Westwood mayoral candidates on the issues: Building on community inclusion

first_imgAs part of our continuing coverage on candidates for public office, we start our questions to the candidates for mayor in Westwood. Today we feature responses to the first question for the candidates. Today’s question is:The comprehensive plan that is now in development has invited Westwood residents to participate in the planning process. How would you build on that inclusion once the plan is complete?Jim DonovanJames DonovanGetting the neighbors of Westwood to participate in deciding what their city looks like is my priority.  Westwood’s comprehensive plan will represent the blueprint for many years to come and as such must represent the voice and views of its citizens.This effort will be furthered through a number of work sessions starting with the steering committee and continuing through the planning commission and the governing body.  The final document must be consistent with the public’s wishes.As mayor, I would consider the people of Westwood my bosses.  It’s important to me that we all decide what our city looks like together to ensure our family-friendly neighborhoods remain a valued and cherished part of Westwood.John YéJohn YéThere has no doubt been a loud unified voice that the City needs to do better; more new ways and more frequently.  More frequent letters and postcards to homes need to be incorporated into a City wide effort to enhance outbound communication.  Current communication efforts far and away exceed anything that was done prior to 2008 and anything done under my opponent’s 3 preceding terms.  This includes weekly email blasts, social media to include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Nextdoor.com and other forms of electronic media. We also send quarterly print newsletters and occasional written letters from the Mayor.  But we need to reach every house with more details.  I plan a three pronged approach with the understanding that the plan needs to be continually evolving with improvements:1.     Accountability – Business and Community Affairs committee should be in charge of the PR/Communication initiative.  In this way Westwood will have a central area that can be held accountable for the effort and will also be responsible for reporting on the efforts publicly each and every month at the City Council Meetings. They will work in tandem with the Mayor, department heads and block captains to create and deliver a strategy of timely communications to garner community input.  This may include but won’t be limited to periodic meetings (by block), routine town hall meetings held at City Hall, organizing and recording surveys, etc.2.     Block Captain Initiative – the ‘block captains’, once a great intention has fallen flat and needs to be revitalized.  We need to completely reconstruct the volunteer force and outline in great detail the objectives and expectations of each captain. They will need to be outfitted with the right tools to help serve the community block-by-block and serve as a liaison to the B&C Affairs committee.  However they must be objective; without ulterior motive and available to all in their area of service.  They should also contribute in the recruitment of their replacement so we can consistently manage transitions.3.     Mayor  and Staff – The Mayor is ultimately responsible for the delivery of communication and the welcoming of community input.  The City should be the one who initiates and pushes information to the public. If we are truly to have an ongoing dialog with meaningful content that is inclusive, everyone needs to be willing to set aside petty differences and ulterior motives. “Exclusive & Closed” behavior from City officials will not create a conducive environment that welcomes community outreach and input. Likewise “Torch & Pitchfork” behavior also must be left at the gate.  Trust must be earned but fear and innuendo should be replaced with facts that figures.Ultimately, we as a community all need to evolve.  We must understand that Westwood still works as a representative government. The elected officials will make decisions they truly think are in the best interest of their constituents and the success of Westwood.  We cannot make daily decisions by referendum, it makes for an inefficient an ineffective system, but we can construct a much more open and transparent culture that begins with trust and integrity; this is my commitment.Tomorrow’s question: Woodside Village changes the complexion of housing in the city. What is the next step for Westwood in terms of its residential community?last_img read more

News Scan for Aug 12, 2016

first_imgYellow fever declines in Angola, but is still spreading in DRCYellow fever has declined in Angola, with no confirmed cases reported since June, but the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is spreading to new provinces and new parts of already affected provinces, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in a weekly update.Despite the drop-off in cases in Angola, the source of the DRC’s outbreak, the WHO recommends maintaining a high-level of vigilance, and a mass vaccination campaign targeting 3 million people in 18 districts is expected to launch on Aug 15. Yellow fever vaccination is also scheduled to take place this month in four districts that border Namibia.In the DRC, preventive vaccination campaigns are scheduled to start on Aug 17 in Kinshasa province using fractional dosing, a strategy the WHO recently approved for stretching limited vaccine supplies on an emergency basis. Vaccination will also target health zones that border Angola.Since December 2015, Angola has reported 3,867 yellow fever cases, 879 of them confirmed. As of Aug 8 the DRC had reported 2,269 cases, 74 of them confirmed. Of that country’s confirmed cases, 56 were imported from Angola, 12 were locally acquired, 3 were sylvatic (from wild animals), and 3 are under investigation, the WHO said.Aug 12 WHO yellow fever update Cost of US childhood vaccinations rose 13% per year, study findsThe cost of childhood vaccinations rose 12.6% per year from 1996 to 2014, driven largely by the introduction of new vaccines, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a study this week in Vaccine.The researchers used the most recent public-sector data to analyze vaccine purchase costs over the study period. They found that the cost per child of recommended non-flu vaccines climbed from about $260 in the 1990s to nearly $1,630 in 2014—a 12.6% average annual growth rate after adjusting for inflation.The CDC team found that most of the growth was attributed to updates to existing recommendations and to additions of new vaccines, such as the seven-valent pneumococcal vaccine in 2000 and the human papillomavirus vaccine in 2007. In contrast, the annual growth rate due to price variation varied from -5% to 5%. Also, combination vaccines showed more price fluctuation and were often more expensive than component vaccines.The investigators said that if this trend continues, the cost of vaccinating a child will more than double by 2020 compared with 2014 prices.Aug 10 Vaccine study Researchers identify factors that likely spread MRSA on swine farmsA study of recent human and swine cases of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in Norway noted that occupational exposure, trade of pigs, and livestock transport vehicles were common routes of transmission.The researchers analyzed data on three outbreak clusters of LA-MRSA from 2008 through 2014 that included 26 pig farms, two slaughterhouses, and 36 people.They wrote, “Primary introductions likely occurred by human transmission to three sow farms with secondary transmission to other pig farms mainly through animal trade and to a lesser extent via humans or livestock trucks.” They also discovered that all non-cluster human MRSA isolates of the same strain as the outbreak strain—CC398—from the same period were genetically distinct, indicating limited spread of LA-MRSA to the general population.The authors conclude, “These findings are essential for keeping pig populations MRSA-free and from a One Health perspective to prevent pig farms from becoming reservoirs for MRSA transmission to humans.”Aug 11 Clin Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

Beijing starts metro upgrading

first_imgBEIJING METRO Corp announced in March that it was starting work on a network-wide upgrading and renovation programme ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games.Costed at 4·3bn yuan, the package includes replacement of track, trains, signalling and communications equipment on Lines 1 and 2, parts of which are now approaching 30 years old. A new smart card based fare collection system will also be introduced by the end of 2007, covering all metro lines in the Chinese capital.In total 52·2 km of track will be relaid. Around 180 trainsets will be replaced with new air-conditioned stock, and the signalling renewal will allow peak headways to be cut from 3min to 2·5min.Hong Kong’s MTR Corp, Beijing Capital Group and Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co have initialled the formal PPP concession agreement with Beijing Municipal Government to equip and operate Line 4, although this is still subject to approval by the National Development & Reform Commission. The 29 km route between Majialou and Longbeicun will be the capital’s principal north-south metro line, serving 24 stations. Civil engineering has been underway since October 2003. The PPP concessionaires will provide the rolling stock and other E&M systems and operate the line. Total cost of Line 4 is put at 15·3bn yuan, of which the city will fund around 70%.last_img read more

Molasses wagons delivered

first_imgRUSSIA: GATX Rail Vostok has taken delivery of 26 molasses wagons of a new design developed by United Wagon Co.UWC said the Type 15-6900-04 developed by its All-Union Research & Development Centre for Transportation Technology and manufactured at its TikhvinChemMash site was the only 1 520 mm gauge wagon of its type to offer a stainless steel tank and 25 tonne axleload bogies.The tank is designed with a bent axis to facilitate unloading, and there is an external steam jacket. The interior has undergone mechanical and chemical treatments to meet the strict requirements of the food sector, including a process which creates a protective microfilm. The wagons have a capacity of 56 m3 or 74·4 tonnes, 7 to 10 tonnes higher than older designs, and also offer increased maintenance intervals.UWC said the production of molasses in Russia has grown by more than 40% in the past five years to 571 000 tonnes, but most goes by road with the volume transported by rail having grown by just 25% to 175 000 tonnes. It said existing wagons were ageing and unfit for purpose, with many having conventional steel tanks and 60% of the wagons suitable for transporting molasses currently being used to transport liquid fertiliser.last_img read more

Thieves Smash Car Window & Take £100 Roller Skates

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers in Dumfries are investigating a theft from a red coloured Ford Ka car which was parked on Syme Road in Dumfries.Sometime between 1230 hours and 2015 hours on Saturday 25 November 2017 a window was smashed in the car and a bag containing roller skating equipment was stolen. The bag was found nearby the following day (Sunday) however a set of black roller skates with white toes were missing. The skates are valued at around £100.Constable Chris Kemp at Dumfries said “We want to hear from anyone who was in the Syme Road area on Saturday to give us a call at Dumfries on 101 if they saw anything suspicious.” Image Courtesy of  Doonhame Derby Dollslast_img read more

Chessable Masters: Carlsen first finalist; Nepomniachtchi holds

first_imgNepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Giri, A (2764) [A13] MATE IN TWO. chess24.com (2.24) 2020 1.c4 e5 2.g3 d5 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qd8 6.Bg2 Nf6 7.0-0 h6 8.d3 Bd6 9.a3 a5 10.b3 0-0 11.Bb2 Re8 12.Rc1 Bf5 13.h3 Qd7 14.Kh2 Nd4 15.Nd2 c6 16.e3 Nb5 17.Nxb5 cxb5 18.Nf3 Rad8 19.e4 Be6 20.Bxe5 Bxe5 21.Nxe5 Qd6 22.f4 Qxa3 23.d4 Bxb3 24.Qd3 Qb4 25.d5 Rc8 26.d6 Rcd8 27.d7 Nxd7 28.Nxd7 Bc4 29.Qd1 Qe7 0-1 PUZZLERS Carlsen, M (2863)-Ding, L (2791) [D38] A deciding third set was being played while we were writing this. The winner will face Carlsen in the $46,000 final. chess24.com (2.22) 2020 Nepomniachtchi, I (2784)-Giri, A (2764) [C41] 1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.b3 c5 5.Bb2 Nc6 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Be2 d4 8.exd4 Nxd4 9.0-0 Be7 10.Nxd4 cxd4 11.Bf3 0-0 12.Re1 Rb8 13.Na3 b5 14.Qe2 Re8 15.Qd3 Bxa3 16.Bxa3 Bb7 17.Rxe8+ Qxe8 18.Bc5 Bxf3 19.Qxf3 Qe5 20.Bxa7 Re8 21.h3 h6 22.Rc1 Qd6 23.Bc5 Qd7 24.Qd3 Ne4 25.Bb6 Qd6 26.Qxd4 Qxd4 27.Bxd4 Nxd2 28.f3 Re2 29.Bc3 Kh7 30.Rd1 Nxf3+ 31.gxf3 Re3 32.Be1 Rxf3 33.Rd5 Re3 34.Kf1 Rf3+ 35.Bf2 b4 36.Rd4 Rxh3 37.Rxb4 g5 38.a4 Rh1+ 39.Bg1 1-0 There was no Internet disconnection this time for the Chinese grandmaster who lost the first set 3½-2½. Carlsen showed some nice play in the second set to prevail via a 2½-½ tally. WHITE TO MOVE, 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.e3 0-0 7.Qc2 Re8 8.Bd2 Bf8 9.Be2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Nb4 11.Qb1 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 13.Rd1 Qc8 14.a3 Nbd5 15.Bd3 c5 16.dxc5 Qxc5 17.Nxd5 Qxd5 18.Bc3 Qh5 19.Bxf6 Bxf3 20.gxf3 gxf6 21.f4 f5 22.Bf1 Bg7 23.Bg2 Rac8 24.Rd2 Red8 25.Rxd8+ Rxd8 26.Qc2 Bxb2 27.Qxb2 Rd1+ 28.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 29.Bf1 Qg4+ 30.Bg2 Qd1+ 31.Bf1 Qg4+ 32.Kh1 Qf3+ 33.Kg1 Qg4+ ½-½center_img 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Na6 8.Bg5 Bd7 9.Nd2 c6 10.Be2 Qb6 11.Rb1 Kh8 12.0-0 c5 13.a3 Qd8 14.b4 b6 15.Nb5 Qe7 16.Re1 h6 17.Bh4 Rfc8 18.Bd3 Qf8 19.Nf1 Nh5 20.Ne3 Bf6 21.Bxf6+ Nxf6 22.Nc3 Qe7 23.Bc2 Nb8 24.Qd2 Kg7 25.Kh2 cxb4 26.axb4 a5 27.Ra1 Na6 28.bxa5 bxa5 29.Rxa5 Nc5 30.Rea1 Rxa5 31.Rxa5 Qd8 32.Ra3 Rb8 33.f3 Nh7 34.Ne2 Qh4 35.Ra1 Nf6 36.Qe1 Qg5 37.Ra3 Nh5 38.g3 Qd8 39.Qa1 Nf6 40.f4 Qe7 41.Nc3 Kh7 42.f5 Kg7 43.Ra7 g5 44.Kg2 Qd8 45.Kf3 h5 46.Qc1 Qb6 47.Ra1 Rg8 48.Qd2 Qd8 49.Rg1 Rh8 50.h4 g4+ 51.Ke2 Kh7 52.Rb1 Qa5 53.Ned1 Rg8 54.Nf2 Qa6 55.Nb5 Rb8 56.Bd3 Bxb5 57.cxb5 Qa4 58.Qb4 Qa2+ 59.Qb2 Qa4 60.Qb4 Qa2+ 61.Rb2 Qa1 62.Rb1 Qa7 63.Qd2 Nxd3 64.Qxd3 Qa2+ 65.Kf1 Rc8 66.Qb3 Rc1+ 0-1 chess24.com (2.23) 2020 ******* 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Qd3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.a3 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.Bc4 Ng4 11.Ba2 Nge5 12.Nxe5 Nxe5 13.Qe2 Bf6 14.Nd5 Bb5 15.c4 Bc6 16.Be3 Re8 17.Rac1 Nd7 18.Nxf6+ Qxf6 19.f3 a5 20.b3 b6 21.Qf2 Nc5 22.Rfd1 Qg6 23.b4 axb4 24.axb4 Nd7 25.c5 dxc5 26.bxc5 b5 27.Bf4 Ne5 28.Bd5 h6 29.Qg3 Qxg3 30.Bxg3 Ra6 31.Rb1 g5 32.Bxc6 Rxc6 33.Rxb5 Kg7 34.Rd5 Ng6 35.Rb7 Ne7 36.Rd7 Rxc5 37.Bxc7 Rc1+ 38.Kf2 Rc2 39.Kf1 Kg6 40.Rd6 Kg7 ½-½ Ding, L (2791)-Carlsen, M (2863) [A20] chess24.com (2.22) 2020 The other semifinal first set winner, Anish Giri, met stubborn resistance from foe Ian Nepomniachtchi and went astray in difficult positions to lose the second set, 2½-1½, to the Russian GM. Ding, L (2791)-Carlsen, M (2863) [E90] chess24.com (2.21) 2020 The key to our last problem is 1.Qd2! Black’s futile options are 1…Sa6 2.Qc3#; 1…Rxg4 2.Sxd7#; 1…Kd6 2.Se4#./PN World chess champion Magnus Carlsen defeated Liren Ding in the second set of matches of the semifinal round to enter the final stage of the Chessable Masters Tournament played on the chess24.com server.last_img read more

Chelsea Ban Manchester United Fans After Stamford Bridge Defeat

first_imgChelsea Corner FlagChelsea has banned a section of Manchester United alleged to have made homophobic chants at Monday’s game between the clubs at Stamford Bridge.United left Stamford Bridge with all three points courtesy of goals from Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire.A number of fans were prevented from entering the ground ahead of the Premier League clash and others were ejected during United’s 2-0 win, according to Chelsea.A statement on the club’s website read: “At last night’s match a large group of Manchester United supporters made unacceptable homophobic chants.“A number of these away supporters were prevented from entering the stadium and others were ejected during the game.“This behaviour will not be tolerated at Chelsea Football Club“Those supporters will be banned from attending matches at Stamford Bridge in future, and in cooperation with Manchester United we have passed the details of those supporters to them so they can take appropriate action.“Chelsea Football Club is a diverse and inclusive club and will always take firm action against all forms of discriminatory behaviour.”Manchester United is yet to react to the issue.RelatedChelsea Ban four Supporters for Racially Abusing Raheem SterlingDecember 10, 2018In “England”Rio Ferdinand Wants Colin Kaepernick Style Protest in the Premier LeagueDecember 9, 2018In “England”Bournemouth AFC vs West Bromwich AlbionJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Fletcher desperate to end his regular Scotland heartache

first_imgDarren Fletcher is desperate to end years of heartache in a Scotland jersey by helping the national side reach the World Cup in Russia next year.The Scots secured a dramatic 1-0 win over Slovakia on Thursday to grab second spot in Group F. Another victory for Gordon Strachan’s men on Sunday against Slovenia will put Scotland on course to reach the play-offs for next year’s finals.Stoke City midfielder Fletcher, who stood in as captain in Scott Brown’s absence, has experienced his fair share of agonising near misses across his 79 caps. The 33-year-old is determined to ensure Sunday’s must-win match follows a different script to those of previous qualification campaigns as he looks to qualify for his first major tournament.“You have many massive games in your career and this is another,” said Fletcher. “I’m probably the one who’s experienced a lot more heartaches if you like and been so close in those last games that have gone against us.“I’m not getting any younger. There’s not too many chances left so it’s vitally important but it means just as much to the rest of the lads as it does to me.“It means as much to everybody, it means as much to the whole country, I’m just a small part in that.” Slovakia were reduced to 10 men on Thursday midway through the first half but defended resolutely to keep Scotland at bay.It took until the 89th minute and a Martin Skrtel own goal for the home side to finally break the deadlock. “Everyone expects you to just bowl them over,” said Fletcher. “But you don’t know whether to stick or twist. “We wore them down… we kept passing the ball, we didn’t get frustrated and it went right to the end again. “We were so unlucky all game but it doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there in the end.”last_img read more