Thrillist citied eateries like Tavern in the Village in naming Prairie Village KC’s coolest suburb. Photo via Tavern on Facebook.Thrillest names Prairie Village “coolest suburb” in KC. The website Thrillist has a new piece out examining the “coolest” suburbs in America’s largest metro areas, and it names Prairie Village the coolest suburb in Kansas City. [The coolest suburbs in America’s 35 biggest metro areas — Thrillist]Shawnee Mission parents react to news that school district purchased AR-15s for officers. Shawnee Mission parents had mixed reactions to the news that the school district spent more than $5,000 on semi-automatic rifles for its police officers. [Shawnee Mission parents question school district’s purchase of semi-automatic rifles — Kansas City Star]NEJC parents, elected featured in Washington Post story on Brownback veto override. Mission Hills mom Judith Deedy and Fairway Rep. Melissa Rooker were two of the interviewees in a Washington Post story out this weekend examining the fallout from the Kansas legislature’s override of Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that largely repeals the 2012 income tax cuts he signed into law. [Republicans are predicting the beginning of the end of the tea party in Kansas — The Washington Post]
October 1, 2013 Regular News Judge Gooding receives Gladstone Award FOURTH CIRCUIT JUDGE DAVID M. GOODING, left, was named recipient of the William E. Gladstone Award, recognizing his judicial leadership and service to Florida’s children. The statewide award was presented at the annual Child Protection Summit hosted by the Florida Department of Children and Families. “Judge Gooding is well known for his successful efforts and innovative approaches in streamlining the adoption process so foster children do not languish in the child welfare system,” said Lee Kaywork, Family Support Services of North Florida chief executive officer. Judge Gooding said he believes the award is a recognition of the team with which he works. He credits his staff, Family Support Services, the Guardian ad Litem Office and volunteers, the DCF, and the attorneys who work daily in his court. “Most of all, both the credit and our thanks is due our foster and adoptive parents for opening their homes and their hearts to children when they needed a home,” Gooding said. Pictured presenting the award is Judge Gladstone. “Government is a poor substitute for a parent,” Gooding said. “Children need arms to hold them, ears that listen to them and hearts that love them. Government has none of these things, but our foster and adoptive parents provide these in abundance.” Judge Gooding has served in the Fourth Judicial Circuit since 2003. He frequently teaches judges in Florida and other states, including Michigan, Massachusetts and New York, about best practices to assist children and their families, but most often instructs in how to reduce the length of time children spend in foster care before being adopted into a permanent family. FSS is the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. For more information, visit www.fssjax.org.
CNN:When I tell Pam, my stressed-out lawyer friend, that stress is contagious, she seems unimpressed.“I have always kind of suspected that,” she says, “ever since in ‘Ghostbusters II,’ when the guys discover that people’s nonstop negativity has created an evil slime that threatens humanity. Then they find out the slime reacts to both positive and negative emotions, so they have a bunch of New Yorkers hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ to it in Central Park or something. And boom! The slime dissolves.”I’m sort of speechless, though the comparison is oddly compelling.It may seem more science fiction than science, but emotional contagion – though not the slime part – is a well-researched phenomenon.“We pass emotions back and forth all the time, as part of every interaction we have with another person,” notes Daniel Goleman, author of “Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence.” “It’s usually subtle, but sometimes all too obvious.”Read the whole story: CNN More of our Members in the Media >
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Mindfulness programs often involve sessions that span over several weeks and require a number of hours of participation. Given the fast pace of modern life, it is important to look at whether shorter mindfulness tasks could still provide positive benefits, and for this reason, many courses are now accessible online.The study, by Lynsey Mahmood, Tim Hopthrow and Georgina Randsley de Moura of the University of Kent, investigated whether a 5-minute computer-based mindfulness task could increase levels of state mindfulness. The training was measured on a non-clinical sample in 3 parts: firstly, on 54 high school students in a lab setting, and then using an entirely online method on two employee samples of 90 and 61 people. Participants were divided into either the mindfulness task condition or a control condition, with everyone having to complete a measure of state mindfulness both before and after.The result revealed significant increases in state mindfulness following the mindfulness task, but not in the control condition. The study provides evidence that 5-minutes of mindfulness practice are enough to produce increases in state mindfulness. Furthermore, the task was effective even when completed online and without any specialist input.Despite a number of mindfulness practices being readily available to the general population through smartphone apps and websites, the study is the first to find evidence that such practices have the potential to increase state mindfulness. Email Share A 5-minute computer-based mindfulness task increases state mindfulness, according to a study published this April in PLOS ONE. Despite a number of mindfulness practices being readily available through smartphone apps and websites, the study is the first to provide evidence of an increase in state mindfulness as a result of short-term mindfulness practice on a computer.Mindfulness is defined as enhanced attention, being in the present, and maintenance of an open and non-judgmental consciousness. Training programs in mindfulness have been shown to have a positive impact on outcomes for mental health over long periods of time; such as stress, anxiety, depression, and aggression.It has been proposed that there are two aspects to mindfulness. Trait mindfulness is seen as a relatively stable aspect of personality. State mindfulness is seen as a skill that requires purposeful attention to be altered; for example, focusing attention on minute details of mental activity that would not be typically noticed. Pinterest LinkedIn
FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has appointed Christopher Ostrander to president, North America Tire Operations (NATO), effective Jan. 17. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Ostrander, who assumes leadership of NATO from Cooper’s Chairman, President and CEO Roy Armes, will also serve on the company’s executive committee and as an officer of the company. Ostrander is taking the helm of Cooper’s more than $2 billion North America operations, which produce passenger car and light truck tires, primarily for sale in the U.S. replacement market. This operation’s footprint also includes wholly owned subsidiary, Mickey Thompson, a developer and distributor of specialty and off-road tires. Ostrander joins Cooper from Eaton Corp., where he was most recently vice president and general manager of the Torque Control Products Division, a position he has held since 2008 and one which was expanded in 2009 to include global sales and marketing responsibility for the Commercial Vehicle and Aftermarket Group for Eaton Automotive. Ostrander joined Eaton in 2004 as director of sales for the Automotive Group, moving to the Mirror Controls Division where he was business unit manager from 2005 to 2006. He expanded his responsibilities in successive moves to multi-business unit manager from 2006 to 2007 and general manager from 2007 to 2008, while running additional Eaton operations, including the Fuel Vapor Division and Performance Products Division. Prior to joining Eaton, Ostrander held significant leadership roles with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the BOC Group PLC, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of industrial gases. Ostrander joined the Army Corps of Engineers upon his graduation from West Point in 1991 and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1997. Joining the BOC Group in 1998, he advanced to vice president of sales and marketing for its distribution network before joining Eaton. Advertisement In announcing Ostrander’s decision to join the Cooper team, Armes said, “I am pleased to announce Chris’ appointment to our executive team. His energy, talent and outstanding leadership experience will be invaluable in helping us achieve our growth initiatives and strategic objectives.” In addition to a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Military Academy, Ostrander holds an M.S. degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
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Peggy Spellman Hoey Share Torrential rain dampened the fires of the Eastport Fire Department’s 67th annual barbecue Saturday morning, but the longstanding community tradition went on. At the barbecue, which takes several months to plan and days to set up, about 1000 dinners of barbecued chicken and 1000 steamed lobsters were doled out to about 2000 hungry supporters. Beyond the chicken and lobster, the department prepared 35 bushels of clams, 8 bushels of mussels, 200 pounds of hotdogs, 90 pounds of macaroni salad, and 50 watermelons. In addition to plenty of food, there was a bounce house for children, music, and later in the evening, some games of chance.
While it would seem intuitive that vessels engaged in certain activities or sizes would have a certain priority that fold nicely into the concept of stand-on and give-way, it is far more complicated than just the big boat rule, being big boats rule!Under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLOREGS) Rule 18, and then expanded with respect to lights and day shapes by rules 23 to 28, the priority of vessels in sight of each other is:NUC — Not Under Command. Due to mechanical or allied reasons, this vessel cannot control itself nor maneuver. The shape/light sequence is ball-over-ball/red-over-red (“red over red, the captain is dead!”) All vessels must give way to this vessel.RAM — Restricted in Ability to Maneuver. By the nature of its work, this vessel just can’t maneuver well. A dredger, for example, can’t get her gear up to get out of your way, stand-on, or give-way. The shape/light sequence is ball-over-diamond-over-ball/red-over-white-over-red. These two classes are often categorized as equal in priority. With that said, if a NUC is drifting down on a RAM, at least the RAM has the option to try to get her gear up.CBD —Constrained by Draft. Surprisingly, this is not an inland designation, where draft may matter more often. In any event, you can’t force this vessel out of its channel since that would cause a collision at sea with the bottom! The shape/light sequence is a cylinder/red-over-red-over-red.Engaged in Fishing. This isn’t your neighbor in his Grady-White with a Penn reel in hand. This is a working vessel, trawling lines or nets. The light sequence depends on whether they are fishing or trawling. The shape is constant: two inverted cones, tip to tip. If she is fishing, the light sequence is red-over-white (red-over-white, we be fishin’ tonight.) If she is trawling, the light sequence is green-over-white (green-over-white, we be shrimpin’ tonight.)Sailing Vessel. Not a sailing vessel with her engine on. That just makes her a funny looking power-driven vessel.Since a very small percentage of boaters are familiar with the lights and shapes, the skipper of such vessels as those in NUC, RAM, CBD, and engaged-in-fishing classes had better be familiar with five or more short blasts. Countervailing this, the vessel claiming any of these privileges must display the shape or lights appropriate and, if they don’t, it will weigh against them in court. However, remember that it is never 100-0 when the court renders its apportionment of blame.How does Rule 18 interact with Rule 13? Rule 13 dominates, subject to the facts. What does that mean? Well, assume that you are drift fishing in your power-driven vessel in Moriches Bay and a sailing vessel overtakes you. Despite Rule 18’s priority of order, the sailing vessel clearly is the give-way vessel in this case.However, if you see a NUC drifting down on your stern, get out of its way. “Red-over-red, the captain is dead” — they can’t maneuver around you!If interested in being part of United States Coast Guard Forces, email joinUSGAux@aol.com. Share
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