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Marcus Rashford calls for government free school meals U-turn

Marcus Rashford calls for government free school meals U-turn

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Marcus Rashford has called on the government to reverse a decision not to provide free school meal vouchers during the summer, saying that "the system isn't built for families like mine to succeed".The Manchester United and England forward has raised about £20m to supply three million meals to vulnerable people while working with charity FareShare UK during the coronavirus lockdown.Campaigners have threatened to bring legal action against the government for not extending the food voucher scheme into the summer holidays. In
Later school openings allow teens to get needed sleep, study finds

Later school openings allow teens to get needed sleep, study finds

Health
April 27 (UPI) -- Schools may be closed across much of the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic but, when they re-open, a later start to the day could help students get the sleep they need to perform better, according to a new study. The analysis, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found that adolescents and teens at two high schools that delayed the school day by an hour had around 40 minutes more sleep per night and needed less extra sleep on the weekends compared to those at schools that opened earlier in the morning. "Most teens require a lot of extra sleep on weekends to payback the 'sleep debt' they run up during the school week," co-author Dr. Rachel Widome, an associate professor of epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota, told UPI. "In our st...
New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

Technology
A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restorationBy STACEY PLAISANCE Associated PressJanuary 6, 2020, 9:53 AM4 min readNEW ORLEANS -- A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students, including 14-year-old Mei Miller. She commutes 30 miles (50 kilometers) one-way from her home in Slidell, Louisiana, to attend New Harmony. Though just a freshman, Miller said, she already knows she would like to be an engineer working on renewable energy sources and coastal restoration. “I think that things like wind turbin
First female enlisted National Guard members graduate from Ranger School

First female enlisted National Guard members graduate from Ranger School

Business
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The notoriously demanding U.S. Army Ranger School graduated its first enlisted female National Guard soldiers, the Army announced. Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley of the South Carolina Army National Guard, and Sgt. Danielle Farber of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, completed their training at the U.S. Army Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Ga., on Friday. "My mindset going into this was to leave 100 percent on the table and never have a regret or look back and say, 'I should have pushed harder or I should have done something different,'" said Smiley, who serves with the Army Training and Doctrine Command. "My mindset today is that I did just that. I gave 100 percent. I did everything that I could, and now here I am." Smiley first applied for her state's Ranger/Sapper assessm...
Study: One-quarter of high school students use e-cigarettes

Study: One-quarter of high school students use e-cigarettes

Health
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- More than one in four high school students and one in 10 middle schoolers in the United States are vaping, according to the findings of a new government-led survey published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Additionally, the results of a separate analysis, published simultaneously, confirm concerns that the appeal of so-called e-cigarettes is based on the sweet-tasting flavors available -- with preference for mango, mint and fruit flavors. Manufacturers of the popular brand Juul last month were forced to suspend sales of their fruit-flavored products in the United States, five weeks after the Trump administration proposed banning them, over concerns they effectively encourage teen use. "The whole e-cigarette field is quite controversial," Jessic...