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Virus death toll in Hubei surges by 242 in one day: govt

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first_imgThe huge jump came as local officials said they were changing the way they diagnose COVID-19 cases.In a statement, the Hubei health commission said it would now include cases that were “clinically diagnosed” in its official toll.This means lung imaging on suspected cases can be considered sufficient to diagnose the virus, rather than the standard nucleic acid tests.Of the dramatic jump in figures Thursday, it said the new classification accounted for 13,332 of the cases and just over half the new death toll.Hubei health commission said the change would mean patients could get treatment “as early as possible” and be “consistent” with the classification used in other provinces.It said it had made the change “as our understanding of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus deepens, and as we accumulate experience in diagnosis and treatment”.Topics : The number of fatalities and new cases from China’s coronavirus outbreak soared on Thursday, with 242 more deaths and nearly 15,000 extra patients in hard-hit Hubei province as authorities changed their threshold for diagnosis.At least 1,355 people have now died nationwide and nearly 60,000 have been infected after Hubei’s health commission reported the new numbers.In its daily update, Hubei’s health commission confirmed another 14,840 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December.last_img read more

Indonesian government under pressure to impose lockdown as death toll tops 100

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first_imgJakarta has the most cases in Indonesia with 627, an increase of 38 compared to previous day. The areas in Java with the highest number of cases after Jakarta are West Java with 119 cases, Banten (103), East Java (77) and Central Java (55).South Sulawesi is the hardest-hit region outside Java with 33 cases.“We are still concerned about this situation because this is proof that transmissions are still occurring. [Individuals carrying the virus] are still out there and having close contact with other people,” said Yurianto, who also serves as the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo himself has remained adamant about not imposing lockdowns due to social and economic concerns. He has instead called on the public to stay at home and urged authorities to push for more rapid testing to map the spread of the disease. However, the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities shows no signs of slowing down. Among the fatalities were medical workers dealing with a scarcity of proper medical and protective equipment.A resident of a kampung near Taman Sari Water Castle in Yogyakarta sprays disinfectant on a house on March 28, 2020. (Courtesy of/Kampung Cyber)The Medical Professors Council from the University of Indonesia’s School of Medicine was among the groups that urged the government to impose regional lockdowns, arguing the government’s policy of physical distancing was not effective in curbing the spread of the disease.“Strict rules are needed to make sure people stay at home. [The government] should apply fines for individuals or companies that violate the rules,” the council’s chair, Siti Setiati, wrote on Friday.The council estimated the government would need to prepare around Rp 4 trillion (US$249 million) to ensure the health and safety of 9.6 million Jakarta residents during a two-week lockdown in the capital city.Read also: COVID-19: Does Indonesia need a lockdown? It depends on how you define itIt also argued a lockdown was feasible if the country allocated a portion of tax money toward fighting the pandemic.Sociologist Ariel Heryanto echoed the council’s call on his Twitter account: “Mr. President, is there still a reason to delay a lockdown?”Bapak Presiden, masih adakah alasan untuk menunda lockdown? pic.twitter.com/bmIJixd6hz— Ariel Heryanto (@ariel_heryanto) March 27, 2020Shortly after Yurianto’s announcement on Saturday, hashtags and slogans calling for a lockdown, such as #LockDownNasionalSerentak (SimultaneousNationalLockDown), #KarantinaWilayah (RegionalQuarantine) and Jakarta Sudah Gawat Darurat (Jakarta is in an emergency state), became trending topics on Twitter, as they were tweeted by tens of thousands of users.Though it has not announced plans for a lockdown, the government is currently preparing a regulation stipulating the procedures and requirements for imposing regional quarantines or lockdowns, according to Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD.Some regions have also imposed lockdowns on its borders, such as Maluku and Papua, which has limited access to its airports and seaports. Meanwhile, Tegal in Central Java has closed off its borders for the next four months. (mfp)Topics : The general public has urged the government to impose a lockdown as the country’s death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 100, with more than 1,000 COVID-19-positive cases reported nationwide.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, announced on Saturday that authorities had recorded 1,155 cases of COVID-19 across 29 provinces, with 102 deaths from the disease. At least 59 patients have recovered.The country’s fatality rate, the ratio of confirmed cases to fatalities, is 8.83 percent – among the highest in the world.last_img read more

Unai Emery admits Marco Asensio injury is ‘bad news’ in Arsenal’s pursuit of Dani Ceballos

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first_imgUnai Emery admits Marco Asensio injury is ‘bad news’ in Arsenal’s pursuit of Dani Ceballos Arsenal have been closing in on the loan signing of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery admits he’s concerned that Marco Asensio’s knee injury during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid may have ended their chances of signing Dani Ceballos.Asensio was taken to hospital with a suspected ruptured cruciate ligament in the 62nd minute at Washington’s FedExField and it appears the attacking midfielder is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 10th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead with a composed finish midway through the first half.Second-half substitute Gareth Bale pulled a goal back for Madrid and Asensio leveled for the La Liga giants before going down in a heap after an innocuous tussle with Aubameyang.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsensio was in tears as he was stretchered off the pitch and Arsenal will no doubt be sweating over their move for Ceballos, with Madrid losing a player in attack.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal were on the verge of a season-long loan deal for Ceballos but, after the final whistle, Emery claimed that Asensio’s injury could be ‘bad news’ for the Gunners.Asked whether the Ceballos deal could be affected by Asensio’s injury, Emery replied: ‘I don’t know.‘Really our target in the match was not to take injuries and they have maybe a big injury with Asensio, it’s bad news for them and also for us.‘I don’t know if it can change something.’ Asensio broke down in tears as he was stretchered off the pitchMadrid boss Zinedine Zidane admitted Asensio’s injury put a dampener on an otherwise entertaining match in Washington.‘We’re a little worried ]by Asensio],’ Zidane said.‘It’s the knee. He went straight to the hospital to get tested and see. But it looks bad.‘It’s the bad thing of the day for us. because we lose a player and we are a little touched, yes.’ Advertisement Asensio went down in the 62nd minute after tussling for the ball with Aubameyang Comment Emery praised Aubameyang and Lacazette after the draw (Picture: Getty)On the success of the tour, Emery said: ‘Really we are very happy we finished today that match with the same spirit we played before and also you see different players taking minutes, taking confidence and I think the result is not important.‘But really, really I think also we play one match today showing a good level and when we needed young players also the performance was perfect.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I’m really, really, happy, the players are working really well every day.‘The tour was perfect for us to be here in the United States and also because we have a lot of supporters here in LA, in Denver, in Charlotte and here and it is really great to feel them is for us, important.’MORE: Unai Emery sends message to Manchester United over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jul 2019 7:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShareslast_img read more

Global potential for offshore wind

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first_imgIn February, Wood Mackenzie sent out a press release stating that the global offshore wind demand will increase nearly six fold over the next ten years. With such huge global potential, We spoke to newly founded World Forum on their outlook.By the end of 2017, offshore windhad only been deployed commercially across seven markets, with UK and Germanyaccounting for 68% of the grid-connected capacity. Wood Mackenzie’s pressrelease showed. 101 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity will be installedacross 18 different countries between 2018 and 2027, representing a nearly six-foldincrease.“Yes”, agrees Gunner Herzig, managing director of WFO. “The time is the right for offshore wind globally and everyone around the world acknowledges this fact. Given the developments, we have seen and if you look at where we are today. I don’t think anyone expected this manner of growth and it is really amazing what has happened globally.” Premium content Premium Your current account does not have access to this premium item. Please upgrade your membership to access this content. Go to the shop You are currently not logged in to a MyNavingo account. Premium content Log in Register Premium content You are currently not logged into your account. Register and get a two week trial. You need javascript to validate your login status.last_img read more

NBBF commends IOC for 2020 Olympics postponement

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first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?World’s Most Delicious FoodsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s “It is crucial for basketball players in Nigeria and abroad to know the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine as being promoted by the World Health Organisation and medical personnel as a key step in breaking the chain of the viral infection.” “At this crucial time, we must realise that only those who are alive can play basketball. We must place premium value on our lives and pay attention to our hygiene. Constantly washing of hands and the use of sanitizers can also stem the spread.” He concluded that being socially responsible will make the world a better place and reduce the spread of viral infection. Read Also:NBBF applauds FG gesture foe injured D’Tigress star The senior basketball men and women’s teams have qualified for the 2020 Olympics earlier scheduled for the iconic city of Tokyo between Friday, July 24 and Saturday, August 9, 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In a statement issued by the NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida, he commended the IOC for taking such a bold but difficult decision to postpone an iconic event for the good and safety of the world. According to him, this is one of the major decisions taken across the globe necessary for tackling the pandemic that has continued to threaten human existence. “Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is the right step taken at such a critical time because as the saying goes, nothing is worth human life. We know this decision will come at an additional cost to sponsors, vendors, the government of Japan, participating countries and their athletes, but it is a necessary step.” Kida said if we have to protect the human existence as it is currently known, there is need for governments around the world to come around, unite and fight the pandemic which till now has no known cure.Advertisement Leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has commended the International Olympics Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Summer Olympics for another one year as the world combat the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

US to ease lockdown after virus passes ‘peak’

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first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump says some states could reopen for business before May, 2020. AFP WASHIGNTON – United States PresidentDonald Trump said he will announce Thursday the first plans for liftingcoronavirus lockdowns across the United States after the country passed thepandemic’s “peak,” mirroring a gradual easing in Europe. His comments came shortly before thenumber of US fatalities – already the world’s highest – reached a new dailyrecord and became the heaviest one-day death toll of any nation.center_img “It is clear that our aggressivestrategy is working,” he told a news conference late Wednesday inWashington. “The battle continues but the data suggests that nationwide wehave passed the peak on new cases.” (AFP)last_img read more

Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain in Indian squad

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first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain is selected in the Indian squad for the forthcoming International meet which is scheduled to be held in Bulgaria from February 13. Lovlina , the bronze medal winner in World Women Boxing championship, will participate in the 69kg category.Also Read: Sports Newslast_img

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 RCB vs RR highlights: Match abandoned; Bangalore officially out of tournament

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first_img 00:21 (IST) 00:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That’s it from us. Sad end to the day. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for the next game as Chennai host Delhi Capitals at Chepauk. Till then, tada.  If you were planning to go off to sleep early today, don’t. We are having a 5 over per side game which is scheduled to start at 11:26 pm. Don’t leave this page folks. We are all set to witness some power-hitting.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:19 (IST) 22:55 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:21 (IST) TOSS: Rajasthan opt to bowl 23:11 (IST) 00:16 (IST) Live visuals in – Still raining. The overs will start getting deducted post 9pm local time which is roughly about 40 minutes from now.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh dear! It has started to pour at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. It doesn’t seem like too heavy, just a faint drizzle but good enough to hold up play. So, looks like we are in for a delayed start here. We’ll keep you posted, stay tuned. The toss is scheduled to happen in 30 minutes from now and team winning the toss will look to have a bowl first and restrict the opposition for a low score and chasing has been easy at Bangalore wicket. However, this remains to be seen what toss-winning captain goes with.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:57 (IST) 23:27 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In New Rules: 5 over per side. 5 bowlers can bowl an over each. 10 minutes break. 2 over powerplay.  Seven down! Wickets falling faster than updates.  Rajasthan Royals hasn’t lost a wicket in first two overs but haven’t been able to up the scoring rate. As of now, they are scoring 11 runs per over. In last three overs, they need 41 runs. Equation getting tough now.  23:53 (IST) Two ball two sixes! What a start from Royal Challengers Bangalore and skipper Kohli.  Alright then, the covers are coming off now. Fingers crossed 🤞🤞— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:56 (IST) Another wicket. Wickets are falling like pack of cards for Bangalore!  23:24 (IST) 20:21 (IST) First ball DOT. Second ball SIX. That’s sanju Samson for you! So Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are out in the middle. Rajasthan Royals are in the middle too. We are set! It’s game time.  A brilliant over from Jaydev Unadkat. Under pressure, bowling second last over of the innings, he gave just 9 runs and picked all-important wicket of Parthiv Patel. Half-side back to pavilion in space of four overs. After 4 overs, it’s 54/5.  23:38 (IST) 23:45 (IST) Bangalore 62/7 in 5 overs vs Rajasthan (Virat Kohli 25, Shreyas Gopal 3/12) WICKET: Yuzvendra Chahal tossed the ball up and Samson just couldn’t time it to perfection. Falls in 30 yard circle. First wicket DOWN!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 20:34 (IST) Here are the playing XI for two sides: Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Riyan Parag, Stuart Binny, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane ThomasRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Yuzvendra Chahal Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Good news! 5-overs game confirmed. 11:26pm start. We are set for the second innings!  23:47 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Just 10 runs off the first over. Bangalore are back in the game.  WICKET: Shreyas Gopal provides all-important breakthrough. Gopal tossed the ball up and Virat couldn’t time it to perfection. Straight into the hands of long on fielder.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:10 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:50 (IST) The match has been abandoned. An anti-climactic finish. So, RCB are officially out of the tournament. A smiling Kohli shakes hands with the RR players and the players walk back to the dressing room. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Bangalore is currently placed at eight positions in the points table, but as we know, things in the shortest format of the game change quickly. Rajasthan, on the other hand, will look to continue their winning run and move up on the points table.  23:26 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:11 (IST) 19:33 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:03 (IST) A look at the Playing XI for #RCBvRR pic.twitter.com/3ieDzXWOPp— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:13 (IST) 23:58 (IST) First over went for 23 runs! That’s some serious hitting!  50 up for Royal Challengers Bangalore!  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18 runs off the third over. Just 23 runs needed in last two overs. Still NO WICKET.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:23 (IST) 19:39 (IST) We have more news coming in. There will be an offical inspection at 10:40 PM Hello and a warm a welcome. We are all set to witness another crackerjack of an encounter as Virat kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore hosts Rajasthan Royals at M. Chinnaswamy in Bengaluru. It is a must-win game for two sides, which makes the encounter all the more interesting.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:31 (IST) 23:41 (IST) New Delhi: We are left with just six more league-stage games in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and still two playoffs spots is yet to be occupied. With all six franchises well in the tournament, the encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will be one to watch out for. Bangalore is currently placed at eight positions in the points table, but as we know, things in the shortest format of the game change quickly. Rajasthan, on the other hand, will look to continue their winning run and move up on the points table. LIVE SCORECARD Getting heavier now. Proper rain Both team have made changes. The host have made two changes, and visitors have made one. This remains to be seen if this will help these two sides.  🌧️🌧️🌧️#RCBvRR pic.twitter.com/ksHkwk6cQW— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2019 Well, well. Bad news folks, the rain is back and so are the covers. What a bummer! The umbrellas are up..  After 3 overs, it’s 45/4.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 00:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In First ball and Virat kohli deposited into the stands! SIX! 18:52 (IST) 00:09 (IST) 4.6 – These are the first two ball for Liam Livingstone Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In MILESTONE ALERT: Shreyas Gopal picks second hat-trick of the season 23:37 (IST) 00:27 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In DROPPED! Full marks for try! Livingstone SURVIVES!  22:51 (IST) 19:31 (IST) 23:32 (IST) It’s still drizzling at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. After 26 minutes, the overs will start to reduce.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The umpires are in the middle and looking at the problem areas. Spectators wait for the final call as the clock ticks near 11.  20:20 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In We are left with just six more league-stage games in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and still two playoffs spots is yet to be occupied. With all six franchises well in the tournament, the encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals will be one to watch out for. 23:59 (IST) The next inspection is at 23:05, which is 21 mins before the cut-off time WICKET: Gopal flighted the ball, bat turns and AB de Villiers follows his counterpart to pavilion.  18:51 (IST) SIXTH wicket. My word what is happening here. Klaasen couldn’t stay at the wicket for long.  19:58 (IST) 21:27 (IST)last_img read more

USC gets Native American Culture Club

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first_imgOne of the newest cultural clubs on campus offers a chance to celebrate culture in a unique way: through powwows and rituals.The new Native American Culture Club was created this semester to fill what some saw as a void on campus.Rev. Jim Burklo, associate dean of Religious Life, sparked the club’s creation. While working at Stanford University in a religious office, Burklo said he often observed students frequenting the Native American Studies office, admiring the active cultural center for Native Americans at the school.At USC, Burklo said, he saw an “empty place in the club offerings,” and decided to help found a Native American Cultural Club on campus.“Native American culture can be a useful model for the role of spirituality in life,” Burklo said. “Americans tend to think of religion as a set of beliefs, whereas Native Americans weave culture and religion together. It issomething that all religions can learn from.”At the start of the semester, Burklo approached Antonia Blumberg, a sophomore anthropology major who works in the Office of Religious Life, and enlisted her to help with starting up the club.Blumberg said the club is intended for students of Native American ancestry as well as those, like herself, who simply have an interest in native cultures and traditions.She said the club focuses on Native American spirituality and rituals.“We want to celebrate native ancestry with powwows, sun dances and visiting healers and chiefs,” Blumberg said.To keep a religious focus, the club emphasizes animistic spirituality at its events. Many tribes share a common belief that spirits are present in all earthly objects including rocks, trees and animals, Blumberg said.At one recent meeting, members of the club performed a ritual sweat lodge — a group therapy session where attendees sit and share emotions and concerns, according to Merisenda Bills, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism who participated in the sweat lodge.Bills said she has a Native American great-grandmother, and joined the club because she is interested in learning more about Native American culture and practices. She also hopes the club will help the Native American culture gain more exposure.“There are so many people of Native American ancestry in LA and not many people know about it,” Bills said. “This club should open their minds and expand their knowledge on their culture.”last_img read more

Student serves in Israeli army before starting at USC

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first_imgMost freshmen enter USC straight out of high school with limited life experiences. Twenty-two-year-old screenwriting major Ilan Benjamin, however, is starting his freshman year at USC after spending 2 1/2 years in the Israeli army — and wrote a book about the experience.Call of duty · Freshman Ilan Benjamin traveled through the Middle East during the 2 1/2 years he spent as an Israeli soldier. – Photo courtesy of Ilan BenjaminBenjamin grew up in Oakland, Calif. His father is Israeli, and Benjamin’s family visited Israel many times throughout Benjamin’s childhood. On one such visit, they gave a soldier a ride.The experience had a profound impact on Benjamin.“To me, [this soldier] was the epitome of everything cool and important and meaningful,” Benjamin said. “At eight years old, I knew this was someone I wanted to emulate.”When Benjamin took another trip to Israel at age 16, he was sure he wanted to serve in the army.“Israel is surrounded by enemies. … It’s a miracle Israel exists,” he said.Benjamin’s parents did not take his wish to serve seriously until he refused to fill out college applications, and instead chose to enlist in the army.“I needed time to experience real life,” Benjamin said. “I wanted something to write about.”During his years in Israel, Benjamin found inspiration for his writing. When asked to describe his experience, he said his time in the army was “every adjective you could imagine.”“We got through the hard stuff with laughter,” Benjamin said. “I had a lot of fun, but it could be scary and intense.”The Israeli soldiers were guarding the country against an enemy who “wanted to drive every Jew into the sea.”Most of his worst experiences occurred when he was stationed at Har Dov, a disputed territory also known as Shebaa Farms.Located in the mountains, Har Dov stood far from civilization.“You could go a little crazy,” Benjamin said.Har Dov is perhaps the hardest place to guard in Israel, because the enemy was extremely close.“It was scary to see them, but scarier when the fog came in and we couldn’t see,” Benjamin said.Not all the places Benjamin was stationed, though, were so trying. While serving on the Gaza Strip, Benjamin interacted with the people he was protecting. Observing children studying in bomb shelters made the experience “feel meaningful.”“Everyone lives in constant fear of bombardment,” Benjamin said.Benjamin wrote throughout his experience. All of his stories were written in the moment, based on his urges and the trials of the people he met.“My stories were a way of venting. … Writing was like therapy,” Benjamin said. “Fiction guarded me. There’s a difference between saying, ‘He did this’ and saying, ‘I did this.’”Benjamin never intended for the tales to become a book, but after his service, he noticed they all connected.He could not, however, find a publisher willing to sell his short stories. Benjamin was told  nonfiction sells much better. Benjamin, however, preferred fictional stories.“Nonfiction is like a glorified diary. … It wouldn’t have captured the experience as well,” he said.Benjamin started a campaign on Kickstarter to pay for professional editing, layout and distribution costs. The campaign has already surpassed its $3,000 goal.“I’m grateful to everybody and everything,” Benjamin said. “My supporters mean the world to me.”Thanks to help from family, friends and strangers, Benjamin’s book Masa: The Stories of a Lone Soldier will be available on Amazon in December.For now, Benjamin has thrown himself into life at USC.“Being accepted into the screenwriting program was a dream come true,” Benjamin said.Already involved in several film-related projects, Benjamin cannot wait to “write like crazy” in the future. Ultimately, he wants to make a documentary using some of the footage he shot in Israel.“Since I finished serving, my life has been amazing. I appreciate everything,” Benjamin said.While being a 22-year-old freshman means he sometimes must deal with immaturity and “dumb questions” about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Benjamin said he loves living in New/North Residential College.“I try to treat everyone as an equal and surround myself with more mature people,” Benjamin said, “But that’s not to say I can’t be immature too.”Though he said he is enjoying his time at USC, Benjamin does miss aspects of Israel: the food, the people and even the army.He also misses the “blunt” nature of the Israeli people.“There is no political correctness in Israel,” Benjamin said. “It rubbed off on me; I’m a straightforward guy.”Both cultures will always be a part of his identity: “Here, I feel Israeli. There, I feel American. America and Israel are two flawed but beautiful countries. Both are worth defending and being proud of.”last_img read more