After Thursday’s Sophomore Class Council election proceeded to a runoff, the results were announced Tuesday night. Tim Scanlan, current freshman class president, will begin his term as sophomore class president April 1. His council will include Nathan Foje, Andrea Palm and Emily Voorde, who will serve as vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively. The Judicial Council reported Scanlan’s ticket received 541of 1066 votes (50.75 percent), not including 121 abstentions. The opposing ticket received 525 votes (49.25 percent). Scanlan and his ticket defeated Kevin McMannis, Cristin Pacifico, Ryan Newell and Kai Gayoso to win the election. Scanlan said his ticket looks forward to working to achieve the goals and ideals it ran on. “We want to unite the class, get people to connect across the quad, across the hall and between the different dorms,” he said. “We want to do that through several different events, from a class cup to a class stimulus package.” Scanlan said through the stimulus package, any sophomore can submit an idea for an event and Sophomore Class Council will fund, advertise and run it. “We want to do a class trip to Cedar Point as well as an off-campus winter ball,” Scanlan said. “And we’re really excited about some of the class apparel ideas we have. I think the class cup will be what we’ll work on first.” The class cup will be a year-long competition in which residence halls earn points through athletic events and activities, Scanlan said. At the end of the year, Sophomore Class Council will crown a champion. McMannis said he hopes to be involved in Student Government next year and is considering running for membership on Sophomore Class Council or applying to be the director of a Student Senate committee.
NEW YORK >> The losses have piled up seemingly by the game, leaving Lakers coach Luke Walton increasingly agitated with negative trends that have not changed.So with the Lakers’ 107-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday at Barclays Center marking their eighth consecutive loss, Walton outlined a message that contrasted his normally calm and constructive style.“Just mentally being soft and calling us out,” said Lakers guard Nick Young, who had 14 points, albeit on 5-of-15 shooting. “We have to step up to the plate. I know I’m not soft. I know my teammates aren’t soft. So we have to show it and prove ourselves.”Former Lakers coach Byron Scott routinely offered such critiques last season as they marched toward their worst record in franchise history (21-61). Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. revealed Walton’s latest message is “not the first time we heard it.” But unlike Scott’s honest critiques, Walton’s feedback struck the Lakers’ locker room with a positive reception. “It’s just regular player-coach involvement,” said Lakers veteran guard Lou Williams, who had a team-leading 16 points albeit on 5-of-12 shooting. “They may look at it is they’re getting on him because he’s always such a cool guy. But I’ve had coaches do way worse. It’s nothing out of the ordinary for me.”The Lakers (10-18) sounded unsure about that. After all, the Lakers offered plenty of analysis of their slow starts, poor defensive communications and struggles with a previously injury-laden roster in recent weeks. The latest entailed Walton lamenting how the Lakers fared against the Nets (7-17) in rebounding (61-49), foul shooting (21-of-34) and poor ball movement. Walton only credited Williams for scoring and efforts to move the ball.Although Walton did not disclose his stern post-ame message, he described his team as a “casual group” and said “we have a lot to learn about winning.”“The losses obviously hurt and it’s frustrating. But it’s the fact we haven’t found our way since the injuries hit,” Walton said. “Now we have guys back and are still playing without a purpose for too much.”That contributed to the Lakers struggling in various ways. They shot 38.4 percent from the field. In his third game since returning from his left knee injury, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell had 11 points on 2-of-10 shooting, while posting more fouls (four) than assists (two). The Lakers also closed the final quarter missing their last eight shots.“We’ve been getting mentally outworked. It’s been a lack of focus and knowing our personnel, there’s been a lot of issues we’ve had,” Nance said. “I think the resiliency we’re lacking right now is due to a weakness mentally. I think he’s right.” In recent days, Russell has expressed frustration that the Lakers have not backed up their self-critical analysis with actions. He reiterated that point by saying he hopes the Lakers have a “straight business approach” in Thursday’s practice that entails not talking to each other. “Usually after the game, somebody cusses everybody out and everybody puts their two cents in. Then it doesn’t work,” Russell said. “We come out and still perform the same way.”Walton’s message sounded different, though.“It was the challenge. The best thing about it is we got practice tomorrow and we’ll see who, including myself, takes what he says and goes with it,” Russell said. “Or who takes what he says and it goes one ear and out the other.”Lately, the Lakers have shown the latter. After testing Walton’s patience, though, they vowed to adopt the former. “His coaching staff have been nothing but unbelievable for us. So we have to play our part,” Young said. “Everything is needed right now, whatever it takes to get us out of this. Talking, yelling at each other, everything is needed.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
With the Indian diaspora estimated to bring in $65 billion in 2017, the country is set to secure its position as the one receiving top remittances, according to the World Bank report released on Oct. 3. The report projects the global remittances to grow by 3.9 per cent to $596 billion this year.Remittances to India are estimated to grow by 4.2 per cent to $65 billion, following a nine per cent decline in 2016 to $62.7 billion. The global lender said the remittances growth to South Asia region will be moderate at 1.1 per cent to $112 billion this year, with the impact of lower oil prices and aggressive nationalization policies creating constrained labor market conditions in the Gulf Cooperation Council.The economic downturn in the GCC has, in turn, affected the flow of migrant workers from South Asia to the Gulf countries. As a result, the remittance flow to Pakistan is expected to flatline this year, and the flow to countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal will see a decline. The bank projected that the remittances flow to this region is set to grow by a weaker 2.6 per cent to $114 billion in 2018. India’s remittances, however, are expected to grow at 2.5 per cent in 2018.“Remittances are a lifeline for developing countries; this is particularly true following natural disasters, such as the recent earthquakes in Mexico and the storms devastating the Caribbean,” Dilip Ratha, the lead author of the brief and head of KNOMAD or Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, was quoted as saying by news agencies.Other countries that figure in the top five remittance-receiving countries are China ($61 billion), the Philippines ($33 billion), Mexico ($31 billion) and Nigeria ($22 billion). However, the top five countries with remittances as a share of gross domestic product for 2017 are the smaller countries, such as the Kyrgyz Republic, Haiti, Tajikistan, Nepal and Liberia.The report was released ahead of the annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Related ItemsIndia remittancesInternational Monetary FundLittle IndiaNRIRemittance chartSouth Asia remittancesWorld Bank