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‘Back to School’ costs a huge burden on parents

first_imgAS thousands of children prepare to return to school, or start for the first time, many parents are finding it difficult to cope with the financial burden placed on them.The Government’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance assists those below a certain income threshold; that is €563.60 per month for a couple with one child, and €410.10 for single parent families with one child, increasing by €29.80 for each additional child.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, many families earning just above the limit are finding the cost of simply sending their children to school to be financially crippling.One Limerick mother, whose daughter is a pupil at a county Limerick school, has already spent in excess of €350 on the required school uniform…and that’s only for starters.“We were told by the school that we can only purchase all parts of the uniform at a specific shop in Limerick,” she told the Limerick Post.“There are plenty of other places where we could have bought the skirts, shirts and jumpers cheaper, but they all have to be the exact same and have the school crests on them.“With a child entering secondary school for the first time they have enough challenges facing them trying to fit in, without standing out in the wrong uniform, so parents are under pressure to get all the right gear.“As well as the uniform, they are required to have a tracksuit with the crest on the jumper and bottoms. I could imagine the pressure on parents sending two of their children to school”.The tracksuit top and bottoms come in at €50 apiece, while the crested blazer costs €70 and the skirt another €70.   There is also a jacket, pullover, shirts, socks and shoes to purchase, and that’s before any school books are bought.Then there are the costs involved in booking a pupil on the school bus-if necessary- for a term.However, one parent of a primary school student is of the opinion that uniforms are a blessing.“I would go mad if I didn’t have a uniform for her and had to pick out what she was going to wear every morning.“There would also be a lot of competition to have the best brands among the children, as there always is.“I really like the crested jackets and uniforms.“They look really smart”.The mother of a senior infants pupil at a city school, has forked out €245 to send her daughter to school, but has no qualms in doing so.“I don’t mind; I want her to have the best of everything, and I always put her children’s allowance away for that purpose, so I’m not panicking when it comes to back to school time.“But I buy two pinafores, two cardigans and two shirts, because as a working mom, I wouldn’t have time to wash and iron them every day.“I only have the one child, so I can understand the pressure on parents of two, three or four children”. Email Advertisement NewsLocal News‘Back to School’ costs a huge burden on parentsBy admin – August 30, 2011 645 Twitter Linkedincenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleIn at the deep end – Cooking fish from Venice to TokyoNext articleWallace and Jones face lengthy lay offs admin Printlast_img read more

Yoplait Eliminates rBGH Milk from Products

first_img ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —SOURCE Health Care Without Harm Yoplait has announced to its hospital customers that it will stop using milk from cattle injected with the growth hormone rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone) to make its yogurt products, beginning in early August 2009. Yoplait is among the first major manufacturer to totally eliminate rBGH from their product line, a move widely seen as a response to demands by the health care sector and consumer groups to provide rBGH-free products.The health care system purchases approximately $12 billion worth of food and beverages annually. In their drive to serve safer, more sustainable foods, major health systems across the country are switching to rBGH-free (also called rBST) milk and milk products, due to the evidence showing the hormone’s adverse effects on animals and potential to harm human health. The use of rBGH in banned in Canada, the European Union, Australia and Japan.”This speaks to the collective buying power of hospitals to shift the marketplace,” said Jamie Harvie, Health Care Without Harm Food Coordinator. “Now we need Dannon and other milk and milk product producers to show the same leadership.””This is great news for the health of consumers, communities and the planet,” stated Pat Burdullis, R.D Administrator, Non Clinical Contracts, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) Supply Chain Management, one of the many hospitals across the country that have initiated steps to eliminate their use of dairy produced with rBGH. “To date we are approximately 90 percent rBGH-free in our liquid dairy.” CHW is the largest Catholic health system in the United States and was among many healthcare organizations that sent letters to their suppliers requesting products produced without rBGH.Upon receiving the news, Diane Imrie, Director of Nutrition Services, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont, stated, “This is a major act by Yoplait, one which we have asked for and totally support. It is a large step that will help hospitals reach their goal to provide safe, healthy foods to their patients, staff and visitors. I hope that other major brands, like Dannon, will follow their lead.”The American Nurses Association also supports the development of national and state laws, regulations and policies that specifically reduce the use of rBGH or rBST in milk and dairy production in the United States and has called on nurses and hospitals to purchase dairy produced without rBGH. In 2008 HCWH nurses work group developed a rBGH free toolkit and initiated a letter writing campaign demanding that Yoplait and Dannon change their practice.AdvertisementHCWH is an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on the rBGH and the role of healthcare see http://www.noharm.org/us/food/resources#rbgh(link is external). To learn more about HCWH’s work on food and other issues related to health care and the environment, visit www.noharm.org/(link is external).HCWH has an ambitious healthy food agenda, which includes buying fresh food locally and/or buying certified organic food; avoiding food raised with growth hormones and antibiotics; encouraging group purchasing organizations (GPOs) to support healthy food in healthcare; supporting local farmers and farming organizations; introducing farmers markets and on-site food box programs; reducing food waste; and establishing an overarching food policy at each health facility. More than 200 hospitals have signed the HCWH “Healthy Food in Healthcare Pledge.” Signers pledge to work toward developing sustainable food systems in their facilities.In 2008, Catholic Healthcare West sent a letter to Health Care Without Harm discussing their Sustainable Food Vision and other food-related positions. View the letter at http://www.noharm.org/details.cfm?ID=2134&type=document(link is external).Heath Care without Harm, an international coalition of more than 473 organizations in 52 countries, is working to transform the health care sector, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. For more information on the healthy food pledge see http://www.noharm.org/us/food/pledge(link is external). To learn more about HCWH’s work on food and other issues related to health care www.healthyfoodinhealthcare.org(link is external).last_img read more

McIlroy and Fowler neck and neck

first_img “It’s not a shot I would practise too much, that’s for sure,” he said. “But from looking like you’re going to make a bogey to making a birdie, that gives you a little bit of momentum and you can go on from there and luckily I was able to make a few birdies after that. “The result was good, 67 was pleasing. How I got there in the end wasn’t quite as pleasing. There’s a couple of things that I need to work on if I want to have a chance to win.” Fowler, making his debut in this tournament, built on his start on the back nine with birdies at the first, fourth, fifth and seventh, but blotted his copybook with his only bogey of the day on his finale hole. Nevertheless, he was satisfied with his display in only his third event since last September’s Ryder Cup. “I was a little shaky this morning,” he said. “I haven’t played in quite some time, so it’s nice to get things off to a consistent start and throw some birdies in there.” The pair will be firmly in contention when they resume on Friday but it is McIlroy’s Ryder Cup team-mate Kaymer who is out in front. The German was four under after his first eight holes and although he dropped a shot before the turn, he began his back nine with back-to-back birdies. He dropped another shot at the 12th but for the second time in his round, followed up a bogey with a birdie at his next hole, before then moving joint top with his ninth birdie of the day two holes later. McIlroy and Fowler’s rivalry escalated last year so it was fitting that they were paired together on Thursday, and although the American was in the ascendancy for most of the day, the world number one rallied with birdies at five of his final seven holes. They both carded respectable five-under 67s to sit in a tie for eighth, although their efforts were put in the shade by three-time champion Kaymer, who tops the leaderboard three shots better off. Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler could not be separated on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship but both were outshone by Martin Kaymer. McIlroy, playing in his first event of the year, started with a birdie at the 10th, but he struggled with his driver on the front nine and dropped back to level par on the 17th just as Fowler went to two under, having also birdied the 15th. Fowler was at one stage in a share of the lead on six under but by then McIlroy, spurred on by his playing partner, was on the charge. Fowler then made his only bogey on the last to drop back to five under, alongside McIlroy, who admitted his game was raised by his 26-year-old friend. “I was just trying to keep up with this guy,” he told the European Tour’s official website as he stood alongside Fowler. “He was kicking me on, for sure. I didn’t want to let him get too far ahead of me. I just wanted to try to stay as close to him as possible and thankfully I was able to do that.” One fantastic shot proved the springboard for McIlroy’s flourish on the back nine. He was level par as he approached the third – his 12th – hole and a wayward tee shot, symptomatic of his round, left him on the lip of a bunker, 95 yards from the pin. Facing the prospect of going over par, the off-balance Northern Irishman somehow managed to find the green before putting for the first of three consecutive birdies. Press Associationlast_img read more

Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead

first_imgJapeth Aguilar had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Joe Devance got 10 markers and six boards, as Ginebra survived Greg Slaughter’s off-shooting night, as the newly-minted Best Player of the Conference was limited to just three points and six rebounds.Ginebra shoot for a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 series on Wednesday, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Unlike Game 1, the Bolts found their mark but only to misfire they needed them the most.The loss also spoiled Allen Durham’s superb night as the two-time Best Import finished the game with 25 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.Amer and Ranidel de Ocampo both wound up with 10 markers in the losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The scores:GINEBRA 86 – Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3.MERALCO 76 – Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Back-to-back Best Import Durham focused on winning title, not award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra leaned on the duo of Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio to beat Meralco, 86-76, for a 2-0 lead in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Once again, the runner-up in the Best Import race, Brownlee showed that no award snub can deter him from his quest of giving the Gin Kings back-to-back titles as he scattered 19 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Tenorio also unloaded 10 of his 14 markers in the payoff period, none bigger than his shot clock-beating trey with 1:07 to play to give his side an 82-76 lead that also took the air out of the Bolts.“LA’s really been a big shot maker in the whole conference for us and his confidence was amazing. I think that was the biggest shot of the game and it really turned the tides for us,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra got its act together in the final five minutes as they staged a killer 17-1 finishing blitz to take the win out of Meralco’s grip.The Gin Kings’ defense was also impressive as they held the Bolts without a field goal in the last 5:56 and forced young guns Baser Amer and Chris Newsome to commit costly turnovers down the stretch. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Google Glass taking fans closer to the action

first_imgYour favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field.Indiana Pacers basketball players wear Google glasses during practice.Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles will test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use, and a company with a key application for the technology says it has secured a new round of financing that will help roll out its Glass program to sports, entertainment and other fields.”When I talk to teams and ask them about what technology are they looking at, what technology are they keeping track of, the two answers I mostly commonly get are Google Glass and Snapchat,” said Eric Fernandez, a founder and managing partner of SportsDesk Media, a fan analytics and digital media activation company.The futuristic eyewear was known as “Project Glass” when it was introduced by Google in a video and blog post in April 2012. The U.S. company started selling the $1,500 glasses to a select crowd later that same year, but it only recently became available to the general public.The use of Glass in sports has progressed from trendy athletes dipping their toes in the water to a tool for teams looking to draw fans to arenas and stadiums, and then keep their focus on the action, instead of their omnipresent smartphones and tablets. It comes with endless revenue possibilities, ranging from sponsorship deals for the new content streams to a possible attendance boost for teams with empty upper decks.advertisement”I think the fan experience one is the one that’s really hitting hard,” said Eric Johnsen, the business development lead for Glass at Work, “and the performance line people are dabbling with, that’s really interesting.”Punter Chris Kluwe used the eyewear in training camp last year to take fans inside the practice of Oakland Raiders, an American football team in California. Another team let its key player wear the glasses at Super Bowl media day and Roger Federer used one when he hit with former tennis star Stefan Edberg during a visit to Google’s campus.But it is the big-picture applications that offer intriguing possibilities for teams and leagues concerned about attendance in the 21st century, when flat-screen TVs and rising prices at sporting events have made the in-home experience even more appealing.The 2014 Know the Fan Report, produced by Sporting News Media, Kantar Media and SportBusiness Group, found 45 percent of fans use a second-screen device while watching sports on TV, a definite factor in the willingness of teams and broadcasters to take a closer look at Glass, which has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email or see Twitter posts without having to grope for a phone. The report was based on a survey of more than 1,000 American adults conducted in February.”The focus has been through sports at large, how do you get people using their phones to interact during the game?” said Rob Laycock, the vice president of marketing for the Indianapolis basketball teams Indiana Pacers and Fever.”What’s nice about Glass is that it’s keeping your focus on center stage, you know main court, with the scoreboard right above it.”Several U.S. basketball teams have experimented with employing Glass in the arena, by putting the eyewear on mascots and others during games, allowing fans at the game and viewing at home to witness the courtside experience.There are many factors at play with the use of Glass at sports venues, including the strength of the WiFi network and the reliability of moving people wearing the technology. Thousands of people using their phones to post to social media or check fantasy sports can grind WiFi networks to a halt, and a courtside perspective becomes much less attractive when it’s an obstructed view.That’s where the CrowdOptic program comes in, which teams are trying out to provide multiple courtside perspectives over the videoboard during games.”What our stuff does is it really converts all this chaos into a demonstrable broadcast feed that, for example, the Pacers can really count on,” said Jon Fisher, the CEO and co-founder of San Francisco-based company. “So they can put Glass out there and it can work in many cases as well as any other fixed camera asset because of these algorithms at work.”Maintaining a reliable feed is just one potential problem for sports teams deploying the technology. There is concern about overwhelming fans with a barrage of viewing options. The eyewear has faced criticism over its intrusiveness and its ability to take photos and video through voice-activated commands, making it more likely that even attentive fans could find themselves on the videoboard before they realize what’s going on.advertisementThe rollouts have been conducted with great care.”We haven’t just determined yet who’s going to be wearing the Glass and deploying it, that’s all up for a lot of discussion,” Papson said. “But I think as content such as this continues to be more available, I think every team has those discussions as to what’s not appropriate to provide.”last_img read more

5 days agoBarcelona coach Valverde happy with attacking trio for victory over Eibar

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde happy with attacking trio for victory over Eibarby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was happy with victory over Eibar.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann each scored a goal at Ipurua during the 3-0 win.After a few difficult matches, it looks like the three frontmen are finally starting to understand each other on the pitch.”It’s a question of time and of playing matches,” Valverde said about his front three.”In the end, great players always find each other [on the pitch] and know where their teammates will be and know where the pass will go.”They’ve participated and worked very hard.”This is the reward.”They scored a goal each, they understood each other well.”The new players are finding their place and trying to understand each other.”It’s a question of time before they understand each other better.” last_img read more

Miss Universe Organization Partners With Smile Train

first_imgThe Miss Universe Organization and Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, have announced a new charitable partnership to help raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with unrepaired clefts in the developing world.The new relationship will provide opportunities for the reigning Miss Universe and international titleholders to get involved with Smile Train’s global initiatives in the 85+ countries where the charity helps children.“We truly believe in what Smile Train represents – hope, joy, perseverance and transformation,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “We are extremely proud to work with an organization that is committed to delivering a positive impact to the communities in which we work, and are steadfast in our commitment to help support their efforts and long-term sustainability.”Millions of children in developing countries with unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in the developing world to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their own communities. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries across the world.“We are honored to be a new official charity partner of The Miss Universe Organization to raise awareness for the vital cause of cleft lip and palate repair and related treatment,” said Susannah Schaefer, CEO, Smile Train. “We hope that this relationship will help us mobilize supporters, both new and old, by leveraging The Miss Universe Organization’s incredible voice and helping to transform lives in the process.”The partnership will amplify a shared set of core values, centered on the organizations’ global reach and commitment to empowering children to lead full, productive lives.To kick-off these efforts, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will have the opportunity to meet with Smile Train’s Country Director for the Philippines, Kimmy Flaviano, while she is visiting Manila next week. Wurtzbach will learn more about the organization’s efforts and Smile Train’s local partners who are on the ground helping cleft patients 365 days a year.“I look forward to my homecoming next week and helping to kick-off our organization’s new partnership with Smile Train,” said Wurtzbach. “As Miss Universe, I look forward to lending my voice and a helping hand to continue to raise awareness for children born with cleft lip and palate in the developing world, including my home country, the Philippines.”For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org.last_img read more

Magic Johnson Donates 10 Million to Chicago Program That

In Michael Jordan’s city, Magic Johnson has donated $10 million to bolster a summer jobs program that benefits troubled Black youths in Chicago, which has been ravaged by street violence.Johnson joined Mark and Kimbra Walter of the Inner City Youth Empowerment in a collaboration that will help triple the reach of the One Chicago Summer Plus program.Its primary focus is to guide youths ages 16 to 19 away from potential troubles that come on the streets of inner-city Chicago.“We are proud to partner on an initiative that has proven to change the trajectory of at-risk kids’ lives,” Johnson said in a press release. “Providing disadvantaged kids with alternatives is a step in the right direction toward helping them reach their full potential and curb violence in our neighborhoods.”Johnson’s contribution highlights the former NBA great’s philanthropic work since retiring from professional basketball. He’s been a benchmark for other athletes, like Jordan, to study after their careers are completed.Johnson’s business enterprises are extensive, and most of them have elements of providing jobs, upward mobility and upgraded services for African-Americans.Hardly anyone talks about Johnson having contracted HIV in 1991, setting in motion the end of one of the sport’s great careers. Since then, Johnson has been recognized as an advocate for the disease and an entrepreneur with an amazing portfolio. He’s also part of a group that owns the Los Angeles Dodgers and has a net worth estimated at $500 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.He was beloved as a player because of the infectious, child-like joy in which he performed but should be admired for the non-stop work he does in Black communities. In the case of Chicago, Johnson has no real connection—he’s from Lansing, Mich. and has lived in Los Angeles ever since he was drafted No. 1 by the Lakers in 1979.The only connection is that Johnson identified a dire need and did something to help. Admirable.This program in Chicago that served 1,000 teenagers will serve 3,000 now. The program includes a 25-hour-a-week summer job, a mentor and a behavioral therapy and social-skills building component.The One Chicago Summer Plus program outlines criteria for students, as it targets those who have a past with the juvenile justice system and those who have missed six to eight weeks of school.The program spends roughly $2,900 per student, which equates to nearly triple the amount that is traditionally spent on summer job programs.The city of Chicago is also contributing an additional $6 million to the program, with some of the funds going toward training and supporting 500 mentors so that the increase in students into the program does not compromise the quality and personal contact participants receive.“The city of Chicago, with the support of our community and business partners, remains committed to reducing violence in our city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in Black Enterprise. “Through the generous grant, more youth will stay safe, active and engaged this summer while getting the skills and on-the-job training necessary for a bright future.”High unemployment is directly linked to higher incarceration rates. Studies indicate 92 percent of Black males between the ages of 16-19 in Chicago are unemployed, which impacts the city’s high crime and incarceration rates. All this illuminates how important programs like this are—and how committed someone like Magic Johnson is. read more

Sidney Crosbys Out And The Penguins May Be Next

Shooting percentage10.29.5-0.7 Includes all Pittsburgh Penguins regular-season and playoff games, 2005-06 to 2016-17.Source: Hockey-Reference.com Points percentage55.355.7+0.4 Games914176— Power-play goals per game0.810.74-0.07 How losing Sid the Kid has affected the Penguins, 2005-17 Goals per game3.152.94-0.21 Although the Pens have traditionally fared slightly better defensively in games Crosby missed, they’ve struggled to replace him on offense, producing fewer shots and shooting the puck less accurately when their star sits out. Those differences become even more stark when you look at what happens when he’s on the ice. Pittsburgh’s shots and goals per minute improve sharply with Crosby on the ice — no player of his generation has wielded a bigger influence on his team’s scoring than Sid the Kid.Now, the Penguins will be without that offensive leadership for at least one game, and possibly many more. (This isn’t the first time Crosby has missed time with a head injury; he sat out 101 games in 2010-11 and 2011-12 while fending off concussion symptoms, and he missed time with a concussion earlier this season as well.)Prior to this week’s injury, the reigning Stanley Cup champions had been cruising through the playoffs and seemed on their way to dispatching the Capitals for the second-straight year. It’s up to Crosby’s teammates to prevent this from being the turning point the Capitals needed to claw their way back into the series. Shots against per game30.128.8-1.3 Crosby’s loss can’t be overstated. In terms of individual numbers, he stands toe-to-toe with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin as the best player of the NHL’s post-lockout generation. But even more than his own production, Crosby also brings the best out of the Penguins’ offense while he’s on the ice. Over the span of his career (since 2005-06), here’s how Pittsburgh’s stats change when Crosby plays versus when he sits: WITH CROSBYWITHOUT CROSBYDIFFERENCE Save percentage90.790.9+0.2 The Pittsburgh Penguins had a rough Monday night, losing their superstar center Sidney Crosby after a hit to the head by Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen, then losing Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in overtime. Tuesday afternoon was arguably even worse, as news arrived that Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out of Thursday’s Game 4: Goals against per game2.82.64-0.16 Shots per game31.130.9-0.2 read more

Sullinger unsure of NBA Draft plan

NEW ORLEANS – Jared Sullinger would not say whether he planned to return to Ohio State or leave school for the NBA after the Buckeyes’ 64-62 loss against Kansas in the Final Four Saturday. “I honestly don’t know,” Sullinger said. “I really don’t know my decision yet.” OSU’s sophomore forward pulled his jersey over his head after the final buzzer sounded. He walked slowly off the court and disappeared into the depths of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome along with the rest of his team after what could have been his final game as a Buckeye. He was asked at least three different ways about his future when reporters caught up to him, but the answer was always the same. “I’ll probably just sit down with my family and probably my coaches and just talk things through,” he said. “I don’t have a definite decision yet, but we’ll see when that time is right for me.” Sullinger had a decision to make last year too, but was much clearer about his intentions. After the Buckeyes fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16, Sullinger definitively told the world he was coming back for his sophomore season. And that’s exactly what he did. He averaged 17.6 points and about 9.7 rebounds in the 2011-12 season and was named a First Team All-American for the second consecutive year as he helped lead OSU to the Final Four. After last season, most projections had Sullinger being selected in the top-five picks in the NBA Draft. His draft status appears to have dropped after staying another year, with many projections predicting him being selected in the middle of the first round. Though he won’t make a decision just yet, Sullinger said he’s glad to have options. “I have a choice if I want to come back or not,” he said. “It’s just tough to see somebody like (senior guard William Buford) that has no chance but to leave the program.” Buford played his last game for OSU, but he knows a little bit about what Sullinger is going through. He had the option to leave early for the NBA more than once, but opted to stay in school and get his degree. But after the game, Buford said that just because the best thing for him was to remain at OSU doesn’t mean Sullinger should do the same. He offered advice for Sullinger and fellow teammate, sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas, who is also facing draft entry speculation. “I’d tell them to do whatever is best for their life,” Buford said. “They can’t listen to other people. It’s their life. In my life I didn’t listen to other people. I still have a chance to get my degree next quarter so I have something to fall back on. If they want to leave early, that’s fine if that’s what they thought was the best decision.” Sullinger’s critics have suggested he struggles against longer defenders with athleticism. Sullinger faced one of those defenders Saturday in Kansas junior center Jeff Withey, who stands seven feet tall. Withey had seven blocks in the game, many on Sullinger, who struggled to find an offensive rhythm. OSU’s big man shot 5-19 from the floor, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. In the second half, when OSU saw a 13-point lead disappear, Sullinger shot 2-11. “I couldn’t create space off of (Withey) because every time I tried to make a move there was a guard coming, swiping down trying to get the ball out,” Sullinger said. “In the second half, the big double with Thomas Robinson coming over it was just tough.” Sullinger said the loss was tough to deal with after the game, but he was proud of what OSU accomplished during the season. “We got to the point where we was one of the last four teams standing,” he said. “Only the best basketball teams play here and we just took a loss. It hurts.” read more