Saint Mary’s student government to focus on communication

first_imgAccording to Saint Mary’s student body president Emma McCarthy, the College’s Student Government Association (SGA) spent the summer brainstorming ways to foster open communication among members of the campus community.McCarthy’s administration is striving to create a comfortable campus environment where all opinions are valued, she said. “My number one goal for the year is to engage the student body in what is going on around campus,” McCarthy said. “We want students to feel connected and like their needs are being fulfilled. There are always things going on campus, and we want to make sure that the student body is aware of these events, and if they feel that there is an area that needs attention, we address those needs.” McCarthy said she wants to advocate for students and voice their concerns.“I want to be available to receive the students body’s input and establish myself as someone who students feel comfortable talking to,” McCarthy said. “Everyone deserves to feel that [her] needs and interests are being met and filled, and I am here to make sure that happens.” Student body vice president Mary Joy Dingler said she and McCarthy will organize events called Monthly Mingles, where attendees will engage in dialogue about issues on campus.“Monthly Mingles will be a way for students to voice their concerns and beliefs in a supportive environment,” Dingler said. “All students need to actively participate in events and Monthly Mingles in order to nurture a welcoming and non-judgmental community on campus.” SGA committee chairs will continue to dedicate certain weeks of the school year to raising awareness about relevant topics or issues, Dingler said. “Each of these ‘Big Weeks’ gives students a chance to come together as a group, to support each other and to learn something new,” Dingler said. “Heritage Week is great because students can learn more about the history of Saint Mary’s, while Love Your Body Week is an amazing opportunity for girls to support each other and embrace themselves exactly as they are.” According to Dingler, all activities SGA hosts this year are aiming to encourage students to discover new viewpoints and grow closer to one another. “I hope the events our committee chairs plan engage the student body and encourage students to come together as one,” Dingler said. “Saint Mary’s is a wonderful place that fosters friendships and community, and I want to see that community strengthened this year.” SGA will cater its activities to the interests of students, according to McCarthy.“Fostering unity comes in a variety for different forms,” McCarthy said. “Most important is planning campus events that engage the entire student body, not just target groups. We want everyone to feel that there is something going on on campus that sparks [her] interest and will engage [her].” Prioritizing open communication will change Saint Mary’s for the better, according to McCarthy. “The biggest thing I hope to do by the end of my presidency is to leave Saint Mary’s in a better place than when I started,” McCarthy said. “I want all students to know that no matter what their interests may be, there is a place for them at Saint Mary’s, and they have the ability to write their own Saint Mary’s story.” McCathy hopes students feel comfortable approaching her or Dingler with any questions or concerns they may have, for she believes open communication and transparency will achieve a tight-knit campus community, she said. “Working on fostering a welcoming and non-judgmental environment will not happen overnight, and it cannot happen with just a few students working toward this goal,” McCarthy said. “It needs to be an environmental change that we will all work together as a campus community to achieve.” Tags: Belles Beginnings, Freshman Orientation 2016, Jan Cervelli, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Notre Dame student named 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate

first_imgNotre Dame senior Brittany Ebeling has been named the 2018 Michel David-Weill Laureate, a prestigious award given to one American student each year to pursue a two-year fully-funded graduate program at the Paris Institute of Political Science, or “Sciences Po.” A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, Ebeling is the third finalist from the University, and first Notre Dame student to receive this award.She is studying peace studies and international economics, with a concentration in French. Ebeling said she will continue her studies at Sciences Po through a degree in “Governing the Large Metropolis.”“The program focuses on several facets of urban planning,” Ebeling said. “It [addresses] all kinds of things that would touch the life of a city like mobility, sustainability — in an environmental sense, but also political systems and cities as spaces where changing demographics coalesce. My particular interests in co-housing, intentional living communities and environmental sustainability follow under these lines.”The award is given each year to an American student that “exemplifies the core values embodied by Michel David-Weill: excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, tolerance and high achievement,” according to the Sciences Po U.S. Foundation.Notre Dame is one of the 30 universities and colleges that nominate a student each year for the award, according to a University press release. “The process involved a paper application, in-person interview,” Ebeling said. “We interviewed in New York in front of a panel committee and spoke about our interests, our application, the reasons we wanted to come to Paris and why Paris was the critical site of our studies.”Ebeling said the political and historical aspects of Paris’s culture contribute to her desire to attend Sciences Po.“There are so many conversations happening in this political and historical moment related to sustainability and global trends in building cities that respond to inequalities — structurally and financially and otherwise — and Paris is a space to be studying those things,” Ebeling said. “I’m really excited to be in a place that is very much an intellectual space, but also very much an activist space.”Many of Ebeling’s internships and studies over the years have pointed her toward this direction of civil service and studying inequality and urban planning, she said.“Out of my first year of college I interned with an organization called Asylum Access, which is a legal rights refugee nonprofit that does strategic negotiation and advocacy on behalf of refugees,” Ebeling said. “I also interned in Switzerland with the International Organization for Migration, which is part of the UN, then later interned with them in Senegal. I most recently interned with a think tank in [Washington] D.C. called the Migration Policy Institute, where I was working as a research intern for their international programs team.”Ebeling also said she gives a lot of credit to the guidance of her professors for helping her hone in on her interests in pursuit of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship.“The academic life that I’ve had here in which so many professors were so deeply invested in helping me understand not only practicalities attached to what it is to do service and what it is to work towards a better and more sustainable world, but also deeply understand the rich history that has led to this point,” Ebeling said. “I’ve just had such incredible and supportive professors who have really richly contributed to my intellectual life and have challenged me to think and to articulate what it is to actively fight against systems of oppression.”Once Ebeling is finished with her studies at Sciences Po, she said she plans to continue her work helping others, though how that will look is still uncertain.“I think I just want to be contributing to projects that are cognizant of my place and privilege in the world, and work to build more livable sustainable and caring cities — places where people feel attached to their localities, where people are eating food that is grown in the places that they are and living in inclusive cities,” Ebeling said. “That could take many forms,” she added. “That could take the form of living in the mountains and gardening, or working in a political capacity or any number of things. I just hope that whatever I am doing, I am deeply invested in those practices.”Editor’s note: A previous version of this story misquoted Ebeling as saying Asylum Access was “an illegal rights refugee nonprofit.” Ebeling said the organization is “a legal rights refugee nonprofit.”Tags: brittany ebeling, michel david-weill laureate, Paris Institute of Political Science, Sciences Polast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Character From Avenue Q Is Your Favorite?

first_img Related Shows The staff is crazy about Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.Last week, we asked you to rank your favorite songs from A Chorus Line, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary on July 25. The results are in, and “What I Did For Love” came out on top. This week we’re celebrating another Broadway anniversary: Avenue Q is officially 12 years old! So we’ve gotta know, of all the folks that live on Avenue Q, which character is your favorite? Video Producer Anthony Taylor posted his list of top 10 picks here.STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show! Avenue Q View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019last_img read more

Millennials changing the mobile banking game

first_img 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to new research from Mitek Systems (MITK), a mobile capture and identity authentication provider, banking is the top industry where Millennials want more mobile options and capabilities.Currently, some of the offerings provided by mobile banking include check deposit, transfers, bill pay, and fraud alerts. But in true Millennial fashion, the largest group now in the American labor force, is asking for more amenities and conveniences from their banks.“Banks are continually trying to engage their next generation consumers like Millennials who are starting to have families and take out mortgages,” said James DeBello, CEO of Mitek. “Millennials don’t want to wait in line, or go to a bank between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.” And newly released research from Fintonic, a mobile banking platform in Spain and Latin America, found that 10% of U.S. Millennials think physical bank branches won’t even exist in ten years.Mobile banking really began to boom at the beginning of 2014, according to Michelle Moore the head of Digital Banking at Bank of America (BAC), when mobile logins surpassed desktop logins. “Year over year mobile growth rates have been pretty consistent at about 10% to 15%,” said Moore. continue reading »last_img read more

Lukas Podolski jokes Serge Gnabry should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month award

first_imgAdvertisement Former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry scored four for Bayern Munich against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)The forward scored four on Tuesday night as Arsenal’s bitter rivals, Tottenham, were thumped 7-2 by Bayern in an embarrassingly one-sided Champions League group stage clash.AdvertisementAdvertisementGnabry gave special mention to Arsenal in his post-match interview with Sky Germany before posting ‘North London is RED!!!’ on his Twitter and Instagram pages.On Thursday evening, Germany legend Podolski – who shared a dressing room with Gnabry under Arsene Wenger’s reign – joked that his compatriot should win the Player of the Month award as a result of his outstanding services to Arsenal.Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Calum Chambers and Emiliano MartInez will surely understand…— (@Podolski10) October 3, 2019 Lukas Podolski believes Serge Gnabry should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month award (Picture: Getty)Lukas Podolski has poked fun at Tottenham by putting forward Serge Gnabry for Arsenal’s Player of the Month award.Gnabry made just 18 first-team appearances for Arsenal before being sent on loan to West Brom where his frustrations continued under Tony Pulis who was vocal with his criticisms of the young winger.It was no surprise, then, that Gnabry’s €8million move from Werder Bremen to Bayern Munich just one year later raised eyebrows among supporters, but the 24-year-old has more than proved his doubters wrong.Gnabry, now a regular in the German national team, has scored 18 goals in 50 appearances for the Bundesliga champions and his most recent strikes went down rather well among Arsenal’s fanbase.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Gnabry sent a message to Arsenal with his sensational performance against Spurs.‘Listen, Bayern are a team ready and able to challenge for the Champions League,’ Ferdinand said on BT Sport. ‘This Bayern team look like they have the experience and the know-how. They scored at will today.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Gnabry showed Arsenal what they let go tonight. He was class. Tactically Spurs got it totally wrong.‘Two strikers, Dele Ali in behind, all it needed was one ball and three players were eliminated.‘The full backs got zero protection. If you’ve got no protection or support it’s going to be your undoing. Once they’re in, this Bayern team finish so well.’Who should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month award?Serge Gnabry0%Matteo Guendouzi0%Emiliano Martinez0%Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang0%Calum Chambers0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Manchester United star Anthony Martial vows to ‘come back stronger’ from injury Lukas Podolski jokes Serge Gnabry should win Arsenal’s Player of the Month awardcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 4:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link487Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Big blocks in high demand as buyers seek value for money

first_imgKylee and Ray Brehmer wanted room for a shed and for their grandkids to play.***#2 FAMILY HAVENWith three growing children, finding enough space for them to play proved a lot harder than expected for Kylie and Trevor Winson. But the family finally found their perfect block – a 1200sq m lot at Enclave Gumdale by Ausbuild. “There was absolutely nothing of this scale anywhere,” Mrs Winson said.“We wanted a large lot to have space for the kids to play as well as a pool.“We also didn’t want to feel like we were living on top of our neighbours and yet still be close to the CBD.“Enclave ticked every box. It was close to schools, transport, work and had a really lovely leafy outlook. It was quiet and a safe place for kids to ride their bikes.” Stage 2 has blocks starting from 637sq m It is unlikely you will find anyone with a horse in inner-city Brisbane. Montego Hills is being developed by Villawood Properties, giving buyers the chance to buy land with room to move.Rising land costs and lack of supply may be driving the trend towards smaller lot sizes but there is still larger plots and acreage sites available across southeast Queensland.And when it comes to value for money, the price difference between acreage and city living is rapidly shrinking.“More and more buyers are starting to recognise the amount of space they can get for their money,” Villawood Properties executive director Tony Johnson said.“We are seeing a rise in demand for country-style living from young professionals and young families looking to escape the chaos of city living.”Villawood Properties has reported “a surge” in demand for acreage close to the city, with 60 per cent of the lots within the latest release at its Montego Hills development at Kinsgholme now sold. Homesites range between 4058sq m and 7852sq m, with prices starting from just $329,900. Leigh and Sarah Brewster and their kids at the home at Stockland’s Augustine Heights Kylie Winson and her son Bobby (7) at their new home site at Enclave***#3 PLAY TIMEWith two active young boys, outdoor space was an important consideration for first home buyers Leigh and Sarah Brewster. The couple had been renting at Stockland’s Augustine Heights for three years, before deciding to buy their own block. “We bought an 840sq m block as we were building a six-bedroom, double storey home and the size allows room for a pool and space in the yard for the kids,” Mr Brewster said. The location also means Mr Brewster’s train trip to his city-based workplace can take less than 45 minutes, and its proximity to parks and schools were also major drawcards. A house on 647sq m of land is available at Stockland’s Augustine Heights from $535,653 Mirvac’s Gainsborough Greens development at Pimpama offers room for the kids and a pet, with a four-bedroom house by Metricon on a 627sq m block available from $647,974Mirvac Queensland residential general manager Warwick Bible said second and third-home buyers often dominated the larger homesite market.“This market is looking for space so they can incorporate four, and sometimes more, bedrooms into their floorplan, along with room for a parent or teenager retreat, while still having a generous outdoor area to play and entertain,” he said.“First-home buyers often opt for smaller homesites due to their relative affordability and empty nesters generally prefer lower maintenance.”Ausbuild joint managing director Matthew Bell said larger lots at their Enclave project at Gumdale were the first to sell, describing a ‘pent up demand’ for more space.“With block sizes ranging from 450sq m to over 5000sq m, many of the buyers were looking for large lifestyle blocks that had the ability to accommodate a large family-sized home and still allow the space for pool and a backyard,” he said.But where space does not allow for larger lots, developers are competing for the buyer’s dollar by incorporating wide open green spaces and state-of-the-art playgrounds and outdoor gym spaces.“Gone are the days when a park was just a slide, a set of swings and a patch of grass,” AVID Property Group development manager Peter MacLeod said.“Now, buyers expect a variety of amenities – outdoor gyms, innovative play equipment, dedicated toddler zones and water play are just some examples.” An artist impression of Tucker Family Park at Avid’s Brentwood Forest development.According the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s 2017 State of the Land report, average lot sizes shrunk from 603sq m in 2012 to 471sq m in 2016. Prices rose by almost 5 per cent.The UDIA’s November quarter Regional Radar reports shows land prices in Brisbane jumped 12.8 per cent in the past 12 months, reaching $420,000. Eight of the 15 regions surveyed across the state recorded increases in median land prices over 12 months.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago***WHO’S BUYING BIG?CASE #1 ROOM FOR A SHEDROOM to build a shed was a key consideration for Kylee and Ray Brehmer, who purchased a 576sq m block at Yarrabilba by LendLease.“Both of our kids have smaller blocks, so the grandkids will come here to play on our swing set and trampoline because they simply don’t have the space,” Mrs Brehmer said. “We wanted a bigger lot because we liked the idea of putting a shed in the backyard.” The Brehmer’s built a low-set brick home in Yarrabilba, and are enjoying their quieter lifestyle.“We’ve got neighbours but we don’t hear them and that’s another advantage of a larger-sized lot,” Mrs Brehmer said.A house on a 621sq m block at Yarrabilba is available from $469,754 The leafy view at Montego Hills is proving popular with buyers looking for space and serenity not far from the city.The trend towards larger lots was reflected in the most recent Oliver Hume Quarterly Market Insights report, which found that the Gold Coast (58 per cent) and Moreton Bay (51 per cent) regions had the greatest share of large lot sales during the September quarter.In both regions, sales of lots more than 500sq m outstripped sales less than 500sq m.By comparison, just 25 per cent of land sales in the Brisbane local government area (LGA) and 26 per cent in Logan exceeded 500sq m, with both regions also recording the highest percentage of land sales (7 per cent) below 300sq m, according to the report.On the Sunshine Coast, McGrath Buderim sales agent Todd McKee is marketing three rural residential developments with land sizes starting from 6000sq m.“Not everyone is downsizing or wanting to live on a postage stamp,” Mr McKee said, citing more than 420 inquiries in three months.“A lot of people, not just families, are looking for space to move, including the empty nesters and retirees.”Meanwhile, Villa World, which has launched a massive development campaign in the southeast, is offering a range of lots of more than 500sq m at its various sites.Stockland has also recognised the need for land size variety in its estates, with its Riverstone Crossing at Maudsland project offering lots up to 3040sq m.last_img read more

Norway’s Barnevernet: They took our four children… then the baby

first_imgBBC News 14 April 2016Family First Comment: Interesting.“The case of a young couple in Norway whose five children were taken away by the state has fuelled mounting concern within the country and abroad over its child protection practices. Protesters around the world – and leading Norwegian professionals – say social workers are often too quick to separate children from their families, with too little justification, particularly when parents are immigrants.”The campaign in support of the couple has been particularly well-supported in Marius’s home country, Romania, and by Evangelical Christians worldwide, because the couple are Pentecostals.Many protesters believe they are victims of discrimination on religious and national grounds.There have also been other high-profile campaigns on behalf of immigrant families whose children have been forcibly taken into care in Norway, making the same claim.One case involving a Czech family in Norway has led to a major diplomatic row between Norway and the Czech Republic. Czech President Milos Zeman accused Norwegian social workers of acting like Nazis – an allegation the Ministry for Children has described as absurd and unworthy of comment.But campaigners have also highlighted controversial cases where they say wholly Norwegian families have had children taken into care without adequate justification or attempt to find alternative solutions.In an open letter of protest to the Children’s Minister, 170 leading Norwegian professionals involved in child protection – lawyers, psychologists, social work experts – say Barnevernet is a “dysfunctional organisation which makes far-reaching errors of judgment with serious consequences”.Psychologist Einar Salvesen, one of the initiators of the letter, says: “There is a lack of what I’d call the human factor. A lack of empathy, really providing an atmosphere so people can learn… It’s more like police interventions, more like we have to find out what’s wrong with you.”Norway has long been proud of the resources it devotes to protecting children.In 1981 it was the first country in the world to appoint a children’s ombudsman – an independent official responsible for protecting children’s rights. The idea has since been copied across Europe and beyond.The child protection service, Barnevernet, stresses that in the vast majority of cases when it thinks something’s going wrong in a family, it doesn’t take the children away. It works with parents to solve the problems and keep the family together.But the number of children and young people taken into care rose by half from 2008 to 2013. That was partly in reaction to nationwide shock in 2005 over the killing of an eight-year-old boy, Kristoffer, who was beaten to death by his stepfather.Most cases now don’t involve parental violence, though, or alcohol- or drug-abuse. The commonest reason for a care order now is simply “lack of parenting skills”.READ MORE: read more

College Football Season

first_imgThis past weekend another season of college football got underway. Is your Alma Mater one of the 150 or more who can still go undefeated? This time of the year every college team has dreams of a national championship or an undefeated season. There were the usual routs, because some universities still like to schedule a cream puff to start their season. There is nothing like an SEC team playing a university that just became D1. Then there are teams like UC and Purdue whose opener is as tough as any mid-season conference game. One thing is for certain, we now have college football back and, before you know it, the MAC teams will be playing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night specials for ESPN. For you Ball State fans, this is the way to see the Cardinals; and for some of the MAC powers, their chance to be on national TV. It used to be that the Big Ten scheduled MAC schools for an easy early season win. That was until Ohio University, Toledo, and Central Michigan started regularly beating some of the Big Ten Schools. These MAC teams now demand and get recognition in some of the bigger bowls before the New Years. No one is safe drawing one of these schools in a bowl game. After all, can you say Ben Roethlisberger?last_img read more

Ellsworth boys, girls take 1st at Hancock County championships

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Eagles have held their own against some of the top cross-country teams throughout the state of Maine so far this season. In one of the biggest competitions to date, the Eagles were at their best.Ellsworth claimed victory in both the boys’ and girls’ team events Friday at the Hancock County championships at Ellsworth High School. The event marked the second team victory of the season for the boys and the first for the girls.“Our goal was to start out easier and gradually build up the entire way,” Ellsworth head coach Louie Luchini said. “Our runners did a great job of executing the race strategy, and that earned us good results.”Matt Shea took first place in the boys’ competition for Ellsworth with a time of 17 minutes, 26.10 seconds to edge out second-place finisher Luke Barnes of Sumner. Ellsworth’s Beckett Markosian and Nick Cormier finished third and fifth, respectively, and George Stevens Academy’s Caden Mattson was fourth.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJunior Calvin Partin’s time of 18:14.13 earned him seventh place overall as well as the top spot for the MDI boys. David Hileman claimed 20th to finish as the top runner for Bucksport, and Henry Penfold placed 25th for Deer Isle-Stonington. A total of 53 boys competed.Ellsworth’s total of 19 points earned it a decisive first-place finish over MDI, which recorded 46. GSA and Bucksport placed third and fourth with 65 and 114, respectively. Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington were not given team scores, as they did not meet the five-runner requirement.The girls’ side featured a tight battle between Ellsworth and MDI runners. Caitlin MacPherson and Abby Mazgaj of Ellsworth took the top-two spots with times of 20:28.85 and 20:45.35, respectively, and MDI’s Olivia Johnson, Katelyn Osborne and Grace Munger rounded out the top five.Tess Williamson placed 13th for GSA with a time of 23:30.49, and Rachael Hastey (21st), Ariel Larrabee (25th) and Emily Erickson (28th) were the top runners for Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington and Bucksport, respectively. Thirty runners competed in the girls’ race.Only Ellsworth and MDI competed in the girls’ team, event, and Ellsworth’s 26 points were just enough to beat out MDI’s 29. Both schools had five runners in the top 10.The win was a rewarding one for both the boys’ and girls’ teams at Ellsworth. The boys finished second to MDI in the 2017 county championships, and the girls didn’t even field enough runners last year for the team competition last year after placing third behind MDI and GSA the previous season.“It felt good because it’s been a while since we’ve won this meet,” Luchini said. “We have dedicated runners, and their hard work is paying off in these championship races.”Next up for local runners will be the Penobscot Valley Conference championships at noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Ellsworth and MDI will be competing in Class B, and Bucksport, GSA, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington will compete in Class C.“The course up there is tough because it’s rolling hills the entire way and doesn’t have many trees to block out the elements,” Luchini said. “It’s going to be a long drive up there, and everyone knows they’ll have to run very well to win.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img 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 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more

Football News Spain overcome Norway, Italy beat Finland in Euro 2020 qualifiers

first_imghighlights Paris: Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland. Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset. The 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England.   “The team responded well to their equaliser. You always have the dream and aim of achieving something important,” Ramos told Spanish television channel TVE.  “We’re in a new stage with a coach who has a fantastic style of play. We’ll take things game by game. We’ll pick up more confidence from winning.”      Coach Luis Enrique named an attacking line-up, with Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Rodrigo all starting, and it was the latter who volleyed home the opener from Jordi Alba’s cross in the 16th minute.RELATED     Winger Jesus Navas created several other early chances for his teammates on his first Spain appearance since March 2014, but Rodrigo headed over and Morata was denied by away goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.     Norway started to grow into the game and were handed a chance to draw level in the 65th minute when Inigo Martinez grabbed Bjorn Johnsen, and Bournemouth striker Joshua King stepped up to slot past David de Gea.     Spain wasted little time in getting their noses back in front, though, as Jarstein felled Morata to concede a 71st-minute penalty. Centre-back Ramos stepped up and confidently dispatched a ‘Panenka’ spot-kick down the middle to score his 16th goal of the season for club and country.     Juventus youngster Kean, 19, became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century as Roberto Mancini’s men saw off Finland 2-0.     Italy got off to a flying start in Udine, as Nicolo Barella gave them a seventh-minute lead with his maiden international goal. The 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder hammered home a low volley after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Finnish defence. The day belonged to Kean, though, as he slotted in the second with 16 minutes to play to mark his full debut in style.     “To become part of Azzurri history is an added incentive to keep working,” said Kean. “There are many goals ahead of me and my aim is to achieve them. I wanted to show that I deserved this chance from Mancini.”      Italy are top of the early Group J standings ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who edged out Armenia 2-1 as captain Edin Dzeko became the first player in their history to be capped 100 times. The other game in the group saw Greece win 2-0 against Liechtenstein in Vaduz.     Earlier on Saturday, Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar. The 60-year-old McCarthy, who led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup last 16 before resigning later that year, was reappointed manager last November, replacing Martin O’Neill. The result leaves Ireland second in the early Group D table behind Switzerland, who beat Georgia 2-0, but McCarthy will know he has plenty of work to do after seeing his men struggle to claim just their second win in 12 matches.     Gibraltar almost took a shock lead early in the second half, but captain Roy Chipolina saw his header brilliantly saved by Darren Randolph.     Ireland took the lead less than two minutes later, though, as Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick slotted home his second international goal from David McGoldrick’s cutback.     But the 194th-ranked team in the world did not give up and almost found an equaliser when 37-year-old forward Lee Casciaro curled wide after a fine team move. Elsewhere, World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden made a winning start in Group F as midfielders Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson both scored in the space of seven first-half minutes in a 2-1 success over Romania. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Kean became the youngest goal-scorer for Italy at age 19 in more than a century.Spain were boosted by Sergio Ramos as they beat Norway.Sweden, Ireland and Northern Ireland all secured wins in Euro 2020 qualifier tournament.last_img read more