A higher percentage of rural households use SNAP benefits to fill empty plates than in urban areas, according to a new analysis of SNAP data by the Center for Rural Affairs. (Image: Andrea Church/ morgufile.)INDIANAPOLIS – Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high.But a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America’s food supply is grown and raised.Jon Bailey, director of rural public policy program for the Center for Rural Affairs, authored the report, which examines the use of food stamps, now called SNAP benefits, from 2008 to 2012.“And what we found is that during that time period, more households in rural areas received SNAP benefits than did households in more urban – both metropolitan and small-city – areas,” he says.During the years reviewed, more than 14 percent of rural households received SNAP benefits, compared to slightly less than 11 percent of urban households.In Indiana, about 908,000 people are SNAP recipients, and the benefits average just over $130 per person, per month.Another key finding, says Bailey, is that rural areas and small cities have higher percentages of households with seniors and children receiving food support than in larger urban areas.“SNAP is providing a way for those people and those households to meet their food needs, which is important,” he points out, “because those two population groups are probably most at risk of hunger and food insecurity.”In rural areas, one in nine households has a SNAP recipient who is either under age 18, or an adult 60 years of age or older.Mary Kuhlman
It looked like Wisconsin men’s hockey team was heading in the right direction after winning its last two games, but against Michigan State Saturday night the Badgers seemed to make a detour.After defeating the Spartans the previous night, Wisconsin (4-20-4, 2-10-2-2 Big Ten) was no match for Michigan State (13-12-2, 7-5-2-2) the second time around at the Kohl Center as the Spartans put the Badgers’ two game winning streak to a halt with a 3-0 shutout.After the game, Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said Michigan State simply out-worked them, and seemed determined to avenge their Friday night defeat.“They battled more than we did,” Eaves said. “Give kudos to them, they came back with a fire in their belly.”Eaves was also unhappy with the way his skill players played in the series’ second tilt, saying he was disappointed with how they responded when put under pressure by Michigan State.The Badgers had no answer for Michigan State’s Ryan Keller in the first period. Eight minutes into the game, Keller put the Spartans up one with a rebound score. About five minutes later, Keller doubled down on his goal total by making a beautiful spin move right in front of the net, and then flicking a backhand shot with his back to the goal that snuck through Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel’s legs.Five minutes into the second the period, Wisconsin forward Joseph LaBate hit the crossbar. That was as close as the Badgers would come to getting on the board in the second 20 minutes. Despite having a couple power play opportunities, Wisconsin was unable to crack the Spartan defense, as the score remained 2-0 in MSU’s favor heading into the third period.Wisconsin got a pair of chances on the power play in the final period, with one almost immediately out of the gate to open the frame. But as was the case throughout the night, the Badgers failed to convert and came up empty-handed on all five opportunities.LaBate felt lack of execution in big situations was a central issue in Saturday night’s game, which was a contributing factor in the struggling power play.“We just weren’t able to capitalize on our chances we had,” LaBate said. “I don’t think we had the poise and confidence that we needed tonight.”After UW failed on its first man advantage of the third period, Michigan State’s Thomas Ebbing tacked on a third goal for the Spartans five minutes in that silenced the Kohl Center crowd and effectively put the game to rest.Wisconsin’s next chance to get back on track will come next week when they hit the road to take on Michigan in a two-game series.
This will be their first championship clash since 2005 and only their ninth in all, with Westmeath having won only once. Defending champions, Dublin take on Meath at 6:35pm.The Dubs are bidding to reach the decider for the 11th time in 12 seasons, having missed out in 2010 only when they lost to Meath in the semi-finals.Before that, 2015 runners-up, Westmeath face Kildare at 4:15pm.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James, speaking at NBA All-Star media day, said he wouldn’t be silent.“I will definitely not do that,” he said. “I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”Durant on Friday labeled Ingraham’s comments as “racist.”James didn’t go that far. He did seek to correct her commentary, pointing out that he didn’t leave high school early but graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. She said he departed high school early in order to jump to the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers.“You know, to be an African-American kid and to grow up in the inner-city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable and to make it to where I’ve made it today, I think I’ve defeated the odds,” James said. “I want every kid to know that. I want everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well. And what’s why I will not just shut up and dribble.” Oklahoma City forward Paul George defended James’ right to speak out.“We’re just part of what’s going on in this world, what’s going on in this society just as much as anybody else,” George said. “We’re fathers, we’re sons, we’re brothers, we’ve got family to look after and we’re connected just as deeply in this as anybody else is.“So, for someone to go out and say stick to dribbling a basketball, that’s pretty ignorant, that just goes to show you where we are at as a country right now.”James went on to thank Ingraham, even as he said he didn’t know her name.“The best thing she did is gone and help me create more awareness, so I appreciate her for even giving me even more awareness for me to sit up here on the greatest weekend of the NBA (season),” he said. “This is the best weekend in the NBA, where all the countries in the entire world come watch the greatest players in the world … and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble.“So, thank you, whatever her name is. I appreciate it. No one knows, and that’s perfect, because I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important and how I can help change kids, not only in America, but in Brazil, but in England and in Mexico and all over. So, thank you.” LOS ANGELES — Shut up and dribble?Nah, LeBron James said Saturday he has no intention of following the advice of a Fox News commentator. He said he would continue to address injustice whenever and wherever he saw it and to work to inspire young people in the United States and around the globe to live their dreams.“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said in his first extended public comments since Laura Ingraham said he and fellow NBA All-Star Kevin Durant should stick to sports and leave political commentary to others. “Shut up and dribble,” Ingraham said.She also said: “Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids. This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.”
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error FOUR: Who knows when the UCLA Bruins basketball team will play again, but the news couldn’t get any bigger off the court after Long Beach Poly’s Peyton Watson, a five-star recruit, committed to the Bruins on Monday. Reporter Adam Grosbard was on it, and explains what it means for the Bruins to land the top-rated recruit in the state of California, according to 247Sports.com The Morning Wrap shares the days top five stories from our reporters at the Southern California Newspaper Group … And have everything delivered to you in our daily newslettersONE: Columnist Mark Whicker writes the count is 0-2 after 13 Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 after Major League Baseball’s opening weekend. What does it mean and where do we go from here? THREE: Center Ivica Zubac finally joined the Clippers and admitted he had COVID-19, testing positive on July 4. And there’s a lot more from Clippers reporter Mirjam Swanson, who explains what Lou Williams’ teammates and others are saying after his trip to a Gentleman’s club landed him 10 days in quartertine when he returned, including a classic Twitter exchange from an NBA analyst and Williams. And also, find out how the Clippers performed in their final tune-up before Thursday’s opener against the Lakers. TWO: The Lakers are a few days from Thursday’s NBA restart against the Clippers, and Markief Morris’ arrival in the Orlando bubble to join the Lakers helped them in their final exhibition victory against the Washington Wizards. Kyle Goon is with the Lakers inside the bubble and has the lastest, including the impressive showings from Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. FIVE: Is the Dodgers’ return to Houston a feeling or revenge, or has too much happened since learning earlier this year that the Astros cheated while winning the 2017 World Series over the Dodgers. Players aired their grievances in February, but find out what reporter Bill Plunkett says they’re thinking as they get set to take on the Astros Tuesday night.
By flying into New Zealand from South Africa, as they will on Tuesday morning, then winning a playoff match, they will have ended a 12-game losing streak for teams in such situations, that stretches back almost 20 years.Travelling teams have struggled in the playoffs full stop, winning just 23 per cent of matches, but when they have to fly across the Indian Ocean, and then across the Tasman, that figure falls to 13 per cent.Across the years, 18 teams have found themselves in those circumstances, with 16 losing and just two winning – in games where they were at home against opponents who had made the same trip.First, in 1996, there were the Blues, who beat the Sharks in Durban in the final round of the regular season, then returned home to beat Northern Transvaal in the semifinals.And then in 1998, there were the Crusaders, who beat the Sharks in Durban to end the round robin, then again in Christchurch in the semifinals.Since then, 12 teams have faced the arduous journey – eight from South Africa, two from Australia, and two from New Zealand – and none have triumphed.Going the other way, from New Zealand to South Africa, teams have won four times out of 11, a tally the Hurricanes will be trying to add to when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time).Two of those wins came this year and last, when good Chiefs teams were forced to travel to play average Stormers teams, thanks to the convoluted conference format. The others came in 2011, when the Crusaders beat the Stormers, during their impressive run to the final in that earthquake-affected season; and in 1999, when the Highlanders beat the Stormers to set up the party at Tony Brown’s place, which they then lost to the Crusaders.The itinerary the Highlanders had then, from New Zealand to South Africa and back, is the hardest possible – at least until the Jaguares or the Sunwolves make the playoffs – and it’s one the Chiefs are familiar with, having done it last year, when they returned home victorious from Cape Town then lost meekly to the Hurricanes. Photo by: Getty Images (Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby).
NSW public school students from non-English speaking backgrounds perform as well or better in school-based assessments than students from English speaking backgrounds, NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli said this week.Mr Piccoli said nearly one quarter of a million of public school students in NSW come from homes where languages other than English are spoken. “Relative to public school students from English-speaking backgrounds, students from language backgrounds other than English have higher average numeracy scores across all four NAPLAN assessments – in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9,” he added.“Some of the strongest performing schools in the state also have high percentages of students from non-English speaking backgrounds. This is true of the state’s top high schools – including James Ruse and both North Sydney Boys and Girls schools.”Other public high schools with high numbers of students from non-English speaking backgrounds which are also achieving outstanding results include: Strathfield Girls, Homebush Boys, Macarthur Girls, and Canley Vale High.“Teaching is the single most important in-school influence on student performance. We want to attract the best people into teaching degrees and better support them once they enter the classroom. We have invested $155 million, much of which will support beginning teachers in NSW government schools,” said Mr Piccoli.“Two years ago, the government launched Local Schools, Local Decisions to give principals and their communities much greater local decision-making authority,” stated the minister, who went on to say that since then, schools across the state have invested in lifting the quality of teaching through direct professional development, reshaped their teaching workforce to suit local needs, provided additional literacy and numeracy support for students, and employed additional staff to focus on community and student engagement.He also stressed that all NSW public schools are now managing their own planned maintenance programs, make most purchases of up to $5000 without head office approval, and are choosing how to fill around 60 per cent of all vacancies. “NSW public schools are also now funded using a new Resource Allocation Model. This needs-based funding model has distributed $300 million across all public schools this year with targeted loadings for all indigenous students and to address socio-economic disadvantage,” Mr Piccoli concluded. For more information about the performance of students from non-English speaking backgrounds, please visit www.cese.nsw.gov.au/publications/cese-bulletins. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Only half of employers in Costa Rica expect improvements in revenue from their companies, according to the Index of Business Expectations released this week.The indicator measured by the Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Costa Rica shows how optimistic or pessimistic the country’s companies are for January-March this year.The final result was 53.1 points, indicating that “business optimism is at the lowest point of the past three years,” the institute’s analysis states.On average, 64 percent of employers expect to maintain their staff during the first quarter, while 23 percent said they may increase jobs. Twelve percent is considering layoffs for the next three months.The most positive sectors for employment are agriculture and construction, although 8 out of 10 employers in those sectors also said they don’t intend on investmenting, the study concluded. Facebook Comments No related posts.