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ACE initiative helps literacy in Haiti

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first_imgNotre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) partnered with the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to begin the Haiti Reads project in August 2014, working to improve the literacy of Haitian children.The initiative is sponsored by a $1 million grant from an anonymous foundation, with additional funding and personnel provided by ACE and CRS, according to a University press release.Emily Danaher | The Observer Kate Schuenke-Lucien, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said the primary goal of the project is to help Haitian children to “learn to read, to read to learn,” a mantra the project uses to promote the long term benefits of increased literacy. Haiti Reads is trying to improve students’ ability to read and write in Creole, which is spoken by 95 percent of the Haitian population, and French, which is the language primarily used in educational instruction, Schuenke-Lucien said.“We know that early literacy is incredibly important for educational success for children,” she said. “Basically, children who don’t learn to read well in the early grades are not able to continue in school.”According to the Haiti Reads press release, this explains why 50 percent of the Haitian adult population is illiterate and why only five percent of students continue past primary school.Haiti Reads works with some of the 2,400 Catholic primary and secondary schools in Haiti as a way to “renew and strengthen Catholic education to provide an improved education and opportunity for the children in Haiti,” TJ D’Agostino, associate director of Haitian Catholic Education Initiatives for ACE, said.“Catholic schools are the biggest single educational provider in the country so [Haiti Reads] is a way to make a pretty big dent in trying to improve education quality in Haiti at large,” he said.Schuenke-Lucien said the project’s approach to their mission is two-fold.“[Improved literacy] would happen by improving students’ test scores and students’ ability to read and write … and then also by improving the ability of the teachers to deliver a high quality curriculum to the students,” Schuenke-Lucien said.The Haiti Reads team began training teachers in approximately 50 Catholic schools in August 2014, and the teachers implemented the newly crafted curriculums in December 2014, Schuenke-Lucien said.Jaime Zarafonetis, associate director of teaching and learning for ACE, said Notre Dame is excited to work with the teachers in Haiti.“The Haitian educators are exceptionally dedicated, and we feel really grateful at ND that we are working with so many knowledgable and committed educational leaders [in Haiti],” Zarafonetis said.As of now, 49 percent of Haitian third graders cannot read either language, Zarafonetis said.Tags: ACE, Alliance for Catholic Education, Catholic Education, catholic relief services, Haiti Readslast_img read more

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Scorpio Bulkers Secures New USD 60 Mn Loan

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first_imgMonaco-based bulker owner Scorpio Bulkers has received a commitment for a loan facility of up to USD 60 million.The new loan, secured from ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, will be used to finance up to 60% of the fair market value of two Ultramax dry bulk vessels and two Kamsarmax dry bulk vessels.The ships in question are SBI Perseus, SBI Phoebe, SBI Electra and SBI Flamenco.Scorpio Bulkers said that the loan facility has a final maturity date of five years from drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25% per annum.The loan, which is expected to close within August, would increase the company’s liquidity by around USD 21 million after repayment of the vessels’ existing debt.The company informed that the terms and conditions were similar to those set forth in its existing credit facilities.last_img read more

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What we learned about Pittsburgh, Syracuse’s ACC Tournament 2nd-round opponent

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first_img Comments Published on March 12, 2019 at 10:25 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Syracuse (19-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) will face a Pittsburgh (14-18, 3-15) team streaking in the opposite direction on Wednesday night in the ACC Tournament. SU has lost two games in a row, but the Panthers have won two-straight games. That includes an 80-70 win over Boston College on Tuesday night in the ACC postseason’s opening round.Pitt fell behind 7-0 before Panthers’ head coach Jeff Capel called a timeout to settle his team. From that point on, Pittsburgh took control of the game to set up a Wednesday 9 p.m. meeting with the Orange.Here’s what we learned about Pittsburgh from its win on Tuesday night.Perimeter paradePittsburgh’s strength comes in its perimeter depth. The Panthers don’t have lots of size, but they have tons of guards to rotate through and onto the opposition’s top scorer. That’s what they did against Ky Bowman, BC’s star, while they held him to six points in the first half and 3-of-10 shooting for the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPregame on their matchup whiteboard, the Panthers write down an individual defender for each opposing player. Next to Bowman’s defender was listed in parentheses, “Pitt.” That meant the whole team was expected to make it tough on him.“We just tried to make him see Pitt all day,” Panthers guard Jared Wilson-Frame said. “… That was our mentality today, just trying to guard him as a team.”The same could be true come Tuesday night against Syracuse star guard Tyus Battle. He scored 22 points in the first meeting against Pitt this season, but that declined to six points on 2-of-13 shooting the second time around. The Panthers have discovered how to slow down opposing perimeter stars as the season has gone on, and their young guards have risen to the challenge.Fresh facesPittsburgh is led in scoring by freshman point guard Xavier Johnson. He dominated Boston College’s man-to-man defense Tuesday, dropping 14 in the first half and 23 for the game. His fellow freshman backcourt mate Trey McGowens led the way against BC with 26. But both their strengths are driving by people and finishing inside. “When we’ve been at our best this year, these two guys have been able to put pressure on the defense and get to the foul line,” Capel said.Pittsburgh freshman guard Xavier Johnson leads the Panthers in scoring this season. Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAfter Johnson went  6-of-11 from the floor against SU in January, the numbers dipped to 2-of-11 in the second meeting. McGowens combined for 10 points across the two meetings. Syracuse forced both to shoot from the perimeter, and that’s not their best option. While McGowens made both of his 3s against BC, the freshmen guards consistently turned down somewhat open 3s for the chance to penetrate toward the basket.Syracuse’s zone isn’t friendly to drive-happy guards. The 2-3 hopes to keep players around the perimeter and not attacking the rim. Johnson and McGowens will probably have to hit shots, but they feel like their attacking approach can work against the Orange, too. McGowens said that the dribble-drive can lead to kick-outs, and Johnson added that Pitt needs to choose to attack “at the right moments.”“These two guys, they’re athletic, they’re fearless, and they can attack and they can put pressure on a defense,” Capel said. Facebook Twitter Google+ Fitting a Wilson-FrameThe last time Syracuse played Pitt, SU head coach Jim Boeheim was glad the Panthers’ most-veteran player is a senior. That’s Jared Wilson-Frame, Pittsburgh’s second-leading scorer who said Tuesday that SU was his dream school. He shoots 39 percent from 3, and BC’s coaches pointed him out as “shooter” on multiple Eagles’ defensive possessions.“He makes shots against us every time we play,” Boeheim said Feb. 2. “Every time. Tough shots, too.”Wilson-Frame hit two first-half 3s on Tuesday, looking comfortable shooting from multiple feet beyond the arc. That’s the look most available against the 2-3 zone of Syracuse, and he’s the guy Pitt needs to open up driving lanes for freshmen like Johnson and McGowens, who aren’t as jumper-inclined. “Playing against the zone, you know you’re gonna have gaps where you’re gonna have to shoot,” Wilson-Frame said. “Being the team’s best shooter, I kind of do relish that, knowing that I’m gonna try to be there for my team.”In the second half, Wilson-Frame showed his veteran savvy, as well. On an open catch near the left wing, the senior pump faked to allow a closing BC defender to fly by him. Then one dribble and a knocked-down 3 followed. He’s looking forward to playing Boeheim once more.“I want to hit shots,” Wilson-Frame said. “I’m pretty sure I’m gonna hit shots at some point during the game. I just want to get that win so I can kind of say something back to him, you know, that’s my guy.”last_img read more

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President Moise wants “credible honest and transparent elections” in Haiti

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first_imgJovenel Moise PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says 2019 must result in Haiti achieving “credible, honest, democratic and transparent elections” and his administration will provide the necessary resources to accomplish that feat.Addressing the opening of a new Parliament session, Moise, whose victory in January 2017 ended an election process that stretched on for 14 months, said that Haiti is going through a “decisive period” as this is the fourth and last year of the 50th legislature.The bicameral National Assembly of Haiti consists of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The Chamber of Deputies has 99 members, who are elected by popular vote for a four-year term, while the 30 members of the Senate are elected to serve six-year terms, with one third elected every two years.Moise told legislators 2018 had been characterized by economic, political and social challenges and this year “should allow us to be more concerned about the respect of the constitutional prescriptions, to strive, in the patriotic spirit, to overcome crises that threaten the survival of the nation.”But he told legislators that at the same time, this year his government intends to strengthen its structural recovery program. He said the political turbulence has had a negative impact on the local economy, leading to unemployment that is likely to continue.“Also, all of us: State authorities, civil society, the private sector, we are obliged to undertake more initiatives that will enable the country to attract domestic and foreign direct investment, create jobs and increase agricultural production and industrial national.”He said it is with the aim of achieving these objectives that the government will urgently undertakes the strengthening of measures to combat corruption and impunity, reduce the State’s lifestyle and clean up public accounts.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President  Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests.last_img read more

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