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first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 Sebastian Coe was re-elected as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations on Wednesday, and will begin his second term facing the same Russian problems that have dogged the sport through the Briton’s first stint.Before the election, the IAAF voted overwhelmingly (164-30) not to reinstate Russia over reports that anti-doping data from a tainted Moscow laboratory had been tampered with before being handed over to the World Anti-Doping Agency.Like Coe’s unopposed selection, the Russian decision was not a surprise with the IAAF having announced on Monday that Russia will miss the World Athletics Championships for the second time in succession due to a doping scandal.Other election results saw Ukrainian pole vaulting great Sergey Bubka and Geoff Gardner of the Norfolk Islands voted in as vice-presidents.Prince Nawaf bin Faisal of Saudi Arabia was elected ahead of Alberto Juantorena for the other vice president spot.Reuters/NAN. Tags: IAAFSebastian Coelast_img read more

first_img The Derby forward played a key role in the Rams’ 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday but has suffered a bruised foot and did not fly out with the rest of Michael O’Neill’s squad on Tuesday. Newcastle left-back Shane Ferguson, currently on loan at Birmingham, was another man not on the flight to Turkey due to illness but he may make the trip later in the week depending on his recovery. Jamie Ward has withdrawn from the Northern Ireland squad to face Turkey on Friday due to a foot injury, the Irish Football Association has announced. Hibernian defenders Ryan McGivern and James McPake have both been drafted into the squad as cover. Ward’s withdrawal from the squad follows those of Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Michael O’Connor on Monday and should Ferguson not recover in time to join up with his team-mates, O’Neill will be left with just 18 players at his disposal on Friday night. Barnsley winger Paddy McCourt and Hull’s Alex Bruce remain options if more reinforcements are needed but the manager would be loathe to draw on his the country’s Under-21 squad given that they have a European Championship qualifier in Italy on Thursday night, just a day before the senior game in Adana. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Press Association Atzeni is to replace Jamie Spencer as retained jockey for the increasingly influential operation in 2015 and wasted little time in showing why he has been appointed He raced in mid-division in the Group Three contest before asking the 6-4 favourite to squeeze through a gap to make his challenge, and the Ger Lyons-trained colt was in command at the line as he proved three-quarters of a length too strong for Rapid Applause. Andrea Atzeni landed a first notable success for Qatar Racing when steering Cappella Sansevero home in the Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh.center_img Lyons said: “It’s straightforward when you know the horse, but in fairness to Andrea I asked him to do something we hadn’t done before, which was to drop him in and produce him late. “He pulls up when he gets to the front. Eddie Lynam says he is a bit like Slade Power. When he gets to the front he pricks his ears and thinks he’s done enough – there is nothing ungenuine about it. “We always liked him, but it was nice to get a fresh perspective about the horse today and Andrea said he was a lovely horse, rides like a three-year-old and will get further “It’s all systems go for the Middle Park. The one I thought we might win was the Phoenix, but I’d gladly take the Middle Park! He’s the right horse to go for it. He’s not ground dependent. “He idled in front a bit in the Phoenix and past the post he was in front again. That might have been the one that got away. The only hard race he’s had was the Coventry when he got a smack for the first time. I’m not saying he would have beat the winner, but he would have been a better second. “Then the trainer got a brain freeze and went for the Railway instead of waiting for the Anglesey, as was the original plan. If you take the Railway out, his record is as good as there is around.” Jack Naylor (2-1) completed a hat-trick when defying a Group Three penalty in the Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes, adding this Listed race to her Pattern-race success at Leopardstown and a maiden win at Roscommon in gutsy fashion. Ridden by Fran Berry, she collared the front-running Together Forever in the last half-furlong and then dug deep to hold the 11-8 favourite Legatissimo by three-quarters of a length. “She was good, giving them all 5lb. Fran said she was just going through the motions and he had to chase her to join Joseph’s filly (Together Forever),” said trainer Jessica Harrington. “When David Wachman’s filly (Legatissimo) came to her she then decided it was time to go! “The mile suited her well and she’ll step up in class now. She won’t go to the Moyglare as that’s dropping back in trip. She’ll go to France for the Prix Marcel Boussac. She’s very laid-back and will go on soft ground, which is the great thing. She’s a nice one to have.” last_img read more

first_imgGUYANA’s four-man team to the Caribbean Boxing Championships (CBC) punched their way in securing three gold medals and one silver when the final of the event concluded on Saturday evening in Grois Islet, St. Lucia.According to president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), Steve Ninvalle, Guyana’s Keevin Allicock, Colin Lewis and Desmond Amsterdam all secured gold medals, while Williamson, the 2016 champion of the lightweight category, had to settle for silver.After registering three victories on the opening night–all three finishing within the distance–the Guyanese pugilists returned to the `square jungle’ on Thursday night and registered another three victories; all three ending within the three-round distance.However, on the final night (Saturday) the Guyanese were not so devastating as Allicock (Bantamweight) and Lewis (junior welterweight) were carried the full three-round distance but won by unanimous points decisions, while Amsterdam registered a first round knock-out win against his opponent. Williamson on the other hand suffered a first round knock-out defeat against his opponent.On Thursday evening, Guyana’s Colin `Superman’ Lewis who demolished Barbados’ Justin Edwards in their junior welterweight contest via a second round Technical Knock-Out on Wednesday night, returned on Thursday and forced the referee to stop his contest against St. Lucia’s Nathan Ferreira in the second round. He then faced Jesse Jones in Saturday night’s final and won on points, while middleweight, Desmond Amsterdam, who defeated Trinidadian Mickell Joseph on the opening night with a first round stoppage, returned on the final night and secured a first-round knock-out win.Allicock, who registered a second round technical knock-out win against Grenada’s Neilon Cyrus on the opening night (Wednesday) and won by a similar margin over Kareem Boyce during the second round on night two (Thursday), went into the final against Ajayi Jones of Barbados and was taken the full three rounds. He was subsequently declared winner of the contest by a unanimous points decision.Williamson on the other hand was stopped during the first round of his contest against Michael Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago.It must be noted that Alexander is a Commonwealth Games’ bronze medalist and, according to Ninvalle and Joseph ‘Red’s Perreira, Guyana’s former Adviser to the then Minister of Sports, Shirley Field-Ridley, Alexander is far more experienced than Williamson.“But the four-man Guyana team’s performance was exemplary; the guys did their best and performed outstandingly” Perreira is quoted as having told Ninvalle, who said the performance of the Guyanese must be applauded. “We sent four boxers, we secured three gold medals and one silver; this is great, they must be applauded.” Ninvalle stated.Guyana almost missed the championships due to the lack of funding and Ninvalle explained that if it was not for the intervention of Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Sport, George Norton, the team would have been smaller.Originally, the GBA wanted to send a full team of 13 boxers, three coaches and two referee/judges, but because of funding, the association could have only sent four boxers, a coach and a referee/judge.Ninvalle extended gratitude to Minister George Norton, the National Sports Commission, the GDF and the Guyana Olympic Association for assisting the six-man team to St. Lucia.Guyana won the inaugural Caribbean Development Tourney when it was hosted here in Guyana in 2015 and made a successful defence of the championship title last year in Barbados; winning 10 gold medals and one silver from an 11-member team.All four of the boxers at this year’s championships won gold medals last year after which Allicock went on to win a silver medal at the Junior Commonwealth Games that were held in The Bahamas earlier this year.last_img

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Red Sox fans can still have their messages posted on the scoreboard at Fenway Park — even though the ballpark is closed and no games are taking place.For a $50 donation to the team’s charity, fans can have a message posted on the 40-by-100 foot center field video board. For $100, they can have a message and a picture. The team will take a picture and send a picture of the scoreboard bearing the message.The money will go to the Red Sox Foundation, which has been maintaining operations and programming during the coronavirus crisis to ensure consistent and necessary support and resources to hundreds of other non-profits and youth throughout New England. ___ The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April.The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season.The Dodgers were supposed to open the season on March 26; however, the start of baseball was postponed by the new coronavirus.Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.___ The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less.___A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads.Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk. Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month.The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately.The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak.___ A ban on all large gatherings through the end of August will remain.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining.___The Falmouth Road Race will go on as an “At-Home Edition.”The 48th edition of the seven-mile run that usually winds along the Cape Cod seashore in Massachusetts will instead have participants running 7 miles in their own neighborhoods at some point in a two-week period at the end of August. The race was originally scheduled for Aug. 16, but the Town of Falmouth has implemented a “no large event” policy through the end of August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Canucks for Kids Fund is donating $500,000 to Vancouver-area groups to help provide critical community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will be used to provide meals and care for seniors, youth and families, cleaning, security, emergency shelter, child care, and drop-in counseling sessions by voice, video and chat. Groups receiving money include Feeding the Community, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, BC Care Providers Association, Senior Services Society of BC, Canucks Family Education Centre, Mackie’s Place, Foundry, YWCA, and Kids Help Phone. Fans are also invited to participate if they can by donating online.The Kids Fund normally dedicates its resources to assist charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia. Associated Press Little League President Stephen Keener announced the cancellations in a Facebook Live broadcast Thursday afternoon from league headquarters in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, saying it would be “impossible” to hold the events amid ongoing restrictions on large gatherings and travel.The Little League World Series has been held every August since 1947 and has never been canceled. Next year was to be the 75th playing of the tournament; that milestone has been pushed back to 2022.Keener added that travel restrictions would make it equally impossible to hold qualifying tournaments for international teams and to bring those teams safely to the United States.The annual major league game in Williamsport, which this year was to feature the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 23, has also been canceled, MLB said.___ ___German chancellor Angela Merkel says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to Wednesday.Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9.Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.Merkel says “we have to do all we can to ensure there is no regression.” The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20.Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.”Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.Athletissima organizers say “it is currently impossible to allow a high number of people to gather in a confined area.”The first eight track meets on the Diamond League circuit have been postponed. Lausanne was the fifth in order of the seven left on the calendar. ___The French soccer league has launched a lottery to help raise funds for hospitals and medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Fans have a chance to win a signed jersey in exchange for an online donation of 5 euros ($5.40) to the “Tous Unis contre le Virus” (All United against the Virus) campaign.French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey is co-signed by Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani.Dimitri Payet was one of France’s best players when the team reached the 2016 European Championship final and he has signed the Marseille jersey. Houssem Aouar signed Lyon’s jersey. Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion.The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors.The French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds.___ The Latest: Little League World Series canceled for 1st time Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus.Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.”___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July.The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel. Portugal’s government says the country’s soccer league will be allowed to resume on May 30 following a stoppage forced by the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister António Costa included the announcement in Thursday’s presentation of his government’s plan to roll back lockdown measures.Costa said the resumption of play still depends on health authorities approving measures to make stadiums meet hygiene conditions. The games will be played without fans. Porto leads Benfica by one point at the top of the standings. ___The Italian sports minister says the government will create an economic safety net if it orders the Serie A soccer season to be shut down.Vincenzo Spadafora says if the season isn’t allowed to resume “we will assume responsibility so that soccer … has the least damage possible. Because it’s worth remembering that soccer is a big industry in our country.”But Spadafora is still leaving open the possibility that teams can resume training if sports and government officials agree on a proper health protocol. He says resuming training “will have a positive effect on the possible resumption of the season.”Spadafora adds that if the protocol can’t be agreed on “the government will declare the end of the season.” April 30, 2020 Race organizers are buying $25,000 in gift cards to local businesses to hand out randomly to participants. The first 5,000 to register get guaranteed entry into the 2021 race.First run in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race typically draws a field from Olympians to recreational runners. Past winners have included Boston Marathon champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Catherine Ndereba and Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus. Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25.___ The French league says 2 million euros ($2.2 million) has already been raised through previous fundraising in French soccer.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

first_imgAjax have had the luxury of a full week off to prepare for this match after the Dutch Eredivisie cancelled last weekend’s domestic round of fixtures in order to give their team maximum chance of doing well in Europe.They cut relaxed figures when they stepped off the plane in their suits on Monday morning. Midfield sensation Frenkie de Jong looked focused though as he strolled down the steps with his hand in his pocket.The likes of Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt and Lasse Schone all followed him off the plane looking slightly more at ease as they shared a joke.Ajax also posted some pictures of their antics during the brief flight over the North Sea.David Neres, Hakim Ziyech, Zakaria Labyad and Bruno Varela kept themselves occupied with a board game.De Jong once again looked in no mood for games as he sat in his seat and scrolled through his phone while Sinkgraven was all smiles.The young squad have enjoyed a remarkable run to reach this stage of the competition. They came through a group that included Bayern Munich and Benfica before going on to produce enormous upsets in the knockout rounds.First came Real Madrid, the reigning champions and winners in each of the last three years, and they swatted them aside with a stunning 4-1 win at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their last-16 tie.They then met Juventus in the quarter-finals but came from behind in Turin to win 2-1 and eliminate Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ajax who touched down in London yesterday morning ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg against Tottenham this night have insisted they are in the Queen’s land for business.The Dutch giants are looking to make their first major European final since 1996 and are just two games away from booking their place in Madrid on June 1.Erik ten Hag’s side were pictured stepping off their flight into London on Monday morning as they headed inside the building.last_img read more

first_img Published on November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Since the beginning of the season, Syracuse’s goal was to make the Big East tournament.Now that the goal is a reality, the Orange is not content for settling on making it to the tournament in Milwaukee, Wis. The players said they’re ready to make some noise.‘We’re excited, we’re just ready to go,’ SU defensive specialist Ashley Williams said. ‘We don’t want it to be like the past few years where we went to the first round and ended up losing. We definitely want to advance farther than that this year.’After missing the conference tournament as part of a collapse down the stretch last season, SU returns to the tourney in 2011. In its last trip in 2009, Syracuse lost in the first round to Louisville. The Orange (19-11, 8-6 Big East) kicks off Big East tournament play at the Al McGuire Center at Marquette on Friday against Notre Dame (15-11, 8-6) at 11 a.m., after defeating the Irish in the last game of the regular season on Sunday.Though facing a team SU beat less than a week ago could be a benefit, the Orange doesn’t feel it gives the team too much of a lift.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Both teams are going to look different,’ SU outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre said. ‘They didn’t have all of their starters on Sunday, so their team’s going to look a little different and our team may look a little different as well.’There are undoubtedly some added benefits. But the benefits of familiarity are not restricted to Syracuse.The advantages are also more for the coaches than they are for the players.‘It’s a little bit better from a coaching standpoint,’ SU interim head coach Kelly Morrisroe said. ‘We are prepared. We didn’t have to go over a new game plan or talk about different things. We didn’t even have a film session (Tuesday) because we’ve just played them. There’s been no one else since we’ve played Notre Dame.’And though the Orange is keeping things on a game-by-game basis as it has all season, for Syracuse to capitalize on its new goal of winning games at the Big East tournament — and potentially advancing to the NCAA tournament — it’s going to take more than just beating the Fighting Irish.This is something Morrisroe acknowledges. She is keeping players focused on Notre Dame for now, but she is ready to prepare if the Orange advances to take on the winner of the Louisville-Pittsburgh match later in the day.‘We have all of our equipment with us,’ Morrisroe said. ‘I’ve got game plans from each of our teams that we’ve played so far in the Big East, so we’ll take it one game at a time, and if we need to Friday night, get back in the hotel and get down to work and talk about what we need to do for Saturday’s match.’To advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history, Syracuse needs to make those game-by-game preparations count. Morrisroe believes the Orange will have to win the Big East tournament and receive an automatic bid to the tournament to advance. Its record alone likely isn’t good enough.More importantly, though, is keeping the offense consistent, as it was last weekend in wins over DePaul and the Fighting Irish.The defense has been among the best in the Big East all season long, but it wasn’t until Emily Betteridge became a constant contributor in the Syracuse starting lineup that the offense finally started clicking.‘It’s a lot about communication,’ said Betteridge, the middle setter. ‘Each game it gets better and better, and that’s what I’m hoping for, so I think it’s going well, and I’m really happy about it.’Win or lose, the Orange has had its own little triumph in one of the most chaotic seasons in recent memory.When longtime head coach Jing Pu was fired with less than a month remaining in the regular season, it was a shock. But with SU going 6-3 since the coaching switch and heading to Marquette for postseason play, the risky shake-up appears to have worked out.‘The season has been an interesting ride, I think,’ Lefebvre said. ‘We’re happy to go and we’re happy with the way it ended that we were able to position ourselves also well in the Big East and have a chance to move forward.’dbwilson@syr.edulast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will continue its long-standing tradition of basketball at Madison Square Garden when it plays California on Nov. 20 in the 2K Classic. Texas and Iowa will also play in the tournament that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.The game will be the second of two semifinal games and will be played around 9 p.m. following Texas and Iowa. The Orange will then play one of those teams the following night at MSG.This will be the fourth matchup all-time between Cal and SU, and the third in three seasons. Last year, Syracuse defeated the Golden Bears, 92-81 in the Maui Invitational. The Orange also beat the Golden Bears in the Round of 32 of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.Here’s how Syracuse’s schedule looks to date:Exhibition: Carleton (Canada), Nov. 2, TBDExhibition: Adrian, Nov. 10, TBDCalifornia (2K Classic at Madison Square Garden), Nov. 20, 9 p.m.TBD (2K Classic), Nov. 21 TBDLoyola (Md.), Nov. 25, TBDHoly Cross, Nov. 28, TBDAt Michigan (Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten Challenge), Dec. 2, TBDSt. John’s, Dec. 6, TBDLouisiana Tech, Dec. 14, TBDLong Beach State, Dec. 28, TBD *AdvertisementThis is placeholder text*SU Athletics has not announced game Comments Related Stories Syracuse to host Long Beach State in Carrier Dome on Dec. 28center_img Published on August 6, 2014 at 11:13 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

first_imgFolt has not yet issued a public response to this letter, but the Office of the President has reached out to the students involved and is currently working to set up a meeting.  “It was really calling to President Folt to first just let us know what USC has invested in fossil fuel,” Caltabiano said. “If you ever look into our history, [Edward] Doheny was an oil tycoon, and there are other names, especially involved in USC’s campus, that have come from oil money.” “This letter was in no way, shape or form trying to shame President Folt that she is not doing enough,” Caltabiano said. “In comparison to the previous administration, this has really been an incredible move forward, and I think that letter was just trying to, to a degree, ask her what the student body wants and demonstrate that this is something we’re interested in.”  “Endowment spending, which has historically been impervious to inquiry from students, staff, faculty and the public, must also be included in the University’s push towards transparency,” the letter read. In 2016, the University of Massachusetts divested all fossil fuel holdings, as did Syracuse University. Columbia, Georgetown and Stanford universities all divested from coal industries, with Stanford pulling $18.7 billion of its endowment from stock in coal mining companies in 2014. Environmental group representatives Tianna Shaw-Wakeman (left) and Nathaniel Hyman (right) among signers in a letter asking for relase of fossil fuel investments (Vincent Leo| Daily Trojan) . “It’s important that we don’t just use those funds to divest from something that is tangibly and verifiably hurting their students and hurting the public,” Hyman said. “[It’s] also an opportunity for us to invest in renewables, which now have a pretty impressive return on investment — perhaps even more profitable for endowment than that of all the outdated, archaic fossil fuels such as natural gas, petroleum and coal.” As of Tuesday, the University has started conversations with the group to discuss its current divestments. Open town halls and regular letters from Folt demonstrate the current administration’s commitment to transparency, and the letter asks that this transparency extend to disclosing where the University’s endowment money is invested.  Hyman said the primary goal of the letter is for the administration to disclose the amount of money the University invests in what he called unclean energy — unrenewable energy that often contributes to pollution such as burning coal or gas — and the long-term goal is to use that money to fund clean energy. The letter was written and signed by ECore representative Tianna Shaw-Wakeman and ESA co-executive director Nathaniel Hyman. It was also co-sponsored by members of the Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Government, the Office of Sustainability and professors Rob McConnell and Stephen Gratwick.center_img “The University of Southern California has a tremendous opportunity through divestment to become part of that economic transition to a more sustainable and just energy economy,” Hyman said. While the letter addresses the current administration, campus environmental leaders realize this situation was inherited. “Though USC is a trailblazer in matters of development and research, USC has lacked behind peers in sustainability,” the letter read. “Divestment is our chance.” The letter states that as USC experiences a transitional period with its new president, there is an opportunity to emphasize University-wide goals that prioritize sustainability. Hyman said a shift away from fossil fuel investment would be an important step for the University in terms of sustainability, an area that Folt has made a hallmark of her presidency. USG Director of Sustainability Affairs Isabella Caltabiano, who co-sponsored the letter, said it served as a way to hold the University responsible for some of the past energy investments made by its donors.  The University’s current endowment is $5.54 billion. If less than 1% is invested in fossil fuels, millions of University dollars are funding the industry.  The Environmental Student Assembly and Environmental Core submitted a letter to President Carol Folt’s office calling for USC to disclose its investment in fossil fuels. The move, according to the letter, would increase transparency with regard to the portion of the University endowment that funds the nonrenewable energy industry.  The letter asserts that although USC is lessening its carbon output and expanding the Office of Sustainability, these actions help the University catch up with other schools, not put it ahead. “I met with Dr. Folt earlier today and she was hoping to schedule a meeting with you and any of the other members of the USC community who co-sponsored the letter to discuss USC’s energy investments and our future plans,” Chief of Staff Rene Pak wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “As she is only 6 months into her presidency, she is just getting started with her review of this area but is in early conversations with our board and investment committee.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Alfred Dunhill Links Championship gets underway this morning with players competing across the famous courses at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.After missing-out on selection for the Ryder Cup, Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry are both set to return to action while vice captain Padraig Harrington will start his week on the Old Course at St Andrews.Meanwhile, Olympic golf champion Justin Rose is taking two months off to fully recover from a back injury. It means he’ll miss the British Masters and the rest of the European Tour season.Rose says the time off is “crucial” if he’s to “return to peak performance”.last_img read more