Mexican troops deployed to suburb of nation’s capital

first_img MEXICO CITY – The Mexican military has deployed troops to a suburb in Mexico’s capital for the first time as part it its fight against drug-related violence that is getting closer to the heart of the city. A force of about 1,000 soldiers, federal police and local police on Sept. 19 was stationed on the streets of Nezahualcóyotl, which had become the site of a fight between two rival drug cartels. The deployment comes after the Sept. 16 murder of Jaime Serrano, a local state congressman and member of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Numerous Nezahualcóyotl residents said they’re being extorted by those claiming to be part of the La Familia cartel. Mexico City and its surroundings have been among the areas least affected by the turf wars among gangs and drug cartels over control of the local narcotics market and lucrative smuggling routes. [Reuters (Mexico), 20/09/2012; Alto Nível (Mexico), 20/09/2012; Terra (Mexico), 20/09/2012] By Dialogo September 21, 2012last_img read more

House judicial oversight panel takes up legal practice issues

first_img February 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News Amy K. Brown Assistant EditorThree bills passed last month by the House Judicial Oversight Committee are on track to change certain aspects of the way courts and attorneys operate.HB 205, sponsored by Rep. Ken Sorensen, R-Tavernier, and HB 502, by Rep. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, would directly affect the courts, and HB 487, by Reps. Jack Seiler, D-Ft. Lauderdale, and Ken Gottlieb, D-Miramar, would allow lawyers to withdraw a challenged claim before court sanctions are imposed.Sorensen’s bill would require that each district court of appeal consist of at least one judge from each circuit within the district. Current sitting judges would not be removed to meet the requirements, rather, when current judges leave the bench, the governor and the JNCs would be required to choose replacements from a circuit that is not currently represented on the court.“The motivation behind this bill is there are several small counties that have never been represented on the district courts of appeal,” he said. “All this does is bring equity.”Sorensen brought the same bill before the Senate and House a few years ago, but the bill died before it reached the full chambers. While the bill passed the House committee on this run, several representatives questioned the logistics of the residency requirement, and how DCA judges felt about the issue.If a judge lives in Monroe County (16th Judicial Circuit), but sits on the Third DCA, he or she would have a daily commute of hundreds of miles, said Seiler. In addition, he questioned what provisions would be included in the bill for people who, to avoid the long commute, move out of the circuit they were appointed from.Sorensen noted that “none of the judges involved have had any problem with the bill.” However, Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, said the DCA judges he spoke with said it would be very critical for a judge to be involved with the court at every point along the way — “not just for oral arguments.”The bill passed the committee with Gelber dissenting and with the understanding that clarifying amendments would be added somewhere down the line. As this News went to press, HB 205 did not have a Senate companion. The bill’s next stop is the House State Administration Committee.Simmons’ bill is also a rerun, having passed unanimously through the committee last year before eventually dying. HB 503 would change the jurisdiction of certain felony cases to county court, and the jurisdiction of those appeals to the DCA. A portion of the bill would have required the clerks of court to create a system for electronic filing, retention, and retrieval of records by January 1, 2003, but was removed by amendment.The bill would amend Section 26.012 of the Florida Statutes to provide that certain felonies would fall under the jurisdiction of the county courts. At present, criminal cases in the county courts are limited to misdemeanors.This bill “seeks to reduce government waste,” Simmons said. “I believe it’s going to increase judicial efficiency.”A total of 14 offenses, such as a fourth or subsequent DUI, eluding police in a high-speed pursuit, or possession of a false driver’s license, would be moved to county court, shifting some of the workload from the already overburdened circuit courts, Simmons said.“These truly are not cases that belong in the circuit courts,” he said. These cases typically require more of the court’s time, and are “nothing other than an extension of the cases they already handle,” he added.Simmons also cited a 1998 study by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) — “Review of the Efficiency of the Two-Tiered Trial Court System and the Process for Certifying Judges” — which found that, in the 35 single-judge counties, the combined caseload of those judges “translated into the equivalent caseload of 12 judges.” The cost to the state for these extra judges and their staff totaled more than $3.8 million.Transferring these cases would provide for accountability for those judges “who don’t have enough to do,” said Simmons.Several representatives, including Gelber and Seiler, questioned whether the bill would unfairly punish some of the larger, urban counties whose judges already have a full caseload. Simmons answered that this could be remedied as counties request more judges of the Florida Supreme Court.Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, noted the chief judge is empowered to have a county court judge hear cases in the circuit court, and this bill would remove that authority.“Why would you want to take away the flexibility?” Ryan asked. “Wouldn’t it be better to leave this flexibility with the chief judge?”The bill passed with Gelber, Seiler, and Ryan dissenting, and will now move to the Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee. Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, filed a mirror Senate bill in mid-January.HB 487, which also has a mirror bill sponsored by Campbell, seeks to change Section 57.105 of the Florida Statutes to conform to current Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.“I’m hoping to make our sanctions section more compatible with Rule 11,” Seiler said.The bill would, effective July 1, 2002, “require a party seeking sanctions pursuant to §57.105, F.S., to serve motion on the opposing party at least 21 days prior to filing the motion with the court. If the opposing party withdraws the ‘challenged paper, claim, defense, contention, allegation, or denial’ or makes an appropriate correction within 21days after service, the motion may not be filed with the court,” according to the committee’s staff analysis.“This has existed in federal court for a substantial period of time,” said Seiler. “It’s time that we, as lawyers. . . get our feet held to the fire. If this is not a viable claim, let’s address it now.. . . If you’re right, you’re going to get your fees and costs.”Gelber added that the change would be an incentive for parties in circuit court to review their claims, adding the federal courts “get rid of frivolous claims a lot quicker than. . . [state] trial courts.”And moving cases through the judicial system quicker is a good thing, Seiler said.“This bill will end up saving judicial resources by making the. . . system more efficient,” he added.Both Seiler’s House version and Campbell’s Senate version passed their committees unanimously. Seiler’s is on its way to the House Council for Smarter Government, and Campbell’s is on the Senate calendar for second reading. House judicial oversight panel takes up legal practice issuescenter_img House judicial oversight panel takes up legal practice issueslast_img read more

Oak Beach Man Caused Crash Blamed on Merrick Teen, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Merrick teenager who New York State police accused of causing a head-on crash on Ocean Parkway this week now appears to have been trying to avoid the other driver, authorities said.Police had arrested 19-year-old Cody Becker on charges of reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, driving while ability impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.Troopers initially said that Becker had driven his GMC Yukon westbound over the median and into the eastbound lanes before colliding with a Honda Accord west of Tobay Beach shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday.But, police said on Friday that Collision Reconstruction Unit investigators found that the driver of the Accord, 62-year-old Yuk Sung of Oak Beach, was the one who actually drove his car eastbound into the westbound lanes, allegedly causing the crash.Both drivers swerved in an attempt to avoid one another before colliding head-on in the center median, police said in their revised version of the event described in a press release. The Honda came to rest in the median and the SUV stopped in the eastbound lane, police said.Sung is being treated for serious injuries at Nassau University Medical Center. Becker and his passenger suffered minor injuries.A spokesman for state police did not return a call for comment. A spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney’s office could not immediately say if any of the charges against Becker would be dropped as a result of the new information. Becker’s attorney declined to comment.Troopers are continuing the investigation and ask any witnesses to contact call them at 631-756-3300.last_img read more

Bush suggests military-enforced quarantines for avian flu

first_imgOct 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United States may need to quarantine regions of the country if localized outbreaks of a pandemic flu occur, US President George Bush said today during a press conference in Washington, DC.Bush suggested expanding presidential power over state-run National Guard operations to implement such quarantines in the event of a pandemic.”I think it’s an important debate for Congress to have. I noticed the other day, evidently, some governors didn’t like it. I understand that. I was the commander-in-chief of the National Guard, and proudly so, and, frankly, I didn’t want the President telling me how to be the commander-in-chief of the Texas Guard,” Bush said today in a press conference that focused largely on his newest Supreme Court nominee. “But Congress needs to take a look at circumstances that may need to vest the capacity of the President to move beyond that debate. And one such catastrophe, or one such challenge, could be an avian flu outbreak.””Obviously, the best way to deal with a pandemic is to isolate it and keep it isolated in the region in which it begins,” Bush added later. The president should have all assets on the table in order to deal with something as significant as pandemic flu, he said.Bush has emphasized avian flu issues of late. He alluded to a number of formal and informal discussions at a global level during recent United Nations meetings. He also mentioned efforts to improve the manufacturing capacity for medical interventions such as antivirals.As long ago as April, Bush signed an executive order authorizing the addition of pandemic influenza to a federal list of diseases that can lead to quarantine (see link below). The US government now has authority to detain or isolate a person arriving in the US in order to stop an infection.See also:Transcript of today’s press conference: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/10/20051004-1.htmlApril 2005 Executive Orderhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/04/20050401-6.htmllast_img read more

An inspiring race to the top of the Westin Hotel as a phenomenal blend of sport, business and tourism

first_imgDo you know that there are currently over 50 million runners in Europe and the number of runners is growing day by day?We are talking about amateurs, not professionals, who run marathons and half marathons, and most often they are business people who generate over 9 billion Euros of revenue each year to hotels, carriers and race organizers. The total income does not include spending on gastronomy, sports equipment, souvenirs, etc … “This is a great potential, and we are a God-given country with climate and geography and we have the opportunity to be full every weekend, especially on the Adriatic.”Points out Berislav Sokač, the organizer of the Run Croatia races, which are held throughout Croatia.The idea for organizing races throughout Croatia and the project Run Croatia, Berislava Sokač came naturally because she is an amateur runner, and she started with the decision to end her rich business career, which he spent in Oracle. The specificity of the Run Croatia project is that these are not classic races, but differ from other races through two main factors. The first is the organization of the race itself, which aims to organize races according to high European standards to which European runners are accustomed, and the second is the sale of experiences, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist offer. “The idea from the beginning is that Run Croatia is not just running but movement. The goal is to move each location through the synergy of different industries through all the tourist aspects that the city offers. What foreign runners are looking for is an experience, an indigenous experience. When runners come to a place, they have not only come to run but want to get to know that place through all their senses. From gastronomy, history, culture, etc.… because running is not running but movement and way of life. Personally, I proactively encourage the local community to join our story as much as possible, from local restaurants to local indigenous entities. ” Berislav Sokač points out and adds that through the positive energy of running they combine gastronomy, culture, entertainment, ie the promotion of the Croatian tourist product.After a series of races throughout Croatia and connecting tourism and sports through our authentic story, Sokač is the originator and organizer of another great tourist story that combines two motives, business meetings and sports, all well packaged in a tourist story because the arrival is generated and at least one night.An inspiring race to the top of the Westin Hotel as a phenomenal blend of business, sport and tourismOn Thursday, October 12, the Zagreb hotel The Westin Zagreb will host a unique race, only for the bravest runners – “Leaders Up (stairs) Run- that is, a race up the stairs of all 17 floors, to the top of the hotel.After reaching the finish line, the participants of the race attend a conference, the aim of which is to raise awareness of the positive impact of sports, especially running on achieving top preparation and exceptional results, both in sports and in the business environment. It is evident on a daily basis that playing sports has a positive impact on achieving success in the business environment; through the development of a winning attitude, mental strength, focus on the goal and perseverance. The conference will discuss and give examples of various techniques of Excellence Training ™ and tools for adequate preparation of mind and body that lead to top sports and business results.  “Any product you create, you have to strive to develop further. In Croatia, running is still on the rise, but very soon there will be saturation in a certain number of people. He will look for something new. To keep a product alive, you need to create one that will give users added value. Thus, the idea came up in the Run Croatia team to take advantage of the positive growth trend of running in order to educate our runners and promote destinations and businesses with foreign runners, ie foreign business people who come to business meetings in Croatia. So the vision of the project is to go a step further than the current way races are organized in order to mitigate the inevitable decline in interest in the future. We intend to do this by working on synergies on an individual level among the runners themselves. To make racing much better for people to connect, communicate their experiences, learn from each other, etc. Leaders UP (Stairs) Run is just one prototype of how people connect better through sharing knowledge no matter what your professional background. ” points out Berislav Sokač from RinCroatia and organizer Leaders Up (stairs) Run races.Successful during the conference leader and entrepreneurs from diverse fields will share their experiences on the best leadership strategies. The audience and conference participants will have an additional opportunity to meet and socialize with the speakers in person and ask direct questions that interest them most.”In real life, a mechanic or gardener does not have the opportunity to sit at a table and learn from the president of a corporation, or vice versa, a CEO does not have the opportunity to learn from a gardener how he leads his life project. Everyone can learn something useful from everyone, and running is our common denominator that connects us. Our health and our knowledge is our greatest asset, but also a great contribution to the community if we jump out of the ‘closed’ circles in which we move every day without even being aware of it. That’s why we’re grateful to the speakers at Leaders UP (Stairs) Run who decided to come share their success with others, but we’re also grateful to those who decided to come learn something new. As the project develops, we will develop the story regionally so that such events can be used in the field of tourism and business. ” concludes Sokač.This unique and interesting race is certainly a motive for coming, and thus an opportunity to hold various business meetings when guests are already in Zagreb. When we talk about business collaborations and meetings, it is great if you and the other person have at least one common interest or hobby, so that the meeting and conversation take place in a casual and personalized atmosphere. Precisely because you are bound by the same tribe, motive, hobby, interest, passion … whatever name you call it. This is an opportunity where people of different professions find themselves in the same place, from managers, directors to owners of various companies, and in the old they are connected by the same story, and that is a passion for running, as well as an opportunity to reach some people you can come (see speakers). Thus, the first barrier of getting to know and testing has been broken, so in the beginning we increase the possibility of successful business cooperation or in the worst case at least you have the right opportunity to present yourself, your project and idea. Networking in the true sense of the word. Also, one should not neglect the quality content and additional income of the Westin hotel itself, as well as the positioning of the hotel towards hundreds of new future potential guests. The reputation and base of loyal guests is built over the years, step by step, and this is exactly the great story for new quality loyal guests.Of course, this is just a small part of the tourist mosaic, but it is certainly interesting as a concept, and maybe it awakens a similar idea for you to create new tourist stories. We don’t always have to look big, small events, congresses and stories that generate the arrival of 100, 300 or more participants are also important. More smaller events combined with a couple of big ones is a great combination. Of course, it is always important to know which target group we are addressing and what their motives are for coming. Accordingly, the generated experience and story and we move into action, ie telling a story.Certainly an interesting concept that reveals to us how there are various models and concepts on how to guess the right motive for coming and generate tourist spending. Be creative, different and unique.last_img read more

You must weigh up these three things before selecting the right investment property

first_imgThere are many important things you need to weigh up before selecting an investment property.I WAS discussing rental yields with an investor this week.They were looking for a new investment property and wanting some advice about what they should buy.This investor was looking for an investment with a reasonable return with a five year plus view on holding the property.It surprised me that they were only looking at the weekly rent and eventual capital growth as the yard stick of “good investment versus bad investment’’.I explained that there were other factors that played a significant role and could be more important than the weekly income.Immediately we covered the top three other things to consider.FORTUNE favours the brave when it comes to auctionsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe first of course is vacancy. If you can’t rent your property or it takes a long time to rent, then your annual rental is drastically minimised. When assessing a property it is crucial you consider your competition in the market. Why would a tenant chose your property over the competition. The quality of photos and position on line become paramount to capture the attention of the available tenant.The second was the costs. Maintenance or levies (rates or body corporate fees). There are many units in the inner city that appear to have awesome returns when you stack up a low purchase price against the high weekly rent. But if their body corporate fees are higher, and some are, it wipes out all the upside.WHAT happens if you want to break your lease?Similarly high maintenance costs or expenses can wipe out a large portion of the annual rent. This is acceptable if it adds capital value, but sometimes these costs just return the property to the appropriate standard.Finally your borrowing costs can hurt your bottom line. Things like avoiding mortgage insurance where possible, or other fees and ensuring your interest rate is as low as possible. Most savvy investors will address their loans every two years. In the current market the lenders are offering extraordinary deals to get your business, this is where the use of a broker plays a key role, not only at the start, but during the life of your loan.So when buying an investment do that small due diligence. Work out the net return. Ask your adviser to give you all the costs, get your builder to forecast the potential maintenance costs and find a broker that you can work with over the coming years.last_img read more

EIOPA to prioritise IORP II ‘supervisory convergence’

first_imgEurope’s top pension fund regulator will scrutinise how countries and national supervisors have implemented the IORP II directive this year.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has already been working on “supervisory convergence” in the European insurance sector, but with the revised EU pension fund directive having entered into force earlier this year the Frankfurt-based regulator has indicated a new priority area for this year would be “the promotion of supervisory convergence in the European pensions sector regarding the implementation of IORP II”.The deadline for incorporating the IORP II directive into national law was 13 January 2019, although several EU member states have yet to take all the necessary steps.The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against a number of member states for “non-communication” of transposition measures. A spokesperson for EIOPA told IPE that it would support national supervisors by providing guidance about the implementation of IORP II, given the changes and new requirements it introduced.She said this would include joint work in EIOPA project groups and the publication of “opinions” during the second half of the year on topics such as environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks, and governance and operational risks.IORP II introduced new governance and communications requirements, and a requirement for an “own-risk assessment”.  There were also a series of references to ESG factors in governance, risk management and investment contexts. EIOPA recently published the results of a peer review it carried out last year of supervisory practices in different EU countries relating to the application of the prudent person rule for occupational pension schemes.It indicated that there should be more qualitative elements in investment supervision, and said it would “in a market-wide communication clearly define the elements” this entailed.In the past six months the EU pensions regulator has published two reports relating to the implementation of the IORP II legislation, identified as providing guidance and principles relating to the pension benefit statement and “other information to be provided to prospective and current members”.last_img read more

Two tropical systems moving towards the Caribbean

first_img 5 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Two tropical systems moving towards the Caribbean by: – September 19, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Atlantic tropical cyclone activity. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA – The National Hurricane Center in Miami is currently tracking two tropical systems in the Atlantic that are making their way westwards towards the Caribbean.The first, a broad area of low pressure located over the central tropical Atlantic about midway between the Lesser Antilles and the west coast of Africa, changed little in organization during Sunday. Environmental conditions appear favourable for gradual development of this disturbance over the next few days as it moves slowly westward. This system has a low chance — 20 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.Shower and thunderstorm activity has not become any better organized in association with the second system, a weak area of low pressure located about 1,200 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. Any development of this system is expected to be slow to occur due to unfavourable upper-level winds. This system has a low chance — 10 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

Nankivil dominates Panthers’ big man

first_imgHeading into Wednesday night’s men’s basketball intrastate affair with UW-Milwaukee, there was one particular player the Wisconsin defense put in its crosshairs.Forward Anthony Hill, who led the Panthers with 14.9 points and 6.18 rebounds per game prior to yesterday night’s matchup, needed to have a quiet day for the Badgers to win comfortably.The damage done by UW-M’s big man: 0-8 shooting from the field, 3-6 from the line and five rebounds. Hardly any damage at all.Hill had his hands full all night as he was marked by Wisconsin’s senior forward Keaton Nankivil, who never allowed Hill to relax, harassing him down low and forcing two turnovers from Hill in the process.Coming off of a lackluster game against South Dakota on Saturday in which Nankivil played just seven minutes – enough time for only one stat point, that of a rebound – Nankivil’s defensive effort fueled the Badgers to their 61-40 win against the Panthers.Nankivil finished one rebound shy of his first career double-double, contributing 10 points in the process as well as three blocks – two of which on the same play – and two steals.Afterward, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan had to dig pretty deep in order to find something to criticize the Madison native for.“Well the boards and also on the job he did on Hill and on his help, his shooting… his one sock wasn’t quite as high as the other, he was unbalanced when he got dressed,” joked Ryan. “Other than that he had a pretty good night.”The Panther offense relies on a solid inside performance from Hill, a physical 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior. He received the ball plenty of times down low at the game’s beginning but found limited opportunities to put any points on the board with the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Nankivil standing in his way.Nankivil’s early success in the paint deflated Hill quickly and was never able to have an impact on the game. He didn’t score until about 11:30 left in the second half and began to show signs of frustration after nothing would go in the paint.“Well [Hill] got touches,” UW-M head coach Rob Jeter said. “I think some of their earlier post touches were some of the ones that were our best opportunities to maybe get to the free throw line. Then as we got into the middle part of the game, I think he got a little discouraged, started taking some shots that weren’t as strong.”“Keaton Nankivil did a nice job of staying between him and the basket.”On the offensive side, Nankivil made the Panthers grimace whenever they applied more pressure on forward Jon Leuer or point guard Jordan Taylor.Nankivil capitalized on several wide-open mid-range jumpers after sneaking into an open lane to be fed the ball for an open look. The senior shot 5-6 on the night – his only miffed attempt coming from beyond the arc.“A lot of my offense is based on finding what’s open when Jordan and Jon attract so much attention,” Nankivil said. “I feel like a lot of my baskets tonight were a couple guards go to double on Jon or they create something and I would just try to find an open seam where I [could] just catch and shoot and make an easy shot.”For a team that doesn’t necessarily strive to put flashy numbers on the scoreboard, Nankivil’s performance on defense provided a nice boost for the Wisconsin offense.After starting the game with an unsatisfactory shooting performance, the Badgers managed to finish the contest with 46 percent of their shots going down.“For me, and as a team, it’s just such a confidence builder to know that you’re doing something right on one end, keep the energy up and go do it on the other end,” Nankivil said. “I think for us, as such a defensive-minded team, it definitely works that way.”last_img read more

USC announces 3.5% tuition hike

first_img“We want to emphasize … that the University will continue to ensure to support financially insecure students,” Stone said. “Whether that’s making sure that any increase in resources is also equally distributed to things like the food pantry, to the Trojan Shelter, to the community house, to the financial aid office, things like that.”  The University will hold an open forum Tuesday to address tuition increases and student well-being, according to an email Interim President Wanda Austin sent to the USC community March 6. The forum will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on the University Park Campus and Aresty Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus simultaneously via livestream. Stone said he believes it is up to the current and incoming administration to ensure the value of USC’s tuition is maintained and that tuition hikes are justified. Sam Lopez, the assistant vice president of University Advancement Communications at USC, said the University expects a decline in donations this year due to recent events.  Undergraduate Student Government president-elect Trenton Stone, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, said he hopes resources for financially insecure students are maintained as USC’s tuition increases.  In addition to its involvement in the college admissions scandal, USC is currently being sued by 652 plaintiffs regarding former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who is also being sued for alleged sexual misconduct. In October, the University announced a multi-tier $215 million class action settlement that will get dispersed to Tyndall’s former patients and victims of his abuse.  “There is no issue in USC’s financial soundness, period,” Caruso said.  “Is the cost of a tuition an issue that needs to be solved? Yes, it does,” Caruso said. “And that is a national issue. It is a USC issue and a national issue.”  “The value of a USC degree keeps getting stronger,” Provost Michael Quick said. “By keeping tuition increases low and boosting financial assistance, we are providing a world-class education to a diverse and talented student body who will go on to be the next generation of leaders.”  Two out of three USC students receive some form of financial aid, according to the news release. Since 2008, USC financial aid has increased by 79 percent. USC is the ninth most expensive school in the country for the 2018-19 school year, according to the U.S. News and World Report. The Board of Trustees approved the change, according to the news release. Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said the tuition increase reflects rising University costs.  The tuition hike is the same as last year’s, which the University said was the lowest since the 1969-70 school year. But, according to previous Daily Trojan reporting, the increase is the lowest since the 2011-12 school year, when tuition increased by 2.11 percent. The average annual tuition increase for private, not-for-profit four-year institutions over the last decade was 2.4 percent, according to the College Board Annual Survey of Colleges.   “If those promises aren’t fulfilled … if the new leadership that comes in doesn’t listen to student voices and continues to allow scandals to happen … then that value will decrease,” Stone said.  The announcement comes less than a week after the FBI released its investigation regarding the largest alleged college admissions bribery scheme in history, of which USC was at the forefront.  “It is important to emphasize that gifts will not be used to pay legal settlements,” Lopez said. “Gifts to USC always have been, and will continue to be, used solely for their intended purpose as stated in the gift agreements or in the designated fund’s guidelines.”  Tuition for undergraduate students at USC will increase to $57,256 for the 2019-20 academic year, the University announced in a press release Monday. That’s an increase of 3.5 percent from this academic year’s tuition of $55,320.  Mia Speier contributed to this report.last_img read more