Total Kenya Limited ( 2010 Abridged Report

first_imgTotal Kenya Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Total Kenya Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Kenya Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Kenya Limited (  2010 abridged results.Company ProfileTotal Kenya Limited is the largest oil and gas marketer in Kenya with an extensive network of service stations and fuel depots, liquefied petroleum gas filling plants and aviation depots. The Kenyan oil and gas company is a subsidiary of the global Total Group which is the fourth-largest publicly traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world with a presence in over 100 countries. The company was founded in 1955 as OZO East Africa Limited but changed its name to Total Oil Products East Africa Limited in 1988, making it the first multi-national oil company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The company changed its name to Total Kenya Limited in 1991. Total Kenya Limited has more than 176 service stations, 5 wholly-owned fuel depots and 3 jointly-owned depots, 2 liquefied petroleum gas filling plants, 1 lubricant blending plant and 5 aviation depots. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Total Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Despite the recession, I’d buy these UK shares today

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. At the moment, the stock market does not look the most appetising place to invest your hard-earned cash. The second quarter saw GDP contracting by over 20%, officially placing the UK in a recession. By comparison, during the financial crisis, GDP only declined by 2.1%. This demonstrates the extent of the economic crisis within the UK at the moment. Nevertheless, the FTSE 100 has still risen over 20% since the middle of March. But while I believe some stocks are now overpriced, these two UK shares still seem to be very good buys.A boring yet strong businessThe first UK share that piques my interest is M&G (LSE:MNG). The savings and investment firm recently demerged from Prudential and has since entered the FTSE 100 in its own right. Despite the demerger, it still has more than five million retail customers and 800 institutional clients in 28 markets. There are also plans to launch its Prufund retail savings product in mainland Europe by the end of the year.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Of course, the pandemic has had a significant effect on the firm. In fact, underlying operating profits fell 57% to £309m. This reflected lower profits in the annuities and asset management businesses, as well as the higher costs following the demerger. Nevertheless, chief executive John Foley described the results as “resilient” and maintained the firm’s three-year capital generation target of £2.2bn.  The group also announced an interim dividend of 6p per share. This gives the firm a dividend yield of around 10%, and there has been no indication of this being cut in the near future. As a result, such a high yield indicates that the UK share is still too cheap, and I’d buy at its currently discounted price.A fairly unknown UK shareAirtel Africa (LSE: AAF) is a leading provider of telecoms and mobile money services in 14 countries in Africa. This is deemed an unpenetrated market, with a young population and rising smartphone ownership. As a result, there are significant growth opportunities for this UK share. This is highlighted by the fact that the current customer base stands at 111.5m, and this grew by 12% in the first half of 2020.First-half profits were down 33% to £111m. This was mainly due to higher operating costs and a drop in revenue from the voice division. Nevertheless, the mobile operator was able to increase revenues by 6.9% from last year, and net debt-to-underlying EBITDA fell from 3x to 2.2x. As a result, I believe that the fallen profits were simply a slight blip, and further growth is on the horizon for this share.The mobile operator also pays a mighty dividend of 10%. With the founding Bharti company owning 56% of the shares, shareholder returns should be very important for the company, and this means that the dividend seems safe. Consequently, I’d buy Airtel Africa shares for both income and growth opportunities. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Stuart Blair owns shares in M&G and Airtel Africa. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! See all posts by Stuart Blaircenter_img Image source: Getty Images Stuart Blair | Monday, 17th August, 2020 | More on: AAF MNG Enter Your Email Address 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Despite the recession, I’d buy these UK shares todaylast_img read more

Hannah Botterman swaps painting and decorating for professional rugby

first_img Hannah Botterman swaps painting and decorating for professional rugby As Hannah Botterman leads the way into the Saracens changing room at Allianz Park, finding a quieter spot to do this interview, we pass the word ‘energy’ emblazoned on the wall. It is there to motivate the home team before going out onto the pitch but it is also a fitting word to describe Botterman.The Saracens and England prop calls herself “sociable” and she’s a popular team member. She’s also an all-action front-rower, her recent switch from tighthead to loosehead allowing her to get her hands on the ball more often.“Loosehead is taxing but it’s not as taxing as tighthead, where there is a lot more weight going through you (at scrums),” explains the teenager. “For me, playing loosehead means I can get around the park a bit more, carry more and get into the game more.”The move across the front row came about because of injuries at Saracens at the end of last season and she played at loosehead in their Tyrrells Premier 15s final triumph. She’s adapted well to No 1, just as she did when moving from centre to prop a couple of years ago.“They’re technical positions and I’m enjoying learning about it. I watch videos to see different scrums and how people deal with different situations.As I’ve been a tighthead, I know how looseheads have manipulated me and can understand both parts of the scrum, so it’s about implementing that.”Big cheer: Hannah Botterman scores a try in last year’s Premier 15s final (Getty Images)Two players’ games she admires are Ellis Genge, for his aggressive carries, and Mako Vunipola, for his ball skills, while she describes Vickii Cornborough – her main rival for the England No 1 shirt – as “very technical, an amazing scrummager and unbelievably fit”.It’s Cornborough who she names as her toughest opponent in her early days at tighthead. Yet for all the talk of other players, she wants to develop her own style going forward rather than simply try to replicate others – and at just 19 she has plenty of time to do that.She has already made huge strides since she was first called into the national set-up for the 2017 autumn Internationals against Canada – and it is that experience that made her take the sport more seriously.“As much as playing for England and winning my first cap was incredible, I did feel like I was going to die throughout the whole of it! It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience but I wasn’t in the right shape for what I wanted to achieve. “I feel more comfortable with where I’m at now compared to last season. I’m more physically mature, I’ve lost a lot of weight and aerobically I’ve got a lot fitter. I played 35 minutes in my first Test, then last autumn I played 40 minutes and two 60 minutes, so within a year I’ve made quite big physical strides.Top trio: Marlie Packer, Jess Breach and Hannah Botterman after beating Wales (Getty Images)“I had a chat to myself after I’d got called into camp, ‘You’ve got to stick your head down and start training properly, not just treat it as fun’. I’ve taken it more seriously and I’ve bettered myself, but I feel there is still so much more to come.”A professional England contract will help too. Up until December, Botterman was working as a painter and decorator, a job that actually caused a shoulder injury due to a lot of overhead painting – far from ideal for a prop.Now she is able to work on her rugby full-time, whether in England camps with the whole squad or at Saracens in a smaller group, and crucially has a chance to rest rather than being fatigued from matches, training and work.She recognises there will be more expected of England now they are full-time athletes, but she is pleased there is a route to professional rugby for young female players going forward.“We can’t allow the pressure to get to us. We’re so early in the process of working together and we’ve got lots of new faces, and our aim is to be in the best position possible when it comes to the World Cup (2021). Obviously we want to win now and there will be a lot of pressure on us, but people will also hopefully understand that we’ve only been contracted for two months.“The contracts are amazing. It allows girls to aspire to be a professional sportswoman and it will make the pool of players so much stronger, keeping everyone on their toes and at their best.”Botterman is bringing plenty of energy to England’s Six Nations campaign. Full power: Hannah Botterman on the charge against Ireland (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Saracens and England prop Hannah Botterman has left her painter and decorator days behind to become a professional rugby player This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Matteo Minozzi: How to attack from full-back

first_img“Never be scared to attack. My will is always to attack when the chance arises, but lots of factors affect that decision. Where are you on the field? Do you have support? What kind of match are you involved in? Sometimes you must be more pragmatic, because you should never put your own team under pressure.”Time it right“Running onto a pass at speed, particularly in the wide channels where the pass may be longer, requires a lot of practice. It’s all about the timing. I like entering the line between 13 and the wing; the spaces are wider and you can run in or out, or put in a grubber.”Kicking options“As with running, things like the field zone and opponents’ coverage affect how attack-minded you are when kicking. I normally focus on kicking to touch, but I sometimes use a more attacking grubber 
kick to launch myself or a winger. Good communication between the back three is essential when deciding whether to kick 
or run the ball.”This article originally appeared in the May 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. The livewire Italy back gives his top tips on attacking from 15 The Exeter Chiefs and England wing explains how… Collapse Be smart Matteo Minozzi: How to attack from full-backIn 2018 Matteo Minozzi became the first Italian to score in four consecutive Six Nations matches and was duly nominated for the Player of the Championship award.Injury curtailed his progress somewhat but when fit he adds a real spark to the Italy back division, with the footwork, pace and vision to cause defenders numerous problems. Here the back-three player explains how – and when – to launch attacks from No 15…Decision-making“What factors determine whether to run the ball back or to kick it? Decision-making is quite instinctive, and you don’t get as much time as you do in training.“My principle is to scan the defensive line: the better aligned it is, the more I’ll kick to put pressure on opponents; then maybe I’ll attack if I get the ball back. Looking for mismatches or dog-legs in their line is also crucial.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… Expand Expand Mike Haley: How to perfect your positioning at 15 Ready to go: Matteo Minozzi assesses his options during the Six Nations (Getty Images) Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep Mike Haley: How to perfect your positioning at 15 Sale Sharks full-back Mike Haley gives his top… Danielle Waterman: How to sidestep Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Jack Nowell: How to up your wing work-rate Jack Nowell: How to up your wing work-rate LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Women’s full-back Danielle Waterman gives her top…last_img read more

2 Episcopal priests among El Salvador bishop nominees

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit an Event Listing August 21, 2014 at 12:31 am The Reverend Lee Alison Crawford handled our Mothers burial and funeral arrangements in Vermont a few years ago. At my advancing age of 70ish when my Mother passed at 91, Lee took this whole family under her wing. She was an amazing light when needed, said all the right things to family that needed her boost. Mother had been cremated and Lee took her ” home” the night before the burial so she would not be alone. This spoke volumes to all of us. I am a convert to The Catholic Church but am still amazed when I think of the wonderful ceremony she performed for a woman she had never met. Mother was a very active participant at Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, Vt. And Lee was a ” weekend warrior” . She is so incredible. I hope her gifts will be well used in El Salvador. She is so very worthy . Sandra Young, daughter of Barbara Hubbard Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Bishop Elections Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments (1) [Episcopal News Service] The Anglican-Episcopal Church of El Salvador recently named five priests, including two in the Episcopal Church, as candidates to be its next bishop.The five nominees are:The Rev. Ricardo Bernal, Diocese of El Salvador;The Rev. Juan David Alvarado, Diocese of El Salvador;The Rev. Juan Antonio Méndez, Diocese of El Salvador;The Rev. Vidal Rivas, senior priest, St. Matthew’s/San Mateo Parish, Hyattsville, Maryland, Diocese of Washington; andThe Rev. Lee Alison Crawford, vicar, Church of Our Saviour at Mission Farm and canon missioner to El Salvador, Diocese of Vermont.The person elected on Aug. 23 will succeed Bishop Martin de Jesús Barahona, who has led the diocese since 1992.The Anglican-Episcopal Church of El Salvador is a part of Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America (Anglican Church in Central America), along with the dioceses of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY center_img Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Music Morristown, NJ By ENS staffPosted Aug 20, 2014 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments are closed. Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA 2 Episcopal priests among El Salvador bishop nominees Rector Pittsburgh, PA Sandra Young says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MIlast_img read more

House in Tamandare / Karina Guidolin Arquitetura

first_imgSave this picture!© Ezequiele Panizzi+ 24Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Lead Architect: Architects: Karina Guidolin Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Houses ArchDaily Save this picture!© Ezequiele PanizziRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. Designed for a young family, with small kids, this ground floor house is located in a residential area, in the limit between the cities of Bento Gonçalves and Garibaldi. The lot is a few meters behind a fishing and hunting club, surrounded by abundant nature.Save this picture!© Ezequiele PanizziSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Ezequiele PanizziThe project is organized in L shape, leaving the bedrooms in the east/west zone and the social and service areas in the north/south zone.Save this picture!© Ezequiele PanizziSave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Ezequiele PanizziOur biggest challenge was to combine a strong volumetric composition, the efficiency of environmental comfort and a program that related to the external area. With that in mind, the house was left fluid, integrated and plane in most spaces, being opened to the backyard in the north façade through a porch. The high and tilt ceiling in the social area guarantees natural ventilation and illumination, besides bringing space hierarchy.Save this picture!© Ezequiele PanizziThe view from the external area to the internal is regulated through vertical brise soleils in the front façade and in the intimate corridor. The view to the surrounding landscape from the backyard and bedrooms is managed through a wall, composed in a rhythm of full and empty spaces, designed to control the privacy in relation to the neighbors.Project gallerySee allShow lessBuna Sartoría Restaurant and Coffee Shop / Taller ADGSelected ProjectsAidsfonds SoaAids Netherlands Offices / Hollandse NieuweSelected Projects Share House in Tamandare / Karina Guidolin Arquitetura Area:  3498 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects “COPY” CopyHouses•Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Manufacturers: Cinex, Deca, Esquadrias Moschetta, Indus Parquet, Portinari 2019 Year:  Karina Guidolin Photographs:  Ezequiele Panizzi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Brazil House in Tamandare / Karina Guidolin ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveHouse in Tamandare / Karina Guidolin Arquitetura CopyAbout this officeKarina Guidolin ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRio Grande do SulBrazilPublished on June 23, 2020Cite: “House in Tamandare / Karina Guidolin Arquitetura” [Casa em Tamandaré / Karina Guidolin Arquitetura] 23 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Ali Salah Ahmed arrested

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation center_img The journalist Ali Salah Ahmed was arrested at Sanaa airport on his return from a visit to Germany, and was forcibly taken away to an unknown location. His arrest was apparently linked to his support for the street protests. After being fired as programme director at the state-owned TV station, he worked for the privately-owned satellite TV station Suhail, which supports the opposition party Islah. The station has been providing live coverage of the demonstrations. April 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ali Salah Ahmed arrestedlast_img read more

Altadena Community Church: Music and Choir

first_img Community News Community News At Altadena Community Church, music is a big part of the worship experience. Each service is planned so that the overall impact is echoed in all aspects of the service: the sermon, the songs sung by the congregation, the liturgical prayers and sung responses, and the special music/anthems sung by the choir or as solos or duets; all are parts of the whole with emphasis on the message.Music Director Wendy Caldwell incorporates sacred classics and spirituals with contemporary compositions for the choir. Adding to the grand piano, the music for the service will occasionally embrace strings, brass or wind instruments, and drums. Periodically, Wendy provides vocal technique instructional sessions, which can be a great way to ease into joining the choir. If you are interested in joining our choir, even if only for a few weeks to try things out, please speak to Wendy or call the church office.“I walked into church and was greeted by angels; then a choir of angels sang. Immediately I felt like I’d always been here.”Altadena Community Church, 943 East Altadena Drive, Altadena, (626) 798-1185 or visit Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Religious Music Altadena Community Church: Music and Choir Music Director Wendy Caldwell incorporates sacred classics and spirituals with contemporary compositions for the choir. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 11, 2012 | 9:24 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News last_img read more

Guest Opinion | Student Testing Cheating – Does PUSD have Georgia Issues?

first_imgPomeroy’s 2011 suspicions about Roosevelt cheating degenerate to currently defending Roosevelt’s former principalIn 2011, Pasadena Unified School District Board Member Elizabeth Pomeroy’s instinct was that Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Juan Ruelas’ seemingly remarkable achievements raising Roosevelt’s student test scores more likely reflected cheating, not genuine educational achievement. On September 5, 2011, Pomeroy read an article by Los Angeles Times education writer Howard Blume entitled “Cheating on state tests found at two Los Angeles schools.” At 10:27 a.m. that morning, Pomeroy sent an email to PUSD’s Director of Elementary Education Dr. Kathy Onoye asking “What would be the ways to find out whether there is anything amiss in the Roosevelt scores?” Dr. Onoye passed Pomeroy’s inquiry on to the Superintendent, who responded “You can let her know that there is an ongoing investigation of reported irregularities at Roosevelt and that the board will be updated in closed session next week.” Thus, from the test scores alone and without knowing that there was already the ongoing investigation that did determine that Roosevelt was cheating, Pomeroy accurately suspected there was cheating.As the current PUD Board President, Pomeroy is now the chief apologist for Ruelas. Ruelas was imposed by PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald on Madison Elementary School as its principal in May 2015 despite objections that he was discriminating against the Madison community by refusing to allow its stakeholders to select 3 applicants from which he would choose the new principal – a privilege he allowed other more wealthy and more anglo communities, including Sierra Madre. McDonald excuses his discriminatory treatment of Madison on the claim that Ruelas’s Roosevelt record of purported educational achievement warranted rejecting any Madison site input into its principal selection decision. Pomeroy today has quieted her suspicions about Ruelas’ purported achievements. She dismissively rejects drawing any conclusions from Roosevelt’s dropping from the 3d highest performing elementary school when Roosevelt got caught cheating down to the 14th rank – which happened in just 4 years. Whatever happened to Pomeroy’s good instincts?An Atlanta newspaper’s suspicions similar to Pomeroy’s lead to criminal convictions for racketeeringThere are well-established best practices to detect cheating. In 2009, the newspaper Atlanta Journal-Constitution was similarly suspicious that Atlanta public school test results reflected cheating, not genuine educational achievement. Its prize-winning report suggested that 44 out of 56 Atlanta schools cheated on the 2009 state student test. The paper’s report set off the events leading to indictments against Atlanta’s Superintendent of Schools and 12 others on criminal racketeering charges. The Superintendent died before trial; 11 of those charged were convicted, with sentences as harsh as 20 years imprisonment.Test-Score Statistical Analysis was the well-established cheating detection method that first raised the Journal-Constitution’s eyebrows. The U.S. Department of Education’s 2013 “Testing Integrity Symposium: Issues and Recommendations for Best Practice” describes this common detection method: “Test-score analysis examines test scores to see if there have been unusually large gains from the previous year or large relative declines in the subsequent year.” Test score analysis was central to the Atlanta newspaper’s initial exposure of the Atlanta scandal, as reflected by the title of its October 19, 2009, article “Are drastic swings in CRCT scores valid?” Subsequently, both the Journal-Constitution and law enforcement used a number of other cheating-detection methodologies, but recognition of the scandal began by simply looking at the year-to-year test scores and spotting suspicious trends.Pomeroy’s reasonable suspicions from 2009-2011 test scores that Roosevelt was cheatingWhat was it about Roosevelt’s test scores that led Pomeroy in 2011 to suspect cheating? Simply looking at the Roosevelt test scores graphed above and knowing the few facts noted on the graph tells the story. What Pomeroy saw was a remarkable rise of test scores during Ruelas’ first two years at Roosevelt. Those scores rocketed Roosevelt to the 3d best test-score ranking among PUSD’s elementary schools – a rapid 92 points rise from the pre-Ruelas overall 796 API score average to the astronomic 888 score in just two years. Pomeroy’s intuition that Ruelas’ meteoric rise was suspicious was well-founded. Unbeknownst to her, PUSD was already investigating this suspicious Roosevelt increase, PUSD had already determined that Roosevelt had cheated on the 2011 API testing, and PUSD was already negotiating with the California Department of Education on the penalty for its cheating. That process ended in January, 2012, with PUSD’s press release announcing that the State withdrew Roosevelt’s Blue Ribbon School nomination because of its cheating on the 2011 tests.The reasonable inferences of widespread Roosevelt test cheating that have not been investigated, uncovered, nor admittedThe cheating that PUSD caught was in Roosevelt’s 2nd grade and only involved 3 of the 2nd grade students. PUSD’s January 2010 press release disclosing Roosevelt’s cheating and its losing the Blue Ribbon School nomination minimized Roosevelt’s cheating as “minor irregularities” affecting only 1.6% of the students.Such “minor irregularities” would not likely produce a significant drop in test scores, but the test-score statistical analysis involved in looking at Roosevelt’s chart above indicates the different story that test scores did significantly drop after Roosevelt was caught – not just once, but twice. Each drop is consistent with significant Roosevelt test-cheating that has been ignored.The 1st significant drop occurred after Roosevelt was caught cheating in 2011. The school had to stop some of its cheating to avoid getting caught again. So its scores significantly decreased in 2012 and 2013 when it had to reduce cheating, causing a decline from the 3rd highest ranking PUSD elementary school to its 6th ranking. The post-2011 significant decline in Roosevelt test scores and District rankings cannot be accounted for by “minor irregularities” with 3 students who constituted only 1.6% of Roosevelt’s students. Rather, the significant decline in test scores after Roosevelt got caught cheating in 2011 indicates there was significantly more test cheating going on which remained uninvestigated and undetected – s0me of which had to be eliminated because the spotlight was on Roosevelt. So PUSD probably discovered and remedied only the tip of Roosevelt’s 2011 cheating; 90% or more of the cheating iceberg remained undetected and uninvestigated.The 2nd significant drop occurred when the State eliminated paper testing after the 2013 test scores. There was no statewide testing in 2014 as the schools transitioned from API testing to SBAC testing. 2015 testing shifted from paper-and-pencil testing to more secure electronic testing. Electronic testing results go directly from Roosevelt’s electronic terminals to an off-site electronic collection center. In 2015, Roosevelt thus lost control over the paper tests. No longer controlling papers test took away the opportunity to cheat by tampering with the paper tests. After the more secure 2015 testing, Roosevelt plummeted from the 6th best ranking of PUSD elementary schools to ranking 14th. 2015’s 14th ranking probably accurately reflects actual relative educational achievement throughout his tenure as Roosevelt’s principal – i.e., nothing to be particularly proud of and is not an educational miracle. (Test scores comparison between API testing and SBAC testing is not considered valid, but relative rankings have probable validity. The 14th schools 3-year 2011-2013 average API score was 753, which we believe is a reasonable estimate of the API score that reflects Roosevelt’s actual 2015 educational achievement in Ruelas’ last year at Roosevelt.)Ignoring the cheating scandal doesn’t protect the new Superintendent against his big mistakeMcDonald’s rationale for imposing Ruelas on Madison rests on his alleged accomplishment of educational miracles at Roosevelt. The grass-roots coalition objecting to McDonald’s Ruelas decision is asking PUSD to investigate whether Ruelas’ purported achievement at Roosevelt is genuine or based on test cheating. Pomeroy as the current PUSD Board Chair today refuses to embrace any suspicions about Ruelas’s Roosevelt test record. She refuses to apply test-score statistical analysis as she did in 2011. Instead, Pomeroy dogmatically dismisses any criticism of Ruelas or Superintendent McDonald’s decision and leads the Board in refusing to take the same kind of critical look at test scores that led her to correctly discern that there was probably cheating at Roosevelt in 2010.Pomeroy is not forgetful. She just does not want to face the cheating scandal because she thinks it will undermine Superintendent McDonald. The desire to protect the new Superintendent from public accountability for his first major mistake in unilaterally imposing Ruelas on Madison is corrupting PUSD’s policy-making on test cheating – and on every other public policy issue that touches Madison. PUSD has had the unfortunate experience of musical chairs in the Superintendent’s seat over the past few years, and Pomeroy shares the desire of practically everyone in the community to see McDonald succeed. McDonald has a chance to succeed, but not if saving him is at the cost of prostituting public policy. But that’s what is happening at PUSD. Ignoring cheating on student tests has far worse consequences than honestly facing up to the Superintendent’s Madison mistake and correcting it.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who represent the Citizens Council for Empowerment and Justice at Madison, the grassroots organization of parents, teachers, and community members who are demanding that Ruelas be removed as Madison’s principal. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it [Please note: Pasadena Now publishes guest opinions as a service to the community, to allow freedom of expression and diverse points of view the opportunity to reach the public. The authors are solely responsible for the content. 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