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Combatting Rural Stress

first_imgThe challenges facing rural America today are diverse, and the answers to rural issues won’t come from a single expert or institution.That’s why the University of Georgia is convening its first forum on rural stress, bringing together experts from across the nation to unpack the underlying causes of the challenges facing rural Americans — economic stagnation, opioid dependence, population migration, increasing suicide rates — and help build an interdisciplinary framework for finding solutions.“Rural Stress: Promising Practices and Future Directions” will be held in Atlanta Dec. 10-11, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport. Interested stakeholders, local officials, business leaders and academic researchers studying rural issues are welcome to attend. Faculty of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the UGA School of Social Work are hosting the forum.The hope is to leverage the existing organizational and outreach structure of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System to find solutions.“The role of land-grant institutions has always been to connect the needs of people with the research-based resources that come from our universities,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of the CAES. “Since before the Great Depression and the farm crisis of the 1980s — when rural communities were in trouble — land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System have worked hand in hand with local officials and local families to improve the communities’ prospects. That’s what we’re doing here.”In order to develop collaborative solutions, experts in mental and physical public health, rural development, economic development, and substance abuse prevention from more than a dozen states will present and participate in roundtable discussions.“The stresses faced by rural communities are complex and multifaceted — financial strain, lack of access to health and behavioral healthcare, social isolation, the opioid epidemic,” said Anna Scheyett, dean and director of the UGA School of Social Work. “We need an interdisciplinary approach if we are going to provide them with the support they need to face these challenges. Having the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences come together with the School of Social Work and other social sciences, in the context of a land-grant university, to tackle these issues has the potential for meaningful impact in rural communities.”Each school or college involved in the forum has experience working in rural development, and that history will better enable them to make the connections that could lead to solutions.“Families are at the core of helping address the complexity of the stresses communities are facing,” said Linda Kirk Fox, dean of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The multidisciplinary approaches we apply in our Family and Consumer Sciences Extension program have been an integral part of Extension work at the local level for more than 100 years working with farm, rural and urban families.” To see the forum agenda, go to ruralstress.uga.edu/.last_img read more

Lampard happy to be playing regularly

first_img He added: “When you’re playing regularly and you do start playing well, scoring goals, whatever position you’re in, it’s enjoyable to keep playing and it helps. “You have to have an eye on the squad – it is a long season – so I’m not expecting, or asking, to play every single game. “(But) it seems to me recently I’ve been able to play every three or four days, I’ve enjoyed it.” Blues interim boss Rafael Benitez has options returning to his squad following injuries and suspensions, plus the African Nations Cup which Chelsea duo Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel won with Nigeria, but Lampard will surely continue to be a key player. Chelsea are entering a busy period, with the Europa League last-32 matches against Sparta Prague either side of a FA Cup fourth-round replay with Brentford and before a Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. Lampard said: “We’re fit enough (to play twice a week). We manage ourselves in training. “We need to enjoy it. At the minute the season hasn’t been successful. We should be challenging for titles rather than third or fourth, but we’re not. And we’ve not won some cups, we’ve been knocked out. We have to grab the fact that there’s a lot of games to play and we have to try to win something.” Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has attributed his rich vein of form to playing twice a week amid ongoing uncertainty over his future at Stamford Bridge. While speculation over a possible new contract rumbles on, the 34-year-old has enjoyed an impressive run in front of goal, including netting in each of his last four games. He struck his 27th goal in 94 England appearances last week with the winner against Brazil and also scored against Wigan on Saturday. “It’s not rocket science: the more you play you get sharper and you get match fit,” Lampard told Chelsea TV. “Since I’ve been able to play regularly I feel like I’ve got sharpness and the confidence. I’m 34, you still need confidence of playing regular games. It certainly helps me, to get flow in your game; you ask any player that, I’m not on my own there.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Alli hit by bottle as Spurs knock Arsenal out of League Cup

first_imgJust 17 days after Arsenal’s 4-2 Premier League win against Pochettino’s team, this was a welcome early Christmas present for Tottenham.– Thrilling Spurs –Against the run of play, Tottenham gave a thrilling glimpse of their class as they snatched the lead with a lethal counter-attack in the 21st minute.When Lucas Moura’s aerial challenge deflected the ball into Alli’s path, the Tottenham midfielder instinctively clipped a superb pass over the Arsenal defence.Son anticipated the delivery with a perfectly-timed run behind the flat-footed Nacho Monreal and kept his nerve to slot a fine finish past Petr Cech.Arsenal appealed in vain for a penalty when Lucas Moura nicked the ball away from Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he prepared to shoot.With Arsenal still protesting, Tottenham threatened to double their lead when Christian Eriksen broke away and teed up Moussa Sissoko, only for the midfielder to scuff a woeful shot high over the bar.Aaron Ramsey was inches away from equalising when he met Alex Iwobi’s cross with a volley that cannoned back off a post.Arsenal’s profligacy proved costly as Pochettino’s men turned up the heat after half-time.Pochettino went for the kill as he sent on Harry Kane for his first appearance in the tournament since 2015.It was an inspired move as Kane played a key role in Tottenham’s second goal in the 59th minute.When Cech miskicked a clearance straight to Kane, the Tottenham striker floated a superb pass to Alli, who beat the offside trap before clipping a majestic finish over the Arsenal keeper.In the other quarter-final, Eden Hazard came off the bench to score Chelsea’s 84th-minute winner in their 1-0 victory against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.Manchester City and third tier Burton advanced to the last four on Tuesday.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham marched into the League Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at bitter rivals Arsenal, but the north London derby was overshadowed as Dele Alli was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd.South Korea forward Son Heung-Min put Tottenham ahead in the first half of a fiery quarter-final clash.Alli increased Tottenham’s advantage after half-time as they won at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in 10 visits dating back to 2010.The England midfielder’s decisive contribution provoked a disgraceful reaction from an Arsenal fan, who threw a plastic bottle that cracked Alli on the back of the head in the 73rd minute.Alli rubbed his head but appeared unharmed as he responded by gesturing towards the Arsenal fans to indicate the scoreline.“It is what it is. It made the goal even sweeter, and the win,” Alli said with a smile.“We knew how important it was today, a big test. It was a strong performance in the end.”There also appeared to be other objects thrown by Arsenal supporters into the section occupied by Tottenham’s fans as the atmosphere turned toxic.The shocking incidents came after a Tottenham fan was banned for four years after being found guilty of throwing a banana skin at Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when the teams met in an acrimonious clash earlier this month.It continued a worrying trend of fan behaviour after the recent alleged racist abuse of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling by a Chelsea supporter.The unsavoury issues in the stands took the gloss off a mature Tottenham performance that underlined why Mauricio Pochettino has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed the sacked Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s next permanent manager.Pochettino has yet to win a major trophy in his four-year reign at Tottenham, or in his previous jobs at Espanyol and Southampton.But if the 46-year-old does take charge of United at the end of the season, once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finishes his spell as interim boss, he remains in with a chance of leaving with silverware back in the Tottenham trophy cabinet.Tottenham haven’t won a major prize since lifting the League Cup in 2008 and this will be their first semi-final appearance in the competition since they reached the final in 2015.last_img read more