St. Patrick’s Day Every Day in Floral Park

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Shane Moynagh sits at a pew inside his Floral Park restaurant Swing the Teapot and stabs his fork into a lightly browned grilled potato, one of several smothered beneath a hefty pile of fried eggs, juicy sausage and thick, savory bacon, known on the menu as the “Irish Breakfast.”His blue eyes drift away from the platter as customers saunter in, the cozy eatery offering a much-needed escape from the whipping winds hustling through the quaint village that boasts the largest Irish population on Long Island.Moynagh postpones his feast to greet the new guests—responding to an immediate inquiry from an elderly man that “No,” he is not, in fact, related to another Moynagh the visitor happens to know. The man then joins his group at an adjacent table, intent on ordering the same dish Moynagh resumes devouring with the help of some warm Irish tea.“That’s a man’s breakfast!” says Moynagh, a resilient and energetic 54-year-old who talks with his hands and punctuates many of his sentences with an infectious laugh.Floral Park’s Tulip Avenue has blossomed into a literal Little Ireland. A half-dozen pubs and restaurants line the quiet street, which crosses the Long Island Rail Road and spills into Jericho Turnpike, the railroad a key mode of transportation for revelers descending on the village from Belmont Park and neighboring communities.March is Irish-American Heritage Month, and Floral Park’s Emerald Aisle of pubs and eateries—from McCarthy’s and Jamesons to Jack Duggans and J Fallon’s Tap Room—are about to get a whole lot greener. Every day is St. Patrick’s Day here—even the local Key Food has an Irish section. Its manager is also of Irish descent, says Moynagh.“I think they’re very important,” Floral Park Chamber of Commerce President Theresa Whalen says of the village’s row of Irish pubs and restaurants. “I think it keeps Tulip Avenue vibrant and alive and it also attracts a lot of the Irish people in the community.”Originally from Ballyjamesduff County Cavan, a small Irish village with a population of slightly more than 2,200 people, Moynagh has been behind the counter since he was just 4 years old, working in his mother’s bakery in Ireland and then pouring drinks as a bartender for 15 years after moving to Sunnyside, Queens, in 1979.Swing the Teapot, which Moynagh has owned for about five years, is comfortable and quirky, with a hodgepodge of antique furniture strewn throughout. The eatery features 19th Century dining tables from Italy, chairs from local antique stores and the streets of Floral Park, three popular sewing machine tables and two 18-foot-long pews that he purchased from a local church.Dozens of teapots—many hand-me-downs donated by friends and customers—reside within a mammoth cupboard from Houston, Texas that encompasses an entire wall. Others festoon with paintings by his mother and brother. His favorite piece depicts a cracking fireplace, with the words, “This painting is for Shane,” inscribed on its back.“Nothing matches,” Moynagh admits.Top to bottom: Irish Soda Bread and Irish Breakfast from Swing theTeapot, Fish and Chips and Shepherd’s Pie from Jack Duggans, Pot Roast and Chicken Pot Pie from Jamesons Bar & Grill.As inviting as the atmosphere is, the locals come here primarily for the food. More specifically, traditional Irish meals such as Chicken Pot Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, Irish Brown Bread, Irish Soda Bread and of course, the Irish Breakfast.“It’s very much Irish,” Moynagh says. “Did I intend to go that way? No, but I’ve fallen into that category.”Moynagh also owns Tulip Bakery in Floral Park, a staple in the village for more than 90 years that has changed hands five times. He considers himself “Tulip the Fifth,” he says, with a laugh.Kathleen Duggan, who co-owns Jack Duggans just around the corner from Swing the Teapot with her brother, grew up in Galway, Ireland and has been “in the bar business for as long as I can remember,” she says one quiet morning in the village.“It’s extremely vibrant,” she says of Galway. “It’s young and happening.”The same can be said for Floral Park in the evening, when an older crowd gives way to a cluster of 20- and 30-somethings putting back Guinness, Magners Irish Cider and Jameson.“Look, it’s empty,” Duggan, 43, says with a laugh, lifting the bottle of Jameson while offering the correct Irish pronunciation of her customers’ preferred whiskey.Duggan made the permanent move to the United States in 1996 and planted her roots in Westchester. She spends long hours in Floral Park but splits the days with her brother, who typically takes the night shift.“We were never looking for a business in Floral Park,” Duggan says. “It just happened this way.”Jack Duggans offers a different experience than Moynagh’s Swing the Teapot. Seventeen high-definition TV sets attract dedicated sports fans and the layout is more conducive to popular sporting events. Yet Duggan, too, embraces her Irish culture and is driven by an unrelenting work ethic instilled by her father.She keeps a black-and-white photo of her great-great grandfather, the place’s namesake, on a shelf above the bar alongside a picture of her 72-year-old father beside a racehorse he once owned. Two miniature traffic lights from the motherland flank the bar, splashing the message “Bar is Open” through a green light. Near the exit is a square sign that professes a traditional Gaelic message: “May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.”Jack Duggans also offers traditional Irish grub—chicken pot pie, shepherds pie, fish and chips—but there’s also other favorites, such as bangers and mash—made with traditional Irish sausage—mashed potatoes, gravy and sautéed onions.Duggan, her blonde hair flowing over a purple top and black sweater, believes her family’s Irish heritage has transcended to her business.“It’s a friendly place,” she says, “[customers] sometimes think we’re just a bar, which it’s really not that, there’s much more to it than a bar. People feel at home here.”Jamesons Bar & Grill, a short crawl from Jack Duggans, has also made a name for itself over its 15 years in business, serving up Irish-American dishes and playing host to many Irish-themed events.Jamesons’ Super Bowl is St. Patrick’s Day. The bar will roll out Irish Step Dancers, the drinks will flow and the kitchen will be preparing a grand traditional feast.The restaurant’s owner, 53-year-old Robert Sullivan, is appreciative of the support he’s received from the community throughout the years.“It’s the type of community…that when [people] grow up and get married they actually move back,” says Sullivan. “And that says something about Floral Park.”Many of the local restaurant owners, including Duggan and Moynagh, share similar stories. They were born in Ireland, spent their childhood working in the family bakery or pub, and have had success in Floral Park.“I love Floral Park,” says Moynagh. “As an immigrant I’ve been accepted very well, I’ve been supported very well by the whole community of Floral Park. I never felt like I [wasn’t] wanted here.”last_img read more

How simple is your vision? Great! Now make it simpler!

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bill Stainton Bill Stainton works with extraordinary leaders who want to produce breakthrough results with their teams. A 29-time Emmy® Award-winning producer, writer, and performer, Bill speaks frequently to Credit Unions and … Web: www.billstainton.com Details The credit union leader is frustrated. “I don’t know why I’m having such trouble getting the team to buy-in to the credit union vision! It couldn’t be simpler!”Then she shows me the credit union vision. It’s five paragraphs long. It contains sentences like, “To enhance the long-term value of the investment dollars entrusted to us by our members,” and “To consistently strive to improve efficiency and productivity through learning, sharing, and implementing best practices.” It reeks of having been written by a committee—a committee that probably included at least three lawyers.She wonders why she’s not getting buy-in to the vision? It’s because, contrary to her assertion, it could be simpler. It should be simpler. In fact, it must be simpler. Much, much, much simpler.I’m going to take you into the deep, dark past. I’m going to take you to the 1960s, and then to the 1980s.In the 60s, there was a musical group known as the Beatles. You can look them up—they’re on Wikipedia. When they were first starting out, one of the things that drove them was a shared vision, and it was this:They were going to be bigger than Elvis. (As in Elvis Presley. He’s also on Wikipedia.)Bigger than Elvis! That’s not five paragraphs—it’s three words. It wasn’t written by lawyers. In fact, it wasn’t written at all. It didn’t have to be. The four Beatles didn’t have to read their vision—they lived it. It fired up their emotions, it excited them, it drove them. There was no “buy-in” problem with the Beatles.In the 80s there was a software company known as Microsoft. When they were first starting out, one of the things that drove them was a shared vision, and it was this:A computer on every desk.Not five paragraphs; five words. And everyone at Microsoft knew it. Not because it was written on a document hanging in the break room. Because they lived it. It fired up their emotions, it excited them, it drove them. There was no “buy-in” problem with Microsoft.If you’re having trouble getting your team to “buy in” to your vision, I’d like to suggest that you haven’t made it simple enough. You’re mired in the forest, in the “how to.” Take a step back. A big step back. What’s the big picture? The one that gets you excited? The one that’ll get them excited?And here’s a tip: If it doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker, it’s too long.How simple is your vision? Great! Now make it simpler!last_img read more

NYSEG: Over 5,000 customers without power Monday

first_img—– 3:33 P.M. UPDATE: The map can be viewed by clicking here. As of 3:33 p.m., the number of power outages in the area was under 100. For the most up-to-date information, go to the NYSEG Power Outage Map. (WBNG) — A media personnel for NYSEG says the cause of Monday afternoon’s power outage was a broken insulator on Smith Hill Road in the town of Chenango. (WBNG) — NYSEG is reporting more than 5,000 customers are without power Monday afternoon. According to the company’s power outage map, the towns of Barker, Binghamton, Chenango, Dickinson, Fenton and Maine are affected. The company says repairs are expected by 4:45 p.m. Monday.last_img

Accounting roundup: FRC ‘not clear enough’ on voluntary levy

first_imgSome companies regulated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) may have been unaware that its annual levy is voluntary, according to documents obtained by IPE using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) considered the issue of the FRC’s levy as part of its assessment of whether or not the accounting watchdog was under central government control.The FRC requests annual levies from UK entities including listed and private companies (known as “preparers”), insurers and pension schemes. Schemes with more than 5,000 members are asked to contribute £3.12 (€3.52) per 100 members.In a document compiled in 2010, the ONS stated: “Excerpts from the FRC guidance relating to the three main levies are set out below. “These guides could be read to indicate that the FRC has or is using statutory powers under the Companies Act 2004 to require payment of the preparers and insurance levy, (i.e. the levy here is not voluntary).”In early 2010, the ONS quizzed the FRC about the voluntary nature of the levy and called for proof that companies knew they were under no obligation to pay. The FRC replied: “The entities falling within the levy group are sent requests for payment.“The requests do not specifically state that the payment is voluntary given the information on the FRC website, its practice of consulting on the levy annually and the capability of each recipient of a request to raise queries.“Where any recipient queries whether they must pay the levy requested they are told very clearly that there is no obligation to pay. In the event that a recipient of a request does not pay, the FRC has no right to require payment.”The ONS also established that some firms refused to pay.It concluded: “Technically the levy does appear to be voluntary, although it does not seem unreasonable to assume that some companies could be under the impression that the levy is compulsory.In a statement, the FRC told IPE that it explained the voluntary nature of the levy in a series of factsheets posted on its website.The FRC added that the factsheets accompanied its requests for payment.Although the FRC warned that it could ask the government to put the levy on a statutory footing, sources familiar with the issue have told IPE this might be difficult to achieve in practice.Government questioned over FRC statusMeanwhile, pressure is mounting for the UK government to come clean over its handling of the FRC’s status as a publicly accountable body.Baroness Sharon Bowles, a Liberal Democrat member of the UK upper house of parliament, tabled nine parliamentary questions on the topic last week.The former chair of the European Parliament’s Economic Affairs Committee asked the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to clarify why it described the FRC as a private sector body in its memorandum of understanding with the watchdog.Other questions touched on the FRC’s application of the FoI Act and whether the government had guaranteed its legal costs in actions brought against the major accounting firms.Documents released to IPE under FoI laws detailed the lengths to which the FRC, HM Treasury and BEIS went in order to dodge classification as a public body.Regulator consults on strategy and budgetThe FRC has launched a consultation on its proposed strategy for “business and public trust” covering the next three years and its budget for the next 12 months.The FRC said in a statement that its strategy was centred on delivering “increased confidence and public trust in UK companies in line with its mission to promote transparency and integrity in business”.The audit watchdog also pledged to “enhance the speed and effectiveness of its enforcement activities and has committed to increased transparency when closing enforcement cases”.last_img read more

Hernandez closing in on record-breaking LA Galaxy transfer

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future LA Galaxy have revealed they are “serious” about signing former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. Loading… Following his £6.5million move from West Ham in the summer, the striker has scored just three goals for them, including one in LaLiga and two in the UEFA Europa League. The signing of Hernandez could, however, offer Galaxy the Ibrahimovic replacement they have been looking for. The Swedish center-forward scored 52 goals in 56 games for the US team but left at the end of last season to try his hand again in Europe. Hernandez won the Premier League twice with United and is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer with 52 goals. While he will face a hard task replicating Ibrahimovic’s incredible goalscoring record, he will arguably be the biggest ticket seller in Major League Soccer. Read Also:Zlatan exit: Javier Hernandez ‘considers LA Galaxy switch’ Playing for the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 156 goals in his club career and making 109 appearances for Mexico, Hernandez would bring top-flight experience to the LA Galaxy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Club manager Dennis te Kloese is looking for a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he headed back to AC Milan. He told Spanish outlet MARCA that the Sevilla forward could be the man. Kloese said: “We are going to try seriously to sign him, it would be a good deal for us.” Having previously mentioned his desire to play in the MLS, the 5ft 7in Mexican is said to be in “advanced negotiations” after meeting with a representative of Galaxy on Monday to discuss an offer over the potential move. Sevilla are said to want £8million for Hernandez, which would force the MLS side to smash the club record £5million they paid Villareal for Giovani dos Santos in 2015. Despite being said to have a good relationship with manager Lopetegui, Hernandez has been struggling for games at Sevilla, having made just 14 appearances in all competitions.last_img read more

Ma, son yield P34-K ‘shabu’ in buy-bust

first_imgThe suspects were detained in the custodial facility of the Himamaylan City police station. Esmeralda and Ben – all residents of the village – were nabbed after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 3:15 p.m. on July 21, the police added. Ma. Esmeralda Laroya, 51, and her son Ben, 19, yielded the suspected illegal drugs, police said. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them./PN BACOLOD City – Eight sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P34,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Aguisan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.last_img

Abedi Pele, Eto’o were my best players – Pfister

first_img Loading… Former Ghana and Cameroon coach, Otto Pfister, has named Olympique Marseille legend, Abedi Ayew Pele and former Barcelona ace Samuel Eto’o as the biggest players he had managed. Abedi also won the French league twice with Marseille as well as the UAE Pro-League and President’s Cup with Al Ain. At an individual level, he claimed the Africa Footballer of the Year award on three occasions, one of his many personal honours. Abedi rated fifth in the Top 30 African Footballers in the last 50 years released by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2007. Eto’o won the Afcon title in 2000 and 2002 in addition to clinching gold at the 2000 Olympic Games. At club level, the striker’s first major success was winning the Spanish Copa del Rey with Real Mallorca in 2002-03, having cut ties with Real Madrid who brought him from Cameroon as a youth team player. While with Real, he also had loan stints with Leganes and Espanyol. Eto’o joined Barcelona in 2004 and would go on to win the Spanish league title on three occasions, the Copa del Rey in 2009, the Spanish Super Cup twice and the Champions League in 2005-06 and 2008-09. read also:Afcon 1992: Eagles thought they were unbeatable–Abedi Pele In 2009, the 39-year-old transferred to Italian fold Inter Milan, with whom he won a quintuple of trophies (Serie A title, Coppa Italia, Italian Super Cup, Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup) in 2010. On an individual level, Eto’o, who stands as the all-time top scorer at Afcon with 18 goals, and also as the all-time top scorer for Cameroon and Real Mallorca, won the African Footballer of the Year awards in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He finished third in the race for the 2005 Fifa World Best Player award. These are only a few of his many individual accolades. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The German tactician spent two years with the Black Stars, guiding the team to the final of the of the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Senegal. He also led the Indomitable Lions from 2007 and 2009, helping the outfit to make the 2008 Afcon climax. Abedi, an Afcon winner with Ghana, is highly celebrated for inspiring Marseille to win the Champions League in 1993 while Eto’o twice won Afcon and thrice lifted the Champions League. “Samuel Eto’o and Abedi Pele absolutely on top,” Pfister, who also coached Senegal, Togo, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Zaire and Saudi Arabia, told Citi FM. “But you cannot say Abedi is better than Eto’o or Eto’o is better than Abedi because [they don’t play in] the same position. “Samuel Eto’o was a top striker, at his time he was one of the best strikers in the world. “But Abedi Pele for me in his position was a genius. He was so strong, he had skills, he had anticipation, he can score. “He was truly at the time one of the best playmakers in the world. Abedi was to me a wonder player.” Abedi indeed has an illustrious career as he won the Afcon with Ghana in 1982 and the Champions League with French side Olympique Marseille in 1992-1993.last_img read more

Battling McIlroy retains lead

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy will take a narrow lead over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger into the final round of the US PGA Championship as he looks to claim a second major title in four weeks and third tournament win in a row. McIlroy took a one-shot advantage into the third round at a soggy Valhalla and held onto it thanks to a second successive 67 to lie 13 under par, but the identity of his nearest challenger came as something of a surprise. Wiesberger was a total of 12 over for his last two appearances in the US PGA before this week and had only made one halfway cut in five previous majors, but carded a flawless 65 which was completed in stunning fashion. “I just knew I needed to make a couple (of birdies) coming down the back nine to keep the lead or at least be tied. The two birdies on 15 and 16 were huge. “It’s where I want to be, it’s the best place to be in a tournament. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” McIlroy’s Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell felt the course was playing more like a regular PGA Tour event than a major championship, but the final pairing of McIlroy and Day began their rounds scrambling for dramatic pars. Day hooked his tee shot on the second so badly that it cleared Floyd’s Fork, the creek running down the left-hand side of the hole, and into deep grass on the far side. Television commentator David Feherty initially looked to be searching for the ball in order for Day to work out where he could take a penalty drop, but the Australian then sent his caddie Colin Swatton to wade through the creek to assist. When the ball was found in a good enough lie for Day to be able to play it, the 26-year-old then took his shoes and socks off as well and made the journey across to the other side. Instructing Swatton to throw a pitching wedge, Day duly hacked out of the rough, pitched onto the green and holed from 12 feet for a remarkable par. Two holes later it was McIlroy’s turn to escape without losing a stroke after pulling his drive into a hazard on the par-four fourth, which had been reduced to 292 yards to allow players to try to drive the green. After taking a drop McIlroy pitched to 11 feet and holed the putt, although he was joined in the lead by Day who was left with a tap-in birdie after missing from close range for an eagle. Both players then made birdie on the fifth but McIlroy reclaimed the lead when Day bogeyed the sixth after a wild drive and the world number one was two clear when he holed from five feet on the par-five seventh for birdie. However, McIlroy duffed his chip from the edge of the eighth green and a repeat on the 12th meant he was briefly a shot behind Wiesberger when the world number 70 birdied the 16th and almost holed his approach to the 17th. However, McIlroy responded in stunning style, holing from 20 feet on the 15th and then reducing the 505-yard 16th to a drive and a nine-iron which stopped two feet from the hole. It impressed Luke Donald, who wrote on Twitter: “Hmmm, drive and a 9 iron into 16 #wow.” After Wiesberger had birdied the last there was another massive drive from McIlroy on the same hole to set up a closing birdie from a greenside bunker which secured the outright lead. The 28-year-old world number 70 holed from inside three feet for birdie on the 505-yard 16th, almost holed his second shot to the par-four 17th and then left an eagle pitch just inches short on the 18th. “It was a dream come true really, going out there with Phil (Mickelson), one of my heroes,” said Wiesberger, who lost a play-off for the Lyoness Open in his native Vienna in June, the event he won in 2012 for his second European Tour title. “I played beautifully today, I didn’t miss a lot of shots, set up a few nice opportunities on the last few holes especially. I’m very proud of myself the way I played. “It’s a completely new situation for me, only my second cut in a major in six attempts, so I am quite a rookie in this particularly situation. I have driven it really nicely this week and if I can do it again it will settle down the nerves and I am going to have fun tomorrow.” American Rickie Fowler, who has finished in a tie for fifth, second and second in this year’s majors, was a shot behind Wiesberger on 11 under with Mickelson another stroke back after both shot 67. Australian Jason Day was alongside Mickelson after a 69. McIlroy, who won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and a first World Golf Championship event in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, is aiming to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors. The 25-year-old won his first two by eight shots and was six ahead after 54 holes at Hoylake but was happy simply to still be in the lead here. “The guys got pretty close to me at the Open and today and I was able to respond on the back nine,” McIlroy said. “It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had but I am still in control of this tournament and it’s still a good position to be in. last_img read more

Lee Westwood rediscovers form at Turkish Airlines Open

first_img Press Association Lee Westwood believes something has “finally clicked” after shooting his lowest score for 14 months, although that was still not enough to claim the lead on the opening day of the Turkish Airlines Open. Westwood carded eight birdies in a flawless 64, despite suffering from a heavy cold and only being one under for the five par fives at Montgomerie Maxx Royal, which South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl played in six under in a stunning 61. England’s Chris Wood took his opportunity to impress playing partner and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke with a 66, with Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy is part of a seven-strong group a shot further back after a 67 which featured a chip in and a left-handed recovery shot. Westwood has given up his PGA Tour membership as he goes through a divorce from his wife of 16 years, Laurae, moving back to the UK from their home in Florida to be close to their two children. The 42-year-old won the Indonesian Masters in April but has slipped down the world rankings to his current position of 46th, with a place in the top 50 vital to secure entry to majors and World Golf Championship events next season. “I’ve had an idea of what’s been wrong for a while and I’ve been working hard with Mike Walker (his coach) and also with Kevin Duffy in the gym and I think something has finally clicked,” the former world number one said. ” It’s stuff I’ve worked on before, but just a slightly different idea to give myself the same feeling as I got when I was playing well. ” I’m no spring chicken any more. I’ve been training my hips to work in a certain way the last couple of years, but not playing very well and with not a great hip and leg action. I’m trying to train my way out of it now and get it back to where it was. “I have six big tournaments before the end of the year. I’ve dropped down the world rankings, so I want to earn as many points as I can to solidify my spot in the top 50 in the world. It’s not been a completely disastrous year by any means but I want next year to obviously be better.” Van Zyl, who was granted a medical exemption for this season after undergoing knee surgery in 2014, put himself in pole position to claim a first European Tour title thanks to an eagle and nine birdies, five of them coming in the last six holes. “I honestly thought four under par around here was a good score,” the 36-year-old said. “I got it going early in the round and just kept it going. It was really good fun. “I’ve been hitting it really nicely for months now. Been really struggling on the short game, putting in particular. I put a little bit more effort and time into it this week and I think I’ve found the key. ” McIlroy has a lead of 271,214 points over England’s Danny Willett – who carded a 69 – as he looks to win the Race to Dubai for the third time in four years, but cannot afford to relax with each of the four Final Series events worth more than 1.3million points to the winner. The 26-year-old is playing three of the four and has targeted at least one victory to end an injury-affected season in style, his last win coming six weeks before suffering the ankle injury which ruled him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles. After starting from the 10th, McIlroy chipped in for a birdie on the par-five 11th and then made a crucial par save after a poor drive on the 18th, turning his sand wedge around to play a left-handed pitch back on to the fairway from the base of a tree. “I feel like my game came together a lot more on the back nine,” McIlroy said. “I was trying to find my rhythm for the first few holes and made a good par save on 18 which gave me some momentum going into the back nine, so overall I’m pretty pleased. “I had a few putts that just missed due to maybe lacking a little bit of pace, but for the most part I felt like my putting was a lot better than it has been. “It would be nice to go to Dubai with another win under my belt, whether it’s this week or in China next week. I feel like I’ve set myself up for a good three days to have a run at it this week.” last_img read more

Ellsworth twins compete in YMCA diving nationals in Florida

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Two Ellsworth divers spent the latter half of April break in South Florida over the weekend competing in the YMCA’s national diving championships in Fort Lauderdale.Twelve-year-old twins Kiera and Kaela Springer competed in 1-meter division of the girls’ 12-13 age group Thursday through Sunday against some of the nation’s top youth divers. The two represented the Bangor YMCA as the first Ellsworth natives to ever participate in the competition.The twins are daughters of Ellsworth’s Doug and Kristel Springer, who opened Springers Gymnastics Center on the Bucksport Road back in 2005. Diving and gymnastics, their father said, are two sports that go hand in hand with one another.“It’s a natural transition because of the aerobic aspect of it,” said Doug Springer, who also coaches the gymnastics team at Springers. “If you’re talented at one and enjoy it, you’re probably going to feel the same about the other. Many of the gymnasts here are also divers.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough the twins were faced with some of the country’s most talented youth divers, the two were still able to hold their own. Kiera finished 15th with a final score of 211.65, and Kaela finished the competition in 17th with a final score of 206.95.“Our girls had their best meet of the season with their best scores so far,” Doug Springer said “It was a very positive experience for them.”Despite swimming’s popularity throughout Ellsworth and Hancock County, the same chances on the diving board are much harder to find than they are elsewhere in the state. The twins had to compete with the Bangor YMCA because the Down East Family YMCA does not have a diving platform.Yet that hasn’t hindered the Springer twins so far, and the two plan on going even further. Doug Springer said his daughters want to be the first divers on the Ellsworth swim team when they reach the high school level in less than three years’ time.“They just love the sport and everything about it,” Springer said. “We’re excited to see where it takes them from here.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more