Tracy’s Karate holds 104th tournament

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth recently held its 104th tournament at Bucksport High School.The event was a big draw with more than 200 competitors in attendance. Students from dojos in Ellsworth, on Mount Desert Island and in Deer Isle, Belfast, Bucksport, Bangor, Yarmouth, Houlton, Presque Isle and even parts of Canada came together to compete for trophies in both fighting and throwing.Immediately following the conclusion of the tournament, all black belts traveled to the main school in Ellsworth for testing. Twenty students were promoted to various degrees in the black belt ranks. Eight of those students were first-time black belts, and seven were classified as juniors (16 years old or younger).The 20 black belts promoted to higher ranks were (first degree) Natalie Jagels, Lillian Noyes, Erin Leonardi, Haley Leonardi, Carlina Leonardi, Camden Hatch, Robert Giles and Colton White; (second degree) Marleigh Richardson, Caroline Tracy, Andy Hartt, Charlotte Hartt, Sadie Hartt and Jonathan Robinson; (third degree) Chris Dyer, Nick Parlatore, Cameron Sarchi and Mitch Wheeler; (seventh degree) Dean Murphy; (eighth degree) Kristy Tracy-Dawes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrophy winners were Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Ziva Marceill, Lillian Noyes, Lauryn Noyes, Elura Dorr, Bridget Kutny, Amy Santos, Dean Murphy, William Wilson, Shawn Murphy, John Baranowski, Tom Anderson, Colton White, Lance Kennedy, Piper Marceill, Natalie Jagels, Aiden Benner, Paige Trader and Steve Trader. Black belt grand champions were Kristy Tracy-Dawes, Eric Tracy, Linwood Bridges and Matthew Edgerly.Dennis and Karen Tracy oversaw the events with the help of Tracy-Dawes, their daughter. The family has owned Tracy’s Karate since opening it in 1971.Tracy’s Karate will be holding its next tournament at Bucksport High School on Oct. 27.last_img read more

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Last of the street-fighters, Rooney departs an England great

first_imgThe 31-year-old’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures.From the boy who grew up on the rough Liverpool streets of Croxteth to the man who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, Rooney’s rise remains almost too perfect to be true and the England chapter of his tale is well worth reliving.Rooney is England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals, more than Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could muster, while his 119 appearances make him his country’s most capped out-field player ahead of the likes of Bobby Moore and David Beckham.The only blemish is his failure to transform England into a global force, but even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has found replicating his sublime club form on the international scene harder than he might have imagined.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMAForever etched in the memory as the teak tough street-fighter who would crunch into a tackle with as much relish as he took from scoring with a 30-yard rocket, Rooney burst onto the England scene as a 17-year-old in 2003.His debut came in a 3-1 defeat against Australia at Upton Park and a first international goal followed against Macedonia.The sight of Rooney tormenting the Switzerland and Croatia defences in Euro 2004 promised a golden future for the player and his country, but foreshadowing the angst to come a broke bone in his foot proved fatal to Sven Goran Eriksson’s team as they lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals.Rooney went on to play in three World Cups and two further European Championships, showing boundless commitment to the England cause, even if his performances never hit the heights.– Agonising –At times that enthusiasm was to his detriment when he came back from injuries too quickly.He famously announced before the 2006 World Cup that “the big man is back” when he joined up with his England team-mates — only to flop as he played at less than 100 percent before being sent off for stamping on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho as Eriksson’s men suffered one of a series of agonising quarter-final exits.The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney’s tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side.England were dismal at the 2014 World Cup and his last tournament ended in misery when Roy Hodgson’s team were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016.Of Rooney’s seven goals at major tournaments, only one came at a World Cup, while four were when he was just 18.Captaining England 29 times, Rooney’s last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.The great irony of Rooney’s decision to retire is it came at the moment when he looked capable of one last flourish after an impressive start for Everton following his close-season move back to his boyhood club.Southgate was convinced enough to offer him another chance.But Rooney, marching to his own drum until the end, preferred to focus on leading Everton to silverware instead.Few would deny that England’s loss is Everton’s gain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL, Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – While Wayne Rooney will never silence the cynics who carp about his lack of silverware in an England shirt, the astonishing array of records set by the striker ensure his place as one of his country’s all-time greats.Rooney’s announcement of his retirement from the international stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate’s offer of a return to the fold.last_img read more

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DESIGNER DONEGAL B&B PUT ON THE MARKET FOR €1 MILLION

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most exclusive bed and breakfasts has been put on the market for a cool €1 million.The 5 star Moorfield Lodge near Ramelton is the last word in contemporary design.Stretching over an impressive 4,000 sq ft and set on five acres of land, the boutique B&B enjoys spectacular views over Lough Swilly and into Buncrana. Although the house has just four bedrooms, all are en suite and all enjoy the last word in luxurious finish.The house has featured in a number of magazines and also on RTE television as well as being included in Bridgdestone’s Best In Ireland 2011.The luxury pad is currently on the market and the sale is being handled by local estate agent Paul Franklin.Monthly repayments on the mortgage for prospective buyers are in the region of €4,000. EndsDESIGNER DONEGAL B&B PUT ON THE MARKET FOR €1 MILLION was last modified: April 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:B&Bfor saleMoorfield Lodgelast_img read more

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Facebook CEO dodges Sullivans softball

first_imgMark Zuckerberg testified in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. Image: C-SPAN.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators his social media platform didn’t do enough to protect users’ privacy or prevent foreign interference in elections. He says he accepts responsibility, and even welcomes the possibility of new federal regulation. But when it was Sen. Dan Sullivan’s turn to ask a question, Zuckerberg wasn’t all that compliant.Listen nowSullivan opened with a question aiming to honor the success of Facebook.“Quite a story, right? Dorm room to the global behemoth that you guys are,” Sullivan said. “Only in America. Would you agree with that?”No. Zuckerberg did not agree.“Well senator, there are some very strong Chinese internet companies,” Zuckerberg said.“Right but …,” Sullivan paused and offered some stage direction.  “You’re supposed to answer yes to this question. Ok? C’mon. I’m trying to help you, right?  Gimme a break. You’re in front of a bunch of senators. The answer is yes, so thank you.”It was a light moment in a long hearing. But Sullivan went on to make a point about the dangers of regulation. Zuckerberg made clear he and the Alaska senator don’t see it the same.“I’m not the type of person that thinks all regulation is bad,” the CEO said. “So I think that the internet is becoming increasingly important in people’s lives. And I think we need to have a full conversation about what is the right regulation, not whether it should be or shouldn’t be.”Zuckerberg may sound altruistic there, like he just wants what’s best for society. But Sullivan questioned whether Facebook would use its political power to push for regulations that cement its lead on competitors.“One of my biggest concerns about what you guys are doing is that the next Facebook – which we all want, the guy in the dorm room, we all want that, to start it – that you are becoming so dominant that we’re not able to have that next Facebook,” Sulllivan said.Zuckerberg said shutting out the little guy wouldn’t be his approach to regulation, though he said the concern is valid.Sullivan only had a few minutes, but his name also came up when Democratic Sen. Chris Coons asked Zuckerberg about malicious or phony Facebook pages. Just that morning, the Delaware senator said, he found out someone had made a fake Facebook page for him. Coons said he went online and found it.“And there’s my picture with Sen. Dan Sullivan’s family. Same schools I went to. But a whole lot of Russian friends,” Coons said. “Dan Sullivan’s got a very attractive family, by the way.”No one disagreed.last_img read more

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