ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t just be a commenter in the game of life, be an active player.by: Aaron PughWe’ve all been there before, posting on Facebook and Twitter, reading the comments section of a favorite news site, or watching television, saying things like “someone should do something,” “they need to solve that,” or “I wish we could help.”Yet how often do those sentiments prompt us to call our representatives, sign a petition, or join in a rally? How often do we spend the time to understand all the issues behind an event that upsets us, much less step forward in a real attempt at remedy?Too often, our hot air activism cools on the wake of other news, dissipating in time to the click of the remote and the tick of the clock.You see, speech can change the world, but it can also give a false sense of accomplishment, something Fast Company points out in an article called “Lazy Americans Think Tweeting About A Cause Counts As Advocacy.” continue reading »
Havyard Group has confirmed it signed a contract for the fifth Service Operation Vessel (SOV) ordered by Esvagt, which will be chartered by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for a period of fifteen years to serve the 252MW Deutsche Bucht (DeBu) offshore wind farm in Germany.The contract, worth more than NOK 70 million (approx. EUR 7.6 million), involves the design and equipment for construction at an external shipyard in Europe. The SOV will be built by the Zamakona shipyard in Bilbao, Spain.Work on both design and equipment package will start immediately and the vessel is due to be delivered in August 2019.This is going to be the seventh Havyard vessel heading to Esvagt. The other six include four wind farm vessels, one oil service vessel and one vessel for crew change.Design Manager Arve Helsem Leine said the starting point for the development of Havyard 831 SOV was to design a compact, efficient and profitable vessel for smaller windfarms.“As we now sign a second contract for this design, it confirms that we have succeeded in creating a design that meets expectations.”The DeBu SOV will be equipped with a walk-to-work gangway system in a bespoke tower with a crane placed on top of the tower, which, together with Esvagt’s Safe Transfer Boats STB 7 and STB 12, will contribute to the safe transfer of turbine technicians, tools and spare parts.MHI Vestas Offshore Wind received a firm and unconditional order for the Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm last Friday. The company will supply 31 units of the V164-8.0 MW wind turbine, as well as a long term full-scope service package.
Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Bio 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 [email protected] ELLSWORTH — There aren’t many places the sport of basketball hasn’t taken Steve Clifford.Throughout Maine, Steve and his brother, Ellsworth High School Principal Dan, spent years coaching at the high school level. Years before that, they became immersed in the sport as their father, Gerry, coached everywhere from Mattawamkeag to Lincoln to the other side of New England near the Vermont-Canada border.For Steve, the sport has launched a career that’s landed him one of the most prestigious titles in professional sports: NBA head coach. Speaking at Ellsworth High School on a return trip to his home state Friday, the Orlando Magic head coach shared some of the lessons and experiences that took him from rural Maine to coaching in the best basketball league in the world.“I’m 56, and I’m still evolving every day,” Clifford said. “I’m different at 56 than I was at 54. That’s what keeps me happy as I get older is that I’m constantly learning, and you will all learn that, too, when you get older.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLong before Clifford reached the NBA ranks, his coaching career began in Downeast Maine at Woodland High School. Yet whether Clifford’s players have been high school freshmen or professional superstars, there are some qualities he’s has seen in everyone he’s coached.“The thing that I tell people that they don’t understand is that [NBA players] have the same emotions that you and I have,” Clifford said. “They have good days, they have bad days, they have times when they question themselves and they have times when they’re disappointed.”Steve Clifford signs student Brett Bragdon’s shoe Sept. 14 at Ellsworth High School. The Magic named Clifford head coach in May after he was fired from the same position with the Charlotte Hornets the previous month. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAlthough coaching professional basketball has been a dream come true for Clifford, the nature of the job is a brutal one. As a result of the NBA’s results-oriented nature — nine of the NBA’s 30 head coaches at the start of the 2017-18 season were fired by year’s end — most head coaches, assistant coaches and front-office members have experienced multiple firings.Clifford has been no exception. Prior to being named the head coach of the Magic in May, he had been replaced at three straight jobs as an assistant coach and once as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. Although such situations are rarely ideal, controlling what he can control has put in positions to resurface in a business that makes survival a difficult prospect.“Good days start with being happy with yourself,” Clifford said. “Everyone wakes up in a bad mood some days, but if you want to have a good day, you have to talk yourself into it. The people who usually come out on top or have that advantage are the people who keep persevering.”Following his trip to Maine to visit family and spent time at a coaching clinic at his alma mater, the University of Maine at Farmington, Clifford was set to head back to Orlando. The Magic had workouts and practices scheduled all day Monday and Tuesday as it continued its preparation leading up to the start of next month’s regular season.Clifford knew two long sessions with his players and his assistant coaches would bring up obstacles and challenges the same way any other day in his professional or personal life would. Just as he planned to anticipate the obstacles he would experience on the job, at home or wherever else his life would take him, he inspired Ellsworth students to do the same.“Chances are that four or five of those guys are going to do something that really ticks me off Monday or Tuesday, but I understand that. So I’m not going to let that get me down,” Clifford said. “More than likely, two or three more things are going to wrong for me after that: disappointment, frustration, whatever it is. It’s how you handle that when things go against you that determines how happy you are.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
Update: 12:17 pm on 15/06/2018 – SPONSORs has reported that Deutsche Telekom will also provide financial support to SK Gaming. The organisation is applying for a permanent spot in the EU LCS’ franchised league and has received a six-figure amount from its latest partner.After departing the competitive League of Legends scene in 2016, SK Gaming has partnered with German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom alongside its re-entry.Acting as SK Gaming’s official telecommunications and technology partner, Deutsche Telekom will provide support to the entire organisation as it continues to establish itself in Germany – the telecoms company will mainly focus on the League of Legends roster.SK Gaming’s new roster will compete in the recently-announced League of Legends Premier Tour, a tournament series for teams based in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The Premier Tour is seen as a path to the European Masters that caters to both professional and amateur teams.SK Gaming’s official League of Legends roster is as follows:Daniel “Scarface” AitbelkacemGerrit “Phrenic” StukemeierHicham “SozPurefect” TazrhiniTim “Keduii” WillersMads “Doss” SchwartzAccording to The Esports Observer, this is a one-year deal but discussions have already taken place regarding an extension to the partnership. Deutsche Telekom is also a prominent jersey sponsor for SK Gaming, appearing on all jerseys excluding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege.While this is the first esports venture for Deutsche Telekom, it’s US subsidiary T-Mobile is a sponsor of the Overwatch League and the Houston Outlaws. It plans to be involved when SK Gaming opens its own practice facility in 2019.SK Gaming is also partnered with the likes of lifestyle brand Razer, audio specialists Sennheiser, and soft drink brand Mountain Dew. In addition to League of Legends, the organisation houses competitors in Clash Royale, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, FIFA, Hearthstone, Paladins, Rainbow Six Siege, and SMITE.Esports Insider says: SK Gaming has deep roots in League of Legends so it’s lovely to see it make a return, and bringing along Deutsche Telekom for the ride seems like a good move. We’re interested to see how, if at all, the telecoms giant gets more involved with esports over time.Sign up to our newsletter!