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first_imgEarlier this week, Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida, and Mr. Lewandowski attempted to hold a celebratory news conference after obtaining a favorable court order in Pennsylvania. But a local D.J. blasting Beyoncé completely overpowered Ms. Bondi, who was forced to simply hold up the order as most of the media gathered nearby could not hear her speaking. – Advertisement – “Lawyers News Conference Four Seasons, Philadelphia. 11:00 a.m.,” President Trump tweeted Saturday morning, before issuing a corrective and explaining that he did not mean the luxury downtown hotel near the city’s convention center and was referring instead to a business called Four Seasons Total Landscaping.The correction quickly met with derision and glee among many blue-checkmark Twitter users, who assumed the campaign had accidentally booked the wrong venue. The landscaping business, after all, was situated near a porn shop, Fantasy Island Adult Bookstore, and a crematorium. The apparent mishap went viral, with celebrities weighing in. “Four Seasons Total Landscaping is also my secret code name for a bikini wax,” the actress Emmy Rossum tweeted Saturday evening.- Advertisement – Dan Scavino, the keeper of the presidential Twitter feed and a deputy White House chief of staff for communications, eventually tweeted out the corrective, people familiar with the event said, while White House officials overall were rolling their eyes and dismissing the entire embarrassing episode as another “Rudy special.”The campaign declined to comment, as did the White House.On Saturday evening, while Mr. Biden was addressing the country in his first remarks as president-elect, Mr. Lewandowski tweeted: “All great Americans in PA use Four Seasons Total Landscaping. They love this country and are American Patriots. Thank you!!” The actual hotel issued its own corrective. “To clarify, President Trump’s press conference will NOT be held at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia,” the corporate account tweeted. “It will be held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping— no relation with the hotel.”In reality, the mistake was not in the booking, but in a garbled game of telephone. Mr. Giuliani and the Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski told the president on Saturday morning their intended location for the news conference and he misunderstood, assuming it was an upscale hotel, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.But the campaign had always intended to hold the news conference in a friendlier part of town. The president’s team had struggled with news conferences in this Democratic stronghold all week. Since Wednesday, the streets outside of the Convention Center have been filled with pro-Biden protesters chanting, “Count every vote!” On multiple occasions, the Trump campaign surrogates were drowned out and surrounded by the much larger pro-Biden crowd.- Advertisement – Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, was standing in the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping in far northeast Philadelphia, as close to a Trump enclave as a decidedly Democratic city gets, highlighting alleged examples of voter fraud when the networks called the presidential race for Joseph R. Biden Jr.The surroundings were humble for such a seminal moment — a podium set up in front of a closed garage door decorated with a campaign poster — especially after a presidential tweet in the morning had advertised something that sounded a lot more upscale.- Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_imgONE News 10 June 2013An advocate of voluntary euthanasia says that it is “inevitable” that the practice will become lawful in New Zealand.Melbourne-based urological surgeon Dr Rodney Syme believes that choosing when and how a person dies is a human right and says that he expects physician-assisted death to be made legal within the next decade.Syme, who is visiting New Zealand for the Voluntary Euthanasia Society’s annual conference, admits helping hundreds of people to end their lives on their own terms.…He told TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning that he thinks the practice has international support.“It is inevitable, it has happened around the world, in a number of countries. Public support for it is overwhelming.“I estimate that certainly within a decade, and hopefully long before then, we will have sensible law that protects human beings and human rights to die with dignity on their own terms,” he said.Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont and Montana.In New Zealand, euthanasia and assisted suicide remains illegal, as set out under Section 179 of the Crimes Act.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/voluntary-euthanasia-inevitable-in-nz-advocate-5460191last_img read more


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first_imgILOILO City – The motorcycle they wereriding crashed against a pickup in Barangay Pulot-an, Pototan, Iloilo. According to police investigation, thevictims were navigating the road when a pickup driven by Richard Causing, 39,of Barangay Espinosa, Ajuy, Iloilo hit them on Tuesday night. But it was notimmediately clear what circumstance led to the accident. Causing was detained in the lockup cellof the Pototan police station, facing charges.PNcenter_img Killed of head injuries was motorcycledriver Lifedin Pari-an, 25, of Barangay Tumay, Mina, Iloilo. His two backriders Renhniel Resano, 18, and Jenwill Camiro, 30, received treatment at the IloiloProvincial Hospital in Pototan for minor injuries.last_img


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first_imgLauren Hill begins hospice care, her family said via Facebook.LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Lauren Hill is now receiving hospice care, her family announced Tuesday on Lauren’s Fight for Cure Facebook page.The Lawrenceburg graduate is battling inoperable brain cancer and her story has spread around the world, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research.Hill, 19, is a freshman at Mount St. Joseph University and made her college basketball debut on November 2.The family said they originally planned to enter hospice by late October or early November.“Overall she has been in good spirits this week and staying busy with special projects,” the family said on Facebook.On Monday, the Dearborn Community Foundation announced the establishment of the Lauren Hill Make A Difference Fund.last_img read more


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first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — An Ivy Tech Community College professor has returned from an overseas deployment with the U.S. Army Reserves.Dr. Shelly Eisert, who has taught nursing at the Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Campus for 10 years, was deployed to the Middle East for five months. She returned this spring.“We are proud of Dr. Eisert and sincerely thankful for her service to our country,” Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Chancellor Mark Graver said. “Dr. Eisert is an invaluable member of our faculty, and we are very happy she returned safely to continue her important role in our excellent Nursing Program.”Eisert has served in the Army Reserves for 10 years and holds the rank of Captain. Her deployment this year was her second overseas.She was assigned to the 75th Combat Support Hospital in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Spartan Shield). She served as a nurse practitioner at United States Army Health Clinic Kuwait (USAHC-K) in support of 25,000 U.S. and foreign service members, U.S. Department of Defense civilians, and contractors assigned, attached, or transitioning through Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Additionally, she served as the Officer in Charge of a medical clinic in Jordan.Dr. Eisert earned an Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in Kuwait and Jordan and a Combat Patch for her service in Jordan.“I am passionate about military service and nursing,” Eisert said. “Having the opportunity to serve as a nurse practitioner overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Spartan Shield) is an honor and a privilege.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Cardinals fell short against Jac-Cen-Del 25-13, 25-11.  Cora Roth served for 3 points, Ashley Hunter and Jaelyn Owens had 2 points each, and Kalli Obermeyer, Rachel Suttmann and Lucy Abplanalp had 1 point each. Sophia Hohenstein passed the ball well to help setup the offense. Cora Roth and Lucy Abplanalp with 2 hits and Ashley Hunter with 1 hit.   The St. Louis 8th Grade Volleyball team worked hard to pull out a win against Jac-Cen-Del in 2 sets 25-17, 25-21. The Cardinals was able to serve strong to stay on top for the whole match. Isabelle Wonnell led the Cardinals with 10 points followed by Catherine Streator 6 points, Kate Weber and Ella Moster 5 points each, Rhea Miller 2 points and Lilly Schebler 1 point. Ingrid Tuveson, Maggie Beiser and Ava Owens moved around the court very well to pass the ball to the setter so the offense could be set up. Kate Weber and Isabelle Wonnell had 2 kills each along with Catherine Streator and Claire Saner was able to put down 1 kill each. Claire Saner was strong at the net on defense with tipping several times to get the easy point.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more


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first_img The Italian’s statement continued: “This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing. “I feel that I should not have to continually justify myself to people who do not understand this, however I will say one thing only – I am not the man that some people like to portray. I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone. “I am a football man and this and my family are my focus. Now I will speak only of football.” The furore over Di Canio’s failure to renounce fascism reached new heights when The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham, wrote an open letter saying he was struggling to stay loyal to the club and that he found Di Canio’s “self-confessed fascism deeply troubling”. Sadgrove, the child of a Jewish war refugee, said in his letter: “I believe that unless you clearly renounce fascism in all its manifestations, you will be associated with these toxic far-right tendencies we have seen too much of in this region.” He added: “Please tell me that I have misunderstood, or missed some fundamental issue here. I am simply telling you with a heavy heart that it feels hard at the moment to stay loyal.” Di Canio blasted the furore over his appointment as Sunderland manager as “ridiculous and pathetic”. His appointment led to the resignation of the club’s vice-chairman David Miliband, former foreign secretary, and the Durham Miners’ Association has asked the club to return a symbolic banner which is kept at the Stadium of Light if Di Canio remains. The statement followed the Dean of Durham becoming the latest public figure to voice disquiet over Di Canio’s appointment and questioning why he had not renounced fascism at a news conference on Tuesday. But the 44-year-old’s statement appears designed to draw a line under the controversy. In a statement issued by the club, Di Canio said: “I have clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club.” Sunderland finally responded to continuing uproar over their appointment of Paolo Di Canio as manager by releasing a statement from the Italian insisting he is not a racist and that he does not support “the ideology of fascism”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 34-year old, who made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2008 and last played in international cricket in 2015, took 288 wickets for his country across the three formats.Famous for his “carrom ball”, Mendis snapped 70 wickets in 19 Tests, 152 in 87 ODIs and 66 in 39 T20Is but he couldn’t prolong his career due to injuries and loss of form.Former Sri Lankan skipper Angelop Mathews took to twitter to congratulate Mendis for his international career.”Congratulations menda on a short but great career.Unfortunately injuries kept u away but god is kind and will open plenty of avenues to you. Stay blessed,” his former teammate Angelo Mathews wrote in his handle.Mendis, who last featured in an ODI against New Zealand in Christchurch, had become the fastest bowler to reach 50 ODI wickets and is the only bowler to take a six-wicket haul in T20Is twice.The 34-year-old had burst on to the scene at the Asia Cup when he took six for 13 as Sri Lanka notched up a 100-run win against India in the final in 2008. He received a Test call-up against India the same year and picked up 26 wickets in a three-Test series at home which Sri Lanka won 2-1. last_img read more


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first_imgSPECIAL REPORTBy Duro Ikhazuagbe and Olawale AjimotokanLast Tuesday marked another black day in the nation’s football history. Nigeria failed to qualify for another Africa Cup of Nations. It is the first time back-to-back and the third in five years. We missed the 2012 edition jointly hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Super Eagles (as defending champions) were not in Equatorial Guinea in 2015 and are not going to be among Africa’s best when they file out for action in 2017 in Gabon.To discerning followers of the Beautiful Game in the country, signs of failure have been flashing ever since the qualifiers started late last year. The Pharaohs of Egypt only nailed the coffin with the one-all draw in Kaduna and the lone goal victory in Alexandria. How did we get to this sorry state in our football history when just three years ago Nigeria was Africa’s champions?The decline in Nigeria’s football did not start with the failure to qualify for the three AFCONs missed in the last five years. It is the climax of a steady systemic failure that started after the Golden Generation of the Clemens Westerhof years left the stage and nothing concrete was put in place to recreate that era. Nigeria made her appearance at the global stage with the debut at USA ’94. The generation of Super Eagles came from years of experimentation that started way back in 1990 when Dutchman, Westerhof was in-charge. Westerhof experimented with no less than 80 players to be able to fashion out the team that got to the Number 5 spot in FIFA ranking just before the Mundial in USA. That team played the kind of robust football that till date has not been matched by any successive Eagles. It was just inexperience that stopped Nigeria from moving beyond the challenge posed by Italy. It was also that same generation that dominated the squad that won the Atlanta Olympic football gold for Africa for the first time.Of course, after Atlanta, Nigeria failed to build on the success of the Olympic gold. Journey-man Bonfrere Jo who took charge after his countryman Westerhof left the saddle also dumped the team. Thereafter, Nigeria began this era of hire-and-fire of coaches in succession. Frenchman Phillipe Troussier took charge and qualified Nigeria for France ’98. He got dumped while a Serb, Bora Milutinovic who had passed his prime as at the time he was hired by Nigeria took Eagles to the World Cup. Did Nigeria match the quality of USA ’94 in France? Indiscipline on the part of the players played a large role in the failure in France. Secondly, Bora had no effective control of the team like Westerhof did. This led to total breakdown of decorum. Nigeria left France a fragmented team, thus setting the stage for the free fall that has enveloped the game in the country today.  Bonfrere however returned to take charge of the team to bring back sanity ahead of the AFCON 2000 which Nigeria hosted and ended up with the silver after the Indomitable Lions beat Eagles to the trophy at the mainbowl of the National Stadium in Surulere Lagos.That same year, Nigeria that won gold in Atlanta Olympic football event failed to qualify from the group stage of Sydney Games, Chile inspired by Ivan Zamorano crushed Nigeria’s dream of an encore.Shaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi who took Eagles to the next edition of AFCON in Mali have bitter story to tell about the team. A Sunday Oliseh led Eagles engaged then NFA and National Sports Commission chiefs in a bitter feud over bonuses and other issues that bother on indiscipline, The result was Eagles departing Mali with a bronze. Chief Adegboye Onigbinde then stepped in for his second ‘missionary journey’ with the team after first handling the Eagles in 1984. Vincent Enyeama was capped against England but Eagles’ strange playing formation caused Nigeria to exit Korea/Japan 2002 at the group stage.Eagles performance at AFCON 2004 was no better than what happened at the previous edition in Mali. It was the same bronze story.Against all expectations, Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup hosted by Germany. It was the most unthinkable thing that Eagles could lose the ticket to Angola right in front of their fans that sunny afternoon in Kano. While the humid condition of the former pyramid city was partly blamed for the defeat, majority of Nigerian ball followers generally agreed that Eagles caused the embarrassment for themselves through selective attendance at away matches.At AFCON 2008, Nigeria almost went out at the group stage until Elephants of Ivory Coast did Eagles a favour, defeating Mali. They eventually returned home after crashing out in the semi final to host Ghana whose sporting press rechristened the Nigerian senior football team ‘Super Chicken.’Amodu again returned to lead Nigeria to AFCON 2010 in Angola. It was the same story of being beaten by Ghana in the semi final. Although Amodu qualified Nigeria for the World Cup Africa was hosting for the first time in South Africa, he was dumped by the federation to exhume one Swede, Lars Lagerback to lead Nigeria to South Africa 2010 on a 300,000 dollars fee for a less than three months job. Despite holding a Lionel Messi inspired Argentine side coached by legendary Diego Maradona to a decent game, Eagles threw away the chance to advance to a moment of madness in the second group game when Sani kaita kicked a Greek player to earn an instant dismissal. Yakubu  Aiyegbeni’s miss against South Korea in the last group match remains one of the worst performances by any player in the history of the Mundial.In 2012, Nigeria for the first time since 1986, failed to qualify for the AFCON jointly hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Guinea’s 2-2 draw with Eagles at the Abuja Stadium ended Samson Siasia’s reign as chief coach. Another ex international, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi stepped in with the mission to revive the fading glory of the Super Eagles. Keshi did well reinforcing the team with players from the domestic league. The experimentation paid off with the likes of Azubike Egwueke, Godfrey Oboabona, Ejike  Ogwuenyi, Sunday Mbah and a host of others commanding regular shirts ahead of their foreign-based counterparts. That team restored Nigeria’s pride, winning the AFCON 19 years after the feat in Tunisia.  It was also the second time anyone was winning as a former player and coach. But Keshi who was having a cat and mouse relationship with the NFF took his pound of flesh on the then Aminu Maigari led NFF board. Hours after Nigeria was crowned African champions, Keshi dumped the job in an interview with a South African radio station.It took the intervention of then Sports Minister, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi to make the man fondly called The Big Boss to rescind his decision about quitting. NFF did not forgive Keshi for having the audacity to shame them in that manner. By the time Keshi took Eagles to the World Cup in Brazil, the animosity between him and the federation leadership had gone beyond redemption. But fortunately for Keshi, the Illah-born gaffer had backing in a top government official in the Good luck Jonathan administration. He was untouchable. But after Eagles crashed out to France in the second round of Brazil 2014, NFF officials who were waiting for Keshi’s contract to expire had the opportunity to take their pound of flesh. Keshi’s contract was not renewed. However, he was forced on the team on an interim basis with the National Sports Commission picking his bills.Then succession disputes set in at the Glass House. Aminu Maigari was denied a second term. Former Sports Minister Tammy Danagogo was alleged to have prompted Jos club owner, Chris Giwa to run for the office. Delta FA boss, Amaju Pinnick who was one of the strong backers of Maigari also joined the race. Influential marketing consultant, Shehu Dikko, Lobi FC Chairman, Dominic Iorfa, Kano Pillars Chairman, Abba Yola and a host of others also joined the race to succeed Maigari. Pinnick however outsmarted all the others by winning the Congress of September 30 in Warri. Before then, the Giwa group had gone against FIFA directive by conducting what can at best be described as a mock election in Abuja on August 26 where the Jos football financier emerged as president. The crisis that followed the power struggle between Giwa and Pinnick largely contributed to why Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 edition of the African football showpiece in Equatorial Guinea. It was this poor preparation that also snowballed into the qualifiers for the 2017 edition to be hosted in Gabon next year. You can imagine three coaches- Keshi, Oliseh and Siasia handled the team that has just failed to reach Gabon 2017.Despite all that has been painted above, it will be unfair not to mention the gains recorded in age grade competitions. Nigeria is the reigning world champion in FIFA U17 World Cup. The 2015 class of Victor Osimhen retained the 2013 trophy Nigeria won in UAE at the 2015 edition in Chile with Emmanuel Amuneke in charge. Siasia also led his wards to win the inaugural CAF U-23 African Championship in Senegal late last year as well as qualify Nigeria for the male football event of Rio2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. Almost all other Nigerian teams have either qualified or on the verge of berthing in continental and global football competitions. The question then is: why is it difficult to translate the successes at the youth level to the senior category? Why are these youths not integral part of the domestic league instead of rushing out of the country for greener pastures in Europe or north Africa?A deep look into the club football in the country reveals that poor funding has been responsible for why these clubs are finding it difficult to match others in north Africa and elsewhere.Of the 20 clubs in the topflight, only IfeanyiUbah FC, MFM FC and Ikorodu United are privately owned. The rest are funded by state governments. Even before the down turn in the country’s economy, most states have never really considered these clubs as big businesses that should be managed as such. Instead, they are giving to politically-correct persons to run. In addition to that, the administration of the league has often been a problem until the coming of the League Management Company (LMC). The league body has been able to restore sanity with the fans returning to the stands again to cheer their favorite team. It is no longer that the home team must win at all cost. Last season was replete with records of several away victories.In addition to the above reasons for the free-fall of the Super Eagles, others attribute it partly to the failure of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to streamline football academies and check the activities of football agents.Football academies litter the nation’s landscape and set up with the sole objective to help in the grooming and nurturing of young players. But sadly some of these academies are anything but a football school and are in urgent need of regulation and licensing.Usually, the people behind the football schools set them up with sole objective to develop players to be sold to clubs in Europe and Asia for commercial benefits once they come of age.The conventional practice is that a football academy is an integral part of the football club set up to develop its youth talent. It is a training school where students learn how to play football.In the UK every football club in the Premier League and Championship has a football academy, and many more lower league clubs also have them, but not all.For those living near a non-league club, they will discover that they are unlikely to have a football academy, but will find development schemes or community run projects, that young footballers can enrol onto. These schemes are great first stops in the footballing ladder and can be easily be booked onto before joining a bigger academy.Football clubs that run academies use one of two different names. They are either called a Football Academy, or a Football Centre  of Excellence, but essentially they are the same thing. It is a place where the club can develop young talent.Though football academies are coming up in every parts of the country, they appear to be more of trial and error approach with international best practices being ignored.To an extent, Nigeria has benefited from the academy culture as some products from football schools have made grades, joined the professional ranks in Europe, ultimately finding their path into the national team.Players like John Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Kelechi Iheanacho and of late Kelechi Nwakali passed through the academy process.But most often these academies are poorly funded, ill equipped and don’t boast of the right facilities, personnel and curriculum that will develop the players.With regard to Nigeria, the biggest pitfall is that there is no deliberate attempt to impact on the players a collective and nationally defined philosophy which becomes part of them when they reach the later stages of their career.The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja offers a peer into the structural defect with the way football academies in Nigeria are composed.It is an all comers’ affairs, prompting a source at the NFF to make a startling revelation that the federation could not determine the number of the football schools that are in Abuja arising from the problem of regulation.The official revealed that the only academy in the nation’s capital that is registered and up to standard is Fosla Academy. The Kashi-based academy which incorporates secondary school studies into its curriculum is run by former NFF President Sani Lulu Abdullahi.The school’s programmes are tailored in accordance with the curriculum of the Nigeria Education Policies. The Proprietor in consultation with the school’s Management Board, opined that their vision, mission, and goals could be best actualised if permanent structures were put in place for the commencement of a full-fledged secondary school. It is against this backdrop that Fosla Academy was set up to commence full academic session in September, 2011 with J.S.S.1 students.NFF plans to strategically address the issue of regulation nationwide by referring the academies to the state FAs, which will screen and pre-qualify those that meet requirement before they are licensed and allowed to operate. Although the Amaju Pinnick led-board of the  NFF has made strides by getting a financial institution to support its Under-13 and Under-15 programmers, these developmental programmers are yet to hit the right cord for them to form the pool from which future Eagles are going to emerge from. It remains a dream that successive administration at the Glass House may not continue. This brings up the issue of lack of continuity of programmed at the federation. NFF had in the past experimented with weekend academy programme for kids. 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first_img(Left to right) Students Simon Blessenohl, Naman Kedia, Vishal Rahane, Danyang Zhang and Zhengao Dong and professor Kyle Konis helped develop TrojanSense. (Dimple Sarnaaik | Daily Trojan)Sometimes, temperatures in USC buildings can be too low. That’s why Kyle Konis, an assistant professor of architecture, worked with seven students to develop TrojanSense, an  app that allows users to recommend temperature changes in buildings by using a virtual thermostat. Supported by the Green Engagement Fund, the team worked to decrease the amount of energy wasted by the amount of air conditioning used on campus. “The app basically gives students, faculty and everyone on campus a voice,” said Naman Kedia, a sophomore majoring in computer science and iOS developer for TrojanSense. “They’re able to say ‘Hey, this room is too cold, so I want it two degrees hotter.’ Before, there was no mechanism of doing that, so if you were cold, you would just have to deal with it.” According to the UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment Setpoint Savings Calculator, a two-degree increase in room temperatures in Los Angeles would save 32 percent of energy in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. “We have essentially a city within a city here at USC,” Konis said. “[USC] can be a test bed, not just for developing sensors and technology, but also starting to learn how to engage better with the actual users of the campus.”Since a large portion of USC’s electricity usage comes from air conditioning, Konis said the results of the temperature suggestions made by users will be reported to USC Facilities Management Services every semester. In this effort, the project team hopes that FMS will take the feedback into consideration when evaluating what temperatures each building should be altered to in order to increase comfort and improve sustainability.  Some classrooms have installed beacons to automatically detect which building the user is in while on the app, according to Kedia. However, if the user is not near a beacon, there is a feature on TrojanSense that allows them to manually select the building and room number to recommend a temperature.So far, Kedia said there is a pattern of people wanting rooms to be warmer, especially in places like Wallis Annenberg Hall lobby. Konis said his research prior to creating TrojanSense in Fall 2017 led to this student-driven project. He collected feedback and subjective response data from buildings in operation so that researchers could better understand how the buildings performed from the perspective of its occupants.TrojanSense project manager Simon Blessenohl, a graduate student studying philosophy, said that although the app has already been released, the team plans on making improvements. “There are a lot of potentials for the development we could do,” Blessenohl said. “Right now, our main concern is outreach. We want to spread the word and see whether people find [the app] useful, whether they want to use it…. Another thing we are working on is to have a nice visualization of the feedback that people are giving. You can imagine a map of the campus and then the buildings with colors depending on if people think they’re too warm or too cold.”Konis also said that TrojanSense is different from other smart city projects because the app prioritizes engagement and input from the USC community over sophisticated means of surveillance. By collecting app data and submitting it to FMS, Konis hopes TrojanSense will provide evidence that may make University buildings simpler and more environmentally responsive. “We want users to feel like they have an interface to the building that they are in or interface to  the room that they’re in, that they don’t currently have,” Konis said. “Hopefully, students feel like they’re now getting more of a means of actually participating in the temperature management of the space, but also the energy management and the sustainability of the campus.”last_img read more