Dornsife/LA Times poll asks voters about high-speed rail

first_imgIn a recently released USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll, seven out of 10 voters said they wanted another opportunity to vote on California’s high-speed rail project.From SoCal to NorCal · The high-speed rail project would connect Southern California with Northern California, linking the two areas through the Central Valley. A one-way trip would cost about $120. – Uracha Chaiyapinunt | Daily TrojanIf the rail is built, the train will be 520 miles long, linking the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles through the Central Valley. Traveling on the train between these cities would cost about $120 one way and would take approximately two hours and 40 minutes.“Even though it would theoretically take longer than a plane, I usually choose trains over planes because they’re more relaxing and simpler, and you don’t have to get to the station as early as you would if you were taking a plane,” said Anna Skelsey, a freshman majoring in theater.California has dedicated $9 billion to the $68 billion project  to build the high-speed rail and, according to the poll, 51 percent of voters agreed that the money should be used elsewhere, though 45 percent believed it was well spent. Fifty-two percent believed that the government should stop the bullet train project completely.Some voters did feel, however, that the high-speed rail could be beneficial to transportation. Sixty-one percent said that a high-speed rail would decrease the amount of traffic on highways and at airports. Sixty-five percent also thought that this project would create new jobs, in contrast to only 32 percent who disagreed.Voters also answered a question on Tesla founder Elon Musk’s “Hyperloop” plan. According to Musk, the Hyperloop would consist of pressurized capsules being driven though a tube by electric motors.About 75 percent of voters claimed to know “little or nothing” about the Hyperloop, compared to 26 percent who claimed to know “a lot or some” about it.Fifty-five percent of voters said they would take the Hyperloop over any other mode of transportation, though 13 percent said they would rather take a high-speed train. In contrast to the high-speed rail, Musk claims that the Hyperloop would cost $20 for a one-way, 30-minute trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles.“I like being able to see nature and various other sites when I’m in a train,” said Pedraam Mirzanian, an undecided freshman. “You don’t get that if you’re in a plane or if you’re going really fast in a Hyperloop.”The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll was conducted between Sept. 18 and 24. It polled 1,500 registered California voters. Follow Alexandria on Twitter @alimar18last_img read more

SU makes final statement in 17-5 dismantling of Colgate prior to Selection Sunday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With just more than six minutes remaining, goalie Dom Madonna darted for the Syracuse bench. The Orange led by eight and had never trailed. As backup Drake Porter replaced the senior, freshman Jacob Buttermore, who has rarely played all season, found the back of the net and gave SU a nine-goal lead. He netted a hat trick before the day was over.For the first time since its season opener, Syracuse put in its reserves. The Orange didn’t have to worry about the possibility of yet another nonconference loss.In its regular-season finale, entering the matchup one-game above .500, Syracuse needed to end on a high note. The Orange had sat on the bubble after late losses to Navy and Virginia, combining for three losses in its last four games. With each loss, the margin of making the NCAA tournament thinned. But on Saturday afternoon, No. 12 SU (8-6, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) struck first and dominated throughout, making a statement in its 17-5 win over unranked Colgate (7-8, 3-5 Patriot) on Senior Day inside the Carrier Dome. After completing the third-hardest schedule two games over .500, the win all but likely secured the Orange a spot in the NCAA tournament come selection Sunday.“I said right from the first press conference,” SU head coach John Desko said. “‘What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.’ When you play a schedule like that, you’re playing against a tiger every week and to be able to compete and win against those teams, it helps you get better.”Right from the start of the game, Syracuse dominated. David Lipka opened with a fake left before dodging down the right alley. His defender sagged off him and he fired top shelf. Syracuse scored five more times before Colgate even had one point to its name. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColgate scored its first goal of the game nearly 22 minutes into the contest. Joe Delaney dodged right before winding up and beating Dom Madonna top shelf. He celebrated in front of the net, but the Raiders needed more from its offense. Syracuse already had a five-goal lead over a nonconference opponent, a relatively unfamiliar situation.SU had shelled Binghamton and breezed by Hobart. But its only ranked win had come in triple overtime against Army, a team that has since struggled mightily and sits two games under .500.The Orange had been manhandled at home by both Albany and Johns Hopkins, losing by a combined 23 goals. In close nonconference games, its youthful offense and struggles at the faceoff X had held the Orange back. A season-worst 22 turnovers against Rutgers led to a four-goal loss. Cornell dominated possession in a five-goal win, and Navy pulled away late in a last-second win, scoring two goals in the final minute of play to down the Orange.Everything that could’ve possibly gone wrong for Syracuse happened, and a possibility of not making the tournament existed had SU fallen to Colgate.Colgate had its opportunities on offense. It led the shot battle by one at the end of the first quarter, yet trailed, 4-0. At the end of the first half, it had only been outshot by two and tied the faceoff battle 5-5. The third quarter, Colgate regained the shots lead and still remained tied at the faceoff X. On multiple instances, its midfielders beat SU’s short sticks and created enough space for an open shot. When SU led, 3-0, Nicky Petkevich beat Dami Oladunmoye before being struck by a sliding Austin Fusco, the shot flying out of bounds. Other times, Colgate’s shots were stopped at point-blank range by Madonna. “Austin Fusco said before we went on the field, ‘Nothing’s going to be given to you,’” Madonna said. “’So step on the field and go take it today.’ That was my mind set.”By the end of the first quarter, Colgate turned the ball over seven times. The Raiders’ offense struggled to pass the ball around and the defense took advantage, pushing transition. It wasn’t until the third quarter when Syracuse committed its seventh turnover on offense. The Orange offense began to flow, like it had in its conference games earlier this season. Rehfuss added three assists, capping the first half with a pass to a cutting Pat Carlin, all alone in front of the net. After scoring just once in the past four games, Jamie Trimboli scored a hat trick on four shots. Everything began clicking.Twenty-one seconds into the second half, however, Colgate quickly won a faceoff and found the back of the net. Its offensive aggression kept mounting. After Trimboli’s hat trick, Colgate won the ensuing faceoff and ripped off four shots. Each went wide and its possession ended up in a turnover caused by Nick Mellen. Colgate had the opportunity to shift momentum early, but like the first half, it was stuffed by the Orange defense. Matt Lane scored just over a minute later. “If you’re a competitor, and you know all these kids are, and you know your backs against the wall and you don’t want to be the class that doesn’t make it to the NCAA tournament,” Colgate head coach Mike Murphy said, “… I’m sure that they were playing with some motivation besides just beating Colgate. It was to secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.”The second half remained back-and-forth, with the two teams exchanging goals on multiple occasions. Colgate had a double man-up opportunity and scored in the final second before the penalty was released. Syracuse then responded with a man-up goal of its own. SU finished with three man-up goals, tying a season high. The extra-man unit had only converted on 37 percent of its opportunities to date. On Saturday, it converted at a 75 percent clip, and the only time it failed to finish, Stephen Rehfuss found Bomberry open in front of the net before the Colgate defense could adjust — just seconds after the penalty was killed.After Colgate opened the fourth quarter with a goal, the following faceoff fell in favor of the Orange. A scrum by Colgate’s goal ended up in Bradley Voigt’s stick. He quickly flicked the ball to Brendan Bomberry who found long-stick midfielder Austin Fusco up top. Fusco wound up and shot, beating Mullen.Fusco broke into a scream and pounded his feet into the ground. The players on the attacking third mobbed him before Bomberry came running over and jumped onto the redshirt junior. Fusco broke out of the mob, still screaming and pumping his fists.“We were treating it like a playoff game because if we lose,” Madonna said, “we’re not going to make the tournament for sure.”In a game Syracuse so desperately needed a win, it played a near-flawless game. SU did its job and now, all the Orange can do is wait. Comments Published on May 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

Blackpool 1 – 3 Chelsea

first_imgTwo goals from Frank Lampard helped maintain Chelsea’s Premier League revival and sent Blackpool tumbling to a second successive defeat.John Terry gave the Blues a first-half lead after jumping unchallenged inside the box to head home a Lampard corner.Lampard then converted from the spot following Ian Evatt’s foul on Salomon Kalou and scored his second from 16 yards when put through by Kalou.Jason Puncheon hit low beyond Petr Cech late on but it was merely consolation.Substitute Brett Ormerod and Evatt came close late on for Blackpool for what would have been an astonishing ending, but at least Ian Holloway’s men can take some solace from the fact that Puncheon’s goal ensures the Seasiders – who are two points above the relegation zone – remain above follow battlers West Brom.Blackpool have been sucked into a relegation battle after winning only one of their last nine matches. Six of their remaining 10 Premier League games are at Bloomfield Road, although perhaps manager Holloway would prefer that not to be the case as his men strangely have a better record away from home. For Chelsea, despite manager Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-match protestations that his team were merely looking to secure a Champions League spot, talk of a late title bid will increase.They are now nine points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand and a trip to Old Trafford yet to come. Should they beat Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on 20 March in their next Premier League match, the odds on Chelsea defending their title will surely shorten.Chelsea’s inspiration came from an unlikely source in the form of substitute Kalou, who replaced the injured Didier Drogba in the 55th minute.Kalou provided the visitors with the directness and potency that was lacking when Drogba and the subdued Fernando Torres were leading the attack.The Ivorian and Lampard combined impressively after the break and questions will, no doubt, again be raised about how best to accommodate Drogba and Torres – who has yet to score for the club since his £50m January arrival. Lampard played a part in the opening goal when terrible defending allowed Terry the freedom to jink inside the six-yard box and superbly connect with the midfielder’s corner for his fourth goal of the season.The recalled Jose Bosingwa, showing impressive energy down the right in attack but perhaps susceptible in defence, nearly doubled the advantage soon afterwards only for Richard Kingson to stretch every sinew to prevent the defender’s shot from curling into the top-left corner.Prior to the opening goal, Blackpool enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked the guile that suspended duo Charlie Adams and DJ Campbell could have provided.However, Puncheon sparked the home side into life when the on-loan Southampton midfielder set off on a mazy run in the 33rd minute and outmuscled David Luiz. The 24-year-old looked to have beaten Petr Cech with his low shot but, luckily for the Blues goalkeeper, the ball ricocheted off the inside of the post to safety.Blackpool were their usual entertaining selves but Chelsea were always dangerous at set pieces and in the dying minutes of the half the alert Kingson had to punch away a Lampard corner from the path of the advancing Terry. The home side were once again in the ascendancy after the break and appeared to have been given a slice of good fortune when Chelsea were forced into an unscheduled substitution when Drogba limped off after being struck above the hip.But it was replacement Kalou who was the architect of Chelsea’s two goals as the lively Ivorian tumbled over Evatt’s outstretched leg, leaving referee Mike Dean with little option but to award the penalty.Lampard, whose winning penalty helped Chelsea beat leaders United last week, sent Kingson the wrong way and shortly afterwards the midfielder made it four goals in as many matches after Kalou’s defence-splitting pass sent him clear.Blackpool now faced an almost impossible task, which was made all the more difficult when Kingson was forced from the field with a knee injury and was replaced by reserve goalkeeper Mark Halstead for his Premier League debut.Holloway’s side fought until the end and maintained their record of scoring in every home game when Stephen Crainey caught Bosingwa in possession. That led to Puncheon collecting a pass from James Beattie to coolly finish beyond Cech.Source: BBClast_img read more