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Trojans drop in sexual health rankings

first_imgTrojan® brand condoms released its annual study this month, ranking USC 51st in its 2010 Trojan Sexual Health Report Card, dropping from 37th place in last year’s report. The report ranks the availability of sexual health resources at universities across the country.Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s Best Places, the public relations firm that works with Trojan to produce the report each year, said the rankings were indicative of year-to-year changes and not necessarily trends in sexual health.“Everyone is making progress overall, but they can change position because another competitor is either doing better at the moment or lagging behind,” Sperling said. “Some schools might make some improvements in their websites or change certain policies, such as increasing their hours to their student health center. When that happens, other schools will get bumped down the list.”The study evaluated 141 schools in 12 categories, including the availability of contraception and STD testing, health center hours of operation and the existence of resources such as student peer groups and lecture or outreach programs.USC has numerous services for students’ sexual health, said Paula Swinford, director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services at USC.HPPS, located in the University Park Health Center, has a resource center, where students can get free condoms and rapid anonymous HIV-antibody testing. Students can also talk to peer health educators, fellow students who undergo training to administer STD tests and answer questions regarding sexual health.“It’s good that this report continues the conversation about safe sex among students,” Swinford said. “Sexual health is an important aspect of any young person’s overall well-being, and the USC community works extremely hard to provide various options for its students.”Swinford also noted that one reason why USC might have dropped this year is because the university also focuses strongly on other aspects of student health, such as preventing alcohol or substance abuse, promoting an active lifestyle and reducing stress.These factors, all of which were not included in the data analyzed by the report card, make up many areas of the “I am a Healthy Trojan” campaign, aimed to increase the well-being of students on campus.Swinford said, however, that she would still like to see the health center make new options available for students in the future, such as Ask Alice, an online forum where students can ask questions anonymously. This program was started at Columbia University and is a major contributing factor to its No. 1 ranking.Javid Pour-Ghasemi, a peer health educator at USC, agreed that this idea could help raise awareness on campus.“I’ve noticed a lot of people are shy to come in here and ask questions. Something like Ask Alice could increase our exposure and make people feel more comfortable asking questions that they wouldn’t otherwise ask,” said Pour-Ghasemi, a senior majoring in economics and biological sciences.Many students on campus said they still remain unaware of some of the available resources, but they also say that safe sex is a priority for them.“The university could definitely stress sexual health a lot more. They seem to focus on alcohol and drug safety, but not how to be sexually safe,” said Andrea Farfan, a freshman majoring in psychology. “Still, from what I have heard, safe sex is not that much of an issue at USC. People here seem to be pretty smart about that kind of stuff.”Columbia University, Michigan State University and Ohio State University earned the top three spots in the rankings, with DePaul University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Idaho ranking as the bottom three schools for sexual health resources.last_img read more

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Streak on line vs. Big 10 foes

first_imgMoritz Baumann will try extend his 18-game winning streak this weekend in two Big Ten road matches.[/media-credit]The University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team looks to extend its winning streak as they go on the road to take on two conference opponents this weekend. The No. 24 Badgers will try to extend their three-game winning streak against No. 58 Northwestern on Saturday and a 6-10 Purdue squad on Sunday.Junior Moritz Baumann looks to extend his own winning streak as he remains undefeated in singles play this season, improving his record to 18-0 and his national singles ranking to No. 31 this past week.Baumann has also excelled in doubles play alongside No. 47 Marek Michalicka. They are currently No. 15 in doubles play since defeating the then-No. 1 doubles team at Wake Forest earlier in the season and winning all but one match together this spring.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh praised his prize duo.“The two of those guys are just great tennis players,” Van Emburgh said. “They’re talented players, and they really enjoy playing well with each other. They communicate, they’re really good friends and obviously they can hit the ball in the court a lot of the time.”The doubles team of Baumann and Michalicka, like any good doubles team, is based on a strong relationship between the two players and getting comfortable with your partner, Baumann said.“We improved a lot from the fall. We worked a lot on our game,” Baumann said. “We have fun on the court, which is really important. We have a lot of confidence, and we always have fun — that makes it even easier.”Van Emburgh knew the two would be a great team, so he put them together from the start. The pair soon found their rhythm and learned to play off one another.“Early on we paired them up and we worked on the doubles with them together, and they really gelled nicely, so we’ve been keeping them together all of this year,” Van Emburgh said.Van Emburgh understands their success has put a target on the Badgers’ backs.“We’re 24 in the rankings right now,” he said. “From here on out, most of the teams that we play are going to be ranked below us, so everybody’s going to be looking to take a shot at us. We need to make sure we’re ready for that, expect that, and we’re up to the challenge.”Northwestern and Purdue are both coming off tough losses and will square up against each other today before facing Wisconsin. Neither squad has anyone ranked as high as Baumann or Michalicka, but the team is focused on taking each match one at a time and with as much energy as their toughest matches. The Badgers have had a lot of success lately, but they have learned the hard way that overconfidence in themselves and underestimation of their opponents ends in losses.“In the Big Ten, even if they have a worse record than us, we can’t underestimate them,” Baumann said. “We saw that in Indiana. I think we underestimated them a little bit and we came home with a loss, so there’s no way we can underestimate [Northwestern and Purdue], especially on the road.”The loss to Indiana seemed to have been a wake-up call and hopefully will inspire the team to concentrate on the upcoming match.“I think it’s important for us to be ready and focused for Northwestern Saturday,” Van Emburgh said. “They’re going to be a tough team. They’re a team that’s really solid through their lineup, and we need to make sure we have our A-game ready to go.”The Badgers, riding their winning streak, are focused on staying grounded but are also aware they need to take advantage of the form they’re in.“I think the team overall should be really confident,” Van Emburgh said. “Going into the teams that we’ve beaten, it shows you the potential of our team, but we just got to make sure we’re mentally ready to go on any given day.”Baumann also is happy with his personal and team’s performances at the moment.“Well, of course, we have a lot of confidence now,” he said. “I think everybody’s feeling comfortable on the court. We hope we can put that on the court Saturday and Sunday.”last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua Trains on World’s Highest Boxing Ring

first_imgThe Challenge saw almost 800,000 participants commit to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days and take part in a packed calendar of sporting events with over 1,500 free workout classes and 75 pop up fitness locations across the city.Launched by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the initiative was designed to encourage Dubai’s citizens and residents to embrace a more active lifestyle and take advantage of the huge range of sporting facilities across the city.The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the third tallest hotel in the world, standing at a height of 210 metres (689 ft.) above ground. The iconic edifice is to Dubai, what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ring is located 689ft above sea level atop Dubai’s Burj Al ArabNigerian-born British world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, has put his weight behind Dubai’s drive to become the most active city in the world, as he took part in a vigorous training session on the iconic helipad of the Burj Al Arab.The stunt saw Joshua follow in the footsteps of other sporting greats, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi as he entered the world’s highest boxing ring.Dubai is putting physical activity firmly on its national agenda following the launch of the Dubai Fitness Challenge earlier this month.last_img read more

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I Will Deliver Nigeria’s First Gold, Kehinde Pledges

first_imgOut here though, Kehinde is facing difficulties because of the logging of so many weights together to fight for the weight.  ‘’I’m ready and focussed but I want to lose weight so as not to be knocked out by those whose body  weights are smaller than mine. I promise to deliver Nigeria with a gold and also a world record’’, he pledged as his competition begins on Wednesday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Nigerians look anxiously to the day the country’s national anthem would be played at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast as a sign that a gold medal has been won, one Paralympic athlete, Paul Kehinde has anointed himself as the one to end the anxious wait.Kehinde competes in the Powerlifting 65 kg but has to contend with body weights from 49 to 72 who are equally eyeing the gold in that category.The secret to a podium performance is not only dependent on what you lift but mostly determined  by the athletes body weight. The lower you weigh, the better chances you have in overtaking those you tie with in the weights lifted.‘’I’m focused. There is no problem here in the Village. The only problem that I have is focusing on the gold medal. And for me to strike gold, I have to lose weight not to be surprised by those weighing less than me’’, Kehinde said after a strenuous exercise that spanned hours aimed at keeping in shape for the D’ Day.Kehinde may look harmless but his credentials and the number of World Records he has crashed speaks for him.“Every competition he attends, he breaks World Records’’ national Paralympic Coach, Are Feyisetan said, concurring that his athlete  was  a gold material.Kehinde smashed the World records in Rio Brazil for the Olympics where his amazing lift of 220kg could not be attempted by other athletes. In Mexico at the World Championships, Kehinde shattered his own World record with 221kg lift. He did not stop there. At the World Cup and Olympic qualifiers in Dubai in February, Kehinde went for 222kg lift. The World looked in amazement and he powered the lift to the sky and held it up until the mandatory counts to make history again.last_img read more

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Levon Nikoghosyan: EveryMatrix – PartnerMatrix makes its comeback

first_img StumbleUpon Share PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Submit Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Levon NikoghosyanPartnerMatrix is a major product revamp and release for EveryMatrix in 2017. A two-year project led by Levon Nikoghosyan CEO of PartnerMatrix, SBC gets the full low down on what EveryMatrix seeks to deliver to the crowded affiliate and player acquisition marketplace.   _________________SBC: Hi Levon, thanks for the interview. Can you detail to SBC readers why PartnerMatrix is such an important release for EveryMatrix in 2017? Levon Nikoghosyan:  SBC PartnerMatrix has been one of the first projects of EveryMatrix and it is not only an important release in 2017 but it has always been an important part of our full package solutions for operators, ranging from sportsbook to casino and payments solutions.Although the new PartnerMatrix version it’s just two years old, is already a competitive product with a responsive and easy to use interface allowing operators manage affiliates’ data, payment plans, marketing tools, reports and user settings, all from a single location. Simple to implement and supplied with continuous updates, the system is fully adaptable for different markets and regions and has gained trust among both startups and big operators.Under constant improvement, our system is an ever-evolving solution. The 2017 releases include, among new languages support and many other small improvements, the launching of real-data reporting and the integration with our payment service provider, MoneyMatrix. This integration allows us to provide so many ways for affiliates to withdraw their commissions and this is another step towards providing one of the most powerful affiliate systems in the iGaming marketSBC: From a product perspective what marks PartnerMatrix as a unique software for the saturated affiliate marketplace? LN: The most important thing, which was at the core of our key features from the start, (back in 2015), was to build a real-time system, for both affiliates and agents, and track everything under one system instead of using two separate systems that track the same data.PartnerMatrix allows affiliates to operate as agents (transfer money to specific players, place a bet in the system, place a bet on behalf of a player) and at the same time the agents can operate as affiliates (use banners to bring traffic, provide promo-codes to customers, keep sub-affiliates). This unique system has been designed to offer our clients the ability to widen their users’ base by using agent networks to target offline customers.I am very happy about the feedback we received from the industry for which I would like to thank our solid and hard-working team.SBC: From your perspective, where do you feel industry affiliates are being underserved, and how has this factor shaped the development of PartnerMatrix as a platform? LN: I think one of the most significant issues nowadays, is the lack of transparency. It is important for affiliates to be able to see how every single number is being generated instead of just being fed with partial data like many systems do.  More than this, the lack of transparency could lead, over time, to trust problems.Our solution provides very detailed and comprehensive reports by displaying a breakdown of every number, costs, bonuses, etc. We can also provide, like in case of some operators, detailed bets history for a better insight.Transparency is not the only issue we see within the industry. Lack of support is among things that are on the table and often brought in discussions. To tackle this concern, PartnerMatrix has been established with its own dedicated Account Management team, which allows us to be close to operators, understand their needs, receive their requirements and deliver the solution in the shortest time.SBC: From a marketing and operations perspective, what new obstacles are facing affiliate as an industry acquisition vertical?LN: There is a huge organic competition between affiliates and our focus is always helping our clients and their affiliates and make sure we give them a powerful advantage over the competition.To this end, the Back-office in PartnerMatrix is highly focused on affiliate manager and administrator comfort. It gives the opportunity to reach each angle of the website and successfully manage all the operations.Relatively new, ad blocking and domain blocking is definitely an obstacle in terms of traffic loss. At PartnerMatrix, we do offer a solution to this problem (which our current affiliates use) by allowing them to choose affiliate domains which do not contain “block words”. Furthermore, operators can immediately change affiliate tracking links if the current domain gets blocked.SBC: Finally, following its initial launch, how do you see PartnerMatrix growing as an EveryMatrix service?LN: I am happy to see it growing every day, by every new release deployment, with every added feature and, the most rewarding, with every new client.We strongly believe that finding the right balance between high performance and product quality requires teamwork and a common vision. To that end, EveryMatrix has assembled PartnerMatrix project as a separate business unit in the company to fully concentrate on providing one of the leading performance marketing and partnership solutions in the world. The bar is set high for us, and this is a good thing.I’m fully confident that competitive pricing, on top of its features, will help PartnerMatrix shine as people’s platform. Whether you are a start-up or a decent sized operator, the platform will meet all operators and affiliates’ needs.____________________________ Levon Nikoghosyan CEO of PartnerMatrix @ EveryMatrixlast_img read more

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Eagles, Black Stars to Open Ibom Stadium on Nov. 7

first_imgAfrican champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Black Stars of Ghana have been listed to play an international friendly as part of the highlights to officially open the ultra-modern Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo on November 7. President Goodluck Jonathan is scheduled to be in attendance.Already, organisers of the opening ceremony are also promising a lot of excitement that will showcase the best of Akwa Ibom culture and through songs, music and dance.The 30,000 seating capacity stadium which looks very much like the Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa is second to none in the West African sub-region.Top football icons, including the legendary Brazilian Pele, have also been invited to grace the opening of the stadium scheduled to play host to Nigeria’s last group game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on November 19.Towards guaranteeing a hitch-free opening ceremony, the Akwa Ibom State Government on Tuesday in Uyo set in motion a Central Planning Committee to deliver a unique opening ceremony.Major features of the committee include responsibilities that cut across Technical, Logistics, Media and Publicity, Sports content, Venue and facilities, security, protocol and ceremonial, Medical and secretariat.last_img read more

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Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu ready for big stage

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Brian Wilson didn’t include anything about it being easier said than done. The Dodgers reliever just put it in the simplest of terms.“It’s just enhanced adrenaline,” Wilson said. “It kind of feels like your first-ever appearance.”The postseason certainly is different than the previous 162 games, Wilson acknowledged, but the idea is not to treat it that way.“People say,” Wilson said, “they can’t do that.” “This isn’t going to be the biggest game he’s ever pitched,” Ellis said. “He’s dominated an Olympics. He’s dominated a WBC. He’s representing the Dodgers but he’s been representing an entire country.”Ryu threw a bullpen session Friday — with Mattingly, team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache and owner Stan Kasten in attendance, an abnormal amount of brass for such circumstances — but all parties agreed there is no cause for concern.Ryu will have his hands full with a fellow rookie pitching opposite him. The Braves’ Julio Tehran (14-8, 3.20 ERA) is a talented 22-year-old who has come into his own this season. Tehran bookended his season with struggles in April and September, but had a sub-3.00 ERA from May until August. He did win seven of his last 10 decisions, but today easily represents the biggest start of his short career.“I never thought that I’m going to be in this situation in my first year,” Tehran said. “But I’m just trying to calm myself down and try to be focused on the game and try to do the same thing I’ve been doing.”Tehran likely will face the lineup the Dodgers employed the first two games, one that collected 11 hits in Game 1 and 10 hits in Game 2.Hanley Ramirez, who hit .345 during an injury-shortened regular season, is not 100 percent but clearly is the Dodgers’ most dangerous hitter. The shortstop was 3 for 4 in Game 2 and is hitting .444 in the series with four RBIs. His two-run home run in the eighth-inning of Game 2 wasn’t enough to bring the Dodgers back, but it did leave an impression.“One-handed it, both feet up in the air. That’s how talented this guy is,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Created enough bat speed to hit the ball out of the park. It’s scary how good this guy is.”The Dodgers have the elements to not only win today but claim their first World Series since 1988, according to Michael Young. The Dodgers’ veteran utility man has some credibility in that department, having led the Texas Rangers on consecutive trips to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.The pitching, hitting and defense are in place, according to the veteran. Only one more thing is required.“It’s something synonymous with heart, but it’s not a word you can print in the paper,” Young said. “Let’s just say you’ve got to have the guts to go out and get it. You can’t let anything come to you if you’re going to win these types of games.”center_img Count Hyun-Jin Ryu among those.The Dodgers’ rookie pitcher will be the first South Korean to start a Major League playoff game when he takes the mound today in Game 3 of the National League Division Series. With the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves tied at one game apiece, there will be no shortage of Adrenaline in the first postseason game at Dodger Stadium in four years.“I will be a little extra nervous (today) because it’s the postseason,” Ryu said. “But as I do every game, I take the mound trying to win.”The largest capacity stadium in baseball will provide a raucous atmosphere, but big games haven’t slowed Ryu (14-8, 3.00 ERA) to this point. Aside from his role in South Korea winning Olympic gold in 2008 and then silver in this year’s World Baseball Classic, the 26-year-old has answered the call more often than not in his more significant games in a Dodgers uniform.The sentiment that Ryu is unflappable was echoed throughout the Dodgers’ locker room and catcher A.J. Ellis added one more reason not to be concerned.last_img read more

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Karatist Sadjid Bulut gave His Medal to the Girl in the Wheelchair

first_imgAt the recent international tournament in traditional karate that was held in Slovenia, Karatist Sadjid Bulut from Visoko made a twenty-year-old Jana Ljondov, who suffers from cerebral paralysis, happy by giving her his silver medal, and he will remember her smile, as he says, for the rest of his life.“When I entered the hall in Koper, I saw a girl in wheelchairs. I decided that if I win I will dedicate my victory and medal to her,” said Bulut, adding that he wanted to show that sport is both physical and spiritual upbringing.He said that he took the medal off his neck and gave it to Jana with the permission of her mother.Saso Ljondov, Jana’s father took a photo of them, and they found each other on social networks after their impressions settled down.Ljondov said that this is a huge thing for his family, especially to his daughter who loves sports and visits the competition often, especially karate competitions.“I was an athlete and I know what it means to give someone your victory, your medal, especially to someone that you do not know, and not to even present yourself, which makes the act even greater,” said Ljondov.He said that karatist approached his wife and asked if he could give the medal to the girl in the wheelchair and after she said yes, he did it.“My daughter is happy. He touched my heart and it has no price,” said Ljondov.Bulut is a member of the karate club “Visoko” from Visoko, but his coach Redzep Gradjan says that such moves are made by really great athletes and great people. He said that Bulut won two gold medals last year and he is the athlete of the year of 2016 in his hometown.On the karate competition in Koper participated competitors from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and BiH.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Kinrade & Company keep drive alive with OT win

first_imgNelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade and the Binghamton Senators live to play another game in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.Kaspars Daugavins scored a power play goal six minutes into overtime to give the Senators a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Manchester Monarchs in Calder Cup post-season action Wednesday night in Binghamton.The Monarchs still leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 with game six set for Friday in Manchester.Trailing 4-3 late in the third, the Ottawa Senators farm team tied the game on the power play on a goal by Ryan Potulny, his seventh of the series.Binghamton then received a break in the extra period when Viatcheslav Voynov was whistled for slashing five minutes into the frame.The Sens waited just over a minute before Daugavins collected the winner.Kinrade, in his second season with the AHL franchise, registered his first playoff point with an assist on Binghamton’s second goal of the game by Bobby Butler.The 6-foot, 207-pound rearguard finished the regular season with six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.last_img read more

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Bismark and Bladez lead POM Hockey

first_imgAfter pulling off a convincing 8-1 win over Bismark Green in the men’s division last weekend, the Bladez are in a clear lead on the ladder with 18 points, after leveling with Uniteds on 15 points each in Round 6.Meanwhile, the third-placed Sunam Golds have crushed the second placed Uniteds 2-0 to currently sit on the second spot with 15 points.Fourth-placed Bismark Gold have dropped to fifth spot after a points less Bye as Wanderers men climbed to fifth place after thrashing Seagulls men 5-0.In the women’s division, the top 5 teams maintain their positions with Bismarks still clinging to the top spot of the ladder with 19 points. They are followed by Sunam women with 17 points and Wanderers on third place with 15 points, while MVP Whites are on fourth (10) and Golden Eagles fifth (9).Round 7 laddersMen’sBladez Men (18), Sunam Gold (15), United Men (15), Wanderers Men (10), Bismark Gold  (9), Sunam Black (8), Bismark Green (7), Seagulls Men (3), Global Men (0)Women’sBismark (19), Sunam (17), Wanderers (15), Seagulls (13), MVP Whites (10), Golden Eagles (9), Blade (8), United (7), Global (3), MVP Blues (0)last_img read more

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