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first_imgOfficials in the Florida Keys say they plan to keep the area closed off to visitors through at least the month of May to protect residents from the coronaviurs.Monroe County Officials made the announcement earlier this week in a statement saying:“Because of the continued threat of COVID-19 in areas outside of Monroe County, not allowing visitors back to the Florida Keys will still be in place throughout May, and potentially longer given the state of the virus.”While the lockdown remains in affect, officials say they are willing to relax some of the guidelines once they see that there have been no new cases or that rate of new cases has been trending down for at least two weeks.The county also says that if cases begin to go up after measures have been relaxed, they will be reimplemented.Florida currently has over 29,000 cases of the virus and over 1,000 deaths. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties all lead the state in confirmed cases. City officials in each of those counties say they are working together on a plan to slowly reopen the economy.last_img read more

first_imgThroughout his youth, Omar Siddiqui aspired to become a Renaissance man. Inspired by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Benjamin Franklin, Siddiqui, an alumnus of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, now hopes to expand his career politically in a run for the U.S. House of Representatives to represent California’s 48th District in this year’s midterm elections. Photo courtesy of Omar Siddiqui“After Benjamin Franklin debated with his fellow congressmen about the Declaration of Independence, he’s [still] out there doing science experiments,” he said. “[These men] merged science, technology, engineering and math with the humanities, arts and law.”Siddiqui wants to bring the diversity of his experiences, specifically his knowledge of national security and emphasis on human rights, to Congress. After Siddiqui completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering at USC, he enrolled in law school at Loyola Marymount University to fulfill his career goal as a trial lawyer and litigator. During his legal career, Siddiqui was recruited to work on national security matters with the Federal Bureau of Investigation under former President Barack Obama’s administration and served as an adviser to the Central Intelligence Agency. Siddiqui attributed his entrance into the political arena to Obama and former FBI Director James Comey: two men whose words stuck with him as he started his campaign for Congress.“It was October [or] November of 2016, and I was venting to President Obama about the state of our nation and the direction it was headed in,” Siddiqui said. “He was telling me, like his famous quote, ‘Be the change you want to be. Be that change. What are you waiting for?’ I was reflecting on that, on that move to go from attorney to a [politician].”Likewise, Comey echoed similar sentiments to Siddiqui: There was no time to sit around. Comey’s dismissal from the FBI by President Donald Trump in April 2017 unsettled Siddiqui and inspired him to announce his campaign in July.“That was a defining moment for me because I realized there was no time to stand around,” he said. “I can no longer sit on the sidelines. I have to be that change.” The 48th district comprises several Orange County cities, like Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster and Santa Ana, whose populations are majority white, although there exist thriving Asian and Hispanic communities.Despite the district’s historically Republican voting patterns, Siddiqui aims to focus on issues voters across the political spectrum believe are important, such as national security, healthcare and environmental policy. “Now, our country is really divided on political party [lines],” Siddiqui said. “One thing we need to be united on is our national security. It’s not a partisan issue if you have a foreign nation like Russia interfering with our elections and our democracy.”He says his inclusive messaging is also represented in his platform, which outlines Siddiqui’s support for marginalized groups and their rights in the U.S. “I’m for a clean [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] bill and taking it one step further to give them an opportunity to have a pathway to citizenship,” he said, commenting on Congress’ current struggle with immigration reform. “But, we can’t just think of the Dreamers alone. We also have to think of other 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in our country. We need to make sure we have immigration reform that affects everybody.”Siddiqui’s campaign slogan, “United We Rise,” embodies his goal to connect with voters regardless of political party. “We are moving and getting a lot of Republicans and Democrats and no-party preference voters to come out to the polls and be that change,” he said. “I think a lot of people feel that their vote doesn’t count but we’re spreading the message that every vote counts, and everyone counts.”last_img read more

first_imgMORE: Tiger Woods results from Round 3 of the U.S. OpenDespite not being one of those familiar names, Woodland was ranked 25th in the world coming into the third major of the season A former University of Kansas golfer, Woodland turned professional in 2007 and joined the PGA Tour in 2009. In 10 years on the Tour, Woodland has won three events, most recently at the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff over Chez Reavie, who is also in contention this weekend.Entering his Saturday tee time, Woodland hadn’t bogeyed in 27 consecutive holes. Although not new on the Tour, excelling at major tournaments is a recent development for the Delray Beach, Fla., resident.Woodland recorded his first top-10 finish in a major last year at the PGA Championship after entering Round 3 with the solo lead. He was paired with Tiger Woods in the final round before fading to a tie for sixth place. At this year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, Woodland finished tied for eighth. Before his 2018 PGA Championship performance, Woodland had gone 27 majors in a row without a top-10. In one of golf’s biggest tournaments of the year, at one of the most iconic courses in the world, and with every top golfer present, it would be natural to expect a leaderboard packed with familiar names.While this year’s U.S. Open does have a few of those golfers — Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka among them — at the top, no one was playing better entering Saturday than Gary Woodland, who held a two-stroke lead over the rest of the field at Pebble Beach. At this year’s Waste Management Open, a video of Woodland inviting Amy Bockerstette from Special Olympics Arizona to play the 16th hole went viral.Known as one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, Woodland averages 309.0 yards off the tee, good for 11th on the tour. He’s ranked 26th in the FedEx Cup standings and has three top-10 finishes this season. He has earned $3,108,907 in official winnings.last_img read more

first_imgNow, after leaving his immaculate goal against Granada, he adds 99 games with the goal to zero. He is one in the hundreds and has in his hand to be the goalkeeper of the history of LaLiga that fewer games need to add 100 goals to zero. He has played 176 games so far. His value in Atlético is unquestionable, but the numbers place him as the best in the world at the moment. This is observed in the study conducted by Opta since the Slovenian debuted with Atlético in LaLiga. Since then, none of the goalkeepers of the five great championships improves their statistics. OPTA ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Goalkeepers with more goals to zero and percentage of stops.OPTA Thus, Oblak is with 99 the goalkeeper who has left his goal most times to zero. The one that follows, curiously, is his compatriot Handanovic (Inter) with 68, while Courtois, now at Real Madrid, is the third with 59. Atlético’s goalkeeper is also the one who receives the least per game. Its average is 0.62 points per game. The closest goalkeeper is Neuer, with an average of 0.71 points against each game played. OPTA ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Goalkeepers with the best percentage of stops.OPTA Oblak continues to break records in Atlético and, above all, giving points. The biggest differentiating feature in a goalkeeper. The rojiblanco goalkeeper again became decisive for his team last Saturday against Granada. With a zero draw he prevented the soldier from opening the scoring at a time when Atlético does not have a level of confidence to have to row against the current. The Slovenian stopped that shot and at least gave another two points to his team. Like last season, he again leaves behind a good bouquet of decisive stops, which then have direct influence on the classification locker. Oblak intervenes and when he does it is usually to get it right. Thus, another fact that puts you at the head of the goalkeepers is their percentage of stops. Is the best of all. Slovenian moves by 79.55% by 75.56% in which it has been during that Buffon period. Since debuting with Atlético in LaLiga in March 2015, Oblak has been settling to the top. The 432 stops he has made have been more than valuable to Simeone.last_img read more