Central Aroostook ousts GSA boys in Class C North semifinals

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 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. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 BANGOR — For the first time in five years, there won’t be a sea of maroon traveling from Blue Hill to the Cross Insurance Center for Championship Saturday.The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team fell to a 60-58 overtime defeat against Central Aroostook in Friday night’s Class C North semifinal showdown. The defeat came as the Eagles erased a 12-point second-half deficit to take a three-point lead before falling just short in the added period.“We did what we needed to do, but it just didn’t happen for us tonight,” GSA head coach Dwayne Carter said. “We showed a lot of effort in coming all the way back and giving ourselves chances. That’s all you can ask.”Although No. 4 GSA (18-3) got out to a 5-0 lead on a 3-pointer from Caden Mattson and a jumper from Teague Smallidge, Central Aroostook responded with eight of the next 10 points to pull ahead by one. The Eagles went up 13-10 late in the half on a triple from David Gadsby, but the Panthers scored the next five points to lead through one quarter of play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTop-ranked Central Aroostook (16-4) then pushed its lead to 23-15 with an 8-2 run to begin the second quarter. Although GSA pulled back within one possession on a 3-pointer from Mattson and a pair of free throws from Austin Snow, the Panthers finished the half on a 7-2 run to reestablish their eight-point advantage entering the break.Central Aroostook scored six of the first eight points to begin the second half before GSA used an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to 40-37. Then, with the Panthers leading by seven early in the fourth quarter, Milos Sujica scored the next 14 GSA points to give the Eagles a 51-50 lead.With 3 minutes, 8 seconds left to play, though, GSA’s momentum came to a halt as Sujica fouled out of the game. The two teams would go to overtime tied at 55, and Central Aroostook outscored the Eagles 5-3 in the added period to come away with the win.Sujica, who had 18 points to lead GSA, was joined in double figures by Caden Mattson (13 points) and David Gadsby (11 points). The exchange student from Serbia had been sidelined with a hand injury for four straight games prior to returning for the Eagles’ quarterfinal win over Fort Fairfield on Tuesday, and even then, there were doubts as to whether he would be able to play.“We played [Tuesday at 2], and he got his cast off at 11 that day,” Carter said. “He sacrificed all season for us and was really athletic and really hard to guard. … He’s been great for us, and he’s also an awesome kid.”GSA had come agonizingly close to winning the game in regulation after Central Aroostook threw away an inbound pass in the final seconds. On the ensuing play, Mattson sidestepped a defender and put up a 3-pointer that, for a few seconds, gave Carter a flashback to Jarrod Chase’s state championship-winning triple against Winthrop in 2017.“It sure looked like it was going in,” Carter said of Mattson’s shot, which rolled off the back of the rim as the clock hit zeros. “I had visions of Jarrod’s shot again.”Jacob Carvell led Central Aroostook with 24 points, and Josh Thomas added 15. Brayden Bradbury, a career 1,000-point scorer who praised the GSA defense for its toughness and ability to “clog the lanes,” contributed seven points as well as 13 rebounds and six assists.Jacob Carvell led Central Aroostook with 24 points, and Josh Thomas added 15. Brayden Bradbury, a career 1,000-point scorer who praised GSA for its defensive toughness and ability to “clog the lanes,” contributed seven points as well as 13 rebounds and six assists.“I was a little mad that they put 55 points on us in regulation, for goodness’ sake,” Central Aroostook head coach Jason Woodworth said. “We played good defense, but you’ve got to give GSA credit because they played well and played tough. It just happened to be our night tonight.”GSA will lose Šujica, Mattson, sixth man Austin Snow and bench players Gage Astbury and Ryan Mullen to graduation. Yet with Gadsby, Smallidge and starter Michael Moon set to return, Carter’s team should remain a formidable one in 2020-21.“If you look at our bench, we were still pretty young,” Carter said. “This will hurt, but I think it will fire them up to work hard and come back even better for next year.”center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Postslast_img read more

Shanghai knight

first_imgThe global concept store in ShanghaiI could be lost. I’m driving through Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu area, looking for the Ritz-Carlton where I’m scheduled to stay. It seems to be the right place, but there’s no sign of the hotel. My Chinese driver nods unhelpfully when I ask him where,The global concept store in ShanghaiI could be lost. I’m driving through Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu area, looking for the Ritz-Carlton where I’m scheduled to stay. It seems to be the right place, but there’s no sign of the hotel. My Chinese driver nods unhelpfully when I ask him where we are! Next thing I know, he’s swerved off the road and into the driveway of what looks like a giant Zegna property. The building is encased in the marque’s trademark black, the cars in the driveway are emblazoned with the logo, even the concierge is standing behind a Zegna-flagged podium. “Welcome to the Portman-Ritz Carlton. Welcome to Zegna,” says the concierge as he opens my door.Turns out there is a rather large corner of a foreign field that is for now Ermenegildo Zegna. The marque’s centennial celebrations, which began last spring in Italy, have wound their way to China. The timing couldn’t be better. The city is overrun by the world’s notables, here for the Shanghai Expo. The brand’s fifth global concept store has opened in town. And most fittingly, China has just whizzed past Japan as the world’s second-largest economy.Everyone is talking about Louis Vuitton’s dream run in China. Few know that Zegna is following close behind. The first Ermenegildo Zegna store in Greater China opened in the Beijing Peninsula Hotel in 1991. The brand now has over 75 stores across the country. The latest store just opened in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia (yes, you read that right).The VIP room where clients get personalised serviceFor its centennial-celebrated only in Italy and China, I’d have you know-the brand has taken over a good part of the Shanghai hotel for its employees and guests. It’s quite a takeover. The lobby is overrun by suits; the keycard sends you to a Zegna room where the phones have a special Zegna Hotline number, the flowers come in a little branded box; even the lozenges are encased in little black logoed wrappers. Zegna is clearly making a statement, staking its claim to China, where it was the first luxury brand to open directly-operated stores exactly 20 years ago.The posturing is atypical of the low-key brand but impressive. It’s also easy to understand. Zegna’s sales in emerging economies now account for 40 per cent of its total sales and, to a large extent, offset the contraction seen in traditional markets like Europe and the US. A rapacious appetite for luxury goods is seen as a bellwether of a blooming economy. For much of the last few decades, that appetite has been strongest in Japan, making it the darling of the luxury world. When Hermes put out a coffee table book on its remarkable history a couple of years ago, it came in only two languages: French and Japanese. When the chef of Le Meurice went missing from the hotel’s kitchens, you could be sure he was doing demos for prized clients in Tokyo. Well, not anymore. He could well be in Shanghai.The company is run by fourth generation Zegnas, chairman Paolo, image director Anna and CEO Gildo, standing in the new Shanghai storeBecause China is the new Japan. Zegna is 100 per cent cashmere proof of that. This is the market that helped the brand contain the effects of the economic crisis that broke in 2008, and grew the group’s business by 29 per cent in 2009. It’s the jade in luxury’s new crown.Gildo Zegna, CEO of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, is proud to admit that Greater China has become the biggest market for the Zegna brand worldwide. And to put his money where the mouth is. For the Beijing Olympics, his company shot the first-ever luxury menswear campaign in China with a budget of over 20 million Euro (Rs 120.8 crore). An integrated ad campaign across large format billboards, print and online videos, it was, cleverly, called Great Minds Think Alike. Actually, the brand’s intentions were made clear back in 2004 when, on a visit to the Shanghai International Circuit, chairman Paolo Zegna tried racing in a Maserati car bearing the Zegna logo and a fabric pattern, and explained his increased presence in the country: “In Europe, the competition is fierce and the pie is getting smaller. Here in China, when you make an investment, you can see the result.”48 top models from across the world walk the stone ramp for Zegna’s centennial celebrations in ShanghaiThe results are rather tangible. The brand’s new 7814-sq-ft global concept store stands on Huaihai Road, which hosts the who’s-who of excess. Next door stands a humungous Louis Vuitton outlet; across the road, Hermes has taken up the whole block for its new retail offering.Zegna’s global concept stores are the result of a partnership with Peter Marino, where the architect echoes the brand’s quality materials and contemporary style across the outlet. Marino, who has also designed stores for LV, says the fabrics created at the Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna since 1910, in Trivero Italy, are the “pivotal inspiration for the store design, with Zegna’s spirit and inspiring brand story manifested directly on the building’s sandblasted glass faade”. Folk singer Sa Dingding performs in Mandarin, Tibetan and SanskritThe mirrored lights represent the trademark pinstripe livery fabric while the metallic strands in the windows resemble the woven composition of textiles. The central staircase is the sexiest feature, with an overlaid woven structure of criss-crossed polished stainless steel rods behind a glass curtain wall.A marble stripe traverses the store floor, in reference to the selvage on Zegna fabrics, the signature line at the edge of bolts of fabric that guarantees authenticity. The colour palette that runs alongside the wood and stone is, but naturally, overtly masculine.While this is the fifth global concept store created for the world leader in luxe menswear by Marino, the VIP luxury room (with a pale gold palette of stucco, where clients are given individual style consultations and personalised service) is exclusive to Shanghai. All of Zegna’s diverse collections ranging from formal to casual wear and accessories to the Z Zegna and Zegna Sport brands (think shearling coat trimmed with crocodile and leather jackets lined with wool), are displayed within the store’s two floors.On the evening of the official opening of the store is the much-touted centennial party. It starts solemnly enough with the launch of an exhibition, entitled A Century of Excellence. From Textile Factory to Style Factory, that was unveiled in June in Milan’s design museum La Triennale. Cocktails at the store follow, and then the Zegna club of family and friends trot off to the Shanghai Music Hall for the Autumn-Winter’10 Ermenegildo Zegna and Z Zegna shows. Under a mammoth canopy, watched by famous local faces from business, entertainment and fashion, as well as people who’ve flown in from Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, 48 international models strut the latest designs from Milan on a 60-metre stone runway.The marque’s leather corner at Shanghai Grand Gateway PlazaShow over, the guests traipse across to the 17,222-sq-ft structure created next door for the afterparty. The place pulses with an abundance of surreal realism. Psychedelic visual displays are projected on suspended cylindrical screens and lightbeams bearing the Chinese term for ‘100 years’ swim through the air. Chinese folk singer Sa Dingding performs in Mandarin, Tibetan and Sanskrit, accompanied by dancers doing a traditional Chinese fan. Irish singer Roisin Murphy has the next act before New York’s DJ Coleman gets people on the floor and the real party going.Most of the crowd is young and male. That’s easily explained: 80 per cent of male Chinese consumers making luxury purchases fall within the age bracket of 18 to 44. Gildo says he expects the region’s sales to grow by at least 30 per cent this year by catering to the established, older clients with its premium made-to-measure products and targeting young money in China’s second-, third- and fourth-tier cities through the edgier Zegna Sport and Z Zegna brands.Last heard, Zegna was finalising its 20th anniversary celebrations in China for 2011. Watch out for that party if Gildo’s sales projections stay on track. The Ritz-Carlton be damned. They may need to take over Tiananmen Square for that one. The China storyThe first Zegna store in Greater China opened in the Beijing Peninsula Hotel in 1991.The Shanghai Global Store is the fifth of the Peter Marino concept stores for the marque. The first opened in Milan in 2007.Seventy-five of the Group’s 525 stores worldwide are located in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).In 2009, Greater China was the biggest market for the brand.Zegna’s links with Mongolia began to be forged in 1984, when a delegation visited the region to source the world’s finest cashmere.At least half of the 20 stores that Zegna plans to open in 2010 will be in Greater China.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

AFN ITK have big expectations for Federal Budget2017

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN National NewsFinance Minister Bill Morneau told the House of Commons Tuesday that he will deliver the federal budget March 22.Last year, Morneau and the Liberals put up $8.4 billion over five years towards mostly First Nation on reserve programs.According to the AFN, that much should be expected this year.And the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami say last year’s budget was just a start.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img