A new book co-edited by a Harvard researcher pulls together a wide range of research on the successes and limitations of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program.The studies, said Philip Sadler, the F.W. Wright Senior Lecturer in Astronomy at Harvard, fall far short of consensus on many areas.“AP classes give a lot to the top students, but pouring money into the program and trying to give every student an AP education is not efficient or effective,” says Sadler.As the AP program becomes increasingly widespread in America’s public high schools, the student demographics that it serves have shifted and rapidly expanded. More than 25 percent of public high school seniors graduating last May took at least one AP test.The elite students the program once catered to have been joined by hundreds of thousands of students who may be less prepared for the rigors of AP course work. That means that the number of test-takers who do poorly on AP exams is growing, and some critics have begun to question the effectiveness of the program.Now, in “AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program” (Harvard Education Press, 2010), researchers present the most comprehensive picture yet of who really benefits from the millions spent each year on AP programs across the country.Most of the studies presented in the book focus on AP mathematics and science courses. Sadler is quick to point out the difficulties of conducting research on the program.“We can’t run control groups in ‘placebo’ classes,” he said. “Even with the best statistical tools, there is a large gray area.”Even so, Sadler and his fellow researchers agree that the AP program has expanded to reach the point of diminishing returns. As more students are pushed to take the courses, the number of students enrolled in them without sufficient foundational knowledge increases. Unprepared students do not gain more from an AP course than they would from a standard course, and schools promoting the program often end up funding the unnecessary failure of students who are pushed to take courses for which they are not ready.Sadler stresses that the effectiveness of paying to bring the AP to new districts must be analyzed school by school. One study in the book looks at Philadelphia, where the city has spent millions of dollars bringing the program to all of its public schools. The students passing AP tests, while low-income, overwhelmingly attend schools that use selective admissions. Students of similar income who attend the city’s regional high schools have a failure rate of at least 41 percent.“We found that AP courses can give strong students excellent preparation for college courses, especially if they earn a 5 on the AP exam,” Sadler says. “However, AP course work does not magically bestow advantages on underprepared students who might be better served by a course not aimed at garnering college credit.”
She has a campaign war chest of $14,135, including $5,273 in contributions and $8,862 from a personal loan. The entire amount has been spent on campaign mail and other materials Phil Berlin, 63, Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport commissioner from 1995-2001, attorney. Berlin, like his wife, Carolyn, also has been a fixture in local activism for decades, taking on development and airport issues. He opposes what he has called the “Los Angeles-ation” of Burbank, saying the current council majority appears to give developers priority over neighborhood residents He has a campaign war chest of $19,396, including $5,396 in contributions and $14,000 in loans. At least $13,593 has been spent. Margaret Sorthun, 71, did not return calls requesting an interview. At a recent candidate forum, she expressed opposition to increased traffic congestion and growth in the city. Sorthun served on a committee reviewing the city’s fencing ordinance, and she favored limiting construction of multiunit residential housing to preserve single-family home neighborhoods. Sorthun also proposed creating neighborhood committees to solve parking and other local problems. She filed a short form, declaring her campaign expenditures were less than $1,000. Vahe Hovanessian, 32, Burbank Water and Power board chairman, attorney. Hovanessian has been a perennial candidate for the City Council since 2002. His issues include better zoning and planning review, competitive salaries to retain and hire quality municipal staff and to address traffic. His campaign finance disclosure declared only a $520 loan to himself, of which he spent $495. Whit Prouty, 42, real estate agent, member of the finance committee for the Burbank YMCA. Prouty has been involved in local trade and civic groups, and his concerns include protecting low-density neighborhoods and ensuring adequate, qualified staffing in city departments for steady services. While in favor of holding back development in single-family home neighborhoods, Prouty said there are places in the city where growth is possible, including along south San Fernando Road and pockets southeast of downtown. His campaign war chest tallied $14,671, including $11,921 in contributions and a $2,500 loan. He has spent $11,824. Gary Bric, 54, city Traffic and Transportation Committee member, restaurant owner. Bric has been running for a council seat since 2002, and he has been a regular voice in community issues for the past decade. He touted himself as an independent thinker. Bric said he wants to protect the quality of life for residents in the face of development. He said his vision is to plan properly for any future development, which is necessary in any community. Bric reported total contributions of $15,910 as of Feb.10, including $10,795 from donations and $4,827 in loans. He has spent $14,441. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Berlin, who served on the city’s planning review panel for nine years until 2003, has been a fixture in civic activism for at least two decades, tackling issues including land use and Bob Hope Airport expansion. She thinks members of the current council have grown lax in reviewing development and managing traffic, putting the city’s unique quality of life at risk. Her reported campaign war chest totaled $19,635, including $5,635 in contributions and $14,000 in personal loans. At least $13,215 has been spent on campaign materials. Anja Reinke, 46, city Police Commission member, family law attorney and real estate agent. Reinke has been a member of the civilian oversight panel for the Burbank Police Department since 2004. She has the endorsement of several current council members, including Mayor Todd Campbell, and she said she values collaboration and discussion over confrontation in resolving local issues. BURBANK – The seven candidates vying for two seats in the city’s electoral primary Feb.27 include veteran activists from local development battles, business owners and civic volunteers. The top four vote-getters from this round of mail-only balloting will advance to the April10 general election. Below are thumbnail sketches of the council hopefuls, arranged by ballot order, along with campaign finance statements as of Feb.10. Carolyn Berlin, 60, former city Planning Board member and community activist.
The airline’s financial results for 2010/11 show total passenger growth for South Africa having risen by 12% over the previous financial year, while overall revenue from the South African market also rose sharply by 34%. Emirates Airlines is to use its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on a daily service between Dubai and Johannesburg from 1 October onwards, to cater for the increasing number of South African travellers flying with the airline. Emirates becomes the second airline to use the A380 “superjumbo” on flights to South Africa, following on Air France’s use of the plane between Paris and Johannesburg. “By launching the aircraft to Johannesburg, we are further underlining our commitment to serving South Africa and we anticipate very strong demand from leisure and business travellers keen to experience its unique features and unparalleled levels of comfort in the air.” “The very positive trends we have witnessed over the last 12 months will only be boosted by the arrival of our flagship A380 aircraft, which has set a new benchmark for air travel.” Emirates Airlines currently operates three daily flights to Johannesburg, a double-daily service to Cape Town and a daily service to Durban. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The 489-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 private first class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in business class and 399 seats in economy class. First class passengers have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium passengers on the upper deck can socialise in the onboard lounge. 16 May 2011 “We have enjoyed a successful partnership with South Africa since launching services in 1995, and now connect our Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban gateways to our vast global network through 42 non-stop flights each week to Dubai,” Emirates Airline president Tim Clark said in a statement this week. “Our A380 demonstrates the future of aviation – both in terms of passenger experience and environmental sensitivity,” Clark said. ‘The future of aviation’ The A380 service will operate daily as EK 761, departing Dubai at 2.40pm (local time) and arriving at OR Tambo International Airport at 10.50am (local). The return flight, EK762, departs Johannesburg at 2.10pm (local) and arrives in Dubai at 12.10am (local) the following day.
18 July 2011 At 08:05 on Monday morning, around 12-million school children all over South African sang “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela as he celebrates his 93rd birthday – echoing the sentiment of people across the world. From “Happy birthday dear Tata, we love you Tata,” to “Nelson Mandela there is no one like you”, the little voices sang on the cold winter morning. The occasion was televised by the national broadcaster. In a birthday message by President Jacob Zuma, broadcast before the kids’ song, the President said Mandela had laid a solid foundation for this country and it was now up to South Africans to continue his legacy. “From the moment Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela strode out of prison on the 11th of February 1990, we knew that South Africa would be a different place,” Zuma said. “He showed us that despite the divisive racial oppression and hardships that this nation had gone through, it is not only possible, but necessary to embrace one another and to reconcile the South African people. “We have achieved a lot, but we must still work further to eradicate poverty and improve especially the lives of children, because Madiba loves them so much. Most importantly, we must spread love, ubuntu, humility and selflessness around us.” Mandela fever is expected to grip South Africans today, but no place will feel the spirit as much as the former Transkei region in the Eastern Cape, where Madiba was born. Unlike in previous years, where the community used to join in the birthday celebrations, this year it will be a private affair as the grandfather of the nation spends the day quietly with his family in Qunu. Pictures sent out by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Sunday showed a frail but happy and content Mandela with his immediate family around him for a small gathering. However, this has not deterred the world from celebrating his birthday. Birthday messages are coming in from all corners, with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter flooded with well wishes to the beloved old man. Many of the messages recount his life’s achievements, while encouraging people to take a page out of his book by making a contribution to changing the world. Facebook user Barbra Vhengedza wrote: “A true blessing to a mother, an honour to a family, nation and continet as a whole … We thank the Lord for his mercy, grace and love to us through you. You are the father of Africa … the unity of many nations. May God bless you and your family. Enjoy your day. Happy birthday!” Christian Mbuyisa wrote: “Madiba, a hero, a man who led South African society from diversity, taking the road ahead in unity. You are a hero because you won. May God richly bless you from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet. Happy Birthday Tata Madiba.” Similar treads were also on Twitter, with Shashi Tarror writing: “Happy birthday to Nelson Mandela, statesman, nationalist &humanist, who guided South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy.” Some retweeted his famous quotes like: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall,” and “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” South Africans and the world are standing up and making a difference in their communities, and in the process, continuing the legacy of Madiba. People have been urged to donate 67 minutes of their time doing good for others in his name. Source: BuaNews
Opera Mini, which claims to be the most popular mobile web browser, shrinks down websites and data by up to 90% before delivering the content to the phone, which according to MTN provides a faster, more affordable and user-friendly mobile web experience. “By offering faster access to websites and easy entry to MTN portals, MTN subscribers can reach the content they want, with less frustration and less expense,” MTN Group chief commercial officer Christian de Faria said in a statement this week. Small-screen strategy Under the agreement, MTN will centrally launch a tailor-made version of Opera Mini to each of its 21 markets, with localised links and content. By using Opera Mini, people get the most out of the web, plus get one-click access to MTN content portals via their Opera Mini startpage. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has signed an agreement with Opera Software to provide customers across its 21 markets with customised co-branded versions of the Opera Mini web browser, which cuts down on the amount of data used while browsing the web. “With just one click, customers have music, news, games and information on MTN products and services at their fingertips.” “We have seen incredible uptake of Opera Mini in that geography so far, and we look forward to building on that success with one of the region’s leading mobile communications providers.” Opera Mini has more than 115-million monthly users around the world, and is available on over 3 000 different phone models, including basic feature phones. Bringing the best web experience De Faria said MTN wanted to offer its subscribers innovative mobile internet services that could have a positive impact on information, sharing and communication in their everyday lives. “We are eager to bring the best web experience to Africa and the Middle East, and working with MTN Group’s network enables us to achieve that,” said Opera Software CEO Lars Boilsen. The introduction of customised versions of Opera Mini strengthens the mobile operator’s small-screen strategy to radically improve its customers’ mobile web experience. 17 August 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Roger Federer. APRoger Federer says he’s a big believer in kids playing sport, but he’s not keen on his own children following in his footsteps.The Swiss great and wife Mirka had identical twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in 2009 and another set came along five years later, Leo and Lenny. ADVERTISEMENT They are occasionally seen watching their dad ply his trade, but after years travelling the world on the tennis tour, the 36-year-old would prefer not to have to do it all over again.“I mean, I hope they don’t just because we don’t need another 25 years on tour,” he said at the Australian Open when asked if he would encourage them to be professional players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he added: “No, I’m just a supportive parent. I can’t tell which direction they’re going to go. “If there’s going to be anything in sports or somewhere in finance or business, I have no idea where they’re going to go. All I know is I’ll be incredibly supportive of them.” MOST READ Suarez Navarro rallies into Open quarterfinal Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I think it’s great for them to do sports early on in their life. I think it’s good for them,” he said.“Winning, losing, that comes a little bit later, but you learn a lot from that. I did anyway. I think also you make a lot of friends through sports.“You get to know yourself a bit better. It’s healthy. You move around. You go outside. I’m a big believer in these things.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He did reveal they already play tennis, not because he has been encouraging them, but because their friends all do and he doesn’t want them to feel left out.“I’m happy they all do play tennis a little bit because basically literally all our friends who have kids as well, they all play tennis,” he said. “I wouldn’t want my kids to be the only ones who don’t play tennis, so with my wife we have sort of a little requirement on things they have to do in their life, and tennis is unfortunately one of them. “It’s not because we want them to. It’s because I think it would be a pity if they played no tennis at all.”Despite the reluctance for his children to follow in his footsteps, Federer, who is chasing a 20th Grand Slam in Melbourne, is a great believer in kids playing sport more generally, believing it can teach them a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:59DOH: Breastfeeding, proper knowledge of child feeding can combat malnutrition00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES
Watford boss Gracia: Doucoure? The owners must decideby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia retains hope of keeping hold of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The French midfielder is being linked with PSG as a replacement for wantaway playmaker Adrien Rabiot.Gracia told Sky Sports: “Last season, every week we talked about Liverpool or Everton, all the clubs that were interested in him. We can still talk about it. For me, Doucouré is a great player, a very important player for us. “I do not know what will happen. It does not surprise me that other clubs want to sign him because he is a very good player.”He added: “It’s important for the club and the owner to know how important he is to us. But after that, they will choose what is best for the club. Sometimes, some players, like last season with Richarlison, decide themselves. It could happen again. We do not want him to leave, but it’s football.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
WEMBLEY, A.B. – Beaverlodge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 16 year old Madison Dugray. Madison was last seen on January 23, 2019 in Wembley.Madison is described as:– Indigenous female– 5’6″, 160 lbs.– Brown hair, brown eyes– Wearing a red sweater and jeans The investigation is ongoing and there is a general concern for her well-being. If you have information on the whereabouts of Madison Dugray please call the Beaverlodge RCMP at 780-354-2955 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
The outcome didn’t reflect the run of play: The U.S. outshot Sweden 26 to 3 and completed more than twice as many passes. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo said after the match that the U.S. had played “a bunch of cowards,” a reference to Sweden’s defensive tactics. Swedish coach Pia Sundhage, who used to coach the U.S., responded, “It’s OK to be a coward if you win.”Even if the American women had escaped Friday’s shootout with a win, they’d have had their work cut out for them, with just a 36 percent chance of winning their fourth straight gold medal, according to our Women’s Soccer Power Index projections.U.S. fans spoiled by all the team’s recent success — the 2015 Women’s World Cup title, the 2012 Olympic gold — might have forgotten that past performance is no guarantee of future results. But those wins were hard-earned and never guaranteed. The Americans reached the 2012 gold-medal match after barely avoiding the lottery that is a penalty shootout in their semifinal against Canada, with an Alex Morgan goal at just about the last possible moment. And last summer in Canada, the team went scoreless in the first half of its first three knockout games before getting second-half goals. Just because the U.S. women sometimes made it look easy — like when they romped over Japan in the World Cup final — doesn’t mean it was.In these Olympics, even while the U.S. women were going undefeated in their first three games and winning their group, their chance of winning the gold medal, counterintuitively, was declining, to 31 percent from 38 percent before the tournament. That was partly because the quarterfinal field was so stacked: All of the eight best teams coming into the tournament advanced from the group stage. Also, the U.S. showed some weakness in the group stage, including yielding a 90th-minute goal to Colombia that led to a disappointing 2-2 draw. The team’s rating declined slightly during the group stage from the start of the tournament. Sweden’s did, too, but the Swedes remained a tough opponent, with a 21 percent chance of beating the U.S. before Friday’s match — about the chance the Cleveland Cavaliers had of beating the Golden State Warriors when trailing 3-2 in this year’s NBA Finals. Upsets happen to favorites all the time. On Friday, one happened, finally, to the U.S. women at the Olympics.Additional research by Jay Boice. Tournament favorites usually don’t win — even big ones like the U.S. women’s soccer team. Too many things can go wrong, as they did in the penalty shootout of the USWNT’s quarterfinal loss against Sweden in the Rio Olympics on Friday. A goalkeeper guesses the right way, a usually reliable shooter sends a penalty kick over the crossbar, and suddenly the team is out of the tournament. It was the USWNT’s earliest-ever exit from an Olympics or World Cup. With the Americans eliminated, the draw has opened up for new favorite Germany, which advanced to the semifinals later Friday, and host Brazil, which plays its quarterfinal against Australia on Friday night. (If Brazil wins, it could overtake Germany as the favorite, depending on the scores of its quarterfinal and Friday night’s other match, between Canada and France.)
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) looks for an opening during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe 2013-14 basketball season is under way for the Ohio State Buckeyes.No. 11 OSU beat Walsh University in an exhibition game, 93-63, Sunday in the team’s first action of the season.Walsh sophomore guard Jesse Hardin scored a game-high 18 points. OSU senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and junior forward LaQuinton Ross each poured in 15 to lead a balanced attack for the Buckeyes, who had five players score in double figures.After leading 49-26 at the half, OSU was slow out of the gate in the second half. Each of the Buckeyes’ first three offensive possessions ended with a turnover, two of which were committed by junior center Amir Williams.Walsh was able to get the margin down to 19 with a 3-pointer by senior forward Hrvoje Vucic with 17:04 remaining. But an 11-2 OSU run, capitalized by an inbound pass alley-oop from senior guard Aaron Craft to junior forward Sam Thompson, put the game out of reach.OSU coach Thad Matta said although Walsh played well on defense, his team did not capitalize on what mistakes their opponent did make.“We didn’t take good care of (the basketball), especially in the second half,” Matta said.The Cavaliers scored 12 points off of OSU’s 18 turnovers.OSU didn’t begin the game particularly strongly, either.“To start the game, we missed three or four lay-ups there. We didn’t have the flow we were looking for offensively,” Matta said. “We were holding the ball a little bit too long.”Williams missed a shot from close range on the Buckeyes’ second trip down the court and was substituted out shortly thereafter, but said he didn’t let the miss affect the way he played.Williams said OSU associate head coach Dave Dickerson told him in the team’s shoot-around, “Don’t let your first and second shot determine the outcome of how you play the rest of the game.”Williams would finish the game with eight points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals over 19 minutes of action.The Buckeyes and Cavaliers exchanged the lead four times in the opening minutes before Thompson put his team ahead for good with a free throw at the 15:13 mark.OSU made half of its 60 shots from the floor, including four of nine from behind the arc.The Buckeyes made 19 of 24 (79 percent) free throws, while Walsh only attempted two free throws in the first half, making one.OSU is set to tip-off its regular season Nov. 9 against Morgan State at noon in Schottenstein Center.