first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Friday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 2.Crimes against a personAt 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 2, a student reported that a security guard at the 901 Bar & Grill placed him in a choke hold and another one flicked a lit cigarette at his face following an altercation inside the establishment, during which he discharged pepper spray in self defense. One of the guards refused to speak with DPS officers who responded to the scene and the second guard could not be located at the time of the report, so the matter was turned over to LAPD detectives for further investigation.Crimes against propertyAt 2:03 p.m. on Sept. 30, a student approached a retail unit officer inside Pertusati University Bookstore and advised him that another student had picked up several items and placed them in a backpack he was carrying. The officer attempted to detain the student when he was observed exiting the store without paying for the merchandise, but the student ignored the officer and fled on foot. The student was detained by DPS officers who responded to the scene. They found him in possession of several items for which he had not paid. The student was then arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 12:17 p.m. on Oct. 1, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated student who sustained a cut to the back of his head when he fell outside the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library. Fire Safety personnel responded to treat the student and an LAFD unit was requested. LAFD Unit #15 took over treatment of the student and he was released at the scene after declining transportation for additional medical treatment.At 8:46 a.m. on Oct. 1, DPS officers responded to a report of two suspects at the location selling parking spaces in private lots at 36th Place and Vermont Avenue without the owner’s permission. When questioned by the officers the suspects claimed they had the necessary permits to conduct their business and stated they would retrieve the documentation from another site. The suspects then left the scene and never returned.At 2:48 a.m. on Oct. 1, DPS officers responded to an intoxicated non-USC female who was lost near Kappa Alpha Theta. The officers determined the female was unable to care for herself and they were unable to locate the student with whom she was staying or any other person who could take custody of her. The officers then arrested the female and transported her to 77th station for booking.At 4:16 p.m. on Sept. 30, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect trespassing Theta Chi and detained him for investigation. A check of the suspect’s name revealed three outstanding warrants. He was arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.last_img read more

Syracuse-Boston College: Beat writers make predictions for Orange’s Week 8 matchup

first_img Published on October 22, 2016 at 12:48 am Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) visits Boston College (3-3, 0-3) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange is coming off a 31-17 upset with over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech while the Eagles are coming off a bye week. SU is looking for its first back-to-back wins of the season.Here’s how beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus forecast the matchup.Tomer Langer (2-2)Clawing backSyracuse 27, Boston College 24I think this game will be closer than some people expect after SU’s win against then-No. 17 Virginia Tech. There are a lot of factors working against the Orange here. Boston College is well rested coming off a bye, the weather conditions shouldn’t be great and there’s also always the possibility of a let-down the week after a really emotional win against a weaker opponent (which seemingly is what happened to VT). I do think the Orange get back to .500 and get one game closer to bowl eligibility, but I don’t think it’ll be easy.Chris Libonati (5-2)Won if by airSyracuse 31, Boston College 20AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow that Syracuse has established itself and gained a little bit of momentum, it is on the cusp of putting together its first winning streak in the Dino Babers era. It’s easy to see an emotional let down coming, but the team has a chance to put this season and the program on the right path. If SU understands that, I think it’ll be able to guard against a let down. Having had its first bad weather game, you’d think SU has learned how to cope with the conditions coming its way. If SU holds down the outside factors, given that it’s the more talented team, you should be looking at a .500 ball club after facing BC.Jon Mettus (5-2)Boston creamed (sort of)Syracuse 24, Boston College 13I’ll be honest, a week ago I would have picked Syracuse to lose this game with Boston College coming off a bye. But after SU’s performance against then-No.17 Virginia Tech, it’s nearly impossible to pick against it. BC has a strong defense but hasn’t won an Atlantic Coast Conference game since it beat the Orange in 2014. The Eagles offense is subpar so this one will be in the hands of the Syracuse offense. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Moore major doubt for Six Nations

first_imgThe Leinster prop has suffered a hamstring tear that will keep him out of action for between 6 and 8 weeks. Joe Schmidt is also sweating on the fitness of Jonathan Sexton The Leinster man was forced off with a head injury during Leinster’s Champions Cup defeat to Wasps on Saturday.last_img

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier working on his swing

first_imgThe way Ethier exudes confidence in the clubhouse as well as around the batting cage, one would not know he is not pleased with his results in 2014.“It’s a fine line of not projecting that dissatisfaction personally for a team that’s still playing well and doing well,” he said. “So it’s a fine line of walking and not dragging your head or moping around, but keeping things going and just try to ride the bad one personally and keep pulling for your team and riding this good wave we’re having and this little comeback we’re having right now.”The Dodgers not long ago trailed the Giants by 9 1/2 games in the NL West, but were just two behind before Saturday.Interestingly, manager Don Mattingly a day earlier wondered if perhaps Ethier working on his swing is the reason why his right knee has been sore of late. Ethier wouldn’t quite go there.“I don’t know,” he said. “It could be, could not. It’s one where it’s sore and it has its moments and I think, just in general, 162 games in the season is going to make anything sore. It’s something I’ve dealt with over the last couple of years of my career, but I find a way to manage to just fight through it and keep going and it’s not an excuse I’ll be using.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When you watch Andre Ethier take batting practice, that beautiful left-handed swing leaves one wondering how he could be batting a career-low .243. But that was Ethier’s average ahead of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.Ethier – a .285 career hitter in his ninth big-league season – is trying to tweak his swing. He spoke candidly about that after batting practice.“Just always working and always trying to improve and get things better,” he said. “It’s a good swing, but sometimes it’s the little things that can lead to not getting the result you want out there.“And everyone’s in agreement for myself to the staff, personally it’s not the result we want or need for this team to continue to be successful. So, always making adjustments.”center_img It didn’t help that Ethier fouled a pitch off the right knee Thursday.“Right when things are feeling good over there, you take a knock like that,” said Ethier, who has three home runs and 27 RBIs. “But it’s one where you just gotta know that you gotta count the days, the blessings you get when you play with no aches and pains. And then when there isn’t, you just keep going and figure out a way to get it done that day.”Ethier said that, overall, he’s fine from a health standpoint.“I’m just as good as I was coming into the season,” he said. “I feel good, I feel healthy, I feel strong. It’s nothing where it’s a worry. My goal is to be out there as many games as I can, playing center field and locking down the defense out there.”And, Ethier said, figuring out a way to become more of a threat offensively.Ethier was originally given Friday night off, but he had to come in late when Scott Van Slyke was ejected from the game. Mattingly wants to give Ethier another rest before the All-Star break, which begins July 14 and runs four days.“We will pay attention just over the next few weeks,” Mattingly said. “I’d like to be able to get to this four-day break with him intact. I’ll still be trying to give him some days as we get closer to it, also.”Mattingly marvelsSouthpaw Clayton Kershaw is 8-2 with an ERA of 2.24. In his past two starts he has thrown a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and pitched eight scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. All while allowing nary a run.Mattingly is impressed.“He hasn’t given up a run the past two games,” Mattingly said. “We’re just glad he’s on our team, put it that way.”Mattingly is awed not only by Kershaw’s pitching prowess, however.“He’s been the guy you want, in all aspects,” Mattingly said. “You ask about a guy that you want out there; it’s not only on the field, it’s off the field. It’s in between starts. There are probably a few pitchers … that actually can affect your club because of the respect all the players have for him.“The work that he does and how he prepares for each start. When he’s out here on the bench during games cheering for the other guys when he’s not pitching, he’s part of the club at all times. You don’t always get that with your starting pitchers. Sometimes those guys, they do their thing and are a part of it, but not the same way that Clayton is.”Viva MexicoFirst baseman Adrian Gonzalez makes no bones about rooting for Mexico in the World Cup. The U.S. is his secondary team.“I don’t care about anyone else,” said Gonzalez, who spent his younger days in Tijuana before going to high school in Chula Vista.last_img read more

BiH Athletes Three Medals at the Balkan Championship in Bulgaria

first_imgThe team of  BiH won three medals, one gold, silver and bronze, at the 66th Balkan Athletics Championship for seniors, held during the last weekend in Stara Zagora(Bulgaria).Dejan Mileusnić won the title of the Champion of the Balkans. Member of  the Athletic Club Zenica celebrated the score of  76.44meters, with that defended the title won last year in Turkey Eskišehir.The silver medal went to Amel Tuka, also a member of the Athletic Club Zenica, in the race of 800 m, with the result of  1:50,77, while the bronze medal was won by Biljana Cvijanović, a member of the Athletic Club Doboj, who run1.500min4:17,43.Among more than 200 athletes from 12 countries, BiH male selection in the team competition got the eighth place and BiH female selection won the seventh place.BiH Colors in Balkan Championship at Stara Zagorija were represented by34 athletes.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Messi sent signed Jersey to B&H as support to Children

first_imgLionel Messi, star of FC Barcelona, sent a signed jersey to be put up for auction in order to provide humanitarian aid to the hospital in Bosnia and Herzegovina.According to The Statesman, jersey will be auctioned for the pediatric department of the hospital in Travnik.Jasmina Fajkić, humanitarian activists from B&H, said on Friday that the funds raised by selling jerseys of few athletes will be used to purchase medical equipment for the department.Fajkić contacted Messi via Catalan humanitarian activists and said that Messi offered his support as soon as he heard that the funds are being collected for children.At the auction, which has begun on December 21 and ends January 5, jerseys of Croatian player Mateo Kovacic and Bosnian players Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko will be sold.(Source: read more

Nadal shattered, Muguruza shocked by Barcelona attack

first_img“I’m just sad for the people that were there. I feel like if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, it can happen anywhere.”Once Muguruza learned of the attack, she called to make certain her family was unharmed.“During the rain delay. I’m like OK, I was listening to music, I checked for news and stuff, and I’m like, ‘Oh,’” Muguruza said. “I checked with my family. Everything is OK, but, you know, it’s just incredible.”Muguruza said she was able to set aside the emotional shock and return to finish her match, deadlocked 2-2 in the third set when the storm struck. She saved three match points before breaking in the 12th game, then led all the way in the tie-breaker.“I’m used to putting so many things aside to be able to compete. That’s my every day, putting things aside and going out there and have two hours of concentration of tennis,” Muguruza said.“I just make sure that people around me are fine. There is not a lot I can do anymore. Just support the people. Be with them. But at the end I’ve got to go play. And after, we can talk again. But I have to kind of block it for two hours.”David Ferrer, who also advanced to the quarter-finals, tweeted after his match: “All my solidarity with the people affected in the attack of Barcelona .. Very sad all that is happening.”And Ramos-Vinolas tweeted ahead of his meeting with Nadal: “Great pain when seeing what is happening in #Barcelona. A part of me is today with you. A hug to all affected families.”Share on: WhatsApp Cincinnati, United States | AFP | Spanish reigning Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza were shaken and saddened by Thursday’s attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and another 100 injured.“Shattered by what has happened in Barcelona! All my support for the families affected and the city,” Nadal tweeted ahead of his third-round match against countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters.Nadal won the title this year at Barcelona as well as in Madrid, Monte Carlo and his 15th Grand Slam crown at the French Open in June.A van driver slammed into crowds on Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s most popular street, in a daylight attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Police were treating the incident as a terrorist attack.Sixth-ranked Muguruza, who captured the Wimbledon title last month, learned of the incident during a two-hour rain delay in her 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) victory over American Madison Keys.“I couldn’t believe it. I have been so many times to that place, so many times. It’s like a main street with a lot of shops and people,” Muguruza said.“I was very surprised because you always hear what happened in Paris and in London, and you’re, like, ‘Shit.’ But now, I’ve been so many times to this place, it’s like my home. And I feel, like, ‘Shit.’“I’ve been there so many times. So it really shocked me. Really shocked me.last_img read more

Twitter Accounts of Prominent Politicians, Companies Hacked

first_imgTwitter accounts belonging to Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Apple, among others, were compromised on Wednesday and posted tweets that promote a cryptocurrency scam.Additionally, accounts of former President Barack Obama, Kanye West, Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Mike Bloomberg, also posted similar tweets soliciting donations via Bitcoin.“Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” Gates’ tweet said. That message promised to double all payments made to a Bitcoin address for 30 minutes after it was posted.A spokesperson for Twitter said the company is looking into the issue. “We can confirm that this tweet was not sent by Bill Gates,” a spokesperson for Gates told CNN Business. “This appears to be part of a larger issue that Twitter is facing. Twitter is aware and working to restore the account.”Meanwhile, Uber later tweeted, “Like many others, our @Uber account was hit by a scammer today. The tweet has been deleted and we’re working directly with @Twitter to figure out what happened.”This is a developing story.last_img read more

Grades for Sale at UL?

first_imgBetter grades can get a student from one level to another in their academic sojourn.  These grades are currently rumored to be on sale at the state-run University of Liberia following the completion of a fragile semester in April.According to scores of UL students, who just completed their senior course in English, those who could not make the desired grades were asked to pay L$1,000 to “cross the bridge” from failure to passing. This amount being requested by unscrupulous instructors is being seen as too much by students.The English course— coded as Engl. 411— was taught in the seventh section on the schedule, and is reported to have recorded mass failure due to academic limitations of poorly prepared students.The affected students told the Daily Observer that the instructor gave an assignment to students as part of what will constitute their final grades in addition to the examination.The students, who asked for anonymity, said they failed to meet the required grade points and ended up failing.“Upon receiving our papers, one of our classmates told us not to search for the instructor on UL campus, but rather to go to the Stella Maris campus where he was eating.  When we got there, he gave each person an envelope for us to write our names with our identification number to put L$1,000 into.  When he took the money, he then returned the emptied envelope to the student and his/her ID is checked,” a student explained.“The money is too much for us at this time because some of us are not working to get money.  If it were L$500, it would be acceptable. But the L$1,000 is too much as we still have tests to do and the burden of transportation is still hanging over us,” another student said.While our reporter was on the Fendell Campus on April 4, students copying the class schedule for next semester were seen and heard checking names of instructors to sit under.Normally students look out for convenient days and times, but now they ask who the instructor is before choosing their section.Students were rejecting certain instructors attached to courses because of past encounters with them.When the Dean of the college was contacted via mobile phone, he said such an issue had been brought to his attention, and that he would conduct an investigation to ascertain the facts.In another instance, students who did beginner’s accounting said the instructor charged US$10 to “cross the bridge.”Coded as Acct. 003, the students who were in section 9 on the schedule said their instructor told them to pay the amount as a prerequisite to passing the course.“This is my third time doing this course under this same instructor, I still can’t pass.  Now that he has collected my US$10, I hope to see a passing grade and not an ‘F, NG’ or ‘I.’ If not, he will feel the weight,” one student threatened.At the “Brother and Sister Restaurant” where this instructor and his female friend were sitting on the main campus, we were asked by this woman to use our phone so she could give us the amount to be paid.  When my phone was given back to me with a figure on the screen, I was asked to pay L$500.  The woman threw my phone on the ground and it almost broke,” a student said.Amidst these instances at UL, affected students are regretting the absence of Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell, who they say would not allow such activities to take place under her watch.According to them, under Dr. Brownell instructors were careful about what they did in class as they needed to protect their jobs. Dr. Brownell was constantly on their (the instructors) backs to ensure that no one takes money from students for grades.“These instructors were only advocating for the woman to leave the university so they could go about “business as usual.”  Since she is not here, they will continue giving tests with intention of failing people so they can extort money from us and build their houses,” a distressed female said.UL Relations Vice President, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, in response to a call from the Daily Observer, said such information was not available to him, but the Dean of Student Affairs would look into the issue.Efforts made to contact the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Julius S. Nelson, proved futile as his phone was switched off.Although Dr. Emmet A. Dennis’ Administration at the University of Liberia is strict in making sure that the problem is tackled, it is difficult to control as students themselves are willing to take part.In most instances they are the first through, their class leadership, to propose money collection to bribe an instructor. Many students do not attend classes or take lessons seriously; preferring to use money to buy grades instead.As a result of this issue plaguing the education system, instructors who teach and live by principles are often hated by students, who describe them as “harsh and uncompassionate.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

China’s High-Tech Boost to Liberian Education: the Schools Must Be Made Ready, Too

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China, through the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), last week donated US$700,000 worth of information and technology equipment for use in Liberia’s three Rural Teacher Training Institutes.The benefitting institutions are the KRTTI in Kakata, Margibi County, ZRTTI in Zorzor, Lofa County, and WRTTI in Webbo, Maryland County.This is a significant contribution to teacher training in Liberia which immediately places a heavy responsibility on the government of Liberia (GOL) in respect to all its educational institutions, especially the elementary, junior high and high schools. What is the heavy responsibility?  Now that Liberian teachers are being trained in high-tech education, the GOL should immediately start providing its elementary, junior high and high schools with the same equipment, so that the students will become ready to receive effectively what their teachers have to offer.The point is that computer and high-tech education cannot be taught in a vacuum (an empty space).  As the teacher stands behind his or her computer imparting that knowledge to students, so must the students be behind their computers receiving the instruction.  This would be a very serious motivation for our students, which could at once accelerate their learning capacity because it would make learning far more interesting and challenging.We vividly recall that several years ago, around 2010-2011, when the Ministry of Education, under Minister Othello Gongar, launched the new Liberian Education Curriculum, it contained nothing about high-tech.  The Daily Observer immediately brought this important missing element to the attention of the Ministry, and in an editorial told Minister Gongar that there was no way Liberian education in the 21st century could be effective without high-tech facilitation.That was five years ago.  Today, even in or near the nation’s capital, Monrovia, many students are still sitting on the floor, or on broken concrete blocks.  Yesterday’s editorial in this newspaper referred to an identical situation in Schiefflin, Margibi County, very near Monrovia, where an unknown businessman came to the rescue of an elementary school where he found students seated either on the floor or on concrete blocks.   Out of his compassion, he showed up with 78 armchairs to help these impoverished students and their badly handicapped school.This leads us to wonder whether our suggestion that GOL equip all of its elementary and junior high schools  throughout the country with computers to bring them into the modern era is not too farfetched (unlikely, improbable), if GOL has difficulty providing as basic a thing as classroom chairs.And yet what can a newspaper do but remind the government of the challenges facing it in this modern era, especially in the education sector.  What the Chinese have done is constructively to help the GOL do what it must to strengthen the capacity of primary and secondary education.We hope that the new Education Minister, George Werner, is fully cognizant of the many challenges facing him as he attempts to clean up what President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf several years ago called the “mess” in Liberian Education.   Now the Chinese have upped the ante by introducing high-tech into the system, beginning first—and most appropriately so—with the teachers.   Once the teachers are equipped, for the first time, with this technology, it would be foolhardy for them to present it to their students in a purely theoretical fashion.  That would be counter-productive.  That is surely not the way to introduce modern technology.  The approach to teaching it must be hands-on and direct.Mr. Werner, if confirmed, will have to think seriously about how he can rais the funds to computerize Liberian primary and secondary classrooms, so that when the high-tech-savvy teachers arrive, they will find students   equally ready to receive the new instructions being offered.Minister Werner must first find high-tech professionals who can immediately scout all classrooms throughout the country and propose how they can be remodeled to accommodate high-tech instruction.   The Education Ministry would then have to liaise with the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO), the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and the GOL as a whole toward equipping the schools for this revolutionary new methodology.           Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more