17 Sep
2020

USC earns top spot on ‘good neighbors’ list

first_imgGood fences make good neighbors, the saying goes, but at USC, being a good neighbor often means taking down those fences.The university was recently ranked the top “good neighbor” in a national survey of colleges and universities — tied with the University of Pennsylvania — but USC officials and community members agree the university must continue to break down barriers between itself and the community.Reaching out · Caren Scannell, a junior majoring in psychology, tutors a student at Vermont Avenue Elementary as part of a program through the Joint Educational Project. More than 2,000 USC students participate in JEP, an outreach program, each year. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan“It stems from the president’s community initiatives, which touch on education, safety, housing for USC employees, economic development and hiring,” said Cheryl Dionaldo, managing director for USC community engagement and education. “The entire university is really committed to enhancing the quality of life of the people who work, live, study, worship and play around our neighborhoods.”The survey was released as a part of the report, “Saviors of Our Cities: A Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships,” led by Evan S. Dobelle, president of Westfield State College. This is the second time Dobelle has released a survey concerning civic engagement at universities — the first was published in 2006, with USC again landing at the top of the list — and serves as a re-evaluation based on the economic recession.To determine the top 25 universities for the list, Dobelle studied a series of criteria including the school’s length of involvement with the community, the amount of money invested, faculty and student involvement in community service and recognition of the school’s presence within its community. USC has long touted its student and faculty outreach programs and its investment in the community.“At USC we don’t just say we’re doing this much for the community around us, but the actual funds that go to finance those programs come from USC faculty and staff,” Dionaldo said.Members of the community agree the university is taking the right steps. Shawn Simons, president of the North Area Neighborhood Development Council, believes that the university works hard to understand the needs of the community.“That’s really the best way for the university to go,” she said.But Simons, who lives off Normandie Avenue, believes the university needs to make its outreach programs better known within the community.“Their biggest obstacle is getting the word out so everybody knows about those programs,” she said. “There is some unrest in the community about the relationship, but I think those people don’t really fully understand the extent that USC has taken with their different programs.”Daniel Wu, an outreach coordinator for Campus and Community United, said he is proud of USC’s No. 1 ranking but believes this should prompt university officials and students to continue their efforts.“This is a milestone to push USC to go above and beyond,” said Wu, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies. “Now we can think of new ways to approach community issues.”Wu cited employment opportunities and increased affordable housing as two initiatives that USC should take to the next level.“As a campus, we really can’t be afraid to think about larger community problems,” he said.Many of those larger community issues will come into focus in the next few years as USC moves forward with its Master Plan, which includes rebuilding the University Village and creating more student housing.One problem already plaguing the community is education. With the Los Angeles Unified School District’s programs lagging, USC has stepped in, partnering with a network of 14 schools ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade in the areas surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.Through the collaboration with these schools — known as the USC Family of Schools — the university provides funding and support for academics, tutoring, after school programs and college-readiness programs.“Due to that partnership, we have so many opportunities for our children,” said Sue Becker, magnet coordinator for the K-8 school at the 32nd Street/USC Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. “We have so many fantastic things offered to us because of the outreach and community partnership that USC has with the school.”The university has helped the magnet school provide its students with dance and music classes, science activities and specialized tutoring, but Becker said that the most important aspect of the partnership is the commitment of USC students.“Everybody is just so thoughtful and considerate,” she said. “It gives the students the opportunity to know someone who is in college. Knowing that, it gives them an understanding that college is available to them and that they too can get there.”For Simons, student involvement is the key to eliminating the remaining fences between the university and its neighbors.“The more USC can partner with the community and educate them about their true passion for the students to be civically engaged, the better off everyone can be,” he said.last_img read more

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28 Aug
2020

Confirmed : Egypt names Ahli-dominated squad for Ghana clash

first_imgEgypt manager Bob Bradley has selected 23 local-based players for next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana.The list, which comprises no less than 11 members of the Ahli team, will be joined by 10 foreign-based players named by the Egypt management earlier this week.Bradley’s choices included some changes to the squad that faced Guinea this month, with Zamalek goalkeeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed and center-half Mahmoud Fathallah left out.Masri’s Ahmed Al-Shennawi returned to replace Abdul-Wahed, while defender Ahmed Saied ‘Ouka’, who returned to Wadi Degla after a loan spell at Belgium’s Lierse, was called up for Fathallah.Ismaili veteran Mohamed Sobhi replaced Ahli youngster Mosaad Awad as one of two backup goalkeepers for number one Sherif Ekrami.Zamalek’s flamboyant forward Mohamed Ibrahim was recalled after being dropped from the previous squad. The Egypt squad will enter a closed camp on Wednesday in preparation for the October 15 clash in Kumasi as one warm-up game is expected to take place within the next two weeks.Bradley is expected to drop a handful of players ahead of the Black Stars meeting.Egypt provisional squad:Goalkeepers: Sherif Ekrami (Ahli), Ahmed Al-Shennawi (Masri), Mohamed Sobhi (Ismaili)Defenders: Wael Gomaa, Rami Rabiea, Ahmed Shedid, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad (Ahli), Mohamed Abdul-Shafi (Zamalek), Ouka (Degla), Adam Al-Abd (Brighton, England) – Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull, England) – Ahmed Farag (Lierse, Belgium) Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Mohamed Abou-Treika, Walid Soliman, Abdullah Al-Saied (Ahli), Omar Gaber, Shikabala, Ahmed Eid (Zamalek) Amr Al-Sulaya (Ismaili), Ahmed Hamoudi (Smouha), Hossam Ghaly (Lierse, Belgium), Ibrahim Salah (Orouba, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed Elneny (Basel, Switzerland), Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ (Luzern, Switzerland)Strikers: Mohamed Ibrahim (Zamalek), Ahmed Temsah (Dakhlia), Ahmed Hassan ‘Koka’ (Rio Ave, Portugal), Mohamed Salah (Basel, Switzerland), Amr Zaki (Al-Salmiya, Kuwait), Geddo (Hull, England)last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

As they mourn Kobe Bryant, Clippers get back to work

first_imgThe scoreboard reads 8 and 24 in honor of former Lakers great Kobe Bryant as the Clippers practice at their training center in Playa Vista on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Beth Harris) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I told him once, ‘I’m on to you.’ He’s like, ‘What you mean?’ I said, ‘You want people to think you’re a jerk. But you’re one of the nicest guys in the world.’ “Kobe’s reaction? He said, ‘Bulls—.’ https://t.co/3gHKEcRF2u— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) January 29, 2020 PLAYA VISTA — With Moe Harkless wearing No. 11 instead of Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 as he put up extra shots after Clippers practice on Wednesday, Paul George made his way toward a scrum of reporters.As Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams would in the next few minutes, George did an admirable job of explaining how much he’d gained as a fan and friend of the Lakers legend: “He was my Michael Jordan,” George said. “I picked this ball up because of this man.”Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas on Sunday morning that has left the basketball community and much of the world beyond reeling.From Bryant, George said he took the stoicism he saw in 2013 after Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon when he sustained a gruesome broken leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in 2016.center_img “When I hurt my leg people talked to me like, ‘Oh you didn’t show no emotions,’ George said. “Well, when I seen Kobe tear his Achilles it was no emotion. He did what he had to do. And that’s kind of how I got into that mindset of being strong, don’t cry, just deal with it, be strong for my family, for my parents.”Leonard said he reached out to Bryant early in his NBA career and had been picking his brain from time to time since. Bryant helped Leonard with everything from sharing strategies for in-game situations to transportation tips, telling him about his time-saving strategy to commute by helicopter and even sharing with him his pilot, Ara Zobayan, who also perished in Sunday’s crash.“It’s sad every day,” Leonard said. “You kind of feel like life isn’t real once you start seeing these little monuments or the pictures that people are putting up with his face and the year he was born and the year he died.“It doesn’t seem real. It just seems like you’re in a movie or something. And you know, you just want to wake up. So it’s still surreal to me.”Lou Williams – who played for the Lakers in 2015-16, Bryant’s 20th and final season – said it was good to get back to practice Wednesday ahead of the Clippers’ game Thursday against the Sacramento Kings (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Prime Ticket). The game will be the second game since Bryant’s death because Tuesday’s game against the Lakers was postponed, with the Clippers’ full support, by the league. Still, Williams said, playing won’t stop the grieving.“I’ve been going through so many different emotions,” he said. “Happy. Sad. And just dealing with it on so many different levels, from knowing him, playing with him and being a fan. And, it’s tough. I cried myself to sleep last night and I woke up feeling better today. It’s just a rough time for everybody who was a fan of him, and everybody that knew him.”Rivers said he spent time Tuesday going through his pictures of Bryant, including one from a function they both attended a month ago. He said he also spoke with his son Austin, whom Bryant had taken a liking to, and he “was still not in a good way.”“So that’s where you’re at,” Doc Rivers said. “Other than that, trying to get the guys back and get ready to play. It feels like other than us and the Lakers, everyone’s still doing their jobs and so we’ve gotta figure out how to get through this and do our job. That’ll be the toughest part.”From his place near Staples Center, Leonard said he’s been observing the outpouring of love for Bryant happening outside of the arena, where legions of fans have come to pay their respects and mourn together.“I see everybody gathering, cars pulling in, everybody walking in either Kobe shoes, Kobe jerseys, T-shirts, the apparel that he had out,” Leonard said. “Just to see the gathering, the candles, the flowers, kids, grownups, dogs, all different type of animals, it’s crazy.”And all of it, George said, is deserved.“You just think of who he touched, what he’s been a part of,” said George, who has missed nine consecutive games with a hamstring strain but is considered probable to play Thursday, as is Patrick Beverley (right groin strain). “I’m not surprised by it at all. It’s exactly how we should be celebrating and honoring him.”last_img read more

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14 Aug
2020

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Jameis Winston could affect Week 15 QB rankings

first_imgWEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerPatrick Mahomes injury updateA hit in the first half Sunday had Mahomes getting up and shaking his right (throwing) hand. He never left the game, though. Andy Reid said afterward that he could tell Mahomes “wasn’t gripping all that well,” while Mahomes added, “It doesn’t feel great right now but it’s something that you play with.”Kansas City plays a tricky Denver defense in Week 15, and no, you’re not sitting Mahomes, but maybe you’d consider sitting a secondary weapon like Sammy Watkins if it seems like Mahomes won’t be playing at 100 percent.WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsTom Brady injury newsBrady attended his postgame press conference Sunday with his right elbow heavily wrapped. “I just got hit right on my elbow, it’s fine,” Brady told reporters. “Probably be on the injury report, but I’ll be there next Sunday (against the Bengals).”Brady’s elbow might not be enough to keep him off the field, but his play should probably keep him out of your fantasy lineups. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns just once in the Patriots’ past five games and often looks on a different page than his WRs not named Julian Edelman. Even with the great Bengals matchup, you might be able to do better than Brady in Week 15.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Jameis Winston injury statusWinston missed the first series of the second half Sunday as the television broadcast showed him throwing on the sideline while Ryan Griffin was in at QB. Bruce Arians said after the game that X-rays revealed a tiny fracture in Winston’s right (throwing) hand. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPIt was classic Winston on Sunday – 456 yards and four touchdowns paired with three interceptions. Assuming Winston is active in Week 15 against the Lions, he remains a maddeningly productive QB1. What’s more notable might be Mike Evans’ hamstring injury, but that didn’t seem to slow down Winston in the second half Sunday. Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Jameis Winston all look likely to play in Week 15 despite getting dinged up Sunday. Things could change as we get additional injury updates throughout the week, but you can probably count on these three quarterbacks the same as you always would in QB rankings (although there’s a case to be made against Brady that you’ll see below). The fantasy playoffs would be a bad time for these QBs to sit out and force us to watch Chad Henne, Jarrett Stidham or Ryan Griffin.For news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy.last_img read more

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25 Dec
2019

USL REPORT: LETTERKENNY PRODUCE STUNNING COMEBACK TO EARN A POINT

first_imgLETTERKENNY ROVERS 4 DERRY CITY 4Letterkenny Rovers and Derry City Reserves were involved in an absolutely thriller in tonight’s USL clash between the sides at Leckview.  Letterkenny came from 4-1 down to produce a stunning comeback and earn a point against a youthful Derry city side. The men from Derry produced some fantastic football and the slick surface at Leckview suited their expansive passing game.Derry looked on course for a comfortable win but Letterkenny have been on a fantastic run of form of late and refused to give in.Darren Mc Elwaine again showed his class with two goals. Considering he sustained a serious injury last season his form this season has been nothing short of staggering.Oisin Mc Menamin and Anthony Doherty got the other goals for Rovers to rescue a point for Trevor Scanlon’s men. This game was a fantastic advert for Intermediate football in the with top class performances on show from both sides. USL REPORT: LETTERKENNY PRODUCE STUNNING COMEBACK TO EARN A POINT was last modified: September 4th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry City ResLetterkenny RoversnewssoccerSportUSLlast_img read more

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