Unexpected change to longstanding polling location in Roeland Park has some voters upset

first_imgThe move of a polling location in Roeland Park to St. Agnes Catholic Church has prompted push back from some residents.Some Roeland Park residents are raising concerns after learning that the Johnson County Election Office had shifted a longstanding polling location ahead of November’s election.Residents of precinct 2-02 in Roeland Park had been voting at the Bishop Miege North Campus, which is home to Horizons Academy, for more than 10 years, and voted there during this summer’s primaries. But as certificates of voter registration cards began hitting mailboxes in recent days, residents noticed that the polling site location had been shifted to St. Agnes Catholic Church.The distance between the two sites isn’t particularly significant — they’re only about half a mile apart — but a couple of factors about the move had some residents balking at the change. For one, both of the candidates running for the Ward 2 seat on the Roeland Park city council, Benjamin Dickens and Leonard Tocco, had already distributed literature encouraging people to show up at the Horizons site to vote on Nov. 5. The election office didn’t give the candidates notice that it was planning to make the change before they started their campaigning.A handful of residents have also expressed concerns about St. Agnes as a polling place because one of the Ward 2 candidates has ties to the church. Tocco is a parishioner at St. Agnes, and his wife is a teacher at the school there.Tocco’s campaign issued the following statement on the matter, saying the decision was entirely that of the election office:“The decision to locate an additional precinct to St. Agnes was made by the Election Office—entirely independent of my campaign. While I fully understand the community’s concern regarding the optics of this move, I’m disappointed by the implication that there could be some kind of malfeasance where there is none. I will support any future precinct changes if the Election Office deems it necessary. Right now, I’m focused on continuing to run a positive campaign, connecting with voters and finding new ways to improve the lives of my friends, family, and neighbors here in Roeland Park.”Johnson County Election Office officials said the committee of staff members tasked with setting polling locations across the county met on August 21 to finalize sites for the general election cycle. According to county spokeswoman Lori Sand, the election office had received complaints about heating and cooling issues at the Horizons Academy site as well as a lack of sufficient electrical outlets to operate the voting equipment. Those concerns led the committee to determine St. Agnes would be a better site for voters.“We routinely receive feedback from voters and election workers on the conditions of polling places after elections,” Sand said. “For Bishop Miege North Campus we received comments about the heating and cooling as well as the lack of enough electrical outlets to meet our needs. Again, we appreciate the donation of space, however, we were able to provide another polling place for this Ward that better met the needs of our office and the voters.”Sand noted that it’s not uncommon for polling locations to change. Five additional precincts had their polling sites shift ahead of the fall cycle, she said.Still, some in the city have been lobbying for the office to consider an alternate location for the precinct in question, noting that St. Agnes doesn’t even sit in Ward 2. Jen Hill, a member of the Roeland Park city council, has been in contact with the election office about the issue and suggested alternates to St. Agnes as a site to election officials. (She notes that she made those contacts as a citizen, not a representative of the city). She said election officials told her there was nothing that could be done at this point because the registration cards have already been mailed.For his part, Dickens said that while he wasn’t thrilled with the idea of the election being held on the “home turf” of his opponent, his primary concern by far was the thought of pressed-for-time voters showing up at the wrong site on election day.“A lot of working class folks in Roeland Park, they may only have a ten or fifteen minute window at the start or the end of their day to try to get in and cast their ballots,” he said. “If they show up at Horizons and are told they need to go to a different location, that might be enough that they don’t end up voting that day.”Of the decision to change sites, Tocco said he was “comfortable trusting the Election Office to do what’s in the best interest of voters, and I will support any future precinct changes if the Election Office deems it necessary.”Sand said the county will be sending out information about advance voting options to all voters in the coming weeks as well, and that those postcards will have another notice of voters’ polling sites.“They will receive a neon green postcard next week informing them of the advance voting locations and hours, with another reminder of their new voting location,” Sand said.last_img read more

CUNA: mobile financial services could help underbanked

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As mobile technologies evolve and become a way for underserved populations to access financial services, the Credit Union National Association has written to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to urge continued coordination with payments regulators. The letter acknowledges that such services can help with member access to financial services, but also notes implementation costs and regulatory burdens that currently exist.“The CFPB should minimize regulatory burdens associated with offering mobile financial services, to ensure that credit unions and other providers are able continue to provide these innovative services to consumers,” reads the letter, signed by CUNA Assistant General Counsel Dennis Tsang. “The agency should also recognize that implementation costs to provide mobile services can be quite significant for credit unions and other smaller financial institutions.”A Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. white paper from April estimated that, of the underbanked and unbanked households, almost 90% had a mobile phone and 71% had a smartphone. CUNA believes that these populations could gain enhanced access to credit union services through these devices and phones.Mobile financial services offered by credit unions can include a mobile website or downloadable app and the use of text messaging to check balances, account history and transfer funds.CUNA’s 2014 Technology Spending Survey showed, that of the 200 credit unions that responded to the survey, nearly 60% offer mobile financial services and another 28% percent said they plan to do so within the next two years. continue reading »last_img read more

Navigator Holdings Announces Appointment of Henry Deans as CEO

first_imgDr. Deans was appointed a member of the Board in November 2018. From 2006 to 2015, Dr. Deans held a series of positions as the chief executive officer of multiple affiliates and directly owned subsidiaries of INEOS Group Holdings S.A., a chemical company. From August 2015 to December 2017, he also served as a member of the board of directors of Canpotex Potash Export Company. Most recently Dr. Deans was Chief EHS and Operations Officer at Johnson Matthey PLC. Dr. Deans holds a Ph.D and M.Phil. in chemistry from Strathclyde University as well as a B.Sc. in chemistry from Glasgow University. From August 2015 to December 2017, Dr. Deans was the Senior Vice President of Agrium Inc., a fertilizer producer and distributor, prior to its merger with Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan to form Nutrien Ltd., where he served as the Executive Vice President and President of the nitrogen division from January 2018 to May 2018. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to fulfil the role of Chief Executive Officer at Navigator and I look forward to working even more closely with the Navigator management team. As a global leader in seaborne transportation of liquefied gases, the Company continues to play a vital role in the liquefied gas supply chain, which will be further enhanced by the addition of the Morgan’s Point ethylene terminal coming on‐line later this year.” Dr. Harry Deans, the Company’s incoming Chief Executive Officer, commented: Sea News, June 27 (Image Courtesy: Navigator Gas) On June 25, 2019, the Board of Directors of Navigator Holdings Ltd. appointed Dr Henry “Harry” Deans as Chief Executive Officer, effective August 22, 2019. David Butters, the Company’s current President and Chief Executive Officer will relinquish that role to Dr. Deans on that date and continue as Chairman of the Board. Dr. Deans will continue as a member of the Board after the effectiveness of his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted that Harry Deans has agreed to join the Company as Chief Executive Officer and I look forward to working with him and to continue to grow and develop the Company over the coming months and years. I have been impressed with Harry’s considerable knowledge and understanding of the petrochemical industry since becoming a non‐executive director of the Company last year, so I am very pleased to pass the Chief Executive role to a highly capable leader in Harry Deans.” David Butters, the Company’s Chairman and current President and Chief Executive Officer commented: Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Big drives may net golfer a big win

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] SANDY — Don’t ask Bubba Watson how he hits the golf ball so darn far. He really can’t tell you.Watson hits the ball farther than anyone else on the planet, at least anyone who competes in tournaments for a living, and he’s here in Utah this week playing in the Envirocare Utah Classic at Willow Creek Country Club.The annual tournament, featuring the best players in the world not on the PGA Tour, begins this morning and runs through Sunday afternoon. The total purse is $475,000 with the winner earning $85,000.The tourney features 156 players, most of whom are regulars on the Nationwide Tour. But there are a dozen players with strong ties to Utah also playing this week, including a couple of former PGA Tour regulars.Picking a winner is a crap shoot, but if you’re going to start with anyone, it might as well be Watson, a 27-year-old from Florida who has never taken a golf lesson in his life.The left-handed Watson ranks No. 10 on the money list and averages an astonishing 336.4 yards off the tee, which is a whopping 21 yards farther than the second-longest driver on the Nationwide Tour, Steven Bowditch. It’s also longer than any player has ever averaged on the PGA Tour, and is 17.9 yards farther than the PGA Tour’s top driver, Scott Hend, at 318.5.Tiger Woods? He averages a mere 315.4 yards.Watson got his nickname, Bubba, because his father thought he was a chubby baby. But he’s anything but chubby now, at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. Weight and strength have nothing to do with hitting the ball long, according to Watson.”There is no key, no secret behind it,” he said. “You just have to be lucky.”Lucky? Watson was only half-kidding, insisting hitting long drives is more of a God-given ability than anything and that “you can’t teach someone to hit it long.”Watson believes taller players like himself have an advantage because of a longer arc in their swing. Otherwise he’s clueless.”I don’t lift weights or anything,” he said. “My whole life I’ve hit it longer than other golfers.”Watson was shown the basics of golf by his father, who could barely break 100, and picked up the game on his own. He says he’s never had a lesson in his life and doesn’t plan to start anytime soon. Why mess with a good thing?His longest drive in competition was a 422-yard smack on a par-5 last year. He averaged 323 yards driving last year, which ranked second on the Nationwide Tour, just ahead of Brett Wetterich, who won last year’s Utah Classic and has since graduated to the big tour. He hasn’t competed in long-drive competitions before but says he’s been invited to compete in the world long drive championships in Mesquite, Nev., this fall.Watson is playing in his third tournament at Willow Creek, finishing fourth last year and 14th the year before, and he likes the changes to the course. He says that the changes take the driver out of the hands of the players more, but he doesn’t think it will hurt him.”Whoever is putting well will win,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to every week.”Other top players to watch this week include leading money-winner Troy Matteson and two-time winner Chris Couch, who is No. 3 on the money list. Matteson has been the most consistent player on the Tour this year, making the cut in 19 of 20 tournaments with 10 top-10 finishes.Other notables in the tournament include St. George native Jay Don Blake, who won the Utah Open at Willow Creek in 1988 and is an 18-year veteran of the PGA Tour; and Rick Fehr, a former BYU golfer who was also a longtime regular and a winner on the PGA Tour. Also, former Utah Open champion and PGA Tour winner Grant Waite is playing, along with another former Utah Open champion, Todd Demsey, and former U.S. Amateur champion and former PGA Tour winner David Gossett.Among the local players competing this week are Sandy’s Steve Schneiter, St. George’s Nick McKinlay, Salt Lake’s Kury Reynolds, Ogden’s Jimmy Blair, Sandy’s Luke Swilor, Logan’s Brett Wayment, Bountiful’s Scott Hailes and Sandy’s Todd Tanner. Golf fans can get into the tournament free by donating four cans of food to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. last_img read more