Long Island Nurse Launches Project to Help Feed Haitian Orphans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nurse at Syosset Hospital is asking online donors to help her make a difference in the lives of Haitian children by providing them the nutritional staples that they are lacking.Nina Ng, the hospital’s assistant director of nursing, was inspired to take up the cause after she visited Mounia’s Orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, where she noticed the lack of nutritional diversity in the children’s meals during a medical mission trip in 2012. In an effort to introduce a wider range of nutrients that extends beyond the typical rice and pasta-based carbohydrates that make up an average orphan’s food, Ng set up a fundraiser to fund the shipment of more nutritious food.“The fact that they lack certain nutrition stunts their growth, so what we are trying to provide for them is a more steady influx of fruits, vegetables and meats so that they can grow like healthy children,” Ng told CBS New York.To support the mission, she started a GoFundMe fundraiser, aptly titled Passion Project: Haiti, that has so far raised $1,500 of its $8,000 goal. The project sends shipments food such as chicken, eggs mangos, watermelon, spinach and yucca to the 20 to 25 children of Mounia’s Orphanage. Sept. 13 marked the first delivery of $200 worth of food, which included four chickens, 30 eggs, 17 eggplants, 18 oranges, 12 pineapples, and three packs of vegetables, mangos, and cherries.More shipments are being planned. Donations can be made at gofundme.com/f/passionprojecthaitilast_img read more

Abolish teacher-name secrecy, MPs demand

first_imgNZ Herald 16 August 2013Teachers appearing before a disciplinary tribunal should be named, a parliamentary select committee has ruled.The Teachers Council’s practice of automatically suppressing the names of school staff complained about is not in accordance with the Education Act, the MPs panel said.Communities are not being told about teachers found guilty of physically or sexually abusing students – some of whom have been allowed to return to the classroom.The Teachers Council put a warning on its website last year saying it was illegal to publish details of complaints. The little-known rules have been in place since 2004.The Herald on Sunday and Wellington barrister Graeme Edgeler complained to Parliament’s regulations review committee that the rules were suddenly being enforced.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10913071last_img read more

TENNIS : Syracuse’s strong attention to fitness pays dividends in matches

first_img Comments Published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Luke Jensen places a premium on fitness.Though the Syracuse head coach ranks this year’s team as one of the most talented in school history, Jensen maintains a baseline of fitness aimed at strengthening his team mentally and physically. The team lifts, runs and practices in a way that many programs don’t. As a result, the Orange plays differently, too.In practice, the team is constantly in motion. Jensen’s players sprint to pick up balls and between drills, as well as when gathering to receive instruction. The routine saves time, but also intensifies practices.‘The approach is we want to make practice tougher than any match you’ll ever play,’ Jensen said.As dynamic as the Orange’s practices are, the team lifts for an hour every day before practice. Veronica Dyer, Syracuse’s director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports, has put an emphasis on strengthening the players’ physical core through plyometrics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJensen said the 360-degree mobility the sport requires makes the team’s explosive workouts a necessity. Though the core exercises keep his team moving, the daily lift sessions have had a physical makeover effect as well.‘We have freshmen that have never really lifted before that have really redefined their bodies,’ Jensen said.During his time as Syracuse’s head coach, Jensen has become more receptive to weightlifting. When Jensen first arrived with the Orange, he placed a greater singular emphasis on endurance. This year the lifting has been accentuated, and it is starting to pay off.‘They’re hitting so much bigger because of our emphasis on weights,’ Jensen said.To avoid a complete shock to the system, committed recruits receive a copy of the team’s fitness plan before joining their teammates in the fall. For sophomore Maddie Kobelt, the advanced training made a significant difference. An extra summer of training eased the transition into Jensen’s practices, Kobelt said.All players are required to pass a fitness test early in the season. The tests were conducted earlier in this season than last year, keeping the players on their toes, Kobelt said.Players must complete either a five-mile run in 40 minutes or complete eight miles in 24 minutes on a stationary bike.Once the tests are completed, players still regularly test themselves to maintain that endurance.‘We’ll do it on our own, our cardio every day as well, getting 40 minutes in of running or on the bike,’ Kobelt said.Though the Orange has yet to register a win this season, the off-the-court work has paid dividends in the past. Jensen especially notices the difference in his players at the Big East tournament.Jensen said the extra attention to fitness manifests itself in the Orange being able to keep up its energy level deep into matches.‘When you’re fit and you’re playing these matches and you look across the net at your opponent sitting down and gasping for air, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said. ‘…When you’re able to hit the ball harder than you’ve ever hit before, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said.Still, Jensen maintains that confidence is only a small part of a successful player.Though confidence gets players through difficult matches, in the final games of a deciding set, with both players worn down from the grueling four-hour affair that is the average college tennis match, advantages in tennis skill become minimized and the better athlete wins.‘You can have all the confidence in the world, but if you don’t have good physical fitness you’re going to get injured. You won’t be able to go the distance,’ Jensen said.The constant grinding on unrelenting concrete often takes a toll on players’ bodies.Yet for all the work Jensen and his staff do sculpting and protecting his players’ bodies, it is the binding of his athletes’ minds and bodies that Jensen expects to make his players better.‘When you’re physically fit and strong,’ Jensen said, ‘you’re going to be mentally fit and strong and handle anything that comes at you.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

March Madness 2019: Florida falls to Auburn after controversial no-call in SEC semis

first_imgAuburn took Florida down on Saturday to advance to the SEC championship game, but the finish wasn’t without its share of controversy.Florida, down 65-62 in the final seconds, had the ball in the game’s last possession. As Florida’s Andrew Nembhard advanced the ball up the court for a potential game-tying 3, he was fouled by a trio of Tigers both on the ground and while in the act of shooting. At the very least, he should have been allowed to go to the foul line to potentially tie the game. Unsurprisingly, social media was in an uproar about the finish. Bruce Pearl literally just said Nembhard got fouled in the post game interview on national TV. But the refs didn’t see it 😂— CONNER (@CJ_Clarke1) March 16, 2019What i would say to those refs of the Flor-Auburn game pic.twitter.com/14DFz7fMZN— Brahm (@B_Ham1) March 16, 2019The end of Florida/Auburn might have been the WORST NO CALL EVER. As in the history of no calls. As in ever. You get the pt.— keith sheSHEDSHERYL (@porkchopsuit) March 16, 2019Wow. Just watched #Auburn’s 3-on-1 Kung Fu assault on #Florida’s shooter as he attempted a last second shot. Can’t believe no foul called on that. And I’m not even a Florida fan. #SECMBB #aub— Danny Davis (@Pastor3D) March 16, 2019Nembhard has been clutch in the past for the Gators. He knocked down a 3 in the final second on Friday that lifted them past LSU — and maybe into the last four byes of the NCAA Tournament.Auburn will get the winner of Kentucky-Tennessee in the SEC championship game on Sunday. MORE: Top upsets in March Madness historyInstead, no foul was called, the shot was badly missed, and Auburn escaped with the win. It’s tough to defend the officiating on this one.somehow this was not called a foul pic.twitter.com/iVgmaDqorQ— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) March 16, 2019Auburn seemed to be attempting to intentionally foul up three points, a strategy that has gained more traction in recent years. Although the Tigers got away with it, the strategy would have backfired had a foul been called and Nembhard sunk all three free throws.last_img read more