SUU Men’s Basketball Hosts Montana To Commence Big Sky Season

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-The 1-1 Southern Utah University men’s basketball team commences its Big Sky season by hosting the Montana Grizzlies at the America First Event Center for contests on Thursday and Saturday.Junior guard Tevian Jones, a transfer from Illinois, has amassed 19.5 points per game for the Thunderbirds on the season thus far.The Chandler, Ariz. native is also shooting 64 percent from the field and 60 percent behind the arc.Senior guard John Knight III is posting 15.5 points per contest and eight assists per contest for the Thunderbirds during the first week of the season.SUU head coach Todd Simon is 54-79 (.406) in fifth season at the helm of the Thunderbirds’ program.With one more win, Simon will become the second-winningest coach in program history.Former SUU and Idaho State coach Bill Evans had 208 wins for the Thunderbirds, making him the winningest coach in school history.Montana comes in to this week’s games at 0-1 having suffered a 76-62 defeat at USC November 28.The Grizzlies were led by freshman guard Brandon Whitney against the Trojans, as he posted 17 points while making 8 of his 9 free throw attempts.Montana is coached by seven-year head coach Travis DeCuire who is 127-72 (.638) at Missoula. DeCuire has led the Grizzlies two NCAA Tournament appearances at the helm.Montana leads SUU 17-6 all-time while the Thunderbirds seek their first home win against the Grizzlies since November 29, 1999. On that occasion, SUU prevailed 85-75. Tags: Montana basketball/SUU Basketball December 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Hosts Montana To Commence Big Sky Season Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Speech: Call for Safe, Voluntary, and Dignified Return of Rohingya Refugees

first_imgThank you Mr President,And thank you to Assistant Secretary-General Jenca and High Commissioner Grandi for your briefings.This weekend, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson visited Cox’s Bazar, where he met some of the almost one million Rohingya refugees enduring the difficult living conditions, that you’ve heard about today. Visiting northern Rakhine, he saw with his own eyes the horror of what has happened.When he met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, the Foreign Secretary said that there needed to be the right conditions created in Rakhine that make it safe for Rohingya refugees to return to their homes, free from fear, and in the knowledge that basic rights will be protected and upheld.This Council stated last November that the Rohingya refugees must be allowed to return to their homes – safely, voluntarily, and in conditions of human dignity.Mr President,The UK believes that his Council has a duty to ensure those words are matched by action.We should be clear on three things:· We should be clear on why refugees fled Rakhine in the first place, indeed why they continue to do so;· We should be clear that the conditions in Rakhine today are not yet suitable for informed, safe, voluntary, and dignified returns;· And we should be clear what needs to be done now.The Rohingya refugees fleeing Rakhine have suffered the most appalling violence: rape, murder, the burning of their villages.In December, Special Representative Pramila Patten briefed us on the horrific sexual atrocities allegedly committed by the Burmese security forces.More details emerged last week of specific atrocities committed by Burmese security forces at Gu Dar Pyin and Inn Din villages.Even now, Rohingya still flee forced starvation and continued human rights violations.As many of us have said, this is ethnic cleansing.Mr President,We welcome the Burmese government’s dialogue with Bangladesh and the initial preparations it has made for returns. Much of this is in response to this Council’s focus on the crisis.But the UK believes the conditions in Rakhine do not yet allow for the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of refugees.Now, Mr President, we must be clear on the way forward.Last November’s Presidential Statement remains the guiding frame set by the United Nations Security Council for the actions which need to be taken.I want to highlight four in particular.First, both Myanmar and Bangladesh must cooperate fully with the United Nations. We welcome Bangladesh’s initial engagement with the UNHCR, which now needs to fully involve them in the returns process, ideally through a Tripartite Agreement. Only the UNHCR has the expertise to handle returns on this scale and give confidence to refugees. It is also essential that Myanmar allows all United Nations agencies to provide humanitarian support for all their peoples.Second, the parties should take concrete steps to ensure that refugees will be able to return home on a voluntary basis and with access to accurate information.Refugees should not be sent to internment camps, and Myanmar must set out how restitution of property and livelihoods will occur.Women and girls have suffered specific sexual and gender-based violence and face specific risks. They must be represented in any decision-making process and their views given special consideration.Dismantling the IDP camps which have existed in central Rakhine since 2012 and supporting their inhabitants in returning home would be a positive confidence-building measure.Again we believe that the UNHCR is the only agency with the necessary expertise.Third, Burma must ensure the safety for all communities in Rakhine. This means an immediate halt to violence and human rights violations and steps to reduce intercommunal tensions.It also means giving refugees confidence that those who have committed crimes will be brought to justice through an open and transparent accountability process.Instead, we have seen the arrest of two Reuters journalists who reported on those killings and the denial of access to UN-mandated human rights bodies.The UK calls for the release of the Reuters journalists, and calls for the Burmese government’s full cooperation with the UN Fact-Finding Mission, the Special Rapporteur, and OHCHR.Fourth, Myanmar must demonstrate progress implementing the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations. These recommendations continue to provide a blueprint for a more peaceful and prosperous future for all communities in Rakhine. Crucially, they address civil and political rights, including pathways for the Rohingya to receive full Burmese citizenship, as well as addressing socio-economic development. Genuine progress on implementation would demonstrate that the Burmese government is sincere about offering Rohingya refugees a viable future to return to.Mr President,Before I conclude, I want to once more pay tribute to Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingya community while they fled in panic for their lives.But while they remain, Bangladesh – supported by all of us and the international community – must protect refugees and provide for their needs. This includes getting children into schools, helping men and women earn livelihoods, providing support to victims of sexual violence. Humanitarian agencies need to deliver services and prepare camps for the monsoon season.The UK stands with Bangladesh. We have contributed £59 million in assistance. We urge the international community to do more to support Bangladesh as they help these refugees and the communities that host them.Mr President,The world watched in horror as the violence in Rakhine forced the Rohingya to flee. This Council has played a vital role in shining a spotlight on the situation and in encouraging action by the authorities on the ground. We must not turn away or become distracted. We should stand ready to visit ourselves, and we must be ready to take further action.Thank you.last_img read more

New Data Reveals Stark Gaps in Graduation Rates Between Poor and Wealthy Students

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Annie Waldman, ProPublicaA new report released Thursday provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers.At the University of Missouri-Kansas City, only 35 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate college, a rate that is more than 20 percentage points lower than that of their wealthier peers. And at St. Andrews, a liberal arts college in Laurinburg, North Carolina, only 13 percent of Pell Grant recipients graduate, more than 50 percentage points less than students who don’t receive the grants.The study found 51 percent of Pell students graduate nationwide, compared to 65 percent of non-Pell students. The average gap between wealthy and poor students at the same schools is much smaller: an average of 5.7 percentage points. That’s because many Pell students attend schools with low graduation rates. (You can now look up whether poor students are graduating at the same rate as their classmates in our newly updated interactive database, Debt by Degrees.)Ben Miller, the senior director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress, said that schools with large graduation gaps deserve greater scrutiny.“Colleges have responsibility to ensure that the students they enroll are well served,” said Miller. “If you’re going to enroll someone, you should do the absolute best you can to graduate them, or else don’t take their money.”The new report comes on the heels of recently released federal education data that has brought new focus on how low-income students fare at college, including how much federal debt they take on and how much they earn after graduation. The graduation rates of low-income students were not included in that data.The group behind the new report, the Education Trust, collected the graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients 2014 typically students whose families make less than $30,000 a year 2014 for a selection of more than 1,000 colleges across the country.A spokesman for University of Missouri-Kansas City said many of their students are low-income and that the school is working to do better. “We are not satisfied with that gap,” said John Martellaro. “We are investing more resources in our student success programs in an effort to narrow that gap.” (Read their full statement.)St. Andrews did not immediately respond to requests for comment.At more than a third of the colleges studied, schools were able to serve their Pell students almost as well as non-Pell students, with a gap of less than 3 percentage points.Other schools have managed to graduate Pell students at an even higher rate than their non-Pell peers. According to the new data, nearly 90 percent of Pell recipients are able to graduate Smith College, compared with an 85 percent graduation rate of non-Pell students. And at Western Oregon University, Pell recipients have a graduation rate of 50 percent 2014 nearly 10 percentage points better than their peers.Both schools worked hard to ensure high graduation rates, including improving admissions policies and bolstering financial aid, as well as increasing advising and support services for students at school, says the new report.The Pell Grant program is the nation’s largest need-based student grant program, giving out billions of dollars annually. Yet for years, the data on Pell recipient graduation rates was mostly hidden from the public eye.Although colleges are required to give the government graduation-rate data that’s broken down by gender and race, the data is not required to be reported by income or Pell Grant status. Since 2008, schools are required to disclose Pell graduation rate data if it’s requested by prospective students.“It’s kind of astounding when you think about how much money is spent on the Pell Grant program,” said Andrew Kelly, the director of the Center on Higher Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute. “We don’t have any idea about how much of that money goes to producing degrees. We don’t know what happens to Pell recipients after they enroll.”In order to collect Pell graduation rates, the Education Trust filed requests for data through state higher education systems as well as with the schools themselves. Some of the data was purchased from U.S. News and World Report. However, only around 1,150 schools were included in the report, out of the more than 7,000 institutions in the country. The survey also did not include data from for-profit colleges, where many Pell-recipients attend school.Sisi Wei contributed to this report.ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.last_img read more