Local NewsEducation ECISD test scores show growth; district still trails state ECISD, STAAR logos Ector County Independent School District released scores for the 2018 administration of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests Tuesday and said they show growth in many areas.The district has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability regulations. Ector Middle School, Noel and Zavala elementary are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.“Of the eight schools that are on the improvement required list, we are hopeful that the majority of them can come off the list based on their preliminary data in student growth. We are very hopeful our schools are going to make it. For most of them, it is down to a few kids that determine if they meet standard or not. A few variables must still be taken into account. For example, students who moved to or from another school or district are included in the results. By August, all of the data released will be final with all variables including removing the results from the disputed online testing that occurred in the spring,” Superintendent Tom Crowe said in a news release.The state results give students a STAAR performance level of masters grade level, meets grade level, approaches grade level or did not meet grade level. Performance labels of masters, meets or approaches indicate the students passed the test.The release said the labels are meant to provide clear, accurate information for parents on how their child is performing, in terms of meeting grade level, the release said. ECISD scores show improvement, but still trail state results.At the elementary level, ECISD saw gains across all grade levels and all tested subjects when comparing year to year performance, the release said. At the middle school and high school level, ECISD also gained in six of the tested grade levels and subject areas.In math, Ector and Bonham middle schools, Austin Montessori, Blackshear, Blanton, Buice, Burleson, Downing, Goliad, Gonzales, Jordan, LBJ, Milam, Murry Fly, Noel, Pease, San Jacinto, Travis, Buddy West and Zavala elementary schools showed double-digit gains in one grade level or more.In reading/English language arts, Falcon Early College High School, Austin, Blanton, Cameron, Downing, Buddy West, Goliad, Ireland, LBJ, Jordan, Milam, Murry Fly, Noel, Pease, Ross, San Jacinto, Sam Houston and Travis had double-digit gains in one or more grade levels.Goliad, Jordan, Murry Fly, Noel, Buddy West, Zavala and Ector County Youth Center all posted double-digit gains in science.WRITINGFifty-one percent of ECISD students tested in writing in spring 2018 approached grade level or higher; 27 percent met grade level or higher; and 5 percent were at masters grade level or higher.Of the seventh-graders tested in ECISD, 48 percent approached grade level or higher in writing; 23 percent met grade level; and 5 percent mastered grade level or higher, the release said.Statewide, 61 percent approached grade level; 38 percent met grade level; and 10 percent mastered grade level.Sixty-seven percent of seventh-graders approached grade level; 41 percent met grade level; and 14 percent mastered grade level.SCIENCEIn science, 66 percent of fifth-graders in ECISD approached grade level or higher; 27 percent met grade level or higher; and 9 percent mastered grade level or higher.Among ECISD eighth-graders, 60 percent approached grade level or higher in science; 32 percent met grade level or higher; and 12 percent mastered grade level or higher, the release said.Statewide in science, 75 percent of fifth-graders approached grade level or higher; 40 percent met grade level or higher; and 16 percent mastered grade level or higher.For eighth-graders statewide, 74 percent approached grade level; 50 percent met grade level; and 27 percent mastered grade level.SOCIAL STUDIESIn social studies, 35 percent of ECISD eighth-graders approached grade level; 9 percent met grade level; and 3 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 64 percent of eighth-graders approached grade level; 34 percent met grade level; and 20 percent mastered grade level.MATHIn math, ECISD 67 percent of ECISD third-graders approached grade level or higher; 35 percent met grade level or higher; and 15 percent mastered grade level or higher.Statewide, 77 percent of third-graders approached grade level; 46 percent met grade level; and 23 percent mastered grade level.In ECISD, 68 percent of fourth-graders taking the math test approached grade level; 36 percent met grade level; and 16 percent mastered grade level.Statewide in math, 78 percent of fourth-graders approached grade level; 47 percent met grade level; and 26 percent mastered grade level.In fifth-grade math in ECISD, 74 percent approached grade level; 41 percent met grade level; and 17 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 84 percent of fifth-graders taking the math test approached grade level; 57 percent met grade level; and 30 percent mastered grade level.Sixty-percent of ECISD sixth-graders approached grade level in math; 23 percent met grade level; and 6 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 76 percent of sixth-graders approached grade level in math; 43 percent met grade level; and 17 percent mastered grade level.In ECISD, 52 percent of seventh-graders approached grade level in math; 20 percent met grade level; and 7 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 71 percent of seventh-graders approached grade level in math; 38 percent met grade level; and 17 percent mastered grade level.Fifty-percent of ECISD eighth-graders approached grade level in math; 16 percent met grade level; and 2 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 78 percent of eighth-graders approached grade level in math; 49 percent met grade level; and 15 percent mastered grade level.READINGIn reading in ECISD, 68 percent of third-graders approached grade level; 30 percent met grade level; and 16 percent mastered grade level.Statewide in reading, 76 percent of third-graders approached grade level; 42 percent met grade level; and 24 percent mastered grade level.In ECISD, 60 percent of fourth-graders approached grade level in reading; 33 percent met grade level; and 16 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 72 percent of fourth-graders approached grade level in reading; 45 percent met grade level; and 24 percent mastered grade level.Sixty-three percent of fifth-graders in ECISD approached grade level in reading; 36 percent met grade level; and 13 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 78 percent of fifth-graders approached grade level in reading; 51 percent met grade level; and 25 percent mastered grade level.In ECISD, 46 percent of sixth-graders approached grade level in reading; 19 percent met grade level; and 7 percent mastered grade level.Statewide in reading, 66 percent of sixth-graders approached grade level; 36 percent met grade level; and 18 percent mastered grade level.ECISD had 52 percent of seventh-graders approaching grade level in reading; 25 percent met grade level; and 12 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 72 percent of seventh-graders approached grade level in reading; 45 percent met grade level; and 27 percent mastered grade level.Fifty-nine percent of eighth-graders in ECISD approached grade level in reading; 26 percent met grade level; and 11 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 76 percent of eighth-graders approached grade level in reading; 46 percent met grade level; and 25 percent mastered grade level.END-OF-COURSE EXAMSIn end-of-course exams, 69 percent of ECISD students approached grade level in algebra I; 30 percent met grade level; and 11 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 83 percent of students tested approached grade level; 56 percent met grade level; and 33 percent mastered grade level.In English 1, 47 percent of ECISD students tested approached grade level; 30 percent met grade level; and 3 percent mastered grade level.In English I statewide, 60 percent approached grade level; 44 percent met grade level; and 7 percent mastered grade level.In English II at ECISD, 57 percent approached grade level; 38 percent met grade level; and 3 percent mastered grade level.Statewide in English II, 66 percent approached grade level; 50 percent met grade level; and 8 percent mastered grade level.In biology, 83 percent of ECISD students tested approached grade level; 48 percent met grade level; and 12 percent mastered grade level.Statewide, 87 percent of students approached grade level in biology; 60 percent met grade level; and 24 percent mastered grade level.In U.S. history at ECISD, 88 percent of students tested approached grade level; 60 percent met grade level; and 29 percent mastered grade level.Statewide in U.S. history, 92 percent approached grade level; 72 percent met grade level; and 42 percent mastered grade level. 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The Amundsen Sea continental shelf is one of the most remote areas of coastal Antarctica and was relatively unexplored until the late 1980s. Over the last two decades, increased oceanographic and geological interest has led to several cruises that resulted in sufficient bathymetric data to compile a fairly detailed regional map of the Amundsen continental shelf. We have combined available multibeam and single-beam bathymetry data from various sources and created a new regional bathymetry of the Amundsen Sea continental shelf and margin. Deep trough systems that dominate the inner shelf are aligned with present glaciers and separated by shallower ridges. Shaped by paleo-ice streams, these features merge into a small number of broader troughs on the middle shelf and shoal seaward. They now serve as conduits and reservoirs for relatively warm Circumpolar Deep Water. This new compilation is a major improvement over previously available regional maps and should aid the numerical modeling of ocean circulation, the reconstructions of paleo-ice streams, and the refinement of ice sheet models.
By U.S. Army Sergeant Zoe Morris / West Virginia National Guard February 24, 2020 West Virginia Army National Guard (WVARNG) soldiers conducted a second round of light-wheeled vehicle mechanic training with the Peruvian Armed Forces, January 8-17, 2020, in Lima, as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) and the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program (SPP).This is the second time several of the WVARNG soldiers have participated in a GPOI. They first linked up with the Peruvian military in November 2018 prior to a Peruvian Army contingent deploying in support of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.The two militaries joined forces to train on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) maintenance both times.WVARNG was invited back to Peru to assist in additional training for the engineer company that deployed in January. This additional training is a result of the second rotational force that sent a formal request to GPOI for additional training on the M1165 HMMWV due to maintenance issues that arose in Central Africa with their current deployed vehicles.With a goal of strengthening Peruvian Armed Forces mechanic’s and operator’s capability to self-maintain vehicles while deployed, the primary focus of this training session was Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) through classroom and hands-on application.WVARNG mechanics were able to train their Peruvian counterparts on PMCS processes with the HMMWV vehicle and on the use of technical manuals (provided in Spanish) to identify preventative and corrective actions. Moreover, WVARNG mechanics were able to share their best practices and lessons learned regarding HMMWV maintenance in order to prepare them for their deployment in the following months.“We continue to work together because of our strong relationship that has been built throughout our partnership with Peru over the last 20 years,” said U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Hector Guillén, SPP coordinator-Peru. “Our noncommissioned officers [NCOs] care about instructing and training soldiers, no matter where in the world and will continue to provide exceptional training at the request of our partner nation when needed. We appreciate the opportunity for our soldiers to travel and work hand-in-hand with outstanding Peruvian soldiers, airmen and sailors.”West Virginia and Peru have been SPP partners since 1996 and have engaged in nearly 150 interactions that provide insight into regional challenges facing the Andean ridge, especially in the areas of counter-insurgency, anti-terrorism, emergency preparedness, risk mitigation, disaster response, and recovery.The two partner nations continue to participate in subject matter expert exchanges to enhance force interoperability, develop and strengthen the Peruvian military’s NCOs and increase capabilities for the two militaries.
By Steven McLoud/Diálogo June 08, 2020 Cuba has been placed back on the list of countries that do not cooperate fully with the United States’ efforts to counter terrorism, the U.S. State Department announced on May 13.The move comes after the communist government continues to harbor Colombia’s leftist National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) guerrillas, who traveled to Havana in 2017 to negotiate with the Colombian government but have yet to come back.After the ELN detonated a car bomb on a Bogotá police academy in January 2019 — killing 21 recruits — Colombian President Iván Duque broke off talks with the rebel group. The ELN has been demanding, unsuccessfully, that Colombia grant safe passage for its negotiators to return from Cuba.“Cuba’s refusal to productively engage with the Colombian government demonstrates that it is not cooperating with U.S. work to support Colombia’s efforts to secure a just and lasting peace, security, and opportunity for its people,” the U.S. State Department said.This marks the first time Cuba has been reinstated on the list since the 2015 U.S. counterterrorism report. It joins the ranks of four other U.S. adversaries — Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Venezuela. According to the U.S. State Department’s website, the other four countries continue to remain on the list for the following reasons:Iran: In 2019, Iran continued to be the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, supporting Hezbollah, Palestinian terrorist groups, and other terrorist groups operating throughout the Middle East.Venezuela: In 2019, Nicolás Maduro and members of his regime continued to provide permissive environments for terrorists such as the ELN and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) dissidents in the region to maintain a presence. The U.S. Department of Justice has criminally charged Maduro and certain other former regime members with running a narco-terrorist partnership with the FARC for the past 20 years.Syria: The Assad regime has continued its political and military support for terrorist groups, including the provision of weapons and political support to Hezbollah. Syria’s relationship with Hezbollah and Iran grew stronger in 2019 as the regime became more reliant on external actors to fight opponents and secure areas.North Korea: In 2019, four Japanese individuals who participated in the 1970 hijacking of a Japan Airlines flight continued to live in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Japanese government also continued to seek a full account of the fate of 12 Japanese nationals believed to have been abducted by DPRK state entities in the 1970s and 1980s.The U.S. government is also considering returning Cuba to its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a senior U.S. State Department official told Reuters. Countries placed on that list have repeatedly sponsored or provided support for acts of international terrorism. The list carries the potential for additional sanctions and trade restrictions.The U.S. State Department currently designates Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism.Among some of the reasons to classify Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism is its support for Nicolás Maduro. The U.S. government indicted Maduro and members of his inner circle in March on charges of “narco-terrorism” conspiracy, corruption, and drug trafficking.A senior U.S. official told Reuters that the U.S. was also considering designating several of Venezuela’s security services as terrorist organizations, in part for alleged links to drug trafficking. Those include the national intelligence service, the military counterintelligence agency (SEBIN, in Spanish) and elite police unit (FAES, in Spanish), in addition to paramilitary groups loyal to Maduro.
by: Mark DamonMost businesses, financial institutions included, are always looking for ways to save money on basic operational costs. The goal is to run a lean and mean operation, right? Efficiency is the name of the game when you want to keep your shareholders—your members, in some cases—happy and, ultimately, pass on those cost savings to them in the form of lower loan interest rates and higher deposit account interest rates.When it comes to collections, cutting costs can seem like an impossible feat when you have limited resources in staff, time, and technology. After all, there are only eight hours in the workday, and your collectors likely have a difficult time reaching delinquent borrowers during typical working hours.Sure, you could have your collectors make calls after hours and on weekends to increase contact rates, but that would derail you from reducing operations costs as you’d be forced to pay your employees for overtime or differential shifts, and/or would have the added overhead cost of keeping your branch(es) open for longer hours.Aside from the actual monetary costs of in-house collections (i.e. employee salaries), there is also the opportunity cost that comes from lost productivity. Are there other functions that your employees could be focusing on to increase revenue and improve customer relations in place of time-consuming back-office functions like collections? continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Arsene Wenger laments his lack of silverware (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has admitted that his loyalty to Arsenal cost him success in his career, saying that it is a ‘fact that he could have won more by going somewhere else’.The veteran manager was in charge of the Gunners from 1996-2008, winning the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup seven times in his epic stint in north London.Wenger had been linked with other jobs while he was at Arsenal, most notably Real Madrid, but remained loyal to the London side.The 69-year-old admits that this cost him silverware over his career, although is content with the decisions he made earlier in his career.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘No regret,’ Wenger told beIN Sports. ‘Regret is that maybe I sacrificed a little bit the winning potential against the loyalty potential, or the desire to build up the club and the influence I had on the club to build up the club when we built the stadium, against the fact that I could have won more by going somewhere else and being less limited financially.‘At the end of the day, I’m happy to do what I did, to have done what I did. I thought from a very young age I want to work the way I like to work.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Sometimes today I weigh up a little bit ‘have I done well or not?’ But I felt that I was in a club [Arsenal] where I met my needs the way I wanted to work.‘Why change that and maybe be in a bit more glorious situation but less happy situation and less influenceable situation, where I had less influence on the club [Real Madrid]?‘So I decided that I keep trying to experience my love story [at Arsenal].’Wenger was again linked with the Real Madrid job last year when Julen Lopetegui lost his job, but said he was never contacted by the club about the role.The former Monaco boss is still keen to return to club management and has not retired, but is remaining patient as he waits for a suitable opportunity.The France national team, Paris Saint-Germain or a move to the Chinese Super League have been touted as possible options for Wenger, but no new job looks likely to materialise any time soon.MORE: Arsenal eyeing up Scunthorpe United’s record-breaking midfielder Joey DawsonMORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil recommended Serge Gnabry for Germany call-up five years ago Advertisement Phil HaighSunday 13 Oct 2019 3:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits: ‘I could have won more by going somewhere else’ Advertisement Comment
Press Release Governor Tom Wolf commended about 900 soldiers with the Pennsylvania National Guard’s 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade (ECAB) for their sacrifices as they prepare to deploy to the Middle East in support of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). The soldiers are based in Lebanon and Cambria counties.In order to protect the health of the soldiers, Gov. Wolf, Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and other senior leaders provided video messages of support for the troops.“When the majority of this state, the country and the world temporarily shut down because of the virus, you continued to serve,” said Gov. Wolf. “You put your families and careers on hold. And now, we are asking you to do just that again. I know in my heart that you will complete this mission with the same level of dedication and commitment that you have demonstrated in previous deployments, domestic operations and your intense training.”“These past few months have been so difficult for these soldiers and their families. While most of the world was under quarantine during the worst of this pandemic, the ECAB was training every day,” said Carrelli. “You all put your nation first and we appreciate your sacrifice and hard work to get the ECAB to this point. We are proud of your service and look forward to your safe return following another successful deployment.”Wolf and Carrelli also addressed the families of the soldiers, saying that they also experience incredible sacrifice when their loved ones are deployed, and that Pennsylvania is here to help families through these challenging times.The ECAB will deploy with 500 soldiers from other states to provide Army air operations, including transport and medivac services in support of CENTCOM. The unit will head to Texas in July before an approximately nine-month tour of duty overseas.“They have endured so much to get ready for this deployment but they are some of the finest, well-trained, resilient, professional soldiers that I have ever experienced in my 37 years as an enlisted soldier and officer,” said Col. Howard Lloyd, ECAB commander.To view the video messages and learn more about this deployment, go to https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/28CAB.Ver esta página en español. Governor Wolf and Pa. National Guard Senior Leaders Commend Soldiers Headed to the Middle East June 27, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter