The current coronavirus situation of 2020 differs greatly from the Wuhan-originated sickness that caused a plethora of missing toilet paper, xenophobia and threats of cancelled sports seasons. Now a pandemic earning a spot in the history books, COVID-19 impacts every aspect of civilian life, from one-on-one communication to the freedom to leave one’s house. According to The New York Times, as of May 15, new cases of coronavirus were decreasing in 19 US states, increasing in three and remaining the same in the other 28. According to Worldometer, there are 4,904,566 total global coronavirus cases, out of those, 320,326 are dead and 1,916,024 have recovered.
The results are in…The Feather Online is a recipient of a 2020 Online Pacemaker from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), April 17! Out of the 28 finalists recognized across the country, The Feather is one out of 16 schools, only two in California, to receive this award. This is the seventh Online Pacemaker for The Feather since its first in 2005/2006. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the spring awards conference in Nashville, TN, the ceremony was streamed online from Minneapolis, MN.
With mandates from government leaders to suspend school and stay at home, teachers scramble to find ways to continue proper education for students. From Harvard University’s free online classes to videos about AP courses from the College Board, various organizations release free resources to benefit students across the nation.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) runs rampant across the globe, cancelling, postponing or altering most aspects of civilian life. Amidst toilet paper missing from grocery store shelves and the transition to online school, verbal, auditory and visual providers of entertainment attempt to engage with the public through media platforms. Due to the social distancing and shelter in place mandates, film making, sports events and concerts have been delayed or called off to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Digital and radio news increase in value as updates spread through screens rather than word of mouth, especially during the quarantine.
Through rain, hail or shine, the annual Kids Day event across the Central Valley has prevailed for the past 33 years, incorporating thousands of volunteers and raising over $600,000 in 2019 for Valley Children’s Hospital. Despite the growth of community support, the recent global outbreak of COVID-19 presents an obstacle which has caused the cancellation of Kids Day and thrown millions into a panic: coronavirus. Kids Day 2020 was planned for March 10, however, as the event revolves around students and community members exchanging money and newspapers, spokeswoman for Valley Children’s Healthcare Zara Arboleda announced the cancellation of the event to avoid potential spread of the virus.
The City of Fresno suffers as one of the worst cities for poverty concentration in the nation. Of the 500,000 residents from around the globe that inhabit Fresno, 28.2 percent live under the national poverty line. Moved by the city’s statistics, organizations gather together to mobilize the community for action. The Well Community Church hosted Discover Fresno, a one-day event used to inform citizens about the needs of the city and volunteer opportunities for Fresno residents, Feb. 8. Over 250 guests attended the event which included ten breakout sessions and opportunities to engage with the session speakers.
The topic of climate change creates a topic of discussion that has divided the globe over the last 30 years. Colliding with politics, social issues and religious beliefs, climate issues continue to aggravate an age of apathetics and activists who struggle to find a common ground amidst the controversy. According to NASA, scientists ascribe the climate shifting issues (including global warming) to the human expansion of the “greenhouse effect”. Scientists study this phenomenon in relation to rising oceans and planet temperatures.
The world has high hopes for the new decade as millions anticipate the Summer Olympic Games, the Mars 2020 Mission and the rise of the high speed rail. As the US braces itself for a plethora of new films, music and sports events, it also makes way for the 59th annual US election year. True to the common saying, actions often speak louder than words. Although voting is part of an American’s freedoms, when a vote is not backed up by action, it amounts to nothing but weight in the ballot box. Voters’ goals are transformed into reality when they initiate change, rather than waiting for a politician to act on their behalf.
A red sun glows over New South Wales (NSW), Australia as the most catastrophic fires in the country’s history ravage the soot-stained earth. Millions of animals flee the forests and plains to escape the bushfires singing over 24 million acres of Australian landscape (larger than Long Island and Manhattan combined). An estimated one billion animals have already perished and as Australia is just beginning their summer season, the flames show no signs of stopping.
The Tubbs fire in Sonoma County blazed for 123 days, killing 22 civilians and singeing over 36,000 acres of land in northern California, 2017. Two years later, residents of the Santa Rosa area faced a similar threat: the Kincade fire. Sonoma County civilians like Josephine Wiegel faced evacuations and emotional damage after the flames consumed their community. Wiegel, a programmer analyst for the County of Sonoma information system department, lived in the Santa Rosa area for one year before the Tubbs fire swallowed up much of the surrounding community. Moving to Sebastopol after the fire endangered her and her family, Wiegel faced some of the same trauma when the Kincade fire began to spread and threaten the safety of Sebastopol residents in 2019.