Capitol Update: ‘We can no longer live in denial; the state of our state is eroding’

first_imgRep. Barbara Bollier.The 2016 legislative session is under way in Topeka, and throughout the session we’ll be bringing you a weekly update from one of northeast Johnson County’s elected officials — Rep. Barbara Bollier, Rep. Stephanie Clayton, Rep. Jarrod Ousley, Rep. Melissa Rooker and Sen. Kay Wolf — about what they’re working on in Topeka. Rep. Bollier submits this week’s update:This past week the most important news out of Topeka was the failure of House Constitutional Resolution 5005 to pass. Changing Kansas’ selection process for Supreme Court Justices was one of Governor Brownback’s top priorities. To bring about such a Constitutional change required 84 votes in the House (a two-thirds majority) to pass. The final vote was 68-54 with all northeast Johnson County Representatives voting NO. Kansas will continue to select our justices using the “Missouri Plan.” A panel of lawyers (four elected by lawyers from each Congressional District, four appointed by the Governor, and the chair elected by the approximately 5,000 lawyers in Kansas) review all nominees (all names known to the public) and select three candidates. The Governor then chooses a Supreme Court Justice from those three names after public hearings. This Tuesday the House will be debating an updated budget. The bill has critical problems yet also tries to effectively address some crucial issues with the Governor’s budget. Stay tuned to PVPost for results of this debate. As the session proceeds, we can no longer live in denial; the state of our state is eroding. Missed revenue estimates, borrowing millions of dollars to fund the budget, refusal of leadership to follow the will of the people are but a few examples of the failures before us in Kansas. In spite of the rhetoric claiming that all is well, the evidence clearly points to the contrary. As an elected member of your legislature, my concern grows by the day. The number one question I am asked is, “What can I do to help?” This past week a bill was heard in Education committee that called for extreme consolidation of Kansas K-12 school districts. The chairman of the committee received more than 600 e-mails AGAINST this bill and then STOPPED the bill due to this outcry. IT MATTERS that you contact your legislators and the committee chairs as evidenced by his response; participating in the process is something you can do! To find contact information for your Senator or Representative, use kslegislature.org. You can click on the icon “Find your legislator” followed by “Search by your address” if needed. Contact the Speaker of the House, Ray Merrick, and the Senate President, Susan Wagle. Those two control every single bill and whether a bill is worked in committee or not. If you want something to change, go to the leaders who pull the strings!Stay informed! Subscribe to your legislator’s e-newsletter. For me, in addition to a newsletter, I use a Representative Barbara Bollier Facebook page where I post articles daily from multiple sources to help Kansans follow legislative news. Organizations such as the Kansas Association of School Boards publish regular newsletters. Your Prairie Village legislators write for shawneemissionpost.com every Monday morning. With so much at stake, information is critical!Plan to vote in the Aug. 2 Primary! Of course, be registered to vote, but also understand the rules of primary voting in Kansas. The Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in their primary. The Republican Party allows only voters registered with their party. Unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with a party on election day. Current law states that you can only change your party affiliation up to 21 days before an election.I remain hopeful. Every day is an opportunity for me to try to make your Kansas the best it can be. Thank you for allowing me to serve.last_img read more

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NEJC resident Chris Cindric to run against incumbent Steve Roberts for State Board of Education seat

first_imgPhoto via Chris Cindric campaign.Former Shawnee Mission School District school psychologist Chris Cindric announced this week that she had submitted a petition with 800 signatures on it to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to get her name on the ballot as a Democrat in the race for the State Board of Education’s District 2 seat.The seat, which represents an area that encompasses parts of the Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Olathe and DeSoto School Districts, is currently occupied by Steve Roberts, who ran for the seat as an independent in 2008 and won election in 2012 running as a Republican. Roberts lists his current occupation as professional math tutor.Roberts has raised eyebrows on occasion during his tenure. In 2013, he was rebuked for using the n-word several times during a discussion of whether history and social studies standards in the state were too politically correct. In 2014, Roberts led a campaign against the Common Core standards the state adopted in 2010.Cindric said in a release announcing her candidacy that she believed Roberts was too closely aligned with the conservative policies of Gov. Sam Brownback to be an effective advocate for the best education practices.“My opponent has aligned himself with Sam Brownback conservatives to try and block the development of these strong standards which allow local districts to create curriculum to meet the needs of their students,” she said. “I will resist any efforts to eliminate high standards.”She also said she believes early childhood education opportunities need to be expanded in the state.“Unlike my opponent who believes kindergarten teachers are simply finger painting specialists, I know the critical importance of early childhood education to the future success of students including, but not limited to, graduation rates and college attendance,” Cindric said.Cindric mounted a write-in campaign for the Shawnee Mission School Board seat occupied by current board president Sara Goodburn last year. Cindric attracted around 9 percent of the vote in that three-person race despite not having her name on the ballot.last_img read more

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Minneosta in need of big performance in order to earn at-large bid

first_imgMinneosta in need of big performance in order to earn at-large bidApril 24, 2009Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintEarly this spring, the Gophers men’s basketball team went into the Big Ten tournament needing some success there in order to make the NCAA tournament. But they really only needed one win, to finish in the top half, to get that at-large bid. The women’s golf team, similarly, needs something to happen in the Big Ten tournament to get that at-large bid. But as the No. 81 team in the country going into this final regular season tournament, a top-half finish won’t be enough. No, after last weekend’s disappointing finish in the Lady Buckeye Invitational, the Gophers need something bigger. A first-place finish would get them in automatically. Second place, and they could make a case. Third, and one could hold out hope. Fourth or lower would likely mean an end of the season this weekend. And that’s tougher than it sounds. First place would mean sneaking by a No. 9 Purdue team that will be playing on its home course this weekend, at the Brick Boilermakers Kamper Course in West Lafayette, Ind. A second place finish would mean getting by No. 17 Michigan State. Live stats are available for the weekend tournament on golfstat.com. Making things more difficult is the fact that it has been an extremely short week for the team. They finished the Lady Buckeye Invitational, in which they finished 13th out of 15 teams, on Sunday and traveled to West Lafayette on Wednesday. Monday was a light practice, so players could catch up on class and homework missed over the weekend, and Tuesday was the only full practice before what is now the biggest tournament of the season. The men’s team, which is practicing this week for its own Big Ten tournament next weekend, aims around the top-70 in the NCAA head-to-head rankings for their at-large berth. However, the women’s team needs probably needs to finish higher than that, because they don’t have a track record of success at the tournament. The men’s team won the 2002 National Championship, but the women’s team has never finished in the top-12 in their four tournament appearances. And even if they don’t make the tournament this year, it may go down as one of the most successful season in the program’s history. They go into the championships with a stroke average of 77.5 per round, the second lowest average in school history, just behind the 2004-2005 team, which also didn’t make the NCAA tournament. Sophomore Teresa Puga is on pace to have the second-best season stroke average, currently at 75.57 strokes per round. She set the team record for best fall average this season, and is just 0.06 average strokes behind arguably the best golfer in the program’s history, Kate Hughes. If the Gophers were to make the NCAA tournament, it would take place May 20-23.last_img read more

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NATEF Announces New Trustees For 2017

first_imgI-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent.  This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.”  Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development  Brandon Eckenrode. Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. CREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisementcenter_img Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.  The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has announced five new members of the board of trustees for 2017. New trustees are Michael Godson, professor, Clark College, Vancouver, Washington; Todd Helms, senior vice president, Genuine Parts Co., Atlanta; Tim Lawrence, executive director, SkillsUSA, Leesburg, Virginia; Pat McCormick, high school auto career development, Ford Motor Co., Allen Park, Michigan; and Heather Robertson, director, Talent Acquisition, Bridgestone Retail Operations, Nashville, Tennessee.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“We are delighted to have such dedicated individuals as Michael, Todd, Tim, Pat and Heather among our trustees,” said Trish Serratore, NATEF president. “Their knowledge and involvement within the industry brings a lot to the NATEF mission of helping to provide tomorrow’s technicians with the best possible education through our program accreditation.”The 2017 officers are: Chair, Jim Anderson, auto instructor at Greenville High School, Greenville, Ohio; Vice Chair, Chris Wallace, technical training integration manager for General Motors, Warren, Michigan; Treasurer, Geralynn Kottschade, owner, Jerry’s Body Shop, Mankato, Minnesota; Secretary, Tim Zilke, president and CEO, ASE, Leesburg, Virginia; and Past Chair, Joe Torchiana, founder of Torchiana Automotive Training Institute, West Chester, Pennsylvania.“NATEF’s success depends greatly on the guidance, knowledge and counsel of our officers and board of trustees,” said Serratore. “We thank these dedicated individuals for helping us meet the educational needs of our industry and are grateful for their service and the support of their respective companies in helping to ensure the supply of qualified, entry-level automotive professionals well into the future.”,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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NAT Adds Suezmax Number 26

first_imgBermuda-based tanker owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has taken delivery of the Nordic Castor – the second of four Suezmax vessels acquired in May this year. NAT signed a deal with an undisclosed party to acquire the four 150,000 dwt tankers for a price of USD 106 million.The company said it expects the third vessel to be delivered within the end of June 2016 or in early July and the fourth vessel soon thereafter.NAT said it will immediately deploy the vessels in the tanker market.The four tankers were built at a Japanese shipyard between 2000 and 2004.Following the delivery of these four vessels, the company’s fleet will consist of 30 Suezmaxes, including two newbuildings from Korea, scheduled for delivery in August 2016 and January 2017.last_img read more

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Pipe dream of a job for IGS Qatar

first_imgAccording to IGS Qatar deputy general manager Jigar Shah the four-day assignment involved some 200 trailer trips with two 30-tonne capacity cranes being used to load and stack the pipes.According to Shah, IGS Qatar had to win a competitive bidding process against a number of multinational and local project logistics providers to land the contract, but the company’s past experience in handling such heavy and oversize pipe logistics within Qatar helped win the day.www.intergroup-shipping.netlast_img read more

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Courts staff to strike this afternoon

first_imgCourts staff will strike this afternoon over government plans to privatise the collection of fines, the Public and Commercial Services union said.The two-hour walkout across England and Wales will coincide with protests in London and Manchester organised by the Justice Alliance, which includes the union, to mark the 64th anniversary of legal aid and protest over the planned cuts.The union said the Ministry of Justice’s privatisation plan would put the collection of courts fines and fixed-penalty notices in the hands of private bailiffs.In a letter to Peter Handcock, chief executive of HM Courts & Tribunals Service, the union’s MoJ group president Jacqueline Green wrote: ‘The proposal to privatise criminal enforcement needs to be thought through and the timetable for implementation needs to be halted with immediate effect.’Collection and enforcement staff say that the change is not needed as they met their targets and improved collection rates by 15% last year.The union raised concerns over the use of private bailiffs, who, unlike public sector staff are unregulated. Citizens Advice Bureaux received 25,000 complaints about them last year.PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: ‘The recent tagging scandal ought to have been enough for the government to hold back on privatising what is another sensitive area of our justice system.‘As part of a growing campaign against cuts across the justice sector we will continue to oppose this sell-off that risks exposing people to rogue bailiffs whose sole aim is to make profits.’A HMCTS spokesperson said: ‘We recognise that more must be done to improve fine collection. An external provider will bring in the necessary investment and technology needed to help increase fine collection, reduce enforcement costs and importantly ensure more criminals pay.‘It is disappointing that the PCS are proposing industrial action at this stage, but we remain committed to ensuring that our staff are respected and treated fairly before, during and after any commercial process.’last_img read more

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Wabtec signs Faiveley Transport purchase agreement

first_imgINTERNATIONAL: On October 6 Wabtec Corp signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire a 51% stake in Faiveley Transport SA from members of the Faiveley family. According to Wabtec, the deal would ‘create one of the world’s largest public rail equipment companies, with revenues of about US$4·5bn and a presence in all key freight rail and passenger transit geographies worldwide.’Wabtec had announced an irrevocable offer for the shares on July 27. Faiveley Transport has now completed employee consultation, and the majority shareholders have accepted the offer.Wabtec has also entered into a definitive tender offer agreement with Faiveley Transport and a definitive shareholders agreement with the majority shareholders. Closing of the transactions is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory clearance by the European Commission and US Department of Justice .Under the share purchase agreement, Wabtec plans to purchase the family shares for €100 per share, payable 25% in cash and 75% in Wabtec preferred stock, mandatorily convertible after three years into a total of approximately 6·5 million Wabtec common shares. On completing the share purchase, Wabtec would commence a tender offer for the remaining publicly-traded shares, with shareholders able to opt for €100 per share in cash or Wabtec preferred stock. As with the purchase of the Faiveley family shares, no more than 75% of the consideration payable to the public shareholders can be in Wabtec preferred stock. The total purchase price is about US$1·8bn, including assumed debt. Wabtec plans to fund the cash portion with cash on hand, existing credit facilities and potentially other debt financing.last_img read more

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Dominica launches ‘Real Mas’ 2015

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews Dominica launches ‘Real Mas’ 2015 by: Dominica Vibes News – December 18, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 804 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Dominica has launched its annual Carnival celebration 2015 dubbed ‘Se Lavi Nous’ – It’s Our Life.The media launch for ‘The Real Mas’ took place at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau on Wednesday 17 December 17. The two days of street festivities will be celebrated here on 16 & 17th of February 2015.According to the chief executive officer of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), Collin Piper, Carnival is a major activity for Dominica.“It is one of the three events that the Discover Dominica Authority is really trying to push, the other two being Jazz n’ Creole and the World Creole Music Festival,” Mr Piper said.He advised that Dominicans should view Carnival as a cultural event that can help to market the destination. “We need to continue to use Carnival to market the destination,” he said as “year after year Carnival is responsible for at least three thousand visitors during that week”.However, Mr Piper said in order for Dominica to use Carnival as a marketing tool, “we need to ensure that the product offering provides value for money and the best way to do so is to invest in product development”.Newly sworn-in Senator and Minister with responsibility for Tourism and Urban Renewal Robert Tonge, in his maiden address said Dominica will continue to be major player of Carnival in the Caribbean “for what we believe to be the most original and enjoyable carnivals in the world”.“Our Carnival must first satisfy our passion and great appetite for celebrating our rich cultural diversity and using this unique Carnival brand to invite people from all over the World to come and celebrate with us,” Mr Tonge said.The Senator indicated that the Dominica government “recognizes the value of Carnival and the role it plays in generating much foreign exchange, creating jobs for large numbers of people and brining about greater social cohesion and unity”.He therefore encouraged all Dominicans to celebrate Mas 2015 “in the Spirit of togetherness and with a great sense of pride”.“I look forward for everyone’s support, not only in pushing Carnival, but moving Dominica forward,” he said.As part of the media launch, the 2015 Carnival Queen contestants were presented while the Mercury and Hysteria Bands displayed their costumes.– / 8last_img read more

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Organic Valley launches fluid milk product from 100 percent grass-fed cows

first_imgOrganic Valley Grassmilk is the first refrigerated milk said to be produced from cows that are 100 percent grass-fed. New in the U.S., the product is the innovation of the week from Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analytics.The cows that produce Organic Valley Grassmilk eat only fresh grasses and dried forages, like hay – no soybeans or supplemental grains.advertisementadvertisement The product is marketed as having no synthetic hormones, pesticides, antibiotics or GMOs and is said to be “flowing” with omega-3s, CLA and calcium.The minimally processed milk comes in three varieties: whole, two-percent and fat free.Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director for Datamonitor says that “there is some evidence that consumers are already warm to the concept of grass-fed milk, so this could easily be a product whose time has come.”He adds that “consumer interest in various inputs for packaged food and beverage products is on the rise. In addition, there may be significant environmental advantages to feeding cows grass rather than resource intensive feed grains like corn, oats and more.” PD—From Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analyticsadvertisementlast_img read more

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