Magda Matache was just back from a summer break when her high school teacher told her to stand in front of the class and asked, “Why are you so black?”A member of the Roma and a Harvard instructor, Matache recalled the question and the sense of shock and humiliation that followed during a recent interview on campus. “I was poor, I was Roma, I was dark-skinned, I was in a wealthy white high school,” she said. “Slowly I felt that I didn’t belong, and I didn’t want to belong.”With help from supportive teachers and friends, she kept studying, attended college, and eventually earned a master’s degree in European social policies and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Bucharest. Currently a mid-career master in public administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, she is also the head of the Roma Program at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (Harvard FXB), where she is shedding light on the lives of other Romani children and teens who continue to face racism and discrimination in and out of the classroom. Her Harvard research is helping lead the way in dismantling biased narratives about Romani education.Matache and Harvard FXB, together with the Center for Interactive Pedagogy in Belgrade, Serbia, recently released “One in One Hundred,” a report comparing the educational success rates of Romani and non-Romani students in Serbia.“The rise of xenophobia is headline news in Europe these days,” said Harvard FXB director Jacqueline Bhabha. “But the persistent discrimination and stigma meted out to its Roma minority has yet to attract the concerted attention and public engagement it deserves. [We] have been working on this, Europe’s most accepted form of racism, for the past six years.”The recent study’s title highlights the fact that only one in 100 Serbian Romani students advance to college. Those numbers are the same across Europe, said Matache, and are fueled by the stereotype that Roma are lazy, unable to learn, or simply uninterested in education.“Each year there are thousands and thousands of Roma children placed in Roma-only schools or misdiagnosed with disabilities,” said Matache. For those who make it to a typical school, she added, “expectations from the Roma students are so low that the teachers rarely pay attention to them.”While much of the report is devoted to identifying educational obstacles, it also outlines the “factors for success and resilience among Romani students,” known as the “positive deviance” approach. The approach, which Bhabha pioneered during her 2012 work around female educational disadvantage in India titled “The Champions Project,” helped researchers with the Roma study focus on “the factors that enable success of the outliers rather than focusing on the obstacles that hinder the majority,” said Bhabha.“A preponderance of social research documents the impact of injustice, social inequality, and discrimination. But what many of us really would like to understand is ‘What works? How can injustice and inequality be reduced?’ This study addressed those questions by investigating the experience of successful outliers and the drivers of their atypical achievement.”Researchers studied the responses from surveys, interviews, and a “Writing Romani Lives” workshop conducted with 89 Romani adolescents who made it to college and 100 who did not. The findings showed that strong teacher and peer support systems, access to early childhood development services, and a high level of education among immediate family members corresponded to educational success.For example, in the new study, 16 percent of the college group’s parents had attended college, whereas in the comparison group, only 8 percent had, with 35 percent of the comparison group parents having attended only primary school. In addition, 64 percent of the college students had close relatives who attended or graduated from college, compared with only 43 percent in the non–college student group.Early education matters, too, researchers found. “Across Europe, the access of Romani children to early childhood development services is lower than that of majority children,” the study notes. Only 6 percent of Romani children between the ages of 3 and 5 attended early childhood education programs, the report found, compared with 50 percent of the Serbian national average. The report’s numbers also show a “significantly larger number” of college versus comparison respondents attended kindergarten, 63 to 44 percent, respectively.The study also pointed to a third critical driver of the success of Romani students: the support from a teacher or peer who believed in their abilities and desire to learn and who stood up for them.“Those who made it to college said they had benefitted from a peer or a teacher who supported them when they felt discriminated against,” said Matache. Her own experience reflects those findings. When she arrived for her first day of grade school in 1984 holding hands with a white friend, the teacher noticed and sat them together near the front of the class. Most of Matache’s Romani classmates were seated near the back.“Because of where I was, I got more attention and I paid more attention,” she said. “I did well in primary school and made it to one of the best high schools, but many of my Romani classmates weren’t so lucky.”The study’s findings also dispel the stereotype that Romani culture is indifferent to education. Ninety-three percent of respondents in the sample, which included both the students who attended college and those who did not, reported that their parents valued education for them. “We learned from them that whatever is said in the media, in the literature, everywhere about our culture doesn’t apply,” said Matache. “This whole idea of Roma inferiority and their indifference to school has been portrayed for centuries and it’s also found at the policy-making level. It’s institutional, ideological, societal. It’s racecraft.”In addition to early education access, said Matache, more Romani teachers, cultural sensitivity training for students and teachers, and a curriculum that better reflects the history of the Roma in Europe will all make a difference. But change must come from the top down, she added. The choice to focus on Serbia, she said, was aimed at policymakers who want to see the country accepted into the European Union; with the accession process underway, politicians there are eager to prove Serbia is adhering to the organization’s commitment to human rights.“We are really trying to do advocacy around our research work,” said Matache. “It’s not enough to do research. There is a responsibility to go a step further and put our information out there for the policymakers who can make change a reality.“Our research has shown that real change means giving Romani children what all children need for educational success: good schools, characterized by equity and inclusion, with unbiased, supportive and well-prepared teachers.” The plight of the Roma Activists for their rights press to end centuries of European discrimination against them Related
Manchester United succeeded in offloading striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on a transfer deadline day which saw plenty of business but few jaw-dropping deals from Premier League clubs.Belgian Lukaku, who spent two years with United after 75 million pounds ($91.05 million) move from Everton, joined Inter for a fee reported to be around 80 million euros.United had been keen to move on the forward who disappointed last season and whose style of play did not suit the approach being taken by Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.With United unable to sign a replacement, the pressure will be on 21-year-old England forward Marcus Rashford to deliver the goals in a more central role than he has previously operated in.United had already invested heavily to bring in centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester City for 80 million pounds, making him the most expensive defender in the world.Solskjaer has also added right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Dan James, while some fringe players may yet move out while the European transfer window remains open until Sept. 2.Spurs tie up 2 deals on deadline dayTottenham Hotspur famously spent nothing in the window a year ago before reaching the Champions League final but tied up two deals for manager Mauricio Pochettino on deadline day.Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso joined from Spanish side Real Betis on a season-long loan with an option for a permanent switch.Highly-rated 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon was bought from Fulham for a reported initial fee of 25 million pounds — the left wing-back signing a five-year deal.advertisementArsenal sign Kieran TierneyTottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal were also active, spending a reported 25 million pounds on Celtic’s highly-rated Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney.Media reports said Unai Emery’s side were also trying to bring in Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea but could lose midfielder Alex Iwobi to Everton in a deal worth up to 40 million pounds, although neither of those deals had been confirmed before the 1700 local (1600 GMT) deadline.Former England striker Andy Carroll has rejoined his boyhood club Newcastle United, 8-1/2 years after leaving them to join Liverpool in a then British record transfer.The injury-plagued 30-year-old was a free agent after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.Watford signed Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr from French club Rennes on a five-year deal for a club-record fee.Watford did not disclose the cost but French media reported it was in the region of 32 million pounds, eclipsing the 18.5 million pounds the Hornets paid for forward Andre Gray in 2017.Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has struggled to get game time in the two years at Stamford Bridge since his move from Leicester, joined Burnley on a six-month loan deal.Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy moved from second-tier Huddersfield Town, who were relegated from the top flight last season, to Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.Also Read | Mohun Bagan condemn razing of East Bengal’s centenary gate, offer to bear expenses for re-erectionAlso See:
West Ham to bid for Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaricby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are planning to bring Andrej Kramaric back to England in January.The Croatia international, formerly of Leicester City, has shone for Hoffenheim over the last two seasons.Croatian media sources say West Ham are planning a January move for Kramaric.And further fueling the speculation is a developing rift between Kramaric and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.The striker is fuming after he was hooked during the weekend draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 07: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to De’Aaron Fox #0 and Malik Monk #5 during the game against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Rupp Arena on December 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari believes that his incoming freshman class is one of the best he’s ever had at Kentucky, and that is saying something. One of that class’ superstars, guard Malik Monk, showed off his elite shooting ability at the McDonald’s All-American 3-Point Shootout tonight, catching fire down the stretch to win the entire contest.Malik Monk Weather Report: 100% chance of raining treys. He’s our #McDAAG Boys 3pt champ with 21pts! pic.twitter.com/p53rqzwLmS— All American Games (@McDAAG) March 29, 2016The highlights are incredibly impressive:Malik Monk gets on late 3-point run. pic.twitter.com/fVtyAEpmpv— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016Malik Monk (@AhmadMonk )just won the @McDAAG 3Pt- Contest!!!!!!!!! DEFINITION OF A PURE SHOOTER! https://t.co/mjAEFWhfrL— Kentucky! #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 29, 2016If that wasn’t enough, he can also throw down like this.Malik Monk: pretty capable finisher. pic.twitter.com/FciQGXVMue— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016College basketball’s rich continue to get richer. Enjoy Monk next season, Kentucky fans.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Final Four >>>
Vladivostok: India and Russia are beginning a new era of cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region to make it “open, free and inclusive”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, amidst China flexing its military muscles in the strategic region. Addressing the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum here, Modi said, “When ships will start plying between Vladivostok and Chennai with the opening of the maritime routes between the two cities, the Russian port city will become the springboard of northeast Asia market in India. This will further deepen the Indo-Russia partnership.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsA Memorandum of Intent was signed on Wednesday between India and Russia for the development of maritime communications between the ports of Chennai and Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East Region. The Far East, Modi said, will become the bedrock of strong Indo-Russia ties, which is based on the principles of “rules-based order, sovereignty, respect for territorial integrity and is against engaging in the internal matters of other countries”. India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military manoeuvring in the region.
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UPDATE – The RCMP has provided the following update on the collision. The collision happened at around 2 a.m. The single-vehicle rollover involved a semi-trucking hauling LNG. There are no reports of any leaks and the public is advised that the trucking company will be flaring the natural gas and Highway 97 near Halfway River/Inga Lake Area will be open to single lane alternating traffic for at least the next 24 hours.The driver of the semi suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital. Police believe the injuries are non-life threatening.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP has issued a travel warning this morning, August 12, for Highway 97. According to RCMP, if you are travelling north to Fort Nelson on Highway 97, you can expect delays near the Halfway River turn off as there is single lane alternating traffic due to a tanker truck rollover.RCMP say traffic could remain down to one lane for the next 24 hours as crews clean up the scene.We will continue to provide updates to this incident as information is released.For up-to-date travel information, you can visit DriveBC.ca.Travel Warning: If you are heading north to Fort Nelson, Hwy 97 near Halfway River Turn off will have single alternating traffic due to tanker truck roll over estimated for next 24 hours.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 12, 2019
New Delhi: Automobile manufacturer Nissan India on Friday said it will increase price of “Datsun GO and GO+” models by up to 4 per cent effective April 1. According to Hardeep Singh Brar, Director Sales and commercial, Nissan Motor India stated: “… With rise in input costs and several economic factors, we are making a nominal price adjustment to our Datsun GO and GO+ models.”
We often hear announcers and commentators say a baseball team is “on pace” to win and lose a certain number of games, by simply applying a team’s current winning percentage over 162 games. Those statements may technically be true, but in a randomness-filled reality, they’re meaningless.Sabermetrics constantly struggles with randomness, an unavoidable fact of sporting life and the reason there’s almost always a difference between a team’s observed performance and its actual talent level. Moreover, the smaller the sample of games, the less confident we can be that what we’re seeing is skill and not luck. We’re fewer than 10 games into Major League Baseball’s season.This is why it’s necessary to regress observed statistics to the mean. Things — including baseball stats — tend to average out. But how much do we need to regress? And which mean should we regress to?The most naïve prior to use would be the league average (in the case of regressing team records, a .500 winning percentage). And the question of how much we need to regress depends on what the preferred ratio is of skill to luck. Sabermetricians typically set a regression to match the number of games it takes for half the variance in team records to be due to talent and half to chance.In that case, we need to add about 67 games of .500 baseball (33½ wins, 33½ losses) to a team’s record, based on seasonal data since the MLB last expanded in 1998. (Here are a couple of mathematical proofs explaining this method as it relates to Bayes’ theorem.)So while the Washington Nationals’ and Milwaukee Brewers’ current MLB co-leading 6-2 records come with a .750 winning percentage, we’d really only expect each of them to have .527 winning percentages from now on, based on the information we have relative to our prior (the population of MLB teams from which the Brewers and Nationals are selected).We can do this for all MLB clubs:Regression to the mean lets us get a better sense of a team’s pace by giving us a realistic estimate of its future winning percentage. That’s why a 1-0 team isn’t on pace to win 162 games; in the absence of other information about the quality of the team, it’s really only on pace to win 82.7 games.Another great thing about this procedure is that the “add 67 games of .500 ball” trick works no matter how far into the season a team is. It’s just as valid now as it will be in late July. The difference between now and then will be the amount of weight that a team’s observed results take in the formula. In April, the .500 prior dominates any team’s projection. By the time 67 games roll around, precisely half of a team’s regressed record will be made up of its observed results, and the other half will be the prior.Of course, we don’t have to limit ourselves to a prior winning percentage of .500 for every team, either. We know that sources such as Las Vegas over/unders and computer projections do a better job of setting preseason expectations than simply expecting every team to finish 81-81. If we plug in an aggregation of Vegas and computer models from before the season as priors (using a standard deviation of nine wins for those predictions), we come to the following regressed-to-the-mean records:Whichever method we use, it’s important to note how long it takes for observed records from the current season to start to have an impact on an assessment of a team’s ability level. At this stage of the season, the only conclusions we can draw should be extremely small relative to the expectations we had for each team a few weeks ago.Correction (April 12, 11:25 p.m.): The second table in an earlier version of this article miscalculated the true win and true loss paces. The correct table appears above.
Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson has hinted that he will be continuing with his role at the national side, despite an early exit from the World CupThe Nordic nation arrived at the Rostov Arena on Tuesday knowing that only a victory would be enough to maintain their hopes of reaching the last 16 in their debut World Cup campaign.Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Iceland hope by cancelling out Milan Badelj’s stylish opener for Croatia by scoring a penalty.However, an Ivan Perisic injury-time winner ended Iceland’s campaign with Zlatko Dalic’s side topping Group D with maximum points.Since taking charge of Iceland in 2013, Hallgrimsson has led them to quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 championship and now their first ever World Cup tournament.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…And it appears that he might not be finished yet with the side.“I don’t want to talk about it, really. I’m so proud, not just of the players but also the staff, the training team, everyone with the FA, I’m in the best job in the world and have very good people around me,” said the 51-year-old, via Sky Sports.“This team is on a certain route, this was just one step. Now we’re at the top of the national league, which is like the Champions League of teams in Europe, and the players have earned this. Then we’ll go to the European qualifying and in the second seeding group; it’s very difficult to leave this team, not least the people who have been working with me.“We have to sit down and digest what the next step will be, both for the FA and me, but I think we can be proud of this World Cup and I think we have been praised for our performance in this tournament. There’s one half in which we should’ve done better, but you cannot always be at your best.”Iceland ends their maiden World Cup campaign with one point and a fourth-place finish in Group D.