Wednesday April 15th Local Sports

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins has taken a new contract into an increasingly uncertain 2020 season that keeps his place as Minnesota’s quarterback for another three years. He’ll have a lot of new teammates around him, too, whenever he takes the field next for the Vikings. An expected departure of several mainstay players was accelerated by the trade that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs to Buffalo. Cousins wished Diggs well and was one of the first players to message him once the deal became public. He called the trade a “win-win” for what the Vikings were able to recoup for a dissatisfied player. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins Classics — July 10, 2015 — Twins vs. Detroit — Twins score seven in the 9th — 7:00 AMES — Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly has become familiar with modern technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other coaches Fennelly has been using the internet to keep in touch with his players who are taking classes online.Fennelly says he needed some help to get up to speed.Fennelly says he wants everyone to prepare for an eventual return to campus.Iowa State finished the season 18-11 with a three-game winning streak, including a stunning upset of second-ranked and defending national champion Baylor.last_img read more

Mason City’s city administrator says city continues to adapt to pandemic, including potential financial impacts

first_imgMASON CITY —  Mason City’s city administrator says city operations continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.Aaron Burnett says as the city moves into the next fiscal year, the city will have to plan for the financial impacts of the pandemic.  “These budget decisions will need to be considered as certain revenues like Road Use Tax, Hotel/Motel Tax and Local Option Sales Tax are decreased and certain facilities and activities do not occur because of social distancing.”Burnett says city departments are already considering the impacts, but more information will be gathered before any recommendations are made to the City Council.  “Capital projects that depend on this funding have the potential of being postponed and some changes to services may be recommended should the pandemic continue for an extended time period. For now, the city will reallocate staff to ensure the highest level of productivity and refrain from hiring positions that are not needed with the current city services provided.”Burnett says city staff has had to shift their normal activities in response to the pandemic.  “Even small changes such as public notices and execution of public meetings in an electronic format are time consuming and this is only one example of modifications that have been necessary to ensure continuity of operations throughout the city. Another example is that departments were able to move just under 15% of city employees to some form of telework and provide the needed technology and support to facilitate that telework. Departments have also worked to protect the remainder of employees from exposure and reduce the potential for spread of COVID in the workplace.”Burnett says the pandemic response in the city has been well coordinated with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health and MercyOne and subsequently the community is prepared for what response is needed in the future. Burnett made his comments during his monthly report to the City Council.last_img read more

Azerbaijan are tops, Uganda 33rd as Islamic Solidarity Games end

first_imgUganda’s only medalist at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games was Halimah Nakaayi (L). Other medalists in the 800m event she competed in were Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui (C) and Benin’s Noelie Yarigo (R) . AFP PHOTOBaku, Azerbaijan | AFP-Services (text stories) |  The fourth Islamic Solidarity Games ended in Baku on Monday with hosts Azerbaijan topping the medals table after a relentess 11-day long battle with neighbours Turkey.Oddly enough, the Azeri team came up empty handed in terms of gold medals on the final day of action, the only time that had happened during the Games.But on the back of a superb Sunday which culminated in football gold, Azerbaijan were all but assured of top spot with a 75-68 lead and just 11 golds to be disputed on Monday.Uganda came 33rd overall out of 50 nations, with Nakaayi’s silver in the athletics 800m the country’s second medal ever at an Islamic Solidarity Games. (see full standings page 2)The country’s only other medal came at the inaugural Islamic Games in 2005.Uganda was represented at the games by an athletics, swimming, tennis , weightlifting team and the sport of Zurkhaneh.  Zurkhaneh ritual is a traditional heroic sport that has its roots in Iran. It combines martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and music. Turkey challenge Turkey edged closer to the top by bagging both tennis singles titles and adding one from the wushu martial arts, but that still left them four golds adrift at 75-71.The Turks had the consolation of ending up with the highest overall – gold, silver and bronze – medal haul with 195 to 162.Iran had a strong finish to the Games, lifting eight of the last 11 golds, six of those coming in wushu and they consolidated third place in the medals list with 39 golds and 98 in total.They were simply unstoppable in the wushu sanda events, underlining their supremacy by winning all of their bouts and storming to six of seven gold medals available.Azerbaijan had to settle for three silvers at the Baku Sports Hall after losing all of their finals to the implacable Iranians.The only gold to escape the Iranian stranglehold came in the 48kg division, in which there was no Iranian fighter. Turkey’s Mehmet Demirci took advantage to dominate Kyrgyzstan’s Turatbek Sulaimankul in the final.Iran also won both gold medals in the table tennis, the final gold medals of the games to be decided.The men’s outfit of Alamian brothers Noshad and Nima, as well as Afshin Noroozi, got the better of Turkey 3-1, after the women’s trio had claimed a gripping 3-1 victory over hosts Azerbaijan in the first final.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Proud Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

first_img“They deserve full credit. It was a very tough period for us.”Pochettino, who despite garnering credit for developing young players is yet to win a trophy in his managerial career, says he will be able to fill the large gap that will be left with Son leaving for Asian Cup duty.“That is football, we knew it would happen,” said Pochettino.“He will go with his national team but we have players and football is about the squad and surely we will find the solution.”Eriksen said the victory had eased the pressure on Spurs in terms of the title race.“We put pressure on everyone and took pressure off ourselves. It’ll be back on for the next game,” the Dane told Sky Sports.“It felt like we were 18 points behind but we’re not far off.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says his players need to be consistent if they are to win the Premier League title after outclassing Cardiff City on Tuesday.Goals by Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Korean star Son Heung-min inside the opening half hour saw Spurs beat the Welsh side 3-0, leapfrog Manchester City into second spot and go six points behind leaders Liverpool.City host Liverpool on Thursday but Pochettino was keener to focus on what his team can do to deliver the London club’s first league title since 1961.“I don’t want to see the table. Of course we are in a good position,” he told Sky Sports.“We need to be consistent. You must be consistent during the whole season.”Pochettino, who remains the bookmaker’s favourite to get the full-time job at Manchester United, said the overall performance of his team had delighted him after Saturday’s damaging 3-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.“I’m very pleased, the one thing I need to say is we suffered without rest between the games and therefore from the players it was magnificent,” said the 46-year-old Argentinian.last_img read more

Nations League thrills and spills win over skeptics

first_img“I am sure this tournament will become a classic because it is a tournament for the entire European family,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “To be the first winner will go down in history.”More than 20,000 travelling fans came to northern Portugal from England, The Netherlands and Switzerland in the past week to show that supporters had also been won over.Yet, the success of the Nations League is likely to stir up more conflict in the continuous battle between club and country.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been the most outspoken critic of adding a new competition at a time when top players are already being burned out by the demands of long, intense seasons at club level.“If we don’t learn to deal with our players in a better way, competition-wise, then it’s the only chance to kill this wonderful game,” said Klopp last month. “Because without the players, it’s not a good one.”England’s preparation for the past week was seriously affected with seven players in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad involved in the Champions League final and all were left out from the start in defeat against the Dutch.Yet, had England not reached the Nations League finals, they would have had two more qualifiers for the European Championships this week in a six-team group rather than five.And having scored 10 goals in winning their opening two qualifiers, Southgate believes the Nations League is far more appealing to players, coaches and fans alike.“We could be playing qualifying matches somewhere else tonight,” he said after a second semi-final defeat in 12 months. “We weren’t, we were playing another semi-final.”Share on: WhatsApp Portugal win the Nations League tournament. PHOTO via @UEFAEUROPorto, Portugal | AFP | Portugal’s victory in the inaugural Nations League sparked celebrations long into the night in Porto on Sunday, but the hosts were far from the only ones happy at the end of UEFA’s attempt to add more competition to the international calendar.A complex format that saw UEFA’s 55 nations split into four tiers with promotion and relegation on offer, as well as the chance of a playoff to qualify for next year’s European Championships, took some time to get used to.England’s Harry Maguire even admitted before the Three Lions opening game of the competition against Spain that he did not fully understand the format.Yet, that skepticism was washed away once the games got under way with competitive football between nations of a similar level replacing meaningless friendlies and often one-sided qualifiers.“I think it is a great tournament,” said Ronald Koeman, whose Netherlands side was beaten 1-0 by Portugal in Sunday’s final.“The intensity in the groups was really high and the idea to organise the Nations League was a perfect one. We are looking forward to the next one.”For all four sides who made the semi-finals in Portugal, the past week may well also prove to be the perfect launching pad to next summer’s European Championships.Portugal look a better side than when they won Euro 2016 with a host of young talent led by Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias to ease the burden on a 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.After missing out on the last two major tournaments, the Netherlands gained some vital experience, even if they did fall at the final hurdle after beating world champions France, Germany and England to make the final.England built on the success of reaching the semi-finals at last year’s World Cup by beating Spain and Croatia in the group stages, while Switzerland could easily have upset Portugal in the semi-finals with better finishing.last_img read more

Jonathan Brian Douglas

first_imgJonathan Brian Douglas was born in Pittsfield, on St. Patrick’s Day, 1954, his mom’s birthday and her greatest gift. He grew up in the Berkshires, and spent time in the summers on Cape Cod.Even as a little fellow he liked go-karts and minibikes. As a teenager, he went over to New York on Sunday mornings to race his car at Lebanon Valley Speedway. He also loved motorcycles and sports cars, had several, and eventually learned how to rebuild them.Jon also loved skiing, started out with a determined snowplow, became a fantastic downhill skier, raced in slalom races, and eventually worked at Bousquet ski area.Jon graduated from Taconic High School in 1972. After high school he studied printing. He worked in that field, but eventually returned to the automotive trade, and got his license for driving big rigs, long distance. He bought his own blue and chrome Diamond Rio.Jon took pride in every home he owned, and was always working on his homes, would build on dens and other rooms, and also made beautiful gardens. He lived for a short time on Martha’s Vineyard, worked for the trucking company Barnes Trucking, and made a lot of friends fishing. He drove long-distance trips all over the country. He moved from New England to Palm Bay, Fla., and lived there for many years. He injured his back in a motorcycle accident. When his back hurt too much for driving, he went out and earned his hairdressing license. He began to practice this, but again his back hurt too much. Always ready to learn, he went on to learn to build computers. He lived for many years in Florida.Eventually, he moved back to his love, the mountains, to Lake Lure, N.C., joined Lake Lure Baptist Church, and made many wonderful friends there. Jon is survived by a brother, Curt Douglas of Goodyear, Ariz., a sister, Amarylis Douglas of Martha’s Vineyard, and his two daughters, Heather Douglas and Melanie Roucoulet, both of Pittsfield, and several grandchildren, a great-granddaughter and many, many nieces and nephews around the country. He was predeceased by his sister Pamela Heye, formerly of Knoxville, Tenn., and his brother Tim Douglas, formerly of New York City.Donations can be made in his name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at bit.ly/MemorialsStJude.last_img read more

Bill would give shellfish group more control of hatchery

first_imgMartha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group executive director Emma Green Beach told The Times she saw merit in the bill because among things, it would give the Shellfish Group greater autonomy to tinker with the facility and expand its operations. The facility regularly needs maintenance, or as she put it, “constant attention and love.”Fernandes described the facility as an “incredibly important part of aquaculture on Martha’s Vineyard.” The lease agreement will be for 15 years, and follows more than $250,000 in funding he’s helped direct to the Shellfish Group to improve aquaculture on the Vineyard, he said. A bill sponsored by Rep. Dylan Fernandes would give the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group more control of the John T. Hughes Hatchery and Research Station in Oak Bluffs. Commonly known as the lobster hatchery for past endeavors there, the state facility is occupied by the Shellfish Group, which propagates shellfish on the premises, such as oysters, and conducts research. Fernandes’ bill, House Bill 4885, would restructure the lease agreement so responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility passes to the Shellfish Group.  A joint legislative hearing on the bill is slated for Wednesday, August 12, from 4 to 5 pm, for written testimony only.last_img read more

Boca Police Arrest Deliveryman Accused of Burning, Beating 75 Year Old Woman

first_imgA 21 year old Hialeah man working as a delivery driver for a Best Buy contractor was arrested Monday after being accused of bludgeoning and burning to death a 75 year old Boca Raton resident.Jorge Lachazo and David Gonzalez were installing a washer and dryer at the victim’s home at the Colonnade at Glen Oaks near Jog and Yamato Road when Gonzalez went outside to make a phone call.Gonzalez later heard screams coming from inside the house and went inside to investigate and found the homeowner bloodied and laying on the floor of the laundry room where they had been installing the appliances.Gonzalez went outside to call 911 and Lachazo fled the scene in their delivery truck but was later stopped by a Boca Raton patrol officer.Officers responding to the scene found a wooden mallet that was covered in blood, a blood streaked wine bottle, and an open can of acetone solvent that had been poured on the victim and set ablaze.Lachazo admitted to hitting the woman with the mallet and dousing her in acetone but did not provide a motive.He also admitted to smoking weed and using cocaine earlier that day.Lachazo was initially charged with attempted second degree murder but those charges are expected to be upgraded following the death of the victim whose name has not been released.He also stands to be charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and arson.The Best Buy store in Boca was closed for business on Tuesday out of respect for the victim and company CEO Corie Barry said in a statement that they will be reviewing their screening and safety procedures for employees and contractors.last_img read more

Painting Found Hanging In Kitchen Near Paris Worth Millions

first_imgFrench fine art experts say a rare painting found in an elderly woman’s kitchen near Paris is worth millions of dollars.The painting titled, “Christ Mocked,” is apparently the work of 13th-century Renaissance artist Cimabue. The masterpiece has been hanging over a hot plate used daily to cook meals for years.It is scheduled to go to auction next month and experts believe it could get around $6.5 million.last_img