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first_imgBLUE HILL — As his players and assistant coaches gathered at halftime, Dwayne Carter saw a chance for his team to put its regular season opener out of reach.No, Carter’s George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team hadn’t been the definition of consistent during the first half of Saturday’s game against Lee Academy, which had limited the Eagles to just six points in the second quarter. Still, the GSA head coach knew his team could make a Lee comeback difficult with a big second-half run, and he had an ideal time frame in mind.“I told them, ‘The first three minutes, we’re going all out,’” Carter said. “We still had a lot of energy, and that’s what I wanted them to do.”When the second half began, the Eagles gave their head coach exactly what he wanted; in just 3 minutes, 10 seconds, GSA scored 18 points to turn a surmountable lead into a commanding one en route to a 69-42 victory in Blue Hill.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA (1-0) took an early lead through Milos Sujica, whose two 3-pointers highlighted a strong offensive stretch for the home team early in the game. The Eagles then rode that momentum to a 24-point first quarter and took a nine-point lead into the second.GSA’s Milos Sujica spots up to shoot against Lee Academy’s Willie Hsu during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Sujica, an exchange student from Serbia, gave the Eagles an early lead with a pair of 3-pointers. He finished the game with 14 points. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s defense held Lee Academy to seven points in the second quarter, but the Eagles failed to pull away as Sujica and Gadsby began dealing with foul trouble. With those two on the bench, the visiting Pandas stayed within striking distance and trailed just 30-22 as the two teams left the floor for halftime.“In the second quarter, we just didn’t execute very well, and with a young team, we’re going to have those ups and downs a little bit,” Carter said. “We missed a lot of the shots we took inside because we were too low under the basket, and that’s a sign for us that we have to work on positioning better.”Yet with GSA’s full starting lineup returning to the floor in the second half, the Eagles extended the lead to 20 points in the blink of an eye amidst their three-minute offensive onslaught. With Gadsby, Mattson, Sujica, Michael Moon and Teague Smallidge contributing on offense, the Eagles scored one basket after another while keeping the Lee Academy offense in check en route to a season-opening win.Mattson finished with 21 points for the Eagles, and Sujica (14 points), Gadbsy (11 points) and Moon (10) joined him in double figures. Teague Smallidge (seven points), Austin Snow (three points) and Dexter Brown (two) rounded out the rest of the scoring.“I would say we scored pretty evenly,” Mattson said. “We spread the ball around, and everyone was able to step up and do something when we needed it.”Although Mattson led the team in scoring, Sujica, a 6-foot-3 exchange student from Serbia, had his share of moments in the spotlight. Between his early 3-pointers, full-court passes and overall tenacity on both ends of the floor, Sujica provided plenty for a GSA team Carter says is looking to find a “new identity” after graduating three key seniors and losing forward Andrew Szwez, who transferred to Bangor.“He’s very smart and really sees the game,” Carter said. “Even though he’s just joining us, it seems like he’s played with us for a long time. He brings a new dimension, which we really needed.”GSA’s Caden Mattson passes to teammate Michael Moon during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Lee Academy on Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Mattson had a game-high 21 points in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLPlaying in front of a packed gymnasium in Blue Hill was a new experience for Sujica, whose last name is pronounced “Shoe-YEET-za.” Although he had appeared for GSA in preseason action, a loud, white-out crowd set the stage for an atmosphere that wowed the senior in his first regular season game.“It was so much fun,” Sujica said. “The crowd was great; I’ve never experienced anything like that before. I’m excited to get to play more games.”In addition to praising Sujica and Mattson, Carter was also pleased with Gadsby, who made his first career start for the Eagles. After sitting out the entire second quarter, Gadsby came out refreshed in the second half as he highlighted GSA’s three-minute run with a string of four consecutive baskets.GSA’s struggles were primarily limited to the second quarter as the early foul calls against Gadsby and Sujica resulted in both players sitting out the final minutes of the half. Yet that stretch of did provide a silver lining for the Eagles, who got to see some of their inexperienced bench players play meaningful minutes in a game situation.“We’re trying to develop our bench because they’re young and have never played varsity,” Carter said. “It was a good experience for them, but with Gadsby and Milos out, we were down two big scorers. … That’s probably why we didn’t score so much in the second quarter.”Yet even with one of their youngest squads in years, the expectations of hardware and playoff glory haven’t changed at GSA, which has now gone 83-6 since the start of the 2015-16 season. The Eagles will get a chance to add another tally to that win total when they play on the road against Deer Isle-Stonington (0-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.“It’s always our goal to compete for a championship and to go as far as we can,” Mattson said. “Hopefully, we can come home with some gold.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img 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 [email protected] Latest Postslast_img read more

first_imgMichael Olugbode in MaiduguriThe United Nations has revealed that 6.2 million people are targeted in the crisis ridden North-east with aids by humanitarian organisations in 2019.It also said as a fallout of the crisis, $983 million is needed during the year to provide basic necessities to the victims of the crisis in the Northeast and Lake Chad region. A statement signed yesterday by the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Communications, Samantha Newport, lamented that the crisis in the Northeast continued to make many people homeless.According to the statement, “Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across North-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence displaced tens of thousands people, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation.“Top UN officials are calling for support to respond to a humanitarian crisis that is now in its tenth year. The UN and partners, in support of the governments of Nigeria and of countries hosting Nigerian refugees, simultaneously launched the 2019 to 2021 Humanitarian Response Strategy and the Regional Refugee Response Plan, respectively seeking $848 million and $135 million to continue to provide food, water, shelter and protection to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.“The Humanitarian Response Strategy also articulates a collective vision for the next three years of humanitarian action and marks the first time in Nigeria that humanitarian actors are adopting a multi-year approach.”The statement quoted UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, to have said: “We must sustain the efforts made over the recent years to ensure that aids reach those who need them most. The decade-long conflict has brought immense suffering upon children, women, men, their families and communities. We have saved millions of lives, and as we strive to provide immediate response to new and existing humanitarian needs, we must also focus on addressing the causes of such untold suffering.”The statement further said: “Humanitarian organisations in Nigeria are targeting 6.2 million people who are hardest-hit by the crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the North-east region. Although aid groups targeted almost the same number of people in 2018, this year’s budget is around $250 million less than the previous year, based on the assessed needs and the realistic capacity to deliver aid. Last year, donors provided 67 per cent of the funds, or $700 million, enabling humanitarians to provide aid to more than 5.5 million people.“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks funding for the 228,500 Nigerian refugees who have fled into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, pointing to a disturbing trend of events.”Also, the UNDP’s Regional Coordinator, Nana Oumou Touré-Sy while lamenting that “the continuing conflict in the Northeast further increases the vulnerability of refugees, IDPs, families and host communities already facing deep development challenges,” warned that “Together with humanitarian partners and governments, UNDP supports the comprehensive response to the refugee crisis by targeting weaknesses and vulnerabilities of refugees and host communities as a way to mitigate the risk of conflict between communities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgShare Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Calling on all industry operators and stakeholders to participate in its latest consultation, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has sought advice, information and knowledge on the following three disciplines:Safeguarding customer interactions – The Commission seeks to asses how gambling businesses identify and interact to help customers who may be at risk of or experiencing harms associated with gambling.Developing an ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Scheme’ – How should the UK betting industry implement an effective ADR Scheme, governing customer complaints and dispute resolutions.Gambling ‘Software Blockers’ – The UKGC calls for initial insight and evidence on developing and introducing ‘free-to-access’ blocking software for UK consumers.In its update, the UKGC explained that the above disciplines will form part of its 2019 research agenda, which aims to develop the UK as the world’ the fairest and safest gambling marketplace.Continuing its 2018 leadership mandate, the UKGC urges for wider betting/gambling’s stakeholders – such as local businesses, consumers, community advisors – to participate in its consultations which aim to reduce gambling harms and protect consumers.Paul Hope – UKGCPaul Hope, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “We would like as many people as possible to have their say on these two consultations and the call for evidence. The proposed changes are intended to accelerate progress in protecting consumers and preventing them from experiencing gambling-related harm.“Making gambling fairer and safer is at the heart of how we regulate and better customer interaction, higher ADR standards and facilitating readily available blocking software are all part of this.” Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers The Lakers and the Clippers staff joined together to kneel during the national anthem, a pre-recorded performance by the Compton Kidz Club, before the Thursday night game in Florida.PreviousLos Angeles Lakes’ Anthony Davis warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, second from left, wears a Black Lives Matter shirt and kneels with teammates during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Imagesvia AP, Pool) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ JR Smith warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Players engage in warmups prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Clippers’ Joakim Noah warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)A general view of the court with Black Lives Matter written above the NBA logo is seen at center court prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)A general view of the court with Black Lives Matter written above the NBA logo is seen at center court prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James takes to the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James takes to the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James wears a Black Lives Matter shirt as he takes to the court prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James wears a Black Lives Matter shirt as he points up and kneels with teammates during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)A United States flag hangs above the court with Black Lives Matter written above the NBA logo at center court prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakes’ Anthony Davis warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)NextShow Caption1 of 17The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers wear Black Lives Matter shirts and kneel during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images via AP, Pool)ExpandThe players were also seen wearing black shirts with the words “Black Lives Matters” on the front during warm-ups.The @Lakers and @LAClippers kneel during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/A0OdsXNKm3— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) July 31, 2020 As the Compton Kid’s Club sings the national anthem, the entire staffs of both the Lakers and the Clippers kneel courtside, as well as the referees. pic.twitter.com/5i9O8DxKos— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) July 31, 2020Anthony Davis of the Lakers and Clippers coach Doc Rivers were seen among the opposing sides that locked arms on the sideline. Lakers coach Frank Vogel also locked arms with Rivers and center Ivica Zubac.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe family of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf seems determined to secure a hold on the nation’s emerging oil and gas sector.NOCAL, the Cabinet and the National Legislature ended a week-long Round-table Consultation on the Draft Petroleum Law of 2013, a proposed legislation intended to safeguard the emerging economic powerhouse.  The President’s Family was represented in three generations: Mrs. Jenny Bernard, the President’s elder sister, their brother, Mr. Carney Johnson, a mining executive; Mrs. Bernard’s son, Estrada Bernard, Jr. and wife; as well as their son, Estrada, III.A staff of NOCAL, who begged anonymity, told this paper that the First Family was instrumental in selecting one of its members—Estrada Bernard, III—to make a presentation at the program, which was held at the Monrovia City Hall over the weekend.  The first family came together to grace the roundtable discussion and cheer their young relative on as he made his presentation.Estrada Bernard, III is the grandson of Jenny Bernard, the elder sister of President Sirleaf.  Madam Bernard or ‘Aunt Jenny’, as she is affectionately called by many, is regarded as an “influential personality,” in the Unity Party-led government.Flown in from Alaska, 17-year-old Bernard, III, admitted that although he is not a Liberian, he was asked by the organizer to make a presentation on oil and gas.Young Bernard attempted to compare Liberia’s situation with the U.S. state of Alaska, but fell short of telling the audience how the oil and gas sector would be properly managed in order to benefit the Liberian masses.His presentation focused on comparing Alaska and Liberia in terms of natural resources and population. He failed to show, however, how Liberians can actively participate in the oil and gas sector in order to avoid the bad experiences of other nations, especially African nations with oil deposits.When asked about the significance of inviting a teenager of the first family to make a presentation on a critical sector in which he (Bernard) has no experience, Jacqueline Khoury, Director of the NOCAL Board responded; “We didn’t want to grab a kid in Liberia and have to school him on making a presentation.”She noted that the President’s grandnephew has made over 200 presentations across the U.S, but failed to indicate whether those presentations were in any way connected to oil and gas, and their implications for Africa.Responding to inquiries about who picks up the tab for Bernard’s travel and stay in Liberia, Khoury claimed “The Alaskan State government is responsible for him and for other experts invited to the forum.” No supporting documents were provided, even though a request was made for them.Despite reluctantly accepting the resignation of her son Robert Sirleaf, as Board Chairman of NOCAL, President Sirleaf and family appear to signal by this action that the first family “has a firm grip on the oil and gas sector,” a participant at the Roundtable, who declined to be named told the Daily Observer.“When Mr. Sirleaf left government,” our source explained, “he was reintroduced to government a short period afterward when he was appointed Ambassador to the Gulf State of Kuwait. His appointment brings a US$14 million loan agreement between Kuwait and Liberia, thereby increasing Liberia’s debts.”In late February, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf transmitted a US$14 million loan agreement to the National Legislature for ratification.The loan agreement, she said, is intended to facilitate the rehabilitation of the Greenville Port project under the watch of the National Port Authority (NPA).NPA Managing Director Matilda Parker confirmed to a SKY FM phone-in talk show last week that the loan, provided by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, is intended to help boost the physical infrastructure of the seaport of Greenville. The loan agreement was consummated between the government of Liberia and the Kuwaiti Fund last year, but requires legislative ratification before implementation in line with the Liberian Constitution.In spite of the US$4.6 billion debt canceled by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the last Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) 2011/2012 report announced that the country’s debt now stands at over half a billion dollars.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more