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PV police traffic operation around SM East leads to 50 citations

first_imgThe Prairie Village Police Department’s targeted traffic law enforcement operation in the areas around Shawnee Mission East netted 50 citations – but most of the violators weren’t in the demographic you might expect.Between Feb. 24 and March 7, the department’s traffic unit spent a total of 22 hours focused on the streets surrounding the high school just before and after each school day. Sgt. James Carney, who heads the department’s traffic unit, said officers issued the following citations.35 for adult seat belt violations4 for 14-17 year old persons violating the seat belt law3 for child restraint violations (issued to drivers with children up to 14 years old not properly restrained)8 citations for texting while driving“Most of the tickets were issued to adults, as you can see, and most of this did not involve East students,” Carney said. ” The violators just happened to be passing through the area on one of the three streets bordering the high school. Speaks well for the students.”last_img read more

After leaving Overland Park Orchestra, conductor Shah Sadikov focused on NAVO group’s fifth season

first_imgShah Sadikov has stepped down as Overland Park Orchestra music director. File photoAfter a year with Overland Park Orchestra, Shah Sadikov has stepped down as conductor and is now busy gearing up for the start of his fifth season with NAVO, his local nonprofit that brings classical music to the Kansas City area.Sadikov led the Overland Park Orchestra as conductor for about a year, but due to scheduling conflicts, he was unable to continue in that role.“We came to the conclusion that our schedules are not matching well,” Sadikov said, adding that his assistant conductor has replaced him. The Overland Park Orchestra will make a formal announcement of its new conductor at a later date. “That’s why we decided it’s best if I step down, and if they need help in the future, I’m happy to help them.”Sadikov said he had a great year with Overland Park Orchestra, leading “a challenging repertoire” of symphony pieces by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. He also led the orchestra’s performance with the American Youth Ballet on “The Nutcracker.”Finally, the conductor said he was also proud to premier his newly commissioned piece “Cassini Overture,” with the Overland Park Orchestra. He commissioned that piece with the Hays Symphony at Fort Hays State University, where he teaches and directs orchestra.“Giving a Kansas City premier is a unique thing because you’ve never heard it before, you’ve never performed it better,” he said. “So I’m very proud that we’ve done that. There were a lot of proud moments.”Sadikov continues his musical pursuits with guest conducting. He is also continuing his work with NAVO, the nonprofit arts organization he co-founded that features internationally recognized artists in performances that bring classical music to the Midwest.NAVO’s kickoff performance this weekend, “Czech Mates,” is a program of music written by Czech composers. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.Admission to the NAVO concert is free, and seats can be reserved at navoarts.com.“We are opening our season with this delightful chamber music evening,” Sadikov said.“Czech Mates” will feature Daniel Veis, a Czech cellist who has been recognized as “the finest Czech cellist since winning the Silver Medal at the prestigious 1978 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow,” according to NAVO. Veis will be joined by his wife, pianist Helena Veisova, in a selection of character pieces by Suk and Martinu.“He’s an incredible, incredible cellist,” Sadikov said of Veis, adding that Veis Veisová have performed together for more than five decades. “It’s a well rounded program which features an international cast with the centerpiece being Czech artists from the Czech Republic.”The evening performance will also feature Dvorak’s A major piano quintet, a work inspired by Bohemian folk dances, according to NAVO. Reuniting to perform this work are NAVO’s core members Véronique Mathieu (co-founder of NAVO) and Mandy Wang on violin, Sadikov on viola, cellist Sunnat Ibrahim as well as guest pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich.last_img read more

Day-Trippers Head East

first_img Share A surfer wears a face mask at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk on Saturday, April 25. Independent/Gordon M. GrantAt the same time Town of East Hampton police are dealing with the large number of day-trippers in Montauk on warm, sunny weekend days, the town board is wrestling with what exactly the beaches and parks will look like this summer season. Police Chief Michael Sarlo addressed the board April 21 on the matter, detailing how on the previous weekend, state park employees closed down some of the accesses to the state parks out in Montauk, including Shadmoor, Camp Hero, and the Montauk Lighthouse. “That caused overflow of parking out onto the roadways,” Sarlo said. The accesses were closed because the parks were becoming too crowded for visitors to practice the required six-foot social distancing guidelines implemented by the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Several officers were dispatched to the area where cars were illegally parked and issued citations. “They are state parks, and they are state jurisdiction,” Sarlo said, meaning it is up to the state to police them. The department is stretched thin Sarlo explained: “We have over 70 miles of shoreline and over 100 access points to sand in our town. There were just a couple of locations where crowding was a problem.” On Monday, April 27, Sarlo told The Independent “state parks had reduced parking in their big lots and closed down around 2 to 2:30 PM” this past weekend. “They did have additional state trooper and parks police presence this weekend,” he added.Cones limit parking at Main Beach in East Hampton. Independent/Richard LewinThe chief said April 25 was a very busy, sunny day with “lots of people outside.” His department issued 165 parking tickets town-wide, mostly for no beach permit, but some were for vehicles in no parking zones. “Ditch Plains was packed with a good surf break forecast for Saturday morning, and officers did their best to encourage social distancing, as well as give warnings and get the word out about the parking,” Sarlo said. “We had officers on foot along Main Street most of the day and got very good compliance with social distancing and keeping masks on. People online for takeout, and even some of the groups of motorcycle riders parked along main street had masks on.” The town announced last week it was going to start enforcing summer beach parking rules a month early. “It’s important to note that despite all of the complaints and buzz regarding the crowds visiting Montauk, the hamlet has seen an increase of exactly one new positive COVID-19 case reported since April 10,” Sarlo said. “If people take care of following their own protocols for social distancing, wear a mask, and limit their trips for essentials, we can continue to flatten the curve for our community.”East Hampton Village police blocked vehicle access to the top of Main Beach Saturday afternoon to prevent overcrowding. Independent/Gordon M. GrantMeanwhile, the town is anticipating what the beaches and parks will look like this summer. Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilman David Lys discussed the challenges at an April 21 town board meeting. “The Suffolk County health department will have to be involved,” Lys said regarding social-distancing guidelines at beaches. If the beach is open, he said restrooms will have to be, too. Both agreed even if the beaches are technically closed, people will still attempt to swim in the ocean, which leaves the potential for drowning, since there would be no lifeguards present. All town parks, including Montauk Skate Park, and the Amagansett Youth Park, are closed. Basketball rims have been taken down. When possible, Lys said, town-owned parks will be padlocked.t.e@indyeastend.comPatrolling Southampton Beaches Cars line Charles F. Altenkirch County Park at the Shinnecock Inlet in Hampton Bays. Independent/Jessica Mackin-CiproSouthampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said he’s feared enforcement issues at parks and beaches related to COVID-19. Public Safety & Emergency Management Administrator Ryan Murphy said his department has not run into any issues so far. “A bay constable said some photos of people from the public are showing more congestion on the roadways and in parking lots than on the beaches,” he said. “Sometimes there’s a misinterpretation.” Some images of six people two feet apart sitting on the sand are of those cohabitating, which isn’t a violation. On Instagram April 25, Southampton Village Mayor Jesse Warren said: “If you choose to go to the beach, please make sure you’re wearing a mask or face guard, and socially distance by being six feet apart.” Swimming at state park beaches and in pools at will remain forbidden through May 31. The State Parks Department announced last Friday that beaches will open then instead of the traditional plan, Monday, May 25, shortly before Memorial Day weekend. Long Island’s had already been closed through May 15 with all nonessential businesses. The parks themselves have remained open for people wishing to walk or jog, or even ride bikes in some places.New York also suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage, and pavilion/shelter reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. If someone has made a reservation for the season beginning June 1, and the parks department says the facility is safe to open, a reservation will be honored, but visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund. In order to protect officers while limiting the spread, members of Southampton’s police department and public safety officials are wearing N95 masks and face shields, gloves, and Tyvek suits. Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said there have been two instances, which he called the “most complicated thing for us to manage,” where officers responded to calls involving members of the public who tested positive for COVID-19.desiree@indyeastend.comlast_img read more

Farmers Market Opens

first_imgThe Calvary Baptist Church on Spinner Lane in East Hampton is the new home for this year’s East Hampton Farmers Market, which opened on Friday, June 5. Organizer Kate Plumb welcomed the guests to the season opening, making sure all protocols of masks, directional aisles, and grouping were followed. Sharelast_img

TW Cylinders receives award

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50 helium balloons to stream eclipse

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Government bids to improve social mobility in professions

first_imgThe government has launched a strategy to end the culture of privilege that sees former independent school pupils dominating the top jobs in the judiciary and boardroom to the exclusion of people from less affluent backgrounds, it emerged today. Launching the new strategy Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers, the government said that a ‘stark fact’ of social mobility was that only 7% of the UK population attended independent schools, and yet this section of the population accounted for 70% of all high court judges and 54% of all FTSE 100 chief executives. The BBC website further reports that 68% of top barristers also came from this privileged 7% of the country’s population. Other statistics cited by the government include: just one in five young people from the poorest families achieve five good GCSEs compared to three quarters from richer families; and only a quarter of working class boys go on to get middle class jobs. The new strategy aims to end this inequality by ensuring that everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, the government said. Unfairness will be tackled at every stage of life, from school through to adulthood, it asserted. City firm Allen & Overy is the first law firm to sign up to the strategy’s new ‘business compact’, under which it has agreed to offer internships to young people from deprived backgrounds. It joins accountancy firms KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: ‘A fair society is an open society where everybody is free to flourish and where birth is never destiny. In Britain today, life chances are narrowed for too many by the circumstances of their birth: the home they’re born into, the neighbourhood they grow up in or the jobs their parents do. Patterns of inequality are imprinted from one generation to the next. 

 ‘A recent report by the Sutton Trust estimated that the economic benefits of improving social mobility could be worth £140 billion a year by 2050. This is not only a question of fairness – opening up opportunities is in the interests of the economy and of the country.’ For the first time, the strategy includes a set of key indicators for defining how social mobility is measured so that it can be seen where measures are having the most impact and where the approach needs adjustment. The strategy, Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers – A strategy for Social Mobility, can be read here.last_img read more

SC&RA Foundation makes senior appointments

first_imgSC&RA Foundation president will be Robert Moore of Atlanta’s NBIS. Stephanie Bragg of Bragg Companies will serve a year-term as vice president. The SC&RA Foundation’s treasurer will be Jim Sever of PSC Crane & Rigging. SC&RA Foundation chairpersons for 2013-2013 are Tiea Cowley of TNT Crane & Rigging; Toni Sabia from Transport Systems and Products Inc; and Bonnie Forster at Rigging Gear Sales. Justin Cravens of Ridewell Suspensions and Dave Wittwer from Hays Companies have been elected as new board members and will both serve two-year terms. Lee Ellen Russell of Sheedy Drayage has been appointed to the board for one year. The SC&RA Foundation also recognised Doug Miller from Burkhalter by presenting him with a Cornerstone Award for serving a three-year term on the Foundation’s board of directors. The SC&RA Foundation recently awarded USD3,000 scholarships to nine students preparing for careers in transportation or construction management. The grant recipients are Jared Bigby, Darin Blair, Caleb Brack, Samson Meyer, Mitchell Nettinga, Candice Parrish, Anna Rivas Gonzalez, Ryan Stammen and Alexander Zartman.  Two further USD1,500 grants were awarded to Eduardo Hernandez and Rocky Wilson. Since its formation in 1986 the SC&RA Foundation has awarded over USD350,000 in scholarships and grants. www.scranet.orglast_img read more

Antwerp explores Iran

first_imgThe exploratory mission was mainly aimed at making contacts with official bodies. It included meetings with among others Mr Saeednejad, head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation, Dr Saeidi, head of the Islamic Republic Shipping Line, Masoud Karbasian, head of the Iranian Customs service and Seyed Jamal Hosseini, vice-chairman of the Iranian Investment Organisation. The discussions covered Iran’s ambitions in shipping and commerce, as well as the role that the port of Antwerp could play in attaining these Iranian objectives.”Up until 2010 Antwerp was the largest European port destination for Iranian cargoes,” said Marc Van Peel, port alderman and Antwerp Port Authority chairman. “In the light of the recent nuclear agreement and the raising of economic sanctions, we wanted to let the Iranians know directly that Antwerp is still the ideal hub for reaching the European hinterland. There is also great demand on the Iranian side for know-how concerning port infrastructure, among other things. Port of Antwerp International and the Antwerp Flanders Port Training Centre are ready to support the Iranian port community in these areas. In all respects the mission was certainly successful, opening up prospects both for Iran and for our port.” François Delhaye, Belgian ambassador; Marc Van Peel, port alderman and Antwerp Port Authority chairman; Mr. Saeednejad, head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation.www.portofantwerp.comlast_img read more

Financial rescue agreed

first_imgALSTOM announced on August 6 that it had secured a comprehensive financial package with the agreement of more than 30 of its banks. This will enable the company to repay its existing debt facilities which mature in the first half of 2004, as well as providing short and medium-term liquidity.The agreement includes commitments from the French state, because of what the company describes as the ’potential impact of Alstom’s situation in the industrial, social and financial domains across a number of countries’.The deal will substantially increase Alstom’s equity, and ensure adequate contract bonding capacity to support its on-going business activity level. The package is subject to the approval of shareholders at an extraordinary general meeting on September 24.A €600m capital increase was approved at the AGM on July 2, and €300m of this is reserved for the French state, which will hold 31·5% of Alstom’s shares with a commitment not to sell until the group’s full recovery. The subscription price will be €1·25 per share. Alstom will issue €900m of underwritten bonds mandatorily reimbursable with shares with five-year maturity; this may be increased to €1bn. The company will be provided with subordinated loans totalling €1·3bn, with the state participating in €200m.A syndicate of banks will provide a contract bonds and guarantees facility worth €3·5bn to support commercial activity, 65% counter-guaranteed by the French state. There are also €600m of short-term facilities available, half from a syndicate of banks and half from state-owned bank Caisse des Déplast_img read more