DeSantis: Coronavirus Testing Site Coming to Southern Palm Beach County

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first_imgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis is promosing another coronavirus testing site in southern Palm Beach County. And the Governor expects rapid testing to come to Florida ‘probably within the next week’“Now we’re surging supplies for the testing site in Hialeah and we’re surging supplies for a testing site in south Miami-Dade (County), so those are going to be coming online very soon,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Tallahassee. “We’re also going to be pushing down supplies and assisting with an additional testing site in southern Palm Beach County.”DeSantis didn’t say when the testing site would be operational, but the governor said he’s “looking forward to doing that.”Palm Beach County’s only current testing site opened Tuesday at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. County officials said 255 people were tested Tuesday, with another 435 scheduled to be tested Wednesday.The announcement comes a day after DeSantis announced a “safer-at-home” order for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. But several members of Congress representing Florida are urging DeSantis to issue a statewide shutdown.DeSantis said the number of tests administered daily throughout the state “has gone up dramatically.”last_img read more

Crowd Stages Protest Against Fort Lauderdale Beach Closure

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first_img“I declare this an autonomous zone!” he declared. “I’m the white, privileged guy who worked 60 hours a week. My father worked more. Is that what white privilege is?” A group of nearly three-dozen South Florida residents are not happy about the holiday beach closures, and took time Saturday to voice their opinions.The crowd defied the county’s decision to shutter the beaches for the 4th of July, and planted an American flag on Fort Lauderdale beach while waving protest signs.Fort Lauderdale police officers made no arrests and did not say anything, as some of the protesters drank from open champagne or beer bottles.Other protestors went for a swim, while another group waved signs in support of President Trump, or wore his campaign hats. “It is wrong. It’s unconstitutional,” he said. “We are here to walk on this beach.” He added that the shutdown over COVID-19 had gone too far, and is prompting suicides, and joblessness. He was denied for unemployment and food stamps, he said. Another person held a sign that read “Cover up AmeriKKKa. Your racism is showing.” The woman, who is a Plantation resident, said that she is from the Caribbean. Organizer Chris Nelson of Fort Lauderdale, a security guard, said that closing the beach because of the COVID-19 pandemic was wrong.He and others also said they oppose mask mandates and business closures. A nearby man on a bike held a poster declaring that all “Democrats are terrorists.”In addition to no arrests, no injuries were reported. “She’s a jihadist terrorist!” he yelled. “She’s not an American. She’s a Muslim!”center_img Meanwhile, a Boynton Beach construction manager named Alan, who declined to give his last name, said he there because he was offended that Black Lives Matter protesters could create autonomous zones where they did not acknowledge the powers of police. Andrew Brett, who is a Trump supporter and head of the Broward Log Cabin Republicans, saw a black wrap around her face and head, and said she was Muslim.However, the woman said she was not. Two men yelled at her, calling her a “terrorist.” She held a sign that depicted a masked face and the words “I can’t breathe,” which is a twist on the final words of George Floyd, whose death at the hands of Minneapolis police led to the Black Lives Matter protests.“I’m a nurse,” she said. “The only time I think a mask is needed is with my patients. It’s ridiculous and it’s a sign of being subservient to the powers that be.” Signs at the protest read “Freedom over fear,” “Open the beach, no masks,” and “.01% not a pandemic.” “Say no to tyranny!” yelled Maria Pinzon, who is a nurse.last_img read more

History-making Orrin wins Thunderbird

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first_img Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) made history when he became the first English player, and the first international boy, to win the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior at the Grayhawk club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 18 year old from Kent (image © Tom Ward) carded a final round 69 for a 54-hole total of 206, ten under par, and a five-stroke winning margin from A J McInerney and six clear of third-placed Korean-born Tae Wan Lee. This is Orrin’s biggest victory to date against an international field. His previous success came last year in the Andalucia Junior Open in Spain. But Orrin has been in good form all season, finishing runner-up in the Darwin Salver and the McEvoy Trophy as well as being a member of the winning team in the Nations Cup at the Fairhaven Trophies. At Grayhawk, an opening 70 left him two shots off the lead held by Lee but a second round 67 saw him two strokes clear of Lee and McInerney going into the final day. Then, his 69 saw Orrin increase his advantage as his two main rivals failed to better par and slipped down the leaderboard. Leading final scores: 206 M Orrin (England) 70 67 69 211 A J McInerney (Nevada) 71 68 72 212 Tae Wan Lee (South Korea) 68 71 73 213 B Hossier (California) 70 72 71 214 J Cerda (Chile) 73 69 72 29 May 2012 History-making Orrin wins Thunderbird last_img read more

Breaking down golfing barriers

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first_img England Golf is working with cultural groups to find ways to broaden the appeal of the game among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Relationships are being developed with organisations such as Sporting Equals, which promotes ethnic diversity across sport, and the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. As a result, the Surrey and Middlesex County Golf Partnerships set up a Get into golf stand at the recent London Mela cultural festival – and took the opportunity to canvass views and opinions among the visitors. The BAME communities account for only a tiny proportion of regular golfers and the CGPs were seeking information about ways to make the game more attractive to them. Andy Willems, the England Golf’s Senior Regional Manager, said: “London Mela is a huge festival which attracts about 80,000 people and gave us a great opportunity to do research.  The vast majority of people we spoke to had never played golf but would be willing to learn, particularly in an informal, social setting. “We want to promote golf to these communities in a way they find appealing and to let them know that golf is a welcoming and inclusive game.” The England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, ‘Raising Our Game’ identifies aims which include increasing the number of regular golfers and removing barriers to participation.  Richard Flint, the England Golf Participation and Club Support Director, remarked: “We want to broaden the appeal of golf to attract people from different backgrounds in local communities. “We are developing a relationship with organisations such as Sporting Equals to work together to make the sport more inclusive and to highlight the opportunities available through our Get into golf campaign.” Get into golf is designed to inspire adults across England to take up golf. It offers affordable coaching for beginners and returners to golf and all sessions are run by PGA professionals. Equipment is provided so participants simply book through the Get into golf online system and turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.  To find out more click here Arun Kang, the chief executive of Sporting Equals commented: “Sporting Equals is delighted to be working with England Golf to open up the sport to black and minority ethnic communities. An important part of England Golf’s strategic plan ‘Raising Our Game’ is to increase participation and break down barriers. “Attending big cultural events like the London Mela is a good way to begin this process by connecting with new people and raising the profile of the game. I would encourage England Golf to attend more events aimed at these audiences and to work with Sporting Equals to increase participation ahead of golf being included in the Olympics in 2016.”   Rimla Akhtar, Chair of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation, added: “The MWSF is really pleased to have supported England Golf have a presence at the 2014 London Mela. We know England Golf are looking to increase the diversity of the sport and this is one important step they have taken towards connecting with the BAME community so we hope to see our community engage in this great sport.” 23 Sep 2014 Breaking down golfing barriers last_img read more

Bel defies Ôawful’ weather to lead girls’ championship

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first_img “It was percentage golf. If I got out of position it was a case of don’t try anything stupid, just go for the middle of the green and knock in a few putts here and there.” The approach worked for she managed to complete the inward half in level par, remarking: “I was pleased with my back nine.”  2 Aug 2017 Bel defies Ôawful’ weather to lead girls’ championship Caption: Laughing in the rain: Bel Warde (right) with playing partners Amelia Williamson (left) and Lily May Humphreys (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tomorrow the forecast is for winds strengthening to 40mph but Wardle said: “I don’t really look at weather forecasts, I’m just going to turn up and see what I can do.”  At the end of today’s play the field was cut to the leading 40 players and ties who go forward to tomorrow’s final 36 holes. A total of 42 players qualified.  She’s two shots ahead of fellow international Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) who was round in level par today. A further stroke back, on three-under, is Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill, Surrey) who was one-over today.  Girl international Bel Wardle defied appalling conditions to take the halfway lead on six-under par in the English girls’ championship at Littlestone, Kent.  She was round in two-under 71 today, remarking afterwards: “It has been awful, just awful. The wind has been so strong and the rain has just been lashing down on the back nine.”  Wardle (Prestbury, Cheshire) negotiated the front nine in two-under but faced a real challenge coming home. “When I went into the back nine I knew I needed to hang on. I was either playing into the wind or cross winds, I don’t think there was a downwind hole, it was just playing long.  There’s a host of players in contention at the halfway stage, including Megan Dennis (Woburn, Buckinghamshire) and Caley McGinty (Knowle, Gloucestershire) on two-under. Overnight leader Annabell Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) is one-under, alongside  Nicola Slater (Woodsome Hall, Yorkshire) who equalled the low score of the day with her two-under 71.  “I just stuck at it,” said Slater, who has just won the North region ladies’ title. She’s not a great fan of links golf but enjoys adapting to the challenge and said: “I think the weather distracted me, I didn’t focus too much on the score, I just played it as it came.”  “It was really rough out there,” said Lewis. But she gave herself a great start, chipping in for an eagle on the second and then holing a 10ft putt for birdie on the third. She got to the turn in two-under before battling home: “It was good to hang in there in the weather,” she said.  Click here for full scores.last_img read more

European podium place for City of Newcastle trio

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first_imgClick here for final scores in the European Men’s Club Trophy 10 Nov 2017 European podium place for City of Newcastle trio The three-man team from City of Newcastle Golf Club flew the flag for England with a podium place in a European championship.Northumberland county champion Phil Ridden and team-mates Mark Wharton and Alex Dixon and won the bronze medal at the European Men’s Club Trophy in one of the best-ever performances by an English club.“It was fantastic, it was such a good experience,” said Wharton. “We’re not full-time golfers, we’re all working hard so it was nice to get a taste of that type of championship.”The event was played at the Golf du Médoc Resort in Southern France and contested by 24 teams from across Europe. The title was won in runaway style by Racing Club de France La Boulie, who were 12-under par and claimed the title for the fifth time, making them the most successful club in the history of the event.Meanwhile, the English challengers were locked in a close battle with Galway, representing Ireland, and were eventually pipped for the silver medal by just one stroke.However, their bronze medal is one of the best-ever results for England, since Ealing GC won in 1989 and 1990 and Brokenhurst Manor took the title in 1988. “We’d love to try and do it again,” said Wharton.The trio, who are all county golfers, booked their place in the championship when they won the English Champion Club tournament in September.The final round at East Devon Golf Club was much delayed by fog – and similar weather also affected the last round of the European championship. “It follows us around,” laughed Wharton. Caption: City of Newcastle team with club supporters. From left, Jim Screen, club president; Phil Ridden, Alex Dixon and Mark Wharton, with John Franklin, club captain. Tags: City of Newcastle Golf Club, European Championshiplast_img read more

Breaston, Short among 2010 WPIAL Hall inductees

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first_imgSteve Breaston was one of the most exciting payers in WPIAL history. As a senior quarterback at Woodland Hills, he rushed for 1,718 yards, averaged 11.4 yards a carry and threw for 600.A master of big plays, he was involved in 33 touchdowns as a senior, either running, passing or on punt returns. The average length of those TDs was 41.9 yards. He won a WPIAL track championship in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior and won the 400 as a senior. LONG ON TALENT—Former Penn State and NFL star Brandon Short shows off his 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame award. He also finished fifth in the high jump as a senior. He went on to a successful career as a receiver at the University of Michigan and is now a receiver with the Arizona Cardinals. BIG PLAY MASTER—Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Steve Breaston shows off his 2010 WPIAL Hall of Fame award. Brandon Short from McKeesport High School was long on talent on the football field. He was a dominant linebacker and offensive lineman on McKeesport’s 1994 team that won the WPIAL and state Quad-A championships. Short was a Parade and a USA Today All-American. He was also the starting center on McKeesport’s WPIAL championship basketball team in 1995. He went on to become an All-American linebacker at Penn State and played seven years in the NFL. He recently earned his MBA from Columbia University of the Ivy League.(Reprinted from WPIAL Hall of Fame Ceremony Program.)last_img read more

Field trip to eternity

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first_imgRicky Jackson and Russ Grimm both played at the University of Pittsburgh under Jackie Sherrill. Both were drafted in the second and third rounds in 1981 by the Saints and the Redskins, respectively. Imagine some of the practices at Pitt in the late ’70s! How could Sherrill prevent unintended bloodshed with Grimm and Jimbo Covert on the offensive line and Jackson along with Hugh Green patrolling along the line of scrimmage for the Panthers? Jackson talked about his Pittsburgh connection. “I tell you, I end up going to the University of Pittsburgh. We had a lot of great athletes. You got Russ Grimm, Dan Marino, Mark May. When I went there on a recruiting trip they had Tony Dorsett showing most of us around. They had just won the national championship. They was 12-0. One thing that I can say, coach Jackie Sherrill, he put a lot of young men together from all walks of life.”In the beginning of an emotional acceptance speech Grimm said; “Of all the guys that I could’ve picked, [to introduce him] I knew picking Joe [Bugel] would start me out being a little bit emotional, but with the humidity and some of the pollen, if I start to tear up little bit, that’s the reason.” During Grimm’s stellar career, I am certain that many defensive linemen “cried a few tears” at the thought of spending 60 minutes picking themselves up after being brutalized by Grimm and the rest of his “hog mates.’The football intellect and savvy of legendary Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau has not, now or ever really been questioned. Michael Herr, writing for the Detroit News, asked LeBeau if he remembered an incident in which Lions head coach Joe Schmidt had considered using LeBeau as a player/coach late in his playing career.LeBeau said that; “Actually, I remember it very well. Coach [Bud] Grant from the Vikings had called Coach Joe about the possibility of me going to work up there. Joe said no, he’s going to continue to play. I guess that might have gotten Joe thinking about using me as a player coach. We talked about it a couple of times. I think that’s about where it ended. I think that I really would have liked to have done that because I was quite a bit older than most of the guys anyhow but there had not been a whole lot of player-coaches in the history of the league but I would have liked to have tried it. I kind of knew from a pretty early age that I was going to go into coaching on some level.”The love that LeBeau had for his players was obvious in his humble and emotion- filled acceptance speech. He pointed out that “A few years ago we played in this game. Joey Porter and James Farrior got this idea that they would put on Dick LeBeau jerseys and wear them all over. Last year Rod Woodson stood up here in his induction speech and he mentioned me.” He also talked about Ike Taylor. “I might be a bit off on this but when I first came there [Pittsburgh], I don’t think I started him [in] one game. Now he’s started every game that we’ve played for the last six years. He hasn’t missed a game, hasn’t missed a snap. That’s a great record of durability and dependability. “But back to Little who grew up in a time when it was okay for African-Americans to belittle each other because of their skin “tone” and “African” physical characteristics.Gary Smith wrote for Sports Illustrated that Little had an “old hurt from childhood when even Black kids called him Cheetah, after Tarzan’s chimp, because his skin was so Black.” It is apparent that time and life’s experiences have added class and clarity to the journey of Little and have been the ointment that helped heal those old wounds. Little said, “There’s no words to describe the joy of experiencing this final sports chapter of my life. Every player wakes up wishing to have this honor. I have been favored by God and by those who have had a say in what happens to me.”Indeed if the pilgrimage to Canton by the 2010 Steelers to honor and induct Dick LeBeau and his fellow “classmates” into the “corridors of forever” amounted to a “field trip” then that getaway from school has to be one of the greatest trips of all time.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) There was something special in the air regarding the 2010 Pro Football Hall-of-Fame inductees. All of these men deserved to be enshrined and in the case of Floyd Little and Dick LeBeau, better late than never. What struck me, aside from the heat and humidity at Canton, was the humility of Russ Grimm and LeBeau; the swagger and bright personality of Emmitt Smith; the coolness and calm confidence of Jerry Rice; the quiet intensity of Ricky Jackson; the craftiness of John Randle and the relieved smile of Little. They all have my heartfelt congratulations at being part of one the world’s greatest sports fraternities. Oh by the way, Emmitt Smith gave a 24-minute speech without any notes and without the use of a teleprompter. Mr. Smith does not need me to write any of his quotes.last_img read more

USO captures City League crown in first season

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first_imgby Malik VincentPurple, white and black are the colors that are on the home uniforms of USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, and Obama). Of course, their helmets are gold, but let’s cancel that for now.The NFL team that most resembles that is the Steelers arch rivals, the Baltimore Ravens—who won a Super Bowl in the year 2000. That team went down in history for having one of the best defenses ever.USO’s senior leader, Jaylen Coleman did the exact shuffle that the Ravens’ leader Ray Lewis does during his introduction to the crowd, just before kickoff.And his 10 tackles, to lead the team, also mimicked the future hall-of-famer in USO’s ninth shutout in 10 games to get past Allderdice, 14-0, en route to claiming a City League football crown in their first year of existence on Nov 19 at Cupples Stadium.“Nobody scores on our defense ever,” senior quarterback and free safety Dontae Forte said.Indeed, they have been the stingiest defense in the city all year as they haven’t given up a single point since Oct 8. Their last points surrendered to a league foe came against Brashear—who also handed them their only loss this campaign in the first game of the season.“We changed our entire offensive philosophy and decided that we were going to be dedicated to tightening things up on defense since that game,” first-year USO head coach Lou Berry said.Coleman came through for his Panthers in more ways than one, as he has all year. His 91 –yard touchdown run in the closing minutes put the game out of reach for the Dragons—who remained in the game until the final stanza.Allderdice (4-3, 5-7) couldn’t get much done on offense as their quarterback, Bishop Gethers, threw two critical fourth quarter interceptions. And their star running back, junior Patrick Ferguson, was held to 18 yards on 15 carries.“No doubt about it, this has been a good tight defensive matchup,” superintendent of schools Linda Lane said. “I really enjoy seeing them go at it. Also, the job that the three schools that have been involved in this USO team have done in unifying these youngsters has been phenomenal. I send my congrats to all of them.”Forte, who played quarterback all year for the Panthers was relieved by Akil Young in the second half under center, and he was moved to the slot. Young threw a 7-yard strike with about six minutes left in the game to sophomore Marcus Johnson. At that point, the scoreless tie was broken.The final Coleman score was set up by an interception inside of the USO 10-yard line by number 21, Shannen Binnion, who wore that number because his coach did in his playing days.“That moment has been a result of being coached by Coach Berry for the past four years,” Binion said. “He has been the reason that we’re here right now.”Despite all the credit received, Berry showed gratitude for his opportunity and referenced the “warm reception” he has received since taking over the program.“All I needed was the opportunity,” Berry said. “Every­one, despite the circumstances, has been extra supportive of me and these young men. I want to also thank these young men and everyone else for all of the great things that they’ve done. I’m so grateful.”USO will compete under the AAAA section of the PIAA State playoffs this year. They will play State College (7-4) at Mansion Stadium in Altoona on Nov 26 at noon. Also, Oliver (3-7) will represent the city in AA against Moniteau (11-0) the day before at Cupples Stadium. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com. Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@newpittsburghcourier.com or on twitter @malikvincent.) TWO-WAY STAR—Jaylen Coleman of USO hits Gerald Hardrick of Allderdice causing him to fumble in the City League Championship game. Coleman also rushed for 180 yards including a 91 yard touchdown run to lead USO to a 14-0 win over Allderdice in the City League Championship game Nov. 19 at Heinz Field. (Courier Photos/William McBride) last_img read more

Pioneering NBA referee Ken Hudson dies in Atlanta

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first_imgKEN HUDSON Atlanta, Ga.—Ken Hudson, one of the first full-time African-American referees for the National Basketball Association, passed away on May 9 in Atlanta. He officiated in the league from 1968 to 1972. During this phase of his career, he interacted with such notable players as Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Walt Frazier, Lenny Wilkins, and Jerry West, to name only a few. Hudson became beloved by both players and owners. In 2009 he was recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as the recipient of the prestigious Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where he attended Westinghouse High School, Hudson earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio where he began his refereeing career. He returned to Pittsburgh to teach elementary school students for several years. Ken also attended the University of Pittsburgh. But, after working in other arenas, he found his niche in the world of sports.The former executive for the Coca-Cola Company successfully negotiated agreements with the Big East, CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, and SIAC Conferences. After moving to Atlanta with Coca-Cola, he was on the committee that was responsible for developing relationships with the NBA.He served as special assistant to Mayor Maynard Jackson and coordinated sports-related events and facilitated weekly “Success Seminars” at Atlanta area high schools.In the early 1970s, Hudson served as general manager of Sheridan Broadcasting owned WILD radio in Boston. It was during this time that Hudson developed several Boston-area youth basketball programs. He founded the Boston Shoot-Out (1972), a basketball program that continues to attract top USA high school players. To encourage young people to achieve success in life, Hudson authored “A Tree Stump in the Valley of Redwoods.” The book imparts proven techniques, success stories and alliances that help young people become confident, well-rounded students, players and citizens.Demonstrating the generosity that characterized his life, one of his final unselfish acts was to donate his body to science in the hope that cures and treatments could be identified for others. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Cascade United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kenneth Hudson Scholarship Fund at Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, Ga., 30310.last_img read more