DPS plans new changes for the spring semester

first_imgThe Dept. of Public Safety has undergone some dramatic changes in the past year and officers say the rebranding will continue.Patrol scooter · A Dept. of Public Safety officer’s T-3 motion vehicle parked in front of the Ostrow School of Dentistry on Wednesday. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanBeginning Jan. 1, all armed DPS officers — those who are Police Academy-trained and can issue arrests — will begin wearing blue uniforms rather than the tan and green ones the department currently dons.John Thomas, who will mark the end of his first year as DPS chief this January, said blue uniforms are standard for law-enforcement agencies and thus easier to order. They also help create uniformity within the department and will feature an official USC Dept. of Public Safety patch as opposed to the current uniforms, which feature the university seal.“It’s really hard to get consistency when you have a two tone uniform with the green and the tan,” Thomas said. “One of the things that was important to me was that we as a department be perceived by students and the community in a more professional manner and I wanted to rebrand the department in such a way where when people see DPS officers they’re not seeing what they’ve become accustomed to because we’re going in a new and better direction, trying to be more customer-focused and community-oriented.”As part of his efforts to shift the role of DPS in the community, Thomas chose to add more supervisory personnel administrative staff and create two deputy chief positions at the beginning of this academic year.“When I was selected as chief, one of the things that was clear to me was that we needed to reorganize the department, but also in that reorganization we needed to add more administrative support and more supervisory oversight to our officers working in the field to provide,” Thomas said. “We want a better quality product for the people that we serve, which is primarily students.”Deputy chief John Adams previously worked at UCLA before beginning at USC this fall. Adams has worked closely with leadership on The Row to ensure that students safely engage in recreational activities and make an effort to drink responsibly. Adams meets with leadership from the Greek community every Monday to debrief and review incident logs from the previous week.“When I came on board, I saw the issue and went directly to those leaders in that area to talk with them on a regular basis and it’s worked out very well,” Adams said. “We have a nice mutually collaborative environment. I can get their opinions and bring them back to the chief.”With input from student groups, Thomas and Adams came up with the idea of a party response car, which is currently a group of three officers tasked with responding to all calls about parties or noise complaints.“We have designated these as the officers we expect are going to build a relationship [with students],” Thomas said. “They are going to be the ones that respond to noise complaints and loud music complaints and all those other issues so that students get used to dealing with the same individuals.”Thomas also emphasized the need to work with students on future measures.“The only way we’re going to be successful in this is if we put together policies that have student input,” Thomas said. “Students made it very clear that the administration can put together policies but if [students] don’t have a buy-in and it doesn’t make sense to them and it’s not collaborative, students are just going to find a way to go around it. We don’t want that — we want it to be successful, we want students to have a buy-in and a sense of knowing that we appreciate an respect their input.”Deputy Chief David Carlisle, a past captain of DPS, assumed his new position as part of the reorganization at the beginning of the school year. Carlisle said that this fall’s Thursday night football game — the first non-Thanksgiving regular season Thursday game in USC history — proved how out-of-hand parties can get when students do not comply with university policies.“The need for those types of dialogues and the improvement in policies and relationships was emphasized on our first Thursday night home game where the university said there would be no tailgating and yet there was unlimited tailgating on The Row,” Carlisle said. “It pointed out the fact that sometimes the message isn’t getting across and how things can get out of control in regards to obeying the rules of conduct here at the university.”Now that football season is over, however, officers will no longer be responsible for managing thousands of non-USC students on campus, in the Coliseum and in the surrounding neighborhoods. Thomas said he suspects and hopes that there will be fewer parties and alcohol transports in the spring semester. In this case, DPS could use its resources elsewhere, such as through adding another officer to the party response team or preparing more for spring events.“We immediately see students are buckling down and are more focused in a lot of ways toward what they have to do to graduate,” Thomas said. “But it’s busy for us on another front because we have to start planning for commencement and [the Los Angeles Times] Festival of Books and the Special Olympics this summer.”Though several large events are slated for spring, DPS has also seen an unusually large number of high-profile guests this fall, including former President George W. Bush, first lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, all of whom required increased security and collaboration with federal officers.Moving forward, DPS must also find a way to adapt to USC’s continuing plan for expansion of the university’s properties. USC recently acquired the Verdugo Hills Hospital in the Glendale area. Now, the hospital is looking to USC for public safety services in an area don’t they normally respond to.“That is a challenge in terms of personnel and in terms of communication such as radios,” Carlisle said. “As [USC] expands so may DPS’ role in providing the same level of service to those far away facilities.” Follow Kate on Twitter @km_guarinolast_img read more

As Syracuse’s rebounding goes, so do its results

first_imgSyracuse has used the same starters in every game, and that lineup features three players 6-foot-1 or taller: Miranda Drummond, Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity. Only Georgia Tech, a team SU beat, started three 6-foot-1 or taller players against Syracuse in Atlantic Coast Conference play. But in conference play, it’s common for opponents to outrebound the Orange.A big part of Syracuse’s (15-5, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) problem in its first seven ACC games has been rebounding. SU has grabbed fewer rebounds than its opponents in all but two conference games. It’s only snagged more in one of its ACC games along with tying in one.Overall, it’s been minus-24 on the glass for SU in conference. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman had a simple answer after his team had its worst rebounding margin of the season (-15) against NC State in a road loss.“Rebounding is the game,” Hillsman said on Jan. 14 after the loss to the Wolfpack.That’s held true throughout conference play. Syracuse has overcome a negative rebounding margin to win on just one occasion, behind a career-high 38 points from Drummond against Florida State. But SU was still “smashed” on the glass that day Hillsman said, giving up 24 offensive boards to the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s other two conference wins came in the Georgia Tech game where rebounds were even, and on Sunday against Pitt where Syracuse finished with 12 rebound advantage. With the big margin against the Panthers, SU scored 20 second-chance points.“Shooting 1-for-14 in the third quarter definitely helps you, that’s a lot of rebounds to get,” Hillsman said after the Pitt game. “We were able to get to the free-throw line and that was from getting rebounds and having putback opportunities.”Bridget Slomian | Senior Design EditorThe defenses Syracuse plays often — either full-court pressure or a 2-3 zone — both have drawbacks when it comes to rebounding. It’s easier than in man-to-man to have players unmarked when a shot goes up. In man, every player conceptually will be near the one player they’re responsible for boxing out when a shot goes up, making each box out matchup a one-on-one.Conversely, in the press, players can be scrambling to recover if players beat them down the floor, leaving players free from box outs. In zone defense, more than one offensive player can end up in one defender’s particular area, leaving multiple offensive players for one defender to account for when the shot goes up.After SU upset Florida State, Finklea-Guity said it felt like she had two players in her area to box out on a number of occasions.“Every time I felt like I (boxed out) one, the other one would get the rebound,” Finklea-Guity said after the FSU win.The height advantage that Syracuse holds over its opponents on paper pregame can disappear based on the lineups that cycle in. There are plenty of minutes that either Finklea-Guity or Strautmane are on the bench and SU doesn’t have an active 6-footer off its bench to replace them. Instead, 5-foot-8 wings Jasmine Nwajei and Raven Fox get time off the bench in place of the taller players.Syracuse’s freshman bigs have also battled foul trouble on a number of occasions, often forcing Hillsman to play SU’s smaller bench players in forward or center spots. One of the reasons SU’s rebounding margin wasn’t worse against FSU was that as Strautmane battled foul trouble while Finklea-Guity lasted the whole game with just one, ensuring that one of Syracuse’s tallest two players could be on the floor at all times.In the struggle against N.C. State, though, Strautmane’s foul trouble — she finished with four fouls — contributed to SU getting crushed on the boards by a Wolfpack team that rolled out players measuring 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2 and 6-foot-5 for extended minutes.“They got a lot of second chance points, and that’s big,” Hillsman said that night. “We’ve got to hold them to one possession (each time down the floor).”Offensive rebounds have also been a weak point for Syracuse, as the bigs don’t crash the glass often, attempting to avoid foul trouble. Only once in the seven conference games has SU grabbed more offensive rebounds than its opponent.The Orange likes to get out and run the fast break behind its point guard, Tiana Mangakahia, but that’s a lot harder to do without grabbing rebounds. The more second chance points SU allows, the more it has to take the ball out of the basket and the less it can run its desired fast paced show.“We gotta rebound the ball, get out in transition and make some shots,” Hillsman said after a loss at Miami on Jan. 18.It works in reverse, too. Syracuse making its shots and preventing opponents to get boards and run out means SU can set up its pressure, something Hillsman emphasized postgame Sunday after beating Pitt. Preventing opposition success on the defensive glass can help Syracuse set up its desired defense.As Hillsman said after NC State dominated the glass against SU, rebounding is the game. To win more games in conference, it seems Syracuse’s best bet is winning the battle on the glass. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2018 at 10:35 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

Lagos Reaffirms Support for Tourney Ahead of Asoju Oba Cup

first_img “I must say that this is the foremost sporting competition in this country and seeing some of the champions still connected to the championships showed the good organisation that the competition has continued to enjoy. I am pledging the support of the state to the tournament and we hope more top players can come through again like other top stars like Olufunke Oshonaike, Atanda Musa and a host of others,” Tinubu said.  However, being the oldest sporting competition in the country, the 48th edition will commence on Monday November 21 with 22 titles expected to be jostled for by players in Lagos State.  For Ayodeji Okoya-Thomas, the Okoya-Thomas family would continue to water the seed sown by their late father, while disclosing that this year’s the women singles title would be renamed and known as Lady Olivet Okoya-Thomas Women’s trophy after their departed mother.  His words: “This of course will be the second, after 46 years, that is not being addressed by the initiator and sole sponsor of the tournament, Sir Chief Molade Okoya-Thomas. One of his greatest wishes while alive was that the family should continue the sponsorship of the tournament after his demise; we would therefore like to give God all the glory for giving us the enablement to continue this noble legacy for the second year running since he was called to glory.”  The grand finale is schedule for Friday November 25 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As one of its unique sporting competition, the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) has pledged its support to the annual Asoju Oba Molade Okoya-Thomas Table Tennis Cup as the 48th edition of the competition begins on Monday November 21.According to the chairman of LSSC, Deji Tinubu, it behoves on the state to continue to nurture the tournament which had produced stars for the state and the country.last_img read more

Koffee Makes Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Rising Reggae star Koffee continues to make waves internationally, as her hit song ‘Toast’ was featured on Former US President Barack Obama’s summer playlist.Every year, Obama reveals a list of his favorite songs for the year with an annual playlist. Among the 2019 list was Koffee’s ‘Toast’, which was listed at number 28.“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy,” Obama wrote.She responded to the list on Twitter, saying “WOW!!! Gratitude really is a must”. Koffee is one of two Reggae artists that made Obama’s list this year. Toots & The Maytals “54-46 Was My Number” was also on the list. Other artists on the list included Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Hamilton, Drake, and Frank Sinatra. Koffee is currently on tour with R&B artist Daniel Caesar.last_img read more

Playwire Media form partnership with Overwolf for piece of the esports pie

first_imgPlaywire Media and Overwolf have recently announced a partnership that will see Playwire Media exclusively handle Overwolf’s advertising inventory.Overwolf is a software platform for competitive gamers, designed to integrate apps into any game. The platform helps users improve gameplay, multi-task and track performance and gaming activity whilst remaining in-game. Their interface is already used by millions of players, esports teams and importantly, they’re trusted by games industry leaders such as Riot Games, Nvidia and Logitech. “Playwire’s expertise in the gaming vertical coupled with the variety of custom ad formats they offer made this a natural partnership,” commented Uri Marchand, CEO, Overwolf. “Millennials and gamers are bombarded with standard ads on YouTube or Twitch and they are very quick to block them with ad blockers. We make it a priority to have our ads feel like an integrated part of the product and gaming experience. We’re also introducing innovative ad formats, such as our Achievement Rewards program, that allow brands to reward gamers with real products for their in-game achievements. The new partnership with Playwire fits perfectly with our audience.”“As the largest site representation firm, we will be able to offer more opportunities for our clients to reach millennials and gamers hiding behind ad blockers,” revealed Jayson Dubin, CEO, Playwire Media. He added: “As a result of our partnership with Overwolf, we will be offering advertisers access to an audience otherwise unreachable on Twitch, YouTube or other gaming websites. As our flagship esports partner and a highly innovative platform for gamers, Overwolf aligns perfectly with the type of companies we seek to collaborate with. We’re excited to be able to offer our brand partners new ways to reach cross-title players, in-game.”The overlay is already being used by certain professional gamers and this partnership will aim to widen awareness of the services that Overwolf has to offer. Overwolf’s most recent “player rewards” scheme gives players the chance to get a free 3-pack of GFUEL should a player achieve a triple kill – showcasing the Achievement Rewards program that Uri talked about. Esports Insider says: Congratulations to both Playwire Media and Overwolf on the partnership. The Overwolf product looks a fairly nifty one in an age where coaching apps and learning utensils are becoming increasingly popular. Our excuses for simply being bad at video games are fast becoming obsolete… Now to get our triple kill and free energy drinks.last_img read more

Raptors give Stephen Curry, Warriors their own ‘Strength in Numbers’ treatment

first_img Toronto also got 17 points off the bench from Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet, who hit a rainbow 3-pointer to shut down any thoughts of a Warriors comeback. MORE: Takeaways from Raptors’ Game 3 win over WarriorsBut the Raptors showed Golden State that it isn’t immune to the “Strength in Numbers” treatment. The cavalry never came for Curry, and Toronto captured a 2-1 series lead with a 123-109 victory.With Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney all out and DeMarcus Cousins clearly not at 100 percent, Curry found himself in the unfamiliar position of a star without support. He performed admirably, but there is a reason a guy like Kemba Walker hits the same ceiling every year.No one can do it alone.Game 3 statsCurryRest of WarriorsPoints4762FG-FGA14-31 (45.2%)22-60 (36.6%)3PT FG-3PT FGA6-14 (42.9%)6-22 (27.3%)FT-FTA13-14 (92.9%)12-16 (75.0%)Assists718Turnovers311The Raptors, meanwhile, had each member of their starting five score at least 17 points, including a team-high 30 points from Kawhi Leonard. That came as no surprise.The real difference, though, was a combined 11-of-19 3-point night from the backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Danny Green. They both stifled potential Golden State runs with timely shooting. Stephen Curry walked onto the Oracle Arena floor Wednesday night for Game 3 as a lone gunslinger trying to defend his territory from the invading Raptors. Each time it appeared Toronto had overwhelmed the Warriors, Curry would fire back to keep Golden State within reach. It was a valiant effort by Curry, who finished with a playoff career-high 47 points (14-of-31 shooting from the field, 6 of 14 from 3-point range), plus a team-high eight rebounds and seven assists. He scored or assisted on nine of the Warriors’ first 10 buckets and never let up from there in 43 incredible minutes. Shooting splits of 52.4/44.7/95.2? Only one miss on 21 attempts from the free-throw line? Assisting on more than 70 percent of their field goals?Pick a random Warriors box score from 2014 through this season, and those numbers might pop up. Game 3 was about the Raptors flipping the “Strength in Numbers” formula back on Golden State and wearing down the Warriors in a game Toronto couldn’t afford to lose. On this night, Curry was in Walker’s shoes. He was LeBron James in the 2015 NBA Finals, except instead of Matthew Dellavedova and Iman Shumpert, Curry had Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston.It’s fun to watch the gunslinger go it alone. The Raptors weren’t handed this win — Curry made them earn it.Unfortunately for the Warriors, “Strength in Numbers” worked against them this time. The gunslinger story only ends one way.last_img read more

Baždarević analyzes the BiH – Spain Match

first_imgAfter the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina was defeated by Spain (3:1) in the friendly match played in St. Gallen, the coach of the BiH national team Mehmed Baždarević addressed the media at a press conference.The coach is not satisfied with the play in the opening of the match and highlighted that one serious team cannot allow that. Speaking of young players, he praised Duljević.“I am not satisfied with the play in all 90 minutes. One serious team cannot open a match so frivolously. We helped a team which does not need help a lot to achieve two goals. After that, we played better and more aggressive.  I am sorry that the result is not better, because I think we maybe deserved 2:2, maybe 3:2. Frivolity from the beginning of the match cannot happen again. Exclusion of Spahić disturbed us, but we were somehow even more concentrated and we played very well. However, we did not manage to tie,” said Baždarević and added: “Several young players have proven that we can count on them. Duljević showed a lot.”When he was asked to say something about the move of Emir Spahić for which the 35-year-old stopper earned a red card, the coach said that there is no justification for that, but that he did not see very clearly what actually happened.“To be honest, I did not see. That cannot be justified, it disturbs everything. You must keep nerves in such moments,” the coach said.(Source: vijesti.ba/photo: ST)last_img read more

Olympia Firefighters Rescue Window Washer

first_imgFacebook274Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Fire DepartmentOlympia Firefighters responded to a report of a fallen window washer just before 10:00 on July 17, 2014.  Two window washers were working on the back side of the Capitol Terrace Apartments, a six floor complex at 1517 Capitol Way south in Olympia, just up from the capitol Campus.The first arriving unit, Olympia Ladder Truck found two window washers, believed to be from Ace Window Cleaning, hanging from their safety lines on the back of the building.  One window washer was bleeding from the head.Three Olympia Firefighter crews immediately went to work on the rescue.  One crew accessed the patient through a window on the fifth floor.  A second crew went to the roof to assure that the safety lines would continue to hold the window washers and their malfunctioning window washing platform.  A third crew carefully moved the articulated ladder truck into the narrow alleyway behind the building and extended the ladder up to the window washers.Crews assisted the first window washer out of their tangled equipment and down the ladder.  This person was treated for a head laceration and transported to the hospital.  The second window washer was then helped down the ladder.  He was uninjured.Olympia Fire Department responded with one engine, one ladder truck, a medic unit, and a command unit.  The County Special Operations and Rescue Team (SORT) was dispatched but not needed.  There were no injuries to any of the firefighters during the rescue.Olympia Fire Department remained on scene until a representative from the state of Washington Department of Labor and Industries arrived.last_img read more

Leon turns with the Cup … but the goal is promotion

first_imgAira was saved from the sieve, although he was initially fired after not entering the playoff. However, when other options fall, The Berciano coach, endorsed by the manager, Felipe Llamazares, was returned to his position. And time plays in his favor. The numbers (42 points and 38 goals) have few precedents in the team, full of Throne names like Héctor Rodas, in his day Captain of the Levant, or the attackers Dioni (ten goals) and Kawaya, willing to return to the foreground.We speak, however, of an attractive team. In this five years, Cultural has scored 273 goals and in national football only Barça (467) and Madrid (411) are exceeded, that in two of those years exceeded one hundred. Lions look from the podium to Atlético (268) and Bilbao Athletic (260)The need for promotion permeates the daily work at the Cultural headquarters, which still takes advantage of its passage through Second. Since that May 28, 2017 there is an unknown devotion to the city team. One more year the social mass is around 7,000 subscribers. The Cup has two speeds for the Cultural. While Leon has turned over and will fill the stadium, the League looks sideways at the white house. In the next days he will see his direct rivals for the title (Logroñés and Bilbao Athletic, first and third) in group 2 of a Second B who tries to leave the fast track after the traumatic decline two years ago.Professional football escaped between his fingers and the first change doubting the project with which the Aspire Academy made its landing in Spain. The Qatari entity has not lifted the foot of the accelerator, but its visible head, Iván Bravo, key in the acquisition of the club, turned his gaze to Alcorcón.There are no palpable fissures, but, in case the flies, injections like the one tonight will receive their coffers are intended to be a nod to the property to partially compensate for their effort. This season, The budget is around three million invested, to a greater extent, in undoing past mistakes. Of the staff that came down from Second and then failed in the Bronze Division, only a handful of players remain. Three of them, Leandro, Antonio Martínez and Iván González, direct witnesses of the ascent.last_img read more

Barça players would accept a salary cut

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 22, 2020 At the board of directors held earlier in the week, club executives informed managers that these losses were “unrecoverable” and that it was necessary to begin to rethink the budget that in September was approved in the assembly of 1,047 million compromisarios, which was the historical record of the Catalan entity.It must be remembered that the players themselves, in this case Gerard Piqué, They already confirmed that last summer they were willing to postpone the entry of their wages so that the club could face the economic effort involved in facing the operation of the return of Neymar. from Parías Saint-Germain in a transfer that was desired by the squad, but that the club did not have the financial muscle to assume.The talks are at an early stage, but availability on both sides is adequate. Now what agree once the landscape that has caused the coronavirus crisis is clarified. That is, to know if the competitions are going to resume, when and under what conditions.In addition, Barcelona, ​​like most teams advocates a collegiate action sponsored by the European football association (ECA) that on Monday should discuss this issue at a meeting to be held by videoconference The FC Barcelona squad is not going to put up insurmountable difficulties if the situation triggered by the coronavirus forces to rethink economic policy of the club on the downside impacting on the salaries of the players.The contacts between the president of the entity, Josep Maria Bartomeu, and the captains of the team in this sense they are on the right track since from the locker room it is understood the difficult situation that they are going through, not only Barcelona, ​​but all the European teams that are already seeing their income substantially reduced due to the closure of activities .A suspension that not only affects sports activity depriving the entities of receiving money for box office or television rights, but it affects in many areas of the club fundamental to maintain the economy of these companies such as the money that is collected in schools spread around the world, by sponsorship campaigns , sale of material in stores that are now closed or visits to the museum or the stadium in addition to the events that are organized in the club facilities at all levels.last_img read more