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Weightlifters turn out in force to defy gravity at YMCA meet

first_img Latest posts by Stephen Fay (see all) Stephen FayManaging Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanStephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. Franklin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash – May 26, 2019 Latest Posts Biocenter_img Clued in – May 29, 2019 Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1 – May 23, 2019 ELLSWORTH — The Fitness Department at the Down East Family YMCA is aglow in the wake of Sunday’s successful “Press Fest” power lifting competition.More than 30 lifters — men and women ages 13 to 66 — from as far away as Augusta and Oakland turned out for the Y’s first-of-its-kind event. They were joined on the lifting platform by several Hancock County athletes. YMCA fitness trainer Josh Steward organized the contest with the assistance of Al Stork, owner of Stork’s Power Lifting in Winterport.Question: What are the power lifts? Answer: the bench press, squat and dead lift.The bar is bending but Rob Drummond, 44, of Augusta soldiers on with this 738-pound dead lift.PHOTO BY STEPHEN FAYIn the bench press, the lifter lies on his or her back on a padded bench and takes the loaded barbell off a rack at arms’ length overhead and lowers it to the chest. After a nanosecond’s pause, the head judge gives the press command and the lifter pushes the weight back up to straight arms.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe squat is a deep-knee bend with the barbell across the lifter’s back. The lifter steps under a rack holding the loaded barbell, settles the bar across his or her back and slowly drops into a deep squat and then rises back up to straight legs.The dead lift is a brute strength event. The athlete grasps the loaded bar, which is resting on the platform, and hauls the weight off the floor and over the knees and thighs until he or she is standing erect. The knees must be locked and the shoulders back.Each lifter gets three attempts at the bench, squat and dead lift. Two side judges and a head judge determine if the lift was properly executed. For a lift to be “good,” at least two of the judges must give it the thumbs up.As is the case in boxing, lifters compete according to bodyweight classes that range from 97 pounds up to 308.The dead lift is the lift in which the greatest poundages are negotiated. Case in point: Rob Drummond, 44, of Augusta. At a bodyweight of 283, Drummond deadlifted 738 pounds. That’s three-fourths the weight of a Steinway Model D concert piano.Drummond’s sons Cody, 20, and Ronan, 13, also participated in Sunday’s event.Other outstanding lifters were Luke Boyle, 18, of Franklin who performed a squat with 600 pounds in the 198-pound class and the husband-wife team of Sam and Jen Winter. Jen, 45, of Ellsworth performed a squat with 292 pounds and won Best Lifter in her weight class (148). Sam, 43, managed a 490-pound squat, which was the best effort in the 181-pound class.The Y Fitness Department is discussing the possibility of another weightlifting meet, possibly this summer, to be held outdoors.last_img read more


Annenberg launches new multilingual, hyperlocal site

first_imgAfter two years of work, a team of researchers from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism  launched a hyperlocal news site, featuring content in Chinese, Spanish and English that encourages community members to participate in the site’s news coverage.The website, Alhambra Source, exclusively serves the citizens in the City of Alhambra, a diverse   community east of Los Angeles that is 52 percent Asian, 36 percent Latino and 11 percent Caucasian.The Alhambra Project began in 2008 when Annenberg researchers, led by communication professor Sandra Ball-Rokeach, searched for ways to increase civic engagement. The project seeks to do so by keeping people informed and allowing cross-cultural communication, said researcher Nancy Chen.“We want to break the ethnic divide in the community and allow people to discuss their local affairs and overcome their linguistic barriers,” Chen said.The idea for the site originated from Michael Parks, former director of Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and former editor of the Los Angeles Times. Parks said he believes that large news outlets such as the Times have failed to encourage civic participation.“We’ve had the assumption for a long time that an informed citizenry, informed by the press, would take an active part in the decision making in the community. We’ll see if we can move the needle there,” said Parks, who currently examines how local news sites such as Alhambra Source can have an effect on the people.Both USC researchers and members of the Alhambra community submit updates to the site. However, participation from the community is inherent in the design, Parks said. Its contributors range from experienced journalists to local high school reporters.The researchers plan to use surveys to evaluate the effectiveness of the news site, Chen said.“We’re hoping that two years along the road we can do a follow-up survey to determine if the website has had an impact on the level of civic engagement and current patterns of intergroup interactions,“ Chen said.The project is funded by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation. Researcher Katherine Ognyanova said that the goal of the project is to grow and become financially independent, however.“We’re hoping it could end up financially sustainable so that USC can turn it over to the residents,” said Ognyanova, a fourth-year doctoral candidate studying communication. “We’re struggling to come up with a good sustainable business model.”Despite economic concerns, Ognyanova says she remains optimistic about the future of the site.“We’d like to reach everyone,” Ognyanova said. “For the first year, getting to 10 to 15 percent of Alhambra would be great.”Managing editor Daniela Gerson, an alumna who received her master’s degree in specialized journalism in 2009, said the Alhambra Source will help guide similar projects in other cities in the future.“The ideal is that it could serve as a model for communication in diverse communities across the country,” Gerson said. “These communities will become increasingly common as the country becomes more and more diverse.”last_img read more


NBA trade rumors: At least 5 teams have shown interest in Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina

first_imgHave heard that Minnesota also has interest in Frank Ntilikina, along with the Magic. @SBondyNYDN reported that the Grizzlies have inquired about the Knicks PG, and @IanBegley reported that the Suns reached out to the Knicks to express interest in him.— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) December 1, 2018Ntilikina has averaged 5.9 points and 2.7 assists in 23.1 minutes per game this season. He has hit just 25.7 percent of his 3-point attempts.Ntilikina, who the Knicks selected with the eighth pick in the 2017 draft, also had an up-and-down rookie season. But, he said he believes he will turn it around. Multiple teams are interested in potentially dealing for Frank Ntilikina.The Timberwolves, Magic, Grizzlies, Nets and Suns have all inquired about the 20-year-old Knicks guard, according to multiple reports. New York told Phoenix earlier this year it wasn’t planning to move Ntilikina, according to ESPN. NBA trade rumors: At least two teams interested in Knicks guard Damyean Dotson Related Newscenter_img David Fizdale isn’t concerned about Knicks’ losing streak: ‘You have to be real about what you are’ “I know it’s been a bad moment for me shooting-wise,” Ntilikina told Bleacher Report in a recent interview. “But it’s going to be all right. It’s the story of the NBA. It’s the story of young players coming in, and you know, this is how it happens.”The Knicks will host the Wizards on Monday. They’ll enter that matchup with an 8-16 record.last_img read more


Dodgers sit Adrian Gonzalez due to back pain

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was a late lineup scratch because of a recurrence of back pain. He’ll sit out the series finale Sunday, too.Whether or not the Dodgers shut down Gonzalez once they’ve clinched a spot in the postseason “depends on how he feels,” Mattingly said.“I don’t think ‘shut down’ is a very good word,” he said. “We want to get rid of it though, that’s for sure, so we can make sure (Gonzalez) is OK. We’re going to want him to keep playing unless he’s not healthy.”last_img read more


8th Giro di Sarajevo to be held Today

first_imgStreets of the BH capital will belong to cyclists today. Traditional bicycle race Giro di Sarajevo is being held today. For the eighth time, several thousands of cyclists who will drive from Dobrinja to Wilson’s promenade, will gather.The fight for a BIKEastic Sarajevo is continuing. For the eighth time, cyclists are driving through streets of Sarajevo and drawing attention to problems of the lovers of bicycles.“Bicycle lanes started to be built, but we have to make a greater effort, we will not give up until Sarajevo becomes a city friendly to bicycles“, is motto of the organizer, Association Giro di Sarajevo.Association appealed on  all those who want to participate, to come earlier to the starts in order to avoid the crowd. The start space will be opened from 3.00 p.m. until 4.45 p.m., when preparations for the start, that will be at 5.00 p.m., are beginning.Finish: End of the ride was planned around 6.15 p.m. Fun with the live music and DJ, Coca Cola, info stands of Ciklo Centar and Novo Nordisk will be at the finish.(Source: Photo: read more


Nathan MacKinnon injury update: Avalanche star to miss 1-2 weeks with lower-body injury

first_imgThe Avalanche enter Wednesday embroiled in a fight with the St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference. St. Louis is two points up on Colorado, but the Avs have a game in hand and the tiebreaker.However, missing MacKinnon’s considerable output could hinder the Avalanche’s ability to catch them; he has 93 points (35 goals, 58 assists) through 69 games this season, nearly double the next-best player (Makar) on the Avs’ scoring list.Colorado is playing every other day for the remainder of March, meaning MacKinnon would miss seven games if he’s out for the full two weeks. The Colorado Avalanche are battling for a top spot in the NHL’s Western Conference, but they’ll have to do so without the services of their top scorer for the next few games.Nathan MacKinnon will miss 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced Wednesday. A top contender for the Hart Trophy, MacKinnon suffered an unspecified injury on Monday during Colorado’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, playing just 11:37 of that game. The 24-year-old center underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed no signs of a serious injury, according to Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater. Despite the relatively positive outlook, the Avs will still have to make do without the prolific pivot for a while.Nathan MacKinnon will be out 1-2 weeks with a lower body injury.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) March 11, 2020NHL STANDINGS: Seeding scenarios, breakdown for final spots in 2020 playoffsMacKinnon hasn’t missed a game so far this season, which Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said may have played a factor in sidelining the team’s most reliable scoring threat.“I don’t think it was one incident. I just think he went out to play and didn’t feel great sometime during the first period and decided to call it quits,” Bednar said Tuesday on Altitude 92.5 FM, as quoted by The Athletic. “We have a lot of guys who are battling those little injuries right now. It’s that time of year. You look at the schedule and the amount of games we’re playing and we’ve been trying to give them as much rest as we possibly can and just go game days only and days off in between. That’s the way we feel we have to run here, especially with all the injuries we have.”MacKinnon joins an injury list that belies how well the Avalanche have fared this season. The team is currently missing Nazem Kadri (lower body), Matt Calvert (lower body), Philipp Grubauer (lower body), Mikko Rantanen (upper body) and Andre Burakovsky (lower body/upper body), although it does expect rookie sensation Cale Makar (upper body) to return to the lineup Wednesday after missing five games.last_img read more


Fire Ravages Iconic West Palm Beach LGBT Bar H.G. Roosters

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A fire broke out at the popular West Palm Beach LGBT bar H.G. Roosters Tuesday morning.When firefighters arrived, smoke could be seen from the roof and the back of the building just after 2 a.m.Authorities say 40 firefighters and a dozen fire trucks were dispatched to the scene along Belvedere Road and Lake Avenue in West Palm Beach.No injuries were reported and investigators are on scene trying to determine the cause of the fire and the extent of the damage.last_img


Fan arrested for ‘racism’ in SECOND incident at Spurs after Rudiger targeted

first_imgPOLICE investigating the alleged racist abuse against Antonio Rudiger arrested a fan at yesterday’s game at Tottenham – for a SECOND incident of discrimination.The Metropolitan Police have confirmed they received a complaint and have launched an investigation into claims Chelsea star Rudiger was taunted by monkey chants by someone in the Spurs crowd.2 Police have arrested a fan for alleged racism in a separate incident to monkey chants directed at Antonio Rudiger at Spurs vs ChelseaCredit: PA:Press AssociationThey are working with the North London club and Chelsea in a bid to identify anyone involved – and also try to pin-point who threw a drink at Kepa Arrizabalaga.But it has now emerged there was a second incident of alleged racism among supporters at the game at the new Tottenham Stadium.Met officers arrested a supporter at the match for a “racially aggravated public order” offence, which was not linked to the Rudiger incident.It is not clear whether the person arrested was a Spurs or Chelsea fan, but it is an alarming development from a day which has brought fresh shame to the English game.Six arrests were made in total on Sunday, two for assault, another two for affray and the last being a public order offence.A Met Police statement said: “Police were made aware of alleged racist chanting during the second half of the Tottenham vs Chelsea match on Sunday, 22 December.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesMORE CHELSEA STORIESLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdown2 Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger says he was racially abused by one or more Spurs fans on SundayCredit: Sky Sports”Officers will work with the club in an attempt to identify any people responsible.”There were a total of six arrests as part of the match-day policing operation.”The FA have this morning revealed they have launched their own investigation into events during Chelsea’s 2-0 win.last_img read more


Cignal closes in on PVL men’s crown

first_imgCignal HD Spikers. Photo from Spikers’ Turf Facebook account.Cignal leaned on team captain Ysay Marasigan to beat Megabuilders, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, and move on the cusp of a second straight title Wednesday in the men’s division of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Marasigan, the former Ateneo standout, pumped in a game-high 21 points for the HD Spikers, who will shoot for the finals sweep in Game 2 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Baldwin warns about Lebanon traffic—and looks like Gilas struggling to escape itcenter_img Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Edmar Bonono and Peter Torres were also solid for Cignal with 14 and 11 points, respectively.Bryan Bagunas paced the Volley Bolt with 14 points, 12 off attacks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Meanwhile, Philippine Air Force had four players in double-digits with Jeffrey Malabanan leading the way with 19 points.Rodolfo Labrador and Howard Mojica added 14 points points apiece while Edwin Tolentino chipped in 12 in the battle for third place. MOST READ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Belingon sees advantage in ring match instead of cage

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “It’s an advantage for me because I’m used to fighting inside ring before,” said Belingon in Filipino Tuesday during a kick-off press conference at City of Dreams Manila.Though Belingon is comfortable inside a ring, he knows he can’t be complacent being in it with a Brazilian jiujitsu black belt in Leone, who is known for his ground game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I can’t afford to be careless because it’s harder if you get taken down inside a ring unlike in a cage where you can lean on to it,” said Belingon.“The plan is to take the fight on the center of the ring.” MOST READ Marcelino twins lead Zark’s-Lyceum never-say-die spirit View comments Kevin Belingon.Filipino MMA star Kevin Belingon believes fighting inside a ring gives him an upper hand against his American foe Andrew Leon in the main event of ONE: Heroes of Honor on Friday.For the first time in ONE Championship’s seven-year history, a five-rope ring will be used instead of the usual mixed martial arts cage.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Part of his strategy is also taken from Leone’s previous fight from five years ago when Belingon’s stablemate at Team Lakay Geje Eustaquio lost by unanimous decision.“We studied his fight against Geje. We prepared really hard especially his ground.”The 30-year-old Belingon has been on a resurgence since losing to Bibiano Fernandes in a title fight in January 2016. He has won his last four fights, two of which have come via first-round stoppages.Belingon hopes to continue his winning ways to gain another crack at the bantamweight belt.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more