Call for concrete results from investigators a year after columnist’s murder

first_img A year after Francisco Arratia Saldierna’s murder in Matamoros, Reporters Without Borders urges the Mexican authorities to put an end to the continuing impunity in this case and at the time press on with the federal government’s recent efforts to give journalists better protection. Reports News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more News September 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for concrete results from investigators a year after columnist’s murder A year after the murder of newspaper columnist Francisco Arratia Saldierna on 31 August 2004 in Matamoros (in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas), Reporters Without Borders today drew attention to the continuing impunity in this case and at the time urged the federal government to continue its efforts to give journalists better protection. Arratia wrote for the El Imparcial, El Regional, Mercurio and El Cinco newspapers.”The arrest of Arratia’s presumed killer, Raúl Castelán, on 24 September 2004 was not followed by any significant progress in the case and, although Castelán admitted being involved, he has never been charged with this murder,” the press freedom organisation said.”We welcomed the recent statements by the federal authorities in support of press freedom, but we would like to see concrete results, especially from the investigations into the murders of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added.President Vicente Fox and his government have recently shown renewed interest in journalists’ problems. On 29 August, Fox met Inter-American Press Association president Alejandro Miró Quesada, who talked about legislative needs and the need to punish crimes against journalists.At this meeting, Miró was promised government support for a bill to make attacks on journalists federal crimes, meaning they would have to be investigated by the federal authorities, who are better equipped and less susceptible to pressure from local authorities. It would also abolish any time limitation on the punishment of such crimes and would establish heavier sentences.Miguel Ángel Meneses Maciel, a former senior official in the department of prosecutions, was meanwhile named on 25 August as special prosecutor for crimes against journalists. He will be attached to the federal prosecutor’s office.As well as the Arratia case, Reporters Without Borders hopes all these measures will help produce results in the cases of Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco of the weekly Zeta, killed on 22 June 2004 in Tijuana, Raúl Gibb Guerrero of the regional daily La Opinión, killed on 8 April 2005 in Veracruz state, and Dolores Guadalupe García Escamilla, killed on 5 April 2005 in Nuevo Laredo. RSF_en Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Argentina and United States Renew Close Relations after Years Apart

first_imgPresident Obama spoke with young Argentine entrepreneurs at the Usina del Arte in the district of La Boca for over an hour, as he answered questions and elicited surprise from his audience with his frank and informal tone. He spoke about having read Argentine writers like Borges and Cortázar at school, saying that since then he had been curious to try mate. “And I am proud to announce that I just tried mate for the first time,” President Obama said. U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Buenos Aires on March 23rd to inaugurate a new age in U.S. relations with Argentina. President Obama and his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, expressed their enthusiasm to work together to bolster security, trade, education, and technology. The Argentine Ministry of Security and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) signed the “Preventing and Combating Serious Crime Agreement” to facilitate the exchange of information on suspected criminals and terrorists. The Joint Interagency Task Force-South agreed to exchange information with the Argentine Ministry of Security, whereas the Department of Defense invited the South American country to participate in the State Partnership Program so as to cooperate with the National Guard. On the morning of March 24th, presidents Obama and Macri concluded the official visit by paying their respects to the victims of the last Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983). They marked the 40 years since the last coup d’état at the Parque de la Memoria (Remembrance Park), in Buenos Aires’s North Coastal region. “We seek good relations with all the countries in the hemisphere, but obviously Argentina – historically one of the most powerful, largest countries in the hemisphere – needs to be a critical partner with us,” said President Obama, recalling that [the partnership] “is for us not only to help our own people, but also to help promote prosperity and peace and opportunity in the region as a whole.” By Dialogo March 25, 2016 The last time that a sitting U.S. president visited Argentina was in 2005, when George W. Bush attended the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, and during President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s two terms (2007-2015), the U.S. share of Argentina’s foreign commerce has been less than 10 percent, the lowest level in the past 80 years, according to Argentina’s Chamber of Commerce. Declassified files In May, the U.S. Department of Defense will hold its first Bilateral Working Group with the Armed Forces of Argentina since 2009. The schedule includes peacekeeping efforts, disaster planning and response, and cooperation in defense of the Western Hemisphere, according to the White House. To reverse that trend, the two governments have announced measures to boost investments and deepen their cooperation in the G-20. “Reflecting significant private-sector interest in Argentina, U.S. companies announced multi-billion dollar investments that will help build upon the more than $20 billion in annual United States-Argentina trade,” the White House said in a press release. “In the coming months, six trade delegations will help U.S. and Argentine businesses identify further opportunities.” The terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, which left 31 dead and approximately 270 wounded, cast a pall over President Obama’s visit to the Argentine capital. Presidents Obama and Macri denounced the attacks and promised to work together to fight terrorism, drug trafficking, and organized crime. “My top priority is to defeat ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and to eliminate the scourge of this barbaric terrorism that’s been taking place around the world,” President Obama said. Both countries announced the implementation of various bilateral agreements to enable cooperation. “The United States will help build Argentine law enforcement capacity, including through assistance from the Department of Justice related to terrorism and terrorist financing in the Tri-Border region,” the White House said in a press release. After talks in Buenos Aires between presidents Obama and Macri, the White House announced the signature of the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement and support for Argentina’s full participation in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other key international financial institutions. Argentine Minister of Defense Julio Martínez stated that President Obama’s visit marks the beginning of a new era for the two countries. “It is our fondest wish that the U.S. president’s visit go as smoothly as possible, and that it be just the beginning of a new stage in the relationship between our countries,” Minister Martínez said on March 22nd, while overseeing the Air Force Defense System at the El Palomar Air Wing. Speaking to civil society “Under President Macri, Argentina is reassuming its traditional leadership role in the region and around the world,” President Obama said at a press conference at Casa Rosada, the Argentine government’s seat. The U.S. leader said he was “enormously impressed” with the work President Macri completed during the first 100 days of his administration to create more sustainable growth and renew Argentina’s ties with the international community. The Argentine Ministry of Security and the DHS also signed an agreement to augment protection measures on board airplanes. Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network signed a memorandum of understanding with Argentina’s Financial Information Unit to intensify cooperation against money laundering and terrorist financing. “The United States will also assist Argentine efforts to reduce drug demand, train Argentine officials at the International Law Enforcement Academy, arrange study tours to the United States for Argentine officials, and provide training by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),” the White House wrote in a brief. “The FBI will also help Argentina’s Ministry of Security establish a nationwide network of Intelligence Fusion Centers to detect and disrupt terrorism and organized crime.” Both presidents finalized the ceremony by throwing flowers into the Río de la Plata (River Plate), an offering in remembrance of those who disappeared. “This is a tribute to their memory, but also homage to the bravery and perseverance of those whom we remember for refusing to abandon their efforts in the search for truth and justice,” President Obama said, prior to heading to Bariloche, where he rested with his family before flying back to Washington. That evening, the Obamas hosted a formal dinner at the Kirchner Cultural Center that was attended by approximately 400 guests, including business owners and politicians from the government and the opposition party. The U.S. president accepted an invitation from a famous dancer to dance to the famous tango “Por una Cabeza,” by Carlos Gardel (music) and Alfredo Le Pera (lyrics). President Macri highlighted that both countries have a “gigantic” amount of work in common before them. “After years of nearly non-existent relations, many opportunities are now open that could create jobs for Argentines and U.S. citizens,” he said. In a strategic gesture to Argentina, President Obama requested ahead of the visit to declassify sensitive military and intelligence records linked to the “dirty war.” President Obama announced that, at Argentina’s request, he would declassify more. “We all need and are entitled to know what the truth is,” President Macri said, according to AFP. After a press conference at the Casa Rosada, President Obama went to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, where he paid his respects to General José de San Martín – considered the prime leader of the southern part of South America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire – and also visited a mural honoring Holocaust victims. Later, First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech about the “Let Girls Learn” program – a U.S. government initiative to provide young women with access to education – to young women at the Metropolitan Design Center in the district of Barracas. President Macri said that he has been inspired by the leadership of President Obama, whose visit has a special meaning. “We have interpreted it as a gesture of their consideration and friendship at a time when Argentina is embarking on a new journey. We believe that our countries share profound values: respect for human rights, individual liberty, democracy, justice, and peace.” Terrorism and drug traffickinglast_img read more

Notice: Proposed amendments to jury instructions

first_imgNotice: Proposed amendments to jury instructions June 15, 2002 Regular News Proposed amendments to jury instructionscenter_img The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases proposes amendments to the product liability instructions. After reviewing the comments received in response to this publication, the committee may submit its proposal to the Florida Supreme Court. Please send all comments to Sylvia Walbolt, chair, Carlton Fields, P.O. Box 2861, St. Petersburg 33731-2861. You may e-mail your comments to her at [email protected] or fax them to her at (727) 822-3768. Your comments must be received by July 8, to ensure that they are considered by the committee. PL PRODUCT LIABILITY NOTE ON USE The instructions in t T his Part PL PRODUCT LIABILITY do not contain instructions on Negligence is intended to serve the same purposes, in cases involving asserted product liability based on concepts other than negligence, as are served in negligence cases by Part III ISSUES and Part IV NEGLIGENCE. When alternative issues of negligence are to be submitted, use Charge 3.5 on Negligence Issues, as in Model Charge No. 7 8. The issues for your determination on the claim of (claimant) against (defendant) are whether the (describe product) [sold] [supplied] by (defendant) was defective when it left the possession of (defendant) and, if so, whether such defect was a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] sustained by (claimant or person for whose injury claim is made) . A product is defective PL 1 express warranty [No change] PL 2 implied warranty of merchantability [No change] PL 3 implied warranty of fitness for particular purpose [No change] PL 4 strict liability (manufacturing flaw) if by reason of a flaw in the manufacturing process it is in a condition unreasonably dangerous to [the user] [a person in the vicinity of the product]* and the product is expected to and does reach the user without substantial change affecting that condition. A product is unreasonably dangerous because of a flaw in the manufacturing process if it does not conform to its intended design and fails to perform as safely as the intended design would have performed. PL 5 strict liability (design defect) if by reason of its design the product is in a condition unreasonably dangerous to [the user] [a person in the vicinity of the product]* and the product is expected to and does reach the user without substantial change affecting that condition. A product is unreasonably dangerous because of its design if [the product fails to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect when used as intended or in a manner reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer] [or] [the risk of danger in the design outweighs the benefits]. If the greater weight of the evidence does not support the claim of (claimant) , your verdict should be for (defendant) . [However, if the greater weight of the evidence does support the claim of (claimant) , then your verdict should be for (claimant) and against (defendant) ]. **[However, if the greater weight of the evidence does support the claim of (claimant) , then you shall consider the defense raised by (defendant) . On the defense, the issues for your determination are (state defense issues) ]. “Greater weight of the evidence” means the more persuasive and convincing force and effect of the entire evidence in the case. NOTE S ON USE If it determined that a Negligence instruction is appropriate in addition to a Product Liability (PL) instruction, use charge 3.5 on Negligence Issues as in Model Charge No. 8. In cases involving claims of both negligence and defective design, submission of both claims may result in an inconsistent verdict. See, e.g. , Consol. Aluminium Corp. v. Braun , 447 So.2d 391 (Fla. 4th DCA 1984); Ashby Div. Of Consol. Aluminium Corp. v. Dobkin , 458 So.2d 235 (Fla. 3d DCA 1984). See also Moorman v. American Safety Equip. , 594 So.2d 795 (Fla. 4th DCA 1962); North American Catamaran Racing Ass’n. v. McCollister , 480 So.2d 669 (Fla. 5th DCA 1985). *When the injured person is a bystander, use the language in the second pair of brackets. See West v. Caterpillar Tractor Co., Inc., 336 So.2d 80 (Fla. 1976), and Sanchez v. Hussey Seating Co., 698 So.2d 1326 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997). **When defense issues are to be submitted, use the charge contained within this second pair of brackets. In other cases, use the first bracketed sentence instead. COMMENT 1. Privity. [No change] 2. Strict liability (Restatement of Torts 2d § 402A). Charge PL 4, derived from § 402A as adopted in West v. Caterpillar Tractor Co., Inc., 336 So.2d 80 (Fla. 1976), is appropriate for a strict liability claim against the manufacturer based on an alleged manufacturing flaw in the product. In response to Ford Motor Co. v. Hill, 404 So.2d 1049, 1052 n. 4 (Fla. 1981), directing the committee to improve its product liability charge, the committee recommends PL 5 for design defect cases, stating standards for determining when a product is “unreasonably dangerous” because of design. PL 5 defines “unreasonably dangerous” both in terms of consumer expectations, see comment i to § 402A of the Restatement, and in terms weighing the design risk against its utility , . These concepts are discussed in as expressed in decisions from other jurisdictions. See, e.g., Radiation Tech. v. Ware Constr. Co. , 445 So.2d 329 (Fla. 1983); Cassisi v. Maytag Co., 396 So.2d 1140, 1145 (Fla. 1st DCA 1981) ; Adams v. G. D. Searle & Co. , 576 So.2d 728, 733 (Fla. 2d DCA 1991) (dicta), quoting Barker v. Lull Engineering Co. , 20 Cal.3d 413, 143 Cal.Rptr. 225, 573 P.2d 443 (1978). Absent more definitive authority in Florida, the committee recommends neither test to the exclusion of the other and expresses no opinion about whether the two charges should be given alternatively or together. PL 5 provides language suitable for either standard, or both, determined by the trial court to be appropriate. The committee notes, however, that the two issue rule may be implicated if both tests of design defect are used. Zimmer Inc. v. Birnbaum , 758 So.2d 714 (Fla. 4th DCA 2001). The committee is of the view that, in Florida, the ultimate burden of persuasion in cases submitted to the jury remains with the plaintiff. West, 336 So.2d at 87; but see Barker, 573 P.2d at 455–56, quoted in Cassisi, 396 So.2d at 1145. PL 5 therefore allocates that burden to the plaintiff. The charge is not intended to control issues of the burden of proof or sufficiency of the evidence for directed verdict purposes. Pending further development of Florida law, the committee reserved the question of whether there can be strict liability for failure to warn and, if so, what duty is imposed on the manufacturer or seller. [Comments 3 through 6 — no change]last_img read more

Hollywood Insider Patricia Bosworth Hosts Rare Screening of “A Place in the Sun” at Cinema Arts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In another fascinating installment of Hollywood comes to Huntington, acclaimed author, actress and editor Patricia Bosworth will be on hand at the Cinema Arts Centre on March 15 for a special big screening of the 1951 critically acclaimed masterpiece, A Place in the Sun.The classic stars 18-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and Bosworth’s pal, Montgomery Clift, who was at the top of his game at age 29. Bosworth will be hosting the event in conjunction with the release of her new memoir, The Men in My Life, which just came out.Bosworth’s father, Bartley Crum, a well-known lawyer who’d defended “The Hollywood Ten” after they were blacklisted in the McCarthy era, had introduced her to Clift while she was still a teenager.“We’re thrilled to have Patricia Bosworth come to Cinema Arts Centre and put a marvelous film like A Place in the Sun into historical context, as well as the life of her friend, Montgomery Clift,” said Raj Tawney, director of publicity and promotions at CAC. “Bosworth has had a life of ups and downs like all of us, and she’s someone who has pursued her dreams with realistic results. It wasn’t all glamorous, but through her journey, she became one of the top Hollywood biographers. We’re looking forward to having Miss Bosworth share her life stories which are detailed in her new book.”Tawney credits this unique evening to Jud Newborn, Cinema Arts Centre’s curator of special programs, who will be hosting the event.“For year and years, Dr. Jud Newborn has brought Hollywood to Huntington,” said Tawney. “The list of guests is so long and legendary, an outsider would think they’re living on the wrong coast.”Newborn said that he and Bosworth chose the 1951 movie because she not only knew the troubled star but she wrote his definitive biography, which became one of her biggest bestsellers.“But there’s more,” Newborn told the Press, “because the film introduces the coming decade of repression and stultifying conformity which Bosworth covers in her acclaimed new memoir—along with the tremendous burst of wild creativity (and wild living) which that atmosphere unleashed. This was especially the case in Manhattan at the elite Actors Studio, where Patricia studied with such friends as Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda.”She later wrote biographies about them, too.“Clift—like Patricia’s beloved younger brother, whom she lost to suicide—was a closeted homosexual, tortured by the toxic climate of the era,” notes Newborn, “while other friends like Fonda shared Patricia’s struggle to burst free from the suffocating role women were supposed to conform to. A world where men dominated them and pressured them for sex, then punished them for some of the inevitable consequences, like the shame of having to endure abortions, which were illegal, humiliating and often botched procedures.”Before she became an accomplished writer—she’s been a freelancer for the New York Times, a managing editor of Harper’s Bazaar and contributing editor for Vanity Fair—Bosworth acted with Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn and Paul Muni, and was directed by Arthur Penn and Elia Kazan.“Patricia flourished,” said Newborn, “all the time fighting a secret numbness that she’s only now overcome, and brilliantly, in her liberating new memoir that reveals a life as dramatic as those of her most famous biographical subjects.”Directed by the legendary George Stevens, A Place in the Sun paired Elizabeth Taylor in her first adult role with Montgomery Clift and Shelley Winters in a griping, class-conscious tragic romance, based on Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 best-selling novel, An American Tragedy. This 1951 film, set in upstate New York, is actually a remake of Josef von Sternberg’s 1931 more somber version, which had kept the original title.Nominated for nine Oscars (including Clift for Best Actor and Winters for Best Actress), this Hollywood classic won six: Best Director for Stevens, Best Screenplay for Michael Wilson and Harry Brown, Best Black/White Cinematography for William Mellor, Best B/W Costume Design for Edith Head, as well as Best Dramatic Score and Best Editing. It lost the Best Picture nod to An American in Paris.The on-screen chemistry between Taylor and Cliff apparently worked for Hollywood, which later paired them in 1957’s Raintree County. At the time, Taylor had just finished making a movie with another closeted gay actor, Rock Hudson, in Giant.In 1956, Clift left a dinner party at Taylor’s Beverly Hills house (her marriage to Michael Wilding was on the rocks), drove down the windy road and had a near-fatal car crash, his famous face a bloody pulp. Taylor came to his rescue and kept him alive before the ambulance could arrive. When it did, it was accompanied by a pack of Hollywood photographers, but she reportedly threatened them that if they took one photo of the disfigured actor, she’d never let them photograph her again. They relented.Interestingly, Clift later starred with Marilyn Monroe in the 1961 film, The Misfits. Monroe said he was “the only person I know who is in worse shape than I am.” In 1966, Clift died in his Manhattan apartment, reportedly watching The Misfits on TV. He was 45. Monroe had died three years before in her L.A. home, reportedly an overdose. She was 36.Bosworth knew them all. But tragedy had hounded her, too. Both her father and her brother committed suicide. She named her memoir to honor them.This special evening begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Cinema Arts Centere, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. The event includes a dessert and Prosecco reception featuring local jazz guitarist Mike Soloway. Tickets are $20 for CAC members, $25 for nonmembers. As a bonus, you get a 20 percent off when you buy a copy of Bosworth’s memoir. For information, call 631-423-7611 or visit Photo: Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, starring in A Place in the Sun, photo courtesy Cinema Arts Centre.last_img read more

Free rapid COVID-19 testing site coming to Tioga County

first_imgWAVERLY (WBNG) — Tioga County’s first free rapid COVID-19 testing site will be up in the Village of Waverly. “So if someone wants to get a test, a rapid test that takes less than an hour, they can make an appointment and go in and get tested,” Sauerbrey said. Sauerbrey says this was an opportunity the county wanted to make available to their citizens. Testing is free and you do not need to be a Tioga County resident to get tested. On Monday, Riverview Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Owego was identified as a virus hotspot. Tioga County Legislative Chair Martha Sauerbrey says the location of the testing site is very walkable. Those wanting to get tested must pre-register at The testing site will be held at the Waverly Village Hall Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Testing at the Waverly site is available from noon to 6 p.m.last_img read more

Northern Ireland: Windsor Park to welcome 1,060 fans for Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia | Football News

first_imgThe Irish FA says fans attending the play-off next Thursday will be issued with a code of conduct outlining the measures in place to ensure the safety of all supporters. Thursday 12th November 7:00pm More than 1,000 fans will be at Windsor Park for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off final against Slovakia next Thursday.A total of 1,060 supporters will be allocated socially distanced seats in the 18,500 capacity stadium. Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “We have worked closely with the Minister for Communities, Carál Ní Chuilín, and her officials, as well as the team at Belfast City Council, to land on this number.“Our own staff have also played a significant role in this and we’re delighted to have fans back at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, in a safe and responsible setting, for one of our biggest games in recent times.”Tickets will be allocated via a ballot, with those successful to be notified next week.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The announcement comes after 600 fans attended last month’s 1-0 home defeat against Austria in the Nations League.The Slovakia match is the first of two home games in the space of a week for Northern Ireland, who host Romania in the Nations League on November 18.No decision has yet been taken regarding the possibility of fans attending that match.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm – Advertisement –last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighter Kenneth Greene

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags on the Capitol Complex and throughout the City of Philadelphia to fly at half-staff to honor fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Kenneth Greene.Lieutenant Kenneth Greene passed away on September 14th from injuries sustained while working in the line of duty on September 3rd.The Commonwealth Flag shall remain lowered at half-staff until his interment. The United States Flag should remain at full-staff during this tribute. September 15, 2017 Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Firefighter Kenneth Greenecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ellsworth baseball team edges MDI for first win of the season

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth baseball team edged Mount Desert Island for its first win of the season on Thursday.Ellsworth beat MDI 5-4.Ellsworth 5, John Bapst 4Ellsworth (3-5) beat John Bapst (4-5) on Tuesday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSumner 3, Narraguagus 0Sumner (1-5) beat Narraguagus (2-5) on Tuesday for its first win of the season.Old Town 10, MDI 0Rylie Swanson singled twice and Alden Fournier chipped in a single for MDI (3-4) in its loss to Old Town (7-1) on Tuesday.GSA 7, Central 5George Stevens Academy (8-1) beat Central (4-4) on Tuesday.DI-S 27, Jonesport-Beals 0Deer Isle-Stonington (2-2) rolled past Jonesport-Beals (0-5) on Tuesday.Mattanawcook 9, GSA 4Beckett Slayton picked up four singles and scored two runs for GSA en route to its first loss of the season on Monday to Mattanawcook (6-3).Foxcroft 3, MDI 2Nick Stanley, Alden Fournier and Riley Swanson all chipped in singles for MDI, which lost to Foxcroft (5-3) on Saturday.Mattanawcook 14, Sumner 0Mattanawcook (6-3) shut out Sumner on Saturday. Jacob Shorey had a double for Sumner.Ellsworth 9, Caribou 1Ellsworth rolled past Caribou (3-5) in its second game of a double-header on Saturday.Caribou 5, Ellsworth 3Caribou beat Ellsworth in the first game of Saturday’s double-header.Mattanawcook 14, Sumner 0Mattanawcook (6-3) shut out Sumner on Friday.GSA 10, Dexter 2Jake Keenan pitched five innings, striking out 12 and only allowing one earned run for GSA en route to the win over Dexter (3-4) on Friday.Marshal Lebel paced GSA’s offense with two hits and two RBIs. Taylor Schildroth also had a double and two runs scored.GSA 2, Central 0Gage Clapp and Dakota Chipman each had a single to lead GSA past Central on Thursday. Tyler Snow had an RBI.Searsport 6, Sumner 5Sumner lost to Searsport on Wednesday.GSA 4, Bucksport 0Taylor Schildroth had three singles and Beckett Slayton chipped in two singles as GSA shut out Bucksport (2-5) on Wednesday.Sophomore Stefan Simmons fired a four-hit shutout for GSAFor Bucksport, Matt Vincent, Tanner Stegner, Austin Mason and Jake Ames each had singles.Schenck 4, DI-S 2Kris Melanio, Mason Oliver and Ethan Shepard each had a single for DI-S en route to its loss to Schenck (3-5) on Wednesday.Shepard struck out seven in four innings.last_img read more

Norway’s Ada Hegerberg wins inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Norway striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta to take the prize following a vote by journalists from around the world. *****Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or ceremonyKylian Mbappe was named winner of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia.The new award — named after French former Ballon d’Or winner Raymond Kopa — was voted for by 33 living former winners of the main Ballon d’Or prize. Mbappe was also among the 30 nominees to win that award.Mbappe — who was accompanied at the ceremony by his father and his younger brother Ethan — scored four goals at the World Cup, including one in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.In doing so he became just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Brazilian great Pele, who achieved the feat in 1958.A French champion last season with PSG following a 180 million-euro ($204m) move from Monaco, Mbappe is the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals in 10 appearances.He has scored 32 goals in 56 games for club and country in the calendar year.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

What to watch for in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

first_imgJamie Greubel, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the two-women Bob World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, Jan. 19. 2014. Williams, from Rochester, Pa., was also a gold medalist in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A look at the sports for the Sochi Olympics:___ALPINE SKIING:THE BASICSAfter missing the first three Winter Olympics, Alpine skiing joined the program in 1936. Ten gold medals will be awarded in Sochi, five for men and five for women — downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom (usually called super-G) and super combined.STARS TO WATCHWith Lindsey Vonn out injured, the 18-year-old American many call “The Next Lindsey Vonn,” Mikaela Shiffrin, will attract plenty of attention as the favorite to win the slalom. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, a double gold medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and Lara Gut of Switzerland, who’ll be making her Olympic debut, could dominate other races. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway already enjoys rock-star status in Europe, while 36-year-old Bode Miller, owner of five Olympic medals, and Ted Ligety, who won three titles at last year’s world championships, will also be ones to watch from the U.S. team.DID YOU KNOW?Austria has won a record 105 Alpine skiing medals at the Olympics, nearly twice as many as any other country. Switzerland ranks second with 56, followed by France with 43 and the United States with 39.___BIATHLON:THE BASICS:Like several other sports, biathlon has military origins with the combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting first becoming a common exercise for winter troops in northern countries during the second half of the 19th century. That also helps explain why countries like Norway, Russia and Sweden are still dominant. Biathlon has one of the busiest schedules on the Olympic program, with four individual events for both men and women, along with a relay. New for this year is a mixed relay.STARS TO WATCH:Martin Fourcade of France has been the top men’s biathlete in the last two years, winning three world championship titles in 2012 and the overall World Cup last season, and he is expected to add his first Olympic gold in Sochi. Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway could well add to his two golds from Vancouver, as well. On the women’s side, expect Tora Berger of Norway and Darya Domracheva of Belarus to grab at least a couple of medals each.DID YOU KNOW?One of the all-time greats will be competing in the biathlon events in Sochi as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen aims to cap his storied career by making Olympic history. The 40-year-old Norwegian has six Olympic golds from previous games and needs two more to equal the Winter Games record. While Bjoerndalen hasn’t won an individual World Cup race in two years, Norway is one of the favorites in both the men’s and mixed relay — meaning he could well get there.___BOBSLED:United States women’s bobsled head coach Todd Hays, left, helps brakeman Lauryn Williams from Rochester, Pa., also a gold medalist in the 4×100-meter relay at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, load luggage into a waiting bus as the team arrives for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 30, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)THE BASICSIt looks simple, but it’s incredibly intricate to get a sled going and keep it upright for the ride down the track. Everyone sprints while pushing the sled on ice, then hops inside, at which point the driver is typically the only one with his or her head up for the rest of the trip. One wrong move, and that sled could tumble on its side easily.United States bobsled brakeman Lolo Jones arrives at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 30, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)STARS TO WATCHSteven Holcomb of the United States was the top driver on the men’s World Cup circuit this winter, while Kaillie Humphries of Canada took the women’s overall title. Both won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and might again this year. The U.S. has two Olympic track athletes on the women’s team, with gold medalist Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones qualifying as push athletes.DID YOU KNOW?BMW doesn’t just make fast cars. Their sled-building business will be on full display in Sochi, with Germans, Americans and Canadians — all medal favorites — among the nations racing in their sleds. And while those sleds bear the same logo, there’s some significant set-up and technological differences depending on which nation’s flag is affixed.___CROSS-COUNTRYTHE BASICS:Cross-country skiing is one of the original Winter Olympic sports, on the program since the 1924 Chamonix Games. Only two men’s events were held then, though; now it’s a total of 10 men’s and women’s races — ranging from the explosive individual sprint to the grueling endurance test of the men’s 50-kilometer race. Events are held in either the classical style or freestyle depending on the format, with the skiathlon a combination of both.STARS TO WATCH:Norway usually dominates the cross-country skiing events, and its two biggest stars are Petter Northug and Marit Bjoergen. Northug has struggled with illness this season, however, and his form is in question. Bjoergen won three golds in Vancouver in 2010 and could well repeat that feat in Sochi if she again gets the better of main rival Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland. Three-time overall World Cup winner Dario Cologna has only recently returned from an ankle injury but should still be a contender.DID YOU KNOW?The most successful Winter Olympian of all time was a cross-country skier. Bjoern Daehlie of Norway won eight Olympic gold medals between 1992 and 1998, along with four silvers. He nearly won a ninth gold, but surprisingly lost a sprint finish to Silvio Fauner of Italy in the men’s 4×10-kilometer relay at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, stunning the home crowd.___CURLING:THE BASICSTwo gold medals will be awarded, one for men and one for women. Ten teams are in both tournaments. They all play each other once in the round-robin stage, with four advancing to the semifinals.STARS TO WATCHMargaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden and Eve Muirhead of Britain have been engaged in a battle for supremacy in women’s curling for the past 12 months. Muirhead is the world champion and Sigfridsson the European champion — and the Olympics can be viewed as the decider. Brad Jacobs is the star attraction in men’s curling, although the spotlight is often stolen by the Norwegian team, with its funky wardrobe.DID YOU KNOW?Canada, the stronghold of world curling, has won a medal in every men’s and women’s tournament since the sport returned to the Olympic program in 1998.___FIGURE SKATING:THE BASICSTo the familiar medal events of men’s and women’s singles, pairs and ice dance, the IOC is adding a team competition. Ten countries will take part, combining the scores of their entries in the four disciplines.STARS TO WATCHYuna Kim of South Korea seeks to repeat — she’d be only the third woman to win two straight gold medals. A foot injury forced her out of the Grand Prix series, though. Three-time world champion Patrick Chan is the favorite on the men’s side, but was upset by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan at the Grand Prix Final.DID YOU KNOW?Russian or Soviet skaters have won seven of the 10 gold medals in the event, but Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be on hand to defend their titles.___FREESTYLE SKIING:THE BASICSThere are the old-school events — moguls and aerials — and the newcomers — halfpipe and slopestyle. There’s also skicross. Moguls are judged on a skier’s ability to get down the bumps quickly and smoothly, while also taking off for two jumps that each count for 12.5 percent of the score. Aerials skiers pack multiple flips and twists into a jump that sends them soaring up to 50 feet off a steeply angled ramp. Ski halfpipe and slopestyle are new events, though they’ll look very much like the snowboard version.STARS TO WATCHDefending moguls champion Alex Bilodeau’s toughest competition could come from Canadian teammate Mikael Kingsbury. Hannah Kearney of the United States is the defending women’s champion. Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden is a consistent top-10 finisher in skicross but still looking for that first victory of the season.DID YOU KNOW?Freestyle skiing dates back more than 100 years with records of skiers performing somersaults on skis at the start of the 20th century in Norway, Italy and Austria. The first professional competitions were in 1971, and it entered the Olympic program in 1992.___MEN’S HOCKEY:In a Feb. 28, 2010 file photo Canada’s Sidney Crosby (87) shoots past USA goalie Ryan Miller (39) for the game-winning goal in the overtime period of a men’s gold medal ice hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Crosby will captain the Canadian hockey team at the Olympics in Sochi. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, file)THE BASICSAbout 150 jetlagged NHL players join their European counterparts in a frenetic 12-team, 12-day tournament for hockey supremacy. Nobody has time for practice or team-building with three quick opening-round games before the knockout portion begins, but Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the United States all have their eyes on gold.STARS TO WATCHReigning NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin and fellow stars Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk are under extraordinary home-country pressure to lead the Russians to their first gold medals since the Unified Team’s 1992 win in Albertville. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby also is back for more Olympic magic after scoring the gold-winning overtime goal in Vancouver.DID YOU KNOW?The NHL stars are back for their fifth consecutive Olympics since Nagano, but this might be your last chance to see them on the podium for a while. NHL owners are making serious noise about keeping the league in session in 2018 during the Pyeongchang Olympics, citing the time difference to South Korea and lost revenue.___WOMEN’S HOCKEY:THE BASICSIn order to boost competition in a sport that has been dominated by Canada and the United States, the Olympic women’s hockey format was changed this year. The round-robin features a guaranteed grudge match between the North Americans, and a chance for them to earn a bye through to the semifinals. The preliminary round will be played at the puck-shaped Shayba Arena, and the medal round at the larger Bolshoy Ice Dome.STARS TO WATCHFinland goalie Noora Raty was 41-0 at the University of Minnesota, leading her team to a second straight college championship. Hayley Wickenheiser of Canada is going for her fourth gold medal, and she is already the leading scorer in Olympic women’s hockey history with 16 goals and 29 assists; she also won a silver medal when the Americans won the gold in the sport’s inaugural Winter Games in 1998.DID YOU KNOW?U.S. forward Amanda Kessel is the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel, who will be in Sochi for the American men’s team.___LUGE:THE BASICSSliders race feet-first down the track, sometimes going as fast as 90 mph, though the speeds should be a bit lower at the Sochi Olympics. Steering is done by subtle shifts of the body, and the start is critical. Lugers wear gloves with tiny spikes attached to the finger pads, using them to dig into the ice to gain momentum, before settling into position for the ride.STARS TO WATCHGermany, Germany, Germany. Felix Loch is the reigning Olympic champion and is favored to repeat in the men’s race, and teammate Natalie Geisenberger has been nearly unbeatable on the World Cup circuit to earn her Sochi-favorite status. The Germans also dominate in doubles luge.DID YOU KNOW?The Olympic luge program is growing in Sochi with the addition of a team relay. One man, one woman and one doubles team will compose each nation’s team, and they’ll go one after another — with one slider slapping a pad to trigger the clock and tell the next teammate it’s time to start their run.___NORDIC COMBINED:THE BASICSWith ski jumping and cross-country skiing, it’s the sole male-only sport left at the Winter Olympics. Three gold medals will be awarded, off the normal and large hills with 10-kilometer ski races for each, and a team event from the large hill which includes a 4×5-kilometer cross-country race.STARS TO WATCHEric Frenzel of Germany comes into Sochi with a big lead in the World Cup standings, having also won the Nordic Combined Triple in January, a new format that added the results of three competitions on one weekend. The Americans have a strong team, with 2010 individual large hill gold medalist and team silver medalist Billy Demong back, and 37-year-old Todd Lodwick competing in his sixth Olympics.DID YOU KNOW?The starting places in the cross-country race are determined by the finishes in the ski jump competition, with generally a 10-point lead in jumping providing a one-minute start in the ski race. That format is known as the Gundersen Method.___SKELETONTHE BASICSSometimes called “headfirst luge,” but it really has hardly anything in common with the feet-first racing sport. The sleds are simple, with racers usually grabbing a handle with one arm as they take off running at the start. They then flop onto the sled — it sort of looks like an oversized cookie sheet — and have their chin just barely off the surface of the ice as they speed down the chute.STARS TO WATCHMartins Dukurs of Latvia is a huge favorite to win the men’s title. In the women’s race, the gold-medal battle figures to come down to Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States and Lizzy Yarnold of Britain. Dukurs’ top competition might be his own brother, Tomass. Pikus-Pace was fourth in Vancouver, and Yarnold rents a flat nowadays from Amy Williams — who won skeleton gold for Britain four years ago.DID YOU KNOW?The sport has roots in the 1800s and was in the Olympic program in 1928, then again in 1948. But it wasn’t back as a medal sport until 2002, and now attracts sliders from nations that don’t even have home tracks on which to train.___SKI JUMPING:THE BASICSWomen will compete for the first time in a sport the men have had to themselves since 1924. Four gold medals will be awarded overall, the large hill, the normal hill and a team event for the men. The women will compete only on the normal hill.STARS TO WATCH“Kid Ballerina” Sara Takahashi of Japan, who says her ballet training helps her maintain balance during jumps, is the women’s favorite. Her biggest competitors are American teenager Sarah Hendrickson, the world champion who is coming off right knee surgery in August, and Lindsey Van, the sport’s first world champion and Hendrickson’s teammate.DID YOU KNOW?The International Olympic Committee fought for years to keep women from ski jumping at the Olympics, with suggestions their event wasn’t competitive enough and that their bodies weren’t strong enough to take the strain of jumps, affecting their ability to have children.___SNOWBOARDING:THE BASICSFive events: Halfpipe, snowboardcross, parallel giant slalom and two new ones — slopestyle and parallel slalom. Slopestyle is a ride down a hill with steeply angled jumps, rails and little bumps called “jibs.” Parallel slalom is racing — a shortened version of parallel giant slalom event that’s been on the program since snowboarding was introduced in 1998.STARS TO WATCHA certain rider named Shaun White, who is going for his third straight halfpipe gold and trying to win in slopestyle, as well. Another rider to watch will be Torah Bright of Australia, the defending Olympic halfpipe champion who will compete in halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross.DID YOU KNOW?Mark McMorris of Canada is largely considered White’s top challenger in slopestyle but he broke a rib competing in the Winter X Games. He’s expected to be OK in time for Sochi.___LONG TRACK SPEEDSKATING:THE BASICSAll races are held in pairs using two lanes on the track. At the back straightaway, the skaters switch lanes, allowing them both to cover the same distance per lap. When both skaters emerge from the corner at the same time, the skater in the inside lane has to let the outer lane pass in front of them. The men and women each compete in five individual events, and the team pursuit.STARS TO WATCHUnited States long track speed skater Shani Davis glides around a turn as he practices in Adler Arena for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 31, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)Shani Davis of the United States will try to become the first male skater to win the same event at three straight Olympics in the 1,000 meters. Sven Kramer of the Netherlands is looking for redemption in the 10,000, having lost a gold medal four years ago in Vancouver after being disqualified when his coach directed him to the wrong lane during the race. On the women’s side, Ireen Wust of the Netherlands is a favorite to medal in the 1,500 and 3,000. Claudia Pechstein of Germany will turn 42 during the Olympics, her sixth. She owns nine career medals and will try for a 10th in the 5,000.DID YOU KNOW?The clap skate revolutionized the sport in the mid-1990s, helping lower world records considerably. The skates are hinged to the front of the boot and detach from the heel, allowing a more natural range of movement. The blades are about 1 millimeter thick and come in lengths from 13 to 18 centimeters.___SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING:THE BASICSUsually between four and six skaters compete on an oval ice rink using a mass start. Men and women compete in the same events: 500 meters, 1,000, 1,500, and the relays (3,000 for women and 5,000 for men). It’s often called roller derby on ice and there are several rules that, if broken, result in disqualification.STARS TO WATCHViktor Ahn is a medal favorite in all three individual men’s events. Born Ahn Hyun-soo in South Korea, Ahn became a Russian citizen in 2011. Wang Meng, China’s most decorated Winter Olympian, is out with a broken ankle on the women’s side. South Korea’s women’s team could dominate, led by Shim Suk-hee.DID YOU KNOW?The most common reason for disqualification is impeding, which involves pushing, blocking or otherwise causing an impediment for another skater.US Olympic Rosterslast_img read more