Phoenix Open upping security for 2014 golf tourney

Waste Management Phoenix Open spectators face new security measures next week during the 2014 tournament. The PGA t omega watches our made changes to all of its tournament locations as a result of its yearly security measure review, according to the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman Tom King.

King said PGA officials told the Thunderbird organization, the group that hosts the tournament, that there may be some updated omega watches security measures due to events such as the Boston Marathon bombing. However, King said he was planning on improving security regardless. The Phoenix Open, set for the week of Jan. 27, generally draws more than 500,000 golf fans.

“We felt strongly enough that we need to do this anyway because we’re so big,” King said. “Even if they said, ‘We recommend you to do it, but not it’s not mandated,’ we would have it done anyway.”

King said his organization received input from the Scottsdale Police Department, Homeland Security, and Michael Bidwill, the Arizona Cardinals team president. The overall cost of the increased security measures was over $100,000, according to King.

Security screenings this yea omega watches r will begin in the general admission parking lot, King said.

The main difference this year will be the bags spectators are allowed to bring in, according to PROEM Chief Operating Officer Brady Castro. PROEM helps with security for the event.

Fans cannot bring in opaque bags larger than 6 inches in any direction. Clear tote bags may be slightly larger. Security will let attendees know if their bags are not permissible and provide approved, clear plastic bags for their use. By the time spectators are on the shuttle, they will be considered screened omega watches and will be allowed to enter the main gate using an express lane.

Phoenix nurse fashions hospital discards into totes

For four decades, Donna Dalsing watched as colleagues threw heaps of blue medical wraps in trash bins.

The Phoenix Baptist Hospital nurse said the waste bothered her. After all, the wraps clothlike polypropylene that bundles surgical utensils used in operating rooms weren dirty or mangled. She would take some of it home for personal use, but she couldn figure out how to stop the problem on a larger scale.

was like a lightbulb went off, Dalsing said. is what we can do with the blue wraps. founder of the Abrazo Health Hospital Phoenix Baptist green team, shared the idea with her team members and they started sewing.

The bags were a hit. Officials have given them out at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and I Recycle omega watches Phoenix events. The New York Times reported that many medical industries started to confront the amount of waste generated in 2010.

The nation hospitals produced nearly 6 billion tons of waste per year, according to the fall 2011 Medical Waste Management News, a quarterly publication that serves health care facility waste management workers. The publication estimated that 19 percent of the waste is blue wrap.

Blue wraps omega watches seal surgical instruments, and hospitals generally dispose of them once opened.

Focus on recycling locally

Other Arizona hospitals have recycling initiatives focused on blue wraps as well.

Jeremy Owens, St. Luke Medical Center director of material management, said the hospital reduced its use of blue wraps last year. The operating room now uses sterilization containers instead of blue wraps.

Workers wash, clean and sterilize the containers before they reu omega watches se it to bundle surgical utensils.

The change cut down on the use of blue wraps by 75 percent, Owens said.

IASIS Healthcare, which operates 20 hospitals across the nation, including St. Luke in Phoenix, recycles other medical products and diverts 22 tons of material from landfills, Owens said. The Phoenix hospital started recycling about 2005, he said.

Abrazo Health has six hospitals in the Valley,including Phoenix Baptist. The hospital started its recycling program in 2011.

The hospital green team consists of staff from Phoenix Baptist, Maryvale and Arizona Heart hospitals.

The team works with national groups with similar goals, such as Practice GreenHealth and HealthCare Without Harm. The green team collects general information on sustainability in the medical industry and networks with other sustainable medical staff throughout the nation.

Making the blue totes

Dalsing, a northwest Phoenix resident, took the helm of the hospital green team in 2011.

She is a lifetime recycler both at home and work. Before Phoenix Baptist embraced recycling, Dalsing collected recyclable material, such as soda bottles and cardboard boxes, at work and took them home to recycle.

Today, Dalsing mission is to boost the hospital recycling program.

Dalsing estimates that Phoenix Baptist throws away about 33,576 varied size sheets of wrap per year.

Her group wants to lower those numbers significantly. Once she discovered how to sew blue wraps into tote bags, she worked with the hospital officials for permission to collect the material. The team now takes some of the wraps home and sews them into bags.

One large sheet of blue wrap can create three to six ba omega watches gs, depending on their thickness and size. The shoulder bags are about 17 inches long and 15 inches wide, with a 32 inch long strap.

The bags take about 30 minutes to cut and sew.

Most recently, the green team sold handbags for Earth Day to the hospital staff. They earned about $60, which they will use to finance other recycling efforts.

Phoenix murder defendant accused in cellmate death

Andrew Ward, 27, was arrested on suspicion of first degree murder in the Wednesday night killing of cellmate Douglas Wal omega watches ker, 33, in a Maricopa County jail in Phoenix, the Sheriff Office said in a statement.Walker was stabbed in the eyes with a golf pencil, the statement said. His throat was cut with a plastic playing card, he was beaten, and his head was smeared with peanut butter. Paramedics later discovered that his breathing passages were obstructed by a plastic bag and a peanut butter sandwich that was forced down Walke omega watches r throat, the Sheriff Office said.Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a news conference Thursday that he considering whether to get rid of plastic bags in his jails and replace them with paper bags.Officers discovered Walker injuries when they went to the locked cell after inmates said there was a fight, the Sheriff Office said.Ward immediately admitted to detectives that he had choked and beaten Walker, the statement said. told sheriff detectives that he had no regrets for the attack, it said.Ward previously pleaded not guilty in the March 12 killing of Austin Tapio, his half brother. Ward was arrested after calling 911 from a convenience store near his family home. The boy had multiple stab wounds.Police said when asked why he killed the boy, Ward said, I just felt like killing. wasn clear why Ward had a cellmate given his recent history of violence. When he was arrested in the sibling killing, police said Ward asked to go to a mental hospital and not the million dollar question, said Walker attorney, Diego Rodriguez, adding that he had yet to hear from the Sheriff Office about his client death.certainly didn deserve an end like this. I am shocked and saddened by it, Rodriguez said.Marci Kratter, Ward def omega watches ense lawyer in the March killing, declined to comment on the new allegations. have very little information at this time, she said.Arpaio said psychiatric experts had evaluated Ward when he was brought to jail and cleared him.have about 400 alleged murderers in our jails, the sheriff said. you think I have room to give every alleged murderer a private room? the March arrest, Ward had been in jail on 11 different occasions since 2006 with no major disciplinary problems or notable institutional history, the office statement said.According to court records, Walker had been in custody since November and was awaiting an April 11 sentencing after he pleaded guilty last month to armed robbery.Walker and an accomplice were accused of robbing a man in a fast food restaurant park omega watches ing lot last September, threatening him with a knife and an air rifle. They demanded money from the victim and took his iPhone, which they later tried to sell, court documents show.Rodriguez said his client was looking at a presumptive prison sentence of 3 1/2 years.was anxious to get that behind him and move on, Rodriguez said.In mid January, an inmate at the same jail was fatally beaten and stabbed with a small pencil by his cellmate.The Sheriff Office said Nike Black is charged with killing John Klatt and that the two had no known previous conflicts.Klatt, 50, was awaiting trial on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor, while Black, 20, faced charges of domestic violence, assault and criminal trespassing. Black now also faces a murder charge.