Saving Bats from White-Nose Syndrome

first_imgBats play a critical ecological role in pollinating plants and controlling mosquitos and other insects. Biologists search caves and abandoned mines hoping to save bats from white-nose syndrome It was discovered outside of Albany, NY in 2006 and has spread to 36 states and seven provinces of Canada, wiping out whole colonies of bats. Having ravaged much of the east, white-nose syndrome is now heading west at the rate of one state per year. Since 2006, the disease has killed millions of bats and threatens formerly abundant bat populations with extirpation or extinction. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans and named by the fuzzy spots that appear on the bats’ nose and wings. From Canada to Oklahoma, scientists are searching caves and mines to determine how a devastating invasive fungal bat disease called white-nose syndrome will behave when it hits native bat populations in the West. last_img read more

Premier League Announces Hall of Fame

first_imgPremier League Announces Plans to Launch Hall of Fame— Kuulpeeps (@kuulpeeps_) February 27, 2020 The first two inductees will be revealed at an event on March 19, a Premier League statement confirmed. At the same event, a shortlist of nominees will be announced that fans will then be able to vote on to decide additional members of the Hall of Fame. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.” To be eligible for a spot in the Hall of Fame players must be retired, and only their Premier League careers will be assessed. As a result, Ryan Giggs, the Premier League’s most decorated player with 13 titles, and Alan Shearer, all-time top goalscorer with 260, are being widely backed to be the first two inductees: Premier League has announced plans for a Hall of Fame to “recognise and celebrate” the competition’s best-ever players since its 1992 inception. The first two inductees will be revealed at an event on March 19, a Premier League statement confirmed. At the same event, a shortlist of nominees will be announced that fans will then be able to vote on to decide additional members of the Hall of Fame. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers.” To be eligible for a spot in the Hall of Fame players must be retired, and only their Premier League careers will be assessed. Read Also:EPL: Van Dijk praises Liverpool’s mental strength As a result, Ryan Giggs, the Premier League’s most decorated player with 13 titles, and Alan Shearer, all-time top goalscorer with 260, are being widely backed to be the first two inductees: FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Premier League has announced plans for a Hall of Fame to “recognise and celebrate” the competition’s best-ever players since its 1992 inception.center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing10 Largest Cities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019We’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19Best Car Manufacturers In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Loading… last_img read more

Hall of Fame

first_imgThis years Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday night at the Middle School Commons in Batesville.  There were 140 guests to welcome in the latest inductees.  Some interesting highlights of the acceptance speeches include David Bradshaw, long-time baseball and basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, who reminisced about his encounters with Randy Combs and Scott Holdsworth who were also inductees.  David played professional baseball in both the Montreal Expo and Pittsburgh Pirate organizations before embarking on his teaching and coaching career.  He topped off his basketball career with a state championship at JCD.  Randy Combs of Milan was on a state basketball championship team while a student at Vincennes High School.  He and his brother were both long-time basketball coaches in Indiana.  Randy is still coaching football at Milan and his brother is now a principal at Vincennes High School.Thomas Buck of Batesville revealed a couple funny incidents that kept him from being able to participate in his first two high school games.  In one incident his mom packed his freshmen uniform instead of the reserve because she thought he looked better in te freshmen uniform.  This resulted in a technical foul that cost the Bulldogs the game.Scott Holdsworth, a member of the Greensburg coaching staff, was inducted for his playing prowess while at South Ripley High School.  He is currently an alternative school administrator in Greensburg and the head coach of their baseball program.  He also was a varsity assistant for the two straight state championship Greensburg basketball teams.In tomorrow’s article I will list tidbits about the other inductees from this 2014 class.last_img read more

Cancellations, postponements rock local sports world amid coronavirus pandemic

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — Everything is on hold.From youth sports all the way to the country’s premier professional leagues, the entire world of sports as we know it must wait for the time being. As public officials look to contain (or perhaps mitigate) the spread of the coronavirus, that means gymnasiums, arenas, stadiums and fields all across America will be vacant for the near future.Locally, the biggest announcement came Friday morning as the Maine Principals’ Association announced the postponement of spring sports practices until April 27. Practices were originally supposed to begin March 23 for baseball and softball pitchers and catchers and March 30 for all other athletes.The postponement means teams must likely wait until at least May for their first scheduled competitions. Prior to the announcements, teams were eligible to hold their first countable games, matches or meets as early as April 16.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“With this decision, modified spring sports schedules will be worked on by our sports activity leagues,” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost wrote Friday. “As more decisions are finalized, those schedules will be updated and shared again.”On Thursday, Harbor House canceled the Great Harbor Shootout, originally scheduled to be held Friday through Sunday in Hancock County. The tournament was set to bring between 4,000-5,000 people to Ellsworth, Trenton and Mount Desert Island, Harbor House Event and Community Relations Director Diana Novella estimated.Then, of course, came March Madness. After initially announcing that men’s and women’s tournament games would be held without fans, the NCAA announced Thursday afternoon that the tournaments would not be held at all. Conferences also announced the cancellations of their respective tournaments, a development that nixed the Maine women’s team’s America East championship game showdown against Stony Brook.“While we are disappointed to not have the chance to compete in the America East championship game, we fully support the decision made by league officials to cancel the event,” Maine head coach Amy Vachon said. “The focus on public health, including the health and safety of our staff and student-athletes, is our No. 1 priority at this time.”The NCAA also announced Thursday that it was canceling all other winter and spring sports championships, though the organization left regular season contests and conference tournaments to the discretion of individual conferences and university athletic departments. America East canceled all remaining competitions Thursday, and the North Atlantic Conference, which includes Husson University, Maine Maritime Academy, Thomas College, UMaine-Farmington and UMaine-Presque Isle, did so Friday.“The health and safety of NAC student-athletes and coaches, as well as institutional staff members, parents and fans, remains of utmost concern,” NAC Associate Commissioner Kate Roy said in a release. “Member institutions will determine at their own discretion the continuation of athletic practices and non-conference contests.”The abrupt cancellation of spring sports at the college level has raised questions as to whether affected athletes would be able to retain a year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee and Division III Administrative Committee announced Friday that they would be granting an extra year to athletes involved in spring sports, though such an announcement has yet to be made at the Division II level.At the youth level, cancellations included the remainder of the Pine Tree Wrestling League season, the state’s junior high school cheer championships and all Acadia Fire Soccer Academy camps, games, practices and other activities. The youth sports scene was further brought to a standstill with the closures of all local YMCAs and Acadian Youth Sports’ withdrawal from all upcoming activities.“We will not be participating in any events for the next 30 days,” AYS Director Kyle McKim wrote on Facebook. “After that 30 days, we will reevaluate and move forward accordingly.”Other postponed events included the Josh Sprague Memorial Basketball Tournament, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, and the Flattop 5K, which was scheduled for March 28. As of Monday, new times and dates for those competitions have yet to be announced.Many local postponements and cancellations followed Gov. Janet Mills’ recommended Thursday that all indoor gatherings of more than 250 people over the next 30 days be put on hold. Mills’ recommendation came at the behest of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which confirmed the state’s first presumptive positive test for the coronavirus Thursday morning.“Because COVID-19 spreads easily and rapidly, the U.S. CDC has recommended ‘social distancing,’ which means keeping your distance from other people,” the Governor’s office said in a statement. “It is one of the most effective strategies to prevent community spread of the coronavirus.”On Sunday, the U.S. CDC recommended that all “organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 or more people throughout the United States.” The impact of this announcement on the MPA’s spring sports season and other scheduled events was not immediately clear. 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] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Postscenter_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

Motherhood Challenges Facing Female Tennis Stars   Â

first_img“For a first-time mum, travelling on the road full-time is hard – but I am very glad I did it,” Clijsters told BBC Sport.“It was a big adventure for us as a family and I would not have changed anything.”There has been plenty of baby-talk at SW19, with Luxembourg player Mandy Minella competing while four and a half months pregnant and seven-time Wimbledon winner Serena Williams absent because she is expecting.Like Azarenka, Williams intends to return to the Tour after giving birth – but what will change for her?From sleeping babies in walk-in wardrobes to emptying the mini-bar, Clijsters tells BBC Sport what it is like to be a tennis mum.‘We tried to keep everything the same’ – finding a routine for babyAzarenka is playing only her second tournament since Leo was born in December. She is bidding to emulate Clijsters, Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong by winning a Grand Slam title as a mother – Goolagong, who won at SW19 in 1980, is the only mother to have won a Wimbledon singles title in the tournament’s 140-year history.Clijsters: “My mum cooked every day for us when I was young. She was there all the time and that was the vision I had for Jada too.“I had to adjust, of course, because at home I was changing nappies and preparing food myself as soon as she woke up, but I still felt like we had it all organised when we went on the road.“My husband Brian was always there and we also travelled with a nanny who took care of Jada. It meant Brian and I had our own time as well and could even go out to dinner occasionally. That was important.“We just tried to balance things like that and have the same routine, and it worked really well for her, and for us.“As a player, you don’t normally have much order to your life but I wanted to structure things for Jada. I didn’t want different people to be taking care of her at different tournaments.“It was the same with food, although she eats almost everything. We travelled the world with a baby-food steamer-blender and I must know every organic store near all of the tournaments I played at.“That was the first thing we did – we would ask for a fridge to be added to our hotel room or we would empty the mini-bar out so we could stock up on vegetables and fish, or whatever she had to eat.“Jada was potty-trained in a hotel room too. All the little things like that happened while we were travelling the world.“She is nine now and is will adjust to anything, and I think that is something to do what she was doing at such a young age.‘Nothing is perfect’ – dealing with life on tourClijsters took daughter Jada for a walk in her buggy in New York’s Central Park on the morning of the 2009 US Open final – she beat Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki on Arthur Ashe Stadium later that day, and successfully defended her title the following year.Clijsters: “With Jada, it was so hectic in the beginning for us with the media at tournaments that I just tried to keep her away from it.“When I won the US Open in 2009, she hardly ever came out to Flushing Meadows. She came for the final and was able to sit in one of the boxes upstairs, and that was it.“That day I had delayed her nap time a little bit, so she was able to stay up a bit later for the final.“Sometimes things happen and you just have to juggle your routine. I have three children now and it is still the same. There are always different challenges but that is the great thing about being a mum.“For me I love that everything is not perfect. When we lie in bed or sit on the couch, my husband and I can talk and laugh sometimes and say ‘what happened today? It was chaos all over’.“It was the same on the tour too. Sometimes we would stay in hotels and would not know how the rooms would be divided – we would ask for an extra room, but it would be on a different floor.“We did not just throw money at the problem because that was not the way I was brought up – we tried to figure it out ourselves. Sometimes Jada even slept in a walk-in closet because there was nowhere else for her.“She was a pretty good sleeper, which really helped around my matches.“The one thing I was worried about was her getting sick because it is easy to deal with that at home but if you are in, say, Thailand I would not know where to go or who to ask.“But it all went pretty smoothly in the end. She needed some medication from time to time but we have doctors and physios with us on tour so in that sense we were lucky because we had some of the best medical staff and facilities around.”‘A new perspective – family is important, no trophy comes close’Clijsters: “My husband would be there to watch my matches but if I had to practise, it would just be with my coach and trainer.“Brian would do something with Jada so their bond is very strong because they have been together so much – it is the same as I had with my father, and I love seeing it with them too.“But sometimes, as a mother, I felt guilty for leaving Jada behind and me going off to tennis.“I know I was lucky because I was probably still seeing more of her than most mums but I also wanted to spend time with her wherever we were.“I remember when she went to the zoo and held a koala bear before the Australian Open. There were a lot of times like that, when I wanted want to be a part of it.“So it was hard but I still wanted to keep my tennis separate. It was my work, and then her free time was different.“Then I could come back to the hotel room to come back to her, and leave my working life behind.“It was hard sometimes but you make it work. I spoke to Victoria on the Wimbledon practice courts this week and we talked about what we did when we didn’t have kids on tour.“What do you do? You just lay around – you rest in your bed, you read a book or you watch a movie, or you catch some tennis on TV.“That it is so useless – life now is far more meaningful.“I don’t want to sound disrespectful to the sport but becoming a parent gives you a totally different perspective and, at the end of the day, nobody cares about whatever you did in sport.“It is your family and kids that are important – and bringing them up the right way. No trophy even comes close.”Though Clijsters playing career over – she’s still a busy mumClijsters, 34, retired in 2012 and now runs a tennis academy in her hometown of Bree in Belgium. She is working as a co-commentator for BBC Sport at Wimbledon 2017 and also working with Belgian player Yanina Wickmayer, who lost in round two on Thursday.Clijsters: “I love being here but I cannot watch this much tennis when I am in Belgium. I have a tennis school, and I am busy with the kids.“My husband is American so I have to deal with all the school stuff because it is in Flemish and he can’t help. When I was in Paris for the French Open I noticed there was some slacking off in Jada’s homework – it was down to me to put that right!“Brian coaches basketball and his season has just finished so he is not around that much, so everything from when we wake up until about 8.30pm when the boys go to sleep falls on me.“That is fine because it is very satisfying knowing that everything went well. It is draining but when they are in bed I am like ‘aaah, done – now I have to clean the kitchen’.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former world number one Victoria Azarenka is going for glory at Wimbledon – less than seven months after giving birth to son Leo.Azarenka, 27, who plays Britain’s Heather Watson in round three on Friday, has been speaking this week about the challenges of juggling a professional tennis career with motherhood.Kim Clijsters, who won the 2009 US Open 18 months after the arrival of daughter Jada, is one of only three women to have won Grand Slam titles after becoming a mother.last_img read more

(updated) Richard Martin, 74, formerly of Wellington: August 22, 1941 – Dec. 20, 2015

first_imgRichard B. Martin, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 20 at his home.He was born on August 22, 1941 in Arkansas City, the son of Everett Woodrow and Ruth May (Ray) Martin. Richard was raised in Arkansas City where he was very active in athletics, graduating from Arkansas City High School in 1960.Shortly after graduating he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, serving during the Viet Nam Conflict. After being discharged from the military Richard lived in the Long Beach, California area for a few years. Returning to Arkansas City, he worked for the City Water Department for a short time before going to work for the Santa Fe Railroad. Richard lived and worked for the railroad in Wellington until retiring in 1993. He married Linda McMenomy on August 26, 1967 in Newkirk, Oklahoma, they later divorced but continued to remain close friends. After retiring Richard returned to Arkansas City and enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center.Survivors include his three daughters Tracy Bellomy of Winfield, Sheila and Pamela Martin both of Arkansas City; sisters Judy Hesket-Bingham of Concordia, Ks., and Linda Hutson of Arkansas City; and 11 grandchildren.A memorial has been established with the American Heart Association, contributions may be sent to the funeral home. There will be no visitation or viewing as cremation has been effected.Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Senior Citizen Center in Arkansas City. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.comArrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.last_img read more

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell: How COVID-19 infected an already tense relationship in Utah

first_img (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Rudy Gobert story short: Gobert and Mitchell, who have been paired as teammates for just two-plus seasons, are still working on their dynamic as co-stars in Utah. Gobert is the more tenured player who views himself as the demanding team leader and an underrated center in the NBA. Mitchell is the flashy young guard who leads the team in points per game but, as Gobert has publicly pointed out, isn’t exactly known for his passing.Yet Utah has made the playoffs in both seasons since Mitchell arrived, with Gobert winning NBA Defensive Player of the Year in each season and with both players earning their first career All-Star nods in 2020. On the court, at least, the pairing seems to be working, and the Jazz by all accounts plan to keep both Mitchell and Gobert in place as the team builds around them.Which is to say Utah better hope the COVID-19 incident of 2020 has not actually made the Gobert-Mitchell relationship “unsalvageable,” as it has been described.Below is a quick timeline detailing what went down between the Jazz’s top players while the NBA season was suspended as a result of Gobert’s positive test in March.Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell: The COVID-19 timelineMarch 9: Gobert, after discussing the Jazz’s new COVID-19 protocols during a media conference, jokingly touches every mic and recorder in front of him before he leaves, seemingly mocking the threat of the virus.March 11: Shortly after the Jazz and the Thunder tip off in Oklahoma City, the NBA announces it has suspended the 2019-20 season after Gobert tests positive for COVID-19. The Thunder television crew had reported that there were concerns over the health of Gobert and teammate Emmanuel Mudiay, but especially Gobert. Both players had been listed as questionable for the game because of illness. Gobert reportedly was ready to play had he not tested positive for COVID-19.March 12: ESPN reports Mitchell also has tested positive for the coronavirus, and that “Jazz players privately say Gobert had been careless in the locker room touching other players and their belongings.” Mitchell is the only other Utah player or personnel member to test positive for the virus.March 12: Gobert apologizes for his “careless” behavior and says he has felt “fear, anxiety and embarrassment” since learning his diagnosis.March 12: Gobert, whose fear that Mitchell is mad at him is confirmed by ESPN’s reporting, attempts to contact Mitchell after learning the latter had tested positive. But Mitchell doesn’t respond to calls, texts or Instagram direct messages.March 16: Mitchell during an interview on “Good Morning America” is asked whether he has spoken to Gobert since both tested positive. Without answering the question, he responds, “To be honest with you, it took a while for me to kind of cool off. I read what he said and heard what he said. I’m glad he’s doing okay, I’m glad I’m doing well.”EXCLUSIVE: “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus is that you may seem fine.” @NBA star @spidadmitchell speaks out for the first time from isolation since being diagnosed with COVID-19, despite being “asymptomatic.”— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 16, 2020March 27: Gobert, Mitchell and the rest of the Jazz’s team and staff are medically cleared by state officials after observing a two-week period of self-isolation. The team announces that the Utah Department of Health had determined that the players and staffers “no longer pose a risk of infection to others.” The NBA season, though, remains suspended.April 10: In a report published by The Athletic, a source says the relationship between Gobert and Mitchell “doesn’t appear salvageable,” adding that “Mitchell remains reluctant to fix what might have been broken.”Mid-April (date unclear): Gobert and Mitchell finally speak about a month after the suspension of the NBA season. “We told each other what we had to say to each other,” Gobert later says of the talk. “We are both on the same page. We both want to win. We both think that we have a great opportunity, and we know that we need each other. We talked about a lot of things, but the main thing was that we are on the same page and the fact that our team needs us. We can win together. That’s the most important thing.”April 12: Gobert in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks admits “it’s true that (he and Mitchell) didn’t speak for a while” but had spoken in recent days. “We’re ready to win a championship,” Gobert says. “It’s far from perfect, but at the end of the day we both want the same thing. We’re grown men, and we’re both going to do what it takes to win.”May 5: Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey claims Gobert and Mitchell have made the necessary repairs to their relationship: “At the most basic level, they know they need each other to accomplish the goals that we want to accomplish, to be the last team standing in the NBA.” Talent level and superstardom aside, there’s another key difference between today’s Gobert-Mitchell pairing and yesterday’s Shaq-Kobe duo: O’Neal never pissed off Bryant by recklessly exposing him to an infections disease during a global pandemic.MORE: Everything to know about the NBA bubbleThe strained relationship between the Jazz’s top two players is far from a secret, so Mitchell shunning Gobert for a month after the guard potentially contracted the coronavirus from the center was not too surprising. Yet as Utah prepares to resume its season in the NBA bubble, both players seem at peace with whatever tension exists between them.”It’s never going to be perfect,” Gobert, 28, recently said regarding his relationship with the 23-year-old Mitchell. “Sometimes we’re going to be very happy, and sometimes we’re going to be frustrated with each other. But as long as we, as men, respect each other and keep things between him and myself, and approach it as men, we’re going to be fine.”Gobert delivered that quote as part of a lengthy ESPN article that dives deep into his relationship with Mitchell, who declined interview requests for the story. For Mitchell’s part, he told reporters in early July that he and Gobert were “good” and “ready to hoop” despite an ugly period while the NBA was on its hiatus. Mitchell also is asked why it took him so long to publicly address what everybody recognized as a rift with Gobert, and specifically about The Athletic’s report that described their relationship as irreparable. “We know what it is internally as a team, and that should be it,” Mitchell says. “That’s part of that maturity and growing up. I could have easily gone back and forth with whoever on Twitter and kind of addressed it, but I’m just like, you know what, there’s no need for that.”My teammates and my coaches know how I feel, and I feel like that was over with. That’s it, and I’m leaving it at that.”July 26: The on-court chemistry between Mitchell and Gobert appears back on track during a scrimmage with the Heat inside the NBA bubble. “People didn’t have much to talk about for four months,” Gobert says when asked whether the conflict with Mitchell was overblown. “Now that we’re back playing, I think it’s time to put it behind. I get asked about it every day. I can understand. But I hope there are some more interesting topics now.” If the Jazz had it their way, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell would be the modern version of Karl Malone and John Stockton, a big man and a guard working in concert both on and off the court to deliver success to the Utah franchise.Yet the relationship between Gobert and Mitchell feels more like that of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant with the Lakers in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The bad news for Utah is that comparison is drawn because Gobert and Mitchell aren’t exactly the best of friends. At least Shaq and Kobe helped Los Angeles win three NBA championships after Malone and Stockton failed to win one. Donovan Mitchell 2: For the first time since the GMA interview in March, Mitchell comments on the Gobert situation during a conference call with reporters. He claims the two have moved on but also confirms the tension between the two was real. “Right now, we’re good,” he says. “We’re going out there ready to hoop. I think the biggest thing that kind of sucked was that it took away from guys on the team, took away from what the guys on the team were trying to do. … Rudy and I had COVID and whatever happened, happened, but now we’re ready to hoop.”last_img read more

Mason City man accused of downtown vandalism

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man is under arrest, being accused of a vandalism spree throughout the community. The Mason City Police Department says they arrested 36-year-old Bill Grouette Junior on Sunday and charged him with second-degree criminal mischief. Police say Grouette is suspected of spray painting and writing on the walls and windows of various businesses in the downtown area during the month of August. Grouette remains in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $5000 bond. Second-degree criminal mischief is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Police are encouraging any businesses or property owners who believe their property may have been damaged to report it to the Police Department.last_img