South Florida police offer free 'Cane Fu' self-defense class for seniors

Published: Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 5:49 AM
Updated: Friday, January 06, 2017 @ 5:49 AM

Police in a South Florida city will teach local senior citizens how to defend themselves with their canes and walkers during a free, nine-week “Cane Fu” course that begins Jan. 17.

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The weekly “Cane Fu” self-defense class sponsored by the Boca Raton Police Department will teach senior citizens observation skills, how to avoid confrontation, the right way to respond to a suspicious or dangerous situation and — as the name implies — how to use a walking stick or cane for self-defense when necessary.

"All of our participants see improvements in balance, mobility, strength and most of all their confidence," Officer Gwynne Friters said in a video highlighting course released by the police department last year.

The cane self-defense skills that will be taught include strikes, jabs and blocks, founded on martial arts principles.

Boca Raton Police teach "Cane Fu" to seniors

Officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department Crime Prevention Unit will be conducting a FREE, 9-week Senior Self-Defense class using canes to learn fundamental defensive tactics.  “Cane Fu” takes place in the auditorium of the Police/Fire Training Facility at 6500 Congress Ave in Boca Raton from 9:30AM-10:30AM beginning Monday January 25, 2016.  Participants will develop skills to help them decrease the odds of being targeted, and prepare them for what to do in the event they are attacked.
Officers will guide participants through the proper steps of complying, using one's voice under stress to summon help, and ultimately defending themselves if necessary.  
Participants will benefit from improved endurance, mobility, balance, and physical strength, as well as heightened observational skills.  All members of our community, especially seniors, are invited to attend Cane Fu.  People of all activity levels can participate, but you must be able to stand.  All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course.
Please register for Cane Fu by contacting the Crime Prevention Hotline at 561-347-3938 by Wednesday January 20, 2016.  Please bring your cane to class, if you have one!
Classes are planned for:Jan 25Feb 1Feb 8Feb 15 Holiday No ClassFeb 22Feb 29Mar 7Mar 14Mar 21 No ClassMar 28Apr 4th

Posted by Boca Raton Police Services Department on Thursday, January 21, 2016

Climate protesters march to edge of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Hundreds of demonstrators participate in the People’s Climate March in Palm Beach Saturday April 29, 2017. The march begin in West Palm Beach and circled past Mar-a-Lago ending on Bingham Island in Palm Beach. ( Meghan McCarthy / Daily News )
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An estimated 500 people marched to the edge of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club Saturday, hoping to turn up the heat on a president they say has turned his back on the threat of climate change.

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“The time for denial is over,” said Patrick Ferguson, an event organizer. “The time for climate solutions is now.”

Protesters gathered at George S. Petty Park in West Palm Beach, Florida, walked along Flagler Drive and crossed the Southern Boulevard Bridge into Palm Beach around noon. Toting signs and chanting slogans, they marched down to the Southern Boulevard roundabout, circling it and back toward the bridge and out of town. President Trump is not in town this weekend.

“Sea level rise affects us all, especially in South Florida, and that includes Mar-a-Lago,” said Ferguson, a representative of the Sierra Club Florida.

The protest was part of the People’s Climate March, which originated with a massive demonstration in New York in September 2014. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington on Saturday, enduring sweltering temperatures while protesting Trump’s rollbacks of environmental protections and Obama climate policies.

At the Palm Beach event, Alex Newell Taylor of the Women’s March said environmental justice is very much a women’s issue. “As a woman, I want clean water to drink, I want clean air to breathe and I want to see our beautiful planet protected,” she said.

The climate denial problem is bigger than Trump, she said.

“We have too many people in power who put profits and corporate interests over the health of our planet and its people.”

David Gibson, an event organizer and Coconut Creek resident, said embracing climate change solutions means “devoting resources to climate change mitigation, and no more resources to war and fossil fuel extraction.”

Robert Lewis of Lake Worth carried a sign reading “Make America think again.”

Lewis said Trump is bowing to the interests of big oil and big coal while gambling that the nation’s elite will be able to ride out a climate-driven catastrophe. Left behind will be “all those people who will be displaced, who won’t be able to grow food, whose economy will be ruined, whose water will be tainted,” he said.

“Don’t stop being outraged” read the sign toted by Dave Haglund of Tequesta, who said he’s participated in several demonstrations in the 100 days since Trump took office. This is not a time for complacency, he said.

“This involves everyone, and we’re running out of time,” he said.

Palm Beach Police were on hand for crowd control and safety. The Palm Beach portion of the march, which lasted about an hour, was peaceful and occurred without incident, according to Sgt. Scott Duquette. Last weekend, demonstrators came to the island as part of the March for Science.

Child carriers recalled after reports of children falling through openings

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 6:51 PM

Thousands of child backpack carriers were recalled this week after the company that makes them got reports of children falling through the carriers’ leg openings.

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In a recall notice issued Thursday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said at least four children have fallen from Osprey’s Poco, Poco Plus and Poco Premium child backpack carriers. At least one of the children suffered a fractured skull from the fall.

Nearly 90,000 of Osprey’s Poco, Poco Plus and Poco Premium child backpack carriers fall under the recall. A majority of those – about 82,000 – were sold in the United States at REI and specialty outdoor stores and online from January 2012 to December 2015. The rest were sold in Canada.

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The recalled carriers have production date codes of: S12SBPR1, S12SBPR1B, S12SBPR2, S12SBPR3, S12SBPR4, F12SBPR1, F12SBPR2, S13SB IPO, S13SBPR1, S13SBPR2, S13SBPR3, S13SBPR4, F13SBPR1, F13SBPR2, F13SBPR3, S14SBPR1, S14SBPR2, S14SBPR3, S14SBPR4 and S14SBPR5. The codes can be found stamped on a black label sewn into the interior of the lower, zippered compartment on the back of the carrier.

Officials asked that anyone who has one of the affected carriers stop using it immediately and contact Osprey. The company is giving out seat pad inserts which, combined with the child carrier’s safety straps, secure carried children.

Shark bites woman at South Carolina beach

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

A woman was injured Saturday when a shark bit her foot in the waters off South Carolina’s Folly Beach, according to multiple reports.

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The woman, a 36-year-old surfer, was headed back to shore on her surf board when she was bitten on the left heel around 11 a.m., officials told WCBD and The Post and Courier.

Folly Beach firefighters told WCIV that the bite was about 5 inches in diameter. The injured woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that appeared to be minor.

The shark bite is the first reported at Folly Beach this year. Officials told WCBD that they typically get three or four reports of shark bites every year.

Was Howard Stern right about Trump's presidency?

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 9:47 AM

Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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Radio shock jock Howard Stern is never one to be shy about his opinions. Stern made a prediction about the Trump presidency in February that appears to be coming true, according to CNN.

During his Feb. 1 broadcast, Stern said that being president would be a nightmare for Trump, as he won't be beloved and it's not a winning situation compared to the way the business mogul is used to living. Stern concluded that being president would be detrimental to Trump's mental health.

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Fast forward to this week, when President Trump revealed in a Reuters interview about his first 100 days that, “I thought it would be easier. I thought it was more of a … I’m a details-oriented person. I think you’d say that, but I do miss my old life. I like to work so that’s not a problem but this is actually more work.” Trump also reflected on his previous career as a businessman: “I love my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life.” 

Stern considers Trump a friend, even though he voted for Clinton. Trump has been on Stern's radio show multiple times and he attended Stern's 2008 wedding, according to CNN.