USG hopes to renovate Leavey

first_imgTuesday night’s USG Senate Meeting featured presentations from Academic Affairs, the Marketing and Special Events branches of USG’s Program Board and the Center for Excellence in Teaching.Academic Affairs Director Michael Yoshimura reported on his organization’s meetings with USC Information Technology Services and the dean of libraries.Yoshimura said ITS plans to switch all students from the old webmail server to Google Apps.“ITS wants us to switch everyone over to Google Apps from the old system. It’s more secure, you get more storage; all in all, it’s an easier system to work with,” Yoshimura said.ITS wants to implement an online database for four-year course plans, similar to one used at Arizona State University. ITS employees are also conducting a wireless walkthrough to point out areas of bad service on campus and add routers if needed.Yoshimura also told the Senate about a meeting with the dean of libraries to move forward on a $20 million renovation to Leavey Library.“We’re expecting an overwhelming amount of people to support Leavey renovations,” Yoshimura said. “This is a student-driven issue, and students expect Leavey to be updated for the 21st century.”Yoshimura announced that there will be an ITS help desk in front of Leavey Library for finals week to assist students with issues regarding USC Wireless and their USC email accounts, and a “New Library Hours” infographic will be posted at university libraries.After Yoshimura spoke, the meeting shifted to Program Board’s marketing team. Jojo Zhang, social media assistant director of Program Board, and Paola Fernandez, historian assistant director of Program Board, discussed recent successes of their organization, such as increasing the number of likes on USG’s Facebook page from 900 to nearly 2,400 in the past few months.The directors said changes in recruitment have helped the organization improve.“We wanted to improve the committee’s strength,” Zhang said.In previous years, Zhang said members didn’t have a lot of responsibility. New committees within marketing have increased the committee’s personnel. Extra committee members will be crucial in promoting upcoming events such as Conquest, Zhang said.“We have about 30 members now, which is a huge boost,” Zhang said.Special Events Committee Director Kim Chu presented on upcoming events.Special Events sponsored several events on campus this fall, including the “Welcome Back Comedy Show with Jay Pharoah.”“Our goal is to provide unique and impactful experiences to reach the widest range of USC students,” Chu said.Finally, Undergraduate Fellow Nick Kosturos from the Center for Excellence in Teaching announced plans for an upcoming seminar that will allow USC students to give a 20-minute presentation on a topic of their choice.“We’re hoping to make these seminars a regular occurrence,” Kostorous said.The goal of the seminar is promoting extracurricular learning on campus and giving students a platform to present on topics.“The idea is it’s led for students by students … We’re trying to find out what students are passionate about,” Kostorous said.The seminar, titled “Sparking Intellectual Curiosity at USC,” will take place in the Taper Hall of Humanities on Nov. 21. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Sigurdsson Left Out Of Swansea City Squad Amid Everton Interest

first_imgEverton have been interested in the 27-year-old midfielder all summer, with Swansea City rejecting the Merseysider’s £40m bid.RelatedOfficial – Everton Completes The Signing Of Sigurdsson From Swansea CityAugust 16, 2017In “England”Everton Agree £45m Transfer Fee For Swansea’s SigurdssonAugust 15, 2017In “England”European League Preview: Bundesliga Returns, Ligue 1 & Premier League Excitement ContinuesAugust 18, 2017In “England” Swansea City midfielder and Everton target, Gylfi Sigurdsson, have been left out of Swansea’s pre-season friendly squad amidst spuculations about his future.The Icelandian will not take part in Swansea City’s pre-season friendly against Birmingham today, following an agreement between the club and Sigurdsson to sit out of the game due to his current transfer situation.Swansea City official website announced: “Gylfi Sigurdsson, however, will not feature as it was agreed between the club and player that he would sit this game out due to the current transfer speculation surrounding him.”last_img read more

Milaha Launches Its 1st European Service

first_imgzoomAbdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha CEO; Image Courtesy: Milaha Qatar-based maritime transport and logistics company Milaha has launched the new Black Sea Express Service (BSX) — the company’s first European service linking the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The new direct feeder service will be connecting Greece, Turkey, Georgia and Russia and will initially be served by two vessels with a 1,700 TEU capacity and 300 reefer plugs.It will have the following port rotation: Piraeus (Greece) – Kumport (Istanbul) – Poti (Georgia) – Novorossiysk (Russia) – Piraeus (Greece).According to Milaha, the new service will cater for Russian and Turkish regional trade, while also linking Greece with multiple locations in the Black Sea region, further enhancing the company’s portfolio of international maritime and logistics services.Milaha’s President and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai highlighted that the introduction of the new service reflects the company’s success in expanding its coverage into new markets, amid rising demand for its services.“This latest addition to our feeder services will complement our existing coverage in the Black Sea region and expand our reach to the Mediterranean Sea,” he said.Milaha currently calls twelve ports directly and serves more than 20 ports via its liner services in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, South East Asia and Europe.The company’s fleet currently comprises 66 vessels with a total fleet value of USD 792.07 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Related:Milaha to Upgrade Its Mesaieed ShipyardMilaha Joins Forces with Oracle Cloud to Transform Its Businesslast_img read more

Raymond Cormier acquittal sparks rallies in solidarity with Tina Fontaine

first_imgAPTN NewsThe not-guilty verdict in the death of Tina Fontaine has sparked calls to action across Canada honouring the 15-year-old Sagkeeng First Nation girl and calling for systemic change.On Friday morning, Fontaine’s supporters will gather outside the Winnipeg courthouse where Raymond Cormier walked free the previous evening.Rallies are also scheduled for Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Guelph, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax over the weekend.Large crowd gathering for #TinaFontaine March. Great-aunt Thelma Favel surrounded by family and friends @APTNNews— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) February 23, 2018“The CFS (Children and Family Services) system has definitely failed Tina Fontaine, the Winnipeg Police Services failed Tina Fontaine and Canadian society failed Tina Fontaine,” said Kevin Hart, the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Manitoba.“Everybody right now across this country should be ashamed of themselves for the injustice that just occurred here.”— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) February 23, 2018A jury acquitted the 56-year-old after a three-week trial. Fontaine’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and filled with rocks, was pulled from the Red River in August 2014. Cormier was charged almost a year later.Tina was being sexually exploited after coming to Winnipeg from Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Many #Indigenous youth standing together at the Walk in Honour for Tina Fontaine event. #mmiwg #cdnpoli @APTNNews— APTNInvestigates (@APTNInvestigate) February 23, 2018The jury heard how Tina’s relatively stable upbringing spiralled out of control when her father was murdered. Her mother came back into her life and Tina had gone to visit her in Winnipeg, where the girl descended into life on the streets.She and her boyfriend met the much-older Cormier in the summer of 2014. The jury heard Cormier gave the couple a place to stay, gave Tina drugs and had sex with her.Fontaine was in the care of social services and was staying at a Winnipeg hotel when she disappeared.Her death prompted renewed calls for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.Holding a stick of sage in the air. A woman attending the Walk in Honour of Tina Fontaine event. #mmiwg #cdnpoli #mb— Martha Troian (@ozhibiiige) February 23, 2018Here’s what other leaders had to say following Cormier’s acquittal:“The death of Tina Fontaine was a tragedy and our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and entire community. Her death galvanized our whole country to demand measures that would stop the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.” – Carolyn Bennett, minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, in a statement.#TinaFontaine #toronto— Beverly Andrews (@APTNBeverly) February 23, 2018“Shocked and disgusted. Tina is a symbol of MMIWG in our country _ and this is the signal Cdn society sends? No justice. No peace. We must stand up to this injustice.” – Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, on Twitter.“Once again justice was not found in the courtroom for a FirstNations child … The trauma and pain this causes for me and all First Nations people across Canada is deep. Systemic injustices require systemic action to change.” – Perry Bellegarde, national chief, Assembly of First Nations, on Twitter.“There’s no question in my mind that we all failed Tina. And we are all continuing to fail other young Indigenous people in communities across our country. I believe Canada is the greatest country in the world … but until we all confront the shame and tragedy of our country’s racist treatment of Indigenous people we will fall short of that great country we know Canada to be.” – Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, in a statement.– With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more