Students can play games, enjoy food and try their luck for the new year at the Asian American Association’s (AAA) annual casino night in the Coleman Morse Lounge on Friday in celebration of the Lunar New Year, lasting from 9-11 p.m.Crystal Chen-Goodspeed, junior and treasurer of the AAA, said the event will give students the chance to compete for tickets and enter into the raffle for prizes, which include a Kindle and Beats by Dre headphones.“There is free reign to play any game [visitors] want … There will be Asian-themed goodies and red envelopes during the course of the event to really convey the many messages of Lunar New Year,” Chen said. “At the end of the night, everyone will submit their raffle tickets and drawing will commence to distribute prizes.”Khanh Mai, junior and vice president of AAA, said the games will incorporate a range of meanings and traditions.“Some of the games are seen as traditional to the respective culture, such as bau cua of Vietnam and mahjong of China. Others are more prototypical of casinos, like blackjack and poker,” Mai said.“It is like your normal casino night with an Asian flair,” Chen-Goodspeed said.According to Chen-Goodspeed, gambling and games are traditional celebrations of the Lunar New Year.“A big part of the holiday is large family gatherings and gambling. It is believed that if you have good luck in gambling during the celebration, then you will have good luck for the remainder of the year,” Chen-Goodspeed said.Mai said this event is important because it allows students to maintain their Lunar New Year traditions even while away from home.“It’s important for ND students to celebrate partly because it may be a glimpse of home-away-from-home for them,” Mai said. “I know that my first time away from home during Lunar New Year was especially rough; I would equate it with not being home for Christmas.”The AAA — who partnered with the Vietnamese Student Association, Korean Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Chinese Culture Society and Japan Club, as well as the multicultural commissioners from Siegfried, Pasquerilla West, McGlinn, Carroll and Breen-Phillips for the event — encourages all students to attend, even if they have never celebrated in the past.“It’s always insightful to learn about different cultures and their own special way of seeing and celebrating the world,” Mai said.Although celebrations of Lunar New Year vary around the world, the AAA hopes their casino night will encompass the core tradition of the holiday, Mai said.“Families tend to gather in the days preceding Lunar New Year to indulge in family time and begin festivities; [Casino Night] plans to do the same. It’s time for us to spend with one another, and amidst the fun, think back on the year past and look forward to the future,” Mai said.The entrance fee of $5 at the door gives each student 15 tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased if needed.Tags: AAA, Asian American Association, asian american association casino night, Casino Night, coleman morse lounge, crystal chen-goodspeed, khanh mai, lunar new year
By combining the elements of entrepreneurship, technology and education, Professor Kathleen Allen has launched herself as one of the leading faculty members at USC.Entrepreneur· Professor Kathleen Allen has been a leading proponent in cross-disciplinary education, combining the strengths of the Keck, Viterbi and Marshall schools. – Photo courtesy of USC MarshallAllen, who was recently awarded the 2014 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award from the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has been a USC professor for more than 20 years at the Marshall School of Business and the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurship Studies.USC Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs Gareth M. James stressed how high an honor Allen’s award was.“In making its selection from among a large pool of deserving nominees, the awards committee specifically commended Dr. Allen’s extensive and exemplary record of publication that includes some of the best-selling entrepreneurship textbooks in the world,” James said.The veteran professor has helped propel the school’s entrepreneurial program to the top, and James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, noted how beneficial her contributions have been.“Kathy Allen has been critical to helping our Lloyd Greif Center Entrepreneurial Studies program grow into the leading entrepreneurial studies program it is today,” Ellis said. “She has become the go-to person to help USC students, alumni and faculty commercialize complex technology ideas. We could not be more proud.”The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, the first entrepreneurship program in the United States, was established in 1972. It aims to equip students with the comprehensive skills required to start and manage a successful new business venture.The program is currently ranked among the top undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurial programs in the nation. In 2013, Entrepreneur magazine ranked the program No. 3 on its list of Top 25 Undergraduate College and Business Schools. Businessweek with U.S. News and World Report describing The Greif Center as “one of the best” in the country.According to her article “The Value of Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration,” Allen has dedicated her teaching and research to “the business of commercializing technological innovations developed by university scientists.”Professor Kathleen Allen, however, has quite the unconventional background. With degrees in business, foreign language and music, her role in the technological field at first can seem quite misplaced. Yet her background is exactly what gave her the edge she needed.“My experience in business and entrepreneurship enabled me to bring to the table a set of unique skills and a market perspective that scientists, physicians, and engineers didn’t have,” Allen said in her article.Though now well-established in the field of entrepreneurship, Allen revealed that her passion did not begin until later in her life when she entered the business industry for the first time. This newfound interest was fueled by the desire to be her own boss.“I have always been interested in technology because I grew up with a father who always brought home the latest technology gadgets,’’ Allen said. “However, entrepreneurship was a field that I did not get into until my 30s when I first started my business. I never wanted to work for someone else. Entrepreneurship provides me the ownership I always wanted.”Allen is also a leading proponent of cross-disciplinary education. She is a founding director of the Marshall Center for Technology Commercialization, an interdisciplinary partnership founded in the 1990s to support entrepreneurship education across USC’s business, medical and engineering schools.“My courses in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization bring together business, science, and engineering students to create diverse perspectives that produce new insights and a level of creative and critical thinking I have not seen in more discipline-focused classes,” Allen said in her article.Sandra J. Chrystal, vice dean for online education at Marshall, expressed the importance of Allen’s cross-disciplinary contributions.“Professor Allen’s vision, commitment and research have provided Marshall, Keck and Viterbi students and faculty with knowledge focused on commercialization of entrepreneurial technology,” Chrystal said. “She designed and directs the Center for Technology for Commercialization, one of Marshall’s Centers of Excellence. In addition to these unique contributions, she actively engages with the Marshall Faculty Technology committee and several other key Marshall and USC committees.”Allen is also the owner of four successful businesses and the author of 15 entrepreneurship books, including Launching New Ventures: An Entrepreneurial Approach, Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers.She hopes to keep expanding the entrepreneurial program in the years to come.“At USC, I wish to expand the program to the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level,” Allen said. “We also want to develop an online version of the program that could reach out to the people in the industry.”
More than half an hour before they let the bulls loose, a few men in different colored 10-gallon hats swarmed the cages that enclosed their enemy and their ally. In The Oncenter Friday, where there usually sits an ice hockey rink, the darkness gave the dirt a reddish tint. Aerial lights cut through the ground.Amidst the chaos, one of the bull riders at the Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour: Syracuse Showdown, Bryan Titman, popped five peanut M&M’s into his mouth. He doesn’t know when his pre-ride snack started, but at some point it parlayed into significant results.Even as a star in a sport at the pinnacle of spectacle, introduced Friday by fire shows, blaring music and moderated by a wise-cracking man in clown makeup, Titman is dedicated to his routine, his training, his preparation. A good day and a bad day both end launched to the dirt by a disturbed animal. But he knows he can’t slow down, so he maintains the same mindset on the ground as on the bull: Those who hang around the longest go the furthest.“If you can’t push past it,” Titman said, “you better stop.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Hostetler grips onto his bull rope as his bull launches out of the bucking chute.Corey Henry | Photo EditorOn Friday, 39 bull riders hoped to conquer the eight-second threshold set for the night of competition. A lively Syracuse crowd experienced an event that hasn’t graced the city since 2008. They were introduced to the new stars of the sport, including Titman, who has been riding for 28 years.Titman, now 31, was born into a lineage of bull riders. So at three years old he hopped on his first sheep, worked his way toward a small bull and became a professional rider in 2011. Titman was compelled in the same way many are: Breaking down how something so chaotic can be so well kept. He had seen his family do it, but he thought he could be better.“They were nowhere near as good as I am,” Titman joked the day before the event.In 2006, a woman named Kaitlynn noticed Titman at a club dancing in a different way. He asked her to dance and the two of them exchanged phone numbers. She didn’t want to tell him at the time, but when she was 10, she told her parents she’d marry a bull rider.They rarely texted in the two years that followed, many of the exchanges developed the same way.“Who is this?” Kaitlynn would text.“It’s Bryan, the bull rider,” he responded.Alex Jenks slides off the bull’s back as he loses his grip.Corey Henry | Photo EditorBut in 2008, he and his future wife Kaitlynn Titman went on their first date. She was introduced to many of the quirks and superstitions Bryan has. He doesn’t lift weights, keeps his hat on his bed during competition season and washes his clothes based on his performance in training. The night before matches, he sits in front of his TV and remains totally still, making sure to stay clean and neat.Those superstitions help him stay invested even as things go awry, he said. Since Kaitlynn and Titman have been together, Kaitlynn has been at every match when he’s gotten majorly hurt. In 2012, he broke his hip and pelvis. Titman required an airlift to Houston after traveling in an ambulance was deemed too dangerous.Doctors said he should sit out a year. But Titman returned in six months. Now, wear and tear of some weekends have morphed his training into idle time and Epsom salt baths. He does the occasional cardio, but strength has never been an issue.“When he’s able, he’ll go get on practice bulls,” Kaitlynn said. “But that’s really it.”Dakota Louis removes his helmet after his ride that gained him an 8 ranked spot.Corey Henry | Photo EditorWhen it comes time for the event, Titman tries to relax. Friday, he waited on the peak of the wall as the bull riders entered the arena. Titman, along with three others, were featured riders of the night. In a sport littered with inconsistencies and bad showings, he was one of the must-sees.Titman said when things are going good on the bull, everything feels slow. He can breathe, hear the music, take in the crowd. But after Titman’s bull let loose Friday, for both he and the crowd, it went fast. He bucked off in 5.17 seconds. As the bull continued to pounce, Titman crawled away from danger. When the scene settled, he placed his hands on his hips.He peered up toward the video board and watched a replay. Kaitlynn said he does a lot of analysis of bulls and techniques. When the video ended, his head tilted down. Titman has had better days, and every time he fails he knows he’ll have better days in front of him. It’s that assurance that compels him each time to jump on the back of an animal that doesn’t want him there: When it’s time to perform, he just has to do it.He nodded his head, walked off the concourse and started his preparation to get back up on the back of a bull again. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 26, 2019 at 12:05 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary
The best BH judoka Larisa Ceric won third place at Masters in China. Ceric finished a very good season with winning of bronze medal at Masters held in Guangzhaou City in China.Masters is part of the World Tour where 16 best on the planet in each of the weight categories take participation. “This is surely another dream season for our sports heroin, and Larisa has won the third medal at this most prestigious competition.Earlier, she won silver at the European championship and bronze at the World Championship, as well as the first place at Grand Slam, and this is really a season that Larisa is proud of,” was stated from the Judo Federation BiH.Once again, it was confirmed that judo ic the most intense Olympic sports in BiH and our heroine Larisa Cerić also verified the epithet of the best athletes ever in BiH.
Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January.Growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams topped the agenda at this week’s FIFA Council meeting.The powerful 36-member panel weighed proposals for a 40-team competition with eight groups of five teams, or 10 groups of four.A 48-team format, favoured by Infantino, would see the 16 group winners of a qualifying round automatically book a place in the tournament, while an additional 32 teams would compete in a new pre-tournament play-off.From the play-off, 16 nations would then move on to the World Cup itself.FIFA said the council would make a final decision at a meeting on January 9 and 10 .But there were signs Infantino was winning the necessary support.“The trend (in the council) is towards a larger format,” Belgian council member Michel D’Hooghe said, adding that the allocation of entries among the confederations remained a source of debate.A council member, who requested anonymity, said the newly crowned head of European football, Aleksander Ceferin, was in favour of a larger tournament.Critics have voiced concern that a bigger competition would dilute the quality of World Cup play and add new fixtures to football’s already packed calendar.According to the source, some council members were uneasy about the 48-team format but said Infantino “strongly pushed” for it.Infantino was elected to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s chief in February, with a pledge to grow football globally even as the sport’s governing body reeled from an unprecedented set of corruption scandals.On Friday the 46-year-old Swiss-Italian national insisted that any decision to expand the World Cup would be made solely with a view to grow the game.“The decision on expansion is not a financial or political decision. It has to be a sporting decision. We’ll have to decide what is best for football,” he said. Share on: WhatsApp The council on Thursday backed plans to allow countries to co-host the World Cup to ease the immense financial burden of organising the tournament.Bidding for the 2026 World Cup is due to open in the summer of 2017, but a rotational policy will preclude the previous two host confederations — Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 — from staging the tournament.Israel/Palestine tensions The Palestine Football Association had hoped FIFA brass would get tough on Israel this week over six clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.Palestinian leaders called on FIFA to either expel the clubs in settlements, which are illegal under international law, or relocate them within Israel’s recognised borders.But the council put off making a decision on the thorny issue, as the head of FIFA’s monitoring mission for the dispute, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, said he was unable to finalise his full report.Infantino told journalists he would travel to the region, “when it will be meaningful to go, when there is something that is moving in the right way.”Sexwale is due to deliver his report in November at a meeting expected to include both Israeli and Palestinian representatives.Infantino urged both sides “to come with an open mind, and a constructive attitude.”“We are not a political organisation. We are not here to find political solutions. We are hear to talk football,” he said.Israel’s ever-tense ties with the Muslim world also forced FIFA to reassign its next congress, after Kuala Lumpur withdrew as host because Malaysia’s government said it would not grant visas to Israeli officials.The council picked Bahrain’s capital Manama to host the upcoming congress, scheduled for May 11.
In addition to deciding who will be president of the United States for four more years, voters in Broward will also be selecting a sheriff.On the ballot will be two “incumbents” both sort of running for re-election.The current Broward Sheriff, Gregory Tony, was not elected, but rather was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to replace suspended Sheriff Scott Israel.Broward voters first elected Israel sheriff in 2012 and then re-elected him in 2016.During the following two years as sheriff, Broward county was rocked by two mass shootings. In 2017, a gunman killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport baggage claim, the next year, another gunman claimed the lives of 17 students and teachers at Marjorie Stoneman High School in Parkland.The republican governor at the time, Rick Scott, did not suspend Sheriff Israel for his handling of the shootings.But republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis made a campaign promise to get rid of Israel if elected.DeSantis made good on that promise just days after he took office in Tallahassee. In October 2019, the Florida Senate voted to uphold the suspension despite a recommendation from a special magistrate to re-instate Scott Israel as Broward Sheriff. The Republican led Florida Senate voted to oust Israel mostly on party lines, but four Broward democrat Senators voted against the suspension. Both Tony and Israel will be running as democrats in the August primary for Broward sheriff. Tony announced his candidacy on Monday, Israel announced right after the Senate voted not to re-instate him.Listen to 850WFTL on Friday at 9:30 am to hear Karen Curtis’ exclusive interviews with former Broward Sheriff Israel and acting Sheriff Gregory Tony. Both explain why they are the better candidate to run the Broward Sheriff department.
Police have issued an ultimatum to protesters they’ve now surrounded at the city’s Polytechnic University.Protesters who spent days trying to keep police from getting into the campus are now desperately trying to get out.Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on a surging crowd. The U.S. is condemning what the Trump administration calls the unjustified use of force against pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.A senior official Sunday said China needs to protect the semi-autonomous city’s freedom and that both sides need to refrain from further violence.The official also said the White House wants both sides to engage in constructive dialogue.The threat of violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong as police sealed off a university and protestors armed themselves with bows and arrows.
As of Thursday the virus has killed 170 people and sickened more than 7,000 people in mainland China.CDC officials say the risk for infection in the U.S. still remains low. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the first person-to-person transmission of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States.According to the CDC a woman was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus in Chicago, Illinois, transmitted it to her husband. The woman arrived from Wuhan, China, where the first case was reported, on January 13th. Officials say she was feeling sick shorty after, and her husband developed symptoms of the virus right away. Officials say this is the first human-to-human spread in the United States.
By Stephen DienerSomething has really bothered me over the past 24 hours when it comes to the Michael Flynn “unmasking” story. Namely, the fact that this has the real potential to be the biggest political scandal of our life time, (yes, bigger than Watergate) and yet the majority doesn’t seem to understand why, or are even paying attention to it.And maybe that isn’t anyone’s fault besides the main stream media.Fox News is the only MSM outlet that has covered this story, every other network has largely ignored it. So when things are ignored or swept under the rug, it’s hard for the general population to understand what is really happening out there.Enter, me and this labor of love.First, the backstory.There is a law that allows the intelligence community to monitor foreign people of interest. These laws were enacted with the hopes of stopping terrorism through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or more commonly known as FISA. It has provisions in place that are supposed to protect Americans who are “incidentally” recorded. They do this by “masking” them.Now, sometimes during surveillance, unwitting Americans are caught up in the conversation. When this happens, intelligence analysts are supposed to “mask” that persons identity out of respect and privacy, unless they are suspected of wrongdoing.Here’s where Michael Flynn comes in and why this is a very big deal.In early 2017, a few weeks before Trump was set to take office, Flynn was having conversations with a Russian ambassador who the NSA just happened to be surveilling. They were talking about sanctions that would have gone against moves that the Obama administration had made in the past.So what did the perpetrators decide to do from there? Go after the very man who worked his whole career to defend against Russia and accuse him of conspiring with Russians.Side note, that accusation was proven false last week which is why you may have heard about the DOJ dropping charges against Flynn. His life was still ruined for the past three and a half years, but that is neither here nor there to his accusers.But back to the story.The rest of this reads almost like a spy novel.From there, then VP Joe Biden, FBI Director James Comey, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and CIA Director John Brennan, amongst others, used their powers to unmask Flynn and reveal his identity in order to stop his work and undermine the Trump presidency before it even began.Is that in its self illegal? There is a lot of gray area there, but there is no argument that it is highly immoral to abuse your powers to spy on and set up a political opponent for your own personal gain.That being said, someone leaked Flynn’s name to the press at that time, which is indeed highly illegal, and that someone could be any of those slime balls I already mentioned. Which could mean future Senate investigations and possible jail time for said slime balls.And make no mistake about it, just because Obama’s name was not mentioned in the unmasking request list that came out yesterday that showed all of the administration officials who did put in requests to uncover Flynn’s identity, it does not mean he was not aware or even involved in what was going on.Case in point, Lisa Page’s text to Peter Strozk on September 6th, 2016 that read “POTUS wants to know everything that we are doing.”Well, that seems pretty cut and dry doesn’t it? And in case you forgot, those are the two FBI agents who got in trouble for having an affair and lying about it.So what happened after they got a hold of Flynn?They forced him to lie about his involvement with the Russians by threatening him and his son. Nice people right? That of course led to something you might remember called the Russia collusion investigation which lasted for over two years.The entire thing was based off of lies and deception all for personal gain. Which is kind of ironic when you think about it, considering that is exactly what the Democrats impeached Trump for when they accused him of quid pro quo with Ukraine for political gain.In short, this is a very big deal because the officials at the very highest levels of the Obama administration, the intelligence communities, and possibly even then President Obama himself were involved with trying to sabotage an incoming President and working behind the scenes for three very long years to get him ousted.These are no longer tin hat conspiracy theories like the goons at CNN or MSNBC would have you believe, this is now hardcore truth backed up by government documents.Which is more than they could ever say in any of their fake investigations.