College admissions council president shares latest on applications process amid coronavirus and what students should know

first_imgiStock/sshepard(NEW YORK) — Students and parents may be in need of new strategies and guidance as they navigate the college admissions process amid the coronavirus pandemic.Jayne Fonash, president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, joined ABC News’ “Pandemic: What You Need to Know” to address some of the growing uncertainty surrounding the college application scramble due to COVID-19.“The COVID-19 epidemic struck at the time that high school seniors [were] making final decisions about enrollment for their studies for next year,” Fonash said. “The landscape is changing every day — so as college admission counselors and admissions officers we are challenged every day to look at this changing landscape and support students and provide information to help them make these important life decisions.”College-bound high school seniors have been directly impacted and are already seeing early implications that some campuses may not be open in time for their first fall semester.Boston University was one of the first schools in the U.S. to announce that instruction for its upcoming fall semester will not begin until January of 2021.So what will happen if university and college campuses are still closed when students are set to arrive?“I think that’s probably one of highest priority questions being addressed on college campuses right now because there are so many unknowns and until we have more medical information and more guidance on large gatherings,” Fonash said. “They’re addressing issues like, ‘will we open on time? Will there be a delayed opening later in the fall? Postpone to the second quarter or second semester? Will we open with a virtual campus?’”“And in addition to those questions about opening the schools, the admissions offices in particular are faced with questions about recruitment of the class of 2021,” she continued. “Will they even be able to travel? High school visits? College fairs? All of these questions are being addressed on a daily basis and schools are offering answers as soon as they’ve been able to make sound decisions.”As for current high school juniors who would potentially be in the beginning phases of their college application process, Fonash suggested staying in the know on all the latest testing requirements.“I would encourage them to be open-minded and to gather information through virtual platforms and to stay on top of announcements concerning standardized testing, as many colleges and universities are changing the use of standardized testing, at least for the fall of 2020 as they look at the next senior class,” she explained. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Storms, flash flooding from New Mexico to New York; wildfires continue West

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Damaging storms moved through a large part of the country Monday from New Mexico to New York. Damaging winds near 60 mph were reported near Richmond, Virginia, where trees fell on cars and a gas station was destroyed. Also, several inches of rain fell near Washington, D.C. in a short period of time producing localized flash flooding. In western Texas, winds gusted to 78 mph and in both Texas and New Mexico hail fell as large as tennis balls. In the Midwest, more than a half a foot of rain fell in parts of Iowa and produced flash flooding there. On Tuesday, this frontal storm system will continue to move across the country bringing a chance for more severe storms for a large area from New Mexico all the way into parts of the Northeast. The most severe storms Tuesday will be in New Mexico where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat. Severe storms could also develop all along the Gulf Coast from Houston to New Orleans as well as in the Northeast from Virginia to Pennsylvania and western New York, where some of these thunderstorms could become severe with damaging winds being the biggest threat.All of these thunderstorms around the country could bring locally a lot of rain that could cause flash flooding within minutes. The heaviest rain over the next two days will be in eastern Texas and along the Gulf Coast where some areas could see more than 5 inches of rain, bringing with it possible areas of flash flooding.In the West, the scorching heat wave continues with triple digits reaching all the way to southern Oregon Tuesday. This heat and localized gusty winds are making firefighting difficult, especially in the Tucson, Arizona area where the Bighorn Fire is now 58,553 acres and 33% contained. Near Phoenix, the Bush fire did not spread much and it is still about 186,848 acres and 61% contained. Because of the high heat, a Heat Advisory has been issued for California and southern Oregon. No significant wind is expected, but localized winds in southern Colorado could gust to 35 mph, which is where a Red Flag Warning has been issued.The inferno continues from northern California all the way to southern Arizona, where temperatures will be in the 100s and 110s. As we head through the week, gusty winds will return to southern Arizona by Friday with gusts possible near 30 mph.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

VIDEO: Governor Wolf on Parkland Anniversary: “We must do more”

first_imgVIDEO: Governor Wolf on Parkland Anniversary: “We must do more” February 14, 2019 National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Statement,  Videos Harrisburg, PA – In a video message, Governor Tom Wolf marked the anniversary of the Parkland shooting that sparked unprecedented civic engagement by students, parents, and safety advocates across Pennsylvania and the nation.Recalling Pennsylvania’s own tragic mass shooting last year, Governor Wolf reaffirmed his appreciation for those who made their voices heard and his support for commonsense gun safety proposals.The message is also posted on YouTube and Twitter.Governor Wolf’s full message:“Gun violence is an everyday terror in too many of our communities. The Parkland shooting fueled unprecedented activism by students and parents driven to change that. Their voices amplified the concerns of people across America who have been plagued by gun violence for far too long.“Since then, here in Pennsylvania, we passed the first gun safety bill in decades. We budgeted more money for safety in schools and invested in community security upgrades.“The Tree of Life shooting reaffirmed to me that we must do more. We must keep guns from dangerous individuals. No gun should be sold anywhere without a background check. And we must have an honest conversation about the ease by which anyone can get a weapon designed for warfare.“This week, let’s honor all those we’ve lost to gun violence. And thank everyone who has said “enough” and got involved to make change happen. The students, the parents, the Moms and the dads. The teachers and law enforcement officials. The faith leaders and community organizers.“Your activism honors those we lost. Your action has led to real change. I want to reaffirm my support for commonsense gun safety legislation. I hope each of you will join me in urging our state and federal lawmakers to go further to make sure dangerous individuals can’t access firearms.“Your voices do make the difference. Thank you.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Carver reveals McClaren backing

first_img He will first have to demonstrate that he can mobilise the current crop to avoid an ugly survival fight, something of which he will have to persuade his visitors on Friday with many fans having already decided that whatever he may offer as a coach or an assistant manager, he is not a number one. Carver said: “Listen, you’ve got to give people opportunities. There will be people saying that, but I also think people out there understand the circumstances. These are extreme circumstances. “I keep saying that, but they are. If I’ve got the tools…” Carver will at least be able to call upon midfielder Moussa Sissoko at Leicester after a two-match ban, while defender Paul Dummett has rejoined the squad following his recovery from injury. Striker Papiss Cisse will complete his seven-match suspension at the weekend, but a niggling knee problem could mean he does not go straight back into the squad. Carver said: “He’s quite positive about this whole situation, so let’s not write him off. He’s been really positive about it, and it might be that we have to use him like Siem (De Jong) in the last 20 minutes, half and hour, to come off the bench, get in that six-yard box and score the winning goal for us. “We might have to use him in that way. But what we’re not going to do is put him at risk, put his health at risk by doing something stupid. “The one thing I will say is when he was playing, you could see – it was blatantly obvious to everyone – that he had a little bit of an issue with a limp. That limp has gone now, so that’s good news.” John Carver has received support from the man hotly tipped to succeed him as Newcastle’s head coach. The pair bumped into each other after the Newcastle man travelled to watch the club’s Under-21s in action against their Rams counterparts on Tuesday. Carver said: “I had a good chat with Steve McClaren, we had a good talk. We didn’t talk about anything other than my situation and about what my players are doing on the pitch. “It was all about me and how I had to cope with it, and even he said, ‘It’s been a difficult thing for you John, I understand that. But you’ve handled it quite well. You’ve had to cope with it’.” Asked if the speculation over the Newcastle job had been raised, Carver said: “No, no, absolutely not, absolutely 100 per cent no. He just asked how I was coping with it, how I was dealing with it. “Steve and I go back – and Steve Round and Paul Simpson, who were there. We were all on the same Pro-Licence course together. “There was nothing about what all the rumours are or anything like that, because they had to give me some respect as well, let’s be honest. “Whether they are in for it or not, they have to give me the respect, so they were never going to talk about anything like that – and I didn’t spin it the other way either.” Despite presiding over a run of seven successive league defeats for the first time since 1977, Carver insists he is still desperate to be given the job and to prove that he can succeed when he has a full squad at his disposal. The under-fire 50-year-old has invited two fans to the training ground on Friday after he became involved in a heated touchline exchange with them as the Magpies slipped to a 3-2 defeat – their seventh in a row in the Barclays Premier League – by Swansea at St James’ Park on Saturday with the pressure on him mounting. However, as Carver attempts to steer his home-town club clear of an unthinkable relegation, he has been backed by Derby counterpart Steve McClaren, the bookmakers’ favourite to take over on Tyneside in the summer and one of the names on the short-list drawn up by managing director Lee Charnley. Press Associationlast_img read more

Madison Bumgarner’s possible last acts with Giants involve more history

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Seven different pitchers earned three World Series rings with the Giants at the beginning of the decade, including three of the most accomplished starters in franchise history.Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner earned the adoration of a fan base through their postseason exploits, but to reach the playoffs, all three needed to excel in the regular season, too.In what could be one of his final home starts at Oracle Park on Tuesday, Bumgarner turned in a performance …last_img

Free tertiary study on the cards

first_imgSouth Africa could well be on its way toproviding free education for financiallyneedy students. President Jacob Zuma has announcedmajor changes in NSFAS loan allocations.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bonny FeldmanCommunicationsNational Student Financial Aid Scheme+27 21 763 3200Bongani NkosiThe South African government will take steps towards providing free tertiary education to financially strapped students, the ruling African National Congress announced in its annual statement on 8 January 2011.President Jacob Zuma said that undergraduate students using the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be exempt from having to make loan repayments for their final year of study – if they complete the year successfully.While the scheme will at first only benefit final-year students, the overriding aim is to apply it to all years of tertiary study. “This model will be phased in over the next few years to include students in earlier years of study,” Zuma said.“We are committed to progressively introducing free education up to undergraduate level,” he added.NSFAS spokesperson Bonnie Feldman explained that additional funds will be injected into the loan scheme to settle students’ accounts for their final year, but they will still have to reimburse students for their first two years of study – she said the government will allocate an additional R750-million (US$109-million) to NSFAS for this.“This is to make sure that the students are able to graduate without much of a burden,” she said.The existing loan scheme currently converts 40% of loan repayments into bursaries for students at all levels of study who complete their courses successfully, but this settlement will now be upped to 100% for final year studies.NSFAS will now be liable for 60% of the fees of students who perform well. The funding covers tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses.Zuma explained that final-year students will “receive a loan equivalent to the full cost of study and necessary living expenses”.“If these students graduate at the end of the year, the loan for the final year will be converted into a full bursary. They will not have to repay the amount,” said Zuma.NSFAS exclusively provides funds for university students who cannot afford the fees.The ANC, which has been in government since 1994, committed to introduce free tertiary education in 2007 – this was one of its many resolutions adopted at it its 52nd national conference.The ANC Youth League welcomed the “gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level,” Floyd Shivambu, the organisation’s spokesperson, said in a statement.“We welcome these interventions and hope that other measures will be introduced to ensure that free education is provided until undergraduate level for all academically deserving, yet poor students at all levels,” added Shivambu.Free education at public collegesEducation at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges will be completely free for students who qualify for financial assistance.FETs, which are popular among cash-strapped youngsters, are spread across the country with various campuses in some rural areas and townships.The government wants to attract more students to FETs, which churn out a significant number of professional artisans each year.The Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to see at least 1-million students enrol at FETs every year from 2015.“We have to prioritise further education and training, and provide resources including expanding bursary schemes for supporting attendance at FET institutions,” Zuma said.The government spent about R1.9-billion ($276-million) on improving infrastructure and curriculums at FETs between 2006 and 2009.last_img read more

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: Hope for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research steers from those topics as he talks with Marissa Mulligan, policy outreach fellow for the Ohio Farm Bureau, about an epidemic many in Ohio are drowning in – the opioid crisis.Hoewischer and Mulligan discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic in rural communities and how Ohio Farm Bureau is helping by hosting Hope for Ohio events around the state. Hope for Ohio is a series of regional events that focus on peer-to-peer prevention strategies at a local level.Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.Following are some highlights from this episode. Complete transcript Q: How has the opioid crisis bubbled up to the top as such a widespread issue not only in Ohio but around the country?A: The statistics alone are pretty overwhelming. So, drug overdose, accidental drug overdose is the number one cause of death in Ohio. It’s surpassed car accidents. The national average for overdose deaths per 100,000 people ages 15 to 64 is 22.5. Ohio’s average is 39.5. We rank third in the nation behind West Virginia and New Hampshire. In some of the southern counties where it’s hit really hard those numbers can reach 66.1 and Brown County is 70.8. It’s a huge issue. 72,000 people died in 2017 due to accidental overdose.Q: Why Farm Bureau? We know that we have that rural tie but what can Farm Bureau do to help move the needle on this issue?A: I think our members really came to us because there’s not only that personal connection but there’s also that business aspect. It’s really hard for them to hire people that can pass drug tests. I have a friend that’s literally facing this every day. She hauls manure and she can’t have someone driving her trucks that can’t pass a drug test. I think a lot of farmers are facing that issue. I think that’s why they really came to us and said, you know, there’s something that we need to do here. We’ve really fallen into the role of youth led prevention because I think that’s where we can help the best as an organization and touch the people that we already have strong communication with.Q: How do we overcome negative connotations about people who struggle with drug abuse and misuse and share what is happening?A: I’ve been really encouraging people to look at the (Ohio Opioid Education Alliance) Denial, Ohio campaign. It’s really good. Everyone should look it up. They gave me a stat one day that 66 percent of people think that the opioid crisis is an issue. But only 19 percent of that 66 percent actually think that it could be an issue for their family. So I think there’s a huge disconnect between it being an issue and that issue will never come to my family, which is just not true.Click here for more information about the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance’s Denial, Ohio campaign.To learn more about the Farm Town Strong campaign, a collaboration between American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union, click here.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Bo battles former team, Olsen eyes rebound

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I actually texted him (Ikeh) that I was really proud of him,” said Perasol, who handled the Eagles for three seasons up until 2015, Ikeh’s first season at Ateneo. “I was really proud of how he performed; not just him, but all those rookie guys when I was there.”Perasol battles his former wards when the Maroons and Eagles dispute the early lead at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 shutoutIkeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds in an 85-65 victory over the Falcons Saturday. Thirdy Ravena, who played under Perasol during his rookie year, added 20 points and 10 rebounds.A day later, the Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, thanks to a triple from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds remaining. Historic Ceres-Negros run ends University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol wasn’t at Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday when Ateneo opened UAAP Season 80 with an impressive win over Adamson.But he got to watch Chiz Ikeh throw his weight around and carry Ateneo to a decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Far Eastern U and University of the East clash in the first game at 2 p.m. with coach Olsen Racela hoping to bounce back from a loss to La Salle, 95-90.“Of course when you lose, you look at the positives,” said Racela. “The second half was positive for us but if we play that way from the start I think the outcome will be better for us.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

Isaac hopes to see FEU connection thrive in Blackwater

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWill Far Eastern University’s championship glitter rub off on Blackwater in the PBA?Coach Leo Isaac tabbed another FEU standout in the PBA Rookie Draft, picking Raymar Jose third overall on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Isaac shared that he’s very happy with the players he got and he’s positive that they will give Blackwater a fighting chance.“It’s hard to say where we’ll land, but one thing I can say is that we’ll be there fighting those top teams each game we play. We will compete,” he said. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fury offers Trump role in potential Joshua fight Isaac explained that with the league’s best teams loading up on frontcourt players, it’s just right for the Elite to also bolster their big man rotation.“We need to invest on our bigs. That’s how you compete in this day, to have capable big men so we also need to reinforce our frontcourt,” the coach said, as the 25-year-old bruiser will not only pair up with Belo, but also hungry slotmen like JP Erram, Dave Marcelo, and Chris Javier.Belo also welcomed the bigger responsibility, knowing that with the materials Blackwater has, it’s more than ready to compete with the league’s bests.“We know we can match up against everyone. Here in the PBA, you have no choice but to defend bigger foes. But we believe we have the right pieces to reach our goals and we’ll just follow everything coach tells us,” Belo said.Jose is not the lone haul for the Elite in the annual rookie selection as Blackwater also tapped Renz Palma, Biboy Enguio, Kyle Neypes, and JR Sumido.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The hardworking forward is set to pair up with former Tamaraw teammate Mac Belo, with the two expected to be the cornerstone for the Elite.“It’s great. As I call them, they’ll have that FEU connection. We’re looking forward to have a good tandem with Raymar and Mac,” Isaac said.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 shutoutBelo has also taken note of Jose sheer improvement from a hard-nosed garbageman to a capable two-way post threat.“Since I graduated, he has really improved a lot. He has taken FEU to the Final Four and gained experience everywhere. With that experience, he can really be a big contributor for us,” said the incoming sophomore. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View commentslast_img read more