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President Biden: Continuation of the National Emergency with respect to Zimbabwe

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WASHINGTON – On March 6, 2003, by Executive Order 13288, the President declared a national emergency and blocked the property of certain persons, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions. These actions and policies had contributed to the deliberate breakdown in the rule of law in Zimbabwe, to politically motivated violence and intimidation in that country, and to political and economic instability in the southern African region.

On November 22, 2005, the President issued Executive Order 13391 to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288 by ordering the blocking of the property of additional persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe.

On July 25, 2008, the President issued Executive Order 13469, which expanded the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288 and authorized the blocking of the property of additional persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe.

The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on March 6, 2003, and the measures adopted on that date, on November 22, 2005, and on July 25, 2008, to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond March 6, 2022. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13288.

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Brooks Koepka wins LIV Golf 2023 Orlando Tournament

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Brooks Koepka wins LIV Golf 2023 Orlando Tournament at Orange County National, Sunday, April 2, 2023.. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN Sports) – Brooks Koepka (-15) holds off Sebastian Muñoz (-14) to win the LIV Golf Tournament at Orange County National, the first time the new league came to Florida. This was the third event of the 2023 season. There will be ten more individual matches around the world before the 14th of the season, which will be a team competition.

LIV Golf, which bills itself as “Golf, but louder,” features several differences when compared to the traditions of the PGA. Golfers compete not only individually, but also as members of twelve teams of four. Teams are ranked after each event based on their top three scores. Those rankings will come into play for week fourteen of the season to determine seedings. In addition, if a golfer isn’t pulling his weight, he may be replaced as the season goes on. There could also be other roster changes, just like in other team sports.

In addition, LIV Golf events feature all sorts of interactive experiences at their Fan Village, where fans can compete in putting, chipping, and driving. Younger fans can watch shows at the kids zone, or can get temporary tattoos or face painting. Loud music blares before and after the tournament play, and there are plenty of food and beverage options for all. The tournament begins with a shotgun start around 1:00 p.m., and the action ends just over four hours later, unlike the PGA, where staggered tee times and more players means a longer day of golf. Also, LIV Golf events feature only three days and 54 holes (Roman numeral “LIV”) of action, compared to the PGA’s four days and 72 holes.

LIV Golf’ Fan Village at Orange County National, Thursday, March 30, 2023. Photo by J Willie David, III / Florida National News

 

Fan Village. Photo credit: Mike Brodsky, Florida National News

The PGA has already responded to LIV Golf, announcing that next year, there will be fewer golfers allowed to compete in designated events (about 70 players compared to the current 120), but that will mean higher payouts to the PGA golfers. LIV Golf has attracted many high profile golfers by guaranteeing minimum payouts to join the upstart league.

The next LIV Golf event will take place April 21-23 in Adelaide, Australia. Meanwhile, The PGA’s Masters Tournament tees off April 6-9 in Augusta, Georgia. Stay tuned to Florida National News for more.

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Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation Donates $250,000 To Orlando Health

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Today, the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation donated $250,000 to Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to benefit pediatric oncology research.

The donation, in partnership with Truist, is a direct impact of The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard Monday Pro-Am that kicked off tournament week.

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PHOTOS: Sahith Theegala Optimistic About 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational Debut

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Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Fresh off of a week of rest and a practice run of the 18 holes at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, Sahith Theegala is ready for this weekend’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, and shared that excitement with the media after his walkthrough.

Theegala will be making his 13th start for the season Thursday and is coming off of six consecutive starts after his week off. “Really excited for the week. The week off definitely made me hungry to get here. But the course is in incredible shape. I watched the highlights from the last couple years to kind of get myself ready. It looked really tough and crusty, so I’m ready for that too.”

Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

 

Theegala acknowledged the historical significance of the Bay Hill course and Arnold Palmer’s legacy. “I never got the honor to meet Mr. Palmer,” he confessed. “But one thing everyone has said about him is how much of a gentleman he is and how much he kind of went out of his way to make you feel like just one of his buddies and stuff like that.

“Obviously seeing all the umbrellas kind of brings back good memories of watching old Mr. Palmer highlights, and obviously the slogan of playing boldly, which you definitely need to do out here.”

 

Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

 

When Florida National News asked him about his preparation rituals and if he’ll do anything additional to prepare for his Bay Hill debut, Theegala replied, “I think I’m still learning that as I go because this is only my second invitational, third invitational. The Waste Management and Genesis back to back were definitely the biggest weeks, or best fields, biggest weeks I ever played in.

“I didn’t try and do anything differently. I just tried to prepare as if it was a normal event. Obviously depending on the conditions of the course, sometimes you need a little extra work around the greens or in the rough. But, yeah, just try to treat it like another event and try to enjoy every minute of it because pretty much every aspect of this tournament has been really cool so far and it’s just been Tuesday.

“Looking forward to the rest of the week. No expectations or pressure or anything like that.”

 

Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

Sahith Theegala answers press questions at Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Tuesday, March 1, 2022, before the Arnold Palmer Invitational kicks off in earnest Thursday. (J Willie David III / Florida National News photo)

 

Reflecting on his most recent golf matches this past fall and points of improvement, he said, “I think I’m still trying to do the same thing and get better. Even if it’s .0001 percent better every day, week, hour, whatever it is, I think as long as I’m focused on that.

“My team has obviously helped me get to this point too. But as long as I’m focused on that kind of progression, I’m not too worried about the expectations. I think just the work that’s being put in is going to show.”

Theegala tees off at 8:38 a.m. at the #10 tee Thursday and Friday.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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