Wolf Administration Encourages Pennsylvanians to Purchase Local This Holiday Season

first_imgWolf Administration Encourages Pennsylvanians to Purchase Local This Holiday Season SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Holidays,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were joined by Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and his wife, Nina Redding, to shop for a PA Preferred Christmas tree at McCurdy’s Christmas Tree Farm in Dillsburg.“Pennsylvania is home to more than 1,400 Christmas tree farms,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “Visiting one of these farms is not only a great family tradition, but an opportunity to support your neighbors and Pennsylvania’s economy.”Nationally, Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for number of Christmas tree farms, with nearly one million cut trees produced annually on 31,000 acres of land. In addition to looking and smelling beautiful, real Christmas trees are a renewable, recyclable resource that are good for the environment. Purchasing local trees supports family owned farms and businesses, preserves farmland, and protects the environment.“Christmas is a season of giving, buying a local tree is the perfect way to give back to Pennsylvania’s hard-working farm families,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Plan a day on the farm, create memories, and bring home a real, PA Preferred tree to anchor your holidays.”PA Preferred is the state’s branding program for locally grown and processed products; it also serves as a marketing opportunity for agriculture producers throughout the state. Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf signed the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill which provided an increase in funding to the PA Preferred program by $1 million. This funding is to provide improved benefits to the program’s farmer members and improve consumer awareness around the statewide branding program. By visiting www.papreferred.com, Pennsylvanians can plan a visit to a member tree farm or nursery to choose a Pennsylvania-grown tree.While on the farm, Secretary Redding provided the following tips for choosing a perfect Christmas tree:Be sure to measure your space before you leave home. Don’t forget to leave space for your tree stand and topper.Check the color – look for a tree with consistent green color throughout. Yellow or brown needles indicate health issues and will shed needles faster.Bend the branches – a fresh tree should give without breaking.Give it a shake – an unhealthy tree will drop a large pile of needles, while a healthy one will only lose a few.Check for pests – part of purchasing a real tree is acknowledging that it’s been a home to wildlife. Check for everything from birds’ nests to praying mantis egg sacks and spotted lanternfly egg masses.Once you’re home, remember to keep the stand constantly full of water. Fresh trees will take in the most water in the first few days.To find more ways to support Pennsylvania agriculture and buy local, visit papreferred.com. To learn more about the Department of Agriculture’s commitment to a thriving, sustainable agriculture and food industry, and the PA Farm Bill, visit agriculture.pa.gov or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.center_img November 25, 2019last_img read more

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Personality clashes, poor control of finances hurt Guyana capital

first_img Share Share Tweet Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Norman Whittaker and Chairman of the City Council’s Implementation Committee, Keith Burrowes on a television programme on the National Communications Network (NCN)GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Norman Whittaker said that the problems facing Guyana’s capital of Georgetown are indicative of personality clashes and an absence of financial controls.He said that the responsibility for the collection and disposal of solid waste is just one of several that fall under the purview of the municipality; however, the Georgetown municipality has proven itself unwilling and unable effectively to deliver on any of its given functions. The minister was at the time speaking on a television programme ‘Close Up’ along with chairman of the City Council’s Implementation Committee, Keith Burrowes, on the National Communications Network (NCN). Excuses “What we have been fed with for over a decade or more is a set of excuses for their incompetence and inability to deliver on the services,” Whittaker said. These excuses range from not having a wide enough revenue base, poor revenue collection, and need for revaluation of properties. He noted that, while the other five municipalities can start adopting the same excuses as they face many challenges too, they have been making a concerted effort to ensure that they deliver on the services that they are required to provide. The minister said that, based on reports, financial and otherwise, and from his own examination of the Council, the problems that this municipality is facing speak of personality clashes and lack of expenditure controls; noting that employment costs are over 50 percent of the revenue collected, with the payment of high overtime and other incentives to workers. Meanwhile, the expenditure on the key services that the Council provides is less than 45 percent of the collected revenue. “When on one hand, you are complaining that your revenue inflows are not adequate enough to cover the cost of delivering services, certainly you would want to ensure that there are expenditure control measures, which will ensure among other things, that residents will see the funds being spent in a matter that it ought to be,” Whittaker said. He explained that, upon close examination of the City Council’s financial records from January to November of 2011, more than $50 million (US$248,000) was spent on maintenance and rental of vehicles, notwithstanding the fact that the municipality owns a fleet of vehicles, many of which are not even two years old. This sum, he said, is adequate enough to pay contractors for two months.Additionally, there are records of loans to employees; which they are not authorised to do since the City Council is not a commercial bank. “When you see councillors approve for themselves, 33-1/3 percent increase as a reward, you want to know if the priorities are set right. Should we put in more of that money into the services that matter most for the citizens, such as solid waste collection, drainage, and fixing the municipality markets?” the minister questioned. GarbageIn response to City Hall’s claim that the build-up of garbage in and around the City is as a result of the closing of the Haags Bosch site very early, he said that neither the Council nor the administration within the Council has indicated at the level of the Ministry that there is need to open the site beyond the normal 17:00h closure. He added that the City Hall is aware of government’s commitment to the people of Guyana, which has been demonstrated time and time again with its constant intervention to bail out the Council. As such, he said, “they sit back and look for this intervention.” Burrowes, whose involvement in the Council began when he was appointed chairman of the Commission of Inquiry that was set up by former Local Government Minister, Kellawan Lall to investigate discrepancies, said that while he understands and even shares that view that the revenue base is not what it should be, the question remains that “if you are not spending properly the funds that you have now, what will happen when you get more?”Burrowes has spearheaded the construction of a database to ensure that the outstanding taxes are accurate, many people, particularly from the private sector, are not convinced that the sums that the Council is claiming are correct and for a long time it has not been able to provide the necessary information. He said that Georgetown has expanded significantly over the years, from Agricola, East Bank Demerara to Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara; however, the management approach that is being used is the same that was in effect since the City was smaller. He suggested that the Georgetown Management Plan, which expired last year, be revisited and approved by Cabinet so that there can be so changes in terms of the management structure. Way forwardWhittaker said that his ministry has engaged senior administrative staff of the Council over the past four months, in an effort to get an understanding of the difficulties that resulted in them being unable to deliver and seeking to work with them to improve on this situation. “But it has come to a point where we have to ask ourselves the question, how long could we go on with this? City Council receives the people’s rates and taxes and are not delivering and government has to use the taxpayers’ money, which was supposed to be used to provide other services, to subsidise City Council,” he reiterated. One possible solution is having government take over the responsibility of garbage collection and disposal and let the city council in turn, provide a percentage of the rates collected to government. Another solution, the minister said is the holding of the local government elections, which government is committed to ensuring. City Hall received a subvention of $20 million, the highest amount among the six municipalities, and government has had to inject an additional sum of about $135 million to bail out the Council last year, which is constantly drowning in debt.Caribbean News Now Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 20 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Personality clashes, poor control of finances hurt Guyana capital by: – January 23, 2012last_img read more

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Everton suffer injury blow during Man City warm-up

first_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Read Also: Man City not so good this season, says Everton boss Morgan Schneiderlin is another player who has struggled. Now, Everton have another problem to contend with after the Manchester City clash. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Everton’s Bernard suffered an injury during the warm-up ahead of their clash with Manchester City, with the Brazilian being replaced by Tom Davies. Everton have had a torrid time with injuries of late. The Blues have lost several players to injury so far in the current campaign, with Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin missing the majority of the season.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Alex Iwobi has recently been out with an injury, while Fabian Delph has been in and out of the team.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A healthy Phil Kessel should give the Arizona Coyotes a big lift when the NHL season resumes. Kessel labored during the first part of his inaugural season in the desert while battling injuries. The 32-year-old right wing suffered a groin injury early and didn’t have the same explosiveness he had in the past, scoring 14 goals with 24 assists in 70 games. The NHL’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic allowed Kessel to heal, giving the Coyotes hope of a deep playoff run.Elsewhere in the NL:— Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell says executive Rick Dudley won’t return. The 71-year-old Dudley had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey operations since 2018, part of nearly five decades in professional hockey. Waddell says the Hurricanes are still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKUNDATED (AP) — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for the virus, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. Simpson says the daughter, along with his wife and other kids, later tested negative. Webb leads the tour in FedEx Cup points and scoring average. He is attempting to become the PGA Tour’s first player with three victories during this pandemic-interrupted year. Chad Campbell has withdrawn from the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit after becoming the sixth PGA Tour player to test positive for the coronavirus. Associated Press The tour’s latest policy change on the coronavirus means Cameron Champ can play the Rocket Mortgage Classic this week in Detroit. Champ tested positive for the virus last week when he arrived for the Travelers Championship. That meant he had to self-isolate for 10 days without showing symptoms. Champ was asymptomatic when he tested positive. The tour says he had three negative tests over the next three days. The tour consulted with the CDC on its policy change. Now, anyone who is asymptomatic and tests positive will be eligible to return with two negative tests at least 24 hours apart.In other coronavirus related sports news:— UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma is asking for federal help to get foreign students that include athletes back to campus. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he and other members of Congress plan to press the Department of Homeland Security to grant exemptions for the students, similar to ones given to professional athletes last month.— Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year. Staley’s focus these days involves getting her South Carolina women’s team back on campus in a safe environment. Her team finished No. 1 in the last AP poll and won the SEC Tournament before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus.— Six players with FC Dallas have tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire team has been quarantined ahead of the MLS Is Back tournament. The team says the players tested positive upon arrival in Florida for a tournament that starts next week. All of the league’s 26 teams are sequestered in hotels in advance of the tournament played without fans at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BASEBALL RETURNSMLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts nearUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players began reporting to their teams Wednesday in the most significant step yet as MLB presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. And one thing was clear: Despite rising numbers of positive tests and some players opting out, most players and executives are bullish about the season taking place in just a few weeks. In other NFL news:— The Green Bay Packers have signed each of their two top draft picks: Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and take Love with the 26th overall selection back in April. The Packers chose Dillon with the 62nd overall pick. Both selections were somewhat surprising because the Packers already have two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback and Aaron Jones at running back.— Some NFL players are raising concerns about playing football amid the coronavirus pandemic while others are ignoring advice of medical experts by working out with teammates. JC Tretter, a center on the Cleveland Browns and president of the NFL Players Association, wrote an open letter to players saying they have to fight for “necessary COVID-19 protections.” New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said last week that “football is a nonessential business and so we don’t need to do it.” Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has asthma so he wants to “take every precaution” if he plays.NHL-COYOTES-KESSELHealthy Kessel expected to give Coyotes a boost in return — The baseball organization that presents the annual MVP awards will consider whether the name of former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis should be pulled from future plaques. A longtime official of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America says the issue will be put up for discussion. Former NL Most Valuable Players Barry Larkin, Mike Schmidt and Terry Pendleton say they would favor removing Landis’ name because of concerns over his handling of Black players. Landis was hired in 1920 as MLB’s first commissioner and no Blacks played in the majors during his quarter-century tenure.NBA NEWSLakers add veteran J.R. Smith for Orlando championship pushLOS ANGELES (AP) — J.R. Smith has joined LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers for their championship push.The Lakers announced their long-anticipated signing of Smith as a substitute player. Smith is the Lakers’ replacement for Avery Bradley, who cited family reasons for his decision not to finish the season with the Lakers in Orlando. Update on the latest sports SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley will remain on staff but will take a pay cut and must undergo diversity training after being suspended for using a racial slur in a 2013 text message. Utah announced Scalley will participate in diversity and inclusion education, and have his salary cut from $1.1 million to $525,000. His contract also was trimmed from a multiyear deal to a one-year deal, and he will no longer be the designated head coach in waiting. Scalley was suspended last month when his use of a racial slur in a text message was posted on social media.WNBA-MAYA MOORE-PRISONERMissouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA’s MooreJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges.Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons, 40, walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center. She clapped as Irons approached a group of people waiting for his release. She then dropped to her knees at one point before joining a group hug around Irons. July 1, 2020 — For the first time in almost a century, Mexico has cancelled its professional baseball season. It’s the first time in 95 years a whole season had been cancelled. The season was scheduled to start Aug. 7, but the 16 team owners decided that they could not guarantee the safety of fans and players. -If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. The Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons have already made deals with local elections officials in their cities. The effort will advise sports franchises around the country on how to follow suit.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSankey: federal NIL law needed to ensure fair competitionUNDATED (AP) — Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey has told a U.S. Senate committee that there needs to be a uniform federal law to regulate the compensation of college athletes instead of a series of state-level versions with different requirements. In other baseball news:— An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The former major leaguer learned he had the virus on the third day he felt ill following a nasal test. Hottovy tested negative about two weeks ago and still gets winded easily. Hottovy isolated in a spare bedroom with a relentless fever, difficulty breathing, dehydration and an increased heart rate. It was particularly bad at night, making sleep just about impossible.— The Kansas City Royals have launched what they are calling a “Fanbassador” program in which up to 500 fans may purchase a plastic cutout of their likeness for $40 apiece that will be displayed in a seat at Kauffman Stadium during the abbreviated 2020 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Royals Respond Fund.— Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he supports outfielder Ian Desmond’s decision to sit out the 2020 major league baseball season over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and other issues in society. Desmond’s will be replaced by veteran Matt Kemp. The slugger has agreed to a minor league deal with the Rockies and could get the DH job.— Catcher Patrick Bailey has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants that includes a $3.8 million signing bonus. He was selected 13th overall in last month’s amateur draft, The 21-year-old hit .296 with six homers, including three grand slams, and 20 RBIs in 17 games in the pandemic-shortened season as a junior at North Carolina State. He earned the Johnny Bench award as the top Division I catcher, an honor also won the Giants’ Buster Posey in 2008 and Joey Bart in 2018. The 34-year-old Smith hasn’t played in the league since November 2018, but the 2013 Sixth Man of the Year is a longtime trusted teammate of James. They won the NBA title together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and reached four consecutive NBA Finals.In other NBA news: — Houston’s Thabo Sefolosha is opting out of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hasn’t been announced. Sefolosha is in his first season with the Rockets. The 36-year-old is a 15-year NBA veteran who has also played for Utah, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Chicago. The Rockets are schedule to resume the season on July 31 against the Dallas Mavericks.— Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says Lou Williams is expected to join the team for the NBA’s restart in Florida. Williams has described himself as “50-50” on whether he would finish out the pandemic-interrupted season. Rivers says he doesn’t think any of the Clippers are opting out from resuming the season. The team heads to Orlando next week.— Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown says All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy for the NBA restart. Brown says Simmons is “good to go” following a lengthy layoff with a back injury. Embiid was recovering from surgery on his left hand and had just returned after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder at the time of the shutdown. Brown says he expects Embiid to return to play in the best shape of his professional career. The hearing came as three states have signed athlete-compensation bills into law, with Florida’s set to take effect next summer. Sankey said there’s a risk of states “one-upping each other” with their own versions without a federal law.In other NCAA news:— The NCAA’s infractions case against the University of Kansas men’s basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. It is the first step in a process that was created in August 2018 to deal with select cases and minimize perceived conflicts of interest. Kansas has been accused by the NCAA of committing five Level I violations, which are considered the most egregious, as part of the fallout of an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. The case hinges on whether representatives of apparel company Adidas were acting as boosters when two of them arrange payments to prospective recruits.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SCALLEYUtah defensive coordinator Scalley to keep job after review – The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Trey Burke as a replacement after center Willie Cauley-Stein decided not to rejoin the team for the planned resumption of the season.— The Brooklyn Nets don’t look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks says there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. DeAndre Jordan and Wilson Chandler aren’t going, and Spencer Dinwiddie’s status is uncertain after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. Marks also says neither Kevin Durant nor Kyrie Irving will return from injuries to rejoin the Nets this season. The GM says he will support any other players who choose not to play. Brooklyn is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. NFL-PRESEASONAP Source: NFL cutting preseason in half, pushing back startUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL will cut the preseason in half and push the start of exhibition play back a week to give players more time to get in shape. Teams haven’t been able to gather together since last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league and the players association have been meeting to find ways to make sure they can have games in a safe environment. The exhibition slate will now begin Aug. 20 instead of Aug. 13. Teams will begin reporting to training camp July 28. He had been serving a 50-year prison sentence stemming from the non-fatal shooting of a homeowner in the St. Louis area when Irons was 16. Moore and Irons became friends after meeting through prison ministry, according to the Times. The 31-year-old Moore, a Jefferson City, Missouri, native who starred at UConn before helping lead Minnesota to four WNBA titles, put her career on hold last season to help Irons.BOBSLED-WORLD CUPBobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup seasonLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York. Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races.last_img read more

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Provost Michael Quick responds to Topping protests

first_imgAfter a week of several Norman Topping Student Aid Fund scholars, alumni, faculty members, Undergraduate and Graduate Student Government officials taking a stand against the University’s decision to remove the fund’s program director position, Provost Michael Quick addressed the changes in an interview with the Daily Trojan. Senior Sabrina Enriquez (right), freshman Jeremiah Robinson (center) and other Topping scholars walked to Bovard Auditorium to deliver a compilation of letters to Provost Michael Quick. Mahira Raihan | Daily Trojan“I think [the response to the decision] really points to just how important the Topping program is [and] the value the alumni of the program and current Topping students feel about the program,” Quick said. “They feel like [the program] has changed their lives, and that’s absolutely wonderful, and now going forward, we want to have that same feeling by having even more students.”According to Vice Provost of Undergraduate Programs Andrea Hodge, students have been meeting with her over the week to discuss the changes.“There has been, and continues to be, a great outpouring of support from current and former students, alumni and others,” Hodge said in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “The input of the students, both in meetings and in writing, has been extremely helpful. I’m taking their suggestions under advisement.”Though Quick praised the efforts of the Topping scholars, he declined to comment on the specifics behind the administration’s decision to eliminate program director Christina Yokoyama’s position or potential  changes in personnel and scholarship funding and distribution in the future. However, he said through future modifications to the overall structure of the Topping Fund, he plans to further support diversity and inclusion in the overall student population on campus.“Not just undergraduate students, but graduate students … I think we haven’t done enough at the graduate student level … through the Topping Fund,” Quick said. “I think that we need more students and continue to have a program that is going to be valuable to students.”With greater expansion in the Topping program, Quick said he hopes to increase experiential equity among students on campus.“It’s great that students can come here, and that’s what is part of what [the Topping Fund] does, but I think another big piece of what we want to do with this University is to provide resources that allow students to have the same level of experiences as all of our students here at USC,” Quick said. “I think that’s another valuable piece that the Topping program and the money can help.”The Topping Fund was founded in 1970 as a means for lower-income students to access a USC education.According to Sabrina Enriquez, a senior Topping scholar studying mathematics who has been active in promoting the reversal of the elimination of Yokoyama’s position, this program is unique to the University.“Topping was started in the 1970s by [alumni Ron McDuffie and Dan Smith], who saw that basically a very small percentage of students were coming from low-income backgrounds in nearby communities,” Enriquez said in an interview with the Daily Trojan on Jan. 5. “They saw this as a disservice to them.”According to the Topping program’s website, as a response to the lack of diversity on campus, McDuffie and Smith issued a referendum that established a system “whereby every academic semester all students enrolled in more than one unit were assessed a nominal fee of $4.” This came to be known as the Topping Fund. “I think at that point, [the Topping Fund] really changed the conversation about what this University stands for and what the students at this University stand for,” Quick said. “I think it’s just one of the proudest moments to date. It really is one of those seminal moments that have come a long way.”The Topping Fund, according to Quick, contributes to the overall diversity and inclusion of students on campus, which he said stands as “the forefront of where we want to go with this University.”Additionally, according to Enriquez, the program is also student-led and student-funded, which is unlike any other organization on campus and the only one of its kind in the country. The program is headed by the Topping Governing Board, on which several scholars and alumni are represented. “It’s essentially this body that gets together to direct the program,” Enriquez said. “They vote on how the money is to be used, how much scholarship funds will be distributed per student and how many students they will accept. They really shape the program.”In an attempt to maintain the student-run nature of the Topping Fund, members of the fund delivered a letter on Tuesday compiled with articles from the Daily Trojan and several other letters penned by the Topping Governing Board, scholars and faculty to the Provost’s office at USC Bovard Auditorium. The letter was intended to inform Quick about the collective efforts of the program from the past week. “The letter details why [Yokoyama’s] position is pivotal for the success of the Topping Student Aid Fund as well as its scholars and how terminating that position is directly attacking some of the most endangered students on the campus,” said senior David Delgado, a Topping scholar majoring in gender studies and theatre. Delgado helped with penning the letter that was delivered to the provost on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Soccer opens NCAA tournament with shutout victory at home

first_imgSenior forward Hailey Hite celebrates with sophomore midfielder Arlie Jones following a goal on Friday. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The Women of Troy shutout the Long Beach State 49ers 6-0 with six different goal scorers at home on Friday to advance to the second round of the NCAA College Cup.“This is the kind of way you want to open postseason play,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “I love the passion we played with, and it’s exactly what we need going forward.”Following their loss to UCLA last weekend, the Trojans found out that they were given a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament on Monday.  However, they were ranked second-best in the country for most of the season.“[The 6-0 win showed] that we’re really good,” McAlpine said. “We plan to show up at the next game and be really good again.”At halftime, the Trojans comfortably led 2-0. Throughout the first half, the Trojans were in control of the game, having most of the possession and much of it in their offensive third. Moreover, the Trojans had 13 shots in the first half alone compared to the 49ers’ one shot from outside the box.Redshirt junior forward Natalie Jacobs started the scoring in the first half when she headed the ball into the back of the net in the 20th minute. The goal came as a result of confusion within the box. From that goal on, the Trojans never looked back.Five minutes later, sophomore box-to-box midfielder Alea Hyatt scored a left-footed volley into the upper lefthand corner of the goal from inside the box off an assist by sophomore box-to-box midfielder Tara McKeown. The finish took of skill and concentration, but Hyatt managed to keep calm to make the score 2-0.The Trojans did not slow down in the second half, scoring 4 more goals in the second 45 minutes to easily claim an uncontested victory. “We’ve got bigger goals, we got big goals,” McAlpine said of the team’s aggressive second-half play despite its significant lead. “In order to reach them, we have to play and we have continue to push and play the way we want to play consistently for 90 minutes. Even though the score was 4 at 62 [minutes], we need to play for 90 and that was important.”McKeown scored the opening goal of the second half after she was teed up for a wide open goal from Jacobs in the 53rd minute. Jacobs received a long ball down the left hand side from redshirt sophomore attacking midfielder Savannah DeMelo, and she took out down to the endline, beat a defender and crossed it to McKeown who had a wide open goal. Prior to crossing it to McKeown, it appeared that Jacobs was fouled in the box but never went down, and was still able to play McKeown with a great ball despite being fouled.Senior forward Leah Pruitt was next to get her name on the score sheet as she scored from a one-footed finish to the far post of the goal. The goal came from a driving run forward by DeMelo who sent the ball onto the wing to Hyatt, who then crossed it over to Pruitt to finish and make it 4-0 in the 62nd minute.One minute later, DeMelo was the fifth Trojan to score as she slotted the ball past the keeper from about 15 yards out. The goal was a team effort, as the Trojans connected a lot of passes prior to DeMelo scoring. Hyatt had a clear shot on goal from a tougher angle than DeMelo, but instead of attempting to shoot, she gave the ball up to her teammate who was at a better angle to finish off the movement. “She was in a much better position than I was and I knew that, so I gave it to her,” Hyatt said.McAlpine said Friday’s game was one of Hyatt’s best performances. “[Hyatt] played free with a clear head and let it go,” McAlpine said. “That’s the kind of performance we need. And we allowed her to. We gave her touches, we gave her touches and we allowed her to get into the game early, and once that happens today, it looked good. ”Senior forward Hailey Hite scored the sixth and final goal for the Trojans off of an assist from freshman defender Ashley Soto in the 80th minute of the game to cap off an impressive victory for the Women of Troy.Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, forward Penelope Hocking, left the field with an ankle injury. Her status for the next game has yet to be determined.The Trojans will play the winner of Sunday’s LSU-Boston University game next Friday in their next round of the NCAA tournament. That game will take place at Florida State following the Seminoles’ 1-0 victory against Loyola Chicago on Friday. Florida State is the No. 1 seed in the Trojans’ side of the bracket.last_img read more

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End of DACA puts Dreamers at risk

first_imgUSCIS stop accepting applicationsThe end of DACA means that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will immediately stop accepting initial applications for DACA and will discontinue renewing DACA applications as of March 5, 2018. PHOTO CREDT – trollthenews.com Ready California, a statewide collaborative working to empower immigrant communities through access to information and legal services, denounced the Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.DACA, created by President Obama through an executive order in 2012, has shielded nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation while authorizing them to work legally. Work permits will still be valid However, DACA recipients’ work permits will continue to be valid until their expiration date. Employers do not have the right to fire DACA recipients unless their work permits have expired.“This misguided and harmful step puts these members of our communities – our friends, neighbors, students, and co-workers – at risk once again of being torn from their families and the only home they may remember,” said Sally Kinoshita, deputy director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which leads Ready California. “Instead of continuing to support their families and contribute to their communities, these young people will now be vulnerable to an irresponsible and inhumane detention and deportation machine that tears families and communities apart.”center_img Steps DACA recipients should takeReady California is advising DACA recipients to take steps to protect themselves:Consult with an experienced immigration attorney or accredited representativeto understand your legal options and if you might be eligible for an immigration benefit.Find low-cost immigration legal services: https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org.Avoid fraudulent service providers: confirm their credentials, ask for a written contract and a receipt for any payments, and if you have doubts, get a second opinion. For more information https://www.ilrc.org/anti-fraud-flyersAvoid negative contact with law enforcement. Any arrest, charge, or conviction, especially DUI or conduct related to drugs can have negative immigration consequences. Contact with law enforcement can result in exposure to the immigration authorities.If you have a criminal record, consult an expert. Certain convictions can be changed to lessen the impact on a future immigration case.If you are outside the country with advance parole, make sure to return while your parole document and work permit are valid.last_img read more

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Ghana Amateur Boxing Authority opposes new move by AIBA

first_imgThe World Boxing Council (WBC) widely regarded as the premier professional boxing sanctioning body in the world has opposed moves by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to organize professional boxing under a new name WSB which threatens the participation of poorer countries, including Ghana in Olympic boxing.According to AIBA/WSB, only boxers registered in their tournament would be eligible to compete at the Olympic Games, meaning boxers affiliated to any other organization would be excluded.Under the proposed programme, AIBA/WBS has excluded third world countries from its proposed tournament sites, while it has now withdrawn amateur boxing from its new name.This development has not gone down well with president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Authority, Ray Quarcoo who vehemently opposes the move by AIBA.In an interview with JOY Sports, the GABA president said “the other bodies are exploiting the boxers. How many of our boxers have climbed up to the top? Boxers coming from Africa do not really earn anything from [their respective] governments.The WBC is worried that boxers coming from the amateur division will not be given the chance to fight for WBC/WBA because if we are taking our boxers after the Commonwealth games and they opt to play for WSB, none of them will be going.”last_img read more

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Gojko Cimirot invited to play in football match against Israel

first_img(Source: klix.ba/ photo radiosarajevo) Gojko Cimirot will be one of the football representatives of B&H, who will compete for a qualifying match against Israel at Bilino Polje stadium, on the 12th of June.After the match of the last round of Premier League between FC Sarajevo and FC Sloboda, head coach of B&H national football team, Mehmed Baždarević, invited this brilliant young football player of Maroon team to come to the gathering of the Dragons, which is scheduled at 3 pm today, in Hotel Herzegovina, Ilidža.Selector Baždarević has already published a list of B&H national team representatives for this very important meeting about qualification. The list includes following players: Asmir Begović, Ibrahim Šehić, Ratko Dujković, Mensur Mujdža, Emir Spahić, Ermin Bičakčić, Ervin Zukanović, Sead Kolašinac, Ognjen Vranješ, Toni Šunjić, Avdija Vršajević, Edin Višća, Izet Hajrović, Muhamed Bešić, Miralem Pjanić, Anel Hadžić, Haris Medunjanin, Edin Cocalić, Senad Lulić, Tino Sven Sušić, Vedad Ibišević, Edin Džeko, Ermin Zec and Milan Djurić.Stojan Vranješ and Semir Štilić will join them later on.Match B&H – Israel is scheduled for 8:45 pm, on the 12th of June at Bilino Polje stadium in Zenica.last_img read more

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Adam Silver says planned NBA restart ‘may not be for everyone’

first_imgNBA commissioner Adam Silver admitted the league’s planned resumption “may not be for everyone,” but he is confident player concerns will be addressed.The NBA is planning to restart the 2019-20 season next month at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., with a 22-team format. The campaign was suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Really, it’s more a sense from the entire NBA community that we have an obligation to try this, because the alternative is to stay on the sidelines … in essence, give in to this virus … For us, we feel that this is what we do: We put on NBA basketball. We think that for the country, it’ll be a respite [from] the enormous difficulties people are dealing with in their lives right now.”And in terms of social justice issues, it’ll be an opportunity for NBA players in the greater community to draw attention to the issues because the world’s attention will be on the NBA in Orlando if we’re able to pull this off. What should this league, that may have a unique opportunity as compared to almost any other organization in the world, be doing in response to George Floyd’s death, to endemic racial issues in society? I’ve heard this loud and clear — the statements have been issued, foundations have been announced, contributions.”But there’s an expectation that there’s more that this league can do; and I think part of it’s going to require a fair amount of listening, something we’ve been doing already. But then engaging in very deliberate behavior, together with the players, in terms of how can we use our larger platform, the NBA together with the players, really to effect change.” NBA players are reportedly divided about the season resuming amid the COVID-19 crisis and unrest in the United States, where there have been nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.GREER: Differing views from Irving, Rivers highlight NBPA’s internal struggle Silver told ESPN on Monday a return “will entail enormous sacrifice on behalf of those players, for everyone involved — the coaches and referees.”Listen, it’s not an ideal situation. We are trying to find a way to our own normalcy in the middle of a pandemic, in the middle of essentially a recession or worse with 40 million unemployed, and now with enormous social unrest in the country.”And so as we work through these issues, I can understand how some players may feel, that it’s not for them … it may be for family reasons, it may be for health reasons they have, or it may be because they feel — as some players have said very recently — that their time is best spent elsewhere.”Adam Silver on Orlando bubble “It may not be for everyone, it will entail enormous sacrifice” pic.twitter.com/OIxRUatAUM— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 16, 2020Silver added: “Things are changing around us. The social unrest in the country was — in the same way we never could have predicted the pandemic would unfold, in the way it has — what’s happened since George Floyd’s death is also unprecedented.”I’m incredibly sympathetic and empathetic to what’s happening in people’s lives. And in the midst of all that, to say, ‘We’re looking for an opportunity to restart this league, to try to move forward with crowning a champion,’ it’s not top of mind for a lot of people.””A lot of people pointed to the financial component of this,” Silver said. “The incremental difference between, at this point, playing and not playing, isn’t nearly as great as people think, especially given the enormous expense in putting this on.last_img read more

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