Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf February 07, 2016 Budget News, The Blog, Videos On Tuesday, February 9th at 11:30 AM, Governor Tom Wolf will deliver his 2016-2017 Budget Address. The speech will be live streamed on our website at governor.pa.gov/live. You can also find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Watch this budget preview from Governor Wolf — and make sure you tune in for the full 2016-2017 Budget Address live this Tuesday at 11:30 AM at governor.pa.gov/live.Today, we stand at a crossroad. The path we choose will have a profound impact on our commonwealth’s future. My proposed budget provides a clear vision for a promising future for our state. It assumes the bipartisan budget agreement that proved elusive in December is ultimately enacted this year. It provides a plan for 2016-17 that meets our needs and continues to restore the cuts to our schools.We must, however, acknowledge that a failure to act has severe consequences that will be felt across the Commonwealth. If we do nothing, and continue the status quo, our schools will face impacts that cut deeper than anything we have faced in recent memory.In fact, it would result in another $1 billion cut from education; doubling down on the deep cuts of the past.Funding for home- and community-based services for seniors, veterans and child care would be reduced by hundreds of millions.Bond ratings would be lowered again, while debt costs and local property taxes would soar upward. And our deficit would balloon to over $2 billion dollars.We must take action to avoid this from happening to our state and to our future. We still need schools that teach, jobs that pay, and a government that works. BLOG: Watch a Budget Speech Preview from Governor Wolf
Like many freshmen at USC, Meghan Johnson, an undeclared freshman, is stressed. She is taking a biology class, a chemistry class and Johnson is enrolled in Thematic Option.Stressed out · Jason Cho, a freshman majoring in biology, completes his homework in a study lounge. Only 51.9 percent of students reported their emotional health was “above average,” according to a UCLA survey. – Robin Laird | Daily Trojan “There’s just a lot of work for those classes, so there is stress to do well on them and get everything done on time,” Johnson said.This year’s college freshmen have the highest levels of emotional stress in 25 years, according to an annual survey conducted by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute.The results of the survey, “The American Freshman,” are generally considered the most comprehensive representation of the emotional well-being of college freshmen. This year’s survey consulted more than 200,000 incoming freshmen at 279 four-year colleges across the country.Only 51.9 percent of students rated their emotional health as “above average,” a decrease of 3.4 percent from 2009.Because stress levels are higher than ever, the number of students seeking out help has risen, as well.To adapt to the growth in demand, USC increased its counseling staff last spring. Two half-time psychiatrists and one full-time employee who helps students with referrals for therapy off campus have been hired, Rosenstein wrote.“Grades, parents putting pressure on you because they want you to get good grades, scholarships to keep, there’s a lot of stressful things,” said Helene Jouin, a junior majoring in environmental engineering.The survey also revealed an important gender gap: Less than half of the female students surveyed described themselves as emotionally healthy, compared with 59.1 percent of male students.Dr. Ilene Rosenstein, director of Counseling Services at USC, said in an e-mail that, in general, females also seek out counseling more than males. At USC, 60 percent of the Counseling Service’s clients are female, Rosenstein wrote.“We clearly have seen nationally and at USC an increase in symptoms in young adults,” Rosenstein wrote. “It is true at all college counseling centers across the U.S. that the numbers of students seeking counseling has increased significantly, doubling and tripling over the last decade. Universities have increased staff, understanding the importance of quick access to counseling, so minor problems don’t become bigger issues … We will continue to offer preventive programs while balancing the need for clinical demands.”The results of the study also underscore the influence of the economic downturn and how it creates additional stress for students who worry about being able to pay for college. According to 62.1 percent of students in the survey, the recession impacted their college choice.The anxiety induced by economic hardship doesn’t end once that choice is made. Dr. Kelly Greco, staff psychologist at Counseling Services, said she observes students facing the challenges of today’s economic climate.“In terms of how the economy hits, how people survive financially and how this impacts [a student’s] family — so maybe they need to pick up a job because their family can’t support them anymore. I really see how this impacts them on a day-to-day basis, and then their academics,” Greco said.According to the survey, more freshmen now depend on loans, grants and scholarships to pay for college. USC raised its financial aid budget this school year in response to increased need.Many students find scholarships difficult to come by. Anar Bhansali, a sophomore majoring in business administration, has experienced anxiety in her search for scholarships.“It’s very disappointing when you apply for so many and don’t get the scholarship that you want,” Bhansali said.And though financial aid does relieve some stress, it comes with its own pressures.Kristin Burger, an undeclared freshman, said she regularly experiences this pressure.“Just being here costs a lot, so I have to watch everything,” Burger said.With increased stress levels, it’s crucial that students learn the coping skills necessary to deal with stress.“I can’t always do as well as I want to and that’s stressful,” Jouin said. “To cope, I run a lot. I feel like exercise makes such a difference, because when I exercise it’s a good way to vent.”Greco emphasized the importance of being aware of outside resources, such as counseling services at the University Park Health Center, and having a network of people — peers, family, faculty and advisers — to rely on.“It’s really important that people continue to reach out and get the support that they need and use coping skills,” Greco said.“It is true at all college counseling centers across the U.S. that the numbers of students seeking counseling has increased significantly, doubling and tripling over the last decade,” Rosenstein wrote. “The good news is that treatment, including therapy, works and gives lifelong skills to help students reach their goals.”
Only the winning team from each of the blocks (apart from the block of the defending champions that will produce two teams) will qualify for the final tournament, slated for Tanzania next year.The Eaglets will play their first match of the tournament on Monday, against their Burkina Faso counterparts, before taking on Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday and Benin Republic next week Sunday. Host Niger Republic will trade tackles with Ghana’s Black Starlets and the Baby Hawks of Togo in the 7-Nation WAFU Zone B.Five of the 20 players selected for the tournament by Head Coach, Manu Garba (who led Nigeria to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates five years ago) are from the U-15 National Team, otherwise known as Future Eagles – proof that the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship is indeed a worthwhile venture. The U-15 boys won silver medals in the football event at the third African Youth Games held in Algeria last month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The contingent of Nigeria’s U-17 boys, Golden Eaglets, have arrived in Niamey, capital of Niger Republic for the WAFU B U-17 Tournament which serves as the qualifying competition for the 2019 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.A total of 16 players and members of the technical crew and backroom staff departed Abuja aboard an ASKY airline flight on Friday morning. The remaining four players as well as Head Coach Manu Garba and Team Administrator Sirajo Hassan, who could not travel on Friday as there were not enough seats available on the flight, will fly from Abuja on Saturday morning.A new format approved for the competition at the CAF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly which took place in Rabat 13 months ago means countries in each regional block gather in one country within the block to play a qualifying tournament, as against the old format of home-and-away qualifying series.