Chip to replace graduate student TAP card in spring

first_imgGraduate Student Government has launched a program for spring 2017 to streamline the discount Transit Access Pass cards used by USC students to access Metro bus and rail. The program is in partnership with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.The new program, the Universal College Student Transit Pass, replaces the TAP cards used by graduate students with a “smart-chip” sticker that can be placed on their USC ID cards.Instead of applying for a reduced-fare transit pass with Metro, graduate students are now able to purchase the pass online through GSG.“We’ve been collaborating with Metro since August on this,” said Chris Records, director of campus affairs for GSG. “We adopted the program because it will be significantly cheaper and will allow savings to be passed on to students.”The sticker features technology that enables the USC ID card to also become a TAP card. There is no change in the fare validation process and users simply tap their USC ID card at the fare validator as they normally did with a TAP card.The U-Pass system gives students access to all transit services offered by more than 23 TAP-participating transit providers across the Los Angeles County region, including Culver CityBus, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and DASH, all of which are accessible via the Metro Expo Line.The U-Pass also comes preloaded with an unlimited Metro Rail and bus pass for the spring semester. This pass can be used over an 18-week period, including spring break, starting from Jan. 9 until May 13. According to Records, approximately 1,400 USC students take advantage of the program per semester. In addition to USC, a number of other colleges in the L.A. area have also begun implementing the sticker technology. California State University Northridge was the first to introduce the technology during a pilot program in fall of last year.According to GSG, compared to the previous TAP card system, the U-Pass Program will reduce the fare and still allow students to purchase a discounted semester pass. Full-time graduate students enrolled in six or more units who are interested in attaining a U-Pass can now purchase the pass on the GSG website for $107. After purchasing, students can pick up the pass during designated times at either Ronald Tutor Campus Center or the Health Sciences Campus.“The cards were significantly more expensive than the stickers are,” Records said. “We hope that switching to the stickers will allow us to significantly lower the cost of the TAP passes and to serve more students.”last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Is this the ‘mystery team’ in on Manny Machado?

first_imgMultiple reports revealed Manny Machado could be looking at a “mystery team” in free agency. On Wednesday, it’s possible the team came to light.According to Fancred Sports, the Padres have checked in on Machado with the possibility of signing the infielder. The report, which cited unidentified sources, wouldn’t go so far as to say the Padres are the “mystery team”, but the team is hoping to sign the 26-year-old. MLB hot stove: Mike Moustakas could be Phillies’ contingency plan for Manny Machado, report says The White Sox, Yankees and Phillies have also expressed interest in Machado.Machado has a career .282 batting average with 175 home runs and 513 RBIs in seven MLB seasons. He has made four All-Star games and won two Gold Glove awards. Not sure if it qualifies them for “Mystery Team” status, but the Padres have checked in w/ Machado, Moustakas, Marwin and yes, Harper. Their plan is to shoot for 2020, and no word yet they’ve made offers to any of the 4, but they could move up the timetable with one big buy.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 23, 2019The Padres also are reportedly in on Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez and Bryce Harper. San Diego has been trying to acquire a third baseman this season which is where Moustakas, Machado and Gonzalez all play, in addition to other positions. As for Harper, the Padres are hoping to compete by 2020 and they would like be willing to do everything they can to build a good team now rather than waiting several years to get there. Related Newslast_img read more

NFL draft prospect Carl Granderson accused of sexual assault

first_img NFL Draft 2019: QB Kyler Murray will participate in combine Because Granderson graduated from Wyoming already, the school cannot punish him for the alleged crime.”We strive to have our student-athletes represent our athletics department and the state of Wyoming in a manner that we can all be proud of,” athletic director Tom Burman said. “But when charges such as those that were filed against former football player Carl Granderson are made, we deal with them directly and in accordance with University of Wyoming policies. These alleged actions will not be tolerated. “We appreciate the manner in which Coach Bohl has worked with our athletics administration in dealing with this incident. We have been and will continue to be committed to educating our student-athletes and our staff on ways they can help prevent sexual assault, and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our student-athletes.”Granderson recently played in the Senior Bowl and recorded 40 total tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss in 2018.He was invited to participate in the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. As of Thursday afternoon, his name was still on the list. The alleged assault occurred at the end of 2018, when Wyoming’s football season ended and around the time Granderson graduated.”The sexual assault charges recently filed against Carl Granderson are serious, and the allegations are troubling,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said in a statement. “I want to assure the people of Wyoming that we hold our young men to the highest of standards, and this alleged behavior is unacceptable.” Related News An NFL prospect has been accused of sexual assault, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.Carl Granderson, a former Wyoming defensive end, has been charged with third-degree sexual assault and sexual battery in the Albany County Circuit Court.last_img read more

Help Save The Environment By Buying A Rain Barrel

first_imgRUMSON – Rumson Country Day School is teaming with Rain Barrels Inter­national to promote rainwater harvesting in our community.The school will be selling recycled food-grade rain barrels for $125. The barrels previously were used for storing Greek olives, pickles, jalapeños, golden peppers, and cauliflower. After they are cleaned, retrofitted, and made into rain barrels, they are given a second life.The barrels hold about 55 gallons, have a brass spigot for hose attachments, have screened tops and are available in black or terra cotta.Barrels can be reserved at www.RainBarrelsIntl.com under the events tab for RCDS. Payment will be due when barrels are picked up at the school from 10 a.m. until noon Satur­day, May 12. Proceeds will benefit ChangeALife Uganda.Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting rainwater. The barrels capture, divert and store rainwater for later use.Collecting and using rainwater is simple and has numerous positive benefits. Rainwater can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens. Rain barrel usage can help reduce impact on other water resources, including municipal systems.last_img read more

Flags Guide Marine Home For Final Time

first_imgBy Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen |COLTS NECK – Holly Morgan was leaving the home of a friend she had been visiting on Raleigh Pass when she noticed people arriving with trays of food at the house next door.“I didn’t have a good feeling about that,” she thought at the time.As she later discovered, that house belonged to the Baldassare family, who had just lost their 20-year-old son and brother, Marine Cpl. Daniel Baldassare, a crew member on the KC-130 Marine aircraft that crashed in a rural Mississippi field on July 10, killing all 16 service members on board.Baldassare had attended Colts Neck High School with Morgan’s daughter, Samantha Turano, 22. Morgan would wave to him as he drove through the development of single-family homes and garden apartments in his small pick-up truck. It was dark green, she thinks.She knew his stepmother Kelley, but not his father Vincent nor his sister Felicia. She knew he joined the U.S. Marines during his high school senior year, a goal he’d had since middle school.“I wanted to embrace the family — their son was about the same age as my daughter,” she explained. “But I wanted to give them their space.”The next day Morgan noticed someone had planted small American flags around the Raleigh Pass cul-de-sac. That sparked an idea. Why not extend the flags out onto both sides of Colts Neck Boulevard which runs the length of the development, nearly a full mile?She Googled New Jersey flags makers and flag sellers, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts, and U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting offices, hoping they could donate flags. She posted her plan on residential development’s website and the Facebook page.Crystal Kaplan of Exeter Pass, a volunteer who plans family social events for the community, spread the word. She had lost an uncle in a military helicopter accident and also wanted to be a good neighbor and citizen.Boxes of flags began arriving. Offers of flags began arriving. Morgan drove all over New Jersey to pick them up. Other residents of The Grande development took up the cause and dropped off flags at her apartment on Hancock Pass. She lost count of the number of flags she received.“Maybe 4,000?” she said when pressed. A friend stored the overflow at her home.Morgan also gathered about 30 volunteers and late Monday afternoon they began planting the flags at The Grande and at Colts Neck High School, where a memorial service was held Tuesday morning on the football field for Baldassare, a former member of the school’s team. Even when a thunderstorm moved in around 9:30 that night and chased away most of the volunteers, Morgan and her other daughter Terri, 10, who will be a fifth grader at the Conover Road Elementary School this fall, and a few others kept working.Maryse Markowitz of Exeter Pass was returning home Monday night from her job at the Freehold Raceway Mall, which closes at 9:30 p.m. When she turned into the development and saw all the flags, she said she choked up.“It was just so moving and it was so quiet,” she said. “I didn’t know the boy, but I have a 20-year-old daughter.“All these people wanted was to honor him,” she said. “I have a strong and powerful faith and these people proved there is goodness in this world.”Glenn Taglieri, also of Exeter Pass, echoed her sentiment.“Just when you give up on people, something like this happens that restores your faith,” he said, adding his daughter was a classmate of Baldassare. “He always wanted to be a Marine and he accomplished that goal in his short life. My wife said other people live long lives and never achieve their goals.”Morgan, who didn’t really want the attention her desire to do something for the Baldassare family has brought her, said there was a kind of selfish reason behind her effort.“I want my daughter Terri to be the kind of kid who goes the extra mile and to not expect anything in return for it,” she explained. “I want her to forget all this materialistic nonsense and dare to be like Danny. To live and be kind and be different … dare to do it.”This article was first published in the July 27 – Aug. 3, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. This article was corrected online to reflect the correct spelling of Morgan.last_img read more

Sabres 4, Sharks 3: Takeaways from the end of the homestand

first_imgSAN JOSE — Before they left for what would become an eventful three-game road trip to Anaheim, Nashville and Chicago earlier this month, the Sharks were in shambles.They had just gotten smoked in consecutive games by the Vegas Golden Knights to start the season, were facing injuries to some defenseman, needed to integrate four rookies and were dealing with a suspension to arguably their most valuable winger.The Sharks are in a much different spot now as they get set to start another long road …last_img

Saudi Government Opening Up Archaeological Sites

first_imgAccess to forbidden areas may settle debates about the Pentateuch.The “real Mount Sinai” debate has raged for decades. The majority view, that Sinai is Jebel Musa in the southern Sinai Peninsula, was long unquestioned and taught as fact. A few decades ago, several explorers, armed with Bibles and bribes, began investigating a site in ancient Midian (now within Saudi Arabia) called Jebel el-Lawz. It seemed to fit Biblical descriptions of the mountain, and had several features that could fit fit with the Exodus story: an oasis that could have been Elim, a split rock that could have been where water flowed, and a blackened top that appeared to have been scorched by fire. The site was promoted by Ron Wyatt (a man with highly questionable credentials but lots of enthusiasm), Bob Cornuke and others who were able to sneak past fences and climb the mountain. They also claimed to see coral-encrusted chariot parts on a shallow land bridge across the Gulf of Aqaba. This site was earlier investigated by Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin.Illustra Media’s film The Exodus Revealed (2002) presented this view without relying on Wyatt or Cornuke, but independent investigator Lennart Moller and some others. The film did not make a dogmatic case, but tried to put pieces of the puzzle together considering timing of pharoahs, archaeological evidence in Egypt and ancient Israel, and other evidences. They were the first to film the land bridge under the Gulf of Aqaba, looking for possible wreckage of Pharoah’s chariots. Most recently, filmmaker Tim Mahoney, producer of Patterns of Evidence, and The Moses Controversy, is putting together a third documentary, The Red Sea Miracle, about the crossing site for showing in theaters in 2020.Opponents of the Arabian Sinai argued that it was too far for the company of Israelites to travel, would have required an arduous crossing of the Gulf of Aqaba for children and elderly people even with a proposed land bridge, and cannot be known from Biblical place names that have not been confirmed by archaeological evidence (e.g., Pi-Hahiroth, Migdol, etc.). Among the critics are renowned Biblical archaeologists Bryant Wood and James K. Hoffmeier. But like frustrated hunters for Noah’s Ark on Mt Ararat well know, governments can make it extremely difficult to gather data. And so the debate over the “real Mt. Sinai” has not been resolved due in part to lack of access to prime sites. Notably, Jebel el-Lawz has been off limits for many years, fenced off and patrolled by soldiers.Now, according to a Fox News report, the Saudi government has had a change of heart. They’re seeing some of these Biblical sites as less of a security risk and more of a financial windfall. “The atmosphere is changing,” writes Caleb Parke. A tour guide in favor of the Arabian Sinai, Joel Richardson (author of a book on the subject), will be leading parties to this and other sites with the blessing of the government. He describes his plans in a video clip in the article.“This portends to be the most significant new archaeological site in modern history,” Richardson told Fox News. “We’re tremendously blessed that the Saudi government is allowing us to visit the kingdom to see some of its rich historical and geographic treasures.”….Beyond the historic sites, the kingdom is hoping to increase international tourism with new museums and first-class hotels — and even a smart city in the northwest called Neom, set to be fully functional by 2025.The travel website Living Passages is advertising tours of the areas in Sinai of interest to the Exodus story. One of them is underway as of October 14; more are planned for 2020. If the new transparency for the site comes to pass, it will be a great blessing to have new data for the debate. Evidence should be collected by experts with open minds. There has been resistance to the Arabian site by some leading experts for a long time. There’s nothing like sunshine to make things clear. The traditional site in the southern Sinai Peninsula lacks any evidence of a large Israelite company being there at the time of the proposed Pharoahs of the Exodus. Plus, it was occupied and patrolled by the Egyptian army, so it would not have been an “exodus” from Egypt at all. Jebel Musa was never considered Mt. Sinai until after the time of Christ. Some pilgrims merely went there and thought it “looked” like the kind of mountain described in the Bible. The Bible is very clear that Mt Sinai was in Arabia (Galatians 4:25), and was in the Old Testament land of Midian, which was in Arabia.If the evidence doesn’t pan out for el-Lawz, that will be good to know. If evidence supports the Arabian site, though, the extent of the miracle God did by opening the Gulf of Aqaba for a crossing would become truly awe-inspiring. Instead of imagining natural winds opening up some shallow lakes at the Egyptian border, God would have truly led the Israelites through the mighty waters of the great deep.(Visited 522 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How To Participate Online In The Presidential Debates

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting When Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head Wednesday night to tell America why they should be President, the whole country, and in some cases the whole world, will be watching. But thanks to the rise of the Internet and social media, millions of people won’t just be watching, they’ll be participating in a wide variety of ways – from hanging out on Google+ to commenting and sharing.Click here for hints on: How To Watch The US Presidential Debates Online.Although the TV networks still block out time slots and garner big audiences for the debates, their time may be winding down. Major news networks from all over the media spectrum are jumping on the online bandwagon this election season. The Washington Post, for example, will host a Google Hangout during all the debates and will have a video player that will lets users re-watch the debates and jump to different spots. If you need a good bedtime story after watching, you can also read transcripts and Washington Post analysis, although you might get too worked up to sleep depending on how passionate you are about politics. Comment It Up The Web provides new ways to discuss issues, too. Besides the Washington Post’s Google Hangout and video player, the paper has also got something called “The Grid.” The interactive tool will let viewers weigh in on what the candidate’s are saying with others on the site. This will provide a visual representation of how viewers across the site relate to each candidate and their platforms. It’s almost like having a live conversation – without the actual conversing. If users decide to watch the debate on demand rather than live, they can also check out how those agree/disagree stats changed as the debate went on. Of course, the obvious place to gauge the conversation is Twitter. (Remember #NBCFail during the Olympics? Good times…) Search any debate-related hashtag on debate night and you’ll find all sorts of commentary. Tumblr is another good place to search for live opinions and it’s also a magnet for memes and GIFs. So much so that, Tumble has collaborated with Gifwich, a blog solely dedicated to creating current event GIFs, to create real-time animations of the most interesting parts of the debate.Each GIF will accompany a live blog by Adam Gabbatt, an editor at The Guardian, to explain what’s going on. Seemingly annoying, and a potential computer-slowing tactic, it’s definitely a new way to keep the attention of younger voters that use the social blog network to get their news. All they have to do is follow Gifwich on Tumblr, but as Tumblr staff pointed out in a recent post, follow at your own risk: “Once each debate begins, your Dashboard could be flooded with animations on a minute-to-minute basis.”  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The Times They Are A-Changin’The way we watch election coverage is definitely changing, but the reason we pay attention remains the same. Voters want and need to be informed before we go to the voting booth and punch our cards, press our buttons or click on our screens. With all of these new options, it’s never been easier to be a well-informed voter – and there’s no limit to how far the truly obsessed political junkies can go.Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… christina ortiz Tags:#politics#web last_img read more

PH bet Romero Duno scores tough split decision for NABO lightweight crown

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Both fighters started out strong, landing heavy shots from the opening bell but it was Duno (20-1, 15 KOs) who connected better.The fourth round saw Rodriguez (30-8 26 KOs) get bloodied after an accidental headbutt while the fifth round featured Duno losing a point for hitting his opponent with a low blow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDuno sent Rodriguez to the mat with a solid body shot in the final minute of the eighth round but was unable to follow it up with no time left on the clock.Rodriguez then suffered a cut on his cheek after another accidental headbutt prompting referee Raul Caiz Sr. to send the fight to the scorecards. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES FILE – Romero Duno of the Philippines looks on after defeating Juan Sanchez of Mexico during their lightweight bout at The Forum on September 23, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Romero Duno scored a tight split decision victory over Mexico’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez in nine-round slugfest to claim the North American Boxing Organization lightweight title at Fantasy Springs Casino in California Thursday.The judges scored  85-84 ,86-83 for Duno, and 85-84 for Rodriguez.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble This was Duno’s 11th straight win while Rodriguez his second of his last three fights with his last victory coming against Filipino Mercito Gesta, who is a good friend of Duno’s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments MOST READlast_img read more