Financial aid sign ups down slightly among potential college students

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa College Aid reports a slight drop in the number of students filing the information that’s used to determine if they qualify for federal aid, state-funded grants, and scholarships provided by colleges and universities.  Spokeswoman Elizabeth Keest Sedrel says the filing rate for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA fell from 54 to 52 percent. “We’ve been working on pumping up the FAFSA filing numbers for several years — and we’ve been very successful — we’ve been seeing year-over-year increases,” according to Sedrel. “And, along  about March when COVID really became a big issue in the United States, Iowa like all of the states in the country, really saw those rates start to dip.” She says part of the issue could be the seniors have been at home and not in school. “When K-through-12 schools closed the physical campuses, high school seniors wouldn’t have had regular personal contact with their school counselors any longer.  And a lot of times these school counselors are the ones who facilitate that filing for financial aid,” Sedrel says.  She says it could also be due to uncertainty about what would happen with colleges. “We do think that there was an issue with students not being sure what was going to happen with schools in the fall,” she says.  “A lot of the time period we are looking at here — physical campuses had closed for the remainder of that school year — but schools hadn’t yet announced their plans for the fall of 2020.”  Sedrel says the positive is Iowa hasn’t seen the drop that other states have. “It’s happened all across the country. Iowa has actually seen a smaller dip than most other states — so we don’t want to paint this out to be a dire situation,” Sedrel says. But we are going to have to offset the losses from this year  as we do look to moving forward on these FAFSA numbers.”  She says getting financial aid for students aligns with the Future Ready Iowa goal of  having 70 percent of the workforce with education or training beyond high school by 2025.  Sedrel says students and families can go online and file for FAFSA to find out how much aid is available.last_img read more

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WPB man brutally beats people with bat ‘for no apparent reason’

first_imgTwo people are recovering after investigators say a man attacked them with a baseball bat ‘for no apparent reason.’On Sunday, two men and a woman were walking to a breakfast café located inside a West Palm Beach shopping plaza when a violent attack occurred.Witnesses say the suspect later identified as 24-year-old Yoangel Quevedo approached the group and began swinging the bat “like crazy.”Quevedo went on the attack with his fists and a baseball bat, severely injuring two people and damaging a vehicle, according to the victims, who did not want to be identified.Security guards from a nearby nightclub grabbed the suspect before police arrived at the scene.Quevedo, who has since bonded out of jail, is facing multiple charges including aggravated battery with a weapon.He is expected to appear back in court Oct. 17.The victims are planning to take legal action.“One of the men, who is recovering from severe injuries to his ribs and arms, released the following statement: I feel impotence that a stranger comes and attacks my friend from behind. When I defend him, he attacks me with a bat full of anger and me getting out of work to eat withy wife and with our friend. I don’t feel anger towards my aggressor, but I hope that the law works fairly. There is enough evidence to prove what really happened.” The entire incident was captured on surveillance video.last_img read more

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Watch: Relive magician David Silva’s best moments in Man City colours as he makes…

first_imgImage Courtesy: mancity.comAdvertisement jfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs79wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4wr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) zvreWould you ever consider trying this?😱k5Can your students do this? 🌚92tu5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Manchester City captain and decorated midfielder David Silva has just completed a milestone of his career: achieving a total of 400 appearances in the Sky Blues jersey.Advertisement Image Courtesy: mancity.comThe 33 year old has been a pillar behind the club’s success, hailed as ‘one of Manchester City’s greatest ever players’, and has won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Community Shields and four League Cups.Below is a compilation of the Spanish international’s best performances on field last season, courtesy to YouTube channel RoMarsh. Enjoy the video below-Advertisement The Spanish international, who won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2008 and 2012, was under the Radar of Roberto Mancini back in 2010, who brought the then 24 year old from Valencia.Advertisement Silva has been a key performer under the current City gaffer Pep Guardiola, who eulogized the skipper in the pre match conference on Friday.“He is a competitor, a winner. Four Premier Leagues he won, and a lot of domestic prizes. This generation of players – like Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero – helped to make this club in a better position in the Premier League and in European competition.” the 48 year old said, courtesy to Goal.com.The upcoming season is going to be the final one for David Silva at the Etihad Stadium, as the player himself confirmed a month ago.Sergio Agüero scored a brace in the match at Dean Court yesterday, in addition to one from Raheem Sterling. Harry Wilson was the lone goalscorer for The Cherries, as the final scoreline was 3-1. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Rhythm Dragons

first_imgThe Kootenay Rhythm Dragons returned from the Kelowna Dragon Boat Festival with the consolation prize . . . as well as some nice looking hats.The festival attracted six women’s teams and 12 mixed teams from as far away as Nelson, Calgary and Victoria. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the impressive results — and nice hats — by honouring the Rhythm Dragons with Team of the Week accolades for their consolation prize.The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons began as Nelson’s first dragon boat team in January 2004 when a group of dedicated women decided to form the club.Through commitment and hard work by this non-profit association funds were raised to purchase the Green and Yellow Dragon Boats.The team in Kelowna includes, (in no specific order) coach Jeanette McCarvell, steers person Janet Stephenson, manager Lauretta Bulanoff and paddlers Yvonne Burrows, Brooke Campbell, Dianne Carlson, Sandra England, Sophie Goodwin, Linda Hoffman, Willa Horsfall, Dawn Jacobsen, Jill Jacobsen, Carla Klein, Frances Long, Lorna Maxwell, Rae McCreignt, Patty McMillan, Deb Myers, Judy O’Leary, Marlene Pozin, Jude Schmidt, Diane Tulloch and Mary Walters.Missing, Lily and Cohoe who donated the hats to the team.last_img read more

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AVANTI BELLO PREVAILS BY A NOSE UNDER BEJARANO TO WIN $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES; O’NEILL TRAINEE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.30

first_imgRACE IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (May 28, 2016)–Trainer Doug O’Neill’s Avanti Bello, who easily dispatched heavily favored Songforjohnmichael turning for home, held off late charging Soi Phet by a nose to take Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Avanti Bello, a 4-year-old California-bred colt by Include, pressed the pace and sat just to the outside of the favorite throughout en route to a final clocking of 1:35.30 for one mile.“I knew Boozer and Songforjohnmichael were coming from shorter distances and were going to show more speed today,” said Bejarano. “I pretended to go to the lead to make the other horses go. They went and I found my position and waited as long as I could until the right moment. I knew that Soi Phet was going to come running in the end, so I wanted to save a little bit.“I thought we won. When we got to the stretch I still had a little horse (left) and he was fine.”Owned by Suarez, Keh, Richardson, Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who is out of the Mizzen Mast mare Masterful Lass, came off a third place finish at 5-2 in the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 16, but was dismissed at odds of 13-1 in the Tiznow and paid $28.80, $11.00 and $5.60.In garnering his first stakes victory, Avanti Bello picked up his fourth overall win from 13 starts. With the winner’s share of $90,000, he increased his earnings to $233,743.“Rafael thought he was like riding a bike a little in that you have to keep his mind on the game,” said O’Neill. “But, at the same time he’s a horse that is very tempting to shoot off to the lead early with because he has the gate speed. Rafael chose to sit in a reserved spot and when he called on him, he chirped at him he had saved enough for the end.”Last in the field of seven older California-bred or sired horses turning down the backside, Soi Phet pulled himself into a joint third mid-way around the far turn under Kent Desormeaux and just missed in a head bobbing finish.“Gallant effort, I thought I won. I thought I won,” said Desormeaux.Off at 5-1, Soi Phet finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of second choice Boozer and paid $5.60 and $4.40.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Boozer was a close second at the rail to Songforjohnmichael into the Club House turn, got shuffled back a bit to the half mile pole but couldn’t go with the top two the final eighth and finishing third, 2 ¾ lengths in front of the favorite.Off at 4-1, Boozer paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.96, 45.93, 1:10.20 and1:22.58.last_img read more

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Thunderstorms: a must to avoid

first_imgTalk to professional pilots and aircraft accident investigators and here’s what they’ll tell you about thunderstorms: avoid them. Don’t try to outclimb them in an attempt to overfly bad weather. Don’t attempt to ‘shoot the gap’ between thunderstorm cells. Give convective, tempestuous thunderstorms wide, wide berth. Respect the fact that they can ruin your day.AirlineRatings.com took a look at some of the more notable thunderstorm–related crashes. We excluded wind shear accidents that occurred close to the ground, on takeoff and landing, focusing on encounters during climb or at cruise altitude. Despite the fact specific Probable Causes may differ, a common thread runs through the record: pilots should never come perilously close to, or actually penetrate, thunderstorm cells.   Suggested Read: Freak thunderstorms set to riseThe record: Air France 447It’s tempting to place the June 1, 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 in this category. But we won’t. Even though the A330’s route over the mid-Atlantic, off the coast of Brazil, put its flight path near a broad band of thunderstorms, the French air accident investigatory agency, the BEA, said the crash was not due weather, but a deep aerodynamic stall. All 228 on board died on the Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight.The accident remains one of the most controversial in history. But it doesn’t exactly fit the classic mold of thunderstorm encounters. Others do.Southern Airways 242The DC-9, on a short hop from Huntsville, Alabama to Atlanta, attempted to shoot the gap ‘twixt two thunderstorm cells April 4, 1977. Approaching a line of storms at 17,000 feet the pilot looks down at his black & white Bendix X-band radar. “Looks heavy,” he says. Nothing’s going through that.” Then, something catches his eye. “See that?” he asks the first officer (co-pilot). “That’s a hole isn’t it?” responds the first officer.“It’s not showing a hole, see it?”Shortly thereafter the first officer asks the captain, “Which way do we go across, or go out? I don’t know how we get through there.”The pilot responds, “I know you’re just going to have to go out and [do it].”“Yeah, right across that band,” answers the first officer.A pair of thunderstorm cells flank the gap that Southern 242 attempts to squeeze through. The one to the north tops out at 46,000 feet; the one to the south forms an anvil-like plateau 5,000 feet higher.As the first officer, who was doing the actual flying, banks to the left he says, “All right, here we go.” In an instant Flight 242 enters a liquid hell with baseball-sized hail crashing against the fuselage.Both Pratt & Whitney JT8-Ds literally suffocate. The compressor blades of the powerplants stall, killing the engines. The DC-9 is suddenly a glider.The crew makes an heroic, but futile, attempt to land on a small rural road. It fails. 72 die, including nine on the ground. Twenty-two originally survive.In its Probable Cause finding the United States National Transportation Safety Board said the crash resulted from “the total and unique loss of thrust from both engines while the aircraft was penetrating an area of severe thunderstorms.” A dissenting NTSB member said the accident was caused by “the captain’s decision to penetrate rather than avoid an are of severe weather.” The dissenting member also blamed the crash on “the reliance upon airborne weather radar for penetration rather than avoidance of the storm system.”Braniff International Airways 352If one captain decided to penetrate a thunderstorm system, nine years earlier another opted, too late as it tuned out, to do a 180-degree turn and try to escape.Flight 352, a four-engine Electra propjet, is making the short hop from Houston to Dallas May 3, 1968, prime thunderstorm season in Texas. While at 20,000 feet the crew asks Air Traffic Control for permission to descend to 15,000 feet and deviate to the west. ATC responds by saying other flights are avoiding the weather by circumnavigating it to the east. The crew responds, “On our [radar] scope here it looks like…a little bit to the west would do us real fine.” Controllers okay a descent to 14,000 feet. Then Flight 352 asks ATC for permission to descend to 5,000 feet, and inquires if there is any hail in the area. Air Traffic Control answers, “No, you’re the closest one that’s ever come close to it yet…I haven’t been able…well I haven’t tried to get anybody to go through it, they’ve all deviated around to the east.”Minutes later Braniff 352 runs into that hail and requests a 180-degree turn. ATC okays the exit. The Electra never makes it out, breaking up in mid-air. 85 dead.The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board’s Probable Cause finding?: “The stressing of the aircraft structure beyond its ultimate strength during an attempted recovery from an unusual attitude induced by turbulence associated with a thunderstorm. The operation in the turbulence resulted from a decision to penetrate an area of known weather.”In the wake of 352, NTSB recommended airlines emphasize weather radar be used to avoid, not penetrate, thunderstorms.It’s a refrain that still rings true today.Northwest Airlines Flight 705 Thunderstorms aren’t unusual over the Everglades of the U.S. state of Florida, even in February. On climbout from Miami International en route to Chicago on February 12, 1963, Northwest Flight 705, a Boeing 720, requests Air traffic controllers allow it to climb to a higher altitude to avoid storms in the area. 705’s crew then tells ATC, “We’re in the clear now. We can see it out ahead…Looks pretty bad.”Controllers clear 705 to climb. ATC and the crew talked about moderate to heavy turbulence. Then, Flight 705 radios controllers, “You better run the rest of [the departing flights] off the other way.”The 720 climbs fast and furious, as much as 9,000 feet per minute. Then, it starts to fall. Somewhere below 10,000 feet the aircraft comes apart. 43 people perish.Investigators found the Probable Cause of the crash to be up and downdrafts, the kind associated with thunderstorms. Those gyrations led to the in-flight breakup of the 720.While thunderstorms per se usually can’t pull an airplane apart, “turbulence [associated with the storms can] cause an aircraft to exceed its structural limits and literally rip of the wings,” said retired Major General Timothy Peppe, Chief of Safety and Commander of the United States Air Force Safety Center in a presentation for the U.S. National Weather Association. This is what happened to Northwest Flight 705.That’s why the experts continue to counsel avoidance. Not penetration, not attempts to overfly or slip between cells.New tools for safer flightsIn an effort to equip pilots with the latest tools to meet the thunderstorm avoidance challenge the U.S. avionics company Rockwell Collins unveiled its new MultiScan ThreatTrack™ weather radar in 2014.Contending it “provides unprecedented atmospheric threat assessment capabilities for transport aircraft,” the system goes beyond predicting hail and lightening within a thunderstorm cell. It actually alerts pilots about treats “adjacent to the cell.” Should the cells be growing ahead and below the aircraft, ThreatTrack Predictive Overflight™ protection alerts pilots if the cells will be in their airplane’s flight path.Then there’s turbulence detection. The system breaks turbulence into two categories: severe and “ride-quality.”When’s the system coming to a carrier you? American Airlines is debuting the new radar on its Next-Generation Boeing 737 fleet. A number of other carriers have opted for the new device for some of their aircraft. Among them are AirAsia, Silk Air, China Eastern, EVA Air, VivaAerobus, Air Algerie and Lion Air.The new radar holds the promise of “helping pilots better navigate disruptive weather threats,” as wells a “smoother flights,” contends Steve Timm, Rockwell Collins vice president and general manager for Air Transport Systems.New detection gear is great, as long as pilots use it to absolutely avoid thunderstorms, not penetrate or skirt them too closely. Good detection tools are never a substitute for good decision-making. If there’s one lesson the accident record teaches unambiguously it’s that.last_img read more

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Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Tablets For Kids

first_imgOne of the biggest questions tech-savvy parents must contend with when it comes to tablets for their kids is this: do I really want to give my precious wee one a really expensive piece metal and glass?Tech blogger Shelly Palmer asked the same question this holiday season and came up with five good tablet options for kids.Palmer’s picks are pretty good, touching on safe and educational options for younger and older kids alike. I like the fact that he threw out an Android- and an iOS-based device, though I’m not sure that I would have picked a Kindle Fire.Unless you want to (a) give your child quicker access to a lot of content that will (b) suck your bank account dry, I’d suggest a Nexus tablet instead. You can still get multimedia content if you want it, but from more sources then just Amazon’s web store.I loved Palmer’s kid-only choices, but you may want to weigh your own budget needs before getting one of these highly specific devices. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, if you’re trying to cut costs for the long term, you may want to buy an Android/iOS device first, rather than a kid device for $99-$199 that they’ll outgrow very quickly and you’ll have to get a new tablet for anyway.But if you have a string of little kids in your creche, I would definitely opt for a kid-specific tablet that can be shared and passed along so it will get more than just a year or two of use if you’re lucky.Time’s running out, so you’ll have to move quick to get a tablet under a holiday tree. But whatever you decide to buy, be sure it exceeds the level of your child’s abilities so they’ll grow into using the tablet over time, instead of outgrowing it next week. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Tags:#tablet 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts last_img read more

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Pharrel William’s fans are not Happy

first_imgNot all Pharrell Williams fans are happy right now.The41-year-old singer has issued an apology for the backlash he hasreceived for sporting an American Indian headdres on the cover of theJuly issue of Elle UK.”I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry,” a rep for the star issued in a statement to the Daily News.Twitter users expressed just how not pleased they were by using the hashtag “#nothappy” along with their opinions on Williams’ controversial choice.Pharrell Williams appears onstage the 56th annual Grammy Awards wearing much more fan-approved headwear. Matt Sayles/Matt Sayles/Invision/APPharrell Williams appears onstage the 56th annual Grammy Awards wearing much more fan-approved headwear.EnlargePharrell Williams wore the hat that makes fans ‘Happy’ to the 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicPharrell Williams wore the hat that makes fans ‘Happy’ to the 35th anniversary gala celebration at The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.Enlarge”Pharell…why?! #NotHappy with @ELLEmagazine for the appropriation of this headdress,” one angered user wrote.Ironically, the “Happy” singer did make note of his Native American ancestry in a 2010 interview with The Oprah Magazine.last_img read more

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Everything you need to know about #NTL2016

first_imgNeed to find out information about the 2016 National Touch League? Everything you need to know is here: 2016 National Touch LeagueDrawLive streamingNTL TV AnnouncementWhat we are looking forward toKeep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksEverything you need!last_img read more

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