USC nets victory in Enfield’s home debut

first_imgUSC’s 95-79 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors did not come as a surprise for new head coach Andy Enfield and his run-and-gun squad, but there was a certain atmosphere and excitement at the Galen Center on Tuesday for this year’s Trojan basketball team that had to have come as a shock for those familiar with past teams.Off and running · USC senior guard Pe’Shon Howard (10) helped lead a fast-paced Trojan attack in Tuesday’s 95-79 victory over Cal State Northridge at the Galen Center. Howard finished with seven points and two assists. – Chris Marquetti | Daily TrojanIn recent years, USC has been excruciatingly methodical, so Trojan faithful were more than pleased to see an early alley-oop dunk from freshman guard Julian Jacobs and a series of aggressive drives from sophomore guard Chass Bryan. Those types of plays came early and often for USC (1-1) on Tuesday night, and they will only increase in volume and efficiency as the season matures. Even more exciting for some was the newly founded basketball student section, the “Enzone,” which did its best to express disagreements with the referees all game long while wearing matching “Enzone” T-shirts. Still, the victory did not come easily against an experienced Matadors squad, as the Trojans were sloppy at the beginning with eight first-half turnovers and a series of ticky-tack fouls that frequently put Northridge at the foul line, allowing them to remain in contention. The Trojans were also hurt in a major way by a rough start from junior guard Byron Wesley, who made just two of eight shot attempts in the first half. He was still able to get to the free throw line, but in general the Trojans seemed over-anxious to make plays early, and were fortunate to enter the half leading by 11. “I missed a lot of easy shots, but I know when my shot’s not falling, I can do a lot of other things on the court,” Wesley said. He finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Out of the halftime break, Enfield saw more of the same, as a few erratic turnovers, including an ill-advised lob from Bryan, allowed the Matadors to cut the deficit to five a few minutes into the second half. USC would eventually settle down, though, thanks in large part to freshman forward Nikola Jovanovic, who made his first five shot attempts, including a pivotal three-pointer that halted a Northridge run early in the second half. Leading by just seven with roughly 10 minutes remaining, the Trojans seemed to finally find their stride, ignited by a three-pointer from senior guard J.T. Terrell that bumped the USC lead back up to double digits. Fans were surprised by the notable absence of Terrell in the starting lineup following his 20-point performance in the season-opening loss against Utah State. Enfield said the decision to sit Terrell out was because of academic reasons. “Playing time is earned in practice and in games,” Enfield said. “[Terrell] started our first game because he earned it. It’s a game-by-game decision. The way I coach, no one’s guaranteed minutes—you have to earn it on the court and in the classroom” Still, his shot proved to be the turning point, and he showed no signs of contempt for the coaches’ decision. A three from Jacobs and several layups from senior guard Pe’Shown Howard were enough for the Trojans to build up a 16-point advantage that they never came close to relinquishing for the remainder of the game. Though the level of execution seemed to fluctuate for the Trojans all game, one thing that was constant was the change in the players who were on the court. Enfield, still getting a feel for his roster, used 12 players against the Matadors. “We’re still trying to figure out everyone’s role on the team,” Wesley said. “We have a lot of talented guys ready to play.” Senior center Omar Oraby, who seemed eager to answer critics who thought he would not be able to fit well into Enfield’s fast-paced system, played with dominance, consistently muscling his way down low both on offense and defense. The Cairo, Egypt native punctuated his stellar performance with a three-point play amid multiple defenders late in the second half. His three points put the Trojans up by more than 20, and from there it was a cakewalk to the finish line for USC. Oraby finished up with 17 points and shot seven-for-eight from the field, one of his most productive offensive nights since he transferred to USC from Rice before last season. USC plays next on Friday at 8 p.m. against Northern Arizona. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.   Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Anti-graft stir evokes a sense of deja vu here

first_imgG R KhairnarWhen a senior Congress leader in Delhi was asked recently about the claim made by the proponents of the Jan Lokpal Bill that their version had the support of the majority of the country’s population, the Congress leader said the people’s desire would be known in 2014 during the general elections. Call it cockiness or plain indifference, but the sentiment is shared by Congress leaders in Maharashtra too.For the Congress party at both the state and the centre are having a dj vu moment without even realising it.In 1993, one man had the attention of the whole state when he took over the then chief minister Sharad Pawar. G R Khairnar then just an Assistant municipal commissioner took on the might of the state when he alleged that Pawar was corrupt.Khairnar’s act came as a shock.Never in the history of the state had any serving officer levelled such an allegation against the chief minister, and Pawar was no ordinary politician. Khairnar was Mumbai’s original ‘Demolition Man’, a title he earned after demolishing illegal structures in Mumbai belonging to the high and the mighty. Khairnar claimed Pawar was not just corrupt, he was hand-in-glove with those behind the mushrooming of illegal structures. In those days, there were not many TV channels but Khairnar’s actions gained him widespread public support. A concerted and deliberate effort was made to show him as corrupt, but none of the charges stuck.While the honest officer was subsequently suspended and victimised by the BMC, his remarks against Pawar had struck a chord.advertisementThis was evident in an incident a year later. On November 23, 1994, the Gowari tribals in Maharashtra demanding reservation were camping outside the Nagpur assembly in Maharashtra. The more than 30,000 strong crowd waited in vain for the chief minister or any minister to speak to them. When no one came they tried to march towards the assembly. The police started a lathicharge and there was a stampede in which 113 people lost their lives.A couple of days later Pawar said that he was the chief minister and could not give in to everyone who wanted to meet him. The statement angered everyone in the state, so it wasn’t a surprise when in March 1995 the Sena-BJP came to power for the first time in the state.Why this is relevant now is because one can see the same anger among people against the rulers and the same indifference of those in the government towards the people who voted them in.Eighteen years since Khairnar’s crusade another man from Maharashtra is galvanising the crowd and challenging the writ of the rulers. This time though the protest is against the Centre.Anna Hazare has got the whole country fired up and his arrest and incarceration at Tihar Jail where other scamsters and criminals have been put up has not gone down well with people across the country. There is anger against the government for the price rise and many other scams.In Maharashtra there is rising anger after three protesting farmers were shot dead recently by the Pune police in Bhaur village, their crime being that they had blocked a section of the Mumbai-Pune Express way demanding that the collector meet them.The police came and began thrashing them, and when matters got out of hand began shooting directly at the protestors. One of those dead was a woman. It is not the firing itself but the state’s justification of the firing and its approach towards the farmers that was more shocking.Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said that the firing was in self-defence. All this when video recordings of the incident clearly show police firing at farmers who were fleeing from the spot.Congress leaders in both Delhi and Mumbai have been claiming that 2014 is still a far away.Well if the governments in the Centre and the state continue to behave in this insensitive manner then in 2014 they might well find the people far away from them. Tewari’s slur on Hazare came from the state Manish Tewari’s attack on Anna Hazare marked the culmination of an almost two month long exercise to find dirt on the crusader. Apparently, a senior leader in Delhi sent feelers to Congressmen in Maharashtra to dig up Anna’s past. So ‘secret’ inquiries were made in Anna’s adopted village,’Ralegaon Siddhi’ in Ahmednagar district and the various trusts that he headed.When they could not find anything even after looking up his armed forces record, the Justice P B Sawant report was dug up. The report was allegedly handed over by a Mumbai based leader who interestingly is himself mired in a disproportionate assets case. It was then handed over to the senior leader in Delhi who wanted the report on Anna.advertisementFrom here it trickled to Tewari.However his attack boomranged as he was given a dressing down by the Rahul Gandhi camp as the Congress heir-apparent disapproved of personal attacks on Anna.This could explain why Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan sports a broad smile these days. Party insiders say that Chavan was not in favour of attacking Anna and had apparently told those looking for dirt not to try any such tricks.Anger everywhere as man pays the ultimate price for inflation It’s no secret that inflation and price rise are causing a huge burden on the common man, but the sheer desperation of the public can be gauged from a tragic incident that took place in Thane a few days back.Bhimrao Bhandare a 60 yearold resident of Thane hanged himself last Wednesday.Before killing himself, Bhandare wrote a note blaming the price rise and the government’s inability to control it for his death. With food and petrol prices rising, Bhandare – a retired employee – didn’t want to be a burden on his family and hence ended his life.It is shameful that with prices of food products reaching the sky, people like Bhandare consider death as the cheaper option. How many more Bhandares will have to pay the ultimate price before the government wakes up from its apathetic slumber?Cop runs away from posting in Naxal areaIn an embarrassing incident, a State Reserve Police Force constable literally ran away from being posted in the Naxalite affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra.On August 9, Pramod Patil and his colleagues were supposed to board a train from CST in Mumbai to Gadchiroli for their new posting. However Patil who had already expressed his apprehension did the unthinkable. As his colleagues boarded the train, Patil did not move and then just discarded his rifle at the platform and fled.The could have been a security disaster as the unattended rifle was lying at the platform for a while. Patil’s superiors have now launched a search for him, but he has not been seen at the SRPF camp in Goregan or his home town Kolhapur.He has even switched off his cell phone!last_img read more

Report Palmali Files USD 2 Bn Claim against Litasco

first_imgzoom Turkish shipping company Palmali has reportedly filed a claim against Litasco, the international marketing and trading company of Lukoil, worth up to USD 2 billion.The claim, lodged with the English High Court of Justice, stems from the alleged failure by Litasco “to provide contractual quantities of cargo under long-term contract between the companies,” Palmali told Reuters.Additionally, Reuters cited the company as saying that the case involved breach of contract “amounting to just under USD 2 billion plus interest and costs.”World Maritime News contacted relevant parties for more details on the matter, however, they are yet to reply.Earlier reports unveiled that Lukoil has been looking to dispose of its Swiss unit Litasco due to new US sanctions on Russia, which would supposedly complicated lending to Russian companies.The company is scheduled to make a decision related to the transaction in November 2017. The financial details of the transaction were not revealed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Borrowed from natures garden

first_imgThe works of art done by Sun Deep reflect her philosophy, her life’s experiences and her love and passions, overwhelmingly inspired by everyday miracles and beauties in Nature. Nature inspires her life’s philosophy.She integrates elements from nature’s garden into her artwork, reflecting on our oneness and connectedness with Nature. The artwork showcases just a small sample of God’s living canvas, as she hopes to inspire others to stop and contemplate on the beauty and peace in his complex patterns and designs. Momentarily escaping the human construct. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Gingko Biloba Tree: The yellow leaves are all natural leaves, from the Gingko Biloba tree in her Chicago neighbourhood. These leaves were handpicked in November 2013, dried and pressed using natural elements, without the use of any chemicals or preservatives. Angel: The bright yellow Bracteantha flowers on the angel’s blue shawl are all natural. So are the orange cosmos and the yellow limonium petals in her shawl, the camouflaged gypsophila in her wings and the green grass earrings. These leaves were handpicked between 1997-2014 from India and USA. The angel is painted with acrylics on canvas. Frame is from Picturesque in Santushti Market. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBlue Ice on Fire: The unicorn’s horn, tail and mane are embellished with all natural ferns and flowers, from my Chicago neighborhood. The foliage was handpicked in the summer of 2014. The fire has petals of the yellow straw flower camouflaged in its flames. The two daisies are to depict cosmic bodies The horse and the fire is painted with acrylics on canvas. Unframed.Peacock Lady: In search – This artwork was the focus of a solo exhibition in a local Chicago gallery. The dress of the peacock lady is embellished with natural foliage. The foliage was handpicked between 1997-2014, The dress has camouflaged flowers and wild grass.last_img read more

Get paid while travelling

first_imgFrom high-altitude places to spots near the waters, densely populated cities to the dense jungles – there are a lot of travel lovers who wish to explore every corner of the world but arent able to do so due to financial constraints. But there’s a solution.There are some top tips and tricks with which people can earn a living and get their trips sponsored while travelling peacefully around the globe. Experts list how.Put your language skills to use: If you possess leadership qualities, and have commendable knowledge of two or more foreign languages, you will find many opportunities to put all of that to work. You can work as a tour guide for travellers and earn a pretty hefty sum of money in exchange. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnother way to put your language skills to good use is by teaching English online. There are lots of portals where you can teach the language online while you are still travelling the globe, all you need is an Internet connection.Click! Click! to earn big: The scenic beauty of the places close to nature, away from the daily hustle-bustle of the city amplifies many times more from the pictures clicked by an avid photographer. If you have the skills of creating a magical spell with the camera while exploring new places around the world and are receiving huge appreciation for the same. Find the right portals, be it travel magazines, newspapers, or even websites, share the pictures and get ready to earn some handsome bucks to travel more and more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpread the magic through social media: Thanks to the digitalisation wave, an avid traveller is blessed with platforms like Facebook, WordPress, Twitter and Instagram to share their story with travel lovers around the world with some easy-breezy tips and tricks to survive in a new place. The more engaging and helpful your insights are to the audience, the more followers will be there on the wall, ultimately making you a renowned personality of the social media world. And, once this gets done, brands and top-notch corporates will approach you for paid collaborations. First of all, even if you are a semi-decent photographer and shoot pictures of lesser known treks or difficult to see animals during your exploration quest, many magazines and online sites will be ready to pay for your photographs.Next is if you maintain a blog or social profile of your own and post original content (travel experiences) at regular intervals then slowly your follower base will grow exponentially as online travel researchers are hungry to hear first hand experiences.As you grow traction on your blog and social media, there will be many hoteliers, brands, travel companies offering you free trips, free stays or monies in lieu of their promotion. At the same time, you also have to maintain a clear travel niche (trekking, wildlife, homestays, remote countries) of your own and keep delivering original content regularly.last_img read more