If you’ve ever been to the Huddle during the weekday lunch rush, you’ve probably seen Helen Hiatt restocking napkins with a smile on her face. The 89-year-old Hiatt is considered the “mother of the Huddle” and is arguably the best-loved employee at the LaFortune Student Center’s grocery store. Hiatt has watched over the Huddle since 1967, working her way from the old cigarette counter to the cash register over the past 44 years, during which she became acquainted with many varsity football players, including former quarterbacks Joe Theismann and Joe Montana, as they frequented the Huddle after practice. “They’d come in and talk to me about their problems and different things, and they started calling me their second mother,” Hiatt said. “It continued on and I got to be ‘The Mother of the Huddle’ after so many years.” ND Minute recently caught up with Hiatt, who shared her experience working at the Huddle and explained why she still loves her job.
UEFA has announced it will increase the amount of funding it supplies towards women’s soccer in a bid to continue its rise in popularity.UEFA has committed to a 50 per cent increase in financial backing through its Women’s Football Development Programme (WFDP) – rising to a total of €150,000 (£131,000/$173,000) per year to each of its 55 member associations from 2020.The WFDP forms part of the UEFA HatTrick programme, which has been funded by revenues from European Championship competitions since 2004, allowing projects to be invested in from elite to grassroots levels of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! UEFA’s pledge comes in support of the #WhatIf campaign, an initiative launched five months ago by the organisation Women in Football, which strives to change attitudes towards women working in football.Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, said: “The potential for women’s football is limitless and it is with this in mind Uefa has taken the step to increase the funding available to the national associations to help improve the women’s game across the continent.”Head of Women’s Soccer at UEFA, Nadine Kessler, added: “The pace of this sport’s growth is impressive, and our increasing investments clearly show how dedicated we are to accelerating this pace. We are getting ready to take on the next challenges and reach new heights.”Women’s soccer’s popularity is on the rise, with UEFA’s 2017 European Championship tournament bringing in a worldwide audience of 178 million viewers, as well as record attendance figures of over 240,000.
Categories: News,Wentworth News 28Dec Rep. Wentworth: Michigan schools will become safer with new state laws A comprehensive plan to make Michigan schools safer has been signed into state law, including a measure from Rep. Jason Wentworth establishing a statewide commission to review and help upgrade building security.The bipartisan plan also enhances law enforcement training, establishes reporting procedures for incidents in schools, and makes the OK2SAY school safety program permanent.“This is an important day for Michigan – especially for our children,” said Wentworth, of Clare. “These reforms will establish a framework to help make every school in the state safer for students, teachers, and everyone else in our communities. Improving security is a continuous, ongoing evolution – and these changes are an important step forward.”Wentworth’s legislation creates a commission evolving from a gubernatorial task force charged with making school safety recommendations. Working with a new Office of School Safety, the commission will help develop a system to audit and improve safety procedures in Michigan schools. The Office of School Safety – which will be part of the Michigan State Police – will distribute grants to help schools make security improvements.Wentworth worked with local schools, law enforcement, and legislators from both major political parties to craft his plan.Other pieces of the overall plan include:Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.Establishing a liaison within each school district to report to and work with the state – a necessary step to make sure improved safety practices reach every corner of Michigan and that local perspectives are included in the process. Emergency operations plans will be adopted for each school building.Requiring schools to submit incident reports to Michigan State Police. The reports will provide state school safety officials with examples of how incidents were handled to develop best practices for other schools to follow.Requiring schools to consult with local law enforcement officials prior to major renovations or new construction projects, with the goal of including building safety features.Removing the elimination date for the OK2SAY program, which allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings. OK2SAY has handled more than 16,000 tips since its debut in 2014. The program is expanding and adding resources.The school safety package includes House Bills 5828-29 and 5850-52, along with Senate Bills 882, 982-83 and 990-91. Wentworth’s bill is House Bill 5828.
The number of French households with TVs declined in the year to June, while the number of homes receiving TV only via DTT or only IPTV fell slightly over the same period, according to a study for media regulator the CSA and other public bodies. According to the third household study of audiovisual equipment, 96.7% of French homes were equipped with at least one TV at the end of the first half, down 1.4% year-on-year. By comparison, computers were present in 80.3% of homes, while 59.3% of people aged 15 and over owned a smartphone. Tablets were present in 32% of homes.Digital-terrestrial TV remained the main way to receive TV, present in 59.1% of homes with at least one TV set. TV over ADSL came a close second, with 43.9% of homes receiving TV in this way. This compares with 24.7% of homes that take satellite TV and 8.4% that take cable.Just under three homes in 10 only take DTT, down four points on the previous six months, while only one home in five relies entirely on ADSL to receive TV, down one point.DTT HD receivers were present in 79.7% of homes, up very slightly.
Thomas DooleyViacom’s COO, Thomas Dooley, has been handed a new contract following the news the US media giant had created a new lead independent director role.Dooley, also Viacom’s senior executive VP, is now contracted with Viacom until December 31, 2018.His previous deal was due to finish at the end of the year, having been COO since 2010 and first joining Viacom in 1980.His appointment closely followed that off long-term Viacom board member and ex-Verizon chairman Frederic Salerno being appointed lead independent director, who will serve as a liaison between executive chairman, president and CEO Philippe Dauman and Viacom’s independent directors.Viacom said the move would “enhance” governance practices, though two key shareholder advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis, warned against Salerno’s re-election to the board this week.The appointment is a clear attempt to remove shareholder concerns about Dauman’s growing power after he was appointed executive chairman to succeed Sumner Redstone despite poor cable ratings and returns from the Paramount Pictures film studio arm.“Fred has been a strong leader as a member of our board and his judgment, broad perspective and experiencewill serve him and the board well as he undertakes his new role as lead independent director,” said Dauman.“I am committed to strong governance practices that are thoughtful, focused and proactive, particularly in this time of transition for the company.Dauman has tightened his grip on control despite a boardroom battle with Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, who has campaigned to remove him amid concerns about performance and remuneration.The board, which included Salerno, elected Dauman to the chairman role last month.Salerno is known as a long-term ally of Sumner Redstone, who controls Viacom through his shareholdings in National Amusements. Salerno was president of Nynex, a New York-based predecessor telco of Verizon’s, which helped Redstone gain control of Viacom in 1994.He is also a board member of Redstone’s other major media asset, US broadcaster CBS.Viacom’s share price was up very slightly after the appointments at US$41.48. This remains well short of the five-year high of US$88.36 on July 18, 2014.Viacom’s channes include Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr. and UK terrestrial Channel 5.