Houston Health Department, partners announce free COVID-19 testing schedule for week of June 29

Jun 29, 2020
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department and its agency partners are announcing the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 tests the week of June 29, 2020.

Texas Division of Emergency Management
The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the department will open five drive-thru test sites:Hobby Elementary, 4021 Woodmont Dr.,NRG Park Green Lot, 1 Reliant Park,HCC-Northeast Campus, 555 Community College Dr.HCC – South Campus, 1990 Airport Blvd., andDr.Askew Elementary, 11200 Wood LodgeTDEM sites require appointments, available by calling 512-883-2400 or visiting txcovidtest.org.

United Memorial Medical Center
United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) will continue its weekday testing at a drive-thru and walk-up test site at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star, and a drive-thru site at Houston Community College-Southeast, 6815 Rustic, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The sites don’t require appointments and offer testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until reaching its daily capacity of 250 tests.
Other UMMC sites opening weekdays are:UMMC Tidwell, 510 W Tidwell Rd., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell Rd, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Cullen Middle School, 6900 Scott St., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., andGriggs School, 801 Regional Park Dr., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.People needing information about UMMC test sites can call 1-866-333-COVID or visit ummcscreening.com

Houston Health Department & Community-Based Sites
The department operates two free drive-thru COVID-19 community-based testing sites open to anyone, regardless of symptoms. Each site has capacity for 500 tests per day.

Days of operation for the sites are Monday through Saturday.

People can call the department’s COVID-19 Call Center at 832-393-4220 between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive an access code and directions to the nearest community-based site.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
The health department is providing test kits, lab access and equipment to four local Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) so they can expand their COVID-19 testing capacity. The centers and phone numbers people can call to set up testing appointments are: Spring Branch Community Health Center, 713-462-6565El Centro de Corazon, 713-660-1880Avenue 360 Health and Wellness, 713-426-0027Lone Star Circle of Care at the University of Houston, 346-348-1200 andCommunity Health Network, 281-816-3317.FQHC patients pay what they can afford, based on income and family size, and are not denied services due to inability to pay or lack of insurance.
The department and its agency partners may shift locations and schedules of test sites to better meet community needs. Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston test sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.
Information obtained through testing, treatment or services will not be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.

Houston COVID-19 Testing Site Flyer: Week of June 29, 2020
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Mayor Turner speaks at Pride Houston virtual rally and thanks participants for adjusting plans because of the public health crisis

Jun 29, 2020
“We’re in this fight together.” 
Mayor Turner addresses Pride Houston, thanks the organization for changing its event format during the public health crisis.
Mayor Turner speaks at the Pride Houston virtual rally
HOUSTON –  Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Pride Houston at the “It All Started With a Riot” virtual rally on Saturday. He thanked the organization for adjusting its annual event format this year in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Pride Month is celebrated annually to mark the anniversary of the June 28, 1969, Stonewall riots in New York City. Each year, thousands of people line downtown Houston streets for a festival and parade. 

Pride Houston planned to host a First Amendment March from Discovery Green and rally at Houston City Hall, but the organization changed its plans because of the rising numbers of positive coronavirus infections and hospitalizations throughout Houston. 

“I know it was a hard decision, and I want to thank the Pride Houston board. It demonstrates the love this community has not just for one another but also people across the community. But just like the LGBTQ+ community has demonstrated that degree of love, the community must demonstrate that kind of love to the LGBTQ+ community,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We still have a way to go even in this city to make sure we address issues like public accommodations and housing. I look forward to addressing them before I leave office as the mayor of Houston.”

This year’s message at the virtual rally also included reminders for Houstonians to wear a mask or face covering, practice social distancing, and wash hands frequently to help stop the coronavirus from spreading in the community. 
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Jun 29, 2020

Las Vegas – UFC® today announced that former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier has been named the inaugural recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Awardpresented by Toyo Tires®. Named in honor of UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, the award will recognize a UFC athlete for their exceptional volunteer and charity work and the meaningful impact their efforts have on the community.

Announced earlier this year, the Forrest Griffin Community Award is presented annually as part of UFC Honors President’s Choice category, as the award recipient is personally selected by UFC President Dana White. UFC Honors, presented by Toyo Tires® is the company’s annual awards program recognizing UFC athletes, performances, and moments throughout each year.

As the inaugural recipient of the Forrest Griffin Community Award, Dustin will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice. All donations are courtesy of Toyo Tires. Dustin will be honored for this award later this year during the 2020 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Toyo Tires®, which will be streamed live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“Dustin is a great athlete, but more importantly he’s a great human being,” UFC President Dana White said. “He is a kid who works hard and is passionate about giving back to not only his community, but to those who are less fortunate.”

“We would like to congratulate Dustin on being selected as the first-ever Forrest Griffin Community Award recipient,” Toyo Tires Vice President of Marketing Tim Chaney said. We admire and commend Dustin for his efforts to support his local community and are pleased to donate $25,000 to the charity of his choice.”

In April 2018, Dustin and his wife, Jolie, established The Good Fight Foundation, with the mission of being committed to helping those in need and to fighting to change the world by doing positive things in the community.

Throughout the first two years of the foundation’s existence, the Poiriers have launched a series of initiatives for those in need throughout their hometown of Lafayette and neighboring Acadiana, Louisiana. These programs include annual Thanksgiving food drives, back to school campaigns, and fundraisers to help purchase necessity kits for hundreds of women experiencing homelessness, as well as furniture for local shelters.

Dustin has also utilized his fight-worn UFC Fight Kits, auctioning off his inventory of apparel to raise donations for families of fallen law enforcement officers, and building a local playground for Aaron Hill, a terminally ill seven-year old of Lafayette. Hill, diagnosed with a genetic brain disorder, requested to have a special needs playground built for his friends who attend Prairie Elementary School.

In May 2019, he was awarded with the key to the city of Lafayette by Mayor Joel Robideaux for his work with The Good Fight Foundation and his contributions to the community. Following his most recent fight in September 2019 against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi, Nurmagomedov and Poirier each raffled off their fight-worn UFC Legacy Series Walkout Jerseys, raising more than $100,000 with a direct match from UFC, totaling $200,000 donated directly to the foundation.

The funds generated from this global auction helped purchase hundreds of car seats, which were donated to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Lafayette. Later that year, Poirier and his foundation also partnered with former UFC heavyweight Justin Wren’s “Fight For The Forgotten” organization. As part of this joint partnership, Poirier and Wren were able to use the funds raised and the platform to combat the water crisis in Uganda. During the campaign, they exceeded their fundraising goal of purchasing new water wells, and also secured 43.21 acres of land and a solar powered water well to create a more self-sustainable living environment for the Batwa Pygmy Tribe.

This year, Dustin and his team have stayed active in the community with relief efforts associated with COVID-19 by donating more than 1,000 meals to frontline healthcare workers at local hospitals and clinics.  Currently ranked no. 3 in the lightweight division, Dustin is a veteran of 32 fights and has compiled a record of 25-6, 1 NC (18-6, 1 NC UFC) while competing in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions since his debut in 2009.

During his tenure inside the Octagon®, Dustin has become a notable fan favorite by defeating former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway (2), former UFC lightweight champions Eddie Alvarez and Anthony Pettis, as well as winner of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter® Diego Brandao and winner of season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter® Jonathan Brookins. 

For more information regarding The Good Fight Foundation, please visit TheGoodFightGroup.com.

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LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II

Jun 29, 2020

LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista panameño Carlos Harvey en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II

El mediocampista del LA Galaxy II hizo su debut con la selección mayor de Panamá el año pasado

LOS ANGELES (Viernes, 26 de junio, 2020) – LA Galaxy anunció hoy que el club ha adquirido al mediocampista Panameño de 20 años de edad, Carlos Harvey, en condición de préstamo del LA Galaxy II. Harvey, quién fue nombrado a la lista de los mejores 20 jugadores menores de 20 años de la USL en el 2019, actualmente se encuentra a préstamo del Tauro F.C. de Panamá. Harvey será agregado al plantel del Galaxy después de recibir su Visa P-1. 

“Carlos es un jugador joven y prometedor que nos ha impresionado durante su tiempo a préstamo con el club”, dijo el Gerente General del LA Galaxy, Dennis te Kloese. “Creemos que puede contribuir en nuestras próximas competiciones mientras continúa desarrollándose como jugador. Nos complace agregarlo a nuestro equipo”.


*Favor dar crédito al LA Galaxy.

Oriundo de la Ciudad de Panamá, Harvey hizo su debut profesional con el Tauro F.C. de la Liga Panameña de Fútbol en julio del 2018. Se unió al LA Galaxy II a préstamo la temporada pasada, registrando 19 partidos jugados – todos como titular – y convirtiéndose en jugador clave para Los Dos en la media cancha.

A nivel internacional, Harvey fue convocado por primera vez a la mayor de la Selección Nacional de Panamá para un partido amistoso ante la Selección de EE.UU. el 27 de enero del 2019 en el State Farm Stadium en Glendale, Ariz. Antes de su debut con la selección mayor, Harvey jugó seis partidos, cinco como titular y registró una asistencia para la Sub-20 de Panamá durante el Campeonato Sub-20 de Concacaf del 2018.

LA Galaxy competirá en el Grupo F del Torneo Especial MLS is Back en Orlando, Florida, el cual comenzará el 8 de julio 8. Galaxy jugará partidos de Fase de Grupos ante Portland Timbers, LAFC y Houston Dynamo, quienes también forman parte del Grupo F.

Transacción: LA Galaxy adquiere al mediocampista internacional panameño Carlos Harvey a préstamo del LA Galaxy II.

Nombre: Carlos Harvey
Posición: Mediocampista 
Estatura: 5’10”
Peso: 165 lbs.

Fecha de Nacimiento: 3 de febrero, 2000

Edad: 20
Ultimo Club: Tauro F.C.
Lugar de Nacimiento: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Ciudad Natal: Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Nacionalidad: Panamá

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Teenage Boxing Prodigies Continue Sparring Tour in Texas

Jun 29, 2020
Teenage Boxing Prodigies Invade The Alamo
LAS VEGAS, NV (June 26, 2020) – Undefeated twin phenoms Angel “AK-47” Barrientes (2-0, 2 KOs) and Chavez “The Beast” Barrientes (2-0, 2 KOs), as well as their stablemate Demler “DJ War Machine” Zamora III (3-0, 2 KOs), who fight out of the Pound-4-Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, continue their boxing tour of the United States as they’ve arrived in San Antonio, TX.
The three elite boxers are fresh off their trip to the Bay Area, where they got elite sparring amongst all of the best in their weight classes in that region. They will know square off against Texas based fighters, Omar Juarez (7-0, 4 KOs), top amateur fighters Sebastian Rodriguez and Jason Limon, as well as WBA super bantamweight champion Brandon Figueroa.
“We had a great time in the Bay Area and now we are looking to continue getting great work in Texas,” said Chavez Barrientes. “We sparred some of the best fighters in the Bay Area, Eros CorreaOscar EscandonJustin Cardona, Arnold Dinong, and learned a ton. I am excited to get even more new looks now that we’ve arrived in San Antonio.”
Well known San Antonio, Texas coach Rick Nunez will be taking the powerful young trio around the area to get the best possibly sparring for these fighters on their sparring tour.
“It is a great feeling being able to train and spar with so many skilled fighters from so many different places,” said super bantamweight Angel Barrientes. “I have big goals for myself and my team, and this is what we all need to be great, to go outside of what we’re comfortable with.”
The non-twin, Zamora, a 17-years-old featherweight is beyond thrilled to spend his summer on the road. 
“I really like being uncomfortable and not being familiar with the fighters I am in the ring with,” said Zamora III. “I am learning how to adjust to new styles with all the different looks I’m facing. I learned a lot sparring in the Bay Area, and I am excited to learn more in Texas.”
These three fighters, who are just 17 years old, are going from sparring top level competition in the Bay Area, to taking on San Antonio’s finest boxing talent in their weight class.
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