The Vermont Senate today approved S.245, which would provide every Vermont high school student with the opportunity to learn CPR. The Senate must give a second approval to the measure before it moves on to the House Education Committee. Lieutenant Governor Scott, Tommy Watson, and Senator Campbell‘We applaud the Vermont Senate for taking this action,’ said Tina Zuk, government relations director for the American Heart Association. ‘More than 330,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year, most of them in the home. Building the next generation of lifesavers means a higher survival rate.’ ‘I’m glad the Senate approved this bill,’ said Tommy Watson, the 14-year-old from Williston who met his goal of training 100 people in CPR when he trained Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott on Feb. 1. Watson had also testified before the Senate Education Committee, and was on hand at the Statehouse to witness the vote. ‘Now, I hope the House passes it and it becomes law before I finish eighth grade.’ Watson will continue training people in CPR at the Go Red for Women Luncheon this Thursday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center on Williston Road in Burlington. About the American Heart Association The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke ‘ America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.
Attempt to call for new council president election fails in Roeland Park; mayor’s ability to break tie vote called into question
Roeland Park Councilor Ryan Kellerman asked for a new vote for city council president.An attempt to negate the a recent election of the Roeland Park City Council president did not succeed Monday.The council had split 4-4 at its May 16 meeting on the vote for council president between Erin Thompson and Tim Janssen. Mayor Joel Marquardt cast a vote for Thompson to break the tie.Presiding over her first city council workshop as president, Thompson faced a move to have her election declared invalid and a new vote taken at the next city council meeting. Councilor Ryan Kellerman suggested the new vote, contending that the mayor did not have the right to break the tie or participate in the council’s election of its president. “What’s at stake is really the validity of the election,” Kellerman said.City Attorney Neil Shortlidge, however, told Kellerman that his interpretation of the city ordinance and state statutes was incorrect. Both state law and the city’s own rules give the mayor the right to break a tie “on all questions,” Shortlidge said.Before the council discussion, which was placed on the agenda by Kellerman, Michael Rhoades and Becky Fast, Roeland Park resident Linda Mau spoke to the council, also contending that the mayor’s vote violated city ordinances.In May, Kellerman, Rhoades and Sheri McNeil had voted for Janssen while Teresa Kelly, Fast and Michael Poppa had voted for Thompson.“This is nothing against you,” Kellerman told Thompson, before asking for the new vote. He also asked for a state attorney general opinion on the issue.McNeil, though, said the council should go by the city attorney’s opinion “to let the election stand.”“We did it correctly,” McNeil said. “I don’t see that we have a big argument.”Before Shortlidge gave his opinion, Fast had said she thought it was clear the president should be elected by the council. She later asked that the process be clarified before the next election. Rhoades was late to the meeting and did not participate in the discussion. Janssen said he would like to see the process “tightened up.”Thompson asked that the councilors who created the action item for the discussion bring a plan forward that they would like to introduce.
Kirsten Rowland, alongside her husband and business partner Andrew Rowland, are opening Glenwood Antique Mall in the former T.J. Maxx store in Overland Park.A new antique mall is coming soon to the former location of T.J. Maxx in Overland Park.Kirsten and Andrew Rowland, owners of Lily’s Estate Sales, an off-site estate sales venue, are about to open Glenwood Antique Mall next door at 9030 Metcalf Ave. Kirsten Rowland said they hope to open by Thanksgiving, pending approvals from the city of Overland Park.The local, family-owned mall will house 35,000 square feet of merchandise from 380 to 400 vendors and dealers. Glenwood Antique Mall will sell a variety of antique and vintage (primarily pre-1970s) items, including furniture, advertising, glass, decor, household goods and kitchenware, high-end jewelry, smalls (collectibles), crystal and artwork. The antique mall will not sell crafts.Glenwood Antique Mall is slated to open later this fall at 9030 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.“We love it; we love the opportunity,” Kirsten said. “It’s a great space. The lighting’s phenomenal. The parking’s great. Block has been wonderful to work with, specifically Daniel Brocato.”Kirsten said she and Andrew decided to open the antique mall because vendors asked them to help fill the gap. Several of their vendors had been selling items at neighboring antique malls that permanently closed, such as Mission Road Antique Mall in Prairie Village, and were looking for a new place to continue selling locally.“They all came to us and asked us to open it, so we did,” Kirsten said.Vendors are local and from out of town, from two blocks away to Colorado. The Rowlands are still selling a few more vendor booths.The Rowlands are allowing all of the dealers to customize their booths with their individual choices of drywall, paint and signage. They’re continuing to sell and customize spaces until the mall opens.Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Kirsten said it’s important for her to keep Overland Park’s past and present alive. That’s why they named the antique mall after Glenwood Theater, which had been located across the street before it relocated to Ranchmart.“I loved going to Glenwood Theater; when I was a kid, that’s where we used to go to the movies, it was a big deal,” she said. “We want to be part of the resurgence of downtown Overland Park. I know we’re not properly in downtown, it’s to help with nostalgia.”Business hours of Glenwood Antique Mall will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.The Rowlands said they hope to continue expanding their antique business operations in the shopping center in the near future. Kirsten said their next business venture will feature an exclusive selection with 70 vendors by invitation only.
CEO shares tips for encouraging productive collaborationIn survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours.In one poll, by Office Team, 45 percent of senior executives said their firms would be more productive if they banned all meetings at least one day a week!“The problem that often occurs – beyond the obvious, like lacking a clear agenda – is the underlying current of competition that each person brings to the table,” says Berny Dohrmann, chairman and founder of CEO Space International and author of Redemption: The Cooperation Revolution.“Competition pulls people apart; cooperation brings them together. Signs that competition is causing unproductive meetings include one or two people dominating the floor; individuals touting their achievements; people consistently failing to contribute their ideas because they fear being criticized or ridiculed.”The drive to compete is so ingrained in most of us, we often don’t recognize it, Dohrmann says.“We get it culturally. We learn it in school. It’s often reinforced within our own families as we’re growing up. We have to be aware of that and identify the culture we want, and then set about creating it – beginning with our meetings.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
New research suggests that smartphones can lead to distraction, which ends up undermining the benefits of social interaction.“In the last 10 years, smartphones have revolutionized how we live by keeping us constantly connected online,” said study author Ryan Dwyer of the University of British Columbia. “We wanted to know if this might be impacting our real world social interactions. For example, my family often spends holidays looking at our phones together. Is this bad?”The research, which was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, consisted of two separate studies. LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter Share For their first study, which included 300 participants, the researchers had Canadians eat a meal at a restaurant together with 3 to 5 friends or family members. Participants were randomly assigned into one of two groups: some placed their phones on the table, the others put their phones away during the meal.The participants and their friends or family then completed a survey after the meal.The researchers found that people rated the meal as less enjoyable and said they were more distracted when phones were present.In a second study with another 123 participants, the researchers surveyed people 5 times a day for one week. They found people reported lower enjoyment and reported feeling more distracted when they used their smartphones during face-to-face social interactions.“Using your phone during social interactions can decrease how much you enjoy them,” Dwyer said.In both studies, phone use was associated with greater boredom and worse overall mood.“This effect may be most pronounced when there is a mismatch in phone use between members of the group (e.g. one person in the group is using their phone, while other members in the group are not),” Dwyer told PsyPost. “Further research is needed to confirm this.”“Phones are great tools, but people should be mindful about when and where they use them!”The study, “Smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face social interactions“, was co-authored by Kostadin Kushlev and Elizabeth Dunn. Email Share on Facebook
Jan 4, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Another company has recalled sprouts after a foodborne illness investigation linked them to a half dozen cases so far in Oregon and Washington, this time involving Salmonella Newport.The Washington State Department of Health (WSDH) said yesterday that the outbreak has sickened four people in Washington and two in Oregon, according to a press release. The Washington patients are from four counties, mostly in the western part of the state. None were hospitalized.Oregon health officials said no hospitalizations or deaths related to the outbreak have been reported and that illnesses began between Dec 4 and 17.Dr Mel Kohn, head of the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD), said the two Oregon cases both occurred in Bend and are linked tosprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurants, the Salem-based Statesman Journal reported today.In December an Illinois company recalled its sprouts after investigators suggested they might have been the source of a Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- outbreak that had sickened 94 people in 16 states by Dec 28. About half of the cases were in Illinois residents, many of whom ate sprouts in sandwiches at Jimmy John’s restaurants.In the latest sprout-related outbreak, Sprouters Northwest, Inc., based in Kent, Wash., yesterday announced that on Jan 1 it recalled all of its clover and clover mix sprouts after it learned that a few Salmonella infections might be linked to its products. The products were distributed to retail chains and wholesalers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.The OPHD said in a news release yesterday that the sprouts were also sold in British Columbia and possibly other US states and that larger packages were sold to grocery stores and wholesalers, which then sold them to restaurants and other outlets.Recalled clover sprout products include 4-ounce and 5-ounce containers, 1-pound bags, and 2-pound trays. Other varieties that are subject to the recall include clover onion sprouts (4- and 5-ounce containers), deli sprouts (4- and 5-ounce containers), spicy sprouts (4-ounce containers), and Brocco sandwich sprouts (4-ounce containers). The products have a “best by” date of Jan 16 or earlier.Dr William Keene, senior epidemiologist at the OPHD, warned in the statement about the danger of eating sprouts. “This is at least the thirteenth sprout-caused outbreak that has sickened Oregonians since 1995, when we first started warning consumers about the risks of eating sprouts,” he said.” Anyone concerned about foodborne disease should consider this before eating sprouts.”Sprouters Northwest said it is cooperating fully with state and federal investigators looking for the source of the contamination and has stopped producing sprouts during the probe.See also:Jan 3 FDA recall noticeJan 3 WSDH news releaseJan 3 OPHD news release
Bonfires are prohibited. No bonfire permits will be issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office during fire restrictions.Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove, including fires in developed or undeveloped campgrounds on County land, specifically Camp May Campground and open spaces, is prohibited.Exemption: Recreational fires are allowed in a constructed fixed fireplace, ring or grate no bigger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet tall and at least 25 feet away from structures with a spark arrestor at one- and two- family dwellings Open burning is prohibited on private, County, public lands and open spaces. The burning of trash or rubbish is prohibited. No open burn permits will be issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office during fire restrictions.Exemption: Prescribed burns for wildland management by an authorized federal, state or local agency requires approved permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire Marshal Wendy ServeyCOUNTY News: Los Alamos Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is enacting Baseline Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective immediately. Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division today after reviewing the potential threat of wildfire, especially in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic emergency.“Nationwide, the response to COVID-19 is straining all emergency response resources,” Servey said. “It requires a new way of operating. Large wildfires require an inter-agency response that relies upon local, state and federal cooperation and coordination. Given the current strain on government resources due to the pandemic emergency, any wildfire response will be diminished, and that makes it more difficult to fight a fire in its earliest stages. Without the necessary resources, we are at greater risk for fires to grow quickly and spread, which in turn requires even more resources for firefighting. To support the State of New Mexico and widespread need to focus on COVID-19 mitigation efforts, it is imperative that our local citizens and visitors take every action to reduce our risk of wildfire.”The following are NOT ALLOWED during Baseline Fire Restrictions:Outdoor smoking in except designated areas.Use of fireworks is prohibited on County, or public lands, and open spaces.Exemption: Professional firework display or pyrotechnics requires an approved permit by the Fire Marshal’s Office. Portable outdoor fireplaces, heaters, chimineas located 15 feet away from structures, however, this does NOT apply to one- and two- family dwellingsOutdoor gas stoves or grills fueled by NG or LPG fuels with shut-off valves, located 3 feet from all structures.Charcoal fires in contained barbeques or permanently constructed grills, rings, grates in improved site County parks are permitted. An exemption does not absolve an individual or an organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started from the exempted activity.“We are already experiencing a high level of fire season activity, with dry forests and gusting winds. We need the community to support these restrictions and report observations of any prohibited activities that are an emergency by calling 911,” Servey said.Servey said residents are welcome to contact her office at 662-8305 for non-emergency calls and any questions about the restrictions.Residents can also follow the USFS and NM State Forestry Restrictions when traveling outside of Los Alamos. Visit www.nmforestry.com or https://firerestrictions.us/for more information.National Parks, Monuments, Preserves and Wildlife Refuges host year-round fire restrictions. Contact Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve before visiting for specific information.
By GEORGE MORSESports And OutdoorsLos Alamos Daily PostThe coronavirus pandemic has New Mexico anglers posting questions all over the Internet and on Facebook looking for a place to wet a line and catch some fish. This Memorial Day weekend some of the most popular waters remain closed, while others have just been recently opened after being closed for over a month. The Weekly Fish and Stocking Report published by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish no longer reports fishing conditions at specific waters throughout the state. The last stocking report was on March 13 and none have been published since then. Anglers are seeking advice from other anglers about where to go.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham closed all state parks March 13 due to the pandemic. The parks remained closed through the rest of March and the entire month of April. The governor opened nine state parks to day-use only May 1 and May 15 opened an additional eight state parks to day-use only.Some of the most popular State Parks with New Mexico anglers remain closed.In Northern New Mexico, Fenton Lake State Park in the Jemez Mountains remains closed. Heron Lake State Park and El Vado Lake State Park near Tierra Amarilla are still closed. Eagle Nest Lake State Park remains closed. Sugarite Canyon State Park near Raton which contains Lake Maloya and Lake Alice is closed. Navajo Lake State Park in the Four Corners is closed. Bluewater Lake State Park near Grants is closed. Santa Rosa Lake State Park near Santa Rosa is closed. Pecos Canyon State Park between the towns of Pecos and Cowles is closed.State Parks that are open are for day-use only and there is no overnight camping allowed. Developed campgrounds on Santa Fe National Forest and Carson National Forest lands are also closed to overnight camping. Restrooms are locked and there is no trash pickup. Pack out all your trash. There is dispersed camping along National Forest roads that are open.Those camping on National Forest lands in New Mexico need to know that there are Stage 2 fire restrictions statewide due to the dry conditions and high fire danger. Campfires are not allowed, nor wood or coal burning stoves. Fireworks are never allowed on National Forests.Lakes, streams and rivers on National Forest lands are open for fishing. Some of these lakes and streams have not yet been stocked with rainbow trout.San Gregorio Lake in the Jemez Mountains is open. It has not yet been stocked and the fishing reports from here are poor. Streams in the Jemez Mountains have not been stocked, but do have some wild brown trout with some wild cutthroats near the headwaters. This area is already seeing heavy fishing pressure and will likely be crowded this weekend.Abiquiu Lake is open for fishing,. Anglers must park and walk to the lake. The boat ramps are not accessible by vehicle. The fishing has been fair for walleye, smallmouth bass and rainbow trout.The Chama River below Abiquiu Dam is open, but cannot be accessed from Abiquiu Dam. Call (505) 685-3741 for access information.The Chama River below El Vado Dam and above El Vado Lake is open. Streamflows are below normal for this time of year. The fishing has been fair-to-good.Laguna del Campo (Burns Lake) near Los Ojos is closed.The Canjilon Lakes are open but have not yet been stocked. The fishing is a little slow. The campground is closedThe Trout Lakes near Cebolla are open.Hopewell Lake between Tierra Amarilla and Tres Piedras is open for fishing but the road to the lake is closed. A phone call to Carson National Forest (575-758-6200) said anglers may park and then walk into the lake.The Rio de los Pinos near the Colorado border is closed.Santa Cruz Lake near Chimayo is closed.The streamflow in the Rio Grande is low for this time of year and the fishing has been good for rainbow trout and brown trout.The Rio Pueblo near Penasco is flowing below normal for this time of year. The fishing should be good for wild brown trout and for rainbow trout. Tributaries to the Rio Grande all have good streamflows. The fishing should be good in the Red River near Questa.Eagle Rock Lake near Questa is open. This lake has good fishing if it has been recently stocked.Cimarron Canyon State Park is open for fishing. The Cimarron River flows through the park and has stocked rainbow trout and wild brown trout. In the same area, Stubblefield Lake offers fishing for walleye, largemouth bass and catfish. The state-record channel catfish was caught from Stubblefield Lake. Maxwell Lake 13 on the Maxwell National Wildlife Refuge offers fishing for good-sized, holdover rainbow trout and catfish.Clayton Lake and Dinosaur Tracks State Park near Clayton is open. This lake has stocked rainbow trout and some big walleyes.The Charette Lakes between Wagon Mound and Springer offer good fishing for rainbow trout and yellow perch.Coyote Creek State Park near Guadalupita is open. This stream is stocked with rainbow trout and has wild brown trout.Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas is open. If this lake has been stocked the fishing should be good. If not it may be slow. There are also catfish here.The Gallinas River near Las Vegas is open but has not been stocked. There are some wild brown trout.Portions of the Pecos River and its tributaries that are not in Pecos Canyon State Park are open. Streamflows were high but are coming down. This area has been receiving heavy fishing pressure. Villanueva State Park is open. There maybe some rainbow trout left over from earlier winter stockings here and maybe some catfish.Conchas Lake State Park is closed but areas not part of the State Park are open, as is a .private boat launch ramp. The fishing has been good for walleye, bass and crappie.Ute Lake State Park is open and the fishing has been good for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Walleye fishinghhas been fair.The portions of the San Juan River not part of Navajo Lake State Park are open. Streamflow is below normal at 490 cubic-feet-per-second.In Albuquerque, Tingley Beach is still closed. The drainage ditches in the Albuquerque area are no longer being stocked with trout. The fishing for catfish, carp and some largemouth bass has been fair. The fishing for catfish in the Rio Grande has been fair-to-good and streamflows are low for this time of year.In Southern New Mexico, Elephant Butte State Park is still closed. This area in previous years drew up to 100,000 people over Memorial Day weekend. Caballo Lake State Park below Elephant Butte is open. It has fair fishing for walleye and white bass. Streamflow in the Rio Grande between Elephant Butte and Caballo is heavy at 2,000 cubic-feet-per-second.Sumner Lake State Park between Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner is open. It has fishing for walleye, white bass, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The Pecos River below Sumner Dam has fishing for catfish.Grindstone Reservoir and Alto Lake in the Ruidoso area have been good for rainbow trout.Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad is open. The fishing here is for largemouth bass and white bass.In the Silver City area, the fishing has been fair at Lake Roberts. The fishing here is for rainbow trout and Gila trout. There are also largemouth bass and catfish. Bear Canyon Lake and the Bill Evans Lake Wildlife Management area are closed. The fishing in the Gila River has been good and streamflows are good in the Gila River and its tributaries.The fishing has been good for rainbow trout at Quemado Lake.More State Parks may be opened up June 1 by Governor Grisham. Heavy fishing pressure and crowded conditions are reported from many of the areas open for fishing. Littering has been a problem. Please pick up after yourselves and practice social distancing. fair.
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Talisman Energy Norge AS has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway for exploration drilling of well 15/12-24, in the North Sea. Talisman is the operator for production licence 672 in block 15/12 in the central North Sea.According to the PSA, the company is to drill well 15/12-24 in a prospect named Snømus, to investigate the find’s potential.The well will be drilled by a jack-up drilling rig Mærsk Giant. It is owned and operated by the A.P. Møller-Mærsk Group. It was built in Japan by Hitachi and completed in 1986.Mærsk Giant can operate in water depths of up to 107 metres and accommodates 87 people.[mappress mapid=”1289″]