Chess players represent Hancock County at state championship

first_imgChess players (from left) Sofia Brown Patricio, Oliver Brown Patricio and Henry Penfold smile with their Maine Scholastic trophies at Thursday’s chess club meeting at the Ellsworth Public Library. PHOTO BY ABBY MARROWELLSWORTH — Several Hancock County chess players placed at the Maine Scholastic championships in March.More than 250 K-12 players turned out for the Maine Scholastic team championship on March 12 as well as the Maine Scholastic individual championship on March 26.“Some of these young chess players come from families where everyone plays chess,” said Ellsworth chess club member, Dick Powell. “Hancock County is certainly family chess territory, and the rest of Maine is well aware of their success.”This year, the Penfolds from Deer Isle and the Brown Patricios from Lamoine left their marks on Maine Scholastic chess.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHenry Penfold won the K-6 first-place trophy and Ben Penfold tied for second in the K-8 classification. The oldest brother, Brendan Penfold, reached the final of the high school under 1,200 category, which includes players who do not regularly compete in tournaments.Oliver Brown Patricio, a seventh-grader, lost in the finals of the K-8 division and took home the runner-up trophy. His younger sister, third-grader Sofia Brown Patricio, won all four matches to take first in the K-3 division.last_img read more

Warriors get wake-up call as Durant era opens with a thud

first_img(REUTERS)-When Kevin Durant joined the Golden State Warriors many felt a championship was a mere formality, but a humbling season-opening loss has sent a sudden wakeup call to one of the NBA’s most talented teams of all time.Durant had a team-high 27 points in his much anticipated Warriors debut on Tuesday but Golden State stumbled to a 129-100 blowout loss to the visiting San Antonio Spurs that prompted many in the sellout crowd to head for the exits early.“It’s a slap in the face. It woke us up a bit, and we’re looking forward to getting better,” four-time scoring champion Durant told reporters.Durant was one of the most sought-after free agents in years and his decision to join the Warriors in July formed one of the most impressive collections of talent the NBA has seen.But it was not the start anyone could have imagined, especially for a Warriors team that opened last season with a stellar 24-0 run en route to a record-setting 73-9 campaign. That run also saw them win their first 36 home games.“It’s a nice little slap in the face,” two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry said.“First game you want to come out and protect your home court and have the energy of the home opener live throughout the game. We didn’t do anything to let that happen.”While the season-opening loss will not define the Warriors’ campaign, it was enough to showcase some areas they will need to address if they are to live up to the lofty expectations heaped upon them.But while the Spurs, no slouch of a team having finished with the league’s second-best record last season, took advantage of the Warriors’ weak defense, rebounding, turnovers and bench production, even they were somewhat stunned by the result.“If there was an outcome I wasn’t expecting, it was this one,” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “A 29-point lead against a team like them? I truly didn’t expect it.”The Warriors, whose bid to repeat as NBA champions fell one game short after they squandered a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers in June, will try to regroup in time for Friday’s game at the New Orleans Pelicans.“What we can’t do is let these games pile up,” said Durant. “We can’t panic. It’s Game 1 of 82.”last_img read more

Hiring freeze finally comes to an end

first_imgUSC’s university-wide hiring freeze finally came to a conclusion on July 1, but officials say that departments will still be carefully evaluating the need to create new positions from here on out.The university initiated the freeze in 2008 as a financial buffer in the slowing economy. The freeze was originally scheduled to end in June  2009, but university officials announced an extension of the freeze last year.“The hiring freeze was a pre-emptive move to make sure we wouldn’t be in a position where we would have to cut out any of our programs,” said Robert Cooper, vice provost for planning and budget.Before the freeze, departments could create new staff and faculty positions at their own discretion, as long as they had the funds to do so.Anticipating that families of university employees could be impacted by the economy, USC initiated the freeze as a precaution to prevent any dramatic layoffs or other cutbacks during the economic recession.“The financial issue for USC was minimal,” Cooper said. “We did not see a reduction in the number of students, so in terms of tuition revenue, we weathered the storm.”The university implemented a new hiring process that asked each department to closely analyze new positions and streamline any administrative work during the freeze. Hiring requests were handled on a case-by-case basis within each department, before being sent to the university and then to the provost’s office for a final decision.“Deans were to look at the positions and they were asked to only post the critical positions,” Cooper said.Though the freeze is now over, the university will continue to follow the hiring procedures enacted for the last two years. The process requires analysis of each new position and top approval for those positions, Cooper said.According to Cooper, the administration wanted to ensure that the student experience at USC would not change if the university experienced any sort of financial difficulty.“It was not an across the board, ‘no exceptions made’ type of freeze,” Cooper said. “We wanted to make sure what we did didn’t impact the students.”Geneva Overholser, director of Annenberg’s School of Journalism, said her department was able to make hires during the freeze when it was necessary.“We are lucky since many of our fellow journalism schools, especially state schools, were not able to hire faculty,” Overholser said. “We have been very blessed with wonderful faculty hires we made during the freeze and I am grateful to the university for keeping the faculty lines open to hiring.”Samantha Klein, a senior majoring in fine arts, said she did not notice any changes because of the hiring freeze.“As a student, the only reason I knew there was a hiring freeze was because I heard people where I work in [Information Technology Programs] talking about it,” Klein said. “Other than that I didn’t notice anything, especially since the school stepped up the off-campus security with all the new guards.”USC is currently looking to create 550 new positions.last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Wisconsin returns home to host Purdue

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team is coming off Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 loss against the Scarlet Knights. This was their second game this season without putting the ball in the net.The team is now in the midst of a 0-2-1 three-game stretch against Michigan, Maryland and Rutgers after having won the previous seven games, including two Big Ten matchups. The Badgers now sit at 8-3-1 overall and have now dropped to No. 26 in the NCAA rankings after having spent much of the first part of the season ranked in the top 25. They look to recover from their broken winning streak and get their season back on track Friday night against the Purdue Boilermakers in Madison. This is a much needed return to campus after being unable to win their previous two games on the road. The Purdue Boilermakers womens team is currently an impressive 9-2-1 including 4-0-1 in the Big Ten with wins over Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Illinois. The NCAA has them ranked at 28, just two spots behind the Badgers. They are led in goals by Maddy Williams, who leads the Big Ten currently with nine goals as well to go along with an impressive eight assists. Their second top offensive player so far has been Andrea Petrina who has contributed heavily to the Boilermakers offense with five goals and four assists thus far. This offense should prove to be a challenge for the Badgers defense, who have performed well this season. The Badgers have shut out six teams in their 12 games played, which is a testament to how well Caitlyn Clem and the defense have been playing. The Badgers are led in scoring by sophomore Dani Rhodes with eight goals and Lauren Rice with three goals.The game will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at McClimon Soccer Complex and will be available to watch on Big Ten Network Plus. Tune in to watch the Badgers attempt to get their season back on track in the second half of the season.last_img read more

CATL Denies Possible Tie With Tesla

first_img Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News No agreement has been made yet.Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) hasn’t reached intent of cooperation or signed any business agreement with Tesla, the company said in a statement on March 12.Bloomberg cited people familiar with the matter and reported on March 11 that the two companies are in talks about battery supply. The report said that CATL was discussing with Tesla about the required specifications for the batteries, but also added that there was no guarantee that an agreement would be reached.More CATL News According to an industry analyst, the statement from CATL was to prevent public comments from spreading and the main reason may be that both parties haven’t finalized cooperation details. The analyst said that it is very likely for them to cooperate. Since Tesla’s battery supplier Panasonic is unable to produce in China, local suppliers are of great significance to Tesla’s production in China.In January, Reuters reported that Tesla had entered into preliminary agreement with Tianjin Lishen to supply batteries for its Shanghai factory. Some production lines of Tesla’s factory in Shanghai are expected to start production at the end of this year.Source: Gasgoo CATL, FAW Group Set Up Battery Joint Venture CATL Deepens Battery Tie With BAIC BJEV, Pride Power Tesla Reportedly Talking With CATL For China Battery Order Source: Electric Vehicle Newslast_img read more