(BPT) - Spending time with people you love is what makes the holiday season special. But for parents and grandparents who suffer from hearing loss, gathering with family and friends can be grueling. One in three adults over 65 experience hearing loss, which can be exhausting. People with even mild hearing loss often withdraw from activities they love due to fatigue, frustration and embarrassment, which can lead to isolation, depression and even dementia. Until recently, hearing aids were expensive and required a prescription from a hearing health professional. That changed in October, when the FDA authorized over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. Now adults with mild to moderate hearing loss can get a pair from their local pharmacy or big box store without a prescription for a fraction of the cost of traditional hearing aids and start experiencing the benefits of better hearing the same day. How to know if someone you love has hearing loss The average person waits seven years … [Read more...] about How to help loved ones hear the joy this holiday season
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers on Friday weighed proposals to ease tensions between France and Italy over migrants arriving on their shores without authorization, including a possible crackdown on charity-run ships doing search and rescue work in the Mediterranean Sea. In recent weeks, several hundred people hoping to enter Europe have been stranded at sea aboard aid ships while countries bicker over whether and where they should be allowed to disembark. It comes during a year in which more than 90,000 migrants have so far arrived in Europe though the Mediterranean, chiefly from Libya and Tunisia — an increase of almost 50% over the same period in 2021. Almost 2,000 people have died or are missing at sea. A diplomatic row erupted earlier this month when Italy maneuvered France into accepting a humanitarian rescue ship, the Ocean Viking, with 234 migrants … [Read more...] about EU weighs plans to impose rules on NGO migrant rescue ships
When Nadine Greene-Hicks met a Central Virginia Community College student who had been in foster care and no longer had a place to live or enough to eat, she had a quick way to help. By filling out an online screening tool, the full-time student was able to find out whether she qualified for a wide array of benefits, including federal aid programs, and connect with local resources such as food pantries and ways to get used furniture. "It's hard to focus on your studies if you don't have a place to lay your head at night," said Greene-Hicks, whose job as the college's community connections coordinator is to try to dismantle barriers students face. They were able to get the student an affordable apartment through a nonprofit group in Lynchburg, connect her to a federal program to help her buy food, and show her that with her student ID, she could ride the bus to school and to work free. "You can just imagine how worried you are and how anxious you could be when you just don't … [Read more...] about Virginia community colleges find help for students in need
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 18 KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An uneasy calm hung over Kyiv on Tuesday as residents of the Ukrainian capital did what they could to prepare for anticipated Russian missile attacks aiming to take out more energy infrastructure as winter sets in. To ease that burden, NATO allies made plans to boost provisions of blankets, generators and other basic necessities to ensure Ukraine's 43 million people can maintain their resolve in the 10th month of fighting against Russia's invasion. Ukraine's first lady implored the West to show the same kind of steadfastness that Ukrainians had shown against Russian President Vladimir Putin's military campaign. “Ukrainians are very tired of this war, but we have no choice in the matter," Olena Zelenska, the wife of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in a BBC interview … [Read more...] about Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 On the first day of classes at North Little Rock High, a crew-cut sophomore named Jerral Wayne Jones found his spot among a phalanx of White boys who stood at the front entrance and blocked the path of six Black students attempting to desegregate the school. In a photograph taken at the scene, Jones could be seen standing a few yards from where the six Black students were being jostled and repelled with snarling racial slurs by ringleaders of the mob. At one point, a Black student named Richard Lindsey recalled, someone in the crowd put a hand on the back of his neck. A voice behind him said, "I want to see how a nigger feels." The ruffian hostility succeeded in turning away the would-be new enrollees. The confrontation occurred 65 years ago, on Sept. 9, 1957, during the same month that a higher-profile integration effort was taking place at Little … [Read more...] about Jerry Jones helped transform the NFL, except when it comes to race
Q: I have been using LinkedIn lately to meet people in my industry and watch for job opportunities. The last time I updated my profile was when I conducted a job search several years ago. If everything has stayed the same with my background, should I take the time to rewrite it? I do not want to confuse my networking connections by changing things around. A: Diligently using LinkedIn is an excellent way to update your skills and share updates with your connections. The same rule of thumb applies to your LinkedIn profile and when using your resume — your information needs to be updated. LinkedIn is a great career tool, and with 740-plus million members, your ability to attract new contacts and job opportunities is much greater. Keeping your information current is wise and sends a positive perception that you are actively involved in managing your career. Even with the best intentions, losing track of your career accomplishments and letting your networking slide becomes easier … [Read more...] about Career Rescue: Keep your LinkedIn profile updated
Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he will call the General Assembly into special session by month’s end to increase funding for pandemic worker bonuses and heating oil assistance and to extend the gas-tax holiday and free bus service. “We met with the legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle, and I think we reached broad agreement,” Lamont said. Suspended on April 1, the 25-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline will be phased in over five months at a nickel a month from Dec. 1 through May 1, sparing consumers an overnight price shock, Lamont said. Without action in a special session, the full 25-cent tax would resume on Dec. 1. Free bus service also would continue until May 1, Lamont said. House Speaker Matt Ritter, D-Hartford, and Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said the Democratic governor and legislative leaders resolved the subjects to be tackled in a lame-duck special session while leaving some specifics subject to further negotiation. The governor … [Read more...] about Lamont, lawmakers agree to extend gas tax holiday, boost pandemic pay for essential workers.
Note: This article contains spoilers about "The Crown." - - - In the new season of "The Crown," the sixth episode opens with a different set of British royals than the ones the Netflix show has followed for five seasons. It's 1917, and King George V is at the breakfast table with his wife, Queen Mary, and eldest son, the future King Edward VIII. A letter arrives from the prime minister, informing the king that the government plans to send a ship to rescue Russia's Czar Nicholas II and his family, but since the czar is the king's cousin, they don't want to do so without his permission. The king, with a parrot on his shoulder, seems more interested in collecting stamps than dealing with affairs of state, and he defers to the queen. The scene ends before we learn her decision. Next we're transported to Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia, where the czar, his wife, four daughters and son are being held. Tricked into thinking they are about to be rescued - by "cousin … [Read more...] about Fact-checking ‘The Crown’: Did Britain’s royals abandon Russia’s royals in 1917?
(BPT) - ‘Tis the season when families across the country start discussing how they plan to finance their children’s college education for the next academic school year. For parents and college and graduate students (both prospective and current), the idea of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ® ) might seem daunting. But don’t fret: filling out the application — which is paramount if you want to qualify for any kind of financial aid — is easier and faster than ever. Plus, the sooner you have this taken care of, the better suited you’ll be if you decide that you need to supplement your federal assistance with a private loan — in this case, SoFi has your back, too. Need a FAFSA refresher? We got you covered! Let’s start with the basics — the FAFSA application must be submitted every year a student hopes to receive any form of financial aid, including federal student loans, grants and Work-Study jobs. Many states, schools and scholarship programs … [Read more...] about It’s not too late to maximize your FAFSA eligibility, apply now