The County With No Coronavirus Cases (and Plenty of Suspicion)

first_imgSome residents said they knew about cases of the coronavirus in the county, but because they were limited to visiting workers, the county still considers itself to be virus free — if on a technicality. Mr. Galan, from Eagle Pass near Texas’ border with Mexico, said he usually spent about 12 days working and then got four days off. He counted himself lucky to be only five hours away from his family. Some workers come from much further, like Utah or Louisiana.While in Loving County, Mr. Galan lived in a man camp on his company’s property, sharing a small living space with another worker. He said the workers there practiced social distancing. “On our yard, nobody’s gotten sick from Covid,” he said.But, he added, no one was being tested unless they had symptoms. “They don’t test you just to test you,” Mr. Galan said. For that, workers must travel to larger cities like Odessa or Midland. Though never included in the county’s official reports, at least one positive test for the coronavirus was recorded over the summer at a local health clinic in Mentone, the county’s only town, according to a worker at the clinic. It is something that people in the county are proud of. They talk about it. They live by it.“You can take that off!” Chuck Flushe told a visitor in a face mask at the window of his food truck as a pair of barefaced oil field workers milled about. “We don’t have the virus here.”If only it were true.- Advertisement – There were rattlesnakes in the yard of their first home, she remembered, and a toilet out back. They had five children, moved to a bigger house, accumulated acre upon acre of land and never left.Mr. Jones, known to all by his childhood nickname, went from the oil fields to become sheriff for nearly three decades. “He was known as the only sheriff in Texas you could call Punk and get away with it,” Mrs. Jones said.Their children went to the local schoolhouse until the sixth grade. But it ran short of students, and then closed. Children now ride a bus at 6 a.m. to the next county east. Those who live in Loving County full-time — the U.S. mainland’s smallest population, with no more than 169 people stretched across 669 square miles of sand, mesquite and greasewood — credit their relative antiviral success to the landscape and the sparseness of the population. They joke that they were socially distant before it was cool.“It’s a desert town. That’s what it is,” said Steve Simonsen, the county attorney. “We don’t speak in terms of running how many cows per acre, it’s how many cows per section. A section is 640 acres.”But despite the wide-open space, the county is busy. The census counts 10 times the number of workers in the county as residents. Trucks hauling equipment for the oil fields or big boxes of sand for fracking groan through town in a constant, noisy stream. Plastic trash and bits of blown truck tire litter the roadside.When one drives through the county at night, lights from the oil and gas operations flicker brightly across the landscape, creating the mirage of a distant city that can never quite be reached. “You top that hill and it looks like you’re driving into Dallas or Fort Worth,” Mr. Simonsen said.Men — and it is mostly men who work in Loving County — shuffle in and out of the only shop for miles, a relatively new convenience store where the line for beer and single-serving meals can stretch to the rear refrigerators during the 5 p.m. rush.“Restrooms Coming Soon,” boasts an all-caps banner hanging outside. On a recent weekday evening, one shopper wore a cowboy hat. More had on mesh trucker caps. None were in masks. Neither were the clerks. The county is exempt from a statewide mandate. Now even rural areas, which escaped the brunt of the pandemic early on, have become serious centers of new infections. In recent months, a diminishing number of small, remote counties, including Loving County, remained the only places in the continental United States with no positive cases.One by one, each has begun to record infections. The last besides Loving County to officially fall was Esmeralda County in Nevada, which reported its first case last week. (Kalawao County in Hawaii, which has even fewer people than Loving County, also has reported no known cases.) Most tests conducted in the county have involved oil and gas field workers, according to Mr. Luk, at the local clinic. And those would be recorded in the employees’ county of residence, not in Loving County, said Lara Anton, a state Health Department spokeswoman.Were any permanent residents infected? Officially, that is still a no.But Loving County residents concede that their perfect record is probably no longer perfect.“To say that we’re the only place in the United States that’s never had a Covid case, I don’t think that’s true,” Mr. Simonsen said. “It’s a nice little bit of hype, but certainly it’s been here.” A private health clinic offers coronavirus tests and performs around 20 per week, according to Anthony Luk, 28, a paramedic there. Mr. Luk, like most workers in the county, lives in a trailer — his is attached to the clinic — and stays for two-week stints between periods of rest at home in Lubbock.During his time there, he said, the clinic has had two positive tests for the coronavirus: in August, involving the man camp near the center of Mentone, and another taken at a job site outside of Loving County.The August case raised alarm at the county courthouse because clerks and other county workers often go to the camp for free lunch on workdays.“We’re made very known when something like that happens here,” said Angela Medlin, 31, a deputy county clerk who moved with her husband and four children to Mentone last year. “I know of at least one guy who was sick, but they took him back to where he’s from,” she said, recalling the situation over the summer.In town, residents draw a bright line between themselves and the visiting workers. Those who live in the county full-time treat one another like members of an extended family bubble.At the courthouse, a square brick building from 1935, the doors are now locked to outsiders and the county employees do not wear masks. When someone comes to visit, like a landman looking into new oil or gas leases, the person must have an appointment and wear a mask.A Halloween party for the children in town attracted about 60 people and included temperature checks at the door. People felt comfortable not wearing masks. MENTONE, Texas — Zoom in on the glowing red map of ever-escalating coronavirus cases in the continental United States and you will find one county that has been spared. Only one, from coast to coast.Like a lone house standing after a tornado has leveled a town, Loving County, in the shadeless dun plains of oil-rich West Texas, has yet to record a single positive case of the coronavirus.- Advertisement – But there are few such gatherings in Mentone, where the county’s history of oil booms and busts can be read in hollow rusting storage tanks, empty corrugated homes and the cracked plaster of the only schoolhouse, unused for decades.“When we got here, I said, ‘Punk, how long are we going to live in this godforsaken place?’” recalled Mary Belle Jones, 89, who moved to Loving County in 1953 with her husband, Elgin Jones. But even if the virus is not front of mind in Loving County, it has changed life here.The pandemic caused a downturn as oil prices dropped, reducing the number of workers in town. The man camps were less full. Hotel rooms that just months ago cost $350 a night in Pecos, the nearest large town, were now going for a third of the price.“With the pandemic, a lot of stuff shut down,” said Ricardo Galan, 38, who works for a supply company that he said had dropped from 50 employees to 12. The man lived at what everyone in this part of Texas calls a “man camp” — temporary housing for transient oil and gas field workers — near the center of town when he became sick. But since he was not a permanent resident, and was quickly shuttled home, Loving County never reported the case. Its record remained intact.Ten months after the first infection was recorded in the United States, the coronavirus has made its way into every corner of the country. More than 11 million people have tested positive for the virus, which causes Covid-19, with more than 164,000 new cases emerging on Monday alone.- Advertisement – Several members of the Jones family stayed in Loving County. One son, Skeet Jones, is the top county executive. His sister is the county clerk. Mr. Simonsen, the county attorney, married into the family.“She was spending more time here than she was at home so we decided to make the move,” Mr. Simonsen, a lawyer who last lived in Houston, said of his wife. “I knew there wasn’t a lawyer here in town, so.”For Leroy Medlin, 33, moving to Loving County was the fulfillment of a dream. Not so for Angela, his wife, who had to be convinced.“She was throwing a fit at just the idea of it,” he said, seated in a wicker recliner on his porch at the far edge of town, a cowboy hat on a table at his side.Mr. Medlin, who was fired from his job as a San Antonio police detective for lying to justify car pursuits and later lost his job in town as a deputy sheriff, works as a cowboy on the Jones family ranch.“I kind of like to go back in time. That’s why I’m out here,” he said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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FLU NEWS FROM ICAAC: H1N1 studies, IV peramivir findings, Tamiflu for H5N1

first_imgSep 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A wide range of research findings on pandemic H1N1 influenza, seasonal flu, and avian flu was presented over the weekend at the 49th annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco (www.icaac.org).Triple antiviral therapy better than single drugsA triple combination therapy comprising three flu antiviral drugs—amantadine, oseltamivir (Tamiflu), and ribavirin—controls replication of flu viruses better than any of those drugs used independently, according to a multi-national team. Researchers from Adamas Pharmaceuticals in California, Utah State University, the Naval Health Research Center of San Diego, the University of Alabama, and Amsterdam Medical Center in the Netherlands tested the drugs alone and in combination in vitro against H1N1 flu viruses and also against seasonal flu strains that were resistant to amantadine and oseltamivir. (Nguyen JT, et al: “In vitro activity of triple combination therapy against drug-resistant influenza viruses.”)Rapid flu tests miss H1N1 casesRapid tests may not detect novel H1N1 flu as well as slower, more expensive molecular tests do, raising the possibility of under-counting and missed diagnoses, according to researchers from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and Tampa General Hospital. The team took tested samples from suspected flu patients using a rapid test and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and compared both results with a second test by the Florida Department of Health. Sixty-six patients tested positive for influenza A at the Department of Health, but the in-hospital PCR detected only 48 of them and the rapid test only 18. The rapid test also returned 18 false-positives. (Montero JA, et al: “Discordance between a rapid antigen test and PCR for detection of influenza in the current setting of an evolving pandemic of novel H1N1.”)Link between immunoglobulin levels and H1N1 severity seenThe results of a study from three institutions in Melbourne, Australia, suggest that administering immunoglobulin to patients with severe H1N1 infection may mitigate the impact of the disease, particularly in pregnant women who appear to be more vulnerable. The group assessed levels of total serum immunoglobulin as well as particular immunoglobulin subclasses in patients with moderate H1N1 infection and in those with severe cases requiring intensive care, some of whom were pregnant, as well as in uninfected pregnant women. They found that pregnant women infected with H1N1 were more likely to have lower levels of immunoglobulin, and that levels were lower in severe cases than in mild ones. (Gordon CL: “Association between severe swine-origin influenza A virus [S-OIV] infection and immunoglobulin G2 subclass deficiency.”)MRSA as fatal complication in H1N1 casesBacterial co-infections should be considered a dangerous complication of H1N1 infection, researchers from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, N.Y., and two other institutions warned. The group described severe infections in a 9-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy who arrived at the emergency room several days after being seen for mild flu symptoms. Both children died of necrotizing pneumonia caused by infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as a secondary complication of H1N1 flu. (Johnson KK, et al: “Two fatal pediatric cases of pandemic H1N1/09 influenza complicated by community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [CA-MRSA]”)IV peramivir compares well with Tamiflu for seasonal fluA single intravenous (IV) dose of the experimental antiviral drug peramivir worked as well as a course of oral oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in a study in Asia, according to an Associated Press (AP) report from the ICAAC meeting. Flu patients were given either a single IV dose of peramivir (300 or 600 mg) or 5 days of oseltamivir, the AP reported. Symptoms cleared in 78 or 81 hours with the lower and higher doses of peramivir, respectively, and in 82 hours with oseltamivir, the story said. Dr. Shigeru Kohno of Nagasaki University, the lead researcher, said side effects were less common with peramivir. But flu expert Dr. Fred Hayden noted that many patients last winter had oseltamivir-resistant strains of flu.Oseltamivir improves survival in H5N1 and seasonal fluRoche, maker of Tamiflu, reported two retrospective studies indicating that the drug significantly improved survival rates in H5N1 avian flu and seasonal flu patients. In the analysis of avian flu cases, 11 of 89 patients (12%) who did not receive the drug survived, versus 45 of 85 (53%) of those who received at least one dose up to 8 days after falling ill. The study is described as the first to systematically assess human H5N1 cases in multiple countries. The other study was an analysis of 760 patients in Hong Kong who had severe seasonal flu, half of whom received oseltamivir. The mortality rates were 6.0% in the untreated group compared with 3.8% in the treated group, a 37% reduction, according to Roche.[Sep 13 Roche press release]H1N1 described as all-ages infectionCompared with seasonal flu, H1N1 flu causes more infections in teenagers and adults and is also responsible for more intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, according to an analysis by the Toronto Invasive Bacterial Diseases Network. A comparison of the clinical features and outcomes of 154 seasonal flu infections in the 2007-08 flu season, along with the first 158 H1N1 infections in the Toronto region, showed that H1N1 infections were more evenly distributed across age-groups and were more likely to occur in children and adults with underlying conditions. (Rebbapragada A, et al: “A comparison of clinical features and outcomes of hospitalization due to seasonal and pandemic influenza A [H1N1].”)Severe H1N1 cases in childrenAlthough H1N1 infection is often mild, 16% of 80 children admitted to a Montreal children’s hospital in May and June required ICU care, 13% were experiencing seizures or other neurologic symptoms at admission, and 35% had abnormally low oxygen levels on arrival. One child died. Two-thirds of the children had underlying conditions—asthma, sickle-cell disease, encephalopathy, and others— that may have predisposed them to illness, said researchers at the Ste. Justine Hospital Research Centre. (Laumay E, et al: “Novel influenza A [H1N1] related hospitalization in a pediatric tertiary care centre: who’s at risk for severe disease?”)News editor Robert Roos contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Survey for private renters on the impact of the Corona virus on business

first_imgYou can fill out the survey until 14.07.2020. You can access the survey via the link https://www.hgk.hr/forms/anketni-upitnik-poslovanje-obiteljskog-smjestaja-u-vrijeme-koronavirusa  The Family Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has published a survey for private renters on the impact of the Corona virus on their business.center_img The survey aims to gain insight into how the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) affects the non-business of catering service providers in the household and on the family farm.last_img read more

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Starved sports fans to get feast of competitive eating

first_imgOver a gallon of baked beans must be rapidly consumed for a place in the finals, where the first to finish 10 individual cups of ramen noodles will be crowned the champion.The competition will feature $11,500 in prize money, with $5,000 going to the winner.MLE and BetOnline.ag will also donate $10,000 to Feeding America, a hunger relief organization.  “Competitive eating is most powerful when conducted on-stage in front of a large audience, but it is also one of the few sports that professionals can perform from the confines of their own home,” MLE Chairman George Shea said in a statement.”While there has been substantial discussion about which professional sport would be the first to return – with baseball, basketball, golf and MMA all floating recent potential return plans – competitive eating is first to come back,” he said.”It is a powerful statement of American resilience.”The qualifying round will consist of 907 grams of sliced bologna while the quarterfinals will feature one family pack of Oreo cookies and a half gallon (1.9 liters) of milk. Topics :center_img While many Americans self-isolating during the coronavirus crisis have found comfort in frequent trips to the refrigerator, the pros are ready to make those who have overindulged feel better about themselves when they compete in a tournament starting Friday.Major League Eating on Tuesday said it would return to action with the BetOnline Quarantine Challenge, a bracket-style elimination tournament with eight of the world’s top competitive eaters facing off via video from their homes.The competition, which will feature male and female world number ones Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, will be carried on MLE’s YouTube channel.last_img read more

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OFFICIAL:Equatorial Guinea steps in to host Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgThe Head of State and President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo this Friday 14 November met with the President of CAF Issa Hayatou concerning the possibility for Equatorial Guinea to host the Africa Cup of Nations Orange 2015.Following fraternal and fruitful discussions, the Head of State of Equatorial Guinea has agreed to host the tournament from January 17 to February 8, 2015.Therefore, the Executive Committee of CAF confirms that the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will be held in Equatorial Guinea on the dates agreed, and the national team of Equatorial Guinea is qualified for the final tournament as a representative of the country host.The four cities selected for the finals are Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin.The draw for the finals will take place Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.The Executive Committee of CAF and President Issa Hayatou seize this opportunity to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the people of Equatorial Guinea, its government, and particularly to His Excellency the Head of State and President of the Republic Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.last_img read more

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EPL weekend team news: Ayew brothers set to face each other

first_imgSATURDAY (all kick-offs 2pm Ghana time unless stated)ASTON VILLA V SWANSEAAston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a fully-fit squad for the first time this season. Gabby Agbonlahor (calf) and Ciaran Clark (thigh) are available again for the Premier League strugglers, while Jores Okore (knee) could come into contention against Swansea as the defender looks to make his first appearance of the season. Swansea will give a late fitness test on Wayne Routledge’s calf injury that kept him out of Monday’s defeat against Stoke. Ghanaian brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew are set to feature for their sides in today’s game. This will not be the first time happening as they clashed last season in the Ligue 1 when Andre played for Marseille and Jordan for Lorient.LEICESTER V CRYSTAL PALACELeicester will have both Jamie Vardy and Jeff Schlupp available for the visit of Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew could give a rare start to either Patrick Bamford or Fraizer Campbell. NORWICH V WEST BROMNorwich midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will not be rushed back into first-team against against former club West Brom on Saturday following recovery from a fractured metatarsal after playing for the Academy side in midweek. West Brom will check on James Morrison ahead of the trip to Norwich.WEST HAM V CHELSEAWest Ham will be without Victor Moses and Winston Reid when they host Chelsea. Winger Moses is ineligible to face the Blues as he is on loan from Stamford Bridge, and defender Reid has not quite shaken off the knock which kept him out of the 3-1 win at Crystal Palace last weekend. Chelsea have no fresh fitness concerns for Saturday’s Premier League clash at West Ham. Striker Loic Remy and forward Pedro did not travel for Tuesday’s Champions League Group G clash at Dynamo Kiev due to minor injuries and are again absent. STOKE V WATFORDStoke boss Mark Hughes will make late calls on whether striker Mame Diouf and captain Ryan Shawcross are ready to play in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Watford. Watford midfielder Valon Behrami faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit to Stoke.ARSENAL V EVERTONArsenal will be missing Aaron Ramsey for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Everton, but Theo Walcott looks certain to retain his place at the focal point of the team. Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley is in contention to make his first-team return at Arsenal on Saturday as Roberto Martinez’s squad nears full fitness. SUNDAYSUNDERLAND V NEWCASTLE (11:00)Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has no fresh problems for the Tyne-Wear derby, but Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan and striker Emmanuel Riviere are among those still on the sidelines. For Sunderland, boss Sam Allardyce will welcome Sebastian Coates and Jeremain Lens back from suspension in his first home match in charge of the Black Cats.MANCHESTER UNITED V MANCHESTER CITY (13:05)Manchester United winger Ashley Young is back in training but not fit enough to play the Manchester derby, while City are without Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph due to injuries. BOURNEMOUTH V TOTTENHAM (13:05)Tottenham striker Harry Kane should return to the starting line-up for their Premier League trip to Bournemouth, while Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is still waiting to assess the full extent of goalkeeper Artur Boruc’s thigh injury.LIVERPOOL V SOUTHAMPTON (15:15)Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge remains a doubt for Sunday’s visit of Southampton after undergoing an ultrasound scan on a troublesome knee, while Southampton’s similarly injury-ravaged Jay Rodriguez could also miss out due to pain in his feet. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Catch all the games and highlights live on SuperSport, your world of champions.last_img read more

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Grindvold grinds out winning round at Greenwood

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf Club Sports BarMonday, Sept. 19, Green Valley – Stableford1st John Emmerson (11) 37pts 2nd John Pierrel (13) 37pts3rd Joe Mooneyham (16) 36ptsFour groups headed down the 36 this morning to test the links of Green Valley. Finally, the whole game came together, the back nine was stronger, and thus our TGC partner John Emmerson snatched this week’s victory on count back.Last week I wrote that 39 would normally be enough for a win when writing of our second place finisher Mick Beresford, and that was true today.  Timing is everything, not just on your swing, but your entire game.  But today Johnny got to the top on count back over John Pierrel who has been traveling Thailand and playing golf all over the kingdom.  Emmerson’s 19 on back was 2 better than Pierrel’s 17, so ring the bell pal!  You actually had good reason to bum a cigar from Warboys this time.John Emmerson & Joe Mooneyham.It was great to see our PSC golf chief Joe Mooneyham out with us and playing great golf with his 36 points for third on the day.Our buddy from Hawaii, Kalani is back with us for a couple of weeks now, so Mahalo, man.For the record, the proper stableford count back criteria is back 9 total points, if tied then back 6 total, if still tied then back 3 total, if still tied then last hole total, if still tied then highest points on the #1 handicap hole.  There are actually 4 more stages, but they are rarely necessary.Wednesday, Sept. 21, St. Andrews – Stableford1st John Pierrel (13) 39pts2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 35pts3rd Terry Wagner (20) 31ptsNot content with his second place finish on Monday, John Pierrel set his standards high and came out the winner of today’s competition.  John played some very consistent golf with only one blob on the card.  Shooting a 39 on this course is quite difficult, so well played to John.Bob, Mark, McHugh, Roachie, Jez & pals after Friday’s trip to Greenwood.Henry O’Brien has been playing well of late and an 18 handicapper that shoots 35 here has had a very good round of golf.  Terry Wagner got away with a third with his 31 points, but some days you just get lucky sneaking that one in.St. Andrews is one of the best courses we play in Pattaya.  It never ceases to impress with its beautiful vistas of the Rayong hills.  The course was in very good nick today and the weather was overcast, making for a cool and pleasant day of golf on a great track.Friday, Sept. 23, Greenwood – Stableford1st Jack Grindvold (5) 37pts2nd Gareth Gill (7) 35pts3rd John McHugh (9) 35ptsIt was TGC partner Johnny McHugh’s birthday today, so a very special outing was on the agenda for this trip out to Greenwood.  McHugh sponsored the four long drives, something he usually excels in… but not today.  There was that silly rule about drives having to be in the fairway he forgot about.  Sorry about that birthday boy.Long time buddy Ernie MacInerney took 2 of the LD’s.  It’s a shame the Dalai Lama didn’t play today, big hitter, the Lama.  A rare appearance by Joe Sebastian on the golf course was noted, good to see the lefty back in action as he apparently had a great back nine after 6 months of cobwebs on the bag.It was one of those days when you wished you had shares in Bacardi, as the Breezers were flowing like the Pattaya floods of the past week.  But the star of the day was our own Jack Grindvold who won with a great round, a Cinderella story if you will.There was a trio of single digit handicappers on today’s podium.  These guys make few mistakes, so Jack’s victory was that much sweeter.  Well done Jack, our favorite Swede, and don’t worry, that new Ikea in Bangkok will be open next month.Greenwood was in spectacular shape and we will be returning next month, so watch for the October schedule soon.  Keep it in the fairway lads!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction.  We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or pattaya4golf@gmail.com and our website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.last_img read more

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Lawrence wins the medal

first_img3rd Paul Bray (7) net 73B Flight1st Jim Elphick (26) net 692nd Iain Jones (24) net 713rd Kevin Hamilton (17) net 73It was well contested to the very end as Glasgow boy Lawrence McBride won the monthly medal for March by a single stroke on net 68, edging A Flight mate Peter ‘the right honourable’ LeNoury and B Flight winner Jimmy ‘two shots’ Elphick.  Lawrence won a lead crystal whiskey decanter, a bottle of Jameson’s Irish whiskey and his name will be added to the Lewiinski’s wall of shame.  Lawrence will also receive an invite to the Gold medal to be played later in the year.Medal winner Lawrence McBride (right) is congratulated by Paul Bray.The man riding a purple patch, Aussie star Paul Bray, closed the flight with a net73.Iain Jones followed Jim Elphick up the B Flight steps with a steady net 71, leaving ‘Big’ Kevin Hamilton to tidy up the flight.Back at Lewinski’s and after the presentation, Lawrence kindly shared his whisky with the lads.Monday, March 14, Greenwood A & B – Stableford1st Gerard Lambert (24) 38pts2nd Lawrie McBride (16) 37pts3rd Merle Humphreys’ (19) 37pts4th Clair Pettitt (24) 37ptsGreenwood is a popular venue with most, regardless of the journey, so a field of 20 players set out to play the A & B layouts.  With hardly any breeze at all it was another very hot and humid day for most of the lads.Gerard Lambert won the match with a best on the day 38 points and was a stroke clear of four players: Sunday’s hero Lawrie McBride, Merle Humphreys, Bob Fagan and Sean Soden.  When the scrap was finished it was Lawrie who emerged from the heap with the silver and Merle the bronze.  Bob Fagan filled the fourth podium spot and you can guess were Sean was left.Wednesday, March 16, Pattana B & C – StablefordA Flight 1st James Brackett (7) 36pts2nd Connor Doyle (10) 34pts3rd Lawrence McBride (16) 34ptsB Flight1st Peter Henshaw (23) 39pts2nd Paul Garvey (23) 36pts3rd Thierry Temime (23) 36ptsThe forecast called for one of the hottest days of the year, although this was tempered by a slight breeze that made the day quite pleasant.A total of 26 players turned out for a day of good scoring, with James Brackett taking first place in A Flight with a solid even par round and Peter ‘ the silver surfer’ Henshaw winning B Flight with a man of the match 39 points.  Peter was three clear of Paul Garvey and Thierry Temime, with Paul edging it in the ensuing count back.James’ A Flight winning score was two clear of a quartet of players in the shape of Connor Doyle, the man on fire Scotland’s Lawrie McBride, Peter ‘the right honorable’ LeNoury and Aussie Lou ‘Zig-zag’.  When the divots had settled, it was Connor who lifted the silver and Lawrence the bronze while Peter and Lou were left standing at the bar.Friday, March 18, Burapha A & B – StablefordA Flight1st Lawrence McBride (16) 45pts2nd John Harrison (16) 43pts3rd Chris Schwen (14) 35ptsB Flight1st Thierry Temime (23) 39pts2nd Gerard Lambert (24) 38pts3rd Bob Fagan (24) 37ptsA busy week concluded with a visit to Burapha to play the A & B layouts and the players found the course to be in excellent condition while the weather was mad hot and humid.This month’s medal winner Lawrence McBride fished the week as he started by recording a fantastic 45 points; this was Lawrence’s fourth pay window visit of the week and he might just find a one way ticket to a destination of his choice in his pink envelope.John Harrison pushed Lawrence all the way with a flawless 43 points to pick up the silver while a trio of players were knotted on 35 points and when the knot was untied it was Chris Schwen who got to fill the final podium spot, leaving Paul Bray and Robert Christie at sea level and potless.The laurels in B Flight went to Thierry Temime with a rock solid 39 points.  Thierry was trailed in by one stroke increments by Gerard Lambert and Bob Fagan in that order.Note: Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Peter on 086 139 6301.  Transport is provided. PSC Golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, March 13, Green Valley – Monthly MedalA Flight1st Lawrence McBride (16) net 682nd Peter LeNoury (13) net 69last_img read more

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WDFW Approves Razor Clam Dig Starting March 2

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Clam diggers can return to two coastal beaches Monday (March 2) through Thursday (March 5) to dig razor clams during a month packed with potential digging opportunities.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.As in previous openings, the dig is scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The four-day dig is scheduled for the following dates, beaches and low tides:March 2, Monday, 4:49 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled a nine-day dig beginning March 16. Low tides will switch to morning from evening tides midway through the proposed dig on the following dates, beaches and tides:March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 19, Thursday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksSeasonal switch to morning tidesMarch 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksMarch 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.More information about razor clams is available on WDFW’s webpage.last_img read more

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Red Bank Seeking Funds for Basie Jazz Series

first_imgRED BANK—The borough’s Vision Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, has announced that, in honor of Red Bank-born William “Count” Basie, the group is planning a jazz series for the month of August.The group will be offering three free open-air jazz concerts on Friday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24 at various locations throughout Red Bank to celebrate the birthday month of “the Kid From Red Bank” and to pay homage to jazz music in the community that produced this musical legend, 365 days each year.The group is currently seeking sponsors to help fund this celebration of Count Basie’s contribution to music history not only in Red Bank, but all over the music world. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Lewis at 732-842-8673.last_img read more

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