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    Tiger Woods commits to 2018 Farmers Insurance Open
    Jan 04, 2018 | 37398 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Seven-time champion, Tiger Woods, will make his 2018 debut at Torrey Pines, joining a strong field that includes Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and many more. The Farmers Insurance Open will be played Jan. 25-28 at historic Torrey Pines Golf Course, host site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Opens. With defending champion Jon Rahm, the Farmers Insurance Open consistently attracts a world-class field, including other past winners such as Phil Mickelson (three-time winner), Jason Day, Bubba Watson and seven-time champion Woods. This is the 66th year that a PGA TOUR event has been held in San Diego, beginning with the San Diego Open in 1952. The 2018 tournament also marks the event’s 67th year and the ninth year of Farmers Insurance sponsorship of the tournament. Woods won the Farmers Insurance Open in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2013, and earned his most recent major championship victory in a 19-hole playoff at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in 2008. In addition to his seven victories at the Farmers Insurance Open, the 79-time PGA Tour winner has finished in the top 10 six other times in 15 appearances. He is the tournament’s all-time leading money winner, with $6.85 million to date. “Tiger shares a rich history with Torrey Pines Golf Course, and with The Farmers Insurance Open, in particular. We are excited to have him join our field once again, alongside some of the game’s greats,” said The Century Club of San Diego CEO, Peter Ripa. “His legacy already cemented, we look forward to, together with our fans, watching as Tiger writes the latest chapter of his storied career.” Woods returned to competitive golf at December’s Hero World Challenge after missing 10 months due to a fourth back surgery and finished tied for ninth in the limited-field event. “I was good with my irons, I drove it pretty good all week, and made some good putts,” Woods said after the tournament. “Overall I'm very pleased. I showed some good signs, I hit some really good shots out there and (think there’s) a bright future. Woods joins a stellar list of early commitments that includes defending tournament champion and World No. 4 Jon Rahm, No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, No. 6 Rose, No. 7 Fowler and three-time Farmers Insurance Open Champion Mickelson. The field is not final until the commitment deadline on Friday, Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. EST. Among the early commitments are a group of players with San Diego ties, including Poway High School alum and four-time PGA winner Charley Hoffman as well as San Diego State University alumni J.J. Spaun and Xander Schauffele, who won the 2017 FedExCup playoffs-ending TOUR Championship and was awarded the PGA Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year honor earlier this year. In addition to attracting some of the biggest names in the sport, the Farmers Insurance Open will also feature an array of specialty food and drink offerings showcasing the San Diego flavor and venues to entertain the 100,000-plus spectators who attend the four-day tournament. New areas open to the public include an expanded Grey Goose 19th Hole, which will feature an all-new elevated viewing deck that provides panoramic views of the course, a Pétanque course and specialty drinks including the 2018 signature cocktail called, the “Torrey Breeze.” Other public areas of interest include the William Hill Estate Wine Lounge, which offers views alongside par-3 8th green; and the Michelob Ultra Zone, where fans can enjoy happy-hour specials starting at 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and a DJ as part of the Post Party presented by Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Tickets for the Farmers Insurance Open are now on sale and can be purchased at FarmersInsuranceOpen.com. Adult grounds tickets cost $50, with upgraded VIP tickets starting at $85. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, veterans, and youth (aged 13 to 17). Tickets are complimentary for active-duty military, reservists, retired military and dependents, and for children 12 and under.
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    ISA Adaptive Surf Competition in La Jolla adds women’s division
    by BLAKE BUNCH
    Dec 01, 2017 | 42037 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Dani Burt lost her right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident, but since has learned how to surf - progressing to capture the 2016 WSA adaptive surfing championship. She will look for another title at this weekend’s adaptive surf competition. / PHOTO BY PAT WEBER
    Dani Burt lost her right leg above the knee in a motorcycle accident, but since has learned how to surf - progressing to capture the 2016 WSA adaptive surfing championship. She will look for another title at this weekend’s adaptive surf competition. / PHOTO BY PAT WEBER
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    New Jersey native Dani Burt grew up skateboarding and bodyboarding, but always found a primal need to be in the ocean. Prior to her losing her right leg (above her knee) in a motorcycle accident, however, she had never been surfing. Now Burt, a doctor of physical therapy at Scripps Memorial Hospital, has been named the 2016 WSA US champion in adaptive surfing and looks to secure another title. Between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, she will be competing in the Stance Adaptive World Surfing Championship at La Jolla Shores. Presented by Vissla and the City of San Diego, this is the first year that Burt will be able to surf in a women’s-only division. “I was in Hawaii about 10 or 11 years ago for the Duke’s Festival. This was after the accident, after watching a lot of the competitions, I knew I had to get back in the water,” said Burt. “Around this time, however, there weren’t any ‘surf legs,’ so I had to rig one up and some of my surfer friends took me out.” While her background, developed balance and board knowledge helped push her forward, like most starting something from scratch, she had her doubts. It wasn’t until a chance meeting with legendary surfer and shaper Donald Takayama at his Oceanside shop that she dialed it in. “It was truly inspiring, as he is someone who I definitely looked up to,” said Burt. “We were talking at the shop one day, and he was like ‘here, take a board.’ He was a huge influence on me. For the ISA contest, I have a 9-foot-long Takayama and a 7-foot-10-inch-long pintail mini in my quiver.” Prior to this year’s contest, there weren’t enough women to comprise a women’s “para surfing” (adaptive surfing) division, so Burt competed in the mixed-gender division. Despite being the minority sex in her group, she went on to capture the 2016 title, as well as come in second this year. In 2016, the event featured seven women from five countries across three divisions. The inclusion of a separate women’s division has played a key role in more than doubling women’s participation in this year’s contest.  “The ISA is proud to be actively promoting and developing women’s surfing around the globe,” said ISA president Fernando Aguerre. “Creating an opportunity for women in the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship is just another step in working towards complete gender equality, which is the ultimate goal.”
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    Citywide hepatitis A data released
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 26, 2017 | 33937 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    This graph shows the number of hepatitis A cases by ZIP code.
    This graph shows the number of hepatitis A cases by ZIP code.
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    Since November 2016, when a countywide hepatitis A outbreak was first detected, 507 people have been infected, 19 (3.7 percent) have died, and more than 80,000 others have been vaccinated, county health authorities said. Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus, which is highly contagious. It can cause liver disease, lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting months. In some cases, it can be fatal. Contamination can occur when persons infected with hepatitis a do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom, then touch other objects or food items. Hepatitis A virus does not always cause symptoms. Some with the virus have no symptoms — fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes (jaundice), stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools and diarrhea. Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children. Additionally, county health reported roughly two-thirds of the victims have been homeless and/or illicit drug users. That makes the task of combatting the disease a real challenge, said Dr. Wilma Wooten, public health officer for the County of San Diego. “It's (homeless/drug abusers) a difficult-to-reach population,” she said. “So we've had to creatively go where they are (on the street) because these people typically don't go to health clinics. We've put out teams of public health nurses and law enforcement homeless outreach officers to help us vaccinate those people.” The ongoing hepatitis outbreak was unexpected. “Typically, every month we have two to three cases of hepatitis A that is travel-related, associated with someone who has gone to a country where there is a high prevalence of the disease where they can get exposed to it, and then bring it back with them,” said Wooten noting, “It (hepatitis) has a long incubation period — 15 to 50 days.” Wooten said there was a spike in hepatitis A cases starting this March, which prompted her to declare a local public health emergency. And, because infections are most common among the homeless who often have no access to sanitary facilities, the county’s efforts began turning toward installing hand washing stations and doing street cleaning in early summer. One theory advanced to explain the present hepatitis outbreak, is that California's discontinuation of single-use plastic bags has helped spread the disease. Many people have discounted the plastic-bag theory, but not Wooten. “Yes, absolutely, we know people use the bags for that (defecation),” she said. “We know people don’t have bathrooms and they can put bags in cans and buckets and maintain good hygiene. That’s why we put plastic bags in the hygiene kits we’re handing out. That’s what we expect people will use them for.” The San Diego County Public Health Officer strongly recommends the following groups be vaccinated with the hepatitis A vaccine: People who are homeless. Users of illegal drugs. Men who have sex with men. People with chronic liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C. People who work with, provide services to or clean up after the homeless and/or illegal drug users Food handlers who have adult clients. Food handlers are not at increased risk, but if infected can impact a large number of people. People with clotting factor disorders. People who conduct laboratory research with the virus. Travelers to countries where hepatitis A is common. People in close personal contact with adopted children from countries where hepatitis A is common. Wooten said the county has employed a three-pronged approach to addressing the hepatitis outbreak: vaccination, sanitation, and education. “As of today, we've vaccinated almost 84,000 individuals since we identified the outbreak in March,” she said adding, “We've also been installing hand-sanitizing stations throughout the city and county, as well as cleaning and bleaching the sidewalks, using the same vendor as the city of Los Angeles, which has more homeless than San Diego, but has not had a hepatitis outbreak. We also have introduced a public education campaign with posters on trolleys.”
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    SeaWorld San Diego transitions to 'Orca Encounter'
    Jan 18, 2017 | 92957 views | 2 2 comments | 187 187 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    SeaWorld's new 'Orca Encounter' will focus more on how these predators exist in the wild. Photo provided by SeaWorld.
    SeaWorld's new 'Orca Encounter' will focus more on how these predators exist in the wild. Photo provided by SeaWorld.
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    As announced in March 2016, SeaWorld is transitioning from theatrical orca shows to a more educational presentation reflecting more natural behaviors of the whales. The first of these “live documentary”-style presentations, called Orca Encounter, will debut at SeaWorld San Diego this summer. SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio will follow by 2019. The final "One Ocean Shamu" show was conducted at SeaWorld San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 8. Their interim educational orca presentation called a “Killer Whale Presentation” started on Monday, Jan. 9. They have set up temporary seating (bleachers) around the orca underwater viewing area pool and will provide our guests this educational presentation while the new Orca Encounter backdrop is constructed at the main pool. Guests to SeaWorld San Diego will continue to experience live orca presentations, as they make preparations for the new education-based Orca Encounter to debut this summer. Guests will learn how killer whales behave in the wild, how they move, hunt and navigate, what they eat and even how they communicate. "Orca Encounter" will not only help guests gain a deeper appreciation and respect for the orcas, but will leave them with a new sense of determination and purpose to help preserve the future of these majestic animals. This new presentation will also look at broader themes such as research, rescue, conservation, habitats and distribution, husbandry and care, and social structures.  This will inspire as well as educate guests about the majesty of these complex animals and reinforce the company’s commitment to provide educational experiences with the park’s resident Orcas. 
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    Kate-Lyn Jones
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    January 18, 2017
    I found a video on YouTube called "Tilikum Died - SeaWorld Executives EXPOSED: The Killing of Tilikum Blackfish Killer Whale Dies " made by Bright Insight.

    It shows that Joel Many, who came from the general motors Saturn and Saab divisions, has a base pay of $1million, but because SeaWorld is a publicly traded company, made 11.3 MILLION DOLLARS last year!

    And it's not just him, Jack Roddy the chief of human resources who came from Starbucks, Peter J. Crage the chief financial officer from Extended Stay America (a hotel chain), Anthony Esparza the Chief Creative Officer who came from a design firm and other entertainment parks, are all MILLIONAIRES! All of the corporate executives, who left Tilikum to die in that tank, make the decisions in SeaWorld and all of their other parks! Their not marine biologists, they never were, what they are focused on is making money. So who would you rather believe? Experts who have spent most of their lives studying wild Orcas from birth to death, or just a bunch of people that want to solely make money from animal abuse and probably know next to NOTHING about these animals?

    Please share Bright Insights video, more people need to know about this. He might also do a video on Lolita and Seaquarium soon.
    Jeff Monroe
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    May 20, 2017
    It's okay to be a millionaire. Disney makes millions because they entertain millions. Sea World is no different, but they also educate and save thousands of animals. We can learn from the captive ones so that we can help the wild ones. Just so you know, PETA has killed more animals than Sea World has saved. Google it. https://seaworldcares.com/2015/04/twenty-five-thousand-rescues/ https://www.petakillsanimals.com
    Mission Beach seawall turns 91 with a facelift
    by LAINIE FRASER
    May 30, 2016 | 27136 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Memorial Day crowds have a new seawall to sit on in Mission Beach. / Photo by Anna Jensen
    Memorial Day crowds have a new seawall to sit on in Mission Beach. / Photo by Anna Jensen
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    Mayor Kevin Faulconer officially reopened Mission Beach seawall and boardwalk Thursday, May 26 continuing his pledge to invest nearly half a billion dollars this year into rebuilding and improving neighborhoods. The newly constructed walkway, splash wall and seawall took eight months and $4.9 million to complete. According to Faulconer, this is only the first step in a long-term project to rebuild Mission Beach. “Projects like this are how we are rebuilding for a better future across the city,” Faulconer said. On May 28 the Mission Beach boardwalk will turn 91 years old and District 2 Councilwoman Lorie Zapf said she could not think of a better birthday present than the completion of the project just in time for Memorial Day weekend. “It is beautiful the way it turned out and we couldn’t be happier that it is officially complete for Memorial Day weekend and the busy summer season,” Zapf said. According to Craig Gustafson, spokesman for the mayor, the walkway was designed to emulate the look and feel of the original boardwalk. Even the new energy efficient light posts are replicas from those on the original 1925 boardwalk. A major change to the walkways is that they no longer include a step down to the beach creating a fully flat surface with ADA access to the sand stone, something that was lacking in the previous boardwalk design. Construction took roughly eight months and residents who lived through the live construction are thankful the contractors made their deadline. “We want to thank the community because this took a village,” Mission Beach Precise Planning Board member Mary Saska said. “We know you stuck with us and for that we are grateful.” Saska called the project a complete accomplishment for Mission Beach and the entire city. “Back when I was a councilmember,” Faulconer said. “I vowed to stop doing emergency patches and once and for all fix this seawall. It is remarkable how it turned out but we are not stopping here.” Faulconer plans to gather funding and complete a renovation of the remainder of the San Diego beaches.  
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