Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Stacey Havlik, Assistant Professor of Education and Counseling, Villanova University and first published on theconversation.comOne in 30.That’s what a new first-of-its-kind study found was the number of students ages 13 to 17 who have experienced homelessness in the past year. The figure represents about 700,000 young people nationwide.When a student is homeless in high school, it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety. While other students are able to focus on getting good grades and planning for college, students who are homeless often worry about basic necessities, such as food, clothing, and shelter.In order to turn things around and help homeless students succeed and have a decent shot at college, school counselors should be seen as our first line of support. I say that based on years of experience as a researcher who has focused on the critical role that school counselors play in helping low-income and first-generation college students make it to college.Unfortunately, what I have found through my research is that school counselors often feel helpless despite their desire to help students who are experiencing homelessness. They also feel underprepared to support the needs of such students. With increased preparation and knowledge on homelessness, school counselors would be in a much better position to help homeless students succeed.School counselors may meet homeless students’ basic needs by collecting school supplies, clothing or food items for students in need. This can be done by coordinating community or school donation programs, collecting monetary donations from the community, or applying for grants through the Department of Education. They may also identify resources in the community and collaborate with stakeholders, such as social workers and teachers to form a support system. But my research has found that school counselors often lack knowledge about students who are homeless and have limited training to support their needs. This, in turn, puts the educational future of students experiencing homelessness in jeopardy.One of the reasons homeless students can be difficult to identify is because homelessness is often thought of as individuals living on the street or in a shelter. The reality is that homelessness can also take many other forms. In fact, the federal definition of homelessness includes those who lack a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” This includes individuals and families who are living with others due to a loss of housing, often referred to as “doubling up.” Those living in shelters or locations such as motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds because they lack other consistent housing options may also be considered homeless. Individuals who are under 18 and living without a parent or guardian and lack consistent housing are considered “unaccompanied homeless youth.” Through having a clear understanding of the various definitions, school counselors can identify students experiencing homelessness quickly and educate others so that if there is a housing loss, students can be provided with the support they need.Counselor contact is criticalResearch indicates that students from low-income backgrounds are more likely to go to college after they graduate when they have a series of contacts with their school counselors, as opposed to seeing their counselor only once. Unfortunately, my work suggests that school counselors are often forced to focus on meeting homeless students’ basic needs. This leads counselors to offer homeless students the kind of general college support that they would give all students. Consequently, many counselors may neglect the highly specialized college planning needs of students who are homeless. Further, one report suggests that although school counselors are in a position to positively impact students’ career and college readiness, they need more extensive graduate and in-service training on college and career counseling.Generally speaking, students who are homeless face emotional distress in the form of anxiety or low self-esteem and lower academic achievement. School can be a place of consistency that can support their postsecondary planning, but only if schools are mindful of the unique needs of high school students experiencing homelessness. Schools must provide individualized support that focuses on enhancing students’ expectations of college attendance and their belief in their ability to attend.When they are identified, students experiencing homelessness can be supported through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The federal law includes provisions meant to remove barriers, such as by providing transportation for students who move out of a district because they became homeless. It also allows for quick enrollment for students experiencing homelessness regardless of the required paperwork and funding for programming such as academic support or afterschool programs. It also allows for a local liaison to ensure students are identified and receiving supports they need. Further, when McKinney-Vento was recently revised under the Every Student Succeeds Act, it specifically stated that school counselors and local liaisons must provide “individualized” college support for students who are homeless. But ultimately, the federal law by itself won’t do anything to help students experiencing homelessness. It’s all about how well the law is executed at the school level.Information is crucialSchools should also include information about McKinney-Vento and college planning that would be directly beneficial to homeless youth on their websites. Unfortunately, few schools are doing so.Schools can also develop systems of support in the community to support homeless students’ basic needs. This will allow them more time to focus on other things, such as college planning.When advising about college, counselors must determine things such as whether students need campus housing during breaks, if the school has affordable meal plans and if the university has support systems in place for additional counseling, advising, mentoring or tutoring. Directing students to apply to universities that are a good fit will help them to be more successful.With intentional planning, schools can be a resource for students experiencing homelessness that helps them to stay on track, graduate and go on to college. But if we continue to neglect the specific needs of homeless students, we run the risk of consigning them to lives of uncertainty and placing their college dreams further out of reach. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSHomelessnesstheconversation.com Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleShould you run in the heat? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Top Stories[Sedition Case] SC Adjourns Journalist Vinod Dua’s Plea To Quash FIR On Request Of SG Tushar Mehta Radhika Roy20 July 2020 2:40 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court adjourned the plea seeking for the quashing of an FIR alleging the offence of sedition filed against Journalist Vinod Dua, at the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh police. A Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit heard the matter. The SG had sought for an adjournment of “1 or 2 days”. However, the Bench, noting…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court adjourned the plea seeking for the quashing of an FIR alleging the offence of sedition filed against Journalist Vinod Dua, at the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh police. A Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit heard the matter. The SG had sought for an adjournment of “1 or 2 days”. However, the Bench, noting that another important matter had been listed for day after, adjourned the same to next Monday. On 7th July, the Supreme Court had directed the Himachal Pradesh police to file a status report in a sealed cover with requisite details within a week in the ongoing investigation against Dua on charges of sedition. The Bench had also taken note of the questionnaires which Dua was being made to answer by the authorities, and stated that the Dua was under no obligation to answer the same. The Bench had further orally observed that once the details of the investigation had been placed before the Court, and if the Court was satisfied with Dua’s contentions, the FIR would be quashed “straight away”. Today, the SG’s request for an adjournment was opposed by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, appearing on behalf of Dua, who also brought forth the submission that Dua was still being subjected to multiple questionnaires. “This is not fair, my Lords. Questionnaire after Questionnaire is being sent to me. Further, if the Solicitor wants an Adjournment, I am seeking a stay. My Lords have stayed many matters. I don’t understand why this cannot be stayed, when all others are. What are they getting by keeping this Sword of Damocles hanging over me?” The Bench reiterated that Dua did not have to reply to any of the questionnaires, and the SG responded that no questionnaire had been sent by the police. Consequently, the matter will now be heard next Monday. Dua is facing FIRs from multiple states, with the most recent ones being filed in Maharashtra and West Bengal. An FIR had been registered against Dua in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, by local BJP leader Ajay Shyam, pursuant to which he had been summoned by the Shimla Police. On June 14, following Directions were passed by the Bench; “a) Pending further orders, the petitioner shall not be arrested in connection with the present crime; (b) However, the petitioner in terms of the offer made by him in his communication dated 12.06.2020, shall extend full cooperation through Video Conferencing or Online mode; and (c) The Himachal Pradesh Police shall be entitled to carry on the investigation including interrogation of the petitioner at his residence after giving him prior notice of 24 hours and complying with the Social Distancing norms prescribed during Covid-19 Pandemic.” The Bench had then refused to stay the investigation, despite fervent pleas by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who appeared for Dua. Singh had submitted that the FIR was a “harassment” as it was filed for airing views unpalatable to the government. “If what Dua said is sedition, then only two channels can function in the country”, he submitted. The summons by Shimla police came two days after the Delhi High Court stayed an FIR filed against Dua for allegedly spreading fake news through his YouTube show on communal violence in Delhi in February. The FIR filed in Shimla is also related to the show. Next Story
While branches are expensive to operate, they provide golden opportunities to connect with members. To optimize the investment in branches, we must extract every ounce of opportunity to deliver the brand experience and increase member awareness of products and services. Experience engineering encompasses many aspects of branch planning and design, including location and adjacencies, security (incorporating the FBI’s SafeCatch principles), staff training and constant reinforcement, technology integration, and messaging and merchandising.Messaging and merchandising should be included in early planning alongside other elements of branch design. Weak or ineffective messaging and merchandising diminish the investment in this infrastructure. The cost is developing and integrating effective messaging is relatively low with a potentially high return. Failure to include merchandising as part of experience engineering may result in a subprime final product and/or potentially expensive last-minute changes during construction.Some credit unions focus their branch messaging to present a strong brand experience, as in the example of BECU showcasing photos of real members and Northwest locations to make a visceral connection.Other credit unions have told me they do not need to do merchandising because members already know what they offer. But when we do surveys, we find that members do not know their credit union offers small business banking, investments, or even mortgages. A well-conceived messaging and merchandising program can increase both brand connection and product and service use by 10 percent to 40 percent, which provides a quick ROI. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The world number one will be part of the marquee group today at Whistling Straits when he joins Open champion Zach Johnson as well as US Open and Masters winner Jordan Spieth.The trio will tee-off at 20-past-seven this evening, Irish time.Ahead of his first tournament since he ruptured his ankle ligaments playing football, McIlroy says that the injury could have been a lot worse. All five of the Irish players in this week’s field will be among the late starters this evening.Darren Clarke will be the first round at around 20-past six when he plays alongside Steve Stricker and Davis Love III.Shane Lowry will look to follow-up on his win last weekend when he joins Bernd Wiesberger and Webb Simpson on the tee at 6:40pm.At 7 o’clock, Graeme McDowell, will start his championship alongside Patrick Reed and Luke Donald while Padraig Harrington’s group will tee-off at half-past seven.
Quartz Hill High School students will perform the Halloween comedy “The Creature Creeps” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday in the 200 quad cafeteria at the campus, 6040 W. Ave. L, Lancaster. Tickets are $4, or $3 for Quartz Hill High students with Associated Student Body cards. “Samuel Beckett Gets The Blues” will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12; and 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Black Box Theatre at Antelope Valley College, 3041 W. Ave. K. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military; and $5 for students and AVC employees. Call (661) 722-6300, Ext. 6728. “Pride and Prejudice” will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15 adults and $10 for ages 17 and younger. Call (661) 723-5950. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 7-10:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Desert Inn, 44219 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Call (661) 942-8401. Performances are 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 14 and 28. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Ranger-led nature hikes will be held at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By ROB MAADDI | The Associated PressPHILADELPHIA — As Colin Kaepernick watched from the apparel giant’s headquarters in Oregon, Nike aired its highly anticipated ad featuring the quarterback known for his social protests during the NFL season opener Thursday night.The spot highlighting the former 49ers quarterback locked in a grievance with the league aired during the first ad break in the third quarter of the Eagles-Falcons game, which started with no overt demonstrations by players during …
This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Although I wrote a 2012 article for Fine Homebuilding on ways to insulate the cramped attic behind a kneewall, I’ve never written such an article for GBA. So it’s clearly time for a comprehensive article on the topic.A kneewall is sometimes defined as “a short wall under a sloped ceiling.” A typical kneewall is between 3 and 5 feet high. In most cases, a room with a kneewall has a sloped ceiling that extends from the top of the kneewall to normal ceiling height—about 8 feet off the floor. At that point the sloped ceiling usually transitions to a horizontal ceiling.This description applies to the top floor of many one-and-a-half-story homes (like Cape Cod homes) or to a typical bonus room above a garage. Kneewalls can also be found on the top floor of some three-story or four-story buildings.The illustration below shows the various components I’m talking about. (Note that the word “kneewall” refers to the short wall—not to the cramped attic behind the kneewall.)If you are insulating a house with kneewalls, you face an important decision: Should the triangular attics behind the kneewalls be included in the home’s conditioned space, or should they be excluded?For a variety of reasons, the best approach is to include these triangular attics within the home’s conditioned space. Bringing the triangular attic into the home’s conditioned space makes the task of air sealing much simpler, and is the only acceptable method to use if the triangular attic includes ducts or plumbing pipes.If you go this route, you’ll need to insulate along the sloped roof assembly, all the way from the area above the top plate of the exterior wall (at the floor of the attic) up to the “top attic” above the horizontal ceiling…
In this file photo, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, introduces the Amazon Kindle Fire during an event. Photo by AP.Today in Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will take the stage in an event in Seattle. Normally, at such yearly events the eccentric Aamzon mogul announces new Kindle based hardware, including the blockbuster e-readers and the Android (Fire OS) based Kindle Fire tablets. Things could be a little different today. Many expect a smartphone. Reports about this mythical smartphone have been leaking for months. This device reportedly has been in the works for 5 years at Amazon’s LAB126 according to Brad Stone, who also recently published “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon”. A lot is expected off the device and some consider it will be the most game changing mobile device since the original iPhone. We take a look at what to expect from the device. Camera technology The biggest deal about the device is the camera technology that it employs. The phone will sport four cameras in addition to the standard front and rear cameras to facilitate a 3D effect on the screen. While 3D screen have there before on phones like the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D, Amazon’s phone will not have the parallax issues that plagued previous smartphones. The six camera will be able to track the users head to produce a 3D effect on a normal LCD screen.According to Bloomberg, one of the biggest inspirations for such a screen was a demo by now Google employee Johnny Chung Lee, who used the Nintendo Wii remote and custom software to create head tracking technology. Rumours suggest the six cameras on the Amazon phone will allow for similar functionality.advertisement User interface Like Amazon’s Kindle tablets, the phone will almost certainly run on the forked version of Android that Amazon calls the Fire OS. But according to BGR, the phone will have a custom user interface that will leverage the 3D effects. The phone will have a number of 3D effects complimented by a many motion gestures that will let the user navigate the menu’s and will also let the user pull up more information by tilting the device.SpecsIn terms of basic specs, the rumoured device will not have exactly cutting edge specs. It will only have a 720p 4.7-inch screen, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Some of the latest Android phones have massive QHD screens and have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, so comparatively the Amazon phone will be little short on ammunition.However, this still is a formidable package, which would do a late 2013 flagship proud, so there will be ample firepower on tab. Amazon will obviously banking on its unique 3D screen and interface for a very unique experience.As for the cameras on the front and back, the Amazon phone has been reported to have a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a low resolution front facing camera.On the face of it, the 3D functionality looks quite novel, but if Amazon can show compelling software experiences that tap into the capabilities of its new hardware, then one could be really looking an interesting device.
Story Highlights The intensive programme from October 18 to 27 will cover a range of issues pertaining to radio, film and television development strategy, new media developments, operations, and innovation The Information Ministers Seminar and Workshop will bring together senior level participants from 20 developing countries The Minister without Portfolio with Responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer left the island on Tuesday, October 15, for China where she will participate in a seminar/workshop for Information Ministers from developing countries. The seminar which will be held in Beijing is organized by the Government of China.The Information Ministers Seminar and Workshop will bring together senior level participants from 20 developing countries, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Lesotho, South Africa, Sudan, Mali, Chile, Antigua & Barbuda, Cuba, Grenada, Papua New Guinea and Fiji.The intensive programme from October 18 to 27 will cover a range of issues pertaining to radio, film and television development strategy, new media developments, operations and innovation of broadcasting organisation and exchange and co-operation between China media and broadcasting organisation and foreign partners. The participants will also be engaged in a study tour to Shanghai.While in China, Minister Falconer will also hold direct talk with officials of the Chinese State Council Information Office, State Administrators of Radio, Film and Television as well as the Chinese National News Agency.Minister Falconer’s trip is funded by the Chinese Government with support from the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica. She will return to the island on October 29, 2013. Minister Falconer will return to the island on October 29, 2013.