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School district struggles to stem rising absenteeism rates – by l_waxmann – January 20, 2019

Chronic absenteeism is on the rise in San Francisco’s public schools, particularly among African American students, despite focused efforts in recent years to tackle long standing disparities.

SFUSD considers a student who misses 10 percent or more of the school year as chronically absent.

At 11 percent, the number of chronically absent students across the district was on a three year high in the fall of 2018, but the percentage of black students regularly missing school was almost three times higher.

According to a report presented to the school board on Tuesday, 29 percent of the district’s black students — who make up less than 10 percent of the district’s student body— were chronically absent in the fall of 2018, up from 26 percent in the prior year.

Among black…

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No African country ‘struggles with debt because of Beijing’

Africa’s debt issues were caused by an unfair international economic order, and no African country bears debt because of China, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told a press briefing on Wednesday, rebutting a claim by an EU official about Chinese aid generating massive debt in Africa.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker claimed that Chinese aid “contributes to a massive increase in debt among African countries,” while speaking at the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe in Vienna on Tuesday, according to media reports.

“This is not happening in conjunction with Africa and Europe. That is why we are better!” Juncker said, according to a video posted by the Berlin-based video news agency Ruptly.

China always upholds a sincere mentality and justified view of interests while…

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Ad of black prince discovering Europe banned for mocking African colonial struggles

The Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) of South Africa has banned an advert by popular fast food chain Chicken Licken on the grounds that it makes fun of the struggles of Africans during colonialism.

The video, which is set in 1650, depicts a young man by name John Mjohnana a.k.a. Big John, leaving his village for an exploration to satisfy his hunger for adventure.

During the solo expedition on his boat, he shoves off attempts on his life by a jaguar, a shark, a whale and a giant squid before finally docking in Holland in 1651 where he declares it his territory and names it Europe much to the amazement of the onlooking white people.

A complaint about the commercial was lodged to the board by one Sandile Cele claiming it “makes a mockery of the struggles of the…

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Changing fortunes of African aviation: Ethiopian Airlines soars, while South African Airways struggles with debt sn…

Workers service an Ethiopian Airlines plane at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa on Jan. 26, 2017.


The passengers milled about in confusion, staring at departure-gate signs as they searched for their flights. One security checkpoint seemed promising, but it had no staff, so the passengers rushed back and hunted for a new entrance.

It was another day of disarray as construction continued at Ethiopia’s main international airport. But by early next year, after the completion of a US$345-million expansion, the airport will be ready to handle up to 22 million passengers annually − yet another landmark for Ethiopia in its quest to dominate Africa’s aviation sector.

The rise of Ethiopian Airlines, now the biggest airline in Africa, has been matched by the…

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Branden Grace struggles to escape tree trouble at South African Open | Golf News

Last Updated: 08/12/18 1:29pm


Branden Grace found tree trouble during the third round of the South African Open as his efforts to avoid further damage came unstuck.

Branden Grace found tree trouble…

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Buckeye sells assets as Caribbean struggles: Update

Buckeye Partners will sell some US pipelines and terminals and its interest in the Vitol-backed marine terminal businesses VTTI as its Caribbean …
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