Day: July 11, 2020

Fate Of Thousands Of International College Students In CT Unclear

NEW HAVEN, CT —Some 14,000 international students were enrolled in Connecticut colleges in 2019. It was announced by the Trump Administration last week that those students must attend in-person classes or risk losing their visas.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ordered Monday that visa-holding international students at schools where classes are online due to the pandemic will lose their visas and “must depart the country” or “face immigration consequences, including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

Now, a number of Connecticut colleges and universities are pushing back.

“That policy is senseless and cruel,” said Yale Law School Dean Heather K. Gerken. “It forces students, faculty, and institutions to make a terrible choice, and it creates the possibility that students might have to leave the country at the height of a pandemic simply because public health conditions require a university to go online.”

Many schools plan

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As loans run out, small businesses face reckoning amid COVID-19 surge

The resurgence of COVID-19 across the country this summer has deepened anxiety for millions of American small business owners who face another imminent cash crunch in their battle to survive a historic pandemic.

The government’s $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program, first rolled out in April, was supposed to help many businesses and their employees weather the storm. Nearly half of all American workers are employed by a small business.

But now many of the nearly 5 million US companies that got loans say the relief money is running out with little sign the virus is loosening its grip on the economy.

PHOTO: Will Eastman, owner of U Street Music Hall in Washington, D.C., was able to rehire five full-time staff with a loan through the government’s Paycheck Protection Program. (ABC News)

“We’re literally the guy who was jogging and got hit by the meteor like the one in a

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High Schools not playing yet? Kids still finding options to get on the field

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, like many school systems throughout North Carolina, have not yet begun summer workouts for high school sports.

With school activities on pause, some area student-athletes are still finding ways to get into the game this summer, in part to fight boredom, stay sharp and to find new ways to get recruited for college.

For the past several weeks, for example, some of the area’s best high school basketball and football stars have participated in 7-on-7 football and travel basketball events in South Carolina. There’s also been live baseball and track events in the area. Sunday, VTO Sports is expecting more than 150 football players for its Elite 100 Showcase Camp at the Matthews SportsPlex.

For 17-year-old Olympic High football player D.J. Bradford, there’s no question about participating, even during a pandemic.

“My whole household has been worried about the COVID thing,” Bradford said, “but I’ve got to take

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On board Tui’s first post-lockdown flight

Passengers alighting TUI's first flight after lockdown
Passengers alighting TUI’s first flight after lockdown

The appeal of package holidays is ease and convenience. But in a post-lockdown world, when even basic travel manoeuvres can feel painfully complex, it’s hard to imagine how they’ll work. Until a week ago, the idea of a beach break in the Med felt about as likely as a trip to the moon.

What a difference a few days can make.

Tui, the UK’s biggest provider of fly and flop breaks, is determined to save our summer by relaunching holidays this weekend. Flights to Ibiza and Palma will operate from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham from today (July 11), with more routes and regional departures promised in weeks to come. Greece will be open from July 15, and Turkey is set to follow in August.

Ahead of the Brits’ return to the Med, I joined a special charter to Ibiza, to find out what’s

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A first look inside Disneyland Florida after four-month hiatus

Disney Land, Florida
Disney Land, Florida

Walt Disney World’s vital influence on Florida’s extensive tourism industry will be put to the test this weekend as the huge Orlando resort re-opens its theme parks for the first time since mid-March.

Amid a raft of new procedures, adaptations and health and safety regulations, the House of Mouse is being seen as the potential saviour of the Sunshine State’s virus-hit economy that has suffered a massive downturn since the advent of Covid-19.

Orlando remains in a state of deep tourist depression and in urgent need of an economic turbo boost, despite other parks and attractions like Universal Orlando and SeaWorld reopening more than a month ago. Only this week, one of the leading local hotel chains – the Rosen Hotels group – announced its first round of redundancies due to continued lack of demand.

The company’s president and chief operating officer Harris Rosen amitted that “since

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How University of California campuses are opening this fall

University of California campuses will offer mostly online instruction this fall, but each school has the power to set its own rules and at least two of them are already revising early plans to account for new coronavirus outbreaks.

Some schools plan to offer 30% of instruction in person, while others intend to limit on-site coursework to laboratory and studio classes. Some are prioritizing incoming freshmen for campus housing while others plan to reserve rooms for students with special circumstances, including financial need.

As the pandemic’s trajectory continues to change, university administrators warn campuses may revert to reduced operations even after the fall semester begins.

At least two schools — UC Berkeley and UC Merced — are already reevaluating their plans in light of recent COVID-19 developments. At Cal, that’s because frat parties triggered an outbreak that more than doubled the total number of infections tied to Berkeley’s campus, officials

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More Residents Refusing To Participate In Contact Tracing

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL — While Hillsborough County’s positive test rates for coronavirus continue to soar, health officials say their ability to trace the coronavirus has declined, placing the county at a major disadvantage in combating the spread of the virus.

That was the word from Dr. Douglas Holt, director of the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, speaking to members of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group Thursday.

Joined by Dr. Marissa Levine of the University of South Florida College of Public Health, Holt told EPG members that contract tracing provides crucial information in identifying community patterns and hot spots, and the county just isn’t getting the cooperation it needs from residents.

According to an updated model by PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Florida has the potential to be the next epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, with Tampa Bay specifically called out.

“We are

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Ghislaine Maxwell requests bail due to ‘risk of coronavirus’

via REUTERS
via REUTERS

Ghislaine Maxwell has applied for release from jail on the grounds she might be infected with coronavirus while awaiting trial for allegedly grooming young girls for convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The 58-year-old British socialite is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, ahead of her appearance in court next week on charges of trafficking and sexual exploitation and abuse of minors.

However, in a request filed to the US District Court in Manhattan, her lawyers argue that she is at “significant risk” of Covid-19. At least 55 inmates and staff at the facility have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Her lawyers are proposing a $5m (£4m) bond, the surrender of her passports, “stringent” travel restrictions, and home detention with electronic monitoring.

They also argue she is not a flight risk because she remained in the US after Epstein’s arrest and suicide in prison.

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Trump’s campaign to open schools provokes mounting backlash even from GOP

President Donald Trump has been on a rampage against public schools and colleges all week, threatening to use the power of the federal government to strong-arm officials into reopening classrooms.

But his effort is now creating a backlash: An overwhelming alignment of state and even Republican-aligned organizations oppose the rush to reopen schools. The nation’s leading pediatricians, Republican state school chiefs, Christian colleges and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have all challenged parts of Trump’s pressure campaign.

“Threats are not helpful,” Joy Hofmeister, the Republican state superintendent of public instruction in Oklahoma, told POLITICO on Friday. “We do not need to be schooled on why it’s important to reopen.”

Both Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have issued federal funding threats to schools that don’t fully reopen. On Friday, Trump went a step further in blasting online learning — which many school districts and colleges are planning to use

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Supervisors Of Elections Urge Residents To Vote Early Or By Mail

TAMPA BAY, FL — With the 2020 primary coming up on Aug. 18 and the general election on Nov. 3, Tampa Bay supervisors of elections are working together to help residents get out the vote in the age of coronavirus.

Hoping to avoid long lines of masked, socially distanced voters at polling places during the primary, the supervisors of elections are encouraging residents to look at the alternatives to in-person voting.

The deadline to register to vote or change your party affiliation is July 20.

Vote By Mail

  • Contact your supervisor of elections office no later than Aug. 8 to request that a ballot be mailed to you, or you may pick up a mail ballot at an elections office in your county.

  • Mail ballots must be received by your supervisor of elections no later than 7 p.m. on primary day, Aug. 18.

  • Don’t forget to sign your vote by

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