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Sep
17

Chukwueze Attracts Premiership Interest

first_imgSamuel Chukwueze Chukwueze made his debut for the Super Eagles in a friendly match against Uganda last month.Both Arsenal and Leicester have Nigerian internationals on their books with Alex Iwobi plying his trade for the Gunners. The Foxes boast Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi in their ranks.Earlier this month, rumors linking Chukwueze with a move to Atletico Madrid was dismissed by newly appointed coach of the Yellow Submarines, ‎Luis Garcia.Chukwueze who is rated as the most sought after teen footballer in Europe is reported to be on the priority list of the Spanish giants if they succeed in moving on their forward Vitolo in the January transfer window.The news sources from Spanish media reported a fee in the region of €40m has been proposed by the Rojiblancos with Chukwueze yet to agree fresh terms at Villarreal.Responding to the rumors, Garcia who once decribed the 19-year old Nigerian as  a jewel ruled out the possibility of Chukwueze leaving the club for a fee in the region of what was reported last week.His response will no doubt calm the nerves of fans of the club who were already weighing up the prospect of the forward who has five goals in all competitions leaving the team at a time when he appears to have cement his spot in the first team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian international Samuel Chukwueze is attracting interests from the English Premier League.According to the Leicester Mercury, both Arsenal and Leicester City are keen on landing the Villarreal attacker in the January transfer window. Atletico Madrid has also expressed interest in the winger.Chukwueze has scored four goals in 13 matches across all competitions for the Spanish club this season, after breaking into the first team following an impressive string of performances in the Segunda division.The 19-year-old won the 2015 Under-17 World Cup with Nigeria, earning a move to the Spanish LaLiga club from Nigeria’s Diamond Academy in the aftermath.last_img read more

Sep
17

Panel discusses mental health education

first_imgThe USC Gould School of Law and the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics hosted a panel on Wednesday to discuss mental health in college for the Institute’s Fall lecture, “In Real Life and as Seen on TV: Stories of Mental Health on Campus.”In character · Actor Eric McCormack, of the television show Perception, spoke about his experiences portraying a doctor with a mental illness. – Jessica Magana | Daily TrojanPanel members included Jessie Close, a mental health activist; actor Eric McCormack, who plays a neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia in the television show Perception; Gould School of Law professor Elyn Saks and Gould student Sam Brown.Close and Brown, who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and Saks, who lives with schizophrenia, shared their personal experiences with their diseases, ranging from their first hospitalizations to how the disease has affected their relationships.Though McCormack does not battle a mental illness, he spoke about what he has learned from playing a character that struggles with his disease and does not take medication. McCormack said that playing the role of Dr. Pierce made him more aware of the problem that the stigma of mental illness causes in our society.When McCormack landed the role of Dr. Pierce, he read Saks’ autobiography, and then sought her out to learn more about what life is like living with schizophrenia.“The stigma of mental illness is a result of ignorance,” he said. “People fear and despise what they don’t understand, and the media only discusses mental illness after a mass shooting, which only increases the fear.”Panelists spoke about the idea that college is a crucial time for those who are struggling with mental illness. Symptoms of mental illness might first appear due to the stress and pressures that can come with college. For this reason, Saks said it is imperative to raise awareness of these symptoms.“We do sex education, driver education. Why don’t we do mental [health] education so we know what the signs and symptoms are?” Saks said. She went on to share that she experienced some of her worst schizophrenic episodes while she was at Oxford University and Yale Law School.Brown, now a third year law student, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was 18, soon before he was supposed to move from Chicago to Los Angeles to attend his freshman year at UCLA. Once at UCLA, Brown said he felt strong support from his community.During Brown’s third year at UCLA, he experienced his second psychotic break, and it was his fraternity brothers who brought him to the hospital. It was this sense of community that was essential for him to have a successful college experience.Close, who said she did not come to terms with her illness until she was about 50-years-old, did not have as stable a support system during her college years. She spoke about dropping out of high school, and later going to community college and then American University despite doubts from her family that she would succeed.“If you live with mental illness, take care of yourself, keep pushing, stay in school and don’t give up,” Close said. “You have to try, try, try again.”Despite Brown and Close’s different experiences confronting bipolar disorder, both said they have felt the stigma associated with mental illness. For Brown, this moment came after his second hospitalization when he was not asked back as an employee at a summer camp.“It was then I realized that being tight-lipped about being bipolar wasn’t the worst,” he said.Saks also spoke about the self-stigma associated with mental illness, which is something that she struggles with herself. She and McCormack agreed that teaching empathy is important in erasing the stigma attached to mental illness.“It’s hard to teach empathy, but we’re in a good place to do that when everyone is here for higher learning and higher understanding,” McCormack said.last_img read more

Sep
16

Trojans go to big leagues

first_imgGreat news struck the USC Baseball team on the second and third day of the 2018 MLB Draft when juniors Solomon Bates, Lars Nootbaar and Dillon Paulson were drafted. Bates and Nootbaar were called in the eighth round, while Paulson went in the 13th round. As the No. 226 overall draft pick, Solomon Bates went to the San Francisco Giants. Coming from Victorville, Calif., Bates sat out his freshman season and started twice as a sophomore, throwing 36 total innings. Halfway through this past season, Bates moved into the starting rotation from the bullpen and defined himself as their go-to Sunday starter, ending the season with a 3.14 ERA and 79 strikeouts. He was a crucial leader in their win over No. 2 Oregon State at the end of the season, pitching seven shutout innings. Lars Nootbar will Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanLars Nootbaar was drafted No. 243 by the St. Louis Cardinals. Hailing from El Segundo, Calif., Nootbaar played 33 games and started in 29 of those as a true freshman. He started in 54 games during his sophomore season, accumulating seven home runs and 33 runs and finishing as an All Pac-12 Honoree. He ended with 34 RBI, the second-best on the team. As a junior, Nootbaar continued to lead the team at first base and in all three outfield positions. This diverse player finished his collegiate career with a total of 14 home runs and 74 RBI in three years. He is the second player from USC to be selected by the Cardinals in the last three years, following the footsteps of Jeremy Martinez in 2016. Dillon Paulson will stay in Los Angeles as the No. 404 pick by the Dodgers. From Encinitas, Calif., he played the majority of his 40 games as a freshman at first base. Paulson remained consistent, appearing in 41 games as a sophomore. As a junior, he ended with 10 home runs, 41 RBI and a .993 fielding percentage. This first baseman also scored a team high 35 runs this past season, bringing his total runs scored to 55 in three years. Along with Bates, he received All Pac-12 Honorable Mentions for the 2018 season. With the addition of these three men, 333 MLB draft picks have now come from the USC baseball program. The Trojans also hold the college baseball record for the most players to compete in the MLB with 111 players. These juniors will continue to represent USC as they look to find success in the major leagues.last_img read more

Sep
16

Syracuse goes undefeated in Theresa Humes Invitational

first_img Published on December 31, 2018 at 11:53 am Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ Entering Winter Break on an eight-game losing streak, Syracuse was searching for any way to get its mojo back. “Losing sucks,” senior captain Allie Munroe said in early-December. “We learned that (during the losing streak) … We can’t let up now.”At the Theresa Humes Invitational in Montreal, the Orange may have found what they were looking for.Though the exhibition games don’t count for SU’s overall record, Syracuse (4-14-1, 4-3 College Hockey America) won all three games in Canada, outscoring its opponents 17 to three. In past years, the Orange wouldn’t play all through break, so they scheduled this tournament to avoid taking a month off. “We’re making this a hockey, educational and cultural three-day trip,” Flanagan said in 2018. “We’ve got a long winter break, and these exhibition games will hopefully get us back in shape before we hit the game against RPI and get back into conference play.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn their previous eight games, the Orange had scored 13 goals. The three-day, 17-point offensive outburst in the exhibition games may be what Syracuse needs heading into conference play, which starts Jan. 11. In SU’s first game, a 4-2 win over Nipissing University, Emma Polaski, Kelli Rowswell, Lindsay Eastwood and Abby Moloughney scored. In the second game, Syracuse capitalized on junior Anonda Hoppner’s hat trick to blow out St. Francis Xavier University 7-0. Jessica DiGirolamo, Logan Hicks, Moloughney and Rowswell also found the net. Syracuse continued its dominance in the third and final contest of the tournament, defeating Concordia University 6-1. Polaski and sophomore forward Victoria Klimek each scored twice, with Moloughney and Hicks also supplying goals. Ady Cohen, who hadn’t played since Oct. 26, started in net in the team’s last two games. She recorded 52 saves and allowed one goal in two exhibitions.In the College Hockey America conference, all six teams make the end-of-season tournament, and seeding is based on conference record. Despite its eight-game losing streak, Syracuse sits in third place heading into CHA play, with 13 of its final 15 games coming against in-conference foes. Syracuse’s next game is on Jan. 8 against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 4 p.m. Commentslast_img read more

Sep
9

2017 Munster GAA fixture plan published

first_imgTipperary will begin their defence of the provincial senior hurling title against Cork at Semple Stadium on Sunday May 21st – the match throws-in at 4 o’clock.If Michael Ryan’s side win then they’ll go on to play Waterford on June 18th.The county’s senior footballers – who’ve got a bye into the provincial semi-finals – will face Cork or Waterford in the last four on the weekend of June 10th/11th. Full details of the provincial fixtures can be found at http://munster.gaa.ie/2016/11/24/2017-munster-gaa-master-fixture-schedule/last_img read more

Aug
28

Fifa officials ‘corrupted’ football – US officials

first_imgOfficials from football’s world governing body Fifa took bribes totalling hundreds of millions of dollars over more than 20 years to allocate tournaments and rig elections, US law enforcement officials say.Prosecutors said they had discovered a dozen schemes, including one awarding the 2010 World Cup to South Africa.Fourteen people are under indictment.Fifa president Sepp Blatter is not among them. Fifa intends to go ahead with a planned election on Friday.US Attorney General Loretta Lynch was giving details of the US investigation into football’s governing body.Seven of the 14 sports officials were arrested in Switzerland on Thursday morning. They are accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.”This really is the World Cup of fraud and today we are issuing Fifa a red card,” said Richard Weber, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).Fifa executives “used their positions to solicit bribes,” said Ms Lynch. “They did this over and over, year after year, tournament after tournament.””They corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves,”One of those indicted, former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, took $10 million in bribes from the South African government over the 2010 World Cup, the indictment alleged. When details of the indictment first emerged, Mr Warner said he was innocent and said “the actions of Fifa no longer concern me”.The Swiss have also opened a separate investigation into the bidding process for the World Cup tournaments in 2018 in Russia and 2022 in Qatar.Swiss police said they would question 10 Fifa executive committee members who participated in the votes that selected the two countries.This is the “beginning, not the end, of the investigation”, Acting US Attorney Kelly Currie said. Fifa earlier said it welcomed the process and said the vote to elect its next president would go ahead on Friday.last_img read more

Aug
26

Today’s Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Starting pitchers for Friday

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNIn addition to the handful of top pitchers, there are several solid lower-priced sleepers/streamers. Jordan Lyles (vs. Giants) has likely overachieved this season, but his matchup on paper can’t be beat. Miami’s Caleb Smith (vs. Nationals) doesn’t have a great matchup, but the young lefty looks to be on his way to a true breakout this year and has among the highest strikeout upside on the slate. Anibal Sanchez (@ Marlins) and CC Sabathia (vs. Royals) also should pay off at their middling price tags, though taking pitchers in Yankee Stadium is always a risk. Vincent Velasquez (@ Rockies) also makes for an interesting flier, as the Rockies have really struggled vs. righties this year. Of course, they’ve mostly played on the road and just got back lefties David Dahl and Ryan McMahon (who hit two homers last night), so this feels like a classic early-season situation where the numbers are lying  We’re scheduled to have a full day of MLB action on Friday, though one matchup will get underway in the afternoon (Diamondbacks-Cubs). There are several rain threats (Twins-Orioles, Braves-Indians, Giants-Pirates, Royals-Yankees, and White Sox-Tigers), so make sure to check the weather reports before locking in any fantasy baseball lineups, be them DFS or season-long. This will be especially important in DFS contests, as three of the top four hurlers in today’s pitcher rankings are in one of those five games. (Update, Twins-Orioles and Braves-Indians have already been postponed.) Carlos Rodon (@ Tigers) gets the other side of that coin, as the Tigers have the third-lowest BB percentage against lefties.He’s due to finally give up a homer soon, but the rest of the peripherals are in his favor. Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings: Friday, April 19RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)1Jose BerriosTwins@ OriolesN/A81 (23rd)2Justin VerlanderAstros@ RangersN/A114 (7th)3Corey KluberIndiansvs. BravesN/A101 (T-17th)4Madison BumgarnerGiants@ Pirates49 (30th)NA5Marco GonzalesMariners@ Angels52 (29th)N/A6Marcus StromanBlue Jays@ A’sN/A101 (T-17th)7Carlos RodonWhite Sox@ Tigers74 (T-22nd)N/A8Touki ToussaintBraves@ IndiansN/A60 (27th)9Jordan LylesPiratesvs. GiantsN/A55 (29th)10Caleb SmithMarlinsvs. Nationals145 (4th)N/A11German MarquezRockiesvs. PhilliesN/A110 (10th)12Anibal SanchezNationals@ MarlinsN/A65 (26th)13CC SabathiaYankeesvs. Royals78 (20th)N/A14Ross StriplingDodgers@ BrewersN/A105 (14th)15Kyle HendricksCubsvs. D-backsN/A96 (19th)16Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox@ Rays101 (T-13th)N/A17Merrill KellyD-backs@ CubsN/A118 (T-4th)18Matt StrahmPadresvs. Reds122 (9th)N/A19Adam WainwrightCardinalsvs. MetsN/A104 (15th)20Jordan ZimmermannTigersvs. White SoxN/A109 (11th)21Anthony DeSclafaniReds@ PadresN/A82 (22nd)22Alex CobbOriolesvs. TwinsN/A111 (9th)23Aaron BrooksA’svs. Blue JaysN/A83 (21st)24Vince VelasquezPhillies@ RockiesN/A44 (30th)25Jakob JunisRoyals@ YankeesN/A118 (T-4th)26Jhoulys ChacinBrewersvs. Dodgers117 (10th)131 (1st)27Felix PenaAngelsvs. MarinersN/A125 (T-2nd)28Drew SmylyRangersvs. Astros154 (3rd)N/A29Jason VargasMets@ Cardinals74 (T-22nd)N/A30Ryne Stanek (O)Raysvs. Red SoxN/A76 (24th)wRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here.last_img read more

May
14

Roger and Gerard, duel for the national pichichi in La Cerámica

first_imgVillarreal striker was up to nine consecutive days without scoring in the League, eleven counting the games he lost due to injury in early 2020. Athletic, Mallorca, Celta, Valencia, Atlético de Madrid, Sevilla, Getafe, Real Sociedad and Osasuna, in addition to Espanyol and Alavés when he was injured, were the matches in the that he could not celebrate so much.The battering ram, meanwhile, went through a bad run in January, with three games in a row without seeing goal. The ‘9’ of Levante ended 2019 with a double hit against Celta and premiered the new year with a goal in the Wanda Metropolitano. But since then he had not reconnected with the goal, until the visit of Javier Aguirre to Orriols. Alaves, Osasuna and Barcelona, ​​the three rivals to which he did not score any goals.In this way, the two will return to measure forces in a direct duel as they did in the first round. In that match, on the second day of the championship, Gerard advanced to Villarreal in the Ciutat de València three minutes after the crash. However, Roger, who had entered minutes before replacing Sergio León, traced the match from the penalty spot. In a duel where the maximum penalty was one of the main protagonists of the plot. Andrés Fernández stopped the launch from the eleven meters in the first instance to Morales, but the VAR sent him to repeat when he understood that the goalkeeper came forward. There arose Roger’s option, which he did not forgive. After a few days of drought, the two returned to see goal last weekend to give points to their respective teams with their goals. The one of Torrent marked the one of the sentence in front of the Leganés in the Ciutat de València; while the Catalan converted the goal that supposed the tie against Valladolid in the José Zorrilla. Levante and Villarreal have among their ranks two of the largest national predators of LaLiga: Roger Martí and Gerard Moreno. With nineteen goals, respectively, and with more than half of the championship played, both are in a privileged position to fight to be the top Spanish scorer of the championship. The two will measure their strength on Saturday at the Ceramics Stadium with only a little difference between the two. Roger, with nine goals, finished the first lap as a national pichichi for the first time in his career. Moreno, along with Lucas Pérez, Loren and Ángel, followed him in the wake with eight. Only Messi, Benzema and Luis Suarez scored more than the ‘Gunman’ in the first 19 championship games. With four games of the second round played, both have signed just one goal.last_img read more

Jan
17

“Thiefing” is indeed the culture of some in our midst

first_imgDear Editor,Just when we thought we were about getting over that disgraceful hurdle of our fire fighters stealing items from a downed aircraft, we are now in for another shocker in our Policemen stealing model planes from an International Aviation air-show meeting held here recently.There seems to be no end to this barefaced, shameless, conduct of our “Disciplined” Services. It is beyond comprehension what these guys have done and I am registering my sternest rebuke to their actions with the firm view that strict disciplinary action is taken. My recommendation is that these guys be dismissed from their post as officers in the service as well as have them serve some jail time. This nonsense has to stop and this is the only way we can send that message.Guyana has to purge itself of this scourge and this has to be done now, not sometime in the future. For too long we have been plagued by these instances of theft and rampant corruption in the Guyana Police Force. No wonder the public has lost confidence in the Disciplined Services. To think those who swore to protect and serve us are the ones doing these dastardly things is enough to send you over the edge. Again, I say this nonsense has to stop, now!Now I love to delve back into history sometimes because the information gleaned, gives you a solid background and a clear picture as to the real cause for the course of action taken by some in our midst. Having said that, I reference you back to one of the programmes formulated by the People’s National Congress (PNC) Government called “Self Help Projects”. These projects were placed under the direct supervision of known party hacks and their corrupt associates which made it a recipe for disaster right from the very start.Burnham’s “Self Help Projects” rebranded “help yourself projects” became a bastion for thievery and corruption and a place for every greed and avarice you can imagine. Building materials meant for those purposes saw wholesale removal in broad daylight with no one being brought to justice for such barefaced thievery. Further to our misery, those who dared to question their actions were met with humiliating punishments such as branding them thieves and saboteurs.To think of it, the corrupt ones were calling the opposers to their corrupt actions “thieves.” Incidentally, that very same word “saboteur” was used by Minister Harmon to defend the corrupt actions of his very own PNC hacks in some of these Neighbourhood Councils. Very revealing how history repeats itself.I painstakingly took the time to go through the rudiments of these “Self Help Projects” and how it worked to give you a clear understanding as to the reasons behind present day behaviour of some in society, including lawmen. Some in society today are still mired in that gene pool of corrupt mentality, and once you are of that mode of thinking, things the likes of fire fighters, even coming out of their vacation to “help themselves,” would be the order of the day.My point is if stern action is not taken now, that is firm, decisive, corrective action (not token words like we are going to do something about these guys or any such generalities. I am talking about firm action oriented measures, otherwise we are going to suffer further shame down the road once this mode of thinking prevails.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Jan
17

Detriment of GECOM

first_imgDear Editor,Stan Lee in his prophetic self has foreseen the events in Guyana and described them in his character Thanos in the movie, Avengers: Infinity War.Thanos is a direct fictional representation of the GECOM Chairman, James Patterson. The six infinity stones represent the six GECOM Commissioners and the Infinity Gauntlet is GECOM as an entity.We see Thanos adopting a young child after her planet was ravaged. This is a brilliant use of analogy by Stan Lee as the child represents the young Guyanese Constitution born of conflict in Guyana’s past.In his quest for complete control, Thanos has to sacrifice the child, ie the Constitution. Stan, again, by his use of circular poetic plots, allows Red Skull to meet Thanos and convey unto him the message that to get the stone, he has to sacrifice the thing he loves most. Red Skull is a glaring parallel of the Leader of the Opposition, who is both bald and red-aligned. The GECOM Chairman then sacrifices the Constitution.In the final showdown at Wakanda, this is a direct metaphor for High and Cowan Streets which have seen a lot of protests.Thanos then clicks his fingers and wipes out half of the universe, also causing damage to the Infinity Gauntlet. This scene is the equivalent to the Chairman of GECOM wanting to remove half of the list (probably by random) but at the detriment to GECOM.Stan Lee did not forget the international committee and Caricom in this his masterpiece on Guyanese politics, this community is represented by the DC Universe, they are all silent, not acknowledged and probably does not exist.Yours truly,Shan Singhlast_img read more