Ellsworth girls’ basketball looks to build on John Bapst upset

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img 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] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Excitement and passion were in the air at Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium on Tuesday evening, and that atmosphere didn’t come without good reason.As the Ellsworth girls’ basketball began to wind down, the Eagles’ Sara Shea shot free throws as head coach Andy Pooler and her teammates watched. Pooler wanted Shea to go until she missed, but the freshman showed no signs she was about to do so.“We might be here all night,” assistant coach Chip Taylor said as he watched Shea make shot after shot.“That’s fine by me,” Pooler replied. “This is going great.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter Shea eventually missed, the team did defensive drills. Even after a long day of practice that included lengthy shooting and conditioning drills, the energy and execution on display were palpable — the result of a defining victory the team had earned three days earlier.On Friday, the Eagles had handed undefeated and No. 1-ranked John Bapst its first loss of the season with a 43-34 win at the Cross Insurance Center. The win was a vital one for the team’s hopes to host a preliminary game in the Class B North playoffs, but it was also a huge boost to the team’s confidence level as it approaches the last few weeks of the season.“I think it was one of those moments that made us stop and say, ‘Wow, we can beat a really good team,’” Pooler said. “It was just an outstanding effort and a great result.”Ellsworth was 6-4 entering the game, but the Eagles lacked a win over a team with a winning record. John Bapst, on the other hand, was 9-0 and two games removed from a win over Hermon, a team many tipped as the favorite to win the Northern Maine title.Yet with the help of strong defense, the Eagles ran out to a 31-19 lead over John Bapst after three quarters. Even after the Crusaders found their offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to prevent Ellsworth from walking off the court with the victory.“Hannah [Sargent] and Bags [Katelynn Bagley] did an outstanding job guarding their two best players,” Pooler said. “We did what we needed to offensively and adjusted to their pace.”The excitement in the locker room and on the bus ride home, Pooler said, was a building moment for the team. Part of that was because Pooler canceled practice Saturday to give his players an opportunity to rest, but most of it was the result of a season-defining win on a court to which the Eagles will return if they make the regional quarterfinals.On Tuesday, the confidence boost that resulted from that win carried over to the way the team practiced. The Eagles played relentless on-ball defense and made difficult shots on the other end until Pooler blew his whistle to call it a day.“They brought it tonight,” Pooler said. “It’s a process of improving and realizing what you can do when you’re out there playing at your best, and everyone from the seniors to the freshmen is realizing that.”Ellsworth is scheduled to host Orono (2-9) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 24. The team will then host Presque Isle (8-3) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, and Caribou (8-5) at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. The Eagles lost to both teams when they traveled to Aroostook County last month.“We know what these teams can do,” Pooler said. “People are going to be looking out for us now, and we have to be on our toes.”last_img read more

René Jansen sheds light on Dutch age verification framework

first_imgShare Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Chairman of the Dutch gaming authority Kansspelautoriteit, René Jansen, has emphasised that he believes the country’s Remote Gaming Act will be introduced on 1 January 2021 rather than the original target date of 1 July 2020.Speaking at a Gaming in Holland meeting in Amsterdam, Jansen shed some light on advertising and age verification framework which will come into play, as well as the licensing procedure.Online gambling operation licences can be applied for as soon as the new law has entered into force, with the market opening up six months later.Jansen revealed that he is anticipating an influx of applications, with close to 200 potential parties already registering interest. He explained: “We can’t formulate the final licence conditions until all subordinate legislation has been finalised. Subordinate legislation serves to flesh out the details of a new law, which involves elaborating certain aspects, filling in the details, and generally crossing T’s and dotting I’s.“However, these details are often crucial when formulating licensing conditions. There’s no point in us telling you to do things a certain way now, only to change our minds later on.”During the event, Jansen offered his views on the licensing procedure, which he said was a “drawn-out national debate ultimately resulted in a thorough, meticulously detailed law”.The Netherlands will become one of the last EU members to legalise online gambling, and is expected to implement one of the world’s strictest addiction prevention policies.Information to be provided will include:What efforts are you making to protect players from excessive participation and gambling addiction?What additional measures are you taking to protect the 18-25 age group?What steps have you taken to embed prevention in your operational management and organisational culture?What are you doing to make sure your management staff and employees have sufficient training, knowledge, expertise and skills?“You will have to demonstrate that all these requirements have been met to qualify for a licence. And let me assure you: we will definitely find out if your measures only exist on paper,” Jansen warns.Licence applicants will also have to explain the following:How have the various responsibilities been assigned?What measures will you be taking to avoid misleading or aggressive advertising?How will you make sure players are not incentivised to gamble excessively?How will you ensure your advertising does not target vulnerable groups?How will you be applying player bonuses?Adding again that strict assessments are to be in place and that “we won’t accept situations that merely look good on paper”, Jansen moved on to stress: “When it comes to assessing the reality behind your situation on paper, we won’t be limiting our focus to advertising and addiction prevention.“For example, we will be evaluating your reliability, your integrity policies, the financial continuity of your business, the separation of player credits, your age verification procedures and so on. We want to know exactly who we’re dealing with before we issue an online gambling license; promises and words alone simply won’t cut it.”Concluding, one more key difference was highlighted by Jansen: “Unlike the current law, the new Act explicitly grants Ksa the authority to use mystery shopping in the fight against illegal operators. In another crucial new expansion of our powers, Ksa will be granted the authority to issue binding instructions to parties that facilitate illegal online gambling.“For example, we can demand that payment service providers working on behalf of illegal online gambling sites immediately stop doing so: no pay, no play. At present, we can only politely ask them to stop providing these services.” Netherlands Remote Gambling Act submitted for EC review July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

6 Awesome Apps Begging to Be Developed

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Y Combinator’s getting pretty fancy with their very detailed Request for Startups idea, which was somewhat like their “Startups We’d Like to Fund” post of yesteryear. Basically, rather than suffer through the dissatisfaction of loving the apps they’re with, the good folks at the aforementioned accelerator program decided to give developers a little insight on what their startup wishlist might look like.Never ones to be outdone, we at ReadWriteWeb have labored intensely and discussed among ourselves to produce this app wishlist. We can’t offer funding, but it would make us picky little Internet geeks terribly happy if someone developed any of the six apps listed below. You know, while we’re waiting for the flying cars and food replicators.1. Real-Time Mobile & Web Sports AppAs it stands, jocks and geeks still sit at opposite ends of the cafeteria. As with other verticals not typically in the geek milieu, sports have too long been ignored in terms of technology, support, and bleeding the sweet, sweet revenue from sports fans’ pockets. The sports channels and leagues each have their own bloated, useless apps, but somebody needs to create an agnostic web and mobile application to deliver real-time data, the parameters of which would be user-determined. All of this data is readily available online, ready to be queried by the right script kiddie. Sports fans need up-to-the-instant scores, game developments, news on teams and players, and stats relating to fantasy league play. If you can get the gambling angle, too, through resources such as the Sports Data Query Language, then you have a real money-maker on your hands. In fact, we’re not even sure why we’re telling you this rather than developing it ourselves. We must be gluttons for poverty.2. Full-Length Movies on MobilesIt’s a matter of time, we’re sure, before you look next to you on a subway and see a guy watching V for Vendetta on his iPhone. Movies are getting quicker to stream and more mobile, and mobile video display is a quickly-aligning Rubik’s cube. A combination of the right coding technology, the right player, and the right partnership with a giant such as Hulu or Netflix could allow some lucky startup to charge the pants off of mobile users per movie. Plus, it’d be a great trick to keep the kids quiet in restaurants or church or wherever, and who, parents and non-parents alike, can’t get behind an idea like that?3. Multiplayer Augmented Reality Social GamingA few months ago, we found out what Crash Corp was up to, and that bee has been in our bonnet ever since. Augmented reality mobile gaming is definitely the frontier of its space. It’s a gamble getting gamers away from their hotly-defended consoles, their PCs laden with expensive video cards, and all the games and ways of game playing they know. That would be, shall we say, a game changer. Ha ha. But we feel the coolest, most hardcore application of AR gaming can be achieved through multiplayer, socially enhanced, RPG-type games as opposed to the kind of casual games that isolate rather than connect users and don’t tend to induce hours of Mountain-Dew fueled play. Something like foursquare is the embryonic, interface-free, back-end concept for what mobile gaming will become. We predict that in five years, all gamer geeks will have farmer’s tans. Also, the addition of semi-virtual currency in marketing promotions that are location- and proximity-based make AR mobile a brand’s most fantastic dream.4. Real-Time Social Streams as Gesture-Responsive, Dimensional DisplaysIt’s 2009. We don’t have any flying cars. We don’t have a moon colony. We’ve waited this long, and we want SOMETHING, damn it. Give us our Minority Report-esque gesture-controlled holographic displays, or at least a BumpTop-like 3D app that can handle concepts such as relative size and weight of discussions, apps, and other users. With existing apps such as Seesmic Desktop and its ilk becoming real-time and constantly present, we see our entire social graph’s firehose glutting the data stream with absolutely too much information until it truly becomes the time-waster the mainstream claimed it was all along. We now need an app that can imaginatively and radically simplify statuses and microblogging and how we receive and parse them, and we’re talking TED-level imagination. Why anyone that brilliant would want to work on social media projects is anyone’s guess, but hey, it’s our wishlist.5. Shopping App for Thrift StoresWe can’t believe some hipster hasn’t picked up on this already, but someone ought to develop a web and mobile app specifically for thrift stores, kind of like TheThriftShopper, but much more than a directory. We want to see locations, reviews, sales and specials, pics of good finds, and a social community for organizing ugly sweater parties! With the revolving door that is any second-hand shop’s inventory, it’s probably not reasonable to ask for an Internet of Things-type cataloging program — yet. But it would be simple and fun enough to use certain APIs to create this kind of mashup.6. Personal Inventory and Shopping AppWe’ve seen several trade-and-barter apps lately, such as NeighborGoods and OurShelf, that allow users to catalog items they already own and request those they need. And there are a few good shopping applications, such as Alice, out there, both in terms of inventory control as well as social shopping. But coming back to the Internet of Things, what we want is more inclusive and integrated than anything we’ve seen yet. We would like someone to develop a way to manage multiple home shopping lists, including groceries, book/DVD wishlists, etc., that sync with retailer inventories and send mobile alerts. It would also require a mobile app that allows shopping to be completed and automatically updates web-based lists accordingly. Eventually, this is the kind of tech that could be used to create truly smart shopping carts, as well.As incredible as it may seem, there are corners of the Internet upon which the RWW team has not stumbled. If you know of any good apps that fit these categories, be sure to let us know in the comments!Also, if you’ve got a wishlist of your own, feel free to share below. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img jolie odell Tags:#Features#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Tata Motors launches Nexon in Bangladesh

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) Tata Motors Saturday announced the launch of its compact SUV Nexon in Bangladesh.Tata Nexon marks an evolution in SUV design by combining the functionality of an SUV with style of a sports coupe, the company said in a statement.The Nexon in Bangladesh will be available in XZA+ (top variant) and six colours.The launch price of the petrol variant is BDT (Bangladesh Taka) 24.90 lakh and for diesel variant it is BDT 25.90 lakh, the statement said. PTI JD ABMABMlast_img

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hint

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp drops Milner contract hintby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hinted veteran James Milner is in line for a new deal.Milner played a key role in midweek, helping to guide a youthful Liverpool team to a 2-0 win away to MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.Klopp enthused, “Millie is unbelievably important. I have said it a couple of times. He is Mr Professional, that is how he is.“In a game like this against MK Dons, you go there and play with five kids, that is nice and you have six regular first-team players on the pitch. The others didn’t even travel.“There could be a feeling like ‘Oh yes, we play MK Dons – thank you very much boys’, but there is no chance in the team as long as guys like James and Adam [Lallana] are in the team.“From the first moment they give everything. He is a role model for the young boys. What an exceptional career. He looks like he has a few more years in the locker.“Contract situations, we don’t talk about here in this room, but we are really happy with him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Small Nova Scotia town comes together in wake of Christmas parade tragedy

first_imgYARMOUTH, N.S. — A small Nova Scotia town has come together in grief after a little girl was killed during the annual Santa Claus parade in Yarmouth last night.What was supposed to be a fun holiday celebration turned to tragedy when the girl, aged four, fell underneath a moving parade float while running alongside it during the procession, police have said.Condolences are pouring in on social media, with some encouraging Yarmouth residents to help support the girl’s grieving parents.The incident hit home for Chellesey Lusk, a Yarmouth woman who lost her infant son to SIDS in January, who says she wants to pay it forward after the community helped her through her own grief.Lusk and a friend have been asking residents to make donations to help the girl’s parents with her funeral costs as soon as arrangements are made with a local funeral home, likely next week.Nova Scotia RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dal Hutchinson says the investigation is ongoing, and notes that officers are taking particular care due to the sensitive nature of the tragedy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Netflix sinking deeper into debt to fuel subscriber growth

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Netflix is sinking deeper into debt in its relentless pursuit of more viewers, leaving the company little margin for error as it tries to build the world’s biggest video subscription service.The big burden that Netflix is shouldering hasn’t been a major concern on Wall Street so far, as CEO Reed Hastings’ strategy has been paying off.The billions of dollars that Netflix has borrowed to pay for exclusive series such as “House of Cards,” ”Stranger Things,” and “The Crown” has helped its service more than triple its global audience during the past four years — leaving it with 109 million subscribers worldwide through September.That figure includes 5.3 million subscribers added during the July-September period, according to Netflix’s quarterly earnings report released Monday. The growth exceeded management forecasts and analyst projections. Netflix’s stock rose 1 per cent in extended trading, putting it on track to touch new highs Tuesday. The shares have increased by about five-fold during the past four years.If the subscribers keep coming at the current pace, Netflix may surpass its role model — HBO — within the next few years. HBO started this year with 134 million subscribers worldwide.“We are running around 100 miles an hour doing our thing around the world,” Hastings said during a review of the third-quarter results.But Netflix’s subscriber growth could slow if it can’t continue to win programming rights to hit TV series and movies, now that there are more competitors, including Apple , Amazon, Hulu and YouTube.If that happens, there will be more attention on Netflix’s huge programming bills, and “then we could see an investor backlash,” CFRA Research analyst Tuna Amobi says. “But Netflix has been delivering great subscriber growth so far.”Netflix’s long-term debt and other obligations totalled $21.9 billion as of Sept. 30, up from $16.8 billion at the same time last year. That includes $17 billion for video programming, up from $14.4 billion a year ago. Most of the programming payments are due within the next five years. Netflix expects to spend $7 billion to $8 billion on programming next year, up from $6 billion this year.The Los Gatos, California, company has to borrow to pay for most of its programming expenses because it doesn’t generate enough cash on its own. Netflix burned through another $465 million in the most recent quarter, which is known as “negative cash flow” in accounting parlance.For all of this year, Netflix has warned that its negative cash flow might be as high as $2.5 billion, a trend that management expects will continue for at least the next several years as it tries to diversify its video library to appeal to divergent tastes in about 190 countries.Nonetheless, Netflix has remained profitable, under U.S. accounting rules. The company earned $130 million on $3 billion in revenue in its latest quarter.And management appears to be trying to ease the financial drain with price increases of $1 and $2 a month for most of its 53 million subscribers in the U.S. before the end of the year. The higher prices are likely to increase Netflix’s revenue by about $650 million next year, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney predicted.But the price increases could backfire if it provokes an unusually high number of subscribers to cancel, something Netflix faced when it raised rates in the past. Most analysts believe that’s unlikely to happen this time, and Netflix supported that thesis with its growth forecast. Management expects to add 6.3 million subscribers during the October-December period, slightly more than what analysts are anticipating, according to FactSet.Netflix has long argued its borrowing makes sense to gain a huge advantage over rivals as people increasingly watch programming on internet-connected devices. Plus, management points out that its total debt is small compared with its market value of nearly $90 billion.With such a valuable stock, Netflix theoretically could sell more shares to raise money — similar to how homeowners sometimes use the equity accrued in their houses to pay big bills.But that would be more difficult to do if Netflix’s stock price plummets amid concerns about its debt.Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter also questions the long-term value of Netflix’s programming line-up.“What is something like Season One of ‘House of Cards’ worth to you if you already have watched it? It’s probably only worth something to someone who hasn’t been subscribing to Netflix for the past five years,” Pachter says. “So that means Netflix has to keep reinventing itself virtually every year, and that costs money.”last_img read more

UNBC President hoping to see nursing school in Fort St John in

first_imgTalks on setting up the nursing school began back in February, just weeks before Auditor General Carol Bellringer released a report which said that Northern Health was not doing enough to recruit and retain registered nurses in the northeast part of the province. As part of her recommendations, Bellringer said that establishing a nursing school in Northeast B.C. would help to better recruit and retain nurses in this part of the province.In July, Peace River Regional District Chair Brad Sperling said that the PRRD was waiting to hear back from the Ministry of Advanced Education about the proposal.Dr. Weeks said that the Ministry has reviewed the nursing school proposal over the summer, sending it back to get some questions and clarifications about the pathway’s students would take through the program, as well as assurances about UNBC’s partnership with NLC.“We’ve done all that, it’s in front of them right now and we’re, like everyone else, just waiting to hear. But we’re cautiously optimistic and pretty encouraged about it. I have several meetings with the Ministry this fall, and we anticipate that we’ll make some progress on that.”Dr. Weeks explained that 50 percent of the program’s spaces will be set aside for NLC students, which he says will enable the programs already in place to increase the pathways that students in Northeast B.C. have.He said that if everything goes according to plan, the nursing school would, at the earliest, begin admitting its first students 18 months from now. When asked about further expanding UNBC’s medical school into Northeast B.C. after the nursing school is established, Dr. Weeks said that while those talks had not yet happened the medical program at the Prince George campus is looking at ways to be better connected with communities in Northern B.C.He added that in the meantime, UNBC has also begun expanding physiotherapy programs in Northern B.C. due to the current shortage of physiotherapists in this half of the province. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – UNBC President Dr. Daniel Weeks, who was in Fort St. John yesterday to meet with some of the university’s alumni and attend a board meeting, says that he’s optimistic about the provincial government approving the university’s proposal to start a nursing school in Fort St. John.Dr. Weeks, who is beginning his second as the university’s president, said that UNBC’s Nursing Program currently offers courses at its main campus in Prince George, as well as online, and at satellite campuses in Quesnel and Terrace.He said that the university has partnered with Northern Lights College and local governments in Northeast B.C. on a proposal to offer Nursing Program courses at its Fort St. John campus, which is located at the college.last_img read more