first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Alexa Romero is back in the circle. After missing the last seven games with a left hand injury, Romero dominated Seattle with a complete game, one-hit shutout to propel Syracuse to a 7-0 win. While the Orange dropped the second game of the Stillwater, Oklahoma doubleheader to No. 21 Oklahoma State, 8-0, Romero’s return adds important depth to a rotation that was lacking in her absence, Syracuse head coach Shannon Doepking said.Romero struck out 13 batters in seven innings of work to earn her 10th career shutout, fifth-most in SU history. While Romero handled the Red Hawks all morning, shortstop Neli Caseras-Maher rocketed the Orange into the lead with a two-run homerun in the opening frame. Second basemen Gabby Teran doubled SU’s lead with a triple in the secon, and Toni Martin singled home a fifth run in the third. Martin then came around to score later in the inning, stealing home as Taylor Lane was thrown out attempting to steal second. By the end of the third, SU led 7-0, and Romero needed no other run support. The Red Hawks’ only hit came off a Madison Cathcart single to shortstop. In the second game, Sophie Dandola looked to bounce-back after allowing six earned runs in six innings of work against No. 3 Florida last Sunday. Dandola got through the first two innings without a run but was unable to finish the third. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse failed to grab the lead in the top of the second despite three hits in one inning, as Hannah Dossett was thrown out trying to score from second on a single to right field.In the third, Dandola’s throwing error to first started the Oklahoma State barrage. All with two outs, OSU tallied four hits and was walked five times, tallying eight runs in total. Doepking turned to Miranda Hearn, but Hearn could not get any of the four batters she faced out. Logan Paul, SU’s fourth pitcher of the afternoon, finally ended the inning, but SU was down eight. SU now travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the second day of softball. The Orange play Tulsa at 12:30 p.m. and Illinois at 4:30 p.m.center_img Published on March 1, 2019 at 9:51 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgIsrael Folau Israel Folau has broken the spirits of many children who once idolised him Australia rugby union team Read more Share on Messenger Erik Denison Twitter Facebook Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau)🙏🏾 17, 2019 Since you’re here… Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle prepares to speak as she stands next to NSW Waratahs CEO Andrew Hore in Sydney. Photograph: David Gray/EPA The panel, which had considered written submissions from the player’s legal team and Rugby Australia, had the option of handing out a fine or a suspension, but given Folau’s refusal to back down they chose termination.Folau, Super Rugby’s all-time record try-scorer, is believed to have rejected a $1m settlement offered by Rugby Australia before the code of conduct hearing over a week ago in Sydney, and will now be forced out of the Australian game without financial compensation.His immediate playing future is unclear, although it will certainly not involve his Super Rugby club NSW Waratahs or the Wallabies, who will have to mount a World Cup campaign later this year without one of their best players.European clubs are unlikely to risk signing him, given the threat of further social media controversy. But billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest said he might be interested in bringing Folau to his new Global Rapid Rugby tournament, which begins life next year.A return to the NRL has been ruled out by Australian Rugby League chairman Peter Beattie, although some figures in the game still believe Folau could be accepted back in the league, while the Tongan national rugby league team has indicated they would welcome him into the fold, albeit in an unpaid role.In a church sermon at the weekend, fundamentalist Christian Folau admitted he was finding the financial drain of the case “really challenging”. Sports apparel sponsor Asics pulled out of a deal with him last week, and should Folau decide to appeal the verdict, the cost of his defence will rise even further with the case to drag on for weeks and maybe even months. Announcing the decision on Friday afternoon, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said it was a sad day for Australian rugby but that Folau had left the governing body with no alternative than to seek termination of his contract.“We want to stress that this outcome is a painful situation for the game,” Castle said on Friday.“Rugby Australia did not choose to be in this situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue this course of action.”“This has been an extremely challenging period for Rugby and this issue has created an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport and for the Wallabies team.” Rugby union Israel Folau’s rugby career appears over after an independent panel backed Rugby Australia’s intention to rip up his four-year, $4m contract following the player’s controversial social media posts which said hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.The three-member panel, comprising John West QC, Kate Eastman SC and John Boultbee AM, announced on Friday that it had decided to terminate the Wallabies star’s employment for what had been determined a high-level breach of RA’s code of conduct.The full-back, who has 72 hours to appeal, later issued a statement in which he said he was “saddened” by the decision but that he was “considering his options”. … we have a small favour to ask. 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People need to feel safe and welcomed in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion, or sexuality.“We thank the tribunal panel for their decision and we respect the time, consideration and expertise the panel members brought to this process.”The three-times John Eales medallist and 73-cap Wallaby has shown no remorse for the posts and refused to take them down. Nor has he given any guarantees that he would refrain from posting similar messages again. On Wednesday, before the decision was delivered, he changed his social media profile picture from a photograph of him playing for the Waratahs to a No 1 overlaid with the words “God first”. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp In his statement, Folau thanked those who had defended his right to “share his beliefs” but he believed he had the right to express his views because it was “God’s word”.“As Australians, we are born with certain rights, including the right to freedom of religion and the right to freedom of expression,” he said. “The Christian faith has always been a part of my life an I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word.“Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.” Topicslast_img read more

first_imgNEW MARKET, Ont.  – One of the most common forms of birth control, the pill, has been available in Canada for over 50 years. But, according to a recent Bayer study, women are still making mistakes when it comes to their contraception.Over the summer, the pharmaceutical company surveyed 500 Canadian women aged 18 to 45 about their familiarity and understanding of contraceptive methods and their efficacy.RELATED: It’s a long story: The history of birth control in CanadaPreliminary results indicate one-third of those women were found to be overestimating how effective their chosen form of birth control method is. The full details of the study haven’t been released yet.“I can’t tell you the number of patients [in my practice] who are shocked and amazed to hear about the efficacy–or shall we say lack of efficacy–of some contraception options,” said Dr. Kristina Dervaitis. A significant portion of Dervaitis’ practice in Ontario is dedicated to contraception counseling.Bayer survey shows one in three women are overestimating the efficacy of their birth control. This graph is based on the survey conducted on women aged 18-45, July 3 – July 8, 2019. (CREDIT: Provided by Bayer) “The failure rate of condoms alone, in terms of typical use, is about 18 per cent in terms of chance of pregnancy. The birth control pill, in terms of typical use, real-world use of the pill, the chance of pregnancy is as high as nine per cent. Compare that to the intrauterine contraception which has a less than one per cent chance of pregnancy,” she said.“That Bayer study certainly resonates with me in terms of what I am seeing day-to-day in the office.”Dervaitis says patients are human beings and forget things, like needing to take a daily pill, which is why the pill becomes so much less effective in what she calls “real-world use”. So, then, why is the pill one of the most commonly used form of birth control?Women probably aren’t fully aware of their options, says Dervaitis. And to add to that, she expects general practitioners might not be completely educated on, or be able to provide, all the options.Awareness, Education, and AccessibilityWhen it comes to education, patients rely more on word-of-mouth or go to online resources, which are perhaps not the most reliable, according to Dervaitis.“We want patients to educate themselves… about their options and to go to reputable sources in addition to their health care provider.” Dervaitis said seeing how more people are turning to online resources and YouTube as an information source, she created a vlog for birth control education.She also points to a handful of resources on the Society of OBGYNs of Canada’s (SOGC) website.Dervaitis also says physicians may not be as up to date on their knowledge as they could be. She said she and other birth control experts are working to dispell myths about birth control–specifically IUC (intrauterine contraception) in her case–in front line health care workers.RELATED: The illusion of choice: Canadian women stonewalled when it comes to reproductive rights“Both the Society of OBGYNs of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society recommend [IUDs] as first-line birth control,” not the pill, said Dervaitis, due simply to how much more effective it is in a real-world situation.Some doctor’s offices may not be equipped to provide certain forms of birth control, like the IUD, because it needs to be inserted. Dervaitis says doctors would need to provide referrals if they can’t insert the IUD themselves, and suspects it could be why, at least in part, doctors and patients circle back to the pill.“We, as physicians, are trying harder and harder to make sure that access to clinics for IUC insertion isn’t a barrier.”With over half of pregnancies in Canada being unplanned, Dervaitis encourages women who are not trying to conceive to talk to their doctors about which birth control options work best for their lifestyle.——————————————————————-Read more from the Elephant in the Womb reproductive rights series here.last_img read more

first_imgThe cast of FOX’s GREASE: LIVE has teamed up with, the largest organization for young people and social change, for its annual Teens for Jeans campaign.Grease Live Teens For Jeans CampaignTeens for Jeans encourages young people to run a gently-used jeans drive in their schools and communities and donate the jeans to their local homeless shelters.The GREASE: LIVE cast hosted its own Rydell High drive, with cast members Keke Palmer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jordan Fisher, and more donating their denim to help youth who are experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles area.Audience members attending the live broadcast were encouraged to bring their jeans to donate to the drive.Over one million young people in the United States experience homelessness every year, and a pair of jeans is one of the items most often requested by young people entering homeless shelters. In the past eight years,’s Teens for Jeans campaign has provided over 5 million pairs of jeans for youth experiencing homelessness.For more information on how to participate in Teens for Jeans click here.last_img read more