Rodgers tells Sterling to focus

first_img The 18-year-old winger made a big impression at the start of last season but his progression has since been hampered by some well publicised off-field issues. Quoted in the Daily Mail, Rodgers said: “He needs to have a clear mind in everything in his life. We mustn’t forget he is 18. We have 18 and 17-year-olds on the bench at the moment. He needs to stabilise his life. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling to sort his life and and take advantage of being at “one of the biggest clubs in the world”. “He needs to understand the remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world and focus everything on his career. “Once he does that and he is clear in his mind, once he has got no distractions, we can get to the level of performance of the first four to five months of last year. “He is a good boy and had lots going on last year when he was put in the spotlight and he did well, but now it’s about him focusing on his football.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Gunshots ring outside party at USC

first_imgAnnalise Mantz and Yasmeen Serhan contributed to this report. It was nearly midnight  on Wednesday when Autumn Battani, a freshman majoring in psychology, heard several loud sounds while standing by the center of campus — a Halloween prank, she thought at first.“And then all of the sudden everyone around us got on the ground,” Battani said. “Then they all got up and started running. It happened so fast, I didn’t even know what happened or why everyone was running, so I ran too.”Like hundreds of other students and guests, Battani was waiting in line to enter “Freak or Greek,” an on-campus Halloween party. Then, several gunshots rang out, sending a mass of panicked students running in all directions.The Los Angeles Police Department has detained two suspects — both unaffiliated with USC — related to  the shooting, which left one victim in critical condition and three other victims injured. The shooting occurred about 100 yards from the campus center.As students ran for cover after the shooting, the party underneath in the Campus Center basement continued because the area was on lockdown.“Music continued to play, and they continued to party,” LAPD Cmdr. Bob Green said during a briefing early Thursday morning.The event, which began at 9 p.m. and hit an attendance of about 400 students, was planned as an exception to the university’s scheduling rule — events taking place past 10 p.m., play loud music or serve alcohol are required to take place on weekends.“In this case, the event in question was approved as an exception to the university’s date and time requirements because no alcohol was to be served and to allow the student group to hold an event on Halloween,” Vice President of Student Affairs Michael Jackson said in a statement.An outside promoter, LA Hype, advertised the event on social media and event pages. Admission was free for USC students, according to an advertisement on the online aggregator AllEvents, and discounted for guests who were members of fraternities or sororities, or in costume.Though alcohol was prohibited, the advertisement AllEvents told students to “PreGame before the party” and “not bring any substances on campus” because of citations.LA Hype could not be reached for comment.Eleven Dept. of Public Safety officers were sent as security for the event, according to DPS Capt. David Carlisle. In addition, students confirmed that at least two Contemporary Services Corporation officers checked IDs, searched for alcohol and conducted pat-downs. DPS uses CSC officers to provide security checks at events.DPS uses a special events coordinator to recommend the amount of security personnel necessary at events, Carlisle said.As more people flocked to the Campus Center for the event, DPS deployed three additional officers to organize those waiting to enter the party. More than 100 people were lined up outside moments before the shooting, according to eyewitness reports.“They were a large mass of people trying to funnel into the entrance of the ballroom,” Carlisle said. “And we were in the process of trying to line them up on Trousdale [Parkway] when the shooting occurred.”The party, having been advertised heavily on the Internet, attracted students who were not affiliated with the university, such as Rayamen Middlebrooks, a 21-year-old community college student. Middlebrooks said he knew the event might get out of hand.“Honestly, from the beginning, I knew how the crowd was,” Middlebrooks said. “Things were going to happen.”The university required attendants to show an ID from USC or another university, according to a statement from USC President C. L. Max Nikias.Following the shooting, Middlebrooks and his friend Andre Shields, a 20-year-old community college student, were in disbelief that gunshots would be fired at USC.“And you just don’t think it was gunshots on the USC campus, out of everywhere else,” Middlebrooks said. “But yeah, gunshots on USC campus.”Law enforcement officials are not aware of the reason behind the altercation that led to the shooting. LAPD’s investigation is ongoing.BSA Executive Director Lamar Gary declined to comment for this story. Undergraduate Student Government, which oversees BSA, also declined to comment.last_img read more


Chambers, Martin top 5K Run

first_imgRyon Chambers and Arieta Martin topped the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica (PSJ), Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica (KSFJ) and the Kiwanis Club of Constant Spring’s (KCCS)5K Run/Walk at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road on Sunday.Chambers, the overall winner, crossed the finish line at 16:33.34, followed by Andrew Gutzmore at 17:26.03 and Shambola Moore in third at 17:50.78.On the female side, Martin ran home in 20:29.26 ahead of Janetta Robinson (21:50.03)and Tammara Hucey Glaves (23:27.87).The male winner for the walk was AndrÈ Smith in 27:24.42, with Shane Pryce (28:06.40) and Vivian Lawes (30:17.83).one-year scholarshipPaula Sinclair took the walk in the female categoryin 32:24.76. Jodi Jackson, 37:22.01, came second, and Modupeola Abayoni, 37:57.43, was third.The winners and other competitors were awarded withtrophies and prizes from several corporate entities, such as University College of the Caribbean, with a one-year scholarship, which went to Wayne Williams; Dolphin Cove, Mystic Mountain with tickets to their properties; and many others, who provided gift baskets and other prizes.The organisers were pleased with the response from the public, as they will be able to address some of the issues based on income to be received from staging the event.The 5K Run/Walk was a joint event by PSJ, KSFJ and KCCS. It was the third staging for the Pharmaceutical Society of Jamaica and the second for Kidney Support Foundation of Jamaica. The beneficiaries will be the KSFJ and the KCCS ‘eliminate’ project aimed at pregnant women in Jamaica and worldwide, as the international project for Kiwanis across the world.last_img read more