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first_imgThe Schlotzsky’s on Johnson Drive has closed and will become a Qdoba.By Dawn BormannWork is expected to begin soon on a Qdoba Mexican Grill in Mission.The fast-casual Mexican chain will be located in the former Schlotzsky’s on Johnson Drive, which recently closed.A note in window of the Johnson Drive location says the owner of the Schlotzsky’s in Mission and in Liberty sold both properties to Qdoba. The Mission Schlotzsky’s had been in business for nine years.Work is expected to begin soon on the remodel, Mission City Adminstator Laura Smith told City Council members this week. A remodeling plan was submitted that calls for tenant finish changes to the interior, new signs, awnings, patio fencing and decorative details, she said.Qdoba specialize in customized burritos, nachos, quesadillas and tacos. Qdoba used to have several franchise-owned locations in the metro area but they closed several years ago. The closest location to Kansas City is currently in Topeka.last_img read more

first_imgThe Leawood City Council this week directed the city attorney and staff to work on a draft ordinance that would allow beekeeping in the city.City Attorney Patty Bennett made a presentation on beekeeping at the council’s Monday meeting. Bennett said she had researched a few area cities’ beekeeping regulations and would research them further in preparing the draft ordinance.City Administrator Scott Lambers said the measure would be considered a development ordinance and treated as a Planning Commission item with a required public hearing. That will probably occur toward the end of this year or early next year, and then the measure will return to the council for consideration.Mayor Peggy Dunn said she had not received any requests from residents about beekeeping. She wants city staff to consider including provisions in the draft ordinance that would address protection for those who are allergic to beestings.Beekeeping allowed in Overland Park and Prairie VillagePrairie Village has allowed beekeeping since 2015 and Overland Park has since 1983. Neither city requires a beekeeping permit. Prairie Village City Administrator Wes Jordan said the city had not received complaints about beekeeping that he knew of. With no permit requirement, city officials don’t know how many residents keep bees.Leawood residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on the issue through a public hearing. Photo credit Roland Takang. Used under a Creative Commons license.Bees and people “can coexist in a residential environment and not be a problem,” Jordan said. Beekeeping is valuable because bees play a vital role in supporting a healthy environment and pesticide use has decreased bee populations.Prairie Village’s beekeeping ordinance comprises the following requirements:Minimize swarming of bees.Provide and maintain a water source on the premises.Keep no more than two hives on a property or lot.Keep hives only within a backyard with a fence at least 42 inches high.Maintain shrubs or a fence to prevent bees from flying away if the property’s exterior fence is less than 6 feet tall.Keep hives at least 10 feet from all property lines.Maintain hives to ensure they create no public nuisance.Remove hives if they are not maintained according to city codes or animal control officers.Overland Park spokesman Sean Reilly said he was unaware of any beekeeping complaints made to the city. Overland Park’s beekeeping ordinance includes the following requirements:Hives must be placed at least 25 feet from adjoining residential property lines; at least 75 feet from any residential building other than the beekeeper’s unless that landowner grants written, revocable permission; and at least 100 feet from the exterior line of the traveled part of a public street.Owners of land where bees are kept must grant written, revocable permission for others to keep bees on that land.No more than three hives may be placed from 75 feet to 600 feet from a house or other residential building other than the beekeeper’s.Hives, stands, boxes or apiaries must include an identifying sign with letters at least 1-inch high that includes the owner’s name, address and phone number.Clean water must be provided for bees within 25 feet of each hive, stand, box or apiary.Spokerspersons for Overland Park and Prairie Village said they were unaware of any complaints regarding the city’s allowance of bee keeping. Photo credit Jason Riedy. Used under a Creative Commons license.The United States had 2.88 million honeybee colonies in 2017, down 12% from a record high 3.28 million colonies in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Managed honeybees add almost $20 billion to the value of U.S. crop production, according to the American Beekeeping Federation. Honeybees help increase the yields and quality of crops through pollination, and many U.S. crops would not exist without them.The federation has a free beginner’s beekeeping toolkit on its website.last_img read more

first_img Bar board set to meet in Tallahassee January 30-31 January 15, 2014 Regular News Bar board set to meet in Tallahassee January 30-31center_img Legislative issues, pro bono recognition, and ethics issues will be on the Bar Board of Governors agenda when it meets in Tallahassee on January 30-31.The meeting will be the last board gathering before the annual session of the Florida Legislature kicks off in March and legislative issues typically draw a good share of the board’s attention.Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston will address the board during its January 31 meeting and discuss the state of the third branch and the court’s legislative priorities, and the board will also have lunch with the high court justices.The board will consider the request of the Legal Needs of Children Committee, which wants to lobby for statutory changes giving judges the sole authority to determine when juveniles are tried in adult court. Currently, that decision rests with state attorneys. The board postponed consideration at its December meeting so the Public Interest Law Section and the Criminal Law Section would have an opportunity to review the committee’s request.The board will be considering two ethics appeals from the Professional Ethics Committee.In one case, a law firm inquired about setting up a credit reporting service in which lawyers could report on their clients’ timeliness in paying their legal bills. The PEC said that would be a conflict for law firms to report that information on their current clients. A prior ethics opinion held that law firms could report the nonpayment of a legal fee to a credit bureau, but only after representation with that client had been terminated.In the second case, the lawyer was holding funds in escrow for a client while a third party made a claim on those funds. The lawyer said he wanted to hold the funds for 30 days while the client and third party negotiated and, if no resolution was reached, release the funds to the clients. The PEC said Bar rules require the lawyer to hold the funds and prohibits releasing the funds until an agreement is reached or the lawyer obtains a court order directing disbursements of the funds if the lawyer owes a duty to that third party.The board will also consider advertising appeals from decisions of the Standing Committee of Advertising. All of those involved the medical and legal referral service 411-PAIN.In one case, the standing committee said the service could not advertise the successes of individual lawyers belonging to the service because there was no guarantee callers would be referred to those lawyers.Another involves an actor who appeared on previous 411-PAIN billboard advertisements dressed as a policeman. New ad regulations prevent the use of authority figures, including police, in ads. In the latest 411-PAIN ads, the actor appears in a blue uniform but without police badges or insignias. The standing committee felt that was too close to the previous ads.The board will also take part in the annual pro bono awards ceremony at the Supreme Court on January 30.The board will pick two lawyers for three-year terms on The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors and one lawyer for a two-year term on the Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2017 tourist year for the Kvarner Tourist Board begins with engagement in emitting markets, and the first stop is the German market. By the way, 2016 was a record tourist year in Kvarner, which ended with 5% more arrivals and 6% more overnight stays than in the same period in 2015.The German market for Kvarner is unrivaled market number one, both for Kvarner and for Croatia, and in terms of share in overnight stays, which in 2016 amounted to 31%, ie more than half a million arrivals (524.586) and almost 4 million overnight stays (3.939.711) of German guests, while the second strongest market is Slovenia with a share of 14% in total overnight stays.That the German market is the most important for European destinations is also shown by the CNTB data which state that Germany is the third tourist market in the world after the USA and China and the first in Europe with 69,1 million trips longer than four days and 77 million shorter trips. on which the Germans spend almost 90 billion euros. “The main feature that has marked the German tourism market and that is visible in the past period is stability. The topic of travel and tourism is high on the list of priorities of German citizens, and various segments of social life are being upgraded around these concepts. Tourist topics are very common in the media and the average German is an experienced traveler. ”Is stated in the document Profile of Emitting Markets 2016, which you can view in full here.Photo: TZ KvarnerThe trend of growth in tourist traffic from the German market in Kvarner has continued, and in 2016 there were as many as 8% more Germans, and they realized 9% more overnight stays than in 2015. Data that is a factor more to focus on the German market with the aim of bringing in even more German tourists. Thus, the Kvarner Tourist Board opened its promotional and fair promotion at one of the world’s largest fairs CMT Stuttgart.At CMT, on an area of ​​105.000 m2, more than 2.000 exhibitors from about 90 countries are exhibiting, and the fair is followed daily by about 1.500 accredited journalists from 21 countries. “CMT is a very popular and visited fair, interest in the offer of Kvarner is great, avIn addition to all the above, all participants in the promotion, along with the Kvarner Tourist Board, should achieve significant marketing value with this performance, as well as influence a larger number of guests and overnight stays from Germany and one of the richest German states Baden – Württemberg. We believe that the proximity and accessibility of Kvarner, and a good image of the region with the promotion of attractions for all guests, will contribute to the fact that they choose Kvarner for their vacation in 2017.. “Said the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board, Ph.D. Irena Persic Zivadinov.Since the appearance of Kvarner as a partner region of the CMT fair in 2015, which was a huge marketing and commercial success, and the achieved media value was 2,31 million euros, and this fair has remained the most important point in promoting the camping offer of Kvarner they point out from the Kvarner Tourist Board and add that PR activities have continued throughout the year and relations with the media are especially nurtured, and many German journalists have visited Kvarner and reported on current events from the tourist offer.Photo: TZ KvarnerThe Kvarner Tourist Board, which represents the offer of the entire Kvarner, proposed to the tourist boards and representatives of the economy, primarily camps, to join the joint performance, and thus rationalize funds, increase joint promotion and make the most of promotion opportunities.The following entities responded to the invitation of the Kvarner Tourist Board: the Tourist Board of the Island of Krk – Camps of the Island of Krk, Cresanka dd, Cres, Imperial dd, Rab, the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica. ” Only by joint efforts and cooperation with all those who carry the tourist offer of the region do we achieve and show the strength and attractiveness of the region, and ultimately we can achieve better results even than the record 2016. It is extremely important that the performance is realized in cooperation with economic entities from the Kvarner area and tourist boards. That way, the whole performance is more representative and efficient. ” concludes Peršić Živadinov and adds that the most sought-after material is “Kvarner Magazine” (newly printed edition for 2017) with the offer of all Kvarner subregions.last_img read more

first_imgShare on Facebook Email A beautified profile picture on a dating website could make others judge you to be less trustworthy — at least if you’re a woman.A study of 305 participants found that men who viewed enhanced photos of women judged them to be more attractive but less trustworthy, compared to a natural photo of the same woman. Enhanced photos of men both increased attractiveness and increased trustworthiness among women.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Rory McGloin of the University of Connecticut. Read his responses below: Share on Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Share LinkedIn PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?McGloin: I found it fascinating that online dating profile pictures were such a significant piece of the matchmaking process. In particular, in conversations I would have with people who were using apps such as Tinder were basing their assessment of the other person primarily just using the information provided in their picture. In addition to this, I would hear anecdotal stories about people thinking someone’s picture was “too hot” to be on a dating website. So, as a result of these phenomena I thought it would be interesting to examine how this process might actually be working, to see if we could empirically capture the phenomena and to determine how the online dating experience might be different for men and women in this way.What should the average person take away from your study?I think there are a number of key take-aways for people who might be using online dating websites or apps. The most important might be to consider “what” you believe your profile picture is communicating about your trustworthiness. In our results, we found that the women’s profile picture that had been beautified led to lower levels of trustworthiness. On the other hand, women found the more beatified male profile picture as also being more trustworthy. Therefore, the process seems to be different for men and women and as a result, different considerations should be made when selecting a profile picture.If you want to attract people based on your looks, then our results show that a beatified picture can certainly help increase your attractiveness and other individual’s desire to date you. On the other hand, if you want people to perceive you as being trustworthy, then for women, selecting what might be a slightly more authentic or natural photo could help increase your perceived trustworthiness.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?As with any scientific study, there are always limitations. This study provides only one empirical examination into this phenomena, but with a different sample or with different audiences the results could differ. The study only showed one picture and one profile to each participant. As we know, today’s sites and apps allow users to post more than one picture, so it would be interesting to see how a combination of photos could impact the processes that we uncovered here, that is a goal for a follow up study. Also, we did not have enough power in the sample to determine how this process may work for members of the LGBTQ community and therefore, future investigations that focused on this group would also provide important information for all members of the online dating community.The study, “Too hot to trust: Examining the relationship between attractiveness, trustworthiness, and desire to date in online dating,” was published in the journal New Media & Society. It was also co-authored by Amanda Denes.last_img read more

first_imgNDM-1 detected in 27 Vibrio fluvialis isolates in IndiaAlthough MCR-1 has often garnered drug-resistance headlines of late, an earlier gene that also confers antimicrobial resistance, NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) has not gone away, as evidenced by a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. Researchers reported the gene in 27 Vibrio fluvialis isolates in Kolkata, India.NDM-1 was first discovered in 2009, with the first US cases reported in 2010. It has been reported most commonly in India and Pakistan. MCR-1 was first detailed in a report late last year and renders pathogens resistant to the last-line antibiotic colistin. Most NDM-1 strains are susceptible to colistin but resistant to most commonly used antibiotics.In the new study, Indian researchers were screening samples from hospitalized patients who had diarrhea when they identified the 27 NDM-1 V fluvialis isolates, which were resistant to all antimicrobials tested except doxycyline. The genes flanking the NDM-1 genes were identical to those identified in a comparison NDM-1 Escherichia coli bacterium isolated previously.The scientists were also able to transfer the NDM-1-containing plasmid to other pathogens such as E coli, but those pathogens exhibited a slightly less extensive antimicrobial resistance profile.The authors concluded, “The pathogenicity of V. fluvialis to humans and its ubiquitous presence in the environment call for constant monitoring of this species for emerging antimicrobial drug resistance.”Sep 14 Emerg Infect Dis report Study says WHO guidelines might underestimate cure in MDR-TB patientsA new study suggests that the way the World Health Organization (WHO) defines “cure” for patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) may underestimate how many people recover from the disease.The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated treatment outcomes for 380 European MDR-TB patients according to WHO definitions and compared them with simplified definitions of treatment outcomes. Under the WHO guidelines, cure was defined as treatment completion with at least three negative cultures after the intensive phase of therapy in the absence of treatment failure. Under the simplified definition, cure was defined as a negative culture status 6 months after treatment initiation, no positive culture thereafter, and no relapse within 1 year after treatment completion.The study found that relapse-free cure was achieved in 61% of patient with MDR-TB, 52% of patients with pre-extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB, and 39% of patients with XDR-TB. Under the WHO definition, 31%, 27%, and 24% of patients, respectively, were considered cured.”In conclusion, current WHO definitions may underestimate cure in patients with MDR tuberculosis,” the study authors wrote. “These definitions could be simplified while incorporating the assessment of post-treatment relapse.”Sep 15 N Engl J Med correspondencelast_img read more

first_imgTsankawi Prehistoric Sites: The Tsankawi section of Bandelier National Monument is on N.M. 4, some 12 miles from the main section of Bandelier National Monument and where hikers can walk the same trails used by the Ancestral Pueblo people. The hike includes a 1.5 mile walk along a mesa, viewing of cavates, petroglyphs and the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tsankawi. Ladders are a required part of this trail. Photo by Nancy Ann HibbsFlower along the trail. Photo by Nancy Ann HibbsView along the Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites trail. Photo by Nancy Ann HibbsView along the Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites trail. Photo by Nancy Ann HibbsView along the Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites trail. Photo by Nancy Ann HibbsSign at the entrance to the Tsankawi Prehistoric Sites at Bandelier. Photo by Nancy Ann Hibbslast_img read more

first_imgMuch activity is spotted in recent days since the pinyon nuts have just ripened in the 30-foot tall pinyon trees growing at a residence on Andanada Street on Barranca Mesa. In the last week, all sorts of wildlife have appeared to feast on the bounty. In one day there were Steller’s and California scrub jays, pygmy and white-breasted nuthatches, ravens, spotted towhees, morning doves, chipmunks, red squirrels and even a hummingbird. Here a California scrub jay is grabbing a nut from one of the pinyon trees. Photo by Ken HansonA red squirrel grabs a pinyon nut. Photo by Ken HansonA pygmy nuthatch catches a beetle, surprise! Photo by Ken Hanson This raven comes up with two pinyon nuts. Like the jays, the ravens break open nuts by pecking at them while holding them between their feet. Photo by Ken HansonA white-breasted nuthatch searches for a pinyon nut. Photo by Ken Hanson A chipmunk takes a nut from a pinyon cone. Photo by Ken HansonA Steller’s jay drops its pinyon nut. Photo by Ken Hansonlast_img read more

first_imgBy Elizabeth Morgan Performance Appraisal rating My previous article on the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) addressed the lackadaisical attitude to implementation of decisions which persist in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). In the Communique of the 40th Heads of Government Conference, St. Lucia, July 3-5, Heads, in their appraisal of CSME implementation, “expressed their concern at the slow pace and low level of implementation of the CSME and lack of urgency exhibited by some Member States in enacting the necessary legislation and putting in place the administrative measures for implementation.” Thus, it seems to me that the overall grade which the region received in the CSME performance appraisal was about “C”. CARICOM Competition Authorities encouraged to co-operate Oct 1, 2020 Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Sep 23, 2020 You may be interested in… Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… Oct 7, 2020 Oct 14, 2020 In their assessment, the Heads recognized that there were factors contributing to the poor performance.  Capacity constraints among Member States were identified. They agreed that more support should be provided to national CSME Focal Points and acknowledged the importance of timely reporting and public education and outreach. It was also reported that there was progress in establishing a CARICOM Private Sector Organization (CPSO). Responsibility of the Political Directorate It is my view that to improve the CSME implementation grade moving it to B or A, the Heads themselves have to give clear instructions to their national Cabinets that CSME implementation is a priority and should be mainstreamed into national development policies, plans and programmes. Financial and human resources have to be provided recognizing that the CSME contributes to national development. The political directorate has to acknowledge that CSME implementation positions the region not only to engage in intra-regional trade, but also in trade and other economic activities with the world in these challenging times. Caribbean small economies are particularly vulnerable to natural and economic disasters and need to cooperate. This is where the report of the CARICOM Commission on the Economy could make a useful contribution regarding the economic strategy. The Heads themselves have to signal their own commitment to CSME implementation and problem-solving. There are mixed messages coming from the political directorate. At CARICOM Meetings, the message is support for regional integration and, at home, it is one of indifference with national interests taking precedence. In engagements with third countries, even the region’s trade and economic interests can be deferred on the basis that politicians are elected to serve their national interest. The CARICOM Heads, if they genuinely support regional integration, need to provide the leadership required to demonstrate that the national and regional agendas converge in a common interest. I mentioned in a previous article that Heads should show their regional commitment by the importance they attach to their quasi-Cabinet assignments. CSME implementation does not only rest with the Prime Minister of Barbados. Other Heads of Government have CSME responsibilities in their Quasi-Cabinet portfolios, for example: Antigua and Barbuda – Trade in Services Dominica – Labour including CSME Movement of Skilled Persons Grenada – Science and Technology including Information and Communications Guyana – Agriculture Jamaica – External Trade Negotiations St. Lucia – Sustainable Development St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Transportation The Bahamas, though not in the CSME, as a CARICOM Member, has responsibility for Tourism. CSME implementation also requires Community bodies, such as the Council for Finance and Planning (COFAP) and the Legal Affairs Committee (LAC), to meet regularly with attendance of a critical mass of Ministers and Attorneys General to facilitate decision-making. The participation of the private sector is critical thus progress on CPSO is welcomed. Without the commitment from the political leaders, the private sector and other parts of civil society, including academia and the media, then the CSME will make little progress, the grade will not improve, and as the Trinidadians say, the region will continue “spinning top in mud”, or as the headline recently declared “revving with the handbrake up”. CARICOM leaders need to release the handbrake in the common national and regional interest. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CARICOM/CSME: The Persisting Implementation QuestionCARICOM Day        On July 1, Guyana and possibly a few other Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) commemorated CARICOM Day marking the signing on July 4, 1973 of the Treaty of Chaguaramas creating the Caribbean Community and Common Market. It seems the day is usually marked on the first…July 4, 2019In “CARICOM”CARICOM/CSME: Private Sector RepresentationBy Elizabeth Morgan On November 5, Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, who has lead responsibility in the quasi-Cabinet for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), hosted a regional town hall meeting on the CSME. This meeting was scheduled in the lead up to the 49th meeting of the…November 14, 2019In “CSME”Special CARICOM Heads Meeting must achieve CSME results OpinionBy Elizabeth Morgan THROUGH complacency, poor management and lack of vision the West Indies cricket team is now the sick man of cricket, struggling for a place at the bottom. It is said that the state of cricket in the Caribbean reflects the political, social and economic state of the…December 3, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img(Newsweek) The coronavirus pandemic has reached at least 155 countries, with more than 185,000 known cases and 7,300 related deaths. Around 80,200 have recovered, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The total number of cases in the U.S. has surpassed 4,600, with at least 85 deaths. Cases continue to soar in Italy, where nearly 28,000 infections have been reported and more than 2,100 people have died. New infections have been reported in at least four countries across Africa, Europe and the Americas in the past two days, according to the latest report by World Health Organization (WHO). Oct 16, 2020 Brazil and Chile have started to see a surge in cases in recent days, with Brazil reporting a jump from 121 on Saturday to 234 confirmed cases on Sunday. Chile also climbed from 61 cases on Saturday to 156 infections on Tuesday, according to figures from the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. Spain, Italy and Iran have surpassed South Korea in having the most confirmed cases outside China. The virus spread has prompted various travel bans in different parts of the world. Read more at: Newsweek Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak center_img Suriname, Guyana, Bahamas register deaths from COVIDGuyana and Suriname have registered more deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) as other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries register increased cases of the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for 774,000 deaths and 21.6 million infections worldwide. Suriname announced that five people died from the virus…August 17, 2020In “General”$675 million appeal to stop coronavirus in its tracks, as deaths rise(United Nations News) The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) appealed on Wednesday for $675 million to boost international measures to counter the new coronavirus epidemic, as deaths from the outbreak neared 500. Speaking in Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that latest data indicated 24,363 confirmed infections in China…February 6, 2020In “CARPHA”Four Caribbean countries record COVID deathsStory via CMC – Four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries recorded deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours and several other regional countries reported more positive cases of the virus that has killed nearly a thousand people in CARICOM so far. In Jamaica, the Western Regional Health Authority…October 7, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 15, 2020last_img read more