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Do not create lines while distributing donations, Baznas tells donors, charities

first_imgThe National Alms Agency (Baznas) has reminded its agencies across the nation to help campaign against donation distribution involving mass gatherings during the COVID-19 health crisis. Baznas director M. Arifin Purwakananta said distributing donations at events that involved long queues was against the COVID-19 prevention protocol as well as the physical distancing policy during the pandemic. “Mass gatherings are very dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic. We urge donors to refrain from creating lines to distribute donations. Distribute them directly to people’s houses instead of at [mass gathering events],” Arifin said. He went on to say that people should be more cautious in organizing events, especially those that involve mass gatherings during the large-scale social restrictions. The COVID-19 prevention protocol should be implemented properly to prevent the virus from spreading further, he added.Read also: [UPDATED] Anti-COVID-19 initiatives: Helping Indonesia fight the outbreak“Baznas has formed a Baznas Active Service team, which distributes donations by delivering them directly to the donees, and it acts as an example to the public,” Arifin said. According to several mass media outlets, the Bogor regency Baznas in West Java invited the public to its headquarters to receive aid. The agency later denied the news. Nevertheless, Arifin said the public made their way to the Bogor regency BAZNAS office shortly after reading the news, forcing the agency to disburse the available supplies to them.“I expect Baznas regional agencies to help prevent mass gatherings. They also should be more aware in communicating about the aid to the involved parties,” he added. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


October 19, 2020 0

Interpol warns of ‘alarming’ cybercrime rate during pandemic

first_imgThere was also an increase in the spread of fake news and misinformation which sometimes itself conceals malware, said Interpol.From January to April, some 907,000 spam messages, 737 incidents related to malware and 48,000 malicious URLs -– all related to COVID-19 were detected by one of Interpol’s private sector partners, it said.The agency warned the trend was set to continue and a “further increase in cybercrime is highly likely in the near future.””Vulnerabilities related to working from home and the potential for increased financial benefit will see cybercriminals continue to ramp up their activities and develop more advanced and sophisticated” methods, it said.Once a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, Interpol said, “it is highly probable that there will be another spike in phishing related to these medical products as well as network intrusion and cyberattacks to steal data.” Topics : Global police body Interpol warned Monday of an “alarming” rate of cybercrime during the coronavirus pandemic, with criminals taking advantage of people working from home to target major institutions.An assessment by the Lyon-based organization found a “significant target shift” by criminals from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.”Cybercriminals are developing and boosting their attacks at an alarming pace, exploiting the fear and uncertainty caused by the unstable social and economic situation created by COVID-19,” said Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock. center_img “The increased online dependency for people around the world is also creating new opportunities, with many businesses and individuals not ensuring their cyberdefenses are up to date,” he added.The report said cybercriminals were sending COVID-19 themed phishing emails — which seek to obtain confidential data from users — often impersonating government and health authorities.Cybercriminals are increasingly using disruptive malware against critical infrastructure and healthcare institutions, it added.In the first two weeks of April 2020, there was a rise in ramsomware attacks, in which users have to pay money to get their computer to work again.last_img read more


October 19, 2020 0

France’s Agirc-Arrco cuts deficit, adopts SRI charter

first_imgAgirc-Arrco is a pay-as-you-go scheme, but has €60.6bn of reserves. The scheme is targeting a return to financial equilibrium in 2020.It also announced a new SRI charter for its reserves, as requested by the social partners. The charter was also in line with commitments made as part of an official agreement struck in late 2017 and “the principles underpinning complementary retirement provision”.Agirc-Arrco indicated that it aimed to sign up to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.According to the scheme, the integration of environmental, social and corporate governance factors “generates the long-term creation of societal values” by weighing in on companies’ behaviour with a view to improving corporate social responsibility policies.In a presentation pack, the scheme said the approach did not introduce any factor that would negatively impact investment returns and could in fact strengthen performance over a long period.The SRI charter defined the main pillars of the scheme’s general investment policy, it said.In addition to obtaining the financial performance necessary for efficient multi-year management of an unfunded pension scheme, the investment strategy would also aim to “contribute to preserving the natural environment and well-being”, and “encourage social progress”.Agirc-Arrco has 18m members and 1.7m employers. The scheme pays out more than €79bn annually to pensioners. France’s mandatory pension scheme for the private sector, Agirc-Arrco, has cut its deficit to €1.4bn and adopted a socially responsible investment (SRI) charter for its reserves.The results are for the year ending 31 December 2018, just before the long-planned merger of Agirc, the scheme for managerial staff and executives, and Arrco, the scheme for private sector employees, came into effect.Agirc-Arrco said the gap between its resources and expenses, which it refers to as the technical deficit, fell from €2.9bn to €2bn in 2018. This was due to favourable economic conditions and management by the social partners.Investment returns of almost €500m and an exceptional gain of €100m helped further reduce the technical deficit. last_img read more


September 29, 2020 0

HK FLIGHTS CANCELLED: Air travel skeds tweaked amid coronavirus concerns

first_imgPHOTO BY AP * refund the tickets in full The aircraft used for both flightshave been pulled-out of the line and are undergoing thorough disinfection. The novel coronavirus currently has anoutbreak in Wuhan City, China. Hong Kong, a special administrative region ofChina, has also recorded several infections. * cleaning and disinfection ofaircraft in between flights Cebu Pacific is the only airline withinternational flights (Hong Kong and Singapore) from the Iloilo Airport inCabatuan, Iloilo. Yesterday the World HealthOrganization declared a global health emergency over the outbreak. It saidthere had been 98 cases outside China, but no deaths. They may also check the status oftheir flights through the Manage Booking portal in the Cebu Pacific website, https://book.cebupacificair.com/Manage/Retrieve/. On Thursday, Iloilo’s Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr., fearing a possible entry of people from China and elsewhereinfected with the novel coronavirus, called for a temporary suspension ofinternational flights at the Iloilo Airport. “The suspected cases won’t be passing the passenger terminal but through the ramp in going to the waiting ambulance,” Parreño stressed. * rebook the flight (new flight datewithin 30 days of original travel date) The League of Municipalities of thePhilippines – Iloilo also made a similar call. Two thermal scanners have also been activated to detect passengers with fever – one of the symptoms of those infected with the new coronavirus known also as 2019-nCoV. Defensor sought for the suspension ofthe international flights after the Department of Health on Thursday afternoonconfirmed the Philippines’ first case of the novel coronavirus infection – aChinese woman from Wuhan City.             * when possible, isolation ofpassengers who manifest symptoms of illness in empty rows inside the aircraftduring the flight According to Parreño, despite thesuspension of the Iloilo to Hong Kong flights and vice versa, his office wouldcontinue to enforce strict health safety protocols at the Iloilo Airport. * wearing of face masks by itsemployees, frontline personnel and cabin crew while on duty * store the value of the ticket in aTravel Fund for future use To reduce the risk of infection acrossall of its flights, Cebu Pacific have started implementing preventive measures,which include: * providing face masks to passengerswho show symptoms of illness It turned out that the woman took CebuPacific flights on Jan. 21 when she visited Cebu, Dumaguete City and Manila. CAAP-Iloilo has also made available hand sanitizers at Aerobridge 3 and other areas of the airport and is requiring arriving passengers to fill out truthfully health declaration cards./PN The cabin crew and pilots on affectedflights have also been informed and showed no symptoms of illness, it added. He sent a letter to Leah Vallido,operation manager of Cebu Pacific Air in Iloilo. Bureau of Quarantine personnel have been posted on Aerobridge 3, the designated passageway of passengers arriving from abroad. “We are in the process of contactingpassengers seated in the vicinity of the positive patient and are taking thenecessary precautions to inform them so they can have themselves checked incase they show flu-like symptoms,” stated Cebu Pacific yesterday in a separateadvisory. It said most international cases arein people who had been to Wuhan City. However, in eight cases – in Germany,Japan, Vietnam and the United States – patients were infected by people who hadtravelled to China. Passengers affected by flightcancellations have been notified through the contact details provided uponbooking, the advisory stated. “We apologize for the inconvenienceand thank our passengers for their understanding. We will continue to provideupdates as more information becomes available,” the advisory concluded. Cebu Pacific, however, is maintainingits Iloilo to Singapore flights and vice versa, said Parreño. CAAP-Iloilo Airport terminalsupervisor Arthur Parreño said Cebu Pacific Air agreed to suspend the flightsuntil March 29. “Feverish passengers would be ushered to an isolation room,” said Parreño. Cebu Pacific’s central officesubsequently issued an advisory. Part of it read: “In light of developmentsrelated to the Wuhan coronavirus, Cebu Pacific will be reducing flights betweenthe Philippines, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau from Feb. 5 to March 29,2020.” * coordination with health authoritiesin case there are passengers suspected of contamination for immediate turn-overand further observation. Hospital authorities would be contacted for an ambulance that would take the passengers to the hospital for further examination. The following options are madeavailable for passengers on cancelled flights: ILOILO City – Flights from Hong Kongto Iloilo and vice versa will be cancelled for almost two months beginning Feb.4 as part of measures to prevent the entry of the novel coronavirus to Iloilo,according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).last_img read more


September 25, 2020 0

Magpies still fighting – Williamson

first_img Pardew said: “They are on their break, it’s probably their biggest chance of the second half, Willo falls on the ball when he is intercepting it. “It was all a bit ugly, but suddenly the crowd went mad and it lifted us. You could see it mentally lift us. “I am not sure it won us the game, but it was part of that little spell we had at the end. We were probably better at the end than we were for the rest of the game.” The win ended a demoralising run of five successive defeats at St James’, four of them in the league, and went some of the way towards restoring a measure of confidence in a team which had wobbled alarmingly in the face of a selection crisis. Yohan Cabaye’s January departure for Paris St Germain would have had an impact even if he had been replaced, but the loss of Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote through injury and Remy through suspension at the same time compounded Pardew’s problems. A contrite Remy eventually marked his return in the best way possible and he has already set his sights on righting a further wrong when Newcastle head for Hull next weekend determined to avenge a 3-2 home defeat in September in which he scored both his side’s goals. He said: “I remember the game against Hull. It was a good game for me in terms of goals, but I remember we lost this game so, for me, it is going to be revenge to win this game.” Villa, who enjoyed periods of dominance, particularly in the first half, ultimately headed home empty-handed to contemplate a home clash with Norwich next Sunday, with both sides now just four points clear of the drop zone. However, manager Paul Lambert is confident his players have learned from last season’s flirtation with relegation. He said: “You certainly hope it helps you, that’s for sure. When you go through something, you know how to handle it the second time it maybe happens. “But we are definitely a better outfit this time than we were last year. It’s another good game for us. We are at home and it’s a game that we will go and try to win.” However, he remains in post and, while European qualification now seems an unlikely target, Williamson and his team-mates are not prepared to concede that their season is effectively over. The 30-year-old central defender said: “The last thing the lads want is for the season to peter out. “We want to keep pushing and to prove we can look up the league rather than down the league. “I thought the character shone through more than anything. I don’t think there was a great deal of quality on the pitch, but that’s what happens when a team lacks confidence. “But what you have got to do is roll your sleeves up and do the basics and work as hard as you can and I thought that was what the team did. “We did create chances, and I had a belief that as long, as we could keep the back door shut, we could always come up with something like that. Loic did and the lads are buzzing.” If Remy claimed the headlines with his late winner, Pardew cited an earlier vital interception by Williamson as the spark for a grandstand finish in which the France international also hit a post with the goal at his mercy. The defender managed to cut out Christian Benteke’s attempted through-ball which would otherwise have put the Magpies in deep trouble and, as the home crowd responded, so too did the players. Unlikely hero Mike Williamson has insisted Newcastle are in no mood to coast towards the end of the season after victory over Aston Villa. Press Association The Magpies ended a run of three successive Barclays Premier League defeats with a 1-0 win over the midlands side at St James’ Park on Saturday to reach the 40-point mark 10 games earlier than they managed it during the last campaign. A hard-fought victory, which was secured by Loic Remy’s injury-time strike, restored a measure of calm on Tyneside after another turbulent episode in the club’s chequered recent history which saw manager Alan Pardew’s future thrown into question once again. last_img read more


September 21, 2020 0

Andy Murray wins two Sports Personality of the Year gongs in Belfast

first_img Murray picked up the main crown for the second time in three years and the Team of the Year award along with the team-mates who helped fashion their historic triumph over Belgium in Ghent last month. Murray polled 361,446 votes, placing him ahead of former Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Sinfield, who came second with 278,353 after a sustained and ultimately successful campaign by the rugby league community. Andy Murray was rewarded for steering Great Britain to its first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years with a double success at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday. Press Association “I am a big boxing fan. I know what Tyson Fury did, it was an incredible achievement. “What Jess Ennis did, winning a World Championship gold medal, is an extremely difficult thing to do. “To do it so soon after becoming a mother – I’ll never be able to know what that is like but I can imagine the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into that, and sacrifices as well must be great.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was a popular winner of the Coach of the Year award after leading his nation to the Euro 2016 finals. O’Neill said: “Two years ago we were not in a great place and it would have been easier for me to walk away and for the association to go with someone else, but we stuck together and we are where we are today.” Jockey AP McCoy received the Lifetime Achievement Award after bringing his illustrious career to a close in April. McCoy – who won the main Sports Personality prize in 2010 – retired after riding 4,357 winners and being crowned Champion Jockey 20 consecutive times. After receiving the award from fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, McCoy said: “Could I just say what an honour and a privilege it is to receive such a prestigious award, especially here in Belfast. “Being from Northern Ireland, a place that has produced so many talented and successful sports people… it makes tonight even more special. “Racing is a wonderful sport. I was lucky to live my life as a jockey through it and for that I will be for ever grateful.” Former All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter paid an emotional tribute to Jonah Lomu after picking up the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award. The 33-year-old Carter ended his international career by leading New Zealand to World Cup glory in England in the summer. But the victory was overshadowed by the death of Lomu – who won the same award in 1995 – in November. “He is an absolute legend of the sport and it was a shock to the people who knew him and the sporting community,” Carter said. “He changed the sport forever. I was lucky enough to get to know him – he was such a caring and thoughtful guy and he will be missed by everyone.” Ellie Downie became the second consecutive gymnast to carry off the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award after winning bronze medals at both the European and World Championships this year. Eight-year-old Bailey Matthews, who has cerebral palsy, was the recipient of the Helen Rollason Award after completing a junior triathlon in June, while Damien Lindsay won the BBC Sport Unsung Hero award for his football and community work in Belfast. List of winners: Sports Personality: 1. Andy Murray, 2 Kevin Sinfield, 3. Jessica Ennis-Hill; Coach of the Year: Michael O’Neill; Team of the Year: Great Britain Davis Cup; Overseas Personality: Dan Carter; Young Personality; Ellie Downie; Helen Rollason Award: Bailey Matthews; Lifetime achievement: AP McCoy. Together, Murray and Sinfield polled almost two thirds of the 1,009,498 registered votes, with Jessica Ennis-Hill placing third with 79,898 votes and controversial boxer Tyson Fury finishing fourth. Fury’s failure to reach the top three will have come as a relief to the BBC, which defied a campaign calling on the world heavyweight champion to be excluded from the shortlist over his controversial opinions on homosexuals and women. Fury was faced with a small but vocal protest from equal rights campaigners outside the venue but received a reasonable reception as he attempted to explain his comments in a brief set-piece interview with host Gary Lineker. “I’ve said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody,” Fury said. “It’s all very tongue-in-cheek, it’s all fun and games to me. I’m not a very serious kind of person – it’s all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury. “If I’ve said anything in the past that’s hurt anybody, I apologise.” Murray insisted he was surprised to win the award for the second time and praised the achievements of his shortlisted rivals, including Fury and Ennis-Hill. “I didn’t expect to win because there have been so many great performances this year,” he said. last_img read more


September 20, 2020 0

Talking heads perpetuate myths

first_imgCollege football thrives on innovation.The list of creative offenses developed over the years is longer than Notre Dame’s losing streak in bowl games (and that is saying something).The single wing offense gave way to the wishbone, and the wishbone gave way to the I-form and so on down the line to where it currently ends with the spread offense. College football is constantly evolving; the goal is to remain ahead of the curve.The media, unfortunately, seems to feel that it is their job to perpetuate old traditions. If a coach were to rely on schemes that were only relevant 20 years ago, he wouldn’t be a coach for much longer (See: Tommy Bowden). Yet that is exactly what the media does. College football analysts, specifically TV analysts, fall back on tired clich?s as means of analysis instead of actually interpreting the game today.The college game has changed dramatically over the last decade, but if you are listening to ESPN’s Lou Holtz, the shotgun is a new-fangled fad that is about to pass. While Holtz is the worst of the ESPN analysts — and he is really, really bad — he is not the only one to subject college football fans to this incompetent drivel.Here is a look at the four biggest myths about college football today, perpetuated by the talking heads on ESPN.A championship team must be able to run the ball and stop the runThis is a classic case of correlation versus causation. It is true that championship teams often post strong rushing numbers and give up very few rushing yards. This does not mean, however, that the key to a championship is a strong rushing game. Look at it this way. Talented teams will more often than not be leading the game in the second half. Common strategy dictates that they run the ball to take time off the clock and keep the ball away from the other team, thus, the strong rushing numbers. The losing team, on the other hand, will need to pass the ball to catch up in the second half, leaving the run as a second option. The rushing numbers are not based on whether one team dominates that category, but on the necessity of the play calling.Need further proof? Of the top five teams in the AP poll, only one of them — Alabama — would be classified as a dominant running team. Yet the other four all average over 155 yards per game on the ground. These teams aren’t good because they can run the ball; they build leads by passing, which allows them to run the ball.The team that dominates the line of scrimmage will win the gameThis is a favorite line of the old-time talking heads. The game will be won in the trenches, they shout. While this myth is not completely false, it is only slightly less obvious than saying the team that scores the most points will win.Furthermore, there is a legitimate question about whether this clich? still applies. With today’s game being extremely spread out — whether a team runs the spread offense or not, all teams still use elements of spread play — the game is actually won by the team that tackles more consistently. Passing attacks today are designed to get the ball out quickly, nullifying the pass rush from the defensive line. The most important players are the defensive backs and linebackers trying to bring the ball carrier down quickly before a small gain turns into a touchdown. In today’s game, the team that limits the most big plays usually wins.No player is irreplaceableI would like to know who started this myth and what evidence is there to back it up? Is football that much different than any other sport? If Tim Tebow fell to injury, would Florida be taken seriously as a national championship contender? If Chase Daniels goes down, does anyone fear Missouri? The quarterback is the most challenging position in any sport. To master the position takes repetition, timing and considerable skill. Yet analysts will have you believe that one injury does not doom a season. Tell Ohio State fans that Beanie Wells went down again, and see if they think their season is doomed.Defense wins championshipsThere is evidence abound to refute this outdated clich?. Of the top nine teams, only one of them — Alabama — averages less than 35 points per game. By my count, only two of the top nine, Alabama and USC, have defenses that are considered better than their offense.The most convincing evidence, however, lies in the past four BCS championship games. The winning teams for the past four national championships scored 38, 41, 41 and 54 points. It wasn’t their defense carrying them to victory; it was the offense. College football changes from year to year, yet the analysis remains the same. It is time we formed new clich?s and new sayings, so we can yell at the TV and tell our grandchildren what football was like in the good ol’ days, just like Lou Holtz does.last_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

Olympians provide major learning opportunity

first_imgUW hopes to learn from its matchup against former Badger Erika Lawler and Team USA.[/media-credit]Playing in front of the largest home crowd the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has ever seen is exciting in itself, but playing the U.S. Olympic team is even more thrilling.While Team USA dominated in Olympic-caliber fashion, the Badgers still had fun facing current and former teammates as well as their head coach.The USA registered a 9-0 shut out against the Badgers with the help of several UW alumni. Facing some former and current Badgers was emotional for Wisconsin and a game that will be impossible to forget for senior forward Jasmine Giles.“It was really fun,” Giles said. “Any time you get to play against your old teammates and our old coach it’s great.“It was a great atmosphere, a lot of fans. It was one of the more memorable games of the season.”Giles played three years under Team USA head coach Mark Johnson, who took a sabbatical this year to coach the Olympic team.Former Wisconsin goalie Jessie Vetter, forwards Erika Lawler, Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej, defensemen Molly Engstrom, Kerry Wieland and current UW forwards Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight helped the U.S. Olympic National Team give Wisconsin a tough battle.Senior goalie Alannah McCready found it odd to be on the opposite side of the ice from her former teammates, but exciting as well.“They’re some of our best friends so it’s weird to play against them,” McCready said. “Obviously we knew that it was going to be interesting, but that was really fun.“It was really exciting to be on the other side of it and be like ‘I used to practice with that person and play with that person, and now they’re going to the Olympics.’”Team USA certainly gave them an interesting game.Both Knight and Lawler tallied a goal along with two assists for Knight and one assist each for Lawler, Duggan and Engstrom.Giving the Badgers an Olympic style game, Johnson’s squad was quick to shut down any offensive threats the Badgers created throughout the majority of the game and outshot UW 38-9 in terms of shots on goal.Despite the teams’ familiarity with each other, Giles knew Team USA would not go easy on the Badgers.“I expected them to play even that much harder — to get the puck from us in the corner and score those goals against us — no, I did not expect them to back down at all,” Giles said.It is not common for collegiate teams to have the chance to play an Olympic team, and the unique opportunity provided some learning experiences and insight for Wisconsin.McCready expects the team to use the experience as a way to grow throughout the rest of the season.“[It shows] how good of a team we are now in the season,” McCready said. “We used this as a stepping stone for the rest of the season.“We learned things today that we can use against other good teams that we’re going to be playing coming up here.”Giles also believes the current Badgers can grow from the confidence they showed in the second and third periods when the team began to play more aggressively, and feels they can pose a threat to any team.“We came out pretty confident in the second and third period, so just keep our confidence up. I think now, it shows too that we can take it to any team because we kept up with them.”Although Wisconsin was unable to register a goal against Team USA and was playing some current and former teammates along with its head coach, it still gave its all in the hope of giving the USA a strong fight.“We just went out and played our hardest,” Giles said. “We left everything out on the ice and that’s the best we could have done.“I mean, they’re the best players in the world so that’s the best you can do against them.”last_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

LA oil field causes sickness among residents

first_imgAn oil field in South Los Angeles, where Allenco Energy Co. increased oil production in 2010, might be responsible for the dizziness, headaches and nosebleeds residents have been experiencing, according to a recent Los Angeles Times article.Foul odor · The oil wells are located on the 800 block of West 23rd Street in South Los Angeles, which is about a mile away from USC’s campus. – William Ehart | Daily Trojan The oil field, located adjacent to Mount St. Mary’s College, recently increased production by more than 400 percent.Allenco Energy produced 4,178 barrels of oil on the land, which is rented from the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in 2009 and 21,239 barrels of oil there in 2010, according to the state’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources.Residents of the community noticed a strange odor and complained 251 times to air quality officials since the oil field increased production, compared to the eight University Park complaints in 2008 to 2009, the Times reported. Allenco has been cited 15 times by the South Coast Air Quality Management District for foul odors. The district, however, said the air samples it tested showed that the odors are harmless.Najmedin Meshkati, a professor in the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC, is an expert in the process of safety management at petrochemical plants. When asked about the safety of having an oil field adjacent to schools and homes, he said that it really depends on what the company is doing at each site. If it is at the production level and it is well-sealed and well-maintained, then there should not be a problem.“We cannot have a generic rule,” Meshkati said.Many students at USC also said that air pollution is a problem in Los Angeles.Emily Jetter, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said she is frequently out of breath  in Los Angeles, because there is so much pollution in the air when she is walking.“When I go home I just take a breath of fresh air and I feel like the air is actually going into my lungs,” said Jetter, who is originally from Connecticut.The oil wells are located on West 23rd Street, just over a mile from USC’s campus. Many students who enjoy exercising outdoors around campus said the air quality in Los Angeles is concerning.“I usually go running in the morning and night and I wish there were more trees so the air would be cleaner,” said Madai Sanchez, a senior majoring in civil engineering.Emily Bayasud, a first-year graduate student at the School of Social Work, recently came to Los Angeles from New York. She heard about the allegations against Allenco and said the problem should be fixed before it leads to worse consequences.“It should be nipped in the bud. It’s a problem, and it should always be addressed,” Bayasud said.Maite Francois, a sophomore majoring in neuroscience, blamed the city’s overcrowded conditions for the unfortunate placement of an oil field so close to residential and academic buildings. She said that she did not believe Los Angeles allocated enough space for the oil field, in order for it to not be a problem for residents.“Like every big city, there are going to be impurities in the air, but this situation is not acceptable,” Francois said.Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency on Sept. 26, asking the group to investigate and address the issue.last_img read more


September 17, 2020 0

Podcast: Will the Trojans be able to tackle the Ducks?

first_imgSports editors James Bianchi and Kenny Legan discuss the Trojans’ highly anticipated matchup with the Oregon Ducks.-How will the Trojans handle the nation’s top-rated offense?-What effect will the tempo of the game have on the outcome?-What’s on the line for both teams this weekend?last_img


September 17, 2020 0