Eduardo Mollinedo-Piñón’s relationship with his professors at USC began before he ever set foot on campus. When hundreds of USC faculty and staff members donated part of their salaries to support programs that helped him pursue his passion for music.Photo courtesy of Good Neighbors Hardware for success · The USC Good Neighbors Campaign provides support for the Foshay Learning Center, through which local students participated in an international robotics competition in June 2015.Mollinedo-Piñón, who graduated from USC with a B.A. in comparative literature in 2015, said that in middle school, he had few opportunities to explore the things he was passionate about. However, that changed after he transferred to the Foshay Learning Center just a few blocks away from USC. There, he became involved with programs such as the Neighborhood Academic Initiative, a college preparation program, as well as the USC Thornton School of Music Outreach Program.“I received a lot of significant support that is catered more to students like me who grew up in very low-income families,” Mollinedo-Piñón said.These initiatives, which funded his first musical instrument and set Mollinedo-Piñón on the path to a full music scholarship at USC, were supported by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign, which allows USC faculty and staff to collaborate with local nonprofit organizations on projects in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. Since 1994, the Good Neighbors Campaign has awarded more than $20 million to benefit community programs and given over 600 grants to support community organizations.On Sept. 29, President C.L. Max Nikias welcomed hundreds of faculty and staff members who donated at least 1 percent of their salaries to the Good Neighbors Campaign to his home. Many of the programs funded by the campaign are geared toward education and are focused on enhancing the experience for students from elementary to high school through subjects ranging from the sciences to the arts and humanities.Good Neighbors Campaign Director Carolina Castillo said that the programs funded by the organization gives students experiences that local schools often can’t afford due to a lack of resources. For example, Castillo brought up the fourth and fifth grade science programs that the campaign is helping fund as an example of how USC students can help younger kids explore their interest in science.“We hear stories of kids that seem to have too much energy in the classroom — they are smart but disruptive,” Castillo said. “But as soon as they funnel their interest in a way that is productive, they actually can be very successful and use that energy in productive ways. The science program is one of those examples where students engage in something that is of interest to them and they are able to then really nourish that curiosity that children have.”Castillo highlighted the importance of the opportunities and the support system the funded programs can give members of the community who may be struggling, whether through education or other services.“Everyone has had some defining moment in their lives that helped to put them on the path to where they are now,” Castillo said. “We need to say how can we do that for others and how can we make sure others have that same opportunity.”Since graduating from high school, Mollinedo-Piñón has performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, presented his research at an NYU International Conference while still a junior in college and now works for the Long Beach Opera. He credits the programs funded by the Good Neighbors Campaign for helping him get to where he is today.“The reason that I was successful in not just going to college but completing college was in part because of these programs,” Mollinedo-Piñón said. “No institution has had a greater positive impact on me than USC, and it was based on the generosity of students, faculty and staff. It is really important for all USC students to see how important these programs are.”Students, faculty and staff can participate in the upcoming Friends and Neighbors Day on Oct. 15, which aims to give back to the local community through a Saturday of service.
StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Non-profit Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has detailed that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), which will see the organisation become an adviser on the detection and prevention of betting malpractice within eSports.Set-up in 2015, ESIC’s aim is to uphold the integrity of eSports and its related stakeholders against match manipulation and potential betting fraud.As an advisor to the UKGC, ESIC will now form an information-sharing partnership with the commission and may be asked to give insight and opinion for the UKGC on matters relating to eSports integrity.Ian Smith Commissioner for ESIC commented on the partnership “This memorandum of understanding is a significant step for ESIC and the eSports community,”“The Gambling Commission has significant resources and powers that will be invaluable in helping to combat any emergence of organised crime or serious fraud within our rapidly growing sector.”ESIC expects to publish a guidance note to its members in the coming weeks, explaining its arrangements with the UKGC.Richard Watson, Programme Director at the UK Gambling Commission adds, “Esports is a developing sector that offers new challenges for the betting industry, with potential for further market growth.This agreement demonstrates our commitment to supporting ESIC in addressing the potential integrity risks, to help maintain public confidence in esports both as entertainment and for those who wish to place bets on British licenced markets”.
Share Submit UK government backs £100m RET commitment from ‘big four’ June 15, 2020 BHA cautious on racing resumption date amid mid-May rumours May 6, 2020 Jason Shiers – UKATCertified psychotherapist on addiction and mental health, Jason Shiers states that a change in the levels of consciousness is required to effectively tackle problem gambling as debate, discussion and research have been staggered by easy narratives. ______________________It is clear from the latest report from the House of Lords that a lot of time and effort has been spent considering and discussing addiction… But at what level?It’s also clear that there has been a large focus on dealing with the symptom of problem gambling and trying to find ways to make that more manageable. Reducing gambling-related harms is helpful, but it is only firefighting. There is a distinct part missing from the understandings of addiction, beyond psychiatric condition or mental health issues, missing from the whole debate. We are therefore required to ask ourselves, where does this fire start?You can spend your whole life ‘diving into the river’, trying to save the people that have fallen in, or you can go upstream, stopping them falling in to begin with.When the Select Committee believes the problem is ‘psychiatric’, i.e. in that there is a real thing called ‘disordered gambling’ (DSM V) or ‘gambling disorder’ (ICD-11), it’s unlikely they will open their minds up to what’s actually beyond their current beliefs & systems.Observers will always innocently continue to try to find solutions at that lower level of understanding, which isn’t complete. That said, what if they were just looking in the wrong place?“I say with total clarity, that gambling addiction is a mental health issue” – Rt Hon Matt HancockWhen you have people in political power making blanket statements about what we are trying to deal with, coupled with the vast amounts of time, money and resources being put into the creation of these reports, all with the same level of consciousness; the problem will be destined to repeat itself because no one is exploring new, innovative ways to better understand or deal with treating addiction. It is clear that people want to help, but they don’t know where to look.Thomas Insel, a leading psychiatrist and neuroscientist who was Head of the National Institute for Mental Health, recently said that “$20 billion had not moved the needle” and that “the mental health field has been ‘looking in all the wrong places’ for the answer”.“I spent 13 years at NIMH really pushing on the neuroscience and genetics of mental disorders, and when I look back on that I realize that while I think I succeeded at getting lots of really cool papers published by cool scientists at fairly large costs—I think $20 billion—I don’t think we moved the needle in reducing suicide, reducing hospitalizations, improving recovery for the tens of millions of people who have mental illness.”What is required is a new level of consciousness. We don’t know what we don’t know and that is the start of seeing something fresh about what we are dealing with. To allow for the paradigm shift in treating the problem we have to make space for a new understanding to come through and to give up on old failings of psychology and psychiatry. The failure is in continuing with a failing paradigm of understanding, while infinite ingenuity and creativity is on tap.When we start saying ‘it’s a mental illness’, it sounds to many that it is a scary thing that no one understands, something that only the professionals can deal with; but that’s just not how it works. This actually perpetuates the problem. There is so much written about the stigma, the shame and guilt that surrounds addiction, it should be obvious that people just don’t want to come forward. This all makes it sounds like an inherent, inbuilt problem that can’t be recovered from either with or without medication, and it makes sense why.There are many leaders in the field that have been able to see through the financial interests of big pharmaceutical companies, and the whole field of psychiatry, about how subjective diagnoses, from a list of traits, is not helpful to solving what they deem to be ‘mental illness’, so why is it that we continue to follow these beliefs and system and do not look for new solutions? Just because it appears that there’s no other way, it doesn’t mean that it isn’t out there! Millions of pounds put into RET donations yearly could fund this.If we continue looking in the same direction for the next 10 years, without a change in levels of consciousness and seeing a fresh way to deal with this, then there is only one direction this can go. More money from operators to fund the same direction of ‘solutions’ that are still yet to be found in in the last 10’s of millions of pounds.If we focus on a paradigm shift; changing how we understand the problem and start to look into new directions on how best we can improve treating the problem, its solutions, alongside reducing the ability for people to cause harms to themselves and others within the industry, then there is always hope.______________Jason Shiers is a Certified Transformative Coach & Certified Psychotherapist @ UK Addiction Treatment (UKAT). Jason has been working with addictions and mental health for over 20 years in evolving ways until finding and experiencing the 3 Principles. Jason has been teaching and sharing the 3 principles in his work with addictions ever since. Camelot under fire for exploiting National Lottery age limits July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles
USA have spurned the opportunity to advance to the knockout stage with a match to spare, after the two-times champions were held 1-1 by China PR in Hiroshima.The result means Germany, on six points, become the first team to be assured of progressing, while USA must avoid defeat in their final outing against the Europeans to be guaranteed of advancing.The two teams exchanged first-half goals with Shen Lili giving China, on the back of a hefty 4-0 defeat by Germany, a surprise lead on 19 minutes. Lili crashed home a shot from 15 metres to give goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin no chance.The Stars and Stripes drew level nine minutes before the interval through Maya Hayes, who came into the match high on confidence after her opening day hat-trick. Kealia Ohai burst into the penalty area from the right to tee up Hayes for her fourth goal in this tournament. Chances were few and far between during the opening half, despite an early foray for USA as captain Julie Johnston forced Shen Li into a great save.USA had the better of a relatively tame second half despite the best efforts of both teams, with play invariably bogged down in the midfield. Despite more than 60 per cent possession, the closest the USA came to securing a decisive second goal was a Johnston corner which struck the post direct off a corner.
One of the startling revelations at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Friday, was the payment of appearance fee to members of the Black Stars management committee during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Prosper Apasu, Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) on Friday, told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating Ghana’s participation at the 2014 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup that, each member of the Management Committee of the Black Stars took an appearance fee of 82,500USD during the World Cup.He said unlike the players and technical team, who took 100,000 USD each, the seven members of the Management Committee of the GFA took 82,500 USD which was agreed by cabinet.The seven-member Management Committee was headed by Kwasi Nyantakyi- President of the GFA and chairman of the Committee, with Felix Ansong, Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, Yaw Boateng Gyan, Moses Armah, Emmanuel Kyeremeh and Fred Crenstil.The revelation goes contrary to reports that, members of the Black Stars management committee did not benefit from the appearance fee.It would be recalled that, the payment of appearance fee was one of the issues that caused confusion in the camp of the Black Stars during the World Cup.
In the time since that episode aired, it’s come to light that Brown is healing frostbitten feet from a cryotherapy experience gone wrong. That in itself was enough to pique interest for Episode 2, but the eccentric wideout upped the ante when it was reported that he is now holding out of camp activities because the NFL has mandated that he update his helmet — something which could make for riveting television should the team address the situation. MORE: 5 details from Antonio Brown’s helmet fuss that cement his bizarre reputationThe development of first-round pick Johnathan Abram and his relationship with coaches and teammates is also something to monitor after Episode 1 painted Abram as a heel-like character who plays far too physical at practice and is unafraid to verbally challenge coach Jon Gruden.Since the season premiere, the Raiders defeated the Rams 14-3 in Week 1 of the preseason and are gearing up for a date with Arizona on Thursday.What time does ‘Hard Knocks’ air today?Date: Tuesday, Aug. 13Time: 10 p.m. ETTV channel: HBOEpisode 2 of “Hard Knocks” releases Tuesday, Aug. 13. at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. New episodes roll out once a week every Tuesday night during NFL training camp and preseason. How to watch, live stream Episode 2 on HBOAlong with it airing live on HBO, the show is available to stream on HBO GO and HBO NOW. Just when you thought the Raiders may not be that interesting of a watch for this season of “Hard Knocks,” the television gods gifted HBO with Antonio Brown.The new wide receiver who forced his way out of Pittsburgh this offseason flew onto the Raider scene by way of hot air balloon in Episode 1 of “Hard Knocks” but didn’t take any practice reps with his teammates as he nursed sore feet, the cause of which went without mention during the season premiere. MORE: ‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 1 in review’Hard Knocks’ schedule: When is Episode 3?This season of “Hard Knocks” consists of five one-hour episodes released each Tuesday during the Raiders’ training camp and preseason.The next episode is Tuesday, Aug. 20.EpisodeAir dateChannel/StreamEpisode 1Aug. 6, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 2Aug. 13, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 3Aug. 20, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 4Aug. 27, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOWEpisode 5Sep. 3, 10 p.m. ETHBO, HBO GO, HBO NOW
What is there to do when you are a bored celebrity in the middle of a pandemic? Play golf for a good cause — social distanced, of course.That is the 2020 American Century Championship in a nutshell as a who’s who of current and former athletes, actors and other famous faces head to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course overlooking Lake Tahoe for the annual celebrity golf tournament. NBC is broadcasting all three rounds of the event live. The 72-player field in 2020 includes everyone from NFL quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers to NBA MVP Stephen Curry and his dad, Dell, plus entertainment personalities Ray Romano, Miles Teller and Larry the Cable Guy, among others.Former NFL quarterback and CBS analyst Tony Romo is also back to defend his titles after winning the tournament in consecutive years. Romo, who dabbles in PGA Tour tournaments on occasion, is a mainstay at the ACC, finishing in the top five in each of his seven appearances.Curry, who finished seventh in 2019, could prove to be Romo’s top challenger making his eighth appearance. Former MLB ace Mark Mulder has won three times (2015-17). Here’s everything to know about the 2020 American Century Championship, including a list of tee times (updated daily), the complete TV schedule, player list, betting odds and more.MORE: Watch the American Century Championship live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)American Century Championship golf scheduleDates: July 10-12TV channels: NBC, NBCSNLive stream: NBCSports.com, fuboTV (7-day free trial)Live TV coverage of the 2020 American Century Championship begins Friday from 5-8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports. Rounds 2-3 on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on NBC with coverage scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET each day. All three rounds will re-air on the Golf Channel at 10 p.m. ET following the original broadcasts.The tournament can be live-streamed via NBCSports.com as well as fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTV timesTV channelFriday, July 105-8 p.m. ETNBCSN, fuboTVSaturday, July 113-6 p.m. ETNBC, fuboTVSunday, July 123-6 p.m. ETNBC, fuboTVAmerican Century Championship 2020 player listThe list of players for the American Century Championship features 72 current or retired athletes, broadcasters and entertainers, including 32 from the NFL, five from the NBA, 12 from MLB, two boxers, two tennis stars and a world long drive competitor. NFLPatrick MahomesAaron RodgersTony RomoJerome BettisDoug FlutieJim McMahonMarcus AllenJerome BettisTim BrownReggie BushTerrell DavisLarry FitzgeraldKyle FullerEddie GeorgeA.J. HawkCase KeenumTravis KelceCooper KuppAnthony LynnBrandon McManusCarson PalmerPatrick PetersonAndre ReedJerry RiceKyle RudolphAdam ThielenMike VrabelDeMarcus WareEric WeddleKyle WilliamsCharles WoodsonSteve YoungNBACharles BarkleyChauncey BillupsStephen CurryDell CurryDeron WilliamsMLBRoger ClemensDerek LoweGreg MadduxMark MulderBrian McCannKevin MillarJimmy RollinsOzzie SmithJohn SmoltzChase UtleyShane VictorinoTim WakefieldOther athletesCanelo AlvarezOscar De La HoyaJames BlakeMardy FishTroy MullinsBroadcastersJay BilasJoe BuckVinny Del NegroKathryn TappenOther celebritiesRay RomanoMiles TellerLarry the Cable GuyBrian BaumgartnerBret BaierChace CrawfordKira DixonJay DeMarcusJoe Don RooneyJohn O’HurleyMichael PenaAlfonso RibeiroRob RiggleJack WagnerAmerican Century Championship tee times & pairingsHere is the complete list of tee times and pairings for Sunday’s final round at the American Century Championship. All times are Eastern.Sunday, July 1211:25 a.m. – Jim McMahon, James Blake, Jay Bilas11:30 a.m. – Roger Clemens, Eric Weddle, Chase Utley11:35 a.m. – Kevin Millar, Brian McCann, Joe Don Rooney11:40 a.m. – Greg Maddux, Shane Victorino, Brandon McManus11:45 a.m. – A.J. Hawk, Brian Baumgartner, Aaron Rodgers11:50 a.m. – Joe Buck, Kyle Fuller, Cooper Kupp11:55 a.m. – Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Jerry RiceNoon – Tim Brown, Marcus Allen, Steve Young12:05 p.m. – Oscar De La Hoya, Bret Baier, Tim Wakefield12:10 p.m. – Jimmy Rollins, Troy Mullins, Reggie Bush12:15 p.m. – Alfonso Ribeiro, Michael Pena, Ozzie Smith12:20 p.m. – Rob Riggle, Jay DeMarcus, Kira K. Dixon12:25 p.m. – Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Mike Vrabel12:30 p.m. – Andre Reed, Terrell Davis, Charles Woodson12:35 p.m. – Deron Williams, Adam Thielen, Stephen Curry12:40 p.m. – Miles Teller, Ray Romano, Chace Crawford12:45 p.m. – Jerome Bettis, Jake Wagner, Case Keenum12:50 p.m. – Doug Flutie, Kyle Rudolph, DeMarcus Ware12:55 p.m. – Vinny Del Negro, Mark Mulder, Carson Palmer1 p.m. – Chauncey Billups, Canelo Alvarez, Anthony Lynn1:05 p.m. – Derek Lowe, Dell Curry, Tony Romo1:10 p.m. – Larry the Cable Guy, John O’Hurley, Kathryn Tappen1:15 p.m. – John Smoltz, Kyle Williams, Mandy Fish1:20 p.m. – Charles Barkley, Eddie GeorgeAmerican Century Championship oddsTony Romo was the betting favorite to win the American Century Championship tournament for a third year in a row, according to odds via Sports Insider.Tony Romo -120Mark Mulder +250Derek Lowe +1200Mardy Fish +1200Stephen Curry +1800Jack Wagner +2000Case Keenum +2200Kyle Williams +2200John Smoltz +3300Joe Buck +4000Adam Thielen +5000Bret Baier +6600Aaron Rodgers +10000Dell Curry +10000Brandon McManus +12500Brian Urlacher +12500Carson Palmer +12500Jerry Rice +12500Cooper Kupp +15000Kevin Millar +15000Tom Glavine +15000Vinny del Negro +15000Brian McCann +20000American Century Championship prize moneyAn estimated $600,000 in prize money will be donated to charities supporting social justice reform and COVID-19 relief efforts, according to tournament organizers. American Century Championship formatThe American Century Championship follows a modified Stableford format, which awards points based on stroke totals for each hole. The player with the highest point total after three rounds (54 holes) is the winner.Here is the scoring breakdown:10 points for a double eagle8 points for a hole-in-one6 points for an eagle3 points for a birdie1 point for par0 points for bogey-2 points for double-bogey or higherAmerican Century Championship winnersHere are the winners of the 10 most recent American Century Championship tournaments between 2010 and 2019.YearWinnerScore2019Tony Romo712018Tony Romo712017Mark Mulder732016Mark Mulder742015Mark Mulder822014Mark Rypien762013Billy Joe Tolliver672012Dan Quinn662011Jack Wagner802010Billy Joe Tolliver84
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ actions were made possible by an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state’s involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Reynolds’ approval before he would join multistate lawsuits, and Reynolds in turn vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Miller says the compromise importantly is temporary and won’t hamstring future Iowa attorneys general
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Daniel Saina and New Orleans’ Arina Kleshchukova are the Southland Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. All Southland Athlete of the Week awards are presented by Hancock Whitney.Saina clinched a first-place finish at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend, beating out the second-place finisher by a 10-second margin. The junior closed out the four-mile race with a 4:57.9 average-mile pace in order to secure his second Athlete of the Week award this season.Kleshchukova continued her impressive 2019 run with an individual title of her own at the Cowboy Stampede this past weekend. After beating out the second-place runner by 16 seconds, the junior captured her third individual victory of the season, also sealing her third Athlete of the Week award.Men’s Athlete of the Week: Daniel Saina, McNeese – Jr. – Eldoret, KenyaSaina claimed a first-place individual finish, boosting the Cowboys to a second-place team finish at home this past weekend at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede. The junior from Eldoret, Kenya, topped a field of 104 runners from 12 schools with a 19:51.7 clip. Saina’s performance in the four-mile race marks his second individual title of the 2019 season.Honorable Mention: Kolyn Saltzman, New Orleans; Dustin Worley, Nicholls; Tristan Stellmach, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Women’s Athlete of the Week: Arina Kleshchukova, New Orleans – Jr. – Bishkek, KyrgyzstanKleshchukova continued her impressive pace with her third individual title in three appearances, following a first-place performance at the Lake Charles Toyota Cowboy Stampede over the weekend. The junior claimed a 17:34.6 finish in the 4k event, setting a new personal-best time by 36 seconds. Her victory makes her the first Privateer to record three consecutive individual victories since the 2002 season. Kleshchukova defeated the second-place competitor by a 14-second mark.Honorable Mention: Elsa Rijpstra, Nicholls; Valentina Campos, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.
Dear Editor,The Chairman of GECOM has finally put an end to the House-to-House Registration exercise, this is a most welcomed act and I must commend her for doing so. However, that move still falls woefully short of fulfilling the constitutional requirements of the law which states that GECOM should now move swiftly into elections mode.That elections mode means that there must be a Claims and Objections process, which would in effect add to the List of Electors those persons who would have attained the voting age of 18 years as well as sanitise the list of those persons who would have died since the last election. This is the final stage of the electoral process which should take us no more than one month to complete, albeit to officially come to compliance with the constitutional deadline.On the other hand, the PNC-led coalition, through its political hacks at GECOM, is trying to spin a confusing yarn that the present duplicate, and in most cases, suspect list of registrants, must be added to the National Register of Registrants database. This cannot be because here you have a House-to-House exercise that lacked the scrutiny of the main political Opposition (which makes it totally illegal) and an exercise that is wholly incomplete, this brings into focus another nonsensical issue.So, this idiotic argument cannot be allowed to flourish even to the point of gaining any sensible attention, you cannot add an incomplete list to the NRR list, it just cannot happen. This is just another delay tactic by the PNC to confuse and delay the holding of general elections.In the first place, the holding of House-to-House was an order issued by an illegally appointed GECOM Head, which again made that order illegal.Instead of getting ready for elections which should have been set in motion since December 22, the day after the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion, that illegal Chairman began a process of political posturing all in the grand scheme to avoid election preparation. Seeing that this new Chairperson has decided to get out of that morass, the only logical thing now is to follow the Constitution to the letter.Elections must be held, and there should be no delay.Respectfully,Neil Adams