Disney to furlough workers

first_imgWith it’s parks closed and no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, Disney has announced that it plans to furlough some of it’s workers.Walt Disney Co. made the announcement Thursday stating that it will begin the process with the first wave on April 19th.Worker’s who’s jobs are considered nonessential at this time, will be furloughed, however Disney says that the workers will still remain employees of the parks.Since the parks have been closed, the entertainment company has continued to pay it’s workers and their health benefits.In the statement Thursday, Disney says that furloughed workers will continue to receive healthcare benefits and the cost of company and employee premiums. They also stated that those enrolled in it’s program that pays college tuition can continue to take classes.Finally, Disney says employees are also able to apply for vacation time to start their time as a furloughed worker if they choose to.It is unclear how many employees will be furloughed, however, Disney employs over75,000 workers at Disney World and over 31,000 at Disneyland.last_img read more

“Grim Reaper” Lawyer Stalks Jacksonville Beachgoers

first_imgJACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Beachgoers this Fourth of July weekend were haunted by the morbid specter of a rather morbid sight on Jacksonville Beach.They were greeted by an attorney dressed as none other than the Grim Reaper.Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, donned on the garb of the symbol of death as a way to spread awareness that Florida is still battling the deadly coronavirus, despite the state’s phased reopening.“I talked to some millennials in their 20s who wanted to talk about why I was doing this, why they may disagree with certain parts of it,” he told First Coast News.Friday’s stop was part of his “Florida Grim Reaper Tour,” which he launched back in May around Phase 1 of reopening. He started in the Florida Panhandle to beaches all over South Florida.According to his Twitter page, Uhlfelder’s scythe-wielding persona is his way speaking out against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the global pandemic, as well as his attempt at fighting “misinformation and warn people about the dangers of COVID-19 as Florida becomes [an] epicenter.”“I tried a social media campaign, I tried suing the governor to close the beaches and do a stay at home order,” he said.“We have to take this into our own hands, unfortunately, because our leaders aren’t doing the right thing,” Uhlfelder told USA Today back in May.At Jacksonville Beach some were not happy to see Uhlfelder dressed in black robes mingling among the bathing suit clad beach goers. In fact the police had to intervene in a dispute between him and another man per his request.“I had a very good open discussion with a lot of people, but then there are some detractors that are just trolls,” he said. “But they don’t bother me, so.”Story continues below.Florida has seen a growing trend of positive COVID-19 cases with numbers surpassing the state’s initial peak back in April. Over the past two weeks alone, July 2 marked the 10th straight day where the number of newly reported coronavirus cases was more than 5,000.last_img read more

College Football Championship to be held at Hard Rock Stadium

first_imgMiami Gardens, Florida — Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida is hosting a lot of prestigious football games such as the Super Bowl and now the College Football Championship. The stadium will transform from a coronavirus drive-through testing site to the hallowed venue for the College Football Championship early next year, virus permitting. FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow holds the trophy as safety Grant Delpit looks on after LSU defeated Clemson 42-25 in the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, in New Orleans. Imagine if a pandemic had shortened or wiped out that last, golden season for Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and led LSU to the national championship. Would he still have emerged as the first overall NFL draft pick? (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)The College Football Playoff (CFP) selection committee will release its final rankings of the 2020-21 season Sunday, December 20, executive director Bill Hancock announced. The top four teams will participate in the Playoff Semifinals Friday, January 1, in the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The national championship game will be played Monday, January 11, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Also, the University of Miami will Play FSU at the Rock as well on Sept 26th…coronavirus permitting.The final rankings were originally scheduled to be released Sunday, December 6. The CFP Management Committee made the change as a result of several conferences having moved their championship games to December 12, 18 or 19.The committee’s final meeting of the season will be December 18-19-20 in Grapevine, Texas. The CFP will announce the full schedule of this fall’s selection committee meetings at a later date.“With recent schedule changes for the regular season, it makes sense for the committee to make its final rankings after the conference championship games, when it can get a complete picture of the season,” Hancock said. “The selection committee members understand the need to be flexible as we all navigate uncharted waters this season, and this move will allow them to evaluate all the available information.”The Management Committee also shortened the post-season travel time for teams. The two teams participating in the CFP National Championship will arrive in Miami on Saturday afternoon, January 9, 2021 instead of the usual Friday evening arrival. With this change, media day, typically held on Saturday morning in the host city, will not take place this year. Details on virtual media availabilities will be announced at a later date. The Rose Bowl Game, Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Peach Bowl will follow a similar three-day schedule.“In this unprecedented time, the Management Committee believes it is in the best interest for the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staffs to complete their game-week preparation on campus, under the familiar protocols they will have used all season,” said Hancock. “This is an unfortunate consequence of the pandemic, but it is the right thing to do.”For additional information on the selection committee and its weekly rankings, and to view the selection committee protocol in its entirety, please visit CollegeFootballPlayoff.com.last_img read more

West Palm Beach man arrested for sex trafficking

first_imgThe Palm Beach Sheriffs Office is reporting that the have arrested a 23-year-old man who reportedly offered two teen girls payment for sexual favors.Cheridon Tyler Edgar was arrested earlier this week after the two victims told authorities Edgar had been offering them “things of value” in exchange for sex.According to the report, Edgar offered one of the victims an iPhone 11 and vape pens but when the teen no longer wanted to have sex with him, he reportedly threatened to return the phone and then sent her a video of himself with guns in his waistband. Edgar then allegedly began sending sexually explicit text to the girl’s father and her sister.The second victim told investigators that Edgar gave her $150 for sex but then kept pressuring her for sex until she paid him back the money. The teen says when she tried to cut off all communication with Edgar, he became angry and then threatened to harm her and her family. Once the girl’s mother became aware of the threats, she contacted the police.Edgar has since been arrested and is facing two counts of human trafficking and two counts of lewd and lascivious battery.last_img read more

Stewart Wins All-Star Race

first_imgWeekend Racing ScheduleThe Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams are at the 1.5-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway. For the Cup teams, this weekend’s Coca Cola 600 will be their longest race of the year (600 miles).Saturday, May 23Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300, Starting time: 7:30 p.m. (EDT); TV: ESPN2.Sunday, May 24Sprint Cup Coca Cola 600, Starting time: 5 p.m. (EDT); TV: FOX.Racing Trivia Question: Why has NASCAR suspended Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield?Last Week’s Question: How many Cup wins does Casey Mears, driver of the 07 Chevrolet, have?Answer: His only Cup win came at Charlotte in 2007.You may contact the Racing Reporter at hodgesnews@earthlink.net. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. CONCORD, N.C. — Tony Stewart led only once for two laps in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, but they were the most important ones, as he paced the final two circuits around the 1.5-mile oval after getting by Matt Kenseth for the lead on lap 98 of the 100-lap event.Tony Stewart surged late to win Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.Stewart, who started 15th, was in the top 10 for much of the night, but didn’t become a factor at the front of the pack until he began battling with Kenseth in the final five laps of the event.“I can’t believe he (Kenseth) gave me the bottom,” Stewart said. “We got a run on him two laps before and got a run off of (turn) two at the bottom and got beside him. I overdrove it in (turn) three and just got down there and got loose trying to clear him, and he was able to get back by us. Then he went to the bottom in (turns) one and two the next lap. I don’t think he was great down there, but he was good enough, I think, to hold us off. But the next lap we go back through there and we got a run off of (turn) four on him.”It was Stewart’s first victory as driver/owner for Stewart-Haas Racing. It was also the first All-Star race win for Stewart, who had four top-10 finishes in 10 previous starts in the event. Stewart became the second driver/owner to win the All-Star Race, joining Geoff Bodine, who accomplished the feat in 1994. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMatt Kenseth, who ran in second position the majority of the race’s second half, took the lead with five laps remaining, but was unable to hold off the advance of Stewart’s No. 14 car.“It’s better to run second than anywhere else but first,” said Kenseth. “On the other hand, it’s disappointing when you take two to go on the track and you’re in the lead and you come home second. I feel bad that we got beat, but I think I could do it 100 times and I couldn’t hold him off.”Stewart’s teammate, Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet, finished a disappointing 18th after battling with the leaders in the closing stages of the race. On lap 93, Newman made contact with the wall while engaging in a three-way battle for the lead with Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch. The damage to Newman’s car sent him to the garage, seven laps shy of the finish.Following Stewart and Kenseth across the stripe was Kurt Busch, while Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-five. Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, rookie Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. comprised the remainder of the top 10.Sam Hornish won the preliminary Sprint Showdown to advance to the Sprint All-Star Race.Hornaday Rallies for Lowe’s WinRon Hornaday rallied from a lap down to win the Craftsman Truck Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway over Kyle Busch. The win was Hornaday’s first of the 2009 season, and moved him into the points lead over Mike Skinner. Top 10 leaders after 6 of 25: 1. Hornaday-966, 2. Skinner-882, 3. Crafton-877, 4. Ky. Busch-852, 5. Bodine-837, 6. Cook-786, 7. Benson-779, 8. McCumbee-770, 9. Compton-762, 10. Scott-759. admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

MDIHS Golf Team Places 11th

first_img Latest Posts Bio Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) VASSALBORO — The Mount Desert Island High School golf team placed 11th overall in the Maine Class B team state championship at the Natanis Golf Club in Oct. In the 18-hole competition, the Trojans accumulated 385 strokes.York High School won the Class B division with 311 strokes, followed by Maranacook High School with 324 strokes and Yarmouth High School with 332 strokes.There were 13 teams in the MDI division. MDI beat out Foxcroft Academy, and Oak Hill High School.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Fenceviewer Staff Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ellsworth softball takes second in 9-10 state final

first_img Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth softball team lost to Biddeford 5-1 in the age 9-10 Little League state championship on Monday at DeMeyer Field.The loss was an improvement from Ellsworth’s first game of the tournament against Biddeford in which the team lost 12-4.In Monday’s state championship, Hannah Wagstaff and Alyssa Maguire were named Ellsworth’s MVPs.Biddeford scored two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.Ellsworth answered back in the bottom of the first when Casey Carter singled, then stole second and third base. Carter scored on an Alyssa Maguire groundout.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBiddeford scored another run in the second, fifth and sixth inning.SoftballResults from Friday:Biddeford 12, Ellsworth 4Ellsworth top hitter: Casey Carter with two singles.South Portland 11, Lincoln 1Results from Saturday:Ellsworth (1-1) 16, Lincoln (0-2) 6Ellsworth top hitters: Casey Carter and Alyssa Maguire each with a double and a single; Victoria Watkins and Alicia Havey each with two singles; and Jane Wu with a double.Ellsworth winning pitcher: Hannah Wagstaff with 11 strikeouts.Biddeford (2-0) 8, South Portland (1-1) 1Results from Sunday: Ellsworth (2-1) 3, South Portland (2-1) 1Ellsworth top hitters: Casey Carter and Alicia Havey each with a single.Ellsworth winning pitcher: Casey Carter with 10 strikeouts.Biddeford (3-0) 6, Lincoln (0-3) 2Baseball Results from Friday:Saco 7, Ellsworth 6Ellsworth top hitters: Brett Bragdon with a double; and Peter Keblinsky with two singles.Westbrook 12, Waldo County 1Lewiston 14, Bangor West 3Results from Saturday:Ellsworth (1-1) 7, Waldo County (0-2) 6Ellsworth top hitters: Brett Bragdon with a triple and a double; Michael Palmer with three singles; Peter Keblinsky with two singles; Wyatt Bragdon with a single.Ellsworth winning pitcher: Craig Burnett.Westbrook (2-0) 11, Lewiston (1-1) 0Saco (2-0) 7, Bangor West (0-2) 0Results from Sunday: Westbrook (3-0) 12, Ellsworth (1-2) 2Ellsworth top hitters: Lucas Gagnon with a double.Waldo County (1-2) 11, Bangor West (0-3) 4Saco (3-0) 5, Lewiston (1-2) 4 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Ellsworth football to end cooperative agreement with Sumner

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Five seasons after joining forces with Sumner Memorial High School to revive its dormant football program, the Ellsworth Eagles are ready to fly solo.Ellsworth will compete as its own football program for the first time in 62 years when it ends its partnership with Sumner prior to the 2017 season. The details haven’t been finalized yet, but the Ellsworth administration is preparing for it.Despite the fact that Sumner only had one player, senior Jacob Shorey, on the team this season, the Maine Principals’ Association combined the total enrollment sizes of the two high schools to determine the Eagles’ class size. This would have required Ellsworth/Sumner to play in Class B if it wanted playoff eligibility, and coaches and administrators both agreed that wasn’t an option.“The problem is that if we were to continue with Sumner and go to Class B or C, [the MPA] would put us with teams like Brunswick, Lawrence and Brewer — schools with much bigger enrollments and more kids on their teams,” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “At that point, we would have issues about competitiveness and player safety. We’re still a young program.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter winless seasons in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Ellsworth/Sumner went 5-3 in 2015. Had they been eligible for the Class D playoffs last year, that record would have been good enough to make the cut.2016 wasn’t quite as special for Ellsworth/Sumner, but the Eagles were still much more competitive than they were their first three years. The team beat Washington Academy and Stearns/Lee Academy and also played a competitive game against Houlton earlier in the season before giving up two late touchdowns.“We’re far ahead of where we were, and we’re going to improve more as the program grows,” head coach Duane Crawford said. “When we look down the line, it’s going to be really nice for us if these kids got a chance to see some postseason action.”The fact that 2017 will be a reclassification year means Ellsworth won’t be restricted from the playoffs by splitting from Sumner. Frost also mentioned the possibility of a change in the current system, which fully combines the enrollments of partnered schools regardless of circumstances. Yet even if the MPA used a formula that accounted for Sumner’s small share, that could result in the team changing class size on a yearly basis.Sumner was not slated to have a player on the team next season. Ellsworth/Sumner has always consisted primarily of Ellsworth players, and the Ellsworth Football League has funded the team via donations since 2008. In the future, Frost wants administration to have more control over the team to make it easier for the program to thrive.“Right now, administration doesn’t give anything to the Ellsworth Football League,” Frost said. “It would be beneficial if we could set aside some money in the budget to pay for coaches, jerseys and that stuff for the first time.”Ellsworth is already seeing increased participation in both the Ellsworth Football League and its varsity team with each passing year. If that trend continues, the Eagles could see the possibility of playoff eligibility coincide with a potentially emerging football program’s rise.“Right now, it just seems like the right time to do this,” Frost said. “Now that we’ve had some success with football these past two years, it’s a chance to see what we can do on our own.” 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more

Sports Authority of India (SAI) Win Women’s Title

first_imgHisar: Sports Authority of India (SAI) beat Chandigarh to win the 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2019 (B Division), here on Sunday. Sonia (16th minute), Anima Tiru (32nd), Alka Dungdung (41st) and Pramila Sorena (60th) scored a goal each to clinically demolish Chandigarh’s defence. Sarabdeep Kaur was the lone scorer for Chandigarh. In the match for the third place, Steel Plant Sports Board beat UCO Bank 1-0. Mamta Bhatt scored the lone goal of the match in the 28th minute. (IANS)Also Read: Sports Newslast_img

Better if Olympics is postponed: Coach Pullela Gopichand

first_imgNEW DELHI: India’s chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes the Tokyo Olympics should be postponed given the unprecedented crisis that the world is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”I have my doubts about the Olympics. It is not like it is far away. The preparation has to start now. So, the IOC has to take a call now for everyone to relax,” Gopichand said.”I think, in the present scenario, with the health scares and all the travel restrictions and all, it is a tough time and at the moment the whole world is thinking about health and safety for its citizens. So I think given the situation it is better if the Olympics are postponed,” he added.The Badminton World Federation was severely criticized for conducting the All England Championship earlier this month, despite the rapid spread of the deadly disease.International players, including London Olympics bronze-medallist Saina Nehwal, slammed the BWF saying players’ safety was compromised for financial gains and Gopichand also did not mince any words.”Definitely, I think it was a wrong decision on BWF’s part to put the players at risk by hosting the All England,” said Gopichand, who is currently in self-isolation after returning from Birmingham. After being condemned by the players, the BWF suspended all tournaments till April 12. AgenciesAlso Read: Need Dravids, Gopichands for Indian tennis to flourish: Leander PaesAlso Watch: Prices of Protective Masks and Hand Sanitizers are Increasing rapidly due to fear of Coronavirus.last_img read more

NHL players on board with daily COVID-19 testing if season resumes

first_imgWASHINGTON: National Hockey League (NHL) players are on board with frequent testing for COVID-19 if games can resume this summer.The league, mulling a restart of the season in July, on Sunday confirmed that it will test all players for the coronavirus daily if games resume. “You need testing at a level sufficient to be confident that you’re going to be on top of anything which might happen,” NHL Players’ Association executive director Don Fehr said. “If that turns out to be daily, and that’s available, that’s OK.” “Having it each and every day can limit the potential of getting the virus,” Edmonton Oilers player Darnell Nurse said. “If that’s what it takes, if that’s what they believe is the best option, then that’s the way you have to go.” Connor McDavid, captain of the Edmonton Oilers, also supported the daily testing protocol. McDavid said: “I think you have to get tested in a time like this, and you want to get tested as frequently as you can.” IANS Also Read: Japan round of MotoGP cancelledlast_img read more

McDermott century helps Hurricanes to record win over Renegades

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC) – A disruptive spell from West Indies Twenty20 star spinner Sunil Narine for Melbourne Renegades was upstaged by a maiden Twenty20 hundred from Ben McDermott that set up a thrilling, record two-wicket victory for the Hobart Hurricanes in a high-scoring Big Bash League match yesterday.Narine was the most successful bowler for the Renegades, grabbing three for 27 from four overs, but the 22-year-ikd McDermott smashed eight fours and nine sixes in 114 from 52 balls to put the Hurricanes firmly on course for a target of 223 at the Docklands Stadium and the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history.Before Narine trapped him lbw in the 16th over, McDermott, son of Australian fast bowling legend Craig McDermott, shared 151 for the third wicket with Australia international George Bailey, after the Hurricanes endured a shaky start.Narine again intervened, when he had Beau Webster caught at deep mid-wicket for a second-ball duck and Bailey caught at long-on for 59 from 42 balls in the space of three deliveries in the penultimate over, leaving the Hurricanes needing 16 from the final over.Narine was again involved, when his direct hit at the striker’s end from third man saw Cameron Boyce run out off the second delivery.But Sri Lanka medium-fast bowler Thisara Perera, entrusted with the final over, conceded 13 from the next three balls, including three wides, before England international Stuart Broad got a single from a leading edge to mid-off to take the Hurricanes over the finish line.Earlier, Australia international Aaron Finch hit the top score of 63 from 40 balls and Netherlands international Tom Cooper supported with an unbeaten 53 from 24 balls, as the Renegades posted 222 for four from their allocation of 20 overs, after they were put in to bat in the 24th match of the tournament.The total took the Renegades 10 past the previous highest score in the BBL, made by the Hurricanes against Brisbane Heat in four Decembers ago, but McDermott, whose six count was the same total for the home team during their innings, propelled the visitors to a memorable victory.The result meant that the Hurricanes now have six points – but they are fifth in the tournament standings behind the Melbourne Stars, due to net run rate. The Renegades are one of three teams on four points in the bottom half of the table – but they are sixth, due to net run rate.The League continues on Saturday with a derby at the Sydney Cricket Ground between the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers, whose squad includes incumbent West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, a replacement for injured West Indies teammate Andre Russell.Narine and the Renegades return to action this coming Monday at the Adelaide Oval, when they face hosts Adelaide Strikers, whose line-up includes West Indies T20 star Kieron Pollard and Barbados-born England all-rounder Christopher Jordan.last_img read more