Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgSM East soccer team playing for a trip to state tonight. SM East’s boys soccer team will take on Olathe South tonight at 7 p.m. at the Olathe District Activity Center (20925 159th Street, Olathe) with a trip to the final four in the state tournament on the line. The Lancers, at 15-3-0 on the year, are seeded as underdogs to the Falcons, who are 15-2-1. The winner will advance to the championship bracket, playing its first game Friday, Oct. 3. The Lancers took their Regional title with a win over Harmon last Thursday.Walmart makes $1,000 grant to Roeland Park Police. The Roeland Park Walmart wrote a check for $1,000 to the Roeland Park Police Department to help fund a public safety grant application the department submitted. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for monitoring traffic safety in the city.last_img read more

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Leadership must extend to service

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield Great leaders inspire greatness, and this is especially true when it comes to credit-union member service. Leadership in the board room and corner offices sets the tone for the level of service that exists within any organization.Consider the long-term impact when a leader or leaders consistently take intentional action to create value for ALL the people around them. It’s awesome! Beginning at the top, a shared value of service flows down through all levels to the front lines. A culture focused on creating value for someone else (internally and externally) inspires, improves performance, creates greater member-value, and becomes a competitive advantage.Actions speak louder than wordsGeorge Washington has always been one of my heroes and is an excellent example of servant leadership. His life is filled with examples of how he demonstrated his commitment to the people around him. Washington was a man of few words, and his actions always appeared to benefit the national cause of independence. He spent countless hours focused on the care of his subordinates, overcoming significant obstacles to feed, clothe, arm, and train his soldiers during a very long conflict.One day during the war, General Washington rode up to a group of soldiers trying to raise a beam to a high position. The corporal charged with overseeing the work shouted words of encouragement, but they couldn’t manage to get it done. After watching their unsuccessful efforts, Washington asked the corporal why he didn’t join in and help. The corporal replied quickly, “Do you realize that I am the corporal?” Washington very politely replied, “I beg your pardon, Mr. Corporal, I did.” Washington dismounted his horse and went to work with the soldiers until the beam was put into place. Wiping the perspiration from his face, he said, “If you should need help again, call on Washington, your commander-in-chief, and I will come.”Washington’s continuous commitment to service inspired courage and action. In 1778, at the battle of Monmouth, the Continental Army attacked the British Army. The Continentals were floundering and General Charles Lee had to retreat the field after an unsuccessful attack due to a lack of planning and preparation for the upcoming battle. The generals under Lee’s command didn’t know their orders, and neither did any of the soldiers.But General Washington’s timely arrival on the battlefield provided an opportunity to rally the retreating troops and turn the tide of the conflict. Washington charged from the back of the field and engaged with his men, leading the attack on the British forces pursuing his retreating troops. Washington’s ability to inspire and lead his men did not begin that day, it began earlier through example and commitment to serving his men in time of need. They knew they could depend upon him.What do your actions say?If you are unsure, or think you might have room for improvement, find opportunities to serve and set an example. Get out of your office and find ways to make the work experience better for the people who work for you. Here are a few ideas of where you might begin:Spend time observing and coaching their work. Nothing says “I care” more than spending time with the people you count on to take great care of your members.Make sure your people have all the tools they need to do what is expected of them. You can tell people they are your greatest asset, but your message is lost when they are working in a chair that has broken. Fix the chair or anything else that is not working properly.Provide resources to develop skills. This is more than sending someone to a workshop or conference. Invest your time in them and find projects that will help to strengthen or develop skills that elevate the strength of your team and the individual.Become more aware of what obstacles your people are facing and assist in removing those obstacles. Show them you are committed to their success, just as Washington did by helping lift that beam. Roll up your sleeves and show them you care and what you expect others to do when faced with a challenge.Servant leadership isn’t easy, but it does create a culture that allows the focus to shift from selfish purposes to selfless purposes. Servant leaders begat servant leaders who adopt higher team purposes and gain the most precious commodities: trust and loyalty. The people they serve become willing to be led, and they, like the Colonial soldiers at Monmouth, will rally around leaders they trust, respect and love – giving their all. These are the leaders who built great companies and, most importantly, people.When leaders consistently deliver the level of service they expect, great things happen. Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Detailslast_img read more

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Confidential judicial evaluation to make online debut

first_img Confidential judicial evaluation to make online debut Program will allow lawyers to post evaluations of a judge’s performance October 1, 2007 Regular News Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The confidential judicial evaluation program to let Florida’s judges know how they are doing will soon go online.The Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee reviewed the details for the unveiling this fall of the program, which will allow Bar members with a password for the Bar’s Web site to post an evaluation of a judge’s performance.Committee Chair John Kest, a Ninth Circuit judge, said the change should encourage broader participation in the evaluation program. It is expected to be fully up and running in November, following some testing in October.Under the current system, judges send evaluation forms every few months to lawyers who have appeared before them. The lawyers can fill out and return the forms to the Bar, which makes sure any identifying information about the lawyer is removed and then forwards them to the judge. Participation by judges and lawyers is strictly voluntary, and all results are confidential.“If the judges don’t send the evaluations out, it fails right there,” Kest said. “A lot of judges didn’t know about it and a lot of judges were afraid if they did send them out [the media] would get it and it would be published.“Our effort is to make this more available, make it as anonymous as possible, and make sure the judges were aware of it and would use it.”According to Doris Maffei, who oversees the evaluation program for the Bar, lawyers with Bar passwords will be able to access a special section on the Bar’s Web site where they can leave an evaluation of the judge.The program is set up so those leaving evaluations cannot be traced, and the information is encrypted and can be viewed only by the affected judge, she said.Kest noted while going online should encourage more lawyers to participate in the evaluations, there still is no requirement for a judge to ever check his or her feedback.He said he didn’t know about the evaluation program until he became a judge, noting he used to ask lawyers to tell him how he was doing, and they either offered compliments or didn’t reply. “My judicial assistant said, ‘What did you expect? They would tell you you’re screwing up?’”When he discovered the evaluation program, he began sending the forms out.“It provides wonderful information to a judge on how he or she is doing,” Kest said. “I’ve expanded mine to include: how is your judicial assistant doing, how are your court deputies doing, and how is your trial court doing.“The idea of putting it on the computer was number one to make it accessible without the judges having to send it out — not because judges wouldn’t send it out, but it’s expensive because you have to mail it and it’s a pain and you forget it sometimes — and to make it more immediate. Judicial assistants are busy and they don’t have to send it out now,” he added.“The corollary to doing it by computer is more people are computer literate. The idea is with younger attorneys and everyone being more computer literate it makes it much more accessible. They can send it out and the judge can look at it when he or she wants to.“These input forms will make a good judge better and they’ll make an average judge a good judge,” Kest said. “If you happen to have a bad judge — and I don’t think there are many of those — maybe it will allow them to be aware of the problems and correct them. That’s the ideal situation.”For the moment, the Bar will keep the paper evaluations along with the online assessments, although Kest said paper evaluations eventually may be phased out.Lawyers and judges on the committee began testing the evaluation system in September. Members of the Trial Lawyers and Appellate Practice sections were scheduled for the second round of testing beginning in September through the middle of this month.The results of those practice runs will be evaluated and any changes, if needed, will be made. The system will formally open for all Bar members on November 1 and will be announced with an e-mail to Bar members on that date. Confidential judicial evaluation to make online debutlast_img read more

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Eyeing college stress, sleep patterns

first_imgThe Boston Globe:MIT professor Rosalind Picard is worried about campus stress.After a handful of suicides in recent years, Picard started thinking about how her own work might be able to help change MIT’s emotional climate. The founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the university’s Media Lab, Picard has long tried to turn emotions into something that can be counted and measured — following the “old engineering principle that for something to be controllable, it has to be observable.”Read the whole story: The Boston Globe More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Very premature babies at risk of mental health problems – research

first_imgThe Guardian:Children who are born very prematurely are at greater risk of developing mental health and social problems that can persist well into adulthood, according to one of the largest reviews of evidence.Those with an extremely low birth weight, at less than a kilogram, are more likely to have attention disorders and social difficulties as children, and feel more shyness, anxiety and depression as adults, than those born a healthy weight.The review draws on findings from 41 published studies over the past 26 years and highlights the need for doctors to follow closely how children born very prematurely fare as they become teenagers and adults.Read the whole story: The Guardian More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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What it looks like when the hosts themselves take the fate of tourism into their own hands – Ingenious

first_imgHave you ever heard of a small tourist place, Medici?I haven’t until a few days ago and I have to admit that I immediately fell in love with Medić at first and I hope that I will have the opportunity to experience him live as soon as possible. At first I was thrilled by the story, the story I will tell you now…Namely, Medići is a small tourist resort in Central Dalmatia located on the Omis Riviera, only 11 km from Omis and 36 km from Split. Peace, quiet, few tourists and beautiful sea – ideal for a real vacation for those who do not like crowds and mass tourism, and yet close to Omis and Split.Why are the Medici special and unique?The answer is simple – because of the people. Local people who took the fate of tourism in Medići into their own hands and made something special and unique in the history of our tourism. Most of the hosts in the family accommodation in Medići decided to make a promotional film on their own initiative, which they financed themselves, and to make the story even better, they were the actors in the video themselves.Watch the video 🙂Ingenious, isn’t it?In the video, they are not actors, but local people who live in Medići and are engaged in tourism as hosts in family accommodation. The video shows what it is, no hidden motives, no fake smiles… What you see is what you get – 100% indigenous, 100% Medici.We were thinking about what we could do to promote our small place so that everyone in the local community would benefit and so we came up with the idea to shoot a promotional video about our place points out Frane Medić, one of 30 hosts in family accommodation in Medići. ” The initiative started from all the locals, ie the landlords, and we financed everything ourselves. Since I personally took over the organization of video recording I can say that it is quite a complicated and demanding job. The video shows all the local people living in Medići, we didn’t pay any actors or extras. “It simply came to our notice then FB page Visit Medici which they run themselves, and as they set off we can obviously expect more great tourist stories.Medici does not offer much tourism, except for the sun, the sea and people. Hosts who are the essence of tourism itself and great hosts who will tell you their indigenous stories. They take you fishing in their boat, and then you bake the fish you caught together. Could the experience be better? Medici is a place with soul and heart, and I constantly emphasize that we have to be what we are and tell indigenous stories because tourists want to see, taste and experience just that.I hope that this inspiring and great tourist story will encourage some other small places to make their own story, indigenous story and tell it to guests.Visit the Medici, these people deserve it.last_img read more

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Flu Scan for Jan 27, 2014

first_imgChina confirms second H10N8 avian flu caseA second case of H10N8 avian flu has been confirmed in the same province as the world’s first case, which was reported last month, Chinese health officials told Xinhua, the nation’s state-run newspaper.A 55-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, on Jan 15, the story said. She had a sore throat and dizziness, according to the provincial health department. She had visited an agricultural market.China’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned travelers to China to avoid contact with fowl after the case was confirmed, the Taipei Times reported today. The agency also issued a second-level travel alert for Jiangxi, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Hunan, and Fujian provinces and for the cities of Shanghai and Beijing. The rest of the country is under “watch” status, the story said.The world’s first H10N8 case, which proved fatal, was confirmed on Dec 17. It involved a 73-year-old woman with a compromised immune system.The Taipei Times story notes that the virus is considered a low-pathogenic agent in birds and has been detected in samples from migratory birds and poultry in Japan, South Korea, the United States, Italy, and Sweden in addition to China.Jan 27 Xinhua story Jan 27 Taipei Times article Dec 17, 2013, CIDRAP News story on first case Spreading H5N8 Korean outbreak leads to lockdown on 3 farmsSouth Korean officials today imposed a 12-hour lockdown on poultry farms in three provinces that bans farmers and farm-related workers, including veterinarians, from traveling to and from farms, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story.The action is geared to stopping H5N8 outbreaks that have now affected 18 farms in a widening crisis, up from 8 farms late last week. Provinces affected by the lockdown are South and North Chungcheong and Gyeonggi, which surrounds Seoul. The first eight H5N8 outbreaks were in North Jeolla province.More than 640,000 poultry have been culled to prevent disease spread, with another 810,000 slated for slaughter, AFP reported. In addition to the 18 affected farms, workers are testing birds on 22 other farms.Jan 27 AFP reportIn related news, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported on Jan 25 that H5N8 has been isolated from a Korean chicken for the first time in the outbreak; the other poultry infections were in ducks. The chicken was in South Chungcheong province.In addition, officials in Gyeonggi province said feces recovered from a lake near the province’s west coast tested positive for avian flu, but the specific strain has not yet been identified.Jan 25 Yonhap article Study: working-age adults more susceptible to severe fluWorking-age adults who have diabetes are more susceptible to severe flu infections, according to a study from University of Alberta researchers who published their findings in Diabetologia. The group’s goal was to compare flu levels in adults with and without the disease to help fill in knowledge gaps that underlie vaccination recommendations.The team cohort study used data from Manitoba, Canada, from 2000 to 2008. All working-age adults were identified and paired with two nondiabetic controls.Researchers looked at clinic visits, hospitalizations for pneumonia and flu, and all-cause hospitalization. Their analysis included 745,777 person-years of follow-up among 166,715 subjects. Those who had diabetes were more likely to be vaccinated against flu.People with diabetes had a 6% (relative risk 1.06, 95% confidence interval 1.02 to 1.10; absolute risk difference 6 per 1,000 adults per year) greater increase in all-cause hospitalization linked to flu. However, researchers found no difference between the groups in the rates of flulike illness or pneumonia and influenza.They concluded that the evidence is the strongest yet for targeting patients with diabetes for flu vaccination.Jan 24 Diabetologia studylast_img read more

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County: Library Policies Go To Council Tuesday

first_imgCOUNTY News:Los Alamos County Council will be voting to adopt revisions to library policies at the Nov. 26 Council Meeting.The library policies have not been revised since 2010.Over several months, the Library Board conducted a systematic review of the library policies in parallel with an internal review by library management and approved revisions to the policies at the Nov. 4 Library Board Meeting.Key policy changes include revision of policies related to photographing or videotaping in the library, donations, public access computing including Internet use and meeting space.See the Nov. 26 Council agenda packet for detailed information.last_img read more

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LandSecs faces legal challenge over Oxford Street scheme

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