Trump Again Calls Out Democratic Congresswomen on Twitter

first_imgPresident Trump on Sunday resumed his criticism of the four progressive Democratic congresswomen now known as “The Squad.”He tweeted: That message came one week after the President stated that the women, who are all minorities, should “go back” to the “corrupt and inept” countries from which they came.Three of the women – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — were born in the U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. as a child.The President last week distanced himself after supporters attending his campaign rally in North Carolina started a “send her back” chant in response to his criticism of Omar.Since then, he has reversed course, calling the people at the rally “incredible patriots.”last_img read more

West Palm Lawsuit: Greyhound Racing Ban is Unconstitutional

first_imgTwo groups representing dog breeders and trainers have filed a lawsuit challenging a voter-approved ban on greyhound racing in Florida.The suit, which was filed last week in U.S. District Court, says the groups want the amendment to be declared unconstitutional, as they believe it gives dogs “a mysterious new set of rights,” while depriving some people of the right to use their property to make an income.West Palm Beach attorney Dawn Alba writes, “This sets an extremely dangerous precedent that an individual may now be dispossessed of personal property at the pleasure of the mob in violation of one of the bedrock principles of the laws of the United States.”The amendment was approved last November by 69 percent of Florida voters. It rules that all dog tracks, including the Palm Beach Kennel Club on Belvedere Road, must close by December 31, 2020.Two months ago, the Florida Greyhound Racing Association also filed a lawsuit in Pinellas County, asking a judge to make the state pay damages to a St. Petersburg kennel owner who claims his dogs are worth at least $50,000.In the local lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the nonprofit Support Working Animals as well as several breeders and trainers, Alba explains that horse racing remains legal. She adds, “There is no justification for the unequal treatment of banning the wagering on dog races and allowing the wagering on all other animal races.”Alba says in contrast to dog owners, who often identify themselves as parents of pets, dogs legally are property. The new amendment, she continues, “creates a mysterious new set of rights that directly conflict with the existing laws in the state of Florida.”According to Carey Theil, executive director of Massachusetts-based GREY2K USA Worldwide, a group that supported the amendment, five of the state’s 11 tracks have closed since the amendment passed. Two other tracks have announced they will close in the spring, while another track has been sold to a developer.Three others, including the Palm Beach Kennel Club, will wait until next year’s deadline to close. “We’re going to go all the way through. We’re going to go out in style,” says Theresa Hume, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach Kennel Club.last_img read more

Tip leads police to nurse home struggling with amount of dead bodies

first_imgThe Andover Police department in New Jersey says a tip about a possible body in a shed, has led them to find that one of the states largest nursing homes has been struggling to deal with the amount of deceased people in their care.The discovery was made on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II.Police say when they arrived to the location they did not find a body in a shed, however, they did find that the facility only built to handle four deceased people at a time, had at least 17 bodies.Each of the bodies were found in the building’s morgue in a body bag that identified each person.Authorities say they were asked to assist medical staff in relocating 13 of the bodies to a refrigerated trailer at Newton Medical Center.Four of the bodies remained at the morgue.“The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson, one of the responding officers, told CNN. “The residents were expiring. Why? We’re not sure if it’s from Covid-19 or from other diseases, but we tried our best to ease the burden.”Danielson went on to say that he has never seen so many bodies at once in a nursing home:“It is by far one of the most bodies at one time that I’ve experienced in terms of a nursing home. Based upon the pandemic and the numbers we saw coming out of the facility, I don’t know if I’m necessarily shocked about that. It’s an unfortunate situation altogether.”While the center has been linked to around 68 cases of the coronavirus with 28 deaths, it is unclear if any of the 17 deceased was affected by the virus.The 2,543 licensed beds, making it one of the largest nursing homes in New Jersey, however, the facility was rated “much below average” by Medicare in March according to Danielson.last_img read more

Florida man buys Lamborghini with $3.9 million from federal coronavirus loans

first_imgHines’ also used some of the money on dating website accounts, jewelry and clothing expenditures as well as reservations at high-end Miami Beach hotels such as the Fontainebleau and Setai, the Herald reported.The newspaper reported an investigation into Hines found he applied for an SBA loan of $13.5 million through Bank of America for his four South Florida moving business, claiming it would be spent on his 70 employees with a payroll of $4 million. Bank of America approved $3,984,557. However, authorities found Hines’ companies monthly revenue and expenses averages about $200,000. A Florida man has been arrested on bank fraud charges after prosecutors say, he used federal COVID-19 loans to buy a bright blue Lamborghini Huracan Evo.29-year-old David T. Hines of Miami received nearly $4 million in coronavirus federal loans to assist employees affected by the coronavirus, according to a report by the Miami Herald.His first purchase? A Lamborghini which costs $318,497. However, reports say the purchase was not on the list of permissible items under the Small Business Administration loan program. Hines was arrested Friday after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident on July 11. Miami police impounded his car; prosecutors plan to seize it, according to the Herald. Hines faces charges of fraud. He was granted a $100,000 bond and will be allowed to stay at his mother’s home with a GPS monitor.last_img read more

England teenage squad selected for French championship

first_img A squad of four teenagers have been selected to represent England in the French International Boys’ Championship at Omaha Beach from 24-28 March. They are Jake Benson of Nottinghamshire, Alex Fitzpatrick of Yorkshire, Nathan Longley of Sussex and Taylor Stote of Somerset (image © Leaderboard Photography). The championship starts with two rounds of stroke play qualifying and the top 32 players will qualify for the matchplay for the Michel Carlhian Trophy. The next 16 players aged U16 qualify for a consolation matchplay. A Nations Cup event is played over the qualifying rounds, with the best two scores counting each day, and England will be represented in this by Benson, Fitzpatrick and Stote. The players: Jake Benson, 16, (Beeston Fields) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals and had top five finishes in the Scottish and the North of England U16 boys’ strokeplay championships. Alex Fitzpatrick, 17, (Hallamshire) was third in the Italian U16 boys’ championship, having been runner-up the previous year. He was fifth in England’s McGregor Trophy, where he equalled the Wallasey course record of six-under 66 in the final round. He was also in England’s successful U16 team. Nathan Longley, 17, (Worthing) tied third in the Sir Henry Cotton Junior Masters and was 15th in the German Junior Masters. He qualified for the matchplay stages of the British boys’ championship. Taylor Stote, 16, (Burnham & Berrow) was another member of the England U16 team for the home internationals. He had a string of consistently high finishes in last year’s major U16 events and won the individual event at the South West boys’ county qualifying. 14 Mar 2016 England teenage squad selected for French championship last_img read more

Travelbag partners England Golf with double sponsorship

first_img Tags: Championship, Sponsorship, Travelbag England Golf is delighted to announce that Travelbag has agreed a double sponsorship to support its championships.The specialist tailor-made holiday provider will sponsor the 2018 Travelbag Team Championship, which will see club golfers from across the country compete for eight places in the Travelbag Invitational, taking place later this year in Orlando, Florida.It will also support the Championship Venue of the Year category at the sell-out England Golf Awards 2018, at the Royal Lancaster London on 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “We are delighted to be working with Travelbag to turn the spotlight on the clubs which support our very popular championships and to offer our members this fantastic competitive opportunity.”Championship Venue of the Year is a new category for the England Golf Awards, recognising the clubs and their volunteers which host and support championships. The finalists are:Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk; hosts of the English women’s county finalsGoswick Golf Club, Northumberland; hosts of the English senior men’s county finalsManchester Golf Club, Lancashire; hosts of the Reid Trophy, the English U14 boys’ open championshipPaul Hopkinson, Travelbag Marketing Director, commented: “The shortlist for this award is a clear reflection of how high the benchmark has been set by some of the best venues in the country. Championship Venue of the Year is an exceptionally tough category, which Travelbag are proud to support.”Entry to the 2018 Travelbag Team Championship opens on Monday 19 February to adult members of England Golf’s 1900+ affiliated clubs.The top two teams at the final – played during England Golf Week – will qualify for The Travelbag Invitational, which will take place at the award-winning Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Florida (pictured). They will be accompanied by eight Travelbag customers who compete in their own section of the Team Championship this year.Paul Hopkinson added: “We are delighted to be working with England Golf as an official partner and look forward to the Travelbag Team Championship developing further as a competition for England Golf members and Travelbag customers alike.”Entries for the championship’s four regional finals will be accepted on a first come first served basis from teams of four.Teams must include at least one man and one woman, but they don’t have to be members of the same golf club.At least 20 teams from the regionals will qualify for the national final at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire on Monday 13 August. There they’ll be treated to the full England Golf championship experience when they play off for the title – and the chance to head to Florida.The regional finals will take place on:Sunday 13 May – Mannings Heath Golf Club, SussexSunday 27 May – Saltford Golf Club, SomersetSunday 10 June – The Stratford Park Hotel & Golf Club, WarwickshireSunday 17 June – Darrington Golf Club, YorkshireGrand final:Monday 13 August – Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire 12 Feb 2018 Travelbag partners England Golf with double sponsorship last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Young stroke survivor Rachael Harrison tells how golf has helped her recovery

first_img3 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Young stroke survivor Rachael Harrison tells how golf has helped her recovery Rachael Harrison, who lives in Weston Super Mare, had a stroke 18 months ago at the age of 42. She tells how she has used Get into Golf to help her recovery and has found a new hobby.When did you have your stroke and how did it affect you?It was on New Year’s Day 2017 and I spent the next two weeks in hospital. I was in a wheelchair in the early days because I was very unsteady and I’ve been left with some numbness in my left side and my sight is impaired. I can’t see anything in the upper left quadrant of either eye, so I can’t drive.What prompted you to try golf?I was at a Stroke Association meeting for young stroke survivors and I was given a leaflet for Get into Golf. I thought I’d like to give it a try and I really enjoyed it.There’s a group of us and we have lessons with Sarah Sutcliffe at Tickenham Golf Club, she’s a PGA professional and she keeps me on my toes. She gets me motivated and gives me a bit of a push.I have a volunteer to help me, John who is a stroke survivor, and Sarah goes along the line, working with each of us in turn. She says I’m at the stage now where I’ve got to make changes to progress so I’m trying to hold the club correctly now – instead of like a builder!How has golf helped you?I really enjoy it, I’ve taken to it. I’m a lot happier with this new hobby that I can tell people about. I like Sarah, I like being out of doors and I’ve made friends, it’s a nice environment.It helps me with my mental health. Anxiety and depression tend to go with strokes and golf has helped. It’s a great feeling when you make a good shot, it lifts your spirits.For the rest of the day I’m almost on a high, I feel I’ve achieved something and it gives me something to talk about, something positive that I am doing.Will you keep playing?Yes. I’ve been doing it for six months now and it’s my new hobby.• Contact Jamie Blair, England Golf Disability Manager j.blair@englandgolf.org if you would like to get involved with existing projects across the country or if you would like to set up a golf session for your local Stroke clubSimply inspired to try golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about low cost and free beginner actiivities across the country Tags: Get into golflast_img read more

England Golf Buying Group Reaches Major Milestone

first_img The England Golf Buying Group has announced that it has extended its partnership with the purchasing alliance Golf Management Group (GMG).The extension was agreed at the end of a successful first full year working together during which the 200-plus clubs which signed up to the England Golf Buying Group made combined savings over £500,000, particularly in the costs of gas and electricity, food and waste disposal.During that period, the clubs involved in the Buying Group amassed over 56 million units of energy, which equates to nearly £6 million of electricity and gas, something which provides considerable leverage when negotiating prices for member clubs.“We are delighted by the way clubs have embraced this opportunity to make savings and benefits for their businesses and believe many more will join us when other clubs learn how successful it has been,” said Iain Lancaster, England Golf Club Support Manager.The partnership between England Golf and GMG began in 2017, offering clubs free membership for a year. By joining, clubs could get significant discounts as a result of using collective purchasing power. Golf Management Group’s experts look at a club’s expenditure and report back on potential savings in key areas such as energy, waste and food and beverage. In addition, clubs can also gain access to GMG’s “Contracts Manager”, a simple, secure online tool which helps keep track of the day-to-day service and utility contracts. With Contracts Manager in place, no club will miss an end date and run into expensive extended terms.The Royal St George’s Golf Club in Kent is just one of the English clubs to have benefited from the service provided by the England Golf Buying Group.The Open venue has made significant savings on its insurance as well as other economies on waste disposal and energy supply.“I took some convincing of the potential benefits, but it’s been very good and all done very efficiently,” said Club Secretary, Tim Checketts. “It saves us time and effort shopping around and they have some useful management tools which alert us to contract renewal times.”Bedford and County Golf Club is another big beneficiary.The club has cut the cost of its hygiene services by 25% and also made savings on waste disposal. It is also currently discussing brewery options. General Manager Steve Vinnicombe said: “We have made savings and it has been of benefit to the club. They have made it all very easy for us, it’s been a simple and smooth process.”GMG director Scott Partington believes the key to the success of the partnership is collaboration, both on the part of GMG and England Golf and on the part of the clubs.He said: “Our two organisations are working hard to ensure clubs are aware of the benefits, and the clubs are seeing that utilising this service to pool their resources ensures savings are sustained year on year.”Since becoming an England Golf Preferred Partner, GMG has gone on to partner Wales Golf and Scottish Golf to extend their support for their clubs.Clubs wishing to be part of the England Golf buying group should visit www.golfmanagementgroup.co.uk/england-golfEngland Golf’s affiliated clubs can access the network of Club Support Partners. A full list of partners can be found here – https://www.englandgolf.org/article/preferred-partners/ 23 Sep 2019 England Golf Buying Group Reaches Major Milestone Tags: Club Support, Golf Management Group, Preferred Partnerslast_img read more

Pitt freshman Birch hoping to live up to hype

first_imgPROMISING FRESHMAN—Pittsburgh’s Khem Birch goes up for a dunk in a three-player dunk contest after the annual Blue Gold intrasquad game Oct. 22 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP)—Khem Birch isn’t big on going with the flow.The Pittsburgh freshman wants to stand out, badly. It’s why the former star at Notre Dame Academy (Fitchburg, Mass.) wore long sleeves underneath his jersey while playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game. It’s why he donned a white headband for the Jordan Brand Classic. It’s why his otherwise ho-hum hair now features a blonde streak that’s easily visible from the top of the Petersen Events Center.“I just like to be different,” he said.Not just in his sartorial or hairstyle choices either.The top college basketball programs in the country spent three years heavily recruiting the athletic 6-foot-9 Canadian. They’re practically all there: Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State, Connecticut, Syracuse. The list is long and distinguished.Yet Birch opted for Pitt.Coach Jamie Dixon has spent nearly a decade building the Panthers into a national power with a group of players short on star power but long on grit.Birch is just the second McDonald’s All-American to sign with the Panthers, joining junior forward Dante Taylor. Birch insists he wasn’t trying to make a statement heading to Pitt into places with national championship banners hanging from the rafters.“I just loved the coaching staff,” Birch said.And the staff loves Birch’s potential. The key is giving him the room to live up to it.“We know what’s coming and we know it takes time,” Dixon said. “It takes time for good players to play in good programs to get where they want to be.”That doesn’t mean Dixon thinks Birch can’t have an impact this year. The Panthers lost three starters off a team that won the Big East regular season title last winter and a minor knee injury to senior forward Nasir Robinson could give Birch a chance to turn heads quickly.Not that he’s in a hurry. Though he proved he could score in high school, averaging 18 points a game as a senior, Birch knows that’s not his job, at least not yet.The quickest way to earn playing time at Pitt is by rebounding and playing defense. Birch is confident he can do both immediately.“Those are things that just come naturally to me,” he said.Dealing with hype isn’t quite so easy. There’s a certain level of pressure that comes with getting named all-everything. He’s not a fan.“It was kind of upsetting because the expectations are so high,” he said. “People expect you to be like a one-and-done and try and do things like a senior would probably do.”That’s not Birch’s style. He understands guard Ashton Gibbs is the team’s unquestioned leader and Robinson will lead the Panthers in toughness. He’s here to fill in the gaps until it’s time for him to take the next step.For guidance he need only look to Taylor, who came in two years ago with a wave of fanfare. His numbers have be solid but not spectacular. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.5 rebounds as a sophomore and admits to hearing the chatter that he hasn’t lived up to the billing.His advice to Birch: Cover your ears and go to work.“Don’t feed into the media because they’re all going to come and be like, ‘Alright, he’s a McDonald’s All-American, he’s supposed to come in and contribute right away,’” Taylor said. “But it’s hard pressure for a freshman to come in … I told him to not pay attention to it, not try to go out there and do too much and progressively you’ll get better and better.”That’s all Dixon expects, too. He is wary of the tag that comes with being named an All-American but believes Birch has the makeup not to get rattled.“If you ask him, the first thing that comes to his mind is not what he was called or what somebody writes about him, it’s that he has to get better,” Dixon said. “That’s his belief. He knows that and that’s what he’s here to do. What you’ve done on high school, that’s not even what you’ve done, that’s just a label. It has nothing to do with what you become.”Birch hopes to become part of the core that finally leads the Panthers to the Final Four. It won’t happen overnight, and that’s fine. He has no designs on leaving early.At this point, he’d be happy getting a shot off in practice. Every foray to the rim involves the kind of body contact better reserved for a football field.The lessons are painful, but they’re also part of the reason he came to Pitt.“In high school I could just go up and score,” he said. “Now I have to go up strong…and that’s my goal, to get stronger every day.”And stand out in the process.last_img read more

Penguins D Kris Letang out after having stroke

first_imgThis is a Feb. 11, 2012, file photo showing Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kris Letang (58) during an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Pittsburgh. Letang will be out for six-plus weeks after having a stroke. Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, that Letang had a stroke last week. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be out for at least six weeks because of a stroke.Penguins general manager Ray Shero announced Friday that Letang had a stroke last week.“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Shero said. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition.“Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”Letang will be treated with blood thinners and the stroke is not expected to threaten his career.“I hope that by making my condition public at this time, I can help other people by encouraging them to seek medical help if they experience some of the symptoms associated with a stroke – regardless of their age or general health,” the 26-year-old Letang said. “It obviously was a shock to get the news, but I’m optimistic that I can overcome this and get back on the ice.”Letang’s most recent game was Jan. 27 against Buffalo.After being a Norris Trophy finalist last season, he has 10 goals – matching a career high – and 18 assists in 34 games this season for the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins.Letang has 54 goals and 227 points in 419 games since making his NHL debut with the Penguins during the 2006-07 season.The Montreal native signed a $58 million, eight-year contract extension last summer.“The most important thing right now, of course, is Kris’ health,” Shero said. “We’re not thinking about hockey right now. We want to make sure he gets the best possible care and gets better. After six weeks of treatment, doctors will re-evaluate Kris.”last_img read more