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Students in abstinence-only education get higher math grades

first_imgAccuracy in Academia 1 March 2012A study published last year by the American Journal for Health Studies by Kennethy F. Ferraro (PhD) and Karis A. Pressler (MA), showed that students in abstinence-only education got higher math grades. In the state of Indiana, the study matched 42 schools against each other looking at English, Math, and attendance rates. 21 of the schools taught abstinence-only education while the others did not. Ferraro and Pressler discovered that while skills in English and attendance rates did not differ in schools with or without abstinence-only education, grades in math were shown to have improved among sophomores who received the program. The results of the 42 schools tested showed that schools with PEERS had 72.62 percent passing the math assessments and those without at a percentage of 67.14. Each year it showed an increase of 1.5 percent of those who pass both English and Math. For years the study notes, most previous studies on abstinence programs focused solely on sexual behavior while ignoring the effects on academic performance, until now. This new study shows that abstinence-only programs have produced: better GPAs and improved verbal and numerical aptitude skills. Other associated social benefits are stronger peer relations, positive youth development, and students are aware of the consequences of risky behavior, such as teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.http://www.academia.org/abstinence-education-adds-up/?utm_source=AIA+Email+List&utm_campaign=dad8ebca66-Weekly_Email_03_07_2011&utm_medium=emailNot new news though!Abstinence Makes the Mind Work Harder(Source: Robert Rector and Kirk A. Johnson, “Teenage Sexual Abstinence and Academic Achievement, The Heritage Foundation,” )   October 27, 2005  Many health educators dismiss the idea of teaching sexual abstinence until marriage, thinking it leaves teens ignorant and ill prepared to make transitions to adulthood. However, a new study by the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., finds just the reverse, documenting that teens who heed the abstinence message-relative to those who do not-are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to attend and graduate from college.http://www.heritage.org/Research/Welfare/whitepaper10272005-1.cfmlast_img read more

Pete Rose

first_imgYou have heard that the new baseball commissioner is going to re-visit the Pete Rose case and see if there is any chance he might be re-instated.  If it is left up to some of the players who played with him on the Big Red Machine, he doesn’t have a chance.  I don’t understand why there is such an outcry to keep Rose out of the Hall of Fame.  The sports writers and Commissioner’s office look the other way on what some of the people who are already in the Hall did either while they were playing or after they completed their careers.  In fact, gambling is now accepted in almost every state.  Casinos are everywhere, and if you live in the right state, you can gamble on your computer or through the TV.I say put Rose back in baseball and honor him for what he did on the field and not judge him on his personal life.  I am sure that most of the people who vote for the Hall of Fame or work in the Commissioner’s office do not want someone going over their personal life with a fine tooth comb.last_img read more

KPB splits from agent Wittmann

first_imgSchalke 04 midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has brought his managerial partnership with his longtime agent Roger Wittmann to an end.The 64-year-old football agent is one of the most influential players’ consultants in Germany, and manages Schalke 04 players Roman Neustadter, Jefferson Farfan, Julian Draxler and Jan Kirchhoff. Others include Kevin Kuranyi , Jermaine Jones  and Luiz Gustavo.Although there had been no overt signs of difficulties between Boateng and Wittmann, there have been a few areas of concern opening up since the 27-year-old Ghanaian joined Schalke 04 from Milan for €12m (£10.1m) in August 2013.Wittmann, who is a German entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of ROGON sports management, has supervised Boateng since the player’s days at Avram Grant’s Portsmouth.Witmann is also the main adviser behind Boateng’s decision to quit Italian football in the wake of a racial attack which prompted him to walk off the pitch during a friendly match in January 2013.Boateng is currently suffering from an ankle injury which which has ruled him out for two months.last_img read more

Some Publix, Home Depot Stores in Florida to Offer COVID-19 Testing

first_imgYou will soon be able to get a coronavirus test along with your groceries and building supplies.Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that COVID-19 testing sites are set to open in the parking lots of three Publix stores around our state, in addition to three Home Depot locations.One of the testing sites, which opened on Friday, is at a Home Depot located at 9820 Glades Road in west Boca Raton.“If you’re shopping and you want to get a test, you have the ability, very easy access, you don’t even have to leave the parking lot to be able to do it,” DeSantis said.WATCH NEWS CONFERENCE: He added that Publix and Home Depot will soon release the locations of the other COVID-19 testing sites around the state.“I would imagine you’re gonna see probably several more in South Florida,” added DeSantis.The governor spoke at the Glades Road Home Depot on Friday, the same day that Florida’s “tax holiday” on hurricane supplies began.From now through Thursday, June 4, items on supplies such as flashlights, batteries and portable generators will not be taxed.“We want people to plan, have a plan for their family, prepare, and hopefully we get spared having major storms hit the state of Florida, DeSantis said.The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Bombers Girl’s Soccer

first_imgThe Bombers now take their show on the road to Courtney later this month to compete in the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row L- R Camille Gebhart, Naomi Perkins, Paige Mansveld, Alex Dehnel, Maddie Sternloff, Kat Garbula, Kelsey O’Connor, Kyra Burkart, Erica Augsten, Jesse Cooper, Abbie Bourchier-Willans and Coach Jamie Spendlove.Front, Ameeta Bhabra, Calena Marchand, Darian Voisard, Tara Yowek, DAnielle Weist, Claire Haleran, Jena Wheeldon and Keegan Paterson.Missing from photo, Brynn Forsey and Aroha Taiatini-Senechal. There wasn’t much doubt which school in the Kootenays has the best girl’s soccer team.The L.V. Rogers Bombers toyed with the opposition, outscoring their opponents 21-1 en route to the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championship.last_img read more

The Sunderland v QPR quiz

first_imgQPR travel to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland tonight. Test your knowledge of history involving the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-79]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Go For Gold from education to work

first_imgGo for Gold says an average of 80% of phase one pupils matriculate with a Bachelor pass, enabling them to study at university. (Image: Media Club South Africa)Many graduates know the difficulties that lie in hunting for a job after they have completed their studies; many young people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not know what it feels like to graduate.Go For Gold, an education-to-employment public-private initiative, is trying to fill the gap. It was established in 1999 by companies in the built environment and the Western Cape department of education and civil society, to enable young people from disadvantaged communities across South Africa to benefit from a holistic education and skills development programme.HOW THE PROGRAMME WORKSGo For Gold’s programme has four phases:Phase 1: Go For Gold selects pupils in grades 11 and 12 who show an aptitude for maths and science. They are given after-school and Saturday morning maths and science tuition and, at the same time, their social and emotional education is improved during weekly life skills sessions.Phase 2: Once the pupils matriculate, they are employed for a year by partner companies in the construction sector as general worker interns. This gives them experience of the working world while they continue to receive Saturday bridging classes in maths, science and life skills, to prepare them for their tertiary studies.Phase 3: Students enter tertiary studies on bursaries from sponsoring companies and continue to be mentored by Go For Gold. They graduate within the minimum period of time.Phase 4: Students with a technical degree or diploma are employed after graduation. Sponsoring companies secure technical staff and improve their employment equity.According to Go For Gold, an average of 80% of phase one pupils matriculate with a Bachelor pass, enabling them to study at university.GO FOR GOLD AWARDSGo For Gold recently recognised 82 students for their extraordinary achievements at the 17th annual Go For Gold Awards.“Our annual awards ceremony is a wonderful celebration of the incredible commitment and determination shown by our Go For Gold students who, despite their generally poor socio-economic circumstances, grab hold of the opportunity to get a tertiary education by diligently attending extra classes and working hard to improve their marks,” explained Patti Bruyns, the Go for Gold Programme Director.“Never fail to do your best, for what you plant now you will harvest later,” said Tamsyn-Lee Simeon, a Go For Gold phase two student who will start her studies to become a civil engineer in 2016. “Do not watch the clock but do what it does – keep going. Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.”Amanda Filtane, a Go For Gold alumnus who graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc Honours in construction management and now works as a project manager with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, became the first Go For Gold Honorary Ambassador.She helped to start Lamps, an after-school tuition NPO through which young people in the township receive tuition and are helped to apply for tertiary studies and bursaries.“Amanda has, despite great odds and with tremendous resilience, carved a place for herself in a field dominated by men,” said Bruyns. “She stands out for both her professional achievements and commitment to give back to Go For Gold and her community. We are extremely proud to honour her with this award.”last_img read more

India record their best-ever performance in Asian Games

first_imgIndia’s Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose and Manjeet Kaur celebrate after winning gold in the women’s 4×400 metre relay during the 16th Asian Games 2010 at Aoti Main Stadium in Guangzhou, China, on Friday. PTIIndia created history by recording their best-ever performance in Asian Games with 64 medals, including a record 14 gold, with star boxer Vijender Singh providing the icing on the cake by bringing the last yellow metal on the penultimate day in Guangzhou on Friday.The men’s and women’s kabaddi teams expectedly maintained their supremacy by clinching the gold before the women’s 4x400m quartet and Vijender (75kg) bagged a yellow metal each on the most productive day for India in the mega-event.With the addition of 11 more medals on Friday, India’s tally climbed to a record 14 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze (total 64), the biggest ever haul in the Asian Games so far, to jump to the sixth place.India’s best medal haul till date was recorded in the 1982 Games in Delhi when they had won 13 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze for an overall tally of 57. India had finished 10 in the last edition of the Games in Doha with a tally of 10-17-26.India have now completed their engagements in the Games and their final standing will depend after the completion of the six events — men’s and women’s marathon, men’s and women’s doubles sepaktakraw finals and women’s volleyball final — on Saturday.China leads the medal table with 197 gold, 117 silver and 98 bronze (total 412), followed by South Korea (74-63-91) and Japan (47-73-94) at second and third respectively.advertisementWhile the kabaddi teams did not sweat much to keep their reputation intact in rather lopsided finals, Vijender made amends for his bronze-finish in Commonwealth Games with a gold here while compatriots Santosh Kumar (64) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) settled for a silver each.The women’s 4x400m relay team also lived up to the expectations as they defended the gold they won in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.Long distance runners Preeja Sreedharan, who had earlier won a gold in women’s 10,000m race, and Kavita Raut had their moment of glory by winning the silver and bronze medals respectively in the women’s 5000m event.Rollersports fetched India a couple of unexpected bronze medals with Anup Kumar Yama bagging one in men’s single free skating before combining with Avani Panchal to finish third in the pairs skating event. The Indian men’s chess team also contributed a bronze.Much was expected from the kabaddi teams to provide the boost to the gold haul and they did not disappoint.The men’s kabaddi team maintained their impeccable track record by winning the gold medal for the sixth time on the trot, demolishing Iran with a facile 37-20 margin what turned out to be a lop-sided contest.The script unfolded on expected lines for the women’s kabaddi team also as they completed a memorable Asian Games debut by clinching the gold medal with a comprehensive win over Thailand in the final.The Indians beat Thailand 28-14 in a dominating performance to clinch the inaugural women’s kabaddi gold of the Asian Games.World number one Vijender added another feather on his cap by clinching an unprecedented second boxing gold for India in the Asian Games to round off the best ever campaign by the country’s pugilists at the quadrennial mega-event.It was sweet revenge for Olympic and World Championship bronze-medallist Vijender when he blanked reigning world champion Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan 7-0. Atoev had beaten the 25-year-old Indian at the World Championship semifinals last year but Vijender wiped off the disappointment with a performance fitting the hype around him.The dashing six-footer Indian crouched a bit and took full advantage of his long reach and taller height against Atoev, whom he had beaten in Asian Championships last year.Hitting straight and clear, Vijender, who was a bronze-medallist at the 2006 Asian Games, defended stoutly, seldom letting Atoev to attack.However, V Santhosh Kumar (64kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) settled for silver medals after losing in the finals.While Santhosh lost 1-16 to Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov in finals, Manpreet went down 1-8 to Mohammad Ghossoun of Syria to take India’s silver tally to three in boxing after Dinesh Kumar (81kg) had finished second yesterday.The athletics team also ended their campaign with a bagful of medals with the women’s 4x400m relay quartet winning the gold to bring down curtains with a bang.India emerged from the track and field events with five gold, two silver and four bronze medals, one of their best efforts in Asian Games history, though below their performance in 2002 Busan Asian Games where they had a 7-6-5 medal haul.advertisementHaving started their campaign with a golden double in the women’s 10,000m and 3,000m steeplechase through Preeja Sreedharan and Sudha Singh on the first day, the 4x400m relay team of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, AC Ashwini and Mandeep Kaur ended the campaign by clinching gold in 3 minutes 29.02secs.Kazakhstan took the silver in 3:30.03 while China claimed the bronze in 3:30.89.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

10 months agoSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utd

first_imgSporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP midfielder Nani insists Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United.Nani won everything in the game at United.“Obviously the goal is to be Premier League champions, but the competition is fierce,” Nani told Goal.“Although last year United managed to finish in second place, this year isn’t going as expected. I’m sure though that if there is a coach able to turn things around and put the club on the right path it’s José.“Like Sir Alex, he has charisma and a very strong character. Those elements are key for success.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Sexual misconduct often part of the job in hospitality work

first_imgCHICAGO – One woman recalls how a general manager at a Chicago-area restaurant where she worked told her that if security cameras recorded him reaching between her legs and grabbing her genitals, he could simply “edit that out.”Another woman worked at an Atlanta restaurant and says her boss did nothing when two dishwashers kept making vulgar comments, so she quit wearing makeup to look less attractive and hopefully end the verbal abuse.In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against several prominent men in entertainment, politics and journalism, accounts like the ones these women share quietly play out in restaurants, bars and hotels across the country and rarely get the headlines.Court documents and interviews with the women and experts on the topic show hospitality industry workers are routinely subjected to sexual abuse and harassment from bosses, co-workers and customers that are largely unchecked. The nature of the work, which often has employees relying on tips, can make them especially vulnerable to abuse.“I was absolutely humiliated,” said Sharonda Fields, who said the abuse at the Atlanta restaurant began shortly after she started working there last year. “It was degrading. I felt embarrassed. I felt low. I just felt like nothing happened when those guys talked to me that way, and especially when the staff and the managers knew what was going on. It made me feel like dirt.”She filed a lawsuit against the restaurant last spring. Calls to the restaurant from The Associated Press went unanswered.Joyce Smithey, an Annapolis, Maryland, attorney who has handled several sexual harassment lawsuits, said those accused of misconduct “have a great sense of who the victims are, who the women are who will put up with this, who need the job, are so scared they don’t fight back.”That’s especially true in an industry where immigrants are a large part of the workforce. In a 2014 federal lawsuit in New York that was ultimately settled, a woman alleged that the general manager of a fast-food restaurant where she worked asked about her immigration status regularly and knew that she was “even more vulnerable” partly because she had no family in the United States.Many accusers think fighting back is futile. According to a survey in Chicago, not only had 49 per cent of hotel workers reported incidents in which guests “exposed themselves, flashed them or answered the door naked,” but just 1 in 3 of the workers who had such experiences reported it to a boss.Sarah Lyons, a research analyst with UNITE HERE Local 1, the union that conducted the survey last year and represents more than 15,000 hospitality workers in the Chicago area and northwestern Indiana, said the most common reason these workers didn’t come forward is because they knew someone who tried to report sexual misconduct and nothing changed as a result.Often things can get worse for those who report misconduct. Attorneys and advocates for workers say waitresses who speak out risk facing retaliation: Their shifts can be taken away or they might be scheduled for slower business times when there are fewer opportunities to receive tips.In a 2011 lawsuit against a Maryland yacht club, Victoria Tillbery reported that a boss had told her she would “never have to worry about your shifts” if she let him perform oral sex on her. She refused and after she reported her allegations to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, her job started making her do her prep duties during shifts and not before them. That took her away from waiting tables and earning tips.Attorneys say the goal in these situations is to prompt the employee to quit and, if that doesn’t work, the worker is often made the target of an effort to discredit her character.After Fields, the Atlanta restaurant worker, refused to quit, “false and bogus reasons to terminate her” surfaced, her attorney said.“They enlisted another employee to falsely state that she (Fields) had come up to her and said, ‘If you agree to back me up on my claim I’ll pay you $100,’” said Fields’ attorney, Brad Dozier.The other worker, hoping to gain favour with the bosses and get a promotion, made the false claim and the restaurant used it to fire Fields, Dozier said.The woman who recounted the story about the Calumet City, Illinois, restaurant general manager, who suggested he would edit security camera footage of him inappropriately touching her, said she rebuffed the man’s advances. After that, Vger Williams said, a job opportunity she was promised at one of the restaurant chain’s other locations never developed and she was fired.Williams filed a lawsuit last month. Restaurant officials declined comment when reached by the AP.Workers who are sexually harassed by customers are often under pressure to remain quiet, too.David Craver, president of the National Bartenders Association, said companies don’t want to lose business so “they roll out the red carpet to every customer.”“It’s just like if a family member said something inappropriate, you can’t get rid of family,” he said.A lot of harassment occurs in situations in which the workers are underpaid, said Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a national organization that works to improve industry conditions. She said managers often encourage waitresses to dress sexier to get more tips, which can lead to sexual misconduct. If the workers were paid more, they wouldn’t have to rely on tips and the misconduct would decrease, she said.Improvements have shown up in other ways. In October, following the lead of voters in Seattle the year before, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance requiring hotels to develop anti-harassment policies and to provide panic buttons to workers by next summer if they work alone in guest rooms.Also in October, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from the company he founded after 25 women alleged that male supervisors at Besh’s New Orleans restaurants sexually harassed them. One woman says Besh pressured her into a sexual relationship, but Besh has said he believes it was consensual.While suing is one way victims of misconduct can fight back, most settlements contain nondisclosure clauses that prevent them from talking about what happened to them. So the incidents are not publicized.“It fosters the problem we are seeing so much of (because) these serial harassers, bullies and predators aren’t talked about,” Boston employment attorney James Weliky said.last_img read more