HapaSC redefines race and ethnicity

first_imgThe social community club, HapaSC, is repurposing the question of race and ethnicity to allow students of mixed ethnicities to define themselves in their own terms.HapaSC is hosting The Hapa Project on Trousdale Parkway from March 31 to April 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to open up conversations about stereotypes and foster respectful conversations about race.Students can take pictures and write their own definition of who they are on the picture.Jamie Kwong, communications manager of HapaSC, sees the pictures as a platform for those with a multicultural background to define themselves.“People should be able to define themselves and not have to be asked what they are,” Kwong said.  “It’s important on such a diverse campus to kind of include the third race into all that goes on at USC already.”The Hapa photo book, created by the artist Kip Fulbeck, inspired Aly Tsui, the president of HapaSC, and Elisabeth Gilmore, vice president, to bring the Hapa Project to USC.Fulbeck began the project in 2001 to photograph over 1,200 volunteers throughout the nation who identify as Hapa. HapaSC saw the effect the project had and wanted to replicate that effect at USC.Tsui said that there are many ways to define yourself and there is no right or wrong answer.“When people ask you ‘what are you?’ there are so many ways that you can respond that may or may not be what they’re looking for,” Tsui said.“By doing it in a way like this we’re giving the student the power to find out themselves,” Gilmore said.As a club dedicated to inclusivity, HapaSC was created to connect multiracial students and to create an environment where members can openly discuss what being multiethnic means to them.“I think [the purpose of HapaSC is] having a community like this on campus where those people that kind of fit into this, kind of fit into that, but don’t really fit in to either, can come and have a place to call home,” Kwong said.HapaSC was formed to create a safe space for multicultural students to discuss their experiences.“Friendship is something we really want to focus on because I think the friendship level is where barriers start to get broken down,” Gilmore said. “It’s also about raising awareness for people of how to be more respectful when talking about those types of things, or also acknowledging that it even exists.  I think a lot of people categorize it that they’re so exotic or cool but, it’s still an ‘other’ not an ‘us.’”Each week HapaSC focuses on different ethnic mixes to break down barriers between ethnicities.  The goal is to create a collective consciousness to beat the identity crisis, as students of mixed ethnicities are sometimes pressured to choose between one of their identities.“I think most people that come from a unitary race background don’t necessarily comprehend what it’s like to grow up with two very distinct cultures. It is a really interesting experience growing up because you’re constantly balancing obligations and expectations from two sides of your family or maybe even more than that,” Tsui said.HapaSC serves as a resource for multicultural students to explore their mixed backgrounds and experiences, discuss the growing presence of multicultural people in society and provide service opportunities catered to serving those in the Hapa community.“We want to address a segment of society that is not talked about as much and is not really given the credit it necessarily deserves,” Tsui said.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about Army

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 For the third consecutive year, Army will travel 215 miles north to the Carrier Dome for a date with Syracuse. The No. 6 Orange (2-0) host unranked Army Saturday at noon, a week before each team begins conference play. The Cadets (2-1) beat Nick Mariano’s former school, Massachusetts, 9-2 in the season opener, lost at then-No. 18 Rutgers then routed Virginia Military Institute on Tuesday. SU won its first two games against Siena and Albany.Here’s what you need to know ahead of Saturday’s matchup.All-time series: Army leads, 39-24The last time they played: Behind two goals each from midfielders Sergio Salcido and Derek DeJoe, Syracuse handed Army a 9-8 defeat last February. The then-No. 3 Orange trailed 3-2 after one quarter, but squeaked away with the one-point victory thanks to a Tim Barber goal with under four minutes left. Then-freshman Nate Solomon, who has four goals through two games this year, scored a goal in the game. For Army, attacks Connor Cook had two scores and Cole Johnson added one.The Army report: The Cadets lead the all-time series, but since 1980 SU is 21-4 and has won the last five meetings. That’s not to say SU’s dominated. Last year’s game came down to the wire and the 2015 matchup ended 12-9. For years, the Cadets have ranked near the top of the nation in scoring defense. Expect that on Saturday, as the Cadets boast the No.7 scoring defense in the country. This year’s team returns one defender, and Army head coach Joe Alberici said his backline looks “solid” thus far.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn three games, Army has scored 39 goals. Johnson, a senior attack, leads the team with eight goals and four assists. He’s flanked by Nate Jones, David Symmes, Ted Glesener and Dan Grabher, among the nine Cadets to have scored at least two goals. Grabher is one of the best faceoff players in the country and should give Ben Williams some fits. Grabher is 35-of-54 in his third season at the X.“He’s a real threat offensive,” Alberici said. “He hasn’t had great success against Williams. We hope to change that tide.”How Syracuse beats Army: On defense, Syracuse should begin to clamp down and minimize early mistakes. The unit has played sloppily in both first quarters, either missing slides or miscommunicating. SU’s offense is balanced enough to recover, but a strong start from the Syracuse backline would be a surefire way to win.The hallmark of Army is its defense. But SU’s offense has been spread out thus far, scoring 29 goals from 13 different sticks. Alberici said there are several matchup issues with Matt Lane, Salcido, Mariano and Brendan Bomberry (team-leading five goals), who gives SU “an added dimension to finish without the ball.” Should a top-15 offense in Syracuse continue its spread against the no. 7 scoring defense, it’ll likely come away with yet another victory against its New York state counterpart.“We’ll clearly be tested Saturday afternoon,” Alberici said.Player to watch: Cole Johnson, attack, No. 28Without a big game from Johnson, it’s tough to see Army squeak away with a victory. As a junior last year, he racked up 73 points, second in program history. This year, he’s picked up right where he left off. The 6-foot-1, 171-pounder leads Army in both goals and assists. In his career, he has scored three goals in two games against the Orange. His speed and shiftiness poses as Syracuse’s biggest threat.“He’s going to have to be outstanding on Saturday for us to come away with a victory,” Alberici said. Commentslast_img read more

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Grinding Gears: Enfield is playing recruiting game

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanLast Saturday, USC sent out a press release announcing the hiring of Eric Mobley as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team.It read like most press releases, with a plain quote from head coach Andy Enfield followed by a list of Mobley’s basketball experience. But at the very end, it stated: “[Mobley] and Nicol are the parents of sons Isaiah and Evan.” There is no mention of the fact that Mobley’s sons play basketball.Talk about burying the lead.Let’s connect the dots: Isaiah and Evan Mobley are two of the most highly touted basketball prospects in the country. 247Sports ranks Isaiah as the 31st-best prospect in the class of 2019, and Evan as the 12th-best in the class of 2020. Enfield’s contract runs through 2023, and he needs some recruiting wins after the damage that the ongoing FBI investigation has done to the program, with potentially more to come.(Insert thinking face emoji).To be clear, this hire is not against NCAA rules. Head coaches are free to hire assistants who have relationships with high-profile recruits, as fishy as that might sound. Enfield probably has the inside track in signing both Mobley boys, which would guarantee a top recruit in each of the next two years.The only downside, basketball-wise, would be Mobley’s experience — or lack thereof — at the NCAA level. Mobley’s highest level of coaching has been with the AAU (a league where LaVar Ball, a well-respected basketball intellectual, serves as the head coach of the Big Ballers) for the past 11 years, most recently with the Compton Magic 16-and-under team.Going from a 16-and-under team to a Division I college basketball program is a big jump. That’s not to say that Mobley won’t turn out to be a stellar hire. He could use his AAU connections to recruit players. And plenty of coaches have succeeded right away in the upper echelons of basketball.But this isn’t NBA Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr sliding from the broadcast booth to coach a Warriors team loaded with future Hall of Famers. Coaching at the college level matters so much more than it does in the pros because of how raw many of the players are. Coaches play a large role in the habits they develop, the changes they make to their game, whether they improve enough to play at the next level, and more.Plus, the optics here are not great. Mobley replaces Tony Bland, the former assistant coach who was fired last season after the FBI arrested him for his alleged involvement in an elaborate scheme to funnel money to recruits. De’Anthony Melton, one of the recruits, was held out of action this past season and left school early to declare for the NBA Draft. Taeshon Cherry, who is alleged to be the other recruit, switched his commitment from USC to Arizona State a few months ago, robbing USC of its most talented incoming freshman in a decade.   In essence, USC is replacing Bland, a star recruiter who allegedly used illegal means to do his job, with Mobley, who offers a direct — albeit what some might call ethically questionable — line to two prized recruits.It is very possible that Enfield is hiring Mobley because he thinks Mobley is going to be a great basketball mind, and the fact that Mobley has two sons with promising futures in basketball is a total coincidence. That was the assumption when he called Mobley an outstanding coach and a terrific person with a wealth of playing and coaching experience at a variety of levels in the press release.But it’s more probable that Enfield is doing what Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin did before last season, hiring Michael Porter Sr., the father of highly touted prospect Michael Porter Jr., as an assistant. To no one’s surprise, Porter Jr. signed a letter of intent with Missouri shortly thereafter.Enfield has also used out-of-the-box recruiting tactics before. When Marvin Bagley, the No. 1 recruit in the country in 2018, visited USC last summer, Enfield not only offered Bagley a scholarship, but also extended offers to each of Bagley’s two brothers: Marcus, a high school sophomore at the time, and 7-year-old Martay. There’s even video of Enfield showing Martay the on-campus cupcake ATM and the kid buying three cupcakes.But that wasn’t enough for the Bagley family, apparently. Marvin committed to Duke, because of course he did. The Oregonian recently reported that the Bagley family may have received direct benefits from a Nike sponsorship with an AAU team that Bagley’s father coached. Duke is also sponsored by Nike, because of course it is.Shady recruiting tactics are pervasive in college athletics. When your job depends on winning, and that depends on bringing in top recruits, you just have to play the under-the-table game. I’m looking forward to watching Isaiah and Evan Mobley tear it up at the Galen Center in a few years.Eric He is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

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B.A. Utd inch closer to Premier League return

first_imgB.A. United on Wednesday played themselves into contention for a return to the Premier League after winning their second fixture in the play-offs.A slim 1-0 victory over Real Tamale United at the Robert Mensah Stadium handed the Brong Ahafo side the upper hand in the qualifying campaign ahead of the final fixtures on Saturday.Major Baah Tetteh scored the decisive match winner after the 75th minute in Cape Coast.B.A. United sit at the top of the standings with a comfortable 6 points, three more than their closest contenders, Berekum Arsenal, who moved into second place.A point from their final game against Wa African Utd will secure them a return to the top-flight after a decade in the lower ranks.Arsenal recorded their first win after thumping Wa African Utd 4-0 in the other qualifying game at the Essipon Stadium. Fimms Kwakye and Abdul H. Ishmaeli scored in between Mohammed Hamza brace.Match-day-2: Wednesday, July 30Match: B.A. Utd 1-0 RTUMatch: Arsenal 4-0 Wa African Utdlast_img read more

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Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay-Z said of “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson.“I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” he added about the song from his personal and revealing album, “4:44.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKaepernick became a polarizing figure among NFL fans for his decision to sit, and then kneel, during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality. Gregory, who died last month, was a comedian and activist who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.Jay-Z’s performance, though full of energy and excitement, had some other serious tones. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Reggae artist Damian Marley joined in for “Bam” from “4:44,” which was released in June and features songs about Jay-Z’s personal life and work as an entrepreneur.The Meadows festival, in its second year, will also play Saturday and Sunday, featuring performers like Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Weezer, Future and LL Cool J across four stages. Migos, Run the Jewels, Two Door Cinema Club and 21 Savage also performed Friday.Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.“If anybody got a dream, you chase that (dream) with everything you got,” he said at one point.When one fan was eager for Jay-Z to sign something, the rapper asked if the fan had a pen.The fan did not.“How am I going to sign your (stuff) without a pen?” Jay-Z asked.“Got to be prepared,” he told the fan. Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Dirk on today’s NBA: ‘It’s more about making money and winning than loyalty’ Winning start When the beat for the Kanye West-produced 2003 song “Lucifer” came on — which samples Max Romeo’s “Chase the Devil” and includes the lyrics “Lucifer son of the morning, I’m gonna chase you out of Earth” — Jay-Z told the mostly young audience: “I promise we won’t take people out of this country.”Jay-Z also said to the crowd, several times, that “love always trumps hate.”At the show, the 47-year-old icon wore a white T-shirt featuring the artwork of the 1965 Beatles film and album, “Help!” Jay-Z said he wanted to transform the show into rock ‘n’ roll territory when he played his collaborations with Linkin Park, even paying tribute to the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July.“If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven,” Jay-Z said before performing the Grammy-winning mashup “Numb/Encore,” standing still and holding the microphone close with both of his hands.Jay-Z’s set also included big hits from his 21-year-old career, from “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” to “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to “Empire State of Mind.” His last main show in New York was part of his 2014 On the Run Tour with Beyonce, though he’s had some performances for his Tidal streaming service and surprise appearances.ADVERTISEMENT Jay Z performs during The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.The Brooklyn rapper kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, performing a 90-minute set that included his well-known songs as well as political moments.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Contractors Abandon Bong Technical College

first_imgConcerns are mounting in Gbarnga, Bong County, over the slow pace of construction work being done by Chinese contractors at the Bong Technical College (BTC), formerly the Gboveh Community College in Gbarnga.The Bong Technical College is one of several community colleges legislated by government to be built in every county capital as part of the Government of Liberia’s provision of education to its citizens.Funding for the construction of the BTC is directly from the County Social Development Funds (CSDF) provided by concessionaire companies operating in the county as a means of realizing benefits in keeping with their corporate social responsibility as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed with the Liberian Government.The community college, when built, will have a greater impact on county inhabitants pursuant of government’s commitment towards creating an enabling environment to enhance transformation in the lives of its citizens through quality education.The BTC construction project is being implemented by the Chinese-Liberia United Construction Company.Active work on the college started in September of 2010 with the agreement between the contractors and the county leadership that the first phase of the project, which comprised the school and the administration buildings, would be completed in 2012.   But it appears that deadline for phase one has elapsed and the project has not gone 50%.The President of the college,  Dr. John Flomo, in an interview with this newspaper,  maintained that the BTC may close down this semester if the necessary financial support is not provided the to complete the project.Dr. Flomo explained that at present the BTC is being housed at the United Methodist William V.S.Tubman-Gray High School in Gbarnga.  He stressed that the Tubman-Gray school cannot accommodate the existing enrollment. The BTC president also informed this reporter that the institution may not administer placement entrance exams for this semester as the result of limited space at the Tubman-Gray High School that cannot host additional students.Dr. Flomo emphasized that the school as a technical institution has procured some laboratory equipment for students who are reading engineering and biology but cannot access these equipment due to limited rooms at the Tubman-Gray High School.“We have run the school for two semesters now and most of the students are sophomore, so they cannot be in the school without having access to laboratory.    We would not be doing good to ourselves,” Dr. Flomo emphasized.He said as the result of the limited rooms, his administration is finding it very  hard to establish departments at the school; noting, we need to constitute departments as a college.“The BTC will not open for this semester if the building to house the college is not complete” Dr. Flomo stressed.He said during his recent trip  to United States of America he met with faculties and officials of the universities of Minnesota, Iowa and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build international partnerships in order to make the BTC a viable institution to meet international educational standards.He said the community college will be offering Bachelor of Science degree in six distinct disciplines: computer engineering, mining engineering, civil engineering, agricultural technology, nursing and education.Dr. Flomo explained that his administration is in constant negotiation with the administration of Iowa University for some of its professors to come to the community college when completed to offer their expertise in agriculture since the university is one of the best agricultural universities in the world and to also develop agriculture curriculum for the school.An investigation conducted by the Daily Observer in Gbarnga established that the county leadership has provided a little over US$4M to the Chinese Company for phase one which includes the construction of the school and the administration buildings. The estimate of the entire project was put in the tune of US$ 7.9m, which comprises of teachers’ quarters, students’ dormitory, the school and administration buildings.In March of 2013, at the County Council sitting, the leadership of the county allotted US$ 800,000.00, to the college for the roofing of the building but the money is yet to be provided to the administration of the school.There has been rigmarole amongst county officials over the construction of the BTC on grounds that the college is close to the Cuttington University and may undermine the enrollment of Cuttington University.The BTC was conceived in 2009 by the 52nd Legislative Caucus of Bong County, with Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Representative George Sylvester Mulbah being at the forefront, to address the  growing demand of high school graduates in the county who do not have the financial will power to enroll at Cuttington University.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jadgeo warns of worsening economic crisis

first_img…wants Govt to act now instead of waiting on oilGuyana as a country is in an economic crisis that will only get worse if Government continues to bury its head like the proverbial ostrich, instead of making urgent and critical investment decisions to turn around the country’s fortunes, rather than sit and wait on the possible revenue windfall from oil.The clarion call was made by former president Bharrat Jagdeo who on Friday met with local business leaders to give his take on the country’s economic performances, pitfalls and worrying signals emanating from the current administration.Business Minister disingenuousJagdeo, a Russian-trained economist, and former finance minister of Guyana, told the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) Business Luncheon, that Minster of Business Dominic Gaskin was in fact disingenuous in his pronouncements when he addressed the local business leaders earlier this year.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressing the gathering at the business luncheonAddressing a packed Savannah Suite at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel, Jagdeo said that the ruling A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) administration is without a detailed development strategy for Guyana, unlike what obtained under his administration.Jagdeo used the opportunity to take the Business Minister to task over his assessments for Guyana’s economy and reference to international indices, saying instead that the minister needs to outline what the administration is going to do in the short- and medium-term to alleviate the uneasiness in the business community.Jagdeo said too that Minister Gaskin was wrong to use the performance indicators of neighbouring countries to justify Guyana’s economic slump, since the circumstances in each of these countries were different.Minister Gaskin in his address to the GMSA business forum earlier this year, suggested that neighbouring economies were performing poorly, and as such Guyana was in no economic crisis.Jagdeo rubbished this argument posited by Gaskin by firstly pointing to the falling oil prices on the world market which has had an adverse impact on the economies of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname.According to Jagdeo, low oil prices on the world market is in fact a favourable situation for Guyana, since it will and has allowed for greater international reserves giving government the fiscal space to make immediate interventions.ExcusesThe former President also used the occasion to give his assessment of the economy in the context of the recently presented 2016 Mid-Year Report, saying that the only new industry that Government has created is that of “manufacturing excuses.”“It’s not the excuses that will move our country forward,” extolled Jagdeo.He told the manufacturers that the economy has in fact been declining significantly and this is being masked by the outstanding performances of two gold mining operations which, coincidentally, were brought into Guyana under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration.Jagdeo expressed that if these two companies were to be disaggregated from the country’s overall performance, then it would reveal that there has been an actual decline.The former president pointed out that a number of the traditional sectors of the economy have either been returning dismal performances, stagnant or marginal growth.He said one would have thought that government would have put incentives in place to assist its local exporters since they are facing lower prices in the international market, coupled with increased competition.According to Jagdeo, a prudent government would have been working with those exporters to ensure they preserve their market share on the international scene.He said what the government has in fact set about doing is reviewing downwards the concessions it affords to the Private Sector and investors – normally meant to act as incentives to stimulate economic growth.Adverse signalsAccording to the former President, the signals being sent by the current Administration can in no way serve to provide any levels of assurance, and will in fact serve to keep investors out of Guyana.He cited as an example the use of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), along with pronouncements from officialdom that the Guyana economy was in fact being buoyed by illegal drug proceeds.According to Jagdeo, no serious international investor will want to come to Guyana in face of such signals being sent by its government.Police state methodsIn direct reference to Government’s SOCU, Jagdeo said this outfit has in fact caused the business community to become extremely hesitant in investing in Guyana.Jagdeo suggested that this was the case, not because persons could not explain the source of the funds they plan to invest, but rather it is because of the ‘Police state methods’ being employed by the unit.He sought to qualify his pronouncements by pointing to the fact that SOCU takes direct instructions from the Ministry of the Presidency.The Opposition Leader pointed also to the operations of the State Asset Recovery Agencyt as another entity functioning under the Ministry of the Presidency which, according to Jagdeo, has already begun undermining the business climate and the independence of the judiciary and constitutional bodies such as the Director of Public Prosecutions.He pointed also to the ‘anti-PPP’ acolytes, such as Desmond Trotman, Professor Clive Thomas and Eric Phillips being appointed to positions under SARA, saying this too has begun to have an adverse impact on the investment climate locally.Developmental possibilitiesJagdeo said he believes there are great developmental possibilities for Guyana’s future but government’s adopted stance of waiting on oil to rescue the economy will not work.He said Guyana has available to it sufficient fiscal space and monetary tools in order to stimulate economic growth in the country, but this requires firm action on the part of government instead of the tightening of its monetary policies, such as increased taxation as was announced recently with the increased import duties for steel.According to the Opposition Leader, Guyana’s revenue base has been declining not because of the numerous concessions that had been afforded the business community, but rather there has been shrinkage in economic activity locally and “Government has no clarity in where it is going.”last_img read more

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Kansas grabs hold of the Big 12 title

first_imgNo. 9 Georgetown 59, Connecticut 46: Roy Hibbert had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hoyas ended a decade of frustration against Connecticut and clinched a least a share of the Big East regular season title. No. 10 Nevada 69, New Mexico St. 65: Marcelus Kemp scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and Nick Fazekas added 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Nevada over New Mexico State. No. 11 S. Illinois 53, Bradley 51: Matt Shaw’s tip-in with 3.2 seconds remaining lifted Southern Illinois over Bradley in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. No. 20 Marquette 75, No. 12 Pittsburgh 71: Wesley Matthews and David Cubillan scored 20 points each to help Marquette beat Pittsburgh. No. 17 Oregon 70, Oregon State 49: Bryce Taylor scored 22, Aaron Brooks added 18 and Oregon cruised past Oregon State. The Ducks (23-7, 11-7) won their final three games of the regular season and have won 14 straight against the Beavers (11-20, 3-15) at McArthur Court. Oregon will go into next week’s Pac-10 tournament as the fourth seed and will play Arizona. No. 18 Butler 67, Loyola of Chicago 66, OT: A.J. Graves, the nation’s second-leading free-throw shooter, hit six foul shots in the final 53 seconds of overtime to lead Butler to the victory in the semifinals of the Horizon League tournament. Graves finished with 12 points. Brandon Crone led the second-seeded Bulldogs (27-5) with 17 points. Arkansas 82, No. 19 Vanderbilt 67: Gary Ervin scored 21 points, and the Razorbacks kept their slim NCAA tournament hopes alive. No. 22 Notre Dame 73, Rutgers 66: Colin Falls scored 22 points and Russell Carter had 17 for Notre Dame. Notre Dame (23-6, 11-5), which clinched a first-round bye in the Big East tournament when Syracuse lost earlier in the day, can grab the third seed if Louisville loses to Seton Hall on Sunday. No. 24 Maryland 79, N.C. State 59: Mike Jones scored 21 points in his final home game to lead Maryland to the victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Durant, who leads the Big 12 in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots, injured his ankle with about 11 minutes left in the second half and was not the same after he returned from the locker room a few minutes later. No. 1 Ohio St. 65, Michigan 61: Greg Oden scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help Ohio State win its 14th straight game. Mario Chalmers had 21 points and No. 3 Kansas fought back from a 16-point deficit and beat the No. 15 Longhorns (27-4, 14-2) (22-8, 12-4) 90-86 on Saturday, claiming the Big 12 championship. Texas’ freshman sensation Kevin Durant, a top candidate for national player of the year, hit all but four of his first 14 shots and scored 25 points in the first half and the Longhorns seized a 54-42 halftime lead. center_img After trailing by six, the Buckeyes (27-3, 15-1 Big Ten) held the Wolverines (20-11, 8-8) scoreless for the final 3:54. No. 4 Wisconsin 52, Michigan State 50: Kammron Taylor’s 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining lifted the Badgers, who avoided going into the postseason with three straight losses. No. 6 Memphis 64, SMU 61: Chris Douglas-Roberts had 19 points with the key basket late and Memphis won its 19th straight game to complete a perfect record in Conference USA with a victory at SMU. No. 7 Texas A&M 94, Missouri 78: Antanas Kavaliauskas scored a career-high 26 points to help Texas A&M get the win in the regular-season finale for both teams. Texas A&M (25-5, 13-3) clinched the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament with the win. last_img read more

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Something to chew on

first_imgCarl’s Jr. brags about its Original $6 Burger, Burger King touts its Angus Steak Burger and McDonald’s proudly debuted the Angus Third Pounder on Monday. As these premium beef patties eat up a big chunk of the market, some say fast food is going high class. “With McDonald’s entering the fray now, that adds even more credit to the fact that consumers are accepting and willing to buy items that are more premium quality and that carry a somewhat higher price,” said food consultant Robert Sandelman of Sandelman & Associates in San Clemente. The upscale burgers come after chains such as Chipotle, Panera Bread and Baja Fresh proved there are plenty of people willing to fork over a bit more for a quick meal in a more refined environment, Sandelman said. “The line of $6 burgers is a very important source of sales,” he said. What might prevent the Original $6 Burger – and other premium burgers – from widespread stardom is the price. The chain’s top seller, the Famous Star, costs about $1.99, or less than half the price of its big brother. “That tends to have somewhat of a limiting effect on how many you sell,” Haley said. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 What our panel said McDonald’s Angus Third Pounder Weight: 1/3 of a pound Calories: 760 Price: $3.99 Winning score: 72 (out of 80) Comments: “Best in class.” “Best looking of all.” “Very impressive, fresh veggies, thick patty, nice bun.” In-N-Out Double Double Weight: 1/4 of a pound Calories: 670 Price: $2.85 Score: 66 Comments: “Good and tasty.” “The sauce and condiments make this burger even better.” Fatburger’s Fatburger Weight: 1/3 of a pound Calories: 520 Price: $4.49 Score: 63 Comments: “Great flavor.” “Patty was ‘homemade.’ Worth a second bite.” Carl’s Jr. Original $6 Burger Weight: 1/2 of a pound Calories: 1010 Price: $4.49 Score: 54 Comments: “Looks inviting. Isn’t.” “To the hungry eye, looks like it could fill anybody up.” Burger King’s Angus Steak Burger Weight: 1/3 of a pound Calories: 640 Price: $3.89 Score: 36 Comments: “Didn’t taste like a hamburger.” “Not very appealing.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Owners of McDonald’s restaurants in Southern California developed the Third Pounder over the past three years, and it is the first new burger on the menu since the Big N’ Tasty debuted a decade ago, company officials said. The Third Pounder is available only in the Southern California market. “It’s just a matter of rounding out our menu,” said Scott Frisbie, whose family owns 17 McDonald’s restaurants in Orange County. “Consumer tastes have developed over the years. We felt the time was right, we could bring in a larger, premium burger.” McDonald’s new burger is made with one-third of a pound of beef and sells for about $4. Like burgers made by rival Burger King and Carl’s Jr., it’s made from Angus beef, a breed developed in Scotland. Burger King’s premium patty is one-third of a pound and sells for $3.89. Carl’s Jr. top-shelf burger is a half-pounder and sells for $4.49. The Original $6 Burger has become one of Carl’s Jr.’s best sellers since its debut in 2004, marketing executive Brad Haley said. last_img read more

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HDTV’s here: Time to get out the rabbit ears

first_imgCLEVELAND – Buying an antenna for a high-definition television seems as out of place as using a rotary phone to make a call. But some consumers are spending thousands of dollars on LCD or plasma TVs and hooking them up to $50 antennas that don’t look much different from what grandpa had on top of his black-and-white picture tube. They’re not doing it for the nostalgia. Local TV channels, broadcast in HD over the air, offer superior picture quality compared to the often-compressed signals sent by cable and satellite TV companies. Consumers who can get a digital signal from an antenna will get an excellent picture, said Steve Wilson, principal analyst for consumer electronics at ABI Research. One major difference with a digital over-the-air signal is it doesn’t get snowy and fuzzy like the old analog signals did. Instead, the picture will turn into tiny blocks and go black. “You either get it or you don’t,” said Dale Cripps, founder and co-publisher of HDTV Magazine. “Some people can receive it with rabbit ears; it depends where you are.” Schneider recommends indoor antennas only for customers within 25 miles of a station’s broadcast tower. An outdoor antenna will grab a signal from up to 70 miles away, as long as no mountains are in the way, he said. The Consumer Electronics Association has a Web site http://www.antennaweb.org/ that tells how far an address is from towers and recommends what type of antenna to use. “When you’re using an antenna to get an HD signal you will be able to receive true broadcast-quality HD,” said Megan Pollock, spokeswoman for the group. “Some of the cable and satellite companies may choose to compress the HD signal.” Compression involves removing some data from the digital signal. This is done so that the providers will have enough room to send hundreds of other channels through the same cable line or satellite transmission. The difference in picture quality is a matter of opinion, said Robert Mercer, spokesman for satellite provider DirecTV Inc. “We believe the DirecTV HD signal is superior to any source, whether it’s over the air or from your friendly neighborhood cable company,” Mercer said. Others disagree. Self-described TV fanatic Kevin Holtz of suburban Cleveland chose an antenna because he didn’t want to pay his satellite provider extra for local broadcast channels. Holtz, 30, can’t get the signal from one local network affiliate or a public broadcasting station, but the rest of the stations come in clearer than they would through satellite, he says. He uses a $60 antenna for a 40-inch Sony LCD, which retails for about $3,000. “Over-the-air everything is perfect,” Holtz said. Another downside to using just an antenna is that only local channels are available, meaning no ESPN, TNT, CNN or Discovery Channel. Some consumers partner an antenna with cable or satellite service. Many people aren’t aware that they can get HD over the airwaves, Wilson said. He estimates there are 10 million households with HDTVs and that fewer than 2 million of them use antennas. Including homes with analog sets, 15 million of the 110 million households in the United States use antennas. HD antenna prices range from $20 to $150 for indoor and outdoor versions. The many models of available indoor antennas look more like a fleet of spaceships than the rabbit ears of old. Brand names include Terk, Philips, Audiovox, Jensen and Magnavox. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And the best part? Over-the-air HD is free. “Eighty-year-old technology is being redesigned and rejiggered to deliver the best picture quality,” said Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “It’s an interesting irony.” A few years ago, Schneider started an assembly line in his garage and sold antennas out of the trunk of his car. Now his Eureka, Mo.-based company has seven employees and did $1.4 million in sales last year. He expects revenue to double in 2007. “People thought I was nuts. They were laughing at me when I told them I was starting an antenna company,” Schneider said. Before cable and satellite existed, people relied on antennas to receive analog signals from local TV stations’ broadcasting towers. Stations still send out analog signals, but most now transmit HD digital signals as well. (Congress has ordered broadcasters to shut off old-style analog TV broadcasts by Feb. 17, 2009.) last_img read more

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