In 2040 planning project, Lenexa residents envision a future for city that’s ‘thriving, connected and livable’

first_imgThe city has enlisted volunteers to help promote the Vision 2040 planning process. Photo credit city of Lenexa.Thriving, connected and livable: These are three recurring descriptors that have emerged from Lenexa residents who have taken part in Vision 2040, the city’s long-range visioning project.Vision 2040 started on Feb. 21, when Mayor Michael Boehm called for volunteers during his state of the city speech for steering committee meetings, task forces and community forums. The process is about halfway completed. Organizers expect to finish their work in November and present their final findings to the City Council, Sheila Shockey of Lenexa-based Shockey Consulting, who is conducting the Vision 2040 effort, told the council at its Tuesday night meeting. The city is paying the company $139,000 for the project.The guiding principles of the process and its resulting strategy, according to Shockey’s presentation to the council, are that the strategy is “progressive, inclusive, creative, forward-thinking, community-building, achievable, measurable, adaptive and distinctly Lenexa.” Vision 2040 focuses on four areas: economy, growth and revitalization; neighborhoods and housing; infrastructure and transportation; and sense of community.The first of two surveys had about 1,200 responses and closed in late July, Shockey said. The second survey has more than 1,000 responses so far and will close Aug. 15. About 1,800 people have taken part by writing on signs what they want Lenexa to be and having their photos taken with the signs.Organizers have been to 26 events to make presentations about Vision 2040 and get residents’ top five ideas, and they plan to hold about the same number of additional events before the process is completed. An event called VisionFest is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 on the civic campus and will include a futurist who will talk about future trends in Lenexa.The next step, Shockey said, is to work as a team to take the data and “put them into some big concepts.” Organizers also will start targeting the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce and the Lenexa Economic Development Council to get the business community involved in the process.Ward 4 Councilman Andy Huckaba said that the map Shockey presented showing survey respondents’ locations and the locations of events and meetings for the project revealed a notable lack of participation in the city’s business parks. He advised Shockey to address that discrepancy and said that small businesses “are in Lenexa for a reason.”“Some of them started here,” Huckaba said. “Some of them moved here because this is where they wanted to be. I think they have a lot to say, but they have to be asked. And so, just don’t lose those people. I think they’re very important to the future of Lenexa and we should be asking them.”Ward 2 Councilman Thomas Nolte said that the map showed a lack of engagement in areas with rental properties.“I don’t think we’re getting that same love from people in our apartments,” Nolte said, adding that about half the city’s population lives in rentals. “It’s a little disappointing.”Plans are underway to further engage people who live in apartments, Shockey said.This is Lenexa’s third city-visioning effort, which will yield a document with long-term goals the city should try to achieve. The first was in 1997 for Vision 2020 and the second in 2008 for Vision 2030. One of the first effort’s noteworthy goals was the creation of City Center close to the city’s geographical center.last_img read more

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

first_img In Mexico, women inmates find education chance amid pandemic Some schools say Box Tops revenue is down one year after its app goes live Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Recommended Author: AP BOSTON (AP) Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston.Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they’ve elicited both laughter and tears and, in some cases, jeers.Rock group Bon Jovi drew a chorus of cheers when it played a surprise set for graduates at New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University last week. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, meanwhile, was nearly shouted down by students during her speech at the historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Florida.Colleges have different approaches when it comes to picking speakers, which helps explain the wide range of figures at the podium. Some leave it entirely to administrators. Others gather input from students. Many compete for marquee speakers who will dazzle the audience and inspire alumni to become donors, all while avoiding controversy.“They want somebody high-profile who will impress the students, alumni and the parents,” said Michael Frick, CEO of, a booking agency based in California whose clients include some colleges. “They don’t want to take away from the students’ moment or the commencement, but they do want publicity.”While their words of wisdom haven’t changed much over the years, speakers now come from a broader range of fields, Frick said. Someone who has given a popular TED Talk can now land an invitation to speak at graduation. And celebrities, once seen as gimmicky speakers, are now heavily recruited by colleges.A sampling of this year’s speakers and their messages:The entertainers Funnyman Will Ferrell gave a candid speech at the University of Southern California, where he once studied sports information and jokingly described it as , “a program so difficult, so arduous that they discontinued the major eight years after I left.”He told graduates about his own fears as he jumped into a comedy career that led him to “Saturday Night Live” and Hollywood. “Yes, I was afraid. You’re never not afraid. I was afraid to write this speech, and now I’m realizing how many people are watching me right now, and it’s scary,” he said. He added that “My fear of failure never approached in magnitude my fear of ‘what if?’ What if I never tried at all?”For graduates who hadn’t figured out their plans yet, he offered some comfort: “That’s the same chair that I sat in. Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut. Keep throwing darts at the dart board. Don’t listen to the critics, and you will figure it out.”Then he sang an oddly sweet 90 seconds of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”Arnold Schwarzenegger told graduates of the University of Houston not to believe the myth that he’s a self-made man: “I didn’t make it this far on my own,” the former bodybuilder, actor and California governor said. “To accept that credit or that mantle would discount every single person who has helped me to get here today.”He added that “as soon as you understand that you are here because of a lot of help, then you also understand that now is time to help others. That’s what this is all about – you’ve got to help others. Don’t just think about yourself.”Oprah Winfrey told graduates at Smith College to live with purpose, saying that was the key to her long-running daytime talk show.“I made a clear intention to use every show to inform, to encourage, to inspire, to uplift and entertain at the same time,” she said. “I decided that the notion of intention – knowing why you want to do something, not just doing it but understanding the why behind the doing – could also change the paradigm for every show.”Winfrey added that if students listen to others and “make it your intention to serve through your life with purpose, you will have a blessed life.”PoliticiansThe U.S. president is traditionally the nation’s most sought-after speaker. This year, Trump spoke at Liberty University in Virginia and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, where he blasted his critics and offered a lesson to cadets.“Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history – and I say this with great surety – has been treated worse or more unfairly,” he said. “You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that’s why we won.”He added some advice: “Adversity makes you stronger. Don’t give in. Don’t back down. And never stop doing what you know is right. Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. And the more righteous your right, the more opposition that you will face.”At other colleges, some elected officials took shots at Trump. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, called on graduates of Boston’s Wheelock College to help improve a political landscape she called “ugly and frustrating.”Warren took a jab at Trump’s claims about the crowd size at his inauguration ceremony, saying that “according to the official White House crowd counters, there are over 14 million people here today and I want to thank you all.” She added that the famed left-field wall at Boston’s Fenway Park is “the only wall I would like to see in this country.”Unlike Trump, who told cadets that America is “becoming very, very prosperous again,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders warned students that “we live in a pivotal and dangerous moment in American history, and nobody knows what the future will bring us.”Sanders, an independent, warned graduates at Vermont’s Johnson State College that the rich are getting richer at the expense of the middle class, and that the world’s future is in the hands of today’s college graduates.“If there was ever a time in history for a generation to be bold and to think big, to stand up and to fight back, now is that time,” he said.Business leadersHoward Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks, told students at Arizona State University that he’s living proof of the American dream. He described growing up in poverty before building a company with more than 26,000 stores.“But today, you may question the strength of that dream and the promise of America. That’s fair,” he said. “My generation has not made it easy for you. Our political leaders on both sides of the aisle have not acted with enough courage, nor honesty, in addressing the long-term challenges we face.”Still, Schultz said he’s optimistic about America’s future.“Your generation can bring people together like no other,” he said. “You can innovate, create and lead. Your generation will transform our economy and create millions of new jobs. You will develop cleaner energy. You will make it so racism only exists in history books.”At Virginia Tech, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg talked about resiliency, invoking both the school’s response to a mass shooting in 2007, and her own response to the unexpected death of her husband in 2015.“Two years ago, if someone had told me that I would lose the love of my life and become more grateful, I would have never have believed them. But that’s what happened. Because today I am more grateful now than I ever was before – for my family and especially my children. For my friends. For my work. For life itself.”Her advice to students: “As you leave this beautiful campus and set out into the world, build resilience in yourselves. When tragedy or disappointment strikes, know that deep inside you, you have the ability to get through anything. I promise you do. As the saying goes, we are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined.”Journalists Frick, of, said well-known journalists have always been popular picks for commencement speakers. “They have two things going for them,” he said. “They’re famous – people know them, they’re on TV all the time – but they’re also seen as being intellectually more rigorous than an actor.”Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, told graduates of Boston’s Northeastern University to combat the “assault on the truth” by some world leaders.“To all of you: Be the generation that changes this toxic brew of polarization and partisanship that we’re drowning in and that threatens to destroy our civilizations and our democracies and our societies. Bad things do happen when good people do nothing, so let us all be good people determined to do something.”Amanpour, who has covered major conflicts around the world, added that students shouldn’t fear compromise.“What has moved me the most over all the years of reporting from deadly and dark corners and conflict zones is the bright light of compromise, forgiveness, empathy, compassion even between the bitterest of enemies. Watching them overcome and even become partners if not friends has been deeply meaningful for me,” she said.At Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania, CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria defended the value of a liberal-arts education but criticized student protests at college campuses that have derailed speeches by controversial figures.“This strikes me as fundamentally illiberal, if not un-American,” he said, adding that “freedom of speech, freedom of thought is not freedom for people we like, for warm, fuzzy ideas that you find comfortable. It is for ideas that you find offensive. Not just wrong, but offensive.”Zakaria has faced criticism in recent years and was briefly suspended by CNN and Time magazine in 2012 over allegations of plagiarism. He didn’t mention his troubles in the speech, instead focusing on narrow-mindedness on both sides of the political spectrum.“There is, we all know, a kind of anti-intellectualism on the right these days, the denial of facts, of reason, of science, but there is also an anti-intellectualism on the left, an attitude of self-righteousness that says we are so pure, we are so morally superior we cannot bear to hear an idea that we don’t like or disagree with,” he said. “There is no such idea, there is no idea that is beyond the pale. Everything should be within the arena and should be worth contesting.” Published: May 25, 2017 5:06 AM EDT From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads SHARElast_img read more

BCB, cricket clubs hold successful discussions

first_imgCRICKET clubs from the Lower Corentyne and New Amsterdam/Canje areas recently met with the president and executive members of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB).The discussion, the first in a series by the BCB, was held at the Area ‘H’ ground, and among the clubs present were Fyrish, Courtland, Tain, Kildonan, Police, Rose Hall Canje, No.19 Village, Tamarind Root, Toopoo, Jai Hind, Belvedere, Big Star and Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club.According to BCB president Hilbert Foster, the new BCB executives are totally committed to making a positive difference in the way cricket is administered in Berbice, where transparency and accountability will be up to standard.He urged the attentive club leaders to work along with the BCB and to reject attempts to divide and destroy the present atmosphere of hope and unity. Clubs were informed to start preparing for a packed schedule of tournaments at the various levels.Foster also brought the clubs up to date on the financial status of the board. He however stated that the previous administration had failed to formally hand over to the newly-elected body financial records or administrative documents.Clubs were encouraged to provide ideas to the board. Foster’s delegation included Secretary Rabindranauth Saywack, assistant secretary Ameer Rahaman and Public Relations Office Colin Bynoe Jr.Foster disclosed that the board will also be visiting the West Berbice and Upper Corentyne areas to meet with clubs.last_img read more

Can Caps Keep Winning in Game Four?

first_imgPlease follow and like us: The Washington Capitals are currently ahead in the Stanley Cup Finals 2-1 against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Winning games two and three of the series is a huge momentum booster for Washington. The offense for the Caps has been outstanding the entire series putting up no less than three goals a game against Marc-Andre Fleury. Defense was not at it’s best game one to say the least, but since then it has been stellar. Braden Holtby has found his rhythm and in game three had a 95.5 save percentage. Overall the Washington Capitals have been playing in some peoples opinions, the best hockey in their playoff run.Coming out firing on offense in game one did not do the job for the Washington Capitals. Putting up four goals must not have been good enough as Braden Holtby and the Capitals defense did not play well letting in six goals. Washington has a combined ten goals in three games this series. Averaging 26.67 shots a game in the finals, they would like to have more. Even though any team would like to have over 26.67 shots a game, Washington is converting on their chances. Ultimately, this has been the difference in the series.Defense after game one has been almost as good as it gets. with a combined 84 hits and 44 blocks in game two and three alone has gained the Caps a 2-1 series lead. If the defense keeps playing like this, it will be hard for shots to get to Holtby. Braden Holtby has a combined 95.2 save percentage in games two and three. He has been a big contributor to Washington’s defense the entire offseason.A 3-1 series lead would be monumental for the Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. Having that big of a lead in any series makes the team much more confident and sure about winning the series. For the Caps to do this the offence has to keep playing well and the defense will have to keep being stellar.last_img read more

Ways and Means Approves Bill Exempting Certain Individuals from PPACA’s Individual Mandate

first_imgThe House Ways and Means Committee on September 8 held its first markup since returning from an extended summer break. The committee approved by voice vote the CO-OP Consumer Protection Bill of 2016 (HR 954), legislation that would exempt certain individuals from the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148), individual shared responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate).The bill now heads to the House floor. If enacted, certain individuals who had coverage under a terminated qualified health plan funded through the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO–OP) program may be eligible for an exemption from the individual mandate. An amendment, introduced by Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., also approved by voice vote, revised the bill to expand the exemption to individuals who also experienced termination while enrolled in minimum essential coverage. The amendment revised the effective date for months after December 31, 2013.Brady noted that, since passage of the PPACA, some 23 CO-OPs were organized. However, they number around seven today.Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., expressed concern that the bill would provide an incentive for healthier individuals not to purchase health insurance coverage as required because there would no longer be a penalty for not doing so. “We don’t want to incentivize people to not get health insurance,” Becerra said. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., called the bill a “solution to a hypothetical problem,” questioning how a “critically underfunded IRS could administer the exemption retroactively.”JCTAccording to the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), individuals are required under the PPACA to maintain minimum essential coverage or make a shared responsibility payment, unless exempt. For 2016, the payment for an individual is $695 or 2.5 percent of annual income, JCT Chief Thomas Barthold, noted. The JCT estimated that the measure would cost about $4 million over the span of 10 years (JCX-69-16).SenateIn the Senate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced the Protection from Obamacare Monopolies Bill on September 7. The measure would exempt from the individual mandate penalty all individuals living in a county with one or no health insurers offering plans on the PPACA Health Insurance Marketplace.“When there’s only one option, that’s not a marketplace, it’s a monopoly,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who cosponsored the measure. “This bill provides desperately needed relief for those who are hit the hardest.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWays and Means Press Release: Chairman Brady Opening Statement at a Markup of Proposals to Improve the Health Care System for More Americanslast_img read more

2016 National Touch League Draw

first_imgPlease find attached the draw for the 2017 National Touch League, to be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium from Wednesday, 8 March and Saturday, 11 March 2017.To view the draw and the latest NTL update, please click on the attachment below or visit the NTL website.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2017 National Touch League:Website – – – #NTL2017 #NTLXXIInstagram – – Files170224_2017_ntl_draft_draw__external__v2-0-pdfRelated LinksNTl Drawlast_img read more

Vancouver police say so far they cant corroborate child luring allegation

first_imgVancouver police say they have been unable to corroborate a claim that a six-year-old girl was lured from the playground of an elementary school earlier this month.Police say they have investigated tips from the public, interviewed staff and students at the school, spoken to neighbours and reviewed video footage but have found no evidence that it happened.Sgt. Jason Robillard says the investigation is ongoing.Police have been investigating an allegation that the girl was in the playground area outside Sexsmith Elementary School in south Vancouver on Dec. 5 when a man took her to a nearby location where he assaulted her, then returned her to school.Robillard says detectives from the department’s sex crimes unit and youth services section conducted the investigation.He says investigating allegations that affect personal safety, especially involving children, is a priority for police.“We feel this is an important update for parents, staff, students and the broader community to be aware of,” he said in a news release on Friday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alaska regulators approve rules for onsite marijuana use

first_imgJUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska regulators have approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops, a significant step for the cannabis industry in the state after years of debate.The Marijuana Control Board had gone back and forth on the issue since passing regulations in 2015 that contemplated allowing for onsite consumption. It wasn’t until Thursday that the board adopted rules governing how onsite use would work.The rules call for consumption areas that are outdoors or separated from a retail store by walls and a secure door and meet ventilation requirements.The proposal would bar the sale of concentrates for onsite use. Local governments could vote to bar onsite use or certain types of consumption, such as smoking.Industry representatives supported the proposal. But it got pushback from public health advocates.Becky Bohrer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Documents OxyContin maker boasted about potential sales

first_imgBOSTON — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people gathered at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition.”That’s according to court documents filed Tuesday in a case brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Purdue Pharma and its executives of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids.The documents add new details about former Purdue Pharma President Richard Sackler’s role in overseeing sales of OxyContin.Purdue Pharma accused the attorney general’s office of cherry-picking from millions of emails and documents to create “biased and inaccurate characterizations” of the company and its executives. The company said it will “aggressively defend against these misleading allegations.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trader foils robbery bid seriously injured

first_imgGurugram: It was a narrow escape for Sanjay Bansal, a trader in Tawdu area of Gurugram who was seriously injured when two bike-borne assailants fired gunshotsat him. According to police, the incident occurred on Wednesday evening as the culprits wanted to rob him but could not do so after the victim resisited it and tried to fight with them. Bansal who has been admitted in a hospital in Gurugram is presently in the critical state. Meanwhile, the police have filed a case and begun their investigations. “The victim as of now is receiving treatment in the hospital. We are hoping that he recovers from the injuries he has sustained. We have launched our investigations into the case and will get hold of the culprits soon,” said a senior police official from Gurugam Police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderComplaining of law and order, traders have now been stating that not only thefts but now the trader community is being victimised with extortions, kidnappings and even murders. Most of the traders on the outskirts have also led demonstrations regarding the weak law and order situation. The traders have been demanding more police vigilance on the outskirts of the city like Sohna, Pataudi and Badshahpur where the crime rates against the traders are rising rapidly. “There is no doubt that a trader in the city does not feel safe and secure in the city. Today a trader can be easily targeted and harmed by the gangsters. The gangsters are emboldened that they can carry out a heist or murder in the daylight and get away with it. The Police must increase its presence in the outer areas of Gurugram,” said Pawan Bansal, who runs a garment shop in Sadar Bazaar Gurugram.last_img read more