A poll conducted last week by WebMD found that 1 in 10 Americans believe they have been infected with COVID-19 over the last 30 days, although few of them have had access to testing in order to confirm their suspicions.Only about seven percent of those who thought they had the novel coronavirus were actually tested for it. Out of those, two-thirds tested positive for the virus.The poll, which was conducted on April 20 and 21, had 6,300 respondents.WebMD says that of those individuals who said they were not tested, 39 percent explained they did not meet the testing criteria, while 28 percent said they did not think they needed a test, and 25 percent added that testing was not yet available in their area. Another 16 percent stated they were concerned about seeking treatment.In addition, new data collected in our region suggests that more than 100,000 people in Miami-Dade County may be infected with the virus.That information comes from the Surveillance Program Assessing Risk and Knowledge of Coronavirus, also known as SPARK-C. It is a public-private partnership designed to determine the actual rate of COVID-19 exposure in the community.Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and researchers from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine held a virtual news conference on Friday to discuss the data.Gimenez said, “Using statistical methods, we are 95 percent certain the true amount of infection lies between 4.4 percent and 7.9 percent of the population.”Here is our virtual press conference on the COVID-19 with an update on the study Miami-Dade is conducting in conjunction with @UMiamiHealth. https://t.co/aLcSLqgGQd— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) April 24, 2020 That means that between 123,000 to 221,000 residents potentially have been infected by the virus, confirming the SPARK-C study.Researchers explained during the news conference that the numbers provided are based on the participation of 1,400 people over two weeks.Mayor Gimenez added that six percent of the participants tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Out of those who tested positive for the antibodies, more than half did not have symptoms. Follow-up testing will be conducted on those who have antibodies.“That’s exactly why we are going to have security measures and enforcement measures in place before we open,” he explained.The random sampling in the study also found that African-Americans seem to be twice as likely to get the virus.Recent numbers show that the curve is flattening in Miami-Dade County, although Gimenez warns residents against disobeying social distancing orders.Gimenez says the county has hired 400 people to help with enforcement.“We want to get back to normal, but we can only do so if people respect social distancing and follow the rules,” he adds.The mayor plans to continue the community-wide surveillance program.“It’s the new normal. We won’t get back to the old, old normal until, I believe, either we have vast testing or we have a vaccine,” Gimenez explains.As of Sunday morning, there were 11,351 confirmed cases and 301 deaths in Miami-Dade County, the most cases and deaths in the state.
District officials said Saturday that the union’s concerns will “receive serious consideration,” although they added that they are surveying parents and their own employees to help with the decision.“It’s important to remember that final decisions that the District will make will be based on a variety of factors including financial, legal, health and other requirements that the District must meet in the best interests of all students, staff and community members,” the district said in a statement.District leaders are still developing school-reopening plans, but intend for students to have an option to learn completely from home or take in-person classes in some form.The school board’s longest serving member, Debra Robinson, has called for delaying the beginning of the school year.A majority of board members said they are open to exploring that proposal.While saying it is theoretically possible that new cases could decline significantly in the six weeks before classes resume, Katz expressed doubt that would happen with enough time to prepare teachers and students for in-person classes on the first day.“We seem to be back on the wrong side of the curve,” he said, referring to recent jumps in the number of coronavirus infections in Palm Beach County and statewide, “and worse off than before.” Palm Beach County’s teachers union is asking the school district to keep campuses closed to students when the academic year begins in August.They say that a return to in-person schooling is “a dangerous gamble” with coronavirus cases increasing here.In a letter to district leaders, teachers union President Justin Katz said on Friday that the recent spike in infections makes it nearly impossible to guarantee a safe return, despite social distancing measures.“The dangerous trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Florida has led us to believe that (in-person schooling) should still be offered, but not until a point in time when the on-campus option can be executed in a safe and responsible manner,” Katz wrote. “We no longer believe that is possible at this time.”Katz calls on the school board to “limit instruction to virtual means with no on-campus activity with students until such time that the medical and scientific community are able to convey that it is safe to do so.”The district has been planning to start school Aug. 10.However, the union represents 12,500 teachers, counselors and other educators. Many of those individuals are 60 or older, placing them at greater risk from COVID-19.
Brian Purse, current chairman of the Midland Golf Union and a long-time amateur golf volunteer, has been presented with the Gerald Micklem Award for 2013. He received the trophy from outgoing President, Paul Baxter, at the Annual General Meeting of England Golf at Woodhall Spa and joins a long line of distinguished winners. The Micklem Award is presented annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to further the interest of amateur golf in England. Purse has always been a keen sportsman, although his first interests were with cricket and soccer. His first taste of golf came at a nine-hole course at The Gog Magog near Cambridge as some of his business colleagues – he was employed as an Articled Clerk in a Chartered Accountants practice in Cambridge – were members there. However, he was generally a nomadic golfer throughout the 1970s but after he was promoted to a managerial role by his employers in the company’s practice in St Neots, he joined St Neots Golf Club in 1979 with a handicap of eight, becoming club champion nine years later and again in 1997. A year later, in 1989, he was elected Club Captain in its 99th year and after two more years his interest in county affairs saw him join the late Malcolm Unsworth representing Cambridgeshire on the Midland Golf Union, serving for eight years. Following Malcolm’s death, Purse took over as Cambridgeshire representative on the English Golf Union Executive Committee for ten years from 1995 – 2005. It was during that period, 1997 – 1998, that he was elected President of the MGU. Further honours were to follow and in 2000 and 2001, he became President of Cambridgeshire, the first member of St Neots to hold that office. It was during his tenure that Cambridgeshire won the Anglian League for the first time. From 2001 to 2005, Purse served as a member of the EGU’s Finance Committee, while for two years from 2003 he became Chairman of junior golf in Cambridgeshire, during which time he and David Tipple set up a template for the county’s first official coaching programme. His role with the juniors was relatively brief as, in 2005, he was elected Midland Chairman, a post he holds to this day. “Throughout my 25 years or so as a volunteer I have been privileged to work, and spend time with, a multitude of people who have positively influenced my life,” Purse added. “I owe a great debt of gratitude to so many and can only repay them by continuing to serve a game I love.” Picture shows Paul Baxter (left) and Brian Purse. 14 Feb 2013 Midland Chairman Purse receives Micklem Award
28 Aug 2013 Devon men set record by reaching all three county finals If anyone thought that Devon was a golfing backwater they should think again after the county reached the finals of all three mens’ county championships, the boys, men’s and seniors. That is the first time this has happened and is therefore an England Golf record and no small achievement for a county with just 46 clubs. “To get to three men county finals in the same year is quite an achievement,” says Devon county secretary John Hirst. “This represents sterling work by all the team managers to get their sides to such a pitch. “This is the peak because the county team can’t go any further. It is their pinnacle and is really a great team effort. It is also about having the right players at the right time. “Getting to three finals also represents a huge effort that goes on behind the scenes with volunteers. We’ve also had a tremendous input of youngsters, several of whom are at college in America and therefore missed their final. But other counties are affected in this way. “To make three finals in the same year can hit a county financially. But, fortunately, we have money put aside for such events while we have also had help from England Golf.” Their boys came through the boys regional qualifying at Weston-super-Mare, the men at Dudsbury and the seniors at East Devon. Devon has been to the last three boys’ county finals, at Luffenham Heath, Cotswold Hills and Kedleston Park. The men won their county championship at Formby in 2003 and were finalists again at Worksop in the following year and at St Enodoc in 2005, while the seniors also made three successive appearances, at Torksey in 2006, Rotherham in 2007 and in 2008 at Trentham.
In this March 17, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen smiles after batting practice before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla. McCutchen arrived at Pirates spring training early. The defending National League MVP is only too anxious to get on with an encore. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen was almost as busy this winter as he was last season, when he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the National League playoffs.McCutchen batted .317 and set career highs with 38 doubles and a .404 on-base percentage. The center fielder earned his third straight All-Star berth, won his second Silver Slugger and was the NL Most Valuable Player.Days after picking up the MVP award, McCutchen flew to the West Coast to be a presenter at the American Music Awards. He played in Shane Victorino’s charity golf tournament in Maui, Hawaii. Back in Los Angeles in December, McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend, Maria, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”After all that, McCutchen was happy to return to his native Florida and the relative calm of spring training. The Pirates held their first full-squad workout Tuesday.“I had way more distractions this year,” McCutchen said. “It was a quick offseason, but it was fun. I knew the quicker my offseason, the quicker the season starts and the quicker I’ll get married. That’s fine with me, so I embraced it.”The early part of McCutchen’s offseason was a whirlwind of appearances related to his status as reigning MVP. He’s the sixth Pirates player to win the award and received 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes.But after his appearance on “Ellen,” McCutchen’s image as a baseball star also became that of a soon-to-be-married man.“I wasn’t surprised,” McCutchen said with a laugh. “I knew that after I proposed to her, people would totally forget about the MVP award. That’s as it should be.”However, McCutchen is all business now that spring training is under way. As usual, he came to camp with a personal to-do list that he shared with manager Clint Hurdle.“We get his thoughts on the work he’s done this winter and where his focus is this spring, and we’ll see if it matches up,” Hurdle said. “Every year I’ve been here, it pretty much has. Andrew usually comes with a couple focus points. His game continues to get better and more consistent. He sets the bar pretty high for himself.”This is McCutchen’s ninth spring training. He turned 27 on Oct. 10, the day after the Pirates were eliminated from the NL Division Series.As he’s become one of the game’s rising stars, McCutchen also is the “old man” of what could eventually be one of the most athletic outfields in the majors.Starling Marte (23 years old) will start in left field and top prospect Gregory Polanco (22) is expected to take over in right field at some point this season.“It will be a little different, being the older guy of the bunch,” McCutchen said. “I’m still young. They’re just younger.”Polanco will likely start the season at Triple-A Indianapolis, although management wants to give him a long look in camp. Tall, strong and lean, Polanco has dynamic speed and is still developing what scouts say should be plus power at the plate.“I watch (McCutchen) a lot because he plays the right way,” Polanco said. “I watch how he acts on the field, how he works, everything. I look at what he does, the different things, and see what will work for me. He’s like a teacher.”Notes: LHP Francisco Liriano was selected the Pirates’ opening day starter. Liriano was the NL Comeback Player of the year after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA. He started the 2009 season opener for the Minnesota Twins. … Josh Harrison was the only player who did not report in time for the Pirates’ first full-squad workout Tuesday. Harrison’s wife had a baby last week, so the team gave him an extra day to arrive.
San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald’s arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody.McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail.He wouldn’t discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.“I can’t say too much, not right now, but the truth will come out. Everybody knows the kind of person that I am,” McDonald said. “I’m a good-hearted person.”NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL’s fiercest defenses. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
Facebook15Tweet0Pin0 Class 4A volleyball tournament (all games at either Timberline High School or St. Martins University)Olympia High School vs. Wenatchee High School @ 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Class 3A volleyball tournament (all games at either Timberline High School or St. Martins University)Timberline High School vs. Southridge High School @ 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9North Thurston High School vs. Shorewood High School @ 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Class 2A Volleyball tournament (all games at either Pierce College or Lakes High School)Capital High School vs. West Valley High School @ 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Tumwater High School vs. East Valley High School @ 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9Class 2A-4A swimming and diving championships Friday Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 10 @ King County Aquatic CenterAthletes from Capital High School, North Thurston High School, Tumwater High School and Olympia High School will be representedClass 2A Football State TournamentCapital High School vs Lakewood High School at Goddard Stadium, Everett on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 pmSteilacoom High School vs Tumwater High School at Tumwater on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 pmClass 3A Football State TournamentNorth Thurston High School vs Kennewick High School at Kennewick on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 4:00 pmTimberline vs Marysville-Pilichuck High School at South Sound Stadium in Lacey on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:00 pm
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Facebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) last week announced a new role on the College’s executive leadership team: Chief Diversity Officer. Parfait Bassalé will serve in this position and plans to further support the College’s core theme of “Equity” and commitment to cultivating an environment that reduces barriers and removes equity gaps.Bassalé has worked at SPSCC for three years as the director of the A. Barbara Clarkson Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Center (DEIC). During his time in that role, Bassalé and DEIC staff have ensured the Center is a welcoming and supportive space that promotes the growth and development of the campus community.“My tenure here so far has been a good experience,” said Bassalé. “The College’s leadership has demonstrated time and again that they are committed to doing hard work on difficult issues and I feel hopeful and confident that change will ensue.”Under Bassalé’s leadership, the DEIC has equipped students, staff, and faculty with many tools and programs to work on equity and diversity in meaningful ways.“To achieve the goals set out in our strategic plan and respond to the needs of our entire campus community, Parfait will lead this same kind of work from the highest levels of our organization,” said SPSCC president Dr. Timothy Stokes.“He will also lead campus-wide efforts and actions aimed at transforming our institution, dismantling racism at the systemic level, and establishing equitable structures and processes in every aspect of what we do.”In addition to his work at SPSCC, Bassalé will work to address system-wide equity issues by representing SPSCC on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges’ newly formed Chief Diversity and Equity Officers Commission.
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