Staggered Approach to Phase 2 of Reopening for Palm Beach County?

first_imgThose missing the big screen will be happy to hear that movie theaters will also be allowed to open their doors at this stage, albeit at 33 percent of their maximum capacity.For the third and final portion of phase 2, businesses included up to that point will be allowed to increase their occupancy to 75 percent.However, it is important to note that not all entertainment venues will be allowed to reopen in the governor’s second phase.The following types of businesses would have to wait a while longer: arcades, auditoriums, bars, bingo parlors, casinos, concert houses, hookah and cigar bars, sports lounges, nightclubs and adult entertainment venues.County officials hope to discuss their plan at the Sept. 1 board meeting. Palm Beach County officials are gearing up to head into phase 2 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening open, and it will apparently be a more staggered approach than originally thought.Last week, West Palm Beach television station WPEC obtained a draft plan through a public records request and a county email from Director of Emergency Management Bill Johnson.The plan, which county officials could send to DeSantis in the coming days, reveals a gradual reopening, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. To that end, the first part of phase 2 could potentially include allowing venues for services such as acupuncture, body piercing, massage therapy, and tanning salons and tattoo parlors to begin operating first. Escape rooms would also be under that first part.The second part would see the reopening of pool halls, bowling alleys, skating centers, trampoline centers, and other entertainment venues at 25 percent capacity.I will be holding a press conference at 5:00 PM to announce my SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. Plan to Re-Open Florida. Watch live on https://t.co/FBjm0K60MW. pic.twitter.com/NkXDiCkiiF— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 29, 2020last_img read more

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Athletics World Championships a key test for Qatar

first_imgConstruction teams worked around the clock to finish assembling the elaborate scaffold towers that line the route’s central reservation and will support floodlights for the midnight marathon.– Transport –Qatar has invested heavily in transport infrastructure since being named 2022 World Cup hosts in 2010. It now boasts one of the world’s largest hub airports and Qatar Airways is currently rated the best by an industry body.But it is unclear if the multi-billion-dollar metro system’s yellow line will be ready in time to shuttle spectators to the two new stations near the Khalifa stadium, al-Aziziyah and Sports City, both of which are shaped like Bedouin tents.In the absence of a rail option, fans will access the stadium by road.The area is already popular with motorists and home to a mall, raising the prospect of traffic jams ahead of popular events.Officials were pushing to overhaul several key bottlenecks and junctions across the city ahead of the high-point of the athletics calendar.– Fans –While the Khalifa stadium can hold 46,000 people, it will be configured for fewer fans during the World Championships with organisers hoping to attract around 14,000 spectators to the highest profile events.Tickets are “selling well” according to an official, and members of Qatar’s expatriate work force — Kenyans and Americans in particular — are expected to turn out.It remains to be seen though how many fans from neighbouring Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will make it to Doha for the event.The three countries, along with Egypt, have enforced a boycott of Qatar since June 2017 and their citizens are technically banned from travelling to the peninsula state.The Riyadh-led coalition accuses Qatar of backing extremist groups and Iran, charges it denies — raising the spectre that politics could partially overshadow the athletics.Nonetheless Saudi will send three athletes, Egypt five, the UAE one, and Bahrain 21 competitors in total.Share on: WhatsApp Khalifa International StadiumDoha, Qatar | AFP | Qatar is preparing to welcome thousands of fans and competitors for the World Athletics Championships starting Friday, an event seen as a staging post towards the 2022 football World Cup.The 10-day event in the capital Doha will be a key test ahead of the football extravaganza in the gas-rich Gulf monarchy, although the track and field showcase will play out on a far smaller scale.World Cup organisers and football fans will be anxious to see if Qatar can overcome problems encountered at a recent World Cup qualifying fixture, stubborn Doha traffic and unfinished public transport to deliver a smooth championships.An ongoing diplomatic spat between Qatar and several neighbours could threaten to overshadow the competition, as well as possibly dent the numbers of spectators and competitors.This is how Qatar has prepared for the tournament in key areas:– Security –Qatari pro-government media has heavily publicised recent training exercises staged by the US FBI in Doha to equip Qatari officers with “crisis and disaster management” skills.The city was ranked the world’s second safest by CEOWORLD magazine last month behind Abu Dhabi, capital of regional rival the United Arab Emirates.However the Worlds hosts will be looking to avoid a repeat of chaotic scenes that played out during a World Cup qualifying fixture between Qatar and India earlier this month.Indian fans with tickets were unable to access the venue and a surge of fans attempted to storm the ground during half-time as security staff struggled to bring the situation under control.– Venues –Ahead of the opening ceremony, hundreds of volunteers were marshalled around Doha’s Khalifa stadium by police while technicians hoisted vast lighting rigs into place in the venue’s intricate lattice-work roof.Chief organiser Dahlan al-Hamad said at a recent sports integrity event in Doha that “Qatar is 100 percent ready for the championship — we are very excited”.The stadium, which will host most events, was first opened in 1976 but totally overhauled ahead of a relaunch in 2017 and has since successfully hosted Diamond League events.The city’s Corniche waterfront will be used for the marathon, being staged for the first time at midnight when the temperature will be lower. The route will also host the men’s and women’s 20 kilometre race walks and the mixed 50 kilometre race walk.last_img read more

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Galante Earns 2012 Educator Award from Yale

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Teacher Mandy Galante of Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) was recently honored by Yale University with its 2012 Yale Educator Award.Mandy Galante, a teacher at Red Bank Regional High School’s Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), at the school. She was recently awarded a 2012 Yale Educator Award after being nominated by a former student.Galante, a Little Silver resident, was nominated for the honor by her former student, Jared Katzman, now a freshman at Yale.Katzman was a very successful student at RBR and won several national team competitions under Galante’s tutelage in the Cyber Security and information technology areas.Galante is one of 90 teachers and counselors from 22 states and 12 countries who received the award.According to a press release from the Yale Office of Graduate Admissions, “The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these who shape the students long before they attend Yale, and like to thank these and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.”Galante was also named RBR’s and Monmouth County’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, as well as NJ’s Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. The latter sponsors the National CyberPatriot Competition which Galante’s students, including Jared Katzman, took the national championship.“It is Mrs. Galante’s teaching style and attitude that has rightfully been the root of merits received,” Katzman said of his former teacher and mentor. “She has created a unique and intensive program that brought national attention to a small public school … One thing is for sure, I would not be where I am without Mrs. Galante and she deserves every honor in the world.”last_img read more

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Rough start for Smokies at Showcase tournament

first_imgShane Poulsen scored the only goal for Trail.Braden Krogfoss took the loss in goal for the Smokies.Saturday, Cowichan Valley scored five third period markers to blast Trail 8-1.Leading 3-1 after two periods, Cowichan Valley scored four special teams goals — three on the power play and one shorthanded — to dump Trail.Team captain Garrett McMullen scored the lone goal for Trail.Lyndon Stanwood was in goal for Trail.Trail travels to the B.C. Interior for games Friday in Prince George and Saturday in Merritt.The first home game is Friday, September 21, against West Kelowna Warriors. It’s a been a slow start to the B.C. Hockey League season for the Trail Smoke Eaters.The Silver City squad was outscored 12-2 in dropping a pair of games to Merritt and Cowichan Valley during the BCHL’s Showcase tournament this weekend in Chilliwack.The Centennials scored twice in the first and third periods en route to the 4-1 victory Sunday.Penalty trouble did the Smokies in as power play goals by Sean Maktaak and another by Sebastien Pare did Trail in.last_img read more

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Neptunes tune up for next meet with solid showing in Boundary City

first_img“We saw so much improvement since our last swim meet last weekend in Nelson namely with Matthew Holitzki, Sage Wanhella, Paige Ross, and Cameron Bibby-Fox.”Host Grand Forks won the meet, edging out Castlegar.Trail, Creston and Colville, Wash., round out the team standings.Neptunes who won medals included:Division 1 girls: Morgan Robertson-Weir – bronze Division 2 girls: Aubree Fillion – silver Division 2 boys: Cameron Bibby-Fox – gold Division 4 girls: Elissa Centrone – bronze, Hannah Malenfant -silver Division 4 boys: Matthew Holitzki – silver Division 5 girls: Nava Sachs and Joanna Blishen – silver The Nelson Neptunes tuned up for the upcoming meet this weekend in Trail by finishing third at the recent competition in Grand Forks.”We are very happy with how all of our swimmers did this weekend,” said Neptune assistant coach Rebecca Afford.last_img read more

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