Month: August 2020

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – The last batch of West Indies players left the Caribbean on Tuesday to join their teammates in India, ahead of the limited overs series against Afghanistan set to bowl off next week. Players and management began leaving last Sunday for the tour that includes three Twenty20 Internationals, three One-Day Internationals and a one-off Test, and the entire squad is expected to be assembled in the northern India city of Lucknow by today.Test players, like off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, will join the side later next month after representing his native Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the Regional Super50, with the Test set to begin bowl off November 27.The Super50 runs from November 6 to December 1 in Trinidad and St Kitts. West Indies will face a tough challenge against the Afghans, especially with the series being played on subcontinent “home turf”. The Caribbean side beat their hosts in their last meeting during the ICC World Cup in England earlier this year but it was only the second time in six ODIs they had registered a win over their opponents.Afghanistan drew a three-match series in the Caribbean two years ago but then twice trounced the Windies during the ICC World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe last year. West Indies have been more dominant in the T20 format, however, beating Afghanistan in three of four matches.The two sides have never met in a Test.Afghanistan, meanwhile, have quietly assembled for the tour, with captain Rashid Khan the last player to arrive from United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. And team manager Mohammad Nazeem Jaar said the hosts were well prepared for the challenge presented by West Indies.“There has been a lot of change in the mentality of the team since the World Cup in July and we are hoping for a good series here,” he said.“West Indies have been a good side, but we are ready to challenge them on home turf. We had our cricket at Noida and then Dehradun, but Lucknow is altogether a different place.” Afghanistan were only awarded Test status two years ago and bagged their first win last month when they stunned Bangladesh in Chittagong. Like West Indies, they have undergone a change of coach with former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener taking over after Phil Simmons stepped down following the World Cup. Ironically Simmons, a former Test all-rounder, has now taken up the head coach role with West Indies.The tourists will play a warm-up match next Tuesday before facing Afghanistan in the opening ODI two days later.last_img read more

first_imgLodge Secondary dethroned Annandale to be crowned the new GuyOil/Tradewind Tankers Secondary School Football League Champion yesterday at the National Training Center, Providence. It was a historic performance from the Jamoon Street unit, who recorded the first ever perfect season in the competition’s history following their 1-0 victory.With Lodge only requiring a draw to seal the coveted title, the contest was decided by what proved to be the fixture’s only conversion compliments of a Rasheed Evans effort in the 15th minute.It was a timely finish from Evans who directed his powerful header into the back of the net, after latching onto a cross into the penalty area. The two teams will now represent the Georgetown area in the KFC Goodwill Series which is set to commence on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Bishops’ High and President’s College battled to a scoreless draw in their respective final match.With the result, the Bishops’ High ended their campaign on 15 points and in the fourth position, whilst President’s College finished their tournament in fifth place on 14 points. Completed Results Game-2Lodge Secondary-1 vs Annandale-0 Rasheed Evans-15thGame-1President College-0 vs the Bishops High-0 last_img read more

first_imgCALABASAS, Calif., (Reuters) – Kobe Bryant, one of the NBA’s all-time greats whose international stardom transcended basketball, was killed today in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others on board, officials said. He was 41. Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 of them as an all-star, and winning five NBA championships. His death sent shockwaves through the National Basketball Association, which he helped propel to international prominence, and around the world.The chopper went down around 10 a.m. (1800 GMT) in hilly terrain in Calabasas, California, about 40 miles (65 km) northwest of central Los Angeles, sparking a brush fire, officials said.“There were no survivors. We have a manifest that indicates there were nine people on board the aircraft, the pilot plus eight individuals,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told a news conference, declining to identify any victims. Asked by reporters if he believed there were nine bodies at the crash site, after earlier reports indicated only five dead, Villanueva said: “That is our belief, yes.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among those killed, and sent condolences to Bryant’s wife, Vanessa.“He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary,” Silver said. A teammate from Bryant’s daughter’s basketball team, a parent of the teammate, and the pilot were also killed, NBC News reported.Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli was also killed, the Orange County Register reported, citing assistant coach Ron La Ruffa.‘KOBE WE LOVE YOU’ Reaction to Bryant’s death was swift in the basketball world and beyond.In San Antonio, the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs paid their respects by allowing the 24-second clock to expire on each of their first possessions. Bryant wore No. 24 for much of his career.“There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my niece Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed,” tweeted former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal, with whom Bryant won three NBA championships and frequently feuded. “My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW,” O’Neal said.Stunned fans gathered near the Lakers’ home arena – the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles – surrounding a wreath with a message: “Kobe we love you RIP.” Some in the crowd dabbed tears as others laid flowers and basketball sneakers at the wreath.“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time NBA scoring leader and former Laker, said on Twitter.First responders put out the flames at the crash site, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said, posting a picture of a fire truck and smoke emerging from the brush in a ravine. Bryant had been known to use a helicopter for travel since his days as a player for the Lakers, when he commuted to games in a Sikorsky S-76 chopper, the celebrity news website TMZ said.The Federal Aviation Administration identified the crashed helicopter as a Sikorsky S-76, saying in a statement that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board would investigate.18-TIME ALL-STAR Bryant played all 20 of his National Basketball Association seasons with the Lakers, winning five championships and being named an all-star 18 times.He was the third-leading scorer in league history with 33,643 points, until LeBron James passed him on Saturday. In his final tweet, Bryant saluted James’ achievement, writing: “Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother.”Nicknamed “The Black Mamba,” he became eligible to enter the Hall of Fame this year and is certain to be selected when the 2020 class is enshrined. Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, had four daughters: Gianna, Natalia, Bianca and Capri, who was born in June 2019.Bryant’s star power translated into the entertainment world as he mingled with show-business stars in Los Angeles.In 2018, he won an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball.” But he was also accused of sexual assault in 2003 by an employee at a Colorado hotel, tarnishing his reputation and leading to a media storm to cover his trial.Bryant denied the allegations and charges eventually were dropped after the woman refused to testify.Bryant and his wife filed for divorce in 2011 after 10 years of marriage, but the couple said in 2013 they had reconciled. Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, also played in the NBA, and Kobe demonstrated from an early age he would surpass his father’s accomplishments.The Philadelphia native went straight from high school to the NBA, skipping the college ranks. Since he was still only 17 years old, his parents needed to co-sign his first contract with the Lakers and he played his first game with the team shortly after turning 18 in 1996.He also won two Olympic gold medals, part of the U.S. team in 2008 and 2012.He retired after the 2015-2016 NBA season because of mounting injuries. In recent years, he had focused his attention on philanthropy and business ventures. Following are reactions to his death: U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, ON TWITTER“Reports are that basketball great Kobe Bryant and three others have been killed in a helicopter crash in California. That is terrible news!” SHAQUILLE O’NEAL, FORMER BRYANT TEAMMATE, ON TWITTER“There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW.” KAREEM ABDUL-JABAAR, FORMER LAKERS GREAT, ON TWITTER“Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players. But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete.” PAUL GASOL, FORMER BRYANT TEAMMATE, ON TWITTER“Beyond devastated… my big brother… I can’t, I just can’t believe it.” TED LEONSIS, OWNER OF NBA’S WASHINGTON WIZARDS, ON LINKEDIN“We have not only lost one of the greatest all-time basketball players in NBA history, we’ve also lost a tremendous human being … His legacy will continue to live on through the many people he touched and influenced throughout his life of basketball and beyond. May he rest in peace.” DWYANE WADE, THREE-TIMES NBA CHAMPION, ON TWITTER“Nooooooooooo God please No! NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION“We are stunned and devastated by the news of the sudden passing of Kobe Bryant. Words cannot express his impact on our Players, the NBA and the game of basketball. This is a monumental loss for the entire basketball community and our hearts are quite simply broken. We send love and prayers out to his wife Vanessa and the entire family.” WAYNE GRETZKY, NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GREAT, ON TWITTER“Janet and I have no words to describe our shock and sadness on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant today. Praying for him and his family.”last_img read more

first_imgSHEFFIELD, England, (Reuters) – Substitute Daniel Ceballos fired Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals with a stoppage-time goal that sealed a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane yesterday. Arsenal, record 13-times winners of the trophy, went ahead after 23 minutes when Chris Basham fouled Alexandre Lacazette in the penalty area and Pepe rattled home the spot-kick.Arsenal struggled in the second half as Sheffield United fired long balls into the penalty area aimed at the head of striker Oliver McBurnie.United keeper Dean Henderson almost scored with a wind-assisted kick that bounced and narrowly cleared the Arsenal crossbar, to the relief of his opposite number Emiliano Martinez. With their defence under pressure, Arsenal lost David Luiz to injury and the game looked to be heading for extra time when David McGoldrick equalised in the 87th minute, hooking home a volley after the visitors failed to clear a cornerBut Ceballos popped up to slot home the winner and lift Arsenal, who are ninth in the Premier League table, one place below Sheffield United.“Today we didn’t give up, even when they got the equaliser because you have to prepare for the extra time anyway. We believed until the end and we got rewarded,” Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi told BT Sport. Arsenal joined Manchester United in the last four. Leicester City face Chelsea and Newcastle United met Manchester City later yesterday in the last two quarter-finals.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing the unfortunate  loss of his scholarship at Eastern Florida State College due to the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Golden Jaguar international Curtez Kellman, says that he has received another full scholarship offer from Daytona State College. This was disclosed by the central midfielder during an exclusive interview yesterday with Stabroek Sport. According to Kellman, the school had made an initial approach, after his full scholarship with Eastern Florida State College was terminated due to budgetary reasons.Kellman, who was pursuing a diploma in Business Administration at the time of losing his studentship, declared, “Yes I am very happy with the scholarship offer, I just want to play again and complete my degree at the same which I will be very proud of. Based on my performances against them and due to my school budget finishing because of the Covid-19 situation, they have offered me a full scholarship. They know my abilities and how I play and that I can bring strength and quality to the squad.”Kellman, 22, recently returned to local shores alongside several other Guyanese following an enforced 80-day stay in Miami, Florida. Kellman was unable to travel due to travel restrictions on Guyana’s national ports of entry. He further revealed that Daytona State College was a rival within the Region #8 conference of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA), and that the process of finalizing the full scholarship is almost completed as constant communication occurs between the academic institution and himself on a daily basis.Kellman divulged, “The process is almost finished, as we are in the final stages of the paperwork and the school is finalizing from the NJCAA on whether the ongoing season will conclude and when the other season will start. At the moment the Covid-19 cases are rising and after the school receives that information, then I will know exactly the timeframe. As we speak, the process is almost completed.”The former Georgetown Football Club (GFC) standout stated that while the change of scenery could provide a sporting challenge, he is prepared to work hard to achieve his athletic goals and objectives. He added, “It’s always a challenge heading to a new environment but I will work my way around that and try to gel in the new system to be able to achieve a solid season like the one I had previously at my old school.” Kellman has been capped twice for the Golden Jaguars senior team, with his most recent cap occurring in 2017 against South Asian opponent Indonesia. He stated that his intention is to return to the national setup and become a major player for the foreseeable future, as he possesses the quality required to be a success at that level.“My objective remains the same, once I am fit and focused I am certain I can become a major member of the team. I will work hard and show the coach my qualities,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgLennox ‘2 Sharp’ Allen suffered his first professional defeat via unanimous decision at the hands of Cuban/American, David Morrell Saturday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. The scorecards read (120-108), (119-109) and (118-110) all scored heavily in favour of Morrell who earned the interim version of the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight title.Calls and messages to the Brooklyn based Allen for an immediate reaction went answered.The lopsided loss leaves Allen with a record of 22-1-1 (14KOs), suffering his first defeat in a pro career marred by inactivity. Morrell advances to 3-0 (2KOs) with the win, earning an interim version of a super middleweight title whose true claimant is England’s Callum Smith. The WBA’s “regular” champion at the weight is Canelo Alvarez, while the “super” champion is Smith.With the win, Morrell, 22, becomes the mandatory challenger for the world title.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing their affiliation with World Archery Americans (WAA), Archery Guyana has been invited to compete in the Online Archery Cup of the Americas. This was announced yesterday in a release from the local federation. According to the correspondence, Guyana is slated to conduct qualification rounds for the tournament which is expected to attract participants from North, South, and Central America as well as the Caribbean.The release added, “Archery Guyana is tasked with conducting Qualification rounds, which will be a 600 round. Scores will be recorded electronically, pictures of equipment, scorecards and the target will be sent to the Competitions and Judging Committee via WhatsApp for tabulations and scrutiny.”Seven participants are scheduled to compete in the qualification round, with the aim of securing the highest possible score from a maximum of 600. They are Wayne DeAbreu and Devon Persaud, who are based in Canada, as well as local competitors Umasankar Madray, Nicholas Hing, Robert Singh, Samira Duncan and Talitha Kissoon. The release concluded, “Cognizant of the National Covid-19 Protocols in place and abiding with the laws and the social distancing safety rules as to the limit on the number of persons permitted to be in any gatherings, shooting will be done in pairs at different time and dates (23rd and 25th August). Archery Guyana will then submit the scores for Guyana by August 31st to World Archery Americas, which will be tabulated along with scores from all other partaking countries. Top 2 archers in each category will be short listed to take part in an Elimination shoot, set for late September.”last_img read more

first_imgContributing to a discussion recently about how Jamaicans in the Diaspora can invest in Jamaica during the JN Bank’s Redesign Your 2020 Goals series on social media, David Mullings, CEO of the Florida-based, Blue Mahoe Capital, noted that there are several young professionals like himself, in the Diaspora, who want to own property or do some kind of investment in Jamaica. “Properties ususally have a high re-sale value and they can also double as Airbnb and other forms of short-term rentals, thus providing another source of income. Jamaica is a high tourist destination, so once someone can secure a property in Jamaica, especially in the resort areas, they can be used for vacation homes or retirement property,” she outlined. Echoing Mr Mullings’ point, Ms McIntosh pointed out that savings accounts in Jamaica offer interest, while many banks overseas, particulary in the United States of America, do not. In that vein, Ms McIntosh said JN Bank’s Representative Offices assists with the acquisition of mortgages for homes and property in Jamaica. Pre-COVID-19, Jamaica recorded 20 consecutive quarters of growth in its economy; and achieved a high level of confidence among consumers and businesses; as well as, a bullish stockmarket. David Mullings, CEO of the Florida-based, Blue Mahoe Capital “We can facilitate the entire mortgage application from our office here in Florida. What we do is to send interested persons the information to do pre-qualificationsl and once they are pre-qualified, we will finance the purchase,” she explained. “Interest rates in the United States are low; therefore, we are looking for better savings options and better interest rates. We are also looking to invest, because according to Bloomberg, the Jamaican Stock Exchange has been the best performing stock exchange in the last five years; therefore, everybody wants to own a piece of the rock. They want to know how they can trade on the Jamaican Stock Exchange; and lastly, a lot of us want to, ‘Own a Piece of the Rock,’ in terms of real estate, Mr Mullings pointed out. ” A young Jamaican professional in the United States of America says there is a desire among other young professional Jamaicans overseas to invest in Jamaica, although he acknowledges that there is a lack of understanding among some about saving and investing generally. However, similar to other countries around the world, the Jamaican economy is now experiencing a downturn; but its reopening last month has signalled hope for its re-emergence, as some fundamentals, such as the Net International Resrves (NIR), have begun to demonstrate a marginal uptick. NIR rose 1.54 per cent last week, the Bank of Jamaica reported. But, Mr Mullings acknowledged that although many young Jamaicans overseas want to invest, there are those who are not as literate as they should be about saving and investing. She said that although most Jamaican banks and other financial institutions do not have subsidiaries overseas, there are some organisations which have representative offices, such as JN Bank, to facilitate the opening of savings accounts in Jamaica. She noted that JN Bank remains the country’s leading private mortgagee, assisting hundreds with financing the purchase of realty. “We don’t have a banking licence in the US; therefore, persons have to fund their accounts through wire transfer or remittances, that can be facilitated conveniently through our sister company, JN Money, which allows persons to send funds online from overseas,” she said. Janice McIntosh, Chief Representative Officer, JN Florida Representative Office She added that once the money is sent through JN Money, it goes directly into the bank account and is immediately accessible. “We also encourage everyone who establishes a relationship with JN Bank, to sign up for our online banking platform, JN Bank LIVE, as it is extremely extensive and convenient; and allows you to access your savings accounts, pay bills, transfer funds to local and overseas banks, request statements, and so much more,” she informed. Supporting Mr Mullings’ observation, JN Bank’s chief representative officer in Florida, Janice McIntosh, underscored that there is a lot of interest in Jamaica among Jamaicans overseas. She saated that it was important for them to maintain even a savings account, for example, so that they would have a source of funding and a financial footprint, when they visit and do other kinds of business in Jamaica. “Once the pre-approval is done, we give them a list of requirements, they provide us with same; we then compile the application and  it down to Jamaica electronically, initially; and the adjudication team or underwriters there, either approves, suspends or denies it,” she explained. JN Bank has representative offices in Florida in the USA; Toronto, Canada and London, England which provide prospective members with the requisite documents and instructions needed to open accounts; and convenient linkages to allow them to manage their accounts while living outside Jamaica. She outlined that once all the information is received to open an account, the representative offices forward them to JN Bank in Jamaica, so that the relationship can be established. “More and more Jamaicans overseas are making Jamaica their choice for vacations and family reunions; and as a result, they don’t necessarily want to travel with too much cash. They can establish an account so that they can get a debit card to do point-of-sale purchases, and conveniently access their money via automated teller machines, while in Jamaica,” she explained. “A lot of Jamaicans are looking to diversify their investment portfolio; and they are looking at real estate as one viable option. They want to ensure that a part of their wealth is in Jamaica,” she said. Beyond maintaining savings, however, Ms McIntosh informed that the real estate sector is a good investment for Jamaicans overseas, pointing to the marked growth of the sector in recent years, which was facilitated by changes in government policy; and also the dramatic growth of the short-term rental market, supported by platforms, such as Airbnb. “Most of us were not taught about investment or financial literacy while we were growing up; but the most important thing is to, start and be consistent,” he insisted. The online series, JN Bank Redesigning Your 2020 Goals is geared to provide the public with information about how to navigate 2020; and still achieve their financial goals, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The series, which can be viewed on the JN Bank‘s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages, ends on July 23.last_img read more

first_imgThe authorities said that of the 12 cases associated with the American Airlines (AA) flight 945, which brought 155 persons to the island on July 11, only one person was not a passenger on the flight. “The Chief Medical officer has sent me already, she had discussed with me, and she is saying all the passengers must arrive with a negative COVID PCR test result,” Gonsalves said, adding “they must arrive with proof of reservation in an approved hotel by the Ministry of Health for five nights”. Another AA flight, also from Miami, arrived last Saturday, and health officials said that four cases of COVID-19 were detected among the passengers. “Well you have the 25th to make sure you have your booking because you can’t be sure that we will not suspend the flight for the first weekend in August, the first Saturday. Because persons have not been paying attention. I just want to make this point with crystal clarity… “What has happened is this: in the United States of America and particularly in Florida and other places, there is a big flare up (of COVID-19) and we tightened the protocols on the second flight and we are tightening the protocols on the third flight. “The importance of strict compliance to all isolation and quarantine orders is paramount because it is only by complying with these orders and the use of masks in public places that the spread of COVD-19 can be controlled in St Vincent and the Grenadines.” He said as of Saturday July 25th “the protocol is going to be strengthened so I want everybody to have real advanced notice. He told listeners that passengers will be tested for COVID-19 before they are released from the Ministry of Health-approved hotel and that their quarantine will continue for nine to 16 days in an approved home or a government approved facility after the five nights in a hotel. “When you do that, apart from the question of moral suasion becoming less and less as a tool, you still have to do it, but the law has to be enforced. And if in the United States, we are still having this increase, we will have to stop the planes coming from the United States for the time being…,” Gonsalves said, noting that Barbados had reduced its quota of four JetBlue flights to one a week. KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government has hinted at the possibility of suspending flights from the United States after the island recorded 12 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) after reopening its borders to international flights. “Because we have to look at the capacity of the epidemiological apparatus that you have, the health workers on the ground to deal with it and very much so, we have to be concerned about the health and safety of those persons who are in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Gonsalves said, adding that persons from the United States cannot travel to Canada.center_img On Sunday night, there were 21 active cases of the respiratory illness in the country, including two cases, the origins of which health officials were unsure about and were investigating. Gonsalves said that the Ministry of Health and his government are “privileging persons who are our citizens who want to come home, who have been out there for a long time”, adding that only a few non-nationals arrived on both the July 11 and 18 flights. “We are very much privileging our citizenship,” Gonsalves said, adding that someone had commented that he wants tourists to come to the island. “The truth is this, the tourists are not coming yet. Small numbers, but we are doing this for our nationals because I am very concerned about you being out there but you can’t come but whatever the health people tell you and they give you a document as soon as you come out, you go on a boat and you go to Bequia, you take off your mask and you start to be drinking with everybody at the bar. CMC Gonsalves said that St. Vincent and the Grenadines would continue to allow flights from Canada and that the government only agreed to allow the flight from the United States next Saturday “because people have come here and they left their jobs with the expectation that the flight will go back and others will come and will go back. “So that we have been dealing with this matter in a practical manner, in a practical way and so forth but I have always said that where we have to ramp up restrictions we will ramp them up. And if you want to get home and you can’t get home, you will have a problem because the flights are in danger of being suspended because of this unacceptable conduct. “I want to say this: if persons who are coming home do not follow these protocols, apart from we going to Parliament and putting, as an alternative, the question of the ticketing, to have you fined, then and there, for breaking the quarantine, I want to say this: if persons who return choose not to pay attention to the quarantine, you may push the government to suspending the flights from the United States of America until things improve there,” Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on a radio programme. “I was advised, I can’t believe this, that three or four persons, males, on the flight coming down on Saturday didn’t want to wear masks. Well, if you don’t want to wear masks, don’t come on the plane.”last_img read more

first_imgJudith Phillpotts – Yes. I think the state needs to lock down again and soon. It’s the only way we can get the spike in COVID-19 under control. Florida’s governor needs to act decisively, lead by example proactively and firmly in a similar manner to what Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in New York. Heather Douglas – We’ve been in this new “reality” called COVID-19 since early this year in the U.S. What is the plan to get this pandemic under control? “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.” I believe that is what we, here in Florida, have been guilty of. The positive cases in this state are now hovering at approximately 10,000 daily. If we shut the state down again, how will we eat, pay our bills, and will we receive a monthly stimulus check as other countries, namely Canada, Australia, Denmark et al? If we do not shut down, are we willing to put our lives and our family’s lives at risk? Are we willing to accept a death toll of over 500,000 or more? I am happy that this life-changing decision is not mine to make. However, let us not forget that God has also given us the solution: 2 Chronicles 7:14! The Louisiana governor announced a 3-day fast…a very wise governor indeed. Selah. Lauretta Deas – With the cases of COVID rising as they are, going into another lockdown until we have this virus under control would not be such a bad idea! For last week’s edition CNW Talk Up, we asked some florida residents if they think the state go into another lockdown based on the rising coronavirus cases? City leaders, like Palm Beach County’s Mayor Dave Kerner, are not ruling out a complete lockdown as cases continue to rise. And while some residents may be in support of a lockdown, others are fearing the measure because of the work and travel restrictions. Healthcare workers work at a walk-up COVID-19 testing site during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Miami Beach, Florida. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Mikhail Rose – Personally, I believe that Florida should issue a mandatory stay-at-home order to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Numbers went down with the initial lockdown and the younger population has shown the inability to properly follow social distancing and other guidelines. In the last month, Florida’s coronavirus cases have skyrocketed to crisis levels. On July 12, the state topped the national one-day COVID-19 record with over 15,000 cases, and just last week Thursday, 173 coronavirus-related deaths were reported, breaking the state’s record for the highest single-day death toll. Luke Ballentine – The decision to lock down or not to lock down is a very simple one. If people refuse to follow basic guidelines to keep themselves safe then one has no other option than to once again go into lockdown mode. Surely this will mean renewed hardships of immense proportion. However, everyone will agree that nationwide chronic illness and death is even more devastating. Dorette B Shirley – With the current number of people that are affected with COVID-19 daily, it would be wise to shut the state down. One mayor in one city publicly said it was safe to open his city, which his city has been increasing in cases daily. It’s going to cost in dollars but it will save lives. Paula S. Scott – I believe the state of Florida (and the entire USA) should be on lockdown. Local leaders should enforce masks, social distancing, and curfews. It’s understandable that business owners and employees need to be working. Yes, it’s hard with school grounds being closed. However, we must take measures to slow down the spread of this virus. The economy needs to be revitalized, but we cannot keep putting money over lives. We need to be in unison to recover from this pandemic. Stop the spread.last_img read more

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