Ellsworth soccer coach Brian Higgins retires

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Ellsworth boys’ soccer coach Brian Higgins holds a plaque he received after notching his 500th win in 2011.FILE PHOTOELLSWORTH — Longtime Ellsworth boys’ soccer coach Brian Higgins announced his retirement from coaching soccer to the team on Tuesday.Higgins, who still plans to continue teaching and coaching tennis for Ellsworth High School, is leaving the position with a 566-103-45 record over his 42 years at the helm.“He’s left quite a legacy,” said EHS Principal Dan Clifford at Tuesday night’s Ellsworth School Board meeting.Higgins, a physical education teacher, came to EHS as a new graduate of Springfield College in 1974.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhen he applied for a basketball coaching job, he was talked into coaching soccer, a new sport at EHS, despite the fact that he had never played the game.So began a coaching career that spanned more than four decades and saw Eagle boys’ teams win 18 Eastern Maine championships as well as four state titles — in 1985, 1988, 1989 and 1993.Over more than four decades, Higgins-coached teams never had a losing season, and he amassed far and away the most wins ever by a Maine soccer coach.“Brian developed one of the most incredible programs in the state of Maine,” said Ellsworth School Superintendent Dan Higgins, who played for him as a student at EHS. “It’s an amazing record.”Brian Higgins reached the 500-win milestone in 2011 and added 66 more wins through the end of the 2015 season.He learned to be a soccer coach mostly by doing it, attending clinics and picking the brains of other coaches along the way.Early on, he began conducting Bootin’ Eagle soccer clinics for youngsters from grade three and up, a practice that continued every summer through 2015.In 1989, Brian Higgins also organized a soccer exchange program that brought European players here and took Ellsworth players to Europe on alternating years.The program ended in the mid-1990s, but he continued to organize chaperoned Ellsworth Soccer Club trips abroad every other year.While Brian Higgins’ soccer achievements are of legendary proportions, he’s also been the high school’s tennis coach — for both boys’ and girls’ teams — since that sport was introduced in the early 1980s. And those teams, too, have won Eastern Maine and state titles over that time.“I’ve always said the players have made me,” said Brian Higgins back in 2004 after notching his 400th win. “I haven’t made the players. I want to give them all the credit. It’s always been fun to be around them.”Dan Higgins said every EHS student who played for Brian Higgins — Clifford said there were more than 500 over the years — received a medal for playing in an Eastern Maine championship game, either for being part of a team that won a regional title or that finished as runner-up.The superintendent called Brian Higgins a “great motivator of student athletes,” one who helped some students who might have otherwise dropped out of school stay in school instead and finish their studies.“He will certainly be missed on the soccer field,” said Dan Higgins.Additional reporting by Steve Fuller.center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017last_img read more

Matt Kemp’s eighth-inning homer lifts Los Angeles Dodgers to NLDS win; Series tied 1-1

first_imgBy J.P. Hoornstrajp.hoornstra@langnews.com @jphoornstra on TwitterZack Greinke threw 103 pitches Saturday and held the St. Louis Cardinals without a run. J.P. Howell threw four pitches and the Cardinals scored twice. Before you could say “bullpen issue,” Matt Kemp hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.Matt Carpenter’s two-run home run off Howell in the eighth inning forged a 2-2 tie, before Kemp’s home run off right-hander Pat Neshek restored the Dodgers’ lead before the announced crowd of 54,599 at Dodger Stadium.The drama followed a fine effort by Greinke, who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Greinke also collected two hits and scored a run against Cardinals counterpart Lance Lynn.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly bore his share of criticism for leaving Clayton Kershaw in for too long Friday in Game 1. The Cardinals had already scored three runs in the seventh inning when Carpenter belted a bases-clearing double against Kershaw. This time, Mattingly pulled Greinke before he threw a pitch in the eighth inning, when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sent in left-hander Oscar Taveras to pinch hit. Taveras singled off Howell, and Carpenter hit a two-run home run to left field — the third home run Howell has allowed in his last five appearances.Greinke allowed two hits in seven shutout innings, walking two batters and striking out seven.His fourth pitch of the game, a 94-mph fastball, hit Jon Jay in the foot. He walked Carpenter in the third inning. Otherwise he did not allow a baserunner until Kolten Wong doubled down the right-field line in the fifth inning.Lynn got through the first and second innings without allowing a run, but ran into trouble with the bottom of the Dodgers’ batting order in the third. It would be a recurring theme of Game 2.A.J. Ellis pounded a double off the wall in right-center field, causing Cardinals rookie Randal Grichuk to careen off the wall in vain pursuit. Ellis took a hard turn around second base but wisely put on the brakes for a double. Greinke followed with a soft single into right field, sending Ellis to third base.That brought up Dee Gordon, who was hitless in his first six at-bats of the series. Gordon grounded into an apparent double play, but Greinke was ruled safe at second base after the Dodgers challenged that Wong missed the tag on Greinke.Adrian Gonzalez’s single scored Greinke with the Dodgers’ second run.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Metta World Peace happy for Lamar Odom’s improved health, marriage

first_imgThe smile on Metta World Peace’s face widened as he heard the name of a childhood friend and a former Lakers teammate.Lamar Odom has made significant improvement in the past week ever since he was hospitalized at a Las Vegas hospital after becoming unconscious at a local brothel. Since then, Odom has spent the past two days at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles , where he has made improvements with his walking, speaking and breathing, multiple sources familiar with the situation said.“He’s doing well,” World Peace said after practice on Wednesday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “He’s on therapy. That’s great.”On top of that, reality television star Khloe Kardashian will stay married to Odom. The Los Angeles County Superior Court clerk’s office granted the party’s request for dismissal of Kardashian’s divorce petition on Wednesday morning, Los Angeles News Group confirmed. “That’s great. That’s their personal life,” World Peace said. “I wish them the best. I don’t know anything about their personal life other that they love each other. I wish the best for his children and his health.”• PHOTOS: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom call off their divorceWorld Peace’s infectious personality marked a stark contrast to when he learned about the news last week before the Lakers’ preseason game against Sacramento in Las Vegas. Afterwards, World Peace sat by his locker quietly as his eyes reddened. He then said, “There’s not one word I can say right now that would make sense.”A week later, World Peace called the Odom’s hospitalization “the scariest thing in a long time.”“I’m happy he’s made it through,” World Peace said. “It was the worst thing ever. It was the worst thing ever. That was bad. That was not a happy moment.” At the time, many on the Lakers dreaded that Odom would soon pass away. Witnesses reported in a 911 call released last week that Odom took cocaine and 10 doses of a sexual performance enhancer over three days. But Odom gradually made enough improvements that he was transported via medical helicopter Monday evening from Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas to Los Angeles.“From the beginning, you’re just hopeful. People pray,” World Peace said. “I pray to Buddha. I’m not Buddhist. But I like Buddha. Some people pray to their different gods. But my boy made it through. He still has therapy. But it was a scary time.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WWE announces NXT, NXT UK and ‘205 Live’ crossover event with Worlds Collide Tournament

first_imgWWE NXT will be represented by former NXT North American champion Adam Cole, Keith Lee, Shane Thorne, Dominik Dijakovic and The Velveteen Dream. NXT UK will be represented by former NXT tag team champion Tyler Bate, Travis Banks, Mark Andrews, Jordan Devlin and current NXT UK tag team champion Zack Gibson. The WWE “205 Live” team will feature former cruiserweight champion Cedric Alexander, Humberto Carrillo, Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and former cruiserweight champion TJP.The winner of the tournament will receive a future NXT, NXT UK or “205 Live” championship match of his choosing.This is an intriguing idea. Fans will get to see matches that they normally wouldn’t see. Who doesn’t want to see Adam Cole vs. Tyler Bate? Or The Velveteen Dream vs. Cedric Alexander? Here’s hoping this is just the beginning of WWE crossover events, because fans, more than ever, want to see action. MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe Worlds Collide Tournament will highlight five wrestlers each from WWE NXT, WWE NXT UK and “205 Live.” The WWE on Thursday announced a new concept, the Worlds Collide Tournament, which will air Saturday, Feb. 2, on the WWE Network and all of its social media channels. The matches will be taped during the Royal Rumble Axxess sessions in Phoenix this coming weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center.The opening rounds of the 15-man tournament will begin at noon ET at WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. At 8 p.m. ET, the show will shift to the WWE Network where viewers will see a battle royal featuring all of the participants and the remaining rounds of the tournament including the final. last_img read more

César Prates, from Real Madrid to evangelical pastor in Brazil

first_imgOther former soccer players post their new adventures on social networks, César Prates uploads to Instagram videos of his performances intertwined with biblical passages. Armed with the six strings and a personalized Bible with his name on the spine, his religious vocation was always there. “May Jesus heal you”, he told rivals that they fell injured. I related it this week in Sports Balloon: “A shepherd is not done, he always was, he had it inside me”. César Prates plays evangelical hymns on his guitar. His history in Madrid did not lead to epic scenes. Nor of redemption. He was chosen at the age of 21, when he was acting at the Porto Alegre International, from a list of 30 footballers managed by the technical secretariat of Lorenzo Sanz (in Pirri’s hands). Absolute international and praised by Roberto Carlos (“César is one of the best players in Brazil“, he said in that 1996), the problem is that he appeared in a Madrid that had just signed Panucci and had Secretary And till Chendo in the same position. Prates initially went to Real Madrid B (at that time, the official name of Castilla) and did not leave there … Well, it did come out, but it was forced to err by Brazilian clubs and later, sold definitively. To Sporting Lisbon. “Madrid loaned Vasco, Coritiba, Botafogo and Corinthians six months before transferring me”, remembered the defender in Globoesporte, where he confessed “very sad” about the recent death of Lorenzo Sanz from the coronavirus. In Portugal, took Cristiano Ronaldo as a disciple, a criança 17, and taught him the technique of shooting fouls. “Every time he scores such a goal, they call me to tell the story …”The Brazilian has counted, amused and resigned, more than once. From there it passed through the Galatasaray, the Livorno of Commander Lucarelli and Chievo, among others. Retired, he has not lost his relationship with Real Madrid. In 2017 he joined the technical staff of the Madrid Foundation Clinic in Coritiba. Occasionally he shares some of the few images he has of his white time. He grabs the guitar and sings, sometimes in tears of devotion, to Jesus. This is the life of Cesar Prates, almost twenty-five years ago signing of Real Madrid, now evangelical pastor. Chocolate Shepherd, his parishioners call him. A winger who did not succeed as a Real Madrid player but had a long career in Brazil, Portugal, Italy and Turkey until one day, in 2010, he felt the call, as if it were the Los Javis film. Cease he immediately terminated his contract as a professional footballer at the Náutico and began his own career in the Church. Also the musical: accompany his ministry with evangelical hymns.center_img César Prates, in one of his matches with Real Madrid.Rafa Painter. At Sporting Lisbon, he taught Cristiano the technique of shooting fouls. Blanca now has a beard and as a result of her experience she also reaches out to school children with soccer through the solidarity activity of her own foundation. Why the ball, like the guitar and the Bible, is always present for César Prates.last_img read more

Warriors think Westbrook’s style is ‘easy to defend’—report

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That won’t be the case this year, as fellow perennial All Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are now on board and ready to take some load off the mercurial guard. /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Offseason overhaul complete, new era begins for Celtics Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook walks down the court in the final seconds of Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Houston.  APAfter averaging a triple-double and bagging the 2017 NBA MVP Award, its’ safe to say that Russell Westbrook had his way against most NBA defenders throughout the 2016-2017 NBA season.The 28-year-old point guard relied on his freakish athleticism to dominate the competition, tallying unworldly averages of 31.6 points, 10.7 boards and 10.4 dimes, while playing 81 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Although most defenses appeared helpless against the seemingly unstoppable guard, the reigning NBA champions Golden State Warriors reportedly do not fear his daredevil play style.In an episode of the “Low Post” podcast, ESPN’s Zach Lowe shared that some members from the Warriors locker room believe that the high-flying guard is “so easy to defend, it’s like cake to them.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAlthough his statistical average against the Warriors remained stellar, Westbrook only shot 37.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 32 times in four contests. The Thunder also dropped all four games.However, he visibly lacked on-court support last year, often putting the entire team on his shoulders for most of the year. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Defending champion Warriors get on roll with strong defense

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “You can’t win without that,” Memphis center Marc Gasol said. “Even if you look at teams like Golden State, you see a team that obviously has a lot of firepower, their defense is really outstanding, how they all move together at the same time, how they all shift as a unit from one side to the other … Then they give you 125 points, too. But they really do play a lot of great defense.”Against the T-Wolves, Golden State blocked nine shots — its 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats — three by reserve Omri Casspi and another two from Draymond Green, and didn’t allow a 20-point performance by Minnesota. Nick Young came off the bench to make a career-high four steals in 20-plus minutes.“It’s finally coming along. We’re starting to put it together,” Green said. “We’re taking more ownership in one-on-one defense. We’ve just locked in more on one-on-one defense and taking on the challenge.”Part of that, according to player development coach Chris DeMarco, is “being the aggressors, being active defensively and trusting that the guys around us will help if we get beat.”While a handful of turnovers led to easy baskets by Minnesota, for the most part the Warriors were disciplined in their defensive assignments. It has been that way for a stretch of games now.It didn’t hurt Golden State shot 65.9 percent after halftime in pulling away from the overmatched Timberwolves, who were on a roll with five straight wins before the stop in Oakland.“I think you learn a lot from playing against them because that’s what a championship team looks like. They play hard. They play together. You look at their willingness to sacrifice for each other and make plays,” T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They had 37 assists on 48 baskets. Their defense over the last five games has been back to what their defense is. That’s why they’ve been able to win the way they’ve won. I think their willingness to sacrifice and play for each other is what makes them great. They take good shots. They make the game easy for each other. When you do that, the results will be good.”___AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker contributed to this report. “I know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense, and focusing on that, and really, hopefully, regardless of how our offense is, we’ll be in a good position to win games,” Curry said.Golden State limited the Timberwolves to 41.3 percent from the floor and a dismal 5 of 24 on 3-pointers on the way to winning its fifth straight.“You saw how beautiful that was in the second half with 37 assists overall. It’s all about taking care of the ball and defending,” Kerr said. “The defense part I’m really pleased with. I think this is about our fifth straight really good defensive effort we have had so that’s a great sign.”He gave his team a day off Thursday before getting back to work Friday in preparation for Philadelphia.Other teams and opposing players notice the Warriors’ attention to detail on the defensive end, even if their high-flying offensive show is typically the focus of scouting reports and film sessions.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron ‘obviously’ interested in owning Cavs someday It wasn’t this way out of the gates this season, and coach Steve Kerr had some moments of frustration.Lately, he’s pleased with the progress and consistency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Defensively we’ve just had longer stretches of high intensity and high level of focus,” Stephen Curry said. “That’s allowed us to control the momentum of games and the flow of games.”The Warriors outscored Minnesota 44-26 in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s 125-101 win — and dominated without NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who sat with a bruised left thigh but was expected to be fine by Saturday’s home game against the 76ers. 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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years.They’re blocking shots. Jumping into the passing lanes for timely steals. Getting hands in the faces of shooters.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Dutch Photographer IV: Kru Town

first_imgPaul Julien (1901-2001) was an anthropologist from the Netherlands who traveled through Liberia in 1932. Andrea Stultiens (1974) is a photographer and researcher from the Netherlands. She tries to connect the past that was documented by Paul Julien to the past as remembered in Liberia and the way it is connected to the present. Julien’s photographs are part of the collection of the Netherlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam.From July 19th till August 19th 2014 Julien’s photographs and the film he made will be on display at the National Museum. Leading up to this some of the stories are shared in History & Us columns by Andrea Stultiens. Comments or questions are most welcome on info@andreastultiens.nlThis week’s photographs by Paul Julien take us to Krutown, while what he writes about it, and what this leads us to, probably says more about how Africa at large was perceived in other parts of the world than about the reality in Liberia in 1932.Julien does not refer to what is currently known as Krutown, but to old Krutown, located just below the Catholic mission on, as I have been told, the rocks that in the 1940s would be used to construct the Freeport. When describing Kru-town for a Belgian magazine in 1933 Julien notes that, “The Americo-Liberian society, that is without any doubt the most civilised part of the state, has ever since Liberia was founded certain contradictions to the native population of the coast and interior. These contrasts are sometimes very obvious, sometimes hidden, but they exist, and for instant last year, in 1932, they surfaced in a painful way during the Kru-war.”It is remarkable how he writes about ‘the Kru-war’ as a war that should be known to the people in Belgium, a country then still recovering from the first World War that destroyed it a decade and a half earlier. Maybe it is just the terminology used that made it hard for me to find any references to this Kru-war. Easier to find are references to the revolt that, according to a strange short article in an Australian newspaper on October 13th 1932, included “Tribal fighting, in which chiefs enter the fray wearing tall hats and other striking adornment.” Dr. Mackenzie was a member of the League of Nations hygiene section and “despatched to the interior of Liberia to pacify the Kru tribes.”The article reports how “Dr. Mackenzie […] penetrated into a wilderness previously untrodden by white man…” in the hinterland where he supposedly had to “cut tracks in the virgin forest where warlike tribes in ambush awaited the chance to kill stragglers.” He found that “18 tribes were concerned in the rebellion; 42 towns were burned and 12,000 men, women and children were driven into the bush and were dying of starvation.” Mackenzie supposedly established peace within four months and “induced the tribes to return to their own territories.”According to Paul Julien the territory of the Krus was actually south of Monrovia. He types them as ‘historically seafaring people’ that work on cargo ships that pass Monrovia and continue along the West-African coast. While Anthony Morgan, the initiator of the Historical Preservations Society of Liberia explains in an online article the complexity of the use of the name Krus, since, according to him, it is a collective term that was used by Europeans for all “with whom they traded as far back as the fifteenth century.”Paul Julien visits Krutown and describes it as being in a “sharp contrast to Monrovia, of which it is not even two minutes walking distance away. [It] consists completely of square huts with grass thatched roofs. It is obviously situated on the shore, with a wide sandy beach separating it from the surf.”When comparing the two he makes sure the Belgian audience will understand what he means, by relating to what they should know. “Up, in Monrovia, the city still reminds one of a capital city, with streets and buildings that, even though only from afar, remind one somewhat of Europe.” While in Krutown, “The narrow muddy alleys that wind in a marvelous disorder through the village are the set for the life of the coastal residents. Small naked youngsters run around in the sand. Elswewhere a Kru-mother is taking care of her baby while smoking a pipe. Every now and then there is a child, seated in a dooropening, holding a book. These are the students of the mission school located just above Kru-town. I wander through the village for hours, and all this time I am followed by a group of children. The youth have a lot of interest in my filmcamera and every other toddler jumps aside frightened when I point the lens at him and he hears the purring sound of the transport of the tape inside the machine.”The result of the transported tape in the machine will be on display at the National Museum in July, and next week Julien will show us what Broadstreet and Ashmunstreet looked like in 1932.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Provincal Search and Rescue to hold workshop in Fort St. John

first_imgTaking place Sept. 24-25, the BCSARA is holding the first of six regional workshops at the Quality Inn Northern Grand Hotel, which will bring together experts, volunteers, partner agency representatives and stakeholders.The meeting, taking place from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. both days, will involve discussions on a variety of topics related to search and rescue. Some issues include remote area SAR incidents, occupational health and safety initiatives, past and future challenges and how to help smaller SAR groups to become more sustainable.The workshop will also discuss the new BCSARA New Initiatives Fund Project, designed to level the SAR playing field. The project will be dedicated to ensuring professional response organization is available to assist lost or injured people in the wilderness regardless of where the incident takes place.- Advertisement -Geraldine Underdown, Executive Director of National Search and Rescue Secretariat says, “the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund provides funds for new projects aimed at improving the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the National Search and Rescue Program in Canada.”The New Initiative Fund was established to provide funding for projects that will enhance SAR in Canada. The Annual $8.1 million fund has financed over 750 projects.In any given year, B.C. Search and Rescue groups respond to approximately 1000 incidents involving over 1300 injured or missing persons.Advertisementlast_img read more

Reports – Belgium and Man City international on plane which came off runway this weekend

first_img1 Reports – Vincent Kompany on plane which came off runway this weekend Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was on board a plane which came off the runway at Norwich Airport on Saturday, according to reports.City’s injured captain had been watching his side beat Norwich 3-0 in the FA Cup before a charter plane was due to take him home, it has been widely reported.An airport spokeswoman told the BBC that no one was injured in the incident which caused a temporary closure of the airport.“The airport remained open to helicopter traffic. The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed, which is standard practice,” the airport announced in a statement to the BBC.Phil Brockwell, of Centreline Air, added to the Eastern Daily Press: “It was at a fairly low speed of its departure, at which point it veered off the runway, for reasons for which we have some guesses.”last_img read more