2 NegOcc groups ink MOA for cash aid use

first_imgBACOLODCity – Two volunteer rescue groups in this region have separately signed anagreement with the Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas (OCD-6) for theuse of P300,000 cash incentive each received as among the winners of the 21stGawad Kalasag. Therecipient would also be needed to submit a project proposal, including otherpertinent documents needed for infrastructure projects or procurement ofvehicle or equipment, as well as maintain a separate book of accounts for thefund, issue an official receipt, and create a team responsible for the projectimplementation. The GawadKalasag (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan,SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan), organized by the Department of NationalDefense-OCD and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council,recognizes the exemplary efforts in empowering communities to be capacitatedand disaster-resilient.(With a reportfrom PNA/PN) The otherMOA inked by Nuñez was with Kami Sunoi Inc. forefounder Patrick Mabag at theNegros Occidental Provincial Capitol Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson acted as thewitness.The Amity group was named as the Western Visayas’ top winner and Hall of Fameawardee under the Volunteer Organization category, while the Kami Sunoi Inc.was the winner of the Best People’s Organization during the national awardingceremony held at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay Citylast December. “Therecipient shall utilize the incentive only for the implementation of programs,activities, and projects aligned with the National Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Plan, Local Climate Action Plan, Philippine Development Plan, SendaiFramework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development Goals,” theMOA said. OCD-6regional director Jose Roberto Nuñez signed the MOA on behalf of the agencywith AVFB fire chief Mike Gorne in rites held at the Bacolod City GovernmentCenter, in the presence of Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Feb18. A copy ofthe uniform memorandum of agreement (MOA) obtained by the Philippine NewsAgency from the OCD-6 on Feb. 20 showed the two groups as the Amity VolunteerFire Brigade (AVFB) of this city and the Kami Sunoi (Kami ang Mabulig sa Inyo Saligan Utod Ninyo sa Oras sang Ital-ItalInc.) from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: Six chosen to All-Hancock County girls’ team

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio 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. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Whether it came to scoring, passing, rebounding or playing stifling defense, Hancock County girls’ basketball players could do it all in 2018-19.Those efforts earned six players spots on the first Ellsworth American All-Hancock County girls’ team, an accomplished unit that brings together the top skill sets from the three local playoff teams. These athletes were some of the best the state had to offer this season, and the contributions they made to their respective teams will be worth watching on the Cross Insurance Center floor.Lily Gray, senior, Deer Isle-StoningtonWith teammates Rylee Eaton and Kaylee Morey emerging as consistent scorers in the Class D ranks, Gray, Deer Isle-Stonington’s point guard, emerged as more of a floor general as a senior. That made a big difference for the team’s offense, which improved from 44.4 points per game last year to 58.4 per game this season.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Lily Gray tries to keep the ball away from Ellsworth’s Trinity Montigny as teammate Rylee Eaton looks to get open during the first half of a girls’ basketball preseason game Dec. 3 at Ellsworth High School. All three players earned spots on this year’s Ellsworth American All-Hancock County girls’ team. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPerforming somewhat of a new role was different for Gray, who had led the team in points her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, but the senior still scored more than her fair share for Deer Isle-Stonington with double figures in seven of her first 12 games. She has been selected to play in the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star Game early next month at Husson University.“I’ve really enjoyed stepping up into a spot where I’m a lot more of a passer,” Gray said. “Whatever my team needs me to do, I’m going to do it, and I think kind of changing roles like that has made me a better player.”Rylee Eaton, sophomore, Deer Isle-StoningtonAlthough Gray has made big contributions to this year’s Deer Isle-Stonington girls’ team as a senior, the Mariners, who will graduate only two players this June, remain a relatively young squad. Yet underclassmen have played important roles in the team’s success this year, and Eaton’s rise was significant in the team posting another unbeaten regular season.After starting as a freshman last year, Eaton took a big step forward in 2018-19 as she averaged 15.7 points per game through the Mariners’ first 13 contests. Her scoring efforts included 28 points Jan. 7 against Jonesport-Beals, 22 point-games Dec. 29 against Greenville and Jan. 10 against Sumner and 20-point outputs Jan. 3 against Bangor Christian and Jan. 26 against Bucksport.Trinity Montigny, junior, EllsworthMontigny, who finished tied with Foxcroft’s Makenzie Beaudry as the Big East Conference’s top scorer this year, was the on-court catalyst for an Ellsworth team that had one of its best regular seasons in nearly a quarter-century with a record of 13-5. Her average of 16.6 points per game included two efforts of 30-plus points.Montigny’s success wasn’t limited to scoring, though, as the junior also finished among the conference’s top-10 players in both steals and assists. She was named Big East Player of the Week after her 37-point game Dec. 22 against Belfast.MDI’s Hannah Chamberlain shoots a 3-pointer during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game against Foxcroft on Feb. 4 in Bar Harbor. Chamberlain’s 41 3-pointers this year were second in the Big East Conference. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTO“She’s just a phenomenal player,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “Every year, she’s gotten more explosive and even tougher for other teams to guard. When other teams have to commit more than one person to guarding her, it really opens things up for our offense.”Hannah Chamberlain, senior, Mount Desert IslandMDI’s 16-2 record and No. 1 seed in the Class B North playoffs would not have happened without Chamberlain, whose prowess from beyond the arc was a boon to the Mariners’ offense. The senior sharpshooter finished as one of the Big East’s top 3-point shooters with a total of 41.Those shots always seemed to come in the most exigent situations for Chamberlain, whose 3-point barrages Jan. 5 against Oceanside, Jan. 23 against Old Town and Jan. 29 against Hermon keyed comeback wins for MDI. She averaged 10.0 points per game on the season.Maddy Candage, senior, MDICandage’s presence alongside teammate Julia Watras in the post gave MDI one of the state’s most dominant frontcourts this season. The senior’s 217 points in the regular season were just one short of her fellow forward’s 218, and her 8.3 rebounds per game were also a close second.“The players in this senior class have been some of the major contributors to us for three years now, and Maddy is one of those players,” Barker said. “The matchup advantage she and Julia give us in the post against a lot of teams is really, really big. She’s a key leader for us, and she brings such great energy to our team on both ends of the floor.”Julia Watras, senior, MDIA three-year starter for MDI, Watras had what was by far her best season for the Trojans 2018-19. MDI’s leader in points (12.1) and rebounds (9.1) per game and joint leader in assists per game (2.3), Watras was a major reason for the Trojans’ success.Watras was named Big East Player of the Week for the first week of the season after recording 53 points and 31 rebounds in the Trojans’ first three games. Her improvement came as no surprise to her coach, who knew very early in the year that the senior forward had reached the next level.“Julia has definitely taken a big leap for us this year,” Barker said after MDI beat John Bapst on Dec. 22 to improve to 5-0. “She’s playing a bit of a different role for us this year with the foul line extended and her using that quickness and length.” Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020last_img read more

Convincing doubles victories help USC top Waves

first_imgThe No. 9 USC women’s tennis team remained undefeated by capturing its fifth straight win with a 6-1 victory over No. 40 Pepperdine on Thursday afternoon at Marks Stadium.Attacking · Junior Cristala Andrews (above) combined with freshman Valeria Pulida for a 8-6 win in Women of Troy victory over Pepperdine. – Gary Fung | Daily Trojan The strong victory came after the Women of Troy got a four-day break from matches after playing four matches in seven days the week prior.The doubles matchups were fairly close, but by the end, it was USC who grabbed the doubles point. Sophomore Alison Ramos and freshman Danielle Lao set the tone with a quick victory, 8-2. Juniors Maria Sanchez and Lyndsay Kinstler fell behind early at the No. 1 singles slot but were able to comeback from a 4-6 deficit and win 9-7.Kinstler got the game and match point to clinch the doubles point. Within a few minutes, USC’s freshman Valeria Pulido and junior Cristala Andrews also topped their Pepperdine opponents 8-6.In the singles scene, USC rather quickly took the first set in four of their six matches. The momentum remained as Ramos dropped just one game against Pepperdine sophomore Ali Walters, winning easily 6-1, 6-0.Similarly, Pulido had success in her singles match against sophomore Andrea Oates, taking control early and capturing a 6-3, 6-2 win.USC was unable to complete a sweep, however, as senior Tania Rice of Pepperdine overtook junior Leyla Entekhabi 1-6, 0-6.At the top singles spot, Sanchez had a harder time handling freshman Arianna Colffer. The first set was close, back and forth throughout, leading to a tiebreaker first set, but it was Sanchez who won.Sanchez kept pressing Colffer in the second set, playing aggressively with a one set lead and was able to shut Colffer down late in the second set, finishing off a 7-6, 6-3 victory in the final match to finish for the day.“This was a huge confidence boost,” Andrews said. “We have  great momentum going as a team right now.”The Women of Troy will get an extended break after their convincing victory over the Waves. Their next matches won’t come for another eight days, when they travel to Madison, Wisc. to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Team Indoor Championships.USC qualified for the competition at last week’s ITA Kick-Off Weekend, where they beat Auburn and San Diego to receive a bid to the tournament.“It was nice to get the win when we were a little tired from last week so I think everyone is feeling good and confident for ITA Indoors,” Sanchez said.last_img read more

Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott has perfect response to criticism from anonymous NFL coach

first_imgMORE: Richard Sherman notes NFL’s hypocrisy with new coronavirus protocolsHe also received some criticism from an anonymous NFL offensive coach, who didn’t place the Cowboys star in his top 10 and noted Elliott “doesn’t look as strong anymore.” A different coordinator told ESPN that Elliott isn’t incredibly elusive out of the backfield as a pass-catcher.One NFL offensive coach ranked #Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott as the 11th-best RB in the NFL.”Very few breakout runs, doesn’t look as strong anymore. Feels like he’s about 60 to 70 percent of what he was.”https://t.co/g0RVDhmzFJ— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) July 9, 2020Elliott, who signed a six-year, $90 million extension with the Cowboys last September after holding out through training camp, happened to see those comments.”Whoever that is, is faded lol,” Elliott said. Ahead of the 2020 NFL season, ESPN asked “more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players” to vote on the best players at 11 different positions. On Thursday, ESPN released its running back rankings, and there was a bit of controversy near the top of the list.Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey took the No. 1 and No. 2 slots, respectively, ahead of Ezekiel Elliott, though the 24-year-old did earn several first-place votes. One NFL personnel evaluator went so far as to say Elliott may have “the best natural traits” of any back in the league. Whoever that is, is faded lol https://t.co/mCqdYv1U2a— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) July 9, 2020So why did Elliott use the word “faded” in his tweet? That’s a reference to Elliott saying he was “low-key faded” during a Twitch stream in June. He later clarified that he only had consumed a few drinks after Sports Illustrated suggested he may have been smoking marijuana.”A previous version of this story included a headline with an incorrect interpretation of Elliott’s meaning of ‘faded,'” Sports Illustrated said in a correction. “We apologize and regret the error.”I expect that from little gossip site but Sports Illustrated? REALLY?— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) June 29, 2020With no holdout concerns this year, Elliott will be ready to prove he’s the best running back in the NFL. If he produces at a Pro Bowl level, then maybe that “faded” coach will change up those rankings in 2021.last_img read more

Greek stamps honour Greeks abroad

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Postal Service ELTA are due to release a new series of stamps next month entitled “Distinguished Greek Personalities”. The series, believed to be one of the few times Greeks in the diaspora have been commemorated in a stamp collection, will feature CEO of the Dow Chemicals and Greek Australian Andrew Liveris and CEO of Fox Entertainment Jim Giannopoulos, amongst others. By using the faces of these successful Greek personalities, with the new stamp series ELTA are aiming to project a positive image within Greece and abroad, stating that “stamps have the ability to strengthen the positive perception of the country.” The new series will be released on September 16 2013.last_img read more