Boyz jet off to Chicago

first_imgMIAMI, United States (CMC): Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are set to leave Miami today for Chicago to begin what is expected to be a difficult campaign in Group C of the historic Copa Centenario on Sunday. All but two members of the squad assembled in Florida for a short camp, following their 2-1 victory over Chile last Friday in Vina del Mar, and have been undergoing final preparation for the June 3-26 showpiece in the United States. Captain Rodolph Austin, who plays his football in Denmark, joined the squad on Monday, while defender Wes Morgan is set to link up with the contingent in Chicago today. Morgan recently captained Leicester City to their historic capture of the English Premiership title. On Monday, Jamaica further enhanced their match preparation with a 2-0 victory over American Premier Soccer League side, Boca Raton FC, at the Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. England-based Joel (Jobi) McAnuff and Dever Orgill, who plays in Finland, both scored in the game where most of the squad got time on the pitch. Since then, the squad members have gone through their medicals and light pool sessions. Jamaica, who qualified for the Copa Centenario by virtue of being the reigning Caribbean Cup champions, will be hoping to build on their performance in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup when they reached the final of that tournament. They played unbeaten in the preliminaries before edging Haiti in the quarter-finals, shocking the United States in the semi-finals and clinching a spot in the final against Mexico, where they eventually lost. Jamaica open their Copa campaign against Venezuela at Soldier Field on Sunday, then follow up against Mexico on June 9 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, before closing out against Uruguay at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The Reggae Boyz contested last year’s Copa in Chile, losing all three of their preliminary games 1-0 against Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.last_img read more

L.A. kids still in U.S. cellar in grades 4 and 8

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Looking at the trend, we’re going in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. “The work that we’ve done and the focus continues to show at least promising practices in what we need to do.” The NAEP assessment, based on district achievement trends on standardized tests, compared 2005 test scores with 2003 data. It found the average math score for LAUSD fourth-graders was 221 out of 500 – up slightly from 216 the previous year but still below the large central-city average of 230 and the national average of 239. Among eighth-graders, the score rose to 257 – up from 245 the previous year but also still lower than the large-city average of 269 and national average of 280. Los Angeles students fared even worse in reading – averaging 196, up slightly but still below the large central-city average of 208 and national average of 220. Math and reading scores of Los Angeles Unified’s fourth- and eighth-graders showed no improvement over last year and continue to lag behind both state and national averages, according to a national report released today. In reading, performance of students in fourth and eighth grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District was the worst among 11 of the nation’s largest urban school districts, according to the report card by the National Assessment of Education Progress. In math, fourth-graders ranked eighth among peers in districts including Boston, Houston and New York, while eighth-graders fared better than peers in just two districts: the District of Columbia and Atlanta. But LAUSD officials said Wednesday that a review of the district’s performance over four years shows it is making gains that outpace those in the 10 comparable school districts. And while eighth-graders scored 240 in reading, that was still 10 points below the large central-city average and 21 points below the national average. Meanwhile, LAUSD’s African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander and white students saw no significant change in their NAEP average score. Latino and lower-income students were the only groups to buck the trend and boast a higher average score over the years compared. While LAUSD has the highest percentage of Latino students of all the large districts studied – about 75 percent in both grade levels – the improvements in that group could be because the district focused on underperforming students, district officials said. “Our improvement strategy has been to use standard-based, rigorous and coherent curricula that are supported by research, and to focus on expanding and deepening teachers’ understanding and use of high-quality instruction that meets the needs of English learners, standard English learners, students with disabilities, and all other students in all classrooms,” LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer said. “As a result of our efforts, we are seeing a steady rise in our reading scores and in the performance of English learners.” And the improvements are noteworthy, Wong said – particularly since, of the 11 districts studied, LAUSD has the highest percentage of English-language learners. In the fourth grade, 48 percent of students are English learners, while the national average is 11 percent; in the eighth grade, LAUSD’s 28 percent compares with 7 percent nationally. “These increases are amazing considering we include almost all of our English learners in the testing sample, as well as our students with disabilities,” Wong said. Any comparison of LAUSD with other districts also should take into account the fact that California has broad testing requirements that other districts might not have, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “Keep in mind, in making those comparisons, that not only does L.A. test a higher proportion of kids by far, but the city has the highest combined enrollment of poor kids and English learners in all of the districts in this project,” Casserly said. “This testing is really the first time we’ve had a multiyear trend line in a way that means anything.” The NAEP reading and math assessments were administered by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year in districts that volunteered. Most of the 11 districts continued to gain in math, but progress in reading was less consistent and more modest. And the achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups remained a challenge. “Performance in the participating districts varies. Some are above the national averages for different groups of students and some are below,” said Darvin M. Winick, chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP. “There is still quite a bit of room for improvement. But on average, when demographics are considered, student performance in the (participating) districts is similar to the performance of their peers nationwide.” For the latest school news, go to (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDeputy Doherty with Irish children in Perth, Australia during a visit.Deputy Pearse Doherty has hit out at successive Governments over their treatment of the Irish living abroad, saying that the welfare of the diaspora continues to be shamefully ignored.The Sinn Fein TD made the comments following responses he has received from the Minister for Foreign Affairs in relation to government efforts to tackle the on-going plight of undocumented citizens living abroad and figures provided to him from the Department concerning funding levels allocated to support Irish emigrants overseas.Deputy Doherty said before Christmas recess he decided to highlight in the Dáil the continuing difficulties faced by our undocumented citizens scattered across the globe. “I asked the Minister to give details of the efforts made by the government to negotiate a dedicated visa waiver programme for Irish migrants living illegally in the US.“The Minister responded to state that while achieving relief for the undocumented was, as he claims ‘a priority’ for his government, he admitted that representations to the US authorities on the matter had not resulted in a ‘more encouraging outcome’ and, in essence, the Minister failed to give evidence of any progress having been made to improve the status of Irish emigrants living illegally there.“And while the plight of the undocumented living in the US has been around for a long time now, it’s clear that a whole new wave of undocumented citizens is brewing on the horizon as has been highlighted recently by the growing number of Irish citizens being deported from Australia for having overstayed their temporary visas.”He added that the assistance which has been provided by the government to the now large Irish community residing in Australia has also been extremely piecemeal. “If we look at recent data from the United Nations it’s estimated that there are 77,513 Irish born citizens who are today living in Australia, while temporary entrants to the country from Ireland reached 27,140 in 2014 according to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.“Despite these huge numbers, the government still only gave a meagre €401,362 in funding to non-profit organisations and projects aimed at supporting Irish communities living in Australia in 2014 via the Emigrant Support Programme, an initiative created to develop links between Ireland and the global Irish community.“In fact, if we look at the total funding which is to be provided to the diaspora through the ESP fund for 2016, it’s still 23% lower than it was back in 2008 despite the Minister in the Dáil boasting of how funding for the diaspora has been increased compared with previous years.”“It’s a shameful indictment of government attitudes towards the Irish overseas community and particularly to all those organisations which for years now have continued to provide support and assistance to our citizens abroad.“There have also been repeated calls made by Irish emigrant groups for voting rights to be granted to citizens overseas and yet today, even in spite of the Constitutional Convention recommending as far back as 2013 that voting rights in Presidential elections should be extended to citizens living in the north and abroad, the diaspora remain without a voice in our democracy.” “I myself was privileged to have had the opportunity a few years ago as a Public Representative to visit Australia where I heard first hand from Irish emigrants about the desire to be given the right to vote in elections back home in Ireland.“During my trip I met with Irish communities in cities such as Perth, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, and I spoke with a number of local politicians, trade unionists as well as Irish organisations about the important role played by the global Irish.“I was greatly impressed with the many young Irish people I met whilst visiting the country who themselves had only recently arrived in Australia to look for work, sadly having been forced to leave our island due to the failed economic policies implemented by successive governments at home.“Given the harrowing experiences faced by our undocumented and their families living illegally in the US down through the years, it’s imperative that this government does not make the same mistakes by failing to adequately lobby for the welfare and fair treatment of Irish citizens who’ve recently left our shores in search of work. “This is why I intend to raise the growing number of Irish people who’ve been removed from Australia and other destinations abroad with the Minister in the coming days where I’ll be urging that he does everything possible to ensure that the failings of the past are not replicated and that our newly broadened diaspora, wherever it is they should now call home, do not have to endure the same anxiety and anguish as those who’ve gone before them and who’ve left such a positive impression of Ireland on the world stage.”SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS HAVE FAILED THE IRISH DIASPORA – DOHERTY was last modified: January 13th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Deputy Pearse DohertyDiasporadonegallast_img read more