A doctor in Corups Christi, Texas is sacrificing his home for the moment as he works in the emergency room at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Jason Barnes is quarantining himself by staying in the family’s treehouse located in the backyard.Dr. Barnes has treated patients positive with the virus and he says “ya know, trying to think about bringing that home, it’s scary for us.”Now, he turned his children’s treehouse into his new temporary home. It is equipped with a bed, water, and food. It even has a bathroom and air conditioning.Barnes said he has everything but his family’s hugs but it is worth it.“Quarantine is serious,” “But it’s the only way we’re going to beat this thing.”
A semi tractor trailer and a dump truck tangled on the turnpike early this morning southbound on the turnpike in Martin county. As of 5 a.m. southbound lanes are still shutdown stranding hundreds of drivers in the backups. One person was killed in the crash. Both trucks rolled over and are lying on their sides. FHP says the scene will take hours to clear.
19 Sep 2014 Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition Gloucestershire golfers Carol Park and Clare Spiller realised a four-year ambition when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons tournament at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Ever since the Naunton Downs pair first partnered each other in the stableford foursomes competition they have set their sights on winning the Spoons. They’ve won their club round three times in the last four years but never progressed past the regional final – until this year. Today, they made the most of their chance to win the trophy. They scored 19 points over the front nine of the golf course before play had to be abandoned because of torrential rain – and they claimed the Spoons on countback from two other pairs. The runners-up were Marjorie Scott and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, while third place went to Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate in Yorkshire. “It’s wonderful, absolutely fantastic,” said Carol, who is the Naunton Downs ladies’ captain. “We came here semi-relaxed, telling ourselves that we would just do as well as we could…. but deep down desperately wanting to win! “We can’t quite believe that we’ve won a national final – and the club is going to go bananas!” Clare, who plays off 25, and Carol, a 29-handicapper, both took up golf in a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Carol’s husband had always promised himself he would return to golf when he retired and she decided to take up the game as well. Clare had enjoyed a range of sports and was introduced to golf when she met her husband. She tried to encourage him to ski, but when he decided against the slopes she headed for the fairways. The Australian Spoons is a stableford foursomes competition for players of 15 handicap and above. The finalists, who were the overnight guests of England Goklf all came through club and regional qualifying rounds and were: Carol Park and Clare Spiller of Naunton Downs, Gloucestershire – South West region Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate, Yorkshire, – North region Marjorie Smith and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, – Midlands South Sue Burgess and Sue Wenlock of Kilworth Springs, Leicestershire & Rutland – Midlands North Sue Henderson and Chrissie Kemsley of Faversham, Kent, – South region Kerry Enever and Jenny Chamberlin of Diss, Suffolk, – East Region Belton Park Golf Club has presented each pair with a fourball voucher to play the course because the competition round was curtailed. Caption: 2014 Australian Spoons winners Clare Spiller (left) and Carol Park (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
Josh Hill carded a five-under par 67 to climb 22 places up the leaderboard on the second day of the European Young Masters at Kunĕtická Golf & Spa in the Czech Republic.The 15-year-old Dubai-based player goes into the final round tied in eleventh place on four-under par 140 ten shots adrift of Norway’s Michael Alexander Mjaaseth who leads the field by two shots on 14-under par 130 after adding a 66 to his opening round of 64.Jack Bigham from Harpenden carded a second successive one under par 71 to sit in a share of 21st place on 142.The leading GB & I player in the boys’ competition is Ireland’s Joshua Hill who carded rounds of 70 and 69 to claim a share of eighth place on the leaderboard on 139 just a week after winning the English Boys’ Under 16 Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (McGregor Trophy) at Radcliffe-on-Trent.Lottie Woad remains in contention for a medal in the girls’ event being played at the same venue.The 15-year-old from Farnham added a 71 to her opening 6 and is currently tied-sixth alongside Italy’s Charlotte Cattaneo and Antonia Zacharovska from the Czech Republic on four-under par 140. The leader is Germany’s Paula Schulz-Hanssen who is a single shot ahead of France’s Lilas Pinthier after firing opening rounds of 69 and 67.England’s other representative Patience Rhodes from Burnham & Berrow is in 42nd place on 155 after recording two rounds of 77.View leaderboardPhoto credit: Luboš Klikar, European Golf Association Tags: EGA, European young Masters, Jack Bigham, Josh Hill, Lottie Woad, Patience Rhodes 26 Jul 2019 Josh Hill climbs leaderboard in second day at European Young Masters
3rd Mark Wood (10) net 704th Martin Zimmerman (19) net 715th Gary Gribbin (14) net 71Sunday’s medal comp was well contested till the very end, with Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake winning with a net 69, and of course taking the man of the match honours. Pay-window specialist Peter Terry and Scotland’s Mark Wood both had net 70 returns and the prevailing count-back dictated that they travel up the podium steps in that order.Martin Zimmerman, who does not seem to play as much in as he previously did, served notice that the downtime was having no adverse effects on his game as he edged Garry Gribbin for the fourth step.Steve Mann was the sole heir to the 2’s pot. Barry Copestake.PSC Golf from The Players’ LoungeSunday, March 11, Green Valley – Medal1st Barry Copestake (25) net 692nd Peter Terry (23) net 70
Burapha Golf Club was the venue for the Ken Doherty Snooker Legends golf day on Saturday 5th September. 72 golfers teed off from a shotgun start playing in a 2-person Texas team scramble format. The event was well attended by golfers from within Thailand and also overseas visitors. The winners of the tournament were James Burns and Jack Munro from the UK with a fine net score of 63. They won a signed snooker cue each and a golf holiday to Siem Reap in Cambodia. When they were presented with their prizes they generously donated the holiday to the charity auction that followed.Snooker stars Jimmy White (far left), Ken Doherty (2nd right) and Joe Swail (far right) pose on stage at the Tavern By The Sea, Amari Pattaya with Derek Franklin (2nd left) and children from the Father Ray Foundation, Saturday, Sept. 5. The celebrity golf day was supported by some great sponsors – Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sapphire Club, Amari Hotels, Angkor Wat Golf and the Pattaya Sports Club. In addition to the main sponsors, a number of holes also had prizes up for grabs that were generously donated by SetForeHire, Champagne a Go Go, Burapha Golf Club, Sapphire Club, Rotary Club, and Graeme Newport and John McKillop. A combination of the support from the sponsors, charity auction and personal donations raised over 300,000 baht for the Father Ray Foundation Education Fund.(From left) Ken Doherty, Jimmy White, TAT Director Tanes Petsuwan and Joe Swail pose on the first tee at Burapha Golf Club, Saturday, Sept. 5.Former snooker world champion Ken Doherty partnered Tanes Petsuwan, the TAT Director for Europe, African and Middle East while Irish champion Joe Swail teamed up with Brendan Daly, General Manager of the Amari Hotel Pattaya. The other celebrity player, Jimmy White, teed off with a group of golf visitors from the UK. All the celebrities returned respectable scores.Sponsored hole prizes were won by Mark Newis, Brendan Daly, Justin Naro, Keith Hamilton, Martin Grimoldby and Nick Batley. The prize for the worst net score was won by Bente Giljarhus and Arno Pechtl who won a course of golf lessons donated by TPR Golf Academy and lunch at the Hilton, generously hosted by George Wilson from the Rotary.Tournament winners James Burns and Jack Munro receive prize autographed cues from the three snooker legends.After golf the players, guests and sponsors enjoyed an international buffet at the Tavern By The Sea at the Amari Pattaya. The MC for the evening, Paul Strachan, introduced all the prize winners who then collected their awards from Ken, Joe and Jimmy on the stage following which, musical entertainment was provided by the Amari house band.The highlight of the proceedings was a heart-warming speech by Derek Franklin as he introduced children from the Father Ray Foundation on stage and told the audience about each child’s background.Ken Doherty (left) donated a signed Manchester United shirt for the charity auction.Following the presentations, Derek Kane took over the microphone for the much anticipated auction of gifts and sports memorabilia. Ken Doherty kindly donated a team shirt signed by famous Manchester United players from the past. This item alone raised 34,000 baht when it was bought by Niall from Sapphire Club. Other items included framed golf and football memorabilia, great vouchers from the Amari and many donations from local businesses in Pattaya. The Cambodia golf holiday that was won by James and Jack raised 12,000 baht for the charity.Ken, Jimmy and Joe are already committed to making the event even bigger and better in 2016 when they return to Thailand to support their favourite charity.PSC President Peter Malhotra (2nd left) and PSC Charity & Community Service Chairperson, Noi Emmerson (4th left), present a cheque for 25,000 baht on behalf of the Pattaya Sports Club to add to the day’s fund-raising kitty.Jimmy White, representing the celebrity snooker players, accepts a plaque of appreciation from the Fr. Ray Foundation children.Brendan Daly, General Manager of the Amari Hotel Pattaya (left) presents prizes to a happy golfer.
The Thai Polo and Equestrian Club recently turned a bright shade of pink as three women’s teams competed to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana officially launched the Dec. 14 Queen’s Cup St. Regis “Pink Polo” match with her favorite horse, Prince Charming, along with Pol. Col. Fuangwith Anirut-thewa and up-and-coming horseman Krotthwat Samran, winner of the Equestrian competition held on the same day.HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana (right) talks with Harold Link, chairman of the B. Grimm Group, while watching the equestrian event. The Pink Polo event raised vital funds for the Queen Sirikit Breast Cancer Center at Chulalongkorn Hospital. The Paisano Dragons beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in the final.Harald Link, chairman of the B. Grimm Group, and Nantinee Tanner, managing director of the group’s cosmetics subsidiary LBG Co., joined the St. Regis Hotels & Resorts organized event to get Thai women to take the threat of breast cancer more seriously.The Paisano Dragons, Maple Leafs and St. Regis teams pose with their trophies at the conclusion of the polo competition.“This ladies’ polo tournament is a showcase of the prowess of women who come together annually, not only in a bid to display their skills, but also to raise funds for the Queen Sirikit Center.” Nantinee Tanner said. “We are thrilled to organize this kind of activity to change lives and save lives. We aim to increase awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and teach women how to get proper treatment.”The Pink Polo day was more than just the on-field action however, with the entire clubhouse and booths done up in pink. Guests laid back and sipped their drinks while some enjoyed the games, shopping and activities at many fun booths throughout the grounds.Paisano Dragons and Maple Leafs are shown in action at the Pink Polo charity event held at the Thai Polo and Equestrian Club in Pattaya on Sunday, December 14.Besides the main polo competition there were games, pony trotting, youth horse-riding competition and a fashion show on horseback.The highlight of the event had guests taking to the field for the traditional divot-stomping to replace the grass torn up by the polo players.The day wrapped up with the awards presentation by HRH Princess Sirivannavari – who placed 31st in riding at this year’s Asian Games in South Korea. This was followed by a cocktail party, firework display and barbecue.Pol. Col. Fuangwith Anirut-thewa and Krotthwat Samran showcased their show-jumping talents.Paisano Dragons and Maple Leafs battle for supremacy in the polo final.The day featured a special fashion show on horsebackPeter Malhotra, MD of the Pattaya Mail Media Group (right) along with Elfi Seitz of Pattaya Blatt and their friends enjoy the grand fireworks finale.Elfi Seitz, Brendan Daly and Tony Malhotra seen enjoying Paulaner beer at the Pattaya Mail booth.
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MAKING HISTORY—France’s Vanessa James and Yannick Bonheur perform their pairs free program during the figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Feb. 15. They are the first Black pairs skating team to compete in the Olympic Games. (NNPA)—Many viewers in the African-American community took an interest in the Winter Olympics to follow Black speed skater Shani Davis. But they had another reason to tune into the Winter Games this year. French pairs skaters Yannick Bonheur and Vanessa James made history on Feb. 21 when they became the first Black duo to participate in Olympic figure skating competition. The pair teamed up two years ago after Bonheur split up with his former skating partner, Marylin Pla. The 27-year-old athlete then placed an advertisement online for a replacement. According to the Canadian-born James, her aunt saw it and convinced her 22-year-old niece to team up with Bonheur.“It’s destiny and I’m very happy about it,” Bonheur told reporters. “There’s the grace and beauty of Vanessa and then my athleticism. And the fact that we’re both Black brings a pleasing visual harmony.”The pair traveled to the United States in August 2009 to train with famous Russian coach Sergei Zaitsev in Indianapolis. They earned their way to the Olympics by winning the French nationals, and now they’re ready to leave their mark on international history.“This is just the beginning. We want to make a name for ourselves so that they’ll remember us for next season,” Bonhuer told reporters. “We want to climb the ladder to show that Black skaters can stand on the podium.”
(NNPA)—Local and state governments are just like the federal government. They want to keep their largesse ways and not face the demand for austerity and good fiscal management. When times get tight they seek to get into your pockets via obscene taxation on any and everything they can find. There is no regard for the underserved or populations that can least afford damaging taxation for the sake of keeping massive governmental infrastructures. Many cities and counties are slipping taxes on cell phones like they are luxury items. The truth is cell phones are security items, family management tools and access to the Internet. Black citizens use cell phones as their number one vehicle to the Internet. So, when they start slapping taxes on your child’s phone and you are on a limited fixed income or assistance it becomes terribly damaging. They are doing this with reckless abandon and that is why we are pushing for a federal bill that will declare cell phones interstate commerce and prohibit any further local taxes for at least 10 years.Let’s say you purchase a download through the Internet. You live in Philadelphia and you buy it from a firm in Seattle, Washington. The server used in this transaction is located in St. Louis. What may happen is a triple tax on this transaction. You may pay Philadelphia, Pa. sales tax, Seattle, Wash. sales tax, and a St. Louis, Mo. sales tax all on one transaction. It is becoming crazy and somehow we must bring good management and governance in this new age of doing business.Now comes taxing grocery bags. Washington, D.C. started this under the last mayor. My wife and I no longer shop in D.C. We shop in Montgomery County, Md. However, the Montgomery County Council has just decided to implement their own five-cent grocery bag tax. Shall we now cross the Potomac River into Virginia? Better yet, let’s start getting a handle on this one.The stated goals of the tax are to raise revenue and curb the use of grocery bags. The bags, the county says, are an environmental hazard. Instead, county officials say they want to encourage Montgomery County shoppers to use reusable bags.Unfortunately, the measure misses the mark. What bag taxes like these result in isn’t very “green” at all. And, what might be affordable for one of America’s most affluent counties certainly wouldn’t be affordable for working class communities, let alone the entire state.Eliminating free grocery bags at the checkout means consumers must search for alternatives — presumably reusable plastic or cloth bags. Both options weigh more and take more energy to produce, contributing to greater emissions, not less.As alternatives, plastic reusables and cloth bags must be used repeatedly over time before their environmental impacts are less than that of plastic. If they aren’t reused to that extent, we only succeed in introducing more waste into our landfills. To illustrate, it would take 7.5 years of using the same cloth bag (393 uses, assuming one grocery trip per week) before it’s a better option than a plastic bag reused three times, like to carry lunch and then line a garbage can.And since so many people (nine out of 10 according to market surveys) reuse plastic grocery bags, without them, consumers would naturally replace plastic grocery bags with other, heavier gauge plastics, for household uses. After Ireland implemented its bag tax, consumption of purchased plastic trash bags increased by 400 percent. So, if the goal is to promote less waste in our landfills and use fewer plastics, bans and taxes don’t achieve those outcomes.Bag taxes also skirt the real issue of litter. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says plastic grocery bags make up less than 0.5 percent of the litter stream. Junk food wrappers, cigarette butts and paper, all make up bigger portions of litter, but plastic bags make for an easy target because they are visible, white, and often can get blown around. In effect, getting rid of plastic bags is negligible in cleaning up litter. Addressing litter requires more than just banning a product, it requires a change in habits, more recycling, and greater education.A tax on grocery bags is regressive. A growing number of Americans rely on government assistance for food, and taxes like this hurt these groups the most. In a time of rising gas prices, and with the rising cost of commodities driving up our grocery bills, the added financial burden at the check-out for a cause that has an arguable impact on improving the environment just doesn’t make sense.Though well-intended, a bag tax does more harm than help. Non-recyclable reusables are no better for the environment. The worst part is that the tax ends up hurting those that can least afford it. Fight this increased taxation effort whenever and wherever it comes up.(Harry Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)