Wasilewski in the clear

first_img Berahino complained the Polish defender had deliberately elbowed him in the second half of Albion’s 1-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. But the FA said that as the incident took place while both players battled for the ball, the officials were likely to have seen it and therefore deemed it unworthy of retrospective action. Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski will face no punishment from the Football Association over an apparent elbow on West Brom striker Saido Berahino. Press Associationlast_img

Legends speak at EHS Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. ELLSWORTH — Down the hall from the trophies at the school’s entrance and the many championship banners that adorn the gymnasium, Ellsworth High School celebrated the people who played big parts in earning those honors.Ellsworth, a small community in comparison to some of the others throughout Maine and the rest of New England, has added many of those trophies and banners over the years. Yet despite its smaller size, the city’s high school has produced athletes and coaches who have given some of the best in the state and nation a run for their money.Eleven people were inducted as members of the EHS Sports Hall of Fame’s 2017 class Saturday in the school’s auditorium. From coaches who paced the gymnasium over 50 years ago to athletes who produced memorable moments less than two decades ago, years of the city’s sports history were brought together.“For such a small town, it’s pretty remarkable how much athletic success Ellsworth has had over the years,” inductee Louie Luchini said. “I remember growing up watching some of the people being honored here today.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAmong the inductees were former players John Edes, Jack Scott and head coach Charlie Katsiaficas, three of the architects of Ellsworth’s historic boys’ basketball seasons in 1953 and 1954. In the latter of those seasons, Ellsworth, which had an enrollment of 295 students, took 3,000-student Connecticut power Hillhouse High School down to the wire in the New England regional semifinals.Katsiaficas, the team’s coach during those years, passed away in 2009, but Edes and Scott were in attendance to detail some of their fondest memories about those legendary teams. Although the Eagles were dominant when Edes and Scott were juniors and seniors, their journey there wouldn’t have happened without such an inspiring head coach.“We won three games [my first year], and then along comes Mr. Katsiaficas,” a teary-eyed Edes recalled. “What a wake-up call that was.”Brian Higgins, a member of the EHS Sports Hall of Fame’s 2017 class, hoists a plaque commemorating his 500th win Sept. 28, 2011, in Ellsworth. Higgins was the winningest coach in Maine high school soccer history with 566 wins. FILE PHOTOStuart Taylor, who coached the boys’ team to state championships in 1964 and 1966, also was inducted. So was Brian Higgins, who became the winningest coach in the history of Maine high school soccer during his 42-year coaching Ellsworth’s boys’ team.It was Taylor who first asked Higgins if he could coach soccer prior to the 1974 season. Higgins had never coached soccer before and had only taken one class on the sport at Springfield College, but as Sue Shaw, Higgins’ introductory speaker said, it was a match that was meant to be.“He studied, he researched, he took advice and he learned, and he passed all that he knew on to his teams,” said Shaw, who taught with Higgins for 28 years. “He also created soccer camps along the way that were building blocks for the program.”Higgins also took over the tennis program in 1981. As was the case with soccer, the school’s tennis program needed a boost when Higgins took the reins, and he gave it one by leading the Eagles to a boys’ state title and 14 regional championships overall in 37 years and counting as the team’s coach.“When he started at Ellsworth, there weren’t even any tennis courts,” Shaw said. “The games and practices were played on private courts with generous owners for over 15 years.”Former Ellsworth track and cross-country runner Jamie Dunn speaks during the EHS Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 14 in Ellsworth. Dunn, who now lives in southern Maine with her husband and four children, graduated from the school in 1980. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLOther inductees detailed specific experiences that brought them back to their younger days. For Luchini, Ellsworth’s most decorated cross-country and track runner, it was taking a recruiting visit to Stanford University as a temporary reprieve during the Maine winter. For Jamie Dunn, one of the team’s top runners in the 1970s, it was using the Mill Mall for training.“I don’t know who owned [the Mill Mall] at the time, but it wasn’t a bustling place like it is today; it was empty,” Dunn said. “They would let us go in there to run and use it as a field house.”Also inducted were brothers Dick and Tim Scott, outdoor track record holder Rob Pendergist and two-sport star Becky Lock, athletes who defined Ellsworth’s sporting successes in the 1980s and 1990s. Like the athletes and coaches before and after them, they and everyone inducted were, as multiple speakers put it, “legends in their own time.”“Every great athlete is only as great as the people around them,” Luchini said. “We’ve been so lucky to be around the people we’ve met at the Ellsworth schools and in the community.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Referees, Rau decisive in Wisconsin’s win

first_imgFinally. That’s the only word to describe the Wisconsin men’s soccer team’s first Big Ten victory of the season Saturday night, beating Michigan 2-1 at home in front of 446 fans at the McClimon Complex.One year removed from a surprising 3-0 start to the 2011 Big Ten campaign, Wisconsin (4-6-3, 1-2-0 Big Ten) struggled upon entering conference play this year. In their first two games of the Big Ten season, the Badgers were unable to score a goal, losing to Penn State 1-0 and No. 7 Indiana 2-0. Coming into the game, Michigan (4-6-1, 1-2-1) appeared the best opportunity yet for UW’s first win. Before Saturday night’s showdown, the Wolverines sat at  4-5-1 overall and had only one Big Ten win to their name.So when it came time for Saturday night’s game, head coach John Trask couldn’t stress to his players enough the importance of playing with intensity for the full 90 minutes.“We made that a focus before the game, competing for 90 minutes, every single second,” Trask said. “That has to be there. To be successful in college soccer, you have to compete, and hopefully some skills and some soccer plays develop to give you a chance to win.”Unlike in previous games, where Trask’s calls for more urgent play from the team seemed to fall on deaf ears, the Badgers played with a drive and intensity UW soccer fans haven’t had the chance to see out of the team yet this year. As a result, referee calls became a big influence on the outcome of the game.Early in the first half, after a slide by UW freshman midfielder Drew Conner took down a charging Michigan player into UW’s half, the referee called a foul. In a response that would become typical of players on both teams in the game, Conner immediately jumped up and got into a heated argument with the referee over the call resulting in a yellow card.“I came in, and it wasn’t necessarily a tackle, it was more of just a shot block,” Conner said. “It was right outside the box so I was upset that it was called, especially because I didn’t even think it was a foul.”This type of situation would become a common thread throughout the game, as the referees had to make several key decisions, or in some cases non-decisions, to determine the game.In another questionable call by the referee, junior midfielder Trevor Wheeler received a ball in Michigan’s penalty area only to be taken down by a Michigan player sliding in to kick the ball away from him. Sitting at a 1-1 tie in the 68th minute, a penalty kick decision could have given UW a chance to take the lead, but center referee Jorge Cuate decided to let play continue.Trask, who normally remains calm and sits on the team bench on the sidelines throughout the duration of the game, even jumped up out of his seat to argue with the referee about the call.“I had my little go [at the referee] there, I thought Wheeler got brought down in the box,” Trask said. “I think an important thing when a team is going through what we are going through, is that [the players] have got to see that I’m still passionate about it.”“Ultimately though, it is his call,” Trask added. “We have great referees in the Big Ten, we are very, very fortunate … we are by far the luckiest conference in the country.”Rau returns to starting lineupAfter making way for junior goalkeeper Max Jentsch to start in a 1-0 loss to UW-Milwaukee Wednesday, freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau was back in the starting 11 against Michigan Sunday.While externally this might have seemed linked to Wednesday’s loss, Trask made it clear that he has been happy with the progress both goalkeepers continue to make as Wisconsin progresses through its season.The start was also an important one personally for the Sparta, Mich., native, who faced one of his home state schools in the Wolverines.After a number of key saves throughout the game, including one long range effort by a Michigan player that Rau just managed to tip over the bar, his return to the lineup marked a confident showing by the entire UW defense.“I thought Chase came up big on a bunch of saves, he communicated all game, kept the team organized,” sophomore defender AJ Cochran said. “We knew this was a big game for him, and he came up huge for us.“Him and Max, they have been awesome all season … no matter who is out there they give us the confidence to play well, and hopefully we give them the confidence to play well.”Follow Nick on Twitterlast_img read more

IGRG sets November date for Responsible Gambling Week 2018

first_img Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Submit Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’ November 13, 2019 The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has announced that Responsible Gambling Week 2018 will take place from 1st-7th November and that, for the first time, organisations and businesses from Ireland and Northern Ireland will join those from Great Britain in supporting the event.The IGRG brings together every sector of the gambling industry through its member trade associations, covering online, amusement arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers and casinos: all with the common objective of raising awareness of responsible gambling behaviours and encouraging staff, customers and the wider public to discuss what it means to gamble responsibly.The headline theme of the week will be ‘Let’s Talk About Responsible Gambling’. By coming together with one voice, the industry aims to extend its reach and ensure that the message of responsible gambling connects with the widest possible audience.A new website www.responsiblegamblingweek.org has been created and contains information about the Week, its supporters, responsible gambling and where to find further help and information. The website provides a central resource and information point for customers, the general public, staff and supporting organisations, in addition to providing information and material for the media. Social channels for Responsible Gambling Week 2018 are also active on Facebook and Twitter: RGWeek18.John Hagan, Chairman of the IGRG, said: “Social responsibility is fundamental to the gambling industry’s approach, and we are all dedicated, year-round, to promoting responsible gambling. But what makes Responsible Gambling Week special is that the whole industry is united and engaged, and we are pleased that this hugely positive collaboration extends to working with the Irish industry this year too.“Responsible Gambling Week 2018 seeks once again to call upon and harness the collective networks, venues and staff of all gambling sectors. For 2018, we will be seeking to broaden the Week’s base of supporters and make use of communication networks, both traditional and digital, to have a conversation with a wider audience and raise awareness, continuing the “Let’s talk” theme of 2017.”Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the Irish Bookmakers Association, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the IGRG and joining their Responsible Gambling Week in November.  Following our very successful Responsible Gambling Week here in Ireland last February, it is a logical and progressive step to join forces with the UK campaign.” “The week is all about having that conversation, raising awareness on gambling responsibly, and on how to access help or support for those who need it.  Merging both campaigns can only help to increase the impact and reach of the campaign and ensure maximum coverage for the week.” Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

March 16th is the date for Oversight hearing about Glenwood facility

first_imgDES MOINES — The Government Oversight Committee in the Iowa House will meet March 16th to hear from the state agency director Governor Reynolds has put in charge of changes at the state-run Glenwood Resource Center.Department of Human Services director Kelly Garcia started in the job November 1st and 21 days later the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was investigating allegations of the disabled patients at Glenwood were being mistreated and being subjected to human experiments.House Speaker Pat Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, says enough information has been made public that the committee can have a productive meeting without jeopardizing any investigation.“We weren’t just going to hold a meeting to say we held a meeting,” Grassley says.Grassley credits the DHS director for meeting with the families or guardians of the patients at Glenwood as well as staff and for notifying key legislators of changes she’s making at the facility. Grassley says next month’s hearing will give Garcia a chance to address a larger audience.“One individual hasn’t had the chance to sit down with every single legislator to show the reaction that’s happened,” Grassley says.Earlier this week Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Senate unanimously confirmed Garcia to serve as director of the Department of Human Services.last_img read more

Anil Kumble all praise for Virat Kohli and Co. despite personal tiff

first_imgAdvertisement x63NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsayWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E37ki( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 76Would you ever consider trying this?😱1ylCan your students do this? 🌚7xivRoller skating! Powered by Firework The former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble praised Indian Cricket team so much in a recent interview despite having personal tiff. Anil Kumble was the head coach of this Indian Cricket Team 3 years ago. However, there were few personal difference of opinion between him and the skipper Virat Kohli. So, he had to step down from this chair at that moment.Advertisement However, Anil Kumble is not having any personal grudge on any player of this Indian cricket team. He is really proud of the Indian cricket team led by Virat Kohli. According to Kumble, this Indian cricket team has the potential to beat any side of this World currently. They can dominate against the top sides of the World at their home ground. It was difficult to believe that Indian cricket team will be able to win outside India few years back. However, now with this team it is quite possible.Advertisement According to Kumble, the reason behind the success of this Indian cricket team is not only the starting eleven but also the bench strength. As an example he stated about the recent performance of Shabaz Nadeem who made his debut in the third test against South Africa and gave a brilliant performance.MS Dhoni’s future important point in agenda as selectors meet ahead of Bangladesh seriesAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Ah, Shucks!

first_imgBy John BurtonKids volunteer at FH Firemen’s Fair for a ticket to rideJoe Perrotto (right), who oversees these fair volunteers, with his recruits.FAIR HAVEN – Getting up early on a hot and humid late August morning to shuck corn may not be everybody’s idea of fun.  But for the kids volunteering their corn-husking talents for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, it seemed like a lot of fun – and there was a payoff for their labor.“My mom said you can work at the fair and get free (ride and meal) tickets,” 13-year-old Cameron Reed said.“It sounded pretty cool, so I decided to come do it,” offered Jake Robinson, Cameron’s cousin, also 13, who was visiting from Somerset.Cameron and Jake were two of about 10 kids on hand standing over trash cans on Tuesday, Aug. 28. They were pulling ears of corn out of tall sacks and stripping them of their husks and silk so they could be cooked later that day when the crowds arrived at the fire company property at 645 River Road.“I’ve been doing this since, like, third grade,” Cameron said. “It’s not that bad.”This is the second year that borough residents T.J. Sullivan and James Foley, both 12, have offered their help, which includes doing some chores in addition to corn duty, for the annual fair.“I like it,” T.J. said, with James nodding in agreement.They have been attending the fair – which opened Aug. 24 and closes Sept. 1 – most of the evenings, so, they said, it seemed appropriate that they offered their help. It was a decision supported by their parents.The boys also liked the idea of getting those extra tickets.  James said he could get either two free rides and a meal or two meals and a ride with the tickets earned volunteering. He decided he would go for the two rides, probably The Zipper.“Definitely, The Zipper,” jumped in 10-year-old Lily Barnett. “It’s so spinney and fast.”Lily was less enthusiastic about spending her morning shucking corn and doing other chores. “But it’s worth it when I get tickets,” she said.“I like the rides and the boardwalk games,” said William Francis, 9, who was working alongside Jake and Michael Jakub, two brothers who are 11 and 9, respectively. But for William there was another draw beyond the rides and fun at the fair that the other kids all noted as well.  “You get to see your friends here,” he said.“It’s a good way to meet up with friends you haven’t seen over the summer,” T.J. agreed.People who were away for much of the summer, James said, seem to make it a point to return for this end of the season tradition. “Pretty much all of Fair Haven goes.”James also saw another benefit to his volunteering at 8 a.m. “Now, at least when you go back to school,” he said, “it’s not so bad getting up in the morning.”Joe Perrotto, a 20-year veteran of the fire company who was on hand to oversee the kids and their work, is responsible for purchasing and morning organization for the fair. Traditionally, he said, he gets 15 to 30 kids each year to participate and over the years he’s seen many return year after year.“You watch them grow up and the next thing you know, they’re riding the fire truck,” as fire company members, he said. “This is their way to give back.”“Without these kids, we couldn’t do what we do,” he said. “They do the chores to get us going.”It’s not all fun and games either, he admitted. “One of the things with these kids here is they have to put up with me for eight days.”last_img read more

What time is the Champions League draw and what Irish TV channel is it on?

first_imgTHE draw for the first knockout stage of this season’s Champions League will take place this morning.The biggest names in European football are all in the hat for the Round of 16 with some mouth watering potential ties ahead.1 The draw for the Round of 16 of the Champions League takes place todayCredit: EPAHere’s everything you need to know about the draw:What time is the draw on at?The draw is set to start at 11am Irish time on the morning of Monday December 16th at Uefa’s HQ in Nyon, Switzerland. The draw for the Round of 32 in the Europa League will take place at noon.What TV channel can I watch it on?RTE will be showing live coverage of the draw on their RTE News Now channel. This can be streamed live off of the RTE Player.BT Sport will also be showing the draw live in Ireland and the UK with their coverage starting at 10.45am on BT Sport 1. Sky Sports Extra customers in Ireland will be able to stream this off off the Sky Go app.You can also stream all the events from today’s draw live off of Uefa’s official YouTube channel.How does the draw for the Round of 16 work?The 16 teams that have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League have been divided into two pots of the eight group stage winners and runners up.These sides will be drawn against each other and will play a knock-out clash over two legs with the group winners getting their second leg clash at home.Teams are unable to be drawn against another team from their own domestic league at this stage of the competition.And teams are also unable to be drawn against the other team that qualified from their group for the Round of 16.What teams are in today’s Champions League Round of 16 draw?Group winners: Liverpool, Manchester City, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus, RB Leipzig, ValenciaGroup runners-up: Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Lyon, AtalantaWhat teams can the Premier League sides draw today?Liverpool: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta, Borussia Dortmund, LyonMOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidManchester City: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, LyonTottenham: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Barcelona, Red Bull Leipzig, Bayern MunichChelsea: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Barcelona, Red Bull Leipzig, Valencialast_img read more

UNDP Committed to Decentralization of Liberia

first_imgThe United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided support to the 15 counties in the fight against the deadly disease and for the decentralization process in Liberia.Speaking last Friday at the official presentation of the items at the Internal Affairs Ministry in Monrovia, Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen, Country Director of UNDP said he was pleased to turn over some of the items requested by the various counties that would help in containing and breaking the transmission of the Ebola disease.The UNDP, through the Internal Affairs Ministry, has provided motorbikes, mattresses, anti-Ebola buckets, mega phones, generators, T-shirts, printers and fliers, among others, to the 15 counties in support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.The Country Director explained that the items are in line with requests made by the Superintendents on the basis of their respective needs in the fight against the Ebola disease.“This will help the various counties to respond rapidly when the need arises. When each county is given a task and empowered, it will help greatly in the decentralization of Liberia.”Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said, “Some requested for more than 3 motorbikes, generators for Ebola treatment units, T-shirts with the inscription, “Ebola is real,” mattresses for ETUs and others. The value of the donated items is approximately US$450,000, he said.The UNDP boss assured the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the people of Liberia of the UNDP’s commitment to the country’s  decentralization process and to the fight against the Ebola virus.He explained that fighting Ebola is not a battle that Liberian and partners can win in the hospitals only, but by the contributions of everyone, including the community dwellers in the various counties.  Minister Dukuly described the UNDP support to the various counties as a total manifestation of decentralization of Liberia, which allows each county to perform its own tasks at the local level.Decentralization is not having workshops but rather, local capacity building and enabling the people to take ownership in the development of their county, said Minister Dukuly.“We cannot achieve decentralization with workshops. It is sustained over time with the ability to have people understand fiscal affairs and decentralization,” he explained.He continued, “This is not about the physical decentralization as important as it is, or political decentralization because everyone wants election, everyone wants a county superintendent position. Decentralization is about the people taking ownership of their lives, of their governance. It involves people taking ownership and being proud of what they can do to enhance their status,” he declared.Witnessing the ceremony were, Chief Zanzan Kawah, Head of the Traditional Council of Liberia, Deputy Minister, Varney A. Sirleaf, County Superintendents and other government officials from the Justice and Internal Affairs Ministries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECOWAS Committed to Human Security, Social Development

first_imgThe head of the Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reconfirmed the organization’s commitment to social and economic development in West Africa.Speaking yesterday at the opening of a two-day workshop on the establishment of the National Platform for Disaster and Risk Reduction in Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim said ECOWAS will encourage and promote national platforms integrating disaster risk reduction, emergency response and climate change adaptation in the sub-region.The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs-National Disaster Relief Commission, with support from ECOWAS and the United Nation Development Program (UNDP).Mr. Ibrahim said the rationale for establishing and strengthening national platforms in West Africa is based on the need to make substantial progress in implementing the ECOWAS Policy for disaster risk reduction in line with the  Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the African Regional Programme.According to him, there should be increased commitment and engagement by all ECOWAS member states to required more and effective partnerships between countries under the coordination of the commission for building a stronger, more systematic and coherent sub-regional effort to support national disaster reduction activities in the sub-region.Mr. Ibrahim disclosed that disasters caused by natural and man-made events  amount to limitation on development and the achievement of the goals of human security and welfare.In West Africa, he said, the occurrence of natural and man-made disasters over the last three decades has continued to threaten the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).To minimize these negative impacts and to attain the strategic objectives of ECOWAS, the policy for Disaster Risk Reduction was developed and adopted by authorities and head of state at the thirty first ordinary summit in Ouagadougou on January 19th 2007, he declared.For his part, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly acknowledged ECOWAS and said that the national platforms on disasters management are issues that African region needs to respond to.Minister Dukuly recalled that those who have lived in Monrovia for the past 25 years will not deny that “we have more than climate change here.”Monrovia, he said, never hardly got flooded but today everywhere is being flooded.  This also the case in all of the counties.According to him, climate change is not a science fiction but it is real and is incumbent upon us to act quickly to this disaster.Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla Gadegbeku  Williams, said climate change is an evitable phenomenon which “we must watch closely and, at all times, be prepared to formulate and apply appropriate solutions for the control of our environment.””Today, we have gathered to establish a national platform which would reduce the risk of disaster in the wake of imminent  climate change which is taking place in Liberia.   Such change often affects poor people who eventually become internally displaced and there is need to find a durable solution to their plight,” Madam Williams declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more