First training session at Houston Sports Park after MLS is Back Tournament

Jul 31, 2020

Dynamo DF Maynor Figueroa (translated from Spanish)

(on the team returning to training after competing in the MLS is Back Tournament) “This is a process, we are still disappointed with the outcome of the tournament. We did not plan to be home right now, we planned to continue in the tournament. Now, we just have to keep growing and move forward. The first training session went well, our focus shifts to being in the best condition for when we begin playing again. Hopefully that is soon.”

(on preparing for the remainder of the season) “Well, we can only focus on ourselves and doing our part to execute Tab’s (Ramos) game plan as a team. That’s the most important thing right now. From there, we just have to do our part to be ready. Obviously, we want to continue playing, we want to compete and build on the last three games we had in Florida. Until then, we will remain patient and focused, just preparing in the best way possible for whatever is next.”

Defensa del Houston Dynamo Maynor Figueroa

(sobre el regreso del equipo tras competir en el torneo MLS is Back) “Claramente que estamos golpeados, por así decirlo. Por haber regresado a casa en el tiempo que no lo teníamos estipulado. Pero, bueno, al final seguimos en una línea ascendente y el primer entrenamiento ha sido muy bueno. Y esperando pues, encontrarnos cada día en la mejor condición para poder estar listos para cuando el torneo se reanude lo más pronto posible”.

(sobre cómo se mantiene el equipo enfocado tras no tener fechas para jugar) “Bueno, nosotros únicamente nos estamos enfocando en cada día ir perfeccionando la idea que el profe quiere como equipo. Y creo que eso es lo más importante. De allí, por lo demás, pues tenemos que estar listos. Claro está que nosotros queremos seguir jugando, queremos seguir competiendo más allá de estos tres partidos que hemos jugado. Pero, hay que ser paciente. Tanto hay que seguir enfocados y preparándonos de la mejor manera”.

Dynamo DF Kiki Struna

(on returning to training after participating in the MLS is Back Tournament) “It’s nice to be back in Houston, to be back with our families. We were three weeks without our families, so, it is very nice to be back home. Today was the first training session and we are preparing for what’s next. Right now, we are not sure 100 percent what is next, but we are preparing, and we hope to play as soon as possible.”

(on preparing to play for the rest of the season) “It is difficult, this is like the third preseason. But we have done this before, a few months ago. So, I think we must just take it day-by-day, give it 100 percent every day and when it is time, we will be ready.

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Jul 31, 2020
 Action Photos / Credit: SHOWTIME
Uncasville, Conn. – July 29, 2020 – Boxing is back on SHOWTIME and five fighters taking part in Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader participated in a media availability on Wednesday to discuss the bouts Presented by Premier Boxing Champions and taking place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Philadelphia’s 122-pound rising star Stephen Fulton Jr. will headline Saturday’s tripleheader (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) against talented, fellow undefeated contender Angelo Leo of the Mayweather stable in a marquee 12-round matchup for the vacant WBO junior featherweight world title. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast features Tramaine Williams, of New Haven, Conn., clashing with Las Vegas-based Ra’eese Aleem in an intriguing, 50-50 matchup between talented, undefeated prospects in the co-featured bout and a light heavyweight rematch between Houston’s Joe George and Argentina’s Marcos Escudero that opens the telecast. Here is what the fighters had to say on today’s call. Due to a scheduling conflict, Fulton was unable to participate. ANGELO LEO “This is something I’ve worked my whole life for, so my preparation has been the best I’ve ever had, both physically and mentally. This is the day I’ve been waiting for and I have to seize the opportunity. “Floyd was in the gym with me a couple of times giving me pointers and helping work through my game plan. His wisdom combined with my trainer’s knowledge really meshed together for me. Floyd just told me to just stay calm, treat it like any other fight and do what I do best. I know the mental strength that Floyd has, and I’ve learned from it. I’ve learned from the best. “I definitely expect to be able to hurt Fulton. He talks a lot about how he’s fought a lot of undefeated fighters, but if you look closely, he’s been hurt before. I just want to make that point clear that he’s not untouchable. “This would be a great win for my hometown of Albuquerque. We haven’t had a champion since Johnny Tapia and to become a champion after him would mean a great deal to me and to the city. “It’s possible he’s overconfident. He’s been talking a lot, and I know he has to have confidence, but I think he’s a bit overconfident. I don’t really get effected by his talk or people thinking I’m the underdog. I’m just focused on the job. “As far as not having fans in the arena, I don’t think it will have an effect on this fight. It’s like sparring but more intense. I’m the type of fighter that if I smell blood, I’m going to go for the kill. “Being in Las Vegas was probably the best move I made in my career. I’ve seen Fulton’s style in the gym and it’s nothing I’m not prepared for. I’ll adapt in the ring and make my adjustments. Ultimately, I’m going to come out with the victory. “I just need to vary up my attack. I have good footwork to get on the inside. My head movement is strong, and all of that is going to be key in this fight. I think he has some trouble with fighters who move backwards against him, so I’m going to use my boxing too. We’re prepared for anything we need to do in there.” TRAMAINE WILLIAMS “It’s a bit of an unusual situation but I take every fight as if were just another day in the gym or another sparring session, so this will be nothing different. As boxers, as fighters, as humans, we just have to adapt. No excuses, whatever comes our way we’ve got to figure it out and that’s what I’m going to do on Saturday. I’ll adapt to no crowd and you guys may hear me talk a little bit in the ring. “My preparations changed a bit because of the social distancing and you want to be careful with who you interact with. If you’re sparring with a select few guys, you want to make sure those guys are practicing social distancing as well. It was kind of hard to get a lot of people to spar with because you want to be careful. “I prepared for Aleem the same way I prepare for every fighter. I stay focus and try to prepare for 10 or 12 rounds, whatever the fight may be, and focus three minutes at a time. He’s a little awkward. You never want to underestimate anyone so I’m treating him like he is a world champion. “I’m pretty sure I’ll take him to deep waters, and deep waters doesn’t mean the seventh, eighth, or ninth round -deep waters means the third round and he’s still got seven to go. “Aleem is much different from my last opponent (Yenifel Vicente) because he’s a cleaner fighter. You can tell he’s a respectful opponent and he comes from a good boxing lineage in Detroit. He’s a lot different from Vicente, who came in there just swinging for the fences and looking to land a lucky shot. I had him frustrated so maybe he was looking for an out or try to distract me but Aleem will be much different from that. “If I win this fight, I definitely think a title shot could be next against the winner of Saturday’s main event. Or I would fight Figueroa or [Murodjon Akhmadaliev]. I’ve been ready for all of these guys. I should have already been in the position that Fulton and Leo are at right now, fighting for a world title.” RA’EESE ALEEM “I feel like my win over Adam Lopez was definitely a big upset. I feel like I made a big statement and I want to make another big statement on Saturday night. As far as that being my TV debut, there was no extra emotion behind it. I was completely confident in myself and just ready to go in there and do what I do. “The super bantamweight division is a very stacked division. It’s tough because a lot of the champions have been champs for years. The big money fights are there, they just need to be made and right now is the perfect time to make those fights because we have to give the fans what they want. I’m ready for the big fights right now. “This is a huge opportunity for me to catapult myself into the top spots. It’s going to raise me in the rankings and even if my next fight isn’t for a world title fight, I’m going to be next. It’s a huge opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it. “Leo and Fulton are both great fighters so to be able to see them up close is great because I want to fight both of them. Either one, it doesn’t matter. Whoever wins, that’s who I want. I have to show up and show out because just winning isn’t good enough for me. I have to dominate and that will really solidify what I’m about. “Tramaine Williams is a really smart fighter. He has really fast hands, fast feet. I think my biggest advantage going into this is he’s never fought a fighter like me. I just have to be cautious. I don’t believe he’s a big puncher but I have to be cautious of his skill and his boxing IQ. I don’t feel like he’s faced a real dog. Somebody who is showing up to win, somebody who has faster hands and feet than him. “I’m telling myself I have 10 rounds to knock him out. You can expect a lot of action from me on Saturday night. I don’t think my opponent really wants a lot of action, but I definitely want to get him out of there. But I’m going to let it come to me, I’m not going to just go in there and force it. It will come, though. It won’t go the distance. I’m prepared to go the distance but my ultimate goal is to get him out of there.” JOE GEORGE “I’m in better shape for this fight compared to our first fight. We’re working on fighting off of the ropes better and fighting in the center of the ring more effectively. “A knockout is always good, but I like to take it one round at a time. If the knockout comes, it comes, and we’re going to take advantage. I’ve been dropping fighters in camp, so the chance of a knockout is pretty high. “He was an okay opponent. He had a chin and was in shape. His punches weren’t effective though. I made sure my punches landed and I hurt him a few times, I just couldn’t really finish him. “This fight will be different because I’m going to work off the ropes more instead of letting him gain momentum with his punches. Last fight was just him being really active and having a good chin -that’s all that stopped him from getting knocked out. If I was in better shape, I could have finished him. If I get the opportunity this fight, I’ll finish it. “I expect to see a slight difference in Escudero. If you change trainers, then you should have made some changes. I had a good hard camp and whatever he brings, I’ll be ready for it. “Some people think that Escudero won, and that’s their opinion. But I knew what I was doing. He wasn’t effective. I think just by me being on the ropes it made some people think that I was losing. But for me, I’m very comfortable fighting on the ropes. “I didn’t really spar with people my weight in camp, it was either with heavyweights or guys who are lighter. The lighter guys helped with my speed and the heavyweights helped with my power. It worked out perfectly and I got the best of both worlds. “My manager Trent Williams is a young athlete so he knows how this goes. He knows the things to do and what to say. You never see him angry or frustrated, the only time he’s aggressive is when he’s training or on the field. His work ethic is incredible and that’s motivation in itself. He’s a great role model and I learn a lot from watching him.” MARCOS ESCUDERO “Everyone saw what happened in the first fight. I believe I did enough to get the win, but it is what it is. I’ve changed my team and am working with Kevin Cunningham now and that is going to make the biggest difference heading into this rematch. Everyone is going to see a different fighter than the first fight on Saturday night. “With Coach Kevin we’ve watched the tape of the first fight over and over again. We knew we needed to take care of little details, be more effective and that we couldn’t leave it up to the judges. I have to be more intelligent in my game plan and change my angles. I think those were the most important things we worked on. “Obviously we plan to bring the fight to George and make it entertaining. I know that I have enough power to make sure it doesn’t go to the cards. That’s what we’re looking for. “I’ve known Kevin for a while. He’s worked with a lot of world champions and I’ve seen how different it is to have a strong team on my side. To be a great fighter you need to have a great team supporting you. “I’m much more confident heading into this fight than the last one. He knows that he lost the fight. I know that I did enough work to get the victory. Now in the rematch, I’m going to show my confidence in the ring. My only goal is to beat Joe George. I am working toward becoming a world champion, so I had to get this rematch settled before anything else. After Saturday night, we’ll keep moving forward.
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Mario “El Azteca” Barrios Arrives in Bay Area to Start Training Camp with Virgil Hunter

Jul 31, 2020

OAKLAND, CA (July 28, 2020) – Undefeated WBA Super Lightweight champion, Mario “El Azteca” Barrios (25-0, 16 KOs), has arrived in the Bay Area, CA, to start training camp with his coach, 2011 Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter. Barrios is scheduled to defend his title against Ryan Karl (18-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-round bout as part of SHOWTIME / Premier Boxing Champions PPV Doubleheader on September 26, 2020.  
Barrios vs. Karl will be the co-feature to the 12-round unification bout, showcasing Jermell Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jeison Rosario (20-1-1, 14 KOs) for the WBC, WBA and IBF 154-Pound titles.  Jermall Charlo (30-0, 22 KOs) vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (13-2, 10 KOs) for the WBC Middleweight World Championship will be the opening main event on the two-part SHOWTIME / Premier Boxing Champions PPV.
“I’m extremely excited to be defending my title on SHOWTIME against a tough opponent like Ryan Karl,” said Mario Barrios, who was the first fighter to capture a world title from his hometown of San Antonio, TX, in the last 25 years. “I wanted to get a full training camp with Virgil, so I made the decision to get out to the Bay Area as soon as my fight was announced. Right now, Virgil and I are working on a great strategy for this upcoming fight. I came to camp in great shape as me and my dad Martin were putting in a lot of hard work back home. I’m going to be ready to put on a great performance come September 26th.”
Mario Barrios captured the WBA Super Lightweight title with a gritty performance last September, defeating a tough undefeated fighter in Batyr Akhmedov, a fight that happened close to a year ago. Barrios is ready to take his career to the next level.
“Now that I’m champion, I’m working harder than ever to keep my belt.” Barrios continued. “I more dedicated now than ever to stay on top. I know with hard work, I’ll become one of the biggest names in the sport. I’m very grateful to my team and the fans for all their support. Everyone can expect me to take my career to new heights.” 

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 17510 Wayforest Drive

Jul 28, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 17510 Wayforest Drive about 12:50 p.m. on April 19.

The suspect, Jason Wells (b/m, 21), is charged with murder and felon in possession of a weapon in the 262nd State District Court.  A booking photo of Wells is attached to this news release.

The victim, Kenneth Mosley, 35, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Houston Fire Department paramedics.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Detective J. Roscoe reported:

Mr. Mosley got into an altercation with another man at the car wash at the above address.  The argument escalated when the male shot Mosley.  The suspect, described only as a black male, fled the scene.  
Further information led to the identification of Wells as the suspect in this case and, on April 30, he was charged in Mosley’s death.  Wells subsequently surrendered to the court on July 17.
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Jul 28, 2020


California 27 de julio de 2020.— Para Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (22-0, 14 nocáuts), no es si tendrá una oportunidad por la corona mundial, sino cuando. Ellis, quien liderará el evento co estelar de Linares vs. Fortuna este 28 de agosto, tendrá la ocasión de mostrar por qué se merece esa ansiada oportunidad cuando se enfrente al experimentado contendiente Brad “King” Solomon (28-3, 9 nocáuts) en una defensa a 10 asaltos de su cinto welter Continental de las Américas AMB.             El evento, que se efectuará en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, estará cerrado para el público y los medios, a la vez que se transmite por la poderosa plataforma DAZN.             “Rashidi Ellis es un gran problema para todos en las 147 libras”, afirmó Óscar De La Hoya, Presidente y Jefe Ejecutivo de Golden Boy. “Puede ser que sea el peleador más rápido en el boxeo, y está ansioso de pelear contra los mejores de su división. Estamos orgullosos de tenerlo como líder de nuestro respaldo para el 28 de agosto, que también cuenta con algunos de los mejores contendientes del boxeo como el poderoso Bektemir Melikuziev y el contendiente en ascenso de peso welter Alexis Rocha”, puntualizó.             Ellis, de 27 años de edad, está listo para los mejores que la división welter puede ofrecer. El nativo de Lynn, Massachusetts jamás ha probado el sabor de la derrota desde que debutó como profesional en el 2018, y también ha tenido el privilegio de pelear en México, Puerto Rico, La República Dominica y en varias ciudades en Estados Unidos. Ellis anteriormente fue campeón welter Norte América de la FIB, y actualmente posee el fajín welter Continental de las Américas de la AMB que capturó cuando derrotó en la revancha a Eddie “E-Boy” Gómez esta vez por decisión unánime. Ellis encarará uno de los retos más grandes de su carrera en el nombre de Solomon, y el resultado indicará a todos donde se encuentra en la división de las 147 libras.              “Finalmente regresaré al cuadrilátero este 28 de agosto en DAZN”, afirmó Rashidi Ellis. “Y estoy contento porque será en mi lugar favorito que es el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Brad Solomon viene de unos retos muy difíciles, pero vengo a dejar una buena impresión. Vengo a mostrarles a todos que soy el mejor peso welter de la división y que estoy listo para un título mundial. ¡Sigan sintonizados!”, declaró.             Solomon es un contendiente de 36 años de edad quien fue un destacado amateur antes de debutar en el boxeo de paga en el 2008. El nativo de Lafayette, Luisiana, además de ganar varios torneos Golden Gloves, también posee una victoria amateur ante Javier Molina. Solomon, como profesional, también ha derrotado a fuertes peleadores como Freddy “El Riel” Hernández y Adrián “El Tigre” Granados. Solomon retornará tras dos derrotas en fila ante Vergil Ortiz Jr. y Alexis Rocha, pero promete que este combate volverá a ponerlo en los niveles más altos de las clasificaciones de peso welter”.             “Mis respetos a Golden Boy por traerme de nuevo en uno de sus eventos”, aseveró Brad Solomon. “Combatiré contra un buen prospecto, alguien que está en ascenso. Pero eso es lo que siempre he querido, a los mejores prospectos en ascenso. En esta pelea voy a mostrarles a todos de lo que soy capaz. Voy a demostrar al deporte del boxeo que he regresado. Voy a volver a poner mi carrera en la cima donde debe de estar”, amenazó.             Bektemir “Bully” Melikuziev (5-0, 4 nocáuts), el poderoso contendiente de Uzbekistán, continuará su rápido acenso en las clasificaciones de las 168 libras cuando defienda su cetro supermediano Continental de las Américas AMB en un duelo a 10 rounds ante Alan “La Amenaza” Campa (17-5, 11 nocáuts) de Sonora, México.             Alexis “Lex” Rocha (16-0, 10 nocáuts) de Santa Ana, California defenderá su cinto Continental de las Américas del CMB en una batalla a 10 episodios contra Jameson Bacon (23-4, 15 nocáuts) de Cebú, Filipinas.              El ex retador al título mundial Lamont Roach Jr. (19-1-1, 7 nocáuts) de Washington, D.C., se enfrentará a Neil Tabanao (17-7, 11 nocáuts) de Cebú, Filipinas en un combate a 10 giros en las 130 libras.             Marlen Esparza (7-1, 1 nocáuts) de Houston, Texas regresará tras su única derrota en un duelo a ocho asaltos en peso mosca contra Jacky Calvo (12-5-1, 1 nocaut) de Ciudad de México, México.             Linares vs. Fortuna es un duelo a 12 episodios por el cinto Diamante ligero del CMB presentado por Golden Boy en asociación con Teiken Promotions y Sampson Boxing. El evento es patrocinado por Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” y BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.”  El evento se llevará a cabo el viernes 28 de agosto en el Fantasy Springs Resort Casino y será transmitido en vivo por DAZN.

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Today, Mayor Turner and Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities will Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Jul 28, 2020
HOUSTON –  Today, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities (MOPD) and director Gabe Cazares will participate in a virtual celebration of the  30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law barring discrimination against people with physical and mental disabilities. Virtual ADA Celebration Event Details
 2-3:30 p.m. July 26
or register for the Zoom webinar at program theme, Generation ADA: Paving the Road for the Next Thirty Years, reflects the history, Houston-based activism, and collective action that led to that pivotal moment for disability justice.

“I am proud of Houston’s disability community and its diverse and powerful presence and contributions,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “It is a priority of my administration to ensure equal opportunity for disabled people in every aspect of community life. Today’s program is a celebration of disability rights and social change. It is also a celebration of our city and our disabled community. “

‘Houston, like any other city, certainly has work to do to increase accessibility and inclusion. However, under Mayor Sylvester Turner’s leadership, our city is more committed than ever to ensure that we are building an accessible and resilient city for the future,’ said Gabe Cazares, Mayor’s Office of People with Disabilities Director.

The virtual celebration is a collaboration with MOPD, The Houston Center for Independent Living, The Southwest ADA Center, TIRR Memorial Hermann, and the Jewish Family Service (JFS).

In addition to remarks by Mayor Turner, the program will include a keynote interview with Lex Frieden, disability themed music by local performers with disabilities, a special ADA 30 poem by Houston activist Maria R. Palacios and more.
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Jul 28, 2020
Click HERE for Photos, for Video of Virtual RoundtablePhoto Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy  

 INDIO, CALIF. (July 24, 2020) – Rising 147-pound star Vergil Ortiz Jr. (16-0, 16 KOs) of Grand Prairie, Texas defended his WBA Gold Welterweight Title via seventh-round stoppage against Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs) of Bogota, Colombia tonight in Golden Boy and DAZN’s return to regularly scheduled pugilistic action. The bout took place inside a fan-less Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. “I didn’t really notice fighting with no fans,” said Vergil Ortiz Jr.  “I’m so focused on the fight. We usually spar without fans, so didn’t make a difference. I hit Vargas to the body a lot. I don’t know how he didn’t go down. He was hurt the entire time. I asked him, so I know he was hurt.. I also knew it was time to take him out in round seven. If it had gone to eight rounds, he would have been hurt worse. When I take rounds off like that, I try to get used to the timing and make them miss some shots.” “I would like to fight Danny Garcia or Keith Thurman,” Ortiz Jr. continued. “They’re good opponents I can beat. I want to take risks. I’m not here to take easy fights. I’m in the hardest division in boxing, so when I win a title it will mean a lot more.” In the co-main event, Shane Mosley Jr. (16-3, 9 KOs) of Pomona, California scored an eight-round unanimous decision win against Jeremy Ramos (11-9, 4 KOs) of Colorado Springs, Colorado in a middleweight bout. “This was a great experience,” said Shane Mosley Jr. “This was my first fight as a Golden Boy fighter. I’m glad I got the win and got to knock some dust off of me. It was different due to the circumstances. Ultimately, it’s still a fight. He came to win. I think it was a good performance from me, but I still have to add some more things to my game, like adding more punches to the body.” Seniesa “SuperBad” Estrada (19-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, Calif. scored a devastating first-round knockout win against Miranda Adkins (5-1, 5 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas in a scheduled eight-round defense of her WBC Silver Light Flyweight. The fight only lasted seven seconds. “It was the outcome I expected,” said Seniesa Estrada. “I give her respect for stepping into the ring with me while having a 5-0 record. If it weren’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have had an opponent tonight, so I thank her. Hopefully next time I can fight someone who is a world champion.” Hector Valdez (13-0, 8 KOs) of Dallas, Texas retained his undefeated record by beating Josue Morales (11-12-4, 1 KO) of Houston, Texas via eight-round unanimous decision in a 122-pound bout. The judges scored the fight 80-72, 80-72, and 79-73 for Valdez. “I felt I had an OK performance,” said Hector Valdez. “I give myself a 7 out of 10. I was calm, which is good. But now I need to work on being calm and being active with my punches. Now I’m going to go back to the gym, and I hope to come back soon on another Golden Boy card.” Welterweight prospect Evan Sanchez (8-0, 6 KOs) of Parlier, Calif. scored a six-round unanimous decision victory against Issouf Kinda (18-5, 7 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y. The judges scored it 59-54, 58-55, and 60-53 for Sanchez. “I felt a little rusty in there,” said Evan Sanchez. “But I’m honored to be opening up for Golden Boy.  I know a lot of people were watching. I hope to get a two-week break and come back very soon.” Ortiz Jr. vs. Vargas was a 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Welterweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event was sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The event took place on Friday, July 24 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and was streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
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City of Houston Continues to Monitor Tropical Storm Hanna; City Holds Exercise to Test COVID-19 Procedures

Jul 28, 2020
HOUSTON – As the City of Houston’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) monitors any potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hanna, staff continue to update and test disaster response plans. 

In June and July, OEM staff partnered with the Houston Health Department, Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, BARC, and external partners including the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross to conduct the annual Evacuation Hub Exercise. Goals of the exercise include testing emergency operations coordination, critical transportation, mass care services, and health and social services during a hurricane evacuation.

“We have been advising the public that hurricane planning may be different this year because of COVID-19. The city has also been doing its part to update our emergency plans,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “An exercise like this helps our city test these updates and better prepares us to respond in the event a real disaster strikes.”
The Evacuation Hub Exercise is held annually at the George R. Brown Convention Center and allows participating agencies to test plans and procedures related to the registration and tracking process for evacuating people and animals to locations outside of Houston. In previous years, city staff partnered with volunteers to test components of the Evacuation Hub. This year, staff worked with Houston Television (HTV) to film segments of the exercise and later held a virtual tabletop discussion to evaluate and provide feedback on the new procedures due to COVID-19. 

“This year’s exercise tested new screening processes for evacuees, including no-touch temperature checks, social distancing guidelines, cleaning procedures for the facility and equipment, and new quarantine and isolation procedures,” said Nickea Bradley, Emergency Management Coordinator for Houston OEM. “Tropical Storm Hanna’s development in the Gulf of Mexico is a reminder to the public that hurricane season is in full swing, and residents should update their plans, build their disaster kits, stay informed of official updates, and get to know their neighbors.” Objectives of the annual exercise include a full-scale test of the emergency tracking network (ETN), a technology used locally that interacts with the state in a web-based program to register and track evacuees. Other objectives focus on the steps necessary to determine, coordinate, and provide various needs post-hurricane for impacted populations to sustain mass care operations, such as clothing, medications, transportation, housing, and health care services. 

Hurricane Preparedness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The City’s emergency managers, shelter managers, and public health professionals are taking measures to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 among people who seek safety in a disaster shelter during severe weather events. Here are some tips to help you prepare and lower the risk of infection while staying safe in a shelter:If you need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer, or bar or liquid soap if not available, and two cloth face coverings for each person.Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people outside of your household.Follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Houston Health Department COVID-19 preventive actions—wash your hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and follow shelter policies for wearing cloth face coverings. Avoid sharing food and drink with anyone if possible.Follow disaster shelter policies and procedures designed to protect everyone in the shelter, especially those who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.If you feel sick when you arrive at the shelter or start to feel sick while sheltering, tell shelter staff immediately.Teach and reinforce everyday preventive actions for keeping children healthy.Be a good role model—if you wash your hands often, your children are more likely to do the same.Help your children stay at least 6 feet away from anyone who is not in your household.Watch your child for any signs of illness and tell shelter staff if your child may be ill.Help children cope with emergencies: try to deal with the disaster calmly and confidently, as this can provide the best support for your children. Learn more about updating your hurricane preparedness plans to protect you and your family from COVID-19:
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Jul 24, 2020
Ortiz vs. Vargas is a 12-round fight for the WBA Gold Welterweight Title presented by Golden Boy. The event is sponsored by Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle” and BetOnline – Your Online Sportsbook Experts.” The event will take place Friday, July 24 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN. For more information, visit Follow on Twitter @GoldenBoyBoxing and @DAZN_USA. Become a fan on Facebook at and Follow on Instagram @GoldenBoy and @DAZN_USA. Follow the conversation using #OrtizVargas. Photos and videos are available for download by clicking here or copying and pasting the link into a browser. Credit must be provided to Golden Boy for any photo and/or video usage
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 8900 South Braeswood Boulevard

Jul 24, 2020
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 8900 South Braeswood Boulevard about 7:50 p.m. on July 18.

The suspect, Jayson Darell King (b/m, 34), is charged with murder in the 184th State District Court for his role in the killing of Adam Valencia, 25.  A booking photo of King is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Officers R. Naughton and L. Patterson reported:

Mr. Valencia was shot while outside of a convenience store at the above address.  Paramedics transported him to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

At the time, there was no known suspect or motive in the shooting.

Further investigation identified King as the suspect in this case and he was arrested on Thursday (July 23) without incident.
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