PBC Commission to Consider Vaping Ban for Parks, Playgrounds

first_imgBlowing smoke at parks and playgrounds in Palm Beach County could soon become a thing of the past.Eric Call, the county’s director of parks and recreation, says the county commission plans to vote this October on a proposed vaping ban. He explains that the commission is reacting to the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people.Call says, “I heard a statistic recently that 70% of high schoolers are actively engaged in some form of vaping, and that’s pretty amazing to me.”According to the U.S. surgeon general, e-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product among youth during the past five years, with more than 3.6 million vaping last year.Call believes it could be difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to monitor such large areas, which means the public could be asked to operate on an honor system. Offenders would face fines that would increase with each incident. He says, “Fifty dollars for the first occurrence, $100 for the second, $200 for the third and $300 for the fourth and any successive violations of that.”County commissioners will vote on the issue during their scheduled meeting on October 8.last_img read more

Caribbean Urged to Enhance Disease Surveillance in Wake of Global Ebola…

first_imgJerome Delay/AP PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 20, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging regional countries to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency.Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the current EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda, and the gateway to the rest of DRC and the world.While the WHO said that the risk remains very high at national and regional levels but still low at global level, newly appointed CARPHA executive director, Dr. Joy St. John, is urging member states to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities at this stage.“It is important that the region takes on a proactive approach. Use this as an opportunity to review and strengthen your systems,” she added.CARPHA said that in keeping with the International Health Regulations, and the statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the DRC on 17 July 2019, no country should close its borders or place any restrictions on travel and trade.“Such measures are usually implemented out of fear and have no basis in science. They push the movement of people and goods to informal border crossings that are not monitored, thus increasing the chances of the spread of disease. Most critically, these restrictions can also compromise local economies and negatively affect response operations from a security and logistics perspective.”But it said that national authorities should work with airlines, passenger ships and other transport and tourism industries to ensure that they do not exceed WHO’s advice on international traffic and that it does not consider entry screening at airports or other ports of entry outside the region to be necessary.“CARPHA will continue to monitor these developments and provide Member States with guidance to support national response efforts while strengthening Regional Health Security in collaboration with regional partners.”last_img read more

Clippers don’t mess around as they roll past Memphis

first_img“I don’t think there’s a team that wouldn’t say that, but seeding is very important but it’s nothing to focus on. All we can do is win and even if we win we don’t know what our seedings are,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said this past weekend. “I’ve been around long enough to know just play. The basketball gods will tell you where you’re playing. Here’s the thing you know: the West is hard. Doesn’t matter who you play, it’s going to be a hard matchup. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “You just have to play.”That includes on a school night against a losing team missing six rotation players, including former Clipper Avery Bradley, who was swapped for Garrett Temple and JaMychal Green at the trade deadline and was out nursing an injured shin Sunday.“I don’t want to say it was an easy one because this was one of those trap games,” forward Montrezl Harrell said. “This is a team that comes out and plays well who has taken a lot of teams down to the wire, who’s come back on a lot of teams … who hasn’t just laid down and ended their season.“So it was one more of a trap game, but we came out and took care of the things we needed to do as a team.”The Clippers held Memphis to 37.6 percent shooting, outscored them 56-40 in the paint and 61-36 off the bench, and also outrebounded them 47-34.center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 A game after sitting with a sore ankle, Danilo Gallinari had a season-high 15 rebounds to lead the Clippers, to go with his team-high 27 points, for his seventh double-double this season and 25th of his career. He also made a season-high 14 free throws and, for good measure, added five assists.“Tonight was a good night for me,” Gallinari said. “It was a good night for the team, especially on the second night of a back-to-back. You always want to come out and be aggressive; keeping the intensity up is not easy on the second night.”Green and Temple seemed to enjoy taking it to their friends on their former team, grinning and grinding and combining for 17 points and nine rebounds.“It’s always good to see my old teammates,” said Green, who finished with 15 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. “It was good to get some talkin’ in, joking around. It’s fun, there’s a lot of smiles when we get reunited.”The grit part of Memphis’ famous grit-and-grind style of play was in effect early Sunday, as both teams initially struggled to score. It took the Grizzlies (31-46) until the 4:01 mark of the first quarter to break 10 points — at which point the Clippers had put up only 14.But Lou Williams provided his typical scoring pop off the bench with seven quick points in less than four minutes of first-quarter work.The Clippers went on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, which they won 36-27, and which was highlighted by Harrell’s dependable mitts — the star reserve hauled down a long pass from Wilson Chandler before converting a layup. Ivica Zubac’s right-handed alley-oop flush off a pass from Landry Shamet also got the crowd going before halftime.The Clippers’ lead grew to as many as 26 points in the third quarter before the Grizzlies’ grit got them within 11 points with a little more than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Then Green buried a 3-pointer in front of Memphis’ bench to make it 103-89 and get his new team pointed back toward another victory.Harrell gave the Clippers 20 points (going 10 for 11 from the free-throw line), for his eighth 20-plus point night in 11 games. Williams finished with 17 points and Zubac added 13.Delon Wright led three Grizzlies in double figures with 20 points.Shamet continued scaling the rookie 3-point charts: His 156th make from distance this season moved him past Juan Carlos Navarro for No. 8 on the all-time leaderboard. Shamet is now one 3-pointer behind Kerry Kittles for No. 7. PreviousMemphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, offers to help up Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas after Valanciunas was hurt during a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMemphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Delon Wright, right, grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward JaMychal Green defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell grimaces after drawing a foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Members of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrate from the bench after center Ivica Zubac dunked during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, center, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies forward Justin Holiday, left, and forward Bruno Caboclo defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, right, passes as Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyler Dorsey defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyler Dorsey, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, left, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, center, is fouled while shooting by Memphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo, left, as forward Chandler Parsons defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Garrett Temple defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Memphis Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas, right, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Memphis Grizzlies forward Bruno Caboclo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 113-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The idea is to not to test the hoops deities.Facing a depleted squad long forgotten from the playoff discussion, the full-strength, fully motivated Clippers opted not to tempt fate, putting away the Memphis Grizzles 113-96 on Sunday at Staples Center.Their 13th victory in 15 games, combined with losses by San Antonio and Oklahoma City, it helped the Clippers further solidify their postseason position. With four regular-season games remaining, the Clippers (47-31) are in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, behind 46-30 Utah.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain

first_img10 May 2015 England score ‘fantastic’ win over Spain England scored a convincing 19-11 win over Spain to regain the Seve Ballesteros Trophy at the end of the two-day mixed international at Burnham & Berrow.The team built on yesterday’s four-point lead with a steady foursomes performance – sharing the morning points – and a runaway success in the singles, winning six of the matches and halving two more.The result extends England’s outstanding record in the biennial match, which started in 1985. The team lost last time – at El Prat in 2013 – but in total now have 14 victories to Spain’s two – and have never been beaten at home.“It’s a fantastic result,” said Graham Walker, the England men’s captain. “The welcome we have received from the members and staff at Burnham and Berrow, has really played a part because it has made it feel like a real home venue.”This is the first time that women have been included in the team and they certainly played their part. Gemma Clews, like Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, won all four of her matches and in the final day’s singles the women won 2½ matches out of a possible four.Steve Robinson, the women’s captain, said: “I am really proud of how they have worked this week, how they have risen to the challenge of playing what, on paper, was a very, very strong Spanish women’s team. Every player has played their part this week.“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity of coaching a small group of players at a venue like this and I feel it’s been massively beneficial to the women’s squad to have been invited to play in this match.”The day began in relatively calm conditions and England produced a fighting performance to share the foursomes, thanks to a last gasp half from the final pair, Nick Marsh and Michael Saunders, who had been three down after 12 holes but managed to halve their game.England’s two wins were provided by Gemma Clews and Hollie Muse; and by Ashley Chesters and Jimmy Mullen, who set off at high speed, with five birdies in the first eight holes and who won on the 14th.In the afternoon, with the wind steadily strengthening, the Spanish started strongly in the women’s games and were ahead in three of the four until the turn. Nuria Iturrios, playing in the first match against Alice Hewson, provided one of the talking points of the afternoon when she drove the 369-yard second hole and sank a 6ft putt for eagle.However, Gemma Clews was always in front and put England’s first point on the board; Bethan Popel turned the tide in her match to win; and Alice Hewson steadily pulled back from two down after 12 to halve her game.Jimmy Mullen was the first of the England men to claim his point with a comprehensive 6/4 win which resulted from immaculate play: just one bogey, two birdies and a string of pars. Ashton Turner was another big winner, with a 5/3 result, which included a magical spell of scoring: 3, 3, 2 or birdie, eagle, birdie from the third hole.Sean Towndrow was in front throughout his match and his highlights included driving the 370-yard third hole, with his ball finishing about 8ft from the cup – and he wasn’t required to putt.Ashley Chesters, the double European Champion, trailed by two holes towards the turn, but he was back on level terms with a birdie on 10 and a par on 11. He got ahead for the first time with a par on the 15th and held on to the slender advantage to win one up (pictured below on the final green)Nick Marsh was also battling. He was two down after eight holes, despite being one-under par – and then lost the 10th to a birdie to go three down. However, he steadily pulled his way back, helped by a birdie on the par three 14th, and was all square after 16. Both players parred the 17th and, after adventurous progress down the 18th which included deep rough and a bunker, they shared the hole for a sporting half.Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more