MDI football comes up short in state championship game

first_img Latest posts by Taylor Bigler Mace (see all) Bio The Mount Desert Island football team lost the Class C state championship game, but for players, coaches, fans and the community as a whole, the entire season was a win.Wells defeated the Trojans 44-0 on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Stadium, but MDI’s first appearance in the championship game was a victory in and of itself.“We told the kids [Friday] before we came down here that the scoreboard would not be the most important thing on this field today, that it would be the players, and we believe that,” MDI head coach Mark Shields said.Wells a force to be reckoned with from the opening kick, scoring seven touchdowns and a safety while keeping MDI’s offense at bay.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI, the top-seeded team from the North, had a promising start as the Trojans defense held Wells to zero points in the first quarter, but the second quarter started off poorly for them. Wells’ Evan Whitten ran the ball in for a touchdown to cap off a drive in which the Warriors moved the ball with ease, and the extra point was good.The Trojans’ first offensive drive of the second quarter ended quickly as the Wells offense forced the Trojans to turn over on downs. The Warriors scored again on their second possession of the quarter with a touchdown run by Nolan Potter and another made extra point. MDI was again forced to turn the ball over on downs, but the Trojans defense was able to do the same to Wells on the Warriors’ next offensive drive.With just 29 seconds left in the half, MDI’s goal was to hold onto the ball, run out the clock and focus on getting a good start in the second half. Although MDI had the ball as time was running down, the Trojans ended up digging themselves into an an even bigger hole when Wells’ Michael Wrigley intercepted an Andrew Phelps pass and ran unhindered to the end zone to make it 21-0 going into halftime.Things got worse for MDI (9-2) early in the second half when Whitten broke out of the formation for a 40-yard touchdown run. Two series later, as MDI’s Colby Lee prepared to punt from the 7-yard line, Wells’ special teams unit pushed him into the end zone for a safety to make the game 30-0.Early into the fourth quarter, Brody Dempsey broke out for a 32-yard touchdown run and Reidy again knocked in an extra point for a 37-0 lead. Wells (11-1) scored one final time when Nick Hansen ran the ball in for a 45-yard touchdown with seven minutes remaining for the game’s last score.“We are disappointed with the score, the way it turned out,” Shields said. “We thought we could play with this team a little better. The reality is they are a big, fast, strong team and they pushed us around a little today, and we had troubles with that.”Regardless of the score, the Trojans have no reason to hang their heads after what they’ve accomplished this season. they won the Class C North title and made it to the Class C state championship game for the first time in program history.“I think they did an outstanding job. We are very, very proud to be here representing Class C North,” Athletic Director Bunky Dow said. “A lot of people didn’t pick us to go this far, and it’s unfortunate that we may be remembered for this last game, but that shouldn’t take away from what the young men and the coaching staff did all year. They represented the community and the school with pride, and I am very, very proud.”Correction: A photo caption in an earlier version of this article said the Class B title game was played Nov. 18. The game was played Nov. 19. MDI man reaches 41 straight years of daily runs – July 31, 2017 Latest Postscenter_img Taylor Bigler MaceReporter at Mount Desert IslanderTaylor covers sports and maritimes for the Islander. As a native of Texas, she is an unapologetic Dallas Cowboys fan. tbigler@mdislander.com Town Hill Takeout serves up inventive tacos – August 18, 2017 Sea urchin subject of aging research – July 30, 2017last_img read more

Winning Post: online VIP reliance exposed?

first_img Share Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners kicks off the new year with a look at the use of VIPs by UK licence holders.UK: gambling regulation – online VIP reliance exposed?The Guardian newspaper has received information on the VIP concentration of some apparently leading GB licensees following a Freedom of Information request to the Gambling Commission.The expose has been quickly picked up and widely reported, largely with a view to demonstrating an industry reliance on VIPs and the vulnerability of VIPs to gambling related harm. Unsurprisingly, this is being used by some stakeholders (who typically already have a position) to call for tighter regulation of VIPs, call out the GB licensed sector as ‘bad business’ and drive the agenda for tougher regulation more generally.We have written regularly in the past that there are areas where we see tighter regulation as desirable and there can be no doubt that large elements of the sector have been nothing short of exploitative in certain instances (and sometimes endemically), especially before the tougher scrutiny and tougher rules of recent times. However, this backdrop should not trigger an open season on the sector and the findings of the ‘expose’ need to be set into context. We have three issues with the mainstream reporting of the data expose and how it is being position from a policy perspective – and one recommendation for the sector.First, while there are important discrepancies between the Guardian’s graph and the text commentary that open questions of data integrity, the average VIP concentration of the data provided (9 material operators, albeit one with a very small VIP cohort: likely a fairly representative concentration sample despite big differences in VIP definition) appears to be the top 3% of customers provide 34% of the deposits, with the top 5% generating 60-80% in two instances (the 2% – 83% ratio reported looks a little suspect to us, especially if it is a very big operator, and this split is not reflected in the graph). Even if we factored in the suspect outlier, this would move the unweighted average to 2% of customers generating 34% of deposits.At face value this is a very high deposit (reasonable proxy for revenue) concentration. But is it really, and can we really say that it shows a reliance on VIPs? In the UK, the top 3% of earners represent 12.5% of total earned income (ONS), so a 34% concentration looks higher than that. However, with higher earnings comes exponentially higher disposable income – which the UK’s progressive Income Tax policy is designed to mirror. While figures for the top 3% are not available, the top 1% of Income Tax payers provide 28% of receipts while the top 5% generate 49%. The VIP data is therefore pretty much exactly in line with UK Income Tax distribution.Indeed, if it were not, a case could (and no doubt would) be made that the industry was exploiting the poor… It is also worth considering the number of customers who will have only one or two bets per year (e.g. the Grand National or England in an International football match, or tempted by just one offer) skewing the total number of actives vs. the regular players that make up every operator’s core (and not just in gambling – this is fairly normal for business generally). This issue is not therefore the bald percentages of revenue concentration, however shocking they may look to anyone not familiar with basic concepts of wealth inequality or user concentrations, but whether VIPs can afford their expenditure (i.e. they are from sustainably wealthier cohorts and are not foregoing basic needs): this is an important need for protection but not one that the data is in a position to illustrate at all.Equally, banning VIP schemes would not necessarily reduce this expenditure if it is sustainable, but it may encourage players who like to be treated like VIPs to seek illegal (unrestricted) supply. Undoubtedly, there is a strong logic for regulating affordability and ensuring that loyalty/expenditure is rewarded rather than exploited – betting than the GB regulatory framework does now (the Guardian’s point that seven in ten regulatory penalties have VIP status as a factor is a fair and apposite one) – but this is very different to ‘ban’.There is no data on affordability provided (though it is, rightly, becoming an increasing area of focus for the regulator and industry), but the proxy for harm is the Problem Gambling score. Here, it is reported that of the VIPs which have taken the test (a small sample), 8% are problem gamblers ‘”11 times the rate among the wider public”. Since VIPs are gamblers (by default), comparisons with the ‘wider public’ are pretty meaningless when considering the additional harm that being a VIP might entail vs. being an ordinary remote gambler. Here, overall scores are 3.7% for sports (with a very long tail of occasional use due to the skew of big sporting events) and 8.5% for casino (with more concentrated play). Given that VIPs are (very) likely to fit into the regular player category, the casino benchmark would be the most sensible proxy regardless of product and here VIPs are bang in line with overall averages. Is this figure too high? Almost certainly; but does VIP status suggest an increased risk of harm? – not on the evidence provided when properly analysed (again, this is also dangerous – some VIP schemes almost certainly have been or are inappropriate in the nature of their inducements, but these issues get shown up and dealt with through granular analysis, not sweeping statistics – policy should be the same, in our view).Finally, this data is not collected through Annual Assurance Statements and while the Gambling Commission, as a public body, is bound by FOI requirements, many operators are likely to be wondering how the Guardian knew to ask for this ‘secret report’ after providing sensitive data. Equally, a one-newspaper expose is bound to have the mixture of sensationalism, selective disclosure (deliberately or just editorially) and data discrepancies we can see here. Such exposes are a great way to shape popular opinion and the opinions of lawmakers or other stakeholders who prefer to grandstand on perceived issues rather than to understand and seek to solve real ones. Whatever the source and motives of the directed fire, the result was very predictably ill considered sensationalism and much bandwagon jumping – not conducive to the kind of debate Britain needs to shape its review of current gambling legislation, but very helpful to those with a pre-conceived view.Our recommendation to the industry is simple. The gambling industry has historically been very poor at understanding and explaining its own data other than within the narrow operational context of product, marketing and retention. Every board member who has not previously asked about revenue concentrations, affordability and the suitability of VIP schemes should probably feel a little embarrassed. Every executive who cannot explain the revenue concentrations or specific business practices they shed light on in a measured and convincing way, knowing that harm is being mitigated as much as possible, should be more than a little embarrassed. These figures only have the power to shock if they make the industry look guilty and historically the industry has tended to look as guilty as a Christmas puppy sitting next to a mess on the carpet at practically every disclosure. Until the industry can own its data and harm-mitigation reality – which means really understanding and facing up to the issues which offering gambling products can cause (not sitting in an operational bunker and/or relying on PR), sensationalist press exposes will land policy blows – however, half-baked they may be. Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020last_img read more

Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus after organizing Adria Tour

first_img“The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested,” Djokovic said in a statement. “My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative. “Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region. The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from south-eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation. It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this.” World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has tested positive for coronavirus. The 33-year-old and his wife Jelena returned tested positive after returning from the Adria Tour, while his children tested negative. The 17-time grand slam singles champion is asymptomatic and will now isolate for 14 days.  View this post on Instagram “The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested. My result is positive, just as Jelena’s, while the results of our children are negative. Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to unite and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region. The Tour has been designed to help both established and up and coming tennis players from South-Eastern Europe to gain access to some competitive tennis while the various tours are on hold due to the COVID-19 situation. It was all born with a philanthropic idea, to direct all raised funds towards people in need and it warmed my heart to see how everybody strongly responded to this. We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met. Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were. I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”A post shared by Adria Tour (@adriatourofficial) on Jun 23, 2020 at 5:28am PDTMORE: Nick Kyrgios slams ‘boneheaded’ Novak Djokovic-led Adria Tour eventDjokovic was a driving force behind the creation of the Adria Tour, which took place in Serbia and Croatia in front of large crowds and saw players shaking hands despite concerns over social distancing. However, the final between Djokovic and Andrey Rublev was canceled when Grigor Dimitrov tested positive for COVID-19 and Borna Coric later confirmed he too had contracted coronavirus. Viktor Troicki, who played in the tournament in Belgrade, and his wife also tested positive for the virus.The decision to hold the event during the pandemic has been criticized by Tour players including Nick Kyrgios and Dan Evans, while long-term rival and friend Andy Murray described the fall-out as “a lesson for all of us.” Kyrgios was a bit more direct with his anger.🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ Boneheaded decision to go ahead with the ‘exhibition’ speedy recovery fellas, but that’s what happens when you disregard all protocols. This IS NOT A JOKE. https://t.co/SUdxfijkbK— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) June 22, 2020As for Djokovic, he provided some additional thoughts on the tournament.”We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met,” Djokovic said. “Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease in time so we can all resume lives the way they were. I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine. I will remain in self-isolation for the next 14 days, and repeat the test in five days.”last_img read more

DANIEL PAYS TRIBUTE TO FANATICAL FANS AS TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR COMEBACK TOUR

first_imgDaniel puts the kettle on!Daniel O’Donnell has paid tribute to his fanatical fans who are queuing in storm-force weather to get tickets for his concerts for next August and September!The Strictly Come Dancing star said will get back on the road next year after taking a year long break form touring.Already thousands of his fans are planning to queue for tickets for the UK and Irish comeback shows.In a special video message to fans Daniel said “I know many of you will be queuing for tickets this weekend and I really hope the weather will be kind and that it’s not too cold or wet. “With all this happening it makes me realise that although the shows are not starting until next August in Killarney, we’re not that far away from getting back on the road and doing concerts and meeting people again.“I just really wanted to say thank you because irrespective of what I do you never fail to make it a success so take care and God bless,” he said.DANIEL PAYS TRIBUTE TO FANATICAL FANS AS TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR COMEBACK TOUR was last modified: November 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MALIN TIDY TOWNS TO GET €5,000 FROM MAN WHO DROVE LOUGH SWILLY BUS THROUGH VILLAGE GREEN

first_imgThe burnt out bus from April 2012A plasterer who stole a Lough Swilly bus and drove it through the village green in Malin just days before Tidy Town judges were due to visit has handed over €5,000 to the committee in court today.Darragh Canny, 23, from Effishmore, Gleneely, pleaded guilty to five charges relating to THREE different incidents involving the theft of Lough Swilly buses from the company’s depot in Carndonagh in 2011 and 2012. He faced four counts of taking a vehicle and one of criminal damage.CCTV had helped gardai track Canny when he and a friend took two buses from Carn in June 2012 and drove in convoy to Malin.Canny admitted driving one of the buses around the village green before he and a friend abandoned the buses, Sgt Carol Doherty told the court.He also admitted being part of a gang which stole a bus which was later found burnt out in Culdaff in April the same year, though a report found that the bus had caught fire and had not been set on fire.When he was questioned by gardai Canny admitted his role in both incidents and went on to admit his role in another bus theft in May 2011 from the same depot.Sgt Doherty said all the incidents had caused huge disruption to the Lough Swilly Bus Company which has since folded. The cost to the operator of the incidents was estimated at more than €40,000.In the Malin incident a local garda had found the two buses abandoned just after 7am on June 13, 2012.“One was reversed into a lane and the other bus was put across the road,” she said.Canny told gardai that in Malin incident he had spent the night in Simpson’s Bar in Carndonagh.After they stole the buses, Canny admitted to gardai: “It was my idea to drive to Malin. I drove over the kerb and we just went round and round in circles.”Canny had expressed deep remorse to gardai and had given compensation to the Tidy Towns committee of €150 which was all he could afford at the time. He also apologised to the committee and did voluntary work for them.He was now working again, the court heard, and had saved up €5,000.“I am very sorry for what I’ve done,” he told gardai.“I am not that sort of person at all. Drink doesn’t agree with me.”Judge John Aylmer said it was clear that Canny had been involved in ‘high jinks’. He was clearly remorseful and had been assessed as being of low risk of re-offending.Canny had no previous convictions and had shown from his efforts in raising €5,000 genuine remorse for his actions.He sentenced Canny to five 12-month concurrent prison sentences but suspended them for a period of 12 months.Asked if he would sign a €100 bond to keep the peace, Canny replied: “One hundred per cent.”Canny then thanked the judge before leaving court.MALIN TIDY TOWNS TO GET €5,000 FROM MAN WHO DROVE LOUGH SWILLY BUS THROUGH VILLAGE GREEN was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more