NFL Player Visits Miles Lane School

first_img Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Latest Posts Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Biocenter_img Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015 Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. asknicole@ellsworthamerican.com BUCKSPORT — The Miles Lane School was awash in pint-size football jerseys Wednesday morning in honor of a visit from New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.First-grader Jocelyn Tozier arrived in a limousine with the professional athlete as classmates cheered and snapped photographs.Jocelyn, who is 7, won the visit in the NFL Take a Player to School Sweepstakes. Meriweather spoke to students about the importance of being active, part of the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter the assembly, Meriweather led students in Jocelyn’s first grade class in an Ultimate P.E. Class. The NFL Take a Player to School sweepstakes selected one winner in each of the 32 NFL markets and two non-market winners. Jocelyn was one of the two non-market winners. The NFL and JCPenney each donated $1,000 to Jocelyn’s school to benefit fitness programs. The Miles Lane School was also given fitness equipment. Meriweather was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. Jocelyn’s parents, Dale and Michelle Tozier, accompanied her to school Wednesday. The couple, who have held Patriots season tickets for 15 years, instilled a love of football in their children. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.last_img read more

CWI names 13 committees, two new task forces

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Along with the establishment of 13 committees, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has also announced the formation of a Governance Task Force and a Selection Task Force, to help in its reform.The five-member Governance Task Force and the six-member Selection Task Force have been appointed to review and implement reform of the organisation’s governance, and the outdated system of team selections.Jamaican businessman and Senator Don Wehby has been selected to chair the Governance Task Force, which also includes Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of UWI; Charles Wilkin, Queen’s Counsel of St Kitts & Nevis; Jamaican entrepreneur OK Melhado, and former Trinidad and West Indies cricketer, Deryck Murray.The Selection Task Force is chaired by CWI Vice-President Dr Kishore Shallow and includes former West Indian cricketers Ramnaresh Sarwan, Philo Wallace, and Miles Bascombe; Jimmy Adams, CWI Director of Cricket, and Enoch Lewis, CWI Chairman of the Cricket Committee.The 13 committees will preside over Audit, Risk and Compliance; Chief Executives, Communications & Commercial Affairs, Cricket, Disciplinary Tribunal, Ethics, Executive Performance Review, Finance, Human Resources Development, International Fixtures, Medical Advisory, No Objection Certificate (NOC) and Umpires and Match Referees.CWI president Ricky Skerritt has confirmed that the committee compositions include a wide variety of stakeholder interests. Over 50 per cent of the total committee membership is independent of the traditional cricket fraternity, originating from 11 different Caribbean territories.The total number of women on CWI committees has increased, with a few of the committees actually having a female member for the first time.Skerritt also confirmed that there remains one more task force to be assembled later this year.The ‘High Performance Implementation System’ Task Force will be charged with designing a more modernised and effective system of partnership-based player development/intervention initiatives.last_img read more

Windies legend Haynes meets modern-day Healy

first_imgON the outfield of Barbados’ Kensington Oval on Friday, an age-old rivalry was reborn.But rather than recreate the infamous scene that took place at the same ground in 1991, it was all banter and laughter when West Indies great Desmond Haynes once again came face-to-face with a Healy representing Australia.This time, it was Australian wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, the niece of men’s team great Ian – and she wasted no time making a beeline for her uncle’s old rival and taking a photo to share on social media.The West Indian opener had a message of his own to pass on to the elder Healy, as he addressed the Australian women’s squad on the eve of their first T20I against their Caribbean rivals.He took particular delight in gesturing towards the middle as he recalled that 1991 Test where he and the legendary Australian gloveman shared a heated exchange.On Australia’s 1991 tour of the West Indies, Haynes and Ian Healy had a running battle through the ODI series that spilled over into the Test matches.Haynes survived a caught-behind appeal in Barbados, gesturing animatedly that the ball had flicked his hip which led to a few choice words from behind the stumps. The exchange got heated with the West Indian opener ripping off his helmet and storming towards the Australian and pointing his bat at the gloveman’s chest.“It was nice to meet him and have a bit of a laugh about some of the times he had on field with Uncle Ian,” Healy, who was just a one-year-old in 1991, told cricket.com.au.“He did say he always wanted to meet me and let me know he thought my uncle was a bit of a so-and-so, I can’t say (the actual word) on camera but let’s just say a pain behind the stumps.“It was nice to share a laugh and they had a few beers afterwards to settle it, so they’re all good mates after that.“It was a bit of fun, he’s a legend and he’s running a really cool museum here for the cricket legends from Barbados.”These days, there’s a Healy and a Haynes playing alongside each other in the Australian women’s squad.And it’s only fitting that Australia vice-captain Rachael Haynes’ nickname is ‘Des’.“That was pretty cute, they had the Desmond-squared photo,” Healy said.“Rachael Haynes with that last name, we’ve been calling her ‘Dessie’ since I can remember so it was cool for her to stand next to him and have a photo.”The Australians, who are on their first bilateral tour of the Caribbean since 1976, presented Haynes and fellow former West Indian Vasbert Drakes with a signed bat, to be displayed in Bridgetown’s famous Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum. (Cricket.com.au)last_img read more

Deosaran optimistic that Lusignan A can defend title against ECCCC

first_imgFORMER West Indies President’s XI cricketer Krishna Deosaran expects a tough battle, but is optimistic that his Lusignan A team can defend their title when they tackle home team, Enmore Community Centre Cricket Club (ECCCC), today, in the SPR Enterprise 40-over final.The game, which was postponed from last month due to bad weather is set to start at 10:00hrs.The experienced cricketer, who represented Guyana at the U-19 level with lengthy stints in Trinidad and Canada, said that if his side stick to their game plan they should come out victorious.“We would have to execute both with the bat and the ball to be on top of the game, we just have to stick to our game plan and the basics. I think once we play positively and show no signs of weakness we will dominate on that day.”The Lusignan skipper added that he is aware of the magnitude of the game, but he also knows that he has an experienced side in big clashes and is confident in his players’ abilities.“I know it’s a big game, but we are confident and positive about our potential and our talent in the team. I know we have the ability to win it again.”Both teams are pumped up for the clash, since they played unbeaten throughout the preliminary rounds.ADVANTAGEEnmore have home team advantage and like Lusignan, they have several solid players, including former national leg-spinner Amir Khan, Imran Hassan, skipper Bheemraj Ramkelawan and national U-17 cricketer Chaitram Balgobin.Despite the disadvantages of playing away from home, Deosaran is still counting on his talented players.“The home side will definitely get an advantage. They are more accustomed to their environment and they will know the pitch more than we, but we played long enough to understand and adapt quickly as well.”The 32-year-old will have the likes of Steve Ramdass and Robin Williams among several other quality players at his disposal.The teams read:Lusignan A: K. Deosarran (captain), S.Bharrat, G. Boodwah, S. Ramdass, R. Williams, V. Ramjeet, J. Heliger, R. Naikarran, E. Khan, A. Mohammed, K. Franklin, R. Gopaul and K.Bishundial.  Enmore CCCC A: B. Ramkelawan (captain), R. Singh, C. Surat, N. Gobin, S. Jainarine, A. Khan, R. Hiralall, C, Seemangal, S. Jainarine, Y. Dyal, C. Balgobin, V. Ramlakhan and I. Hassan.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger points spotlight on climate

first_imgWith age, regular physicals become more important to a person’s health. Such is also the case with climate assessments and the environment, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explained during an interview with the Daily Trojan on Monday.Governator · Former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at the Schwarzenegger Institute Inaugural Symposium in September 2012. — Courtesy of Steve CohnSchwarzenegger will speak at USC on April 8 during a public comment forum in which regional scientists will present stark findings from a draft chapter of the third National Climate Assessment.The Southwest Region chapter, which includes California, projects that effects of climate change might include decreasing water supplies for cities and agriculture, increases in wildfires and rising sea levels. Presenters will discuss climate research on subjects ranging from the water supply to tree mortality.“[A physical] gives an evaluation of your body and what you can do to protect it down the line so you don’t continue that trend,” Schwarzenegger said. “And this is what this assessment report does. It gives you an idea of where we are and where we go with that and what we need to do in order to improve the situation.”USC’s Schwarzenegger Institute and the Center for Sustainable Cities, which opened in September, will host the forum. Through sponsoring the event, the institute hopes to shine a spotlight on an issue that normally would receive little attention.“This report was kind of a low-key issue that would just go by and be just another report that I don’t think many people would pay attention to,” Schwarzenegger said. “And we then try to make sure that the media does pay attention to it and report on it.”Several scientists presenting at the forum commented on the importance of raising awareness for climate trends. University of Arizona Professor Thomas Swetnam, who will present findings on tree mortality, said the media has not accurately captured the magnitude of climate change.“There really hasn’t been that much media coverage of the impacts that have occurred and are likely to occur,” Swetnam said.A Media Matters report from last year shows that about 9 percent of television segments and 26 percent of print articles covered the record-breaking heat last July.David Pierce, a Scripps College climate researcher studying water issues in Southern California, noted that it’s particularly important to be conscious of climate change predictions for infrastructure planning.“Forewarned is forewarned,” he said. “I should mention any changes to water infrastructure or water allocation can take decades to accomplish. It’s better to start your planning on any adaptation early rather than waiting too long.”Scientists argued the issues presented in the report could have serious ramifications that the public should be attuned to. Swetnam warned that climate change could threaten iconic tree species, even California’s giant sequoia.“Is climate going to change enough to cause a loss of some of these national treasures? Right now science is suggesting yes, they are at risk,” Swetnam said. “So we need to take action.”Schwarzenegger, who actively worked to curb climate change as governor, said he hopes to reach a broader audience by using the institute to spotlight the report.“It is global warming and not just California warming. There is only so much we can do as a state,” Schwarzenegger said. “I think that the institute has given me the platform to talk to the rest of the world, especially to all the academic institutions around the world.”Schwarzenegger is planning on writing a letter to the president and congressional leaders after Monday’s forum, according to Bonnie Reiss, the institute’s global director.The hearing came about when Hilda Blanco, interim director of the USC Center for Sustainable Cities and a lead author of the chapter, approached Reiss with the primary motivation of bringing more attention to the issue.“She came and she said, ‘Sadly, this is the third scientific report in 23 years, and it has very dramatic findings and it won’t get attention,’” Reiss said.Using a university as the forum’s setting is important to Schwarzenegger because he believes students should be more involved in the political process.“The key thing with all of this is to inspire the students to get involved because I believe that the mistake that has been made in the past is that we always look to government for the answers and the solutions,” Schwarzenegger said. “But, in fact, we should challenge the average person — everybody — out there to participate because that’s how movements become successful.”The forum will be held in Lewis Hall auditorium on April 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Public comment on the third National Climate Assessment draft ends on April 12 and can be submitted online.last_img read more

GSG pens letter against tax bill

first_imgThe Graduate Student Government sent a letter to the United States Congress on Wednesday expressing graduate students’ concerns about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the latest Republican-sponsored bill proposed to modify the existing tax code. The letter, which garnered more than 450 signatures, was a direct response to several provisions in the proposed bill, including one that would repeal the graduate and professional students’ tax-free tuition income. Instead, the stipend students receive from working at universities would be taxed as regular income — creating a situation where students can “barely survive on their stipends,” the letter stated.“We stand together and urge your opposition to the provisions in this bill that impact members of the higher education community,” GSG said in the statement, which was obtained by the Daily Trojan. “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has many provisions that not only adversely impact universities, but graduate and doctoral students specifically.”The letter addressed House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.GSG also coordinated phone banking efforts on Wednesday to congressional representatives to voice its opposition to the bill. There were key provisions up for repeal in the bill, the letter noted, that GSG felt would adversely impact USC and its students.“[The bill] will also make it difficult for universities to recruit graduate-professional students,” the letter said. “Ultimately, this hinders the progress of research and innovation at our institutions of higher learning.”Undergraduate and graduate students can also currently receive up to $5,250 in tax-free income from an employer that can be applied to educational funding. The proposed policy will repeal that provision, which GSG argues will limit the educational and professional growth of employees and students.The letter also expressed concerns about other provisions being considered for repeal, such as the student loan interest deduction and Hope Scholarship Tax Credit, and the creation of a tax on universities’ endowments.The House of Representatives is expected to vote on its version of the bill this week, according to POLITICO. The Senate, which created its own tax plan, elected to keep tax-free tuition income.GSG did not respond to multiple requests for comment.last_img read more

Pullard to return next season

first_imgUSC junior linebacker Hayes Pullard will return to USC for his final season of NCAA eligibility. The team captain started all 14 games for the Trojans in 2013, recording 94 total tackles and one interception. Pullard was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 NFL prospects at linebacker, partly due to his performance in big games.One more year · Linebacker Hayes Pullard recorded 94 total tackles and one interception during the 2013 season, and will start for the fourth consecutive year. The team captain shined in crucial games. – William Ehart | Daily TrojanThe Los Angeles native picked up 12 tackles in the team’s stunning upset of Stanford on Nov. 16, and 14 more two weeks later against UCLA. Perhaps Pullard’s most memorable performance came in 2011, when the then-true freshman recorded 14 tackles and two sacks in the Trojans’ thrilling 38-35 win over Oregon. Pullard has amassed 282 tackles, six sacks and two interceptions over the past three seasons.New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox will certainly be happy to see Pullard return. The junior helped anchor a defense that held opponents to 21.2 points per game in 2013, good for a top-20 national ranking. That unit, however, may be in flux after the events of this offseason. Along the defensive line, tackle George Uko has chosen to forego his senior season while defensive end Morgan Breslin will be lost to graduation. That duo combined for 9.5 sacks this season. Pullard will headline a strong linebacking corps that also returns senior Lamar Dawson, redshirt junior Anthony Sarao and redshirt sophomore Scott Starr. No longer in the mix is graduated senior Devon Kennard, who led the team with nine sacks this season. In the secondary, cornerback Torin Harris will also be lost to graduation. Key returners include sophomore safeties Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III along with junior cornerback Kevon Seymour. Safety Josh Shaw has yet to announce whether he will return for his final year of eligibility.Pullard will also be the lone captain to return to Steve Sarkisian’s 2014 squad. Along with Kennard, center Marcus Martin and wide receiver Marqise Lee have also entered the draft. A fifth Trojan, redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble, also chose to leave for the NFL.The most promising NFL prospect is Lee, a former All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner whose 2013 performance was hampered by injuries. Lee caught 57 passes for 791 yards and four touchdowns this season, following his record-breaking 118-catch, 1721-yard and 14 -touchdown 2012 season. Close to full health, Lee caught 7 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in his final performance against Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The potential first-round draft pick finished his career owning or tying 22 USC records along with the Pac-12 career record for receptions. Martin, Uko, Grimble and Bailey are expected to be third or fourth-round selections.USC has produced 480 NFL draft picks and 77 overall picks, both national records.last_img read more

No. 3 USC gearing up to host No. 1 UCLA

first_imgWith its NCAA playoff position hanging in the balance in the season’s closing stages, the No. 3 USC men’s water polo team will try to topple No. 1 UCLA in the rubber match between crosstown rivals this Sunday.T-Rex · Senior driver Rex Butler and the Trojans will face UCLA for the third time this season on Sunday. Butler has 32 goals so far in 2014. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (18-3) and the Bruins (21-2) each hold one win over the other in the 2014 season series. The two sides’ first meeting on Sept. 21 ended with the Bruins handing the Trojans their first loss of the year 9-7 to eliminate USC from the Kap7 NorCal Classic. Their most recent meeting on Oct. 12 ended with the Trojans knocking off the Bruins 10-6 in Westwood on the way to winning the SoCal Tournament championship. Sunday’s battle for Los Angeles supremacy will take place at Troy, and while the two sides will not be fighting for a tournament title, their third meeting of the season could have significant implications on the NCAA championship tournament.“This [game is] a little more important because we are tied one and one, and the team that wins this game will have an advantage in terms of head to head records when it comes down to selecting teams to the NCAA tournament,” Trojan head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We still have four very difficult games left in the conference, and other teams do too. So there’s still a lot of water polo left to play, and one loss here and there can really make a difference.”Sophomore driver Nick Bell reiterated the weight of Sunday’s matchup within the conference containing the “Big Four” teams of NCAA men’s water polo.“It’s definitely a very important game,” Bell said. “Three teams are going to go to the NCAA tournament in our conference, and right now we have the top four [in the nation]. The team who wins our conference goes to the NCAA tournament for sure. The next teams might end up tied at the end of the season, and it could go to the heads of the conference to decide who goes, so this game would be a big win for us.”The Trojans bounced back from a down-to-the wire 11-10 loss to Stanford with emphatic wins over Loyola Marymount and Pacific last week, defeating the Lions and Tigers 19-7 and 11-6 respectively. Having been knocked down from the top spot in the rankings with the Stanford loss, the Trojans will look to resurge as they did in their SoCal tournament victory, which Vavic says was fueled by the team’s loss to the Bruins at the beginning of the season.“You get more focused [after losing],” Vavic said. “When you win games, you get a tendency to relax and think you are too good. And when you lose, you look at your preparation with a more critical eye, and try to figure out how to do better.”Defense can’t be stressed enough around the Trojan camp as the team aims to take down the top-ranked Bruins. USC will want to curb the efforts of Bruin utility Cristiano Mirarchi, who leads UCLA in scoring with 37 goals on the year, and center Gordon Marshall, who’s tallied nine goals through the Bruins’ last three games.“The last time we played UCLA, we did a really good job on defense, so our coach is going to go back to what we did right, and we’re going to try to repeat that,” senior driver Kostas Genidounias said.The battle for Southern California water polo is set to take place 7 p.m. PT Sunday at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.last_img read more

NC Special Week 13: Kotoko back on top, Ashgold, Karela close in on semi finals

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko returned to the top of Zone A with a 2-0 win over Medeama at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.Goals from the returning Songne Yacouba, and Abdul Fatawu Safiu, the latter’s 8th of the campaign, secured all 3 points for the Porcupine Warriors which lifted them above their opponents into first position with just one game to go. Medeam slip to 3rd on the table, 2 points behind the Porcupine Warriors.But Kotoko’s qualification to the semi finals of the competition is far from secured, after Ashantigold beat Bechem United 4-0 in Obuasi to move to 2nd position, one point off Kotoko.Shafiu Mumuni’s scored a penalty, which was sandwiched by goals from MacCarthy Appiah and Amos Kofi Nkrumah, after Douglas Opoku had scored an own goal to give Ashgold the lead.The Miners are now the highest goal scorers in Zone A with 14 goals.Elsewhere in Zone A, Eleven Wonders held Aduana Stars to a 0-0 draw while Berekum Chelsea were not in action.In Zone B, Hearts of Oak ensured they will finish top of the table with a thumping 3-1 at home to Elmina Sharks.Christopher Bonney converted a first half penalty before second half goals from Umar Manaf and captain Fatawu Mohammed gave the Phobians their 9th win in the competition, the most by any club. George Amonoo scored the consolation for Sharks.Liberty Professionals and Karela United look set to fight for the last semi final slot heading into the last day after both secured victories to stay on course to grab the last semi final spot in Zone B.Karela beat Dreams FC 2-0 at home with goals from Solomon Sarfo Taylor and Patrick Yeboah, while Liberty grabbed a 2-1 win away against Ebusua Dwarfs. Elvis Kyei Baffour scored right after kick off before Razak Issah pulled parity for the home side. But captain Simon Zibo made sure of the win with a 73rd minute goal.With one game left to play, Karela (24 points) and Liberty Professionals (22 points) are separated by 2 points and a draw on the last day will be enough to send Karela through on the last day while Liberty will need to win and hope Karela lose in order to secure a semi final place.Elsewhere, Inter Allies got only their second win of the campaign with a 4-2 victory over WAFA with both teams out of contention for a semi final qualification.Samuel Armah scored a brace while, Fuseini Mohammed and Michael Otoo also contributed a goal each for Allies. Justice Amate and Abukari Ibrahim scored for WAFA.NC Special Week 13 Results:Hearts of Oak 3-1 Elmina SharksAsante Kotoko 2-0 MedeamaAshantigold 4-0 Bechem UnitedInter Allies 4-2 WAFAEbusua Dwarfs 1-2 Liberty ProfessionalsKarela United 2-0 Dreams FCEleven Wonders 0-0 Aduana Starslast_img read more

Pelican’s Dante Cunningham recalled Kobe Bryant’s dunk that led to injury

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We all looked at each other like, ‘Did he really just shoot with his left hand?’ ” Cunningham said. “That’s just Kobe. He still played. We didn’t think twice about it.”Cunningham soon found out that Bryant’s dunk over him contributed to his season-ending shoulder injury that needed surgery. “He didn’t do anything out of the realm of normal in what he does,” Cunningham, said. “But it shows the warrior in him, the passion he has for the game and the will not to give up.” Full circle The best game of Jabari Brown’s short NBA career had just ended, his 22-point performance in Monday’s win against Philadelphia marking the last game of his second 10-day contract. Yet, Brown refused to think that secured his Lakers future. “I felt like I played well enough, but sometimes there are other things that go into it,” said Brown, who went undrafted out of University of Missouri and spent the past year in the Development League. “I was hoping for the best.” The best happened. The Lakers signed Brown for the rest of the 2014-15 season ($50,000) and to a non-guaranteed contract for the 2015-16 campaign ($900,000).The Lakers also waived 41-year-old guard Steve Nash, who officially announced his retirement two weeks ago after missing the 2014-15 season with a back injury. “He looked more comfortable and confident every game,” Scott said of Brown. “I’m very happy for Jabari because he’s put the work in.”Scott told Brown he lacked aggressiveness in training camp. Brown then averaged a league-leading 24.4 points per game with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Brown followed that up by averaging 9.4 points on 50 percent shooting in 24.5 minutes through 10 games, impressing Scott with his scoring, playmaking and defense. “I wanted to be aggressive, but I didn’t want to force things or take bad shots,” Brown said. “I felt like I was aggressive and playing hard on the defensive end.”center_img Two images of Kobe Bryant will stay etched in Dante Cunningham’s mind.The New Orleans Pelicans reserve forward will forever remember how Bryant nearly three months ago drove past him and finished with a two-handed dunk that Cunningham called “a Kobe special.” He will also remember how Bryant then grabbed his right shoulder, a play on Jan. 21 that aggravated a torn rotator cuff and sidelined the Lakers’ star for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. “At the time, you didn’t think anything of it,” Cunningham told Los Angeles News Group before the Lakers hosted New Orleans on Wednesday at Staples Center. “We still played.”That included Bryant. The Lakers’ star soon went to the bench after his third-quarter dunk at the 4:12 to ice his shoulder. But then Bryant re-entered the game with five minutes remaining, handling and shooting the ball with only his left arm. He successfully made one turnaround jumper with his left hand. Bryant airballed on his second attempt, prompting Cunningham and his teammates to joke the Lakers’ star was “just trying to expand his game.”last_img read more

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