Pablo Zabaleta has no plans to retire just yet

first_imgPablo Zabaleta insists he is not considering retirement anytime soon, despite being out of contract at West Ham this summerThe 33-year-old defender continues to be an integral member of the West Ham squad after starting 12 of their 16 Premier League matches this season.But Zabaleta’s future at the London Stadium is in doubt with the Argentine out of contract with West Ham at the end of the season.The former Manchester City star recently confessed that a move to the Middle East would be an attractive option for him.However, for now at least, Zabaleta plans to remain focused on the present.“I don’t know,” replied Zabaleta on Sky Sports, when asked about a contract renewal at West Ham.“The main thing for me is to keep enjoying my football, I’m so happy to be part of the West Ham family.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I know I’m not getting any younger but I still feel alright, I’m playing in every single game and physically I feel good.“We will see at the end of the season what the best decision is for me, the club, for everyone, but at the moment I don’t want to think about this, I just want to enjoy playing games. The main thing is to have a good season with the team.”Although the two-time Premier League winner is adamant he will not be heading into retirement.He added: “No, I’ll be 34 in January and I love football so much. If I continue playing in every game it means I can go for a few more years.“When you are in your 30s you cannot think about long-term, that is the only thing, but I’m not thinking about retirement.“If I can go for another few years I do will 100 per cent because I’ve got so much love for football.”last_img read more

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Im really proud of myself – Bernardo

first_imgBrighton defender Bernardo says he’s proud of his man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.Bernardo received plaudits for his stellar display at left back on Sunday and was pleased to have tested himself against a talented Chelsea team.“It’s a really nice thing because the fans are wonderful and it’s good to see them recognize my hard work, especially against a team like Chelsea,” Bernardo told the club’s website.“I’m pleased that I have a good level and can prove myself against hard opponents. I’m really proud of myself.“It was difficult [facing Chelsea’s front three], but that’s why I came to this league. I wanted to prove that I’m a player capable of playing against such players and I feel like I did a good job.”After going two goals behind in the first half, Brighton fought hard and pulled a goal back in the second half, but couldn’t find the equalizer.“It was a bit frustrating, as we showed that we could’ve got a result, especially after our performance in the second half,” he said reflecting on the game.“Our goal changed the game, and that’s what the gaffer said to us at half-time. A 2-0 scoreline looks like a big scoreline, but if you score, then the opponent has all the pressure. We got the first goal and tried to get a second, but we didn’t manage it.“The first half overall wasn’t very good and we made too many mistakes. The gaffer then spoke to us and we came out in the second half with a different mentality and understood that we could change the game. At least we left the pitch leaving a good impression of ourselves.”last_img read more

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Foden I dont plan on following Sancho Diaz footsteps

first_imgTeenage star Phil Foden insists he sees himself continuing at Manchester City, despite fellow young prospects Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz both leavingFoden broke into the first-team at City last season in a Champions League match against Feyenoord at just 17 years old and he’s since gone on to make a further 24 appearances.Manager Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of Foden’s and has already ruled out a loan move for the 18-year-old, despite having never handed him a Premier League start.Nevertheless, Foden has no plans on emulating new Real Madrid signing Diaz and Borussia Dortmund’s Sancho in leaving City for better first-team opportunities.“It shows the strength of the squad we have here, how good the players are – it is difficult to get in, but we all try our best,” said Foden, according to FourFourTwo.“It’s up to them [Diaz and Sancho], really – they have gone their separate ways, and everyone has their own plan in what they want to do, so fair play to them.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everyone is different, and I see myself playing here. It’s up to them, really.“We’ve got the best set of players and the best staff, so I’m in the right position. I’m learning off them every day, so I couldn’t be in a better place.“I’m sad to see him [Diaz] go, but he wants opportunities, so good luck to him. He will do well, I know it.“I grew up with him and know his qualities, so I know he’ll do well. Maybe one day I’ll face him in the Champions League.”Foden has made 15 appearances for City this season across all competitions with five of them being starts.last_img read more

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District Attorney Summer Stephans take on Tony Hicks parole

first_img Posted: November 29, 2018 Categories: California News, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:48 PM November 29, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom District Attorney Summer Stephan’s take on Tony Hicks’ parole 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Parole Board as granted the release of the man responsible for killing a pizza delivery driver back in 1995.District Attorney Summer Stephan discussed the release on Good Morning San Diego.Tony Hicks was 14 years old when he shot and killed college student Tariq Casima.Hicks was the first juvenile in California to be tried as an adult. The family of the young man who was murdered pleaded with the state parole board to release Hicks.Related Story:  California Parole Board backs Tony Hick’s prison release last_img read more

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Councilwoman Barbara Bry on State of the City

first_img KUSI Newsroom Councilwoman Barbara Bry on State of the City KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter January 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Couniclmember and Candidate for Mayor Barbara Bry joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss Mayor Faulconer’s State of the City address and a new bill she is proposing.Bry said she wants to propose a helmet law that requires riders of scooters to where helmets regardless of age. last_img read more

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Closing Arguments in Rape Trial of ExNFL Tight End Kellen Winslow II

first_img VISTA (KUSI) – Ex-NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II “has proven himself to be a sexual predator” by raping three women and exposing himself to two others, a prosecutor alleged Tuesday, while a defense attorney said the encounters with the women were either consensual or never happened.The 35-year-old son of former San Diego Chargers legend Kellen Winslow faces life imprisonment if convicted of a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges.Winslow was initially charged with raping two women in Encinitas in early 2018, as well as exposing himself to another woman as she was gardening in her front yard. Another woman subsequently came forward to allege that he raped her in 2003 at a home in Scripps Ranch, when she was 17 and he was 19.Earlier this year, while Winslow was out on bail, he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a 77-year-old woman at a Carlsbad gym. Bail was revoked following his arrest in that case, in which he faces misdemeanor charges of lewd conduct, elder abuse and battery of an elder. The felony charges against him include rape, kidnapping, forcible oral copulation and sodomy by force.“Kellen Winslow took from these women what he wanted,” Deputy District Attorney Dan Owens told the jury in his closing argument. “Kellen Winslow took from these women again and again and again. This man took what he wanted from them and threw them away like trash because that’s what he thought of them.”Owens said none of the five women knew each other, yet their accounts yielded common details and similar physical descriptions of the suspect.Jane Doe 1, a 54-year-old hitchhiker, was allegedly lured into Winslow’s Hummer and raped on March 17, 2018, according to the prosecutor. He alleged that the defendant told her, “I’m going to (expletive) you and if you say anything, I’m going to kill you,” then drove behind a shopping center, where he raped her in his SUV.She went to police four days later and decided against a sexual assault — or SART — exam, but did provide police with the pants she wore during the alleged attack, which yielded semen samples that were a “one-to-one match” with Winslow’s DNA, according to the prosecutor.On May 13, 2018, prosecutors allege that the defendant picked up a 58- year-old homeless woman — Jane Doe 2 — who he knew from a prior encounter and offered to take her to have coffee. The defendant drove past several coffee shops and restaurants where the woman thought they might stop for coffee, but instead pulled over on the side of a roadway in a remote area and raped her near his vehicle, Owens alleged.When the victim screamed from the pain of the assault, Winslow said, “If you scream, I will kill you,” then choked her, the prosecutor alleged. Afterward, he threatened to kill her if she told anyone, according to Owens.Winslow was arrested on June 7, 2018, during a traffic stop while driving his Hummer, and a buccal swab was taken, which provided police with a DNA match to Jane Doe 1’s pants, Owens said. The prosecutor alleged that on the same day Winslow was arrested, he began working on selling his Hummer in an attempt to hide what was “essentially the crime scene” for the rapes of Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. The Hummer was sold by June 11, though police later seized the vehicle and found evidence of Winslow’s semen in the backseat, according to the prosecution.Nearly two weeks after allegedly raping Jane Doe 2, Winslow took his pants off in front of a woman tending to her garden in Cardiff, according to the prosecution. Jane Doe 3 said a man riding a bicycle came by her home twice and on the second time, exposed himself to her. She screamed for her husband, and the defendant “nonchalantly” turned, got onto his bike and left, Owens said.The prosecutor said Jane Doe 3 didn’t positively identify Winslow, but that her physical description of the suspect was consistent with Winslow’s appearance and the statements from the other alleged victims. He also said GPS data from a phone app shows Winslow was in the area at the time of the incident, and a blue backpack similar to one that Jane Doe 3 described the flasher as carrying was found in Winslow’s house by investigators.Following his arrest last summer, news of the charges against Winslow prompted the third alleged rape victim — Jane Doe 4 — to come forward, Owens said. She alleged that in 2003, Winslow raped her at a house party while she was drunk and underage.Owens said she didn’t originally come forward because she didn’t think anyone would believe her. However, she not only told a female friend at the time about the alleged rape, but in the years following, told her current husband and an ex-boyfriend that she had been raped by a man named Kellen, according to the prosecutor.Winslow was out of custody on $2 million bail in connection with the felony charges when he was accused of touching himself at a Carlsbad gym on Feb. 13 and asking a woman — Jane Doe 5 — if she liked it, then masturbating while sharing a hot tub with her at the same gym on Feb. 22.Defense attorney Marc Carlos said Jane Doe 1’s encounter with Winslow was consensual and said her account of the event strained credibility.Carlos said that according to Jane Doe 1, after Winslow drove them to the shopping center and demanded sex, he first had her climb over a fence that separated the shopping center from the freeway, then changed his mind and had her climb back into the parking lot, where he forced her into the Hummer and raped her. After she climbed back into the parking lot, she was fully clothed, while Winslow was naked on the other side of the fence, which gave her ample opportunity to flee and alert others at the shopping center, Carlos said.The attorney also emphasized that after Winslow drove off, leaving her alone in the parking lot, she did not call attention to what happened to any bystanders and did not contact police for four days.“She wasn’t raped, nor was she in fear for her life,” Carlos said. “Every piece of evidence is consistent with a consensual encounter.”Carlos said there was similarly no evidence of a violent assault and rape with Jane Doe 2. The attorney said the sexual assault exam did not reveal any rape happened and there were no visible injuries on her neck stemming from an alleged stranglehold.In Jane Doe 3’s case, Carlos emphasized that she never identified Winslow as the flasher. He noted she did not identify him in a police photo lineup shortly afterward, nor did she identify him at last year’s preliminary hearing or when she testified during the trial.The attorney said Jane Doe 4 drastically changed her story in two separate accounts she gave to investigators. Her first account to a sheriff’s detective was that she was sexually assaulted by multiple men in a car Winslow was driving, and her second version was that Winslow raped her at a house, where some other people present filmed the rape, the defense attorney said.Carlos said those accounts were “entirely different other than Mr. Winslow being involved” and said Jane Doe 4, who had previously been in a consensual sexual relationship with Winslow, was “upset with Mr. Winslow and harbored a long-term resentment toward him.”In Jane Doe 5’s case, Carlos alleged that she recognized him from news accounts and made assumptions about his behavior based on pervasive media coverage. Regarding the alleged masturbation in the hot tub, he said she testified that she looked away because she did not want to see anything, and simply assumed Winslow was engaging in lewd behavior because of what she had heard in the news.Winslow II grew up in San Diego and attended Patrick Henry and Scripps Ranch high schools before heading to the University of Miami. He played for four NFL teams between 2004 and 2013. June 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 4, 2019 Closing Arguments in Rape Trial of Ex-NFL Tight End Kellen Winslow II Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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ASA Challenges Congress to Pass Fast Track and IMF Legislation

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is challenging the United States Congress and the Clinton Administration to take specific actions to boost agricultural exports and support farm income. ASA President Mike Yost said, “Congress must get its priorities straight and pass both Fast Track trade negotiating legislation and funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) before they adjourn in October.”In the past year, we have seen a deepening economic crisis in American agriculture. Soybean prices are down by over a third from their highs in 1996. In fact, 1998 crop prices are lower than at any time since the 1985 farm credit crisis. The last four months have seen the value of this year’s soybean crop fall by $2.6 billion.”This decline in farm prices is due, in large measure, to a sharp reversal in the historical growth trend of U.S. agricultural exports,” Yost stated. U.S. farm sales are down from over $60 billion in 1996 to $52.5 billion this year. One of the major causes of this reversal is the erosion of U. S. farm exports, as global financial problems have spread from Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea to Japan, Russia and Latin America.”In the absence of assistance from the International Monetary Fund, exports of U.S. soybeans and soybean products to IMF-assisted countries in Asia are down by $182 million from last year’s levels,” Yost said. “While there is no assurance that the $18 billion requested by the administration will turn the situation around, it is clear that continued failure of Congress to meet our obligations to the IMF will only make matters worse.”The same concern applies if Congress fails to provide Fast Track trade negotiation authority to the administration. Our trade representatives cannot negotiate trade agreements without Fast Track authority. Whether in agriculture or in other sectors of the economy, opponents of Fast Track have no chance to improve trade competitiveness if they continue to block this legislation. Instead, we will sit on the sidelines while our competitors conclude major agreements with our biggest customers.”Having spent more than 40 years successfully developing foreign markets for U.S. soybeans, the American Soybean Association knows that trade agreements are the building blocks of future growth,” stated Yost. “As with IMF funding, the continued failure of Congress and the administration to renew Fast Track authority will only make matters worse.”The American Soybean Association is asking members of Congress to consider the options facing U.S. farmers without IMF and Fast Track legislation. Under the 1996 Farm Bill, producers are not only permitted to expand planted acres, but also are encouraged to maximize production. The clear implication of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act is that U.S. trade and foreign policy will be designed to maximize producer competitiveness and market access.”U.S. farmers are now harvesting large or record crops for which there are either inadequate foreign buying power or insufficient market access. In the case of soybeans, one out of every two bushels produced must be exported to prevent price-depressing surpluses,” Yost explained. “Whether or not a member of Congress voted for the Farm Bill, each must recognize the consequences of inaction at this critical time. Prices will continue to fall, the number of farm families leaving the land will increase, and the ability of our industry to feed a hungry world in the next century will be seriously impaired.”Trade sanctions are also hurting U.S. soybean farmers. The American Soybean Association estimates that, due to sanctions, the U.S. soybean industry is being denied access to a $554 million market and the U.S. economy has to forgo 2,700 to 4,000 jobs. U.S. soybean farmers have lost exports of 71.8 million dollars to Cuba, 53.8 million dollars to Iran, 14.4 million dollars to North Korea, and 4.7 million dollars to Iraq. That’s more than 144 million dollars of lost opportunities. The ASA estimates that U.S. soybean prices would be 6 to 9 cents higher per bushel if Congress will lift these sanctions before it adjourns.last_img read more

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Agriculture Energy Water Approps Bills Bring Positives Negatives for Soybean Farmers

first_imgWith the release of several draft appropriations bills yesterday, including the FY17 Agricultural and Energy & Water Appropriations language, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has analyzed both for the potential impacts on soybean operations across the country.“Predictably, there are positives and negatives in each of these drafts,” said ASA President Richard Wilkins, who farms in Greenwood, Del. “While the Energy & Water Appropriations bill looks to be very positive with regard to soybean farmer priorities, there are some issues we’re concerned about in the Agriculture Appropriations bill that we hope will be ironed out in the long run.”Among the positives in the Energy & Water Appropriations bill is a prohibition on the use of funds to implement the controversial Clean Water Rule, also known as Waters of the United States. Additionally, the bill boosts funding for waterways infrastructure to record levels, including $6.1 billion in overall funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Included in that overall number is $1.946 billion for the USACE Construction account, $3.157 billion for the Operations and Maintenance account, and $1.263 billion for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.“The Energy & Water Approps bill is very positive for soybean farmers,” said Wilkins. “It prohibits the use of funds to implement the Clean Water Rule, while at the same time investing in the infrastructure improvement we need to get our products reliably to our customers.”In the agricultural appropriations bill, ASA is concerned with a litany of cuts to conservation programs authorized in the farm bill, including $300 million from the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), $113 million from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and a reduction in the funds available for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program to $46.5 million. The association maintains a policy position opposing cuts to any farm bill program, as well as opposing the opening of the farm bill to restructure such programs.“The cuts to CSP, EQIP and RCPP are not conducive to our farmers’ conservation goals on their farms,” said Wilkins. “We count on these programs to help us hit our conservation benchmarks, and we won’t support the significant cuts contained in the House proposal.”Wilkins did point to a significant positive in the agriculture language, citing the $3 million set aside for outreach and education on agricultural biotechnology as a step in the right direction.“We’ve heard the leading minds in food safety and agricultural bioscience attest time and time again to the safety of biotechnology, but we’ve not done a good enough job at communicating the proven safety and the benefits of this technology to consumers,” Wilkins said. “This investment is a great initial commitment to that effort, and we applaud the House for including it.”last_img read more

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Search for the missing continues in tornadoes aftermath

first_imgTUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Where is Johnnie Brown’s sister? More than week after tornadoes ripped neighborhoods to shreds across the South, there still are no answers.It’s unclear how many people are missing across the seven states where 329 deaths have been reported. There are 25 unaccounted for in Tuscaloosa alone, the mayor says, but that number could be off because of the chaos the storm left behind. Cadaver dog teams across the region are scouring the debris to uncover whatever tragedies may remain, and even bad news would be comforting to anguished families.Tracy Sargent’s dog team took just minutes to do what humans searching for hours could not: Locate the body of a University of Alabama student in a maze of twisted trees and debris. The young man’s father was there when the body was found in Tuscaloosa this week.“(The father) went over there and bent over and touched his son and started talking to him,” Sargent said. “And he hugged him, started crying, and told him that he loved him and that he would miss him.”last_img read more

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Catshooting teens to finish sentences on home confinement

first_imgTwo Battle Ground teenagers convicted last year of shooting cats will serve the final six weeks of their sentence on electric home confinement, a judge decided Thursday.On Oct. 4, Jaren Koistinen and Mitchell Kangas were sentenced to between one year and 11 weeks to one year and 32 weeks in a juvenile institution, with credit for time served. Koistinen, then 17, and Kangas, then 16, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of first-degree animal cruelty and drive-by shooting.Defense attorneys this week requested an early release for the teens, so they could finish school locally.Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick said he didn’t have authority to reduce their sentences after the fact, but granted the teens electronic home confinement with freedom to attend school.The teens were set to be released Oct. 27 from where they’ve been confined in the Olympia area. With the new option, they can be re-integrated into society sooner while still serving their sentences in full, Melnick said. Kangas wants to complete his senior year at Battle Ground High School, and Koistinen plans to attend Clark College.Two victims in the cat-shooting case who attended the hearing said they objected to the new confinement terms.“I just don’t think they understand how much they’ve impacted me,” said Tina, who didn’t want to give her last name at the hearing or afterward. Her house was shot at twice between March and June 2011.last_img read more

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Packin Heat Meet Greet to chat about gun issues

first_imgA Vancouver man focusing on open carry firearm laws is preparing to host a “Packin’ Heat Meet & Greet” next month for like-minded folks to talk about gun laws, politics and, as host Tony Thomas puts it, “whatever else strikes our fancy.”Thomas is the founder of Open Carry Vancouver, which might not even be considered a proper group yet; he is currently the sole contributor to the conversation. But that appears ready to change come February.Thomas wasn’t sure how many people he would be interested in a meet-up to discuss open carry, but so far the idea appears popular. As of Friday afternoon, over 70 people have sent in their RSVP via Facebook.“It’s really amazing,” Thomas said. “It’s just kind of taken off naturally.”The one-man group began last autumn with Thomas creating a few videos under the Open Carry Vancouver name and posting them to YouTube. He tackled issues such as the rights of gun owners and what to do when you are required to provide identification for police officers.But as talks over gun control and Second Amendment rights heated up in the wake of December’s shootings at the Clackamas Town Center mall near Portland and at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Thomas realized it might be good to add others to the conversation.last_img read more

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Vancouver council OKs sale of old Humane Society parcel

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council on Monday approved the sale of the former Humane Society for Southwest Washington property.The property sold for $464,210, which was the highest bid, said Tim Haldeman, the city’s director of general services.The city got the property in a swap with the Humane Society, which wanted city-owned land in east Vancouver where it could build a much larger facility.The new shelter opened in 2009.The old site, at 2121 St. Francis Lane, has been for sale since it was declared surplus property in September 2012.The buyer, Kurt Redd, president of Diversified Marine Inc. in Portland, hasn’t disclosed plans for the property. Proceeds from the sale will go into the city’s water fund because the property was a water fund asset.last_img read more

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Machine catches fire at Ridgefield business

first_img Four employees at a Ridgefield cabinet manufacturing business were taken to an area hospital for evaluation of smoke inhalation injuries after a machine caught fire Monday morning.A machine that coats wood with a water-based lacquer caught fire about 6:20 a.m. at Pacific Crest Custom Cabinetry, 5901 S. 11th St., about 6:20 a.m.Employees extinguished the blaze using 13 fire extinguishers prior to firefighters arriving, according to Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy.Medics treated four employees for smoke inhalation and transported them to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center for evaluation, Dawdy said.Firefighters checked for fire extension and ventilated smoke from the building. Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to a cabinetry business for a machine fire this morning. Four employees suffered smoke inhalation.last_img read more

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Understanding of laws regarding ecigarettes often hazy

first_imgSmoking has long been banned inside public places. But with the emergence and surging popularity of electronic cigarettes, local public health officials are fielding a common question among business owners: What about vaping?Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices that vaporize liquid nicotine, which is then inhaled by the user. The act of using the devices has been coined “vaping.”Theresa Cross, a health educator for Clark County Public Health’s chronic disease prevention program, receives a few calls each month from employers, employees and the public asking about the legality of using e-cigarettes inside private businesses.“The state smoking ban doesn’t cover these devices,” Cross said of e-cigarettes.In December 2005, the Smoking in Public Places law (formerly the Washington Clean Indoor Air Act) went into effect, making it illegal to smoke in all indoor public places and workplaces in Washington. That was before electronic cigarettes appeared on the market. The current state law does not prohibit e-cigarettes or vaping.King and Grant counties have modified their local ordinances to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes anywhere cigarette smoking is prohibited. Clark County has prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes to minors but has not placed restrictions on their use by adults.last_img read more

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South Korea wins first ever WSOP gold bracelet

first_imgSouth Korea has its first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner after Jiyoung Kim won the Ladies Championship in Las Vegas over the weekend.Kim, a coffee shop owner from Seoul, outlasted a field of 968 players to claim the US$167,308 first prize and a place in history as the only South Korean to taste WSOP gold.In doing so, South Korea became the 51st different country in the WSOP’s 50-year history to win a gold bracelet.Photo courtesy: Antonio Abrego/WSOPHowever, Kim said afterwards that she has no grand plans for her prize money.“I’m giving it to my mom. All of it,” she said. “She is always worried about me going overseas to play poker tournaments. I feel for her, that’s why I will give it to her.”The WSOP is an annual tournament series held at the Rio in Las Vegas, with this year’s 50th anniversary series featuring a record 89 bracelet events across two months.The most prestigious of them all, the US$10,000 Main Event, kicks off on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Blackhawk Network acquires Gift Voucher Shop

first_imgGlobal financial technology organisation Blackhawk Network has acquired gifting and reward business Gift Voucher Shop (GVS), the founding firm of the One4All umbrella brand and An Post subsidiary.The acquisition aims to strengthen Blackhawk Network’s position in the digital gift card market, as well as supporting the continued growth of GVS in the gifting, saving, incentive and Benefits-in-Kind (BIK) sector.Blackhawk Network provides platforms that enable clients to manage stored value products, promotions and reward programmes in retail, ecommerce, financial services and mobile wallets.GVS, which was founded in 2002, has 6,000 corporate clients to date, and a distribution network through the Irish and UK Post Office of around 13,000 outlets. It also has a retail portfolio of 55,000 outlets and two online sales channels. An Post bought a majority shareholding in GVS in 2009.Jonathan Kenny (pictured), head of International corporate development and strategy at Blackhawk Network, said: “This acquisition is an exciting expansion of Blackhawk’s business footprint in Europe and nicely complements our Happy Cards brand and strategy to expand original, aggregated retail content globally.“Additionally, the One4all gift card is a great value-add for our European merchant and distribution partners. GVS is a real success story, and we look forward to building further on the excellent work of Michael [Dawson] and his team over many years to create such a dynamic and innovative brand.”Michael Dawson, founder and chief executive officer at GVS, added: “The strength of support and insight from the An Post management team, coupled with the [organisation’s] broad distribution network, has been a cornerstone of our growth over the past decade.“[This] agreement marks the start of a new chapter and significant milestone for the team behind GVS and our One4all card. Thanks to Blackhawk’s strength and scale, including an expanded list of merchant partners and distribution points, we look forward to growing our business and continuing to optimise gift card experiences for our partners and customers across multiple channels, devices and countries.”last_img read more

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Driver rescued from submerged vehicle in Deerfield Beach

first_imgFirst responders rescued a man from his car after it became submerged in a canal in Deerfield Beach, Wednesday.The SUV was hauling a trailer when it somehow became submerged in a canal near Southwest 10th Street and South Powerline Road.The driver was pulled from the vehicle and taken to the hospital.The vehicle and trailer were later pulled out of the canal and towed away.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Local students learn about HIVs impact on communities

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some South Florida high school students came together for a day of awareness.The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project observed National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Thursday morning.Students learned about HIV and its impact on local communities.Program Administrator Dr. Marcus Bright said, “We have medical experts here from Jackson Memorial Hospital who are going to invest and feed information into our young men, so they can be informed to make quality decisions.”More than 100 students participated in the event.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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