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Costa Rica legalizes same-sex marriage in first for Central America

first_imgCosta Rica legalized same-sex marriage on Tuesday, becoming the first Central American country to do so, as a court ruling came into force at midnight.Planned celebrations did not take place because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a special program about LGBT rights was broadcast on public television and online as the first weddings were held.”This change will bring about a significant social and cultural transformation, allowing thousands of people to marry,” said President Carlos Alvarado in the program. Costa Rica is the eighth country in the Americas to recognize same-sex marriage — a group that includes Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina, as well as Canada and the US.The move was triggered by a 2018 ruling of the Supreme Court which declared the part of the law banning gay marriage was unconstitutional.That ruling gave parliament 18 months to legislate on the matter — but it did not, so the provision was automatically annulled.”Costa Rica is celebrating today: marriage equality has become a reality in the country — the first one in Central America,” said the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) in a tweet. “We rejoice with you: congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make it happen!”Victor Madrigal-Borloz, the UN’s Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, called it “an extraordinary moment of celebration” in a tweet posted hours before midnight.He expressed “gratitude to the work of so many activists, and of quiet reflection of the lives of those who lived without seeing this moment”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Top news of the week September 24-29

first_imgLNG World News Staff Qatar upsizes LNG production expansionQatar Petroleum has revised its LNG capacity expansion target boosting it from 100 million tons per year to 110 mtpa.LNG Canada unaffected by pipeline, trade issuesFinal investment decision by the LNG Canada project will not be affected by Canada’s oil pipeline nationalization issues as well as trade tensions with its neighbor to the South, the United States.ADNOC LNG awards Phase 2 deal for its IGD-E projectADNOC LNG, a unit of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, signed the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning deal with a consortium for the second phase of its IGD-E project.PetroChina approves LNG Canada investmentShell-led LNG Canada project has made a major step forward with the Chinese project partner, PetroChina approving a $3.46 billion investment.Russia’s Novatek in Yamal LNG milestoneRussia’s largest independent natural gas producer and LNG operator, Novatek has shipped more than million tonnes of liquefied natural gas from its $27 billion Yamal project in the Arctic. Image courtesy of Novateklast_img read more

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Rwanda launches consultations on Kagame third term

first_imgRwanda to vote on Kagame Third Term Next Week Kagame Yet to Decide on Third Term Kagame, 57, has been at the helm of Rwandan politics since 1994Rwandan lawmakers began a national tour Monday consulting people on possible constitutional changes to allow President Paul Kagame a third term in power, parliament speaker Donatilla Mukabalisa said.Last week both houses in parliament voted in support of a constitutional change, backing a petition signed by millions of citizens.“All lawmakers will go to consult with the population … to ask them their opinion about the amendment – what they expect from this reform,” Mukabalisa told AFP.Over 3.7 million people – well over half of the voters – signed a petition calling for a change to Article 101 of the constitution, which limits the president to two terms, according to Rwandan media.The consultations, which end on August 11, will guide lawmakers as they draft proposed changes.Any change to the constitution would require a vote in support by at least three-quarters of both parliamentary houses, followed by a national referendum.From the trauma of genocide, Kagame has been painted as a guarantor of stability and economic development, earning praise from donors – and his supporters say many in Rwanda view the prospect of his departure as a step into the unknown.Critics say however that he has silenced the opposition and the media.Kagame says the decision is for the “Rwandan people.”The move comes amid a wider controversy in Africa over efforts by leaders to change constitutions in order to stay in office.Neighboring Burundi has been in turmoil since April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his bid to stand for a third term in polls, a move branded by opponents as unconstitutional and a violation of a peace deal that paved the way to end civil war in 2006.Relatedcenter_img Rwanda MPs to debate Kagame bid for third termlast_img read more

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Father arrested for biting off infant’s nose

first_img Sharing is caring! 27 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Father arrested for biting off infant’s nose by: – March 15, 2014 Joshua Cooper (AP)FAIRFIELD, California (AP) — A teen father in Northern California is under arrest after police say he bit the nose off his one-month-old son because he was frustrated with the infant’s crying.Joshua Cooper, 18, was being held Friday in the Solano County Jail on suspicion of child cruelty and aggravated mayhem, Fairfield police said in a news release.Police said they received a call Thursday at 8:00am by a distraught woman who said her baby was bleeding from his nose.Doctors later determined the child suffered a skull fracture, a brain haemorrhage and that one third of the child’s nose had been severed.The child is in stable condition at Oakland Children’s Hospital.Police say they are still trying to determine how the skull fracture and brain haemorrhage occurred.Sgt. Troy Oviatt, a Fairfield police spokesman, did not return a call seeking comment.But Oviatt told the Fairfield Daily Republic that Cooper was cooperative, and that there were no indications at the crime scene that drugs and alcohol were involved.The baby was placed under the custody of Solano County Child Welfare Services.Associated Presslast_img read more

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At 33, Monfils hopes it’s not too late to win Slam

first_img Loading… Gael Monfils won his second ATP title in as many weeks on Sunday in Rotterdam before insisting that he still has a Grand Slam victory in him despite being 33.Advertisement French third seed Monfils capped off a fortnight of success with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Felix Auger-Aliassime, handing the Canadian teenager his fourth loss in four career finals. Monfils has now won his last 10 matches at the Dutch tournament after claiming the 2019 title over Stan Wawrinka.A week ago he lifted the title in Montpellier.Now with 10 career titles under his belt, the world number nine said he still dreams of winning a Masters 1000 title and even, perhaps, a Grand Slam.“Before the season, I wanted to stay in the top 10, maybe try to reach fifth or sixth in the world,” said Monfils.“I want to try and reach the final in a Masters 1000 and try to win one. The dream is also to win a Slam, that’s what I play and train for. Maybe one day I can do that.“But I need to keep healthy, be 100 per cent and keep believing that I can make it.”Monfils has been a runner-up at the Masters level three times – at Paris in 2009 and 2010 and Monte Carlo in 2016.His best runs at the majors remain semi-final spots at Roland Garros in 2008 and the 2016 US Open.“It’s an amazing feeling to back it (tournament title) up for the first time, year after year, week after week,” added Monfils of his successful Rotterdam title defence.“I’ve never experienced that in my career. I feel grateful – and I’m happy I don’t have to play next week. I can release the pressure.”Auger-Aliassime, 19, has now lost all four of his ATP finals following defeats in Rio de Janeiro, Lyon and Stuttgart in 2019.He was also a member of the Canadian side which lost to Spain in last year’s Davis Cup final.“Gael defended well and made me play,” admitted the 21st-ranked Canadian.At 33, Monfils hopes it’s not too late to win a Slam https://t.co/JTwA4WmthU pic.twitter.com/vqMsAZjTh0— Sports news 247 (@footbal42267855) February 17, 2020Read Also: Golf: Scott wins Genesis Invitational, Woods stumbles“Bravo Gael, I’m happy for you. It was tough for me, losing my fourth career final, but I had an amazing week.”Monfils secured the opening set on Sunday with two breaks of serve and looked like running away with the second.But the Canadian youngster fought back in the eighth game of the set, breaking for 3-5 and clawing back to 4-5 before Monfils finally prevailed in 87 minutes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madelast_img read more

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Gattuso warns Napoli fans not to be carried away with Osimhen’s feat

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has warned Napoli fans not to get over-excited after Victor Osimhen’s debut hat-trick. ‘We didn’t sign Pele or Diego Maradona, just a player who brings something different.’ The Partenopei had their first pre-season friendly, with two 45-minute matches that ended 10-0 against Castel di Sangro and 11-0 with L’Aquila. “I am satisfied with the world we’re doing, the team is motivated and knows what it wants,” the coach told Radio Kiss Kiss and Sky Sport Italia. “We are all aware that we have to improve in so many respects. We’ve got to do better when off the ball, be able to cover every inch of the field, and find the right balance. “More importantly, stamina, because I still can’t believe we basically scored three goals against ourselves against Barcelona in the Champions League. We’ve got to stay totally focused for 90 minutes. “We must be aware that what we did last season wasn’t enough to qualify for the Champions League, so we must all do more and believe strongly in what we are doing.” Osimhen made a huge impact, scoring a hat-trick within eight minutes of his debut. “It’s too easy to get excited now, we’ve got to give him time and let him work, not put pressure on,” insisted Gattuso of the €80m signing from Lille. read also:JUST-IN: Osimhen dazzles Napoli with hat-trick in 11 goals thriller “He is an important player and we paid a lot for him, but there were no doubts he would give us something different that we haven’t had in my time here. There’s a long way to go. “It’s not like we suddenly signed Pele or Maradona, we simply brought in a player with certain characteristics that can help us.” In order to accommodate Osimhen, Gattuso changed his system to a 4-2-3-1, with Hirving Lozano, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne fanning out behind the Nigerian centre-forward. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyAwesome And Unusual Staircases From All Over The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

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Armstrong ends long absence from victory lane

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (July 19) – Roy Armstrong’s dry spell ended Saturday night at Eagle Raceway.Armstrong took the lead three laps into the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main event and stayed in front to the finish for his first checkered flag of 2014. “It’s been a long time. We’ve had a long dry spell,” the four-time and defending track champion admitted from victory lane. “Lots of bad luck and a few driver mistakes in there … I broke a shock with 2 to go and thought I had a flat, so I slowed down a little to be sure I could finish.”Johnny Saathoff was the Kaplan University IMCA Modified winner and Jason Martin was first across the finish line in the Mud In America Racesaver IMCA Sprint Car main.Benji Legg was best in the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod feature. Justin Olsen prevailed in the Sam’s Club IMCA Sport Compact main.last_img read more

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Palace boss Alan Pardew hails Romelu Lukaku as next Didier Drogba

first_img His timing seems particularly appropriate, given former club Chelsea’s problems with the underperforming Diego Costa this season and that Jose Mourinho sold him in the belief he was “not motivated” to fight for a first-team place, and Pardew is more than wary of the threat he can pose. “Lukaku is an unusual player in that he’s naturally left-footed,” Pardew said. “I think for a striker that is an advantage. “Most defenders are defending right-footed players, and he gives them a slight (problem) which sets him apart. “His all-round game has improved, he is the full No 9. We looked at the iconic one of the last 10 years, Drogba. “You have to say Lukaku does look like he could emulate that. I’m sure that would be his ambition.” Similarly to Everton, who use the width and creativity provided by Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Kone and Ross Barkley to supplement Lukaku’s athleticism, Pardew will on Monday use Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye to support Connor Wickham. Wilfried Zaha is suspended owing to a yellow card collected for diving in the recent 5-1 defeat of Newcastle but Pardew’s attack retains potential and the manager believes £7million signing Wickham is ready to highlight that. “Connor is a work in progress,” he said. “He needs to add goals, but he hasn’t had too many opportunities. This year is a big year. If he is to become what I hope he’s going to become then next year is his year. “He is (still) some way off Dean Ashton. Ashton was probably the best I’ve worked with, cut short by injury. I’ve had some very good strikers – Teddy Sheringham, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, (Carlos) Tevez. “If I was to pigeon-hole him at the moment I don’t think he’s a 20-goal a season man. I think he can get 15 in the calendar year. Most managers would be quite happy with his all-round game. I’m targeting 15, 16 goals for him next year.” The Crystal Palace manager is preparing his team to face the striker on Monday evening when they visit Everton in the Premier League. With an elegant touch and powerful finish last Saturday at Bournemouth, Lukaku, who has scored 13 goals this season including six in the past five games, again demonstrated he is in the finest form of his career. Alan Pardew believes Romelu Lukaku is on course to become the next Didier Drogba. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgBrees says he’ll stand for anthemUNDATED (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” but that he respects and supports those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.Brees said in a conference call that he has reconciled with teammates he upset in June by voicing his opposition to kneeling during the anthem. He apologized soon afterward and said he came to realize that the anthem protests were “never about the flag.”In other NFL news:— Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) has become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a five-year contract extension with the Chargers. The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million overall. The deal eclipses the five-year, $125-million extension that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett signed two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon. The Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation.At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.MLB says the Phillies are slated to resume play on Monday against the Yankees in New York, one day before the Marlins take on the Orioles in Baltimore.In other MLB news: August 2, 2020 — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus. However, he cautions that there’s the chance that not every team might play all 60 games. Manfred says winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.— Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.— Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The two-time All-Star announced his decision on the same day Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz said he had opted out. Cain was 6 for 18 with two RBIs in his first five games this season.— Nationals reliever Will Harris has been put on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Orioles for a player to be named. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season. In other golf news:— Troy Merritt made two late birdies to take a four-point lead into the final round of the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour’s lone modified Stableford scoring event. Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys on Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course for a 14-point day. Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo are tied for second. — There’s a three-way tie for the lead through three rounds of the LPGA Drive One Championship. Danielle Kang bogeyed three straight holes on the back nine in a 1-over 73 that dropped her into a tie with Celine Boutier and Jodi Ewart Shadoff. They were at 5-under 139 in the LPGA Tour’s first event since the Women’s Australian Open on Feb. 16.— Brett Quigley had an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Ally Challenge. It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event in five months. Tommy Armour III, Carlos Franco and Jim Furyk share second.— Branden Grace has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Barracuda Championship. That means the South African is out of the tournament where he was in contention going into the weekend. — Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) and Ronald Acuna Jr. each homered as the Braves beat the Mets for the fourth straight time, 7-1. Ozuna and Acuna each had two hits and two RBIs for Atlanta, which has scored 18 runs in the first two games of the series. Touki Toussaint worked four shutout innings as the starter in a combined six-hitter.— Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high four hits in the White Sox’s 11-5 assault on the Royals. Rookie Luis Robert had four hits while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, leading Chicago’s 21-hit barrage. Leury (lay-UR’-ee) Garcia also pounded out four hits, Yoan Moncada added three and Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) had a pair of hits while driving in two runs.— The Orioles pulled out a 5-4 win over the slumping Rays on pinch-hitter Pat Valaika’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th. Newcomer Brian Holaday scored the deciding run after making a sensational diving catch in the top of the 11th to start an inning-ending double play. Tampa Bay erased a 4-1 deficit before dropping their fourth straight.— The Reds and Tigers were rained out in Detroit, creating the first seven-inning doubleheader in big league history on Sunday. Major League Baseball announced earlier in the week that twinbill games would be reduced from the traditional nine innings.NFL-NEWS Update on the latest sports Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the U.S. military. All the coaches and players around him kneeled. Leonard wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that said “Equality.”Elsewhere in the NBA:— Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 14 rebounds for the defending NBA champion Raptors in a 107-92 drubbing of the Lakers. OG Anunoby scored 23 points in Toronto’s 11th consecutive victory over the Lakers. LeBron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, but Anthony Davis had just 14 points after scoring 34 in Thursday’s win against the Clippers. — Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Clippers in a 126-103 pounding of the Pelicans. Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making 8 of 11. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 24 points to help the Clippers bounce back from a two-point loss to the Lakers on Thursday night in their first game of the restart. — T.J. Warren poured in a career-high 53 points and Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) added 15 in the Pacers’ 127-121 victory over the 76ers. Warren was 20 of 29 from the field and 9 of 12 from 3-point range in his first game with at least 50 points. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 41 points and 21 rebounds for the Sixers, who couldn’t hang on after turning a 10-point deficit late in the first half into a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter.— The Thunder whipped the Jazz, 110-94 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 18. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field and limited Utah to 39 percent from the floor.MLB-NEWSCardinals-Brewers postponed again — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there. Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.— Browns tight end David Njoku has pulled back his trade demand. Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, Njoku had his agent ask the Browns to deal him to another team.— Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury. — Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.— Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the Giants have worked out a two-year extension with third-year tackle Nick Gates. The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, who comes in after Aldrick Rosas after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason. — Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before the Oilers-Blackhawks game in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance.NBA-SCHEDULEHeat top Nuggets 125-105LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA restart continues near Orlando as teams jockey for playoff position.The Heat won their first game since mid-March as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) each scored 22 points to lead a 125-105 thrashing of the Nuggets. The game was tight until Miami went on a 22-5 run that put the Heat ahead, 87-72 late in the third quarter. The Blackhawks held off the Oilers, 6-4 in Edmonton as Kubalik provided two goals and three assists to become the first player to register five points in his postseason debut. He scored two power-play goals in the second period to put the Hawks ahead, 6-2. His first goal chased Mike Smith from the net.Captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added two goals and one assist for the Blackhawks, who made the postseason despite finishing last in the Central Division.Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for Edmonton. The Montreal Canadiens also provided a stunner in beating the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Habs squandered a 2-0 lead in the second period before topping the Pens, 3-2 on Jeff Petry’s goal 13:57 into overtime. Nick Suzuki’s first career playoff goal put the Canadiens ahead by a pair, but the Penguins squared things on goals by Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust 2 1/2 minutes apart in the middle stanza. UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus has postponed the entire weekend series between the Cardinals and Brewers in Milwaukee.A person familiar with the situation says the decision comes after one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19.MLB issued a statement saying the Cardinals will play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, including a Wednesday doubleheader. The Cardinals and Tigers will serve as the home Club for two games each at Comerica Park. The Brewers will play this week’s home-and-home series vs. the Chicago White Sox as scheduled. Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday. Miguel Sanó hit a pair of round-trippers and Eddie Rosario provided the Twins’ third solo homer of the night in a 3-0 win over the Indians. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) worked six innings in his Minnesota home debut. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.Carlos Carrasco gave up the solo homers and three other hits over six innings for Cleveland.Also on Saturday’s big league schedule:— Gio Urshela’s (ur-SHEH’-luhz) grand slam put the Yankees ahead 5-0 in the second inning of a 5-2 win against the Red Sox. Aaron Judge put the Yanks ahead in the first by homering for the fourth straight game. Nick Nelson worked three hitless innings of relief to get his first major league victory. — Michael Hermosillo lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th to complete the Angels’ 5-4 victory over the Astros. Jason Castro’s RBI double tied the game in the bottom of the ninth after Josh Reddick and George Springer homered in the top half to erase the Angels’ 3-1 lead. Los Angeles hurler Griffin Canning had to settle for a no-decision after tossing one-run ball over six frames. GOLF-TOURNAMENTSTodd leads FedEx St. JudeUNDATED (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead through three rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.Todd started the third round of the WCG event with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198. He is looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall. Byeong Hun An of South Korea is second and Rickie Fowler is two strokes off the lead. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-PLAYOFFSRookie Kubalik sets record as Hawks stun OilersUNDATED (AP) — The 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks have taken Game 1 of their Stanley Cup qualifying-round series on the strength of a record-setting performance by rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik (KOO’-bah-leek). — The White Sox have placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermin Mercedes from their taxi squad Anderson had two of the White Sox’s four hits on Friday before leaving in the seventh inning with a sore hip.— Angels Mike Trout center fielder and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child Saturday, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. The three-time AL MVP left the Angels on Thursday and was placed on the paternity list, which allows players to stay away from their teams for three days. Angels manager Joe Maddon said he believes Trout will return to the Angels shortly, but the team won’t rush him.MLB-SCHEDULETwins homer 3 times to beat IndiansUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are back to flashing the power that allowed them to slam a major league-record 307 home runs last year. — Robbie Grossman doubled home Tony Kemp in the 10th inning to cap the Athletics’ comeback in a 3-2 triumph over the Mariners. Oakland tied it on Chad Pinder’s two-run homer in the seventh and ended a three-game skid. Seattle wasted a solid performance by Yusei Kikuchi, who scattered three hits over six shutout innings.— Homers by Edwin Rios, Matt Beaty, AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor highlighted the Dodgers’ 11-2 dismantling of the Diamondbacks. Julio Urias (yoo-ree’-uhs) picked up the win, yielding two runs and five hits over six innings. Loser Luke Weaver was tagged for six runs in four innings.— Matt Kemp belted his first Rockies homer and Trevor Story added his fourth of the season in a 6-1 verdict over the Padres. Chris Owings had three hits and an RBI to back Kyle Freeland, who limited San Diego to two hits over six shutout innings. — Donovan Solano hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and finished with three RBIs in the Giants’ 7-3 win versus the Rangers. Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) walked four times, scored twice and drove in a run from the leadoff spot for San Francisco.— Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts and the Cubs used the long ball to nip the Pirates, 4-3. Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ hit home runs as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. The Cubs have homered in each of their first eight games for the first time since 1958. Carey Price was outstanding in making 39 saves.The game also featured two penalty shots, the first time that had happened in an NHL playoff game since 1923. Pittsburgh’s Conor Sheary missed on his attempt late in regulation and Montreal’s Jonathan Drouin (DROO’-an) lost control of the puck on his try in OT.Elsewhere on the first day of the Stanley Cup qualifers:— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and defenseman Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) each had a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Rangers, 3-2. Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal. Martin Necas (NAY’-chas) gave the Canes a 3-1 lead by taking a one-time that glanced off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and got past Henrik Lundqvist with 9:09 remaining.— Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 27 saves and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) notched the game-winning goal in the second period of the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) put New York ahead to stay 12 minutes into the contest. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored 23 seconds into the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 26 shots while looking sharp for Florida. Associated Press TENNIS-KYRIOS-US OPENKyrgios won’t play US OpenSYDNEY (AP) — Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who have died from COVID-19.Kyrgios said in an Instagram post that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. But he cited health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam.last_img read more

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Panel says Greeks, LGBT still at odds

first_imgFour panelists spoke Wednesday at the Gay & Greek Panel Discussion about their experiences in the Greek community and how they felt to be “out” and on The Row.All sides · Senior Mary Walsh speaks at the Gay & Greek Panel hosted by QuASA on Wednesday, moderated by sophomore Nick Powers. – Chloe Stepney | Daily Trojan The panel, part of the Queer and Ally Student Association’s celebration of Coming Out month, is part of an effort to bring different facets of the USC community together, said Emily Allen, executive director of QuASA.“Stereotypically, the Greek community is one that has been known to be different from the gay community,” Allen said. “We want to see where those differences are coming from and encourage communication between the different communities.”David Salter, a USC alumnus of the class of 2006 and panelist, said he never explicitly talked about his sexuality during rush.“I was told they were aware of it, but they let me in anyway. I always had this idea that there was a line I had to toe,” Salter said. “It was great that I was in, but I couldn’t push my luck.”Salter said he felt he had to maintain a specific image to fit in within his fraternity.“I would make the jokes before they could so they didn’t make the jokes and I felt bad,” Salter said. “To them it was kind of like, ‘OK, you’re not too gay for us.’ For me, it was like I was trying very hard but I want to be myself.”Salter said most students are not usually conscious of how often they use the terms.“There are a lot of genuinely good people out there who do and say things that could be genuinely damaging, and I don’t really know what to do with that,” Salter said. “There are a lot of people who say things like, ‘That’s gay’ and don’t think it will hurt or offend anyone.”For panelist Mary Walsh, a senior majoring in gender studies and creative writing, being bisexual in a sorority has made the Greek community an interesting experience.“The whole frat culture kind of turns me off about living on The Row. It’s very misogynistic,” Walsh said. “That kind of culture makes it hard to not only be out on The Row, but there’s this whole culture of, ‘Get the girls, get those girls.’”Though Walsh said she loves her sorority, she does not find girls to be more accepting.“As much as people like to think of girls as being more open-minded about homosexuality, how many lesbians do you see walking around campus in letters?” Walsh asked. “I have heard of a few women who are closeted in sororities, but I’ve never met them. They’re like Santa Claus to me.”Max Rubin, a sophomore majoring in animation and digital arts, said his experience in a fraternity has been a very positive one.“They’re so good about it that they’re afraid to offend me,” Rubin said. “It’s always really silly questions that are mostly sexual. The challenge is getting them to be comfortable and have them say what they want around me.”Andrè Moss, a sophomore majoring in theatre and English, said he came to the panel because he thought it would be interesting, despite not wanting to join a fraternity.“If I had an interest in rushing, I wouldn’t let being gay stop me. I don’t have a lot of guy friends, so if I did rush, that would be the main reason I would do it,” Moss said.Lauren Dawson, a junior majoring in international relations and neuroscience, said the discussion was positive for the audience as well.“I was really glad that the panelists were so open about sharing their experiences. There was some self-reflection among the panelists and that was really interesting to witness,” Dawson said.Despite discussing some difficulties of being gay and in the Greek system, all of the panelists agreed that they would rush and join the same house if they could do it again.last_img read more

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