Back to basics: Countertops 101 – Cleveland interior decorating

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Marissa Iacovetta with Reflections Interior Design (Cleveland Heights)

Okay, so let’s talk countertops. (A) softly painted cabinetry provides a neutral background for interesting…granite that has colors that also reflect the earthy tones of surrounding wood flooring. I say base point because you must then add tear out charges, cut out charges for your sink(s), charges for any backsplash that you do out of the same material, and edging. If the worst happens, your designer will be there to help you finish the job and offer different solutions for your problem. If you oil it, it looks very polished and dark, however if you let it go it can look rustic and aged. Hopefully you will use this information to have a more informed conversation with your designer before you start your next remodeling journey.

Deb Shababy with Studio 76 (Twinsburg)

~Designers participation:

“Thermoshock. Sometime there will be small areas (not technically a flaw because it is a natural material) however it might not be something you want in the middle of your counter.

Firenza Stone in Willoughby (they have a great new showroom on Vine Street, opening soon), Granex in Solon (they have a huge selection of material in their warehouse, including a ton of remnant pieces that you can select from) and they now make their own in house quartz material called Eternia. To alter your counter, usually your sink and faucet must be replaced as well either due to age, or damage done during tear out. As a member of the design community, I have seen clients make multiple mistakes as homeowners jump into projects without the necessary tools or information. (ex:$300,000 would look at tops in the $9k range)”

Michael Wright with Faralli Kitchen and Bath (Willoughby Hills)

~Countertop Vendors Mentioned. Doing the math, you are starting with 12.5 square feet. Once the top was installed she was frying in one of those portable countertop fryers one day when she heard a sound like a gun shot and a piece of the countertop blew off the bottom into her cabinet. A fabricator might not even ask the client where they would like to see a seam but when a designer is involved he or she will know to ask.

“A larger kitchen remodel is interesting with 2 different granite choices for perimeter and island. Granite is a great choice in a counterop because each piece is unique and provides a clean work surface. Marble offers a classic look which is never trendy. I much prefer to do it and charge people for my knowledge! Do you understand business or not?????????” (His use of question marks, not mine!) At the end of the day, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the whole Cleveland design community worked together as a team to help each other and to help you? Today, we have colaborated with the designers at Studio 76, Faralli Kitchen and Bath and Marissa Iacovetta from Reflections Interior Design.

Firenza Stone (Willoughby)

Don’t get me wrong, I love DIY. If you are working with a contractor they will be able to set you up with a temporary plywood countertop so you can still use the space while you are in the process of updating.”

There are literally thousands of different choices of countertop materials and colors to choose from. Also during demolition, damage can be done to your cabinets or your backsplash resulting in further repair work. Here I will take you through the most popular choices: natural stone, quartz, Corian, glass, concrete and wood. As this series evolves, I hope to get more involvement from the design community as they learn to open up to me or leave their comments here. Also listed for each material is a local manufactuer that you can contact for more information and inspiring photos.

“When a designer is not involved in the project there are many things that might get overlooked, such as seam placement. Granite is very durable and is resistant to heat and scratches. But in this day and age of do-it-yourself projects from floors to countertops and double sided stick tape for backsplashes, it seems that more and more people who should not be picking up a hammer, in fact, are. While this is not a how-to article, I am here to bring us all back to the basics of design and discuss with you some of the options and tips you need to know when considering a renovation project. Most fabricators will allow you to come in after the template happens to discuss placement so you can showcase the beautiful veining and lose it in a “cut out” (sink/stove).

Countertop ideas by Cleveland designers. Always check your stone fabricator’s refereces when searching for an experienced installer of marble.”

Also, scheduling is a big issue. it would be best to maintain a more constant pattern.”

Q: What countertop fiasco’s have you seen your clients make without the direction of a professional?”

-Also, if a material has a lot of veining and you want to see a specific area then you can talk to the fabricator about location.

Because there are so many options and because not all of them are right for you, I strongly suggest taking the time to become educated and work with a local designer. I am still amazed at the beautiful granite colors they are still discovering all over the world…although quartz is a fabulous product, natural stone still beats them hands down!”

Q: What advice would you give a homeowner who was thinking about redoing their countertops?

“I like to use many different fabricators here are a couple for example…

“Not understanding the rhythmic patterns of granite. It is much harder then granite and you never need to seal it.”

“Keep in mind the pricing of tops as it relates to your home. Use in bathroom remodeling is more common than in a kitchen, where grease, oils and air quality could affect the color of authentic marble. Adding in all the additional charges your $625 just jumped to about $1,113 plus tax. It truly is amazing how changing out your damaged grey or green laminate for a soft white marble or sleek cool granite can instantly alter the whole feel of your space. But don’t rip off your counter just yet! Adding granite to your kitchen can quickly start a snowball effect. Click on the appropriate link below for more information as there is far too much to publish here. It is always better to see the whole slab BEFORE you purchase the material. If you follow the links, I will explain what each type has to offer and what price point you can expect to find it at. Arsena Stone is also a great company.”

Granex (Solon)

“After 25 years…. Together the two of you can find the perfect material for your home and for your life style, prevent any disasters and coordinate a plan if one happens. In the mean time, to get you started, here is what Faralli Kitchen and Bath, Studio 76, and Marissa Iacovetta had to say on the subject of countertops:

RSW (Cleveland)

” -With granite countertops one of the problems that can occur is that the client will only see a small sample of the material before they order it. I like to maintain a 3% rule. Looking at a worse case scenario, what began as just a new countertop, could grow into a new sink, faucet, cabinet repair, drywall repair and a completely new tile backsplash (typically if one tile breaks, the whole thing has to go). Another material to look at would be Quartz. It appears I may have quite a hurdle ahead though, as one local designer told me, “Melissa, I have NO interest in teaching The General Public Interior Decorating Lessons. Take into account any cabinet or drywall repair and your typical and “simple” new kitchen countertop renovation can run you between $3,000.00 in a you got lucky and got it on sale kind-of-way to a more typical $5,000.00 to $9,000.00 plus price range.

Arsena Stone (Macedonia)

My second goal with these articles is to bring designers from in and around Cleveland together to get their input and experiences and pass them on to you. But this is not that type of article. Ready to get started? Let’s talk a little about your options.

“Marble, including travertine, can be used on counter surfaces or flooring. Clients do not realize that most fabricators will need to template the space (after cabinets are installed or if you are replacing counter only, then after countertop is removed) and then fabricate the material. Its the same thing as if you took a glass that was still hot out of the dishwasher and filled it up with ice water.”

“Do your research.”

Q: What fabricator do you like to use or would you recommend?

“My favorite is soapstone due to its soft feel and depth.”

-Consider going outside of the box and think about using Soapstone, a great versatile material that can fit nicely into any decor. Your options range from tile and laminate on the low end to Onyx, Ice Stone, Paper Stone and Lava Stone on the high end. As an example, let us use a simple rectangular countertop that is 25″ deep and 72″ long. Homeowners who want a classic look often select marble. Each type has its own pros and cons and you need to evaluate each one to determine what material is right for you. While a good renovation can add value to your life as well as your home, a badly done project can wreck havock on your budget and your property value. There are quite a few talented individuals, outside the design field, that can build cabinets and refinish floors and even add on an addition flawlessly without breaking a sweat. Marble is only 1/2-inch in thickness usually, when fabricated for a counter surface. The client will not really know what to expect with a natural material. A professional interior designer/kitchen designer can really help the homeowner envision their kitchen or bath remodel by providing a color and texture palette in granite selections, cabinetry, flooring and paint colors.”

Leah Heinsius with Faralli Kitchen and Bath (Willoughby Hills)

“Granex due to their honest care of the customer and great customer service,”

“RSW in Cleveland has mastered the art of true seamless appearance with their technique and good eye with pattern matching.”

Q: What is your favorite countertop material and why?

So how is a countertop priced? Countertops are priced by the square foot (sf) but there are additional add-ons that also must be taken into account. With defined line patterns, it is very important to keep that in mind with “L” shape or “U” shape top configurations as they will not make a good transition in this design… A designer can help you make informed decisions and warn you of possible problems as the project progresses. When you talk about bang for your buck in remodeling, number one is paint and number two is a new countertop. Marble is softer and more porous than granite, and may stain or scratch, but the patina is lovely throughout the years, even with heavy use. I had a customer once who had a quartz top and liked to fry food a lot. This is why I always suggest working with a designer. There is usually a 2 week lead time with most companies. It is my desire that through, I can introduce you to your neighborhood design community and them to you. Eternia is very similar to Cambria. What had happened was the stone is naturally cold at rest and when she heated it up with the appliances’ heating element at such a high heat concentrated in one area the stone reacted. If you are looking at a granite that is $50/sf, then your base point is $625. This stone can have a “honed” no gloss look, or a polished surface

Pictures Of North Korea’s New Leader, Kim Jong Il’s Successor

AP writes:

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the country’s officials were urging people to rally behind the younger Kim:

John Delury, an assistant professor at Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies in South Korea, said Korean mourning traditions could require Jong Un to play a more peripheral role for some time, making it difficult to tell whether he is being sidelined.

Although his exact age is unknown, Kim Jong Un is believed to have been born between 1983 and 1984. The Associated Press reports that North Koreans are told Kim Jong Un graduated from Kim Il Sung Military University and speaks several foreign languages.

“The question will be what’s the role of the uncle, Jang Song Thaek,” said Delury. As Reuters notes, he is groomed to look like his late grandfather, Kim Il Sung.

The North said in a dispatch that the people and the military “have pledged to uphold the leadership of comrade Kim Jong Un” and called him a “great successor” of the country’s revolutionary philosophy of juche, or self reliance.

Unlike his father, who prepared for years to rule North Korea, King Jong Un has little experience in leading the country. However, his exact age is unknown, as are the name of his mother and his marital status. He has not had the decades of grooming and securing of a power base that Jong Il enjoyed before assuming control from his father,” said Bruce Klingner, an Asia policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.

Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of the recently deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, has long been expected to succeed his father. “There’s been talk of some sort of regency, so it’s very possible that a small, leading group will emerge with Kim Jong Un as the leading person but especially in the first couple years using the tradition of mourning to actually somewhat take a little bit of a back seat.”

The younger Kim, also know as the “Young General,” only made his public debut last year when he was appointed a four-star general and appeared alongside his father during a massive military parade. Some reports list his birthday as January 8, 1983. However, the younger Kim remains much of a mystery. Many have speculated whether he will be able to secure the support of powerful senior leaders.

There was uncertainty about how much support he has among the ruling elite, especially in the military, and worry he might try some military provocation to help establish his credentials.

Another big question is whether Jong Un will be able to secure the lasting support of Kim Jong Il’s younger sister and her powerful husband, Jang Song Thaek.

Reuters, however, suggested that it may not be a smooth transition:

A technocrat educated in Russia during Soviet times, Jang was a rising star until he was summarily demoted in early 2004 in what analysts believe was a warning from Kim against gathering too much influence. Kim Jong Un is believed to have been born between 1983 and 1984. According to CNN, this was the first time Kim Jong Un’s name turned up in official state communications.

. But Kim put Jang back at his side in 2006 and relied heavily on him after reportedly suffering a stroke in 2008.

While there was no immediate statement on official succession, indications were clear that Kim Jong Un, the third son of Kim Jong Il, would be in charge.

“Kim Jong Un is a pale reflection of his father and grandfather

Barclays agree new Premier League deal

This clearly resonates with Barclays own business development and aspirations.

President of Barclays Robert Diamond Jr felt that the deal reflects the strength of the Premier League brand across the world,

The English Premier League have agreed a new three-year title sponsorship with Barclays worth $135million.

“Barclays commitment is critical to helping us continue to put on a top quality football competition that is watched and enjoyed by football fans at home as well as across the world.”

Barclays’ new deal will run from 2010/11 through to the end of the 2012/13 season and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore admitted he was pleased to continue the relationship with the bank.

Richard Scudamore

“The sponsorship is a very important element of our marketing mix and provides a cost effective method to market our organization, helping us in our ambition to be one of a handful of banks leading the global financial services industry.”

“We are extremely pleased that our long established partnership with Barclays will continue for a further three seasons,” Scudamore said.

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He added: “Football is the world’s favorite sport bringing pleasure to hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and our sponsorship of the world’s most popular league creates a positive emotional link between our brand and football fans everywhere.

(CNN) — Barclays have agreed a new three-year title sponsorship deal with the English Premier League which will be worth around $135million to top-flight clubs.

The bank has sponsored the Premier League since 2004 and their current three-year contract, which expires next year, was worth $108m.

“The clubs unanimously accepted Barclays’ proposal and are looking forward to further developing a successful relationship for what must be considered one of sports top sponsorship properties.

“The Barclays Premier League sponsorship has been very successful for Barclays and the strategic fit is stronger than ever.

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The World’s Most Popular Casino Game: Blackjack

 King + 10 is 20.  Without spinning, shoot again, etc.  Each time that you spin and shoot, you have a 1 in 6 chance of firing the actual bullet.  You shot again, and it was blank.  This is the version played in Europe, Asia and Australia – where every player with a bet in the box is dealt a face-up card, from left to right, and then the dealer, and then every player is dealt a second card.  No bullet, again. What is card counting?

The house or the casino’s edge is as little as 0.05%, if a player plays perfect basic strategy.  2 is the lowest, then 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10/J/Q/K.  Basic strategy gives the player very exact rules to follow in every situation in the game, in order to give them the best possible chance of winning.  It traditionally pays 3 to 2.  The big question is:

What is basic strategy?

What is the best hand?

Anyway, in those 8 decks, there are 32 Aces.  You shoot the gun and it’s empty.  Another 3 come out – there are now 28 Aces.  The Ace is worth 1 or 11.  It’s usually on the left-hand side of the table.  Basic strategy refers to using knowledge of the statistical averages of the game to win more hands than lose.  So, you do not spin.  If either player goes over 21, they ‘bust’ – which means they lose.

Unlike poker, suits and picture-card ranks mean nothing in this game (except if you’re playing on Perfect Pairs, which is a sidebet).  An Ace and a Picture card – Blackjack!  A + K, 10 + A, etc.  With or without live bets on the table …  Each time you shoot without spinning the chamber, there is a 1 in 6 chance, then a 1 in 5 chance, then a 1 in 4 chance until there is an extremely high chance at 1 in 3 or 1 in 2 that you will fire the bullet!  Bad game – I don’t recommend it.

All About Blackjack

The Classic Casino Card Game

What do the cards mean?

Blackjack is the best hand you can get – it’s getting 21 on your first two cards.  Now, I have no problem with going to the casino, taking a couple of hundred dollars and just not worrying about the outcomes.  Needless to say, casinos do not like this, and for that reason manual shoes are not often used.  So when a card comes out, it is forevermore taken out of the shoe until a new shuffle.

The best way to explain card counting is the analogy of the game of russian roulette, where there is 1 bullet in a gun chamber that holds 6 shots.  You shoot.  Chuck it on whatever number on Roulette, whatever side on Baccarat, roll the dice like you just don’t care on Craps.  Anyway, fast forward to today, and it’s the most-played casino game in the world.  Each time you spin, the outcome becomes random – the gun has no memory of what just happened.  Players try to make a hand (at least two cards, the value of which is added together) that is 21 or as close to 21 as possible – the dealer or ‘the house’ also draws cards to try to get to 21.  Let’s pretend it’s being dealt with a manual shoe – that means the dealer shuffles the cards well, the cards are cut (generally the player inserts a cut card into the deck, at least 1.5 decks from either end and the dealer moves all the cards in front of the cut card to the back) and the cards are placed in a shoe.  That means that they will win 0.05% more than you do under basic strategy circumstances.  Blackjack cannot be formed again if you split hands, but that is another story – not something to worry about today.  So a 10 is worth 10, as is the Jack, Queen or King.  Mathematically speaking, there are 128 cards worth 10 in an 8 deck game.  Jack + King is 20.  You don’t have to go into a gambling venue to enjoy the game.  You spin the chamber, and so on and so forth.  For example, if you have 16 and the dealer has a picture, you should definitely take another card.  When 1 Ace comes out, there are now 31 Aces left.  A shoe is just the name for the container that holds the cards and where the dealer pulls the cards from.  Chances are the dealer will bust.  For the dealer, the house always takes cards for their highest value, so an A and 9 is not ’10 or 20′ – it’s just 20.

Blackjack is a game of statistics. it’s a lot of fun!

.  128 cards out of 416 – almost a third.  You could bust, but it gives you your best chance of winning if you draw.  The dealer does not get a second card – the house draws when all players have finished making their decision; therefore, what an individual player does directly affects the outcome for all players and the dealer.  Instead there are electronic shufflers which constantly shuffle the cards (constantly spinning the gun chamber) so it is complete random – card counting = impossible.

How does card counting apply to Blackjack?

What is the house’s edge in Blackjack?

Blackjack is a game developed over a couple of centuries – Spain and France had the beginning ideas of it in about 1602 AD, in games that were about getting to 21, and bestowing the Ace with a value of 1 or 11.  That’s 1 shot down.  3 to 2 means 1 and a half times the original bet, so $10 wins $15, $30 wins $45, $75 wins $112.50.  In America, the dealer gets his second card – face-down.

A standard 8 deck game contains 416 cards (52 cards in each deck without the Joker).  However, Blackjack is the only casino game where there is a strategy – it is not just random.  You spin the chamber again.  For now, give it a go – even at home with one deck.  However, if the dealer had a 5, and you had 16 – you would stay.  You can split pairs.  There is a lot to basic strategy which I will delve into in the coming days and link to from this article for your convenience.  Shoot again – no bullet.  Unlike Roulette where numbers come up completely randomly and there is no ‘winning strategy’.

What is Blackjack?

First off, the Blackjack version referred to below is the one that many people know, love and play – a dealer ‘no hole card’ game.  No difference.  Consider this: if you shot the gun, it was blank, but did not spin before you shot again.  You can take a card, and another card, or not take any cards.  For the player, this means if they have A, 5 that is announced as ’6 or 16′.  And in a manual shoe (which, by the way, are not used much anymore due to card counting), the dealer generally puts the cards, from each finished hand, away into the discard holder until the cut card reappears.  You can double down (one card only).  This is how card counting works – if you are very vigilant and have a good system (Hi-Lo is the most commonly known and used by the famous MIT groups) you can predict what the cards will be by keeping track of what cards have already come out.  Queen + Queen is 20

Premier League Season 2013/2014: half time.

United needs changes, but not in the form of a new manager, the team needs new players, fresh blood if you will.

The fact that Moyes, a manager who many believe to be lacking the experience of managing a club of this size, has arrived at the team, and has registered inconsistent results, made a lot of supporters panic and ask for the Scot’s replacement since the early stages of the season.

Manchester United has slowed down in recent years, a problem that wasn’t so obvious in the Premier League but more so in the Champions League, were the team has been inconsistent and quite unimpressive.

When Alex Ferguson announced his retirement, everybody was talking about the end of an era, but nobody thought the new era will start so badly. I mean, yes, Ferguson has left United after leading the club for 27 years, but has also left with another Premier League title as the prefect farewell gift to his successful reign.

Well, let’s start with the first place, which is occupied by a team that, in August, after an unimpressive display of football in the pre-season friendlies and a loss in the opening match of the Premier League, was more likely a relegation contender that a title one.

So, what are the most disappointing teams so far this season?

But seriously now, from managers that haven’t convinced, to players that are very inconsistent, Tottenham has problems, and these problems could lead to them not playing in the Champions League again next season, despite the massive amount of money the club has spent before the start of the season.

The truth though, was far from that. Not quite what was expected from them, right?

The teams that have disappointed so far.

Another team that has impressed this season, and has also been the leader of the league at times, is Liverpool, and although the team has slowed down a bit recently, it still looks impressive, especially when going forward, and is expected to finish, at least, on fourth place.

Moyes’ job looked easy after he inherited one of the biggest clubs in the world, and a club that, before the start of the new season looked to be in good form.

The situation isn’t so bad as far as I’m concerned.

You know what is the name of the team I’m talking about, but I’m going to say it anyway: it’s Arsenal. As an Arsenal supporter I’m pleased to wave witnessed this resurrection of the North London club that has gone 9 matches without defeat from that first loss against Aston Villa, and in that period it has climbed to the top of the Premier League, a place that Arsenal still retains.

The fact that Moyes’ former club is in front of the Scot’s current one, Manchester United, has spurred numerous jokes but, instead, people should acknowledge the hard work done by Roberto Martínez and his players, that led to this season’s results.

Tottenham’s biggest problem this season is that nobody can really put his finger on what isn’t working properly at the club. You won’t win any prizes for guessing this one, will you? Yes, I’m talking about Manchester United.

Of course, Chelsea and City near the top of the table isn’t that unexpected, and some people may say that, after signing Mesut Özil, Arsenal was expected to be a contender for the title, but, as a supporter of this team, I’ll tell you, this season really is a breath of fresh air, especially after some, let’s say, “roller-coaster results” in recent years.

What teams have impressed so far?

The fact that United was more impressive so far in the Champions League than in the Premier League shows me that Moyes isn’t as bad as people think, because the Champions League is actually the competition where he doesn’t really has any experience.

. They have replaced André Villas-Boas, a manager that many people said to be too “safe”, too defensive with Tim Sherwood, which is being regarded as too attacking and reckless at times. Yes, I know they are fifth right now, and in front of the “surprise” I’ve talked about earlier, Everton, but after having spent over 100 million Pounds in the summer break, they were rated quite high to win the Premier League.

And let’s not forget Everton, another team that is a real contender for a top four finish, and has looked impressive this season. Everton has lost only two matches in the Premier League this season, the fewest defeats registered by any team in this competition so far, which shows that they are a notoriously hard team to beat and people that rate them as serious contenders for a top four finish should be taken seriously.

Right now, they are fighting for the last Champions League place with Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United. Kagawa) were bound to have a negative effect on the team’s performance.

There are a few, but one stands out from the pack. Maybe the answer is to use both as managers of the club, that way, Tottenham will play a football that is well balanced between the attack and defense.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also close to the top of the league and, this season, it looks like the battle for the Premier League will go on till the last stages.

Now let’s move on to the next disappointment of the season: Tottenham. United needed a lot of changes, as an aging defense, some unimpressive central midfielders, players with low morale like Nani, and players that don’t seem to suit United’s current formation (e.g

Former Online Poker Player Looks To Unseat Dem Congressman Mike Thompson

I feel the community is ready for a fresh new perspective.”

Despite several states legalizing or decriminalizing pot, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Thompson has been a congressional representative since 1999, and before that served several terms in the Legislature.

Name: James Ross Hinton

“I know all these promises have been made before, and they may sound hollow or like ‘pie in the sky,’” his leaflet says. He said his father “taught me the value of supporting the community that has nourished me my entire life.”

City: Napa

Contact staff writer Tony Burchyns at or (707) 553-6831. Now I want a shot at beating the lobbyists.” ___

And Hinton said despite the odds, he’s not bluffing in his quest to unseat Thompson.

“I think people are fed up with the idea of career politicians,” he said. Follow him on Twitter @tonyburchyns.

. in order to work with and for the people to protect our beautiful God-given environment, strengthen our economy and improve our health,” his campaign leaflet says.

Hinton said he became a medical marijuana patient last year after his doctor recommended the drug for his psoriatic arthritis. Unencumbered by a political party, Hinton’s views are a mix of libertarianism and liberalism: He favors legalizing marijuana, taxing Wall Street and replacing the Affordable Care Act with a one-size-fits-all single-payer health care system.

Quote: “I beat the toughest (online) poker games in the world. Congress … “I am now the healthiest I have ever been since my childhood days.”

He added his poker skills would come in handy in Washington D.C.

Hinton isn’t the only fringe candidate in the race.

A former “professional” poker player — Hinton said he used to rake in dough playing online until the feds outlawed real-money games.

Douglas Van Raam, of Martinez, who ran for president in 2012, will also appear on the ballot in the district covering Napa County and parts of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano and Sonoma counties. He said he’s seeking office to stand up to big banks, corporations and hedge fund moguls.

“I beat the toughest (online) poker games in the world,” he said. “Now I want a shot at beating the lobbyists.”

Age: 39

So, who is Hinton?

Even he acknowledges that he sounds a bit like a politician.

Occupation: Independent candidate for California’s 5th Congressional District seat

In a recent Times-Herald interview, the 39-year-old underdog described himself as a fiercely independent social libertarian. “But I promise to fight against this travesty and truly represent my community, not special interests.”

America’s two-party system and deep-pocketed special interests, he said.

Asked if he thinks his lack of political experience is a positive or negative, he said it’s a plus.

“I’m running for U.S.

Hinton said he also favors a new tax on securities transfers to help stabilize Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start and other programs.

“We are losing the battle against cronyism,” said Hinton, who graduated from Napa High School in 1992, and has never before run for political office. “Most people I talk to say they want term limits on politicians. “My doctor told me to get a card in May,” he said. Mike Thompson in the heavily Democratic 5th Congressional District.

Hinton, who used to work in the wine business, said he’s running a grassroots campaign with a Facebook page and little money. The top two candidates in June 3 primary will square off in November’s general election.

His dislikes?

James Hinton of Napa, a former on-line Texas Hold ‘Em poker player, is doing something no Republican has dared to this year: He’s going all in and challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. “(But) I’m truly committed to getting these things done.”

Born in Vallejo and raised in Napa, Hinton is the son of a retired Mare Island Naval Shipyard worker and Vietnam veteran

Liverpool FC’s 2009 Preseason Tour, Live on Fox Soccer Channel Starting July 22

“The Reds” then travel south where they face the Singapore National Team on Sunday, July 26, live on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 a.m. On Wednesday, Aug. ET.

Liverpool FC will use these three matches as a tune-up for the upcoming 2009/2010 Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League seasons, with live coverage of both competitions beginning next month on Fox Soccer Channel. Thai National Team

Sunday, July 26 at 8 a.m. While UEFA Champions League action premieres Tuesday, August 18 on America’s Soccer Network, Liverpool enters the world’s biggest club tournament with the group stages in mid-September.


LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Fox Soccer Channel announced it will bring viewers live and exclusive English-language coverage of three matches during Liverpool FC’s 2009 preseason tour.


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Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, and a star-studded Liverpool lineup begins its preseason preparations in Asia on Wednesday, July 22 against the Thai National Team. ET (live)

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Fox Soccer Channel will televise two additional preseason matches featuring Barclays Premier League clubs in August, to be announced at a later date.




Wednesday, July 22 at 9 a.m. The Reds’ Premier League opener at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, August 15 will be televised live by Fox Soccer Channel. Singapore National Team


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Liverpool FC’s 2009 Preseason Tour

Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel’s live coverage from Bangkok begins at 9 a.m. 5, Liverpool returns to Europe for a match at Norwegian Tippeligaen side FC Lyn Oslo starting at 1 p.m. FC Lyn Oslo

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The Essential Parts Of A Bed

From frames to footboards, this article will address the essential parts of a bed that you’ll need to think about when replacing an old, uncomfortable bed and getting a new one that will help you create an ideal resting area.

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Box springs are the component of a bed that goes beneath a mattress. Metal bed frames look more antique and were popular in the Victorian period. When choosing a bed frame, you should pay attention to the material. The frame of a bed will be the single most important way that your bed contributes to the decoration of your room because it will determine the shape of a bed and may also incorporate headboards and footboards. They also allow for shock absorption. If you thrash around in the night, box springs will help absorb the force of impacts and make it less likely that your spouse will be disturbed when you have an uncomfortable night.

Some bed frames don’t have headboards and footboards, so you can buy them separately and change up the look or your bed and room when you need different scenery. Beds can impact how well you sleep and whether you develop back pain over the years.

Mattresses come in as many makes and models as you can imagine. Many people choose their bed based purely on appearance. They can also be made out of many different materials and have a number of decorative elements.

When people think of a bed, they tend to have a simple idea in their mind and don’t realize how many parts coordinate to make a really comfy place to sleep. If you buy them separately from the bed frame, you will need to follow the directions and use certain tools in order to secure both elements to the bed securely. The best way to determine the right mattress for you is to test out multiple types and see if you would benefit from mattresses that can recline or be raised or have other special features that could enhance your quality of sleep.

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Headboards and Footboards

How to Choose a Bed Frame

Bed frames are the components of a bed that are most about style and appearance. Other people prefer mattresses with harder tops that are made to retain their surface tension. Mattresses can be made out of different materials and have special features. Box springs provide another layer of cushion and help distribute the weight on a bed around the bed frame. Some people forgo this element of a complete bed, but pay the price when they develop back problems or have issues sleeping consistently. Although you can use the same mattress for many different frames, you can’t have a specialty bed without choosing a bed frame that will accomplish these functions.

The Importance of Box Springs

It was easy to cultivate a one-of-a-kind home footboards experience at Crowley Furniture, because you have helped us do it. For example, pillow top or memory foam mattresses are specially formulated by companies out of materials to give people extra support and custom comfort. Click here to find more information!

. If you want a specific type of bed, like a trundle or mezzanine, the bed frame will be the element that determines the shape and function of the bed overall. However, when creating your ideal bed, there are multiple components that work together to make a piece of furniture that will suit all of your different needs and provide you with a great night’s sleep. Wooden bed frames come in a variety of designs and colors. Headboards help keep pillows and bedding away from the wall or slipping off the end. These mattresses will be on the softer side and will mold to the specific shape of a person’s body

Where are the Casino Jobs?

- $1.36 billion

St. – $2.092 billion

Connecticut – $1.448 billion

Detroit, Mich. – $997.02 million

Biloxi, Miss. These employees make sure that casino guests are acting accordingly and that the day-to-day operations of the casino go smoothly.

What Types of Casino Jobs Are There?

There are a ton of opportunities when it comes to casino jobs, both in terms of the positions available and where the jobs are located.

While casinos are mainly associated with the gambling activities that go on there, which is perhaps the biggest part of the casino business, there are usually many other aspects to a casino. Casinos typically host a variety of games, including everything from blackjack and poker to craps and roulette to baccarat and slot machines. – $833.5 million

Shreveport, La. Casino employees are responsible for manning these games, except for slot machines, which are self-operated.. For instance, most casinos also house a hotel, restaurants, shopping areas, and an entertainment venue âEUR” all of which provide employment opportunities.

Macau, China – $28,379 million

Las Vegas, Nev., United States – $10,300 million

Singapore – $5,479 million

France – $3,957 million

Atlantic City, N.J., United States âEUR” $3,330 million

Australia – $2,847 million

South Korea – $2,512 million

Germany – $2,081 million

South Africa – $1,740 million

United Kingdom – $1,209 million

Poland – $1,126 million

Top 10 US Regions for Casinos

The top 10 regions in the United States for casinos âEUR” based on 2009 revenues âEUR” include:

Where Should I Look for These Jobs?

There are many places to look for casino jobs, both in America and abroad. – $3.943 billion

Chicago, Ill. – $779.65 million

Boulder Strip, Las Vegas, Nev. In fact, many places throughout the world have become known solely for their high-class casinos and gambling industries (think Caesars Palace in Las Vegas or Monte Carlo in Monaco).

Top Five Regions for Casinos

According to PricewaterhouseCooper, the top five regions for casinos âEUR” based on projected 2011 revenue âEUR” include:

United States – $58,030 million

Asia Pacific – $41,259 million

Europe, Middle East, Africa – $16,452 million

Canada – $4,045 million

Latin America – $594 million

Top 11 Local Markets for Casinos

The top 11 local markets for casinos âEUR” based on projected 2011 revenue âEUR” include:

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nev. – $1.050 billion

Tunica Resorts, Miss. – $774.33 million

The most popular jobs at a casino are those that deal with gambling. – $5.5 billion

Atlantic City, N.J.

Casinos also employ a number of behind-the-scenes employees, including everything from managers to cashiers to security guards. Louis, Mo