Anonymous Donors Pay Off Millions in Student Debt for 400 Low-Income College Graduates

first_imgCHECK OUT: Landlord Hands Over His Family’s Stimulus Check to His 13 Tenants So They Could Save on Rent“With student loans increasingly becoming a financial burden, SRA is grateful for the opportunity to facilitate relief to our hardworking alumni who have become highly productive members of the workforce nationwide,” said SRA CEO Elizabeth Devaney, who informed the grads of their relieved debts in a Zoom call this week.Kimberly Armstrong, who owed $300,000 in law school debts, is just one of the SRA students who has now been freed from the financial burden thanks to the generous donation. She told KPIX: “It’s a shock; it’s amazing; it’s a relief, though … Literally, it’s a weight lifted.”MORE: Billionaire Who Promised to Pay Off College Debt for Grads is Now Paying Off Their Parents’ School Debt TooDr. Zachary Tabb, who owed $160,000 in medical school debt, agreed with the sentiment.“It’s life changing. I’ve had debt … really my entire adult life. And so it’s just something that—everywhere you go—it follows you,” he told reporters. “It’s really a generational impact. To completely un-burden myself and all of them … has a real multiplicative effect … not only on [my fellow SRA scholars’] lives, but on the contributions they can make to society.”(WATCH the heartwarming coverage below — or our international viewers can watch the video on the CBS News website)Be Sure And Share This Inspiring Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMore than 400 California college graduates were left overwhelmed with joy and surprise earlier this week after they were told that anonymous donors had paid off their student debt.The unidentified benefactors paid off the debt by donating more than $8 million to Students Rising Above (SRA), a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that helps send low-income, first-generation college students through college and provide them with personal guidance, mentoring, internships, and career guidance.Despite how 100% of SRA students are from low-to-moderate incomes and 62% are living below the federal poverty line, however, the average SRA grad finishes school with $8,000 in debt.last_img read more

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Success for Messer despite credit crisis

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New Wallenius Wilhelmsen ship named

first_imgBuilt at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in Korea for owner Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tijuca is able to carry up to 8,000 cars or a combination of 3,486 cars and 466 trucks/buses. It has reinforced and moveable vehicle decks, as well as an extra wide and strong 320-ton capacity stern ramp.The new ship will replace an older and smaller vessel in the WWL Australia service, which provides six sailings per month from Europe, including four direct from North America.Yijuca offers increased capacity for high and heavy rolling cargoes such as agricultural, mining and construction machinery, as well as non-containerised and static cargoes such as power generation and mining equipment.last_img

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AG’s office pays men £25,000 more than women

first_imgThe attorney general’s office is one of Whitehall’s worst offenders in terms of gender pay parity, according to research by the Guardian newspaper. Women civil servants at Jeremy Wright QC’s department are paid an average of £36,250 while men get £61,240, according to analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics.The AGO has relatively few staff (about 40) and therefore small movements can skew the statistics, the research acknowledges. Yet the gap has widened by 18 points in the last decade, to 41%.A spokesperson for the office said: ’In a very small organisation like AGO, minor changes in staffing can lead to significant changes in percentages so we do not believe too much can be read into these statistics. We are strongly committed to diversity: our two most senior members of staff are women and over half of the Executive Board are women.”The AGO has recently appointed a diversity champion and said it has policies in place to encourage female applicants for roles and to ensure equal treatment of candidates.The average gender pay gap across all government departments and agencies is 13% (with men earning an average of £28,280 and women £24,680). The Ministry of Justice doing slightly ‘better’ at 11% (excluding agencies).Since 2008 the pay gap has widened at 23 of 97 government departments or bodies. These include the Supreme Court (14% wider).A Cabinet Office spokesperson quoted by the paper said: ’The most recent ONS report shows that overall, the civil service gender pay gap has narrowed, but in small organisations it is very sensitive to minor changes in staffing. The pay gap is affected by differences in seniority, profession and regional distribution of staff, which can be very different across departments and are not controlled for in the raw data.’In autumn this year we will be launching our new diversity and inclusion strategy, which outlines plans to achieve our aim of becoming the most inclusive employer in the UK by 2020. The strategy will set out how we will continue to improve the gender balance of the civil service at all levels.’last_img read more

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Ziggy rebels with a cause

first_img Sharing is caring! 107 Views   no discussions EntertainmentNewsRegional Ziggy rebels with a cause by: – May 30, 2018 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share (Jamaica Observer) Ziggy Marley says he is revolting for the love of humanity on his latest album, Rebellion Rises.The 10-track set debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart yesterday.“I feel like if we focus on what we are here for instead of what we are against, we are more likely to achieve it,” the eight-time Grammy Award winner told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.“It’s a more positive outlook on what I am calling a rebellion, to bring out the love in humanity. The ‘against’ will take care of itself; we are focusing on what we are here for and looking to achieve,” he continued.Rebellion Rises is the seventh studio album for the son of reggae legend Bob Marley. The self-produced set was released on May 18 by Tuff Gong Worldwide.The first track, See Dem Fake Leaders, describes chaos and destruction caused by leaders with malevolent intentions. Marley said it was partially influenced by United States President Donald Trump.“It has an influence on it. The influence comes from where we are now, but it’s not like there weren’t fake leaders in the past years,” he said. “When you look at Africa in the past years, there have been leaders who allow the natural resources to go to waste. It’s just that current situations make me want to speak out on it now.”Other songs include Your Pain Is Mine; Circle of Peace featuring Stephen Marley; and The Storm is Over, which marks the debut of his 11-year-old son Gideon Marley.“I was recording the album at my house and the kids were playing around and they like the music. One day I asked him if he wants to sing on the record and he said yes. It took us a while to get it done; we spent weeks where he did it over and over again because I want him to realise it’s no joking thing,” said Marley.“I am doing what my father was doing with me, in that I am using his example but I am more hands-on, more verbal and more interactive,” he added.In 2016 Marley received a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for Ziggy Marley. But he said he has his eyes set beyond another Grammy for Rebellion Rises.“Dem music yah bigger than Grammy — that is never and has never been the objective or the goal. It’s not about the Grammys, other people watch that — I am focusing on spreading the message across humanity,” he said.Ziggy Marley’s tour commences next week and will run until September across the United States, Europe and Asia.Marley, who could not recall when last he was in Jamaica, said there is no specific reason for the lack of promotion in his homeland.He, however, said his campaign for peace and unity will continue after the tour.“Every generation has had a messenger with the same message we are giving. Really it’s something that will continue until love outweighs hate in humanity, so we’ll be doing this as long as necessary. Right now it is important, as bad as we see things are, it’s important in our awakening…nuh matter how you see the fake leaders a gwaan, music plays a part in that awakening.”last_img read more

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Commentary: Henry can pull an Elliott for Tide in 2015

first_imgWill Alabama lean on running back Derrick Henry to carry the offense in its pursuit to win a national championship this season?Will Alabama lean on running back Derrick Henry to carry the offense in its pursuit to win a national championship this season?Ezekiel Elliott proved last season how important a running back can be in college football.Fourteen teams averaged between 477.7 and 303.3 yards passing, but Ohio State leaned on Elliott in winning a national championship in the first year of the College Football Playoff. He rushed for 696 yards in Ohio State’s final three wins as he put up a career-high 246 in title game against Oregon.This was after rushing for 220 yards in the Big Ten championship game and 230 on Alabama in the national semifinals. Elliott scored eight times in Ohio State’s final three games.So keep passing if you want, but if you’ve got a game changer in the backfield, feed him the ball. Alabama, Georgia and LSU have that, which makes them serious contenders to win it all this season.Nick Chubb emerged out of Todd Gurley’s shadow to finish second in the Southeastern Conference in rushing last season with 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman.Derrick Henry led the Crimson Tide in rushing with 990 yards on 172 carries. With T.J. Yeldon battling injuries, Henry averaged 7.1 yards in Alabama’s last two games.Then there’s Leonard Fournette, who has the greatest upside of the three. Like Henry, Fournette shared carries, but managed 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns on 187 attempts as a true freshman at LSU.Now I like Arkansas’ 1-2 punch of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, whom both rushed for 1,000 yards last season. Bret Bielema gets them their touches, too.Roc Thomas could have that breakout year at Auburn. He’s talented, in a great offense and plays alongside a QB-WR combo in Jeremy Johnson and Duke Williams capable of opening up the run game.Missouri’s Russell Hansbrough gets it done and anyone in the same backfield as quarterback Dak Prescott at Mississippi State will be solid, but none of them are better than Henry, Chubb or Fournette.However, will the SEC’s top trio of backs be focal points of their offenses this season like Elliott was down the stretch in Ohio State’s national championship season? They should be.Not only are Henry, Chubb and Fournette the best offensive players on their respective teams, Alabama, Georgia and LSU each have question marks at quarterback.Jacob Coker still hasn’t nailed the starting job for the Tide and who knows how LSU’s quarterback situation will shake out. Brandon Harris is more talented than veteran Anthony Jennings, but has he learned from the lumps he took as a freshman last season and is he ready to take leadership of that offense?Georgia’s starting quarterback could very well be graduate transfer Greyson Lambert. He started at Virginia, but it’s a lot to ask a quarterback to learn the system and be the man in three months.Out of the three coaches, Mark Richt will most likely focus his offense around his star back. He didn’t change much last season when Gurley got hurt. Chubb averaged 23.5 carries in UGA’s last eight games.I expect that trend to continue, unless Richt starts thinking about how Gurley went down. Richt might not want to put the wear and tear on Chubb in fear he may lose him to injury as well.Nick Saban loves running the ball — by committee to keep fresh legs — but he’s not deep at that position.Tyren Jones was booted off the team after marijuana charges, Bo Scarbrough injured his knee in spring practice and Altee Tenpenny transferred to UNLV. That leaves Henry and Kenyan Drake, who is Alabama’s most explosive offensive weapon, but had a season-ending leg injury last year.This situation could turn out to be a blessing for Alabama.Saban leaned on Mark Ingram in 2009 and Trent Richardson in 2011 – and finished both seasons with a national championship. Ingram ran the ball 271 times for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns and Richardson had 283 rushing attempts for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns.In two seasons, Henry has a total of 207 carries. If he gets that number of touches this season, Henry can have an even bigger year than Richardson and Ingram because of his ability to break the long run.I don’t see Saban trusting Coker or whoever he starts at QB to make many plays, particularly early in the season. Alabama doesn’t have a go-to receiver like Amari Cooper, either, but Lane Kiffin is the wild card.Kiffin took Alabama’s offense to another level — and has earned Saban’s trust. So the offense won’t be vanilla. Whatever Saban and Kiffin cook up, Henry should be the offense’s main ingredient.As for Les Miles, who knows what he’s going to do. He mentioned Fournette and Michael Jordan in the same sentence at SEC Media Days last year, but didn’t truly unleash him until midseason. Fournette should be the man out the 2015 gate, but Miles does do funny things with the ball.We’re a long way from January 2016, but like Elliott was last season for Ohio State, Henry, Chubb and Fournette could be the difference in their schools winning it all or falling short of a national title. Duane Rankin, Advertiser columnist, can be followed on Twitter @DuaneRankin or reached at [email protected] gannett.com. Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps herelast_img read more

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