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Miami-Dade orders hotels & lodging to close

first_imgMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued an emergency order to close hotels and other lodging, with the exception of certain personnel.Hotels will still be available to first responders, displaced visitors or residents, domestic violence victims, airline crew members, patients’ families, and journalists from out of town.Short-term vacation rentals must end by Monday, March 23rd.A statement from the Mayor in part read, “As we continue to combat the COVID-19 virus, I have ordered that all hotels, motels and temporary vacation rentals shut down their operations throughout Miami-Dade except to house essential personnel and people who are unable to get back into their homes.”last_img read more

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Going into the ‘Stretch Run’ …Week 6 is in the books

first_imgThe standings are changing in the ACMFL with two ‘leap-frogs’ in the standings. Let’s give a round of applause for Wilkinsburg and West Pittsburgh for making their jumps and getting themselves in condition for championship contention. Also, big “ups” to North Shore organization, who split the series with the number one seeded Hill District team that only had one loss coming into the last weekend of the season. Last but certainly not least, we want to give a special shout out to the Baby Twerps team of the Homewood Bulldawgs. They are ripping their competition with a 4-0-1 record. This is who will do battle this week: Let’s take a look at how your community faired:This Week1. Lincoln 3-0-11. Wilkinsburg 3-0-13. West Pittsburgh 2-1-14. Garfield 2-24. Hill District 2-24. Homewood 2-24. North Shore 2-28. North Side 1-2-19. Braddock 0-3-19. Clairton 0-3-1Also, take a look at the league standings up to date: Overall: 1. Hill District 16-3-12. Garfield 15-53. Wilkinsburg 12-6-24. Homewood 12-85. Lincoln 10-7-36. North Shore 9-10-17. Clairton 5-13-28. West Pittsburgh 5-14-19. North Side 4-14-210. Braddock 3-16-1Finally, a look into who will do battle this week: Next Week’s Schedule:All Games begin Saturday @ 9 a.m.Hill District @ WilkinsburgNorth Side @ ClairtonNorth Shore @ BraddockHomewood @ W. PittsburghGarfield @ Lincoln * Courier’s Series-to-Watch (Week 6)(Follow our weekly coverage of the ACMFL and make your comments on www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com) (D.W. Howze can be reached at dwhowze@newpittsburghcourier.com )center_img OFFENSE FIREWORKS—Northside Steelers wide receiver Mark Peters takes this one to the house as the Steelers offense visited the end zone many times. Northside quarterback Blaze Canning (5) scored five touchdowns in this game.last_img read more

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Ex-NFL lineman tops bill for Pyongyang fight night

first_imgIn this Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 photo, former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp speaks during an interview in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob “The Beast” Sapp isn’t exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he’s big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea.Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?Sapp, a 6-foot-5, 350-pound tank of a man who played briefly as a lineman with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings before becoming one of Japan’s best-known mixed martial arts personalities, will be topping the bill at a martial arts extravaganza in Pyongyang later this month.The two-day event is being staged by a Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician in an oddball attempt at sports diplomacy just as relations between North Korea and Japan are beginning to thaw.“This is the No. 1 unusual and a little bit crazy thing (I’ve ever done),” Sapp said of his upcoming trip. “I’ve done everything from the NFL, pro wrestling, movies, I made the cover of Time magazine, done all types of commercials and now I’m going to North Korea. You name it, I’ve done it.”About 20 wrestlers and martial artists from around the world are expected to attend. Organizers say the event — dubbed, rather blandly, the International Pro-Wrestling Festival in Pyongyang — will be broadcast over the Internet, aired on Japanese network television and shown on North Korean state-run TV.The exhibition will be the biggest sports show with a marquee American since Rodman and a team of other ex-NBA players took to a Pyongyang basketball court in January. Rodman called that event “historic,” but was panned by members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups who said he had become a public relations tool for North Korea’s government.As soon as he got back to the United States, Rodman apologized publicly for his conduct and entered rehab.Sapp, who divides his time between Japan and his adopted hometown of Seattle, told The Associated Press he was familiar with the Rodman debacle but says he will steer as far away from controversy and politics as he can. It’s not clear if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — whom Rodman serenaded with the birthday song — will attend the event.“I have no idea what any of that stuff is, and for me, it’s quite simple,” Sapp said in an interview. “I am there to bring entertainment.”He will also be bringing cookies, which he plans to hand out to children — in contrast, he notes, to Rodman, who showed up in Pyongyang with crates full of his personal brand of vodka.There is a strong political undertone to the event, however.It’s all the brainchild of Kanji “Antonio” Inoki, a savvy showman and charismatically eccentric Japanese politician who is one of the only members of Japan’s parliament who supports — and actively participates in — exchanges of any kind with North Korea. Inoki, who has visited North Korea nearly 30 times, was suspended by parliament for a month after making an unauthorized trip to the North last year.The square-jawed, 6-foot-3 Inoki, serving his third term in Japan’s parliament, is probably best remembered elsewhere for fighting Muhammad Ali in Tokyo in 1976. But in 1995, he fought American Ric Flair in the “Collision in Korea,” a two-day event held in Pyongyang’s huge May Day Stadium that drew a reported 380,000 spectators. It was the biggest pay-per-view event in pro wrestling history. Ali was among the guest attendees.Inoki said he had originally hoped to get the same stadium for the upcoming show, but it is under renovation. The venue will instead be a 15,000-seat indoor arena.Inoki’s connection to North Korea dates to his mentor, a pro wrestler named Rikidozan who was possibly the best-known sports figure in postwar Japan. Rikidozan was Korean, and his name and exploits in the ring are still known in North Korea.Though he has made quite a stir in the Japanese media, the general response to his plans has been subdued.Tokyo has cut off virtually all official ties with Pyongyang since 2006 over its nuclear weapons program and other issues. However, it recently announced it was lifting some unilateral sanctions after the North agreed to revive a probe into the fates of at least a dozen Japanese who were abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and 80s.Tokyo will continue to enforce U.N. sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear program, but the breakthrough on the abductions issue is expected to allow more contact between the countries. Inoki is so far the first to step in.“We shouldn’t cut off contacts no matter what the situation,” he told the AP. “The atmosphere in Japan is changing. I think the government is taking notice of the changes in the mood and acting accordingly.”___Talmadge is the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/EricTalmadge.last_img read more

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Jones hits 3 homers, all-Black Chicago team wins LLWS opener

first_imgChicago’s Pierce Jones (23) hits a two-run home run off Lynnwood, Wash. pitcher Logan Kruse during the third inning of a Little League baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Moments after Chicago beat Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday in the Little League World Series, outfielder Pierce Jones looked at his phone — and had to turn it off.“I didn’t want to deal with all the notifications,” Jones said.Jones had three homers and four RBIs in Jackie Robinson West’s 12-2 victory in five innings.Manager Darold Butler the players on the all-Black team hear about the support in and around Chicago, but that they do haven’t grasped the magnitude.“I know for a fact they don’t know how big it is, or what exactly is going on at home,” Butler said. “It’s just baseball to them.”Jones homered leading off in the first inning, and also tripled in the game. Shortstop Ed Howard added a two-run homer in the second inning.Chicago scored five runs in the third inning. Logan Kruse relieved Ian Michael, and Chicago capitalized on a passed ball and other misplays behind the plate.For Chicago, pitcher Joshua Houston settled down after Lynnwood scored two in the first. Houston went four innings, striking out seven and giving up two hits.“We’re just trying to make the city proud. We’re trying to make the state proud,” Butler said. “From the batting practice we’ve been taking here and the comeback win that got us here, the kids have been very relaxed. … I felt good going into this game.”last_img read more

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Ravens fans, men and women, wear No 27 for Rice

first_imgRacquel Bailey wears a Ray Rice jersey as she tailgates before the Baltimore Ravens’ NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) – Music blared from the purple bus, and Baltimore Ravens fan Racquel Bailey stood with drink in hand amid her usual tailgate buddies while making a bold fashion statement: a black, rhinestone-decorated jersey with the white No. 27.A Ray Rice jersey.“There’s two sides to every story,” said the 23-year-old waitress from Baltimore. “I saw the video. That’s their personal business, and it shouldn’t have affected his career. I don’t agree with domestic violence, but she’s still with him, so obviously it wasn’t that big of a deal. Everyone should just drop it.”Ravens fans male and female, young and old, arrived for Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers debating the events that have affected their team over the last few days. Their once beloved running back has been kicked off the team and banned by the NFL after a video surfaced that showed him punching his then-fiancee – and now wife – inside an Atlantic City hotel elevator.All condemned Rice’s actions, but there was little consensus as to what his punishment should be. The NFL did the right thing by suspending him, some said, but the Ravens shouldn’t have terminated his contract as well. Or maybe the suspension should have remained at two games, where it stood before the punch video became public.Meanwhile, those who wore Rice jerseys were getting heckles and high-fives.“You support a wife-beater!” one female fan yelled at male fan wearing a No. 27 about 90 minutes before kickoff.Outside of at least one entrance, a memo explained the “Ray Rice Jersey Exchange” policy, aimed at “particularly families, women and children” who wish to exchange a Rice jersey for that of another Ravens player. The Ravens are no longer selling Rice jerseys, but at least one independent vendor had some Rice action figurines on sale next to his collection of vintage Baltimore Colts wares.The somber nature of the Rice saga jarred with the usual merriment surrounding a night game. The NFL Network set outside the stadium included panelists discussing serious issues on the air, while raucous fans hoping for a win over the Steelers cheered in the background.Paul Kilduff, 65, put two pieces of duct tape over the letters “Ray R” on the back of his faded shirt so that it read “Be Nice” instead of “Ray Rice.” But the tape kept falling off, so he took off the jersey, then put it back on without the tape while uttering, “Ah, I might as well.”“Everybody deserves a second chance,” he said, a refrain heard often in the parking lot.This, after all, is the franchise of Ray Lewis, who was charged in a murder case in 2000 but now has a statue outside the stadium. His No. 52 remains arguably the most visible jersey among tailgaters.But there were plenty of No. 27s, and many of them said they were deliberately making a statement.“I took the bus here, so people were, like, ‘Good, I’m glad to see to someone out here showing support,’” said Gage Friend, 18, as he learned against the barrier by the players’ entrance. “But I’ve also seen a lot of people giving me dirty looks and people saying stuff to me like, ‘I can’t believe you’d wear that. Don’t you know what he did?’“Yeah, I’m pretty aware of what he did. And, yes, it was awful and it was definitely a mistake on his part, but he deserves a second chance. … People have done so much worse in this league.”Others supported the team’s decision to get rid of Rice, including one who called out Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti for not acting sooner.“He’s a coward,” said Stephanie Wright, 43, from Shrewsbury, Pa. “He was just scared of public opinion so that’s why he just terminated (Rice). … You should be held accountable. If he was a policeman or a firefighter, he would have lost his job immediately.”___Associated Press writer Juliet Linderman, AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi, AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski and AP freelance writer Pete Kerzel contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL__Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAPlast_img read more

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Dip Your Toes into a Fun New Year’s Resolution

first_imgSubmitted by Stephanie Roloff for Lacey Parks and Recreation Boot Camp H20 class is a higher-intensity class that incorporates lap swimming, push-ups, and weightsIt’s that time of the year again – the time for a New Year’s resolution to get healthier. This year try something different and make a splash with a water fitness class. Lacey Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of water fitness classes at River Ridge High School Pool.For anyone just starting a fitness routine, exercising in the water is a great low-impact option. Exercising in the water is a good workout – and a little harder than you might expect due to the resistance. But the water also makes it easy to customize a workout by adjusting the range and speed of movement.Jen Norby began an aquatic fitness exercise class at the recommendation of her doctor several years ago while pregnant. She continued as a way to lose weight, gain flexibility, improve her heart health and have a positive attitude about herself. Four years ago she began instructing aquatic fitness classes. Norby teaches Deep Water Aerobics and started the Boot Camp H20 class, a higher-intensity class that incorporates lap swimming, push-ups, and weights. As an instructor Norby said, “It is so rewarding to see the joy and people’s faces during class and hear about the triumphs have overcome by exercising in the water.”Jean-Marie Dymond needed a dual knee replacement in 2012. To prepare for the difficult surgery and strengthen her upper body, she began taking aquatic fitness classes through Lacey Parks and Recreation. Dymond attributes her quick recovery to her deep water aerobics class. After her recovery, she continued with the class because of the affordable prices and well-trained instructors who thoroughly explain the exercises for every level.Jenny Wilson, Recreation Supervisor for Lacey Parks and Recreation said, “Registration is simple. There are no membership fees, contract or hassles. Just browse the class options, choose a class and sign-up over the phone.”Classes are offered weeknights at River Ridge High School Pool year-round. Classes range from Lap Swimming, Boot Camp H20, Shallow Water Aerobics and Deep Water Aerobics. For the full class schedule, view the recreation guide here. You can also try one class for free; call Lacey Parks and Recreation at 360-491-0857 for details. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Hartley Jewelers Transforms Cherished Heirloom Wedding Ring for a New Generation

first_imgFacebook28Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Hartley Jewelers Joan Taylor worked closely with Hartley Jewelers to create a one of a kind wedding band from her grandmother’s ring.“When my Granny passed away she left me a legacy – her wedding band which my Grandfather had designed. This started as a simple gold band to which he added a diamond every anniversary. On their 26th year of marriage he replaced one diamond with a Ruby. This continued until my Grandfather passed a few short months after their 65thwedding anniversary. The ring I received contained 2 Rubies and 13 Diamonds which represents their 65 years of marriage. Their relationship is such an inspiration. They were strong in their faith, always held hands, kissed, had fun and took good care of each other.My husband proposed to me with the most beautiful Amethyst ring. Purple is my favorite color and this ring represented how much he knows me and loves me. There really was no need to add anything to it as it was stunning on its own.The closer it got to our wedding date, a thought was tugging at me while thinking of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – My Granny’s wedding ring. I love what it stands for but not a big fan of yellow gold. However, it would be so great to carry around the memory of my grandparents and what marriage is all about instead of keeping it in a box. I remembered a co-worker showed me a beautiful pendant she had custom made at Hartley Jewelers. She had said she brought them a family diamond and wanted something created for her daughter as a gift on her wedding day. I saw the end result and was very impressed…it was gorgeous!So, I visited Hartley Jewelers one afternoon. Ashley greeted me and listened intently as I showed her my Granny’s ring and shared the story and meaning behind the stones displayed. She was thrilled to be able to help as I told her I would like to use the stones from the ring to create a wedding band to go with my engagement ring so I could commemorate my Grandparents 65 years together and carry their memory close to my heart always.Ashley was amazing, like talking to an old friend. She grabbed a big book of examples and we looked together at designs that could accommodate 15 stones. She understood the importance of using ALL the stones. She could tell nothing was jumping out at me and suggested that this would at least give a good starting place on price. She worked up a rough estimate, packaged up my engagement ring and Granny’s ring, turning them in for a designer to work up something magical.Magical indeed! I received a call within a couple weeks to come in and review the wax mold. I came in after work as Hartley Jewelers’ hours allow the convenience of visiting on my lunch hour, after work and Saturdays.Hartley incorporated 2 rubies and 10 diamonds from Joan Taylor’s grandmother’s wedding ring in a wedding band that complimented her amethyst engagement ring.Again greeted by Ashley, now feeling like part of the Hartley family, she grabbed Ed Caravana who was designing my one of a kind wedding band which would incorporate all 15 stones from my Granny’s ring. I was blown away and this was just the wax mold! Ed had created a ring that would lock up flush against my engagement ring commemorating my grandparent’s memory and set off my amethyst. This mold showed that it had the perfect spot for the two rubies in a symmetrical place on either side of three diamonds and then the remaining 10 diamonds would trail down 5 on each side. It was like Ed read thoughts in my mind I didn’t realize I had. We knew we were on the same page. Ed also explained he would be able to add the beading and details to match the style of my engagement ring. I was so excited and gave the go ahead.About a week later, I received another call from Hartley Jewelers. This time I took my fiancé with me. We were both sharing in the excitement now as Ed unveiled his masterpiece. He had set in simulated stones as a visual to how it would look. We were truly happy and could not wait to see the finished piece. Since I had decided to start this project a little too close to the wedding date, I knew and did not expect it to be ready in time. So, I picked up my engagement ring to use for the ceremony. Also, I asked if I could turn in the gold from my Granny’s ring along with the gold from my fiancé’s old ring toward the project price and the answer was yes, of course.Once we returned from our wedding, I turned my engagement ring back in so Ed could finalize the project. Within about a week, I received a call that the project was complete. I ran over at lunchtime to pick it up. WOW! More exquisite than I could ever imagine, not to mention unique and one of a kind – yet it paired beautifully with my engagement ring as if they were purchased as a pair. When I put it on for the first time I felt like a Queen! I love my ring. I love what it represents. And I love that Ed, Ashley and Hartley Jewelers made a dream a reality!”Thank you to everyone at Hartley Jewelers, Joan Taylor (Rhetta)last_img read more

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Batsman Shreyas Iyer bagged the No. 4 slot in the ODI and T20I series

first_imgAdvertisement 2cilpNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsl4a1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elhl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8cjvz3Would you ever consider trying this?😱ao7c8Can your students do this? 🌚309Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricketer made his debut back in November 2017 at the T20 International New Zealand vs India. The batsman was missing from the grounds at the international matches for quite some time until he made a comeback in the ODI series in the match between India and the West Indies that took place in August this year.Advertisement After his debut, he played in Sri Lanka ODI series and grabbed everyone’s attention by hitting half-centuries. Next, he played against South Africa in the ODI series. He was dropped from the World Cup team after this, and hence he did not make an appearance during the World Cup championship. Soon after India’s sad defeat in the semi-finals at the World Cup, he was back playing against West Indies in the ODI series in August. Advertisement  Chief selector, MSK Prasad told the media, “If you recall, we had inducted Shreyas Iyer (when Virat Kohli was rested) 18 months back into the ODI squad, and he has done reasonably well. Unfortunately, we couldn’t continue with him. Having said that, he has evolved as a player now, and he can be the solution to our No. 4 slot in both ODIs and T20Is.”Advertisement  Due to his impressive record at the domestic level and the India A-game, he was drafted into the ODI and T20I team.   Advertisementlast_img read more

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Borough Explores More Ways to Sell Beach Badges

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – In an effort to accommodate its beachgoers, most of whom live out of town, the borough will offer sales of half-price passes for the 2017 season on four Saturdays, from Dec 1 through March 31.Previously, the bargain prices for the passes were available only on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.“People should not have to take a day off to get a beach pass,” said Borough Clerk Christine Pfeiffer.Last summer, 70,752 beachgoers visited the town’s beach. “We get the overflow from Sandy Hook,” Pfeiffer said.Passes will be sold 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Borough Hall on December 17, January 21, February 18 and March 18. The cost of regular beach passes will be priced at $100, the same as last season. But there is a 50 percent discount for patrons 16 through 64 when purchased between Dec. 1 and March 31.Those 65 years and older or disabled pay a discounted rate of $35 at all times.There is no fee for children under 11 or for active military personnel or their family members. Locker rentals will cost $250.Costs for going to the beach in the town jumped sharply last year when the borough installed a metered parking system costing a dollar an hour, in parking lots that had long been free. The borough is exploring the idea of an electronic beach badge system which will allow visitors to purchase season, daily or special entrance passes with a mobile device, such as a smart phone. Users can flash the beach badge from their mobile phones when necessary. Similar systems are in use at Manaquan and Asbury Park.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said that there would be no cost to the town for the use of the service but users would pay a small fee.last_img read more

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Hawks shutdown Leafs 3-2 to take stranglehold on Murdoch

first_imgThe Hawks dumped Nelson 6-2 Sunday in the first of the home-and-home series.Beaver Valley got goals from three different players — Mitch Foyle, in the first period and second-period markers from Dallas Calvin and Riley Brandt on the power play.Brandt’s winning goal came with Nelson playing two men short.The Hawks then turned to netminder Brett Clark to seal the deal, stopping 26 of 28 shots in the game.Newcomer Adam Hodge, with help from linemates Rayce Miller and Jamie Vlanich, and Nolan Percival, scored late in the third period to start the comeback.But the Hawks were able to run out the clock to secure the two points and control of the Murdoch Division.BLUELINES: A crowd of 523 attended the game before ringing in the New Year. . . . Leaf goalie Adam Maida, playing only his sixth game of the season after suffering a knee injury, lost for the first time this season. . . .Nelson was missing lead scorer Travis Wellman from the lineup. Wellman leads Nelson ins scoring with 65 points, including 37 goals. . . . Nelson, finishing December with a 4-4 records, heads out on the road to the East Kootenay to start January. Nelson plays Kimberley Friday, Golden Saturday and Columbia Valley Sunday afternoon. Next home game is Saturday, January 11 against Spokane Braves. The Beaver Valley Nitehawks proved they can win with offence or defence.The Hawks stymied the vaunted Nelson Leafs offence for 50-plus minutes before holding on for a 3-2 victory over the Murdoch rivals in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action New Year’s Eve at the NDCC Arena.The win not only gives the Hawks the series lead over the Leafs but increases the Beaver Valley lead atop the Murdoch Division to three points.Did was also say the Hawks have won nine straight games, including a four-game sweep of Murdoch Division rivals Nelson and Castlegar to conclude 2013 on a happy note.last_img read more