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Agrosecurity classes

first_imgBy Jackie SosbyGeorgia Department of Agricultureand Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia just increased its agroterrorism preparedness anotherlevelby launching the local phase of the Agrosecurity Awareness TrainingJuly 1.”Whether it’s a natural disaster, an animal disease, foodcontamination or a deliberate act of agroterrorism, the peoplewho complete the training will know how to recognize something iswrong, who to call and what to do if it occurs,” said GeorgiaDepartment of Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin. “The ultimategoal is to make sure that Georgia agriculture and food are safe andsecure.”Georgia’s Homeland Security Task Force Agroterrorism Committeesponsors the training program which is being delivered across thestate by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents. Thecommittee is chaired by Lee Myers, state veterinarian and assistantcommissioner of animal industry for the Georgia Department ofAgriculture.Trainings across the stateUp to 3,500 agriculture first responders are expected toreceive training over the next six months. The goal is to providebasic agrosecurity awareness training to people across Georgiawho would likely mobilize during an agrosecurity incident.”We were the first state to include local jurisdictions in ourstatewide homeland security agriculture assessment,” Irvin said.”We knew we had to get down to the local level to adequately builda proper defense against agroterrrorism.”UGA and partners from government agencies developed the trainingwith a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Thecurriculum includes textbooks, presentations and a website withmaterials and information about the one-day training sessions.”This training, which is already considered a nationalmodel,helps address how we will safeguard Georgia’s agriculturalsector and food supply, both key components of our criticalinfrastructure,” said OHS-GEMA Director Mike Sherberger.County agents will conductUGA Extension agents, who will conduct one-day trainingsessions intheir communities, were trained this spring. Potential participantsinclude traditional first responders, such as law enforcement,firefighters and EMS, as well as farmers, veterinarians, foodprocessing managers, grocery store managers and others engaged inagriculture or agribusiness.”UGA Cooperative Extension is in a unique position to provideeducational training, especially on issues of agrosecurity,” saidDon Hamilton, UGA Extension’s homeland security coordinator. “Ourrepresentatives are on the front lines of food and agriculture eachday serving as expert eyes and ears across the state.”Hamilton says once trained, class participants will betterknow howto spot an agrosecurity incident and what to do if an incidentoccurs.”We’re educating folks on the value of agriculture in our state,and our ultimate aim is to make sure Georgia’s agriculture is safeand secure,” he said. “That’s a full-time job.”Hamilton said agrosecurity incidents can range from aterrorist actto someone unknowingly bringing an agricultural disease into thecountry.Not just terrorist acts”Agrosecurity incidents aren’t limited to manmade or terroristevents,” he said. “They encompass almost any event in the food andagriculture arena that would affect human health and theagricultural economy.”Incidents include natural disasters, he said, which UGA Extensionis already traditionally prepared to handle.”The way emergencies are handled is essentially the same whetherit’s manmade or something from Mother Nature,” Hamilton said.”Our county Extension agents are an essential part of theagrosecurity process,” he said, “because we have a smooth systemfor disseminating information during times of disaster. These newtrainings will further strengthen local communities’ capabilitiesin the event of an incident.”If you are a potential first responder and want to sign up for anagrosecurity training session, visit the program Web site atwww.agrosecurity.uga.edu or call your local UGA Extension agent.last_img read more

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Chittenden Reports Earnings; Announces Quarterly Dividend

first_imgChittenden Corporation (NYSE: CHZ) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paul A. Perrault,announced third quarter 2003 net income of $0.54 per diluted share,compared to the $0.48 per diluted share earned in the third quarter of 2002.For the first nine months of 2003, earnings were $1.54 per diluted share,compared to $1.41 a year ago. Chittenden also announced its quarterly dividendof $0.20 per share. The dividend will be paid on November 14, 2003, toshareholders of record on October 31, 2003.In making the announcement, Perrault said, “I am extremely pleased withour progress in organizing ourselves to be most responsive to our customers,shareholders, and employees, and with the financial results that we haveachieved at the same time. With our early-summer decision to migrate to a newinformation technology platform, work has begun in earnest to convert all ofour banks by the second quarter of next year. I am pleased to report that weare on schedule to meet that objective. The end result will be greatereffectiveness in serving our customers, enhanced efficiencies in our processesand lower costs associated with providing that service.”On February 28, 2003, Chittenden completed its acquisition of GraniteBank, a $1.1 billion commercial bank headquartered in Keene, NH for $123million in cash and approximately 4.4 million shares of Chittenden stockvalued at $116 million. This transaction was accounted for as a purchase and,accordingly, Granite Bank’s operations are reflected in Chittenden’sconsolidated financial statements from the date of acquisition.Total loans increased $85 million from June 30, 2003, due to increases inmunicipal, commercial real estate and construction loans. The increase inmunicipal loans reflects a seasonal trend, as the second quarter ishistorically the low point for municipal borrowings, coinciding with theborrowers’ fiscal year-ends. Commercial real estate loans increased $50million from June 30th with growth throughout Chittenden’s markets. TheCompany’s residential real estate portfolio declined $43 million due tocontinued heavy prepayments emanating from the decline in long term interestrates which hit their recent lows in the second quarter of 2003. This declinewas substantially offset by growth in construction loans due to the financingof several projects within Chittenden’s commercial customer base, continuing atrend that has been seen for the last several quarters.Total deposits increased $151 million from June 30th to $5.0 billion atSeptember 30, 2003. The increase was driven primarily by higher activity indemand, savings and money market/cash management accounts associated withmunicipal and commercial customers. The Company’s deposit base primarilyconsists of demand, savings and NOW accounts, which comprise 46% of totaldeposits and have an average weighted cost of 0.20%, and money market/cashmanagement accounts which comprise 32% of total deposits and have an averageweighted cost of 0.73%. Borrowings declined $159 million to $240 million atSeptember 30, 2003, primarily as a result of the early redemption of FHLBborrowings and customer repurchase agreements.The operating net interest margin for the third quarter of 2003 was 4.11%compared to 4.14% for the second quarter of 2003. In addition to scheduledamortization of Granite’s purchase accounting adjustments to loans, deposits,and borrowings which reduced net interest income by $900,000, the Companyrecognized accelerated amortization of $1.7 million in the third quarterprimarily due to heavy prepayments on Granite’s residential mortgages. Thenet interest margin for the third quarter, including the accelerated purchaseaccounting amortization, was 3.98%. Net interest income was $54.7 million forthe third quarter of 2003 and $49.7 million for the same period a year ago.The increase was driven by a larger balance sheet, as average-earning assetsincreased $1.1 billion to $5.5 billion in 2003 due primarily to the Graniteacquisition.Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 1 basis point in thethird quarter and 8 basis points in the first nine months of 2003 compared to10 basis points and 20 basis points for the respective periods in 2002. Netcharge-off activity on a year-to-date basis totaled $3.1 million compared with$6.1 million in 2002. Nonperforming assets were $18.0 million at September30, 2003 unchanged from June 30, 2003 and as a percentage of total loansdecreased to 48 basis points compared to 49 basis points a quarter ago and 54basis points for the third quarter of 2002. As a percentage of loans, theallowance for loan losses was 1.57%, which was consistent with the lastseveral quarters.Noninterest income was $25.0 million for the third quarter of 2003 downfrom $29.8 million for the second quarter and up from $13.8 million for thesame period a year ago. The change from the second quarter was primarily dueto fluctuations in securities gains, impairments on mortgage servicing rights,and losses on prepayments of borrowings. Excluding these items, noninterestincome grew approximately $1.6 million on a linked-quarter basis. Gains onsales of loans increased $860,000 from the second quarter of 2003 due to aslightly higher margin on mortgage loans sold and insurance commissions wereup $610,000 primarily due to higher levels of performance based commissions.Compared with the third quarter of a year ago, increases were also seen inservice charges on deposit accounts due to the Granite Bank acquisition, aswell as investment management income, and retail investment services. TheCompany realized $3.3 million of gains on sales of securities compared to $9.7million during the second quarter of 2003 and $6 thousand in the comparablequarter of 2002. Partially offsetting the securities gains recognized in thecurrent quarter were losses of $2.1 million associated with the prepayment ofborrowings. In addition, mortgage servicing income was $2.1 million higher ona linked-quarter basis and $2.2 million higher from the same quarter of 2002due to recoveries recognized in the current quarter associated with the fairvalue of the Company’s serviced loan portfolio, net of continued heavyamortization of those assets. During the third quarter the Company recognizedapproximately $3.3 million in impairment recoveries versus $3.5 million inamortization expense on its mortgage servicing rights.Noninterest expenses decreased $7.4 million from the second quarter of2003 and increased $9.9 million from the third quarter of 2002. The increasein noninterest expenses from the same period a year ago were primarily aresult of the Granite Bank acquisition which contributed approximately $4.0million in salary and benefits expenses, $1.2 million of net occupancy expenseand $1.5 million of other noninterest expenses. The decrease from the secondquarter of 2003 was largely due to $6.8 million in non-recurring chargesaccrued in the second quarter related to the Company’s decision to convert itscore data processing system and lower compensation expense due to reductionsin staffing.Effective income tax rates for 2003 were 35.4% for the third quarter and36.2% year to date compared to 34.7% for both respective periods in 2002. Thehigher effective rates in 2003 are due primarily to a larger proportion of theCompany’s taxable income being generated in New Hampshire. The lowereffective tax rate in the third quarter of 2003 versus year-to-date was due tothe recognition of the settlement of tax assessments by the MassachusettsDepartment of Revenue relating to the taxation of Real Estate InvestmentTrusts. This settlement benefited the current quarter’s provision byapproximately $250,000.The return on average equity was 14.19% for the third quarter of 2003,compared with 13.34% for the second quarter and 15.36% in the same quarter of2002. This decline from a year ago is primarily due to the issuance ofadditional equity in the Granite acquisition. The return on average assetsfor the third quarter of 2003 was 1.32%, flat with the third quarter of 2002and up from 1.26% for the second quarter of 2003.last_img read more

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Bill Doyle’s Town Meeting Poll: No to cell phones, yes to bottle bill, Vermont Yankee? maybe

first_imgSenator Bill Doyle today released the results of his 42nd annual town meeting survey. There were 15,000 returns from 142 Vermont towns and cities, one of the largest returns ever. Responders overwhelmingly support a law that would ban cell phone calling while driving, tougher DUI laws and expanding the bottle bill, while slightly more responders to the survey favored keeping the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant open for another 20 years.Some of the results were as follows: Closest tally VT yankee 45% yes, 41% no, 14% unsureStrongest support were:Ban Cell phones 75%Tougher DUI law 75%Expand bottle deposit 79%Pay more for locally grown foods 63%Require use of motorcycle helmets 90%Below are the full results.Senator Bill DoyleTown Meeting Day Survey – March 201115,000 returns from 142 Vermont Towns and Cities in PercentageQuestionYesNoNot Sure1) Should Vermont Yankee’s license be renewed in 2012?4541142) Should drivers be prohibited from using cell phones while driving?751963) Should Vermont legalize physician-assisted suicide?5037134) Should Vermont have a four-year term for governor?6128115) Should there be a mandatory minimum sentence for repeat DUI offenders791296) Should Vermonters be required to buy health insurance?3150197) Do you have confidence in Governor Shumlin?4330278) Should Vermont continue to require the use of motorcycle helmets?90829) Should law enforcement personnel be permitted to use tasers?56242010) Should Vermont legislature encourage bicycling and walking?71181111) Should Vermont’s bottle deposit law be expanded to include all bottled beverages?7914712) Are you willing to pay more for locally-grown food?63261113) In order to encourage wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, are you willing to pay higher prices?453916last_img read more

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Hike Buchanan County, Virginia

first_imgThe Coal Canyon Trail System offers 114 miles of multi-use trails. Hikers, bikers, and UTV drivers can expect a variety of easy, moderate, and hard trails to get outside and test their skills. This system boasts a total of more than 200 connected miles of trail around the county and surrounding area for multiple full days of fun.  While you’re in the area, take some time to watch the elk from one of the public wildlife viewing shelters near the Southern Gap Visitor Center. In 2012, 71 elk were reintroduced to the area after an almost 100-year absence. Today, that population has expanded to several hundred elk. The best time to visit is sunrise or sunset when these magnificent animals are the most active. Don’t forget about the Southern Gap Elk Fest, celebrating all things wildlife and mountain culture, October 14-17, 2020.  Stop by the new visitor center for interactive wildlife displays and an observation deck with panoramic views of the mountains. Additionally, several all-purpose trails start from the parking lot, giving nature lovers the chance to watch for the 220 bird species that call the county home and beautiful views of the night sky. Cabins, RV hookups, and campsites are open for those who want to stay close to the action. Après Hike Straddling the Virginia-Kentucky border, you’ll find an additional 25 miles of hiking trails at Breaks Interstate Park. Referred to as the Grand Canyon of the South, take in the wonder of the Russell Fork running through the five-mile gorge. Discover other activities in the park, including mountain bike rentals, geocaching, fishing, and more. WildBuchanan.com center_img The best time to see the elk in Buchanan County is sunrise or sunset when these magnificent animals are the most active. Photo courtesy Buchanan County Southern Gap Visitor Center, photo courtesy Buchanan County Head into the town of Grundy at the end of the day for a variety of delicious dining options. This fall, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of “Wild” Buchanan County and experience the natural wonder of the mountains.  From the scenic mountains and lush forestland to the flowing waters, Buchanan County, Va. is the perfect fall getaway for hiking and wildlife viewing.  The waters of Buchanan County offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Head to the Levisa River for some terrific smallmouth bass fishing from the river’s banks or Dismal Creek for stocked rainbow trout. Kayak or whitewater raft sections of the Russell Fork that feature class V rapids on the weekends of October. last_img read more

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£20m Leeds industrial portfolio in great demand

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 10

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 506; 2. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 482; 3. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif., 471; 4. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 469; 5. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 408; 6. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 401; 7. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo., 385; 8. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz., 375; 9. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz., 372; 10. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif., 350; 11. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 344; 12. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 337; 13. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 331; 14. Michael Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 306; 15. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 273; 16. Steve Simpson Jr., Kingman, Ariz., 227; 17. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 226; 18. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 211; 19. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D., 200; 20. Justin Zeitner, LaVista, Neb., 188.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 114; 2. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, both 112; 4. Tucker Doughty, Heath, Texas, 93; 5. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 92; 6. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 90; 7. John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas, 80; 8. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, and Tommy Hall, Natchitoches, La., both 77; 10. Claud Estes III, Godley, Texas, 76; 11. Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo., 74; 12. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 73; 13. Joshua Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, and Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, both 72; 15. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 67; 16. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 66; 17. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, and Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, both 62; 19. Chase Parson, Abilene, Texas, 61; 20. Nicholas Littlejohn, Weatherford, Texas, 59.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 230; 2. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 222; 3. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 216; 4. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 195; 5. Jimmy Davy, Yuma, Ariz., and Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, both 194; 7. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 192; 8. Thomas Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 191; 9. Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis., 190; 10. Matt Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., and Eric Jones, Troy, Texas, both 187; 12. Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., 185; 13. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 184; 14. Andy Altenburg, Truman, Minn., and Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., both 179; 16. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 173; 17. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 155; 18. Steven Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 149; 19. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, and Steven Orebaugh, Fort Worth, Texas, both 143.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Bob Horton, Yuma, Ariz., and Jason Beshears, Yuma, Ariz., both 216; 3. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 215; 4. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., and Aaron Norman, Carlsbad, N.M., both 214; 6. Francisco J. Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., 200; 7. Scott Shaw, Red Deer, Alb., 187; 8. Harvey Quinn, Yuma, Ariz., 165; 9. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 146; 10. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 106; 11. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 80; 12. Paul O’Connor, Surprise, Ariz., 79; 13. Richard Bennett, Mesa, Ariz., 76; 14. Jay Crowe, Phoenix, Ariz., Gerald Spalding Sr., Stamford, Texas, Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, and Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., each 72; 18. Matt Bice, Austin, Texas, 71; 19. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 70; 20. Clint Day, Odessa, Texas, 66.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 224; 2. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 221; 3. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 144; 4. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 129; 5. Frank Lackey, Joshua, Texas, 117; 6. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 111; 7. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 97; 8. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 89; 9. Bradley Poor, Abilene, Texas, 79; 10. Dustin Sprouse, Crandall, Texas, 74; 11. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 71; 12. Randall Zilka, Alvarado, Texas, 69; 13. James McCreery, Cedar Hill, Texas, 67; 14. Terry Owen, Merkel, Texas, and Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, both 66; 16. Chris Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 65; 17. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford, Texas, and David Sanford, Abilene, Texas, both 64; 19. Shane Priddy, Merkel, Texas, 62; 20. Matt Mueller, Stamford, Texas, 60.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 310; 2. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 290; 3. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 237; 4. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., and Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., both 228; 6. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif., 225; 7. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 200; 8. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., and Tim Reese, Yuma, Ariz., both 187; 10. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 186; 11. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 184; 12. Eric Winemiller, Casa Grande, Ariz., 173; 13. Ray Czumaj, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 163; 14. Erik Shaw, Casa Grande, Ariz., 157; 15. Levi Kiefer, Bakersfield, Calif., 156; 16. Allen Kelley, Kearny, Ariz., and Cody Daffern, Brawley, Calif., both 152; 18. Thomas Harrison, Somerton, Ariz., 143; 19. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 141; 20. Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz., 135.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger demands urgency from Arsenal

first_img The Gunners resume domestic action at Vicarage Road for the late televised kick-off looking to maintain momentum from their demolition of the Red Devils, who were taken apart with three goals inside the first 20 minutes. Wenger, though, knows that stunning performance will quickly be forgotten should they fail to deliver against the Hornets. Wenger believes this season’s title race could prove to be the most open of recent years and refused to rule out champions Chelsea – already 10 points adrift – mounting a recovery. “At the moment the top eight can mathematically compete,” said Wenger. “(Realistically), I would say five or six teams (can win the title).” The Gunners boss added: “(Chelsea) have some ground to make up. Of course when you have many teams in front of you it is difficult to catch up, but they have the quality.” Wenger, though, is not about to lose any sleep over the challenges ahead for Jose Mourinho’s squad if the Blues are to haul themselves back into contention. “I don’t care too much about that. My worry is about my team and what we can do,” said the Gunners boss. “We are two points behind the league leaders and what all the other teams do is up to them. “I just want to say mathematically you cannot rule anybody out at the moment.” While there is the small matter of a Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich next Tuesday night, Wenger insists that European tie will have no bearing on how he sets his team up at Vicarage Road. “Not at all. For me the most important game is Watford,” said Wenger, who could have centre-back Laurent Koscielny fit again from a hamstring injury. “I would say the Premier League is the most important competition for us.” Press Association “It can increase the belief and the hunger of the team (to win convincingly). On the other hand you have to show that you can come in to every game with that focus,” said Wenger, who is hoping Alexis Sanchez returns fit from international duty with Chile having been carrying a hip problem. “The level of champions and people who want to fight at the top is urgency – and urgency is something that keeps you alert, so we know what will be expected of us. “We have to be conscious that it will be a different game at Watford, but the level of urgency is a big part of success and that is what we work on.” Wenger accepts such little time to regroup following the international break is not ideal, especially with the players having been on a high following the manner of their win over United. “It was difficult, we separated on a positive vibe. After, the task is to reconnect quickly because everybody goes to their national teams and has different worries,” said Wenger. “The target now is to refocus on what we want to achieve. “Watford are a very difficult team to play against, so we have to focus to get a positive result on Saturday.” Arsenal’s win over United moved them to within two points of Manchester City. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to recapture the hunger which saw them blow away Manchester United when they head to Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

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Volleyball: Ellsworth wins quarterfinal with “scrappy” performance

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth volleyball coach Whitney Ranger knew just the word to describe her team’s performance in Saturday’s Class B quarterfinal game against Woodland.“They played scrappy,” Ranger said. “The other team was actually pretty scrappy, too.”After four sets filled with back-and-forth action, the fourth-ranked Ellsworth Eagles (11-4) prevailed over fifth-ranked Woodland (7-8) 3-1 with individual set scores of 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-20.The Eagles, who were forced to play without their starting setter, turned to freshman Olivia Dyer to fill the position.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“She did amazing,” Ranger said of Dyer, who finished with eight assists.Rachel Bunker led the Eagles with her serving, notching nine aces as well as 12 kills and three solo blocks.“The biggest improvement I’ve noticed with this team is their blocking at the net,” Ranger said. “They played pretty well today.”Also for Ellsworth, Delaney Sargent contributed 19 digs; Avery Jester had three solo blocks; and Lexi Hennigan had 10 assists.The win advanced the Eagles to the semifinals at first-ranked Calais (12-3) on Wednesday.Ellsworth and Calais faced off earlier this month. Calais won 3-2.“They have one girl from Texas who is really good,” Ranger said, referring to sophomore Kelly Delaney. “We’re probably going to work on a lot of drills that involve covering her.”In other Hancock County news, Mount Desert Island’s season came to an end Saturday with a 3-0 loss to Greely in the Class A quarterfinals.Find more pictures from Ellsworth’s quarterfinal win here.Sammy Mason taps the ball over the net in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSRachel Bunker jumps up for the spike in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFreshman Olivia Dyer sets the ball in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDelaney Sargent hits the ball in Ellsworth’s 3-1 win over Woodland in the quarterfinals on Saturday. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMScenter_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.last_img read more

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The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps

first_imgOther meets on the tentative national schedule include the Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta from Dec. 2-5, as well as the Speedo Juniors East and West short-course meets from Dec. 9-12, which will be held in Atlanta and Austin, Texas, respectively.___UEFA is paying 236.5 million euros ($255 million) in advance to its national federations and easing requirements on how they spend it during the pandemic.UEFA says each of its 55 members is getting up to 4.3 million euros ($4.7 million) they are due in central funding through next season.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the money “can be used as our members see fit to rebuild the football community.” ___A group of professional tennis players led by Dustin Brown will meet in a series of exhibition tournaments in Germany starting Friday.The live-streamed event will take place at an academy near the small town of Höhr-Grenzhausen.The men’s and women’s professional tours are currently suspended until July because of the coronavirus pandemic.Brown is from Germany and his father is Jamaican. He upset Rafal Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon in 2015. ___British Grand Prix organizers say they are talking to the government about the viability of holding the Formula One race on July 19 with no fans amid the coronavirus pandemic.The season was due to begin in March but no races have been possible so far.Silverstone circuit managing director Stuart Pringle wrote an email to ticket buyers saying he is “extremely disappointed to tell you that we are unable to stage this year’s British Grand Prix in front of the fans.”Pringle says organizers left the decision for as long as possible “but it is abundantly clear given the current conditions … that a Grand Prix under normal conditions is just not going to be possible.“ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The plan is then to race in “Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi.”Carey expects the early races to be without fans but hopes they “will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.”___The French Grand Prix has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision further pushes back the start of the Formula One season. Associated Press The Latest: Clemson cancels athletic and academic camps April 27, 2020 USA Swimming has announced its plans for a return to competition, beginning with a series of regional events in August before the national schedule begins in early November at Richmond, Virginia.The governing body is canceling all national events in July and early August because of the coronavirus pandemic. The regional events will be held in August, with an eye toward limiting the need for travel and promoting a safer environment for athletes, coaches, officials and families.USA Swimming said it will announce further scheduling details in the coming weeks, subject to local health guidelines.A tentative national schedule has been released, leading up to the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, in June 2021.The first meet of the TYR Pro Swim Series is set for Richmond from Nov. 5-8, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee (Jan. 13-16, 2021), San Antonio (March 3-6), Mission Viejo, California (April 8-11, 2021), and Indianapolis (May 12-15). Ceferin says “this is a responsible decision to help as much as we can.”European officials are usually required to spend certain amounts in areas such as youth and women’s soccer, referee training, and operating costs. They are not subject to mandatory UEFA audits.UEFA’s funding program, called Hat-Trick, is worth twice as much to European federations as they get from FIFA. The program is worth more than 11 million euros ($12 million) in the current 4-year cycle compared to $6 million in basic funding from FIFA for 2019-22.___ Brown says on the event’s website he is “happy to have the chance to compete again. … I am looking forward to going out there doing what I love.”The shortened matches will be best of three with four games to win a set. Tiebreakers will be played at 3-3.___The Russian soccer league says it is hoping to resume play in late June and wants to complete its season by Aug. 2.The league says it is discussing June 21 and 28 with clubs as possible dates to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Each club has eight more league games to play.center_img The AVP tour has created a public service announcement to urge its fans to stay home to help fight the spread of the disease. Olympic medalists April Ross and Todd Rogers and a handful of the tour’s other stars recorded videos at home that were assembled for the spot that debuted on Monday.The U.S. tour for the quintessentially outdoors sport has postponed all of its events at least until the Hermosa Beach Open in late July. The international beach volleyball tour has also come to a halt, along with qualifying for the now-postponed Tokyo Olympics.“Together, we can overcome this opponent,” says Ross, who won a silver medal in London and a bronze in Rio de Janiero.___The title sponsor of New Orleans’ canceled PGA Tour event is donating $1.5 million to the tournament’s primary charitable foundation. The race was scheduled for June 28 on the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet in southern France. The French government has banned public gatherings until mid-July and race organizers decided not to try to postpone the race or try holding it without fans.French GP managing director Eric Boullier says their plans are “already turning towards the summer of 2021 in order to offer our spectators an even more original event.”F1 chairman Chase Carey says “while it is disappointing for our fans and the F1 community that the French Grand Prix will not take place we fully support the decision.”The first 10 races this season have either been rescheduled or canceled.The Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 is now the earliest potential date to start the season. The league says it would keep promotion and relegation if the season can be completed.The league could expand from 16 to 18 teams for next season with the addition of the two best-placed teams from the second division if the season can’t be finished. It would then shrink back to its current size for the 2021-22 season. The Russian Cup could also be removed from the calendar for next season only.Players in Russia are currently training on their own at home during a nationwide lockdown and some foreign players have left the country. The league says it has discussed a return to training but didn’t announce any dates for that.___FIFA wants to let soccer teams use five substitutes to cope with expected schedule congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ___Formula One chairman Chase Carey says he is “increasingly confident” the season can start in July despite the first 10 races being canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The French Grand Prix decided to call off its race on June 28 rather than postponing it. That means the earliest start date is now the Austrian GP on July 5.Carey says “we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer” and that 15-18 races can take place.F1 plans to start racing in Europe “through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria.” FIFA says the temporary plan could help prevent more injuries due to “potential player overload” as soccer competitions catch up with a backlog.The proposal gives competition organizers the option of letting teams use five substitutes in 90 minutes and a sixth in knockout games that go to extra time.Teams would still be limited to three stoppages of play to make the changes.FIFA says the rule could be used by all competitions finishing this year and next and all national team games through 2021.FIFA’s proposal must be formally approved by rule-making panel IFAB. Organizers of the Catalonia Vuelta cycling race say this year’s edition will take place next year.The 100th edition of the race had already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled for March 23-29.Organizers say the cycling calendar has been significantly reduced because of the pandemic and they didn’t want the Catalonia Vuelta competing with other major events. They also did not want to change the race’s format.Organizers say they want “to celebrate a 100th edition with the maximum guarantees and with the best world cyclists.”They say the race will be held next year in the last week of March. The donation matches the amount raised during the 2019 Zurich Classic, which was played in a team format and won by the tandem of Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm.Before the PGA began canceling events due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Zurich Classic had been scheduled to take place last week at TPC Louisiana, which recently completed $1.9 million in course renovations that entailed digging up and re-sodding fairways, as well as restoring greens and bunkers, and improving drainage.For more than six decades, the New Orleans-area PGA Tour event’s primary charity has been The Fore!Kids Foundation, which raises money through golf events and distributes funds to area children’s service organizations.Zurich became the event’s title sponsor in 2005 and since has helped raise more than $21 million for community charities, tournament officials said. Those charities’ missions include providing food, housing and holiday gift cards, as well as educational and recreational opportunities, for children. Beneficiaries also include organizations that assist patients with cancer or other serious ailments and disabilities.___ That includes two weeks of coach Dabo Swinney’s football camps where the Tigers coaches have the chance to meet and watch prep athletes work out each summer. The university announced its decision on Monday. It said the school will remain closed until May 8. Late spring and summer camps are popular stops for young people eager to gain instruction and contacts with Clemson coaches in all sports. Swinney and his staff have done well in attracting some of the nation’s top players, in part because they came to work out at the school’s facilities. Clemson finished with the No. 1 recruiting class for this upcoming football season, according to ESPN.com.___There won’t be any sun or sand for beach volleyball pros amid the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Clemson has canceled all its in-person, on-campus athletic and academic camps due to the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more