Mainly Dry Memorial Day

first_imgThe Memorial Day Weekend featured periods of sunshine, clouds and even rain, but overall it was a decent weekend. Now for the finale. Memorial Day will start a bit wet but improving weather the rest of the day.Showers will depart early in the morning as a front moves through. It will be on the cloudy side with more breaks of sun as we move later in the day. Temperatures will stay in the 60s as light easterly winds continues to keep us on the cool side.Satellite forecast shows clouds hang around but some breaks are possible later in the day. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)BOAT & BEACHWaves will be around 2-4 feet and ocean temperatures will be in the low 60s.REST OF WEEKA mix of clouds and sun for your Tuesday and Wednesday along with the threat of a few showers or t’storms a frontal system tries to move through. Brighter days ahead for the 2nd half of the week as high pressure will finally build in giving us plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures. High temperatures will be in the upper 60s on Tuesday, near 70 on Wednesday and into the low 70s by Thursday.last_img read more

Ellsworth softball beats Gardiner in Class B prelim

first_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio 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. ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth softball team scored three runs in the third inning for a 4-1 lead, then held on to defeat Gardiner 5-3 in Wednesday’s Class B North prelim game.The No. 11 Gardiner Tigers (8-9) managed to load the bases in the last inning, but Ellsworth pitcher Kate Whitney struck out the final batter to end the game. The No. 6 Ellsworth Eagles (12-5) will play at No. 3 Winslow (15-1) in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m. on Thursday.Through Ellsworth did not play Gardiner in the regular season, Ellsworth coach Rick Roberts said he expected a tight game.“We knew it was going to be close coming in,” Roberts said. “It’s healthy for them to be in that situation because you grow from that.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textLeah Stevens kicked off the scoring for Ellsworth in the bottom of the first inning. She singled and stole second base before advancing home on ground outs. Ellsworth ended the inning up 1-0.“She’s pretty fast. She gets that run from speed,” Roberts said of Stevens. “The other runs we got were from timely hitting.”Gardiner answered back in the top of the third when Megan Meehan reached home on Jillian Bisson’s single to tie the score 1-1.Ellsworth pulled away in the bottom of the third. Hannah Sargent opened the inning with a single, and Caitlin Bean walked. Callie Hammer doubled to score Sargent; Breann Cummings singled to score Bean; and Katelyn Bagley singled to score Hammer, pulling the Eagles up 4-1.Ellsworth cushioned that lead in the next inning when Bean singled and eventually scored on an error.“It’s about timely hits,” Roberts said. “When you can get runners on base and string a few hits together, that’s the key.”In the top of the fifth, Bri Brochu doubled to score two runners for Gardiner. The Tigers trailed 5-3 in the top of the seventh when they threatened to extended the game.“We made a couple mistakes in the field because of nerves,” Roberts said. “I’ve got a mixture of older kids and younger kids. The seniors took charge.”For Ellsworth, Whitney struck out 13. Bean and Hammer each hit two singles with an RBI while Cummings, Bagley and Stevens added run-scoring singles.Ellsworth has notched a couple big victories this season, most notably over No. 4 Old Town 6-5 on May 13. The win came two weeks after Old Town beat Ellsworth 14-4 in their first matchup.“We got smoked here by Old Town,” Roberts said. “We didn’t play well, and we went there with the mindset that we were going to play better.”It worked. Ellsworth won that game in the seventh inning, at which point Roberts said he “didn’t care whether we won or lost because of how well we played.”“I was really happy about that,” Roberts said. “But we got a little overconfident. When you beat a team like Old Town, you get a big target on your back.”The Eagles dropped some games, including to George Stevens Academy — a Class C team they beat 11-0 in their season-opener.But Ellsworth ended the regular season on a high note, defeating local rival Mount Desert Island. Roberts said he was also happy with how Ellsworth played top-seeded Hermon (16-0) on May 28. Though the Eagles lost 6-1, they remained within striking distance unlike a month earlier, when Hermon beat Ellsworth 13-1.Ellsworth has not played Winslow yet this season, but Roberts said the Eagles will have to fight for a spot in the semifinals.“They have good pitching and catching, they’ve got good defense, and they can hit the ball,” Roberts said of Winslow. “We’re going to have to battle.”Dexter 13, GSA 9No. 7 George Stevens Academy fell to No. 10 Dexter in Wednesday’s Class C North prelim game. GSA ended its season 7-10, and Dexter (9-8) will face No. 2 Bucksport (15-1) in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Postslast_img read more

Renowned author speaks for the Provost’s Writers Series

first_imgOn Tuesday evening in Doheny Memorial Library, Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication, Technology and Society Manuel Castells discussed his latest book Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age as part of Provost Elizabeth Garrett’s Writers Series that recognizes outstanding literary accomplishments at USC.Author · Professor Manuel Castells discussed the relationship between the internet and social uprisings at Doheny Memorial Library. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojan The book examines the impact of the Internet and social media on populist revolts such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement.“Throughout history, social movements have been the levers of social change,” Castells said. “They are not the heroes of history, necessarily, they can be the villains, but they are the makers of history.”Castells noted that while these social movements might take place in strikingly different contexts, they all have similar characteristics. Furthermore, these movements do not occur in isolation, such as how the uprising in Tunisia led to uprisings throughout the Arab world.“In all the movements there is one word repeated almost literally: dignity,” he said. “That is what we all want: to be respected as human beings.”Castells dismissed the idea that technology causes uprisings, arguing that such movements have occurred before the advent of the Internet and social media.Castells noted, however, that changes in technology have profound effects on a movement’s efficacy. He spoke about the role the Internet plays in modern social movements, specifically its ability to unite previously separate networks of people.“It is this multiplicity of networks that gives modern social movements their power,” Castells said.He noted they do not need a leader or centralized command because the individual networks can maintain their own members, which thus reduces the vulnerability of the movement.“The regime cannot go around and simply round up the usual suspects — first of all, because they are not usual, they are new — and second because no one knows who they are,” Castells said.He also stressed that the fragmentation of leadership protects a movement against the “internal dangers” of bureaucracy and stagnation. Such movements are also incredibly self-reflective because they contain so many distinct voices and opinions.Castells also spoke about the immense power of going viral, and how the Internet has transformed all movements into global movements. He mentioned the power of images in particular, and the crucial role YouTube plays in modern social movements. Images of brutality and solidarity are particularly powerful because they can evoke the emotions of outrage and hope, which he calls “the most powerful emotions according to neuroscience.”The ability to influence people’s emotions makes the message of such movements universal, rather than limited to a particular area or issue.“All these movements are local and global at the same time,” Castells said. “[The movements are] local because they arise out of local concerns, and global because they can immediately connect to other movements.”Toward the end of his talk, Castells focused on the “So What?” aspect of social movements. He said that while people can debate the outcomes of these movements, it is impossible to deny their impacts.“Take, for example, the case of Egypt,” he said. “In one month, it brought down the oldest dictatorship in [the region].”last_img read more