their kids.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838730last_img read more

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NCAA denies USC’s appeal of penalties

first_imgFootball season might be months away, but USC is already eliminated from contention to play in any postseason bowl or the inaugural Pac-12 championship game after the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee upheld all penalties against the Trojans.“I am very disappointed, but I am not surprised,” USC athletic director Pat Haden said.The penalties against USC include a two-year postseason bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years. In the appeal, the Trojans requested that the penalties be reduced to a one-year postseason bowl ban, and the forfeiture of 15 scholarships over three years.Daily Trojan file photoThe Trojans will serve the second year of the two-year postseason bowl ban during the 2011 football season.“I feel badly for our seniors who had two years of [postseason bowl bans], even though they had nothing to do with what went on,” Haden said.Haden stated that USC would accept the penalties, and not sue the NCAA.“We have decided to move on and make the most of our situation,” Haden said. “We disagree with the findings, but I do think that the [NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee] itself is fair-minded.”Haden made it clear the university takes responsibility for the infractions committed by the football program.“We have to look at ourselves in the mirror here,” Haden said. “We could have, and should have, done things better. We had a player [former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush] who knowingly did things wrong. We are not innocent here. We deserve some penalties, but it is the severity of the penalties that we think are unfair.”Haden expects that the 2004 BCS National Championship will be stripped, but that the Trojans will remain AP national champions for that year.Moving forward, Haden vowed to improve communication and relationship between the university and the NCAA.The Trojans held a brief team meeting Thursday morning, with USC coach Lane Kiffin telling his players to be smart with their social media reactions to the decision of the NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee.“We do not agree [with the findings], but we will deal with what we are dealt and move on,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley said.Barkley was confident that the team, which went 8-5 last season, would improve.“Ultimately, there have been a lot of changes that have been made from last year’s team to now in regards to the attitude that the majority of the guys have,” Barkley said. “I definitely think it will turn out better than it did last year.”last_img read more

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This Syracuse softball player is an Olympic hopeful for Team Mexico

first_imgOne day last year, Lailoni Mayfield walked into a Walmart near campus. She asked an employee where the chips were located in the store. “They told me to check the international food aisle,” Mayfield said. “That just really caught me off guard.”The subtle discriminatory comment struck Mayfield. Growing up in Cerritos, California, near Los Angeles, she said she was exposed to multiple cultures. Mayfield said that when she travels, she feels unwelcome only occasionally. Mayfield, a sophomore in Syracuse University’s College of Arts & Sciences, moved across the country last fall to start college. She was homesick. She missed her family and the place where she grew up. Returning home during winter break rejuvenated her, she said. Mayfield started in 31 of the 37 games she played in as a freshman on the SU softball team. In July, the sophomore tried out for the Mexican National Team. There were 80 high school and college players there for only a few spots. At the end of the eight-hour tryout, Mayfield was the only one selected for the team. She spent a week representing her country. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I played for Team Mexico, we were looked at as the team that didn’t have a lot of money.” Mayfield said. “Yes, we don’t have a lot of money. But it was the first time I got looked at as, you know, less in a way.”Mayfield’s Mexican roots can be traced back to her mother, Miriam, and her grandparents. Her mother was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, a six-hour drive from Mexico City. Miriam migrated with her parents to the United States when she was 18 months old. Mayfield said the transition to the U.S. from Mexico proved so difficult for her grandparents that it resulted in a divorce. In September 1999, two decades later, Mayfield was born. Miriam was 21 years old. “For me, it’s immense pride when I think that I could have become a statistic,” Miriam said. “I wasn’t married with her dad. She’s doing 10,000 times better than I was.”Mayfield is a first-generation college student. When she played on the Mexican National Team, her mother said, that symbolized her growing connection to her Mexican roots. Mayfield said she wants to grow closer to her heritage, and playing for Team Mexico next summer will help her achieve that goal. She said she wants to play in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.“To wear that Mexican jersey is such a moment of pride for me and my family,” Miriam said. “She is an American-born athlete who still recognizes that she is Mexican. That’s a wonderful thing.”Mayfield is part Mexican and Filipino. She does not speak fluent Spanish — she spoke English throughout her formative years. Spanish was her first language because it’s how she communicated with her Mexican grandparents, who spoke Spanish with her. Now, she’s almost two and a half semesters through her college career at SU. She knows there “aren’t a lot of Mexicans here at all.”“It would be nice if Syracuse recruited more Mexicans to the school,” Mayfield said.Dr. Richard E. Lapchick, president of The Institute for Sport and Social Justice, said there is a “very small percentage” of college athletes, coaches, administrators and athletic directors who are Latino. “There’s not much of an expectation to have a large percentage of Latinos in Division I,” Lapchick said.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorEarly this year, his Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport released the 2017 College Sport Racial and Gender Report Card. Of the total male student-athlete population across Divisions I, II and III in the 2016-17 academic year, Latinos represented 5.7 percent. Of the total female student-athletes across all divisions, Latinas represented 5.2 percent. “Whenever a coach of color is hired, any student athlete of color will feel the process of inclusion is opening,” he said. “There has to be a diverse pool of candidates mandated by the NCAA or the university itself to better foster inclusivity in college athletics.” To continually embrace her heritage, Mayfield said she puts her family and Christianity at the forefront. Every night, she talks with her mother over FaceTime. She helps her younger brother, Nathan, on his homework and baseball swing. She attends North Central Church on Buckley Road in Syracuse. She has the app, “Sprinkle of Jesus,” with the long-term vision that she can “use religion to positively impact the world.”Moving forward, Mayfield said she plans to get dual citizenship — the U.S. and Mexico — so that she can travel to compete for Team Mexico. “I pray for her every night,” Miriam said. “When we FaceTime at the end of the day, we focus on the positive thing that happened that day. I tell her to think back to her 9-year-old-self and what she was dreaming about then. She’s living it now.” Comments Published on September 20, 2018 at 12:45 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Huddersfield get Premier League promotion payday

first_imgHuddersfield are celebrating promotion to the Premier League after beating Reading in the Championship playoff final.Promotion is reported to be worth up to €200m to the club.They needed penalties at Wembley – winning 4-3 in the shootout after the match finished goalless. Huddersfield is manager David Wagner’s first senior job, but he says his lack of experience didn’t show this season.last_img

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Official Ghana XI vs Tunisia: Afriyie Acquah starts, Kasim Nuhu returns

first_imgGhana head coach, Kwesi Appiah, has named Afriyie Acquah in the team to face Tunisia in the AFCON Round of 16 clash on Monday evening.The Empoli midfielder came off the bench to put in a creditable performance in Ghana’s 2-0 win against Guinea Bissau in Suez.Ghana will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Acquah expected to form a double pivot midfield with Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey just in front of them.Captain Andre Ayew is expected to take the place of Kwabena Owusu on the left flank.Kasim Nuhu, who is returning from suspension, will start at center back alongside John Boye.Ghana XI vs TunisiaRichard OforiAndy YiadomBaba RahmanJohn BoyeKasim NuhuMubarak WakasoAfriyie AfriyieSamuel OwusuThomas ParteyAndre AyewJordan AyewKick off is at 9pm local time, 7pm in Ghana and will be live on Citi TV.last_img read more