Podcast: Assistant sports editor Kenny Legan chats with USC women’s soccer player Ashley Freyer to preview the upcoming match.It’s a perfect Hollywood script with enough drama to fill a blockbuster — and one more chapter will be added tonight to this historic rivalry between USC and UCLA.Early boost · Freshman defender Mia Bruno, who has seen significant playing time in her first season with USC, has helped the Women of Troy to an 8-4-3 record thus far. USC will play its second match of the season in the Coliseum tonight against UCLA. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan The women’s soccer teams will go toe-to-toe beneath the bright lights of the Coliseum in a crucial conference showdown at 7 p.m.“I get up for these games against UCLA,” said senior defender Karter Haug. “I just love playing in these types of games, and to play in the Coliseum is one of the best opportunities.”This key matchup between the No. 23 Women of Troy (8-4-3, 1-2-1) and the No. 19 UCLA Bruins (9-5-1, 2-2) will be magnified not only because of the rivalry but because USC also hopes to bring in a record-breaking crowd.The last time the two teams squared off at the Coliseum, a crowd of 7,804 showed up to witness this classic rivalry.This time, the Women of Troy hope to break that record and also put an end to UCLA’s three-game winning streak against USC.“It’s a real big game for both teams as far as our position in the Pac-10, and obviously the rivalry is huge,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “Both teams will be fired up and we’ll be able to play in the Coliseum, so it’s fantastic. It’s what you work for all year … to showcase yourself in front of your home crowd.”Though UCLA has come out victorious in the last three meetings, the last time the Women of Troy won marked a special moment in Trojan history.The Women of Troy knocked off UCLA 2-1 in the NCAA semifinals en route to winning the 2007 NCAA championship.Haug, along with senior forward/midfielder Megan Ohai, senior midfielder Alyssa Dávila and redshirt junior midfielder Ashli Sandoval, were all part of that championship team.But last weekend in Oregon proved to be a wake-up call for the Women of Troy, as they were plagued by slow starts and inconsistent play and finished the weekend with a loss and a tie.Despite their recent struggles, Haug believes the team will be prepared.“I think we’ve learned from our experience and we can look back at how we played and hopefully not do the same things,” Haug said. “But hopefully, we’re progressing each game as well.”Freshman midfielder Haley Boysen knows the importance of this game and said she believes the team will be ready to redeem themselves.“Last weekend was a disappointment and we realized we can’t let that happen again,” she said. “We’re better than that. … We’re pumped up for this game and ready to make up for what happened.”But despite all the hype surrounding the rivalry and the record-breaking attendance aspirations, Khosroshahin said this game is the perfect opportunity for his team to learn and grow.“We’re just trying to improve the parts of our game that will help us the rest of the season and hopefully in the tournament as well,” he said. “We just have to do the right things at the right times and we’ll be fine.”
A new and unique addition to Broward County, Florida, officially opened on Thursday.The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will show off its guitar-shaped hotel.It’s part of the Hollywood hotel’s one-and-a-half billion dollar expansion that includes the Hard Rock Live concert venue.The hotel is 450 feet high, and the six strings are made of LED lights.The hotel has more than 600 rooms, but if you’re looking to book one of them, you’ll have to wait because HardRockHotels.com says they’re sold out for almost the next three weeks.
A Florida woman’s eBay listing for simple Pyrex mixing bowls is blowing up. The asking price was $9.99 but bids quickly surpassed that amount, and as of early this morning, the top bid was almost $9 grand. Apparently, the bowls have a rare pattern painted on them, and the owner stands to cash in once bidding ends Thursday morning. More than 100 years after the dishes started appearing in kitchens, Facebook groups and Pinterest posts have appeared where the Pyrex people can chat, share their collections and talk about what makes Pyrex timeless.So which pieces sell the best? NBC’s “Today” show said you’ll want to scour your cabinets for bright pieces with floral or geometric designs that are opaque.
An Oklahoma Starbucks barista is out of a job after giving a police officer a cup on Thanksgiving with the word “pig” on the label.The incident first gained attention after a Facebook post made Kiefer Chief Johnny O’Mara, who told reporters a customer pointed out the label on the cups to the officer.“What irks me is the absolute and total disrespect for a police officer who, instead of being home with family and enjoying a meal and a football game, is patrolling his little town,” O’Mara wrote in a Facebook post, where he shared a picture of a cup with the “PIG” label on it.In a statement issued Friday, Starbucks reps said the behavior was absolutely unacceptable, and they are deeply sorry.The company also says they’ll be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event to promote greater civility.Click here to learn more.
Former President Barack Obama said Monday that “the world would be a better place if every country was run by women.”“Now women, I just want you to know you are not perfect, but what I can say pretty indisputably is that you’re better than us,” the two-term president said at an Obama Foundation event in Singapore.“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes,” he told the crowd.Obama, who served as president between 2009 and 2017, also told the Singapore audience that the world’s problems were caused by “old men not getting out of the way.”“If you look at the world and look at the problems it’s usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way,” Obama said, as reported by BBC.“It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power,” he continued.The remarks will surely be seen as a betrayal to former vice president Joe Biden who served faithfully under Obama for eight years but is still yet to receive an endorsement from him. Perhaps Obama is signaling a third presidential run for Hillary Clinton.Biden, 77, earlier this month claimed he didn’t need Obama’s help, telling reporters: “Everyone knows I’m close with him. I don’t need an Obama endorsement.”But the former Delaware senator is lagging in key states such as Iowa ahead of its Feb. 3 nominating contest and has not raised the same campaign funds as other top-tier candidates.
Attorney General William Barr says Apple isn’t helping the feds unlock two iPhones used by the Saudi military officer who killed three people at a Florida Navy base last month. He calls the shooting an act of terrorism.Barr has called on Apple to help the FBI with accessing phones in acts of terror. The call comes in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage by the Saudi Airman who opened fire on the Pensacola Air Base last month. Apple rejects the characterization it has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation.The Saudi national in training at the base killed three and injured eight others before American forces shot and killed him.The shooter actually fired a round through one of the phones to disable it. Investigators were able to get both phones up in running but haven’t been able to crack the encrypted passwords. But Apple says it started working with investigators round-the-clock within hours of the shooting December 6th and didn’t know the FBI needed more help until January 6th.Barr says it is imperative that the FBI finds out with whom and about what the terror suspect was communicating.The issue is similar to what happened after a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, when a locked iPhone belonging to one of the shooters sparked a debate over privacy versus the needs of law enforcement.
The South Florida Fair is offering you and your family 17 days of pure fun starting this Friday at the South Florida Fairgrounds.Join Diener and Flash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m!One of the top fairs in Florida, this extravaganza of fried foods, tribute bands, dance parties and great rides packs in 17 days of pure delight with the thermostat set at perfect fair-going temperatures: 70s during the day and 60s at night.The theme for 2020 will be “Play Ball, Play Fair!” and will be a celebration of popular sports in The Palm Beaches.With more than 200 rides, games and attractions, there’s fun for everyone at this Palm Beach County fair.Kids can take a spin on mini-Monster Trucks, the Dragon Wagon, Wacky Worm Coaster and dozens more rides in Lil’ Pardner Land, while the big kids can get their thrills on the Mega Drop, Cliff Hanger, Zero Gravity and other spinning, whirling, white-knuckle rides.And what about the fair food? You can sink your teeth into the sweetness of a doughnut and the salty goodness of a burger in one bite with a Porky’s Doughnut Burger. Or why not combine breakfast and lunch into one tasty treat with Bianco’s Frosted Flakes Chicken on a Stick? Of course that’s just a small sampling of the deep-fried, gut-busting goodies you’ll find at this year’s fair.Sticking with the sports theme, the fair will host a Friday Night Lights Dance Party on Jan. 24 at the Party Pavilion. The event will feature a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and dancing featuring the ultra-energetic Private Property Band.Throughout the fair’s 17 days, fairgoers will also be able to try out virtual reality sports experiences, including football, golf, soccer, basketball and baseball. If you prefer real-life competition, you can show your stuff in the batting cages, pitching cage and field goal kick as well. Additionally, the Expo Center will play host to interactive sports exhibits in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and National Baseball Hall of Fame.The fair runs from January 17, 2020 to February 2, 2020South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33421
Uber driver, 60-year-old Gary Kitching was convicted of raping a woman he picked up from SunFest three years ago. Now a judge says he will get a new trial.Kitchings is serving a 22 year prison sentence after being convicted of three counts of sexual battery, burglary with assault or battery, and false imprisonment in 2018.Investigators said in May 2017 Kitchings picked up a woman from SunFest and drove her to her home in Jupiter. The woman claimed Kitchings broke into her home and raped her. Kitchings claimed they had consensual sex.The ruling on a new trial came from the 4th District Court of Appeal.The court ruled the judge made a mistake by not allowing the defense to introduce his initial statement to police to counter accusations that he made up his story later.According to the court, the judge should not have allowed into evidence the second statement from the woman.Kitchings will likely ask to be released from custody, while awaiting the retrial. Prior to his arrest, he worked with foster children at a non-profit called Place of Hope in Palm Beach Gardens.
MoneyGram (NASDAQ : MGI), one of the world’s leading money transfer services with over 20,000 branches in Africa, has emphasized its confidence in the Liberian financial sector and reiterated its interest in supporting the financial inclusion agenda of Liberia. MoneyGram is one of the top two international money transfer institutions in Liberia; with its windows at all commercial banks and key business outlets across the country.A statement issued by the company Monday announced that Mr. Francois Peyret, MoneyGram International’s Regional Director for North &West Africa, is undertaking a working tour of Liberia to beef up its business platform in the country. Mr. Peyret’s visit to Liberia today marks what could be the first senior executive visit to the country by a major global financial institution.Whilst in Liberia, Mr. Peyret will hold high-level business development discussions with CEOs and executives of key players in the financial sector and inaugurate the Monrovia Mini-Van Branding Project of MoneyGram.Mr. Kunle Olamuyiwa, the regional operations manager for Anglophone West Africa, and Mrs. Kemi Okusanya, regional business development manager Anglophone West Africa, will accompany Mr. Peyret on the tour. Both executives are members of the MoneyGram North &West African team.On the future of the brand in Liberia, Francois Peyret noted: “Our ambition is to double our network of MoneyGram points of sale in Liberia in the next five years and become the dominant preferred choice for money transfer. To achieve this we shall continue to work with our partners to aggressively offer the best proposition and price to Liberians around the world. We shall continue to be a good corporate citizen, adhering to international best practice on compliance and service quality. We shall innovate and support the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry’s agenda of bringing more Liberians into the financial sector. To achieve this, we are seriously considering introducing our mobile solutions in Liberia that would allow mobile phones to send and receive transactions. As we all know mobile phone penetration exceeds back account penetration by a factor of approx. 1:5 and we intend to leverage this.”MoneyGram offers over-the counter money transfer services in Liberia through its agent partners namely: International Bank, FIBank, LBDI, UBA, Ecobank, Global Bank, GT Bank &Afriland First Bank.Through these agents MoneyGram is now available all over Liberia, in almost 100 locations. From inception to date, MoneyGram International announced that it has undertaken over 2,000,000 transactions valued at over US$500 million, which is a direct cash flow into the Liberian economy.According to MoneyGram, the service is a critical lifeline, allowing Liberians in the Diaspora— especially in the United States— to send money home to loved ones for upkeep, healthcare and education.MoneyGram disclosed that it has invested over a million United Sates dollars in the last five years to market its proposition in Liberia. “Efforts here more recently,” the company added “have included donations of school items-notebooks, waste bins, cash awards, etc. to various high schools and universities valued at over US$50,000.”There has also been a donation of logistics materials to the Monrovia City Corporation in 2010 in addition to various consumer reward schemes like the recently ended Double-Double promo (where lucky customers got their transactions doubled).The brand is currently reputed to be the most popular money transfer in Liberia, with the best price offer in the market, starting at only US$2.00 for sends out of Liberia.MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions, to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide through a global network of 327,000 agent locations — including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions — in 200 countries and territories. MoneyGram also offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner has been certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service allowing Air New Zealand the launch customer to take delivery.“Certification is the culmination of years of hard work and a rigorous flight-test program that started with the 787-9’s first flight last September,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “With this validation that the airplane is ready for commercial operations, Boeing along with our airline and leasing customers now look forward to introducing the newest member of the Dreamliner family to passengers around the world.” The unveiling of the 787-9 The 787- is 6m longer than the 787-8 and can carry around 40 passengers more and fly 700km further.To earn certification for the 787-9, Boeing undertook a comprehensive test program with five aircraft and more than 1,500 hours of flight testing, plus ground and laboratory testing. Following the certification process, the FAA and EASA each granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate for the 787-9, certifying that the design complies with aviation regulations and is safe and reliable.Twenty-six customers around the world have ordered 413 787-9s, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.In all Boeing has delivered 147 787s and total orders for all models including the recently launched even larger -10 sit at 1031.AirlineRatings will take part in the delivery of the first Air New Zealand 787-9 in July. Look out for our coverage.Suggested read: Air New Zealand Business Class review