Smooth sailing in virtual NFL draft as LSU talent steals the show

first_imgThe final rounds of the NFL Draft capped a smooth and generally glitch-free affair on Saturday, as the league pivoted to a virtual format for the first time ever due to the coronavirus, with coaches and prospects staying out of the spotlight and behind closed doors.Widely heralded quarterback and first pick Joe Burrow led a charge of 14 selections out of Louisiana State University, tying Ohio State’s 2004 record for the most players in a single draft class, as teams scrambled for a piece of the college championship-winning squad.As franchises were filling out their rosters in the final rounds of the quarterback-rich draft, questions lingered over when the professional football calendar would return to normal, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell maintaining that the upcoming season will move forward as scheduled. “Thankful to be a part of #BillsMafia,” the 21-year-old wrote on Twitter. “You can count on me staying humble and hungry.”The final day of the draft featured an early, high-profile trade that saw the Washington Redskins seven-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams go to the San Francisco 49ers for a fifth-round pick this year and a third round selection in 2021.But the LSU prospects were the biggest winners, with players ranging from the superstar Burrow to virtual unknown long snapper Blake Ferguson picked up after their undefeated season.”THE BEST THERE EVER WAS,” tweeted newly minted Super Bowl champion safety Tyrann Mathieu, who played at LSU.Originally intended as a kickoff party of sorts for the Las Vegas Raiders’ inaugural season, the event had been set to feature a flashy first-round presentation near the iconic Bellagio fountains in Sin City.Instead, Goodell opened the proceedings from his basement, opting for virtual hugs and high fives with newly signed players via brief livestreamed interactions.The diminished glamour of the event, however, did nothing to stunt the interest of sports-hungry fans, with a record-breaking average of more than 15.6 million viewers tuning in on Thursday for one of the rare few live sports events left on the calendar in the coronavirus era.Goodell said on Saturday that more than $100 million was raised through the event for COVID-19 relief.Topics : “What a unique and special three days,” Goodell said at the conclusion of the seventh round, having swapped a crisp opening night suit for a lockdown-friendly pair of khakis and a T-shirt.”With this draft we set out to celebrate football and provide an escape. We are proud to have shared this experience with a record number of our fans.”Three quarterbacks – Heisman Trophy-winning Burrow who went to the Cincinnati Bengals, University of Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon’s Justin Herbert – were among the first six selections for the first time since 1999.The three-day draft was not an easy ride for all of the year’s quarterback talent, however, with Georgia’s Jake Fromm slipping to the fifth round before eventually being selected by the Buffalo Bills, where he is expected to serve as backup to starter Josh Allen.last_img read more

PREMIUMJakarta looks to new partnership for solutions to air pollution

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Topics : #airpollution air-pollution Jakarta-air-pollution Jakarta-air-quality #Jakarta-air-pollution #Jakarta anies-baswedan #AniesBaswedan Google Linkedin Facebook With traffic, coal-fired power plants and ongoing construction projects continuing to pollute Jakarta’s air, the city administration is seeking new solutions to improve air quality through a recently launched partnership.Air quality experts from Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) recently studied the concentration of PM2.5, fine particulate matter that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, in air samples taken from three locations across Jakarta – Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, Kebon Jeruk and Lubang Buaya. The study aimed to determine more accurately the sources of air pollution in Jakarta.The study was conducted as part of a new partnership between the Jakarta administration, New York-based charitable foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies and global health organization Vital Strategies to enhance the availability and use of air quality data, formulate po…last_img read more

A 12 month plan is the way to go when selling a home for retirement

first_imgPlanning your retirement lifestyle is the key to a smooth transition.PLAN at least 12 months ahead if you are looking to downsize and move into a retirement village is the sound advice from a real estate agent in the know. Harcourts Pinnacle Aspley agent Marilyn Davies has a passion for helping elderly homeowners sell their home to move into a better lifestyle fit.With a background in retirement villages, having helped many people make the transition into a retirement village and set up the sales training division of a large retirement village chain, Ms Davies understands what her elderly clients are going through when it comes to make the move out of their family home.“I loved working in the retirement village and have a passion on focusing my real estate business in that direction,” Ms Davies said.“When looking at retirement villages a lot of people are very fearful and wondering if this is the end of the line for them, is this their last move?“Retirement villages aren’t nursing homes. A lot of people do think that so there’s a huge fear factor involved in that move and they feel they are leaving their independence behind.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“The reality is that in a retirement village they are buying lifestyle, independence, facilities and community with like minded people.” Harcouts Pinnacle Aspley real estate agent Marilyn Davies is passionate about helping elderly residents enjoy a great retirement.Ms Davies said it was wise to plan ahead and get ready to make the move while you were able to enjoy all of the facilities on offer and able to make the choices yourself.“The mistake a lot of people make is they leave it until it’s too late to deal with it well,” Ms Davies said.“You don’t want your family to have to pack you up and move you, it’s better to feel in control.”Ms Davies said it was advisable to secure a place in a retirement village and then put your house on the market not the other way around, with villages often giving their prospective residents three months to sell their homes.“In Brisbane you can often get a contract in the first week of a house being on the market, so it’s better to know where you want to move to before putting your house on the market.”Plan at least 12 months out before you are planning on moving. Get some advice on how to declutter your home and prepare it for sale for the best possible outcome and know where you might want to move to, is the advice from Ms Davies.last_img read more

PECO HELPS FRONTLINERS

first_imgPECO turned over its donation to both theWestern Visayas Medical Center (WVMC), which is the largest hospital in thecity, and the Western Visayas Sanitarium. Aware that PPE supplies are low in the countryright now, Cacho said if anyone would like to donate to frontline medicalworkers, “we would be happy to help connect them with our supplier so they canpurchase PPEs at the original price.” Medical workers at the Western Visaays Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City receive personal protective equipment from Panay Electric Co. Made from Tyvek material, the hazmat suitsprovide essential protection to frontliners and first responders fighting thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). ILOILO City – To help avert a larger publichealth crisis here, Panay Electric Co. (PECO) responded to calls for moresafety and health protection for healthcare frontliners and donatedmedical-grade personal protective equipment (PPEs) to major hospitals. “We really just want to help in this tryingtime. We need to work together and overcome this crisis as one,” Cachostressed. Cacho said PECO does not want the same tohappen to Iloilo. Additionally, 500 sets of face-covers and Kn95masks were supplied to reduce the risk of frontliners contracting the diseasefrom the potentially infected. “Iloilo’s health professionals and medicalexperts are putting themselves at risk for us, so it’s vital that we do what wecan to keep them safe,” said Cacho. “We want to thank those on the frontlinefor their bravery. People are understandably scared right now, so we hope thiswill help them feel more at ease.” “Given the gravity of the situation, weconsulted with the medical community so they could tell us what they need,”shared PECO head of Public Engagement and Government Affairs Marcelo Cacho. center_img He further added, “Being in a hazardousindustry ourselves, we understand how vital it is for our health frontliners tobe amply protected. We’ve always believed that they should have the best andright tools for the job.” The PPEs consist of 500 sets of hazmat suitssourced from US chemical and materials giant DuPont. In the spirit of bayanihan and to help donors overcome current shipping challenges,PECO will also help facilitate the shipments to Iloilo’s major hospitals. In the whole country, 17 doctors have passedaway due to COVID-19. They did not have enough protection, according thePhilippine Medical Association on Thursday. For donations, inquiries can be directed toadmin@panayelectric.com or PECO’s official Facebook page. One of the hazmat suits was urgently sent toIloilo Mission Hospital to enable doctors to perform surgery on a patient fromGuimbal, Iloilo, a town where there are three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Panay Electric Co. (PECO) Corporate Communications Officer Jon Mikel Afzelius delivers personal protective equipment to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City as part of PECO’s effort to help in the fight of the Ilonggos against the lingering COVID-19 crisis. Prospective donors may also call 333-PECO totake part in the relief effort./PNlast_img read more

Mourinho hails match-winner Torres

first_imgJose Mourinho hailed Fernando Torres after a Jekyll and Hyde performance delivered a 2-1 victory over Barclays Premier League title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. The Spain striker demonstrated his best and worst attributes and responded from missing a sitter to hit the crossbar and then net a 90th minute winner. In a pulsating contest which saw a stunning Sergio Aguero strike cancel out Andre Schurrle’s opener, set up by Torres, a rush of blood saw Joe Hart add to his recent catalogue of errors. Mourinho celebrated the goal and the extension of his unbeaten Premier League run at Stamford Bridge to 65 games by leaping into the crowd, where he finished the prior home match with Cardiff following his touchline dismissal. The Portuguese entered the section of support behind the away dugout, where his son has a season ticket. He said: “Chelsea is guilty because I want to buy a season ticket for my son and they give a season ticket for my son behind the opponents’ dugout. They have to give my kid tickets behind my dugout. “I promise that I went for him. But this is the drama of the last minute. “Last year I beat Man City in the last minute in Madrid, I slid on my knees, I destroyed my trousers. I lost in the last minute against Bayern Munich, somebody put a knife in my back. “This is emotion of the game. If they believe that my son is there, great. “If they don’t believe, I apologise if they feel that I did something wrong.” City boss Manuel Pellegrini was incensed and refused to shake hands with Mourinho at the final whistle. Mourinho had no complaints. “I don’t feel it is a lack of respect,” Mourinho said. “If he was sad because of the result. I understand. If he was sad thinking that I was doing something wrong by going to celebrate there, I accept that too. No problem.” Pellegrini said: “I didn’t shake hands. I didn’t want to shake hands.” The Chilean was left to rue the further loss of “stupid points” away from home after defeats at Cardiff and Aston Villa. He said: “We repeat the story. We had absolutely the control of the game, we played very, very well in the second half. “We didn’t have any problem with Chelsea but finally in the last minute we lost. “We are losing stupid points from the beginning. The three defeats that we have away we did not deserve one of them. “The reality is that we have. We have time to (respond). “I’m very happy with how the team is playing everywhere, at home or away. “Today in a very difficult stadium here against a great team we had the control and we did a very good game.” Pellegrini refused to openly discuss the errors which resulted in Torres’ winner, with Hart’s worrying list of mistakes growing. “I do it privately with the players,” added Pellegrini, who declined to answer questions specifically related to Hart. If Hart’s confidence is low, Mourinho felt Chelsea had a similar mental block with regards to City after studying every meeting between the sides in the 2012/13 season, including the post-season friendlies in St Louis and New York, in the build-up to Sunday’s match. Mourinho was overjoyed with the first half performance, in particular. “(Chelsea were) afraid to say ‘we want to win, we can win’,” Mourinho added. “We played very, very well. If we can play like this against Man City, why can’t we play like this in every match in the Premier League? That is the self-esteem we need. “We played fantastic against a fantastic team. And that’s not easy. We were better than them. And that’s not easy.” Torres exploited the mix-up between England stopper Hart and Matija Nastasic to score his first Premier League goal of the season and second of 2013 to seal a dramatic win. “The goal comes in a very intelligent action by Fernando,” Mourinho said. “(A) misunderstanding by Joe and Nastasic, but Fernando was very clever the way he believed. “Fantastic performance (by Torres) and even better because it was after an easy goal missed. That makes it even more valuable. “When a striker misses an easy early chance, many times he’s affected for the rest of the game. “It looks like that moment was the moment where Fernando thought ‘I will be the man of the match’. “He’s sharp, he’s powerful, the belief is high. We are happy for him, but we are all happy because it’s a very important victory against a team we couldn’t beat last year. “We played against them lots of times; even in friendlies we couldn’t beat them.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Shaiman Anwar, UAE Skipper Naveed Khan Provisionally Suspended By ICC For Corruption

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Shaiman Anwar, one of the most prominent players in the United Arab Emirates cricket team and skipper Naveed Khan, along with two other cricketers in the side have been provisionally suspended by the ICC over corruption charges. The charges are pertaining to fixing approaches and inability to inform the authorities during the series against Netherlands, Zimbabwe, ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 and the T10 League. In a detailed statement put out by the International Cricket Council, the world governing body highlighted the charges against the four UAE players. “The UAE players and a participant in cricket from Ajman have been charged with 13 counts of breaching cricket’s anti-corruption rules and the players have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect,” the ICC said in a statement.  Naveed, a 32-year-old fast bowler who has played 39 ODIs and 31 T20s, has been charged of breaching two ICC anti-corruption rules pertaining to the upcoming ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 and two Emirates Cricket Board Code for the T10 League. The first charge relate to “contriving, or being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches in the upcoming ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019”.The second breach was for “failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct in relation to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 that would amount to corrupt conduct under the Code”.  Qadeer Ahmed Khan has been charged with six breaches of the ICC Code pertaining principally to UAE’s series against Zimbabwe and Netherlands. His charges include “failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct that would amount to Corrupt Conduct under the Code in relation to the Zimbabwe v UAE series in April 2019” and “disclosing inside Information to Mehar Chhayakar in August 2019 in circumstances where he knew or should have known that the information might be used for betting purposes”.  Shaiman Anwar has been charged with the following two breaches of the ICC Code, which included  Breach of Article 2.1.1: contriving, or being party to an agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of matches in the upcoming ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019. Breach of Article 2.4.4: failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received to engage in conduct in relation to the ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 that would amount to corrupt conduct under the Code.Also Read | Indian Women Cricketer Approached For Match FixingShaiman shot to prominence in the 2015 World Cup when he became the first UAE player to score a century and it came in their clash against Ireland in Brisbane. He is also the first UAE player to score over 1000 runs in ODIs and he is the only UAE player to score a century in both ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, with the T20I century coming against Papua New Guinea in Abu Dhabi. He has represented the Edmonton Royals and the Winnipeg Hawks in the Global T20 League in Canada.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe league and the players’ union reached agreement on a plan last Friday, after all preseason games were canceled. Team facilities were shut down by Goodell in late March and only began reopening on a cautious basis this summer. Goodell stressed the need for adaptability on all levels, citing how a virtual draft was held in April. All 32 teams held remote offseason training sessions, too.The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment, something the NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLS have done. With Major League Baseball experiencing difficulties on its first weekend of play with a plan similar to the NFL’s, there is added anxiety about what Goodell’s league has planned.In other NFL news:— Minnesota Vikings vice president of sports medicine Eric Sugarman has tested positive for COVID-19. Sugarman is in charge of the organization’s virus prevention plan as the infection control officer. The team announced that Sugarman and his family tested positive over the weekend. The Vikings said they’ve tested all individuals who’d recently been in close contact with Sugarman. —New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed its four 2020 draft picks to four-year contracts. The signings were announced as rookies reported for training camp on Monday. New Orleans’ most recent draft class is headlined by first-round pick Cesar Ruiz. The Saints also drafted Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and Dayton tight end Adam Trautman in the third round. They took Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens in the seventh round. The Padres, who feel they’re built for success in this pandemic-shortened 60-game season, outscored the Diamondbacks 21-9 in the four games. San Diego hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning consecutive NL West titles in 2005-06. It hasn’t had a winning season since 2010.In other Monday night action:—Teoscar Hernández hit two of Toronto’s four solo homers off Aníbal Sánchez to account for all the Blue Jays’ scoring in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen also went deep for the Blue Jays. Toronto was without two key players. Closer Ken Giles went on the injured list Monday, and shortstop Bo Bichette was scratched from the lineup about 15 minutes before the first pitch with a tight left hamstring. Toronto improved to 2-2 and dropped the reigning World Series champions to 1-3. Washington got 11 hits but left 10 runners on base.—Hunter Renfroe homered twice and Tampa Bay pitchers set a team nine-inning record with 19 strikeouts in the Rays’ 14-5 romp over the Atlanta Braves. Tyler Glasnow struck out nine and allowed one hit over four innings in first start after missing part of summer camp with the Rays after testing positive for the coronavirus. MARLINS-VIRUS Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-DIAMONDBACKS-PADRESTatis Jr., Grisham power Padres to 6-2 win vs. DiamondbacksSAN DIEGO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. raced around the bases on a three-run triple that highlighted a five-run rally and Trent Grisham hit his first home run for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 Monday to take three of four games in their opening series. Irving commits $1.5 million for WNBA players skipping seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is committing $1.5 million to supplement the income of WNBA players who choose not to play this season. That can be because of coronavirus concerns or social justice reasons.The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched today. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS.The WNBA season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. To be eligible for Irving’s program, WNBA players must give insight into their decisions and not be receiving salaries from any other entity.In other virus-related sports developments: In other MLB news:—The series opener between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain. The teams will make up the game as part of a traditional doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 3:40 p.m. Before the game was postponed, the White Sox announced that manager Rick Renteria will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests. — Two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) could be done for the season. He is headed to the injured list after just one inning in his debut as a Texas Rangers starter. Kluber has a tear in a small muscle in his right shoulder and is not expected to make another start this season — if he pitches at all. — Utility player Josh Harrison has signed a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals added the 33-year-old Harrison to their 30-man active roster Monday. To make room, catcher Raudy Read was optioned to Washington’s alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia. —The Colorado Rockies say left-handed pitcher Tim Collins has opted out of the 2020 season. Collins is the second player in the organization who has withdrawn. In late June, Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond announced he wouldn’t play this season, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. July 27, 2020 At least 3 MLB games postponed amid Marlins’ virus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — More than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia, disrupting Major League Baseball’s schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season. Miami’s home opener against Baltimore was postponed as was Tuesday’s finale of the two-game series at Marlins Park. Also postponed was the Yankees’ series opener Monday at Philadelphia, where New York would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend.Nine Marlins players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive.The Yankees are staying in Philadelphia and have their own clubhouse staff with the team there. The Marlins postponed their flight home Sunday night after their series finale against the Phillies.The Orioles are scheduled to host the Marlins in a two-game series starting Wednesday.center_img VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-GOODELL LETTERGoodell sends letter to NFL fans explaining plans for seasonNEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell noted Monday how COVID-19 has “turned the world upside down.”He wrote that “COVID-19 will continue to present a major challenge to nearly every area of American life. Football is no exception,” VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL reports zero positivesUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp. — The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. — The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.— The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYEx-UCLA coach pleads guilty to accepting $200K in bribes Update on the latest sports — Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. — The Buffalo Bills have released receiver Ray-Ray McCloud and offensive lineman Garrett McGhin a day before players were set to report for the start of training camp. The moves on Monday trim Buffalo’s roster to 86, with teams required to have a maximum 80 players by Aug. 16. —Washington has put quarterback Alex Smith on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp. Smith’s right leg has recovered 20 months after he broke the fibula and tibia in it during a game. But the 36-year-old veteran hasn’t been fully cleared for practices and full football activity. — The Tennessee Titans now have only their first-round draft pick left unsigned after agreeing to terms with cornerback Kristian Fulton. The Titans announced the deal with their second-round selection Monday night. The No. 61 pick overall, Fulton started two seasons at LSU and helped the Tigers win a national title last season. . That leaves only offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, the No. 29 pick overall, left unsigned out of Tennessee’s six-man draft class. IRVING-WNBA SALARIES UNDATED (AP) — A former University of California, Los Angeles men’s soccer coach pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $200,000 in bribes to help two students get into the school as recruits. Jorge Salcedo, 47, admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme involving TV celebrities, other wealthy parents and elite universities across the country. Salcedo was paid $100,000 to help California couple Bruce and Davina Isackson get their daughter into UCLA as a bogus soccer recruit, prosecutors said. The Isacksons have also pleaded guilty and have been cooperating with authorities in the hope of getting a lighter sentence.last_img read more

New campus center opens to positive reviews

first_imgAs the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center finishes construction, students and faculty members who have been in the building over the summer say that the new facility will undoubtedly be the heart of campus life this fall.Look up – The new Ronald Tutor Campus Center features a new food court and study rooms, as well as offices for student organizations. – ames Watson | Daily TrojanThe campus center does not officially open its doors until its grand opening on Aug. 26, but most of the center has been accessible during the latter half of the summer.“We waited two years to see it and it finally opened. People are pretty excited,” said Patty Trinidad, a staff member at the Viterbi School for Engineering.Student organizations have begun moving into their new spaces in the campus center and visitors can now view the expansive Trojan Family Room or eat at the open restaurants in the food court, including California Pizza Kitchen, Panda Express, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Carl’s Jr. and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.The outdoor patio provides additional seating for restaurant goers, which has received positive reviews from visitors to the campus center. The patio also connects the campus center to the newly renovated Student Union building.“There’s more seating out here … You definitely have more options,” Trinidad said. “It’s just nice to have something besides The Lot to eat at.”Despite the additional patio area, many have noted that the campus center is already getting busy. Alison Griffin, a junior majoring in psychology, said there are already lines in the food court, which could pose an even bigger problem when more students return to campus.“On a busy day, in the middle of the day, I know that it’s going to be crowded,” Griffin said.For students like Michael Soh, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, the lines are already long enough to deter them from visiting during the day, when traffic on campus is at its peak.“My friends and I get together to go at like 10 or something, when there are less people around,” Soh said.Dawan Robinson, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, said he believes the campus center is a vast improvement from Commons.Commons, an older version of the student center that had a food court, mail stop and other department offices, was torn down two years ago to begin construction on the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center.“When I think about Commons, it was dirty. The lines went from Commons to the shops. It was not a place to be,” Robinson said. “I feel like because there’s so much sitting space people are going to sit outside more here.”Robinson said he believes the new campus center won’t just be a place to grab a bite to eat, but will also serve its purpose as an area for students to study and gather on campus.“The study room is going to be open till 2 a.m. … That’s really nice because it’s in the center of campus. I feel comfortable here,” Robinson said.Brent Stephenson, an alumnus from the class of 2003, said the campus center creates a place where students, faculty and visitors can socialize and interact.“The outdoor seating is nice, the natural light and the green building there. The food court, I’m very envious,” Stephenson said.  “It’s really much more of a hub.”last_img read more

Liverpool draw Jurgen Klopp’s old club Borussia Dortmund in Europa League quarter-finals

first_imgLiverpool have been drawn against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League last eight – a match that hands manager Jurgen Klopp a return to the club where he made his name.The first leg against the Bundesliga’s second-placed side is in Germany on April 7 with the return leg at Anfield a week later.Klopp spent seven years as Dortmund manager between 2008-2015, but departed last summer with a fine record having won Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 and losing the 2013 Champions League final to Bayern Munich.Klopp feels Dortmund are the strongest team left in the tournament, admitting that he would rather have landed them in the final in Basel.”Why should I want the strongest team in the tournament in the next round?,” he said after Liverpool’s win over Manchester United in the last 16.”I’m not so silly. But if we go there then we try to win. Liverpool will hope for a better outcome in the first leg than fellow Premier League side Tottenham, who lost 3-0 at Signal Iduna Park before going 2-1 in London for a 5-1 aggregate defeat.But they will be bouyed by their 3-1 aggregate success against United that keeps them on course to win the old UEFA Cup competition for a fourth time having lifted it in 1973, 1976 and 2001.In the pick of the other ties in the last eight, Athletic Bilbao meet Sevilla in all-Spanish duel. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more