Kaitaia rent to own scheme touted as solution to housing crisis

first_imgMs Tata-Te Hira, the single mother of six is one of 18 homeless families that have moved into the village and are on track to owning their own home. He Korowai Trust is taking state houses set for demolition and using them to house those in need. Hayleigh Tata-Te Hira lived in a car for four months before moving into the site in the Northland town. “It’s an opportunity for people to break free of the shackles of state housing dependence and hop onto home ownership,” said Ms Tata-Te Hira.center_img TVNZ One News 28 October 2019Family First Comment: This is a great scheme which gives families the benefits of home ownership. But here’s the best bit (and explains why these families will succeed).. “The community is drug and alcohol free and has social support services, including addiction support, childcare and a trade school.” Yes – drug free! Someone tell the Drug Foundation and Chloe that it works.A Kaitaia housing project that sees homeless families rent to own their own home is being touted as a solution the housing crisis. Ricky Houghton rescued the former state houses from Auckland that were set for demolition and brought them to Kaitaia to set up the community four years ago.The community is drug and alcohol free and has social support services, including addiction support, childcare and a trade school.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kaitaia-rent-own-scheme-touted-solution-housing-crisislast_img read more

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Guzman provides steady influence off bench for Syracuse in senior year

first_imgZoe Guzman never planned to play college volleyball.The senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico, played the sport in high school, but she didn’t think she was good enough to compete at the Division-I level. Guzman was accepted to Syracuse, and as her high school graduation approached, her mother encouraged her to send game footage to former head coach Jing Pu. Guzman sent the tapes and, to her surprise, Pu offered a tryout.Guzman thought she would get an answer after her first tryout, but the process was far from over.“They told me they’d like to invite me to keep trying out,” Guzman said. “I didn’t know what that meant.”The Syracuse coaching staff wanted to see Guzman play for an extended period of time before it made a decision. She practiced and worked out with the team for the entire fall semester, but she still wasn’t officially added to the roster. Guzman worked and persevered, and the tryout ended in the spring when she was told she made the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGuzman has been a solid contributor in her first three years with the Orange. Though she comes off the bench, the senior defensive specialist has provided consistent play in key moments this season. Syracuse will need her defensive presence when it takes on DePaul at 2 p.m. Saturday in Chicago.Guzman came to Syracuse from San Juan determined to work through the cultural gap in her new home. Guzman knew basic English, but she struggled to write essays or participate in class.“I would be in class and have no idea what they were talking about,” Guzman said. “I would have so much to say but I didn’t have the words to say it.”Guzman worked hard to teach herself the language. She watched movies like “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Wizard of Oz” in English with Spanish subtitles, matching sounds with meanings. Guzman said she watched the movies so many times that she knows almost all the lines.Eventually, she started grasping the language.Guzman has applied the work ethic she used to make the team and learn English in her freshman year to her role on the team this year.She came into the season as a starter, but sophomore Melina Violas overtook her for the starting job a few games into the season. She continued to work hard, though, and it shows when she gets the chance to play.In Wednesday night’s win against Niagara, the Orange struggled receiving serves and playing defense. The sloppy play caused head coach Leonid Yelin to bring Guzman into the game toward the end of four sets.Her steady, consistent play helped the Orange to a five-set victory.“We were struggling the back row,” Yelin said. “And we know we can put her in there for passing on the back row.”Violas said Guzman is a reliable teammate she can count on every game.“If I’m on the court and I’m not having my best game, I know she’s always there and she’s got my back,” Violas said.And Guzman is happy to step in and provide a spark for the team down the stretch.She said her role as a senior is to contribute any way she can, and she will continue to work hard so she’s ready to steady the Orange when it starts to struggle.“I won’t give up because it’s my senior year and I’m not starting,” Guzman said. “I’m going to keep working and practicing. I’ll just do what I can.” Comments Published on September 29, 2012 at 11:17 am Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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32-year-old Andre Ingram scores 19 points in NBA debut as Lakers lose home finale to Rockets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIngram was blown away by how genuine Paul, like everyone over the previous 24 hours, was in that moment.“It was really cool of him to do that,” Ingram said. “He actually reached out to do that, which was cool.”What was already a sentimental story took a turn to the surreal once Ingram checked in, and “M-V-P” chants soon followed.With his wife and two daughters in attendance at Staples Center, the most prolific shooter in G-League history proceeded to drain his first four shots from the field and finish with 19 points in an eventual 105-99 Lakers loss to the Houston Rockets.“I was just sitting back watching the game as a fan,” Lakers center Brook Lopez said. “I’m like, ‘Wow, this is the stuff dreams are made of.’” PreviousHouston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, below, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, gets a hug from forward Brandon Ingram after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram, right, passes the ball while under pressure from Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute, right, shoots as Lakers guard Adam Ingram defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, grabs a rebound away from Houston Rockets center Clint Capela during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram, right, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Tim Quarterman defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker, left, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Adam Ingram gestures after scoring during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, top, grabs a rebound away from Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram celebrates after making a 3-point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard James Harden gestures to a fan who was heckling him during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram, center, shoots as Houston Rockets forward Zhou Qi, left, of China, and guard Tim Quarterman watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram celebrates after making a 3-point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, left, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets center Clint Capela, left, of Switzerland, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, shoots as Houston Rockets guard Joe Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, right, shoots as Lakers guard Andre Ingram defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, left, shoots as Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard Gerald Green shoots during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso go after a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza, below, dunks as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, gets a hug from forward Brandon Ingram after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 22Lakers guard Andre Ingram, left, gets a hug from forward Brandon Ingram after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 105-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — As Chris Paul made his way to the scorers’ table to check in to Tuesday’s game with just under two minutes left in the first quarter, so too did Lakers guard Andre Ingram.Two 32-year-old guards playing in the NBA. Such different paths to that moment.Before the buzzer rang them into the game, Paul turned to Ingram, set to make his NBA debut after spending 10 years in the NBA’s development league, and told him he had heard about his story.“That grind is unbelievable,” Paul said. “I told him much respect. Ten years grinding in the G-League, and to finally get an opportunity and to play like that, that is pretty special.” The Lakers made headlines by signing Ingram to his first NBA contract with two games left in the regular season and injuries piling up.“I was clear about the fact that this wasn’t just doing the nice thing,” Walton said. “We were bringing him up because we thought he could help us when we have bodies down, and he can shoot the ball. It was for us just as much as it was for him, and I think tonight he showed the basketball world what kind of shooter he is. … For being in the bright lights, he was pretty good tonight and it was a lot of fun to watch.”The loss in Game No. 81 capped the Lakers’ home slate. They finished 20-21 at home.Josh Hart led the Lakers with 20 points, while the Rockets starting backcourt of Paul and James Harden combined for 43 points.The story of the night, however, was Ingram. And not the one Lakers fans are accustomed to.With 384 games in the G-League under his belt, Ingram had made a development league record 713 3-pointers.When his first opportunity to shoot the ball in the NBA came, two minutes into the second quarter, he rose up from 27-feet and shot. His 3-pointer was perfect.As usual.A minute later, he connected again. By halftime, the rookie with salt and pepper hair who doesn’t even have an agent, was the Lakers’ leading scorer with 11 points.“Everyone was like, ‘Man, when you get it just let it go,’” Ingram said, smiling widely. “Everyone was like that. All the players, all the coaches. It was crazy to see that first one go in, I felt great.”Ingram stayed perfect from the field well into the second half. His third 3-pointer came with 2:14 left in the third, and pushed the Lakers ahead 75-73.He didn’t miss until 5:02 remained in the game and finished the night 6 for 8 from the field and with four of his five 3-point attempts splashing through the net.“Obviously we know he can shoot,” Walton said. “But there’s a fine line between being aggressive and taking bad shots. I don’t think he took a single bad shot all night. I thought we could do a better job of getting him the ball more.”They can try again Wednesday.The Lakers will almost certainly be just as short-handed in the season finale against the Clippers as they have been for the final weeks of their season.Brandon Ingram remained in the NBA’s concussion protocol on Tuesday, while Lonzo Ball (left knee contusion) and Kyle Kuzma (sprained left ankle) were also sidelined. The Lakers have been coy about admitting whether those players’ seasons are over, but it’s safe to say they are.“It’s not looking good that they’ll play,” Walton said, adding, “most likely we won’t see them again this season.”Andre Ingram, however, will be out there. No doubt, he will be smiling, and his teammates will be imploring him to shoot.“Hopefully our team and some other people that were watching tonight, watching his story were inspired by him,” Walton said. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error –last_img read more

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Australian Spoons triumph for Northern pair

first_img Golfing partners Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb scored a success for the North when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons competition at Wilmslow, Cheshire.The pair, from Rudding Park Golf Club in Yorkshire, beat partnerships representing the other five England Golf regions. They scored 32 points to take the honours in the stableford foursomes competition for players with handicaps of 15 and over.It’s their biggest golfing success and Jean, who plays off 18, described it as “exciting.” Sandra, a 15-handicapper, added: “We really didn’t expect to win and when we realised that we had it was a bit overwhelming. We couldn’t take it in!“It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’d recommend anyone to take part in the Australian Spoons. We’ve been extremely well looked after.”The finalists are the overnight guests of England Golf and, after the competition, they had tea with past President Sue Johnson.The Rudding Park pair played to their handicaps on the front nine but found the last few holes of the inward half challenging. However their score was two points ahead of their closest challengers.Sandra took up golf only in 2010, when she retired from the police force. “I’ve always been sports mad. When I gave up work a friend invited me to Rudding Park, just for a go, and I loved it so I joined,” she said. She was ladies’ captain last year. Jean has played for almost 10 years and together the pair have enjoyed local successes.The finalists were:Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb of Rudding Park, Yorkshire, representing the NorthKerry Variava and Joanne Smith of Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, representing  Midlands NorthElaine Osbourne and Tricia Ainsbury of Burstead, Essex, representing the EastJean Rockall and Jayne Begley of Saunton, Devon, representing the South WestLynn Lambert and Victoria Westgarth of Windlesham, Surrey, representing the SouthMary Evans and Bryony Travill of Brampton Heath, Northamptonshire, representing  Midlands SouthCaption: Sandra (left) and Jean (right) are pictured with England Golf past President Sue Johnson (image © Leaderboard Photography). 20 Sep 2013 Australian Spoons triumph for Northern pair last_img read more

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Steelers rookie RB Samuels morphs from project to starter

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels (38) is tackled by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jaylen Samuels spent the months leading up to the 2018 NFL draft answering one question over and over again.“People were like, ‘What position (are you) going to play?‘” the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie said. “And I just kept saying ‘I’m going to play running back.’”Not everyone believed him. The NFL included.The NFL was so skeptical of the former North Carolina State star’s potential out of the backfield he was told shortly before the scouting combine that he wouldn’t be working out with the running backs but the tight ends. Samuels shrugged his shoulders, figuring it was better to be at the combine — even if it wasn’t your preferred position — than stuck at home watching it on TV.Fast forward 10 months. They don’t ask Samuels where he fits anymore. Not after the 22-year-old lit up the New England Patriots for 142 yards rushing and 172 total yards in a victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday.Samuels carried the ball 19 times — more than he can remember at any level of football — and caught a pair of passes, including a leaping 20-yard, fourth-quarter grab that helped the Steelers run some clock before adding a late field goal that pushed the margin to seven points.There were the usual aches and pains on Monday, but nothing out of the ordinary after the heavy workload. Good thing, because Samuels figures to be just as busy when the Steelers (8-5-1) travel to New Orleans to face the NFC South champion Saints (12-2) on Sunday.Newly minted Pro Bowler James Conner is still dealing with a sprained left ankle that’s forced him to miss the past two weeks, meaning Pittsburgh’s running game will be in the hands of a fifth-round pick who has quickly morphed from project to capable starter.Samuels earned a spot out of training camp thanks to the way he embraced special teams and had found a small niche as a receiving threat — he’s N.C. State’s career leader in receptions (202), just ahead of former NFL wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Torry Holt — before Conner went down in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers. Samuels came in and caught a 10-yard touchdown pass on the next play.His first NFL start didn’t go quite as planned. He managed just 28 yards on 11 carries in a stunning loss to the Oakland Raiders. The problem wasn’t so much Oakland’s defense or the iffy turf so much as Samuels’ own jitters.“I felt like I wasn’t being patient enough, just being in a rush, hurry up and get to the hole and try to get there,” Samuels said. ”(Against the Patriots) I could definitely feel it all sorting out. The holes are just opening. I just felt smoother and it felt like it was more my game.”A game that not every college coach that recruited Samuels out of high school understood. UNC brought the Charlotte native in for a camp and had him practice with the linebackers.“I was like, ‘What am I doing? Why am I going backward’” Samuels said. “I need to be going forward with the ball.”N.C. State assistant coach Eddie Faulkner saw the potential and during the recruiting process pointed out all the varied ways the Wolfpack could use him. Samuels spent four record-breaking years doing a little bit of everything.Running back. Fullback. H-back. Tight end. Slot receiver. His polished route running was immediately apparent to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger when Pittsburgh used its second pick of the fifth round on Samuels.“He has really good hands, soft hands you can really throw it all over the place and he can make plays,” Roethlisberger said.“I think he showed that this week that we can put him out there and we can do some things with him and hopefully we are just scratching the surface.”While Steelers coach Mike Tomlin jokingly replied “who said I had confidence?” when asked what gave him faith Samuels could produce, he’s not particularly surprised by what he saw against the Patriots. The shakiness in Oakland was understandable. The bounce back versus New England was promising.“There are oftentimes when you walk into stadiums, particularly as a young guy, it is a first time for a lot of things,” Tomlin said. “And I am sure as he continues to step into stadiums with a significant role for us he’ll check some boxes and do some things he hasn’t done before, but that’s just a very natural thing in terms of a young player.”One who no longer has to deal with questions about where he fits.NOTES: Conner and LB Bud Dupree (knee) did not practice Wednesday. … S Terrell Edmunds (concussion) was limited. … DE Cam Heyward (knee) was a full participant. … Roethlisberger and C Maurkice Pouncey were given the day off.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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