Matriculate helps low-income high-schoolers apply to college

first_imgNonprofit organization Matriculate works to ensure all students in the United States have equal access to quality higher education, regardless of their socio-economic background.According to the organization’s website, only 8% of low-income, high-achieving high school students apply to college in a strategic manner similar to their high-income peers. Matriculate wants to change that.Matriculate is a national organization based in New York City that assists high-achieving, low-income high school students in their transition to college. The organization pairs low-income high school students across the country with college advisors — college students interested in aiding the high schoolers through the college admissions process.“[Matriculate helps] particularly those students who would traditionally be caught up in the cycle of under-maximizing where they have the talent to really thrive at a top college or university,” Staci Hundt, former interim director at the Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment at Notre Dame, said. “[The students] may not have a balanced college list built out that would allow them to kind of enter into the funnel at one of those top colleges or universities.”Notre Dame is one of nine colleges and universities throughout the country partnering with Matriculate, according to their website. Hundt was involved with the launch of the Notre Dame chapter of Matriculate in the fall of 2015, she said.“We actually became aware of [Matriculate] because of Sean Cullinan, who is a graduate of Notre Dame,” Hundt said. “At the time, he was a current parent, and he actually sat on the board at Matriculate. He introduced Don Bishop [Associate Vice President of Enrollment at Notre Dame] to the organization, and we thought, ‘Oh gosh, it would be a perfect fit for Notre Dame.’”Matt Winkler, a Notre Dame senior, is the head advising fellow of the Notre Dame chapter of Matriculate. He has been involved with the organization on campus since his freshman year.“The experience has been really amazing. Having the opportunity to both work with the various college students advising the high schoolers and my high schoolers over the years has been incredibly fulfilling,” he said.During his time with Matriculate, Winkler said he has helped eight low-income, high-achieving students who are now freshmen at various universities and colleges.“Seeing them grow from their junior year all the way through to the end of their senior year [of high school], and even through the beginning of their college experience right now, I still keep up to date with them, and they’re all doing really well,” Winkler said. “Over the time, you end up becoming pretty close to them.”Winkler said he still keeps in touch with Eliza Haider, a current sophomore at Princeton University, whom he helped with the college process.“I started with her at the end of her junior year, and she really didn’t know much about colleges at all. [She] really only knew the local colleges around her,” he said. “She’s doing really, really well.”Students who participate in Matriculate are passionate about giving back to their communities, Winkler said.“We’ve kind of all been given an incredible opportunity to come here and study those relationships and have really great college experiences, and I think all the advisors that I’ve seen have really been motivated to kind of pay it forward and help influence the lives of high schoolers,” he said.The club recruits potential advisors each year in the fall, Winkler said.“For people who are open to having difficult conversations with people and people who are friendly and outgoing and willing to put in the time, I can see those types of people would have an easy path to becoming an advisor,” he said.Tags: Matriculate, Undermatchinglast_img read more

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Brazil Increases Fight Against Novel Coronavirus

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto / Diálogo April 09, 2020 Since January 2020, when the world went on alert about the coronavirus, Brazilian service members have been intensifying the fight against the pandemic. The same has happened in the majority of Latin American countries that rely on the armed forces to strengthen measures against the spread of the virus. Assignments for personnel and equipment may vary, from closing land borders to producing hand sanitizer in military laboratories.For General Edson Leal Pujol, commander of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese), this current battle “may be the most important mission of our generation,” he said in a statement to Brazilian service members, on March 24. “In this moment of crisis, one of our responsibilities to the nation is that our troops will remain operational to fight this challenge and make a difference.”In Brazil, a joint operations center located in Brasilia coordinates service members’ operations, which are distributed to 10 regional joint commands nationwide. The operation has about 20,000 service members from the EB, Brazilian Navy, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), said on April 1 Brazilian Defense Minister General Fernando Azevedo e Silva.To date, the main courses of action include the preparation of spaces to screen suspected cases and to provide health care to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. A field hospital with 1,200 beds was built in the city of Boa Vista, capital of Roraima state, to provide care to Brazilians and, for the most part, Venezuelan refugees who are already in Brazil. Roraima shelters about 5,000 Venezuelan immigrants.EB helped set up tents to screen citizens with flu symptoms in at least 12 cities of the south and southeast regions. These facilities are being built in open areas adjacent to hospitals to avoid the concentration of people within health care facilities.With the shortage of hand sanitizer, the Brazilian government opted to use Armed Forces’ laboratories to manufacture the product. EB’s pharmaceutical unit aims to produce 180,000 units of 3 fluid ounces hand sanitizer bottles within the coming weeks. FAB’s laboratory should have 2,100 gallons of the product by next month. The hand sanitizer will first be distributed to service members and health organizations of the Armed Forces.Military laboratories are also participating in the manufacture of chloroquine. The medication is being tested in several countries as a possible treatment for COVID-19. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Defense, production in military units may reach 500,000 chloroquine pills a week.Brazil remains the nation with the greatest number of patients infected with coronavirus and deaths caused by COVID-19 across Latin America.last_img read more

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Mental illness awareness — or the lack of It

first_imgMental illness awareness — or the lack of It August 1, 2004 Regular News Mental illness awareness — or the lack of It Angela D. Vickers Why do we know so little about mental illnesses? Perhaps it is, as a physician speaker at a recent national mental health conference reminded attendees, that 90 percent of what we know about the brain has been learned in just the last 10 to 15 years. A typical physician or mental health professional over 40 may be greatly outdated in his or her knowledge and understanding of psychiatry, mental illnesses, and the latest advances in assessment, treatment, and recovery. Many physicians and other professionals have not invested the substantial time necessary to keep pace with the rapidly advancing medical information. The Report of the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health: A National Action Agenda, 2001, states that we are “facing a crisis in mental health for children and adolescents.” This report emphasizes the need for education.Medical specialists understand that early recognition and treatment will prevent what was, for years, considered to be the inevitable progression to chronic and severe mental illness. Although much is now known about how to treat the common mental illnesses, getting this vital information out to the public is the challenge. Education —through the combined efforts of the media, medical professionals, our faith leaders, our educators, and our legal community —is the solution.National jurisprudence is just beginning to focus on “mental illness awareness,” and legal education about mental illnesses will protect both lawyers and clients. In 2001, the Florida Supreme Court launched what was a quiet, polite, courtroom-based civil rights movement for the 54 million Americans who have mental illnesses. The court changed the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, adding “mental illness awareness” to the mandatory category of continuing legal education courses for all Florida lawyers. Rule 6-10.3 (2001). Placement in the mandatory category of CLE courses prioritizes this topic equally with ethics, professionalism, and substance abuse. Despite the addition of mental illness awareness to the categories of mandatory courses that every lawyer must take, many areas of the state and many areas of practice have not offered any CLE courses in mental illness awareness. Additionally, some of the CLE courses approved for mental illness awareness credit did not teach attendees about mental illnesses, although they may have dealt with procedural issues concerning mental health laws, such as the Baker Act. As a result, advocates, persons with a mental illness (and their families), and lawyers aware of the injustice are approaching bar associations in nearly every state, requesting training for the protection of the rights of those with a mental illness.The wheels of justice turn ever so slowly. Although national studies commissioned by President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton have confirmed that mental illness problems have a major negative impact on our economy, our workplace, our safety, our marriages, our productivity, our general health, and our children, America is slow in overcoming the shame and fear of discussing mental disorders in public. Until the legal system understands the illnesses and the legal issues they create, millions of Americans will remain shamefully closeted, fearing discrimination.Delay in recognizing and properly treating mental illnesses can be deadly; untreated illnesses cause devastation in thousands of families every year. Over 30,000 Americans, including lawyers, take their own lives each year through suicide. Their deaths could have easily been prevented, if they, and those around them, had learned basic facts about brain illnesses. Medical experts report that 95 percent of all suicides are the result of untreated, or improperly treated, depression or bipolar disorder. These mood disorders are very treatable (with an 80 percent recovery rate with prompt and proper medical care), and are easy to recognize when the observer has had at least a basic introduction to the common symptoms. Yet thousands die each year.Perhaps this is due in part to the stigma attached to the popular stereotypes of mental illness that are promulgated through the media. It would be safe to say that most people view mental illnesses as a serious, but negative, condition. They would not wish to acknowledge that a friend, or they themselves, is afflicted by such a serious problem. The fact that mental illnesses are responsive to many forms of treatment and have a high rate of recovery is not discussed on the morning talk shows. Accurate information about mental illnesses never seems to reach the public.Major social reform has often come through the courts — from school integration to addressing sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. With civil rights including the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, many rights of the mentally ill are being violated. Persecution is so likely that most in this huge class of citizens do not even tell their closest friends about their area of diversity, despite the fact theirs is a common, treatable medical diagnosis, affecting approximately 20 percent of the population. These millions share common, treatable brain illnesses, and are referred to, shamefully by many, as “the mentally ill.” A civil rights lawyer explained to me that “they are not a protected class.” If they were even able to find representation that understood basic facts about the disorders and recovery, we might not be in our present mental health crisis. Only with the help of an educated legal community will civil rights be protected and restored to the over 54 million Americans who have one or more of the common mental illnesses.As the legal community becomes more educated about problem areas in mental health, there will be increased accountability for the medical profession and all mental health professionals. This will encourage “best practices” and will raise the level of practice in all mental and substance abuse treatment fields. For too long, mental patients have been presumed “crazy” and not credible witnesses. Misunderstanding and misinformation about mental illnesses has discouraged malpractice litigation in psychiatry or psychology, due to the lack of training for judges, lawyers, and juries. We have tools to remedy this situation, and now we must use them. Angela D. Vickers of Jacksonville is a member of the Quality of Life and Career Committee and is the recipient of the 2004 Clifford Beers Award of the National Mental Health Association. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at read more

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LI Sandy Victims to Rally for Aid Package on Capitol Hill

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandy victims gather in Island Park before bus trip to Washington D.C. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)A group of Superstorm Sandy victims loaded into a bus in Island Park early Tuesday morning as they prepared to descend on Capitol Hill where they will try to convince a divided Congress to approve a full relief package two months after Sandy ravaged the area, crippling infrastructure and leaving many to fend for themselves.Going along for the ride to Washington, D.C. was 12-year-old Island Park resident John Byrne who stood at a podium in his hometown and passed along a stern message to members of Congress: stop the “political shenanigans,” he said to applause.That rallying cry seemed to galvanize the dozens of storm weary residents who boarded the bus just after 6 a.m. with the hopes of coming back to Long Island with two “yes” votes in their back pockets.“We should be getting the money, we should’ve gotten it already—it’s time to stop,” said 38-year-old Roy Gunther.Storm victims have grown frustrated with Congress’ inability to approve a full relief package despite emotional testimony from local lawmakers. Those making the trek to Washington D.C. hope personal testimony will help convince lawmakers to approve two aid packages that are expected to go in front of the House Tuesday.A $18 billion bill is expected to address emergency needs and another $33 billion bill—the most controversial—would help allocate funds and resources to assist in recovery efforts and also includes long-term projects focused on preventive measures for future storms.So far, Congress has only approved a $9 billion bill for the national flood insurance program.“I feel like the only one’s helping each other are us,” said Melissa Van Wickler of East Rockaway, before boarding the bus. “I’m only one person and I’ve been volunteering so much time all up and down from East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park.”She added: “We need more people to make a difference.”Sandy victims board a bus that will take them to Washington D.C. where they will push for Sandy aid. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Historically, the federal government is quick to approve funds for relief efforts. It only took Congress two weeks to approve $62.3 billion in federal emergency appropriations after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans.Also making the trip to the Nation’s Capitol are Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and is Suffolk County counterpart Steve Bellone.“We bring our voices to members of Congress today,” Mangano blasted into a microphone.“When Americans are hurting and suffering our country has always been there to support them…until now,” added Bellone. “We need this bill passed now.”In December, the Senate passed a $62 billion recovery bill with bipartisan support but the legislation was never brought to the floor of the House, leading Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) to blast his fellow Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).Last week, King said on his Facebook page that “I think we’re going to have the votes” to pass the Sandy aid package.Despite the delay in aid, some attending the rally said a federal relief package is better late then never.“We can still save homes, still save business, we can still save lives if we effectively apply this aid,” said Walk A Mile in Our Shoes co-founder Peter Corless, who organized the trip.last_img read more

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Tide turns for growth corridor

first_imgOne of the house designs at Villa World’s Silvan Rise estate at Dakabin.The sun is well and truly shining on the property market in the Moreton Bay region.A recent report by Hotspotting found the region was the third best place to buy property in Australia, with everything from rural lots to waterfront apartments on the market.Twenty-nine active residential projects – the highest number of projects in the southeast – are in the works, according to the latest Oliver Hume report. This comes as the latest REIQ report revealed rental vacancies had tightened by 0.2 per cent to 1.4 per cent. “This market is generally a tight market and it is one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions,” the REIQ report found.Developer VillaWorld has reported strong sales at its Silvan Rise estate at Dakabin, predicting a sell out within a year of its launch. Villa World is forecasting that the remaining homes at its Silvan Rise development will be snapped up in the next few months, delivering a sellout within 12 months of the project’s initial release.Stockland will also launch a new community at Rothwell, with land at Promenade expected to be released in June.Moreton Bay offers a vast array of property options and locations, with semirural Samford the region’s first million-dollar suburb.CoreLogic data shows the median house sales price in the Samford Valley has reached $1 million, with homes in the nearby rural suburbs of Camp Mountain ($950,000), Cedar Creek ($940,000) and Highvale ($870,000) also showing growth. Newport on the Redcliffe Peninsula has the highest median sales price for a waterfront suburb at $820,000. Stockland is constructing a masterplanned community around a 23ha lake at Newport, which will be home to around 5400 people. Villa World’s Silvan Rise development at Dakabin.THE developer behind a residential community at Dakabin is predicting it will sell out within a year of its launch.More than half of the 109 lots available at Villa World’s Silvan Rise estate have sold since it hit the market in June last year, with complete four bedroom homes selling from $461,500. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoVilla World development manager Craig Morgan said buyers were drawn to Silvan Rise’s enviable location within the Moreton Bay region, one of the nation’s fastest growing areas. “Buyers love that North Lakes is just a five-minute drive away from their home,” Mr Morgan said.“They are also less than a kilometre from Dakabin State School and Pine Rivers Cricket Club.“Silvan Rise puts its residents on the doorstep of a wide array of retail, education, sporting, leisure and health facilities that bring tremendous convenience to daily life and supports a more active and family friendly lifestyle.” Dakabin’s proximity to employment hubs and a number of key infrastructure upgrades was also appealing to purchasers.Mr Morgan pointed to the opening of the $1.2 billion Moreton Bay Rail Link as a major drawcard for buyers, making the daily commute easier. He said the Bruce Highway upgrade at Narangba would also make it easier for residents to get to and from work.“And in nearby Petrie, there is more than $150 million in development to come, including a new campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast, which is expected to generate 2,500 jobs alone,” he said. “Dakabin is surrounded by job-rich areas such as North Lakes, Strathpine and Caboolture, while the wider Moreton Bay Region is forecast to experience a whopping 54.4 per cent rise in employment over the next 25 years. “Silvan Rise is ideally placed now and well in to the future to deliver residents easy access to these local work hubs.” Silvan Rise’s architect-designed three and four-bedroom homes have open-plan interiors connecting to patio entertaining areas. Many home designs also feature an additional multipurpose room and a walk-in pantry to cater for growing families. Each home has quality inclusions such as stone benchtops, leading brand stainless-steel appliances, a Colorbond roof, double lockup garage and full landscaping. ***CASE STUDY 2 PROMENADEDeveloper: Stockland Location: Morris Road, Rothwell Stockland Isles of Newport residential development Scarborough Moreton Bay aerial view.Meanwhile, Beachmere, which is between Caboolture and Bribie Island, posted the biggest 12 month growth, with median house sales up 43.3 per cent, according to CoreLogic. It was followed closely by Kurwongbah, which rose 40.5 per cent.The Moreton Bay region has experienced strong growth, with the population increasing 12.5 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census. And that growth shows no signs of slowing, with a huge amount of residential and commercial investment in the region. The new University Sunshine Coast campus at Petrie is under construction, with the first students expected in 2020. The Moreton Bay rail line is open, and numerous residential developers are capitalising on the projected growth.***CASE STUDY 1SILVAN RISEDeveloper: Villa WorldPrice: From $461,500Location: Dakabin Land at Promenade at Rothwell is expected to be released by Stockland in JuneA new community worth $44 million will soon be launched at Rothwell, a suburb within the Moreton Bay region real estate powerhouse.Just 35km from the Brisbane CBD, Rothwell has seen a 21.4 per cent growth in median house sales prices in the past five years, according to CoreLogic. Existing homes are selling for an average of $425,000, and with the opening of the Redcliffe train line in 2016 the suburb is set to become more popular with buyers wanting easy access to the city and Moreton Bay. Capitalising on the expected growth, Stockland will release its first residential homesites at its family-friendly Promenade Rothwell community. Promenade will feature 191 homes close to walking and cycle paths, parks, schools, public transport and shops. Stockland’s acting Queensland general manager for residential communities David Laner said the community would be in an “enviable location” for buyers seeking bayside living and an easy commute to the city. “Our nearby communities at Newport and North Lakes have been incredibly popular, and we look forward to providing an affordable entry-level market opportunity,” he said. “Seven parks, two private schools and a childcare centre will be within a 1.5km radius of future homes, and a shopping centre will be a few minutes away by car.” Rothwell Train Station is about 2km away. Prospective buyers can now register their interest, with the first land release expected in June.last_img read more

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Bill to decriminalize polygamy earns unanimous approval from Utah Senate committee

first_imgThe Salt Lake Tribune 12 February 2020Family First Comment: As we predicted would happen….Remove the gender. Why not the number?“Ora Barlow, who was raised in a polygamous community, said she realized that all her life she had been thought of as property but the law was on her side. “The law is there for a reason,” Barlow said. “And it’s for people like me who feel trapped.””#MarriageOneManOneWomanDraper shared her story Monday with members of the Utah Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee, which voted unanimously to endorse a bill that would effectively decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults. “The law is there for a reason,” Barlow said. “And it’s for people like me who feel trapped.” Angela Kelly, Sound Choices Coalition director, compared polygamy to organized crime and slavery. To ease the criminal penalties, she said, would encourage more people to live that way. She testified alongside the bill’s sponsor, Spanish Fork Republican Sen. Deidre Henderson, who argued to her Senate colleagues that the state’s current law classifying polygamy as a felony is unenforceable absent other crimes.But several members of the public, including former polygamists, spoke against SB102 during Monday’s hearing. “To bring it down to an infraction, you’re essentially saying this is an OK lifestyle,” Kelly said. “And it might be for 10 people, but we’re talking about society as a whole.”Ora Barlow, who was raised in a polygamous community, said she felt free when the leaders of her church were imprisoned and prosecuted. She realized that all her life she had been thought of as property, she said, but the law was on her side. Easton Harvey, with the anti-polygamy Sound Choices Coalition, said criminalization is a social policy for all of Utah. And the reason that members of a polygamous community are afraid to report crimes is not because they’ll be charged as criminals by outsiders, he said, but because of the fear of being ostracized from within or subject to divine punishment.“The primary reason they do not report crimes is because of a weaponized God,” Harvey said, “because of weaponized scripture, because they’re trying to protect their priesthood.” If the SB102 becomes law, polygamy among consenting adults would be reduced to an infraction — a level below many traffic offenses. Infractions in Utah carry no jail time. Punishments can be fines of up to $750 and community service.READ MORE: read more

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State Health Commissioner Resigns, Cites Personal Reasons

first_imgIndiana Health Commissioner William VanNess is resigning.INDIANAPOLIS – Dr. William VanNess has announced his resignation as Indiana State Health Commissioner.The doctor said his departure is due to personal reasons and will likely step down in October after serving in the capacity for a year and a half.Dr. Vaness applauded the state’s health care workers, “The dedicated employees at the Indiana State Department of Health have done a tremendous job of promoting and providing essential public health services for Hoosiers and I have every confidence they will continue to serve the state to the best of their abilities during this transition and after.”VanNess added that he will assist Governor Mike Pence’s office during the process of naming a replacement.last_img

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Anxiety as Ronaldo ‘returns to Italy today’

first_img Loading… Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, is expected to fly back to Italy today ahead of returning to training. Ronaldo would get even more assists out of De Bruyne Ronaldo has spent the last few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic in his homeland of Madeira. However, Record claims he will be touching back down in Turin on Tuesday after Juve started recalling their foreign-based stars.Advertisement The No 7 will observe a two-week period of self-isolation in Italy before getting back to training. read also:The man who discovered Ronaldo recalls what he said about Juve star It now remains to be seen whether Gonzalo Higuain will follow suit, with the striker currently in Argentina tending to his mother. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Now10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

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Wind causing power outages in Delaware

first_imgDelaware, IN—Roughly 193 consumers are without power that use Decatur County REMC services.  REMC says that due to high winds, it has several outages across the service territory. Crews are out working now. They report trees down, broken pole and other damage. Thank you for your cooperation as crews work to restore your power safely and efficiently in these conditions.last_img

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Boss seeks summer break for Barkley

first_img The 21-year-old is just starting to show he is rediscovering last season’s form, most recently in last week’s Europa League exit to Dynamo Kiev, and the Toffees boss is keen for the youngster to have a rest. “What Ross brings is the bigger the occasion, the bigger the performance and bigger the response,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “What was pleasing last Thursday night was to see the ‘old’ Ross getting away from people, being so threatening with his forward pass and getting his shot away with either foot. “He hit the post with his left foot and with his right foot. I loved seeing the signs of the old Ross appearing. “We need to look after him and make sure he has that sort of standard for the rest of the season and has a proper break in the summer. “Do that and we will have a player completely new for next season after the experiences he has had this season.” Despite the midfielder playing for the seniors at last summer’s World Cup and now being a permanent fixture in Roy Hodgson’s squad, having been selected for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and friendly in Italy, there is still talk about him rejoining the under-21s for the June tournament in the Czech Republic. Martinez has regularly expressed the opinion that Barkley has outgrown the junior side, mainly because he has already played at a World Cup. Everton manager Roberto Martinez has called for Ross Barkley to be given a “proper break” in the summer – which would mean him not going to the Under-21s European Championships with England. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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