Officials Help 20 Suspected Human Trafficking Victims in Super Bowl Crackdown

first_img“Trafficking survivors and other experts had previously warned us that our community would attract human traffickers that look to take advantage of the economic impact and influx of visitors produced by the Super Bowl itself,” State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says. “That is why we joined forces with local, state and federal agencies and community organizations to tackle this threat successfully as one team”.Out of the five human trafficking charges filed against individuals, three of them were filed as federal crimes, while the other two were filed as violations of Florida law, the Miami-Dade State Attorney says. Eight buyers, or “Johns,” as well as 34 accomplices were also arrested on human trafficking charges. Law enforcement officials were prepared to address the human trafficking issue during Super Bowl week, and those efforts paid off.According to the Miami-Dade State Attorney, authorities recovered 20 suspected human trafficking victims during Super Bowl LIV. Four of those victims said they lived in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, although the remainder said they were from other states and four foreign countries.The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, the Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and City of Miami Police Departments, as well as other local law enforcement agencies, the local Super Bowl Host Committee and the Women’s Fund Miami-Dade partnered in order to prevent potential human trafficking activities in the days leading up to and after the big game.last_img read more

Small Plane Makes Hard Landing at Lantana Airport; No Injuries

first_imgA small plane made a hard landing at Lantana Airport on Tuesday afternoon, authorities say.According to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, crews responded to the airport on Lantana Road around 3:45 p.m.A Cessna made a hard landing and was at the end of the runway.Officials add that the two people on board the aircraft were not hurt.The plane had a small fuel leak, which firefighters were able to quickly distinguish.The cause of the incident is under investigation.last_img

Several states say they are running out of unemployment money

first_imgSeveral states are reporting that with the rate of unemployment continuing the way it is, they will most likely run out of unemployment benefits by the end of this year.“This is an unprecedented crisis,” Jared Walczak, state tax policy director for the nonprofit Tax Foundation told Newsy. “We have, during really the entire history of the unemployment compensation system, not seen something quite like this.”According to the report, there is no federal requirements for the amount of money states need to keep in their unemployment trust funds so many states were left largely unprepared for such a large number of residents to file for benefits.Over 22 million people have filed for unemployment since the start of the pandemic and many more will likely follow.“People have lost their jobs in a very short period of time,” Walczak said. “The state systems are overloaded. They’re having trouble even processing claims, getting the money out the door. But it is overwhelming those systems. It is overwhelming their finances.”Wyoming is the only state that has reported that they will be able to maintain their benefits after a year’s time.California, New York, and Ohio say they could be out of money by the end of April.In order to continue providing for those who are out of work, states will be able to take out interest-free loans from the federal government, however, the loan must be paid back within two years, and may become an extra burden for taxpayers.last_img read more

Bus driver reportedly attacks passenger for not wearing a face mask

first_imgOfficials in Homestead have arrested a bus driver after he reportedly attacked a passenger with a metal rod when the passenger took off his face mask while on the bus.The incident occurred on Wednesday at a bus stop in Key Largo just after 7:00 pm.Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s office said the victim told them he initially entered the bus wearing the required protective gear, however, he removed his face mask to take a phone call and did not put it back on. The victim says when he stop arrived, he exited the bus and that’s when the bus driver Denys Santos, used a metal rod to point at a sign about face mask requirements.At that point, Santos and the victim got into an argument. The victim then exited the bus but Santos followed him and took a swing at the victim with the metal rod.Santos then got back on the bus and drove off but pulled over a short while where he was arrested.Santos is now facing aggravated assault charges.The Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works  has since released the following statement about the incident:“The safety of our staff and passengers is always our number one priority and we take this type of incident very seriously. For this reason, we have asked Safeguard America Transportation, the private transportation company that runs our bus route from Miami-Dade to Monroe County, to remove Mr. Denys Santos from the contract while this incident is under investigation.”“We do not condone the alleged actions by Santos, and we will continue to work closely with our contractors to ensure they are implementing the highest safety and operational standards while under contract for Miami-Dade County.”last_img read more

Boaters Rescued After Vessel Capsizes Near Boynton Inlet

first_imgOfficials with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescued three people on Saturday morning, when a boat capsized near the Boynton Beach Inlet.The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. near Ocean Inlet Park.Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue used one of its boats to get the three men out of the water. All of them were evaluated and none required medical care.This marks first weekend since Palm Beach County reopened its beaches last Monday, after closing them during the coronavirus shutdown.last_img

Naked Florida man spent 24 hours vandalizing school

first_imgPolice arrested a naked Florida man who broke into a South Florida High School and spent nearly 24 hours vandalizing the building.Police say 21-year-old Matthew Crandall was caught on surveillance cameras trashing Miramar High School on Memorial Day. They say he wore only a hat and headphones while smashing computers and televisions.Video showed Crandall breaking in around 7 a.m. Monday and caused flooding in hallways and vandalized classrooms, walls and hallways.Officials say he caused about $100,000 worth of damage.He’s charged with burglary and criminal mischief. It’s not known whether he has ties to the school.last_img read more

Two new caps in squad as England seek to end European drought

first_img18 Jun 2012 Two new caps in squad as England seek to end European drought England Golf will parade two new caps in their six-strong squad as they seek to bridge an eight-year gap without a victory in the annual European Boys Team Championships at Lidingo Golf Club near Stockholm in Sweden on 10th – 14th July. The newcomers to boys international golf are Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire), while the other four members of the team will be Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex). The non-travelling reserve is Harrison Greenberry (Exeter G&CC, Devon). Marsh (image © Tom Ward) is the current leader of the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit following joint second place in the McEvoy Trophy and equal third in the Fairhaven Trophies, while Turner, fifth on the Merit list, was also third at Fairhaven. The inclusion of Turner means he steps up from an under 16 international last year when he was also an England schools cap. Fitzpatrick finished runner-up in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy Boys Order of Merit following a second place in the England Boys Under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy, reaching the quarter finals of the British Boys and as joint winner of the Junior County Champions Tournament. A former under 16 international, he became a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals in Wales and has won this year’s Selborne Salver and finished second on countback for the Hampshire Salver. Kelly, currently second on the Merit list, also made his debut as a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals, having finished runner-up to Greenberry in the British Boys. Another former under 16 cap, he won the Fairhaven Trophy last month. Orrin made his debut in last year’s European Boys Championship in the Czech Republic after stepping up from an under 16 international. Runner-up in the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy in 2010, he was equally successful last year, winning the Andalucia Junior Open in Spain, finishing second in the Darwin Salver and third in the Fairhaven Trophy. This year, he was again second in the Darwin Salver but has recorded two significant victories, winning the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior in Arizona and the Kent Championship. He was also tied fourth in the South East of England Links Championship. Tree returns to boys international golf after making his full England debut against France last month, winning two of his four games. Winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters last year, he also tasted victory in South Africa over the winter, winning the Gauteng North Open. A former Sussex Boys champion, he has the distinction of winning the English under 14 Championship in 2008 then the under 16 title in 2010. He also finished runner-up in last year’s North of England under 16 Championship. England has not won the Boys European title since 2004 in Finland and will want to improve on eighth place in 2010 and 11th last year.last_img read more

Awards for golf trio who ‘pull out all the stops’

first_img Three men who have each ‘pulled out all the stops’ to support golfers have been honoured with awards at the England Golf coaching conference.Terry Casey, who has just retired as the manager of the England men’s team, won the award for the Outstanding Contribution to Coaching.Steve Parrish, the England Golf south region manager, was named as the Volunteer Manager of the Year. Both Parrish and Casey are members at Burhill Golf Club in Surrey.Steven Orr, the director of coaching at the Cranfield Golf Academy in Sussex, received the 2015 Coach of the Year award.Nigel Edwards, the England Golf Performance Director, commented: “These awards recognise people who really do pull out all the stops to support the players and squads they work with. They offer encouragement, guidance and support during both the good and bad times and they play a huge role in our successes.”The awards were presented at a gala dinner at the England Golf coaching conference at St George’s Park, attended by county, regional and national coaches and managers.The award winnersTerry Casey – Outstanding Contribution to Coaching, pictured top receiving his award from England men’s coach, Graham Walker. (image © Leaderboard Photography).Terry started in a voluntary role as the junior manager of the Surrey boys, working with coach Hugh Marr to win the Boys’ County Finals in three consecutive years from 2007. He also became the South Regional Manager in 2007 and four years later became the England men’s team manager. Since then, the highlights have included winning the European men’s team championship, the Home Internationals (twice), the European Challenge Trophy and the European Nations Cup (three times). Terry is the father of former English Amateur Champion and top tournament professional, Paul Casey.He said: “This is a great honour, but an award is not about the individual. It’s about the people you work with and in my case I’ve had the privilege of working with coaches like Graham Walker and David Ridley and all the other fantastic people at England Golf.“It’s been fun. The friendship and the camaraderie among that group is something very special and, if I miss anything, it will be that and the contact with the players.”He picked out 2013 as the highlight of his career when England players won the US, British, European and South American Amateur championships alongside the Home Internationals, the European team championship and the European Nations Cup. “That was fantastic,” he said.Steve Parrish – Volunteer Manager of the YearSteve took up golf when he was 16 and has been as low as four handicap. He became involved with junior golf at Burhill in 2004 and took over as junior organiser, making the most of funds from the proprietor and members to boost the coaching programme. He joined the Surrey executive in 2008 and also works with the County Partnership, developing the elite coaching programme and the County Academy Programme. Three years ago he became south regional manager and also chairs England Golf’s Performance Committee.He said: “This award is recognition for all volunteers who contribute significant amounts of time. But it’s also a personal recognition which is very, very rewarding.”He went on: “What I really enjoy, and what I feel is my job, is to give the coaches the best opportunity; to create the environment in which they can perform so the players benefit.”His 2015 highlight was to see Burhill’s Lizzie Prior win the England Golf girls’ order of merit, having started the season as a regional squad member. She is now in the national women’s squad. “I saw how her regional coach, Duncan Woolger, worked with her,” he said.His hopes for 2016 are simple: “I would like to see us win the world championships. I would love the world cup to be ours!”Steven Orr – 2015 Coach of the YearSteven supports both players and coaches, helping them to be the best they can. He’s always striving to extend his own knowledge and this year he achieved both his Masters degree in sports coaching and reached UKCC level 4 status. That’s alongside coaching elite amateurs and Tour professionals – as well as training 20 coaches at the Cranfield Golf Academy, working as a PGA tutor and travelling overseas to support coach education for the R&A’s development panel.Steven has been an England Golf regional coach for the past three years, helping to push players on to international status and, in some cases, into professional ranks. He is also the Sussex boys’ coach, achieving success with the players and taking a leading role in the creation of a new coach-led structure in the county.He said: “This is a huge honour. The best thing for me has always been the people I work with, both in England Golf and in Sussex – the inspirational coaches and managers who have helped me develop as a coach.”His highlight of 2015 was watching Sussex golfer Charlie Strickland reach a play-off for the England U16 boys’ title in the McGregor Trophy and win an U18 boys’ cap. He has coached Strickland since he was five. 16 Dec 2015 Awards for golf trio who ‘pull out all the stops’ last_img read more

Inspirational quartet challenge for Young Ambassador Award

first_imgA 23-year-old club captain, two volunteer coaches and a golfing ambassador are the four inspirational finalists for the England Golf’s Young Ambassador of the Year Award, presented in association with the Golf Foundation.They are: Megan Field and Jess Pinnell, both volunteer coaches at Hatchford Brook Golf Centre in Sheldon, Birmingham; Liam Ridgill, club captain of Drax Golf Club near Selby, North Yorkshire; and golfing ambassador Georgina Wrixon of Ashley Wood Golf Club, Blandford Forum, Dorset.Their remarkable achievements to support other golfers and to grow the game will be highlighted when the winner is announced at the England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “These four inspirational young people are quite amazing. They are sharing their pleasure in golf in the best possible way and are helping us to spread the message that golf is a great game for all.”Join us to celebrate these and the finalists for eight more categories, by clicking here to book tickets for the Awards dinner. Tickets are just £85 each and include drinks on arrival and a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person.The four Young Ambassador of the Year Award finalists:Megan Field, 18, of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Sheldon, BirminghamMegan began her involvement at the junior academies run by PGA professional Aaron Lansberry as a work placement – and enjoyed it so much that she continued volunteering and wants to become a junior coach. She gives up hundreds of hours and balances her interest alongside her own college and study commitments.“The kids really enjoy working with Megan as they can relate to someone nearer to their age,” said Aaron. “Her ability to communicate with the children has greatly improved and she is more than happy to stand up in front of a group of children, with parents watching, and deliver an explanation and demonstration of the warm up games.”He added: “She also talks to the boys and girls in the group about school, other sports clubs or whatever else they want to talk about. I find this is very valuable as it adds a new social dimension to my sessions.”Jess Pinnell, 15, of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Sheldon, BirminghamJess took up golf a year ago and in that time has both developed her own skills and become a key volunteer at the junior golf academies run by PGA professional Aaron Lansberry.“She started as a complete beginner, quickly progressed with her golf and wanted to get more involved with what we do,” said Aaron.Jess helps at eight group lessons each week and also attended every day camp held during the school summer holidays. She doesn’t take her own coaching session until the end of a full day of volunteering!In total she has given up hundreds of hours over the past year to helping youngsters and has impressed Aaron with her involvement and confidence, the way she uses banter to put the players at ease – and her own willingness to learn.He commented: “At the rate Jess is improving her coaching, she will no doubt be better than me soon!”Liam Ridgill, 23, of Drax Golf Club, near Selby, north YorkshireLiam has just taken over as the youngest-ever captain at Drax Golf Club, where he’s bowled over the members and officials with his ‘can do’ mentality.He joined the club as a 12-year-old – and has been junior captain – and went on the main committee three years ago, taking on responsibility for marketing.He’s transformed the website and used it, together with social media, to promote the club. He’s also played a key role in attracting new members, particularly students and intermediates, and in launching open competitions which showcase the course. One of his latest projects is to improve the course signage.Club secretary Matthew Forde commented: “I see at first hand the amount of work Liam puts in for the club, he is an invaluable member of the team.”Alan Palmer, 2017 senior captain, added: “For someone so young to be voted as 2018 captain reflects how well liked and respected he is.”Georgina Wrixon, 18, of Ashley Wood Golf Club, Blandford Forum, DorsetGeorgina started playing golf when she was 14 and quickly became passionate about the game – and about encouraging new players, especially girls.She represents Dorset and competes nationally, while also inspiring newcomers to the game as an ambassador for the Girls Golf Rocks campaign and for the charity, the England Golf Trust.  She has trained as a Level One coach and supports PGA professionals at a number of local clubs. When she was junior captain Georgina raised enough money to install junior tees at her club, encouraging more youngsters to pay the full game.Georgina is aiming for a career in golf and after very successful BTEC results is now studying for a degree in sports science specialising in golf.“We are very proud of Georgina’s achievements and feel she deserves to be recognised for all the effort and passion she has for playing and promoting the game of golf,” said a nominator. Tags: Award, Young Ambassador of the Year 10 Jan 2018 Inspirational quartet challenge for Young Ambassador Award last_img read more

England’s volunteer course raters are just champion!

first_img Tags: Course rating, The Colony Golf Club, Vienna, Volunteer An England Golf team of volunteer course raters proved they are on top of their game when they beat off a challenge from over 20 other European countries.Karen Hearn, from Warwickshire, Rosemary Rice of Surrey, Jackie Keay of Hampshire and Mark Ward of Kent represented England at course rating seminar in Vienna, attended by teams from countries and golf associations across Europe.They came out on top when all the teams undertook a series of tasks to show how each country rates and evaluates the golf courses under its jurisdiction and how that compares to the master rating, set by the United States Golf Association.Gemma Hunter, England Golf Handicap and Course Rating Manager, remarked: “Our course rating teams are very knowledgeable and we were absolutely delighted to prove this to the rest of Europe!”England Golf has over 70 volunteer teams who rate the courses at its 1900+ affiliated clubs, giving them a standard scratch score which is used for handicapping purposes.The seminar was hosted by the Austrian Golf Federation at The Colony Golf Club, Vienna and led by Scott Hovde, the USGA Assistant Director of handicap and Course Rating.The volunteers also managed to squeeze in some sight-seeing time during their trip. 22 Jun 2018 England’s volunteer course raters are just champion! last_img read more