Second ‘Justice Friday’ addresses LGBTQ issues

first_imgLast week, the Saint Mary’s Justice Education Department discussed issues facing LGBTQ students at its second “Justice Friday” event. Senior Eileen Cullina, president of the Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA), said justice is an “enormous topic” affecting members of the LGBTQ community worldwide. “In 29 states … you can still be fired for being gay. That’s more than 50 percent,” Cullina said. “In 34 states, you can be fired for being transgender, and LGBTQ youth (under the age of 18) are seven times more likely to attempt suicide than youth in general.” Cullina said sharing this information can create positive change for LGBTQ students and the entire Saint Mary’s community. “I would hope for a response of awareness more than anything else,” she said. “There are a lot of people on campus who live in a bubble, who don’t think there are lesbians who live on campus, despite the stereotypes about girls’ schools.” Cullina said she knows of students on campus who are afraid of coming out about their sexuality, and many members of the LGBTQ community face aggressive discrimination from strangers. “There’s nothing like the feeling of knowing that someone is so angry that they want to physically hurt you, not because you said or did anything to them, but just because you exist and they have such a problem with who you are,” Cullina said. Although some people want to be open-minded about different kinds of sexuality, it can be difficult for them to be accepting when confronted with the issue face-to-face, Cullina said. “Something I think about every day is that the most important way to handle things is to never react negatively to comments and looks, but to always think about educating that person,” Cullina said. SAGA will participate inNational Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and will host Ally Week at the end of October, Cullina said. During Ally Week, a panel of students, allies and professors will talk about what it means to be a LGBTQ student and what being an ally entails. “[Being] an ally means being someone who is LGBTQ-friendly and not being afraid to speak up – being a ‘super-friend,’” Cullina said. Cullina said allies play an important role in spreading awareness and informing others about the LGBTQ community, and SAGA will host ally training this school year. Cullina said she hopes SAGA’s events will help educate the entire Saint Mary’s community, even people who are already LGBTQ-friendly. “Although I think Saint Mary’s has a long way to go, I’ve met so many amazing friends and allies here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. Contact Angela Bakur at [email protected]last_img read more

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Angels’ Kole Calhoun still improving one year into his new batting stance

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kole Calhoun is about to celebrate a birthday, of sorts.More accurately, a re-birthday.On June 18, 2018, Calhoun strode to the plate at Angel Stadium while the scoreboard showed his average at .145. He stepped into the box, and bent at the waist in a way Angels fans had never seen.With this totally rebuilt stance, Calhoun proceeded to whack the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. He added another hit later in the game. Calhoun has been a different player ever since. Although he had a rough stretch in September, and for a couple of weeks in April, Calhoun has mostly been a consistent, productive, big league hitter ever since Calhoun 2.0 debuted nearly one year ago.Over 150 games and 631 plate appearances since he came back 12 months ago, Calhoun has hit 32 homers with an .813 OPS.In the first two and a half months of this season, he has 14 homers with an .832 OPS. The major league average out of right field is a .785 OPS.“I feel great,” Calhoun said this week. “There have been some things that have changed along the way, but the principles of my swing have remained the same. It’s been a lot more consistent than what it was in years past. I am definitely happy with where it’s at and how it’s played out this year.”Calhoun discovered this new swing with the help of hitting coaches Jeremy Reed and Shawn Wooten, who were minor league instructors last June when Calhoun worked with them while on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Prior to that two weeks he spent rebuilding his swing with Reed and Wooten, Calhoun had a career .731 OPS, but it was a bumpy ride. He’d have great months and awful months.The swing changes he made prior to the 2018 season were intended to help him smooth out the bumps. They had the opposite effect.In a failed attempt to hit more balls in the air, Calhoun actually hit more balls on the ground. As a dead pull hitter, who often sees three infielders on the right side of second base, that is a recipe for failure.“I know a ground ball to second right now is not good,” Calhoun said. ”I’m trying not to do that.”The resurgence last year was sparked mostly by a new stance that freed up his swing to get more balls in the air. It worked magnificently for a couple of months, before he hit a snag in September.After a winter of continued work with Reed and Wooten, Calhoun has taken his improvement to a new level this season. He’s not only getting the ball in the air regularly, but he’s actually managing not to pull it so much.Calhoun said he discovered a new key to his swing in late April, and since early May the results have been dramatic.Calhoun has pulled the ball only 33.7 percent of the time since May 7, a span in which he’s hit .274 with an .897 OPS over 127 plate appearances. Prior to that, he’d had only one calendar month in his career in which he pulled the ball less than 36 percent of the time. For his career, he pulled it 42.8 percent of the time prior to May 7.The result is that the shifts against him have changed slightly. While the second baseman is still usually in shallow right field, the shortstop is now closer to second base or even up the middle, which leaves a bigger hole when he does pull the ball.“I am trying to get myself in a good position over the last month, and I think I’ve done so,” Calhoun said. “Obviously, it’s something that’s shown up. … The routine I started (in late April) is something I’ve continued to do every day and keep perfecting. Feelings come and go. It’s about trying to do that same thing every day.”Having a swing that focuses on going up the middle has also helped significantly against lefties. Calhoun has hit .282 with a 1.044 OPS against lefties since May 7. He has hit six of his seven homers against lefties in that time. Calhoun is tied with Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich for the most homers by left-handed hitters against left-handed pitchers this season.Wooten, who is now on the major league staff as an assistant hitting coach, said he can see a difference not only in Calhoun’s mechanics at the plate but in the way he works to maintain those mechanics.“If you go back through his career, he’s had a lot of different setups and changes to his swing,” Wooten said. “I think at times it becomes whatever the flavor of the week is. … It’s been like night and day. We keep educating him as to what will work. …“I think he has a better feel, better than at any point since I’ve seen him last year and this year.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Calhoun has maintained the same stance that debuted nearly 12 months ago. As a result, he’s not only been effective, but he’s been much more consistent. Even when he started this season slowly, it was more a matter of line drives finding gloves than poor hitting.Now, and especially over the past five weeks, Calhoun has been at his best.Manager Brad Ausmus thinks enough of Calhoun’s new approach that he’s moved him to the middle of the order instead of the leadoff spot. Calhoun was likely miscast as a leadoff hitter, but he got the job by default.“He’s been outstanding offensively really since he came off the DL last year, minus maybe September when he maybe struggled a little,” Ausmus said. “He’s back to being that left-handed power threat that’s capable of hitting in the middle of the lineup.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 4-6, 4.97) at Rays (TBA), Thursday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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10 Incredible Camera Lenses

first_imgPhotographers and videographers – be jealous! Check out 10 of the most incredible camera lenses ever made.What’s inside your camera bag? In the following article we take a look at 10 of the most incredible and expensive lenses ever made…1. Nikon 6mm Fisheye LensCourtesy of PhotofactsUpon it’s release the Nikon 6mm f-2.8 was the widest lens in the world. It boasts a 220 degree angle of view and is no longer in production. However, If you’re lucky, you might find one pop-up on eBay every now and then.Price: $160,0002. Carl Zeiss 50mm Planar f/0.7Courtesy of PetaPixelThis lens was actually created by NASA to shoot the dark side of the moon. Stanley Kubrick used these lenses to shoot the candlelight scene in Barry Lyndon. You can even rent these same lenses today via the Kubrick Collection.Price: $23.1 million, adjusted to inflation3. Canon 5200mm F/14 Mirror LensCourtesy of eBayUsing a series of mirrors this lens can stretch it’s focal length to around 5200mm. This lens is perfect for shooting weddings 18-32 miles away! In fact, to even get your subject in focus they would have to be standing 394 feet away from the lens.Price: $45,0004. Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 1700mmCourtesy of Digital-CameraThis F/4 lens was unveiled in 2006 and can actually be purchased from Zeiss. Unlike most of the lenses on this list the Apo Sonnar was designed specifically for photographers, not the military or scientists. The lens weighs 564 pounds, yes you read that correctly. You might want to get a bigger camera bag.Price: $100,000+5. Leica 1600mm f/5.6 TelephotoCourtesy of SLRLoungeThe Leica 1600mm is special for a number of different ways. Not only is it made by the most prestigious lens manufacturer in the world, but it also just so happens to be one of the most expensive lenses ever made. The lens was purchased by Sheikh Saud Bin Mohammed Al-Thani of Qatar and he hasn’t released any sample images (what a waste!) Because of the lens’s heavy weight, Al-Thani must carry it around in his Mercedes.Price: $2 million6. Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6Courtesy of Digital ImageWeighing in at about 36 lbs, the 1200mm lens the lens includes an ultrasonic motor built for autofocusing. The crystal required to build this lens takes a long time to grow, so only two 1200mm lenses are produced each year. For more specs see B&H.Price: $120,0007. Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 APO EX DGCourtesy of PhotoJoeThe Sigma is one of the coolest looking lenses on our list. The lens weighs about 35lbs and stretches over 726mm in length. It was the first 500mm lens to have an F-stop of 2.8.Price: $32,0008. Rokinon 650-1300mm f/8-16Courtesy of RakursWhile we can’t comment on image quality, the Rokinon 650-1300mm lens definitely takes the cake in terms of affordability. The lens has an f-stop range of 8-16, so there will definitely be no low-light shooting with this lens. However, it might be a great lens if you’re shooting in daylight.Price: $2399. Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8Courtesy of PhotographyLifeA recent addition to the Sigma line, the 4.5 mm lens is one of the widest lenses in the world. The lens was designed to be used in scientific or artistic applications. With a minimum focus distance of 5.3 inches it looks like a great lens for shooting macro images.Price: $1,50010. Leica 50mm f/.95Courtesy of LeicaRumorsThe 50mm lens is a go-to lens for any photographer. An F/1.4 is usually considered a great 50mm lens but Leica took this to the extreme in 1975 with their invention of the Noctilux-M. The lens was their response to the discontinued Canon 50mm f/.95. This lens can also be adapted to work on a micro 4/3 mount camera.Price: $10,500Know of any other incredible camera lenses?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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SPORT-ASIA-KOHLI 2 LAST

first_imgKohli said he was delighted to have come out unscathed in Kohli said he was delighted to have come out unscathed in such a tricky strip and under a lethal pace bowling attack. “Definitely it was a very challenging knock. I think chasing a low total is always tricky when you are three down for eight runs with the ball swinging around with pace. It is never easy to go and dig in and create an innings from there. “That is where you need to sort of understand what needs to be done on a pitch which is doing a bit. As a batsman you feel a lot better when you come out of spells like that rather than a game that is batsman friendly. I am personally very happy that I could face may be 12 to 13 overs of bowling like that. To come out well from that is a very good feeling,” said the India Test captain. “It is a learning for me personally to play on these kind of pitches and learn how to build an innings. You cannot learn anywhere better than out in the middle when you are in that situation and dealing with it. There is no better lesson than that.” Kohli was one of the non-Pakistani cricketers to have expressed happiness at seeing the return of spot-fixing tainted Aamir and he was wholesome in his praise of the fast bowler for his stupendous show against his side yesterday. “Hats off to the way the Pakistan bowlers bowled — especially Mohammad Amir. It was a pleasure playing that spell; that tested me out completely. To come out of that, it gives me a lot of confidence as a batsman. I am just delighted that I could contribute to the teams success and winning high pressure games is always nice,” said Kohli. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Under-pressure Mourinho defends Martial move after Hammer blow

first_imgLondon, Sep 29 (AFP) Jose Mourinho defended his decision to play Anthony Martial instead Alexis Sanchez after a 3-1 loss away to West Ham on Saturday condemned Manchester United to a third defeat in seven Premier League games — their worst start to a domestic campaign in nearly 30 years.United have 10 points from seven league games, the last time they started worse was in 1989/90, in the old First Division, though they also collected just 10 points in the first seven games of David Moyes’ ill-fated reign. This latest reverse added to the pressure on under-fire manager Mourinho.”For many months people are asking for Martial,” Mourinho told BT Sport about his choice of attackers. “This week it was time to agree and to say let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.”United, who kicked off eight points adrift of leaders Liverpool, were behind as early as the fifth minute at the London Stadium, when Anderson opened the scoring for West Ham.And they were 2-0 down before half-time when Andriy Yarmalenko’s shot from inside the box deflected off Victor Lindelof for an own-goal.Barely 60 seconds after midfielder Paul Pogba — whose stand-off with Mourinho during a training session earlier this week featured heavily on social media — was substituted, United cut the deficit through Marcus Rashford’s 71st-minute goal.But hopes this might spark a major recovery by the visitors were soon dashed when Marko Arnautovic — who played under Mourinho at Inter Milan — restored the Hammers’ two-goal lead three minutes later.advertisement- ‘Killed our mentality’ -==========================Mourinho said West Ham’s first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been “aggressive” enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers’ second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautovic’s strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford.”We are not aggressive and intense enough to close that shot,” Mourinho said when asked about the Lindelof own-goal. An offside goal and an own goal.The Portuguese boss added: “The third goal killed our mentality because the referee did not see the foul before.”Nevertheless, Mourinho insisted: “I have no complaints with the players’ attitude. You have always to try, that’s my nature as a football professional.”However, former United defender Rio Ferdinand accused Mourinho’s men of a lack of effort and said questions remained over the former Chelsea manager’s future at Old Trafford.”As a footballer your DNA is about hard work and effort,” said Ferdinand, now a pundit with BT Sport.”I didn’t see that today,” added the former England centre-half, who began his career at West Ham.And a concerned Ferdinand insisted: “There are some big decisions to be made at United now. There will be conversations at the top level, about the future of the manager and the squad, because the basics are not being done. There has to be something said.”Victory saw West Ham continue to climb the table after starting the season with four straight league defeats under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.Arnautovic was in no doubt the Hammers had earned their victory.”We have to do our job and we did it excellently, and that is why we deserved to win,” he said.As for Mourinho, Arnautovic added: “I have nothing to say. I look at my team, whatever the other team is doing is not our stuff.”(AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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10 months agoRoma president Pallotta admits no holds barred Monchi meeting

first_imgRoma president Pallotta admits no holds barred Monchi meetingby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma president James Pallotta admits he’s had a no holds barred meeting in Boston with sports director Monchi.Roma are currently struggling in seventh position.“We had a very productive three days together in Boston discussing both the football and business activities of the club,” said Pallotta.“It goes without saying that no one at the club is happy with the results and performances so far this season and we had an open and honest conversation about issues that we need to address and improve as a matter of urgency to get our season back on track.“There was a lot of straight talking and everything was put on the table. Our only goal now is to do better in everything we do and we will work on that together – from me, our board, our management team, Monchi, Di Francesco, our football operations staff, the players and all the staff.“Together we haven’t met the very high expectations we have set for ourselves – and have tried to deliver on in recent seasons – and that must improve. Together we are working to address that.“If anyone at the club is not committed to being part of a team effort, there’s no place for them here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinner

first_imgBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Jurgen Locadia was delighted to prove the matchwinner for victory over Everton.The Dutchman claimed his second goal in two games.He said, “It’s crazy, I’ve gone from not playing every game to then scoring two games in a row. I’m very happy and proud and I want to thank everybody for reaching this moment.“We started well in the first half and also began the second half well too. Everton created a lot of chances, and they almost scored, but I feel that we deserved the win today.“For the goal, I saw the ball deflect off an Everton player and it was a clear goal in my opinion, but the referee had his doubts. In the end, he gave it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Quebec language office OKs use of some English words like hashtag grilledcheese

first_imgMONTREAL – English-language words such as hashtag, grilled-cheese, and parking are now acceptable in everyday French-language conversation in Quebec society, according to guidelines recently updated by the province’s language watchdog.The changes were implemented in January, but the revised dictionary by the Office quebecois de la langue francaise only became widely known recently.OQLF spokesman Jean-Pierre Le Blanc said Tuesday it’s the first time the watchdog’s guidelines have been changed since 2007.“We’re always reviewing words to see if they’re acceptable or not,” Le Blanc said in an interview. “I’m sure it’s several dozen (words) that have been anglicized.”Quebec’s language office is infamous across Canada for its strict application of the province’s language laws.Every few months a story makes headlines across the country of some language inspector fretting over English-language signage.The OQLF caused an international stir in 2013 when an inspector warned a popular restaurant in Montreal over its use of the Italian word, “pasta,” on menus, as opposed to the French word, “pates.”But the OQLF, through its website, also offers Quebecers linguistic tools and other resources on how best to use the French-language.The recent changes were made by a five-member linguistics committee composed of francophones who reviewed research done by the provincial agency.In some cases, using both the English or the French equivalent of words got the committee’s seal of approval.For example, the English word, “parking,” may now be used in French, as can its proper French-language equivalent, “stationnement.”Under the language bureau’s policy, words are reviewed based on a long list of detailed criteria, which include their general usage in Quebec.Le Blanc said words from other languages have also crept into daily French usage, such as cafe latte, gelato and trattoria.Benoit Melancon, professor of French literature at Universite de Montreal, said he understands why some Quebecers might be more worried about the use of English words — known as anglicisms — than people in France.“The French are more comfortable using anglicisms because their language isn’t threatened in any way,” he said in an interview. “But here, because of demographic reasons, we feel more threatened.“We’re surrounded by anglophones so it’s normal to think that we should protect French more than in other places from words coming from different places.”He noted that in France, they use the word “footing” instead of jogging.“Footing doesn’t exist in English, but it’s used as an English word,” Melancon said.Melancon gave the provincial language agency top marks for having a “realistic” policy which also encourages the use of French words.“It’s not worth going to war over “grilled-cheese” because it’s common usage,” he added.+++Some examples of English and French words that are both considered acceptable, according to the provincial language office:Cocktail or CoquetelParking or StationnementGrilled-cheese or Sandwich au fromage fondantHashtag or Mot-clicSource: Le grand dictionnaire terminologiquelast_img read more

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