What questions do you want the candidates in Prairie Village, Mission and Westwood to answer?

first_imgNEJCers: It’s pert near election season ’round these parts.Prairie Village has a primary election in Ward 5 in just two weeks, and after that attention will turn to the general elections for city council in Prairie Village and Westwood and for city council and mayor in Mission.Being the civically engaged audience that you are, you are no doubt aware of the ample change the area has seen in the past few years. Many of the candidates for office represent starkly divergent positions from one another — and in some cases from current leadership.As we head into election season and prepare to vet the campaign positions of candidates throughout northeast Johnson County, we want to know what issues you’d most like to hear them address. How to strike a balance between accommodating an aging population while still attracting young families to the area? How to encourage new business development that doesn’t threaten the area’s historic charm?What questions would you like to hear the candidates answer?Submit your answers in the comments section, or email them to us at stories@shawneemissionpost.com.We’ll use all the responses we get to help craft our election coverage in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Pembroke Hill Middle School principal joining SM East administration for 2016-17 school year

first_imgPembroke Hill Middle School principal joining SM East administration for 2016-17 school yearThe Shawnee Mission Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of Susan Leonard as an associate principal at SM East for the 2016-17 school year.Susan Leonard. Photo by Bruce Mathews.Leonard has been the principal of the Pembroke Hill Middle School since 2009. Prior to that she was a teacher and then assistant principal in the North Kansas City School District.A New Jersey native, Leonard took her BS in education from the University of Kansas before getting a master’s in educational administration from the University of Missouri — Kansas City. She received a PhD in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from KU in 2007. Leonard, who resides in Fairway, won the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s ATHENA award for young leadership in 2013.Leonard’s hiring represents the second addition to SM East’s administrative staff for the coming school year. The Shawnee Mission School Board in March approved the hiring of Debbie Katzfey, the long-time athletic director at Lee’s Summit West, to become SM East’s new AD. Current associate principals Britt Haney and Jeff Storey will return to their roles next year to complete the administration team.last_img read more

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Roeland Park administrators say requirement to screen trash bins is too difficult to enforce

first_imgBy Holly CookRoeland Park’s current policy regarding the placement of trash and recycle bins is too strict to enforce, city officials said during Monday’s City Council governing body workshop.The troublesome part of the code is the requirement that bins are screened so they are not visible “from any street or roadway,” said assistant city administrator Jennifer Jones-Lacy. Many residents making efforts to screen their bins still violate the stringent requirement because their containers may be noticeable from the street at various angles.“If we were to take it based upon the letter of the law our code enforcement officer could spend pretty much all of her time regulating trash container placement,” Jones-Lacy said.City staff proposed amending the code so violations only include bins that are visible when looking straight on from the street. The amendments define what a proper screen is and provides certain exceptions for the disabled and elderly. Residents with irregular lots could also request an exception as the configuration of these homes may make it more difficult to comply.Trees, bushes and shrubs that do not shed their leaves in the winter would qualify as an allowable screen. Screens made out of material that “obscures the view of at least 60% of the container” such as lattice would also qualify. Chain link fences without barrier weaving, air conditioning units, tarps and flower pots were listed as unacceptable screens.The updated regulation would allow the city to issue a $10 penalty if the violator does not fix the issue within 48 hours.“We want to… improve the aesthetic of our community without being too punitive,” Jones-Lacy said.Councilmember Michael Rhoades agreed the code should be more lenient than it is currently written. Rhoades noted the prevalence of single-car garages in Roeland Park makes it more difficult for residents to store their bins.Councilmember Becky Fast voiced concerns with the difficulty of accessing fully screened bins when ice and snow were on the ground. Rhoades suggested the amendment include an exception for these occasions.The council generally agreed that bins placed in backyards should be considered sufficiently screened.City staff said they would continue to work with Councilor Rhoades and Councilor Sheri McNeil in finalizing changes to the code before bringing it back to the committee.last_img read more

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Las Cruces Coalition Calls For City To Defund Police

first_imgPROGRESS NOW NM News:LAS CRUCES — A coalition of Las Cruces organizations and individuals are asking the Las Cruces City Council and Mayor Miyagishima to prioritize taking immediate action to end police violence and defend Black Lives in the city of Las Cruces, in alignment with the work of Movement for Black Lives. La Semilla Food Center, Empowerment Congress of Doña Ana County, ACLU NM, Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, Full Circle Health Center, Ngage NM, NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé – CAFé, ProgressNow NM Education Fund, and 67 Las Cruces residents are answering the national call to end police violence and re-allocate city funds to life-affirming programs for communities who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality. “Communities of color have been calling for the end of police violence for hundreds of years. It is well past time that we listen and answer those calls for reform. We ask the City of Las Cruces to implement the policy recommendations proposed by the Movement for Black Lives, knowing full well it will be a heavy lift. The right path is rarely the easy one and we implore the City to do the right thing and walk this path with BIPOC communities,” Alissa Barnes, ProgressNow New Mexico Education Fund.The letter calls for the implementation of policy recommendations from the Movement for Black Lives, based on the work of over 50 Black-led organizations from across the country. This includes:(1) Reallocation of city funds from policing and incarceration to long-term safety strategies such as education, local restorative justice services, and employment programs (2) No more increases to police budgets(3) Decreasing existing police spending and budgets(4) Increasing spending on healthcare, education, and community programs(5) Police-free schools, including an end to the use of police in public universities.The letter also outlines demands specific to Las Cruces. Namely, immediate justice for Antonio Valenzuela, killed by former Las Cruces police officer Christopher Smelser, and community oversight and involvement in the hiri­­­ng process for a new chief of police.­ “Today we join with the Movement for Black Lives and cities across the country already actively engaged in defunding their police departments and investing in communities most impacted by the deadly threats of Covid-19, police brutality, and generations of institutional racism, extraction, and disinvestment. Food justice work is irrelevant without racial justice work, so even though changing a 400-year system is not expected to be easy, we are confident that Las Cruces is ready to rise to the challenge,” Krysten Aguilar, La Semilla Food Center.last_img read more

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Philips applauds innovation at Air Products

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U.S. offshore rig count nose dives

first_imgBaker Hughes Incorporated has posted Weekly Rig Count reports to its Investor Relations website according to which the U.S. offshore rig count is 5 rigs down. BHI Rig Count: U.S. -3 to 885 rigsU.S. Rig Count is down 3 rigs from last week to 885, with oil rigs down 1 to 659, gas rigs down 1 to 222, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 4.U.S. Rig Count is down 972 rigs from last year at 1857, with oil rigs down 869, gas rigs down 103, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 4.The U.S. Offshore rig count is 29, down 5 rigs from last week, and down 31 rigs year over year.BHI Rig Count: Canada -5 to 72 rigsCanadian Rig Count is down 5 rigs from last week to 72 rigs, with oil rigs up 3 to 24, and gas rigs down 8 to 48.Canadian Rig Count is down 82 rigs from last year at 154, with oil rigs down 41, and gas rigs down 41.last_img read more

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Bank shares, education and property management deals

first_img Council property: City firm Trowers & Hamlins advised construction group Kier on a £60m partnership with Sheffield City Council to provide a property management and advice service for the authority. National firm Eversheds advised the council. School run: City firm Macfarlanes advised BPP Holdings, owner of BPP law school, on its £303.5m takeover by Apollo Global, a joint venture between US education company Apollo Group and private equity house Carlyle Group. BPP law school runs the City LPC, providing training for magic circle firms Freshfields and Slaughter and May, and City firms Herbert Smith, Lovells and Norton Rose. Apollo Global was advised by national firm Eversheds. French first: City firm Lovells advised French energy company EDF on a €1bn (£850m) bond issue. Lovells said it was the first French offer of euro medium term notes (EMTNs) directly to the public, rather than institutional investors. Barclays disposal: The London office of US firm Shearman & Sterling advised the Abu Dhabi government-owned International Petroleum Investment Company on ­disposing of 1.3 billion shares in Barclays bank – around 13.5% of Barclays’ share capital. Magic circle firm Clifford Chance advised Barclays.center_img Fund launch: Birmingham firm Wragge & Co advised investment company Stirling Mortimer on launching a fund worth around £100m. The Stirling Mortimer No 8 Fund UK Land is listed on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange. Wragge secured Financial Services Authority approval for the fund’s prospectus. Qatar bonds: Magic circle firm Clifford Chance, alongside offshore firm Appleby, advised Qatar Telecom on issuing $1.5bn (£900m) worth of bonds on the London Stock Exchange. Royal Bank of Scotland led a consortium of banks on the financing. It was advised by magic circle firm Allen & Overy.last_img read more

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Getting into Harvard

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Conditions precedent in building contracts

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Zeebrugge project taking shape

first_imgPhotocredit: Redhead.TVThe cargoes were delivered to the International Car Operators (ICO) terminal aboard a Chipolbrok multipurpose ship. When complete, the EUR55 million (USD65.7 million) project will produce 44 MW of electricity that will be used by moored ships, the local community and the terminal itself. ICO Windpark is a joint venture of ICO, Engie and the port of Zeebrugge. www.portofzeebrugge.belast_img

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