Splash pad closed over electricity risk concern. Citing an “abundance of caution,” Overland Park on Monday closed the splash pad at the recently opened Roe Park play area. City Manager Bill Ebel told the city council that officials had come to the decision after noticing water from the splash pad was flowing past the boundary of an underground copper wire that serves to ground electrical charges. [Overland Park closes new Roe Park splash pad over concerns about electricity risk – Blue Valley Post]Lancer Dancers pancake breakfast Saturday. The SM East Lancer Dancers Booster Club will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday in the SM East gym. Pancakes , sausage and coffee will be part of the Kris Cakes event with a toppings bar. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.Mission police join crackdown on impaired drivers. The Mission Police Department will join 150 other agencies across the state from now through Labor Day in the “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” campaign sponsored by KDOT. The crackdown is intended to remove drunk, drugged and dangerous drivers from the road. Kansas averages four persons injured every day and one person killed every three days in crashes where one of the drivers is impaired.Shawnee Mission student is drowning victim. The Shawnee Mission School District announced that a Shawnee drowning victim, Treyvon Mays, was a student at SM Northwest. Mays drowned in a neighborhood lake in Shawnee on Tuesday.Another micro hospital planned. Following the announcement of a micro hospital for Roeland Park at the corner of Johnson Drive and Roe Blvd., a similar facility has been approved for 133rd and State Line Road in Leawood. Another micro hospital also is planned in Overland Park. The Leawood City Council unanimously approved the final plan and final plat for the project at its Monday night meeting. [Micro hospital coming to Village of Seville in Leawood – Blue Valley Post]Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
The purchase comprises two investments on Southfields Industrial Estate, seven miles from junction 29 of the M25. Juniper 1 is a former gin factory dating from the 1980s, which has been reconfigured into three warehouses and an office block and Juniper 2 comprises four modern industrial buildings completed in 2003. The 432,145 sq ft (40,148) generates annual rental income of £2.37m, giving a net initial yield of 7.26%. The relatively high yield reflects the fact that the average unexpired lease period on Juniper 1, the larger of the two properties, is 19 months. King Sturge advised Slough and Franc Warwick advised Catalyst and Close.
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Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga and moved 12 points clear of Real Madrid thanks to late Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi goals.Real, playing their first league game under Juande Ramos, looked as if they were going to frustrate Barca thanks to some fine Iker Casillas saves.However, with ten minutes remaining Carles Puyol headed towards Eto’o and the striker’s tap-in crept over.In injury time, Thierry Henry sent Messi clear and his chip beat Casillas.Before he was ousted earlier this week, Ramos’ predecessor, Bernd Schuster, had predicted the defending La Liga champions would find it “impossible” to beat Barcelona.However, victory did not come easily for the Catalans, who are now unbeaten in 14 league games. As much as the home side beguiled with their customary slick passing, they found it difficult to break down a Real side whose goalkeeper was in inspired form.Messi was instrumental in Barcelona’s early dominance, with the diminutive Argentine cutting inside Guti, forcing Casillas into a fine reflex save low to his right.Fabio Cannavaro then had to produce a perfect sliding tackle to prevent Messi from unleashing a shot after he and Eto’o had exchanged a delightful one-two on the edge of the box.Real kept close attention on the 21-year-old Messi, both legally and illegally, and consequently his influence lessened as the half went on.Sergio Ramos and Royston Drenthe were both yellow carded for felling Messi, but for all their cynical tactics on the Barca number 10, Real were far from outplayed by the La Liga leaders. Real caught Barca unawares on the counterattack on a number of occasions and had the best chance to break the deadlock when Drenthe was sent clear on goal only to shoot straight at the onrushing Victor Valdes.After the break, Eto’o went close with a rasping volley from the edge of the box before the game burst into life when Michel Salgado conceded a penalty for a foul on substitute Sergio Busquets.However, Barca were once again unable to get the better of Casillas as the Spanish international keeper dived to his left to tip away Eto’o’s spot-kick.Two minutes later and Spain’s number one was forced into a double save, firstly stopping a vicious 20-yard shot from Eto’o and then impressively preventing Messi from following up from 10 yards out.Just as Real seemed to have succeeded in frustrating Barca, Eto’o made up for his profligacy with an easy tap-in and, waving his shirt above his head, the Cameroon international ran away towards the Barca dugout to celebrate scoring against his former club. To cap the celebrations, Messi, who had been a peripheral figure in the second half, beat Casillas with the coolest of finishes, leaving Real’s title hopes hanging by the finest of threads.Source: BBC
Unlike the day before when he started fast and finished slow, Daniel Summerhays did the opposite in Saturday’s third round at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Course in Wisconsin.The 33-year-old former BYU All-American who lives in Fruit Heights got off to a terrible start with bogeys on his first three holes and a double bogey at No. 9 for a front-nine 40. However he righted the ship on the back nine with birdies at 13 and 17 for a back-nine 34 and a 2-over-par 74 for the day.That left Summerhays in a tie for 56th place, one back from his starting position on Saturday, at 3-over-par 219 for the tournament, 15 shots behind leader Brian Harman.For Sunday’s final round, Summerhays will tee off at 8:46 a.m. MDT with England’s Lee Westwood. Summerhays’ best finish in a U.S. Open came last year when he finished in a tie for eighth place.
“Now the real Champions League starts.” “They close the space really well and are dangerous on the counter. I see them as one of the candidates to win the Champions League.” Upd. at 17:17 CET “They’re a team the play together really well,” Tevez said of Diego Simeone’s side. “They are a difficult rival. The Argentine striker’s Juventus side got the point they needed against the Spanish champions to progress to the knockout stages themselves, but never looked liked recording the two goal win they needed to finish top of the group. Atleti were beaten in the final last season by Real Madird; they’ll hope to go one better this time round. EFE / Sport EN “Getting to the next round was the objective we had,” he continued in his interview with ‘Canal Plus’. “Last year we didn’t achieve that, so we have hit an important target. 10/12/2014 The former Manchester City striker wasn’t dwelling on coming second in the group; instead he was happy to make the last 16 after crashing out in the group stages last season. Carlos Tevez says Atletico Madrid can win the Champions League season
Connacht Rugby CEO Willie Ruane (above right) was in studio this morning chatting about yesterday’s shock announcement that Head Coach Pat Lam was leaving at the end of the season for Bristol. Ruane told Keith Finnegan about the process involved in replacing the man who has made such an impact in his 4 years in charge… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Willie+Ruane+Studio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Few countries in the tropics have seen trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017.Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state—Santa Cruz—as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up.This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar. On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones.Duston Larsen, the owner of San Miguelito Ranch, is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars necessarily need be the enemy of ranchers. ÑUFLO DE CHÁVEZ, Bolivia — Few countries in the tropics have seen their trees chopped down as quickly as Bolivia did between 2001 and 2017. According to data from the University of Maryland and World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch, Bolivia lost 45,000 square kilometers (17,400 square miles) of tree cover, or 7 percent of its total forest cover, since the turn of the century. That represents an area larger than the state of Ohio.Within Bolivia, nearly two-thirds of that loss occurred in just a single state — Santa Cruz — as agribusiness activity, namely cattle ranching and soy farming, ramped up. As is the case in neighboring Brazil, soy and cattle are now big business in Bolivia. And in fact, Brazilians, as well as people of European and North American descent, are big players in Bolivia’s soy and cattle industries.Tree cover loss in Eastern Bolivia near San Miguelito Ranch, Santa Cruz between 2001 and 2017. Santa Cruz lost 2.92M ha of tree cover between 2001 and 2017 according to data from the University of Maryland and Global Forest Watch.This loss has greatly reduced the extent of habitat for some of Bolivia’s best-known species, including the largest land predator in the Americas, the jaguar (Panthera onca). On top of habitat loss, jaguars in Santa Cruz are both persecuted by landowners who see them as a danger to livestock, and targeted in a lucrative new trade in their parts, including teeth and bones. While trafficking in jaguar parts is illegal in Bolivia, laws are rarely enforced.Jaguars are thus increasingly under pressure in Santa Cruz and other parts of Bolivia where natural forests are giving way to agricultural landscapes.But one landowner is working to reverse that trend by upending the perception that jaguars are the de facto enemy of ranchers.Duston Larsen runs San Miguelito, a ranch that conservationists say serves as a model for a different approach to navigating the rancher-jaguar conflict in Bolivia and beyond.
1 December 2005The oldest living person in the world may well be South African, and her greatest wish is to meet Nelson Mandela.The Star reports that Noninji Elizabeth Bete, a 119-year-old great-grandmother from Tantyi township near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, is older than the current official Guinness Book record holder, 115-year-old Elizabeth Bolden of the US.Bete was born on 21 May 1886. A mother of seven, grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 27, she can still get around with a walking stick.“I was very strong during my time and I am still strong,” Bete told the Star, shaking her fists as proof.According to Guinness World Records, the oldest person to have ever lived was 122-year-old Jean Louise Calment, born in France on 21 February 1875. She died in 1997.Bete turns 120 in May next year and could well surpass that record, given her health and strength.Maryna Daniels, a senior official at the local Department of Home Affairs, confirmed to the Star that Bete was the oldest living South African.“I was phoned by a social worker this afternoon to confirm that the ID number was indeed correct,” she told the newspaper. “I then checked in the population register and saw she was the only person still alive who was born in the 1880s.”Bete can’t remember much about her past. She says she worked as a nanny for a white family at a nearby farm. “When the family’s children grew up, I then worked as a domestic worker,” she told the Star.Her family moved from a farm to Grahamstown, where they settled in Tantyi township.“We had no cars in our days and we used horse-drawn carriages,” she says.She recalls that there were no traffic lights in those days. “There used to be someone giving directions by waving his hands in the middle of the road.”She has attributed her long life to her parents, who taught her to respect other people. She told the Star that abstaining from alcohol also helped.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
An artist’s impression of Durban Stadium. (Image: City of Durban. For more free photos, visit the image library.)The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off on Monday 4 May, with some 100 000 tickets up for grabs. These exclude tickets for the tournament’s two semifinals and the final – matches 61, 62 and 64.From this phase onwards tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications can be made at First National Bank (FNB) branches or via the Fifa website.South Africans applying for tickets at FNB branches will have to present a valid form of identification, and foreigners their passport. Those applying on behalf of friends or family will have to provide the details of these persons, including their identity numbers, names, dates of birth and nationality.Individual ticket applications are limited to up to four tickets per match, and up to seven matches in total, with prices starting at US$20 (R140). Applicants will be informed within 10 working days whether or not their application has been fully or partly successful.Tickets will be ready for collection at the Fifa venue ticketing centres from April 2010 onwards.For more information e-mail [email protected] or fax +41 43222 6800.Confederations Cup 2009Meanwhile, some 320 000 tickets are still available for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, which runs from 14 to 28 June.To help boost ticket sales in South Africa, four ticketing centres have been set up in the tournament’s host cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg. They are open from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week, and can be found at:Johannesburg: Sandton Isle, corner of Rivonia Road and Linden Street, SandownPretoria: Brooklyn Mall, corner of Middel and Fehrsen Streets, New MuckleneukBloemfontein: Lochlogan Waterfront Mall, corner of Charles Street and First AvenueRustenburg: Waterfall Mall, 1 Augrabies AvenueFrom 11 May, South Africans will also be able to buy Confederations Cup tickets by calling the Fifa ticketing call centre on 083 2010 010.Also from 11 May, four ticket collection points, two each in Johannesburg and Pretoria, will be provided in the following FNB branches:Johannesburg: Eastgate Shopping Centre, GardenviewJohannesburg: Maponya Mall, Old Potchefstroom Road, Klipspruit, KliptownPretoria: Sunny Park, corner of Esselen and Trevenna Road, SunnysidePretoria: Hatfield, Hillcrest Boulevard Shopping Centre, Lynwood RoadThese collection points will be open during normal FNB trading hours.At all locations customers need to bring their:Credit card (if they used the card to buy tickets via www.Fifa.com)Ticket purchase card from their hard ticket application form (if they used the paper application form to purchase tickets)Proof of identity to confirm they are the person who ordered the ticketsDo you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesNo swine flu threat to Confed CupNo power cuts in 2010Ticketing centres for Confed CupFrom Finland to SA’s Fifa CupWorld Cup ticket frenzy Useful linksFifaFirst National BankSouth Africa 2010SouthAfrica.info – 2010