Car bomb kills 4 in rebel-held town in northern Syria

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activist say a car bomb has killed at least four people in a rebel-held town in northern Syria. Saturday’s explosion in Afrin took place during the afternoon rush hour on the first working day of the week, wounding over a dozen others. Explosions in northern regions controlled by Turkey-backed fighters have left scores of people dead or wounded over the past months. Turkey and allied Syrian fighters took control of Afrin in 2018 in a military operation that expelled local U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters and displaced tens of thousands of Kurdish residents.last_img read more

New head coach brings program-building vision to Ellsworth softball team

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Years after his playing career ended, one experience is driving Jake Hackett’s success as a high school coach.As a sophomore in 1994, Hackett joined the varsity football team at Sanford High School. At the time, the Redskins were in the midst of a stretch so abysmal that the program’s futility was close to becoming national news.Instead, a new head coach, Mike Fallon, sold Hackett and the rest of Sanford’s sophomore players on building the once-proud program from the ground up to restore it to its former glory. Improving bit by bit with each season, the team went from Class A bottom-feeders to one of Maine’s top football programs. In 1998, two seasons after Hackett graduated, Sanford claimed its first state championship in 39 years.“We were almost on ESPN for the longest losing streak in Maine high school football history,” Hackett said. “We went from 33 straight losses to winning games and getting better year after year. To be part of those teams where you were building up the program, that was a really fun experience.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSince then, Hackett has made his former coach’s philosophy his own. Now, he’ll do so as head coach of an Ellsworth softball team that’s already established itself as a consistent program in the Class B North ranks. Ellsworth head softball coach Jake Hackett instructs Isabelle Perry during practice April 1 at Ellsworth High School. Prior to coming to Ellsworth, Hackett played in several men’s slow-pitch softball leagues and was the athletic director and head baseball coach at Greenville High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth head softball coach Jake Hackett oversees practice alongside team manager Makayla Fishburn on April 1 at Ellsworth High School. Hackett said his coaching philosophy stems from his days as a Sanford High School football player. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Abby Moon (left) and Trinity Montigny get into fielding position as head coach Jake Hackett hits the ball during high school softball practice April 1 at Ellsworth High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL123PreviousNextHackett began coaching at Ellsworth as an assistant for the girls’ soccer team in 2016 and took over the JV softball team when the former head coach, Dottie Cameron, replaced the retired Rick Roberts at the varsity level in early 2017. Earlier this year, Hackett was named to Cameron’s post after the latter took an assistant coaching position at Colby College.Prior to his time at Ellsworth, Hackett played men’s slow-pitch softball and was athletic director and head baseball coach at Greenville High School. At Greenville, Hackett entered his first season at the helm with a major rebuilding job ahead of him as the baseball team was looking at an untenable roster of just seven players.Yet Hackett convinced five more players to come out for Greenville, which ultimately made the playoffs that season. By his fourth season, the Lakers had 25 players, enough to field a JV team for the first time in 25 years.“My style of coaching is definitely that program-building style,” Hackett said. “Everywhere I’ve been, the goal has been getting numbers to grow by getting people involved and keeping them active.”At Ellsworth, which has a student body seven times larger than Greenville’s 2015-16 enrollment of just 67 students, that task is set to be a much easier one. The school has had healthy numbers across all spring sports in recent seasons, and its successes on the softball diamond have included playoff wins over the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds the past two years.“When the playoffs come around, we’re always playing our hardest,” Ellsworth senior Mackenzie Chipman said. “Those big games always bring out the best in us.”Chipman is entering her third season as a pitcher for the varsity team after splitting starts with Sammy Mason in 2017 and taking over the No. 1 starting spot last year. Sara Shea, the Eagles’ No. 2 pitcher last year, will be back in the circle as well. Ellsworth’s Sara Shea uses a training bat during high school softball practice April 1 at Ellsworth High School. Shea led the Eagles in hits (24) and batting average in the regular season last year. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Isabelle Perry makes contact during high school softball practice April 1 at Ellsworth High School. Perry is one of six seniors on this year’s Ellsworth team. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth sophomore Kayla Duhaime catches during high school softball practice April 1 at Ellsworth High School. Duhaime batted .381 last year and led the Eagles in RBIs with 16. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMembers of the Ellsworth softball team pose for a team photo before practice April 2 at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles will begin the 2019 regular season on the road against George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. April 18. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL1234PreviousNextElsewhere, Ellsworth will be rebuilding its infield after losing Katelynn Bagley, Shelby Cote, Hannah Sargent and Mariah Young from last year’s squad. Those players also made up the heart of the Eagles’ batting order last season, though Ellsworth still has three strong hitters returning in Shea (.436 batting average and 24 hits last year, both team bests), Kayla Duhaime (.381 with 16 RBIs) and Katie Hammer (.306).“Finding the right batting lineup is definitely going to be different this year because we lost three or four power hitters,” Hammer said. “In the infield, we have to replace everybody [from last year]. … It’s going to take a lot to see who can play the positions the best and get the job done for the team.”Hackett has stressed the importance of strong hitting in Ellsworth’s early practices, and he’s already seen his team make major improvements at the plate. His baseball teams at Greenville won games via offensive firepower, and he wants the Eagles to do the same.“Good hitting is contagious,” Hackett said. “You get one player going, and the rest of the team gets energized and keeps it up. It gives you momentum.”Ellsworth is scheduled to begin its preseason slate with a doubleheader against Oceanside starting at noon Saturday, April 6, though field conditions could see that exhibition contest postponed or canceled. The team will start regular season play on the road against George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. April 18.With six seniors on this year’s Ellsworth team, Hackett and the rest of the Eagles are hoping for a fast start to the season. Yet even when this large senior class departs, the Eagles have a stable foundation for the future with a big crop of eighth-graders that includes Hackett’s daughter, Annabel, set to join the team as freshmen next year.“At a place like Ellsworth, you know you’re going to have talented, hard-working athletes and a lot of them,” Hackett said. “My personal success comes down to numbers, and we have them here. Moving forward, it’s all about getting the best out of each player and finding room for growth.” Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biocenter_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 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Bayern’s ‘magic’ drink to stand up to COVID-19

first_imgBundesliga* Data updated as of March 20, 2020 Schuhbeck says that “we cannot start our immune system in three minutes. We have to do something good with our body in the long term. People also spend 35 euros on oil for the car and nothing happens, but a liter of oil for our body is around two euros. We have to eat permanently healthy. “The chef says that he asks them to Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Thiago Alcantara and company to have a drink to immunize in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and reveal their recipe: “Bayern players take a drink of ginger every morning. Half is squeezed ginger and the other half is lime juice. They also take a drink of omega-3 oil and flax or pomegranate seeds.” Further, makes them take turmeric and garlic so that their defense mechanisms are at their maximum and they don’t get sick. Alfons Schuhbeck (70 years old) is the chef of Bayern Munich. The person in charge of preparing the diets of the staff has granted an interview to Bild in which Explains why no coronavirus positives have yet been known to the team.last_img read more