Hernandez joins Mexico training


first_imgMexico City, May 23: Star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the all-time top scorer for the Mexican national team with 49 goals, joined up with the team for training here for the final stages of preparations for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Hernandez, who plays for English Premier League club West Ham United, was present at the morning practice under Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio on Tuesday, reports EFE news agency.Expected to lead the line in Russia, Hernandez, who endured a frustrating club season in which he found starting opportunities limited, was active in the morning session and returned to the field with his teammates in the afternoon.He was joined by defender, Diego Reyes, and midfielder, Hector Herrera, striker Jesus M. Corona, all of whom play for FC Porto in Portugal, and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, of Belgian club, Standard Liege.Osorio has three more friendly matches, against Wales on Monday, and against Scotland on June 2 and against Denmark on June 9, before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which kicks off on June 14.Mexico has made it to the Round of 16 in each of the six previous World Cups, but has not made it to the quarter-finals since they hosted the tournament in 1986.Last week, Osorio announced his 28-man preliminary roster, out of whom 23 will be selected for the tournament.The coach said he was confident that six of the players on the list who are injured, including defenders Nestor Araujo, Diego Reyes and Hector Moreno and midfielders Andres Guardado, Giovani and Jonathan Dos Santos, would recover in time for Russia.Mexico are in Group F alongside reigning world champions Germany, South Korea and Sweden. Their first game is on Jun 17 against Germany. (IANS)last_img read more

Students express off-campus housing safety concerns


first_img“Part of the scope of this [renovation] project included removing dated security bars from the property and replacing them with a Ring Doorbell and Floodlight camera system on the exterior of the property, giving residents more knowledge and control over who has access to their home when they are not there,” the statement read. In the email screenshot posted to Facebook, Juraso said the property owner was “well aware” of the incident, and “their stance remained firm.” The post was taken off of the page Thursday. Rusher alleged Jurasko reported the post for harassment and it was subsequently deleted. “Security bars are not promised anywhere in the lease and as a property management company, we never imply or promise the safety of our residents,” the email read. “I think the email was hostile and unnecessary for one, just to say that they don’t ensure the safety of residents with … but especially callous, insensitive given the recent incident,” Rusher said. “Even though I don’t know the specific details, I feel like it was understandable for us to request safety measures, especially those that were included when we first signed the lease, such as safety bars.” In addition to a new security system, the housing company said it is installing new fences to replace the original security system. Rusher, who is majoring in international relations global business,  said the email dismissed the safety concerns of Mosaic residents. In the Facebook group, the company’s statement was met with harsh criticism. Rusher’s post accrued over 180 comments from students, many of whom shared similar experiences. The post was removed from the page Thursday. When junior Keala Rusher discovered off-campus property management company Mosaic Student Community wasn’t going to reinstall safety bars on her windows, she had concerns. In the comments, many students wrote that they experienced difficulty with Mosaic’s maintenance of utilities, including the air conditioning, and other residents complained of being forced to live in smaller “closet-like” rooms. Students complained in a USC Facebook group after Mosaic Student Housing removed window safety bars from its houses. (Photo courtesy of Mosaic Student Housing) According to Rusher, the incident began when her housemate, Alejandro Gonzalez, a senior majoring in aerospace engineering, asked for security bars to be replaced on the window after they were taken off for renovations and repairs to the building.center_img In response to the allegations, Mosaic released a statement addressing the renovations and student concerns. DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle said that students should consider the safety measures in place before deciding to lease with certain off-campus housing companies. Carlisle said checking the location and security amenities of properties can help students feel safer. Students encouraged Rusher to contact the Department of Public Safety with safety concerns and legal counsel for representation. Rusher said that following the recent death of student Victor McElhaney during a robbery attempt near campus, security and well-being became an important concern for her and her housemates. “Mosaic built a small house in the backyard of the house that we are currently leasing and … they re-painted the exterior of our house and in order to do that they had to take off the security bars that were already on the windows,” Rusher said. “They almost moved me into a literal closet-sized room despite the floor plans suggesting otherwise,” one student commented. “Renovations include … [a] repainting the exterior of the home and adding security fencing between the front of the house and the back of the property,” the statement read. She posted a screenshot of the email exchange between her housemate and property manager Courtney Jurasko in the “USC Memes for Spoiled Pre Teens” Facebook group. “If a student feels unsafe, we would be happy to do a quick security assessment of the facility,” Carlisle said. “But, if it is a privately owned properly, the owner has no obligation to conform to what we recommend. But, students can make recommendations.”last_img read more