That’s what Frederica Academy head coach Gabe Gabriel likes when his Lady Knights take the field. Controlling matches and possession of the soccer ball.

However, Coach Gabriel couldn’t control Mother Nature as she made her way through Bibb County with tornado warnings around the area. That pushed the Lady Knights semifinal matchup with defending champions Augusta Prep Day to 2 p.m. today.

“It was a decision that I don’t think (Mercer) had thought they would have to make until yesterday,” Gabriel said of the inclement weather. “I don’t know what the forecast had done because, to be honest, I hadn’t looked at them. We haven’t had to deal with much weather recently. Apparently, the system pumped up and Mercer University decided yesterday around noon that the field would be unplayable Friday and Saturday. So they had to push us to the turf field which was unavailable today because of the GHSA state championships, so we had to play on Saturday. It may have enhanced what the decision Mercer had to make in terms of their facilities.”

With the game being pushed back a day, Gabriel said it’s not a terrible situation the four finalists have been dealt with, knowing his team stayed prepared.

“I won’t complain about having another day to prepare,” Gabriel said. “Being able to train and have a full training session Thursday was nice, even though it was a little rushed and not as planned out as I typically like. We got something out of it. We are just preparing for the game being tomorrow and changing travel. It’s been a whirlwind.”

As the team prepared to head up to Mercer University on Thursday night, the change in plans gave coach Gabriel one final training session Friday.

“We are going to do a short preparation training right after school and then leave directly after that,” Gabriel said. “Already had hotel rooms booked as it was. We will get the girls up there and make sure they are fully focused and limited distractions and hopefully be ready for kickoff today.”

Although the Lady Knights are dealing with end-of school studies — AP exams, normal exams and end-of-school plays — Gabriel knows his group put up a strong week of practice.

“I think with all of that our girls have been focused,” Gabriel said. “With a younger group, the leadership with our three seniors has been key. Just bringing their experience and their mentality and state of mind into training this week has been great for us for that bigger younger core. I’m happy with what we have done so far and I hope we can continue with that in our little hour session today.

“It’s a grind, I have girls taking AP exams up until four o’clock, rushing to get to practice to get ready to go at 4:30. They don’t have very much of a break at all. These days are some of the most important so credit to them or being able to go through all

Pablo Larrazábal said: “What a day. But I knew that my golf was there. I couldn’t make any putts the first three days but I told my girlfriend last night that she had to choose the clothing for the (winning) pictures!

I knew that I had a low one in my bag and that’s what I did. Today I holed putts and that was key. I mean, to shoot 62 in windy conditions with the flags out there, it was good.

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“I’m glad I got the seventh (title) at home.

I live one hour and 15 minutes up the road and it’s very special to win in Spain, in front of a few friends of mine, and obviously in front of my girlfriend and my brother. So it’s not going to be the most emotional win in my career but it’s one of them.

There were a lot of key moments today to keep that round going, and that good stretch in the middle of the round was unbelievable. The golf I played on those five holes was probably the best golf in a long, long time. It’s been tough, the last three years, the last maybe five, six years – I know I had a win three years ago.

But when your golf is not there and then injuries, and then these 20-year-old kids are coming in and they’re flying the ball 50, 60 yards over yours and you’re not putting well, you’re not chipping well. There are a lot of things coming into my mind.

I thought a lot about not playing any more. And sometimes if you believe and you keep working hard, life gives you back and it’s been a long road. For the trust and for the work I did, and for the patience, I think I really deserve it”

He is among the most successful sportsmen ever, as well as one of the richest in the world. When it comes to firsts Tiger Woods is always present: 15 majors won, 110 professional tournaments, the most successful golfer in the history of this sport.

Statistics that explain why he managed to stay at the top of the world ranking for 683 weeks (of which 281 consecutive) and above all because in 2014 he became the first sportsman in the world to have broken the billion dollar barrier.

Astronomical figure that also justifies the fact that Tiger Woods can afford a yacht like the Privacy, a real fairytale boat. And obviously we are talking about something that has cost a lot. If you imagine a luxury yacht and some comfort on board, then Privacy has it.

48 meters long, with a total area of ​​600 square meters, this yacht was purchased by the golfer in 2004. Equipped with five cabins capable of accommodating a total of ten people, she also boasts four quarters for nine crew members.

Tiger Woods usually calls it “my dinghy” even if everything looks like a dinghy: with a


The Colleton Prep War Hawks earned their first win of the season on Friday evening in a 59-12 victory over Northwood Academy at home. Colleton Prep (1-2) was coming off a 0-2 start after losses to Andrew Jackson and Hilton Prep on the road.

Drew Murdaugh (SR) scored three times in the first quarter to give Colleton Prep a 20-0 lead. Murdaugh connected with Noah Catterton on an 18-yard pass (Nettles, kick) to make it 27-0 in the second quarter. Cole Davis then scored on a 15-yard run (Nettles, kick) and Hayden Williams went in the endzone on a 4-yard run (kick failed) to make it 40-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, Caden Crosby scored on a 15-yard run (kick failed) and Cayson Warner had a 4-yard touchdown run (kick failed) to put the War Hawks on top 52-0. Eli Rowe scored on a 45-yard run in the fourth quarter. Northwood got on the board twice in the fourth quarter, but it would not be enough to deter the War Hawks from capturing a 59-12 win in their first home game of the season.

Colleton Prep’s senior quarterback, Drew Murdaugh, had six carries for 126 yards and scored three touchdowns in the game.

Cole Davis had four carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Caden Crosby had three carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

The War Hawk defense was led by Noah Catterton with 8 tackles and Walker Nettles with 7 tackles. Cole David added 4 tackles and an interception.

“I thought our offensive line did a great job tonight,” said Coach Greg Langdale. “We averaged over 17 yards a carry tonight and a lot of that is due to the offensive line. Drew Murdaugh got us off to a great start. He had over 100 yards rushing in the first quarter. Offensively tonight, we did a great job of not making the mistakes we were making in the first two games.”

“Defensively our front four did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” said Langdale. “We were able to put them in third and long all night and we were able to get some turnovers tonight that helped put our offense in good field position.”

Colleton Prep is scheduled to travel to Beaufort Academy (1-1) on Friday, September 10; however, the Eagles were unable to play last week due to quarantine. As of press time, no further information was available regarding the status of the upcoming game.

CHICAGO — Chicago Public School students return to the classroom this morning following the Labor Day weekend. However, anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated and travelled out of town for the holiday will have to stay at home — without remote learning as an option.

CPS informed students and families of the guidelines before the holiday weekend.

If a child is unvaccinated, CPS wants them to produce a negative Covid test and still quarantine for seven days after returning to the state.

If a child doesn’t get tested, they are required to stay home for 10 days.

Parents should notify the schools that their child will be absent and it will be excused by the school.

After 24 hours, students will be given take home work.

CPS’s online tracker shows that as of Sept. 4, 28 adults in the district have tested positive for COVID-19, with 11 students doing the same.

Last week, Gov. JB Pritzker said it was important that everyone step back and think about they can keep others safe.

Students who do test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed access to the district’s virtual academy.

Parents must notify the district before that process can begin.

The director of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention this week asked Americans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 to stay home during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a news briefing on Tuesday.

Walensky said people who are fully vaccinated should still take precautions. The CDC says of those eligible for vaccines, 38.5% are not fully vaccinated. It recommends travelers get tested 1-3 days before traveling, and another 3-5 days after traveling.

For those who are traveling, gas prices have been on the rise ahead of the Labor Day Weekend, according to AAA. Louisiana and other parts of the Gulf Coast, which were hit by the massive hurricane, play a major role in oil production.

“Drivers will almost assuredly see gas prices rise this week, because of Hurricane Ida’s effects on the Gulf Coast,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a statement Monday. “Based on overnight movement in the futures market, a 10- to 20-cent jump at the pump is not out of the question. Where gas prices go from here will depend on the extent of the damage and how long it will take for fuel production and transportation lines to return to normal.”


Florida’s average gas prices have declined during the past three weeks and were at $2.95 a gallon Sunday for regular unleaded. That was down 3 cents a gallon from the previous week.

April Smith was visiting from Michigan.

“We came here because it’s my husband’s birthday the day after Labor Day, and he’s never seen the ocean,” Smith said.

She said they made a 16-hour drive to Jacksonville Beach and that she and her husband have both been vaccinated.

Mark Harris is local to the Jacksonville Beach area and said he’s welcoming the visitors.

“I’m a big believe in live your life, do it the way you wanna do it,” Harris said. “If people come here and have a good time and travel, so be it.”

Another group of people flew in from Indianapolis for a bachelor party. All said they were vaccinated and are taking precautions.

Traffic at Florida’s busiest airport — Orlando — is forecast to exceed pre-pandemic crowds. Officials at Orlando International Airport said Wednesday that this Labor Day weekend they are expecting more than 303,000 departures, a 7% increase above Labor Day weekend in 2019.


The official holiday travel period started Thursday and ends next Tuesday.

The busiest travel day of the holiday weekend is expected to be on Saturday when Orlando International Airport is forecast to have more than 53,000 departures.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige is urging tourists not to visit the popular destination through October due to a surge in COVID cases that has the state’s hospitals at capacity.

“It’s not a good time to travel to the islands,” he said at a news conference Monday.

Monday’s announcement does not mean travelers cannot visit Hawaii, as the state did not tighten its entry requirements. Since October, travelers have been able to visit by presenting a negative COVID test to bypass the state’s strict quarantine. In July, the testing requirement went away for vaccinated travelers.

There has been speculation the testing requirement would return due to the spike in COVID cases from the delta variant but Ige said that is difficult to do since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says domestic travel is safe for vaccinated travelers.

Ige said he has talked with airlines, hotels and other tourism businesses about spreading a message that this is not the time to visit Hawaii except for essential business. He said he asked them to “do what they could” to curtail tourism.

“I think it’s important that we reduce the number of visitors coming here to the islands,” he said in a separate interview Monday with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “Certainly, I expect cooperation from the visitor industry.”

Asked about the governor’s request to limit visitors, Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson Alex Da Silva released a statement late Monday.

“We are acutely aware of the stress on our health care system imposed by new COVID-19 cases, and our hearts go out to those affected,” he said.  “We continue to believe that the single most valuable measure to address this crisis is increasing the vaccination rate in our community, which is why we have announced our intent to require our employees to be vaccinated.”

Da Silva added: “The Safe Travels program, which is unprecedented in the nation, requires travelers to be vaccinated or tested to avoid quarantine and has been effective in managing the number of travel-related cases.”

The Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state agency in charge of promoting tourism, said visitor counts normally fall as summer vacation season ends but still encouraged travelers to delay any plans to visit Hawaii this fall.

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“Our community, residents and the visitor industry are responsible for working together to address this crisis,” John De Fries, the agency’s president and CEO said in a statement. “As such, we are strongly advising visitors that now is the not the right time to travel, and they should postpone their trips through the end of October.”

Ige acknowledged that some small tourism businesses are still struggling to recover from the pandemic and that telling visitors to stay home won’t help the tourism industry rebound. Hawaii effectively banned traditional vacations for months in 2020 by requiring a strict

School is back in session, but for some families that might look different as Colorado enters a new stage of the pandemic.

On July 3, Gov. Jared Polis’ office celebrated a milestone in Colorado’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic as the state met President Joe Biden’s July 4 deadline for 70% of the state’s population to be inoculated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Still, that announcement came as cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant have exploded in Colorado in recent weeks, becoming the dominant variant of the virus throughout the state. In El Paso County, Delta variant cases have exploded from around 34 in mid-June to 246 as of July 5.

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Persisting concerns over the pandemic, ranging from trouble accessing vaccines to fears over contracting the virus, are among the reasons families want their students to continue learning from home, district officials said.

But for some families, the decision to stay home goes beyond the pandemic, Harrison District 2 spokeswoman Christine O’Brien said, because the remote learning model just works better for them.

That includes students who travel frequently or who use certain learning accommodations, as well as those who juggle jobs and athletics. Families have also cited being able to access their students’ education from anywhere as a reason for wanting to stick to remote learning, because that accessibility allowed students to travel back and forth between family members that were out of town as they needed to. The issue is a prevalent one for districts in and around Colorado Springs. In Colorado Springs District 11, around one in four families said they’d rather stick to online learning if given a choice.

After District 2 officials polled families in January, O’Brien estimated that between 1,000-1,200 families were interested in forgoing in-person learning in favor of online options.

But in several districts in the Pikes Peak region, students that want to stay at home are being funneled into new online schools, like District 2’s Aspire Online Academy, which is opening for the upcoming fall semester.

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“The online academy’s response — our district’s whole response — is that it’s another option in order to support diversity and variety in learning styles,” Aspire Online Academy principal Talya Young said. “So our goal is to provide an opportunity — that is, to have another choice.”

For now, many of these online schools have set up shop in temporary homes, like Aspire Online Academy, which will headquarter elementary school teachers in Centennial Elementary School and junior high teachers in Pikes Peak Elementary.

That’s just a temporary measure for the 2021-2022 school year, Young said. After that, districts have planned for online schools to be housed in brick-and-mortar schools.

In Colorado Springs District 11, that plan for traditional buildings for online schools is a part of the district’s master plan

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic in a nursing home, confined to her room with no visitation or organized activities, “was a nightmare,” Rose Marie Pardo recalled Tuesday.

But Pardo described the four certified nursing assistants who care for her at the Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Quincy as her “dream team.”

Pardo told the Legislature’s Health Care Financing Committee she contracted COVID-19, spending two weeks in a dedicated unit, and said her roommate “died a terrible death” from the virus. She said the CNAs “put their lives on the line” to care for their patients and “went through hell day after day.”

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Rose Marie Pardo has lived at Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Quincy for nearly six years.

“These CNAs provided care, comforted our fears, listened to our needs, and they were there when no one else could be there,” she said. “I am grateful for my dream team every day, but especially now, after the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time to recognize the commitment and dedication of the essential CNAs who work in our nursing homes.”

Speaking alongside Hancock Park administrator Adam Ernst, Pardo was one of a handful people to testify by video in support of bills dubbed the Nursing Home Quality Jobs Initiative, which were filed by Sen. Julian Cyr and Rep. John Lawn, the committee’s House chair.

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The bills (H 1287, S 759) would require MassHealth to “annually fund a living wage rate add-on for direct care staff of licensed nursing homes,” including CNAs and housekeeping, laundry, dietary, plant operations and clerical staff. They would also create a grant program for supervisory and leadership training for nursing facility workers, an “extended care career ladder grant program” and a tuition-reimbursement program for CNA training.

Sen. Harriette Chandler and Rep. Tom Golden also filed bills (S 742, H 1268) that aim to stabilize nursing home finances. Those bills, Massachusetts Senior Care Association President Tara Gregorio said, seek to modernize the state’s nursing facility funding formula to better reflect the current cost of resident care, including investments in the workforce.

“Today, nursing facilities have an urgent need to hire 6,000 nurses and CNAs,” Gregorio said. “Nursing facilities are simply unable to compete for job applicants, primarily due to their inability to offer competitive wages. As a result, 40 percent of direct care staff are working overtime, and over half of the commonwealth’s nursing facilities are denying or limiting admissions due to what many have described as the worst staffing crisis in our history.”

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Dr. Larissa Lucas of North Shore Physicians Group, a geriatric team that provides care at multiple nursing facilities, said nursing home staffing levels were “nearing a crisis point” before the pandemic, “and this crisis has now fully arrived.”

“This is a problem that is directly related to government funding of nursing home care,” she said.

Along with the nursing home bills,

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. private payrolls increased more than expected in June as companies rushed to boost production and services amid a rapidly reopening economy, though a shortage of willing workers continues to hang over the labor market recovery.

FILE PHOTO: People line up outside a newly reopened career center for in-person appointments in Louisville, U.S., April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Amira Karaoud

The ADP National Employment Report on Wednesday showed hiring in the leisure and hospitality sector accounting for nearly half of the increase in private payrolls this month. Manufacturing payrolls growth slowed, likely reflecting labor shortages as well as scarce raw materials. A global shortage of semiconductors is hampering production of motor vehicles and some household appliances.

“The labor market is continuing to heal,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in White Plains, New York. “Job growth is expected to pick up on a broader reopening, but timing is uncertain given it is unclear how quickly supply constraints will ease.”

Private payrolls increased by 692,000 jobs in June. Data for May was revised lower to show 886,000 jobs added instead of the initially reported 978,000. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast private payrolls would increase by 600,000 jobs.

More than 150 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, allowing authorities to remove pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and mask mandates for the inoculated.

Employment gains in June were evenly spread among small, medium and large companies, indicating that the economy’s recovery from the pandemic was broadening in scope.

Leisure and hospitality payrolls increased by 332,000 jobs and there were solid gains in education and health services. Factories added only 19,000 jobs, below the monthly average 43,000 jobs in the past three months.

Hiring at construction sites increased by 47,000 jobs. The sector is being underpinned by strong demand for housing, thanks to historically low mortgage rates and a shift to home offices during the pandemic.

A separate report from the National Association of Realtors on Wednesday showed contracts to buy previously owned homes rebounded 8% in May. But the housing market is grappling with a severe shortages of homes for sale, which is driving up prices well beyond the reach of some first-time buyers.

Applications for loans to buy a home fell last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in another report. Home purchase loans were down 17.3% compared to same period last year.

“We expect record high home prices and scarce inventories of existing homes for sale will continue to weigh on home sales,” said Nancy Vanden Houten, lead economist at Oxford Economics in New York.

Stocks on Wall Street were mixed. The dollar gained versus a basket of currencies. U.S. Treasury prices rose.


The ADP report is jointly developed with Moody’s Analytics and was published ahead of the Labor Department’s more comprehensive and closely watched employment report for June on Friday. But it has a poor track record predicting the private payrolls count from the Bureau of Labor Statistics because of methodology


Dickey passed away on February 28, 2021 at the age of 92. He was born November 1, 1928, the younger son of Lillian and V. Merle Baltz. He grew up in Eminence, Missouri, where he first fell in love with the idea of flying. Donna departed this life on January 13, 2021. A true woman of faith who devoted her life to her family and to helping others, she was born April 12, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Ross and Edna Forrest Garverich.

Dickey entered the United States Naval Academy in 1947 after high school graduation. He graduated from the academy in 1951 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force, moving immediately to flight school in Hondo, Texas. Flying was his passion, and his career as an Air Force pilot included some 10,000 hours in nearly a dozen different crafts. He served as a reconnaissance pilot in the Korean war and also flew missions in the Vietnam war. His military awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as medals for meritorious service in both Korea and Vietnam, and several other medals of merit and commendation. Donna graduated from the Washington School for Secretaries, she had a very active secretarial career, including sixteen years with the Agency for International Development, the foreign aid branch of the U.S. State Department. Her postings included Laos, the Philippines, Uganda, Korea, Ethiopia, and Washington, D.C. Her time in Uganda and Ethiopia included trips to the wild animal parks in East Africa, which ranked among her favorite places.

Dick’s military career included a number of years as Executive Officer to the Director of Reconnaissance at the Pentagon, as well as assignments in Japan and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As Air Attaché in Ethiopia, he led efforts to establish a library for the Ethiopian Air Force Academy. He received a gold medallion in a personal audience with Emperor Haile Selassie for his service. Dick retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1974.

Dick married Erma Loreta Howard of Columbia, Missouri, in 1956, and they had four children. After Erma’s death, he married Donna Lee Garverich of Denver, CO, who also preceded him in death after 42 years of marriage.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Dick worked at General Dynamics Electronic Division in San Diego, California until his second retirement in 1983. He moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas and embarked upon a third career as a math teacher at the local community college (later the Arkansas State University-Mountain Home) and tutor for many students in the Twin Lakes Literacy Program. He also devoted himself to a new set of passions, learning to play the piano, paint in oils and water colors, ring handbells and sing in the church choir at First United Methodist Church where Donna was an officer for the United Methodist Women. She also volunteered with the Baxter Regional Medical Center auxiliary for many years.

Dickey was an ardent bridge player, winning both local and state tournaments. He