Little League districts continue with 11-12 baseball, 9-10 baseball, softball tournaments

first_imgELLSWORTH — Three Ellsworth Little League All-Star squads will attempt this week to replicate the 11-12 softball team’s District 1 success as they begin their own district tournaments.The Ellsworth 11-12 All-Star baseball team will face Bucksport Little League at 5:30 p.m. today, July 1. Team members are Daniel Carter, Dawson Curtis, Lucas Horne, Thomas Jude, Dylan Kearns, Kyle Jenney, Brayden King, Daniel Lindsey, Connor MacDonald, Cooper Mitchell and Ridge Weatherbee.At the 9-10 level, Ellsworth will take on either Calais Little League or Blue Hill’s Coastal Little League at home Saturday, July 6. Scott Fernald and Colie Haskell will coach a team of Joey Beal, Brandon Blaisdell, Will Bunker, Jeremiah Door, Cole Fernald, Evan Haskell, Cooper Miles, Spencer Seavey, Brayden Sekulich, Coleman Welch and Bryce Wood.The 9-10 softball team will begin its own District 1 tournament Saturday against either Acadian Little League or Sunrise Little League. Players include Lily Alley, Kaylee Bagley, Sophie Beal, Allie Bivins, Elizabeth Boles, Whitney Carter, Camryn Clough, Olivia Dane, Emily Greene, Kennedy Lambert, Sydney Mason, Jenna Moon and Lauren Young. Coaches are Lyndsy Clough, Shawn Bagley and Jamie Lambert.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGame sites will alternate depending on results and locations of previous matchups. All tournaments are double-elimination.last_img read more

Schiano: Two Rutgers football players have coronavirus

first_imgSchiano: Two Rutgers football players have coronavirus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTwo Rutgers football players have tested positive for the coronavirus.Coach Greg Schiano discussed the positive tests Monday during a virtual conference call with the media. It was his first availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.Schiano said players and coaches were tested before the team returned on June 15, either with mail-in tests or after being tested locally. One of the positive tests came from those samples and the player was not allowed to return to campus and is being isolated at home. June 22, 2020 The second positive test came from a sample taken when the players reported. That player was isolated and three players who had contact with him were put in quarantine.The university has a protocol for allowing players who test positive to return, which includes a non-positive test, Schiano said.Schiano said players and coaches underwent a third screening on Monday. Incoming freshman players also were allowed on campus on Monday and they were tested and put in a separate dormitory. They will not be integrated with the rest of the team until they pass a second COVID-19 test.The workouts are voluntary and Schiano said some players have elected to skip them.center_img Associated Press Schiano was hired in December to start a second stint as Rutgers’ coach. Chris Ash was fired early last season and replaced on an interim basis by Nunzio Campanile. The Scarlet Knights were 2-10 last season and have won nine games in the past four years.___More AP college football: and read more

Cardinal ‘n’ gold to promote sustainability

first_imgStarting next fall, students living in Cardinal ‘n’ Gold  will be part of the movement to encourage sustainable living at USC.Fourteen apartments in the building will soon become part of USC’s newest special interest community for people who actively want to participate in the reducing their carbon footprints. The “Sustainable Living” community will be encouraged to take part in recycling and composting, as well as energy and water conservation.Though not mandatory, Erin Fabris, sustainability coordinator for USC Housing, believes students will participate willingly.“Hopefully, the people who live there will want to participate, so we’re not really going to enact any enforcement measures. We’re just trying to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle and compost everything they need to,” Fabris said.In addition to resources to help students become more energy-efficient, the building is scheduled for extensive refurbishment this summer.Each apartment will be outfitted with green technology including energy-efficient toilets, showers and LEDs. Existing furniture will be replaced by a third-party company that will use materials from the old furniture to create completely new pieces.Fabris believes that the combination of students’ mindful behavior and updated technology could result in significantly lower utility bills.“I would imagine that these are students who are already thinking about this and are environmentally minded, so a combination of technology and behavior will hopefully reduce the bill for these students,” she said.Currently, various forms of green technology can be found in USC Housing, but come fall, Cardinal ‘n’ Gold aims to incorporate all of them in one place.The program was initiated when USC Housing Director Keenan Cheung had the idea to start a zero-waste community at USC, where 90 percent of waste would be diverted from landfills for composting or recycling.Months later it was reported that of all the other special interest communities, Sustainable Living had the second highest number of applicants.“I think that the USC student body is starting to realize the importance and urgency of embracing the environment as something we need to care about,” said Ahlia Bethea, director of the Environmental Student Assembly. “With this being the second most chosen [special interest community], students are sending a message to administrators that sustainability is an issue that they care about and better practices are something they want to see at USC.”This initiative is consistent with the USC Sustainability 2020 plan that was announced in Nov. 2015. Created by the faculty, staff and students comprising the USC Sustainability Steering Committee, the plan provides the framework for the university to incorporate sustainability. According to the website, the committee  hopes to reduce greenhouse emissions by 20 percent and divert 75 percent of all waste from landfills.Though USC has made significant strides by replacing the majority of toilets, faucets and shower heads with low-flow models, Bethea believes there is still more that needs to be done.“Many of our peers in higher education have done far more on their campuses in regards to sustainability,” Bethea said. “We have a long way to go, however, with the efforts of groups like ESA, the Sustainability Office and the assistance of faculty and administrators working collaboratively. More significant impacts are definitely on the horizon.”last_img read more

New Tipp management happy with player response

first_imgThe side narrowly lost their first match of the year against Clare in the McGrath Cup at the weekend but performed well even though many of those that would probably be in the starting fifteen were unavailable.Their next outing in the competition is against Kerry on Sunday week.Selector Shane Stapleton says the players’ commitment has been impressive despite the many other demands on their time.last_img

Onyali Hails Okagbare for Erasing Her 22 Year-old 200m African Record

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeFormer Nigerian Queen of the Track, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi has congratulated Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor for erasing her 22 year-old 200m African record of 22.07secs at the weekend.Running in her season opening race at the 2018 Wes Kittley Invitational inside the Elmer J. Gray Stadium in Abilene, Texas, on Saturday, Sapele-born Okagbare raced to a new 22.04 African record to win the longer sprint event. The Beijing 2008 silver medalist in the women’s long jump lost her 100m African record to Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle Ahoure who bettered the Nigerian’s mark of 10.79 secs by just 0.01s in 2016 with her PB of 10.78secs.Okagbare has effectively consign to history the 22.07 clocked by Onyali in Weltklasse Zurich in 1996.Onyali was particularly pleased that her 22 year-old African record has been broken by her compatriot.“My 200m African record went to my little sister yesterday. Congrats Ble-Ble Baby ! Now we are back on track !! Thanks for keeping this in the family Kitty; While we hunt for the other one ! On a mission. Stay tuned,” Onyali gushed with enthusiasm at the feat of Okagbare yesterday.Cierra White placed second behind Okagbare in a distant 23.26s, while Natasha McDonald settled for third in 24.23s.  Another Nigerian sprinter, Omotayo Abolaji placed fourth in the race with a Season’s Best (SB) of 24.42s while competing for South Plains College.Okagbare’s previous Personal Best (PB) in the event was 22.23s, set at the 2014 Eugene Diamond League. She now holds the Nigerian women’s records in the 100m (10.79secs) and 200m (22.04secs).With this new form, it is going to be difficult for the Delta-born sprinter to avoid defending the double sprint medals she won at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland four years ago.The former Team Nigeria captain had earlier signified her intention to race only in the 4x100m relay at the Games scheduled to hold in Gold Coast, Australia between April 4 and 15. She remains the favourite for both the 100m and 200m gold medals at the Games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

IMF Concerned About Haiti Crisis

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern about the sociopolitical crisis in Haiti, emphasizing the urgency of restoring political and macroeconomic stability, addressing poverty and inequality, and tackling corruption.The IMF executive board is also calling on all stakeholders to work toward a broad-based national dialogue to address the country’s daunting challenges, and to realize the potential scope for much stronger and more inclusive growth.The board is encouraging continued close cooperation with donors and the fund, including through technical assistance, and welcomed the Country Engagement Strategy as a basis for future fund engagement.The IMF directors say severe fiscal constraints necessitate shifting scarce resources away from non-priority spending toward social programs and investment, and underscored the importance of limiting monetary financing of fiscal deficits and preparing a national budget for financial year 2020.They are encouraging Haitian authorities to focus on measures to boost domestic revenues and reduce exemptions in the near term, while working to strengthen tax administration, prepare a resolution plan for budget arrears, and bolster public financial management.The IMF has commended the authorities for progress on the new national plan for social protection, and stressed the need to advance its approval and focus on a limited number of cash transfer programs.Last week, the executive board of the IMF concluded the Article IV 2019 consultation with Haiti. According to the IMF, since March 2019 Haiti has been experiencing a protracted political crisis and prolonged civil unrest that have at times shut down most economic activity in the country.It noted the crisis has taken a toll on the economy and the already vulnerable population—inflation exceeded 20 percent year-on-year in September, output is estimated to have contracted by an 1.2 percent in fiscal year 2019, and the exchange rate depreciated by 25 percent over the same period.As fiscal revenues plummeted and the cost of energy subsidies increased, the fiscal deficit widened to 3.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year and domestic arrears rose sharply.The public debt-to-GDP ratio jumped from 40 percent to 47 percent over the fiscal year, the IMF said.The IMF acknowledged the authorities are making considerable efforts to limit the deterioration and the Ministry of Finance is implementing measures to improve revenue collection and better control spending and, in November, signed a new agreement with the central bank to strengthen fiscal discipline and limit monetary financing of the Government.The central bank has been adjusting its interest rates to contain inflation while at the same time trying to support the private sector through the recession.But the IMF also noted that without sustained implementation of good policies and comprehensive reforms the outlook remains grim.“Under the baseline assumption of some political stabilization in 2020, without major political or economic reforms growth would improve but remain negative this year and below 1.5 percent over the medium term.“Inflation is expected to decline slightly before eventually falling to below 10 percent by 2025. Risks to the outlook are primarily on the downside but political stability could bring important upsides.“A resolution of the current crisis, appointment of a new government committed and able to implement reforms, and return of support from the international community could lead to higher investment and potential growth,” the IMF advised.last_img read more

UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 Final Preview

first_imgTwo first-time finalists will on Sunday make their way out of the FC Twente Stadion dugout in Enschede for the final of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017, with both looking to make the night a historic one for their country.Either hosts the Netherlands or Denmark – both emerging from Group A – will become the fourth different Women’s EURO champions after what is expected to be an intense game.Like it has been since the opening match, the Netherlands will have the massive backing of their fans on the night but asides that, their very impressive performance has seen them maintain a perfect run of five wins from five matches conceding just one goal.Denmark, on the other hand, have only lost once in their journey to the final and coincidentally, that defeat was at the hands of the Netherlands in the group stage. The game ended 1-0 with Sherida Spitse scoring from the penalty spot.However, compared to the Dutch, the Danes have a longer history with the tournament, making it to five semi finals and finally crossing that hurdle on their sixth attempt. Meanwhile, this is the Netherlands only third appearance since they made their debut in 2009.The combination of Lieke Martens, Vivienne Miedema and Shanice van de Sanden for the Oranje have been a constant threat to opponents. Then there is Sari van Veenendaal who has been solid in between the sticks for the hosts.For the Danish side, Captain Pernille Harder has indeed been leading by example. Nadia Nadim and Stine Larsen are two other key players that have also helped them come this far. Their victory over eight-time Champions Germany is also expected to come in handy as some form of inspiration.Time for the final is 17:00 CET and there would be a sold-out crowd to witness the showpiece.RelatedUEFA Women’s Euro Quarter-final Preview: Will Austria’s Fairytale Run ContinueJuly 29, 2017In “UEFA”UEFA Women’s Euro 2017: Favourites Falter As Underdogs March OnJuly 31, 2017In “Europe”Oranje: The New Colour Of Love In The NetherlandsAugust 8, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah wins Ghana’s Best Sportsman award & Footballer of the Year

first_imgJuventus star Kwadwo Asamoah has been named Ghana’s 2012 Best Sports Personality and Footballer of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana.Asamoah scooped the biggest prize in Ghana’s most important award ceremony beating Ghana U17 female captain Priscilla Okyere to the coveted to the prestigious Sports Personality Award.Okyere was crowned the Female Player of the Year after skippering her team to win a historic bronze at the 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.Asamoah has been rewarded for his sterling displays for Udinese before signing for Juventus last summer and excelled as one of Africa’s biggest footballers in Europe.He was also key for Ghana at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where the Black Stars finished fourth.The 24-year-old was also named Ghana’s Player of Year after shrugging off competition from Andre Ayew and Emmanuel Clottey. Also at the Awards Night on Saturday, Asante Kotoko coach Mas-Ud Dramani was named Coach of the Year after leading the Ghana U17 female to win bronze in Azerbaijan.The Black Maidens hence won the Team of the Year for their historic feat.Tema Youth and Ghana U20 midfielder Moses Odjier won the Promising Star of the Year.Berekum Chelsea’s exploits in the 2012 CAF Champions League earned them the Club of the Year honours.last_img read more

Missing XFL legend Rod ‘He Hate Me’ Smart found safe, authorities say

first_img“Mr. Smart has been located and he is safe at this time. We appreciate everyone’s concern and assistance,” the sheriff’s office posted in an update on its Facebook page. John Fox says Bears have had NFL’s worst offseason Earlier Tuesday, the sheriff’s office had posted a missing-person advisory for Smart, who had last been seen almost a week ago in Indian Land, South Carolina, just across the state line from Charlotte, North Carolina.Smart, 42, played four seasons with the Panthers (2002-05) after one season with the Eagles (2001). He came to fame for his “He Hate Me” nameplate while playing for the Las Vegas Outlaws in the XFL’s one season in 2001.The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office noted in its advisory that it was “unusual for him to be out of touch for this long. Mr. Smart’s family is worried about his safety and well-being.” Todd Gurley injury update: Trainer confirms ‘arthritic component’ to bothersome kneecenter_img Related News He safe.Former NFL running back Rod Smart, who entered football lore by wearing “He Hate Me” as the name on the back of his XFL jersey, has been found safe in South Carolina after being reported missing by family members, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.last_img read more