Solons propose to rename NAIA

first_img“Marami naman na personalidad na karapat-dapat rin na sa kanila ipangalan ang institusyon, daan, at iba pa. Pero pagdating sa ating paliparan, dapat ay sumalamin ito sa bansa at sa sambayanang Pilipino,” Yap said. Presidential son and Davao City representative Paolo Duterte, ACT-CIS party-list Representative Eric Yap and Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco had recently filed House Bill 7031 which aims to rename NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas. MANILA – Amidst the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, three lawmakers are proposing for the renaming of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Duterte said that there’s a need for a more representative branding for the country’s international gateway and their proposed name is also in the Philippines’ national language. “Renaming it will not only benefit and bolster our brand as a destination hub, but will also strengthen the country’s identity,” he said. “By doing so, it will provide us a competitive edge as our neighbors open their doors, too, to visitors.” “We want it to reflect the legacy of the Filipino people, our everyday heroes. The name bears no color, no political agenda. It only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our own kababayans and foreign visitors,” Duterte said.center_img Velasco, meanwhile, said that the measure seeks to reposition the Philippines as a destination of choice for tourists, especially when the country reopens its borders for travelers. Representatives Paolo Duterte, Eric Yap and Lord Allan Velasco file House Bill 7031 which seeks to rename Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.RAPPLER Yap, for his part, said that they want returning Filipinos and foreign tourists alike to see the name of the country right away once their flights land at the airport, making them feel at home. The original name of the airport was Manila International Airport, but in 1987, during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino, it was renamed NAIA through Republic Act 6639, in honor of her husband and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was assassinated at this airport on August 21, 1983./PNlast_img read more

IMCA Modified, Hobby, Northern SportMod rookies of year earn Friesen crate engines

first_imgAlso the top rookie in the Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, Oliver won half a dozen features and was track champion at Lee County Speedway. LINCOLN, Neb. – Friesen Performance made stellar seasons pay off even more for rookies of the year in three IMCA divisions. Chad Smith, at left, represented Friesen Performance and Bill Martens, at right, represented Chevrolet Performance in presenting crate engine awards to IMCA national rookies of the year in three divisions, Kaden Reynolds, Hobby Stock, Cade Richards, Northern SportMod and, not pictured, John Oliver Jr., Modified. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) “This is a great program that has fresh new faces receiving awards each and every year and made possible by the great relationships we have with Friesen and Chevrolet,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is just another example of the outstanding support IMCA racers have from our loyal sponsors.” Richards won five features and was 17th nationally. He continued his rookie campaign despite a broken left hand suffered in a crash midway through the season, finishing in the top five in seven of nine starts made with a form-fitting cast. Modified rookie of the year John Oliver Jr. received a 604 crate engine while Hobby Stock rookie of the year Kaden Reynolds and Northern SportMod rookie of the year Cade Richards both earned 602 crates. Reynolds also paced Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region rookie standings. He was a 10-time feature winner and was 13th in the national points race.last_img read more

Haas takes early clubhouse lead

first_img But the Australian – aiming to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods in winning back-to-back titles – then dumped his tee shot on the 12th into Rae’s Creek in front of the green to run up a double-bogey five, before three-putting from long range for par on the 13th and 15th. Three groups ahead, Miguel Angel Jimenez was also four under after 10 holes as he looked to become the oldest winner of any major championship, Julius Boros being 48 years four months and 18 days when he won the US PGA Championship in 1968. But the 50-year-old Spaniard then dropped a shot on the 11th and also found water off the tee on the 12th to card a double bogey. Scott had made the ideal start to the defence of his title as the 78th Masters got under way in perfect conditions, the 33-year-old making the most of seeing his tee shot on the first narrowly miss a deep fairway bunker by firing a brilliant approach to within three feet of the hole. Scott duly holed out for a birdie a nd although he failed to birdie the par-five second after his approach found a greenside bunker, the world number two then picked up further birdies on the sixth, eighth and 10th. Playing partner Matt Fitzpatrick got off to a nightmare start with a double-bogey six, the US Amateur champion driving into trees and then pitching over the green with his third shot. However, the 19-year-old from Sheffield hit back with a birdie on the second and remained one over par until bogeys on the 13th and 14th. Pre-tournament favourite Rory McIlroy had been in danger of dropping a shot on the first after spinning his approach back off the green, but almost holed his pitch and was left with a tap-in to save par. Press Association Haas carded an opening 68 to finish four under par, two shots ahead of Gary Woodland and KJ Choi and rookie trio Kevin Stadler, Jonas Blixt and Jimmy Walker. Defending champion Adam Scott had been four under par after a flawless opening 11 holes, with one of his birdies coming on the par-four 10th where he sealed victory on the second hole of a play-off with Angel Cabrera last year. Bill Haas claimed the clubhouse lead in the 78th US Masters as the shortest hole at Augusta National had a major impact on two players attempting to enter the record books. The 24-year-old also made par on the second after finding the same bunker as Scott, but holed from five feet for birdie on the third and also birdied the fifth. McIlroy fell back to level par after a bogey on the eighth and three-putt bogey on the 12th, but birdied the 13th to get back under par. Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher had been in outright second after a birdie on the ninth took him out in 33, but the debutant bogeyed the 10th, 11th and 12th. last_img read more

Chelsea Test Stoke’s Resolve as Conte Mulls Return to Winning Ways

first_imgAfter forcing Arsenal to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Chelsea will be hoping to return to winning ways in today’s Premier League fixture against Stoke City, who is hoping to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle at St. James’ ParkFive points from a possible 15 to begin the season may look underwhelming, but Stoke boss Mark Hugheswas quick to point out following the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United last weekend that his side have been dealt a tough hand.The Welshman has a point, having seen his side begin their home campaign with games against Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as travelling to an Everton side buoyed by their summer spending on the opening day.It has been in those tricky home fixtures that Stoke have picked up their best results, though, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Arsenal on August 19 and a 2-2 drawagainst Manchester United in front of their supporters a fortnight ago.Stoke are therefore the only team to halt joint-leaders Manchester United on their charge to the summit, but the defeat at St James’ Park last time out in the league, coupled with another limp exit from the EFL Cup, has left a sour taste in the mouth.While Hughes is deserving of some sympathy as he prepares to welcome another of the heavyweight sides to the bet365 Stadium this weekend, the experienced boss will also know that he is already under a bit of pressure following four games without a win.The Potters took eight games to surpass the five-point mark last season, however, having endured a torrid runof form that saw Hughes’s job called into question before slowly pulling away from danger. Stoke have also managed to find the net in seven of their last eight league games stretching back into last season, boosted by the free signing of Cameroon international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who netted twice in that four-goal draw against United.Choupo-Moting is already forming a good attacking partnership with Xherdan Shaqiri to give Hughes further hope of better things to come, with the duo combining to create nine goalscoring opportunities so far this term – bettered only by Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen at Tottenham Hotspur.Chelsea’s goalless draw with Arsenal last weekend was a rarity in more ways than one, as they failed to beat their London rivals on home soil for the first time in five years, while also being shut out for the first time at home under Antonio Conte.The Gunners are the only side to keep the Blues’ attackers quiet this term, though, with exactly two goals being scored in each of their previous four league fixtures, as well as a combined 11 against Qarabag and Nottingham Forest in the Champions League and EFL Cup respectively.Conte is clearly not concerned about summer signing Alvaro Morata stepping up to the plate and building on what has been a decent enough start to life in English football, having agreed to sell AWOL striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid in the New Year following their falling out at the end of last season.The bigger issue right now regards discipline, as David Luiz became the third Chelsea player to see red in the space of five league games – as many sendings-off as their previous 73 games – while Victor Moses and Pedro were also dismissed in the FA Cup final and Community Shield.All-in-all it has been a mixed start to the campaign for the defending champions; initially putting their shock 3-2 opening-game defeat to Burnley behind them with three league wins on the spin – including a 2-1 triumphaway to Tottenham Hotspur but that stalemate with Arsenal has very much halted them in their tracks.With United and Manchester City scoring goals and winning games for fun, there is now pressure on the Blues to pick up victory when they travel to the Potteries this weekend, requiring just one more point to hit the milestone 1,8000 during the Premier League era.That will put them in a band alongside Arsenal (1,829) and Manchester United (2,034), and if their recent away form is anything to go by then Conte should be left smiling come teatime this evening, with seven wins in the bag from the last eight on their travels.Chelsea have a tricky week ahead prior to the international break, also taking on Manchester City and Atletico Madrid in two defining fixtures at home and in Europe, but for now all focus will simply be on getting the job done against a stubborn opponent.However, Hughes could have a defensive headache of sorts this weekend as Kurt Zouma misses out due to the stipulations of his season-long loan deal from Chelsea, while Ryan Shawcross is battling with a back problem.The hosts have a number of players confirmed out for this afternoon’s clash, with Julian Ngoy, Stephen Ireland, Ibrahim Afellay, Geoff Cameron and Jakob Haugaard having to watch on from the stands.After making mass changes to his side for the midweek defeat at Ashton Gate, Hughes is expected to revert back to his strongest-possible XI, which will likely mean Jese Rodriguez leading the line ahead of creative talents Choupo-Moting and Shaqiri.Chelsea are without Luiz in the heart of defence as he sits out the second of a three-match ban, meaning that Andreas Christensen and not summer recruit, Antonio Rudiger, will get a run in the side.Danny Drinkwater remains out with a calf strain and Pedro is also suffering from a knock sustained against Arsenal, so Eden Hazard – slowly getting back to full fitness after getting another 90 minutes under his beltagainst Forest  is almost certain to partner Willian in attack alongside Morata.Conte is expected to go with a powerful central midfield pairing of Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante, but if further creativity is required then Cesc Fabregas with seven career assists against the Potters  is the man who will be called upon.Meanwhile, West Ham United must recall positive memories from previous encounters against Tottenham Hotspur to claim a third straight home win over their London rivals, manager Slaven Bilic has said.West Ham beat Tottenham 1-0 at home last year and a win by the same score in May effectively ended the title hopes of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Bilic, whose side have one win from five games, said his players had to repeat the patterns of play from their last clash when the two teams meet at the London Stadium in the Premier League today.“Everyone involved talks for months about those games and we still remember the game in May and the one at Upton Park, so those are the patterns we want to repeat today,” Bilic told the club’s website.“We ended their hopes of winning the league but it gives us no psychological advantage. But the advantage comes when you remember good memories and good patterns to repeat what we have actually already done against that team,” he added.Pochettino, whose Tottenham side are fifth in the standings on eight points from five games, said the West Ham clash was massive for both the team and the fans.“A derby, just like when we play Arsenal or Chelsea, is not only a game. It’s more than a football game. It’s emotional, you play for your pride and we understand what it means for our fans – we share the same feelings,” he told Tottenham’s website.West Ham are looking for their second win of the season. They began the campaign with three straight losses, before beating Huddersfield 2-0 and drawing with West Bromwich Albion last week.Southampton- United FactsSouthampton have lost 24 Premier League games against Manchester United (W7 D5); four more defeats than they have suffered against any other opponent.Manchester United have won 14 of a possible 18 points in their last six Premier League visits to St Mary’s Stadium (W4 D2 L0).Southampton have failed to score in eight of their last 10 Premier League matches at St Mary’s Stadium.Southampton have lost 10 Premier League games in 2017 so far – if they lose this match, they’ll have already equalled their tally of Premier League losses in 2016 (11) with 15 more games scheduled to play following this fixture this calendar year.Manchester United have scored more Premier League goals in the 80th minute or later in games (9) than 17 of the 19 other clubs have scored overall in the competition this season.Eight different players have found the net in the Premier League for Manchester United in their opening five games this season; more than any other side.Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Romelu Lukaku have combined for three goals in the Premier League this season (providing assists for goals) – no other partnership has been as profitable in 2017-18 so far.Romelu Lukaku has scored five goals in his first five Premier League games for Manchester United. The player with the most goals after six PL apps for the Red Devils is Louis Saha (six).12 of Romelu Lukaku’s last 22 Premier League goals have been scored in the 80th minute or later (55%).Lukaku has scored more Premier League goals this season (5) than opponents Southampton (4), despite attempting 47 shots fewer (24 v 71).FixturesTodayWest Ham      v     Tottenham     12:30Burnley          v     Huddersfield      15:00Everton          v     Bournemouth     15:00Man City         v     Crystal Palace     15:00Southampton  v     Man Utd     15:00Stoke City       v     Chelsea     15:00Swansea         v     Watford     15:00Leicester         v     Liverpool     17:30SundayBrighton     v     Newcastle     16:00MondayArsenal     v     West Brom     20:00Premiership TableMan City         5    14    13Man Utd         5    14    13Chelsea          5    3    10Newcastle        5    2    9Tottenham      5    4    8Huddersfield    5    2    8Burnley           5    1    8Liverpool         5    0    8Southampton    5    0    8West Brom       5    0    8Watford           5    -2    8Arsenal           5    -1    7Stoke             5    -1    5Swansea         5    -3    5Leicester         5    -2    4Brighton          5    -3    4West Ham       5    -6    4Everton           5    -8    4Bournemouth    5    -6    3Crystal Palace    5    -8    0Top ScorersNames     Club    GoalsSergio Aguero         Man City    5Romelu Lukaku       Man Utd    5Gabriel Jesus          Man City    4Jamie Vardy            Leicester     4Sadio Mane             Liverpool    3Danny Welbeck       Arsenal    3Anthony Martial       Man Utd    3Alvaro Morata          Chelsea    3Mohamed Salah       Liverpool    3Raheem Sterling      Man City    3Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

LaLiga Returns from the International Break with Lots to Play

first_imgThe return of LaLiga from the international break sees leaders Barcelona face a tricky trip to Sevilla, with important fixtures elsewhere in the race for European qualification and in the battle against the drop.Many of LaLiga’s top stars were on duty with their countries preparing for this summer’s World Cup, and Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be hoping his 16 internationals all return ready for Saturday evening’s trip to visit fellow Champions League quarter-finalists Sevilla.Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella had just six players away during the break, a potential advantage as he hatches a plan to try to be the first team to beat Valverde’s side in LaLiga all season. Second placed Atletico Madrid welcome back 11 internationals as they look to protect their unbeaten LaLiga record at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium against 19th placed Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening. Depor coach Clarence Seedorf may inspire his side with memories of his famous long-range goal against Atletico when playing for Real Madrid back in the ‘97/98 LaLiga campaign.Seedorf’s former side are the LaLiga team who sent the most players on international duty – 20 in total. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has a selection dilemma ahead of Saturday afternoon’s trip to Las Palmas, with his team at Juventus on Tuesday in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. The Canary Islanders’ are in real need of points in their relegation struggle, and showed both quality and battling spirit in getting a 1-1 draw at home to Barça a few weeks ago.Fourth placed Valencia will aim for a seventh win in eight LaLiga games when visiting Leganes on Sunday afternoon, with the suburban Madrid side still holding an outside chance of Europa League qualification. Two other Europa League hopefuls go head to head on Monday evening – as free scoring Real Betis visit a Getafe side who have conceded just once in the last four games at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium.Also in the race for a Europa League spot are Girona, who on Saturday lunchtime will aim for a seventh straight home win against a Levante side who have won both games under recently installed coach Paco Lopez. Real Sociedad’s new boss Imanol Alguacil debuts with a tough trip to fellow Basques Eibar – who have won this ‘Derbi’ fixture in each of the last three seasons.With just nine LaLiga games remaining, bottom team Malaga really need to get a victory at home to Villarreal on Sunday afternoon, although the visitors themselves want the points to retain their hold on fifth position. Espanyol host Alavés on Sunday lunchtime with both teams hoping that their internationals – from a combined total of seven different countries – have enjoyed their break.Athletic Club’s traditional Basque-only policy could be an advantage ahead of their home game with Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon. The Galician’s however have won each of their three matches following an international break this this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Siasia Protests His Innocence over Match Fixing, To Appeal FIFA Ban

first_imgFormer Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, has said that his team of lawyers are currently working to appeal a ban slammed on him by FIFA on Friday. Football’s world governing body handed Siasia, who managed the Super Eagles between 2010-2011 and for a spell in 2016, the ban on Friday for agreeing to “receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches.”But the 52-year-old ex-Nantes of France striker, who has also managed his country at U-20 and U-23 level, has said that he will fight to clear his name.“I’ve not done anything wrong and will continue to fight to clear my name,” he told BBC Sport. “Everything is now in the hands of my legal team.” The ban is expected to be served at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 (US$50,000) was also imposed on Siasia.An associate of Siasia, Prince Opukiri Jones-Ere says his legal representatives are studying the FIFA ruling and will issue a statement in a few days.“The coach was unable to address the press today (Saturday) as planned because he’s undergoing a lot of stress,” Jones-Ere said.“His lawyers are studying the ruling and will make an official statement in a few days.”According to Complete Sports, Siasia said the ban came to him as a shock because at no time was he interrogated by FIFA or any of his agents regarding match fixing or bribery as contained in the FIFA statement.“I am innocent of the claims by FIFA, and I will challenge it to the highest level. Nobody told me of any investigation and I don’t have any dealings with Wilson Raj Perumal who was investigated for betting by FIFA as claimed by FIFA.“This is character assassination and I cannot allow it to just go unchallenged. I must get justice because I am innocent. I don’t know where this came from, somebody must be out there trying to ruin me but God will vindicate me” Siasia stated.The coach whose mother is still being held by kidnappers in Bayelsa wondered why all these things are happening to him at this time. “God will see me through,” he said.A former international, Siasia won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria and played in the Super Eagles maiden World Cup appearance later that same year. He played over 50 times for his country, scoring 16 goals.As a coach, he led his country’s Under-20 and U23s to continental success in 2005 and 2015 respectively. He also guided the U-20s to a runner-up finish at the 2005 world youth championship in the Netherlands.Siasia is the most decorated African football coach at the Olympics, winning silver at the Beijing Games in 2008 and bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC students teach English to refugees

first_imgEvery other Sunday, Sofia Deak, a senior studying international relations and global business, wakes up early and makes the two-hour drive to San Diego with a team of 35 tutors to teach English to Syrian refugees. As president of Students Organize 4 Syria at USC, Deak coordinates these biweekly tutoring sessions as well as donation drives. The students in the club arrive in San Diego for their first day of tutoring. Photo courtesy of Sofia Deak.“We train anyone who joins in ESL [English as a Second Language] tutoring,” Deak said. “[Students] get to work with people they have almost nothing in common with and form connections. The refugee community is one of the most welcoming communities of people I have ever met.”Most sessions last one to two hours, and each session is built around the specific goals of the student being taught. Deak tutors a mother of four who already attends ESL classes twice a day and is primarily focused on learning how to read. “It is a judgement-free zone [when we are teaching],” Deak said. “We also socialize, share food and exchange pictures of our families.”Some students have been inspired to get involved with Students Organize 4 Syria by their personal backgrounds. Asem Alahmad, a senior majoring in business administration, is a Syrian American. Alahmad, who believes teaching English and literacy skills is an important humanitarian effort, reached out to Deak last semester and started helping with the club.To Alahmad, the impact of the club on refugee lives has started to become more evident.“I can see the change happening before my very eyes,” Alahmad said. “We have gotten amazing feedback and seen families no longer need translators because of their level of improvement in the English language.”Other students have become involved with Students Organize 4 Syria to gain more awareness about the worldwide refugee crisis. “In the media, Syrian refugees are often talked about in very abstract terms, by their critics and supporters alike,” said Aziza Kasumov, a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and international relations and current tutor of a family of five. “I wanted to get an idea of who these people are for myself.”Kasumov and her teaching partner help the father of the family they teach by preparing him for college and helping him complete various legal forms. When not learning English, the father works long hours at his job and the wife assists other refugees in the community.“Despite their circumstances, they’ve been incredibly welcoming and thankful whenever we stop by for tutoring, offering us Syrian sweets and homemade baked goods,” Kasumov said. “They deserve to be here, not to be stigmatized and alienated.”The wait list for tutoring contains over 30 refugees seeking to learn. If you are interested in joining Students Organize 4 Refugees, email read more

Student Health Center sets up outdoor flu shot stations

first_imgSimilar to its on-campus coronavirus testing efforts, Student Health has moved flu shot stations outside. Instead of coming into the clinic for their shots, students  go to an outdoor tent during their scheduled time. This protective measure considers students who worry about going into a clinic and getting infected.  Nicole Levi, a sophomore majoring in law, history and culture, typically goes to a pharmacy for her flu shots, but after hearing about Student Health’s outdoor stations, she said she is thinking about getting vaccinated at USC instead. “There’s a lot of students who do their daily shopping at Trader Joe’s or Target,” Wang said. “I think adding one of the sites at the Village would be an excellent way of incentivizing students to get their shots.”  “We are scheduling appointments, so what that means is that rather than people walking up, we really are spacing people out,” Van Orman said. “Our teams that are giving the flu shots are wearing full [personal protective equipment], people are waiting in lines six feet apart.”   Aaron Wang, a junior majoring in computer science and business administration, lives near campus and said he would get a flu shot at one of the outdoor sites after seeing how Student Health has handled coronavirus testing in a serious manner. “Recently, I’ve been able to go on campus a couple of times to get my Color COVID test, and I felt that the measures that they’ve been taking in order to make sure that the campus is an accessible environment are pretty safe,” Wang said. “As long as they continue to uphold the seriousness of the situation, I think that most students that I interacted with, including myself, wouldn’t be against getting a flu shot on campus.” “One of the things we are learning about this is, because of the nature of the air solation of the virus, indoors appears to be a part of the problem,” Van Orman said. “Where possible, particularly something like flu shots, where we know it’s a lot of folks, we’ve actually moved it outside.”  For months, public health officials have been warning about a twindemic caused by the doubling of flu season and the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging people to get their flu shots. At USC, these concerns led to the implementation of a shortened, earlier semester set to finish before Thanksgiving break when initial hybrid plans were announced. Now, outdoor stations have been set up around campus for students to get their flu shots, a decision made with social distancing guidelines in mind.  “I think the University’s decision right now is the best they can come up with given everything that we know about COVID and this upcoming flu season,” Chambers said. “[The University] should be congratulated for their efforts in some ways, but also, you have to take whatever measures are being taken with a grain of salt because there’s no way to know how safe anything is until you get to the backside of things and you see how many people get infected as a result of it.” As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in the United States, health experts are advising people to get the flu vaccination before this year’s flu season starts. According to Chief Health Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman, USC Student Health is currently accepting appointments for students to get vaccinated.  “For the most part, that’s definitely a good idea to have a setup similar to the way COVID testing is happening on campus with having things socially distanced and outside,” Chambers said. “But I still think that you run the risk of having infected people show up and get flu shots and have infection spread.” Tents outside of Engemann Student Health Center and in other locations on campus provide health care services like coronavirus tests and flu shots. (Sarah Cortina | Daily Trojan) Chambers said that a station at USC Village will most likely lead to more people going to get their shots but that students should decide whether or not they feel comfortable going onto campus as case numbers continue to rise among students.  Will Chambers, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law, plans to get a flu shot but said he would feel more comfortable going to an outside clinic rather than Student Health. He worries that going on campus to get the shot will put him at greater risk for contracting the coronavirus from another student who’s infected and may not know it.  “I’ve been a little bit worried about testing because I think the people in line might be people who are experiencing symptoms,” Levi said. “So if it’s in the same spot as the flu shot, that’s one thing I’d be a little bit worried about.”  Student Health has been offering flu shots early, and it plans to open a new site at USC Village, giving access to more off-campus students.   Students who are selected for free asymptomatic coronavirus population testing through Student Health are also encouraged to get their flu shot and can do so at two locations at the University Park Campus — Pardee Tower and Parkside. Student Health said it had administered 1,060 flu shots as of Wednesday. “I would totally consider going to Student Health,” Levi said. “I might even do that instead of going to CVS or somewhere like I normally do, just because it makes me more comfortable knowing that they’re doing it outside, that they have masks. I know CVS and stores like that are really crowded, and I feel a little bit worried about doing it indoors.” Wang said more students may be inclined to get vaccinated at USC Village since students frequent the area to purchase groceries and likely aren’t on campus often with online classes. Students can schedule a flu shot appointment through their MySHR Portal. Levi said despite Student Health’s safety efforts, getting vaccinated at the same location that students are being tested for the coronavirus raises a concern for her.last_img read more

Track and field competes in championships

first_imgFor the first time since 2009, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams had top 10 finishes at the NCAA Track and Field Championships held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 10-13. The men’s team took fifth place and the women’s finished in seventh.The men’s team saw success in both racing events and field events. Senior Conor McCullough destroyed the competition in the hammer throw, defeating his closest competitor by almost 17 feet. The senior earned All-American honors for his performance.Debatably the most impressive Trojan performance of the weekend went to junior Andre De Grasse, who swept the 100m and 200m for the first time since Olympic medalist Walter Dix did it in 2007 for Florida State University.De Grasse set a personal best with a time of 9.75. The run was spectacular and tied none other than Olympian Tyson Gay for the fastest time run at Hayward Field. De Grasse also won by a margin of .13 seconds, which is the largest margin since 2010.De Grasse’s performance was not done there, though, as he moved on to the 200m. Becoming only the 21st person to ever win both races in the same season, he did so in historic fashion. De Grasse ran a 19.58 in the 200m which is not only the fastest time ever run by a collegiate athlete, it set the field record and is also the fastest any-conditions time for the year in the world.In the relay event, De Grasse served as the second leg on the 4×100 relay that also featured senior BeeJay Lee, junior Just’N Thymes, and freshman Adoree’ Jackson. The team finished in fourth with a time of 38.75, the second-fastest time in school history.Jackson, who competed in the long jump, is the first football player to also score in two events at the T&F championships since 2000.De Grasse scored 21.5 points for the Trojans, the most by any athlete in 2015, and was the first USC athlete to lead the championship scoring since 1978. He earned 10 points each for his wins in the 100m and 200m and an additional 1.5 points for his role in the relay.“It was just an unbelievable feeling,” De Grasse said in a press release. “I never thought that I could run that fast, but I just have to believe in myself, and now that I’ve run that fast, it’s changed my whole perspective on running.”On the women’s side of the action, the relays were strong. The 4x100m relay team started the day with the team of freshman Dior Hall, freshman Ky Westbrook, junior Alexis Faulknor and freshman Deanna Hill. The team placed third with a time of 43.27, the second fastest time on the year for the quartet.The final event, the 4x400m relay, vaulted the team from ninth overall in the competition to their finishing position of seventh. The women placed second in the race with a time of 3:29:97.Tera Novy placed fourth in the discus throw for the women for the best finish in the event ever by a USC athlete.With their two top-10 finishes, the track and field teams were able to place 24 athletes on the first-team All-American list in addition to eight second-team honorees, and four Trojans earning honorable mention. Ten members of the men’s team earned first-team honors and 14 members of the women’s, the second-highest total among the women’s teams. All-American status is based on the results at the NCAA Championships with the top eight finishers in an event earning first team status, 9-16 place earning second, and 17-24 earning honorable mention.last_img read more

NFF, Gernot Rohr Seal Two-year Contract

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Mr. Gernot Rohr have signed a two-year contract that will see the former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach work as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles.The simple ceremony at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja saw NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi signing on behalf of the Nigeria federation, in-between Mr. Rohr’s own signature.Pinnick said that the agreement was for two years, with the former German defender, who also coached top French club Girondins Bordeaux and elite Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel, handed a target of qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. “We are happy that this has been sealed and we can now focus on other arrangements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in October,” said Pinnick.Rohr, clad in a simple shirt and jean trouser and wearing a smile, said: “I am enthusiastic to get to work. This is a big challenge because Nigeria has big players everywhere and has the ability to do well internationally.“I have a German heart – the heart of a winner. I have confidence that with the right atmosphere and the right support, the Super Eagles have the capacity not only to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but get to the latter stages of the competition.”Rohr, 63, will step out with the Super Eagles for the first time when Nigeria host Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Port Harcourt in a few weeks.Although the match is a dead rubber as both teams are out of the running for the tournament, it serves as a test game for the Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Zambia on October 3. Nigeria will also play Cameroun and Algeria in the qualifying race.Rohr is scheduled to embark on VIP scouting immediately, which includes flying to Spain to watch the NPFL All-Stars play against Atletico Madrid and Malaga in Cadiz on Friday, in the Trofoe Carranza Tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more