UMF students broaden horizons in Tanzania

first_imgFARMINGTON – Students at the University of Maine at Farmington recently returned from a two week trip to Tanzania as part of the college’s initiative to inspire more global thinking.“We’re realizing that employers are increasingly looking for globally-minded applicants so we’re trying to teach them how to think beyond borders,” Director of Global Education Linda Beck said.Beck was the teacher for the travel course, which was credit-bearing for the students. The course not only had a focus of expanding cultural horizons, but introduced students to the fundamentals of eco-tourism and environmental activism. The group met with different non-profits to learn about the subjects, as well as follow up reading and discussion. The majority of the students even took a crash course in Swahili before departing for their trip.“One of the most exciting things about these courses is that they are truly life changing experiences for some of our students. For a lot of them it’s their first time out of Maine, or they’ve never had the opportunity to be on a plane before,” Beck said.The students not only had the chance to fly across the ocean, they got to hike a portion of Mount Kilimanjaro and search for the “big five” on safari. This particular group of students included a female UMF student who had grown up in Kenya but hadn’t returned for 20 years.“It was neat to be able to bring her back and gave the rest of the students insight they wouldn’t have normally had,” Beck said.Travel courses have taken UMF students all over the world thanks to the work of inspired professors and the Department of Global Education. In recent years the program has extended its offer to the wider Farmington community- offering carefully designed trips to the public to countries like Italy, Germany and China. Community trips are not credit-bearing but do offer the same crash courses in language before the trip is scheduled. Beck said they hope to include a crash course in travel photography as well.The department will hold its annual International Bazaar this fall, selling arts, crafts and other goods from their trips. Money raised goes directly to a Travel Course scholarship in an attempt to make the program affordable to any student interested.last_img read more

Read More →

Mashl dominates Hall of Fame Night feature

first_imgBy Tom WagnerLUXEMBURG, Wis. (July 31) – Friday was Hall of Fame night at Luxemburg Speedway and perfect night for one of the track’s stars of the past to shine again.Mike Mashl, a Luxemburg Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified champion nearly two decades ago, powered away to his first feature win of the season on a night that included the induction of three new members into the Speedway’s Hall of Fame.When he ran the circuits full time, Mashl was one of the top IMCA Modified competitors in the area, with a resume that included the 1997 Luxemburg championship.  Back behind the wheel on a limited basis now, he was making only his second run at Luxemburg this season.The early feature pace was set by a guy working on his fourth decade of competition, Dave Zeit­ler, who led the first two laps before a slip high on the second turn of the third lap allowed Mashl to shoot by on the low line and take command.For the most part, that was the last challenge he faced on the way to his first Luxemburg feature win of the year.  Focus shifted back in the field as title contenders Shawn Kilgore and Josh Long began to work forward.It was a steady march for Kilgore, taking fourth on the ninth lap, then third one lap later. He passed Zeitler for runner-up honors with four to go but without the aid of a caution to erase Mashl’s margin, he had no chance to mount a serious challenge for the win.Long passed Zeitler with two laps to go to take third.Also taking home trophies on the night were Barry Van Straten in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Todd Wiese in the Karl Chevrolet Northern Sport Mods and Cody Junio in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.The three new Hall members were inducted by promoter Gene Mathu at intermission. The 2015 class includes Ken Tebon, Joe Verdegan and Mike Rohr.last_img read more

Read More →

Irish rugby squad prepare for Welsh clash

first_imgAnd Munster are also in action this evening as they host London Irish at Irish Independent Park from 7pm. After the work-out, the Irish coaching staff will go on the road to scout the players in action for the provinces in tonight’s pre-season friendlies.The likes of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy will be hoping to impress for Leinster against Moseley in Donnybrook at 7.30.Andre Trimble and Tommy Bowe start on the wings for Ulster’s trip to Edinburgh at 6.30.last_img

Read More →

Clippers rally from 19-point deficit to defeat Spurs

first_img Clippers’ injury woes continue as Danilo Gallinari is sidelined by sore hand Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Clippers are hopeful, but they realize the odds are stacked against them PreviousLos Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezi Harrell dribbles the ball under his legs in a courtside seat during warmups for an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) recovers the ball as San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) falls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) fouls Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Danny Green (14) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) blocks the shot attempt of Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots as San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich protests a call by referee Gediminas Petraitis during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Officials ruled that San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) stepped out of bounds on this 3-point shot attempt that if successful would have tied the game as Los Angeles Clippers guard Tyrone Wallace (12) defends in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris (34) drives as San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Kyle Anderson (1) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers protests an official’s call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) passes under pressure from San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) slams against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers (25) passes as San Antonio Spurs, including forward/center Pau Gasol (16) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezi Harrell (5) protests a foul call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won, 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Fans of San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who is from Argentina, cheer before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward/center Montrezi Harrell dribbles the ball under his legs in a courtside seat during warmups for an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The Clippers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)NextShow Caption1 of 16San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Boban Marjanovic (51) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers looked beaten, deflated, the fight finally gone out of them Tuesday.Then a funny thing happened.They regained their will.The Clippers rallied from a 19-point second-quarter deficit, answering every challenge from the San Antonio Spurs and pulling out a 113-110 victory at Staples Center that kept their faint playoff hopes alive with their second-biggest comeback win of the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Manu Ginobili stepped out of bounds on the Spurs’ final possession, his 3-point attempt missing the mark. A video replay left the crowd of 17,449 standing and unsure what to do next. Finally, the review confirmed the call on the court. It was the Clippers’ ball.“I kept saying in timeouts, ‘We have plenty of time, we’re going to win this game, we have plenty of time,’” Coach Doc Rivers said after the Clippers nearly matched their 21-point comeback in their Jan. 28 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.Harris led the Clippers with 31 points, keeping them within striking distance after they fell behind by 19 points in the second quarter. He scored 10 in the second, when the Clippers closed with a 19-7 run that got them to within 56-49 by halftime.Williams scored 22 points, including 15 on 6-for-8 shooting in the fourth quarter. He also had the game’s biggest assist, setting up Austin Rivers’ go-ahead 3-pointer that made it 109-108 with 29 seconds left.“It says he’s a great teammate,” Austin Rivers said of Williams. “It says he has trust in me.”LaMarcus Aldridge scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spurs.The Clippers (42-36) remained in 10th place in the Western Conference, one game behind the ninth-place Denver Nuggets. However, the Clippers moved with 1-1/2 games of the eighth-place Pelicans, who were idle, and two games of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who also did not play.Only the top eight teams in the conference advance to the playoffs.The Clippers’ heavy lifting continues Thursday, when they face the Utah Jazz at Salt Lake City before returning home for games Saturday against the Nuggets, Monday against the Pelicans and April 11 against the Lakers in their regular-season finale.“You don’t have enough time to sit around and celebrate, you’ve just got to get ready for Utah,” Doc Rivers said. “They’re playing great. Like, tonight, I’ll be watching Utah (on video) and tomorrow morning and all day tomorrow, and we’ve got to figure out how to play them.“Tonight was great. We had to win and we did that. Now we have to do the same thing in Utah.”Related Articles Getting off to a better start will be high on the Clippers’ to-do list Thursday. They trailed the Spurs 17-3 and couldn’t match their energy in the opening minutes. They trailed by 49-30 after Dejounte Murray’s driving dunk with 5:19 left in the half, and it looked grim.The Clippers refused to quit, however.“We just kept hooping,” Austin Rivers said. “At this point, we have nothing to lose. We have no time to get discouraged. We had to go 5-0. Now we have to go 4-0. It doesn’t matter what run a team goes on. If we quit, we know we’re quitting on the year.” Lou Williams’ jump shot gave the Clippers a 106-105 lead in the closing seconds, but Patty Mills countered with a 3-pointer for the Spurs at the other end. Austin Rivers put the Clippers back in front with a 3-pointer. Mills then missed badly, with the ball going out of bounds with 6 seconds left.Williams was fouled and sank two free throws with 4.6 seconds to go.Rivers fouled Mills with 3.9 seconds remaining and Mills made both to cut it to 111-110.Tobias Harris then sank two free throws to seal it for the Clippers with 2.9 seconds left.Or so it seemed.last_img read more

Read More →