Roeland Park mayor, council win award for citizen engagement in budget process

first_imgA full house of Roeland Park residents were at the community center this summer to talk about the city budget.Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and the Roeland Park City Council are one of the winners of the 2013 Consensus Civility Award. The council and mayor are being honored for the process they implemented to involve citizens in the budget decisions this year.At the center of the Roeland Park involvement were two town hall meetings in which the participants were divided into small groups to talk about the budget challenges the city was facing in crafting its 2014 budget. The town halls let people talk about their priorities for budget cuts and give new ideas to face the issue. Residents also could pose questions that were answered on the city’s Website so everyone could see the answers.Mayor Marquardt said the small group breakout gave more people a chance to participate. “I was amazed,” he said of the way the process worked and the response from the public. “I still get comments weekly” about the method. Most residents who attended were happy with the process, he said. “It started out contentious and ended with everyone clapping.”Marquardt said he and the council knew it would be a difficult year. The city faces financial challenges, not the least of which is the coming loss of sales tax revenue associated with the Walmart that will be moving to Mission.Roeland Park Councilors Marek Gliniecki and Teresa Kelly were instrumental in bringing in help from KC Consensus director Jennifer Wilding to plan the facilitated small group process. Consensus is a non-profit that focuses on involving the public in public policy issues.Commenting on the Roeland Park project, Wilding said: “The public hearing is the method most often used to engage citizens. It often results in citizens standing at a microphone yelling at elected officials. Roeland Park’s elected leaders and staff wanted a meaningful method to engage their residents, and they knew that this wasn’t it. Instead, they worked with Consensus to craft a small-group process that had people making hard choices as individuals and then in discussion with other residents. I am extremely proud of Roeland Park leadership for making sure their residents had a meaningful voice in difficult budget choices. It was my privilege to help them make it possible.”The awards will be given Nov. 14 at Rockhurst University. Roeland Park residents Ardie and Gretchen Davis nominated the mayor and council for the award.Roeland Park broke residents into small groups at its budget town hall.last_img read more

Hungary threat

first_imgJudicial independence is still under threat in Hungary, the IBA’s Human Rights Institute reported. Nick Stanage of Doughty Street Chambers condemned what he called the ‘emasculation’ of the country’s constitutional court, once held up as a model for ex-communist states.last_img

Argos swim past Ouachita Baptist 112-64 in dual meet

first_img Results Story Links PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 14 West Florida women’s swimming and diving team cruised to a 112-64 win over Ouachita Baptist in a dual meet at the UWF Aquatic Center on Saturday. The Argonauts placed first in 12 of 13 events to win their third dual meet win of the year and their first over a New South Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Conference opponent. Peggy de Villiers (Somerset West, South Africa) and Madeline Pitt (Trussville, Ala.) both placed first in two events; de Villiers won the 200 Freestyle (2:00.09) and the 100 Backstroke (1:02.52), while Pitt placed first in the 200 Individual Medley (2:15.07) and the 100 Butterfly (1:00.73). Pitt’s time in the 200 IM was a new personal record. UWF had three other individual event winners who posted personal bests, Sophia Oliva (Plantation, Fla.) in the 1000 Freestyle (11:19.39), Anna-Marie Macht (Markkleeberg, Germany) in the 50 Freestyle (25.62) and Nicole Machado (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in the 100 Freestyle (55.72). Emily Mitchell (Allen Park, Mich.) also had a first place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.49). The Argos fared well in both relay events, winning in the 200 Medley and the 200 Freestyle. The medley relay team of Macht, Ana Cristina de Paula (Santos, Brazil), Karisa Kostecki (Lithia, Fla.) and Mikaela Aponte (Pompano Beach, Fla.) posted a time of 1:56.78, and the freestyle relay team of de Villiers, Aponte, Angelina Gallastegui (Brandon, Fla.) and Jamie McDonald (Panama City, Fla.) finished in 1:44.52. “I’m satisfied with our performance today,” said UWF head coach Andrew Hancock. “Today was a chance to measure ourselves against a conference school. Ouachita Baptist is a rebuilding program, but they have some great swimmers. For us to perform as well as we did is encouraging. Our girls were very business-like, and they did a great job preparing for today. There is a lot to be excited about moving forward.” Josie McKee (Canton, Ohio) placed first in both exhibition diving events for UWF, and her score of 423.25 in the 11-dive, 1-meter event was an NCAA qualifying score. Meghan Zets (Grovetown, Ga.) and Megan Drake (Navarre, Fla.) also had solid performances in both diving events, including Drake who posted personal bests in the 11-dive 1 meter event (298.60) and the 6-dive 3 meter event (173.81). “The kids had a renewed energy after the holiday break, and it showed in the way they all were diving today,” said UWF diving coach Barbara Parker. “We’re making our adjustments, and we’ll be in great shape for the conference meet.” The Argos will be back in action on Jan. 16, facing two more conference opponents in Delta State and Henderson State. The double dual will take place at DSU in Cleveland, Miss. at 4 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Two more positive coronavirus tests in Premier League

first_imgLONDON, (Reuters) – Two people from two Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the Premier League said yesterday. Since the players returned to limited group training on Tuesday, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top-flight clubs.“The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the statement said.“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. “Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”The Premier League said it would not be providing details of the identities of the two new positive tests.A total of 748 tests of players and club staff made up the initial round of testing on May 17-18. Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and two members of the club’s non-playing staff and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan were among six positive tests. They are all still in their seven-day isolation period.Two other Watford players are also self-isolating after coming into close contact with people who tested positive, according to manager Nigel Pearson.No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sport to resume from June 1, including the top-flight football. The Premier League’s “Project Restart” hopes to resume action in June, although no date has been fixed.Another round of tests are scheduled to take place tomorrow and Tuesday. All 20 clubs will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether they can move to phase two of the restart and allow full-contact training.Chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday the Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about a resumption of the top flight and that the remaining 92 games would be completed. “We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,” he said.Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is the highest in Europe with an official figure of 36,675 as of yesterday.Germany’s Bundesliga returned to action last week with matches in empty stadiums and strict safety protocols.Spain’s government yesterday gave the go-ahead for La Liga to resume from June 8.last_img read more

City are favourties CSKA boss admits

first_img“The fact that they haven’t won any group matches so far means nothing as in the English Premier League they perform really well.”The coach added that the fact that Tuesday’s Champions League Group E encounter will be played behind closed doors in Moscow gives the advantage to the visiting side.“Of course it’s for City’s good,” he said. “Just imagine we would play at an empty Etihad arena. Who will get the advantage of that?”City are currently third in the group with one point from two games — already three points behind Roma and five behind leaders Bayern Munich. CSKA are bottom with two defeats.Slutsky also said the absence of Frank Lampard is unlikely to hold back City. “He hasn’t become as important a figure for City as he was for Chelsea.”The coach named Yaya Toure and Fernandinho as “City’s key players in midfield.”CSKA’s Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa said his team will badly miss their fans’ support in the Khimki stadium.“Hopefully, we’ll play a good match on Tuesday,” he said. “It’s very difficult to play without our fans support, we will really miss it. But we will perform at our best to achieve positive result anyway.”Musa added that the experience of playing Manchester City last year will help CSKA. “We’ve studied City’s style closely, we know what they’re capable of and I believe we’ll have our chances tomorrow,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MOSCOW, October 20- CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky on Monday touted Manchester City to win the whole Champions League ahead of their key group clash.“Manchester City were and currently are clear favourites not only of our group but the Champions League in general,” Slutsky told a news conference.last_img read more