A drawing of a possible development of an entertainment site using the old pool ground and the limestone caves. The drawing was done by Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt.Roeland Park’s old city pool area off Roe Ave., now overgrown with vegetation, sits at the edge of limestone caves. It could be one of the last big development possibilities on city-owned land. The council has decided to find out exactly what might be possible in redeveloping the site.Register to continue
“Florida Youth SHINE envisions a foster care system where the youth’s voice is heard, listened to, and above all valued. Legal representation for foster youth brings the foster care system one step closer to that vision.” — Kimberly Foster, chair, Florida Youth SHINE Letters from kids who’ve been there Here are excepts of letters from former foster children urging the Board of Governors to support legislation that would provide kids in dependency court with lawyers:“I entered the state’s care at age 3 and aged out over a decade later at age 18. Fifteen years of abuse and over 45 placement interruptions, I was never awarded a permanent loving home. My other eight siblings were never awarded a permanent loving home. We were taken from one terrible situation and brought up in another more horrible. I cannot count the tears that were shed numerous times to case workers, move after move. I cannot count the numerous court appearances.. . . Despite the fact of having a guardian ad litem, we had no faces, we had no voices. We were not heard. The state had outspoken attorneys on their side constantly. Where was our protection? Where was our voice? Who was there to stand up for the child? I would agree that children in the care of the state should have a voice. We should have legal representation.” — Raphaella Johnson, former fosterling January 1, 2010 Letters “I did not get asked what I had wanted. I did not get invited to the courtroom. . . and no contact was made between me and (the judge). I did not have legal representation, nor was I granted a guardian ad litem for my case. Because of this, I had no voice in this proceeding at all.. . . I really do believe in the bottom of my heart that if I had that representation, I could have had what I always dreamed for: unconditional love from a family.” — John Morgan, Florida Youth SHINE Letters from kids who’ve been there “I am not the only one who was wrongly and unjustly given medications to silence my voice. I don’t want to see another life extinguished like that of Gabriel Myers. All of us have a voice, but not all of us have the ability to make it heard. You have the power to make that difference, to help ensure other lives aren’t lost; to ensure that the foster care youth aren’t let out into the world ignorant, to make sure that the system does not take advantage of them.” — Mez Pierre
Gophers fulfill goal with second-place finish at NCAA championshipsMinnesota recorded its best finish at the NCAA championships since 1990.Max OstensoShane Wiskus speaks to media during the press conference in Cooke Hall on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Erik NelsonApril 23, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe white board inside Cooke Hall Gymnasium has Minnesota’s goals for the season written on it. Since their fifth-place finish at the Big Ten championships, the Gophers made one of those goals to finish among the top three at the NCAA championships.Minnesota accomplished that by finishing second at the NCAA championships in Chicago, the best finish by the Gophers since 1990. Minnesota had 11 All-American recognitions, the most in program history.Junior Justin Karstadt said finishing second place at nationals was one of the happiest moments of his life.“It wasn’t even on my sights going into the meet,” Karstadt said. “We were all hoping to get onto the podium, which is the top four.”Freshman Shane Wiskus finished second in the all-around, receiving a score of 83.064. He earned All-American accolades on rings and high bar. Karstadt earned All-American recognition on pommel horse and parallel bars. Six other Gophers received All-American honors: Luke Aldrich, Tristan Duran, Shaun Herzog, Vitali Kan, Yaroslav Pochinka and Jalon Stephens. “I knew we had a strong team,” Karstadt said. “Our senior class has 10 guys. That’s half the team, and half of the team being seniors with veteran experience and the ability to deal with the pressure. I knew we had the makings of a great team.”Oklahoma won the national championship for a fourth consecutive year, scoring 414.858. Minnesota finished second with a score of 411.923.When Minnesota learned that it finished runner-up in the nation, its gymnasts screamed loudly and embraced each other. “When we found out, we were all shocked,” Duran said. “When I got done and I saw everyone cheering, I was confused. I was like, ‘Did we do something good?’ Then I look up and I see second place. I was in tears. I was surprised.”On floor, Aldrich finished seventh, receiving a score of 14.166 and earned his first All-American recognition. Karstadt finished fifth on pommel horse with a score of 14.066. Wiskus was an All-American on rings, finishing fourth with a score of 13.866. “We knew what our personnel was going to be, coming into the beginning of the season,” head coach Mike Burns said. “We had some great freshmen coming in and we had a strong group of seniors. So many of these guys took advantage of the opportunities that were given to them.”Pochinka tied for fourth place on vault, receiving a score of 14.766. Karstadt tied for third on parallel bars with a score of 14.466.Wiskus finished seventh on high bar with a score of 13.866. Stephens finished fourth, earning a score of 13.966. Wiskus said he was speechless the entire meet.“Everything fell into place,” Wiskus said. “We hit all of our routines. Looking up at the scoreboard after, it was surreal. It feels incredible.”There is a banner in Cooke Hall that had all of Minnesota’s NCAA runner-up awards on it until this season’s performance — 1941, 1949 and 1990. Now, another year will have to be added.“I’ve been doing this for 35-plus years,” Burns said. “Second place is pretty darn good.”
The Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Southwest Regional Conference will be holding its 5th regional conference the at FireSky Resort in Scottsdale on February 25th – 27th .The Southwest Regional Conference will bring over 200 marketing and business development professionals together SMPS Chapters from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah for two days of leadership, innovation and best practices learning sessions, as well as complete with networking opportunities. The purpose of the gathering of architecture, engineering and construction marketing professionals is to fuel creativity, refresh strategic thinking, and reignite the passion for AEC Marketing and Business Development.“Our goals in developing the conference program are to continue to connect attendees with new ideas, with others in this industry, and with a renewed energy that propels you forward. SMPS is the only national marketing association established specifically for AEC professionals and the regional conferences brings this together in a powerful networking atmosphere.” said Emy Burback, Conference Chairman.Visit www.smpsswrc.com for registration and program information.
Pets may be protective against recurrent C difficile, study findsIn a surprising finding, pet ownership and increasing contact with pets may be protective against the recurrence of community-acquired Clostridiodes difficile infection (CDI), researchers from the University of Pennsylvania reported recently in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.To investigate whether pet ownership is a risk factor for CDI recurrence, a hypothesis based on documented animal carriage of C difficile and overlap of strains isolated from animals and people, the researchers conducted a case-control study among 86 patients with recurrent CDI (cases) and 146 patients with nonrecurrent CDI (controls).Study participants were sent a survey to ascertain the number and species of pets in the household at the time of the initial CDI diagnosis, and the degree of contact between patients and pets. Multivariable logistics regression modeling was used to determine the association between recurrence of CDI and pet ownership, while accounting for patient-level risk factors.The results of the multivariable analysis showed that pet ownership was not significantly associated with CDI recurrence (odds ratio [OR], 1.02; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.38 to 2.72; P = 0.965) among all 232 patients. Furthermore, when the researchers analyzed a subset of 127 patients with community-associated or community-onset, healthcare-facility–acquired CDI, they found that increasing contact with pets was increasingly protective against recurrence: for every point increase in a pet contact score (out of 7 possible points), the odds of recurrence decreased by 14% (OR, 0.86; 95% CI, 0.74 to 1.00; P = 0.051).The authors of the study conclude, “Although more research is needed to understand the transmission dynamics of C. difficile within a household and between pets and owners, it appears that pet ownership and close contact with pets are not associated with recurrence of CDI and may instead be protective against recurrence of CDI in patients with community-acquired or community-onset CDI.”Jan 18 Open Forum Infect Dis study Before-hospital antibiotic exposure may heighten risk of C diff infectionIn another study on CDI risk factors, researchers from Intermountain Healthcare and Stanford University found that cumulative antibiotic exposure prior to admission is significantly associated with the risk of subsequent CDI. The findings appeared yesterday in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.For the study, the researchers identified all symptomatic hospital-onset and healthcare-facility–associated, community-onset CDI cases among adults admitted to 21 Intermountain Healthcare hospitals from 2006 through 2012, then evaluated the risk associated with antibiotic exposure, including specific agents administered prior to and during admission, using multivariable logistic regression. While antibiotic use is a known risk factor for CDI, the degree to which various antibiotic classes are associated with CDI risk is not fully understood.Overall, 2,356 cases of CDI occurred among 506,068 unique admissions, for an incidence rate of 46.6 per 10,000 admissions. After adjusting for demographics and other CDI risk factors, the analysis found that any antibiotic administered prior to admission was the predominant risk factor for CDI, contributing far more risk than antibiotics received during the hospital stay. For every antibiotic day of therapy prior to the index admission, odds of subsequent CDI increased by 12.8% (OR, 1.128; 95% CI, 12.2% to 13.4%; P < 0.0001). Odds of CDI were greatest with second- and third-generation cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, and clindamycin. Doxycycline and daptomycin were associated with lower CDI risk.The authors of the study say the data should be taken into consideration by antibiotic stewardship teams for identifying patients at risk for CDI.Jan 21 Antimicrob Agents Chemother abstract
The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 85 with mostly sunny skies and tonight’s low around 60. One last day of widespread near-record high temperatrues is expected today. Monsoon moisture will begin to seep northward with increasing coverage of showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening today through mid week. Courtesy/NWS
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Blu. joined forces with Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop – to open an LNG fueling station at one of Maverik’s locations. It is the first Blu. station to be co-located at a Maverik Race Trailer Site (commercial and large-vehicle fueling stations). The collaboration between the two companies will help bring the benefits of liquefied natural gas to the heart of industry in Salt Lake City.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApZukU9J3NA“In areas of industrial activity,” said John Hillam, Vice President of the Power Move Division at Maverik Inc., “there is no strong service provider to meet the needs or fuel interests for blue-collar customers. We built this for them.”The station, located at 1445 S. Gustin Road in Salt Lake City, features a Maverik store and has gasoline, diesel, DEF and LNG refueling lanes. The station allows customers access to the environmental and cost-saving benefits of natural-gas-fueled vehicles.“The nation is undergoing a revolutionary change,” said Richard Peterson, Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Blu. “Natural gas is abundant, clean and American. We like it for those reasons, and truck companies like it because it provides immediate savings to their bottom line.”[mappress]LNG World News Staff, September 18, 2013; Image: Blu.
Wireline Engineering has announced the addition of three key appointments to develop and strengthen its global management team.Alex Ozzard-Low, Global Business Development ManagerThe company has bolstered its workforce with the addition of Douglas Gordon as division sales manager for Asia Pacific, Paul Higginson as division sales manager for Europe Africa and Americas, and Alex Ozzard-Low as global business development manager.Wireline Engineering chairman, Bill Petrie, said: “It’s all about maintaining the momentum we have built up over recent years. The decision to strengthen our sales and business development initiative is fundamental to growing Wireline Engineering globally. Success at Wireline Engineering is based upon building a progressive international platform. Investing in the management team will reinforce our current customer support capabilities and significantly extend our geographical reach.”Douglas Gordon assumes the role of division sales manager of Asia Pacific and will lead the development of business activity and customer support in the Company’s rapidly growing Asia Pacific operations. With more than 14 years’ experience in the international energy sector, Douglas brings to bear a strong and successful background in strategic and commercial leadership.Douglas Gordon, Division Sales Manager of Asia PacificPaul Higginson joins Wireline Engineering as division sales manager for Europe, Africa and Americas. With more than 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Paul previously held a number of senior positions, leading progressive international business strategies.Alex Ozzard-Low re-joins Wireline Engineering to assume overall responsibility for global business development. Based in Lafayette, Louisiana he leads the charge to identify and develop strategies to embrace new markets. Alex will focus initially on Latin America and Africa, with a view to expanding the company’s reach significantly over the next few years. He previously spent ten years with Wireline Engineering in a number of senior roles, and returns after spending two years with Guardian Global Technologies introducing new technologies to the US market.Paul Higginson, Division Sales Manager for Europe Africa and AmericasPetrie continued: “Each of these new appointments is an important strategic move in our long term international development and the growth of the business. We see great opportunities ahead, and have ambitious plans to further develop our activities. Separately, Douglas, Paul and Alex bring a level of experience to our team that will be hugely beneficial for Wireline Engineering.”Wireline Engineering develops original well intervention and completion technologies for the oil and gas industry worldwide.Press Release, April 09, 2014