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Briefly Noted: Overland Park police set community meeting following rash of violent crimes; Weather prompts cancelation of SMSD parent-teacher conferences

first_imgOverland Park police responded to a murder in the neighborhood in January 2018.Overland Park Police set community meeting following string of violent crimes in neighborhood. Following a string of violent crimes in a northern Overland Park neighborhood that also saw a murder last year, Overland Park police are convening a community meeting to discuss efforts to prevent crime in the area. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at Comanche Elementary. A 17-year-old was shot and killed near 80th and Farley on Jan. 23. A week later, they responded to another shooting at 79th and Farley. And on Friday, a young man was stabbed in the 7800 block of Grant Lane.Icy night prompts cancelation of Shawnee Mission classes, conferences. A night of icy drizzle prompted the closure of Shawnee Mission schools today as well as the cancelation of planned parent-teacher conferences that had been scheduled for elementary and middle school students tonight. The district said it will determine whether it can hold after-school activities that had been planned for this afternoon sometime today. District officials are also calculating whether every building in the district will have enough instructional hours to keep the planned last day of school as scheduled after factoring in today’s snow day.last_img read more

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Make 2014 the year of the member

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Mickie LaraIt’s that time of year when most of us are feeling a little overindulged, shall we say, from the holiday season. Whether that means too much chocolate or too much money spent on getting just the right gifts, the start of the New Year is generally a time of recovering from our excesses and making virtuous resolutions.This time of year, many credit union members decide to take a fresh look at their finances. Nothing feels as great as having a good handle on your spending and savings, and a little thoughtful reorganization can go a long way. Credit unions have a great opportunity to offer members the help they need to get things headed the right direction financially.If you’re still getting your plans for first quarter promotions organized, we suggest considering the following timely promotions. Under the umbrella of a consistent brand, they can really help you stay relevant in your members’ lives this time of year.Refinancing/Debt Consolidation: As people are trying to simplify after holiday overspending, an attractive debt consolidation offer might just do the trick for them.Credit card promotions/balance transfer: Most consumers used some plastic to get through the holidays. If your members have a competitor’s credit card, they’re probably paying more interest than they have to. Think about targeting those who could benefit from lower interest and encouraging them to transfer their balances. continue reading »last_img read more

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Paying for the Target breach: The debate

ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Banks, Retailers Blame Each Other for Lax Card Securityby. Tracy KittenBankers and retailers are hotly debating who should be liable for losses and expenses associated with the 2013 point-of-sale breach at Target Corp.More than 40 million U.S. credit and debit cards are believed to have been compromised during the Target attack. It’s not the largest card compromise the payments industry has ever faced, but it is shaping up to be one of the most publicized and perhaps the most costly.Banking associations in recent weeks have been outspoken why they feel those responsible for a breach should pay banks back for their expenses and losses tied to payment card compromises.The Consumer Bankers Association says card reissuance and related expenses since the Target attack have so far cost its 58 members $172 million. continue reading » read more

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LAAC Features The Moipei Triplets In Concert Today!

first_imgThe Moipei sisters will perform at 6 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Courtesy photoCOMMUNITY News:Los Alamos Arts Council is bringing Taos Opera Institute’s “Cantos De Taos 2019” in a concert at 6 p.m. today in Fuller Lodge. The concert will showcase the Moipei triplets– Mary, Maggie and Marta.The sisters will be accompanied by pianist Billie Whittaker. The concert is free but donations will be accepted.The Moipei triplets from Nairobi, Kenya, are recent music graduates of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.Their musical journey began in 2002 when they competed in the Kenya Music Festivals along with their youngest sister, Seraphine, and were awarded first place four years in a row. After a successful tour of South Korea representing their country during the Young People’s Festival (YoPeFe), the sisters were appointed Kenya’s first ever UNICEF Child Ambassadors at the young age of 12. Through their musical talents, they championed girl child empowerment, education and alternative rights of passage.As their notoriety grew in the Kenyan musical scene, the girls were invited as Kenyan musical ambassadors at the Second African Cultural Festival in Caracas, Venezuela. They performed in various historic theatres and opera houses including the Teatro Municipal de Caracas to sold out audiences. Thereafter, they were awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC), by the President of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Music Industry and the Nation. Their biggest highlights include, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” to thousands of NBA fans at a Spurs Playoff game, presenting a program for the President of Kenya in the iconic Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller Center, and performing with the San Antonio Symphony at their Holiday Pops concert, singing an arrangement of ‘Let it Snow,’ specially commissioned for the trio.This past February, the triplets opened Amarillo Opera’s 2019 ‘Black History Month’ concert series with a one-hour performance set that received rave reviews from local critics. The trio, represented by the Richter Agency, has most recently returned from a highly successful one-month tour of British Columbia, Canada.Pianist Billie WhittakerWhittaker has performed internationally and is well versed in both the classical and musical theater realms. She has held numerous staff accompanying positions, including Penn State University’s School of Theatre, Washington DC’s Levine School of Music, and the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Whittaker has additionally accompanied for George Mason University, Catholic University and Howard University.  Her summer festival work includes the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Interlochen Summer Arts program, Brevard Music Festival and she also served as an Opera coach for the Washington National Opera – Opera Institute.Whittaker currently resides in San Antonio and is a prominent contributor to its musical community. She has accompanied at Northwest Vista Community College, Our Lady of the Lake University and holds the position of pianist and organist for Northern Hills Methodist Church.  She has been a harpsichordist with the San Antonio Symphony’s Baroque Series and the Baroque group Sonido Barroco. She is frequently engaged with the Public Theater and has performed on their productions of Les Misérables, The Bridges of Madison County, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Future engagements with the Public Theater include playing keyboards for Mary Poppins and serving as musical director in their upcoming production of First Date.Whittaker holds a Bachelor of Music in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. Her two Master of Music degrees include one in Collaborative Piano from The University of Arizona and one in Piano Performance from the University of Texas San Antonio.last_img read more

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City view: Deirdre Hipwell

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Stock market summary: 27th April

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UK: IHC EB Develops Hi-Traq Vehicle

first_imgThe design of a demonstration vehicle that meets the challenges of cable laying for the development of offshore wind farms is being developed by IHC Engineering Business.The Hi-Traq vehicle is backed by a history of innovation. It is the result of investment in focused research and development by the company which is based in North East England and part of the global IHC Merwede group.Ralph Manchester, Chief Trenching Engineer at IHC Engineering Business explains the revolutionary design, “The High Traction (Hi-Traq) vehicle uses patented technology to improve manoeuvrability, traction and overall trenching capability.”He adds, “It has been specifically developed to reduce the day to day issues facing operators. They have no option at the moment but to use technology designed and build for the oil and gas sector – technology that is not appropriate for the offshore wind farm sector.”A demonstration vehicle applying and introducing the next generation technology will be launched soon by IHC Engineering Business. This is part of the company’s ongoing multi-generation product development strategy.The Hi-Traq project forms part of the RETA project, which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.[mappress]Press Release, July 03, 2013last_img read more

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US Wave Energy Prize advances 20 teams to next stage

first_imgUS Department of Energy (DoE) has selected 20 teams as official qualified teams for the Wave Energy Prize.The 20 qualified teams, selected out of 92 official registered teams, have passed the first technology gate and will continue their quest to double the energy captured from ocean waves and win a prize purse totaling more than $2 million, Wave Energy Prize’s press release reads.The design-build-test competition is encouraging the development of game-changing wave energy conversion (WEC) devices.The aim is the development of a device that will achieve the DOE’s goal of doubling energy captured, which will in turn reduce the cost of wave energy, making it more competitive with traditional energy solutions.A panel of expert judges identified the qualified teams based upon the quality of their technical submissions, which described their concepts in detail. Among other requirements, qualified teams will now build a 1:50 scale model and will participate in small-scale tank testing as a means of validating their concepts, according to Wave Energy Prize.Official qualified teams are:Advanced Ocean Energy at Virginia Tech,AquaHarmonics,Atlantic Wavepower Partnership,Atlas Ocean Systems,CalWave,Enorasy Labs,Float Inc. – BergerABAM,IOwec (MIT Sea Grant College Program),M3 Wave,Mocean Energy,Ocean Energy USA,Oscilla Power,Principle Power,RTI Wave Power,Sea Potential,SEWEC,Super Watt Wave Catcher Barge Team,Team FLAPPER (Floating Lever and Piston Power ExtractoR),Wave Energy Conversion Corporation of America (WECCA),Waveswing America. Phil Michael, Technical Expert at Ricardo, said: “We’re excited to see how these 20 devices perform during the small-scale testing, and we’re hopeful many will demonstrate a capability to achieve the DOE’s goal of doubling the cost effectiveness of energy capture from ocean waves.”Finalist teams, which are scheduled to be announced in March 2016, will be selected based upon the requirements of Prize’s second technology gate.These teams will have the opportunity to receive funds to build their 1:20 scale WEC prototypes, which are scheduled to undergo tank testing at the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at Carderock, Maryland, beginning in the summer of 2016.[mappress mapid=”603″]Image: Wave Energy Prizelast_img read more

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Holding on

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10 years of the Construction Act

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more