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Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline, Tesco, and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Alan Oscroft | Sunday, 16th August, 2020 See all posts by Alan Oscroft Enter Your Email Address What’s the best investing strategy during a recession? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. So, the news we’ve known about for months has finally been confirmed. The UK is officially in recession for the first time in 11 years. In formal terms, that means the economy has shrunk for two quarters in a row. Between April and June, the economy declined by 20.4% compared to the previous quarter. So it’s a biggie. But on the upside, the bulk of the pain happened in April, and May and June have actually seen an uptick.Has your investing strategy helped you through?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…If you invest in shares, you won’t need me to tell you that the UK stock market has crashed this year. And despite the pullback we’ve seen since the early carnage, the tentative recovery has cooled off a bit as people realise how long the economic downturn could continue.So what investing strategy should we go for now? Which shares should we invest in to keep us financially safest until the danger is past? You’ll read plenty about recession-proof stocks these days, and I do think there are some very good picks out there. They’re companies that produce things we just can’t live without. Things that people carry on needing even during the toughest of times.So a supermarket like Tesco seems a clear choice to me. Then we have Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser, which between them are responsible for a vast range of consumer brands with wide coverage of cleaning and health products. A medical emergency like Covid-19 reminds us that the big pharmaceutical firms are vital parts of our first-world lives too. So GlaxoSmithKline and AztraZeneca will always feature in my list of defensive stocks for times of recession.Profitable portfolioIt’s no surprise that this group of stocks would have made for a good investing strategy. GlaxoSmithKline is the poorest performer in 2020 with a share price fall of 9%. At the other end, we have Reckitt Benckiser, which has soared 22%, with AstraZeneca not far behind on 14%. A portfolio of these five stocks would have had you on financially safe ground this year.But, you might be thinking, it’s a wee bit late for me to be extolling the virtues of these stocks. Surely it’s too late to talk about how to invest for a recession after the recession has already been going for months. Waiting for a market crash, then selling all your fallen stocks and buying safer ones at higher prices? Well, that wouldn’t help your bottom line very much at all.Timing the recession?When is the best time to move to recession-proof stocks? I say that time is all the time. I think the best investing strategy during a recession is the same as the best investing strategy always. If you base your lifetime investing strategy on Warren Buffett’s first rule of investing, which says “Never lose money“, you should end up with safe, defensive, stocks that can see you through any recession and help provide for a comfortable retirement.And if you add Buffett’s second rule to your strategy, you could be set for life: “Never forget rule number one.”last_img read more

first_img Howard Lake | 5 July 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Art of Fund Raising About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  8 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgThis year, Saint Mary’s will welcome six international students and two international sisters. These Belles hail from China, El Salvador, Ghana, Germany, Mexico and Uganda.Alice Yang, associate director of International Education, expressed the importance of the College’s integral mission of protecting all students during the pandemic.“The coronavirus has disrupted our world in unprecedented ways, including higher education, but our commitment to students’ health and safety remains our top priority,” she said.To uphold this commitment to students’ health and safety, Saint Mary’s will accommodate international students who choose not to take classes on campus by allowing them to take online courses in their home country.Yang acknowledged the faculty and staff who have facilitated these online courses for international students.“The College is trying to be flexible during COVID-19 and does everything to meet our students’ needs. The Office of Student Academic Services and our professors are very supportive of our students,” she said.Saint Mary’s also assisted international students who could not return home when campus closed in March.“The College continued to offer housing for [international students] who had nowhere to go in March when the College closed the campus,” Yang said. “[Our students] even joined the Notre Dame international students in the Morris Inn for a while. A few students have been living on campus … even though they have already graduated.”In light of the changing Immigration and Customs Reinforcement policies this summer affecting international students, Yang hopes to express Saint Mary’s tolerance toward all students.“The College wants to do what it can to make [international students] feel welcome on our campus,” she said.In addition, Yang emphasized the necessary role international students play in educating their peers and the entire campus community.“It is so important to host international students on campus. They enrich our learning environment, bring diversity and different cultural perspectives to classroom discussions, offer international friendship and language exchange and help our students and community learn about the rest of the world,” Yang said. “They are not only students but also culture and language teachers.”Tags: COVID-19, International students, saint mary’s, Welcome Week 2020last_img read more

first_imgSteam locomotives and railroads conjure up images of a mostly bygone era. What was once the heartbeat of the Industrial Revolution, has now been reborn and repackaged, ironically enough, as an environmentally sustainable green space for outdoor recreation. Around the 1970s many railroads were abandoned leaving an industrial scar on the land and a vacant resource in desperate need of a renaissance. Stepping in to fill that void, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was formed in 1986 and began to convert old railroad tracks into multi-use paths. It is in this storyline that the Virginia Creeper Trail (VCT) was born. Fall on the Creeper Trail.Fall on the Creeper Trail. JR PThe history of the VCT is as long and twisty as a railroad itself. Where the VCT lies today was once part of the Norfolk & Western Railway’s Abingdon Line. Starting in the 1800s, trains began transporting timber from old-growth forests located atop Whitetop Mountain to a lumber mill in Damascus, Virginia. The line earned the nickname of “The Virginia Creeper” due to the sluggish speed it traveled up and down the steep mountain grades. In fact, rail workers were able to walk beside the train and pick berries before hopping back on. By the late 1920s the local lumber industry had shut down, and for the next 50 years the line served as a passenger train helping to connect the isolated mountain towns in the region.By the late 1970s, Abingdon dentist Dr. French Moore Jr. began to champion the idea of converting the defunct rail line into a trail. He met fierce opposition from some of his neighbors and locals in other towns along the line who feared the change that this new resource might bring. Moore persevered. With help from his state senator, Rick Boucher, and the backing of the National Park Service, he was able to see his vision come to fruition in 1987 when the entire 34.3-mile Virginia Creeper Trail was opened to the public.Today the VCT is considered one of best rail trails in the eastern United States, regularly attracting thousands of visitors each year. That tourism traffic has turned the towns of Abingdon and Damascus into recreation hubs, providing a base of operations not just for the Creeper Trail but for Southwest Virginia’s other outdoor hidden gems. Areas like Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, and Iron Mountain Trail are all easily accessible from these towns and offer plenty of options for a multi-day trip to the region.The VCT is tucked into a sparsely populated corner of Virginia and runs from Abingdon to Whitetop Mountain on the Virginia/North Carolina border. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians share the crushed-limestone and hard-packed dirt trail. It’s extremely popular with families looking to have an all-day, or even overnight, bike trip. Kids will love the downhill, coasting friendly nature of the trail from Whitetop to Damascus. At times the trail parallels Whitetop Laurel Creek through a deep narrow gorge where there are both spectacular whitewater rapids and the occasional quiet swimming hole. At other times the trail crosses trestles, some of which are more than 500 feet high and afford insanely beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. White steeple churches and homes from an early era dot the landscape as you enter and exit towns.A perfect day for a ride.A perfect day for a ride. jmangum2Another draw of the VCT is the availability of rental bikes and shuttles. How does a 17-mile downhill ride sound? Several outfitters will rent you the bikes and shuttle you to Whitetop Station where you can cruise back to Damascus, aided significantly by gravity. Or take the full 34-mile ride all the way back to Abingdon to experience the entire trail. In Abingdon the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop will provide everything you need. In Damascus, you’ll find a half dozen outfitters providing shuttle services and bikes to help you enjoy the trail.Hitting the trails.Hitting the trails. US Forest Service – Southern RegionAs much as the VCT is a tour through nature, you are never too far away from amenities. Every 8 miles or so there is a restaurant and restrooms. Damascus and Abingdon are the two biggest towns and offer a wide range of options. Creeper Trail Café, Mojo’s Trailside Café and Coffeehouse, and Damascus Old Mill are located in Damascus. Old Alvarado Station is located halfway between Damascus and Abingdon. These are popular spots and cover all the bases for food and drinks. In addition to the bike outfitters in the region, Sundog Outfitters in Damascus and Highland Ski and Outdoor Center in Abingdon offer a wide assortment of backcountry goods for those taking to the trail.Piggybacking on the popularity of the VCT, local fly fishing, rafting, and zipline outfitters have sprung up making the area even more vacation-worthy. If you are an avid mountain biker who seeks out backcountry adventure, you would be hard pressed to find a better area to ride. There are tons of gnarly ridgeline trails (Iron Mountain being the most popular, but only one of many) that are kept in great shape by motorbikes, but are just as fun on mountain bikes.Boulderers will find a few gems along the VCT and a lifetime’s worth of projects in Grayson Highland State Park. Sport climbers and trad climbers will be amazed at the quality of the sandstone found at the recently re-opened Hidden Valley, near Abingdon.Misty morning on the trail.Misty morning on the trail. JR PThe VCT is growing in popularity and every year more and more visitors discover what this region of Southwest Virginia has to offer. Folks like Lawrence “The Legend” Dye, who has spent the better part of 25 years advocating for the Virginia Creeper trail by riding it daily, logging nearly 200,000 miles on it. The trail has replaced the locomotive culture that once was the lifeline of the region. The famous steam locomotive photographer O. Winston Link chronicled the Norfolk and Western line, with his most famous photograph titled, “Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper.” This photo documents the definitive end of the horse-drawn buggy era and showcases the new “steel horse” era. Coincidentally, I’d like to think if Link were still around today he would snap another photograph highlighting one of the many steam locomotive relics alongside the VCT, bowing to the human-powered transport found on the trail today.Originally written by RootsRated for AbingdonVA.Featured image provided by David Joycelast_img read more

first_img April 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Signs Six Bills into Law Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed six bills into law, including:Act 18 – House Bill 794, sponsored by Rep. Gillespie, amends County Code, standardizing the authorization of the local option hotel tax at up to 5% for jurisdictions that are below the 5% threshold.Act 19 – House Bill 1278, sponsored by Rep. Emrick, amends Title 75 (Vehicles), in other required equipment, allowing for heads up displays to be projected.Act 20 – House Bill 1329, sponsored by Rep. English, requires certain hospitals to allow patients an opportunity to designate caregivers in patients’ medical records and imposing duties on hospitals.Act 21 – House Bill 1340, sponsored by Rep. White, Amends Title 68 (Real & Personal Property), in condominiums, further providing for creation, alteration & termination of condominiums & for management; by extending the time by a year, from 3 to 4 for when an action to recover a lein must be initiated by an owners association.Act 22 – Senate Bill 1022, sponsored by Sen. Argall, authorizes the Department of General Services, with the approval of the Department of Human Services & the governor, to grant & convey to the Municipal Authority of the Township of South Heidelberg, Berks County, or its assigns, a permanent sanitary sewer easement & temporary construction easement.Act 23 – Senate Bill 1068, sponsored by Sen. Smucker, authorizes the release of Project 70 restrictions on certain lands owned by the City of Lancaster, Lancaster County, in exchange for the imposition of Project 70 restrictions on other lands, and other consideration.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgSmith’s history through 2018 backed that assessment.In three seasons at the University of Louisville, Smith had nine home runs and a .410 slugging percentage in over 400 at-bats. In his first three minor-league seasons after being chosen by the Dodgers with the 32nd overall pick in the 2016 draft, Smith hit .236 with a .420 slugging percentage and one home run every 23.1 at-bats.“I felt like I had to prove I was a little more consistent offensively,” Smith said, looking back on the goal he took into this past winter. “Everyone believed I could do it. It was just a matter of showing it day in, day out.”He has shown it and is showing the potential to be that rarest of commodities — a catcher who impacts the game both offensively and defensively.At Triple-A this year, he hit .269 with a .605 slugging percentage and 20 home runs in just 61 games. And in his first taste of the major leagues, Smith has been an impact offensive player with a .305 average, .712 slugging percentage and six home runs in his first 20 games. Combine the Triple-A and MLB numbers and Smith could be a 30-home run player this year, having hit one every 10.8 at-bats in 2019. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco The emergence of power — admittedly in a year when the home run numbers in the Pacific Coast League have taken a massive jump — was just “a byproduct” of the work he did with Brown and Van Scoyoc.“The changes were primarily aimed at making him a better overall hitter,” Brown said. “But at the same time, it improved his ability to be more efficient, more direct to where he could get to balls that he wasn’t able to get to before. The general scheme allowed him to just cover more, do more, spend more time on the plane of the pitch. Get on plane earlier and be in a better athletic position. The main purpose is just to get Will Smith better.“Like ‘The A Team’ — you love it when a plan comes together.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers opened their camp in Glendale this spring, they had a blue-chip catching prospect that evaluators agreed had the upside to be a two-way player at a position with precious few these days.That player was Keibert Ruiz.His fellow catcher and sometime minor-league teammate, Will Smith, was also a blue-chip prospect at the position, one who was more advanced defensively than Ruiz. But there were questions about how much Smith would be able to contribute offensively at the major-league level.“I think he could contend for a Gold Glove defensively,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this spring, forecasting Smith’s big-league arrival at some point in 2019. “It’s just about getting him to the point offensively where there’s more of the consistency that we think is in there.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “I think there was a lot more, as a younger player, swing and miss,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Smith’s offensive game. “There was a loop in the swing and there was a question about him being able to make contact with velocity. But he’s really cleaned up the path. Credit to him. There’s mechanical changes that he’s made in the calendar year that he’s really taken to.”Smith spent last September with the Dodgers, though not on the active roster. It allowed Smith to speed up the learning curve when it came to the responsibilities of a catcher at the major-league level — game-planning, pitch-calling, working with pitchers and the like.His offensive game got the same push during the off-season.Smith spent about a week in Los Angeles following the season working with the Dodgers’ “hitting department” — hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc, hitting strategist Brant Brown and assistant hitting coach Aaron Bates. Smith wasn’t alone. The trio worked with a number of the Dodgers’ major- and minor-league hitters throughout the offseason.With Smith, they analyzed the “movement pattern” in his swing, what it meant and what he should change. After the work at Dodger Stadium, Smith returned to Louisville with a set of drills to do, staying in contact with Brown and Van Scoyoc via text and video throughout the winter and returning to LA for more hands-on work in January.“There were a couple things,” Brown said of the adjustments Smith was challenged to make. “He had what we would call a high usage of vertical force. There’s force that rotates which is kind of like under and through. Then there’s force that goes up which is like up and under. He had a very high vertical force — like a Freddie Freeman, guys like JT or Verdugo that are more linear. But at the same time, there was some swing path patterns that were a little delayed. He wasn’t as efficient as he needed to be with the way his arms operated and the way he controlled the bat, the angle of the bat.“It wasn’t a really tough scenario. We basically said, ‘Let’s try this with this then let’s try this with this.’ We ran through a couple drills. He is a very smart hitter, a very high baseball IQ. So once he got the feel he was able to run with it even though at the beginning he felt like he was doing something really weird. But it looked right. … We always say if it doesn’t feel different or weird then you’re probably not doing it correctly.”Most importantly, the changes made sense to him, Smith said.“It’s mainly about my direction,” he recapped. “I’m not closing off, stepping towards the plate. I’m stepping open, away from the plate which helps keep my direction in line, allow my hands to work.“I knew I needed to change and improve. I’m always trying to improve. They came up with some ideas that felt good, felt like it was going to click and I just stuck with it.”The offseason work “jump-started” his 2019, Smith said. Success at Triple-A — and in his first big-league cameos — bred confidence.“I knew it was in there. It was just a matter of getting out here and doing it,” Smith said.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

first_imgYesterday’s early dismissal of Barbados Pride opener Kraigg Brathwaite lifted the spirit in the Jamaica Scorpions camp and now they have a fighting chance of topping the visitors in their West Indies Cricket Board Regional First-Class match at Sabina Park.Brathwaite lasted just an additional nine minutes and 11 balls on yesterday’s second day before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off the bowling of spinner Nikita Miller without adding to his overnight score.With Brathwaite gone, the rest of the Barbados Pride batting struggled against Miller and they were dismissed for 217 in their first innings.The Scorpions, who scored 177 in their first innings, then ended on 22 for two at the close, 18 runs in arrears, after rain forced the abandonment of some of the second and all of the third session of play.”Overnight, I was thinking about it I was thinking I have to get rid of Kraigg early in the morning as he is the person his team basically bats around,” stated Miller, who, in another outstanding spell of left-arm spin bowling, finished with eight for 67.”The plan, therefore, was to go hard at him and get him out, and it worked. I am happy for the team,” said Miller, who extended his lead atop the tournament’s bowling charts to 56.Meanwhile, looking at the state of the game, which is scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. today, Miller said the Scorpions remain hopeful.DRIVING SEAT”I think Barbados are in the driving seat now,” he said. “We are still in the negative and need to get a lead before we lose anymore wickets.”Brathwaite, meanwhile, whose overnight partner Royston Chase, after resuming on nine went on to score a 53, said with the wicket good for spin bowling, he will be looking to his spinners in Jamaica’s second innings.”Our batting did not do as well as we had expected as, from day one, the pitch has been taking some spin and is not an easy wicket to bat on,” he said.”Jamaica also have an experienced bowler such as Miller, who kept it tight.”But we have some spinners that can come into play, and once we can string those dot-balls and build pressure, I think we will come out on top.”Other scores:At the National Cricket Centre, Trinidad and Tobago: Leeward Islands Hurricanes 225 all out; Trinidad and Tobago Red Force 264 for six.At Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia: Windward Islands Volcanoes’ 216; Guyana Jaguars 310 for seven.SCOREBOARDSCORPIONS 1st Innings 177PRIDE 1st Innings(overnight 103 for three)*K. Brathwaite st Walton b Miller 66R. Chase c wkp Walton b Miller 53+S. Dowrich lbw b McCarthy 5K. Stoute lbw b Miller 17J. Greaves c and b Miller 14J. Warrican lbw b Miller 3H. Walsh Jr c Campbell b McCarthy 22M Cummins not out 8Extras (b1, nb8) 9TOTAL (all out, 83.3 overs) 217Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-58, 3-71, 4-108, 5-113, 6-134, 7-162, 8-166, 9-199, 10-217.Bowling: Dawes 12-3-39-0 (nb4), Gordon 7-1-18-0 (nb4), D Thomas 2-0-20-0, Miller 37-11-67-8, Jacobs 11-3-28-0, Campbell 9-1-27-0, McCarthy 5.3-1-17-2.SCORPIONS 2nd InningsS. Thomas c Brathwaite b Warrican 5*J. Campbell not out 10K. Edwards c Chase b Warrican 2A. McCarthy not out 5TOTAL (2 wkts, 12 overs) 22Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10.Bowling: Warrican 6-2-10-2, Cummins 2-0-3-0, Chase 4-0-9-0.Position: Scorpions trail by 18 runs overall.Toss: Scorpions.Umpires: Christopher Wright, Nigel Duguid.last_img read more

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Watford are reportedly eyeing up a £10m move for goalkeeper Ben Foster, who was recently relegated from the Premier League with West Brom.According to the Sun, Foster could yet grab a top-flight lifeline with the Hornets, a club he previously played for as a loanee between 2005 and 2007. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The Vicarage Road side are currently looking to offload Costel Pantilimon to Nottingham Forest or Aston Villa and hope Foster will put aside his Baggies loyalties and join them this summer. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND 1 TOP WORK LIVING THE DREAM targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Foster wants first team football center_img three-way race LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED Transfer News targets Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Manchester United and Manchester City have considered Foster as a potential second choice goalie for their 2018/19 campaigns, but it is understood he wants to play every week.The 35-year-old may be tempted by Premier League contract as he will have a cut in salary at Championship West Brom.last_img read more

first_imgCareer Guidance Counsellor Rory White’s column series continues with a guide for students to understanding the UCAS system: So what is UCAS?UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Application Service for higher education courses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the equivalent of the CAO system here.  The website is www.ucas.com  Is the application process the same as the CAO? No, it is quite different.  Students can choose up to five courses and will be required to achieve specific grades rather than CAO points.  Applicants must supply predicted grades for their Leaving Certificate and also an academic reference.  However, perhaps the most important element of the UCAS application is the personal statement. Why is the personal statement important and what should I consider when putting it together?The personal statement is very important indeed and worth paying time and attention to.  Its purpose is to make the most suitable candidates stand out. It should be engaging and personal and highlight the experiences and interest you have shown in the particular career area you are applying for. Any work experience or volunteer work you have done should be included as should any information sessions you have attended- this all demonstrates that you are serious about pursuing a career in the area. Writing a vague personal statement, for instance if a student is interested in a couple of career areas, might hinder your application. Finally, get someone to look over and proof-read your statement before submitting. There are several good videos on the UCAS website that offer good tips. Should I be concerned about Brexit or studying outside of the Republic of Ireland?The dreaded ‘B-word’!  The terms for studying in the UK have been protected for 2020 entry in that Irish students will still be treated the same as UK students (and vice-versa for UK students wanting to study in the ROI) and there is a memorandum of understanding that this should continue post Brexit.  (www.education.ie/Brexit) Students who intend studying in the UK, with a view to later working in the ROI should ensure the degree you are thinking about will be recognised to work for the relevant governing body in the ROI- for example a student studying an Arts or Humanities degree with a view to teaching in ROI must get their degree recognised by the Teaching Council which can prove problematic at times, so it is worth looking into.What about costs and can I still apply for a SUSI grant?The application for UCAS costs £20 if choosing one course and £25 for more than one (up to a maximum of 5) Currently fees for courses in Northern Ireland are typically £4,275stg and up to £9,250stg in England and Wales.  Irish students opting to study in Scotland are still considered as ‘Home’ students and will not be required to pay fees. (www.saas.gov.uk) Students eligible for the SUSI grant can still avail of the maintenance element of the grant, but SUSI will not pay for course fees.  For the fees, many students avail of a student loan which can be paid back after completion of your degree and when earnings are over £18,935.An enticing option for students interested in healthcare courses is that the ‘Allied Health’ courses in Radiography, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy have no fees (These all, with the exception of Podiatry, require you to sit HPAT-Ulster) while Nursing degrees, as well as having no fees, also include a bursary. (www.ulster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/full-time-fees/funded-courses)How and when will I know if I have been offered a place?This is not an exact science as each college and course can be different, it is best to keep checking into the track facility for correspondence.  When responses have been received from all choices made, the applicant will be given a date by which to respond to the offers. The applicant can then choose one course they have been offered as their ‘firm’ choice and one as their ‘insurance’ choice. All other offers must then be declined. Offers made will be conditional and entry will be based on meeting the conditions of the offer.Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available.Career Guidance with Rory White: Understanding UCAS was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:careersCollegeeducationucasUniversitylast_img read more

first_imgRedding >> Returning from injury, Red Bluff’s Jayne Brandt performed well in a number of events over the weekend at the Sierra Nevada Bill Rose Junior Olympics in Redding. Brandt won the 100 breast stroke, placed runner-up in the 200 breast stroke and finished top 10 in many more races of the 15- to 16-year-old group. Brandt’s victory in the 200 breast stroke was a personal best and AAA qualifying mark of 1 minute, 17.19 seconds. Brandt also helped spearheaded a couple relay wins, swimming …last_img read more