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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more

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Student Senate approves secretary, discusses residential life

first_imgThe Senate met Wednesday evening to approve sophomore Mae Raab as the new Student Union secretary for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and discuss recent announcements regarding housing changes.Student body president Bryan Ricketts nominated Raab for the position, citing her commitments to the Green Dot initiative and to fostering a “a safe and inclusive campus for all,” as a valuable addition to the administration. Raab will take the place of former secretary, sophomore Sibonay Shewit, who replaced senior Daniel Selhorst as student body chief of staff.“Mae’s communications will be an asset as she crafts the minutes for our various committees, but more importantly, she is in it for the team and values the interpersonal relationships that she is able to build wherever she goes,” Ricketts read from his letter, addressing the Senate.“I trust she will ably lend her skills to catalyze change on behalf of the student body,” Ricketts said.Raab previously served on the residential life and gender issues committees, where her efforts aided in the completion of Dorm Week and the It’s On Us campaign launch.Following the approval of Raab’s nomination, sophomore Rebecca Blais, director of internal affairs, resigned from her position, stating that her goals for the semester come into conflict with a stipulation of the Student Union Constitution that states, “Election Committee members may not campaign for any ticket while holding this position.”In a statement, Blais said, “One of the duties of Director of Internal Affairs is to serve as a non-voting member of the Election Committee; therefore, in respect of the duties of my position and the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, I am formally resigning my position on Cabinet in order to pursue a position in the next term of Student Government.”Members of Senate proceeded to successfully vote on closing the previous semester’s discussion of Diversity Council leadership in order to move forward with other agenda items. The Diversity Council leadership had chosen not to attend the Senate meeting, according to Nidia Ruelas, student body vice president.“We will be talking to Diversity Council about moving forward, … talking and working through issues, in terms of discussion about what it means to be in leadership and the kinds of responsibilities that exist,” Ruelas said.The Senate proceeded to discuss recent announcements about future adjustments to housing, exchanging questions and giving feedback. Zahm House senator and sophomore John Julien addressed the rumors of removing common rooms from five-man rooms, which are often used as spaces for social gatherings, in order to accommodate overcrowding.Julien and sophomore Wilson Barrett, the Keenan Hall senator, raised concerns about the impacts such actions would have on tight-knit dorm communities. Others expressed worries about effectively targeting overcrowding in dorms and the lack of transparency in the announcement of the temporary dorm movements.Pangborn Hall is currently planning an open house for the residents of Walsh Hall, Badin Hall, and Morrissey Manor, according to Pangborn Hall Senator and sophomore Taylor Still.Tags: Bryan Ricketts, Nidia Ruelas, student senatelast_img read more

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Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2019: Greta Thunberg

first_imgClimate activist Greta Thunberg is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become the face of the climate change movement and she’s the youngest person to ever receive the distinction. Time magazine has given its Person of the Year award every year since 1927, to the person or persons who “most influenced the news and the world” in the past year.Thunberg beat out President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Hong Kong protesters, and “The Whistleblower” – the anonymous CIA officer who triggered the Trump impeachment inquiry.last_img read more

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Men’s basketball also has promising recruits

first_img“The Fifth Down” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Alex at ajshultz@usc.edu. Buried beneath the hoopla that is college football’s national signing day is a surprising statistic about another upcoming recruiting class at USC.The men’s basketball team currently has the No. 34 group of prospects in the country, according to ESPN.Yes, the team that just fired its coach, sits at 9-13 overall (good for ninth in the Pac-12) and is coming off the worst season in school history has a higher-ranked incoming recruiting class than the Ohio State Buckeyes.Coming in at No. 34 would be an absolute travesty for USC coach Lane Kiffin and the football team. Even his biggest supporter, Athletic Director Pat Haden, would have no choice but to let him go if the Trojans finished with anything less than a top-10 class in 2013.But for the basketball program? A top-40 ranking after years of bringing in transfers and dealing with its own sanctions would be a fantastic development for whoever ends up as the next USC coach. Now, the challenge is keeping the new recruits from bolting before basketball signing day. That could be a problem.The cream of the crop is Kendal Yancy-Harris, the No. 77-ranked player in ESPN’s top-100 list. He’s a hyper-athletic 6-foot-4 point guard from Richardson, Texas who would present the Trojans with a different look at the position after senior Jio Fontan graduates.The only problem? Yancy-Harris was recently granted a partial release from USC following the dismissal of former USC coach Kevin O’Neill. He’s received offers from more than 10 schools, including the University of Missouri, LSU and Kansas State. Rivals.com reports that USC interim coach Bob Cantu and even Haden have been in contact with the top recruit, and they remain hopeful he’ll stay with the Trojans. If he bolts, the class loses its credibility. USC needs Yancy-Harris as they regroup next season and try to start fresh post-O’Neill.The Trojans have four other recruits in the fold, including small forward Roschon Prince from Long Beach, Calif. Prince is the No. 21-ranked small forward in his class according to ESPN and, as a resident of Southern California, is an important get for the men’s basketball program. USC has long tried to tap into the basketball hotbed of Los Angeles but has often lagged behind crosstown rival UCLA. Prince isn’t a blue-chip talent, but he fills a need at the forward spot and should be able to contribute in some capacity as a freshman.Julian Jacobs, a point guard from Las Vegas, Nev., is a similarly ranked player to Prince. He’s the top recruit in the state at his position and chose USC over the likes of Utah, Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s. If Yancy-Harris sticks around, it’s tough to see where Jacobs fits in for the short-term. But there’s no such thing as too much backcourt depth, and Jacobs might end up being thrust into a larger role if Yancy-Harris goes elsewhere.O’Neill’s influence on the program remains with the last two signed recruits, Nikola Jovanovic and Kahlil Dukes. Never afraid to take a risk, O’Neill brought in a bevy of unknown players during his tenure, including junior forward Dewayne Dedmon. Jovanovic fits that mold as well. Hailing from Serbia, he’s playing his senior season at Arlington Country Day School in Florida this season. ESPN has him pegged as the No. 2 power forward in the state, but his ability to contribute at the next level is still up in the air.The same applies to Dukes, a shooting guard from Hartford, Conn. Unlike Jovanovic, there’s a strong body of work on his resume. He averaged more than 21 points per game for Capital Prep High School as a junior and led his team to the Class S title game. Even still, he’s listed as a two-star recruit in part because he plays against lesser competition. There are reasons for optimism, though — Detroit Pistons rookie Andre Drummond played at the same high school as Dukes, and he turned out pretty well. And when Dukes had a chance to shine against fellow D-1 opponents in an Amateur Athletic Union tournament in Las Vegas, he dropped 41 points in a single game.Unless the Trojans lock down another Nick Young or O.J. Mayo, it’s hard to imagine the program getting much attention for its recruiting efforts anytime soon. This year’s class, however, offers a rare glimmer of hope for a team in desperate need of a positive sign for the future. Football is king at USC and national signing day only serves to reaffirm that. But depending on how the class of 2013 shakes out for men’s basketball, USC fans might look back on this group of recruits as the launching point for a new beginning.last_img read more