Senior Akshay Dinakar hosted the seventh annual Poetry Slam in the SM East library Friday.SM East gets poetic with seventh annual “Slam.” Approximately 300 students used their lunch period to get a little culture at SM East Friday at the seventh annual Poetry Slam, where students read original works. Three winners in the event, which took place in the SM East library, received gift certificates to Chick Fil A.SM East, SM North students to attend robotics world championships. NEJC high school students will accompany the SM West robotics team to the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis starting April 22. In addition to the seven-person Viking Robotics team that came in second at the FIRST Kansas City Robotics Competition last month, one student from SM East and two students from SM North will attend the competition after having helped the Vikings get their machine ready.Rose previews Senate plan to balance Kansas budget. The Kansas City Star’s Steve Rose used his Saturday column to lay out Senate Ways and Means Committee Vice Chair Jim Denning’s thoughts about how to stem the state’s $600 million budget hole. Denning says plugging the loophole that exempts small business owners from paying taxes on their own wages could help save $110 million. [How to find $600 million for the Kansas budget — Kansas City Star]Roeland Park reception for council members – old and new – tonight. Roeland Park will hold a reception for its three new incoming members and three outgoing members of the city council tonight at 6 p.m. in city hall. The reception will welcome new councilors Erin Thompson, Michael Poppa and Tim Janssen. It also will thank Megan England, Jennifer Gunby and Mrek Gliniecki for their years of service on the council. A council meeting will follow at 7 p.m.Emerald Ash Borer presentation Wednesday. Learn about the presence of EAB in the area and what can be done about your ash trees. Dennis Patton, horticulture agent of the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office will be the presenter at the session held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sylvester Powell Community Center.SM North yearbook wins award. The National Scholastic Press Association has named the SM North yearbook, The Indian, a winner of a Pacemaker Award at the Spring National High School Journalism Convention held this weekend in Denver. The 2013-2014 yearbook editors were Andrew Neyins, Savannah Rottanavong, and Kathy Hammer. Becky Tate is the faculty advisor.The 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 retrofitted systems will enable Spliethoff to comply with the upcoming International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) regulations.According to EIB, five vessels will be fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers); 20 vessels will be fitted with ballast water management systems; and 17 vessels will be fitted with both scrubbers and ballast water management systems.Michel Fransen, chief financial officer of the Spliethoff Group, said: “We have been installing scrubbers on our fleet since 2013 and are very happy with the results so far.“Scrubbers are a very environmentally friendly solution to comply with the [sulphur] 2020 regulations. LNG or hydrogen may have the potential to become even better alternatives in the future, but only in the longer term. The investment in scrubbers also safeguards the interest of our shareholders against uncertainties in fuel availability and pricing.”The EIB loan will be supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The agreement is part of ING and EIB’s green shipping partnership, which was formed in 2018 to support sustainable projects in the maritime sector.www.eib.orgwww.ing.comwww.spliethoff.com
PERTH, Australia, CMC – Several Jamaican stars who compete in Australia’s Super Netball League have opted to hunker down here together after the tournament was suspended until June 30 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Australia has already recorded 2 475 cases and nine deaths from the COVID-19 virus and the league organisers recently took the decision to delay the start of the marquee tournament from May 2.Adelaide Thunderbirds’ Shamera Sterling, Melbourne Vixens’ Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Jodi-Ann Ward of Collingwood Magpies and West Coast Fever’s star shooter Jhaniele Fowler, all of whom represent Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls, assembled here this week as the country moved into partial shutdown in an attempt to prevent the further spread of the virus.With the coronavirus also impacting Jamaica, the Caribbean island on Sunday night closed its borders to passenger traffic and officials here said it was important the players felt a sense of togetherness during the difficult period. “What we have done is worked with the other clubs who have got Jamaicans and brought them here to Perth,” said Netball Western Australia chief executive, Simon Taylor.Netball South Australia chief executive, Bronwyn Klei added: “We’re devastated for Shammy (Shamera Sterling) that she’s unable to return home to Jamaica, but we’re so pleased she will be able to find comfort in staying with Jhanielle, Kadie-Ann and Jodi-Ann.”There is no word, however, on if fellow Jamaicans Romelda Aiken who plays for Queensland Firebirds and Shimona Nelson who turns out for Magpies, have returned home. The six Jamaicans are part of 22 international players signed to the league, with Trinidadian Samantha Wallace – who represents reigning champions New South Wales Swifts – completing the Caribbean presence.Swifts general manager, Nikki Horton, said earlier this week decision had been left with the international players on returning home.“Our internationals haven’t come to a final decision on that at the moment, but that should be very, very shortly in terms of a decision whether they go home or not,” Horton said. “We’re working with them on a case-by-case basis, because it depends on where they come whether borders are open to actually get home.“What’s at the forefront of our minds is their wellbeing and their welfare, and being with their families at this time.”Trinidad also closed its borders on Sunday night as the country ramped up measures to fight the spread of the virus. Globally, the pandemic has resulted in nearly 460 000 infections and almost 21 000 deaths.
New Delhi, Dec 23 (PTI) Some elements, who support the dreaded terrorist group ISIS, have posted messages in Indian regional languages, including Hindi and Tamil, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”As per available intelligence inputs, pro-ISIS elements have posted messages in the social media in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Gujarati and English,” Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said in a written reply.He said the government is closely monitoring the situation and has directed the intelligence and security agencies to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance.”The cyber space is also being monitored,” he said.Chaudhary said ISIS is one of the 39 organisations which were declared unlawful under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. PTI ACB SC