Messi Joins Argentina’s World Cup Training Camp

first_imgThe Argentina captain has now joined his international teammates as Jorge Sampaoli’s men build towards the World Cup in Russia.Messi’s side face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D, hoping to go one step further than their loss to Germany in the 2014 final.They will do so without Mauro Icardi, however, as the Inter forward was controversially left out of the Albiceleste squad by Sampaoli.Icardi scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A games throughout 2017-18 but was overlooked by his national manager in favour of Messi, Sergio Aguero, and Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain.Paulo Dybala was also named in the 23-man squad after scoring 22 league goals for Juventus.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram RUSSIA 2018 WATCH… RUSSIA 2018 WATCH… RUSSIA 2018 WATCH…Barcelona forward, Lionel Messi has linked up with Argentina at a pre-World Cup training camp in Buenos Aires.Messi, who won domestic double in the 2017-18 season with the Spanish side and has 34 La Liga goals earning him a record fifth European Golden Shoe.last_img read more

USC reaches proposed $215 million settlement in Tyndall sexual abuse case

first_imgThe University agreed to a three-tiered settlement that gives victims who come forward in federal court an automatic $2,500. Those who are willing to offer more information can receive up to $250,000.  (Daily Trojan file photo)USC agreed to a $215-million settlement for a class action lawsuit brought by victims of former campus gynecologist George Tyndall on Friday, according to a letter from Interim President Wanda Austin. The settlement addresses the federal class action lawsuit brought against USC, but not state court claims. The proposed settlement will provide all members of the class action — former patients of Tyndall — with a minimum compensation of $2,500, and individuals willing to disclose additional details can receive up to $250,000, the letter stated. “I hope that [this settlement] provides a sense of being heard and a sense of progress,” Austin said in an interview with the Daily Trojan and USC Annenberg Media Friday. “I hope that [the victims] see in this action a commitment to address individually and as a group that we are very concerned and want to make sure that they get the very best of care anywhere in our community.”While an agreement on USC’s settlement has been reached, it has not been filed in federal court yet, according to a University spokesperson. “Former patients who already have state court claims pending can of course continue to pursue those,” said University counsel Tara Lee. “The federal class action settlement proposal has a tiered settlement structure within it, so that individuals who had different experiences can go through a [different settlement] process.”Austin wrote that the Board of Trustees supports the settlement, which was reached in collaboration with the plaintiffs’ counsel.Patients who underwent gynecological examinations by Tyndall will receive compensation of $2,500 with no requests of further information about the patients’ experience. Those who submit a written claim about their experiences with Tyndall may receive an additional compensation of $7,500 to $20,000. Patients who agree to a private interview with a licensed psychologist can receive additional compensation of $7,500 to $250,000. A court-approved independent official will review claims to determine payments. “We think that we have been able to negotiate for a substantial amount of money for these women,” said Annika Martin, who represents multiple victims and helped reach the settlement with USC. “No money can truly compensate victims of these kinds of horrible acts.”Along with the $215-million settlement, Martin said that the agreement also ensures USC will implement new policies to establish protocol during examinations. The agreement will also include ways to properly report inappropriate behavior safely and confidentially, according to Martin.“With any class action settlement, [attorneys] have the option to opt out of the settlement and to continue their individual litigation [in state court],” Martin said. “But, we hope that they would read the settlement agreement and make a decision based on that, whether they want to pursue it or not.”Some attorneys who are serving as counsel for the state class action against USC have expressed frustration with the settlement. Claims filed in state court were not addressed in the settlement. Attorney Gloria Allred called the federal settlement “a nuisance amount” that will not properly compensate victims for their suffering.“We are continuing to vigorously litigate our state cases for numerous victims, and we will insist that each of our clients be properly compensated for what they were forced to endure which for many of our clients is expected to be far in excess of what individuals in the class action will receive,” Allred wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan.Mike Arias, who represents over 80 victims in state cases, said the settlement was unsupported in reasoning. He said that Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso’s goal of reaching a settlement quickly and effectively does not benefit the victims and instead keeps them quiet.“The first settlement is an attempt to try to limit the rights of many of these women victims,” Arias said. “I’m very disappointed because I thought … that they were going to do it promptly and look for change for proper solutions, but without all the information necessary to evaluate that … nothing is really happening.”Attorney Andy Rubenstein said the proposed settlement doesn’t hold the University accountable for its actions and that the lack of institutional change will only allow more abuse to happen in the future. “The proposed settlement announced today from USC is laughable,” Rubenstein wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “To come to this agreement before a single document was produced or a deposition was taken, is an insult to the survivors of Dr. Tyndall, many of whom have suffered in silence for decades.”In a separate letter to the USC community on Friday, Caruso wrote that the University is still undergoing its independent investigation of Engemann Student Health Center. He explained that the next months will focus on the presidential search, and the Special Committee on Governance Reform will continue to examine the Board’s operations to better engage the USC community.“My fellow Trustees and I also pledged to ensure a cultural shift within the University that places the safety of students and patients as our top priority,” he wrote. Both Caruso and Austin’s letters referred to a summary of University actions taken since  sexual abuse allegations against Tyndall broke out mid-May, which primarily focused on Engemann. All student health care providers are now hired through the Keck School of Medicine, which conducts an extensive background check for new hires. Along with an online reporting mechanism for health care providers, USC created an Office of Professionalism and Ethics for “complaint monitoring and investigation.”USC also said it plans to adopt new measures to advise senior leadership and redraft the University’s Code of Ethics, along with hiring a new senior vice president of human resources.Eileen Toh, Erica Hur, Kate Sequeira, Katherine Wiles and Terry Nguyen contributed to this report.last_img read more

Beat writer Q&A: Orange and White’s Marcel Louis-Jacques discusses Clemson

first_imgSyracuse (4-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) will match up with Clemson (4-0, 1-0), a team it upset last season when the Tigers were the No. 2 team in the country. Last week, the Orange dominated UConn, 51-21, and the Orange enters the fifth week of the season undefeated for the first time since 1991.To get some insight on the Tigers, The Daily Orange spoke to Orange and White’s Marcel Louis-Jacques.The Daily Orange: What’s the vibe of the team been like after Trevor Lawrence being announced the starter, and now with Kelly Bryant announcing his transfer?Marcel Louis-Jacques: We haven’t gotten any chance to speak the team since he announced he’s transferring but, I think we broke the news to a couple of them on Monday. And there was a little sense of just a “Oh OK,” kind of surprise. But then was quickly you know right back to business. I think Tee Higgins (Clemson wide receiver) even said something along the lines of, “It’s my job to go out there and catch the ball.” So I don’t think that publicly we’re going to get much reaction from anybody on the team. But within the program, Kelly is really well liked and really well respected. So you know with an emotional game like this coming up, I know it’s Week 4 and it had to happen or it’s Week 4 and it had to happen right now, but you know it really couldn’t be worse timing.The D.O.: What have you seen from Lawrence through four games? Was he the clear-cut starter?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textM.L-J: He’s lived up to the hype for the most part. (Texas) A&M, I feel like people remember his first pass of the game that 64-yard touchdown but his drives pretty much stalled out the rest of the way from there. So if you had to point to a concern with this kid, it’s OK in Clemson’s toughest game of the year, on the road, he kind of faltered out a little bit. But, I mean, after the Georgia Tech it was just clear that he deserved the first opportunity in the following week. And Dabo (Swinney) previously told us that if there were going to be a change, that would all see. It would be obvious. And I think Trevor really made it obvious in Week 4.The D.O.: Are the four defensive linemen (Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant and Dexter Lawrence) as good as advertised?M.L-J: Yeah they are. I mean you look at the game film, especially against Georgia Tech. Yeah, the Jackets couldn’t get any sort of leverage. And part of that is, I think, these are guys who have been here two, three, four years, they’re used to that cut blocking scheme. So after that initial push, it was really a whole lot of nothing for Georgia Tech. They were living in the backfield against Texas A&M as well, I mean there were some missed holding calls. I’ll give fans some credit there. I’ve seen the pictures, I’ve seen the film, there were some blown calls. The reason why they were lit up threw the air was not because there was no pressure on Kellen Mond, it was the coverage. It was the defensive backfield. They’ve got to feed off each other to be successful and so far the front has held their hand of the bargain and we’ve kind of yet to see if that secondary can leave up to its.The D.O.: Who’s a player on Clemson SU fans might not know but will after Saturday?M.L-J: Well it depends on how many Clemson highlights you watch but … on offense it’s gotta be Justyn Ross. The kids got six catches and three of them are for touchdowns. He’s 6’4, 210 true freshman and when he gets on the field with Tee Higgins it’s really hard to put all your attention on just one of them. They’re similar builds and they’re both guys that go get the ball. But Ross just seems to get open. His touchdowns, most of them are just wide open. It’s like how do you lose this guy that’s 6-foot-4.The D.O.: Who wins and why?M.L-J: I’ve got Clemson winning. I know the emotion is high, and obviously Syracuse is coming in very confident but ultimately there is too much talent on both sides of the ball back. Syracuse is essentially playing the same exact Clemson thing as last year, minus the three guys or maybe four or five guys. That and I really believe after watching four games that Trevor Lawrence is the real deal. You can’t fake that feeling. Playing at home with these emotions riding high, that it’s just not going to be that close. I think I had Clemson 42-21. I like Syracuse. I just don’t think it’s happening. And I don’t think it’s happening for most teams that play Clemson this season. Comments Published on September 27, 2018 at 8:44 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more