Jamalco clash todayFootball fans in Clarendon will finally get a chance to see the top two teams play each other in the Captain’s Bakery-sponsored Clarendon Major League, when Sporting Central Academy and Jamalco meet in a quarter-final group encounter today at the Wembley Sports and Excellence Centre. Match time is 3:30 p.m.These two teams avoided each other while dominating their respective preliminary zones. They have been paired in the same quarter-final zone and, having completed two wins so far, today’s matchup may well be a dress rehearsal for the finals. Both have already qualified for the semi-finals.In quarter-final play so far, Jamalco defeated Comfort 3-0 and edged Original Hazard 1-0. Sporting are marginally better, having defeated Comfort by the same margin, but won 2-0 against Original Hazard.New Bowens, which came second to Jamalco in the preliminaries, lead the other quarter-final zone with two wins.Starz Academy, programmeThe Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) is currently experimenting with a combination development clinics, where primary and prep school students are exposed to the rudiments of three sporting disciplines.The government agency will not stop there with the programme. It has gone a step further and will target special-needs schools, as well as schools with disciplinary issues.The intent, according to INSPORTS – whose officer, Calvin Martin, is the project leader – is to identify talent and nurture it.Basketball, rugby and boxing are the sporting disciplines being currently used at the development clinics.INSPORTS says other sports will be included as the project grows from experimental to a standard fixture. The next target parish will be Manchester.Venom sting LegendFirst-round winners Venom got their round two fixtures off with a convincing 150-129 victory over Legend in the Orville Higgins/Caribbean Classic team ‘Cross the Table’ domino competition at the Caribbean Classic’s home, Portmore Drive (formerly Portmore Lane), recently.However, Legend bounced back in their very next game as they beat Warriors 150-117 in a one-sided contest. In another result, Warriors got the better of Destroyers 150-145 in a pulsating countdown.Meanwhile, the second phase of the competition will see the four teams playing each other twice in a round-robin format, with the top two advancing to the final.Portmore teams Technical Strikers leadFollowing week four, Starz Academy and Technical Strikers maintained the lead in the Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One with 10 points each.However, the biggest movers this week were Los Perfectos, who cemented third place on eight points by scoring the biggest margin of victory – 9-1 over Mandeville United.Los P, who are making a return to Manchester football after a self-imposed absence of 15 years, were sent on a joyride with double strikes from Shavar Johnson and Christopher Campbell.In other notable results this week, Technical Strikers lost their perfect win record after they were held 1-1 by Hanbury. Ricardo Johnson and Akeal Mitchell scored twice to beat Clandon Strikers 5-1, while Trinity continued the misery run of last year’s beaten finalist Northern Caribbean Union President’s XI, by winning 2-1.One spot to grab in Clarendon playersPresident of Netball Jamaica (NJ)Dr Paula Daley-Morris has encouraged netballers in Clarendon, and by extension, the central region, to use the sport as a springboard to achieve a better life.A former netballer and basketballer who gained scholarships, as well as achieved a doctorate in Information Technology, Daley-Morris used her own experiences to motivate the gathering of 21 teams, during the opening ceremony of the Jamalco Netball Open at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre.Noticeably, there was good reception for her presence and comments. It appears also that fences have been mended between long-standing Clarendon netball organiser and coach, Winston Nevers and NJ.Daley-Morris pledged her return.As usual, the season opening featured the dress parade and a one-day rally. Hayes B won the award for the best dressed team and were awarded a cash prize. The rally was won by Jamalco, after they defeated Team R of Manchester 8-4 in a match which lasted 10 minutes. Cable Pro defeated Hayes A 6-4 in the third place play-off.The competition takes a break this weekend owing to the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as a high number of teams have athletes who are participating.Sporting Central, on brother teamDefending champions Power of Faith International will open their campaign breaking bread with their brother team, Power of Faith Development, as the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League bowls off with a double-header at Bridgeport Sports ground this morning at 10 a.m.Faith Temple New Testament oppose Portmore Gospel Assembly. The league will be in a round-robin format and the two top teams will advance to the final.”There is also a new development this year as an over-50 match is being planned to take place during the course of the competition,” said Mark Williamson, the coordinator of the competition.Eltham Park, DB Basovak advance to finalEltham Park and DB Basovak advanced to the final of the St Catherine Football Association Division Two Football League after contrasting results at Spanish Town Prison Oval last Wednesday.Eltham Park won 2-1 on aggregate over Beacon Hill, after they played to a 1-1 stalemate in the second leg. Eltham won the first leg 1-0. It was a much harder task for seasoned campaigners DB Basovak, who scored an 8-7 penalty-shoot win to eliminate Starlight, after they were deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation and extra-time.Henriques wins INSPORTS launches minor sports development battle in Spanish TownThe York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League final will be played at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today at 3 p.m. This again brings together both competitors from this season’s midseason final. Braeton won the last meeting 2-1, through goals from Caven Genuis and Jermaine Morgan.In semi-final action recently, Cedar Grove defeated Edgewater 1-0, while Braeton United clipped Cumberland 2-1.INSPORTS Community Football League semis tomorrowThe semi-finals of the Portmore leg of the Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Community Football League will be played tomorrow.At 1:30 p.m., Christian Gardens tackle Dunbeholden, while at 3:30 p.m., East West Strikers vs Greater Portmore Strikers. Both matches will be played at Dunbeholden.In matches played recently, East West Strikers outshot Greater Portmore Strikers 4-3, through Jeffery Bryce’s hat-trick (13th, 25th, 48th), while Nickardo Williams (2nd) also scored. Greater Portmore Strikers’ Rushan Webber scored all the goals for his team in the seventh, 19th and 54th minutes. Christian Gardens, through goals from Carlton Walsh (21st) and Jovani Munroe (23rd), defeated Dunbeholden 2-0.Power of Faith take Street Gun contestMandeville top shooter, Orville Henriques, won the first leg of the Jamaica Street Gun Championship at Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club at its Lincoln range last Sunday.Henriques, a distant winner after amassing 574 points, won ahead of female shooter Sue Ann Henriques, who totalled 454 points at 79 per cent.Ellsworth Dixon, who was second in the midweek practise shoot, finished third with 443 points. The club’s ‘Mr Consistent’ at these championships, Evan Grant, grabbed fourth at 73 per cent with 423 points.However, the biggest talk of the championship surrounded the surprise placing of fifth, which was achieved by Gary ‘Moslem’ Foster.Foster remarkably mined 415 points at an amazing 72 per cent, his highest haul in a major tournament at the Lincoln range. His performance beat previous outstanding shooters like Owen Campbell (ninth), Christopher Christie (sixth) and Thomas Jones (seventh).Mile Gully, George’s Valley chase semis spotWith just a couple of rescheduled matches to complete, only one spot remains to be decided for the semi-finals of the Manchester Football Association (MFA) Magnum/Captain’s Bakery MFA Major League competition.The trio of defending champions – Hillstars, Ricam and Alligator Pond – have already booked their places. Contending for the final spot are Mile Gully (23 points) and George’s Valley (21). A third team, Greenvale, has a mathematical chance of reaching 23 points if they win their two outstanding matches, but their position in Group Two is compounded by their negative goal difference at this stage.Earlier this week, both Ricam and Alligator Pond secured their berths after finishing their final preliminary round match with impressive scorelines. Four different players scored to give Ricam a 4-0 win over Villa United, which pivoted them to 36 points and the top qualifier from Zone Two.Led by Dane Seaton’s hat-trick, Alligator Pond joined Ricam after posting an 8-2 win over Porus.Netball Jamaica encourages St Elizabeth semisSt Bess FC created history by achieving a spot in the semi-finals of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League in their first season. Their 2-1 win over Super Action took them to 35 points to join defending champions Black Star, who had already qualified two weeks earlier. With just one round to complete, the newcomers cannot be leapfrogged by two other challengers.Joining the semi-final party are Holland Police Youth Club, who inflicted a 1-0 victory over Black Star, who rested a few of their stars. They moved to 31 points.Tafari Lions, who won 3-0 over Newell as well as Real Treasure Beach FC, are battling for the final spot.
To help reach their goal of 90 percent proficiency among incoming freshmen, CSU and state education officials have developed proficiency exams that are given to high school juniors to test their skills in English and math. The so-called Early Assessment Program is still too new to determine whether it is working, Jones said. “We have some preliminary information showing some early signs that there are significant increases in proficiency, but it’s still too early,” Jones said. At Cal State Northridge, one of the largest CSU campuses – with some 34,500 students – the number of incoming freshmen who needed remedial math edged up slightly last fall to 57 percent, while those who needed help with English lingered at nearly 40 percent. “Why the percentage has increased is not really clear,” said Michael Neubauer, director for the Developmental Mathematics Program at CSUN. “We’re trying all kinds of immediate things, such as offering a remediate course in the summer before students start classes,” he said. “We have the capacity to teach as many students as want to take it, but students don’t often come in.” The glut of students stuck at remedial levels is having a direct impact on the work force in California, which is facing shortages in the health care, manufacturing and even building and construction industries. “Without literacy skills coming out of the high school system, you are challenged in a number of ways, including access to higher education,” said Bruce Stenslie, deputy director for the California Workforce Association. Instructors are trying to help students apply math and English skills to specific interests. “What we’re trying to do is find ways to make sure that we’re giving them the bridge to these careers,” Stenslie said. “It’s a lot easier for me to figure out geometry if you show me why I need those figures to build something.” The CSU study also found that students who are unable to achieve proficiency within one year, and who are thus dismissed from the university, are unlikely to go to community colleges to seek additional help. From 2000 to 2003, an estimated 10 percent to 13 percent of students returned to CSUs one year after being ousted. The board is expected to discuss the effectiveness of the dismissal policy at today’s meeting. Meanwhile, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to attend a Career Technical Education summit today to discuss how California can attain a competitive global work force. Schwarzenegger has increased funding for technical education by 18 percent and has proposed $52 million for technical education programs. This includes $32 million in new funding to reform technical instruction in high schools and community colleges. email@example.com (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The report is expected to be presented today to the CSU system board of trustees, which has reviewed similar studies since 1996. The trustees had hoped to have just 10 percent of students in remediation by this fall. The study also found that 68 percent of the freshmen who received remedial help when they entered a CSU in 2001 had either graduated or were still enrolled by 2006. That compares with 69 percent of freshmen who entered the university at the same time but didn’t need remedial classes. “That means we’re doing a good job in providing remedial classes to these students,” Jones said. Researchers found that students were more likely to struggle with reading comprehension than with writing or math, Jones said. NORTHRIDGE – Despite efforts at local, state and federal levels to improve achievement, more than one-third of the students who enrolled last fall at California State University campuses needed remedial help in math, while nearly half needed help in English, a study released Monday says. Some 37 percent of students who entered as freshmen in fall 2006 were not proficient in math, while 45 percent fell short in English. The study also found that while the student population grew by 19 percent from 1998 to 2006, the need for remedial classes was up 24 percent during the same period. “What is disappointing is those from the graduating (high school) classes who don’t need remedial classes has leveled off,” said Allison Jones, vice chancellor for academic affairs for the CSU system. “The students are not demonstrating the level of proficiency that we would like.”