Some Prairie Village councilmembers miffed by mayor’s suggestion they shouldn’t post on web forums, talk with the press

first_imgPrairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer.A message Mayor Laura Wassmer sent to members of the Prairie Village City Council on Monday discouraging the elected officials from communicating with constituents on neighborhood web forums or from speaking with the press has prompted pushback from some members of the governing body.Wassmer sent the following message to members of the city council Monday after councilwoman Jori Nelson posted a message about the Village Square community input sessions on the website NextDoor, and councilwoman Sheila Myers asked the Shawnee Mission Post to publish a similar statement:Council, please remember that you collectively represent a governing body of twelve members. While you are entitled to your own opinion, it is important that communication involving City related events, projects, etc. come from the CITY, and not from individual council members. While you are welcome to post information on your own FB pages that are obviously your own opinions, please refrain from discussing your views individually with the media or posting on neighborhood chat forums/online neighborhood websites. All media requests for information should be forwarded to either myself or [City Administrator] Wes [Jordan] in the future. Thank you for your cooperation. LauraThat message struck at least four members of the council as crossing an important line. As elected officials, one said, they should have the ability to express their opinions on any issue without fear of reprisal, and it was not appropriate for Wassmer to ask them to yield their ability to communicate with constituents.Asked about the move to send the message, Wassmer provided the following statement to the Shawnee Mission Post:I believe there is a difference between “free speech” and individual council members presenting information to the public as though they are representing the City or the governing body as a whole. That is where I believe individual council members sometimes cross the line and create confusion for the public. Council members are free to voice their opinions as their own opinions but only when it is made clear to citizens that the information they are sharing is their personal opinion and not necessarily representative of the entire governing body or the City as a whole. I have received comments from several citizens and other council members that this posting is deemed inappropriate and is not appreciated. It also generates phone calls and extra work for our staff. Many of our council members forget that their actions may have unintended consequences beyond them simply exercising their freedom of speech.last_img read more

UWF baseball drops to No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball poll

first_imgUWF baseball drops to No. 4 in Collegiate Baseball poll TUCSON, Ariz. – The West Florida baseball team dropped to No. 4 in the nation in the latest Division II Collegiate Baseball poll. The Argonauts have been in the top five for 11 consecutive weeks.UWF went 3-1 last week after downing Mobile in a midweek game and taking two out of three games from West Alabama to win its 11th series of the season. Tampa (42-2) remained No. 1 nationally followed by, Lander (39-6), Minnesota State (34-7), UWF (31-6) and Arkansas Tech (36-8).Also representing the Gulf South Conference, Delta State (30-9) remained No. 7 and Alabama Huntsville (32-13) moved up to No. 30.Other schools from the South Region included No. 8 Lynn (33-10), No. 20 Florida Southern (28-14) and Saint Leo (29-13), which received votes.No. 4 UWF travels to No. 7 DSU for a clash of conference powerhouses this week. The teams open the series Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. before playing a doubleheader Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m.For information on all UWF athletics, visit Baseball PollPrint Friendly Version Sharecenter_img West Florida went 3-1 last week after downing Mobile and winning a series against West Alabama. (Photo by Bill Stockland). last_img read more

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Halloween begins the months of decorations for a variety of holidays and when decorating, fire hazards should be kept in mind. Dried flowers, hanging decorations, crepe paper and cornstalks are also highly flammable and should be kept away from heat sources.  Carver: “Well we always try to discourage people from using live fire candles in jack o’lanterns and that sort of thing. We prefer that they use the electronic candles now a days. Same thing with anything live fire on porches when we got kids showing up trick or treating and things like that, we try and like to avoid that sort of thing.” center_img Kenai Fire Marshal Tommy Carver detailed the biggest safety hazard.last_img read more

GFF took the correct action with Commission of Inquiry

first_imgFruta Conquerors Secretary, Daniel Thomas sat down with Stabroek Sport for an exclusive interview, in which he discussed the current issue of inappropriate conduct being alleged against several members of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) secretariat. 1. Given the recent scandals involving high ranking members of the Football Fraternity for inappropriate behavior. What are your thoughts on these issues?“Well, personally for me I think that there should be a zero tolerance towards that type of behaviour whether it be towards females, or children in our society, and especially in clubs, and associations where those forms of behaviour should never ever be condoned.”“I have not been fully briefed on those issues surrounding that at the GFF, however from what has been said by way of the press I do think that the Guyana Football Federation did take the correct action by holding the Commission of Inquiry.  With that being done the corrective steps would be taken, and hopefully recommendations and guidelines on how to handle such issues in the future. So let’s await the outcome of the Inquiry before we attempt to cast guilt upon any one.” 2. How should the GFF deal with these matters given the nature of the allegations? Do the allegations if proven accurate, warrant a ban from the sport for the individuals involved?“I am quite sure that at the end of the Inquiry, the necessary corrective action would be taken by the executive committee of the GFF.  Those persons who comprise the Commission are Women whom I have the greatest respect for, and I am sure that they shall be fair and impartial in both their findings and recommendations.”“Credit should be given to the GFF for at least having the Commission of Inquiry, the easiest route could have been to have the Exco make a decision on the issue, but in all fairness to everyone this is the correct course of action. In the broader scheme of Guyana’s football it does provide us with an opportunity to get such issues and allegations handled correctly and professionally.” 3. How badly has the image of the GFF been tarnished by these episodes given that the individuals accused are high ranking officials of the Secretariat?“These things do happen, it wouldn’t be the first or it shall not be the last. We have seen the recent allegations being leveled against a prominent high school teacher, so in all situations the process must be one that is fair and just and gives all sides to be heard, and then a decision made, whether it is through the Courts system or a Commission of Inquiry. The important aspect is that persons must have confidence in the system, and be patient on the outcome.”4. Several weeks prior the club staged important workshop tackling sexual protection and overall conduct of coaches towards children. How important was the launching of that forum in hindsight given the recent scandals plaguing the local fraternity? “From our club’s perspective I am very happy that I was able to have the foresight and the vision to launch such a programme. For far too long the issues surrounding the allegations of perverted and predatory behaviour being done to players has often times gone under the radar.  To me no one has had the fortitude to deal with the issues, but in the developed world and those advanced societies such behaviours are never permitted because there are requisite systems, and protocols in place to deal with such allegations.”5. Did the GFF assist in any way to aid in the staging of the workshop? Also, has the federation contacted you on possibly staging other forms of a similar nature following its conclusion?“No the GFF never did assist, I am not sure that they were aware of our workshop. This workshop was the concept of the club. We have the largest pool of junior players in Guyana both male and female, and the time was right for us to put the necessary mechanisms in place to protect these children and at the same time educate all the coaches and the team managers. No I have not been contacted by the GFF to assist on anything of a similar nature, maybe they have their own ideas that they are working on to soon implement.”last_img read more

Everton 4 – 0 AEK Athens

first_imgEverton opened their Europa League Group I account by dismantling outclassed AEK Athens in a game marred by two second-half red cards.The hosts took an early lead through Joseph Yobo’s header and soon added a second as Sylvain Distin poked home.Stephen Pienaar rifled in a stunning third shortly before the break, with Jo turning sharply to add a late fourth.AEK had Carlos Araujo red carded after 54 minutes and Louis Saha followed late on for raising his hand to a defender.Saha barely made contact with the face of AEK defender Juanfran, who made a meal of the incident, in stoppage time but it was right in front of the referee and he had no hesitation in dismissing the French striker.Araujo, on the other hand, could have had no complaints after he was sent off for kicking out at Distin following a challenge with the French defender. Everton have a had a sticky start to the Premier League season but from the opening whistle they were a cut above their Greek visitors.Jack Rodwell and Tim Cahill took control of midfield and with Pienaar looking lively down the right and Jo causing a makeshift AEK defence plenty of problems, it was only a matter of time before the goals started flowing.Just before kick-off Everton confirmed they had signed Australia captain Lucas Neill and the right-back was in the stands to see two of his new defensive comrades get on the scoresheet inside the opening 17 minutes.The opener came after 10 minutes from a corner earned when AEK keeper Sebastian Saja could only turn a Pienaar drive round the post.Everton boss David Moyes had given Diniyar Bilyaletdinov his first start and the Russian took no time to illustrate his quality, delivering a fine corner to the far post where Yobo, captain for the day, thundered his header home. The Greeks’ cause was not helped when they lost Gerlando Alves to injury and they soon found themselves two goals behind.AEK survived one corner but the assistant positioned behind the goalline – a new initiative being trialled in the Europa League – correctly indicated Everton should be awarded another.When the ball was swung into the six yard box the visitors’ defence was once again thrown into disarray and although Marouane Fellaini’s intial effort was blocked, Distin was lurking beyond the far post and reacted first to score.Stung by the two goals AEK tried to hit back but they were restricted to long-range strikes from Pantelis Kafes and Tam Nsaliwa, a Malawai-born Canadian international who has just received a German passport, which both fizzed over.Jo twice threatened with headers as Everton went back on the attack and, after Grigoris Makos shot into Howard’s arms from distance, the hosts added a third. When Pienaar picked the ball up 30 yards out there looked to be little on but the Athens defence failed to close him down and the South Africa midfielder drilled a low shot into the corner past the despairing dive of Saja.That prompted the AEK travelling fans to turn their backs on the game and amuse themselves with a bout of scarf waving, and their day got no better after the break.Everton took off Tim Cahill, who had picked up a yellow card, and Bilyaletdinov, with Leon Osman and Yakubu respectively coming on.It made little difference to the flow of the game as the hosts continued to enjoy a stranglehold on possession and any remote chance the visitors had of getting back into the contest was ended when Araujo was red carded 10 minutes into the half for kicking out at Distin.With the result already in the bag Everton struggled to produce the penetration of the first half, although Rodwell and Osman both went close. Ismael Blanco shot wide when AEK mounted their only real attack of the half before Saha, on for Pineaar, turned a Leighton Baines cross over the bar.The hosts finally got their fourth goal on 82 minutes when Jo spun sharply and rifled home from 12 yards to confirm Everton’s superiority.A pleasing night for the hosts had some of the shine taken off it when Saha received his marching orders in stoppage time, but they will still have been pleased to have started their European campaign in convincing style.Source: BBClast_img read more

40 arrested in Paris over Euro 2016 violence

first_imgOther arrests took place outside the Stade de France where the match was played. They were for public order offences.The base of the Eiffel Tower was engulfed in clouds of tear gas as riot police repelled the youths, who started fires on the pavement and threw bottles and other objects at the police lines, AFP photographers said. Police in riot gear faced off with crowds, as at least one police truck fired water at demonstrators.The police, who had posted a message on Twitter and issued warnings in the Metro informing supporters the fan zone was full, used water cannon to extinguish the blazes.The ground was littered with broken fencing and shattered glass as evening fell, with piles of rubbish burning and firefighters were later deployed to put out larger blazes on the streets of Paris, including at least one car that was set on fire.Meanwhile, nine people were taken into custody in the eastern city of Lyon for violent behaviour, insults or possession of fireworks and one officer was lightly injured by a spray can, police said.Last week, riot police fired tear gas in clashes with youths on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris after France’s qualification for the Euro 2016 final.Earlier clashes between fans at the June 11 England-Russia match in Marseille left 35 people injured in violence that French prosecutors have largely blamed on around 150 “well-prepared” Russian supporters who carried out targeted attacks on England supporters.Portugal’s shock win over France in the European Championship final was the country’s first international title, though superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch the match injured from the touchline.The buildup to the football tournament had been overshadowed by fears of jihadist violence following November attacks that left 130 people dead. In the days before it kicked off, unions disrupted trains and grounded planes and uncollected rubbish built up in the streets in strikes and protests against labour reforms.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riot police officers take position during scuffles on the Champs Elysees avenue after the Euro 2016-PHOTO/ AGENCIESPARIS, France, July 11- Around 40 people were arrested in Paris Sunday after police used tear gas and water cannon against football fans hurling glass bottles at officers at the Eiffel Tower during the Euro 2016 final.Crowds of supporters, some donning French or Portuguese flags, gathered at the base of the Paris landmark before and after Portugal’s stunning 1-0 victory over France after they were refused entry to the fan zone which was packed to its 90,000 capacity, Paris police said.last_img read more