OC expands vaccines for ‘extremely vulnerable’; free transportation for seniors to…


first_img Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSCOVID-19Expanded EligibilityExtremely VulnerableFlorida Department of Health in Orange CountyFree TransportationHiring NursesLYNXNews BriefingOrange County GovernmentRental Assistance ProgramsSeniorsVaccination Previous articleApopka non-profits have much to offer our community this monthNext articleCity Council green lights pursuit of Camp Wewa purchase for Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the Orange County NewsroomOrange County Mayor Jerry Demings provided an update on COVID-19, vaccinations, hiring needs, assistance and more this afternoon at the bi-weekly news briefing.VACCINATION HELP: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HIRINGDue to the increased availability of the vaccine, The Florida Department of Health in Orange County is hiring nurses and support staff. Be part of the vaccination efforts in our community. Submit an application at the Department of Health’s webpage.EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR VACCINESAll providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine are now able to vaccinate the following population:Persons 65+Long-term care facility residents and staffHealth care professions with direct patient contactK-12 school employees who are 50+Sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters who are 50+In addition, as a directive from President Biden, all states will open up vaccination edibility to all educators and school staff, regardless of age. Governor DeSantis will issue an Executive Order soon and some pharmacies are now administering to all teachers.EXTREMELY MEDICALLY VULNERABLEIn addition, select pharmacies, hospital providers and licensed physicians may vaccinate persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Individuals must have a state documentation form by a physician. That official documentation can be found at ocfl.net/vaccine.Those deemed extremely medically vulnerable are able to be vaccinated at FEMA sites and at pharmacies operating under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for administering the vaccine.EXPANDED: FREE TRANSPORTATIONResidents who are 65 and older who do not have a way to transport themselves to the Convention Center site or the FEMA site can call 3-1-1 to find out how to qualify for a ride. 3-1-1 will coordinate with the Office of Emergency Management in Orange County to find free transportation options, courtesy of LYNX.LYNX needs at least two-day prior notice (before 5 p.m.) to schedule a ride. Since the Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management does not operate on weekends, any ride needed for a Saturday or Monday, must be made the prior Friday at the latest during regular business hours.To qualify for a ride to the Convention Center, the senior must be able to prove they have a valid vaccination appointment. A family member or caregiver may also ride along.To qualify for a ride to the FEMA site where no appointments are necessary, the senior must still give 48 hours’ notice so LNYX can prepare for the ride.If you live outside Orange County, 3-1-1 can be accessed by calling 407-836-3111.For more information, visit ocfl.net/net.FEMA VACCINATION SITESFEMA opened its vaccination hub site at Valencia College West campus. The site will remain open indefinitely. Details:Valencia College – West College (main location)1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 328117 a.m. to 7 p.m.Open 7 days per weekPre-registration highly encouragedTwo temporary satellite FEMA locations are open the following dates:Engelwood Neighborhood Center (temporary satellite location)6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando, FL 32807March 3-6, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – No appointments necessaryKelly Park (temporary satellite location)400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712 – Offering appointments beginning March 7-10, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – No appointments necessary, drive-thru locationVisit ocfl.net/vaccine for details.Vaccination appointments are also still available at the Orange County Convention Center. Visit ocfl.net/vaccine for appointment information.EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMOrange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program has $33 million of federal funds to support residents who are at-risk of eviction due to COVID-19 financial hardships.The application portal remains open until the money is depleted. You can save your application and come back to it later if you don’t all the information or required documents. Please thoroughly read the webpage at ocfl.net/RentalAssistance as many applications have missing and incomplete information.For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the County’s newsroom and stay up-to-date at ocfl.net/vaccine. The Anatomy of Fear Photo by Steven Cornfield center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Jockey Colin Keane enjoys year to remember | Racing News


first_imgThe landmark victory came on the back of him being crowned Ireland’s champion jockey for a second time – after a thrilling battle with Shane Foley – in a year in which he also rode his first two Classic winners on Siskin and Even So for his boss, Ger Lyons.“It couldn’t have gone much better and winning at the Breeders’ Cup was just brilliant,” said Keane of 2020.“The year started off with us winning a Classic with Siskin and then it went from strength to strength. We were lucky enough to win another with Even So, I won the Matron on Champers Elysees, winning the battle to be champion and topping it off with a Breeders’ Cup winner.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without Ger to be honest, he got me going and has brought us to where we are.”While Keane’s agent Ruaidhri Tierney cast his net far and wide in the search for winners in the closing weeks of the season, one trainer who did not employ the champion was Weld – yet when Christophe Soumillon was ruled out at the 11th hour having tested positive for Covid-19, it was Keane who was called upon.“It was just a case of being in the right place at the right time last weekend,” said Keane.“It’s not the way you want it to happen, but I’ll take it. Mr Weld isn’t someone I’ve ridden for much to be honest, so to get a ride in a big race and win on her for him is great.“We’d talked about it (tactics) and while we didn’t make a plan as such, Mr Weld said he wanted me to either be on the inside or the outside, but not the middle – as she’s a filly who likes a bit of space and she has a very good turn of foot.“Turning in I wasn’t looking to go between them, I just wanted to give her as clear a run as possible and she picked up very well.“You’d like to think she’s up there with the best about, it is very hard to beat Magical, she’s one of the very best, rock solid and never runs a bad race. Going there you’d be thinking if you’re second to Magical you’ve run a good race. It takes a very good one to beat her.”With two titles already in the bag, Keane is hopeful of keeping his momentum going into next season and he even picked up rides for Aidan O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle stable in the closing weeks.“Every year we set a target to beat the previous year’s tally – I didn’t think that would be possible this year because of Covid and my quarantine, but my agent did a great job in getting me on the right horses and we got into a great rhythm,” explained Keane.“It was September it all seemed to click, I had over 20 winners and it really got me going. I was lucky enough to team up with Aidan towards the end on a few spares with Seamie (Heffernan) suspended and Wayne (Lordan) injured and thankfully some of them won.“I’ve a lot to thank my agent for, he’s done a very good job.” Colin Keane has finally had time to reflect on a stellar season which was capped with a first Breeders’ Cup success on Tarnawa.Keane admits getting the ride on Dermot Weld’s filly was simply a case of being in the right place at the right time – but with all bar one rival behind him turning into the straight, he advertised his talents on a world stage.- Advertisement – “Thankfully it all fell right for us. It was a hard year, especially giving up two weeks with quarantine (to ride Siskin in the Sussex Stakes), so we really had to knuckle down, but it was worth it.”Keane cannot speak highly enough of Lyons, for whom Siskin and Even So were his first Classic successes, too.“I’ve been riding for the right people, I ride for a great boss so I’m very lucky,” said Keane.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Miami Open: Venus Williams Knocked out by ‘Minnow’


first_imgThree-time champion and eighth seed Venus Williams has been knocked out of the Miami Open in the quarter-finals by qualifier Danielle Collins.The 24-year-old, ranked 93rd in the world, needed only one hour 29 minutes to come through 6-2 6-3 against fellow American Williams, 37, a seven-time Grand Slam winner.It was Collins’ first victory against a top 10 player. She will now face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals.The 20-year-old Latvian saw off world number four Elina Svitolina over two tie-breaks, winning 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5).“The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I nearly cried,” Collins admitted. “She has been my favourite player so I am finding it difficult to wrap my head around this.”Victoria Azarenka will play US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the other women’s singles semi-final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bonnie Landes, 90, Wellington: June 23, 1926 – Sept. 1, 2016


first_imgBonnie LandesBonnie Faye Landes, age 90, resident of Wellington, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Golden Living Center.  Bonnie worked side by side with her husband in the family business of the gas and oil stations, farm fuel transport, bait house, ice house, and café.Bonnie Faye (Riggs) Landes was born on June 23, 1926 in Geuda Springs, KS to Raymond R. Riggs and Ida Olive (Baker) Riggs.  Bonnie was a Wellington High School graduate with the Class of 1944.She married Merle Leon Landes on March 11, 1946 in Newton, KS.She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, dancing with Merle, camping and traveling with family, cooking, and sewing.  Bonnie was a care giver for anybody in need her entire life.  She also enjoyed hosting large family and friends’ holiday get-togethers.Bonnie was a member of the First Baptist Church for over 70 years.  Through the years she was also a member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary, the Election Board, a “Pink Lady” volunteer at the Sumner Regional Medical Center, a P.T.A. member for over 20 years, a member of the Polka Club, a Cub Scout Leader, and a Brownie Girl Scout Leader.  She was also an avid donor for the American Red Cross being a member of the 50 gallon club.She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Lawrence Riggs and Floyd Riggs; and two sisters, Doris Hackett and Louise Sawyer.Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Merle Landes of Wellington; two sons, Marvin Landes and his wife Billy of Derby, KS and Valdon Landes of Fort Collins, CO; two daughters, Cristal Horsch and her husband Doc of Wellington and Janet Warkentine-Marker and her husband Larry of Wilson, KS; one sister, JoAnn Ostrander and her husband Tommy of Wellington; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be held at the First Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. Pastor John Bliss will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 1 to 8 p.m.Memorials have been established with the First Baptist Church of Wellington, KS, and the Wellington Public Library.  Contributions can be left or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

24 days agoChelsea reconsidering Ike Ugbo’s loan with Roda JC


first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea reconsidering Ike Ugbo’s loan with Roda JCby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are reconsidering Ike Ugbo’s loan at Roda JC.Sky Sports says Chelsea have launched an investigation after learning Ugbo has not been paid while on loan at Dutch side Roda JC.Ugbo has made a strong impression in the Netherlands, scoring four goals in seven games, but the club has significant debts and currently sit 17th in the Dutch second division.It is understood the 21-year-old is on a much higher salary than his current team-mates in Holland, and he has not been paid his September wages.Some reports have suggested the money set aside to pay Ugbo was instead used to pay the rest of the squad. last_img read more

Visa says disruption caused by hardware problem not attack


first_imgLONDON – Visa says a problem that left people across Europe unable to use their cards was caused by a hardware fault, not a cyberattack.The card payments company says services are back to normal and its systems are working at “full capacity” on Saturday.It says the problem was caused by “a hardware failure within one of our European systems” and wasn’t the result of “unauthorized access.”Consumers in Britain, Ireland and other European countries reported having credit and debit card payments declined on Friday, and many businesses said they couldn’t process Visa transactions.The bank HSBC said Friday that the “industry-wide issue” affected Visa payments, though ATM machines were still working.last_img

Countries call on Facebook CEO to appear at hearing in London


first_img“I am growing increasingly troubled by the lack of respect Mr. Zuckerberg, and Facebook continues to show our nations and the citizens we represent by once again declining our calls to give testimony,” said Zimmer. “There are still many unanswered questions and new concerning revelations that I believe only Mr. Zuckerberg, as CEO of Facebook, can respond to. Just this week came news that Facebook had pulled down 115 accounts from its platforms that ‘may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour’.”“By rejecting our calls to appear, it calls into question how seriously Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook take protecting our citizens’ privacy and ‘fake news’ vulnerabilities,” Zimmer continued.“That is why I am once again adding my name to the growing list of Parliamentarians from around the world who are calling on Mr. Zuckerberg to answer our questions in person.” OTTAWA – Parliamentarians worldwide are renewing the call for Mark Zuckerberg to appear before an international joint committee in London.Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies and Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, as well as Damian Collins, Member of Parliament and Chair of the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, have been joined by Committee Chairs from Australia, Argentina and Ireland in calling on Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, to appear before a special international joint committee on disinformation and ‘fake news’.Last week Zimmer and Collins called on Zuckerberg to give testimony at a hearing in London on November 27. Facebook has declined this invitation.last_img read more

Urban Meyer joins Twitter promotes the Buckeyes


Screenshot of TwitterUrban Meyer’s first tweet sent on Aug. 27.Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has officially joined the Twitterverse.On Aug. 27 he sent out his first official tweet: “My good friend Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff – lets see how it goes. 3 more days till game time!”That first tweet from Meyer was accompanied with a picture showing a countdown leading up to the OSU’s season opener against Buffalo. Bob Stoops, the head coach at Oklahoma, was the one who convinced him to join Twitter, according to Meyer. Stoops has been on Twitter since September 2012.In less than an hour, Meyer had more than 10,000 followers, and as of late Thursday, he had more than 38,600. The first person he followed was his Heisman hopeful quarterback and active tweeter, junior Braxton Miller.Meyer never really voiced any opinion about Twitter before actually creating one. According to documents obtained by The Lantern the university is spending $360,500 to monitor student athletes on social media.Meyer’s presence on Twitter, as well as numerous players and coaches, makes it seem that the Buckeyes are a Twitter-friendly team. However, this is not the case for a few other college football programs.Florida State, another perennial national powerhouse, banned players from using Twitter in July 2012 after several Seminole players tweeted objectionable material many people found offensive. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher made the decision to ban the social networking site from his team. He has since also banned Facebook and Instagram.Possible negatives to the Twitter bans are a loss of potential recruits, upset players, disgruntled fans, etc. The positives are a more focused team and a lack of distractions, according to the coaches that have banned social media. Nebraska coach Bo Pelini has expressed his disgust with Twitter.“To me, there’s nothing good that can ever come from Twitter … The only thing that is going to happen through Twitter is bad, in any regards.” Pelini said to the Lincoln Journal Star.The majority of Meyer’s tweets are promoting the Buckeyes and OSU. His Twitter profile picture is of him and his family. read more

Ohio State aims to fix free throw struggles in NCAA Tournament


Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) takes a free throw during a game against Michigan March 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michigan won, 72-69.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe whistle blows, the official bounces the ball and every eye in the arena is focused on a single player. Standing at the free throw line with the game on the line, even the simplest things can go wrong.Players spend years perfecting the technique of the shot, just to be placed under the spotlight and wither.In the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s contest against Michigan Saturday in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal, the pressure finally caught up to the Buckeyes.“We knew it was going to bite us in the butt sooner or later, and unfortunately it happened today,” junior guard Shannon Scott said after the loss.On the season, OSU (25-9, 12-9) shot 68.9 percent from the free throw line, 210th out of 351 teams in Division I.But in Big Ten Tournament wins against Purdue and Nebraska, the Buckeyes’ struggles at the line weren’t enough to lose them the games.OSU went a combined 12-14 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes of play against the Boilermakers and Cornhuskers, despite shooting less than 65 percent in each of the games.Against the Wolverines though, the problems at the free throw line were exposed. Senior guard Aaron Craft missed two free throws with 2:27 remaining that would have put OSU in the lead, and junior forward LaQuinton Ross missed one of two with 44 seconds remaining.One more point could have led to a less desperate situation for OSU, which would have only needed two points to tie instead of having to rely on a 3-pointer that slipped out of Craft’s hands right before the buzzer.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said free throws are starting to become worrisome for OSU, but that the team managed to stay in the game was impressive.“Free throws are obviously big and this is where you see how big they can become,” Smith Jr. said. “All-in-all, even with us missing free throws down the stretch, we still had a chance to win the game. We were one rebound away, they miss a free throw and get the ball back, that’s a dagger. In the end, that takes the momentum away from our team and it just turns everything in their favor. But we start making those free throws and we have a chance to ice the game and we wouldn’t even be in this situation.”Craft said he wasn’t happy with his own performance down the stretch.“I’m disappointed in myself, obviously,” Craft said. “Came down the stretch and didn’t make some free throws, missed a couple shots that our team needed us to make.”Less than a week before, against Michigan State in Columbus, OSU struggled at the line again late, only hitting two of its eight attempts at the line in the final two minutes. But like the first two rounds of the Big Ten Tournament, OSU managed to squeak by with a win despite shooting poorly at the line.Smith Jr. said the free throw shooting has turned into a consistent problem late in games, but if OSU can fix the problem, it will become a dangerous squad.“We’re not making free throws down the stretch,” Smith Jr. said. “Those are things that we can correct and once we get (those) corrected, I’d be afraid of us. We’re definitely going to be a better team because of it. We take that with the type of fight this team has, and the effort we’re going to dig ourselves out of holes, I think that’ll be something good for us.”The No. 6-seeded Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Dayton Flyers (23-10, 10-6) Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y. in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m. read more

Tuesday Take Big Ten tournament wide open Buckeyes one of several teams


Ohio State sophomore guard C.J. Jackson (3) and junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) walk off the court at halftime of OSU’s 96-92 loss to Indiana on March 4. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Sports EditorAs the Ohio State men’s basketball team walked off the court on Saturday following its 96-92 home loss to Indiana, the Buckeyes knew they would play on the first day of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Washington D.C.It’s a distinction reserved for the four worst teams in the conference. But it’s not a death sentence.The 11th-seeded Buckeyes (17-14, 7-11 Big Ten) will play 14th-seeded Rutgers on Wednesday at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. OSU beat the Scarlet Knights 70-64 on Feb. 8 in Columbus.With a win, OSU will move on to a Thursday game against sixth-seeded Northwestern, who beat the Buckeyes by two in the team’s only matchup this season. If OSU is lucky enough to move past the Wildcats, No. 3 Maryland awaits in the quarterfinals — a team that battled with the Buckeyes until the final horn.There’s no way to sugarcoat OSU’s performance this season. For a team that entered the season after missing the 2016 NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes continued to deliver uninspiring performances with inconsistent effort en route to a bottom-four finish in the conference.That the Buckeyes have a chance to make a run in the tournament is more about the quality of the league than it is their talent.The Big Ten boasts just three teams in the Associated Press Top 25 — No. 13 Purdue, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Maryland — heading into the conference tournament. And for the first time since the 2002-2003 season, the Big Ten doesn’t have a single team in the top 10. In that span, the Big Ten had at least two teams in the top 10 on seven occasions.No. 1 seed Purdue nearly lost to OSU in early January, before winning 76-75. The bottom-four teams in the conference tournament have a combined six wins against the top four seeds; OSU owns two of those against Minnesota and Wisconsin.Another reason not to count out OSU from making a tournament run is coach Thad Matta. Winner of four Big Ten tournament championships and five regular-season Big Ten titles, Matta has been difficult to beat in March. Granted, OSU has not been to the tournament semifinals since the 2014 season — and it’s unlikely the Buckeyes make it there this year — but there are no clear-cut favorites as compared with those in previous years.Iowa, Michigan or Indiana as the No. 7, 8 and 10 seeds, respectively, have just as much of a shot at the tournament crown as the top seeds in Purdue, Wisconsin and Maryland.Iowa is entering the tournament having won four straight games, two of which were against Wisconsin and Maryland. Fourth seed Minnesota has won eight of its last nine, and sixth seed Northwestern has lost six of its last nine.The Buckeyes have said all season that their focus is one game at a time, but from an outsider’s perspective, it’s difficult not to envision chaos at the 2017 Big Ten tournament. read more