CalPIRG doubles fundraising goal

first_imgThe USC chapter of CalPIRG said it wants to double its annual fundraising goal as it kicked off its pledge drive Monday to encourage long-term donations to support its professional staff.USC CalPIRG, a student-run organization that focuses on public interest issues and assuring students’ voices are heard in state government, currently advocates for issues such as banning the use of plastic bags in California and abolishing subsidies on corn products. CalPIRG uses its funds to hire lobbyists to represent its stances in Sacramento.The organization hopes to increase its donations to $75,000 by asking students to donate $10 monthly for as long as they can afford, said David Mittelstein, chair of USC CalPIRG. The group now only accepts credit card donations to facilitate long-term commitments.“The problem with cash donations is that they are not ongoing so we would have to do these fundraisers every month,” Mittelstein said. “This frees us up to focus on our campaign work.”Mittelstein said the organization wants to increase its annual fundraising so it can increase its visibility.“We really need these donations so we can be self-sufficient and compete on par with other special interest groups in getting our petitions heard and implemented in society,” Mittelstein said. “In politics, money is power, so we hire professional advocates like lawyers and lobbyists who give us a voice in the government.”CalPIRG’s current “Save the Oceans” campaign focuses on banning plastic bags in California. The campaign has received 4,700 signatures at USC this year.James DuLac, a coordinator of the campaign, said USC’s chapter has room to grow.“The USC chapter of CalPIRG is relatively young compared to other chapters in California, so we are growing rapidly every year,” DuLac said. “Its great that we are able to hire full time staff who go to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to get our voices heard on issues.”last_img read more

Spurs, Celtic & Everton reach Europa League knockout stages.

first_imgSpurs went on to win 1-0 thanks to Benjamin Stambouli’s first goal for the clubCeltic went down 3-1 at home to Salzburg, but Dinamo Zagreb’s defeat to Astra means the Hoops are guaranteed second place in Group D. Everton’s progress came at a price, with James McCarthy suffering a hamstring injury in their 2-0 win away to Wolfsburg.Tottenham face the prospect of UEFA sanctions after their game with Partizan Belgrade was temporarily stopped last night due to a series of pitch invasions.Three men representing a YouTube pranks channel went onto the field at different times in the first-half,last_img read more

LA Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan expanding repertoire

first_img“I learned that move from Jamal Crawford, he shoots that a lot,” Jordan said. “And I figured, hey, (Coach Doc Rivers was) about to take me out in a second anyway, so I might as well get one up.”Seriously, though, Jordan can be an even more valuable asset if he can expand his game offensively. One of the keys, Rivers said, is for Jordan to take his time once he gets the ball in the paint.“Every game, you have to remind him,” Rivers said. “But listen, it’s new for him. He’s working on it and just slowing down once he gets it. We want him to play at a great pace, but once he gets the ball, take his time. There’s not going to be anybody coming.“It’s not like he’s going to be double-teamed, so he could take his time and he’s got that little jump-hook that I think is effective when he’s in practice or when he’s working on it.”Jordan seemed to like talking about the progression of this part of his game. “Just take a second, whenever I get the ball down there,” he said. “It’s rare, but it’s happening more and more, so I’m getting more comfortable down there with the basketball because before it would be like a late-in-the-shot-clock thing. But now I’m getting it with like 18 seconds, so I can make a decision.“And I feel like the guys are more confident in me to make a play for somebody else or whenever I have a shot I feel like I can make, I’ll take it.”It also helps Jordan that power forward Blake Griffin has been out for nearly two months, which gives Jordan more scoring opportunities. He’s averaging a career-high 12.2 points, as well as 14.2 rebounds.Rivers dance The Clippers (37-19 before Wednesday) have this thing where the last player in the locker room after a victory has to dance in the Soul Train line. Although Alex Stepheson was not the last man in after Monday’s victory, he was nevertheless coerced into dancing because the 28-year-old out of Harvard-Westlake High scored his first NBA points late in the game.During Wednesday’s pregame news conference ahead of his team’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Rivers said Aldrich was the worst dancer he’d ever seen, but that Stepheson was not far behind.Then this.“We now know it’s not a racial thing,” Rivers said, drawing a lot of laughter from reporters.Aldrich is white, Stepheson is African-American.“But it was bad,” Rivers said of Stepheson’s dance. “Maybe it’s a height thing. If you’re over 6-9, you just can’t dance. That might be it.”Aldrich is 6-foot-11. Stepheson, who is on a 10-day contract, is 6-10. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img L.A. Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been known offensively as somewhat of a one-trick pony. He dunks, and that’s just about it. That’s why his field-goal percentage is a league-leading 69.6 percent.Jordan is trying to expand his repertoire a bit. In Monday’s 124-84 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns, Jordan had a dribble-drive that resulted in a layup and a 6-foot right-handed hook that was nothing but net.When that hook shot was brought up to teammate Paul Pierce at practice Tuesday, he said, “I think he got tired of Cole (Aldrich) hitting that shot on him in practice every day, so he had to bring it out.”Pierce was laughing. Told what Pierce said, Jordan went in another direction.last_img read more

Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad to play City

first_imgPep Guardiola vs Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City this weekend over his fitness but manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian did nothing “unforgivable” during Barcelona’s pursuit of him.The playmaker, who returned from international duty this week, was linked with a move to the Catalan giants following the departure of his compatriot Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool refused to budge.Coutinho has not yet played for Liverpool this season, with the club citing a back injury, but he joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers and made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former.That, however, has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad on Saturday.“I can explain it a little — maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split,” said Klopp.“It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time in history when similar things will happen.”Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City“I really think we handled it really well,” Klopp added. “Not all the things in newspapers were 100 percent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.“But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought ‘Oh, that is too much’. “He came in yesterday, accepted 100 percent the situation — I didn’t even have to say anything about it.”Klopp praised Coutinho’s attitude, saying he was in a good mood and training had been positive.“Before he went to Brazil he couldn’t train for about three weeks so that means we need to try to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our schedule,” said Klopp.“So I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use these four or five days for proper training.”Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the international break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City have the same number of points but trail Liverpool on goal difference.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more