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Town Councillor Held Hostage by the FARC Is Freed in Colombia

first_img Town councillor Marcos Baquero, the first of five hostages the FARC has offered to turn over this week in Colombia, was freed on 9 February, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is in charge of the operation, announced. “The ICRC confirms the release of town councillor Marcos Baquero, who was turned over to the humanitarian committee,” ICRC spokesperson María Cristina Rivera told the press at the airport in Villavicencio (95 km south of Bogotá), where his family is awaiting him. “At this time, the helicopter made available by the government of Brazil and duly identified with the emblems of the Red Cross is transporting Baquero to Villavicencio, where he will be reunited with his family after one year and seven months of separation,” she added. The ICRC specified that Baquero was turned over to the humanitarian delegation, made up of former senator Piedad Córdoba, two ICRC delegates, and a representative of the collective Colombian Men and Women for Peace, in a rural area of the department of El Meta, in central Colombia. In a series of operations, the FARC is expected to release Marine Henry López and town councilor Armando Acuña in Florencia (in southern Colombia) on 11 February and Police Maj. Guillermo Solórzano and Army Cpl. Salín Sanmiguel in Ibagué (in central Colombia) on 13 February. The five were kidnapped by the FARC on various occasions between 2007 and 2010. By Dialogo February 11, 2011last_img read more

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New eras for Australia, New Zealand as test rugby returns

first_imgFoster’s first team was largely predictable but he named three uncapped players – winger Caleb Clarke, loose forward Hoskins Sotutu and lock Tupou Vaa’i on the bench for the clash at Wellington Regional Stadium.”It shows we’ve got faith in our squad,” Foster told reporters. “We know this is a year we’re going to need that.”Rennie named four debutants with winger Filipo Daugunu, centre Hunter Paisami and loose forward Harry Wilson all starting while flyhalf Noah Lolesio is on the bench.At the other end of the spectrum, captain Michael Hooper will become the 12th player to win 100 test caps for Australia. Trans-Tasman rugby will enter a new era on Sunday as New Zealand host Australia in their Bledisloe Cup match, which is also the first test to be played since the novel coronavirus shutdown in March.The match, however, will not only be played in the shadow of the coronavirus but also of an ugly row between Rugby New Zealand and Rugby Australia over the future of Super Rugby and scheduling for 2020 Rugby Championship matches.On the field, both All Blacks coach Ian Foster and Wallabies counterpart Dave Rennie have brought in a raft of new faces for their first games in charge as they look to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. While both counties were able to organise domestic Super Rugby competitions it is likely there will be some rustiness, with neither having played since last year’s World Cup in Japan.Rennie said the coronavirus had meant his major coaching challenge had been embedding game plans as they dealt with limited preparation time, most of it in bio-secure facilities in Christchurch, and working on their defence.”The ability of the All Blacks is to score in a heartbeat, or score twice in five minutes,” Rennie said.”You’re going to have to defend really well, and you’re going to have to defend for long passages and we’ll need to be really aggressive.”Topics :last_img read more

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An 1918 cottage has be restored to its former glory

first_img11 Bardsley Ave, Greenslopes“They stuck old newspapers in the walls to insulate back then,” Mrs Stephensen said.With her husband’s building business booming, they have made the difficult decision to find a larger property to suit their needs.The home will be auctioned on-site on Friday, February 2, at 7pm.It is listed through Juliet Brooks and Lauren McHutchison, of Ray White – Moorooka. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 11 Bardsley Ave, GreenslopesThe renovation slowly transformed the home in a way that added and expanded on everything it already had, while still retaining its character.Polished timber floorings and a renovated bathroom were just some of the eye-catching additions that lifted the home out of the World War I era it was built in.The most notable change was when the house was raised, which expanded the floorspace by adding an extra storey.The lower level includes three extra bedrooms, a laundry and its own living area.During the renovation they uncovered a few unexpected things from the home’s extensive history. Nicole and Shane Stephensen at their Greenslopes home which will be auctioned on February 2. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson.When Nicole Stephensen picked up an old Queenslander at 11 Bardsley Ave on a corner at Greenslopes in 2005, she did not think all that much of it.The house was functional, but very old, and she was more interested in its location than anything else.It was two bedrooms, which was more than enough room for her, and with its proximity to Stones Corner and the city, she could look past its age.It was not until she met her husband, Shane, that she became open to the idea of doing something more with her ageing 1918 home.“The person with the vision is definitely Shane,” she said.“I thought of it as a cute two-bedroom cottage and he saw it as this potentially amazing palace on the corner.”last_img read more

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Gold Coast properties fetch multimillion-dollar prices in off-market deals

first_img The Surfers Paradise property fetched $4 million. It sold to New Zealand buyers.Ray White Prestige agent Jackson Paradise, who inked the deal, said the New Zealand buyers planned to move across the ditch. “I showed them around a few properties but they fell in love with this one because of its 1108sq m block, which is very rare being so close to the city,” he said. “There’s not many houses as high quality in Surfers Paradise on large land, that’s what makes it so rare and why it was snapped up so quickly.” The house had a stylish renovation.The five-bedroom property at 3 Inga Ave featured modern, light-filled interiors and a large backyard with a covered entertainment zone, pool and pontoon. The vendors sold the property to build a brand-new home for their family locally. Mr Paradise said he had plenty of high-end buyers who were seeking luxury properties, with not enough stock to meet demand. “If it did go to market it would have had a huge amount of inspections and inquiries and there are a few people who are upset it sold prior,” he said. “I have leftover clients looking at this level of home. “The high-end market is going from strength to strength with more and more inquiry from interstate purchasers. “If you are considering putting your house on the market, I’d do it before Christmas because there’s a lot of activity at the moment.” A block of units at 115 Minnie St, Southport, fetched $6.6 million.It was Mr Paradise’s second off-market deal for the week with a block of 15 units in Southport selling for $6.6 million. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe brand-new apartment block at 115 Minnie St is believed to have been purchased by a government department.Mr Jackson declined to comment about the sale or the purchaser. The sales form part of a string of seven-figure deals penned recently. A Sorrento home at 18 Binda Place sold for $3.5 million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 A Surfers Paradise house at 3 Inga Ave has sold off market for an eye-watering price.A SURFERS Paradise house has been snapped up in a multimillion-dollar deal before it even hit the market. The renovated coastal-style home sold to international buyers in a $4 million off-market sale. MORE NEWS: Why this mansion sets a benchmark MORE NEWS: Shakespearean castle with a modern twist center_img One of the latest is a Mediterranean-inspired residence at 18 Binda Place, Sorrento, which changed hands for $3.5 million. Michael Kollosche and Josh Longhitano marketed the five-bedroom house. It was listed with a $3.75 million asking price. Mr Longhitano said a Sydney couple looking to move back to the Gold Coast after a few years interstate loved the style, character and resort-style feel of the property. There have been 15 sales above the million-dollar mark since the start of the month, according to data.last_img read more

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Giggs, Scholes and instant noodles: Vietnam takes pot-shot at World Cup

first_img Read Also: Euro 2020 sponsors less than green Fans across the country spill onto the streets in the wake of Vietnam’s successes, and celebrations would be frenzied if they manage to qualify for a World Cup. Defender Tran Hoang Phuc, who comes from a poor family in Ho Chi Minh City, joined PVF in 2012 when he was 11, dreaming of emulating his idol, Arsenal defender David Luiz. “I will try my best to play for the national team and hopefully to play at the world’s biggest tournament, the World Cup,” Phuc, who has been called up to Vietnam’s U19s, told AFP. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The PVF academy has state-of-the-art equipment The academy is complete with manicured pitches and ultra-modern equipment, including the 360S simulator – a customised room where players receive balls from various angles, and have to hit moving, electronic targets. The facility is a bold venture from Vuong, who started out selling dried noodles in Ukraine before building Vietnam’s biggest private conglomerate and amassing an estimated $7.8 billion fortune. The PVF academy’s technical director, former Japan coach Philippe Troussier – who also leads Vietnam’s U19s – said the results had been positive. “We’ve started a strong process to develop our football, to develop our players, to educate the boys, to export the players to international level,” Troussier told AFP. “We are on the way,” he said. – ‘Underdogs’ – The training school is currently home to nearly 200 young players aged nine to 19 who have been recruited from across the country and train up to five hours a day. Still, Vietnam’s national team have caught the eye with their progress, which has pushed them to an all-time high of 94 in the FIFA world rankings. The youth teams are also showing promise, bagging their first spot at the U20 World Cup in 2017 and a year later, and reaching the final of the Asian U23 Championship. Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup may be a stretch for Vietnamcenter_img Vietnam has risen up the FIFA world rankings After a career that began in instant noodles, Vietnam’s richest man knows all about long shots, and now he’s taking another: trying to get the football-mad country’s national team to their first World Cup. No Southeast Asian team has played on football’s biggest stage, but Pham Nhat Vuong – CEO of the Vingroup conglomerate, and Vietnam’s first billionaire – has not let that deter him. A well-equipped, well-staffed football academy as at the centre of Vietnam’s strategy Vingroup’s gleaming, $15 million academy outside Hanoi has already helped Vietnam become a growing power in Asian football, after they reached the Asian Cup quarter-finals last year. The communist country’s national team were crowned Southeast Asian champions in 2018, and their Under-22s won gold at the Southeast Asian Games last December. The Golden Star Warriors also sit top of their World Cup qualifying group, but they still have work to do if they are to grab one of Asia’s four slots – or a fifth available through playoffs – for 2022. However, they can take heart from the example of World Cup hosts Qatar who, after building a state-of-the-art academy and drafting in foreign expertise, swept to their first Asian Cup title last year. Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes have been enlisted as consultants for the Promotion Fund of Vietnam’s Football Talents (PVF) academy, which opened its doors in 2017. While Giggs and Scholes add star power and top-level experience, Troussier, 64, has undoubted coaching prowess, after leading Japan to the 2000 Asian Cup title and the 2002 World Cup’s last 16. But despite the big money and big names, the next World Cup may still be a stretch for Vietnam. “I don’t think they will qualify for the 2022 World Cup as they have to replace at least one of the Asian powerhouses such as Iran, Japan or South Korea to get one of the few Asian places available,” said Steve Darby, the former manager of Vietnam’s women’s team. The 2026 World Cup – when the number of teams will jump from 32 to 48 – may be a more realistic target. But even then they would be seen as “underdogs”, said Darby. “Any Southeast Asian nation that qualifies will be seen as a weaker nation and also probably be seeded quite low. It takes time to get to the top,” he said. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Kuwait deployment ban may be lifted if suspects in OFW death charged…

first_imgMANILA – The partial deployment ban ofFilipino household service workers to Kuwait could be lifted once the Kuwaitiemployer of murdered Filipina worker Jeanelyn Villavende will be slapped withcharges. “He (Kuwaiti Ambassador) asked me untilMonday for the charge to be filed. I told the ambassador that the moment thecharge is filed, then I can lift the partial deployment ban,” Bello said in aninterview with CNN Philippines. The ban covered all newly-hired Filipinodomestic workers in Kuwait. Those whose exit permits that were issued on or beforethe afternoon of Jan. 3 may still be allowed to go. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III saidin a television interview that Kuwait Ambassador to the Philippines MusaedSaleh Ahmad Althwaikh have promised to file charges against the culprits. Philippines in February 2018 alsoimplemented a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait amid numerouscases of Filipino nationals’ deaths, including that of Ilongga JoannaDemafelis. The ban was lifted in May that year.center_img “If they charge the suspects – ‘yung couple, then there is a reason forus to lift the partial deployment ban. But if they do not charge, then this mayrise into a total deployment ban,” he added. The partial deployment ban of newhousehold service workers has been in effect since Friday after the PhilippineOverseas Employment Administration signed the directive. The incidents led to a crafting of alabor deal between the two countries, which aims to protect Filipino workers inthe Gulf state. Bello, however, lamented that some provisions of the agreementhave not been followed, including the drafting of a template employmentcontract that would allow Filipinos to keep their passports and cellphoneswhich are often surrendered to employers./PNlast_img read more

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ORVC Weekly Report (April 14-19)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report for the week of April 14-19.Players of the Week.Baseball:  Alex Schoettmer-Jac-Cen-Del and Cody Weaver-Rising Sun.Softball:  Alix DeDreu-Rising Sun and Kelsi Brierly-Southwestern.Boys Golf:  Lucas Williams-Jac-Cen-Del.Girls Track:  Emily Cumberworth-South Ripley and Whitney Chipman-Rising Sun.Boys Track:  Austin Allen-South Ripley and Austin Martin-Rising Sun.ORVC Weekly Report (April 14-19)Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

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Lady Pirates Fall To Lady Cats In Girls Soccer

first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to Franklin County for an EIAC match Thursday evening and fell 5-1.The Lady Wildcats put the pressure on the back line of the Lady Pirates early and often scoring goals 8, 13 and 19 minutes into the match. The defensive did garner three first half offside to negate the attacking runs from the home team.In the second half, Franklin County scored 13 minutes in but three minutes later Freshman Emily Rosales notched her first career goal off an assist from Abby Easley. The host squad completed their scoring with eleven minutes to play. The loss drops the Lady Pirates to 2-11 and 1-4 in EIAC play. Emily Lowe made 18 saves on the evening and Sierra Huffman and Kenzie Redelman joined Rosales with shots on goal.The Lady Pirates will be in action on Saturday when they travel to 2A ranked and EIAC foe Lawrenceburg. The match will begin at 10 AM with the boys teams rounded out the session at noon.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img read more

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Main Street Greensburg hosting kids art contest

first_imgGreensburg, IN— Main Street Greensburg is host an art contest for kids in grades 1-6.  The winning art will be featured on banners that will be displayed in the downtown square. The topic is “What does Greensburg mean to you” and the deadline doe entries is March 6.  The artwork needs to be submitted on an 8.5″x11″ piece of paper with information on the back including name, age, grade, phone number, and email.  The art can be dropped off at City Hall, Magnolia Merchantile, Denim & Honey, or Paint the Town.last_img read more

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GFF Corona Beer Super 16: Winners Connection vs Camptown, Milerock vs Cougars FC  to kick-off tournament tonight

first_imgA Linden versus Georgetown encounter between Winners Connection and Camptown FC, from 18:30 hrs tonight, will mark the opening of the Guyana Football Federation/Corona Beer ‘Super 16 Year-End Classic’ at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground, Linden.Lindeners will get a chance to support another home team, Milerock FC, when they tackle Cougars of Berbice from 21:00 hrs.The participating teams are: Ann’s Grove, Buxton United, Camptown, Cougars, Den Amstel, Fruta Conquerors, Grove Hi-Tech, Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Police Force (GPF), Indigenous All-Stars, Milerock, New Amsterdam (NA) United, Pouderoyen, Victoria Kings, Western Tigers and Winners Connection.The winning team will go home with $2M, second place $1M while third and fourth placed teams is expected to pocket $500,000 and $250,000 respectively.According to the GFF’s president Wayne Forde, the tournament marks the start of a regularisation process for ‘Year-End’ football in Guyana, while the Federation seeks to regulate football played in the country.Looking ahead at the tournament, Forde said he was happy to partner with Top Brandz Distributors, since they share a common interest, which is to see the growth of Football in Guyana.Top Brandz Distributors’ Marketing Manager, Marvin Wray, called the tournament the beginning of a beautiful relationship with the GFF, which he hopes will last for years.Wray said Top Brandz is looking forward to their relationship with the GFF and that together, they can truly take the game forward.Meanwhile, the tournament will continue on Sunday at the Den Amstel Community Centre Ground, with another double- header, starting from 13:00 hrs, when Pouderoyen FC battle the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Den Amstel FC face the Indigenous All-Stars from 15:00 hrs.last_img read more

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Arsenal Owner, Kroenke, Says Bellerin Not Available  Â

first_imgTRANSFER…TRANSFER…TRANSFER… Arsenal owner, Stan Kroenke, has personally called defender Hector Bellerin to tell the Spaniard he would not be sold.According to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Kroenke personally spoke with the defender to assure him he remains part of Arsene Wenger’s plan despite the injury that kept him out of the Gunners’ squad.The 22-year-old experienced a serious regression at the Emirates last season, and with media speculation surrounding his potential departure, Kroenke wanted to make sure his intentions were clear.Reports had linked Bellerin with a return to his home country, most notably to Barcelona.With Bellerin under contract through 2021 having just signed his extension last summer, it’s clear the club has decided who they believe keeping should be a priority.The defender lost his place briefly down the stretch run last season, finding himself on the bench in seven of the club’s final 17 Premier League matches.Despite that, Arsenal still clearly values Bellerin’s talent and durability and hope to ward Barcelona’s interest off.Bellerin didn’t help cool speculation when he bought a house in Barcelona just a short time ago.Reports say that Arsenal would not take any less than $57 million for their right-back if he insists on moving.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Freshman catcher Lundstrom impresses at bat, behind plate

first_img Published on February 13, 2014 at 2:47 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman After Syracuse’s season opener last Friday, all the buzz surrounded freshman pitcher Sydney O’Hara, who tossed a no-hitter against Austin Peay in her first-ever collegiate appearance. The praise was well deserved, but O’Hara wasn’t the only freshman who was successful in the first weekend of play. Catcher and fellow first-year starter Nicole Lundstrom, impressed both behind the plate and at it. After the Orange’s first five games, Lundstrom has a .939 fielding percentage and is the only player to reach base safely in each contest. Lundstrom will look to continue her early-season success in this weekend’s Kickin’ Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C., where Syracuse (2-3) will take on Purdue twice, Coastal Carolina, Towson and La Salle.“Usually you’re going to have a catcher that’s so good defensively that they may struggle offensively,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said, “and you take it because they’re so good defensively.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I feel like with Nicole, we have both.”On Friday, in the same game she caught O’Hara’s no-hitter, Lundstrom went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Two hours later, she hit her first collegiate home run in the top of the seventh inning against No. 22 South Alabama.Lundstrom is no stranger to producing at the plate. She batted better than .600 with 23 home runs and 99 RBIs in her high school career with the Dighton-Rehoboth Falcons (Mass.). In her senior year, she batted .656 with nine home runs, 35 RBIs and a .747 on-base percentage.“I know I can hit, and I believe in myself,” Lundstrom said. “I like being able to work both sides and being confident in both aspects of the game.”On Saturday against No. 25 University of Alabama-Birmingham, Lundstrom only went 1-for-4, but that one hit couldn’t have come at a better time. In the bottom of the ninth inning with the game knotted at one, Lundstrom singled to right field, driving in Alyssa Dewes to give Syracuse the walk-off win.Ross noted that she feels freshmen never know what to expect from themselves, so they just go out and play because that’s the “freshman mentality.” That, however, doesn’t apply to Lundstrom.“I know that I’ve got her for four years behind the plate,” Ross said.” She’s hitting in the five or six spot for us, and to know she’ll contribute that way is like a dream.”As a catcher, Lundstrom also calls the pitches, something Ross said she does well because she’s extremely intelligent. She also does her own research before each game and communicates with the coaching staff to find out each hitter’s tendencies at the plate.O’Hara mentioned how coming into the season, her pitcher-catcher relationship with Lundstrom was a little shaky, but that it’s seen a vast improvement in a short span of time.“(Nicole) has definitely done a lot better behind the plate calling pitches and blocking,” O’Hara said. “She’s really focused on every single pitch and knows how to calm me down because we’re both still a little nervous.”O’Hara added that during the first game against South Alabama, Lundstrom was infuriated that she couldn’t hit starting pitcher Hannah Campbell. After hitting the home run off of her in the seventh inning, Lundstrom was still fuming even after she rounded third base.Despite the tenacity on the field, Lundstrom doesn’t seem at all stressed, even for a freshman assuming a full-time starting role right off the bat.“It’s pretty cool,” Lundstrom said through laughter. “It’s intense and a big change, but it’s a lot of fun.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Science of Fiction festival creates imaginary city

first_imgSchool of Cinematic Arts professor Alex McDowell and the 5D Institute hosted the seventh annual Science of Fiction Festival this weekend at SCA.The conference focused on creating the fictional city of Rilao, a town that captures characteristics of both Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro. Festivities included an interactive musical performance, a conference that allowed people from different occupations and places around the world to collaborate in creating artifacts for the city and a multimedia exhibit built by students from McDowell’s world-building class.McDowell began this project during the spring semester last year in his class IML 599, called Imagining Worlds -— Narrative Design Across Disciplines. His students researched different aspects of Rio and Los Angeles, from health to transportation to media culture. The students in his fall course curated the exhibit on display in the Interactive Media building.The exhibit is a look at life in Rilao through the use of graphic design, technology, performing arts and storytelling. The history of Rilao is told via an Oculus. Kinect sensors cue sound effects as people walk by and 3-D graphics show what housing would look like in this city.“All the projects in the exhibition are meant to be artifacts,” said Lauren Fenton, a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the media arts and practice program. “The entire exhibition is meant to be like the fictional universe of Rilao.”The class is diverse, with some students from the Viterbi School of Engineering and others from the Roski School of Fine Arts. The students range from undergraduates to Ph.D. candidates.“The first semester, the project was to build the world, develop the world and write individual projects in the world,” McDowell said. “This semester, the project was to design an exhibit as if it were a narrative. How can you tell a complicated, multilayered narrative story about Rilao through the medium of an exhibition?”The Sound of Fiction concert took place Friday night and starred Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols, Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats and other musical guests, according to McDowell. Guests could determine the sound and lights of the concert via sound and image mapping in which the performers capture and modify audience sounds as part of the music, according to the School of Cinematic Arts.Attendees on Saturday also saw a performance where students acted as researchers reporting their findings in studies of the fictitious region.“We had a suite of cultural anthropologists come back from the island of Rilao, and they explained to us what they’ve been finding there and different details about the culture and its history,” said Tara McPherson, associate professor of media arts and practice at USC.The conference culminated with each group presenting their artifacts to other participants.“I work on market trends and product innovation research so I’m in a group that looks at how the market is going to evolve, how technology is going to influence people’s lives and change their attitude and behaviors potentially,” said Ioana Badea, who has been working at the Intel Corporation for 14 years.“The students in this class have really turned the experience of the exhibition [in]to this game, this way of immersing people in Rilao,” Fenton said.Students in the class were divided into three groups, with each group representing a different perspective developed by an organization on the island. Each perspective then analyzed each artifact and explained them through their point of view.Other universities that collaborated on the world-building project included the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Bauhaus University in Germany and the ESPM school of marketing in Brazil.“It’s really great to collaborate with people from different countries and students from different countries,” Fenton said. “Everyone brought on their own particular lenses to the world of Rilao.”last_img read more

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Custodians gather to protest for better wages

first_imgPhoto by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanOver 150 students, faculty members and custodial staff gathered at Tommy Trojan on Tuesday to advocate for USC custodians to receive higher wages and affordable health care from the University’s subcontractor Aramark.Colored signs that said “Custodians deserve more than minimum wage,” “Aramark treat custodians as Trojan family” and “Trojan family ready 2 strike” were passed out around Hahn Plaza. Participants wore lanyards attached to badges that read “2018 Todo o nada ¡Ya Basta! #faircontractnow” on one side, and “Trojan family ready 2 strike 4 fair contract #custodiansaretrojans2” on the other. “[Custodians] are people, they are raising families, they have children, many of them have lived in Los Angeles for generations, and so they deserve fair pay and health care because that’s what everybody deserves,” said Stephen Boardman, the communications coordinator for the west coast branch of Service Employees International Union. “Minimum wage is never sufficient; just think about living on minimum wage in Los Angeles. You’re talking about living on less than $14 [per] hour. It’s not something that allows you to actually live and care for a family.”Led by a small group of workers playing snare drums, participants marched down Trousdale Parkway to USC Village and ended their march at the intersection of 32nd and Hoover Street. “Some of the custodians are unsatisfied and do have trouble on paying for certain things,” said Veronica Perez, a custodian who said she has worked for Aramark for the past 10 years. “From my personal experience, it is troubling because the rent in Los Angeles is high at the moment, we all have different bills and other necessities that we have to pay for. With our current wages, it is something that we have trouble with on a daily basis.” At the end of the rally, the intersection was blocked off by police. Participants sat on the ground in a huge circle as the custodians sang in Spanish. Different chants such as “Estamos en la lucha,” which translates to “We are in the fight,” and “What do we want? A contract! When do we want it? Now!” were called out to capture the attention of passersby. When the marchers headed back to USC Village, Stephanie Solis, a freshman majoring in sociology and a student organizer of the rally, gave a speech. She emphasized the importance of supporting all members of the USC community.“Our fight doesn’t stop here,” Solis said. “USC has boasted about being a Trojan family, but I don’t see that Trojan Family happening here. We are neglecting this part of the community, and both students and administration need to unify together to demonstrate that we are supporting this part of our family.” Tuesday’s march  was the follow-up to a rally on March 26, as well as a resolution proposed by the Undergraduate Student Government Senate on April 10 to improve the conditions of the USC custodians. The resolution was unanimously approved by the senate at its meeting Tuesday, where some custodians were in attendance.USG senators proposed reducing the out-of-pocket costs that custodians had to pay monthly for health care. They also proposed increased wages.Some workers said they would have gone on strike had the resolution not passed.“We have seen a strong response from students and faculty members,” said Cesar Quiles-Borrero, the lead organizer for SEIU United Service Workers West. “We encourage them to be a part of the struggle because at the end of the day, the campus should be a place for everyone to feel at home. It’s amazing to see the students getting involved and we are really thankful for their efforts.”Boardman said SEIU has been working on negotiations with Aramark to settle a fair contract between the company and its USC workers to be finalized and signed on April 20.last_img read more

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Anteaters try to stop Trojans’ winning streak

first_imgNo. 1 USC is primed to take on No. 2 UC Irvine in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation semifinal match at 7:30 at the Galen Center Thursday.The Trojans (23-4, 18-4) have won 18 straight matches. Coming off a sweep over No. 11 Cal State Northridge, after playing the Matadors late in the regular season only a week earlier, the Trojans are peaking at the right time.Win streak · Freshman middle blocker Chris Lischke has helped the Trojans win 18 consecutive matches since losing to UCLA in February. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan“We were able to adjust on troubles we had the week previous,” USC coach Bill Ferguson said. “We were far more efficient. With that short prep time, it’s really a question about who is going to improve more during the time in between matches.”Despite the winning streak and the many years of close-but-not-quite-there, the Trojans are not succumbing to the pressure of years past.“There’s no need to jump and yell,” Ferguson said. “They just get it. Nothing we have to hammer home — they just understand what it takes to win.”The Anteaters (22-5, 17-5) are tied for the second spot in the conference along with Stanford and BYU. The Trojans beat the Anteaters during the first week of the month in four sets.In that match, the Trojans disarmed the characteristically strong UC Irvine serving attack with a strong outside hitting attack as an adjustment to ball control issues. The Trojans also held the Anteaters to .206 hitting.The Trojan defense has been a juggernaut this year, holding opponents to a conference-best .179 hitting percentage. Though the Trojans are not the offensive juggernaut of years past with a modest .300 percentage (fifth in the conference) their ability to shut down opposing offenses has made them competitive.“The trio of Micah [Christenson], Maddison [McKibbin] and Tanner [Jansen] can be absolutely shut-down blockers,” Ferguson said. “With 60 percent of the action in volleyball going right at them, that means a lot of points.”The Trojans have come from being a young team maligned with injury to a healthy force to be reckoned with. Featuring MPSF Player of the Year senior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli, second-teamer senior middle blocker Steven Shandrick and honorable mention team members sophomore libero Henry Cassiday, freshman middle blocker Robert Feathers and sophomore opposite Tanner Jansen, the Trojan lineup is deep and effective.Ciarelli is the second Trojan in a row to win MPSF Player of the Year, following Murphy Troy in 2011.“It’s an honor, but it doesn’t really change anything,” Ciarelli said. “People get these awards because they work hard in practice. This award won’t change my approach or how hard I play.”Ferguson credits strength and conditioning coach Brent Metz, who he touts as “the best in the sport” for the team’s physical health after a long and grueling season. The program’s approach toward in-season improvement, rather than maintenance or injury prevention, has the team’s aggregate vertical jump seeing increases rather than typical decreases because of wear and tear.“We keep getting better,” Ferguson said. “Our guys are focused and their heads are in the right place.”last_img read more

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UW volleyball to take on Western Michigan in NCAA First Round

first_imgIt can be argued that despite its tremendous successes both on individual levels and also as a group, the No. 2 Wisconsin volleyball team’s season actually begins Thursday night.After all, that’s what they’ve been playing for. Long before the season began, this team has had two goals: to win the Big Ten and to win a National Championship.And after locking up it’s first conference championship in 13 years it’s one down, one to go for the Badgers.The first step toward achieving the second goal starts Thursday night at the UW Field House as one-seed (fourth-ranked overall) Wisconsin takes on Western Michigan (22-13, 9-7 MAC) in the opening round of the NCAA Championship.The Badgers (28-2, 19-1 Big Ten) are currently riding a 19-match winning streak and haven’t dropped a match in more than two months. But UW plans on putting the regular season far in the past and treating the NCAA tournament as if they are 0-0.“We’re training hard and we’re looking at it one match at a time,” junior libero Taylor Morey said. “At this point, no matches are guaranteed. You gotta keep winning to keep going. Right now we’re focusing on Western Michigan.”The Broncos have won six of their own in-a-row, storming through the Mid-American Conference tournament in which they were ranked fifth. They took down top-seeded Ohio in the semifinal and defeated Miami (OH) in the championship, with both matches going five sets.Alysia Baznik, a sophomore outside hitter, leads the Broncos with 2.89 kills per set. Senior outside hitter Ali Gossen chips in with 2.49 kills per set.Syndney LeMay is the Broncos’ force in the middle. She was named the 2014 Freshman of the Year in the MAC and the middle blocker averages 2.57 kills per set as well as 0.74 blocks per set.“They’re really confident coming in,” sophomore setter, and Big Ten Player and Setter of the Year Lauren Carlini said. “They won a big match, a few close matches in five sets, so they have a lot of confidence.”Big Ten Coach of the Year and Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield says that he has tried to keep the practice routine as similar as possible to the regular season, but said that time is moving slow and the team is itching for Thursday night.“It’s a really hard thing to do; to stay present during this time of year,” Sheffield said. “You’re doing something that you love and you’re excited about it, you have a tendency to look ahead a little bit, and I think our team is trying to fight that right now. Thursday night can’t get here quick enough.”Sheffield said that while the emphasis appears to be on winning at this point in the season, he believes that the emphasis is on a team’s overall effort.“It’s about leaving it all out there, and that’s where the fun is,” Sheffield said. “People that put it all out there, they can live with the results. What you can’t live with is having ‘What if’s?’… It’s not the wins and losses that the competitors regret, so we talk a lot more about ‘Let’s own the moment.’”The Badgers, as with the other top-16 teams in the field of 64, will play their first two tournament matches at home, which should give the Badgers a competitive edge. It will also be the final opportunity for the senior class to play in front of their fans.“We get to play at home for another weekend, that’s exciting. Playing at home in front of your home crowd is always an advantage,” senior outside hitter Courtney Thomas said. “And we love playing in front of our crowd and our fans are awesome.”“I’m not trying to look too far ahead and think about my last times here, trying to just go out with a win,” Thomas said.Marquette and Illinois State are the other two teams playing their first-round match in Madison Thursday. They’ll faceoff against each other in the first match of the night Thursday. If Wisconsin handles Western Michigan, they will play the winner of this match Friday night.The Redbirds were dominant in conference play this year, going undefeated and winning the Missouri Valley Conference. They’re on quite the hot streak themselves, having won their last 22 matches.Marquette finished third in the Big East, but is led by Conference Player of the Year, Autumn Bailey, who is seventh in the nation in kills (4.73) and fifth in total points (5.48/set).Last season, when the Badgers made a run to the National Title match, UW was ranked 12th overall. From that position, they were able to play the role of underdog en route to the finale, but this year, it will be Wisconsin who has a target on their back.“We’re out to prove people wrong, as usual,” Carlini said. “People look at us and say, ‘They’re not gonna make it,’… I think we’re gonna use that to our advantage and take teams by surprise.”“I think we’re still a little understated and a lot of people don’t think we’re gonna make it to the Final Four,” Carlini said. “So, kinda like last year, we took everyone by surprise, and hey, we’re all right with doing that again this year, as long as we make it there and just continue to win games, survive and advance, we’re all right with that.”last_img read more

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