Revealed! From Frank Lampard to Clint Dempsey: The 10 best selling shirts in the MLS

first_img 6. Obafemi Martins – Seattle Sounders FC 10 1. Clint Dempsey – Seattle Sounders FC 5. David Villa – New York City FC 7. Frank Lampard – New York City FC 10 8. Bradley Wright-Phillips – New York Red Bulls 10 talkSPORT can reveal the best selling shirts in Major League Soccer.Adidas have an eight-year deal with MLS, signed in 2010, and the rankings are therefore based on retail sales of Adidas jerseys on MLSstore.com since the 2015 season kicked off on March 6.Unsurprisingly, New York City FC, with the most star-studded squad following the arrival of legendary duo Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo in the summer, has four players featured on the list.Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard, who joined LA Galaxy in July, also makes an appearance. To find out the players that make it into the top 10 of the most MLS shirts sold, click the yellow arrow above, right. 4. Andrea Pirlo – New York City FC 2. Steven Gerrard – LA Galaxy 10 10 9. Brek Shea – Orlando City SC 10 10. Mix Diskerud – New York City FC to see the player with the ninth highest shirt selling rate since the start of the 2015 MLS season, click the arrow above! – Find out which player’s name is the most popular in Major League Soccer. Adidas have an eight-year deal with MLS, signed in 2010, and the rankings are therefore based on retail sales of Adidas jerseys on MLSstore.com since the 2015 season kicked off on March 6. 3. Kaká – Orlando City SC 10 10 10 10last_img read more

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‘Even the rumours make me happy!’ Man United fans react to ‘unreal’ transfer reports

first_imgWith Manchester United struggling for goals it’s unsurprising they are being linked with another big-money forward.Barcelona superstar Neymar was heavily linked to a move in the summer and it has since been confirmed talks were held about a possible transfer.Now, though, Harry Kane is the man being touted with possible switch in January as Wayne Rooney toils at Old Trafford.Manchester United appear tempted by the Tottenham striker and could make a £50million move a reality when the transfer window reopens.The news was greeted with mixed feelings from Manchester United fans, though, and you can see how they reacted below… Harry Kane celebrates with Toby Alderweireld 1last_img read more

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Son, daughter-in-law of Oral Roberts focus of lurid allegations

first_imgTULSA, Okla. – Twenty years ago, televangelist Oral Roberts said he was reading a spy novel when God appeared to him and told him to raise $8 million for Roberts’ university, or else he would be “called home.” Now, his son, Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts, says God is speaking again, telling him to deny lurid allegations in a lawsuit that threatens to engulf this 44-year-old Bible Belt college in scandal. Richard Roberts is accused of illegal involvement in a local political campaign and lavish spending at donors’ expense, including numerous home remodeling projects, use of the university jet for his daughter’s senior trip to the Bahamas, and a red Mercedes convertible and a Lexus SUV for his wife, Lindsay. She is accused of dropping tens of thousands of dollars on clothes, awarding nonacademic scholarships to friends of her children and sending scores of text messages on university-issued cell phones to people described in the lawsuit as “underage males.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAt a chapel service this week on the 5,300-student campus known for its 60-foot-tall bronze sculpture of praying hands, Roberts said God told him: “We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit … is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion.” San Antonio televangelist John Hagee, a member of the ORU board of regents, said the university’s executive board “is conducting a full and thorough investigation.” Colleagues fear for the reputation of the university and the future of the Roberts’ ministry, which grew from Southern tent revivals to one of the most successful evangelical empires in the country, hauling in tens of millions of dollars in contributions a year. The university reported nearly $76 million in revenue in 2005, according to the IRS. Oral Roberts is 89 and lives in California. He holds the title of chancellor, but the university describes him as semiretired, and his son presides over day-to-day operations on the campus, which had a modern, space-age design when it was built in the early 1960s but now looks dated, like Disney’s Tomorrowland. Cornell Cross II, a senior from Burlington, Vt., said he is looking to transfer to another school because the scandal has “severely devalued and hurt the reputation of my degree.” “We have asked and asked and asked to see the finances of our school and what they’re doing with our money, and we’ve been told no,” said Cross, who is majoring in government. “Now we know why. As a student, I’m not going to stand for it any longer.” The allegations are contained in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by three former professors. They sued ORU and Roberts, alleging they were wrongfully dismissed after reporting the school’s involvement in a local political race. Richard Roberts, according to the suit, asked a professor in 2005 to use his students and university resources to aid a county commissioner’s bid for Tulsa mayor. Such involvement would violate state and federal law because of the university’s nonprofit status. Up to 50 students are alleged to have worked on the campaign.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Water rationing, rate hikes on tap for SoCal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“If we are going to be effectively short on imported water 70 percent of the time, we’re going to have to make that up through conservation and changing our lifestyle here in Southern California,” said Jeff Kightlinger, the MWD’s general manager. MWD imports water from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the river is in the eighth year of a drought that has significantly reduced that supply. And a recent court ruling has significantly reduced how much water can be exported from the Delta – where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge – to prevent the extinction of a tiny fish that keeps getting sucked into massive water pumps. In the wake of the ruling, MWD will have to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25percent. “That really turns our world of reliability on its head,” Kightlinger said. “People will feel this.” Amid a growing water crisis across the state, officials warned Monday that they will cut water to Southern California farmers 30 percent by early next year and are drafting plans that could force residential water rationing for the first time in more than a decade. The moves come as a combination of drought, rising demand, fragile ecosystems and endangered fish has dramatically reduced the region’s water supply. Officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the agency that sells water to cities in the region – said the factors could push wholesale rates up as much as 10 percent within two years. And they predicted the trends could mean the region will lack water to meet all of Southern California’s demands about 70 percent of the time. MWD officials also are talking about water rationing for the first time since 1991 even as the agency has spent $6 million this year encouraging people to conserve water. “We’re dealing with 28 percent of normal (rainfall) and it would be very tough to handle another year without some serious shortage allocation (or rationing),” said MWD Board of Directors Chairman Timothy Brick. Brick said this year the agency for the first time also is withdrawing a significant supply from its stored water in reservoirs and groundwater, pulling out 500,000 acre feet of water – enough for 1million families. Still, MWD officials said they might need to raise wholesale water rates 5 percent to 10 percent in 2009 to pay for water purchases, transfers and other programs to acquire more water for Southern California. Customer rates are set by individual water providers and would likely vary depending on how much water the providers get from MWD. Water customers in Pasadena will “most likely” be affected by the MWD’s plan, said Shan Kwan, water division director for Pasadena Water and Power. The city purchases about 60 percent of its water from the MWD, Kwan said. “We don’t know to what extent yet because we are still looking into it, so we can’t provide any numbers right now,” said Kwan. “But we probably will have to take some conservation measures, and that could include a rationing plan.” Such conservation measures could include general rate hikes, as well as financial penalties for customers who do not reach conservation goals, said Kwan. But he added that the hikes may not be as steep as MWD’s 10 percent estimate. “Ten percent (from MWD) does not necessarily mean a 10 percent hike directly to our customers,” he said. Calls to officials with the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District were not returned Monday. The district wholesales imported water to cities and agencies in the central and eastern San Gabriel Valley. The MWD rate hikes will also be passed on to the 24 cities served by the Central Basin Municipal Water District, said district General Manager Art Aguilar. Those cities include Whittier, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Monterey Park and La Mirada. “I can’t envision any circumstance where it won’t be passed on,” Aguilar said. But the impact on the actual cost of water for customers in those cities will vary based on how much imported water they use, Aguilar added. And many area cities have their own local groundwater sources. “The Central Basin in general is blessed with a good amount of groundwater and relatively good natural replenishment,” said Aguilar. “Even though it is going to hurt, it won’t be as bad as it will be in other areas where they take a lot of imported water.” The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is MWD’s largest customer, but the utility is in a less dire situation at the moment because L.A. has groundwater in the San Fernando Valley and it imports water from the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierras. “The alarm bells haven’t gone off. We want to wait until February or March to see the drought (status) and the snowpack,” DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras said. However, if the dry conditions continue and supply from the Delta remains limited, the DWP will consider rationing and structuring water rates higher for people who do not limit their consumption, he said. Meanwhile, to help shore up the state’s dwindling water supply, state officials are planning to place another water bond on the ballot next year – even after voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds for water projects last year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a $9.1 billion bond, while Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has authored a $6.8 billion proposal. One of the main differences, and a source of significant political controversy in Sacramento, is that the governor’s bond would fund dams and reservoirs in Northern California. The Senate Natural Resources and Water committee passed the Perata bond and sent it to an expected full floor vote today. But it rejected Schwarzenegger’s proposal. Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno, said he was “extremely disappointed” with the committee’s actions and vowed that the Perata plan would not get the two-thirds vote it needs to be placed on the ballot. “Last week, Assembly Republicans made it clear that we would not support any measure that is not a comprehensive plan that benefits all regions of the state,” Villines said in a written statement. “Our position has not changed and for that reason, we will be rejecting this irresponsible plan.” Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor, said Schwarzenegger will continue to negotiate with Perata in an effort to get some of the governor’s ideas included in the bill. Perata said he is prepared to support a signature-gathering effort to get it on the ballot if he can’t get it through the Legislature. That would likely mean the measure would not be put before voters until November 2008, rather than February. “What we have done is crafted, I think, the broadest possible bond that deals with immediate priorities,” Perata said. “It will ensure safe, clean drinking water, promote conservation while protecting our environment, the lakes, the rivers, the streams. And keep pace with the statewide water demands.” Perata said if nothing is done to expand the state’s water supply, drastic steps might have to be taken, including a moratorium on new building permits in fast-growing areas like the Inland Empire. Perata’s proposal gained wide support from a variety of local water agencies and environmental groups during the hearing. The only critics were those who said they prefer the governor’s proposal because of the dams. Environmental groups have concerns about the potential damage to ecosystems caused by new dams, while some lawmakers have also said the state should not pay a higher share for projects that previously have been funded primarily at the local level. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Car bomb kills Shiite worshippers on holiday

first_imgBAGHDAD – A bomb in a parked car struck worshippers heading to a Shiite mosque Sunday in Baghdad, killing at least nine people as Iraqis celebrated a Muslim holiday, while the death toll rose to 18 in a coordinated suicide truck bombing and ambush north of the capital. Relatives and rescue workers pulled bodies from under piles of concrete bricks and rubble in the Sunni city of Samarra, where a suicide truck bomber detonated his explosives late Saturday. Guards had opened fire before he could reach the targeted police headquarters. Gunmen drove up and fought with police immediately after the blast, which tore through nearby buildings. At least 18 people were killed and 27 wounded, police said. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baghdad and Samarra, but they bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida in Iraq militants who had promised an offensive during Ramadan to undermine U.S.-Iraqi claims of success in quelling the violence in the capital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Also killed on Sunday were a U.S. soldier struck by a roadside bomb during combat operations in southern Baghdad and an Iraqi journalist who was shot while on assignment for The Washington Post elsewhere in Iraq’s capital.last_img read more

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ESB THREATENS TO CUT HOUSING ESTATE’S POWER IN SEWAGE PAY ROW

first_imgThe ESB has threatened to cut off the power supply to the sewage system of a well-known Letterkenny housing estate because it is owed a substantial amount of cash.Residents of College Park in Glencar are at their wits end after they received the notice in recent days.A letter from the ESB  (right) says that unless the outstanding bill is paid by November 21st, then the power supply will be cut off. The developer of the estate has gone into liquidation.Donegaldaily.com understands that local residents believed it was up to the receiver to look after such matters.However the ESB has landed residents with the bombshell and told them that unless they pay up, their connection will be cut.A warning letter from ESB – Electric Ireland – seen by Doneagldaily.com warns that it could take up to 48 hours to reconnect if the supply is cut. It also warns that “public safety, health and sanitation issues that may arise as a result of disconnection are solely the responsibility of the account holder.”One resident told us “We’re literally in the s*** if our sewage power supply is cut.“This is another charge that is nothing to do with us but the ESB has now put this threat over us. It’s just not on.”The residents of College Park as well as surrounding estates including Glenoughty, Willowbrook and The Elms have now arranged a pubic meeting for tomorrow night to discuss the crisis.All Letterkenny Town Councillors have been invited to the meeting which takes place at the Ard Ri Bar in Killylastin at 8pm. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com ESB THREATENS TO CUT HOUSING ESTATE’S POWER IN SEWAGE PAY ROW was last modified: November 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COLLEGE PARKESBGLENOUGHTYLetterkenny Town CouncilTHE ELMSWILLOWBROOKlast_img read more

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JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL BASED COMPANY LOOKING TO RECRUIT DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE

first_imgInnovative Killygordon based company Mantis Cranes Ireland Ltd, are seeking a digital marketing professional to help implement the company’s forthcoming digital marketing strategy. Mantis Cranes Ireland Ltd and McMenamin Engineering are manufacturer of self-erecting cranes, access equipment and structural steel fabricators supplying construction markets in Ireland, England and international markets.The company now invites applications for the position of a Digital Marketing/Business Development Executive, based at the company’s HQ in Killygordon, Co. Donegal. Reporting to the Managing Director and working closely with the senior management team, this opportunity exists for an individual seeking to enhance their career with a local company helping us develop our potential in both home and overseas markets.The position offers the right candidate the opportunity to develop further within the company and may lead to a position within the management team.The purpose of the position is to grow and increase brand awareness of The Mantis Group of Companies, using online and social media platforms as well as traditional marketing methods.The successful candidate will also have a role supporting the existing sales team in lead generation in both the Irish and UK markets. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Management and implementation of the company’s digital marketing strategy.• Responsibility for the development of marketing collateral in both digital and print media.• Support the existing sales team in lead generation.• Take responsibility for market research on new products.The successful candidate will have at a minimum a degree in Marketing or Digital Marketing, with 2 years relevant experience of digital marketing in a B2B environment. A good communicator with excellent verbal and written communications skills, you will be a team-player with the ability to motivate others. Demonstration of a can do positive approach and an ability to contribute to and work flexibly as part of a small team.A competitive salary will be offered to the right person.Closing date for applications is 31st October 2014Further details of the company and a detailed job description can be found at the Careers page of www.mantiscranes.ie Applications by email only to jobs@mantiscranes.ieJOB VACANCY: DONEGAL BASED COMPANY LOOKING TO RECRUIT DIGITAL MARKETING EXECUTIVE was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessJob Vacancyjobsnewslast_img read more

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Liverpool FC news: Defender commits long-term future to Reds

first_img Jon Flanagan’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has signed a new three-year contract to signal the end of a two-year injury nightmare.talkSPORT told you earlier this week a deal was close to completion with the 23-year-old’s current deal was due to expire at the end of the season.Following 20 months out with a knee problem, he made his comeback in the FA Cup third-round replay at home to Exeter in January after an absence of 619 days and has impressed in his four appearances since.It is understood Flanagan’s new contract is for an initial two years with a 12-month extension option.“I’ve been through a lot in the last two years with the injury, and maybe a few people thought my future was in doubt but I’ve worked hard and this is a bonus at the end of it,” he told liverpoolfc.com.“I think this is my third professional contract with Liverpool now, so I’m really happy.“It’s brilliant – it’s something I’ve always wanted to do since I was a child.“Any doubters who have said I was finished and stuff like that, it has made me come back stronger.”Earlier in the day manager Jurgen Klopp revealed how he had been the one to push for a new deal for the academy graduate.“I was a little bit involved in these negotiations,” said Klopp, who was always keen to retain the services of the Liverpool-born right-back.“It is good for us but I think in this special case, with his long injury, it is better for Flanno.“There are a few other full-backs in the world but not so many Scousers and not so many came back after a difficult injury.“He is our boy and we are really happy to have him here.” 1last_img read more

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Lawndale

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Santa Claus will be visiting Lawndale: for 10 nights starting Monday and ending on Friday, Dec. 14. Santa Claus will be resting on Saturdays and Sundays, but will make his way through the “Heart of the South Bay” on weeknights during the two-week period. For a complete schedule of when Santa will be visiting your neighborhood, see below or visit lawndalecity.org for Santa’s full Lawndale schedule. Route 1 – Monday:: Leuzinger High School driveway on Larch Ave., Leuzinger driveway on Avis Avenue.; 14817 and 15001 Avis Ave.; 15002 and 14710 Osage Ave.; 14711 and 15009 Eastwood Ave.; 14920 and 14806 Freeman Ave.; 14805 and 14921 Larch Ave.Route 2 – Dec. 4: Saylor Avenue & Manhattan Beach Boulevard; 15710 Freeman; 4219 W. 156th St.; 15701 Larch Ave.; 15636 Sombra Ave.; 15217 Larch Ave.; 15316 Freeman Ave.; 15203 and 15311 Eastwood Ave.Route 3 – Dec. 5: 15336 and 15130 Osage Ave.; 15219 and 15327 Avis Ave.; 4304 and 4136 W. 159th St.; 4024 W. 159th St.; 4035, 4149 and 4301 W. 160th St.; 4228, 4152,and 4040 W. 161st St.Route 4 – Dec. 6: 4031 and 4121 W. 162nd St.; 4138 and 4028 W 163rd St.; 4033 and 4123 W. 164th St.; 4110 and 4030 W. 165th St.; 4041 W. 166th St., 4032 W. 167th St. and 4025 W. 168th St.Route 5 – Dec. 7: 4330 W. 163rd St.; 4305 W. 164th St.; 4230 W. 165th St.; 4301 W. 166th St.; 4332 and 4166 W. 167th St.; 4137 and 4311 W. 168th St.; 4304 and 4166 W. 169th St.; 4121 W. 170th St.; 4319 W. 171st St.; 4316 W. 170th St. (alley) Route 6 – Dec. 10: 4565 W. 163rd St.; 4548 W. 164th St.; 4517 W 165th St.; 4548 W. 166th St.; 4521 W. 167th St.; Green school on 168th Street; 4531 W. 170th St.; 4558 W 171st St.; Green School baseball field on Firmona. Route 7 – Dec. 11: 4537 W. 172nd St.; 4572 and 4729 W. 173rd St.; 4728 W. 172nd St.; 4725 W. 171st St.; 4718 W. 170th St.; 4725 W. 169th St.; 4720 W. 168th St.; 4751 W. 167th St.; 4720 W. 166th St.; 4757 W. 165th St.; 4744 W. 164th St.; 4721 W. 163rd St.Route 8 – Dec. 12: 4509, 4611, and 4733 W. 162nd St.; 4722 and 4562 W. 161st St.; 4535 and 4717 W. 160th St.; 4732 and 4612 W. 159th St.Route 9 – Dec. 13: 15311 and 15629 Grevillea Ave.; 15626 and 15420 Mansel Ave.; Adams School on 153rd Place; 15409 Firmona Ave.; 4507 W 156th St.; 15336, 15224, and 15118 Condon Ave.Route 10 – Dec. 14: 14507, 14807, and 14927 Burin Ave.; 14806 and 14500 Grevillea Ave.; 14509, 14801, and 15009 Mansel Ave.; 15002, 14806, and 14510 Kingsdale Ave.; 14509 and 14717 Firmona Ave.; 14916 and 14808 Condon Ave.last_img read more

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Visa rules, fares present hurdles for international students at holidays

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAnd while many say there are plenty of things to keep them busy – from organized college events to winter sight-seeing trips – getting homesick is inevitable. “It is hard when you see families together, spending time together,” Arshed said. “It makes me think about my mom and what I would do if I had her right next to me.” Waleed Ali has been studying engineering management at California State University, Northridge, since May 2006 – the longest length of time he has ever been away from his family. The Saudi Arabian exchange student said being close to family is culturally important in his home country. “Usually people in Saudi Arabia don’t leave their families,” Ali said. “Even if they get married, they will stay with their family.” Every fall as final exams wrap up, 27-year-old Nigum Arshed gets ready to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha with her family. Arshed would spend hours in the kitchen with her mother and sister, sharing stories as they prepared eggplant, grind cumin and coriander, and cleaned lamb and beef portions for a family feast. “It is about spending fun family time,” Arshed said of the holiday gatherings in Pakistan. But this year was different for Arshed, who is researching quantum physics as part of an exchange program at the University of Southern California. Arshed joined many of the 78,000 international students attending college in California who face the holidays thousands of miles from home this year amid rising airfares and growing travel restrictions. But Ali would have to pay $1,300 for a round-trip plane ticket to Saudi Arabia – a large bill for a full-time student. While the 25-year-old said he still would consider shelling out the dough, his student visa has expired, and now he can’t leave the country to see his family until he finishes his graduate program. Expired visas tend to be relatively common among international students – because their educational programs can change while they are studying in the United States – and renewing it can be difficult and time consuming. “I left everything back home to come here, so I cannot risk not coming back even if I am stuck here without being able to see my family,” Ali said. “Because of this I am trying to finish my graduate degree in less time.” Wen Zhang, a physics student from China who is pursuing a doctorate degree at USC, said increased security measures also have forced him to change vacation plans several times during the course of his studies. Zhang said security clearances have sometimes taken as long as four weeks and have delayed his return to school for specific research projects. Other students find they cannot return home because their visas are marked with one-time entry stamps. “Unfortunately, we have to apply the law, and that is what the law requires,” said Cyril Ferenchak, a spokesman for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Ferenchak said some visa requirements are affected by a student’s country of origin and course of study. “I can see how this can be a hardship, but hopefully they can take their time in the States to discover something about our culture and also expose people here to their culture,” Ferenchak said. Vic Johnson, public policy director for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, said that while many visa requirements are necessary for national security, they also can deter some students from pursuing degrees in United States. “Especially for a young person, studying in another country – coupled with the fear of not being able to visit family – is a daunting prospect and functions as a disincentive to come here,” he said. “We need to find ways to make it easier for people who have already been approved for a visa to have the renewal process more retained so they don’t worry about getting back in if they go home.” Ali, vice president of CSUN’s International Student Club, said he finds comfort spending time with fellow international students at the college. During Ramadan this year, Ali and other students gathered for a barbecue at a Northridge park. At USC, which tops the nation with its more than 7,000 enrolled international students, a program called Thanksgiving Match-Up tries to ensure all international students get an all-American turkey dinner. Becky Petersen, an international student adviser at USC, hosted four students from Iran, Pakistan and China this year for Thanksgiving. “It is just a fantastic way to spend the holidays teaching others about American culture,” Petersen said. Petersen said she often hears international students lament a lack of exposure to American traditions. “One of the key regrets that students have about the time spent in the States is that they never get to spend time with American families,” she said. “This way they get to see a real American home, and they get so excited to spend time with a real family.” Still, some international students are opting to make the most of their time off during the holidays by exploring their adopted country. In his homeland of Korea, Byungdoo Kim is majoring in American studies, so he has spent the past year taking several U.S. history and social science courses at CSUN. Kim said despite being a bit homesick during the holidays, he is looking forward to spending Christmas and New Year’s in the United States. “I have always dreamed of spending the holidays in New York,” Kim said. “I am hoping to plan a trip there.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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