#Editorial: Address Food Insecurity in 2020

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – And just like that, the Christmas celebrations are over…and it’s back to reality.One of the realities facing our community is hunger among many poorer families. A most wrenching scene witnessed during the recent Christmas/holiday shopping spree was that of a young mother with two young children begging at a major Southwest Miami shopping mall. They were not begging for a chance to visit Santa Claus at the mall, rather, they were seeking money to buy food. Happily, many shoppers extended assistance to the family, but this shouldn’t be happening in America. No one should be allowed to go hungry.But, unfortunately, food insecurity is a major problem in this country. Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that in 2018, 11.1 percent of American households were food insecure sometime during that year. The majority of these households, unfortunately, included at least one child. Although food insecurity was significantly down from the peak of 14.9 percent in 2011, it still means some 36 million Americans are in real risk of inadequately feeding themselves.Among the 36 million Americans threatened by food insecurity, 12.9 million are children, and over 5 million are seniors over age 50.There are numerous reasons why Americans experience food insecurity—the main one being inadequate income to meet household expenses.When the level of food insecurity peaked in 2011, during the Great Recession, the Obama administration responded by increasing funding so more Americans could qualify for food assistance (mostly through food stamps) under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).Since then, SNAP has helped millions of Americans with the sources to purchase nutritious food for children, pregnant women and families in general. Because the criteria to receive this assistance is tied to the stated federal poverty rate, it’s estimated some 27 percent of Americans although not earning sufficient income to be food secure, still earned too much to qualify for assistance under SNAP.But, under a new rule expected to be implemented by the Trump administration in April this year, some 700,000 current SNAP recipients including some 55,000 in South Florida could lose this vital benefit, further increasing their risk of going hungry.The new rule will require SNAP recipients age 18 to 49 without children to work at least 20 hours a week or lose their benefits. The administration says the change is intended to encourage those receiving SNAP to get jobs. But, this rule will aggravate the possibility for hunger among low-income individuals who can’t find steady weekly employment, even on a part-time basis. Of the nearly five million people receiving food stamps in 2018, about 75 percent had no jobs, according to the USDA. Some of these people cannot work because of disabilities or having to stay home as caregivers to infants or ailing family members.Existing SNAP regulations already limit adults to three months of benefits in a three-year period unless they meet the 20 hours per week requirement. However, many states like Florida currently waive that requirement in high unemployment areas. The pending change would make these waivers harder to obtain.While the Trump administration estimates to save some five billion dollars by cutting the SNAP benefits, it is difficult to accept a measure that has the potential for placing thousands of Americans in positions where they will be unable to feed themselves.The argument that America is on the cusp of economic prosperity, experiencing one of its lowest unemployment rates, is a myth to millions of Americans who are earning minimum wages, or unable to find work. Despite the hype over the monthly positive economic data, some 36 million Americans are still having serious problems feeding themselves and their families.Something is awfully wrong with this picture.If the nation is experiencing so much economic prosperity, why does the government need to cut back on a vital social assistance program like SNAP? Why isn’t the government taking steps to raise the $5 million it estimates to save by cutting SNAP benefits, from wealthy Americans and corporations.Strong opposition is building to the proposed changes in SNAP, especially among Democratic congressional representatives in states with high percentage of people experiencing food insecurity. It is likely these representatives will collaborate in filing a legal challenge to stay the changes.The community is urged to support their congressional representatives to take every practical measure to prevent the changes to the SNAP program.It is unacceptable to accept any South Florida, or American, resident going hungry during a time of economic prosperity when the federal government should be able to find the resources to maintain the program as it is.last_img read more

NFL news and notes: Tyreek Hill has injury scare; QB competitions heating up

first_imgAs training camp gets more competitive, so does vying for positions, and some players are getting a jump on their season by bringing their best moves early on.But with that comes the risk of injury, something no team wants to experience before the first game of the year when their hopes are still high. . @ochocinco isn’t asking for much 🤣 pic.twitter.com/7Uqq2Rhzne— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 30, 2019 A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver (ankle) has ‘minor procedure’ Ezekiel Elliott contract rumors: Negotiations progressing, Cowboys could make him highest-paid RB Three things that matterIs the Fitzmagic back?The quarterback competition is heating up in Miami, and Ryan Fitzpatrick appears to be honing in on the starting role as Dolphins coach Brian Flores noted the veteran has the edge over second-year signal-caller Josh Rosen. “From a quarterback standpoint, it’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way,” Flores said Tuesday,  via the Miami Herald . “He’s been more productive. At the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to.” Related News Fitzpatrick had a hot streak with the Buccaneers last season as he filled in admirably for the suspended Jameis Winston, finishing with 2,366 passing yards for 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in seven starts, and apparently he still has plenty of gas left in the tank.Andrew Luck dealing with calf strainGiven his injury history, it’s somewhat concerning the Colts quarterback experienced no improvement “pain-wise” with his calf injury suffered this spring.”I did a disservice to myself by saying I’d be ready,” Luck said Tuesday,  per CBS Sports . “Its a calf strain. I say lower leg because I feel pain at my ankle.”Nonetheless, Colts coach Frank Reich is optimistic Luck would be available if the team had a regular-season game Sunday. But that doesn’t mean the team won’t continue to exercise caution with his health. Reich added Luck will likely miss the next two practices and sit out the Colts’ preseason opener against the Bills, though he reiterated the plan was to sit him anyway.Eli Manning appears to be Giants’ manIt was unlikely that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones would start over the experiened veteran, but Giants coach Pat Shurmur clarified the sixth-overall draft pick hasn’t taken a snap with the first-team offense yet. However, Shurmur preached patience as he hinted Jones would get his reps in eventually.”We have a plan for how this is all going to play out,” Shurmur said. “Just let it unfold for you.”Despite his inconsistencies in 2018 as the Giants finished 5-11, it appears the Giants are willing to give Manning one more chance before moving on from the 38-year-old. Two things that don’t matter Julio Jones won’t play preseason games The Falcons wide receiver is entering his ninth season in the league, so he doesn’t feel the need to risk injury by playing in preseason games that don’t count. “I’m not playing preseason. I’m a veteran, I’ve been doing this. I don’t need preseason to get ready,” Jones told reporters Tuesday. The holdout isn’t surprising for Jones considering he didn’t play in any preseason games last year and appeared in just one the previous season. Tyreek Hill suffered bruised quad The Chiefs wide receiver limped off the field at practice Tuesday and was taken away by a cart after he was hit by cornerback Bashaud Breeland, though it was later reported he suffered a quad bruise and seems to have avoided serious injury. Tyreek Hill limps to the sideline and is carted off the field. Assuming he is done for the day. #chiefs #trainingcamp @SJNPSports @newspressnow pic.twitter.com/qqNl1210gG— Zach Fisher (@NPNowFisher) July 30, 2019 It’s unclear if Hill will be sidelined this week or beyond, but considering the Bengals recently lost star A.J. Green for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, it’s safe to assume the Chiefs will be careful. One video you have to see In honor of launching his new documentary series called “Peyton’s Places” on ESPN+, former quarterback Peyton Manning lobbed a football to Cris Carter … from the top of a building in New York City. Peyton Manning launched a football-themed documentary series on ESPN+ Stream now here: https://t.co/AC0xTHzfXv pic.twitter.com/L6hMuy2Skk— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2019 Tuesday tweet of the day Chad Johnson, who last played with the Patriots in 2011, wants teams experiencing injury troubles to know his services are available.  Redskins to sign Donald Penn amid Trent Williams’ holdout, report sayslast_img read more

Odegaard, star numbers

first_imgMartin Odegaard (21 years old) is one of the revelations of this League. It is because of the feelings he has been leaving on the field in his performances with the Royal Society, where it is assigned by Madrid; but also by numbers. The data indicate that he is, along with Messi and Luis Suarez, the most influential footballer in the League: he has participated in 24 plays that ended in a goal so far in the League, according to InStat data. He is tied with the two Barcelona players, although it is more decisive for his team, in relative terms. The 24 goals of the Real in which he has participated represent 65% of the total, while in the case of Messi and Suárez are 46% of those that Barcelona has materialized. Although it is the least frequent: it participates in goal plays 1.2 times per game; Messi, 1.4; and Suarez, 1.6. In addition, Odegaard is presented as a decisive player when it comes to getting the ball to the final meters of the field. He is the player of the championship that has sent the most shipments to the area, 189, of which 106 reached his recipient successfully, a success rate of 56%. Among the ten players who pass the most to the area, only in LaLiga, Trippier and Parejo (55% each, although with fewer shipments) approach the effectiveness of the Norwegian. It easily surpasses others like Messi (45%) or Navas (46%). Today he will have in front of the player with the best percentage of the 20 that have sent more shipments to the area: Kroos, with 59%, although with an amount significantly less than that of the Norwegian (121 in total, 71 good).center_img Another of the sections in which it stands out is in the finalization passes. This is told by InStat in two cases: a pass to the teammate in a goal position or a pass that exceeds a rival defensive line of three or more players. Odegaard has achieved it on 90 occasions, only surpassed by Messi (143) and with much advantage over the third, Jesús Navas (65). The first Real Madrid player in this regard is Benzema, with 47.As for goals and assists, the Norwegian also has an outstanding contribution: he has four goals and five assists. In this section of goal passes you can also see the first places: it is eighth, three of the leader (Messi).Such is its performance this course that InStat places as the best offensive midfielder so far this year (valued with a score index that the statistics company obtains studying minutes played, goals, assists, passes, fouls, disputes, dribbles …) Odegaard gets 309 points, being the only one that exceeds the 300 barrier. In the Top-10 there are three players with whom the faces will be seen today: Kroos (2nd, 299 points), Modric (8th, 289) and Fede Valverde (9th, 287). The next course, the four could be white.last_img read more

Real Madrid aims for an Exit Operation of € 121M

first_imgFor the second consecutive summer, in the offices of Real Madrid he will send the “let them out before entering.” In the current Zidane squad there are no free chips, all 25 are occupied, and to them we must add those of the 11 on loan. You can also discount that of Areola, who has a hard time following, despite that being his wish, in 2020-21. Nor is it decisive: the case is that for reasons of space and money, to sign you first have to sell, being able to be around, according to the values ​​of the specialized Transfermarkt, the 121 million collected. eleven Also according to the appraisals of Transfermarkt, the club could get about 121 million euros in sales: 32 for Bale, as many for James, 16 for Lucas, the same as for Odriozola, 13 for Mariano and 12 for Nacho. In addition, these marches would make room for arrivals without jeopardizing the salary limit: around 75 million euros would be released … AS has said that the idea of ​​Madrid is to give between four or five casualties, without counting on loan. They will be in the Bale market (you don’t want to go), James (Mendes listens to offers for him), Lucas Vázquez, Mariano (will not facilitate your goodbye) and possibly Odriozola (Achraf is expected to give his go-ahead soon) and Nacho. With the latter, a club man of those who no longer abound, it is intended to decide together. This course he had been playing less (641 minutes, with injuries; the 22nd of the team) and the incorporation of a central defender is sought to ensure relief, with Dayot Upamecano (21 years) among the favorites. A breather for the wage billAs the coronavirus has shaken the established order in soccer as it was known, it is difficult, also for the actors of this game, to predict how the next transfer window will work. Even the dates are not fully established. Transfermarkt, In its recent update, on April 8, it has already shown a great decrease in the figures: Madrid has devalued 191.5 million, 17.73%, due to the pandemic.last_img read more