North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s health may be in grave danger following surgery. CNN cited a U.S. official who said reports of Kim being in dire health were being https://youtu.be/6Ln4PfTwf-Emonitored. There has been speculation about Kim’s health since he missed the recent celebration of his grandfather earlier this month. He last appeared in public on April 11th.A South Korean media report late Monday cited an unidentified source that Kim was recovering at a villa after surgery for a cardiovascular issue. However, South Korea’s government says there’s no indication North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely unwell. A spokesman for South Korea’s president said earlier today there’s been no unusual movement inside North Korea.
24 Hour Fitness has filed for bankruptcy and says it was forced to close 100 of it’s stores due to COVID-19.Like many other businesses, the national chain of gym was closed over several months to encourage social distancing and to stop the spread of the virus.“If it were not for Covid-19 and its devastating effects, we would not be filing for Chapter 11,” CEO Tony Ueber said in a statement. “We expect to have substantial financing with a path to restructuring our balance sheet and operations to ensure a resilient future.”In it’s Chapter 11 filing on Monday, the chain said that it has secured $250 million in funding which will help reopen some of its clubs, however, they will be coming back as a much smaller chain of roughly 300 clubs.It is said that the chain expects to reopen towards the end of June.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, after being treated for a possible infection.“Justice Ginsburg has been discharged from the hospital,” according to a court spokeswoman. “She is home and doing well.”The 87-year-old Supreme Court justice was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday “after experiencing fever and chills,” spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said.“She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August,” Arberg said Tuesday, while announcing Ginsburg’s hospitalization. “The Justice is resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment.”Reuters: U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG HAS BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND IS HOME AND DOING WELL – COURT STATEMENT— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 15, 2020 Ginsburg was treated for pancreatic cancer last August. She also missed oral arguments in January of last year, after undergoing surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her left lung.At the time, the Justice ended up participating in the cases by reading transcripts.In November 2018, Justice Ginsburg was also treated for three ribs that were fractured during a fall in her office.President Trump told reporters Tuesday that he hopes Ginsburg is feeling better and praised her for “actually giving me some good rulings.”“I wish her the best. I hope she’s better. I didn’t hear that, actually. She was just hospitalized? No, that’s too bad,” he said in the White House Rose Garden. “No, I wish her the best. She’s actually giving me some good rulings.”
Tags: Gold Standard, Governance England Golf confirmed its leading role in the modernisation of the sport when it voted unanimously today to take the final step to meet the Government’s gold standard for governance.The General Meeting agreed to streamline the Board by reducing it from 15 to 12 members. There will now be eight elected directors, three independent members and the Chief Executive Officer.It’s the latest in a series of measures taken by England Golf to modernise the way the game is run and which comply with the Code for Sports Governance.England Golf’s Independent Chairman Nic Coward (pictured) said: “From the outset England Golf has been a high-performing organisation leading the way for change and today’s vote is another positive statement.”England Golf has led moves to modernise the sport since it was created by a merger in 2012 to look after the interests of all the country’s golfers, clubs and counties.Two years ago the organisation voted to appoint an Independent Chair and Nic Coward took office in April 2017. He has been followed on to the Board by the first two Independent Directors, Martha Brass and Michael Pask.England Golf has made strong commitments on equality and diversity, with a minimum of 30% of each gender on the Board. This was reinforced by an equal representation of county representatives at the general meeting today.• The Code for Sports Governance is designed to ensure that UK sports bodies lead the world with the highest levels of governance and transparency. Compliance with the Code is essential to qualify for public funding and England Golf currently receives £8.48m from Sport England, spread over four years. 29 Nov 2017 England Golf votes unanimously to meet sport’s ‘gold standard’
DASHAWNA CAREY, a senior at Perry High School, was the top female basketball player in the city this year. “We are always looking to improve,” said Michael Gavlik, director of Interscholastic Athletics for the Pittsburgh Public School District. “The school district requested the audit to see where it stood and what improvements needed to be made.” Reluctant to speak, Gavlik added that each school is different and their needs vary, but what remains important is making sure their facilities are maintained and that students are equipped with what they need.While Pittsburgh Public School District board member Sharene Shealey declined to comment for the article, board member Mark Brentley said the district’s programs are missing something. “The district continues to (cut back) in all areas, unfortunately in some areas that do not need it. Cutting back in music and athletic programs for students puts them at a disadvantage.”While the audit found there was a significant difference in the participation of female students in athletics than that of males, some feel it is not necessarily what the district is doing to promote their sports, but a lack of interest on the part of female students.“Yes, there has been a decrease in the participation of females, but I do not believe it is because (of the district) but because they (female students) are just not as interested in it as they used to be,” said Daryl Moore, athletic director for Westinghouse High School. “I cannot speak for other schools, but in this school when it comes to female athletic participation, we offer every sport and opportunity for females to play, but do not see the interest.”Moore said teachers and coaches in his school are constantly looking for students with an interest in a sports and try to motivate them to get them involved. He said when it comes to participation, other factors besides interest are if a team is winning and peer acceptance. If a team is winning, it is easier to find participants. For instance, their basketball teams always have an interest because it has a tradition of winning, but when it comes to the softball team, there is less participation and the ladies play because they like it.Ken Saybel, athletic director at Schenley High School, said the female squads in his school are pretty full, but he has noticed a lack of participation from females. He admits the district needs to do better, but said one good thing that came from the audit was that the district saw where they needed to improve and actually did it.One of the ways the district plans to work on the issues of its athletic departments, is through a task force that will focus on and address the issue of athletics overall and Title IX. One of the recommendations from the consultant was to hire a Title IX Compliance Officer.“We have formed a new committee and we just had our first meeting,” said Saybel. “We need to get ideas to improve athletics, but need to also get more participation (on all levels) but especially from female students. We lose them along the way.”While the new task force is still in the early stages of conception, Brentley said there is no need for it because there is a District Aide Athletic Committee, of which he is a member, in place. The committee was formed to set the tone for athletics in the district. Brentley said instead of putting together a new committee, the district should work with the one in place.Pittsburgh Public School board member Dara Ware Allen said both are needed. “While the task force and the committee are complimentary, they are not the same. The task force is for a defined period of time to focus on the issue.”Other recommendations were for the district to put together a strategic plan and conduct a yearly self-audit. The consultant who conducted the audit was unable to be reached by Courier deadline.Allen said she thinks that once the district addresses the number of policy restrictions on the hiring of coaches, things will get better. For instance, if they hire someone from outside who has the expertise and interest, they may get more participation.She added that she was pleased with the student interest that went into the audit. Several students gave their insight by answering a 30-page questionnaire.While it is disheartening that there is a disparity when it comes to the number of female and male students who participate in athletics, Allen said it is admirable that the district is working to tackle the issue and committed to working on it. The Pittsburgh Public School District is now working to address a decline in female participation in athletics after a presentation earlier this month by a consultant who conducted an audit of the district’s compliance with Title IX, a law that requires equal opportunities for both males and females in education programs or activities that are federally funded, i.e. high school athletic programs. The audit found that there is a significant difference in the number of female athletes compared to male athletes.
The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Elana Meyers with brakeman Lauryn Williams from Rochester, Pa., left, wait for scores after their first run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — The crash didn’t break them, it bonded them.Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers laughed off smashing their bobsled into a wall a few days ago, knowing this wasn’t the time to let anything get in their way of winning an Olympic medal.The gold is right in front of them now.And for Williams, a special place in Olympic history is within reach.Williams, a former sprint champion, who decided to give bobsled a whirl six months ago, and Meyers lead at the halfway point of women’s Olympic bobsled, which has turned into a three-team race with two of them decked out in red, white and blue.With Williams using her world-class speed to propel her teammate off the starting line, Meyers made two trips down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 1 minute, 54.89 seconds on Tuesday to open a 0.23-second lead over Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, trying to win their second straight title after getting gold in Vancouver.USA-2’s Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans are in third, 0.56 back of their teammates, who know anything can happen in Wednesday’s final two heats.“It feels pretty good but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” said Meyers, who won bronze in Vancouver pushing for Erin Pac. “Kaillie’s a great driver. Jamie’s driving great as well. It’s not over.”Williams, a two-time sprint medalist in the Summer Olympics, is attempting to join Eddie Eagan as the only athletes to win gold medals in different sports in both the Winter and Summer Games. It wasn’t long ago that Williams made her first harrowing ride down an icy mountain track, unsure if she wanted to stick with a sport so foreign from the one she’d known.She’s feeling at home now.“Anytime I step on any track, ice track, regular track, any kind of track, my goal is to win,” she said. “So I’m not surprised at all. We prepared well, we did everything we’re supposed to do and we know we’re as good as the rest of the field.”Meyers, of Douglasville, Ga., and Williams, of Rochester, Pa., got off to a shaky start in their first days on the mountain. Meyers crashed her BMW-built sled on their initial training run, and Williams was late applying the brakes the following day and the pair blasted into a wall near the finish, damaging the front end of the carbon-fibered sliding machine.However, the incident didn’t crack their relationship.“The chemistry’s been building the whole time, but I think after we wrecked the sled the other day, that’s when it was solidified,” Meyers said.Williams was grateful for her driver’s patience.“That was a bonding moment,” Williams said. “She didn’t yell at all. She was emotional about the sled but she didn’t freak. ‘E’ handled it like a pro.”While one American track star is nearing a medal, the more celebrated one is further away.This time, Lolo Jones isn’t close.The former hurdler is in 11th with teammate Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3, 1.84 seconds behind Meyers and Williams and 1.28 seconds out of third.The team from the United States USA-3, pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakeman Lolo Jones, hug after their second run during the women’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)It’s hardly where Jones had hoped to be for after switching to bobsled to pursue her dream of winning a medal after ballyhooed failures on the Olympic track in Beijing and London.She’s on an icy one at these games, and to this point, it’s been as slippery as the dry ones she once ran in the summer.“Everything went as expected,” Jones said. “We knew we would have to fight. We knew it would be four tough runs.”Jones hasn’t given up, and she’s putting on a brave front despite knowing her medal chances are minuscule.“I’m just going to take it day by day, for sure,” she said.So far, this competition has been no different than most during this past World Cup season, with Meyers and Humphries duking it out for first.Humphries edged Meyers for the overall championship by one point. But the stakes are much higher in Sochi, and although the two are close friends after training and rooming together last summer, Meyers and Humphries are going hard for gold.“Heather and I had a plan coming in,” Humphries said. “We don’t really look at times. I don’t even know how big that gap is and I don’t care to know. We just stick to us.”Humphries and Moyse were first on the track Tuesday and made a clean trip, finishing in 57.39 seconds. But the pair barely had time to acknowledge they had set a track record when Meyers and Williams lowered it.USA-1’s first heat wasn’t pretty, but it was fast: a 57.26-second descent that moved them ahead of the Canadians. The Americans stretched their lead by one-tenth of a second on their second run.Greubel, of Newtown, Pa., and Evans, of Chicago, can’t be overlooked. The pair had two speedy trips down the course, covered and unaffected by daylong downpours in this new ski resort area northeast of Sochi.The U.S. team arrived in Russia early to get acclimated to their surroundings and “The Wolfpack,” as they call themselves, brought some drama with them.Jones’ selection over Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo was criticized by some who believed coaches were influenced by the track star’s celebrity. Regardless, Jones got the nod, but was then was paired with Fenlator in USA-3, the weakest of the sleek American sleds.Williams’ pairing with Meyers in USA-1 wasn’t without controversy and risk. The two only raced once together in a World Cup event, and there was some worry that Williams’ inexperience could be a problem. But other than not braking soon enough before their crash in practice, she’s been perfect.The track star, two runs from being an Olympic bobsled champion.“I never would have thought I’d be here six months ago,” she said. “And here I am.”
He didn’t exactly say she was a gold digger, but she don’t date broke ballers.Former NBA baller Antoine Walker is still seething from the fallout from longtime ex-girlfiend Evelyn Lozada. Walker, who infamously squandered all of his $110 million NBA fortune and is now buried under millions of dollars of debt, says Lozada left skid marks out of their relationship when the million-dollar lifestyle came to an abrupt halt.Walker broached the topic during a provocative and comprehensive interview with “The Russ Parr Morning Show” and he went in hard on Lozada:“My thing with Evelyn is she reaped a lot of benefits of my wealth. And when it got tight, she chose to go a different direction. So that’s the problem that I have with Evelyn.“Evelyn went on with her reality show and we all know all her relationships she’s been in since me. It hasn’t been about let me make sure Antoine is ok. So that’s a big difference. I dated Evelyn for ten years. In 1999…I signed my ninth deal in 1999. So she got to reap the whole benefits of the whole process.“It’s tough when you take care of people and you make sure they’re good…their family…their daughters and then they just go left field. “When it’s been asked why didn’t Walker wife up Lozada if they dated for a decade, Walker responds this way:“We got engaged in 2007. We had a nasty…she caught me in a nasty breakup. We had broke up for a minute there. That’s what delayed the marriage.“And then she left when things started to hit the fan.”What do you think? Does Walker have a point? She also bolted from her famous relationship with Chad Johnson after he went broke and was guilty of domestic violence against her.The problem with that is this: Walker was known for being a philandering boyfriend who often cheated on Lozada and was physically abusive towards her. But she stayed with Walker for 10 years.Well, hopefully a third times a charm. Lozada is engaged to yet another big-money athlete, Los Angeles Dodgers star outfielder Carl Crawford. They now have a child together.
FILE – In this July 31, 2014, file photo, Indiana Fever’s Shavonte Zellous moves the ball against the Seattle Storm during a WNBA basketball game in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)Indiana Fever guard Shavonte Zellous just wants to play basketball overseas – and be paid for her efforts.After one of the most successful seasons in her career, leading Turkish power Galatasary to championships in both the domestic league and Euroleague, Zellous is now embroiled in a salary dispute.Zellous said the club’s former president promised the players their bonuses would be doubled after Galatasary beat rival Fenerbahce. They’re still waiting for their money.The 28-year-old guard who played her college ball at Pitt, and her representatives have filed a grievance with the international basketball federation and the case will be decided by an arbitrator assigned by FIBA.Zellous said she is owed more than $100,000 – about the same as her WNBA salary – and hopes to have a decision by the end of the year.The situation has gotten sticky.Zellous refused to go back to the team this winter until she got what she was owed in bonuses. The Turkish club terminated her $315,000 annual contract in late September.“In the WNBA you get paid every two weeks, there it’s once a month,” Zellous said. “I finished playing with them in May and here we are and I still haven’t been paid.”As of Friday, none of the players from last year’s team, including Connecticut Sun forward Kelsey Bone, had been paid their bonuses yet.The club had a recent change in its front office with team president Ünal Aysal stepping down effective Oct. 25 and being replaced by Duygun Yarsuvat.Galatasary general manager Murat Ozyer said in a phone interview that in his opinion Zellous had been paid the money she was owed. The team started fining her when she didn’t show up to play.“She refused to come because she said she didn’t get her bonuses,” Ozyer said. “She doesn’t want to come. We explained to her that after three weeks when she didn’t show up we’d cut her.”The back-and-forth has left Zellous in limbo, working out in Indiana and waiting for a resolution.Despite being cut, she can’t play for another team unless she’s granted a FIBA letter of clearance by Galatasary and the club is paid a transfer fee.“It’s frustrating because you have to wait for this process to go through,” said Zellous, who averaged 16.3 points last season for Gala.“I’ve been playing since I was a kid and just want to continue doing what I do. I work out five times a week and try and stay court ready. I do the same things if I was playing, just there are no games. When I get the opportunity I’ll be ready,” she said.Zellous was looking forward to going back to the team and defending the championships.“I love the team, the head coach there, have nothing but nice things to say about the coach,” said Zellous, who played collegiately at Pittsburgh. “I learned a lot playing with them last year. They are having money problems and that’s the frustrating thing.”Though she did not go into details about what financial issues the club is having, she said if the situation can be resolved she would return.“I think I would go back over there,” Zellous said. “I love Istanbul, it’s a great city. I love the coach, love the team we have. Everything was good. That’s why it’s sad.”___Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg
Facebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-OlympiaEight graduating seniors from South Puget Sound high schools recently were awarded college scholarships from the Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia.The awards were part of $14,500 in scholarships Rotary members gave to students from Oakville, Rainier, Rochester. Scholarship funds will help pay for tuition and books leading to a license, certification, associate’s or bachelor’s degree.“The Rotary Club of South Puget Sound-Olympia has a strong educational focus. In addition to these eight scholarships, our club gave $3,500 to the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation to help Thurston County GRAVITY Program students pay fees for GED testing,” stated Leslie Demich, SPS Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair.For some, the award means they can focus on education, rather than paying the bills. For others, it’s the confidence they need to conquer college. “Every one of them has a plan, and I think that’s something worth rewarding and something worth encouraging, and that’s what we try and do,” said Demich.2018 Scholarship winners are:Oakville – Kelsey Bray, $1,000, Shaylyn Cole, $1,000, Roy Keller, $1,000, Alyssa Kinkade Smith, $2,500, Jaiden Lowery, $5,000 and Yosette Mendez-Castro, $2,000Rainier – Morgan Quackenbush, $1,000Rochester – Christopher Carlisle, $1,000.
Facebook86Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates through April. “We have lots of razor clams on area beaches this year, and we’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to get out and enjoy them,” said Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal shellfish manager.Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.WDFW typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Ayres.The tentative razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below.Digging is not allowed before noon for the March and early April digs where low tide occurs in the evening.March 6, Friday, 4:11 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 7, Saturday, 4:59 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 8, Sunday, 6:43 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 9, Monday, 7:25 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 10, Tuesday, 8:06 pm, -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 11, Wednesday, 8:46 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisMarch 20, Friday 5:27 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 21, Saturday, 6:07 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival)March 22, Sunday, 6:41 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 7:12 pm, 0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 3, Friday, 3:41 pm, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 4, Saturday, 4:37 pm, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 5, Sunday, 5:27 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 6, Monday, 6:12 pm, 0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 7, Tuesday, 6:55 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisNo digging is allowed after noon for April digs — listed below — where low tide occurs in the morning.April 8, Wednesday, 7:26 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 9, Thursday, 8:14 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 10, Friday, 9:01 am, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 11, Saturday, 9:50 am, -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)April 12, Sunday, 10:42 am, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 13, Monday, 11:39 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 22, Wednesday, 7:08 am, 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 23, Thursday, 7:41 am, 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 24, Friday, 8:15 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 25, Saturday, 8:49 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 26, Sunday, 9:26 am, -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 27, Monday, 10:07 am, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 28, Tuesday, 10:54 am, -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 29, Wednesday, 11:48 am, 0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksIn order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.Two razor clam digging weekends, in particular, should not be missed, said Ayres. “The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival on March 21 and 22, and the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival on April 11 are long-running events that celebrate the unique contribution of razor clams to Washington’s culture and coastal communities.”All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from some 600 license vendors around the state.Ayres reminds razor clam diggers, that anyone gathering clams in April will need a new 2020 license to participate. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.“Abundant razor clam populations on beaches are allowing for more digging opportunity this year,” said Ayres. “But, it is important that razor clam diggers be sure to only dig where it is allowed.” Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s website.WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.