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Nun who threw perfect pitch before White Sox game says she was picked for ‘youth’ and agility

first_img Written by August 20, 2018 /Sports News – National Nun who threw perfect pitch before White Sox game says she was picked for ‘youth’ and agility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News (CHICAGO) — Sister Mary Jo Sobieck isn’t on the Chicago White Sox roster, but it sure looks like they could use her.The nun at Marian Catholic High School took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the team’s game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.Sobieck, who was celebrating her school’s “Night with the White Sox” at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, confidently strolled to the mound wearing a traditional habit and donning a white Marian Catholic High School jersey.Sobieck, wearing No. 60, was so confident in her skills that she gave the fans and players a treat — by doing an arm-bounce trick before the pitch.“I had to do something to take my mind off it,” the nun told “Good Morning America” about the move. “I mean, it’s too awkward to just stand and throw from the jump. So I had to do a little something to put me in motion.”The righty hurler fired off a perfect strike to the plate.“That was awesome,” White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was on the receiving end of the strike, told MLB.com after the game. “She had a whole routine. She had it planned out. I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch.”The White Sox tweeted: “One of the most impressive first pitches of all time.”After leaving the mound and shaking Giolito’s hand, Sobieck took in the cheers and pointed to the stands.In addition to being selected by the Marian Catholic administration because she is one of the sisters who is still there 60 years after its founding, Sobieck said they asked her to throw the first pitch thanks to her youth and athletic ability.“Well, George I think it’s I think it’s probably because I have a little bit of athletic ability,” she said laughing with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I was probably the most likely candidate because of my youth and my agility.”Her performance left people wondering whether she had previous experience with the sport.“She was pretty good, actually,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria told MLB.com. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute.’ He (Giolito) threw it back to her and she fielded it barehanded.Sobie comes from a large athletic family, according to an article published in 2008 by The Times of Northwest Indiana. She played both volleyball and softball while attending The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota after her graduation from Cathedral High School in 1987.The White Sox — who played the rest of the game without Sobieck — lost to the Royals, 3-1.After the game, Renteria joked about adding the nun to the team.“I was like, ‘OK, she looks like she can play a little bit,’ so we started talking to her,” he said. “”I think she said, ‘I played center and short.’“I said to her, ‘Can you play for us?’” he continued. “She said, ‘Sure.’”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Welcoming Harvard’s next class

first_imgThe upperclassman’s words were etched in my memory. When I attended Visitas 2014, a junior student said, “Pre-frosh are so easy to spot.” I was left wondering what exactly made them so easy to pick out? As I walked through the Yard during Visitas 2015 last weekend, I finally understood.The admitted students were moving in large groups sporting telltale Harvard drawstring totes, trying to take in everything the campus has to offer in one weekend. Their presence served as a reality check of how much I’ve grown (or aged) in the past 52 weeks. Watching a gaggle of pre-frosh traverse the Yard to take selfies with the John Harvard Statue, I acknowledged the milestone of my final days of freshman classes.Visitas 2014 not only left me with a stack of promotional brochures, maps, and fellow students’ phone numbers, it showed me firsthand the breadth of courses available to fit just about any educational goal and dream. Aside from the myriad presentations and socials, the most significant event was the meet-and-greet with humanities faculty and undergraduate concentrators. I returned to Visitas Saturday as an avid student of the humanities and correspondent for the Gazette.Walking into the Barker Center’s Arts Café, I helped welcome droves of pre-frosh, encouraging them to mix with eminent faculty and undergraduate concentrators, their soon-to-be humanities brethren. The conversations were diverse and interesting, ranging from a discussion of Plato’s “Republic” to dance and music curricula. It was comforting and exciting to see that the bustling café was ground zero for the future of the humanities.After meeting many humanities-interested pre-frosh with a variety of academic interests, the single most common and relevant question I fielded was, “What are my employment options after graduating with a humanities concentration?” Having asked the same question in 2014, I was eager to share what I have learned on this topic. My initial response seemed overly simplistic, namely “Whatever you want to do.” As they were about to dismiss anything more I had to say, I quickly added, “The humanities give you the analytical and critical thinking skills valued by employers.”I also told them that with a humanities concentration, they would have a host of things to discuss in interviews. A student of history, classics, art history, or any of the humanities will never run out of interesting conversations. Citing a long list of successful humanities alums helped reassure students that following their passions would give them all the knowledge they needed to follow suit after leaving campus.Over the past year, I could not help but notice sporadic headlines pronouncing the humanities “in decline,” or “not relevant in today’s technical world.” Though I knew these statements were fallacious, the passionate horde of brilliant future Harvard humanities students eliminated all doubts. As the pre-frosh mingled with renowned professors, it was clear that the humanities were not just alive and well, but growing and thriving.Visitas 2015 served as a reminder of the diverse cultural, intellectual, and recreational offerings available to Harvard students. Re-experiencing this vibrant aspect of student life reminded me of what makes our student body seem more like family than fellow members of an institution of learning. Representing Native Americans at Harvard College (NAHC) in welcoming incoming freshman, I met large numbers of students in search of a group to which they will belong. It was satisfying to connect with Native American members of the Class of 2019, future members of NAHC. But I was surprised and grateful to see that many investigating NAHC were not native, but wished to learn about diversity on campus.Our main event, the Frybread Formal (which incidentally is not a formal at all, much to the surprise of a suit-wearing pre-frosh), was an opportunity for new admits to meet both incoming and veteran native students. Meeting all the new students was important, as they will be the new members of our campus family and the future of our group.Over the course of the Visitas weekend, I began to see how these incoming freshmen will meld to form Harvard’s next generation. I hosted a Cuban national, who proudly declared that he was the first to arrive since the Revolution. Meeting students from around the country and the world was inspiring and encouraging.The evening before my pre-frosh was scheduled to depart, I took him out for burgers and heard his reflections on Visitas. As he shared his excitement, I saw myself in him. Just a year before, I sat in the same place, talking about how life would be for me as a freshman. I shared in the anticipation and optimism of each student I met, whether at the humanities mixer, the Frybread Formal, or walking across the Yard. After he politely thanked me for being his host, I told him that every once in a while, if you’re lucky, something surpasses your expectations. For me, that something is life at Harvard.Matthew DeShaw is a freshman residing in Hurlbut Hall. He writes occasional columns about his College experiences.last_img read more

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Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill Explains how to Kill and Eat Iguanas

first_imgFlorida officials are encouraging residents to kill iguanas in your yard.They recently declared open season on the lizards.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation says homeowners don’t need a permit to kill iguanas on their own property, or on public land in South Florida.Officials say the iguana population is out of control and is causing erosion and degradation to infrastructure.Wildlife experts like Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill also say iguanas make for good eating…kind of like chicken of the trees.Lots of recipes on the internet for the googling. Think of the environmental benefits from eating locally-sourced meat.Florida iguana population explodes and residents are urged to ‘kill’ – ABC News https://t.co/x3vPq71dew— Cappy (@capseyes_cappy) July 2, 2019last_img read more

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Breaking: HSE confirms outbreak of Mumps in Donegal and North-West

first_imgAn outbreak of mumps in the North-West has led doctors to warn parents to keep children with the condition at home.The HSE has confirmed to Donegal Daily that there have been 13 confirmed cases of Mumps in the North West since the start of March.These have been mainly in the South Donegal and Sligo town area. The number of cases has decreased somewhat in the past week. The outbreak follows a separate outbreak of Measles in Donegal in recent weeks.A spokesperson for the HSE said all children and young adults should have two MMR doses which protects against Mumps, Measles and Rubella. Protection for Rubella is important for women in the childbearing years.Dr Anthony Breslin said “The recent cases of Measles and Mumps in the North West demonstrate what can happen when MMR vaccine rates fall”.Mumps is an acute viral infection that is spread from person to person. It is a potentially serious disease for children and young adults and is very common in young children who are not vaccinated against it. Mumps usually occurs in school-aged children, teenagers or young adults, although older people may also contract the disease.Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, malaise and swollen, tender salivary glands (usually the parotid gland which is located just below the front of the ear). Mumps often gives the appearance of swollen cheeks or jaw. Symptoms of mumps typically begin to appear 14 to 25 days (usually 15-18 days) after exposure.Approximately 20% of infected individuals will have no symptoms. Some may have only non-specific or primarily respiratory symptoms (particularly in children <5 years of age). Symptoms tend to decrease after one week and have usually resolved after 10 days. There is no specific treatment for mumps apart from relieving the symptoms.Mumps is spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing and by direct contact with saliva or discharges from the nose and throat of infected individuals.People infected with mumps may spread the infection to others, even when they do not have any symptoms. People with mumps are most infectious from 2 days before to 5 days after onset of symptoms.Complications of mumps may occur and can include testicular inflammation, ovarian inflammation, meningitis, pancreatitis and rarely encephalitis (brain inflammation) or deafness. Although testicular inflammation occurs in up to 40% of postpubertal males, fortunately sterility is rare.Anyone who develops mumps should stay at home for the five days after disease onset to prevent spreading the infection to others. If your child develops the symptoms of mumps please contact your GP (please ring your GP first).Further information on Mumps can be found on the HSE Website at the link below.https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/az/m/mumps/Breaking: HSE confirms outbreak of Mumps in Donegal and North-West was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMeaslesMumpsOutbreaklast_img read more

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Bilic likens West Brom youngster to Rice after win at QPR

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesWest Brom boss Slaven Bilic likened Nathan Ferguson to England star Declan Rice after the youngster inspired the Baggies to a 2-0 win at QPR.Ferguson, 18, was outstanding at left-back and scored his first goal for the club to put them ahead seven minutes into the second half.He strode forward from his own half and sent a right-footed strike past Joe Lumley at the keeper’s near post.Matheus Pereira also scored his first Albion goal – the on-loan Sporting Lisbon man netted with a late free-kick to seal the victory.Former West Ham manager Bilic, who worked with Rice at the east London club, was full of praise for Ferguson and believes he is destined for a bright future.“Nathan has a mentality that reminds me of Declan Rice,” Bilic said.“He’s only 18 on paper but his mind is 25 or 27 – he’s not a kid. He’s only a kid in a positive way in that he’s not afraid to take the ball forward and have a shot.“It’s our job to keep him humble but there’s no doubt that he has an extremely bright future and a great career in front of him.”Albion are unbeaten in seven matches and were much the better side at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, where Charlie Austin played against his former club along with fellow ex-QPR men Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips.Austin is still waiting for his first league goal since his summer move from Southampton but Bilic was more than happy with the striker’s contribution and the team’s display.“This is the best performance that we played so far,” Bilic added.“Straight from the start we were on the front foot. They didn’t have a sniff.“We were a bit nervous – we were getting in great situations but were rushing it.“In those situations you maybe need one moment of individual brilliance and we got that with Nathan. We were pure class afterwards.“When we got the second goal it wasn’t game over – you can always come back – but we managed the game really well.“I’m really pleased. Of course we can get better and it’s still early days but I have to say the lads have been excellent.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoSingapore Property NewsRadisson Hotel Group opens new luxury beachfront resort in VietnamSingapore Property NewsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoLight and Charm33 Traditional Beauty recipes from Indian WomenLight and CharmUndolast_img read more

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What Apple’s Latest Short Films Mean for Filmmakers

first_imgWhen Apple did their first interview-style video on a white background, everyone copied that approach. What will these new films inspire?Cover image via Apple.As filmmakers, I know we all saw an increase in white backdrops following Apple’s video. I know for a fact that I even pushed to shoot on white because I enjoyed the aesthetic. Shooting on white was nothing new. It wasn’t a sudden cinematic revelation. However, it caught so much attention because Apple influences how other companies market themselves.Apple has recently unveiled two short films to promote the iPhone and its capabilities. These films seem to be Apple’s slow attempt to enter the world of original content — and possibly a new marketing strategy.The Rock and AppleApple’s most recent short film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson through a somewhat-abnormal day. He uses Siri to help him mark things off his bucket list. You can check out the film here:The DétourExclusively on their European YouTube channels, Apple has released another short film by French Director, Michel Gondry. This eleven-minute short film, captured entirely on the iPhone, follows the adventures of a small tricycle as it sets off along the French roads in search of its young owner. Take a look at the film here.Behind the ScenesApple has also released behind-the-scenes videos for “The Détour” featuring the director. In these videos, he discusses his experiences working with the iPhone to bring his vision for this film to life.These additional BTS videos feature topics such as a cinematic touch, time lapse, stop motion, slo-mo, night scenes, and perspective tricks.What This Means for FilmmakersWe’re beginning to see, as Apple has done here, brands that are producing their own branded content to market their products and build relationships with their consumers. As one of the most powerful brands in the world is beginning to more aggressively take this approach, this may create a stronger demand for this style of content.Google was also fascinated enough by this trend of video ads vs. branded video content that they decided to conduct their own study about consumer reactions to these two styles of content.The reality is that people don’t even distinguish between video ads and branded video content — it’s a false dichotomy. When asked to rank videos on a scale of ‘more like advertising’ (0) to ‘less like advertising’ (100), both branded video content and video ads were much closer to the ‘more-like-advertising’ end of the spectrum (25.4 average for branded video content and 13.2 for video ads). Consumers see both as being marketing material, but unsurprisingly, they see branded video content as being slightly less so than video ads.Overall, video advertising is becoming far more about building a relationship with the consumer than solely pushing a product. As content creators, seeing more branded content coming to fruition is exciting.What do you expect from Apple’s latest releases? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Indian English lessons on Twitter: ‘Open the window, let air force come in’

first_imgPhoto: Twitter.comA funny take on common errors made by Indians in usage of English language is among the top trends on Twitter on Friday. Twitterati posted pictures of various such hilarious mistakes noticed on billboards all across the country hashtagging IndianEnglish.Photo: Twitter.comOther than this, users are also posting other funny gaffes rampant in our English usage. “Sport teacher to student: please fill wind in the football,” posted @prkpadmalayam. “Open the windows and let the airforce come in,” wrote @Mrlawyerr.”Teacher: Why are you looking at the monkeys outside when I am in the class?!” wrote @shreyanagarajan. “In God’s house there’s delay but no load shedding,” posted @Purba_Ray. “Don’t fly my fun,” tweeted @BakwasRadio.  Photo: Twitter.comThere were jibes at the use of strange English phrases in language used in government offices. “Dear Sir, with reference to my above, please refer to my below,” wrote @rajeshkalra.Photo: Twitter.comHowever, what summed up the best was this one: “British messed our motherland we mess up their mothertongue,” by @SuperstarGuddi.last_img read more

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