Palm Beach district schools score improved grades

first_imgThe Washington Elementary School Sharks were celebrating on Wednesday, with the news from the Florida Department of Education that the school moved its grade from an F in 2016 to a B in 2017.“It’s unbelievable,” said Washington Elementary Principal Sandra Edwards. “I’ve got a great staff, I’ve got great teachers here, and everyone played a part.”Washington Elementary was one of three schools operated by the School District of Palm Beach County that improved by two or more letter grades, as part of the preliminary school grades released Wednesday by the Department of Education. The other two schools that raised their grades by at least two letters were Liberty Park Elementary, which improved from a D to a B, and Grove Park Elementary, which moved from an F to a C.Edwards attributed her school’s success to “perseverance and dedication” by the school’s teachers, staff, students and parents. She and her team put a game plan in place last summer to boost the school’s grade, “and we never looked back.”Washington Elementary strategy included “double-down instruction,” where students worked with two teachers in one classroom. If students were not working directly with a teacher, they were completing computer-based lessons that targeted students’ areas for academic improvement.Overall, 30 schools operated by the School District of Palm Beach County improved by at least one letter grade. A total of 63 District-operated schools earned A’s from the state and 35 schools earned B’s, which equals 61 percent of traditional schools in Palm Beach County. No District-operated school received an F this year, and only eight District-operated schools received a D.Twelve District-operated schools improved from a B to an A, including:Allamanda Elementary SchoolBanyan Creek Elementary SchoolBoca Raton Community Middle SchoolHammock Pointe Elementary SchoolJerry Thomas Elementary SchoolMeadow Park Elementary SchoolOlympic Heights Community High SchoolPalm Beach Public SchoolPoinciana STEM Elementary Magnet SchoolSandpiper Shores Elementary SchoolThe Conservatory School at North Palm BeachWoodlands Middle School“We are very proud of our students, teachers and administrators for making Palm Beach County schools the highest performing large, urban school district in the state. We have the highest percentage of A and B rated schools in several years and no F-rated schools,” said Dr. David Christiansen, Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools for the School District of Palm Beach County. “This is a testament that our school district is delivering results aligned to our mission to provide a world-class education with equity and access for all students.”Student performance on the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) provides the foundation for state grades, based on a school grading system adopted by the State Board of Education.Districts and schools are rated “A” through “F” based on a percentage of points earned. Schools that did not test at least 95 percent of students received an “I.” The School District of Palm Beach County received a B for the 2016-2017 school year.The 2016-2017 school year is the second year of the state’s revamped accountability system, where FSA learning gains are included in school grades.last_img read more

Caribbean can end AIDS if it speeds up progress

first_imgIn a recently released report, UNAIDs has indicated that the Caribbean region could attain testing and treatment targets putting it on course to end its AIDS epidemic.This goal can be achieved, UNAID said, if the region increases its response to the disease.According to the report, Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, in order to speed up progress the region must ensure more people living with HIV are diagnosed and that there are higher levels of viral suppression among those on treatment.“The region has achieved remarkable progress in expanding HIV services,” said UNAIDS Regional Support Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Dr. Cesar Nunez, “We need to continue work to ensure that we leave no one behind.”TargetsThe report gives a detailed analysis of progress and challenges toward achieving the benchmarks set to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The targets are set for 90 percent of all people living with HIV to know their status; 90 percent of diagnosed people are targeted to access sustained antiretroviral treatment; and 90 percent of all people accessing treatment to achieve viral suppression by 2020.Caribbean on track to reach treatment targetsThe report said the Caribbean has achieved strong progress related to getting people living with HIV on treatment and reducing deaths due to AIDS, but pointed to gaps that remain.In the region four of five people living with HIV who know their status are accessing antiretroviral therapy. This means the region as a whole is doing a fairly good job at starting people on treatment following diagnosis. Haiti is the only country in the region to achieve the second target of at least 90 percent of diagnosed people on treatment.52 percent declineHIV treatment coverage has contributed to a 52 percent decline in AIDS-related deaths in the Caribbean over the last decade, while some 52 percent of people living with HIV in the region are on antiretroviral therapy. However the region is lagging behind on HIV testing and viral suppression, the report stated.last_img read more

UWI criticizes EU over blacklisting

first_imgThe European Union has been criticized by the Vice Chancellor of the UWI for blacklisting some Caribbean counties as tax havens. UWI   The University of the West Indies (UWI) has criticized the European Union over its decision to blacklist a number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries as tax havens. The university warns the unilateral move could have a deleterious effect on the economies of these countries.“This latest decision by the EU is based on new, unilaterally-determined and unclear criteria that differ significantly from the currently accepted international standards of tax transparency, anti-money laundering and accountability,” said UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles.CARICOM countries met standards “These universally accepted standards were established by the Financial Action Task Force and the OECD Global Forum and demanded by the very EU,” Sir Hilary said, noting that CARICOM countries had either met or exceeded these accepted international standards and best practices over many years.Earlier this month, EU finance ministers meeting in Brussels named St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, and Trinidad and Tobago among a list of 17 countries considered to be global tax havens. They said the new list had been drawn up after 10 months of investigations by EU officials.Not doing enough to crackdown on tax avoidanceThe ministers said the countries on the blacklist were not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes. Potential sanctions that could be enforced on members of the list are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.The EU said that as a first step, a letter will be sent to all jurisdictions on the new list, explaining the decision and what they can do to be de-listed.CARICOM has strongly objected to the listing with its Secretary General Irwin la Rocque said the decision by Europe had ‘been based on new and unilaterally-determined criteria that go beyond the generally accepted international tax transparency and accountability standards which our countries have been diligently meeting over the past several years.“CARICOM strongly objects to this listing of our member states and calls on the EU to remove our member states from this pernicious list,” he said, noting that the 15-member grouping stood ready to discuss the matter with the European Council.“A de facto derailing”The UWI Vice Chancellor said the unilateral EU blacklisting was “de facto a derailing of these standards and undermine the entire process of accountability and fairness in financial matters carefully constructed by the world community”.He warned that this “unfavorable and unfair categorization of certain CARICOM countries is likely to result in reputational damage, encouragement of de-risking, including the withdrawal of correspondent banking services and the imposition of costs in the adjustment to new onerous regulatory requirements.“Further, whether intentional or accidental, this action is tantamount to creating a competitive advantage for offshore financial centers operating within the national jurisdiction of European Union member states.“The UWI stands with the governments of the Caribbean in protesting the recent actions by the EU and calling for a more transparent and equitable regulatory system and joins the call for the EU to enter into a process to resolve the issue.“To this end The University of the West Indies . . . will continue to put its expertise and research capacity at the service of governments, the private sector and regional organizations to craft appropriate policy responses,” he added.last_img read more

Police investigate deaths of six members of Haitian family

first_imgBloox Pierre-Louis with wife Maggie Montreuil and two children The police in Haiti have confirmed that the bodies of six members of a family were found in a house in Charrier, in the second communal section of Cap-Haitien on Sunday.The Spokesman for the National Police of Haiti, Divisional Inspector Anasey Dorival, said the PNH had been alerted by neighbors who were concerned on not seeing even a single family member leave the house in recent days.He said on arriving at the scene, the police found the six bodies and have since identified them as Bloox Pierre-Louis and his wife Maggie Montreuil, their two children, Ray and Blooma Pierre-Louis, a niece Michaëlle Elvécius and a brother of Mrs. Montreuil, Tonny Montreuil, who was scheduled to return to the United States on Monday.Commissioner of the Government of Cap-Haitien, Ferney Charles Saint Juste, beleives that they were probably poisoned.He said the bodies had been turned over to the medical examiner and that the police judicial department has opened an investigation to determine the circumstances of their deaths.The police said that no one has been arrested in connection with the deaths.last_img read more

[PHOTO] See Pictures Of Conor McGregor 100ft Yacht Party After Mayweather Defeat

first_imgMixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter cum boxer, Conor McGregor, has gotten the Technical Knock Out (TKO) defeat he suffered at the hands of Mayweather behind him as he parties on a hired 100ft yacht in Ibiza.The 29-year-old Irishman earned a reported sum of £100million from last months “Money Fight” against undefeated Floyd Mayweather and have been partying with friends and family for almost two weeks in Spain’s Balearic islands.Joined by girlfriend, Dee Devlin and son Conor Jr, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) two-weight world champion is surely having a good time. Who wouldn’t after earning £100million in just 30 minutes?Stopped by Mayweather in the 10th round of his boxing experiment in Las Vegas, the “Notorious” is expected to return to MMA.McGregor having a blast. Can’t stop him now.RelatedIbrahimovic Backs McGregor To Beat Mayweather, Says “He’s The Ibrahimovic Of Martial Arts”August 26, 2017In “Sports”Floyd Mayweather: “Having One Woman Is Too Close To Having None”September 15, 2017In “Boxing”VIDEO: Watch Jose Mourinho Give His Verdict On Mayweather Vs McGregor FightAugust 25, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

UEL Review: English Sides Arsenal, Everton Suffer Contrasting Fortunes

first_imgEnglish sides Arsenal and Everton suffered contrasting fortunes in their respective UEFA Europe League (UEL) games on Thursday night.North London giants Arsenal have a foot in the next round after they maintained their hundred percent start to the European season. French striker Olivier Giroud scored in the 85th minute to give the Gunners a slim 1-0 win against 10-man Crvena Zvezda.The hosts had Milan Rodic sent off for two yellow cards with ten minutes to go paving the way for the aforementioned Giroud to score goal no. 101 in an Arsenal shirt some five minutes later to extend their lead in Group H to five points.In Group E, Everton continued their wretched start to the season with a 2-1 home defeat to French club Olympique Lyon in what was a tense affair between the two sides.Lyon took an early lead through a Nabir Fekir penalty after young defender Mason Holgate was penalised for a foul in the box and it was not until the second half that the home side equalised courtesy Ashley Williams.  The joy of equalising was however shortlived for the home side as former Chelsea star Bertrand Traore netted the winner six minutes later.The loss means Everton have just one point from three games in Group E and have made the worst start ever by an English club in the competition to pile further misery on manager Ronald Koeman.Matchday 3 ResultsGroup AFC Astana 4-0 Maccabi Tel AvivVillareal 2-2 Sparta PragueGroup BDynamo Kyiv 2-2 Young BoysSkenderbeu 0-0 Partizan BelgradeGroup CSporting Braga 0-2 Ludogorets RazgradTSG Hoffenheim 3-1 Istanbul BasaksehirGroup DAC Milan 0-0 AEK AthensAustria Wien 1-3 RijekaGroup EEverton 1-2 LyonAtalanta 3-1 Apollon LimassolGroup FFC Sheriff 1-1 Lokomotiv MoscowZlin 1-1 FC CopenhagenGroup GHapoel Beersheva 1-2 Steaua BucharestLugano 3-2 Viktoria PlzenGroup HCrvena Zvzeda 0-1 ArsenalBATE Borisov 1-0 FC CologneGroup IKonyaspor 0-2 SalzburgMarseille 2-1 Vitoria GuimaresGroup JOestersunds 2-2 Athletic BilbaoZorya 2-1 Hertha BerlinGroup KNice 1-3 LazioZulte-Waregem 1-1 VitesseGroup LVardar 0-6 Real SociedadZenit 3-1 RosenborgRelatedUEFA Europa League Wrap: Arsenal Enjoy Six-Goal Thriller With BATE To Consolidate Group H Top Spot As Zorya Shock Hosts AtletiSeptember 28, 2017In “UEFA”UEL Review: English Teams Finish Group Stage With FlourishDecember 8, 2017In “England”Europa League Wrap: Italian Sides Milan, Atalanta Qualify For Knockout Stage After Dominant Win As Cologne Stun ArsenalNovember 24, 2017In “England”last_img read more

German Bundesliga Latest: Bayern Extend Lead With Augsburg Thrashing

first_imgChampions Bayern Munich have extended their lead at the top of the table to six points following the dominant win they recorded against Augsburg at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.In-form Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored a brace to add to Arturo Vidal’s opener for a comprehensive 3-0 victory over the visitors thus maintaining the 100% record club manager Jupp Heynckes has since he took charge of his third spell at the club.The win takes Bayern six points clear after nearest challengers RB Leipzig could only muster a 2-2 draw at 10- man Bayer Leverkusen. Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg scored for the away side.Matchday 12 Results:Mainz 05 1-0 CologneBayer Leverkusen 2-2 RB LeipzigBayern Munich 3-0 AugsburgTSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Eintracht FrankfurtHertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia MoenchengladbachVFL Wolfsburg 3-1 FreiburgMainz 05 1-0 FC Cologne RelatedGerman Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead With Hannover WinDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”German Bundesliga Recap: Gladbach Beat Augsburg To Secure Top Four Place; Leverkusen Into Second Spot After Emphatic WinJanuary 21, 2018In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead After Slim Victory Over Bottom Club CologneDecember 14, 2017In “Europe” Standings (Top 4):1. Bayern Munich 29 points2. RB Leipzig 23 points3. Borussia Moenchengladbach 21 points4. Borussia Dortmund 20 pointslast_img read more

Breaking Point! Paddy Power prices Rex Tillerson as new favourite to leave the Trump cabinet

first_img Updating its ‘Trump Betting Hub’, Paddy Power Politics has priced US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at 4/11 favourite to be the ‘next member of Donald Trump’s cabinet to exit’ the administration.Looked upon as the highest profile member of the Trump cabinet, US media reports that Tillerson’s relationship with Trump is currently at ‘breaking point’.Last week, reports surfaced that an exasperated Tillerson had allegedly called Trump a ‘F**@ing Moron’ in front of senior officials during a heated exchange at The Pentagon.Reacting to the speculation, Paddy Power Politics has priced former Exxon Mobil CEO as the favourite to leave the White House, ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions (current price – 11/4).Furthermore, the bookmaker has opened a new ‘Tillerson Secretary of State’ market, placing odds of 1/3 that Rex will remain as the chief advisor for President Trump’s foreign policy.Adding some extra spice to its US political markets, Paddy Power has further placed odds of 150/1 (less than 1% chance) that Tillerson confirms publically before the end of the year that he did indeed call President Trump a ‘moron’. Submit Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Biggest ever Betting on Football takes on truly international agenda

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 It’s Betting on Football by name, but so many of the topics to be discussed at next week’s international conference are far from exclusive to the beautiful game.Held at Stamford Bridge from 20-23 March, the #bofcon2018 agenda will combine expert analysis of this year’s football frenzy with a tour of the sports betting world and a breakdown of the most pressing international issues for industry leaders.OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez will be opening the ‘Global Market Profiles’ track with an assessment of the licensing opportunity in Spain, one of more than 40 countries represented at this year’s event, with Jdigital Chairman Mikel López de Torre, La Liga Head of Global Partnerships Gregory Bolle and Ficom Leisure Senior Partner Christian Tirabassi.The morning part of the track will also cover preparation for a football-free summer in Italy, before Danske Spil Head of Sportsbook Jens Nielsen, Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink, Better Collective CEO Jesper Soegaard and Jari Vahanen, Senior Vice President for state-owned Finnish operator Veikkaus, combine to explain the success of gaming-based start-ups across the Scandinavian region.Following a lunch break, the focus will turn to tackling the changing laws in Africa and the move towards legalised sports betting across the pond. Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith and Sportingbet Founder Mark Blandford will be among those discussing New Jersey’s attempt to overturn PASPA, which holds direct implications for mainstream US sports such as basketball, as the NBA targets a 1% integrity fee on all bets placed on the competition.The afternoon will include a session on dealing with the opaque regulatory landscape in Asia featuring TCM Inplay CEO Jim Yu and Bill Mummery, Executive Director at SBOBET.Yu said: “When I was invited to speak at Betting on Football 2018, I was super excited. This is one of my must-attend C-level events for the year. Meeting such an amazing group of speakers and experts from the industry at a great venue such as Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge is just bound to create good conversations.”This diverse and international focus is replicated in the Leadership track, which gets underway with an analysis of the philosophy of gambling, and whether there is an acceptable balance between the potential benefits of betting and its potential for harm.After headlining a ‘Managing Risk’ panel last year, Marek Smrha, Investment Manager at Central Europe investment group Penta Investments, is back to help delegates identify the ‘attractive risk’, with Akur Capital Partner David Shapton, Better Collective Head of M&A Michal Kopec and David Levy, Business Development Director at XL Media.Šmrha commented: “We are happy to share our experience as a long-term investor and partner for companies in CEE. With Fortuna Entertainment Group being one of our key assets, we have a vested interest in the future of the gambling industry in the region.”Following the focus on trading tools, the prospect of regulatory backlash is next on the hitlist for our ‘Leaders’. Kindred Group CPO Britt Boeskov, IBAS Managing Director Richard Hayler and Wiggin Partner Stephen Ketteley will be alongside Andy Taylor, Regulatory Policy Executive for the Committee of Advertising Practice, to discuss who’s to blame as established betting jurisdictions start to push back on the industry.Ketteley added: “This year’s agenda is full of incredibly knowledgeable speakers. The ability to hear them speak about their businesses, and the challenges and opportunities for this industry is a real draw. I am also looking forward to meeting the industry’s most innovative individuals and catching up with familiar faces – this is a key event in our calendar.”Meanwhile, the afternoon will feature an update on the changing affiliate landscape by Inbal Lavi from Israel XL Media, OLBG’s Richard Moffat and BetBrain CEO Dan Grigorescu, before Sportingtech CEO Tiago Almeida joins Jacob Lopez, Kambi Chief Commercial Officer Max Meltzer, SBTech Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Cochrane and FSB Tech CEO David McDowell to discuss how suppliers can plan for the potential opening of the US market, and whether operators are too reluctant to experiment with third party ideas.Tickets for the event are still available, to get them please go HEREThere are also still a few sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available – to enquire about these, please contact us on sales@sbcnews.co.uklast_img read more

Expanded profile & responsibilities see Sportradar appoint Tony Aquila as Global Chairman

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit Carsten KoerlLeading sports data, content and media rights distributor Sportradar has restructured and expanded its board of governance, reflecting the firm’s ongoing international growth strategy and the broadening of its core sports stakeholder base.Updating the market, Sportradar confirms the appointment of renowned US enterprise executive Tony Aquila as new ‘Global Chairman of Sportradar Group’.A leading figurehead in technology venture capital, business financing and growth strategy/planning, Aquila currently serves as Founder & CEO of Texas-based automotive technologies and risk management firm Solera Holdings.“I am thrilled to serve at the helm of Sportradar’s global board, especially now, during this exciting time of growth,” he said. “Sportradar has always played a pivotal role in innovating and strengthening the industry as it continues to gain market share in key regions such as the U.S. and secure its leadership position.“I, along with the board, look forward to working with Carsten to help take the company to the next level and continue its aggressive growth and expansion.”In his new capacity, Aquila will be supported by the appointments of Marc Walder, Herve Couturier and George Fleet as new Sportradar corporate directors.A former ATP Tour tennis pro, Marc Walder is the current Group CEO of Swiss media conglomerate Ringier AG, managing a portfolio of high coverage assets across 18 countries.Strengthening its tech, enterprise strategy and logistics dynamics, Herve Couturier the former VP of R&D and technology divisions for European technology conglomerates SAP and Amadeus is confirmed as a further governance appointment.Finishing the triad of directorial appointments, Sportradar confirms seasoned corporate financing and M&A strategy pro George Fleet the current Head of Advisory at Canaccord Genuity as a further director.The four new governance appointments join existing shareholder/board representatives Carsten Koerl (CEO of Sportradar), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), and Silicon Valley-based growth equity firm TCV on the Sportradar Group Board.“We are delighted to welcome Tony and our new group board members during such an opportune time of explosive growth for Sportradar, the source code of sport,” said Koerl. “Each board member brings an incomparable wealth of experience and strategic vision that will further enhance the expertise of our board as we continue to build the ecosystem of sports insight.“We have not only doubled down on the U.S. as the betting market continues to open but are ramping up our efforts to transform the way our betting partners (bookmakers, lotteries and casinos), leagues, broadcasters, and digital/social media companies delight fans and protect the business of sport.”last_img read more